Jul. 23rd, 2007 01:09 am
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Ganked from indigoskynet.

NO, NO, WAIT! I know it's a meme, but this one's useful!

Once the shock of reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for thefifth time in a row wears off, some readers may be wondering what theycan read next. So why not start a meme of suggestions?

1.You must copy and paste the directions, rules, and the list sofar into your blog and then add three (and only three) books to thelist.

2.These three books must NOT already be on the list sofar. They must be fantasy or science fictional in nature that those whoenjoyed Harry Potter may also enjoy. You must provide your name and alink to your blog and/or website so that people may contact you to askfor more information about the books, if they want. They must be booksthat you have actually read yourself.

3. You cannot recommend aseries; instead, recommend the first book in the series. TerryPratchett's Discworld would NOT be considered a series; but RobertJordan's Wheel of Time would. Use your best judgment about whetheryou're recommending a series or not.

4. You must label the booksas either YA (young adult, suitable for the younger fans of HarryPotter) or A (adult,suitable for the not-so-younger fans of HarryPotter). Please be clear about this. It will be understood thatanything labeled YA is also recommended for A.

5. If you are an author, you CANNOT recommend your own books. (You can however hound your friends into recommending your books.)

6. Providing a link to information about the books you are recommending is optional.

Patty Cryan [norda/booksbynight] recommends:

1. L.M. Boston - The Children of Green Knowe. Tolly experiences time travel and ancestral magic in an English country house. [YA, published in 1954]

2. Geraldine McCaughrean - The Stones Are Hatching. Phelim had always thought there must be more to magic than rabbits or handkerchiefs - that if it existed at all, it would be too large to palm or to hide up your sleeve. [YA, published in 2000]

3. James A. Owen - Here, There Be Dragons. Charles, Jack and John find themselves forcibly removed from wartorn Britain to a realm literally beyond imagination. [YA, published in 2006]

Steven E. McDonald (David Alexander McDonald), wyldemusick, recommends:

Alan Garner - The Weirdstone Of Brisingamen (YA) (It would be easy to just recommend all of Garner's books, really)
Samuel R. Delany - Neveryona (A) - although this is a quantum leap, simply because of the corners Chip thinks around when it comes to language; it's the start of a series of books
Roger Zelazny - Lord Of Light (A) - science fiction, but it's built on Hindu mythology and fantastic in every way

Mario Di Giacomo [mdg1] recommends:

Good Omens(A), by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Humorous fantasy, with a similar English mindset.
Lord Darcy (A), by Randall Garret. Short mystery stories set in a world where magic is part of society.
A Wizard of Earthsea (YA), by Ursula K. LeGuin. The ORIGINAL "wizarding school" book, as far as I know.

Alex Jay Berman [alexjay] recommends:
1.Alma Alexander's Worldweavers (YA)--about learning magic despite yourself; despite being a bust at being the seventh child of a seventh child, and what a Potterhead would call a "Muggle".
2. Diane Duane's So You Want to be a Wizard (YA)--a very up-to-date, very American take on the schooling of new wizards and their first clashes with Evil. Perhaps even better than the Potter books for young adults,as it offers a very good reason why Evil exists and continues to exist.(first in a trilogy)
3. Either Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow or Italo Calvino's If on a Winter's Night a Traveler (very much A)--we've already got them hooked on the drug of reading with Potter; now it's time for them to start mainlining the hard stuff ...

Patricia Bray pbray
1. Diana Wynne Jones's Charmed Life (YA)
2. Susan Cooper's Over Sea, Under Stone (YA)
3. Lloyd Alexander's The Book of Three (YA)

Patricia's picks are books that are marketed as YA, but that she first read and enjoyed as an adult. Much like the Harry Potter books, come to think of it.

Janni Lee Simner [janni] recommends:

1. Lene Kaaberbol's The Shamer's Daughter (YA)
2. Robin McKinley's The Blue Sword (YA)
3. Tamora Pierce's The Magic in the Weaving (Circle of Magic, Book 1) (YA)

(All books that are, one way or another, about learning magic.)

Joshua Palmatier [jpsorrow] recommends:
1. S.C. Butler's Reiffen's Choice (YA)
2. Jim Hines' Goblin Quest (YA)
3. Patricia Bray's The First Betrayal (A)

Indigo [indigoskynet/kismetropolis] recommends:
1. The Spiderwick Chronicles: Holly Lisle -- beautifully illustrated. first in the series.
2. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke [proviso: translated from German to English so the reading can get a touch bumpy. Also first in the series]
3. Artemis Fowl by Eowen Colfer: First in the series.

My selections:

Terry Pratchett's "Tifffany Aching" novels. "Wee Free Men" is the first one. It's set in the Discworld, but can be read as a series on its own. YA. Pratchett punnage and humour.

Um... "The Sheepherder's Daughter" by Elizabeth Moon? F. YA.

Robert Aspirin. "Phule's Company" SF. YA. Comedic. Weakish, due to Aspirin's setbacks.


Jul. 17th, 2007 04:42 am
richjob: (Baroo?)
sleep patterns out of whack and internet seems intermittent.

Red cards means that they can't play at all in the game. Even ONE red card is sufficient reason to cause that. More than one = problems.

stupid spammers
stupid admins whowon't give us ban buttons for the spammers
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Famous Artist/Band/Musician:

4 letter word:

Range rover

TV Show:


Boy Name:

Girl name:

Alcoholic drink:

Remedial math teacher

Something you wear:

Rosario Dawson :dribble:


Something found in a kitchen:
red beans

Reason for being late:

Cartoon character:
Reed Richards

Film Title:
Rambo: First Blood part II


Jan. 21st, 2007 03:53 pm
richjob: (Silent Bob)

After the vacation comes the paying for the vacation.

That will teach me to walk with three credit cards. Cash management is the name of the game now...

And follow that with a sore throat that developed into something more that knocked me flat for two days this week, and has left behind a cough. Bleah indeedy.

On a positive note, I can cover the credit card bill. And the rent. And I can make it to payday.

And writing work is actually coming in.

Which is weird. I never sought to be a ghostwriter for technical stuff. Not fiction, but economic reports, that sort of thing. Not something that I am crazy about, but it does help. :P

I guess all those books I read in my youth and still read are coming in handy. The fact that I can (somewhat) find my way around the English language does help me.
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because I'm in a kind of avoiding mood today. So I meme. Plus it's rainy.

A simple meme of two-two-one-one.

If you choose to reply,

Please list two movies you think I should see and why you thought of me for these movies?

Please list two books you think I should read and why you thought of me for these books?

Please list one TV show you think I should see and why you thought of me for this show?

One website you think that you should see

I'll start by doing one as if I was replying to this quiz to someone on my FList who I will not name.


The movies?

V for Vendetta. That movie resonates with me, and I think that you would appreciate it for the modern classic it is.

Three Kings. Accurate depiction of modern war, and a great acting job by the three principal actors. One of the first "I will not act in crap" movies by George Clooney, before his recent pledge to not act in crap.

The Books?

"Jingo" by Terry Pratchett. Written for another time, but almost prophetic. Even though it's comic gold, and does include a great visual of Nobbs in a dress. (This could have easily been "Thud", if only for the backhand that Pratchett gives the Dan Brown genre of books)

I'll go with "Among the Believers" by Naipaul for my second book. naipaul no longer writes comic books, but this one is pretty meaty reading.

TV show?


The Life and Times of Juniper Lee? Pretty decent for a Cartoon Network cartoon. Would have preferred Samurai Jack, but ah, well.

That is the draft example. :P

Anybody wanna give me some recommendations?
richjob: (Silent Bob)
Short disconnected bits, not particularly coherent. May refer to LJs read today, but not maliciously.

Hungry and headachey.

These Dave Chapelle episodes they are showing now should have stayed lost.

OTOH, Reno 911 is cool.

I am getting scarily addicted to Disney Channel programming - not good.
And I'm thinking that High School Musical was not as evil as the Disney name would indicate. The young''uns need their Grease equivalent.

All I saw the only time I watched the meerkat show was enough hanging balls to remind me of the Fark squirrel.

It's Thief.

I wonder what mobile posting is like.

Damn Sahara dust - me wheezy. On the plus side, no cycloney.

I need to watch the anime with the robot with the city on its back.

ooh. Live SNL next week - probably a farewell for Tina Fey and the Dratch.

My dogs are cute , but I worry about their diet. They like mangoes.

Ouch headachey. Bleah.

Work tomorrow. Must survive without brain glazing over.

Um. I worry about my sanity.

Each member of my Flist rocks for a set of different reasons. All of youse.

Yeah, even you.

*pokes LJ*
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I wait for the World Cup final today- 1 Billion viewers, bitches.

Truly, a SUPERb display of football, though the refs fucked up this year.

And the boys got knocked out in the first round.

(Click here to post your own answers for this meme.)

I miss somebody right now.  (Bloody distance.) × I don't watch much TV these days. I own lots of books.
I wear glasses or contact lenses. I love to play video games. × I've tried marijuana.
I've watched porn movies. × I have been the psycho-ex in a past relationship. I believe honesty is usually the best policy.
I curse sometimes.  (When I'm frustrated.) I have changed a lot mentally over the last year. × I carry my knife/razor everywhere with me.
it goes on... )


Jun. 7th, 2006 09:12 pm
richjob: (Pensive...)
Slept badly, and probably with my neck at an angle.

Neck hurty.

Neck hurty all day.

*llama face*

Ponstan no worky. :(

Feeling kinda bleh, generally.

Otherwise, am bored, though could do with a good neck rubbing.
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Steven Colbert has large grapefruits.

That is all.
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I would point to the pic of Kermit joining Vince's Kiss My Ass Club, but half my friendslist would revolt. And understandably so.

Oh. Pun in title not intentional
richjob: (King T'challa)
Viagra as a possible treatment for Crohns?  Well, I've seen weirder.

Um.  Nice tech meeting - and on Carnival Saturday, no less.  The kiddies had good clean fun in the sun.  Went by Nissan's cousin, saw and got cool Flash thingies to look at.

Rereading "The Paladin of Souls".  Trying to read non-Mary Sue fiction.


Jan. 10th, 2006 07:53 pm
richjob: (Baroo?)
The Raven
RAVEN - Your daemon may be a member of the crow
family. You are intelligent, observant, and
gregarious. Just as a crow or raven picks shiny
objects out of the dirt, you pick up tidbits of
information or ideas and store them away. You
have a good sense of humour, but sometimes lose
patience with people who are antipathic to your
nature. You are swift to alert others when you
find the truth, and you have no tolerance for
those who would hide it.

What Is Your Daemon?
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richjob: (Me)
Of course, here's the cut. This one came from Indigo... )

1. What did you do in 2005 that you'd never done before?
Hmmm... Not exactly by choice, but I haven't used Windows on my home PC for three months now. Apart from missing my games something fierce, I've been able to do everything in Linux.

2. Did you keep your new year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Stopped making resolutions a while now.  Waste of time.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
heard that Nigel's wife had a daughter on Christmas day.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Found out that my friend Collin's mom died over the holiday.  :(

5. What countries did you visit?

6. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005?
Heh.  More physicality with my girlfriend.  More peace of mind.

7. What date from 2005 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Nothing stands out that I'd want to remember.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Um... some savings?  Weight loss.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Um... less peace of mind?

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
High blood pressure.  Some particularly dreaded lurgies.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My cheap mp3 player.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Nothing comes to mind.  

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Family, I guess.  Don't see it looking up anytime soon, either.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Food and transport.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Sports.  BC Lara and (to a much lesser extent) the Soca Warriors.

16. What song will always remind you of 2005?
"Gold Digger", if only because of the awesome hook.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you happier?
That is probabl;y a wash.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
been more expressive.

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

20. How did you spend Christmas?
Dog issues.  Mostly alone.

22. Did you fall in love in 2005?

23. How many one-night stands?

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Dog the Bounty Hunter.  Raw.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?

26. What was the best book you read?
Hmm.  It's usually the last book I read.  Maybe Paladin of Souls?

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?

28. What did you want and get?
Mp3 player?

29. What did you want and not get?
Peace of mind.  Closure on some issues.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Still thinking 'bout it.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
38.  Nothing in particular.  Work, actually.

32. What was one thing that would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Peace of mind.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2005?
Eh?  If it's comfortable and matches, it gets worn.

34. What kept you sane?
The internets.   The Daily Show.   LJ.  TS.  IMs.  Friends.

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

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Assorted political stupidity.

37. Whom did you miss?

38. Who was the best new person you met?
New?  Heh.  Prolly Nicole.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005.
Blood is not necessarily blood.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
"Reach in my pocket and pull out some dough,
 Girl acted like she never seen a $10 before!
 It's all about the Hamiltons baby
 Throw the snacks in a bag and I'm Ghost like Swayze."
richjob: (Me)
Meme, grabbed from [ profile] dawnmipb .  Also seen on quite a few LJs.

Memeage starts... NOW! )

1. You have $10 and need to buy snacks at a gas station; what do you buy?
Grande bottle of spring water and probably a hot snack.

2. If you had to be reincarnated as some sort of sea-dwelling creature, what would you be?
Dolphin.  Or His Noodly Goodness the Pasta Monster.

3. Who's your favorite redhead?
[ profile] dawnmipb

4. What do you order when you're at a pancake house?
Never been to a pancake house, actually.  Closest I have been is the place that overlooks the Careenage in Bridgetown.

5. Do you own any... naughty toys?
With enough imagination, everything can be a naughty toy.

6. Have you made out with anyone on your friends list?
Alas, no.

7. Describe your favorite pair of underwear:
One of my very baggy pair of boxers.  Such freedom to swing.

8. Describe the last time you were injured:
Bleh.  Does the weird pain that I get when I sleep on my hand count?

9. Are there any odd things that make you feel comfortable?
Heh.  Cleaning combs.

11. Tell me a weird story from your high school years:
I have no story weirder than the mystery of the missing #10.  Unless you want me to talk about the Roderick Walcott (brother of Derek) play "Malfinis".  Still think that Michael Cherrie will be a huge star one day.  Discovered that I liked acting.

12. What is the wallpaper on your cell phone?
Basic TDMA phone. No wallpaper.  My phone company hates me because I'm likely to bolt to the first company that offers competition.

13. Soda?
  Coke, mostly. Mountain Dew sometimes.

14. Flavor of pudding?

15. What type of shirt are you wearing?
No shirt.

16. Prescription medication?
Salbutamol when needed.   Some weird blood pressure medication.

17. If you could use only one form of transportation for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Anything that allows me to read while someone else drives.

18. How many people are on your friends list?
More than one, less than infinity.

19. How many people on your list do you know in real life?
Hmmm.  Saw [ profile] tuluum  and [ profile] _judgement .  Spoke to [ profile] triniyardie  once on the phone.
Have spoken to [ profile] dawnmipb , [ profile] jlsigman  and [ profile] anonymous_sibyl  on IM.

20. What are you listening to right now?
Seeing that the radio station just switched to its overnight format of worship music, I'm putting on CDs.
First up: Roger Whittaker.  Yeah, I'm old.

21. Most recent movie you watched?
Final Fantasy: Advent Children.

22. Name 5 things you have with you at all times:
Credit card, bank card, keys, watch, cell phone.

23. Would you rather give or receive a foot massage?
Give, once the foot ain't crusty.

24. Name a teacher you had the hots for:
Hmmm. None of them were that hot.

25. What is a saying that you use a lot?
What the muddacunt is this?

26. What's one piece of advice that you think should be passed on to every child?
Read until you get sick of learning, then read some more.  

So should I add one, too?  Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.
richjob: (huhu grr stampa stampa)
1. Open up the music player on your computer.
2. Set it to play your entire music collection.
3. Hit the shuffle command.
4. Tell us the title of the next twenty songs that show up (with their musicians), no matter how embarrassing. That's right, no skipping that Carpenters tune that will totally destroy your hip credibility. It's time for total musical honesty. Write it up in your blog or journal and link back to at least a couple of the other sites where you saw this.
5. If you get the same artist twice, you may skip the second (or third, or etc.) occurrences. You don't have to, but since randomness could mean you end up with a list of ten songs with five artists, you can if you'd like.
6. Tell a story about each song.

Ok. PC's down at the moment, so no "music player on PC" part. Portable mp3 player has tunes, though, so I'll use that. No iPod love, because it's a cheap "George" player. Lotta happy happy joy joy super fun happy Rich music here, because I don't need stress when i going to work.

So let's go with the tunes. 20, huh? (I'll tidy it later, it's a long entry)

1) Central Line: Walking on Sunshine (12 inch version) A song from the day when there were 12" vinyl singles. One of the first records I ever purchased with my own money. Great song to let your worries go to. Clasiic dance R&B/disco-ishh vibe.
Random song lyric
"I gotta get away, gotta do it now, got to walk in to the sun, ha ha"

2) Kirk Franklin and God's Property - Stomp. Again a pretty decent song, which is weird, because I usually loathe gospel and worship music. One of three songs named "Stomp" on my player. I think the rap by Salt of Salt and Pepa is the little extra that makes the song good. Driving bassline, another goodtime song. I wonder if Kirk Franklin pay the folk they money yet.
Random song lyrics:
"We at the church, we ain't going nowhere" "I promise the stomp, the whole stomp, and nothing but the stomp".

3) Stomp - Brothers Johnson. A LOT of Quincy Jones-produced stuff on my playlist, because I'm a huge Quincy Jones whore. HUGE party song back in the day. Serious bass guitar work. Pity the brothers fell out and don't tour anymore.
Random lyric:
"Ev'rybody take it to the top, we're gonna stomp
All night
In the neighbourhood, don't it feel good
Yes, we're gonna stomp
All night
Wanna party 'til the morning light"

4) Keep On - "D"Train
Pure inspirational funk of the early 80s from here. Party music again. Duo, with very distinctive vocals. And synth work and arrangements! I blurbing here.

"D Train, an innovative duo that consisted of James "D-Train" Williams (vocals) and Hubert Eaves III (keyboards, bass, drums, arrangements, productions), recorded a clutch of electrified dance/R&B classics in the early '80s. From the release of their first single onward, Williams' voice was instantly recognizable for its power-packed, uplifting nature. Eaves' instrumental backing and production were extremely complementary to Williams' deliveries, punching out bold, intricate arrangements that were often livened up for the dancefloor by remixer extraordinaire Francois Kevorkian."

random lyric:
"Sky's the limit and you know the truth, keep on, keep pressing on"

5) Shame - Evelyn "Champagne" King (12 " version). Waaaay too much "GTA: Vice City" fun here. Tommy Vercetti is the man.

Music to dance to. Early 80s disco again. Sometimes I skip this, but not tonight. Nice cheesy sax, guitar and piano work, but it's REAL instruments. MASSIVE hit. Again happy happy joy joy music.
Random lyric:
"Wrapped in your arms is where I want to be"

6) The Secret Garden - Quincy Jones. Featuring James Ingram, El De Barge, Al B. Sure! and Barry White~~~~~~~~~~~~!
Serious change of pace here. Quincy producing here again. Major twenty toes, childmaking music here. Barry W sings and talks, but you don't need more, because you're Barry White, beeyatch, with the rumbling bass voice.
Random lyric:

"And I never wanted anyone
richjob: (King T'challa)

At least the weekend is here.
And my gub'mint has banned imported turkeys and other poultry-like birds. Bird flu freaking out. Now what would cause them to freak out like that?


I wonder if ostrich qualifies as "poultry-like"?

Cricket in 1/2 hour. Will Brian Charles Lara score the runs he needs to be the all-time Test run record holder? (He needs 13. Or 12.)

(After being the victim of a string of dubious dismissals (disputed ref/umpire calls, f'r the Yanks reading this) he busted out of his slump yesterday. 202 not out.)


Nov. 22nd, 2005 07:56 pm
richjob: (It is me)

I get up with a sick feeling in the pit of my tummy, and I know it's because I have to go to work. And yeah, bad food reaction, so much wind. Haven't figured out the food yet. And with the tired.


Hugs the flist. Hope all who are sick *looks in the direction of Atlanta* get better quickly.
richjob: (Captain Vegetable... Crunch! Crunch! Cru)

1) A certain Canadian mook has a DVD out. Lots of wrestly matches and prime Canadian bacon, presumably. DVD is supposed to be quite good, and is not a burial job.

2) Apparently Silent Bob did another movie with Jay. This one in Canada. With Degrassi High. http://www.silentbobspeaks

3) You would not have liked to experience Raw Is Eddie. This one hurt worse than Raw is Owen, and it's kind of scary to see DAVE with bacon eyes because he's been crying so much. Chris. And Rey, who took his mask off. Weirdly, it was the best night of wrestling that Raw put out in months. Surreal.

4) Only sour note for me was from Kermit's comments (hawk, ptui). My dislike for him as a person has actually not diminished since his conversion, but that is because he reminds me of those sleazy Christianists I try to avoid.

5) We've had about four inches of rain since Sunday. I hate tropical systems.

6) I am cold and wet. See above rain.

7) My system is still down, because of the wanting of a Windows 2000 bootable CD I cannot believe that the system can be made so nonrobust that it refuses to use mouse or keyboard drivers.

8) Linux is more ready for gneral use than most people think, but not yet ready enough for some. (I've had to throw some parts together and install a SimplyMepis box for use at home, but I don't have any music or games. :( They are all on the borked PC. )

9) I love you guys and hope that all of you are closer to your personal goals today.

10) There is no 10 as yet.

11) The volume knob should reach here sometimes.


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