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Sep. 20th, 2005

11:27 am - that meme

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I think i object to the fact that this simply picks every 6th interest. Literally anyone could have done that, why bother with the algorithm at all? Just ask people to choose every sixth item. A random number generator would have been better.



  1. beborn beton:
    They're on my top five list of favourite synthpop bands, and probably my top ten of bands in general. I run their Yahoo group, to which they actually post occasionally. _goodmanbrown_ and myself once drove about 14 hours intending to see a number of bands, but ended up mostly just seeing Beton (who were opening for Apop), and it was well worth the trip.
  2. computers:
    Insert standard response here. Suffice it to say the Commodore 64 changed my life ;)
  3. darkwave:
    More music stuff. There are way too many totally ambiguous definitions of the term. Usually it's synthy stuff derived from 80's New Wave or, alternatively, whatever Projekt happens to be publishing at the moment. However, for my own part, i prefer it as a catch-all, but non-pejorative, term for all things goth/industrial/etherial/etc, in much the same way i like "darkling" better than goth/rivethead/whatever.
  4. father ted:
    Ah, ye would love Father Ted. Download it. Go on, go on, go on go on.
  5. hardware:
    I like it better than software. Just a personal preference, really. Something inherently pleasant about tinkering with things, about having your hands cut up by computer parts (and car engine bits and other things for that matter).
  6. latin:
    Why oh why didn't my high school or college have Latin? I slogged through two years of Ancient Greek, which was fun and a bit cool, but hard and i forgot it almost immediately. Latin somehow seems more interesting to me. I want to say that it's more intimate, but maybe i've just been reading too much Seamus Heaney.
  7. open source:
    This would be all about _goodmanbrown_. He converted me, not that it took a whole lot of convincing. However, i'm not as rabid as some (though i appreciate their zeal); if an open source program does the (usually very few) things i love about a closed program, i switch. Firefox is case-in-point. Once it had extensions that mimicked the bits of Opera i'd come to depend on, i migrated permanently.
  8. scent:
    When i was little, my parents used to constantly yell at me for sniffing *everything*, food, clothing, whatever was close enough. Maybe it's that scent is so connected to memory, maybe i just have a strangely sensitive nose, or maybe it's just a preference. I'm not sure. I usually go out of my way to make sure that soap and things that i use are not only pleasant smelling (or unscented) but that the scents mix well with other products i use, and I sometimes even mix my own essential oil perfumes. Read Patrick Suskind's Perfume or Tom Robbin's Jitterbug Perfume.
  9. tattoos:
    Yes, i have a tattoo, it's on my back. And yes, i want more. No, i don't want to cover my entire body with them, but i like the idea of my body as a canvas. I would never have anything tattooed that wasn't both incredibly personal to me and created specifically for me.
  10. zombies:
    Brrrraaaaaaains.


Enter your LJ user name, and 10 interests will be selected from your interest list.






Better idea for a meme: pick 10 (or fewer) interests from your interests list that you don't think most other people actually *get* (or maybe ones that might surprise them) and explain those. My own answers later today.

***edit***
After learning that not *everyone* gets every 6th interest, i conducted a few experiments.

Hypothesis: All this program does is look at the number of interests you have listed, and choose either the first digit of that number or the first two digits.

Reasons: I had 60 interests listed and got every 6th to discuss. netan9el had 113 interests and got every 11th interest.

Method: I added one "test" interest at a time until I got to 70. Interests between 60 and 69 all gave me every 6th. However, having 70 interests gave me every 7th.

Conclusion: Hypothesis holds. My objection to the coding of this stands.

Question remaining: What happens if you have 200-some entries? do you get every other or every 20? What happens if you have more than 1000 interests? I suspect it's just dividing the number of your interests by 10 and giving you the closest approximation of the result.

***edit***

As i've been wasting my time with this, i've come to realise that the obvious answer only hit me over the head once i'd gone through a non obvious one. My "Question Remaining" section above is actually my new proper "Conclusion." However, i still maintain that it's all unclever ;P Do my meme instead, it will be more fun.

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From:netan9el
Date:September 20th, 2005 09:36 am (UTC)
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well its not always every 6th one, like on mine it was every 11th one. so it randomly chooses a number and then pulls that from your friends list. if that makes sense.

but yeah.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:September 20th, 2005 09:38 am (UTC)
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Ah. Because i poked it two or three times, and it *always* gave me every 6th one. Must use either your lj username or the number of interests that you have listed as the seed for the random number generator. I guess, though, what i thought would be nicer would be if it just chose 10 totally random interests and dispensed with the formula altogether.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:September 20th, 2005 09:41 am (UTC)
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Hrm. Going to play with it. It *still* may not be random. I have 60 interests and it gave me 6 as my number, you have 113, and it gave you 11. I'm going to add one interest to see if it changes anything, and then add 9 more to see if *that* does. My suspicion is that when i hit 70 interests, i'll get 7 instead of 6. Testing hypothesis...
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:September 20th, 2005 09:44 am (UTC)
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Hypothesis proven. 61-69 interests still gave me every 6, 70 interests gave me every 7. So. I restate my claim that bothering to write *code* for this meme is totally silly and unclever ;)
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From:killbox
Date:September 20th, 2005 09:54 am (UTC)
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it did it by 11's , 11, 22, 33, 44....

pvck only has 11, so it went 1,2,3,4

i dont know if its a based on ascii, of the handle, or some sort of seed based on length, or related to the number of interests you have, but for the same handle it stays the same.. although it caused me to weed out some minor/passed interests..
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From:killbox
Date:September 20th, 2005 09:57 am (UTC)
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nevermind, should have read your post more clearly..

looks like it only looks at the first 2 place holders if you have over 100 interests.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:September 20th, 2005 09:59 am (UTC)
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Nod. I've revamped. I think it's actually dividing the number by 10, rounding, and using that.
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From:_wirehead_
Date:September 20th, 2005 09:59 am (UTC)
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this meme started as a non-coded meme, with instructions that were something like "if you have foo number of interests, pick every bar-th one. if you have... etc." someone then apparently coded the thing up because people couldn't be bothered to figure it out in their heads.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:September 20th, 2005 10:01 am (UTC)
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Seems like if people can't be bothered, then maybe the meme itself isn't all that interesting ;)

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From:_wirehead_
Date:September 20th, 2005 10:01 am (UTC)
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p.s. i believe you can only have 150 interests at max.

and yes, the reason i haven't bothered with this one is that if i was going to explain things, i'd pick the more interesting ones.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:September 20th, 2005 10:02 am (UTC)
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{giggle} my point exactly. But of course i didn't know it was going to do that "every foo" one instead of choosing at random 'till i'd already poked it, and then i felt...obligated...hrm. or maybe i was just wasting time. ;P
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From:netan9el
Date:September 20th, 2005 10:18 am (UTC)
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Yeah I thought it would have been more random. But I was bored at work ;>
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