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Via maryrobinette and reannon...

I know very little about some of the people on my friends list. Some people I know relatively well. I read your journals, or we have something else in common and we chat occasionally. Some of you I hardly know at all. Perhaps you lurk, for whatever reason. But you friended me and I thank you for your interest in my words.

But here's a thought: why not take this opportunity to tell me a little something about yourself. Any old thing at all. Just so the next time I see your name I can say: "Ah, there's so and so...they listen in rapture to the love-music of she-turnips." I might feel compelled to mock your musical taste, but I'll certainly remember you.

I'd love it if every single person who friended me would do this. Yes, even you people who I know really well. Then post this in your own journal and see what gems of knowledge appear.

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naughtyaelf
Dec. 18th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
one thing (or two) about me
I really like to knit - right now I'm obsessing over socks. Once I get the basic pattern down, I'm going to do fancy ones!

I also like to invite people over for tea or coffee, or whatnot. My kitchen always has the ingredients for a nice little party, no matter what.

silly things, but hey! that's me. :)
nayad
Dec. 19th, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
Re: one thing (or two) about me
I've only ever learned to knit to the point of being able to make the most basic kind of scarf. I've always thought it would be truly nifty to be able to make my own sweaters, but I think of that in the way that most people think it would be nifty to write a novel someday--that is, in the full knowledge that I will never put in the time or effort to do it!

But I do plan to write novels for real, so that's all right. :)
Re: one thing (or two) about me - naughtyaelf - Dec. 19th, 2007 04:56 pm (UTC) - Expand
maryrobinette
Dec. 18th, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
I like cheese on my apple pie, but only if the pie is hot. My husband scoffs at this.
las
Dec. 18th, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
Hot apple pie with cheddar FTW!
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eleri
Dec. 18th, 2007 03:30 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping to become a Labyrinth facillitator
nayad
Dec. 19th, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
I had to go and look up Labyrinth to find out what that was! It sounds fascinating. :)
avocadovpx
Dec. 18th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
5 things about me:

We met at this past World Fantasy Con, after we were already LJ friends.

I usually bring chocolate to conventions. I think I had some with me when we talked – probably chocolate with raspberry.

Anubis Gates was the first Tim Powers novel I read. It’s probably why I like the secret history subgenre as much as I do.

I maintain an LJ community like novel_in_90, except it’s called thing_in_150. People set their own goals (typically 500 or more words a day for 150 days, but it varies), work on whichever projects (Things) they like, and post their word count.

I have been through customs at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam several times within a few hours because of my horrible sense of direction or the airport’s horrible map – take your pick. The Dutch authorities were not amused.
nayad
Dec. 19th, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
I was glad to meet you at World Fantasy. I wish we could have had more time to talk, though!

The Anubis Gates was also my first Tim Powers novel, and I think I've read it at least five times. OhhowIlovethatbook!

I have never been to Amsterdam, but I intend to go while I'm still young enough to *really* enjoy it. *g*
madisonmassage
Dec. 18th, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
me..?
Hi there,

I wondered across your lj by seeng your name on several of my freinds friends lists. I took a look and loved your book reviews.

My lj is mostly health related topics, a little politics and some fun. I'd don't post much personal information or topics. I spend a lot of time on the natural living comm, it gives me reasons to look up studies on pubmed (NIH search engine).

I speak some russian, mandarin, german and thai...well more thai than the others. I'm planning on heading back to thailand fo ra month next august. Love to cook thai food, got to get back to doing more thia massage.. I mostly do clinical pain related massage these days...

Years and years ago I was a minicon convergence windy con regular..but not for a long time..well I did hit convergence last time. That was the first time in 14 years.

well thats all
nayad
Dec. 19th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
Re: me..?
I'm glad you like my book reviews! Right now I'm almost halfway through The Terror, by Dan Simmons, which seems to be an incredibly convincing, 700-something-page treatise on the manifestations of Murphy's Law as applied to sailing expeditions to the Arctic in the 19th Century. It's a testament to the quality of the writing that I intend to read the second half!
greyduck
Dec. 18th, 2007 03:59 pm (UTC)
There are very few songs during which I pay attention to the words except in terms of how they sound within the rest of the musical experience. I'm hearing consonants and notes, not listening to the meaning. When I read something like, "So-and-so's 'Song About Whatever' is about such-and-such," my reaction is almost always a bemused, "Huh. Who knew?"

Among the upsides of this is the fact that I do not care about what language the vocalist performs in. Rock music in Italian? Pop music in Japanese? It's all good. Well, as long as it actually is good.
nayad
Dec. 19th, 2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
When I listen to music, I usually start to like the song without paying attention to the words, but then the more I like the song, the more inclined I become to pay attention so that I can learn the lyrics. I don't mind songs being in other languages, either.
nicolle
Dec. 18th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
I am wearing light blue long-underwear pajamas with dark blue stars and pink ankles/wrists/neckline.

That's something.

But I just got out of bed...
nayad
Dec. 19th, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC)
That's a cute mental image! I would definitely wear pajamas like that.
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reannon
Dec. 18th, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
I am an unabashed Disneyphile going back to college. I used to collect porcelain figurines, but packed them away in terror when Kiddo was born.
nayad
Dec. 19th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
Well do I know the principle that kids and collectibles should be kept apart. Luckily, the only breakable objects I collect are inexpensive, and can be kept in a kitchen cabinet. I have a usable collection of coffee mugs with heart designs on them, and the rule is that I only get them from thrift stores. It gives me something to hunt for in the world, and the mugs make me smile. :)
owlface1
Dec. 18th, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
I am a 28 year old guy, with dog. i am interested in genealogy, sustainable agriculture, and "biological sciences". I am a senior at the UW majoring in biological aspects of conservation.

there must be something in there you didn't know already :-)
nayad
Dec. 19th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
I didn't know your exact major, or your age.
lonesomenumber1
Dec. 18th, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC)
I have kept a list of every book I've read since 2002. Not coincidentally, it's been that long since I got a book from the library and read half of it before I figured out that I'd read it before. That used to happen to me pretty often.
nayad
Dec. 19th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
Keeping a list of the books you've read is a smart thing to do. I've been writing little blurbs here in the LJ about the books I've read this year, but having a master list would be a good idea.
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nayad
Dec. 19th, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
Seed beads are so fun to play with! I like sewing them onto things, but I have to use restraint to prevent myself from overdoing that and looking like one of those Bedazzled ladies.
ex_maehymn
Dec. 18th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
My alter ego is a 21-foot-tall Viking named Thor with long blonde hair that carries a huge battleaxe and wears a hat with horns. I also have my own boat. With oars and shields.
nayad
Dec. 19th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
For some reason, that doesn't surprise me!
pxr5
Dec. 18th, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
I collect sf/f (particularly first and limited editions), and have been reading Tim Powers since the Anubis Gates was first published.

Otherwise, my version of the love-music of she-turnips is space rock :-)
nayad
Dec. 19th, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC)
Anubis Gates made me a Powers fan, too. Clearly, you have good taste. *g*
las
Dec. 18th, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
I can has cheezburger!

Oh, wait, no I can't.

Darn diet.
dark_towhead
Dec. 18th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
U can haz cheez turkey burger?
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madkestrel
Dec. 18th, 2007 10:34 pm (UTC)
I have action figures of my favorite movie/TV characters hanging, in their blister packs, on the wall of my computer room. So far, I've got Spike (Buffy), Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean), Marcus Cole (Babylon Five), Autolycus (Xena Warrior Princess), Fox Mulder (The X Files) Aragorn (Lord of the Rings), Neo (The Matrix), Wolverine (X Men) and Nottingham (Witchblade).

There's room for more. :D
nayad
Dec. 19th, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to see that you've chosen such worthy characters for your collection. :)
oakwind
Dec. 18th, 2007 10:56 pm (UTC)
You certainly have interesting friends! I can't really think of much that is interesting about me really -- I am a poly, Pagan, bi not so young anymore babe (but that isn't unusual anymore:), home-schooled my children who have been grown-ups for some time, currently in a crochet phase, and trying to regain strength and mobility after chemo/radiation nasties.
nayad
Dec. 19th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
Poly = interesting.
Pagan = interesting.
Bi = interesting.

You're just so used to being interesting that you forget it's there!
busman1994
Dec. 19th, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
The New Me
I love my new buswork, the picture of you in my mind is the expression on your face when I made a particularly bawdy commment about sex, and I am constantly amazed at the expression of joy on most people's faces when they see me.

There. I accomplished something today!
nayad
Dec. 19th, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
Re: The New Me
You definitely make people smile, because you're a sweetie. :)
mabfan
Dec. 19th, 2007 01:36 am (UTC)
I was an extra in "The Front" and "Radio Days."
nayad
Dec. 19th, 2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
Nice!

My own movie career was very brief--I played the lead female role in a 6-minute silent student film called The Laugher, that was directed by no fewer than *three* film students at Columbia College in the early '90s. I was promised a copy of the film, and it was never delivered, but they told me that their film professor thought I was good.
kelly_swails
Dec. 19th, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
My favorite T.V shows are "How I Met Your Mother," "Chuck," and "Lost."

My favorite books include "The Stand" by Stephen King and "The Genesis Code" by John Case.

My favorite movie is "The Princess Bride."
nayad
Dec. 19th, 2007 05:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, I LOVE How I Met Your Mother. That show is legen... wait for it... dary!
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ayastigi_waya
Dec. 19th, 2007 03:11 am (UTC)
I came to you through a friend, who suggested I would like your book reviews. So far, I enjoy reading them, but I haven't actually read the books yet. I am learning who and what I am, and actually starting to act on some of it (my writing and photography). I have also dabbled a little in medieval reenactment, but haven't found a group to hang with in the area that I am comfortable with.

OH...and I do tend to babble, so ya'll can call me Brooke...;)
nayad
Dec. 19th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
Welcome! I also like to do some photography when I get the chance, but I have very little technical knowledge on the subject.
darius
Dec. 19th, 2007 06:31 am (UTC)
I'm a big do-it-yourselfer when it comes to programming. I've kind of given up on fighting this bias.
nayad
Dec. 19th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
Rock on! I have no programming skills whatsoever.
medeine
Dec. 19th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
I was a cheerleader.

No - really. Little ol' feminist me.

and

The only trophy I got for reading poetry while on Speech Team in high school was during a regional competition where I was seemingly taken over by the spirit of the young mother lamenting the environmental destruction of our planet and the non-legacy it would leave her children.

It was the strangest experience to have those written words spring from my mouth seemingly spontaneously from my heart.

Just a couple of oddities. Most of the rest, you know, or is pretty obvious from my profile. :D
nayad
Dec. 19th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
Wow, picturing you as a cheerleader is *hard.*
veronicaarch
Dec. 19th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
I drive a stick shift and hate driving automatic.

I know all the words to Salt N' Pepa's "Shoop" and LL Cool J's "Round the Way Girl."

I'm a crazy pug mama (take a peak at my LJ this week and you'll see the evidence LOL).

I won two awards when I graduated high school - one was a general award for academics and the other was the Home Ec award but I'm really not a great cook and I can't sew to save my life.
nayad
Dec. 19th, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC)
One of the funniest performances I've seen in recent years was Ellen Degeneres performing "Shoop." I can't say that I know all the words, but I do like the song. :)
bzdchris
Dec. 19th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
A little something about myself?
Hmmm. I have been consistently happy for about four months now. I just found out the woman I trained to replace me at NGC killed herself. I love your children.
nayad
Dec. 19th, 2007 11:29 pm (UTC)
Re: A little something about myself?
What a coincidence! I love my children, too. :)

And I'm glad that you've been happy.

To the news about the replacement woman, I say eek.
grubbyfox
Dec. 20th, 2007 12:51 am (UTC)
Pursuing a dream
I own a brand new cat supply store, along with mr. grubbyfox, in Eagle, Idaho. We're opening the doors on December 27th. Scary, but exciting!
nayad
Dec. 20th, 2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Pursuing a dream
Congratulations, and good luck with it! I have always been pro-cat. :)
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