dglenn: Kickdrum (bass drum) with sneakers on the side legs (kickdrum)
'Paid attention in high school' quizmeme )

Today's an achy day. *sigh* Fortunately I was feeling well enough yesterday to pick up a few essentials at the drug store (yow, when I have to buy my OTC meds, including Prilosec, things add up in a right hurry -- quite a hit to the bank account), so I don't desperately need to hike anywhere tonight or tomorrow. I did manage to get in a couple hours of practice for a gig at Pennsic and get ahold of my mother by phone to hear how her trip to China with my sister had gone (I now have a newly-adopted niece).

Last night I fit a temporary nut in the electric mandolin (to replace the one that broke Friday. I figured I might get away with wood since there's a "zeroth fret", but the narrow spacing between the paired strings of each course makes for awfully fragile fingers of wood separating the strings of each pair. Sure enough, despite trying to avoid imposing any lateral stresses while installing it, I knocked off the bit of wood between the A strings. So those two strings are currently being held apart by a folded-up piece of cardboard. If it holds until I can get the bone nut blank cut in half and shaped (most likely after Pennsic, though if I can get it cut to the right size before Pennsic, shaping it and cutting the grooves will be a reasonable while-sitting-around-camp-shooting-the-breeze project) then at least I'll still be able to practice. I ordered a pre-grooved plastic nut online, which may or may not wind up having the right spacing for this mandolin -- if it does, it saves me a lot of rather annoying work; if not, it goes into the random parts bin and didn't cost very much.

I did tune up one of the other mandolins, a round-back, but the neck started tilting forward and opened a gap where it attaches to the body ... I think I can get enough glue into the gap, but I haven't yet figured out how to clamp or weight the thing while the glue sets. If I can solve that problem before the end of tomorrow, I can leave it to set and cure and dry very thoroughly while I'm off at Baitcon. I'm hoping that this style can be repaired effectively at that spot, since it was a similar failure that did in the mandolin that I really liked (it was much easier to play than the electric). Of course, then I get to worry whether the dry, cracked soundboard on the round-back will hold up.

Hmm. I wonder whether the instrument that appears to be a triple-strung mandolin is actually built strong enough to withstand the tension of twelve strings ... and whether there's enough room on that fingerboard to play it that way. I should've picked up extra strings last week when I was out in Catonsville. (It looks like a late-19th/early-20th Century style round-back mandolin body (I don't think this specific instrument is that old), with an elongated head and six-on-a-side tuners like a 12-string guitar, and a very shallow wooden nut with twelve faint grooves in four sets of three. At the moment it has six ancient strings on it and the broken ends of two more.

I still want a mandola and a solid-body electric mandolin someday (I've seen a Fender solid-body but it only had four strings rather than eight), but at the moment I'll settle for getting one of the ordinary mandolins into proper condition. (The electric with the nut problem is a regular modern teardrop arched-top-and-back design with f-holes -- i.e. not a bowl-back but not a Flatiron or a Flatiron-clone -- with a coil pickup and a couple of knobs, and an extra-thick soundboard (to reduce feedback, I presume) which makes it difficult to get much volume out of when it's not plugged in. I'm counting it as an "ordinary mandolin" because it's basically a modified modern acoustic mandolin, and that's what it sounds like plugged in or unplugged.)

While I'm thinking of instrument repairs and instruments-needing-repair, I should go downstairs and take the oud out of the winter coat that serves as its case, and check whether the repairs that I made just before Conterpoint are still holding up.

And while I'm thinking about broken-things, I'll take a moment to natter about the frustration of having broken my box-cutter today[*]. It's on my fretting hand, so it won't affect my playing (I also refer to it as my "spare nail"), but I always forget, until I've had to cut it off, just how often I use it without thinking. I just tried to check something on my PDA, which was lying next to my left hand, and rather than bothering to take out the stylus for a mere couple of taps, I automatically tried to use my thumbnail. The thumb-tip doesn't work as well as the thumb-nail, not precise enough. Feh. But the guitar-picks are all intact, and that matters a whole lot more.

I'm still thinking about what I didn't like about the doctor I saw last week and what I should try to make clear to the doctor who will become my regular physician when I see her for the first time just after Pennsic.

This weekend, Baitcon; then a short week to get everything lined up to be ready for Pennsic.

While I was finishing this up, I heard an Arabber go by, up Fulton Ave. I'm not used to seeing them right around here (usually farther north or east) but this makes three times in the last month and a half that I've noticed. This time he was singing. If one has made my intersection part of his route home, I'll have to start keeping an eye out, especially while I'm without a car. (I didn't get a good look at what he had. I saw bananas and maybe canteloupes, no watermelons this time, and I'm not sure what else. I would've gone and bought a canteloupe, but I would've had to pause to throw on clothes -- hey, it was a hot day and I gotta maximize the effect of the electric fans blowing across my skin, don't I? -- and he was on his way someplace (presumably the stable), not stopping to set up and sell. But he must have a selling-spot not too terribly far from here in the afternoons.)

[*] Well, not just a box-cutter, obviously. I recall the time I startled my boss by using it to cut drywall[**] -- it was her own suggestion, but she'd meant it as a joke; I looked at my hands, realized my thumbnail was long enough to be useful, and jabbed it into the drywall and started sawing. Basically, it's the "everything I don't want to risk damaging one of my guitar-picks on" nail. The other nails on my left hand have to be short for fretting.

[**] A slightly unpleasant sensation, yes, but not anything like nails-on-a-chalkboard intense, and I only needed to cut a few inches. And yes, my nails are naturally that strong -- I've got acrylic on the three that take the most wear from strumming and thin spots near the tips of the other two that show why the acrylic is needed; the left thumbnail is the one that shows my natural nail thickness.

dglenn: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (Default)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 12:29am on 2007-07-03 under ,

So there's this meme floating around with the instructions:

  1. Go into the archives of your blog.
  2. Find your 42nd entry ever. Yes, this may require some counting and basic math. Deal with it.
  3. Link to that entry in a new entry. This is the meaning of your life.

(To anyone reading this on GJ, IJ, or Blurty, I'm going to use the 42nd entry from my LJ, since I don't think I'm up to 42 entries elsewhere yet (though this parenthetical comment will look odd ifwhen I get around to backfilling the other sites with backdated entries).)

I don't think I like my answer, posted via SMS from a cell phone in June 2002:

Fixed the car, sort of. Suspect I turned a catastrophic failure into an intermittent -- I'll find out the next time it fails.

I guess deliberately aiming a more optimistic entry at the 42nd spot in GJ or IJ just so I can re-do the meme using that would be cheating, huh? (Well, at least it wasn't the entry right before that one, about the car suddenly dying in the middle of the street.)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 12:28am on 2007-07-03 under ,

So there's this meme floating around with the instructions:

  1. Go into the archives of your blog.
  2. Find your 42nd entry ever. Yes, this may require some counting and basic math. Deal with it.
  3. Link to that entry in a new entry. This is the meaning of your life.

(To anyone reading this on GJ, IJ, or Blurty, I'm going to use the 42nd entry from my LJ, since I don't think I'm up to 42 entries elsewhere yet (though this parenthetical comment will look odd ifwhen I get around to backfilling the other sites with backdated entries).)

I don't think I like my answer, posted via SMS from a cell phone in June 2002:

Fixed the car, sort of. Suspect I turned a catastrophic failure into an intermittent -- I'll find out the next time it fails.

I guess deliberately aiming a more optimistic entry at the 42nd spot in GJ or IJ just so I can re-do the meme using that would be cheating, huh? (Well, at least it wasn't the entry right before that one, about the car suddenly dying in the middle of the street.)

dglenn: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (cyhmn)

Argh -- gorgeous weather today, the most comfortable we've had here in Baltimore for a while, and I'm feeling too headachy and run-down to go take advantage of it. :-( Going to see whether I can manage a nap and feel well enough to accomplish anything this evening (dunno whether I'll get to HCB rehearsal or not; need to try to get out to nail salon as well).

Something that has irked me for ages is the human tendency to create false dichotomies, and to try to interpret the world in dichotomies in general. Many things that I consider overlapping, unrelated, or subsets of a larger spectrum, get sorted into two lists presented as "opposites" and then tied to other things that are really unrelated just to have two neat columns. So, for example, myriad traits get classified as "masculine" and "feminine" just for the sake of list-making and interpreting the world as binary, when many of those traits have nothing to do with gender.

So this quote from a comment by [info] velvetpage on [info] xtian_trackback (2006-10-27) caught my attention:

The mysogyny can be traced in part to medieval theologians such as Thomas Aquinas. They brought into the church the works of certain Greek philosophers like Aristotle, who philosophized extensively about dualisms and opposites - man/woman, light/dark, good/evil, etc, etc. It was a parlour game in learned circles to come up with as many of these opposites as possible.

I can't help wondering how some of our socially-ingrained ways of thinking about classifications would be different, if that medieval parlour game had been organized in threes instead of twos, as a few similar modern (and snarky) ones are. Or in fives.

dglenn: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (cyhmn)

Argh -- gorgeous weather today, the most comfortable we've had here in Baltimore for a while, and I'm feeling too headachy and run-down to go take advantage of it. :-( Going to see whether I can manage a nap and feel well enough to accomplish anything this evening (dunno whether I'll get to HCB rehearsal or not; need to try to get out to nail salon as well).

Something that has irked me for ages is the human tendency to create false dichotomies, and to try to interpret the world in dichotomies in general. Many things that I consider overlapping, unrelated, or subsets of a larger spectrum, get sorted into two lists presented as "opposites" and then tied to other things that are really unrelated just to have two neat columns. So, for example, myriad traits get classified as "masculine" and "feminine" just for the sake of list-making and interpreting the world as binary, when many of those traits have nothing to do with gender.

So this quote from a comment by [info] velvetpage on [info] xtian_trackback (2006-10-27) caught my attention:

The mysogyny can be traced in part to medieval theologians such as Thomas Aquinas. They brought into the church the works of certain Greek philosophers like Aristotle, who philosophized extensively about dualisms and opposites - man/woman, light/dark, good/evil, etc, etc. It was a parlour game in learned circles to come up with as many of these opposites as possible.

I can't help wondering how some of our socially-ingrained ways of thinking about classifications would be different, if that medieval parlour game had been organized in threes instead of twos, as a few similar modern (and snarky) ones are. Or in fives.

dglenn: Photo of clouds shaped like an eye and arched eyebrow (sky-eye)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 06:48pm on 2007-06-13 under ,

[info] misia, for the win:

"[...] hey, do you know anyone who would be able to tell the difference between a zombie and an average Baltimorean?"

She thought for a moment. "Oh, duh, of COURSE!"

"Of course?"

"Of course. John Waters!"

Read the whole thing ...

dglenn: Photo of clouds shaped like an eye and arched eyebrow (sky-eye)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 06:46pm on 2007-06-13 under ,

[info] misia, for the win:

"[...] hey, do you know anyone who would be able to tell the difference between a zombie and an average Baltimorean?"

She thought for a moment. "Oh, duh, of COURSE!"

"Of course?"

"Of course. John Waters!"

Read the whole thing ...

dglenn: Lego-ish figure in blue dress, with beard and breasts, holding sword and electric guitar (lego-blue)

So, the clouds finally burst and the long-threatened thunderstorm has arrived. It feels like a breath, held too long, has been released. On the other hand, between the thunderclaps and the rain sounds, I won't be able to hear stumbling, shambling hordes coming from as far away.

dglenn: Lego-ish figure in blue dress, with beard and breasts, holding sword and electric guitar (lego-blue)

So, the clouds finally burst and the long-threatened thunderstorm has arrived. It feels like a breath, held too long, has been released. On the other hand, between the thunderclaps and the rain sounds, I won't be able to hear stumbling, shambling hordes coming from as far away.

dglenn: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (cyhmn)

Despite slightly more comfortable weather (81°F/51%) I'm not having a very comfortable day. Listless, dizzy, achy -- and though I get hungry, I really don't feel like cooking, or even eating; all I want to do is drink, and I don't reall want to drink water. I'm craving large quantities of OJ or Gatorade, neither of which I really ought to be drinking all that much of, and I'm nearly out of Gatorade anyhow. So I'll try to settle for fizzy water (the flavoured seltzer w/o sweeteners) and see whether I can muster the energy to be productive at some point.

Well, I've been sortakinda productive-ish: I just did part of an experiment I'd been meaning to do. When I play recorder on stage, I usually just have one mic on a boom pointing at the window, but I recall having read that half the sound comes out the foot (in a rather narrow dispersion pattern, IIRC, but I imagine it usually spreads out more after bouncing off the floor), and I think I remember that having two mics on a recorder mattered in the recording studio. Since I've started playing with Audacity on my Debian box, I've been meaning to set up a pair of microphones and take a closer look.

I picked my two mics with sounds most similar to each other, pointed one at the window of my tenor recorder and the other at the foot, panned them hard-left and hard-right respectively, played a few notes, then swapped the mics and recorded a few more notes. I need to play around more with exact placement of each microphone (and a less noisy time of day), but so far the results are: where the mic is placed makes more of a difference than whch mic (of this particular pair) it is; and neither really sounds like a good recording of a recorder until they're mixed together. Though I can hear the difference well enough, I can't make out the differences clearly on the waveform plot, but this isn't a very large monitor ... (I can, however, see a slight phase difference between the two microphones).

[ETA: As noted in a comment to a later entry, listening to this recording (5MB WAV) on a different computer in a quieter neighbourhood, it sounded a bit different than it did at home. See the comment for details.]

Doing this with a pair of identical (and higher-grade) microphones would be good too. I should probably just arrange to take my recorders up to Emory's studio sometime... Or ask him if he's got WAV files from a two-mic recording of a recorder lying around to email me.

A harder question is whether this makes enough of a difference to care about on stage (it's clearly something to continue to worry about in a recording studio). Probably not ... though, having flipped past clip-on saxophone and brass mics in a catalog, I'd been toying the idea of a clip-on dual-mic recorder rig that could be moved quickly from one recorder to another. (It would look cool and sound better, but it's probably not worth the added complexity, the need for yet another channel, and the risk of throwing off the balance of the instrument and making it harder to play, given that most of the time a live PA is not exactly audiophile hi-fidelity unless you're playing the Meyerhoff or the Kennedy Center, and the subtlety-of-tone of the recorder probably gets lost behind the guitar when playing live anyhow. I could see maybe getting lead recorder [insanejournal.com profile] silmaril a second channel in the interest of tone if enough people could hear the difference, but not for my alto/tenor/bass parts.) Okay, maybe that wasn't such a hard question after all.

And other than futzing around composing this journal entry, I also goofed off with a quiz-meme and an "analyze data about your blog" toy:

How Popular [is your journal']? )

and:

Which Histotical Lunatic Are You? )

Getting Emporor Norton I for that quiz amuses me a great deal. I've always thought Norton was kinda cool.

dglenn: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (cyhmn)

Despite slightly more comfortable weather (81°F/51%) I'm not having a very comfortable day. Listless, dizzy, achy -- and though I get hungry, I really don't feel like cooking, or even eating; all I want to do is drink, and I don't reall want to drink water. I'm craving large quantities of OJ or Gatorade, neither of which I really ought to be drinking all that much of, and I'm nearly out of Gatorade anyhow. So I'll try to settle for fizzy water (the flavoured seltzer w/o sweeteners) and see whether I can muster the energy to be productive at some point.

Well, I've been sortakinda productive-ish: I just did part of an experiment I'd been meaning to do. When I play recorder on stage, I usually just have one mic on a boom pointing at the window, but I recall having read that half the sound comes out the foot (in a rather narrow dispersion pattern, IIRC, but I imagine it usually spreads out more after bouncing off the floor), and I think I remember that having two mics on a recorder mattered in the recording studio. Since I've started playing with Audacity on my Debian box, I've been meaning to set up a pair of microphones and take a closer look.

I picked my two mics with sounds most similar to each other, pointed one at the window of my tenor recorder and the other at the foot, panned them hard-left and hard-right respectively, played a few notes, then swapped the mics and recorded a few more notes. I need to play around more with exact placement of each microphone (and a less noisy time of day), but so far the results are: where the mic is placed makes more of a difference than whch mic (of this particular pair) it is; and neither really sounds like a good recording of a recorder until they're mixed together. Though I can hear the difference well enough, I can't make out the differences clearly on the waveform plot, but this isn't a very large monitor ... (I can, however, see a slight phase difference between the two microphones).

[ETA: As noted in a comment to a later entry, listening to this recording (5MB WAV) on a different computer in a quieter neighbourhood, it sounded a bit different than it did at home. See the comment for details.]

Doing this with a pair of identical (and higher-grade) microphones would be good too. I should probably just arrange to take my recorders up to Emory's studio sometime... Or ask him if he's got WAV files from a two-mic recording of a recorder lying around to email me.

A harder question is whether this makes enough of a difference to care about on stage (it's clearly something to continue to worry about in a recording studio). Probably not ... though, having flipped past clip-on saxophone and brass mics in a catalog, I'd been toying the idea of a clip-on dual-mic recorder rig that could be moved quickly from one recorder to another. (It would look cool and sound better, but it's probably not worth the added complexity, the need for yet another channel, and the risk of throwing off the balance of the instrument and making it harder to play, given that most of the time a live PA is not exactly audiophile hi-fidelity unless you're playing the Meyerhoff or the Kennedy Center, and the subtlety-of-tone of the recorder probably gets lost behind the guitar when playing live anyhow. I could see maybe getting lead recorder [livejournal.com profile] silmaril a second channel in the interest of tone if enough people could hear the difference, but not for my alto/tenor/bass parts.) Okay, maybe that wasn't such a hard question after all.

And other than futzing around composing this journal entry, I also goofed off with a quiz-meme and an "analyze data about your blog" toy:

How Popular [is your journal']? )

and:

Which Histotical Lunatic Are You? )

Getting Emporor Norton I for that quiz amuses me a great deal. I've always thought Norton was kinda cool.

dglenn: Lego-ish figure in blue dress, with beard and breasts, holding sword and electric guitar (lego-blue)
meme: "The LJ personality test: Just what are you like?" )

Hmm. I wonder how different the result would have been (and in what direction) if I hadn't deleted the interests in my profile in protest over the Strikethrough2007 kerfuffle and the official excuse that 6A thought "interests" specifically meant "stuff I like and approve of", and replaced them with just "censorship", "freedom of speech", and "nothing illegal".

(I've heard of folks doing the same thing out of fear that their interests would get them in trouble. I wasn't worried about mine, as I figured by the time we were getting hassled for the 'more controversial' of mine it would mean we were a good bit farther along the Neimoller progression. I deleted my interests in protest, not out of fear: 'if they're going to use the interests list that way and not in the ways LJ users have found useful, I'll make it not useful to them either, and replace it with a political statement.' I have not yet decided whether to restore the old list; I have a longer essay to write about interpretations of 6A's actions and the process (and prerequisites) of re-growing trust, and what I'm still making up my mind about.)

FWIW, my old interests list on my profile was:

"friendly", arisia, available light photography, bach, baitcon, balticon, bass guitar, bdsm, bondage, books, celtic music, chastity belts, cheese, chocolate, classic rock, cognac, computers, cooking, darkover, double bass, early music, echo's children, english country dance, erotica, filk, freedom of speech, garb, gratuitous hugs, guitar, hp3000, infrared photography, linux, ljmaps_dglenn, macos, mahler, mandolin, markland, mead, medieval, music, odd music, oud, pentax, photography, polyamory, polyamoury, recorder, renaissance, sca, science, science fiction, science fiction conventions, science fiction fandom, scottish music, snow, stout, swords, the homespun ceilidh band, three left feet, thrir venstri foetr, thunderstorms, trs-80, unix, vivaldi.

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 10:48pm on 2007-04-11 under , , ,

I just stumbled across a blog-meme with a very short set of instructions:

Post the first paragraph of any of your works in progress.

Okay, I'll bite, though the most-recently-started work-in-progress in my brain is still just snippets of text and melody ... so while "verse" is a better fit than "paragraph" I'm going to wimp out and give just a couple of lines.

Evil is easy, if you want to be lazy
It isn't much effort unless you make it complex...

Note that this is still in the assembling-ideas stage, not even to "first draft" yet, so those lines may or may not actually appear in the finished version. But I'll let y'all know when it's done.

dglenn: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (cyhmn)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 09:47am on 2007-04-11 under , , ,

This just arrived in my mailbox via the Clan MacAthair[*] mailing list. ("Louie, Louie" is the official MacAthair clan song, which I didn't know until just now.) It somehow seems an appropriate finish to a night when I have not slept a wink because leg cramps & twitches kept me awake the whole time... But it's too bad I didn't know in time to pick a related QotD.

From: "Louie Report" <lou_report @ louielouie.net>
Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2007 4:25 AM
Subject: Today, April 11 is a day to CELEBRATE!

Today is a very special day of celebration.

Today, April 11 is INTERNATIONAL LOUIE LOUIE Day!

While no country has actually made any kind of official declaration, and there have been no mandated holidays that I know of, that shouldn't stop you from using the time to celebrate this very special day.

Why today, of all days?

  1. Richard Berry, the author of this song, was born on April 11, 1935.
  2. His original recording of LOUIE LOUIE was released during the week of April 13, 1957, which means this song is 50 years old!
  3. The Kingsmen recorded their version of LOUIE LOUIE on April 6, 1963.
  4. On April 10, 1998, The Kingsmen regained their original recordings back from the record companies that refused to pay them ANY royalties, despite the millions of sales.

There's some other great moments in LOUIE LOUIE history attached around this time in April, but I think it's best that you read the rest of this information for yourself at the LOUIE REPORT blog.

[...]

So today - enjoy INTERNATIONAL LOUIE LOUIE DAY!
Dancing is strongly recommended!
. me gotta go now .

ERIC PREDOEHL
http://www.louielouie.net/blog/

Something tells me a bunch of y'all will find amusement, delight, and excuses for mayhem in this. (And some will find it pointlessly silly, and I'm sure a few of you must despise the song or simply fail to understand its appeal -- «chacun à son goût», n'est-ce pas?). At the moment I'm too sleep-fuddled to say whether I'd have found this as amusing after a proper night of sleep as I do now. Perhaps.

[*] Yes, I'm a member of this clan, though I think my dues are overdue. The name translates to "son of a father", and the genealogical requirements for membership are that one must have, or at some point in the past have had, a father. They're a right friendly bunch. Look for their tent at the Southern Maryland Celtic Festival later this month.

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:51pm on 2006-12-22 under , ,

I am not having a good week. And I think I know why. Now I need to see whether I can get an official medical opinion about stopping the drug that's causing the trouble, without having to go sit in an ER or waiting until next week. (It's one you're not supposed to stop suddenly, but I don't know whether my dosage is high enough for that to matter.) I'm waiting for a call back from a doctor at my official primary care provider (the outfit the clinic established some sort of connection to in order to keep seeing patients under the state-run system that they had been treating under the city-run program).

I would very much like to feel sane again. Soon.

I think I'll hold off on a full description of my symptoms until I can do so in the past tense, especially since one of them is the tendency to describe the others with maximum teenaged angst and drama, and I may be just a wee bit too old to be given slack for that. (But this might be the time to dig out the poetry I wrote in high school and reread it in a suitable mood to appreciate it, right?)

On the physical pain front (the reason I was given this drug in the first place), I have had, in the past week, both some of the least painful days I've had in months, and some of the most painful days I've had in years.

In the meantime, a cute/mindless meme that's been going around, since I like the result I got:

My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Reverend Lady Glenn the Sentient of Lower Hellswicke
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title
Mood:: 'gloomy' gloomy
dglenn: Photo of clouds shaped like an eye and arched eyebrow (sky-eye)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 01:39am on 2006-11-05 under ,

Okay, they're self-proclaimed parody quizzes, but I'm still much more amused at the juxtaposition of my results than anything in either (rather unimaginitive) quiz itself:

Bogthings Republican/Democrat Stereotypes Quizlets )

So apparently according to stereotypes, I'm ... what, a staunchly conservative liberal, or a staunchly liberal conservative? Heh. (But I guess I can point to this the next time a right-winger dismisses me as "a typical liberal" for disagreeing with him, right?)

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:26am on 2006-09-19 under ,

"I walked into the theater with 'Yo Ho, Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life For Me)' running through my head. I walked out of the theater with a stern realization that a pirate's life is NOT for me. Pirates get chased by governments, eaten by cannibals, drowned, blown up, press-ganged, imprisoned, and dragged to the murky depths by sea monsters.

"No, what I want is the life of being able to WATCH pirates. Over and over and over again."

-- [livejournal.com profile] howardtayler, 2006-07-08 (in his under-the-comic-strip blog, not on LJ), in a short review of Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Man's Chest

And today, of course, is a good day to talk like a pirate as well as a good day to watch pirates, since it's International Talk Like A Pirate Day.

dglenn: Close-up of my eyes+nose+moustache (i-see-you)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:21am on 2006-07-21 under ,

One of those days, one of those nights. I got my day started very, very slowly; took care of an errand outside the house; came back to prepare for other things, like heading to Virginia, but wound up feeling crashy; lay down for an early sleep; dozed for about an hour, and woke up again feeling not at all rested. Argh. So I figured I'd do this Tarot personality-quizmeme since I'm feeling too discombobulated for much else.

Tarot Major Arcana meme (Quizfarm) )

Oh, wait; I have a couple more scratch files with blogmemes in them from other nights like this, that I never got around to posting...


The recently-circulated television viewing meme -- list of series, mark the one's you've watched at least three episodes of )

What struck me as odd was the number of shows I'd seen two episodes of but not thee.


This last one is just a 35-item word-association thingie (I'm not sure it'd properly be called a "test" ... how about "game"?) that I filled in a couple of weeks ago and forgot about.

The instructions, and word list (and 'spoiler space') if you want to do this yourself before looking at my responses ) My responses, so you can skip past the blather that I put in as spoiler space if you just want to get right to psychoanalyzing me )

Obviously, I spent a lot more time on the layout and the babble than I did on answering the thing. It was more entertaining than tossing and turning and muttering curses under my breath ... (that was a really bad night for my legs).

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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 09:03am on 2006-06-06 under

Another one of those pretty aimless bunch-o'-questions memes, this one copied from [livejournal.com profile] barefootcellist, to occupy my brain while figuring out whether or not I've slept enough and waiting for my stomach to settle down.

"Spell your name with food" and other random questions )
dglenn: Lego-ish figure in blue dress, with beard and breasts, holding sword and electric guitar (lego-blue)
posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 01:04am on 2006-01-06 under

Ha! Toldja'! It's the rest of the freakin' world that's odd. Pbbbbbt!

QuizGalaxy 'Social Dysfunction' test )

(Though there were a couple of questions where my answer was "both of those equally" or "it depends on my mood/the situation". I wonder whether flipping my answers on those would have produced a different result. Maybe not though, thinking about it. I may get around to checking that later, or not.)

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