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Slowly rediscovering how awesome I am.

(A few months ago, that would have been different. Don't know how long it will be before another phrase seems more apt.)

Quirks

Feb. 10th, 2010 09:29 pm
l33tminion: (LJ Base)
Since [livejournal.com profile] archangelwells asked:

A. List seven habits/quirks/facts about yourself.
B. Tag seven people to do the same.
C. Do not tag the person who tagged you or say that you tag "whoever wants to do it."

1. I often pat people on the head. (I resist this one much of the time, as some people find it annoying.)
2. I enjoy being tickled. (Though that's not to say I'd want to be tickled out of the blue.)
3. I can get really absorbed in music. With regard to me, trance is an accurately named genre.
4. I'm very un-picky. I like unusual flavors. There are very few foods I don't like. (I don't like fast food much anymore, but that's not because I find the taste unpleasant.)
5. I'm really shy about playing music publicly. I almost always use headphones.
6. Artificial light keeps me from sleep far more than daylight. Sound is also more disruptive to me sleeping at night than napping during the day.
7. After burning myself on a hot pan at camp when I was very young, I've been phobic about fire and hot objects. Took me ages before I was comfortable turning on the burner on a gas stove.

I'll tag [livejournal.com profile] fantwurm, [livejournal.com profile] _skye_, [livejournal.com profile] i_am_lane, [livejournal.com profile] polygonia, [livejournal.com profile] nurrynur, [livejournal.com profile] chiaki777, and [livejournal.com profile] larksdream.
l33tminion: (Food)
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Heck yeah. Not that I'd take a genie up on such an offer if it was an option. With my luck it would be one of those maliciously literal genies and I'd die of organ failure fifteen minutes in.
l33tminion: (Japanese!)
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I don't usually do these, but I've got an answer at hand this time. The song in question is a Japanese children's song I learned in class at Brandeis. Raffi did a cover of it, so go have a listen.

春が来た春が来たどこに来た | haru-ga kita, haru-ga kita, doko-ni kita
山に来た里に来た野にも来た | yama-ni kita, sato-ni kita, no-ni-mo kita

鳥が鳴く鳥が鳴くどこで鳴く | tori-ga naku, tori-ga naku, doko-de naku
山で鳴く里で鳴く野でも鳴く | yama-de naku, sato-de naku, no-ni-mo naku

花が咲く花が咲くどこに咲く | hana-ga saku, hana-ga saku, doko-de saku
山に咲く里に咲く野にも咲く | yama-ni saku, sato-ni saku, no-ni-mo saku

The first verse translates as, "Spring is coming, spring is coming, to where is it coming? It comes to the mountains, it comes to the village, it also comes to the fields." Then the same thing for "birds are singing" and "flowers are blooming".
l33tminion: (Affection!)
I am reminded to say the following: I love you all.

25 Things

Mar. 31st, 2009 11:24 pm
l33tminion: (Default)
An old meme that I missed.  25 things about me that you might not know:
  1. I've never broken a bone (fingers and toes aside), but I dislocated an elbow as an infant and it had to be casted.  I think my parents still have a pair of pajamas with one arm amusingly expanded.
  2. I have cold urticaria, which means I break out in hives when exposed to severe cold (I also get hypothermia quite fast).  I recover pretty fast once I get inside and warm up, but it's annoyingly itchy.  I didn't know that name for that condition until today.
  3. Speaking of annoying medical conditions, I have a Becker's nevus on my back, which suddenly appeared during college (don't remember which year).
  4. I'm a compatibilist, which is to say that I believe that free will is compatible with a deterministic universe.  (That says nothing about whether or not the universe is deterministic (certainly seems to be at a macroscopic level, but that doesn't guarentee anything).  I'd guess that it is, but I don't think physicists know for sure, and I certainly don't know enough physics to say so.)
  5. I had surgery on the muscles in my eye when I was in the first grade.  Never got to actually see the operating room, though, since the sedative they gave me beforehand had me out like a light.
  6. My username started as an inside joke.  I still use it everywhere, but although I really like it, lately I also find it a bit embarassing sometimes.
  7. I've read the whole Old Testament, a chapter a day.  Still have yet to get through the New Testament, though.
  8. Reading The Screwtape Letters forever messed up my interpretation of my own internal dialog.
  9. Sometimes, my main source of stress is that I have too many enjoyable things I could be doing.  Not a bad problem to have, I suppose.
  10. I decided not to look at my grades in college, it was one of the better decisions I've made.  When my parents asked to see my college grades, I outright refused.  I recommend all college students do the same.
  11. I miss my old cell phone.  My newer model is not nearly as good (no flashlight, doesn't keep track of the time when not connected, lacking the near-invincibility of the previous model).  Cell phones are still the one exception to my knee-jerk pro-technology stance.  (Edit: That last bit is no longer true.)
  12. I refuse to get a credit card and make payments to "build up a credit history".  That this is probably the best example of me "sticking it to the man" is indication of how much I've sold out.
  13. Pre-real-world, I didn't program as a hobby nearly enough.  Now, I want to take it up more, but it feels like work, and there are many things competing for my free time.
  14. I identify with a lot of radical political and/or philosophical positions, but I don't really put them into practice.  (I think Singer is right, but I don't give nearly enough of my disposable income to charity.  I'd sometimes think I should be an anti-copyright ideologue, but I work making proprietary software.  Etc.)
  15. When people wonder if I'm serious or joking, the answer is almost always both.
  16. I used to be completely unable to tell if other people were joking and always assumed they were serious.
  17. In elementary school, I developed a pathological aversion to laughter, such that if I heard people laughing I'd feel horrible, even if they were laughing in response to an obvious joke (of the "I'm going to tell a joke" kind) and I knew it had nothing to do with me.
  18. I often think I'm able to give pretty good advice in situations where I'm completely incompetent (not a contradiction, I'm often awful at following my own advice).
  19. When things are at their best, I feel this sense of calm amusement.
  20. I sometimes (not necessarily "frequently", but way more than I'd like) have flashbacks to stupid things I've said or done.  It's just as bad in retrospect.
  21. Most years since I was two, I've gone with my family for a week at family camp.  This year, I had to decide whether to go.  I'm going, but of the reasons against, the biggest wasn't money or vacation time, it's spending a week away from the internet (of course, given that, it's also a bit of a reason for).
  22. I like my job, but I still don't have the ultimate marker of job satisfaction:  If I became independently wealthy, I'd probably quit.  (There just aren't enough hours in the day for all the things I'd like to do.  Plus, I'd like to go back to Japan.)
  23. I'd like to live in the sort of society envisioned here.  Sure, maybe you can't get there from here (they certainly make optimistic assumptions about how human culture and personality would be shaped by such a system), but what if you could?
  24. If I could be perfect at any physical feat, I'd choose parkour.  In reality, I'm incredibly quite poor at even the more constrained sort of running (better since I started working out, but still bad).
  25. Going skydiving used to be a dream of mine, but then I developed a fear of heights and realized that I find the sensation of falling incredibly unpleasant (although I enjoy the sensation of flying very much).
The above is serious, it's still not April Fools'.
l33tminion: (Bookhead (Nagi))
From Yonmei:

What we have here is the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you've read, underline the ones you read for school, italicise the ones you started but didn't finish:

The List )
l33tminion: (Chaos)
Courtesey of Yonmei: If you saw me in the back of a police car, what would you think I got arrested for? Answer me, then if you want, post to your own journal and see how many crimes you get accused of.
l33tminion: (Chaos)
Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] realcdaae comes this survey of controversial questions. May be disturbing:

Controversial questions meme )
l33tminion: (Food)
Meme time:

FOOD! )
l33tminion: (Wings)
From [livejournal.com profile] agentfroot:

1. The hordes of giant robo-pandas are stomping through the streets of Boston. What are you doing?

Probably saying something along the lines of "oops".

2. Ok, tell me all about your anime crushes.

I don't tend to have crushes on fictional characters. The closest would probably be Rakka from Haibane Renmei, who I'd just like to give a big hug. (I'd guess that most people who see Haibane Renmei feel the same way, if you haven't, see for yourself.)

3. Are you coming to Confluence this year?

Hopefully. Don't see any reason why I couldn't, and I'll have money from working.

4. Would you rather have spines like a porcupine or poisonous foot barbs like a platypus?

Foot barbs. Porcupine spikes would be far more inconvenient. Although I'm clumsy, so I'd probably have to carry anti-venom around.

5. How tall are you?

5'6".

Ask Me Meme

Jan. 7th, 2008 10:48 pm
l33tminion: (Doubt)
For the sake of reciprocity and interestingness:

I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away.

Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don't know about you!
l33tminion: (Fools)
80% Chris Dodd
78% Barack Obama
77% John Edwards
77% Joe Biden
76% Dennis Kucinich
75% Hillary Clinton
75% Mike Gravel
66% Bill Richardson
30% Rudy Giuliani
23% John McCain
19% Tom Tancredo
18% Mike Huckabee
18% Ron Paul
17% Mitt Romney
7% Fred Thompson
















2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz
l33tminion: (Bother!)
My Harry Potter Spoiler of Doom is:
Harry chokes to death on a hot dog in the lounge, with the candlestick
Get your Harry Potter Spoiler of Doom
l33tminion: (Conga!)
Because I've seen this one around a few times and feel like it.

Comment and I'll do three of the following, chosen by me:
1. Tell you why I friended you.
2. Associate you with something - a song, a color, a photo, etc.
3. Tell you something I like about you.
4. Tell you a memory I have of you.
5. Associate you with a character.
6. Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
7. Tell you my favorite user picture of yours.
l33tminion: (Hee!)
Because I feel like it... )
l33tminion: (Conga!)
From [livejournal.com profile] temarrea:

I'd like everyone who reads this to ask me 3 questions. Ask me anything you want (though I reserve the right to answer evasively). Then I want you to go to your journal, copy and paste this, allowing your friends to ask you anything.
l33tminion: (Doubt)
Mmm... Freudian...

Memage )

Meme courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] gerbilsage.
l33tminion: (LJ Base)
1. Pick one thing from my interest list you like and tell me why.
2. Pick one thing from my interest list you don’t like and tell me why.
3. Pick one thing from my interest list you were surprised to see there and tell me why.
4. Pick one thing from my interest list you don’t understand and I’ll explain it to you.
5. Pick one thing that’s not on my interest list but you think it should be there.

Random

Mar. 28th, 2006 02:33 am
l33tminion: (L33t zombie)
Another thing I neglected to mention: On my flight home, I was seated next to this older lady who apparently knew one of the Olin seniors. Small world, but I still have to figure out who she was talking about.

My flight back to Olin went fine except for failing to meet my friend at the airport (between miscommunications and phone problems). I took the T home, then almost got stranded at the T station as the cab company had all its cabs out picking people up from the airport. Fortunately, some randoms were willing to give me a ride home.

One bit of news to share. I must say, this current administration never fails to surprise me.

Finally, a random meme, just because:
Meme )
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