Monday, 24 January 2011

The Queen's Meme #69 The Board Game Meme

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Welcome to The Queen's Meme #69
Are you bored? Well I'm about to perk you up with a few board game questions. Ever played Pick Up Stix? It's a blast. My brothers and I used to play every weekend at my aunt's house. Pretend you're 12, pop a big bowl of popcorn, stretch out on the carpet or set up the card table and let's play! Oh, BTW... These are my games and my rules. Just so ya know...

1. Twister

Who would you like to get your arms and legs tangled up with?  I can't say that, but it wouldn't be playing Twister...though it could be a good warm up!

2. Monopoly
You have just landed on Boardwalk and collected a nice sum in rent payments.
Which Monopoly token do you want to be when you grow up?  The car....if the gas prices aren't too hjigh

3. Candyland
This game is based on The Legend of The Lost Candy Castle. Did you know that? The object of the game is to reach the Candy Castle. But in my game, the object is to avoid the dungeon that is in the Candy Castle. You must swim through the Ice Cream Sea to be victorious.
What is your flavor?  Strawberry or lime...I'd probably empty the moat savouring it!

4. Operation
You are the surgeon. You have the tweezers in your hand. It is time to remove the most irritating person or thing in your life.
What is the name of this organ? Is my boss reading this?

5. Sorry!
I often say that success is the best revenge. Lucky for you!
Sorry! is a game of sweet revenge.
What is your strategy for success today? Play solitaire

6. Wheel of Fortune!
It's your spin. You have just landed on a surprise vacation package.
It's yours if you can name the destination with 3 vowels and 2 consonants. Aruba will do nicely!

7. Clue
Miss Scarlet (that's you) is in the Library with the knife. Who did she kill and why? Miss Rhett in the bedroom when she found out a secret!

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

The Queen's Meme #68 - The Basic Theory Meme 101

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Welcome to The Queen's Meme #68.
It's called the Basic Music Theory Meme 101
It's simple! Answer the questions and/or identify the following very basic music symbols and tell us what you think they mean. You can answer correctly (don't peek in the dictionary!) or you can spoof 'em. I'm talking to you, Coopernicus. Can you snark something this academic?

1. What is the symbol above called?  Now let's get one thing settled. I know NOTHING about musical notation. It looks like a railway track to me.

2. Imagine you are playing saxophone and suddenly see the symbol above in your music score. What do you do?  Who knows? Play ten times louder?

3. And this ornate object is???  13? B? I'll pass on this.

4. Are these two rests equal or unequal in value? I've got a 50-50 chance of getting this right, so I'll say equal...or maybe unequal.

5. Name at least 2 things missing from the Treble and Bass clef show below that would be seen in an actual piece of music. Are you serious? I would hasve a better chance of learning Mandarin Chinese.

6. Why is the treble clef above always getting in trouble? What is wrong with it? It's a bad influence on the other notes. The music teachewr always gets it to sit on the naughty stool.

7. What is the name of this note? Jeff? Arthur, Melanie? How should I know?

8. What is the key signature in the piece of music below?  I don't think it's a modern rock song!

9. What is the last note on a piano keyboard? The one at the end.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

The Queen's Meme #67 - The Strange January Meme

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Welcome to the Queen's Meme #67.
It's called The Strange January Meme

There are some strange traditions associated with this month, many of those noted here are British customs, however, strange customs hail from every corner of the globe. Help me decipher the January mysteries of the Universe below. And I sincerely hope you remembered to bake a cake for the cow.

1. January usually has ample amounts of snowfall in parts of the world. Did you ever make snow cream as a kid?  All I ever did with snow when I was young was fall over in it.

2. January is the first month of the year in the Gregorian calendar. The name comes from the Latin word ianua meaning door and is named after the god of the doorway, Janus.
Is there a particular door you'd like to step through this year? What? I'd like to step throuigh a door that was open. Going through a closed one can be extremely hazardous.

3. January is one of the months with 31 days. What are you going to do with that extra day? Spend it all thinking of answers for Mimi's memes.

4. In medieval times superstition dictated that the 1st day of January was significant for prosperity, or lack of it, in a person's life. Farmers put a flat cake on the horns of a cow and they danced and sang songs around the cow until the cake was thrown to the ground. If it fell in front of the cow that meant good luck; it if fell behind the cow that meant bad luck for the rest of the year.
Do you have strange New Year customs in your household? Well we don't have a cow to dance around. The strange New Year custom I have is to get up without a hangover as I don't drink.

5. Did you know that it's unlucky to see the first new moon of the year through a window? You should, instead, look through a new silk handkerchief! Did you remember to do this? If I said this at the asylum, I'd be in the rubber room.

6. On January 14, 1986 motorists were required for the first time to wear seat belts?
Do you always buckle up? Why or why not? January 14th is my birthday! Anyway I NEVER wear seatbelts. It is illegal here in Britain not to. Don't tell anyone, please.

7. If you are single and want to find a mate, legend has it that on January 20th you should walk backwards up the stairs to bed. If you don't have a staircase you should recite The Lord's Prayer while transferring pins from a pin cushion to your sleeve.  If anyone does this, it's no surprise they can't find a mate!
I couldn't find a male ritual to attract women.
Make one up.     Here's a them a drink, then a car, then a diamond bracelet on the way to the poor house.

Monday, 3 January 2011

The Queen's Meme #66 - The 2011 Meme

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Welcome to the Queen's Meme #66. We're all about ones today in the year of the ones. Do the math.

1. What were you doing at 1:11 am on 1/11/11?  Sleeping, like anyone in their right mind would be doing.

 2. Did you watch the New Year's Eve hoopla on television at midnight or did you make your own hoopla? Hoopla? I watched the fireworks on the TV around London. Why should anyone be watching a hoopla? They must have been short on entertainment.

3. I know this is a tired meme question and really should be retired, but can you tell us just ONE of your New Year's resolutions? Not to make a New Year's Resolution

4. What was the one greatest lesson you learned in 2010. Don't blink or the year will be gone. Plan ahead.

5. Can you recall a news story from 2010 that affected you greatly and/or personally? The Chilean miner rescue was the big story worldwide that had everyone watching.

6. If you could have just one thing in 2011, what would it be? Visiting all my e mail friends

7. Pick and age: 20 or 11. Which one was best for you and why? 20 might have been better than 11, but I'd rather have 11 so I can go through that important time and do things I should have done before.