Blame [ profile] beow11 for this.....and my hyperactive and trivia-gleeful mind for the running commentary...

Results under cut, for they are numerous and quick to referential humour... )

At any rate, an irreverent way to start out the new year's recreational postings -- in the absence of my usual "Happy Hogmanay" ecard.  More serious matter (with more art) to come as I get materials prepared for my Winter installment of ye olde art class.


I call this one, "Hey...I resemble that remark!"

[It's somewhat related to Litha and me tweaking the "Name 3 ways you are a stereotypical guy/chick" question on the 'Name 3 Things' questionnaire to make it two separate questions (and seeing who "gets it" and who doesn't). Or the ever-popular highschool-lit game of "Name the Christ-Figure", or my brother's game "How is This Movie/Book/Play Hamlet?" -- Star Wars, btw, is actually Hamlet inside-out, if you want to run those details down. If you like my dropped-hat allusions and scavenger hunts, you'll love this...>:)]

How it works: Use a series of valid statements to describe yourself that are also true for historical, celebrity or fictional characters -- how far out you let 'em be depends on your intended audience, but the statements have to be relevant to you personally. You can do any number of items that you can come up with; I kept this first one down to 25, just so it wouldn't get too long.

If there is more than one answer you have in mind and you want people to try for all of 'em, put a number in parantheses following the statement. Then your friends take a crack at guessing who the hell you're talking about, and can challenge you in turn with their own list of allusions.

These are all movie-fictional ones, to start with, and I left some of the weirder shite in...there are few overlaps, but every item has at least one answer to it:

I resemble these remarks....

1. Keeps ritual + warding paraphernalia in bedroom/close possession (2+)

2. Collects antique books, some of which deal with dark subjects

3. Can make a proper breakfast presentation for his lady; knows 'the language of flowers'

4. Likes cutting things up, if the right opportunity arises (2-3)

5. Has read the Bible and Paradise Lost

6. Is a musician/composer who hasn't yet gotten a break; likes to mess w/ people's minds

7. Comes into people's dreams without warning

8. Hangs out with fairies and forms alternative family structure

9. Is into real-life archaeology and the experience of living in different times

10. Smartass who likes to wear black; talks about theories, patterns, iterations & disasters

11. Is trying to reassemble his fragmented and troubled memory (2)

12. Is extremely absentminded; carries around black ballpoint pens

13. 'Fell to earth'; made an appearance in 1976

14. Has been known to confuse young children with lefthanded/subversive wit

15. Analyses human mating-behaviour patterns with animal mating-behaviour references

16. Investigates even the weirdest phenomena as logically as possible (2)

17. Teaches classic material in an unconventional and familiar/irreverent fashion

18. Is known for translating and interpreting symbols

19. Has a symbol marked on his neck that represents his real name

20. Uses creative means to express himself to his mate

21. Has loved the same person in at least three lives

22. Capable of deep-and-near-pathological understanding of the criminal mind

23. Can lead a cause but have self-doubt in doing so; good understanding of cultures

24. Talks a lot about duality and what to do with it

25. Has a volatile temper; can do great things with adrenaline surges

And I left out anything that was just about being lefthanded, being fond of wearing black and long black coats, foreign/odd accents, hairstyles or having odd sleeping hours....or my habit of using any apt occasion to pull out the classic exclamation "IT'S ALIVE!!!!!--it's alive, it's alive....!!" *maniacal laughter* >:)

There -- it's alive. Have fun with it. :D

That's what I've been missing all this time wrapping presents and cleaning up house and decorating and dealing with people.....the music, the music itself with all the lights and colours and shadows. I've been wanting like crazy to put on The Nutcracker or Handel's Messiah and just wallow in the whole length of it, instead of just snippets here and there on the radio, or just CDs short enough to not dominate anyone's moods but mine. I want to blast my Christmas music through the house and not have to worry about everyone hangin' around watching TV 'cause they're all home too.

Well, we did (over dinner) watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas. ORIGINAL version, thank you very much, and my mother's one complaint is that "It's too short" -- which is true -- one can't quite get enough of either Boris Karloff's voice or that superlatively-heartwaming (and expanding /:)) Who-caroling..... As soon as the opening credits and music started, I started to get that warm fuzzy feeling that comes from old favourites -- something true and dependable that'll never let you down in the authentic emotion department, that's the idea.

Other music/movies that work on this count:

It's a Wonderful Life -- Make it to the end and you'll feel it all right as "Auld Lang Syne" surges forth, even if it's easily termed cheesy and overexposed as a holiday movie....Merry Christmas, ya old Building & Loan!!!

Scrooge -- Aka the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol. Gotta love that graveyard scene...and the spooky voices howling despair...and that lovely chamber arrangement of "Barbara Allen"....

The Dark Crystal -- Cosmic wholeness and regeneration.....need I say more?

Star Wars -- Original trilogy so far as depth--otherwise the thing that has the most resonance is just the music itself, esp. the Jedi theme and that familiar pattern of ending-cadence rising and then immediately tumbling breakneck into the main title theme as the credits roll.....:D

The Phantom of the Opera -- Preferably the original London cast recording, when the intensity was fresh and Michael Crawford was cutting-edge intense.

Les Miserables -- Yeah, the musical...especially the whole finale, which practically rips your heart out and them warms it with overworldly visions of freedom/redemption/perfect social justice.

"Love Song For a Vampire" -- The song over credits at the end of Bram Stoker's Dracula, by Annie Lennox...perfect and powerful, even moreso than the film itself.

"Into the West" -- More Annie Lennox, over the ending credits for The Return of the King. Actually, this is, together with the ending credits and their visuals, a summation of the entire trilogy and the production of it, and so the vibe that I get off of it is this monumental "labour of love" consummation that flows right off the screen. I personally consider the entire score of LOTR from start to finish to be one of the greatest in all of filmscore history.

"Unchained Melody" -- As used in Ghost -- the Righteous Brothers version and all the ways that theme is woven into the score. I know it's a "romantic" fave anyhow, but hey...

"The Thief of Your Heart" -- Sinead O'Connor, to wind up and resolve In the Name of the Father....I have a hard time putting up with all the emotional tension and outright injustice in the movie's course (and often have had to leave the room 'cause I get so pissed off), but this is the song that I'll stick it through to the end for, this and the wash of relief in the final verdicts, though belated and with so much time and youth lost.

Pachelbel Kanon in D -- All-string arrangement, with a deep dark almost-groaning pulse in the cello line and the yearning keenness of the violins as they weave their filigree atop and throughout...this has always struck me as a "processional of all the ages" type of piece, despite its topical popularity as a wedding march. And speaking of wedding marches.....

"The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" -- More Handel, and just stuff that feels goooood....this one's that bustling flurrying of strings and light horns that you might have detected in Four Weddings and Funeral, as one of the wedding processionals there.

And even though it's not a wedding march but a coronation anthem, I must include "Zadok the Priest", which was featured in The Madness of King builds from a sedate traveling-line of pulsing strings into a truly imposing wave of song, both stately and almost primal in effect.

The ending chorus of the sorceress' restored-to-human lovers in Alcina, also, has a fullness of dramatic tension/resolution within it that belies the outright lightheartedness of the dances that follow it to end the opera....heh, give me the denouement and retransformations, but the 'back to normalcy' post-climax is something I can do without....let 'em figure it out by themselves :P

Beethoven's Ninth Symphony -- The faithful-to-the-score rendition by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which I've heard on WFMT a lot lately (even waking up to it), gets to the heart of the matter the best, with its pacing and intensity uncompromised....I am convinced by now that Beethoven's culminating vision was that of a music of the spheres, unbound by human cultural forms and expanding to include the entire universe as its field of sound and imagination.

Mahler's Symphony No. 2 ("Resurrection") -- Something that must be heard and felt with one's whole being, an odyssey of cataclysm and as mystical ordeal.

Albinoni's Adagio -- The version I have on LP is the definitive one imo, with a strong organ bass line, lush strings and a keening violin solo (no, the organ cannot achieve the degree of acoustic penetration...). When the main theme gushes out at the climax of the piece and the organ floods in beneath, it's always given me the visual impression of a drowning city, a huge and horrifyingly-beautiful tragedy.

Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings -- Otherwise known as that music that they used in Platoon...ascending and pausing and waning and rising and building until that climactic shimmering laser-beam of sound that makes one feel as if, to quote Emily Dickinson, "the top of my head were coming off"...

"Dance of the Blessed Spirits" from Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice -- Also used, very pointedly, in Jean Cocteau's film on the same theme...there, its yearning qualities are all the more highlighted in isolation, and as a reference to the whole myth from within a modern-dress version.

"The Last Spring" -- Edvard Grieg, one of his two Elegiac Melodies....I have the music for the song version on hand too, and it is a good text, but the all-strings version is, well...rather good at pulling at my heartstrings, so to speak. And vis-a-vis Grieg, there's also all the music for Peer Gynt....even a better listen if you've actually read the story of the wayward wanderer, which I did when I was about 8 or 9 in a junior-classic series called My Book House....damn, I'd love to get my hands on that whole series again....

Actually, in the realm of classical music and opera, there is so much that I thrive on that it's really a bit silly to try narrowng it down atall, as I'll only think of more things as soon as I hit post. So don't take this as a complete list of my likings by any means, just in case there was any temptation to do so. It's really barely scratching the surface.
Well, duh, what'd you think it means...?--if you know me and my tastes in sig chars, you know that it could only mean....


*dies laughing.....*

Yes. Yes, I actually have a real live sense of humour...dammit. Both in giving and in ROFLAOing. And I shall inflict it mercilessly, mercilessly as a high-wizardly belching contest upon the dualistic mundane mind.....mwahahahahahaha.....>:)

By the way....anybody interested in some revamping via roleplay...?

Must carry on with wrapping up (HAH!=))) the 'Secrets of the Past' rewrite so that we can re-cast Rick and Evy and find a decent Ardeth who won't shirk his Sheikly matinee-idol status and get all mushy and limp. Did I just say that?--yes, I apparently did....:-? I wonder why. Oh, and btw, we're looking for someone who can play a good raised-from-the-dead-and-massively-wyrded-out fiancee for him. Not sure whether the betrothal's still gonna be on once she comes back into full-wyrdly seeress mode, but we'll burn that bridge when we come to it. Same with all the potential slashiness floating about the place.....

If interested in that one, contact me and check out post -- "Invitation to intelligent and in-depth RP writers....[The Mummy: Secrets of the Past]".

If interested in...other things to salvage and rehash, we (Litharriel and I) do have a running list of movies/TV shows to take on....>:) "We have here a list..." -- *brandishes threateningly* -- to coin a phrase...

Every time I read one of these -- -- (this one's -- I'm laughing my ass off for minutes on end and snerking like a total nerdling. In this case, I decided to gank my fave icons too, as per my fave lines....>:)

.......Seriously, read the thingy. If you loved the M15M version of The Phantom of the Opera, you'll be laughing insanely w/ glee over this one. Plus, there's a book out now.....>:)

Eep.....must check out the furrier areas of this site.....:">>:)

(Got it from [profile] miriam_alessa, passing it on like the bad cold I'm presently shedding  -- but seriously , people, I do hope you'd want to know more and deeper about me than this, if you're in my loop atall):

Fun to get to know you......4 things to know about me, for instance, did you know... 

Four jobs I have had in my life:
1. Youth Services library assistant (and staff artist)
2. Summer-school teacher for gifted/talented program
3. AP assistant and reception-desk jockey
4. Art and music teacher

Four movies I would watch over and over (gah, just four???):
1. Lawrence of Arabia
2. The original Star Wars trilogy
3. Any part of The Lord of the Rings trilogy
4. X-Men and X2.....and most likely the new one too...

Four places I have lived:
1. Chicago (well, I began life there....)
2. La's a suburb of Chicago
3. La Grange again....and David Hasselhoff went to my high school  *groan*
4. Beautiful scenic La Grange....hey, didja know the Marx Brothers used to have a farm out here during WWI?  And While You Were Sleeping was filmed just down the street from my house...and just a few weeks ago we had film crews out from Prison Break and ER doing location/background shoots......)

Four TV shows I love to watch:
1. The Simpsons
2. House
3. Sea of Souls (on BBC America)
4. Secrets of the Dead and its longer ilk of documentaries on the History know, investigating Biblical disasters, stuff on the the Antichrist....

Add in McCallum and Starsky & Hutch for ones that aren't technically running anymore.....>:)

Four places I have been on vacation:
1. Pennsylvania
2. Ohio
3. Michigan
4. Wisconsin

Four websites I visit almost daily:
1. hyperlucidity
2. ShadowLore main group (............)
3. my friends page at LiveJournal
4. AlchemyGold

Four of my favorite foods:
1. Spicy basil chicken (Thai)
2. Baja Burrito (has guacamole...:D...)
3. Stuffed pizza - spinach and mushroom and suasage, I think
4. Chicken fettucini Alfredo

Four places I would rather be right now:
1. Ireland
2. Australia
3. Spain
4. Umm....does it have to be in this time....?

Four States I have attended church in (damn, it's weird to actually be able to fill this out....)
1.  Illinois (too many.....)
2.  Wisconsin
3.  Pennsylvania
4.  Iowa

Four friends who I have tagged that I KNOW will respond in minutes (or soon
thereafter ...)
1. Litharriel
2. Massage_Diva
3. Nightwolf747
4. Lurkitty

You've been tagged. So here it goes...forward, delete my answers,
replace with your own! 

Umm....yeah.  What she said.  Style and originality will be taken into account.

Four jobs I've had (this besides what I do freelance and in the way of gigs):
1. Library assistant/staff artist
2. Teacher, substitute teacher and/or teacher's assistant (creative writing, art, piano & voice, architecture, geology, Egyptology...)
3. Reception desk jockey/retail cashier
4. Resale warehouse inventory

Four things I want to do before I die:
1. Change the world for the better/wiser (and make a good living would be nice) with my clustered vocations
2. Make a figurative and/or literal castle and happily-ever-after with my mate (the wildlife kind, not just the g'day kind...>:)...)
3. Travel extensively, see the world and feel its memories and history directly
4. Build and prepare the (*cough cough*) Haven Project (shared dream, m'love)...anyone intrigued by the sound of that, why don't you ask me what I mean...?

Four things I say a lot:
1. Bloody hell
2. Buggerall
3. Shite
4. Grinchy

Four of my favorite foods:
1. Mongolian Beef
2. Spicy basil chicken or Panang curry, tom kha kai and a Thai iced standard order :P
3. Hawaiian pizza, or Chicago-style stuffed/deep-dish pizza w/ spinach and other good stuff
4. Borkol-mit-Wurst (so easy to make, it's almost like stone soup...)

Four people I'd like to curse:
1. Karl Rove
2. George W. Bush
3. James Dobson (founder/leader of Focus on the Family)
4. whoever first started the shit-throwing in the Middle East -- and I mean in all of history, dammit!

Four things I don't trust:
1. The Bush administration (though, the government in general also applies)
2. Any form of religious 'orthodoxy'
3. Cultural conservatives
4. The intelligence of the masses en masse

Four people from history I'd like to meet:
1. Gilgamesh
2. Lawrence of Arabia
3. Jesus
4. Mohammed (always helps to get a straight story...)

Four movies I watch over and over:
1. The Dark Crystal
2. The Return of the King / any of the LOTR trilogy
3. La Belle et la Bete -- aka the old French version of Beauty and the Beast)
4. Van Helsing -- it's on cable alot...yes, I know it sucked--and damn would I like to fix it somehow someday, 'cause it certainly wasn't the fault of (okay, most of) the actors and their character...but Stephen Sommers and Kate Beckinsale are ongoing targets for the manual cutlery, if ya know what I mean...


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