Category Archives: Facebook Generation


Blatantly stolen from Helen over at Conversations at the Edge.


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I saw this on Charlotte’s Web nearly a week ago. The original authors of this exercise are Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, and Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University. If you participate, they ask that you PLEASE acknowledge their copyright.

Bold the true statements. You can explain further if you wish.

1. Father went to college
2. Father finished college
3. Mother went to college
4. Mother finished college
5. Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor.
6. Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers.
As far as social class goes I don’t really pay much attention to the distinctions.  We all had to work for a living so we must all be working class.
7. Had more than 50 books in your childhood home.
8. Had more than 500 books in your childhood home
9. Were read children’s books by a parent
The Old Dear used to read to us every now and then when she wasn’t working.
10. Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18
11. Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18

Judo, golf, swimming, athletics, all the physical stuff.  The Old Man wanted a sports star for a son.
12. The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively.
I wear casual shirts and jeans at home or a suit at work.  Everyone dresses like me on the telly.  I get positive and negative portrayals here.
13. Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18
I wish I didn’t now.
14. Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs
I finished paying my student load a few years ago.
15. Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs
16. Went to a private high school
17. Went to summer camp
18. Had a private tutor before you turned 18
19. Family vacations involved staying at hotels
We rented a cottage in Cornwall a couple of times.
20. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18
21. Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them
22. There was original art in your house when you were a child
23. You and your family lived in a single-family house
24. Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home
25. You had your own room as a child
26. You had a phone in your room before you turned 18
27. Participated in a SAT/ACT prep course
Not relevant for a non-American but we didn’t have any sort of exam prep courses when I was a wee lad.
28. Had your own TV in your room in high school
29. Owned a mutual fund or IRA in high school or college
30. Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16
I went skiing with my school once and we flew out to Geneva airport
31. Went on a cruise with your family
32. Went on more than one cruise with your family
33. Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up
34. You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family

Although I only got 7 I still think I was very lucky growing up.  Much luckier than most people on the planet and even in this country.


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What tosh!

Your Emoticon is Grumpy

Maybe you’re having a bad day… or maybe something just upset you. Either way, you’re definitely seeing red!

What Emoticon Best Represents You Right Now?


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Olivia’s Meme

Getting Acquainted

1. What time did you get up this morning?
6am.  It’s a work day after all.

2. Diamonds or pearls?
Diamonds.  At least I’m happy about where they’ve come from.

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
Transformers.  It was actually quite good.

4. What’s your favorite TV show?
Saturday morning cartoons probably.  Something I can just switch off and watch.

5. What did you have for breakfast?
Nothing.  I’m not a breakfast person….although in the literal meaning of breakfast it would have been a crisp sarnie.

6. What’s your favorite cuisine?
Usually whatever it is I’m cooking at the time.  Either that or Chinese or Indian food.

7. What foods do you dislike?
Anything that used to move on it’s own.  Custard.

8. What is your favorite chip flavor?
Chip is a flavour.  With salt and lashings of vinegar, maybe some brown sauce and mustard….Oh you mean crisps.  Plain\ready salted.

9. What’s your favorite CD at the moment?
Good grief, I’m not that consistent.  My iPod has never been off shuffle.

10. What kind of car do you drive?
Shoe.  Yes, I walk.

11. Favorite sandwich?
Usually something involving cheese. Cheese and tomato, cheese salad, plain cheese, cheese and crisps, cheese and mango chutney, cheese and mustard, cheese and mayo.  You get the idea.

12. What characteristics do you despise?
Dishonesty, conceit, self loathing.

13. Favorite item of clothing?
My green trainers.  They cost me £6 dontchaknow.

14. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation where would you go?
In the world?  Erm, I’d quite like to see the Grand Canyon but then the Pyramids are quite cool as well.  Can I phone a friend?

15. What color is your bathroom(s)?
White and green (of course)

16. Favorite brand of clothing?
Clothes come in brands?

17. Where would you retire to: beach, or wooded retreat?
Wooded retreat.  Woods are cooler than beaches.  Literally and figuratively

18. Favorite time of the day?
Night.  While not technically part of the day I still like night best.  I especially like that pre-dawn night when the world is just waking up.

19. What were your most memorable birthdays?
Not my own.  I think that Snarly’s first birthday is the one I’ll remember best.

20. Where were you born?

21. Favorite sport to watch?
I hate watching sports.  Honestly I can’t think of anything duller.

22. Who do you least expect to send this back to you?
Not a soul

23. Person you expect to send it back first?
See 22 above.

24. What fabric detergent do you use?
Not sure as we keep changing it.  It has to be made by an ethical company or at least one that has good PR so as to hide it’s unethical behaviour well.

25. Were you named after anyone?
Yes I was named after Jason King – mustancioed hero of 70s TV and footballer Clyde Best.

26. Do you wish on stars?
What would be the point in that?  Do you wish on other burning gases?  Pah, I mock your superstitiousness.

27. When did you last cry?
As a sturdy man I never cry and even if I did I’d never admit it.  Instead I will just stand here and look grim.  Possibly stoic.

28. Do you like your handwriting?
I’m the only one who needs to read the things that I write.  Even my children mock my handwriting.

29. What is your most embarrassing flaw?
I am without fault.  Probably my arrogance.

30. If you were another person, would YOU be friends with you?
No.  One of me is more than enough.  If there were two mes then we’d always argue.  The phrase devil’s advocate was made for me.  As was pompous twerp.

31. Are you a daredevil?
From the eponymous Marvel comics?  Sadly not.

32. Have you ever told a secret you swore not to tell?
Never, I would never swear on such a thing.

33. Do looks matter?
Not if you want to shag me but definitely if it’s the other way round.

34. How do you release anger?
I bottle it up and then explode.  It’s the best way even if it can be messy.

35. Where is your second home?
Home is where the heart is.  I have no second home.

36. What were your favorite toys as a child?
I had a meccano set so it was either that or my scalectrix.

37. What class in high school do you think was totally useless?
There is nothing useless about education.  Even RE had some use.

38. Do you use sarcasm a lot?
No.  I am never sarcastic.  What do you think?

39. Favorite movies?
Dangerous Liaisons.  The Malkovich\Close version.

40. What are your nicknames?
Nothing repeatable.

41. Would you bungee jump?

42. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?
Of course.

43. Do you think that you are strong?
Hulk is the strongest one there is.

44. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
Sadly it is the humble vanilla.  How very English of me.

45. What are your favorite colors?

46. What is your least favorite thing about yourself?
My love of cake.

47. Who do you miss the most?
No-one.  I honestly don’t miss anyone at all. 

48. Do you want everyone you sent this to send it back?
No 🙂

49. What color pants are you wearing?
I only put them on this morning.  You’d think I’d remember.  Hang on, I’ve got to check….red….why is everyone in the office staring at me?

50. What are you listening to right now?
The sounds of my keyboard clackety clacking.

51. Last thing you ate?
The same thing I had for breakfast.  A crisp sarnie.

52. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Rainbow.  Yes you can buy rainbow coloured crayons.  I’ve seen them.

53. Last person you talked to on the phone?
The Hildy.

54. What is the first thing you notice about the opposite sex?
Is this a ploy to determine how sexist I am?  It depends on whether they are walking towards me or away from me.

55. Favorite Drink?
Either tea or coffee.  I can’t even be consistent when it comes to a beverage.

56. Do you wear contacts?
No, I don’t like the idea of sticking something in my eye.

57. Favorite Day of the Year?
International Talk Like a Pirate Day – September 19th.

58. Scary Movies or Happy Endings?
Scary movie

59. Hugs OR Kisses?
Kisses.  I like both but you made me choose.  A passionate kiss should include at least some hugging.

60. What Is Your Favorite Dessert?
An apple.  Seriously.  I like apples.  OK, not what you meant.  How about Apple crumble?

61. What Book(s) Are You Reading?
I am reading 2001 a space odyssey for the very first time.

62. What’s On Your Mouse Pad?
Haven’t got one, you don’t need them for optical mice.

63. What Did You Watch Last night on TV?
Nothing, I don’t think there was anything worth watching.  I sat in my garden and talked with The Hildy instead.

64. Favorite Smells?
A thunderstorm.  Sea.  Grass after a rain.  Freshly cut grass.  Baking bread.

65. Rolling Stones or Beatles?
The Stones.


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Poor Paris

I must admit to laughing out loud at this.

Does that make me a bad person?


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Alligator Spartacus

I made the mistake of googling Alligator Spartacus.

Apparently their is a company called Spartacus who make Alligator style nipple clamps.

The very idea of nipple clamps makes me cringe in sympathetic pain.

I know now that it is a bad idea to search for random words on t’Internet.  I have learnt my lesson.


I challenge you to add a single random word to “Spartacus” and report back on your findings.  Yes you. *points*

Yes, I really am that bored.


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My iPod is full

What should I remove in order to add all the Pixies albums that I’ve just finished downloading?

What should I download next?


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The lady doth protest too much, methinks

Tiny Tash is writing a letter to Tesco to protest against their harsh treatment of amphibians.  I wish I could say that I’d had a direct hand in this but it is entirely her own idea.  She’s even designed a header for her letter with a picture of a tortoise on it and she refers to Tesco as “an evil shop”. 

Cake Worm responded to this by claiming that it doesn’t do any good to protest because it doesn’t change anything.

How did I manage to raise someone as cynical as this?

The Hildy (who is faster off the mark than I am) cited Rosa Parks and her refusal to give up a bus seat to a white man in 1955.  Her protest prompted a mass black boycott of buses and was instrumental in raising racial awareness issues in North America.

Now Cake Worm is aware that one person can make a difference and Tiny Tash is ready to take on the world in the defence of amphibians at nine years old.  I didn’t start protesting till I was a student and we marched against the poll tax.

All is well in the hoverFrog household.

What rouses you to protest?


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 The beauteous and glamourful FloatyKatja has tagged me.

‘The rules are simple. There are 9 questions (3², each of which has 3 answers, to give a total of 27, or 3³. The whole point is that the questions are somewhere between eclectic, banal and downright bizarre, so that you can answer completely truthfully without actually giving much away. Just put down the first three answers that come to mind if you can’t work out the “most appropriate” three.’

Objects Within One Metre Of You

  1. My heart.  I keep it very close to my chest or so I’ve been told.
  2. A jar of Carte Noire.  It says on the jar “Un café nommé désir” but it isn’t named “Desire”.  It’s named “Carte Noire”.  I’m pretty sure that this contravenes some sort of trade description act.
  3. A loaf of Soreen fruity malt loaf which will be my lunch in an hour or so.  I really wish I had a proper knife at work to cut it up with instead of those pesky butter knives.  Something serrated and sharp.

First Names of People You Sat Next To At School

  1. I have no clear memory of sitting next to anyone at school.  I was probably too cool to sit next to anyone.  Yes, that’s it.  I certainly wasn’t the strange loner kid that no-one wanted to speak to.  Uh uh, no sirree.
  2. Seriously I can’t think of anyone.
  3. I’ve probably blocked it out.

TV Programmes You Won’t Watch

  1. Soap operas like Eastenders, Coronation Street, etc
  2. Those day time shows where they get the dregs of society on to tell the world why they slept with their sister’s dog or some such.  It’s car crash TV and it’s just plain bad.
  3. Football and most other sport programmes.  I mean, seriously, what is the point?  If you want to watch sports then go and watch them.  Sitting in front of the telly loses all the atmosphere of a sporting event.  You may as well just read about it in the paper.

Favourite Trivial Pursuit Categories

  1. Green
  2. Brown
  3. Yellow

Superpowers You’d Like To Have

  1. Flight.  I don’t mean in an invisible jet or anything daft like that.  I mean proper flight under my own power.  Wings are optional
  2. Telekinesis.  Other than the ability to manifest “mind bullets” I like the idea of being able to lounge about while moving stuff around with my mind.  I suppose I wouldn’t need flight if I had telekinesis because I could just lift myself up into the air.
  3. Telepathy.  I know what you’re thinking.  He he, how rude.

Newspapers, Magazines or Periodicals Read Regularly

  1.  The Sunday Times
  2.  The Guardian
  3.  The Dragon, although it reaches it last print next month.  😦

Songs You Dislike (…oh so many….)

  1. Cover versions of great songs that are done badly.  I include almost all tribute songs for Freddy Mercury.
  2. Anything sung by Elton John.  I’m afraid those whiny lyrics and that simpering voice just grate on my nerves and make me want to slap him like a red headed step child.  It’s worse when I see him actually perform these “songs”.
  3. Most…no, all songs by boy bands.  Seriously guys, less synchronised dance moves and more music please.  Learn to play an instrument each and you’ll have some credibility.

Blog Posts of Your Own That You’d Recommend.

  1. I would simultaneously recommend hanging on my every word like a faithful sycophant and avoiding any of the garbage that I spew out on a daily basis.
  2. The blog entry on my now dead 20Six blog about the time that I drew faces on my fingers during a meeting.  It was so good that even kept the pictures.
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  3. The various attempts at a Deathblog Grudgematch.  One day I’ll finish one.

People you’d like to tag.

  1. Sammy
  2. Chloe
  3. She who must not be named

Feel free to give it a shot on your own though, especially if you’re one of those people above with a bazillion blogs who likes to keep their name a secret.


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It’s time….

…for something a little more serious than my previous post.

You need sound.  All chaps should see this.  Why they don’t teach this stuff at school I just don’t understand.  I mean they taught us how to hit a nail on the head and how to draw a straight line.  This is much more important.


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