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1. How many of your books do you part with after reading? (Other than books which were dreadful.)
Generally, none. Not even the dreadful ones.

2. What makes you keep or discard a book?
I keep most of them. If I'm trying to get rid of some, I usually go for trashy books I won't read again, and only then if they're not nice books in themselves. Got rid of some uni books recently too - the perils of English Lit, you end up with far too much Henry James, and duplicate James Joyces.

3. Do you ever purge your shelves? Does that only happen when you move to another country?
I got rid of about eight bags of books when I moved house, and another...four or so bags from my parents' house. That was the first clear-out in a long time.

4. Is there anything weird about having a large-ish personal library?
Well, I'd have to say no, obviously.

5. Do you re-read the books you have? Often?
Yeah, a lot of them I re-read until I know them pretty much by heart. Diana Wynne Jones, Terry Pratchett, Jim Butcher, Kelley Armstrong, Janet Evanovich, Ian Rankin, Melanie Rawn - all of these are comfort reading and I've read most of them at least half a dozen times. Reference books and academic books less so...

6. Is it freakish and self-indulgent to have entire rooms shelved with tasty, tasty text?
Self-indulgent, possibly. But they're good for insulation, too.

7. Do you head straight for the shelves when you visit someone's house for the first time, to find out who they really are? And are you slightly alarmed when you find yourself in a bookless house?
Er, yes, though unless they're a proper bookie I try and be a bit subtle about it. But I love it when people come round to mine and investigate my bookshelves straight away, so I hope other people don't mind. And yes again, bookless houses freak me out. And make me think of that Cicero quote that I have on an icon about "a room without books is like a body without a soul". But then I don't really believe in a soul as such, so...never mind.

8. What's the rough balance of your library in terms of genres or other splits?
Heh, I actually know this, for once - they're still more or less organised. One 1.5m x 1.5m bookcasey thing with fantasy and children's books stacked three deep. One three-shelf bookcase double-stacked with crime and SF. About three or four shelves of general fiction, four or five of general reference (including roleplaying stuff, I guess), and one of TV-show-reference, mostly Who and Buffy, including all the Buffy academic stuff. And a large five-shelf bookcase full of books about books, language, the English language, words, etc. That's at my flat. At my parents' house, seven shelves of assorted stuff - two reference and five fiction, including most of my "classics" and all my Agatha Christies.

9. Any strange clusters?
I'm all about clusters. A bunch of TV-academia books, as I said above. A bunch related to the sociology of the internet, both personal experiences and academic studies. Nearly all the Chalet School books, which are many times girlier than anything else I own. A collection of dictionaries and encyclopaedias NOT related to language - The Encyclopaedia Of Stage Musicals, a Dictionary of the Occult, stuff like that. Probably literally hundreds of children's fantasy books. A bunch of lefty political ones, most of which I haven't read.

10. How many books would you say you are usually reading at any given time?
Three or four, not counting the ones I've given up on, I suppose.

11. Has the internet significantly cut into your reading of printed text?
Well, I've been on the internet for 12 years, so it's hard to tell. But probably, yes.

12. Do you also have yards of music or films?
Er, yeah. I'm bad for Stuff. I've cut down to about 80 or 100 CDs I want to keep, but I have a couple of bags (and a couple of boxes at my parents') of CDs which each have a one or two tracks I want to put on the computer before I get rid of the CD. And I've got the equivalent of ten half-metre shelves of DVDs, mostly TV shows. And a lot of stuff downloaded, both music and TV. Um, and quite a few vinyl records, too. I did get rid of all but half a dozen of my cassettes and videos, though.

1.What did you do in 2007 that you'd never done before?:

Bought a flat!

2. Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?:

Bought a flat! Failed to buy all the PG Wodehouse books, which seems to have been my other resolution. That and something to do with chocolate pudding. Next year...maybe. (But it'll be things like "buy a sofa".)

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?:

spiderpixie in June, my friend Jacqui last night. 10lb 2oz! Eeek!

4. Did anyone close to you die?:


5. What countries did you visit?:

Um, England, if that counts.

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?:

Motivation and will-power. But I didn't have it any year from 1990-2006 either, so it seems unlikely.

7. What dates from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?:

I was going to say the date I moved into my new flat, but I can't remember it, so that must be a lie...so none. If Harry Potter came out on 21st July, that might count as one.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?:

Bought a flat! (*makes a macro of that*) Basically, staying mentally together enough to buy a flat and deal with lawyers and estate agents and stuff.

9. What was your biggest failure?:

Coming off anti-depressants. Well, failing to stay off them, really.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?:

Just the usual panic attacks. And a particularly large and alarming bruise from carrying my Christmas tree home.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Oooooh. Bought a flat! Otherwise...my 32 Penguin books, or my new camera, I guess.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?:

My friends', my parents', everyone who fought injustice with words or deeds.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?:

The usual collection of politicians and clergymen. Can't think of anyone in real life, this year.

14. Where did most of your money go?:

Heh, stuff. Books, probably. Oh, no, I lie - Bought a flat!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?:

Bought a flat! And, uh, Harry Potter, I guess.

16. What songs will always remind you of 2007?:

The Rent soundtrack, especially La Vie Boheme. Mika - Grace Kelly. Scissor Sisters - I Can't Decide. I'm sure there are others.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

i) ...happier or sadder?:

ii) thinner or fatter?:

iii) richer or poorer?:

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?:

Saving money, watching and reading things people have lent me, going to the theatre, going to the cinema, keeping in touch with people.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?:

Er, sitting mucking about on the internet and re-reading comfort books, I suppose.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?:

With my brother and parents, probably being hungover, reading Absolute Sandman and eating chocolate.

22. Did you fall in love in 2007?:


23. How many one night stands?:


24. What were your favourite TV programs?:

Heroes, QI, Doctor Who, Top Gear

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?:


26. What was the best book you read?:

No idea. Um. Ohhh, Unspeak, by Stephen Poole, I think. Fiction-wise, Vellum by Hal Duncan.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?:

Rent soundtrack!

28. What did you want and get?:

Bought a flat! And I got more sociable.

29. What did you want and not get?:

More bookshelves. Rugs. Confidence.

30. What was your favourite film of this year?:

Didn't see many. Rent, maybe.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?:

I think I was working. Maybe. No idea. I was 29.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?:

Can't think of anything.

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?:

I have the best T-shirts.

34. What kept you sane?:

Happy pills and friends.

35.Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?:

Jack Coleman as Bennet in Heroes, probably. Alex Zane is always pretty, and I developed a crush on Alexander Armstrong.

36. What political issue stirred you the most?:

ID cards or religious interference with the state.

37. Who did you miss?:

No-one, I don't think.

38. Who was the best new person you met?:

..I must have met new people, mustn't I? Oh! gemz_lee has to be up there. And a couple of the new people at work.

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007:

Self-sufficiency works - don't depend on people.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

To days of inspiration
Playing hookey, making something out of nothing
The need to express -
To communicate,
To going against the grain,
Going insane
Going mad

41. What was your favorite moment of the year?

Handing the keys to my old flat in to the letting agency.

42. What was your least favourite moment of the year?

Probably when the boiler broke during the three snowy days of the year.

43. Where were you when 2007 began?

It's bad that I can't remember, isn't it?

44. Who were you with?

I, um, can't remember that either. I may have been in on my own.

45. Where will you be when 2007 ends?

Don't know yet. It's over a week away! Either at home, at my best friend's, or at a lockin in town I've heard might be happening.

46. Who will you be with when 2007 ends?

See above.

47. What was your favourite month of 2007?

Dunno. This month's been quite good, but there's still time for it to go wrong.

48. Did you drink a lot of alchohol in 2007?

Nope. I probably drank alcohol less than a dozen times, and got drunk twice that I can think of. (Plus tomorrow night.)

49. Did you do a lot of drugs in 2007?

Some dope.

50. How many people did you sleep with in 2007?

None, though not for lack of opportunity, for once!

51. Did you do anything you are ashamed of this year?

Little bit, but I still have time to rectify it, I think.

52. What was the worst lie someone told you in 2007?

Heh. Dunno.

53. Did you treat somebody badly in 2007?

Probably, but nothing major that I can remember.

54. Did somebody treat you badly in 2007?

Depends on your definition. (And work are meant to treat you badly, right?)

56. How much money did you spend in 2007?

Well over £100,000. Bought a flat! If you don't count the mortgage...about £30,000, probably.

57. If you could go back in time to any moment of 2007 and change what?

Get up earlier on the Friday before T in the Park, and get the bus early enough to avoid the 7-hour traffic jam and night-time tent erecting that ensued.

58. What are your plans for 2008?

Just keep improving my life. Finish unpacking (!). Buy more furniture. See more friends.

I Am A: Neutral Good Halfling Wizard/Sorcerer (2nd/2nd Level)

Ability Scores:







Neutral Good A neutral good character does the best that a good person can do. He is devoted to helping others. He works with kings and magistrates but does not feel beholden to them. Neutral good is the best alignment you can be because it means doing what is good without bias for or against order. However, neutral good can be a dangerous alignment because because it advances mediocrity by limiting the actions of the truly capable.

Halflings are clever, capable and resourceful survivors. They are notoriously curious and show a daring that many larger people can't match. They can be lured by wealth but tend to spend rather than hoard. They prefer practical clothing and would rather wear a comfortable shirt than jewelry. Halflings stand about 3 feet tall and commonly live to see 150.

Primary Class:
Wizards are arcane spellcasters who depend on intensive study to create their magic. To wizards, magic is not a talent but a difficult, rewarding art. When they are prepared for battle, wizards can use their spells to devastating effect. When caught by surprise, they are vulnerable. The wizard's strength is her spells, everything else is secondary. She learns new spells as she experiments and grows in experience, and she can also learn them from other wizards. In addition, over time a wizard learns to manipulate her spells so they go farther, work better, or are improved in some other way. A wizard can call a familiar- a small, magical, animal companion that serves her. With a high Intelligence, wizards are capable of casting very high levels of spells.

Secondary Class:
Sorcerers are arcane spellcasters who manipulate magic energy with imagination and talent rather than studious discipline. They have no books, no mentors, no theories just raw power that they direct at will. Sorcerers know fewer spells than wizards do and acquire them more slowly, but they can cast individual spells more often and have no need to prepare their incantations ahead of time. Also unlike wizards, sorcerers cannot specialize in a school of magic. Since sorcerers gain their powers without undergoing the years of rigorous study that wizards go through, they have more time to learn fighting skills and are proficient with simple weapons. Charisma is very important for sorcerers; the higher their value in this ability, the higher the spell level they can cast.

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

Detailed Results:

Lawful Neutral -- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (16)
True Neutral ---- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (17)
Chaotic Neutral - XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (15)
Lawful Evil ----- XXXXXXXXXXX (11)
Neutral Evil ---- XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)
Chaotic Evil ---- XXXXXXXXXX (10)

Law & Chaos:
Law ----- XXXXXXX (7)
Neutral - XXXXXXXX (8)
Chaos --- XXXXXX (6)

Good & Evil:
Neutral - XXXXXXXXX (9)
Evil ---- XXXX (4)

Human ---- XXXXXXXXXXXXX (13)
Dwarf ---- XXXXXXXX (8)
Elf ------ XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)
Gnome ---- XXXXXXXXXX (10)
Halfling - XXXXXXXXXXXXXX (14)
Half-Elf - XXXXXXXX (8)
Half-Orc - (0)

Barbarian - (-8)
Bard ------ XXXX (4)
Cleric ---- (-4)
Druid ----- (-2)
Fighter --- (-4)
Monk ------ (-19)
Paladin --- (-23)
Ranger ---- (-2)
Rogue ----- XXXX (4)
Sorcerer -- XXXXXX (6)
Wizard ---- XXXXXX (6)

Heh, I am eviller than laerad...

Also, links:

Hammond Crash Car for sale on eBay.
Government try to make sure everyone's equally affected by incompetent data losses.
I'm already arguing about religion in at least two different places, so I'm going to ignore this man on CiF, because either he's terribly muddled up and contradicting himself, or it's too late for me to be reading this stuff.
Next Big Thing - websites. Including Twitter. Those of you already using it are the cognoscenti, apparently. (I'm not sure if this includes me, since I signed up and don't use it.)



( 1 comment — Comment )
Dec. 24th, 2007 09:31 am (UTC)
I'm getting the feeling that you might have bought a flat this year. Can't think why I'd have that idea...

I could copy your answers to the book meme and probably have only to change less than a dozen words for it to fit me :)
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