I’m really curious about what the distribution of tumblr users looks like worldwide…
Apologies for the lack of content. My time has been divided between watching anime, working on my team’s entry for the National Instruments Autonomous Robotics Competition, drawing furiously for Lead Me Astray and
being lonely university stuff.
Nerd zone: If you feel bored check out this spiffy blog post I wrote about programming an Arduino in LabVIEW. It’s exciting, I promise!
I was tagged by limitlesscorrosion, whose posts about history and art always make my dash worth scrolling through.
1. Tell me about your favourite album. Why is it so fantastic? How did you discover it?
I’m one of those people who enjoy listening to albums in their entirety if I’m going to listen to a band at all, so this is a really hard question for me. For the last couple of years it’s been Still by Nine Inch Nails. I discovered it after downloading their entire discography in FLAC format (I enjoy my high quality audio!).
Why is it so fantastic? Hard to say. It’s a collection of acoustic covers of some tracks from The Fragile, The Downward Spiral and Pretty Hate Machine, plus a couple of unreleased tracks and some instrumentals, so it’s more of a collection of songs than an album. I find I enjoy the acoustic covers more than the originals. Reznor’s vocal performance is flawless on each track, and yet so raw and full of emotion, which only becomes more apparent against the minimal backdrop of piano and guitar tracks. The instrumentals are less pared-back but just as emotive. One track in particular, Adrift and at Peace, I find particularly moving. I don’t listen to it much, because it makes me sad, but perhaps in a good way?
The album as a whole conjures up in my mind images of an empty beach during an evening storm, before the sun has quite set. I find the mental image soothing, as it reminds me of some enjoyable times in my life.
2. What’s the most interesting human interaction you’ve ever had, positive or negative?
When I travelled to America with my mum last year, I had the privilege of meeting up with a good friend of mine, zerov2. He showed us around a little slice of upstate New York, and took us on a walk through a nature reserve, which was lovely. Afterwards, he took us back to his house to meet his family (who were also lovely). They had us over for dinner as well, which was very kind of them. I found it so fascinating to actually meet people who had grown up on the other side of the world from me, and still lived there (if that makes any sense?) and just talk about… well, a bit of everything. It was so interesting to get an idea of life in America - living in Australia, I get all of these ideas from TV shows and movies and things, but I never had any way of knowing how accurate these portrayals where. Plus, I’d never been overseas before, so the whole experience in general was very novel to me. My mum and I had a great time, and we were both touched by his and his family’s kindness. I hope to pay the favour forward someday.
3. Pick up the nearest book to your current position. What’s it about? Is it good? Boring? Read me a paragraph from page 144.
It’s Elantris by Brandon Sanderson, which I picked up having enjoyed the Mistborn series. It’s an interesting read so far, but I haven’t been staying up late enough to read it much. It’s a fantasy novel, about a religious crusade led by this sect called the Derethi, which aims to unite all of man under a single god, Jaddeth. Meanwhile, there’s this city called Elantris filled with people who aren’t alive, but aren’t really dead either, who are cast in from surrounding Arelon after being ‘taken’ by the Shaod, which turns them from regular people into zombie-like ‘dead’ people. Here is a paragraph:
‘“No, my lord,” Sarene countered. “I am sorry, but that is not the answer. I have seen the people of Arelon, and while there is still hope in their eyes, it is growing weak. Give Iadon time, and he will create the despondent peasants he desires.”’
4. If you had to walk 500 miles would you walk 500 more?
Yes. I enjoy walking. Bonus if it was through a moor, or a forest, or a town with interesting things to look at.
5. How’s work/school? Having fun? Tolerable? What do you do on a day-to-day basis in this area?
I’m at university studying science - mostly maths and physics - and engineering. I suppose it’s fun. I’ve always enjoyed learning things. It’s a shame that in engineering I have to take so many ‘boring necessities’ with such titles as ‘manufacturing engineering’ and ‘professional engineering 2’ but it pays off when I get to take subjects like ‘space engineering 1’ and ‘experimental robotics’. On a day-to-day basis, I go to lectures, maybe have a lab/tutorial, and whine to my classmates about assignments and homework.
6. Pick a dinner table of people to eat with, past or present, living and dead. Who do you pick and why?
I’m not sure. Perhaps Mikael Akerfeldt, Steven Wilson and Trent Reznor. Or Terry Pratchett, Brandon Sanderson, Neil Gaiman and Stephen King. I think that would be more interesting. I really enjoy reading and I love hearing authors talk about their writing process. I’d use the opportunity to ask all sorts of annoying questions about specific novels.
7. What kind of drunk are you? Angry drunk? Happy drunk? Sleazy drunk? Tell me about the unchained you.
I make lots of (bad and ill-timed) supposedly amusing remarks and get really excited when someone asks me about physics, birds or mathematics. I think I become better at explaining complex concepts using simple analogies, in the style of Brian Greene and his use of Itchy and Scratchy in explaining special relativity, and with no shortage of exaggerated (and impossible to follow) hand movements.
8. What makes you you?
I’m not sure. You’d get a better answer asking someone who knows me. I say ‘thank’ instead of ‘thanks’ sometimes, and instead of saying ‘hi’ when greeting someone I often say ‘hello’ in an Eastern-European accent, a habit I picked up somewhere in the last 5 or 6 years or so. I’ve also been told that I do not suffer fools gladly, which I suppose is true.
9. On a scale of casual to foaming at the mouth hardcore, how dedicated are you to your respective fandoms?
Not very. I’m not really a member of any fandoms. I follow a lot of tf2 blogs, I guess, but I don’t interact very much with the fandom. I just enjoy all of the fanart. So I’d say ‘casual’. There are many things I am ‘foaming at the mouth hardcore’ enthusiastic about but I don’t think they have significant fandoms, not here anyway. These things include NIN, PT/Steven Wilson, Opeth and Dream Theater. And carnivorous plants on occasion.
10. Tell me 3 things you want to do within the next 5 years.
I want to go back to America and visit many small towns in the middle of nowhere, perhaps go on your run-of-the-mill roadtrip across the centre. I also want to get something published in a scientific journal, and pick up a sport of some kind. That would be fun.
11. I’ve been so rude not asking this first. How are you? Are you feeling well? Sleep okay? Have a good day?
I’m alright I suppose. Whilst I’m not particularly sad I’m not particularly happy either. Somewhat stressed about things that have not gone entirely to plan, about which I can perhaps do something but I probably won’t. Becoming weary of university after three full years and somewhat daunted by the promise of three more. I had a good day today, though. I got to go on a long walk with my brother, and it was a lovely afternoon for it. Everything is very green where he lives at the moment.
1. Is there a story behind your given name(s)? If so, what is it? Would you change it if you could (if you haven’t already)?
2. What is your typical day like? What do you usually have for lunch?
3. When was the last time you felt truly happy? Describe it.
4. What is your favourite bird and why?
5. Do you have a favourite song? What is it? Why do you like it so much?
6. Describe a place that is important to you, and explain why. What is your favourite memory of this place?
7. It’s a cold snowy/rainy night, and you have the house to yourself, and no work to do (yay!). What are your plans for the evening?
8. What is something you’ve always wanted to do, but have never done?
9. What would you do for a living if you were guaranteed to earn a decent wage from it?
10. What is something you miss? A person, a place, a thing.
Tagged (if I don’t know you, it’s because I think you’re an interesting person and I like your blog!): theripplingwalls, richardofyork, cheraxdestructor, tizzard, lawlspy, godzillabreath, jaymamon, sharpenmytongue, joobrthebaticeer, fwippy, tf2shitfest (Don’t have to do it if you don’t want to, folks. I don’t mind).