Monday, January 02, 2006

Meme Strained Media

Sister tagged me. Sister Novena is a sweet soul whose invitations my conscience won't let me ignore. So here is my perpetuation of the 7x7 meme for which I humbly beg your forgivness. Memes are not exactly an obligatory waste of my and your time and computing resources...but , IMHO, unecessary since bloggers are continuously engaged in a low grade process of bonding in the normal course of their self expression. I do not encourage this sort of thing as we all have heads full of thoughts needing no forms to fill in as aids to keep up our blogging output. [or if we don't, so much the better and my your blog RIP.] Taking these seriously consumes time. Taking them lightly wastes time.



Seven Things to Do Before I Die [the list would number hundreds if free of this format]

1. Bicycle across north america [i.e. Canada and Alaska too]
2. Write a song that everyone can and might even want to sing
3. Hike the AT
4. Finish that climb of Mt. Washington with my son
5. Write a/the killer app for media center computers
6. Go a month even, only saying yes if I meant yes, only saying no if I meant no.
7. Help, even the tiniest bit, to ease the human overload our poor earth carries...I promise not to live for ever.

Seven Things I Can't Do

1. Tell you Greensmile's real name [so why would you assume any degree of honesty or accuracy for any other answers here? How, then, could you much care?]
2. organize
3. cook [which, I suspect, is an ORGANIZED activity one conducts in a kitchen]
4. keep on track, stick to deadlines
5. loose my temper with people
6. keep my temper with things
7. Resist making a subordinate clause out of some damn connection that has tickled my silly brain. Women get their periods, the best of them quite regularly, which may be why I find them so damned attractive since I am very lucky to drop in a comma now and then and may go half a page before I let you take a breath.

Seven Reasons Why I Blog

1. There are so very many species of bullshit out there, adding a ten millionth voice can still find a new target. If Doctor Seuss's elephant can hear the "who" only by dint of the tiniest "who" speaking up, perhaps the RNC's oil sucking, Cindy Sheehan ducking elephant will finally hear?
2. I will never get my shit together enough to write a book.
3. Sometimes I need to vent
4. I am fascinated by my own writing.
5. Writing is like any other muscle and wants a workout.
6. After 50 years of silence, it feels strange but good to clear my throat and let my life out onto the pages,
7. Who, in their will, said "screw the money: this is what I hope I taught you!". My kids will read this if you don't.

Seven Things I Say Most Often [to be completed: I will extract the full text of my blogging output and run it through a concordance generator I have yet to code up...it will tell you what you should already know...kinda like the meme thing if you ask me]
UPDATE: concordance compiled. articles and prepositions 5 to 20 times more common than any noun, then pronouns. The top end of the list: ....you 265, I 266, in 327, that 380, is 479, a 571, and 645, to 697, of 824, the 1137.
That is not distinguishing. Tossing out all the glue, the pieces I seem most inclined to stick together are sort of like this:

  1. time 17
  2. values 17
  3. fear 18
  4. human 21
  5. others 21
  6. self 24
  7. right 25
  8. need 26
  9. work 27
  10. person 33
  11. think 34
  12. people 36
  13. see 39
  14. world 43
  15. life 44

Hmmm, that is not seven...so sue me.

Seven Books I Love at the moment I am writing this list.

1. "The Dragons of Eden" by Carl Sagan
2. "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," by Douglas Adams
3. "Pirke Avot" [there are over 100 translations with commentary...you must read at least 49 of them.]
4. The Department of Defense budget: my paycheck, you tax dollar, your congressman, your retirement money, who knows whose lives? What mere fiction could be interpreted into such cosmic drama?
5. "the C programmng language" by Kernighan and Ritchie.
6. "Thoughts without a Thinker" by Mark Epstein
7. "Born to Kvetch" by Michael Wex.

Seven Movies That I Watch Over And Over

1. There are no movies I watch over and over...I just replay them in my mind.
2. Inherit the Wind.
3. Its a Wonderful Life.
4. [they make movies in color????]
5. Walk on Water
6. Munich
7. Babette's Feast

Seven People I Want To Tag Next
[are you KIDDING!? I hereby snuff out this retarded electronic bastard of the chain letter. If you allowed that every living human had their own blog, the number of times this meme could be passed on would be a bit more than 11. Thats right the log, base 7 of the earth's present population is only 11.617982073918129481192924467027]. [click on the links for a chance to suggest, via commenting, a name/url that deserves to be tagged. Your own name, would be especially fitting here]

1. No! I really want to waste time
2. No! I really want to waste time
3. I have nothing better to do.
4. You have nothing better to do.
5. If you don't supply your own name, ping the loser you are tagging.
6. Nobody is doing anything that important with their time anyway
7. If more than 7 names are submitted, IP addressess from which superflous names come will fall under surveilance or be loaded into the heterodocs firewall's shitlist.

The seven non-bloggers I'd have picked if these questions had not included so many now-centric pop culture questions:

1. Krishnamurty.
2. John Steinbeck
3. Ernest Hemmingway
4. My father
5. His father
6. Dalai Lama
7. Larry Kushner

5 comments:

GreenSmile said...

Here: you can add a name to be tagged...only your name would be an ethical choice.

Amy said...

It's not like you were obligated or anything. ;)

That's the first time I ever tagged someone, and the taggee actually did what they were tagged to do.

I'm faintly gratified by that.

GreenSmile said...

damned by faint gratification? I was [and usually am] quite grouchy, especially in defense of my time...its MY job to waste that.

BTW, Sister, do go see Munich. I have to edit it into my list of 7 movies.

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