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Mirrored post from my main account, along with a reminder to please follow +K.G. Orphanides instead of this account.
 
I wrote this about a month ago, ran it by some people, and have been sitting on it before publishing. I'm happy that it stands on its own, although I had to resist the urge to expound on the notion of the universe that I'm currently playing with, based on ideas from Stoicism and other post-Socratic philosophies often lumped together as "classical paganism" during the 20th century. However, referring back to the point of the article, it's just not important.

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Alice laughed. "There's no use trying," she said: "one can't believe impossible things." "I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes...
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"The European farming year is intrinsically linked to the notion of late October as a liminal space, where the veil between life and death thins. The end of harvest and approaching dormancy of winter make for a rich metaphor, even in regions where the origins of the traditions have been masked by Protestant Christian doctrines that celebrate Reformation Day, suitably detached from either popish or pagan trappings. In countries with different climates, the celebrations and meaning shift."
 
Celebrations for dead years
If you have any involvement with the wide umbrella of modern paganism, then today, Samhain, the most popular term for the 31st of October, is supposed to be kind of a big deal. For that matter, Halloween in general is kind of a big deal in anglophone countr...
If you have any involvement with the wide umbrella of modern paganism, then today, Samhain, the most popular term for the 31st of October, is supposed to be kind of a big deal. For that matter, Halloween in general is kind of...
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If you have pets or small children running about the place, you'll want to cover the area you've poured if possible - we used a combination of wood and cardboard. As evidenced by the photo above, this won't necessarily work on cats, who will apparently move the cardboard in the middle of the night, make paw prints, and then push the cardboard back into place.
Today we're going to take a break from the beauty of nature to delve into some construction notes, mostly for our own future reference. Getting a level floor is incredibly useful, but hard to achieve with a standard stiff con...
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Every. Single. Time:

1. Oh, I know what'll be fun! I'll play with DuoLinguo!
2. Heh, I'm acing this.
3. "Pourqoui crackle-crackle-hiss le garçon ?"
4. What? Huh? Why does the boy cost what??
5. Gives up in disgust.

It's valuable practice for being able to understand people over the phone, I suppose, but surely that's not the point? 
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Sun-blinded and bemused by early morning AC/DC at a post rock festival.
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After a certain degree of swearing and with assistance of my inimitable domain registrar, +Andy Webb , my Google Apps domain is now fully up and running. All business email to kat@wyrdsmith.co.uk, please. 

The fact that I currently have negligible internet access is an entirely different problem. waits patiently for the nice people from Magic Online to turn on the ADSL
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Once again. This account is being retired as soon as I work out what to do with it being linked to some work stuff for search engine purposes. Please use https://plus.google.com/+KGOrphanides/
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Facebook refugees: this account is likely to be retired in the nearish future, and doesn't see much use.

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Travaille chez Wyrdsmith en qualité de Writer & journalist. Lieu de résidence : 53500 Saint-Denis-de-Gastines, France.
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Getting things done
Like many humans, I'm lazy, insecure and easily distracted. This combination isn't exactly optimal when it comes to motivating yourself to achieve anything. Unfortunately for me, I also suffer from an over-abundance of (admittedly somewhat unusual) ambition...
Like many humans, I'm lazy, insecure and easily distracted. This combination isn't exactly optimal when it comes to motivating yourself to achieve anything. Unfortunately for me, I also suffer from an over-abundance of (admit...
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This instalment of the blog isn't a Lovecraft pastiche or about video games or anything. (Sorry.)
While the weather here continues fine, although we're now into the dark half of the year, we're nonetheless looking at winter planting. We've seen the first enthusiastic winter radish, lettuce and spinach shoots from the test...
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Idiot stalker dude purged from comments. While the technologically illiterate probably shouldn't be allowed online until they grasp a certain base level of competence, at least they're not very good at making a nuisance of themselves.
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5 video games that make you want to go back to nature... and why they probably shouldn't
5. The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim Skyrim: a land of majestic forests, breathtaking vistas and untrammelled wildlife. As you wander through the land hunting, picking ingredients and waylaying passing legionnaries to steal their boots, it's almost impossible not t...
5. The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim Skyrim: a land of majestic forests, breathtaking vistas and untrammelled wildlife. As you wander through the land hunting, picking ingredients and waylaying passing legionnaries to steal their boo...
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Person of often-varying hair and determinedly ambiguous gender identification. Writes things in exchange for money.

Likes death metal and extremely loud folk music. Plays video games, GMs RPGs, sleeps under cats. Starting to train for fitness again following extended downtime. Owner of a sordid and unduly interesting past. Interested in new and exciting ways of reforging self and universe.

I am contractually obliged to make it clear that this account represents only my own personal opinion, which does not reflect that of my employer. My arguments in favour of cat-based technology listicles continue to fall on deaf ears, for a start.
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This tiny restaurant, which has just half a dozen tables, is a testament to its owners' love of African cuisine. The quality of the cooking (mostly carried out off-site and reheated, but not adversely affected by this), organic ingredients and beautiful use of spices is excellent. Even a simple portion of rice and peas is lifted beyond the ordinary with the unexpected appearance of cinnamon. The menu caters to all requirements, whether you're vegetarian, vegan or unable to eat gluten, while meat-eaters can choose from wide range of options. Our mixed group of veggies and carnivores were all very happy with their meals. The food is all marked by the use of spice and seasoning, so this spiciness is the only point on which anyone could conceivably be put off, even though most of the dishes aren't seasoned to be hot. The service is friendly and very welcoming (thanks, Antonio!), as are the surroundings, including a selection of African art on display, which you can buy if it takes your fancy. Prices are also reasonable at around £20 a head including drink, shared starters, main course and coffee. This isn't a run-of-the-mill restaurant, which is exactly why you should visit. We'll be returning with more friends.
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