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I've never done this, and figured some interesting things'll come up. Comments here are screened here, but i'll share who asked in the answer posts unless you specify you'd rather remain anonymous.


Nov. 14th, 2010 11:02 pm
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The Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen authors (poets/playwrights included) who've influenced you and that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.

Arthur C Clarke
Ursula K Le Guin
James Morrow
Madeleine L'Engle
Isaac Asimov
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Pablo Neruda
Gabriel García Márquez
Margaret Atwood
Neal Stephenson
Jules Verne
Edward Gorey
Stephen Sondheim
Samuel Allen (aka Paul Vesey)
Harry Tutrledove
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Yeah, a meme. Comment with a citrus fruit, and i'll endeavor to come up with 5 for you.

1. Who is your oldest friend (as in "friend you known the longest" not "age oldest")? How did you meet?

Beverly B. We met when we were four. We lived in townhouses, and were allowed to play in front of our row +/-1 row. We met in the grassy area in front of the row of houses between our respective rows. We went to grades k-3 together, then her family moved nearby; we kept in touch, had sleepovers, went to middle school together, different high schools, colleges. We talk on occasion at this point, but each time is like we were talking just yesterday.

2. You come across as being quite the polymath. Do you believe that tendency is something one is born with or can people choose to take that path?

I like learning for the sake of learning -- always have. Fairly young, i realized that having a broad, if shallow knowledge of lots of things is useful conversationally. Of course, deep knowledge in several areas is required, else one would look foolish over time. I do think many people can choose that path; at least i know many people who are like that, and all most have chosen and/or evolved that way.

3. You have a day all to yourself--just you and no one else. What do you do? Would you do something different if you had a week of just your own company?

A day -- sometimes i'll read. sometimes i'll cook/bake. sometimes i'll head to the river or up into the hills and go for a hike; usually river if alone, though -- going to the hills, though near, is more fun with at least one other, though i've done it alone when i need a solid grounding in nature.

A week -- some laundry and cleaning. Maybe a random night or two away from home visiting someone in another place w/in about a 3 hour drive. When i have money, i've been known to fly somewhere for a few days. I tend to do a lot of hiking/running in the woods when i have the time.

4. If you could go back to school to learn anything, what would you pursue?

Computational Linguistics.

5. Where do you think your "foodie" side comes from?

Well, food is central. One must feed and water one's guests. Food is meant to taste good, and be enjoyed.

Some from family -- fresh food is important - we grew our own vegetables and caught our own fish. Plus, when we were 12 and 9, my sister and i insisted that artificial colors and flavors be eliminated from our diet. We both think that red 40 tastes disgusting, and we both dislike the taste of green colorings too. People that say artificial food color has no flavor lie; this is most of why i don't like red velvet cake, and why neither of us eats green-colored ice creams.

Some from peers. I shared housing with a friend from HS back in our college days. Each week we had a dinner party, and we worked hard to serve a cuisine that we'd never cooked before each time.

Some is just in me. I care deeply about the food i eat in terms of freshness, flavor, and quality. It's not that i never eat crap, not at all. But left to myself, i don't eat a ton of snacky things - i don't even keep them on hand.
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Distance Meme - From more than one of you

Longest distance ever traveled? LEMD to KJFK

Farthest North? - Montreal, QC CA

Farthest South? - San Antonio, TX US

Farthest East? - Palma de Mallorca, Islas Baleares, ES

Farthest West? - Cannon Beach, OR US

Highest Mountain - Mt Hood, OR US

Hottest Temp - 118F
Coldest temp - -30F
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1. Chamber Music
The other day i told you a bit about me and music, complements of five from [livejournal.com profile] badmagic. So, i started studying violin at age 9, when i was in fifth grade, in my last year at Dale City Elementary School. Grade six found me at Mils E Godwin Middle School, studying under M. Trowbridge, who is retiring this year. I'm performing at the retirement concert in June of this year.

The Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association (VBODA) sponsors Solo & Ensemble - a blind-judge competition on a regional basis. When i was growing up, Districts 9 & 11 were one unit, today they are separate; i grew up in District 9, and went to HS in District 11. Results from Solo & Ensemble lead to applying for Jr (middle school) or Sr (high school) regional orchestras.

Mr Trowbridge referred me to M Hall, who became my private tutor for several years, and starting in Grade 6, i participated in Solo & Ensemble and Regional Orchestra. I won consistent awards for my playing from then through graduating, both solo & in ensemble. En ensemble, i was in a string quartet or quintet through middle school and part of HS.

I'm classically trained in violin and viola, as you may have gathered. I have extensive orchestral experience, both in string and in symphonic orchestras. I enjoy orchestral playing a lot, and enjoy orchestral performances. But, it is en ensemble chambre that i am most at home. I love the intimacy of playing with the smaller group - the deeper mutual cooperativeness it breeds, the deeper insight into the roles of the instruments generally and with in a piece it reveals, the flexibility of instrumentation it allows.

Let's look at a piece that most everyone knows and likes, and most musicians i know play but hate, is Pachelbel's Canon in D, or properly, Canon and Gigue in D major for three Violins and Basso Continuo.
With two violins, a viola, a cello and/or bass, we perform as written. With a violin, two flutes, and a viola, the viola part is dropped, the flutes and violin take on the violin roles, and viola picks up the cello/bass part. A trio of violin, viola, cello yields Violin I, Viola, Cello.

In a chamber group, at least in rehearsal, players may swap parts to gain better understanding of timing or parts where you will see revealed how your part should be louder/softer/faster or what.
And in a chamber group, there's a bit more time for silliness, which is always a happy.

Starting in 9th grade, i paired up with Buffy Beverage, a cellist for chamber work. We had various violinist with us through the years. We performed all of us for 5 years. I do so miss Buffy, though i also have a wee bit of frustration in knowing that her death resulted in part due to her mismanaging, or not managing, her diabetes. Ah well, i enjoyed my time with her on this plane, and am sure she is well where she be.

In attending a chamber group performance, usually the venue is smaller and more intimate. As an audience member, you not only hear the music, you see the camaraderie of the musicians, get to see who the lead player within the group is - the one to start the playing and guide the others as needed.

Here in Washington, DC, the National Gallery of Art, for 67 years now, has maintained a schedule of concerts, usually of chamber groups, in the Garden Court of the West Building. The concerts are on Sunday evenings, and are free. One of the many, many, many free cultural gems that we here in DC have the benefit of.

As most of you know, i'm a Unitarian Universalist with Friend(Quaker) leanings. CUUPS is the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans, a group that is no longer affiliated with the UUA, the Unitarian Universalist Association. The UU congregation with which i was last affiliated, the wonderful UU Church of Silver Spring, MD, does not have a CUUPS chapter, but rather has Gaia Circle, a member-led pagan group. As a result, though i'm sure they're a fine organization, i have no personal experience with CUUPS aside from knowing they exist.

3. Dadaism
De do, do, do, de da, da, da is all i have to say to you. Wait, no, that's not it. This movement, along with surrealism, make me happy. That is all, for now. No reason, just happiness.

4. España
In grade 8, was sent off to Spain. My Spanish accent and usage solidified there. I speak Castillian with a ceceo - meaning lisped - accent. I was there just as my dad was diagnosed and beginning to fail physically. It was there, for the first time in months and months, i could forget about that. There i saw the breathtaking beauty that is La Valle de los Caídos, which despite the controversy round its construction, is a beautiful and fitting memorial. There i met Sonia, with whom my friends and i danced the zarzuela and tarantella and played crack-the-whip in the plaza where Bar Carlos V was in 1984, and may yet be. There spent i 8 hours in the airport in Palma de Mallorca because ETA terrorists blew up the TWA office across the street from where we lived in Madrid, and next to the Burger King where we sometimes ate lunch. But for that vacation, we too might have died in that bombing. There, in i think it was El Corte Inglés, E bought that lovey white skirt with the black pinstripes and the pink and blue polka dots that i still remember fondly.

There i spent a couple weeks in Barcelona, a beautiful and vibrant city that i feel rolls together the best of New York City and Washington, DC. Walkable, with palms in the harbor and along Las Ramblas, and cacti in a garden on the mountainside of Montjuïc. Something to do 24h day in a reasonably compact, nicely walkable city. I'd like to go back there, as last i was there Sagrada Familia as yet had no roof, and its spires were still not all complete, yet it was stunning in the way that Gaudí's buildings and works always are. Barcelona, as Montreal, are places i feel at home in as DC, which says a lot about both places, at least to me.

I remember the barren desert plain of La Mancha, flat, grey-brown and empty but for the occasional olive grove or vineyard. I remember the tiny, medieval streets in Toledo, which still then looked enough like El Greco's Vista de Toledo as to be recognizable on approach, centuries after he painted it. I remember how in each church we visited, the docent would always proudly show the 1 or 2 windows that survived the Civil War, and how all the other windows are replicas of the originals, and how they each took the time to point out how the replacements differed slightly from the originals, in that larger glass could be used due to advances in glazing. I remember the sadness in the voices of the docents at the few churches where no windows survived the Civil War. I remember the majesty of the still-in-use Roman Aqueduct in Segovia.

And most of all, in hindsight, i remember the lovely respite from dealing with life at home and Dad's illness. And i wish i'd thought to get Jonathan's phone number back then. More about that another time.

5. Kyrie/Κύριε
The beauty and simplicity of this pleases me much. I find it meditative, grounding. And, it's ancient Greek - hello!

*Ogam is not a month, but a man.
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1. Music

As i have discovered in conversations with [livejournal.com profile] nancylebov, i had a best-case experience in my years in the public schools of Prince William and Fairfax Counties, Virginia, US. Mrs. Davis was the music teacher at Dale City Elementary school when i was in grades 1-4. From her, and my mother, i learned my love of song and singing. From Mrs Davis, we learned to read music. We had to prove we could read at least treble and bass clefs by the end of grade 3 or early grade 4 (we had year-round school back then, so things were a bit more fluid like that than today).

We had music class for an hour a week, on Wednesdays or Thursdays in my years there. We spent part of each class singing, with a student changing the overheads for lyrics we did not know, and with Mrs Davis sitting with her back to us, playing the piano for us to sing with. I loved watching Mrs Davis play the piano, because the visual patterns of the keys as she pressed them was beautiful and mesmerizing.

I came home from school one day when i was 8 and said to my parents, "Mommy, Daddy, i want to learn to play the piano". They looked at each other, at me, back at each other, then Mom asked me why and i told her about watching Mrs Davis and i wanted to do that. By the end of that month, i had piano lessons, along with S and T Frey, who lived down the street. For six months, i practiced at the Freys house every day after school. Then, in the Fall, on a Monday, a modern upright was delivered to our home and put into the edge of the dining room, along the stairs. So i could practice at home then.

The next year, in Grade 5, age 9 at the time, i came home and said i wanted to learn to play violin. So, dad took me to the local music store, and rented me a violin. A few months later, a private tutor was recommended to me, and her neighbor was selling a full-size violin, which i was finally big enough to play. So my parents bought it for $600. I still have it, and still play it. It's worth a very good bit more than $600 today.

In High School, i was no longer concertmaster, and so switched to viola, as i made only 3rd chair in 1st violin, and any 2nd-rate violinist would surely be a 1st-rate violist. I found i liked viola better - the mellower sound, the larger size, the more laid-back people, the less cut-throat competition for position, the generally cooperative environment the violists created.

I went 20 years playing viola, and a tad of cello, before performing on violin at the behest of [livejournal.com profile] muzikmaker21, with whom i still have symphonic intentions - literally. (I see opening with french horns and cellos in the lead, and building from there - we'll see where it all leads).

My performance of music - instrumental or vocal - is more important to me than recorded music. I do have my share of recorded music, and groups and performers of which i am quite fond - a couple of which to the point of being rather a groupie.

And any comments i make on music are incomplete with a shout-out to Hazel Cheilik, under whom i studied orchestral and chamber playing in high school, and a tip of the hat to my dearly departed friend Buffy Beverage, a cellist whom i am honored to have known, and even more honored to have played with for years in quartet and in ensemble. Oh, i did a year on the big bass drum in marching band in 4th year of high school, too.

2. Manners

Hm. Manners. Well, when i was five, i came home from a day of play for lunch to a fully set table - multiple forks, spoons, finger bowls and all. That afternoon was spent teaching me what various forks were for, how to use them, that one uses one's flatware/silverware from the outside in toward the plate, where to find the finger bowl, water glass, wine glass, cordial glass, and what. This was considered a standard extension of please, thank you, if you would be so kind, and don't chew with your mouth open. This was a thorough introduction of things to come - visits to friends of my father's on Embassy row, parties at embassies, visits to the White House (not state events), dinners at the trout club and more.

Recently, i think it was November, my mother spent an hour explaining to me about her efforts to be fair to us two kids, to treat us equally, to spend the same amount of money on us both. I think it was in large part to her explicit and implicit examples of fairness and treating all with dignity, even when it is not easy, and my inherent desire to have a peaceful environment, plus reinforcement from our wonderful neighbours, and my friends, that has inspired me through life to - mostly- try to behave my best, though i know i fail on that grandly at times, being human and all.

I started reading Judith Martin, aka Miss Manners, quite young, and being a budding faggot from a young age, certain bits of formality and stuffiness are core components of my character.

This topic was hard. I think that's all i have to say, though follow-up questions may clarify what i'm fairly sure i just obfuscated.

3. Boardgames

Some time in the late Summer or early Fall of 1975, my mother sat down on the floor with me and we played Monopoly. Her stated purpose was to teach me better how to count and to make change and about money. That Monopoly set was a wedding gift from her parents, as no American household is complete without a Monopoly set. Years of family games of Monopoly would follow. Scrabble got added as i moved into Kindergarten in July of 1976. Dad started teaching me chess in the Spring of 1977, just after i had tubes put in my ears. As we move into 1978, my sister was big enough that Candyland and Trouble appeared. That Xmas, my great-grandma Shoenmann (Mom's Dad's Mom) gave my own Scrabble set, which i still have. Risk entered the picture at some point, along with many others. Other friends had other games, and we would get together and game when we weren't in the woods or along the creek or at the playground, or it was too hot, or rainy, or icy or what.

My college years were spent sharing housing with various friends, including a particular happy house in Circle Towers in Fairfax. One day, we were siting in the library, which adjoined the kitchen. One roomie was tossing oranges, which were in a bowl on the counter. So we all started throwing oranges at one another, then we ran out the door to the nearby park and played freeze tag for a while, then ran back to the house, picked up the oranges, and we guys insisted the ladies play Risk with us. They cleaned our clocks quite thoroughly that game.

A few years ago, [livejournal.com profile] scruffycritter introduced me to [livejournal.com profile] chez_turtle, where it turns out the hostess, [livejournal.com profile] chelona is someone i knew from, and lived with during, college.

In addition to board games i play Babble, and on Facebook, i'm always up for a game of Lexulous, Wordscraper, or Word Twist.

4. Conversations in [livejournal.com profile] selki's kitchen.

*Tries frantically to think why [livejournal.com profile] badmagic would choose this topic* *shrugs shoulders* [livejournal.com profile] selki is a gracious hostess always, and her parties always have lovely people at them. In the kitchen, getting food, making food, throwing away trash, grabbing a drink, doing dishes or whatever we are doing, is where the most intimate conversations usually happen in my experience.

Kitchens invite that. They are warm. They are about feasts and cookies and iced tea and coffee and camaraderie and kneading bread or biscuits.

5. The state that taught you to keep toilet paper in your car.

The State of New York. I have family in Chautauqua County. Several of my friends went to Cornell in Ithaca. One passes through NY from S to N along I-87 on the way to Quebec Autoroute 15. Back when, there were signs: "Primitive Facilities Next n00 miles". What that meant was that when you pulled into the rest area, there would be a mound to the left with a wooden sign in it that said "Men" and a mound to the right with a sign in it that said "Woman". Behind each mound was a pit toilet. So, it was bring your own or use leaves. That's all there is to say about that.

NY is a lovely state, an i spend 2 weeks each year in that state, one week in the Summer, and one week in October. I spend additional time there from time-to-time, visiting family or just being there. I go to New York City sometimes, too, which is nice, but, though a part of New York State, New York City and Westchester are not like what is N or W of them.
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Your rainbow is strongly shaded gray and violet.


What is says about you: You are a creative person. You appreciate tradition and wisdom that comes with age. You are patient and will keep trying to understand something until you've mastered it. You depend on modern technology and may feel uncomfortable without it.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.

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Your result for What's your key signature?...

A-Flat Major

What do you get when you drop a piano on an army base?

Congratulations, you’re A-flat Major, a nice quiet break from all the rocking going around. A-flat is a key more suited for symphonies and chamber music halls than for rock concerts, and a look at the number of rock songs in A-flat confirms that. In my exhaustive search for rockers in Ab, in fact (I spent about 12 seconds on Google) I only found one. It makes sense why this key is so associated with peace and serenity, most of the music played on it is by woodwinds. Guitar, Piano, Bass and other non winds tend to have some trouble with 4 flats, leading to naught but woodwindy love for this key. :3

You’re the type of person who is a vegetarian only because you don’t like the thought of killing animals, and you prefer protests to parties. Keep up the lovely environment of happy you create around yourself, and you’re going to snap eventually.


Symphony No. 1 in A flat major, Op. 55 (Shut up, I tried.)


* Some nuts consider A-Flat one of the best keys for flute music, despite flutes being tuned in C.

* One of the most popular uses for the key overall is as a transition key for the second movements of symphonies in C Minor.

Take What's your key signature? at HelloQuizzy


Jul. 20th, 2008 12:06 pm
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What kind of Pagan are you?
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You scored as Shamanic Pagan

A shamanic pagan's roots are generally found in Native American faith. A true love and respect for the earth and all that it yields is central to their faith. Wisdom is most often found in spirit guides or totems, who can be animals, ancestors, or spirits. Pagans who follow this path tend to be far more aware of the delicate web that interweaves the lives of every person and thus move within that web accordingly. They're usually deeply insightful, friendly, loving people and excellent friends and parents. Mysterious and strong, as well, they are often the protectors of their friends and family as well as the moral compass for their friends and loved ones.

Shamanic Pagan


Ecclectic Pagan


Eastern Pagan


Zoroastrian Pagan


Kabbalistic Pagan


Celtic Pantheonic Pagan


Egyptian Pantheonic Pagan


Roman Pantheonic Pagan


Catholic (Pagan?)


Norse Pantheonic Pagan (Asatru)


Greek Pantheonic Pagan


Sumerian, Babylonian, and Mesopotamian Pagans


Neat Test

Nov. 13th, 2007 03:24 am
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202 intimacy

Intimacy: the capacity of being comfortable in a relationship that involves an stable feeling of closeness, familiarity, trust, and usually affection and love with another person.

Dr. Thomas Treadwell and his colleagues, who constructed the "Intimacy Attitude Scale-Revised", presented evidence to suggest that high scores on their scale are related to a variety of desirable qualities. They reported that people with high scores on their scale tended to engage in more intimate behaviors, they tended to self-disclose more to others, they tended to feel in control of their fate, they tended to be more active, and they tended to experience less alienation from friends, family and self. This would seem to be good advice for what the authors of countless self-help books have been saying for years -- that if we are to have happy, satisfying lives, we must develop the ability to have intimate relationships with others.

I would agree that those who are invariably leery of others, who beliave that sharing feelings with anyone is a sign of weakness, are destined to be lonely, unhappy people.

The statistics of this test were based on a group of average people, and no attempt was made to include those who were having problems related to their attitudes towards intimacy. If you did receive an extreme score, however, it may mean that you could profit from taking a close look at yourself. If your score was 140 or lower, you might ask yourself if you close yourself off from others more than necessary. If you feel lonely or isolated, your low score might provide an explaination of why you feel this way. If your score was 210 or higher, you may want to examine whether you might be overwhelming the people in your life with your intensity. Perhaps if you backed off just a little bit, people could enjoy your company more.

Perhaps the most important thing to look at is whether you and your partner (or the person in who you are interested) have similar scores. I beliave that two reserved people can have just as happy and satisfying a relationship as two people who share every last thought, but you can experience a great deal of frustration if your partner's score is considerably different from your own (40 points or more).

So, if you got a good score congratulations but remember there is always room for improvement, and one thing is being intimate and the other is being co-dependant and clingy, try to not cross the fine line.

And for those of you who got low scores, dont despair and try to work out your issues one step at the time, either by yourself, with the help of people you trust, self-help books, and/or by starting a therapeutic process, dont beat yourself about it, if you want to improve, you can do it, plus have your very own therapist is chic and sophisticated, if you dont beliave me ask to woody allen ;)

p.s: for those gentle souls who bothered in ask my score, (specially those who are dark, tall and handsome :P ) i got 195

Link: The Intimacy Attitude Scale--R Test written by FloresDelMal on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test


Apr. 25th, 2006 11:35 pm
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Odd, there are people showing here that don't show at http://ljmindmap.com/h.aspx?n=dcseain and vice versa.

Click here to see the pretty colours! )
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Complements of [livejournal.com profile] fixx

Not because you have to, but because you WANT to! Things you enjoy, even when no one around you wants to go out and play. What lowers your stress/blood pressure/anxiety level? Make a list, post it to your journal... and then tag 5 friends and ask them to post it to theirs.

1. Playing a musical instrument, especially a viola.
2. Hiking through the woods and/or along a body of water.
3. Reading a book.
4. Low-key time with my favourite people, individually or ensemble, and telephone contact usually counts.
5. Baking, especially cakes and cookies, though i try to avoid this unless i intend to share, as i'm wont to eat it all. :)

A meme on thee!
[livejournal.com profile] not_the_pope
[livejournal.com profile] jbsegal
[livejournal.com profile] nosebeepbear
[livejournal.com profile] santibrendani27
[livejournal.com profile] blackfeather

How funny

May. 24th, 2005 09:51 pm
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Stage management/production is exactly what i did back in my theatre days. And the second one tells me i should obey [livejournal.com profile] turtleduck.A pair of memes )
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That five question meme...

1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by asking you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

Here are the questions [livejournal.com profile] turtleduck posted for me (and my answers):

1. I think you'd make a good father. Do you think you'll ever want kids?

Thank you, and yes. I expect to eventually have at least a daughter. My sister even called me, unprompted, and said she'd surrogate for me; that was so sweet. :)

2. You have so many talents; how did you end up working in computers?

The short answer is I ended up working in computers completely by happenstance. )

3. What is your greatest fear?

Never succeeding at anything for a sustainable amount of time. I have a long history of quitting or failing, at least in the eyes of others, to some greater or lesser degree.

This was the hardest of the questions for me to answer. There is little that i fear, or so it seems after several hours of introspection and chatting with people who've know me for a long time. There's one other person whose input i want on this one, so i may edit my response to this question tomorrow, oh, look at the time; i mean later today.

4. What annoys the living daylights out of you?

Willful ignorance (especially, though not only, when paired with self-righteousness), Bigotry of any stripe, & Leaf blowers, equally. I'm sure there are other things, but those are the biggies. And i know it's an odd grouping, but alas, if i could ban any 1 technology, it would be leaf blowers.

5. If you were independently wealthy, how would you occupy your time?

First, i’d buy houses: one in toward the city, one out in the mountains somewhere, on 600 or so acres. I would then go back to school and finish at least a BA in linguistics, specializing in some combination of Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic, and then see what happens from there. I think eventually i would go on to become a teacher, as that’s what i’ve always wanted to do.
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...when a meme captures one so accurately.

gold key
You're a little gold key, and you unlock other
people's hearts. Your kindness and willingness
to be there for those you care about lets
people open up to you knowing they will be
accepted. People will rely on you, but be
careful not to give more than you have.

What sort of key are you and what do you unlock?
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May. 11th, 2005 12:42 am
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I came up Gregory Benford, "A master literary stylist who is also a working scientist." on the Which science fiction writer are you? meme. I am completely unfamiliar with his work. Comments, questions, concerns?
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Your Kinsey Number is 5.3

Predominantly Homosexual, Incidentally Heterosexual

What's Your Kinsey Number?

More Great Quizzes from Quiz Diva
dcseain: (Birdie!)
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth full sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't search around for the coolest book you can find. Do what's actually nearest to you (We already know you, no use trying to be pretentious.)

From the book physically nearest me at the moment:

"She thanked the men-good! but thanked somehow-I know not how-as if she ranked my gift of a nine-hundred-years-old name with anybody's gift."

Abcarian, Richard & Klotz, Marvin, ed.; Literature the Human Experience, Fourth Edition

[Aside-dyslexia is annoying]
dcseain: (Cacao Pod)

Your Inner European is Spanish!

Energetic and lively.

You bring the party with you!

dcseain: Cast shot of me playing my violin in role of minstrel in the Two Gentlemen of Verona (Default)
Bad me. I’m not doing 100% job stuff all the time. Today i went for an eight-mile hike along the Potomac. Earlier today a friend of mine highly recommend ResumeViper.com. He said, “I had to take my resume off because I'm still getting calls and emails from the blast last year that ended up getting Hire Demand in PA to hire me for webMethods. It’s well worth the $75 or so.”

So, this meme i encountered in [livejournal.com profile] catalana’s journal. My list )

I only underlined the ones I'm most interested in, but I'm not opposed to reading the stuff I didn't underline. Then there's numbers 67, 73, 77, 80, 84, 96, 104, 108, & 109, of which I had never heard. I'm guessing you know of at least one of them. Are any of those worth my time?
As for #107, if you've read Stranger in a Strange Land, you should read The Original, Uncut Stranger in a Strange Land. The editors removed 1/3 of the book the 1st time it was published and adding in the missing bits makes it make sense, and makes the female characters less one-dimensional. This recommendation presumes you can stomach reading Heinlein, which I know many people cannot.

This was a fun meme, though since my HS based much of its English curricula on banned books while I was there, I had a bit of an advantage.


Mar. 16th, 2005 11:23 am
dcseain: Cast shot of me playing my violin in role of minstrel in the Two Gentlemen of Verona (Default)
Well, no surprises here: )
I *always* come up Buddhist on these types of quizzes. Though Buddhism is a bit dogmatic for my tastes. I'm more Native American in my spirituality, as evidenced here: )

This fits my self-identity much better.
dcseain: Cast shot of me playing my violin in role of minstrel in the Two Gentlemen of Verona (Default)

I am a d6

Take the quiz at dicepool.com

I know i can be tedious and/or pedantic at times, but as a general thing, boring and/or predictable are not words i associate with myself. At least at this point in my life. Maybe next week.
dcseain: Cast shot of me playing my violin in role of minstrel in the Two Gentlemen of Verona (Default)
I was playing for a good while with this this evening:

LiveJournal Connect!
Enter your username in the left box, someone else's username (or a * for a random one) in the right box, and press the button!
Quiet Mutual 2 chains No 1-hop
Users to ignore:
Coded by sachmet

I did more than a few searches from various random users to myself (including [livejournal.com profile] randomuser and [livejournal.com profile] downunder). All of my paths of connections connected to me through one of three people on my friends list: [livejournal.com profile] turtleduck, [livejournal.com profile] suecochran, or [livejournal.com profile] museinred.

This surprised me. I expected that more, or at least some, connections would come through [livejournal.com profile] madbodger and [livejournal.com profile] moviebear. Boy, was I was ever mistaken.

The world is not as i would imagine it, at least in this small way. Though I'm sure it's not as I would imagine in other ways which I choose to either ignore or not imagine/consider at this point in time.
dcseain: Cast shot of me playing my violin in role of minstrel in the Two Gentlemen of Verona (Default)
This made me laugh. The results are kinda eerie.

LJ Friends Meme by [livejournal.com profile] coolerq

• You must tell 71 people about this game.
Kevin is the one that you love.
Sean is one you like but can't work out.
• You care most about Michael.
Sonia is the one who knows you very well.
Manuela is your lucky star.
Old Man River is the song that matches with Kevin.
Au Claire de la Lune is the song for Sean.
La Marseillaise is the song that tells you most about YOUR mind.
• and Hot Drunk Guys is the song telling you how you feel about life
Take this quiz
dcseain: Cast shot of me playing my violin in role of minstrel in the Two Gentlemen of Verona (Default)
This is so not something i generally think about. Here goes...

1. Met Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan while they were in office, at the White house.

2. Spent several mornings plucking chickens for supper while visiting family on school vacations.

3. Spent every 4th of July but for one at the White House, from birth to age 12.

4. Attended the groundbreaking for the new Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC.

5. Cloned African Violets, carrots, and radishes while in high school.

6. Used my father's family as a case study for autosomal recessive inheritance for a genetics class.

7. Helped record the graves in an unrecorded cemetery, and in the process found the earliest known marked graves in Prince William County, VA. 'DYD 1612' the pair of sarcophagi are marked.

8. Narrated a stage show in Mandarin, Vietnamese, Hmong, Russian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Farsi, Hungarian, and English.

9. Helped judged the pig and cow contests at the Hartford Fair in Licking County, OH for 2 years.

10. Have bowled in the White House bowling alley.
dcseain: Cast shot of me playing my violin in role of minstrel in the Two Gentlemen of Verona (Default)
Ya know, I never woulda pegged myself for violent. Lustful, Gluttonous, Virtuous Non-Believer, sure. But violent?

Then again, i bet i know which questions made me score high on Violent. >:) Heh.

The Dante's Inferno Test has banished you to the Seventh Level of Hell!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Moderate
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)High
Level 2 (Lustful)Very High
Level 3 (Gluttonous)Moderate
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Very Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)Low
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Moderate
Level 7 (Violent)Very High
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)Moderate
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)Low

Take the Dante's Divine Comedy Inferno Test


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