The blog will be back on Monday, ready to kick off another exciting week. Meanwhile, somebody “meme tagged” me—which is to say I was sent a chain letter and urged to (a) respond to five questions and (b) send it on to five more people. But I don’t much like chain letters so I’m not tagging anybody; however, out of respect to the woman who “tagged” me, I will answer the questions:
- What have you learned so far from visitors to your blog? That I had better have some basis for what I’m reporting. They’re too smart to let me get away with things that I thought sounded good at the time.
- If somebody offered to pay for a course (or more) for you, what would it be? Free! Thanks, then I’ll have an entrée, maybe lamb chops with sweet potatoes.
- Are you satisfied with what you have achieved in 2006? No, but at least I did achieve something.
- Has blogging changed your life in any way? Yes, it has robbed me of my free time. Even on the subway I have to keep reading.
- If you could meet the one person in the world whom you truly admire, who would that be? There are lots of people in the world I admire, but I have only a small desire to meet any of them. What am I going to say? “Nice job, Mr. Mandela.” I’d prefer to meet somebody who wants to make a movie of The Ice Finders.
Final note: If there is an idea behind meme tagging, it is probably to spread the word about other blogs. Sadly, I’m not much of a blog reader, so I’m mentioning some more or less at random: San Francisco women’s writers provide the articulate Dishing with Divas; you can find strangely witty little notes on Whig Hill (I know nothing of its podcasts); a lot of my readers find their way to the site from Cognitive Daily so it’s about time I returned the favor; my buddy, Carl Zimmer, keeps a great science (biology) blog he calls The Loom; a regular commenter on this blog maintains his own blog, The Lame and the Blind for those who are curious.