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Step 1: Put your music player on shuffle.
Step 2: Post the first line (or two lines, or whatever) from the first 50 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing.
Step 3: Strike through the songs when someone guesses both band and title.
Step 4: ???
Step 5: PROFIT.

Via several people, most recently [livejournal.com profile] aquarionical. Filtered for instrumentals, tracks where the first line was the title of the song, and one track where I couldn't make out the lyrics and couldn't find them on Google.

Quite surprised how long it took for the first Japanese track to come up, actually.

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(Expropriating memes is fun.)

If there is someone on your friends list you would like to take, sit down, offer a biscuit or some cake, prepare some tea for, then have tea and conversation with until the teapot is empty, then wait until you've brewed another pot and do it all over again, then repost this sentence in your journal.
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Because a lot of people on my friends list are doing this at the moment:

1. Choose a few of your own characters.
2. Make them answer the following questions.
3. Feel free to go ahead and add some questions yourself.
4. Tag whoever you feel like to do this. (Up to you, guys.)

Sophie Glover, CUTT. )

Mary, CUTT. )

Eloise Starshine Rivers, CUTT. )

Pristis ex Guernicus, Whitewash (Ars Magica game). )

Aurora, PokeMUSH (as of when I retired her). )
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I've found a new blog to read - Higgaion, which is mostly about Biblical scholarship (and occasionally about the Mac).

And, as a bonus, it had a link to a fun quiz on there, to find out which ancient language you are.

This is posted mostly for [livejournal.com profile] rochvelleth's benefit. As you can see, it includes Linear B in there... )
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I first saw this when [livejournal.com profile] rochvelleth posted her answers, but never did post one myself. Ah well, here it is.

(Incidentally, I wonder if the markup validates? It seems to avoid any width= and height= tags in the table cells, and styles a whole lot of things. Pretty neat.)

(Click here to post your own answers for this meme.)

× I miss somebody right now. I don't watch much TV these days. I own lots of books.
And the rest of the table... )
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An attempt at the "ten things I've done that other people haven't" list:

1) Been the first girl on the British team for the International Physics Olympiad in over ten years. [1]
2) Captained our school synchronised swimming team at the National Schools Championships, and won one year and come second the next. [2]
3) Injured myself on holiday by jumping onto a bed and having the mattress collapse under me.
4) Entered a tripos-based college bar quiz in a team of five - who were the only five doing the subject in the college. [3]
5) Completed six of the Tokimeki Memorial 3 scenarios.
6) Watched all bar one of the Sailor Moon musicals. In Japanese. (How much I understood is another matter.)
7) Got through most of my Linguistics Part II without ever citing Chomsky anywhere.
8) Played Shadow of Memories, a rather underrated adventure/RPG on the Playstation 2.
9) Worn black tie - i.e. dinner jacket, trousers and so on - to a formal dinner. (The suit belonged to a male friend.)
10) Made more LJ icons than I've written essays this year.




(And yes, there are footnotes. :)

1. I think. Nobody was ever quite clear on this. My headteacher thought it was "first girl ever", our observers at the Olympiad told me it had been about twelve years or so.
2. "Captain" meaning "oldest girl in squad". And we came first out of four and second out of nine, I think. :)
3. And we won. Bwa ha ha. (The others got bottles of Tia Maria, and I took the teddy bear that was on offer.)
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I never take quizzes. Except this once.

The LJ "mood ring" meme. Click only if bored. )

Coming on a day when I've left the Sidgwick Site to go home and sleep because I literally can't concentrate on anything... *thunk*
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Questions swiped from [livejournal.com profile] peppygrowlithe, [livejournal.com profile] snowcalico and [livejournal.com profile] firebyrd.

A question meme - what was I doing (n) years ago? )

In fairness, I'm not sure that finding paperbacks on eBay for far less than they are on Abebooks.co.uk is really that much of a "joy", but it's allowed me to complete the Drina books (by Jean Estoril - ballet series, probably not quite as good as the Lorna Hill ones, but readable nonetheless). Cheque goes off tomorrow on my way to the department, and in a week or two I should get the books. (Yay!)

Other than all these fun questions, I have some rather fun supervision questions on speech evolution and anatomy which will have to be written up tomorrow. Or is it today? I tend to hold with the "it's not tomorrow until you've gone to sleep" school of thought, which gets very confusing when you stay up overnight without sleep. By that logic, I should be permanently one day behind after that night over at Liyang's.
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I sent my dissertation outline and title to my supervisor today, and can now make the same bad Buzz Lightyear pun about it. "To Berlin and Kay... and beyond!" (Not all that funny unless you've read Basic Colour Terms (1969) recently. I have sematicist tastes in reading matter at the moment.)

Aside from that I've not been doing much recently. I'm not going to be playing PS2 games as much for a while - I'm a little stuck on Suikoden III (eighteen or so Stars left to find), rather annoyed at TM3 (it's incredibly difficult to even walk home with the person I'm going for this time, let alone arrange a date with her), and need to do some more levelling on Disgaea before I can proceed with plot levels. So, once I get some sleep tonight, I'll be trying to do a bit more writing. And reading of the pile of library books that'll be due back in two and a bit weeks.

Lastly, a quiz. Blame [livejournal.com profile] peppygrowlithe for this one, as he liked my pictures for him enough to encourage me to post in my journal. :)

1. Think of a word you would use to describe me.
2. Go to Google Image Search and search for that word.
3. Select the picture you see as most fitting, and post it as a reply. Explanations are mandatory.
4. Post this meme in your journal.

If you don't know how to post an image, you can use this format:

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I spent this morning hunting for plot holes in last year's Nanowrimo entry, and then some time trying to figure out whether I'd managed to get all the dates right that I'd mentioned in it. I'm surprised it's actually coherent, to be honest, given that I wrote 30,000 words in a month.

I also think that once I get chapter titles for the chapters (which are currently just listed as "scenes" and separated by horizontal lines in my version), I'll start posting it up here. This is mainly so I can have somewhere to point the one reader I have currently if he wants to read new chapters (the reason I have only one reader is probably because I've not put it online), and it'll be less effort to put up new chapters here than to set up my own website for it.

Thoughts after fifty hours of Suikoden III. Cut to avoid minor spoilers. )

Damn, and now my brother's taken the TV back so he can play more Pokemon Colosseum. Ah well, maybe I needed a break anyway.

And now, for the oddness that is the contents of my Livejournal RPG party. [livejournal.com profile] thistle_chaser, in particular, worries me in this one.

Your LJ RPG Team
LJ Username
Sex
Favorite Color
Weapon of Choice
Your Partner the_mysterons
Your Warrior streetwind
The Giggly, Flirtatious Magic User with Big Breasts thistle_chaser
The Talking Animal carakle
Main Archenemy peppygrowlithe
Evil Incarnate evilgrayson
This QuickKwiz by ass_ - Taken 40211 Times.
New! Get Free Daily Horoscopes from Kwiz.Biz


They got Evil Incarnate spot on, considering the username. I'm not sure why the Mysterons want to partner me in an RPG, though... perhaps this is yet another part of their sinister plan to conquer the earth.
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Taken from [livejournal.com profile] thistle_chaser.

1. Go into your LJ's archives.
2. Find your 23rd post (or closest to).
3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.

Mine was the perhaps unexciting: Anyway, it looks like fun to write, and there's going to be an amusing encounter with Sheik later on - which was really the point of the fic. (The post is here.)

If only it'd been two sentences later, I could have used: Ah, the fun of having crossdressing characters. Much better.

Speaking of writing, I just finished an entirely optional essay about the optative mood in Greek. (For those of you who've not heard of it, it's what happens when a language decides that having indicative - the normal sort of mood - and subjunctive isn't enough, and it wants to be special, so it adopts a third one just for wishing, and conditional sentences, and so on. Damn fussy classical languages.)

Was planning to spend until 7pm on it, but ended up working pretty much all day (when I wasn't in lectures) and finishing it at about 9pm. Not bad, considering I had to start it today as well - I thought I'd saved what I'd written of the introduction, but it turns out it was lost when Windows crashed at some point this week. It wasn't too much of a loss, though, only fifty words or so, and the essay turned out to be a fairly respectable length. It's for a college prize, and if I win I can get £200, so... let's hope it does well.

And my Nanowrimo entry is progressing reasonably well. I'm still 1500 words off the milestone that I should have hit five months ago today, but barring a few episodes of writer's block it's been going quite quickly. I have no idea how long it's going to end up being, though, although it says something that I've spent almost 50,000 words on it and have only just got to the location where most of the action is supposed to take place (a rather large Library - please remember to pronounce the capital letters).

I'll have to hurry up my pace to make sure that I've finished it by the start of this November, as I have several ideas for a new story stewing in my head and I don't want to have two to worry about simultaneously.
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Taken from [livejournal.com profile] snowcalico. I ran into problems when trying to do it with K's Choice (I feel rather hesitant about putting "God in my Bed" for number 5, for example), so I've gone for the cheerful Spanish duo Ella Baila Sola. And since the song names are all in Spanish, I've translated them as best I can.

Pick a band (Ella Baila Sola) and answer these questions using only their song titles:

1.) Are you male or female? Mujer Florero (Flower Woman)
2.) Describe yourself. Superviviente (Survivor)
3.) How do some people feel about you? Ella Baila Sola (She Dances Alone)
4.) How do you feel about yourself? No Esta Todo Perdido (It's Not All Lost)
5.) How do you describe your love interest? Algo Personal (Something Personal)
6.) Where would you rather be? El Tiempo de Mi Felicidad (Time of My Happiness)
7.) Describe what you want to be: A Mi Ritmo (To My Rhythm)
8.) Describe how you live: Sin Confesarlo Todo (Without Admitting Everything)
9.) Describe how you love: Beso Eterno (Eternal Kiss)
10.) Share a few words of wisdom: Cuando los Sapos Bailen Flamenco (When the Frogs Dance Flamenco)

Of course, nothing quite beats [livejournal.com profile] snowcalico's answer of "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey" to the last one.
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Because it's making the rounds of my friends' LJs, and since I haven't posted for a while...
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