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Mememememe

Posted on September 23, 2008. Filed under: Culture, Games, Musings |

I hadn’t noticed before that the Internet phenomenon known as a “meme” is two “me’s” put together. In my last post, I talked about how I’m selfish like a cat; that one was all about “Me”. The word meme, though, (as defined by Wikipedia) doesn’t mean “double me” or anything remotely like that. Here’s what they have to say:

Meme, or MEME, may mean:

  • Meme, a term coined by Richard Dawkins, referring to a unit of cultural information transferable from one mind to another. A derivation of either French même (lit. “same”), or Greek mimeme (something imitated). See also Mimesis.
    • An Internet meme, a meme or fad that spreads quickly through the Internet.

I was only familiar with the first of these four definitions. I had not heard of Bioninformatics, which, in my brief skimming of the article I feel deserves further investigation. I find most kinds of science interesting, except for the boring kinds of science, of course. If Bioinformatics isn’t boring, it has the potential to be fascinating indeed! Computer models of the genome! Machine modeling the process of evolution!

I also had not heard of Milosh, who I find is a Canadian electronic musician whose training was started on ‘cello. Nice music. His Meme album has a track called “Playing with Yen”. What does that mean?

And then there’s the Japanese animated series called Ghost in the Shell. Have you heard of that one? I want to watch it now; it seems kind of science-fictiony/graphic novely; compelling and unique. The episode “Meme” appears to use that word in the “virus” sense of the meaning.

After writing last time about how I work mostly at home, I’ve been out for a couple of 14-hour days in a row, and I’m just settling back into my routine, such as it is. I guess I ought to be careful what I write about! So, I just planned to briefly address a meme sent me by the lovely Apar. In pondering once again why these Internet thingys are called “memes” though, I came across all of the above.

Just looking up the meaning of a word, I’m introduced to different worlds. Isn’t life just the most interesting thing?

So, without further digressions, I post the meme from Apar, as well as my disclaimers and equivocations:

The rules of the game:

RULE #1 : People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blogs and replace any question that they dislike with a new question formulated by themselves.

RULE #2 :  Tag 6 people to do this quiz and they cannot refuse. These people must state who they were tagged by and cannot tag the person whom they were tagged by continue this game by sending it to other people.

(I have not replaced any questions, because it’s hard to imagine not liking a question. After all, it’s just a question, right? However, seeing the “rules” above causes me to bristle, a bit. I don’t react well to rules, but have made an effort to at least…try to play nice! Also, some of these questions are rather personal, and do not necessarily evoke in me a direct answer. Nevertheless, if you’ve read this far, thank you!)

1. If your lover betrayed you, what will your reaction be?
Can’t relate.
2. If you can have a dream to come true, what would it be?
I dream my life into existence daily. Therefore it always comes true!
3. Whose butt would you like to kick?
Butts are really too nice to kick.
4. What would you do with a billion dollars?
First, I’d hire a security guard; next I’d pay off my mortgage; then some relatives’ mortgages; then start a fun foundation and conference center. After that, meet with a financial adviser to help me manage it all. (Not very imaginative; but I’m a simple soul). Take classes, play music, travel, and smile. 🙂
5. Will you u fall in love with your best friend?
Um. Not anytime soon!
6. Which is more blessed, loving someone or being loved by someone?
Both, of course!
7. How long do you intend to wait for someone you really love?
Not good at waiting.
8. If the person you secretly like is already attached, what would you do?
I would continue to live a life of integrity, whatever that entailed.
9. If you like to act with someone, who will it be? your gf/bf or an actress/actor?
Hmmm. Not something I really think about.
10. What takes you down the fastest?
Criticism. But I’m good at getting past it.
11. How would you see yourself in ten years time?
‘Bout the same.
12. What’s your fear?
Forgetting to remember that there is no fear.
13. What kind of person do you think the person who tagged you is?
Sweet; finding herself; devoted; intellectually curious; getting stronger every day!
14. Would you rather be single and rich or married but poor?
Can’t really think of this in those terms
15. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Recognize how amazing and fortunate I am. (Unless I’m waking up way too early because I’ve agreed to be somewhere at that unreasonable hour; then the first is to grumpily use the rest room.)
16. Would you give all in a relationship?
Nah!
17. If you fall in love with two people simultaneously, who would you pick?
Good heavens! Dunno.
18. Would you forgive and forget no matter how horrible a thing the someone has done?
No. But then, I’m not a “forgiver and forgetter” in the best of times. I’m more of an evaluator.
19. Do you prefer being single or having a relationship?
Yes, I do!
20. List 6 people to tag
Those would be the first six (or more) people who read this; think it sounds fun; and want to answer these questions!!!

Apar says this: “Would love to know their answers (esp the answer to q.13 🙂 ).” So, even though I don’t play fair, by the rules, or nicely, I have, at least, answered question 13, sincerely! 😀

Finally, to end this rather odd post (if I do say so myself) I acknowledge this, awarded me by the sultry sulz:

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Thank you, sulz! 🙂 Interestingly enough, in the same post she rewards my honesty, she also responds to the above meme, for which she was also tagged! I can certify my answers were, actually, honest, just, perhaps not as…complete as they might be. (On the other hand, look at hers, if you think mine were succinct.)

Good day everyone, from the honest muse. 🙂

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