...since everyone I know from RP seems to be doing it and I feel like people are STARING at me until I do, as if I made a social FAUX PAS.

1. You can ONLY answer 'Yes' or 'No'.
2. You are NOT ALLOWED to explain ANYTHING unless someone comments you and asks.

*Grumbles*

Cut for long and possibly dull )
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I think there's a few people on my Friends Lists who could do with thinking about the nice things for a while. So here's a meme that was invented by my friend [livejournal.com profile] burge, back in the day - before it spread all over the Intrawebs. You can write as much as you like or just list them.

"List five little things which make you happy/satisfied/give you pleasure. Don't go for the obvious ones like second-hand bookshops, warm baths, icecream, wanking, seeing a band live or whatever. Odd little things, which give you a little frisson and make things better, even if just for a moment."

1. The first bite of a Toffee Crisp
2. Getting a comment on one of my stories even if I wrote it AAAGES ago and had forgotten about it myself.
3. The ring tone on my cellphone - it's the "CORNERED" theme from Phoenix Wright and it makes me laugh whenever it goes off.
4. The scent of spring wildlflowers growing the verges by the roads as it drifts in through open windows on the drive to and from work.
5. The (rare) occurrence at work of intelligent debate without butthurt .
According to their test result explanation I'm snuggling up there with Gandhi and the Dalai Lama. No great surprise then XD

Economic Left/Right: -5.75
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.33



In other words, I'm a filthy commie and a hippy as well. Pitchforks at the ready, then. You can have a go at the test yourself here.
kingmobuk: (Default)
( Jan. 17th, 2008 10:51 am)

Stolen from

[profile] benightedfate

 

 

1. The first article title on the page is the name of your band. )
2. The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album. )
3. The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover. )


4. Use your graphics program of choice to throw them together, and post it in your own journal.

VOILA!

Here's mine:

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Idling over a strong and piping hot coffee while reading something at

[profile] budgie_uk's journal,  I wondered about the power of quotations to those of us who still bother to read in this day and age.

I wondered if I could think of ten quotes that have either especially struck me, or have been something I have lived by, or have just been something that I have been attracted to. I found that, despite my atrocious and notorious failing in regard to remembering pretty much anything at all verbatim, I did remember a surprising number of quotes (even if I had to check the EXACT wording).

But I only wanted to pick one quote by each person (I tend to be attracted to people and end up liking a lot of what they say), so this may well turn out to be a multi-part meme. I haven't even touched William Blake or JB Priestley yet. Heh.

So here we go, in no particular order except that 1 & 2 are the first ever quotes I remember being deeply affected by in any significant way. :

1. "Originality is seldom appreciated by the unoriginal. That so few dare to be eccentric is one of the chief dangers of our times." MICHAEL ALWAY  of el Records fame

2. "I went full of curiosity and the faint, unrecognized apprehension that here, at last, I should find that low door in the wall, which others, I knew, had found before me, which opened on an enclosed and enchanted garden, which was somewhere, not overlooked by any window, in the heart of that grey city." - Charles Ryder in EVELYN WAUGH'S Brideshead Revisited

3. "A man who does not think for himself does not think at all." OSCAR WILDE

4. "Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good." THOMAS PAINE

5. "The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost." GK CHESTERTON

6. "If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country. " EM FORSTER

7. "The consuming desire of most human beings is deliberately to plant their whole life in the hands of some other person. I would describe this method of searching for happiness as immature. Development of character consists solely in moving toward self-sufficiency. " QUENTIN CRISP

8. “Loneliness adds beauty to life. It puts a special burn on sunsets and makes night air smell better.” HENRY ROLLINS

9.  “If I had a large amount of money I should found a hospital for those whose grip upon the world is so tenuous that they can be severely offended by words and phrases yet remain all unoffended by the injustice, violence and oppression that howls daily” STEPHEN FRY

and this one I found the other night when looking for something else and which has now shot into the top ten with a bullet:

10. “How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said.” VICTOR HUGO

-- Notes ---

The hardest to whittle down there was Henry Rollins, amazingly enough. I had to pick one of three. The other two were either:

“Life is full of choices, if you have the guts to go for it. That's why I get immediately bored with anyone's complaining about how boring their life is, or how bad their town is. Fucking leave and go somewhere else. Or don't.”

or

 “I think about the meaning of pain. Pain is personal. It really belongs to the one feeling it. Probably the only thing that is your own. I like mine.”

I'm grateful I discovered Henry when I did because by God, I've needed his kind of anger and determination a few times since and probably always will, to a degree. It's what keeps me feeling alive.

 

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kingmobuk: (Edgeworth. ORLY)
( Jan. 10th, 2008 01:34 pm)
Post the first lines of fics you have yet to finish (originally nicked from [info]fandom_me last year but I never got round to doing it).

I only have two or three actually as the other unfinished bits and bobs have since been absorbed into other works. These may of course not end up being the first lines by the time I have finished, but hey, what the hell:

  • "Miles wasn’t sure what had disturbed him, to begin with." (Working title: A Blue Million Miles)
  • "Edgeworth really wasn’t in the mood to deal with this witness." (No title, began as a drabble that got too long for the GS100 list).
  • "Technically, this wasn’t their first kiss, of course." (Working Title: Hand in Glove)
  • "Phoenix Wright stood up, satisfied with the chain that held his bike to the iron railings." (Working title: Magnificent Dreams)
  • "The hands on his shoulders were strong; warm even through the wool and the linen beneath." (Unfinished birthday fic for [profile] rebelintosanity . Working title: Stranger than Kindness.)
  • "It had been 5 years, 8 months and 16 days since he had last set foot in this airport." (Working title: The First Cut)
And that's it. The rest only exist in scratchy notes with no first lines, sadly.
kingmobuk: (Power To The People!)
( Jan. 10th, 2008 01:34 am)
Grabbed from [profile] regie

1. What curse word do you use the most?
I don't know that I have a favourite. They're all equally loved. "Fuck", "Bugger", "Wanker" and "Tosser" are probably right up there though.

2. Do you own an iPod?
Yes a Nano. Last gen.

3. What person on your Flist do you talk to the most?
IRL? Antony, I hope XD On MSN/AIM? Shivasan probably.

4. What time is your alarm clock set to?
7.45am but that's kinda hopeful

5. Do you still remember the first person you kissed?
I'm not actually sure. I think so. The first person I kissed meaningfully anyway. David Dunbar Reavell.  Age 16. On a bed in a holiday hut on the outskirts of Prague. He was wearing Woods of Windsor Lily of the Valley aftershave and he shaped my preferences in mens' scents forever (and maybe even in men, I dunno). Later, we walked round Frankfurt hand in hand and stayed in touch after for a surprisingly long time. He wrote great letters.

6. Do you remember where you were on 9/11/01?
Yes, at work and attempting to moderate the Warren Ellis Forum single-handed.

7. Would you rather take the picture or be in the picture?
Take the picture. I don't like to see pictures of me. Unless I took 'em and have exercised quality control.

8. What was the last movie you watched?
I can't even remember. I never go to the cinema and don't rent DVDs. Probably something old or on TV.

9. Do any of your friends have children?
Yes, a few. We have two Godkids (well, Antony does). And Antony has a real niece.

10. Has anyone ever called you lazy?
Probably, and I probably deserved it. My Mum is the only one to say it to my face though but that was years ago.

11. Do you ever take medication to help you fall asleep?
Only gin.

12. What CD is currently in your CD player?
There's a dance collection in the one in the car and I think Shed Seven in this one ... yeah.

13. Do you prefer regular or chocolate?
Huh? Is this a coffee question? STRONG is the answer then. And no sugar.

14. Has anyone told you a secret this week?
Probably. I tend to forget them as soon as they're told so I don't accidentally repeat them. It works for me.

15. Do you sleep on your side?
Sometimes. You'd have to ask Antony really.

16. Do you watch the news?
Not often. I read it online.

17. How did you get one of your scars?
I have a lovely scar on my right shin from a poor attempt at a bunny hop when I was out on my mountain bike years ago. It's almost faded away now but for years you could clearly see and run your fingers along the triple parallel scores - it looked like a wild animal had clawed me. Yum! It never used to tan either.

18. Do you have any siblings, how many, sex?
None.

19. Do you have any children?
No. Unlikely to go that route I'd say, at this point. I have 2 dogs though.

20. What is the last thing you purchased?
Um... apart from lunch I think it was probably doujinshi on eBay.
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