izmeina: a big eared American eagle listening to everything (echelon)
This place is supposed to be a Trump free zone but some fan art pictures are just too amusing for this serpent to keep all to herself



A lying vulture sitting on his ass would be a more appropriate description for such a grand swords and sandals epic

And anyway, since when do real lions consort with sneaky foxes? The inner Slytherin is disgusted already
izmeina: Strange Spiral Clock (Spiral)
What a week

If we ever needed proof that
The fish rots from the head
Then this week was it





Just another week in Washington

More of the madness

Originally tried to embed rather than use links but they seem to disapparate when clicked

The vanishing tweets )


At this rate we will be lucky to get to the end of the next one
izmeina: (Noodles uber alles)
Izzie’s been a busy but flustered serpent of late. The stinking sizzling weather is gone and there’s even been lots of rain lately. But in spite of all this good stuff just cannot snap out of this present state of doomy gloomy awfulizing. Been so many dramas with the ant man, dodgy taps and the roof repairs that just seem to be dragging on and on and now we will soon be in the middle of the rainy season. All this shit should have been finished on their first visit in early February

So much gossip and so little squiggled. Been taking a peek in the old Pensieve from many moons ago and could not help but think that way back in 2003 and 2004 with two jobs and three subjects at uni and no computer or internet in the Lair, managed to squiggle far more stuff in Livejournal land than now with all the time in the world and a Big Mac with its very own Portkey to the magical world of Cyberia

Had so much fun back in 2005 putting bets on the new owner of the ‘Fisherman’s Shoes’ Almost as a joke and sign of utter evilness was hoping that a certain Joseph Ratzinger would get the top job. It’s up there with Barack Obama or Henry Kissinger getting the Nobel Peace Prize

This time had the old forked tongue crossed for George Pell for Pope and Tony Abbott for the Lodge (there’s a federal election in Oz this September. It’s already been nicknamed the Yom Kippur election due to the impeccable timing)

Lucky it was only Monopoly money as the silly bugger blew his chances by claiming that the Papal resignation was setting a bad precedent and was ‘just not cricket’
So we end up with some outsider who bears an uncanny resemblance to one Alberto Luciano. If it is more than skin deep he will definitely not last long in that job. Only got a proper peek at the papers today but it was the big story all yesterday.
The minute I heard he was going to take the name Francis was very impressed. Francis of Assisi must be the nearest thing that Christianity has to a Buddha.
Was ever so amused how the only local journalist who saw any significance in this was one Walid Ali - a card carrying Muslim! Turns out that he had thought of a second Francis. Had forgotten about the Xavier fellow. Must go googling Francis Xavier. Always getting him mixed up with Ignatius Loyola.
Here’s hoping that he will resurrect liberation theology and all the left wing stuff that his predecessors wanted dead, buried and cremated.
Bring it back from the dead. Zombie theology is just what the world needs right now. Maybe he will even restore Anthony De Mello to the pantheon of saints where he belongs. His predecessor said such awful things about him and that was how Ratzi first appeared on the Izzie radar

Anthony de Mello was the Peter Cundall of Catholicism

Not that it should matter to this agnostic serpent. The Roman Church has become rather known for all the wrong sort of stuff lately - the stuffy bureaucratic old boys club that considers looking after its own much more important than doing the right thing and the whole obsession with sex, suffering and virgin mothers. But one thing that they do brilliantly is smells and bells. Religion without rituals is just missing a certain something.

And of course it was these lovely folks who brought us the Inquisition which reminds this serpent of a recent request for questions from an online friend

An Inquisition Meme

Izzie doesn’t do many of these lately. There’s way too many other distractions. But now and again a nosy Inquisitor comes along with ways and means of persuading serpents to respond. It was even tempting to answer some of the questions she gave to her other victims

The Dinner party is always an interesting and revealing hypothetical

Serpent Snippets )
izmeina: (Noodles uber alles)
Izzie’s been a busy but flustered serpent of late. The stinking sizzling weather is gone and there’s even been lots of rain lately. But in spite of all this good stuff just cannot snap out of this present state of doomy gloomy awfulizing. Been so many dramas with the ant man, dodgy taps and the roof repairs that just seem to be dragging on and on and now we will soon be in the middle of the rainy season. All this shit should have been finished on their first visit in early February

So much gossip and so little squiggled. Been taking a peek in the old Pensieve from many moons ago and could not help but think that way back in 2003 and 2004 with two jobs and three subjects at uni and no computer or internet in the Lair, managed to squiggle far more stuff in Livejournal land than now with all the time in the world and a Big Mac with its very own Portkey to the magical world of Cyberia

Had so much fun back in 2005 putting bets on the new owner of the ‘Fisherman’s Shoes’ Almost as a joke and sign of utter evilness was hoping that a certain Joseph Ratzinger would get the top job. It’s up there with Barack Obama or Henry Kissinger getting the Nobel Peace Prize

This time had the old forked tongue crossed for George Pell for Pope and Tony Abbott for the Lodge (there’s a federal election in Oz this September. It’s already been nicknamed the Yom Kippur election due to the impeccable timing)

Lucky it was only Monopoly money as the silly bugger blew his chances by claiming that the Papal resignation was setting a bad precedent and was ‘just not cricket’
So we end up with some outsider who bears an uncanny resemblance to one Alberto Luciano. If it is more than skin deep he will definitely not last long in that job. Only got a proper peek at the papers today but it was the big story all yesterday.
The minute I heard he was going to take the name Francis was very impressed. Francis of Assisi must be the nearest thing that Christianity has to a Buddha.
Was ever so amused how the only local journalist who saw any significance in this was one Walid Ali - a card carrying Muslim! Turns out that he had thought of a second Francis. Had forgotten about the Xavier fellow. Must go googling Francis Xavier. Always getting him mixed up with Ignatius Loyola.
Here’s hoping that he will resurrect liberation theology and all the left wing stuff that his predecessors wanted dead, buried and cremated.
Bring it back from the dead. Zombie theology is just what the world needs right now. Maybe he will even restore Anthony De Mello to the pantheon of saints where he belongs. His predecessor said such awful things about him and that was how Ratzi first appeared on the Izzie radar

Anthony de Mello was the Peter Cundall of Catholicism

Not that it should matter to this agnostic serpent. The Roman Church has become rather known for all the wrong sort of stuff lately - the stuffy bureaucratic old boys club that considers looking after its own much more important than doing the right thing and the whole obsession with sex, suffering and virgin mothers. But one thing that they do brilliantly is smells and bells. Religion without rituals is just missing a certain something.

And of course it was these lovely folks who brought us the Inquisition which reminds this serpent of a recent request for questions from an online friend

An Inquisition Meme

Izzie doesn’t do many of these lately. There’s way too many other distractions. But now and again a nosy Inquisitor comes along with ways and means of persuading serpents to respond. It was even tempting to answer some of the questions she gave to her other victims

The Dinner party is always an interesting and revealing hypothetical

Serpent Snippets )
izmeina: (Default)
Just been experimenting with a certain text toy doing the rounds of blogville

Stolen from "The Well Tempered Plot Device"

Leonard Nimoy, currently *** directing his own resurrection in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, is the author of two books of poems rightly considered too hot for bookshops to handle. They're distributed solely through Athena poster shops, in the same series of icky little volumes with tinted pages and silhouettes of weeds that has given the world the if anything even more deathless works of the legendary Susan Polis Schutz, the Colorado Sappho. (You must know the stuff: "Our relationship / is beautiful / because / it is ours / because / it relates / to us.")

All you have to do is read through the following (genuine) sample poem, and then use your skill and judgement to supply the missing lines from the ones that follow. (These include about 80% of the text of Nimoy's second book of poems, which by a novel inspiration consists almost entirely of excerpts from the first.) Then turn to the end of the article to find out how you scored. First, the specimen:


and tossed in the box

Out came


I write like
Dan Brown

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!




and then the poem itself

"Rocket ships / Are exciting / But so are roses / On a birthday

"Computers are exciting / But so is a sunset

"And logic / Will never replace / Love

"Sometimes I wonder / Where I belong / In the future / Or / In the past

"I guess I'm just / An old-fashioned / Space-man."


In the box it goes


I write like
Arthur C. Clarke

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!




Guess it's the space-man that does it

Then there's the puzzle

And now it's over to you:

(i) I love you not for what I want you to be ... (2 points for the missing line.)

(ii) I loved you then for what you were ... (3 points.)

(iii) I miss you / And not only you ... (3 points)

(iv) My love for you is not a gift to you ... (1 point.)

– and the hardest one: here you have two lines to guess of a three-line poem.

(v) I am me ... (2+4 points.)


I write like
James Joyce

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!




So bad that it's good? What other explanation could there possibly be

Putting it all together we get


I write like
Dan Brown

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!




The whole is obviously less than the sum of its parts



And now a real writing analyzer

I actually write like
a moonstruck lunatic possibly actually wearing a straightjacket

I Actually Write Like Analyze your writing!



Can already see the creepy Fool in the Dark Grimoire Asylum

I actually write like
someone about to go on a killing spree

I Actually Write Like Analyze your writing!

izmeina: (Default)
Just been experimenting with a certain text toy doing the rounds of blogville

Stolen from "The Well Tempered Plot Device"

Leonard Nimoy, currently *** directing his own resurrection in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, is the author of two books of poems rightly considered too hot for bookshops to handle. They're distributed solely through Athena poster shops, in the same series of icky little volumes with tinted pages and silhouettes of weeds that has given the world the if anything even more deathless works of the legendary Susan Polis Schutz, the Colorado Sappho. (You must know the stuff: "Our relationship / is beautiful / because / it is ours / because / it relates / to us.")

All you have to do is read through the following (genuine) sample poem, and then use your skill and judgement to supply the missing lines from the ones that follow. (These include about 80% of the text of Nimoy's second book of poems, which by a novel inspiration consists almost entirely of excerpts from the first.) Then turn to the end of the article to find out how you scored. First, the specimen:


and tossed in the box

Out came


I write like
Dan Brown

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!




and then the poem itself

"Rocket ships / Are exciting / But so are roses / On a birthday

"Computers are exciting / But so is a sunset

"And logic / Will never replace / Love

"Sometimes I wonder / Where I belong / In the future / Or / In the past

"I guess I'm just / An old-fashioned / Space-man."


In the box it goes


I write like
Arthur C. Clarke

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!




Guess it's the space-man that does it

Then there's the puzzle

And now it's over to you:

(i) I love you not for what I want you to be ... (2 points for the missing line.)

(ii) I loved you then for what you were ... (3 points.)

(iii) I miss you / And not only you ... (3 points)

(iv) My love for you is not a gift to you ... (1 point.)

– and the hardest one: here you have two lines to guess of a three-line poem.

(v) I am me ... (2+4 points.)


I write like
James Joyce

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!




So bad that it's good? What other explanation could there possibly be

Putting it all together we get


I write like
Dan Brown

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!




The whole is obviously less than the sum of its parts



And now a real writing analyzer

I actually write like
a moonstruck lunatic possibly actually wearing a straightjacket

I Actually Write Like Analyze your writing!



Can already see the creepy Fool in the Dark Grimoire Asylum

I actually write like
someone about to go on a killing spree

I Actually Write Like Analyze your writing!

izmeina: (Default)
Stolen from Ozfille in LJ land.



I write like
H. P. Lovecraft

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!





If you take enough samples, you eventually get the results you want ;)

But as an interesting experiment - first tested this thing out on an old Izzie book review and tossed it to the Mac Monster

First test - the bit up to the quote from an Amazon book review gets rated as like James Joyce!

The second segment also obviously exluding the book review as it is written by some one else gets downgraded to Dan Brown
The quote comes from a quirky quill clone of H P Lovecraft
and the whole thing including quote and all is magically transformed to be similar to Ray Bradbury. Hardly surprising since it is partly about one of his books after all and has got a quotation from it. Interestingly - removing that quotation still resulted in another Ray Bradbury result


Other serpent snippets scored J K Rowling, more Dan Brown, Nabakov and Raymond Chandler.
Maybe it's time to abandon the serpentine incarnation and transform into a chameleon instead

With a bit more glitter and sparkles, maybe we can score a Stephanie Meyer.

(Got Mark Twain, Mario Puzo and Stephen King but still no Stephanie :( )
izmeina: (Default)
Stolen from Ozfille in LJ land.



I write like
H. P. Lovecraft

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!





If you take enough samples, you eventually get the results you want ;)

But as an interesting experiment - first tested this thing out on an old Izzie book review and tossed it to the Mac Monster

First test - the bit up to the quote from an Amazon book review gets rated as like James Joyce!

The second segment also obviously exluding the book review as it is written by some one else gets downgraded to Dan Brown
The quote comes from a quirky quill clone of H P Lovecraft
and the whole thing including quote and all is magically transformed to be similar to Ray Bradbury. Hardly surprising since it is partly about one of his books after all and has got a quotation from it. Interestingly - removing that quotation still resulted in another Ray Bradbury result


Other serpent snippets scored J K Rowling, more Dan Brown, Nabakov and Raymond Chandler.
Maybe it's time to abandon the serpentine incarnation and transform into a chameleon instead

With a bit more glitter and sparkles, maybe we can score a Stephanie Meyer.

(Got Mark Twain, Mario Puzo and Stephen King but still no Stephanie :( )
izmeina: (Don't panic)
Snatched from The Cat


Your result for The Mega Harry Potter Character Test...

Mad Eye Moody

Don't fight it...it is who you are!


Constant Vigilence! If this isn't your catchphrase already, it should be.

(looks like the quiz proof readers were not following their own advice ;) )


Izzie's so got the giggles. Never even considered Maddie as an option but on second thoughts, he's just perfect. Strange, ugly, cranky and totally crazy
And the question still remains of course - which one?
Yesss - astrology is destiny
izmeina: (Preciousss)
Izzie's result - Honestly - obviously ;) Still thinks we should be a Slytherclaw or even a Slytherpuff - if that is even possible
Apart from one - definitely the least obvious and most subtle Sorting Hat in Cyberia

Still wondering about the cyanide and solar panels. Picked the poison but it did nothing for the snake score. Guessing that the green option scored badger points



Your result for The Sorting Hat Test...

Ravenclaw

You scored 58% Order/Chaos, and 28% Moral/Rational

Orderly Rationality. You like the follow the rules unless there's a very good reason not to, and you try to keep an objective, rational look on life. Your strength lies in your ability to understand complex things by keeping a clear head and going through step by step; your weakness is in a difficulty relating to others who don't share this combination of traits.



You join members such as Luna Lovegood, Cho Chang, and Filius Flitwick.



The 4-grid I used to determine this is as follows:


Chaotic Orderly
Moral Gryffindor Hufflepuff
Rational Slytherin Ravenclaw






Take The Sorting Hat Test
at HelloQuizzy

izmeina: (Noodles uber alles)
Since it's that time of year for taking stock and starting again with the best of intentions, could not resist this wicked list meme



I took the 43 Things Personality Quiz and found out I'm a
Spiritual Self-Improving Tree Hugger

Bad

Jul. 24th, 2008 09:32 pm
izmeina: (Big Bad Bill)
This snailish serpent finally gets around to answering the last of the Cat's Questionses

3. Why the bad guys are more interesting than the good ones?

The quote that immediately comes to mind is an old Izzie favorite
"There is no good and evil. There is only power and those too weak to seek it"

Most folks are brought up to fit into society, to be nice and to think of others etc. Looking out for Number One is considered rather unacceptable
There's good reasons for this training. Life would be rather nasty short and brutish if everyone acted out of pure unadulterated self interest. Most things worth achieving require co-operation and delayed gratification
But as well as these carrots, there's also sticks for those who do not play by the rules and of course those sorts do best when most folks are playing nice. There's just so many more opportunities for free rides.

But there are some who don't give a damn about what most folks think. Rules are for fools. And for those who follow the rules out of fear, there must lurk a secret desire to slink about in an invisibility cloak and do all that stuff that they do not do simply from fear of getting caught and punished
So while some people play nice because they are basically good, can empathise with others and are able to imagine how awful it would be if everyone just indulged their dark side with no regard to consquences, most people are nice simply because they are afraid of being punished for being nasty. And those are the ones who most likely find the dark side most intriguing indeed

But while megalomaniacs, psychopaths and control freaks are fascinating in fantasy or at a distance, they are no fun at all in real life, especially if one of them is in a position of power over you. If it is not actually a matter of life and death (unless you are a slave, it is possible to leave most jobs - or a young child - it is possible to leave one's family) which is most scary and terrifying indeed, it can just be plain old downright draining and emotionally exhausting to be under the influence of such a creature. And baddies often seem to have the ability to make their prey believe that there is no other alternative or any way out and that it is really all their fault. All they have to do is just try harder to be good and everything will be OK. Maybe the baddies really do see themselves as victims rather than perpetrators or maybe it is just another item in the arsenal for maintaining control and inducing guilt trips in their victims

At least in fantasy - no matter what sort of psychopathic sadistic control freak you can conjure from the deepest darkest doomiest dungeons of the mind - the fact is that the one who does the imagining is still really in control. That is what makes all the difference

PS Not all evil is interesting. Some of it is just plain sick Better send Catman to the rescue
Now we know where Dearest Dolores gets the decor for her dungeon
izmeina: (Preciousss)
Snatched from The Cat

A silly quizzie - just the sort of thing to post when the old green cells are feeling far too pickled for a proper post. And yesss. People are not exactly Izzie's favorite species.

Your result for The Attachment Style Test...

The Hermit

36% Anxiety Over Abandonment and 62% Avoidance Of Intimacy

You prefer to be alone, without strong emotional ties. You know from experience that people usually leave anyway, and that it's probably best that you don't get too attached. You prefer plenty of alone time, and have learned to entertain yourself. Part of you suspects that this is more to protect others than yourself.



Fictional character with whom you might identify: V (V for Vendetta), Rogue (X Men)



V.jpg Rogue.jpg




Other Attachment Types:
Secure: The Unicorn | The Cuddleslut | The Free Agent
Preoccupied: The Cling Wrap | The Squid | The Insect
Fearful: The Doormat | The Leper | The Exile
Dismissing: The Hermit | The Stone | The Player
Confused: The Waffler

Take The Attachment Style Test at HelloQuizzy

izmeina: (Noodles uber alles)
This procrastinating serpent finally gets to the last bit of the first question in an evil meme posted by [livejournal.com profile] cat_irix
Still got one whole question left to answer!

So the last book in the Izzie dozen is "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"
It's funny. While liking stories about witches, goblins and monsters and such when still a little serpent, was a bit suspicious about the Potters due to all the publicity, hype and stuff surrounding them.
But when the first movie came out, that was the final incentive to start reading the series as Izzie has a policy of always reading the book before seeing the movie (assuming the book came first)
The first thing to make Izzie suspicious was a certain 3 headed dog appearing amongst all the merchandise.
It was a strange sense of deja vu reading these stories and meeting long forgotten creatures and characters from myth and legend. The tone was also appealing. But most of all the tale is told with a sense of joy. In visiting Harry's magical world, we also get to see our own world with new eyes and to realise just how much everyday stuff we take for granted is really rather magical.
But reading these books was also accompanied by a sort of sadness and rather too many episodes of unexplained illnesses and panic attacks. This stuff had been going on for a good 9 months but the books made it infinitely worse. The fourth one got Izzie totally freaked out

Loved books 5 and 6 and they had no unexpected nasty side effects but from a story point of view they were getting too unwieldy and unstructured and were sort of all over the place with lots of stuff that was fun and interesting but really only filler and not absolutely essential to the central story. And we will not speak of The Book that Must Not Be Named - a whole year ago - seems hard to believe

But the third book - is still the Izzie favorite - from the point of view of being a wonderful story with some seriously wicked twists. No unnecessary added extras or padding
Nothing but good and happy memories for Izzie - nothing seriously freaky
But there was also something extra special. The art of Defence against Dementors.
A black hooded creepy dark creature - awful and all as it is - even though invisible - is a much more tangible (and defeatable) adversary than psychobabble stuff such as 'a chemical imbalance in the brain' and the means of combat is most useful indeed.
So in a way "Prisoner of Azkaban' provided the opportunity to practise and perfect the defences against Dementors first learned in the previously mentioned Dorothy Rowe book "Depression - the way out of your prison"
This book is the one that made Izzie realise more than any other just how powerful imagination can be when combined with purpose. Also that a story is like The Mirror of Erised. A most sneaky way indeed of getting past the gate keepers of rationality and logic to one's deepest desires or fears.
What began as a purely hypothetical question "If you had a Patronus, what would it be?" turned out to be most revealing indeed. (a Patronus is a sort of distant relation to Phillip Pullman's 'daemon' animal guardians but infinitely less pretentious)
Wandering down Memory Lane looking for possible inspiration - old diaries, doodles, squiggles and stuff showed that two particular sorts of animals kept appearing again and again.
One was a phoenix and the other was a serpent!

And it was through joining a certain Serpent's Nest in Cyberia that Izzie met most of her online friends.
It's quite strange. In the old days before the Oracle of Google and the World Wide Web, nearly all our friends were nuts about Star Trek and Sherlock Holmes. After these interests appeared too often to be mere coincidences, did watch the odd bit of Star Trek and read some Sherlock Holmes stories. Liked them but did not become totally possessed. Realised that they seemed to serve as some kind of indicator for openmindedness, imagination and thinking outside the square.

The Potter books also serve a similar role and often indicate many other shared interests and values.

Oh and how could we possible forget all those cool gadgets, potions and spells? Floo powder, the Pensieve, Invisibility cloaks, Firebolts, Rita's evil green Quick Quotes Quill and oodles more. The only thing missing is a Subjunctive Spyscope
izmeina: (Noodles uber alles)
The procrastinating serpent finally reaches the end of the booklist as part of a previous meme courtesy of The Cat

For those who know this serpent, the answer is obvious. But for those who don't ....

"Gödel, Escher, Bach - an Eternal Golden Braid" by Douglas Hofstadter

"Is the soul greater than the hum of its parts?"
Don't even know where to begin with this one. Simply the most amazingly magical strange and loopy book that Izzie has ever peeked her little nose in.
Simply thinking about it is enough to make this serpent smile and get all nostalgic and slushy
To maintain a child like sense of wonder of the world and to convey it to others so that they catch it too is just the least of it.
Needless to say, the ma hated the sight of the thing and was always threatening to toss it into the fire claiming that it was corrupting and twisting this innocent serpent's mind. Those Dursleys most definitely do NOT like magic.

Had always been fond of paradoxes, strange and impossible things. But it was many many years after admiring nameless drawings in children's encyclopedias of twisted triangles, strange loopy spirals, ants going around in circles and all sorts of impossible buildings that the Izzie found them all again in one place and realised for the first time that they were all by the one artist M C Escher. And this book was the place. That alone made it special but was only the start of it
There were Zen koans and stories from all sorts of seemingly unrelated areas. But these are very special stories. Not only do the characters talk about complicated concepts but the structure of each story itself illustrates the very concept itself. Contracrostipunctus - is particularly wicked. Who would ever guess that you could get up to so much mischief with an old fashioned record player? And there's all sorts of wicked twists in the tale
Many moons ago, Izzie found the whole chapter posted online but a good twenty minutes consulting the Oracle of Google is not delivering the goods.

If there was only one book that the Izzie could rescue from her entire collection, this would be the one.



Then there's also his wickedly wonderful "Metamagical Themas" which introduced Izzie to yet more fun stuff like fonts, fractals, tiles, number numbness, the Prisoner's Dilemma and one of the most twisted tales ever told

Ohh that last paragraph does not count as the second book - more a sort of second instalment of GEB. Or as Izzie calls them 'The Old and the New Testaments'
Izzie got a bit too enthusiastic and has now run out of time to post the lucky last and will have to save it for another day

Now you can see why we don't do these Inquisition memes too often. Once started - just cannot stop squiggling
izmeina: (Noodles uber alles)
The next four in the Serpent's Dozen

7 "Depression - the Way out of your Prison" Dorothy Rowe
First heard about Dorothy Rowe on a BBC television program called "The Mind Box" where she described a guaranteed way to build your own prison of depression
All that was required was "holding the following six beliefs as though they were real, absolute and immutable truths"

1. No matter how good and nice I appear to be, I am really bad, evil, valueless, unacceptable to myself and to others.
2. Other people are such that I must fear, hate and envy them.
3. Life is terrible and death is worse.
4. Only bad things happened to me in the past and only bad things will happen to me in the future
5. Anger is evil.
6. I must never forgive anyone, least of all myself

Holy shit thinks Izzie who had scored a full six out of six.
The most important thing of course was to realise that these were not eternal commandments carved in stone but beliefs that could be changed. And that was the key that eventually enabled Izzie to unlock the door and say goodbye to those dreaded Dementors.

8 "The Song of the Bird" Anthony De Mello
"You have yet to understand, my friends, that the shortest distance between a human being and truth is a story."
A wonderful collection of very short stories and snippets woven together to tell an even bigger story. There's the odd commentary here and there but most of the time it's up to the reader to find the meaning. They may be short and sweet but have an influence way beyond their size. Some will often only makes sense some twenty years later. Often they are the ones that turn out to be most significant. Veritable little time bombs
In a similar vein are his books "The Prayer of the Frog" and "One Minute Nonsense" which could be described as the original and the best chicken soup for the soul. Accept no Canfield imitations.


9 The Skeptical Feminist by Janet Radcliffe Richards
Was about 20 when coming across this book. Basically it examines the claims of feminism from a logical and philosophical perspective. It's purpose is to cut through much of the woolly thinking surrounding such issues and to avoid the blame game and victim stuff that is so so common.
The discussion about justice, what is 'natural' and the bad habit of so many feminists to dismiss those who disagree with them as being 'conditioned' and therefore not knowing 'what they really want' was most intriguing indeed. One thing that annoys Izzie no end is those who want to impose their view on others 'for our own good' with no regard at all to our opinions on the matter
Was particularly impressed by the arguments that the low status attached to many of women's roles such as caring and looking after children may have less to do with prejudice and misogyny and more to do with economics. That reminds us of another favorite "Freakonomics" which is wonderful but not quite up there in the top ten of all time

10 Your Money or Your Life Vicki Robbins and Jo Dominguez
(a guide for green goblins)
Read this book back in 1996. Along with "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" the most intelligent and different book about money that this serpent has ever encountered. The only one that view the accumulation of wealth as a means to an end and not for its own sake. Also one of the few that looks at motivation for acquiring the stuff and that acknowledges that more is often less.
Still a long way from financial independence but still following some of the steps - mainly the one of keeping track of every single silver sickle. Turns out to have interesting side effects.
The concept of seeing money by its time value (how many hours work did it cost to buy this new toy?) was not new to Izzie but these folks translate it to higher levels - especially for wage slaves spending a fortune on child care and take away food

Only two left. Saving the best for last!
izmeina: (Don't panic)
Yessss. After much procrastination, the Izzie finally posts her answers to the Cat's Inquisition. Well - some of them anyway
By the way, Izzie is not posting this as one of those contagious memes - being a creature who takes a whole week to answer just one lot of questionses, seems pointless to go begging for any more


1. What 5 books had influenced you most of all in your life?
Well. For a bookworm like Izzie, that's like asking a centipede which legs it moves first when crawling. Not quite pleading the fifth amendment on this one but rather will turn it into another post as it's a bit of struggle getting down to a dozen. Five seems downright impossible

2. If you had all the necessary skills and opportunities to make a movie, what would it be about, and who would you take for the cast?
Oh this one is dead easy because it's already been done. With the itsiest teeniest weeniest bit of tweeking - replacing the actor playing Rene with Alan Rickman in his Severus Snape incarnation. Otherwise, Izzie can think of no significant improvements.
A wicked twisted story with a rather black sense of humour and a most droolworthy leading actor - what more could an insane iconoclastic serpent desire? Seen it at least seven times and each time there's something new to notice

3. Why the bad guys are more interesting than the good ones?
The love of power is infinitely more interesting than the power of love. Will save this one too for a rainy day along with those books.

4. If you could be any Pagan god/dess from any pantheon, who would you prefer to be and why?
Such wicked questionses. As an 8 year old flobberworm, the Izzie was obsessed with the Greek pantheon - our first introduction to a whole bunch of brilliant old stories. Athena was the one that most intrigued the Izzie - wise and anything but wimpish - everything that the Izzie wasn't. But Medusa was the name that the class nasties thought was more suitable - not least because of all that curly hair.
Kali was also another contender when having cranky days. The inner wild beast too often kept on a leash
Many many years later, Eris with her basket of apples also sounds like fun and most certainly appeals to Izzie's dark side
Of course - by far the best portfolio belongs to Tehuti - but his usual nasty name sounds like he's got one hell of a lisp. No self respecting serpent would ever want an awful name like that. While being a part time ibis is cool - the baboon incarnations are a bit below our dignity.
Being some sort of serpent being would be fun but the local varieties - the Wagyl etc just swan about in the rivers all day and don't seem to do much at all. But then consulting the Oracle of The Gods found the perfect match for Izzie. When you can have Medusa, Cerberos, the Hydra and all sorts of other horrors in your menagerie - then why not be the mother of all monsters and the mermaid from hell?
Hard to believe that she shares her name with such cute and cuddly creatures as the local ant eaters. Being soft and cuddly on the inside and sharp and pointy on the outside and curling up into a ball and hiding at the first sign of trouble is a familiar strategy for Izzie

5. If there were a disease named after you, what would it be?
Izmania - a variety of insanity that involves believing that one is possessed by serpents

Oh and "Revenge is mine" says the serpent
Our questions to the Cat

1 What 10 books have most influenced you? (Izzie is a sneak and a thief)
2 If you had an unlimited budget to make a computer game, what would it be and would Bill Gates be in it?
3 Who is the baddest guy ever ever and why is he worthy of this title?
4 What are the five character traits that annoy you the most
5 If there were a computer virus named after you, what would it do?

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