aesmael: (nervous)
Today's list brings some surprises, some non-surprises, and some surprising non-surprises.

Who comments the most on this journal? )

Plus, I had to do it. ^_~

Originally published at a denizen's entertainment. You can comment here or there.

Via one Smurasaki.


Age: 25
Where you grew up (Ages 0-18): Sydney. Have only left this city a handful of brief times, almost always within the state.

1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks: Creek or stream

2. What the thing you push around the grocery store is called:Shopping trolley.

3. A metal container to carry a meal in: Lunch box.

4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in: Frying pan.

5. The piece of furniture that seats three people: Lounge.

6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof: Gutters.

7. The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening: Verandah or porch. Others might say patio?

8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages: Soft drink.

9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup: Pancakes aren't breakfast food.

10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself: Outside context mostly.

11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach: Swimmers. Cosies? [not pronounced as cosy]

12. Shoes worn for sports: Sneakers, runners.

13. Putting a room in order: Tidying or cleaning up.

14. A flying insect that glows in the dark: Firefly. Known only from books and film.

15. The little insect that curls up into a ball: Slater. Not an insect.

16. The children's playground equipment where one kid sits on one side and goes up while the other sits on the other side and goes down: See-saw

17. How do you eat your pizza: Point first. Is that really a language question?

18. What's it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff: Garage sale.

19. What's the evening meal?: Dinner.

20. The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are: Basement. Found only in imported fiction and news reports.

21. What do you call the thing that you can get water out of to drink in public places: Bubbler.

Appropriated from [ profile] smurasaki:

Bold the ones you've read COMPLETELY, italicize the ones you've read part of. Watching the movie or the cartoon doesn't count. Abridged versions don't count either.

BTW, according to the BBC if you've read 7 of these, you are above the average.

(I may have done this before, but I can't remember off hand. I've also included my opinions after the ones I've read or tried to.)

List: shortened )

26 points. What do I win? by social participatory ritual.

1.) Put your music player on shuffle
2.) Press forward for each question
3.) Use the song title as the answer
4.) NO CHEATING!!! What you get is what you get

Music game goes here )
A checklist of 'stupid things done' collected from [ profile] lost_angelwings

The List )


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aesmael: (sudden sailor)

The life cycle of a book is a long and complicated one.

Via Thingology.
Comment and I will....

a) Tell you why I friended you.

b) Associate you with something -- a fandom, song, color, photo, etc.

c) Tell you something I like about you.

d) Tell you a memory I have of you.

e) Ask you something I've wanted to know about you.

f) Tell you my favorite userpic from your list.

g) In return, you need to post this on your own LJ (unless you have already done so, of course).

(Comments screened...and G is optional. I don't want people feeling obligated, but I quoted the meme exactly.)
aesmael: (tricicat)

Friends and FamilyA
Finance / CareerC
Your Life's Average Grade: B
'What is your Life Grade?' at

Better than I expected, I suppose. Let's see about improving some of those...

If you saw ME in a police car, what would you think I got arrested for? Answer me, then post to your own journal if you want, and see how many crimes you get accused of.

Step One:

Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

- If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.

- Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ, or link to this post (it'll be public) so that the holiday joy will spread.

Step Two:

- Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:?

- If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.

You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.
There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

Of course this is late for its intended purpose. I do not care much about that - only one person I saw did this and that's who it was taken from - and I think something like this does need to be associated with a particular segment of Earth's orbit.

I am not even going to wish for things people could practically get for me, since that is not where my heart lies these days. Mostly am posting so other people will see this idea and maybe keep it around for a bit.

And what I want? I want to meet my loves in person. To hold them and be together without "Goodbye" looming over us. I want to find the organisation to sort my life into something which functions in a manner which could reasonably be described as 'productive' and 'independent'. I want to write and be able to enjoy those things which bring me happiness. Already have plenty of books and games and such - what point new ones unless I can appreciate those I have? Very, very much would like to see those I love who are having problems in their lives right now find ways past these into something they like better. Oh, I suppose I would like to do something creative with other people too. That would be - possibly - nice.

Quickly! Post before any minds are changed!
aesmael: (tricicat)
Taken from [ profile] nacho_cheese

Go to your Calendar and find the first entry for each month of 2008.
Post the first line of it in your journal, and that's your "Year In Review."
(I'm adding subject lines in quotes, and the first line underneath.)

""I have a story to tell, but then all cats do.""
I just liked that sentence.

[Whole post!]

Fever dreams.
Feverish thought.
Built up energy too weak to express.
Turns to pain, on the edge.
What if- ?

"Seeing the Lights (2008/03/01)"
New post: First Day.

[Whole post again! I miss that story]

"Word-thief cunningly conceals spoils in plain sight"
(10:37:16 PM) flynnacatri:

"Day in summary"
Year's dark days arrive
Our home becomes
all hours, all places,
immersed in winter's shade

"This one is not called 'Stability'"
One of the things which bothers me about... trying to avoid the matter of labels and diagnoses, one of the things which bothers me about swinging down is that afterwards I cannot recall how it felt.

There are some thoughts which give pause when encountered, come with warning flags. "I don't doubt..." is one.

"Survey stolen from [ profile] nacho_cheese"
Does it bother you when you text someone, and they never answer?
On those rare occasions I find it appropriate to do so, they generally answer. Unless no answer is required.

"The things we do to ourselves"
On June 9th I started making a series of posts. Pride, Decision, Normal, Slipping, Balance.

"Victory dance!"
Finally nearly finished one of my major assignments for the semester.

"I only sat down to write for a minute and a half or so..."
And suddenly it is dawn and I really ought to sleep for a bit.

A wonderful feeling, to be able to walk abut the place, even when it is dark, and not be overcome with terror.
aesmael: (tricicat)
Yesterday I had a date with [ profile] mantic_angel playing WoW. Like previously it was great to spend some time together. I always enjoy that a lot. Hopefully for the next post I will have more time with loved ones to report happiness about; that's normally an effective way to provoke happiness in me.

I am a bit disappointed with how erratic these posts have been. Perhaps I shall try for eight consecutive days of happiness. But also, to be not annoying in posting about it.
aesmael: (tricicat)
Skipping days, skipping days. Not so good at finding happy days. Bit of a fog really, these days go by too quickly for me to settle down into happiness before they are gone.

Found some today though! Got to get back on Skype with [ profile] pazi_ashfeather, which I have not done in too long. Aaaand we got to read to each other which has been an activity even longer delayed.

I finally finished the last three chapters of The Reptile Room, which I think we started in July. No earlier, perhaps later. At this rate it will be a while before we get through the entire series but maybe it will go quicker from here. Depends on our schedules and what we are in the mood for. Plus she got to read another few chapters of Blindsight to me. Was a bit eerie-disturbing and recognisable some of that.

So: happy for today = reading a whole page of 'ever' to [ profile] pazi_ashfeather.
aesmael: (writing things down)
According to the Science Fiction Book Club, these are the 50 most significant SF & Fantasy Books of the last 50 Years, 1953-2002. Bold the ones you've read, strike the ones you hated, italicize the ones you couldn't get through, asterisks for the ones you loved (more asterisks, more love), underline for the ones you own.

1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
3. Dune by Frank Herbert
4. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
5. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Leguin [Been meaning to fix that]
6. Neuromancer by William Gibson
7. Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke [Does it count if I read the older short story?]
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
9. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
10. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
11. The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
12. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
13. The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
14. Children of the Atom by Wilmar Shiras
15. Cities in Flight by James Blish
16. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
17. Dangerous Visions edited by Harlan Ellison
18. Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison
19. The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
20. Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
21. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
22. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card [Gift from [ profile] mantic_angel]
23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever by Stephen R. Donaldson
24. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
25. Gateway by Frederik Pohl
26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling
27. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams [Prefer the Dirk Gently books]
28. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
29. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
30. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
31. Little, Big by John Crowley
32. Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
33. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
34. Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement
35. More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon
36. The Rediscovery of Man by Cordwainer Smith
37. On the Beach by Nevil Shute
38. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
39. Ringworld by Larry Niven
40. Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys
41. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien [I actually enjoy this]
42. Slaughterhouse-5 by Kurt Vonnegut
43. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
44. Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
45. The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
46. Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
47. Stormbringer by Michael Moorcock
48. The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
49. Timescape by Gregory Benford
50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose Farmer

Notice the relative disparity between owned and read? That mostly showed up more recently. No asterisks, I suck at ratings. Also, I consider myself someone not well read in the field - many of the ones I have not read are those considered better quality, more 'classics' than the ones I have read.

To say, forgot, from [ profile] pazi_ashfeather and [ profile] allieflowlight this list was glarfed.
aesmael: (tricicat)
Day 3, yesterday. There is not going to be a post for yesterday. It was not a good day for me, so I am adding another day at the end.

Today has been a good day so there are a few things to mention this time. Happy because the tree is going up - the tree being my favourite part of this period, with the lights and the tinsel and shiny decorations and being a tree - when I had thought we were not doing that this year.

Happy because I actually accomplished some small things today. Tidied up some books which have been littering my floor all year, cleaned up a whole mess of paper from my classes which coated the floor. There is more work required before even the stage of dusting and vacuuming, but at least progress has been made toward making this room livable. A little more than last time.

Also, that I investigated and found some information for part of my goals for the week. I can hopefully take care of the card tomorrow, which leaves the rest of the week for working on my resume. That's the hard part. But there is progress being made. I am happy about that. Maybe, if I can keep this going, get some momentum and organisation, I could even demonstrate I could take care of myself and be something other than useless. I even got up early in the morning.
aesmael: (probably quantum)
I don't actually feel happy right now, but I do feel the potential for it and that is something. This one is also a reminder for myself.

Not only are there people who love me, not only are there people who find me fascinating rather than irritating, but there are people who can cause me to feel loved, valued, and as if I can contribute more to people's lives than I take away.

In love I am exceptionally fortunate because there are some thoroughly wonderful people who hold me in similar regard to that in which I hold them. Right now I am approaching happy because this happiness meme - and, even more, the very cherished [ profile] soltice have reminded me to remember this at a time when it helps a lot to have hope and optimism.

I still don't want to sleep though.
aesmael: (friendly)
I feel loved when...

The Five Love Languages

My Primary Love Language is Quality Time

<th colspan="2">My Detailed Results:</th>
Quality Time: 10
Physical Touch: 9
Words of Affirmation: 6
Acts of Service: 4
Receiving Gifts: 1

About this quiz

Unhappiness in relationships is often due to the fact that we speak different love languages. It can be helpful to know what language you speak and what language those around you speak.

Tag 3 people so they can find out what their love language is.

Take the Quiz!
Check out the Book

Reminderated by [ profile] ishottheserif
aesmael: (tricicat)
Feeling so very much better today, I feel like laughing and jumping for joy. It is a very great relief to not be afraid to turn corners or open doors, to be not uneasy at open doors in a room and not feel a need to look continually fearfully over my shoulder.

I think my fever has lifted. My joints feel not aching today and the only overheating I experience is the local temperature in mid to high thirties. Finally have recovered sleep, eleven hours last night after getting only ten total the previous three days (and six of those from falling asleep exhausted during the day).

Yesterday I talked with my sister about my hypothesis, that fever and sickness have been largely responsible for the waking and sleeping nightmare that has been the previous five days of my life. She suggested I might have caught what she was sick with the previous week, when she was woken by nightmares several nights by nightmares and screaming at least once, plus what sounded like a painful proprioception error of her own (she was staying somewhere else at the time this happened). This seems plausible.

Am rewarding myself for feeling better with cleaning, form-filling, writing, and watching movies (The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets).

Forgot to add in earlier post that when we went to see Wall-E the shopping centre had Christmas Decorations up and that was wonderful. Would have taken photos if I'd brought my camera.
aesmael: (transformation)
Since [ profile] pazi_ashfeather did it at [ profile] lost_angelwings, I decided to see how I rate as a Mary Sue character according to this test.

Final tally came to 77:
         71 point or more: Irredeemable-Sue. You're going to have to start over, my friend. I know you want to keep writing, but no. Just no.

For purposes of the test I decided [ profile] gentle_gamer is my rival, since that is more fun than someone I have animosity towards and reminds me to be light-hearted in my life.
aesmael: (tricicat)
If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now (even if we don't speak often or ever) please post a comment with a completely made up, fictional memory of you and me.

It can be anything you want - good or bad - but it has to be fake.

When you're finished, post this little paragraph in your LJ and see what your friends come up with!



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