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The words game...


If you would like, reply to this meme by yelling "Words!" and I shall give you five words that remind me of you. Then post them in your LJ and explain what they mean to you. Or don't, who am I, your mother?


Sticks That Made Thunder

From the perspective of a great tree on a hill overlooking a civil war battlefield the imagery and artistry is stunning to me...

Artist: Steeldrivers
Song: Sticks That Made Thunder
Album: The Steeldrivers

My roots are deeper than the bones the others
my colors they change with the sun
my branches we’re higher than anything on the hillside
on the day that I watched them all come

Some wear the color of the sky in the winter
some we’re as blue as the night
they came like a storm with the light of the morn
and they fell thru the whole day and night

Colors flew high and they danced in the sky
as I watched them come over the hill
then to my wonder sticks that made thunder
such a great number lay still

When the light came again there was death on the wind
as the buzzards made way for the worms
and the little white trees that don’t bend in the breeze
for the ones that will never return

The colors flew high and they danced in the sky
as I watched them come over the hill
then to my wonder sticks that made thunder
such a great number lay still

Those that have fallen they come when I call them
and answer the best that they can
but all they can see is what they used to be
and that’s all that they understand

The colors flew high and they danced in the sky
as I watched them come over the hill
then to my wonder sticks that made thunder
such a great number lay still

Colors flew high and they danced in the sky
as I watched them come over the hill
then to my wonder sticks that made thunder
such a great number lay still

Which fantasy writer are you?

Your result for Which fantasy writer are you?...

David Eddings (b. 1931)

-13 High-Brow, 7 Violent, -3 Experimental and 1 Cynical!

Congratulations! You are Low-Brow, Violent, Traditional and Cynical! These concepts are defined below.

David Eddings is the best-selling author of several series of fantasy novels, the most famous being The Belgariad (1982-84) and The Malloreon (1988-92). These books have become almost epitomic of the kind of fantasy that is fast-paced, full of humorous dialogue and written to entertain. And entertain they do. Few other writers have Eddings' ability to create characters that not only makes the reader feel as if he or she knows them, but are also very likeable. Perhaps this is due to Eddings unusual path to writing fantasy: He had tried writing in other genres with moderate success when he discovered that fantasy, a genre he had hitherto not been interested in, sometimes sells very well, and therefore started turning an old sketch of a map into a series of books. Without an interest in experimenting with form or pushing the boundaries of the genre, Eddings created the penultimate light entertainment instead, trusting his readers to keep reading because of charming characters and exotic, though not particularly original, environments.

After the success of The Belgariad and The Malloreon, Eddings turned to writing fantasy which was, supposedly, aimed at a more adult audience. The tendency towards violence as entertainment that had been present through-out his early works grew more prominent in the series of The Elenium (1989-91)and The Tamuli (1992-94). It was also around this time that David Eddings wife, Leigh Eddings, was credited as the co-author of his books, though they admitted that she had been contributing from the very beginning.

Though Eddings isn't the most high cultured of fantasy writers, few would dispute that when it comes to charm, he has no rivals.

You are also a lot like J R R Tolkien.

If you want something more gentle, try Robert Jordan.

If you'd like a challenge, try your exact opposite, Tove Jansson.

Your score

This is how to interpret your score: Your attitudes have been measured on four different scales, called 1) High-Brow vs. Low-Brow, 2) Violent vs. Peaceful, 3) Experimental vs. Traditional and 4) Cynical vs. Romantic. Imagine that when you were born, you were in a state of innocence, a tabula rasa who would have scored zero on each scale. Since then, a number of circumstances (including genetical, cultural and environmental factors) have pushed you towards either end of these scales. If you're at 45 or -45 you would be almost entirely cynical, low-brow or whatever. The closer to zero you are, the less extreme your attitude. However, you should always be more of either (eg more romantic than cynical). Please note that even though High-Brow, Violent, Experimental and Cynical have positive numbers (1 through 45) and their opposites negative numbers (-1 through -45), this doesn't mean that either quality is better. All attitudes have their positive and negative sides, as explained below.

High-Brow vs. Low-Brow

You received -13 points, making you more Low-Brow than High-Brow. Being high-browed in this context refers to being more fascinated with the sort of art that critics and scholars tend to favour, while a typical low-brow would favour the best-selling kind. At their best, low-brows are honest enough to read what they like, regardless of what "experts" and academics say is good for them. At their worst, they are more likely to read what their neighbours like than what they would choose themselves.

Violent vs. Peaceful

You received 7 points, making you more Violent than Peaceful. Please note that violent in this context does not mean that you, personally, are prone to violence. This scale is a measurement of a) if you are tolerant to violence in fiction and b) whether you see violence as a means that can be used to achieve a good end. If you are, and you do, then you are violent as defined here. At their best, violent people are the heroes who don't hesitate to stop the villain threatening innocents by means of a good kick. At their worst, they are the villains themselves.

Experimental vs. Traditional

You received -3 points, making you more Traditional than Experimental. Your position on this scale indicates if you're more likely to seek out the new and unexpected or if you are more comfortable with the familiar, especially in regards to culture. Note that traditional as defined here does not equal conservative, in the political sense. At their best, traditional people don't change winning concepts, favouring storytelling over empty poses. At their worst, they are somewhat narrow-minded.

Cynical vs. Romantic

You received 1 points, making you more Cynical than Romantic. Your position on this scale indicates if you are more likely to be wary, suspicious and skeptical to people around you and the world at large, or if you are more likely to believe in grand schemes, happy endings and the basic goodness of humankind. It is by far the most vaguely defined scale, which is why you'll find the sentence "you are also a lot like x" above. If you feel that your position on this scale is wrong, then you are probably more like author x. At their best, cynical people are able to see through lies and spot crucial flaws in plans and schemes. At their worst, they are overly negative, bringing everybody else down.

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Yet another meme...

Your result for The Social Persona Test (What kind of man/woman are you?)...

The Late Bloomer (QTAM)

Quirky Traditional Alpha Male

You are a horrible persona to be until sometime in high school or college, and then things just can't go wrong for you. Sure you are a bit nerdy, but the cool type of nerdy; and you have developed confidence as if it were a well toned muscle. When selecting a date stick to nice, traditional women, preferably ones who share your interests.

You are more QUIRKY than NORMAL.

You are more TRADITIONAL than LIBERAL.

You are more DOMINANT than PASSIVE.

When picking a date, consider: The Rarity (QTAF) or The Librarian (QTBF).

(Image from scificool.com)

Take The Social Persona Test (What kind of man/woman are you?)
at HelloQuizzy


Meme's the best

1 question.

1 chance.

1 honest answer.

That's all you get.

You get to ask me 1 question.

Any question, anything, no matter how crazy, dirty, or wrong it is.

But I dare you to repost this.

And see what people ask you!

(If you must ask discreetly, E-Mail me at my id [at] GMAIL [dot] COM!)


Livejournal page missing message FTW!

Page Not Found

I'm sorry, you've reached a page that I cannot find. I'm really sorry about this. It's kind of embarassing. Here you are, the user, trying to get to a page on LiveJournal and I can't even serve it to you. What does that say about me? I'm just a webserver. My sole purpose in life is to serve you webpages and I can't even do that! I suck. Please don't be mad, I'll try harder. I promise! Who am I kidding? You're probably all like, "Man, LiveJournal's webserver sucks. It can't even get me where I want to go." I'm really sorry. Maybe it's my CPU...no that's ok...how bout my hard drives? Maybe. Where's my admin? I can't run self-diagnostics on myself. It's so boring in this datacenter. It's the same thing everyday. Oh man, I'm so lonely. I'm really sorry about rambling about myself, I'm selfish. I think I'm going to go cut my ethernet cables. I hope you get to the page you're looking for...goodbye cruel world!

-the webserver

Inauguration Part 1

Monday we went into DC to scope out the lay of the land, walk the grounds, and see some sights. Red Line Metro to Metro Center then the quick jog downstairs to either the orange or blue line to get to Federal Triangle. Quick note to anyone visiting DC, Federal Triangle is across the street from the old post office that has been converted to shops and food downstairs and offices upstairs but it’s a great location to use as a starting point. (Check out the observation tower too!) So, we went up 12th street and onto the Mall. WOW! “Jumbotrons” does not quite cover the semi-truck LCD screens parked conveniently every block or so. Large speakers next to the screens should work nicely. There’s not much crowd out here today, the Mall is busy but frankly not as congested as I expected. Good. Secure in the plan, we moved on to see the WWII monument and then walk around the Tidal Basin to see the FDR Monument. As we approached the WWII monument, they started playing the HBO Concert from Sunday to test the audio and video and I can tell you now that we could clearly hear the music all the way across the Tidal Basin at the Jefferson Memorial. Listening to “America the Beautiful” floating over the chilly air was magical. Seriously I know the locals would pull their hair out if music was played all the time but it really was a great addition to the feelings already in the air!

The Big Day:

We awoke at 3:30AM to leave for the Metro station at 3:45AM because they would open the gates at 4AM. We arrived to lines at every entrance and the drop-off area was at a standstill. We jumped from the car and rushed to the quickly expanding line. Once the gates opened, we rushed down and about a third of the pack peeled off for the ticket machines. Not having a ticket already is a crime and I do not feel sorry for any of them! Through the turnstiles and onto the platform as the train arrived we quickly secured seats. The trains filled very quickly and by the third stop, we were at capacity. Everyone was in good spirits so there were not any problems. We arrived at the Metro Center to an expected different situation than the day before. There were, let us say LOTS OF PEOPLE. We went downstairs like the day before but it took two trains to get us onboard. Federal Triangle we exited and went up the street toward the Mall and hit our first problem: The street was blocked by fences. We walked briefly a few blocks and was told by police the only cross point was back the other way at 15th street which is basically in front of the Washington Monument. Backtracking we made our way around the museum and onto the Mall. My goal at this point was simple: Keep walking on the Mall toward the Capitol until the mob got too thick and there we would sit. I never expected us to be closer than about halfway (near 9th street.) We made it all the way to almost 4th street in line with the edge of the Air and Space Museum, which is about 800 yards from the dais. We popped out the chairs and tried to stay warm.

It was really, really, very much, cold. Can I explain that enough? No, it was colder than that. Really.

The sun came up, they once again ran the concert from Sunday, which was awesome, and then the real show began. I love the open microphone and someone on the dais had one so we could really feel like we were sitting up there…hearing parts of some stories and picking up bits of other conversations. It was cool. I do not remember the order so I am just going to bullet some impressions:
- The kids singing were great for the first two songs but after that, they sang songs no one seemed to know so it was a bit of a disappointment, I think it would have been better if they stayed with more familiar fare.
- Yo Yo Ma is a deity among us. Period.
- Rick Warren was impressive and fair, nothing out of control or concerning.
- Aretha Franklin is a angel with a voice that God Him (or Her) self has granted us.
- The Marine Band was amazing.
- The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery’s rhyming benediction was uh, different.
- I do not really have a comment on CJ Robert’s flub. Emotions get to the best of sometimes and frankly, I could not have spoken clearly without prompting.
- The speech was frankly, what I expected. No zinger line that would be quoted through time, these are serious times with serious issues and a more straightforward outline of his approach was what I expected and received.
The moment of the day came when I looked at my Mother and she told me that this was the most patriotic thing she had ever done in her life. Me FTW!

The events complete we quickly marched our frozen bodies into the Air and Space Museum to warm up and eat. I will say it was crowded but that does not cover it…picture an airport that has been snowed in for several days and you will get a good picture.

I will update with the events around the MSNBC booth tomorrow…it’s late!

Run deep

So my blog has gone silent for weeks and especially yesterday when my candidate of choice took the oath of office my blog remained quiet...why you ask? What could I have been doing that was more important?

I was freezing my toes off on the Mall about 300 yds from my President!

I'll post the details here and some of the pics on my Facebook but for now I am glad to be home and after the flight I just need to decompress. I will get into blogging more often and details about that will come soon too but for now know that I am well and watch this space!


So long ago...

So I started my blog here in 2004 and just ran an archiver in case the site shuts down and found the coolest thing: My first blog comment is from saxytenshi!

From: saxytenshi Date: 04/04/2004 19:36:00
Welcome to the neighborhood, Aztec! I'll be reading 8)

Almost 5 years ago! I think I still had hair back then! LOL!



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