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Girlfriend asks the hard questions. Posted in the order i answered them, so not in numerical order.

2. If you were cast to act in a play, what part would you like to play? [In this magical question, you have your own age and whatever looks and skills you need for the part].

Enjolras in Les Misérableswould be fun, especially in the French version, as it has better lyrics. Fredrik Egerman in A Little Night Music would be fun too. Georges/George in Sunday in the Park with George would be nice. Many others would be great fun too, but those three immediately pop to mind.

3. What mental trick or system do you use for remembering the geographical details of (seemingly) every place that you have ever lived?

Lifelong habit, love of the land, lots of time out of doors, and a deep caring about what the roads/paths are and where they go.

4. What does your metadata contain?

I'm not at all certain how to go about answering this. I know what metadata is, but, i'm still at a loss. Anyone?

ETA: In comments, [livejournal.com profile] dpolicar said,
So, I guess I would unpack that question as "What ought one know in order to sensibly interact with you?"

Or perhaps "What cues, accurate or otherwise, do you provide about your contents?"
to which i replied:
My brain was wanting to go that way, so i'll try -- that's exactly the kind of open-ended question i'm not good at, as it's requesting data that i do not by default discuss, unless asked a specific question. I'll edit a fuller response into the entry.
So, here goes.

As i said, i do not by default, talk much about myself, unless asked directly. I have a deep-seated worry that everyone hates me, though i know quite well that's not true. I like direct communications, as i tend to completely miss subtly, though not as completely as when i was younger. It's okay to tell me to stop/shut up when i'm going on and on -- don't allow me too much sugar nor alcohol. Too much of one or the other, and, as a dear friend puts it i'll "have enough conversation for everybody". My interests are varied.

If i'm in a group, and being quiet, it is appropriate to come up and talk to me -- i'm much shier than most people perceive me. I'm loyal, and value my friendships deeply. I alway assume the best in people until they prove me wrong. I revisit opinions and reform them over time.

I sometimes don't see the trees for the forest. I like a high level of organization, and am in a better mood when i create and maintain that; the more mess around me, the worse my mood and the lower my motivation to correct that. I need help with that -- even if it's just someone present to talk with, and provide mild assistance as needed.

I'm bad at asking for help, if much better at it than in years past. Ask me if i'm floundering or if you might help if it seems to you i need it.

I will always do the best i can with the information i have available. It does not always occur to me that information is lacking if it is not really obvious.

I am truthful, and expect others to be so, too.

During the background investigation for my job at Customs and Border Protection, i got a bunch of phone calls along the lines of The investigator asked me n, and i had to say that i didn't know, because you never talk about that. I've known you for decades, why don't i know that?. Always, the answer was, You never asked. That relates to the I generally do not talk about myself. I'm good at telling people enough that they have a clue, but in the end, don't always know everything, as i don't see them as needing to know, though i'll often tell if asked, within reason and need-to-know, if that makes sense.

Relatedly, i always tell people to feel free to ask me anything, but the heavens help you, as sometimes you may get a core dump, and it surprises me what questions will trigger that.

As someone who dosen't really talk about himself, i was surprised to notice the number of deep-sharing personal essays i've posted here -- there's a Personal Essays tag for those entries.

I drive [livejournal.com profile] tomhundleyrn a bit batty sometimes. I don't try to, it just happens. Um, i think that's all.



5. What is your current favorite recipe?

This is hard. I've been leaning Chinese in my cooking, aiming successfully for high wok hai/savory/umami in flavor, for the most part. I've made a lot of Espinacas a la Catalana (Catalan Spinach) of late -- as a side dish, or as a bed for eggs or other things. I turned out a lovely gazpacho the other day. I've made a ton of savory pasta dishes of late, too. So, in summary, i'm not quite sure.

1. What would your ideal workday consist of if you had a job that used all your talents and abilities in ways that were fulfilling to you?

*Thinks back through many years of working*

Hmmm... I like jobs that require problem-solving. Customer/client interaction is a plus -- i really, really like having people thank me for explaining why they may not have something and/or for telling them no in polite, flowery language. I genuinely enjoy helping people. I like working in environments that are team-based, but allow a lot of personal leeway in accomplishing tasks, with open communications and flow of information. Not that everyone need know everything, but there should be no secrets that make people fearful/uncertain, and all should have the information they need to accomplish their task completely in a supportive, cooperative environment.

Supervising people is fun -- the team building, the mutual support, the setting up of systems to aid the flow of information in both directions, the mentoring to help people grow and advance, the putting out of fires, the balancing of the needs those under me with those above me, and inspiring those under me to achieve what is needed both for those over me and for those under me to flourish.

Data analysis is nice, too -- finding the trends, surprises, or what; breaking the data down in different ways to see what may surface.

So, specific task less important to me than environment, ability to grow, and ability to move up.
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Dear [livejournal.com profile] nosebeepbear,

I don't really know how to tell you this, but the Mafia wants you. I think I realized it last year at the mental hospital and I saw you ignore Bill Clinton. I'm sure you're scarred enough to understand that Extreme Home Makeover sucks. I'm returning the cut toenails to you, but I'll keep your collection of butterflies as a memory. You should also know that I always wanted to break a passionate interest for mice.

Go and drown yourself,
--s

Joing the lemming hordes in building a stairway to heaven! )
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Cities i spent a night in, in 2007, in my case in alphabetical order by State and City:

Wilmington, DE
Washington, DC
Baltimore, MD
Gaithersburg, MD
Greenbelt, MD
Hunt Valley, MD
Timonium, MD
Cambridge, MA
Metuchen, NJ
Plainfield, NJ
New Lebanon, NY
Olivebridge, NY
Jacksontown, OH
Solon, OH
Reston, VA
Springfield, VA*
Woodbridge, VA



*Defining night traditionally, this one is accurate.

Nevermore!

Dec. 12th, 2007 12:09 am
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[livejournal.com profile] ogambear and [livejournal.com profile] ftemery did it, so i felt compelled to do so. Yeah, right. Anyway...It has a great image.

...quoth the raven. )
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You are a Ranger!



Take the "How Do You Use Magic?" test! Written by Brimo
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From [livejournal.com profile] archangelbeth



Your Score: Older Futhark


You scored




Language of the Norse, Older Futhark! Thirty symbols, all told. And no hardier, more warrior-like tongue has ever graced the longships of the Viki or left the Celts and Saxons in such quivering fear. There's only one drawback, that being you died 800 years ago.




Link: The Which Ancient Language Are You Test written by imipak on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
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To find out what "Dreamer", "Conqueror", "High Time Roller", and "Touchy Feely" mean, click "Read my VisualDNA".

And to get your own, click "Get your own VisualDNA", and then just click on the big red Start button once you get to their web site.



Also, i'll follow-up on the language stuff not later than Monday, for those of you following that thread.
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True to the point that i worry at times about coming across as Pollyannaish:


I am a
Sunflower


What Flower
Are You?


"When your friends think smile, they think of you. There is not a day that goes by that you can't find something good about the world and your fellow human."



Compliments of [livejournal.com profile] sharrainchains
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I'm a lot gooder, and mildly chaoticker, than not_the_pope )

I agree with it that i can be aloof and hard to understand. It is wrong on one count however; I, in fact, will use poison.
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For those of you who didn't already know, in Native American circles, i am known as Flyingrat Farseeker. My totem is a flying rat, no not a bat nor a fledermaus, but a flying rat. There used to be a kitten in my Hunting Grounds, but now she is here with me, the one known as Feldspar.

You Rock!

Apr. 23rd, 2007 04:03 pm
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Taken from the most fabulous [livejournal.com profile] nadyalec

My friends do change my life for the better- in ways they probably don't know.

Wanna know how you changed my life for the better? Comment, and then, if you'd like, copy this to your journal.

Succinct

Apr. 9th, 2007 09:50 pm
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From [livejournal.com profile] sagesaria: Memeage!

You.
Can.
Only.
Type.
ONE.
Word.

(Not as easy as you might think.)

1. Where is your cell phone? pocket
2. Describe your boyfriend/girlfriend/S.O.? online
3. Your hair? curly
4. Your mother? chatty
5. Your father? dead
6. Your favorite item? mixer
7. Your dream last night? unknown
8. Your favorite drink? water
9. Your dream car? er...
10. The room you are in? yellow
11. Your ex? which?
12. Your fear? failure
13. What do you want to be in 10 years? teacher
14. Who did you hang out with last night? [livejournal.com profile] nosebeepbear
15. What you're not? depressed
19. The last thing you did? typed
20. What are you wearing? clothes
22. Your favorite book? LeGuin
23. The last thing you ate? tamale
24. Your life? extant
25. Your mood? content
26. Your friends? fabulous!
27. What are you thinking about right now? money
28. Your car? red
29. What are you doing at the moment? watching
30. Your summer? humid
31. Your relationship status? um
32. What is on your tv? game
33. When is the last time you laughed? hours
34. Last time you cried? play
35. School? yay!
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And, nerd that i am, so now have i:
What Be Your Nerd Type?
Your Result: Musician
 

Doo doo de doo waaaa doo de doo! (<-- That's you playing something.) Everyone appreciates the band/orchestra geeks and the pretty voices. Whether you sing in the choir, participate in a school/local band, or sit at home writing music, you contribute a joy to society that everyone can agree on. Yay! Welcome to actually doing something for poor, pathetic human souls. (Just kidding.)

Social Nerd
 
Artistic Nerd
 
Literature Nerd
 
Gamer/Computer Nerd
 
Science/Math Nerd
 
Drama Nerd
 
Anime Nerd
 
What Be Your Nerd Type?
Quizzes for MySpace
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How very silly, though a couple of these are kind of eerily appropriate.

My LiveJournal 12 Days
My True Love gave to me...
12 jgesteves a-hopping.
11 owenthomass a-rubbing.
10 dmlaenkers a-wailing.
9 andrewsheads a-typing.
8 fallenpegasuss a-leaping.
7 vvalkyris a-listening.
6 utforskers a-flaming.
5 emerald sharrainchainss.
4 glaring museinreds.
3 Yugoslavic bhanfhlaiths.
2 guinea pig madbodgers.
And a sungo in a banana tree.
Get gifts! Username:
Another fun meme brought to you by rfreebern.

Interesting

Nov. 4th, 2006 01:34 am
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My results mostly do not resemble those of [livejournal.com profile] maddogairpirate.Politics Memes, yay! )

Baaa

Sep. 28th, 2006 06:14 pm
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You are Perl. People have a hard time understanding you, but you are always able to help them with almost all of their problems.
Which Programming Language are You?
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Only the Shadow knows.... )

This description actually rather matches my explanation to [livejournal.com profile] fixx of what i mean by ...a very private extrovert.
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In the order i met them:




Got at b3co.com!

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I'm doing this because a voice in my head, which sounded remarkably like [livejournal.com profile] muzikmaker21, told me to. I promise some real content in the nearish future.

If you comment...

1. I'll respond with something random I like about you.
2. I'll tell you what song/movie reminds me of you.
3. I'll name something we should do together.
4. I'll say something that only makes sense to you and me (or just me).
5. I'll tell you my first/clearest memory of you.
6. I'll leave you a quote that is somehow appropriate to you.
7. I'll ask you something that I've always wondered about you.
8. If I do this for you, you must post this on your journal so you can do the same for other people.

On Vegans

Aug. 8th, 2006 11:03 pm
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Reply to this post saying “pick me” or something similar. I'll pick one of your interests, and then you must tell me a a lot about it. Then I (and the other readers here) will learn a bit more about you and your interests.

[livejournal.com profile] muzikmaker21 picked Vegans from my interest list:
Vegans

(not veganism, but vegans)
I met my first vegetarian when i started high school. I knew they existed, especially among adherents of Hinduism, but i'd net met one. The first vegans i became aware of were my cousin Katherine and her hubby, Ottmar. I remember going to the Rini-Rego Stop-N-Shop with my grandfather in 1986, and showing him that cooking vegan was not hard, it just meant he had to read ingredient lists more carefully.

I met [livejournal.com profile] nadyalec my first year of high school, which started late that same summer. She and her sister, L, were vegetarians when i met them. L became a vegan not too long after i'd gotten to know them. But anyway, L was the first vegan i really knew, and i hung with a largely veggie crowd. L did it for mostly animal rights reasons. For that matter, aside from [livejournal.com profile] agentxs, who is vegan for health reasons, all the vegans i have known are vegans for animal rights reasons, and that plays a significant role for [livejournal.com profile] agentxs, too, form my understanding, though it was not his initial impetus for the dietary lifestyle.

Part of my interest in vegans, is that i'm too lazy to be one; what's life without yogurt, and butter, and cheese, and heavy cream. I eat those despite my lactose intolerance. The effort of maintaining veganism is just not worth it to me, though i eat, and cook, vegan often.

I have no animal rights component in my vegetarianism, ovo-lacto variety, or at best no more than your average Hindu. Most vegans i've met have a strong animal-rights bent. My family is fairly crunchy on both sides, so i understand the concept of animal rights, and having spent many a school break on a small, family-run, dairy farm, i saw, and learned, first-hand, how to properly treat animals. I learned first-hand, how to kill a chicken and a fish with minimal cruelty, and according to kashruth.

I've experienced funny looks from strangers as my sister and i scold her young children when they go to chase animals who are minding their own business; one must respect the natural world, of which we are a part. Just because they let their children terrorize the pigeons and squirrels does not mean we need to teach our children to be such disrespectful hellions. *steps down from soapbox*

So, in summary, my interest in vegans is fundamentally all about why they've chosen to be vegan, as i am too lazy to do so myself, in part because it makes dining out rather a pain in the ass.
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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 3 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.
6. Tag five people.
No caresses in there; he slapped her so hard her fucking head just about came off. Inside she was screaming. Inside, he beat her until she didn't have the strength to flinch when the whip came down.
That was so not in the least what i was expecting from top of the stack of books that [livejournal.com profile] benhill needs to return to the library. The book in question is βehemoth: β-max by Peter Watts.

Now, 6, above, says to tag 5 people, so here goes: [livejournal.com profile] muzikmaker21, [livejournal.com profile] composerscott, [livejournal.com profile] dmlaenker, [livejournal.com profile] mobmama, and [livejournal.com profile] tovahs.
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Who's your Daddy? )
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Find your Celestial Choir
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..I swiped this from [livejournal.com profile] not_the_pope:

Put an X next to the ones you owned:
Can you come out and play? )

Heh

Feb. 16th, 2006 12:58 am
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It asked me a tiebreaker question. I chose stars over wormholes. Heh. I rarely come up 100% anything. :D

You scored as SG-1 (Stargate). You are versatile and diverse in your thinking. You have an open mind to that which seems highly unlikely and accept it with a bit of humor. Now if only aliens would stop trying to take over your body.

</td>

Moya (Farscape)

100%

SG-1 (Stargate)

100%

Babylon 5 (Babylon 5)

94%

Serenity (Firefly)

88%

Deep Space Nine (Star Trek)

88%

Millennium Falcon (Star Wars)

75%

FBI's X-Files Division (The X-Files)

75%

Andromeda Ascendant (Andromeda)

69%

Enterprise D (Star Trek)

69%

Bebop (Cowboy Bebop)

69%

Nebuchadnezzar (The Matrix)

63%

Galactica (Battlestar: Galactica)

56%

Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile II: which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? (pics)
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Then we ran into a bear.He was a hairy bear. )
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Tough guy
You scored 55% masculine, 88% athletic, 18% exotic, and 31% refined!
You love men, you love testosterone and you know it. You like a bad-ass man who knows what he wants. He isn't what you might bring home to mom but I don't think it really matters - he's hot! Someone like.....Vin Diesel. But let's face it, the whole point of this was to look at a bunch of hot guys. If you liked what you saw, please rate my test!



My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 37% on masculine
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 75% on athletic
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 12% on exotic
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 0% on refined
Link: The What type of MAN turns you on Test written by thinkandcome on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test
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I'm a bad American. Not a whit of cowboy in me. )

This one was prescient. How'd the test know i dislke Emeril.
How'd it know i want to beat Emeril? )
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You scored as Aslan.

</td>

Aslan

83%

Peter Pevensie

77%

Lucy Pevensie

73%

Oreius

70%

Susan Pevensie

57%

Mrs. Beaver

57%

Mr. Beaver

30%

Mr. Tumnus

27%

Edmund Pevensie

23%

Ginarrbrik

13%

The White Witch

0%

Which Chronicles of Narnia character are you most like?
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take the psi-q psychic test yourself
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Blame [livejournal.com profile] sharrainchains :D


Fairytale Tarot Memeage )
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This Is My Life, Rated
Life:
7.6
Mind:
8.6
Body:
8.8
Spirit:
10
Friends/Family:
6.3
Love:
2.9
Finance:
7.5
Take the Rate My Life Quiz
dcseain: (Broccoli!)
I'm poplar! )
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No surprises here:

You scored as Air. The predominant element in your life is AIR. Air rules intellect and logic, and the signs Gemini, Libra and Aquarius.

</td>

Air

95%

Spirit

70%

Water

65%

Earth

60%

Fire

35%

Which of the Five Elements are you?
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Dr. Meme )

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