Its funny how many of these meme thingies (henceforth referred to as MeTh) are going around I suppose. What's even funnier is the connection that my mind makes with these MeTh and general viruses that plague the general bio-matter of the universe. The main difference is that the resistance to such a virus occurs on a conscious level as opposed to a subconscious autonomic level.
From a psychological standpoint, its curious that something like this can infect a community, but pyramiding schemes are largely ineffective. My current theory on these two different reactions is that people must have a conscious immune system as well. Small viruses such as these MeTh's are sometimes allowed to infect a subject (you might even argue that these MeTh's strengthen said immune system), while other waterfall/pyramid schemes (viruses) are seen as more destructive and as such not allowed to infect the subject.
One of the more effective strategies that these MeTh's employ is the phrasing of their infection. To be "tagged" by someone seems more of an honor than an attempted infection. By limiting the number of people that an infection is attempted on, the virus actually creates an exclusivity of sorts. A group of special individuals who were chosen by the host because of their closeness and special meaning. When a subject isn't a part of that group they feel left out. The need to prove that one is a member of group is an innate and powerful human instinct. Further, when one is a member of such a "tagged" group they feel an obligation to uphold that special bond that was created. Thus purpetuating the virus further.
Obviously this train of thought is influenced by the novel Snowcrash, I'm certainly not claiming any originality here--hell, I doubt that Neal is either. Regardless it is an interesting social experiment if nothing else.
On a rather unrelated note, it seems I've become a part of the WSU Judo's competition team. Sometime later in the year there's going to be an all Washington Collegiate Judo tournament, we know that UW, WWU, and probably CWU (in addition to WSU) are going to attend. Since one of our main members is moving to Ellensburg, this puts a bit of a crimp in our plans of global domination. I'm actually pretty confident that we'll do really well, all gloating aside, we're not bad. Our groundwork is far and away better than any Judo club in the state. Our standing is rather lack-luster, but the hope is to fix that as best we can by the time of the tournament. We have three people (including myself) with the same standup problem, but we've made a ton of headway in that department. And, heck, worse comes to worse... Judo rules still allow pulling guard ;-)
On another unrelated note: I'm begining to hate my job. I knew I shouldn't have taken this position as lab administrator. I do nothing but monkey work anymore. The rare occasions that I get to do something interesting are fewer and farther in between. If it weren't for the other people I work with (Mari, Geneva, and Irene) I really don't think I'd stay there anymore.
Also, I really want to go see Jedi Mind Tricks in concert.