Tuesday, August 30, 2005

quiz for the readers

Because I don't really feel up to par at the moment, and writing about myself and my life would be, probably, a lousy idea, and because I don't know much at all about most of you, please participate and (since we all like talking about ourselves, deep down, to some degree, I think) have fun. Unfortunately you'll have to be registered with blogger (it doesn't take long), and because of the huge spam problem this blog started getting, enter in some little letters, before you can type your response.

1: what part of the world do you reside in?

2: where does your heart reside (ie, where would you rather be right now)? This may be a difficult one if you're like myself and have a billion ideas, but try to picke a couple.

3: age 10-15, 16-21, 22-27, 28-33, 34-39, older (sorry I am lazy right now), or: I don't want to tell, it's none of your business

4: describe one of the most pleasant ways to spend an afternoon where you live

5: describe the place you're sitting at to type this right now

6: say something really funny about whoever is nearby you at this moment

7: who do you love?

8: what do you love to do?

9: music (whatever you wish to say)?

10: literature (or magazines or Danielle Steele, whatever pleases ya)?

11: food (vegetarian or carnivore, machine dispensed or homemade, green or Tang, etc)?

12: pick a topic and elaborate, no matter what it is (other than spam and merciless self advertisements)

4 comments:

beautiful mind, complex life said...

I'll start:

1: what part of the world do you reside in?

Florida, U.S. of A.

2: where does your heart reside (ie, where would you rather be right now)?

New York, Washington D.C., or one of the many amazing places I'd love to visit and have never seen (the two up top are places I've been to or lived in)

3: age 10-15, 16-21, 22-27, 28-33, 34-39, older (sorry I am lazy right now), or: I don't want to tell, it's none of your business

(i think it's here somewhere already)....28-33

4: describe one of the most pleasant ways to spend an afternoon where you live

most people (that doesn't really include myself) would say go to a beach, splatter on some sun tan lotion, then proceed to bake in the sun so you can enhance your chances of getting skin cancer or just experiencing the pain of sunburn........on the other hand there are many pleasant things about beaches....

Anyway, here is one idea. There's a local art museum, which I like, it's only Salvidor Dali's work, and that would be a very pleasant place to visit, as would be this huge local bookstore, that sells more used books than just about any place I've ever seen. I would enjoy that, and I'd like to take my younger sister who lives about 4 hours away with me, since I don't get to see her very often.

Sorry, because of current circumstances I have to go and can't complete this now, but I'll be back to do it another time......

(*feel free to skip questions yourselves too)

Victoria C said...

Going through the blogs came across yours thought I would fill this out. :)

1: what part of the world do you reside in?

Phoenix, Arizona

2: where does your heart reside (ie, where would you rather be right now)? This may be a difficult one if you're like myself and have a billion ideas, but try to picke a couple.

New York

3: age 10-15, 16-21, 22-27, 28-33, 34-39, older (sorry I am lazy right now), or: I don't want to tell, it's none of your business

19

4: describe one of the most pleasant ways to spend an afternoon where you live
driving up north and spending the afternoon in sedona

5: describe the place you're sitting at to type this right now

At work, at my desk, in the media center.

6: say something really funny about whoever is nearby you at this moment

I dont have anything funny to say right now sorry

7: who do you love?

my family

8: what do you love to do?

sleep, spen time onlie, and go swimming at the gym when im not being lazy.

9: music (whatever you wish to say)?

Music is life, its something everyone loves for the most part. One might not agree on the same music as others, but everyone can agree on music in general.

10: literature (or magazines or Danielle Steele, whatever pleases ya)?

I work with books, magazines, and Danielle Steele all day what do you want me to say?

11: food (vegetarian or carnivore, machine dispensed or homemade, green or Tang, etc)?

I love chicken. Ajs Ice tea and Panda Express orange chicken

12: pick a topic and elaborate, no matter what it is (other than spam and merciless self advertisements)

I dont really have a topic of choice. umm going to NY in 2 days for a hindu and catholic wedding, should be pretty exciting, that is all

Yhovah said...

1: what part of the world do you reside in?

Colorado, USA

2: where does your heart reside (ie, where would you rather be right now)? This may be a difficult one if you're like myself and have a billion ideas, but try to picke a couple.

Strangly enough, I kind of like where I am. I would like to see New York, D.C., Boston, etc...

3: age 10-15, 16-21, 22-27, 28-33, 34-39, older (sorry I am lazy right now), or: I don't want to tell, it's none of your business

24

4: describe one of the most pleasant ways to spend an afternoon where you live

Hiking, fishing, It's pretty rural here. There are antique shops all over though.

5: describe the place you're sitting at to type this right now

Bedroom... dark... cold... wonderful...

6: say something really funny about whoever is nearby you at this moment

I put my dog's ball on my computer desk, the only way up was to jump on a swivel chair. He kept jumping up, spinning around and getting back down. It was really great. He loves a challenge.

7: who do you love?

I try to love everyone a little bit, but mostly I love my family and friends.. and myself..

8: what do you love to do?

Reading; I absolutely love to learn about stuff...

9: music (whatever you wish to say)?

Loud, annoying...

10: literature (or magazines or Danielle Steele, whatever pleases
ya)?


Bible (I am not a christian though), world history, recently I have been interested in local vegetation.

11: food (vegetarian or carnivore, machine dispensed or homemade, green or Tang, etc)?

Chinese food...yummy...

12: pick a topic and elaborate, no matter what it is (other than spam and merciless self advertisements)

Freedom of speach... I can not say what is on my mind without being labeled un-patriotic. If I don't support war...er, actually murder.. then I am not a real american. I have to be careful what I say about my religous prefrences for fear of being shunned. This country is frustrating the hell out of me. My patriotic hill-billy friend always says "If you don't like my country, then get out," which is a completely dumbass, egotistical thing to say, but I am starting to agree. I want to leave.

Paul’s Thoughts said...

1: what part of the world do you reside in?

Down under New Zealand. National emblems include sliver fern and kiwi (a bird) and rugby, netball and cricket totally dominate sports here (see All Blacks). Have a population of 4 mil and a further 1 mill currently residing overseas. A lot of them go to Europe and Australia. Due to the moderating effect of the ocean, summer and winter temperatures in most NZ locations differ by less than 10 oC and the land mass consists of three islands. They have really creative names like “North Island” and “South Island” What were they thinking! The indigenous people consist of the Maori. Other interesting facts include, NZ was the first western democracy to give women the vote, we do not have the right to bear arms, NZ invented bungee jumping , etc.

2: where does your heart reside (ie, where would you rather be right now)? This may be a difficult one if you're like myself and have a billion ideas, but try to picke a couple.

Maybe Wellington.

3: age 10-15, 16-21, 22-27, 28-33, 34-39, older (sorry I am lazy right now), or: I don't want to tell, it's none of your business

28

4: describe one of the most pleasant ways to spend an afternoon where you live

There are plenty of parks and trails, cycling paths, international gardens, museum. In NZ culture it is perfectly fine to give a big “hi there” on walk/bike paths, I love that. As for a pleasant afternoon, this could be many things depending on how I’m feeling. Sometimes just having a huge chat at a café with good food goes down well.

5: describe the place you're sitting at to type this right now

Currently I am in my room, where I have taken down all of the pictures/posters/artwork/photos so all the walls are whitely white (it is not saying that way!) The only things that remain on the walls are a list of phone numbers for friends, a white board and a pin board. My desk has a number of things on it, including the amplified bible, Tippler physics, a bunch of CD’s, passport and city map. My computer currently has the news paper, oxford minireference thesaurus, the personal vision statement I printed off yesterday, wallet, What Color Is Your Parachute, Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology (was looking into how colours work in the occipital lobe as your post about ‘colour girl’ got me wondering), Time Magazine, a journal article titled “Bordering the Future: Resisting Neoliberalism in the Borderlands” (Basically this is about how in the last twenty years, especially since the NAFTA, the U.S Mexico boarder has become a site for intensive neoliberal development and the forces that are trying to resist it). Behind me is a mirror, an empty oil filter box (just changed the oil in my car) along with a letter from my grandmother on top of some draws.


7: who do you love?

People who are authentic, genuine, sincere, real and who are not afraid of being themselves in the face of humiliation and embarrassment. Love has many definitions and has been called many things. I’d like to think love is when someone keeps their word, even when it hurts and it does not pass over those who are in need. Love knows that initiative is just doing what is right without having to be told. Love is not feelingless but nor is it ruled by feelings. Love likes to help, endure, persevere, it likes to encourage, build up, heal and refresh. Alas, humans have many faults and hidden agendas, motives and errors. True love knows and accounts for this and much much more. Who do I love? I love those who help me to love others.

8: what do you love to do?

Run barefoot on green grass, watch clouds and the stars and wonder, daydream, talk and listen to friends, play soccer, go to cafés, run in the rain, laugh a good laugh, sing in the car and make up my own words, dance as if no one is around, smile in the mirror, look at amazing pictures and art, write letters etc.

9: music (whatever you wish to say)?

In no particular order, P.O.D, Switchfoot, Mat Kearney, Pillar, etc, liked Dar Williams song “echoes” off album “My Better Self”. Heaps of other music.


10: literature (or magazines or Danielle Steele, whatever pleases ya)?

What I am currently looking into, Malcolm Gladwell, Bible, James W. Sire, Blaise Pascal, Listener, Time Magazine, some stuff on krumping (a from of dance) etc.


11: food (vegetarian or carnivore, machine dispensed or homemade, green or Tang, etc)?

Mainly eat vegetables and fish. I love making soup.

12: pick a topic and elaborate, no matter what it is (other than spam and merciless self advertisements)

Been reading about colour. Apparently, the occipital lobe in the brain has six different regions all with boring labels. Region V4 is considered the colour area. Damage to this region means a person will lose colour cognition, or the ability to think about colour. An example was given of an artist, who was in a car accident and sustained concussion but subsequently could not distinguish any colours whatsoever. The mental image of a tomato looked as black as its actual appearance. Even in his dreams, that were once vividly colourful, all was now blackish and grey. He described the appearance of people most difficult to deal with, that their flesh was an abhorrent grey rat colour. Oddly enough his acuity had improved, “within days … my vision was that of an eagle – I can see a worm wiggling a block away – the sharpness of focus is incredible.” Obviously this is accentuated but nonetheless was generally proved to be true especially at twilight or at night. Eventually, he became accustomed to the loss of colour.

Try and think up a new colour in the rainbow. I’ve just tried it and it’s impossible! I wonder if I can imagine red, green and yellow in my mind in the dark of night, with my eyes closed?

Languages are like colours. It would be awesome to jump, transverse and flick your merry way between languages with a keen grin. I am effectively colour-blind when it comes to languages as I only see the world with one colour, English.

English has a weird way with words as well. I mean just of the top of your head could you tell me what the difference is between these words…”I assume”, “I presume” and “I suppose”. They all sound like the same thing to me but I guess they are different somehow.

Here is another funny thing about English.

“it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.”

I garbed this off the internet and there is some substance to this claim that “randomising letters in the middle of words had little or no effect on the ability of skilled readers to understand the text.” However, how about reading this , it’s not so easy.

Big ccunoil tax ineesacrs tihs yaer hvae seezueqd the inmcoes of mnay pneosenirs.

I will have to eventually get around to reading some poetry, as you suggested. In the past, ages ago, I read quite a bit of T.S Elliot. I’m going to the library today, so I’ll look into some of the authors you have mentioned on your site.

It’s a bit stink that you don’t feel up to par at the moment. I wish you had some buttercups to pick and butterflys to chase.

Best thoughts,
O

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