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One of them thar five questions memes. Ask and I'll think of random shit insightful questions to ask you! Questions from [livejournal.com profile] evilsherbear.

Really, as a get-to-know-you excercise, this just shows one very big thing: I hate picking favorites. A favorite thing for a given situation, sure! But a favorite? Can't do it.

1) Who's your favorite ME character, and why?
Wrex. Joker's the one I empathise with the most, and Zaeed is a gift to humor-drabbles everywhere, but there's something so marvelously solid about the worldly-wise krogan. Also, if I had a super-strong giant alien friend I'd ask them to give me airplane rides.

2) Oh no! The world is ending in 24 hours! What wil you do?
I'm a nerd. I put together a team of super heros/crime fighters/mad scientists and we'd STOP it. Combined, our super power is the Pop Culture Reference. I hope that's enough...

3) If you could live anywhere, where would you live?
Oddly enough, I really quite like where I am right now. I'd love to spend a year or so in another country for the experience -- France is at the top of the list, so I could brush off my dusty french skills and hang with people who understand that leisure is more important than work -- but I have a really strong attachment to place, and even stronger attachment to community, so I doubt I'll ever move out of the pacific northwest. My family and my music peeps are here, and I've only grown more attached to it as a place as I've gotten more into native plants and habitat restoration. If I had to move to a bigger city, it'd be Portland or, if I could wrangle it, Vancouver BC.

4) What's your favorite food?
Erik would say potatoes, but they're not my favorite, they're my staple. That and rice. Favorite? Impossible, really. I suppose I could say it's whatever I happen to think of when I'm on mile 20 of a 30 or 40 mile bike ride, 'cause I always end up craving that like whoa. I've had fruit glazed duck in Paris that made me float off my chair; katsudon became my Japanese comfort food; I plunged into fancy cheeses when I read Cheesemonger: My Life on the Wedge; I've been practicing making indian food; and I have a marvelous sweetheart who makes me bacon-wrapped filet mignon. I like food. (Luckily, I also like 40 mile bike rides!)

5) Who's your favorite band?
I suppose Great Big Sea, the band that got me through the tough bits of high school, is the obvious one. I've been listening to them for over ten years, and I've seen them live more often than anyone but the local groups I can see every year. They neatly fit between the traditional music that forms a lot of my life and community and the high energy rock I love to work to.

That said, my musical taste is very eclectic and often situational -- I crave Black Sabbath when Erik and I play pool, I love clever humorists and witty lyrics (I'm seeing TIM MINCHIN live on Friday, W00T!), there's hot swing and cool jazz in my collection, and... well, Great Big Sea is the band that got me through the tough teen bits. But Metallica helped. :P
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1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by asking you 5 questions.
3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. Include this offer to interview someone else in the post.
5. When others comment, asking to be interviewed, ask them 5 questions.

Questions from [livejournal.com profile] padparadscha

1. Who is your favorite comedian?
I like a lot pretty much equally, but I give bonus love to anyone who, er, comedifies to music (Tom Lehrer, Flanders & Swan, Roy Zimmerman, Mark Graham (No YouTube vids of him performing, but here's someone doing I Can See Your Aura with random giggling from the person taping), and of course my dear friends Zeke Hoskin and Rob Lopresti.

Keen observers* will note that my love of comedy/commentary songs heavily plays into my goal of knowing a song about everything. If anyone is interested in an even longer list of musicians and groups, I'd be happy to supply it (as well as take suggestions!).

2. What goes on top of your pizza?
In the ultimate admission of un-American-ity, I don't much like pizza. But when I do eat it, my absolute favorite is from a place in Oly called Vic's, where each slice includes a ton of veggies and several whole roasted garlic cloves. Mmmmmm, garlic!

3. Can you remember appointments, or do you have to remind yourself? If so, how DO you remind yourself?
I'd usually say that I remember appointments without difficulty, but Wednesday I totally forgo about a meeting until my boss showed up to tell me we were five minutes late for a meeting in a different building. So I suppose I should say that I normally remember appointments, and when I don't I require a personal reminder from the guy who signs my timesheets.


4. What got you interested in World-building?
That's tough, because it's in the oh-so-distant past. I started with reading a ton of fantasy and wanting to write my own stories, especially stories that weren't quite so heavy on symbolism and prophecy, because black-and-white morality and doing things Because They Are Written always bugged the hell out of me. Then I ran into [livejournal.com profile] bluwyngz, who did the same kind of thing and was working on fashion design for various cultures in her world, and it sort of solidified into World Building: World History Class Avoidance Edition. Since then it's kept up partly because it adds direction to anything I'm currently interested in - when I studied linguistics, I thought of how to apply it to my world. Geography, ditto. Random bits about pre-longitude navigation? Also useful! World building allows you to take *any* study into the "synthesis" stage of learning, which helps keep me involved in potentially dry subjects.

Downside: I refused to take a geology class in college because I was terrified of being trapped by the impossible plate tectonics of Calenthe and never being able to think about conculture again.

5. Tell me about the coolest project you're working on right now.
I'm actually in an odd lull, since I just got back from a big trip. I finished the Ursula Le Guin illo that was the Coolest Work Project Ever, and Sheep in Space have slowed down a bit. I have felt a sudden urge to work on world-building, specifically architectural sketches and maps, so that's what I'm most excited about now.


*Anyone who hangs around me more than an hour or two
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Game snagged from [livejournal.com profile] padparascha, because it's interesting and I was listening to the entire contents of mp3 player shuffled anyway.

It's the first line, or in a few places the first line I could be sure of transcribing accuratley, of the first 20 vocal songs to come up on my player on random. Guess what they are, comments screened.

Funny, the mp3 player sometimes throws up a quite disproportionate 'random' sampling.

lyrics all hidden away behind here )
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In 2008, Skellington1 resolves to...
Take bluwyngz busking.
Find a new conculture.
Go to the comic strips every month.
Give up reading.
Cut down to ten bicycles a day.
Connect with my inner bellingham.






Get your own New Year's Resolutions:


"Give up Reading" is one of the most hillariously wrong things ever, but my favorite is definitley "Get in touch with my inner Bellingham." It makes so much sense! But it'd probably be bad for my continued employment...
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These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users as of 9/30/07. As usual, bold what you have read, italicise what you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (This is sitting on my bookshelf waiting for me)
Anna Karenina
Crime and punishment
Catch-22
One hundred years of solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion (In three days. On a bet.)
Life of Pi : a novel
The name of the rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Ulysses
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and prejudice
Jane Eyre
A tale of two cities
The brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies (Don't have it, want to read it...eventually)
War and peace
Vanity fair
The time traveler's wife
The Iliad (If I've read parts in latin, does that count double?)
Emma
The Blind Assassin
The kite runner (It's borrowed, on my shelf, and staring at me. I have no desire to read it).
Mrs. Dalloway
Great expectations
American gods
A heartbreaking work of staggering genius
Atlas shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
Memoirs of a Geisha
Middlesex
Quicksilver
Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West

The Canterbury tales (Not that I couldn't finish...I just didn't).
The historian : a novel
A portrait of the artist as a young man
Love in the time of cholera
Brave new world
The Fountainhead
Foucault's pendulum
Middlemarch
Frankenstein
The Count of Monte Cristo
Dracula
A clockwork orange
Anansi boys
The once and future king

The grapes of wrath
The poisonwood Bible : a novel
1984

Angels and demons
The Inferno (The book was someone else's, see, so I really couldn't finish)
The Satanic Verses
Sense and sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
To the lighthouse
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver's travels
Les misérables
The Corrections
The amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time
Dune (Up for a reread. SO MUCH I didn't get in middleschool).
The prince
The sound and the fury
Angela's ashes : a memoir
The god of small things (It is difficult to describe the myriad ways I loathed this book)
A people's history of the United States : 1492-present
Cryptonomicon
Neverwhere

A confederacy of dunces
A short history of nearly everything
Dubliners
The unbearable lightness of being
Beloved
Slaughterhouse-five
The scarlet letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
The mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake : a novel
Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
Cloud atlas
The Confusion
Lolita
Persuasion
Northanger abbey
The catcher in the rye
On the road
The hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance : an inquiry into values
The Aeneid (What I said about the illiad and latin? Yeah, that).
Watership Down
Gravity's rainbow
The Hobbit
In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
White teeth
Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The three musketeers 


This is taken from LibraryThing data. I'm a huge fan of LibraryThing, but there are some points to consider in their lists...

1. Almost always, a person OWNS the book they tag (unless they've set up a library for want-to-reads or something). So, this list represents books that people bought or were given but haven't read. Many of them are probably among the most read books, period. Otherwise it'd be a list of things like your Aunt's Lulu-published gerbil raising treatise.

2. This is LibraryThing users. If you think that doesn't skew any list, consider how likely most people are to want to catalogue their entire book collection...for fun. I KNOW - I'M ONE. I bet this accounts for all the Neal Stephenson/Neil Gaiman among the Classics and Book Club selections.

And lastly, WHY are "Book Club" type books ALWAYS so goddamn depressing? I SERIOUSLY don't get this.
 
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So, I thought of an amusing meme idea.

Write me a personal ad.

One that describes (factiously or not!) me, I'll do the same for you. I always find pithy newspaper ads amusing, but whatever floats your boat. This is doubly offered to people who don't actually know me, 'cause it'd be more funny.

Go forth, ridiculous meme, and fly about teh intarwebs!
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I'm bowing to peer pressure!











I admit, after seeing [livejournal.com profile] crazitalk and [livejournal.com profile] q13_exe's results, I was intrigued. I so didn't know i had a posse. :) The 'stubborn' word at least is accurate.

With tongue firmly in cheek -
She's a rusty blade
Once her nasty cut's been made
Deep inside she'll say
I always knew where darkness lay

The Paperboys, who rox.
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My angst tastes like...
lime
Lime
Find your angst's flavor

Sour yet intriguing, your angst is of the romantic variety. You probably spend a good portion of your time daydreaming about that one person you want, how your first date would be, how you'd love to do certain things, and above all how everlastingly happy you would be together. While there's nothing wrong with this, you know that it's unhealthy to spend too much time dreaming and not enough time in reality, and to build lofty goals and fantasies that no actual person could ever hope to achieve. Try to center yourself and cut back on time spent in your fantasy life; you may find out all that experience creating romantic moments has made you quite the charmer if you would only try!

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