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:
Are you a girl, or a guy ?

created by beatings : powered by monkeys

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 [ 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 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 [ 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 [ 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 [ profile] kshandra and [ 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

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 [ profile] claidheamhmor

Cut for the meme )

I'll start tomorrow.


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