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This blog suspended until further notice

Posted in Uncategorized on August 4, 2008 by moonflake

I’m going to admit the obvious: that other responsibilities (such as the job that pays me cashy money) prevent me from keeping up with blogging. The content of these posts takes a lot of research, and I simply don’t have the time or the energy to do it any justice.  Therefore it is with a sad heart that I bid you farewell for now. Thank you to those who have been faithful companions on this journey – your comments,  insights and support have been valued more than you may know.

Sapere aude, friends.


Yuletide reflection

Posted in Uncategorized on January 6, 2008 by moonflake

I’m a big fan of Yuletide/Decemberween/Wintermas/whatever you want to call it. It’s a great holiday: getting together with family, exchanging gifts and tucking in to a three-course meal that leaves everyone mildly incapacitated. My family has, as all families have, its own special traditions that I look forward to every year: that everyone has to help out with the meal in some way, that presents are only given after the main course and before dessert to allow some modicum of digestion to take place, the phoning of family living overseas to wish them personally, and the requirement that the youngest child who can read gives out all the gifts one at a time to the waiting family, sitting crowded around the tree. That some religious people celebrate the birth of their prophet on that day is a coincidence that is generally not taken into account, for which I am enormously grateful.

Yuletide for me starts weeks in advance, with the all-important tasks of discussing and planning the menu, and with the purchasing of gifts. The careful selection of a good gift is by far the most challenging and satisfying aspect of my Yuletide. They say that it is better to give than to receive, and never is that more true than when one receives a truly disappointing gift. There is always the distant relative or elderly aunt who invariably gives you either something inpersonal like socks, or something truly offensive, like a bible. Case in point this year was a 2008 astrology calendar from a female relative of my significant other, complete with daily predictions for the year ahead. This would be from the same person who presented me last year with a book on Feng Shui and another on Dream Interpretation. Gifts like these make you wonder if the person is shopping for you, or for themselves.

What do you do in these scenarios? Well, in the spirit of the season, you smile and thank them graciously, as if you had just received something wonderful, thoughtful and exciting, that you cannot wait to dig into. This can be difficult, and I was very thankful this year that the gift was actually not presented in person, nor did I have to thank the giver in person, so I was spared that trial of forced good nature. On the down side, it only means that next year I will receive something similar, probably a guide to homeopathic remedies or something by Deepak Chopra.

Oh well, another yuletide came and went in exactly the way I expected it – chaos, tradition, good cheer, great food, and mostly good presents. Here’s looking forward to next year.

On Notice

Posted in Uncategorized on October 23, 2007 by moonflake

I think it’s time for Stephen Colbert to put some people on notice:

On Notice 10/07

I’ll be away for a while

Posted in Uncategorized on November 10, 2006 by moonflake

I have the next week off, so don’t expect to hear much from me during that time, unless my ADSL is magically connected early. Since that’s about as likely as pigs flying, homeopathy being scientifically proven, and Zuma being found guilty of corruption, I’d say don’t hold your breath.

In the meantime, keep yourself entertained by reading some of the blogs in the sidebar.

Quote of the moment

Posted in Uncategorized on September 27, 2006 by moonflake

There are reasons I love to read Pharyngula, and this is one of them:

I suspect anyone caught needing to consume a tiger’s erectile organ is deeply inadequate, not just in the crotch, but the brain as well.

I think someone is taking the piss

Posted in Uncategorized on August 28, 2006 by moonflake

There’s a woman called Dr. Orzack who apparently specializes in the psychology, treatment and cure of Computer Addiction. I think the entire site must be a spoof, and it’s not just because of the corny signs that you might be addicted to computers. Look at this picture of the good doctor:

Dr Orzack

I put forward the motion that this is not a psychologist, nor is she even a woman. In fact, someone is taking the piss. Who? Look below the fold if you think you know.

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We’re all moved in

Posted in Uncategorized on July 21, 2006 by moonflake

I’ve semi-successfully imported all my blogspot posts. Because of the time of posting, it’s resulted in the ‘we’re moving’ post occuring after the ‘welcome to wordpress’ one, but i think that’s a weird little space-time continuum loop i can live with (the universe doesn’t appear to have collapsed in on itself). Also some of my image placing seems to be b0rked on the old posts…. if i ever have time i’ll go back and fix them.

One thing i did bother to do was go back and categorize all the Midweek Cuckoos, so now you can grab all the past ones by selecting the approprate category. All the other imported posts are under Uncategorized. I doubt i’ll ever have the time to go back through all of those…

Anyway, i’ve unpacked, i’ve put most of the boxes away, and my toiletries are all in the bathroom. I’m here to stay… at least until i get a better offer.