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11 March, 2007

B-i-g meme

This massive meme questionnaire is via Calephetos.  It's so long that I was soon reduced to single-word answers, but if I remembered answering a question before, I've linked back.


1.1: What is your full name: NRT (100 Things No.1)

1.2: Date of birth: Early 1970s.

1.3: Male or female: Hang on; I'll check... [WHAT THE...!?] Okay: male.

1.4: Astrological sign: Scorpio (sun, moon & ascendent). (100 Things No.38)

1.5: Nicknames: None I'd wish to publicise.

1.6: Occupation: Web... hmm... editor?

1.7: Height: 6'1" plus boots.

1.8: Hair color: Mid-brown.

1.9: Eye color: Dark brown.

1.10: Where were you born: Chester, England, UK but ~3-4 km from the Welsh border, which I crossed straight from the maternity ward. I'm not English. (Q.21)

1.11: Where do you reside now: Lancaster, UK.

1.12: Age: Mid-thirties

1.13: Screen names: Consistently related to this site's name, except for those activities I wouldn't want linked to this site.

1.14: Why those names?: See above.

1.15: Pets: Not at present. (Q.29)

1.16: Number of candles you blew out on your last birthday cake: I don't recall having a birthday cake.

1.17: Piercings: None.

1.18: Tattoos: None.

1.19: Shoe size: 9-10.

1.20: Righty or lefty: Sinister, though dextrous with scissors.

1.21: Wearing: Black 'Firefox' T-shirt, black police trousers, para boots.

1.22: Hearing: Distant traffic. It's surprisingly quiet. Too damn quiet....

1.23: Feeling: Okay, thanks.

1.24: Eating/drinking: Not at present.

Guys/Girls/Love/Kissing/And Other Stuff

2.1: Have you ever been in love: Yes.

2.2: How many people have you said 'I love you' to: A very few.

2.3: How many people have you been in REAL love with: About the same number.

2.4: How many people have you kissed: A very, very few.

2.5: Have you ever kissed someone of the same sex: I don't think so.

2.6: How many people have you dated: Not many.

2.7: What do you look for in a girl: I don't; I'm not so calculating as to evaluate people like that. The question makes it sound like choosing a chicken from a supermarket chill cabinet (firm breast, good thighs, yellowish puckered skin, etc.), whereas I'm just not browsing.

2.8: What do you look for in a guy: I'm even less likely to think in those terms!

2.9: What's the first thing you notice about the opposite sex: Height? (Q.33)

2.10: What type of girl do you usually go for: There's no 'usually'.

2.11: Do you have a crush right now: No.

2.12: If so, who is it: Still no.

2.13: Do you believe in love at first sight: No. Lust, certainly.

2.14: Do you remember your first love: Yes.

2.15: Who is the first person you kissed: Anna R.

2.16: Do you believe in fate: No.

2.17: Do you believe in soul mates: No.

2.18: If so do you believe you'll ever find yours: See previous.

Family Stuff

3.1: How many siblings do you have: One.

3.2: What are your siblings' names: No comment.

3.3: What are your parents' names: No comment. Online security, yeah?

3.4: How many siblings does your mother have: Three.

3.5: How many siblings does your father have: Two; one other died.

3.6: Where are your parents from: Merseyside, but their families weren't. (Q.47)

3.7: Is your family close: No. That's my immediate family; I have no contact whatsoever with my extended family. (100 Things No.8-10)

3.8: Does your family get together for holidays: I see my mother and sister each December.

3.9: Do you have a drunk uncle: He died, of causes directly related to alcoholism.

3.10: Any medical problems run through your family: Bad circulation (I'm not affected), the Cystic Fibrosis gene (though no-one in my family has the condition itself).

3.11: Does someone in your family wear a toupee: Neither I nor my father do, and I have no knowledge of (or interest in) members of my extended family.

3.12: Do you have any nieces or nephews: No. I can't imagine my sister having children.

3.13: Are your parents divorced: Yes.

3.14: Do you have step-parents: No, though my mother has a partner and my father has remarried. 'Step-parent' is just the wrong concept.

3.15: Has your family ever disowned another member of your family: One member disowned another, yes.

Music Stuff

4.1: What song do you swear was written about you or your life: Jethro Tull's 'Sparrow On The Schoolyard Wall' was a little too penetrating, and spurred a change, but that was 16 years ago. Otherwise, none.

4.2: What's the most embarrassing CD you own: If I think the music is meretricious or I just plain like it, why would I be embarrassed? Conversely if I was embarrassed by a CD, it follows that I wouldn't enjoy it, and would get rid of it.

4.3: What's the best CD you own: 'Stupid Dream' (Porcupine Tree, 1999).

4.4: What song do you absolutely hate: I don't. If I dislike something, I just ignore it.

4.5: Do you sing in the shower: No.

4.6: What song reminds you of that special someone: Several, and none. There's no 'our song', anyway.


5.1: Colour: Black. Duh.

5.2: Food: Seafood. (Q.20)

5.3: Song: Porcupine Tree's 'Even Less' or Pink Floyd's 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond Pt. 1-5'.

5.4: TV Programme: Maybe 'ER' (Q.1), maybe 'Doctor Who', but I wouldn't say I'm an especial fan of any TV programmes. (Q.46)

5.5: School subject: Geography, probably. It could have been English, if the teachers had been better.

5.6: Animal: Human. Okay; domestic cat. (Q.19)

5.7: Outfit: Helen has this shiny black... <ahem>. I'm happiest in a black T-shirt, combats & boots.

5.8: Radio station: I don't listen to the radio at all.

5.9: Movie: Perhaps 'Trois Couleurs: Bleu'.

5.10: Cartoon: None.

5.11: Actor: No fixed favourite.

5.12: Actress: Likewise. I don't think I'd watch a film primarily because of an actor/actress.

5.13: Crisp: Salt & Vinegar. (Q.40)

5.14: Alcoholic drink: None. (100 Things No.52)

5.15: Soft drink: Coke. That's specifically Coca Cola, not other colas. (Q.26)

5.16: Holiday: Do you mean public holiday (none) or vacation (the next/most recent one)?

5.17: Perfume/cologne: Myself, none. Can't stand male fragrances. I quite like Helen's chosen perfume (Dior). (Q.33)

5.18: Pizza topping: Ham & pineapple? Whatever.

5.19: Jelly flavour: I don't even remember the last time I ate jelly (US: jello). Raspberry?

5.20: Sandwich meat: Chicken? All these food-related responses are rather arbitrary, and they're very trivial issues to me.

5.21: Card game: None. Never liked cards.

5.22: Video game: What's the difference between a video game and a computer game? If it means arcade machines, none.

5.23: Book: No single favourite. I don't 'comfort read'.

5.24: Computer game: None, really, though I've been mildly diverted by various versions of 'Sim City', 'The Sims', 'Resident Evil' and 'Tomb Raider', over the years

5.25: Number: Sixty-three.

5.26: Cereal: Crunchy Nut Cornflakes

5.27: Comedian: Maybe Eddie Izzard.

5.28: Dessert: I'm not a desserts person. Perhaps something chocolatey.

5.29: Disney character: None. I don't recall liking Disney cartoons even as a child.

5.30: Clothing store: Does Afflecks Palace count?

5.31: Pastime: Taking my camera for bike rides.

5.32: Teacher: I left school seventeen years ago....

5.33: Childhood toy: No one toy springs to mind. (Q.35)

5.34: Fairground game/ride: None. Never liked fairs. (100 Things No.42)

5.35: Chocolate bar: Dairy milk chocolate i.e. solid UK-style chocolate, not some nasty chocolate-coated sickly sweetness. (No.23)

5.36: Magazine: 'White Dwarf', by default, as I rarely read others. Runners-up would be 'Classic Rock' and 'Record Collector', though I don't think I've ever read more than specific articles from either.

5.37: Salad dressing: Thousand Island? Who cares? (Q.23)

5.38: Thing to do on the weekend: Walking, cycling, photography, visiting friends, watching films,... lots of things!

5.39: Hot drink: Tea,

5.40: Season: Spring or Autumn, though the others have attractions too.

5.41: Sport to watch: Female beach volleyball. What? More seriously: none.

5.42: Person to talk to online: I'm not quite sure whether I understand the question: with whom do I most enjoy exchanging e-mails? I suppose that'd be H & A.

Your Bedroom/Sleeping Habits

6.1: What color are your sheets: I think the current set is green.

6.2: What color are your bedroom walls: Purple, I think.

6.3: Do you have posters on your wall: Framed, yes.

6.4: If so of what: If this means my bedroom, there's a framed poster of Waterhouse's 'Hylas And The Nymphs'. On other walls.

6.5: Do you have a TV in your bedroom: Yes, but it's stored there, not plugged in.

6.6: How many pillows are on your bed: Two.

6.7: What do you normally sleep in: The bed.

6.8: Describe your favorite pair of pyjamas: Oh; I see. I wear shorts.

6.9: What size bed do you have: I've forgotten the difference between double and king-size. One of them, anyway.

6.10: Do you have a waterbed/bunkbed/daybed: No.

6.11: Do you have your own phone line in your bedroom: No, the connection is downstairs.

6.12: Describe the last nightmare you had: The few dreams I remember tend to be lucid (100 Things No.90), so aren't nightmares (I'd be odd if I could control my dreams yet didn't tweak them in a favourable manner!).

6.13: Do you sleep with stuffed animals: My childhood teddy is on a chest of drawers across the room. On top of that stored TV, in fact.

6.14: Any unusual sleeping positions: Not so far as I'm told.

6.15: Do you have to share your bedroom with a sibling: In a sense. My old bedroom at my mother's house was remodelled as a computer room/conservatory (don't think about that too hard) with a sofabed, so if I'm ever there whilst my sister isn't, I use her old bedroom (which still is a bedroom) instead.

6.16: Do you snore: I'm told I do occasionally, especially if I've been in a smoky environment.

6.17: How about drool: If so, it vanishes before I wake, so I presume not.

6.18: Do you have an alarm clock in your room: I routinely use two, but wake a few minutes before either anyway.

6.19: What color is the carpet in your room: Bedroom? Tatty white floorboards.

6.20: What's under your bed: A bed. Yes, really; I keep a spare single mattress there. (Q.43)

This or that (no neither or boths)

7.1: Loser/wannabe: ¿Que?

7.2: Doughnuts/bagels: A doughnut. Just one at a time.

7.3: Day/night: Must choose one, eh? If forced: night.

7.4: Heaven/Hell: Atheist.

7.5: Make love/have sex: Sex. Usually.

7.6: Coffee/tea: Tea.

7.7: Hamburgers/hotdogs: Hamburgers if fresh, hot dogs if in Norway.

7.8: Rap/rock: Rock.

7.9: Silver/gold: Silver, definitely.

7.10: McDonalds/Taco Bell: McDonalds is unpleasant but occasionally useful if desperate in an unfamiliar city. I've never encountered Taco Bell.

7.11: Sweet/sour: Sour.

7.12: Punk/emo: Punk. I wouldn't recognise 'emo'.

7.13: Hot/cold: Cold.

7.14: Winter/Summer: Summer. (Q.26)

7.15: Spring/Autumn: Spring.

7.16: Operas/plays: Plays.

7.17: Read/watch TV: Read.

7.18: CDs/tapes: CDs.

7.19: DVDs/VHS: DVDs.

7.20: Old/new: New.

7.21: Shorts/skirts: As the wearer, shorts. As the observer, skirts.

7.22: Pink/red: Neithe... if I must choose: red.

7.23: Coloured pictures/black and white photos: Colour.

7.24: Meat/vegetables: Meat.

7.25: Mexican food/chinese food: Chinese.

7.26: Scary movies/comedies: Scary, by default. My sense of humour seems incompatible with most people's idea of 'comedy'.

7.27: Bikinis/one piece bathing suits: As a viewer, obviously... er... dunno. Depends.

7.28: Dogs/cats: Cats.

7.29: Water/land: Water. (Q.47)

7.30: Sugar/spice: Spice.

7.31: Black/white: Black.

7.32: Passionate kiss/peck: Peck.

7.33: WWE wrestling/real wrestling: Don't care.

7.34: Back rub/foot massage: Back rub. Oh yes....

7.35: Pens/pencils: Pens, I think.

Have You Ever....

8.1: Mooned anyone: No.

8.2: Been on a diet: Ha! No. If I did, it'd be to gain weight.

8.3: Been to a foreign country: Numerous times.

8.4: Broken a bone: Yes. (100 Things No.23-4)

8.5: Swallowed a tooth/cap/filling: Yes.

8.6: Sworn at a teacher: I think so, but not in a hostile manner, if that makes sense.

8.7: Talked to a Blurty/LiveJournal/Blogger member via emails or instant messages: Yes.

8.8: Got in a fight: Yes, though only one since school. (Q.10)

8.9: Dated a teacher: No.

8.10: Laughed so hard you peed your pants: No.

8.11: Thought about killing your enemy: Never had that much of an enemy.

8.12: Gone skinny dipping: A few times.

8.13: Met another Blurty/LifeJournal/Blogger member in the flesh: Only (that's 'solely', not 'merely') Calephetos.

8.14: Told a little white lie: No. Not counting that one.

8.15: Told a secret you swore not to tell: No. Never. Never would. No joke: for me, secrets are absolute.

8.16: Stolen anything: Yes. See Layer 7, 'Shoplifted'.

8.17: Misused a swear word and it sounded absolutely stupid: Probably.

8.18: Been on TV: Possibly. Cameras were present when I visited Rockefeller Plaza, NYC on presidential election night 2004, so I might have been in the background.

8.19: Been on the radio: No.

8.20: Been in a mosh pit: Briefly.

8.21: Been to a concert: Several.

8.22: Dated one of your best friends: No.

8.23: Loved someone so much it makes you cry: Yes.

8.24: Deceived somebody close to you: Yes.

8.25: Broken the law: Yes.

8.26: Been to a rodeo: Never knowingly been withing a few thousand kilometres of a rodeo.

8.27: Been on a talk show: No.

8.28: Been on a game show: **** no.

8.29: Been on an aeroplane: Frequently.

8.30: Ridden in a fire engine: No.

8.31: Come close to dying: I've been in dangerous situations occasionally. Who hasn't?

8.32: Cheated on a girlfriend: No.

8.33: Given someone a piggy back ride: Yes.

8.34: Terrorised a babysitter: I don't think I was still being babysat at an age when I might have tested the boundaries.

8.35: Made a mud pie: I'm not sure what that is.

8.36: Had a dream that you're falling off a cliff: Not that I remember.

8.37: Snuck out of the house at night: Sneaked. And yes. (Q.11)

8.38: Been so drunk you don't remember your name: Only if I was so drunk I forget the forgetting.

8.39: Had an eating disorder: Nothing worthy of the name. I can comfortably go without food for extended periods, but it's just a lack of appetite or preoccupation rather than something deliberate.

8.40: Felt like you didn't belong: Often.

8.41: Felt like the 3rd wheel: Occasionally.

8.42: Smoked: Have done.

8.43: Been arrested: Briefly; was dearrested fairly promptly.

8.44: Gone to camp: Yes. (Q.30)

8.45: Won a bet: I'm not a betting man.

8.46: Written a love letter: I try to forget.

8.47: Gone out of your way to be with the one you love: Is ~1,500 km far enough out of my way?

8.48: Written a love poem: No.

8.49: Kissed in the rain: Yes.

8.50: Slow danced with someone you love: I'd just be embarrassed.

8.51: Participated in an orgy: Ha! No.

8.52: Faked an orgasm: Not especially easy when male.

8.53: Stolen a kiss: No.

8.54: Asked a friend for relationship advice: No.

8.55: Had a friend steal your girlfriend: No!

8.56: Watched the sunset/rise with someone you love: Yes.

8.57: Gotten a speeding ticket: No. I very rarely drive, and have a zero-tolerance attitude to speeding.

8.58: Done jail time: No.

8.59: Had to wear a uniform to work: Not really. One employer gave out polo shirts, but they weren't required. Another asked staff to wear black trousers and company-provided T-shirts, but they weren't specifically staff T-shirts. I think the idea was to give a visual impression that an empty shop actually had a few customers.

8.60: Won a trophy: Ahem. Several: nine Golden Demons, a silver, a bronze and the Demon Slayer Sword. (100 Things No.56-8)

8.61: Thrown up in public: I don't think so. Not in public.

8.62: Bowled a perfect game: Never bowled; no inclination to try.

8.63: Failed/got held back: The only context in the UK education system in which that could happen is by marginally failing one's first year at University, with mitigation. It's not possible in the school system.

8.64: Got perfect attendance in grade school: I'm not entirely sure what grade school entails. I didn't miss many full days of primary (4-10) or compulsory secondary (11-16) school, but I did evade certain sessions (sports, mainly) from ~15-18. (Q.18)

8.65: Roasted pumpkin seeds: No.

8.66: Taken ballet/karate lessons: My mother sent me to judo lessons for a couple of weeks. Another misjudgement.

8.67: Attempted suicide: No way!

8.68: Cut yourself: Not deliberately.

Childhood Stuff

9.1: Did you play with Barbies/G.I. Joes: That's Action Man in the UK, and yes.

9.2: Did you own Treasure Trolls: That's the first time I've encountered the phrase.

9.3: Did you watch Beverly Hills 90210: Not even once, though I have at least heard of it.

9.4: Did you play Simon Says: The traditional children's game? Yes. I somehow get the impression the question refers to something specific, proprietory and TV-related; in which case, no.

9.5: Did you watch Fraggle Rock: Yes, but I only remember the Doozers.

9.6: Did you wet the bed: no.

9.7: Did you believe there were monsters in your closet or under your bed: No. Actually, now I think of it, I did think of being attacked by entities outside the bed, below the level of the mattress, but never actually under the bed.

9.8: Did you wear the underwear with the days of the week on them: Er, no.

9.9: Were you shy: More than averagely.

9.10: Were you spoiled: I wouldn't say so....

9.11: Were you abused: Not remotely.

9.12: Did you go to the circus: I vaguely remember one occasion.

9.13: Did you go to the zoo: At least annually until my mid-teens, when my sister objected. I like zoos.

9.14: Were you in a car accident: Only very minor. (Q.37)

9.15: Did you build snowmen: Yes.

9.16: Did you cry when you scraped your knee: Probably, but I get the impression I did so less than most – I remember other children who were distinctly prone to tears, and my mother's scorn. It wasn't encouraged, anyway.

9.17: Were your older cousins mean to you: No. I was one of the oldest, anyway, and the oldest boy apart from a cousin in Canada.

9.18: Did you think slinkies were cool: Yes, especially as my paternal grandparents lived in an upstairs flat with a huge (to a small child) flight of stairs.

9.19: Did you think the Ninja Turtles really lived in the sewer: They were a bit after my time....

9.20: Were you afraid of the dark: I insisted on a night light until well into my teens, which is odd, as I prefer darkness at home now.

9.21: Did you have slumber parties: No. I think that's a girl thing anyway.

9.22: Did you have New Kids on the Block sheets, pillows, pajamas, sleeping bag: Er, no. I was far too old, and entirely uninterested in teen bands.

9.23: Did you tease your hair out like Tiffany: I very vaguely remember Tiffany (I think), but not her hair.

9.24: Did you believe in the Easter Bunny/Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy: We didn't have the easter Bunny in the UK in the 1970s (I don't think we do now, either), and certainly not as something to 'believe in'. I did believe in Father christmas ('Santa Claus' was a foreign term, too), and the Tooth Fairy, I suppose, without really think about it.

Random stuff

I really can't be bothered with these, but will republish the questions for the next person:

10.1: If you could meet god, what would you say? What would he/she say? Would you go for coffee afterwards?
10.2: Since Monday is so terrible, which day of the week would you prefer to start on?
10.3: You are God. Hi. What's the first thing you do? What's the second?
10.4: If you could, would you? If not, why not?
10.5: Did the chicken cross the road? If so, why?
10.6: Who should direct the movie of your life? Would you go and see it?
10.7: Where will it all end?
10.8: What is the meaning of life? Answers equalling 42 will be disqualified for reasons of lack of originality.
10.9: Aliens land in your back garden, who according to all known laws of sci-fi, speak English rather well, if with a slight accent. Where do you take them for dinner, why, and what will you talk about on the way back?
10.10: if a = 16, and q = 4, how many times did you read this survey thinking "what the **** is this?" and wondering what the author might be taking? what am i taking? what are you taking?

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