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Attributes of a TimeChaser: Witty, sarcastic, opinionated, loyal, sometimes spaztacularifically geeky.

Chasing Time for: 33 years

Nicknames, Aliases, Pseudonyms and Nom de plumes: TC, Toki, Times, Chase, Timey Boy, Old Man

Interests: Music, Scifi/Fantasy, Anime, Science, History

Major Fandoms: Doctor Who, MythBusters, Top Gear

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Tag, You're Memed

I've been tagged by twilight samurai in her meme post, so here goes.

1. Which anime character is most similar to you? Why? (e.g. personality, interests, looks, etc.)

I'd have to say Konata from Lucky Star, simply for the fact that I can relate to her otakuness and warped sense of priorities.

2. How old are you?


3. Have you ever been to another country? Where would you like to go if you could?

I have not been to another country, but if I could I would love to visit the British Isles (England, Ireland, Scotland).

4. Would you stop eating meat for $1 million?

Never never never never. I'm too much of a carnivore.

5. What's your favorite song as of now?

Currently my favorite song is "Lock & Key" by Rush. I've been singing it in the shower a lot lately.

6. If your favorite anime character could take you out to dinner, who would it be and where would you go?

It would be Sei Sato from Maria-sama ga Miteru. She's a tomboy, so I guess we'd go out for burgers and drinks at a sports bar or something. Maybe a club.

7. What would it take to convince you to go sky diving with me?

The $1 million you would have given me for giving up meat.

8. I'm hungry. What would you fix me to eat? :D *is very hungry*

Soup and sandwich or tacos.

9. How did you come to be a member of TheOtaku? How long have you been here and what's your status (Senior, Legend, etc.)?

I found the site while looking for anime wallpapers, back when it was just an art site, and I became an active member sometime around 2006/2007. My rank is Otaku Eternal.

10. On a scale of 1-10, what do you think of these tags and memes?

I'd give it a 5. It's a fun way to kill some time, anyway.

11. What makes you so awesome??! 8D

Being a total Doctor Who geek.

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And now for the people I shall tag: Raina, Katana, Gome, Trip, Blank, Missay, Ducky, and Nehsz. Here's your questions. Feel free to tag others if you'd like, using your own set of questions.

1) If you could self-insert into any anime, which would it be?
2) Books, TV, or Movies: which do you prefer?
3) If you were stranded on an island with a CD player and an endless supply of batteries, which five albums would you want to have with you?
4) Do you enjoy black & white films? What's your favorite?
5) What's your favorite Beatles song?
6) If you could attempt any extreme sport, which would it be?
7) What was the worst book you ever read? What did you hate about it?
8) If you could have breakfast every day, what would be your ideal meal?
9) Could you survive the rest of your life without computers and the internet?
10) What's your favorite anime of the last decade?
11) What would you do first if you could be President of the Entire World?

Dental Hell

The last time I was at the dentist was a year ago, mainly thanks to all my recurrent lung problems. So I finally got an appointment for today, and it wasn't all pleasant. They had to update everything, so that meant new X-rays. I have a small mouth, and those films they use are pretty big, so there was much pain and gagging. To top it off, I have a chipped tooth, and in the chip I've got some decay, so I'm going back Monday to get that filled in. Amazingly, despite that and my constant grinding problems, I have excellently clean teeth. Go figure. :V

Of course, any sort of prolonged medical suffering is a good excuse for bookstore therapy, so I came out with a couple of good ones this time.

The Silver Skull (Swords of Albion #1) by Mark Chadbourne
A devilish plot to assassinate the Queen, a cold war enemy hell-bent on destroying the nation, incredible gadgets, a race against time to stop the ultimate doomsday device... and Elizabethan England's greatest spy!

Meet Will Swyfte - adventurer, swordsman, rake, swashbuckler, wit, scholar, and the greatest of Walsingham's band of spies. His exploits against the forces of Philip of Spain have made him a national hero, lauded from Carlisle to Kent. Yet his associates can barely disguise their incredulity - what is the point of a spy whose face and name is known across Europe?

But Swyfte's public image is a carefully crafted facade to give the people of England something to believe in, and to allow them to sleep peacefully at night. It deflects attention from his real work - and the true reason why Walsingham's spy network was established.

A cold war seethes, and England remains under a state of threat. The forces of Faerie have preyed on humanity for millennia. Responsible for our myths and legends, of gods and fairies, dragons, griffins, devils, imps, and every other supernatural menace that has haunted our dreams, this power in the darkness has seen humans as playthings to be tormented, hunted, or eradicated.

But now England is fighting back!

Magical defenses have been put in place by the queen's sorcerer, Dr. John Dee, who is also a senior member of Walsingham's secret service and provides many of the bizarre gadgets utilized by the spies. Finally, there is a balance of power. But the cold war is threatening to turn hot at any moment...

Will now plays a constant game of deceit and death, holding back the Enemy's repeated incursions, dealing in a shadowy world of plots and counterplots, deceptions, secrets, murder - where no one... and no thing... is quite what it seems.

Miserere - An Autumn Tale by Teresa Frohock
Exiled exorcist Lucian Negru deserted his lover in Hell in exchange for saving his sister Catarina's soul, but Catarina doesn't want salvation. She wants Lucian to help her fulfill her dark covenant with the Fallen Angels by using his power to open the Hell Gates. Catarina intends to lead the Fallen's hordes out of Hell and into the parallel dimension of Woerld, Heaven's front-line of defense between Earth and Hell.

When Lucian refuses to help his sister, she imprisons and cripples him, but Lucian learns that Rachael, the lover he betrayed and abandoned in Hell, is dying from a demonic possession. Determined to rescue Rachael from the demon he unleashed on her soul, Lucian flees his sister, but Catarina's wrath isn't so easy to escape.

In the end, she will force him once more to choose between losing Rachael or opening the Hell Gates so the Fallen's hordes may overrun Earth, their last obstacle before reaching Heaven's Gates.

So yeah, some pretty interesting stuff. I'll probably take time out between every couple of Wheel of Time books to read these and other things, to keep things fresh and not grind my 75 books challenge to a snail's pace.

And finally, Pond's latest trick is climbing the screen on grandma's porch and back patio. Behold the cat-fly:

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I do still read books

Ducky's recent post on why she would probably never get an e-reader got me thinking. Having the Kindle is fun, of course, and I've read some good stuff with it, and will continue to do so. But of course, I do still love books, and I've been feeling the withdrawal of not handling one in a while. And since I already have several fantasy series completely or partly in paperback, there's no real point to buying them again on Kindle. So in that case at least for now, I will still read honest to goodness books.

Plus there's a bit of an ego trip you get from walking around carrying this huge book and going "Yeah... This is what I read. No wimpy thin books for me." :V


A Long Day

Yesterday I had to go on one of my long trips to the hospital for regular cardiac and pulmonary checkups. But this turned out to be one of our longest days ever, mainly due to a lot of extra waiting. We spent three hours in cardiac (when we usually spend an hour to two, depending on what all they want done).

So when we went over to pulmonary, we were closer to our appointment time, but wound up waiting nearly two hours (out in the waiting room and then in one of the examination rooms) before the doctor finally showed up, although one reason for this is they'd been extremely busy shifting the doctor's patients to new doctors, because she's retiring.

It was closing in on 5 PM by the time we got out of there, but we still had to get lab work done, and then go over to X-Ray. So, with the three hour drive back home, it was nearly 9 PM when we finally got home. @3@

And I missed my kitty all day. -3- But at least I had some pictures on my phone, which I also showed off to people. >83

I'd rather have The Tea Party than the Tea Party

As some of you are aware, one of my favorite rock bands is a Canadian trio called The Tea Party. And I suppose unless you've been under a rock for the last few years, you know about the movement within the American Republican political party also called the Tea Party. I'd actually been able to live comfortably without ever connecting the two in my mind in any way (thankfully), until I saw THIS ARTICLE today on Yahoo News.

The politicians seem to have caught on, and the band has received offers to buy their domain name, and the band (which broke up years ago) is considering selling. Personally, if they choose to sell, I hope they make a wise choice and don't just give it to the person or group who offers the most money. I'm already massively annoyed that a political movement based on lies and scaremongering has tarnished the name of one the best rock bands in the world. But of course, they're not officially a band anymore, and they have families to support, so the money will probably win out over any grand notions of integrity.

I wonder if the Tea Party (politicians) are aware that the band's name actually comes from "tea party" as a euphemism used by Beat poets for getting high, vibing, and writing poetry. Those certainly don't sound like activities they'd approve of.