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Not quite a montage. )
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(As recently seen on the LJs of [livejournal.com profile] ophymirage and [livejournal.com profile] glad2dance.)

Your Brain Usage Profile:

Auditory : 64%
Visual : 35%
Left : 65%
Right : 35%

More details behind the cut )
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As [livejournal.com profile] siriosa and [livejournal.com profile] foomf pointed out, they (they, you know, them) are making a movie of The Golden Compass. Most excellent. In celebration (and promotion), there's a beautiful little web-thing on the site to help you find your own Daemon. Mine's behind the cut:

Read more... )

It's worth noting here that Herman Hesse introduced the idea of Daemons in his underappreciated classic Demian. I would highly recommend this book.
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I gave [livejournal.com profile] callahanshappy the letter L, and he knocked it out of the park so far that I was ashamed of my own pitiful (and rather unthought-out) selection for the letter B. I asked him for another letter (and another chance), and he obliged with the letter P.

Once more, with feeling! )
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One of a series.

List 10 songs that begin with the letter given to you and explain why you picked them. Comment and I shall give you a letter. [livejournal.com profile] aceofkittens gave me a "B." (I deserve an "A.")

Make with the clicky to see my answers. )
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A quick review. )
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I am a slave to the memes. Damn you, [livejournal.com profile] rimrunner!

Top of the Pops? )

I don't know about you, but what I get from this is that I was not the target audience even back then.
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Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] rimrunner:

This is a (suspect) list of the 50 most significant science fiction/fantasy novels, 1953-2002, according to the Science Fiction Book Club. Bold the ones you've read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put an asterisk beside the ones you loved.

Tune in here for the exciting conclusion! )
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Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] aceofkittens

The first five people to respond to this post will get some form of art/writing/something, by me, that is in some fashion about them.

I make no guarantees about quality or type*, and I'm not sure I'll be able to explain how it's about you**, but it'll be individual to you and I'll give it a good effort.

The only catch: if you sign up, you have to put this in your own journal as well.

I will do my best to respond in a timely way.
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It's all [livejournal.com profile] aceofkittens' fault.

Once you've been tagged, you have to write a blog with 8 facts about yourself. In the end you need to choose 8 people to be tagged and list their names.

8 more random facts about [livejournal.com profile] erikred:
1. I attended twelve schools on three continents before I graduated from college.
2. I used to sleep at parties.
3. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and have no idea where I am, even when I'm at home.
4. I have a sporadically eidetic memory, in that things from movies, music, and books get stuck in my head and won't leave.
5. I have only been in two fights, both at the age of ten, and both of which I lost.
6. My father, my brothers, and I do a splendid rendition of "Pico & Sepulveda."
7. I keep 1,000 yen in my wallet at all times, just in case.
8. I call people "boss," "big guy," "chief," and "brother" way too much.

I'm tagging four people for this on the basis of geographic dispersal, lack of information, and general dearth of posting: [livejournal.com profile] palecur, [livejournal.com profile] bookishfellow, [livejournal.com profile] omakase, and [livejournal.com profile] rimrunner.
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This interests collage generator is neat, but because the Internet is populated by perverts, just about anything having to do with Japan returns nekkid girls. There is nothing wrong with this, per se, but those images do not represent the particular aspects of Japan that I am actually interested in. Ditto your filthy anime images.

So here's the collage as collated the hard way: Google Image your interests, and post the first thumbs (screening for NSFW as you like). Feel free limit yourself to 10, 15, or 100, as you like.

Oh, and post them behind the lj-cut, please. )
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Saturday night at 11:00 p.m. sounds like a lovely time to succumb to the Quotations Meme (ganked from [livejournal.com profile] rimrunnner).

Go here and look through random quotes until you find 5 that reflect who you are or what you believe. Repost in your journal and tag 5 friends.

"I was born an American; I will live an American; I shall die an American." Daniel Webster (1782 - 1852)

"The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all." H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

"My mind to me a kingdom is,
Such present joys therein I find,
That it excels all other bliss." Sir Edward Dyer

"Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people." W.C. Fields

"There are some people who will argue whether the flames are blue
or green, when the real question is that their arse is on fire." Unknown, a la the Internet

And yes, I cheated on the last one.

Metro Meme

Aug. 7th, 2006 11:21 am
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In which you can see the icons of Metro systems I have ridden. )

I rode four of those in the last four days.

Name meme

Jul. 28th, 2006 08:26 pm
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It's all [livejournal.com profile] rimrunner's fault.

1. Are you named after anyone? If so, explain.

Sorta: I'm the first-born son in my family, and my name is Erik William Nielsen.
My father is the first-born son in his family, and his name is Dann William Nielsen.
My paternal grandfather was the first-born sone in his family, and his name was Carl William Nielsen.

You can see the pattern.

2. Do you have your children's names picked out already? If so, is there any significance?

As noted somewhere else, I'm having difficulty coming up with a boy's name that begins with "F" that I'm not averse to. Frederick, Frank, Ferdinand; these are fine names, but they don't really grab me. There's a dwarf in the Prose Edda named Fili, but that may be hard for my in-laws to pronounce....

3. If you were born a member of the opposite sex what would your name have been?

My stillborn older sister was named Lisa, briefly, so probably not that. Good question, actually. Although I do recall some conversation about naming my youngest brother Christine or Christina if he had been born a girl, so perhaps that would have been my fate.

4. If you could re-name yourself what name would you pick and why?

At confirmation, I chose Christopher, but that was because he was, like me, a mythical giant. Otherwise, no, I like Erik.

5. Are there any mispronunciations/typos that people do w/ your name constantly?

Eric, Erick, Erich, Arik; Nelson, Nelsen, Neilson, Nielson, Neilsen, Nilson. My hand-writing used to be so atrocious that I ended with a nametag for Evil Nielsen once; I treasured that one for quite a while.
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Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] rimrunner.

Down the rabbit hole, here. )
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Pick ten of your favorite books, look them up on Amazon.com, and find the list of Statistically Improbable Phrases for those novels. Pick a few SIPs from each book, list them here, and then have people guess what books they are. (Obviously, using Google or Amazon to figure it out is cheating.).

For your consideration:

1. clam beer, eternal rainbow, cloud wall
2. hundred piastres, retired baker, dear viscount
3. folding bedroom, old orrery, imaginary study
4. tormented writer, productive writer, gathering shadow [If on a Winter's Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino, identified by [livejournal.com profile] missludmilla]
5. pirate city, haunted quarter, possibility mining [The Scar by China Mieville, identified by [livejournal.com profile] alfvaen]
6. unicorn skull, chubby granddaughter, shuffled data [Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami, identified by [livejournal.com profile] abazureonna]
7. tangents paper, rarefying engine, cabinet noir
8. purring voice, little revolver
9. terrible island, zero winter, fabulous thing
10. pale suit, buffalo man, coin tricks [American Gods by Neil Gaiman, identified by [livejournal.com profile] ronebofh]

Go get 'em.
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Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] amywithani.

Details here. )
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Seen first in [livejournal.com profile] bookishfellow's LJ:

Go to Wikipedia, enter in your birth date but not the year. List three neat events, three births and three deaths, include the year.

January 17

Events:
1950 - The Great Brinks Robbery - 11 thieves steal more than $2 million from an armored car Company's offices in Boston, Massachusetts.
1994 - A magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits Northridge, California.
1995 - A magnitude 7.3 earthquake (known as "the Great Hanshin earthquake" hits near Kobe, Japan, causing extensive property damage and killing 6,433 people.

Births:
1463 - Friedrich III, Elector of Saxony (d. 1525)
1706 - Benjamin Franklin
1899 - Al Capone

Deaths:
1229 - Albert of Buxhoeveden, German soldier
1861 - Lola Montez, Irish-born adventurer (b. 1821)
1964 - T.H. White, English author (b. 1906)

In short, a good day for scholars and robbers, not a good day for natural disasters or adventurers, or T.H. White.
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] aceofkittens:

1) Visit: http://images.google.com/
2) Search for:
3) Place you grew up.
4) Place you live now.
5)Your name.
6)Your Grandmother's name.
7)Your favorite food.
8)Your favorite drink.
9)Your favorite song.
10)Your favorite smell.

For pity's sake, put the pictures behind an lj-cut, this:

Answers here. )

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