July 10th, 2004


Discovering your own interests through others' interests

Thanks to pocket500 for this. There's no doubt that I am interested in most of these things, but some (e.g., music, books) strike me as too generic to list. Listing specific artists and writers makes more sense to me.

Still, interest matchers such as this are pretty clever, even though the cleverness is based on brute, blind, statistical comparisons. These algorithms sometimes show some startling connections in human brains, as fluke once remarked in a post to talk.bizzare, "Amazon knows me a little too well" http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=1e9cqqw.uyt7ty13dsla0N%25meta%40pobox.com&output=gplain

Based on the lj interests lists of those who share my more unusual interests, the interests suggestion meme thinks I might be interested in
1. music score: 13
2. reading score: 13
3. books score: 12
4. peace score: 10
5. art score: 10
6. politics score: 10
7. buddhism score: 9
8. poetry score: 9
9. ethics score: 8
10. coffee score: 7
11. linguistics score: 7
12. radiohead score: 7
13. logic score: 7
14. sleep score: 7
15. existentialism score: 7
16. movies score: 7
17. feminism score: 7
18. nirvana score: 7
19. religion score: 7
20. lord of the rings score: 7

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My secret admiration for the South

When I was a kid my brother Jim and I would play Battle Cry, a civil war board game by Milton Bradley. I found a site that has information and great pics of the game, http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/2428 . I would invariably take the side of the Confederacy because ... I harbored a secret admiration for the South. If I remember correctly, I usually kicked my brother's Yankee ass, and that was very satisfying (not because I beat my brother but because I had rewritten history for the men in gray).

I usually keep my admiration a secret because most people might jump to the wrong conclusions. If I say I like the Confederate flag they might assume I am a racist who approves of slavery. Of course that is not true. I'll tell you who the bigots are--the snooty northerners who assume that a southern accent and conservative values implies stupidity. Boy are they off base. All the southerners I've met are good people--fun, freedom-loving, civil, charming, and showing a wonderfully strong sense of honor. No where in this country is honor more important than the south.

For a number of years we drove from Pennyslvania to Florida for spring break, and I loved passing through Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia on our way there. Lovely part of the country, and great people.

So, for at least today, I'm not hiding my admiration under a basket. The South shall rise again!