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Gacked from [personal profile] lizbee , because I'm kind of blocked re: posting ideas just now:

The problem with LiveJournal is that we think we're close, but really, we know nothing about each other.

So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me, something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about, or something you've always been curious about but have never asked, or something completely silly that you'd like me to answer for kicks. No limits on the range of questions, either: ask me anything you want to know about, whether it's a fannish opinion or a question about a fic of mine or trivia about my real life or my thoughts on events in the offline world.

shoebox_dw: (fool on his throne)
I have never participated in an 'anon-meme' before, and I have no idea if this one is supposed to cover fanfic only. However...


...I think they make it so huge and obvious just to gauge how desperate you really are.

shoebox_dw: (pbs zebra reading)
I think I may need to apologise to [personal profile] tree_and_leaf , who had barely posted her version of this one when I swooped down and bore it off delightedly. I did read her post through first, I swear (and enjoyed it besides).

1) The worst reading experience that you have ever had?

A thriller called Birdman, which I gacked off the 'New' shelf at the bookstore whilst between mystery series. The first chapter in I was already dry-heaving, but I kept going out of some vague belief that ugliness must somehow = sophisticated. I must've been nuts. Just an utterly vile string of sexual vilenesses, beginning with the random subplot in which the hero lives across the way from the paedophile who he suspects - but cannot prove - raped and murdered the hero's younger brother years ago. No, really. They trade Dark Looks over the fence each evening before bed.

2) The best reading experience you have ever had?

No question. I was ten or so, and it was the end of a long day delivering flyers for the current family business. I'd been hoarding one of the Blish novelisations of Star Trek TOS all the while; which one I forget now, only that I'd recently discovered the series, and regarded them as treasure. Shoemom had bought us candy necklaces in payment - a commodity second only to FunDips on my preteen NASDAQ - and I remember riding home in the fading light of the backseat clutching them and finally, finally cracking open the coolest book ever. Thinking to myself: 'Years from now, when you're Very Very Old, you will look back on this as A Perfect Moment.' And I became very solemn, slurping on sugar beads and contemplating the rarity of perfection. It was wonderful.

3) Which book has affected or influenced you the most so far?

The Bible. From the secular POV, probably any one of the numberless humourists I devoured as a kid. PG Wodehouse and Dave Barry especially, for making me realise it was possible to really, seriously, make someone laugh out loud with words.

In which I reveal myself as either a bibliophile or crazy or both... )myspace profile view counter
shoebox_dw: (silly intelligent things)
The site says I can now 'wear the title of Cool Nerd proudly!'

And you know what? I kind of do. says I'm a Cool Nerd.  Click here to take the Nerd Test, get geeky images and jokes, and write on the nerd forum!

shoebox_dw: (ratatouille remy caught)

Comment to this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things I associate you with. Then post this in your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given.

So the other day, charmed and curious, I commented to this post of  [ profile] kalquessa 's...and...

Blogging in Shakespearean English, feminism in Watership Down, Pearls Before Swine, Philistine Pollyanna, detective fiction.

OK, self, the moral here? Try not to be so dang memorable next time. Or at least, try it re: favourite bands, or chocolates, or something.

Anyway, elaboration under the cut. )
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Unfortunately, I don't have enough icons to support the current hot meme, which is kind of a shame, because a) it's really cute and fun and b) I have an entire folder of stolen... er... anyway, I have a lot of really nifty icons squirreled away (including a couple that actually involve squirrels) and by the time I get around to upgrading my account the meme will have drifted off.

Thus I gacked this alternate meme from [info]kalquessa. It's not current or hot, but I figure it might be good practice for this whole 'personalised' thing, of which I've been told this journal specifically needs more. I've been concentrating so hard on removing the rambling I really haven't had time to relate the stories of meaningfulness; then again, it was hard enough coming up with sixteen short notes of interest. So this meme works out all the way around, really:

1. The reason Shoedad doesn't show up much (if at all) in these pages is because a) he died just about two years ago, and b) he had voluntarily absented himself from his family - wife, three daughters, three grandchildren, elderly parents - for about a decade before that. I mourn him now not so much as a beloved father but for the potential for same that was lost. *considers* Yeah, someday I may need to write an entire post about this.

2. There is dust all over my keyboard. I hate that. Actually, I hate dust in any form, because it is simoultaneously so revealing of what a sloppy housekeeper I am, and so easy to ignore. "It's just dust," I say to myself. "Am I really going to let a few airborne particles get in the way of genius? Or, for that matter, the new Nero Wolfe DVD?" And the next thing you know, I am the poster child for Save Us From This House. Frustrating.

3. I am the only person I know to have been kicked out of two Canadian Idol fandoms running (for Tyler Hamilton and Kalan Porter, if anybody cares). Basically, for hanging around long after it became clear I didn't fit in, and being unbearably superior about it. Still...the Dr. Phil argument was cruel and unusual provocation. And I don't think the vicious PMs were at all necessary, either.

4. I do kind of worry about this whole Computer Simulation Theory idea from time-to-time, mostly because dammit I'm sure I saw that Zorro episode before the guide says it was made, and it bugs. Then I go tell my trusted friends, and they laugh and heap scorn, and I feel much better. But I still don't like watching the Matrix movies after dark.

Tour continues under the cut... )


Jan. 10th, 2009 02:45 pm
shoebox_dw: (Default)
I don't usually go in for this kind of widget, but this one came out just right...

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.

shoebox_dw: (pbs surprise)
Courtesy the very gracious [info]lizzy_lyn  :

Quick! What are five recent things that made you smile?

1. The news that So. Ont will be completely engulfed in snow by Friday evening, just as we leave for Florida. Not that I'm an evil person who's planning on sending you-all 'Wish You Were Here' postcards or anything, just that...well, yeah, I guess I'm kind of an evil person. Long-deferred vacations will do that to you.

2. Relistening to some favourite Patrick McManus stories as read by George S. Irving. Especially the one tale about being a dirt-poor kid and expecting a really cool Christmas gift from the rich aunt who has been told you want 'something to do with fishing'...then, on the big morning, unwrapping: two silk ties printed with little fish on them.

3. Watching a couple of little kids and their mom earnestly discussing a music-festival poster on the subway the other morning. Kind of a had-to-be-there thing, I guess - it was just something about the way they were seriously analysing, and how she was listening - like you could tell she was teaching them to think, as a matter of course, and they were eagerly responding. I love that.

4. Along the same lines: Learning that my twelve-year-old nephew, who has lately been training hard for his sullen-teenagerhood, recently found five dollars on the floor of an empty school washroom, and promptly... wait for it... turned it in to the principal's office. Then went home and basically told his mom, very sincerely, it was all due to her instilling in him God's POV on honesty. I think she may still be in shock.

5. This strip, from the current Pearls Before Swine arc in which the crocs buy a nuke from the Russians and leave it in Zebra's front yard:


Now then. [rubs hands in anticipation] I tag... [ profile] solo_1 and [ profile] rj_anderson . Have fun, guys!
shoebox_dw: (pbs aaaaaaahhhhh)
All the cool kids are doing it!

1. Put your iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. You must write that song name down no matter how silly it makes you look.
4. Title this post what the answer to your last question is.
5. Good luck and have fun!

Sometimes a Fantasy - Billy Joel (Hey, this might be more fun than I thought!)

I'd Really Love to See You Tonight - England Dan & John Ford Coley (Well, yes. Specifically in my new DKNYC tunic)

Unpack Your Adjectives - Schoolhouse Rock (You know, in an odd way, this makes total sense)

Monday, Monday - The Mamas and the Papas (Oh, keep reading, it'll all become clear...)

Sour Suite - The Guess Who (Heh. Or alternatively, just check in with anybody who's ever asked for my 'honest opinion')

After the Love Has Gone - Earth, Wind & Fire (OK, which one of you clowns told Shoemom about the tunic purchase?)

Unloved - Jann Arden (Damn. I am, like, thisclose to becoming a Twilight character, aren't I?)

Walk on Home - Kalan Porter (Sure, it looks like things are getting progressively worse, but check out the bright side! I didn't say I wasn't coming along...I mean, I have to keep measuring off fifty feet 'cause of the restraining order, which is kind of a pain, but...You know what, let's just move on)

Goodnight Saigon - Billy Joel (Yep. Flashbacks, man, it's all about the flashbacks. I can see the newspaper reports now. "She seemed like such a quiet, harmless girl...I mean, she liked Billy Joel a lot, but...")

Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley (, I like to dance with them a lot?...oh lord help me i am in hell)

New Kid in Town - Trisha Yearwood ("...and that's when I was forced to hunt them down and kill them all, Your Honour.")

Listen to the Rhythm of the Falling Rain - Ricky Nelson (That'll show 'em! [sob])

Jane - Barenaked Ladies (While elsewhere, in a tragic coincidence, perusal of the songwriter's rough notes reveal this as the in-house handle of 'Number 47' from Jailhouse Rock...)

Prelude/Angry Young Man - Billy Joel (Yes, it's true; I am an underground rebel, bent on destroying society and all its institutions [and really, after reading this far, can you blame me?] In fact, my 'Clueless White Chick Like Me' pose has been so successful no one has ever thought to check out my potential connexions to Barack Obama...until now. Muwahhahh-hahh...)

Spider-Man (1967) - Theme (So how come nobody ever invites me out for a night's web-swinging, huh? Nooooo, I want action of a Friday night, I've got to troll the local podunk jail. Thanks a lot, 'friends'!)

Ev'rybody Wants to Be a Cat - Phil Harris & Scatman Crothers, The Aristocats (Count me in, my brothers. Count me in.)

Huh. Well.

Nov. 4th, 2008 08:20 pm
shoebox_dw: (pbs surprise)
So the Gender Tracker thinks I'm a man. This is not particularly unexpected, as wherever I post online, people routinely identify me as male. It bugged a bit at first, but I've long since learned to think of it as a compliment.

Kind of a weird compliment in this case, though. I mean, didn't the fascination with Kalan Porter tip anybody off?

...wait, don't answer that.
shoebox_dw: (self discovery)
...also, I have an emergency dental appointment in a couple hours (a wisdom tooth randomly popped out sideways and is 'ulcerating' - lovely word - my inner cheek). So I need some happy fun distraction, like, NOW.

Courtesy [ profile] tree_and_leaf - I believe it's her own invention:

Go into iTunes (or your mp3 player of choice) and search for 'love'. Post the results under a cut.

Well, this is interesting. I think. Anyway a lot shorter, and more...revealing...list than I'd been expecting, out of 10+ gigs of music:

In which Shoe turns out to be much less brooding, dark and mysterious than she had hoped...again. [sigh] )
shoebox_dw: (pbs zebra reading)
...not only in terms of actual content, but that update I never got around to this weekend. Been a trifle slow @ Shoe Central, details to follow tomorrow - oh, right, this night. Insomnia is a wonderful spur to creativity.

Anyhoo, the meme. Thanks much [profile] shing_  for the inspiration...uh, that is what they're calling 'totally snagged right out from under' these days, right?


The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed.
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read
3) Underline the books you LOVE.

shoebox_dw: (Default)
Found this meme trolling around various friendslists, and was intrigued, not least by how well it fits in with recent ideas of my own:

Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don't blog about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don't blog about, but you'd like to hear about, and I'll write a post about it. Ask for anything: latest movie watched, last book read, political leanings, etc. Repost in your own journal if you are so inclined.

Have at it, folks.
shoebox_dw: (Default)
Oh, I'm so proud. Today, I take one more step toward becoming a Real Blogger. The (unwitting) Blue Fairy in the case is [personal profile] shing  , who not only provided me the template for the meme itself but the idea for an excuse for using one. :^)

To wit: I've got not a lot of time to work up original thoughts at the moment, it being circuit assembly weekend  (sort of a motivational seminar for Jehovah's Witnesses).
Drifting off during the sessions, even to work on one's literary career, is as you might imagine frowned upon; besides, I have to take notes, there'll be a test later (well, a review, anyway). So without further ado, I present: my TV-watching habits. In glorious Technicolour, natch.


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