Photo Meme

Sep. 15th, 2010 07:11 pm
edschweppe: Submarine warfare qualification badge, aka "dolphins" (submarine insignia)
(from [livejournal.com profile] wcg and [livejournal.com profile] rivka)

Take a picture of you in your current state, no changing your clothes or quickly putting on makeup. NO PHOTOSHOP. Show your F-List the real you!

Ooookay...

Photo Meme

Sep. 15th, 2010 07:11 pm
edschweppe: Submarine warfare qualification badge, aka "dolphins" (submarine insignia)
(from [livejournal.com profile] wcg and [livejournal.com profile] rivka)

Take a picture of you in your current state, no changing your clothes or quickly putting on makeup. NO PHOTOSHOP. Show your F-List the real you!

Ooookay...

edschweppe: (whiskey tango foxtrot)
As seen most recently in a friends-locked entry of someone (who, as the entry in question was f-locked, will not be identified herein): LiveJournal New Year's Resolutions, as "determined" by thesurrealist.co.uk:

In 2009, edschweppe resolves to...
Learn to play the ladysprite.
Put fifty webcomics a month into my savings account.
Take trollcatz hiking.
Become a better ziactrice.
Eat more old shoalers.
Connect with my inner status.






Get your own New Year's Resolutions:

Of course, actually carrying out these resolutions is likely to get me in trouble. But it'd probably be a fun way to go ...
edschweppe: (whiskey tango foxtrot)
As seen most recently in a friends-locked entry of someone (who, as the entry in question was f-locked, will not be identified herein): LiveJournal New Year's Resolutions, as "determined" by thesurrealist.co.uk:

In 2009, edschweppe resolves to...
Learn to play the ladysprite.
Put fifty webcomics a month into my savings account.
Take trollcatz hiking.
Become a better ziactrice.
Eat more old shoalers.
Connect with my inner status.






Get your own New Year's Resolutions:

Of course, actually carrying out these resolutions is likely to get me in trouble. But it'd probably be a fun way to go ...
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
Well, actually it's 99 things - number eleven seems to have gone on walkabout.
Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] glinda_w:
and cut for your sanity )
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
Well, actually it's 99 things - number eleven seems to have gone on walkabout.
Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] glinda_w:
and cut for your sanity )
edschweppe: (cookie monster)
A different sort of meme, started by [livejournal.com profile] inaurolillium:

Since the Coyote has up and vanished, and taken his LJ with him (I'm not worrying, he wouldn't want me to worry, so I'm not worrying...), I'm going to start a meme among his friends. I'm posting a video he might have posted (although probably not this one, as he's covered this song already, but I like it, dammit), and tagging another of his friends to do the same tomorrow, who should likewise tag someone. Even if you don't want to post a video, please tag somebody else. I'd like to keep the countdown going in his honor.


This may not be as creepy as some of the things [livejournal.com profile] cvillette posted in his Halloween countdown, but it's pretty close. Plus, who doesn't like [livejournal.com profile] filkertom's music?



Tagging [livejournal.com profile] saoba!

Previous entries:
http://inaurolillium.livejournal.com/473102.html
http://txanne.livejournal.com/253667.html

Tracking this meme:
http://0metotchtli.livejournal.com/18415.html

Confused? )
edschweppe: (cookie monster)
A different sort of meme, started by [livejournal.com profile] inaurolillium:

Since the Coyote has up and vanished, and taken his LJ with him (I'm not worrying, he wouldn't want me to worry, so I'm not worrying...), I'm going to start a meme among his friends. I'm posting a video he might have posted (although probably not this one, as he's covered this song already, but I like it, dammit), and tagging another of his friends to do the same tomorrow, who should likewise tag someone. Even if you don't want to post a video, please tag somebody else. I'd like to keep the countdown going in his honor.


This may not be as creepy as some of the things [livejournal.com profile] cvillette posted in his Halloween countdown, but it's pretty close. Plus, who doesn't like [livejournal.com profile] filkertom's music?



Tagging [livejournal.com profile] saoba!

Previous entries:
http://inaurolillium.livejournal.com/473102.html
http://txanne.livejournal.com/253667.html

Tracking this meme:
http://0metotchtli.livejournal.com/18415.html

Confused? )
edschweppe: (Bullwinkle)
Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] reynaud:

When you see this, post in your own journal with your favorite quote from The Princess Bride. Preferably not "As you wish" or the Inigo Montoya speech.

After Inigo's classic line, my favorite quote is Miracle Max's "Have fun storming the castle!"
edschweppe: (Bullwinkle)
Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] reynaud:

When you see this, post in your own journal with your favorite quote from The Princess Bride. Preferably not "As you wish" or the Inigo Montoya speech.

After Inigo's classic line, my favorite quote is Miracle Max's "Have fun storming the castle!"
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
As swiped from [livejournal.com profile] txanne:

1. Think of the first word that comes to mind when you think of me.
2. Go to Google Images and search for that word.
3. Reply to this post with one of the pictures on the first page of results (don't tell me the word). (To insert an image, type <img src="url of the image"> )
4. Put this in your own journal so that I can do the same. (optional, of course)
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
As swiped from [livejournal.com profile] txanne:

1. Think of the first word that comes to mind when you think of me.
2. Go to Google Images and search for that word.
3. Reply to this post with one of the pictures on the first page of results (don't tell me the word). (To insert an image, type <img src="url of the image"> )
4. Put this in your own journal so that I can do the same. (optional, of course)
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
As seen in various random parts of my f-list:

Take a picture of yourself right now.
Don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair...just take a picture.
Post that picture with NO editing.
Post these instructions with your picture.

the results )
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
As seen in various random parts of my f-list:

Take a picture of yourself right now.
Don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair...just take a picture.
Post that picture with NO editing.
Post these instructions with your picture.

the results )
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
As snarfed from [livejournal.com profile] kightp:

O Edschweppe, O Edschweppe,
Your branches green delight us.

O Christmas Tree
from the Christmas Song Generator.

Get your own song :

The nice thing about this particular web toy is that it's easy to get something different if you don't like the first result:

Here comes Edschweppe!
Here comes Edschweppe!
Right down Edschweppe Lane!

Here Comes Santa Claus
from the Christmas Song Generator.

Get your own song :

At least the scansion's right for these two.
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
As snarfed from [livejournal.com profile] kightp:

O Edschweppe, O Edschweppe,
Your branches green delight us.

O Christmas Tree
from the Christmas Song Generator.

Get your own song :

The nice thing about this particular web toy is that it's easy to get something different if you don't like the first result:

Here comes Edschweppe!
Here comes Edschweppe!
Right down Edschweppe Lane!

Here Comes Santa Claus
from the Christmas Song Generator.

Get your own song :

At least the scansion's right for these two.
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
Memesheepage courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] wcg (who "only" scored an 85):
98%ALCOHOLIC
(Note that the original dating link was back to JustSayHi's San Francisco dating service, but this is more amusing.)
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
Memesheepage courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] wcg (who "only" scored an 85):
98%ALCOHOLIC
(Note that the original dating link was back to JustSayHi's San Francisco dating service, but this is more amusing.)
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
Memesheepage courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] wcg (the Usual Suspect for such matters):



Ada programming and slide rules must be worth some major nerd points. But how the heck did I do so well on scifi/comic?

Just for extra nerdiness credit, I took the test on a virtual PC running on my laptop. (Of course, I still have room to grow - I could have had some variant of Linux running on the virtual, and used Lynx as the browser.)
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
Memesheepage courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] wcg (the Usual Suspect for such matters):



Ada programming and slide rules must be worth some major nerd points. But how the heck did I do so well on scifi/comic?

Just for extra nerdiness credit, I took the test on a virtual PC running on my laptop. (Of course, I still have room to grow - I could have had some variant of Linux running on the virtual, and used Lynx as the browser.)
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
Following 's lead into yet another LiveJournal meme ... how weird am I?
So, edschweppe, your LiveJournal reveals...You are... 0% unique and 15% herdlike (partly because you, like everyone else, enjoy singing).When it comes to turning a bunch of wealthy billionaires who want to abstain have equal time, funding, and education in the classroom as kids who are having sex?"I suspect Ms. Unruh's real concern is the danger that the "abstinence-only" movement will wither away if it loses its privileged place suckling on the federal teat. I agree with her that there are an awful lot of skippers being canned for cause in an awfully short period of time.

(Oh, and an URK is just one letter shy of a URL, BTW and FWIW.)

Edited to add: This gibberish is courtesy of the LiveJournal AutoPost "feature" (as seen in [livejournal.com profile] kightp's example). Be warned, however, that there isn't any way that I can see to preview the autopost before it gets posted. I kept this one mostly because of the "wealthy billionaires who want to abstain" line.
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
Following 's lead into yet another LiveJournal meme ... how weird am I?
So, edschweppe, your LiveJournal reveals...You are... 0% unique and 15% herdlike (partly because you, like everyone else, enjoy singing).When it comes to turning a bunch of wealthy billionaires who want to abstain have equal time, funding, and education in the classroom as kids who are having sex?"I suspect Ms. Unruh's real concern is the danger that the "abstinence-only" movement will wither away if it loses its privileged place suckling on the federal teat. I agree with her that there are an awful lot of skippers being canned for cause in an awfully short period of time.

(Oh, and an URK is just one letter shy of a URL, BTW and FWIW.)

Edited to add: This gibberish is courtesy of the LiveJournal AutoPost "feature" (as seen in [livejournal.com profile] kightp's example). Be warned, however, that there isn't any way that I can see to preview the autopost before it gets posted. I kept this one mostly because of the "wealthy billionaires who want to abstain" line.
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
Following in the otter-worldly spiritual memeological pawsteps of [livejournal.com profile] wcg ...
What is my spirit animal? )
edschweppe: A closeup of my face, taken at Star Island during the All-Star II conference in 2009 (Default)
Following in the otter-worldly spiritual memeological pawsteps of [livejournal.com profile] wcg ...
What is my spirit animal? )
edschweppe: (vote at your own risk)
From [livejournal.com profile] starcat_jewel:
[livejournal.com profile] redneckgaijin is trying to collect political-opinion information here. If you choose to participate, please send him a link to your post.
PART A: A series of third party questions.

1. Do you have a political party affiliation? If so, what? No; I am currently enrolled as an independent.

2. Would you ever consider voting for a third party (NOT independent) candidate? Consider, certainly. I've yet to be presented with a third-party candidate that I felt worth voting for in the booth, however.

3. Would you ever consider joining a third party? If so, which? I will certainly consider it. I doubt that I ever will, though.

4. What is your opinion, as a whole, of the Libertarian Party? My understanding of the Libertarian Party is that they're a bunch of naive, economically illiterate loons. Well-meaning loons, perhaps, but loons nonetheless.

5. What is your opinion, as a whole, of the Green Party? Of the three third parties in this survey, the Greens are the closest to something I could support. But that's not really saying very much, considering how low regard I have for the current Libertarian and Constitution Parties. Skimming the Green Party platform (http://www.gp.org/platform/2004/), I see some good ideas but way too many half-baked ones.

6. What is your opinion, as a whole, of the Constitution Party? The what party?
(Google, Google, Google.)
Yuck., I tried reading their platform (http://www.constitutionparty.com/party_platform.php). I got as far as the "let's take the Panama Canal back", and gave up; life's too short to read that sort of dreck. My opinion of the Constitution Party is that they're a bunch of Christian-Dominionist nativist whackjobs. Frankly, they make the Libertarian Party look sane, and that takes some doing.

7. Do you think a third party can ever achieve parity with the Democratic or Republican Parties in the United States? Yes; it's happened before in US history and I expect it will happen again. I don't expect it to happen anytime soon, however; the two main parties generally do a good job of absorbing politically viable ideas. (If the Republicans continue to veer towards Christian Dominionism, they might open up enough space for a new conservative party. But don't count on it.)

PART II: Questions about controversial political opinions

8. Do you believe, for whatever reason, that the federal income tax is illegal? Nope. Unlike some of the nuts out there, I can read the Sixteenth Amendment.

9. Do you believe in a plan to create a North American Union? I don't think there is one, and I doubt greatly that it would gain any level of political traction in my lifetime.

10. Do you believe that George W. Bush and the federal government created the September 11, 2001 attacks in order to gain power? Not only no but hell, no. I do believe that the current Administration has used the attacks to justify expanding their powers.

11. Do you believe, regardless of their moral justification, that the states forming the Confederacy had an inalienable legal right to secede in 1861? No.

12. In your opinion, does global warming or climate change exist? If yes, is it caused by natural effects or man-made conditions? Yes, it exists, and it does so in significant part due to human action (through net increases in atmospheric greenhouse gas levels).

PART III: Questions about the five most urgent political issues in Americans' minds.

13. What is your position on the war in Iraq? We shouldn't have invaded in the first place - the overt reasons (WMD, al-Qaeda links) have been demonstrated to be nonsense, and the after-the-fact justification (spreading democracy) has been quite thoroughly botched by incompetence and/or unwillingness to face the real costs.

That being said, the least-bad strategy going forward that I can think of would involve allowing a Yugoslavia-style de-facto partitioning into Sunni Arab, Shia Arab, and Kurdish regions. There would have to be significant international (non-US) presence in the Arab regions (to keep the Sunnis and the Shia from killing each other, and to keep the Shia Persian Iranians from meddling too obviously). There would probably need to be a significant US presence in the Kurdish region to keep the Kurds from spreading Kurdistan into Turkey, Iran, and Syria.

14. What do you think should be done to reform immigration policy? There should be sufficient visas available to permit those who want to work here to do so. Unfortunately, that'll never happen as long as "immigration" is used as a code word for nativist racists, who don't mind white folks immigrating but want to get rid of all those brown-skinned types.

15. What do you think needs to change about America's healthcare system? The current system, based primarily on employers, is hopelessly broken. Any replacement system needs to be universal, affordable and straightforward. A Federally run single payer system (with competing private providers) would meet the universal, affordable and straightforward criteria, but so could a well-designed private system.

16. In what way do you think our tax system should be reformed, cut, or expanded? Significant pollution and carbon taxes are probably the most effective means I can think of to improve the environment and ameliorate global warming. These should be made revenue-neutral by reducing income taxes (starting by reducing the bottom rates and increasing the EIC).

17. Have the actions of the federal government over the past six years served to protect or destroy freedom? On balance, they've tended to significantly reduce freedom.

PART IV: Questions about impeachment.

18. Should George W. Bush be impeached, and why? Yes, for obstructing justice, running roughshod over the Constitution, running the military into the ground, ruining our reputation overseas, as well as for general incompetence far above and beyond the call of duty.

19. Should Richard "Dick" Cheney be impeached, and why? Yes; for the same reasons as his nominal superior.

20. Will the Democratic-controlled Congress impeach either Bush or Cheney? Why? Not likely. The Clinton impeachment showed that a purely partisan impeachment doesn't work. Nixon would have been impeached, and likely removed from office, had he not resigned. However, there was strong bipartisan support for his impeachment; plus it happened relatively early in his second term. As yet, there isn't a strong consensus in either party in favor of impeaching either Bush or Cheney, and by the time any such consensus develops, they'll have at most a year and a half left in office.

PART V: Final Question

21. What one thing annoys you the most about the United States' current political system? The combination of excessively long Presidential campaigns and exceeding-well-entrenched Congressional incumbents.
edschweppe: (vote at your own risk)
From [livejournal.com profile] starcat_jewel:
[livejournal.com profile] redneckgaijin is trying to collect political-opinion information here. If you choose to participate, please send him a link to your post.
PART A: A series of third party questions.

1. Do you have a political party affiliation? If so, what? No; I am currently enrolled as an independent.

2. Would you ever consider voting for a third party (NOT independent) candidate? Consider, certainly. I've yet to be presented with a third-party candidate that I felt worth voting for in the booth, however.

3. Would you ever consider joining a third party? If so, which? I will certainly consider it. I doubt that I ever will, though.

4. What is your opinion, as a whole, of the Libertarian Party? My understanding of the Libertarian Party is that they're a bunch of naive, economically illiterate loons. Well-meaning loons, perhaps, but loons nonetheless.

5. What is your opinion, as a whole, of the Green Party? Of the three third parties in this survey, the Greens are the closest to something I could support. But that's not really saying very much, considering how low regard I have for the current Libertarian and Constitution Parties. Skimming the Green Party platform (http://www.gp.org/platform/2004/), I see some good ideas but way too many half-baked ones.

6. What is your opinion, as a whole, of the Constitution Party? The what party?
(Google, Google, Google.)
Yuck., I tried reading their platform (http://www.constitutionparty.com/party_platform.php). I got as far as the "let's take the Panama Canal back", and gave up; life's too short to read that sort of dreck. My opinion of the Constitution Party is that they're a bunch of Christian-Dominionist nativist whackjobs. Frankly, they make the Libertarian Party look sane, and that takes some doing.

7. Do you think a third party can ever achieve parity with the Democratic or Republican Parties in the United States? Yes; it's happened before in US history and I expect it will happen again. I don't expect it to happen anytime soon, however; the two main parties generally do a good job of absorbing politically viable ideas. (If the Republicans continue to veer towards Christian Dominionism, they might open up enough space for a new conservative party. But don't count on it.)

PART II: Questions about controversial political opinions

8. Do you believe, for whatever reason, that the federal income tax is illegal? Nope. Unlike some of the nuts out there, I can read the Sixteenth Amendment.

9. Do you believe in a plan to create a North American Union? I don't think there is one, and I doubt greatly that it would gain any level of political traction in my lifetime.

10. Do you believe that George W. Bush and the federal government created the September 11, 2001 attacks in order to gain power? Not only no but hell, no. I do believe that the current Administration has used the attacks to justify expanding their powers.

11. Do you believe, regardless of their moral justification, that the states forming the Confederacy had an inalienable legal right to secede in 1861? No.

12. In your opinion, does global warming or climate change exist? If yes, is it caused by natural effects or man-made conditions? Yes, it exists, and it does so in significant part due to human action (through net increases in atmospheric greenhouse gas levels).

PART III: Questions about the five most urgent political issues in Americans' minds.

13. What is your position on the war in Iraq? We shouldn't have invaded in the first place - the overt reasons (WMD, al-Qaeda links) have been demonstrated to be nonsense, and the after-the-fact justification (spreading democracy) has been quite thoroughly botched by incompetence and/or unwillingness to face the real costs.

That being said, the least-bad strategy going forward that I can think of would involve allowing a Yugoslavia-style de-facto partitioning into Sunni Arab, Shia Arab, and Kurdish regions. There would have to be significant international (non-US) presence in the Arab regions (to keep the Sunnis and the Shia from killing each other, and to keep the Shia Persian Iranians from meddling too obviously). There would probably need to be a significant US presence in the Kurdish region to keep the Kurds from spreading Kurdistan into Turkey, Iran, and Syria.

14. What do you think should be done to reform immigration policy? There should be sufficient visas available to permit those who want to work here to do so. Unfortunately, that'll never happen as long as "immigration" is used as a code word for nativist racists, who don't mind white folks immigrating but want to get rid of all those brown-skinned types.

15. What do you think needs to change about America's healthcare system? The current system, based primarily on employers, is hopelessly broken. Any replacement system needs to be universal, affordable and straightforward. A Federally run single payer system (with competing private providers) would meet the universal, affordable and straightforward criteria, but so could a well-designed private system.

16. In what way do you think our tax system should be reformed, cut, or expanded? Significant pollution and carbon taxes are probably the most effective means I can think of to improve the environment and ameliorate global warming. These should be made revenue-neutral by reducing income taxes (starting by reducing the bottom rates and increasing the EIC).

17. Have the actions of the federal government over the past six years served to protect or destroy freedom? On balance, they've tended to significantly reduce freedom.

PART IV: Questions about impeachment.

18. Should George W. Bush be impeached, and why? Yes, for obstructing justice, running roughshod over the Constitution, running the military into the ground, ruining our reputation overseas, as well as for general incompetence far above and beyond the call of duty.

19. Should Richard "Dick" Cheney be impeached, and why? Yes; for the same reasons as his nominal superior.

20. Will the Democratic-controlled Congress impeach either Bush or Cheney? Why? Not likely. The Clinton impeachment showed that a purely partisan impeachment doesn't work. Nixon would have been impeached, and likely removed from office, had he not resigned. However, there was strong bipartisan support for his impeachment; plus it happened relatively early in his second term. As yet, there isn't a strong consensus in either party in favor of impeaching either Bush or Cheney, and by the time any such consensus develops, they'll have at most a year and a half left in office.

PART V: Final Question

21. What one thing annoys you the most about the United States' current political system? The combination of excessively long Presidential campaigns and exceeding-well-entrenched Congressional incumbents.

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