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March 1st, 2005
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Everytime someone posts the ten unique things meme, it strikes me that I haven't done 1 interesting and unique thing, and I mope about this for a while.

As I'm pretty certain I must have done (eg, increased the active membership of a university society from 1 to 24 over a presidency of one term, become engaged to a partner I met through our role playing characters love affair*) this is a good sign that I'm generally mopey and down at the moment, rather than specifically mopey and down at M, and that yesterdays depressed nihilism was nothing more than that. FCVO "good" It's that time of the year again... (/me grits her teeth and vows to stay away from beautiful boys until Spring is firmly rooted. Well, beautiful boys who arn't M)

In other news, 12 months! *bounce* *bounce* *love hearts* *bounce* It would be nice to celebrate with roses and chocolates and cards and kisses and sex, but I was crap and forgot to buy anything, am late for lectures, and M is off to CTS tonight. Still, I love him and want to marry him, and that's the important bit.** And it's wonderful

*Mmmmm, Claire and Coenna.

** It's kind of hard not to lose sight of this occasionally when my entired brain is screaming at me to run away from the doom that is wedding organisation, and I'm surrounded by friends in the middle of divorce. Writing it down once in a while is important.

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From:randomchris
Date:March 1st, 2005 10:28 am (UTC)
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My usual reaction to being mopey and down generally, rather than for any specific reason, is to say "gah, silly brain chemicals", make sure I eat properly for the next few days (maybe take vitamins as well?) and generally ignore it and try to have fun in spite of it. The "having fun" part can feel a bit forced at first, but once you actually start getting out there, it forces your brain to realise it's being silly and to produce different chemicals. At least that's my theory...
From:yrieithydd
Date:March 1st, 2005 10:50 am (UTC)
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I find exercise to be very good. At the beginning of term I had a couple of bad colds and slid into a being too mopey to get into work (and thus being more mopey because I was being inept) frame of mind. Going and playing cricket (and then going ringing) got me out of this (although I had to convince myself that it was ok to do something fun when I'd not been well enough (or so I claimed to do work) 'cos my mum's rule was always if we'd been off school we couldn't do evening things either).
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From:king_of_wrong
Date:March 1st, 2005 11:47 am (UTC)
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Everytime someone posts the ten unique things meme, it strikes me that I haven't done 1 interesting and unique thing, and I mope about this for a while.

Sorry :(

Hope you feel more cheerful soon!
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From:lacuna
Date:March 1st, 2005 11:50 am (UTC)
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Hi. Just to say I don't mind at all if you add me (have added you), although the chances of me having a more exciting life than you, as you suggest, are pretty slim!
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From:cartesiandaemon
Date:March 1st, 2005 11:54 am (UTC)
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You could go firewalking[1] or assassinate someone or kiss 100 people in one night or get married in the guild hall and then put that on your list. *hug* Don't be mopey, everyone else fudged.

Also, wow, CTS should do really stupid legal things more often, it means we get to see Matthew :)

[1] Damn, I knew I forgot one on my list!

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From:bluap
Date:March 1st, 2005 12:22 pm (UTC)
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I've firewalked - it's quite exhilerating.
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From:cartesiandaemon
Date:March 1st, 2005 12:26 pm (UTC)
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We should start a club :)

In fact, it was fun, but it felt like an anticlimax when I did, compared to how hard everyone expected it to be, and I always forget to add ti to 'lists of interesting things I have' :(
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From:bluap
Date:March 1st, 2005 12:39 pm (UTC)
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I didn't expect it to be hard at all - the demonstration was given by some "de-bunking" scientists, who started off by explaining the science behind it.

From memory, it felt like walking barefoot over a shingle beach...
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From:cartesiandaemon
Date:March 1st, 2005 12:42 pm (UTC)
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Oh, right! We had a whole psyching up session. But I reasoned that it must be perfectly safe or they wouldn't let people do it :)

But when I tell people, they're like :O and I have a lot of conversations like:

"Did it hurt?"
"No."
"Oh."
"But it was cool. Really."
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From:bluap
Date:March 1st, 2005 12:48 pm (UTC)
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It's due to the low heat capacity / conducitivity of the wood. As an analogy, consider an oven. The air in the oven is the same temperature as the metal. However, if you touch the metal, you'll burn instantly, while you can hold your hand in the air for a minute or so without harm. The same principle applies to firewalking - if you stood still on the wood, then you'd be in trouble but you have very little time in contact with it (especially as you're likely to be walking pretty rapidly).

As an aside, you shouldn't use pine - the sap makes flakes of wood stick to your feet and burn you.
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From:cartesiandaemon
Date:March 1st, 2005 12:53 pm (UTC)
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Sorry, I should have said. I am aware of the theory (though technically I never actually calculated the spec.heat.cap. of the wood), just not from these guys. It was quite funny actually, because in the question session a couple of peeople asked about it and the instructor had to say "Uh... yes, that's right. I think."

On the other hand, you've explained it better than I could, I might point anyone who doesn't get it at that post.
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From:angoel
Date:March 1st, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC)
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I thought of putting firewalking on my list, but decided it was one of those things that quite a lot of people would have done through some means or other - like bungee jumping (which incidentally, I haven't done yet).
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From:cartesiandaemon
Date:March 1st, 2005 02:07 pm (UTC)
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I split my list into two. "Things none of my friends have done" and "Things most people haven't done, but my friends probably have because they're like that." Firewalking was in list #2 :)
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From:rmc28
Date:March 1st, 2005 12:09 pm (UTC)
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Remember, eloping is always an option ;)
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From:bouteillebleu
Date:March 1st, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC)
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*pops in to comment while she remembers*

Sorry to not have emailed you yet - every time I mean to, something comes up. About meeting for coffee: I'm free all of tomorrow, and after 12 noon on Friday. (Oh, and pretty much all of Saturday as well, until round about 6pm.)

Let me know what time you'd like to meet, and I'll email more so we can work out where. :)

(How are the books going, by the way?)
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