I'd been resisting posting the last meme sitting in my inbox as a) it feels a bit cheap filling my NaBloPoMo posts with memes and b) I wanted to make sure I had something in case I couldn't think of anything to post. But, seeing as this is the final day of the 2010 NaBloPoMo I see no reason to hold back.
Comment to this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things/words I associate you with. Then post this in your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given.
- Worms, of course
- Six inches tall, and armed to the teeth
A fine soldier he made
And his name was Boggy B.
It's a ridiculously silly computer game where teams of small worms fight it out across the landscape, using everything from Uzis to the Salvation Army. I've not actually played it for a while - the others from #jj2 have suffered various computer failures and not got round to reinstalling it.
- The Jabberwocky
- I was casting around for something to use as a title for my journal, and came upon the idea of using the first verse of Jabberwocky. It's a wonderful piece of nonsense poetry, and is great fun to quote at unsuspecting people, co-workers, or even bosses if you pick the right time to do so.
- Ah, Linux, the wonderful operating system that everyone can modify! That is, if you're willing to spend the time necessary to work out just how some bit of it works.
Don't get me wrong, I support the idea of open source. The trouble is a lot of open source projects assume that everyone is a programmer and is willing to wade through the source code, and so don't bother with things like documentation and good user interfaces. Linux has gotten much better over the years, to the point that when I last tried it on my desktop most of the stuff just worked. The few bits that didn't, however, required searching forums and wikis and mucking around with command-line utilities. Unfortunately these weren't even uncommon bits of config - one thing that was horribly broken was setting a monitor resolution that the monitor didn't advertise to the graphics card. Still, it's come a long way since having to use xconfig.
- Computers/Tech in general (also suggested by rustica)
- I've always been interested in computers and technology, both the high-level programming and the more low-level details of just how the hardware fits together and all works. It's really quite amazing that virtually everything in computing boils down to the ability to add two numbers together and perform basic logical tests on them (in fact, there's a Turing-complete architecture consisting of the single instruction "subtract and branch if negative"). There's also something quite satisfying about being able to make a computer do what you want.
- British, Damnit!
- pewterfish created the icon a few years ago. I forget exactly why, but it amuses me and so I swiped it (with permission) to use on this journal. After all, I am British damnit!
I'm guessing this is inspired by another icon of mine. This one's originally from confused_ceri - after using the original for a while and never being that happy with how it looked, I tweaked it and added a bit of vignetting to create this result. It's intended to look like a tall ship viewed through a telescope.
On sailing itself: I've only actually been sailing a couple of times, but my grandparents used to live in Falmouth with a wonderful view across the harbour. I remember one year seeing the tall ships (and going aboard a couple) at Falmouth Docks before they set sail. There's something about the mighty ships of old.
- I first joined LiveJournal way back in April 2003, thanks to an invite code from I think ralesk. I'd been thinking of starting a blog, and both olego and ralesk from the XMPlay forums recommended LiveJournal as a good platform to use. I think the thing I like most about LJ is the community aspect - it's not like blogger where each journal appears completely isolated. That, and the way that despite all the controversy it's someone managed to survive the years without turning into a corporate web 2.0 monstrosity. It feels rather like a little corner of the web as it was, before MySpace and Facebook.
- talismancer introduced me to geocaching while I was university. I like exploring, and geocaching fits well with that - in fact, I liked geocaching enough that when we graduated I bought the GPS receiver from him. Since then I've kept on exploring, finding new places and geocaches. It's also good exercise - a few years ago I would never have thought of walking more than a couple of miles, now I consider 6 or so miles to be a nice afternoon stroll.
- An odd one for me - I've never really thought of myself as being associated with a fandom. That said, I'm a member of a handful of fandom-related communities here on LJ and also the sadly defunct LoZFF mailing list (I wonder if anyone here remembers that?).
The first fandom I discovered would have to be the Legend of Zelda one. Back in my first year of university I tripped across the excellent Hero series (sadly no longer online, though I do have a backup) by la_belle_laide, which was my introduction to the world of fanfiction. I somehow managed to avoid all the awful fanfics that are out there, and slowly found more by following the favourite authors/stories links on fanfiction.net. This actually lead back to several people here on LJ - if I friended you and you're a Zelda fanfic writer, then that's how I found you.
The only other fandom I really follow is the Dark is Rising. Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising series is possibly my favourite book series, along with Arthur Ransome's Swallow's and Amazons. Again, finding fanfiction for both of these fandoms (which is surprisingly hard to do, but made up with by the quality of what there is) has lead back to friends here on LJ.