frandroid: A large sandworm in front of the fremen invoking him (Dune)
2017-07-21 06:46 pm
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Book meme!

Because I'm procrastinating. A bit on the cutesey side but whatever.

Wait, DW doesn't have a rich text editor?? I mean I usually prefer to enter my HTML manually, but here I could really use it. Motherfucker...

...

bold the ones that apply.

1. You currently own more than 20 books.
2. You currently own more than 50 books.
3. You currently own more than 100 books.

4. You amassed so many books you switched to an e-reader.
5. You read so much you have a ton of books AND an e-reader.
6. You have a book-organization system no one else understands.
7. You’re currently reading more than one book.
8. You read every single day.
9. You’re reading a book right now, as you’re taking this book nerd quiz.
10. Your essentials for leaving the house: wallet, phone, keys, and a book.
11. You’ve pulled an all-nighter reading a book.
12. You did not regret it for a second and would do it again.

13. You’ve figured out how to incorporate books into your workout.
14. You’ve declined invitations to social activities in order to stay home and read.
15. You view vacation time as “catch up on reading” time.
16. You’ve sat in a bathtub full of tepid water with prune-y skin because you were engrossed in a book.
17. You’ve missed your stop on the bus or the train because you were engrossed in a book.
18. You’ve almost tripped over a pothole, sat on a bench with wet paint, walked into a telephone pole, or narrowly avoided other calamities because you were engrossed in a book.
19. You’ve laughed out loud in public while reading a book.
20. You’ve cried in public while reading a book (it’s okay, we won’t tell).

21. You’re the one everyone goes to for book recommendations.
22. You take your role in recommending books very seriously and worry about what books your friends would enjoy.
23. Once you recommend a book to a friend, you keep bugging them about it.
24. If your friend doesn’t like the book you recommended, you’re heartbroken.
25. And you judge them. A little bit.
26. In fact, whenever you and a friend disagree about a book you secretly wonder what is wrong with them.
27. You’ve vowed to convert a nonreader into a reader.
28. And you’ve succeeded.
29. You’ve attended book readings, launches, and signings.
30. You own several signed books.
31. You would recognize your favorite authors on the street.
32. In fact, you have.

33. If you could have dinner with anybody in the world, you’d choose your favorite writer.
34. You own a first-edition book.*
35. You know what that is and why it matters to bibliophiles.
36. You tweet, post, blog, or talk about books every day.
37. You have a “favorite” literary prize.
38. And you read the winners of that prize every year.
39. You’ve recorded every book you’ve ever read and what you thought of it.
40. You have a designated reading nook in your home.
41. You have a literary-themed T-shirt, bag, tattoo, or item of home décor.
42. You gave your pet a literary name.
43. You make literary references and puns nobody else understands.
44. You’re a stickler for spelling and grammar, even when you’re just texting.
45. You’ve given books as gifts for every occasion: birthdays, Valentine’s Day, graduations, Tuesdays...
46. Whenever someone asks what your favorite book is, your brain goes into overdrive and you can’t choose just one. You end up naming twelve books.
47. You love the smell of books.
48. You’ve binge-read an entire series or an author’s whole oeuvre in just a few days.
49. You’ve actually felt your heart rate go up while reading an incredible book.
50. When you turn the last page of a good book, you feel as if you’ve finally come up for air and returned from a great adventure.



*: Most books are "first (and only) edition", so by that measure I own several; but for the sake of this question I'll assume that's a first edition of a book with multiple editions, where this edition has a higher market value.
frandroid: YPG logo, Syrian Kurdish defense forces (Default)
2008-10-06 12:17 am
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(no subject)

* Grab the nearest book.
* Open the book to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions if you want to.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.


"It looked at you with a vengeful aspect."
frandroid: camilo cienfuegos in a broad-rimmed hat (camilo)
2008-05-30 08:50 am

(no subject)

Via [livejournal.com profile] sabotabby: "Comment on this post and I will choose seven interests from your profile. You will then explain what they mean and why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along."

being called sir by strangers: back when English was a Foreign Language to me, Britain was a very Exotic country for me. When I moved to Vancouver, my first job was a night shift at Subway. For some reason, Brits love their dreadful weather so much that they actually visit Vancouver in droves in January, just to get more gloomy-weather punishment. They would go to bars, and after that, end up at my Subway to pick up something to eat. Some would call me sir, and that made me giddy as hell.
against bourgeois-feminism: I acquired a lot of my LJ-interests by browsing other people's and copying theirs, especially when people added me. It's quite interesting that LJ actually has a feature that allows you to copy other people's interests by just checkmarking them. Now it's been a while since I've had so much time on my hands :] Bourgeois feminism, I guess, would be oblivious to the intersection of feminism with class and race. Actually, I'm starting to dislike the term bourgeois a lot, I find it a very crude way to describe things, and feminism has to start somewhere anyway. I'm going to remove this interest.
ultrabrutalist modern architecture: That's the descriptor that Ninjalicious gave to Robarts Library, which lead me to discover that Brutalist architecture is indeed a specific style of architecture. His love for the library has made me appreciate this type of architecture a lot more. I am anxiously awaiting its $75 million expansion, although I hear they'll take down some of the existing concrete panels. Hopefully the expansion meshes well with the existing building.
failed subcultures: So many subcultures seem exciting at the beginning, and then peter out, or become so successful as to become coöpted, go mainstream and lose the essence of what made them relevant in the first place. Dominant subcultures in my life have been ANSI art, punk rock and the anti-globalization movement. Of these, only punk rock has survived (but has it?), whereas ANSI art (art archive), the digital character art of BBSes, died of its medium's irrelevance with the advent of the internet. The anti-globalization movement died on September 11, scared shitless. I guess the bourgeois activists went back "home" to a different kind of "patriotism"...
red star nutritional yeast: The best kind of nutritional yeast, it is yellower than its competitors and "gels" a lot more. [livejournal.com profile] hsifyppah gave me the book pictured to the right when she tired out of veganism, which I have enjoyed thoroughly. I have consumed RSNY in part because it provides vegans with the much-needed B12 vitamin, which is usually really hard to get without consuming dairy and meat. The lack of B12 can lead to permanent neurological damage, so it's not a minor thing to ignore. I have been told recently not to rely on RSNY alone for my B12 needs, and have thus started taking B12 supplements, until I talk to a nutritionist about this, which could be never. When I got for my next annual health check-up, I'll ask my doctor to send me for a B12 blood test.
responsible anarchists: a very rare animal. Its cousin species, the irresponsible anarchist, is a lot more common. Over time, I have come to assume that people become anarchists first and foremost because they have an unacknowledged desire not to take any responsibility for anything. The turn to anarchism usually happens during adolescence, when people first meet this necessity of taking responsibility. Eventually, as irresponsible anarchists mature, they stop being anarchists. They can then take three paths: go back to the mainstream or go bat-shit insane right-wing. What happens most often is that they become some sort of socialists with an anarchist sensibility, with a stronger resistance to state encroachment on individual rights. Not to be confused with a liberal.
jack layton's moustache: What's not to love? Some people believe that Jack and Olivia aren't a "real couple". I'm still on the fence, and maybe they are too.
frandroid: YPG logo, Syrian Kurdish defense forces (Default)
2008-04-29 04:58 am
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lj-slut meme


Your LJ Slut Stats!
Out of your 93 friends, percentages you have:
met


62.36%
hugged
26.88%
dated


3.22%
kissed


3.22%
seen shirtless


3.22%
seen naked


3.22%
had net sex


2.15%
made out with


3.22%
had oral sex


3.22%
fucked


2.15%
Get your LJ Slut Stats!

frandroid: "There's always room for tentacle porn!" Some sort of squid is grabbing the leg of a lightly clad girl with a tentacle (always room)
2008-03-13 11:43 pm
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meme

"Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don't blog about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don't blog about, but you'd like to hear about, and I'll write a post about it. Ask for anything: latest movie watched, last book read, political leanings, thoughts on yaoi, favorite type of underwear, graphic techniques, etc. Repost in your own journal [if you like] so that we can all learn more about each other."

tkx [livejournal.com profile] sabotabby
frandroid: (doomsday clock)
2008-02-12 11:16 pm
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frandroid: YPG logo, Syrian Kurdish defense forces (Default)
2008-01-06 02:19 am
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association memeage

I feel like I'm going to hate this, but...

Leave a comment here and I will:

1. Tell you why I friended you.
2. Associate you with something - fandom, a song, a colour, a photo, etc.
3. Tell you something I like about you.
4. Tell you a memory I have of you.
5. Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
6. Tell you my favorite user pic of yours.
7. In return, you must post this in your LJ (if you have one).
frandroid: A faroher, emblem of the Zoroastrian religion (religion)
2007-12-17 02:31 pm
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(no subject)

1. What did you do in 2007 that you'd never done before?


2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Resolutions?

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Jim and Susan had a child. They're acquaintances, but they're also a block away. That's as close as it got. :]

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Nope.

5. What countries did you visit?
Germany, Austria, Netherlands.

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
RAM, more internet bandwidth.

7. What date from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
15 Oct. Getting back to the mothership.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Working at MS again. Wait, did I invert these last two? Hmmm.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Dropping out of school.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
My hyperactive skin yeast still bugs me. I had a purpura scare.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
500g hdd. I guess.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
F's, Dominic's... All very supportive. Anna's party antics and stories are also salient.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Where shall we start?

14. Where did most of your money go?
York University, rent, debts.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Making money again.

16. What song will always remind you of 2007?
M.I.A. - Paper Plane

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Happier
ii. thinner or fatter? Fatter
iii. richer or poorer? Richer

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Exercise, journalism

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Zoning out.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
With my family in Québec City: yay!

21. Did you fall in love in 2007?
Yeah, what's new?

22. How many one-night stands?
None.

23. What was your favorite TV program?
TNG. hehe.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Nope.

25. What was the best book you read?
The Religion of Technology - David F. Noble. Also possibly the only book I've read this year.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Not discovery as much as further investigation into Fela Kuti, Saul Williams.

27. What did you want and get?
Steady income.

28. What did you want and not get?
A wireless router? I'm a man of little needs. Oh wait. More tna.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
Serenity? Did I see that this year?

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
31st birthday... Partied at home with a few rad people. Too few, but a lot of fun anyway.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Drugs.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
Corporate punk.

33. What kept you sane?
Steady work.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Chavez? Prachanda?

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Where has my memory gone? Anyway, the Nepalese Maoists putting their weapons down and joining the government was pretty big.

36. Who did you miss?
My Québec City peeps. My Vancouver peeps.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
ANNA TAN!! Wait, that was the previous year. No matter!!

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007.
Channeling strong emotions and surfing them is pretty cool.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
"what I wanna do? bam! bam! bam! bam! ka-ching! take your money!"
frandroid: YPG logo, Syrian Kurdish defense forces (Default)
2007-03-04 04:01 pm
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Top X meme

Comment with the words "Top Ten" or "Top Five", and I will reply with a subject for which you will generate a top ten (or top five) list. Post the listand instructions in your own journal.

[livejournal.com profile] sabotabby asked for: Top five stories that les anglais miss out on by not reading the French-language press.

Many of the French articles I link in my blog attempt to do exactly that, so I doubt that I will be very original to my readers here, but I'll try to go beyond the usual.

1. Québec election headed towards a minority government: Actually, this is something that the French media have started talking about a little bit, but not considered as a real possibility, as there hasn't been a minority government in Québec in over 100 years, unless I forget some freak government somewhere. So anyway, the poll numbers look like this: Liberals, low 30s, PQ, high 20s, and ADQ, low 20s. Now what's actually happening is that there are many PLQ/PQ races in Montréal, many PQ/ADQ races in rural Québec, and many ridings in Québec City are three way races with the ADQ set to go to the latter, following the results of the last federal election where Harper picked up most of his Québec seats. I think that the PQ will lose lots of support on election day, due to abstentionism and to last-minute giving-a-chance-to-the-runner votes in favour of Dumont.

2. Québec election, small parties: First election for Québec Solidaire, the new lefty party that was the result of the merger of all of the splinters in the Québec left. They're polling lower than the Québec Greens, the latter which are actually doing well at 7% or so. QS is a bicephal party, with a policy of being lead by one man and one woman. Amir Khadir is a doctor that's done lots of work overseas (before being a doctor, he was involved in anti-Shah, then anti-Islamist Iranian student activism in Canada), while Françoise David is one of the best-known Québec feminists. Khadir once ran for the Bloc in the past, and then in the last provincial election ran for the UFP, one ancestor of the QS, where he was trailing just behind the PQ candidate that eventually won. As long as the ADQ constitutes a menace on the right in the Québec political spectrum, the PQ will always gather most of the left vote and I don't give much chance to QS to accomplish much.

Okay, I'm drawing a blank here. Hmmm.

3. The Habs have been sinking like a rock since Christmas and are currently in a position to miss the series. La Presse's hockey journalists are calling for Habs GM Bob Gainey's head.

4. Job losses in the pork industry?

5. Alright I give up. I don't think people are missing out on much outside the political arena. :P
frandroid: Stephen Colbert giving a thumbs up in from of the American Flag (Colbert)
2006-12-03 10:26 pm
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Your 'Do You Want the Terrorists to Win' Score: 96%

You are a terrorist-loving, Bush-bashing, "blame America first"-crowd traitor. You are in league with evil-doers who hate our freedoms. By all counts you are a liberal, and as such cleary desire the terrorists to succeed and impose their harsh theocratic restrictions on us all. You are fit to be hung for treason! Luckily George Bush is tapping your internet connection and is now aware of your thought-crime. Have a nice day.... in Guantanamo!

Do You Want the Terrorists to Win?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz




I only got 96% because I couldn't vote for Kerry. Boo-hiss.
frandroid: The letter "L" followed by Mao's face, making the LMAO acronym. (lol)
2006-11-02 03:43 pm

In These United States

"That neighborhood was one endless drunken football riot party deck date rape booze fest police state jock fraternity nightmare." --[livejournal.com profile] commandercranky, comment in a locked post, talking about state universities.

What American accent do you have? meme )
frandroid: YPG logo, Syrian Kurdish defense forces (Default)
2006-08-01 10:01 pm
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from sabotabby

Ask me a question, I'll tell you a lie.

Then repost this in your own LJ.
frandroid: Fashion model with black and red dyed hair, and heavy red make-up (punky sleena)
2006-03-25 02:27 pm
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(no subject)

Google image search meme

Read more... )
frandroid: YPG logo, Syrian Kurdish defense forces (Default)
2006-02-11 10:01 am
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Please contribute to my Johari window

This is fascinating. I have picked 5 or 6 adjectives describing me, and you have to pick 5 or 6. Then they are compared to see what overlaps.

I found it hard to pick the ones that describe me. It's really about what other people pick...

The word list is pretty interesting. Most of the words are positive descriptors, except for a few which verge on the "could be negative" depending on your point of view. I find the list lacking in a few ways (I was trying to reflect [livejournal.com profile] seaya's anti-racist attitude in any way and the closest adjectives I could pick from there were like "sympathetic" and "friendly"). I also wonder about the lopsidedness of the model: one person's choices versus a group's choices.