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    I really don’t think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don’t mind the failure but I can’t imagine that I’d forgive myself if I didn’t try.” – Nikki Giovanni, African-American Poet

    I’ve been incubating a cultural virus from the blogoshpere for two months now and it’s giving me a terrible itch I have to do something about it. Yes, a virus! It’s called “meme” (pron. meem). Richard Dawkins, coined the term “meme,” defined it as:

    …a unit of cultural transmission, or a unit of imitation… Just like genes propagating themselves by leaping from brain to brain via a process, called imitation.

    Meme travels through the blogosphere, partly from brain to brain as one has to answer them, but technically, from page to page, leaving a trail that can be monitored through what they call the linking system.

    What is its effect then? The originator of the meme will boost his/her ranking through the Technorati or any other system which considers “backlinking”!  That is the principal effect of this virus. Popularity, more visitors, economic satisfaction perhaps?! (more visitors=more pubblicity impressions).   Am I right?

    Memes can be a key in the evolution of culture. But if memes diffuses uncontrollably, our thoughts will just become a “copy-paste-product” than original creations. The culture of the blogosphere will cease to advance and will only self-replicate. If this will happen, the blogosphere will just become a reproduction, with selfish end for popularity system.

    I am still new in the blogosphere, my observation about the dynamics of this meme virus is open for critical thinking. I said it’s giving me a terrible itch, because its symptoms manifest only to one thing: to talk about yourself!

    I am not keen about interviewing myself per se. I can talk about personal experiences like what I’ve observed and learned just like what my blog is all about.

    So, what am going to do with this virus? I am going to group them together, make an ultimate vaccine shot by replying once and for all! I am not going  to replicate each questions like an interview portion. I will answer them in my own way like what I did with the second meme I received.

    Here are some secrets of my realm.

    Events and persons connected to me.  Do you know why?

  • 1972
  • Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos announces over television and radio the implementation of martial law and signs General Order No. 1 which orders the arrest of opposition leaders, media censorship, banning travel to other countries except for diplomatic missions, abolishing the Philippine Congress, establishing dictatorial government, take-over or sequestering of public and private corporations and suspension of classes for one week in the Philippines.

  • 1997

    In Saudi Arabia, British nurse Lucille McLauchlan is sentenced to 500 lashes and eight years in jail for accessory to murder.

  • 1973
  • Juan Peron is re-elected President of Argentina after being ousted from the position   almost 18 years earlier.

  • 1846
  • German Astronomer Johann Galle discovers another planet – Neptune.

  • 480BC
  • Greeks defeat the Persians at the Battle of Salamis to halt the Persian advance into Europe

  • 480 BC
  • Euripides, Greek playwright (d. 406 BC)

  • 63 BC
  • Augustus Caesar, Roman Emperor (d. 14)

  • 1930
  • Ray Charles, American musician

  • 1943
  • Julio Iglesias, Spanish singer

  • 1949
  • Bruce Springsteen, American singer and songwriter

  • 1713
  • – King Ferdinand VI of Spain

  • 1861
  • Robert Bosch, German inventor and industrialist

  • 1915
  • Clifford Shull, American physicist, Nobel Laureate

  • 1916
  • Aldo Moro, Italian politician

    I took this weblogger personality test >>>bloginality test



    The result?   I am an ISFJ!!!

    As an ISFJ, you are Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, and Judging.

    In blogging, your journal will always be immaculate and have a touch of style. You may also feel overwhelmed because you want to be a part of everything going on. Because of your wonderful memory, other bloggers may come to you to ask about things you posted months before.

    I definitely  agree with these results:

     My relationship as an ISFJ

     My portrait as an ISFJ

     My life as an ISFJ



    Are you getting a better picture of Ross now?

    If you still want to know more about myblogging life’s purpose, please read my first meme  and third meme.    My said posts jibed to this present meme’s queries. 

    The upper slide show will give you an idea where I live, the different jobs I had, the places I’ve been, the food I eat and my favorite films.

    I am not forcing anyone to take this meme because I deliberately grouped this blogger’s virus. If you are interested to know what this meme is all about, please visit the beautiful sites of Des, Diwa, and Vince.

    My dear co-bloggers, thank you for tagging me. Please forgive me, I didn’t follow your rules. I just needed to follow myself, to create things the way I want it to be.

    For this reason…I’m presenting …


    I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion” – Henry David Thoreau

    Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul.” – Henry Van Dyke, The Prison and the Angel

    He that would govern others, first should be the master of himself.” – Philip Massinger

    We are all primary numbers divisible only by ourselves.” –Jean Guitton

    The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

    Every man has a mob self and an individual self, in varying proportions.” – D.H. Lawrence, Pornography and Obscenity

    To wash one’s hair, make one’s toilet, and put on scented robes; even if not a soul sees one, these preparations still produce an inner pleasure. – Sei Shonagon

    We have to look at our own inertia, insecurities, self-hate, fear that, in truth, we have nothing valuable to say. When your writing blooms out of the back of this garbage compost, it is very stable. You are not running from anything. You can have a sense of artistic security. If you are not afraid of the voices inside you, you will not fear the critics outside you.” – Natalie Goldberg

    You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.” – Jerry Gillies

    There comes a time in the seeker’s life when he discovers that he is at once the lover and the beloved. The aspiring soul which he embodies is the lover in him. And the transcendental Self which he reveals from within is his Beloved.” – Sri Chinmoy

    Man is never alone. Acknowledged or unacknowledged, that which dreams through him is always there to support him from within.” – Laurence van der Post

    Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.”  – Mark Twain, Pudd’nhead Wilson, 1894


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    To the Blog of the Day Awards Judges and Staff, my gratitude for recognizing my blog for its content , quality and creativity. I’m now on my fourth month and this blessing is very encouraging! Thank you. ***ross poses a big smile as she claims her award – background music playing.

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