Friday, August 10, 2007

Wiki-aboot (with apologies to Nicholas Roeg, Edward Bond and James Vance Marshall...)

[via Betty and her Wide Range of Interests (cue the footage of the skier falling off the jump ramp...)]

The rules of this particular strain of memeage are as follows: Go to Wikipedia and answer the questions by clicking the "random article" link in the left corner. (Snippets of the article appear after the question in itlaics, with my own comments afterwards.)

Ready? Let's begin:

01. What are you afraid of?

Dictatorial Herr (独裁君, Dokusaikun?) is a yonkoma manga which Yoshiie Goda is serializing to a journal issued quarterly. -- Yes indeedy, manga is a frightening thing, alrighty...

02. What would you take with you on a deserted island?

Neophaedusa spelaeonis is a species of gastropod in the Clausiliidae family. It is endemic to Japan. -- Because you can never have too many mollusks...

03. What would you want for a wedding present?

In Philip Reeve's Hungry City Chronicles, the Anti-Traction League is an organization opposed to the prevalence of Traction Cities and Municipal Darwinism. Its symbol is that of a broken wheel. -- There's a symbolism here somewhere, I'm *sure* of it...

04. What do you worship?

The Constitution of the Vermont Republic was Vermont's constitution when it existed as the independent Republic of Vermont from 1777 to 1791. -- I'd rather worship "Moonlight on Vermont" by Captain Beefheart, actually...

05. What is your secret fetish?

Dorlis(1982) is the stage name for a Japanese musician from Okayama Prefecture. -- Apparently I have something in common with Gwen Stefani after all...

06. What will you dream about tonight?

EGP refers to:

Exterior Gateway Protocol, a former routing algorithm used on the Internet
Egyptian pound, the currency of Egypt
European Green Party, a political party
Experimental geodetic payload, a Japanese satellite
Ejercito Guerrillero de los Pobres, see Guerrilla Army of the Poor


-- yeah, that sounds aboot like one of my dreams...

07. What would you buy if you had the money?

In computing, the Oracle Call Interface (OCI) consists of a set of low-level APIs (Application programming interface calls) used to interact with Oracle databases. -- I have *enuff* Oracle in my life already, thankyouverymuch [yeesh!]...

08. What subject would you write a book about?

Kid usually refers to a young domestic goat, or to the leather made from its skin, or to a human child. -- Oh, *that'll* be a page turner!...

09. What do you collect?

Abandon Hope (formerly The Mad Silentist) is the recently-announced title for the new album by The Matches, with a release date for late 2007 or early 2008. -- I do hope they're not counting on *me* to buy up all the copies...

10. What does your best memory connect to?

Web Services Semantics (WSDL-S) is a proposed extension to the WSDL standard. -- Well, sure... *everything* connects to the Web anymore, don't it?...

11. The most unimportant thing you can think of?

Azov Avia Airlines is a cargo airline based in Melitopol, Ukraine. -- [claps hands] Good answer, good answer [looks up at board...]

12. What do you most preferably speak about?

In a Biskit is a line of snack crackers produced by Nabisco. -- I could go on fer *hours* aboot Chicken In a Biskit [notices people running away] -- All right! All right! I won't! I won't!...

13. With which thing will/do you work with?

Mathias Herrmann (b. July 16, 1962 in Friedberg, Germany) is a German television actor. -- We're currently shopping a script idea based on a more dramatic take on Hogan's Heros...

14. What always makes you laugh?

Permeation, in physics, is the penetration of a substance (permeate) through a solid. -- Hi*lar*ious stuff!...

15. And cry?

Lake Bronson is a city in Kittson County, Minnesota, in the United States. -- Any town smaller than the one *I* grew up in has *got* to be depressing...

16. What was the first thing you saw when you woke up today?

Karlheinz Brandenburg (born June 20, 1954, in Erlangen, Germany) is an audio engineer and has been a driving force behind some of today’s most innovative digital audio technology, notably the audio compression format MPEG Audio Layer 3, more commonly known as MP3. -- And yet I still can't get my PC to record music...

17. What have you got in your pocket?

Born in Palestine, Eyad Mustafa Alrababah (Arabic: اياد مصطفى الربّاح) was a Jordanian citizen arrested following the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attack. -- You *know* there's prison overcrowding when it reaches this point, right?...

18. What could replace you so that no one would notice?

musicOMH.com is a UK based independent webzine consisting of original music features, reviews, interviews and videos. -- But what aboot comic books?...

19. What were your first words?

Radio Mindanao Network (RMN) is a Philippine radio network. -- Presumably, I had already rewired the radio to pull in that station before I said that...

20. What will you be buried with?

Henry ("Harry") Jupp (born 19 November 1841 in Dorking, Surrey; died 8 April 1889 in Bermondsey, London) was an English professional cricketer, who was the opening batsman for Surrey County Cricket Club from 1862 to 1881. -- All together now: EEEWWW!!!...

21. What have you got in the drawer of your bedside table?

Bargo is a small village, located in Wollondilly Shire, New South Wales, Australia. -- Yes, a *very* small village...

22. What do you love the most in this world?

ABC is an English New Romantic band that charted eleven Top 40 singles between 1981 and 1990. -- All right, they're not *bad*...

23. What would you write a song about for the next Eurovision Song Contest?

IAWS Group, plc is an international Food and Agribusiness group. -- Because *everybody* eats, don't they?...

24. What do you see from the window at this moment?

Deepcut is a village in Surrey, home to the Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut. -- But only with my glasses on...

25. What are you in reality?

The Republican Labour Party was a political party in Northern Ireland. -- Irish, Republican, political, defunct... well, one out of four ain't such a horrible batting average, izzit? [grin]...

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