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I recognized so few of the quotes you all put up, so now I clearly have to put up 15 quotes from my favorite movies, and you can see what bad taste I have. Guess away!

Edited at 6:55 p.m. -- you guys are fast! And are having Saturday nights about as exciting as mine.

  1. We met at Starbucks. Not at the same Starbucks but we saw each other at different Starbucks across the street from each other. Best in Show, guessed by [personal profile] listersgirl.

  2. Character 1: Boy, that escalated quickly... I mean, that really got out of hand fast.
    Character 2: It jumped up a notch.
    Character 1: It did, didn't it?
    Character 3: Yeah, I stabbed a man in the heart.
    Character 1: I saw that. [Character 3] killed a guy. Did you throw a trident?
    Character 3: Yeah, there were horses, and a man on fire, and I killed a guy with a trident.
    Character 1: [Character 3], I've been meaning to talk to you about that. You should find yourself a safehouse or a relative close by. Lay low for a while, because you're probably wanted for murder.

    Anchorman, guessed by [personal profile] linaerys.

  3. Why, I make more money than - than - than Calvin Coolidge! Put together! Singin' in the Rain, guessed by [profile] thebostonreader. Good god, I love Lina Lamont.

  4. Well, obviously it's not meant to be taken literally; it refers to any manufacturers of dairy products. Life of Brian, guessed by [profile] eldan.

  5. Character 1: You don't go to Bombay to become a movie star. You go where we're going, Hollywood.
    Character 2: Well, sure, if you want to do it the *easy* way. The Muppet Movie
    , guessed by [personal profile] somepeople.

  6. Well, I'll tell you what he did. He ordered his planes... to attack your country... Ah... Well, let me finish, Dmitri... Let me finish, Dmitri... Well listen, how do you think I feel about it?... Can you *imagine* how I feel about it, Dmitri?... Why do you think I'm calling you? Just to say hello?... *Of course* I like to speak to you!... *Of course* I like to say hello! Dr. Strangelove, guessed by [profile] eldan.

  7. Aristotle was not Belgian, the principle of Buddhism is not "every man for himself", and the London Underground is not a political movement. A Fish Called Wanda, guessed by [profile] ianmcin.

  8. Character 1: But the animal is inside out.
    Character 2: I heard that! It turned inside out?
    Character 1: . . .And it exploded. Galaxy Quest
    , guessed by [profile] kylegirl.

  9. Okay, class. Optical orbits up front, and remember, we keep our subesophageal ganglion to ourselves. That means you, Jimmy. Finding Nemo, guessed by [personal profile] astra_nomer.

  10. It takes so many things to make love last. But most of all, it takes respect, and I can't live with a man I don't respect. [Note: this line is in two movies!] [profile] kylegirl got Airplane!, but there's another movie this exact line is in! Ah, [personal profile] somepeople got Zero Hour!

  11. And so, dear Lord, it is with deep sadness that we turn over to you this young woman, whose dream to ride on a giant swan resulted in her death. Maybe it is your way of telling us... to buy American. Drop Dead Gorgeous, guessed by [profile] thebostonreader.

  12. So like, right now for example. The Haitians need to come to America. But some people are all, "What about the strain on our resources?" Well it's like when I had this garden party for my father's birthday, right? I put R.S.V.P. 'cause it was a sit-down dinner. But some people came that like did not R.S.V.P. I was like totally buggin'. I had to haul ass to the kitchen, redistribute the food, and squish in extra place settings. But by the end of the day it was, like, the more the merrier. And so if the government could just get to the kitchen, rearrange some things, we could certainly party with the Haitians. And in conclusion may I please remind you it does not say R.S.V.P. on the Statue of Liberty. Thank you very much. Clueless, guessed by [personal profile] linaerys.

  13. My love for you is like a truck, berzerker! Clerks, guessed by [profile] eldan.

  14. Let me tell you, a double-fault final-play elimination hasn't occurred since the Helsinki episode of 1919, and I think we all remember how THAT turned out! Dodgeball, guessed by [profile] dmw7.

  15. Okay, you're out. On the condition that you never enter your daughter in a beauty pageant in the state of California, ever again. Little Miss Sunshine, guessed by [personal profile] listersgirl.

Right. Back to writing my midterm.
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The lovely [profile] pescana asked me some questions, so here we go!

  1. So how are you finding life in Santa Barbara?

    I like it. I don't love it, but I've barely been here two months, and for me, that's not nearly long enough to meet people and get involved with things locally. A lot of the day-to-day things are really nice -- the weather, the food at the farmer's market -- so I'm trying to take advantage of all of that. I am not particularly outdoorsy or athletic, but I want to step that up, now that I live somewhere I can enjoy the outdoors year-round. It's a small town, though -- smaller than Ann Arbor, and I had previously marked AA as the minimum size town I needed to live in.

    I don't think I could stay here long-term. It's not really an option, since we can't afford to stay here long-term, but I don't know if I'd want to even if I could. But who knows -- ask me again in six months!

  2. How do you think being a science geek influences your view of the world? (I'm specifically thinking things like feminism and the working world, but feel free to go where ever you want with this.)

    This is an awesome question, so I am copping out and giving it its own entry. I've been thinking a lot about this, particularly about how physical scientists and social scientists aren't generally capable of talking to each other.

  3. What are you reading these days? Any trends, or no?

    I seem to be on a food memoir kick. I just finished Heat, by Bill Buford, and I'm reading Julie and Julia right now. From the library I just got Ha'penny, by Jo Walton, and Children of Men, by P.D. James, and I'm really looking forward to both of them. So I suppose I'm veering into dystopia sci-fi alternate fiction genres.

  4. If you could go anywhere in the world for vacation with no issue of expense, where would you go? What would you do there?

    Oh, I want to go everywhere -- Southeast Asia (again), Spain, Turkey, Tanzania, New Zealand . . . okay, I'll limit myself to two itineraries:

    • Southeast Asia: I'd go to Bangkok and Phuket (and maybe Chiang Mai) in Thailand, then to Vietnam to visit [profile] zoje_george in HCMC, and then to the Mekong Delta. I'd see everything -- beaches, floating markets, modern SE Asian cities, the back country, you name it. And the food! Oh my god, the food. But, I've been to SE Asia, which is why I would also consider:

    • Spain: Traveling all around and hitting Barcelona, Madrid, Sevilla, Granada (and the Alhambra), plus some of the islands. This gets me islands and beaches and a variety of awesome, old cities. I love old cities. And the food! And the wine!

  5. What's your favorite leisure activity?

    It's a tie between photography and reading. There is something seriously wrong with me -- I go for a walk, and the next thing I know I've spent half an hour taking pictures of a fence. (And then I don't get any of them quite right.) Going to the beach with the dog is gaining, though!

Happy Friday, everyone! And if you want questions, just ask for some.
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[personal profile] lsugaralmond started a lovely meme of listing ten things that have made you happy recently. So, my ten things:

1. I made tasty, fresh salsa with my dinner tonight.

2. Hockey season has started! And we have awesome seats again this year. Yay!

3. I got a puck at the game tonight. Hooray! Granted, it's because it flew into the stands and hit my arm, but I now have an official Michigan puck!

4. I bought a pair of shoes today with a minimum of angst.

5. The eeee! and I are trying to avoid unneccessary chemicals, and use more environmentally-friendly cleansers. So when he had to deal with a slow-draining tub, instead of buying Drano, he bought a snake (which at $7.50 is cheaper than the Drano) and got rid of the clog that way. It works better than Drano, and no nasty chemicals. This makes me happy on several levels.

6. I'm reading Heat, by Bill Buford, and it's a lot of fun. I love nearly anything that gives me a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes, and adding Italian food into the mix is even better.

7. A bunch of us went out on Friday night to celebrate a grad student's recent wedding, and it was a really great time.

8. Seriously, the eeee! is awesome. I start talking about eliminating high-fructose corn syrup from our diet, and the next thing I know he's snaking drains.

9. I have recently decided that I quite like my nose. It's kind of big for my face, and is kind of bulbous at the tip (this picture best shows how darn big it gets at the tip. Or maybe this one is better. anyway), but it's unique, and if I think that my brother's nose suits him well, then why can't mine suit me?

I'm sorry. That's probably more than you ever wanted to know about my nose.

10. On Thursday, I leave for a trip to Santa Barbara. Okay, so that's in the future and maybe doesn't count, but hooray!

I tag everyone, because I like reading happy things. Yay!
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Travel Meme stolen from wonderlanded and others... )

In other news, I am at the stage where I am writing a paper. Hooray! Although, um, that means lots of opportunities for procrastination as I try to craft the perfect damn sentence . . .
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I was tagged (. . . quite some time ago, eeep) by [personal profile] jamiam for a book meme, so here we go!

One book that changed my life:
I think I have to say A Wind in the Door, by Madeleine L'Engle, because when I was twelve or thirteen I identified with Meg Murry more than any other character to date. I was nerdy and awkward and impatient and I loved math, so the book just really clicked with me.

One book I've read more than once:
The book I've read the most times is probably A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, These Happy Golden Years, or the above-mentioned A Wind in the Door. Ah, comfort reading.

One book I'd want on a desert island:
Do the complete works of William Shakespeare count? If not, then . . . I'll say Gaudy Night, by Dorothy L. Sayers, which I read in Hawai'i and so I am apparently associating it with desert islands.

One book that made me laugh:
It's rare that a book makes me laugh -- I'm much more likely to just smile, nod, or snort. A line really has to be exceptionally funny or unexpected to make me laugh out loud. I think Eats, Shoots and Leaves makes me laugh out loud. Actually, non-fiction is much more likely to make me laugh.

One book that made me cry:
It's also extremely rare that a book makes me cry. Oh! I remember bursting into tears at the end of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn when I reread it at the end of my senior year of college, because I had completely forgotten that Francie goes on to the University of Michigan. But that is really it, I think.

One book I wish had been written:
A terrible tome about Norwegian fur trading, by Adrian Mole, aged 13 3/4.

One book I wish had never been written:
I sometimes think the Hitchhiker trilogy should have stopped after The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

One book I am currently reading:
Farthing, by Jo Walton. So far it's one of the best alternate histories I've read, although I haven't read many.

One book I've been meaning to read:
Just one? Ha. I've been meaning to reread The Great Gatsby for a long time. I hated it in high school, but recently realized that I really hated my classmates' idealization of the setting. So I feel like I should give it another chance.

Tagging people:
Everyone! Wheee!
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Stolen from [personal profile] sensational and [profile] kylegirl:

So, here's how it works:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool...

And the soundtrack [sans Christmas songs] . . .  )

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