2013

Jan. 2nd, 2014 12:38 pm
oceantheorem: (be careful pretending)
1. What did you do in 2013 that you've never done before?
So many things! Maybe the most notable was beginning to hike. On July 3rd I hiked 14 or 15 miles around Florence Lake with friends. That was pretty crazy, and unlike anything I'd ever done before.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I do not make resolutions.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Nope.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My cat died in March. :-(

4.5 Did anyone close to you get married?
Nope.

4.75 Did anyone close to you have other critical, life-changing moments or revelations?
Yes. Holy crap, yes. Not mine to reveal here, but it was an eventful year for a lot of people close to me.
Oh, I guess I can reveal that my dad was diagnosed with liver cancer. That was (is)... bad.

5. What states/countries did you visit?
... just Michigan and Nevada, I think. It was a quiet year for travel.
ETA: Also Georgia for DragonCon!

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
I guess I'm still hoping for more followthrough. I need to make myself work on leather and other creative pursuits. I need to make myself seriously examine my career and then plan out where I want it to go, and make it go there.

7. What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
June 17 and July 3. Also June 1st - I feel like I woke up on June 1st.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Hmm, not sure. Successfully integrating into a circle of friends, and developing a strong social network?

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not doing a good job at work. Not doing anything at all to further my career in any way.
Not figuring out my relationship with my dad.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I hurt my knee pretty badly in October.

11. What was the best thing you created?
New social relationships? And a few neat leather items.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Jim's. Jim's been awesome.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
I'm gonna leave this blank this year for the sake of "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all."

14. Where did most of your money go?
Food, actually. Also rent and loan repayments.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Corsets. I bought a lot of corsets.

16. What song will always remind you of 2013?
Hmm, not sure. I listened to Lifehouse's Between the Raindrops a LOT. Walk the Moon's Anna Sun was my theme song for our housing search. Really like that song. Maybe also Peter Hollens' Shenandoah? I listened to that on repeat a lot, earlier in the year.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
- happier or sadder? Much happier!
- thinner or fatter? A little thinner! Going mostly paleoish and cutting out almost all sugar helped me lose about 12 pounds. Some of that I put back on in the last month, though. Eesh, holiday food.
- richer or poorer? Monetarily I think richer. A little less debt, a lower rent rate. Emotionally, much much richer. Life feels so full now.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Learning. Working to build a stable future - I need to attend to my career path in 2014.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Wasting time. Surfing the internet. Crap. I'm doing that right now, aren't I?

20. How did you spend Christmas?
I went into lab for a couple hours, then played video games and hung out with Jim. Our housemates and I started a tradition of making gingerbread houses, which was a lot of fun, and I hope we keep that up.

21. How will you be spending New Years?
A bunch of us went to Colleen's for dinner, which was delicious and fun. I got to meet her friends Nick and Erica, who are amazing. Eventually Chris and Colleen and I ended up watching the fireworks down at the Ferry Building, which was great. Jim worked, as usual.

22. Did you fall in love in 2013?
Yes. :-)

23. How many one-night stands?
None.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
BABYLON 5!!

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Peter Hollens

27. What did you want and get?
Meaning. Emotional connection.

28. What did you want and not get?
Direction. A plan.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
? Thor 2?

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
28. Jim took me to the ballet to see Cinderella! I wore my wedding dress. We got ice cream at Smitten.

31. What one thing would have made your year?
My year was made. It was a great year. :-)

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
Same as always! Solid colors. Skirts whenever possible. Oooh, I did begin adding a lot of corsets.

33. What was the best book you read?
I really liked the Guild of the Cowry Catchers series by Abigail Hilton. Not sure it was the best thing of the year, but it was really good.

34. What kept you sane?
I don't think I was really in danger of insanity this year. I was pretty well-grounded by friends, loved ones, good books, good food, lots of intellectual stimulation... I'm not sure this question is still relevant.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Ummm, I dunno. I kinda started to tune out this year. It all just seemed like more of the same. I feel I can effect more change by starting conversations with the people around me than I can by closely following politics. Also, I kinda feel like Obama let me down, so I'm done paying attention to him.

37. Whom did you miss?
My cat, Claire. My friend Claire. My friends Stefan, Ann, Eliz, Mike, Mike, Andrea. The more I build a community here, the easier it is to let go of people who are far away. I don't know if that's good or bad.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Chris.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.
You are not broken. You have great capacity to love. You have more power over your own life than you realize.

40. A quote or song lyric that sums up your year:
This is part of last year's, but it's oddly relevant this year too:
I reckon it's again my turn to win some or learn some
But I won't hesitate no more, no more
It cannot wait, I'm yours
Well open up your mind and see like me
Open up your plans and damm you're free
Look into your heart and you will find love love love love
Listen to the music of the moment people dance and sing
We're just one big family
And it's our God-forsaken right to be loved loved loved


Also this bit, from Between the Raindrops:
...There's a smile on my face
Knowing that together everything that's in our way
We're better than alright
Walking between the raindrops
Riding the aftershock beside you
Off into the sunset
Living like there's nothing left to lose
Chasing after gold mines
Crossing the fine lines we knew
Hold on and take a breath...

Though, really, I'm not sure either of those sums up the year at all. It's a hard year to sum up. It was an adventure, and it was emotional, and there were PEOPLE, and I remembered parts of myself, and I hope I grow as much as a person in 2014 as I did in 2013.

2012

Jan. 1st, 2013 02:01 am
oceantheorem: (journals)
1. What did you do in 2012 that you've never done before?
Well, I got married. So that was new!

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I never make resolutions. I remain resolute that I never shall. :-P

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Uh, not that I remember. Some family members did (and one lj friend!), but no one I talk to on a regular basis.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No.

BUT some really close friends got married. I got to be a bridesmaid in Mike and Eliz's wedding, and that was really, really cool.

5. What states/countries did you visit?
Um. Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont. Also, England, Scotland, France, and Germany.

6. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
Foresight? Any ability to plan whatsoever? Creativity maybe. I need to work on that.

7. What date from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Well, I got married on April 22nd. That was pretty cool. :-) Also, we moved to California on August 1st, and words can't even express how happy I am to be back.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Hmm. Biggest thing I achieved...? Finally getting back to California? Getting a good job in California? Not sure. Those both feel like inadequate answers.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Still being terrible about follow-through.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Nothing major, though I seem to keep re-breaking the same pinky toe, and that's obnoxious.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
This is kind of a sad question. Really? We're elevating monetary purchases to status of Must-Be-Remembered-Next-Year? Can't we ask something like, "What's the best thing you created?" instead? The best thing I created was probably our wedding. It was very us, and we worked together to make it exactly what we wanted, and I think it turned out to be an incredibly personal and wonderful celebration.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Um, Jim is pretty damn impressive. Both our moms have been pretty cool, too. Jim's parents are both really amazing people, actually. And I definitely want to highlight how absolutely amazing everyone who came to our wedding was. It would not have been what it was without the support and effort all of our friends and family put in, from the table runner my mom knit to the plates my friends put on the tables to the dress my friend made. Jim's cousin paid for my dad's hotel room. I mean, geez. Above and beyond. I was blown away by how hard everyone worked to make our wedding incredible. Thank you.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Humanity's in general. Can't we freakin' be nice to each other? Is it going to take an alien invasion for us to realize we're all humans and worthy of the same respect we demand for ourselves?

14. Where did most of your money go?
Student loan repayments. And rent. Ugh, rent.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
DRAGON*CON!!!!!! It's basically like Christmas for nerds.

16. What song will always remind you of 2012?
Um. Someone else mentioned this, but We Are Young by ... who sings that? The internet says "Fun." Fun? That's a band name? Oh my god, I'm old.
Train: Hey Soul Sister
Jason Mraz: I'm Yours (our wedding song)

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
- happier or sadder? Waaaaaaay happier
- thinner or fatter? About the same. Maybe slightly thinner.
- richer or poorer? Monetarily? Who the hell knows. Abstractly? Oh man, so much richer. Life is so much better now. I have an amazing husband and a good job and I love living near the ocean and closer to my family, and I'm getting to know my dad, and learning a new creative hobby, and things are just GOING SO WELL.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Eesh. It would have been hard to have packed anything else into this year, honestly. But more planning and adhering to plans would have been helpful. (Europe would have been more fun if we'd done, like, ANY planning at ALL.)

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Sleeping. I wish I didn't need so much sleep. Why does my body need so much sleep??

20. How did you spend Christmas?
Quietly, with Jim, in our apartment, playing video games. It was wonderful and absolutely unremarkable. Perfect.

21. How will you be spending New Years?
I spent it playing video games online with distant friends. Jim was out working. I am content. 

22. Did you fall in love in 2012?
No.

23. How many one-night stands?
None.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Errr, of all time? Or of this year? What came out this year? Uh. Still enjoying How I Met Your Mother

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
I don't think I actually hate ANYONE.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Train, actually. I didn't like them when I was younger, but I think they're great now. Have you heard the song 50 Ways To Say Goodbye? HILARIOUS.

27. What did you want and get?
California and an endless, fabulous, organic supply of ripe avocados. Ooooh avocados. I could write sonnets for you.

28. What did you want and not get?
Uhhh. Nothing comes to mind, really. This was actually an amazing year.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
I don't think I liked ANY of the movies I saw this year. :-P Cloud Atlas and The Hobbit were both awful, and I can't remember seeing anyth- OH THE AVENGERS. That was really good. Joss Whedon, I love you.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Um, I turned 27. It was just a few days after we got back from our honeymoon in Europe, and I was sick, and I don't think it was particularly good, but that's okay. Europe was good and that was fine. :-)

31. What one thing would have made your year?
Ha, I think my year WAS made. I mean, can you ask for much more than marrying an amazing person and moving to the best place in the world? I mean, we went to a spa at the foot of the Alps, with friends, on a gorgeous spring day. Can you ask anything more of life than relaxing in a hot tub while surrounded by good people, staring at a mountain lake and a blue sky?

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
Solid colors. Knee-length or longer skirts whenever possible. I started buying multiples of shirts that fit well, because it's so rare that I find ones I like. The more unremarkable and plain they are, the more I like them.

33. What was the best book you read?
Oooh. Um. Well, I just finished The Way of Kings, and that was really good. Oh - but WOOL was way better. Did I read that this year? Man, this year has been really, really long, hasn't it?

34. What kept you sane?
Jim. And endless books on my kindle, and music on my phone. And I drank a LOT of $4 Trader Joe's Blue Fin Petite Syrah.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Eh? This is another bizarre question. We should delete this one from the list next year.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Oy. I get pretty wound up about feminism, and abortion, and education, and the military. But overall I'm really just appalled that we can't all agree to be nice to each other, and to take care of each other.

37. Whom did you miss?
This list is so long, every year. :-(  Nanny. Ann. Eliz, Mike, Kristy, Emily, Clark, Stef, Richard, my mom, Ellie, the whole HPKCHC knitting group I seem to have somehow grown away from, my cat, and a few people I shouldn't miss but I did anyway. Aaron, George, Jamie. Someday hopefully I will stop missing those three.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
Hmm. I really liked some of the people from the failed housing experiment our first month here. Damian was cool. I also really like my new coworkers. Sharon (and her metalworking from her garage!) has been an inspiration for me to be more creative, and is part of why I'm managing to muster the courage to try leatherwork. Ulf has motivated me to be a better scientist and to learn faster, when I always thought I was a quick learner. Everyone has room for improvement, I guess! But really, I wasn't blown away by any particular new person this year.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.
Uhhh. Everyone has room for improvement? People have an incredible, untapped, powerful ability to love and to help one another. A society based on money necessarily squelches that by pitting us against one another instead of fostering cooperation.

40. A quote or song lyric that sums up your year:
...I'll be giving it my bestest
And nothing's gonna stop me but divine intervention
I reckon it's again my turn to win some or learn some

But I won't hesitate no more, no more
It cannot wait, I'm yours

Well open up your mind and see like me
Open up your plans and damm you're free
Look into your heart and you will find love love love love

Listen to the music of the moment people dance and sing
We're just one big family
And it's our God-forsaken right to be loved loved loved


If I'd read this entry ten years ago, or even five years ago, I don't think I would have recognized myself (the last time I filled out this questionnaire, that I can find, was 2006. it makes me cry to read it - oh, I was so not in a good place that year.). It has been a CRAZY decade. I am not the same person, but I think that's okay. Even good. Not that I wasn't a good person a decade ago, but I have come a long way. I hope I keep growing over the next decade. Hello, Kara of 2023. Do I even recognize you?
oceantheorem: (climber silhouette)
Some things have changed quite a bit in the last month or two, so I did most of this meme with the first 8 or 10 months of the year in mind.

1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
Gave up. Dropped out of graduate school.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I never make resolutions.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No.

5. What countries did you visit?
None.

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
A real career and a life goal. Happiness.

7. What day from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
The day I left Connecticut was actually rather painful and will be difficult to forget.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Deciding to take action to force my life in a different direction because I was unhappy and not because I thought it was the thing I "should" be doing.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Choosing to drop out right before the economy crashed. Losing my sense of direction in life.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Pretty severe depression for the first half of the year. Glad to have that past me.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Hmmmm. I bought Claire on Dec 30,2007. Can I count her as the 2008 best purchase?

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Hmmm. I think I'm going to abstain from comment on this and the next question.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?


14. Where did most of your money go?
Food, gas, rent.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Leaving Connecticut. And a certain new relationship. :-)

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
Hmmmm. Dogtown Mines is the sound of driving west and trying not to feel guilty about leaving the east behind.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. Happier or sadder?
Happier. With promise of continued improvement.

ii. Thinner or fatter?
Thinner. I'm not eating much these days.

iii. Richer or poorer?
Quite a bit poorer.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Singing. Dancing. Trying to be a human being and not worrying so much about what I'm "supposed" to do with myself. I still need to learn to let go.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Waiting.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I'll be flying back to Utah on Christmas Eve, and spending Christmas here.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
Uhhhhhh. This... ummmm.... ask me again on New Year's.

22. How many one-night stands?
Zero.

23. What was your favorite TV program?
Oh man, I love How I Met Your Mother. Weeds is really good, too. I miss Gilmore Girls. :-(

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
No.

25. What was the best book you read?
I didn't read much at all in 2008, actually. I will be remedying that in 2009. (is that really how remedying is spelled?)

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I think Darren Smith is actually a late 07 discovery, but I'm counting him anyway. I'll throw Blue October in there as well, just for the hell of it.

27. What did you want and get?
My personality and identity back from the vile clutches of the soul-crushing graduate program at Yale.

28. What did you want and not get?
I'm gonna leave Zach's answer here: "A job, a job, o yeah, and a job."

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
Ummmm. I'm wracking my brain and I can't remember any of the films I saw this year.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 23. My friends threw me a surprise party. It was absolutely wonderful. My wife carried a cake through the rain for me.
<3

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A more satisfying conclusion to the drop-out-of-grad-school thing. i.e. a real career.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
The same as always. I wear what is comfortable. Jeans, t-shirts, college sweatshirts. Lots of scarves (oh man, I love scarves).

33. What kept you sane?
Claire. Coffee. Loud music in my car.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Uhhh. Is this a romantic question? I really admire Obama, but not romantically.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
The gay marriage issue and abortion. Don't even get me started.

36. Who did you miss?
Everyone, at one point or another, having moved across the country. I currently very deeply miss my east coast friends.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
*grin* Unequivocally, Jim.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
Life is primarily something you go through alone, on your own power. You should therefore not do anything because you think other people will approve or disapprove; your actions have to be motivated by internal forces like desire for happiness and desire for success.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
So I'm putting my luck to the test, I'm bringing the eastern seabord's best. We'll be making it up someday, losing time along the way....

The same meme, two years ago
oceantheorem: (heart beaners)
A friend of mine listed the things in his pockets. My list is far less interesting.

* Ten dollars
* My cell phone
* A tube of darning needles
* A card that says "Lilly munsters got nothing on you"


Is your list more entertaining than mine?
oceantheorem: (Default)
I got a ton of unpacking done today and I feel very accomplished. I spent too much time surfing the net... but other than that I did get a lot done. I did three loads of laundry yesterday and have managed to fold it ALL and put it ALL away, which is a HUGE accomplishment for me, since I detest laundry with a fierce and violent passion. There are still a few boxes of things that need to be opened and gone through, and I could do another load or two of laundry... but I feel I've made a very, very good start on moving in. This space is awesome. Claire seems happy too. I tried to make her a cat tree out of cardboard boxes but it seems to have failed utterly. She is ignoring it. I think it's too small.

I'm doing another meme because everyone else did it and now I feel left out.

Crazy 8's

8 Things I’m passionate about
Claire
alpaca yarn
my guild in WoW (they're such awesome people. really.)
science fiction and fantasy novels
writing
various political issues
the ocean
cheese

8 Things I want to do before I die
visit Ireland
and Greece
and Italy
Live in France for >3 months
own a house
have no debt
Write a novel (NaNoWriMo, I'm lookin at you!!)
Feel "happy" with my life

8 Things I do now
Read
knit
help run aforementioned guild in WoW
play with Claire
get bitten by Claire when not playing with said Claire
Look for jobs
Fail to get said jobs
drink tea

Things I can not do
go back to graduate school
go back to the east coast
make Claire stop biting me
sleep less, apparently. whyyyy do I sleep so much??

8 Things I often say
Clairebeast
Oh crap
freakin awesome
I can teach you to knit!
We should get sushi
No, I haven't seen that movie
Where are my keeeeysss
I need a job

8 Favorite foods
Sushi, specifically salmon sashimi
Steak. Nice big tender ones cooked medium rare. MMMMMmmmmm.
vanilla ice cream
vanilla yogurt
cheeeese. of all sorts.
Coffee
Enchiladas full of cheese and nothing else
Pizza with sausage and pepperoni

Now I want dinner.
oceantheorem: (yay omg yay kermit)
I made it to Utah and am settling in with my aunt and uncle. The upstairs is amazing and huge and wonderful! Claire has already found several sunny spots and claimed them with her excessive shedding, which I find remarkable for such a short-haired, frequently-brushed cat.

She is also learning to open doors. It's only a matter of time before she kills me in my sleep, takes my wallet, and steals my car to run away to Mexico.

I have been tagged to post the seventh picture in my seventh file of pictures, so here you go.


This is me, when I was... 18. In Davis, CA, at a friend's house. I was losing horribly at Halo.

I'm supposed to tag 8 people now to post the eighth picture in their eighth file of pictures... so... um.
fieryminge
in_a_space
alchymyst
tryptonique
and four other people.
oceantheorem: (coffee gg horoscope)
I got this from Romi ages and ages ago, but you know, with all the driving across the country and stuff... just never got it done.

The directions, ish:
"so, this is how i think this works. i'm posting people's usernames as answers to questions that you can only know if you ask me for them (and i'll send them to you). if you ask for the questions, though, you have to post your own answers in your journal."

1. tryptonique
2. fieryminge, bannanachild, alchymyst
3. ...ursulav?
4. bannanachild
5. alchymyst
6. antidwarf
7. brownsteve
8. fieryminge, mediathrall
9. alchymyst, bannanachild
10. either_or, mrs_holly_ford
11. bannanachild, fieryminge, either_or
12. antidwarf
13. mediathrall
14. robohunk
15. alchymyst, richtergasse
16. mediathrall
17. mediathrall, antidwarf
18. fieryminge
19. mortuus
20. the_catbeast
21. antidwarf, alchymyst, rkell
22. fieryminge
23. tryptonique
24. mediathrall, fieryminge
25. alchymyst, antidwarf
26. alchymyst
27. antidwarf
28. ummm, no one on my flist fits this
29. either_or, bannanachild
30. fieryminge, tryptonique, mediathrall
oceantheorem: (Default)
COMMENT HERE AND I WILL:

a) Tell you why I friended you.

b) Associate you with something -- a fandom, song, color, photo, etc.

c) Tell you something I like about you.

d) Tell you a memory I have of you.

e) Ask you something I've wanted to know about you.

f) Tell you my favorite userpic from your list.

g) In return, you need to post this on your own livejournal.
oceantheorem: (emperor's new groove feel the power)
Because I'm REALLY bored in lab, and happy hour isn't for another 80 minutes.

Stupid meme. You'll be rewarded with a cute puppy if you read this entry. )
oceantheorem: (yay omg yay kermit)
From [livejournal.com profile] in_a_space

Tell me something that's made you happy in the last:

1) Hour
2) Day
3) Week
4) Month
5) Year

Pass it around if you want to.

Yeah.

Aug. 29th, 2007 09:42 am
oceantheorem: (hp ravenclaw smarter)

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Length: 11½ inches
Core: Dragon Heartstring

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oceantheorem: (coffee life)
Lab has been really slow lately. I gave lab meeting on Monday and it went pretty well, but I really haven't had much to do, besides downloading and reading papers. So I've been awfully bored. Today I'm actually doing a Western blot, so I have stuff to do, and hopefully it will give me enough work to do for the next couple of days (I mean, if I mess it up today, then I have to do it again tomorrow...). I can't wait until my project picks up and I have more than one thing going at a time. That probably won't be until after quals, but oh well. I'm looking forward to quals too.

I feel silly for not posting more (especially since I've been complaining about needing to talk), but things aren't actually happening right now. Life pretty much consists of going to lab, trying to amuse myself in between papers, and going home and trying to FEEL like I'm at home in someone else's house. I cannot WAIT for the move. Two more weeks...



Your Score: RAVENCLAW!


You scored 20% Slytherin, 52% Ravenclaw, 32% Gryffindor, and 28% Hufflepuff!




Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,

If you've a ready mind,

Where those of wit and learning,

Will always find their kind.






Ravenclaws are known for their intelligence, ingenuity, and lifelong thirst for knowledge.





Link: The Sorting Hat Test written by leeannslytherin on OkCupid, home of the The Dating Persona Test
oceantheorem: (May spring)
It's called the Wiki Meme and I stole it off the internet at large. You go over to Wikipedia and enter your birthdate and then you pick 3 events, 2 births and 1 holiday that occured on the day of your birthday.

(Oh, and I can't count, so, um, there are more events than there are supposed to be.)

May 9
Events:
1. 1457 BC - Battle of Megiddo (15th century BC) between Thutmose III and a large Canaanite coalition under the King of Kadesh. It is the first battle to have been recorded in what is accepted as relatively reliable detail.
2. 1868 - The city of Reno, Nevada, is founded. (Dude! No way!!)
3. 1955 - Sam and Friends debuts on a local U.S. television channel, marking the first television appearance of both Jim Henson and what would become Kermit the Frog and the Muppets.
4. 1960 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves sale of the birth control pill.

Births:
1. 1942 - John Ashcroft, United States Attorney General
2. 1949 - Billy Joel, American musician

Holiday:
Roman Empire – Feast of the Lemures (Unfortunately this is "Feast of the Lemures," which are unrestful ghosts, and not "Feast of the Lemurs," which would have just been wildly cool.)
oceantheorem: (ff Kaylee happy)

The Everything Test

There are many different types of tests on the internet today. Personality tests, purity tests, stereotype tests, political tests. But now, there is one test to rule them all.

Traditionally, online tests would ask certain questions about your musical tastes or clothing for a stereotype, your experiences for a purity test, or deep questions for a personality test.We're turning that upside down - all the questions affect all the results, and we've got some innovative results too! Enjoy :-)

Personality
You are more logical than emotional, more concerned about others than concerned about self, more atheist than religious, more dependent than loner, more workaholic than lazy, more rebel than traditional, more engineering mind than artistic mind, more cynical than idealist, more leader than follower, and more extroverted than introverted.

As for specific personality traits, you are outgoing (100%), adventurous (94%), romantic (86%), innovative (71%).

Stereotypes
Young Professional80%
Punk Rock67%
Prep46%
 
Life Experience
Sex44%
Substances35%
Travel41%

Politics
Your political views would best be described as Liberal, whom you agree with around 64% of the time.
  Socioeconomic
Your attitude toward life best associates you with Working Class. You make more than 68% of those who have taken this test, and 38% less than the U.S. average.

If your life was a movie, it would be rated PG-13.
By the way, your hottness rank is 69%, hotter than 79% of other test takers.

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oceantheorem: (gg rory christiana amanpour)
So, oceantheorem, your LiveJournal reveals...



You are... 4% unique
(blame, for example, your interest in the zebu cafe)
and 22% herdlike
(partly because you, like everyone else, enjoy weezer).
When it comes to friends you are normal. In terms of the way you relate to people, you believe in give and take.

Your writing style (based on a recent public entry) is conventional.

Your overall weirdness is: 16

(The average level of weirdness is: 27.
You are weirder than 30% of other LJers.)

Find out what your weirdness level is!
















Ah, I'm normal. How sad.

Hmmm

Jun. 5th, 2007 12:37 am
oceantheorem: (peace fortune)
I suppose this is fairly accurate. The first time I took it, it said I was an Eight, but that was clearly wrong. It gave me Six the second time; that's the first result beneath the cut because it seemed much closer, so I assumed it was correct. Then I decided, ah hell, I'll take it a third time and see what happens (all this is just from changing my answer on the first question), and it gave me Four. So that's beneath the cut too.
The weird thing is that Six feels like it describes what would be the WHOLE me, even though bits are inaccurate, while Four feels like it's 100% accurate but only describes one side of me.

I decided to bold specific bullets that I identify with.
Because, you know, it's nearly 1 am on a weeknight and of course I'm not sleeping.
Test thing )
oceantheorem: (dna Taq d'oh!)


Also, I know it's only 8:20, but I'm going to bed. It was just that kind of day.
oceantheorem: (cursewords Michel)
Today:

6:15. Ignore alarm.
8:45. Wake up and think, "Damnit! Didn't wake up to read papers." Roll over.
9:05. Scramble out of bed and get dressed in a hurry.
(9:14. Note that internet isn't working.)
9:35. Buy breakfast and coffee.
9:55. Arrive in lab.
10:00-11:50. Work in lab, read papers.
11:50-12:30. Read papers in panicked sort of manner.
12:30-1:10. Buy lunch, ride shuttle. Still haven't read second paper.
1:10-1:20. Lie in sun. Be amazed that sun came back, despite all evidence that it had permanently deserted New England. Decide to become sun worshipper.
1:30-3:30. Sit in class and feel depressingly stupid for not remembering pKa information.
3:30-4:00. Rush home, grab nice clothes, walk hurriedly back to lab (make mental note that am wearing tank top outside for first time in seven months).
4:00-5:05. Work in lab.
5:05-5:06. Throw PCR in machine, neglect to set up culture for tomorrow, rush out door.
5:25-5:30. Arrive at Pierson, change into nice clothes, arrive early at Fellow's Dinner. Feel on top of things.
5:30-8:35. Fellow's Dinner. Eat expensive food, drink expensive wine and cognac, and discuss world politics and religion with educated real adults while supposedly representing... some population (grad students? Pierson students? geneticists?). Pretend to be knowledgeable on these topics, while admitting uninformedness to fellow graduate affiliate. Reveal plans to not be graduate affiliate next year.
(Side note--had conversation about PhD program. Which title is more impressive, geneticist or biochemist? I vote biochemist, but was voted unanimously against by the four other people involved in the conversation. Thoughts?)
8:35-8:45. Escape from fellow's dinner and walk home.
8:45. Arrive home feeling exhausted yet strangely happy.
8:47. Realize internet still doesn't work. Begin computer struggles.
9:00. Get internet working again.
9:02. Uninstall unnecessary programs to keep computer from being sluggish.
9:03. Try to listen to This American Life, realize computer sound no longer works.
9:04. Take moment to bang head on table.
9:05-10:46. Search entire internet for help getting sound working again.
10:46. Mention problem to Rico Suave Sex God over AIM.
10:47. Install file under link Sex God sends.
10:48. Sound works again.
10:49. Take moment to bang head on table.
10:50-10:55. Update lj.

Gonna go read/take a shower/knit/sleep/rinse and repeat now.

Briefly, in other news:
Started new lab rotation, like it. Favorite cousin engaged; I will be in Utah in July for the wedding (Yaaay!). Did not get NSF grant, do not know anyone who did; feel stupid about this. Am so poor can no longer afford laundry/groceries/anything else; am still buying coffee in the mornings--clearly unsettled in the head. Luckily, was told this morning that new lab has free coffee made every morning by lab tech, is plenty for rotation students.

Right, bout that shower/knit/read/sleep thing.

EDIT: Oh yeah, and... )

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