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19 March 2005

What's a "meme" anyway?  It's a term that has cropped up to represent the various "quizzes" or lists of questions that appear on journal pages on a regular basis.  I checked with the source of all things trivial, Wikipedia and found this definition:

Meme, (rhymes with "cream" and comes from Greek root with the meaning of memory and its derivative "mimeme"), is the term given to a unit of information that replicates from brains and inanimate stores of information, such as books and computers, to other brains or stores of information. The term meme was coined in 1976 by Richard Dawkins in his bestselling book, The Selfish Gene. Inanimate sources of information have been termed 'retention systems'.

In more specific terms, a meme is a self-propagating unit of cultural evolution having some resemblance to the gene (the unit of genetics). The difference lies in the replicative potential and minimally required resources to replicate. Memes can represent parts of ideas, languages, elemental particles, tunes, designs, skills, moral and aesthetic values and anything else that is commonly learned and passed on to others as a unit. The study of evolutionary models of information transfer is called memetics.

Well, that's clear as mud...sort of...but anyway, I found this musical meme over on Jim's Journal, who took it from Bozoette and I thought I would follow suit...  (Actually, I read it on her site first, but reading it on Jim's made me feel left out if I didn't answer the questions too!)

What's the total amount of music files on your computer?
Apparently 3.5 gigabytes.  I didn't realize I had so much.  I don't usually download a lot of music, but I have lots that Steve has sent me, lots that Jeri has sent me, and lots that I've recorded from CDs that I own.   I've also downloaded a bit for slide shows.   Probably the weirdest is something called "Colorectal Surgeon."  I don't have a clue how I happened to download that!

What was the last CD you bought?
Maureen McGovern sings Harold Arlen.  I heard about this CD after we went to a concert of Harold Arlen music and I was intrigued by it.  It's very lush and very nice, and not at all contemporary.  But then I'm not a contemporary kinda gal!

What was the last song listened to before getting this message?
A song from the original cast recording of Wicked called "For Good," which is a beautiful song about friendship.

Write down five songs you often listen to or that mean a lot to you.

* Lots of stuff by Steve, of course.  Hard to pick just one, but I always come back to "Save Me a Seat," which may not be my favorite, but which is a song that has great meaning for me on oh so many levels.

* Jeri tells me that Funny by Lawsuit (for which this journal was named) was written as a joke, but the song came to mean something special between Paul and me after David died, so it will always have a special place in my heart.

* Two Different Directions is by John Denver.   There are actually a lot of John Denver songs that I like, but I think that this was the first one that made me sit up and take notice.  I remember the first time I heard it Peggy and I were driving around Lake Tahoe the first week she was visiting here and I giggled a bit when I realized that a lot of the song described the two of us, coming from two different directions.

    They come from different places
    Different points of view
    They find themselves in different spaces
    Everything is all brand new

    Two different directions
    Too many different ways
    One always on the road somewhere
    The other one always stays

* I should put a Judy Garland recording on here. One would think that it would be Over the Rainbow, but I really think that my favorite recording by her is Stormy Weather from the Carnegie Hall album.   I remember I used to lie on the floor next to the speaker and play that full-volume when I lived alone and worked for UC Berkeley.  That song has been around for a long time!

* My current favorite CD is the aforementioned cast recording from Wicked.  I love both Defying Gravity and For Good.  Surprisingly good music from that show.  I must go see it if The Big Voice gets to New York and we fly back to see it!

Who are you gonna pass this stick to (three persons and why)?
Oh lord, I don't know.  Seems like a lot of people have already done this survey.  How about Mary because I'm her second mother and one should always do what your mother tells you; Michelle because she's just started a journal of her own and needs something new to write about; and Kathy because I don't think she's done it yet.

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By the way, I uploaded a slide show about our canal boat trip from London to Oxford back in 2001, in case anybody would like to see it.   (It's not one of those downloadable ones, but one that will start as soon as you click on the link.)  If you want to read the captions/descriptions, you need to exit the slide show and view the photos one at a time.


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The cover of Lawsuit's, "Emergency Third Rail Power Trip"

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