Another book meme

This one is quite familiar – I did a variant some time ago: Grab your nearest book, go the 123rd page, find the fifth sentence and type that and the two sentences after it. The book is Joe Sacco’s graphic novel Palestine; I’m equating a text box with a sentence and assuming that the order is strictly top-to-bottom and left-to-right (it would be rather hard to do this with some of my other comics). Soldiers! the kids are running hurling stones over the bus

Wikipedia Birthday Meme

Go to Wikipedia. Type in your birth date (but not year). List three events that happened on your birthday. List two important birthdays and one interesting death. Events 1912 – The frozen bodies of Robert Scott and his men are found on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica. 1927 – Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Soviet Communist Party, leaving Joseph Stalin with undisputed control of the Soviet Union. 1990 – Tim Berners-Lee publishes a formal proposal for the World Wide Web. Births 1929 – Grace Kelly, Princess Grace of Monaco, American actress 1934 – Charles Manson, American cult leader… Read More »Wikipedia Birthday Meme

False Memories

As seen and responded to on and : If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, (even if we don’t speak often) please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL memory of you and me. It can be anything you want – good or bad – BUT IT HAS TO BE FAKE. When you’re finished, post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified) about what people DON’T ACTUALLY remember about you.

Tagged by (YA music meme)

List your six current favorite songs and then pick six people who have to do the same. Always going to be a bit tricky. These are my six favourite songs as of lunchtime today. The list will have changed by the end of lunchtime. Johann Sebastian Bach, C-minor Fugue from Book One of the Well-Tempered Clavier (BWV847). The Bach that I’m most likely to whistle in the shower, closely followed by Variation 10 from the Goldberg Variations and the D-major Prelude fom Book One. The Troubadours of King Baudouin, Sanctus from the Missa Luba. A glorious movement from a beautiful… Read More »Tagged by (YA music meme)

Solicited opinions

The Triumph of International Socialism It’ll have its day again, I hope. We’ve not really seen true international socialism thus far, admittedly. Some of the aspirations of the UN come close, but it has been hampered by a lack of control over economic policy and the need to kowtow to certain national interests in order to get them playing at all, and programmes like the WFP have more to do with the effects of protectionism and subsidy and paternalistic charity than they do with redistribution per se. For socialism to be viable, it must be supported by the populace, which… Read More »Solicited opinions