May 14, 2004


I've gotten lots of questions about my geek stuff, so here's some explanation.

10. LDS

No, I'm not Mormon. But I had some friends who are Mormon growing up, and I went to several functions at their church, as well as visiting Nauvoo and Carthage. I also did my term paper senior year of high school on Joseph Smith, so I know a whole lot about LDS for not being Mormon.

9. Alias

In itself not geeky, but seeing as I watched the entire first two seasons (42 hours of it) in two weeks is really, really geeky.

8. statistics (the fun stuff like the Monty Hall problem or the Birthday problem)

This predates my current book choices (How to Lie With Statistics and How We Know What Isn't So); my old roommate was a stats grad student and would wow me with stats problems. I can't wait to take stats when it's offered here on post.

7. Yukio Mishima

Found him through the short story "Patriotism" and was absolutely floored by that story. Read two of his biographies in one weekend. Amritas is right; the author is more interesting than his novels, but I own all of them.

6. Armyspeak

I read the Army Officer's Handbook from cover to cover and have tried very hard to learn everything there is to know: MOSs, Army alphabet, vehicle identification, etc.

5. Swedish language

My husband always teases me: "You chose to learn a language that only 9 million people speak, and all of them speak English?"

4. rap music

In itself not geeky, but pretty odd for a white girl college prof to have been to a Snoop Dogg concert.

3. Chief Illiniwek

I really got into this debate at the University of Illinois and have read every transcript and article about the issue.

2. knitting

I finished a project last night during the first 45 minutes of Rocky, and it was really hard for me to sit through the rest of the movie without knitting something.

1. the Karate Kid Trilogy

I know everything about these movies.

Posted by: Sarah at 05:11 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 You just get more fascinating. It's details like these that make blogs memorable. I want to know WHO a blogger is, not just WHAT they think about a certain issue. The mix of personal and impersonal separates blogs from journalism proper. How did you get into rap music? And the Karate Kid trilogy? (I saw the first movie shortly after it came out, but never saw the others.)

Posted by: Amritas at May 15, 2004 12:29 PM (swvuX)

2 Geek? "I can't wait to take stats when it's offered here on post." Probatum est.

Posted by: Tim at May 15, 2004 12:45 PM (S1/cq)

3 another svenskophile with an interesting blog is humbug.

Posted by: annika at May 15, 2004 03:11 PM (gdGRp)

4 Ya know Sarah, your "geek list" got me thinking. I know more about goats (dairy goats in particular) than any one human should. And it's not farm animals in general--just goats. Isn't that weird?

Posted by: Erin at May 18, 2004 07:42 PM (GuA1Z)

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