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10:44 am: Meme via sara_tanaquil
'Cuz I'm just so happy she posted again!

Drop me a comment and I will give you 3 interests on your list, and 3 of your icons, for you to explain.

diablo ii

This is a computer game by Blizzard Entertainment that can be played either solo or online (but with a max of 8 players per game). I saw one of my brothers playing it one day, and I was curious, so they let me try it. I was instantly addicted. In fact, I shocked everyone by staying up all night playing. (I'm a morning person, not a stay-up-all-night person.) I got out of the habit of playing when I came to Japan, though, because it just wasn't as fun without sharing with my family. I have since shifted my addiction to Blizzard's current MMORPG (Massively Multi-player Online Role Playing Game), World of Warcraft.

potatoes

I have loved potatoes ever since I was tiny. My family has a tradition that, on your birthday, you get to decide the menu. One year (was it my seventh birthday? eighth?) I wanted an all-potato menu...fries, mashed potatoes, and potato chips. When it was time for graduate school, and I had decided that I wanted to study plant breeding, I had offers from a number of different departments in different universities. Each focused on a different kind of plant: tomatoes, onions, sweet corn, sugar beets...and potatoes. Guess which one I picked? ^_^ So I spent two years at Michigan State University studying potato breeding.

sca

This is the Society for Creative Anachronism, a group of people who enjoy re-enacting things from the Middle Ages. There was a branch of it at the University of Michigan, and it caught my interest, so I decided to attend and see what it was like. I really like dressing up in costumes and learning about calligraphy and various other things that go on at meetings, so it was a lot of fun. I especially enjoyed participating in the acting group, the Bedlam Players.

fangirl (I'm wondering what series this is from, if any)

This is Tomoyo from CardCaptor Sakura. She is an obsessed fan of her cousin Sakura. The picture was originally a button that wednesday_10_00 and I had designed for wearing at conventions.


icha-icha

These are two female baby dragons from the manga series Corseltel no Ryuujutsushi. Icha-icha is the Japanese word for flirting (or acting otherwise lovey-dovey), so I use this icon when I'm being flirtatious.


saladin

This is the character Saladin Alamoot from the novel series Sanzen Sekai no Karasu o Koroshi ("Kill the Crows of Three Thousand Worlds"). He is a member of an alien race, possibly the last of his kind. His long-lived race has been hunted to extinction by humans because their blood can increase humans' lifespan. Essentially, the author portrays his race of "vampires" as being the victims of evil humanity, turning the tables on the traditional stereotype. This plays into a joke that some friends and I started several years ago when we were watching a show and giving outrageous (and mostly fake) spoilers to those who hadn't seen it; we claimed that a certain character was a space-alien vampire. Ever since that joke started, we always point out when we discover a space-alien vampire in a new series. Saladin fits that description perfectly.


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From:scrummycat
Date:May 6th, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)
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On the fangirl icon, I heard something similar in a comedy special by comedian Eddie Izzard, in which he says "I am not a transvestite, I'm an executive transvestite." I don't know if he got that line from somewhere else, or if he might be the originator.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:May 6th, 2007 04:04 am (UTC)
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I heard something similar in a comedy special by comedian Eddie Izzard

Yep, that's exactly where I got the inspiration for the quote.

If you want to play...

Interests:
anything purple
hedgehogs
strong bad

Icons:
Mulan horse
No touchy!
Whistle
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From:megory
Date:May 6th, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
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Icha-icha, huh? I love it!

It's nice to see the explanations of the icons.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:May 6th, 2007 04:08 am (UTC)
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If you want to play, here's a list for you...

Interests:
ethnic dress
round dancing
weaving

You only have three icons, so you could explain those. Though I will have to pout that you never use the crane icon I made for you.
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From:megory
Date:May 6th, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC)
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Okay, we'll have to change that.

I think I really wasn't sure how to put it in the list at the time since I was at my limit of 3. Then I forgot to do it when they raised the limit of icons.

Ethnic dress

When we were small and got to learn some folkloric dances and get dressed up for community presentations is probably when I first enjoyed all the color and swirls. (Since I attended a small Catholic grade school which included quite a bit of faculty from Ireland--really from Ireland, complete with the brogue and all--my first experiences were with the Irish jig wearing a full kelly green skirt Mom made. Later, of course, it was the
Mexican Hat Dance. Las Chiapanecas, etc.) I probably forgot about it until much later when we lived in Aguacatán, Guatemala. It was stunning living in a community where everyone wore the same type of clothing, well, at least the women. Traveling and living in these various communities throughout Latin America and watching the various folkloric presentations really impressed me with the love and appreciation people have for their culture. It adds such a richness to our lives being able to tap into mores and values handed down to us. Some of our most fun culture club meetings include getting to dress up in the ethnic dress of the country of the day, most recently the kimono.

Round Dancing

I had never heard of round dancing, actually. I saw an announcement in the newspaper for square dance lessons, and, looking for an indoor form of exercise both my husband and I could do together, we decided to try it. We didn't know there were actually still square dances to go to. Pretty soon the class was expected to try out our new skills at a real dance. Our first dance was the first time we saw people round dancing. They would play two square dances, then two round dances all evening. I couldn't take my eyes off the couples waltzing and two-stepping around the room. It was as if they were floating on clouds. So, it's kind of like synchronized ballroom dancing, with someone telling you which step to do next. Everyone does the same thing all around the room. The next year we started round dance lessons and love it. It's great exercise for the brain, as well. It was a great incentive to lose weight to look better in the costumes...which ties into the previous entry, too. Square dance and round dance are considered the folkloric dance of the USA.

Weaving

This is a yet unfulfilled love. I've enjoyed crocheting since I was young, although I was never good at keeping stitches the same size, and stuff never seemed to fit together right at the end for me. I loved the patterns one could make from a single string. (I also love the patterns in the ethnic dress and in the square and round dancing!) But ever since my grandmother told me stories about my grandfather who died when my mom was four, I've been intrigued with weaving. My grandfather was a weaver. She would describe how it took the WHOLE body, mind and soul to be a weaver. Physically, she said, he would be using both hands and both feet for the pedals. He would create the designs from his heart or soul. All the time he was weaving he would be counting threads. She spoke about the hours he would be in the house working, but she didn't dare try to speak with him so he wouldn't lose his place. I love the patterns I see in weavings and hope to some day be able to make things. I have a loom, and a friend got me started on a piece. I just lack the confidence right now. But I sure plan to learn to weave.

Okay, in order for me to complete the game, can you tell me how to get pictures of my icons down here?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:May 7th, 2007 12:39 am (UTC)
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Okay, in order for me to complete the game, can you tell me how to get pictures of my icons down here?

Right click on the picture. A little menu will pop up. Choose the bottom option called "properties." This will bring up a little window that displays the URL of the image.

Highlight the URL and ctrl-C (copy).

Where you wish to display the image in your text, type:
<img src="paste URL of image here">

If you want to be certain to align the image on the left side or the right side, you can add that to the command, thus:
<img src="paste URL of image here" align=left>

Then type whatever text you want to go along with the image. I like to end with a forced line break: <br clear=left> (otherwise it's possible you'll get weird formatting as it tries to put things to the side of the image rather than below it).
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From:evil_overlord
Date:May 6th, 2007 07:36 am (UTC)
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heehee...the "executive fangirl" icon is *cute*. *G*

As for Diablo 2....yeah, I've played it. Still do, from time to time. But, I'm lucky in the fact that I live with a computer geek who *also* likes video games...so we have a network in the house, and can play together. ^_^ [and, when we find the time, the hubby says he's found a new mod for D2 to try out. whoohoo!!] Fun D2 story....when I first got it...the room with my computer has no windows. So I can only look outside when I go for potty breaks, etc. So I start playing D2, go out at one point..."okay, still light"....later..."oh, now it's dark"....later..."oh, it's light again. I hear the birds!" Yes, I'd played from before sunset to well past sunrise without even realizing it. LOL

And I, too, LOVE the potato. My mommy makes me homemade fries every year for my birthday. yum! [and when eating at friends' houses, if the mashed potato makes an appearance, I am a *good* girl, and let others get theirs before me. 'cause I could probably eat it ALL myself, if I were mean that way.]
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:May 7th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the comment!

If you'd like to play...

Interests:
betta
cool architecture
the chad mitchell trio

Icons:
comicfan
cranky
gamergirl
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From:evil_overlord
Date:May 8th, 2007 07:41 am (UTC)
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From:wiliqueen
Date:May 6th, 2007 01:48 pm (UTC)
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Ah, so that's where the username came from! Out of curiousity, what show were the fake spoilers for?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:May 7th, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
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Out of curiousity, what show were the fake spoilers for?

They were regarding the character Tooya from the anime Ayashi no Ceres.

If you feel like playing, here's a list...

Interests:
elizabeth siddal
pre-raphaelite art
syncretism

Icons:
beatrice
dance
sacredspace
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From:wiliqueen
Date:May 7th, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:May 6th, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
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Aw, I feel loved!

fries, mashed potatoes, and potato chips

SHEER GENIUS. I'm demanding this for my next birthday.

I should have recognized Tomoyo! She just looks a little different in that picture.

Thank you for the explanations -- that was fun!
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:May 7th, 2007 01:01 am (UTC)
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I'm demanding this for my next birthday.

We need to have another potato feast when you come visit.

She just looks a little different in that picture.

It's also pretty small and faint, which I'm sure doesn't help.

Would you like a list back? I know you've already done it, so...
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:May 7th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
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Not unless there's one of my icons or interests you're particularly curious about. ^_^

Go, potatoes! (There's an insanely annoying commercial running at the moment whose slogan is GO MEAT! I think GO POTATOES! is much catchier.)
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