Color me amused. And, mostly, highly unsurprised.
The moral of this story is that anything is funny as long as you use the word “lederhosen.” Try it yourself: “Lederhosen, lederhosen, lederhosen!” See? Instant funny.
Okay, a little careful editing removed the gratuitous ad that’s tacked onto the end of this thing. If you’re curious, it was sponsored by adultfriendfinder.com. I find this simultaneously a little amusing and a little worrisome.
I’ve been meaning for a while now to try to work out an essay on the whole lj/blogging phenomenon, and some of the more naive assumptions that I see working behind it. Dunno if I’ll ever actually get around to it, but this little bit of meme-sponsoring seems to be a perfect early manifestation of the problem, so I’ll cut to the chase and deliver the wrap-up summary: Any available commons space will inevitably be abused, and those who don’t remember Usenet are doomed to reimplement it — badly.
Corporate sponsorship of (occasionally) amusing toys like LJ quizzes isn’t a bad thing per se, but if AFF.com realizes any revenue based on this stunt, it’s going to wake up a lot of people to the fact that LJ/blogdom, via their builtin comment/pingback systems, are an entirely unexploited medium for advertising. Writing a small program to spam advertisements as anonymous journal comments would be trivial, and it’s going to happen. LJ, at least, can simply disable anonymous commenting, and then pray that their account creation token system is cryptographically secure. The wider blog-world will have it much, much worse: the de-facto standardization of the Blogger XML-RPC API is going to be the rope with which the spammers will tie the blogosphere in knots: it’s completely insecure, it’s designed to let any random idiot add comments, trackbacks or pingbacks everywhere, and it’s so widespread that it could easily take years to migrate a substantial portion of the community to a secured replacement.
It’s gonna be a fun year.
Anyway, meta-issues about advertising, spamming and sponsorship aside, I confess I found this quiz pretty amusing. It needs a little work though: it lists community and pseudo-user memberships along with everyone else, so my scores are kinda dragged down by the fact that I’m not likely to ever see or naked. Conversely, my scores in some areas were personally inflated by , since Ms. Shakti has no less than four LJ ids in use, and while I don’t actually know her that well (hi!), it’s pretty hard to read her journal and not see her naked or topless at some point.
Hm, reminds me, speaking of inflating my scores, I need to add a few people I met this weekend. cough
1. why purple?
Amusement, novelty and inertia. My hair was long and ill-kempt for most of my high school and college years, a fact for which I sadly cannot even blame drug and alcohol abuse. After my friend Sylvan was kind enough to shave it all off for me, I decided to color it on a lark, and choose purple because at the time Boston seemed to have a lot of people wandering around with pink and red hair, but I hadn’t seen a lot of people with a full purple `do, and I liked the color a lot. I liked how it looked on my a lot better than any of the other colors I later tried, and it became this odd self-fulfilling prophecy: people bought me purple stuff, so I bought more purple stuff to go with it, and so on.
2. you love food. Tell me where/what to eat in 100 words or less.
I don’t know if I have a good all-encompassing answer for that: for all of my pretentions of foodiedom, I seek out new foods far less often than I should, and am prone to subsisting on comfort food for weeks on end. So instead, I’ll just say that street vendor food is one of the world’s highly underrated pleasures: the best soup I’ve ever had in my life was made for me on a streetcorner propane wok in Shanghai, under a plastic tarp in a downpour. When in a strange city and in doubt, see what the guy with the sidewalk cart is selling.
(Er, one small caveat: do not attempt this with the hot-dog vendors in Manhattan.)
3. How has polyamory impacted your life?
I think that my default answer to this would generally be a pretty cynical one, but having just gotten back from an extremely traditional straight/monogamous wedding ceremony, I’m feeling impatient with my own knee-jerk crankiness: for whatever hurts this lifestyle has imposed on me, I wouldn’t have it any other way. This thing of ours has brought me together with some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met in my life, and it’s good even, perhaps especially when they’re kicking my ass.
4. How did the “Nathan says hi”/minions thing start?
Heh. Three of the four players have LJ accounts these days…
The short form: when I found out that my friend Tim Pierce was moving from Boston to Chicago, I told him to keep an eye out for my friend Abby Franquemont, who lived there, and to tell her I said hi if he ever ran across her. Likewise, I told Abby that if she ever ran into a newcomer named Tim Pierce, she should send him greetings on my behalf. (Although Chicago is a city of several million people, this was not entirely a long-shot effort: both Tim and Abby were techies and usenet addicts.) Several months later, they ran into each other at a party and pretty much immediately said to one another: “Nathan says hi!” Abby wrote me an email the next day saying something along the lines of “dude, your minions really are everywhere”. I liked the sound of that, and kinda…ran with it.
Seven years later, I’m still happily beating on the stained spot on the ground where the dead horse used to be.
For the full story, you’ll have to ask , who tells it better than me on account of she was actually there. In addition to the characters previously mentioned, Joel Furr was involved, which officially makes it a Classic Usenet Moment for whatever that’s worth.
5. Please apply the classic fortune cookie formula and answer each question again with the phrase “in bed” added to it.
That’s a brilliant way to sneak in an extra four questions. Well now…
Why purple…in bed?
It matches the walls. Also, it’s easier to get purple dye stains out of pillowcases that are, er, already purple.
you love food. Tell me where/what to eat in 100 words or less…in bed!
You know that old phrase, “I wouldn’t throw him out of bed for eating crackers?” I do not subscribe to that theory. There will be no crackers in my bed at any time, by any one. Crumby sheets == horror.
How has polyamory impacted your life…in bed?
Among other things, it’s shown that I eventually need to buy a king-sized one. In the meanwhile, I have a twin aerobed that I keep handy. Fun is fun, but I need to be able to stretch out when it’s all over. (The aerobed, to be clear, is for me: guests get to sleep on the real bed of course.)
Also: it’s easier than you’d think to crack a box spring.
How did the “Nathan says hi”/minions thing start…in bed?
I’m pretty sure I was in a chair when it started. IRCing from bed has never been my thing.
Okay, this one’s cute, but it’s a little
The idea in a nutshell: Print out an up-to-date copy of IMDB’s top 250 films by user rating. For the sake of brevity, chop it down to 100. Then note which ones you’ve seen. Discuss.
1 The Godfather (1972)
2 The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
3 The Godfather: Part II (1974)
4 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
5 Schindler’s List (1993)
6 Citizen Kane (1941)
7 Casablanca (1942)
8 Seven Samurai (1954)
9 Star Wars (1977)
10 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
11 Memento (2000)
12 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
13 Rear Window (1954)
14 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
15 Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
16 Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
17 The Usual Suspects (1995)
18 Amelie (2001)
19 Pulp Fiction (1994)
20 North by Northwest (1959)
21 Psycho (1960)
22 The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
23 12 Angry Men (1957)
24 Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
25 It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
26 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
27 Goodfellas (1990)
28 American Beauty (1999)
29 Vertigo (1958)
30 The Pianist (2002)
31 Sunset Blvd. (1950)
32 Apocalypse Now (1979)
33 Some Like It Hot (1959)
34 The Matrix (1999)
35 To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
36 Taxi Driver (1976)
37 The Third Man (1949)
38 Paths of Glory (1957)
39 Fight Club (1999)
40 Das Boot (1981)
41 L.A. Confidential (1997)
42 Double Indemnity (1944)
43 Chinatown (1974)
44 Requiem for a Dream (2000)
45 The Maltese Falcon (1941)
46 Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
47 The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
48 Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001)
49 Saving Private Ryan (1998)
50 All About Eve (1950)
51 M (1931)
52 Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
53 Raging Bull (1980)
54 Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
55 Se7en (1995)
56 Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000)
57 The Wizard of Oz (1939)
58 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
59 La Vita e bella (1997)
60 American History X (1998)
61 The Sting (1973)
62 Touch of Evil (1958)
63 The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
64 Alien (1979)
65 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
66 Rashomon (1950)
67 Leon (1994)
68 Annie Hall (1977)
69 The Great Escape (1963)
70 A Clockwork Orange (1971)
71 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
72 Reservoir Dogs (1992)
73 The Sixth Sense (1999)
74 Jaws (1975)
75 Amadeus (1984)
76 On the Waterfront (1954)
77 Ran (1985)
78 Braveheart (1995)
79 High Noon (1952)
80 Fargo (1996)
81 Blade Runner (1982)
82 The Apartment (1960)
83 Aliens (1986)
84 Toy Story 2 (1999)
85 Strangers on a Train (1951)
86 Modern Times (1936)
87 The Shining (1980)
88 Donnie Darko (2001)
89 Duck Soup (1933)
90 The Princess Bride (1987)
91 Lola rennt (AKA Run Lola Run) (1998)
92 City Lights (1931)
93 The General (1927)
94 Metropolis (1927)
95 The Searchers (1956)
96 Full Metal Jacket (1987)
97 Notorious (1946)
98 Manhattan (1979)
99 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
100 Graduate, The (1967)
Holy self-selection bias, Batman! The AFI Top 100 this is not. Matrixes, Aliens, Hobbits and Jedi, oh my! (But given that, why did “Brazil” fall past the cut at #162?)
Also, a pretty strong bias toward the contemporary: of the top Ten, six were made in my lifetime, and three in this decade.
What the hell is “The Shawshank Redemption” doing there?
Of all the ones I haven’t seen, “Rashomon” is by far the most embarrassing, especially since I own it. I think I’ll be fixing that tonight.