July 17th, 2002

fish_purpose

What's your Viking Name - Amanda/Manda

Öndótt/Móeiðr Strongjaw

(Well, actually, that wouldn't really be your name -- since you're female, your name would be something like "Öndótt Björnsdottir". But this is the twenty-first century, and you want to be known for who you are, not for who your father was, right? Right.)

Your Viking Personality: You're a fearsome Viking, but you aren't completely uncivilized. The other Vikings make fun of you for that. You have a thirst for battle, and tend to strike first and think later. You might be able to hold your own on the battlefield, but you're no "berserker".

You might grumble a bit at the lack of amenities on board a Viking longboat, but you can handle it. Other Vikings tolerate your presence, though they're not quite sure if they can trust you to fight dirty.

You have a fairly pragmatic attitude towards life, and tend not to expend effort in areas where it would be wasted. Due to your gregariousness, you don't strike fear into the hearts of your victims. Try to be a little more surly in the future!

Try it yourselves here [Warning: may find some error messages appear - scroll down to find your viking name]
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'Manda's policy on Livejournal

I have recently edited it so that no one can post comments anonymously to my journal. If you want to comment as a Live Journal User - go ahead. If necessary I'll start screening those. The backup to this that if anyone does manage to post an obnoxious comment to me anonymously I am now recording their IP addresses.

For those of you who are listed as my friends, 95% of my posts are to you guys only. I have a couple of entries which are to specific peeps but mostly I don't bother with that.

I will point out (mostly to Matt) that you can't read the 'friends only' posts if you're not logged in - although you can see the public ones...

Maybe I'll start posting publicly again - but its unlikely to be anything of import!
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The Seafarer

"Now, therefore, the thoughts of my heart are in conflict as to whether I for my part should explore the deep currents and the surging of the salty waves -- my mind’s desire time and time again urges the soul to set out, so that I may find my way to the land of strangers far away from here -- for there is no one on earth so confident of temperament, nor so generous of his gifts, nor so bold in his youth, nor so courageous in his deeds, nor his lord so gracious to him, that he never worries about his seafaring, as to what wyrd will send him; he will have no thought for the harp, nor for the ring-receiving ceremonial, nor for the pleasure of a woman nor for trust in that which is of the world, nor for anything else, but only for the surging of the waves -- and yet he who aspires to the ocean always has the yearning."

This excerpt from a translation found here

I've read various translations ... something about this that appeals
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