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January 02, 2006

7x7 meme

Helmut sent me this 7x7 meme while I was on vacation.
Here goes:

1. Seven things to do before I die
Cover a war
Visit Paris
Join the mile high club
Learn Spanish
Publish a photograph
Dramatically improve my poker game
Liveblog the impeachment of G.W. Bush

2. Seven things I cannot do
Play bridge
Wear 4" heels
Sit still and read a teleprompter
Leave well enough alone
Iron shirts

3. Seven things that attract me to [New York City]
Public parks
NYC blogging community
Frenetic pace of life

4. Seven things I say most often
I mean, think about it...
Fucking fuckers
Do you expect me to believe...
I see

5. Seven books (or series) that I love
The Wars, Timothy Findley
How to Stop Time, Ann Marlowe
From a Logical Point of View, W.V.O. Quine
Becoming a Doctor, Melvin Konner
Homage to Catalonia, George Orwell
On the Plurality of Worlds, David Lewis
Breakdown of the Will, George Ainslie

6. Seven movies I watch over and over again (or would if I had time)
McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Robert Altman
Notorious, Alfred Hitchcock
Life of Brian, Monty Python
Richard Thompson Live in Providence, Rhode Island
Fast, Cheap, and out of Control, Errol Morris
The Godfather and Godfather II, Francis Ford Coppola

7. [Seven] Eight people I want to join in, too
Sarah from Slowly Comes the Nurse at Dawn
Rob from Helpy Chalk
Amanda of Pandagon (Update: Too late!)
Scott at Lawyers, Guns and Money
Interested parties on the 3Quarks crew
Thad of Secret Society
Bitch PhD
PZ Myers at Pharyngula (Too late, again.)


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Join the mile high club

The betting pool on the number of volunteers Lindsay gets for the above is now open.

My guess is applications are presently open to exactly one person. The other applicants, whatever their number, are probably shit out of luck.

For my money, the creepy proposition comments are best on threads where they are either completely without any rational relation, or horribly inappropriate. They'd just disappoint me here.


I do not know you--which, I hasten to add, is my loss; but I am nonetheless entirely confident that you do not say "vervet" MORE often than you say "fu¢king fu¢kers".

(At some point during the next twenty years, I shall probably remember to look up what a vervet is. It ought to be first cousin to a marmot, but it probably isn't.)

Yours most cordially,

Lindsay, are you trying to raise your Slut-O-Meter rating, especially since you scored lower than the American Family Association?

I like the word fucktard myself. It has a nice ring to it. Jackass is good too.

What kind of photos do you shoot mainly.

Before covering a war, give me a call. Never do anything like that unless someone has tried to talk you out of it.

Okay, I bite. What exactly does "Vervet" mean?

A vervet is a common African monkey, Cercopithecus aethiops.

And "fucking fuckers" is part of a line from a British film called Sammy & Rosie Get Laid, from the 80s: "Fuck! The fucking fuckers, they've fucked it!"

(Despite the line and the title, this is not a porn film, but I think was made by the producers of My Beautiful Launderette.)

For movies - if you haven't given them a view, try Dr. Strangelove and Full Metal Jacket.

Hey, I also tagged you for this about a week ago...

For those of you dying to know, I looked up vervet for you in The Free Dictionary ( I also had no clue.

A small, long-tailed African monkey (Cercopithecus aethiops) having a black face with white cheek tufts and a yellowish-brown or greenish coat. Several subspecies of vervets have been recognized within a large range including most of sub-Saharan Africa. Also called green monkey, grivet.

As to your book list:
"From a Logical Point of View, W.V.O. Quine" is not listed on Amazon, and "Becoming a Doctor, Melvin Konner" got piles of snarky reviews.

I recently found a med student's online journal for first-year through getting to be called 'Doctor'. Fascinating, and having a 500-pound patient get stuck in a CAT scanner is admittedly funny.

Movies: "Black Sunday" is gorgeous but turn off the soundtrack. "As American Astronaut" is wonderful throughout: a first movie by a rock band leader.

Oh, yeah: S. J. Perelman, the Lost Algonquin round table author. A survey of famous authors about what authors they read for sheer fun came up 1) P.G. Wodehouse and 2) Perelman.

The betting pool on the number of volunteers Lindsay gets for the above is now open.

If ever there were a case to be made for a blogger lottery...

My reply is up

Also, Dr. B has already

From a Logical Point of View, W.V.O. Quine
On the Plurality of Worlds, David Lewis

Marry me, Lindsay.


Per your request, Robin did one here, and I have added mine in its comments section.

Ciao for now from the 3QD crew...

You two are perfect gentlemen.

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