Banazîr the Jedi Hobbit (banazir) wrote,
Banazîr the Jedi Hobbit

  • Mood:
  • Music:

More Memage: from Anemone, banazir, and mrowe

Courtesy of an anemone:

Start - 23:13 CST

01. Bought everyone in the pub a drink
02. Swam with wild dolphins (*looks jealously at masteralida*)
03. Climbed a mountain (kindasorta - climbed up to Eagle Lake in Tahoe)
04. Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
05. Been inside the Great Pyramid
06. Held a tarantula
07. Taken a candlelit bath with someone
08. Said 'I love you' and meant it
09. Hugged a tree
10. Done a striptease
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea (I vaguely remember seeing a storm in Port Elizabeth, Maine, in 1978, but I can't remember if I was watching the sea)
14. Stayed up all night long, and watch the sun rise (many times, though I've always gone to sleep afterwards)
15. Seen the Northern Lights (kindasorta, in Alberta)
16. Gone to a huge sports game
17. Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
18. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
19. Touched an iceberg
20. Slept under the stars
21. Changed a baby's diaper (:shame: all that babysitting and I've never changed a diaper... helped once or twice, but never done it myself)
22. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
23. Watched a meteor shower
24. Gotten drunk on champagne
25. Given more than you can afford to charity (as a child; I can afford a bit more nowadays)
26. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
27. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment (meetings, Bible study groups, you name it)
28. Had a food fight
29. Bet on a winning horse
30. Taken a sick day when you're not ill (heck, I don't take vacation days... I need to start doing that)
31. Asked out a stranger
32. Had a snowball fight
33. Photocopied your bottom on the office photocopier (gah)
34. Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
35. Held a lamb
36. Enacted a favorite fantasy
37. Taken a midnight skinny dip
38. Taken an ice cold bath (well, as cold as the faucet would go, which is not nearly ice cold)
39. Had a meaningful conversation with a beggar
40. Seen a total eclipse
41. Ridden a roller coaster
42. Hit a home run
43. Fit three weeks miraculously into three days (heck yeah... try three months)
44. Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
45. Adopted an accent for an entire day
46. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors (no, and I want to)
47. Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment
48. Had two hard drives for your computer
49. Visited all 50 states
50. Loved your job
51. Taken care of someone who was shit-faced. (friends remotely, a relative in person)
52. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
53. Had amazing friends
54. Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
55. Watched wild whales (in Alaska)
56. Stolen a sign
57. Backpacked in Europe
58. Taken a road-trip
59. Gone rock climbing (only as part of a steep hike; I don't free-climb and I've never used rope and harness)
60. Lied to foreign government's official in that country to avoid notice (funny story)
61. Midnight walk on the beach
62. Sky diving
63. Visited Ireland
64. Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love. (that sounds very difficult)
65. In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
66. Visited Japan
67. Benchpressed your own weight
68. Milked a cow
69. Alphabetized your records
70. Pretended to be a superhero
71. Sung karaoke
72. Lounged around in bed all day
73. Posed nude in front of strangers
74. Gone scuba diving
75. Got it on to "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye
76. Kissed in the rain
77. Played in the mud (at age 8; got away with it, too)
78. Played in the rain (at age 8; got in trouble for it, too)
79. Gone to a drive-in theater
80. Done something you should regret, but don't regret it.
81. Visited the Great Wall of China
82. Discovered that someone who's not supposed to have known about your blog has discovered your blog
83. Dropped Windows in favor of something better
84. Started a business
85. Fallen in love and not had your heart broken
86. Toured ancient sites
87. Taken a martial arts class
88. Swordfought for the honor of a woman (digby_tantrum in Alfantolia, which I guess should count as RP ;-))
89. Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight (RP, yes - not D&D though; my longest MERP session was only a couple of hours; ah, but CRPGs and MUDs have to count here)
90. Gotten married
91. Been in a movie
92. Crashed a party
93. Loved someone you shouldn't have
94. Kissed someone so passionately it made them dizzy (hey, that sounds like fun, I really do need to try that; any suggestions?)
95. Gotten divorced
96. Had sex at the office
97. Gone without food for 5 days
98. Made cookies from scratch (hrm, biscuits and blueberry muffins, not cookies per se, but that's a little restrictive)
99. Won first prize in a costume contest
100. Ridden a gondola in Venice
101. Gotten a tattoo
102. Found that the texture of some materials can turn you on
103. Rafted the Snake River
104. Been on television news programs
105. Got flowers for no reason (funny story)
106. Masturbated in a public place (as if I'd admit to it? but actually, no :-))
107. Got so drunk you don't remember anything
108. Been addicted to some form of illegal drug
109. Performed on stage
110. Been to Las Vegas
111. Recorded music
112. Eaten shark
113. Had a one-night stand
114. Gone to Thailand
115. Seen Siouxsie live
116. Bought a house
117. Been in a combat zone
118. Buried one/both of your parents
119. Shaved or waxed your pubic hair off
120. Been on a cruise ship
121. Spoken more than one language fluently
122. Gotten into a fight while attempting to defend someone (yeah, that happens a lot)
123. Bounced a check
124. Performed in Rocky Horror
125. Read - and understood - your credit report
126. Raised children
127. Recently bought and played with a favorite childhood toy (Rubik's Cube - found, Beanie Baby - bought as a gift, kept and played with for a while)
128. Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
129. Created and named your own constellation of stars (I think I did this as a child, but can't remember the name)
130. Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
131. Found out something significant that your ancestors did.
132. Called or written your Congress person. (Talking to them in person has to count!)
133. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over (Well, I've picked up and moved, started a new career, but I don't think it counts as "starting over".)
134. ...more than once?
135. Walked the Golden Gate Bridge
136. Sang loud in the car; didn't stop when you knew someone was looking
137. Had an abortion or your female partner did.
138. Had plastic surgery
139. Survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived
140. Written articles for a large publication
141. Lost over 100 pounds. (I'd be dead)
142. Held someone while they were having a flashback
143. Piloted an airplane
144. Petted a stingray
145. Broken someone's heart (never to my knowledge)
146. Helped an animal give birth
147. Been fired or laid off from a job
148. Won money on a T.V. game show
149. Broken a bone (fractured left arm, age 8)
150. Killed a human being
151. Gone on an African photo safari
152. Ridden a motorcycle
153. Driven any land vehicle at a speed of greater than 100mph (90 or 95 is my limit)
154. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
155. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol (would like to try some time)
156. Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
157. Ridden a horse (only once, in Taiwan)
158. Had major surgery/corrective eye surgery
159. Had sex on a moving train
160. Had a snake as a pet
161. Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
162. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing (Since the age of 1, I've never slept more than half an hour on a flight. Ever. I kid you not. I cannot sleep on planes, not even transpacific flights.)
163. Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours (never!)
164. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
165. Visited all 7 continents
166. Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
167. Eaten kangaroo meat (according to urban legend, I have, via Asian McDonald's)
168. Fallen in love at an ancient Mayan burial ground (huh??)
169. Been a sperm or egg donor
170. Eaten sushi
171. Had your picture in the newspaper
172. Had 2 or more healthy romantic relationships for over a year in your lifetime
173. Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
174. Gotten someone fired for their actions (well, I've fired a couple of people myself, but that's all)
175. Gone back to school
176. Parasailed (really want to)
177. Changed your name
178. Petted a cockroach
179. Eaten fried green tomatoes
180. Read The Iliad
181. Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read
182. Dined in a restaurant and stolen something
183. ...and gotten 86'ed from the restaurant because you did it so many times, they figured out it was you
184. Taught yourself an art from scratch (envelope-making, baby! just this past month)
185. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
186. Apologized to someone years after inflicting the hurt (weeks or months, maybe; oh, there was one just over a year)
187. Skipped all your school reunions (SPMS, Severn, Hopkins, Illinois - you name it)
188. Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language (elderly Korean neighbors in Maryland, when I was 5 and they couldn't get a roast duck out of the oven; some Taiwanese people over the years)
189. Been elected to public office
190. Written your own computer language. (Does writing interpreters and compilers count? I've implemented at least 8 interpreters and one compiler. If not, XML standards for representations such as bayesnets ought to count. If not... well, there's the Event Communication Language I developed with Surya Ramachandran.)
191. Thought to yourself that you're living your dream (Only once)
192. Had to put someone you love into hospice care
193. Built your own PC from parts (once myself, twice with help, once done for me)
194. Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you
195. Had a booth at a street fair
196. Dyed your hair
197. Been a DJ (I helped phawkwood a teeny bit at the Cantina at Media, and I've done family parties before, but... eh)
198. Found out someone was going to dump you via LiveJournal (Yikes, that would be... ow)
199. Written your own role playing game
200. Been arrested

End - 00:03 CST

The Idiosyncrasy Meme
by banazir

Tell me a little about your odd habits.

Germs: Having grown up the child of a germ-obsessed person, I have a hard time observing the "five-second" rule. It's not one of my obsessive-compulsive disorders, though, because I will pick up dropped food from a (clean) table even if there is no napkin or tray.
Cleanliness: I hate organic waste. The earliest chores I learned to do around the house as a kid were to pick up and throw away napkins, clear and wipe the dinner table, and wash the dishes. I am very different with paper waste.
Organization: I am "sedimentary" - spatial location of files and artifacts is very important to my memory. The worst thing you can do to me, organizationally, other than shuffling two of my piles, is to simply stack two of them together. I will forget almost everything about the lower pile, which was probably ordered chronologically if not by priority. I am also a severe pack-rat (see below).
Electronic files: I rely upon file names. You will often see me rename Trillian Pro chats to ChatName Wednesday 20041229.log, or create a symbolic link (shortcut) such as:
ln -s ~/Research/By Application/Prognostics/Demand Prediction ~/Research/By Application/Decision Support/Optimization.
Funny: The only bible I will take into a bathroom to read is an electronic one.

Other obsessive-compulsive disorders
Most severe: I can't stand throwing away papers, magazines, and similar things I might need someday. If you ever hear me say "I put it in a safe place", expect to see me hunting for the item for 4d6 hours.
Oddest: I have an invisible symmetry-keeping OCD - "word-tracing". If you've ever seen me read a book, when my fingers brush a page, they will always rebrush to balance. I can resist the compulsion with a little effort. Orson Scott Card had a character in Xenocide (Han Qingzhao) who was a wood grain tracer, on a Taoist planet (Dao) where the obsessive-compulsives were considered "God-touched". I thought that was a very interesting concept.
Most trivial: I hate missing people going offline. It's quite irrational, as I look away often, or get pulled into other private IM conversations, or hop between chats. Besides, I know sometime people are just crashing as they say good night (it happens to me when I'm chatting in the wee hours with hempknight and sometimes with miajesbar or yodge). It still gets to me, though, when I miss people by a second or two.
Writing and roleplaying: I dislike loose ends - you who have read some of my pulp or RPed with me know that I can quite easily go on hiatus for months, then resume.

Buffets: If you've ever seen me at a smorgasbord, you know that I am a "sampler" - I have to take at least one of each thing. At salad bars, this gets extreme. I've learned to do it very quickly so the line doesn't queue up, but I've gotten funny looks before.
Oreos: I eat them in a funny hybrid way - twisted apart, top (filling-less) half first, then nibbled around the filling, and finally the filling-covered bottom half.
Cooking: I don't have much experience cooking with other people's equipment, so any time I'm away from my own kitchen, I tend to screw up.

Shoes: I hate buying and wearing new shoes. I feel that if a pair of shoes has been worn for less than two years, it hasn't served its useful life yet. Oddly, I am never this frugal with other clothing.
Gift clothing: Like my folks, I tend to wear what I am given, rather than re-gifting or donating it to a thrift store. I think I am about to become an eBay addict, so this may change.
Other: I know how to tie a tie, but I do it so rarely that I do a sloppy job of it unless I am willing to do it 3-4 times. As a result, my ties are often stored in a tied state. Self-fulfilling prophecy.

Romantic Attractions
Turn-on: A nice healthy "singing voice" is a terrific turn on for me. I'd have worn out my tape of When Harry Met Sally if I didn't have an .AVI of it. :-)
Turn-off: Socks in sandals. That's just a jarring combination.

Edit, 11:20 CST - And people keep giving me more to do!

Book meme, gacked from mrowe:

Start: 10:12

1. Douglas Adams
2. Julian May
3. J.R.R. Tolkien
4. Dan Simmons
5. Mercedes Lackey (have read Austen, just don't own a book)
6. J.K. Rowling
7. Roger Zelazny
8. Orson Scott Card
9. Neal Stephenson
10. William Shakespeare

End: 10:15

The Meme of Threes, also from mrowe, a most threetical person:

Start: 10:15

1. Bill
2. William
3. Bana

1. hsuwh
2. rizanabsith
3. Banazir

1. That I care more about my friends than about myself.
2. Creativity, especially imagination
3. Breadth of interests

1. My talent for procrastination. Ohh, man, and how. "Talent" is a euphemism... "lack of discipline and responsibility" is a bit more like it.
2. My tendency to bite off more than I can chew, and especially agree to more than I can deliver (aka inability to say no, gluttony for punishment, taking on too much).
3. Right now? My wardrobe

1. Chinese (genetic)
2. American (cultural)
3. Apparently there are some Turkish and Mongolian ancestors way back

1. Deadlines
2. The degeneration of academic standards (for admissions, grading, and graduation)
3. Not a whole lot else; I'm chary of fire and contagious diseases, but I am careful about not going where they are

1. Prayer
2. Computers (at least two) with broadband (at least 100Kb/s downstream and 30Kb/s upstream)
3. Caffeinated soda

1. Watch
2. White tube socks
3. A grey Hang Ten T-shirt

1. Mary-Chapin Carpenter
2. Matraca Berg
3. R.E.M.

1. Seal, "Kiss from A Rose"
2. Sarah McLachlan, "World on Fire"
3. The Corrs, "So Young"

1. Finishing (writing) a book for once
2. Taking a train trip in Scotland and the north of England
3. Asian dim sum

1. Respect and honesty (that's really one thing IMO)
2. Kindness
3. Children (born, adopted, it's all good)

1. I don't really have a thing for Eskimos
2. I know how to rip DVDs to AVI
3. I'm considering taking my first sabbatical at Monash or Queensland

1. Eyes
2. Hair
3. Voice

1. Dance well
2. Play the guitar
3. Stick to a schedule

1. Reading
2. Posting to LJ and GJ
3. Chatting with students, friends, family

1. Hear from yodge, because noTEUNC has since the tsunami
2. Get to the beginning of this list (yes, I'm filling it out backwards)
3. Finish my "before New Year's" to-do list

[I'd like to find a good way to process (and organize) my digital photographs, but priorities are priorities]

1. University professor
2. CTO of a medical informatics company
3. SF writer (but I'd have to start over from scratch; right now I'm happy churning out amateur pulp ;-))

1. Kauai
2. The South Pole
3. Paris

1. Finish my to-do list (ha!)
2. Visit every continent
3. Have kids and teach them how to... hrm, sing? program? program something to sing?

1. miajesbar, because she needs to do more memes ;-)
2. masteralida, because when she succumbs, the rest are like putty!
3. Volunteers welcome.

End: 11:09

Fifth Day of Christmas, following my personal LJ tradition (started in 2003):
All I Want for Christmas Is You [ lyrics ] - Vince Vance and the Valiants


  • Ramanujan Syndrome

    In the first of my recent posts on the technological singularity, I remarked on something I called the "Ramanujan Syndrome". Modern biographers of…

  • Bums of the World

    How are "bums" portrayed in your ancestral cultures, and why? I don't mean homeless people per se, but rather the shiftless, the no-accounts. In…

  • Confucian Fundamentalism

    Are members of your family devout believers in some religion or system of belief? Would you call them "fundamentalists", either in the literal sense…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.

  • Ramanujan Syndrome

    In the first of my recent posts on the technological singularity, I remarked on something I called the "Ramanujan Syndrome". Modern biographers of…

  • Bums of the World

    How are "bums" portrayed in your ancestral cultures, and why? I don't mean homeless people per se, but rather the shiftless, the no-accounts. In…

  • Confucian Fundamentalism

    Are members of your family devout believers in some religion or system of belief? Would you call them "fundamentalists", either in the literal sense…