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Association Meme: Comment to this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things I associate you with. Then post this in your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given.

[livejournal.com profile] miss_s_b gave me these:
 

Science Geekery.

"Science is the most interesting thing in the world, and if you don't agree you can fuck off" is a quote attributed to a former editor of New Scientist. I think he's right. Science tells us where we came from, can point where we may be going- and what we should do to change this. The natural world is one of the most fascinating things out there, and knowing more about it just makes it more interesting.

Lovely hair.

I haven't had a haircut in six years or so. A good description of it would be "pre-raphaelite"- long and curly- and liable to turn into a big frizzy mop by the end of the night. I have an older aunt who seems to like it- she used to be a hairdresser, which probably explains it.. I have no plans to remove it any time soon, though I probably ought to get a slight trim to get it growing again. It would be nice to get it a bit longer. Held straight there's nearly two feet of it, but allowed to fall naturally its only about 15 inches long.

Atheism.

I cannot remember ever really having any faith. My parents certainly never brought be up to believe in any faith. I think I had vague feelings of their being a god but it was never strongly associated with Christianity, and very quickly went away when I actually thought about it- I certainly wasn't taking it seriously by the time I was nine and discovered that every major civilisation had completely different religions. For some reason (I'm not sure why) I used to go along with the "amen" bit at the end of assembly prayers. Probably because I was afraid of being singled out for not bowing my head at the right places. As soon as I hit the sixth form (where we sat behind the headteacher so couldn't be seen), I totally ignored the prayer, and sat bolt upright, eyes wide open, staring straight ahead.
 
Steampunk Computer.

I love the idea of applying 19th century aesthetics to modern technology. I love the whimsical nature, and the home-made DIY ethos that pervades the genre. I was introduced to it by [livejournal.com profile] steely_glint through various books- paricularly China Mieville, and then discovered that there were people making things and dressing up and stuff, and I saw some of the keyboards and thought I could have a go at that.

Cheeky grin.

I don't particularly like my smile. It shows my teeth in an odd way, makes me look like I could hammer rocks with my chin, and generally makes me look even less attractive than usual. Then again I don't think I've got a face for smiling. However if other people like it then I'm no going to judge them too harshly.
 
 
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Rules: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. If I can be arsed by the end of this there may be tagging.

1. My first "proper" gig was seeing Metallica at the Ministry of Sound when I was 18.
2. I am allergic to penicillin
3. I have never attempted to wear contact lenses
4. I cannot remember how long it has been since I have had a haircut.
5. I have never taken a driving test.
6. I was paid to photograph echinoids for six months.
7. I am fascinated by the history of science.
8. I always wanted to be a palaeontologist.
9. I have seen Slayer more often than any other (signed) band.
10. I have never read a work of "modern literary fiction" that I wasn't going to be examined on.
11. Despite being raised without any religious instruction I have Catholic Guilt.
12. I have virtually no short-term memory.
13. I have no tolerance for new-agey stuff- astrology, crystal healing, etc.
14. I have never owned a games console. Nor do I have any real interest in rectifying this.
15. I like sprouts.
16. I have had what would be classed as plastic surgery.
17. I have always loathed Cadbury's Creme Eggs. I don't have a particularly sweet tooth.
18. I have a completely irrational dislike of handling slugs. Snails do not affect me in the slightest. I think its because of the shell.
19. The only sporting prize I ever won was a five metre swimming badge.
20. I will spend 20 minutes trying to compose a two-line response to a blog post. And then not send it.
21. I get vertigo standing at the bottom of open-plan staircases, yet I had no qualms about going up the CN tower.
22. I am much shyer than people might think. 
23. I have absolutely no idea what most people who work in an office actually <i>do</i>.
24. David Godfrey "was not of woman born".
25. Tagging people takes far too bloody long so I won't bother
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What do you mean fossils don't count as technology?
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Make your own 20 line poem. Set your iPod (or whatever music player you happen to be using- ie my computer) Take the first 21 songs. The first line of each is a line of the poem, and first line gives the 21st provides the title.

I should point out that when my 'pute picked out Dr Who audios, or similar I ignored it. Otherwise it would be really stupid.

At Hilly's Show

Your pretty face seduced me,
Blood and tears,
I got a mellowship,
Can't make out things he said,

Have you woke up screaming in the silence of the night?
In July 1863, a nation torn in tragedy,
Before you lose your temper count up to 100,
This is out of our reach,

Sickened by the feeling within,
...since I was a child, I saw my own way,
All of the force of nature, chaos and the death of hope,
Inside black decision, concealing what no-one knows but I,

Shakedown 1979, cool kids never have the time,
This is feeding what I am.
Breathe!
Sweet dreams are made of this,

Hey! They walk all over you,
Όταν θα πάω κυρά μου στο παζάρι
AAAAAARRGHH!!
Fool moon standing in the streets.


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See. Told you. Go on guess the titles.

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This is actually quite tricky. Most of the people on the f'list ([personal profile] innerbrat and [profile] steely_glint for instance) are either friends from uni, or have written interesting blogs so I follow them (e.g. [info]tyrell). The others are mostly people I'm not actually likely to meet any time soon, what with living on the wrong continent an' all.

So actually there's only four more people than I thought who I've met via LJ that I can think of. [profile] snapesbabe, [profile] ms_entropy, [info]corchen, I met [info]karohemd before I knew him on LJ, but he knew everyone else via LJ, so I think he counts too. How could I forget [personal profile] nadrieland [personal profile] ginasketch? And [personal profile] rowanberries? Because I 'm a useless prat that's why.

Oddly, [info]matgb doesn't count, because I'd at least heard of him via [personal profile] pinkshifter and [profile] invadergaz before I even knew what LJ was, and I've known her since she was at Brunel. So the chances are I'd have probably met him even without LJ.

ETA to add all the lovely people I forgot.
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[profile] snapesbabe. Comment if you want to be tagged...

Cladistics: The practice and philosophy of classifying organisms by their evolutionary relationships, rather than by morphological similarities- which may often be the result of convergent evolution (the reason why sharks and dolphins look similar). I recommend you chec out wikipedia's page on it, because its a) very good. and b) goes into significantly more detail than I would want to here. Suffice to say cladistics (especially using DNA analysis) is the reason why I find the "actually a banana is type of fish" joke funny.

 

Skewed Historical Fiction: Basically using a historical setting for your story but adding all sorts of extra bits. Putting historical characters in ficticious situations, that sort of thing. I suppose I'm specifically thinking of things like Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle, where the people who founded the Royal Society are major characters, its an incredibly detailed 17th Century England, but alchemy (in some cases) does actually work. From what I gather about Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell its the same type of novel (I haven't started it yet). Its not fiction in a parallel universe where X didn't happen, so the Romans went to the moon, or whatever, (which I like too), but fiction that asks if Y were possible, but not necessarily important on a daily basis (unlike the technology in steampunk, say), how might things be different, and what would have to happen for history to follow the same path?

Demon Ducks: The Dromornithidae (Mihirungs) were a group of large and very large flightless birds (Dromornis stirtoni is a good candidate for "biggest bird evar") The smallest was about the size of a cassowary. Bullockornis "The Demon Duck of Doom" appears to have been a carnivore (how predatory is up for debate). The most recent Genyornis overlapped with the arrival of the aborigines, who probably wiped it out along with the rest of the Australian megafauna. Its not entirely clear where they fit in the birds. They're often kept with the ratites, but some people want to move them in as basal ducks and geese. Not as exciting as actual demonic ducks then. :)

Stupid Creationists: There aren't many intelligent creationists. They'd probably prefer to be called "intelligent design theorists". However one does meet an awful lot of creationists who dredge up the old discredited arguments "there are no intermediate fossils" Um. Ok. So what exactly is Morganucadon then? "I can't see how you could evolve a lung" I can. I don't understand how Pimms is made does that mean it doesn't exist? You get the picture. Arguing with them gets intensely frustrating very quickly. But you don't try to convince them, you're pointing out to the lurkers that their criticisms are nonsense and have been for a very long time.

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Nabbed again, this time by [personal profile] matgb.

Meme Time

May. 15th, 2007 10:59 pm
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So I've been tagged by [info]innerbrat for the "explain 3 interests and 3 icons meme".

Icons first:
 Cthulhu: Well he's cute and cuddly and happy looking, and a hellish creature of utter alien evil. It nicely subverts the nauseating "Hello Kitty" cuteness that turns up on an awful lot of icons. What's not to like? I use him for comments and posts that are generally not to be taken seriously (memes/ bad jokes/ risque comments on other people's LJs, that sort of thing.) I can't for the life of me remember where I found this image -googling for "Hello Cthulhu" I think.

Science: I couldn't find a hagfish image I liked that worked at this size and dimensions, so the most obvious choice of interesting science fish was the coelacanth. The original image was found at
www.palaeos.com. Used on posts and comments that are about science rather than religion.

Shiny: I found this on the website set up (I think) by the beeb just before they brought back the Cybermen.
[profile] barrysarll linked to it. They had ready-made icons there, and I added the wording. Used for those "ooh nifty" type responses. Having seen Firefly, a "shiny" icon seemed rather a nice thing to have. And I would like to live in a future where artificial replacement organs are commonly avaliable.

And the Interests:

Skewed Historical Fiction: Basically using a historical setting for your story but adding all sorts of extra bits. Putting historical characters in ficticious situations, that sort of thing. I suppose I'm specifically thinking of things like Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle, where the people who founded the Royal Society are major characters, its an incredibly detailed 17th Century England, but alchemy (in some cases) does actually work. From what I gather about Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell its the same type of novel (I haven't started it yet). Its not fiction in a parallel universe where X didn't happen, so the Romans went to the moon, or whatever, (which I like too), but fiction that asks if Y were possible, but not necessarily important on a daily basis (unlike the technology in steampunk, say), how might things be different, and what would have to happen for history to follow the same path?

Microphotography: Macrophotography is taking photographs of small objects, bits of bone, insects, that sort of thing. The term is often used to refer to images at a magnification of 1:1 (ie if the object is 10mm long then the image projected onto the film/digital sensor for exposure is also 10mm long.) Microphotography is dealing with magnifications substantially higher than this. like attaching the camera to a microscope instead of a lens and using that to take the photograph.

Demon Ducks: The Dromornithidae (Mihirungs) were a group of large and very large flightless birds (Dromornis stirtoni is a good candidate for "biggest bird evar") The smallest was about the size of a cassowary. Bullockornis "The Demon Duck of Doom" appears to have been a carnivore (how predatory is up for debate). The most recent Genyornis overlapped with the arrival of the aborigines, who probably wiped it out along with the rest of the Australian megafauna. Its not entirely clear where they fit in the birds. They're often kept with the ratites, but some people want to move them in as basal ducks and geese. Not as exciting as actual demonic ducks then. :)

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