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On the twelfth day of Christmas, fledgist sent to me...
Twelve jmhms drumming
Eleven stwishs piping
Ten egladys a-leaping
Nine marydells dancing
Eight paperskys a-milking
Seven fidelioscabinets a-swimming
Six soon_lees a-laying
Five ka-a-a-ate_nepveus
Four jakeinhartsels
Three bellatrys
Two books
...and an internet in a coffee.
Get your own Twelve Days:
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Snurched from [livejournal.com profile] elisem 

My LiveJournal Sitcom
Living couchs (BRAVO, 10:30): fledgist (John Barrymore) and sajia (Robert Mitchum) raise puppys. Afterwards, patknuth (Thora Birch) plays chess against kouredios (Cindy Crawford), who doesn't know how. That night, quietselkie (Raul Julia) discovers that kate_nepveu (Eric Idle) is taking secular humanism lessons. Later, alaneer (Alan Thicke) paints neutronjockey (Patricia Richardson)'s DVD player orange. Also, soon_lee (Kim Basinger) marries mylittleplum (Carrie-Anne Moss)'s mother. TV-14.
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Apparently it got the beard right....


You are Will Riker
Will Riker
80%
James T. Kirk (Captain)
60%
Mr. Scott
60%
Chekov
55%
Geordi LaForge
55%
Jean-Luc Picard
50%
Uhura
45%
Worf
45%
Spock
37%
Deanna Troi
35%
An Expendable Character (Redshirt)
35%
Leonard McCoy (Bones)
30%
Beverly Crusher
30%
Mr. Sulu
25%
Data
20%
At times you are self-centered
but you have many friends.
You love many women, but the right
woman could get you to settle down.


Click here to take the "Which Star Trek character am I?" quiz...

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Apparently it got the beard right....


You are Will Riker
Will Riker
80%
James T. Kirk (Captain)
60%
Mr. Scott
60%
Chekov
55%
Geordi LaForge
55%
Jean-Luc Picard
50%
Uhura
45%
Worf
45%
Spock
37%
Deanna Troi
35%
An Expendable Character (Redshirt)
35%
Leonard McCoy (Bones)
30%
Beverly Crusher
30%
Mr. Sulu
25%
Data
20%
At times you are self-centered
but you have many friends.
You love many women, but the right
woman could get you to settle down.


Click here to take the "Which Star Trek character am I?" quiz...

Meme

Mar. 12th, 2009 07:45 pm
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The Blogalyser reveals...

Your blog/web page text has an overall readability index of 18.

This suggests that your writing style is intellectual
(to communicate well you should aim for a figure between 10 and 20).Your blog has 15 sentences per entry, which suggests your general message is distinguished by verbosity
(writing for the web should be concise).

CHARACTER MATRIX



Edited to add that the link is: http://www.awrc.info/content/blogalyser2.php
male malefemale female
self oneselfgroupworld world
past pastpresentfuture future

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Via [livejournal.com profile] kouredios , who tagged me with this. If you comment about this, I've got to come up with five things about you that you will then elaborate on on your LJ.

Anyway, kouredios declared that the five things that she finds notable about me are:

1. poetry
2. grading
3. multicultural
4. Trollope
5. Maxwell

So:

1. Poetry. Yes, I write it. I write formal verse in a variety of formal genres. I started writing free verse when I was a teenager living in the Jamaican countryside. My father didn't approve of it. Until I won an award in the Jamaica Festival Literary competition in 1971. Then he complained that I didn't write short stories. I wrote a lot of poetry in the seventies and early eighties. Some of it got published. Then I stopped, for over two decades. When I started again, I was writing in formal modes and finding it a lot easier and more natural than writing in free mode. Why? I don't know.

The freedom that a simple, structured mode
provides, is not the one you might suppose
to let the verse move easily as prose
from mind to paper, or this odd abode
where thought and sense meet in a complex code
and we assume that what we might compose
is understood. The word is not the rose.
Laugh at the voice, but do not just reject
what has been said since all that has been meant
is honest feeling, compressed but still plain
in decent English rhyming for effect
there is no doubt. Just take the straight intent
in proper measure and count it pure gain.

2. Grading. Comes with the job. It's the part of teaching that, I suspect, most of us who teach really, truly hate. It's one thing to face bright young people in the classroom. It's another thing to realise that those bright young people have trouble getting nouns and verbs to agree. Sometimes they just don't go over what they write (or should that be 'right'?), in which case a man might be killed by a stray pullet. In other cases, they suddenly realise that an essay is due tomorrow, and rush to write the dratted thing. The rush to completion breeds monsters. There's no one as presidential as 'Barrock O'Bama'. Trust me. Or the young person who thinks that's the name of the president of the United States.

3. Multicultural. Eu non sei si anda ou si corre. ¿Pero porqué me calificas cómo multicultural? Is why yu put mi inna disya category. I'm just thoroughly uncertain.

4. Trollope. Now why are you calling me a trollop, young lady? I'll have you know I'm a very proper person. I'll have nothing to do with trollops. Nor, with Trollope, except as a professional matter, not after spending time with The West Indies and the Spanish Main. The funny thing is that most of the section on Trollope got excised from that piece for reasons of length; the version that will be published this year will be about Carlyle, Froude, and Thomas. Trollope and Kingsley will be mentioned but not discussed at length. Which is a pity, since both Trollope and Kingsley deserve attention as contributors to the Victorian debate on how the British West Indies should be governed.

5. Maxwell. Yes, John Maxwell sends me copies of his newspaper column for dissemination online (after it appears in the Jamaica Observer). I've known him for thirty-two years now. He's an extraordinary person. He taught my older son to suck on limes when he was ten months old, and he was still doing it as a teenager. My younger son has 'Maxwell' as one of his middle names, which says something about the respect that his mother and I feel for John.

Memosity

Dec. 24th, 2008 11:11 am
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Taken from [livejournal.com profile] autopope. List the towns or cities where you spent at least a night away from home during 2008. Mark with a star if you had multiple non-consecutive stays.

New Orleans
Birmingham, AL
San Diego
Elyria, OH
Boston

Meme

Dec. 16th, 2008 10:03 pm
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The top fifty SF books.

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.
Use a + to indicate the ones you own. Use a - to indicate ones you used to own, but no longer have.



1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien ***** +
2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov -
3. Dune****, Frank Herbert -
4. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein +
5. A Wizard of Earthsea **** Ursula K. Leguin **** -

6. Neuromancer ***, William Gibson -
7. Childhood's End **, Arthur C. Clarke -
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick 
9. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury 

11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
12. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
13. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov 
14. Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
15. Cities in Flight, James Blish *** -
16. The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett  -
17. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison -
18. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
19. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester **** +
20. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
21. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey -
22. Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card -
23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson -
24. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
-
25. Gateway, Frederik Pohl -
26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling
27. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams ** -

28. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
29. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin **** -
31. Little, Big, John Crowley
32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny****** +
33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick** -
34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
37. On the Beach, Nevil Shute
38. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke -
39. Ringworld, Larry Niven
40. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
41. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien ** +
42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
43. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
44. Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester ***+
46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein -
47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
<strike>48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks </strike>
49. Timescape, Gregory Benford
50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer -

Meme

Dec. 1st, 2008 04:12 pm
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Via [livejournal.com profile] marydell . 

Put the things you've done in bold.   (By this list, I seem to have done quite little!)

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumping
12. Visited Paris (I was three at the time)
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch (but only if poetry counts).
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train (again, at age 3)
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb (no but held goat kids).
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors  
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkelling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theatre
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favourite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London 
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous 
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake 
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

 

Memosity

Nov. 30th, 2008 09:46 am
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Following [livejournal.com profile] pecunium I used Genderanalyzer on this blog, and discovered the following:

We have strong indicators that http://fledgist.livejournal.com is written by a woman (100%).

I wonder what those 'strong indicators' are. My beard?


Meme

Oct. 30th, 2008 07:58 pm
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Via[livejournal.com profile] realthog  and [livejournal.com profile] marydell : Copy this sentence into your livejournal if you're in a heterosexual marriage, and you don't want it "protected" by the bigots who think that gay marriage hurts it somehow. If you read this, and live in California, please consider voting NO on Proposition 8.

I have yet to understand how two men marrying each other, or two women marrying each other affects my marriage in any manner whatsoever. I cannot see that it does, or how it is any business of mine to prevent consenting adults from ensuring that their relationships have the same protections mine do. It is only decent. It is only just. It is the only proper thing to do.
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Via [livejournal.com profile] kouredios 


1. Think of the first word that comes to mind when you think of me.
2. Go to Google Images and search for that word.
3. Reply to this post with one of the pictures on the first page of results (don't tell me the word). (To insert an image, type < img src="url of the image">, but without a space between the opening bracket and "img.")
4. Put this in your own journal so that I can do the same. (optional, of course)
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From several different LJs:

* Grab the nearest book.
* Open the book to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

Eric Williams, <i>Capitalism & Slavery</i>, New York: Capricorn Books, 1966.

Not a nail, not a horseshoe, said Chatham, could be manufactured, nor hats, nor iron, nor refined sugar.



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 Grab the nearest book. Find the 5th sentence on page 23. Append it to the paragraph below. Append your name to the list below of people who have contributed to the paragraph. Post the result to your LJ.

They also talk of our being guilty of injustice, and their being the victims of an unjustifiable war. Brandy, and Tom got increasingly close-mouthed and sour. Although a certain sense of tripartite society survived down to Christian times, the three classes described in the Eddic poem "Rigdthula" bear little resemblance to Dumezil's three. It is often argued, and still oftener thought, that none but bad men would desire to weaken these salutary beliefs; and there can be nothing wrong, it is thought, in restraining bad men, and prohibiting what only such men would wish to practice.

At its nearest point the wall was little more than one league from the City, and that was south-eastward. When he saw Jack Hare jump towards the fire, and the Practical Man brandishing the toasting-fork, Sir Isaac grabbed the strings of gravitational force that bound Jack to his destiny and PULLED--- That's a seventy-four gun privateer, besides. To honour a group of British nobles, treacherously slain at a conference by Hengist's guards, Aurelius decides to erect a great monument near Amesbury. That being so, he did not chortle when he went upstairs. Let stand. This ensures that when the garbage collector runs, it has complete access to the memory in the heap and can perform its tasks safely without the threat of being preempted by another thread. And then you may begin to laugh. The data are stored in Column 1 and renamed "Age." Pull your hand back. I don't remember that any secrets were revealed to me, nor do I remember any avid curiosity on my part to learn something I wasn't supposed to--perhaps I was too young to know what to listen for. You don't remember how awful it is being normal. Highlight the desired state tax table and press Enter.

Abraham had now reached a ripe old age, and the LORD had blessed him in every way. This doesn't alter either string, any more than 2+3 alters either 2 or 3. And I will say firmly that it is the author who says, "One does feel," who is really an egoist; and the author who says, "I believe," who is not an egoist. The police have agreed to let us show this video. She was particularly fond of Union Maj. Joseph Willard, some years her senior, who courted her amid the competitive field of Blue and Gray. And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womanservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok. Nonetheless I am surprised to see the amount my week's worth of toil has actually brought me. "How Noble," the Reverend Mother sneered. For example, almond is neutral and sweet, so it only acts on the lungs; wheat bran is cool and sweet, so it only acts on the stomach; kelp is cold and salty, so it only acts on the stomach.

The Abilities entry tells you which abilities are most important for a character of that class. With a robust build, golden hair, blue eyes, and glowing pink skin, he looked more like a Hollywood version of a Kansas farm worker (in good times) than a rich eccentric whose body was swarming with engineered algae and alien genes. "I know you don't believe me anymore, Jan, and I don't blame you." Conversely, many of the terms that were commonly used a decade ago are now considered to be out of fashion, outdated, or even offensive to many people in the transgender community. The childs mouth gaped open. "And she just hauled off and hit it". You don't have to quit Word just to start editing another document. Io regained her shape, became once more what once she was. I had no idea, for example, why the oceans were salty but the Great Lakes weren't.

By the standards of the time, the tale would be left incomplete without the vengeance, and the name of Charlemagne would be left under a cloud, for to allow the slaying of one's vassal or kinsman to go unavenged was held to be a very shameful thing. In other words the changing of the body position causes the gravity advantage to shift, thus requiring the dog to use his tongue to do more of the work. It is interesting that, similar to the mycoplasmas (see section 1.3.4.1), some archaea have no associated cell wall. For instance, can he play hockey?

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Via [livejournal.com profile] pnh and [livejournal.com profile] neutronjockey 

Take a picture of yourself right now. Don’t change your clothes. Don’t fix your hair. Just take a picture. Post that picture with no editing. (Except maybe to get the image size down to something reasonable. Don’t go posting an eight megapixel image.) Include these instructions.


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