Thursday, 23 February 2012

Tagged by Leigh Covington...after a little rant

Well, I'd have to be a robot to be able to read this!

I've seen a lot of bloggers ranting about word verification lately. The reason can be seen above! What the hell does that first word say? Believe it or not, I entered letters after squinting at the screen for a while and actually seemed to get it right. I'm not convinced, but maybe I was really that lucky. I certainly couldn't read the damn word, so it had to be pure luck.

Anyway, moving on!

A while back I got tagged by Leigh Covington, and she charged me and my fellow tagees (for the purposes of this post that is a word) with answering some questions. On that note, I used to write that 'qvestions', just for fun. Anyway, here I go with the question answering!

1. What is your dream vacation?
I've travelled a lot, but one thing I would love to do before I die (other than see the Great Pyramids, at least) is check out the Arctic Circle and see the northern lights.

2. Are you spontaneous or do you like to plan ahead?
I guess it depends on the situation. With travelling I tend to have a solid plan at least of where I'm going (I don't do open-ended tickets). But with writing and creativity in general, I tend to be more of a pantser. At work I'm a bit of a perfectionist, but I still don't necessarily have my whole work day planned out. I may jump around between numerous projects in one work day, if possible.

3. Tell us one thing you want to do, but don't dare to do. (Unless of course, you dare to do everything!)
Go and live in another country for a while. I know so many people who have done that, but I've only ever travelled with the certainty that I will return home (I kind of like that certainty, to be honest, but I think living overseas would be a nice challenge).

4. What's your biggest phobia?
Cockroaches! The big, brown, flying kind. Other than that, speaking (or performing) in public makes me feel just a little queasy. I think I'd rather deal with a flying cockroach than speak in public. Unfortunately sometimes I have to do it for my job, even though it's technically not part of my role. I hate that. (It's no coincidence that I have to do some public speaking today at work)

5. If you were stranded on a desert island - what 3 things would you want with you? (not including laptop, or family.)
The Smashing Pumpkins' forthcoming reissue/remaster of Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness; the complete Harry Potter series of books; Wilson the volleyball to be my friend! (Yes I just re-watched CAST AWAY for the first time in years. I love Wilson).

6. Name three blessings in your life.
My family, my friends and the privilege of living in a relatively free country.

7. What was your nickname in High School?
Well, one of my friends called me Fish Face for a while, until I told her she better stop if she wanted to live. I also had a self-imposed nickname of Carrie (not related to Stephen King's book at all, which I have yet to read!). I think I might've also been called Danielle Johns at one point (ya know, Daniel Johns...Silverchair).

8. If you could meet the President of the United States, what would you say to him?
I'd say, "You're a darn sight better to listen to than your predecessor, man!"

9. If you could be any literary character for a day, who would you be?
Hermione Granger! I think her life is pretty cool, even if she's gone through a lot of crap.

10. What is your favorite quote?
I don't know that I have one single favourite, but...umm, I'm always partial to Billy Corgan's variation on a popular saying: "If practice makes perfect and nobody's perfect, why practice?" Not that I particularly live by that, of course!

11. In the colour code personality test, what colour are you? (If you don't know, go HERE!)
I was a White:
"Whites are motivated by Peace. They seek independence and require kindness. They resist confrontation at all costs. To them, feeling good is more important than being good. They are typically quiet by nature, process things very deeply and objectively with great clarity. Of all the colours, Whites are the best listeners. They respect people who are direct but recoil from perceived hostility or verbal battle."


  1. I've had people comment about my word verification too but I honestly don't know how to take it off. I will if you will tell me how :)
    I loved your answers! Particularly #8 :)

  2. I totally agree with getting rid of word verification. Bleh! :)

    Great answers. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Boo for word verification!
    Hooray for Hermione Granger!

  4. I'm with you on the word verification. The whole point of doing that is to weed out spammers and bots. But I have had to give up on a few posts because after a couple of tries I just couldn't figure out what it wanted from me. Very frustrating.

    1. Yes, especially when we have a lot of blogs to visit!

  5. Can't imagine getting through being stranded without Wilson :)

    I turned my word verif off a long time ago. I get a few spammers here and there, but not enough to warrant putting it back. Especially with this new one. I too have left blogs after the second try to figure out the characters. Aweful.


    1. I know, Wilson would be a definite requirement! hehe

      I've only ever had spammers that were caught by blogger's spam filter anyway. I also recently realised I had some old comments that had been marked spam, but weren't. So I corrected that too.

      All in all, it's definitely worth turning it off for the sake of visitors!

  6. Yes - cockroaches are awful. I don't know if I've seen the flying type, but in Costa Rica I definitely had to fight a couple, and they almost won by sheer "ick" factor. What fun answers you have!

  7. Good answers! I like the quote you chose lol. :D

  8. I know what you mean about those codes! Now that they've changed them - they are IMPOSSIBLE to read! It's aggravating!

    And I love your answers. I can't even pick a favorite, although the cockroaches grossed me out. And I agree - living in a different country would be so intimidating, but neat too.

    Glad you played along. It's fun to learn more about you. :)

  9. Everyone should remove those codes, they are very frustrating and I would have to be a robot to read most of them! I stopped using it. :)

  10. I generally go through several of the variations before I get it right. Ugh!!

    Great answers, they are so much fun to read.

  11. Yes!! EWW!!! Roaches!! They are almost as bad as word verification ;)

  12. I don't mind word verification that much, but the new black and white ones DO seem harder than the old colored ones.

    And HP is a must for desert islands. :)

  13. I want to go take the color test now...

    Trisha, do you know that there is word verification on The Chrysalis Experiment blog? It has always irritated me...

    1. Ohhh, I meant to go and check this the other day but I forgot ;) Going to go and do so now!

  14. Eeeeeek! I also have a total phobia of cockroaches! Yay Hermione :-) And I have NO idea what that first word in the captcha says!


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