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22 September 2008 @ 03:07 pm
Quirky Meme  
I wasn't tagged, does that make me a meme crasher?

1. Link to the person who tagged you
2. Post the rules on your blog
3. Write 6 random/quirky things about yourself
4. Tag 6 people at the end of your post and link to them
5. Let each person you have tagged know by leaving a comment on their blog
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is posted.

I got it from joyfulfeather.

1. I talk to myself, out loud, constantly. Sometimes I try out dialogue for characters and sometimes I act out scenes by myself and sometimes I put on fake accents to do it. According to comments on one of cleolinda's blog entries, I am not the only one to do this, nor am I the only one who sometimes pretends to be interviewed. It's always best to be practice, you never know when you might be invited on Letterman or something. ;-)

2. When I can't sleep, I recite song lyrics to myself. Meadowlark from The Baker's Wife is my favourite, because it's really long and pretty.

3. I can't stand the sound of people chewing, especially on crunchy foods. One time, when I was really, really tired, my dad was eating crackers on the couch and it annoyed me so much I started to cry.

4. I read in the bathtub. That is generally the only place I read nowadays, though I sometimes read on the porch swing if the weather is nice. My mum does it too. Books dropped in the bathtub can be salvaged, but they don't look very pretty.

5. I was terrified of thunderstorms for the longest time. In fact, this summer is really the first time I've been able to handle them in a reasonable fashion. I think it's the noise - I hate loud noises. I've found earplugs are good, or going to the basement and if it's happening in the night, you can turn on the light in your room and so you can't see the lightening to expect the thunder. I don't like fireworks either and haven't been to a fireworks thing since I was very little - where I spent the entire show hiding my face in my mum's chest.

6. I apparently do math in the opposite way to everyone else. In Grade 10, my awesome teacher said 'you know, I have no idea how you get the right answers, but keep doing it that way'. When I watch my mum play computer games that require an order of operations or a choice, I will always see the opposite way to doing it to what she does.

Tag to whomever would like to play.
Current Mood: blahblah
Current Music: Do you want to go to Heaven? - Big River
donutsweeperdonutsweeper on September 22nd, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
OMG- you've listened to Big River? It's my favorite musical and almost no one has even heard of it!
The Writer They Call Tay: Misc: Eponine (Les Miz)awanderingbard on September 22nd, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
Yep, I have the cast recording. I got interested in it...I'm not sure actually. I think it might have been a few years ago when they revived it on Broadway with a Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Cast, where they signed and sang at the same time. I saw it the clip that I've linked to on the Tony's and loved the music.
donutsweeperdonutsweeper on September 22nd, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
oooh, a signing version? That clip is SO cool. I studied ASL (sort of) for awhile and could actually follow what the announcer was signing

I saw the original cast on Broadway back in the 80s with a group from school (I lived on Long Island, an hour or so from Manhattan, NY) and fell in love with it.
The Writer They Call Tay: Misc: NCIS teamawanderingbard on September 22nd, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow, I bet that was incredible. I have the Original Cast Recording and I just love Huck's voice. He (the actor who played Huck) returned to the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Production. They made him Mark Twain, who narrated the story spoke and sang all of Huck's bits, since the actor who was playing him was deaf. I thought that was pretty cool.

I'm planning on taking ASL lessons soon. I know a little bit, but nothing useful, and I love languages. :-) I love it when Gibbs and Abby sign on NCIS.
donutsweeperdonutsweeper on September 22nd, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
It was AMAZING. I didn't know that about Huck, how cool!

I'm awful at other languages. No matter how many classes I've taken. I can't get past the most basic level (But I can count to 10 like a champ in a zillion languages) I've never had much success translating Gibbs and Abby- I've always been curious about the scene in SWAK when Gibbs signs something (when he's in the hazmat suit) and Abby responds "not nice Gibbs, not nice"
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on September 22nd, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
Apparently, according to here, he simply signs what he's been saying that she can't hear. "Good Thinking". He used SEE (Signed Exact English), though, which uses all the words and sounds instead of the ASL syntax. So, he sings 'good' and 'think', then makes the 'ing' gesture, which is a swipe to the right of your pinkie. In ASL, this is a slang gesture for male genitalia, which is why Abby tells him he's not nice. I've never been able to catch the sing she used for Gibbs, though, since she doesn't fingerspell his name.
donutsweeperdonutsweeper on September 22nd, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
That is the coolest site!

I wondered about SEE- some of what they sign I could tell wasn't in the right order for ASL
The Writer They Call Tay: Misc: NCIS teamawanderingbard on September 23rd, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
Isn't it great? I found it after I read an NCIS fic where Abby mentioned Gibbs signing 'my girl' and I suddenly needed to know all the signing that they had done.

My understand is that SE and SEE is used to help children learn 'normal' syntax for writing and communicating, especially for deaf children with deaf parents who have only ever used ASL. It could be that wherever mysterious place Gibbs learned to sign, SE/SEE was used there.
donutsweeperdonutsweeper on September 23rd, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
AsL becomes much less beautiful and flowing when it's turned into SE or SEE. But- translation-wise it is word for word so that might be why Gibbs uses it

for example ASL has no tenses or articles
The Writer They Call Tay: Misc: NCIS teamawanderingbard on September 28th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it suits Gibbs I think. He wouldn't want to try to come up with a flowery way of signing something, he'd just want to get his point across in a simple, direct manner.

I sort of have a fic in mind of how he might have learned, but it's too close to something I've done before, I think and I'm not sure I'm comfortable enough with the fandom to delve head first into character study.

It took me a very long time to reply to this, but I was going through my 60 some e-mails and realized I didn't reply to this with the point I wanted to make.
donutsweeperdonutsweeper on September 28th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
if you ever want to try to has out that fic in your head or chat about NCIS in general shoot me an email or a message to my inbox. I'd be happy to ramble about discussing Gibbs etc with you