The Mosaic Meme, via [livejournal.com profile] missmp.

01. Answer each of the questions below the cut using the [Flickr] search engine.
02. Choose a photo from the first three pages.
03. Copy the URL of your favorite photos [here].
04. Then share with the world.

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wolfpangs: (page six lovers)
I knew someone had tagged me for a meme but it got lost as I drowned in schoolwork. Now I'm on my break and I found it so here we go.

I was tagged by [livejournal.com profile] johnny_stiletto.

1. I tag: [livejournal.com profile] princessdidi, [livejournal.com profile] gannet_guts, [livejournal.com profile] baggylettuce, [livejournal.com profile] whitewatergirl, [livejournal.com profile] stoof, [livejournal.com profile] commieprincess, [livejournal.com profile] kaytethinks and [livejournal.com profile] ladycakes.

2. What is your most guilty pleasure?
Oh, Lord. I've revealed so many secrets in this journal alone that it's hard to think of more...that I'd be willing to reveal. I don't really feel that guilty about most stuff. These are more like dorky pleasures. Like...my tendency to make up songs about anything and everything. It started as a way to pass time during menial tasks and/or waiting and I've just kept doing it. There's no telling what I'll be inspired to sing about in any given day but usually, I make up at least one new song about the dogs every day. These are not grand compositions, mind you--just silly little things that I sing to them. The other one I do frequently is the song I sing when I'm waiting for my dad to pick up on his cell. It's called "Daddy Mobile" and that's as much as I'm going to share.

I also really, really love blind items. I found a goldmine of them during Hell Week and I literally groaned because it was the worst thing for me to see when I was supposed to be studying and writing papers.

3. Have you ever seen someone die?
Not in real life, as far as I know. ("Not irl," meaning I've seen stuff like the Budd Dwyer footage. NB: If you're unfamiliar with him and/or sensitive, I would advise against googling for further information since it may return disturbing images on the main results page. His wiki page is pretty tame, though. Long story short, he committed suicide on live TV.)

4. Are you confused as to what lies ahead of you?
Only occasionally. I know I may look indecisive from the outside looking in, but I just try to make the best possible choices for myself at any given time and sometimes, the times they are a-changing.

5. What was the last book you read for pleasure and would you recommend it?
It's been so long since I've read a book for fun that I had to look it up on allconsuming to see what it was. And it was Twilight! I'd recommend it if you like YA and keep in mind that it's very Mary Sue.

(I'll be writing fanfic under the name shimmerskin.)

6. Favourite Sandwich and side.
Probably the Steakhouse Dip from Quizno's with lots of horseradish. I would prefer pasta salad on the side but they don't have that so I usually get jalapeno chips. And then brush my teeth.

7. If a person you like doesn't feel the same way, would you continue to wait for them to change their feelings?
Can I see other people while I wait? If so, yes. If not, lol no.

8. What is your dream car?
A vehicle that looks like a 1971 Pontiac GTO Judge but with a voice-activated communications and entertainment system inside, as well as an engine that runs on a sustainable, nonpolluting energy source. And cupholders that are deep enough so that my Dr Pepper doesn't fling itself into the back floorboard every time I make a sharp turn, FORD.

Ooh and also, a removeable piece in the driver's headrest so I can wear a ponytail without having to drape it over the headrest so I can sit comfortably.

Or all of that, but with a 1970 Dodge Challenger body (white only, plz).

9. Is there anything that made you unhappy recently?
Besides the obvious family stuff, no, although this was a little disturbing:

OMG cliffhanger )

Bake it at 300 degrees for an hour and that's how you make banana bread.
wolfpangs: (page six lovers)
Things that happen only to me: So, I comment occasionally on a blog. I use a particular username there, as well as a corresponding AIM ID, different than I usually use. Saturday afternoon, I was studying online and doing some chatting when I got an IM to that ID. I had no idea who the person was and the first message was kind of unusual, so I really didn't know what to expect. The person was asking me questions related to my username and I answered them and then that went on to questions about other stuff. And then...I talked to this girl for TWO HOURS. At first, I admit I was kind of weirded out but the fact that I will talk to anyone won out and we just kept talking about all sorts of stuff. She told me about the God particle and I told her about the horror movie trope, the Final Girl. It was such a great conversation--talking to someone that I didn't know and who didn't know me was actually very freeing. Cathartic, actually. I may never talk to her again but we had that moment and it was very positive. Only connect.

Which was very helpful, because last night shorty got low, low, low, low. No particular reason, I guess--just nature and lack of sleep and school-related stress. But it was bad, doldrums stuff. I haven't been that down in a long time. All the terrible news stories (Jajuan Holmes, Lauren Burk, Eve Carson, David Motari...) were working on me and I was feeling apocalyptic. Then, I don't know what happened. The fever, as it were, broke. I picked up a newspaper and read that my former denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, did a 180 on their position on global warming.

Scientific facts aside, I've long believed as Richard Cizik, the policy director for the National Association of Evangelicals, states, "to harm this world by environmental degradation is an offense against God." The fact that Focus on the Family's James Dobson and a few others have tried to muzzle Cizik, doesn't surprise me but I find it dumb all the same. The signers of the new statement aren't talking some radical changes--just true stewardship. How can you claim to care about the culture of life if you have no regard for the very planet that it belongs to? It just doesn't make sense...unless you consider that Dobson, et al, really focus on their agendas--their anti-choice, anti-gay, anti-sex ed agendas. And on that note, I'm really proud of the SBC on this. If they ever change their feelings about choice and about homosexuality, I'd be very pleased to resubmit my letter.*

And then I just took a break and effing relaxed. Zoned out with [livejournal.com profile] sf_drama, my favorite lj community, uploaded a video for a friend to his Facebook community, and hung out with my best dudes forever--my cat, my fish and the dogs. It's a better day. Last night, I became near unhinged when someone told me that it would be but hey, it is and I'm not too proud to admit it.

In other news, somehow I missed that last year, Christian Louboutin and David Lynch joined forces to rock my universe [NSFW]. I don't even know how to process it yet. To quote the most humble man in music, Mr. Kanye West, "I spent a whole 5 minutes looking at this, which is like 5 hours for a normal person!" Speaking of the wisdom of Kanye, I pretty much want to marry this phone. That is just loverly. I'm having a hard time not phrasing my descriptions in the manner of extreme advertising, the currently popular meme (you may have seen the Obama "ad" going around, in which case you know that his font got serifs). We had a lot of fun with that yesterday in [livejournal.com profile] sf_drama [Not safe if you're offended by cursing every other word]. And speaking of things that make me laugh, Asher Sarlin's webcomic Elephantitis of the Mind hasn't been updated since November, but it was all new to me and I read through the whole thing in practically one sitting. (I'm a champion sitter.) I am also topnotch at napping. I am going to nap the hell out of this early evening, right after I geek out (or, continue to geek out) and get my Kingdom of Loathing on.

*I don't know if they use this terminology in other denominations, but when you leave one Southern Baptist church and officially join a new one, they call that moving your letter. I left the denomination, so I withdrew my letter.
Obligatory end of year survey )
And because I'm sleepy and still feeling memey, 10 random facts about me.

1. Salome can get Blackjack with just one card.
2. When you play Monopoly with Salome, you do not pass go, and you do not collect two hundred dollars. You will be lucky if you make it out alive.
3. There are four legal methods of execution in the United States: lethal injection, gas chamber, electric chair and Salome.
4. Salome can hit you so hard that she can actually alter your DNA. Decades from now your descendants will occasionally clutch their heads and yell "What the hell was that?"
5. Salome can speak braille.
6. Salome uses Tabasco sauce instead of Visine.
7. Salome starts everyday with a protein shake made from Carnation Instant Breakfast, one dozen eggs, pure Colombian cocaine, and rattlesnake venom. She injects it directly into her neck with a syringe.
8. When Salome does division, there are no remainders.
9. Most boots are made for walkin'. Salome's boots ain't that merciful.
10. If you spell Salome wrong on Google it doesn't say, "Did you mean Salome?" It simply replies, "Run while you still have the chance."

Now you know.
1. Leave me a comment saying something random, like the lyrics from your current favorite song, or your favorite kind of sandwich. Something random. Whatever you like.
2. I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better.
3. Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
4. Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.


[livejournal.com profile] thelovehater ambushed me in a hotel lobby and made me answer these...

1. DIY Super concert: Which bands are playing?

I was going to do a few versions of this, dividing it between living and dead musicians but I'll just do two versions.

Version 1: Robert Johnson, Odetta, W.C. Handy, Muddy Waters, Son House, Billie Holliday, Howlin' Wolf, Miles Davis, Sun Ra, Etta James, John Motherfuckin' Coltrane, John Cash, Ornette Coleman, McCoy Tyner, George Jones, Porter Wagoner, Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong, Hank Williams (all three), Grateful Dead, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, The Who, The Stones, Loretta Lynn, Caetano Veloso, Ali Farka Toure, Astor Piazzolla, The Strokes, Public Enemy, Geto Boys, Wu-Tang Clan, NWA, Charlie Hunter, Kylie Minogue, Betty Davis, Otis Rush, Sam Cooke, X, Flaming Lips, The Misfits, Fall Out Boy, The Runaways, The Commodores (OG version, not this new Lionel Richieless version), New York Dolls, Solomon Burke, Blondie, Leonard Cohen, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Pulp, Motley Crue and the Doodlebops.

That's day one.

Version 2: Some Band, private show. As in, just me and less than ten friends.

2. If you could reside in one country that isn't this one which would it be and why?

This is a really hard question for me to answer. It's not that I'm one of those types that fears other countries--it's that I love living here so much and I'm such an American. I mean, it's in my ethnic description and everything--Native American. But if I absolutely had to choose...The Netherlands. What? I like to smoke weed. Plus it helps me get over the fact that I hate only two things--xenophobia and the Dutch.

3. 2000 years from now when archaeologists look through the remnants of your home which items will confuse and confound them?

Probably one of the odd massage tools I have lying around, particularly the one that looks like an octopus. I think they'd get all the books and pictures and music.

4. The 3rd chapter in your autobiography is entitled?

Launching Ships and Shaking Hips.

5. Freaknasty sex with one dead rockstar. Who do you pick?

Um, Jimi Hendrix. This was hard because I could think of many living ones that I'd like to have met in their younger days but dead ones were harder to think of. But there is Hendrix. And forty years later, there's no one even close to his influence.
It's the IMDB keywords game! I list IMDB keywords--in this case, for ten of my favorite horror movies--and you guess the movies!

Blindness, Desert, Sequel )

crossposted to my myspace blog
Finally!

From [livejournal.com profile] ladycakes-- This is how it works: Comment on this entry and I will give you a letter. Write ten words beginning with that letter in your journal, including an explanation what the word means to you and why, and than pass out letters to those who want to play along.

My letter is C.

1) Compass: My bank. They sent me a letter a couple of weeks ago notifying me that they would be refunding the full amount that they were trying to charge me.

Salome, for the win!

2) Chupa Chups: My favorite lollipop. My most common accessory. I hate mints and I'm not that fond of gum so I started taking them, instead. My favorite flavor is cherry and I love cherry print so the combination inspired a guitar tech I know to nickname me Cherry Pop. Now I carry them to every show, even though it's become somewhat difficult to find the cherry-flavored one. If I give you one at a show, you know I like you (but if I don't give you one, that doesn't mean I dislike you).

3) Cherokee: I know many people who claim to be tribal descendants claim this tribe and I don't know why that is--possibly it's because the name is so well-known, having been lent to cars, songs, and even casual wear. Some people have even postulated that because Cherokees were one of the "Civilized Tribes" that it's a way of lessening non-whiteness. It's kinda funny that so many people claim to be Cherokees, considering how some Cherokees passed as white to avoid removal. I know they did because my ancestors did.

I don't blame them for doing what they had to do. It was for their own survival and of course, it was for mine. Your ancestors did the same thing.

4) Coltrane: His music hits me on almost a molecular level--from the very first notes he plays, I feel almost an otherworldly calm. Music is the closest thing to a natural high I've found and his music in particular is the zenith. It's not surprising. Spirituality was very important to him and it informed his music in every way--he believed that specific sounds and scales had the ability to provoke corresponding emotional responses, after all.

"I would like to bring to people something like happiness. I would like to discover a method so that if I want it to rain, it will start right away to rain. If one of my friends is ill, I'd like to play a certain song and he will be cured; when he'd be broke, I'd bring out a different song and immediately he'd receive all the money he needed."

5) Cat: Mine is named Tala. I wrote this whole long thing about him but it felt too personal. I'll just say he saved my life and leave it at that.

6) Casablancas, Julian: I don't know how he does it but every time The Strokes release an album, Mr. Casablancas's lyrics perfectly sum up where I am at that point in life.

6b. Casablancas, Dick: I <3 Dickie. He had me at "I try not to be" (in response to Logan's asking, "You're not a complicated guy, are you Dick?"). Or perhaps, "It's not me, it's Wu."

6c. I don't want to talk about Casablancas, Cassidy.

7) Cell phone: I know there are a lot of cell phone haters out there but I love 'em. Well, I love mine. And I don't think I'm the stereotypical jerky cell user--I turn it off at the movies, I don't talk on it when I'm with a cashier, I don't feel as if everyone should be treated to my side of the conversation, etc.

I'm getting a new one on Tuesday and I'm so freakin' excited. My current one is okay but it's very...simple. And I've checked--you can't even give it away on eBay. But my new one--ooh! It has a camera, a QWERTY keyboard, AIM capability, a mini-browser...and apparently, you can make telephone calls on it.

8) Czech Republic: Between Hostel and Last Holiday, the latter of which I'm watching now, I've become antsy to visit. Prague, Český Krumlov, Karlovy Vary...ah. Maybe next year.

8b. Crescent City: I want to go back so bad.

9) My Chief: If you wanted the sky I would write across the sky in letters, that would soar a thousand feet high--To Sir, with love.

One of the best times this year so far was playing "ask me anything" in Philadelphia. Especially since you answered anything.

And also...Bible study.

10) My favorite person: My best friend. The one who always makes me laugh. The one who keeps it all together when everyone else is falling apart. The one who knows me better than anyone. I'm pencilling you in for waffles this July.
You asked for it and here it is: the secrets meme, back by popular demand. Share a secret, any kind of secret, whether it be silly or serious. Do it anonymously or not. IP logging is turned off and the only rule is that comments that explicitly name eljay members* are verboten.

Secrets are made to be found out with time.

*excluding your hostess
Albums that have touched my life... )
I stole this meme idea from [livejournal.com profile] alicetiara! It is slightly abbreviated.

You know you're from Alabama when... )
I was going to do that mayfly project thing but my year was way too big for 20 words. Then, I was going to do this self-invented meme wherein I summed up my year in song lyrics but I gave up on that before May Day. So. Why not? Cryptonomicon, part the second! This one's kinda different from the last one. I'm not just sticking to lj people on this one. However, everyone on here who is not on lj has been mentioned in this journal. It's evenly divided between lj and non. And in honor of the holidays, it's all sweet and stuff.

1) I'm so glad I got to talk to you last night. Going like, a week without really talking because we were both so busy was awful. Let's never do that again. You constantly amaze me with how generous, kind, and loving you are to me. I'm eternally happy that we met. The shows wouldn't be as fun if I didn't have you. I lovelovelove you. What--no vase?

2) The last night of the tour, someone we both know asked me what I was doing after the show. I said, "Keeping an eye on this guy [you]." He asked me who was keeping an eye on me and of course, the only answer was "this guy." I've felt totally at ease with you since the first night we met. You're a wonderful person and I'm amazed that you've been able to maintain your grace in spite of your extraordinary life. Will I come to another show? You bet.

3) I could be like everyone else and say, Oh, your entries are so funny. You're so clever. I'm LOL. And you know what? I will. I always enjoy what you write but beyond the funny, you're also an incredibly caring person. You're always there to try to cheer up people or just be their cheerleader and that's great. I luff you.

4) On my list of moms I know who I hope to be like when I'm a mom, you're near the top. You're a hero mom. From what you've told us, you're raising one badass daughter. I can't wait to see what she does later in life--I have a feeling it's going to be something amazing. And I know that she didn't just spring forth from the earth fully formed--who she is now and what she'll become later is a direct reflection of how amazing you are.

5) We've had a weird relationship right from the beginning, as I'm sure you know. However, on this last trip, it seemed like we've finally figured it out. I don't know if you're going to read this--I don't know if the Limey gave you the address or not--but if you do, I just wanted you to know what you meant to me. I've had some of the best conversations with you. You're whipsmart, funny, and always interesting. Whether we're discussing malted chocolate balls, classic country music, or where we actually met, I'm usually laughing. Thanks, squeaky wheel.

6) The first night we met, I curled up on a couch with you like a kitten. Then, we got trapped in that dark room in Atlanta. Ever since then, it seems like we spend an awful lot of time on overstuffed sofas or in dark corners together and you know what? It's pretty cool. Whether sending me emails that make me dance in my chair or appearing in my dreams, you're always happy-making. I think I can give you the whole night.

7) If I had this year to live over, would I allow you to break my leash again? Most definitely. It still makes me laugh that before we met I thought you were probably mean. Like I told you last month, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that you're the sweetest man in the world. You crack me up. I love you, you're way talented, and I'm proud to call you a friend. I will always give you pep talks.

8) Whee! I'm so glad we got to meet and indulge in two of my favorite things--getting lost in a big city and getting catty. I had a great time sitting in my Lilliputian hotel room and talking to you. Like I said back then when I reported it in my journal, you're funny and sweet and I luff you. Whether you're winning really pointy prestigious awards or really bobbly ones, you're awesome. Bottom line.

9) You've been one of my favorite voices since the Hissyfit days. I always enjoy your entries, particularly your photos. I loved the one of you on your birthday. That's my favorite one of you, I think. I'm glad that things have seemed to settle down in your life. I think things will only continue to get better. I wish you lots of luck. Give that cat a squeeze from me, okay?

10) Stop worrying about everything. No, stop it. You've got to have faith that the universe unfolds as it should. It does. It will. You're going to be fine. Have faith in the universe and have faith in yourself. Once you do, having good luck becomes like falling downhill. I love you. I believe in you. You'll do well.

Ooh, special bonus one:

11) Stop lifting whole incidents from my journal and posting them on messageboards as things that happened to you, kthx.
First person to guess correctly gets...something. Maybe a fansign. I dunno.

Edited: She has been correctly identified by [livejournal.com profile] swankorama

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