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The Longest Survey Ever

567 freaking questions! Five hundred sixty-seven. I blame yodge.

Start: 05:05 CST Mon 27 Dec 2004

1. Full name: William Henry Hsu / Xu3 Heng2
2. Birthday: October 1, 1973
3. Location: Manhattan, KS, USA
4. Where else have you lived: Atlanta, GA; Glen Burnie, MD; Lakeland, FL; Somerville, NJ; Plant City, FL; Severna Park, MD; Champaign, IL
6. Zodiac sign: Libra
7. Shoe size: 9 1/2
8. Height: 5'10"
9. Weight: 165 lbs.
10. Pets: none at present; formerly tropical fish
11. Siblings: none
12. Eye color: black (very dark brown)
13. Hair color: black
14. Hair length: short
15. Ever dyed your hair?: no
16. What color?: N/A
17. Grade: Ph.D. 1998, University of Illinois
18. Are you good in school?: yes, I was
19. Hobbies: chatting online, reading, writing, sim and strategy games, interactive fiction, roleplaying
20. Nicknames: Banazir/Bana, Bill, xiao3heng2
21. What languages do you speak?: English, Mandarin, poor French
22. Do you play sports?: table tennis, badminton; have played tennis (years ago)
23. Where were you born?: Crawford Long Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, GA
24. Are you a night or a morning person?: night
25. Are you ticklish?: no
26. Do you believe in God?: yes
27. Do you have any other screen names?: yes
28. What are they?: IM - hsuwh, rizanabsith, JackRenardine; GJ - rizanab; LJ - tanelos (projects journal)
29. Do you have braces?: never had them
31. What do you want to be when you grow up?: a CS professor
32. What was the worst day of your life?: Not sure; may not have had it yet. Nothing really awful has happened to me personally.
33. What is your most embarrassing story?: Can't remember, honestly. Probably an 8th grade school dance where I chickened out of asking a girl I liked to dance.
34. What has been the best day of your life?: Not sure; may not have had it yet. Contenders include the day I defended my dissertation and the day I learned I had gotten a '5' in AP Calculus AB.
35. What comes first in your life?: God, family, friends
36. Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend/crush?: no GF; crush - Orange, Hugin, take your pick
37. What are you most scared of?: being burned alive
38. If you had an extra set of eyes were would you put them?: This is a creepy question. Back of my head.
39. What do you usually think about before you go to bed?: Man, is it light out already?
40. What do you regret the most?: Losing my temper with my parents
41. If you could do anything without consequences, what would you do?: give everything I own to charity (well, except this notebook computer)

05:17

FAVORITES
42. Movies: The Joy Luck Club, Mr. Holland's Opus
43. Song: "The Hard Way", Mary-Chapin Carpenter. That was my favorite for a year or so - 1993; have had too many favorites since: "It's Such A Small World", Rodney Crowell and Rosanne Cash (1993); "When You Say Nothing at All", Alison Krauss (1995); "Wild Angels", Martina McBride (2000); "Imitation of Life", R.E.M. (2003)
44. Bands/group: R.E.M., Sixpence None The Richer
45. Store: Best Buy / Barnes and Noble (*sbo*)
46. Relative: my mother, my aunt Camille, my mom's younger brother; my father's mother; my cousin Melody
47. Sport: to play - table tennis; to watch - basketball, tennis, fencing
48. Vacation spot: any hiking or climbing that is not too strenuous and has a nice view
49. Ice cream flavor: Rum Raisin, Black Cherry; Mint Chocolate / Thin Mint, Butter Pecan, Oreo
50. Fruit: oranges, tangerines
51. Candy: Snickers, Butterfinger
52. Car: previously driven - Honda Accord LX; borrowed - Mercedes Benz SUV; to consider buying - Toyota Prius
53. Class: Automata, Formal Languages, and Theory of Computation (Hopkins, Illinois), Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning (Illinois); Shakespeare: Plays to 1600
54. Holiday: Summer vacation (such as it is)
55. Day of the week: Friday
56. Color: Blue
57. Magazine: Omni, Scientific American, Analog, Linux Today, Newsweek
58. Name for a girl: dunno
59. Name for a boy: dunno
60. Sports team: NBA - San Antonio Spurs; college basketball - KU Jayhawks (*gasp*); college football - Illinois Fighting Illini, K-State Wildcats (of course)
61: Month: August
62. Male Athlete: Michael Chang
63. Female Athlete: Bonnie Blair, Jennifer Capriati
64. Actress: Meg Ryan, Halle Berry, Amy Acker, Amber Benson
65. Actor: Robert de Niro, Al Pacino, Patrick Stewart
66. TV Show: Star Trek: Voyager, Enterprise
67. Web site: www.wikipedia.org (so trask me!)
68. Animal: penguin
69. E-mail Buddy: too many to name (see my LJ friends list)
70. Joke: you have got to be kidding me
71. Saying: "I'm just sayin'." / "Listen up, buddy!"
72. Word: "probabilistic", "teunce"
73. Brand of shoes: I don't choose by brand, but I wear Reeboks most often
74. Radio station: FM - NPR; internet - Yahoo! Launch
75. Room in your house: my office
76. Concert you have been to: Weird Al Yankovic, 2001
77. CD: Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Come On Come On
78. President: Clinton (as a president; as a person, my favorite is Jimmy Carter)
79. Salad: garden salad with light Italian or a red wine vinaigrette dressing
80. Meat: beef (Philly cheese steak)
81. Pizza topping: mushrooms
82. State: tough one... MD or NJ, toss-up
83. City: Champaign, IL to live in; NYC to visit
84. Lake: Tahoe
85. Ocean: Pacific
86. Place to be: any place (relatively) clean and quiet
87. Smell: night-blooming purple lilac, jasmine; liquid soap; green onion rolls; freshly stir-fried ground sirloin
88. Sound: the "incoming mail" sound in Outlook Express (I'm ashamed); a gospel, concert, or madrigal choir
89. Taste: caramel in another candy; hot ramen noodles (I am not kidding)
90. Feeling: the surprise of an unexpected success; knowing that success is guaranteed no matter what the outcome of some test or trial is
91. College: University of Illinois
92. Number: 3
93. Book: The Silmarillion (close runners-up: The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Prydain, Diamond Mask, The Rise of Endymion)
94. Vacation spot: anywhere
95. Grandma: paternal
96. Grandpa: maternal (late)
97. Cereal: Frosted Flakes, Corn Pops, Fruity Pebbles

05:57

NOT SO FAVORITES/DISLIKES
98. Car: non-aerodynamic, gas-guzzler (down with SUVs)
99. Color: pink
100. Teacher: extreme pedants, stuffed shirts (only one or two)
101. Class: I liked all my classes
102. Day of the week: Sunday
103. Holiday: N/A
104. Season: early-to-mid autumn
105. Month: March
106. Sport: weightlifting
107. Sports team: Chicago Bulls 1990-1998; L.A. Lakers 1999-present
108. Male athlete: Scotty Pippen, Rick Fox
109. Female athlete: none
110. Movie: too many
111. Actress: the one who plays Mimi on Drew Carey
112. Actor: Chris Farley (sorry... just couldn't like him)
113. T.V. Show: All reality TV, especially "dare" shows such as Fear Factor and Who Wants to Do Something Depraved for Money? (exceptions are travel races, which I like; meta-exceptions are wedding races, which I still don't like)
114. Web site: dunno, lots
115. Food: animal ears, intestines, gizzards, feet
116. Drink: wine coolers; very dry wine, weak beer
117. Band: none in particular
118. Male singer: none in particular
119. Female singer: none in particular (slight Britney Spears aversion)
120. Animal: alligators
121. Store: department store where everything is exorbitantly overpriced, except when it is marked down 50% or more - worse than the Wal-Mart empire, that is
122. Video rental store: bah
123. E-mail buddy: I don't have e-mail buddies that I dislike
124. Joke: huh?
125. Saying: "This isn't [University X]"
126. Word: "nukular" (for nuclear), "robo" (for robot)
127. Brand of shoes: none in particular
128. Radio station: none
129. Room in your house: none
130. Concert you have been to: none
131. CD: several I've listened to only once, e.g., Tricky, Pre-Millenium Tension
132. President: tie among Nixon, Reagan, and G.W. Bush - objectively I'd say Bush is least effectual but Nixon was the only one of the three who did something overtly impeachable
133. Salad: anything with soured or spoiled ingredients (eggs, etc.) in it
134. Meat: see #115 - animal ears, intestines, gizzards, feet
135. Pizza topping: anchovy
136. State: WV
137. City: Wheeling
138. Lake: none in particular
139. Ocean: none in particular
140. Place to be: any place I have to smell cigarette smoke
141. Smell: rotting meat, rotting fruit, cigarette smoke, feces, body odor, vomit (in descending order of severity)
142. Sound: mobile phone ringtones during a conversation or lecture
143. Taste: bland food - undersalted, underseasoned (totally agree with yodge here)
144. Feeling: left out, shut out of secrets or confidences
145. Letter: are you joking?
146. Date: deadlines
147. Book: my differential equations textbook
148. Vacation spot: tourist traps
149. Grandma: don't dislike either
150. Grandpa: don't dislike either
151. Cereal: Grape Nuts

06:25

IN THE PAST 24 HOURS, HAVE YOU....
152. Had a serious talk?: yes
153. Hugged someone?: yes
154. Fought with a friend?: no
155. Cried?: no
156. Laughed?: yes
157. Made someone laugh?: yes
158. Bought something?: kindasorta - an eFax membership
159. Cut your hair?: no
160. Felt stupid?: no
161. Talked to someone you love?: yes
162. Missed someone?: yes

06:26

HAVE YOU EVER....
163. Done drugs?: no
164. Eaten an entire box of Oreos?: no
165. Been dumped?: no
166. Had someone be unfaithful to you?: no
167. Watched punky Brewster?: yes
168. Hiked a mountain?: yes
169. Stayed home on Saturday night?: yes
170. Been in love?: yes
171. Seen the white house?: yes
172. Seen the Eiffel tower?: no
173. Tried smoking?: no
174. Drank alcohol?: yes
175. Smoked marijuana?: no
176. Played monopoly?: yes
178. Seen titanic?: yes
179. Kissed someone?: yes
182. Tried a weight loss program?: no
183. Jumped on a trampoline?: yes
184. Visited another country?: yes
185. Colored in a coloring book(and had fun)?: yes
186. Had a bubble bath?: yes
187. Been on a plane?: yes
188. Been on a boat?: yes
189. Been on a train?: yes
190. Been in a car accident?: yes
191. Ridden an elephant?: no
192. Made a web page?: yes
193. Played with Barbies?: no
194. Stayed up all night?: yes
195. Shoved stuff under your bed to make your room look clean?: frequently
196. Broken a bone?: yes
197. Called a psychic or sex hotline?: no
198. Watched Jerry Springer?: yes
199. Gotten in trouble for talking in class?: In elementary school, probably
200. Been afraid of the dark?: no
201. Been in the hospital (not visiting)?: no
202. Had stitches?: no
203. Dumped someone and regretted it?: no
204. Went out with more than one person at a time?: no
205. Lied?: yes
206. Been arrested?: no
207. Fallen asleep in class?: no
208. Used food for something other than to eat?: yes
209. Met a celebrity?: Does Sir Roger Penrose count? Judea Pearl? Karp?
210. Broken the law?: not really; possibly violated a copyright by xeroxing too much
211. Ever loved someone so much it made you cry?: yes
212. Hated yourself?: not really
213. Been brokenhearted?: yes
214. Broken someone’s heart?: not to my knowledge
215. Wanted to kill someone?: kindasorta
216. Fell off a chair?: as a child, maybe
217. Had a lap dance?: no
218. Been in a fist fight?: no

06:31

DO YOU...
220. Like to give hugs?: yes
221. Like to walk in the rain?: depends on how hard it's raining
222. Sleep with or without clothes on?: with
223. Prefer black or blue pens?: either is good - slight preference for black
224. Dress up on Halloween?: no
225. Have a job?: yes
226. Like to travel?: yes
227. Like someone? lots
228. Sleep on your side, tummy or back?: side and tummy
229. Think your attractive?: eh
230. Want to marry?: yes
231. Have a goldfish?: once, not ATM
232. Ever have the falling dream?: from miles up, even - since the age of 7 - rare now, though
233. Have stuffed animals?: two
234. Go on vacation?: rarely

06:33

OTHER
235. Do you believe in the horoscopes: no
236. Do you like your handwriting: sometimes; it's slow and ponderous, even my flowing cursive script
237. If you could be anybody, who would you be and why: I'd stay me. I'm curious as to how this turns out.
238. What superhero would you be: Gambit. Does Obi-Wan Kenobi count? Well, never mind. Gambit.
239. Do you have any piercings: none
240. Any tattoos: none
241. If so where: N/A
242. If not, where and what do you want: an ID barcode on the back of my neck
243. Are you picky?: yes
244. What makes you cry: not a whole lot; being deliberately excluded or rejected by friends without being told a reason
245. What makes you mad: see above; not much else, except disloyalty
246. What do you think of Eminem: talented, stupid genius
247. Who do you admire: authors, singers, songwriters, singer-songwriters, visual artists (esp. animators), mathematicians
248. Do you like cartoons: some
249. Do you believe in the devil?: I believe in evil
250. What is the one place you have to visit before you die: Beijing, Paris, Jerusalem (so I cheated; so sue me)
251. What did you do today: Posted to LJ, ran some experiments, chatted, ran some more, reread a paper draft, edited, posted and chatted some more
252. Where do you work: Kansas State Unversity
253. Do you even have a job you lazy bum: yes
254. Are your parents lame: My dad wears the funkiest glasses and he carries many pharmaceuticals. Otherwise, nah.
255. Do you own a miniskirt: Uh, no.
256. Do you floss: Not often
257. What is the farthest you have traveled: Sindian, Taiwan
258. Who is a diva: good diva: Celine Dion; dunno diva: J. Lo
259. What kind of shampoo do you use: Selsun Blue and Finesse
260. What about conditioner: combo
261. Do you use big words to sound smart: not on purpose
262. When you get mad, do you swear a lot: on rare occassion
263. Got milk: yes
264. Do you have a magic 8 ball: no
265. Name something that comes in threes: trilogies
266. Ever worn black nail polish: no
267. Do you have hairy arms: not very
268. How many sheets are on your bed: two comforters
269. What’s under your bed: nothing
270. Do you have your own TV and VCR: yes
271. Do you believe in fate? depends on what you mean by "fate"
272. Do you see dead people: no
273. Are you a good speller: yes
274. What is your lucky charm: my lucky grey sponge
275. Why do you drive on a parkway and park on a driveway: # Cause that's the way it is... #
276. Do you like little kids: usually, yes
277. Are you talented: yes, in a few areas
278. If so, how: doing well on exams, memorization, deriving algorithms on the fly, composing filks
279. Ever hugged a tree: yes
280. Do you watch the weather channel while getting ready in your hotel room on vacation: rarely
281. Do you ever steal anything from hotels: steal? no. I take soap and shampoo, pens and pads.
282. Ever seen a ghost: no
283. How about an alien: not to my knowledge
284. Do you believe in either of them: kindasorta. I believe they are possible.

06:49 - pause to sleep
09:20 - get up

10:53 - resume

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT....
285. Abortion: see my political opinions meme - yes, after a point it is killing; no, it should not be made illegal again
286. Bill Clinton: was a generally good president, and is a brilliant person
287. Smoking: harmful to respiratory health, carcinogenic to the smoker and to others; a bad habit
288. Eating disorders: a disease whose sufferers should be treated for
289. Rap: sometimes good, but rarely
290. Jerry Springer: the originator of a very sensationalistic and tacky style of talk show, all spectacle and little content
291. Suicide: unfortunate, preventable
292. South park: silly, so outrageous it is sometimes funny, generally a waste of time
293. Summer: enjoyable
294. Tattoos: depends on what
295. Piercing: ears - cool; other - eh, don't care for it, but whatever floats your boat
296. Make-up: for females and performers (stage and screen actors, clowns, etc.)
297. Drinking: socially, fine; not for alcoholics; to get drunk - can be unhealthy
298. Guys: are sometimes inscrutable... but not really
299. Girls: are sometimes inscrutable... but not really. well, kinda.

11:01

WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU HEAR THIS NAME
300. Jennifer: Aniston
301. Leah: first wife of Jacob
302. Megan: classmate of mine in middle school
303. Brandon: Lee
304. Christina: Aguilera
305. Angela: Lansbury
306. Courtney: Cox
307. Jeff: Barber (zengeneral)
308. Mike: husband of our head administrative assistant
309. Nikki: koinonia
310. Ryan: Philippe (bha!)
311. Lauren: Bacall
312. Derek: Ionsoch, lonsolo's character (oh, lordy)
313. Lisa: Gatzke, a former co-worker at NCSA
314. Kristi: Swanson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the film)
315. Matt: my students in CIS 730
316. Holly: Robinson Peet (21 Jumpstreet)
317. Jackie: Kennedy Onassis
318. Cait: a guy or girl? I can't remember
319. Caroline: Kennedy (odd, I think Hayes on reflection - a former professor at Illinoi)
320. Joseph: Campbell (both the instructor at K-State and the cultural anthropologist)
321. Jared: Leto (Children of Dune)
322. Patrick: phawkwood
323. Erin: first girl I ever held hands with (hah, funny story)

11:08

FRIENDS
333. Friends: many online, fewer in person, very few really close ones
334. Best friend: TEUNC (especially hempknight, jereeza, yodge), CRG, KDD, Shing I Chang
335. Spend most time with: IRL - zengeneral, istari_ala. Online - miajesbar
336. Best house: dunno, Shing I's? I don't go to friends' houses much
337. Funniest: Almost all my friends are funny. zengeneral gets special mention because he is genuinely demented.
338. Smartest: Too many to name, but I'll give it a try. Artistically: jereeza, deire, borgseawolf; theatrically: myng_rabbyt; musically: Ben, Paganini, yodge, barahirion; mathematically: Julie, zengeneral, twinbee; as a programmer: zengeneral; scholastically/scientifically: kakarigeiko, Julie, hpguo; meta-knowledge: hfx_ben, zaimoni; humorously: zengeneral, hempknight, deire, yodge; EQ: yodge, miajesbar, erebrandir; culinarily: masteralida
339. Hottest: Good question. I don't really know. The best-looking guys are probably Benny (Suss) and lonsolo, with honorable mention to narvi.
340. Strongest: I don't know. Surya and phawkwood are very strong. Probably darana among females.
341. Most athletic: I don't know
342. Knows you the best: hempknight, miajesbar, yodge
343. Most outgoing: Surya, darana
344. Most shy: Afrand
345. Always negative: nobody "always", really, but "frequently" - hfx_ben, istari_ala, dragnflye, auriam
346. Which one let the dogs out: dunno
347. Most trustworthy: online - hempknight, miajesbar, yodge; IRL - masaga, zengeneral, istari_ala
348. Most fun to be with: They're all fun
349. Biggest flirt: I don't know. Among guys: Surya, zengeneral; ETA: lonsolo, too
350. Best dressed: lonsolo (with some help)
351. Best eyes: yodge, Grace; my cousin Jonathan
352. Most depressed: hfx_ben, kitznegari, auriam
353. One to gossip with: I don't gossip, but to share confidences with - hempknight, miajesbar, jereeza, narvi
354. Sweetest: yodge, hands-down
355. Who has the best room: I don't know.
356. Who follows you: er, nobody
357. Who do you follow: what is this, middle school?
358. Who do you pretend to like but can't stand: no one
359. Do you make friends easily: yes
360. Are you intimidated by any of your friends: no
361. If you were stranded on a desert island then who, out of your friends, would you want to be there with you: TEUNC - I'd never be sad; CRG - I'd never be bored; KDD - I could keep doing research
362. Who do you think would help you the most if you were in trouble: any of the dozen or two close ones
363. Who do you think would risk their life to save yours?: the same
364: Who is the most popular?: IRL - Surya; online - weetanya
365: Who is the most unpopular?: I don't know.
366: Who do you want to go to college with: N/A
367. Who do you wish could be part of your family: miajesbar is my clone sister, gondhir is my twin. yodge is a far distant cousin (no, not rilly; she just has a Xu-derived mom, which doesn't mean much in China). masaga would be, like, the coolest cousin: you teach him AI, he teaches you how to trask people with katanas.
368. Who is the biggest junk food junkie: me
369. Who would do anything for 1 million bucks: nobody I know of
370. Who do you think has the nicest siblings: miajesbar, yodge
371. Who do you think has the nicest mom: me
372. Who do you think has the nicest dad: me
373. Who do you have the most inside jokes with: gondhir, miajesbar, yodge

11:37

WHICH WAY WOULD YOU SPELL IT
374. Megan or Meghan: Megan
375. Lacey or Lacy: Lacy
376. Steven or Stephen: Steven
377. Kurt or Curt: Kurt
378. Caryn or Karen: Karen, but I like the spelling Caryn, too
379. Mark or Marc: either
380. Brandi or Brandy: Brandy
381. Eric or Erik: Eric
382. Corrine or Carine: Corrine
383. Kari or Carrie: Carrie
384. Jackie or Jacqui: Jackie
385. Disarray or Desiree: Desiree (WTK?)
386. Jayde or Jade: Jade
387. Amy or Aimee: Amy
388. Bradi or Brady: Brady
389. Chelsea or Chelsey: Chelsea
390. Katelyn or Kaitlyn: Kaitlyn if I had to pick (bha, Caitlin)
391. Ashley or Ashleigh: either
392. Geoffrey or Jeffrey: Jeffrey

11:41

PICK ONE
393. Their or there: their
394. Two, too, or to: two
395. Here or hear: hear
396. Pierced nose or tongue?: hurgh, neither
397. Be serious or funny?: funny
398. Single or taken?: single
399. Simple or complicated?: simple
400. Law or anarchy?: anarchy
401. MTV or VH1?: MTV
402. 7th Heaven or Dawson’s Creek?: neither (DC if I absolutely had to choose)
403. Sugar or salt?: OMG sugar!1!!!
404. Silver or gold?: gold. no, silver.
405. Tongue or belly button ring?: belly button
406. Chocolate or flowers?: flowers
407. Angels or miracles?: miracles
408. Color or black-and-white photos?: color, usually
409. Sunrise or sunset?: sunset
410. M&Ms or Skittles?: Skittles
411. Rap or rock?: rock
412. Stay up late or sleep in?: cannot a man do both?
413. TV or radio?: TV
414. Hot or cold?: cold
415. Tall members of the opposite sex or short?: short(er)
416. Sun or moon?: sun
417. What time is it?: 11:44 AM
418. Diamond or ruby?: diamond
419. Left or right?: left
420. 10 acquaintances or 1 best friend: 1 best friend
421. Vanilla or chocolate?: CHOKLIT
422. Kids or not?: kids, definitely
423. Cat or dog?: either (or both)
424. Half empty or half full?: half full
425. Mustard or ketchup?: ketchup
426. Newspaper or magazine?: magazine
427. Spring or fall?: fall
428. Give or receive?: give
429. Rain or snow?: depends (usually rain)
430. Lace or satin: satin
431. A year of hot sex or a lifetime of friendship?: friendship (you've got to be kidding me)
432. Happy or sad?: retarded
433. Corduroy or plaid?: corduroy
434. Wonder or amazement?: wonder, kthxbye!1!!!
435. Sneakers or sandals?: on myself - sneakers; on cute grils - sandals (k, I have a double standard; so trask me ;-))
436. McDonald's or Burger King?: either, slight preference for BK
437. Blondes or brunettes?: brunettes
438. Mexican or Italian food?: Italian
439. Lights on or off?: for what? Swedish CoNsPiRaCy, ghost stories - off; work - on; chat - either
440. Duct tape or scotch tape?: duct tape, man.
441. Candy or soda?: soda, I always need more caffeine
442. A house in the woods or the city?: depends. for work, entertaining, to live in: city; for introspection, woods
443. Pepsi or coke?: either (slight preference for Coke)
444. Nike or Adidas?: dunno, Adidas? (Reebok)

11:51

LOVE LIFE
445. Do you have a crush: yes, crush Hugin! j/k - kindasorta
446. What’s his or her name: Now that would be telling
447. How old are they: Now that would be telling
448. How long have you liked him or her: Now that would be telling
449. If you could kiss anyone in the world, who would it be: Now that would be telling. This is getting boring! Evangeline Lilly from Lost seems eminently kissable (kiss me, damn you!)
450. If you could date anyone in the world, who would it be: I'ma sound like a broken record!
451. What is the biggest turn off: personal habit - smoking; appearance - reptilian scales and razor-sharp fangs; personality - meanness, lack of compassion
452. What is the biggest turn on: intelligence, huge eyes, a kind and sweet personality, a sunny disposition, longish hair (oh, and being a liberrian can't hurt. or a Neskimo.)
453. Do you prefer being the dumper or the dumpee: neither - both are hard
454. Do you think there is a person for everyone: yes, but sometimes the timing is tricky and sometimes effort is required
455. If yes, do you know who yours is: not yet
456. Where is the best place to be kissed: side of neck, eyes (closed lids, tyvm!)
457. Where is the most romantic place to take a date: Kauai; a Dyson sphere; the woods of Neldoreth - get my drift?
458. Do you believe in love at first site?: yes, some neurotransmitters bind very quickly, to the first available site
459. Have you ever been in love: yes
460. What do you think love is: caring more about another than about yourself; the greatest of three virtues; makes the world go round; etc.
471. Do you want a boyfriend/girlfriend: sure, but there are actually more important things
472. How long have you been together: who's together? we're not together, preciouss! go away and never come back!
473. What do you like about your crush or b/f, g/f: Now that would be telling
474. When was your first kiss: non-romantically - lots of aunts and grandmothers and other relatives
[ETA: Forgot to mention - edit the following to the appropriate sex(es).]
475. What do you look for in a girl?: sunniness like woah, without being an airhead; the ability to make people laugh
476. Tough or hardcore girls?: dunno, tough?
477. Sweet or innocent girls?: sweet
478. Smart or athletic girls?: smart
488. Favorite perfume on a girl?: ambergris (I'm kidding! Sheesh)
489. Best gift a girl could give?: honesty
490. Flowers. . . Sweet or wasteful?: sweet
491. Sweetest girl you know?: miajesbar, yodge


12:09

PAST
501. First grade teacher's name: Mrs. Evans
502. Last word you said: "OK, right after lunch."
503. Last song you sang: "The Music of The Night", along with my MP3 player
504. Last meal you ate: cold chicken, dried tofu, tofu with mushrooms, radish and fish ball soup with onions
505. Favorite childhood cartoon: Transformers, Inhumanoids, Smurfs, He-Man
506. What did you hate most about school: getting up early
507. Last person you flipped off: can't remember [ETA: As I just recalled to chaosinaskirt, it was the Mozilla dev team in effigy, after Firefox started crashing repeatedly on startup, would not resume tabs, and had to be stopped until I killed Outlook Express, which had apparently interacted badly with the "Good Browser".]
508. Last song stuck in your head: "The Gift of Knowing You"
509. What line/verse: first
510. Last time you were burned: last week
511. How: hot soup
512. Last time you bled: barked a knuckle on a door jamb a week ago
513. Favorite game show as a child: Jeopardy

12:18 - pause for lunch

13:39 - resume

PRESENT
514. What's in your CD player: my Christmas CD, 2004
515. What color sox are you wearing: white
516. What's under your bed: nothing
517. What's the weather like: about 12C, partly cloudy
518. What is on your wall: campus office - two white boards covered with notes, many slightly obsolete; home office - nothing; bedroom - the MotivationsTM poster "Perseverance"
519. What time did you wake up today: 09:20
520. Did you think it was earlier, later, or on time: about 10 minutes earlier

13:41

FUTURE
521. Who do you want to marry: a woman
522. Are you going to college: already did
523. If so, how long do you want to go: N/A
525. What is your career going to be?: CS professor who has a part ownership in an IT concept company that spins out very cool original ideas and technology.
526. Where are you going to live: somewhere I can grow trees and paper plants
257. How many kids do you want: two to four, at least one girl and one boy
528. Kids names girls: open to suggestions (LoTR names not preferred)
529. Kids names boys: open to suggestions (ditto)
530. Where do you want your honeymoon: Kauai, of course (Dyson spheres being hard to build and Beleriand no longer accessible)
531. What kind of car will you have: stylish, high-horsepower hybrid electrics (matched set if I can talk the spouse Inuit)
532. What kind of house will you have: big colonial-style house with an attic and two below-ground floors - at least one gigantic lower level with a window well or walk-out window door and a second basement level; a large garden and 1-50 acres of fertile soil for vegetable and flower gardening, tree groves, and sparring
533. Do you like this survey?: it's long, but I knew that and am actually surprised I got through it so quickly.
534. Is this one of the best surveys you’ve ever taken?: not really
535. How about the most unique?: no
536. Have you gotten most of these questions on another survey?: about half at least
537. Do you like to answer questions?: yes
538. Are you getting annoyed with this survey?: no
539. If you are, are you going to delete questions off of the bottom because your bored?: no, and it's you're, you grammar putz :-P
540. What’s your favorite kind of tree?: fruit-bearing - cherry; other - maple
541. When you look at a person with lime green tights on, what’s the first thing that comes to your head?: "the system... is down... the system... is down..." (techno rave)

13:51

WHAT'S THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU HEAR/SEE...
542. A laptop: Mine? Mine? Mine? Mine? Mine?Mine?Mine?Mine?Mine?Mine?Mine?Mine?Mine?
543. A mismatched person: Heh
544. A girl with long hair: "Humina humina! Pretty!" or "Yoikes!"
545. A girl with spiked hair: "Woah!"
546. A guy with spiked hair: "Eh."
547. A tree with no leaves: Aw
548. A couch with a sheet over it: Whee!
549. Ronnie: Milsap (*sbo*)
550. Raphael: ninja turtle (I'm showing my age here, aren't I?)
551. A guy wearing a necklace: Hrm.
552. A girl wearing a hat: Cool!
553. A mall: "I wonder if there's a real bookstore here..." or "OMG 8 HOUR TRIP!1!!!" (if I'm with my aunt)
556. Abercrombie and Fitch: preppie... *yawn*
557. Aerospatiale: Blue Angels
558. Hot topic: my cousins would love this
559. Pacific sun: yay
560. Saved by the bell: whippersnappers
561. Boy meets world: Danielle Fishel
562. Beverly hills 90210: Jennie Garth (was born in chambana!), Shannon Doherty
563. A stereo system: ooo! rack or real?
564. A gun: they never help! *sword*
565. Someone shout out I’m eating peanuts!!!: Why?
566. Someone shout out I have to pee!!?: Knock yourelf out
567. Someone shout out what’s the answer?!?: *the answer*

End: 13:57 CST Mon 27 Dec 2004


The LiveJournal Customizations Survey

Taken from ladycalliope, cross-posted to teunc.

Before the latest update:
My journal is called Platonic Fangirl Squeeing because of this funny comment by sahtyinepu and this earlier one by jereeza in respone to my attempt at a "Doc Ock" self-photograph.
My subtitle is Blurry is bad because of a line spoken by the spooky psychic in a recent episode of the American television show Lost.
My friends page is called Friends of Bill because that is what my friends are. (Yes, I'm aware of the popularization of the phrase by President Clinton.)
My username is banazir because Banazîr Galbasi is the Westron for the name rendered as Samwise Gamgee in modern English, and because I identify with that character more than with any others in The Lord of The Rings, except for Faramir, captain of the guards of Ithilien (and "Denethorion" is at least as obscure as banazir).
My default userpic is a screencap of the Engrish phrase "Don't do me anything, I'm natural" from the subtitled Asian bootleg edition of The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring because (a) it has a picture of Sean Astin as Samwise Gamgeee in it; (b) it's funny; (c) it captures my "Samwise" moods: adult, grave, phone [trying to communicate a message], sam[-like], serious. Thanks to mrowe for making this for me!
New question: My LiveJournal theme is a customized version of idigital's Refried Paper port from Blogspot, done in burgundy red because I made three based on each of the primary colors, and rotate them on a (roughly) monthly basis, when I can remember to. This is the theme narvi, deire, and dragnflye helped with; I came up with the blue one myself.
ETA: New question courtesy of sui_degeneris: My LiveJournal mood icons are Bruce's Pengies because I brought (well, bought) a couple of the royal cousins from the House of Meep out of slavery when they were being auktioned off.


And since I typically change my LJ theme right after propagating a memetic survey such as this:
My journal is called Like A Ghost, Don't Need A Key because so it was foreordained in guggle, in homage to the first line in Dido Armstrong's song "Don't Leave Home", from her album Life for Rent (2003).
My subtitle is Fetal caffeine syndrome because our head office assistant, Jodi Milliner, swore off coffee while she was carrying her baby, and I couldn't help self-diagnosing my teuncy nature.
My friends page is called Friends of Bill because that is what my friends are. (Yes, I'm aware of the popularization of the phrase by President Clinton.)
My username is banazir because Banazîr Galbasi is the Westron for the name rendered as Samwise Gamgee in modern English, and because I identify with that character more than with any others in The Lord of The Rings, except for Faramir, captain of the guards of Ithilien (and "Denethorion" is at least as obscure as banazir).
My default userpic is a cropped photo of myself taken the week before Thanksgiving at Niagara Falls, USA, because that was the one (discretionary) vacation day I've taken in the past three years.
New question: My LiveJournal theme is a customized version of idigital's Refried Paper port from Blogspot, done in spring and forest green because I made three based on each of the primary colors, and rotate them on a (roughly) monthly basis, when I can remember to. This is the theme deire helped with; I came up with the blue one myself.
ETA: New question courtesy of sui_degeneris: My LiveJournal mood icons are Bruce's Pengies because I brought (well, bought) a couple of the royal cousins from the House of Meep out of slavery when they were being auktioned off.


Here's the template, so that you can do it too:
My journal is called _____ because _____.
My subtitle is _____ because _____.
My friends page is called _____ because _____.
My username is ____ because _____.
My default userpic is _____ because _____.
My LiveJournal theme is _____ because _____.
My LiveJournal mood icons are _____ because _____.


Am I in the tavern yet?

Trask you, zengeneral! (Well, at least my demi-humanity lets me triple-class. Try that, Zen and all the rest of you dumb humans!)
Jeff's D&D Meme: If Life were like Dungeons & Dragons, what would you be?

I am a:
Level 52 Cleric (Ph.D. 1998, M.S.Eng. 1993, B.S. 1993 Computer Science; Assistant Professor) - as of 21 Dec 2004, I have earned enough XP to level (recommendation for promotion to associate professor and tenure: CIS faculty, couple of other councils, one more council to clear)
Level 30 Wizard (B.S. 1993, Mathematical Sciences)
Level 22 Ranger (self-study in neurobiology and bioinformatics)

Equipment:

Head: Glasses of Spiffiness (+1 charisma, +1 tronkiness, -2 dorkiness) - formerly Coke Bottle Glasses of Great Tronkieness (+3 tronkieness, +5 dorkiness, -3 charisma, -3 comeliness)
Primary Weapon: The Green Laser of ThinkGeek (6000 Orange Pieces / -1 initiative / 2d4 / range 9000', save vs. Rods/Staves/Wands or be blinded in one eye)
Secondary Weapon: ThinkPad A31p of Pfundgebens (210000 Orange Pieces / INT 9 ego weapon [Holy Avenger] / 3d4 [+1 to hit, +3 to damage] / 7.5 lbs, 1/2 dmg when striking to subdue)
Body: Leather Jacket of Breier (+1 charisma, +1 AC) =OR= Sweater of Tommy (+1 charisma, +1 AC)
Hands: bare
Wrists: Watch of Seiko (+1 water resistance)
Legs: Slacks of Preppiness (-5 cold resistance, +1 charisma, +1 AC)
Feet: Walking Shoes of Preppiness (+1 constitution)
Fingers: bare

Containers: Leather Laptop Bag of Holding
Trinkets:

  • Nichols Area Master (+2 lockpicking)

  • Tassel of Science (+1 intelligence, +1 wisdom)

  • Tassel of Engineering - M.S. and Ph.D. (+3 intelligence, +3 wisdom, +3 willpower)

  • Cell Phone of Great Trask (+1 Developer faction, +1 Roleplay skill, +1 save vs. Paralysis/Poison/Death Magic, -1 to initiative)

  • USB Key of SanDisk, (1Gb, +5 tronkieness, Power Word: R0><0R! once per day)


Spells:
Cantrips - AIM/ICQ, YIM, MSN Messenger, IRC; Snarf Quiz; Forward E-mail; Recite URLs; Create .ISO; Start AIM Chat Room; Miss People Going Offline
1 - Create Small Mailing List, Cure Light Clubieness, Sleep
2 - Create Large Mailing List
3 - Power Word: Lurk, Create Yahoo! Group, Cure Severe Cluebieness
4 - Power Word: Meme, Confusion
5 - Power Word: Rant
6 - Lesser Information Visualization, Mordenkainen's Expert System
7 - Power Word: Trask, Color Lookup Table Spray, Fractal Dazzle
8 - Develop Learning Algorithm, Greater Information Visualization
9 - Artificial Intelligence Design




Level key (from zengeneral)

1-10 ~ No Education...
10-20 ~ High School
20~30 ~ College
30~40 ~ Masters Program
40~50 ~ Ph.D. Program
50~60 ~ Professor

Class key (from zengeneral - going to have to think about mods)

wizard (mathematics)
sorcerer (physics)
cleric (computer science)
priest (engineer)
thief (business)
witch (marketing)
paladin (chemistry)
druid (horticulture)
alchemist (biochemistry)
barbarian (political science)
monk (statistics)
ranger (biology)
bard (music)
fighter (anything not listed :P)


Third Day of Christmas, following my personal LJ tradition (started in 2003):
Near The Cross - Fanny Crosby (lyrics) and William B. Bradbury (music), 1869

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Banazir

Comments

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cat_slave
Dec. 27th, 2004 09:47 pm (UTC)
why?
Why did you spend time filling it out? I spent less than 60s reading it - just skimmed the questions to see what kind of insipid stuf someone was asking. But what's the point in answering it at all? Run out of good reading material?
banazir
Dec. 28th, 2004 01:08 am (UTC)
Hello
Hi! I see you're a friend of crypthanatopsis - is his friends list where you came across my entry?

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Banazir
Crypthanatopsis - cat_slave - Dec. 28th, 2004 02:43 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Crypthanatopsis - banazir - Dec. 28th, 2004 02:49 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Crypthanatopsis - cat_slave - Dec. 28th, 2004 03:18 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Crypthanatopsis - banazir - Dec. 28th, 2004 03:29 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Crypthanatopsis - cat_slave - Dec. 28th, 2004 03:59 am (UTC) - Expand
Advanced Placement courses - banazir - Dec. 28th, 2004 08:26 am (UTC) - Expand
cat_slave
Dec. 28th, 2004 03:19 am (UTC)
Re: why?
But you never answered the original question - why spend so much time answering so many questions in the first place?
Well, see, it's like this - banazir - Dec. 28th, 2004 03:37 am (UTC) - Expand
cat_slave
Dec. 27th, 2004 09:47 pm (UTC)
oops
*stuff*
banazir
Dec. 28th, 2004 01:08 am (UTC)
Re: oops
*stuff*
?
sui_degeneris
Dec. 28th, 2004 02:16 am (UTC)
Re: oops
*stuff*

As in, the correct spelling of the word miskeyed as "stuf" in the previous comment.

/me goes bax to polishing her reptilian scales and honing her lalready razor-sharp fangs
Ahh, OK - banazir - Dec. 28th, 2004 02:48 am (UTC) - Expand
zengeneral
Dec. 28th, 2004 12:08 am (UTC)
...
oh my
banazir
Dec. 28th, 2004 01:09 am (UTC)
Re: ...
oh my
Next up is yer stewpit D&D meme...

--
Banazir
masteralida
Dec. 28th, 2004 12:15 am (UTC)
lol
banazir
Dec. 28th, 2004 02:23 am (UTC)
What? Do it! Do it!
You know you wanna...

--
Banazir
(it's heeeeeere... waaaaiiiiting)
chaosinaskirt
Dec. 28th, 2004 03:38 am (UTC)
Re: What? Do it! Do it!
i tried. twice. and my laptop crashed partway both times

i took it as a sign it was time to take my baby in to get the ps/ram/cpu/mobo looked at (since those tend to be the main culprits when computers just simply turn themselves off for no apparent reason eh) and *sniffle* she won't be back for 3 weeks! but at least her gimpy hinges will also be fixed.

btw, WHEN DID THIS PLACE START PUTTING "TYPE THE LETTERS AND NUMBERS" IN COMMENTS? HERESY I SAY!
Re: What? Do it! Do it! - banazir - Dec. 28th, 2004 03:50 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: What? Do it! Do it! - chaosinaskirt - Dec. 28th, 2004 06:44 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: What? Do it! Do it! - sui_degeneris - Dec. 28th, 2004 12:17 pm (UTC) - Expand
Odd - banazir - Dec. 29th, 2004 12:07 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: What? Do it! Do it! - masteralida - Dec. 28th, 2004 04:44 am (UTC) - Expand
The Lucidity Quiz - banazir - Dec. 28th, 2004 04:58 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: The Lucidity Quiz - masteralida - Dec. 28th, 2004 05:08 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: The Lucidity Quiz - banazir - Dec. 28th, 2004 05:54 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: The Lucidity Quiz - kaladhwen - Dec. 28th, 2004 07:00 am (UTC) - Expand
You go on believing that, kiddo! - banazir - Dec. 28th, 2004 08:18 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: You go on believing that, kiddo! - kaladhwen - Dec. 28th, 2004 08:23 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: You go on believing that, kiddo! - banazir - Dec. 28th, 2004 08:40 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: You go on believing that, kiddo! - kaladhwen - Dec. 28th, 2004 08:41 am (UTC) - Expand
Puppy's safe with MEE! - banazir - Dec. 28th, 2004 08:44 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Puppy's safe with MEE! - kaladhwen - Dec. 28th, 2004 08:44 am (UTC) - Expand
LOL! - banazir - Dec. 28th, 2004 04:32 pm (UTC) - Expand
tvn
Dec. 28th, 2004 03:21 pm (UTC)
I notice there's a RoboSim project you're involved with. There are some implementations done in there such as UAV coordination and swarm algorithm that I am interested in. The truth is I am looking for ideas and enhancement etc to use on my own project which uses Matlab. The demo in Java is pretty neat too and probably I can get some demo ideas there.

Is it possible for me (non-KSU student) to obtain the code / documentation / discuss with the developers etc ? Are the code under GPL'ed or some sort of opensource license ?

Thanks,
megruder
Dec. 29th, 2004 07:03 am (UTC)
GI bleed and morbidly-obese-haven't-bathed-in-four-months smell
141. Smell: rotting meat, rotting fruit, cigarette smoke, feces, body odor, vomit (in descending order of severity)
You wouldn't make it one day as a hospital employee. :)
banazir
Jan. 1st, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC)
Re: GI bleed and morbidly-obese-haven't-bathed-in-four-months smell
Haha!
You're telling me? The son of a hematologist/med tech?

(Actually, to be honest, I just hate those smells. If it was for a good cause, they'd be no worse than cutting into people or shooting drugs into them.)

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Banazir
miajesbar
Jan. 8th, 2005 06:55 am (UTC)
335. Spend most time with: IRL - zengeneral, istari_ala. Online - miajesbar

Bwa. Ha. Ha.

EQ: yodge, miajesbar

EQ?

353. One to gossip with: I don't gossip, but to share confidences with - hempknight, miajesbar, jereeza, narvi

LOL everyone puts me down for this one I swear... Sharing confidence yes...honestly you can't gossip if you don't know anything to gossip about.

491. Sweetest girl you know?: miajesbar, yodge

*blush*

And this post was like huge meme galore. Gah. *goes off to finish her own memes*
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