Personal heros: Carl Sagan, Stan Laurel, Ray Bradbury, Jeremy Brett, Lee Van Cleef, John Lennon, Kurt Cobain (mostly cuz of his being a great songwriter), Jimmy Page (mostly cuz of his musical arrangements & experimentation)
Fave musical genres: Folk, Industrial, New Wave, Dark Wave, Classic Rock, Alternative, Surf Punk, Classical (esp. Choral works)
Fave bands/musical artists: Donovan, Devo, The Cure, Ministry, 1000 Homo DJs, Nirvana, The Dandy Warhols, Alice in Chains, Depeche Mode, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The B-52's, The Slickee Boys, L7, Front 242, R.E.M., Filter, Noise Level 9, The Mono Men, Foo Fighters, The Beatles
Bands/musical artists I've seen (in no particular order): Led Zeppelin (1-2 x), Pink Floyd (2x), Joni Mitchell, Ravi Shankar, The Pretenders (1-2x), Sweet 75 (2x), John Sebastian, The Tragically Hip (1-2 x), The Dandy Warhols (1-2 x), Foo Fighters (2-3x), Ministry (4x), Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Front 242, Morphine, The Donnas, L7 (3x), Devo (4x), Phillip Glass, Pere Ubu, The Slickee Boys (numerous x), Donovan (3x), Tiny Desk Unit, The Painkillers, My Favorite Martian (2x), Judy Collins, Hole (2x), Depeche Mode, Boston, David Bowie, Orbital, John Paul Jones (2-3 x), Muddy Waters, Cab Calloway, The Screaming Trees, The B-52's, The Clash, Filter, The Insect Surfers (2-3 x), Black 47 (2-3 x), X, Concrete Blonde (2x), Sleater-Kinney, Churn (2x), Cycle Sluts from Hell, The Melvins, Beck, Cypress Hill, Rage Against the Machine, Sonic Youth (2x), El Vez, The Jesus Lizard, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Elastica, The Violent Femmes, The Ramones, Ween, The Young Dubliners (4-5 x), The Beatnik Flies, Groovie Ghoulies, Razz, Howling Mad, dEUS, Gary Numan (2x), Tom Waits, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes, The Chemical Brothers (2x), Folk Implosion, Ottley, Stabbing Westward, The Hula Monsters, Rhodes Tavern Troubadours, Jimmie's Chicken Shack, Laurie Anderson, Fugazi
Bands/musical artists I think I've seen, but don't remember the form of the name, am not sure, etc. (in no particular order): Johnny Winter & his White Trash Band, The Rescue, Nico & the Velvet Underground, Johnny Thunder/The New York Dolls, Frank Zappa/The Mothers of Invention, Soundgarden, Color Me Gone, Man or Astroman?, The Fleshtones, Southern Culture on the Skids, Dr. Moog, The Ubangis, Mary Prankster, A Flock of Seagulls, Sting and/or The Police, The Mission UK, Ray Davies, Frank Black, Ruthie & the Wranglers, Color Me Gone, The Rescue, The Queers
Bands/musical artists I want to/wish that I'd seen: John Lennon, Nirvana, The Cure, Alice in Chains, The Bongos, The Yardbirds, Nine Inch Nails, Jethro Tull, The Mamas And The Papas, Radiohead, R.E.M., Kraftwerk, Billy Bragg, Marshall Keith, The Verve, The Beach Boys, The Verve Pipe (or The Verve-- which ever one had the bitchin guitarist & played 'Live at Leeds' or similar)
Songs to die for (in no particular order): "The Song of Wandering Aengus" & "The Lullaby of Spring" & "Queen Mab" & "The Little White Road" & "The Road" & "The Magpie" & "The Seller of Stars" & "Summer Day Reflection Song" & "Sand and Foam" by Donovan, "Green" & "Bohemian Like You" & "Godless" & "You Were The Last High" & "Get Off" by The Dandy Warhols, "S.I.B. (Swelling Itching Brain)" & "Come Back Jonee" & "Gut Feeling" & "Goin' Under" & "Don't You Know" & "Blockhead" by Devo, "The Order of Death" by Public Image Limited, 'Theme from "The Tamarind Seed"' by John Barry, "Insomnia" by Faithless (best bridge in the world), "The Walk" (best intro. in the world) & "A Night Like This" by The Cure, "Tears" by The Chameleons UK, "The World Turns All Around Her" by The Byrds, "Twelwe Thirty" by The Mamas & The Papas, "Lucky" & "Exit Music (For a Film)" by Radiohead, "All Come True" by World Party, "Andy Warhol" by David Bowie, "Gallow's Pole" by Led Zeppelin, "Sossity (You're a Woman) by Jethro Tull, "Misunderstood" by The Slickee Boys, "Big Bang Baby" by The Stone Temple Pilots, "Heroin Girl" by Everclear (OMG, great!), "Lose Control" by Color Me Gone, "Love Is The Slug" by Fuzzbox, "The Nature of Love (Cruelty mix)" by Ministry, "Quiche Lorraine" & "Private Idaho" by The B-52's, "Halo" by Depeche Mode, "Detatchable Penis" by King Missle, "Talkbox" by L7, "On the Edge" by Hole, "Because" & "Eleanor Rigby" & "I Want to Hold Your Hand" & "Money (That's What I Want)" by The Beatles, "What I Like About You}" by The Romantics, "Lucky Man (Happiness More or Less)" by The Verve, "Last Dance With Mary Jane" by Tom Petty, "Famous Blue Raincoat" by Leonard Cohen, "Levi Stubb's Tears" by Billy Bragg, "Numbers with Wings" by The Bongos, "Are Friends Electric?" by Gary Numan and the Tubeway Army; Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don't Stop) by Man Parrish; "(It's Not Me) Talking" & "Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)" by A Flock of Seagulls, "Petrol" by Orbital, "Rerun Time" by Front 242, "Warm Leatherette" by The Normal (at one point, I wanted this played at my funeral), "Sonambulist" & "Senses Working Overtime" by XTC, "Don't Stand So Close to Me (1986)" & "Message in a Bottle" by The Police, "Back on the Chain Gang" by The Prentenders, "Run and Run" by The Psychedelic Furs", "Major Tom (Coming Home)" by Peter Schilling, "I Love You" by Yello, "Mad World" & "Change" & "Pale Shelter" by Tears For Fears, "Licorice John" & "A Salty Dog" by Procol Harum, "New Year's Day" by U2, "Going Down to Liverpool" by The Bangles, "Hyacinth Girl" by Winter Hours, "Don't Be Denied" by Neil Young
All-time fave song: "The Song of Wandering Aengus" by Donovan
Favorite classical music composers: Bach, Erik Satie, Chopin, Handel
Favorite opera piece: L'Elisir d'Amore: Una Furtiva Lagrima by Gaetano Donizetti
Fave quote: "Love is a wind that screams." by Richard Barone of The Bongos; and how can we forget, "My hovercraft is full of eels." by Monty Python
Favorite poem: 'The Stolen Child' by William Butler Yeats
Favorite painter: John William Waterhouse (Pre-Raphaelite/Symbolist school); I also like Rossetti, Maxfield Parrish, Magritte, & Renoir
Fave authors: Ray Bradbury, Eric Frank Russell, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Fave books: The Complete Sherlock Holmes, just about anything by Ray Bradbury
Books I've read (in no particular order): Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare; All Flesh is Grass by Clifford D. Simak; Something Wicked This Way Comes & The Martian Chronicles & S is for Space & R is for Rocket & The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury; Men, Martians and Machines by Eric Frank Russell; 1984 by George Orwell, October the First is Too Late by Fred Hoyle, Relativity for the Millions by Martin Gardner, Johnny Get Your Gun
All-time fave book (I think): Men, Martians and Machines by Eric Frank Russell
Fave animals: cats, bunnies, squirrels, hamsters, mice, horses, dogs
Fave birds: parrots, love birds, song sparrow, crow, mockingbird, cedar waxwing
Fave flowers to grow: roses, pansies, zinnias, marigolds, Icelandic poppies, peonies, snapdragons, wildflowers
Fave vegetables to grow: tomatoes, corn, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, lettuce
Fave foods: Avocados, shrimp, choclate, garlic w/ just about anything, sushi, cheese enchiladas, chile rellenos, Nestle crunches, steak, trout, salmon, raisinettes
Favorite instrument to play: piano, followed closely by violin & acoustic guitar
Instruments I want to learn: cello, bagpipes, drums, bass
Favorite choral works: St. Matthew's Passion by Bach & The Messiah by Handel
My personality type (Myers-Briggs): INTP
Things I don't care for, or at least am neutral about (in no particular order): jazz, reggae, heavy metal (tho I like Industrial), The Silence of the Lambs, Contact (the movie), Billy Holiday (I find her voice irritating; I like Etta Jones much better)
Things I really dislike: aging, death, depression, mean people, unfair people, people w/ no sense of honor, dishonesty, smoking, Bush II, the Iraq War, the U.S. gov't's lack of participation in the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, lack of National Health Care in the U.S., most sports, most country music, most rap
Quests in ilfe: For everyone in the world to have one of those blue globe thingies on their front lawns, for everyone to have a lawn, for everyone to have a home; for me to have a home and garden (with a blue globe, pink flamingos, & lots of birdhouses); to be able to make ends meet, for me to somehow find a job (hopefully fulfilling) I can do in spite of my various disabilites; to be in a zombie movie like "Night of the Living Dead", only not filmed in Pennsylvania but in Maryland (only cuz I grew up there & the landscape is similar; somehow must incorporate the eerie '17 year locust' sounds); to finish learning to play Chopin's 'Ballade No. 4', to finish learning to play Erik Satie's Gnossienne No. 3', to find the perfect mocha coffee drink-- the best I have found thus far is Wawa's 'Double Cappuccino', to grow an avocado tree, to visit the redwoods again, to someday meet Ray Bradbury and Christopher Eccleston, to somehow turn back the clock and be pain-free and 'drop-dead gorgeous' again (tho the 2nd doesn't matter much), to get my PhD in archaeology, geo-archaeology, or archaeometry and/or get a 2nd Master's in geology or paleontology, and maybe a course in musical composition; to visit Mars, to pilot my own little spacehip in and around various beautiful nebulae, to make a film of flying in and around various beautiful nebulae, to live in London for a year or two, to be able to write a very cool Sci Fi story like Eric Frank Russell and/or Ray Bradbury, to be able to write poetry like Yeats, to bring my Grammom back to life again (this one makes me almost cry), to see my Great Aunt Bella again, to meet my Italian Grandfather, to somehow bring my Dad back and have a good yell at him for all the bad things he did to me and then forgive and embrace him (that one really does make me cry), to bring back all my Scottish and Irish relatives and ask them what it was like to live through (or die) during the Irish Famine, for one of my Scottish relatives to teach me how to play the bagpipes, to finally find my Great Great Grandfather's grave in Dundee, to find my Great Grandfather's grave somewhere in Scotland, to find out if Stan Laurel's Dad and my Great Grandfather knew each other (one worked and one lived on the same street and probably drank at the same pub on that same street in Glasgow), to figure out how not to live my life on my sleeve-- maybe get a tatoo and wear it on my arm instead, ha-ha (there's a song in there somewhere)
Please Make A Donation If You Wish...
As I mentioned, I am disabled. I became so as a result of doing archaeology as a Site Supervisor for a site in Ireland. I hurt my back, which has become progressively worse until now I am basically bed-bound. I was considered inoperable in 2002; more recently there have been new developments in back surgery, but these are still in the experimental stage. (I knew a fellow archaeologist who was similarly injured & became paralyzed as a result of his operation.) It is possible I could get an operation for my lower back, though my upper back is also very bad due to several car accidents. I do have Medicare, which pays for medication & for visits to my general doctor, & if I can have an operation, Medicare (I believe) will pay for that. But even getting updated MRIs & X-Rays would cost me co-payments which I cannot afford because of how little disability pays. I worked for 19 years as an archaelogist before hurting my back. I have been trying for years to find some kind of work which I can do on computer from my bed, but have found nothing. Since I was injured 'in the line of duty', as it were, contributing to world culture, I feel that I am justified in asking for donations. So, I am trying out this PayPal button, which would enable kind people to make donations if they wish. (I also am using an option which enables folks to leave a note if they wish with their donation). Thank you in advance, Kind Strangers!
|You Belong in London|
A little old fashioned, and a little modern.
A little traditional, and a little bit punk rock.
A unique soul like you needs a city that offers everything.
No wonder you and London will get along so well.
| You scored as Jean Luc Picard. You are intellgent and introspective. You like spending quiet time reading or listening to music. You are a natural leader who prefers diplomacy to war.|
Which Star Trek: the Next Generation character are you?
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