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the 'breaking into national monuments' world tour 2005 - 1370°C

Apr. 5th, 2005

08:24 pm - the 'breaking into national monuments' world tour 2005

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most of the time that _wirehead_ was here was spent tooling around the Irish countryside following little brown historical marker signs to neat little sites of interest. as it was only March, most of these neat little sites were, in fact, closed. however, "closed" is a fairly loose term when the bulk of the things you want to look at (standing stones, cairns, decrepit castles and monasteries, etc) are located outdoors in huge fields or inside farmer's sheep pastures. so _wirehead_ and i hopped fences, went around barriers, climbed walls, and braved belligerent sheep in order to see some truly spectacular things.

photographic evidence of these adventures now lives here (warning: scads of thumbnails)

you'll note, some of the photos look like they were taken on "uber grainy" mode. this is because they were taken with my digital in very low light and i used Picasa to lighten them up a lot so you could see what the heck the subject of the photograph was meant to be. most of them are usefully labeled, but feel free to ask questions if you're curious about anything. enjoy.

Current Mood: photosensitive
Current Music: Peter Gabriel - Sandstorm

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From:elvendude
Date:April 5th, 2005 12:31 pm (UTC)
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Jesu, you weren't kidding when you said scads.

/sigh

Wish I were there too...

So, completely off topic...where does everybody get that style of portrait/icon/thingy?
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:April 5th, 2005 12:43 pm (UTC)
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erm. there's an icon generator that does it...K had the link posted on her journal ages back, but i'm not sure where the site is now, and googling for it doesn't much help. i'd suggest asking her or Ogre.
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From:elvendude
Date:April 5th, 2005 01:39 pm (UTC)
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Mew.

Also, all the photos I poked looked fine.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:April 5th, 2005 01:44 pm (UTC)
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i think there are 2 uber grainy ones.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:April 5th, 2005 01:49 pm (UTC)
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http://dookyweb.com/index.php?seccion=avatars
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From:luvcraft
Date:April 5th, 2005 12:44 pm (UTC)
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Where did Kat's eyebrows go?
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:April 5th, 2005 12:46 pm (UTC)
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eaten by beligerent sheep?

she has them, they're just light coloured and you can't see them in the photo.
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From:luvcraft
Date:April 5th, 2005 12:53 pm (UTC)
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Okie doke. I remembered her "100 things" post about shaving all of her body hair, and was wondering if she'd taken it a little too far. :pX
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From:luvcraft
Date:April 5th, 2005 12:52 pm (UTC)
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Tell me about New Grange, please! :)X
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:April 5th, 2005 01:05 pm (UTC)
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NewGrange is the most famous of the set of neolithic passage tombs about an hour north of Dublin. it's 500 years older than the pyramids. they're not really sure if it was actually a burial location, or just a holding place/viewing area for the bodies before they were moved into the smaller mound tombs scattered all around the area. above the door to the tomb, there's a sort of window--at the winter solstice, the sun shines directly into this window, runs along the floor of the main part of the tomb (because the main part of the tomb is significantly higher than the entrance), and lights up the room at the end, where they think the most important people were interred/kept. they don't really know a whole lot about the specifics of it though. the stones with the carvings on them (there are 90-some, but not all are carved) weigh several tons each, and (along with a lot of the other stones that make up the outside and inside of the tomb area) are all from significantly far away (think Eddie Izzard's bit about the building of Stonehenge). though at some point the front entrance of the tomb slid, and had to be reconstructed (they reconstructed it from the original materials that were still at the site though) when it was rediscovered, the tomb passages itself were untouched by the slide and have been waterproof for thousands of years.

it was neat, but way touristy. they herded us in in a group of 15, only let us stay for a few minutes, and wouldn't let us take photos inside. blah.
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From:luvcraft
Date:April 5th, 2005 12:55 pm (UTC)
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this, I believe, shall henceforth be the quintesential picture of Kat. So many many captions, I just don't know where to begin. :)X
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:April 5th, 2005 01:05 pm (UTC)
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she'll probably kill me for posting a pic of her with that look on her face, but it's the only digital one i have of the phallic stone.
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From:_wirehead_
Date:April 5th, 2005 04:48 pm (UTC)
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haha... yes, awful. it was cold and windy, that's all i have to say in my defense. and, damn, am i not photogenic. ::sighs::
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From:elvendude
Date:April 5th, 2005 01:39 pm (UTC)
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*blink*

I so didn't notice that. And I even opened that picture specifically.

/sigh

My hoody has been to Ireland and I haven't...
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From:ad_radian
Date:April 5th, 2005 01:39 pm (UTC)

Nifty

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You've taken a lot of beautiful pictures.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:April 5th, 2005 01:44 pm (UTC)

Re: Nifty

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thank you. those are actually just the quick snapshots and proofs of good ones. i've got rolls and rolls of real film to develop as well.
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From:ad_radian
Date:April 6th, 2005 09:32 pm (UTC)

Re: Nifty

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Sweet!
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:April 5th, 2005 03:07 pm (UTC)
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what was that think pvck used to say that sounds a lot like that?

and thank you. i find it unimaginably old. nothing in the States will ever seem historic again.
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From:gorey_ballerina
Date:April 6th, 2005 06:42 am (UTC)
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It's all just so BEAUTIFUL. And that falls terribly short.

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