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Comment with "Come at me"
I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better.
Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.

[ profile] mingsmommy asked:

1. Would you rather lose your sight or your hearing?
This is a hard one for me because while I'm not missing any, I do have glitches with nearly all of my senses - I'm shortsighted, have trouble with my ears, hayfever messes my sense of taste and smell up every summer and I have a thing that makes the nerves on my left side do their own thing. I was always pretty sensory but now I cling to everything I've got. It's nothing major, but it's still more than I like.
If I'm tied to a mad scientists table though, and he's going to take one... take my sight. Being able to see without being able to hear what's going on is like living behind glass. Sound without sight is still capable of making me feel connected to the world.

2. What do you consider humanity's greatest gift?
Our curiousity. Without it, we'd still be living in caves waiting for lightening. Everything beautiful, noble and inspiring that's come out of us has been a product of the words "how" and "why".

3. You are so brilliant. Your writing is incredible and I miss reading it. Did you ever think about writing a novel (beyond NaNo)? What would it be?
~dies of embarassment~
I haven't been very strong for a while, so while I've wanted to write, I haven't. This is changing so it's possible that the novel will happen. (Anything's possible, right ;) ) I have a couple of parts of outlines that I've been making slow progress with and maybe will be able to make something with. They're werewolf/vampire stories because I that's what I read and love.

4. There is darkness within each of you think that's something the majority of people hide from or do you think it's something we use to feel compassion for our fellows? Why?
Oof. That's a tough one. Ultimately, I think that we enjoy flirting with our darksides, and enjoy thinking about the other person having a darkside (which is why crime shows are popular and people are fascinated with serial killers) but I think that we tend towards judging people for theirs rather than using it to feel closer to them. We like to think of it as something the other guy has rather than a core part of the human psyche. Did this make even sense?

5. What thing about you do you consider quintessentially British?
My teeth, and near constant impulse to insult the French . I do drink a lot of tea ;)
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Nabbed from [ profile] cincoflex

The last book you acquired, and how (begged, bought, borrowed?)
The last book I got physically is Everything's Eventual by Steven King. I picked it up from the League of Friends at work. The last book I bought was Life is Real Only Then, When I Am by G I Giurdjieff, but Amazon still haven't delivered it yet.

Your current read, your last read and the book you’ll read next.
Current: The Merlin Conspiracy by Dianna Wynne Jones.
Last read: The Death Of Bunny Monroe by Nick Cave.
Next read: The Sacred and the Profane by Mircea Eliade.

What author do you own the most books by and why?
In normal books, Charlaine Harris because I picked up the series when the book club were selling it at work for £12. In comics, either Neil Gaiman or Grant Morrison.

Do you own multiple copies of any book?
I own two copies of The Vampire Lestat because I loe it but the binding on the paperback is totally cheap and it falls apart incredibly easy, and a friend bought me two random copies of SVM books, but I already own the series.
Once I own something I don't really want it again. Much to the comicboys disappointment and poverty, I'm about the content and don't really care about owning varients.
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Avoiding bedtime, courtesy of [ profile] cincoflex

Read more... )
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1 - Go to the Superpower Wiki.
2 - Click the random page button on the left hand side once. Only once.
3 - Revel (or dismay) in the fact that this is your new superpower. But I bet it’s awesome even if it’s crappy because you now have a superpower. Who wouldn’t want a superpower? No one, that’s who.
4 - Post the results. No cheating!

is the ability for the user to heal themselves in or out of battle or restore limbs back onto the owner.

My prefered power is the ability to make things explode (or go on fire). This is ok too though.

(I am not a terrorist.)
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I don't know why it doesn't think that Hamlet falls under "The Complete Works of Shakespeare" or that The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe isn't one of The Chronicles of Narnia though.

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES. Bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read an excerpt )
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1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4-7 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest (unless it's too troublesome to reach and is really heavy. Then go back to step 1).
6. Tag five people.

Le vent de fenetre qu'il avait laisee grande ouverte faisait flotter sa pelegrine et, chaque fois qu'il passait pres de la lumiere, on voait luire des boutons dores sur sa fine redingote.
Il sifflait quelque chose entree ses dents, un espece d'air marin, comme en chantent, pour s'egayer le couer, les matelots et les filles dans les cabarets des ports...
Un instant, au milieu de sa promenade agitee, il s'arretta et se pencha sur la table, cherche dans une boite, en sortit plusieurs feuilles de papier... Meaulnes vit, de profil, dans le lueur de la bougie, un tres fin, tres aquiline visage sans moustache sous un abondante chevelure quo partageait un raie de cote. Il avait cesse de siffler. tres pale, les levres entr'ouverts, il paraisait a bout de souffle, comme s'il avait recu au couer un coup violent.

- Le Grand Meaulnes, Alan Fournier.

Note: I do not speak french, I picked this up to start up where I left off in high school. I put it on my desk and there is has sat. There is no appropriate accenting because I can just about bold things in html. Just glad the swedish phrasebook went back the library.
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Yes, and I am slight embarrassed to admit that it's The Vampire Lestat. I love it. I love it like the 14 year old I was when I first read it. I have two copies of it on my bookshelf at all times - one that I read and a back up for when the first one falls apart (they are not brilliantly crafted, in either literary or physical qualities).

Do I discover something new every time I read it? C'mon...

Also, my Love and Rockets gn's. I love Maggie and Hopey so much I can't even bear it and the art is always beautiful.

Movie Meme

Dec. 8th, 2008 05:13 pm
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I don't think my head is working quite right just yet, so here is a meme while I try to sort out my holiday snaps.

yoinked from [ profile] speeding_slug

1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times:
The English Patient

2. Name a movie that you've seen multiple times in a theater:
Hot Fuzz

3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie:
RDJ, Alan Tudyk.

4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie:
Tom Cruise. And I really want to see Valkyrie :(

5. Name a movie that you can quote from:
Withnail and I

6. Name a movie musical that you know all the lyrics to all the songs:
I'll get back to you on that one.

7. Name a movie that you have been known to sing along with:
A Muppets Christmas Carol.

8. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see:
The English Patient. Ha.

9. Name a movie that you own:

10. Name an actor that launched his/her career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops:

11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in?:

12. Ever made out in a movie theater?
No. Movies are too important. Actually, I might have but just can't remember. I know I've made out in the foyer though, for definite.

13. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven't gotten around to it:
Transformers. That last Indiana Jones movie. I've even dl'd it, just never got around to watching it.

14. Ever walked out of a movie?:

15. Name a movie that made you cry in the theatre:
I think the end of Titanic made me a little teary, but I don't think I've ever cried at a film really.

16. Popcorn?:
With the sweet stuff, and lots of please :)

17. How often do you go to the movies?:
It depeneds. I can go 12 times a month or not at all in a year.

18. What's the last movie you saw in the theater?:
I can't remember, probably Iron Man.

19. What is your favourite/preferred genre of movie?:
I like snooty cultural stuff, historical, adventure, 'splody movies, comedy, horror. It mostly depends on my mood, but I'm a snob and will judge if something is worth me seeing very quickly.

20. What was the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?
The Jungle Book. My uncle and his then gf took me and my sister.

21. What film are you waiting to see next year.
Watchmen. Also, I kept seeing reviews for a film called The Reader that looks really interesting, and Valkyrie.

Story Meme

Dec. 2nd, 2008 07:31 pm
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from [ profile] blipvert, who uses manipulation to spread the memes

If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, (even if we don't speak often or ever) please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL memory of you and me.

It can be anything you want - good or bad - BUT IT HAS TO BE FAKE.

When you're finished, post this little paragraph in your LJ and see what your friends come up with.
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Your result for The LONG Scientific Personality Test...

INFP - the Healer

You scored 0% I to E, 16% N to S, 43% F to T, and 58% J to P!

You are more introverted than extroverted. You are more intuitive than observant, you are more feeling based than thinking based, and you prefer to go with the flow rather than having a plan. Your type can best be summarized by the word "Healer", which belongs to the larger group of idealists. You have a capacity for caring that is deeper than most. You strive for unity, are fascinated by the battles between good and evil, and can be something of an idealist. Only 1% of the population shares your type.

As a romantic partner, you are usually supprtive and nuturing, however, you have a high need for individuality. Harmony is extremely important to you as you are very affected by conflict and tension, which also makes you resist confronting your partner directly about problems. When you get angry, you usually blame yourself, rather than your partner. You can also be stubborn and unyielding when you feel you are being criticized or mistreated. You feel the most appreciated when your partner listens to you carefully. You need to be understood. You need to hear your partner express their feelings, the more often, the better.
Your group summary: idealists (NF)

Your type summary: INFP

Take The LONG Scientific Personality Test
at HelloQuizzy

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The Controversial Survey, by way of [ profile] literaryelle

[1] Do you have the guts to answer these questions and re-post as The Controversial Survey?
Apparently so. Lets begin.

Controversial Survey is Controversial )

♣ I am now addicted to Peep Show. Only problem is that I've been watching it on youtube, so it's all in 10 minute bursts, and it's so cringeworthy that I keep having to pause it and take little walks. (I can't deal with cringe comedy. I love it, but can't watch it)
David Mitchell alas may never get on my list of tv boyfriends. He's very good on basically everything, but I tried watching an episode of Jam and Jerusalem the other week and it was so bad it gave him more negative points just by association than he may ever get over.

♣ Had an interview last week for a temp position at the hospital. Still not heard back. Might be going a little mad with it.

♣ Gearing up for Nano. I know I'll never manage it, but maybe this year my vast swathes of free time will help me at least do something.

♣ I lied about that first spade. I love David Mitchell so much right now he could get into any early evening weekend sitcom slot and I'd still worship him. God, I need work. This doesn't happen when I work (possibly, I forget. That's probably a lie.).
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Death Meme from [ profile] speedingslug

1. Given the choice would you like to have you personality & memories uploaded to a computer to live on in cyberspace ?
Dear God no. Life in the internet, that's too sad to contemplate. Plus I always think of consciousness as a side effect to the complexity of our biology (Thank you Philosophy of Religion. That course is also the reason I have the phrase "round underneath like a Teddy Bear" forever burned into my brain.)

2. If you could do one thing before you die what would it be ?
Find a cure ;) Stand on top of the sphynx.

3. Would you rather be buried or cremated ?
Buried. Under a tree if possible and not in a coffin.
A funeral pyre does sound like good fun though.

4. If you were cremated what would you like to have happen to your ashes ?
Thrown off a hill. I never did like to be restrained, so an urn sounds awful.

5. If you could meet some dead person from history who would it be ?
Right now, Seneca and Dr Johnston.

6. If buried what one item would you take with you ?
Nothing. A funeral blanket maybe, but I'd hate to think of anything I loved in life rotting with me.
Maybe my least favourite pet then...

7. If you were re-incarnated what animal would you like to come back as?
A human. I like this gig. And not having to wash my genitals with my tongue.

8. What is your meaning of life?
Respiration, reproduction, digestion and excretion.

9. Do you believe in ghosts?
Yes, but not as anything sentient. Tricks of the brain.

10. The song to be played on your exit from this mortal coil ?
A couple. The Miserere mi Deus by Allegri, The Humming Chorus from Madame Butterfly and I Don't Want to Live on the Moon from Sesame Street. Everyone is going to be miserable if I have to make them :)
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from [ profile] iceprincessd

Rules: List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now, shaping your spring fall. Post these instructions in your LJ along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to.

I'm the feckless jobless. I'm too lazy and unmotivated to tag anyone.

1. QI - Peter Cushing Song (this is [ profile] wiccagirl24's fault.

2. Kings of Leon - Sex On Fire

3. Solomon Burke - Cry to Me

4. Elmore James - It Hurts Me Too

5. Ernie - I Don't Want To Live On The Moon

6. Kings of Leon - On Call

7. Duke Ellington - Don't Get Around Much Anymore

I think this clarinet quartet version of the Super Mario theme is going to get some play though.
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♣ Went to a friends housewarming last night - a low key event involving a tour of the house, pizza and then getting stoned to millennium. which I now need to download.

♣ Some good job ops have started coming up. But I don't want to talk about them. To anyone. I think I'm getting all paranoid and superstitious about it. As long as I'm not washing my hands 100 times a day I think I'm ok though.

♣ Same thing with the Rebus novels. I devoured 4 and then got all wierd and "oh my God! There are only 13 left!" And started to read the Poirot books I have to make it all last longer, and have now gone the same way with the Poirot books. I have plans to go get some of the Wire In The Blood books out to make it all last longer again. I don't know what's happening. I don't even know why I'm suddenly glutting on crime mystery. But there we go. Strange mind in an odd body.

meme ganked and done for [ profile] speedingslug
01. Do you have a tattoo? 02. How old are you? 03. Are you single or taken? 04. Eat with your hands or utensils? 05. What were you doing last time you daydreamed? )

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Your result for The Perception Personality Image Test...

NBPC - The Daydreamer

Nature, Background, Big Picture, and Color

You perceive the world with particular attention to nature. You focus on the hidden treasures of life (the background) and how that fits into the larger picture. You are also particularly drawn towards the colors around you. Because of the value you place on nature, you tend to find comfort in more subdued settings and find energy in solitude. You like to ponder ideas and imagine the many possibilities of your life without worrying about the details or specifics. You are in tune with all that is around you and understand your life as part of a larger whole. You are a down-to-earth person who enjoys going with the flow.

The Perception Personality Types:


Take The Perception Personality Image Test at HelloQuizzy

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Tagged by [ profile] anamin

1. Compose a list of your top ten sexiest famous men.
2. Collect one picture of each guy on your list.
3. Post them in your journal/blog.
4. Tag 3 people to do the same.

the sexiest cut )

Tagging [ profile] svilleficrecs [ profile] jenbachand [ profile] vegawriters and anyone else who wants to play.
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nabbed from [profile] sadlovegirl

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicise those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE, add an strikeout the books you read but didn't like.

1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen -
Started, put down, never picked back up.
2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien - Started, put down, never picked back up
3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling -
surely this counts as 7 books ? - I read the first one, have no interest in the others.
5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6. The Bible

7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14. Complete Works of Shakespeare - Mostly.
15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien - Started, put down, never picked back up.
17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34. Emma - Jane Austen
35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis  - Is this not counted as a Chronicle of Narnia?
37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood- Just for content, not the execution.
49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52. Dune - Frank Herbert
53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley - Have read The Doors of Perception.
59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68. Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding
69. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72. Dracula - Bram Stoker - Really cannot stand this book.
73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75. Ulysses - James Joyce
76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78. Germinal - Emile Zola
79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80. Possession - AS Byatt
81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87. Charlotte's Web - EB White
88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -
You couldn't beat these stories with a stick.
90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery  -
Essential. Though why the Velveteen Rabbit is not on here is a mystery. You read these two, you don't have to read anything else.
93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks - Started but could not get into. Seriously tried about 5 times.
94. Watership Down - Richard Adams
95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare - Does this not come under the Complete up at #14?
99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Have to be honest, I'm not sure what the point they're trying to make with this list is. I have so many books I bascially own a library. Some of the books on this list, I'd rather put my eyes out than waste time on.

Has reminded me about some books I've been meaning to pick up though, so that's good.
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The Word Meme

Copy and paste to your own journal, erase my answers, and add your own. Use the first letter of your name to answer each of the following questions. They have to be real places, names or objects - nothing made up! Try to use different answers if the person you got this from has the same first initial. You CAN'T use your name for the boy/girl name question. And Have Fun With It!!!

1. 4 LETTER WORD: help

2. BOY NAME: harry

3. GIRL NAME: hero

4. OCCUPATION: hairdresser

5. A COLOR: hwhite. the first h is silent. ~cough~


7. BEVERAGE: hot chocolate

8. FOOD: ham


10. A PLACE: hong kong


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