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Not a great photo, phone plus failing light at the end of the day, but we were in Dundee on Sunday.
A view from Dundee Law.

Quite like Dundee as a place to visit, just not for the reasons we had to this time, it seems much nicer than Aberdeen.

Sat in the dentist waiting room.
Just a routine hygiene appointment.

Changed our CHI with the very lovely and helpful receptionist. 👍

She is fielding incoming phones calls and making reminder calls.

We would swear that in the last five minutes she has vocalised more words than we would do in a day at the moment 🤣

(There's a reminder that intense sustained interactions would rapidly burn us out at the moment 🤷‍♀️)

"You never truly stop transitioning" aphorism is actualy just statistical error. Trans Georg, who lives in UK & takes 10,000 years to transition on NHS, is an outlier adn should not have been counted.

Too funny:

"Some said an open-world experience this immersive wasn’t possible. But it’s already here. And you don’t even need silly VR headsets. Introducing, ✨ Icelandverse✨"


Well this is novel.

Burning a DVD 📀

Can't remember the last time we did that.
Certainly there's not many on the spindle left, but can't see us needing to buy more at the current rate of usage :blobcat_googly:

"I entered [an anechoic chamber] at Harvard University several years ago and heard two sounds, one high and one low. When I described them to the engineer in charge, he informed me that the high one was my nervous system in operation, the low one my blood in circulation. Until I die there will be sounds. And they will continue following my death. One need not fear about the future of music"
John Cage

OK, spat that out of our collective...

If there are any autistic animists out there who happen to be shamanic practitioners, we would love to know your thoughts*. 😜

But the therapeutic process of writing for us has it's value just in gathering our ideas. :autism:

*(That's an extremely small intersection we suspect, as autism is a modern western classification and shamanic practice is *old*, but you never know who might see something )

MECFS petition to Austrian parliament - anyone can sign 

This Austrian petition is for more recognition, medical care and protection for #MECFS sufferers, and is now also is available in English.

This needs 18, 000 signatures from Austrians and as many as we can get from around the world. Please sign and share!

11 days left to sign.

English version:



Check top right on website to see full list of languages available.

@MECFS @ChronicIllness

New shoes arrived :blobcheerbounce:

Subtle they are not.
There is *extremely* little choice in the UK unless you want to play the Brexit Tax roulette and import stuff.
It was these or a pair of Inov8 Orocs in our size, that's all that was available in the UK.

So we'll just have to live with the colours. 😜

However, we ripped pins and uppers on our previous spiked shoes. They served well, but are consumables, as they will only take so much abuse before starting to fall apart.

Winter ready now though.

Might not look like much, but 18 well placed hardened pins make icy conditions very manageable 😀

These plus an axe and poles will take us across places where people often reach for crampons.

Dumb toolchain/workflow mistakes are us 🤦‍♀️

Writing up something we have been mulling for some time. Life, and it's travails have put writing on hold for a bit, so it's good to get back to processing.

Added the odd bit to existing posts, then started on the current piece.

Neurodivergence & Shamanic Relation.*

Workflow is to write in markdown, inside a syncthing location so it can be on any device.
This is then rsynced with the location for Hugo to generate static web pages. Checked on a local server, then synced onto the domain.

No preview appeared.

Foolish body here typoed the timestamp into the *future* :blobfacepalm:
A time in the past & it is there 👍

*(There's a piece on our different system members relationship to magic and spirituality brewing too, ritual vs instinctive.)

Awesome moss on today's walk. Definitely a post worth posting 😊

Confounded patriarchal gambling!

CW: accidental lewd

Tyres are the one area we do not skimp on.

4 wheels or two.

All the fancy electronics, driver skill, whatever, are worthless if the contact patch with the ground is not grippy.

Stopping, and going around corners is important 🤣

Plus, predictability. Knowing where the limits of that grip are and when it will let go, and how abruptly it will do so.

Old or cheap tyres can make that a real lottery 😮

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New tyres on the truck :blobcheer:

There was tread on the old ones, but the rubber had "gone off" due to age, which meant wet tarmac at times was *fun*.

Offroad tyres on tarmac, in wet, in 2wd and unladen, well a heavy foot will always spin those up.
However, we were finding it increasingly losing grip on low speed roundabouts and the like. Front and rear.

As fun as it is to drift a vehicle in the appropriate environment, built up areas and with other vehicles about is not one of those :blobcat_googly:

Also, it's was *unpredictable* and that is a real negative.

So hopefully, this upcoming weather will be a bit better now we have rubber that isn't 6 years old. 😀

And the TL;DR, in case you want the headlines without having to read about everything in detail:

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