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Via [ 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. [ 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.

Date: 2008-05-30 12:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Okay, go for it. I hope you pick good ones for me because I didn't wanna use this meme after being asked last time.

Date: 2008-05-30 01:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I find that people always ask for stuff I don't want to answer when I do memes, so I've been careful with which memes I do now. I liked this one a lot.

black leather gloves
not doing the dishes
please save my earth

Date: 2008-05-30 05:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
seems i won't be posting the meme again mosty likely. maybe my interests are too straight forward and i should write cool stuff like you. But my answers...

black leather gloves
- to me, a symbol of power and status. wearing the black leather gloves, i can put our cigarettes into my fingers, thus flame proof, handle corpses, handle murder weapons and no finger prints! black leather gloves are fearsome indeed and bring up connotations of terror within my fellow man.
- Cosplay is where you dress up like anime characters, I used to thing this was extremely silly, and I still sort of do; although I've added to that, that there's also something very liberating about it. I know how a drag queen must feel; in touch with a woman so they get to dress and act like one, be praised in gay clubs or such. much as this, a cosplay is somebody who wants to be an anime character, and they dress like them and are praised in conventions. wonderful.
not doing the dishes
- I used to simply say I hated doing the dishes, but now it has veered into an interest as I absolutely refuse to do the dishes until the mold overcomes my house. Eventually I think I'm just going to destroy all my dishes except one plate, one bowl, and one set of utensils. that would be much easier!
please save my earth
- this is a manga series of the mid 80's to mid 90's about a group of teenagers who find they are reincarnations of a group of alien scientists once stationed on the moon. The records of their past lives, and the existence of their ESP powers begin to meddle with things. Since they had witnessed the destruction of their planet, some worry of this one. A touching tale.
- It's a vague premise which changes meaning depending on who you ask. This much can be said for sure. Romanticism is the opposite of Naturalism. The focus is the emotional and the grand. The feelings of characters and gravity of events. I'm not much into dull fiction. Romanticism is along the lines of Victor Hugo's work; grand stuff.
- this is hirigana for "KOKORO", a japanese word which sums up a meaning such as "the fortitude of heart and spirit"... you need to hear it used enough to get it. Kokoro is a nostalgic, silly term usually reserved for song writing from my understanding, it's an embarrassing word because it speaks about being bold!
- the world wrestling entertainment company. I find something fun about pro-wrestling.. although not watching it recently; it's a very special unique kind of performance (pro wrestling), very complicated (and therefore interesting). And the WWE specific is the one with the most money and production thus you get the most out of them.

Date: 2008-05-30 10:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You should totally post this to your LJ! The point is to start a discussion... In fact, I'm not going to reply to your interests UNLESS you post it to your LJ. :]

As for my writing about "cool" stuff, it hasn't been accidental. I always got annoyed when people put "music" or "politics" (which I know you have. hehe.) as their interests... What does tell me about them? Everyone likes music. I also noticed that some of my friends at the time, like [ profile] apropos, had a bunch of interests who were unique to them, that weren't underlined in their list because no one else had them. So I actually went out of my way to choose LJ-interests that are less common, so instead of "politics", I have "anarcho-communism" and "another world is possible". Instead of "adventure games", I have "pirates of pestulon", which were featured in Space Quest 3.

So, when I go out of my way to put something weird, when people ask me about it, I talk about weird stuff, instead of people asking me to talk about "politics". Your responses hint at more things you would have to say about your interests, stuff about which I'll ask questions if you repost in your LJ. :] And then you get to ask other people about their interests, and when they post the meme, you can ask them to ask you about more of your interests. :P

Date: 2008-05-30 02:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
i liked this post very much. I don't have any interests listed to talk about. (so I'm not posting for that reason) Just I liked to hear you talk about these interests. I could read more!

I love nutritional yeast, I like it on toast with margerine or butter or something, then pile it on top. thats all I remember eating when I went to an anarchists gathering in vancouver (I think)in 1988 with my friends in a van when my dd was a few months old. I lost 5 or 10 pounds that week, I think because of breastfeeding, it takes alot of energy. but its good memmories, those were nice friends i traveled up with and while I couldn't get it together to really do much while I was there, I did meet some interesting folks in the childcare room where i remember hanging out.

I am not sure if I am a responsible anarchist. I dont' like responsibility too much but then I think if we shared the dreary tasks then it would be much better so we should work to share them. I don't like to tell people or animals what to do too much. I think things have their own way of working out and it is anarchy and that authoritarianism is a kind of malady. I think there is stuff beyond words.

i think...punk rock still exists. Like the kids that stayed at my house last year, how happy they were with the hospitality I provided, how they smiled and said "punk rock" when I kicked over my broken back gate to take them for a tour of the alley. my broken back gate is a source of embarassment to me, what others veiw as broken, dirty, pathetic, or poverty - punk rock can make look much happier. I think its a changing spirit, a spirit of resistance, it still pops up sometimes, where you might least expect it.

I feel kind of immature. often disastisfied, other times content, sometimes pushed I just will not go.

I love how there are these topics that many discuss, and that is why I will like them, these categories, because somewhere sometime there is always some fabulous people who might be able to speak or live better than I can, on these subjects, and i like them!

my daughter loves nutritional yeast too and brocoli and tofu is comfort food to her, sprinkle some on top, yum.

in some ways we are really simple.

Date: 2008-05-30 10:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Dude, you raised a daughter into a nice, balanced adult all on your own. You ARE a responsible anarchist!! I didn't say we had to be perfect :] Responsibility is rarely pleasant--living up to responsibilities is often more satisfying afterwards than before and during :]

As for liking these posts, I need to write on this blog more myself... Most of my posts are just reposting other people's links.

So, I'm picking "anarchist gatherings" and "cities you've lived in" as things for you to talk about ;]

Date: 2008-05-30 03:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Interesting! I like "failed subcultures" as an interest 'cos I don't like to see them fail but then once they do I don't like to see them forgotten either... anti-glob, you're so right that it died, but is that why? I haven't given it so much thought, though it's nagged at me through the years.

Date: 2008-05-30 10:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
There was a big IMF demo in Washington DC a month or two after September 11... and it was a big letdown, from what I heard and remember. There was just a lot less people. American cops seem to have gotten really emboldened after Sept. 11, so they could repress protests a lot more, like the "freedom of speech cages" at the 2004 RNC. There might have been less media coverage too--when the media have terrorism and wars as their evening bloodsport, they don't need to cover demonstrations as much as they rare in the "peaceful" pre-9/11 world. The timing is definitely there, if not the fault. :]

Date: 2009-04-02 03:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I actually forgot to pick five of your interests back then, in conformity with the meme :P

adam carolla, comix, first nations, mystics, newspapers, xtc

Date: 2008-05-31 03:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
i'm trying to think of a better term for anti-bourgeois feminism. i always end up using the word 'intersectional' in relation to feminism, to pick up or give a nod to reading race, class or other things alongside/intertwined with it.... but that feels too earnest, maybe? or pretentious?

i dunno. i've sat in a car listening to bad rock for multiple hours. i'm braindead.

Date: 2008-05-31 04:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You carpooled back to Ham-land?

Maybe we just need to call it white middle class heteronormative feminism. :^P

Date: 2008-05-31 04:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
no, i just drove down from wawa to the sault and back in one day.... with only some cds i raided from my dad for company.

Date: 2008-05-31 04:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Did you see hitchhikers around there?

Date: 2008-05-31 12:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
i've seen some on the way there - middle aged men, mostly. i saw one guy going to wawa when i was driving in the opposite direction, who i think was a treeplanter, and was young. i looked for folks on the way home, to pick up, and there were none. it was late when i left, though.

do you know someone hitch hiking up north?

Date: 2008-05-31 12:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
or is this just asking me about wawa's infamous reputation? :)

Date: 2008-05-31 12:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes. :] Do you think it's still hitch-hiker cemetary?

I might be forced to take two weeks (or more, should I desire so...) of forced unpaid vacation soon, and I'm thinking of hitch-hiking to Vancouver, just for the hell of it. (I'll have to think up a story, or else people might not appreciate that the person they are "helping out" is in fact making more money than them :P) My partner will certainly be dead set again this, and might cook out plans of her own for us to spend time together (which I would be hard put to turn down), but I've wanted to do this trip again for a long time now. Sigh.
Edited Date: 2008-05-31 12:41 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-04-02 03:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ahh, I forgot the point of that meme back then... :P

all your little sounds, alzheimer's, feminism, riding bikes in miniskirts, yelling at the radio


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