Player Character Morality
Mechanus
ammie_warrior
If it's not nailed down, I will steal it. Even from friends. Even from right under their noses, if they don't appear to object. If it's locked, I'll pick it. If it has a password, I'll hack it. I will pick your pockets and hide in the shadows laughing. I will sneak into your apartment and rifle through your belongings at leisure. I'm not even really motivated by avarice, just burning curiosity. But I strenuously object to heavily armed and armoured NPCs cutting swathes through unarmed, defenceless civilian NPCs. Go figure.

Just whistle for it
Mechanus
ammie_warrior
Clearly, whistles belong to the category of small objects that cannot be purchased with actual money. Instead, to obtain them you must wait for them to spawn in a neglected corner of the house. I don't have a whistle, from which I conclude that either I haven't lived in this flat long enough or the RNG that governs small-item generation has not favoured me.

Yes we're mad - sponsor us anyway?
Mechanus
ammie_warrior
Hey! :) I've agreed to climb the Three Peaks (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon) with a group of equally insane people so that the lovely Emma Hamilton can go and do worthy things in Africa. What worthy things, you ask? Well, she'll be teaching vital first aid skills to pretty much anyone she can get her mitts on, which I think we can all agree is pretty damn important.

There's lots more information about the charity (and the opportunity to sponsor us) here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/3PeaksChallengeforFirstAidAfrica

The website for the charity, First Aid Africa, can be found here: http://firstaidafrica.com/faa/

Thank you very much for reading. If you can support us too, even better! :)

Frustration
Mechanus
ammie_warrior
Went on my Sunday afternoon wander today. It was good in many ways and frustrating in a few others. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and I ended up walking along and chatting to an older couple for part of the way. It was also the same route that I last walked when I had my horrendous acid indigestion and vomiting episode. Happily, today was completely free of such troubles and was infintely more pleasant as a result. However, I'm frustrated to find myself still not as fit as I want to be. Part of this is probably due to my 21st Century (lack of) patience. Part of it's probably due to the fact that I still need to work hard to get where I want to be. I have to keep gritting my teeth against this frustration and my own limitations and reminding myself that everything I do helps and that I have to push myself or it won't happen. *sigh* Gym tomorrow....

It's on! :D
Mechanus
ammie_warrior
WOO-HOO!

Having spoken to my boss about taking three weeks off in April/May, and having received an answer in the affirmative, I can now make concrete Pembrokeshire Coast Path plans!   *excited*  I can also factor in a few rest days to spend time with Mum and go to my sister's hen party at the end of my holiday.  :)

I intend to walk the Path from South to North. Awkwardly, part of the Coast Path crosses a live-firing range, and while it is possible to explore the area on a guided walk, the Complete Range Ramble that I really want to do would clash horribly with the hen party. If I did the walk in order, including the Complete Range Ramble, with no rest days at all, I'd still over-run the marital festivities.  What I'm probably going to end up doing is skipping the Castlemartin Range section initially and then backtracking to do it on the 25th, assuming I can get a place on the guided walk.  The lack of continuity will upset me, but not as much as being lynched by Mum, Sian and my fellow Bridesmaids will!

A semi-rhetorical question
Mechanus
ammie_warrior
 If I make Spaghetti Bolognese but I use lentils instead of mince and eat it with fusilli instead of spaghetti, is it still Spaghetti Bolognese?  And if not, what is it?

Nothing but the best
Mechanus
ammie_warrior
How many back-issues of a leading chemistry journal go into constructing an exercise program?  It's a question for our times, with as many answers as there are respondents and no answer more correct than another. 

My answer is this many:



At least, to start with.  That's an even 10kg of analytical grade (>98 purity) Science right there, and I plan to drag it up and down hills on a (semi)regular basis in an effort to get fit again.  Possibly starting this Sunday.  At least I won't be short of reading material whenever I decide to take a breather.  Wish me luck - I'll need it!

Didier
Mechanus
ammie_warrior
How do you know you've been doing a job for too long?  When you see only the surname of a researcher in a book reference and your brain automatically brings up the correct first name so that you can fill in his initals in the reference. 

(I did double-check just in case, but I was right.)

New Year Ponderings
Mechanus
ammie_warrior
I hate resolutions, so I never make any.  This allows me to neatly avoid the crushing disappointment that happens when I inevitably break them.

I am also not going to do a summary of 2010, beyond saying that it had relatively few highlights and some very, very crap bits.  In general, I'm glad it's over and I'm in a much better position now than I was 12 months ago.

So what's the point of this, then?  Well, I thought I'd make a list of what I have planned for this year, in no particular order.  They're not resolutions, more like a list of things to structure my year around.  Plus, I can mentally cross them off once I've done them - always good.  Here we go:
  • Go to the Isle of Wight festival - I've already bought a ticket, so this one's definitely happening.  My plan is to head to the IoW a few days early to flee the wedding aftermath get a bit of beach and/or hiking in.  Cue torrential rain for that week.
  • Hike the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail - I have a guide book and some enthusiasm, but not much else so far.  Still, gotta love a National Trail that I can effectively do from home.
  • Hike the Thames Path - this is another National Trail, almost exactly the same length as the PCP, but running over considerably more OS maps.  It's also rather less hardcore than the PCP, but will require more planning of places to stay, etc.  Still kind of undecided on this one, but it looks fun and I might do it at Easter.
  • Organise my sister's hen party.  Should be a challenge - I've never even been to a hen party before, let alone organised one.
  • Go to Munich, just because.  Might take my Mum when she comes over in a few months' time.
  • Purchase and start learning to use a decent camera.  I have my eye on this one, but haven't yet plucked up the courage to lay down the cash for it.
  • Go see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition (it's become an annual Thing) and War Horse (it looks AMAZING) in London.  Possibly in conjunction with the Thames Path.
  • Start painting again.  It's been over a year now and I really should get back on that pony, if only so that I can clear a few surfaces of unpainted lead!
  • Get to grips with that embryonic website of mine.  It needs some serious TLC (and some decent coding).
That'll do for now.  Anything else I think of, I'll edit in later.

WIN!
Mechanus
ammie_warrior
The bestest feeling in the world is being asked for ID to buy alcohol in the year that you turned 30!!!  Thank you, nameless Kaufhof cashier lady, I think you just made my year!  :D


Today was also pretty productive in terms of Christmas present purchasing - I think I'm just about done here.  WOOOOO!

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