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Getting through this year happened to mean I've accumulated ten years' worth of posts to this journal. Some months short of that early in the year, though, the steady routine of coming up with still more posts seemed to become enough that I started up a "Tumblr" with the thought it just might provide an easy source of post-like substitutes. After a little while of that, however, inspiration seemed readier to hand again; I haven't stopped lining up covers of old computer magazines elsewhere, though, even as I put together another look back at the first line of the first post of each month.
A year in twelve sentences )
See you in the new year!
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We've made it to the end of another year, and once again I'm looking back to quote the first sentence from the first post of each month of my journal. There were times this year I followed some discussions on Twitter (broken into chunks and always ephemeral), other times I looked at Tumblrs (although the sense of recycling pictures someone else has made up without being able to actually discuss them does seem strong there), and other times I just daydreamed about the "proper" environs of Wordpress and Typepad, but with all the years piled up here it's not always easy to think about relocating. In any case, some of my first sentences were more elaborate than others...
A year in twelve sentences )
See you in the new year!
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With another year drawing to a close, once more I'm quoting the first sentence of the first post of each month of it. As my Livejournal friends list gets awfully quiet and my Dreamwidth reading list continues to not have very many people on it, there are times, partway through certain weeks, where I do feel like I'm pushing a familiar boulder in a familiar direction, and having seen one member of my friends list shift towards the more upscale environs of Wordpress this year I can wonder if I'm "doing things halfway" and should either try and post somewhere where people might actually comment or just dust my hands together with relief. At the same time, the site structure around here certainly makes it easy to delve back into my own content.
A year in twelve sentences )
See you in the new year!
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We've made it through another year, and once again I'm closing it out by taking the first sentence from the first post of each month. Where in years before I had tried to write a post in between each episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 commented on, this year I was trying to write a post every week, just to say I had. I managed to work the numbers assigned to each new post above two hundred thousand, which feels like sort of an accomplishment. Managing that much, though, does sometimes leave me thinking I've slugged away at this long enough and I can "retire," unnoticed yet without personal reproach. I can shake that thought off other times, though.
A year in twelve sentences )
See you in the new year!
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I wondered a bit about my end-of-year habit of going back to the first sentence of the first post for each month in my journal given how I had just taken advantage of the chance to get a free account with Dreamwidth, if for no more involved reason than because I could, and managed to import everything I had posted to it. However, when I started collecting the sentences I went back to my old journal, and in any case I still have every intention of continuing to crosspost to it (and to keep my friends list there intact) for as long as I can.
A year in twelve sentences... )
See you in the new year!
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It's been a while since I had a survey to fill out, but after noticing [livejournal.com profile] selenak take this one I decided to try it as well. The actual list of science fiction and fantasy books came, so far as I've heard, from NPR, but already seems to have generated discussion about alternatives to go with the muttering about who and how was choosing and ordering. I suppose that's always going to happen.
The rules and the list within )
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Once again, I'm keeping up the experiment (which I have just seen other people trying) of going back to the first sentence of the first post for each month in the year. As for what might be a bigger "personal experiment," while being put back on shift has sort of meant I'm not updating my journal as often as I used to, I'm still managing to plug away.
A year in twelve sentences... )
See you in the new year!
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As part of checking different journals this morning, I noticed several people (starting with [livejournal.com profile] selenak) analysing their writing, and thought I'd try it out too. The first thing I dropped into the input box was my most recent journal post, and it returned "Dan Brown." As with other people who got that, my instantaneous reaction was to feel a little mortified, for all that it seems one hundred percent an inherited-through-hearsay feeling... Then, I put in two somewhat longer posts, got "H.P. Lovecraft" both times, and felt a bit better. However, there does seem to be a bit of a "feed in bits of different writing, and get completely different results" feel to the analyser: working with various chunks of actual fiction I've written (if as a completely personal indulgence), I got "Isaac Asimov," "Stephen King," "H.G. Wells," and "Vladimir Nabokov" in succession.

Then, the thought of being really clever came to me. I have a text file of H.P. Lovecraft's writing (from Project Gutenberg Australia), and I dropped in the first four paragraphs of "The Call of Cthulhu"... and the analyser returned "Vladimir Nabokov." The opening paragraphs of "The Colour Out of Space" returned "Ernest Hemingway." A little worried by now, I tried the first paragraphs of "The Dunwich Horror" and finally got "H.P. Lovecraft." Of course, it's no doubt just meant as harmless fun, and I did happen to look at the link to the journalling software this is promoting, so it even seems to have accomplished its purpose.
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To finish the year off, I'm going back to the first sentence of the first post for each month. It was in this year that the numbering on my posts passed the six-digit mark, and I suppose that does mean just a little to me.
A year in twelve sentences... )
See you in the new year, and let's see what we can do to make the next ten years better.
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Right when I was starting to wonder what I could post on this week, I managed to pick up on another book survey... the list seemed somehow familiar and yet not, so I started filling it out.
The list )
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With another full year of journalling behind me, I'm going to try something that I thought of twelve months ago again, taking the first sentence from the first post of each month just to see what I get.
A year in twelve sentences... )
See you in the new year!
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Right when I was wondering what I could post about to go in between looks at Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes, [livejournal.com profile] ladyaeryn came to the rescue. Of course, to some extent it does reveal my broad stretches of cultural illiteracy...

100 Top Grossing Movies (adjusted for inflation)
The movies follow... )
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(taken from [livejournal.com profile] ladyaeryn)

"Someone" reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they’ve printed. It's not the Big Read though -- they don't publish books, and they've only featured these books so far. In any event...
1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2)
Italicize those you started but did not finish.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own blog so we can try and track down these people who’ve read 6 or less and force books upon them

The books )
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Although not inspired by anything I've seen on my friends page in the past few days, or indeed by anything I've seen on any other journal in that time, I've decided to look back on my first set of January-to-December postings and put down the first sentence of the first post of each month, to see if I can draw any grand conclusions from it.
A year in twelve sentences... )
See you in the new year!
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(lifted from [livejournal.com profile] dragonscholar. I have to admit, this quiz came in handy when I thought it was getting about time to add a new post but couldn't think of what to bend some time towards...)

I am:
Isaac Asimov
One of the most prolific writers in history, on any imaginable subject. Cared little for art but created lasting and memorable tales.


Which science fiction writer are you?


I have indeed read a fair bit of Isaac Asimov, although I suppose I could critique the Foundation series to some small extent when viewed on any level above "thought experiment..."
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(Taken from [livejournal.com profile] reihla)

This is a list of the 50 most significant science fiction/fantasy novels, 1953-2002, according to the Science Fiction Book Club.
Bold the ones you've read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put an asterisk beside the ones you loved.


The List

1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov*
3. Dune, Frank Herbert
4. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
5. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
6. Neuromancer, William Gibson
7. Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
9. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
12. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
13. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
14. Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
15. Cities in Flight, James Blish
16. The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
17. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
18. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
19. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
20. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
21. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
22. Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
24. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman*
25. Gateway, Frederik Pohl
26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling (the Canadian version is still "the Philosopher's Stone")
27. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
28. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
29. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
31. Little, Big, John Crowley
32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny*
33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon*
36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
37. On the Beach, Nevil Shute
38. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
39. Ringworld, Larry Niven
40. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys (I actually read the original short-story version of this book.)
41. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
43. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson*
44. Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester*
46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
49. Timescape, Gregory Benford
50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer

Thirty-two out of fifty, with five "partials"... not too bad, I guess. One thing that does strike me about the list is how many of the books that I've read that have sequels... and how I very frequently burn out on those sequels.

I did see this list a while before on someone else's journal. Declaring the fantasy books to be a marketing ploy, he revised it to be heavier on SF. It was far enough back that I don't know quite where to find that new list, though.

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