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17 March 2008 @ 11:28 am
The Clixbians: Atavistic Romantics; Romantic Atavistics  
atavism n. recurrence of or reversion to a past style, manner, outlook, approach, or activity

romantic adj. marked by the imaginative or emotional appeal of what is heroic, adventurous, remote, mysterious, or idealized

Ever felt sane and sated hand-stitching something that could've been machine sewn?

Ever delighted in growing, picking and grounding herbs from your own garden for cooking spices?

Ever daydreamed of living off of the land like a Native American or a pioneer?

Was that salad you grew and picked from your own garden the best salad ever?

If you feel yourself nodding, then you're probably an Atavistic Romantic.

Ilsa (aggrobat) and I recently decided to appropriate "clixby" from The Meaning of Liff by Douglas Adams and John Lloyd, which they appropriated from a lazy town in England.

So if you feel yourself nodding, then you're a Clixbian.

Welcome to The Clixbian Society, where we daydream from our desk jobs and internet addictions and retail dead-time of being falconers, or raising bees and harvesting honey and wax by hand, or building a log cabin 3-car garage in Alaska by felling the trees ourselves. What do you daydream about?

I find these daydreams and, whenever possible, being more hands-on and atavistic, helps me fight the malaise and futility that occasionally blind-sides me in the corporate world or while sitting at home staring at the internet on hour 10.

(my iPod oracle, on all-song shuffle, is in sync with me here - heh)

What atavistic hobbies do you engage in?
Current Music: "Never is Enough" - Bare Naked Ladies
bitterfun on March 17th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
"where we daydream from our desk jobs and internet addictions and retail dead-time of being falcones"

Easily misread.
Kburgunder on March 17th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)

That would incite the question - do you daydream of being falcones, or do they daydream of being you? ;>
bitterfun on March 17th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
Well it seemed absurd to me until i re-read it as I never daydream about being me nor would anyone else without the need of a brain scrubbing.
urlgirlurlgirl on March 17th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
I knit. I like to cook food made from scratch (although this is more because of a health issue, rather than from any atavistic impulse). I love building things from wood and staining/painting them myself. I occasionally get into making cigar boxes and decorative wood-burning. I sew up curtains by hand (or with a sewing machine if they're large).

I code everything by hand, in plain text, first. About that, I'm definitely a romantic.
Kburgunder on March 20th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
Wood working brings me great joy.

I have about 10% instinct and 90% left to fill with knowledge I presently lack, but by the gods, I have enthusiasm.

There are three core reasons why I occasionally crave a house:
1. Painting the walls whatever I want
2. Hedgewitch herb garden
3. Wood workshop
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Kburgunder on March 17th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
I would say, including the SCA! What all do you do by hand for it? I actually don't know and would love to hear more :)
Cassandrakasiandra on March 17th, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
Does making, wrapping, and finishing my own bassoon reeds by hand count as atavism? ;) It's not as if there is another choice other than wrapping. I don't have to wrap them with thread and then seal with epoxy but they look pretty that way, so I do.

I also crochet and would love to get into mosaics. Hand-sewing, not so much, but I saw an incredible book that made it look fun and funky so I might be coming around. Ooh, and I really want to start making our own bread. I'll cheat and use a machine, but it seems a bit in keeping with the principles above if I'm making it instead of buying it. :)
erischild on March 18th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
I sew, knit, crochet, am learning needlepoint (of cthulhu attacking a salesman/missionary). I make and can jam and other produce, grind my own grain, bake my own bread, grow food in my garden, fix or make new things out of broken things. Peter makes his own bullets and targets. We have plans to raise chickens and rabbits for food and fur, and when space permits add goats and sheep for the same reasons. We build wooden war machines (trebuchet, catapult). Peter will take up hunting when we have a freezer big enough to store the meat.
I like to read, write, and am on a personal crusade to bring back the hyphen.
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Kburgunder on March 20th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
I keep meaning to ask you.

How do you feel about Legos?
Varnvarn_ix on March 19th, 2008 09:21 am (UTC)
I grind my own spices. Since coriander (cilantro) isn't to be found fresh anywhere, I need to grow that myself.

I play the wood flute, to the dismay of people who live with me.

I recently coded a fractal-drawing program on a Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48k, in embedded BASIC, on real hardware. (It takes a day and a half to draw a detail from the Seahorse Valley!)

Kburgunder on March 20th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
Heh, these are great answers.

What is Seahorse Valley?
Varnvarn_ix on March 20th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
Seahorse Valley is the valley between the body and the butt of the Mandelbrot set. So named because of the spiral seahorse tails.

Given enough zoom, you can find copies of the original mandelbrot set in there, which is pretty fascinating. Alas, the ZX Spectrum doesn't possess enough decimal places to go this close to the critical boundary.


This one is even more fascinating, it goes into levels of detail (= decimal places and iteration steps) that I've never seen before, and it actually impressed the hell out of me:


Alternatively, the Seahorse Valley can be a Julia set drawn with the complex parameter from the vicinity of the Mandelbrot Seahorse Valley. A good tool to explore the dependence of the Julia set geometry on the complex parameter (and its location relative to the Mandelbrot set) is this page:


An interesting phenomenon (which isn't really apparent in the above page because they don't iterate deep enough) is that if you click on the black portion of the Mandelbrot set, then the black portion of the corresponding Julia set will be connected, and if you click outside the Mandelbrot set (on the colored area), the Julia set will be completely disconnected. Some geometries near the Mandelbrot boundary are very beautiful (Fatou dust).