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( Sep. 21st, 2005 01:15 pm)

LJ Interests meme results



  1. barbara hambly:
    Hambly is one of the best writers I know of, consistently combining fantastic prose, compelling settings, and sympathetic characters. Her work influences my writing and world-building more than any other writer - although a lot of it is at levels where it's hard to see.
  2. cities as creatures:
    The notion of the city as organism, with its own internal systems, ecological footprint, life-cycle, and so on, is one that fascinates me. I've seen it dealt with in fiction and metaphor, and I think there's a fair argument to be made for considering it thus scientifically.
  3. dragons:
    Dragons are the iconic creature of fantasy, as far as I'm concerned. I tend to think them as massive, majestic and aloof, for the most part, and one of the few things I really dislike about D&D is the way in which they're just another monster.
  4. geology:
    I did some geology in college, and have been very keen on it since. Not only does it allow understanding and thinking on a very long timescale, but it indulges my collecting and hoarding instincts as well.
  5. ireland:
    I live here - how could I not be interested? Ireland has come from being a second world nation when I was born to being definitely first world; except that that first world nature is only a few inches deep. Dublin in particular is becoming as cosmopolitan a city as any in the world, and in a better, friendlier way.
  6. luis royo:
    Luis Royo is probably the artist whose works I spend the most time looking at, along with Tony DiTerlizzi. The attention to detail is the thing that appeals most, at first, and his subject matter; beautiful people, archaic and futuristic weapons, monsters, and ruins, all appeal as well. There are very few of his images I don't like.
  7. orrery:
    The orrery represents a more generic interest in old mechanical devices, from astrolabes to clocks. There's a beauty to early mechanics - and even into early electronics - with wood and brass fittings, decorative touches, and craftsmanship, that's absent from the modern forms. The fact that orreries tend to be huge, and do astronomical stuff is no harm.
  8. reading:
    Well, duh. Take away my reading, and I'd be left very confused. I don't think this requires much explanation.
  9. spices:
    Spices - and herbs - make cooking from a prosaic thing into an art form, and one that I'm not bad at. A few carefully selected spices can transform a dish.
  10. weather:
    Weather might be more of an obsession than an interest, really. I grew up in a place where you can see weather approaching for ten miles or more, and the art of predicting what was going to come over the flanks of Mount Leinster next was one I got good at at an early age. I associate weather with magic, too, not least because it's the form of magic I'm best at - and do try to use least, because it's a very wide effect.


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gothwalk: (freaky)
( Aug. 30th, 2005 02:21 pm)
While, by and large, I am not given to giving any credence to astrology, I have to observe that when stressed, I take enormous comfort from making lists of stuff done and stuff to do. Typical Virgo.
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( Jul. 29th, 2005 07:37 am)
Today is the last day of work before a week off, in which I intend to do very little indeed. Sleep, catch up on various aspects of game-writing, do some stuff around the house... ordinary things. I haven't had a chance to do "nothing" in my own house since I was about 17 for more than a day or two, so I'm grabbing this one with both hands. I haven't looked forward to time off so much in a very long time.
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( Jul. 21st, 2005 12:11 pm)
I got a phone call from my father this morning, and after some back and forth, [livejournal.com profile] inannajones and I will be headed to a wedding in Skeaghvosteen, Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny, on Saturday. We'll be off from early on Saturday, and we'll be at an airshow in Cashel on the Sunday, so we'll be offline for pretty much all of the weekend.
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gothwalk: (Music - System of a Down)
( Jul. 17th, 2005 11:50 am)
There seems to be no hangover. I woke up at ten, reasonably refreshed, lay reading for a while, showered, and had a solid breakfast. I'm not feeling like doing anything strenuous, but I'm not dead either. This is an improvement on the ordinary post-late-night situation.

Fibbers last night was in some ways strange. There was a definite feeling of being 20 again, and there were an awful lot of the same faces around - some of them have to be younger siblings, though, as they haven't aged at all. The music was different in content if not in tone and there was no smoke - though there was a godawful stink from somewhere in the downstairs area. I think I must have spent the best end of an hour on the dancefloor, and my neck is telling me a bit about it.

There was one point, with the floor about half capacity, when Europe's Final Countdown came on. I turned to see who else was on the floor, discovered three other long-haired and/or bearded guys doing the same thing - so that we had formed a spontaneous circle. We all looked at each other, grinned - and proceeded to headbang through the entire thing. One guy was grinning maniacally throughout; you could see his teeth glowing in the UV light each his head swung up. Green Day and System of a Down were additional opportunities to hurt myself, although things stayed just short of a full mosh.

Aside from the beer garden, which was full, they had opened up part of the car park behind, with one or two security guys to stop people from wandering too far away. It was quieter out there, you could breathe a bit, and have conversations. LJ saturation was at its usual level, and I had meandering conversations with [livejournal.com profile] mr_wombat, [livejournal.com profile] pardina, [livejournal.com profile] tobinjt, [livejournal.com profile] yrthilian, [livejournal.com profile] darskyl, and one other guy who I know from Redbrick, but whose LJ username I'm having trouble finding. [livejournal.com profile] eng_monkey was lurking somewhere, too, as were various other folks. I spoke to various people about various books; if I said I'd lend you something, remind me and we'll make arrangements for a handover.

[livejournal.com profile] mr_wombat, [livejournal.com profile] olethros and I walked most of the way home before we got a taxi. Navigating the streets of Dublin to avoid nightclubs at three in the morning is an interesting route.
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gothwalk: (Music - System of a Down)
( Jul. 17th, 2005 03:44 am)
In the morning, my neck, and possibly portions of my upper back, are going to hate me. I don't remember being able to keep going for half hour stretches when I was 20, though, so clearly there're some advantages to the aging process.
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gothwalk: (hope springs eternally from my fist)
( Jul. 13th, 2005 01:14 am)
I believe it may finally be cool enough to sleep. And believe me, if I can't get to sleep, there's something odd going on.
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( Jul. 2nd, 2002 09:58 am)
Today is going to be a Tuesday. I can tell. The sun shone while I was on the bus, rain fell while I waited 17 minutes for a Dart due 5 minutes before I got to the station, sun shone again while I was on the Dart, only to start to rain again between Dun Laoghaire station and work. And now that I'm inside, sunshine again. In addition to which, the only seat on the bus was beside a mildly crazy gentleman who keep singing the National Anthem under his breath, and getting the words wrong. "Soliders are we, whose lives are pledged to Ireland, sun will shine, in a land beyond the waves..." over and over and over.
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( May. 14th, 2002 04:45 pm)
Since everyone else has this, I might as well have a go, and I'll put it on LJ rather than the weblog. I got the questions from [livejournal.com profile] puritybrown.

past
first grade teacher's name: Mrs. Francis Dowse.
last word you said: "Cheers."
last song you sang: All Star (Smash Mouth)
last person you hugged: Nina
last thing you laughed at: A bad pun in an email on a web development list.
last time you said 'i love you': To Nina, this morning as I was heading out.
last time you cried: No idea...

present
what's in your cd player: A set of images too big to FTP usefully.
what color socks are you wearing: One grey, one black.
what's under your bed: Two drawers, one of which contains some bed linen.
what time did you wake up today: 06:20, courtesy Miroza the cat.

future
where do you want to go: Edinburgh again, New Zealand, Finland again, Alaska, Norway, Prague
what is your career going to be: Web Developer / Game Writer / Guru
where are you going to live: Somewhere in the SE quarter of Ireland. Rural.
how many kids do you want: None.
what kind of car will you have: 4 wheel drive of some kind. Probably Volvo.

current taste: Either "scruffy" or "coffee". You choose.
current hair: Tangled, black at the ends, blond at the roots, tied back in a ponytail.
current clothes: Green combats, black tshirt.
current annoyance: Sore patch on my side. No idea why.
current smell: Um. Coffee too, I guess.
current longing: A 28 hour day.
current desktop picture: Something from Digital Blasphemy.
current favorite artist: Smash Mouth
current book: Deities & Demigods (Just finished Burnt Offerings)
current worry: This is taking too long. I should do some work instead.
current time-wasting wish: Sleeeeep.
current hate: Not having enough time.

story behind your lj username: "The air around you darkens noticably as you gothwalk here"; a verb from the TCD NetSoc MOO.
current favorite article of clothing: Multi-pocketed vest/coat thing.
favorite physical feature of the opposite sex: Curves.
last cd that you bought: Can't remember.
favorite place to be: Behind my laptop while running a D&D game.
least favorite place: Changing rooms in secondary school.
strong in mind or strong in body: Hm. Can I say both? I'm both stubborn and capable of lifting weights...
time you wake up in the morning: 06:30 weekdays, about 09:00 at weekends.
if you could play any instrument, what would it be: Saxophone or electric guitar.
favorite color: Black, or lapis lazuli blue.
do you believe in an afterlife? Yes.
how tall are you? 5'8", about.
current favourite word: Anthropomorphic
favorite book: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
favorite season: Winter
one person from your past you wish you could go back and talk: That's a weird question. And I can't think of any that I can't just go and talk to anyway.
favorite day: Sunday, cos that's the one day I get to spend with Nina. After June, probably back to Friday - start of the weekend and game day.

type a line you remember from any book: "Had I the heavens embroidered cloths / the blue and the dim and the dark cloths"
a line from the last thing you wrote to someone: "The World Cup site is shaping up decently, albeit with a few changes still to be made." It's a work thing.
a random lyric: "I believe that we'll conceive to make in hell for us a heaven.
A brave new world. A promised land.
A fortitude of hearts and minds.
Until I see this kingdom is mine,
I'll turn the darkness into light.
I'll guide the blind.
My will be done until the day I see this kingdom has been won."

-- "Kingdom", VNV Nation.

identify some things surrounding your computer: This would be much more interesting at home... various printouts and scribbled noted, a copy of New Scientist, several O'Reilly Books, a mug, my mobile, a biro, a few CD cases, and the Code Otter.
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( Jan. 23rd, 2002 12:28 pm)
I'm given to wonder what it is that causes inspiration to strike only when I'm away from any kind of recording device. I'm walking down the street bewteen work and the DART station, and I'm thinking "I could write about that, and that, and that" - just about anything I see, I could write about. But yesterday evening was spent in putting images together for a site I'm working on, so I didn't get a chance to even think about writing, and now, this morning, when I have a few minutes before things go pear shaped on my time again - and I can see they will, because the other tech person in the office has too much to do, and some bit of it is going to get moved to me at some point today - I crack my knuckles and try to write, and... nothing. Bah.

(10 minutes later)

Having tried hard to recall the stuff I DID think about last night, here are a few random observations.

How do people know how to react to things? It's never written down anywhere, and people look strangely at you when you say something about it, but everyone seems to react the same way to certain things. For instance, there's the exchange that happens when someone's been working for a long time on one thing, and they're starting to get frustrated.

Worker: This project is a real bitch. I'm going crosseyed from staring at the code.
Other Person: Yeah. Maybe you could pass some of it to Joe?
Worker: Nah, it's not too bad. I'm getting there.

Worker has contradicted themselves completely, but Other Person will be completely unsurprised by this - as long as Other Person has responded with sympathy or suggestion (and this makes it a crossgender reaction, too), Worker is happy and goes back to the code.

Then there's train protocol (or bus protocol, if you like). People don't sit on the same double seat as you unless every other seat is full - or they know you. If they know you at ALL, though, they sit beside you. Many people will stand, rather than sit on a double seat with a stranger, although this seems to only be on the train. Yet, I understand, this is very different in Spain and Italy, where people will go out of their way to sit with a stranger, even if every other seat on the conveyor is empty.

Can you tell I've been looking around?

Addendum; just after I finished this entry, I was, as predicted, handed a whole new project. To be done ASAP. Overtime tonight, yay.
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( Jan. 22nd, 2002 12:18 pm)
Today is a hard-at-work day, with plenty of stuff on the to-do list, but I'm going to take a break and write a bit.

Dave repaired the SSIs on my website for me today - in view of my continuing inability to get an ssh connection out of here for more than about 30 seconds - so everything there is working again, at last.

Weather outside is being sunny, but cold, yet not cold enough to be satisfying. The weather boards on weatheroutlook and the BBC are both predicting a cold snap at the beginning of February - and indeed some real cold on Friday, as well. What I want, perversely, is the kind of weather that leaves me shivering at the bus stop, and genuinely glad to get inside again. I know the memory plays tricks with regard to weather, but last winter seemed much much colder than this one.

I'm starting in to think seriously about the followup campaign to Spellbound- Major Arcana. It'll use Tarot spreads as a kicking off point for themes, ideas, and so on. I'm also reading James Campbell's Hero With A Thousand Faces, so as to get some more inspiration on the archetype ideas, which fascinate me. I'm looking at making it much more character driven - much more player driven - than Spellbound, and with less of the vast, world changing DM actions. Davon has changed enough over the last few years, and I want to settle down and examine the changes now. It might be nice, from the point of view of interest in ongoing events in the world, to speed time up, so that a month in real time is two or three months of game time, but I don't know about this - it does make the in-character-but-out-of-game sessions more difficult to pinpoint. On the other hand, it's far easier than trying to run things the other way round, so that a day or two of game time takes place over two weeks of real time, which I find frustrating.

I'm currently writing a series of day-in-the-life pieces from people in the Royal Haelthannic Navy. For purposes of this, I'm doing research into real navies, mostly the British Navy, which seems to be an extremely complex edifice, with a great many odd traditions and unspoken rules. Several people have recommended the Hornblower novels, which I should probably investigate. I must find out where Dun Laoghaire Public Library is, as well.

The cat managed to terrify myself and Nina completely last night by appearing on the windowsill of Nina's study - on the outside- when we thought she was asleep somewhere in the house. How she got out, we're not at all sure, and teleportation seems to be the only reasonable explanation. She's already sleeping on the bed, of course, but I'm not showing any allergic reactions at all - unexpected but pleasing.
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( Jan. 17th, 2002 12:13 pm)
Ulster Bank suck rocks. Because of a cheque I wrote, which they didn't honour, to transfer money to my real bank account, because I can't reliably transfer money any other way without going in and signing pieces of paper, because they're incompetent, my rent wasn't paid at the beginning of the month, and I can't go in and sort them out because they won't deal with me anywhere other than the city centre, and I'm in Dun Laoghaire, and so I'm having to borrow money from my father to pay the rent.
As I said, they suck. But much kudos to my father for coming through without even blinking.

Apparently, lots of people are having trouble with the banks with the euro and so on. Glen (editor of Schwoom, plug, plug) says that he knows four people who've been fucked over by the banks already this year.

Ah well. We'll sort it all out in the end. I figure I'm due some tax back from being unemployed, and I'm hoping that a work bonus will come through next month, although not depending on it.
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( Oct. 14th, 2001 12:11 pm)
It's late, it's so late it's early. It's a quarter past four in the morning, and I'm not tired. It used to be that I could get up when I couldn't sleep, and write something, something that would be worth reading in the morning, but the muse ain't in tonight. I could write somethingt else, but I know that it wouldn't be any good. Maybe I should set in, do that webpage redesign I was talking about. Black on white, Victorian graphics.
On the other hand, my shell account machine seems to have some trouble.

I'll go pay attention to that.
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( Nov. 14th, 2000 12:08 pm)
OK, so it's been far too long. But I was following links today off pages that I visit once in a while - in this case helena's page - and came across this. And I figure that if a 14 year old can do a diary, so can I, dammit. So I'm writing this in work in vi, and I'll cut and paste it into diaryland when I'm done.

So what's been happening? Erk. Work, mainly. Preparing for wedding. Getting that inheritance, finally. Being busy. Joining a gym. Having long Too-Much-Information conversations and getting very drunk and being hungover in work.

Playing Battlefaeries. Reading Salon and Nerve. Being annoyed by one customer in particular, who will remain unnamed. Playing D&D, starting a new campaign to go with the old one, and playing in Mac's Alternity Game (which is tonight). Planning the Yule Party.

We went to the Smashing Pumpkins gig in the Olympia. It rocked freely. It was fantastic. Did I mention that it was good?

Stuff.
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