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#1193564 What's on your mind?

Posted by elvenwhore on 22 July 2017 - 08:22 PM


O n a seperate issue : The wool Doona we bought last year is simply marvey ! . So glad I'm not in NZ. It looks too damn cold and wet down there :(


Heard from my family in northern NSW that it was minus 6 overnight. Water was frozen in the pipes until after 9am :-) That's what I call winter :-)

Stoopid freaking Brisbane and their light cotton winters :-(

#1190998 [Another] London Terror Attack

Posted by elvenwhore on 21 April 2017 - 09:19 PM

It's always a wonder what 'the plan' was when idiots do things like this....

I've taken to reading up about the role of propaganda in peace time and in war time, as well as psychology journal articles regarding social manipulation. Also very interesting reading is material from former self-identified "terrorists" (think, IRA, white supremacists). It's the same, or similar, roots that hook these people into these causes, every time. Should almost be compulsory reading in these times. Highly recommended for broadening understanding :-) 

#1190700 [Another] London Terror Attack

Posted by elvenwhore on 10 April 2017 - 09:07 PM

Leonid, you make my head hurt sometimes. 

#1189894 So far so good...

Posted by elvenwhore on 14 March 2017 - 09:40 PM

I don't know if it's a genuine, chemically-measurably, scientific "endorphin rush" but I generally do enjoy exercise. I don't do gyms, though. I only do stuff I like doing*. I'm still building back up to my previous levels of fitness, though, which can be a bit frustrating at times. Especially since I find it difficult to get into solid, consistent rhythms with exercise. I do "something" pretty much every day, but sometimes that "something" is just going for a walk. Or my yoga practice. But I don't do anything for an hour, unless it's a family thing like biking, because I just don't have that much time in a single block anymore.

Still, I do stuff I like, and I usually feel pretty good afterwards. Like I said, not sure if it's the actual, real "endorphin rush" but I don't tend to think of exercise as a chore, or have to force myself to do it. I quite like having sore muscles, and I do like pushing myself :-)


edit: * that's highly likely why I don't look like a fitness model :-) That, and I like food. If I put my mind to it, I'm sure I could be much more disciplined with both food and exercise, and be skinny and ripped and whatnot. Would it be great to look like that? Yep. Am I chasing it? Nope. No excuses, I just don't want it enough. I'm happy with the balance I've achieved thus far, without compromising my sanity, my family time or my time with my daughter. I'm trying to get a bit fitter, but that's just for fun and health. So whilst I do some form of exercise every day, sometimes that's only taking kiddo for a walk. That's hardly going to get me a flat stomach but we have fun and that's my main thing. 

#1189660 So far so good...

Posted by elvenwhore on 08 March 2017 - 02:40 PM

Interesting thread, Mister Dude :-) Congrats on your success. I am kinda curious about the information out there on fasting and it's effects on the body. I haven't had much time to look into it much so it's good to have personal anecdotes like this to inspire my research... one day... :-p


I can't do much of anything like this at the moment due to breastfeeding but that will draw to a close sooner rather than later. For some reason I can't figure out, I'm smaller now than I was pre-bubs. Even at my wedding. I've struggled a lot with maintaining a healthy mindset around food for many years (although I've never really actually had a weight problem - just thought I did, as some people do). Now that I don't pay attention to it or do stupid things like have entire days where I exist on a hummus sandwich and an apple with 6 hours of clinical massage and a 5km jog on top of that, I'm actually smaller. Go figure! Don't care, either. 


I like my food, though. Not sure how I'd go with fasting like that... I guess you get used to it? And I do love my herbal teas :-) Still, without doing any research I can only imagine myself tanking when the food in my system runs out :-p


Juice fasts, though, I loved the last one I did (3 days). Not a single negative symptom, never felt sick or light-headed or like I was missing out. However, I was more in pursuit of the meditative aspects that came with it, and they were many and plentiful.


So yeah, interested in this stuff for sure.



And yes, I know my "diet" was extreme. I just grew up about 45~50kg overweight, and that was following a dietitian and personal trainers advice to perfection. I saw him at about 14yo?

So at that point, couldn't really "override his decisions" I lived with the parents.

Needless to say, after a year of their "plan" and putting on another 10kg of fat percentage, I said fuck them, and went my own way.

I hope you've been to other registered dietitians since then and are not just basing this exclusion off a bad experience :-/ In all honesty, a GP doesn't have the depth of nutritional training that an actual dietitian is supposed to. Not that I know your GP but unless he's done post grad training...

It just seems like you're barking up the wrong tree, very stubbornly. And you have been given dud advice. All health professionals are the same in that you need to find the one that fits you best and can work with you comfortably. Whether that's physio, remedial massage, GP, midwife, chiro, PT, exercise physiologist, psychologist or dietitian. Sometimes you don't get the best fit for you on the first go. Sometimes you need to try a couple. Hell, you may have found a good fit. Doesn't mean a second opinion can't be valuable.

#1189618 Thank you Hospitals! (Sincerely)

Posted by elvenwhore on 07 March 2017 - 08:56 PM

Mater Mother's Hospital in Brissy, it's where I had bubs. They were superb. Really lovely, friendly staff all through my stay. The midwife I started the process with finished her shift about half an hour before bubs actually arrived, so there was supposed to be a crossover with the next midwife, but she ended up staying. So I had two midwives in the room with me at the end, and the ward doctor was just doing her rounds so she stayed too, so I was very well looked after :-)


The ward staff were great, even came in in the middle of the night when bubs was just a couple of hours old and a bit unsettled and got us some warm compresses, took her for a cuddle so we could rest our arms for a bit and told us jokes and stories to make us smile. I got heaps of support and advice and everyone was friendly and helpful - and happy! Makes a lot of difference, really, when you're feeling weird and not-crash-hot-but-not-actually-sick and a bit unsure of the world and freaked out, to have someone not just pop in and do their job, or give you some advice, but be happy while they're doing it. You don't feel like such a crazy burden when they have a smile for you.


But as good as they were, I won't be going back for another stay, thank you very much :-p

#1188669 It's the zombie apocalypse again - what would you miss?

Posted by elvenwhore on 13 February 2017 - 07:50 PM

I can be a creature of habit, sometimes. Whilst I can be fairly easygoing, there are certain things I've come to really like and appreciate. As The Walking Dead returns from hiatus, watching it often gets me to thinking...


In the zombie apocalypse, what things would I miss?


I'm going to skip the really obvious things (access to hospitals and medicines, infrastructure, cars, loved ones, etc), because what fun would that be? Some of the things it occurs to me that I'd quite miss would be:


* My blender. I love my blender :-) It's a Vitamix and I use it everyday, sometimes two or three times a day. And I love smoothies and smoothie bowls :-) 


* My hair. I've always said, in a zombie apocalypse, I'd have to chop my long hair short. It's just practical. My hair takes ages to dry, and the risks associated with it being snagged or caught up in an inopportune time would be too high. But I love having long hair. I've had waist-length hair most of my life. Short hair would feel weird.


* Photos. I know this is the digital age and a lot of photos don't get printed, but I do like having a few special photos printed and in my space. I'd miss not being able to casually see my wedding picture, or my daughter's toothy smile, whenever I want.


* My plants. I'm super-duper interested in permaculture, and even though we live in a unit with balconies so permie's a bit off limits at the moment, I've cultivated myself a nice little collection of happy little pot plants. Some herbs, some strawberries, some ferns, some general green things. I like my plants, and I like just being around them :-)


* My collection of Ian Irvine books. He's my favourite author. When we last moved, I discovered I have enough to fill at least one full box, and then some. I'd miss not being able to re-visit my books anytime I wanted to.


* My jewellery supplies and jewellery. I make jewellery. I've got quite the collection of gemstones, silver and tools. With a toddler at home, I don't get much time to play with this stuff, but it's nice just knowing it's all there. It took me years to collect them all, and I still remember some of the designs I'm yet to make. And I doubt I'd have much time or space to have the luxury of picking what jewellery I want to wear on a particular day in the zombie apocalypse, so that's out.


What about you? Come the zombie apocalypse, what things would you miss having around?

#1188524 Thanks Obama

Posted by elvenwhore on 09 February 2017 - 10:34 PM

As for the argument that we can't help others because we can't even help ourselves, well there will always be disadvantaged in every country, so based on that nobody would ever take anybody in.

Other Person: can't help others because we have problems with X, Y and Z here in Australia.

Me: the fact that we have issues with X, Y and Z here is a valid point. So wanna go donate/help/volunteer for s/X/Y/Z cause?

Other Person: nah.


Not that that's the issue here on Atomic - nobody here has said that (that I know of), so I'm not having a go at anyone here. My point is that the problem with society at large is that it's often used as a convenient excuse not to take action. Either I just know a lot of shitheads (possibly) or there actually are a lot of people out there who are operating under that mindset.


Once again, I reiterate, there's no problem pointing out that we have issues in Australia. What I do have a problem with is using said issues to avoid international responsibilities. 


Kinda like cleaning up the kitchen after cooking a big meal. Lots of piles of dirty dishes looking huge and insurmountable, but that's not a reason not to start trying to clean up. Oh, but there are issues with s/kids/pensioners/veterans/students/unemployed/etc in Australia, there's too many problems so we... what, just don't do anything about any of it? The fact that we can't perfectly solve every issue shouldn't be a reason not to at least try. In my books, anyway. 


edit: the media and the government have done a very, very clever job in making people think it's a binary situation; Us vs Them, Australians vs Refugees, Grandma vs Asylum Seekers. It shouldn't be, and it's not. The idea that decaying ol' Grandma is going to lose out if we help fulfil our international responsibilities is ludicrous. It's not a direct one-for-one; if money is used for foreign aid, it doesn't come out of the hands of a pensioner or a student. Different budgets, different ministers, different issues. 


Again, either I know a lot of hysterical, easily-lead lamestreamers (possibily), or society really is being fed that line at an alarming rate.

#1188170 Thanks Obama

Posted by elvenwhore on 03 February 2017 - 09:14 AM

What's the bet that America quickly review their "vetting" laws, and all of a sudden so many refugees suddenly fail their "extreme vetting" procedures and can't be resettled.

#1188153 Thanks Obama

Posted by elvenwhore on 02 February 2017 - 09:09 PM


I wonder if it's just Donald blowing off steam...


that, and maybe he wants his extreme reluctance on record in the event that one of these "illegals" ends up being a bad egg.


That's what I was thinking.


That, and pollies probably have blow-ups like this all the time. 


That that that, and also, of course America doesn't give much of a damn about Australia. We're on the opposite side of the world, we're little, we're not a global player, we don't have a history of being super-aggressive, we do have some things to offer but not enough to worry tremendously about. I doubt many other nations really care much about us, either. We're nice to have around but that's probably it :-)


edit: although I do admit to having a little chuckle to myself that Australia, a predominantly white and predominantly Christian country, possibly two of Trump's favourite qualities, managed to piss him off :-p And all in his, what, his first fortnight? I think we're doing really well :-)

#1186760 Moving on & moving on

Posted by elvenwhore on 29 December 2016 - 08:16 PM

That was a lovely ode to Atomic, LagrangeApex :-)

I can't really help you out as I'm in Brissy and I already have all the issues myself, but good luck (and good luck with the move) :-)


In my own defense I subscribe  to sensible things like "Air and Space" and IEEE but I like the nutty mags sometimes :)



Meeee tooooo! :-D The nutty thing, I mean. I didn't think anyone else did that! I've even been known to listen to Coast to Coast AM on occasions. I just like to know what's out there, I like seeing what other people are into :-)


Heh, cool :-)

#1180071 Black Books

Posted by elvenwhore on 02 August 2016 - 08:16 PM

Ooh, fresh blood with good taste. Most excellent :-)
I love Black Books :-)

Leave town with an orange, and pretend you're laughing at it.
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#1179587 France as a terror magnet

Posted by elvenwhore on 26 July 2016 - 03:30 PM

Because it's all just too hard and those with the power don't want history to judge them unkindly they take the easy way out.

Let them in, when shit hits the fan just let the circular blame game run it's course.


And the best "realist" answer to it all that the socialists can come up with is that we just have to be tolerant for a generation or two.


When something comes easily, people will either abuse it or take it for granted.  Citizenship these days is dished out like toys in Kellogs boxes.

A good start would be to implement compulsary expulsion from the country for any immigrant found guilty of anything beyond a petty crime in their first 10 years here, regardless of citizenship status.


No no, I'm not asking "those with the power" - I'm asking you. Rybags :-) What, specifically, do you want to see implemented?


How would you deal with the 16 year old kid who was born and raised in Australia, has never left our shores, is the child of immigrants and was raised with the Islamic faith? Where do you boot that kid out to?

How would you deal with the young woman who was born and raised in Australia to 4th generation Aussies, who was raised Anglican but converted to Islam after travelling through Europe in her early 20's? Where do you boot her out to?

How would you deal with the 8 year old kid who was born and raised in Australia to 2nd generation Australians, who was raised with the Islamic faith? Where do you boot that child out to?


I realise these kinds of situations would be the minority of a minority but still, this is one of my problems with such an arm-sweepingly generalised approach as "herr herr boot 'em out!" - it is just such a ludicrously bad solution, and one of those reasons is because it doesn't fit the problem. Islam is not a country. You can't just put "them" "back" "there" because for many, there is no "there." How do you kick those cases out? 


You can call it collateral damage if you like, but I think you'd stand the very real chance of creating your own enemy by doing that. Take that 16 year old kid that I created as an example. You kick him out to a country and a culture he's never seen before, a language he's unfamiliar with, wiping out his future and replacing his dreams and aspirations with hopelessness and nothing. How quickly do you think that kid could be radicalised then? What about his parents, the desperation they would feel watching their son's future destroyed? How quickly do you think they could be radicalised then?


It just seems like a stupid, backwards suggestion that doesn't even address the problem it's purporting to solve. Just feel-good, overly simplistic soundbites to keep the angered, angry and the fearful, afraid. 


I don't think you are going to get a sensible answer elven because there isn't one.



Ja. I think you're right - there just isn't one.




In a forum where one of the solutions put forward is to 'nuke the bastards'?

There may be a sensible answer but you won't get it here.


Cheeky :-)

#1175548 Where are they now and what are they doing?

Posted by elvenwhore on 21 May 2016 - 11:20 AM

10 years past, I feel old thinking back now :-p


hmmm, well 10 years ago I was working in IT for lawyers. In some ways, it does seem a long time ago. A different lifetime, almost; certainly a different life.

In the interim, I split with my previous partner, changed jobs, met my now-husband, changed jobs again, moved a couple of times.

I ended up in a couple of bad jobs in a row that really took it all out of me and I sat down and figured out what I really wanted from life: I wanted to help people feel better, and I wanted family close by. I was already a yoga instructor but I quit IT entirely and took most of the year off to re-qualify as a remedial massage therapist whilst also dedicating myself more fully to yoga sadhana. I then travelled through Europe for a bit (and crossed off two life dreams; to visit Germany and to go to Wave Gotik Treffen) to return to my dream job with my favourite teacher at college. I started the training to become a Zenthai Shiatsu therapist (I'm currently a ZTS practitioner; on my way to becoming a therapist).

I then got married, aaaaaaaand I'm currently on hiatus from my dream job to be a stay at home mum to our 8-ish month old baby girl.


So, a few changes :-p

#1174930 Board Games thread

Posted by elvenwhore on 14 May 2016 - 10:06 AM


Also on my list.  But I'm trying to find the Scandinavian one which looks brilliant.


We have that one!! It's freaking awesome :-)

Aaaand not much else. But, 8 month old. So. We pretty much have nothing anymore :-p