Monday, February 25, 2008

It's All about meme (rhymes with scheme; not Mimi)

I just found out that over on the blog A Quaker's Flourishing Faith, friend Jamie has posted a meme and has tagged me. This was done on Feb 19th, but I was unaware of it until I happened to drop in on the blog today.

I've never quite "gotten" memes in the sense that word is used by bloggers, and I used to be a tad grouchy about it, but my new policy is "when in doubt, go along with the meme".

The rules of the meme, as Jamie expresses them are:
1. Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more. No cheating!
2. Find page 123
3. Find the first 5 sentences
4. Post the next 3 sentences
5. Tag 5 people


I had to cheat a little. The nearest book of more than 123 pages was "Checkmate" by Bruce Pandolfini. Page 123 had just two diagrams and two identical sentences or sentence fragments ("Black mates in 4 moves." and "Black mates in 4 moves.") So I turned to the next closest book, which was "Walden and Civil Disobedience" by Henry David Thoreau edited by Owen Thomas. I can't say I'm proud of the time I've been devoting to chess books lately, so I'm glad to use Thoreau instead. Page 123 was part of "Walden" and the first three sentences to follow the first 5 sentences were these:

Moreover, in summer, Walden never becomes so warm as most water which is exposed to the sun, on account of its depth. In the warmest weather I usually placed a pailful in my cellar where it became cool at night, and remained so during the day; though I also resorted to a spring in the neighborhood. It was as good when a week old as the day it was dipped, and had no taste of the pump.

I'm sure this quote can be mined for wonderful theological metaphors, but I would hate to disturb Henry in his grave, so I'll leave it there. Now all I have to do is "tag" five people. I feel pretty vague about what "tagging" is, but from the example in Jamie's post it looks like it's just putting in a link to the tag-ee's blog.

So I will tag the following:
Lorcan's Plain in the City blog
Robin's What Canst Thou Say
Amanda's Of the Best Sort but...
Liz Opp's The Good Raised Up
and Paul L's Shower of Blessings
Is this how it's done?

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Blogger Robin M. said...

Yes, that's how it's usually done, but usually one also checks to see if the tag-ee has already done the meme. Which I have. And I also tried to tag Liz, but she pointed out that she doesn't do memes on TGRU. So that gives you two more options for tagging, if you so desire, or you ca leave it that way.

It was fun, though, wasn't it?

2:10 PM, February 25, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the indulgence, Rich. And I am thankful for the Thoreau excerpt and not the chess piece, so your "cheat" is overlooked by me. Thanks!

10:17 AM, February 26, 2008  
Blogger Liz Opp said...

Hi, Rich--

Excuse my interruption in your day; I'm actually "commenting" because I don't have an email address for you and I wish to be in touch. Can you please email me at lizopp AT gmail DOT com? I have some news you might be interested in.

Liz Opp, The Good Raised Up

12:55 PM, May 26, 2008  
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