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That letter meme thing again

I've lost the cut and pasty bit, so... Here are ten things I like that begin with the letter C, which dakegra gave me. If you want a letter ask in the comments :o)

cynicism: I'm very cynical and fairly cheerful at the same time. I'll tend to always look for motives behind the stated ones, and I don't tend to think the people in power are there for altruistic motives. I'm cynical about the media, and about film-makers, and about almost everything except people in general, who display a frankly amazing amount of altruism. Also an amazing amount of stupidity, but you can't have everything. But I've never understood why people think cynicism goes hand in hand with misery - I tend to find my cynical thoughts very funny, perhaps because I don't think I can (or necessarily should) do anything to change the things I'm complaining about.



chips, cheese and coleslaw: Three foods that begin with C, and are beautiful in any combination. cheese gets a special mention, because I tend to eat some sort of cheese with every meal, cos there's so many lovely cheeses out there. Cheddar and Boursin and White Stilton with Cranberries and that one that's tube-shaped with the nice oaty bits...yum.

codes: I love codes. And ciphers. And things like that. I loved playing with alphabetical codes when I was younger, and was intrigued by the Enigma machine and Alan Turing and all that stuff. And, of course, language is basically just a very complex communicative code.

christopher brookmyre: one of my favourite authors. He does Scottish hard-boiled black-humoured crime novels, and he's great. These were the first books in ages to make me laugh out loud. Britain's answer to Carl Hiaasen, if I need to be soundbitey about it.

captains: Captain Jack Sparrow. Captain Jack Harkness. Captain Mal Reynolds. It's easy to see that captain is by far the best military rank. Captains are far sexier than admirals, for instance, and funnier than Second Lieutenants, which is quite funny, you know.

clerks: Best Film Evah. Well, I'm not 100% sure about that these days, but it's still a damn good film. One of the first films I saw that seemed to think the writing was more important than the lighting or the amount of screen time the stars have, which is always good. And again with the black humour, and talking about things normal people talk about, and swearing a lot, and having crappy jobs that screw you over until you stop putting the effort in.

csi: CSI, CSI NY, CSI Miami...love them all, in different ways. Grissom is wonderful in a sapiosexual kind of way. Mac in New York is kind of boring, but has Danny to brighten things up. And the ever-cool Horatio and his shades is just hysterical. It's a great show - the original and all the spin-offs. High production values, good actors, smart scripts, and very, very educational. I keep coming out with random knowledge about bullet striations and American police databases that worries people.

comics: From the age of about 6 I got the Beano, which is still the best comic. Bash Street Kids rule. Also, I *suppose* I could mention all the wonderful comic books out there - Neil Gaiman's Sandman and Alan Moore's V for Vendetta and Watchmen probably being my top three. Which is very predictable - I need to read more comics so that I can get some obscure ones into my favourites. I should also mention comic strips - Dork Tower and Nemi and Dilbert, of course.

coffee: I didn't acquire the taste for coffee till I was about 15, but I've made up for it since. Best taken with lots of milk, coffee is great because you can do so many different things with it. The best thing is to have a latte with hazelnut syrup. Yum.

clutter: I like clutter. The current craze for de-cluttering your house scares me - if one of the people off those programmes (like the terrifying Ann Maurice) came round to my flat, I would kill her with a spoon as she tried to get rid of probably 50 binbags worth of stuff from my bedroom. I like having stuff around, I think it adds personality... our living room's got things like a row of fluffy chicks along the mantelpiece, and some Kinder Egg toys, and my corner of the room tends to accumulate clutter at an alarming pace.

For heaven's sake, isn't it time to go home yet?

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momentsmusicaux
May. 5th, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
Mmmm clutter.
I get very annoyed when people fail to spot that my clutter is highly organized. They see a messy pile of paper, whereas in fact each time the angle changes that's a break because I've consolidated several piles...
I've become a little better at nicknack clutter, because I hate dusting.
pickwick
May. 8th, 2006 12:59 pm (UTC)
..What is this dusting you speak of? Just move the piles around occasionally.

My clutter's organised too; I used to lose everything when I lived with my parents and my mum decided to "tidy up".
momentsmusicaux
May. 8th, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC)
I dust when the computer is booting up, or during adverts. I have a duster in the study and in the living room, lying around somewhere. It doesn't count as proper cleaning if you do less than a minute at a time!
camtarn
May. 5th, 2006 05:28 pm (UTC)
I'll take a letter =) Studying for exams means procrastination means distractions are very welcome...
pickwick
May. 8th, 2006 01:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, crikey, sorry it's a bit late... take T!

And good luck with the exams...
camtarn
May. 8th, 2006 01:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks =)
caitirin
May. 5th, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC)
clutter: I like clutter. The current craze for de-cluttering your house scares me - if one of the people off those programmes (like the terrifying Ann Maurice) came round to my flat, I would kill her with a spoon as she tried to get rid of probably 50 binbags worth of stuff from my bedroom. I like having stuff around, I think it adds personality... our living room's got things like a row of fluffy chicks along the mantelpiece, and some Kinder Egg toys, and my corner of the room tends to accumulate clutter at an alarming pace.

*LAUGHS* That is fantastic!!

You had really great answers for these!!
pickwick
May. 8th, 2006 01:00 pm (UTC)
*blush* thankyou...
caitirin
May. 8th, 2006 01:01 pm (UTC)
heeeeeee and what a cute icon! *is full of squee today*
dis_connection
May. 6th, 2006 05:34 am (UTC)
"...Best taken with lots of milk..."

No, no, no!

*throws hands up in despair and storms off*

What can I say, I take my coffee seriously. It should be as black as Michael Howard's heart, and strong enough to power a jet engine. Unless it's a Starbucks cinnamon cappucino, I'll stretch a point in that case. ;)

Have you read The Code Book by Simon Singh? It's a fascinating history of codes and ciphers from ancient times right up the age of t'internet. I highly recommend it!
pickwick
May. 8th, 2006 01:01 pm (UTC)
I'm continental about my coffee :o) (In fact, I'm just plebby about my coffee - I even prefer Nescafe to filter, usually!)

I have read the Code Book, it's wonderful.
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