Archive for May, 2007

tagged by meme-sahib

May 30, 2007

My lovely friend Equiano at Lost in Translation has tagged me with a meme – she is now the meme-sahib (reluctantly or otherwise).

I’ve gotta say, kinda like with chain emails, I’m not a fan; I can’t refuse Equiano, however, as her motives are good, I feel.

So, the meme is to reveal eight random facts about myself. I won’t be tagging anyone else – you could say: the meme stops here.

So, the easy ones first:

  • I’m allergic to penicillin.
  • I’m 12 days younger than MLW.

Some that might be a little unexpected:

  • My mother and Harrison Ford have exactly the same birthday (perhaps not down to the hour and minute, but same day, month and year).
  • My father and brothers were all married aged 24 – I married at 28.

Digging deeper now…

  • When I was a lot younger I dreamed of being a Formula 1 racing driver. I grew to be 6ft 4.5in, so that dream turned out to be a bit unrealistic. But hey, isn’t that what dreams are for?
  • Many of my favourite authors and movie stars were born around 1930 (within a year or two each way) – it must be a generational thing. E.g. John Barth, Ursula Le Guin, John Updike, Peter O’Toole etc.

And so, finally, to the competely random:

  • I’ve tasted a lot of different animals, even though I don’t really think of myself as a passionate meat eater. Off the top of my head, the list includes: cow, baby cow, sheep, lamb, pig, piglet, warthog, chicken, goose, turkey, duck, pigeon, pheasant, guinea fowl, ostrich, elephant (strictly legal, but not something I would do again), buffalo, kudu, springbok, impala, bloubok, gemsbok, shark, crocodile… and a long list of fish and seafood, raw and cooked, including but not limited to lobster, oysters, mussels, clams, tuna, chad, yellowtail, mussel cracker, salmon, trout, bream, haddock, herring, anchovy, octopus, squid, barracuda… I don’t think any of them deserved it. (Wow, making that list makes me feel a bit.. weird. I’m pleased to be able to say that a corresponding list of fruit, vegetables and fungi would be much longer.)
  • I find it difficult to name a favourite anything (hence not being a fan of memes etc.) – I like this, I like that, and I can see the merits of the other. Overall, I see this as a good thing about myself, but it is not necessarily a good way to get along in the world of today.

OK – my humblest apologies to Equiano – that was actually quite fun to do.

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did you see the arrow?

May 9, 2007

Did you know there’s purposefully an arrow shape in the negative space of the FedEx logo? I hadn’t noticed it until it was pointed out in this enlightening interview with Lindon Leader, the logo’s creator, on The Sneeze (superblog).

Incidentally, I was reminded of this interview by seeing the FedEx logo in the film Cast Away, wherein Tom Hanks’ Robinson Crusoe figure is a FedEx employee.