Booooooks.

Nov. 21st, 2008 12:12 pm
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Seems to be a very persuasive meme!

Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
Turn to page 56.
Find the fifth sentence.
Post that sentence along with these instructions on your LJ.
Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.


OK.

"Had Hideyoshi's fellow generals and the two regents cooperated against him, then the chance of a Toyotomi triumph would have been very slim, because between them they had Hideyoshi surrounded."

From Essential Histories: War in Japan 1467-1615, by Stephen Turnbull. Top of the stack next to the computer. And the sentence actually came from page 57, since page 56 had a large illustration and sentence two continued to the next page!
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I borrowed the new book by Stephenson, Anathem, from the library, and it's due tomorrow. I went online to renew it, and I got a "renewal failed" message, because apparently someone else has requested it. WTF, I haven't even gotten through a quarter of it yet!! This is Neal fucking Stephenson, who writes dense, weighty tomes that take weeks to get through! He invented another language and inserted some words randomly! It has math in it! And I'm only just now getting out of the explanatory and into the interesting bits!

Well, damn. I have a conundrum. There is no way, even if I stayed up all night, for two or three nights even, that I'd be able to finish it. I read fast, but this is Stephenson. I really didn't want to buy it in hardcover, hence the library. It looks like there's a reserve queue for it, so once I turn it in, I won't get access to it again in a hurry. Shit. I wish I had started reading it as soon as I got it, but I thought I'd be able to renew.

Speaking of books, here's a book meme:




You're Watership Down!

by Richard Adams

Though many think of you as a bit young, even childish, you're
actually incredibly deep and complex. You show people the need to rethink their
assumptions, and confront them on everything from how they think to where they
build their houses. You might be one of the greatest people of all time. You'd
be recognized as such if you weren't always talking about talking rabbits.




Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.





Well, yeah. Rather obvious.
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Found this, seemed a little more interesting than the average quiz:


I'm a Mandarin!

You're an intellectual, and you've worked hard to get where you are now. You're a strong believer in education, and you think many of the world's problems could be solved if people were more informed and more rational. You have no tolerance for sloppy or lazy thinking. It frustrates you when people who are ignorant or dishonest rise to positions of power. You believe that people can make a difference in the world, and you're determined to try.

Talent: 36%
Lifer: 46%
Mandarin: 64%

Take the Talent, Lifer, or Mandarin quiz.



They explain what their categories (Talent, Lifer, Mandarin) mean here. I definitely love the job I have--it's very intellectually demanding, and I learn something new nearly every day. On the flip side, it always feels like we're short staffed so I'm burned out and tired when I come home. Like right now--I'm idly looking at blog quizzes instead of doing something more useful. Time to go do something else!

ETA: Still here. I rediscovered this. Love the 'corporal cuddling'--I thought we were the only freaks who did this to our cats.

 

 

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I'm not evil enough. :(
Guess I need remedial classes.



Your Score: Evil Underling


You scored 63% evil!




Your Score: Social Democrat


 



FWIW, I can't stand Bill O'Reilly, so at least that part's right.

More memes

Oct. 24th, 2007 06:34 pm
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Hmm, I'm not a socialist. Maybe I'm not cut out for a move to Europe after all.

Politics test. )


geekiness test. )



I'm a little disappointed in that one. Can't someone come up with a more comprehensive index of geekdom? I want something that will cover everything on the Geek Heirarchy Chart.

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zarzal: (spock)
Should have had more pop culture geekery on that test, not just Star Trek/Star Wars. Where's the anime love?

Anyway:


NerdTests.com says I'm a Cool Nerd Queen.  What are you?  Click here!
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We went to another SCA event this weekend. Thankfully it was in-state this time, and didn't involve flying. The event was Coronation, and it was held at a campground in Ocala. It was hot, and muggy, and rainy--just like Pennsic! The scale was a lot smaller, though; about 500 people, as opposed to 11,000. We had an excellent time in spite of the weather, made new friends, and reconnected with other acquaintances.

My husband expressed interest in getting into fighting, and was encouraged to show up for rapier fighting practice when we got back home. Well, he went off this evening for 'unofficial' practice and came back exhilarated about the whole thing. I guess we'd better start pricing equipment. :) I myself used a bow and arrows this weekend for the first time since I was 14, and didn't do too bad! (Other than the massive bruises on my forearm from the bowstring. Live and learn.) I'll be going this Sunday to 'official' practice down at FSU with hubby, and it's been hinted that there will be archery equipment available.

Yup, assimilated. Resistance is futile.

So, the results of that demon test that's been going around. I knew I was pretty chaotic.


Your Score: Ryu


You scored 12 in Malice and 29 in Chaos!




Japanese dragons, or "Ryu," are very different from their Western counterparts; where the Western dragon is typically reptilian, with a heart as cold as its blood, the dragons of the Orient actually tend to err more on the side of beneficence. This should not, however, be construed as a license to treat them with disrespect; Oriental dragons are extremely powerful beings who do not tolerate impudence.



Ryu, like the dragons of the West, are known to have a fondness for shiny objects and treasure. Some Ryu are willing to part with their treasures if they deem a mortal worthy of inheriting it. Other dragons may also, like gods, grant wishes and supernatural powers to those who seek them.



At the same time, one must be wary when dealing with dragons; some may be extremely temperamental, and others even harbor a hatred for mankind and its desecration of the earth. Most dragons are by no means evil, but must still be treated with extreme caution.







Link: The Japanese Demon Profile Test written by Maharbal on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
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Ganked from [personal profile] patchcat :


Your Personality is Very Rare (INTP)

Your personality type is goofy, imaginative, relaxed, and brilliant.

Only about 4% of all people have your personality, including 2% of all women and 6% of all men
You are Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Perceiving.


Actually, on more exhaustive Myers-Briggs tests I usually come out INTJ. Here's another one: http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp. 

Oops, gotta go. Lost is on in ten minutes!
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Never done one of these things before, but I had some time to think about it at lunch today. It was either that or reading depressing news, so here goes. I expect everybody on my list has already been tagged, but if not, consider yourself so.

The rules are as follows: You start off with writing down ten weird things/habits/little known things about yourself. People who get tagged have to then write ten weird things/habits/little known facts about themselves in their own blog or LJ. At the end, you pick ten people off your flist and tag them so as to continue the game. No tagbacks, and the rules must be stated clearly in your post.

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