strange_complex: (Doctor Who Bechdel test)
Gosh, it's a long time since I've posted a personality test result here! But I've never seen a 'which Doctor Who companion are you?' test before - only 'which Doctor?'. I'm not sure whether Barbara was a possible result - I know Susan is one, 'cos that's what the person who alerted me to the test got, and judging from the questions I think the others are Leela, Ace and Rose. But I'll take Romana out of the possible options. :-)

Take Which Doctor Who companion are you? (girls) today!
Created with Rum and Monkey's Personality Test Generator.
You're Romana!

Silly Doctor. It's adorable, really, how hard he tries. And he is pretty brilliant, you'll give him that. But he always seems to overlook the obvious--including the fact that he's not the only Gallifreyan onboard, thank you very much. You are always calm and collected, and more often than not wonderfully witty, in the face of adversity. The Doctor knows he can count on you, even when you infuriate him!

Oh, and yesterday [ profile] matgb pointed out that I can provide links to my journal displayed via an old layout, so I'm reinstituting the 'Click here if you would like...' link at the bottom of my journal now after all. It's just that now it links to my old light-on-dark layout for people who don't like dark-on-light text.

Click here if you would like view this entry in light text on a dark background.

strange_complex: (Cathica spike)
I attended the first meeting of the book group I've joined at work today - the one I read I'm Not Scared for. I hadn't been too sure about the group previously, but actually I really enjoyed the meeting. Having a good old chat about the book was fun, and I'm getting to like the other people in the group more, now that we've interacted a bit. There are some quiet folks, but also plenty of people who are prepared to speak up with interesting opinions, while at the same time being keen to listen to other people's contributions.

So I shall certainly be going along to the next meeting, and have already snagged the only copy of the next book we'll be reading (The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón) from the University library - mua-ha-ha-hah!

Meanwhile, I took the 'Which Doctor?' test that everyone else has been taking. Last time I did one, I came out as the First Doctor - but then that was three years ago, the new series hadn't started up yet, and there were fewer options available. This time, despite this little exchange on [ profile] nhw's journal this morning, I took it without aiming for any particular result at all, but simply answering all the questions as honestly as I could. I suspect that my result hinged largely on my answer to the final question, which I found really hard, dithering between two of the four options for ages. Was my ideal doctor a Victorian gentlemen, or an eccentric and perpetually curious thinker?

Well? )

strange_complex: (Apollo Belvedere)
I've just got back from a very enjoyable performance of Bach's B Minor Mass at Leeds University's Great Hall, which I attended in the company of [ profile] big_daz. Damn, but it's powerful stuff. We were sitting no more than 15 metres from a choir some 60 strong, and they certainly packed a punch.

The singers were mainly students of the School of Music, backed up by the Leeds Baroque Choir (whose numbers include my head of department!) and Orchestra. As such, some aspects of the performance were a little ropey, but then again it was a great opportunity to hear rising young stars. I especially liked the alto soloist, Beth Mackay, who did great credit to my favourite movement from the B Minor Mass - the 'Agnus Dei'.

And there were some interesting aspects to the performance, too. Firstly, two of the choruses ('Cum Sancto Spiritu' and the 'Sanctus') were taken at almost double their usual speed - apparently, according to the pre-concert talk, to bring out their use of forms usually associated with dance music; especially triplets. I wasn't convinced, because it made it difficult for the choir to articulate all the individual notes properly, and consequently it sounded as though some of them were falling over one another. But an interesting experiment, nonetheless. Secondly, although most choruses were taken by the full choir, some parts of some of them were stripped down to only one voice per line - this time apparently to bring out the fine details of their more complicated contrapuntal texture. Again, it didn't quite work, this time because the students chosen for these sections weren't quite up to the job, especially when standing on the other side of the orchestra from the audience. But it was an interesting compromise between the 'large' sound of the full choir and the precision of one-voice-to-a-part, which I think could work very effectively with better singers.

Anyway, a bit of Bach of a weekend is always a bonus, especially since I don't think I've seen the B Minor Mass in performance for about 6 or 7 years now. Definitely an afternoon well spent.

And before I go: what tarot card am I? )

That all sounds slightly worrying, actually...! Oh well, it's only a meme - right?

strange_complex: (Jooster I say)
Me likes this one. Although I did have to rewrite the descriptive text a little, because it was so poorly expressed.


You are Reginald Jeeves. You always have great advice and are cool and cunning. Even though you're always the one who has to do all the dirty work, people respect you and come to you when there is a problem. Your positive characteristics include the way you speak, quoting many authors such as Shakespeare and romantic poets. You have impeccable dress sense and can save others from making huge mistakes.

Which Jeeves and Wooster Character are you most like? brought to you by Quizilla

In related news, it transpires that Ask Jeeves are actually handing our man his notice, and becoming just plain 'Ask'. This, however, is undoubtedly a Good Thing. They have been making him wear silly hats in connection with seasonal festivities for years, and also generally going round perpetuating the misconception that he is a butler. Three cheers for his liberation from such undignified nonsense.

EDIT: Also, since when did Word crashing cause all the icons on the right-hand side of my desktop only to move one inch to the left??? Word crashes regularly under Windows ME, but that's a new one on me!

I rule!

Monday, 15 August 2005 10:19
strange_complex: (Daria star)
This was one of those tests I did idly without really thinking I'd bother to post up the result. But given how it came out, I think I will:

Two-Variable Intuition Test )
I do b'lieve I will resolve to trust my intuition more from now on...
strange_complex: (Zaphod Holy Zarquon!)
Ford Prefect
Congratulations, you hoopy frood! The world is your pan galactic gargle blaster. Even when you think the Man is getting you down, you can rest assured that it is only the prelude to another favorable adventure.

My test tracked 1 variable. How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 40% on dentity
Link: The Hitchhiker's Guide Personality Test written by donquixotic on OkCupid Free Online Dating

In other news, I am going to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tonight - squeee!

Hic mihi placet

Wednesday, 15 December 2004 14:23
strange_complex: (Cleo wink)
I generally detest MemeGen memes, on the grounds that they aren't funny and reveal nothing of interest or value about the people who do them. However, even I could not resist finding out what Latin case I am:

Cut for those who feel as I do about MemeGen memes )
strange_complex: (Urbs Roma)
You scored as Clio. You are Clio, the muse of history. You love academic pursuits, but still know to have fun. You're a bit of a tease and a prankster. </td>



















Which of the Greek Muses are you?
created with

Doctor Which?

Tuesday, 2 November 2004 18:42
strange_complex: (Lady Penelope)
Had to do this one: thanks, [ profile] sir_didymus!

The First Doctor
You are the First Doctor: Irascible, brusque, and
occasionally condescending and rude. You do not
suffer fools gladly, nor do you harbor any
false modesty about your capabilities. You have
a sharp tongue, though you're first-class
company when you're in a good mood.

Which Incarnation of the Doctor Are You?
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