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About Halif

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    Psychonaut

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    Melbourne
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    Music, plants, self-refinement, accelerated evolution

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  1. Halif

    My mother in law pruned my caapi :(

    Prune your mother in law yo, before she gets out of control
  2. Halif

    " Synthetic LSD "

    It's OK! They're synthetic people! (But their crimes were real)
  3. I wonder if in addition to be "warned" of the dangers of drugs, children will be allowed to speculate on why drug use is endemic in Aus society if drugs are so harmful. Imagine if someone actually dared to ask THE question instead of trying to stamp out perpetual spot fires. The harm that comes from any substances depends on how it is used and thus the risk factor is dependent on every individual. Be interesting to see what might happen in years to come if, from an early age, kids were informed about the multitude of reasons that people use drugs (legal and illegal), the harms that can and do stem from that, and what alternatives/long term fixes there could be.
  4. Halif

    chat.

    OK, it gets weirder... There's a red number 2 on the chat2 tab for me. I join the room... and before I've done anything it says I've been kicked! I'd only just arrived there! SAB! Why doth thou hate me so?!
  5. Halif

    chat.

    Oh OK, thanks very much for that. I probably shouldn't jump into a chat room when I know I'm likely to leave in a minute or focus on something else. Maybe next time I'll get the chance to go all txt sp33k on you geeks!
  6. Halif

    Nothing is fun anymore :(

    Just wanted to comment on this point. There is a lot of anti-depressant bashing on forums. I believe it stems from the things being over-prescribed. Obviously the wrong medication will cause negative effects and cause people to speak negatively about their experiences. HOWEVER, as a long term experiencer of depressive turns of mood, I found sertraline (Zoloft) extremely helpful. There are times for some when life seems to get increasingly heavy and movement of any sort is damn near impossible. It becomes impossible to help yourself. Anti-depressants are not a cure, but the right one for a person can indeed be like a short-term reprieve from the all-consuming gravity and can allow someone to actually remember what it feels like to be trouble-free and enjoy all the world has to offer. In my experience, the window was around six months. And sadly, when I tried to start taking them again after stopping the helpful "push" was less than half of the first time. So while they aren't an answer in themselves, for some people who have reached zero momentum they can actually provide an invaluable window of opportunity to make positive changes. Some of the changes I made after the first time I took sertraline have become ingrained long after I stopped the medication. A simple example is that of physical movement: it is possible for a person to become petrified and literally stop moving altogether. This is stalemate. Nothing changes without movement of some kind. One of the first and probably the single most life changing thing I did within weeks of taking sertraline was join a gym. I didn't give a shit about what I looked like or being strong or whatever. I was just willing to try ANYTHING at least once, and sertraline gave me the push to leave the house and join the gym. It literally changed my life. I didn't become a gym junkie or buff up or whatever. But I learned something that's never left me - when the ball stops rolling and seems way too heavy to move, hit that thing and push life it's the only thing left to do and be amazed when the damn thing gives a little, then a little more. Translation: Mind and body are separate. Sometimes ignoring the mind's logic and doing something as simple as getting up and walking until you can't walk any further can change your life forever.
  7. Halif

    chat.

    heh.... I accidentally entered a chat room (chat 2 ?) and there weren't many people there. I started talking to myself and then a message came up saying: "you have been kicked from the chat" But... I was still there, I think? and I clicked the "leave" button and left. It was weird... still recovering from the experience...
  8. Halif

    Nothing is fun anymore :(

    Wowzerz... I actually did my best to read every single post in this thread and I got dizzy. Not because there's something wrong with what's been said -the opposite in fact, I'm amazed at the amount of wisdom and compassion in here. For some reason I still wanted to post. Reason being I feel like I just read the story of my life (well, pretty close) as it continues onwards in both Bush Turkey's originally expressed sentiment, and in the advice/opinions of other chiming in. What an anti-climax then, that I simply have nothing to say because while I can emphathise with all that's been said and done, I am still on the path myself. I've been on the path, wandered off, dropped back on to it, taken a piss on it, cursed it, wept into it, and everything other human thing that we do. The best parts were when I found pockets of enjoyment on the way and just stopped walking altogether. Simple stuff but profound. There's a lot of good will behind those who wish to be true to themselves, and in turn to others. Way more than I ever imagined - hoo wee!
  9. Halif

    The pros and cons of legalising drugs

    I definitely think the ideal affirmative action is the most simple one: just remove any barriers to growing and using/consuming plants. PLANTS! Honestly, nature has us covered with coca, poppy, cannabis, fungi, cacti, khat, dimethyltriptamine-containing plants.... There's a massive array of experiences available from things that have evolved to grow all by themselves! Kind of seems like beings are meant to experience these things.... While I still believe there's a place and time for isolation of alkaloids, refinement of substances, and a host of more complex human processes which create pharmaceutical items, it seems like a really really basic starting point to just let people get to know and understand plants. Sorry, I mean, let people re-familiarise themselves with these plants which have been around forever. PROS: nature wants us to enjoy it and ourselves and thus has created many avenues through which both fun and a greater understanding of life can unfold. CONS: people and groups who wish to claim ownership of and control things they don't understand will get upset. EDIT: added words to indicate that I believe there's a place for "man-made" drugs and plant derived drugs
  10. I was thinking of adding Venetian Snares also! It's music which takes and gives all at once but ultimately Mr Funk is amazingly good at creating atmospheres through cacophony. I was a big fan of that (impossible to say) album above as well as many other albums from him, with Hospitality being a standout. There are too many to list but with Snares out the way, I'd put in a vote for Squarepusher because he has invented and re-invented so many styles that every album is truly unexpected. I'm sad that Shobaleader One wasn't better received. I thought it was one of the best fusions of rock and electronic I've ever heard.
  11. Halif

    Australia post

    I noticed a fairly sudden (and hopefully temporary) drop off (pun intended) in the overall effeciency of mail delivery. If I sent a basic 70c stamped envelope with nothing but a letter inside to someone in the same state as me, it would nearly always arrive at the recipients place the following day provided that I posted the letter early on the previous day. Now it frequently takes two to three days, and once it even took a week! (This was not during a long weekend or Christmas period). So I decided to spend extra on Express postage, but to my amazement (and horror) the increase in price made little difference. Seeing as how big the difference is in cost between a single stamp and an Express post bag, I would expect there to be a clear advantage in the more expensive offer. It was annoying when I spent extra on express just to send a two-page letter to a friend so he'd get it before the weekend as his birthdayh was on Saturday. I sent it Thursday and it arrived Tuesday the next week... Any one else notice the seemingly arbitrary delivery times? Especially for the more expensive and supposedly faster options? I don't bother with express for simple letters anymore, but there's still a 50% chance they'll arrive the next day with just standard 70c stamp. Don't get me wrong, i think overall the cost of postage and speed of delivery has been excellent for years, it's just recently when things started to take far longer than usual to arrive that I thought it'd be nice to have an Express that was truly express, not "could be faster than a 70c stamp, not sure. It's up to you. Take a punt. Or not. Next in line!".
  12. Perhaps someone will "come out" at some point and try to extort Woolies claiming to have planted the death cap. Food items have been deliberately contaminated in the past as an act of extortion. Who knows? Terrible event either way. I'm sure there'll be more to this story at some point soon... When I used to go hunting for Amanita Muscaria (to take photos of - really, they're stunning!) it always sent a little shiver down my spine to spot a death cap with its faint yellow/green hue, just sitting there. It's like walking on a trail in summer and seeing a large Tiger snake on the path slowly move off into the grass. Both of those things are not scary exactly, but it does make me reflect on how we co-exist peacefully the vast majority of the time with fatal plants/fungi/animals all around us. Quick story: one time I nearly shit myself rather than stopping to reflect and stroke my beard when I was positively racing on my mountain bike on a sandy walking trail dodging sticks. Yeah... one of the sticks I dodged was a very long Tiger snake which didn't have the time to move its way off the path before I raced almost on top of the thing. And that, my friends, is why I can never again ride my bike while tripping. Every stick is a fucking Tiger snake.
  13. Halif

    Australia post

    I read earlier this year a proposal to make daily mail deliveries a $30 a year paid service, or just have mail delivered three times a week for no charge. ANyone else read soemthing like that? First of all, recently I notice that the postie will skip my street once a week on random days. I am just guessing here, but it seems like if there isn't much mail to deliver in a certain street then they're just letting it sit for another day. I've seen the guy (he's a good postie, BTW, very careful with letters and parcels and a nice guy all round) go past the street, missing it altogether. This seems to be happening more often recently. Anyone else notice soemthing like that? I'd pay $30 a year to ensure daily mail deliveries, but it seems kind of silly because if I'm the only person who did that in my street (just for example), then he'd have to ride down the whole length of the street everyday just for me. I don't know... would such a thing be economically viable?
  14. Halif

    New Vic drug law

    Thanks for your ongoing efforts to provide factual information which can help people make informed choices and be responsible for their own well-being, Torsten. I really do appreciate it.
  15. Halif

    The Random News Thread

    The Barker family? It was never going to work out.
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