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Friday, June 8th, 2007
3:04 pm
It must be that time of year again
storme has assigned me the letter O and charged me with listing my ten favourite songs beginning with that letter. Here's what I've come up with:

1. OK! - Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich ('All the world has got its worries / Every night has got its dream')
2. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da - The Beatles ('Desmond has a barrow in the marketplace / Molly is the singer in a band')
3. Only the Lonely - Roy Orbison ('Only the lonely / Know the way I feel tonight')
4. On a tree by a river - Gilbert & Sullivan ('On a tree by a river a little tom-tit / Sang "Willow, tit-willow, tit-willow"')
5. One Vision - Queen ('One man / One goal / One mission.')
6. Out Of This World - Detroit Cobras ('I'm gonna love you when the sun goes down now / I'm gonna love you when no one's around now')
7. The Ostrich - Flanders & Swann ('Peek-a-boo, I can't see you / Everything must be grand')
8. Orinoco Flow - Enya ('Let me sail, let me sail / Let the Orinoco flow')
9. Omerta - Afghan Whigs ('Up all night again / As for sleep, no comprende')
10. On a Monday - Detroit Cobras ('Last Monday I was arrested / On Tuesday I was locked up in jail')
Commentary.Collapse )
Feel free to comment and be handed a letter to play yourself.
Friday, June 9th, 2006
3:14 pm
SIP closure
For completeness' sake, the two that went unguessed:

1. sea pie, main topsail, *bomb-ketches, *percussion caps

The Commodore by C.S. Forester, published in the US as Commodore Hornblower. Horatio Hornblower gets involved in the Baltic theatre of the Napoleonic Wars, showing up at the Siege of Riga and trying his hand (not very successfully) at Russian diplomacy.

8. wire jacket, complete abundance, steerage deck, dragon robes, bull fiddle, chain collar, *big barbarian, *summer palace

Flashman and the Dragon by George MacDonald Fraser. Flashy in the Taiping Rebellion and the Second Opium War, rogering the future Empress of China and getting mixed up with the usual bunch of lunatics, ne'er-do-wells and military heroes of the British Empire (as often as not all three in one).

Interesting that the two historical novels on my list would be the ones that were unrecognised; either not many of my friendslist read them, or their characteristic phrases just aren't that memorable. If it's the former case, then I recommend both of these series to anyone.
Sunday, June 4th, 2006
8:29 pm
SIP redux
Let's finish this off. Three left to get; I've given the full list of SIPs this time, and where there weren't any more I've provided (asterisked) a couple of extra examples that seem improbable to me. Any takers?

1. sea pie, main topsail, *bomb-ketches, *percussion caps
2. (radiotelescope got it)
3. big wild mammals, domesticable wild plants, archaeological hallmarks, wild mammal species, blueprint copying, mammal domestication, indigenous food production, founder crops, incipient farmers, local domesticates, intensified food production, broadest pattern, wild grass species, continental differences, wild plant species, local domestication, centralized political organization, mutant seeds, competing societies, crowd diseases, intensive food production, independent domestications, dense human populations, plant domestication, other language families (nothings got it)
4. (huskyscotsman got it)
5. (radiotelescope got it)
6. (inkylj got it)
7. (inkylj got it)
8. wire jacket, complete abundance, steerage deck, dragon robes, bull fiddle, chain collar, *big barbarian, *summer palace
9. (hederaivy got it)
10. (ceb got it)
Tuesday, May 30th, 2006
3:28 pm
Statistically Improbable Memesheeping
Pick ten of your favorite books, look them up on Amazon.com, and find the list of Statistically Improbable Phrases for those books. Pick a few SIPs from each book, list them here, and then have people guess what books they are. (Obviously, using Google or Amazon to figure it out is cheating.). (via huskyscotsman.)

As with most people who've posted this, my choices have been somewhat constrained by the selection of books that Amazon has SIPs for; these would all be in my Top 200, though.

1. sea pie, main topsail
2. radio cloaks, coldsleep boxes, drive spines, voder voice, cargo shell, flying house, command deck (radiotelescope got it)
3. big wild mammals, domesticable wild plants, archaeological hallmarks, incipient farmers
4. market truce, leather woman, floating market, toasting fork (huskyscotsman got it)
5. red vixen, last portal, blue wine, green moon, naming day, mourning rites (radiotelescope got it)
6. yew alley, dear fellow (inkylj got it)
7. verra gude, flake white, minutes past eleven (inkylj got it)
8. wire jacket, complete abundance, steerage deck, dragon robes, bull fiddle, chain collar
9. apple seller, own dagger, other witches, two witches (hederaivy got it)
10. trout tarn, little white sail, native trouble, two little ships, middle thwart (ceb got it)

One guess at a time, please.
Friday, November 11th, 2005
11:12 am
Ok, more memitude
Swiped from isquiesque, my personal locational extremes:

NorthDundee, Scotland56°28' N2°59' W
SouthGalveston, Tex.29°18' N94°48' W
WestSanta Rosa, Calif.38°31' N122°49' W
EastRonneby, Sweden56°16' N15°16' E

(Great-circle flight routes from the UK to the US go rather further north than Scotland, but that doesn't really count for this, as I understand it. And I'm surprised at how close Ronneby and Dundee are for northing.)

Some day, I'll cross the Line...
Friday, July 29th, 2005
11:12 am
So. Farewell then.
Google Groups non-Beta has finally passed away, it appears. The last half-dozen international sites (I was using the UAE one, after the Danish one succumbed a week or two ago) have been assimilated by the buggy, ugly, cluttered, awkward, allegedly-"advanced" Beta version. I can see myself doing a lot fewer Usenet searches in future.

I just can't fathom what Google's thinking is here. They're usually pretty in-touch with what their users want; my theory is that Groups Beta must be the pet project of some high-up who's got enough clout that he can ignore the "don't be evil" motto.

Current Mood: aggravated
Thursday, July 7th, 2005
11:26 am
Checking in
For those of you who know I'm in London, but aren't sure where Finchley stands in relation to this sort of incident: I'm fine. I'm some five miles north of town, and things are pretty quiet up here; the main road is slightly busier than it otherwise would be, but in general everyone in the office is just reading the news reports like anyone else.

Current Mood: worried
Thursday, April 21st, 2005
10:32 am
Another of these thingies
Since I can't work out any of maga_dogg's, I'll inflict some on you lot instead:

1. Pick six songs that most people will know.
2. Select lyrics of up to but not surpassing 150 words from each one.
3. Go to babelfish
4. Enter the lyrics thus:
      English to German
      German to French
      French to Portuguese
      Portuguese to English
5. Post the resultant gobbledegook and see if people can figure out what the songs are.
6. and politely put 'em all behind a cut tagCollapse )

(I'm interpreting "most people" as "most people reading this LJ", ok? At most one correct guess each, please.)

Current Mood: random
Monday, December 13th, 2004
5:41 pm
The answers, for those who care
Guessing seems to have stopped, so it's time to identify the unguessed lyrics. Calling them "easy" was decidedly disingenuous, I admit - I'm slightly surprised at some of the ones that were got and some of the ones that weren't, though.

16 apparently-trickier onesCollapse )

Current Mood: cheerful
Saturday, December 11th, 2004
12:11 am
Since I've been getting absolutely none of the lyrics that have been being posted as part as the most recent meme, I've decided that I'm going to post a set of 25 for the rest of us, those who aren't particularly up on music at all. My own mp3 collection should do well for that, nothing all that obscure here...

25 easy onesCollapse )

Current Mood: bored
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004
7:44 am
The lamps are going out all over America
We shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.

(Damn. Damn. Damn. I like lots of Americans, dammit; all the ones I know. Why do they have to share a country with people who could do this? Why do we have to share a world with people who could do this?)

Current Mood: pessimistic
Wednesday, September 29th, 2004
9:53 pm
Ceci n'est pas un livejournal
This is just a way for me to keep organised some livejournals that I want to follow so I can do so on more than the sporadic basis I have been up to now. Don't expect any substantive entries to be posted here, but I reserve the right to do so if I feel like it. Also, don't feel that your inclusion or exclusion on my "friend" list is indicative of anything other than "I plan on keeping up with your journal" (though if you object to being on it, please let me know).

Current Mood: thoughtful
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