Saturday, August 04, 2007

Even I Am Surprised By The Range Of My Interests.

Here's a deeply silly and pointless, but unaccountably entertaining meme:

Go to Wikipedia and answer the questions by clicking the "random article" link in the left corner. (Snippets of the article appear after the question, with my own comments in italics.)

01. What are you afraid of?

My Favorite Summer 1956 is a book by Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle.

I've never met a book I was afraid of yet, but baseball does make me sort of unaccountably nervous.

02. What would you take with you on a deserted island?

A survivalist is a person who anticipates and prepares for a future disruption in local, regional or worldwide social or political order.

This is, in fact, exactly what I would want to take with me to a desert island!

03. What would you want for a wedding present?

Henry M. "Mickey" Michaux, Jr. is a Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's thirty-first House district, including constituents in Durham County.

Erm, so I guess he's invited to this hypothetical wedding of mine, but I really have no interest in keeping him.

04. What do you worship?

Phoxichilidiidae is a family of sea spiders.

We're a very small cult. So far.

05. What is your secret fetish?

At Death's Door is an independent short film featuring Cillian Murphy. It is about a boy who is urged to carry on his father's job-which is being Death.

Film about death are soooo sexy!

06. What will you dream about tonight?

Gordon Duncan (1964-2005) was one of a young generation of Scottish pipers who opened up the piping scene to a more innovative approach.

Good thing I actually like bagpipes, since I imagine a dream soundtrack featuring them would be unbearable if I didn't.

07. What would you buy if you had the money?

Defibrillation is the definitive treatment for the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia. Defibrillation consists of delivering a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the affected heart with a device called a defibrillator.

How much does a defibrillator cost, anyway?

08. What subject would you write a book about?

Truskavets (Ukrainian: Трускавець, translit. Truskavets’; Polish: Truskawiec) is a city in western Ukraine's Lviv Oblast (province), near the border with Poland.

This book is going to require a lot of research.

09. What do you collect?

Important Records is a record label that was created in 2001 after the management collapse of a popular North East record shop.

There may be some important records in my collection, but I don't think there are any Important Records.

10. What does your best memory connect to?

Remioromen is a Japanese rock band group formed in 2000.

How my best memory connects to that, I have no idea. But I'm sure it does somehow. Probably via Kevin Bacon.

11. The most unimportant thing you can think of?

Joone is an award winning director and producer of porn films and founder of the company Digital Playground. He is considered a ground-breaker in the world of interactive adult technology, pioneering the Virtual Sex line of DVDs. He also directed the successful porn film Pirates.

Actually, I can think of several things that I'd regard as less important than pirate porn.

12. What do you most preferably speak about?

Josh Winiberg is an English composer and pianist. Born in Essex on May 9th 1987, he composed his first solo piano album, Sunrise, at just 16 years old.

Yeah, there's just no shutting me up about that guy.

13. With which thing will/do you work with?

Roecliffe is a village and civil parish in the Harrogate district of North Yorkshire, England. It is situated near the A1 road motorway and 1 mile west of Boroughbridge.

Funny, I wouldn't imagine there'd be much call for radio telescope operators there.

14. What always makes you laugh?

Santana do Mundaú is a municipality located in the Brazilian state of Alagoas. Its population was 11,235 (2005) and its area is 224 km²

Yeah, that place is a hoot! Those wacky Brazilians!

15. And cry?

The Tech, first published in 1881, is the oldest and largest campus newspaper at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Yeah, New Mexcio Tech's crappy campus paper can't compete with that. It is to weep.

16. What was the first thing you saw when you woke up today?

Bentley Wood (grid reference SU250295), together with the adjacent Blackmoor Copse, form one of the largest contiguous areas of woodland in Wiltshire, England.

Why I woke up in the woods in Wiltshire, England, I don't know. Must've been some party last night.

17. What have you got in your pocket?

1715 in Poetry:


* Nicholas Rowe made British Poet Laureate

Works published

* Alexander Pope, translator of Homer's Iliad, Book I, followed by Books II in 1716, III in 1717, IV in 1718, and V-VI in 1720.
* Isaac Watts, Divine Songs for the Use of Children, including "How doth the little busy Bee"

I like to always keep a book in my pocket, if I can. Usually not 18th Century poetry, though, I'll admit.

18. What could replace you so that no one would notice?

With the Tides is the third album by British band South, first released in 2003.

I had no idea these people sounded so much like me.

19. What were your first words?

Peter Fisher is an Australian film and television actor, born in Cartwrights Hill, New South Wales 9 January 1955.

Surprised the hell out of my parents, I can tell you.

20. What will you be buried with?

Küçükköyspor is a sports club located in Istanbul, Turkey. The football club plays in the Iddaa League B.

Why I'm going to be buried with a Turkish soccer team is perhaps a question best not considered too closely.

21. What have you got in the drawer of your bedside table?

Loreto is a city in the southwest of the province of Santiago del Estero, Argentina. It has 9,854 inhabitants as per the 2001 census, and is the head town of the Loreto Department.

I had to shrink it down, of course. All part of my evil plan!

22. What do you love the most in this world?

The District of Potisje (Serbian: Potiski krunski dištrikt or Потиски крунски диштрикт) was an administrative unit of the Habsburg Monarchy. It was formed in 1751 with headquarters in Bečej, and existed for almost one century (until 1848).

I haven't been the same since 1848. *sniffle*

23. What would you write a song about for the next Eurovision Song Contest?

Loreto is a 1st class municipality in the province of Agusan del Sur, Philippines. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 31,365 people in 5,572 households.

How could that not guarantee me a win?

24. What do you see from the window at this moment?

Deviated Instinct, formed in 1984, were a pioneering British crust punk band. Their debut EP, Welcome to the Orgy, was released by Peaceville Records, which released the majority of their albums.

I really wish they'd get out from under my window. They're starting to scare me.

25. What are you in reality?

Lanny J. Davis (b. ?1946) is a lawyer and former Special Counsel to the President for Bill Clinton. He served as special counsel from 1996 to 1998, during which time he also was the spokesman for Clinton in issues regarding campaign finance investigations and other legal issues. He is a partner in Washington DC office of the law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, and is a graduate of Yale Law School.

Drat! My secret identity is revealed!


  1. Question 26: Why do you have this thing for towns named Loreto?

  2. I'm thinking of switching over to collecting those, instead of collecting Important Records.