7 Things You REALLY Don’t Need To Know About Me

Been tagged by both Jarrod Robinson and Liz B. Davis for the meme 7 Things You Don’t Need To Know About Me so here goes:

  1. The reason why I majored in Botany, Biochemistry and Microbiology at University and NOT Zoology is I don’t like the idea of killing animals or looking at bloods and guts.
  2. Still consider it ironic that I’ve spent the past 21 years of my work life cutting up sick fish (DON”T tell anyone but the killing, blood and guts still makes me feel sick).Image of Skin Scraping
  3. Image of goldfishI’m a fish farmer who specializes in fish diseases but don’t ask me how to cure your sick goldfish because you WON’T be happy with the answer!
  4. I talk to fish, each species has a different personality, but I would never be caught talking to a goldfish!
  5. Passionately HATE talking on phones, mobile phones and SMSing but totally LOVE my iPhone….
  6. My f2f friends are (mostly) totally UNAWARE of my work online — lets just say testing the water with a simple explanation, early on, didn’t quite go so well! Needless to say I haven’t told them about changes to my work life.
  7. My husband Google’s me in his lunch break sometimes to find out what I’m doing!

The 8 thing should be my success rate in tagging people in memes is extremely low…..oh well here are the 7 8 people I tag:

Best of luck! All you have to do is list 7 Things You Don’t Need To Know About Me and then tag 7 people (if you want to)…

The Love Twitter Meme

Image of Twitter heartTwitter users fall into 3 distinct categories:

  1. Rarely use because it doesn’t suite their style;
  2. Like using it but in moderation;
  3. Really love using it and will twitter almost anything.

Those who follow me on twitter know I fall into third category and frequently share the funny aspects of my life. Probably the only person who has tweeted (with photos), for a week, about living with a household of blocked toilets and plumbing nightmares.

As twitmunky tweeted that truly deserves a meme and since it shows how much I love twitter I’ve decided to call it “The Love Twitter Meme”.

The Love Twitter Meme rules are:

  1. What is the most amazing/usual tweets you have shared on twitter? And why? How did your followers respond?
  2. What is the most amazing/usual tweets you’ve read? Why? And who by?
  3. Title your blog post “The Love Twitter Meme” and link back to this blog entry.
  4. At the end of your post, choose (tag) 5 people and list their names, linking to them
  5. Send them a tweet or leave a comment on their blog, letting them know they’ve been tagged

So to get it started I tag:

My selection is sheerly based on tagging people from a range of locations throughout the World. Consider yourself tagged if you like the idea and want to share stories of your twitter love.


While you are in the mood for twitter love make sure you check out Martin Weller’s A Twitter Love Song. If you haven’t used twitter or new to using it — My Quick Start Tips For New Twitter Users may help!

Would also love to know:

  1. Which twitter category do you fit into?
  2. How much information do you share on twitter? And why?

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Passion Quilt Is Now Coming Together!

The Passion Quilt meme has definitely been interesting in terms of analyzing the viral nature of an effective meme within the edublogging community. Started on February 10 by Miguel Guhlin it has now appeared on over 100 blogs and it’s progress can be monitored by subscribing to either of these RSS feeds using your feed reader e.g. Google Reader:

Chart below shows posts that contain “Passion Quilt” per day for the last 30 days.

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Passion Quilt’s Been Brought Together

Unfortunately I was only able to encourage a small number to upload their images to Flickr using the tag term passionquilt08 so that the Passion Quilt could be brought together as a slide show. But the good news is Miguel has been incredibly busy capturing the images from each blog using Skitch and uploading to Flickr.

Here’s what it looks like so far:

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Also worth checking out Miguel’s post to see what it looks like as a PicassaWeb slideshow and Andrea Hernandez fantastic work in creating a slideshow using RockYou.

Another Meme

Meanwhile Alan Levine must have decided I needed to join him in the doghouse since he tagged me with The Book Meme — who would like to be tagged 🙂

Check out the chart below to see how viral this meme’s been – chart shows posts that contain “nearest Book” per day for the last 30 days.

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Can The Passion Quilt Meme Be Brought Together?

Love or hate memes, you have to admire the viral nature of an effective meme.

The term meme was originally coined by Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book “The Selfish Gene”; it refers to “A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another”. Blogging memes normally involve a series of questions that a blogger answers and passes onto other blogs by tagging other bloggers to participate. Memes provide lots of link love to the previous tagger, people tagged and the originator of the meme.

Miguel Guhlin’s Passion Quilt meme, started on 10 February, has been incredibly viral — especially with educational bloggers. The idea is we could create our own passion quilt by each contributing an image that captures what we most passionately want children to learn in school…from our particular perspective.

Image of passion meme posts per day

The Passion Quilt meme’s rules are:

  • Post a picture from a source like FlickrCC or Flickr Creative Commons or make/take your own that captures what YOU are most passionate about for kids to learn about…and give your picture a short title.
  • Title your blog post “Meme: Passion Quilt” and link back to this blog entry.
  • Include links to 5 folks in your professional learning network or whom you follow on Twitter/Pownce.

The Passion Quilt meme now has over 70 participants which you can follow by subscribing to either of these RSS feeds for the tag term “passion quilt”using your feed reader e.g. Google Reader:

Bringing The Passion Quilt Meme Together

Definitely this meme has captured the hearts of many educators however:

  1. Miguel now challenged with how to bring it all together; combine the images with the words – he would like to compile the key words and images when I have a free moment but isn’t quite sure which tool and how to encourage the images to connect.
  2. As Allison Miller points out, it would be nice to track the meme’s travel.

Image of how to locatie the Flickr licenseMy solution would be to encourage each participant to:

My image for the passion quilt meme

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Adding Value To The Passion Quilt Meme

The value of this is two fold:

  • Means the words and images can easily be connected; and the passion quilt grown visually and geographically
  • Plus participants have differing skills levels – fantastic opportunity for professional development for all of us – providing an excellent opportunity to make the Passion Quilt meme considerably more meaningful than just another meme.

Using Creative Commons Flickr Photos

Remember when using photos from Flickr:

  • To check their license and only use in a manner stated in their license
  • “All rights reserved” means you can not use the photo without permission from the author
  • There are a range of different Creative commons licenses; each impose different restrictions on how you use the images. I strongly recommend that you read Skellie’s A Complete Guide to Finding and Using Flickr Images for an excellent overview of creative commons licenses.
  • All images licensed under Creative commons means that you are required to credit the author with a link back to their profile. You do this by inserting below the photo the link e.g. Photo by Sue Waters.

Image of Flickr CC licensesI would stick to searching and using Flickr photos licensed under any of the following Creative Commons categories (these licenses allow you to add words or make adaptations to the photos):

Thanks To

Yep — Robin, Kathryn (Hapy Birthday 🙂 ) and Sue — I haven’t quite followed the rules of the Passion Quilt meme that you passed onto me (perhaps Darren’s been educating me?) however I hope you will join me in encouraging others to follow my suggestions to add value to the meme.


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8 Random Facts

297237720_ba2240808f_oGraham was busy last night with his son’s 4th birthday, but not too busy to tag me with this meme of 8 Random facts. [Image by aussiegall]

Cut’n paste the rules and then insert my facts. Graham used Dean’s (the person who tagged him) alteration to Rule 3. He didn’t leave a comment informing of the tag – if you’re the one of the unlucky 8, you can read it on his blog or in your feed aggregator. I also wonder if he deliberately made sure that he did not ping the web sites of the people (I think so) – if you were not aware you need to link to a post on a blog not to a blog to receive a ping.

I also like Dean’s alteration to Rule 3 – so I will not be leaving comments – but I will link directly to a tagged person’s post.

First, the Rules:

  1. Post these rules before you give your facts
  2. List 8 random facts about yourself
  3. At the end of your post, choose (tag) 8 people and list their names, linking to them
  4. Leave a comment on their blog, letting them know they’ve been tagged

My Random Facts

  1. My nickname at work is Moody Waters – because I am very noisy, seem to always being whinging about something and my moods change through the day (from being very excited to complaining – all in the loudest voice possible)
  2. The first car I drove, when I was still in school, was my mum’s really old Renault – the engine would stall if you removed your foot off the accelerator so to go around corners you had to keep your feet on both the accelerator and brake (apparently I almost killed a group of bike riders)
  3. If things are not being blown up, shot at or destroyed – then it is not be a good movie – classics include Die Hard movies, Bad Boy Movies
  4. I never want to watch another animated or cartoon Movie – and don’t get me started on Nemo
  5. At the moment, the most TV I watch is Star Gate – we have Star Gate nights – if I miss it the kids drag me out of bed early in the morning on a Saturday to watch the replay
  6. Just realised my husband, who is staying home because he is feeling sick, is actually really sick. To say he is not into the online world is an understatement – he has just been asking me how to search Facebook and MySpace.
  7. I won’t write Christmas cards – what a pointless exercise – you send the same words, to the same people every year. My husband gets so upset about my attitude that he now spends hours writing them.
  8. I really SUCK at all sport – but a few years ago we did play indoor beach volley and our team did win several competitions…don’t know how with me in the team.

Who I tag

I understand that not everyone likes meme’s but I like them because they give you a glimpse into the personality of the blogger – which you don’t always get from reading their blogs.

Please do not be offended if I do/don’t tag you. I tag Sean, Lee (I really love this post), Kathryn, Gabriela, Con, Vicki, Judy, Brian.

My Goals – Gotta Get Goals Meme

As I have said before social networking online is truly amazing. For example take Gabriela and myself – a small matter of time zones plus a language barrier (on my part as I don’t speak Romanian and she blogs in Romanian) and yet we are able to network and gain from one another. By the way Gabriela thanks for suggesting I use your information on widgets from your wiki site. I definitely will do this – Carmen has gone on holidays (for 2 months) to Romania and I have lost my translator.

So today Gabriela has invited me to join her in the Alex Shalman Gotta Get Goals post. Knowing that I would not be able to read her post she sent me the link to the person that tagged her (Eduardo Peirano at Onlinesapiens blog ) so I could read about the task. Basically Alex wants us to “list and write about the top 5 to 10 goals that you gotta’ get so that you can truly say you have achieved your wildest dreams in life. These have to be your best, most exclusive, and over-the-top goals that you can pick off your goals list. Then he wants us to tag others to do the same.”

If you read my last post, you are probably aware that setting long term goals is one of my weak points (however my journey and adventure has been incredibily enjoyable). I am really good at setting short term goals, and am very impressed at my school friends that set goals at a young age and achieved their goals. I am glad to see I am not the only person that does not set goals, Jennifer Macaulay at Life as I know it put into words exactly the way I live my life.

Okay so here are my goals:

  1. Achieve a better work/personal life balance
  2. Spend more meaningful stress-free times with my kids
  3. Sit still somewhere quiet, for hours, in the sun, doing absolutely nothing and just watch the view and take in the sounds
  4. Give up cocoa-cola (again!!!!!)
  5. Get more sleep (own fault – trying to fit too many things into my day) – however would be nice if husband accepted that being in bed after 7 am on a weekend is not being lazy (would have been nice on one’s birthday to be allowed to sleep in???? I am sure that he did not need to wake me to tell me that he was cooking pancakes for me for breakfast. Or 20 minutes later to tell me that he could not cook pancakes because there were no eggs – sleep would have been nicer).
  6. Spend the weekend on the couch watching great movies doing absolutely nothing
  7. Get someone to do all the jobs around the house (housework sucks totally)

I like how Don Taylor approached who to tag to join this goal setting task. Don said “I am going to tag people I have never met, but whose blogging I have enjoyed. The advantage of choosing people I don’t really know is that I hope they will feel happy not to respond if they would rather not”.

Working out who to tag or not tag is hard. Could be a lose-lose situation; people offended because they were tagged and people offended because they were not tagged (let me just apologise in advance). So I have decided to select a mixture of people (friends and people whose blogs I enjoy reading) to tag, and chosen people who I thought would be interested, however if you read my posts and I have not tagged you but you wished I did please join us and those I tagged remember that I do feel exactly the same as Don – I will not be offended if you choose not to respond.

My tag list is: