gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Dalek SMA)
I'm just a wee bit drunk. Kirsten, as is her wont, quoted the classic Dr. Who episode Horns of the Nimon, "Soldeed.. how many Nimon have you seen today?" I replied "28."

Which led me to imagine 28 Nimon Later. In which a British coma patient awakens to find out the world has been overrun by cheap minotaurs.

So, let's see what you can do when you replace a word in a classic title or movie quote with a Dr. Who monster.

Have fun!
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Music - The Who)
Day 03 – Your favourite album track The Who - Success Story
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Music - The Who)
kshandra decided the 50 days of music was not for her, and chose this one instead.

  1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.

  2. List (and upload/link) 5 songs you love that begin with that letter.

  3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.


She hit me with J, the same letter she had been given.

Joan Crawford - Blue Öyster Cult. Classically weird song from one of my favorite bands. I can only imagine this song came about from reading Mommy Dearest while watching a Godzilla movie marathon. The video was shot for about fifty bucks in someone's backyard, but it's still fun.

Johnny's Ghost - Captain Tractor. A great folk rock track in the mode of an Irish folk song about vengeance, infidelity, and just made for dancing with a beer in your hand. Here's to drunken Irishmen, here's to Johnny's Ghost.

Judas Rising - Judas Priest. When it was announced that Rob Halford was returning to Judas Priest after nearly a decade away from the band, many people wondered if the old magic was still there. This, the first track off 2005's Angel of Retribution settled all questions quickly. The Scream was back! Great song.

Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody - David Lee Roth. There was a period of about two years after he left Van Halen that Diamond Dave was having more fun than anyone else in music. Then he turned into a bitter loser. Oh well. This cover of the Louis Prima version is a classic. And the video is pure 80s-skewering gold.

Just A Little Light - The Grateful Dead. Brent Mydland added so much to the Dead during his tenure as the band's keyboardist. Not only his skill on the keys, but his raspy, made for the blues voice and his frankly darker songs made me a Brenthead. This isn't the best performance, but is showcases why I love the song. Listen to the lyrics.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Music - Old School iPod)
Day 02 – Your favourite single Marshall Tucker Band - Fire On The Mountain

Another oldie, and one of the first story songs I really loved. )
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Music - Old School iPod)
Day 01 - A song from the first album you ever bought The Kinks - Low Budget (1979)

So old it predates music videos. )
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Default)
Found on Facebook, but I'm doing it here! Ha!

There must be fifty songs to do this meme )
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Politics: John Stewart)
Quiz: What Kind of Liberal Are You?

My Liberal Identity

You are a Social Justice Crusader, also known as a rights activist. You believe in equality, fairness, and preventing neo-Confederate conservative troglodytes from rolling back fifty years of civil rights gains.

Take the quiz at
About.com Political Humor

gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Me - Megadeth and Beer)
2011 - Living in the middle apartment of a triplex in Santa Clara, Ca. Facing major life changes (again) due to major medical issues. Married to [livejournal.com profile] kshandra for just shy of 20 years. Due to health, almost all social interaction are online, mainly through Facebook and LiveJournal. Getting increasingly into medieval history. On way too many medications and using oxygen. Still glowing from the Giants World Series win.

2001 - Living in San Francisco in a great three bedroom apartment in the Middle Sunset right on 19th Ave. with a ever-changing roster of roommates. Working at SuperShuttle as a grave shift dispatcher. Online life is dominated by the Traveller Mailing List and alt.atheism. Dealing with misdiagnosed "seizure disorder" that is actual seizures caused by the medication. Celebrated 10th anniversary with Kiri. Started my LiveJournal

1991 - We lived in the Roach Motel on 8th St in San Jose for the first part of the year, and just before we got married we moved in with a friend. I have no online presence. Major social interaction is at Rocky Horror and the Legion of Rassilon. Favorite restaurant: No Name Pizza in Milpitas. This was the year my first car, The Yellow Peril, finally died. Worked as a security guard and as a guide at the Winchester Mystery House.

1981 - Living with family on Harwood Road in San Jose. Attending Leigh High School, failing everything due to boredom. For the first time in my life, I have a circle of geek friends. Discover phone-phreaking. Greatest accomplishment: we managed to reach the NORAD Watch Desk at Cheyenne Mountain through social engineering. Play a lot of RPGs. Discover good rock music, girls, and Hunter S Thompson, possibly in the same week. Spend most of year glowing about the 49ers.

1971 - On Harwood Road in San Jose. Year split between nursery school and kindergarten at Noddin Elementary. Decide that the US Army and the number 4 are the coolest things ever. My epic refusal to eat anything that even looks like a fruit or a vegetable settles into trench warfare. Want pony for 5th birthday, get little sister instead. Not overly thrilled, but get over it. Watch Apollo missions on TV followed by Star Trek re-runs. Too young to realize that growing up in the seventies would leave me fashion-scarred for life.
gridlore: A pile of a dozen hardback books (Books)
ganked from [livejournal.com profile] frostfox

The book(s) I am reading: Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond A re-read, but I'm always going back to books like this for further insight.

The book I love most: A World Out of Time by Larry Niven My all-time favorite science-fiction novel. Not a world-beater, but an epic tale of one man's desire to be the ultimate tourist.

The last book I received as a gift: Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers Gift from [livejournal.com profile] kshandra and [livejournal.com profile] murphymom. Interesting, if disjointed, story about a Civil Affairs unit in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Strangely, none of the action takes place anywhere near Fallujah.

The last book I gave as a gift: Stand and Deliver: The Autobiography by Adam Ant Feeding my Child of the Eighties. Kiri loved it.

The nearest book on my desk: No room for books on the desk, but on the floor next to me are the Pathfinder RPG Core Rulebook and GURPS Religion
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (US Flag)
What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on Memegen.net

Western. Like Midland, Western is another accent that people consider neutral. So, you might not actually be from the Western half of the country, but you definitely sound like it.

And if you're not from the West, you are probably one of the following:
(a) A Pittsburgher - the quiz can't tell the difference;
(b) Someone from Canada (probably southern Ontario) who doesn't have a Canadian accent;
(c) Someone from northern New England who doesn't have a New England accent; or
(d) Someone from Texas or the Heartland who was born after 1980.
You are definitely not from New York, New Jersey, Chicago, Detroit, the Deep South, etc.</font>

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?



gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Penguin - Carpe)
Day 02 → Something you love about yourself.

My imagination. My ability to dream has gotten me throw so many bad times, and even led to some money making opportunities, that I cannot accept a life without it/. Just how my brain has been burning with building my fantasy setting's religion over the last few weeks.. I can see the dwarf churches, the symbols, hear the liturgies.

Reality is fine. But I love my rich fantasy-soaked brain.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Bosch)
Day 01 → Something you hate about yourself.

Do you really need to ask? My failing body. For almost 16 years now I've been fighting one damn thing after another. I'm tired. I hurt. And there's no end in sight. I want my mind uploaded into a fractal robot or a nanoswarm, and I want it now!
gridlore: One of the "Madagascar" penguins with a checklist: [x] cute [x] cuddly [x] psychotic (Penguin - Checklist)
Yeah, I got time on my hands. Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] claidheamhmor

Cut for the meme )

I'll start tomorrow.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Flying Bunnies)
Anyone else remember memes? Anyway...

Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] kshandra who got it from someone else.

Leave a comment describing your favorite thing so far about 2011, and I will give you five words I associate with you. Then post about what they mean to you, along with this blurb, at your own journal. Step three: Profit!

If pressed, I'll just pull some interesting things off your interest list. If really pressed, I have a dictionary and no scruples at all.

When I told Kiri I was answering her, I told her to "go nuts." She did.

  1. Egg-stealing Gay Penguins Penguins, like many birds, establish long-term relationships with their mates. In many species these bonds can last for the lifetime of the birds and endure even long migrations. The penguins that do follow this pattern (face, some penguin species are just sluts) include the usual percentage of homosexual birds. This is where it gets interesting. Gay penguins will build nests, or burrows, just like their heterosexual companions. But obviously, they can't produce eggs. This isn't a problem for lesbian penguins, who will go out entice a male, lie back and think of Queen Maud Land, and then scurry back to the nest leaving behind a very confused male penguin. But the boys have a problem. They they tackle it with typical male directness. They steal eggs. Scientists have watched this happen. Male pairs will force the nesting parent off the nest, grab the egg, and waddle back to their nest while holding off the outraged parent. Best part is they do this very early in the mating season, so the couple that had an egg stolen can try again. The same-sex couple then raises the chick as their own. Nature is better than television.

  2. La Marseillaise The best national anthem in the world. Read the lyrics. This thing is a slasher movie! Let impure blood water our furrows? Love it! It helps that the music is rousing and martial. Just what you'd expect for a nation that has spent most of it's history fighting and defeating various neighbors. The anthem even caused controversy at the 1992 Winter Olympics, when 13-year-old Severine Dupelloux sang La Marseillaise acapella. Some complained about the bloodthirsty lyrics at a celebration of international brotherhood, and the appropriateness of a young girl singing it. Screw 'em. Of course, the best rending ever comes from Casablanca. What many people don't know is that many of the extras in the film were actual French refugees, some Jewish. When they sing they anthem, they mean it.

  3. NWOBHM The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (frequently abbreviated as NWOBHM) was a heavy metal movement that started in the late 1970s, in Britain, and achieved international attention by the early 1980s. The movement developed as a reaction in part to the decline of early heavy metal bands such as Deep_Purple, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. NWOBHM bands toned down the blues influences of earlier acts, incorporated elements of punk, increased the tempo, and adopted a "tougher" sound, taking a harder approach to its music. It was a scene directed almost exclusively at heavy metal fans. The era is considered to be a major foundation stone for the extreme metal genres; acts such as the American thrash metal band Metallica cite NWOBHM bands like Saxon, Motörhead, Diamond Head, and Iron Maiden as a major influence on their musical style. Reviled or ignored by many mainstream critics in both the UK and the US, the NWOBHM nonetheless came to dominate the heavy metal scene of the early-mid 1980s. NWOBHM was musically characterized by fast upbeat tempo songs, power chords, fast guitar solos and melodic, soaring vocals, with lyrical themes often drawing inspiration from mythology and fantasy fiction. Many of the bands of this era were signed to Neat Records, who has released volumes of NWOBHM compilations in later years.

  4. Prog Metal The mixing of the progressive rock and heavy metal styles can be traced back to the late 1960s and early 1970s. One of England's heaviest progressive rock bands High Tide, fused the elements of "metal progenitors such as Cream, Blue Cheer, and the Jeff Beck Group" into their sound. Other bands such as King Crimson and Rush were also incorporating metal into their music, as well as Uriah Heep, whose "by-the-books progressive heavy metal made the British band one of the most popular hard rock groups of the early '70s". Rush songs such as "Bastille Day", "Anthem", "By-Tor and Snow Dog", "2112", "The Fountain of Lamneth" and "Something for Nothing" have been cited as some of the earliest examples of progressive metal. Another early practitioner of progressive rock and heavy metal were Lucifer's Friend. However, progressive metal did not develop into a genre of its own until the mid-1980s. Bands such as Crimson Glory, Fates Warning, Queensrÿche, and Dream Theater took elements of progressive rock groups (primarily the instrumentation and compositional structure of songs) and merged them with heavy metal styles associated with bands like Judas Priest and Black Sabbath (the former of which had some progressive influences on their early albums). The result could be described as a progressive rock mentality with heavy metal sounds.These three flagship bands for progressive metal at the time each had somewhat different sounds. Queensrÿche had the most melodic sound of the three and achieved, with Operation Mindcrime and Empire the genre's most immediate commercial success, which peaked with the crossover single "Silent Lucidity" reaching number nine on the Billboard Hot 100. Dream Theater drew more heavily upon traditional progressive rock and also built much of their earlier career on the band members' virtuoso instrumental skills, despite also achieving an early - and unexpected - MTV hit with the eight-minute "Pull Me Under" from 1992's Images and Words. Fates Warning were the most aggressive and heavy and arguably had the most in common with the thrash and extreme metal scenes of the time, which led them to be the least accessible of the three bands.

  5. Stuffed Animals Blame Kirsten. She got me into stuffed animals. But don't ever come between me and my Roadie Bear.

gridlore: A pile of a dozen hardback books (Books)
The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up? Bold the ones you've read! Italicize the ones you've partially read!

Outside of a book, a dog is man's best friend. Inside a dog, it's too dark to read. )
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Music - Old School iPod)
Get response to my 20 first lines meme. Here's the one's no one got.

The grey of evening fills the room Genesis– Domino

I've been looking so long for you now you won't get away from my grasp. Iron Maiden - The Phantom of the Opera

When you were here before Radiohead - Creep

The Flying Scot he hit the shot Terry Cashman– Talkin’ Baseball (Giants by the Bay)
I knew no one would get that last one. Obscure spin-off of a relatively obscure baseball song.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Music - Old School iPod)
20 first lines. All drawn from placing my Top Rated iTunes folder on random. Some editing to remove repeats of bands or genres has occurred.

Coming at you with a count of one, two, 1234! )
That last one is going to be a killer, I think.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Me - Thoughtful)
Day 27- Why are you doing this 30 day challenge

Well, I'm a sheep.

I also find this things to be interesting, for the most part. While many of the questions fall into the fluff category, some of them made me think, and a couple pushed me into areas I was not comfortable in. Take the "letter to the parents" question. My first draft was a a rant directed at my father. Until I actually sat down to write it, I had no idea how much anger I was still carrying. I didn't post it, because the man is dead and we did reconcile there at the end. So you got the snarky answer. Humor is my defense mechanism.

Another revelation came when answering questions about my friends, asking for pictures and the like. As most of you know, I suffer from Antisocial Personality Disorder. It makes it very hard for me to relate to people, as much as I might want to do so. It's easier for me to stay home and interact from a distance. But realizing that my last real photo of me with friends was ten years old shocked me. It's why I'm trying to get back into gaming on a regular basis. If I'm going to hold onto to me tenuous grip on society, I need to interact with flesh and blood humans more often.

So yeah, sometimes these memes are just good fun; sometimes, though, they can be good tools for self-examination.
gridlore: One of the "Madagascar" penguins with a checklist: [x] cute [x] cuddly [x] psychotic (Penguin - Checklist)
Day 01- A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself

Want!!!!
Read more... )
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Penguin - Carpe)
Seen this several places. Figured I'd give it a go. Note that due to moving hassels the thirty days may not be all together. Each post will be tagged 30_days

Here's the challenge, day by day: )

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