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The "Who'd Have Thunk It" Meme

The "Who'd have thunk it?" Meme
This meme encourages to surprise your friends.
(Inspired by tv_elf's TMI meme.)

Tell your friends about the following things that some of them would never have expected:

1. Book that you own
2. Book that you've read
3. Book that you have not read
4. Film that you've seen
5. Film that you have not seen, but want to
6. TV show that you watch regularly, or used to
7. TV show that you have no interest in watching
8. TV show that you would watch (or would have watched) if time permitted
9. Place that you have been
10. Place you would like to spend at least a couple of weeks, time and money permitting
11. Person you have met
12. Person you have not met, but would like to meet
13. Trait of yours not related to your appearance
14. A non-obvious aspect of your appearance
      (Bonus for online friends who haven't seen your photograph) A conspicuous aspect of your appearance.
15. Worst vehicle you or your family ever owned
16. Pop cultural fad you have succumbed to (or escaped from)
17. Cult phenomenon you have put off
18. Longest you've ever gone without sleep
19. Longest you've ever slept
20. Food you really didn't want to try but are glad you did



1. Book owned: Wolf, Naomi. (1998). Promiscuities. Ballantine Books.
    (I have read most of it.)
2. Book read: Schmidt, David A. (1988). Denotational Semantics: A Methodology for Language Development. New York, NY: William C. Brown Publishers.
    (We got a few problems out of this book when I was an undergrad at Hopkins.)
3. Book not read: Brooks, Terry. (1983). The Sword of Shannara. Del Rey.
Another one that teunc may be aware I have not read:
Rowling, J. K. (1998). Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. New York, NY: Scholastic.
4. Film seen: Leprechaun 2 (1994). Unimaginably bad. Really.
5. Film not seen, but want to: Pirates of the Caribbean (2003). The Matrix Reloaded (2003). Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964).1
6. Regular TV show: Brimstone. Starman. (Millenium, The Misfits of Science, and Automan, I believe many of you already knew about.)
7. Show I have no interest in: CSI. Just can't get into it.
8. Show I'd watch if I had the time: I watched a little Sports Night but I would have watched it regularly if I hadn't been working on my dissertation. Nowadays, The West Wing.
9. Place visited: Olympic stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Also Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, and Victoria, in case dragnflye, prolog, and hfx_ben are keeping score.
10. Place I'd like to visit for a fortnight: London, England. Paris, France. Rome, Italy. Beijing, China. Nairobi, Kenya. Sao Paolo, Brasil. Sydney, Australia. Singapore. Geeeeee, I'm original. :-P
11. Person met: Nancy Kress (06 Mar 2003). Sir Roger Penrose (1994). Judea Pearl (1992, 1997, 1998, 2001). Richard Karp (1992), the only Turing Award recipient I've ever met to my knowledge.
12. Person never met: If you were at Illinois, you might be surprised to learn I've never met Duncan Lawrie, the department head before Dan Reed and Marc Snir. I've also never met a single staffer of TheOneRing.net, nor a single cast member of Peter Jackson's LoTR films.
      Pursuant to the above, I attended a Gillies Lecture by Turing Awardee Butler Lampson, but didn't meet him, and I missed Jim Gray's talk at the Atanasoff Symposium last fall.
13. Trait: True to my being a Libra and having Chinese word for balance (heng2) as my given name: I am a "balancer". I've had what I believe is a mild obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) since late childhood: an affinity for symmetry in arrangements. Pacing, tracing lines in books, and making salads from a salad bar are the most conspicuous examples.
14. Non-obvious aspect of appearance: I am so left-handed that my left arm is visibly more muscular than my right.
      Conspicuous aspect of looks: My default icon is a photograph, but I'll answer this one anyway. I'm nearsighted. I am taller than average for a Chinese person and of average height for an American (178cm, a little over 5'10").
      ETA: American male.
15. Worst vehicle owned by family: Three-way tie. Chevy Nova, Ford Pinto, Dodge Colt.
16. Pop cultural fad: DOOM and Quake (not tried); D&D (tried)
17. Cult phenom not tried yet: GoldenBoy
18. Longest without sleep: 28 hours - March, 1984, flight from Newark, NJ to Taipei, Taiwan
19. Longest slept: 15 hours - March, 1984, after flight to Taiwan
20. Food I'm glad I tried: radish cakes (luo2 buo1 gao1)

1 In case you were wondering: yes, the reference Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars the other night reminded me.


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Banazir

Comments

( 22 comments — Leave a comment )
erebrandir
Oct. 25th, 2004 06:54 am (UTC)
That's very cool. I may do this later.
banazir
Oct. 25th, 2004 10:41 am (UTC)
Great! Looking forward to it.

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Banazir
scottharmon
Oct. 25th, 2004 07:02 am (UTC)
5'-10" with boots or without?
I'm 5'-9" and I thought I was taller than you? -- And I thought I was average height for an American male...
sui_degeneris
Oct. 25th, 2004 08:00 am (UTC)
Re: 5'-10" with boots or without?
Hmmm... Not finding a good source. But a quick google search for average height American male generally retrieves answers saying that 5'9" or 5'10" is average (actually, a few have mentioned that the average is just under 5'10", so that may explain the confusion).
banazir
Oct. 25th, 2004 11:16 pm (UTC)
Just under 5'10"
Yes, exactly.

Now, I should mention that Asian-American males don't differ to much from Euro-American males because the nutritional deficits are by and large avoided.

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Banazir
banazir
Oct. 25th, 2004 08:01 am (UTC)
178cm in bare feet
I think we are within 3cm of one another, but are you sure you're 5'9"?
I would have guessed 5'10".

5'9+" was average when we were born. Nowadays, it's 5'10-". The rule of thumb is 1cm per century, IIRC.

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Banazir
sui_degeneris
Oct. 25th, 2004 08:13 am (UTC)
Re: 178cm in bare feet
There's an interesting short article (with some sources, yay!) at http://historymedren.about.com/b/a/112443.htm about historical height variations. It isn't exhaustive, by any means, but it's intriguing.

(BTW, nice work on renumbering the questions!)
banazir
Oct. 25th, 2004 11:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks and thanks!
Hear that, tamf?
Giant Vikings, YRAINW!

(Actually I knew that - one of our grads used to talk about all the short doorways in castles.)

Thanks again,
Banazir
siocled
Oct. 25th, 2004 11:33 am (UTC)
I might or might not do this one (knowing me, probably not), but my person met is Harold Kroto.
banazir
Oct. 25th, 2004 11:40 pm (UTC)
Cool
Do it iff you like, but thanks for the above link.

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Banazir
yodge
Oct. 25th, 2004 12:04 pm (UTC)
7. Show I have no interest in: CSI. Just can't get into it.

*GASP*

How tragic!!!

I was gonna feel sorry fro you, but then realized it's prolly better this way. Otherwise you'd NEVER get naz sleep...

-yoj
banazir
Oct. 26th, 2004 02:29 am (UTC)
Dknot cwy fro moi Argentina
I knot sleepin'!!!
Wot are yew talking aboat?!
It's 04:30 in the merning!

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Banazir
(lies! flaaaames! trooooollls!)
yodge
Oct. 26th, 2004 04:46 am (UTC)
Re: Dknot cwy fro moi Argentina
then go watch CSI re-runs, you freak!!! CSI is SOOOO GOOOOOOD. blood and guts and labs and machinery and dead bodies and bullets and chemicals and hot people... what's not to like!?!??

-yoj
banazir
Oct. 26th, 2004 10:49 am (UTC)
Lab wrok, bleargh
... if aye wanted to be a forensic cwiminologist, aye'd BE one, see?
/me likes tronkie struff. Field wrok, hokay. Bench werk, not so munch.

But I'll give it another try.
Cold Case is much better. Amber Benson (Tara from BTVS) was on it the other nught! As a prro murtherèd hippy!

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Banazir
yodge
Oct. 26th, 2004 11:09 am (UTC)
Re: Lab wrok, bleargh
Cold Case is quite good, yes. seems to be a ripoff of the Canadian Cold Squad, tho. But it's good anyway. (Cold Squad moved a little too slowly for my taste.) I like the lille time-travel-esque effects.

-yoj
banazir
Oct. 26th, 2004 11:57 am (UTC)
Intercutting the past and present
Cold Case is quite good, yes. seems to be a ripoff of the Canadian Cold Squad, tho. But it's good anyway.
Oh, that you get in Singapore, and Ed and The West Wing and Farscape you don't? Weird.
(What else should I expect from your *kof*snotty*kof* TV execs?)

(Cold Squad moved a little too slowly for my taste.)
I haven't seen it. Will check BitTorrent for an ep later.

I like the lille time-travel-esque effects.
I love those. Brilliant, they are.
Well, you know me and time travel.
Or you did. Or you will.

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Banazir
gondhir
Oct. 26th, 2004 05:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Lab wrok, bleargh
Bha, I can't get into Cold Case. I like all the CSIs though.
banazir
Oct. 26th, 2004 11:56 pm (UTC)
Cold Cased Gondhir
Bha, I can't get into Cold Case.
Here, get into this one...

I like all the CSIs though.
How many CSI are there?
I only know of CSI and CSI: Gnu Yawk.

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Banazir
gondhir
Oct. 27th, 2004 01:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Cold Cased Gondhir
There's a CSI:Miami.
banazir
Oct. 27th, 2004 06:17 pm (UTC)
Cold Case: Khazad-Dum
I dknot liek Miami Ice.
Cold Case Mordor, now that I'd wotch. Minas Ithil! Earnur... yerknow.

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Banazir
gondhir
Oct. 26th, 2004 05:19 pm (UTC)
Richard Karp (1992), the only Turing Award recipient I've ever met to my knowledge.
He convinced people he wasn't a computer program?
banazir
Oct. 26th, 2004 11:22 pm (UTC)
Turing Award
He convinced people he wasn't a computer program?
Yes. Robin Milner too, though I personally think he might actually be an android.

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Banazir
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