Monthly Archives: October 2003

Back home…

The Laser 917 and the Kelmark are now here… When I get a chance I'll start cleaning them up and getting things as they should be with them (they've been sitting for a while). I've been running missions all day long — just got back minutes ago — so the image update is going to have to wait until tomorrow, but I will do tomorrow's work tonight so that we can get the iam.crush software finalized, and so we can facilitate the the new pageant software.

While towing the two cars here, I noticed I was being tailed by a white Mercedes. It pulled into the driveway behind us and a guy got out and offered to buy the Kelmark on the spot — he knew exactly what it was and had built a few kit cars long ago. I turned him down but it was cool to see these cars still have a following.

Help from the UK?

I got this letter (and have been given permission to post it). If anyone in the UK has useful advice for him, please do drop him a line. I don't know what the specific laws are there as well as I do here and in America.

From: Citisen Erased <>
Subject: A Plea for Help

Mr. Larratt,

I am writing to you, to tell you of a problem which occurred today between 8:30am and 9:10am (GMT).

Before school today (I am 16 years old), I had problems trying to put in the retainer for my lip piercing. It decided that it would rather go in half way, get stuck and then hurt a lot. After this I decided to just leave my lip ring in and see what happened at school.

As soon as I reached my classroom my teacher confronted me and sent me to the head of my year group. She told me that unless I took it out I would be sent home, and listen to this, because ' The headmaster doesn't like facial piercings.'

So, of course, I refused to take it out - I will not obey a ignorant, narrow-minded, old man who ' doesn't like facial piercings.' The school have used numerous excuses in the past to why students cannot wear facial piercings or more than one pair of ear studs. One of the excuses was, ' They are too dangerous and we are not allowed to let you wear them for health and safety reasons.' - I fail to see how one lip ring is more dangerous than the numerous lobe and cartilage piercings that one of the teachers sports.

A least now I know it is by choice that the head teacher stops us from sporting piercings, not by requirement.

Now is where you come in. I am a 16 year old, male, United Kingdom resident. I have very little body mods (but am very interested in getting more)- only my lip, 16g in right ear and 6g in left and I am asking for your help with this situation.

I just want to know what experiences you, or maybe even Mr. Sprague and other BME members, have had with the matter and what your advice is. Maybe you can help me with more than advice, but anything you can contribute is welcome.

I know this all seems very dramatic over one lip ring, but there is a much deeper issue here that I am willing to fight. I will NOT be discriminated against and denied the right to an education because of my personal beliefs and modified appearance. In four days I will be getting two nape piercings and plan to keep these too, along with the many mods that are planned in my future.

Yours sincerely,

David H*****
Slightly modified,
and very pissed off student.

thinking of you this room becomes a shrine

So I came in to town to upload a pile of images I'd made for the still fledgling encyclopedia system but I seem to have burned the wrong directory of files… So that's the end of that plan. I don't really feel like driving back and getting it so it's going to have to wait until another day.

(Canada's a pretty country, as are all countries.)

At least the drive in was nice. It's raining here right now and I love the rain… It's a short drive; I only got to listen to one song on the radio. Sweet Marie by Phaser, a perfect blend of psyche rock, shoegazing, and country blues. Of course, I like most things that make good use of a slide guitar.

Not that I miss being single or alone, but one of the things that I miss from when I lived by myself was being able to play music loud any time I wanted. I have great Sennheiser headphones, and I've hooked up my old Boston Acoustics speakers to my stereo and computer, but it's not the same as being able to really pound my old big stereo.

You know who doesn't like the rain though?


Last time I was on the train we were pulling into Guildwood (just outside of Toronto). Their station sits at the top of a slight hill and as we started to pull up, we slowed… and slowed… and stopped before the station. We paused.

And then we started to back up — five miles back.

It turns out that when there are leaves on the tracks (this being fall there were many), when they get wet they act as a lubricant between the train and the tracks and it gets no traction. We literally had to back way up to get enough speed to make it up the hill. It sounds unreal, but it's true.

Well, I've got a busy week over the next two days… Transporting some cars, doing a big update, and putting together some back end stuff so Jon can release the hugely renovated and monstrously improved iam.crush toy. And then we're off to the Netherlands and more shortly.

Food is good

We don't have a lot of food here; I was going to go grocery shopping but I put it off on account of being in Toronto. All that was in my fridge (vegetable-wise) last night was a red bell pepper, so I fried that up along with some canned corn and white navy beans in a sauce I made primarily out of habaneros, garlic, sugar, nutmeg, and lime. Turned out very well.

A couple days ago I ate at a Buddhist vegetarian restaurant — one of the first times in a while I've walked away from a restaurant happy about the food. Normally I just go for the company since it's rare to eat somewhere where I couldn't prepare a better meal myself. Anyway, at this place I had a variety of mock meats that were so close it was almost disturbing. According to Phil it's because when monks (vegetarian) were traveling with pilgrims (not vegetarian usually) they learned how to cook perfect meat substitutes in order to “trick” the pilgrims into being vegetarian as well.

So now my latest food mission is to first learn how to work with seitan (gluten) properly, and then learn to work it from scratch… I've been looking over some how-to's and it doesn't look difficult (just a little time consuming). I'll report back on the experiments when I have results!

Other than that I've installed SpamAssassin on my server (I was — and still am — running Spamnix locally, but with over 20,000 spams daily I can't keep straining the satellite link without risking them cutting me off or raising my fees). It shouldn't affect anything, but if the next update rolls around and you haven't gotten a reply on your image submission, please drop me a line so I can confirm it's not set too aggressively.

Besides prepping for tomorrow's big BME update, my plan for today also includes cleaning one of the barns to move one or two of my babies back here to do work on them. I'm probably going to shift the Laser body onto the Kelmark chassis and start rolling on the bodywork. Other than the way the brake pedal is set up, it's a pretty seamless swap.

"Automated posting tool warning

If you're using one of the “non-official” (user created) automated update tools such as the ones that'll include what Winamp song is currently playing on your computer in your entry text, please be aware that until I complete the shift to the new diary format you should probably not use them. Some will just not work, but they may also risk damaging your diary, possible irreversably.

I should have those forms finalized within a few weeks at which point the creators of those tools will be able to put together a new version for you to use. Sorry for any inconvenience. Oh, and I thought some of you might enjoy seeing my father's license plates: