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Studied Individual


You know a few odd things; not so much that you find yourself wondering if you have no life. You've probably flicked over to the discovery channel, mused over the summary of a book, or maybe even caught something from a movie. Not bad.

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The Queen's Confidante


The Queen's Confidante is the first to hear the beat of a different drum. Many plunge into the avant garde experience and generally set the trend for their friends. They are more in touch with reality using their senses but this makes them want to live for the ‘here and now’. The Confidante is full of charm and may flow with compliments even if it isn’t deserved. Rather than write a poem on the beauty of life – they would rather live out the written story of beauty.


The Queen’s Confidante is usually peaceful and easygoing in nature. They usually adopt a 'live and let live' approach to life. They take things at their own pace and live for the moment. They may be quiet but are pleasant, considerate and caring. They may not be inclined to debate or air their views, but of course their values are important to them. They will solve problems as they arise especially if it concerns people. Generally the Confidante is one who develops great team spirit through the promotion of cooperation. They will only repeat facts without placing too much spin or interpretation on them. Because of this they may be the best mediators.


The Confidante is sensitive to its environment, and much more perceiving than others with regards to the physical world. They can notice variations in behavior of others. They are highly conscious of companions and friends, but they prefer to let others direct. This ‘Pawn’ is rarer than others because they are emotionally well rounded with a great degree of empathy. Because of this empathy, they can be overly concerned with ‘feelings’. They may even sacrifice their ideals and not contribute enough, especially if they don’t wish to exercise criticism.

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Have you noticed that the colder the water is, the longer it takes to rinse the soap from your hands?

I can’t complain - it’s not as cold here as much of the rest of the country. But it is cold enough, especially in the mornings and evenings and nights. We tend to think we’re in the Lowveld, but we’re not. We are on a mountain 1200m above sea level. That’s pretty much the same elevation as Pretoria, and we get pretty much the same temperatures too. And it does get cold. But not like Standerton (-8/7) yesterday morning. Brrrr.

We have a bit of a family legend that my grandfather used to tell of when he was a boy. I can’t tell it correctly, I’ve forgotten the details, such as where this took place. But I think it was somewhere on the highveld in winter. He was walking one bitterly cold morning, barefoot because they were very poor, and crossing a stream he noticed the steam rising from the water. He dipped a toe into the water and discovered the water was blissfully warm, so he stripped and got into the water completely. Of course at that point he realised that the water wasn’t warm at all, it had just seemed so in contrast to the air temperature. Funnily enough I can’t remember what he did then, but I imagine it was a frozen boy who got to school that morning.

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(800×500 19kb). My latest attempt at art, haha! I sort of dreamed this picture, and tried it out the next day. Not perfect but it does have something of my dream image so it’s not a total loss.

I had a weird experience with my computer … to tell it all would be a very long story. And it’s not easy to compress it. So suffice it to say it died yesterday and I thought I’d need a new motherboard (based on previous experience when my mother’s pc died 3 weeks ago). Turns out there’s nothing wrong with the motherboard, there was “dust” on the RAM. Whatever. Also, big revelation is that my mother’s pc also did not get a new motherboard (as they said), so we had waited two weeks for them to blow the “dust” off the RAM. And then they lied about it. I’m not very impressed with Computer Corporation at the moment.

That said, I’m not quite buying the “dust” story either. I have computers here that are 5 and 6 years old and none of them has ever just refused to start due to dust. ( I also maintained computer labs on campus a few years go, and I saw a lot of weird hardware problems, but never this.) But these two, both just over a year old, stopped working in the exact same way less than three weeks apart. Fishy? In both cases the tech person had reset the system clock in the process off blowing the “dust” off the RAM. Why do I get the feeling there’s a little timer chip on these fancy Asus boards that stops them working just past their warranty has expired? Or am I just paranoid?

I’ll save my rant about Linux for another post :-)

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(800×600 83kb). With the rushing of the water and the grass blowing in the constant wind generated by the waterfall just to the left, this is a spot of perpetual motion. And now I’ve gone and captured one frame of that motion and imprisoned it here.

So what’s new in my life? I’m still working on my headache, but it seems to be getting less as time goes by. My mom is still taking it easy, because her foot swells up if she’s up on it too long. So nothing particularly new in my life at the moment.

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(800×500 46kb). Shine, a horse from Oblivion. I’m really just trying out another blogging client’s capablities. This one is ScribeFire, a Firefox extension. It looks cool and sits right in the browser window, but I have to do an awful lot of html coding to get everything the way I want it… so far, I guess I still like w.bloggar best.

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I was typing a post yesterday and between two keystrokes my pc just rebooted. So I lost the post and any inclination to re-type it. I seem to be stuck in a 3-day (so far) headache, and my vitamin miracle cure doesn’t work. Aspirin and other pain medication also makes no difference, so I’m hurting and grumpy and negative about everything, sorry.

My mom is much better, but still taking it easy. She’s got a nice horseshoe-shaped bruise on her calf muscle, which is of course very stiff and sore. I got some massage oil for stiff muscles but it remains to be seen if it helps.

I rode Puzzle again on Thursday morning. Nice enough except that when we were leaving the arena, I wasn’t concentrating on where he was going and he cut a corner and smashed my left knee into the gate post. My own silly fault. Nice big bruise too!

I’m trying out Semagic as a blog client, but I think I’ll be looking further because it also doesn’t give the option to add meta tags to a post. Why is that such a rare thing? Also, where are my categories? I’m thinking Semagic was developed for LiveJournal and when I used it before on LJ it worked nicely. But perhaps it’s not really interfacing well with WordPress.

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(800×600 105kb). I just can’t resist taking photos of water drops on plants! So here’s another one.

My mom is definitely better but moving very slowly and carefully. I’ve been doing all the chores, which gives me a new appreciation of all the things she normally does. Yesterday was Mother’s Day, and I did give her breakfast in bed (and lunch, and dinner) - it’s just sad that it had to be because she was hurting too much to get up.

Not much else to tell - it was a quiet monday, the phone never rang, which is a relief.

Just to flesh out this post, here’s another ancient bit of ‘prose’ I dug up out of my archives. I used it once to impress a potential employer of my creativity. I got the job, lasted 6 weeks as a galley slave and quit. This is all that remains of that experience:

Gather ye, my friends, and listen to the saga of the Heroes of Microbiology and how they defended the table of the library from domination by a rival clan.

It was a day as any other, the sun was shining, the birds were singing and the sky was as blue as Mel Gibson’s eyes. But the Heroes of Microbiology were not out enjoying the day, they were toiling bravely through one or the other group assigment to prove to themselves, their parents, friends and lecturers that they understood the very, very small in the big picture.

Toiling space in the Library was divided up into tables and cubicles. The Heroes sat around a table, urgently discussing strategy or the possible measureable results of growing Pseudomonas fluorescens on milk agar. They were keeping their voices down so as not to disturb a stranger who sat at the same table.

The stranger, however, complained that the Heroes were in fact, disturbing him, claiming that the tables where there for individual use.

It was then that one of the Heroes, the one that went by the Hero Handle of “Leoni”, the Lion’s Cub, finally rose to the challenge. She informed that Stranger that the table had been granted to the Heroes by the Queen of that land, the Library Lady herself, and that individual strangers could use the cubicles if they so desired privacy.

The Stranger, out-classed, matched, and intimidated by this, left in a huff. The Heroes cheered, celebrated by taking a break and later returned to complete their task. The Lion’s Cub, having learned to roar, never let strangers into the territory again.

The end.

This is based partially on a true event. Names have been changed to protect the guilty :-)

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(800×600 95kb). Be sure to view the full picture, the thumbnail is really bad! It’s a “train” of hairy worms making their way across the pavement. There must be 20 or more in the row, and they went all over, following the leader. Finally they “parked” next to each other, and one of the dogs stepped on them. A train disaster of major proportions.

Speaking of disasters, my mom rode Royal Dust on Friday. Royal is a thoroughbred living next door. Everything went well up until Royal suddenly bolted. Mom held on until it was clear that Royal was heading for bushes and rocks and then she let go and fell off. Hit her head on a rock, squashed her right hip rather badly and to top it all, Royal stepped on her right leg as she went by. Not nice at all. But she’s recovering, slowly and painfully. This does spell the end of riding thoroughbreds for the both of us, though. They need experienced riders. If I was on Royal, I would have fallen off too. It’s like we were trying to drive Formula 1 racing cars before knowing how to drive at all. I’ll keep going for lessons on the Boer ponies but I don’t think Mom will ride again. But time will tell.

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(800×600 115kb). The Horseshoe Falls near Sabie, Mpumalanga, South Africa. I’ve seen them much more spectacular after three weeks of constant rain, but given a very dry season this year, they’re still impressive.

A big culprit for the decline in the waterfalls (apart from the drought) is of course the plantations in the catchment areas. All those trees come from countries with very high rainfall, so they use a lot up a lot of water. But at least the trees in the plantations are being used to make paper and timber. I get rather upset about wild stands of invading trees. I really think people have a responsibility to clear out invading plants, since the plants have no natural enemies here and it’s humans who brought them here in the first place. Humans who now moan about the fact that their streams are drying up and their borehole water levels are dropping.

Ok, off the soap box!

I’m still taking it easy on my blue ankle. This is bad, because I’m sitting around, eating stuff, and not getting exercise. I’m missing the horses!

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