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20/20 - shadows of echoes of memories of songs
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20/20
I figure that if hatmandu does it, it can't be too uncool:

1. Elaborate on your default icon.

It's a jaffa orange. A long time ago in another place, or in fact, this place (but for the passing of water which lies under bridges of sighs that implies that you can't cross the same fingers twice) I chose the nickname 'fruitcake' on irc. Lazy typists and tab-incompleters requested me to choose a shorter nick, so, racking my brains for another cake, I chose 'jaffa'. The choice was also inspired by the fact that my mum used to call me "Jayfer", as in "J for", as in "Janet", do you see, DO YOU SEE, which sounds a bit like "jaffa", DO YOU... yes, anyway.

I keep wondering about changing the default to my badger icon, which is a photo of Quincey the badger.

2. What's your current relationship status?

Hit points: 57
Experience: 2007

Strength: 16
Dexterity: 7
Intelligence: 12
Wisdom: 12
Charisma: 15

Class: middle
Alignment: Left
Race: Egg & spoon


3. Ever have a near-death experience?

Isn't it called "being alive"?

4. Name an obvious quality you have.

I'm short (5'1-and-a-bit"). This is less obvious online, where it becomes more obvious that I'm a habitual quibbler, pathologically incapable of attempting to remove imagined ambiguities.

5. What's the name of the song that's stuck in your head right now?

When I originally started writing this, for some reason best known to my subconscious, it was "Harvest for the World" by, er, probably not the Isley Brothers, but rather whoever covered it in the 1990s. Unless that was them re-releasing it, or something. I have no idea why this got stuck in my head, since I hadn't heard it recently, but I'm in danger of getting it stuck there again now.

6. Name a celebrity you would marry.

Any celebrity whom I'd been with for long enough to be convinced that I'd be happy spending the rest of my life with them.

7. Who will cut and paste this first?

Whoever is most bored.

8. Has anyone ever said you look like a celebrity?

Not as far as I can remember. That face recognition thing which was doing the rounds a few months ago said I looked like Douglas Fairbanks.

9. Do you wear a watch? What kind?

Not usually. I used to have a lovely clockwork watch but it has become increasingly unreliable despite two expensive attempts to get it fixed. (Both 'fixes' cost about £50. The watch originally cost me £5 from a flea-market.) I do still wear it sometimes -- it seems to be okay if I let it 'rest' between windings -- but mostly I just use my phone to tell me the time.

10. Do you have anything pierced?

Ears (twice). Boring. I got them pierced for the first time when I was 16, having argued my parents down from a minimum piercing age of 18 despite my dad's insistence that "only tarts have their ears pierced"; then got them done again in my first term at university, almost as a matter of principle (pointless, unlike the piercing machine, ho ho).

11. Do you have any tattoos?

No.

12. Do you like pain?

Depends.

13. Do you like to shop?

Yes, yes, yes. Partly because I just enjoy looking at stuff, and partly because I get some kind of satisfaction out of increasing my awareness of what's available and where (and for how much). I know that if somebody asks me "Where can you get [x]?" then I stand a good chance of being able to give them useful information; and when I need to buy something I probably already know where to look for the nearest/quickest/best/cheapest option. And I like finding and buying cool things for other people. It's fun.

14. What was the last thing you paid for with cash?

The bus fare this morning (£2.40 for a return from Botley to town centre). Oh, no, addedentry paid for that. In which case, a pint of White Horse 'Black Horse' Porter from the Turf, last night. Mmmm.

15. What was the last thing you paid for with your credit card?

With my debit card: lunch (cheese and sweetcorn pitta, can of cherry 7Up), the Guardian, and a bottle of cough mixture.

I can't remember the last time I bought anything with a credit card. Probably something on eBay, before I switched my PayPal account from credit card to debit card.

16. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?

Somebody from City University who wanted their boss's password resetting.

17. What is on your desktop background?

A picture of the seaside with badger.

18. What is the background on your cell phone?

Um... whatever Nokia put there, I think. Blue?

19. What was the last movie you watched?

Casino Royale (I don't go to the movies much). Daniel Craig makes quite a rugged Bond, but looks disturbingly like Will Self from some angles. Can you imagine Will Self playing James Bond? Bet you can now, whether you like it or not. Enjoy!

20. What was the last book you read?

A Bayard from Bengal, by F. Anstey. This book was in the Oxfam bin (several months ago) and begging to be taken home, so I took pity on it. It's funny in parts (mostly the parts where it intends to be funny, too).

[My reading list]


Yes, I know I haven't posted my New Year's Resolutions yet. I'm sort of road-testing them first.

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katstevens From: katstevens Date: January 18th, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Harvest for the World"

The Christians!
j4 From: j4 Date: January 18th, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! ... Oh dear.
simont From: simont Date: January 18th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm short [...] This is less obvious online

I'll say. I formed a clear mental picture of you from your posts on oxbridge.tat before meeting you; in my imagination you weren't merely "not short" but were actively tall, also imposing and authoritative in manner.

It's unusual for me to form a mental picture at all for somebody I haven't met; normally I imagine them as an abstract concept until I've seen the real appearance to which I should be tying that concept. I've no idea at all why I made an exception for you. I can only assume my subconscious was just in a forming-pictures-of-people mood.
j4 From: j4 Date: January 18th, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh. On the internet I'm always wearing my seven-league fifteen-inch platform boots. FOR STOMPING ON PEOPLE. ;-)

I don't exactly form images of people in my head but I do often feel that they look different from what I expected, without being able to articulate how. Unfortunately I often express surprise at how they look before realising I can't explain why I'm surprised, which leads to lots of conversations that go a bit like this:

Me: "You don't look like you do on teh internets!"
Them: (suspiciously) "How am I different?"
Me: (lamely) "You're... uh... less text-based."
simont From: simont Date: January 18th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
*grin*

I can still remember the surprised reaction of IWJ on meeting me for the first time: "You're Simon Tatham? Oh. You don't look like your sig."

My sig at the time was admittedly one of those ghastly ASCII-art things that are common among people who haven't hung around Usenet for long enough to grow out of them, so it probably did give a slightly inaccurate impression of me as some kind of annoying weenie. But even so, I'd have been more easily able to understand "you don't behave like your sig" than that I didn't look like it. I have no idea what visual characteristics I'd expect to be correlated with the use of ASCII-art sigs!
hairyears From: hairyears Date: January 18th, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not just online: Face-to-face, she gives that 'you weren't merely "not short" but were actively tall' impression.

Janet is actually a bonsai tall person.

I'm not so sure about the 'imposing and authoritative' bit, though.
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: January 18th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Douglas Fairbanks ?

Ye gods and little fishes. The technical term for that is "Not Even Wrong", it's not in close enough a universe of discourse to be wrong.
hatmandu From: hatmandu Date: January 18th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I refuse to take responsibility, either for this damnable meme or for not being uncool. I hate these things. I'm also, unfortunately, an easily bored, crowd-hugging egotist. I even lied about not liking shopping.

Do I win a goat?
jiggery_pokery From: jiggery_pokery Date: January 18th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Relationships are inherently obstacle races, though better that than a three-legged one, with respect to all those who my bipedenormality offends. It's also the course over which they are run that is important, not the outcome, because there's never a finish line. And even if there were, you could run round for another lap!

I'm also inclined to wonder for the sake of completeness what the constitution of the relationship is, but I fear that's far too naughty a question...
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: January 18th, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm also inclined to wonder for the sake of completeness what the constitution of the relationship is, but I fear that's far too naughty a question...

Any answer should be OK so long as there's a sensible procedure in place for amendments to it.
j4 From: j4 Date: January 19th, 2007 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just so long as we have the right to bare arms (sorry!).

Did you get my email?
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: January 19th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have answered all the email I have got from you, and I haven't had one since... that's odd. The last one I have that I can find is October 11, but I'm pretty sure I've answered at least one since then, with your new address in. I must have put it in the wrong folder, damn it.
j4 From: j4 Date: January 19th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Arghh. I sent you a shamefully late "thank you for the Xmas present" mail in reply to your "thank you" mail. Can I say "thank you" again now?

I am drowning in spam (and trying to keep up with four personal accounts and two work accounts) so it's entirely possible that you've replied to mine and I've lost the reply. In fact it's possible that we've been emailing each other since Oct 11 and not seeing any of each other's mail. I was basically offline for most of November what with moving house/job, going to a conference, no internet at home, and having flu.

I miss talking to you. I am getting worse and worse at making email work like proper conversation, and I don't know why (I don't think the practical/tech problems above are all of it). LJ is easier up to a point but rubbish for ongoing conversation, and more and more work is getting in the way of LJ (shocking!) and I'm missing stuff and never having time to catch up and then offending people by commenting on the (trivial) posts I see and (as it seems to them) ignoring the (deep and meaningful) posts I haven't seen.

It is things like this that make me wonder if I am not quite as digital-native as I like to think I am, even though I'm not really digital-native, I just came over on the digital ship when I was a baby and have lived in digital all my life and only occasionally feel some kind of residual need to get back to my analog roots ("I'll bake a cake and weigh everything in imperial measures! Yeah!").

Or something.

To be honest I currently feel like I am as much use to the world as a fish is to a badger. I feel like I'm all ideas and handwaving, and no actual output.

*sigh*

(But thank you for your compliment on my icon! I designed it in response to my sister's request for a poster, but I don't think she ever needed it. LJ icons give me a tiny space in which to satisfy my occasional photoshopping urges.)
addedentry From: addedentry Date: January 19th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
10,000 pixels of ivory?
j4 From: j4 Date: January 19th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
... when all you need is a life?
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: January 19th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Can I say "thank you" again now?

Certainly, and I hope you enjoy it. *hug* Nor is there any rush on your getting around to it.

In fact it's possible that we've been emailing each other since Oct 11 and not seeing any of each other's mail. I was basically offline for most of November what with moving house/job, going to a conference, no internet at home, and having flu.

You do have internet at home now though, yes ?

I miss talking to you. I am getting worse and worse at making email work like proper conversation, and I don't know why

I miss conversation with you too, and damn it but I'm not going to be travelling that way this year either. Maybe next year. [ Though not in Jerusalem. ]

I'm missing stuff and never having time to catch up and then offending people by commenting on the (trivial) posts I see and (as it seems to them) ignoring the (deep and meaningful) posts I haven't seen.

People take offence at the strnagest things; and my friendslist's been randomly doropping half of certain people's posts since forever, nor has there been any motion on a fix for this.

I just came over on the digital ship when I was a baby and have lived in digital all my life and only occasionally feel some kind of residual need to get back to my analog roots ("I'll bake a cake and weigh everything in imperial measures! Yeah!").

You do come up with the most lovely metaphors.

(But thank you for your compliment on my icon! I designed it in response to my sister's request for a poster, but I don't think she ever needed it. LJ icons give me a tiny space in which to satisfy my occasional photoshopping urges.)

Likewise, fwiw; I have more than 80 of the things now.
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