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Well, not surprising as I was raised by people from Ohio and Colorado.
You have a Midland accent )
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Occasionally it will happen that I'm perusing my livejournal friend's list and will see a bunch of people have posted some details of books based on some criteria that varies with the season and what's hot at that moment. You probably know the posts I'm talking about: "guess the book from the fifth sentence", or "what books have you read involving rutabagas", or "guess the book from haikus about the plot", or the latest, "guess the book from what Amazon says are the statistically improbable phrases".

Anyway, I always feel a bit left out here: first off, my brain is not organized in the fashion that lets me pull a book out of a phrase, even assuming I've read the book at all recently. Secondly, lately I'm doing a lot of reading that wouldn't show up on those lists. Specifically, reading to Katherine. Often, reading the same book over and over again until I have it memorized.

So here's a book meme for parents and others acquainted (voluntarily or not) with current childrens' books:
Post an identifying sentence or two from 10 (or so) childrens' books that you've read recently. Challenge your friends! Mock those non-parents you know when they miss an obvious one!
So, in no particular order:

  1. Look now! Here is one thing more. I take my spots. I make them four.
  2. BOOM BOOM BOOM! Mr. Brown is a wonder! BOOM BOOM BOOM! Mr. Brown makes thunder!
  3. "Could this be a mountain?" he wondered, "I think I've always wanted to climb a mountain."
  4. Does a penguin have a mother, too? (I know, a give-away, but you can't find a sentence in that book that isn't)
  5. 5 was a turtle, who bit the dog's tail.
  6. Judy can play peek-a-boo with Paul. Now YOU play peek-a-boo with Paul.
  7. "Hello again." "Hello" "Do you like my hat?" "I do not like it."
  8. AGGLE FLAGGLE KLABBLE!
  9. Poor Kitten! She was wet and sad and tired and hungry.
  10. She sees the seals. They are all sleeping.

(A minor hint on number 3: the "mountain" is a department store escalator)
Update: I've posted the answers in the comments in what I hope is a spoiler-free manner (as links to the amazon page for each book)
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1. Go here.
2. Pass it on.
my answers )

I know feel old - clearly, I have aged out of the target age range for this meme.
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From [livejournal.com profile] tahnan, slightly modified:
  1. What's the first word that comes to mind when you think of me?
  2. Go to http://images.google.com/ and search for that word.
  3. Reply to this post with one of the pictures on the first page of results (don't tell me the word).
    Don't use an image tag!
    Really, that's just impolite, to drain their servers every time someone looks at this thread, even though I know the whole collage effect is sort of neat.
    Link to it or just post the URL, possibly after running it through a url shortening service. Call it "link" if you like, or something else. Feel free to use non-work-safe images if that's what shows up, but do note that it's non-work-safe.
  4. Put this in your own blog so that I (and others) can do the same.

Late meme

May. 8th, 2005 12:02 am
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Yeah, so I'm a bit late on this meme, and bits of the text should still give it away, but here's something that's gone the English->German->French->English trip with google's language tools:
It is not a cold outside, is there one of atmosphere type, me is completely only, more or less. let steal me, far from here, recreation, recreation, a recreation, in the sun, the sun, the sun.

I would like to find me, ruined and and soaks the comotose breath of Mangopflaumesaft. Of Goldfish which with my toes, recreation, recreation, recreation, in the sun, the sun, the sun, recreation, recreation, recreation, in the sun, the sun, the sun abnagen, measured.
I'm a bit disturbed that this type of transformation managed to reverse the sense of the initial clause. A mangling I expected, but not such a flat-out reversal.
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From [livejournal.com profile] joxn:

1. Enter your first name only into Google
2. Then click the "Image" tab
3. Pick your favorite and post it in your journal

Well, that was predictable:
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In a comment on [livejournal.com profile] carelessflight's page, I posted this and thought it would make for an interesting meme if it caught on.

The basic idea is this: many people in the U.S. believe that they pay too much in taxes, and so are very ammenable to calls to cut federal income taxes. The fact is, federal income taxes are a small part of the story for people making less than $100K/year, and even for people making more than that, the federal taxes are less significant than might be suspected. The interplay between federal income tax rates and state and local taxes makes cutting federal income taxes an even more dubious proposition for many people.

So, to spread this meme, take out your last paycheck of 2003 (with the annual totals on it) and then post all the deductions from it, taken as a percentage of the gross pay line.

Here are my numbers:
Federal Income tax    10.5%
Social Security tax    5.9%
Medicare tax           1.4%
NJ State income tax    1.9%
NJ SUI/SDI tax         0.25%

Now the non-tax expenses, for completeness:

Disability insurance   0.12%
Medical insurance      4.7%
401K                  13.4%


I should also note that we routinely get a federal income tax refund of about 1.5% of the gross pay line. Since we start to get extra income tax (but not social security tax) reductions this year(*), I'm sure my numbers for 2004 will show even less federal income tax.

An interesting outcome of this exercise is the conclusion that a 40% across-the-board federal income tax hike that also eliminated my medical insurance costs would be a net gain for me, and we're in the top 25%.

I wonder what Bill Gates' numbers look like?

(*) Katherine Grace Martin, born 2004-01-03.

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