Please allow me to introduce myself

I’m a man of wealth and taste:

You scored as Satanism. Your beliefs most closely resemble those of Satanism! Before you scream, do a bit of research on it. To be a Satanist, you don’t actually have to believe in Satan. Satanism generally focuses upon the spiritual advancement of the self, rather than upon submission to a deity or a set of moral codes. Do some research if you immediately think of the satanic cult stereotype. Your beliefs may also resemble those of earth-based religions such as paganism.

Satanism

58%

atheism

54%

Buddhism

42%

agnosticism

42%

Islam

29%

paganism

25%

Judaism

17%

Hinduism

17%

Christianity

8%

Which religion is the right one for you? (new version)
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The quiz author seems to have in mind the modern Satanism of people like our old friend Aleister Crowley and Anton LaVey. It’s more likely that I’d cast my lot in with the Dark Lord (who only exists in a metaphorical sense, remember) than that I’d, say, convert to Islam, but that’s not saying very much. Satanism seems to be an elaborate prank designed to annoy Christians while having some good parties (which of course, I can do anyway), rather than a system one could practically live by. If any Satannic evangelists would like to compete with nlj21 for my attention, then we can always talk, of course.

In the meantime, I will stick to the True Faith of the Invisible Pink Unicorn (May Her Hooves Never Be Shod) and Kelvin, who is The Lord.

A Long December

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1. What did you do in 2004 that you’d never done before?

Resigned from a job. Went to Singapore. Went to the Lake District. Will that do?

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

No and no.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

No.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

No.

5. What countries did you visit?

Singapore, and that’s it.

6. What would you like to have in 2005 that you lacked in 2004?

Kickass ninja powers (watching a lot of Buffy lately).

7. What date from 2004 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Ain’t telling.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I’m not sure it counts as an achievement of mine or dumb luck, but I seem to have found a great new job. Which was nice.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not staying in touch with friends and family as much as I should have.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Had random chundering bug earlier in the year, but other than that, no.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

The Powerbook is a great new toy.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

S’s, for being generally amazing. I hope I don’t get told off when she reads this.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Lots of people in the big world out there, but among people I know, nobody’s.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Survival essentials: food, shelter, bandwidth, Powerbook.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

I don’t do really, really, really excited. I’m phlegmatic.

16. What song will always remind you of 2004?

Natasha Bedingfield’s Unwritten, which Radio 2 have had on non-stop. It’s a good song, though, so I don’t mind.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?

Happier.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Nothing much.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Worrying about nothing.

20. How will you be spending New Year’s Eve?

At bluap‘s party.

23. What was your favourite TV programme? (spelling Anglicised: take back the language)

My favourite (and only TV) programme was Strictly Come Dancing. I greatly enjoyed both Spaced and Buffy, but those were on DVD.

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 read a lot of books. A History of God and Lapsing stick in my memory.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?

The Freelance Hairdresser, obviously.

27. What did you want and get?

That’d be the job, then.

28. What did you want and not get?

Enough sleep.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?

It’s been a quiet year for films. I quite liked The Incredibles. Ooh, was The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind this year? That was good, too, in a rather different way.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I was 28. I had a big party for my friends.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

The spontaneous conversion of all evangelical Christians to the worship of Lord Kelvin. Kelvin is Lord!

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2004?

M&S chic. I think the long coat is rather good though.

33. What kept you sane?

Teh girlie.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

The Russian one on Strictly Come Dancing was rather nice.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?

I’ve given up on politics. We’re doomed.

36. Who did you miss?

I’ve been practising my aim. I don’t miss.

37. Who was the best new person you met?

My new colleagues are a fine bunch of highly skilled engineers (can I have a raise now, please?)

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2004:

Check shirt pocket for passport before washing shirt.
Love is the Law, Love under Will. Do What Thou Wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year?

“And the sacred moments of silliness are where I find my heaven”

Song Lyrics Meme Sheepage

Via terriem, comes the meme:

Step 1: Get your playlist together, put it on random, and play.
Step 2: Pick your favourite lines from the first 25 songs that play (in my case, excluding parodies and Thundercats out-takes, oh yes).
Step 3: Post and let everyone you know guess what song the lines come from.
Step 4: Cross out the songs when someone guesses correctly.

Update: as people seem to have run out of steam, I’ve added the answers to the ones no-one got.
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1. You wave your hand and they scatter like crows, they’re nothing that’ll ever capture your heart. Downtown Train by Rod Stewart.

2. The sun is setting like molasses in the sky.Black Velvet by Alannah Myles. terriem

3. Flashback, warm nights, almost left behind.Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper. terriem

4. Pale blue eyes, same old house, no ties. When Will You (Make My Telephone Ring) by Deacon Blue.

5. The dizzy dancing way you feel, as every fairytale comes real Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell. terriem

6. That summer feeling, is gonna fly, always try and keep the feeling inside. Sparky’s Dream by Teenage Fanclub

7. All I do is kiss you through the bars of a rhyme. Romeo and Juliet by Dire Straits. terriem

8. Too in touch with myself – I light the fuse Changingman by Paul Weller. phlebas

9. Will you marry for the money, take a lover in the afternoon? Gloria by Laura Brannigan.

10. Laugh at the wonder of it all, laugh so loud you break your fall Sound by James. lisekit

11. No me dejes solo con mi corazon que esta enloquecido con esta pasion Dimelo by Marc Anthony, as popularised by Dave Sheridan’s Amazing Latin CD.

12. And I want to wake up with the rain falling on a tin roof, while I’m safe there in your arms. Come Away With Me by Norah Jones. terriem

13. Eye to eye, they solemnly convene to make the scene Music to Watch Girls By by Andy Williams.

14. Cos your friends don’t dance and if they don’t dance, well they’re no friends of mine. Safety Dance by Men Without Hats. phlebas

15. Through these fields of destruction, baptisms of fire. Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits. marnanel

16. I’d like to believe, in the terrible truth, in the beautiful lie. There Goes God by Crowded House. lisekit

17. So cool she was like jazz on a summer’s day. Valerie by Steve Winwood.

18. I dream of Michelangelo when I’m lying in my bed: little angels hang above my head and read me like an open book. Angels of the Silences by Counting Crows.

19. Fat man starts to fall. Inside by Stiltskin.

20. I get the same old dream, same time every night/ Fall to the ground and I wake up Since You’ve Been Gone by Rainbow. phlebas

21. Sail on silver girl, sail on by, your time has come to shine. Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel. terriem

22. The blonde waitresses take their trays, they spin around and they cross the floor Walk Like an Egyptian by the Bangles. terriem

23. And I think that I could love you ’cause you know how to be free. Walk this World by Heather Nova.

24. Call my name and save me from the dark Wake me up inside by Evanesence. lisekit

25. Can’t even hear ’em no more, all the voices and choices, now only one road remains, just [TITLE], two hearts, two souls, tonight, two lanes. Strangers in a Car by Marc Cohn.

We Haven’t Met But You’re A Great Fan Of Mine II

The TouchGraph LiveJournal Browser is a rather pretty toy. It uses LJ’s machine-readable user information to plot nice graphs of the friend and interest relationships (if you just want to see the friend relationships, nudge the max and min interest popularity settings so they’re close together). Double-click on another user and their friends appear, with the graph shuffling itself around to accommodate them. Load up someone with lots of friends and watch the thing grind to a halt. Super.

It’s written in Java, so it runs on my Mac (and presumably under Linux). If you’re not on Windows, use the command line from the batch file which comes with it, but replace the semi-colons in the class path with colons. It is, as numerous people have said, all good.

Had a gluttonous weekend, dining in a posh restaurant (well, it was a special occasion) and going to PaulB’s barbeque. My stomach has just about recovered now.

Use Psychology

It seems like everyone else is doing this quiz, so:

You are a XPYG–Expressive Practical Physical Giver. This makes you a Roving Spouse.

You are magnetic, charming, and impossible to resist. You have no problem with approaching the opposite sex — it just comes naturally to you, and the thrill of warming up a stranger is one of your great drives. Still, very few people really know you. You don’t just *feel* misunderstood — you are. You are probably nursing a heartache that you never let on.

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You’re calm in a conflict (almost *too* calm — a more emotional partner may wonder why you’re not more engaged) and quick with affection. Fighting makes you uncomfortable, but as you avoid direct conflict your frustrations can manifest in the cold shoulder and passive-aggression, which is no better! Still, you make a loving, doting parent — giving more love than discipline — and your children prefer you.

Like an XSYG, you put so much thought and effort in what you give to your partner that you feel dismissed and unappreciated if you don’t get the same in return. You also give and think so much that you can also talk yourself into cheating — physically or emotionally — and this can lead a cycle of conflict, guilt, conflict-avoidance, chilly atmosphere and then more cheating. But you’ll stay with your partner in the long run from guilt and a desire to please.

You’ve got to open up! You express and give so much of yourself in other ways — don’t be afraid to express what’s bothering you.

I’m only being so hard on you because you remind me of me.

Hmm… not bad, although I think I’m getting better at that opening up thing, and some people seem to understand me just fine.

Survey thingy

Everyone seems to be doing this survey, so here goes.

I just updated this with the missing bedroom question.

<lj-cut> What facial feature do you find the most attractive on others? Smile, eyes.

Would you vote for a woman candidate for president? Yes.

Would you marry for money? No.

Have you had braces? No.

Do you pluck your eyebrows? Er, no.

Do you ever cut or hurt yourself? No.

Could you live without a computer? Yes, but it’d be less interesting.

Do you drink enough water? I think so.

Do you wear shoes in the house or take them off? Take them off.

What is your favourite fruit? Not really into fruit. Apples are nice.

Do you eat wheat bread or white? White

What is your favourite place to visit? Hrm… I don’t really have one. It’s more about who I’m with than where I am.

Are you photogenic? No.

Do you dream in colour or black and white? In colour.

Are you wearing nail polish? No.

Do you have any dimples? Buggered if I know.

Do you remember being born? No. One of my earliest memories is of visiting my sister just after she was born, though.

Why do you take surveys? Why not?

Did you like or do you like secondary school? I did well academically but I was awkward. Sixth Form was better.

When you are asleep do you like being kissed? No idea.

Do you think women should be expected to shave their body hair? No. Except for ones with moustaches. 🙂

Do you like salty food or sugary food the most? Sugary.

Is a flat stomach important to you? No.

Are you tolerant of other peoples beliefs? Largely, although I’ve been known to go like a terrier after loonies who imply that they always know better than anyone else.

When you watch a movie at home, do you like the lights on or off? Off.

Do you believe in magic? No, I believe in sufficiently advanced technology.

Do you have nightmares frequently? No.

Do you like your nose? It’s fine by me.

Do you listen to music daily? Yes, either Radio 4 or Radio 2. And VibeFM courtesy of my housemate.

At what age did you find out that Santa Claus wasn’t real? Don’t remember.

How many pairs of shoes do you have in your closet? 3 or 4

Do you like to wear the same shoes everyday or do you like a variety? The same ones.

Do you write poetry? No.

Do you snore? No.

Do you sleep more on your back, front, or sides? Side.

Do you lick stamps? Yes.

Do you use an electric can opener? No.

Have you ridden in a hot air balloon? No.

Which hurts the most, physical or emotional pain? Not comparable: they hurt in different ways.

Do you think balding men should shave their heads? Yes.

Do you know anyone who is clinically depressed? Not that I know of.

Do you prefer a piano or a violin? A piano.

Do you know someone who has cancer? No.

Do you like to hunt? No.

Do you have a middle name? What is it? No. Tiberius.

Are you tired? Yes.

Did you drink anything with caffeine in it today? Tea, tea and more tea.

How long is your hair? Fairly short, but needs cutting again.

Do you get along with your parents? Yes.

What colour of eyes do you prefer? No preference.

Are you a virgin? <clinton>I did not have sex with that woman.</clinton>

What medications do you take? Azathioprine, pentasa and questran.

What does your bedroom look like? Clothes on the floor, and books too. Blue curtains and lampshade (replacing the fetching floral curtains and “Forever Friends” lampshade which came with the house). Books on a couple of long shelves around the walls. Quite a big floor space when there’s nothing on it.

I’m a heretic!

The Dante’s Inferno Test has banished you to the Sixth Level of Hell – The City of Dis!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:

Level Score
Purgatory (Repenting Believers) Very Low
Level 1 – Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers) Very High
Level 2 (Lustful) High
Level 3 (Gluttonous) Low
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious) Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy) Moderate
Level 6 – The City of Dis (Heretics) Very High
Level 7 (Violent) Moderate
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers) Low
Level 9 – Cocytus (Treacherous) Low

Take the Dante’s Inferno Hell Test