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I learned a long time ago not to call carbonated drinks "pop." But otherwise spot-on.
(Scene: A deli in Connecticut.
Me: [orders sandwich] "...oh, and a pop."
Clerk: "What?"
Me: "Pop."
Clerk: "What?"
Me: "Diet Coke.")

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Inland North
 

You may think you speak "Standard English straight out of the dictionary" but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like "Are you from Wisconsin?" or "Are you from Chicago?" Chances are you call carbonated drinks "pop."

The Midland
 
The Northeast
 
Philadelphia
 
The South
 
The West
 
Boston
 
North Central
 
What American accent do you have?
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1. Did you date someone from your school?
Yep.

2. Did you win anything in Seniors Who's Who?
Nope. An acquaintance told me that she voted for me and my BF as "cutest couple."

3. What kind of car did you drive?
My senior year, I drove an [elided, because it is frequently a security question]. The other years I rode my bike to school.

4. It's Friday night...where are you?
Hanging out with my girlfriends or (senior year) with my bf.

5. Were you a party animal?
Not so much

6. Were you considered a flirt?
Nope

7. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir?
"Jazz ensemble," which was really a rock band, seeing as how the guitarist knew how to play Freebird and Stairway to Heaven and not much else. I also played bass guitar in the school musicals.

8. Were you a nerd?
Not really, I was in the artsy-crazy crowd.

9. Did you get suspended/expelled?
Nope.

10. Can you sing the fight song?
Nope.

11. Who were your favorite teachers?
Mr Linder (English), Miss Ferguson (Latin). Miss Ferguson shows up in some of Jeff Eugenides' novels (Middlesex, The Virgin Suicides).

12. Where did you sit during lunch?
Lunchroom, usually facing the door

13. What was your school's full name?
University-Liggett

14. School mascot?
Knight. There was a suit of armor in the lobby.

15. Homecoming court?
Whazzat?

16. If you could go back and do it again, would you?
I liked some things about it. But I had a pretty messed-up brain.

17. What do you remember most about graduation?
I vaguely remember the valedictorian's speech. Less than a decade later he entered the Peace Corps and died of malaria.

18. Where did you go senior skip day?
I don't remember if there even was a senior skip day; I don't remember if I participated; and if I did, I don't remember where I/we went.

19. Have you gained some weight since then?
Lots. I and everyone else thought I was fat in high school, but when I look back on photos of myself, I wasn't. Now I am.

20. Who was your Senior prom date?
My bf and I didn't go.

21. Are you planning on going to your 10-year reunion?
That was over 15 years ago and I didn't go.

22. Who was your home room teacher?
I don't remember having home room in high school. If we did, the teacher varied from year to year.

23. Who will repost?
Don't know or really care.

24. Did you play any sports?
Basketball, softball. I had some talent at softball (mainly in hitting the ball farther than it looked like I could).

25. Do you still talk to people from school?
I'm mostly out of touch with all of them.

26. What year did you graduate?
1979
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In the revised spoilage meme, or "fortunate life" meme, that I originally saw in [livejournal.com profile] kightp's journal and posted about here, there were three questions labeled "Mental Sanity":
( ) Are you generally happy?
( ) Do you “enjoy” your job?
( ) Do you have time for hobbies?

It seemed to me that every single person who filled out the meme (at least the ones I saw) took a point for each of these. (This pleased me—I thought it was the most accurate measure of satisfaction in the survey.)

Also, many people who scored "low" on the meme's "fortunate" scale said they were quite satisfied with their lives and thought they were very fortunate, thank you.

[livejournal.com profile] hmms_sio sent me an article, "Happiness and Public Policy" by Richard Layard, published in The Economic Journal 116 (March 2006). It has a soft science tendency of making equations out of everything, which I find annoying (it reminded me why I didn't go into sociology after all) but I thought these bits were interesting: Read more... )
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via [livejournal.com profile] serenejournal

Which is longer: your big toe or your 2nd toe?: Read more... )

books!

13 Jan 2006 01:05 am
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Via [livejournal.com profile] marykaykare via [livejournal.com profile] peake:
A list of all the major sf and fantasy award winners - Hugo, Nebula, Clarke, World Fantasy, Tiptree, Philip K. Dick, Stoker.
A few years ago I embarked on a Project to read all the Hugo and Nebula winners (which is proceeding in fits and starts), so I've read a bunch of these recently. The ones I've read are in bold; comments in italics. I've given ** to the ones I liked a lot (only the first time each is listed). Feel free to recommend others - my reading list can never be too long. :-P

1953
HUGO: **Alfred Bester, The Demolished Man**
Read more... )

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