mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (yeager)
There's a "25 Things About Me" meme going around Facebook. Rather than just re-post it here, I was inspired by John Scalzi's column to write "20 Memories of Sci-Fi Movies of My Youth". Agreed, it's not quite a catchy a title, but I can live with that.

1) The first SF movie I saw in the theaters was "Star Wars", when I was seven. I remember seeing the commercials and thinking, "Meh, might be okay." Yeah, underestimated that one a bit. I do not remember "Episode 4" atop the opening crawl. The John Williams soundtrack spent long hours in the following months accompanying my pretending to blast TIE fighters from a laser gun turret.

2) The next one I recall seeing in the theaters was "Starcrash". This would only have been a good movie had I been old enough to enjoy Caroline Munro's outfit. I can't remember too much about it now, which may be a good thing, but I'm tempted to find a copy and enjoy the badness from a whole new perspective.

3) "Close Encounters" confused and frightened me, especially the part where Richard Dreyfuss starts losing his sanity. I didn't understand the ending at that age, either. In fact, to this day, there's a lot of unexplained bits having to do with the aliens, which is just as well; I suspect that any explanation from Spielberg would have been far lamer than the mystery.

4) While we're on such movies, I was mildly traumatized by the laser surgery and 'cannibal' robot in "Logan's Run", and I didn't understand the whole "Carousel" thing at all. That's another movie which is probably unwise to watch before puberty, especially in a midnight showing in a darkened house.

5) "Star Trek: The Motion Picture": Wow, new Klingon ships. Whoa whoa, new Klingons! Triple whoa: I am in love with the new Enterprise model! Okay, excellent, what's going to happen for the next ninety minutes? Oh. Not much. I'm glad I never took it in to my head to get myself one of that movie's uniforms.

Fifteen more behind the cut )

So, that's a snapshot of my first 20 years of SF movie watching, and I am already remembering a bunch I left out. Maybe I'll hit this meme again if I remember anything interesting about the next bunch.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (decipher)
Yes, it's Interview Meme time again. [livejournal.com profile] kittenchan asked the questions, and I provide the answers. For those who wish to play along at home, the rules are (c'mon, you know this by now):

1. Reply to my post asking me to interview you.
2. I reply to your post with five questions.
3. You post your answers and this meme on your LJ.

1. What's the craziest (PG) thing you've ever done?
PG, huh? Probably in my teens, when I used to attend USS Heimdal meetings in Lynchburg, the other car in our convoy would race us there and back. 110-120 MPH speeds were known to occur. I wasn't driving, but I didn't exactly try too hard to talk the drivers out of it, either. I'm glad that we all grew out of that before something terrible happened.

2. Why did you first join VTSFFC?
It wasn't really on purpose! When Tom Monaghan started attending Tech, he invited me along on a VTSFFC trip to Stellarcon. I rode with Scott Gosik, whom I had not met before that day, and weathered a barrage of cryptic anime references; witnessed a car accident in our convoy and spent an evening in an Emergency Room with a delirious Rosethorn (also a total stranger); and entered the con costume contest on five-minutes' notice, using random items I'd happened to pack. The general consensus was that I had passed the initiation whether I'd intended to or not.

3. Do you still draw?
I have not drawn anything in 2008, I fear, besides some crude notebook sketches of my Legion of Liberty superhero. I have several drawings in my head, though, and 2009 will not be artless.

4. Do you ever miss working at the TN?
I miss a lot of the people I got to work with at the TN, but I don't miss the late Tuesdays (even the abbreviated ones) or the desperate deadlines! Honestly, I wish there was a NASA facility in Blacksburg; the work I'm doing now is great, and I still enjoy causally saying "oh I work for NASA" when asked, but I miss my friends and family up there a lot.

5. What's your favorite restaurant of all time and why?
After lengthy thought - there are two close runners-up - I'd have to say Sakura, over in Salem. The prices are moderate, the service is very good, the decor is attractive and simple, and the food is addictively good. I can name restaurants that have been better in one or more categories, but this is the all-round winner. I think a certain someone's impromptu reception dinner was held there, as well :) Stinks that I'm 5 hours away, now.

Ex Libris

Jun. 30th, 2008 08:27 am
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (rainbow)
I think the book meme is evolving - I could swear that this is a different list than I saw earlier this week.

Bold those books you have read.
Italicize those books you intend to read.
Underline those books you love.

Post the list in your own LJ. Behind a cut for good manners. )

26 of 'em, not too bad from what I hear.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (TARDIS42)
Meme from [livejournal.com profile] lemonlye:

When you read this, quote Doctor Who in your LiveJournal.

The Doctor: I don't suppose you've completely ignored my instructions and secretly prepared any Nitro-9, have you?
Ace: What if I had?
The Doctor: And naturally, you wouldn't do anything so insanely dangerous as to carry it around with you, would you?
Ace: Of course not. I'm a good girl and do what I'm told.
The Doctor: Excellent. Blow up that vehicle.

- "Silver Nemesis"

(I resisted the urge to quote my own fanfic. Aren't I well-behaved?)
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (speed+time)
1) How's life in Norfolk?
I really like it here. There's more to do than I can possibly keep up with, lotsa good friends, and the scenery's suprisingly good for a large metropolitan area. I do miss mountains, all the lovely folk in SWVA fandom, and not having to commute through a congested bridge-tunnel every day; and of course it would have been nice to be near my Mom when she got hurt. But otherwise, this is an excellent place to live.

2) What tech toy do you not own (and don't plan on acquiring in the next three months) that you wish you did?
A GPS navigator for the Hyundai. I still do just enough convention driving and the like that it would come in handy.

3) What's your favorite nonfiction book?
Douglas Hofstadter's Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid. It's a brain-stretcher of a book, one that I've had to read many times to access most of the meaning, but one full of fascinating ideas and profound concepts involving music, art, literature, language, biology, and computers. I must be a graduate of the book by now, though, since I think his views on the future of Artificial Intelligence are quite pessimistic. OTOH, what do I know?

4) What's the worst job you've ever had?
Working the Copy Center counter at Staples. The work itself was fine, but I had such difficulty with abrasive customers and co-workers that it made my previous job of vacuuming and emptying trash cans for an office building look absolutely peaceful.

5) How fast do you type?
To my own great surprise, around 60-65 words a minute. Surprising, because I kind of two-finger type. An actual typewriter would kill me, because I hit the "delete" key a lot. Still, my old boss at Thrifty Nickel once said I was the fastest, most accurate bad typist he'd ever seen.

Der Ruleses:
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by asking you 5 questions of a very personal nature.
3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. Include this and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, ask them 5 questions.

Stay Cool

Jun. 10th, 2008 06:22 pm
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (TARDIS42)
Wow. I was sick yesterday, and Starr's sick today. Awesome. It might very well have been dehydration on both our parts, though I drink more water these days than I have in years.

I'm From The Future!I need to watch the latest Doctor Who very soon, it is apparently most excellent, and the net is bursting with spoilers that I am carefully avoiding. Stephen Moffat may be the best Who writer on the new show, responsible for The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances, The Girl In the Fireplace, and Blink; I'm not displeased at all that he's in charge of 2010's Series Five. The "Everybody lives!!" line still gets me right 'there'.

And now, this year's zombie meme:

You are in a mall when the zombies attack. You have:
1. one weapon.
2. one song blasting on the speakers.
3. one famous person to fight alongside you.

* Weapon can be real or fictional; you may assume endless ammo if applicable. Person can be real or fictional.


1) Phaser II, set to "vaporise". With endless ammo, I can just hold down the trigger and sweep.
2) Queen, "Flight of the Hawkmen" (starts at about 1:08 in the video)
3) Tim the Enchanter (I think his skills would be well matched to the situation.)

Starr's list:

1) Sonic Screwdriver ("I'm sure it has a 'defeat zombies' setting.")
2) Meredith Brooks, "Bitch"
3) Kal-El
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (crusade)

119

As a 1930s husband, I am
Very Superior

Take the test!

mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (menace)
H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society SaniTest - How Insane Are You?

Your SaniTest(TM) Results - Your score is: 103

INSANITY INDEX 5.24 Thank you for taking the SaniTest(TM). Your score suggests that you are phrenetic. Easily startled and prone to overreaction, it may be due to excessive exposure to unnatural stress and morbid imagery. Other people probably refer to you as 'twitchy' behind your back. Other notable people who scored at this level include PLO chairman Yasser Arafat and inventor/educator George Washington Carver. 

mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (flying_gif)
This morning I found a hotel cardkey from a 2007 con in my stuff. I'd feel guilty, except I know they churn these keys out by the millions, and since the whole thing is computer-controlled, they've already invalidated the darn thing. So now it's a memento.

What got me thinking, though, is the memory of when hotels actually handed out metal keys, usually on large plastic keychains with the room number embossed on them. Yes, those were simpler times.

[Poll #1128647]

Oh, when I say "enter hotel rooms," I mean one that you or a roommate have paid for. Room parties, rooms that you're only responsible for as an event organizer, etc. don't count.

(Yes, I know. "Auhorized" is a Space Rogues in-joke.)
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (decipher)
Definitely a traditional Christmas for me... History and Science channels on the tube, wrapping presents for others while being unable to wait to unwrap ours :)

My Munchkin collection is looking healthier! Starr gave me Munchkin Impossible and Munchkin Cthulhu I & II... now we have to invite someone over to play them with us. 2-handed Munchkin is much less fun.

Back in my Decipher days, Justin taught me how to play Carcassonne, and I've been wanting a copy for the years since. Never managed to pick it up, but I knew it was fun to play, so I picked up a set as a Christmas present for [livejournal.com profile] raininva when I heard she was gaming again. Well, guess what other game I got yesterday :) Already broken it in, too. Fun!

Take the Sci fi sounds quiz I received 85 credits on
The Sci Fi Sounds Quiz

How much of a Sci-Fi geek are you?
Take the Sci-Fi Movie Quizdigital camera ratings


I had a little trouble with some of the older movies I haven't seen yet...
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (slaine)
Haven't posted online quiz results in a while, but the results amused me on this one that [livejournal.com profile] raininva and [livejournal.com profile] rattrap posted.

Star Trek character quiz )
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (speed+time)
So, there's this list of 200 things you're supposed to go through and bold what you've done. Some of them are very specific: I'd like to see Siouxsie and the Banshees in concert, for example, but it's unlikely I will ever have the opportunity; I imagine that "fallen in love at an ancient Mayan burial ground" is pretty rare, too. A few of them conflict a bit; "Visited all 50 states" and "Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states" can both be accomplished, but at a real cost in time and money.

In the final tally, if I counted right, I managed 84 out of 200. I'm pleased with that result.

EDIT: Rain reminded me of one I missed. 85 :)

The List. )
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (gaming)
Playing around with the WoW Item Creator...

Dragon Dagger

No, it's not actually in the game. :)
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (simpson)
Interview questions from [livejournal.com profile] ndkid behind the cut )
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (simpson)
It's the return of the interview meme, with the following rules:

1. Leave me a casual comment of no particular significance, like a lyric to your current favorite song, your favorite kind of sandwich, or maybe your favorite game. Any remark, meaningless or not.
2. I will respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.
3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. Include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in your own post.
5. When others respond with a desultory comment, you will ask them five questions.


Questions posed by [livejournal.com profile] fishy1 are behind the cut )

Flapdoodle!

Jul. 4th, 2007 07:45 pm
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (whovian)
This meme claims that the incarnation of the Doctor I'm most like is the Fourth. I can see that... goofy demeanor, odd choice of dress, encyclopedic knowledge of arcane subjects.

More interesting to me are the runners-up. The Third was the Bondian action-hero gadget-freak (yes on two, no on one), the Ninth was the charismatic but traumatized survivor, and the First was the cranky, eccentric, elderly genius on the run from his people. (Cranky and eccentric, perhaps.)

My poorest matches are the Tenth and Sixth, which I'm fine with. I haven't quite warmed to the Tenth yet - he seems a bit flighty and unfocused; while the Sixth, bluntly, was an asshole.

See the actual results )
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (crusade)
So, does anyone I know actually use this "Twitter" website? I thought I saw some folks mentioning it, but I don't remember.

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