Movie meme

May. 14th, 2014 02:46 pm
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Meme! Anyone who feels like it should post their ten most CRUCIAL CRUCIAl CRUCIAL-ASS movies, like the movies that explain everything about yourselves in your current incarnations (not necessarily your ten favorite movies but the ten movies that you, as a person existing currently, feel would help people get to know you) (they can change later on obviously).

I don't know how to separate favorites from essentials, and I can think of a number of movies that would have been essential had I seen them early enough in life to be shaped by them, but here goes:

Lawrence of Arabia
Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing
Wings of Desire
Serenity
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
The Big Chill
Bless the Beasts and The Children (I was 15, okay?)
Star Wars. You know, the first one, in 1977
Big Night
Fearless

As several other meme-doers on my flist have mentioned, I feel more connected to television than to movies. Also, I just saw a photograph of a first hardcover edition of The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe and got to thinking about how much more I was originally shaped by books than by movies.

But, there you go. Ten movies that slotted into my consciousness well enough to make me see them more than once, buy when they came out on DVD, learn lines from, or be influenced by in life (e.g.: I took Arabic in college because of Lawrence.)
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Meme from pretty much everywhere:

You are now a Time Lord. The object closest to your left hand is your Sonic item. One of your parents’ occupations is your title. Your last text is your catchphrase.

I am the Antiquarian Book Dealer. I have a pair of sonic embroidery scissors. My catchphrase is "Congratulations. Manifestation accomplished!"

A pair of zebra-striped embroidery scissors


I'd be a crappy Time Lord, but if anyone needed any threads snipped, I'd be ready.
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This happened a week ago:

Two countdown screens showing 100 days, 0 hours, 0 minutes, 0 seconds, and 99 days, 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds
Retirement Countdown


so the "My Typical Workday" meme (which I spotted on [personal profile] lamentables' journal) seems like a good way of celebrating, since there will only be a few more of them.

Mememememememe )
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[personal profile] tehomet gave me the idea:

1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks.
Creek (pronounced creek, not crick, though I believe crick is current about 75 miles east of here.)

2. What's the thing you push around the grocery store called?
A shopping cart, or just a cart.

3. A container to carry a meal in.
Um...a brown paper bag? A lunchbox? A picnic basket? Me, I put mine in my purse, wrapped in a bandanna.

4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in.
Frying pan

5. The piece of furniture that seats three people.
Couch

6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof.
Gutters (the horizontal part), downspouts (the vertical parts)

7. The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening.
Porch

8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages.
health hazard? (Soda, usually--from my upbringing in Hawaii)

9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup.
Pancakes

10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself.
Sub on my mom's side, hoagie on my dad's.

11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach.
Swim trunks

12. Shoes worn for sports.
Sneakers or running shoes (or maybe Nikes?)

13. Putting a room in order.
"Calling the service"? I think maybe we're getting at "cleaning house" or "picking up"

14. What you have on your bed in winter to keep your warm sometimes with feathers in it?
Duvet--but I picked that up in Europe. I think other family members call it a comforter.

15. What do you call women's skimpy underwear?
Depends on how skimpy. Panties, bikinis, thong...?

16. The children's playground equipment where one kid sits on one side and goes up while the other sits on the other side and goes down.
Teeter-totter

17. How do you eat your pizza?
Gluten-free these days, and rarely. But with my hands.

18. What's it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff?
Garage sale, yard sale

19. What's the evening meal?
Dinner

20. The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are?
In my particular case, a dirt hole in the ground. Basement.

21. What do you call the thing that you can get water out of to drink in public places?
Drinking fountain. And, specifically in Portland, a Simon Benson.

22. What do you call the front of your car? what do you call the back of the car?
My car? The handlebars and the rear rack, basically. Someone else's car? Hood and trunk.

23. What do you call the thing the kids carry their books to school in?
Backpack.

24. What do you call the thing you keep your money in? What do you call the bag you keep that thing in?
A debit card. Heh. Nah, a wallet, in my purse.
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[personal profile] jjhunter is propagating the Love meme. People nominated in the comments get a thread of their own. Then you can post in that thread about how awesome the person in and how they make the world a better place. And that makes the world a better place!

You nominate someone by leaving a comment with your nominee's username in the subject line.

I'm playing! Gotta go nominate some more people.

EDITED TWO WEEKS LATER ON JUNE 11, 2013 TO ADD:

My disastrous participation in this meme was one of the triggering events that culminated in the breakdown cascade a couple of days ago.

First, I was chided by the moderator for failing to follow the rules, and asked to fix more than one of my nominations. The pleasure of singing the praises of friends vanished for me at that moment.

Then, as if that weren't enough, two of the people I nominated were offended by my nominations--one publicly, because in my attempt to follow the moderator's rules, I broke a social rule I didn't know about. I tried to delete the offending nominations, but I'm not sure I succeeded and I'm scared to go back and find out. I never want to see that journal or that meme again.

Note to self: no more memes in other people's journals or comms with Byzantine old LJ-style rules or political considerations that I'm not 100% conversant with. No more reaching out to express positive feelings to people I don't know well. It is not safe for me.

As much as part of me would like to be more participatory, more giving, and more expressive, I'm not good at it and I do it badly. The feeling of punishment in this case far outstripped the intended good.

It was an awful experience.

28 Up

Apr. 23rd, 2013 05:10 pm
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[personal profile] tehomet picked 28 as the age I should chronicle in the Age Meme. It was a banner year in my life.

I lived
--The first half of the year, in a cockroach-ridden dump just off the Portland State University campus in downtown Portland. It was horrific.
--The second half of the year, at a boarding house on the Rue Alfred de Musset in Guéret, France.

I drove people crazy? There have been 20 years of my life during which I drove a car. This wasn't one of them.

I was in a relationship with I take it this means a primary or sexual-type relationship, so, the usual: nobody. There was this one French guy, though. Antoine. Taller than me, which was unusual. Lived in Paris. Took me dancing. One of my more picturesque memories: translating the lyrics of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" into his ear. Damn. I really am getting old.

I feared Intimacy, apparently.

I worked
--The first half of the year as the dogsbody and general factotum for the University Honors Program at Portland State University.
--The second half of the year as an English teaching assistant at the Collège Martin Nadaud in Guéret.

I wanted to be Better. Stronger. Faster. Thinner. Prettier. Cooler. Almost anything other than what I was. I did not foresee that self-acceptance would take another 28 years. But it did. Children, don't let this happen to you. Except the slow dancing in a Paris nightclub part. Definitely let that happen to you.

If you want to play, tell me your age and I'll pick a year.
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The fact that there are still memes makes me kind of happy. [personal profile] oursin was doing the "Things I'm Grateful For/Happy About Beginning With the Letter _" meme. She gave me the letter H.

Read more... )
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Inspired by [personal profile] oursin's consistent and fascinating 100 Things Meme posts (about London--I mean, my God, what a rich topic), I've decided to dust off my own iteration of the meme, One Hundred Moments of Magic, Synchronicity, and Interesting Coincidence.

For years and years, a favorite saying of mine has been "It only takes one white crow to prove that not all crows are black." It's shorthand for keeping an open mind, believing in possibilities, looking for the anomaly--the exception-- watching for signs.

The other day, on my way to the grocery store under cloudy, drippy skies, I saw a white crow.

I'd never seen one--didn't know for sure that they existed. It took me a second to process it: a caw got my attention and there was a familiar corvid wing shape against the sky, and...white wings. Not pale, not gray, not pigeon-esque: white. Crow. I fumbled for my phone but by the time I had it in hand the white crow had vanished into the white sky.

It was the beginning of a fresh string of little miracles and wonders that I hope will continue for a while.
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I got this from [personal profile] ruric--the 100 Things meme. You agree to blog about a hundred things (in some category of your own designation). Then you blog about them, and when you're done, you win!





Per the rules, The idea is to generate content that's considered, fun, focused, and interesting, and to make 100 entries featuring 1 Thing each. And also to stem the hemorrhaging of content from journal sites to...you know, all those other places.

So what the hey.

I propose to note little miracles. Synchronicities. Cool coincidences. Signs and wonders. I don't propose to define those terms very closely. :D

Of course, I have to wait for them to happen. But it's been my experience that they do.
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It's meme time. Please, won't you play?

[personal profile] ravurian posts the meme thusly:

1. Leave me a comment saying something random, and I will respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better. Your comment can be a lyric or a quote, or something about your day, or a picture - anything you choose - but it will brighten my day if it's about something that interests or inspires you.

2. You will update your LJ/DW with the answers to the questions and include this explanation at the top of your post.

3. When you've posted your answers, you will return to this entry and post a link to your entry so I can read them and ask for questions of my own.

4. When others comment to your entry, you will ask them five questions.

Meme ahoy! Pray do not expect my questions of others to be as clever as Ravurian's questions of me. )

Meme. Huh.

Feb. 10th, 2011 12:30 pm
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I kind of liked this one. Thanks, [personal profile] kis!

Your rainbow is intensely shaded blue, orange, and gray.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What it says about you: You are an elegant person. You appreciate a challenge. Others are amazed at how you don't give up. You share hobbies with friends and like trying to fit into their routines.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.




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I'm afraid I've done very little in observance of More Joy Day today, and I'm sorry about that. Here's a TED talk about the brain activity that happens during jazz and rap improvisation that I thought was pretty awesome and not without grins. This is your brain on improv.

Note: I just spent an hour trying to upload and then embed an MP3 of the regional dialect/how do you talk meme, then gave up in frustration. Why is that so hard? (If it's just me being stupid, please be kind.)
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[personal profile] dine just tagged me for the color meme. You comment, I give you a color, and you make a post naming ten things you like in that color. [personal profile] dine gave me scarlet, a color I barely relate to at all, so it's an interesting challenge.

I had to look up the color first. )
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[personal profile] general_jinjur said it was okay to do this meme instead of writing, because she is a Leader in Fandom and she did it.

The meme of the moment )

I NEED A WRITING STICK! SOMEONE NEEDS TO BOP ME ON THE HEAD WITH IT!
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I'm very old in internet years, and while I don't always love being over 50, I can claim this:



I was born the same year as rock and roll.
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[livejournal.com profile] kispexi2 picked six of my more obscure icons for me to say something about. The meme is, comment, and I'll pick six of yours, then you post about them in your journal.

Icon meme ahoy! )
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This is all [livejournal.com profile] malanai's fault. You answer twelve questions about yourself. You enter each answer into Flickr's search engine. You pick a photo from the first three pages of results and put its URL into this rather cool mosaic-maker.

Then you post the resulting mosaic in your blog.

Photo mosaic meme )
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The meme: If you post a comment here and request a letter, I'll assign you one. Then you post on your own journal with a list of four songs beginning with the letter I dole out.

Mine? All from long ago, I'm afraid. [livejournal.com profile] altariel gave me the letter "D".

'D for de-cluttering,' she said. Yeah, or D for Depressing. )

Comment and I will challenge you!
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I love the little meme things that peer into my LJ, jumble my words around, and make me seem really, really fascinating.

Gakked from [livejournal.com profile] llaras, a haiku generator. I resubmitted and resubmitted and resubmitted, and every fresh haiku generated was better than the last. I was going to bore you all with half a dozen of them. Then this one came up.

It's eerie. )

Why look any further? The haiku algorithm knows me.
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Meme: post a poem to your journal.

I Confess

I stalked her
In the grocery store: her crown
of snowy braids held in place by a great silver clip,
her erect bearing, radiating tenderness,
the way she placed yogurt and avocados in her basket,
beaming peace like the North Star.
I wanted to ask "What aisle did you find
your serenity in, do you know how
to be married for 50 years, or how to live alone,
excuse me for interrupting, but you seem to possess
some knowledge that makes the earth burn and turn on its axis--"
but we don't request such things from strangers
nowadays. So I said, "I love your hair."

--Alison Luterman

I guess it's lowbrow: I saw it on Tri-Met buses for ages, part of their "Poetry in Motion" series. It was a winner in the Olay Total Effects "Fine Lines Poetry Contest."

I like it anyway.

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