gridlore: One of the "Madagascar" penguins with a checklist: [x] cute [x] cuddly [x] psychotic (Penguin - Checklist)
1. Are you named after someone? Almost every male in my paternal line is named Douglas.
2. When is the last time you cried? Couple of months ago.
3. Do you like your handwriting? No. All my writing is a horrid scrawl.
4. What is your favorite lunch meat? Roast beef.
5. Do you have kids? Allegedly I have a son somewhere. He'd be 28 or so now.
7. Do you use sarcasm? In the same way I use oxygen.
8. Do you still have your tonsils? Yes.
9. Would you bungee jump? Not at this point.
10. What is your favorite kind of cereal? Cocoa Krispies.
11. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? Yes.
12. Do you think you're strong? I have to be.
13. What is your favorite ice cream? Chocolate Fudge.
14. What is the first thing you notice about people? Facial structure.
15. Football or Baseball? Baseball!
16. What is the least favorite thing you like about yourself? Physically, the damage done to me over the years. Mentally, my procrastination problem.
17. What color pants are you wearing right now? Faded blue.
18. What was the last thing you ate? A Fiber One brownie last night. (Breakfast after I fill this out.)
19. What are you listening to right now? Moxy Fruvous - King of Spain (live)
20. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Flesh, just to piss people off.
21. Favorite smell? BBQ.
22. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone? The Anti-coagulation clinic.
23. Favorite sport to watch? Baseball, with football a close second.
24. Hair color? Black, rapidly going gray.
25. Eye color? Brown/green.
27. Favorite food to eat? Pizza.
28. Scary movies or happy endings? Happy endings. Really not into scary movies.
29. Last movie you watched? In the theater, Doctor Strange, on TV, Aliens.
30. What color shirt are you wearing? Black, with orange hoodie.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Default)
1. a song from the year you were born. The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations
2. a song that reminds you of school. Y&T - Mean Steak
3. a song tied to a specific moment in your life. The Kinks - Low Budget
4. a song that is not sung in your native language. Rammstein - Sonne
5. a song over 5 minutes long. Jethro Tull - Thick As A Brick (Part 1) 22:40
6. a song under 2 minutes long. Slayer - Necrophobic 1:40
7. an instrumental. Metallica - Orion
8. a classical piece. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23
9. a song with no percussion. The Who - I Am The Sea
10. something you’ve heard performed live. John Philip Sousa - The Stars And Stripes Forever
11. something you’d give ANYTHING to hear performed live. Tool -Ænima
12. a song by an artist who’s from where you’re from (town/city/state/country). The Doobie Brothers - China Grove
13. a song made suddenly precious because of a special someone. Damn Yankees - High Enough
14. a song made suddenly awful because of a special someone. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Modern Day Romance
15. something to BELT SHAMELESSLY/do DIVA HANDS to. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice - Oh What a Circus (from Evita)
16. something to SCREAM ALONG to. Metallica - Seek And Destroy
17. a song for raging. Pantera - Fucking Hostile
18. a song that demands lipsyncing into a makeshift microphone. The Rolling Stones - Shattered
19. the last song you had stuck in your head. Foo Fighters - Everlong
20. a song you’re dying to master all the words to. Foo Fighters - Everlong
21. a song that you could SLAY at karaoke. John Cage - 4'33"
22. a song you can’t help but dance to. Richard O'Brien - The Time Warp
23. a song that makes you want to dance on a table. The Slickee Bee - This Party Sucks
24. a song that makes you wanna STRIP. Beethoven - The Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor "Quasi una fantasia", Op. 27, No. 2
25. a song with a great music video Jon Bon Jovi - Blaze of Glory
26. a song that makes you act out the music video when you hear it. Fatboy Slim - Weapon of Choice
27. a song with counting. XTC - Senses Working Overtime
28. a song with spelling. Aerosmith - What It Takes
29. a song with lots of clapping. John Fogerty - Centerfield
30. a song 40 years older than you. Al Jolson - When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob-Bob-Bobbin' Along
31. a song you wish your parents didn’t know the words to. No such song.
32. a song whose lyrics shocked you once you were old enough to understand them. No such song.
33. a song you have ZERO patience for. Irving Berlin - God Bless America
34. a song you’d like your favorite artist to cover. The Who - 905 (covered by Tool)
35. a great song you discovered thanks to a movie. Cheap Trick - Reach Out
36. a great song you discovered thanks to television. Anthrax & Public Enemy - Bring The Noise
37. a song you’re ashamed to have in your music library. Musical Youth - Pass the Dutchie
38. OK what’s the song you were too ashamed to even post for #37? Metallica - Invisible Kid
39. the most played song in your music library. Pantera - Cowboys From Hell
40. favorite Disney song. Randy Newman - Friend Like Me (from Aladdin)
gridlore: One of the "Madagascar" penguins with a checklist: [x] cute [x] cuddly [x] psychotic (Penguin - Checklist)
01. Your Name:
02. Your age:
03. Male, Female, other, or not saying:
04. Favorite Film:
05. Favorite Song or Album:
06. Favorite Band/Artist:
07. Dirty or Clean:
08. Tattoos and/or Piercings:
09. Do we know each other outside of LJ?
10. What's your philosophy on life?
11. Is the bottle half-full or half-empty?
12. Would you keep a secret from me if you thought it was in my best interest?
13. What is your favourite memory of us?
14. What is your favourite guilty pleasure?
15. Tell me one odd/interesting fact about you:
16. You can have three wishes:
17. If it were possible would you want to hang out with me sometime? (Pretty sure I just asked everyone on my LJ out on a date..)
18. Which country is your spiritual home?
19. What is your big weakness?
20. Do you think I'm a good person?
21. What was your best/favourite subject at school?
22. What kind of cologne or perfume do you wear?
23. If you could change anything about me, what would it be?
24. What do you wear to sleep?
25. Trousers or skirts?
26. Caffeine or nicotine?
27. If I only had one day to live, what would we do together?
28. Will you repost this so I can fill it out for you?
gridlore: One of the penguins from "Madagascar," captioned "It's all some kind of whacked-out conspiracy." (Penguin - Conspiracy)
I was just reading an article on the Black Dahlia murder, and thinking how great it would be to finally know the facts. Which leads me to this:

Congrats! That piece of crap you picked up at the thrift store has a genie in it! Unfortunately, he explains, he can't offer you any wishes due to cutbacks. But he can give the full story explaining any five mysteries you choose.

What do you want to learn about?

My choices?


  1. The Black Dahlia

  2. The Taman Shud case

  3. Shepherd’s Monument Inscription

  4. The Wow! signal

  5. The Valentich disappearance



Give your answers (with links so the rest of us can enjoy the mysteries), and repost if you feel like it.
gridlore: A Roman 20 sided die, made from green stone (Gaming - Roman d20)

Lawful Neutral Elf Sorcerer (7th Level)


Ability Scores:
Strength- 11
Dexterity- 13
Constitution- 10
Intelligence- 14
Wisdom- 13
Charisma- 14






Alignment:
Lawful Neutral- A lawful neutral character acts as law, tradition, or a personal code directs him. Order and organization are paramount to him. He may believe in personal order and live by a code or standard, or he may believe in order for all and favor a strong, organized government. Lawful neutral is the best alignment you can be because it means you are reliable and honorable without being a zealot. However, lawful neutral can be a dangerous alignment when it seeks to eliminate all freedom, choice, and diversity in society.

Race:
Elves are known for their poetry, song, and magical arts, but when danger threatens they show great skill with weapons and strategy. Elves can live to be over 700 years old and, by human standards, are slow to make friends and enemies, and even slower to forget them. Elves are slim and stand 4.5 to 5.5 feet tall. They have no facial or body hair, prefer comfortable clothes, and possess unearthly grace. Many others races find them hauntingly beautiful.

Class:
Sorcerers- Sorcerers are arcane spellcasters who manipulate magic energy with imagination and talent rather than studious discipline. They have no books, no mentors, no theories just raw power that they direct at will. Sorcerers know fewer spells than wizards do and acquire them more slowly, but they can cast individual spells more often and have no need to prepare their incantations ahead of time. Also unlike wizards, sorcerers cannot specialize in a school of magic. Since sorcerers gain their powers without undergoing the years of rigorous study that wizards go through, they have more time to learn fighting skills and are proficient with simple weapons. Charisma is very important for sorcerers; the higher their value in this ability, the higher the spell level they can cast.


Take the test.

Raw Data )
gridlore: One of the "Madagascar" penguins with a checklist: [x] cute [x] cuddly [x] psychotic (Penguin - Checklist)
Meme: Comment to this post and I will pick five things I would like you to talk about. They might make sense or be totally random. Then post that list, with your commentary, to your journal. Other people can get lists from you, and the meme merrily perpetuates itself.

From  [personal profile] kath8562, I got:  

Wine Wine has actually been part of my life since childhood. My parents enjoyed good wines, and we were all taught at an early age how to properly sample a glass. I'm not really a connoisseur, but have learned enough to understand different varietals, viticulture regions, and the importance of the terroir on the final product. When drinking, I p[refer good reds like Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir. I dislike overly sweet reds. Not a huge fan of white wines; when I do drink them I prefer extremely light, crisp wine like a good Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc. I do need to try to sample more local vintages from the Livermore and Santa Cruz Mountains AVAs

Army Ah, the best of times, the worst of times. I had a lot of fun in the Army, saw some amazing places and things, and grew quite a bit. Unfortuantly, my own demons caught up with me. I am still amused that the one job skill I came out of the service with is being an expert janitor.

Color I never really developed a good sense for color. I'm terrible at matching things, tend to wear black and darker colors simply because I know they match (mostly) and leave all more complicated matches to those with a more refined taste. My favorite colors are black, orange, and red.

Party It's funny, but I rarely really have a good time at a party unless I'm running it! Being in a group of people, many of whom I know only slightly or not at all, really sets off my antisocial tendencies. But, if I'm the one running around to make sure that everyone has a drink, and that the chip dip hasn't run out, I'm able to enjoy the party a little more. A big part of this is my utter inability to remember faces. I may have known you for years, and still not recognize you. I do miss the Traveller parties we used to throw at Baycon.

Monster For me there is only one monster: Reed–Sternberg cells. These are the monsters that lurked in my body for years, turning my own lymphatic system against me. The monster that turned my body from being me into being The Thing that I was locked in battle with. The monster that still plague my nightmares almost 20 years later.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Default)
Ganked from bkwrrm_tx. Let me know if you want me to ask you nosy questions.

1. How many keys on your key ring?

Seven. Car key, three for the apartment, two for work, one for the lock that holds the spare gas tank in my truck bed. Plus a bottle opener, 4GB flash drive, nail clipper, and my library card.

2. What kind of books do you like to read?

Science fiction, mostly. Hard SF and military SF are my preferred subgenres. I also read a ton of history. Currently working on A Traveller's History of Venice and Daily Life in the World of Charlemagne. Also read a lot of alternate history stuff.

3. What are some of the different jobs that you have had in your life?

Gravedigger, Infantryman, Car washer, Janitor, Retail sales, and of course being a driver of everything from a hatchback for a dental lab to 34' flatbeds. Currently a dispatcher/reservations agent for a limo service.

4. What is your best childhood memory?

I don't have a single best, but I have many fond memories of going to Twin Lakes Beach in Santa Cruz (setting for the movie The Lost Boys) and spending hours playing in the surf.

5. If you had a big win in the lottery, how long would you wait to tell people?

Other than immediate family, I'd want to wait until the check was in the bank, and we had spoken to a financial advisor to set up a plan for sustaining the money to provide a steady income. Then I'll announce that I'm throwing room parties at every Worldcon for the next ten years.

6. If you could change something about your home, without worry about expense or mess, what would you do?

Can I move the CalTrain tracks? We're about 110' feet from them. Actually, I'd love to have a top of the line shower where we can set preferred temperatures. I waste more time fiddling to get the right level when I go in, and having presets would be great for those days when I just want to scald myself silly.

7. Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?

It's been far too long since I threw myself out of a perfectly good aircraft.
gridlore: A pile of a dozen hardback books (Books)


You are The High Priestess


Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education.


The High Priestess is the card of knowledge, instinctual, supernatural, secret knowledge. She holds scrolls of arcane information that she might, or might not reveal to you. The moon crown on her head as well as the crescent by her foot indicates her willingness to illuminate what you otherwise might not see, reveal the secrets you need to know. The High Priestess is also associated with the moon however and can also indicate change or fluctuation, particularly when it comes to your moods.


What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.

gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Penguin - Revolution!)

What Is Your Battle Cry?

Zang! Who is that, running through the candy store! It is Gridlore, hands clutching buzzsaw hand extensions! He roars apocalyptically:

"I'm seriously going to bruise you like it's a new extreme sport!!"

Find out!
Enter username:
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gridlore: A pile of a dozen hardback books (Books)
Yadda, yadda, science fiction classics, yadda, bold what you've read, yadda, yadda, yadda )
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Penguin - Very Small One)
Geez, how long since I've done one of these?



You Are Mac and Cheese



You have a natural serenity that makes others feel calm. You are a safe haven for others.

You love to comfort others and to be comforted in return. You believe in being easy on everyone.



You are mild-mannered and not likely to offend. There's something universally appealing about you.

People put their trust in you, and they often turn to you as a last resort.


gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Flying Bunnies)
So, I did a meme... )
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Me - Glare of Sarcasm)
Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] benkenobigal while she was getting the popcorn.

I'd do the Syufy clap, but Kiri would kill me. )
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
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