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Hey, guys! It's Summer Rerun time! This is an entry from 2005 which I am reposting for two reasons: (A) I still like my answers, and (B) I want to see all of yours! Please, if you happen to be interested in writing out your own answers to this survey--or if you happen to be bored and can't think of anything better to do that doesn't put you at risk of prolonged incarceration, extreme injury, or imminent death--please post your own answers to your own journal!

Because I'm curious, that's why. Or because I said so. Whichever answer works for you. Now, on to the show!

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Questions taken from the "What religion do you fit in with?" quiz going around. Answers are my own. [Edit: Original URL removed due to uselessness. Quiz may now be found at this location should anyone care to find out their own results.]

Do you believe that man was created in the form of God, or that man evolved from other species?

Both. I don't believe in results without processes. That isn't how creation works for humans--and if we were made in the image of a Creator, why would we expect process-free results from Him?

Are you a believer that you should try everything at least once?

Oh, I should try being tortured to death, dying of lung cancer, dying of heart attack, dying of gunshot wounds... erm, no. No, I believe that some things are better left untried, thanks.

What do you trust more, your feelings/intuition or your logic/rational capabilities?

I think that feelings without logic lead only to madness, and I feel that logic without emotion ignores a necessary part of the data. Reasoning and feelings are both essential. That's why we've got them.

Do you plan to recant on your deathbed?

I don't believe I've canted enough. Or cantered. I definitely should canter more often, perhaps with a cantor along.

Do you often find different ways of expressing your own spirituality?

I am a spiritual animal. Everything I do is a way of expressing my spirituality, as well as my animality.

Do you believe in any kind of afterlife?

Yes.

Do you believe in capital punishment?

Yes, there are too many reports of capital punishment taking place throughout the world for me not to believe in it.

Oh, I know, I know, "believe" in these two questions is not meant in the same way. Then again, maybe it is: Maybe "believe" in both cases means, not "Do you think this is true?" but "Do you think this is the way things should be, whether they are or not?" In that case: I believe that some people deserve to die, but that the judicial system is currently too fallible for me to endorse capital punishment whole-heartedly. Also: I'm not sure I believe that an afterlife should exist--maybe this world really should be all that we get, but I don't think that it is.
More questions and answers inside! )
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Something to fill out while waiting for the pain medication to kick in:

1. Magazines subscribed to - None at the moment, though am thinking of resubscribing to a few. Favorites used to be Discover, Psychology Today, and Utne Reader, in about that order. Sadly, it's been so long since I've sat down to read through any of those that I don't know if they're as interesting as they used to be.

2. Aside from reading, my favorite pasttimes are - listening to music, which I've recently been reminded is essential to my mental health; walking, when I have enough energy; playing with computer graphics.

3. If I were not a [n unemployed bum] (insert your own profession), I would be - healthier.

4. I am irrationally worried about - nothing. All my current worries seem perfectly rational to me--at the moment. Past worries which I knew to be irrational at the time include (a) fear that the woods behind the house would catch on fire in spite of the fact that it had been raining three days straight, and (b) panic at the sound of a ringing telephone. Oh, and in childhood there was also the fear that aliens would come to my house and steal my thumbs, but I blame that one on old sitcoms.

5. If I were the opposite sex - my parents would have thrown me off of a bridge. Well, that's what Dad always used to say, anyway.

6. The thing I miss most about childhood is - um. Having a swimming pool in the backyard?

7. I like to collect - poetry to feed to MegaHAL, even though MegaPoMo never got very far this year.

8. Though I’ve never been there, I feel inexplicably homesick for - Narnia! On second thought, that's not inexplicable at all.

9. I’ve never really liked to eat - celery. In celery's defense, it is a good shape for scooping up dip.

10. When I have nightmares, they’re usually about - being chased and/or trapped by people who want to kill and/or drug me into submission. Pretty standard stuff, really.
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"Take a Step Forward," from Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka, is the original version of that privilege meme going around. I'll link to the web page and then go on to treat version 2.0 as a blog survey, with comments.


Explanations and Notes:

All of the ‘step taking’ is about things not requiring effort on the students’ part, that were things done by others. While some of these are important to some people, others will be important to others. The list includes experiences, objects, and other things which reflect social class.

Take a step:
If your father went to college before you started
Yes, he studied physics.
If your father finished college before you started
Yes, though it took him over a decade. His parents were both college graduates.
If your mother went to college before you started
Yes.
If your mother finished college before you started
Yes again. She was one of a handful of white folks who integrated a local black college.
If you have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor.
Not that I can think of. My family is pretty much a bunch of scientists, schoolteachers, and computer geeks.
If your family was the same or higher class than your high school teachers
Yes
If you had a computer at home when you were growing up
Oh yes.
If you had your own computer at home when you were growing up
No, but Dad had to fight me for use of the one we had. My high school teachers rather wished I didn't have access to a computer sometimes, since one of my usual excuses for not turning in work was "the computer crashed and refused to print anything." Please note, this was well before Windows. More Inside )

Survival Meme

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008 03:13 pm
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I know many of you are tired of this survey already, but I'll post mine with added comments to make it something more like a real journal entry, since if I don't I'll be left here uselessly foaming at the mouth and that would not be pretty.

Could you survive in poverty?
Circle [or bold] the items you know how to do.

1. I know which churches and sections of town have the best rummage sales.

-- Frankly, I'm not entirely sure what a "rummage sale" is.

2. I know which rummage sales have "bag sales" and when.

-- Again, no. But I do know where several thrift stores are located, and I know that Salvation Army stores sell clothes for half price on Wednesdays (even in different parts of the country, apparently).

3. I know which grocery stores' garbage bins can be accessed for thrown-away food.

-- Ugh. Please distinguish between "poverty" and "homelessness." If you have a place to lay down your head (or your possessions, at least) and you live in a place where churches have rummage sales (or where churches even exist), then you can probably find some charity that will give you free food if you have no other options. It will be canned, and maybe it won't be very good for your health, but many of us would still prefer it to dumpster diving. For that matter, even if you have no home, you may still be able to find a homeless shelter where they will feed you something decent.

-- My answer, then: I know how to locate at least one charity which gives away free food on occasion, I know of at least one church with a soup kitchen, and if I were really desperate to get food from the grocery stores, I would ask someone for help in working the system. Fortunately, I've never had to go that route.

4. I know how to get someone out of jail.

-- Stereotyped much?
More! More! More! )
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It's that LibraryThing list that's taking over! The general idea: This is the top [some vaguely interesting number] books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users (when this list was made). As usual, bold what you have read, italicise what you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand. The numbers after each one are the number of LT users who used the tag of that book.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (149)
Anna Karenina (132) Though I've never so much as picked up a copy, my father had a story about a class he took in college where this book was required reading. My father missed several classes and never got around to finishing the book, or indeed making it beyond the first few chapters. When he finally made his way to class again, he was horrified to discover that there was a test that day on this book he hadn't read, and that the first question on said test was "Why did Anna commit suicide?"

"Anna killed herself?" said my father to himself. "I didn't even know she was depressed!" Certain that he was doomed to fail the class, my father decided to try to remember what he had read of the novel, apply basic psychology, and figure out if he could come up with some plausible-sounding B.S. that wouldn't ruin his own chances of getting a B.S. Being my father, he came up with B.S. plausible enough to pass. The moral of the story was, no matter how sure you are that you have no reason to succeed, go ahead and try your best anyway, because you may be able to convince someone you know what you're talking about after all.

Or maybe the moral of the story was never to take classes where big Russian novels were required reading. That could have been a secondary moral, come to think of it. (Yes, you have now been spoiled for Anna Karenina. It's not as if you were going to read it anyway.)

Crime and punishment (121) A Russian novel I was required to read for a class in high school. I rather liked it, actually.

Catch-22 (117) Required to read for the same high school class as the preceding. It always sounded like a book I should like, but it really, really wasn't.

One hundred years of solitude (115) I do have a copy on my shelves here, but I'm pretty sure I've never gotten around to opening it.

More books within! )

Silly Psychics

Wednesday, December 28th, 2005 03:51 pm
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Other people are posting their results to The Psi-Q Test, but I'd much rather post the questions. Should I use spoiler protection for quiz questions? Or do you think anyone who's significantly psychic should know what the questions are already? (I know, I know; it's a cheap shot. I have respect for my metaphysically-inclined friends, but not so much for authors of silly quizzes.)

Have you ever experienced a premonition or dream of the future?
Why yes, yes I have. The dream about the fiery destruction of Earth left me with a nasty migraine all day.

Have you ever been hospitalized for a long period (ie, more than one month)
I am happy to answer this with a big NO.

Do people surprise you?
All the time. Is that surprising?

Are you an optimist - do you normally expect things to work out for the best?
While trying to formulate a coherent answer to this question, I am left with an image of myself with blood under my fingernails from clawing at unforgiving rocks in an attempt to keep from falling down a cliff. What was the question again?

From a young age, you've been drawn to the unexplained and paranormal.
Yes. This explains my choice of friends.

Do you usually take an instant like/dislike of people you meet for the first time?
Not usually, but it has been known to happen.

Do you ever have a feeling that there is a presence or that someone or something behind the scene is helping you?
"Pay no attention to the little man behind the curtain!"
Sometimes I do get that feeling. Sometimes I even find out who the someone is.

Do ever feel like something bad is going to happen right before something bad *does* happen?
I am an extremely poor person with chronic illness. Lately, I am also something of a worrier. There is inevitably some overlap.

Are you gregarious (do you enjoy the company of other people?)
I am not gregarious, but I frequently enjoy company anyway. What, the quiz writer has a problem comprehending friendly introverts?

Have you ever found objects in a different location to where you placed them?
I have shared a house with as many as ten people at a time. I have also lived with cats. What do you think?

Do you accept the possibility that life exists elsewhere in the universe?
I think it's really bloody likely.

Are you a good mimic?
Meow!

Do you experience deja vu often?
Never.

Have you ever ignored a sudden urge to go somewhere or do something, and regreted it?
Very much yes.

Have you ever experienced deja vu, the feeling of "I have been here before"?
Haven't we had a deja vu question already?

Before you go off to sleep, do you ever see images of rooms, landscapes or other scenes?
Mm-hmm. I'm a big fan of hypnagogic states.

silly quiz thing, continued )

"Religion" survey

Tuesday, October 18th, 2005 11:59 am
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (one)
Questions taken from the "What religion do you fit in with?" quiz going around. Answers are my own.

Do you believe that man was created in the form of God, or that man evolved from other species?

Both. I don't believe in results without processes. That isn't how creation works for humans--and if we were made in the image of a Creator, why would we expect process-free results from Him?

Are you a believer that you should try everything at least once?

Oh, I should try being tortured to death, dying of lung cancer, dying of heart attack, dying of gunshot wounds... erm, no. No, I believe that some things are better left untried, thanks.

What do you trust more, your feelings/intuition or your logic/rational capabilities?

I think that feelings without logic lead only to madness, and I feel that logic without emotion ignores a necessary part of the data. Reasoning and feelings are both essential. That's why we've got them.

Do you plan to recant on your deathbed?

I don't believe I've canted enough. Or cantered. I definitely should canter more often, perhaps with a cantor along.

Do you often find different ways of expressing your own spirituality?

I am a spiritual animal. Everything I do is a way of expressing my spirituality, as well as my animality.

Do you believe in any kind of afterlife?

Yes.

Do you believe in capital punishment?

Yes, there are too many reports of capital punishment taking place throughout the world for me not to believe in it.

Oh, I know, I know, "believe" in these two questions is not meant in the same way. Then again, maybe it is: Maybe "believe" in both cases means, not "Do you think this is true?" but "Do you think this is the way things should be, whether they are or not?" In that case: I believe that some people deserve to die, but that the judicial system is currently too fallible for me to endorse capital punishment whole-heartedly. Also: I'm not sure I believe that an afterlife should exist--maybe this world really should be all that we get, but I don't think that it is.
More questions and answers inside! )

Why am I here?

Thursday, July 29th, 2004 09:36 pm
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Questions from a June post by [livejournal.com profile] conscience:

1. Why/What do you post in your journal?

Why? Because [livejournal.com profile] grrwoo gave me an invite code so I could keep up with all his posts. Didn't know what to do with the journal, so I posted some quiz results. I quickly did an interests search, found [livejournal.com profile] madralaoi's old journal, and realized that I knew her from a mailing list we were on (and that I still owed her an e-mail). After adding her to the list, I figured it was only fair to post something once in a while.

What do I post? Whatever seems appropriate at the time. I still haven't figured out what I'm doing, honestly.

2. What does NOT get posted?

If I think it will hurt someone I care about, I don't post it. Sometimes I decide against posting things publicly out of respect for someone who doesn't even know I have a journal online: the question "Would they want this to be known publicly?" may intrude if there is too much personally identifying information, even though the "Hummingwolf" name and my real name are kept as separate as I've been able to manage.

3. How do you feel about Friend Lists? Are the journals personal friends, reading fodder or a mix of both?

Definite mix. I do use the list to keep up with friends and potential friends, but some people have been on the list in the past who I may not have liked very much. The list is a reading list for me, and I usually refer to it as "my reading list" or "my flist" to keep that problematical "friends" word out of the discussion.

4. What do you see going on in LJ that just royally pisses you off...or just irritates you?

I get annoyed by people who justify writing half-truths here with "It's my journal and I'll write what I want to!" Deception is deception wherever it takes place. On the other hand, I get immensely irritated with folks who try to tell other people what to say or do with their journals. "Don't post so many quizzes!" "Don't add that person to your friends list!" "Quit complaining about your health!" "Quit bragging about your job!" "Stop flirting with everybody on your friends list!" Seriously, as long as a person's not out to ruin someone else's good time, let them write what they want.

5. What is the perfect journal? Personal, educational, dramatic, humorous, many links to interesting sites...other....

There is no one perfect journal.

6. Your Friend's List...what makes you add someone to it? Do you add them because they added you? Do you have to have some common interest or be entertaining to stay on your list? Do you form a bond with everyone on your list?

I add journals because I want to read them. Simple as that. If I don't add someone who's added me, it may not be a reflection of them. I may simply be unwilling for whatever reason to read what they're posting on a regular basis. I've deleted people I genuinely liked because I didn't have the energy to deal with what they write.

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I think I had something to say, but my brain melted and leaked out my ears. Will try again tomorrow.

You know you...

Saturday, June 19th, 2004 12:38 pm
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (8 months)
Since the "You know you live in Maryland" list seems hopelessly Annapolis-centric (or at least unrelated to my life), I decided to see if I could find a better one. Again, bolding the items which are true for me. I apologize for cluttering your friends list, but this list is worth posting for the first item alone:

You Know You're From D.C. If.....

1. You say you're from DC, but you actually live in VA or MD but are too tired to explain where.

So very, very true.

2. You don't consider exploding man hole covers to be an unusual occurrence.

3. You know where the Pentagon really is but never bother to correct anyone about its location.

4. It is rush hour 24/7.


Sure, it's quieter at 2 a.m. on Monday mornings, but this is close enough.

5. It takes you 45 minutes to drive 3 miles on I-66, 95, 395, 495, 50, 123, 29, or 270, it's a pretty good day.
If I had a car, this would be true.

6. There are at least 15 ways to get everywhere and you know which way to go based on the weather, time of day, current political climate, terrorism road closures, and whether you are coming or going.
This list is rather long, but there's a lot bolded. )
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...who got it from [livejournal.com profile] yasminke, but I haven't read that far down the flist yet.

1) go to google and type in "You know you're from (your state here) if..."
2) pick out whatever you wish and bold the ones that apply to you.
3) post it in an entry.
4) have your friends do it themselves!


Here's the sad thing: I found only this one list. See how well it doesn't apply to me.


You know you`re from Maryland if…

15. You still root for the Orioles and the Redskins even though they suck, come on guys, we`re all just in denial. I don't root for sports teams at all. Does it count if I sometimes write run-on sentences like the list-writer does?

14. Dale Earnhardt`s accident was a close personal loss to your father Even if he'd been alive, I don't think so.

13. You`re not surprised when suddenly it begins to rain in 85 degree weather and a clear sky. Don`t like the weather? Come to Maryland and wait 10 minutes.

So, how many places in the US seem to think that weather weirdness applies to them more than to anybody else? One of my high school teachers--a former meteorologist, IIRC--did point out that our place between the mountains and the ocean is difficult to make predictions for. Still, rapid weather changes aren't so uncommon in this country.

12. At least one man in your family is a waterman No, they're pretty much all scientists and geeks.

11. You carry your lacrosse stick to every class in school. Huh? Am suddenly not sure which state they thought they were writing about.

10. You plan for “The Festival” (you all know what I`m sayin) a year in advance. I might do that for the Maryland Renaissance Festival if I could afford to. But somehow I suspect the writer had another festival in mind.

9. During the summer, You spend more time in Ocean City than at home. It's a fun tourist trap, but I wouldn't want to live there. They've had lower temperatures there recently, though, so it does sound nice right now.

8. You`ll never understand why tourists come to Washington D.C. How could anybody not love the Land of the Free Museums?

7. When in florida, you can only laugh when you see signs saying “Real Maryland Blue Crab Cakes!”
(we all know, no matter how authentic these crabs are, none beat Harris`s)


I honestly don't know what Harris's is, but I do laugh. Even sillier are places called "Maryland Fried Chicken," which really isn't such a big specialty of Maryland.

6. You know where Baldemoor, Merlin is. It's also known as "Bawmer."

5. You color with “Crowns”, Take a “Share” with “Wooter” and think the president lives in “Warshenton” No, not my dialect. I have heard it in other parts of the state, though. On a fourth grade spelling test, one of the words was "wash," which the teacher pronounced as "warsh." One of the kids had to ask with a puzzled look, "Does 'warsh' have an 'R' in it?" The class coached the teacher in pronouncing the word in our R-free way, then we went on with the rest of the test.

4. You know the difference between Glen Burnie ghetto and Catonsville ghetto Um. One's in Glen Burnie and the other's in Catonsville?

3. Your whole family lives within a 200 mile radius of your town Nope. One entire side of the family moved down south decades ago.

2. Margret Heater, Hedspace, Jepetto, Outside Joke and Mary Prankster are people you think are “Famous” I don't think I ever heard of Mary Prankster until [livejournal.com profile] grrwoo talked about one of their songs. Not sure who those other people are at all. I do consider Eva Cassidy famous, even if she's also dead.

1. Your radio dial is stuck on 99.1 Too corporate. My dial would probably be stuck on 103.1 if I could get the radio working again.

Mini update

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2003 12:36 pm
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Yesterday I: woke up crying, read a little bit, listened to news and religious broadcasts on the radio, was startled to discover my mood didn't remain crappy all day, said some sensible things (for a change) in e-mails and in comments to other people, socialized a bit with housemates, and walked about three miles total.

Today I: have answered a mailing list survey, have been impressed by all the thoughtful and interesting things people have to say on LJ, am not yet up to the challenge of being truly coherent, am trying to resist joining in [livejournal.com profile] anoisblue's shower meme (because I'm not good at asking interesting questions that aren't too nosy), and really really need to make chocolate chip cookies.




Me in e-mail this morning:

> A question for everyone except Buddy: have you
> ever been to Texas?

Yep. One year my mother had a machine embroidery convention to go to in New Orleans. While she was busy at some seminar or other, Dad and I drove in the motor home to some very eastern part of Texas just so we could say we'd been there. We stopped, and I wish I could remember why, at the house of a guy who'd converted nearly his entire home except the kitchen into a greenhouse. Dad, being the plant lover that he was, was quite jealous, but we decided Mom would never let him do that to our house.

> Who's glasses did Homer find in the toilet?

His own. At this point he realized that he was not a blind poet after all, but a nearsighted plumber with the fleet of Greece sailing in his bathtub.

> Colin Farrel or Vin Diesel?

Colon Diesel, the bioengineered fuel tank.
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The Friday Five

1. Name one song you hate to admit you like.
Oh, people have told me I should be embarrassed that I listen to Survivor, Christopher Cross, Petula Clark, Right Said Fred ("I'm Too Sexy" indeed) and others. I'm not ashamed to admit to any of those, but I was a little reluctant to reveal to the world that I kinda like Eminem's "Lose Yourself."

2. Name two songs that always make you cry.
There are none that always make me cry, but if I'm paying enough attention to the meaning of the lyrics, Talitha Mackenzie's solo version of "Chi mi na Mórbheanna" and Jeff Black's "Noah's Ark" do a good job.

3. Name three songs that turn you on.
Mmm... a bunch of songs by Icehouse have interesting effects on me. Iva Davies has such a delectable voice. Yummy.

4. Name four songs that always make you feel good.
Bel Canto, "In Zenith" (mostly for the fiddle solo)
Nik Kershaw, "Nobody Knows"
Angelique Kidjo, "The Sound of the Drum"
The Other Ones, "Holiday"

5. Name five songs you couldn't ever do without.
Only five? What, are you trying to kill me or something? There are entire albums I find essential, from artists ranging from Nine Inch Nails to Sting to Martyn Bennett to... no, I can't pick just five. You can't make me!

Right then. On to the Weekly Wrap-Up.

1. When is your birthday?
October 6.

2. How accurate is your zodiac sign?
People who think that a Libra must always be in a romantic relationship are on crack. But there are other things in my natal chart which can be seen as describing me well if you believe in astrology.

3. What do you typically do to celebrate your birthday?
Typically? Nothing. It's another day.

4. Do you like to receive presents? Why or why not?
Of course I like to receive presents! I love knowing that somebody thought enough of me to give me a gift. And I see no reason why anyone should wait for a birthday or other holiday to give presents.

5. Describe the best birthday and/or present you ever had.
Any birthday spent with friends.

Friday Memes

Friday, April 25th, 2003 11:54 am
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I don't think I've ever done either of these before. First time for everything!

The Friday Five

1. What was the last TV show you watched?
The latest episode of Angel on Wednesday night. Also watched a bit of the 6 o'clock news yesterday, not enough to count really.

2. What was the last thing you complained about and what was the problem?
Bureaucracy. Oh, how I hate having to jump through hoops.

3. Who was the last person you complimented and what did you say?
I told [livejournal.com profile] penguinboi that he's a hottie, which is hardly news but sometimes needs to be said.

4. What was the last thing you threw away?
A piece of paper with the date of the January lawyer appointment scrawled on it.

5. What was the last website (besides this one) that you visited?
Launchcast and LiveJournal simultaneously. Now I'm about to go to look at today's other big meme, The Weekly Wrap-up.

Oh, it's all about work. Nice, painful topic. Ah well, here goes:

1. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A mad scientist! I wanted to cure diseases and invent new ways for people to fly and travel instantaneously and make modifications to human beings so we could all be better and stronger and more intelligent and well-coordinated (especially me).

Later, when I figured out that I probably would never get to be a mad scientist, I wanted to be a writer instead.

2. When did you get your first job? What was it?
Ah, pain. Never had a real, paying job in my life, thanks to (A) me focusing on school when I was younger and (B) my body eventually deciding not to do what I want it to. Did have an occasional job a few years ago going to an elderly man's house while his wife went to play bridge, my purpose being to make sure that he didn't have a heart attack or stroke while alone. Also was an unpaid intern at a computer training school. My boss wanted them to hire me as a real employee, but her boss wasn't willing to pay the money.

3. What is your job now? Do you like it? Why or why not?
Dealing with bureaucrats in order to get basic necessities, apparently. Can't say that I much like it, given my hatred of jumping through hoops.

4. What would be the worst job for you to have? Why?
One where I have to stand for more than 15 or 20 minutes without a chance to lie down, thanks to the blood pressure and blacking out problem. Personality-wise, I would not do well in a job requiring much public speaking. I am not an extrovert.

5. What would be your ideal job if you could chose it? Why?
Lately I've been thinking it would be fun to be able to play with computer graphics all day and get paid for it. I've always loved drawing and calligraphy, loved playing with computers for as long as I can remember, and have enjoyed doing things with POV-Ray ever since I first downloaded it onto my old IBM 486. If I had a modern computer with a good connection to a mouse, I could be dangerous.

(no subject)

Saturday, April 19th, 2003 09:23 pm
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Poll taken from [livejournal.com profile] wildgarden

[name] CB. Well, that's my initials anyway.
[location] In the suburbs of Washington, DC, amongst lovely trees and flowers and feisty raccoons. And traffic.
[eye color] Green usually, sometimes blue.
[height] 5 feet, 4 and one-half inches.
[heritage] Mixed Western European with rumors of elves and Celtic deities.
[last cd I listened to] All the way through? Something in [livejournal.com profile] perkazy's collection on Sunday. I've only listened to bits and pieces of things since then.
[artist i have the most albums of] Not looking at my list, but offhand I know I've got lots of albums by Peter Himmelman, Icehouse, Siouxsie & the Banshees, the Alan Parsons Project, Toto, Ashford & Simpson.
[last time i turned on the radio] Listened to a news radio station for a while earlier today.
[last place i drove to] I don't drive.
[Last place I drove over 100 miles to] Well, someone else drove me to Gatlinburg.
[last holiday i took] Gatlinburg. Before that, NYC a few years ago. Before that, something in 1990 with family. I don't get out much.
[most beautiful place i've ever been to] Depends entirely on my mood of the moment.
[country i would never want to visit] Though I don't deal well with excessive heat, everywhere sounds interesting.
[best roommate] Guy who used to live across the hall, just because he was easy to have weird conversations with. The current lot isn't bad, though.

[most paranoid about] Tonight, gotta say it's all relative.
[the person i tell the juicy stuff to first] Depends on who's available and where the juice is coming from.
[best online friend] Can't single out just one. No really, I couldn't even if I wanted to.
[number of jackets i own] Two or three.
[type of car i wish i had] One with a chauffeur.
[dream job] Today I'd say something computer-graphics-related. I've always wanted to be a writer, but I'm severely lacking in things to write about these days.
[last kiss] ::whimper::
[fave pen] Somewhere around is a bamboo pen Rory gave me along with the rest of a Chinese calligraphy set. I haven't used it in years, but it's cool all the same.

The [livejournal.com profile] anoisblue survey

Wednesday, March 5th, 2003 11:25 am
hummingwolf: Drawing of a creature that is part-wolf, part-hummingbird. (Hummingwolf by Dandelion)
What sort of house do you live in?
A big Cape Cod-style home built over 70 years ago, modified somewhat over its lifetime. Could use some minor repairs and a fresh coat of paint, but a pretty nice place overall.

What would be your ideal residence?
A treehouse! Not joking, though there are few trees around here which would support a place with indoor plumbing and space enough for my book collection.

What sort of body do you live in?
One almost exactly average height for an American woman, below average weight. Longish brown and (prematurely!) grey hair; green eyes which sometimes like to turn blue and are very nearsighted & astigmatic; long, skinny, flat feet; strong legs; some minor structural flaws; chronically pained and fatigued and on the verge of passing out.

What would be your ideal body?
One without the chronic pain, fatigue, and syncope. Also would have much better skin, 20/20 vision, stronger arms, a smaller belly, and fewer grey hairs.

What do you do with your spare moments now?
Read books, read LJ, listen to CDs and Launchcast, contemplate playing with POV-Ray, chat online, lie in bed whimpering. I have too many spare moments.

What would you like to be doing in your spare time?
Walk more, hang out more with old friends and make new ones. I'd love to get my eye-hand coordination back so I could draw & do calligraphy again. I was never great at drawing (not bad either), but did become pretty good at calligraphy before having to quit.

How do you earn a living now?
I don't, unfortunately.

What would be your ideal job?
Possibly writing, if I could think up something to write about. Playing with computer graphics would be a great job too.

Who do you live with now?
A handful of 20- and 30-something college students and a legion of dustbunnies.

With whom would you like to live?
I like these people, but I think I may have been made to live alone. Either that, or I should be living with someone who pampers me lavishly. Neither arrangement is likely to be a part of my life anytime soon.

Where do you live geographically?
In the suburbs of the world's most self-important city, Washington, DC.

Where would you like to live?
I would love to be able to travel all around, trying out different places and different lifestyles. But aside from the hot & humid summers and the fact that this has been Ground Zero since well before I was born, I rather like it here. It's the Land of the Free Museums.

What things would you change about your current circumstances?
My health. If I had energy, much of the rest of my life could be changed. Money would be helpful as well.

What things would you like to learn?
Oh, absolutely everything!

What are your superpowers that draw other people to you?
Maybe my listening skills, though some people are frightened by how much I remember.

What do you think people say about you when you're not around?
Depends entirely on the people talking. Some think I'm a whiner, some think I'm a bitch. But I seem to have acquired a reputation for niceness recently, which is strange since I used to be thought of as sarcastic and cynical.

What do you think people will say about you at your funeral?
If I got run over by a bus today, the main theme would be how much crap I had to endure and how much I couldn't do. This depresses me more than I can say. I really don't want my limitations to be the last word on my life.

The Odd Mix Survey

Thursday, April 18th, 2002 09:51 am
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (one)
From [livejournal.com profile] anoisblue.

1. How tall are you?
At the last doctor visit, they said I'm 5 feet, 4 and three-quarters inches--1/4 inch taller than last time, so I'm a bit skeptical.

2. If you could own one thing that hasn't been invented yet, what would it be?
A medical tricorder.

3. One year in prison for something you didn't do or say you did it to get a year's probation?
Depends on the crime I'm being accused of, the likelihood that I'll get decent medical care in prison, how much exercise I'm permitted to get. Probably probation as I don't deal well with being cooped up.

4. Do you believe human beings are instinctually monogamous? Why?
Sure, for about 5 minutes at a time. Any relationship longer than that requires conscious effort.

5. Describe the immediate area surrounding your computer.
On the floor beside this computer is an old 486 and a box full of papers I need to file. The desk on which the keyboard and monitor reside is a scratched old dresser-desk painted an ugly green (much of the paint is chipped off) and filled with socks, underwear, papers, nails, and other oddments. On top of the desk is an AM/FM/shortwave clock radio; two boxes of diskettes; a wooden bowl with pens, stamps, and large ball bearings; a mousepad based on a Thomas Kincade painting with a standard Microsoft mouse on top; two phone books raising the monitor up to a decent level; and three screws.

6. You're having a dinner party with 6 well-known, currently living people. Who do you invite?
I pay little attention to celebrities, so I'd probably stick with writers. Heh--just thought of Joss Whedon, Harlan Ellison, and Vaclav Havel together. That'd be interesting. Who else is alive?

7. Name an article of clothing or an accessory that you don't have but would like to own.
There was a batik top in shades of brown and gold I had for almost a decade before it wore out. It was one of the few pieces of clothing I've ever bought that really looked good on me and I want another.

8. Name 3 things you'd like to do in this lifetime but haven't yet.
1. Get a real, paying job.
2. Have a genuine romance.
3. Go skydiving.

9. If you could return to life (after death) as an adult, retaining the knowledge you gained in this lifetime, and you could choose a different local and era, where and when would that be?
I think I'd choose to go forward in time. I want to know what happens next.

10. Who cooked the best breakfast you ever had? What was it?
While my father made wonderful pancakes and my mother was famous for her waffles, the breakfasts I remember best tend to be breakfast buffets at hotels where we all simply enjoyed the time together without worrying whether or not we'd burned something.
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An old poll

Thursday, January 31st, 2002 10:15 am
hummingwolf: squiggly symbol floating over rippling water (Default)
I'm too tired to think of something original to say this morning (I've been trying), so here's a poll I wrote back in October for a mailing list I'm on.

-----

After skipping class yesterday on the theory that it would be a
waste of time to do my course requiring Internet access if they
hadn't gotten the DSL yet, today I missed class 'cos I'm feeling
sick. My body's timing stinks. Anyway, since my mind is
wandering everywhere, here's a poll.


1. Do you see the forest or the trees?
A. I see the forest.
B. I see the trees.
C. I see a complex interplay of color and form.
D. My eyes are oozing too much for me to see anything,
okay? Now could you please hand me those antihistamines?

My answer:
Most of the time C. If I'm in the middle of the forest, it's A
unless the canopy is so thick that very little sunlight gets
through, in which case it's either B or nada. If I am within
100 miles of a forest and it's spring pollinating season, the
answer is an emphatic D.


2. You are awakened in the middle of the night by your
exceedingly apologetic fairy godmother. There have been these
budget cutbacks, you see, which is why she hasn't been around
much lately. But now she's here, and she's offering you a
choice of gifts. Apologizing once again, she informs you that
in accepting any one of these gifts, you are eliminating your
chances of receiving any of the others within the next five
years. Which do you choose?
A. A portfolio of the most valuable stocks in all the
hottest industries.
B. Your own syndicated TV show, appearing in all major
markets.
C. Perfect health.
D. Your dream man/woman.
E. A home which functions as a perfect sanctuary from the
outside world.
F. The library of Alexandria, restored--and the ability to
read and understand it.
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