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Poll: Which Science Fiction Writer Are You?

December 28th, 2002

[Isaac Asimov]Brian (of the Friday Group Therapy fame) also maintains a separate weblog in which he recently blogged about the “Which Science Fiction Writer Are You?” quiz/poll (which he got via The Gamer’s Nook)

This quiz shows you which popular sci-fi author you are most like (again, no scientific evidence behind it) from the choice of: Isaac Asimov, Alfred Bester, Arthur C. Clarke, David Brin, Octavia E. Butler, Philip Jose Farmer, Gregory Benford, Frank Herbert, Samuel R. Delany, Jerry Pournelle, Mickey Spillane, Ursula LeGuin, Stanislaw Lem, William Gibson, Olaf Stapledon, Philip K. Dick, Hal Clement, Robert A. Heinlein, E.E. “Doc” Smith, James Tiptree Jr, Jules Verne, Kurt Vonnegut, H.G. Wells, Cordwainer Smith, Ayn Rand and John Brunner.

Out of all of those I’ve read some of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, one not-very-scifish book by William Gibson and I’m a big fan of Arthur C. Clarke, the late Douglas Adams (who wasn’t included in the list) and the late Isaac Asimov.

Anyway – the quiz decided that I’m most like Isaac (“You are: Isaac Asimov -One of the most prolific writers in history, on any imaginable subject. Cared little for art but created lasting and memorable tales.”) – so I’m quite happy with that conclusion 🙂

The quiz is Javascript based and the disclaimer in the source code shows how accurately you should interpret the results: “Generally speaking, the answers that I attach to each writer should not be construed as necessarily accurate or factual. When I have no idea what the right answer is, I just make one up.”

Friday Group Therapy: Winter Activities

December 28th, 2002

[Leather Couch]Yep, it’s Friday Group Therapy time for me again!

This weeks questions are about Winter stuff/activities.

  1. What is your favourite winter activity?
    It’s taken me around 5 minutes to think of something: but I guess walking through crisp, clean, bright white snow and hearing the soft crunch of the snow underfoot is one of the most enjoyable.
  2. What is your least favourite winter activity?
    Walking through mushed up, brown semi-melted snow. Slipping on the ice. Being cold.
  3. What was your favourite winter activity as a child?
    Making snowmen and sledging down Croft Hill or through Bradgate Park.

» Read more: Friday Group Therapy: Winter Activities

Game: Psychedelic Pong

December 28th, 2002

[Psychedelic Pong]I had honestly believed that I had already found most Pong! sites out there, but that was before I came across Psychedelic Pong.

You simply control both bats using your mouse and have just got to bounce the ball between the two bats 76 times (yep, it has got a “target”). But the background keeps on changing color/colours and the ball keeps on appearing to move “backwards and forwards” and the strange music makes it a little bit difficult. Plus, once you loose a ball (you start with 5), the next ball resumes in the middle at the same speed at the one you lost – making it very easy to lose 3 balls in succession.

I’ve managed to score 57 so far (28 with the same ball), but I’m going to try and complete it…

Net: Esure’s Home Insurance

December 28th, 2002

[Esure]I’ve just been over at the Esure site looking at home insurance prices, and I noticed the following disclaimer:

I or any member of my family living permanently with me or any joint named policyholder have not:…
* got one of the following occupations: actor, actress or presenter in films, stage, TV or radio; music or other performing arts; professional sportsperson including trainers and managers; non UK armed forces diplomatic staff; or connected with gaming, nightclubs, circuses, fairgrounds, amusements, street trading, scrap waste, second hand dealing, jewellery or antique dealing, licensed premises

Wow! Does that mean that even if you sell old CD’s via Ebay (which would be “second hand dealing”) you wouldn’t be eligable for their insurance?

Have you come across any “strange” disclaimers/conditions like that?

Joke: Cat’s Letter To Dog

December 28th, 2002

[Cat Swearing]

“Dear Dog,
I am sorry that you were sent to the pound for the broken lamp that you did not break, for the missing fish that you did not eat and for the wet carpet that you did not wet.

Things at the house are a lot calmer now and to show you that I have no hard feelings, I am sending you this picture so that you’ll always remember me.

Your Friend,
The Cat

(if you don’t get it, click on the picture and look carefully)

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