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Written By: Gary on October 9, 2004 2 Comments

So stumbling around the ‘net Misty was talking about what kind of girl she was (and so were a few other sites) and as a result I found info on a book for guys on cooking for more effective dating (called Cooking to Hook Up), what really caught my eye (and maybe that was the point) was the different archetypes that they break the women up into. I didn’t just get this from reviews, I found their site (and they is/are a divorced couple who still seem to get along. For a short quiz as part of marketing for a cookbook this has grown into a pretty busy meme.

Cooking to Hook Up: The Bachelor's Date-Night Cookbook (Cookbooks) Drew Campbell, Ann Marie Michaels

I compiled the information on some of the ones I’ve dated most often below (well, these are the ones I found the funniest). They’ve got information on each of the types and artist’s renditions (below). You may want to view the individual entry to see the table better.

From Cooking To Hook Up – The Bachelor’s Date-Night Cookbook

an ACADEMIC GIRL who can kick your ass in Scrabble…
in Latin
a GRANOLA GIRL who has solar panels on her roof and
Birkenstocks on her feet?
an INDIE GIRL who collects Japanese candy wrappers
and lawn gnomes?
a PROGRESSIVE GIRL who wants an SUV, but feels
bad about it?
She drives: a Volvo, a Saab, or a Toyota. a VW bus, a bicycle, or an electric car, or uses
public transportation.
a classic car, a VW beetle, a Mini Cooper, or a Vespa scooter. a small SUV but really wishes it got better mileage;
once she can get a good hybrid, she will.
She can talk for more than ten minutes
her thesis. hemp. obscure pop culture. just about anything.
She begins her sentences with: “Noam Chomsky says …” “Ralph Nader says …” “It’s like that Simpsons episode . . .” “Susan Sarandon says…”
She’d never: read Cosmo. vote Republican. drive a mini-van. pass up the chance for a new experience.
She owns any of the following: an Oxford English Dictionary, any book written in a
“dead” language (Greek, Latin, Aramaic, etc.), a lifetime
membership to Mensa.
a smudge stick, a tongue scraper, a compost bin, Dr.
Bronner’s soap (bulk size).
TiVo, a mini-DV camera, an iPod, a pottery wheel, a serger, or a lava lamp. a water filter, a tabletop fountain, an acre of rain
forest, a mutt from the pound.
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Written By: Gary on September 27, 2004 No Comment

So when I surf I’ll be reading a page and see some interesting links and click them so the appear in a window under the window I’m viewing. I do this so I can continue reading and not have to wait for the page to load. I may not get back to the clicked page for hours. So if I find something interesting once i get there, it’s hard to post and say “hey look at this” and “found via ____” since I don’t have any idea how I got there.

I really noticed this tonight when looking at some pages that were blocked (some memes linked via The Daily Meme. It wasn’t my work filter it wasn’t my cable company, it wasn’t my very very minor home filter, so what was it. It was the filter from the free Internet at Panera which is where I had dinner before the board meeting.

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Written By: Gary on September 18, 2004 No Comment

It only happens a few times a year! Upload 26 photographs of their 26 Things and make a link from their site! I’ll post again when I get mine together…

1. frame
2. glass
3. arrow
4. numbers
5. small
6. open
7. fruit
8. wheel
9. plastic
10. cover
11. natural
12. saturday
13. multi-coloured
14. home
15. shadow
16. sticky
17. clean
18. foot
19. sport
20. round
21. group
22. man made
23. half
24. path
25. full
26. the end

Find more at The Daily Meme.

Written By: Gary on September 6, 2004 No Comment

I generally don’t post about dating, I assume all my past and present girlfriends read my entries. No my Ego is not that big, I just post with such an assumption so that I can stay out of trouble. I won’t leave out if/when I get engaged/married. And once I’m married I’m assuming I’ll post more about the relationship. I will not complain about the wedding planning process publicly until after the wedding (assuming I do go through with the process). They were talking about this at SpiralInSpiral but my thoughts got too long for the comments.

Watch out when I have kids though, I’ll give you every little detail. (Can they sue for embarrassment when they get older?) Not today’s laws, but with the laws of the future…

I also try not to complain to much (although many times when I post facts people think I’m complaining), I want the complaining to be a very small percentage of my posts, I think my (few) readers prefer it that way.

I also work mildly under the assumption that work-type people (or future people) read my blog too. So that probably makes me appear more restrained than I actually am. It probably prevents me from answering some on-line questions or even some memes (such as Sexy Saturday). I think I’ve only answered one (or two) mild SS questions and still kept my answers relatively restrained.

If you’ve never been to Archive.org be sure to check it out, specifically try the Wayback Machine on some sites you read (or yours).

Written By: Gary on August 25, 2004 No Comment
1. If you were to nominate a celebrity (or their screen character) to the Presidency, who it would it be and why?
Michael Douglas. He was great as the president. I like Bartlett too, but he’s got too many family issues…

2. If your best talent were an Olympic event, what it would be? Instead of a gold medal, what would first prize be?
My best talent… Thinking? Would be a couple of parallel cray computers (do they still make those?).
3. If you had a warning light on your forehead what would it warn people of if it were flashing?
It would let them know their “3 seconds are up” and they should get to the point.
4. You live in a cage…what are you? Do they ever let you out?
I’m a rare bird, they let me out when the people are gone, they only keep me in the cage to protect me.
5. Scientists have discovered a way to bottle the essence of you. What does it smell like?
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

From the Wednesday Mind Hump

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Written By: Gary on August 13, 2004 One Comment

I’ve been blogging for nine months. I’ve accomplished part of what I wanted. I’ve got random people reading and finding my ramblings (random wasn’t a big mission, but I need at least a few people to read it). I started the first part as being very nice and never complaining too much. I migrated that to a blog for talking (and occasionally whining) but wondering is anyone listening? and occasionally finding out that they are.

At the same time I needed a 12 step program due to too much meme-img. To feed this addiction I created two small meme-sites (http://thedailymeme.com/ (and a sub-site of lost memes ) that list daily, weekly, monthly and other memes to help people find more. Some of the odd one-short of propagating things and some of the odder memes arein the lost section of the same site. This was a accidental byproduct of memeing.

I have my gizmoboy site and that’s all but ready to go. But just haven’t found the time to finish it and get it on-line.

I did do a London Blog for my recent trip which generated a lot of friend/family interest in that it was just for them. I separated the London info from my regular blog to keep the non-regular-readers from finding it by accident. If they want to read it, go ahead, but I’m not going to accidentally show them my “inner stuff” if they can’t find it…. or at least ask for it.

I’ve had in my head another idea that’s going to need some dollars to make it work, I’ve had it in simple terms in my head at different times. But I’d like to implement it. A site to get people to smile more and wave more to little kids more and be NICE. You”ll see more on this as time goes on.

Need some site to share some advertising with too. Need to be part of some networks for information.


Written By: Gary on August 2, 2004 No Comment

To add your blog to this experiment, copy this entire posting to your blog, and then answer the questions below, substituting your own information, below, where appropriate. Other than answering the questions below, please do not alter the information, layout or format of this post in order to preserve the integrity of the data in this experiment (this will make it easier for searchers and automated bots to find and analyze the results later). (Note: Replace the answers below with your own answers)

(1) I found this experiment at URL: The Daily Meme http://thedailymeme.com/
(2) I found it via “Newsreader Software” or “Browsing the Web” or “Searching the Web” or “An E-Mail Message”: Browsing the web
(3) I posted this experiment at URL: http://garysaid.com/8-15-questions-for-meme-propogation/
(4) I posted this on date (day, month, year): 2 Aug, 2004
(5) I posted this at time (24 hour time): 13:05
(6) My posting location is (city, state, country): Dearborn, MI


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(8) My age is: 38
(9) My gender is: Male
(10) My occupation is: Director of Technology for a School District
(11) I use the following RSS/Atom reader software: No
(12) I use the following software to post to my blog: Ecto http://ecto.kung-foo.tv/
(13) I have been blogging since (day, month, year): 12 Dec 2004
(14) My web browser is: Safari
(15) My operating system is: Macintosh OS X

Meme Propagation In Blogspace: Add Your Blog!

This posting is a community experiment that tests how a meme, represented by this blog posting, spreads across blogspace, physical space and time. It will help to show how ideas travel across blogs in space and time and how blogs are connected. It may also help to show which blogs are most influential in the propagation of memes. The dataset from this experiment will be public, and can be located via Google (or Technorati) by doing a search for the GUID for this meme (below).

The original posting for this experiment is located at: Minding the Planet
results and commentary will appear there in the future.

Please join the test by adding your blog (see instructions, below) and inviting your friends to participate — the more the better. The data from this test will be public and open; others may use it to visualize and study the connectedness of blogspace and the propagation of memes across blogs.

The GUID for this experiment is: as098398298250swg9e98929872525389t9987898tq98wteqtgaq62010920352598gawst (this GUID enables anyone to easily search Google (or Technorati) for all blogs that participate in this experiment). Anyone is free to analyze the data of this experiment. Please publicize your analysis of the data, and/or any comments by adding comments onto the original post (see URL above). (Note: it would be interesting to see a geographic map or a temporal animation, as well as a social network map of the propagation of this meme.)

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Written By: Gary on July 21, 2004 No Comment

I’m old enough to remember when records and 8-tracks were the choice you had in purchasing music for home (or auto) consumption. Not only that, but record players played LP’s and 45’s – and some even played 78’s, although I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen one of those outside of an antique shop. Cassette tapes were just beginning to come into their own when I started acquiring much of a music collection. I explained this all to my 11-year-old recently and she seemed astonished that music ever came on anything other than CDs and the computer. Damn, that made me feel old.

What was the first piece of music you bought with your very own money, and what format was it in?

Midweek Music Meme

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Written By: Gary on July 17, 2004 2 Comments

If you knew about a sexy flash mob in your area, and all people joining had to get undressed in the middle of the city, would you join in for the fun of it? Does it matter to you to show naked body in public or even private? Or do you enjoy showing yourself around, and do you feel proud about it or just natural? If you are afraid of showing your body, why is it so and when did it begin to feel uncomfortable?

I’m not sure if I’d join in and the only reasons are: 1) it’d be a silly reason to get arrested and 2) I’d have to check and see if there is a morals clause in my work contract :)

Otherwise, it wouldn’t matter to me, public or private I’ve really no inhibitions about it. It’s just natural, it’s never bothered me. I feel dumber at the doctor in the lame little robes they have there than if I was just standing there.

From S-xy Saturday

Sorry about the minor editing above, but I’m just getting too many hits on this site due to this entry and it’s not really representative of the site’s normal content.

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Written By: Gary on July 4, 2004 No Comment

26 Things is a fun photographic game – no winners list, no prizes handed out. 26 items are posted on the website and participants set out to photograph each item in their own interpretation. On August 1st you can post a like to your page with the photographic answers.

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Written By: Gary on June 21, 2004 No Comment

What is your favorite high school Memory? We had a great trip to Toronto in my Junior year. Made a lot of the friends I still have today. Just had a lot of fun, caused a lot of trouble, bounced all around town, played a lot of cards… (No disrespect to any memories to any girls I knew then, I’m just not a guy to kiss and tell…)

From the NEW meme listed at The Daily Meme this is from Monday’s Memories.

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Written By: Gary on June 20, 2004 No Comment

What are the first four things you think of when I say: Angels

  • Halos
  • Wings
  • White
  • Church

    From the First Four.

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    Written By: Gary on June 17, 2004 No Comment

    I’ve started a few memes and never gotten done, so I’m grabbing the answers I’ve done and putting them together as a big mish-mash.

    How often do you go grocery shopping?
    Once a week, maybe every other but it still requires a quick stop somewhere for the perishables (cantelope, eggs, milk, etc.)
    What do you like shopping for most often?
    Electronic Gizmos.
    Are you an impulse shopper?
    Sometimes. Usually not for the expensive toys. Impulse on book purchases on offbeat topics that I might never use.
    There’s a movie being made about your life! Which celebrity will play you? Why?
    Tom Hanks or Michael Keeton. People always tell me I look like them. Casual and curly chair I hear Tom. In a suit I hear Michael (many times specifically referencing Bruce Wayne).
    If you were president what would your top 5 priorities be? What would you like to accomplish?

    1. Education (bigger better smarter)
    2. Information Access Equity (Internet)
    3. Taxes (Push the burden higher up)
    4. Traffic Safety ($400 fine for not using your blinker!)
    5. Make it easier to prosecute people when the evidence is clear.
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    Written By: Gary on June 16, 2004 No Comment
    1. Do you think out loud?
    No. But sometimes I need to talk something through with someone, with them nodding and saying “uh-huh” so that I can work the process through (by myself).
    2. What color pen do you prefer to write in?
    Red. It makes it more important and it’s easier to mark things on other documents.
    3. How would you describe your voice?
    Too fast fast for human comprehension.

    From Wednesday Whatevers

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    Written By: Gary on June 8, 2004 No Comment
    1. Do you prefer happy or sad endings, and why?
    Happy! Umm.. because they are not sad. I’m assuming we’re talking about movies (and not my life). Movies as an escape, I need the happy ending, it can me sad along the way but I need a good ending. If it’s my life we’re talking about, we definitely need a happy (ever after) ending…
    2. What is the most annoying thing about computers?
    People! 99% of the time they work fine and give the right messages but only 1% of the time people use them correctly and pay attention to the messages. But hey, it keeps me employed.
    3. Who has the biggest influence on the world now?
    Bill Gates (unfortunately), not directly but it’s there. Office is great, but it’s cross platform (and some of the open source ones are just as good). It’s that Window’s thing that’s holding the world back.

    From Wednesday Whatevers

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    Written By: Gary on June 8, 2004 One Comment

    Summer’s here, and that means road trips, driving with your window open, and hot and heavy traffic. I’m from California, and almost every time I’m on the road I’ve got a gripe about someone or something…What annoys you the most when you’re on the road?

    1. People not using their blinkers .
    2. People getting upset when people don’t move in the first 2.3 seconds when the light changes
    3. Streets magically changing direction (but if you go straight your on a different street) without good sign-age. This Allen Park street allenparkroadschanges by several 30 degree angles over a few mile span…
    4. Not labeled intersections
    5. Streets with more than one name but only shows one.
    6. Multiple streets with the same name (in Lansing we had three streets same name, I don’t think the Drive/Lane/Street was different, and a few were one direction and and the other in another.
    7. Construction
    8. People chatting on the phones when their kids are in the cars.
    9. People honking when you don’t turn on a ‘no right on red sign’ (heck, I don’t need to turn even if there isn’t a sign)
    10. People not using their blinkers.

    From Ten on Tuesday

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    Written By: Gary on June 7, 2004 No Comment

    And the Question of the Week is…

    If you were a contestant on a trivia-style game show, what category would you most want to see displayed when it came down to the million-dollar question?
    Alex, I’ll take “20th Century Computers” for a million dollars.
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    Written By: Gary on June 2, 2004 No Comment

    So I’m reading along enjoying LoveLeLisa’s LiveJournal and she’s talking about a song. hoobastankWhich as I’m reading it sounds like a Dido song and I’ve practically got the music in my head to go with it. But (of course) I can’t find anything about it on-line anywhere, because if I did there really wouldn’t be much of a story here now would there?

    So I finally figure out that Hoobastank is the group so I go to the iTunes store (do you shop there? it’s way fun and they have weekly free songs now!) and immediately get distracted (there is a point here, I promise) because I see Avril’s new album, I’m not a big fan but she’s been making a big deal about “not being so angry” since she eats less fast food (and junk) now, so I figure I’ll listen to some of the 30 second clips. And in the sidebar where they list ‘people who bought this album also bought…’ it says (you got it) Hoobastank – The Reason. What are the odds? Accidentally finding it before I actually searched for it?!?

    So needless to say, Apple got 99 cents from me and I’m downloading it as I write you this message.

    (Oh, and now I see it’s on their top 10 list, so maybe not such a coincidence, but I never listen to the radio so what do I know…? Besides, now I have this nice hotlinked message and it’s be a bit since I posted more than a sentence unless it was a meme.)

    Written By: Gary on June 1, 2004 No Comment
    1. What is the lowest grade that you consider acceptable?
    It’s all relative. In school for history, government, etc. a C was fine. But in Chemistry (which I had problems with) I studied hard so I liked getting As since I put in the work. Computer classes I liked, I wanted an A, the dumb ones, didn’t care so much.
    2. Does the universe have an end?
    Yes, I cannot fathom anything that started with a bang that doesn’t have some kind of end. So while it may, I can’t conceptualize it, so therefore — it must not be…
    3. Are you superstitious? Explain.
    Not so much. But when I have a lot of coincidences I do notice… A week or two ago the movie Some Kind of Wonderful came up in a bunch of different conversations, web sites, blogs some about movies and some about music and none of them had any connection to each other. Otherwise it’s probably been a year since I’ve heard anyone mention it. (Great movie BTW).

    From Wednesday Whatevers

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    Written By: Gary on June 1, 2004 No Comment

    Summer is coming up and the heat can really make you thirsty. So this week’s theme is your favorite drinks, whether it’s alcoholic, frozen, or something you can only find at your favorite restaurant…

    1. Coca-Cola
    2. Coke in a glass bottle
    3. Creme soda
    4. Orange Crush in a bottle
    5. Long Island
    6. Captian and Coke
    7. Segrams Twisters
    8. A & W root boor float
    9. Margarita
    10. Orange Creme Cooler from Olga’s

    From Ten on Tuesday

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    Written By: Gary on May 31, 2004 No Comment
    1. What was the name of the last movie you watched (dvd, vhs, theatre, or tv)?
    Raising Helen last night at the theater, it was fun.
    2. What were you doing on the internet before coming here?
    Poking around trying to see if any of the students in the school district where I work blog (or have sites) on the net. I know some do, but the search engines didn’t pick them up…
    3. What color of pen do you usually write with?
    Blue or red.
    4. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?
    Hmm… Mark? (on his way back to the Detroit area from Lansing.)
    5. When is your birthday? (month and day)
    September 11th (every year).
    6. How organized is your computer desk?
    Not even close to organized, neither is my computer desktop.
    7. How many calendars do you have in your house?
    8. Do you clip coupons and use them when doing your grocery shopping?
    I used to, now I cut them and either forget them at home, leave them in the car or they are out of that item at the store…
    9. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
    Night person. Always have been, but lately I’ve been more disciplined.
    10. Did you enjoy your weekend?
    It was okay, got caught up on some sleep, grocery shopping, laundry and some computing. Saw friends which was nice…

    From Monday Madness

    Written By: Gary on May 31, 2004 No Comment

    I really don’t like my categories as they stand. I either want to expand them or shrink them. I’m really thinking of trying something else so I can ultra categorize everything. I’m thinking:

  • TECH: gizmos, apple, computers, portable
  • MEDIA: movies, books, tv, images, joan
  • PEOPLE: family, friends, kids, strangers
  • ME: blog, meme, family
  • INTERNET: web, blog, portable
    Supposedly WordPress is pretty diverse in this manner, but I’m not sure if it’ll cross-reference (like have the FAMILY under ME be the exact same as the one under PEOPLE).

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    Written By: Gary on May 30, 2004 No Comment
    1. Why do you read other blogs? Is it voyeurism? Curiosity? Are you just being nosy?
    Hell yeah! It’s interesting. Sometimes it’s like “what will they post this week?” and “don’t they realize their kids’ll read this some day?!?”. And sometime’s it’s to keep up with friends or technical information.
    2. What is it that keeps you coming back to the blogs you read, regularly?
    Sometimes to fine out the next chapter of their “soap opera”, or the next quiz, or goofy thing their kid did. Sometimes I read it just because I stopped by for a meme…
    3. Do you leave a comment on every blog you read? If not – what is it that motivates you to click the “Comments” link?
    No, should I? I usually only speak up if I have something to say. I agree, disagree, know the “right” answer, etc. Sometimes it’s just a friendly I remember how that feels, it’ll better, etc. And I’ll comment (or trackback) when i do their quiz/meme/etc.
    4. Speaking of other blogs you read regularly . . you know the protocol by now – list’em!
    Didn’t we just do this last week? I would update, but I blew out my bookmarks this week, so I’m back to last weeks (thank God for backups!) bookmarks. Oh, I’ve added one I remember… But it hasn’t been updated much since I found it drunkenbee, and I always check out the Movable Type start page since they list recently updated MT blogs.

    From RE: Blogs

    Written By: Gary on May 28, 2004 No Comment
    Where do you plan to go on vacation this year, or where would you want to go?
    I’ve still never been to Roswell. But I think I’d like to go to London while it’s nice this summer. Maybe back to Costa Rica when it’s cold up here…
    What color is your bedroom? If you could redecorate it, what would you change?
    Plain, flat off white. I’m pretty happy with it, maybe a new bigger bed. Oh, and I’d paint the Windows black!
    Do you have a bumper sticker on your vehicle? If not, make one up!
    Main Course
    What’s the worst pain you’ve ever been in?
    When I was fifteen I walked through a glass door at the mall, cut up both of my arms pretty bad, bad enough that my mom probably didn’t have any problem following the trail… Hours later the shot they gave me at the hospital for pain hurt much more than the actual accident (but I wasn’t in shock any more either.
    Who is your favorite celebrity? What do they do that inspires you?
    Gene Hackman. He always does great and he does different roles from being a spy to Lex Luthor to…

    From the new meme Friday Feast.

    Written By: Gary on May 26, 2004 No Comment
    1. Should somebody be your enemy if they are your parents’ enemy? Why?
    Not a chance! Why? Because they aren’t mine. I’m assuming we’re talking about the mean neighbors down the street and not some people (or aliens) that are hunting them down…
    2. Why do you answer memes?
    Because I’m a meme-a-holic. I’m actually looking for a 12 step program. I love them. They give me something to talk about without me having to come up with a subject. It’s lets me talk/share without having to complain about stuff that people generally complain about.
    3. Do you use net slang or type correctly?
    No. I’m not even sure I understand the question (net slang OR net type?). Besides using Google as a verb I’m not sure I use too much.

    From Wednesday Whatevers

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    Written By: Gary on May 26, 2004 No Comment

    Do you have a codified housework schedule, or do you fly by the seat of your pants? If you have a schedule, how is it organized? Room by room? Chore by chore? Do members of your household rotate chores on a regular basis?Cleaning, always picking up the day before the cleaning lady comes by (so she can get around). Lately I’ve been behind with grocery shopping. I’m usually not behind with laundry. It’s usually more messy than dirty…

    From HomeWork

    Written By: Gary on May 23, 2004 No Comment
    1. Blog confession time: Is there a topic that you shy away from on purpose on your blog? What is that topic, and why?
    I barely ever complain, so that keeps me out of trouble but that’s a topic as much as a concept. Dating is something I avoid, I’d probably mention holidays or something in regards to it but just generally talking about dating I’d avoid. Because if I blog less or more it’s sure to mean something that I didn’t intend and I don’t want people comparing notes (that I supply)…
    2. Define your blog to the world – in six words.
    Nice, fun, happy, non–politcal, geek-ish, thoughtful…
    3. Repeat question from RE: Blogs 1: What is current, most favorite blog tool?
    Ecto is a great blogging client for the desktop for OS X, be sure to check it out (I thin ikthey just did a windows version). Also, I just added PHP to my Movable Type system, that was a breeze and helps me do a few things more efficiently…
    4. RE:Blogs that have captured your attention – – no number limit here – – hand out some link luvin’s from your blog to theirs
  • Here In Katie’s Head I get to read about a semi-normal person through their on-line diary.
  • Heather thinks Rambling is Good for the Soul and she’s been a friend for a ling time, it’s interesting to keep in touch without direct communication.
  • Sarah is definitely a SassyPants I don’t know where I found her but I like my daily dose.
  • I just got Dawn hooked on blogging so she’s been a must read lately.
  • Melissa is Anything but Ordinary and posts a good read too.
  • I’ve been using The Daily Meme and Lost (and Found) Memes lately when looking for things to blog about, they’ve made it easier which means I do it more. Not sure if that’s a good thing. (Shameless plug)
  • This Fish Needs a Bicycle even has an application on-line.
  • This is taking forever to do this part… I’ve either got the above memorized or I was playing with a RSS feed beta in Yahoo! so I had the addresses on hand. I’ll have to elaborate on these and others more later…
  • Written By: Gary on May 21, 2004 No Comment
    What time do you usually wake up each day? If you could choose your wake-up time, when would it be?
    6:45 ish. I’m more of a night person so 10 am would work well for me.
    When was the last time you bought groceries? What store did you go to? Name 3 things you purchased.
    Last Monday. Farmer Jack. Eggs, OJ and Cantelope; pretty much things I buy every visit (bacon too!).
    How many books have you read so far this year? Which was your favorite and why?
    Books! Probably a couple dozen. My favorite was Hybrids, the third part of a trilogy by Robert Sawyer (kind of a canadian Michael Criton). It was a great series and they went in a different direction than I thought they were going (which was good, since I didn’t like my guess).
    Main Course
    What is something you consider to be very elegant? In particular, what about that item/place/person conjures up the feeling of elegance?
    Delicate, perfect, breakable, unique, crisp…
    Who taught you how to drive?
    I took driver’s ed somewhere, but I pretty much had the idea down by then from watchign and motorcycles and such.

    From the new meme Friday Feast.

    Written By: Gary on May 21, 2004 No Comment
    1] You’re making a CD mix titled, “The Soundtrack of My Life.” Which songs would you include, and why?
    Specific songs? I don’t know all of the titles but I know I’d start with one or two from each of the following. Tori Amos (something from the early years), Indigo Girls (early), Sarah Mclachlan (two or three from Sufacing?), Carly Simon (the cover she did of the theme from Casablanca), Jewel (the first two albums), Alanis (the one of the City of Angels soundtrack), Big Bird doing the ABC song. I might look up specifics later, but it’s been a long week…
    2] What is your favorite song right now?
    Probably one of the new Liz Phair songs, she’s been getting a lot of play by me lately. Maybe “My Favorite Underwear” that one always makes me smile.
    3] You’re feeling down, sad, lonely, frustrated, angry … which song[s] do you play to help yourself feel better?
    Usually some older stuff. Either an 80’s retro mix (the more dance type stuff, but always including Tainted Love) or a GoGo’s deluxe mix (GoGo’s, Jane Weidlan, Belinda, The Graces all shuffled up).
    4] Do you watch the TV show “American Idol”? Why/why not? Who do you think will win the competition?
    Not at all. It just doesn’t pose any interest to me.
    5] Do most of your friends generally share your taste in music?
    A lot of my female college friends like the earthier stuff, the guy friends liked the retro 80’s stuff. Current friends all like a little bit of one part and someone likes part of another.

    I keep thinking am I picking songs from various eras to be the sound track or do I actually want to words to convey my life? I’m sure I’m over thinking this… But I’ve got a little bit of both…

    From the new Friday Forum

    Written By: Gary on May 19, 2004 One Comment
    What’s On your ‘I always put this off’ list Right Now?
    Lately it’s rebates, I’m really behind… Usually I’m pretty good (since it’s like free money), but the last few times.. Oh! And my taxes too!

    From What’s on right now…

    Written By: Gary on May 15, 2004 No Comment

    This is an easy meme. Take this list of the top 100 movies from the IMDB and bold the movies you have seen. (I’m not sure where this is originally from). This IMDB list is from May 2004. My “have seen” list is as follows…

    1. Godfather, The (1972)
    2. Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)
    3. Godfather: Part II, The (1974)
    4. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)
    5. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (2002)
    6. Schindler’s List (1993)
    7. Shichinin no samurai (1954) Sever Samurai
    8. Casablanca (1942)
    9. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2001)

    10. Star Wars (1977)
    11. Citizen Kane (1941)
    12. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
    13. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
    14. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    15. Rear Window (1954)
    16. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    17. Pulp Fiction (1994)

    18. Usual Suspects, The (1995)
    19. Memento (2000)
    20. North by Northwest (1959)
    21. 12 Angry Men (1957)

    22. Buono, il brutto, il cattivo, Il (1966) The Godd, the Bad and the Ugly
    23. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
    24. Psycho (1960)
    25. Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain, Le (2001) Amélie
    26. Silence of the Lambs, The (1991)
    27. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
    28. Goodfellas (1990)
    29. American Beauty (1999)

    30. Sunset Blvd. (1950)
    31. Vertigo (1958)
    32. Matrix, The (1999)
    33. Cidade de Deus (2002) City of God
    34. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
    35. C’era una volta il West (1968) Once Upon a Tim ein the Wesy
    36. Apocalypse Now (1979)
    37. Pianist, The (2002)
    38. Third Man, The (1949)
    39. Paths of Glory (1957)
    40. Taxi Driver (1976)
    41. Fight Club (1999)
    42. Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001) Spirted Away
    43. Some Like It Hot (1959)
    44. Double Indemnity (1944)
    45. Boot, Das (1981)

    46. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
    47. Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
    48. Chinatown (1974)
    49. L.A. Confidential (1997)
    50. Maltese Falcon, The (1941)

    51. Requiem for a Dream (2000)
    52. All About Eve (1950)
    53. M (1931)
    54. Bridge on the River Kwai, The (1957)
    55. Se7en (1995)
    56. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
    57. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

    58. Rashômon (1950)
    59. Raging Bull (1980)
    60. Wizard of Oz, The (1939)
    61. Alien (1979)

    62. American History X (1998)
    63. Sting, The (1973)
    64. Léon (1994)

    65. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
    66. Manchurian Candidate, The (1962)
    67. Vita è bella, La (1997) Life is Beautiful
    68. Touch of Evil (1958)
    69. Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948)
    70. Finding Nemo (2003)
    71. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
    72. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
    73. Great Escape, The (1963)

    74. Modern Times (1936)
    75. Clockwork Orange, A (1971)
    76. Amadeus (1984)
    77. On the Waterfront (1954)
    78. Ran (1985)
    79. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
    80. Annie Hall (1977)
    81. Wo hu cang long (2000) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    82. Jaws (1975)
    83. Apartment, The (1960)
    84. Braveheart (1995)
    85. High Noon (1952)
    86. Aliens (1986)
    87. Fargo (1996)
    88. Strangers on a Train (1951)
    89. Shining, The (1980)

    90. Metropolis (1927)
    91. Blade Runner (1982)
    92. Sixth Sense, The (1999)

    93. City Lights (1931)
    94. Donnie Darko (2001)
    95. Duck Soup (1933)
    96. Great Dictator, The (1940)
    97. General, The (1927)
    98. Sjunde inseglet, Det (1957) The Seventh Seal
    99. Princess Bride, The (1987)
    100. Dogville (2003)

    Written By: Gary on May 9, 2004 No Comment

    The Friday Five has been retired. It was one of the first questionnaire memes that I ever did. I’m sad that it is gone…

    To find more memes and such check out The Daily Meme with memes and quizzes listed every day.

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    Written By: Gary on May 9, 2004 No Comment

    There is a new web site to find your daily (and non-daily) meme-like questions and it’s called The Daily _Meme. It’s set up sorta like a newspaper and automatically lists the meme/quizes for that day. You can get different “editions” and find other types of questions that are for other days or questions that aren’t based on a specific day.

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