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lewis furey

Odds and ends

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I took an interesting quiz from bezigebij; it gives an indication of our impact on the Earth's resources.

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And a FIVE BOOK MEME from heartofdavid:


1. Take five books off your bookshelf.

2. Book #1 -- first sentence: Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.

3. Book #2 -- last sentence on page fifty: Such a lovely day!

4. Book #3 -- second sentence on page one hundred: 'We were expecting you sooner,' Robert said.

5. Book #4 -- next to the last sentence on page one hundred fifty: That should do.

6. Book #5 -- final sentence of the book: I took a taxi back to the shop, it was that kind of day.

7. Make the five sentences into a paragraph:

I took a taxi back to the shop, it was that kind of day. Such a lovely day! 'We were expecting you sooner,' Robert said. Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself. That should do.

8. Feel free to "cheat" to make a better paragraph:

Alternatively: Such a lovely day! Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself. That should do. I took a taxi back to the shop, it was that kind of day. 'We were expecting you sooner,' Robert said.

9. Name your sources:

Book 5 – Russell Hoban – Turtle diary
Book 4 – Jeanette Winterson – Oranges are not the only fruit
Book 3 – Ian McEwan – The comfort of strangers
Book 2 – Fay Weldon – Female friends
Book 1 – Virginia Woolf – Mrs Dalloway

10. Post to your blog.

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lewis furey

Yes, it's that time again

You Have A Type B+ Personality


You're a pro at going with the flow
You love to kick back and take in everything life has to offer
A total joy to be around, people crave your stability.

While you're totally laid back, you can have bouts of hyperactivity.
Get into a project you love, and you won't stop until it's done
You're passionate - just selective about your passions

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lewis furey

On the slippery slope again

From bluestranger:

1. Pick something on my interests list that you also like. Why do you like it?
2. Pick something on my interests list that you don't like. Why don't you like it?
3. Pick something that is on my interests list that surprises you. Why does this surprise you?
4. Pick something that is on my interests list that you know next to nothing about. What do you *think* it is?
5. Pick something that you think should be on my interests list. Why do you think it should be there?

I am very curious to hear your opinions, so what do you all think?

From ankhgrl49:

Your Dominant Intelligence is Linguistic Intelligence

You are excellent with words and language. You explain yourself well.
An elegant speaker, you can converse well with anyone on the fly.
You are also good at remembering information and convincing someone of your point of view.
A master of creative phrasing and unique words, you enjoy expanding your vocabulary.

You would make a fantastic poet, journalist, writer, teacher, lawyer, politician, or translator.

Yesterday and today I spent way too much time at the computer again. So I'm going to log off now, make a quick to-do list for tomorrow, go to bed, rise at a decent hour and ACCOMPLISH THINGS! So there.

lewis furey

Whining again

So yeah. It looks like you have lost your money, _m_h_n, sorry about that!
Thank you, all you lovely people who have rooted for me, but this morning they phoned me up to tell me they have picked someone else. Oh well, now I can continue to enjoy my freedom, for the time being at least.

Some things will have to change, though. I am very dissatisfied with the way I have spent the past 6 weeks. Basically doing nothing at all, except sitting in front of my computer, writing journal entries and comments, catching up on my friends' lj's, and waiting around for updates, often staying up until very late at night/early in the morning, instead of turning off the computer and doing something useful with my time. How silly can you get?

Don't misunderstand me, I bless the day I joined livejournal, but sometimes I curse it too. There are so many other things I want to do, and also things that I have to do, and they are sadly neglected. I desperately need some structure in my life. Because I go to bed late, I get up late, and then I have breakfast late and when I feel my day is only just beginning, it is practically dark again. The days fly by unused and almost unnoticed. I hate that!

The first 6 months of this year I was unemployed too, but I accomplished so much more. I did a lot of things I hadn't had time for when I was still working, and it felt great. Then, a few days before I went to work again, I discovered lj and the rest is history...

This is really and truly an addiction, I believe. The only addiction I have ever had before was smoking, and after one failed attempt (not counting the feeble ones as a teenager) I quit without any pain. Cigarettes kept popping up in my dreams pretty regularly at first, but never in my waking life have I felt any need to smoke again. (Well, except once. I had moved into this apartment and been working hard at emptying boxes and putting things in their new places, and when I sat down for a rest I thought, completely out of the blue, 'Hmm, a cigarette would be nice!' I was very shocked at this, LOL!)

So, what to do. I have no wish whatsoever to abandon lj, it has given, and still gives, me a lot of pleasure, but I think I may have to start allocating blocks of time to all the things, including lj, I want to do in a particular day. Time management has never been my strong point, but I will just have to train myself. Go to bed no later than 1 or at the most 2 am, and rise at a decent hour (9 am is what it usually was on my pre-livejournal days off). That would make a good start. Reserving the morning for other things and not going near my computer until perhaps 3 or 4 in the afternoon. Then take a break or log off to start cooking at a decent time (and not, like now, type on when I should have started dinner over an hour ago! Isn't that typical?), and in the evening perhaps some more lj, perhaps. Start cautiously and see how that works out. Hmm.

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lewis furey

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You speak eloquently and have seemingly read every
book ever published. You are a fountain of
endless (sometimes useless) knowledge, and
never fail to impress at a party.
What people love: You can answer almost any
question people ask, and have thus been
nicknamed Jeeves.
What people hate: You constantly correct their
grammar and insult their paperbacks.

What Kind of Elitist Are You?
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Yes, that is about right. ;>

I am currently reading 6 books, except that I am currently not reading them. Since discovering the wonder that is livejournal I have not been reading proper books. Which is Not a Good Thing. And my house is falling to pieces around me, which is also Not a Good Thing, but at least I can blame the weather there. It has been far too hot to do housework. But there is just no excuse for not reading. *sigh* Why do I always have to become so monomaniacal when I discover something new? I go to work, I come home, I do the bare minimum to keep going, i.e. prepare food, do the washing up and perhaps some laundry, and then I veg out in front of my laptop until way past my bedtime. I should put myself on an lj diet, I guess. But I am not very disciplined.

And tonight the BBC will be showing Musíme si pomáhat, a.k.a. Divided we fall. It ends at 2.20 CET and I have to be up at 6.45, but I might just be stupid enough to watch it anyway. I love love love that film. And I have no VCR.


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Well, at least I can see the pictures that I put up here. Be thankful for small mercies. (But I couldn't display my favourite one, perhaps that website doesn't allow remote hosting. *edit: I now use ImageShack, and I can)Collapse )

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Have been feeling a bit depressed for the past few days, but instead of wanting to sleep all day I have been getting along on very little sleep and rising early without even feeling tired, which is a really unusual combination for me. Not that I have put all that extra energy to good use in my spare time, I've just been surfing the Net for hours on end. Oh, well. It'll pass.

lewis furey


So much to learn, so much to discover... This website is way too addictive for my own good. I've been here for the better part of the afternoon and all of the evening, even skipping dinner, so when I eventually got hungry it was too late to start cooking and I resorted to opening a packet of crisps instead.

I have looked at several communities and I noticed that some people ask politely if they can add someone. Oops. I hope it isn't bad netiquette to add without asking, I couldn't find anything about it in the FAQ. I have posted on forums before, but as I said, something like Livejournal is completely new to me. I don't mean to offend anybody, I just prefer adding people quietly, not drawing too much attention to myself, especially when I don't have a lot to show for it yet, and let people check me out if and when they feel like it (welcome, maldeluxx!).

Well, I should really logoff now. Fortunately I have the day off tomorrow. And I hereby solemnly promise not to spend it in front of the computer. (At least, not the whole day, anyway!)