KathiraNarae [Rambling 'Round the Rant] Contains mild swearing.
#21
The tower collapses if it takes 200 points' worth of sick burns from wizardly battle rapping.

That entire trope page is a goldmine, isn't it? For further exchanging the rest of your entire day with hilarious things, I recommend The Problem with Pen Island and Cross-Cultural Kerfuffle.

EDIT: I assume you're also familiar with Tropers Do It Without Notability. If not, then congratulations, your entire week is gone. (tropers do it for an entire week nonstop)
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#22
I'd read the Pen Island and Kerfluffle tropes, but I hadn't encountered that grand list of who does it and how. Thanks, I'll be be back next week.
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#23
It is now next week.

A rant on awareness

I can across an infographic earlier today. Said infographic was a comparison of two things. The first was the money raised by certain donation drives: the ALS ice bucket challenge (2014), Jump Rope for Heart (disease) (2013), Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes(2013), Ride to End AIDS(2013), Fight For Air Climb (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)(2013), Komen Race for the Cure (breast cancer) (2012), Movember (prostate cancer) (2013), and Out of Darkness Overnight Walk (suicide; okay, not a disease, but needs pushing in the same way)(2014). The second thing was the number of deaths to each disease (and suicide) each year. This article explains the multitude of problems with the infographic itself, but I noticed that there's another problem with it, one born of our society's thoughts on these diseases (and suicide). What's important from the infographic for my rant is that the Komen Race had a hell of a lot more donations than all the others.

In an IRC conversation with Isaac the other day, I mentioned a base assumption I have gained from too many ad breaks over the years. It has been my belief that cancer in general, and breast cancer in particular, is constantly pushing and pushing and pushing to recieve donations, constant drives for cancer are all over the place, and I'm wondering if anyone cares about the others. The only others I've sen come close to that level of awareness drives were heart disease and HIV/AIDS. The latter also seems to be mostly 'Oh, hey, it's one of the bad things about African poverty, donate to Africa! And don't do the thing that contracts it for said thing is evil and always has been'. As far as my view on cancer drives is concerned, the infographic proved it.

But a general look at the names of the drives shows the problem as far more widespread and invasive. Sticking to cancer itself for the time being, prostate cancer's mentioned drive was one year of a yearly drive, while the drive for breast cancer was one of many, many, many one-offs, and earned far far far less. What, when it comes to cancer, guys are second rate? Is the fact that the prostate isn't as visible and the only thing that matters about a woman being her breasts to blame? I'm all for gender equality, so how about some donations to the guy-only cancer as well as the mostly-women-only one, eh?!

And in general, cancer recieves far more one-off drives and donations, judging by titles. The ALS ice bucket challenge still recieved far far far fewer than the less complained about one-off-of-many for breast cancer. The donation amounts also tell the story themselves: diabetes gets very little awareness and money despite killing more people, though maybe that's due to lack of awareness that diabetes comes in different types and some just happen, with nothing to do with lifestyles.

But the one that really got me? Suicide. Compared to all the diseases, suicide gets very little awareness and donations, barely anything towards helplines and things to help the suicidal be able to cope with their lives. That's what they need, help, something to show them that yes, they are loved and wanted. I could rant further on my hatred of the lack of care for suicides, but I'll just close with the statement that people can commit suicide at a very young age due to things that people don't care about or solve. Some don't actually do it, but do feel like they want to at a similarly young age. Like a ten-year-old girl whose teachers didn't care. She definately wanted to end it, and could have done with further help. Even if what stopped her was a fear of actual death.

But she's alive. Alive enough to rant at you all. Extensively. With little idea what she's talking about.
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#24
I'm sorry, Kath. D: *hugs real right* Don't do it. You would be missed here on Turquoise, and I'm sure there are other people in real life who would miss you. You are definitely wanted. If you ever want to talk privately, I'll be here. Other than that, I think I'll just accept the rest of your "rant" as is. It's perfectly fine. *hugs again*
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#25
Thanks for the love but those thoughts and the incidents that caused them were 9 years ago. I'm perfectly fine now, though other areas of my abilities and psyche still feel the aftereffects. That's what the final paragraph is, reassurement that I'm fine, that was all a very long time ago, and I don't think I'll be suicidal for a long, long time. Don't worry about me, mate, go show that love to those who haven't recovered like I was able to!

Though now I realise that what was intended as a rant about how one disease overshadows and 'steals' from all the others devolved into one of my bigger rants about attitudes towards suicide, which is, admittedly, one of my pet peeves. I really got off-topic, didn't I?!
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#26
I have to say I wholeheartedly agree with you on the suicide point. This very year I lost someone who had played a major role in shaping my life for the past seven years to suicide, and discovering that was how he died was especially devastating because I had literally no idea that he was suffering and he'd always seemed so strong and untouchable. So yeah, I definitely agree that suicide, and by extension as a common cause of suicide, depression, really need more awareness and help available.
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#27
Thanks for the niceness, guys!

Right, let's go from sad to angry in the next installment of the Student Finance saga...

One thing after another
So, the site error mentioned a while back? Still ain't been fixed. I've emailed to complaints department, but haven't had a reply yet, and I've also sent a dead-tree type form, all filled in, via post to those arses. I have no idea how well that's gonna go. By now, it's obvious to me that I'm not gonna have the money I need to pay Loughborough as soon as they want it.

Good news on that front, though, I phoned to tell them the above and they made a note on my record. It went well, though time will tell if they actually refer to it when I go to uni later.

Further good news as regards flights, we've made arrangements for such things as crockery and certain bedding to be given to me from my Nan (who lives in France: that's why that's having to be sorted out, though it's nice that she's actually done something for someone else for a change), we have the time I need to be in Loughborough, we have the flight booked. It's just Finance left.

ARGH!
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#28
Time for another rant.

Uni Halls think teetotal introverts don't exist
And they won't give any info beyond 'party' and 'fancy dress' until the actual event to anyone else. Even the drunken party-loving maniacs.

Let me start from the beginning. I checked my email and got one about how I had to pay my 'Fresher's sub' on the Student Union website. So far so simple, but my first bout of anger was at the price. £100. That's a lot for someone who has already had to pay her plane fare, still needs to buy train tickets, needs to keep money ready to pay the Hall rent, and has no idea if Student Finance are actually going to help her. Even worse, there's not THAT much info on what that money actually goes towards, all that's stated is the Hall common room, the hall sports teams (which I don't care about and have no interest in supporting), freshers week activities (more on that in a bit), and 'much much more'. I'd like to know what that more is and if it's worth my time but there's nothing. Nothing! The only incentive to getting it is that this is one of the purchases I have to make if I don't want my Hall contract terminated. That's horribly coercive, in my opinion, especially since I DON'T support sports teams of any kind, in fact I don't support SPORTS, full stop! Thanks a lot, Halls.

Now, onto Freshers. The only info I could dig up ANYWHERE about what the hell freshers activities my Hall is putting on were on its FB page and the Hall site saying that the daytime would have events of its own. There was a linked video that went through the entire week-and-a-half of dates and times (all in the evening) of one event per day that only actually mentioned that each was themed and needed fancy dress. The themes were said, but the only info useful to me and fellow teetotal introverts is 'party', 'evening', and 'fancy dress'. One person actually commented asking for more info and that fancy dress isn't their cup of tea only to be told to get fancy dress and turn up. And that those who didn't would look like idiots.

This...reads like an insult to those who don't party, who don't drink, who get horribly drained of energy when socialising, who have to save what little money they have for hall rent and the books/stationary and stuff they need to actually learn at uni, y'know, people like me. Uni is supposed to be a fresh start, with new people and new friends and not a simple repeat of previous school experience. Yet, a week before I fly to uni, a week before I even start there, I'm already feeling left out and abandoned. Just like every school I've been to. Is this really how a student should be welcomed to university?
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#29
I've only got one thing to say, and that's this: That doesn't sound like a university I would go to. I'm kinda like you Kath; I don't drink, I don't like fancy clothes, I don't party, and I study nearly all waking hours of the day (minus classes and sleep). Are you sure you want to go to a place like that, or have you put too much of a down payment to back out? I'd probably try to raise a formal complaint to the higher-ups at that school, read up on some policies that they have (my school's are public online; I don't know about yours), and try to make a case. It sounds an awful like that school only caters to a particular type of people and if they can't accommodate you, they don't need your money.

Do you mind if I ask for the name of the school to do some research in my spare time, or have you said it already? Or do you not want to disclose that information?

Or have I completely missed the point and I should shut-up? Sorry.. It's late here and my brain hurts from homework and I get snappy and critical of myself a lot... ^^() ....I'll think I'll be quiet.....


.....and that was way more than one thing to say.. Oops...
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#30
I don't have a choice if I want to go to uni. I've already paid room bond for the hall residence, I've already applied for uni, I start on 25th of this month, I fly out on 22nd. I can't really say no, although I will likely take it to the Student Union that maybe, just maybe, further info about ALL the freshers events would be nice, along with not just pushing the parties. I was overreacting a little myself, but the fact is that the sort of people who gravitate towards organising and advertising freshers events are the partying extroverts, so of course the events pushed are the ones they like. Thankfully, I should be able to make friends with fellow introverted nerds, and we all stay away from the parties together.

Here's a transcript of the FB comment string I mentioned:
FB Wrote:Dan Foong: Where can I see these events in more detail?
Official David Collett Freshers 2014-2015: What sort of detail?
Dan Foong: Like what each event is about and what do I need, could I also have a link to the video please?
Official David Collett Freshers 2014-2015: Basically just buy the fancy dress and wait to see
Dan Foong: Naa screw that lool fancy dress is not my cup of tea
Official David Collett Freshers 2014-2015: you'll just look like an idiot if you don't do it - every hall has 2 weeks of fancy dress and its what freshers is all about.
I don't agree with 'wait and see' because not everyone likes surprises, more people than these guys apparently think would quite like to know WHAT they're getting into before going. I also read the final comment as an insult to the introverts who don't like to party, or the partying extroverts who simply don't want to dress up. Maybe I'm overreacting, but this is hardly welcoming to those who need reassurance and open arms and to make friends of their own accord rather than being shoved into a choice of 'do something you don't like' or 'be completely left out 'cause' you don't matter'.

Ultimately, I have commented on the string:
Me on FB Wrote:If fancy dress parties are what freshers is all about, then what are teetotal introverts who don't like to party and have all their energy drained by socialising supposed to do? Where can I find information on what the other events are, exactly, or have you not written it yet? I, for one, find it impossible to even try to party unless I'm with a friend I can trust, so I at least am going to have to give freshers evening drinking and parties a complete miss.

I have in fact mentioned that I'm going to Loughborough University in several blog posts here, I believe.
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#31
Alrighty. It didn't sound like over-reacting to me, but then again, I hadn't had a nap yesterday and it was quite late, soo.. ^^() I must have skipped over the university name then. Sorry about that. I hope things out a little better for you though. I think they've hassled enough money out of you already. :/
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#32
...I mostly skimmed over this, but what I got from it was that your school is forcing you to go to a party? Like... what? I mean... what?

It's enough that they're making you to go to this party to begin with; that shouldn't even really be mandatory, seeing as some people, including yourself, aren't really cut out for being loud, obnoxious douchebags through the night. Those who are might enjoy the party, but those who aren't shouldn't be forced to sit through it.

Not only, however, are they making you attend the occasion, but they're also making you dress for it? That's... really, really stupid. Why would anyone go out and spend a bunch of money (especially after having dumped a bunch of money on some vague fee you're forced to pay) on an expensive dress for a party they don't want to go to?

I don't think you're being irrational, Kath.
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#33
We're not exactly forced to go to the parties, it's just that said parties are the only freshers activities we've been given ANY info on and we'll 'look like idiots' if we don't do it. Plus, the money thing really grates on me, since my parents are staying in Canada and can't financially support me, my savings are just enough to keep me afloat the first semester, I'm going to have to work as well as study...with as intensive a subject as I'm taking, that and work mean I don't have the time to engage in constant socialising and I certainly don't have the money to spend on unnecessaries such as fancy dress when I've already spent money with no other incentive beyond 'common room upkeep' and the horribly coercive 'hall contract termination' if I didn't pay up.

Update on the FB exchange, these were the replies:
FB Wrote:Official David Collett Freshers 2014-2015: Katie, there is a sober alternate freshers week planned but at least for the first couple of days, I'd highly recommend going out. You don't have to drink, take part in the games etc, but it is definitely worth socialising with others as much as possible in the first few days. One of my neighbours last year didn't go out much but freshers is the time to meet people and make friends. I met him on the first day and we're really good freinds now We won't force anyone to do something they really don't want to do because it's meant to be a fun experience
Official David Collett Freshers 2014-2015: Don't go into freshers with these pre conceptions. Fresher sis all about having fun and a laugh - you don't have to drink but dressing up is all part of the fun! If your teetotal you have nothing to worry about - there are people on sober duty all the time so you don't have to worry about that! And you will make friends you trust throughout freshers but to take part in nothing - you will end up isolating yourself. Go with an open mind and you will be fine
If you've read the exchange earlier, you'd know I placed more emphasis and word count on the introvert's struggle to socialise than drinking. I think they've really missed the point I'm trying to make, so here's what I've replied:
Me Wrote:It's not the drinking, it's the socialising I struggle with. Socialising really drains all the energy out of me, yet apparently highly social, loads-and-loads-of-people events are all I've been told about. It's the introverts you seem to be missing, the ones who cannot deal with too many people all at once, especially if they're all strangers. I'm sorry, I just read the 'you'll just look like an idiot if you don't do it - every hall has 2 weeks of fancy dress and its what freshers is all about.' as an insult towards those who don't like socialising as much as you.

If there were any doubts as to their stupidity, even the 'reveal' of the thems for the parties was badly done. It's almost unreadable, the words that give the info on them. Take a look:




And here's the ACTUAL theme list, which is considerably easier to read:
-25/09: Safari animals
-26/09: ABC (anything but clothes)
-27/09: Mexican
-30/09: 80's/90's
-1/10: Rubik's Cube
-2/10: Golf
-3/10: Lifeguard
-5/10: Shit Shirts

Irritatingly, the only one of these I could actually manage and would LIKE to do without shelling out is the 'Safari Animals' one...except I find it impossible to go to a party without someone I know and can trust with me (otherwise I flounder and panic), and the Safari themed party is on the DAY I ARRIVE. And THAT'S because I had to book what flight I could, the only option was one that has a layover in Iceland and lands on 23rd, so I can't move in then since I'll be exhausted, but David Collett's one of the halls who expect all their residents to move in on 23rd, so there's a lot THERE I missing because Loughborough in general refused to release the info about when I could move in until it was too late to get a better timed flight.

This entire thing has turned out to be a horrible waste of time. I just hope I can get a useful degree out of it, that's the only thing that'll make this worthwhile. It's the only reason I'm GOING to uni, but all the advertising is actually done by idiots who don't want to work so are taking another 3/4 years of school and are taking advantage of being away from parents to drink and party and wreck themselves. Grrrrrrr...WHAT ABOUT THE ONES WHO WANT TO ACTUALLY F***ING LEARN?!
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#34
I understand that you've already put in too much money to back out of it, Kath. But I was wondering; what made you decide to apply to this university to begin with? It sounds like-- to me-- that this particular school isn't worth the hassle and the money you've unfortunately already given them (and the hassle and frustration you've put up with). If it's too personal a question, just say you don't want to answer it and I'll leave it at that. *hugs*
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#35
Because they have a good science department, nice course requirements, and are one of the better unis in England.

Yeah, there's a reason I do not think much of my homeland...
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#36
Ah. I see. They have a higher quality, there just wasn't anything about this stuff on their website, huh?
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#37
Wow, it's been an entire academic year since I last posted here! General update, I have friends, I've partied, everything's fine. What I actually wanted to do was put down a general idea and ask for a couple extra prompts. I mean, it's all well and good having someone I want to write about, but just what the hell are they going to DO?

Basically, all I have is an organisation called 'K&K'. They are a pair of professional assassins named Kathira and Kyurem. Now, Kathira will be physically alike to my adventure's Kathira, but her personality will be what I do to the poor C-box. She will be fond of explosions, blood, breaking bones, and generally hurting people in painful and obvious ways, maximising collateral where possible. Kyurem...will probably be smart, snarky, witty, and exasperated. He'll be fonder of being inconspicuous, quiet, subtle, and will regularly reign Kathy in when circumstances call for less overt methods that focus on the one guy. Not sure yet about actual personality and ways of speaking, I need to keep an eye on his posts to further solidify the idea. I may add in a secretary to take the jobs and do the accounting for them while they're off killing people. I may have the rest of Turquoise have cameos of a sort, but this is VERY up in the air.

Thing is, I need these guys to DO something. I'd like them to be Chaotic Neutral at worst, preferably the heroes, not have a whodunnit murder mystery (these guys are the ones doing the killing, thankyouverymuch). So, Turqs, what should the basic plot be? Shove any ideas up my rear, I'll blend them and try and get something out of it.
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#38
Random advertisment blurb from the back of the book:
*text on a buisness card*K&K problem solving. Since copule-months-ago.
"Kathira and Kyurem are two of the best paid assassins in Wherever. Even though they started only recently, they're already have some of the most spectacular kills in the history of criminal underground on their account(Or so they claim). However, their life takes a sudden 360 loop, when a Shady client offers them what may possibly the biggest contract in their lifes. The only hook: Thy're given a list of dozen targets, that, formally, either don't exist or are dead. If they succeed, they'll be millionaries. If not, the only thing that awaits them is a dark basement and a ball of lead. Drawn into the international game of spies, politics and whatnot, they have to adjust. Or loose in the biggest game since the 40's."
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#39
Education time!
And a brief bit of playing with the random tag.

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Dead Caslot

Schrodinger's cat. Well, Caslot up there. The popular image is 'stick a cat in a box, seal the box, and you don't know if the cat's alive or dead until you look at it'. It's used as amazement at the weirdness of the world, as 'proof' that scientists are evil (not all of them, guys, just me :P), that quantum mechanics can do anything. It proves that the public has no understanding of quantum physics. The Caslot up there is set with the random tag, so you won't get a 'live' Caslot or a 'dead' one until you actually load the page and look at it.

Schrodinger's actual thought experiment (no actual killing of cats occurred) is that you put a cat in a box with a vial of toxic gas that, if released, will instantly kill the cat. Th vial is hooked up to a Geiger counter that is pointed at a small amount of radioactive material. The right amount of decay will get the Geiger counter to break the vial, thus killing the cat. Because of the box's construction, you have no idea that the vial has broken and killed the cat until you look inside. Schrodinger intended this as a criticism of the then understanding of quantum physics, claiming that if a subatomic particle (like that produced by radioactive decay) could behave in a way that meant you had no idea what it was doing until it was observed, why didn't that happen on the macro, cat/toxin/box scale? This proves he didn't quite understand it either, and that the public doesn't know what Schrodinger meant either; he used the cat as an example of how quantum physics was silly, stupid, and probably impossible. Joe Public uses it as an analogy for how quantum physics works, the exact opposite of Schrodinger's intention.

Thing is, observation does actually affect the thing in question. Sub-atomic particles really do do two things at once until observed, at which point the observation collapses the wave function. To use the cat analogy, the cat is 50% alive and 50% dead until observed, at which point the wave function collapses and the cat is either 100% alive OR 100% dead. Except people keep missing what's doing the observing. It's not the human who opens the box. It's not the cat. It's the Geiger counter. The Geiger counter is what observes the subatomic particles, since the particle has to affect and be affected by the Geiger counter in order to kill the cat. Observation is done by any apparatus.

I'm still gonna do that experiment. Cats are wonderful so long as they don't actually do anything. Dead cats, therefore, are fantastic. C'mere, kitty...
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#40
But dead cats can't be hugged and tortured properly.

And: Eh? Didn't really know this, I guess. Alays used the cat as a methahor for methods of understanding and such things. But I guess it's just me.
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