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I’m an American, so I’m gonna do the Census Meme for years ending in 0 instead of 1:

2010: I’m living with [livejournal.com profile] bugsybanana in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, which has become a hot and happening neighborhood.

2000: Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NYC, living solo, able to afford it because of a comfortable salary from an online game company. To date, this remains the best job I’ve ever had.

1990: Living with my parents, in Co-Op City, the Bronx, NYC. Finishing up college, part time, while working, also part time. This is around the time I’m discovering SF fandom and going to a lot of conventions.

1980: Living with my parents in Co-Op City. Just starting the Bronx High School of Science, playing lots of D&D in the lunchroom, discovering new comic books, and I think there were maybe some classes involved as well.

1970: Four years old. Living with my parents in Co-Op City, which is still being built – I can look out our living room window and see buildings slowly going up. We’ve recently moved here from Riverdale, the Bronx (though you’ll never get most Riverdalers to admit it), NYC.

1960: Not even conceived yet.

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1) Create a new note and copy this list, including these instructions.
2) X all the items you've eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
See http://www.verygoodtaste.co.uk/uncategorised/the-omnivores-hundred/ if you want to know more.

Long list is long )

(via [livejournal.com profile] immlass)
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Your challenge is to write crossover fanfiction combining The Bible and James Bond. The story should use tentacle rape as a plot device!

Generated by the Terrible Crossover Fanfiction Idea Generator

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Take a picture of yourself right now. Don’t change your clothes. Don’t fix your hair. Just take a picture. Post that picture with no editing. (Except maybe to get the image size down to something reasonable. Don’t go posting an eight megapixel image.) Include these instructions.

self-portrait

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Via [livejournal.com profile] jimhenley, here's the table of contents of Green Ronin's book Hobby Games: The 100 Best. Titles I own (or have owned) are in bold, titles I've played are in italic, titles I've both are both:

Big long list )
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This is a list of the 106 books most often noted as unread by users of Library Thing. Bold for books you’ve read, italics for books you’ve started but haven’t finished, strikethrough for books you found unreadable. Via [livejournal.com profile] camwyn.

The list! )
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The careers meme, ganked from [livejournal.com profile] solarbird:

  1. Go to www.careercruising.com
  2. Put in Username: nycareers, Password: landmark.
  3. Take their “Career Matchmaker” questions.
  4. Post the top umpty results.

The quiz gives 40 results, but I’m cutting it off after 20:

  1. Multimedia Developer
  2. Website Designer
  3. Industrial Designer
  4. Technical Writer
  5. Computer Programmer
  6. Desktop Publisher
  7. Interior Designer
  8. Cartoonist / Comic Illustrator
  9. Drafter
  10. Fashion Designer
  11. Model Maker
  12. Animator
  13. Computer Engineer
  14. Video Game Developer
  15. Exhibit Designer
  16. Business Systems Analyst
  17. Computer Animator
  18. Graphic Designer
  19. Artist
  20. Writer

Not bad. Eight out of the first ten, and 14 out of the 20, are things I’ve done professionally, or as hobbies, or majored in at school, or done as part of another job but done well.

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This is a list of the 50 most significant science fiction/fantasy novels, 1953-2002, according to the Science Fiction Book Club. Bold the ones you've read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put an asterisk* beside the ones you loved.

Via [livejournal.com profile] bruceb.

List behind cut )
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How it works: Comment on this entry and I’ll assign you a letter at random.
Write ten words beginning with that letter, and an explanation of what the word means to you and why.

[livejournal.com profile] immlass gave me a Y, goddammit. I ran grep "^[yY]" /usr/share/dict/words, and I’ve never even heard of like 95% of the results! But here goes:

Ten things that begin with Y )
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In the olden days when people wanted to waste time coming up with funny name memes, they actually came with with clever and surprising formulas that half the time produced crap, but were sometimes awesome. Not like you kids today, with your dopey CGI name generators that just use a randomizer. Here, via [livejournal.com profile] tsukechick, a meme that kicks it old-skool:

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet and current street name)
Chat Fourth (That sucks. I clearly exercised poor taste when naming my pet back in third grade. I knew that Hebrew school education would turn out badly.)

2. YOUR MOVIE STAR NAME: (grandfather/grandmother on your dad's side, your favorite candy:
Abraham Lindt (I’m tempted to change my name to this now.)

3. YOUR "FLY GIRL/GUY" NAME: (first initial of first name, first two or three letters of your last name)
A-Gru (Fly Guy? Didn’t the Fly Guys used to be the Goblins?)

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite animal, favorite color)
Cat Cobalt (Detective of the future!)

5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, city where you were born)
Jacob Manhattan (Plausible.)

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (first 3 letters of your last name, last 3 letters of mother's maiden name, first 3 letters of your pet's name)
Gruhercha (Clearly I’m in the prequel trilogy.)

7. JEDI NAME: (middle name spelled backwards, your mom's maiden name spelled backwards)
Bocaj Reshif (“Bojac” would be better. These aren’t the droids who love you, baby!)

8. PORN STAR NAME: (middle name, street you grew up on)
Jacob Debs (Eh. Not very porn starish.)

9. SUPERHERO NAME: ("The", your favorite color, the automobile you drive)
The Cobalt Citation (I don’t have a car now, but I had a Chevy Citation in college. And this makes for a very civic-minded sounding hero.)
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On my birthday:

Events:
1803 - Chief Justice John Marshall declares that any act of U.S. Congress which conflicts with the Constitution is void.
1843 - The event that inspired the song “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!” is held.
1989 - The first of 24 satellites of the Global Positioning System is placed into orbit.

Births:
1913 - Jimmy Hoffa, American labor union leader (disappeared 1975)
1942 - Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City
1948 - Teller, American magician (Penn and Teller)

Deaths:
1400 - King Richard II of England (murdered) (b. 1367)
1405 - Timur, Mongol conqueror (b. 1336)
2003 - Dolly the sheep, first cloned mammal (b. 1996)

Holidays and Observances:
Feast day of Saint Abraham (d. 422)
Iraq - 'Communist Martyrs Day' celebrated by Iraqi Communist Party.
Denmark - Fastelavn. Children exchange cards knowns as gækkebrev.

Update: No, today's not my birthday, it's just a meme going around. You check the Wikipedia page for the day and month of your birthday, and pick three events, two births, and one death.

Another update: I’ve fleshed this out to the longer variant: 3 each of events, births, deaths, holidays/observances.
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Look like I’m decently well-read in the genre up till the mid-’80s.

SF book awards meme )

31 of the 53 Hugo winners
13 of the 41 Nebula winners
13 of the 35 World Fantasy Award winners

My numbers would have been like 20% higher if I’d read Robinson’s Mars or Card’s Ender books.

(via [livejournal.com profile] jry)
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So how it works is, you google for “your_first_name needs”, and grab the first ten results. Mine:

  1. Avram needs some transformation.
  2. Avram needs to get involved in this battle and be victorious.
  3. Avram needs someone to take over sound editing when he leaves in three weeks.
  4. Reflection will reveal that this is not the only decision Avram needs to make.
  5. Avram needs to use the computer.
  6. Avram needs some way of knowing when to stop waiting for more output from them so that it doesn't get stuck waiting forever.
  7. In other words, God is telling Avram that he must leave home because he, Avram, needs to, for his own sake.
  8. Avram needs to explore whether what he sees as bias toward Al Gore is actually accurate coverage. (This is the coolest one, because it’s actually referring to me.)
  9. The only exercise the svelte Avram needs he gets spanking dietists in published debate.
  10. Avram needs to go play on a busy motorway.
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I was amazed at how many of these I got from just the first few words, not even a full phrase. “The sky over the—” “It is possible I had some pre—” “to wound—”

Among the Gods
You have a Geek Lore rating of 95%

The rest of it... )
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Meme ganked from [livejournal.com profile] immlass, who got it from [livejournal.com profile] pnh, who got it from [livejournal.com profile] nhw, to whom it was handed down from the ancient prophets. Behind the cut, my LJ Friends list, with all the people I’ve met (to the best of my haphazard memory and dubious LJ-name identification skills) bolded.

list )
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LiveJournal Haiku!
Your name:agrumer
Your haiku:kids are lethal but
still have the emotions and
vulnerabilities
Username:
Created by Grahame

Irish bumf

Mar. 17th, 2005 07:05 pm
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Without even thinking about it I put on a bright orange shirt this morning.

The Irish Name Generator (I refuse to call anything a quiz that does nothing more than ask for your name and sex) says my Irish name is “Kane Fitzgerald”. Kane seems to be an Anglicized form of Cathán, which is Irish for guerilla. Not my name at all. An Irish version of my first name ought to be something like the word for father (athair) with an honorific attached; I can’t find a common Irish name built along those lines.

When I was a kid (that’s right, it’s time for me to thump my cane and tell y’all how you disobey your elders and your LJ quizzes are just noise) we used to generate pseudo-names using amusing formulas. Like, fer instance, your porn star name was the name of your childhood pet followed by the name of the street where you grew up. [livejournal.com profile] bugsybanana and her siblings wound up inventing a whole backstory for their shared porn star, Willy Pacific. (I seem to recall that he was born de la Paz, but changed his name for showbiz.) There was something wonderful and surprising about those old formulations that you just can’t get out of a lame CGI doing a rough alphabet match. (Assuming it’s doing even that much work, and not just randomizing.)

Update: [livejournal.com profile] camwyn suggested “Patrick” (or “Padraig”), which means “nobly born”, but is derived from the Latin patricius, which is in turn derived from pater, which means father.
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Look, if I disobey the command to “Don’t read this”, what makes you think I’m gonna obey the orders hidden behind the cut?

Book meme

Jun. 3rd, 2004 01:00 am
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  • bold those you've read
  • italicise started-but-never-finished
  • add three of your own
  • post to your livejournal


394 books )

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