edwardvonstein asked: *looks to the side there* Toy enthusiast? Huh, I just learned something Top 5 toys!
Lego - It’s more than just a toy, it’s an experience being able to assemble various machinery and architecture. Not to mention the production quality on the individual pieces is top-notch.
Transformers - It’s fun to fidget around with the various mechanical puzzly bits, and kill time by going from robot to vehicle/animal.
K’nex - While Lego’s always my building toy of choice, I also had plenty of K’nex too. I liked the rod-and-connector functionality and how well the pieces worked in three dimensions, with plenty of options for rotating and angling bits that conventional Lego didn’t.
Marble Race/Marble Run - Man, I have so many memories of playing with my cousin’s, then getting a slightly different one of another brand for Christmas when I was 6. I must have annoyed the hell out of my mother with all the noise and leaving marbles all over the house.
Fisher-Price Little People - I used to play with the old 60’s-era ones passed down from my grandmother, plus a little gas station with a little pump you could put in the car that came with it and the big red toy barn.
sailor-rurouni asked: Top five books! Let's say non-fiction to make it tougher. :3c
I initially thought this would be easier since in the past my reading preferences have skewed towards nonfiction, but trying to rack my brain for stuff I’ve read hasn’t worked as well as I hoped. I knew I read a bunch of social issues books in high school but I can’t actually recall the titles of most of them. I do, however, recall three notable nonfiction titles in my life:
How the Mighty Fall by Jim Collins
A pretty interesting look at corporate culture and how hubris and the belief that success is assured leads to the slow decline of a business. It uses plenty of examples, like the downfall of Circuit City and the banking crash in 2008. An interesting read if you’re ever interested in studying management.
Merchants of Misery by Michael Hudson
I read this way back in high school, but it stuck with me pretty significantly. It’s a look into predatory high-interest lending, payday loans, rent-to-own stores, and the other businesses that take advantage of America’s low-income population and how they operate. It’s a fairly eye-opening book.
The Canadian Green Consumer Guide by the Pollution Probe Foundation
I first read this when I was still in elementary school, and I credit it for help awaken an interest in environmentalism and ecology. Admittedly, parts of it are likely outdated now (the original edition was written in 1989, when CFCs were still an issue), but a lot of the points it brings up like pesticides and reusable/recyclable materials are valid today.
Sorry if you were hoping for a bit more.
Ask me my “TOP 5” anything!
sailor-rurouni asked: Apollo, Hades, Poseidon.
Apollo: I honestly don’t stick with specific songs over long periods of time, my tastes seem to be constantly shifting. But the first song I ever fell in love with and the one I always seem fated to come back to is “Working for the Weekend” by Loverboy.
Hades: Richard Nixon, so I could give him a good kick in the nuts for every crime he committed while in office.
Poseidon: A tarp, which I am told has multiple uses such as collecting moisture and protecting from sunlight.