funnily enough, i am rather immune to memes but like quizzes. however i would like to jump on this particular memewagon, such as it is, thanks to the graciousness of our erstwhile cookie queen Jennifer. this is in no small part due to being on my 234th reading of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.

the rulz, such as they are(pay attention to this part, those about to be goosed)

• look up page 123 in the nearest book

• look for the fifth sentence

• then post the three sentences that follow that fifth sentence on page 123

“Exactly”, said Dirk, “bravo!”

“But what’s all that got to do with this… this Detective Agency?”

“Oh, that — well, some researchers were once conducting such an experiment, but when they opened up the box, the cat was neither alive nor dead but was in fact completely missing, and they called me in to investigate.”

(bonus!!! ending of above passage)

“I was able to deduce that nothing very dramatic had happened. The cat had merely got fed up with being repeatedly locked up in a box and occasionally gassed and had taken the first opportunity to hoof it through the window. It was for me the work of a moment to set a saucer of milk by the window and call ‘Bernice’ in an enticing voice — the cat’s name was Bernice, you understand —”
“Now wait a minute…” said Richard.
“— and the cat was soon restored. A simple enough matter, but it seemed to create quite an impression in certain circles, and soon one thing led to another, as they do, and it all culminated in the thriving career you see before you.”

More madness, and a compelling crime drama/mystery/thriller/sci-fi caper all rolled into one if you actually read the book. there are things in there that i did not believe could (or should) be done with, or to, the english language. of course it’s mostly for nerds, but that goes without saying.


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i can’t believe it’s not a meme!

the snagaløpe has ‘tagged’ me in a ‘meme’ originating in some far-off distant blog called ‘pharyngula’.

well i guess sometimes we have enough time to waste that we pursue these things.


There are a set of questions below that are all of the form, “The best [subgenre] in [genre] is…”. Copy the questions, and before answering them, you may modify them in a limited way, carrying out no more than two of these operations:

— You can leave them exactly as is.

— You can delete any one question.

— You can mutate either the genre, medium, or subgenre of any one question. For instance, you could change “The best time travel novel in SF/Fantasy is…” to “The best time travel novel in Westerns is…”, or “The best time travel movie in SF/Fantasy is…”, or “The best romance novel in SF/Fantasy is…”.

— You can add a completely new question of your choice to the end of the list, as long as it is still in the form “The best [subgenre] in [genre] is…”.

You must have at least one question in your set, or you’ve gone extinct, and you must be able to answer it yourself, or you’re not viable.

Then answer your possibly mutant set of questions. Please do include a link back to the blog you got them from, to simplify tracing the ancestry, and include these instructions.

Finally, pass it along to any number of your fellow bloggers. Remember, though, your success as a Darwinian replicator is going to be measured by the propagation of your variants, which is going to be a function of both the interest your well-honed questions generate and the number of successful attempts at reproducing them.

My great-great-great-great-great-great-grandparent is Pharyngula
My great-great-great-great-great-grandparent is Metamagician and the Hellfire Club.
My great-great-great-great-grandparent is Flying Trilobite.
My great-great-great-grandparent is A Blog Around the Clock.
My great-great-grandparent is Shakespeare’s Sister.
My great-grandparent is Excuse This Mess…(shayera)
My grandparent is Jennifer.
My parent is Snag

1. The best THRILLER in scientific dystopias is: Dark City

2. The best sexy song in rock is: Pour Some Sugar on Me by Def Leppard.

3. The best cult novel in absurdist fiction is: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

4. The best use of ground meat in american cooking is: the cheezburger

5: The best GAME SHOW produced OUTSIDE the usa is: The Crystal Maze

now to contaminate and mutate, i shall choose the celebrity couple of UC & AG. also, BAAAAINS!

btw, i think this shows more about how many varieties of dystopias exist than any socio-biologico-bloggo-logical information.

also btw, i’m not sure catch-22 is a cult thing, but it’s the only one i know…