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Meme-sheeping [Jul. 27th, 2007|07:56 pm]
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Stolen from astralblue

Leave me a comment saying anything random, like your favorite lyric to your current favorite song. Or your favorite kind of sandwich. Something random. Whatever you like.

I respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.

You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
You will include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in the post.
When others comment asking to be asked, you will ask them five questions.

astralblue asked me:

1. So what's your favorite pastime these days?
Sleeping. ;_;

Seriously, I've been working a lot. I stopped playing WoW. Mostly, I like to play random games, and analyze how they work/what makes them fun/what are the optimal strategies, etc.

I'm very much enjoying playing Go when I can, but I am absolutely pathetic at it. I rarely have the time to sit down and play through an entire game, though. I do play some fast Go against the computer sometimes.

Other than that... really, sleeping is nice.

2. What is the color that best summarizes your personality, and why?
I would love to be able to say a rich, dark blue. Calming, placid, comforting. Unfortunately, I probably end up being a little too frenetic for that most of the time. Let's go with light green, for inexperienced and brash. =)

3. Suppose you were given a magical chance to adopt a foreign culture as your second nature, without effort. Which country would you pick, and why?
Japan. I might pick China, but I don't know enough, and haven't educated myself yet.

At first it was because of video games and anime. But the more I learn about their culture, writing, and history, the more intrigued I get. I've taken a couple of Japanese literature (in translation) courses, and a lot of the writing and history is fascinating in a way that American history is not. (This from a person who generally hates studying history)

Don't get me wrong. I still like video games and anime.

4. Which musical instrument do you play the best?
Voice, by far. My keyboard skill is pathetic, and I don't know how much I could even pick out on a viola at this point. My voice has always been my best instrument though, although even that is a little rusty at this point. (I try to sing along with some more difficult songs, and I hear myself missing slightly all over. I'm thinking right now of Dream Theater's "In The Presence of Enemies part 2", if you know it.)

5. Last but not least, when are you coming back to NorCal?!?!! ;___;
As soon as possible. ;_;

The current plan is to finish undergrad here, and then try to go to Stanford for graduate school... there's a person who is doing interesting (to me) work in generic game-playing. However, if I don't go to California for grad school, I plan to move back there after I get my Ph. D.

Right now, given the rate at which I am going through school, I predict 2-3 years. Toz (my g/f) also needs to finish her undergrad before any moving takes place.

tidesong asked me:

1. If you won a million dollars, and it had to be spent in 24 hours, except it could not be spent on yourself, what would you do with it? Anything not spent after 24 hours will just go *poof*.

My answers to these sorts of things are unfortunately boring, but here goes:

House for my parents, car for my parents, large donation to the EFF (probably about half of it), large videogame tournament for my friends (I haven't run one of those in a few months, actually...) pay for Toz's college (if that's not cheating), and the rest on basically random things to benefit my friends.

2. Similarily, if you won a million dollars, and it had to be spent in 24 hours and it could ONLY be spent on yourself, what would you do with it?

Similar sorts of things. House, car, pay for tuition for 2 years (if that's not cheating), some arcade machines (notably a DDR supernova upgrade, a DanceManiax machine, and a IIDX machine), some fitness equipment, a big party at the new place, a new computer for use on some of my AI projects, and then basically furnishing the new place (furniture, tv/games, etc)

Pretty boring, really. Sorry for the lack of deep insights. =(

3. Since you asked me, and I'm curious as to what your answer would be, if there were one person from the old BBS days that you could get back in touch with, who would it be, if any, and why? And a bonus twist: which people from old BBS days have you seen anytime recently? (Say, last 5 years.)

I'd like to hear what happened to Spiritual Warrior. There are maybe others.

Um, 5 years is a gigantic window. Let's see: Bob (the handle), Darkchild, Dystopia, Fish, Krumpet, Marius Pontmercy, Minox, North Star, Star Eater (although he would certainly object to the name now...), Woodstock, Zifnab, Hanger 18, Kitty Kat Kitana, (whose future BBS handles I don't remember, and she'll probably kill me if she notices I used that one >_<) ... I think I've seen Tofu and Roger Wilco in the past 5 years, but unfortunately that's a stretch, Restless Warrior (who probably isn't Old School), Prince Ali, and there are others but I don't remember what their handles were...

4. What do you consider to be the most difficult work you've successfully learned for voice, or viola, or whatever...take your pick.

My solo voice and viola work mostly ended in high school, unfortunately. The most difficult piece was in Madison Symphony Choir, though, and it was Poulenc's Stabat Mater. For Viola, it was probably Telemann's Concerto in G (although I only learned movements 1 and 2). Here's the best video of the 2nd movement I can find

5. What is your degree going to be in, and what kind of a job are you hoping to get after graduation?

Computer Science. I want to probably be a professor, which unfortunately means I have to go for the Ph. D. Maybe I'll be done by 40. If I live that long. ;-)

funnybookqueen asked me:

1) Since you are anti-Suikoden 5 for fest, what would you like to play??
My current preferences are Eternal Sonata or Blue Dragon for the 360. I think this makes things somewhat difficult for fest, however. I accept, however, that it is likely to be Suiko 5.

2) What is your favorite book and why?
It's hard to say. I think I would have to say Musashi, by Eiji Yoshikawa, because the story is so epic, and the story is Japanese, which means that things are told a different way, which makes it very interesting to me.

3)If you had to give up one of your five senses, which would it be and why?
Smell, by process of elimination:
Hearing is most important to me
Seeing is also important to me
I like tasting things
I like touching things
Smelling is nice, but probably least important.

4)Would you rather have a scandal named after you or a disease named after you and why?
Scandal. Usually diseases are only named after you if you're going to die from it. ;-)

5)Would you rather never be able to say the word love or never be able to kiss and why??
Say love. I think there are plenty of other ways to express love for someone else, even if you're not using the word. (And I could still write it! You never said I couldn't neeeeener. ;-) )

[User Picture]From: tidesong
2007-07-28 03:37 am (UTC)
Random: I'd really like some ice cream right now. I'll probably go get some of the Dove "Chocolate and Brownie Affair" in a little bit.

*braces for questions*
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From: noonereally
2007-07-28 04:47 am (UTC)

Your questions!

1) Given our duet of ages gone past, if you could sing or play a duet with any musician living or dead, who would it be, and what piece?

2) If you could learn an instrument and have complete mastery of it right now, what would that instrument be?

3) What one thing has anyone ever done that has turned you off the absolute most? This can be in a situation that should have been sexy or not, your choice.

4) If there were one person from the old BBS days that you could get back in touch with, who would it be, if any?

5) (Excuse the swearing) Are you going to kick the shit out of those assholes at your old job, or what?!?
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[User Picture]From: tidesong
2007-07-28 06:14 pm (UTC)

Re: Your questions!

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[User Picture]From: megwyn
2007-07-28 04:24 pm (UTC)
Random: Ever since the moment that i got on the plane in Honolulu, i have been plotting ways to get back to Hawaii. Three and a half years of waiting has resulted in an awful lot of plotting.
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From: noonereally
2007-07-28 07:52 pm (UTC)
1) Pick one of the following six, and tell me why:

2) If you were independently wealthy, and didn't have to worry about money, what would you do with your days?

3) What is your favorite book, and why?

4) What is your best joke?

5) Pick one of these numbers, and tell me why: 0, 1, e, i, pi.
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[User Picture]From: astralblue
2007-07-28 05:58 pm (UTC)
Cat poo!
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From: noonereally
2007-07-28 07:26 pm (UTC)
Waaaaait. Isn't this horribly recursive? ;-)

Of course, anything can just be a random comment, so maybe you didn't even mean to invoke the recursion!

1) Speaking of: Recursion or iteration, and why?

2) What is your least favorite part of "American culture", and why?

3) What is your favorite anime of all time (AND WHY AHAHAHA)?

4) You are (at least to me) ridiculously good at piano. Is there a piece that you've wanted to be able to play that is beyond you, and what do you like about it?

5) If your mp3 music playing method has some sort of play-count measure, tell me what song on your list has the highest play-count, and tell me a little about it. Otherwise, pick your "current favorite song", and tell me a little about that.
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From: ziffy
2007-07-28 08:42 pm (UTC)
Satan loves you!
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From: noonereally
2007-07-28 11:03 pm (UTC)
1) So when are you going to stop with this database crap and learn some real skills? ;-)

2) What is the worst game you have ever completed?

3) What was your favorite MOD? If it was Agony, pick something else.

4) Name 3 bands that you have not seen in concert that you want to see in concert.

5) If you had one week left on Earth, and you could do anything you wanted what would it be?
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[User Picture]From: funnybookqueen
2007-07-29 03:13 am (UTC)
Never was a cornflake girl. Thought it was a good solution hangin with the raisin girl.
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From: noonereally
2007-07-30 02:42 am (UTC)
1) Are you trying to tell me that someone actually listened to another Tori Amos album besides "Boys for Pele"? What is your favorite Tori Amos album, and why?

2) ziffy has forced a lot of games on you. What is your least favorite and why?

3) What do you hope this year's fest game is?

4) What is your favorite kind of paper? You can use technical terms or not, but describe it for me. This does not have to be "as a librarian", but can be if you wish.

5) What is the biggest thing you miss about Milwaukee AS A CITY? This does not include friends, simply features of the city.
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