You say it best, when you say nothing at all

14 September 2006

I’ve a stack of books this high[1] waiting to be added to catalogue. And another stack, three or four times as high, which is not only in danger of falling over and killing the entire world, but has to be changed from general lending to reserve. And a lot of what is on reserve has to be put in general lending. So I’m a little busy. And yet online and blogging. But I am not at fault[2] cause the catalogue keeps timing out. So I’m giving it a little break while I blog, and will get back to it in a mo’. In the meantime we have a pointless quiz-type-thing:

You Are: 50% Dog, 50% Cat

You are a nice blend of cat and dog.
You’re playful but not too needy. And you’re friendly but careful.
And while you have your moody moments, you’re too happy to stay upset for long.

And, sure while I’m here, did you know that everyone really does want to be Irish:

Applications from UK-born citizens for Irish passports have more than doubled in the past year … [this follows] confirmation last month that applications for Irish passports by US citizens have tripled in the five years since the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington … Several US websites extol the virtues of travelling on Irish passports pointing out that the republic’s long-established neutrality is a better guarantee of safety. “With an Irish passport you are at lower risk when travelling in areas of the world that are hostile to Americans,” explains “Terrorists are far less likely to kidnap or attack an Irish citizen than an American.”


  1. this phrase may lose some its meaning in the typing
  2. as if that could ever be the case

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22 Responses

  1. anne says:

    70% cat.
    "You and cats have a lot in common.
    You're both smart and in charge – with a good amount of attitude.
    However, you do have a very playful side that occasionally comes out!" Good amount of attitude. Who knew.

    If UK-born people are applying for Irish citizenship, surely it means that on a dim level, they're aware that it's a different country…?

  2. Fence says:

    You'd think that wouldn't you? But then again, maybe they don't realise it isn't the same country and are applying by accident?

  3. NineMoons says:

    But they are Irish citizens, else they wouldn't be allowed to apply. They're probably either married to an Irelander, their parents are Irelanders or they lived here for a while. So they can't be seen as representative of the average UK-er with regard to their knowledge of the existence of this country.

    I am also half-cat, half-dog. I think I'll pick the front half to be the cat half. I don't want a dog brain.

  4. Fence says:

    Or a grandparent was Irish. So they may have no knowledge at all.

    Dogs are smarter than cats, the felines just have good spin.

  5. Mal says:

    I often wonder how I would acquit myself if I was captured by Islamic terrorists.

  6. NineMoons says:

    Sure, on the grandparent thing. But that's pretty uncommon, what with all the registering of foreign births and all. The parent thing is common. I think.

    I disagree with your OPINION of cats and dogs. :-) But then I've often suspected that my beloved doggie feigns stupidity in order to avoid obedience. Most of my respect for cats comes from their Charizard nature – they don't give a frakkin frakk about anything. Except the Harlequin. Who loved me.

    Mal – you'd totally meh. And then you'd whatever. It's obvious! :-D

  7. Mal says:

    It hurts me when you use those bad words. I feel it inside here, look.

  8. Mal says:

    "You are a nice blend of cat and dog.
    You're playful but not too needy. And you're friendly but careful.
    And while you have your moody moments, you're too happy to stay upset for long."

    Goddamit, sixty per cent dog and forty per cent cat! No way!

    I think I fell down on the urinating on lamp-posts question, I can never resist the temptation…

    Cats are WAY better than dogs. Dogs have let themselves become our servants. Cats let us serve them.

    I think a labrador designed this questionnaire.

  9. Ann says:

    In the States, the grandparent rule is actually I think the most common way that people get Irish citizenship. Last November, it became much more difficult for individuals married to Irish citizens but residing outside of Ireland to become citizens.

    As for the perceived benefits of an Irish passports, that's just a load of bull. The passport will clearly have your place of birth printed on it. So, I'm guessing that a birthplace of, say, Ames, Iowa, USA, combined with an American accent is not going to fool many a terrorist, regardless of which passport you must be traveling. (Beside the fact that you'd have to carry both passports because US citizens can only enter the US on their US passports.)

    The real benefit of an Irish passport for US citizens is the ability to work in any EU country. I'm not sure what benefit UK citizens think they are getting.

  10. NineMoons says:

    Ann – I bow to your assessment of the grandparent rule in the States.*bows* But I still think it's not that common for UK-ers to use it. Unless they're footballers…

    And obviously the UK-ers get an enormous benefit – they get to say they're Irish. Duh! :-D

    Malcatraz, baby, be careful with the abrador-dissing. The Fence's beloved Shady is half-black lab, half-Dalmatian, all-cool. He has black spots on a black coat. Really.

  11. copper copper says:

    50 50 on dog and cat question. My exotic dancer name is GINGER… do you think they have x-ray vision and saw me as I typed the answers to the questions???

    Your Superhero Name is The Ghost Demon
    Your Superpower is X-Ray Vision
    Your Weakness is Handshakes
    Your Weapon is Your Flaming Bullets
    Your Mode of Transportation is Elephant

    My birthdate quiz was a load of crap!!

    I am 90% physcic or should that read physco!!!

    but enough about me has anyone else done these other quizzes?

  12. NineMoons says:

    My exotic dancer name is Feather.

    Your Superhero Name is The Grey Blaze
    Your Superpower is Willpower
    Your Weakness is Chocolate
    Your Weapon is Your Cosmic Spike
    Your Mode of Transportation is Scooter

    My birthdate quiz was about half-right.

    I'm 60% psychic.

    Also, I'm apparently 32 years old (!), my Irish name is Clodagh (!!) O'Donnell and am 52% abnormal ("You are at medium risk for being a psychopath. It is somewhat likely that you have no soul.")

  13. kyknoord says:

    That's a bit like trying to smuggle a bomb onto a plane, because the chances of there being TWO bombs on a plane is really slim.

  14. NineMoons says:

    Hey, Fence, I've been calling you and emailed you so this is the last ditch effort to contact you!! Are you coming to Sligo or not?

  15. Fence says:

    Mobile phones are not allowed in the library, and now that we have our landlines (w00t! finally working) I don't need to carry it around with me no more. Just got your email, busy at work see, and have replied to say:
    Can not go to Sligo, have to work late this evening and couldn't be arsed running for the train which is usually mad busy.

    So no. Have a good time with the wedding discussions :)

  16. Terri says:

    50% cat, 50% dog…. So what they're actually telling you is you're actually schizo…

  17. Mal says:

    We had this personality test in religion class in school. (No, it wasn't a Scientology school, it was a good old-fashioned revisionist Catholic school.) Mine said I was from one of the smallest categories, less than one per cent. I always knew I was special.

  18. sally says:

    50% cat and 50% dog…so do you chase yourself?

  19. LiVEwiRe says:

    I'm 90% cat, sounds about right to me! =)

  20. Fence says:

    I prefer evenly balanced Terri.

    Mal, special eh? I'm saying nowt.

    Sally, not at all. Too dog-tired, or busy cat-napping ;)

    LiVEwiRe, I do try to brighten everyone's day by bringing truth, justice, and the Irish way.

  21. Talena says:

    Okay, I don't have time to read everyone's comments, but I just want to say two things:

    1. Hi, Fence. (And everyone else, too!)
    2. Sounds like the Americans, all right. Seems that travelling with a Canadian flag on their backpacks isn't enough. I just hope they don't give all the Canadians (& Irish!) a bad name with their lies!

  22. Fence says:

    Hi Talena.
    Not just Americans though, Britishers too.