Re: virus: Communication

David McFadzean (
Tue, 14 May 1996 16:25:36 -0600

At 02:53 PM 14/05/96 -0700, Tadeusz Niwinski wrote:
>"This one really is a crisis"
>are the last words of Richard Brodie's excellent book "Virus of the Mind".
>He wants to save us. He wants to teach children
> "to be conscious! Conscious! Conscious! Conscious!"
>Is he sincere or is he pushing "the crisis button" to get us in *his*

Why can't he be both?

>Then I received a private mail from no-more-no-less Richard Brodie. I
>thought he was trying to intimidate me with a question if I knew what a
>"meme" was. It appears, the question was just a part of his signature (I
>think so now). *The only other contents* of his mail was "ROFL!", which I
>did not understand. I asked several people in Vancouver (educated here) and
>they had no idea what this "ROFL" meant, which made me feel little less
>guilty about my Polish upbringing.

BTW, if you see an acronym you don't recognize, check out this site:

OTOH, if you find these cryptic neticisms annoying, you may find humour in:

>Knowing the formal meaning of the abbreviation I still don't understand it.
>ROFL may mean "I liked your joke" (why didn' you just say so., Richard?) --
>or -- quite a contrary: "What a stupid joke".

If I were you I would take it to mean that he appreciates your sense
of humour. Or at least he did :-)

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus