There's this secret meme thing that's been doing the rounds lately--a variant of the "Thirty Questions" meme in which you keep the questions a secret from anyone who isn't doing the meme. Human curiosity and a need for inclusiveness are what allows this meme to propagate; most people are willing to participate in exchange for being told what the questions are. It's like one of those little inside jokes that schoolchildren love to keep amongst themselves--a whispered phrase, a certain hand signal, and all your bestest bestest friends (and only
your bestest bestest friends) erupt in a little tide of giggles, confusing the hell out of everyone else. So basically, if you volunteer to participate for the meme, you're part of a super secret cabal of LJ friends who are in on the joke, no mommies or nose-pickers allowed, and if you don't, you get to see your entire friendslist whisper behind your back--sometimes even mentioning your name
. It's the most insidious meme-propagation technique I've seen in a long, long time.
I could just post a comment in any of my friends' journals and ask what the questions are. Or, I could put one semester of Defense Against the Dark Arts to work and have a lot more fun extrapolating the questions from the answers.
Guess which one I did.( Collapse )
I will never be one of the cool kids. Never.* The course was officially called "CSCI 343: Information Security"--but no CS major ever called it that.