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meme: Seven Things

from the graciousness of Gelbes Gilatier did this meme come to me:

Comment on this post. I will choose seven interests from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along.

I was given: anthropology, bizarre foods, evolution, jekyll, plausible aliens, polite discussions of religion, toshiko sato

1. Toshiko Sato. One of my two favorite characters on Torchwood (the other is Suzie Costello). I like the intelligence she shows - both there and in Doctor Who. I can sympathize all-too-well her sense of alienation and how others only want her around to give them stuff (tech, answers, etc). That and she's gorgeous - I love that (her accent is amazing).

2. Polite discussions of religion. Far too often, discussing religion turns bitter and hostile (or worse). I have no problem with talking about faith - any form of faith...I just get nervous when the prospect arises that could take the conversation downhill into acrymony.

3. Plausible aliens. Blame this one on far too much Star Trek and non-Trek novels where even the aliens are just humans with one or two differences (one trilogy actually describes a humanoid race who can look just like humans, so long as they cover their exoskeleton)</small>. And if there's only one culture and one ethnic group in that alien race, *why* is that so? (did they kill off the heretics? are the different-ones kept away from humans?)

It's okay if the aliens broadly resemble humans - but there are a lot of little details that probably shouldn't be shared - like the big toe (in us, it was a thumb we stopped using), or an ear that's connected to the jaw.

I don't mind if the aliens are bipedal with two hands and two eyes - look at CJ Cherryh's Kif for an example of how familiar and yet different they are from humans. Or at the Cousins in Patricia Anthony's Brother Termite (if you watch stargate, you'll never look at an Azgard the same way again), which made the "Roswell Greys actually *plausible* and you think "yeah, that could evolve and build spaceships".

4. Jekyll. A good edition of the Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde {a good version would be My Own Worst Enemy}. I confess I watched it as much to see how the mini-series would handle it (what I hated was the final revelation - about the old woman), as to see Gina Bellman (and from this miniseries, I followed her to Leverage)

5. Evolution. The means and process. Sometimes I believe it is 100% unassisted, and other times I hold to one or another form of theological evolution (God nudges events once in a while - maybe throwing feathers on bare-skinned endotherms, or wiping out the Permian fauna (which is actually in keeping with what we know of Him)). In any event, I find evolution to be a fascinating thing that produces amazing creatures. (and it's fun to speculate on what might evolve in the future, and what might have evolved if only)

Though perhaps only a divine sense of humor can explain why the Platypus has venom spurs on its feet...yet the venom is stored next to the groin.

6. Bizarre foods. This one was a pun of sorts. It includes both the tv show hosted by Andrew Zimmern, and the very idea of foods that people find out-of-the-ordinary (ie bangers&mash, rabbit meat, tripe, or thinly-sliced ungulate tongue, all of which I've had). Now granted I've never had some bizarre foods, like haggis and grubs, but I'll try anything twice (my sister made this rule - it might not have been cooked right the first time, or it was eaten with something that made it sit poorly in my stomach).

7. Anthropology. The source of so very many interesting things and traditions that, at times, seem like they should be avoided these days (however much some might relish the idea of implementing them*). And then one finds practices that, while not common, haven't died out either (chicken-swinging!). This is why I created Meadficathon, for anyone who wanted to look closer at the real cultures involved in our fandoms, or speculate on the cultures implied in fandoms.

* = I'm thinking particularly of the Hittite and Incan practices of, when you had a murderer on your hands, you didn't just kill him, you killed his family as well. (probably just immediate family, I think)
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