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My name is Baxil, and I approve this meme|Ten Things I've Done That You Probably Haven't
- Won first place in a competition held nationwide.
- Been on a sports team that only scored its first point five games into the season (and, boy, did we celebrate afterward).
- Submitted a correction to a crossword puzzle magazine. (Hey, I was an egotistical little brat at the age of eight.)
- Woken up on a hospital operating table.
- Loosed my bowels on a hospital operating table.
- Turned down chances for autographs from Madeleine L'Engle and Neil Gaiman -- and instead gotten to chat with them at some small length.
- Been knocked unconscious in a broad-daylight assault by a total stranger.
- Undergone the closest thing to a genuine adulthood rite of passage that's widely available in American society. (30 days in the wilderness the summer I turned 18.)
- Had one of my website's features pointed to by a (print) gaming magazine. Or so I'm told.
- Experienced a first kiss that now is known solely as the "Ambulance Incident."
And, some extra bonus items (meme variation stolen from lysana), since I'm sure some of you are going to immediately demonstrate I am not a unique and beautiful snowflake:
- Been rescued by a total stranger named Lizard.
- Had an Eric Blumrich quote wrongly attributed to me.
- Enthusiastically reported for jury dury, was seated on a jury, heard a case, and would do it again.
- Been invited by my boss to get stoned while working.
(Incidentally, I'm deliberately excluding magical experiences from this list -- while within the spirit of the meme, they both decreased the challenge of finding unique items and made the results look unnecessarily weird.)
Current Mood: weekend, finally
Current Music: Bruce Hornsby, "Pastures of Plenty"
|Date:||February 27th, 2005 10:55 am (UTC)|| |
Does it count if you pass out on an operating table, and then wake up after it?
|Date:||February 27th, 2005 11:25 am (UTC)|| |
My implication with #4
was being anaesthetized, going under the knife, and waking up with my insides still exposed. It might have been more strongly expressed as "mid-operation".
This also applies to #5
-- although if anyone here has loosed their bowels on a hospital operating table in other than
mid-operation circumstances, I probably ought to concede that to them as well, and not ask too many follow-up questions. ;)
|Date:||February 27th, 2005 11:28 am (UTC)|| |
I may have done #5
, but I blocked that entire event out of my memory mostly. Getting a small benign skin cancer thingy removed from your neck, and the anaesthetic wearing off and him accidentally cutting through a vein.. well. It'd be enough to scare any 8 year old into.. well. *cough*
|Date:||February 27th, 2005 11:07 pm (UTC)|| |
Loosening of the bowels is pretty common for women in labor - I've been told. Maybe someone else can confirm?
Ah, the beauty of childbirth.
|Date:||February 27th, 2005 05:29 pm (UTC)|| |
Does a nine-way tie count for #1
, and for something not strictly a contest? When I was in fourth grade, I aced a standardized test only administered to those who previously tested in the top 0.1% in other standardized tests, placing me in the top 0.01% of the top 0.1% with regard to...
well, ability at standardized tests, really. It was like the typical multi-subject standardized test, just somewhat harder than usual (for me, at the time, anyway.) They claimed intelligence, but I'm more realistic than that.
|Date:||February 28th, 2005 09:55 pm (UTC)|| |
The magnitude of the achievement was much bigger for yours than for mine (best headline of the year in my newspaper's circulation class -- although I think I still would have nailed the category if they'd opened it up to all classes at once), so yeah, good job!
there seems to be a "normal" for California, since I had the same offer, as well as from a co-worker.. ^^
|Date:||February 27th, 2005 07:06 pm (UTC)|| |
I've had the same offer at a few jobs, and I'm in NY. ;)
|Date:||February 27th, 2005 08:01 pm (UTC)|| |
InQuest? Wow, I haven't read them in years. What did they point to?
Also: what the hell is with that Eric Blumrich quote? The majority of the furries I know are of average shape and gay, just beating out "average shape and straight."
|Date:||February 27th, 2005 11:01 pm (UTC)|| |
InQuest apparently pointed to the ClaWrite page, back in the day, as a resource for an alternate alphabet. At least, I had a letter writer say he was referred to the site from an InQuest; never saw the link myself.
Blumrich, back before he became a rabid liberal, was a rabid furry-hater (and before that, a rabid Burned Fur, and before that, well, just rabid I guess). I think "large" is just a negative stereotype that furry haters (such as he was at the time he made the quote) love to slap down on the fandom, and really applies no more than it does to the average American. But on the sexuality, one of the few actual statistical collections done on the fandom, joshuwain
), did find people self-identifying as bisexual only a few percentage points from a majority.
|Date:||February 27th, 2005 11:42 pm (UTC)|| |
Nice work, but with a sample size of only 360 I don't think that his results say too much. Isn't a random sampling of 1000 the magic number you need in order to get statistical results that can be considered to be decently close to accurate? With less than that those results are interesting, but hardly anything I'd put my weight on.
As for InQuest, when I visit my parent's place I might have to dig through my collection of back issues. I may have that issue somewhere, and it would be amusing to find.
|Date:||February 28th, 2005 10:24 pm (UTC)|| |
It's not a matter of "magic numbers" so much as it is larger numbers decreasing your margin of error for a given confidence level. I found what seems like a good primer here
; the bottom line is that (assuming random sampling) you can say with 95% certainty that a sample size of ~350 will give you results within 6% of the true value. Raising the sample size to 1,000 would just drop the margin of error to 3 percent.
|Date:||March 1st, 2005 08:00 am (UTC)|| |
Hmm, okay. In that case, it does look like the 'bi' section is pretty clearly in the lead. Though with that ratio of 325 to 35 I'd say it says a lot more about furries who go to cons than furries in general. I'd also still like to see a bigger study with a larger, more diverse pool.
Hey, I remember #7
! ...Shit did that day suck. ;P
I exchanged letters with Madeline L'Engle. In fourth grade we were assigned to write to an author. I asked her questions about things I didn't understand in her books, and she wrote back with actual answers and some questions for me. I really wish we hadn't had that fire, or I could find the letter.
|Date:||March 3rd, 2005 12:59 am (UTC)|| |
Yeah, things are going pretty well for me these days -- although I do need to start posting more again.
|Date:||March 3rd, 2005 12:41 am (UTC)|| |
*deletes URL advertisement*
I urge you to get your own Livejournal and advertise it there, or at least put a name to your posts, if you want to share such links with people. Please don't spam others' journals with off-topic links.
|Date:||March 4th, 2005 12:02 pm (UTC)|| |
|Date:||March 4th, 2005 07:33 pm (UTC)|| |
It's alright. It wasn't a tremendous breach of etiquette, it just wasn't the appropriate forum for it.
I honestly have no idea who posted this -- but, since you came back, you're probably an actual reader of my journal rather than some Internet spambot (which is sadly what I'm forced to assume with unsigned, off-topic posts). Consider yourself forgiven, and please don't let this incident stop you from speaking up again here. :)
(Also, if you read many people's Livejournals, it's free and easy to get an account at http://www.livejournal.com/create.bml
-- and you can mark users as "friends" and then visit your "friends page" to automatically read posts from all of them at once! That's what sucked me in.)
|Date:||March 5th, 2005 07:36 pm (UTC)|| |
I would have logged in, but I forgot my password, and so I assumed (poorly) that I could simply place what I considered an interesting link on here. I shall attempt to avoid this error in judgement and faux pas again.