essentialsaltes: (Jimi)
and I made one.

I made it to bother the women.

And the men.
essentialsaltes: (PKD)
Augh, I got tagged with the "List 10 books that have stayed with you" meme. I'll try not to spend too much time on this, endlessly weighing all the options. This is my quick & dirty version.

Do the meme if you wanna.

1 The Lord of the Rings, by Tolkien
2 Consciousness Explained, by Dennett
3 The Fafhrd & Grey Mouser stories, by Leiber
4 The Grapes of Wrath, by Steinbeck
5 A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Miller
6 Ubik, by PKD
7 most anything, by HPL
8 The Thomas Covenant books, by Donaldson
9 The Ceremonies, by Klein
10 The Harper Hall books, by McCaffrey
And this one goes to 11 -- Spook, by Little
essentialsaltes: (Jimi)
Alphabetize your iTunes/music library by song.
For each letter, jot down the first song alphabetically that you gave 5 stars.

Aces High - Iron Maiden
Baba O'Riley - The Who
Cabaret - Cabaret
Da-doo - Little Shop of Horrors
Echoes - Pink Floyd
Fantasy and Fugue in G Minor - Bach
Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones [I figger "Gershwin : Rhapsody in Blue" was cheating]
Had a Dad - Jane's Addiction
I Can See for Miles - The Who
Jamaica Farewell - Harry Belafonte
Kashmir - Led Zeppelin
LA Woman - The Doors
Macabre - Samhain
Name of the Game - Crystal Method
O Del Mio Dolce Ardor - Operatica
Paegan Love Song - Acid Bath
Que Sera Sera - Katamari Damacy Soundtrack
Radhe Krishna - DJ Cheb i Sabbah ["Rachmaninoff: Vocalise" by Clara Rockmore on theremin]
Sadeness (Part I) - ENIGMA
Tailor and the Mouse - Alfred Deller
U Plavu Zoru - Pink Martini
Varsity Drag - George Olsen ["The Valkyrie- Ride of the Valkyries"]
Walk on the Wild Side - Si Zenter [rather than any amount of "Wagner..."]
Nothing for X. Boo.
Yes, My Darling Daughter - Glenn Miller
Zaz, Zuh, Zaz - Cab Calloway

and for symmetry...

2 Minutes to Midnight - Iron Maiden
essentialsaltes: (cartouche)
Go to Urban Dictionary and look up your real answers to find the crazy answers!

Your name?
a. To do something incredibly stupid. To be retarded and look like an idiot at something.
b. A gay prostitute who looks like a gorilla, usually found selling for a few bucks around high schools
c. The most amazing boy in the world. He is quiet around the masses but he opens up around the one he loves. He is extraordinarily protective in the best of ways. Mike can and will make you laugh harder than anyone else. He is the most adorable, cute, nice, sweet, kind, generous, loving, caring, genuine, funny, considerate, awesome person I have ever met. Every moment of my life would be better if I could spend it with him. I could talk to him all day long and we’d never run out of things to say. His smile can make my day; even if it’s from across the room. I love him more than the sun, I need him more than breath it’s self. I can’t imagine my life without him; it scares me more than anything. I will spend the rest of my life in his arms.

Your age?
a. the money equivalent to a gram of cocaine that you would purchase from your local drug dealer. And it comes in a little baggie.
b. What you drink when you wanna get but all the money you have was change found in your couch and/or car.
c. The minimum age to be called an old person.

One of your friends?
a. the only name that can be spelled through 5 months of the year.
b. guy I REALLY want to fuck.
c. A guy that is so god-like you cant even stare at him to long without your retinas burning.

What should you be doing?
a. Killing
b. The only sport women should be allowed to play.
c. Haveing fun with ur partner in a sexual manner.

Favorite color?
a. Irrefutably the best color in the world. End of story, period. This period signifies the end >.
b. Referring to something of the sketchy variety or to a sexual scene.
c. A drink made of Cream soda, codeine, and jolly ranchers. Makes you high and slow feeling. Like a turtle.

a. best city in the world. surrounded by all the ghettos but is standing strong. where so many movies including "Terminator" were filmed.
b. The Mexican-Beverly Hills of Los Angeles.
c. home to the snobbiest, racist, conservative people on the face of the planet. It's where the phrase "where the high class meets the ghetto ass" is literal.

Month of your birth?
a. A wonderful month when the air smells sweet and the weather is perfect for the girls where to tight little sweaters that show off their curves.
b. The month that babies made during drunk christmas times are born.
c. One of the greatest songs by Earth Wind and Fire.

Last person you talked to?
a. a name given to girls in the Greco-Romanic period of Siberia. Derives from the Anglo-Saxon word, Rebka, literally translated as "one who is simply much too hot for definition, and in all aspects of her body."
b. The most intelligent and stunning girl on the planet.
c. Paying a sum of money at a strip club for a stripper to sit next to you and engage you in conversation.

One of your nicknames?
a. the standard dating system used in space.
b. The best skate shoes ever made. 100000000000000000000000...........x better than any other shoes.
c. A hard drug, but I don't know precisely which one, probably speed.

15 Films

Aug. 20th, 2009 11:31 am
essentialsaltes: (Eye)
Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen films you've seen that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall.

1. Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind
2. Delicatessen
3. Amadeus
4. John Carpenter's The Thing
5. Alien
6. Star Wars
7. The Big Lebowski
8. Ghostbusters
9. Auntie Mame
10. M
11. Princess Bride
12. A Clockwork Orange
13. Brazil
14. Raiders of the Lost Ark
15. Tampopo

Not sure that's the list I'd come up with if I spent longer at it, but that's the list I got.

book meme

Jul. 18th, 2009 06:52 am
essentialsaltes: (wingedlionbook)
4 months after tagging Prime with it on Facebook, he tags me back with a mutated version of it. The number of books has increased by 5 (though no more time is allowed), so my answers will be that much less thoughtful. And I'll jump the virus from FB to LJ.

Rules (but let's think of these as guidelines that may or may not choose to follow): Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes...

1. LotR
2. Hyperion by Dan Simmons
3. Thomas Covenant series
4. Name of the Rose
5. Consciousness Explained by Dan Dennett
6. Gödel, Escher, Bach
7. Case of Charles Dexter Ward by HPL
8. A Clockwork Orange
9. Guns, Germs & Steel
10. Canticle for Liebowitz
11. Ender's Game
12. Fafhrd & the Grey Mouser series
13. The Ceremonies by TED Klein
14. Dreams Underfoot by de Lint
15. Connections by James Burke
essentialsaltes: (ACEG)
Random song meme, remaining answers revealed
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essentialsaltes: (ACEG)
Here's lines from ten songs spat up by my wee iPod shuffle; they turned out a bit less random than expected. Identify them for no prize.

1. You're coming to me with that soulful look on your face,
Coming looking like you've never ever done one wrong thing.

2. I wear Mata Hari's dress
the ring of Marie Antoinette
The fairest Helen wore this corset
to a gala Trojan fête

3. And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
[ profile] ajax

4. Try now we can only lose
And our love become a funeral pyre
[ profile] ajax

5. Wine and women is all I crave
A big legged woman is
gonna carry me to my grave

6. O vunque il guardo io giro,
Le tue vaghe sembianze
Amore in me dipinge:
Il mio pensier si finge
Le più liete speranze;
E nel desio che così
M'empie il petto
Cerco te, chiamo te, spero e sospiro.

7. Oh, he wears long hair and his feet are bare,
They say he's mad as a grizzly bear,
His cares are none and he fears no one,

8. When we are marching in the mud and cold
And when my pack seems more than I can hold
My love for you renews my might
I'm warm again, my pack is light
[ profile] gotham_bound

9. Recollect me darling raise me to your lips
Two undernourished egos four rotating hips
Hold on to me tightly I'm a sliding scale
Can't endure then you can't inhale
[ profile] postgoodism

10. He shook-a me up, he took me by surprise.
He had a pickup truck, and the devil's eyes.
[ profile] postgoodism
essentialsaltes: (Quantum Mechanic)
When children are asked to imagine a 'number line,' evidently they intuitively produce something with a logarithmic scale, i.e. 10 is halfway between 1 and 100. This is in accordance with Weber's Law. As they become 'educated,' their numberlines become linear. This shift takes place between 1st and 4th grades, "depending on experience and the range of numbers teseted."

Dehaene, Izard, Spelke, and Pica carried out experiments with an indigenous Amazonian tribe, and discovered that Mundurucu adults retain their logarithmic number line intuitions:

This indicates that the mapping of numbers onto space is a universal intuition and that this initial intuition of number is logarithmic. The concept of a linear number line appears to be a cultural invention that fails to develop in the absence of formal education.

Mundurucu numbers are also pretty interesting. They have a limited and approximate number vocabulary, so that:
"xep xep" = 2
"pug pogbi" = "one handful" = 5-ish
"pug pogbi xep xep bodi" = "one handful and two on the side" = 7-ish
"xep xep pogbi" = two handfuls = 10-ish

Hmm, the same issue of Science has a note about "Culture, Gender, and Math, which presents data showing that the 'gender gap' in math disappears in countries that have greater gender equality. Also, the girls increase their humongous lead in reading. Bitches.
essentialsaltes: (essentialsaltes)
If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now,(even if we don't speak often or ever) please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL memory of you and me.

It can be anything you want - good or bad - BUT IT HAS TO BE FAKE.

When you're finished, post this little paragraph in your LJ and see what your friends come up with.
essentialsaltes: (Default)
2007: The wookie [sic] then reportedly evaded arrest

2006: I worry about some of the other sellers - like the one with packages of panty-shields for sale.

2005: Godzilla is revealed in all his glory

2004: 46% of adult Americans read a book in the last year.

2003: They get an A+++ for the vertical rotation shot.

2002: I know that you're not a socially-retarded moron making a pathetic attempt to be cool, but others might get the wrong impression.
essentialsaltes: (poo-bush)

My personalDNA Report

Not sure I buy the results. Or rather, the descriptions seem largely valid, but the two-word summary really doesn't sound like me to me: Respectful Leader? Where oh where is the Sarcastic Instigator?
essentialsaltes: (wingedlionbook)
A billion people have already done this. These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users (as of Oct 15).

Bold what you have read, italicize those you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand. Add an asterisk to those you've read more than once. Underline those on your to-read list.

with a few illustrative comments )
essentialsaltes: (Eye)
[ profile] sjo asked, and I answer:

1. Skeleton

I wish I had a better story for this one. Because I'm all goth and shit, I was looking for an animated skeleton gif to use as an icon. As I hunted around, I fell in love with this one, particularly because he's got a little bounce in his gait. I recall having to slice out a frame from the gif to make the animation flow better. I typically tend to use it when I'm feeling a little goofy.

2. Whiskey Tango but no Foxtrot

Made from an image taken by [ profile] aaronjv at our wedding. By 'our' I mean Becca and me, not Aaron and me. Though he was the first man I married. Wait. Let me just start over.
The picture was taken from our first dance at the our wedding. For many years, we lived happily in sin and gave little thought to marriage. We put about the three-quarters serious rumor that we would remain single in protest until homosexuals were granted the right to marry. Then in 2004, the Massachusetts Supreme Court made gay marriage legal in that state, and to us bleeding heart liberals, it seemed like a domino effect would soon take place, at least in the states anyone would ever likely want to live in. [And next month, I'll be attending my first kilt-on-kilt wedding.]
In any event, this paved the way for me to propose. [and I note there's a TV ad that now shows someone producing a ring from a fortune cookie. I swear the first time Becca saw it, she got all sappy. Nelson-Haha!]
So yadda yadda, we had the wedding, and as I thought I was saying (but got distracted) we always wanted to tango for our first dance. We didn't know how to tango, but it reeks of romantic. And since we basically know nothing about tango, the only song that popped into our heads was Tom Lehrer's "The Masochism Tango". And it remained fixated in our brains. And so we learned, I choreographed and... we triumphed. The vast majority of our friends and relatives remember nothing else from the wedding, but they remember that dance.
Mad props to [ profile] popepat who officiated, and [ profile] obishawn, whom I struck in the head with a thrown rose.
I use the icon to express happiness commingled with sappiness.

3. cartouche.

Okay, you got a good story out of #2, so I don't feel so bad about this one. I took the pic in Istanbul on our honeymoon cruise of the Med. The Egyptian obelisk was relocated to the Hippodrome in Istanbul. That was also exactly where I totally checked out the ass of that really hot chick. I cropped the photo down to the cartouche, and typically use the icon for discussing ancient history, which I know nothing about, except what I've learned through osmosis from Dr. Pookie.

If you leave a comment here, I will look at your user profile and choose three of your userpics and/or interests for you to explain in detail (in a post in your own LJ). Then you can pick three of my pics/interests for me to explain [though that seems to lead to endless recursion. But who am I to alter a meme?].
essentialsaltes: (Skeleton)
A memory/factoid bubbled up out of the recesses of my brain. With my trusty Apple //e, you could take floppy disks that were allegedly single-sided and then, with skillful use of a hole-punch, you could make a matching un-write-protect notch on the other side of the disk and use it as a double-sided disk. It was like writing on both sides of a piece of paper! Why pay more for double-sided disks?
That's how I stuck it to the man back in the day. That and using programs to illegally copy games.

And I wore an onion on my belt, as was the fashion at the time.

And now a meme:

Tell me about a story I haven’t written, and I’ll give you one sentence from that story.

(ganked from [ profile] stevenkaye)
essentialsaltes: (Balrog)
Lost $4 at poker last night - a small price to pay for a friendly game, even if Megan was pretty freely calling people (well, okay, just [ profile] notjenschiz) a cocksore.

I've ebayed some stuff that you probably don't want. Probably the most exciting thing is either a complete Ring Cycle on CD or the Clark Ashton Smith book. For the curious, buy my stuff.

And a one-word meme, stolen from [ profile] alex_victory:
1. Where is your cell phone? Nonexistent.
2. Describe your boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife/lover? Napping.
3. Your hair? Grey.
4. Your mother? Cacogamous.
5. Your father? Greyer.
6. Your favourite item? iMac.
7. Your dream last night? School.
8. Your favourite drink? Margarita.
9. Your dream car? Flying.
10. The room you are in? Entertainment.
11. Your ex? Ex?
12. Your fear? Dying.
13. What do you want to be in 10 years? Alive.
14. Who did you hang out with last night? cardsharps.
15. What you're not? Ukrainian.
16. The last thing you did? Ebay.
17. What are you wearing? Clothes.
18. Your favourite book? Tolkien.
19. The last thing you ate? Sub.
20. Your mood? Lazy.
21. Your friends? Appreciated.
22. What are you thinking about right now? Salad.
23. Your car? Filthy.
24. What are you doing at the moment? Frittering.
25. Your summer? Immaterial.
26. Your relationship status? Permanent.
essentialsaltes: (Default)
Silly style...

Eat All The Old People, No Time
Sex Farm, Spinal Tap
Shoggoths Away , The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets
Elephantoplasty, Monty Python
Nobody's Fault (Butt Mon), Dread Zeppelin
Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport, Rolf Harris
I Am A Vamp! Ute Lemper
Aknot! Wot? Eric Serra
Let's Do It (Tank Girl), Joan Jett & Paul Westerberg
Soylent Green, :Wumpscut:
A Knife And A Fork / R.I.P., Information Society
Lay Me Low, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Toccata and Funk in d minor, Walter Murphy
Emphysema, Sumack
Shitlist, L7
essentialsaltes: (wingedlionbook)
Saw Brokeback Mountain. I thought it was good, but not as enjoyable as the Wedding Banquet. I think I'm just not a drama queen. Uh, so to speak. I'm wondering if it would have done better box office with a different title, like... Cowpokes. Or maybe City Slickers III.

Finished reading a lovely deluxe version of the Egyptian Book of the Dead with lots of great ancillary photos of texts, paintings and tomb offerings. It's mostly gibberish, but occasionally interesting gibberish. And the photos and other material really made it worthwhile.

Also finished Lempriére's Dictionary, by Lawrence Norfolk. I can't say that I found it very enjoyable. The author has a very annoying habit of combining internal monologue and external description without any demarcation. Is it so hard to click-drag and hit control-I? Honestly, I'm not a dullard, but I found it hard to flip inside and outside of people's heads.
After several hundred pages, I'm sure my attention wandered, but I'm still pretty certain that some obvious mysteries were never cleared up in any fashion. There are some clear 'fantasy' elements, for lack of a better term, but it's not really a fantasy novel. It's a novel of historical conspiracy involving the East India Company and classical mythology. If you are either [ profile] jason_brez or a literary wanker, you may like it.

And, due to [ profile] ladyeuthanasia, I am tagged with a meme I'm unsuited for filling out. I'm not Jewish or Catholic, so what do I know about guilt? Not much, it would appear.

What is yours?
Explain yourself
Culinary: Fussiness I was raised on macaroni and hamburgers. Although I've widened my food selection a lot, my brain and stomach revolt at many things other people consider edible.
Literary: Inglewood Free Newspapers One is called Our Weekly. You know, all the news about us black people. Features the hilarious adventures of Dr. Kwaku ( and his one man fight against historical fact.
Audiovisual: Tank Girl It's not a good movie, but I find it enjoyable from beginning to end.
Musical: Dread Zeppelin Zeppelin songs done reggae style with an Elvis impersonator frontman. Honestly, I like them.
Celebrity: Bugs Bunny (when dressed as a woman) Shut up.

If you feel guilty about doing memes, I tag you to do it. It can be done HERE.
essentialsaltes: (Robot in Orbit)
For the confused, start here

By the time you get a sense of your surroundings, you notice something. Or maybe a lack of something. Gravity!
Actually, it all must have happened without you noticing it. As soon as the roar and vibration of the engines cut out, gravity seemed to be switched off as well. Your teachers told you that gravity wouldn't really be gone, and the rocket scientists said some stuff you didn't understand about the equivalence principle. But what does that matter? You can fly now!
You and a couple others unhook your safety harnesses and float up into the cabin area. Most of the other kids seem to be either asleep or hooked into their virtual worlds. Suckers.
The chaperones give you a few warnings to be careful, but pretty soon you're kicking off the walls, floor and ceiling... except that now that there's no up and down, floor and ceiling don't mean anything anymore.
You turn endless somersaults in the air. You twist through the air like a demon eel. You carom off the back of someone's seat. But it's even better with a pal. You rocket at each other, and when you grab hands, you swing around in a dosido, until you release and fly off again in opposite directions.
Just as the captain says the moon is approaching, you start to notice that you're getting pretty exhausted with this strange new activity. Maybe it's time to rest or do something else.


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