I usually think these things are just plain vain, but, being as its Friday night, why not indulge me?!
What is your middle name? I have a double-barrelled name so Iain might count?
What are you passionate about? Science, and history, and language. (oh and Gaidhlig)
Zebra or leopard print? Zebra.
Do you have any fears? Heights
Silver or gold? Gold. We should always strive to do our best.
Top three places to visit. Tikopia, Anuta and (the cliche) Rapa Nui.
How many siblings do you have? Two brothers.
Where are you from? A tiny little island at the edge of nowhere called Eriskay.
First career you wanted as a child. Comic book artist.
What’s your sign? Gemini.
Future names of your children. I’m determined to call one Darwin.
What are you listening to right now? Your Latest Trick (live) - Dire Straits
Do you believe in fate/destiny? No.
What are your career goals? I want to work at a university as a research scientist. I’m highly impractical, however, so I see myself more as a Maths and Ideas-man. I would like to contribute to Developmental Neuroscience, especially with regards to language. I’d like to work on Evolutionary Theory at some point too, with respect to biology, morals, and language.
What is your favorite colour? I’m colourblind.
What is your favorite flower? Daisy.
What was the first concert/show you attended? A Celtic music festival whose name I can’t quite remember.
Something you are working on right now. Besides schoolwork, I’m trying to get my ideas on Moral Evolution in readable form for a comp by the British Humanist Society.
Have you ever had a near-death experience? I was horrendously ill in 2009 and hospitalized for months.
Are you a procrastinator or do you get things done early? I procrastinate if I find something dull. If I find it interesting I get obsessed very easily and spend every waking moment engaged in it.
Left or right handed? Right.
TV Shows and anime you watch regularly. I don’t watch television.
Halloween costume idea for this year? Charles Darwin.
What is your relationship status? In a relationship
Last movie you just watched. I watched two episodes of Supernatural today in the common room. Does that count?
Your best friend’s name. Rachael. (oh and I ought to say Joseph is a close second)
A song that’s been stuck in your head. I currently have no songs stuck in my head.
A book you want to read/have recently read. A book I want to read is Engineering Animals by Mark Denny exploring the physics behind biological systems, but I just don’t have the time right now. A book I’ve recently read is Empires of the Word by Nicholas Ostler, a wonderful and scholarly work on the history of the world thru the lens of its languages.
Whether it be fanfiction, original stories, drabbles, songs, poems, books, or anything that has to do with creative words, then reblog. Let’s gather all the writers of Tumblr together.
My only caveat is that the only truly creative word-smiths are people who literally invent languages, dialects or slang. i.e. Tolkien, Mark Rosenfelder, Russel Hoban…
Writers merely put them together in interesting ways. (not that there’s anything ‘merely’ about doing so!)
I count myself an amateur among the latter, and before I got a girlfriend/life I used to dabble in the former. (ah those were the days!)
I wonder how many people on the web know where the meme “meme” originated from???
It comes from Richard Dawkins’ 1976 book the Selfish Gene, easily one of the most important works written in the 20th century.
Dawkins coined meme as a word for any idea - a tune, joke, software - that exists in the cultural sphere. He imagined a natural selection of these memes, those most useful and attractive being passed on between minds, replicating and proliferating. I don’t think he really saw this as a proper theory for cultural transmission but as a metaphor to illustrate the universality of Darwinism - the differential survival of self-replicating entities, be they genes or memes.
But now with the web we have the data to actually create a science of ‘Population Memetics. Tumblr is the perfect example - any piece of content that goes viral can be mapped through the linkages between blogs. The fittest memes are those which are reblogged - or replicated - in that they possess some quality which make the collective taste of the tumblr community favour their survival by repeatedly reblogging them. We can track the fates of memes on Tumblr and throughout the web. In real life not all ideas are recorded - but the internet never forgets.
DNA records history in genetics, code records history in memetics. Social science has a new mine of date on social networking sites, from which the laws of culture can be derived…
I moved house for the first time today… well, it wasn’t my house, but I was obliged to take part in the moving. It all went well. At last, no more Shrek and Captain Hook ruining Rachael’s life. =D
On another note, my last post: High Fantasy Writers’ Exam resulted in various people calling themselves ‘tumblrbabez’ reblogging it. I was curious to see why a self-confessed babe was liking a post related to the genre of High Fantasy. I clicked and was redirected to some mild pornography. That was when I realized that one should never tag one’s posts as ‘fantasy’ or else the internet’s ‘bootiful babez’ will come a-searching…
Well, that’s my innocence gone… *sarcasm*