Bad etiquette! What have I gotten myself into?

Well, I responded to a post on my wife’s blog, but it turns out that her post is what’s called a “meme” which means I MUST post my response on my blog and refer back to hers and include the original meme. So, I am doing so now.

BUT WAIT!!!! It turns out that this meme thing is REALLY interesting… I always thought these things were called “Me! Me!”s…

They’re not. According to the Wikipedia , it’s pronounced as Meem and it’s a term that refers to self propagating knowledge that is passed down from generation to generation. For instance, the tune “All around the mulberry bush”, a song about spinning yarn is a meme. How
often do we otherwise talk about spinning yarn (Don’t answer that Denise) or mulberry bushes, but most everyone reading this will know that song. Meme are through out our life, from the advice a grand parent passes onto a parent onto a child, traditions (standing for the Hallelujah Chorus), racism, swearing/curses, proverbs, secret recipes and family businesses. On the internet, meme have a much generation cycle. Chain letters, urban legends, virus/scan warnings are all examples of Internet meme’s.

And there is of course, the blog meme. You are supposed to answer the questions, and post your response and a link back to where you saw the meme. It’s actually a kind of neat way to get people to be aware of you and your blog. It’s MUCH better than a chain letter in my mind. It’s sort of like a site ring that is actually current!

Here’s today’s example:
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open it to page 161.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence (on your blog) along with these instructions.
5. Don’t search around and look for the coolest book you can find. Do what’s actually next to you.

My answer, from my office:
To my right, and old book: “This is what Moses had given to the half-tribe of Manasseh, that is, to half the family of the descendants of Manasseh, clan by clan: The territory extending from Mahanaim and including all of Bashan, the entire realm of Og king of Bashan—all the settlements of Jair in Bashan, sixty towns, half of Gilead, and Ashtaroth and Edrei (the royal cities of Og in Bashan). This was for the descendants of Makir son of Manasseh—for half of the sons of Makir, clan by clan. ” Holy Bible – NIV

To my left, technically closer but an after thought, another old book but not quite as old:
“Upper Memory Blocks, High Memory and LIMS-EMS memory are special segments of RAM memory created and managed through memory management software, such as EMM386 or Quarterdecks’s QEMM product.”IRQ, DMA & I/O – resolving conflict and preventing PC System Conflicts” by Jim Aspinwall (BTW the sentences are long enough in that book that the fifth sentence was the last one on the page!

So, post that and your response on your blog and a link back to this post. What the heck, this one is actually kind of interesting to follow.

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