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The letter love meme

From tirianmal, If you care to: Comment and I'll give you a letter; then you have to list 10 things you love that begin with that letter. Post your list in your journal, and give out some letters of your own; leave a comment for me here so I can read your list!

He gave me "N"... which I wouldn't have expected to be a tough one.

  1. "Not Nale" (a.k.a. Elan), from Order of the Stick. That naïveté just rocks so much. It's like a character I'd play, played to the hilt in a way I could never pull off.

  2. Needle, Arya Stark's castle-forged blade. More rapier than broadsword, she's able to wield it with a light arm and her quick wit. Bring us more Arya stories in the next book, Mr. Martin!

  3. Neil Gaiman. American Gods and Sandman are enough to get me to put everything else he's connected to on my list. I've just been slow getting at my list.

  4. Nicole De Boer, as Ezri Dax, in Season 7 of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Again, a character with some "fish out of water" qualities who comes into her own over the course of her (all-too-short) screen time. "And she is cute, too!"

  5. Nicole Kidman, while we're on actresses named Nicole. Classy and beautiful in everything she touches. Even Days of Thunder. Heck, especially Days of Thunder. I wonder if, unfettered by letter selection, tirianmal would have picked her over Drew Barrymore. I guess the world will never know.

  6. I asked a friend how I could fit Eowyn into this list, when he mentioned he was watching The Two Towers on tv. He helpfully responded, "well, if she married Keanu Reeves, she'd be Neowyn." So, in his honor, I put Neowyn on this list. For the ridiculousness of the joke.

  7. The Net - not the movie, the physical interconnection of computers in the world today. In the late 80s, as an early teen, I played around with BBS software to see about... well, whatever this was that computers could do if you hooked them together. When we got a second computer (the IBM PC Convertible - remember those?) I hooked it up to our first one (the true blue IBM PC, 5 years old by that time) by a serial null modem, and played around a little with that. At one point I asked to punch a hole in the wall between my room and the computer room, to put up a serial cable passthrough. It was before I knew about ethernet, the Internet, or any of that. Compuserve was a weird arcane thing that I should have paid attention to more, as well as Usenet.

    Eventually I got to high school with their Novell LAN, but that was mostly a hands-off deal. Once I got sent to the principal's office for sending a message to "everyone logged in" (read: all the people in the typing class, and all the people in the business class) and making teachers deal with showing students how to dismiss the words at the bottom of the screen... but I didn't meet any *real* networks until getting to MIT.

    I never looked back.

  8. Niu Rou Mien, or what Mary's calls Szechuan Beef Soup Noodles. Though I don't much care for Mary's rendition of these, since they use really fatty meat (I suspect they think it's actually necessary to the texture, since they use decent meat for their other beef dishes), this was one of the great comfort foods my mom made for me when I lived at home... She still makes it occasionally for visits, and I have the recipe around here somewhere. This is one of the things I should remember I can make when I get the itch to cook.

  9. Nakamura, Hiro, from Heroes. Huh. Another kinda clueless main character who goes on a journey of discovery and epiphany. I wonder what this listis trying to tell me.

  10. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House. Not so much the person or the specific things she'll do as Speaker. Just what this phrase represents for politics in the years to come. The opposition gains a voice, legislative oversight of the executive branch returns, Congress no longer acts as a rubber stamp for Bush. Maybe the Conference Committees will even refrain from making shit up under this Congress; or is that too much to hope for?

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( 22 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 11th, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
But, um, I think you mean elaN.
Dec. 11th, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC)
Aw, *crap*.
Dec. 11th, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)

You're right, this was a hard meme. :)
Dec. 11th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
No problem! Just take a cue from Thog and Elan is "Not Nale!" So that's two N's.
Dec. 11th, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's even better than the edit I was considering making, "Nale's Brother Elan."
Dec. 11th, 2006 10:54 pm (UTC)
There. Suggestion taken.
Dec. 11th, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC)
I'll take one! I'm collecting, and haven't dec ided if I'll post all my lists in one shot, or in pieces. :)
Dec. 11th, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)
Collecting letters? Ambitious! I rolled up a "D" for you.
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Dec. 11th, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
It would appear that you get "F" for your letter. Good luck!
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Dec. 11th, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC)
Hm, my die roller is feeling linear today. Have "H".
Dec. 11th, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC)
Nicole Kidman _is_ on my list. But I can not choose one or another off the list, they are all so incredible.

And Nancy Pelosi ... to love any politician or what they represent ... *shudder*. I do hope that perhaps the Democrats can learn to be a force for good. Do I believe that they will do so under her leadership? I dunno. We'll see. I'm also hoping that she really does try to work with the Republicans because if the rumors about her, "don't cross Pelosi", are more than just talk, she'll be just like certain other Speakers we could mention ... and that'd be a crying shame.
Dec. 11th, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I know, the Pelosi inclusion was more an artifact of the letter... I'm more going for the feeling people had the day after that fateful election, the one of hope.
Dec. 12th, 2006 12:58 am (UTC)
I'll take a letter.

Can I trade a letter for making some Niu Rou Mien
with you from your mom's recipe at some point in
the future? it sounds extremely yummy and I'd like someone to tell me how it's supposed to turn out. ;-)

Dec. 12th, 2006 03:02 am (UTC)
My dice are weird. Well, no, wait, they're random. You get... "Z".

I can give you a backup letter if you need it. I wouldn't blame you one bit.
Dec. 12th, 2006 01:16 pm (UTC)
I wanted to do this for an exercise in creativity, and "Z" did take a little thinking :) but I did it! See my lj for details.
Dec. 12th, 2006 03:02 am (UTC)
Oh, and cooking would be a blast! Yes!
Dec. 12th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
What the Hell...
Sure, hit me up with a letter.

Wouldn't be such a bad thing for me to do some positive reflection.
Dec. 12th, 2006 03:03 am (UTC)
Re: What the Hell...
For you... there is an "E".
Dec. 12th, 2006 02:10 am (UTC)
Nicole De Boer
You know she's in The Dead Zone (TV series) , right?

Hit me up with a letter, and I'll see if I can come up with anything good.
Dec. 12th, 2006 03:03 am (UTC)
Re: Nicole De Boer
I've been made aware of that by IMDB, in fact... but I would need to track it down from the beginning or something, maybe on DVD. Hmm, what does Netflix have to say about this?

Your letter is the first repeat. It's an "F".
Dec. 12th, 2006 05:44 pm (UTC)
Letter me up!
Dec. 12th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
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