Relegion and Memes

I was reading over the shoulder of somone on the bus this morning because I’d forgotten to pick up a copy of the Metro and the internet connection on my phone wasn’t working so I couldn’t check twitter and I saw that they were reading Richard Dawkins’ The Selfish Gene which I’ve never read but I’m familiar with some of the concepts of, Albeit because I’ve read Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson…

I’m facinated by the concept of the Meme (Wikipedia) which is:

“is a postulated unit or element of cultural ideas, symbols or practices that gets transmitted from one mind to another through speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena”

Dawkins postulates (from the few paragraphs I could read over this poor guys shoulder) that memes are like organisms, in that they evolve and also try to stay alive byt combining. For example the section I was reading said that Hellfire in it’s self is a scary thing, and the fact that worrying that it might happen to you when you die if you are a bad person perpetuates it, RD also postulates that the concept of god is a meme, but if you mix these two concepts together you get a God whom if you don’t beleive in you go to hell, the hellfire meme in essence make the God meme more powerful.

Anyway…

I got to thinking about how all of these memes at some poin had to be thought up by somone, they passed into common lore and then became revered, which led me to…

Ceiling Cat is Watching you Masturbate.

(Wikipedia)

I thought up a society where hundreds of years from now all the internet memes that we take one look at and think “Hey thats pretty funny” were the tennents of society.

  1. Everyone fears the almighty ceiling cat which has merged with the God meme.
  2. Rik Astley’s Never gonna give you up is the accepted way of ending a formal letter.
  3. Macro cat Images are considdered high art.
  4. The Starwars Kid‘s (You tube) moves are considdered to be a sacred dance.
  5. Leeroy Jenkins (Wikipedia) Becomes synonymous with CHARGE!

Et cetera…

Would it be such a bad world, I’m sure it would be a world filled with mirth and amusement, maybe though there would be a dark side and people would use the message of peace and love that Ceiling cat intended to bring to us as a reason for wonton slaughter.

Anyway I leave you with this…

Best Friend with Caveats?

I woke up this morning with a phrase spinning around my head, the phrase was “Best Friend with Caveats”. It’s wierd I don’t know if I dremt it or how it popped into my head but all day I’ve been mulling over the concept, trying to figure out what this implies.

Everyone knows the term “Best Friend with Benefits” the implication being a friendship that allows you priveliges that even a best friend would not get, usually used to mean sex.

But what is a best friend with caveats?

You can really read it in one of several ways:

You are a best friend but there are certain aspects of “best friendship” which you don’t adhere to.

Maybe you are a best friend who refuses to acknowledge a partner, or who takes great pleasure in putting your friend down. Maybe you will stand by your friend through thick and thin except when it relates to one particular thing.

I’m your best friend but there are certain aspects of best friendship that I Don’t adhere to.

As above but it’s the other wy round the caveats are one my friendship to you, there are certain circumstances in which I will just abandon you, or worse still take the other side. One such caveat might be that I am your best friend but my significant other takes precedence over you, or I’ll be your best friend so long as I’m Sober, when I’m drunk however I want nothing to do with you.

We are both bet friends but we both accept that there are limitations to our friendship.

We both agree or at least acknowledge the fact that there are certain circumstances in which we may not acto towards each other as friends. The circumstances could be shared, or each of the two friends could have there on set of particular circumstances in which they refuse to act like a best friend.

The latter of these two is just really an amalgumation of the first two reading, you just both do it in different ways. The former however could lead to some interesting social situations, where two people are the greatest of friends but hate each other when they are drunk, out on the town, pursueing someone. I’m sure there are better examples.

Conclusion?

I don’t really have a conclusion, I’ve wanted to write a blog post for ages and I decided to stretch this four word phrase which I though had interesting connotations into a whoel blog post.

I also thought I’d be the first person to mentions it, as it doesn’t seem to be in any of the hits for the phrase in google.

Are you “Best Friends with Caveats” with anyone? If so you can tell me how in the comments.

Clifford Stoll 18 Minute TED Talk


This guy is my hero, I remember reading The Cuckoo’s Egg in high school, a true story written by him about how he caught a KGB agent hacking into the department of defence network using an Apple Mac back before there was a internet, and feeling inspired.

He has a wonderful mind and has some good things to say here, he’s also by the looks of things completely nuts, I can’t believe that after all this time (It must be 15 or so years since I read his book) I’ve put a face to the name…

Inability to sit still.

I find it milldly amusing that two stumbles in a row stumbled upon gave me something to do with not being able to sit still. Especially when I’m feeling like I’d rather be running around the house than, doing work.

The first a quote by Blaise Pascal:

“I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man’s being unable to sit still in a room.”

And the second a video by Keith Schofieled about drugs.
The video is actually a music video of a song called “I can’t sit still” by Wintergreen with the method of synthesizing a number of mind altering substances using household ingredients, you can find the original video here.
As a T-Totaler I’m don’t really condone drug use, but I find it interesting that despite the amount of legislation there is out there on this kind of stuff that it’s that easy to do.
Do not try this at home, you might kill yourself if you get it wrong.
Video after the break… (Warning it autoplays, I’ve tried to get it not to)
Continue reading “Inability to sit still.”

Tate modern super slide!

Slide at The Tate Modern
Slide at The Tate Modern

I’ve decided I want to go to The Tate again having seen this The Tate have installed a huge set of slides and it looks amazing, thier website has a 3d thing which lets you look at it or you could look at some photo’s on this site which is where I found out about it initially.

Whats more amusing is the below image which shows that whoever set up theImmervision Pure player wasn’t sure what he was doing…

Eerie Japanese music video: Take it easy, Okay?

 

This Eerie Japanese music video has amazing visuals, I especially like the Guitar hero esque bit with the tabliture sliding accross the screen. The vocals are almost hypnotic…

The Song is called “Yukkuri Shiteitte ne!” or Take it easy, okay? and is apparently made using Vocaloid (Wikipedia link) which is a sound processor made by yamaha that will sing your lyrics for you, the voice used is Hatsune Miku, which is surprisingly a Japanese female voice. Hatsune Miku (???? or ????) translates to First sound future.

Hatsu (?) = First.
Ne (?) = Sound.
Miku (??) = Future.

Crazy what you learn from watching a random video on You Tube…

Morbid Thought…

I was just clearing out my phone, because I’d synched it with my internet address book which caused my phone to have a million double entries and midway through deleting names, I came accross somone who has passed away.

It’s odd they passed away over a year ago but I’ve been reticent to remove thier number from my phone. It’s possible that in some weird way keeping them in my phone book meant that they weren’t dead, which is nonsense, but still I’ve not wanted to delete that number that I’ll never, ever phone again.

Now I’ve deleted it I feel a little guilty because it’s like I’ve destroyed a piece of my memory of them.

It’s a little weird…