Friday, June 29, 2007

Tagged! I'm It.

Well, I've heard of transposon tagging, but I've never personally been tagged by an ERV before. Yes, the '8 Random Things About You' game has arrived! I feel so validated.

Here are the rules:

  • We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.
  • Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
  • People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
  • At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
  • Don't forget to leave them a comment telling them they're tagged, and to read your blog.
  1. I am almost embarrassingly excited about the new Harry Potter book. I have it pre-ordered from Amazon and it's due to arrive on my doorstep on the day it's released.
  2. My house is full of unread New Scientist magazines. I got a subscription when I left the lab 2 years ago, and it helped inspire me to start writing my own articles on this blog. But now that I'm spending all this time writing and reading blogs, I don't have time to read New Scientist.
  3. I hate melon. Every kind of melon. Yes, even water melon. I wish I could like it - it looks yummy - and I occasionally try a piece to see if I still hate it. I always do. I don't even like eating other food that's been stored in the fridge with a cut-up melon. My Grandma was the same way with cucumber and I think the two species are quite closely related.
  4. I was extremely, painfully, shy at school. I was bullied quite a bit for being a "swot" (like the British for geek/nerd, but with slightly different connotations). Once, when I was about 14, I purposely got some questions wrong on a minor German test. When the scores were read out, I was relieved not to be at the top of the class where I would attract attention and verbal abuse. Instead, I attracted lots of cat calling and "you're not so clever now, are you? Think you're so great mumble mumble mumble" comments. Realising I was screwed either way, I never pulled that trick again. I kept my head down, studied hard, and got the hell out of there. At university I discovered beer, and a class full of people who thought being smart was a good thing, and I stopped being so shy. I think I've had the last laugh.
  5. My favourite film should be Amelie. That's what I tell people when I'm trying to sound intelligent. It really is a fantastic movie. But my actual favourite is Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Whoever cast Sean Connery as Indy's father is a genius. I also enjoyed The Prestige, mostly because I think cloning Hugh Jackman is a really really good idea.
  6. My fiance is one of the (probably) very small number of people in the world who have their name in the acknowledgements of a scientific paper as well as in the credits of a movie. I can take partial credit for the scientific paper, but the movie was all his own work.
  7. I used to be really quite decent at the classical guitar. I once did a very short solo in the middle of a group piece in front of around 1000 people (other students' parents) and didn't screw up. I would probably still be quite good if I wasn't so lazy about practising.
  8. One of my biggest regrets is that I never got to see Alan Shearer play for Newcastle United (yes, really). Every time I managed to get tickets (not often, due to price and the necessity of queuing at 5 am), he was injured. I had tickets for a game last Christmas when he was one or two goals away from breaking the all-time club scoring record. The game was cancelled 25 minutes before kick-off due to snow. We were already in the ground, and I got to see Big Al throw a snowball. I would have given anything to be there when he broke that record. Instead, I was back in Canada. I'm depressed now just thinking about it.
OK, who should I tag? Probably people who've linked to me in the past. That ought to teach them. I have to run off to work now, but I'll be adding names to this post soon!

Here we go: Genomicron, Begley Web Log, Science Notes, The Divine Afflatus, Planet Atheism, A Blog Around the Clock, Everything and More, and Monkey Trials (the latter hasn't linked to me, but I really like the blog) - you're it!


  1. Sorry - already done that last week:

  2. Ah well. I suppose duplication is the beginning of the end for this chain blog post. Probably just as well...

  3. I just saw this today, I'll get to it later in the afternoon (I hope). I have quite a backlog to work on.

  4. Hi Makita

    I included you in this before reading your recent posts. I'm so sorry for your loss. I know you have much more important things to be thinking of, so please don't feel any obligation to keep this thing going!


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