Dark Bilious Vapors

But how could I deny that I possess these hands and this body, and withal escape being classed with persons in a state of insanity, whose brains are so disordered and clouded by dark bilious vapors....
--Rene Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy: Meditation I

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12/24/2005: Because I can't resist this kind of thing....

I'll follow Brock with "the bleme of four":

Four jobs you've had in your life: Hotel laundryman, electrical helper, lawyer (actually, plenty of jobs within that general category, but I won't bore y'all), and "professional computer geek" (as I like to put it...)

Four movies you could watch over and over: The trouble is keeping it down to four; pretty much any movie I own falls into this category--not only could I watch them over and over, but I do, regularly. But probably my favorites in that bunch are: Citizen Kane (my choice for Greatest Movie Of All Time, and my favorite by a large margin), Patton, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (I prefer the original "unenhanced" theatrical release, which I have on VHS tape, but I also own the "enhanced" version on DVD, because I'm a fucking idiot).

Four places you've lived: Well, y'all know where I live now, so I won't bother with that one. Other places I've lived: St. Louis, Missouri; Chicago, Illinois; Subic Bay, Philippines; and Springfield/Franconia, Virginia (the mailing address was "Alexandria", but I lived several miles outside the city limits of Alexandria, proper).

Four TV shows you love to watch: Tough one, because I don't watch much TV at all (the only reason I even subscribe to basic cable is to get cable broadband Internet access), and what shows I do watch tend to be "brain drain" or background noise. But if you insist (in no particular order): Iron Chef, MXC/Most Extreme Elimination Challenge, Stargate SG-1, and baseball games (St. Louis Cardinals games when they get picked up for national coverage on the Fox Saturday game of the week, or are broadcast by WGN or one of the Turner Empire stations when the Cards are playing the Cubs or Braves, or Memphis Redbirds games when the local cable outlet here broadcasts a select number of Redbirds home games).

Four places you've been on vacation: Montana (Little Bighorn National Battlefield/Billings), San Francisco, Bronx/NYC/Cooperstown, NY (my second ex was doing an NIH summer institute at Fordham, and we parlayed that into a bit of touristing while she was there--hey, it was a vacation for me), CT/RI/MA (Groton/New London/Mystic Seaport; Newport, and Boston).

Four websites you visit daily: Difficult to answer for two reasons--first, I take regular "days off" the net, so there are days I don't visit any websites, and secondly on the days I do visit websites I do tend to visit many more than four (pretty much all the sites in the "Len's extended blogroll" iframe get visited daily--or as close to daily as I visit websites). But to name four (non-blogs, just because) that come to mind: The Hardball Times, Baseball Prospectus (I finally broke down and paid for a subscription, so I want to make sure I get my money's worth), STL Today (the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website, because I am a St. Louisan in exile, after all), and Slate are all pretty sure to get a visit from me on any given day, if I visit any websites at all.

Four of your favorite foods: (in no particular order) "Barbecued" (i.e., grilled and basted with barbecue sauce) pork steaks (a St. Louis specialty...), lasagna, sushi, lamb vindaloo (when done right...)

Four places you'd rather be: This assumes "ideal circumstances" (i.e., being liberated from the necessity of being shackled to honest work to make my livelihood)--St. Louis, Toronto, London, or a privately owned (by me, of course) tropical island which features broadband Internet connectivity, a gourmet coffee outlet, a world class public library, and guaranteed 30 minute pizza delivery.

Len on 12.24.05 @ 11:00 AM CST

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