Happy Belated Eid

27 June 2017 at 16:27 (Artwork, Random Randomness) ()


I have no idea how to write Happy Eid in Irish. I hope this makes sense!

Graphics from: patterncooler.com, pixelscrapper.com, openclipart.org, shabbyprincess. Other graphics by me.

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Learning to Let Go

12 June 2017 at 22:22 (Random Randomness) ()

A Short Story

It was a little over two years ago that I returned to my home town after many years’ absence. Walking down my old street, I stopped outside my childhood home, noticing the For Sale sign.

On the outside, at least, it was mostly the same. Money had been tight when we lived there, and the paintwork wanted redoing, the pebble-dash had chipped off, exposing the brickwork. Now, the new owners had restored the old Victorian terrace to its former glory, no longer the shame of the street.

I gazed up at all three floors, remembering. I felt a longing, a pining, to spend a few minutes in my place, to experience a small taste of my former happiness, to feel, just for a moment, that simple childhood innocence.

I was only 11 when we’d moved. I wasn’t really sure why; money, I think. It was all very sudden, and I didn’t deal with the change well. I liked stability, familiarity. Needed it. I’d spent a lot of time in my room, my safe haven. I’d never been able to get emotionally close to anyone. I had siblings, cousins, but I could never relate to them all that well. There was always this gulf between us; I didn’t understand their ways, they didn’t understand mine. If something upset me, I would take to my room, the one place I could truly be myself, where I was never judged, never made to feel like a misfit. It was my own space, my sole friend who rejoiced with me, learned with me, wept with me.

When we moved, I had to share a room with my sister, she took it over, it was her place, and I was a stranger once more. I no longer had the comfort my room had given me, I couldn’t deal with negative feelings well anymore. They said I had behavioural issues, and took me to doctors.

Now I was back. Welcome home, old friend, the house seemed to say. I felt an ache in my heart. It would not be on the market forever, I would likely never return here again. Would I want to spend the rest of my life regretting losing the chance?

***

I was able to arrange a viewing that very afternoon. The previous occupiers had already moved on, and the place was mostly stripped of furnishings. The new double-glazing muffled the hum of traffic from the main road, isolated us.

Looking around, it was different. Of course the décor had changed, I’d expected that, but what I hadn’t expected was just how thoroughly the house would be gutted.

The old wooden staircase, with its creaky boards and worn carpet, was replaced with a spiral stairwell of laminated glass and cold, hard, shiny chrome. The front room and living room had been merged into one; picture perfect, sterile, hard corners. Even the garden was stripped bare, the lawn replaced with a barren patio, the plants replaced with decorative pots and willow sculptures. The warmth, the life, that had once permeated the very walls was gone, replaced with this shiny newness, silence, stifling. My parents had bought the house for £50,000 back in the 70s. Its asking price was nearly a million now. It was too good for me.

My pulse began to race as I made my way up to the top floor, where my old bedroom had been. The one place in all the world I had felt completely secure, where I had been accepted, cherished.

I knew, even as I placed my hand on the door handle, that it had been a mistake. I snatched my hand away, as though I’d been stung. I didn’t want to see, didn’t want to know. I wanted to keep it in my heart the way I remembered it.

This house belonged to someone else now. It was not my place anymore, however much of the old structure remained, however similar it looked on the outside. The old house was there, deep down — but too deep down. Essentially lost forever, for no one would want to put the effort into reverting it to its old charm.

I cried a tear. Of course I did, but just the one. It’s always a mistake to revisit the past, to expect things to stay the same. As if the house that I loved could ever love me back.

I made my way to the front door, lesson learned. Let the past stay in the past.

I didn’t look back.

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Lenovo Tab3 7 Essential Review

12 June 2017 at 18:47 (Random Randomness) (, , , )

Yes, I finally got round to buying a tablet, as this computer (see the review) is so painfully slow. I really just wanted something to browse the net with, access my emails without having to load up my PC or the inevitable crash if using this fossil of a phone my parents donated to me.

Now what I will say is that the Tab3 is more powerful than my PC. It can actually handle Youtube and web-browsing without crying. I installed a few language-learning apps on it, the more functional tablet-version of Telegram, and they work fine. The screen res is nice, the display is crisp and clear. The cameras probably suck, though I never used them much.

Now I have to qualify all that by saying the battery causes all sorts of problems. It frequently just suddenly dies in the middle of use, even when there is 30%+ battery life still showing. If you leave it in sleep mode overnight, chances are it’ll have completely drained by morning and you won’t even be able to switch it on until you’ve charged it at least 10 minutes. Even on the times it’s working okay, the battery still drains quite quickly. An hour of Internet browsing, even with screen brightness on minimum and sound off, can take you from 100% to 50%. No lie.

I thought I just had a faulty unit, but other people are having similar problems. Unfortunately, I wasn’t aware that the Tories (who else?) gave with one hand and took away with another. In the UK you are no longer entitled to an automatic refund on faulty goods unless you report the fault within 30 days. The problem with dodgy hardware is it’s not always so obvious. Thanks, Tories. So now I am stuck with a faulty tablet that can die on me at any time, therefore rendering it useless as a mobile device. Only I’m not, because Argos sent it for repairs over a month ago, and the staff have no idea themselves what is going on with it. Thanks again, Tories.

I really don’t know what it is with tech I buy from Argos. DSi — couldn’t switch it off or return to main menu while it was charging, although this eventually disappeared with a firmware update. Wacom Bamboo — well is not fault, is feature: the nibs wear down super quickly. Netbook — faulty. Archos MP3 player — faulty. Lenovo Tab3 — faulty.

Final verdict: it’s a good budget tablet if you’re willing to keep it plugged in 24/7 and maybe not even then. 2/5 as it is. 5/5 if they sort out the sudden death.

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Free Scrapbook Printables

4 June 2017 at 19:12 (Artwork, Random Randomness) (, , )

Here are some printable graphics I made for a couple of scrapbooks I’m making. Some of them are completely original, some are recreations of elements I saw in other people’s work. If anything looks too similar to a graphic you are the copyright holder of, just let me know, and I’ll take it down. Some graphics use shapes/textures from openclipart.org, morguefile.com, webtreats.mysitemyway.com and another free graphics site, but I can’t remember which one 😦

These are thumbnails. Click to see full-size. Right-click > Save Link As… to save the image. You can use these for digital scrapbooks, too, but you might want to add a drop-shadow. These were really designed for my physical scrapbooks. You might need to play around with your printer settings. I recommend creating a test-sheet first so you can see how colours translate from the screen to paper. I find that a gsm of between 100 and 130 is best for scrapbook graphics.

TOU: Non-commercial use only. Feel free to create derivative works for sharing, just don’t claim credit as entirely your own. You don’t have to link here, just don’t pretend you made it from scratch.
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Duolingo Review plus Supplemental Notes for Irish!

23 April 2017 at 17:02 (Random Randomness) (, , , , )

I’ve been studying Irish using Duolingo for 72 days now and I will say that I quite like it. Having said that, it has plenty of flaws. I started off on the app version, as going to the website on mobile was all ZOMG APP!!111 so I didn’t even realise there was a web version at first.

The first thing I noticed was the lessons were not even lessons: they’re just drills. The first few “lessons” were okay, but once it got to the more complex concepts, like lenition and eclipsis, there was no way on Earth I could have got the concept relying on the app alone. There was talk of a “Tips and Notes” section in the lesson discussions, only it turns out the most useful part of a language programme (i.e. the actual teaching bit) is completely omitted from the app and only available on the web version, which to me is a really, really big flaw.
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Friend Robin

17 April 2017 at 15:29 (Random Randomness) (, , , )

Here are my new friend robins, Hoppy and Hoppily. Hoppy (the male) was easy to tame, but his mate took a lot longer to come around, and for a while I had to keep my face turned away from her to get her to eat from my hand. Hoppy is rather trusting now, and was happy to eat from my nephew’s hand, also Hoppy tends to atttack anyone emerging from the house as he immediately assumes it’s me with my worm box. Hoppily is very cheeky and will usually try to get worms out of the box rather than from me if she can.

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The EAxis of Stupidity and More Weird Glitches

17 April 2017 at 13:54 (Random Randomness, Sims 2) (, , , )

I know, I can’t believe either that it’s taken me 10 years to know this is a thing, but, wow, way to go, EAxis. No one sucks quite like you do (Thoma$$ sucks more, but in a different way). So actual in-game non-cheatery functions can cause your hoods to implode. I’ve done some VBTs to my main playing hood, namely deleting sims from the bin and moving sims in their lots from one neighbourhood to another. So realising it’s only a matter of time (although it could be a long time, who knows) before my hood turns into a BFBVFS, I thought it better to just extract my sims with SimSurgery and create a brand new hood and place a list of things not to do as the neighbourhood description. Since it’s been years since I played any of my old families, I can’t remember their stats anyway, so I’m fine with starting them again.

The problem is, EAxis insist on planting those premades into your family bin, and control freak that I am, I just don’t want any playables that I didn’t make in my main hood. I followed the safe(r) method tutorial to delete them only now neither of the two new households I created are ageing. I thought the problem was the recent installation of a lifespan mod but after testing it seems the problem is more likely the batbox stage of deleting sims as before that the sim was ageing fine. So my new supposed to be unborked hood is now borked even more than my worked neighbourhood. Way to go EA. If you had just had the sense to create a non-BFBVFS delete function this wouldn’t even be an issue. So now that hood has to be scrapped too.

Anyway even before that the hood was creating problems. I packaged up the community lots from the old hood, cleared out any cc in the sims2pack then installed them. But when I went to edit one of my community lots (even though i have ofb I don’t remember a sim ever purchasing a community lot so i don’t think that has anything to do with it), the host podium had a sign on the front, the chef was in the kitchen and the cooker was in use. I used moveobjects on to remove them, only while redecorating I got an “out of funds” message??? What?!

Exiting the game and reloading seemed to fix it but why did it happen to start with??

Okay I forgot that the no disc crack I used for Seasons was only for the unpatched version. I don’t have a built in disc drive on my netbook, so I prefer to use cracked exes when I can. Anyway I forgot to check if a patched version for Seasons was available before patching (it’s not) so I tried to uninstall the game only i kept getting that same message i got when I tried to uninstall the failed install of Sims 1, is that the program didn’t install properly. So I’ve system restored in the hopes that the unpatched version would be back only it hasn’t BUT the uninstaller is running so right now I’m backing up all my saves (taking ages and that’s not even including the DL folder which I backed up yesterday). Oh my gosh EAxis are so incompetent. Why is it that every other game I have, I can install, play, create CC, download CC uninstall and not have to worry about, but with anything by EA it’s just problem after problem? EA, why do you suck so much? Is it an art form you work to perfect or does or just come naturally?

So right now I’m hoping that i remembered everything that needs backing up and that the uninstaller works properly and i can restore my existing hoods (ya never know, I might finish Jasmine’s story one day).

Oh well, here goes…

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There’s no such thing as a split infinitive

8 March 2017 at 20:04 (Previous Polls, Random Randomness)

The infinitive of “go” is just “go”.
“To go” is a prepositional phrase headed by the word “to”.
http://www.compassrose.com/grammar/split-infinitive.html
Really though, it doesn’t matter at all.

New poll:

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Poetry by the The East Cheam Cultural Progressive Society

25 June 2016 at 18:29 (Random Randomness) ()

All credit to Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. We never did get to hear Greta’s poem.

Tin Can, by Gregory

Splish, splash, splonk.
Wooden shoes, red socks,
Carvings, tombstones, and tranquillisers.
Aspirins and driving tests
Jet-planes and skeletons.
Frog singing to egg-timer.
Calendars and candles upside down,
Plastic apples on coconut trees.
Splish, splash, splonk.

Blank Detail, by Rupert

Straw in the wind,
Straw in the wind,
Straw in the wind,
Straw in the wind,
Straw in the wind.
Fly, fly, fly!

Incandescence, by William

Hic haec hoc
Rinky tinky on purple grass
Shafts of light
Hobnailed boots
Tramping down the bamboo
That grows upwards,
Downwards, sideways
Into the concrete cosmos
Life is mauve
I am orange.
Hic haec hoc.

The Ashtray, by Anthony

Steel rods of reason through my head.
Salmon jumping; where jump I?
Camels on fire, and spotted clouds.
Striped horses prance the meadow wild
And rush on to drink at life’s fountains deep.
Life is cream, I am puce.
Ching chang chollah.

Limbo, by Sidney

Mauve world, green me
Black him, purple her
Yellow us, pink you
Lead pipes, fortune made
Six to four, come in second
Green country, blue Haringey and White City
Hic haec hoc.

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Vegan Root Vegetable Rosti

16 April 2016 at 21:07 (Plastic Vegan, Random Randomness) (, , , )

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As a side dish, this could serve between 4 and 6 people. If you’re me, this is enough for two meals 😐

They freeze well. Just wrap individually in foil or greaseproof paper and tie up in a freezer bag. Use within three months.

Be warned, this takes AGES to make if you grate by hand (which I have to 😦 ) I really recommend a food processor with a grater attachment.

The following quantities are just approximate. Feel free to alter proportions to your taste.

500g potatoes, scrubbed not peeled
300g sweet potato, peeled
250g swede, peeled
1/2 large leek, trimmed
2 large carrots, peeled

1 tbsp ground flaxseed
3 tbsp water

1/4 tsp salt
Pepper
3 tbsp cornflour or plain white flour
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Paper Mache Storage Unit

16 April 2016 at 20:20 (Artwork, Random Randomness) ()

A thing I made for my mum! I finally finished this on the 1st of March! It’s made out of three shoeboxes reinforced with card, then paper machéd with newspaper and cooked-flour-paste. Painted with one coat of brilliant white emulsion, then acrylic paint. Embellished with half pearls and rhinestones.

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Paper Mache Baby Sofa Finally Finished!

16 April 2016 at 20:07 (Artwork, Random Randomness) (, )

I finally finished this on the 12th of March 2016. Here’s what it looks like!

babysofa-painted

Stencilling should be done with sponges and not regular paintbrushes. I had to learn this by experience.

babysofa-detail

Not only can it take the weight of a toddler, it can take the weight of two toddlers and one me, making it strong enough to support 80kg+!!

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And the kids loved it, so it was a job well done. The end.

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Clarys’s Song

13 March 2016 at 20:14 (Random Randomness, Translations) (, , , , )

I seem to have this terrible habit of killing off my protagonists’ parents (count: 5/6 protagonists so far). Since Kiki has a song mourning the loss of her father, I thought it would be nice for Clarys to have a song too. Evil. I have no creativity: Clarys and Kiki both lost their mothers when they were babies, and then their fathers when they were children. I’m terrible.

Because I cannot compose melodies to save my life, I used this lovely lullaby sung by the amazing Erika Ferris. I hope it is not considered disrespectful to compose alternative lyrics for a traditional folk song.

Now I have a feeling my lyrics have grammatical/vocab mistakes in them. If any of them are a case of “This REALLY doesn’t mean what you think it means,” please do correct them. If, however, they can be excused by poetic licence and/or that fact that this song would have been written by a ten year old girl, please do so! Writing lyrics in a language you are not proficient in is hard enough, but to get them to fit to a melody is even harder. So please don’t rain on my parade except to save me from looking stupid. If you want to record these, it’s fine, but be sure to check with a native speaker that the lyrics are okay before you do 🙂

I might draw a picture to go with this, but it’s been a super long time since I drew a proper piece, so I dunno.

星を見上げて、
二人で夜空を
見つめたと思い出して、
心が痛い。
Hoshi o miagete,
futari de yozora o
mitsumeta to omoidashite,
kokoro ga itai.
I look up at the stars,
and I remember how the two of us would watch the night sky together,
and I feel a pain in my heart.
星の形
は愛の流れを
辿るでしょうか。涙、
次々散る。
Hoshi no katachi
wa ai no nagare o
tadoru deshou ka? Namida
tsugi tsugi chiru.
Will the pattern of the stars trace
the flow of my love?
My tears fall one by one.
今、静けさ
に一人で立ってる。
涙に星明り
がずっと映る。
Ima, shizukesa
ni hitori de tatteru.
Namida ni hoshiakari
ga zutto utsuru.
Now I stand alone in the silence.
My tears will forever reflect the starlight.
涙に私の愛
がずっと映る。
Namida ni watashi no ai
ga zutto utsuru.
My tears will forever reflect my love.

Japanese and English lyrics both © Clarissa S/Silver Arrows 2016. All Rights Reserved.

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Dave McGowan battling aggressive cancer: wrote 9/11 was a lie on 9/12

24 November 2015 at 22:46 (Random Randomness)

RIP Dave McGowan. May your work not have been in vain.

Truth and Shadows

*We got the very sad news today, Nov. 22, 2015, that Dave McGowan passed away from cancer at 12:47 p.m. The article below was originally posted on May 23, 2015 when we got the news that Dave was very ill.

This post features the full text of an article Dave McGowan wrote on Sept. 12, 2001, questioning the official story of the “terrorist attacks” 9/11. This is preceded by introductions from me and from Truth and Shadows contributor Sheila Casey.

** Since the publication of this article, it has come to my attention that Dave McGowan is in desperate need of funds so that he can cope with the effects of his illness. His brother Craig wrote on Facebook: 

“As far as the donations, most of you know that dave has been struggling financially the last 8 months and made less than 5 grand total on the book “Weird…

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Passionfruit

8 November 2015 at 20:21 (Random Randomness) (, , )

This is the fruit of Passiflora caerulea.

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And this is the fruit inside.

passionfruit

I’m not sure if it was completely ripe. It tasted okay anyway.

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Aquafaba

12 October 2015 at 23:31 (Plastic Vegan, Random Randomness) (, , , )

Oh my gosh, I have work tomorrow. I should be in bed.

AQUAFABA.COM

Seriously, bean juice. It’s awesome. I tried it and it works!

Pics and more info to come later, because it’s way too late right now. Check out the link above for all the info you need.

VEGAN EGG, for seriously.

VEGAN MERINGUE FROM LEFT-OVER BEAN WATER.

FREAKING AMAZING.

Whoa.

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So Mr Polopetsi has finally been remembered!

7 October 2015 at 22:22 (Random Randomness) (, , , , , )

A quick note to say that McCall Smith has finally remembered that there was a man called Mr Polopetsi working for the agency. The backpedalling is actually quite funny! It’s too late to save it! Your editors failed you and now everyone knows you forgot Mr Polopetsi.

SERIOUSLY. ONE OF YOUR STAFF LEAVING YOU WOULD BE A BIG DEAL. I NOTICED.

I honestly doubt he ever reads any of his fanmail. I remember shooting an email to his fanmail address about the mysterious disappearance of Mr Polopetsi, and that was waaaaaaay back in the Saturday Big Tent days. And I bet a few others must have done so, too. It’s been four books since then :O

ETA: Now I see it, and I can’t believe I never thought of this before. I bet he uses a ghostwriter. How else can he have so many continuity errors?

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Avocado

27 September 2015 at 18:03 (Random Randomness) (, , )

I tend to buy avocados, and then not eat them. Anyway, this time, I decided to be serious about planting the seed and seeing if I could get it to germinate.

Online there’s all this long stuff about toothpicks and jars of water, who has the time? So I just chucked it in a pot of compost, left it on my windowsill and kept it moist. After about two months, there was nothing happening — or so it seemed. When I started to empty the pot, the seed had cracked and a root was growing out! So back into the pot it went, a quick prayer that I hadn’t killed it, and after a couple more weeks, I was rewarded with this!

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Blast from the Past — Tinkle Tots!

27 September 2015 at 17:22 (Random Randomness) (, , )

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Tomy’s Tinkle Tots, also called Pipi Baby, and Bikinis.

I have two islands and three shells. The shells we got from one of those discount shops in Wood Green, mid 90s. I believe I was already in secondary school, or near to it, at the time we got these. I remember fixating on them and dreaming about having the full set 😦 As in actually dreaming. I really wanted the Rainbow Shower Island, and a Lullaby Moon. I remember the adverts, even though I believe they stopped airing long before we got these. “In their lullaby moooooon!”

My sister has the boat island, with one of the brown haired boys.

The islands we found some months later in Woolworths, reduced to clear. They were the proper retail quality UK versions (no gender-bending!)

Enough talking! Time for pictures!
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Rudy Simone and Aspergirls

2 August 2015 at 18:09 (Random Randomness) (, , , , , , )

I feel a little bit disillusioned with Rudy Simone. Aspergirls was my absolute favourite Aspie resource, for the first time I’d found every single “you’re such a weirdo/freak/shame on the family” moment I’d had explained, understood, accepted. For the first time I found people who really really knew what it was like for me, to know that I wasn’t just a weirdo/freak/shame on the family, but there was a reason for my being a misfit, and it wasn’t my fault. This book was like the best friend I never had.

But after Rudy Simone’s “I’m not Aspie anymore” speech it feels a little disingenuous.

Having said that, I still really do recommend the book. It helped me in so many ways.

First up, I want to make this bit clear: I don’t have a problem with her statement that “I truly don’t feel autistic anymore”.

After a few years of reading through Aspie forums, I’ve read of many people reaching adulthood feeling like they wouldn’t qualify for a diagnosis anymore. If you’ve been reading my posts on Asperger’s on here, you’ll see that I also feel like I might not even be obviously Aspie enough to qualify for one anymore. For me, Asperger’s = negative. So now I’ve managed to reduce the severity of the negative aspects by giving up dairy, I do kind of feel like I’m going native. But I know that my brain processes are still inherently neuroAtypical. I know that however much I may present as “normal”, and however well I’ve learned to navigate this NT world, inside I still think like an Aspie, I still stim like an Aspie, I still loathe uninvited touch like as Aspie, I still have aversions like an Aspie, I still get stuck on social situations I havn’t rehearsed for like as Aspie, I still see things from an Aspie point of view (and don’t see the things NT do).
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The First Sign of Madness..?

2 August 2015 at 15:57 (Random Randomness) (, , , , )

You’re bound to have heard this one:

They say talking to yourself is the first sign of madness.

The ever-elusive “they”! But is it really? You see, for me as an Aspie, talking to myself is the only way I can effectively interact with the outside world.

Verbal communication does not come naturally to me. My way of thinking is primarily visual and abstract. If I don’t rehearse what I need to say before-hand, all that will come out is a jumbled mixture of sounds and random syllables. So what I spend a lot of time doing is something called “scripting”. Although this is different from the echolalia-type scripting, which I will talk about later.
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If you were to be creepy and place a spy-cam in my room, a good deal of the time you would see me, sitting on the bed, doing what appears to be talking to imaginary friends. What I’m doing, then, is practising how to talk.
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Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale Test and the RAADS-R Test

25 July 2015 at 21:45 (Random Randomness) (, , , , )

I’m actually enjoying reading through the Musings of an Aspie site. So looking through the Take a Test archives, I saw the post about the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale Test. And I can never resist a quiz. What’s surprising is my score:

40(fear) + 44(avoidance) = 84
You have severe social phobia

Umm, I’m pretty sure I’d have known by now if I had severe social phobia?? I’m looking through my answers and they seem as accurate as they can be. But honestly, I don’t think this fits. Having said that, it’s taken me 13 years to pluck up the courage to finally book an appointment with the dentist, and even that was nerve-wracking. Not because I’m scared of the actual treatment — ha! Now I’m over 18 they can’t do anything to me without my permission — the scary thing was actually booking the appointment in the first place.

I just did this one as well:

The Ritvo Autism Asperger Diagnostic Scale-Revised
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Empathy Quotient

25 July 2015 at 21:32 (Random Randomness) (, , )

The last time I did this, my EQ was 5 😦

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Your Empathizing Quotient is 9. Baron-Cohen (2003) suggests that this means “you have a lower than average ability for understanding how other people feel and responding appropriately”.

Your Systemizing Quotient is 35. Baron-Cohen (2003) suggests that this means “you have an average ability for analysing and exploring a system”.

Yes, eat that! I’m almost 2x more empathetic than in 2011!

According to Musings of an Aspie:

Possible scores range from 0 to 80. The average NT scores from two different studies were 47 and 50 for women and 41 and 42 for men. The average aspie score is 20.

A general scoring guideline:

0-32 = below average
33-52 = average
53-63 = above average
64-80 = significantly above average

Eh. Truly I am still cold and heartless.

Anyway, I just saw something really awesome on that site!

http://www.stimtastic.co

Stimming jewellery and accessories. They have fidget rings. This reminds of how I had to stop wearing my thumb ring, because at every opportunity I would take it off and fidget with it, and though it would annoy me, I couldn’t stop. So in the end, I just shut it away in my trinket box.

But this looks super awesome! Look look:

http://www.stimtastic.co/stim-jewelry/?category=Chewy+Jewelry

Chewable jewellery!

Lately, I’ve taken to even chewing my name badge at work, which I have a feeling I might one day get pulled up for. I’ve noticed that this last month I’ve been stimming in general more than usual and more noticeably.

I totally want a chewy stim necklace!! This one in particular looks great!

http://www.stimtastic.co/stim-jewelry/chewable-annular-pendant-necklace

Eee! And you know what’s making me squee even more? The first three colours match the three bottles of Crazy Color I recently bought!! >_< Super epic mega fangirl SQUEE!

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Heheheheheheheh. Hair colouring is the one exception I make with my rule of Chemicals – UGH!

PS No one seems to know how to spell “fuchsia”.

It’s FU CH S I A.

Okay?

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Without Me

23 July 2015 at 18:58 (Artwork, Random Randomness)

jealous
I’m jealous of your clothes, because they feel your warmth every day. I’m jealous of your bed that gets to spend each night with you. I’m jealous of everyone who gets to hear your voice. I’m jealous of every single goddamn person who walks past you on the street, who could reach out and touch you, if only they knew, but I can’t even reach you.

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Telegram Stickers!

18 July 2015 at 17:55 (Ace Attorney, Random Randomness) (, , , )

Made a couple of sticker sets for Telegram.

Here’s an Ace Attorney one:
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Download here: Ace Attorney Sticker Set

Here’s a self-portraitish one, made with PrinceofRedRoses’s art @ Rinmarugames.com
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Download here: CB Sticker Set

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Dolls House Update 11/07/15 – Getting better

11 July 2015 at 20:35 (Artwork, Random Randomness) (, , )

So I mentioned in my last update that I bought some (I hope) better quality paint. Two in titanium white and one in silver. Got it from quickdraw on eBay, who had a buy 3, get 20% off offer. And because I’m good at working out 20%, I realised I could get them at £6.40 each.

Soooo…

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That’s cardstock I got for the wallpaper. It shows just how yellow the Wilko paint got!

So I got the Royal and Langnickel brand. This new paint is glossier when applied, as you can see below:

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It does seem to be better than the Wilko stuff. Gloopier and slightly better coverage.

I’ve given everything a coat, except the roof. And the underside has already had two coats.

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Giving Cal’s bed a coat as well. I think I’ll make his bed silver though.

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Now the back of the pack says that the colour will remain intense and bright. So I’m taking them at their word. I really need to get a move on as the spare room is going to be needed in under a week! Better get cracking!

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Update on the home-made moisturisers

8 July 2015 at 18:43 (Plastic Vegan, Random Randomness)

This is what mouldy cream looks like:

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Ewwwww.

Well we’ve had a heatwave recently, and I didn’t keep the creams in the fridge, so the Fruity blend cream got mouldy, as did what was left of the main batch of the Forest blend, which I also kept in my room. But the main batch of the Fruity blend is in the fridge, and at the last check there was no sign of mould.

Now the weird thing is, the first ever cream I made, you remember the main batch went mouldy? But I had decanted some into an old cleaned out lip balm tub and kept that in my bag to use at work. Well, I still have that same cream in there and it is not mouldy. That is so weird.

Anyway, shelf life of the creams is about 3 months, and that was with not putting in enough potassium sorbate. I made that last batch in March, and it went off end of June/beginning of July. So that’s not too bad.

It’s a weird thing though, I made a new batch last weekend, but for some reason the cream is not thickening like it did the first time. That one was a very thick, creamy cream. This time it’s a runny lotion, which I don’t like as much. And I used the same proportion of water (6 parts) as I did the first time. Weird. Maybe using more EOs does it, or perhaps the citric acid and p. sorbate? No idea.

Also, lesson learned: grapefruit essential oil is way too drying. Leave it out unless you have really greasy skin.

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Dolls House Update 05/07/15 Hiccup #948682

5 July 2015 at 20:08 (Artwork, Random Randomness) (, , )

Oh wow, every single stage of this is going wrong, but so far, all the previous problems were solvable. This one is even worse than the uneven floor board in the dining area.

So at the last update, I realised that water-based polyurethane varnish and emulsion paint do not go well together. So I set about repainting the whole thing once more in acrylic.

But things are STILL going wrong.

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Because the paint is turning freakin’ YELLOW!

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What’s the deal with the dolls on Sindy.com?

5 July 2015 at 19:19 (Random Randomness) (, )

Well I contacted the folks at Pedigree, and it’s a case of “You can look, but you can’t have!” I’m afraid. It’s a shame, because I think these are the best Sindys yet!

Hi Clarissa,

Thanks for your email.

I’m pleased to hear that you like the dolls featured on sindy.com – unfortunately these are not available at retail and never have been.

They were produced as OOAK dolls to be used in our style guide updates that we give to our licensing partners.

We are working hard to find a partner in the UK that could sell the dolls so please keep checking back on the website for updates.

Kind regards

Denise Deane

Which would you most like to see? My personal faves are:
Dance Party Sindy
Day to Night (I’m glad they finally fixed the link)
I quite like the hair on Wild Style Sindy, although animal print? Ugh.
School Prom Sindy
Sindy’s Got Talent (the hair, not so much the dress)
And my fave fave: Style Blogger

Wish there were ethnic minorities in this, though.

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London Expo 2012 Pics

5 July 2015 at 17:54 (Kid Icarus, Random Randomness) (, , , , , )

Because why not? 😀

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expo12-ninokuni

expo12-gamers

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expo12-alien
Creepy *shiver*

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Yeah! This dude was the only KI-related thing in the ENTIRE Expo. That’s why I’m never going to one again, because they never cater for the smaller fandoms, only the mainstream, which fair enough, they wanna cater to the majority so they can shift their stock, but there might be at least one or two stalls that sell merch from the smaller fandoms, ie KID ICARUS AND ACE ATTORNEY. But no, not even one mention of them. Tokyo Toys is the same.

Anyway I blurred out his face cos I didn’t tell him I was gonna post his pic on the intarwebz. He has a Link tattoo.
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