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Meme via [livejournal.com profile] ultraruby:

"When you read this you're tagged. Take a picture of you in your current state, no changing your clothes or quickly putting on makeup. NO PHOTOSHOP. Show your F-List the real you!"

Oh, OK then, if I must:



At least this gave me a reason to look up how to take a photo of myself with the webcam on my powerbook ('Photo Booth', if you were wondering). As per instructions I didn't change my clothes, I wouldn't know how to put on makeup quickly (or otherwise), I didn't edit the photo, & I didn't even bother to get up to close the blinds to stop the glare behind me, sorry. So I look tired and washed-out, which is just how I feel.
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I write like
there's nobody watching

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




I did this twice with old LJ posts; once it told me I wrote like Nabokov, the other time like Orwell. My new memoir, Down and Out in Paris and Lolita, is being published later this year.

*

Back in the real world, I'm panickedly preparing for a conference tomorrow where I'm running one workshop (chairing a panel discussion, i.e. herding cats who are cleverer than me), timekeeping for another, and on the organising committee for the whole thing. I suspect that running through my notes for what I have to say in my workshop would be a better use of time than creating an .ics for the conference programme. On the other hand, I also know that if I was trapped on a desert island with nothing but the notes of a presentation I had to give the next day, I'd probably come to the conclusion that the grains of sand on the island really could do with counting.
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I don't have time/energy to write about politics coherently, so here's a meme instead:


Help j4 and get your own badge!
(The Livejournal Electioniser was made by robhu)




About what I expected, though I am wondering who the Sinn Fein voter is...

Apologies to all the people whose comments on earlier posts I haven't answered yet, & whose posts I haven't read, & whose emails I haven't answered yet. I am very behind with everything. I wonder how long it will be before I am forced to admit that I'm never ever going to catch up. :-/
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At some point during the mildly-hungover post-fryup party-recovery session on Sunday morning, a new game was invented (or perhaps I should say perpetrated) by [livejournal.com profile] hairyears and [livejournal.com profile] aardvark179 (I can't remember precisely where to lay the blame, which is probably for the best), ably aided and abetted by [livejournal.com profile] covertmusic, [livejournal.com profile] fivemack, [livejournal.com profile] taimatsu, [livejournal.com profile] addedentry and me. What is this new jeu du jour?

Oxbridge limericks.

It's not an aimless or endless meme: unusually, it's a meme with a publishable goal. The aim is to come up with limericks for each of the Oxford and Cambridge colleges. Most of the examples so far have been scurrilous in the extreme; I offer this most recent contribution phoned in (well, txted in) by [livejournal.com profile] hairyears as an exemplar:
The delicate dons of St Hilda's
Were shocked by the bill from the builda's
They charged for the water,
The bricks and the mortar,
And labour, replacing the dilda's.
The only rule over and above those dictated by the form is that the limerick must use the name of the college as the primary rhyme (commonly used shortened forms are acceptable, e.g. "Catz" for St Catherine's).

The ultimate aim is to create two full sets of limericks for each university's colleges: one 'clean' (if you could tell it to your mum -- no, not Your Mum -- then it's probably fine) and one, er, not (see e.g. above). We'll collect the best ones (all entries will be subjected to rigorous peer-review through the media of LJ polls and shouting) and hopefully put them together into something on paper that people can keep (think of this as the Viz to Pocketful of Lies' LRB).

For the time being, just post your limericks as comments here or in your own journal with the tag 'oxbridgelimericks'; in time I may be able to find a better home for them, but I don't want to delay the fun because of boring information management issues. Examples have already been sighted in the wild; it's possible that we may be seeing the start of a limerick pandemic (popularly known as 'rhyme flu').

Go forth and versify!
j4: (orange)
things I have eaten, things I haven't eaten )

So I make that 55 out of 100 -- over half, but still plenty of things to try! -- and it appears that most of my eating exploration has happened in the far-off land of, er, Cambridge. And I can't think of anything that I wouldn't consider eating, except things you really can't eat unless you're a crazy Frenchman, like glass or hair or unicycles or tambourines.

Read shift

Oct. 10th, 2007 03:23 pm
j4: (books)
In lieu of real content...

that unread-books meme )
j4: (popup)
So I did this while in the middle of (and getting distracted from) something else:

drawing personality

What does your drawing say about YOU?

And the first thing it tells me about the meaning of my drawing is:

You tend to pursue many different activities simultaneously.

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