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Here's the deal:
1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at www.verygoodtaste.co.uk linking to your results.

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle Tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar
37. Clotted cream
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects chocolate covered ants
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian - I've wanted to try one of these for a long time. I hear they have a pungent odor, but I have almost no sense of smell.
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis - No freaking way. I don't care if I do have Scottish ancestry.
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill - Had an opportunity for this when I hit a deer in Montana in 2002. State Trooper asked, "Do you want the carcass?" but I had no way to get it home.
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

What, no lutefisk? ;-) (I think I'd cross that one out, too.)


Aug. 7th, 2009 08:38 pm
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From [livejournal.com profile] firecat et al.

Bold the things you have done. Italicize all the things you WISH you had done or would like to do. Strikethrough all the things you DO NOT want to do, ever.

Back here. )
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Someone gives you a letter and you list ten things you like that begin with that letter. [livejournal.com profile] geekchick gave me a 'B'. Here they are, in no particular order:
  • Books - Do I really have to explain this one? We probably have around 5,000.
  • British Comedy - From Monty Python's Flying Circus to Coupling, it's been a major component of my Anglophilia for just about as long as I can remember.
  • Bicycling - One of the few athletic activities I enjoy doing.
  • Brains - Not in a Zombie context. I prefer people who can use theirs. If I'd been given a 'G', 'Geeky Women' would have made the list.
  • Boston - A favorite city to visit and spend time, despite the maddening traffic and street layout.
  • Boulder - Another favorite city to visit, in part because of its proximity to some amazing scenery, and it's a Mecca for my new career field.
  • Blizzards - My interest in these is almost strictly academic. Being caught it one and/or dealing with the after effects is not my idea of fun.
  • Belly Dancing - Such control, flexibility, and strength. Love to watch it performed well.
  • Bees - Dad raised these when I was very young. I'm contemplating doing the same eventually, when Toni and I get settled somewhere after I finish school.
  • Bullroarer - First saw and heard one of these in the 2nd Crocodile Dundee film (which, IMHO, was actually better than the first) and was thrilled when I found one at a museum shop (can't remember which one - maybe the Field Museum in Chicago). I was going to get it out for Independence Day, but the rain we got squashed that plan.

If you want to know more, want a letter, or want to give me another one, leave a comment.

[Edit: I simply cannot believe I left "Boobs/Breasts" off of this list! ;-)]
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Inspired by a post linked by [livejournal.com profile] supergee, I started thinking about this, and made a list:

Things I've Learned, That I May Never Do Again
  • Use a typewriter, electric or otherwise.
  • Program in BASIC, Pascal, and 6809 Assembly Language.
  • Program in Fortran on punched cards. I still use it quite a lot on the school's Linux boxen and one of the supercomputer clusters.
  • Develop B&W or color slide film. I still have the equipment, but as the hobbyist supplies market dries up, it may get mothballed.
  • Print my own color or B&W prints from any source film. See above.
  • Diagram sentences.
  • Use a rotary dial phone.
  • Listen to a vinyl record (We've ordered a USB turntable - this one will likely come true shortly thereafter).
  • Edit video via linear A/B-roll tape-to-tape editing.

I'm sure there are other things I've forgotten to list.
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Post 10 things that are going right in your life right now. I don’t care how small. You’re happy with your cup of coffee. You saw a flock of geese flying over. ANYTHING. Things that make you happy. Things that make you smile.
  1. Toni. More than I could ever adequately describe.
  2. I've at least started my MS thesis.
  3. I have new lab mates that are more, but not overly, social.
  4. Homemade pumpkin bread in the kitchen.
  5. I don't have to spend 2.5+ hours per day driving to and from campus anymore.
  6. Caught up on Dirty Jobs, Pushing Daisies, and Heroes yesterday.
  7. I think my lactose intolerance wasn't.
  8. Fall break has one more day.
  9. Seeing the herons and egrets on the bog almost every day.
  10. Going to see Avenue Q next Saturday with Toni.
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Things I like that begin with the letter 'C':

  1. Clouds - I've photographed them in the sky. Now I study them. From cumulus to cirrus to cumulonimbus. From cloud-condensation nuclei to collision-coalescence to condensation coefficients. You might say my head is frequently in the clouds. ;-)

  2. Cameras - I'm a very visual person, and these have long been fascinating tools for me. From simple box cameras to view cameras to 35mm to digital point-and-shoots.

  3. Canyons - Being visual, these are geographic/geological features I find pleasing to view and explore.

  4. Calculus - I seem to have a knack for this over some simpler things like algebra. It's just chopping things up into tiny tiny pieces to calculate a rate or an area.

  5. Cartoons - I grew up on Looney Tunes, and still go for shows like The Simpsons, Family Guy, etc. Persistence of vision is fascinating, especially when the work starts with something someone drew.

  6. Cats - From domesticated varieties to big tigers and lions, I think cats are cool.

  7. Chocolate - Mmmmm... chocolate. Dark, especially, but I won't turn down a Hershey bar from time to time.

  8. Cheese - Unfortunately, I think I've recently developed lactose intolerance, but they're not going to take away my cheese, dammit! Lactaid to the rescue.

  9. Chemistry - To me, this goes hand in hand with physics. You can't study how stuff works without knowing about the stuff, and you can't study the stuff without knowing how it works. :-)

  10. Cows - Gary Larson was once asked why he drew cows so often in The Far Side. His answer: Because cows are funny.
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I really thought for a moment that [livejournal.com profile] sistercoyote was going to give me 'Q', especially after mentioning it in her own post. ;-)

  1. Futurama - One of the best sci-fi shows ever produced, IMHO, poking fun at every concept in the genre and managing to pull off some excellent heart-wrenching storytelling along the way.

  2. Fog - Just a cloud at ground level, but I've always been fascinated by it, scientifically and aesthetically.

  3. Frost - Another fascinating meteorological phenomenon, it's just water that's either frozen from dew or deposited directly from vapor. Can be simultaneously beautiful and dangerous.

  4. Fourier - Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier, 1768 - 1830, came up with some of the most useful mathematical concepts ever devised. In my previous field, I was fascinated by how both light (electromagnetic) and sound waves could be represented as a spectrum of frequencies mathematically thanks to Fourier. What's been even more interesting has been a more recent revelation (to me) that in meteorology, so many aspects exhibit wave-like behavior and can also be studied via Fourier transforms.

  5. Females - Does this need an explanation?

  6. Fire - I've always been fascinated by fire. Sure, it's just the light and heat energy of something reacting with oxygen in the air, but it can be so pretty. In years past, friends and I who considered ourselves pyromaniacs used to find many ways to observe fire. And we were always safety- and other people's property-conscious.

  7. Falcons - One of many species of bird I love. I'm particularly fond of most waterfowl and raptor species; these, owls, and bald eagles are my favorites among the latter.

  8. Franklin - Benjamin Franklin, 1706 - 1790. Founding Father and inspirational polymath. I think there are only two well-known ideas of his I don't like: the thought of using the turkey as the national bird symbol, and Daylight Saving Time. Among many other things, he's often considered a father of modern meteorology.

  9. Flight - The concept that anything higher in density than air can successfully traverse aloft is another thing I find fascinating, from birds to jumbo jets. Insects don't fascinate me so much, as they're often lighter than air and can be carried high in the troposphere, often in large enough quantities to be visible on weather radar.

  10. Film - Sure, I've switched most of my photography to digital, and, if one can/wants to pay enough, its quality is up to film quality, but there's something intangibly cool about film. Maybe it's the photochemical processes involved that intrigue me so much. Plus, having used a 4x5 view camera just like some of the pioneers in the field, there's something rewarding in a good shot that took 20 minutes to make sure it is just right, merely because of how involved and expensive large-format film photos can be.
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MENSA chairman picks the ten smartest shows of all-time

My own list:
  1. Futurama
  2. Battlestar Galactica (2003 reimagining)
  3. Connections
  4. Nova
  5. Blackadder (II - IV)
  6. The Simpsons
  7. Dead Like Me
  8. Coupling (original UK version)
  9. Daria
  10. M*A*S*H
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Stuff we're parting with is posted here in Toni's journal. Since she made the post, I checked the model number for an additional item:

- Casio CTK-519 MIDI keyboard with stand. Almost never used.

I'm also looking over my video editing and effects software. I'll probably part with my Discreet* combustion, Avid Xpress DV, and maybe AfterEffects 6.5, but I'll make a definitive post once I've got all the specs together.
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Got at b3co.com!

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After I take care of the errands at Purdue, I have until Monday the 14th when I start my RA job (classes don't start until the 21st). I've a list of what I can and/or should do in that time. Not all of it will get done, and I'm having trouble prioritizing because of the overriding need to have a break:
  • (This one is already scheduled for Tuesday night) Go to The Melting Pot with Toni for a belated anniversary dinner.
  • (This one is also a priority because it's part of the belated anniversary thing) See Pirates of the Caribbean II with Toni.
  • Cut grass.
  • Trim grass.
  • Kill weeds.
  • Get some new pants.
  • Get a haircut.
  • Try to ride my bike at least once.
  • Dust & vacuum the house.
  • See An Inconvenient Truth. I just know I'm going to get into arguments debates about this, so I'd better be informed.[1]

We're not going to GenCon Indy next weekend after all. We were just going to wander the dealer room and pick up some games and look at shiny, pointy things, but we looked at the admission prices and really don't want to spend $45 each just for that. Besides, [livejournal.com profile] moominmuppet isn't coming to town for it, either, so that meet-up opportunity isn't a motivator anymore.

[1] - On a related note, I saw where The Weather Channel's climatologist, Dr. Heidi Cullen, in [livejournal.com profile] twc_blog yesterday phrased something very well: We live in a world that has a mix of natural climate cycles at play - like a symphony orchestra. Global warming has joined that orchestra. It may not be the conductor yet - but it's playing along with all the other instruments.

That expresses the impression I have given what I know so far about global warming. I will learn more, but probably never as much as she has, and it's good to see and educated climatologist not screaming that OMG it's only people (or worse, it's Americans the worst) who are heating up the planet!! Yes, we're doing our share, but what about highly-populated third-world countries who are still burning coal much less cleanly than we do. Last time I checked, Sao Paulo and Mexico City had the worst air quality on the planet. Beijing and Chongqing aren't far behind. Better stop before I get into full-blown rant mode. :-)
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Jim Emerson's 102 Movies You Have to Watch To Be Considered Movie-Literate

Back Here )

I could go through and comment on how, with regard to several of these, I'm not exactly bragging that I've seen it, but I have no brain at the moment.
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[livejournal.com profile] copperwise gave me the letter. In this meme, I'm supposed to come up with 10 words starting with that letter and state something about what they mean to me. So, in no particular order, here goes:
  1. crap - This is just one of my favorite exclamations. It just seems more forceful when I'm frustrated or annoyed than its counterpart that starts with 's' or even the supposedly stronger 'F-word'.
  2. CAPE - This is an abbreviation for convective available potential energy. It's essentially the measure of how much energy a particular chunk of rising air has. If it's high, watch out for strong thunderstorms, hail, and tornadoes. It's what the NWS Storm Prediction Center watches when they issue Watches.
  3. compression - This is several different things from my past career. It can be the concept of limiting the volume of an audio signal so that it doesn't get too loud or too quiet (so the sound is compressed into a narrower range of volume). It also refers to taking a crapload of data, such as digitized video, and squeezing it to fit in a smaller storage space (memory, hard drives, DVDs, etc.). At $FormerEmployer, compression was a huge issue for years, until drives got so fast and memory so cheap that we were able to sell uncompressed versions of the products (not usually to consumers, though, just broadcast versions). It's also what is happening to a digital photo that is taken or saved as JPEG or GIF.
  4. Celsius - That metric temperature scale that I need to get used to. Even though it doesn't have the resolution of Fahrenheit, its reference values make more sense.
  5. cinnamon - One of my three favorite spices Evar (along with ginger and garlic).
  6. clouds - Those things that hang in the air (good thing, too - the average small fair-weather cumulus cloud weighs about 4,000 tons!) that I'll be intensely studying for the next 5 years.
  7. climatic smegma - A term coined by Harlan Ellison in his 1974 ecological short story, Ecowareness (the one where the earth wakes up to see how polluted it is, and that ends with "...wasn't that a nice little story. And fuck you too."). I've always loved that as a term for pollution.
  8. Chicago - Both a favorite city to visit and a favorite stage musical.
  9. clitoris - Let me just quote news anchor Tom Tucker from Seth MacFarlane's Family Guy cartoon series: "Nature's Rubik's Cube." :-)
  10. cold - A physical concept which doesn't really exist (sort of like darkness). It's merely a description for the absence of heat. :-)
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*ahem* Well, at least by the definitions of this meme, anyway. From [livejournal.com profile] firecat et al. "If you've seen over 70, you have no life. Number the ones you've seen. Post your score and feel like a loser."

Those I actually saw in a theater are in bold.

Movies, movies, movies )

Meme Time

Dec. 16th, 2005 10:28 am
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Meme of Fours )
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Step One

- Make a post (public, friends locked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

- If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.

- Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ so that the holiday joy will spread.

Step Two

- Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:

- If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.

You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

My Wishes:
  1. My sinuses to stop being full.
  2. To be able to, from a health, financial, and availability standpoint, complete another century bicycle ride.
  3. Toni's and a few other folks' health issues to cease.
  4. A new pregnancy for a close friend/chosen family member.
  5. Early acceptance into Purdue's graduate EAS program with full research assistant fellowship.
  6. CafePress store sales.
  7. Amazon Wish List stuff.
  8. An official 2005 Chicago White Sox World Series Champions T-shirt, XL or XXL.
  9. A comprehensive personal weather station.
  10. Help with all the home repairs and yard work that still needs to be done (not that Toni wouldn't help, but given her health issues and the number of things still to do...).
  11. Time and financial availability to take some trips, particularly back to the Maritimes, NoVA, California, Colorado, the Pacific NW, the UK, and/or (for the first time) Australia and New Zealand.
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Last seen in [livejournal.com profile] klwalton's journal:

Ask me for "top five" lists of pretty much anything, and I will list you my top five of that thing or things.

Addendum: My lists are not likely to be in order, most-favorite to fifth, but I should be able to come up with a general top five.


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