Tarry for the Nonce

June 30, 2006

Older Than Anne Elliot

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 3:27 pm

Here’s to wishing . . . note that Edward Ferrars is at the bottom of the heap.

You scored as Captain Wentworth.

Your husband/boyfriend is Captain Wentworth of Persuasion, who some believe to be the most romantic of Austen’s heroes. He is entertaining, yet he will always come to your aid before you even need to ask. Prone to jealousy, you can be certain he will protect you. The two of you have an active, endearing relationship that stands the test of time.

Captain Wentworth

75%

Col. Brandon

60%

Tilney

60%

Edmund Bertram

45%

Knightley

35%

Darcy

20%

Edward Ferrars

15%

Who is Your Jane Austen Boyfriend/Husband?

June 29, 2006

I Respect Her the Most

Filed under: Entertainment — lmwalker @ 6:53 pm

My results aren’t terribly surprising, although I would much prefer Mr. Bingley (or Mr. Darcy, for that matter) to Edward Ferrars.

You scored as Elinor Dashwood.

As Marianne’s older sister, Elinor lives at the other end of the emotional spectrum. She rarely reveals her intense feelings and is more concerned with being honest and loyal than having what she deserves. Even though her intentions are pure, she sets herself up for loss by constantly placing other people before her own needs. Overall, Elinor is gentle and rational but is just as capable of radical emotions (despite her withholding them) as her sister.

Elinor Dashwood

84%

Jane Bennet

78%

Elizabeth Bennet

72%

Emma Woodhouse

63%

Charlotte Lucas

44%

Marianne Dashwood

38%

Lady Catherine

22%

Indeed, when I went back for my tie-breaker question, I ended up with

You scored as Elizabeth Bennet.

As one of Austen’s most beloved characters, Elizabeth Bennet represents what most women would like to become: strong, independent, and loyal. Of course, she has her faults including a stubborn will of iron and a clinging to first impressions. Overall, Lizzie is bright and lovable…something to admire and aspire to.

Elizabeth Bennet

81%

Jane Bennet

81%

Elinor Dashwood

81%

Emma Woodhouse

63%

Charlotte Lucas

44%

Marianne Dashwood

38%

Lady Catherine

22%

Which Jane Austen Character are You?

Sniff Your Poison

Filed under: Science — lmwalker @ 6:45 pm

Inventors are on the verge of creating the first mobile ‘smellophone’, a gadget which can capture an odour and then replay it back later, just as camcorders do with images.

If I could choose a smell for the smellophone, it would be the smell of diesel oil, which reminds me of my dad.

No Longer a Choice

Filed under: Uncategorized — lmwalker @ 6:42 pm

Janice posted this in the comments of another post, but Chinese infanticide is so blatant and grotesque that it deserves repetition:

A Chinese county has been ordered to conduct 20,000 abortions and sterilisations before the end of the year . . .

Many of the terminations will have to be conducted forcibly on peasant women to meet the quota . . .

Officials said that, as part of the drive to meet the quota, doctors had been ordered to sterilise women as soon as they gave birth after officially approved pregnancies . . .

Sven Burmester, the United Nations Population Fund representative in Beijing, said: “For all the bad press, China has achieved the impossible. The country has solved its population problem.”

That “bad press” has included reports of babies drowned in paddy fields by officials . . .

Most recently, a woman was reported to have died while trying to escape from officials who were attempting to sterilise her.

Have I mentioned that I find the United Nations equally grotesque? With Japan so worried about not having enough babies and China worried about having so many that they have to exterminate the ones they have, it seems like there might be some sort of obvious agreement which could be reached, if the countries could just overcome certain regional prejudices.

June 28, 2006

The Man They Call Joss

Filed under: Entertainment — lmwalker @ 12:07 pm

Firefly has inspired On the Drift by the Badlam Bards.

(Hat tip Kevin Miller.)

Blue as My Blood

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 12:02 pm

I am 40% Dixie and definitely a Yankee.

Are You a Yankee or a Rebel?

(Hat tip to Gary Pryzbocki.)

Moped Restrictions

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 11:59 am

Tim Schwarzenberger has sent me some very disturbing information:

This is upsetting, thought I should pass it along. Check your driver’s license… Now you can see anyone’s Driver’s License on the Internet, including your own! I just searched for mine and there it was..picture and all! Thanks to Homeland Security! Privacy, where is our right to it! I definitely removed mine, I suggest you all do the same….. Go to the website and check it out. Just enter your name, City and state to see if yours is on file. After your license comes on the screen, click the box marked “Please Remove”. This will remove it from public viewing, but not from law enforcement.

I went through the website and there I was, plain as day!

The Zolpidem Solution

Filed under: Science — lmwalker @ 11:56 am

A pill may reverse the vegetative state:

A sleeping pill can temporarily revive people in a permanent vegetative state to the point where they can have conversations, a study finds . . .

Dr Ralf Clauss, now in the nuclear medicine department at the Royal Surrey Hospital was one of the researchers who carried out the study.

He told the BBC: “For every damaged area of the brain, there is a dormant area, which seems to be a sort of protective mechanism.

“The damaged tissue is dead, there’s nothing you can do.

“But it’s the dormant areas which ‘wake up’.”

Technically, this study may actually be further evidence that “permanent vegetative state” – like “the common cold” – is a poorly defined condition.

In any case, it’s exciting. There is so much left to learn about human physiology!

(Hat tip to Father Kish.)

Definitely Not Chewbacca, Andrew

Filed under: Anecdotes — lmwalker @ 11:49 am

Not to put too fine a point on it, but I think agreeing that “I am a girl” greatly skewed my results:


You scored as Padme Amidala

Padme Amidala

64%

Darth Vader

61%

Clone Trooper

58%

Anakin Skywalker

58%

Yoda

53%

Obi Wan Kenobi

44%

R2-D2

44%

Mace Windu

42%

General Grievous

36%

C-3PO

36%

Emperor Palpatine

33%

Chewbacca

28%

Which Revenge of the Sith Character are you?

(Hat tip to Brian Preston.)

Save the Dragon Eggs!

Filed under: Entertainment — lmwalker @ 11:47 am

Have you tried Green Eggs and Pan?

Huzzah for Cornell University!

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