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1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4-7 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! Just pick up whatever is closest!

"The edges of the longer sides of the ordinary mats are bound with a narrow strip of black linen, as before remarked. In the houses of the nobles this border strip has figures worked into it in black and white, as may be seen by reference to Japanese illustrated books showing interiors. These mats fit tightly, and the floor upon which they rest, never being in sight, is generally made of rough boards with open joints. The mat, as you step upon it, yields slightly to the pressure of the foot; and old mats get to be slightly uneven and somewhat hard from continual use."

'Japanese Homes and Their Surroundings' by Edward S Morse.

Like marchwarden I have a pile of books very close by, but this one is shoved on the top of the shelf and is also small and very grabbable! In fact it's my book of choice when it's 'OMG I need a small and interesting book to shove in my small bag because I am gonna be waiting for a lift/doctors surgery/on a train, quick which one?' kind of thing.

Plus it's bloody brilliant and the BEST book on Japanese domestic architecture there is. Ever. Published in 1887 and a highly detailed volume of Morse's extremely thorough notes and illustrations from his travels in Japan. Honestly, if anyone has ANY interest whatsoever in not only Japanese architecture but way of life, especially during that period and before, as little had changed, then GET IT! It's also an amazingly easy read.
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It is M.E. awareness week.

And I apologise for just copying and pasting a friend's Vox entry as it really says it all.

"Last year I was still a bit ignorant about my illness, M.E, more specifically the politics surrounding it and how damaging the use of of the bogus term CFS, CFS/ME or ME/CFS is, which I've never used or held with, but I didn't realise just *how* damaging this is to us as sufferers. I will never use that awful ribbon again that's for sure!

'The term M.E. is medically and diagnostically correct, but it is of course only correct when it is applied to people who actually have M.E. and fit this very distinct and unique description and definition of a well-defined scientifically measurable neurological disease.

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is characterised by post encephalitic damage to the brain stem; a nerve centre through which many spinal nerve tracts connect with higher centres in the brain in order to control all vital bodily functions. This is always damaged in M.E. – hence the name Myalgic Encephalomyelitis which means My = muscle, Algic = pain, Encephalo = brain, Mye = spinal cord, Itis = inflammation.

However, of course this damage is NOT seen in all those with post-viral fatigue syndromes and so on who merely qualify for a (mis)diagnosis of 'CFS.' 'CFS' and M.E. are NOT the same and the vast majority of those given a 'CFS' misdiagnosis do NOT have M.E. (nor any other distinct neurological disease.)'

For more information on it see these articles located at the best ME resource there is http://hfme.org/ (The Hummingbirds' Foundation For Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.)

ME is NOT: http://www.hfme.org/meisnot.htm

ME Name: http://www.hfme.org/mename.htm

Anti-Advocacy: http://www.hfme.org/meantiadvocacy.htm

A powerful statement to help people understand just how awful this disease really is:

'In the 1980s Mark Loveless, an infectious disease specialist and head of the AIDS Clinic at Oregon Health Sciences University, found that ME patients whom he saw had far lower scores on the Karnofsky performance scale than his HIV patients, even in the last week of their life. He testified that an ME patient, "feels effectively the same every day as an AIDS patient feels two weeks before death." But in ME this extremely high level of illness is NOT short term - if it does not end in death as it sometimes does - it can continue uninterrupted for DECADES!'
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As Christina put: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Awareness Week. A powerful statement to help people understand just how awful this disease really is: 'In the 1980s Mark Loveless, an infectious disease specialist and head of the AIDS Clinic at Oregon Health Sciences University, found that ME patients whom he saw had far lower scores on the Karnofsky performance scale than his HIV patients, even in the last week of their life. He testified that an ME patient, "feels effectively the same every day as an AIDS patient feels two weeks before death." But in ME this extremely high level of illness is NOT short term - if it does not end in death as it sometimes does - it can continue uninterrupted for DECADES!

I've got a lot of pictures here that explain things in little bite sized chunks, I'm feeling like a (barely) re-animated corpse today so these are helpful as I don't have to write so much.

It seems most of the groups and biomedical research places I linked to last year have since sold out to the highest bidder (big pharma and insurance company funded) and are now doing nothing helpful for M.E sufferers at all, just perpetuating the myths. *sigh*

The only other great website that I know of is that of true M.E expert Dr Byron Hyde: http://www.nightingale.ca/



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HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIZZIE!!!

20 TODAY!!!
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Hoeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!
You're a Magical Girl!

You're sugar-hyped, caffeine-hyped, and permanently genki-er than a whole busload of Disney characters on crack. You eat too much, you're a total klutz, and somehow this makes you an ideal candidate for saving the world. If you're really unlucky, you get to get naked in an embarrassing transformation sequence in every single episode, with only a few sparkles and pastel blobs to cover your dignity.

Which generic anime character are you?


YAY!!!

Feb. 16th, 2010 06:34 pm
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Lizzie got an offer for September for here... http://www.aucb.ac.uk/

...to do this... http://www.aucb.ac.uk/courses/degreecourses/costume.aspx

...so long as she passes her current year! This WILL BE ACHIEVABLE, her tutor and college Director won't ALLOW her to fail it LOL!

I am SO pleased for her, she was so anxious the last few days waiting to hear if her interview was OK!
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...and yes, I DO have random and wide tastes in music...

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I LOVE this song...



And my other recent discovery...



Abney Park, steampunk band! (LOVE the pics in this vid)
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News about the Staffordshire Hoard:

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/21/20100113/tuk-bid-to-keep-gold-treasure-in-region-6323e80.html

GO HERE and donate please, if you can!

http://www.artfund.org/staffordshire_hoard/

(AND I HAVE ANOTHER SNOW DAY!)
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...here )
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Satellite picture of the UK from yesterday, complete white-out! There isn't one inch that doesn't have snow!

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To be honest, I was worried about the drive in - the main roads aren't too bad but the side roads are treacherous. Apparently 'the site' isn't safe either which is why it's closed, there are too many icy footpaths and such and not enough teachers can get in from further out places.

So another day off! YAY!

Yay...!

Jan. 5th, 2010 02:12 pm
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...Snow day!

JUST a tadge late however, as it came down AFTER I'd got to school and took me just over TWO HOURS to get home 8 miles! Exciting drive too!

here be pics from my house... )

Best ever!

Dec. 25th, 2009 05:47 pm
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I hope everyone has had as lovely as day as I have :) Nicest presents, everyone loved theirs, food was perfect and excellent company <3
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...Festivities! Whatever rocks your boat this time of year, have a good one!
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I've loved this band for YEARS and finally got to see them tonight! BRILLIANT show!

Uigenna...

Nov. 28th, 2009 08:52 pm
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Over in Second Life, myself and a couple of Wraeththu friends, Crubo and Silfie, have been looking out for post-apocalyptic backdrops to photograph a little Uigenna-meets-human-boy scenario. We've all sourced our clothing, hair, skin etc and the delightful and clever Crubo made a couple of appropriate poses/animations. These pics are the result!

Pics here... )

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