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Yearly post [06 Aug 2016|08:47am]
The heavy snow warning appears totally unjustified in our area - a conservative estimate wodul say we have about 1cm overnight :-( Very disappointing, since the local forecasters had been predicting a snowpocalypse.
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ncis ... or should that be neigh-vy [04 Sep 2015|09:00pm]
We pun in our family. We pun hard, and will wake each other in the middle of the night to tell a good one
(or a really really bad one), just in case we forget before morning.

So on the drive home from work the other day, my husband came up with this one: Somewhere out there is a die hard NCIS fan who has a horse called Pony Dinozzo.

After a few moments furious thought, I reply: alongside his probie, Tim McGeeGee.

Later in the evening came the additon of Gait Todd, Jennet Shepherd, and ... Ostleroy Gibbs.

The horse is strong in this one :-)
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Yearly Post [15 Jul 2015|09:05pm]
By pure chance, it's been one day short of a year since my last post on LJ. In honour of this event, and to keep the journal live for another year, here's a post for little (but bigger than originally thought) Pluto.
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2014 update [16 Jul 2014|10:31pm]
in the interestes of posting at least once a year - it's exactly one month short of the a year since our move into the new house.  Kids are in year 3 at uni, work is ok, marriage has survived the changes and the daily commute, and the cats have settled - well, one of them has, anyway.  
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to stave off threatened deletion [11 May 2013|08:03pm]
Supposedly 'cos I haven't posted in some time - ok, it has been a while - my journal may be deleted.
This would be a major personal disaster  - I might not post much, but my friends page is visited several times
a day to keep up with all the great fic out there.

So here's a post to put off potential passing away.   Suck on that, LJ.

In other news, post earthquake, we currently still live in the same damaged house - for another two months, at least.
Our new house now has full framing, full roof trusses, half an actual roof, and the outside walls have their first basic layer.  Visited the site today, and changed out minds about where to situate the spa pool.  Due to move by the end of July - can't wait!

UPDATE - apparently the threatened deletion was from one of my other ljs, that I had complete forgotten existed, and was only used when I was heavily into Torchwood.  Lost interest in TW, forgot about the journal.  Opps.
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Just what I wanted for Xmas - another bloody earthquake! [23 Dec 2011|05:35pm]
The 5.8 hit while I was at work (two storey building) and we tidied up and got out while the next smaller one hit (5.3), rode out the next two (4.6, 4.2) in the car - trying to drive an unfamiliar automatic when used to a manual is almost more nervewracking than the earthquakes! - and at the boss' place for post-eq / pre-xmas drinks when the next big one (the 6) hit.  

The 6 was centered 4kms away from home.  The girls were onto it, shovelling the silt buildup away from the door so nothing actually came into the house this time - it's all outside.  Puddles of mud everywhere, a lake about 8 inches deep in the back section.  By the time I got home (Charles picked me up on the motorbike - a godsend in post eq chch!)  the kids were over at Deb's place watching tv and eating chocolates.    

We left them there while assessing the place, hit  the chocolate ourselves, and  then picked them up.  We're going to wait  for the silt to dry before removing - but it's only 1 maybe 1.5 inches deep this time, not like the 18 inches of February, or the 10 inches or so of June.

It could have been worse. The first 4 eqs were centered off-shore, so we could have had water come up and over, instead of up from under :-)
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It Takes A Girl [20 Dec 2011|07:21am]
Originally posted by teleens_journal at It Takes A Girl
Trigger warnings for references to things that happen to girls and women every minute of every day. Collapse )

If you watch nothing else today, please watch this.  It is stark and disturbing, but it needs to be seen and shared.  Please pass it on.

Thank you.

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BAD Internet Laws Heading Your Way [19 Nov 2011|09:29am]
Originally posted by write_light at BAD Internet Laws Heading Your Way

From the flist: 

Spread the word, even you're not a US citizen, it is important for everyone!! It easy to do and it can change everything. More info by clicking on the banner.

Website Blocking

The government can order service providers to block websites for infringing links posted by any users.

Risk of Jail for Ordinary Users

It becomes a felony with a potential 5 year sentence to stream a copyrighted work that would cost more than $2,500 to license, even if you are a totally noncommercial user, e.g. singing a pop song on Facebook.

Chaos for the Internet

Thousands of sites that are legal under the DMCA would face new legal threats. People trying to keep the internet more secure wouldn't be able to rely on the integrity of the DNS system.

Read this analysis from boing-boing.net

Get on the phone and call your representative. Express your disapproval. Tell him or her exactly how you feel, and that you don't support this. Tell your friends to call their representatives, their Congressperson, and complain. Mention that you are a registered voter that takes your civic responsibility seriously and that you will use that vote to express your feelings about this.


“We support the bill’s stated goals — providing additional enforcement tools to combat foreign ‘rogue’ websites that are dedicated to copyright infringement or counterfeiting,” the Internet companies wrote in Tuesday’s letter. “Unfortunately, the bills as drafted would expose law-abiding U.S. Internet and technology companies to new uncertain liabilities, private rights of action and technology mandates that would require monitoring of websites.”  The chamber-led coalition in support of the bill includes Walmart, Eli Lilly & Co. and Netflix.

Google and other opponents of the legislation argue that restricting the Internet in the U.S. sets a bad international precedent and that the language defines infringing too broadly.

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Snow - the icing on the Quake(s) [26 Jul 2011|05:11pm]
[ mood | cold ]

Right, when we had the first earthquake back in September 2010, we didn't know it was the first of a trilogy.  Following Feb 2011's massive sequel, and (hopefully) the final installment of June 13, we now have snow.  And lots of it. 

ThePress image snow on Christchurch

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Chch earthquake. [23 Feb 2011|09:09pm]
We are home and safe.  House now has power. Kids are off at Lisa's - she has power, water and sewerage.
All Finn and Lintott families have checked in - all NZ'ers ok.  Debs has been staying with us - her house is a water/mud mess throughout - ours is just wet/muddy around the inside.

FYI - I was in the top floor of the PriceWaterhouseCoopers Building - floor 20.  Swayed like crazy, and scary as, but all emergency stairs were useable.
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Christchurch - on shaky ground [07 Sep 2010|07:23am]
[ mood | nervous ]

Couple of "good ones" late last night.

The 11.24pm and following 11.40pm ones got the kids out of bed, though they slept through the 3.24am one.

Here's a link to the image of a seismic drum close to us:

And the listing of the last 30 earthquakes in NZ (which usually covers several weeks/months - but today only goes to early Monday morning!)

No work or school again today.

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Christchurch [06 Sep 2010|07:37am]
I've never been so grateful for a school exercise! 

About 6 years ago, the kids did a section at school on civil defence.  They were passed sheets of suggestions for home supplies of the "are you prepared for an emergency?" type.  And being typical kids, our girls were very sincere and persistent in their badgering to find out if we had all the suggested items.  We of course did not - though we did have a little.  

The reason we had not given much thought or time to emergency supplies was very much along the lines of:
 - the worst Chch will get is an earthquake (or possibly a tsunami)
 - we've never had a really big one, and while the area is due for a big one within the next 100 years, it won't happen anytime soon.

BTW - we just had an aftershock that rocked the house!  at 7.18am.

Following on from that school exercise, we put together an emergency kit with all the basics - water, food and supplies for 3 days.  Then about 3 years the husband decided to up the contents with more than just the basics - so we now have fire starting options, tools, a very decent med kit and more water.  Lots and lots of water.  

We still have water to our house, but the Council suggest all water supplies may be contaminated.  Thus we can flush the loos (sparingly) but if you wash your hands afterwards, you may get contaminated!  No showers, just washcloth cleaning in water that has been boiled for at least 3 minutes.  No brushing teeth with tap water!

But because of the kids' persistence, and the husband's minor case of paranoia, we have over 100 litres of safe drinking water.  

We have a spa pool with 400 litres of chlorinated water to use for washing. Actually there is slightly less water in it now, cos it sloshed over the sides during the major part of the quake.

So this household (and all of our neighbours) are good for the duration. 

The schools are closed for at least 2 days while the buildings are checked by engineers. My workplace - the tallest building in the city - is definitely closed today, and may not be open tomorrow.  

But the internet is up and use-able.  
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Home in Christchurch [05 Sep 2010|07:13pm]
Home safe - house is messy, but intact.  Haven't yet felt one of the multiple aftershocks yet, but got a decent view of the damage coming into the city from the airport.  Mainly fallen chimneys and walls. 

My office is in the highest rise building in town - we're not allowed back to work tomorrow at all.  All schools closed - the girls are not expected back to school until Wednesday at the earliest. 
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travelling back to Christchurch today - hopefully [05 Sep 2010|07:32am]

Still in Rotorua - drivng to Auckland this morning, with flight home to Christchurch booked for 3pm.  Airport should be open by then.

Family and house all ok - our area ok, we still have power and water.


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Family in Chch are fine - [04 Sep 2010|10:10pm]
I'm still in Rotorua and trying to get back home.  No flights until tomorrow at earliest.
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recs - [05 Apr 2009|11:46am]

new Sentinel fic from Keira Marcos

I've rec'd her stuff before, but here's another one hot of the press. Pure Sentinel, but with a twist, so different back story to canon. Long, involved, strong storyline, and a very good read. The Awakening, in 10 parts, can be found here - http://keiramarcos.com/

For something a bit different - in this one - http://www.tenhawkpresents.com/viewstory.php?sid=35 - Xander Harris goes to Hogwarts when he turns 11, alongside Wednesday Adams.

What are you all reading at the moment?
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NZ slash community pimping [02 Jan 2009|01:50pm]
Having started a new year, I have also started a new Community - NZSlash.

http://community.livejournal.com/nzslash/ or nzslash

The continuation of the original Y!Group community, hopefully having this on LJ will up the likelihood of some actual discussion taking place!

This is primarily for NZ based (or once were's) to rec and discuss fic and/or fandom stuff.

If you are an NZ based fan, or a once were, come join! Invite other NZers!
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So my daughter can see how it's done :-) [21 Dec 2006|08:36pm]
This is purely so my daughter can see how to make an LJ entry
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Lost - one planet [31 Aug 2006|07:56pm]
[ mood | geeky ]

Last seen approximately 3.7 billion miles from the sun. Answers to the name Pluto.

It was discovered in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh, after a 30+ year search, started by Percival Lowell in the late 1800s, and lost to us last week, when the International Astronomical Union Working Group For Planetary System Nomenclature passed a resolution and declined to continue calling Pluto a planet.

It's now been re-classified as a dwarf planet, leaving us with 8 standard planets, and 3 dwarf planets - Pluto, the currently unnamed 2003 UB313 ("Xena"), and Ceres (in the asteroid belt).

The resolution describes a dwarf planet as an object that:

* Is in orbit around the Sun

* Has sufficient mass for its self-gravity to overcome rigid body forces so that it
assumes a hydrostatic equilibrium (nearly round) shape

* Has not "cleared the neighbourhood" around its orbit

* Is not a satellite of a planet, or other nonstellar body.

The main argument against Pluto and planethood is that a dwarf planet does not clear its orbital neighbourhood. Under this new definitions, If Pluto wanted to be a planet, it would need to clear the millions of ice and rock objects way out there in the Kuiper Belt, and reign supreme.

Pluto was named after the Roman god of the dead, chosen in part to
commemorate Percival Lowell by its first two letters. It's astronomical symbol
is a monogram of the letters PL. In the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages
the name was translated as Star of the King of the Dead. In Vietnamese it is named after Yama, the Guardian of Hell in Hindu traditions.

Found - three dwarf planets

Traditionally, dwarf planets are known as minor planets. The IAU resolution has redefined two previous large solar system objects (and one prior planet!) as dwarves. Not Happy, Sleepy and Sneezy, these three dwarves would be better known as

Freezy - Pluto, at minus 233 degrees Celsius

Creepy - Xena, takes 557 years to complete one orbit around the sun; and

Teensie - Ceres, with a mass compared to earth a mere .00016.

Our system now looks like this image here on APOD:


Way back when the controversy of Pluto - Planet or PlaNot heated up, singer/songwriter Christine Lavin penned a little piece on the subject - lyrics under the cut

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If anyone is sufficiently interested, I can upload a copy of the mp3.

But now for the big question - what's the new mnemonic for this lineup of planets?

The traditional mnemonics are:

My Very Extravagant Mother Just Sent Us Ninety Parakeets
My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pickles
My Very Easy Memory Jingle Seems Useful Naming Planets
My Very Excellent Memory Just Stores Up Nine Planets

Suggestions for new ones include:

My Very Exotic Mistress Just Showed Up Naked
My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Noodles
My Very Evil Mother Just Served Us Nothing

What's your suggestion? Be creative!

My suggestions:

for mundanes: most value easily memorised jingles, says union news.

in reverse: nicely unusual sexual jests make earthers very mortified.

for SGA: McKay values educational material, John sates urges naturally.

for HL: Methos vanquishes early memories, Joe scripts upheaval novel.

for Buffy: Most vampires eviscerate mortals, jealous Spike unable now.

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Still amongst the living [08 Jun 2006|08:40pm]
[ mood | hopeful ]

It's been a while, but I'm still here ... sometimes.
Khandi infected me with an interest in Boston Legal, so I've been catching up with season 1.

Found this quiz on someone's LJ - my score is not really a suprise.

You scored as atheism. You are... an atheist, though you probably already knew this. Also, you probably have several people praying daily for your soul.

Instead of simply being "nonreligious," atheists strongly believe in the lack of existence of a higher being, or God.




















Which religion is the right one for you? (new version)
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