Ganked from [ profile] tanukichidori:

* Type your answer to each question below into Flickr search.
* Pick an image from the first page of results.
* Paste the URL for each image into Big Huge Labs Mosaic Maker
* Make with the bloggy blog.

Here's mine:

The Questions:

1. What is your first name? Sharon
2. What is your favorite food? Sushi!
3. What high school did you go to? Kelloggsville (the pic is of nearby Walton Ave.--it was that or a pic of a volleyball game, and...uh...I hate volleyball)
4. What is your favorite color? Green and blue
5. Who is your celebrity crush? I don't really "do" celebrity crushes, but I'll say Neal Patrick Harris for now. Or maybe Katee Sackhoff. Oh well, gotta pick one, so NPH it is.
6. What is your favorite drink? Coffee, hands down.
7. Dream vacation? Berlin!
8. Favorite dessert? Creme Bruleemmmmmmmmmmmmmm
9. What do you want to be when you grow up? A professor, of course!
10. What do you love most in life? DOGS!
11. One word to describe you? Curious
12. Your flickr name? arguchik (I only got one result for this search, and it's a mugshot made for me by the person who uploaded it to Flickr. She's a Ravelry friend.)
As evidenced by Katie Couric, Sarah Palin is unable to name any Supreme Court Case other than Roe v. Wade.

The Rules: Post info about ONE Supreme Court decision, modern or historic to your lj. (Any decision, as long as it's not Roe v. Wade.) For those who see this on your f-list, take the meme to your OWN lj to spread the fun.

I am following [ profile] fr_defenestrato's lead and posting two cases instead of the requisite one.

Here are my picks:

Plessy v. Ferguson
Buck v. Bell

ETA: Wait, here's a third because this is a good one too:
Miranda v. Arizona

In other news, I am working from home today. I did some teaching work this morning, ate lunch, and now I'm going to clean my bedroom! Then it's off to yoga later this afternoon, followed by an evening of somethingorother.
picture meme.

* take a pic of yourself right now.
* don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair...just take a picture.
* post that picture with NO editing
* post these instructions with your picture


my accent

Aug. 30th, 2008 11:29 am
arguchik: (Default)
ganked from [ profile] beneluxboy. they have me pegged, i'm afraid:

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Inland North

You may think you speak "Standard English straight out of the dictionary" but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like "Are you from Wisconsin?" or "Are you from Chicago?" Chances are you call carbonated drinks "pop."

The Midland
The Northeast
The South
The West
North Central
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz
Here's a meme that sounded like fun. I only do the ones that sound like fun. I think this list will annoy me, though. I'm not sure because I haven't read through the whole thing, but I just have that funny feeling. It's a canon of sorts, and canons always annoy me because they are necessarily woefully incomplete, and in the (also necessarily) violent selection process the canon-makers usually end up leaving out anything by writers who happen to be women and/or people of color.  (ETA:  I see that I was not completely right--but also not completely wrong--about this.  Also, there are a bunch of books listed on The Big Read's website that aren't in this list for some reason.  Perhaps some of these 100 are from past lists...but I wish some of the ones on their current list were among these 100.)

Here are the instructions (ganked from [profile] stoner_witch  ):
"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.  (HA--if you see any un-bolded, un-italicized books in my list that you think I should read, let me know.  As a former professor told me:  "Life is short, and your reading list will be long.")
3) Underline the books you LOVE.  (This is a dumb exercise because I am a big enough dork that...if I've read a book and it ends up on a "best of" list like this, it is probably one that I loved.  Not necessarily, though--see below.)
4) * Star books that you've read for pleasure (versus something you read because someone made you. it also counts if you've reread it for fun later) [Like [profile] stoner_witch  , I'm not doing this one because I don't make divisions between reading for pleasure and reading for work--and nobody ever has to "make" me read anything. If I want to read it, I read it; and if I don't, I don't.  If I'm taking a class and a book is assigned, I consider wanting to be in the class tantamount to wanting to read the book.]
5) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them ;-)  [BLEARGH.  Count me out of this activity.  Some people read.  Some people don't read.  Other people fall somewhere in between.  I am fine with this state of affairs.]

Here's the list:
1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

6 The Bible (I've only read selections from it, not the entire thing, but I would wager that I've read more of it than the average person.)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald

23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (Long time ago--don't quiz me!)
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens (I don't think I"ve read this one...)
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen

36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (Why is this listed separately from The Chronicles of Narnia, #33 above??)
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood  (I really respect this book, and I think it's good, but I don't actually think it's her best work--I love other books by her, but not this one.)
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley (I've taught this one.)
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 x
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov  (This is an uncomfortable book, wonderfully told--but is sooooo often misread...)
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On the Road - Jack Kerouac  (I bought it on its anniversary and haven't gotten around to reading it yet.  I'm not a huge fan of the beats.  This will be one of those "read it to know what it is" endeavors.)
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy  (I have been meaning to read this for some time--I started it once but got distracted by other things.)
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie  (I want to read this--but I have to read The Satanic Verses first.)
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville  (I resisted and even dreaded reading this for a long time, and I ended up adoring it.)
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt  (I loved this when I read it--it is partially responsible for my going to graduate school back in Vermont.  I keep it on my shelf, but I am seldom tempted to pick it up again, and I don't think I would love it if I read it now, though I would probably still enjoy it.)
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
  (I'm reading Never Let Me Go now, and loving that as well--I love Ishiguro's restrained yet effortless-seeming prose.)
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare (many times)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

language meme

Apr. 10th, 2008 12:17 pm
arguchik: (old tyme bob)
this struck my fancy as appropriately light and non-taxing to my intellect, which is tired today and won't tolerate taxation of any kind. ganked from [ profile] maeveh:

Language Meme
Where did you grow up: michigan (grand rapids, i.e. the lower peninsula)

1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks.
that depends. some of them are creeks, pronounced "creek." some of them are creeks, pronounced "crick." the difference is specific to the creek in question--if i'm talking about a generic creek, i say "creek," but specific creeks may have been called "crick" when someone first named them out loud in front of me, and that pronunciation has just stuck. for example, buck creek, which is near my parents' house and on/in which i used to play a lot as a kid, has always been and will always be "buck crick." (yeah, if you say it out loud it kinda sounds like you're saying "butt crack," i know.)

2. What the thing you push around the grocery store is called.
shopping cart or just cart

3. A metal container to carry a meal in.

4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in.
frying pan or skillet, interchangeably

5. The piece of furniture that seats three people.
couch. my grandmother called hers a "davenport."

6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof.
gutters and downspouts

7. The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening.
porch (unless it's a patio or a deck, which are sometimes covered)

8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages.
pop. while living in vermont i started to say "soda" instead, though. now i often say "soda pop."

9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup.

10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself.
submarine (or sub, for short) sandwich

11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach.
swim trunks

12. Shoes worn for sports.
gym shoes or sneakers, unless for a specific sport in which case they're running shoes, high-tops, tennis shoes, or court shoes (depending on the sport). in HS i called my running shoes "track shoes."

13. Putting a room in order.
straightening it. i agree with [ profile] maeveh that dusting and vacuuming constitutes "cleaning."

14. A flying insect that glows in the dark.

15. The little insect that curls up into a ball.
potato bug

16. The children's playground equipment where one kid sits on one side and goes up while the other sits on the other side and goes down.
teeter totter

17. How do you eat your pizza?
starting from the point, and yes i eat the crust (which is particularly good if it has burned cheese on it).

18. What's it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff?
that depends. it can be a garage sale (if it's held in the garage/driveway), a yard sale (if it's held in the yard), a rummage sale (if it's held at the church), or an estate sale (if the stuff for sale is really nice, or if it's to sell off stuff belonging to someone who has died).

19. What's the evening meal?
dinner or supper, interchangeably. my mom always called it "supper." nowadays i usually call it "dinner."

20. The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are?

21. What do you call the thing that you can get water out of to drink in public places?
drinking fountain.

22. Building A is diagonally across a 4-way intersection from Building B. You would say, "Building A is _______ from Building B."

kitty corner.

monday monday

Feb. 5th, 2008 12:26 am
arguchik: (Default)
i owe people replies on their 36 things! yikes! i sorta didn't realize i was spozed to go and post stuff for everyone who posted a comment here. oops! will do that soon. most of my answers won't change from person to person, except the personalized ones. (like...what was my first impression of you, or would i give you a ride if i saw you walking down the street...)

today has been...OK, overall. my dad was released from the way-up-north (in newago, MI) psych ward. they sent him home with prescriptions for ambien, atavan, and--here's the kicker--haldol. jeeeeeez. my dad's on haldol. talk about hard core, old skool. it apparently worked where another, newer antipsychotic drug (can't remember which one) didn't. my sister was there yesterday when they administered his afternoon dose. she said he was becoming quite agitated, and was spouting some truly insane stuff (i don't want to post specifics--it was pretty crazy), and within half an hour of taking the haldol he had settled down and was chatting happily about childhood memories.

so the trick now is to make sure he doesn't miss a. single. dose. with his paranoia being what it is, he might suddenly decide that it's poison and refuse to take it, unless someone is there to make sure.

yesterday (sunday), he had one of his "spells" while trying to talk the nurses into sending him home. his legs apparently gave out, and they rushed him down to the ER, where he received a CT scan. they could see an infarct on the scan, but no evidence of bleeding. this is the first time anyone has ever done a CT scan while he's in the middle of an episode, so it's the first time we've had hard confirmation that his "spells" are actually TIA's.
ganked from [ profile] writerpunk.

cut and paste these questions into a comment on this entry, and answer them as truthfully as possible. feel free to employ sarcasm. i'm curious to know more about you, and your sense of humor.

Q's behind cut )
you're supposed to cut and paste this list, and then bold-face everything that's true for you. i find some of these items rather odd as markers of social class, but oh well. here's my go-through, with comments in brackets:

Father went to college [he went as a fluke. he enlisted in the navy toward the end of WWII, and was training to be a pilot. they had too many pilots and not enough planes at the end of the war, so they decided to stop training pilots when my dad finished ground school. they gave him the option of going to boot camp or going to college on a ROTC deal. he picked college.]
Father finished college [after the war. the ROTC program at that time also bounced him around to a number of different schools--at least 3 that i know of. he ended up finishing his degree at the u of michigan in ann arbor. neither of his parents went to college, and i don't believe either of them finished high school either. his father was kicked out of school in the 4th grade--for drinking and smoking (guess how he died?). it's possible that my grandma finished high school, i can't remember.]
Mother went to college [her parents objected, but she was the valedictorian of her HS class, so they let her go as long as she studied something "feminine." (she majored in social work.) mom went back to college when i was in junior high and earned an associate's degree in music (she worked as a church organist, and i seem to recall that the catholic diocese picked up all or part of her tuition costs).]
Mother finished college [twice! her parents insisted that she finish her BA, as a ploy to keep her from marrying my dad. they got married about a month after she graduated. as with my dad's parents, neither of my mom's parents went to college, and i'm pretty sure neither of them finished high school. i know her father left school to start earning money for his family when he was in the 8th grade. her mother was an orphan, and was bounced around from family member to family member for quite awhile, and i'm pretty sure she started working at a young age.]
Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor. [i have one cousin who went to law school, got a job as a corporate lawyer and probably earns an obscene amount of money. other than that...i guess about half of my cousins went to college, and only me and my brother have gone to graduate school.[
Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers [i honestly have no idea. my dad didn't make as much as a teacher, i don't think.]
Had more than 50 books in your childhood home
Had more than 500 books in your childhood home [maybe...i'm not sure.]
Were read children's books by a parent [until i learned to read.]
Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18 [piano]
Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18
The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively [WTF? i have no idea.]
Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18 [i didn't have a credit card at all until i was 24]
Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs [they loaned me some money, and i worked for the rest. at one point i had 3 jobs when i was at MSU, and i always worked 20-30 hours per week as an undergrad, with the exception of my first year at MSU when i made do with almost zero spending money.]
Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs
Went to a private high school
Went to summer camp
Family vacations involved staying at hotels [not exactly--we stayed at motels during two road trips we took when i was in late elementary school. most of the time we visited family on our vacations, and stayed with them.]
Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18 [not usually. my mom sewed a lot of my things when i was a little kid, and i wore a lot of hand-me-downs. she would take me school shopping in the fall, and summer shopping in june, to buy underwear, socks, shoes, and whatever i needed beyond the hand-me-downs. when i was 16 i got a job and from then on i bought all my own clothes.]
Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them
There was original art in your house when you were a child [not unless you count my mom's crewel embroidery.]
Had a phone in your room before you turned 18
You and your family lived in a single family house
Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home [they paid it off when i was a first-year college student, after my sister died. however, i was an "afterthought" kid. they bought the house in 1960 or 61, when my older siblings were small; i wasn't born until 1967. i didn't move away from home until i finished community college in 1988, so they only paid it off a couple of years early.]
You had your own room as a child [define "child." there were 5 of us, so i shared a room with my next older sister barb (7.5 years older than i am) until our other, older siblings started moving out. then she got married at i guess i got my own room when i was about 12 or so.]
Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course
Had your own TV in your room in High School [i inherited my grandmother's TV when she died. i believe she purchased it in the late 60's or early 70's, and she died when i was in 6th grade.]
Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College
Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16 [nope. not until i was...32, i think.]
Went on a cruise with your family [i've never been on a cruise.]
Went on more than one cruise with your family
Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up [museums, of the natural history variety. never art galleries or art museums.]
You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family [my parents never talked with me about any of their bills or other financial matters, but they also yelled whenever i would turn up the heat, and they kept the house pretty cold in the winter, so i was aware that it was expensive and that we had to be careful about conserving it.]

2007 meme

Dec. 5th, 2007 01:10 am
arguchik: (Default)
ganked from [ profile] shellefly, because it looked interesting:

1) Where did you begin 2007?
at doug and erin's house, eating pudding in their bathtub with [ profile] glaucon.

2) What was your status by Valentine's Day?
still coupled for a year and a month. also i turned 40 a few days before.

3) Were you in school anytime this year?
yes--teaching and learning. it's a hamster wheel at this point. :-D

4) How did you earn your money?
various ways. union organizing and teaching.

5) Did you have to go to the hospital?
yes--for a CT scan of my abdomen (to check for spread of my appendix tumor).

6) Did you have any encounters with the police?
nope, don't think so.

7) Where did you go on holiday?
wah! the only trip i took was to michigan to see my family. oh, and to friday harbor and portland a couple of times each. don't get me wrong, i enjoyed all of these trips and visits, but i really want to go overseas. i have been itching to do that since i was a teenager, and i've never had both money and opportunity together at the same time. perhaps 2008 will finally be my year. (i think i should just submit a paper proposal to an overseas conference--that would do it.)

8) What did you purchase that was over $1000?
my macbook.

9) Did you know anybody who got married?
nope, don't think so.

10) Did you know anybody who passed away?
no, not this year.

12) Did you move anywhere?
not this year. i've lived in my current abode since july 2006.

14) What concerts/shows did you go to?
HA! electric six. robyn hitchcock at least once. bumbershoot.

15) Are you registered to vote?
absofuckinglutely. i do it, too. every election. (i've probably missed 1 or 2 local elections since moving to seattle.)

16) Who did you want to win Big Brother?
i don't give a flying fuck about big brother.

17) Where do you live now?
seattle, WA (fremont neighborhood: the center of the universe, they say...)

18) Describe your birthday.
last year had about 8 people over to my friend L's house for dinner and a cake i baked myself. it was a lovely evening.

19) What's one thing you thought you'd never do but did in 2007 so far?
quit working for the union.

20) What have been your favorite moments?
oh jeez, i hate questions like this.

21) What's something you learned about yourself?
i, too, am susceptible to burnout, and when burned out will exhibit symptoms that are readily recognizable by trained professionals who know a lot more about what's happening inside of my head than i do. i also learned that i can trust these people (some of them, anyway); and that burnout is a serious condition that can (and often does) lead to more serious problems if left unaddressed. i also re-learned this valuable lesson: to listen to, and follow the advice of, my gut. always. if i can't hear it, i should go someplace quiet until i can. if someone else gives me advice that is diametrically opposed to what my gut tells me, i should tell that person to go fly a kite, and then i should do what my gut says. unapologetically. this is even more important than listening to the trained professionals, though this is also exactly the same thing the trained professionals (the ones who can be trusted, that is) keep telling me, so... i am hopeful that i will finally get this lesson down in 2008 and beyond. or maybe yet before the end of this year.

22.) Any new additions to your family?
not really. [ profile] glaucon moved in, along with his cats abi and iphi. that has been really good.

23.) What was your best month?
i don't know, really. august? my niece visited and i took her to see the big volcanoes. the one that blew and that's blowing now, after a fashion, though not nearly as spectacularly as it did in 1980; and the one that will FUCK tacoma and olympia (along with several smaller towns) UP THE ASS if it ever blows. i always enjoy going to see the volcanoes. i love love love volcanoes. i still want to go up and see mount baker, and also down to see mount hood up close, and crater lake too.

24.) What music will you remember 2007 by?
harvey danger. david bowie--especially "starman" but also the rest of the ziggy stardust album. T. rex. nouveau vague's lounge-y covers of punk and rock songs, including "too drunk to fuck" and "just can't get enough." pixies, as usual.

25) Who has been your best drinking buddy?
buncha people. good friends, all.

26) Made new friends?
yes, i'm delighted to say that i have. my upward bound colleagues last summer (though i haven't seen them all...since then; but i know i will), and also [ profile] rojonoir and [ profile] malafrena, new BSG, SF geek friends. yay!

27) Best new friend?
this is an impossible question to answer. they're all good.

28) Favorite Night out?
this is also an impossible question to answer but for a different reason. "going out" and i have had a complicated relationship this year. yeah, i'm being vague. i don't feel like baring my soul that much right now. i may soon...sometimes i do.


Nov. 24th, 2007 08:17 am
arguchik: (jupiter)
from [ profile] the_kender:

Lets101 - Free Dating Site

("Loves reality and abstract." uh...abstract what?)
i think [ profile] glaucon's morph of a meme that [ profile] boutell posted was funny, so i'm going to do it.

here it is:

Meme: Reply to this post, and I will make up a ridiculous lie about you. Maybe more than one. Then repost to your own journal and spread some rumors.

(i feel kinda dumb now, because the rain has receded to a walkable rate. i'm willing to bet there's more on the way, though, and there's no way i could get to the workshop on time now. i have plenty of other work to do this afternoon anyway.)

career meme

Sep. 13th, 2007 06:16 pm
arguchik: (Default)
the career meme thing, which i've seen in several peoples' journals over the last couple of days. the only person who posted a link and instructions, though, was [ profile] smegma17.

here are the instructions:
go to:
type in: nycareers for username, and landmark for password
take the "career matchmakers" quizzy type deal
post your top 20 results.

here are my results: (with commentary)
1. Horse Trainer (hmm. not a bad idea. except i have rudimentary horsemanship skills, at best.)
2. Anthropologist (not sure what to say about this one. i'm a cultural studies scholar, so it's not far off the mark.)
3. Professor (good to know my first choice came up in the top 3. being a horse trainer would probably be more fun, though.)
4. Paleontologist (i love digging in the dirt, and i can think of nothing more exciting than finding things while digging in the dirt.)
5. Clergy (i probably wouldn't be the first agnotic/atheist clergyperson...)
6. Zookeeper (LOL--sure, why not?)
7. Veterinarian (this was my recurring answer to the whole "what i'm going to be when i grow up" question, when i was a kid. i still think i should have been a veterinarian.)
8. Historian (again, literary/cultural studies...similar field.)
9. Foreign Language Instructor (i'd need better skills with at least one other language, wouldn't i? beyond my second-year, ask for directions, paragraph-per-hour german speaking and reading skillz?)
10. ESL Teacher (see above)
11. Taxidermist ("i see dead things.")
12. Boilermaker (haHAAAAAAAAAAhahahahaahahaaaa!)
13. Welder (yeah. sure. like in flashdance.)
14. Animal Trainer (i have been an animal trainer, and i'm sure i will be again, as soon as i adopt my next dog.)
15. Pet Groomer (i'll groom my own pets, but nobody else's, thanks.)
16. Lobbyist (fuck that!)
17. Autobody Repairer (why specifically autobody repairer? that's probably the last kind of automotive work i'd want to do--i'd much rather work on engines.)
18. Technical Writer (bo-ring! but would probably pay the bills pretty well.)
19. Computer Trainer (again, i'd have to learn a few skillz first, right? but if i can learn it, i can teach it...)
20. Nursery / Greenhouse Grower (funny, i did greenhouse work as an undergrad; i was growing stuff for basic science research, though, not for retail horticultural purposes. i would love the work, though.)

interesting. curious to read results for other people.
heh. here's a critique of a web quiz designed to answer the question, are you a feminist? well. are you, punk?

LOL--i took the quiz, just for grins, and because i wanted to see the "100% feminist" picture to which twisty refers in the above critique. (fyi, i answered "strongly agree" to every question. talk about a slanted quiz apparatus. i'd assume that you could go through and check the same radio button for some other degree of agreement/disagreement in order to obtain some other coefficient of feminism.)

are you curious? here's the 100% feminist picture. she looks like a character on "the L-word." (i.e. man-friendly tuff girl. i'll bet she has an impeccable manicure underneath those boxing gloves, to match her cosmo-esque, pouty glossy lips.)

You Are 100% Feminist

You are a total feminist. This doesn't mean you're a man hater (in fact, you may be a man).
You just think that men and women should be treated equally. It's a simple idea but somehow complicated for the world to put into action.

whew! at least i'm not a "man hater."

so can you spot the patriarchal assumptions embedded in these "girl power" questions? take the quiz and find out!

the question about dating seriously cracks me up. like..."grrrr! i'm a radical feminist, so i'll ask this man for a date and then i'll pay for our dinner--that'll school him. fuck the patriarchy!" (but make him wear a condom.)

wand meme

Aug. 1st, 2007 05:10 pm
arguchik: (Default)
i'm posting this because i found the result somewhat interesting. linked via [ profile] maeveh:

Your Score: 11 2/3", Oak, Veela

You scored 57 wisdom, 22 bravery, 10 emotional, and 22 martyrdom!

Oak signifies wisdom, endurance, protection, and authority. The veela hair as a wand core means that you are slightly unpredictable but very powerful.

Link: The Harry Potter Wand Test written by sputnik845 on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

this is interesting simply because i grew up in a house surrounded by oak trees, and have always loved and even identified with the oak. i love all trees (and all wood), but i feel especially happy and at home when i recognize/identify an oak tree, or some object or piece of furniture made of oak. (of course i also love black walnut because that was/is my father's favorite wood to work.)

Find out your Harry Potter personality at LiquidGeneration!
ok...did the big "sorting hat" quiz... guess it's a meme kind of day. (from [ profile] maeveh) there's something wrong with the html in the paste-y bits, but i don't know what...

The sorting hat says that I belong in Ravenclaw!

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Said Ravenclaw, "We'll teach those whose intelligence is surest."

Ravenclaw students tend to be clever, witty, intelligent, and knowledgeable.
Notable residents include Cho Chang and Padma Patil (objects of Harry and Ron's affections), and Luna Lovegood (daughter of The Quibbler magazine's editor).

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Take the most scientific Harry Potter
ever created.</td>

Get Sorted Now!

from [ profile] maeveh via [ profile] shellefly:

If I were a stone, I would amethyst geode.
If I were a tree, I would be oak.
If I were a bird, I would be a...kestrel.
If I were an insect, I would be a...millipede.
If I were a machine, I would be a...metal turning lathe.
If I were a tool, I would be knife.
If I were a fruit, I would be sweet cherry.
If I were a flower, I would be a...deptford pink (dianthus armeria).
If I were a kind of weather, I would be a...midwestern thunderstorm.
If I were a mythical creature, I would be a...gorgon (one of the immortal ones)--ha!
If I were a musical instrument, I would be a...clarinet.
If I were a kind of profession, I would be a...veterinarian.
If I were an animal, I would be an...otter.
If I were anything in the world, I would be...a journal open to a fresh page.
If I were a color, I would be...that ephemeral place between purple and blue.
If I were a fragrance, I would beā€¦vetiver.
If I were an emotion, I would be...surprise.
If I were a state or feeling, I would be...that place where beauty is painful or pain beautiful.
If I were a sound, I would be...waves crashing on a lake michigan beach.
If I were an Element, I would be....mercury (Hg).
from [ profile] jennaxide, whose results were the same as mine.

had to. am obsessed with lolcats. halp!

Your Score: Lion Warning Cat

57 % Affection, 80 % Excitability , 44 % Hunger

You are the good Samaritan of the lolcat world. Protecting others from danger by shouting observations and guidance in cases of imminent threat, you believe in the well-being of everyone.

Link: The Which Lolcat Are You? Test written by GumOtaku on OkCupid, home of the The Dating Persona Test

morbid meme

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