Boggled


It’s been a long day.  The tension around deliverables for PDC builds, and sometimes
clashes with the enthusiasm and passion that everyone has for what they are doing. 
Things get said, people react, more things get said, feelings get hurt and frustrations
build.  For my part I’m sorry, and I said so. It takes time to build bridges
where they’ve been washed out for a long time, especially when alternate modes of
getting across the water have been found.  We all have good hearts and the best
intentions, and we will get there.  One step at a time.  And PDC is going
to be great.

Today I finished up the Infopath/Sharepoint project request form that I’ve been
working on — Duncan generously helped
me with the last little bit of scripting that I just couldn’t get, even though I had
an instruction on what to do.  I’m excited to roll it out to the team, just need
to finish up some process documentation. 

Tonight I was trying to catch up on my reading (I don’t know why I try, it’s really
impossible, especially with the likes of Scoble and Marc Canter and Halley and the
BBC and Fast Company and… not to mention all my MSDN pals) and I ran across the
word “meme” in Lessig’s
blog
.   I thought I had a basic idea of what it meant but I decided
to look it up.  Wow.  I’m boggled.
It’s really too much for me after the day I’ve had.  Or maybe ever.  I clicked
on the talk link, though, and scanned the discussion… I’ve been talking with some
folks who are in a tech study group with me at MSDN about wikis — I had a wiki space
already so I set up some pages for the tech study group, but it’s been really hard
to get people to use it. Maybe it’s just the too many inputs problem. Anyway,
I may point them to this discussion,
because it shows how things can evolve on a wiki… and of course wikipedia is
a great example overall.  But I’m boggled by meme.  Or maybe I’m just boggled.

If anyone wants to point me to a sane and/or succinct discussion of meme, I’d greatly
appreciate it. (After coffee in the morning 😉

Comments (3)

  1. Stuart Leeks says:

    You could try Merriam Webster’s definition. Not sure if it’s any clearer, but it’s certainly shorter!
    http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?book=Dictionary&va=meme

  2. John Tobler says:

    You will find some interesting links about memetics at http://dmoz.org/Science/Biology/Sociobiology/Memetics/. Also, check out the Principia Cybernetica Web entry at http://pespmc1.vub.ac.be/memes.html, in particular, the References section.

    Enjoy!