I'm currently in the process of killing some oregano and an aloe vera plant and a succulent that I'm never sure if I need to water regularly or not. I should just google this stuff but I keep getting distracted...
talking of which, my good friend from wales likens himself to a womble because he scavenges and skip dives (his house is filled with the most amazing amount of crap made of wood, but it all works, looks cosy) anyway, I found a knitting pattern for wombles He's so getting a cuddly womble every birthday from now on.
So, I still haven't gotten around to buying a set of nunchucks. I'm thinkin' maybe I'd rather buy a blowgun instead.
Both weapons have their charm when it comes to impractical weapon-o-rific nifty-ness. . .
(I don't suppose their's a North American equivalent to curare.)
I was thinking more along the lines of internet purchase.
There appears to be no legal barrier to either mail-order purchase or possession of either item here in WA.
"Carrying," though, I'm guessing is another ballgame! (WA has a "CPL"-- Concealed Pistol License-- for Pistols only, and you can carry pepper spray. But, other weapons seem to be outlawed or non-license-able.)
I've been seriously thinking of getting back into the martial arts on some level. What I really wouldn't mind doing is getting into the Japanese blade arts-- with Seattle's Asian connections, there are some reputable schools of Iai-do-- but the $100+/month price tag is a bit of a barrier. There's some Kendo practice out here, which looks like it might be great fun. But, Iaido seems to be more of the real deal in terms of actual martial lineage/history.
Otherwise, I've been thinking about buying an AK-47-- just because I'm an American-- and I can! But, they're a bit pricey, and if I'm going to spend money in that range, I'm more likely to buy more camera equipment!
Tinybird, you're killing me with that pitcher plant! On thinkgeek there's a carnivorous plant set that I've been dying to get, but unfortunately they can't ship to Canada due to our import regulations on exotic plants. I'm sure if I took the time to go to a green house I could pick up a Venus fly trap or two, but it's just not the same as getting a whole little package of evil plants in the mail.
Speaking of which, it opened more, really teeny pitchers that have these tiny hairs that look like itty bitty hands! (I'll post photos when I get back home)
And i also bought a flower lamp and I'll put it to test today (I'd figure out that if it doesn't help the plant, at least I get more light).
Last edited by TinyBird; October 15th, 2012 at 03:14 AM.
Also I probably have to go and buy a more potent lamp for the plant, I kinda just grabbed one and it ended up being kinda not powerful, and now I'm waiting for it to star raining do I could a put a bucket out; it has been raining for the past four days and today but obviously it's not going to rain in the evening now that I'd need it.
Ah, thanks for the tip. I know nothing about plants so I had no idea. Carnivourous plants are a pretty fascinating walk evolution took, though.
I sold some of my old n64 games and bought a guitar for the first time ever.
Its a electro acustic washburn, i don´t know how to play jack and it seems like such a frivolous expense for me to do, but i always wanted to play the guitar and draw since i was a kid, could never afford a guitar or got support on the idea of learning music. I never spend crap on me and all i earn goes to pay uni stuff, when a friend put it on sale something inside me was like "maaaaaannn ". I´m also stressed as fuck now and i really want to spend a nice and peaceful crhistmas holidays and enjoy my early present, from me to me.
its really refreshing learning something completely new from scratch. I´m going to start practicing basic exercises and print the tabs for all the ocarina of time songs :p. i wont be playing steve vai solos anytime soon but at least the frustated 13 yr old in me is more at peace.
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I'm thinking of making a run of stickers because some friends have asked me (friends that intend to pay, not friends who "would love to but don't really have the money right now"). Unfortunately I don't have fifty friends I can sell the stickers off to, so I'm thinking about trying to sell the stickers on consignment at bike/skateboard shops. It's sort of chicken-egg at the moment because I don't want to get an order of stickers without somewhere to sell them and I don't want inquire about consignments before I have a product to show. Has anyone done this kind of thing before? Is there a way to go about doing it or do you just plunge in with both feet and hope you don't lose money?
Me and friends have this new little thing we do when watching movies. Whenever there's an emotional montage..... .... we mute the movie, pause and play Creed songs. Because Creed is montage music. Lord.... makes me laugh every time....
Doing "cafe studies" to bolster my life drawing, I hang out in a lotta Starbuck's and (non-Starbuck's) coffee shops to stalker sketch by fellow patrons.
I've yet to use a Starbuck's restroom that wasn't in abysmally foul hygienic order.
Back in my Basic Training Army days, keeping the crapper and other aspects of the immediate environment clean was a mark of overall competence and trustability.
As my old old Drill Sargent put it: "If we can't rely on you to keep a goddam toilet clean, how can we rely on you to operate a goddam T.O.W. missile and do the right thing at the right moment to keep your buddies safe?"
So, by my plebeian standards re leadership, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who pays his workers far less than a "living wage," as a leader, is basically an asshat.
Hope you washed your hands.
Not only that, I cleaned their toilet before using it!
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A related Western concept that I've heard of is Medieval Martial Arts-- training with various single and double handed blades to preserve art forms in the manner of the Asian arts-- but that's NOT "SCA" stuff!
So I got the Hearthfire DLC for Skyrim and built my own house near Falkreath. I'm enjoying it. Of course, I like
to push the sanity boundaries of all adventure/rpg games I play...
I adopted a kid from the orphanage. While I was sitting across from it at the main dining table, I decided I didnt like
how it was looking at me so I thought some discipline was in order...I attacked the kid and started chasing it around
the table. Suddenly my wife decides she's having none of this and pulls out a dagger. She then comes flying at me
and tries to kill me. I responded by beating her death.
Totally ruined dinner.
There is a movie on Netflix called "Reclaiming the Blade" that talks some about western martial arts. Pretty cool that people are going back to really old books and trying to relearn the actual techniques taught at the time. One thing that bugs me about fantasy movies is guys hacking and slashing at each other... in plate armor. Maybe someday this will be something you can take classes on from someone who has studied the real deal.
Last edited by Kolbenito; October 22nd, 2012 at 11:57 AM.
Haven't touched my Gamecube in ages. Dug it out of the basement with all the classics. Playing Wind Waker. I almost forgot how sad the start of that game is even when the characters can only make grunts and noises.
Its a hot summer night in the Cape here. Perfect for an all nighter.
My fb feed is plastered with OMG snow posts. What's so great about snow? It happens every year at roughly the same time and then goes on for 5 months. Snow is a nuisance.