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Meme again; it’s meme for a day

Posted on June 6, 2008. Filed under: Games, Musings |

I really was planning on a “serious post” today, but then I found I’d been tagged by sulz, of bloggerdygook, for a meme at almost the same instant I posted my latest meme, yesterday. So, because sulz is not to be denied, here are my answers to hers (she wrote this herself!) There goes the weekend! 🙂

1. What does gobbledygook mean to you? —Blogging diva sulz asks this question, as her blog name, Bloggerdygook is derived from the above word. I tend to think of gobbledygook (at least regarding her) as “random wisdom emerging most delightfully.” The dictionary defines it this way: “wordy and generally unintelligible jargon”, but that doesn’t apply to sulz! Wordy, yes (in a good way), and maybe very occasionally unintelligible, but mainly witty and wise.

2. What do you like about yourself? —I like that I’m independent; intelligent; curious; spacey; willing to instantly change my beliefs to more suitable ones for my current circumstances.

3. What activity do you enjoy doing, that you never thought you would until you tried it? —Um, I want to be honest, here, and I can’t really think of one. I try very few things without a reasonable certainty that I’m going to like it, and on those occasions I’ve said “Well, I’ll try it once!”, I’ve generally not been swayed by my actual experience to like something I’d thought I wouldn’t. Contrary to popular opinion. Or maybe I’m just snarky?

4. What have you learnt about yourself from your previous (and current) romantic relationships? —Gosh, that’s a huge question. I have learned I can never meet another’s expectations, and it’s probably not useful to try. I’ve learned that every day I’m in a relationship is a new choice, and it’s important to share more joy than angst. I’ve learned companionship is key; the other stuff is other stuff.

5. What physical traits do you find attractive in the opposite sex? —Alright, sulz, I’d better answer this one carefully. I’m not that focused on physical traits although, of course I notice them! I would say a physically fit body is a good thing, as I like to keep fairly fit myself. (You know, toned muscles, but not overdone!) Also deep, mysterious eyes will get my attention.

6. Do you believe in any superstitions, or have some particular ritual? —No, about superstition, but that’s because I believe reality is whatever I declare it to be and that there is no absolute reality outside of my ability to perceive it. One definition of superstition is “persistent belief in the irrational even after evidence to the contrary”. All well and good—I just don’t give much credence to “evidence to the contrary” or any other kind of evidence, for that matter, so the notion of “superstition” doesn’t mean much to me. On the other hand, I do have my rituals, and I believe in their ability to keep me on track, so I like them. One is when I wake up, I like to make a cup of tea and then take it back to bed with me. I will usually write for a half hour or so while I’m sitting up in bed. I get different material than I do when I’m fully awake. Another one I like is going for a walk every day. It’s both a moving meditation and exercise!

7. What’s the nicest thing you’ve ever done for somebody? —Specifically for someone else? I think it was when I was a daycamp counselor when I was 15, because it was the first time I really felt I had the ability to make a difference in someone’s life. One of the little girls had come to the camp with her best friend she’d had all her life. She was a shy girl, and her best friend made new friends and ignored this poor girl. We’d gone to the beach for the day, and the girl was sitting alone and crying, wondering what she’d done wrong. She was convinced her friend would never like her again, nor would anyone else. The other kids were playing in the water, but I sat with this girl and somehow convinced her that life would go on, that people would like her (because I did, so I could tell!) and that her friend was just excited by new experiences. We bonded, and I could see hope on her face. This incident obviously stays with me; it was very cool.

8. If you could do something with your blog (cost, time and other factors irrelevant), what would you do? —Other than write in it a bit more than I do, not really much else. I’m pretty happy with my little piece of blog real estate. I don’t really notice bells and whistles, I just like to write here. So here I am.

9. Books, chocolates, sex. Make a sentence with it —“These books say chocolate is actually better than sex, so I think we should experiment and find out!”

10. If you were dead now, what would people most remember about you? —Well, they really wouldn’t have to try to remember me for a while, because I’d haunt them. After I got tired of that, I hope they would say that I demonstrated passion for my connection with all that is. Amen.

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This was a very thoughtful meme, and I congratulate its author, sulz. I’m still a little wary of tagging, at the moment, as I was yesterday, but if you recognize yourself from one of the following three descriptions, and want to participate, you’re it!: 1. “You teach yoga, wax philosophic, and have a new granddaughter.” 2. You blog very cool, you’re a CSS expert, and the newest forum is your friend.” 3. “You find just the best deals on travel while you still maintain your spiritual journey.” AND, if you are anyone else who’s read this far, and you are drawn to this excellent meme, you are cordially invited to participate. Just let me know if you do!

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The expansionist meme

Posted on June 5, 2008. Filed under: Culture, Games, Philosophy, Travel |

I’m working on one of my “serious posts”, and in the meantime I was tagged for this by The Unknown Blogger, and found it intriguing and a bit different. I’m not sure if it’s Serious, Semi-Serious, or Not Serious. Here goes:

The Expansionist Meme:
Please thoughtfully consider the following, and choose one item for each of the categories below. (Be sure to describe your reasons for choosing)
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One religious work from a non-familiar tradition you’ll read:
I’ve read from many of the world’s religious texts, so it was kind of hard to pick one that’s both unfamiliar and intriguing. I guess the closest I can come is the Bhagavad Gita, as I haven’t read extensively in it as yet, and there is much I find interesting.
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One music video–that you like–from your “least likely to listen to” genre:
This was hard! I went to YouTube and typed “punk rock” and felt extremely geeky doing that. Then I had to listen, eek. I finally found this one which is pretty funny, if rather cynical. I liked the last 2/3 best: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_HKns1XEFM&feature=related Then I found this version, which I like even better: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cxc7AGaABWw Will this do?
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A book from a genre you almost never read, that you have read, or you will read (promise!):
The genre(s) I’m least likely to seek out are tied between “Horror” and “Romance”. So, which shall I pick? Would it be cheating to choose Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier (which I’ve read four times)? I think it meets the criteria for both “Horror” and “Romance” pretty well…
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Somewhere you’d never thought to go on holiday/vacation, and why it might be fun to go there:
Wow, there are lots of places. I will choose Estonia, because there are places in Europe I’d most likely visit first, but I’ve read that this former Soviet bloc nation has more in common with Scandinavia than with the Russian Federation, has been modernizing like crazy, has one of the highest literacy rates in the world, has beautiful and ancient architecture, much of it wonderfully preserved, and a lovely and temperate climate.
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A specific food you’ve never tried, but will because of this meme, honest!:
All right, I’ll admit it. When I visited Scotland some years back, I could not bring myself to sample one of it’s national dishes, Haggis, even though I’m partly of Scottish origin. I probably shouldn’t go to my grave without trying this oatmeal-and-onion, cooked-in-a-sheep’s-stomach yummy dish, now should I?
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A sport or game you really hate, or haven’t tried yet, but are willing to give one more go:
I dislike most games where there is a “winner” and a “loser” because I tend to be the “loser”, and who needs that, right? I’ve played chess, which I admire, but hurts my brain, and checkers, which is less demanding, but for this item I’ll choose Go! (Give it one more “go”, get it? Haha.) The reason I don’t like Go the most, (although it’s strategy eludes me and that’s reason enough), is it’s lack of neatness. A board game should be neat. The Go stones don’t even fit properly within each square on the game board. This drives me nuts!
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A style of dance you probably won’t try (we won’t make you promise on this one):
Wow, a lot to choose from as there’re only about 3 kinds of dance I’m actually willing to do in public. I’ll go out on a limb and say, Tango.
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A career or job you don’t feel you’re suited for, and why:
This one’s easy, because back in the days when I was taking career placement, personality assessment, and other such tests, one career path always stood out on the absolute bottom of my “most suited for” lists: Army Officer. There are probably a lot of reasons for this, but, in imagining myself in such a job, I can’t get my imagination past “basic training” without words like “insubordination”, “AWOL”, or “Section-8” coming up.
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An item that’s “thinking out of the box” for this meme, that hadn’t been included:
So, this means that no one who does this meme after looking at my answers gets to choose my item, right? OK, this fits, doesn’t it? “What is the one class/course that you never could; never would; never should take or have taken in high school?” My answer: Calculus. I love science, and I love physics, but I can’t begin to figure what these Calculus people are on about. I know, limited thinking on my part.
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To proceed with “thinking out of the box” here, I won’t tag specific individuals, because some of you don’t like that; nor will I open it up to “anyone who wants to participate” because hardly anyone does when that’s said. Instead I’ll request a response from at least one person in each of the following categories (more are welcome):
—-an atheist
—-a follower of a particular religion
—-a person who believes science will eventually be able to answer our questions
—-an artist
—-a musician
—-a writer.
Of course, you may fit into more than one of these categories, as I do myself. You don’t have to tell us which you are, either, just please let me know in the comment, here, if you do the meme. I found this meme challenging and insightful. Hope you enjoy it!
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When life intrudes upon Blogging

Posted on June 1, 2008. Filed under: HowTo, Musings, Philosophy |

I like to Blog, as many of us do. I use the broader definition of “blogging” to mean more than writing and publishing posts, but also reading other blogs, commenting on them, answering comments on mine, maintaining content, research, brainstorming, finding or taking pictures, blog-related emailing, learning new blogging tricks, quietly contemplating, and sitting for long periods of time with “blank look on face” waiting for inspiration. So you see that this all takes a great deal of time.

I’m not complaining about this, mind. It’s just that every once in a while Other Parts of my Life interfere with blogging! Can you imagine? I try to remain good-natured about this, but sometimes it’s difficult. Just look at what I have to put up with:

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work—Now, I really enjoy the work I do, so that’s OK, but apparently, if one is a blogger, someone, somewhere, expects Money in order for one to have a Computer to blog upon, and a Room to blog in. One must work, or be independently wealthy.

telephone calls—I found telephones irritating even before I started blogging. I’m just not a “phoney” person! The only person I’ll willingly speak to on the phone for any length of time is my sister, and that’s only because she lives far away. Anyone else, it’s email for you!

family—Whether or not you live with family members, you will notice that, at times, they want to TALK to you! This is very time consuming. I sometimes just send them an email, even if they’re in the same room!

email—Email can sometimes go right along with blogging, but it’s those OTHER emails, the ones inviting me to lunch, or asking me to respond if I’ll attend a meeting that can really cut into blogging time.

friends—I’m talking about the live ones here, the ones whose real bodies I’ve actually seen; do you have any of those? I really do enjoy meeting them for lunch or an activity, but, when they ask me what I’ve been up to, I mumble incoherently something about a lot of writing in my “Personal Journal”. I call it that so they won’t ask to read my blog, because then it would be a whole different kind of blog. If you know what I mean.

house cleaning/tidying—Low on my priority list, but every now and then if I look up from the computer I’ll notice a layer of fuzz or haze, or [‘scuse me a mo’ while I look it up…oh, yeah!] dust! This dust thing is not good because if I were to let one of those “friend” people in here (see notation above) and there was “dust” on display, I’m socially conditioned to think They Won’t Like me as Much. If I stopped blogging long enough to notice, that would make me sad. Also, dust makes me sneeze, and sneezing delays typing.

shopping—The food kind of shopping is OK, if uninspiring, because if there’s one thing I like Even More than Blogging [shhh, don’t tell] it’s eating. The clothes kind is hard because I don’t like trying things on, so I do a lot of that online (while multi-tasking replying to comments) where I get to dress my “virtual model”. This is satisfying because when the clothes arrive I find I look much better than my “virtual model”, w00t! As for furniture, housewares, dishes and the like, well, if you take the time to do it right the first time (which I did before I started my blog) then you don’t need any more of those things for, like, 76 years, right?

hobbies—Now, I know, some of your friends will tell you blogging IS a hobby. Don’t listen to them! Blogging is lifeblood, we all know that. You may engage in other activities which could be considered hobbies, though: music; art; coin collecting. If you do, and you don’t blog about them at least once per month, they should be considered Wastes of Time, and eliminated.

holidays/vacation—I was just on one of these, and rediscovered that there is something called “The World” there outside my room/office. Imagine! It was just enough time to give me fresh perspective and new ideas. I would strongly caution you not to let these things go on too long…

sleep—There is so much research out there now indicating that sleep is eventually necessary for humans (and several other species, I believe) that I can’t really argue, but there are rules: It is OK to go to bed if you have Fallen out of your Desk Chair because you’ve Nodded Off whilst typing a post. Otherwise—keep at it, baby!

reading—All right, this is one of those guilty pleasures that I’m almost ashamed to admit: I really, really like to read. And while I’m in a confessional mood: Not Everything I Read is something I will Blog About! Shocking, I know. I hope you’ll keep reading here, even after knowing this about me.

gardening/farming—There are some aspects of these activities which my be considered “hobbies” (see listing above, and if they are, you might consider stopping them.) Some of you, though, actually grow food for human consumption. If so, we’ll reluctantly allow it.

pets—I would have thought all bloggers would only have cats for pets, which don’t require walking. Cats are the perfect pets for bloggers because they will pretend to be as aloof as you are for most of the day, but occasionally will sit on your keyboard, or paperwork, or even [I’m not kidding] on your lap, just to remind you there are actually other creatures in the world, and they don’t all live in your computer. Throw ’em some kibble, pet ’em for five minutes, and it’s back to work! What’s astounding to me, though, is it seems a sizeable number of bloggers have dogs! Amazing.

television—I do watch some television, although it’s increasingly easy to ignore. I watch science fiction, a couple of quirky detective shows, and, occasionally, home improvement shows to see what other people who aren’t blogging do while they are home. I allow myself this, as I have a notebook close by in case I get an idea for a post from a TV program. This rarely happens.

movies/concerts/plays—In spite of the fact that I have to Go Out of the House to do these things, I do do them. [do do?] Who knows why? Must be some small eccentricity; we all have them.

laundry—Now, we all know we don’t need clean underwear to write a blog post! Your mother told you always to wear clean underwear in case of an accident; I’m aware of very few accidents which happen during blogging. None of you know what I’m wearing (it’s not that kind of blog!) or when it was last laundered, and furthermore you don’t care. Or at least you didn’t until I started writing about it. Ooops…

classes/lectures/meetings—blog fodder/blog fodder/blog fodder.

exercising/sports—Trust me, there are really good reasons to engage in these activities. They may seem like a Waste of Time at first, but if you’re fit and flexible, with a good bloodflow to the brain, you will write better posts. (Please don’t look to this one as an example. I haven’t had my walk yet today.)

bodily functions—I’m not saying any more about these, other than to say you may imagine them to be whatever you choose. 😉

There is something that doesn’t compete with my blogging time, whether it’s at home, or out with friends: eating, (somewhat related to the “shopping” topic, above.) This is one of the few things that gets my mind completely off the blog. (I’m not saying there aren’t others; again, use your imagination—if you have any left after reading this post.)

These are just a few of Life’s Little Intrusions which take away from blogging time…of course, a lot of this is tongue-in-cheek, but a fair amount is not. I’ll leave you to guess which is which. 😀 I am, actually, grateful for all of the above intrusions. They give me things to blog about!

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