The Random Yak

Friday Fill-In Meme

Filed under: MemeYaks — Random Yak @ 11:06 am on May 30, 2008

It’s Friday, blogging may or may not end up light, but subject matter probably will be.   Today’s dip in the meme pool brings up this little offering, courtesy of the Friday Fill-In Blog: (italicized comments, as always, are mine:)

1. For me, conformity is the opposite of creativity. (First thought through my head was “liberalism” – which also works)
2. II Corinthians was the last excellent book I read. (Hey – they asked for “excellent.”  If they’d asked for the last good book, I’d have said either The Crossing: The Glorious Tragedy of the First Man to Swim the English Channel or 366: More Great Stories from History For Each Day of the Year)
3. I like fill-ins because it beats a poke in the eye with a sharp stick(Also because it gives me something interesting to do on Friday…) 
4. In nature I like looking at just about everything.  Carefully.  So I don’t miss the little living things busy people miss.
5. Someone more qualified than anyone currently running should win the US elections.
6. The last time I laughed with all my belly was probably the last time my belly found something amusing.  (The rest of me laughed pretty hard last night.)
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to a barbecue, tomorrow my plans include another barbecue and Sunday, I want to (does this really take much creativity? I’ll give you three guesses, first two don’t count.).

Feel free to cut, paste and play along on your own blog. Friday Fill-Ins appreciates a link and comment so people know where to find you.

A Thursday Book Meme

Filed under: Just Yaks,MemeYaks — Random Yak @ 7:28 pm on May 28, 2008

Picked up from Tinkerty Tonk while scanning my blogroll for games to play today:

Take the list of books below, bold the ones you’ve read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish.  (And if you’re like me, feel free to note the ones you have purchased but have not yet found the time to start).

The list (with my addendum of one more book at the end, for a total of 107 volumes) and my responses, below the fold.  Feel free to cut, copy, paste and play along if you like. (more…)

Love God. Be Content. Enjoy Life.

Filed under: MemeYaks — Random Yak @ 6:52 pm on April 14, 2008

I’ve been tagged!  David from third world county tagged me with the most recent blogosphere meme pool game.

The rules?

1. Write your own six word memoir. (But “Live Fast, Die Young, Leave Clean Underwear” is too long AND previously taken.)
2. Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you want.
3. Link to the person that tagged you in your post and to the original post if possible so we can track it as travels across the blogosphere.
4. Tag at least five more blogs with links.
5. Leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play.

I admit, this was a hard one.  Had to include God, He’s too important to omit.  Had to include a reference to The Random Father, whose words of wisdom (See the upcoming Thursday 13) spanned the range from “Use good judgment” to “Laugh it up, Fuzzball” (with all due respect to Han Solo).  At the end of the day, though, I’m going with an excerpt from one of his recent journals.  Each day, he chronicled the “important” tasks he’d performed.  Despite the fact that he enjoyed a long and very successful career as a civil defense attorney, with a remarkable string of trial victories, the daily achievements he felt worth recording included such notable events as “planted pansies: China Blue” and “Prepped to tile bedroom closet.  Need 40 sf of tile.  38sf available. There’s a problem.”

A problem indeed.

Nestled among these entries, however, I found the following words:  “What is important?  Enjoy your life.  Enjoy what you have.”

So when it came down to “remember me in six words,” here’s what I have:

Love God.  Be Content.  Enjoy Life.

God and Dad, bridged by the Apostle Paul.  A life can’t do much better.

As for my tags, let’s hit:  Pet of Pet’s Garden Blog, Adam of Adam’s Blog, Angel from Woman Honor Thyself, and YOU if you are reading this. Tag!

Friday Frivol: A Friday Feast

Filed under: Frivol,MemeYaks — Random Yak @ 2:25 pm on February 1, 2008

In the weeds bigtime, but I’m taking a quick break to make sure the day doesn’t go by without at least a passing comment.  Today’s offering: participation in The Friday Feast.

Today’s meme:

Appetizer: What is your favorite kind of cereal? 

Oatmeal, served with lots and lots of brown sugar, cinnamon and apples.

Soup:  When was the last time you purchased something for your home, what was it, and in which room did it go?

Non-disposable item: A surge guard (to protect computers).  It originally went in my office, but most recently spent time in the great room during a LAN party.

Disposable item: spackle. For the bathroom wall.  (Don’t ask.)

Salad:  What is the funniest commercial you’ve ever seen?

Hard one.  I don’t watch many commercials (a side effect of not watching much TV), and I don’t remember most of the ones I do see.  Not to mention liberal use of the mute button.  For the moment, have to go with either the “Magic Fridge” beer ad from last year’s Superbowl or the “Fish that Plays Dead” Pepsi ad from a couple years ago (also premiered – and seen – during the Superbowl).

Main Course:  Make up a name for a company by using a spice and an animal (example: Cinnamon Monkey).

Red-pepper Moose.  (The dessert that bites back!)

Dessert:  Fill in the blank: I haven’t ______ since ______.

eaten … breakfast (and I’m not happy about it.)

Eight Plus Five Equals: Tagged

Filed under: MemeYaks — Random Yak @ 1:39 pm on November 16, 2007

David at third world county tagged me with the “eight random things” meme.  Granted, he added five more, thereby creating a meme/T.13 twofer, but in my case eight will probably do.

The rules of the meme:

  • When tagged, you must link to the person who tagged you. (check)
  • Then post the rules before your list, (check) and list eight random things about yourself. (working on it…bear with me…)
  • At the end of the post, you must tag and link to eight other people.
  • Eight Random Things About The Random Yak:

    1.  I woke up this morning with a kitten on my head.  (Literally.)

    2.  This wasn’t the first time.

    3.  I like to eat ice cream in the snow.  (Preferably with a cup of coffee.)

    4.  Although I’d like to have a more dignified choice, my favorite hymn is: “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee” and I have been known to play it more than ten times in a row.  (I have also been known to sing along, and did so even before I knew all the words.)  

    5.  I frequently respond to the question “would you like cream for your coffee?” with, “Just leave the cow.”  (Others frequently don’t realize that I mean it.)

    6.  Occasionally, I dream in Chinese.  (Which might not be strange if I was Chinese, but I’m Danish.)

    7.  I have the nicest rose garden on the street.  (Also the best collection of dandelions and some world-class crabgrass.)

    8.  My favorite flavors of ice cream are mint-chip and coffee-chip, depending on mood and availability.

    Now for the taggees.  Let’s hear 8 random facts about:


    Eight Things Meme

    Filed under: Just Yaks,MemeYaks — Random Yak @ 11:00 am on July 9, 2007

    Monday memeday, apparently…

    David at Third World County has tagged me with the “Eight Things About Me(me).” Although I’m very pleased to know I’m his favorite yak, I’m curious as to how many shaggy quadrupedal bloggers he’s familiar with – pleased, but not asking, because even if I’m the only one I’m glad I didn’t come in second.

    The Rules:

    Each player lists 8 facts/habits about themselves. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning before those facts/habits are listed. At the end of the post, the player then tags 8 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

    My Eight Things:

    1. I am a born-again Christian, saved literally at the edge of death at the age of 23. Although raised in a church-going family, I didn’t understand the need to accept Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior until I’dmade some Very Bad Decisions from which I would not have recovered on my own. Every day I live is a gift and a reminder that He truly did love me while still an enemy, and every day is an opportunity to seek Him and to serve His kingdom.

    2. I am somewhat obsessive-compulsive. I straighten books. I count stairs. I organize the M&Ms so I eat the colors in the right order. (And yes, I do this with other candies too, but M&Ms are a particularly persuasive example because they really do all taste the same. Nevertheless, I must eat the green ones last.)

    3. I like to study, build and read about siege engines and medieval warfare. In particular, Ihave a thing for trebuchets. I own no less than four, one of which still needs to be completed. They range in size from “peanut shooter” to “don’t you dare fire that within 300 feet of the neighbors because you’re going to kill someone.”

    4. I drink coffee by the pot. With half and half. A lot of half and half. In fact…just leave the cow. (I’m not sure whether this qualifies as cannibalistic behavior for a yak, but it’s cow’s milk so I’m thinking it’s ok.) I prefer 100% Kona coffeebut will drink just about any variety if it’s put in front of me with sufficient quantities of cream.

    5. I like puns. Actually, I like words of all kinds,particularly unusual words, uncommon words, and common words used in ways which create double meanings. I likeunique and unusual uses of language. Conversely, inappropriate use of language (particularly the combination of “a lot” into the incorrect “alot”) drives me crazy.Incorrectuse of language consciously and creatively exercised to make a point, however, does not drive me crazy. Writers will understand what I mean. (All others, see item #1…)

    6. I play World of Warcraft online. (Note: the remainder of this item will be totally incomprehensible to those who don’t play WoW) I am a guildleader (by default – werun by officer council, though I’m the one wearing the GL tag at the moment) and a raid leader (Karazhan/Gruul). My main is a 70 holy priest, alts are 70beast spec hunter (yes, I leveled that level 70 crabfrom level 10, he came from Durotar – and yes, I ride a nether ray) and 64 Elemental spec Shaman (the proverbial red-headed stepchild of the bunch). Yes, I spend way too many hours online.

    7. I have completed one novel and am working on two others, all intended for publication. Two fall within the science fiction/fantasy genre and the third is historical fiction. I hate writing synopses, however, and this has been myweakness when it comes to approaching publishers.

    8. Bibliophile doesn’t even begin to describe me. I read 2-3 booksper week (more if I’m not working). I read the Bible daily. I’ll read fiction or non-fiction, so long as it’s well written and interesting. At the moment I am reading By Permission of Heaven (a historical work about the Great Fire of London), rereading Footsteps of Thunder with Yak the Younger (think Jurassic Park meets historical fiction), and getting ready to start a book titled The Way of the Gladiator – which, not surprisingly, is a nonfiction work about Roman gladiators.

    Eight Tags (made more difficult by the fact that I just tagged five earlier this morning):

    1. Chris Carlisle (aka “Captain Platypus”) formerly of The Platypus Society,now of The Chris Carlisle Blogand The Dimmer Switch
    2. Barb of Tidbits and Treasures (heh, payback.)
    3. c.a.Marks of Alabama Improper(please support her Blog-a-Thon effort)
    4. basil of basil’s blog
    5. Pet of Pet’s Garden Blog
    6. Angel of Woman Honor Thyself
    7. One or more of the Conservababes: Right from New Fallujah
    8. You. If you’re reading this and you’re a blogger, you’re tagged. Neener.

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