perlmonger: (revolting)
My Political Views
I am a left social libertarian
Left: 6.85, Libertarian: 5.83

Political Spectrum Quiz

My Foreign Policy Views
Score: -8.88

Political Spectrum Quiz

My Culture War Stance
Score: -9.04

Political Spectrum Quiz

ETA: my results on the 2005 UK survey. as linked to by [ profile] theyorkshergob - bucking at least one trend as I self-classified as "fairly left wing" and turn out to be (in their terms) "very left wing".


Sep. 18th, 2008 06:11 pm
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Originally uploaded by perlmonger.
"Take a picture of yourself right now. Don’t change your clothes. Don’t fix your hair. Just take a picture. Post that picture with no editing. (Except maybe to get the image size down to something reasonable. Don’t go posting an eight megapixel image.) Include these instructions."

Slightly blurred, as that's a manual focus lens, and this is the default gthumb NEF conversion, so it's as unhacked about as things get hereabouts.
perlmonger: (books)

Via [ profile] nmg:

"The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed. Well let's see )

perlmonger: (pete)
[ via [ profile] lpetrazickis ]

The 5 Love Languages quiz:
ScoreLove Language
   11Quality Time
   9Physical Touch
   4Words of Affirmation
   4Acts of Service
   2Receiving of Gifts

How to interpret your Profile Score:

Your highest score indicates your primary love language. Your second highest score indicates your secondary love language. If two scores are identical, you are bilingual (you have two primary love languages). If the scores of your primary and your secondary language are close (for example, 10 & 9 respectfully), it indicates both are important to you. Whatever a significant other does to express love in either of these languages will get emotional points with you. The highest possible score for any language is 12.
perlmonger: (gorey)

Via [ profile] rozk,

What philosophy do you follow? (v1.03)

You scored as a Existentialism

Your life is guided by the concept of Existentialism: You choose the meaning and purpose of your life.

“Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.”
“It is up to you to give [life] a meaning.”
--Jean-Paul Sartre

“It is man's natural sickness to believe that he possesses the Truth.”
--Blaise Pascal

More info at Arocoun's Wikipedia User Page...

Justice (Fairness)
Strong Egoism
Divine Command

No surprises there; I'd probably choose "Phenomenologist" if I were to choose a label, but I guess that's more metaphysics than philosophy. Hedonistic Existentialist it is then.

ETA, in utter irrelevance, that "Bubo" is a good name for a rat.


Mar. 7th, 2008 09:20 am
perlmonger: (pete)
Last night I dreamed that Java code was leaking from my computer through some sort of quantum tunnelling effect, making it impossible to be sure that a program, let alone the machine itself, was really shut down.

This morning, I discovered (via [ profile] bradhicks) the following:

Your Score: Eeyore

You scored 17 Ego, 17 Anxiety, and 8 Agency!

“Do you know what A means, little Piglet?”

“No, Eeyore, I don’t.”

“It means Learning, it means Education, it means all
the things that you and Pooh haven’t got. That’s what A means.”

“Oh,” said Piglet again. “I mean, does it?” he
explained quickly.

“I’m telling you. People come and go in this Forest,
and they say, ‘It’s only Eeyore, so it doesn’t count.’ They
walk to and fro saying ‘Ha ha!’ But do they know anything about
A? They don’t. It’s just three sticks to them. But to the
Educated--mark this, little Piglet--to the Educated, not
meaning Poohs and Piglets, it’s a great and glorious A.

You scored as Eeyore!

ABOUT EEYORE: Eeyore lives in his own thistley corner of the forest and wonders why people don’t come to visit him more often. He is master of the Guilt Trip, and is always gently forgiving his visitors for neglecting him. Eeyore considers himself to be smarter than the other inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood, and is often exasperated by their habit of having adventures and general merriment.

WHAT THIS SAYS ABOUT YOU: You are an anxious person, and you tend to expect the worst. Your friends find you somewhat cynical at times, because you have found that it is best to expect disappointment. You often feel unappreciated by the people you work with, but you rarely actually try and do anything to change that fact.

Your close friends admire you more than you think they do. They wish that you would learn to stop worrying so much and actually start trying to fix what is bothering you. If something is making you unhappy... change it!

Link: The Deep and Meaningful Winnie-The-Pooh Character Test written by wolfcaroling on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
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perlmonger: (pete)
…and it’s that time again, for each month’s first post’s first sentence. It’s made realise (yet again) how little I actually manage to write on this damned thing; if I made resolutions (I don’t) and of it were 1st January (it isn’t), I might resolve to actually kick my arse in gear and get more of what I think into intarweb posts (there’s generally little point in writing about what I do, as that (while largely satisfying to me) is rarely of sufficient note to, y’know, share with the world sort of thing).
below the fold )

An Antidote

Nov. 5th, 2007 06:21 pm
perlmonger: (kumu)
As [ profile] ramtops said, a thoroughly horrid day. That it could have been orders of magnitude worse is only a small consolation.


After much poking at a long list, here are today’s list of my eight desert island albums, as inspired by [ profile] oldbloke via [ profile] blue_condition. The list will change in large part tomorrow, but that’s inevitable.

  • Captain Beefheart Trout Mask Replica As [ profile] blue_condition said, it has to be in there doesn’t it?

  • Henry Cow In Praise of Learning It was a toss up between this and Unrest, but the splendid Living in the Heart of the Beast clenched it; that’s the piece of music that most often manifests spontaneously in the canyons of my mind these days.

  • Easy Star All-Stars Dub Side of the Moon It’s not often that reworkings of classic albums are in just about every way finer than the original, but that’s the case here. Lovely stuff.

  • The Planet Wilson Not Drowning But Waving The best band never to really come out of Hull, they were killed by Richard Branson (signed, first album with all the stuffing produced out of it did nothing). This is the indie label second album that captures at least some of the live energy from Hallam and Lou out of the Red Guitars, and Grant Ardis, one of the finest drummers I’ve heard to this day.

  • Philip Glass Songs From Liquid Days What’s not to like? Great music and lyrics performed and sung by great musicians and singers. Essential.

  • Frank Zappa Thing-Fish Picking a Zappa album ends up being pretty arbitrary, but this insanity is probably my favourite at the moment.

  • Gravity Fred Frith Proof, it were needed, that avant-garde guitar stylings can be fun and only as much hard work as the listener feels like devoting to them. Makes me smile.

  • Michelle Shocked Captain Swing This makes me smile too; a truly joyous collection of songs from one of the best things to have ever come out of East Texas. I need cheering up, damnit.

perlmonger: (books)
From [ profile] peake, These are the top 106 books most often marked as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users (as of today). As usual, bold what you have read, italicise what you started but couldn’t finish, and strike through what you couldn’t stand. I’ve also underlined a few that I haven’t read, but that are on my current to-read list.

The numbers after each one are the number of LT users who used the tag of that book.

the list )

Seems odd that so many people are apparently unable to finish Neil Gaiman’s books - I’ll grant they they may not be to everyone’s taste, but I would have thought that anyone who made the attempt would be into fantasy of some sort, and could hardly fail to be captivated by his writing.
perlmonger: (skydancer)
I’m usually an INFP on these things, occasionally INTP. Judging doesn’t seem to be my style :)

Click to view my Personality Profile page
perlmonger: (gorey)

Prompted by [ profile] drpete, you’ll find my LJ interests collage under the cut if you can be arsed to wait for all the images to download. More interesting to me is the interests that Yahoo! image! search! couldn’t find a match for:

  • anarcho-cynicism
  • asafœtida (Yahoo! don’t! like! ligatures!?)
  • blunkett baiting
  • blunkett basting
  • curmudgeonly grousing
  • not stabbing sausages
  • polyfelinity
  • secret suit of voles
  • the checkbox tyranny resistance
  • zar-bettu-zekigal
  • ♪ (or possibly ∞; the last image looks like a charset table so it could be either)

In other news, our hard-won Trowbridge tickets are likely going to waste; neither of us really feel like braving the squelch today when we could stay at home working (eh?). We may go to Costco too, for that real frisson of living-on-the-edge excitement.

Oh, and in common with 117% of the households in Britain, a copy of HP7 arrived this morning; [ profile] ramtops, having strategically just finished Ingathering, is settled in the bath with it as I type. I’ll have to wait, as interleaved reading of a single copy isn’t really practical.

my interests collage )
perlmonger: (plugh)

I don’t do memes very often these days, and post the results more rarely yet, but this one (via [ profile] pecunium) I couldn’t not post. The questions are rather more interesting than is usual for these things too.

Your Score: The Noble Elk

Here’s your results! Your spirit animal has a Nobility ranking of 15 out of 18.

Your spirit animal is the noble elk. They are the most adaptable of all, and only guard those with great wisdom and understanding. The elk is a highly noble creature, and has a strong spiritual force that will guide and protect you well. You are truly blessed to have such an amazing and mystical spirit animal. It is extremely rare to have an elk as a spirit animal.

***Wondering how this animal was chosen for you? These questions were carefully thought out to see how important you hold certain virtues such as: humanism, self-knowledge, rationalism, the love of freedom and other somewhat Hellenic ideals. Some of the questions were very subtle. Your score was then matched with an animal of corresponding nobility. However, you shouldn’t think this was a right/wrong sort of test, but more of an idealistic values test. It’s ok to not hold these values, you’ll just get an animal spirit of lower stature if you do!***

Link: The What is Your Spirit Animal Test written by FindingEros on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
perlmonger: (pete)

Generous Inventor

It seems not too distant from what I’d expect.


Nov. 9th, 2006 02:16 pm
perlmonger: (books)
via [ profile] lpetrazickis

SFBC’s Most Significant SF & Fantasy Books of the Last 50 Years, 1953-2002 )

as odd as these lists always are: eg. no Ballard or Aldiss at all, but the Mists of fucking Avalon is there. But hey!

ETA the loved */hated thang everyone else seems to be doing, with [ profile] melusinehr‘s friend’s suggestion of a # for a couple I loved first time round but, for one reason or another, have lost enthusiasm for.
perlmonger: (pete)
I’ve not bothered with this one when it’s come around before; the selection it picked from my interests list didn’t inspire me to write anything much. Not that I wasn’t interested in anything it picked, just that they didn’t lend themselves to exposition.

Anyhow, prompted by [ profile] minkboylove, I thought I’d try again, and this time I’ve ended up with a set I couldn’t resist.
so what are you waiting for? )
perlmonger: (pete)
Prodded into posting by a meme: if you read this, post the lyrics to an anti war song in your journal, if you feel so moved to do.
here's mine... )


Jan. 17th, 2006 11:29 am
perlmonger: (pete)
from elsejournal (with apologies for briefly identifying the source, 'cos it was flocked)

ok, it's a meme, but (with the proviso of one typo I noticed) the questions are lovely, and I can't much complain about the result either :)

badass apotheosis )


Dec. 31st, 2005 11:29 am
perlmonger: (Default)
It's 31st December, so I guess it's time for that first sentence per month meme thang. I've skipped memes if they came first. March was tricky: first post was an image link to Lawrence Lessig's original WIPO "balance" image post, the second was a flocked post of my command of the day (lsof|awk '/lib(z[^a-zA-Z]|ssl)/ { print $1 ": " $3 " - " $9 }'|sort -u; if you're curious), so you got the third.

  1. I don't (yet) know if the rumour that Brad is going to sell LJ to Six Apart has any truth behind it, but all I can say to danah boyd's posting on the issue is Word.

  2. Pepper has just hopped through the study fanlight and so to under [ profile] ramtops' desk with a small (and as yet unidentified) rodent in her mouth, garnished tastefully with a leaf.

  3. Jonathon Rowe on closed-source consumables

  4. OK, the old scrote is dying, and I guess a fair number of people across the world actually care.

  5. Actually ripped some vinyl yesterday, for the first time in months.

  6. We're just back from Wychwood Festival.

  7. Sometimes, when re-reading a book, a passage leaps out and grabs you by the metaphorical throat in a way that, other than by some nightmare precognition, it couldn't have first time round.

  8. If yr in the UK, it's time to go ticky at pledgebank, or the cute kittie will get itme.

  9. OK... The last 24 photos from Team Waste Summer Camp I'm bothering to upload are there on flickr now.

  10. [ profile] ramtops and I just had a... well, row would be a gross overstatement: a failure of communication, caused by a peculiarity in my mechanisms of perception.

  11. It's [ profile] ramtops' birthday today - my best friend, business partner, fellow catslave and wife.

  12. We went out shopping (being as we were all vegged out) late morning, and had brunch with Saturday's Grauniad at Cafe Ceiturica in Southville, a bit of Bristol that gets more gentrified by the day.

May 2006 be better than 2005 - far too many people I know had a vile year. Take care and be well, all who read this.


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