Norah tagged me.
This meme is a misnomer for two reasons. First, Dawkins coined the term, and what bloggers typically call memes lack the gravitas to qualify. Second, true randomization is pretty hard to come by. To really choose random pieces of information, you would need an exhaustive list (already impossible), then run this list through a good random number generator, say one based on radioactive decay. Even so, I'm doing it anyway.
- I believe in interpreting rules broadly, as long as moral codes are not perverted.
- I believe what's in your brain is a good indication of what you are all about.
- I would love to see a real-time transcript of my thoughts, though would doubtlessly be disturbed by the lack of cogency and continuity. Have you ever read The Language Instinct? Pinker uses an excerpt of the Nixon tapes to illustrate the grammatical lapses in the spoken word. Thoughts would almost certainly be worse.
- My earliest political memory is of Nixon resigning. I was living in Virginia Beach at the time, and our zip code was 23452. I remember this after all this time because the numbers show an orderly ascension, then loop back around to the beginning.
- I love numbers, especially prime numbers. I was thrilled to learn of encryption methods involving the product of two very large primes. The ancient Romans used to encrypt messages by shaving the courier's head and writing a message on his scalp. When the hair had grown back sufficiently, off he would go.
- I zipped through Rome on my honeymoon. I need to go back. While I'm at it, I need to check out the ruins in Greece as well. Perhaps we will go when PeachPit develops an interest in classical times. I suspect that interest may develop through etymology.
- A week ago, we were running through some technical terms for body parts, including "labia." She asked if "labia" was a Spanish word. I suspected that it was Latin for "lips" and told her as much. Cursory googling suggests that in Spanish, "labios" are lips, and "labia" means loquacity. Hmmm.
So that's my meme-free path (a little pun for ideal gas fans).
There are more details about how this meme is supposed to be executed, but I am taking advantage of my interpretation of Dawkins here. Just as random mutagenesis of genes drives evolution (let's kibitz later about whether polymerase makes truly random mistakes), the same applies to memes.
I will in fact tag seven people, though. Doubtless there is some kind of social minefield regarding tagging. To simplify things, I am tagging the last seven people who (a) left comments, (b) have not already done the meme, and (c) who posted blog links in the comments.
Feel free to untag yourself if this is not your kind of thing.