chaiya: (right path)
These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing‚Äôs users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you've read, and italicize the ones you own but have not read. I am either well-intentioned, or a poser, when it comes to reading. )

In other news, as [livejournal.com profile] cthulhia suggested, best of luck to those celebrating May Day in the Jonathan Coulton way. ;)
chaiya: (hippie)
As [livejournal.com profile] lyonesse says so well:

if you've got anything to confess wrt me, it'll be a lot more wholesome if you just do it in this journal rather than as part of somebody else's meme. comments are screened, anonymous is on, and i really don't expect this to generate any traffic. (you may feel free to express dislike, resentment, affection for my dog cats, loathing of candy hearts, or really anything; it doesn't have to be the secret hots for me, either.)

Comment screening is on. If you respond anonymously, my journal default screens it anyway, so go to town. Yes, even if you're mad at me. I'd rather hear it than not know.

I suspect I won't un-screen, so I'll be the only person who knows if this entry is entirely empty of comments. ;)
chaiya: (brown hat)
Heh. The LJ mojo, as many have noted, is displaying an icky image and now revealing the data they collected in the surveys.

I never posted my results of this meme because I did it out of curiousity to see what the meme was and how it worked. And because I did it out of curiousity, I filled it out by checking off the *percentage* of my flist I've dated in the past, not the actual people (modulo the people I have dated who were able to be checked off), because, hey, my own husband's name wasn't on the list of check-off-able names! So, amusingly, the meme is now displaying the "dirty little secret" that I've dated people I haven't actually dated.

I'm sorry, but I amuse myself sometimes. ;)

Music Meme

Apr. 8th, 2007 10:11 am
chaiya: (dvn attacks fangirl!)
Via [livejournal.com profile] hope_persists:

Randomly list your top 10 favorite artists without looking at the quiz below...
1 Edie Carey
2 Anne Heaton
3 Ani DiFranco
4 Emm Gryner
5 Eddie From Ohio
6 Ellis
7 Rachael Sage
8 Groovelily
9 We're About 9
10 Richard Shindell

Music quiz! How can I resist? )

What's interesting to me is that I decided not to list Moxy Fruvous or DaVinci's Notebook, even though they're both dear to my heart, because they're no longer together. Their breaking up has moved them down on my list of favorite performers, because concerts are how I become a fan of most musicians. I guess I like that personal connection. Likewise, I think Paul & Storm and Jonathan Coulton are gaining ground since I saw them live a few months ago, and I'm hopefully seeing them again this month.
chaiya: (subtle)
Have I changed your life in some way? If so, how?

Yes, I am filing this under "self-indulgent." So sue me.
chaiya: (Default)
1. Grab the nearest book. (Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.)
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.


"He says I mustn't -- not yet -- see his face or know his name. I'm forbidden to bring any light into his -- our -- chamber."

Then she looked up, and as our eyes met for a moment I saw in hers unspeakable joy.


This is from one of my all-time favorite books, Till We Have Faces by CS Lewis. It's a retelling of the Psyche-Eros myth, from the evil stepsister's perspective. It breaks my heart every time, and I love it well. Steve and I recently started reading it aloud to one another.

This book, like much of Lewis' writing, lives and breathes for me. Unlike Narnia, however, it has none of that pesky Xtian moralizing and theme. If anything, it's a pagan-oriented book. Not as good for children, though, as Narnia.
chaiya: (proud smile)
Via [livejournal.com profile] moominmolly, What's your superpower?

My response:
[livejournal.com profile] hakamadare says I'm a supertaster. He may be right -- I've always wanted to get a test done. I can tell exactly when tea has gone tannic, often by smell instead of tasting it, and it drives me crazy to drink. I also can't stand anything with cilantro in it. This is annoying when someone uses a salad dressing with a small amount of cilantro, and I usually refuse it after a bite (unless it's made by someone I know and love, in which case I eat slooooowly and appreciate the thought).

I have crazy face/voice recognition. I'm pretty good with body language recognition, too. What I mean by that is that I can see an actor in one thing and recognize him in heavy makeup, ten years later, in something else. (The current example of this is recognizing Vezzini from The Princess Bride in Star Trek: DS9 as the Grand Nagus, a Ferengi.) In real life, last summer (or the year before?) I walked down the street of my hometown (which I left at age 13) and recognized people I went to church with as a child, called them by name, and had to tell them who I was and how I used to know them. They were *kids* when I knew them -- now they're in their 20s and look very different. But I still recognized them.

I swear, I should've been in the CIA or something, with that power.

I also make too much food. For any event. I invite people over, and even if I'm planning carefully, there will be enough leftovers for Steve and I to have lunch the next day or two, if not the next week. Luckily, I also have a tendency to get organic veggies for free or extremely cheap via farmers I know, and make them into huge dishes. So it's not too expensive to have this superpower. ;)
chaiya: (you're tickling me!)
Have you joined the game LOST yet?
chaiya: (meeting of the minds)
[livejournal.com profile] pheromone posted about this recently, and I really liked the idea. Plus I think a bunch of my friends are not in overlap with her friends, so maybe there are new unpopular uhpinions I haven't heard yet! I certainly hold some unpopular ones. What are yours?

[Poll #873577]

(Comments are screened, in case you are so uhpinionated that you need even more space.)

(Note: My thought is that, if enough folks fill it out, I might post an f-locked anonymized summary of the results, so that, as happened in [livejournal.com profile] pheromone's journal, folks might realize that they're not alone. Or not, depending.)
chaiya: (teeny kitty)
A lot of my friends have been having babies lately. And blogging about said children. I feel the need to strike back. )

Your baby is sometimes ugly. Admit it, all babies are pretty horrific-looking when screaming. They get all red and ugly. My kitten, even when squeaking, is the most adorable thing I've ever seen. There's no stopping this cuteness.

Any other comparisons from the peanut gallery?

Presents!

Oct. 22nd, 2004 01:58 pm
chaiya: (wuvvy dovey sinfest)
I'm going to start a new meme. I've been thinking recently about what to do for Channukah presents, given that most of our money is going into the house right now. So if I ran the world (or had a direct line to God) and could give people anything I wanted, here's what I would give you all:

I have so many friends! And I love you THIIIIIS much! )
chaiya: (psych)
This is somewhat generic, and somewhat cute. Feel free to answer these questions here or in email. No pressure. *grin* What do you think of me? )

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