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Wed, Sep. 13th, 2006 08:41 pm

Two memes swiped from various friends:

The Commoner

You scored a 140 out of 400 on language knowledge.

Well done, you scored about what would be expected for someone who has
not studied a cultural or linguistic science. You have basic knowledge
about most major languages and you may even know somethings about
lesser known languages. You may even speak a second language. However,
there is still plenty more to find out about the world, don't give up

My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 99% on knowledge

Link: The World Languages Test written by jeremie096 on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Personally, I would love to see the answer key for that one. I may not know much about languages, but I sure am curious about them.

ETA: prettyannamoon did some research and has posted the answers in the comments! Yay!

And another one:

Look at your LJ userpics list. If you have fewer than 50 icons, pick every fifth one. If you have between fifty and seventy-five icons, pick every seventh one. If you have over seventy-five icons, pick every tenth one. If you have fewer than ten, pick all of 'em. List them on your LJ, and tell everyone exactly why you have it, why it's interesting to you, what significance does it have.

Because, as vanceone so recently put it: And really, I'm always amazed at the "When Angua speaks, the time for OBHWF thought is over--we just endorse what she says" attitude I find expressed so often and By the way, when did you become Angua's lapdog, Peaches? (I actually expect you'll take that as a compliment, and I'll see icons from it... *sigh*). He knows us so well, doesn't he?

I realized early on that I needed HP avatars that weren't especially shippy. This is one of the first non-shippy HP pics I chose, but buongiornodaisy's "Intelligence is Beautiful" is my favorite, and the one I use most.

I gave a full explanation of this icon at the time it was created here. The short version is this: during the years before Roe v. Wade, NARAL significantly fudged the numbers of how many women were dying from botched illegal abortions in order to gain support for their cause. I used an old anti-war slogan to capture my feelings about what NARAL did, and had a friend iconize it for me.

I saw one too many utterly unfunny jokes generated in H/Hr comms--back in the day when I used to lurk at their hangouts--and someone compared them to the pathetically humor-challenged Lt. Hauk in Good Morning, Vietnam. Then someone iconized it, and I gacked it. In fairness, plenty of H/Hrs have a perfectly intact sense of humor, and I find them funny even when they are making fun of my ship. It's just that it seemed for a while that certain--often rather young--followers of that ship had a tendency to try too hard or something, and they reminded me of Hauk. I don't use anti-H/Hr icons very often any more, but I did have occasion to use this one recently when the actor who played Hauk passed away. :(

This is one of my favorite icons. When I was in college, I spent a great deal of my time engaging in semi-impromptu praise and worship sessions in the both visually and acoustically gorgeous chapel at my school. These took place late at night and were dubbed “midnight worship” by the participants—who included some of my dearest friends ever. The memory of those nights is both bittersweet and unspeakably precious to me. I saw this icon in a Christian icon comm and I thought it captured the essence of those memories and feelings so well I had to have it. “He give us songs,” indeed, for “every good and perfect gift” is from Him. I use it for posts/comments that relate to both music and to spirituality, and certainly for posts/comments that relate to both.

I love Star Wars, and I love romance. Voila!

One of my most delighted moments when reading HBP for the first time was pages 623 to 624 (US Ed), where the quote above comes from. Now before anyone—especially R/T haters—gets on my case, I had already guessed that Dumbledore was going to die before reading the book, and while I was sad about it, I couldn’t be too terribly shocked—certainly not to the point that I couldn’t enjoy a nice romantic moment. R/T, on the other hand, was a complete surprise to me, and a very, very pleasant one. I have to agree with McG on this one: Albus would have approved.

Aw! My first Fruits Basket icon. I love the “Kyo’s True Form” storyline—it is my favorite part of the whole series. I especially like that Kyo--who had so ardently protested being carried home in the rain just a little earlier--at the climax of this storyline deliberately hugs Tohru and then allows himself to be carried in cat form. *melts* The text added by the iconmaker seemed appropriate, too.

That’s me cosplaying Sango from Inuyasha. Cosplay is so much fun, and I wanted to show off my look.

I’ve been trying to collect icons lately that are both fannish, and fulfill a specific purpose. This Yuki icon is good for expressing regret or sympathy.

This is an utterly appropriate icon for Shigure and Ayame, who so enjoy getting a rise out of Kyo and Yuki. *loves them* It’s also a good alternative to my Harry/Ginny “Laughter is good for the soul” icon, especially when the humor at hand is on the edgy side.

This fulfills the roles of 1) an icon for happy and friendly posts/comments, and 2) spreading the Kagura love.

Oops! I started doing this without realizing that my number of userpics had finally crept past 50, so I was already counting by fives before I knew better, and as a result I have 12 icons instead of ten. Ah well. So you had to read a few more lines of my rambling. :P

In other news, Oklahoma is now half done (one weekend down, and one to go), and I'm pretty tired. The following two weekends I'm in yet another play--The Legend of Robin Hood, Sort Of. I'm the Assistant Director, which is a lot of fun, but I'm also going to have a little cameo as a lady-in-waiting to Maid Marian.

I still plan to write up the rest of my stories about the end of summer--AFO, cosplaying, NYC, JKR, etc. But it may not happen for another couple of weeks. I got pics of AFO from one of my friends yesterday and they are really good. I can't wait to share them. But...not tonight.


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the laughing cat
Thu, Sep. 14th, 2006 03:10 am (UTC)

Your wish is my command! Okay, I'm bored, love wikipedia way too much, and was curious myself after taking the quiz. ;p

1. What immediate family of languages does English belong to?

2. Which of the following is not a Romance language?

3. What is the official language of the African country of Angola?

4. Which of the following is not a Celtic language?

5. What is the language in common use in the city of Zurich, Switzerland?

6. What country has the largest Spanish speaking population?

7. Of the following, which is most closely related to the English language?

8. A minority language is a language spoken by a minority of a population of a country, often times within an ethnic nation of that country. Which of these is not a minority language spoken in France? (Yes there are more languages than just french)

9. Of the 4 languages previously listed, which one of them is a Celtic language?

10. Of all the minority languages in Western Europe, which is the most spoken and in a process of rebirth with anywhere from 10 to 12 million speakers?

11. In what city would you expect to meet speakers of this minority language from the previous question?

12. Which of these is not an official language of Belgium?

13. Which of the following belong in the Slavic family of languages?
Bulgarian, Czech, Slovenian

14. Now for a couple easy questions. From what language are all Romance languages derived from?

15. The language from the previous question is itself a part of what family of languages?

16. What was the language spoken by the first confirmed European explorers to reach the Americas? (Hint: This is harder than you think)
Old Norse

17. What is the last documented Romance language to have gone extinct?

18. Farsi is an official language of Pakistan.

19. The official language of Bhutan is?

20. Back to Europe for a second. What European language is commonly spoken in the Chinese city of Macau? (Besides English of course)

21. The Korean language is part of which language family?
This is still under debate.

22. The official languages of Singapore include all the following except...

23. Tatar is a minority language spoken primarily in which of these Asian countries?

24. Is Spanish currently an official language of the Philippines?.

25. Fijian is the name for the native language of Fiji.

26. The following are all common languages of Papau New Guinea except...

27. How many countries in Africa have speakers of Swahili? (Both official or not official)

28. Bantu is a family of African languages primarily spoken in which region?
Southern/Central Africa

29. This African language was highly influenced by the settlement of Indonesians in the area it is spoken about 1500-2000 years ago.

30. What African language is derived primarily from 17th century Dutch?

31. Is Arabic an official language of Mali?

32. The official language of Peru (besides Spanish) is...

33. Greenlandic (East Inuit) is an example of a(n)...
Eskimo-Aleut language

34. Navajo and Hopi are both languages with speakers in the state of Arizona, USA and also both derive from the same immediate language family.

35. Which of these South American countries is bilingual, speaking both Spanish and their indigenous language of Guarani?

36. What is the primary indigenous language of modern-day Quebec?

37. Papiamento, a creole language spoken on the Caribbean islands of Curaçao and Aruba, is based primarily upon which three European languages?
Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch

Thu, Sep. 14th, 2006 03:27 am (UTC)

That's awesome! Thank you.

I'm kicking myself now, because there were so many questions where I didn't know the answer for sure, but I had a sort of instinctive guess--which would have been correct--but I didn't answer my first guess because I thought it was "too obvious". Like the one about the first European explorers: of course I knew that Vikings visited the New World before Columbus! I thought everyone knew that! So because of the hint, I assumed "Old Norse" was too obvious, and picked "Old Saxon" instead, thinking there must be some piece of the puzzle I was missing. Grr.

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Mrs. B.
Thu, Sep. 14th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)

Me too.

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the laughing cat
Thu, Sep. 14th, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)

I did the exact same thing with Old Saxon. Looking up the answers, you could see some of the questions were designed to trip you up a bit. They just happened to be the ones I didn't expect half the time. ^_^

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Thu, Sep. 14th, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC)

I read your replies but couldn't agree with answers 10 and 11 because Romanian is not a minority language nor from Western Europe.

So I tried the test with my previous answers to these questions that were, respectively, Catalan and Barcelona and I scored 390 out of 400. I tried again to check and it was right.

Then I tried with your answers and I scored 370 out of 400.

The conclusion is that there is still a wrong answer and the correct answers to 10 and 11 are

10. Of all the minority languages in Western Europe, which is the most spoken and in a process of rebirth with anywhere from 10 to 12 million speakers?

11. In what city would you expect to meet speakers of this minority language from the previous question?

ReplyThread Parent
Fri, Sep. 15th, 2006 12:54 am (UTC)

I found the last mistake. It's on number 7. But I had to make some research. The language is not German (I didn't know, but I felt it somehow was wrong, since German is so different from English. I have a friend who speaks Dutch and the way he spoke about it, it seemed to me that at least Dutch would be more similar to English. But since I'm a native Portuguese speaker - which make this tes easier to me than to you - I expected you'd know this one better than me), but West Frisian.

7. Of the following, which is most closely related to the English language?
West Frisian

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the laughing cat
Fri, Sep. 15th, 2006 03:03 am (UTC)

Cool - thanks for checking! I just got the "answers" with a quick run-through on wikipedia. The stats on the Romanian question didn't match up, but it seemed Romanian had the largest numbers, so I went with it. I'd picked Gaelic and Dublin anyway. ^_^ I'd heard German as an answer to seven before, but didn't triple check.

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Fri, Sep. 15th, 2006 04:41 am (UTC)

Catalan, I knew at first sight, because of all the hints. It was forbidden (as well as Basque, Galician, etc...) under Franco and it's being revived in the last decades. Romanian didn't go through such a process. It just didn't make sense.
But, I'm a Portuguese speaker so I probably know much more about Romance languages than most of the people reading these comments, I can read in Catalan and Galician (well, Galician is quite similar to Portuguese), even if I never learned them and understand the whole meaning.

ReplyThread Parent
Thu, Sep. 14th, 2006 07:42 am (UTC)

A play about Robin Hood's tale? Sounds interesting!

Are you following a specific writing? There are plenty of books and novels with Robin Hood.


Thu, Sep. 14th, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC)

The play is a farce. It's along the lines of the film Robin Hood: Men in Tights--a parody of serious Robin Hood films such as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves--but without the adult/sexual humor. I doubt it's very similar to any of the serious versions of the tale.

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Nate the Great
Thu, Sep. 14th, 2006 09:52 am (UTC)

I like the icons, though I've seen you use them.

Robin Hood huh, assistant director, seems you're working in production now? Well I can understand broadening your skills, but I'm hoping you won't disappear from the camera(so to speak) all together :D

Can't wait to see the pics and here about New York from your POV


Fri, Sep. 15th, 2006 12:19 am (UTC)

hey Joie, an LJ friend just posted about this deal http://www.rightstuf.com/main.shtml 10 Genon items for $50 or 25 for $100. I'm thinking about getting Fushigi Yugi and the extra disk as well. If there's anything else on there that you're interested in (or if you wanted the series for yourself), let me know, and we can go in together and get a few extra disks for free.

Fri, Sep. 15th, 2006 03:10 am (UTC)

Yeah, I wouldn't mind having my own set of Fushigi Yugi, too. I also might be interested in some of the other things on the list, depending on how many more we need to choose to make the quota. It's hard to tell--they list Akira, but I wonder if it's the more recent version that supposedly has a better translation? Also, I've heard enough about Chobits and Lupin III to think I might be interested in them...but I don't really know. Captain Herlock is a sequel to that old 70s series Mark and I were watching a while back while you were away visiting your mom, so that might be interesting, although some of the Netflix reviews of it are not that enthusiastic. *shrugs* Just some ideas. What did you have in mind?

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Fri, Sep. 15th, 2006 03:16 am (UTC)

well, there are 8 regular FY disks, plus the one special. so, if we were doing the 25 and you also wanted FY, that would leave 7 other disks. I don't have a whole lot of others from the list that were super interesting, but if I were picking a 10th on my own, it would probably be the Ah My Goddess movie. I read some of the manga and liked it.

Chobits is pretty good, but I don't know that I would want to own it. I might not want mark watching it (though the manga is more graphic than the anime)

Even if you wanted to pick the other 7 by yourself, that makes them $4 each instead of $5. It just seemed like you might like more from the list than me.

ReplyThread Parent
Fri, Sep. 15th, 2006 05:01 am (UTC)

Ah! My Goddess sounds good to me, too. Other than what has already been named, nothing else on the list looked interesting to me.

Here are all the ones I'm interested in, in order of how much:

1) Fushigi Yugi (all discs, including bonus)
2) Ah My Goddess
3) Lupin III (Just the first couple of discs, to check it out)
4) Chobits (same as above--just one or two)
5) Captain Herlock
6) Akira

Except for FY, I'd be just as content to watch/borrow a copy that technically belongs to one of you guys.

So whatever you guys decide beyond that is okay with me. 8 FY discs, if available, and 3 or 4 of some combo of the discs above.

ReplyThread Parent
Fri, Sep. 15th, 2006 03:36 am (UTC)

Mark is interested in the Captain Harlock as well (though we don't need two copies), so if you wanted to split it down the middle(almost), I could do 13 disks at $54 and that leaves you 12 at $46... Or if you wanted 16 disks for yourself and you wanted Captain Harlock, Mark would just come watch with you...

And he checked out the Akira... It is the newer one.

Mark says call and we can figure it out and order tonight before they sell out (when they're gone, they're gone). Or tomorrow, or whenever....

ReplyThread Parent
Fri, Sep. 15th, 2006 04:52 am (UTC)

I seriously need to go to bed, so you guys do what seems best to you, and I'll chip in up to roughly half depending on what you guys decide. We can figure out the specifics of who gets what later.

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