selenite0: (evolution)
Latest questionnaire, via [ profile] soldiergrrrl.

My father's friends Karl and Otto. My mom wanted Kevin but gave in to the argument about the three friends vowing to name their first-borns after each other. As I understand it there aren't a Karl Frank and Frank Otto out there so the other two didn't hold to it as forcefully.
Next 46 cut )
selenite0: (Beware the Engineer)

Your result for Transylvania Polygnostic University entrance exam...

Hugo Glassvitch

Not bad. About as good as one could expect from a non-spark in fact.

Take Transylvania Polygnostic University entrance exam
at HelloQuizzy

Ouch. Some tough ones in this.
selenite0: (Karl with beard and hat)
Though it's not called a meme when the site is asking . . .

Have you ever met or known someone who has the same name as you (first and last) but is not a relative?

There's a few guys out there with my name. I traded email with one who found me through Google. He was a Celtic pagan / historical re-enactor / aerospace engineer with kids. Fortunately we were on opposite sides of the planet or there'd be no telling us apart.

He said all his friends had declared that he was the evil twin. I wasn't going to argue.
selenite0: (Advanced Weapons Testing)

Your result for "Surviving The Singularity" Test...

Read more... )
selenite0: (home is people)
Feeling tagged by [ profile] celticdragonfly

Respond and rework/answer the questions on your own blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, and add one more question of your own.

And now the questions )


Nov. 7th, 2008 03:27 pm
selenite0: (Prayer)
Via [ profile] telophase:

  • reply to this post with the word MEME and I will pick six of your icons.
  • make a post (including this info) and talk about the icons I chose.
  • other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
  • this will create a never ending cycle of icon glee.

This is from Sluggy Freelance. Compulsive inventor Riff just tried out his latest gadget, putting his buddy Torg down for the count. His lament can serve as the epitaph for many, many bright ideas.

Kestrel from Queen of Wands reacting to a sociopathic customer. I feel the temptation to clean up the gene pool myself sometimes. But there's probably a bunch of people who have me on their list so it's just as well we keep the truce.

Miles Vorkosigan in Memory reflecting on where he is now. Where I am is the result of my decisions, good and bad. There's a few I'd make differently--from the middle of my career the obsession with rockets and avoidance of programming looks really, really stupid. But I had some fascinating technical work along the way and those decisions brought me to where I am. Different choices might have let me have a better job and more flexibility for finding a new one. But that's not worth losing everything else I found along the way--more specifically, everyone I found.

Like the first two, this was iconified for me by the lovely and precious [ profile] celticdragonfly. I wanted a more current picture of the kids than I had in my other icons. The catchphrase is a shot at people I've seen who regard children as unnecessary or undesirable while fighting fiercely in defense of the concept of evolution.

A screenshot from the movie 300 captioned with a line from [ profile] cleolinda's totally hysterical parody of it. That line cracks me up every time.

More seriously it gets at the conflict between professional soldiers and militia. Professionals are far more effective in combat. But it's not enough to protect your society. You also have to make it worth protecting, an area the Spartans failed miserably at. Giving citizens responsibility for defense makes them more involved in the life of the country and makes for a healthier culture. So I'd cheerfully sign up for the Fighting Candlestickmakers if they'd take me.

A line from the frame story of the Babylon 5 movie In the Beginning. Emperor Londo offered a wish to a little boy, asking "What do you want?" He demanded a story. Londo declared that a much better answer to that question than Londo's. I use this for comments on fiction of various sorts.
selenite0: (desire consequence)

Your result for The A-Muse-ing Test...

Your muse is Clio!

70% Clio, 0% Erato, 0% Euterpe, 20% Melpomene, 0% Calliope, 0% Thalia, 10% Urania, 0% Polyhymnia and 0% Terpsichore!

Clio is the muse of history known as the "glorious one." She is one of the least called upon muses and perhaps one of the most unappreciated. Yet without her knowledge of the past we would not ever be prepared for the future, for it is well known that we learn from past mistakes. It is the education and knowledge that she offers that can help someone become great in their lifetime.

Call upon Clio when you need to learn from the past and not make the same mistakes.

Find a comfortable quiet spot where you can be alone for a time. Recount your past, mistakes and all. Know that you can speak and your confidence will not be betrayed. You can speak without fear and without shame. Here is when you can then take your journal and write until you feel that you are in control of you life again. Let go of the past and look forward to your future. You should value yourself and value your history. No person in this world has ever gone through life perfect. We are all flawed, but it is how we cope with this fact that makes the difference.

Take The A-Muse-ing Test at HelloQuizzy

Though in fairness I didn't have to twist the answers to get my favorite muse.

That Fits

Jul. 15th, 2008 09:48 pm
selenite0: (mad science)

Your result for The Steampunk Archetype Test...

The Crazy Clockwork Tinkerer

0 Swashbuckling Engineer, 62 Crazy Clockwork Tinkerer, 0 Charming Noble, 8 Roguish Pirate, 23 Mechanical Fian and 42 Aetherist Bodger!

What is life? If something simulates life so well that no one knows that it is simulated and treats it like it were alive, would that be just like life? And if you were the one to create this simulated life, would that make you a god of some sort? Quite possibly, and that may be one of the many motivations behind your projects. Your clockwork mechanisms started off simple and cute, but as you attempted to replicate life in your machines, you created bigger mechanisms, golems of gears, that do your bidding. You are a genius, but a crazy genius.

Take The Steampunk Archetype Test at HelloQuizzy

selenite0: (evolution)
[ profile] thegameiam prompted me with I'm always interested in religious belief.

Not a great topic for helping beat writer's block . . . but here goes.

Simply put, I don't have religious belief. I've tried more than once but wound up going through the motions, trying to will myself into believing and failing. It's not that I'm opposed to belief. I've seen what it's done for people and I think the universe is too complex to be described with equations alone. It's more a case of being someone who can't believe in a divine being. In Kipling's words, "To these from birth is Belief forbidden."


[ profile] rick_gerdes asked What was your family like growing up?

Small. I'm an only child, born when my father was finishing his BS degree. He died while most of the way through his PhD. I was five. So for all the childhood I can remember it was just my Mom and me. We were close but didn't have much time together, she had to work long hours to keep us going.


[ profile] carbonelle asked tell us an amusing, charming or just sweet story about any or all of your kids

Maggie and Jamie are a very sweet pair of kids. Not to say there isn't the normal amount of sibling violence, but when they're not squabbling they're very affectionate. They're only 18 months apart so when Jamie was born we got a twin stroller to carry them in, one of the side-by-side models so they could see each other. Sometimes they'd hold hands together in the stroller. And four years later they're still doing that.
selenite0: (Been what I chose)
[ profile] xinef posted the list of 20 Pop Culture Obsessions even geekier than Monty Python. Let's see. Am I obsessed with these?

1. Star Trek - Not since Babylon 5 started, but in high school especially, oh, yeah.
2. Renaissance faires - Yep, to meet girls. Found one, now it's a more casual interest.
3. Fantasy sports leagues - Sports? No.
4. Michael Jackson - Dude did some good music once, not that I bought any.
5. Wikipedia - Useful resource, I'm not a contributor.
6. Battlestar Galactica - Seen six eps. Will probably watch the rest sometime after I'm done with Buffy.
7. The Rocky Horror Picture Show - Went once.
8. Joss Whedon - Firefly, yes. Buffy, getting there. Angel, TBD. Never saw Aliens 3.
9. Media-specific role-playing - Star Trek (FASA) in high school, Firefly now.
10. Magic: The Gathering - I've played using other people's decks.
11. World Of Warcraft - Some of my best friends . . .
12. The Simpsons - Used to watch it, enjoyed it.
13. Doctor Who - Like what I've seen of the revival, the originals are kinda slow for me.
14. Frank Zappa - See #4.
15. Game-show tape trading - I live in a glass house and shall not throw stones.
16. Anime - I like Cowboy Bebop.
17. Cosplay - Ren faire/SCA count?
18. Live-action role-playing - See #17
19. Second Life / MySpace / FaceBook - How'd LJ not make that list?
20. Fanfic - Write fanfic? Moi?

Table-top role playing games are less geeky than Monty Python?
selenite0: (Kermit)

Your Score: Rabbit

You scored 17 Ego, 15 Anxiety, and 15 Agency!

IT was going to be one of Rabbit's busy days. As soon as he
woke up he felt important, as if everything depended upon him.
It was just the day for Organizing Something, or for Writing a
Notice Signed Rabbit, or for Seeing What Everybody Else Thought
About It. It was a perfect morning for hurrying round to Pooh,
and saying, "Very well, then, I'll tell Piglet," and then going
to Piglet, and saying, "Pooh thinks--but perhaps I'd better see
Owl first." It was a Captainish sort of day, when everybody
said, "Yes, Rabbit " and "No, Rabbit," and waited until he had
told them.

You scored as Rabbit!

ABOUT RABBIT: Rabbit is generally considered Clever by his many friends and relations. He is actually a much better reader and writer than Owl, but he doesn't consider it worth mentioning. Instead, Rabbit's real talent lies in Organizing Plans. He organizes rescue parties, makes schemes to reduce Tigger's bounciness, and goes on missions to find out what Christopher Robin does when he's not at the Hundred Acre Woods. Sometimes, however, his Plans do not always go as Planned.

WHAT THIS SAYS ABOUT YOU: You are smart, practical and you plan ahead. People sometimes think that you don't stress or worry, but this is not the case. You are the kind of person who worries in a practical way. You think a) What are my anxieties about and b)what can be done about them? No useless fretting for you. You don't see the point in sitting around and waiting for things to work out, when you could actually work them out today and save yourself a lot of time and worry. Your friends tend to rely on you, because they know that they can trust you help them work things out.

You sometimes tend to be impatient with people who are less practical in their ways. You don't have much patience for idiots who moan about things but never actually DO anything about them. You have high expectations of everyone, including yourself. When you don't succeed at something, or when something goes wrong despite your best efforts to prevent it, you can get quite hard on yourself. You need to cut yourself some slack and accept that everyone has their faults, even you, and THAT IS OKAY. Let yourself be faulty, every now and then, for the sake of your own sanity.

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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selenite0: (anvil)
From [ profile] telophase:

Choose two of my icons and I will tell you what happens when those two people, or things, or concepts get together. Definition of "get together" may vary. Response may be phrased in the form of a snippet or sentences of random blathering.
selenite0: (Prayer)
From [ profile] autographedcat:

YOU'RE ON MY FRIENDS LIST, and I want to know 36 35 things about you. I don't care if we never talk, or if we already know everything about each other. Short and sweet is fine ... You're on my list, so I want to know you better!
Cut for length )
selenite0: (reputation vs honor)
From [ profile] mostuff:

The rules:
- Link to the person who tagged you.
- Leave a comment on their blog so that their readers can visit yours.
- Post the rules on your blog.
- Share the seven (7) most famous or infamous people you have met.
- Tag 7 random people at the end of your post.
- Include links to their blogs.
- Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Burt Rutan. Before Space Ship One, Scaled Composites took a subcontract to design the airframe structure of Pioneer Rocketplane's Pathfinder vehicle. We kicked it off by taking a Cessna up to Mojave (yes, we could fit most of the company in a Cessna), parking at Scaled's hanger, and getting a tour before the meeting. Burt came in to chat with us a bit before leaving us with the technical team for our project.

Merril McPeak. Was Chief of Staff of the USAF when I was a lieutenant. Never met him then. But he became chairman of the board at Pioneer Rocketplane. Not a fun guy to brief. I remember trying to skip a slide on the grounds that was irrelevant after a design change he'd insisted on earlier in the review. He made me put it up then repeated the whole rant he'd made the first time.

Lois Bujold. First met at Wiscon in 1993. Since then I've seen her at other cons and mini-Lois-cons, where a small group of fans would join her for dinner. A wonderful lady.

Larry Niven. First met at I-con (the one on Long Island, not the Iowa one) in 1982 or '83. Saw him at lots of cons in California. [ profile] celticdragonfly and I danced with him and Fuzzy Pink Niven at Westercon in 2002.

George Hochbrueckner (former congressman, which is famous in mundane circles even if no one on my flist has heard of him). My mom worked for him when he was a state legislator and I handed out leaflets for campaigns.

Gary Hudson. Never worked for him, though I did try for a job at Rotary Rocket at one point. I met him at the Space Access rocket cons.

Steve Jackson. Also first met at I-con. Last saw him at ConDFW. Him I'm actually working for, sort of. I've sold seven freelance articles to his webzines and hope he'll publish some longer work of mine.

Not sure who to tag, so anyone wanting to do this one, feel free.
selenite0: (Been what I chose)

Your Score: Outstanding!

You scored 100% correct for the Notebooks of Lazarus Long!

You scored close enough to perfect that it doesn't matter. Way to go! Hey, you didn't have the book in front of you, did you? No cheating! Anyway, Got any good RAH-related stuff to talk about? Why not go to

Link: The Notebooks of Lazarus Long Test written by oscagne on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
selenite0: (mad science)

Your Score: Lazlo Hollyfeld

142 Heart, 184 Genius, 117 Cool, 120 Excitability

Lazlo Hollyfeld - (Jonathan Gries)
Real Genius (1985)

You are Lazlo Hollyfeld! You're not exactly the most personable person out there, but you're brilliant, and when push comes to shove you're there to help out. You should really get out more though... maybe even settle down with someone who really cares about you. Or at least, is really turned on by your huge brain.

"Did you wanna borrow my pajamas?"

Other scientific possibilities:
Gary Wallace
Wyatt Donnelly
Peter Venkman
Jordan Cochran
Egon Spengler
Doc Brown
Newton Crosby
Paul Stephens
Ben Crandall
Wayne Szalinkski
Winston Zeddemore
Ben Jabituya
Lazlo Hollyfeld
Ray Stantz
Buckaroo Banzai
Chris Knight

Link: The Which 80s Movie Scientist Test written by xxyl on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Hat tip to [ profile] telophase.
selenite0: (desire consequence)

Which Discworld Character are you like (with pics)
created with
You scored as Lord Havelock Vetinari

You are Lord Vetinari! Supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork! Cool, calculated, and always in control. You graduated from the assassins guild, but failed a course on stealth and camouflage, because the professor never saw you there (even though you attended every class). You always seem to know what everyone is thinking, and after a conversation with you, people feel that they have just escaped certain death.

Lord Havelock Vetinari


Gytha (Nanny) Ogg


Cohen The Barbarian


Carrot Ironfounderson


Commander Samuel Vimes


Esmerelda (Granny) Weatherwax


The Librarian








Hat tip to [ profile] bright_lilim

Meme Time

Nov. 14th, 2007 03:33 pm
selenite0: (Prayer)
Image Meme, hat tip to [ profile] mostuff

1) Take your answer to each question and type it into an image search engine
2) Post one of the images from the first page of results.

Lots of big pictures )
selenite0: (tell me a story)
From [ profile] bright_lilim

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. The numbers after each one are the number of LT users who used the tag of that book.
Read more... )
selenite0: (desire consequence)
From [ profile] new_iconoclast and others.

Go to, put in username nycareers, password landmark, take the career matchmaker quiz, post the top results.
What that website thinks I should be doing for a living. )


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