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Return of Son of Shower Meme 
31st-May-2004 08:37 pm
Trevor baby stare
For those of you just joining us, at the beginning of last June, LJ user "anoisblue" concocted the following meme. Its brilliance is its depth and openendedness. It allows the author and audience to interactively expand knowledge of the journaller. Any person can participate many times, allowing the meme to spread epidemically. It is so resilient that it seems to have outlasted the creator's LiveJournal account.

I speak, of course, of the Shower Meme, so called because inspiration struck in the shower. To participate, simply post a comment asking for five questions. Answer the five questions I give you in your journal, along with an invitation to readers to ask you for five questions.

These five come from clarsa.

1. To really understand you, a person should be familiar with what book(s) and/or movie(s), and/or activity(ies)?


Nobody's written any books or shot any films about me, so there isn't a Bibliography of Flwyd yet. And I don't live by the book, so I can't footnote and cite what I do. The life of Flwyd is not largely a work of reference.

To understand my jokes, a person must be widely educated and familiar with American idioms. A punversation with me might range from European nobility to math terminology to Zen to classic American cinema to sex to computer science to public television to artificial sweetener. (Example of the latter: flwyd It's been Splenda talking with you. slyviolet Our conversations have no Equal.)

To really understand me, perhaps, a person should be familiar with Boulder, Colorado and the educational opportunities therein.

2. Have you ever been in a situation that caused you to wonder if maybe you were not a nice person? Explain.


I sometimes think I should give more money to panhandlers. There've been times when I felt I should've stood up for somebody on (life's or school's) playground, but remained silent. I'm often not particularly nice when a telemarketeer calls.

3. What instantly attracts you to someone? What instantly repels you?


Online, I'm instantly attracted to clever prose. I'm repelled by sloppy spelling and grammar, though I try to look past that.

What attracts me to people in person varies from person to person, in part because different people attract me in different ways. I'm physically attracted to women who are comfortable, confident, and playful in their bodies. This is highly correlated with the no-makeup look and clothes selected for expression and comfort.

Intellectually, I'm attracted to people who play with ideas, words, and conventions. Big breasts may be sufficient to grab my gaze, but to hold my heart you must hold your own in a philosophical argument.

I find instantly repelling almost any sales pitch, ironically.

4. What are your goals for yourself, spiritually, physically, vocationally, emotionally, and socially?


Spiritually
I would like to develop strong bonds with a group of people with whom I regularly practice. (This is my goal for the Potluck Tradition -- more on that later.)
Physically
I'd like to get in better shape. Some upper body development would be good (I keep forgetting to look for hand weights). I want to ride my bike more often; maybe I can start getting up early enough to bike to work. I'd like to figure out how to cook better so that I can eat better. (I'm doing a fairly good job, all things considered.)
Vocationally
I'm in the "get lots of experience developing software" phase. I suspect that I'll end up back in graduate school again at some point. Once I've mastered the principles of professional software development, I'd like to work on some open source projects.
Emotionally
I'd like to be in love again. In the last three years or so schoolwork was a trump priority, so I would've felt bad about the amount of attention I could've committed to a relationship. However, I don't believe work is a valid excuse for not pursuing romance.
Socially
I'd like to make more friends in the Denver area. Coworkers aside, almost everyone I know here I've met through Pagan events and Collectible Card Game tournaments and gatherings. I certainly want to keep up with rituals and play more games; I'd also like to enjoy the outdoors with folks, watch more movies (especially with folks who are open to directors like Brakhage, Bergman, Hitchcock, and Ozu), and be generally weird with. (Anyone down for improv games on the 16th St. Mall?)


5. Loved, respected, safe, admired, trusted. If you could only be one of those things, which would you choose, and why?


I'm inclined to say admired -- think historical figures. Safe is out because many things worth doing (speaking out against injustice, for instance) are dangerous. I would rather have my ideas scrutinized, picked apart, and built upon than for what I say to be taken as true because of personal trust. The kind of respect I'm keen on is really a combination of trust and admiration; I don't particularly care if people treat me with respect. Between loved and admired, I lean toward the more utilitarian. I'd rather be admired for being an asshole with great ideas than loved as a nice guy who got everything wrong.

6. When mixed with the right amount of water, cornstarch will behave partly like a liquid and partly like a solid. Flour doesn't do that. Why? (That's not really an interview question, but I've been wondering about it for about 15 years.)


I'm neither a kitchen witch nor a scientist, but this might answer some of your questions. As for why flour doesn't do the same thing, I suspect that it bonds with water, creating a solution, rather than the liquid-in-solid behavior of cornstarch.
Comments 
1st-Jun-2004 04:24 am (UTC)
Me, I love a man who remembers to close his HTML tags, especially pertaining to text-size alterations. *snide, wicked grin*

And, you brilliant boy, by the time I opened a window to post this comment, you seem to already have fixed the problem. Breeeeliant.

I would love some questions, but I don't know what else you could ask me that you haven't before or don't already know...
1st-Jun-2004 04:40 am (UTC)
1. What's the coolest factoid you've learned about linguistics?

2. Aside from situations where it's expected (RPGs, plays, etc.), when do you pretend to be someone you aren't? Describe this person.

3. It's easy to notice the differences between Japan and the U.S. (They eat with chopsticks! Bread and butter are hard to find!) What have you found to be the same in both cultures?

4. Imagine you'd been born a boy. Speculate on some of the major differences between Young Miss Burleson and Young Mister Burleson.

5. What do you regret the most? What are you most proud you did?
1st-Jun-2004 07:08 am (UTC)
Writing an entry for ya. 'Twill be posted soon. (I agonized over that apostrophe placement, and finally found a reliable site to justify my choice. I think I am the most lingeeky person I know. *sigh*)
1st-Jun-2004 05:50 am (UTC)
I used to give money to panhandlers a lot. Also, street musicians: somewhere in my parents' house I have a decent-sized collection of tapes and CDs of bad music that I bought on the subway over the years. When I put in even a quarter, I felt really bad. Like I was letting them suffer and by walking by I was saying that their suffering was good.

Now, I'm just too poor to do that and my pride has adapted to let me walk by and say "sorry friend, I'm poor too."

I'd like s'more questions from you, too.
1st-Jun-2004 06:46 am (UTC)
* What trans-related question are you tired of people asking? What do you wish people wouldn't assume about you?

* It sounds to me like you're a semi-observant Jew. Why have you chosen this level of involvement? ("You determine your own involvement in Jew Club!")

* What are some important differences between Aaron and Allison? What are some important similarities?

* If someone asked you for a single fiction or TV series recommendation from your list of favorites, what would you suggest? Why?

* Describe the soul/spirit/character of your campus.
1st-Jun-2004 06:37 am (UTC) - Since I haven't the faintest idea where it will go...
Ask me questions.
1st-Jun-2004 09:19 am (UTC)
I'm kinda afraid, but shoot me some too. ;]
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