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These are from [personal profile] birgitriddle.

1. What is something that you've always wanted to cook, but have never gotten the chance to make?

Bread baking, particularly sourdough. Last time I tried to get a sourdough starter going, it was too cold, and now that it's warmed up, I don't have time.

2. When choosing video games to play, what aspects of the video game do you look at?

Generally I look for things that other people whose tastes I trust have enjoyed. I also look for interesting characterizations/storylines, I look at franchises I've previously had fun with, and I look at the type of game. Even if everybody and their cat has loved it, if it's a game style I don't enjoy, I won't have fun with it, and I'm working on learning that. I generally love adventure games (Ocarina of Time is probably my all-time favorite, and I'm really enjoying Jax and Daxter right now), I like RPGs, fighting games are okay in small doses (which is why I didn't pick up the second Dissidia), but I can't play FPS or games with first-person camera angles at all. I have low tolerances for frustration; if I get stuck on a boss battle for a day or two, I tend to put the game down and not come back to it.

3. If you could thank anyone from the past (who is now dead) for what they've done for society, who would you thank?

That's... a really hard question, just because I have a hard time pinning societal change on the actions of a single person, rather than a larger movement. Maybe Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

4. What is your favorite flavor of gelato?


5. Besides knitting, what hobbies do you enjoy?

Spinning and weaving. Getting away from the fiber arts, I like reading, writing, video games, shopping (especially thrifting and antiquing), watching movies, eating, and travel.
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So [personal profile] seventhe asked me five questions. Leave me the most awesome picture or video you can find and I will do the same.

1. What do you think of Dreamwidth? Have you used any other journaling sites? When did you move here, and why, etc?

I love Dreamwidth. I started out on LJ (back when you had to be invited in!) and I wandered over to IJ briefly, but this is my favorite journaling site so far. I love how customizable it is, I love the responsiveness and integrity of the owners, I feel good having a paid account, but most of all I love the community, which has built up from nothing into someplace I spend most of my time. I moved over after some dumbass thing LJ did, and while I maintained an LJ-mirror for a while, I moved here permanently after some other dumbass thing LJ did. Now I only use LJ to keep track of a handful of people who haven't jumped ship yet.

2. HEY, KNITTING. What was your last project!

Last project I finished was a hanging dishcloth (I sewed the button on yesterday). I have the second sock of a pair, two shawls, a scarf, a pair of mittens, and a pair of fingerless gloves on the needles at the moment.

3. Do you have a degree? If so, what in? Where'd you go to school? How was the experience?

I have a B.A. with a double major in English Literature and Women & Gender Studies from Arizona State. I also spent two years at the community college getting my basics out of the way.

For the most part, I really enjoyed ASU, particularly my upper-division classes, which were overwhelmingly small and well-taught. As a liberal arts major at a university that is very fond of its business degrees, I generally felt like the proverbial redheaded stepchild in so far as the classrooms were usually small and crumbling. The Women's Studies Department didn't have its own space until the last year or so I was in school, so classes were offered all over campus, which gave me a fairly unique perspective of the way the college looked. The people I worked with, though, were uniformly fantastic.

4. Favorite FF pairing(s), and a bit about them?

Squall/Rinoa. Tseng/Rufus. Tidus/Yuna. What I like in relationships is genuine depth of feeling, connection, and mutual support. I like relationships that outsiders can't quite see into, but that are obvious that there's something true going on. I like playing with power dynamics, I like people who need one another, and I love "I can't quite explain it, but you just make my life better." What struck me about Tidus is how he just wanted to help Yuna, to make her life easier and her burden lighter, because he cares about her. I love how Rinoa is able to draw Squall out, when Quistis never quite managed it. I love the Turks' dedication to Rufus.

5. You can only eat one thing for the next week. what is it?

Pasta. It's incredibly versatile, comes in all different shapes, can be prepared a million ways. I should've been Italian.

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