Oct. 22nd, 2012 06:33 pm
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I don't normally do memes, but I do like giving over-long, rambling answers to written questions, and displacement activity is always fun when the alternative is hoovering up cat fur.

That fifty questions meme passed on by various people. )
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I didn't really expect most of the traditional ones to be guessed by anyone but Pellinor, but here are the answers, anyway, sometimes with comments.

Answers )
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I've never done a music first lines quiz before, partly because I still haven't got around to putting most of my CDs onto my computer, and partly because most of the songs are traditional ones that I didn't think many people would know. But I've given it a go this time, though I had to do a lot of skipping, to get past instrumentals, songs where the title was right there in the first line (absolutely loads of them) and things that seemed particularly obscure. Over half of these are indeed traditional folk songs, but there's also some other stuff, too.

As ever with these things, you need to identify the song, though with most of the traditional songs, the artist is immaterial, unless it's an artist who did a particularly unique version of the trad. song. I'm screening comments to stop Pellinor leaping in and revealing the answers to all of them right at the start.

Songs for guessing )
ladyofastolat: (Library lady)
Meme taken from [ profile] pellegrina. I do, though, have to add the big proviso that I disapprove of any list of books that children "should" read. We have an annual summer reading challenge in libraries that is based on the principle that children can read anything they like, without any adult standing in judgement and dictating their choice. I believe that the best way to get children to be good readers is to inspire them to enjoy reading, and lists of approved lists that they "should" read is not likely to inspire enjoyment. But laying aside that little rant, and moving to taking about my own reading...

This is a list of "50 books that every child should read," selected for The Independent by Philip Pullman, Michael Morpurgo, Katy Guest, John Walsh, Michael Rosen. Meme rules: Bold those you read as aged 0-18, italicise those you read aged 19-now, underline those you started but didn't finish, strikethrough those you have never even heard of. Add remarks if you feel like it.

Book list follows )


Jan. 28th, 2011 02:07 pm
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I don't normally do memes, but I've got the day off, and am displacing madly from some difficult sewing, so might as well launch into some over-long answers to some simple questions.

(But, talking of memes, what happened to all those "What flower are you?" "What historical madman are you?" "If you were part of a hippotomus, what part would you be?" type memes. A few years ago, barely a day went by without one appearing on my Friends list, but I've barely seen one for months, I think.)

Overlong answers to questions that you're supposed to answer succintly )
ladyofastolat: (Fantasy)
Oh, why not? I'm afraid you're going to get loads of posts from me for the duration of Pellinor's absence. Sorry!

This one's from [ profile] philmophlegm. It's a list from a fantasy review website, claiming to be the 100 greatest fantasy novels "of all time." Bold means I've read it, italics means I've read only part of the series.

Books )
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Okay, here are the answers to the first lines quiz I posted a few days ago. All comments to the original post are now unscreened.

Answers )
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I'm displacing at the moment, so why not fill the time with posting a first lines meme? This is a miscellaneous selections of books I've liked very much, whether in the past or now. With books in a series, I haven't necessarily gone for book one. Comments screened to give people a chance to guess.

Though, actually, I must say that judging from some of these first lines alone, I'm not sure why I ever read on...

First lines )
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I've done this before - probably with many of the same films - but I always find it fun to look for the quotes, so might as well do it again.

That movie quotes meme that crops up every few months )
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Off work sick, and feeling floppy and bleurgh, so I've been pottering around on a bit of old-style Baldur's Gate, and now it's meme time. This one's courtesy of [ profile] philmophlegm.

One thing these book memes always reveal to me is just how little I've read over the last ten years or so, ever since the Internet started eating up so much of my time. For the last few years, I've read almost nothing but non-fiction (popular science, mostly) and my fiction needs have come from fanfic. On the original list of 100 books that was doing the rounds a few days ago, I had read about two thirds, but almost all of those were read (by choice) before I was 18, when I devoured classics and historical novels. Since my core reading years were before I was 18, and since historical novels were my genre of choice then, I managed to miss out a lot of the classics of sf and fantasy.

[ profile] philmophlegm's rules:

1) Look at the list, copy and paste it into your own journal.
2) Mark those you have read however you want.
3) Feel free to tell your friends what you thought of them.

My addition:
4) Ramble at great length about anything you feel like rambling about.

Genre book meme )
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Answers so far are below the cut. I won't fill in the unguessed ones just yet, just in case anyone has a sudden flash of inspiration, but will do so soon. (ETA: I've added clues.) I rather suspect that Pellinor doesn't really deserve much credit for the large number he got right, given that he shares a house with my DVD collection.

Sorry if I've missed out giving anyone credit.

ETA: Ooh, more answers came in which I was writing this. 2 of the "unguessed" ones are now guessed - but I won't edit in the answers yet, just in case anyone else feels like hazarding a guess now there are clues.

ETA (Thursday morning): Now with all answers revealed.

Movie quote answers )
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I've been idly thinking about movie quotes, which led me to resurrect on old movie quote meme, but change it a bit. Last time I did a hand-picked selection of favourite movies. This time I let fate, in the form of a d6, decide, and just counted through my DVD collection according to the results of the die roll. If a string of ones meant that I came up with lots of season boxed sets of a TV series, I only went with the first result, rather than having several quotes from the same series in a row. I've not included any film with subtitles, since the quotes aren't as memorable. Some obvious candidates are missing, due to a string of sixes that meant that certain TV series that I'm fond of got totally missed.

Most quotes are cut and pasted from IMDB, so blame any mistakes on them. ;-) I've not tried to be particularly hard and sneaky here, and some of these are pretty obvious. :-)

I'll screen comments for a while so anyone can play, not just whoever happens to see this first.

Movie (and some TV) quotes )
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Okay, here is a UK version of the dialect meme, with questions added by Bunn, Steepholm, Muuranker, Philmophlegm, Segh and Amalion. Anyone who feels like doing it is free to add extra questions.

My context: Derbyshire mother, father from near Glasgow. Went to school until 7 in Watford, from 7 to 11 in Winchcombe in north Gloucestershire, and after 11 in Cheltenham. Most playground memories come from the Winchcombe part of my childhood. I picked up my accent and most of my vocabulary from my Mum. My Dad used lots of Scottish terms, and I was familiar with them, but didn't use them much.

Lots of dialect questions - three more added since first posting )

Movie meme

Feb. 7th, 2008 10:07 pm
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I know I've done something very similar before, as a one-off, and probably using the same films, but hey... (And as an aside: typing on the new laptop (post the dropping-the-old-one-onto-a-glass-of-wine incident) is HARD. But that might be because of the "it's really Friday today cos I've got tomorrow off" glasses of wine I've had.) Anyway...

Meme from [ profile] intertext about identifying film quotes:

More )

EDIT: Come on, Pellinor! There's only number 3 left to guess, and I know you know it, because you quote it a lot more than I do. It's not cheating, you know. You can still play. Let's have a full set of answers here.
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I don't usually do memes, but I've found it very interesting reading other people's results in this one, so might as well post my own. Guess who is once more in his accustomed number one position? (Shall we give him a medal?) From the number of names I don't recognise who've left a single comment, I can only assume that I once accidentally posted a fanfic here, rather than to my fanfic journal. Yes, I'm fairly sure I did. Once More With X-Files, perhaps? I wish you could click on someone and find out exactly what comments they've left. I did once file and keep every single email comment notification, just so I could check things like this, but I ended up deleting them all on the grounds that I was being silly.

Who comments the most on this journal? )

Mind things

Oct. 6th, 2007 09:14 am
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Ah well... Since everyone else is doing it:

Mind meme, with added ramblings, and extra quizzes )

Memey time

Aug. 24th, 2007 07:19 pm
ladyofastolat: (scribe)
I don't often do memes, but here I am, all alone for five days, with only a pint of cider and a ready-meal for company, so here goes. This one was nicked from [ profile] intertext

Questions about books and reading )
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Bunn's not-a-meme post made me feel challenged to come up with 8 strange facts about myself, by hook or by crook, just to prove that I'm not a poorly-drawn background character in someone else's story. I suspect I am, though. I think I'm one of those minor characters whose entire personality is defined by a few quirks, over-played to comic effect. I'm the Morris dancing, fantasy-reading children's librarian, played by some second-rate character actor. (I wonder who.)

I found this very hard. I would be fairly easy if I was doing it as an ice-breaker at some library conference, since I could put things like "I do Morris dancing," but most things that occurred to me are things I've already mentioned on LJ, whether in my journal or in comments in other people's. Hmm… You can tell why I seldom post memes. I often intend to do the "50 questions" type of meme, but I always answer each question with a whole paragraph, so the whole thing takes too long.

A meme shorn of its meminess )
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I don't often do memes, but I liked the challenge of trying to think of 10 things that were sufficiently quirky for this game.

Each player of this game starts off with 10 weird things/habits/little known facts about yourself. People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 10 weird habits/things/little known facts as well as state this rule clearly. At the end you need to choose 10 people to be tagged and list their names. No tagbacks.

Answers )
ladyofastolat: (Library lady)
A lot of the following questions are ones I use to prompt discussion at children's book groups. It occurred to me that grown-ups might enjoy answering them, too. Questions, and my answers, under the cut.

Books and reading )
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Well, I can't really not do this one, having just done the book quotes. This one will be a lot easier than the books, since all the quotations are memorable ones - ones that have stuck in my mind.

(Meme found via [ profile] rustica, by the way.)

Movie quotes )
ladyofastolat: (Library lady)
Since everyone was so good at getting the children's books last week, here is a harder version of the quiz. With the children's book, the extracts were carefully chosen to be fairly easy to anyone who has read the book (though, on LJ, I stopped each extract one sentence before the point at which it became obvious, to make it harder for you grown-ups.) But with this one, I've just grabbed almost-random sentences from the books in question. All are books that I own, from which you can conclude that they are probably mostly fantasy novels, children's books, historical novels or nineteenth century classics. Twenty questions )
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That book extract meme yesterday reminded me of an activity I do with children, designed to teach them about the alphabetical arrangement of fiction. I have six lovely big shields, each one marked up with a book title, and I ask the children who wants to hold them. Invariably all hands go up, so I tell them they have to win their shields. I then produce six books, each one wrapped up and disguised. I will read an extract, and the first child to identify the book will get to hold the relevant shield.

So, the big question is: are the people on my Friends list better at identifying books than a class of 8 year olds? Let the competition begin. )
ladyofastolat: (Fantasy)
Borrowed from [ profile] evilmissbecky

1. Grab the nearest book.
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.
5. 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.

My answer:
There are three books (plus Chambers Dictionary) that I always have on my desk. I grabbed the one that was currently top of the pile. A lot of people ought to get this one. To the person who gets it first, I offer... *drum roll* prize at all! Eternal mild glory shall be thine, however. Even more glory shall be thine if you get it by the first word. Extract )
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From various people:

23 questions )
ladyofastolat: (Jayne hat)
Hehe! I don't normally post memes, but I really like this one! (Found via [ profile] helflaed)

The Livejournal Dungeon )
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Might as well give this one a go...

26 questions )
ladyofastolat: (Squashed Honey)
Now, why did I think of [ profile] king_pellinor as soon as I saw this quiz...?

I'm Charles the Mad. Sclooop.
Which Historical Lunatic Are You?
From the fecund loins of Rum and Monkey.

And, yes, I am still wasting time on my day off... Read some Chrestomanci. Watched Galaxy Quest. Wasted hours on the internet. And not done one Single Useful Thing.
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I'm duty manager today. This means that - unless the phone rings with news that a library is burning down - I get to spend a whole day at my desk with no interruptions, getting on with some serious work.

Alternatively, it means that I can spend the time doing this...

Interests meme )


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