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Seven interests, explained [20080624|11:33]
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ursarctous tagged me for this meme about a month ago. Comment if you want me to select seven of your interests for clarification.

being called nani: Nani is my second name. It’s my favourite name. It’s Hawai’ian, and my father gave it to me because it’s the closest approximation to my mother’s name, which she doesn’t like so she didn’t want to pass it on to me. My family calls me exclusively by it. It’s a deeply intimate name. It makes me feel warm and cosy and close to home.

crusty old rivetheads: I am one. I loved industrial music from the moment I first went to Kontrol Faktory in Los Angeles in 1995. I danced the whole night, although I don’t think I knew more than two or three of the songs, having only heard of Front 242, Nine Inch Nails and Coil because of a local indie record shop (Rainy Day Records – locals, is it still there?) in Olympia, WA. I felt like an impostor for a long time, as I never quite mastered the rivethead “look”. I’m too cheerful, for a start. But even if I didn’t look it, I felt the music, powerfully, and I still do. And I’m finally at an age where I’ve been into that music for so long that I’m pretty sure I qualify as a scene veteran.

hirsute swarthy men: It’s the Cro-Magnon attraction. Big hairy man, hit me on head, drag me back to cave, etc. You know the type. Real charming. Like so:


dancing at pedestrian crossings: I blame Spaced for this. Since returntosender and ursarctous exposed me to the show, I guess they’ll have to take some of the responsibility for it too. Anyway, for those who haven’t seen it, and if you’re a fan of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz or any other Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg comedy, you should, there’s a character called Tyres who makes brief but memorable appearances during the two seasons of the show. He’s constantly in pursuit of a party, and where there isn’t one, he makes it. For instance, by repeatedly pressing the signal at a pedestrian crossing so that he can dance to its beeping.

inventing portmanteaus: Playing with language is a great delight. See: “dr0nk”. This is a quick way of describing the effects of alcohol on a person who spends too much time on the internet and hence is perhaps overly familiar with l33tspeak.

vampirates mining the gay: This serves mostly as a reminder to me that I should update my interests list. Not, I hasten to add, because I’m not longer interested in vampirates mining the gay. It’s just that my days of reading and writing fanfiction of that type are probably over.

toasts in other languages : This comes from traveling to non-English-speaking countries. When you only spend two or three days in, say, the Czech Republic or Hungary, you don’t really need to pick up much more than “Hello”, “Goodbye”, “Excuse me” and “Please”. But one thing that I learned from becala is that finding out how to say “Cheers” is a very good way of opening doors to broken but highly amusing conversations with locals. As a result, I have fantastic memories from our trips together. Like getting very drunk with this adorable punk band after their show in a dive bar in Budapest and shouting “Egészségedre!” (egg-ah-sheg-ed-rah, roughly) every time we got a new round of beers.


impix answers
wurlitzerprized answers
imyril answers
chickenfeet2003 answers
becala answers
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[User Picture]From: impix
2008-06-24 10:55 (UTC)
go on then!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-06-24 12:03 (UTC)
Okay! (PS Now I want to try this Devon apple cake. Mmm, cake.)

a small trumpet, devon apple cake, inventive cooking ideas, parcles from my mum, turrican tag, woolies pick and mix, zombie pirates of saltburn
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[User Picture]From: chickenfeet2003
2008-06-24 12:14 (UTC)
mememe
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-06-24 12:44 (UTC)

Youyouyou

book arts, hammer horror, invented traditions, lost causes, necessary redundancy, shostakovich, st lawrence market
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-06-24 12:31 (UTC)
I had to look up Ronseal. Does that make you feel better?

checking gravity works, escaping to the edge, hill forts, insane as gaius baltar, sadomasochistic political fantasy, swish, usui reiki
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[User Picture]From: cataragon
2008-06-24 12:28 (UTC)
In the world of coincidences, I am right this second both reading your post featuring Jayne, and watching Firefly.
I just felt like mentioning this :-)

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-06-24 16:49 (UTC)
That's a wonderful coincidence. It gives me a warm fuzzy feeling, as if I were wearing an orange knitted cap with earflaps.
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[User Picture]From: greyface
2008-06-24 12:31 (UTC)
In Japan, by and large, people are referred to by their family name. Given names are considered intimate. Though people who regularly deal with foreigners (e.g. English Teachers) get used to their given name too.

For instance, if a girl's father hears a boy calling his daughter by her given name before they've been properly introduced as a significant other, they might get annoyed (if they're that sort of father).

I'd consider myself a Crusty Old Rivethead too. Only, instead of too happy, I was too... aware of a noticeable future? I dunno. Also, I started clubbing in general about year later, and went to Kontrol Factory maybe 6 months after that. Otherwise, I totally hear what you're screaming in that section.

And as a final note... The Baldwin who isn't a Baldwin is far hotter than any of the Baldwins were. Though, they were also hairy.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-06-24 17:01 (UTC)
That's interesting. I think I'd be annoyed if someone I wasn't too familiar with called me "Nani". A few close friends and lovers do, but I think people generally get the idea that it's best to refer to me by my first name in most social/professional contexts.

Only, instead of too happy, I was too... aware of a noticeable future? I dunno.

I'm a little confused by this. Do you mean you weren't nihilistic enough?
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[User Picture]From: greyface
2008-06-25 09:19 (UTC)
Not exactly, though lacking nihilism helps a lot. I meant something more along the lines of goals with greater reach than the weekend. (I was in school then, and thought I had a glowing future ahead of me.
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[User Picture]From: ursarctous
2008-06-24 13:28 (UTC)
yes, yes, but i still don't know what 'vampirates mining the gay' actually means!

i'd quite like to do this meme again, if you wouldn't mind picking a few interests for me to ramble on about. [just not giles coren's chin, as i've already done that one twice and i think that's quite enough!] xxx
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-06-24 16:48 (UTC)
It's a portmanteau of two interests: "vampirates" and "mining the gay". "Vampirates" is a portmanteau of vampires + pirates, and "mining the gay" is what you do when a piece of media is obviously intended to be heterosexual, but you can sense the gay lurking underneath. Like with Captain Jack and Commander Norrington. So anyway, while "vampirates mining the gay" is not something that's terribly likely to actually happen, it's fun to imagine.

boxes of recycling, crafts [not craft fairs], elegant soirees, jemima puddle-duck's dress sense, mary's herby judgment, ridiculously fake jewels, the norfolk broads

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[User Picture]From: sekl
2008-06-24 16:03 (UTC)
Who couldn't love Jayne. He looks like he's just about to smash something with a rock if that gun runs out.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-06-24 16:41 (UTC)
And yell. There will be lots of incoherent yelling, too.
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[User Picture]From: wurlitzerprized
2008-06-24 16:36 (UTC)
me, please.
perhaps this will spur me to do "s."
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-06-24 16:53 (UTC)
Oh wow. Yours are fascinating, and mysterious, and I could pick all of them. This is tough.

codified swirls, glass-ice-sand-lightning, herr professor, lilac shrieks+scarlet bellowings, melting lps, my first 45, wicker railway seating
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[User Picture]From: attictroll
2008-06-24 16:39 (UTC)
Speaking of 'dr0nk,'I swiped that from you some time ago. I use it within the scale of inebriation. buzz-tipsy-dunk-dr0nk The last tends to lead to one waking tipsy and not entirely certain the whole of the evening's attire made it home.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-06-25 08:36 (UTC)
The bloke and I seem to have a habit of acquiring extra bits of attire. Sparkly cowboy hats, in particular, often attach themselves to us and are found at the foot of the bed in the morning. It's most peculiar.
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[User Picture]From: scanner_darkly
2008-06-24 16:43 (UTC)
You may know this, but for your reference, when drinking around Scandinavians, the appropriate toast is "skål!" (pronounced Skohl or Skoal) and means 'bowl', and the internet says it's from when everyone shared the same bowl at the table.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-06-25 08:27 (UTC)
I knew about the toast "skål!" because of Roald Dahl's autobiography Boy, but I didn't know the origin. I seem to recall that you're supposed to look deep into the eyes of the person you're toasting, as well.
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[User Picture]From: becala
2008-06-24 17:32 (UTC)
Ooh! tag me! tag me!

I feel like a rock star because I got one direct mention in this post and another indirect. Rainy Day is indeed still in existence, though it has moved from its previous location at Division & Harrison to downtown at Franklin & 5th. Possibly it was in yet another location before Division & Harrison, but I've only been here since 2000.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-06-25 08:18 (UTC)
Rainy Day was at Division & Harrison when I was in high school. I first visited it in 1991. The feeling of "Dear sweet baby Jesus, that was 17 years ago?!" is exacerbated because it may have actually been there before that and I didn't notice.

I tried to pick ones behind which I thought I scented a story...
agglutinative languages, being sexy like strider, eating potatoes with chopsticks, fermented foods, happy crisps, kitten poker, snakes-eating-snakes-eating-snakes
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[User Picture]From: becala
2008-06-27 23:23 (UTC)
Sad news.. I didn't know this cause I rarely go downtown in the daytime, but Otto's has shut down! Granted they sell very little that I can eat, but still... Where are all the po' college students going to dumpster-dive now?
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[User Picture]From: bellelaqueen
2008-06-25 08:05 (UTC)
do me! do me!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-06-25 08:23 (UTC)

done!

circle skirt twirling, curiosities of medicine, early scientific experiments,
hardtrance, hooker red lips, rockabilly, sex
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[User Picture]From: dizzykj
2008-06-25 09:38 (UTC)
I thought it was only me who fancies Jayne in a very wrong way!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2008-06-25 15:56 (UTC)
Oh no, no no. You are so not alone.
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