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I'll take a meme from the back [Feb. 6th, 2005|08:45 pm]
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The Rules:
1 - Leave a comment, saying you want to be interviewed.
2 - I will respond; I'll ask you five questions.
3 - You'll update your journal with my five questions, and your five answers.
4 - You'll include this explanation.
5 - You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed

This set of questions are from Andrew odnopoliy:


1. If you could be of a different racial background, what would it be?

Oh, I'd be Japanese. Why? Umm, most appealing. Circular logic, I know.

2. Mac or PC? Why?

Well, if we are talking hardware, then PC. Cheaper per number crunched. If software, then linux :) Mainly because I've been dealing with the bastardity of x86 and Microsoft products for so long that I have had little [ encouragement | justification | advocacy ] to bother to learn much about apple products. I feel more at home on my Athlon running Debian :) Not that I'd say no to an iPod shuffle.

3. What is your favorite way to relax?

My favorite way to relax is just to go on walks and wander around and look at things. For example, to wander the rows of the library at my university. You can find the most outlandish books buried in the lower level. Favorite finds so far:

-The President's Commission On The Accident At Three Mile Island (5 volumes)

-Some book about how Bell is teh best 3v0r!!! written two years before the breakup of the monopoly into its component parts of AT&T, Bellcore, Pacific Bell, Southwestern Bell & etc. (now of course; AT&T, Lucent Technologies, SBC and Verizon) Great schudenfreude.

-Someone's master thesis, written in 1996, with about fifteen pages of rejection letters, followed by 10 pages of prose describing their project, and finally, five hundred pages of java source code, making it the thickest book on the shelf.

-A really sad short book about this english teacher who gets all the diaries of a former student who had died of AIDS.

Equally applicable to walks around malls, parks, defense installations, & etc.

4. You're overweight for the rest of your life, you have a major sexual dysfunction, or you become involved in an international scandal that makes you both famous and hated by 86% of the population. Which one and why?

So I get to pick between Anna Nicole, Bob Dole, or Bill Gates, eh? I'll go with Bob. I'd rather be skinny and limp than overweight and unable to see anything because of my belly. Famousness and people hating me don't really sound that motivating. I don't really care what people think of me; much to the chagrin of the people I hang out with. "Will you quit looking like a special person?! What the hell are you staring at anyway?" me: "Just counting the number of cameras in this store. Shoplifting is done best in that corner" *points*

5. Imagine that a close friend is describing your personality to a stranger… what might they say that you would disagree with?

The following would be good examples of statements I would disagree with:

"That motherfucker is crazier than a roomful of rhesus monkeys!"
"He's perfectly normal; you should call him!"
"Uh, yeah, he's kinda shy. And not like, quiet shy, more like the nervous cat who doesn't realize that there is a white stripe painted on 'em and gets stalked by Pepé le Pew and keeps trying to escape but never succeeds. That kind of shy."
"Some people might call him realistic, but I'd call him paranoid."
"He's a condescending asshole with no sense of humor!"
"He's a condescending asshole with a sense of humor!"

Just to be clear, I've been accused of the following:
-Being a condescending asshole.
-Having no sense of humor.
-Being certifiably crazy.
-Being "too shy."
-Being paranoid.

Also "too literal," but I agree completely with that. Sometimes that's half the humor.

Okay, you read about me, now comment and say you wanna be interviewed by the lovable whiz. I've got a meme to send around.
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[User Picture]From: whizistic
2005-02-08 08:11 pm (UTC)
Livejournal memes are similar to herd immunity (5th para). They are able to continue only as long as people are willing to post them. This weeds out the crappy ones (no one wants to look stupid), but can result in a tragedy of the commons whereby a person reads about memes but never contributes. By not contributing, you risk not having memes in the future, once enough people act the same way you do.

This so could be a good psychology paper :)
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