SURVESY: Could you pass a US citizenship test?

89/96 for me, but 3 of the 7 ones i missed, i had the right answer checked, then changed it, argh!

I am truly embarrassed that I keep forgetting the 3rd president of the USA, and that I forgot there were 9 supreme court justices and answered 11. MAJOR DERPS.


List 15 directors that blah blah blah blah. Okay, I can play this game too.

  • Terry Gilliam
  • Tim Burton
  • David Lynch (even though I dislike a lot of his movies, I love the direction)
  • Darren Aronosky
  • Gregg Araki
  • Park Chan-Wook
  • The Wachawski Bros
  • Quentin Tarantino
  • Stanley Kubrick…mostly
  • Todd Solondz…mostly
  • David Cronenburg
  • Zucker-Zucker-Abrams
  • Harmony Korine
  • M. Night Shamayalan (ducks)
  • Peter Jackson

NOT Jim Jarmusch [sorry]…Please kill me first.

NOT Richard Linklater…A few shining moments, but NO.

NOT Steve Sodorberg… I only like half his movies.

NOT The Coen Brothers… Too slow. Great direction, but too slow. Fargo and Raising Arizona were the best.


I’ve done like.. hardly any of this. So this will be very easy to fill out.

Things you have done during your lifetime:

( ) Gone on a blind date
( ) Donated Blood
(x) Had surgery
(x) Broken a bone
(x) Skipped school
( ) Watched someone die
( ) Been to Canada
( ) Been to Mexico
(x) Been to Florida
( ) Been to Hawaii
(x) Been on a plane
( ) Been on a helicopter (It wasn’t flying)
(x) Been lost
(x) Gone to Washington, DC
( ) Hugged a homeless person
(x) Swam in the ocean
( ) Swam with Stingrays
(x) Been sailing
(x) Performed in public on a musical instrument
(x) Cried yourself to sleep
(x) Played cops and robbers
(x) Recently colored with crayons [if the tablecloth at Macaroni Grill counts]
( ) Ran a marathon/or triathalon
(x) Sang Karaoke
( ) Volunteered at a soup kitchen
( ) Paid for a meal with coins only
( ) Been to the top of the St. Louis Arch,
( ) Seen the Northern Lights
( ) Been Parasailing
(x) Been on TV – I was in the background with Lance Armstrong
(x) Done something you told yourself you wouldn’t
(x) Made prank phone calls
( ) Been down Bourbon Street in New Orleans
( ) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose
( ) Fed an elephant
( ) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
( ) Fired a gun
( ) Danced in the rain
( ) Been to the Opera
( ) Written a letter to Santa Claus
( ) Serenaded someone
( ) Seen a U.S. President in person
(x) Been kissed under the mistletoe [I’m just assuming here]
(x) Watched the sunrise with someone
( ) Driven a race car
(x) Been to a National Museum
( ) Been to a Wax Museum
( ) Eaten caviar
(x) Blown bubbles
( ) Gone ice-skating
(x) Gone to the movies [uh DUHHH]
( ) Been deep sea fishing
( ) Driven across the United States
( ) Been in a hot air balloon
( ) Been sky diving
( ) Gone snowmobiling
( ) Lived in more than one country
(x) Lay down outside at night and admired the stars while listening to the crickets
(x) Seen a falling star and made a wish
( ) Enjoyed the beauty of Old Faithful Geyser
( ) Seen the Grand Canyon
( ) Seen the Statue of Liberty
( ) Gone to the top of Seattle Space Needle
( ) Been on a cruise
(x) Traveled by train – if the subway counts, then yes
(x) Traveled by motorcycle
( ) Been horse back riding
( ) Ridden on a San Francisco cable car
(x) Been to Disneyland OR Disney World
( ) Truly believe in the power of prayer
( ) Been in a rain forest
( ) Seen whales in the ocean
( ) Been to Niagara Falls
( ) Ridden on an elephant
( ) Ridden on a camel
( ) Swam with dolphins
( ) Been to the Olympics
( ) Walked on the Great Wall of China
( ) Saw and heard a glacier
( ) Been spinnaker flying
( ) Been water-skiing
( ) Been snow-skiing
( ) Been to Westminster Abbey
( ) Been to the Louvre
( ) Been to the Taj Mahal
( ) Been to Rome, Italy
( ) Swam in the Mediterranean
( ) Been to a Major League Baseball game
( ) Been to a National Football League game
( ) Swam with sharks
( ) Been White Water Rafting
( ) Written a book or screen play
(x) Been in love
( ) Put a foot in the Oval office
( ) Hitchhiked
( ) Joined the Mile High Club
( ) Snorkeled
(x) Seen a person on fire
(x) Been a person on fire – if my jacket counts and someone else had to inform me of it (more…)

Since everyone else is doing it… Here’s mine…

What annoys you the most?
That’s SOOO hard, because there are so many things. I tried creating a pet peeve list, and have added to it on several occasions, but it will never be all-inclusive.

I might have to go with “restrictions”, and “those who tend to want to restrict others”. Especially if it’s “for your own good”. People say “live and let live”, but then they don’t. Especially if their reasoning is based on a belief system built upon the imaginary foundation of sky fairies.

I mean really…. “what annoys you the most” has a different answer for every category. What clothes annoy me the most? What music annoys me the most? What people annoy me the most? What food annoys me the most? What pets annoy me the most? (Dogs.)

If you could, where would you go right now?

Amsterdam, or preferably someplace warm. South America?

Generally speaking, how often do you think about love?
Pretty damn often. Many times a day.

Choose an element: earth, air, fire, water
Fire. However, I am an earth person. I hate air, and hate water even more.

Which would you rather have: Ability to fly, to breathe underwater, or to move things with your mind (Telekinesis)?
Also, telekinesis gives you get rudimentary concentration-based flying — just don’t get distracted and fall to your death. I bet you could telekinetically move bubbles of air into the water for you to breathe as well.

But either way… Imagine the sex. Flying or breathing underwater is not going to make sex nearly as interesting as telekinesis. We’re talking infinite stamina, no muscle strains from repetitive motion, unhooking bra straps with your mind, non-chaffing bondage, and floating from rooftop to rooftop as you run away from cops trying to arrest you for having crazy telekinetic sex in an alleyway.

I might even do some yardwork if I was telekinetic. And chopping food would be sooo much easier; get several knives going at once. But above all, I would probably glide 1 inch above the ground rather than walk. This would be great on Halloween.

Would you rather not have to sleep or eat and drink?
Sleep, of course! We lose 25 years of our lives to sleep. To answer anything else other than “sleep” in this question is like saying “I want 25 years of my conscious life to be ripped away from me”!

Remember: The question said “not HAVE to”. You can still take a nap if you want. You just wont HAVE to.

Eating is a close second, if only because it requires so much resource and money, and ultimately all that investiment turns to shit. It’s a constant addiction that I’d just as soon end. But I’d still eat for pleasure.

Do you believe in aliens, UFOs, ghosts, or any other supernatural beings/objects?
Aliens? Definitely.
UFOs? There have certainly been unidentified flying objects. I don’t think anybody’s disputing THAT.
Aliens visiting earth? Who knows. I can see scenarios where it’s unlikely, and scenarios where it’s inevitable.
20090701 - X-Day - GEDC0191 - alien blow-up doll
20080705 - X-Day at Brushwood - 162-6213 - 'Like a homesick abortion...'

Ghosts? No, and certainly not based on people thinking they’ve seen them. Some form of scientific evidence is needed. I think paranormal studies should be explored scientifically, and not ignored, however.

Supernatural beings/objects? Objects? hahaha. Beings? You never know. But us humans are pretty supernatural and godlike compared to the ants. They would not be able to understand us explaining how reality works to them, and we could smite them effortlessly. That doesn’t actually make us supernatural. Even if there is a scary boogy man in the sky, he’s not necessarily god. Any super beings claiming to be god should be instantly distrusted.

Choose one: Love or money?
Love. Money is great, but it doesn’t hold you.

Infatuation or inspiration?
Inspiration, but I think it’s kind of an unfair question in a sense. Isn’t infatuation a form of inspiration anyway? (inspiration: the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions [emphasis added]). If given the choice between something and a subset of that something, I’m generally going to choose the full something and nto the subset. It’s more. Inspiration is infatuation and that much more. So… bad question.

Day or night?
Night. Forever.
If there could be a *warm* night that lasted forever, that would be paradise.

Imagination or knowledge?
Imagination with no knowledge is boring.
Knowledge with no imagination is stagnant and sometimes even inefficient (a waste of learning).

It takes a lot of work to develop one’s knowledge — and such a work can turn out to be a waste if one lacks the imagination required to have full critical thought and insight on how to apply said knowledge to new and unique situations and data. Knowledge is easy. You build it up like a skill. Anyone can study until they learn something. Like tennis, or playing the guitar.

Imagination to the point of creating something new is actually harder to develop and foster than “plain ol’ knowledge”. Imagination is more special. (And I don’t mean daydreaming!)

Breakthroughs typically require top-tier imgination coupled with top-tier knowledge. But knowledge is the easier one to teach.

Beavis - Choke - think 1

Describe your “perfect” place of living.
The weather outside? Somewhere where palm trees grow.

Politically? A country that had the American sense of freedom that America had in the *late* 1800s.

Physically? Some sort of underground borg cube. No natural light. No outside windows/access. Some sort of technology (or magic, heh) that keeps any and all life [besides humans] from existing — No bugs, No plants. Music playing 24/7. Lots of luxuries [like fans] on remote control. Motion sensing lights. Always around 77 degrees. A few small rooms in the lower level, but mostly one huge room on the top level.

Fiction-wise? I’d probably do pretty well in a steampunk universe, actually. The future would be pretty awesome, but a steampunk universe just seems like there’d be less of an armed, surveillance-based government around.

Lastly, is destruction a form of creation?
Definitely. The difference between creation and destruction can often be subjective. The words themselves are fairly broad.

What if I want to create a pile of rubble? I could do that by destroying a concrete building.
What if I wanted to create a full stomach? I could do that by destroying the life of an animal and eating it.

The whole circle of life is basically based on one being’s destruction being another being’s creation. The sun destroys itself [by slowly burning itself out] to create energy for the plants. They destroy carbon monoxide to create oxygen. Herbavores destroy vegetation to create sustenance. Carnivores destroy more. We destroy our feed to create feces. Plants destroy our feces to stay fertilized. And so forth and so forth.

Sometimes you gotta blow up an old building to build a newer buliding. Even that tends to count in my book as destruction that’s a form of creation. Sterilizing surgical tools as well: You’re using *fire* [basically] to sterilize. That’s pretty destruction-like to me. But that destruction creates sterility. (more…)

This is one survey I’m going to do the hell out of, since this could easily be something that people write a blogpost about: What they experienced when they were 17. Since I can’t experience the events of a movie like 17 Again, I’ll just have to be content to try to remember my own 1991.

So I’m gonna answer the hell out of this survey. And include pictures. Of me when I was 17 / pictures taken around 1991.

Anyway, when I was 17, it was 1991. I was a sophomore and junior in high school. It was the year I received this for either my birthday or Christmas:

1991 - OH! - The Clint


1. My favorite musician was: Probably Glenn Danzig, because he wrote the music for all The Misfits songs, and they were my favorite band. (Nowadays, it’s a tie between Misfits, Ween, and Atari Teenage Riot)

1991ish - Clint's room - metal posters, Misfits vinyl - 0449
^ Wall of my room, 1991

2. My favorite song was: Hard to say, because I don’t really have favorite songs, in general. If I was asked this question today, it would be Atari Teenage RiotRevolution Action.



3. My favorite subject was: A.P. Computer Science 1. Where else could I goof off, sometimes sleep, and end up getting college credit (after taking both years in high school)?
I got a 5 on the harder of 2 AP tests, which meant 7 credit hours and not having to deal with PASCAL at the Virginia Tech class that causes most C.S. majors to drop out. I thik it was the dreaded CS 1701. If I remember that number correctly, it’s the only specific college class number I remember — and it’s of a class I didn’t take.

4. My favorite teacher was: Mr. Linz. Hands down. One of 5 or so teachers I even remember from high school. He got sick and I never knew if he died, until recently, when someone commented on this picture, telling me Mr. Linz had published a book about overcoming his illness .

1991ish - Clint - Wooodbridge High - Mr. Linz's physics class - Clint makes a funny face
^ Me in Mr. Linz’s class. Photographer unknown.

5. I had a crush on: This person (picture below) who really caused me to hate people with uptight issues… But it was good, because she broke me bad enough to keep my hands off any woman until I ran into Carolyn, who I waited until early 1992 to start crushing on :)

19900820 - bitch - Carver MA - 4499

6. Favorite food was: …and always shall be, tacos.

B&B - Citizen Butt-head - cafeteria

Even gummi tacos are pretty awesome:
20071226 - Christmas Presents - 146-4663 - build your own tacos

7. My favorite hangout was: Definitely my room. With my my bunk bed, the tacky tropical-tree wallpaper that came with our house:
1991ish - Clint's room - Clint - about to go to work - tie - flicking off - 0443

the carpet that was colored such that you could pour half a can of coke on the ground, leave it, and never notice:
1991ish - Clint's room - Shane the dog - 0445
(Yes, I poured sodas on my carpet many times to make my point)

and most of all, the fact that there was more privacy in my room than in most kid’s rooms:
1991ish - Clint's room - Clint, Sam - Ouija Board seance - 0437
1991ish - Clint's room - Brent - trying to be evil - sitting - 0451
No. We did not use it well.

8. I wished I could be: NO CLUE! I have always been quite content with being me. All I wanted to do was a job with computer programming.

9. My plans for the future were: At the beginning of 1991? Go to college and major in Computer Science. I also had always said I wouldn’t get married until I was 30… but I was off by 4 years and got married at 26.
At the end of 1991? My plans were along the lines of, “How do I start dating this Carolyn chick I know?”

10. My favorite TV show was: Twin Peaks. I came in near the end of its run, had no CLUE what the fuck was going on, and absolutely loved it!! Though it took me until 2007 to find it, propertly watch ALL of it in order (pilot, both seasons, Fire Walk With Me), and finally buy some Twin Peaks t-shirts:
20071215 - Clint - 144-4436 - Twin Peaks shirt - back

11. I hated: I’m going to assume it was not having sex, as I lost my virginity in 1990, had a couple things not work out that year (see #5), and didn’t hook up with Carolyn until 1992.

(If this was 1990, it would be my parents not letting me go to The Undead show. If this was 1992, it would be having to be separated from Carolyn while at Virginia Tech. 1991? Not really so terrible, other than the usual horrible bullshit I always had to deal with.)

12. It was the year: I met Carolyn. And we know how that turned out.
Her first words to me were, “Are you Satan?” And mine to her were, “Are you Magic Mist?” That’s not exactly taken from the book of traditional romantic opening lines.

19920223 - Carolyn's 16th Birthday Card from Clint - 1 - front

13. Best memory: Besides meeting Carolyn? Playing guitar/drums with Sam Watson in my room every day after school, until he moved to Mississippi:
1991ish - Clint's room - Sam, Clint - playing guitar - 0441

…and in general: BBSing, and still quite happy to finally being able to drive (got license in 5/1990).

14. Worst memory: #5 (Nikki) and #12 (best friend moving away). The comedic answer would be the lesson of “The Secret Center Is PAIN”:
1991ish - Secret Centers - the secret center is PAIN!
(Click through image for the story on why that makes sense.)

Hat tip to Parthena for posting this on Facebook.

Another 1991 gift:

20071208 - Christmas Party at Becky & Vic's - 143-4348 - Clint collage

My family, 1990ish (closest I could find to 1991):

1990ish - Vic, Becky, Britt, Clint - Beechnut Ct - 0103 (more…)

Another stupid Facebook quiz with terrible, terrible questions like how you would react if your friend fell in love with a monkey.

Your Result: You are German.

You are precise yet romantic, efficient yet dreamy, friendly yet somewhat suspicious of others. You rarely smile, but when you do it’s very meaningful. You like it best when there is a group consensus, and yet you are easily annoyed by the slowness and/or stupidity of others. Sometimes you think that if only you could live on an island or move to some wonderful place far away, everything would be better, and if you can’t realize this dream you often lose yourself in books/vacations/recipes/sports — anything for an escape! All in all, however, you make your peace with life, and have many old friends. (more…)

And old quiz I took in 2002… No longer online… But here are the results:

You are Heavy Metal!
Angry, sad, and disillusioned, you are Heavy Metal. You are the embodiment of the darkness of the human heart. Your main themes are sadness, anger, and hopelessness. You are frequently misunderstood by others and many link you to devil worship. However, those willing to look through the shell of darkness and anger find you to be very intelligant, poetic, and artistic. Too bad your inclination to look for the beauty in darkness and your general attitude of frustration with humanity as a whole tends to send most people running for the nearest exit. But despite that, you wouldn’t have it any other way.


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