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8 February, 2005

Fifty remix

This meme, discovered via Neil's World isn't an entirely new one.  I completed a very similar version last May (as did Neil), so I'll refer the reader back to my earlier answers to some questions.  Scholars of meme propagation ;) might be interested by the degree and nature of the changes - some questions are identical, whereas others, particularly those even vaguely risqué, have evolved.  A couple seem to have been imported from other memes, too.

  1. What time did you get up this morning? 08:00, maybe five past. I woke up at least two hours later, at work.
  2. Diamonds or pearls?
    I don't particularly like either, but like pearls a little less. I associate them with stereotypical staid, middle-class, older women.
  3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
    'I [heart] Huckabees'. I can't decide whether it was clever or just superficially so.
  4. What is your favourite TV show?
    'ER', as I mentioned here. I don't watch much TV.
  5. What did you have for breakfast?
    A toffee flapjack, at about 10:30. I missed 'proper' breakfast, but needed something before swimming at 12:00.
  6. What is your middle name?
    Richard. S'okay; better than my first name, anyway, but at least in writing, I prefer just 'NRT'.
  7. What is your favorite cuisine?
    I'll interpret that as national cuisine, and say Indian, though others are good too.
  8. What foods do you dislike?
    This resembles Q.11, here.
    I don't eat eggs (scrambled, fried, poached, etc.), though egg is fine as an ingredient, such as in pancakes, one of my favourite foods.
    I dislike anything with a 'slimy' texture, such as custard.
  9. What is your favourite crisp/chip flavour?
    Was Q.40. My opinion hasn't changed: 'Sea salt and balsamic vinegar' Kettle Chips.
  10. What is your favourite CD at the moment?
    Anathema: 'Alternative 4'. Yes, I finally found an Anathema album I really like!
  11. What kind of vehicle do you drive?
    A Dawes Discovery 301 bicycle.
  12. Favourite sandwich?
    I don't know why this should be any more trivial than the other questions, but I can't help thinking that life's too short to have a favourite sandwich.
  13. What characteristics do you despise?
  14. Favourite item of clothing?
    My boots.
  15. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go?
    Q.4, here. Straight answer: Iceland.
  16. What colour is your bathroom?
    Er... green? I'd have to look, which illustrates the level of my interest. Oddly enough, I am interested in friends' houses, and enjoy helping with building/decorating tasks; I just don't care about my own surroundings.
  17. What colour pants are you wearing?
    This was no.2 last time, though that questionnaire was less ambiguous in asking about underwear ;) The answer's black, anyway.
  18. Where would you retire to?
    I haven't given it a thought. At present, I can't imagine retiring to anywhere, i.e. leaving Lancaster.
  19. Favourite time of the day?
    That varies according to specific events. In general, late evening, 21:00-00:00.
  20. What was your most memorable birthday?
    I don't remember!
  21. Where were you born?
    Chester, England, UK, though that's within 3-4 km (~1 mile) of the Welsh border, which I crossed straight from the maternity ward. I'm not English.
  22. What’s the last thing you ate?
    Was Q.5 here, but I have eaten since then!
    Last thing: about half a loaf of fresh white bread and 'butter' (Clover). I dislike mass-produced, sliced bread, but a fresh farmhouse loaf (from Sainsbury's...) - yum.
  23. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
    Was Q.6 here. My answer is the same: black.
  24. Favorite flower?
    Was Q.42, and I still don't like flowers.
  25. What fabric detergent do you use?
    Sainsbury's own brand, I think. Whatever's on offer, really. If you've read much of this blog, I doubt you'd see me as a brand loyalty type of person!
  26. Coke or Pepsi?
    This was the first item in 'level four', here. My answer is still as decisive: Coke, never Pepsi, which I think has a 'chemical' flavour.
  27. Do you wish on stars?
    Yeah, right.
  28. What is your shoe size?
    43-45 European, which is around 9½ UK. I wear German para boots, so the UK system is less relevant to me.
  29. Do you have any pets?
    No, but I regularly cat-sit for others, and if I ever get round to replacing my back door, I'll get a catflap, and a cat to go with it.
  30. Last person you talked to on the phone?
    Was Q.8, and the answer is the same: Helen, though it was a different conversation - I have used the phone a few times since last May....
  31. What did you want to be when you were little?
    An astronaut.
  32. What are you meant to be doing now?
    It's 21:25, so I suppose I ought to think about an evening meal.
  33. What do you first notice about someone?
    Was Q.9, referring specifically to the opposite gender. I still don't have a definitive answer; height, perhaps?
  34. Siblings?
    Was Q.18. No new siblings since then!
  35. What was your favourite toy as a child?
    That changed with age, of course, but included Lego, Action Man and Britains animals/figurines. Apparently I was fascinated by the latter from a very early age, and there's an obvious parallel with the fact that I sculpt and paint comparable miniatures ('toy soldiers') nowadays.
    Perhaps things have changed, but when I played with Lego in the Seventies (I remember the introduction of minifigs!), it was 'Lego' - used as a single collective noun or as an adjective - and the units were 'bricks'. They weren't 'legos', as I increasingly see them called in American websites. Don't mess with my childhood!
    Actually, a quick Google search for "lego or legos" (with the quotes) shows that I'm correct: the product is LEGO (officially, capitalised) and the company is adamant that they are 'bricks' or 'pieces'.
  36. Summer or winter?
    Was Q.26. Still summer, still for the same reasons.
  37. Hugs or kisses?
    Was Q.27. Still definitely hugs.
  38. Chocolate or vanilla?
    Was Q.28. Still chocolate.
  39. Who is most likely to respond?
    Was Q.30. This and the subsequent question reveal the meme's prehistory, when it used e-mail as a vector. As such, it's less relevant in a blog.
  40. Who is least likely to respond?
    Was Q.31. Still irrelevant.
  41. Living arrangements?
    Was Q.32. No change since May.
  42. When was the last time you cried?
    Depends what that means. In January, I found the news reports of the tsunami devastation to be very affecting. More recently I found Elgar's 'Enigma Variations' particularly emotive.
    If the question is referring to personal unhappiness, it's been a while, thankfully. Probably November.
  43. What is under your bed?
    A spare mattress. No large cardboard boxes.
    That reminds me that I lent them to J & Fi when they moved house a few months ago, and they weren't returned... ah well; I won't need them in the near future, and can always obtain more.
  44. How many countries have you visited?
    Nine: UK (England, Wales and Scotland aren't sovereign nations), Spain, Norway, Denmark, Germany, France, Eire, Poland, USA. I can't really count the Netherlands, though Schiphol airport is fairly familiar.
  45. In how many cities have you lived?
    Specifically cities, two: Lancaster, UK and Stavanger, Norway.
    Extending that to towns and villages, four: Northop Hall, Stavanger, Aberystwyth and Lancaster.
  46. Favourite movie of all time?
    'Brazil'. It's probably a fair representation of my world view. ;)
  47. Mountains or beach?
    This question is open to multiple interpretations. If it's asking whether I'd prefer a holiday sunbathing in a beach resort or walking in mountains, unhesitatingly the latter.
    If it's asking which environment I inherently prefer, and I absolutely had to choose one, it'd be mountains, though I love the sea too.
  48. The current friend you have known the longest?
    Not counting Helen, probably Harriet, who I first met in 1993 or 94.
    It would be James, my 'evil twin' (same PhD fieldwork site; same age, to the day; both left-handed), but now I think of it, I haven't seen him for a year or so.
  49. Full names of your potential kids?
    That's not going to happen, so I won't bother speculating.
  50. Usual bedtime?
    Around 00:30, recently.


Was "Alternative 4" on my recommendation?

Posted by Tim Hall at February 8, 2005 11:15 PM

Partly, yes (thanks!), and partly due to the recommendations of Adam, a fellow Porcupine Tree fan here in Lancaster.
He'd recommended Anathema a few times, and his taste has overlapped mine before, so was I surprised when I just didn't see the attraction of 'A Natural Disaster', and didn't think 'A Fine Day To Exit' was anything special, so I kept trying ;)
'The Silent Enigma' did nothing for me (it's possibly unfortunate that the nearest style comparison I can make is to Opeth, as this album isn't even vaguely in that league), but 'Alternative 4' finally made it.

Posted by NRT at February 8, 2005 11:41 PM
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