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For the curious who have already guessed, or don't intend to. People who still intend to guess are encouraged to do so before looking!

Spoilers for my previous entry. )
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In the 'things on the internet' portion of last post, I forgot to mention Kate Beaton's comics. She's getting kind of famous now, at least if Shaenon Garrity and Ryan North linking to her is any indication, but maybe you haven't seen them yet, and you really should. (I think I found them through [livejournal.com profile] angrylemur.)

Speaking of [livejournal.com profile] angrylemur and stuff inspired in this entry by same, a while ago she posted that song lyric guessing game I like, and it made me notice that it's been almost two years since the last time I did it myself, which naturally awakened a resolve to do it again. I was going to wait until after I'd posted more of the things of actual substance I've been intending to write for this journal, but it's occurred to me that this actually takes way less time than those things, so it's not like it's delaying them significantly to do it now. I am going for it.

Here follows the list. It's 20 first lines again (even though Ms. Lemur did 16), and I'm not going to make it zero-sum, so I encourage people to guess before looking at anyone else's answers.
Songs for uncertainty. )
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Rachel probably wants me to do this. For each person who comments in this entry, it is supposed that I will reply in the following ritual manner:

1. I’ll respond with something random about you.
2. I’ll challenge you to try something.
3. I’ll pick a color that I associate with you.
4. I’ll tell you something I like about you.
5. I’ll tell you my first/clearest memory of you.
6. I’ll tell you what animal you remind me of.
7. I’ll ask you something I’ve always wanted to ask you.
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Since I'm sure that those who've participated are curious. Further participation is still both possible and encouraged, of course (just wait to look at this until afterward).

Spoilers for my previous entry! )

Music game

Mar. 25th, 2006 07:35 pm
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This term has gone by really quickly.

Yesterday Conor posted that old game where one presents a bunch of song lyrics and others post to guess the songs, and I realized that I had never done that and that I wanted to. So here it is, and you should guess.

In this iteration, there are twenty songs and it's first lines, rather than favourite lines. The shuffle did an unexpectedly good job of selecting a range of ancient and recent favourites, well-known and obscure.
The substance. )
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There's a large banner hanging outside the Vancouver art gallery right now, and looking at it from the bus, I noticed some characters in an odd font, off to the left of it, that looked like hiragana. 'Te ra', I read (てら), and felt pretty pleased with myself for a couple of moments before I realized it was actually a seventy-five.

Did I ever ask my weblog about the bottle of wine that I received for my birthday? I don't think I did. It came from Rowen; I don't drink, but I respect the cultural provenance of alcohol as a birthday gift. What should I do with it? It's been sitting perplexingly in my kitchen for three months now. Suggestions so far include:
  • Give it to somebody else who wants it (probably my sister).

  • Learn to cook with it.

  • Use it to christen a ship.

Whoops, 'provenance' doesn't mean what I mean by 'provenance'. I wonder what does?

Also, since Rachel has been making puppy eyes at me, I suppose that if you respond to this post, I will sketch an interpretation of one of your livejournal interests in MS Paint.
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Interesting how this seems to make some people more cheerful to contemplate, and some people less. I fell mostly into the former camp.

Not because you have to, but because you WANT to! Things you enjoy, even when no one around you wants to go out and play. What lowers your stress/blood pressure/anxiety level? Make a list, post it to your journal... and then tag 5 friends and ask them to post it to theirs.

(The strangest and most interesting piece of those instructions is the second sentence, which seems to forbid the mention of phone conversation, or physical affection, or my AD&D game, or silly and joyful late-night contact with Rachel, or anything else that requires a willing participant besides myself. I haven't seen anyone else try to comply with this, but I think that I will.)

It starts with 'reading' )

I don't really care enough about the 'tagging' aspect of this particular game to bother, not to mention that my supply of candidates has been fairly comprehensively tapped. On the off-chance that someone reading this has been yearning to get tagged and hasn't yet, well, I know it's not the same, but you certainly have my permission to take the thing.
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Okay, here's that thing that's going around, and how it works:

I) I'll post ten things I'm a fan of.
II) You will attempt to guess my favourite character from each. (I have tried to limit myself to cases where I have a clear favourite. In many of them, though, it's only by a bare margin, and there are other characters whose mention will constitute at least a partial victory.)
III) Upon your success, I'll put that line in bold, append the correct answer, and write a sentence or so about my affection for that character. (The sentences may wait to be supplied in bunches.)

1. Babylon 5 (G'Kar - The Lurker's Guide entry for the pilot remarks that G'kar is "consistently transparent in his emotional states"; and the more I thought about it, the more I realized that for all the changes he goes through, this remains constant. Through all his passions and wisdom, you can still see exactly what he's feeling. That's near the heart of it.)
2. Angel (Wesley - This has been the most difficult to quantify, which is why I've put it off for a week. Is it the scope of his personal evolution, how impressive and competent this incompetent becomes, and how gloriously recognizable he remains througout? His decency and ruthlessness? His little self-deprecations? His erudition? His strange accent and periodic stubble? All of these things, yes.)
I do not have a favourite Buffy character, but if you want to guess as to which five or six or seven I can't choose between, feel free. That can be 2a.
3. Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon (villains) (Fisheye - It is well-documented that I have no explanation for this. I was hooked from the very moment I first thought, "Wait, that's a guy?", and though he would go on to earn this affection, it remains, at its core, elusive and irrational.)
4. Harry Potter (Albus Dumbledore - Because he has so much fun.)
5. Joan of Arcadia (God - "I do not 'pop'. I abide.")
6. X-Men (Beast - I like how gentle he is; a bulky, superagile, blue-haired ape-man, characterized most by a deep thoughtfulness and a wry, twinkling willingness to be silly.)
7. Waitility mythos [as with Tanetris, characters other than my own]
8. LotR (novels) (Gollum - The odd, twisted flashes of nobility; the unlikely redemption. Plus, I've always been a sucker for distinctive speaking styles.)
9. Final Fantasy 8 (Laguna - Because he's clumsy and honest and adorable and good, and I (also clumsy and often surface-incompetent) found that strangely inspiring. And he's adorable. Did I mention that?)
10. Slayers (Lina Inverse - There is nobody else like Lina. She's greedy; she's gluttonous; she's acerbic; she's cocksure and arrogant (though underconfident in her looks); she's cheerfully careless with the application of dreadfully destructive magics; she's one of the most entertaining and sympathetic characters in all of anime.)

I have also unlocked the

Extreme Round!

11. Bruno (Stanley - As I recall, he only pretends to be a terrible cook. For that, and how well he gets along with Bruno, and his cantankerous compassion, and his perseverence, and his gigantic chin.)
12. Akira (manga)

To avoid pulling a Rachel-and-Pam, (my) Rachel and I will avoid guessing the ones we're sure of until others have had a chance. :-p
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The conceit is that each of these has at some point been successfully banned. Among the results is the reaffirmation that I'm not very well-read at all outside my usual genres. ^^;

At least I've heard of the majority of these.

The thing itself! )
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It seems a long time since I've done one of these, and I do so enjoy them. A livejournal exclusive; something in the history and context of my weblog proper makes it seem ill-suited.

Within, natch. )
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I tried to make Oki (a character of mine) with that doll thing that's been going around.



Compromises: Her hair is down for some reason, and I really wish you could see through her glasses, and I ought to have given her the blue school uniform, but the skirt was much too short, and she kept glaring at me.

Even so, this kind of works.
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Yesterday I went to take the Langara English Test - because, as some of you may not know, I'm planning to take some courses at Langara come the Spring term, which begins in January - and I will get a '0', because, although I finished the essay, I wasn't able to transcribe it in pen onto the 'good copy' side of the page before time ran out. I was pretty grumpy about this at first (if the intent is to test my English comprehension and usage, why is there a time trial aspect at all?), but David's pre-Birthday-party party did a lot to cheer me up, and Cody and Marilee volunteered a bunch of useful advice which essentially boils down to, "Don't be afraid to do your initial composition in pen, even though you're paranoid about media in which there is no backspace equivalent" (Cody also suggests I might buy one of those newfangled white-out sticks). If all else fails, I can always just take some things for which the LET is not a prerequisite; there are certainly enough that I am interested in.

As probably promised, I have some pictures of my Hallowe'en Dread piracy, which wasn't a mighty feat of cosplay, but served me pretty well regardless. There are also some I took the next day, to give a better idea of what I looked like with the moustache (which is no longer extant, though I kind of liked it).

Oh, and one note from this thing that's been going around -
You can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and Thai food.
Not only is this true, but I have never thought to consider it unusual. Just how benighted is the rest of the world?

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