Archive for the ‘Meme’ Category

I was just reading the following post on The Panda’s ThumbChallenge: research in the 1000 most common words. Basically, it is pointing to a list of the 1000 most common words in the English language and challenging you to write a simple statement of your research that is only using words from this list.

There’s this link that will check it for you when typing.

That’s really challenging. I lost at this game. This has a lot to do with the fact that I’m currently working in a discipline that cannot avoid a minimal jargon: phytopathology, the science of plant pests and plant illness. Any word related to pests (pathogens, fungi, microbes, viruses) are forbidden first. And it all begun with “plant” itself, which is not allowed (plants do not belong the 1000 commonest, does it make sense?). I’m afraid there’s no way I can express my research under such a challenging constraint. The best I came up with was this:

I study how small cell things are attacking bigger green things that need light and water to grow.

And frankly, this is just a way to weave in implicit meaning. That is, I’m utterly wrong. Anybody ignoring or not getting the implicit that green things that need light and water to grow means plant won’t have the slightest idea as to what I’m doing in my job. Not to say “small cell things” is any better -it is much worse indeed. It’s a very bad way to imply I’m working on fungi, the only idea I get somewhat right is that they are plant enemies.

I think I need to ponder about simpler ways to tell what I’m doing in my job…

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Veggie meme

There’s a veggie meme running these days, and surprisingly, there’s been a number of stuff listed that I’ve eaten already, so I’m not too ashamed of taking my turn. Given prices for meats in France, I’ve been practicing ‘vegetarianism’ by economic necessity as a late student, so I guess it somewhat helped a bit. What’s more, since I am opportunistically prone to freeganism (when I realised it isn’t that worse), you guess I’m way more reluctant about junked meats than greens, vegs and fruits…

Bolded = tried (thought this is not exhaustive, given I hadn’t time to check for food names and I may have eaten some of them):


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Ah ben quand mème…

(Some English below) 

Lecteurs francophones, vous pouvez lire chez Tom Roud l’anatomie d’un essaimage mémétique. C’est assez intéressant, et en fait, ca fait un certain temps que je me demandais si ce genre d’analyse pouvait se trouver (j’avoue n’avoir jamais vraiment cherché cependant). Voici chose faite. Si vous avez connaissance d’autres analyses de génération mémétique, je serai ravi que vous les postiez en commentaire… Merci!

To my English readers… I point out to the analysis of a meme generation that I find interesting (in French: http://tomroud.com/2008/03/29/genealogie-insignifiante-de-memes/). Unfortunately, a babelfish translation into English didn’t prove very interesting but you can try (or even try with another translator you like). I never really seeked for such analyses but always was interested in… So if you can recommand of any worthwhile link, please comment this post…

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Science badges

 Oh, le blog du doc’ is putting this back onto the table. I completely forgot to play the game (originally from here some while ago), so here’s my take. This is sort of proudly putting badges about your way of living sciences (that’s obviously leading to a lot of weird things happening to you). So here are mine:

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Ce matin, dans ma boite email, enfin quelque chose de concret….

Madame, Monsieur,

         J’ai le regret de vous informer que la Commission de Spécialistes 999-999e sections de l’Université de XXXXX, réunie XXXXXX 2007, a décidé  de ne pas vous convoquer pour l’audition prévue par les textes dans le cadre de votre candidature à l’emploi de Maître de Conférences n° 99999 ouvert en section 999 dans notre Université. L’examen de votre dossier n’a en effet pas fait apparaître une adéquation suffisante avec les profils d’enseignement et/ou de recherche définis pour ce poste.

         En vous souhaitant un meilleur succès dans vos autres candidatures, je vous prie de recevoir, Madame, Monsieur, l’expression de mes sentiments les meilleurs.

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Aujourd’hui,  je me suis demandé ce que je pourrais poster, et qui soit vrai. Voilà qui est fait.

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I took the “philosophical” test so that I could know where I eventually stand, in front of philosophers (this one here and this one here).

You scored as Hedonism. Your life is guided by the principles of Hedonism : You believe that pleasure is a great, or the greatest, good; and you try to enjoy life’s pleasures as much as you can. “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die!”

Strong Egoism
Justice (Fairness)
Divine Command

What philosophy do you follow? (v1.03)
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More info at Arocoun’s Wikipedia User Page…

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Awarded… Oh wait, no, memed!

Or is it memeticized?

Matt (the “Californian rodent guy”) nominated “Seeds Aside” for this award…. well, hum, meme! Here are the rules:
(The original rules and the Template Meme exists here: Meme Index Case)

  1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think;
  2. Link to the index meme post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme;
  3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote.

Here are my choices…


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