Jun. 20th, 2009

greybeta: (Grammar Führer)
[livejournal.com profile] atdt1991's choices:

Black Lotus: I use the picture for the most expensive card for Magic: The Gathering when I talk about the game. Also useful when referring to the black lotus of the Odyssey.

Firestarter: Living in a superconservative area like Northwest Arkansas means that it's difficult to find people who can discuss different perspectives. LiveJournal has the opposite demographic of the area I live in, so I figure it's the best place to go to ask about certain topics. And I find that most people are civil even over controversial issues as long as you frame the issue properly.

Conservative: I'm a registered Republican. I interned one summer for Senator Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), one of the top five most conservative senators in the U.S. Senate. I attend a Southern Baptist Church. Need I say more?

Potato: Uh, I started doing a cooking series recently and potatoes came up. Potatoes are very popular. I get tired of fried potatoes so I'm always looking for ways to change things up. In this day and age of the Internet, it's simple to find a recipe. However, it's harder to find people who have experience with that particular recipe. That's where LiveJournal comes to the rescue!

God: I believe.


[livejournal.com profile] exrandu's choices
Education: Well, I've been fortunate in that I've had a lot of great teachers throughout my time in school. I hope to be an excellent educator myself one day.

Damnation: I'm pretty sure I'm doomed to fire and brimstone.

History: Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it. Those who study history are doomed to watch it repeat.

Philosophy: I've heard it said that philosophy is a road that leads to nowhere. I guess that's also why I've heard it said that the journey is more important than the destination.

Alchemy: My favorite book is Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist. It's an amazing book. I've also been called an alchemist in real life for my ability to charm people. Apparently I tend to make people laugh a lot with little effort.


[livejournal.com profile] kisekinotenshi's choices
Teaching: Teaching and learning are related. I've been inspired by many teachers in my life, and the one who has had the most effect is my senior AP English teacher from high school. Back then, I was not very confident in my writing and had trouble coming up with the right words. The slavedriver (that's what we nicknamed her) worked with me a lot and by the end of that class I had learned most of the tricks to become the writer I am now. That's how I want to be remembered by my students: The hardball who actually taught.

Geekery: Both my parents worked, leaving me to surf the Internet hours on end during the summer. So I did, and learned many geeky things. Also, I was one of the kids who sat outside during lunch because I didn't really fit in with any of the crowds. Turns out the rest of the group played MMORPG's, Magic: The Gathering, D&D and/or watched Star Wars, Star Trek, anime...

Anime: Robotech was my first anime and holds a special place in my heart, as I am a big fan of science fiction/mecha series. The best anime that few people have ever seen is Legend of the Galactic Heroes. LOGH was written by a historian and it shows in a four season, 110 episode arc. Many of my icons come from my favorite series, including Kare Kano, Irresponsible Captain Tylor, The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi, Record of Lodoss War, Slayers, and Read or Die.

Intelligence: I scored 120 on an IQ test one time, but my education classes have taught me there are several kinds of intelligence. Also, intelligence merely represents capacity. You still have to make use of it.

Star Trek: I grew up on The Next Generation. Data's my favorite character, and being a kid I actually kinda liked Wesley Crusher on the series. I liked the time loop episode, and I also liked the one episode where Wesley comes back from the Academy and they investigate an accident that took place. Eventually, I managed to catch episodes on the Internet and made sense of DS9 and Voyager.
greybeta: (LOGH - Yang Wenli)
The Council on Foreign Relations recently did an interview with Iranian analyst Karim Sadjadpour. I found it quite enlightening with regards to the internal politics of the revolution. Here's a good excerpt...

It's important to try and understand the worldview of Ali Khamenei. [He] has long believed that when you're under pressure, you should never compromise. Compromise projects weakness and will invite even more pressure.

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