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1. which places would you like to travel to in your lifetime?
I would like to see Boston and area and San Francisco and area as cradles of knowledge in the disciplines I do. I'd like to travel across Saskatchewan at a leisurely pace, checking out Saskatoon and sleeping in bed and breakfasts and campgrounds. I'd like to see Victoria and skip stones in the Pacific. I'd like to see Mumbai and Perth, Australia, partly to soak up the commonwealthy vibes. Mumbai is another nerve centre of geekiness (and by the time I get there, I'll probably admire someone from there as much as some denizens of Boston and SF), and Perth would be a chance to see [livejournal.com profile] big_red_dave and family.
2. pick one thing you could have everyone on the planet do to help the environment
I think if everyone flatly refused to buy overpackaged stuff and opted for reusable whenever possible, we'd be a few steps ahead (and I think it'd be the kind of gesture that would get easier as demand changed what was available).
3. favorite kind ov cookie :)
Buttery oatmeal cookies, textureful not too sweet.
4. what was your second school option had you not gone into the one you did?
I only applied to one graduate program, but in undergrad my second choice was honours in statistics. Funny how things work out, eh?
5. top 5 movies ov all time
I'm terrible at ranking movies, and my rankings change all the time.
Five movies I've liked a lot for a reasonable amount of time: The Never-Ending Story, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2001: A Space Oddyssey, Silence of the Lambs and 21 Grams (possibly the most harrowing movie I've seen).

If, in a comment to this entry, I feel a question-me vibe, I will come up with five questions for you.

Also, I've been pecking away at creating one of those lists of 101 things to do in 1 001 days… but unfortunately my list-making skills are bad enough or my productivity is good enough that it's coming together slower than things get crossed off. I guess I won't try too hard to overtake my doing with my listing for a while.

Date: 2007-08-08 10:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] goddessofjoi.livejournal.com
I saw a girl at the grocery store yesterday actually unwrap all her vegetables from the saran-wrap-and-styrofoam packaging they were in an leave them with the cashier. It was pretty awesome. Sad that it had to be done at all, but awesome that she did it. I fucking hate styrofoam packaging.

Date: 2007-08-09 12:13 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] metawidget.livejournal.com
I don't know if you read [livejournal.com profile] electricland, but in the same vein she posted a link to this, which makes me think the universe wants me to think about stuff like that (after I finish my thesis).

Date: 2007-08-09 12:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] goddessofjoi.livejournal.com
ERK.
You were recommending a thought mapping app in one of your posts. I can't seem to find it. What was it? I just want to map out this website, and FreeMind LAGS like no one's business and I find it maddening.
What do you recommend?

Date: 2007-08-09 03:56 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] metawidget.livejournal.com
I used a graph (in the sense of connected blobs) application called GraphViz, where you describe how stuff fits together in a simple text file and it draws clean, readable maps of them. It's free, quite fast at rendering, and available for many OSes, but it does require you to figure out the (simple) language.

I can send you some good sample text files if you need some extra examples to get started.

Date: 2007-08-10 08:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] metawidget.livejournal.com
You will want to download and install from
HERE: http://www.pixelglow.com/graphviz/

…and then get the latest, greatest (stable) engine
HERE: http://www.ryandesign.com/graphviz/

…and then follow the patching instructions
HERE: http://www.ryandesign.com/graphviz/faq.php#gui

Then you will have the machine that does stuff like this:

Date: 2007-08-09 01:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gregorama.livejournal.com
I would be willing to accept a few queries.

Date: 2007-08-09 04:16 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] metawidget.livejournal.com
1. What's the strangest question ever asked of you in your accountant's capacity?
2. What event(s) inspired you to get your scales tattoo?
3. What's the secret message behind "mummified bear with a shark head"?
4. What will your retired life be like?
5. Explain your thoughts on shoes.

Happy Birthday!!!

Date: 2007-08-09 05:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ravi.livejournal.com
Hey, Happy birthday Eric! Hope you have an excellent one :)

Date: 2007-08-09 08:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] diatribein.livejournal.com
I just want to wish you a very Happy Birthday and hope you and E have a good night in celebration.

Date: 2007-08-10 03:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jdhorner.livejournal.com
happy birthday. :)

Date: 2007-08-11 03:59 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Happy (belated) birthday!

Date: 2007-08-11 03:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] guntar.livejournal.com
Whoops, forgot to sign in, sorry.

Date: 2007-08-11 04:00 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] metawidget.livejournal.com
I was just about to see what general area 67.70.107.x corresponded to…

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