liv: cup of tea with text from HHGttG (teeeeea)
I'm waiting for an email which is looming so large it blots out most other useful thought, so have a fairly mindless "British" meme. Via [personal profile] hollymath, who is much wittier than I am, and everybody else.

50 questions about my relationship with some aspects of Brit culture )
liv: cup of tea with text from HHGttG (teeeeea)
This comes from an access-locked post, a set of five quite interesting questions, so I thought I'd pass it on as the questions themselves are not original to the OP, and I'm not betraying any secrets by propagating the meme.

Apparently some newspaper claimed these are five questions people regret not asking their loved ones before they die. I'm not convinced by this, a lot of these deathbed regret things are just glurge and a way to make something sound profound, but anyway, they are interesting questions regardless of that. So, here we go:

yet more excuses to talk about myself )

Anyway, I'm staying with [personal profile] angelofthenorth currently, and we had a lovely weekend of visiting beautiful places and eating tasty food, as we often do when we manage to overcome geography and spend time together. And I'm procrastinating from a big pile of marking by answering memes and navel-gazing.


Mar. 20th, 2015 03:40 pm
liv: cup of tea with text from HHGttG (teeeeea)
I saw this meme chez [ profile] la_marquise_de_ following links from elsewhere. And I can't quite be bothered to do the whole countdown, but they are some cute questions, so I'll do one of each.

mememe )
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The less geeky side of the FB crowd are discovering sharing memes just like we used to on LJ back in the early 2000s. It's very cute. But somehow, even doing a fun silly meme on FB feels unpleasant to me, a bit like trying to socialize in a skeevy noisy bar, where you can't hear conversations properly and you're always looking over your shoulder in case the aggression spills over.

So I'm pleased this list things beginning with a letter meme has shifted back to DW, where I feel like this kind of thing spiritually belongs, and anyway I feel lots more comfortable. [personal profile] pseudomonas gave me an A:

mememe )

Please comment if you'd like a letter. I don't promise to have a really robust randomizing method, but I don't suppose you care whether your letter is chosen at random or not.
liv: cup of tea with text from HHGttG (teeeeea)
I hate leaving negative things at the top of my journal, but I'm a bit busy and haven't quite got time to post about happier topics. Thinking through what was at the root of my emotional state, and then getting lots of wonderful supportive comments, thank you all, has made me feel a lot better.

A few weeks ago, some people were posting a meme to the effect of, when you see this, post something on your DW. Which is a really nice idea, actually, because it's a totally low-pressure way to up the activity levels here, and that's a self-reinforcing system because the more active your local network is, the more fun it is to be on DW and the more you want to post yourself. And it gets over the barrier of: I haven't posted for ages, where do I start, or: I can't post here unless I have something important to say or something polished and well-written. But I found myself a little resentful because I'd just done the December daily posting meme, so I didn't see why I should have to be subject to a lot of complaints about how nobody ever posts here any more.

Anyway, in a similar spirit, I want to try reviving one of the first games I ever played on LJ, almost exactly ten years ago.

I'm going to list three things in order of how much I like them. If you see this, and if you feel like playing, repost the list in your own journal. You can change the order if you disagree with my judgement of how likeable the things are. The rule is that you need to add one new thing that's better than anything in the parent list, and one new thing that's worse than anything on the parent list, and one new thing somewhere in the middle (doesn't have to be the exact centre). Include a link back to where you got the meme from. And then we can follow the list around various journals, seeing how it mutates. I am still friends with some of the people I met playing this a decade ago; let's see how it works now.

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  • liv: Stylised sheep with blue, purple, pink horizontal stripes, and teacup brand, dreams of Dreamwidth (sheeeep)
    So the daily December thing is doing the rounds again, and it's a completely great idea. Having a good proportion of my friends committing to daily posting makes DW and LJ hugely more fun. December is difficult because the first half is busy teaching time and the second half is completely disrupted routine with lots of family commitments, but what the hell.

    Please do comment with requests for posts. They can be prompts or questions, anything from a single word up to a detailed description of how you'd like me to address a topic. You are welcome to ask for a particular date if you like, or else I'll just fit you in to the next empty day. And don't feel shy to ask for posts if you don't know me that well or you usually lurk, I'll happily take requests / prompts from strangers (and indeed from close friends and anybody in between). I'm also pretty open so (as long as it doesn't impact on other people's privacy) I'm happy to answer just about anything. And happy for you to suggest something outside my normal blogging comfort zone; if you want my random opinions on something I know little about, go ahead and ask, I can nearly always find something to say.

    I think this is going to be good for me, cos I'm at a stage in my relationship with DW when I want to post but I'm not sure what to talk about. I mean, I had a really great weekend with friends, but you probably don't want to hear the detail of that. Or else there are "big" posts I want to make but I hesitate because I want to make sure I back up my argument with citations and write something polished, but of course I don't round to that sort of thing nearly often enough. And the discipline of posting every day means I just write down my thoughts off-the-cuff without worrying about stuff like that, which I think in fact leads to better blogging. Like that parable (I'm never sure if this an actual experiment that somebody did, or just a teaching story) about two groups of pottery students, one group asked to make the single best pot they possibly could, and the second group to make as many pots as possible, and the as many as possible group did better work.

    For reference, here's what I came up with last time I did daily posting. I don't know if I'll end up with a whole 31 entirely new prompts, but if I don't I'll try to slot in some of the stuff I've been meaning to talk about, because it's better to post something than wait for the non-existent moment when I'll have time to make a post I'd think of as good.

    I'm also finding it quite hard to think of prompts for everyone else; I will try to come to all your prompt posts before the start of December. And it's not that I don't find you interesting, it's that I am too interested and I can't just pick one thing to ask about!

    Calendar )
    liv: Bookshelf labelled: Caution. Hungry bookworm (bookies)
    I know I had a big stash of topics I wanted to talk about once I got past the intense festival period, but I can't remember what they all were now. So have a meme about books, via [ profile] ghoti:

    26 questions )

    Anyone else want to have a go?


    Jul. 23rd, 2014 02:40 pm
    liv: cup of tea with text from HHGttG (teeeeea)
    Some of my friends have been talking about how our 14-year-old selves would think about 2014, and that's interesting enough I thought I'd put it in its own post rather than in the comments on a locked journal article.

    hello, 20-years-ago Liv )

    So, what do you think, what would your 14-year-old self have made of 2014?
    liv: Stylised sheep with blue, purple, pink horizontal stripes, and teacup brand, dreams of Dreamwidth (sheeeep)
    Several people have linked to [personal profile] nanila's Subscription meme. It looks like a good thing, partly cos it's full of people I know at second degree, and partly because it seems to be strongly slanted towards people who post about a range of topics including their lives, which is exactly the sort of people I want more of in my DW circle. Also I think her questions would be a good intro to who I am anyway.

    all about Liv )
    liv: cup of tea with text from HHGttG (teeeeea)
    [personal profile] jjhunter was the first to give me a prompt and offered the really clever suggestion of Take a fibonacci sequence of your DW profile interests... and tell us something about each corresponding interest... not commonly known. Which gives me a lovely random grab-bag of a post, and also reminds me that I haven't really updated my interests list in most of a decade, but never mind.

    Fibonacci numbers always make me think of hypothetical reproducing bunnies )

    [January Journal masterlist; there's still quite a few spaces so do feel free to add some more prompts even if you didn't get to it in December! Or indeed to make a second request if you're already in the list.]
    liv: alternating calligraphed and modern letters (letters)
    I am absolutely in love with [personal profile] kaberett's Daily December meme! I'm really enjoying seeing it spread through all the different bits of my social circle. It's been a really excellent way to continue to keep people who did things like NaBloPoMo or Clovember in the conversation after November ends. And it's led to some absolutely fascinating posts and conversations as well as doing marvels for the pure activity volume round here.

    I missed Daily December because by the time I'd realized just how brilliant it was it was already some way into the month. In any case I'm a lot lot lot less busy in January than I have been in December, so I'm going to timeshift it and do a January version instead. I can't come up with any very good alliterations, because words related to jour have more or less lost the sense of "daily" in modern English, though daily record is the literal meaning of journal.

    This is, by the way, the first time I've attempted a daily posting meme in the decade+ I've kept this "journal". I think, looking at January 2014, it's going to be doable, if I use some of the Xmas break to bank some posts in advance. So, as [personal profile] kaberett so wisely suggested, pick a day and tell me what you'd like me to write about.

    I'll take any topic, any level of detail, whatever you feel like reading about. Just a title is fine, a paragraph of explanation of exactly what sort of issues you want discussed is fine. Questions, prompts, whatever you like. And I'm happy for prompts / requests from people I know well or total strangers or anybody in between. If you're the first to claim a day, I'll write for you. I think for a daily meme it'd be prudent to stick to prose; I'm far too slow at poetry to be able to keep up if people ask for verse. And if I don't manage to fill your "day" I'll come back and answer the prompt as soon as I can after January ends.

    January journal masterlist )
    liv: cup of tea with text from HHGttG (teeeeea)
    [personal profile] wild_irises posted about Advice Day, and I think I might pass on that meme.

    So, I invite you to give me some advice. Any kind at all. I promise I will consider it seriously, and not argue about why it's impossible or unreasonable. Go ahead!
    liv: cup of tea with text from HHGttG (teeeeea)
    There's a meme where someone assigns you an age, and you answer some questions about what you were doing at that age. I got it from [ profile] bugshaw who asked me about age 24.

    My birthday is right at the end of the calendar year, so I was 24 pretty much exactly for the year of 2003. 2003 was probably the least memorable year of my life, in many ways. I was right in the middle of a PhD, which meant it was neither a great exciting novelty nor a terrible panic of trying to finish. It's the year I joined LJ, but I hadn't yet started doing the end-of-year summaries. When I summarized 2003 when people were reflecting on the first decade of the millennium, I said:
    I swapped commuting to Oxford for commuting to London where my bf lived, and Sheffield where Screwy was going through rehab. Though pseudomonas was in Edinburgh, so I was able to see quite a bit of him. lethargic_man and I did manage to take advantage of the long distance thing by meeting in random cities in the middle and doing some tourism. I also travelled to the US twice: California in January for a post-breakup visit with darcydodo where we cried a lot, but made sure of staying friends in the long term. Then in September for hatam_soferet's wedding and my first taste of New York. lethargic_man introduced me to rysmiel and we got on extremely well, both via correspondence and LJ and when rysmiel happened to be visiting Scotland.

    My PhD fell apart a little bit; I lost my sense of focus, and had what could have been a major paper scooped, and got into an emotionally awkward situation with my co-supervisor. The university pastoral services and my overall boss between them were very good at sorting things out, but I've been plagued by the procrastination beast ever since.
    memesheepage )

    If you would like an age, do comment! If you don't give me any indication of how old you are now, I might unintentionally suggest an age you haven't reached yet, but you're welcome to answer for how you imagine your life might be at that age if you want to. You totally don't have to tell me your age if you don't want to, though; giving me an upper bound is fine to avoid this problem.

    C happiness

    Feb. 5th, 2013 06:01 pm
    liv: alternating calligraphed and modern letters (letters)
    So my journal has been just a tad negative recently, what with academic exploitation, cancer, slavery, the Holocaust and relationship break-ups. Some of my friends are playing that meme where you have to name things that make you happy or things you are grateful for beginning with a particular letter. That seems like just the thing to cheer things up, and [personal profile] khalinche gave me a C.

    I spy with my little eye )

    Comment if you'd like a letter!


    Jun. 12th, 2012 05:20 pm
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    I have about an equal mixture of old friends and people who subscribed to me because I'm vaguely prominent in some DW circles reading this. So probably at least some people will find it interesting if I fill in the friendly survey with some general GTKY detail. Plus, I like talking about myself, and I'm procrastinating.

    some questions )
    liv: cartoon of me with long plait, teapot and purple outfit (Default)
    [ profile] ghoti (NB that's a different person from [personal profile] ghoti) posted the meme where someone picks a letter for you, and you post ten things that you love beginning with that letter. And if anyone else wants to play, you can comment and ask for a letter, and I will happily suggest one.

    I'm going to alter the meme and post ten things I love at the moment, rather than ten things I love in general, cos that gives me a chance to post some of the stuff I've been too busy to talk about since the end of summer. H is for happiness )
    Anyway, yes, just one more festival to go and then I can relax until Chanukah. So I'm hoping to be around online more than I have been for the past several weeks!
    liv: cup of tea with text from HHGttG (teeeeea)
    Various people are playing the interview / questions game, and [personal profile] khalinche gave me a great set.

    what a great excuse to talk about myself! )I'm happy to provide questions for anyone who'd like some; obviously the quality will depend a bit on how well I know you. I think the optimum for this game is people I know a bit but not really well, because then I can think of something interesting that I don't already know the answer to. But even if you're a total stranger or a close friend of many years, I'll see what I can do.


    Mar. 9th, 2011 01:15 pm
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    I received my census form today! we love to count )
    liv: cartoon of me with long plait, teapot and purple outfit (mini-me)
    One confession... I really can't think of anything for this one. I talk about most aspects of my life, and if there's anything I don't talk about I'm not suddenly going to say it just because a meme told me to! Either the whole eight years of this journal is a confession, or nothing is.

    So, here's a recap of the complete meme (plenty of confessions in there, if you know where to look):
    1. Day 1: 10 things you want to say to ten different people right now
    2. Day 2: 9 things about yourself
    3. Day 3: 8 ways to win your heart
    4. Day 4: 7 things that cross your mind a lot
    5. Day 5: 6 things you wish you'd never done
    6. Day 6: 5 people who mean a lot
    7. Day 7: 4 turn-offs
    8. Day 8: 3 turn-ons
    9. Day 9: 2 images that describe your life right now

    And for the confession: feel free to ask me any question you like, even if you're concerned it might seem intrusive. I'll answer if I can without compromising anyone else's privacy.
    liv: ribbon diagram of a p53 monomer (p53)
    Day 9 is Two images that describe your life right now. I find this tough, since I really don't have a visual mind! I poked around in Flickr and came up with the following two:

    thumbnails link to larger images on Flickr )

    Aren't you glad I didn't choose any soppy images? Cos the other big thing that's going on in my life right now is planning both the wedding and more seriously, our future together. As an antidote to all that nonsense, have some anti-valentines.


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