altivo: Geekish ham radio pony (geek)
Friend Corelog is to blame for bringing this test to my attention. I'll spare you the wordy analysis and just show the pretty picture.

Personality traits


The actual ten minute quiz that generates these results is here.
altivo: (rocking horse)
Haven't done a meme in quite a while, and this one is interesting to me. I've done earlier versions of it, but they are improving the accuracy as time goes on. I only detected one slip-up this time. (Stolen from Corelog over on LJ.)

Which American accent do you have?

Northern

You have a Northern accent. That could either be the Chicago/Detroit/Cleveland/Buffalo accent (easily recognizable) or the Western New England accent that news networks go for.

Personality Test Results

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I was born in Detroit, educated in central Michigan and the Chicago suburbs, and have lived in Michigan and Illinois all my life. When I travel farther, to places like California or Texas, I am sometimes mistaken for a Canadian, but any Canadian influence is largely Ontario and not much different from the upper midwest. I actually have quite a few Canadian ancestors, but they are all three or more generations back and had no direct influence on my speech.
altivo: The Clydesdale Librarian (Default)
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I've made some negative comments on this survey in the past, but this year I can see the questions evolving a bit more toward the kind of objectivity I believe is appropriate.

My only significant objection this year is to the question about the population of the "town" you live in, which leaves no way for the respondent to specify that there is no town at all. Some of us live in rural locations. Duh. Wouldn't it be interesting to know how many?

Addendum: There is another, more extensive and rather more scientific survey that is presented by the University of Waterloo and Niagara Community College. You can take that survey as well. I recommend doing both.
altivo: The Clydesdale Librarian (Default)
I'm sure I've done this before, but it's interesting how the list morphs as it keeps circulating. This has a very heavy slant toward British authors, but I do not believe the list originated with the BBC as claimed.

Latest version from Corelog.

Have you read more than 6 of these books?
The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here.

Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES.
Bold those books you've read in their entirety
Italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read an excerpt.
Tag other book nerds. Tag me as well so I can see your responses!

List under cut )

If I counted this right, I've read 40 out of 100. Of course, there are duplications in there, which is one of the reasons I doubt that the BBC is the originator. It seems that people keep taking things out and putting their own favorites in as they circulate the thing.
altivo: Gingerbread horse cookie (gingerhorse)
Google image meme under the cut )
Religious studies




Oh, on another topic, I actually went ahead and dyed my two skeins of wool last night. I'm pleased with the color, but they are still damp so no photo yet.
altivo: Clydesdale Pegasus (pegasus)
Meme? Name your top ten cartoon character crushes. Lifted from several friends on FA and elsewhere, this was more of a challenge than I thought. Not so much coming up with the names as limiting it to ten. I selected only furry characters, and I'm not sure these are ranked effectively, either.

1. Spirit from the Dreamworks film. I know, I know, mandatory for all equine types, but he was good and the sound track helped too.

2. Balto is just about every furry's fancy at some level or other. I particularly liked him in the underrated second film.

3. Altivo the war horse, from another Dreamworks film, The Road to El Dorado. Smarter than your average human, for sure.

4. Bullseye was Woody's horse in Disney's Toy Story and I was quite taken with him.

5. Simba once he was grown up in The Lion King and sequels. So slinky, so sexy.

6. The Dodger in Oliver & Company (voiced by Billy Joel) was so smooth and accomplished and he could sing too.

7. The Great Prince was Bambi's father. Only glimpsed in the original 1942 film, but my long-lasting fascination with him was finally justified in Bambi II when he was given voice by Patrick Stewart.

8. Snagglepuss in the Hanna-Barbera television cartoons. Could I have been drawn to that campy lisp and expressive tail as a pre-teen? The answer is yes.

9. Kuzco (as a llama) in the 2000 Disney release of The Emperor's New Groove, though he was very nearly upstaged by Eartha Kitt's marvelous villainess, Yzma.

10. 30-30 the transforming cyber-horse, whom I didn't encounter until long after he was gone from television. The plot lines were stupid and the acting not much better, but the way he was drawn... oooh lah lah.

There are many more who make the grade, including some oldies like Felix the Cat and (OMG) The Jeep from the old Popeye cartoons. Even more who had potential but didn't get enough spotlight time, like Philippe, the horse in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Pongo from the original 101 Dalmatians. Todd the fox kit in The Fox and the Hound. Rocket J. Squirrel of Rocky and Bullwinkle fame (so sue me.) ;p

Deliberately omitted, though others found them sexy, are Tramp from Lady and the Tramp and Robin from Disney's famous animated Robin Hood, who figures high on many lists. For whatever reason, they just didn't do much for me.

Postscript: I did like Roger Rabbit a lot, but he's obviously much too straight for me. ;p
altivo: Clydesdale Pegasus (pegasus)
This evening is likely to be busy and I might forget to post, so I give you this quizzie I lifted from several friends on LJ and FA:

Q&A under cut )
altivo: From a con badge (studious)
Some of you will remember that I entered a book manuscript in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition a few weeks ago. The first cut was announced today, and my work is still in the running. The number of entries has now been reduced to 1000, and the next cut, to 500, will be announced in about a month. Making that next cut means at the very least you get an evaluation from reviewers at Publishers Weekly.

Spinning study group had its monthly meeting this afternoon, where I found myself coaching others on spinning cotton. This might seem odd, but most spinners begin by learning to spin wool. From there they branch out into other animal fibers such as alpaca, mohair (goat,) llama, etc. Cotton requires techniques that are almost contrary to those used for the animal wools, and it's often a difficult transition for a beginner. I had considerable trouble with it myself three years ago, but managed to break through and now find that I enjoy spinning cotton just as much as I like wool. This has made me a sort of evangelist of the vegetable fibers or something like that.

In other news, the 2010 edition of the Furry Survey is out, with all the same defects it has always had, but probably still a good idea to register your inclinations and opinions.

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altivo: Clydesdale Pegasus (pegasus)
Blame QuickCasey for this one. While waiting around to see if we really get 15 inches of snow, it seemed appropriate enough:

What kind of storm am I? )
altivo: Geekish ham radio pony (radio)
I have nothing to hide and everyone else is doing this so...

Click here to: Ask me anything.

Or I suppose you could do it in a comment here, but then I'll know who you are. ;p
altivo: Geekish ham radio pony (radio)
I have nothing to hide and everyone else is doing this so...

Click here to: Ask me anything.

Or I suppose you could do it in a comment here, but then I'll know who you are. ;p
altivo: My mare Contessa (nosy tess)
Lifted from Swift Fox:
Questions and answers under cut )
altivo: Geekish ham radio pony (radio)
Because Quickcasey did it first:

what kind of bear are you?
Your Result: panda bear
 

you are a gentle giant! you are loving and compasionate, and people like you are becoming endangered, but you have what it truly takes to be a great freind! if there where more people like you, maybe there wouldn't be so much evil in the world!

grizzly bear
 
black bear
 
polar bear
 
what kind of bear are you?
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altivo: Geekish ham radio pony (geek)

That visual meme
From many friends:
  • If you like, post this meme and your current wallpaper.
  • Explain in no more than five sentences why you're using that wallpaper!
  • Don't change your wallpaper before doing this! The point is to see what you had on!
Obviously, this is a still shot from the Dreamworks film, Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron. It was one of several that they gave away on the web during the pre-release publicity for the film. It's one of my all time fave animated films. It has a horse, it has wings, should be obvious. XD
That visual meme

altivo: Geekish ham radio pony (radio)

That visual meme
From many friends:
  • If you like, post this meme and your current wallpaper.
  • Explain in no more than five sentences why you're using that wallpaper!
  • Don't change your wallpaper before doing this! The point is to see what you had on!
Obviously, this is a still shot from the Dreamworks film, Spirit, Stallion of the Cimarron. It was one of several that they gave away on the web during the pre-release publicity for the film. It's one of my all time fave animated films. It has a horse, it has wings, should be obvious. XD
That visual meme

altivo: Horsie cupcakes (cupcake)

You have a 45% chance of going to hell!

The Hell Quiz
www.thehellquiz.com


Don't assume that you're in the clear just because you have more good than evil inside you. At any moment the evil could take over. Stay on the path to righteousness and let go of your evil ways.

www.thehellquiz.com



Note: If you want to try this, be prepared for a pile of inefficient flash, followed by the need to reject a lot of scam offers before you get results. You will have to give them a real e-mail address. You can fake the rest, but it has to look believable (i.e., 999-999-9999 for phone number won't work.)
altivo: Horsie cupcakes (cupcake)
And I'm avoiding work (well actually I did some already) so have this meme I stole from songdogmi and hellmutt.

Who sleeps in bed next to you? )
altivo: From a con badge (studious)
I'm not a paid account, so I can't post polls here. If you're interested in today's poll about silent films of the 1920s, feel free to pop over to my LiveJournal entry to see or answer it.

Instead, here I'll put a meme I picked up from my friend Charlie on Facebook.

Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen movies you've seen that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no... more than fifteen minutes. Tag fifteen friends, including me because I'm interested in seeing what movies my friends choose...

(Tagging is optional, as far as I'm concerned, but I'd like to see what you pick. If you post the list to your own journal or another place, please leave a link to it in a comment.)

I couldn't come up with 15 films myself in less than 15 minutes. I'm far from a motion picture junkie or even a fan. I see perhaps three films a year in the theatre, if that. I did come up with a list after thinking about it for a day, and I'll post that in a comment so as not to influence you. No peeking now!
altivo: From a con badge (studious)
I never make polls, but answering a meme about films over on Facebook inspired me to ask these questions of LJ readers.

[Poll #1445665]
altivo: From a con badge (studious)
Something like this has been going around Facebook. I think it more interesting, though, to show both positive and negative choices.

Name 5 fictitious worlds or places in which you would like to live. Give name of the place, if it has one, the title of a work in which the place appears, and the author of the work. Give preference to works of literature, rather than film or television plays.

Do the same for 5 fictitious worlds or places in which you would definitely not want to live.

Here are my choices. I would like to live in:

1. Valdemar, the world of Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series of novels.
2. Argaea, the world of Kyell Gold's novels Volle and Pendant of Fortune.
3. Tornor, the world of Elizabeth A. Lynn's Chronicles of Tornor trilogy.
4. The western part of North America as despicted in Richard Amory's Loon novels, and Willow Song.
5. Earthsea, the world of Ursula LeGuin's A Wizard of Earthsea and sequels.

I would not want to live in:

1. The Land of Oz as described in Gregory Maguire's Wicked and sequels.
2. Middle Earth as described in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.
3. The world depicted in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.
4. The world in which Stephen King's Dark Tower series is set.
5. The universe of Orson Scott Card's Songmaster or Speaker for the Dead.

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