NPR 100 SF/F Books meme: bold the ones you've read, italics the ones you intend to read, underline series/books you've read part of, and strike the ones you never intend to read.

Things in parentheses are my commentary, including P if I read it in Print format or A for Audio format. P/A indicates I started the series in Print and finished in Audio, or A/P for the other way. P+A indicates I first read it in Print format, and later reread in Audio.

For 62 out of 100, I have either read all or some of the series.

The list )

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Everyone's always doing those "25 random songs" memes. I have fun w/ the one where you try to ID the song, and recently decided to see what was on my "Top 25 Most Played Songs" list, so I'm combining the two here. Below is a countdown of the first lines of my 25 most played songs (or the first line w/o the title in it), so the song listed here as #1 is actually the 25th most played. Without the use of Google or other search engines, guess the song title, artist (or cover artist if indicated), and how many plays it has.

  1. All our times have come / Here but now they're gone - "Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult ([ profile] fireaphid)

  2. Everything is open / Nothing's set in stone [cover?] - "Driftwood" by Aselin Debison [originally by Travis] ([ profile] hrafn)

  3. She leads a lonely life - "Don't Turn Around" "All That She Wants" by Ace of Base ([ profile] best_ken_ever [ profile] soapfaerie - my bad the first time 'round)

  4. Yes, no, maybe / I don't know - "You're Not the Boss of Me" (Malcolm in the Middle theme) by TMBG ([ profile] framefolly)

  5. To clear the conscience of who I am

  6. At first I was afraid, I was petrified - "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor ([ profile] framefolly)

  7. You're a real tough cookie with a long history - "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by Pat Benetar ([ profile] best_ken_ever)

  8. I keep a close watch on this heart of mine [cover version] - "I Walk the Line" by ____ [originally by Johnny Cash] ([ profile] soapfaerie)

  9. A woman on the radio talked about revolution - "Right Here, Right Now" by Jesus Jones ([ profile] soapfaerie)

  10. I don't need to fall at your feet - "King of Wishful Thinking" by Go West ([ profile] tikva)

  11. First, when there's nothing but a slow glowing dream - "Flashdance (What a Feeling)" by Irene Cara ([ profile] tikva)

  12. Ah, the more I go, the more there is that makes me wonder

  13. You can do what you want just seize the day

  14. Now it's Turkish delight on a moonlit night [not the first line, cover?] - "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" by They Might Be Giants [originally by The Four Lads] ([ profile] best_ken_ever)

  15. I know a girl / She puts the color inside of my world - "Daughters" by John Mayer ([ profile] soapfaerie)

  16. I met someone at the dog show - "She's An Angel" by They Might Be Giants ([ profile] l0stmyrel1g10n)

  17. I'm trying to tell you something 'bout my life - "Closer to Fine" by the Indigo Girls ([ profile] framefolly)

  18. Looks like we're finding out what a true hero is - "Act III" from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog ([ profile] best_ken_ever)

  19. Any dolt with half a brain - "Act II" from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog ([ profile] best_ken_ever)

  20. Desert loving in your eyes all the way - "Karma Chameleon" by Culture Club ([ profile] tikva)

  21. I, I got a new life - "I Saw the Sign" by Ace of Base ([ profile] soapfaerie)

  22. We're talking away / I don't know what - "Take On Me" by A-Ha ([ profile] tikva)

  23. Hah! So that's, you know, coming along - "Act I" from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog ([ profile] best_ken_ever)

  24. When you look in the mirror / Wish you were somebody else - "Fa Fa" by Guster ([ profile] best_ken_ever)

  25. You called me last night / On the telephone [cover] - "New York City" by They Might Be Giants [originally by Cub] ([ profile] best_ken_ever)

Bonus points: What's (apparently) my favorite artist?

Edit: Hints )
asterroc: (Astro - 2MASS)
State your worldview in 5 words or less.

Mine )
Yoinked from [ profile] kadath

According to the Science Fiction Book Club, these are the 50 most significant SF & Fantasy Books of the last 50 Years, 1953-2002. Bold the ones you've read, strike the ones you hated, italicize the ones you couldn't get through, asterisks for the ones you loved (more asterisks, more love), exclamation points for the ones you own.

1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
3. Dune by Frank Herbert
4. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
5. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin! (previously owned, don't know where it is now)
6. Neuromancer by William Gibson
7. Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke (hm, I might have read it, I forget)
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick (I need to read this one)
9. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
10. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury*
11. The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
12. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. (I might have read)
13. The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov (might have read?)
14. Children of the Atom by Wilmar Shiras
15. Cities in Flight by James Blish
16. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett (I don't think I've read anything by him, strangely)
17. Dangerous Visions edited by Harlan Ellison
18. Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison
19. The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
20. Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
21. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey! (enjoyed it, but wouldn't say I loved it)
22. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card*! (still one of my faves, though the rest of the series I'm mixed on)
23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever by Stephen R. Donaldson
24. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
25. Gateway by Frederik Pohl
26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling (the main thing I liked about this was that it gets kids reading)
27. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams*!
28. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson*! (just recently, on audiobook)
29. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (I think my mom owned it)
30. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (I think I disliked? I forget)
31. Little, Big by John Crowley
32. Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
33. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
34. Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement
35. More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon
36. The Rediscovery of Man by Cordwainer Smith
37. On the Beach by Nevil Shute
38. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke* (I can't remember much of it, but I liked it then)
39. Ringworld by Larry Niven* (OMG yes! I love anything Niven)
40. Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys
41. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien (way too tedious)
42. Slaughterhouse-5 by Kurt Vonnegut
43. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson*! (own abridged audio, afterwards read full version in print)
44. Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
45. The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
46. Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein (much better than the movie)
47. Stormbringer by Michael Moorcock
48. The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks (the only way I got through this was I accidentally read the Elfstones first, and yet I have recently wanted to get back into the series.)
49. Timescape by Gregory Benford (read it for a class. science good, characters are 2-D cardboard cutouts)
50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose Farmer

Just so you know, the Science Fiction Book Club is the one that keeps sending you unsolicited catalogs entirely full of Honor Harrington paperbacks, Star Wars hardcovers, and Stephen King, with half-naked women sprawled over dragons on the cover and an offer of a free pewter wizard figurine with club membership (see order form for details.)

Ask me meme

Dec. 9th, 2008 03:26 pm
asterroc: (doll)
The problem with LJ: We all think we are so 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. Ask away.

Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don't know about you.

(Since this is an public entry, I won't be answering any questions that aren't appropriate for a public audience, content-wise and privacy-wise.)

Meme from [ profile] rumorofrain.
I realized that I was starting to fill other's wishes that took little or no money, so I might as well put up a couple of mine.

Directions for this meme )

My wishes:

  1. gift certificates

  2. Heifer International Chicken donations

  3. An icon that can serve dual purpose for "money" and "rampant consumerism".

  4. Knitting Lessons Thanks to [ profile] the_xtina and [ profile] soapfaerie, I can update this to: various knitting gear, like for circular things, and for doing those cable braids.

  5. Music - I'll listen to most things once if they're free, but in general I like alt/rock/pop w/ good vocals, dance music (I don't have much of this), and geek rock. Check if I already have them. This time of year I also like choral Christmas carols, Manheim Steamroller (I need more, I don't have any!), and seasonal classical music.

  6. Various other small/medium purchases from my MetaWishlist

  7. Stamps to use - I find it a pain to buy stamps, and I like interesting ones. I save old ones too, usually using all but one, and I still send old stamps in combinations to make up the current denomination of postage

My contact info:

This quiz will prove it or not. I've posted this before, but [ profile] the_xtina reminded me of it and I just had to share the agony. That is, if you aren't tone deaf, it's agony. I actually did get one wrong, so I'm not as good as I think, but I don't know which. Most of the songs are traditional/folk/patriotic music from the US, some Christmas carols, some super famous classical themes. If you grew up in the US you should know them.
Well, Christmas. I was trying to be PC but the meme isn't.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?
Warpping paper

2. Real tree or Artificial?
Real, but I haven't had one in a while. Had a menorah as a kid too.

3. When do you put up the tree?
Whenever I remember to get one. It's been a few years.

4. When do you take the tree down?
When it's brown.

5. Do you like eggnog?

6. Favorite gift received as a child?
Wow, I can't recall... I know that when I was 12 I bought my first cockatiel, Peeper, and my parents got her cage and other stuff, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't for a holiday.

7. Hardest person to buy for?
Either my dad or T$.

8. Easiest person to buy for?
Mom: dark colored T-shirts w/ logos.

9. Do you have a nativity scene?

10. Mail or email Christmas cards?
Sometimes, and then mail.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received?
Lots of clothes I'd never wear.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
That one with the mice.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
Year-round. I buy things when I see things my friends would like, and save them for holidays or birthdays, or just give them for no reason. Many Christmases I don't give people things b/c I never found anything, or just give some generic thing to everybody.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
Don't think so.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Butter cookies - I like when my mom makes them, even though it's the same recipe as my Aunt's.

16. Lights on the tree?
Yep, and origami, and popcorn. :)

17. Favorite xmas song?
Handel's Messiah

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
Travel to my parents and sometimes T$'s.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
Around 8 of them.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star?
I have an angel, but I've done a giant origami star before too.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?
Morning ... well, afternoon...

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year?
Mall crowds, and the music at malls.

23. Favorite ornament theme or color?
Blown glass balls, and origami.

24. Favorite memory of Christmas?
Playing with my older cousins at my Aunt's house. One of them gave me a rubber hot dog. It was awesome. Really! Stop laughing at me!

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? gift certificates, cash, donations to charity - I really want chickens, but unfortunately it looks like Mercy Corps only has goats, pigs, and camels Give a gift of chickens via Heifer International!
asterroc: (xkcd - Escher)
If you saw me in a police car, what would you think I got arrested for?
PETA's always been kinda weird, but their latest campaign takes the cake. It's an attempt to cash in on the well-known fact that people prefer to help "cute" animals - like pandas - and not "uncute" animals - like sugar gliders. So, since no one wants to help fish, you get to make your fish cute! Like mine:

Create Your Own Sea Kitten at!

Your result for The Famous (and Not So Famous) Art Quiz...

Art Lover

85% Artiste!

Art Lover: You scored 85% Artiste. You may not have any formal training, but you are a big fan of art, at least what you've been able to see in your local museum. Try broadening your horizons a little and exploring some lesser known artists.

Take The Famous (and Not So Famous) Art Quiz

Considering how bad I was at art history in high school, this must've been a remarkably easy quiz - and up until the last page with photographers/sculptors, I really did find it easy. AFAI can tell, I got only one wrong prior to that last page (Monet/Manet), and only one right on that last page. The creator of the quiz did pick paintings/artists with distinct styles, but also put the choices as people from the same time period and similar general styles of art, so it wasn't all no-brainers, but still not as difficult as it could have been. I'd've liked to see the answers next to the actual paintings at the end.

Occurred to me that despite the many iterations of this meme, I'd never actually done it. Well, been listening to music all day while doing laundry, so I figured it was about time I did it.

Put your music on shuffle, post the first line of the first ten songs that come up. Well, I'm posting the first line of the last ten songs that I played without skipping. If the first line contains the song title, put the next line that doesn't. If it's instrumental, skip it. Everyone else comment w/ the song names and titles - don't use teh intartubes, just your memory.

10) Just a castaway, an island lost at sea, oh - "Message in a Bottle" by The Police (the particular version I was listening to was a live version by Sting), [ profile] jrtom
9) All of my purple life I've been looking for a dame
8) ...It seems to leave this troubled world behind
7) All the fear has left me now, I'm not frightened anymore - "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy" by Sarah McLachlan, [ profile] jrtom
6) Blue jean baby, LA lady, seamstress for the band - "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John, [ profile] jrtom
5) The strands in your eyes that color them wonderful stop me and steal my breath - "I'll Be" by Edwin McCain, [ profile] best_ken_ever
4) I miss you confuse you make it easy - "Satisfy" by Guitar Vader, [ profile] oh_chris
3) I'm back on board that '49 Ford in 1956
2) I've seen your face somewhere before I swear
1) Traveling in a fried-out combie - "Down Under" by Men at Work (punk cover by ???), [ profile] best_ken_ever


Oct. 8th, 2008 10:46 am

Your result for The Where in America Do You Belong Test...


48% Independent, 36% Traditional, 43% Liberal, 36% Aggressive

You are an empty slate. Perhaps Alaska is the place to figure some stuff out. Or at least inspire a quirky drama series.

Take The Where in America Do You Belong Test at HelloQuizzy

Hah! I do *not* believe that.
I've done this one before, with the same results, though I think the questions were slightly different.

cut for results )

Your result for The Perception Personality Image Test...

HFPS - The Humanitarian

Humanity, Foreground, Big Picture, and Shape

You perceive the world with particular attention to humanity. You focus on what's in front of you (the foreground) and how that fits into the larger picture. You are also particularly drawn towards the shapes around you. Because of the value you place on humanity, you tend to seek out other people and get energized by being around others. You like to deal directly with whatever comes your way without dealing with speculating possibilities or outcomes you can't control. You are in tune with all that is around you and understand your life as part of a larger whole. You prefer a structured environment within which to live and you like things to be predictable.

The Perception Personality Types:


Take The Perception Personality Image Test at HelloQuizzy

I find this one interesting b/c from what I've learned about composition, everyone "should" have the same reaction to certain photos, they're designed to draw the eye towards certain things.
Not only is this an entertaining timeline of internet memes, but it's also wiki-esque, in that you can add your own!
asterroc: (doll)

To all those who think Homophobia is wrong and want to fight for a better future for our gay and lesbian friends, please repost this:

I am the girl kicked out of her home because I confided in my mother that I am a lesbian.
I am the prostitute working the streets because nobody will hire a transsexual woman.
I am the sister who holds her gay brother tight through the painful, tear-filled nights.
We are the parents who buried our daughter long before her time.
I am the man who died alone in the hospital because they would not let my partner of twenty-seven years into the room.
I am the foster child who wakes up with nightmares of being taken away from the two fathers who are the only loving family I have ever had. I wish they could adopt me.
I am one of the lucky ones, I guess. I survived the attack that left me in a coma for three weeks, and in another year I will probably be able to walk again.
I am not one of the lucky ones. I killed myself just weeks before graduating high school. It was simply too much to bear.
We are the couple who had the realtor hang up on us when she found out we wanted to rent a one-bedroom for two men.
I am the person who never knows which bathroom I should use if I want to avoid getting the management called on me.
I am the mother who is not allowed to even visit the children I bore, nursed, and raised. The court says I am an unfit mother because I now live with another woman.
I am the domestic-violence survivor who found the support system grow suddenly cold and distant when they found out my abusive partner is also a woman.
I am the domestic-violence survivor who has no support system to turn to because I am male.
I am the father who has never hugged his son because I grew up afraid to show affection to other men.
I am the home-economics teacher who always wanted to teach gym until someone told me that only lesbians do that.
I am the man who died when the paramedics stopped treating me as soon as they realized I was transsexual.
I am the person who feels guilty because I think I could be a much better person if I did not have to always deal with society hating me.
I am the man who stopped attending church, not because I don’t believe, but because they closed their doors to my kind.
I am the person who has to hide what this world needs most, love.
I am the person who is afraid of telling his loving Christian parents he loves another male.

Re-post this if you believe homophobia is wrong. Please do your part to end it.

I think it'd be better for people who ARE homophobic to be seeing this. Interestingly, apparently this meme is circulating via email among teens currently. Very cool.



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