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Interests and icons

I was just poking around my interests list and thinking how, when read right, it’s almost like a nifty little free-verse poem about who I am and what I like. I really enjoy reading other people’s interests lists, too.

A while back there were a couple of memes that were sort of interesting, but I was avoiding such things at the time so I didn’t do them. Screw that, though. I have no shame anymore. I hereby combine two memes into one:

Look at my LJ interests, and my user pics. Pick one (or one of each, if you like) that you find confusing or intriguing, and comment here. I’ll explain what it means and what makes it significant to me.

Then please post this in your own LJ, if you’d be so kind, so that I can learn about your interests, too.


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Jun. 21st, 2006 05:22 pm (UTC)
Interest: ayahuasca

Icon: smile daniel (other than the Buffy and Battlestar icons, I have no idea who most of those people are...)


(Also: I am stealing this.)
Jun. 21st, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
Ayahuasca means “vine of life.” It’s a blend of hallucinogenic plants that Peruvian shamans use for journeying and mystical healing. I read a bunch of articles on its use, and the apparently miraculous results it has shown in treating depression, anxiety and a slew of other problems.

Some day, Eric and I plan to go to Peru to face our demons, quite literally. I should talk to Susan about the logistics of visiting the country, I figure. It’s at least a few years before we can pull it off, but it’s definitely in the long-term plan.

The icon is from a scene in the very first episode of Stargate SG-1. The winsome and brilliant Dr. Daniel Jackson is greeting Jack O’Neill, whom he hasn’t scince a year before, during the action of the feature film (when Daniel had been being played by James Spader, and Jack was Kurt Russell). This early in the series, Daniel looked about 17 years old. I’m a big pervert, and it makes me smile :)
Jun. 22nd, 2006 01:26 am (UTC)
I have a friend moving to Lima. I'm sure after a few months he will have the place pretty well figured out so I'll send him any questions you have! ;)
Jun. 22nd, 2006 01:52 am (UTC)

Are you aware that your blue butterfly icon is a Peruvian butterfly called a blue morpho? And that Blue Morpho is the name of the shamanic tour company we are considering working with if we go there?

That's just. Eerie.
Jun. 22nd, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC)
That is totally creepy! I never knew what kind of butterfly it was.

I took this photo about 8 years ago at the butterfly exhibit at the Franklin Park Consesrvatory. It's my favorite photo that I have ever taken!

It's sort of my little totem.

Jun. 23rd, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC)
Well, it makes a very lovely totem. And thanks for the fact-finding offer. I'll take you up on that at some point!
Jun. 21st, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
giovanni? maggie hopey?

and, hi! :-)
Jun. 21st, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC)
loooooong response
The “Giovanni” thing is shared with a pretty small group of friends. In 1998 and 99, about 7 or 8 of us were going up to Philadelphia once a month to play in a Vampire LARP game there. We played members of the insidious Giovanni clan, and specifically, officers of a Giovanni owned corporation called “Leonis Corp” which we invented. We had the corporate structure set up, business cards, email addresses @ leonis.com, and were even setting up the webpage when the game tanked. We would throw lavish parties for the players in our hotel after the game, and decorate the place like Leonis’s Philly headquarters. It was a spectacular way to pass the time, even if it was just a bunch of grown men and women pretending to be vampires.

“Leonis Corp… the blandly smiling face of corporate evil.”

Maggie and Hopey is a touching story. You probably don’t know [Bad username: rednikki] but she and I have been friends since we were teenagers in the mid 80s. We’ve had times where we were in each other’s back pockets, and periods when we didn’t seen each other for many months. She has dragged me through hell and out the other side a few times. We’ve been closest confidants, on-and-off lovers, and have often shared each other’s fanaticisms for various things (hence, she is my “fandom girlfriend” :)

We identified a lot with the characters of Maggie and Hopey in the 80s comicbook series “Love and Rockets.” So much so that we even once went to a Halloween party dressed as them. So when I started making icons, I went looking for a picture of them right away. I use it a lot when I post in her LJ, as a little tribute to her, since she now lives in CA.

Pardon. I think I have something in my eye…

Anyway, hi!! Sorry this got so long. Hope you’re well. And if you decide to do tea again sometime soon, I would love to try to join you ladies. Tuesdays are looking much better now, with my altered schedule.
Jun. 21st, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
Re: loooooong response
Ack! Bad tag, apparently. Should be rednikki
Jun. 21st, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC)
Ok, I acknowledge being less of a geek for this.
Where did you make your face icon? The cartoonish one.
Jun. 21st, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
You know, it was so long ago I have lost track of the site where you make those. A bunch of us did them, probably about 2 or 3 years ago. I'll google around a little, and let you know if I come up with it, OK?
Jun. 21st, 2006 09:20 pm (UTC)
I think it comes from this site, but I'm not sure coz it isn't loading right for me at the moment. Probably just an issue with my script-blocking though...
Jun. 21st, 2006 10:42 pm (UTC)
Didn't really woirk for me either, eventually went to an Italian site that nevr fully loaded. I'll have to dig.
Jun. 22nd, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
Interests: What do liberal politics mean to you? (I know, kettle of worms, and I've heard some of it, and you've heard some of mine, so feel free to respond to my personal email if you desire...)
Icon: Bound...I loved that movie...
Jun. 23rd, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Hm.....
Ah, sweetie. I’m sorry, but I really can’t go there. I know that for many people heated debate is sport, and that’s fine. But for me, it’s just painful. It’s too close to my heart, and I take no pleasure in arguing about it. Is that OK? I mean no offense. I’d be happy to explain this position of mine in person sometime, if you’d like.

Re: Bound; what a great film! Such a sweet love story.

“You know what the difference is between you and me?”
“Me neither.”

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