(meme) Twelve Days of Livejournal

OK, I normally don’t do posts regarding “The Other December Holiday” (is that like “The Other White Meat”?). But these two are so cute, I just couldn’t resist…

[snarfed from usqueba]

On the twelfth day of Chanukkah, cahwyguy sent to me…

Twelve subways gardening
Eleven trolleys learning
Ten caltrans a-roadgeeking
Nine boardgames gaming
Eight highways a-boardgaming
Seven streetcars a-singing
Six freeways a-cross-stiching
Five ma-a-a-ason williams
Four strategy games
Three fountain pens
Two mel brooks
…and an acsac in a genealogy.
Get your own Twelve Days:

Of course, if you don’t like those 12 Days, you can always let the DoD do the job for you… (snarfed from mortuus):

The Department of Defense 12 Days of Christmas

The president has authorized the Department of Defense to assist Santa with the Twelve Days of Christmas. Status of acquisitions follows:

Day 1– Partridge in a pear tree: The Army and Air Force are in the process of deciding whose area of responsibility Day 1 falls under. Since the partridge is a bird, the Air Force believes it should have the lead. The Army, however, feels trees are part of the land component command’s area of responsibility and has discussions and repeated Ops Deps tank sessions, a $1M study has been commissioned to decide who should lead this joint program.

Day 2 – Two turtle doves: Since doves are birds, the Air Force claims responsibility. However, turtles are amphibious, so the Navy-Marine Corps team feels it should take the lead. Initial studies have shown that turtles and doves may have interoperability problems. Terms of reference are being coordinated for a four-year, $10M DARPA study.

Day 3 – Three French Hens: At State Department instigation, the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs has blocked off-shore purchase of hens, from the French or anyone else. A $6M program is being developed to find an acceptable domestic alternative.

Day 4 – Four Calling Birds: Source selection has been completed, with the contract awarded to AT&T. However, the award is being challenged by a small disadvantaged business.

Day 5 – Five Golden Rings: No available rings meet MILSPEC for gold plating. A three-year, $5M accelerated development program has been initiated.

Day 6 – Six Geese a-Laying: The six geese have been acquired. However, the shells of their eggs seem to be very fragile. It might have been a mistake to build the production facility on a nuclear waste dump at former Air Force base that was closed under BRAC.

Day 7 – Seven Swans a-Swimming: Fourteen swans have died trying to get through the Navy SEAL training program. The program has been put on hold while the training procedures are reviewed to determine why the washout rate is so high.

Day 8 – Eight Maids a-Milking: The entire class of maids a milking training program at Aberdeen is involved in a sexual harassment suit against the Army. The program has been put on hold pending resolution of the lawsuit.

Day 9 – Nine Ladies Dancing: Recruitment of the ladies dancing has been halted by a lawsuit from the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Association.” Members claim they have a right to dance and wear women’s clothing as long as they’re off duty.

Day 10 – Ten Lords a-Leaping: The ten lords have been abducted by terrorists. Congress has approved $2M in funding to conduct a rescue operation. Army Special Forces and a USMC MEU(SOC) are conducting a “NEO-off” competition for the right to rescue.

Day 11 – Eleven Pipers Piping: The pipe contractor delivered the pipes on time. However, he thought DoD wanted smoking pipes. DoD lost the claim due to defective specifications. A $22M dollar retrofit program is in process to bring the pipes into spec.

Day 12 – Twelve Drummers Drumming: Due to cutbacks only six billets are available for drumming drummers. DoD is in the process of coordinating an RFP to obtain the six additional drummers by outsourcing; however, funds will not be available until FY 08.

As a result of the above-mentioned programmatic delays, and due to a high OPTEMPO that requires diversion of modernization funds to support current readiness, Christmas is hereby postponed until further notice.


(meme) Interests meme

A morning meme, whilst my tea steeps and cools, snarfed from shutterbug93:

Look at your LJ “interests” list. If you have less than 50 interests, pick every fifth one. If you have between fifty and seventy-five interests, pick every seventh one. If you have over seventy-five interests, pick every tenth one. If you have fewer than ten, pick all of ‘em. List them on your LJ, and tell everyone exactly what it is about these things that interests you so much.

So, let’s see:
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(meme) Odd Interest Meme

As you can see, I’m pretty busy today working on a requirements matrix, hence the more content-free memes. However, for your lunch break, we have a meme-wrap, made the way you like it, with your favorite goodies inside: roasted meme, soy-meme cheese, and smokey meme-bits, with mayo and onions, prepared by lordandrei. This evening, I’ll have my first personal training appointment, so I’ll have to work hard to burn off the calories from this meme!

Scan my interest list and pick out the one that seems the most odd to you.

I’ll explain it.

Then you post this in your journal so other people can ask you about your interests.


Not Boring After All… Interests Meme

I guess I’m not boring after all. I did get results from the Interests Meme:

Based on the lj interests lists of those who share my more unusual interests, the interests suggestion meme thinks I might be interested in
1. music score: 60
2. stephen sondheim score: 49
3. theatre score: 44
4. singing score: 43
5. jason robert brown score: 42
6. william finn score: 36
7. photography score: 35
8. writing score: 33
9. michael john lachiusa score: 32
10. art score: 32
11. sweeney todd score: 32
12. reading score: 31
13. movies score: 30
14. sondheim score: 27
15. love score: 27
16. gypsy score: 27
17. wicked score: 27
18. acting score: 27
19. cole porter score: 26
20. carolee carmello score: 26

These are mostly right. I’m not a big fan of Jason Robert Brown or William Finn. I’ve tried photography, but never really got into it. I don’t know who Michael John Lachiusa or Carolee Carmello are. Other stuff is prettly close, but I sing in the key of “off”. Also, it didn’t find any of the esoteric interests in the road or Judaism areas.


Comment Fishing without a License

[Passing along a meme that looks interesting, horked (as they say) from ellipticcurve, who horked it from zaph]

1. Pick one thing from my interests list that you like, and explain why.

2. Pick one thing from my interests list that you don’t like, and explain why.

3. Pick one thing from my interests list that surprises you, and explain why.

4. Pick one thing from my interests list that you don’t understand, and I’ll tell you about it.

5. Tell me one thing that’s not on my interests list that should be.