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Thursday, April 1st, 2010
9:58 pm

You’re St. Melito of Sardis!

You have a great love of history and liturgy. You’re attached to the traditions of the ancients, yet you recognize that the old world — great as it was — is passing away. You are loyal to the customs of your family, though you do not hesitate to call family members to account for their sins.

Find out which Church Father you are at The Way of the Fathers!

Friday, December 4th, 2009
11:05 pm

Your result for Which fantasy writer are you?...

Susan Cooper (b. 1935)

1 High-Brow, -17 Violent, -9 Experimental and -1 Cynical!

Congratulations! You are High-Brow, Peaceful, Traditional and Romantic! These concepts are defined below.

Though born in England, Susan Cooper currently lives in the United States. She is most well-known for her The Dark Is Rising sequence, which has received substantial critical acclaim, the second book (also called The Dark Is Rising) in the series winning a Newbury Honor and the fourth book (The Grey King) being awarded the Newbury Medal, one of the world's most prestigious awards for children's literature. The series is one of the finest examples of contemporary fantasy: the kind of fantasy where magic happens in an actually existing place. The Dark Is Rising is set in Britain, where two common themes of fantasy are combined; that of a magic world parallel to ours, which later became so popular with the Harry Potter books and that of ordinary British school-children playing a role in the struggle between Good and Evil, which had earlier been explored by C S Lewis.

Cooper manages to use the idiom of traditional children books to tell a tale of epic proportions, as evil beings from Celtic legends appear on Earth to do battle with the Old Ones, a secret society of people with magic powers. She is also able to combine this rather romantic vision with important messages, the compassion of one of the children being vital to the cause of Good at one point in the story. In Cooper's world, what you think and do matters on a grand scale, a message children and adults alike should take to their hearts.

You are also a lot like Ursula K Le Guin.

If you want some action, try China Miéville.

If you'd like a challenge, try your exact opposite, Lian Hearn.

Your score

This is how to interpret your score: Your attitudes have been measured on four different scales, called 1) High-Brow vs. Low-Brow, 2) Violent vs. Peaceful, 3) Experimental vs. Traditional and 4) Cynical vs. Romantic. Imagine that when you were born, you were in a state of innocence, a tabula rasa who would have scored zero on each scale. Since then, a number of circumstances (including genetical, cultural and environmental factors) have pushed you towards either end of these scales. If you're at 45 or -45 you would be almost entirely cynical, low-brow or whatever. The closer to zero you are, the less extreme your attitude. However, you should always be more of either (eg more romantic than cynical). Please note that even though High-Brow, Violent, Experimental and Cynical have positive numbers (1 through 45) and their opposites negative numbers (-1 through -45), this doesn't mean that either quality is better. All attitudes have their positive and negative sides, as explained below.

High-Brow vs. Low-Brow

You received 1 points, making you more High-Brow than Low-Brow. Being high-browed in this context refers to being more fascinated with the sort of art that critics and scholars tend to favour, rather than the best-selling kind. At their best, high-brows are cultured, able to appreciate the finer nuances of literature and not content with simplifications. At their worst they are, well, snobs.

Violent vs. Peaceful

You received -17 points, making you more Peaceful than Violent. This scale is a measurement of a) if you are tolerant to violence in fiction and b) whether you see violence as a means that can be used to achieve a good end. If you aren't, and you don't, then you are peaceful as defined here. At their best, peaceful people are the ones who encourage dialogue and understanding as a means of solving conflicts. At their worst, they are standing passively by as they or third parties are hurt by less scrupulous individuals.

Experimental vs. Traditional

You received -9 points, making you more Traditional than Experimental. Your position on this scale indicates if you're more likely to seek out the new and unexpected or if you are more comfortable with the familiar, especially in regards to culture. Note that traditional as defined here does not equal conservative, in the political sense. At their best, traditional people don't change winning concepts, favouring storytelling over empty poses. At their worst, they are somewhat narrow-minded.

Cynical vs. Romantic

You received -1 points, making you more Romantic than Cynical. Your position on this scale indicates if you are more likely to be wary, suspicious and skeptical to people around you and the world at large, or if you are more likely to believe in grand schemes, happy endings and the basic goodness of humankind. It is by far the most vaguely defined scale, which is why you'll find the sentence "you are also a lot like x" above. If you feel that your position on this scale is wrong, then you are probably more like author x. At their best, romantic people are optimistic, willing to work for a good cause and an inspiration to their peers. At their worst, they are easily fooled and too easily lead.

Take Which fantasy writer are you? at HelloQuizzy

Current Mood: exhausted
Friday, March 6th, 2009
7:13 pm
What Do Your Initials Say About You?
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Thursday, January 29th, 2009
7:47 pm
Oh Julia! my Julia! has done a brilliant thing and created a livejournal feed for my (real) blog, since it is apparently no longer trackable by conventional weapons. It is located here, for the comfort and convenience of those of you who are still stalking me over teh internets.

Current Mood: excited
Wednesday, December 31st, 2008
1:54 pm
Haiku2 for ealasaid365
dwell on the end but
what they are doing in the
present they enjoy
Created by Grahame

Current Mood: bored
Saturday, December 13th, 2008
11:37 am
Your Existing Situation

Easily affected by her environment and readily moved by the emotions of others. Seeks congenial relationships and an occupation which will promote them.

Your Stress Sources

Wishes to be independent, unhampered, and free from any limitation or restriction, other than those which she imposes of herself or by her own choice and decision.

Your Restrained Characteristics

Feels listless, hemmed in, and anxious; considers that circumstances are forcing her to restrain her desires. Wants to avoid open conflict with others and to have peace and quiet.

Able to achieve satisfaction through sexual activity.

Your Desired Objective

Wants to make a favorable impression and be rewarded as a special personality. Is therefore constantly on the watch to see whether she is succeeding in this and how others are reacting to her. this makes her feel that she is in control. Uses tactics cleverly in order to obtain influence and special recognition. Susceptible to the esthetic or original.

Your Actual Problem

Seeks to avoid criticism and to prevent restriction of her freedom to act, and to decide for herself by the exercise of great personal charm in her dealings with others.

From here.

Current Mood: cold
Thursday, October 30th, 2008
10:27 am
Copy this sentence into your livejournal if you're in a heterosexual marriage, and you don't want it "protected" by the bigots who think that gay marriage hurts it somehow.

Current Mood: cranky
Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
4:23 pm

Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test...

Conscientious, Fulfilled, and Spiritual

The Renaissance was a cultural movement that profoundly affected European intellectual life. Beginning in Italy, and spreading to the rest of Europe by the 16th century, its influence affected literature, philosopy, religion, art, politics, science, and all other aspects of intellectual enquiry. Renaissance artists looked at the human aspect of life in their art. They did not reject religion but tended to look at it in it's purest form to create visions they thought depicted the ideals of religion. Painters of this time had their own style and created works based on morality, religion, and human nature. Many of the paintings depicted what they believed to be the corrupt nature of man.

People that like Renaissance paintings like things that are more challenging. They tend to have a high emotional stability. They also tend to be more concientious then average. They have a basic understanding of human nature and therefore are not easily surprised by anything that people may do. They enjoy life and enjoy living. They are very aware of their own mortality but do not dwell on the end but what they are doing in the present. They enjoy learning, but may tend to be a bit more closed minded to new ideas as they feel that the viewpoint they have has been well researched and considered. These people are more old fashioned and not quite as progressive. They enjoy the finer things in life like comfort, a good meal, and homelife. They tend to be more spiritual or religious by nature. They are open to new aesthetic experiences.

Take What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test at HelloQuizzy

Current Mood: working
Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
10:18 am

LiveJournal Advisory Board Elections

I support gillen to be my representative on the Advisory Board.

Show your support at lj_election_en.

Current Mood: devious
Friday, February 15th, 2008
3:47 pm
My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Duchess Ealasaid the Carnivorous of Great Leering
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title
Thursday, November 29th, 2007
7:20 pm
Your results:
You are Chekov
Mr. Scott
Geordi LaForge
Leonard McCoy (Bones)
Beverly Crusher
An Expendable Character (Redshirt)
Deanna Troi
Will Riker
Jean-Luc Picard
Mr. Sulu
James T. Kirk (Captain)
Brash, rash and hasty,
but everyone loves you.

Click here to take the Star Trek Personality Quiz

Current Mood: geeky
Sunday, September 23rd, 2007
12:13 pm

Your home is a

Magnate's Manor

Your kitchen is someplace you never go, because you "have people for that." There's a Chocolatessen, which is rapidly becoming your favorite room of the house. Having one is also becoming a trend among your wealthy neighbors. Your master bedroom is the size of a small barn, with carpet thick enough to reach your ankles. Your study has hardback editions of every classic ever written, plus a special edition of Rich Dad, Poor Dad with the parts you ghost-authored highlighted. One of your garages holds your collection of ferraris, and is measured in acreage.

Your home also includes a guest wing and private quarters for your servants. Your guests enjoy your home theater with hi-def plasma screen TV, and the thrones you watch it from. Outside is your hedge maze and gardens, meticulously tended by a team of world-class botanists.

And, you have a pet -- a doberman pincer named "Warren".

Below is a snippet of the blueprints:

Find YOUR Dream Home!

Current Mood: lazy
Wednesday, August 1st, 2007
12:40 pm
OMG I just got tickets to see Gogol Bordello! They will be here in a month! I need to buy a purple dress! Eeeeeeeeeeeee!

Current Mood: ecstatic
Monday, July 30th, 2007
7:14 am
Get with it, Wal-mart. Jesus action figures have been around for years. (Granted, the old ones don't talk. I can't find out which verses the Wal-mart version are supposed to be quoting. And I wonder what the voice sounds like?)

Current Mood: surprisingly, awake
Thursday, July 26th, 2007
12:47 pm
I love that feeling I get when I'm wearing something that I made. Last night I had a bunch of rags and scraps and ribbons, and today I have a skirt. I really missed my sewing machine. I go crazy when I'm not making something.

Current Mood: creative
Sunday, July 22nd, 2007
1:33 pm
I would just like to take a brief moment to gloat about the fact that I successfully lured someone away from a Harry Potter midnight release party. Mwah ha ha ha ha.

Current Mood: mischievous
Friday, July 20th, 2007
10:49 am
Quoth my not-so-secret role model, Miss Piggy, in the closing song of The Muppet Movie, "What was once juvenilish, is grown up and stylish!" I'll go with it.

Current Mood: cheerful
12:31 am
I just took an online survey and realized that in a few months I will no longer be in the second age bracket but the third. Since 18-year-olds will no longer be counted in the same demographic group as myself and 34-year-olds will, does this mean that I have to start actually acting like a grown-up? Because I'm not sure I'm ready for that.

Current Mood: tired
Saturday, July 14th, 2007
12:30 pm
I have discovered how dating works in Portland. I have decided to share my newly discovered wisdom for the edification of my readers.

1. Read a lot of craigslist.
2. Have a rambling conversation with a random stranger about books and travel.
3. Agree to meet said stranger for coffee.
4. Said stranger turns up. He will invariably be from India and now lives in Beaverton and works for Intel.
5. Have a more or less interesting conversation along the same lines as step 2.
6. Said stranger thanks you for a lovely time, leaves, and never emails you back.
7. Start cycle over at step 1.

I also stumbled across an interesting sub-set of rules, which can come into effect during any but the first cycle, which go as follows:

1. Read a lot of craigslist.
2a. Discover that someone has seen you while you were out at one of the many coffeeshops in Portland that you'd never frequented before but are rapidly becoming familiar with, and has asked via Missed Connections to meet you for yet another cup of coffee.
3a. Agree to meet for coffee.

Whether or not this then plugs back into the main set of rules remains to be seen. Step 4, at any rate, will be different, if the person is who I think he is, because he had the wrong skin colour to be from India. That still doesn't preclude his working at Intel, but at least if he frequents a coffeeshop in my part of town he probably doesn't live in Beaverton.

I seriously don't know what's up with any of this, but hey, at least I'm getting out of the house.

Current Mood: confused
Thursday, July 12th, 2007
11:28 pm

(It's not a patch on the East Coast, but still, it's pretty impressive for Portland. Also, I can hear the rain rattling down the garbage chute, which is almost as good as being able to hear it drumming on the roof. Well, almost.)

Current Mood: jubilant
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