Sunday, April 04, 2004

Yet Another Meme

Because Fred is right. This is what the internet's for.

1: Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 18, find line 4. Write down what it says: "...because he had encountered and analyzed..." From Fluke, or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings by Christopher Moore, which I'm currently reading. I somehow managed to wind up with a large print edition by accident, which I guess explains why line 4 is only six words long.

2: Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What do you touch first? I had to move it around quite a bit, but eventually it encountered one of the computer's speakers.

3: What is the last thing you watched on TV? Actually on TV? I have no idea. Possibly an episode of The Simpsons. And that was probably months ago. If videotape counts, part of a Farscape episode. ("Vitas Mortis," to be precise.) I'm copying yet another set of tapes for yet another potential Scaper convert.

4: WITHOUT LOOKING, guess what time it is: 12:45?

5: Now look at the clock, what is the actual time?: 11:43. Damn. Wishful thinking. I'm at work, you know.

6: With the exception of the computer, what can you hear?: The sound of eleven magnetic tapes spinning.

7: When did you last step outside? what were you doing? About an hour and a half ago, when I came in to work.

8: Before you came to this website, what did you look at? Which website? The Blogger site (where I am now as I type this)? Or the website where I stole the meme from? And does this mean what website did I last visit or is it a more general "what did you look at?" In any case, I suppose the answer is probably somebody's LiveJournal.

9: What are you wearing? Gray sweatpants. A black t-shirt from Weird Al Yankovic's Poodle Hat tour. White men's tube socks. Somewhat muddy white sneakers.

10: Did you dream last night? Yes, but I don't remember what.

11: When did you last laugh? Probably very recently, at something I read in my web-surfing. Not out loud, though. 'Cause, yeah, I'm at work.

12: What is on the walls of the room you are in?: Hmm that's kind of a long list. This is a big room. But, let's see, working around the room: a row of magnetic tape drives, some control panels for the fire and electrical systems, a map of North America with lights that light up to show where our antennas are located, a gallery of pictures of radiotelescopes under construction, some posters with pictures of various astronomical objects, a framed (and apparently autographed) picture of Buzz Aldrin standing on the moon (I don't know where that came from, but it's cool), several whiteboards showing the status of the antennas and tape recorders and playback drives. And a bunch of other stuff that I've either missed or that wasn't particularly interesting.

13: Seen anything weird lately?: I've been living in the desert long enough that all the rain we've been having seems pretty weird. Oh, and the hail. Hail is just weird, period.

14: What do you think of this quiz?: It's better than some. At least everything's spelled correctly. It gets major points for that.

15: What is the last film you saw?: In the theater? Bubba Ho-Tep. On DVD... Well, last night I watched part of Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, with various odd combinations of dubbing and subtitling (e.g., in French with Portuguese subtitles.) What can I say? I have strange friends.

16: If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy first?: I don't know. Breakfast?

17: Tell me something about you that I don't know: Who the hell are you, and what do you know about me? Oh, OK, OK... Um... I can recite all of "Jabberwocky" from memory. There. You probably didn't know that.

18: If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt or politics, what would you do?: I'd renew Farscape. Sure, I could wish for world peace or something, and I would, except those kinds of wishes always have unintended consequences, don't they? Better to stick with something small and safe.

19: Do you like to dance?: I can't dance. At all.

20: George Bush: is he a power-crazy nutcase or some one who is finally doing something that has needed to be done for years?: Neither.

21: Imagine your first child is a girl, what do you call her?: I'm not going to have children. But since we're being hypothetical... Alexandria. Yeah, I know. Just like me to name my kid after a library...

22: Imagine your first child is a boy, what do you call him?: Kyle.

23: Would you ever consider living abroad?: Maybe, if I had good reason to. And if it was somewhere English-speaking, because I hate the idea of not being able to communicate, and English is the only language I'm anything remotely approaching fluent in.

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