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Jul. 10th, 2009

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A meme I got from just_the_ash. She gave me an A, so here's 10 things I like that start with A, plus a brief explanation for each one. If you respond to this message, I will give you a letter to do this in your own LJ, not in the comment section with.


"A" by Barenaked Ladies -- This fun BNL song about a dysfunctional relationship from the guy's point of view reads like a Sesame Street parody: "A is for angry, which is what you are at me / A is for adult, which is what Ill never be."

Andy Partridge -- One of the founding members of the band XTC, his songwriting talent is amazing. As far as I'm concerned, he can do no wrong, musically.

Anderson, Laurie -- A singer/performance artist who started out in the '70s and became famous in the '80s, for stage performances that involved weird dances, projected images and words, early use of digital technology, electronically altered voices and clever experimental gizmos such as a suit with synth drum pads sewn into various places, and a violin with a tape playback head on the bridge and a length of recording tape on the bow.

anthropomorphics -- Yup, yup, furries. Animal characters what talk atcha just like them humans. Fun stuff.

alligators -- Alligators are awesome. I don't think I'd like "Really Rosie" as much as I do if it weren't for the fact that one of the kids hanging out on the stoop is, for no particular reason, an anthropomorphic alligator.

art -- I like to draw, though I don't do so nearly as much as I'd like to, which these days is mainly because of my own laziness.

Anthrocon -- I like furry conventions in general. Anthrocon is the one that starts with A. It's also the one I just got back from (with a rather severe case of con crud, ugh...)

Animaniacs -- Tiny Toons was fun. But then Animaniacs came along, played around with the medium of cartoons in hilarious ways and really grabbed my attention! Plus it really got me going on the internet, as I made friends with a bunch of other A! fans (as the show's looong title was abbreviated on alt.tv.animaniacs), first in that newsgroup, then on IRC.

advanced sudoku techniques -- I've been learning a variety of techniques for solving difficult sudoku puzzles. X-wing, XY-wing, XYZ-wing, swordfish, turbot fish, jellyfish, Gordonian rectangles, Franciscan rectangles... I have these and more at my command!

Astroworld -- This theme park, later officially known as Six Flags Astroworld, was my favorite place to go when I was a kid. It was two miles away from my house, which I considered walking distance at the time (now that I have a car, the definition of that phrase has shrunk considerably!) It had all sorts of fun roller coasters, such as the Dexter Freebish Electric Roller Ride (later named "Excalibur" when the County Fair section of the park was remodeled as Nottingham Village), the Texas Cyclone, and the Greezed Lightnin'. Next door to Astroworld was Waterworld, which was a great way to beat the Houston summer heat, with water slides, a wave pool, and other stuff. Sadly, they've both shut down and been completely dismantled in recent years.

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From:aerofox
Date:July 11th, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
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Laurie Anderson's O'Superman video weirded me out when I saw it back in the 80's :P

Loriana was also weirded out by it when I showed it to her.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:July 11th, 2009 04:01 am (UTC)
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Since you mention that, you get the letter O.
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From:tracerj
Date:July 11th, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)
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My wife is a Laurie Anderson nut, and sometimes on car trips we'll both break into the words to "Difficult Listening Hour".

Sit . Bolt. Upright. In that straight-backed chair.... Button. That. Top. Button....

Also, for sudoku stuff, I seriously want to find a PC or Android program to let me solve Killer/Sum Sudoku puzzles, perhaps even generate them. I find those way more interesting than the standard sort.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:July 11th, 2009 03:59 am (UTC)
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My favorite sudoku variation is Plus One Sudoku, where some of the grid lines are dotted. If a gridline is dotted, the two numbers on opposite sides of it differ by one (such as 3,4 or 8,7). If it's solid, they differ by more than one.

Oh, and if you want a letter: K.
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From:thecanuckguy
Date:July 11th, 2009 03:52 am (UTC)
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the BNL song sounds a bit like their "Crazy ABCs" from their recent kids album (complete name escapes me), got that on my iPod and love it. Anything they do, really.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:July 11th, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
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Apparently the album is called Snacktime.

So you get an S.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:July 11th, 2009 06:46 am (UTC)
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For being TOO DAMN ORNJ, you get T.
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From:baxil
Date:July 11th, 2009 05:49 am (UTC)
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So if your X-wing Sudoku technique fails, you move on to XY-wing and that also fails, and you move on to XYZ-wing and that also fails, what's the next step? Does it wrap around to XYZA, start progressing backwards (WXYZ), go into numerics (XYZ1, XYZ12, etc), or what?
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:July 11th, 2009 06:47 am (UTC)
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Actually, no, those are specific distinct techniques that only apply in certain cases. In fact, the similarity of the names is misleading to the uninitiated.
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From:baxil
Date:July 11th, 2009 07:07 am (UTC)

Note: Icon chosen for 'W' value only

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I will consider myself misled! Now, on to those letters ...
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:July 11th, 2009 06:47 am (UTC)
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Oh, and you get W.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:July 12th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
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I've long liked A! better than TTA myself. And now I'd like to take a letter, Mr. Mutchler.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:July 12th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
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OK! You get L.
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