FridayQ: February 2005 Archives

FQ TOPIC: Collectable

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FQ1: Are you a collector? If so, what are some of the things you collect?
Collector isn't really the word. I'm a hoarder. The bad thing is, if I start collecting stuff, there's no stopping me. I've been collecting coins for years (mostly aus stuff tho). I started collecting the original space lego, and kept going until I got the lot. I collect dvds, lego bricks, and *crap*. I rarely throw anything out. And I seem to be collecting fish tanks. Four at last count, and I just inherited another one from a neighbour.

FQ2: If you could collect anything... no matter how rare or expensive, what would it be?
um. space? room to accommodate my silly whims and hobbies.. :) that, and a place that I could watch sunsets.

FQ3: Looking around you, what is some ordinary, everyday object you possess that would make an interesting collectable 100 years from now?
Well Lego has been around for 50 years already and is showing no signs of slowing down. My Lego collection, if I still had it, would probably be collectable.

FQ RECOMMENDED: Are there any public collections you enjoy (museums, galleries, etc.) that we should know about?
My favourite museums in Australia are the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo, and Questacon in Canberra. The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and Natural History Museum on DC were also pretty cool. Haven't been to too many museums.

FQ TOPIC: Distance

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Friday Q on a Thursday, woohoo! :) (and possibly even before Dave if I'm quick)

FQ HELPER: It may be helpful to use a globe and a distance calculator for the questions below.

FQ1: What's the furthest North you've been on this world? What were you doing there?
A couple of kilometres north of Jasper in Canada. We were there to see the scenery, but it was totally rained out.

FQ2: What's the furthest South you've been on this world? What were you doing there?
Near Wilson's Promontary in Victoria. We were travelling through Victoria and South Australia in 1994 and passed by there on the way back to NSW. .. Actually I take that back - I've been to New Zealand when I was 18 months old. But I can't tell you whereabouts we actually went. Queenstown I think is fairly far south.

FQ3: Where were you born, and what's the furthest you've been from that spot?
I was born Sydney Australia. The furthest I've been from home would be New York (15979 km).

FQ AWAY: Name a blog you read that's the most distant from you... whether it be emotionally, culturally, religiously, or by physical location.
Physically.. Richard and Paul are in England, which I think is further than Tennessee where Dennis is. I'd have to think about the others though.

and yup, Dave hasn't posted yet, I win! :)

Map stolen from Wikipedia, red target from Dave:

World distances

FQ TOPIC: Listen

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FQ1: What's a sound that makes you happy? Makes you sad?
Laughter. Crying.

FQ2: What's a sound that makes you angry? Makes you calm?
Dunno about angry, but a couple of sounds that irritate me are white noise when you turn off the vcr before the tv, and the clanging of pots in the sink when doing the washing up. Calm? Dunno.. how about cicadas on summer evenings just before Christmas?

FQ3: What's a sound that makes you hungry? Makes you lose your appetite?
Hungry.. Jason Isaacs whenever he opens his mouth .. ;) .. lose appetite.. prolly the sound of vomiting..

FQ AUDIBLE: What sounds are you hearing right now?
Bubbles in the fish tanks bubbling, chair squeaking, icq uh-ohing, mutt dinging, keyboard clacking, jet aircraft in the distance rumbling.

FQ TOPIC: Sleepy

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Going to set a record for the quickest ever FridayQ response.. :)

FQ1: On average, how many hours of sleep do you get each night? Do you think that's a good number?
Averages about 7 I guess. I'd rather get 8 :)

FQ2: Have you any sleep essentials? A nightlight or teddy bear perhaps? Must the door and closet be either closed or open?
I used to have a bed full of stuffed toys when I was a kid. Now nothing but my pillow. When I was 11 years old, some irresponsible mother let us watch Friday the 13th at a slumber party. From that point on I couldn't sleep without the door closed, the theory being that I would at least be able to hear someone coming if they had to open the door (it squeaked). But that was only at my parents place. Once I moved out of home and into places that felt more secure (my parents place was relatively big, and had lots of space in the garage/workshop downstairs for scary people to hide waiting for me to go to sleep), I have never felt that way.

FQ3: What do you wear to bed? What color are your sheets? How many pillows under your head?
I wear pjs to bed. Sheets range in various colours. They're mostly inherited from my parents place or my nana's. In fact I don't think I've ever bought my own set of sheets. I just have one relatively thin pillow (I sleep in my tummy quite a bit).

FQ BIG SLEEP: Share some helpful advice you use when having trouble falling asleep.
The only thing that vaguely works for me is totally clearing my mind. Visualising nothing except that blackness I can see and the slight ringing in my ears that I can hear. Clearing your mind is actually a very hard thing to do, and requires much practise (ask anyone that's been on a vipassana)

Postscript. After reading My So-Called Strife .. I used to be afraid (and vaguely still am), that if I hung a limb over the edge of the bed while in it, a guilotine like device would slice whatever was protuding clean off. I think I also used to be vaguely afraid that things would reach out from under the bed and grab my ankles if I stood there too long, so I'd have to get into bed quickly :)

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