Tuesday, January 17, 2006

my first meme

Ok as a virgin blogger I've seen those other bloggers I admire do this and now its my turn. But how exactly do you pronounce this word and where is it from? So a quick Wikipedia search revealed:

The term "meme" (rhymes with "dream"), derived from the Greek word mimema, "something imitated," often refers to a piece of information passed from one mind to another. The term first came into popular use with the publication of the book The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins in 1976, and the conceptual framework of memes borrows from the study of genes -- the units of biological transmission. Historically, the notion of a unit of social evolution, and a similar term (from Greek mneme, 'memory'), ah, ah, as in mnemonics, first appeared in 1904 in a work by the German evolutionary biologist Richard Semon: translated into English in 1921 as The Mneme.

By analogy with genetics, a meme passes from generation to generation via family and cultural traditions or training rather than via sexual reproduction, with occasional "mutations." Another common usage of the term "meme" relates closely to academic study of folklore and the informal communication of cultural information, in which memes fit into an analogy of "language as a virus."

Ok, feel better now that I know that, so here it goes:

Four jobs I've had:
1. gopher do it all in a clothing manufacture
2. salesperson and cashier at Reitman's
3. research assistant in a virology lab
4. dental surgeon and business owner

Four movies I could watch over and over
1. The Party (Peter Sellers)!! birdie num-num ;)
2. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
3. Finding Nemo
4. Home videos
hmmm, not much of an intellectual when it comes to movies ;)

Four places I've lived
1. Nice, France
2. Barcelona, Spain
3. Montreal, Quebec
4. Ottawa, Ontario

Four TV shows I love
1. The Apprentice...the task and the boardroom, not the squabbling
2. ER/Grey's Anatomy...anything medically related
3. Seinfeld/ Star Trek: New Generation (put them together as they are re-runs)
4. CSI, all of them

Four places I've been on vacation...lots of those
1. Europe (Spain, France, Monaco, Switzerland, Greece)
2. Canada (Nova Scotia : Halifax-New Glasgow-Cape Breton, Newfoundland, Calgary-Banff-Golden-Jasper-Edmonton, Eastern Townships, Kingston-Toronto-Niagara Falls, Windsor)
3. United States (both coasts Florida, Vermont, Maine, Boston-Cape Cod, Michigan)
4. Caribbean (Mexico, Aruba, Cayman, Turks and Caicos, Cuba, Barbados)

Four blogs I visit daily:
my bloggy and real life friends dani, nancy, Anna, Sharon

Four favourite foods:
1. pasta in a multitude of ways
2. crusty bread, cheese as in Brie/Camambert and red wine
3. rippled chips and ranch dip and a Coke
4. Nutella

Four places I'd rather be:
1. week long spa retreat with a beach, books, wine and a few girlfriends
2. a house in the South of France after having gone through Paris
3. Disneyworld with the kids
4. right here in my home BUT with a fulltime cook, housekeeper and personal trainer ;)

Four CDs I listened to most recently
1. U2...latest one, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
2. Rolling Stones...latest one, A Bigger Bang
3. Carmen Campagne...for the kids while driving
4. Best of Mozart

Last four vehicles I've owned
1. 1985 Toyota Corolla...drove it for 10 years
2. 1994 Subaru Outback...still have it
3. 2000 Mercedes SUV, although it really is hubby's but I seen to drive it all the time :)
4. 2006...aiming to get a Toyota Sienna to replace the Subaru


DaniGirl said...

You *lived* in Nice? (sound of my jealousy-meter crashing into my admiration-meter and both tripping into the red zone)

You know what's funny, almost a year ago I blogged the same quote from Wiki when I did my first meme. We really do have a lot in common - I just wish "we" had lived in more of the same places!!

BeachMama said...

Thanks for fully explaining the meme thing. I never thought to look it up, duh.

I am a little jealous that you lived in Nice, but I have no plans to move there, so I should just mark it down as a place to visit when I get the chance.


twinmomplusone said...

I was actually born in Nice :) I often wonder what my life would have ended up like if my parents had decided to stay there.
That is so cool Dani that that we both searched for the meaning of meme...similar minds think alike!

nancy said...

I always thought is was pronounced "Mee-Mee".

Week long spa trip?? Where do I sign up??