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interests meme

Here's a getting-to-know folks meme that's pretty neat. Here's how it works: Comment on this post asking for me to meme you, and I will choose seven interests from your profile. Then you make a post where you explain what those seven interests mean to you, why you are interested in them, and so on. Then post these instructions along with your answers so that others can play along.

I commented in weaselmom's LJ, and she selected the following for me to explain:

alternative religions


I was raised Lutheran in a particularly (in my opinion) non-Jesusian sect where babies who had never learned of Jesus and hadn't been baptized went to Hell. Nonsense, I thought, and challenged the Confirmation teacher (the pastor's wife) about it. I wouldn't answer certain questions that required I state things that were clearly inconsistent with my understanding of Jesus' message, and almost wasn't confirmed. Soon after, I began researching what else was out there, other ways to understand God, the Universe, and Everything. I studied many religions - and of course science-fictional treatments of this theme - and began to sense an underlying foundation beneath them all. Somewhere in there, I gave up on all this Christian stuff, though I still think Jesus had some very important things to say about what it means to be a good human being. If only we could distill that from all the nonsense that people have injected into religions over the centuries, perhaps we could come to truly understand the numinous and use it in our daily lives.

For me, alternative religions can include things that aren't religions at all because, well, if it's your religion, it's not very alternate is it? Perspective is all. Ways I practice my "alternative religion" include sky-gazing and otherwise interacting with the grandeur of nature. For example, once I was hiking through the Hell Creek formation Badlands, nothing alive except the random dry brush or cactus, and a single deer that sort of followed me all day. It was true badlands, crumbling stone cathedrals tiled with dinosaur fossils. Absolutely silent except for the wind breathing through the stone and the occasional sound of pebbles rolling down the buttes. Beautiful and holy to the eye of someone who finds the numinous mostly in nature.

every kind of brilliance


I am so drawn to brilliant things, brilliant people, blinding insights, exploration of the unknown - every kind of brilliance in all things. People who are emotionally brilliant, brilliant creations (films, songs, fiction, yes even tech writing); basically anything that gives my brain that zing which only comes with moments of eureka!, anything that makes me more deeply understand what it means to be human, anything that helps me see deeper into the universe around us. Heck, I guess this is an important part in my first answer *g*

lil' vehicle of danger


Over the past couple of years, I've been collecting bits and pieces to build my own little sports-racer. So far I have the engine/transmission unit (Honda 954 motorcycle), coil-over shocks (also Honda 954), electronics (again Honda motorcycle), brakes (Kawasaki Ninja), and much more. I also have a welder for putting together the frame. It'll be street-legal, cheap, fun, economical to drive, and legal for racing in the SCCA D Sports Racer class. Here's my page about it.

science fantasy


Gene Wolfe's New Sun series is a great example of this. For me, it's Arthur C. Clarke's famous statement personified: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." A story that feels like fantasy might actually be science fiction if the "magic" is created by advanced technology or futuristic science; similarly, a story that looks like SF might use technologies so advanced that no one is aware of the equipment that creates what might as well be magic in their lives (nanotech stories often feel like fantasy). Some science-fantasy works are filled with magic... but someone in that world knows that it's actually just technology - or the reader might be the only person in-the-know. Though I love my hard SF and don't like much fantasy, I'm very much a fan of this genre.

squirrels


Well, duh - who doesn't love squirrels! They are cute, they are fun, and in a neighborhood like mine, they're like yard pets. I must have 20 or so squirrels living in the trees around my house, and I get to know them individually pretty well. Stubby is the little guy with the severed tail; Hoover is the silly guy who eats seeds from the ground without using her clever paws. They leap from tree to tree, play with bunnies, entertain Tatsuko, and much more. Here is the link to my "Urban Wildlife tags, filled with squirrel stories.

super-science


It's science made WOW! and fun! It's dramatic! It's super! Also, Super Science Stories was an SF mag back in the early 1940s, edited by Frederik Pohl (he was 21 when he started), and Astounding magazine had the subtitle, "Stories of Super-Science."

strindberg and helium


If you haven't watched these wonderful and absurd videos, go now! All I have to say is, "Heeeeeeelium!"


Well, there you go. Who's next?
Chris

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silverfae
Oct. 4th, 2007 01:21 am (UTC)
Okay me.
And.. pshaw, I'm so shallow. I just want my boobs to look like the cover of that Pulp SciFi book. It looks so very John Norman meets Asimov.
silverfae
Oct. 4th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)
oh, list the interests (palm-forehead)

ann tonsor, zeddies, fight clubs, interstitial, moomintroll, road trips, transcendence,

for road trips.. give us your favorite, or most repeated!
mckitterick
Oct. 4th, 2007 02:43 am (UTC)
Oh, geez, I don't have to do this again, do I?
silverfae
Oct. 4th, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC)
Only if you get bored and need something to write about some time.
No hassles, mate.
mckitterick
Oct. 4th, 2007 02:42 am (UTC)
Okay, you, here you go; tell us about these:

Body modification, corvids, dance meditation, nomads, roma, runes, sacred sexuality.
cmt2779
Oct. 4th, 2007 02:06 am (UTC)
I wanna play. :-)
mckitterick
Oct. 4th, 2007 02:45 am (UTC)
Okay! Tell us about these:

Arranging, cuttlefish, english professors (*g*), geeks, house of leaves, pedagogy, self.
cmt2779
Oct. 10th, 2007 03:37 am (UTC)
Whew.
Took me a while. I wrote an entry and the computer ate it before I could post it. But now it's done. Lookie.
margaretq
Oct. 4th, 2007 04:58 am (UTC)
I'll play!
mckitterick
Oct. 4th, 2007 05:15 am (UTC)
All righty! How about:

Anthropology, human and animal rights, information, nerds, opera, watching rodents eat (this last one being an interest of mine, now that I think of it).
margaretq
Oct. 4th, 2007 05:46 am (UTC)
I'll post answers tomorrow or over weekend as I've just thrown up 3 entries in a row.

The last one is simple to answer - there just isn't anything cuter that I can imagine. There is something about watching a little furry wabit or chipmunk screw its face in circles as it crunch-nibble-crunches rapidly away at produce that makes me melt into an insulin-rich blob of goo. A squirrel with a nut is like a 3 year old on a mission. I don't know exactly what it is - but I am mesmorized by watching rodents eat. It just make my day...
mckitterick
Oct. 4th, 2007 05:53 am (UTC)
Wait, that wasn't the last one! I meant to add "Zen" to it, too.

Rodents eating is one of the great joys of life. This is why I feed my neighborhood squirrels and bunnies, plus why I have rodents living in my house (on purpose).
darkyak
Oct. 4th, 2007 05:54 am (UTC)
I often like to abbreviate it "SCIENCE!" The exclamation point is key.
Oh, what the hell. I like memes, and this could prove to be a fun kind of embarrassment roulette.

So meme me up. Let's meme.
mckitterick
Oct. 4th, 2007 06:10 am (UTC)
Re: I often like to abbreviate it "SCIENCE!" The exclamation point is key.
Yes! Exactly! For example, steampunk is a genre that needs exclamation marks.

Golly, but you have many interesting interests. How about these:

Eight-bit theater (yes, I changed it for this list, and I think you know why!), browncoats, dinosaurs, kobolds, otyughs, teleportation, V.
iainjcoleman
Oct. 4th, 2007 11:50 am (UTC)
Go on, meme me!
mckitterick
Oct. 4th, 2007 03:31 pm (UTC)
You got it! Tell us about your interest in these:

Blake's 7, e-science, glorantha, marillion, science fiction, science writing, van der graaf generator.
iainjcoleman
Oct. 4th, 2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
My response. Hope you find it informative.
renegade500
Oct. 4th, 2007 02:55 pm (UTC)
I love squirrels!

Okay, I'll play, meme me.
mckitterick
Oct. 4th, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
They're so cute. Okay, here you go; tell us about these:

Armadillocon, big cats, episcopal church, fact, magic realism, project linus, zoos.
renegade500
Oct. 4th, 2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
Your wish is my uh, well, look here
pointoforigin
Oct. 5th, 2007 03:10 am (UTC)
Oh . . . wow . . . this is so interesting, but I think I have to go put some more interests on my list before I try to join in. I was reticent when I did my profile and now I feel too boring!

Besides that . . . your illustrated essay was so fascinating that I don't see how one could possibly follow something like that!
mckitterick
Oct. 5th, 2007 02:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I see - in fact, it looks as if you don't even have Stargate listed as an interest. *tsk*

The quick way to add to your interests is to go to friends' profiles and click [Modify yours] after their interests list; then you can select from their interests rather than having to type in all yours.
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