A Sad Decision

First, let me start by saying that we love you all.

Second, The Northlands as you know it will be going away as of July 26, 27, 28. The Northlands as the community forum with all the bells and whistles, powered by Invision Power Systems will stop.

There are things that happen here that hurt us more than people seem to realize or care about, and we’re just tired.

As of the weekend of July 26 – 28, we will be moving The Northlands away from being forum bases. We will change to being a blog for Tracy and Myself and for those that feel like they would like to contribute with us. There will be a small forum, with no admin other than Tracy and myself, for people to post about what their listening to and things like that, but it will be mainly focused on the blog.

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Smoothie making

  I used to be a Goddess.  Not a beautiful white-robed Grecian Goddess, or a multi-limbed, blue skinned Hindu Goddess.  I was black haired, foul-mouthed, sadistic Goddess of the Underworld named hirondelle (yes, lowercase, always).  I slaughtered many and maimed many more, but one of the few to lay a finger on me and survive (he stabbed me in the face and caught me so much by surprise I clear forgot to tear his head off) was the General of my very own Dark Oblivion Army*.    

When he wasn’t tearing the limbs off babies and plunging a dagger into my visage, he made smoothies.

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Updating Everything

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From The Northlands Forum

I will be updating the board and a lot of its plugins and apps. The following IPB programs will be updated.

[table]App,Current Version, Updated Version

Board,3.4.2,3.4.5

Blog,2.6.2,2.6.3

Calendar,3.3.3,3.3.4

Chat,1.4.3,1.4.4

Content,2.3.5,2.3.6

Downloads,2.5.3,2.5.4

Gallery,5.0.4,5.0.5[/table]

Also, we will have to update some of the skins and some of the apps and hooks, so you will have to bear with us through the update as it may take awhile.

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Leave them alone

“There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can’t control.  These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them alone.”
Marcus Aurelius

  I got this quote from an article on upekkha, or ‘even minded love’, on the lovely Wildmind Buddhist meditation site.  The article deals very efficiently on a topic that is both intricate and simple.  Being lovingly involved with the world without becoming attached to that involvement.    It is summarised in these three sentences:

Non-equanimity is like sitting on the shore, watching waves rising and falling and cheering when the waves rise, mourning when they fall. With equanimity we recognize that the waves are not under our control. They rise, they fall; we watch, with love.

Watching with love is a curious thing, it is easy to believe you have a handle on it (or the beginning of a handle of it) when times are good. But not so easy when you are disappointed, hurt or angry; and of course it is during those times when your equanimity is at its most valuable.  When your love and compassion becomes a real treasure for the world.  

I was just reminded of this lesson, and humbled by my lack of skill when it comes to equanimity under duress.

Love, love, love but don’t be attached to the idea that the world will always love you back. Don’t let the judgement of others lure you into judging.  Let the waves rise and fall. Watch with love. 

And ultimately, leave them alone.

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Mud

I have never written a film review.  I have no idea where to start.  There seems to be a formula, yet I can’t work it out.  But suffering from Facebook withdrawal symptoms and needing to connect with the internet and the people I know are still hidden in it (even though I can’t see them) I felt compelled to write a post.  And going to see Mud was the best thing I did all day.

Mud is about love.  It is about the moment when the sometimes dirty, achy breaky reality of love collides with our childish misunderstanding of happily ever after. It is about friendship,  trust and believing in people, and being hurt but still brave enough to trust again. It is about being a boy in a fascinating, dangerous world full of snakes and spiders, bikes and boats, tattoos and titties. 

And guns.

Mud is timeless, for 135 minutes the only screen you see is on a TV.  Phones have cords and people get phone numbers from telephone directories. People also eat sausage and beans from a tin with so much relish that I want to do the same.  

And people earn money from doing old fashioned work.

Mud is Stand by Me, Huckleberry Finn and Great Expectations.  Mud is a love story where the lovers only share a single look in the whole film.  But what a look.

Mud is a wonderful film.  There is a magic shirt in it.  Go see.

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Creating some space


There are several reasons I have been considering taking a break from Facebook and although they have all been floating around for several months now they coalesced into a big unavoidable decision over the last few days.
We all have different approaches to how we use Facebook – but like it or not our posts are not as superficial or ephemeral as they sometimes seem.  Every time we log on to Facebook we are playing several roles:


  • custodians of our private data ambassadors of our personal  brand

    curators of our life experiences 

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