25 things meme

Saturday, 31 January 2009 09:34 am
Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you.

I'm not so into tagging; if you're interested doing this, consider it a tag!

  1. As a nervous tic, I fingerspell ASL. Occasionally.
  2. I was reading at a 3rd-grade level when I started kindergarten
  3. I've been to the top of the Statue of Liberty four times.
  4. I lived in an apartment over the Brooklyn/Queens Expressway until I was 5.
  5. My parents both taught in NYC: mom taught law, dad taught history. They quit and became maple syrup farmers in upstate NY.
  6. My parents claim that after we moved, I would stand by the road and wait for cars to drive past, and I would wave at them.
  7. I designed a number of Dungeons and Dragons campaigns and bought all the AD&D books, but I have played exactly one actual game of D&D.
  8. Briefly in high-school, I called myself a Christian, but stopped when I decided it was solely to satisfy Pascal's Wager
  9. That period coincided with attending Beaver Camp, run by Mennonites. Located on Beaver River.
  10. I rock-climbed from age 17 to 25ish.
  11. I've ice-climbed, but I gave that up after a season.
  12. I've never broken a bone, despite a few serious childhood accidents
  13. I'm missing a bit of my right pointer finger
  14. I feel dreadfully under-travelled. I've been to about 1/3 the US states, three Canadian provinces, the UK, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Italy.
  15. I was on the internet in 1991, and using BBSes before that. I used a shared Unix account at MIT and a free dialup account, when such things existed.
  16. When I applied to go away to school, I sent queries to 'soc.bi' newsgroup to find out which schools had a good atmosphere for LGBT students. That was one of the reasons I went to Cornell over Rochester Institute of Technology, which I had bee favoring (yes really).
  17. It took me just under an hour to finish this list.
  18. but I'm lazy; I cribbed 10 of these things from an unposted meme from 2006.
  19. I've been pickpocketed once; on the subway in Manhattan.
  20. I type 70 words a minute.
  21. I have no problem taking a nap as long as I think I have 30 minutes without being disturbed.
  22. But I can't nap longer.
  23. I read on public transit- I have a hard time staring off into space.
  24. I don't meditate, but I do regularly take part in Quaker Meeting for Worship, which looks quite similar from the outside.
  25. I'm told I hvae funny interjections. I say "rats" and "goodness." Occasionally.

All we like sheep

Saturday, 24 January 2009 03:18 pm
The first five six people to respond to this post (by comment, email, fbook) will get something made by me.

My choice.
For you.

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:

* I make no guarantees that you will like what I make.
* What I create will be just for you.
* It'll be done this calendar year.
* I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.
* You have no clue what it's going to be.

The catch: You have to put this in your journal (or facebook-book-book-bagOOk) as well.

Wet Dog

Tuesday, 4 November 2008 01:07 pm

Wet DogRover, age 4 months, taken just before Halloween 2002.  In Elora Gorge, if I'm not mistaken.  On a day with weather much like it was earlier today- warm enough, but most definitely Autumn.

- - -
* Stop talking about politics for a moment or two.
* Post a reasonably-sized picture in your LJ, NOT under a cut tag, of something pleasant, such as an adorable kitten, or a fluffy white cloud, or a bottle of booze. Something that has NOTHING TO DO WITH POLITICS.
* Include these instructions, and share the love.

Self Portrait meme

Thursday, 18 September 2008 10:18 am

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.
Post these instructions with your picture.

This photo's a bit unusual in that it's how I see myself; Mac Photo Booth automatically does a mirror on it. When I flip it back to how you usually see me, it looks way out of kilter.
(Via a comment in [livejournal.com profile] sqrt_joy's journal)

What have I learned today? (By "today" I mean Saturday, technically from midnight to midnight).

* My 15+ year old Converse hightops are still in good shape and comfortable. I dug them out to go dancing to 80s music with [livejournal.com profile] hotcabanasauce, [livejournal.com profile] chezmax, and [livejournal.com profile] indigofire_net; and my feet didn't hurt after two hours- wow. Why did I ever stop wearing them?

* I still enjoy dancing. I'm less self-conscious a dancer than I was the last time I was in a club, whenever the hell that was. (2000? Underworld in Boston?) (Is that claim sensible, or is it wishful thinking? Well, I know that last night I was indeed dancing like nobody was watching... Yay self-confidence?)

* The navy jacket which my Mom bought me in 1990, and which has sat in my closet for 15+ years since it's not appropriate for dinner-wear or other semiformal purposes, by virtue of ill fit and ugly buttons, still fits well enough for dancing, looks fairly snappy, and as a bonus, the inside breast pocket fits a water-bottle.

* The local production of The Importance of Being Earnest is worth seeing (it also runs the 10th-12th).

* As much as I wish Home Hardware were open after 5:30pm on Saturday, it ain't.

* That my new boss bought me a nice new computer for when I start my new job at the end of the month. Mmmmmm, brand new iMac with 2g memory...

* That our lawn possibly still exists, and might be visible in another week of warm weather like this.

* And I learned that our new back-yard neighbours are German and have not one but two small humans in the house.

What did you learn today?

"I'll be da."

Wednesday, 12 March 2008 12:28 pm
da: (duck)
Advertising slogans? Pfaw. Movie quotes all seem to work with my user-name.

"You had me at 'da'"

"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a da."

I think there's a little person back there, choosing them.

That's what I think.
You've woken up, showered, had breakfast. The day stretches in front of you, a cloudy, snowy Friday.

[ get dressed for work ]

[ go back to bed ]

[ stay in front of the computer ]

Rules: the first person to comment with their choice above can decide what happens to our character. Put the choice in the title of the comment. At the end of the comment, add 3 or more choices for what can happen next, like this one has. You can make more than one choice; put them in separate comments.

Oh, please don't kill me? I won't enjoy that. Thanks.


Saturday, 15 December 2007 05:36 pm
A couple of people explicitly asked whether I was going to do this meme, so I figure I'd give it a whirl.

1. Elaborate on your default icon.

Read more... )

Six interests

Thursday, 15 November 2007 10:55 am
This is a meme where you ask about people's Interests (from their LJ profile). Comment on this post, and I'll pick six of yours, and you explain them on a post you make. Then you post this on your journal and it becomes a never ending spiral... and good fun.

[livejournal.com profile] chickenfeet2003 asked me about:


Airships have always fascinated me; partly of course for the romance, and also for their appearance of luxury and adventure as opposed to speedy travel. I remember that I added them to my interests list this spring after my IRC channel discussed what a wide-travelling bunch we were; someone said maybe we need a private jet and I briefly googled the option of private zeppelin rental (and would that not be awesome?)

spamassassin, kwiki

I appreciate well-written software tools. These are a pair of perl-based tools that do a remarkable job at difficult tasks: the first, identifying spam on my mail-server. (since I've used the same email address for over a decade, my main address receives over 700 spam a day. On a bad day, I'll see 20 in my inbox. That's still too many, I need to tweak the rules-sets). Kwiki provides a Wiki (like wikipedia) but with a very clean user-interface and developer hooks (at least for the version I prefer, 0.18; newer versions unfortunately have a more complicated developer interface).

dim sum

Pan-fried turnip cake, steamed octopus in curry sauce, broccoli greens with oyster sauce, and steamed shrimp dumplings. MMmmmmmMMM. My first dim sum experience was on a visit to Seattle, and while I enjoyed the experience, it wasn't until d&I discovered the local dim sum place that dim sum became one of my favourite brunch restaurants. The reason? They give you a menu to check off your choices, instead of getting the luck of the draw with the carts; and the food is very high quality.

cheapass games

A board- and card- games company that publishes $5 packets instead of $60 games. They work on the philosophy that game players probably have all the dice, counters, and play money they will need. One of my favourites is "Falling", a real-time game that supposes that all of the players are thousands of feet in the air (Why? Who cares?) and they are falling to the ground. The last person to go splat wins (Wins what? not very much. But it's fast, and quite fun). Another excellent game is "Kill Doctor Lucky" which is much like Clue, but ends with a murder, instead of starting there. "Doctor Lucky" has gone through revisions and is now a gorgeous board-game that costs much more than $5.


A strategy board game where you lay out the map as the game progresses. I like the balance in the game, between quick resource-grabs and long-term plays. Unfortunately, we bought a few expansion sets and the game became too slow, and we haven't gotten around to splitting out the basic set again. But I enjoyed it a lot when we played it, and it reminds me of good times with our friends [livejournal.com profile] lee_ellen and [livejournal.com profile] flydi in Ithaca.
Hey! I'm Stewart! )
For the first five people who reply to me and re-post this challenge, I will send or hand you something. It might be something I've made just for you, or something cool from my collection, it might be a mix CD or a book I think you will enjoy, a graphic or something else that I think you might like. Whatever it is, I promise that I will get it to you in 365 days or less or you are allowed to beat me with a wet noodle.

The only thing you need to do in order to participate is to be one of the first five to reply to this, AND post this entry on YOUR live journal - 'cause its fun to give people stuff. So if you're on-board with reciprocating in your journal, comment away :)

...via [livejournal.com profile] crystal_diva & [livejournal.com profile] amarylliss.

Metro Meme

Thursday, 10 August 2006 11:57 pm

Got at b3co.com!

That was fun.

Missing: Buffalo Metro Rail. (I wouldn't count Las Vegas' monorail, or Seattle's).

Now, self, could I get back to sleep, please?

Photo essays

Saturday, 17 June 2006 05:01 pm
It's too hot today to be very enthusiastic about much. So: a meme.

From [livejournal.com profile] metalana:

Ask me to take a picture of any aspect of my life that you're interested
in/curious about - it can be anything from the house I live in to my favorite
shoes. Leave your choice here as a comment, and I will reciprocate by taking the
pictures and posting them as an LJ entry.

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