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Italicize the authors you've heard of before reading this list of authors, bold the ones you've read at least one work by, underline the ones of whose work you own (or have owned)

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I found myself thinking yesterday, as I was walking past a newsagent trying to pimp lottery tickets, just what I would do if I unexpectedly came into millions of dollars, in terms of my own life (take for granted the part where I'd pay off everyone I know's mortgages yadda yadda).

I decided I would immediately ditch my job, go to London and study osteopathy at the BSO for 4 years, ensuring I studied cranial osteopathy. Then do a post-grad course in animal osteopathy in Wantage (near Oxford). Then I'd go home and do animal osteopathy part time.

It kind of surprised me.

Anyways, if money were no object, what would you do with your life?
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Questions from [personal profile] ironed_orchid :

1. Do you have plans to move back to NZ at any point?

Oh yes, I have a constant intention to move back to NZ, although I'm not actually planning to do so for at least the next couple of years (barring significant events). I'm not an "ex-pat" by any description; I really am a New Zealander who happens to live overseas (albeit nearly half of my adult life). NZ is my place, my landscape, my culture(s), my turangawaewae (a Maori term meaning "a place to stand"; where you can stand and speak and have a right to be heard).

2. Are you finished with study for the time being?

I'm still dithering about that one, actually! In the course of study I've just completed, I've looked at the further offerings in the same area, and there are only two units I'm truly interested in taking. Also, if I'm going to step down to one unit per semester, it will take 2 years to do the grad dip, and I'm not sure I can sustain my interest for that long. Still pondering my options, really

3. What do you like best about the dot_poly_snark and dot_queer_snark communities?

The snark, by which I mean the more-or-less gentle pointing out of the ridiculousness of people's foibles. The nice things about these comms is that they don't generally turn into dogpiles, but they certainly do highlight a model of how not to do things, quite often. I think of them as the online version of gossip, which, while it can be used to enforce norms in a negative way, can be used to build community in the positive way. Also, it brings teh funneh. I don't like malicious humour as such, but people often are ridiculous, including myself. ETA: and I should say the snark is about the communities I am a member of - it's not done from the outside looking in - we're poking fun at ourselves.

4. Now that I'm nearly done with the Vorkosigan saga, what else should I read?

You should definitely read Lois's Chalion books. They are really excellent, although in the fantasy/AU vein. They're set in an AU which is located in the Iberian peninsula of the 15th Century - Isabella and Ferdinand, effectively - and they're fantastic examinations of politics, relationships and one's relationship with The Gods (mules feature heavily).

5. Any thoughts on using dreamwidth now that it's been over 6 months?

I love its operational and community model and that the founders haven't compromised it, that they're actively developing new features, and that they are great at clear communication. Without wanting to sound too wanky, it feels like a "safer space" due to the fact we users are not seen as ad-clicking and commercial revenue-gathering machines. And while people's attention can be claimed by things like Twitter, Facebook and so on, I still think there is a role for spaces you can waffle on at greater length, without needing to run up a single-person blog (which requires fairly active input to keep afloat, while also being more of a one-to-many communication thing). I personally need to hunt around for communities that are a bit more active; fandom comms seem to be doing fine, but I'm not in fandom, and the comms I'm currently in haven't revved up yet.

Meme participation, if desired:

Leave me a comment saying "Resistance is Futile."
• I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can satisfy my curiosity.
• Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
• Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions. (Or not, it's up to you)

(Until I run out of oomph, that is)
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(Meme ganked from [personal profile] reynardo )

...there are not one but two large harbours (the Waitematā and Manukau), with anchorages and inlets to spare, and a low tidal range (3.5m at spring tide). The narrowest point between the two harbours is less than a kilometre, and Maori used to carry their canoes from one to the other. Not surprisingly, the road that was built on that track is called Portage Rd (alas, the tide was out in the Manukau Harbour and the mangroves obscure the Tamaki River that drains to the Waitemata in that satellite image). And Captain Cook sailed right past both of these large harbours.

...on a slightly related note, the Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta has been running since 1840, when the city was founded. It is likely the largest one-day sailing regatta in the world. I've not been big into sailing - not being rich growing up - but I do know how to sail a P-class dinghy, and it was always fun to get somewhere close to the harbour and see it totally covered with boats. It's about the only city-wide event I have always enjoyed.

...there is the largest Polynesian settlement in the world, with over 175,000 Polynesians from various islands contributing 14% of Auckland's population. Samoans, Tongans, Fijiians, Cook Islanders, Niueans, Tokelauans, and so on. I can greet people in five of those languages, by virtue of attending a school that was 70% Maori/Polynesian. Maori aren't included in that population figure, although they they of course came from the eastern Polynesian islands at some point around 1200. The Pasifika Festival one of the largest of its kind, and is where I can stock up on pineapple pies, since a lot of corner shops in Auckland are now owned by Asian people, with not so many Samoans as when I was growing up.

...during WWII, the scandal of the day featured two women dancers at the Civic Theatre, Freda Stark and Thelma Trott. Freda Stark "was known as 'The Fever of the Fleet' after dancing in nothing but a feather headdress, a g-string and a coat of gold paint". Thelma's husband (a composer, nearly 20 years older than she) poisoned Thelma with barbiturates after he learned about their affair. He was originally sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment when the Labour Govt was elected. Miss Stark spent a number of years in England before returning to Auckland in her later years. I regularly saw her - she was a tiny woman - walking about in Ponsonby wearing a black trouser outfit and carrying a silver-tipped black cane. I totally want to be like her when I grow up. After she died, her ashes were interred in Thelma's grave, 60 years after Thelma's death. There is a bar in the Civic Theatre building named Stark's in her honour, but I haven't had a drink there yet.

...Germaine Greer was arrested for uttering the words "fuck" and "bullshit" in 1972 during a speech against anti-abortionists at the Auckland Town Hall. Her arrest sparked off an avalanche of student protests, and was also apparently one of the reasons she decided to live in England, away from the censorship in Australasia.

...there are 50-odd dormant (not extinct) volcanoes - the central isthmus is really just one big volcanic field. The last eruption was Rangitoto Island (in the middle of the Waitemata Harbour) about 600 years ago. The eruptions have been getting comparatively stronger the more recent they've been. They've got maps of likely lava flows and so on for each of the volcanoes, in case of one blowing, but geologists obviously have no clue which one will blow or when. You can see a seismograph in the Auckland Museum - I used to think that the line was supposed to be constantly wiggling a tiny bit. Apparently not. They might be small, but I really wouldn't like to be there if one goes off.

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1. You can ONLY answer 'Yes' or 'No'.

2. You are NOT ALLOWED to explain ANYTHING unless someone messages or comments you and asks—and, believe me, the temptation to explain some of these will be overwhelming. Nothing is exactly as it seems.

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You Are An INFJ
The Protector

You live your life with integrity, originality, vision, and creativity.
Independent and stubborn, you rarely stray from your vision - no matter what it is.
You are an excellent listener with almost infinite patience.
You have complex feelings, and you take great care to express them.

In love, you see relationships as an opportunity to connect and grow.
You enjoy relationships when they are improving and changing. You can't stand stagnation.

At work, you stay motivated and happy... as long as you are working toward a dream you support.
You would make a great photographer, alternative medicine guru, or teacher.

How you see yourself: Hardworking, ethical, and helpful

When other people don't get you, they see you as: Manipulative, weak, and unstable

Heh, I'm an excellent listener when I remember to shut up - and that's not actually a facetious remark. The infinite patience part is definitely FAIL though (although it WAY increases proportionally in relation to how much I care about someone). As for creativity, well, meh.
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Another survey tiem (ganked from [ profile] micheinnz )

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Ganked from [ profile] kikibug13 and based on a Beeb "best reads" list from some years back. The Guardian has just been doing a series of  1000 "best reads" as well. I'm afraid I find many of their selections to be overly literary. The SFF section has some great choices, but too much magical realism, horror, alternate histories and "ghost stories", and some really annoying omissions. I'm sorry, Affinity by Sarah Waters is not a fantasy book. And nor is Naked Lunch.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the ones you're half way through.
4) For all the bold ones you have read, put a bit of commentary - be it snark, poetic, or just explaining what the book is - but no longer than a sentence.

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...and since I think it was actually a pretty accurate representation, for a change. says I'm a Cool History / Lit Geek.  Click here to take the Nerd Test, get nerdy images and jokes, and write on the nerd forum!

And I don't even have a copy of the Iliad! I'm sure I lost points on the computer front because I have no desire to own an iPhone at present. Oh well. The sci-fi/comic score is surprisingly high given the fact I haven't read anything really by DC or Marvel. I don't think Dilbert, DTWOF and various other queer cartoons count as "comics" in their pantheon.
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(One of the best 80's songs, evah)

But this is a fun meme

Got at!

I'm pretty sure I left some out, but those are the ones that spring to mind. The Thameslink in London and the subway in Melbourne aren't included. I thought that maybe they don't include trains with just a bit of underground routing, but the Muni, Sydney and LU have overground components. No underground trains in NZ at all, alas.

As for fond memories of subway trains, the best was the Brussels one. Some chickie was most definitely trying to chat me up on one occasion. It was very smooth; she asked where I got my bag from. Alas, my French is rudimentary at best, so I was able to tell her where the bag was from (London), but not which cafes were best near the stop we were at. Or much else.
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When you see a Bujold quote in someone's journal, post another quote in your L/J, and we'll see how long we can keep it going.

And, hah-hah!, I just re-read The Vor Game last week. One of the more rompy books near the beginning of the Miles stories.

War is not its own end, except in some catastrophic slide into absolute damnation. It's peace that's wanted. Some better peace than the one you started with.
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Ganked from [ profile] micheinnz .

This is a follow-up to the Omnivore's 100, a listing of foods that one has eaten. Given the amount of red meat the other list featured, I expect to do better in this one.

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Italicize any item you'll never eat again.
5) Asterisk any items you'd be willing to try but have not yet.
6) Mention the original source
7) Post only behind an LJ cut!
And better I was... )
ETA: 95/100. Not a surprise. (and I started counting up the ones I had eaten before thinking I could actually count the ones I hadn't, and subtract. Duh!)

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via [info]jekni

Actually, I didn't find this one too challenging, but I wouldn't really want to discuss the works with the quiz designer, since I think I only liked Jane Eyre:

Your result for The How Well-Read Are You? Test...

Incredibly Well Read

Your level of Well-Readliness is 100 %!

*Applause* You. Are. Amazing. You may also be bothered by the fact that the first three sentences were not proper sentences at all but, rest easy now, the periods are there for emphasis. Also, I apologize for making this test to measure 'well-readliness' but nothing else would fit properly. Well, then. I could easily talk to you for hours. We could have a field day discussing Capote, Austen, Chaucer, Steinbeck, and Dickens, just to name a few. Chances are you really enjoy reading, which is wonderful in this day and age, and you either impress or annoy those around you with your vast knowledge of the best literature the world has to offer. Bravo, my friend. Bravo. Let's do tea sometime.

Take The How Well-Read Are You? Test at HelloQuizzy

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Right Brain/ Left Brain Quiz
The higher of these two numbers below indicates which side of your brain has dominance in your life. Realising your right brain/left brain tendancy will help you interact with and to understand others.
Left Brain Dominance: 7(7)
Right Brain Dominance: 6(6)
Right Brain/ Left Brain Quiz

See, no wonder I had problems figuring out what I wanted to study or do for a living. :-)
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1) Bold what is true about you.
2) Underline what is half true.
3) Italicize what you wish was true about you.
4) Add one true thing about you to the end of the list.
5) Tag five LJ friends, if you want. (no taggings)
6) Ask me anything about any of my answers, if you want.
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