Tags: geek-fu

bad cat

Comments: one and two

First, I'd like to thank everyone who participated in my Johari window meme. If any of you want to contribute, but feel too inhibited to put your name on something completely honest, feel free to contribute and leave random letters rather than an LJ name - kjhsd will work just fine, and I'm just too much of a meme-geek. So, anonymous is fine.

Second, Esperanto is fun. I've gotten back into an Esperanto kick, taking the free 10-lesson course based on the Esperanto League's old postal course, as well as downloading the multimedia program Kurso de Esperanto (also free).

Kurso just rocks. Instead of all reading and writing, the course is innundated with people speaking (and singing) Esperanto, which seems to tap different neural pathways for me. After a half-hour lesson, I feel like I'm in a different space, my mind echoing changing phrases and flowing with different syntax. I feel like studying language engages parts of my brain that make me feel good, make me feel awake and creative. It may just be the stimulation that comes from trying something new, but then it may be something directly related to the language itself - some studies suggest that studying Esperanto first makes learning other languages easier -- I'm curious...

Anyway, that's my life.
flames of fire

Lugh would be proud, I'm sure

25% Combativeness, 53% Sneakiness, 76% Intellect, 66% Spirituality
Sneaky, cunning, and spiritual: You are a Druid!
Druids work with nature to cast their spells and favor balance over extremes. They're shapeshifters, capable of taking the forms of natural creatures. While they don't always deal well with people, they do have animal companions to come to their aid.
You are probably intelligent, spiritual, and more than a little deceptive. Fortunately, your lack of violent tendencies means you are also likely to be level-headed.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 7% on Combativeness
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You scored higher than 81% on Sneakiness
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You scored higher than 59% on Intellect
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You scored higher than 87% on Spirituality
Link: The RPG Class Test written by MFlowers on OkCupid Free Online Dating
topsy and hat


Who the hell is Gregory Benford and what is he doing in my psyche?

I am:
Gregory Benford
A master literary stylist who is also a working scientist.

Which science fiction writer are you?

The real Greg Benford once took this quiz, and it told him he was Arthur C. Clarke.

I tweeked here and there, got Ursula K LeGuin, William Gibson (great...) and a lot of geezers, but no Arthur C Clarke... perhaps the test-taking Greg Benford was lying, or possibly he was a pod-person similacrum.

I am:
Arthur C. Clarke
Well known for nonfiction science writing and for early promotion of the effort toward space travel, his fiction was often grand and visionary.

I just needed a dash more optimism.

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william morris

LJ makes lemmings of us all!

Amused by socialistpoet's recent foray into nation building on www.nationstates.net, I decided to create my own nation.

I wanted to give it a name reflecting my interest in early British social movements, William Morris most of all. Unfortunately, names of countries usually end in -a, -ia, or -land, so all the British names I found sound very un-nation-like. That's okay - we're a tiny region, so quirky names should be fine. The name "Hammersmith" (where Morris lived and the setting of his utopian novel, News from Nowhere) was already taken by a failed nation, so I chose the name of Morris' last home and independent Arts & Crafts press - Kelmscott.

The Commonwealth of Kelmscott.

The motto is from a engraving at Gustav Stickley's Craftsman Farms (an early Arts & Crafts community).

The flag is stolen from the Kibbo Kift and is associated with the Social Credit movement in the 20's and 30's. Kibbo Kift was a Woodcraft group in the 20's, something like Boy Scouts, but it was coed, antimilitaristic (in reaction to Boy Scouts), admired Native Americans but drew more from English folklore (hence the handmade hooded jerkins they wear, and gatherings named "Folkmoot" and "Al-Thing") and was more ritualistic and ceremonial than Boy Scouts.

BTW, I first encountered KK in Hutton's Triumph of the Moon as part of the British romantic backdrop to Gardner's formation of Wicca.

Fun, fun... and at one issue to resolve a day, who can resist the temptation to create their own country?