Tuesday, 27 July 2010

The Queen's Meme #46 ~ The Song Lyrics Meme

To avoid getting thrown into a dungeon, here's my answers to this week's Queen's Meme

This week Queen Mimi has used a random word generator to find some words, and our job is to find a song that uses this word either in the title or lyrics. Here we go.

1. Want

I'll go for Avril Lavigne's punky "I Always Get What I Want" which neatly manages to sum up my niece's whole philosophy of life. I could only find live versions of it on YouTube so apologies in advance for the sound quality and dodgy camera work.

2. hell

It's got to be Meat Loaf's "Bat Out Of Hell", just because I loved the album as a teenager.

3. smack

I can only think of Prodigy's Smack Your Bitch Up, and I'm not even sure how that song goes or if it's got lyrics, so I'll pass on this one.

4. ugly

I'll go for "Ugly" by The Sugababes, which has a similar theme to Christina Aguillera's "Beautiful", despite having a diametrically-opposite title.

5. beast

I'll go for the obvious choice; the theme from my favourite animated Disney film, Beauty and the Beast.

6. Romeo

I'm tempted to go for Voice of the Beehive's frothy poppy "I'm Shooting Cupid", with its lines "Romeo and Juliet, Anthony and Cleopatra, Adam and Eve, would have been much better off if you'd left them all alone".

On the other hand, B A Robertson's "To Be Or Not To Be" has the audacity to rhyme Romeo with homey-o and also probably doesn't feature on many memes these days.

7. God

I'll go for XTC's "Dear God". Great song, great video (which I'm sure I must have posted on my blog before).

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Sunday Stealing: Meme Of Many Odd Questions, Part Three

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45. Favorite color?


46. Have you ever slapped someone?

Only in a give-me-five sort of way.

47. Is your hair curly?

Some of it is, but only in the curl up and die kind of way.

48. What was the last CD you bought?

According to Amazon, it was "I Tould You I Was Freaky" by Flight of the Conchords (that wasn't quite the last CD I bought, but I'm too embarrassed to mention the Glee soundtrack CD).

49. Do looks matter?

Yes, otherwise designers would be out of a job.

50. Could you ever forgive a cheater?

It depends what they cheated at.

51. Is your phone bill sky high?


52. Do you like your life right now?

Yes, though it gets way way better in September when my girlfriend's visiting me.

53. Do you sleep with the TV on?

Only when I fall asleep in front of it, which is quite often.

54. Can you handle the truth?

It depends what the truth is. If it's that this meme has a part four then probably not.

55. Do you have good vision?

I assume so, since I've never needed glasses.

56. Do you hate or dislike more than 3 people?

I do if I'm behind them in a queue.

57. How often do you talk on the phone?

Quite often if I'm at work, since customers do so like to moan; not much outside of work though, hence the low phone bill.

58. The last person you held hands with?

My groovy girlfriend Lynette.

59. What are you wearing?

A grey shirt with lots of pens in the pocket, and a pair of blue jeans.

60. What is your favourite animal?

I've no idea. Maybe a dragon.

61. Where was your favorite picture taken at?

The only one I've got on display is one of me with my girlfriend, and that was taken outside her house in Delaware.

62. Can you hula hoop?

Not in the least.

63. Do you have a job?

Yes, I mess about with computers.

64. What was the most recent thing you bought?


65. Have you ever crawled through a window?

No, I've been through a window, but never while crawling. I'm guessing that the number of people who've actually crawled through a window in pretty low; maybe only the meme writer.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

The Queen's Meme #45 ~ The What Would You Do Meme

To avoid getting thrown into a dungeon, here's my answers to this week's Queen's Meme

1. You start out on your road trip. You are 90 miles down the road with not a care in the world until you remember you forgot the most important ingredient needed for your vacation. What was it and would you turn around and go back to get it?

Oh no, I've forgotten my girlfriend, and since she's the one of us who can drive, I'm not sure if I'll be even able to turn around. Better step on the brake, oh wait, that's the accelerator; aaaarggghhhh!

2. You are standing in the checkout line at the grocery store. A homeless man walks by and asks for food from your grocery cart. What would you do?

Why's he asking for it before I've bought it? If he takes it now and walks out that'll count as theft. I'd probably explain this to him at such dull pedantic length he'd wander off and choose someone else's food (which will no doubt be a lot nutritionally healthier for him than mine).

3. The mailman delivers the wrong mail. It is your neighbor's. You can't stand your neighbor. You realize that inside the small brown package there must be something very secretive, very intriguing and possibly incriminating. What do you do?

I give it to my neighbor. I might not be able to stand them but that's no reason to open their mail. Besides it might actually be a lethal trap that the neighbor's set up, just knowing that I'd want to open it.

4. Photography Class 101. First exam. The slide show you are presenting is the wrong one. You accidentally left last weekend's party pics in the camera instead. The whole class is watching....

I'd swap the slides back to the correct ones once the class fell asleep. My party pics were pretty dull it has to be said, though forgetting to take the lens cap off improved them no end.

5. You find your boss's wife on Facebook. She is obviously carrying on with another man in blatant fashion and behind his back. What is the first thing that pops into your head when you see your boss the next day at work?

It depends if I'm the man she's carrying on with.

6. Your plane lands in the wrong vacation spot but you like this one better.

I see what the plane people decide. I don't want to anger the rest of the passengers or have the plane abandon me there. Plus I've already booked the hotel elsewhere. It's not as if I can't remember where the neat new place is and go there again sometime.

7. You walk out of the doctor's office. The news after your yearly checkup is very very good but the news for the person you'd been sitting beside and chatting with in the waiting room is very very bad. You see them in the elevator on the way out and they are in tears. You.....

Comfort them, talk to them, try to figure out whether their surname's similar to mine and there hasn't been some hilarious medical mix-up. Maybe I should also have checked whatever they've got isn't contagious.

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Sunday Stealing: Meme Of Many Odd Questions, Part Two

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23. Do you rent movies often?

No, never.

24. Is there anything sparkly in the room you're in?

Nothing sparkling here, except for my wit.

25. How many countries have you visited?


26. Have you made a prank phone call?

Only once when I was a kid, and it wasn't my idea. It wasn't very funny, so if the recipient's reading this I apologise for that.

27. Ever been on a train?

Loads of times. Usually twice a week.

28. Brown or white eggs?

Green, with ham.

29. Do you have a cell-phone?

Two; one from work, and a decent up-to-date one.

30. Do you use Chap Stick?

I've been known to.

31. Do you own a gun?

No, thankfully doing so is illegal over here.

32. Can you use chop sticks?

Yes, but only for dropping chinese food.

33. Who are you going to be with tonight?

I'll be all by myself.

34. Are you too forgiving?

Yes, at times.

35. Ever been in love?

I am at the moment, more than I've ever been.

36. What is your best friend(s) doing tomorrow (or the next soonest week day)?

It's top secret, and if I told you I'd have to kill you. Or maybe I just don't know.

37. Ever have cream puffs?

I don't think so, but I'm not sure exactly what they are.

38. Last time you cried?

Didn't I answer this same question three weeks ago? If so, then my answer's still the same.

39. What was the last question you asked?

That would be "Didn't I answer this same question three weeks ago?".

40. Favorite time of the year?


41. Do you have any tattoos?

Yes, I have thousands of diminutive manservants in white suits who all shout "Ze plane, ze plane!"

42. Are you sarcastic?

That has to be the most rhetorical question ever. Yes, I am, ever so slightly.

43. Have you ever seen The Butterfly Effect?

No, but if a butterfly had flapped its wings then I might have done.

44. Ever walked into a wall?

No, but I've walked into a lamp post and into the extremely clean glass wall of a bus shelter.

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Sunday Stealing: Meme Of Many Odd Questions, Part One

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1. First thing you wash in the shower?

I'm guessing my hair, since that's the first thing the water hits.

2. What color is your favorite hoodie?

I've not got a hoodie, let alone a favourite one.

3. Would you kiss the last person you kissed again?

Yes, endlessly.

4. Do you plan outfits?

If I do, my plan always fails.

5. How are you feeling RIGHT now?

A bit tired, if you must know, and I'm still only five questions into this meme.

6. What's the closest thing to you that's red?

My lips.

7. Tell me about the last dream you remember having?

I can't remember much about it. I was at a Willy Wonka based theme park (not sure if it was the opening) and that's about all I remember, sorry. I'm fairly sure I didn't have anything bad happen to me (getting stuck in a tube, being a bad egg, going into a TV screen) but I'm fairly sure I didn't get to own the place either.

8. Did you meet anybody new today?

A few shop assistants and a guy delivering pizzas, but our conversations never got particularly deep. Having said that, I'll probably be seeing the pizza guy again.

9. What are you craving right now?

My girlfriend.

10. Do you floss?


11. What comes to mind when I say cabbage?

That old feature in Mad magazine, Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions.

12. Are you emotional?

I can be, but not often.

13. Have you ever counted to 1,000?

Yeah, that was one long game of hide and seek.

14. Do you bite into your ice cream or just lick it?

Probably a mixture.

15. Do you like your hair?

Yeah, I keep begging with it not to leave me.

16. Do you like yourself?

More than my hair seems to.

17. Would you go out to eat with George W. Bush?

If he was paying, sure.

18. What are you listening to right now?

Due to the paucity of TV programmes on at the moment, thanks to the World Cup, my mum's been reduced to watching opera (pretty much a first). At the moment, Placido Domingo's singing the lyrics "I hear the voice of eternity" in Italian (I'm guessing it's Italian).

19. Are your parents strict?

My mum's totally unstrict. I'm not sure about my father since I rarely encounter him.

20. Would you go sky diving?

Only against my will.

21. Do you like cottage cheese?

No, I'm fairly apathetic about it (I prefer normal cheese).

22. Have you ever met a celebrity?

I briefly met Dawn Acton, who used to appear as Tracy Barlow on Snoop Dogg's favourite UK soap Coronation Street, when she was DJ-ing at the Fab Cafe in Manchester. As is the way with soaps, her character was now played by another actress, so I told her she was the best Tracy Barlow (as indeed she was, my drunken words not being merely drunken words). Another time I was there, I looked up from my drink to see the surreal sight of two Tracy Barlows sitting there, as the new Tracy Barlow actress had popped in to say hello to the old one.

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Sunday Stealing: The Eighty Meme, Part Two

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23. Are your days fast-paced?


24. What did you do last night?

My nephew came to stay the night, so I messed about with him installing and playing computer games a lot.

25. Do you use sarcasm?

I'm floating in a pool of sarcasm.

26. How old will you be turning on your next birthday?

Older than dirt.

27. Are you picky about spelling and grammar?

Yes, though it helps since I'm an editor over at a DC comics fanfiction site.

28. Do you get along better with the same sex or the opposite sex?

About equal; I don't get along with anyone.

29. Do you watch the news?

Not usually.

30. How did you get one of your scars?

I cut one of my arms on a broken milk bottle, though I was too young at the time to remember it.

31. Who was the last person to make you mad?

Probably myself.

32. What is the last big thing you purchased?

That would be a trampoline, which I bought for my niece's birthday yesterday. I suspect she'll be bored of it by now.

33. Who would you want to be tied to for 24 hours?

I'd say my girlfriend, but 24 hours just isn't long enough.

34. What is a rumour someone has spread about you?

Big Al, who I work with, was telling people I was going to get married in Las Vegas at the New Year.

35. What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator?

It would depend on who I was stuck in the elevator with.

36. T or F: All’s fair in love and war?

F; otherwise crimes of passion and war crimes wouldn't be classified as crimes.

37. Do you know how to use some words correctly, but not know the meaning?

If I didn't know the meaning, how would I know if I was using them correctly?

38. Do you know which US states don’t use Daylight Savings Time?

I'm not even sure which US states use daylight.

39. Do you want a bright yellow ‘06 mustang?

Wow, yes, I've always wanted one of those.

40. What’s something you’ve always wanted?

A bright yellow '06 mustang?

41. Would you rather swim in the ocean or a lake?

I'd go for a lake, since there'd be less chance of being swept out to sea or being eaten by a shark.

42. Do you wear a lot of black?

I do sometimes.

43. Describe your hair:

It's sort of mousy and grey and runaway (and, in parts, ranaway).

44. Where is/are your best friend(s)?

They're probably at home now. If not, they'll be out somewhere.