vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (Default)
Copied from sallymn because I felt like it. Not that I've been anywhere lately since 2004 when I went to England and Wales. Painting the whole US turquoise is somewhat misleading as I've only been to Florida.


Create Your Own Visited Countries Map
vilakins: (nikau (NZ!))
A high-school meme, ganked from [personal profile] zoefruitcake and de-Americanised - we don't have class of [insert year], yearbooks, school mascots, class rings (WTH?), or graduation - graduation's for tertiary institutes. As for what kind of car I drove to school? Seriously, only in America! Pupils walk, cycle, or get buses (though some spoiled ones get dropped off by parents). Pupils generally can't afford cars here, and for that matter the parking's for staff. Nor do we have driver ed, though that would actually be a very good idea, given some of the lunatics on our roads.

I went to three different high schools due to my family moving around the country and they were all single-sex. I was a boarder at the first and third, so I'll have to cover boarding / private and day / state schools. I think Americans call the former prep schools, but to us, prep was another word for homework. For that matter in the UK, a prep school is for younger pupils, preparing them for a public - IOW private - school. We're honest down here; our boarding schools are mostly private (though there are a few state schools offering limited boarding for country pupils).

Anyway, it's an opportunity to post something possibly of interest. )

Any questions about our education system and terms - or What I Did At School - ask away!
vilakins: My cats Claudia and Tessa in the same curled-up pose (copycats)

I might as well do this while I have some time.

Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicise the ones you have and don't use, strike through the ones you have had but got rid of. And add any unusual items that you have that aren't on the list.

I wonder how many pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers, blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushes, cheese knives, electric woks, miniature salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels, meat thermometers, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic crushers, martini glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses / pipers, gravy strainers, double boilers (bains marie), sukiyaki stoves, ice cream makers, fondue sets, healthy-grills, home smokers, tempura sets, tortilla presses, electric whisks (known as beaters here) languish dustily at the back of the world's cupboards.

I also have an espresso machine (which gets used several times a week along with the coffee grinder and has its own milk frother), two cast-iron skillets (big and small) which also get a lot of use, and I'n considering buying a pizza stone.

vilakins: (avon silver anorak)
Go to Wikiquote.
* Load a random page.
* Pick the third quote.
* That's the tagline on the movie poster about your life.

I got Percival Lowell, the guy who thought Mars was covered with canals, and who also discovered that poor little not-a-planet, Pluto.

Formulae are the anaesthetics of thought, not its stimulants and to make people think is far more worthwhile than cramming them with ill-considered, and therefore indigestible, learning.

I rather like that. I'll take it.
vilakins: (books)

Another meme I happened to come across. I really like the picture.

How erudite am I? )



I suspect that any of the options for the New Yorker question would be marked correct. ;-)

vilakins: (tardis)

You are the Seventh Doctor
You are the Seventh Doctor
Take The Doctor Who Personality Test and Horoscope today!
Created with Rum and Monkey's Personality Test Generator.

You are very smart and have a certain amount of fashion sense, except you always carry an umbrella. You are attracted to jail bait younger companions, but genuinely care for them as a parent. You enjoy bursting into places as if you own them and quickly becoming the center of attention. You also enjoy reading, especially mysteries and get excited when danger is near. You are not someone anybody would want to cross. After your last teen-aged companion dies horribly, you will get caught in the crossfire of a gang war.



I don't like the jail bait comment (and edited it) but ahahaha, I do always carry an umbrella! It's a fold-up one that goes in my bag; a mark of an Aucklander who lives in a city that's either wet or burning you to a crisp through the non-existent ozone layer.
vilakins: My cats Claudia and Tessa in the same curled-up pose (copycats)

I did this to fill in some time (nicked from [livejournal.com profile] imhilien
). I wouldn't post it but my result was surprisingly accurate--but then no expense was spared in the writing of this quiz (see last paragraph in link).

I am a d10

Take the quiz at dicepool.com

vilakins: My cats Claudia and Tessa in the same curled-up pose (copycats)

I commented on two posts and was given colours. It's taken so long because it was really hard to think of things I like since I wear neither colour. :-P

Comment and ask for a colour if you want one, then post listing 10 items you like in that colour.

[livejournal.com profile] linda_joyce gave me yellow, and [livejournal.com profile] vjezkova gave me red.

10 of each )

vilakins: (planet)

Who would I be in Star Wars?

FInd out here )

vilakins: (planet)

Who would I be in Star Wars?

FInd out here )

vilakins: (coffee)

An interesting quiz, and I suppose that's about right.

My cultural identity--or lack thereof )

vilakins: (cheers)

OK, here's the rest of that word meme: me babbling on about the words [livejournal.com profile] sallymn gave me now I'm back and have some time. I'm pretty sure I've done some of these before.

Cats
I loved cats since I was tiny, even though the family cat was a bad-tempered grey Persian called Beethoven (he looked like the famous bust). If I saw a kitten or cat in the street, I had to rush over to it--and still do. They just have a huge fascination for me, in any size. I now have four cats, and believe me, it's hard to resist the weekly Lonely Miaow orphan in the local paper. I regard cats as the most beautiful creatures on this planet.

Art
I'm not that knowledgeable about art; do you mean mine? That's another passion that has ruled me all my life. When I was little, I even used to draw people in the air, create whole murals, rubbing out bits I didn't like with a wave of my hand. People must have thought I was cracked. I learned not to do that, and even not to doodle in meetings because people would become desperate to see what I was drawing. Drawing did make me friends at primary school (I cornered the market in war scenes with fighter planes, bombers, tanks, and little soldiers) and secondary school where I went into cartoons. I loved Ronald Searle's style and used to draw St Trinan's girls doing unspeakable things in the lab, and Romans doing even more murderous things to each other in the back of my Latin exercise book. I used to try to remember to rip those out until the Latin teacher, a deceptively conventional looking woman with a bun, asked me to leave them in because she and the staff room liked them. I wish I had more talent though. But I'm a dilettante.

Chocolate
What can I say? There are people who say this planet should be saved because it's the only one with cats and chocolate, and those are two damned good reasons! I just wish the supermarket would keep stocking the ones I've come to like. No more Cadbury's Old Gold liqueur selection for me, and I only discovered it a few months ago. :-(

Computers
Computers, or more specifically the internet, have given me some of the best friends I've ever had. I use mine mainly for LJ, writing, and drawing. I also spent a lot of my working life programming them till bastards in management drove me out. I'm not sure what else I can say about them, except that Zen made me cry, and I blame that little plastic rat Orac for S4.

Cheers
I assume I got this because of this very old icon. "Cheers" is used in my English as an informal goodbye, a casual "thanks, and a sort of "here you go!" And of course when having a drink. This has probably puzzled quite a few people here, so I hope that helped.

Words!

28 May 2009 06:17 pm
vilakins: The word chocolate in many different languages (chocolate)

A meme from [livejournal.com profile] sallymn, because I responded to her post and have to make one now.

Reply to this post by saying "Words". I'll pick five words that I associate with you. Post to your journal about those words and get your friends to do the same.

[livejournal.com profile] sallymn gave me cats, art, chocolate, computers, cheers. And this made me immediately crave some chocolate. :-)

vilakins: (avon silver anorak)

From [livejournal.com profile] linda_joyce:

NerdTests.com says I'm a Cool Nerd Queen.  Click here to take the Nerd Test, get geeky images and jokes, and talk to others on the nerd forum!

I like Ver 2.0; it has a wider range of questions.

vilakins: (avon silver anorak)

From [livejournal.com profile] linda_joyce:

NerdTests.com says I'm a Cool Nerd Queen.  Click here to take the Nerd Test, get geeky images and jokes, and talk to others on the nerd forum!

I like Ver 2.0; it has a wider range of questions.

vilakins: (planet)

From [livejournal.com profile] communicator. YES! [punches air] I love his work. There are phrases of his which will always sing in my mind.

I named a planet Stryli in his honour (and another one Ataro in ours).

I am:
Cordwainer Smith (Paul M.A. Linebarger)
This inimitably unique storyteller created a future with so many deep layers of history that all the world we know is practically lost in it.


Which science fiction writer are you?

vilakins: (planet)

From [livejournal.com profile] communicator. YES! [punches air] I love his work. There are phrases of his which will always sing in my mind.

I named a planet Stryli in his honour (and another one Ataro in ours).

I am:
Cordwainer Smith (Paul M.A. Linebarger)
This inimitably unique storyteller created a future with so many deep layers of history that all the world we know is practically lost in it.


Which science fiction writer are you?

vilakins: (avon blue)

Fun test.

StupidTester.com says I'm 1% Stupid! How stupid are you? Click Here!


I suspect I got the US states one wrong.

vilakins: (avon blue)

Fun test.

StupidTester.com says I'm 1% Stupid! How stupid are you? Click Here!


I suspect I got the US states one wrong.

vilakins: (nikau (NZ!))

From [livejournal.com profile] vjezkova, the return of the first letter meme.

Use the first letter of your first name to answer each of the following questions. They have to be real places, names, and things. Nothing made up! Try to use different answers if the person you got it from had the same first initial. You can't use your name for the boy's/girl's name question.

I did it with V for Vilakins last time, so here it is for N.

1. What is your name? Nico
2. A four-letter word: Nerd
3. A boy's name: Noah
4. A girl's name: Naomi
5. An occupation: nuclear physicist
6. A colour: navy blue
7. Something you wear: necklace
8. A beverage: Napoleon brandy
9. A food: nougat
10. Something found in the bathroom: nail brush
11. A place: Noumea
12. A reason for being late: ninjas with nunchukkas battling nuns with nitro-glycerine
13. Something you shout: Nooooooooo! [camera pulls back]

Oh yeah, and I'm:
75% Geek

vilakins: (nikau (NZ!))

From [livejournal.com profile] vjezkova, the return of the first letter meme.

Use the first letter of your first name to answer each of the following questions. They have to be real places, names, and things. Nothing made up! Try to use different answers if the person you got it from had the same first initial. You can't use your name for the boy's/girl's name question.

I did it with V for Vilakins last time, so here it is for N.

1. What is your name? Nico
2. A four-letter word: Nerd
3. A boy's name: Noah
4. A girl's name: Naomi
5. An occupation: nuclear physicist
6. A colour: navy blue
7. Something you wear: necklace
8. A beverage: Napoleon brandy
9. A food: nougat
10. Something found in the bathroom: nail brush
11. A place: Noumea
12. A reason for being late: ninjas with nunchukkas battling nuns with nitro-glycerine
13. Something you shout: Nooooooooo! [camera pulls back]

Oh yeah, and I'm:
75% Geek

vilakins: (tabby cat)

Though I always find it hard to pick favourites of anything, here's one I enjoy.

Hamlet's Cat's Soliloquy
by William Shakespeare's Cat
(really by Henry Beard, from his Poetry for Cats)

To go outside, and there perchance to stay
Or to remain within: that is the question:
Whether 'tis better for a cat to suffer
The cuffs and buffets of inclement weather
That Nature rains on those who roam abroad,
Or take a nap upon a scrap of carpet,
And so by dozing melt the solid hours
That clog the clock's bright gears with sullen time
And stall the dinner bell.
To sit, to stare Outdoors, and by a stare to seem to state
A wish to venture forth without delay,
Then when the portal's opened up, to stand
As if transfixed by doubt.
To prowl; to sleep;
To choose not knowing when we may once more
Our readmittance gain: aye, there's the hairball;
For if a paw were shaped to turn a knob,
Or work a lock or slip a window-catch,
And going out and coming in were made
As simple as the breaking of a bowl,
What cat would bear the household's petty plagues,
The cook's well-practiced kicks, the butler's broom,
The infant's careless pokes, the tickled ears,
The trampled tail, and all the daily shocks
That fur is heir to, when, of his own free will,
He might his exodus or entrance make
With a mere mitten?
Who would spaniels fear,
Or strays trespassing from a neighbour's yard,
But that the dread of our unheeded cries
And scratches at a barricaded door
No claw can open up, dispels our nerve
And makes us rather bear our humans' faults
Than run away to unguessed miseries?
Thus caution doth make house cats of us all;
And thus the bristling hair of resolution
Is softened up with the pale brush of thought,
And since our choices hinge on weighty things,
We pause upon the threshold of decision.

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (me)

From [livejournal.com profile] redstarrobot, my first Christmas meme.

You Are a Gingerbread House
A little spicy and a little sweet, anyone would like to be lost in the woods with you.

This is cool; I love gingerbread, and all related things like lebkuchen and pfeffernuesse. I also actually saw my first gingerbread house in the weekend, being raffled for a children's charity. I'm not sure I could eat anything so pretty.

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (me)

From [livejournal.com profile] redstarrobot, my first Christmas meme.

You Are a Gingerbread House
A little spicy and a little sweet, anyone would like to be lost in the woods with you.

This is cool; I love gingerbread, and all related things like lebkuchen and pfeffernuesse. I also actually saw my first gingerbread house in the weekend, being raffled for a children's charity. I'm not sure I could eat anything so pretty.

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (dayna simpsons-style)

OK, that took up some of my afternoon, with two breaks to supervise Jasmin in her explorations of the garden. Bear in mind I did not spend ages on these.

There will, BTW, be kitten and cat picspam sometime, probably tomorrow.

Knitting needles with a Doctor Who scarf )



Avon and Vila on holiday )

Kitten on a beach )

Vila and Dayna being cute )

Stark )

vilakins: Vila with stars superimposed (dayna simpsons-style)

OK, that took up some of my afternoon, with two breaks to supervise Jasmin in her explorations of the garden. Bear in mind I did not spend ages on these.

There will, BTW, be kitten and cat picspam sometime, probably tomorrow.

Knitting needles with a Doctor Who scarf )



Avon and Vila on holiday )

Kitten on a beach )

Vila and Dayna being cute )

Stark )

vilakins: My cats Claudia and Tessa in the same curled-up pose (copycats)

I had to do this cat meme before I went to bed.

Post a picture of a cat in your journal. (Your cat, a lolcat, or someone else's cat. But preferably yours, if possible.)

Claudia, Vic, and Jasmin )

vilakins: My cats Claudia and Tessa in the same curled-up pose (copycats)

I had to do this cat meme before I went to bed.

Post a picture of a cat in your journal. (Your cat, a lolcat, or someone else's cat. But preferably yours, if possible.)

Claudia, Vic, and Jasmin )

vilakins: My cats Claudia and Tessa in the same curled-up pose (copycats)

It's meme time again. First a test from [livejournal.com profile] communicator, then two more which looked interesting.

Intelligence Type Test )



Spanish Test )

Literary Character Test )

There will be actual content in this journal. Maybe even today.

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