Re: virus: Hello?

tom.holz (
Wed, 03 Sep 1997 00:58:07 -0400

At 07:02 PM 9/2/97 -0700, you wrote:
>Anybody home?

just today i thought about the extreme quiet of the list, but not wanting
to post an 'anybody there' message because I feared myself alone in my

I also thought about posting a quick memetic analysis and asking for
comments (on both content and methods of analysis), but I won't have enough
time for a while.

My idea was this: <do not take the Lord's name in vain> is a very powerful
defensive meme for <Christianity>. First, it tries to ensure that
Christians will not replicate sterile, results-oriented, memetic mimicry.
Second, it is a meme relatively unique to <Christianity>, so it's
presence/absence can be used to decide if other people share the
Christian's memeset (and are thus worth investing energy in or avoiding,
ala genetic relateness).

Probablisticly, I see 4 things which might happen
1) Everyone is quite, so Richard will be the first/only one to respond (Hi!)
2) Everyone will wake up and type stuff (returning to normal)
3) Me and Richard are the only ones who are in the quiet, so we will stand
4) No-one responds, and not only is my loneliness re-inforced, but
<memetics> loses more memecological territory.