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July 24th, 2005


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01:53 am - Meme geek
Gakked from kerravonsen and others:

Ask me for "top five" lists of pretty much anything, and I will list you my top five of that thing or things. (Assuming that I have a top five, or even any five, of the thing in question.)

Also, out of pure random fannish glee: I love a show that can get away with doing an actual episode that is "future-fic". *pets SG-1: 2010*
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From:kerravonsen
Date:July 24th, 2005 12:51 pm (UTC)
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Also, out of pure random fannish glee: I love a show that can get away with doing an actual episode that is "future-fic". *pets SG-1: 2010*

Not to mention a show that can get away with doing a parody of itself as a TV show (pets "Wormhole X-Treme"...)

Okay, top five...
I'm gonna turn yours back on you:

- quotes (though not just from SG-1, but from anything)
- influential childhood books
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From:izhilzha
Date:July 25th, 2005 06:05 am (UTC)
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Top Five Quotes In no particular order. And you said anything, so anything it is. :-)

1. "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who no longer pauses to wonder and stand in rapt awe, is as good as dead." --Albert Einstein

2. “Blessed are those who have nothing to say, and cannot be persuaded to say it.” --James Russel

3. "It is very hard for evil to take hold of the unconsenting soul." -- Ursula K. LeGuin

4. “Yes, you have lost much, endured much, sacrificed greatly. But you cling to the memory of your sacrifices, of all the things you have lost or left behind. They drag behind you, like chains of your own making. They can have a terrible power over you, Marcus: the power of grief, and loss, and regret. Yes, you have let go of the people, the places, the things--but you have not let go of the pain. --[J. Michael Straczynski] Delenn, Babylon 5, “Ceremonies of Light and Darkness”

5. "Many people hear voices when no-one is there. Some of them are called mad, and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing." -- Margaret Chittenden

Top Five Influential Childhood Books

1. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. Because it solidified for me so much that I love, and so much that I know about life, and the ways that I view it.

2. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis. I loved it for the story, and for Aslan, and because I recognized the allegorical elements early on but they never interfered with the story itself.

3. Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott. The emphasis on family, and on friendship within family, on sisterhood, really shaped my attitudes towards my own family and friendships.

4. Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery. Because in spite of having an intact family, I *was* Anne Shirley in my early years. And I adored finding a character just like me, and the chance to play in her worlds and watch her interact between her 'real' world and her 'imaginary' one. I probably learned more about the relationship between imagination and so-called 'real life' from Anne than from anyone else.

5. A Wind in the Door,, by Madeleine L'Engle. The first book of hers I read, and reread, and reread.... I was facinated by the metaphors, and by Meg's role as a "Namer," and by the way L'Engle told a story both by using the laws of writing, and by wholesale breaking them when she needed to. And like Lewis, her metaphors or spiritual references only enhanced the story, never got in the way.
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From:mistraltoes
Date:July 24th, 2005 03:46 pm (UTC)
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Top five musical groups (or solo musicians)
Top five silly words
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From:izhilzha
Date:July 25th, 2005 05:31 am (UTC)
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Top five musical groups (or solo musicians)

This is so random, I'm not that much of a music person:

1. Caedmon's Call
2. Moby
3. 4Him
4. Billy Joel
5. Creed

Top five silly words

1. Nitwit
2. Blubber
3. Oddment
4. Tweak
5. Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious
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From:whitemartyr
Date:July 24th, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC)
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Top 5 best life moments...
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From:izhilzha
Date:July 25th, 2005 06:35 am (UTC)
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Top Five Best Life Moments Geez, ask a hard question, why don't you?

I'm leaving out ones that happened often, like Christmas morning.

1. I think I was about five years old. Part of the putting-to-bed routine for my brother and myself was getting a backrub from either mom or dad. I remember asking my dad why it felt so good to get one's back rubbed. He said, "Our skin gets hungry to be touched." I remember just loving that idea, that my skin could get hungry--I think it was the first time I fell in love with a metaphor.

2. I was eighteen when my 2nd sister (and 5th sibling) Laura was born. She was born at home, on purpose, with my dad and my mom's two midwife friends in attendance. I had also opted to be there, and it was one of the most powerfully moving moments of my life. Just watching the whole thing. Especially the moment when Laura's head crowned, and my mom touched her new baby for the first time, and cried.

3. A friend of mine was going through an incredibly rough time in her life, and one night I was lying in bed and could not sleep, I was so worried about her and so caught up in asking God "how could You let this happen?!" This may sound strange, but I was praying that over and over, and suddenly I felt a presence. No one was there, but it was as if Someone had spooned up behind me, wrapped His arms around me. "I'll take care of it," He said. I felt suddenly, absolutely safe, and absolutely sure that He would, indeed, take care of everything. I went right to sleep.

4. The night I graduated college, my best guy friend stuck around for a couple of hours to help me finish packing. When he had to leave, he hugged me, a good long hug from a guy who rarely did that. Then he said, "I'll miss you." This is a guy who prided himself on not getting attached to people, and almost never would say anything like that. I had certainly not heard him say it before. And I could tell he really, really meant it. It was the best going-away gift he could've given me...the knowledge that I got through to him, as he had to me.

5. My last sibling, Lucia, was born while I was living in LA. I didn't get a chance to see her until I went up to my hometown for a funeral when she was 3 months old. She was asleep when I arrived late at night. The next morning, I heard her fussing as she woke up, and I could tell that Mom was already making breakfast for the rest of the family. So I went into the room, and picked Lucia up. She was just the right size, where I could cradle her bum in one hand, and her shoulders/head in the other. The second I picked her up, she stopped crying. She had never seen me before, but she just lay there quietly, staring at me, absorbing me, and letting me do the same to her. An absolutely perfect moment.
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From:whitemartyr
Date:July 28th, 2005 04:22 am (UTC)
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Thank you. Those were great. I bet I know who that friend you were worried about was! :p

Oh and the description of you holding little Lucia in the morning, awww so amazing and beautiful picture. Babies are neat.

And "skin gets hungry to be touched"...wow.
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From:izhilzha
Date:July 28th, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC)
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I bet I know who that friend you were worried about was! :p

Oh, gee, how'd you guess? ;-)

Oh and the description of you holding little Lucia in the morning, awww so amazing and beautiful picture. Babies are neat.

Aren't they just? Speaking of which, how is the Small Niece? Is Zach coping? :-)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 25th, 2005 12:53 am (UTC)
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Also, out of pure random fannish glee: I love a show that can get away with doing an actual episode that is "future-fic". *pets SG-1: 2010*

SG-1 does a lot of stuff that seems like fanfic, translated into actual canon. "The Changeling" springs to mind.

As for top five...hmm.

Favorite food...and movie scenes. :-)

-JD

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From:izhilzha
Date:July 25th, 2005 08:29 pm (UTC)
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Top Five Favorite Foods

1. Artichokes, steamed, with butter.

2. Peanut butter (preferably on whole wheat bread)

3. Chili

4. Beef stew, with many vegetables in it

5. Grilled salmon (oh, now I'm hungry, thanks)

Top Five Movie Scenes OK, this really isn't fair....how can one pick?!

1. Galaxyquest: when the Captain and the "Janice Rand" character (hey, they're archetypes) are running into random obstacles in the bowels of the ship, and "Rand" gets frustrated and screams out, "Whoever wrote this episode should die!" Because, hee.

2. Finding Nemo: When Marlin tells Dory to leave, her response is typically confused, and absolutely heartwrenching.

Dory: "No. No, you can't... STOP. Please don't go away. Please? No one's ever stuck with me for so long before. And if you leave... if you leave... I just, I remember things better with you. I do, look. P. Sherman, forty-two... forty-two... I remember it, I do. It's there, I know it is, because when I look at you, I can feel it. And-and I look at you, and I... and I'm home. Please... I don't want that to go away. I don't want to forget."

Marlin: "I'm sorry, Dory. But I... do."

3. Girl, Interrupted: Angelina Jolie's character is (iirc) a sociopath, and she spends the film pushing everyone's buttons, making them all miserable and not caring (seemingly). Then there's a scene near the end where her character tries to commit suicide because no one cares enough about her to push her buttons. Winona Ryder's character realizes this and does push Angelina's buttons...and she doesn't kill herself. That hit me really hard--that even someone seemingly incapable of love has a view of what love it, and could desire it, and be moved by it.

4. Ladyhawke: Pretty much any scene with Philippe the Mouse is great, but the one I always remember is when he nobly tells the truth to the soldiers who have caught up with him (about which direction Navarre went. They assume he's lying, and his frustrated response (to God) is: "I told the truth, Lord! How can I learn any moral lessons when you keep confusing me like this?"

5. The Fisher King: Jack (Jeff Bridges) hits a really low point, and stumblingly articulates how frustrating life is for him. "I wish I could just....pay a fine and go home." For me, this was a defining moment for the main character. From this point on, I could no longer see him as just an arrogant, whiny bastard. There was a much deeper level that we just barely glimpsed.
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From:scionofgrace
Date:July 25th, 2005 03:09 am (UTC)
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"2010" is a brilliant episode. I swear, the writers of that show are determined to follow every plot bunny that could possibly fit into the show's backstory.

Top five... ice cream flavors!
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From:izhilzha
Date:July 25th, 2005 05:23 am (UTC)
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Top Five Ice Cream Flavors:

1. French Vanilla
2. Chocolate
3. Mint Chocolate Chip
4. Raspberry Cheesecake
5. um, not sure what it's called, but it's vanilla and caramel and pecans....

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