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Aug. 8th, 2006 @ 05:46 pm

I nicked this game from comeoneileen and redheather.

okay, here's the game. i put itunes on scramble and i post 5 first song lyrics and you guess who it is in a comment! yay! no fair googling, silly!

  1. My baby says you're travelin' on the one after 909.
    Move over honey; I'm travelin' on that line.

  2. As I was goin' over the Cork and Kerry mountains.
    I saw Captain Farrell and his money he was countin'.

  3. Pop. Six. Squish. Uh-uh. Cicero. Lipschitz!

  4. Through the corridors of sleep,
    past the shadows dark and deep,
    my mind dances and leaps
    in confusion.

  5. Saturday night, and I'm all alone.
    Don't have a date; I'm just sittin' home.

  6. I'm goin' down to the river.
    Honey, that's where I'll be.

  7. I raise hell every night
    With all my friends from town.

  8. Well you know there ain't no doubt,
    When the feeling finds you out,
    You know you can try to run.
    I tell you it still will come.

  9. Hot topic is the way that we rock.

  10. Oh yeah, oh yeah.
    Oh yeah, oh yeah.

Fill-in-the-blanks game Mar. 13th, 2006 @ 02:56 am
This is not a meme. It's a game. I chose to play along, because comeoneileen suggested it and I decided that it was worth a shot.

Replies go here, except for secret replies, which should either be encrypted using the Captain Midnight Decoder Ring, or else sent to contact@charleswjohnson.name. If you reply in the comments, be aware that replies to this survey often run the risk of spilling over the length limit for LJ comments. Here goes:

YOU fill in the blanks about ME even if you don't have an idea what they are and send it back to ME. But first post a blank one out to all your friends so they can return the favor to you. Be honest.

My name:

Who is my significant other:

Where did we meet:

Take a stab at my middle name:

How long have you known me:

What's my idea of success?

When is the last time that we saw each other:

Do I drink:

What was your first impression of upon meeting with me:

Do I have any siblings:

What's one of my favorite things to do:

When you think of me, what pops into your head:

Am I funny:

Am I pretty:

Am I smart:

What's my favorite type of music:

What is the best feature about me:

Am I shy or outgoing:

Am I a rebel or do I follow the rules:

Do I have any special talents:

Am I a good dresser?

Who eats more... You or I?

Would you consider me a friend/good friend:

Would you call me preppy, average, sporty, punk, ahippie, glam, nerdy, snobby, or something else (what):

Have you ever hugged me:

Have you ever kissed me:

Do you know my insecurities and/or fears?

Do you miss me...do you think i miss you:

What is my favorite food:

If there was one good nickname for me, what would it be:

What's your favorite memory of me:

Who do I like right now:

What is my worst habit:

If you could change 1 thing about me, what would it be:

If you and I were stranded on a desert island, what is the one thing I would bring?

Are we friends?

Would you date me?

Would you set me up with any of your friends? Why?

Will you repost this so I can do it for you?
Current Music: midnight computer fans

Wednesday culture consumption Feb. 23rd, 2006 @ 03:02 am


  • "Love It/Shove It" department, Bitch magazine no. 31 (Winter 2006)
  • Mylan Engel, "Epistemic Contextualism and the Problem of Knowing What One Says," forthcoming presentation for the Midsouth Philosophy Conference (February 24, 2006).


  • Robert Lowth, Lectures on the Sacred Poetry of the Hebrews (Trans. G. Gregory, 1839). Analytical table of contents.

Tuesday culture consumption Feb. 22nd, 2006 @ 02:03 am


  • John Hawthorne, "Précis of Knowledge and Lotteries," Philosophical Issues 14, Epistemology (2004): 476–481.
  • Stewart Cohen, "Knowledge, Assertion, and Practical Reasoning," Philosophical Issues 14, Epistemology (2004): 482–491.
  • Stewart Cohen, "Knowledge, Knower, and Subject," The Philosophical Quarterly Vol. 55 No. 219 (April 2005): 199–212.
  • Amy Winter, Review of The Fat Girl's Guide to Life by Wendy Shanker, in off our backs (November-December 2004)

Monday culture consumption Feb. 20th, 2006 @ 11:45 pm


  • Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe, Chapter 16: "I Make Myself a Canoe"
  • Andrea Dworkin, Intercourse, Chapter 1: "Repulsion"


  • DeBow's Review (September 1850): Slavery and the Bible
Other entries
» 52 Questions!
1. Your name spelled backward?

Keegdar, Lord of the Outer Nebula.

2. Last incoming call on your phone?

comeoneileen calling to help me find my phone. (It turned out to be downstairs, where I should have looked for it in the first place.)

3. What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer?

Financial information prepared for Microsoft Money. Before that it was a video clip of Gloria Steinem talking about Andrea Dworkin on Democracy Now!.

4. What's your favorite restaurant?

Come on, who has a single favorite restaurant? Chia Shang is good for Chinese food. China Palace (sic) in Auburn remains my favorite Thai restaurant in spite of it all. The Warehouse Bistro in Opelika has bread pudding which is made of divine substance. Temptations wins at Indian food.

5. Last time you swam in a pool?

I don't know, maybe 4 or 5 years ago.

6. Britney Spears is a skank. Agree or disagree?

Disagree, on principle, rather than having any strong opinions at all of any kind about Britney Spears.

7. How many kids do you want?

I wouldn't know.

8. What type of music do you dislike most?

New country and new Metallica.

9. What was the last thing you bought?

Airplane tickets and a hotel room for my appearance at the Midsouth Philosophy Conference in Memphis, if that counts as a "thing." If not, a salad.

10. Have you ever ridden on a bike?

Yes. Poorly.

11. Does someone have a crush on you?

I hope comeoneileen does.

12. Ever made a prank phone call?

Not since I was in middle school.

13. Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?


14. What are you wearing right now?

A bathrobe.

16. Do you have a garden?

I wish.

17. What's your favorite comic strip?

I don't know. Dykes to Watch Out For, maybe, or The Boondocks. If it doesn't have to be something currently running, old Doonesbury, old Peanuts, the Far Side, and Calvin and Hobbes are all obvious contenders.

18. Do you really know all the words to your national anthem?

I live in a secessionist republic of one. If I wrote a national anthem for myself, I suppose I would know all the words.

19. Bath or Shower, morning or night?

Shower by necessity, morning by preference.

20. Best movie you've seen in the past month?

Tristan and Isolde, the only movie I've seen in the past month, wins by default.

21.............. Having fun?

At what?

22. Chips or popcorn?

Popcorn is better for the first few handfuls but chips have better long-term eating value. Unless they're Doritos. Which you just shouldn't eat.

23. Favorite colors?

Red and black. Of course.

24. What did ur last text message you received say?

"You have new voicemail messages."

25. Have you ever been in a beauty pageant?


26. Orange Juice or apple?

Orange juice.

27. Who were the last people you went out to dinner with?


28. What did the last text message that u sent say?

I wouldn't know. It was several months ago. I think it was something about trying to catch the bus to meet comeoneileen

29. Lucky number?


30. Last time you ate a homegrown tomato?

I don't like unprocessed tomatoes.

31. Have you ever won a trophy?


32. Are you a good cook?

Don't ask me. Ask the people who eat it.

33. Do you know how to pump your own gas?


35. 7-up or sprite?


36. Have you ever had to wear a uniform to school?


37. Last thing you ate?

Greek salad.

38. Ever thrown up in public?

I don't think so.

39. Would you rather find true love or be a millionaire?

I've already found love, so the money is all that I'm still on the look-out for.

40. Do you believe in love at first sight?


41. Think fast, whom do you hate right now?

Franklin Delano Roosevelt. And Genghis Khan.

42. Ever eaten brains?


43. Where will you be for Valentines day?


44. When was the last time you laughed?

A few minutes ago.

45. What's your favorite animal?


46. What was the name of your first pet?

Xochiquetzal. My parents' cat.

47. Who is the second to last person to call you?

My cousin. I need to call him back soon.

48. Is there anything going on this weekend?

I'm sure there is. Could you be more specific?

49. How are you feeling right now?

My feet are asleep.

50. What do you think about most?

I wouldn't know. Right now I'm very often concerned with movies, libertarian rights theory, and how best to write a good Andrea Dworkin article for WikiPedia while fending off twerps who think it's best treated as a forum for the views of every Internet anti-feminist they can dig up.

51. What do you think of the person that posted this before you?

That would be comeoneileen. I don't think it's fair to expect a short-response answer about what I think of the love of my life.

52. Who is MOST likely to repost this?

How would I know?
» Dese mugs here

A while back, I found out about this strangely compelling collection of women's mug shots, from the World War II era, through Lauren at feministe (2006-01-14):

Several years ago, I purchased a large set of female mug shots from the 1940s. These are a few examples. Each image has its own brown paper envelope that gives the woman's name, race, alias, and reason for arrest which is in code. *Most likely, the majority were arrested for prostitution.

*The original owner told me that the majority of arrests were for solicitation. Most of the envelopes have the exact same codes with the exception of a few. I am assuming that the original owner knew what the codes meant although I have not been able to decipher them.

These are, of course, mostly women who should never have been hassled by the bully-boys of the State; maybe what's interesting is seeing how each of them is dealing with the combination of physical threats, absurdity, and bureaucratic boredom that they are being forced to endure. You should go see them all, but the main reason I mention it is to point out the best one of the lot. Violet wins at mug shots.

» I told you I'm not a goddamn liberal

On the other hand, I am sure as hell not a paleo-libertarian either. I expect that I got that as #3 because one of the sets of questions that could tag "left-libertarians" accurately--taking an anti-war position with a high level of importance--also tends to tag "paleo-libertarians" pretty well. Anyway, please note the following:

Enjoy. (Thanks, Anthony Gregory.)

» I am not a goddamned liberal
Then again, how much can you expect from the authors of a quiz who think that these are mutually exclusive answers to the question "What is society's biggest problem?"

  • Not enough love, kindness, and understanding.

  • Too much conformity, not enough individuality.

  • Too many people turning away from moral values

Anyway, here's the results.

Your dating personality profile:

Liberal - Politics matters to you, and you aren't afraid to share your left-leaning views. You would never be caught voting for a conservative candidate.
Intellectual - You consider your mind amongst your assets. Learning is not a chore but a constant search after wisdom and knowledge. You value education and rationality.
Adventurous - Just sitting around the house is not something that appeals to you. You love to be out trying new things and really experiencing life.
Your date match profile:

Liberal - You need a person who has liberal opinions and beliefs. You are engaged by political discussions and would find a liberal viewpoint refreshing in a date.
Intellectual - You seek out intelligence. Idle chit-chat is not what you are after. You prefer your date who can stimulate your mind.
Adventurous - You are looking for someone who is willing to try new things and experience life to its fullest. You need a companion who encourages you to take risks and do exciting things.
Your Top Ten Traits

1. Liberal
2. Intellectual
3. Adventurous
4. Big-Hearted
5. Wealthy/Ambitious
6. Sensual
7. Practical
8. Outgoing
9. Traditional
10. Stylish
Your Top Ten Match Traits

1. Liberal
2. Intellectual
3. Adventurous
4. Practical
5. Big-Hearted
6. Shy
7. Sensual
8. Wealthy/Ambitious
9. Traditional
10. Stylish

Take the Online Dating Personality Quiz at Dating Diversions
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