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Skatan

Now that I have the power to close down threads at my disposal, fear me! Bring my a throng of shinies and lay it down at my feet or feel my wrath!

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  • Now that I have the power to close down threads at my disposal, fear me! Bring my a throng of shinies and lay it down at my feet or feel my wrath!

    October 11
    • Skatan
      Skatan
      Hmm weird. There should have been a picture there as well. Apparently there's been a small power surge.
    • Skatan
      Skatan
      The power of sharing imgur pics eludes me.. I will have to fly back to my nest and brood on it.
    • Shandaxx
      Shandaxx
      Oh my Gawd... mlnevese was right after all... it IS contagious!
    • mlnevese
      mlnevese
      I told you so...
    • Skatan
      Skatan
      Oh my.. does this mean I will become undead soon too? But I am so pretty in my suit of feathers, I won't be at all pretty in only dry skin and bones! o,0
  • It's raining cats and dogs here in Gothenburg, Sweden and autumn is really upon us now. Makes you wanna just stay at home, wearing comfy clothes like a bathrobe and just drink coffee and play games. Damn being a grown-up and have to work for a living!
    October 4
    • JuliusBorisov
      JuliusBorisov
      How is your trip to Brasil?
    • mlnevese
      mlnevese
      He survived apparently :)
    • Skatan
      Skatan
      The trip went well. 22 hours to there and 22 hours back again. Saw a couple of really bad movies on the flights, drank some red wine and slept uncomfortably as always. Btw, the veggie food on LuftHansa was among the worst I ever eaten, haha.. It was so bad I couldn't help myself from laughing. Finnairs veggie food is so much better, used to eat that when flying back and forth to Sing.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      A veggie huh. Nice one, :)
    • Skatan
      Skatan
      Yeah, not really a vegetarian, but I just prefer to not eat meat for a multiple of reasons. But ppl like to put other ppl with labels, so to not make them all so confused it's often easier to just say I am a vegetarian.
    • Skatan
      Skatan
      Btw, 'special food' is always served first in flights, so often you get your food 5-10 minutes before the rest which is nice.
  • Traveling to Curitiba, Brazil tomorrow. First time in south America, so that will be an experience.
    September 22
    • JuliusBorisov
      JuliusBorisov
      Have you taken a ball for football with you? :)
    • Kurona
      Kurona
      Have a nice trip.
    • Skatan
      Skatan
      It'll be all-work-no-play, so no football unfortunately. It was freezing cold yesterday and I didn't bring any jacket or sweater, hah.. that was a surprise :D But it's funny how they now have spring here in Brazil but back home on the northern part of Gaia, we have autumn.

      I wonder if the toilet water spins backwards here?
    • mlnevese
      mlnevese
      Nope... that is a legend as well... well you are in a part of the country where it actually snows in winter so no surprises you found cold weather :)
    • Skatan
      Skatan
      Hehe I know, 'tis was a joke.

      Yeah, the city if quite high up as well, around a 1000 meters above sea level I think. Yesterday and today the weather is nice, though I spend most of the days stuck in conference rooms so not much time to experience the city and its weather.
  • Off to a party tonight, but I'd rather just sit at home playing games.
    September 9
    • ThacoBell
      ThacoBell
      Know the feeling.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Lawd, the gamers life huh. I'll sometimes be off at some gatherin and be thinkin of the next character run I want to try. :)
    • Skatan
      Skatan
      Since I had donated blood I took it easy on the liquor, but I was kinda alone in doing that, heh.. Everyone got kinda wasted and me and the gal wasn't home until after 3 and in bed around 4:30.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Yeah, I can tell ya too much alcohol after a blood donation is not a good mix. Found that out by trial and error, hehheh.
  • Donated blood for the first time. Weird feeling afterwards when I stood up, heh.. 'Twas like the body couldn't really understand what I had done with it.
    September 8
    • JuliusBorisov
      JuliusBorisov
      "That was a noble deed".
    • Aedan
      Aedan
      Bravo! I am a blood donator as well. I think we can make the difference with a very simple action.
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Nice one. Makes me feel like I might have helped someone in an indirect way. Helps others and detoxifies yourself of a lil iron at the same time. Been doing that regular for bout 8 yrs now. I always do double red donations as they replace lost fluids so ya feel better afterwards. But yep, A strange feeling.
    • Skatan
      Skatan
      Exactly Aedan and Zaghoul, if we all pitch in just a little bit, then the sum of it all is great.

      What is a double red donation, Zag? I gave 450 ml, but I doubt you can double that right?
    • Aedan
      Aedan
      In Italy, the amount of blood you can donate is calculated by your weight. I usually donate 500 ml :)
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Double red cell donation. A machine filters out the red blood cells, double you would give in a whole blood donation and shoots the plasma and fluid back in the body with a little saline to replace the volume lost. Not every place has the equipment for doubles but the Red Cross bout always does. The whole blood takes everything out so that can leave ya a little whoosy for a while. Either way, good to see someone doing it.
    • Shandaxx
      Shandaxx
      Notice that in Germany, until recently a man who ever had sex with another man was barred from donating blood for all of his lifetime. This changed only a few months ago. The new rule is that a man must have had no sex with another man for at least ONE YEAR. It doesn't matter if he practices safer sex or not or if he is in a monogamous relationship or not. He must have had no sex for at least one year, no matter his personal circumstances, in order to be allowed to donate blood.

      Of course how does anyone know he's gay? He could lie on the survey.

      Personally I have a HUGE problem with donating blood because of this. For me it's hypocritical. On the one hand in Germany so oftentimes you are told to donate blood because it's so important to rescue lives etc etc. But then oh no, MY BLOOD, would not be good enough because I'm gay.

      So kudos to you who donate their blood. It is admirable from you. But I myself will not donate because of the above.

      (Yeah, I had to get that out of my system, apologies ;) )
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Sokay. That sucks though, would bug me to, and has. Red Cross asks those questions here as well, plus various other drug related stuff, tattoos, major skin grafts (me), Ebola areas, etc. I was barred for a while myself. They are pretty strict, even with all the testing they are supposed to do with it afterwards, but I figure somebody needin blood overrides the narrow-mindedness of a bureaucracy these days. I think sometimes these places have no clue when it come to common sense epidemiology.
    • Aedan
      Aedan
      In the hospital where I donate my blood they do not ask my sexual preferences. They just ask me if I had safe sex or not among with other standard questions mentioned by Zaghoul.
    • Shandaxx
      Shandaxx
      Italy had a lifetime ban too on gay people but that was lifted in 2001! And since then they have been doing blood donations on an individual risk-based assessment just as you said.

      In Germany the lifetime ban was only lifted very recently and replaced by a period of one year of celibacy as requirement for donating blood, no matter your personal circumstances.

      On this topic Italy is way ahead of Germany.
    • Aedan
      Aedan
      At least Italy is ahead in one thing! :D
    • mlnevese
      mlnevese
      In my country they approved such law as well. It was taken down a few years later as unconstitutional.
    • Skatan
      Skatan
      I feel you, Shandaxx. It's the same in Sweden and it makes me feel furious. I have a close relative who is gay and is living in a monogamous relationship since many years past. A slutty guy who scores onenighters left and right is allowed to donate but not him since he is gay. I agree, this is hypocritical bullshit and it need to be changed! It's based on old 80's paranoia that HIV is spread by gays because gay men have more sex partners than the average hetro dude and dudette. But that's not true anymore, the younger ones have much more uninhibited sex nowadays with tinder and whatnot. Straight ppl are no more "clean" than gay ppl. So why not let everyone test their blood, no matter their sexual preferences, and if they are clean then let them donate?

      I hate injustice against groups of ppl. Makes me infuriated!
    • Zaghoul
      Zaghoul
      Lawd, the eighties, I remember that time. When I was a poor college student I tried everything to make ends meet, even selling plasma. They would not let me though because I'm Type I diabetic and used needles n such. I can donate fine now to the red cross. I remember it making me so damn mad at the time, feeling less than human. Put me off for about 25 yrs after that but was still nervous the first time back answering questions.
  • I've had mobile phones for almost 20 years now. Today was the first time I dropped one in the toilet. Damn annoying! Luckily I had an old one to use while the newer one is resting in a bag of rice.
    September 2
    • mlnevese
      mlnevese
      That's why I just love water proof phones :)
  • Just ate three left-over buns from today's workshop for dinner. Now I am drinking gin on the rocks. Life is grand.
    August 31
    • Shandaxx
      Shandaxx
      *remembers last time Skatan might or might not have drunk too much gin*
      Skatan! How about it, sing us a song!
    • Skatan
      Skatan
      *Skatan is a bit dizzy.. memory a bit fuzzy.. deep down in the darkest depths is a faint, faint memory of.. Bieber?*
    • Shandaxx
      Shandaxx
      Psss Skatan, all Bieber related things should be posted on Aedan's page. He would appreciate it a lot!