Tags: silly blog-things

Facebook as real life

So I'm on Facebook now. I used to scoff at it, but once I tried it I found that I really like it. It allows for an easy back and forth with people close by and far away, the way something like LiveJournal does not. It has some of the spontaneous qualities of a message board, without the hysterical shouting and gnashing of teeth, or the constant demands to stay on topic.

That said, like any online social venue, it has its own host of absurdities.

This was sent to me by Mimi, an old friend of mine from New Orleans. Hilarious.

So I'm a radical liberal. Who knew?

I saw this meme on Jack Haringa's blog and thought it would be fun. The results are hardly surprising. The good thing about this particular online test is that, based on the results, you're provided with a bunch of links to political sites, essays, nonficton, and even science fiction novels that reflect your basic ethic.  So all in all not a total waste of time, unlike most of these memes.

20 great horror stories

There's a meme going around LiveJournal in which people list their top 20 favorite horror stories (or those they found to be the most influential). You can't cite the same author twice. Hmm. 

In no particular order:

1. "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor
2. "Dread" by Clive Barker
3. "The Monkey's Paw" by W.W. Jacobs
4. "The Two Sams" by Glen Hirshberg
5. "October in the Chair" by Neil Gaiman
6. "Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe
7. "Children of the Corn" by Stephen King
8. "The Dunwich Horror" by H.P. Lovecraft
9. "The Juniper Tree" by Peter Straub
10. "A Little Place Off Edgware Road" by Graham Greene
11. "This Is Now" by Michael Marshall Smith
12. "With Acknowledgments to Sun Tzu" by Brian Hodge
13. "The Windmill" by Conrad Williams
14. "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
15. "Gone" by P. Craig Russell and Mike Richardson
16. "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James
17. "Bright Segment" by Theodore Sturgeon
18. "Old Virginia" by Laird Barron
19. "My Father's Mask" by Joe Hill
20. "Delta Sly Honey" by Lucius Shepard

As incomplete as this list seems, the compiling of it made me page through a lot of old books, recall a lot of old stories, and relive a lot of wonderfully creepy nights. It reminded me of why I love horror fiction so much: they're spooky and fun ("Children of the Corn"), heartbreaking ("The Two Sams"), awful ("The Juniper Tree", "A Good Man is Hard to Find"), cathartic ("My Father's Mask"), and sometimes they're all at once ("October in the Chair"). This is a rich genre, full of beauty and serious intent, and I'm proud as hell to be working in it. 

0% herdlike, sheeple!

So, nballingrud, your LiveJournal reveals...

You are... 14% unique
(blame, for example, your interest in evil brains in jars)
and 0% herdlike.
When it comes to friends you are normal. In terms of the way you relate to people, you believe in give and take.

Your writing style (based on a recent public entry) is intellectual.

Your overall weirdness is: 38

(The average level of weirdness is: 30.
You are weirder than 75% of other LJers.)

Find out what your weirdness level is!

Okay, last one of these for a while. I promise. Blame benpeek for this one.