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 Age I was given : 30
I lived in : Mid-terrace in Stevenage
I drove : Citroen AX, I think.
I worked at : Analyst/programmer at BAe
I wanted to be : A better programmer than I already was, a better cook, a better musician, a better storyteller... yes, all at once.  Also quite fancied getting into this new-fangled "web" thing...
I feared : Nothing serious. Spiders, deep water, large unpredictable animals
I am now : 47
I drive : Renault Clio
I live in: 4-bed semi, Biggleswade
I work at : Senior web developer at the IET
I want to be : Pretty much what I am, only better at it. Some things don't change.
I fear : Less of the trivial things, more wary of my health deteriorating any further.
"Like" this status (if on Facebook) or comment if reading this elsewhere and I will give you an age.
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Since a lot of people are doing it, and it's a writing challenge, here's my job description using the Up-goer Five editor - only the "ten hundred" most commonly used words are allowed.

 I tell computers how to help people find out about things they want to know. Sometimes the people do not know what it is they want to know, or how it should be shown to them to make it easy to understand, so I help them work it out.
Sometimes I tell other people how to tell the computers what to do, and then check that they have got it right. If they have got it wrong, I tell them how to put it right.
I like making computers help people instead of getting in their way. The best part is when they tell me that their job is much easier because I have helped them.
That really wasn't all that difficult.compared with some I've seen.
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I write like
William Shakespeare

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Well, that's what I got for three of my stories. I thought that just trying this on one was rather a small sample, so I went through all the plain English prose I had on-line. Consistency does not seem to be what I do, but I question most of these anyway.

Linkage: Gloranthan stories and the rest

List under here )

Poetry meme

Mar. 2nd, 2010 10:50 pm
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Apparently the rules are 'When you see this post, post a poem'. I'd been meaning to rave about a book my kid sister gave me in any case: "How to be well-versed in poetry" is a brilliant work that explains every possible poetic form (and some previously deemed impossible) by means of examples, most hilarious. This is an extract from a sample Ballad, by Paul Griffin.

He hadna writ a line or twa,
A line but barely trey,
When he scratched his heid, and cried out loud:
'Why do I talk this way?'

'Why do I break into Scottish brogue
When Scots is what I'm not?
And if I'm going to write some more
Shouldn't I have a plot?

'The reason I break into Scottish brogue
And sail this perilous sea
Is the helpful rhymes; as anyone kens
Wha gleeks wi' half an ee.'


He's laid his pen upon his lip,
And he's looking quite perplexed;
Oh, that's because he doesna ken
What on earth comes next.
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...for me trying it, not for the results. About what I expected. Fantasy/SF, yes. Classics, sometimes. Best sellers - I'll usually pass.

Your result for The Improved Book Character-Savvy Test...

More than good :)

You scored 52% Best Seller, 75% Classic and 100% Fantasy/Sci-Fi!

Well, well, well... We're pretty good at this, huh? Maybe we can work on our Classics... And if you prefer you can rent the Best-Sellers, yes. But it's quite good. Congrats.

Your rank: Lieutenant Kif Kroker (Just because I can. And he's a nice guy, isn't he?)

Take The Improved Book Character-Savvy Test at OkCupid

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India Foxtrot Yankee Oscar Uniform Charlie Alpha November Uniform November Delta Echo Romeo Sierra Tango Alpha November Delta Tango Hotel India Sierra, Charlie Oscar Papa Yankee Alpha November Delta Papa Alpha Sierra Tango Echo India Tango India November Tango Oscar Yankee Oscar Uniform Romeo Lima India Victor Echo Juliet Oscar Uniform Romeo November Alpha Lima.
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My pirate name is:

Captain Anne Flint

Even though there's no legal rank on a pirate ship, everyone recognizes you're the one in charge. Like the rock flint, you're hard and sharp. But, also like flint, you're easily chipped, and sparky. Arr!

Get your own pirate name from piratequiz.com.
part of the fidius.org network
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I don't see what that description has to do with cougars, or with the questions and answers. Nor, even on re-reading, does it seem to have much to do with me.

You Are a Cougar
You have more strength than most people, and with it, the ability to inflict a lot of harm.
Your power gives you confidence, and you find leading others to be easy.

You believe that you need to the best, and you are very driven to excel.
Most people immediately admire you, but some people feel very envious of your abilities.
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[livejournal.com profile] eoforyth subverted 47 countries!

LiveJournal Username
Why you did it
Your lair
Your hideous secret weapon
Your favourite colour
Beautiful and exotic but deadly eastern lieutenantclothsprogs
Henchperson who constantly plays with knifesthefon
Your perverted scientific geniusgspearing
You cordon bleu chefxuebaochai
Lieutenant with serious moral qualmsbobquasit
Number of countries subverted8
This Fun Quiz created by Andrew at BlogQuiz.Net
Taurus Horoscope at DailyHoroscopes.Biz

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(From [livejournal.com profile] winterbadger, who apparently got it from facebook. And since my LJ posts get fed to FB, back it goes!)

The BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.
How do your reading habits stack up?

Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read at least once. If you've read something several times, put 'xx'. If you've never read it, but you've seen version of it adapted for television or film, put a 'y'.
(I'll add one more code - if you've at least started reading it, try a Z)

Read more... )
OK, 53 got Xs, 7 got Zs.

Poem meme

Feb. 3rd, 2009 02:32 pm
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From [livejournal.com profile] hobbitblue
When you see this, post (one of) your own favourite poem(s) in your LJ <-- a person can have many more than one.

This is the first one that came to mind for me.

The Listeners
by Walter De La Mare

Read more... )
Someday, I will have to work out the rest of the story. This appears to be a scene from perhaps 2/3 of the way through.
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From [livejournal.com profile] clothsprogs, who got a rather different set of scores.

NerdTests.com says I'm a Cool Nerd Queen.  Click here to take the Nerd Test, get nerdy images and jokes, and talk to others on the nerd forum!
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Blame [livejournal.com profile] mr_malk for this one. I'm not sure I believe the results, I think they got skewed by a) US bias and b) me getting bored by about half-way and leaving all the "how important is this?" questions in the middle, but FWIW...
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My Word

Jan. 8th, 2009 12:13 pm
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Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] telynor

Your Word is "Think"

You see life as an amazing mix of possibilities, ideas, and fascinations.

And sometimes you feel like you don't have enough time to take it all in.

You love learning. Whether you're in school or not, you're probably immersed in several subjects right now.

When you're not learning, you're busy reflecting. You think a lot about the people you know and the things you've experienced.

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I got tagged by [livejournal.com profile] hobbitblue. I don't usually do these things, but this looks reasonably short and harmless.

The rules are:

A. People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blog and replace any question that they dislike with a new, original question.

B. Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that Refuse if you wish :) Don't tag who tagged you.

I'm not doing that. Anyone's welcome to play, but if you've got better things to do with your time, I don't want to imply any sort of obligation.
Read more... )
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You Are A: Bear Cub!

bear cubBears are strong and independent creatures who roam in the forest in search of food. Bears are usually gentle, but anger one and be prepared for their full fury! You're tough, you won't back down from a fight, you have a bit of a temper -- classic attributes of a bear. Intelligent and resourceful, though lazy at times, you are a fascinating creature of the wild.

You were almost a: Pony or a Kitten
You are least like a: Squirrel or a ChipmunkWhat Cute Animal Are You?

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* 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

I did it from work, I said I'd do it from home, "later". This is (much) later.

That's a bit disappointing.

"It was an awkward load."

"Eurhol's Vale", by Penelope Love.

The load in question is the iron armour they've just got by fighting a scorpion-man, and most sentences in that area are a lot more interesting.
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From [livejournal.com profile] mr_malk

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).
(The html for images is here.)

<img src="IMAGE URL" />

4. Put this in your own journal so that I can do the same.


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