18 October 2007

The Pharyngula Mutating Genre

When my two Dads (Archaeopteryx and Kiefus ) fell in love, they decided to produce children like me so that their Mum's meme could live on, even if it end end up a little mutated.

There are a set of questions below that are all of the form:

"The best [subgenre] [medium] in [genre] is…".

Copy the questions, and before answering them, you may modify them in a limited way, carrying out no more than two of these operations:

You can leave them exactly as is.

You can delete any one question.

You can mutate either the genre, medium, or subgenre of any one question. For instance, you could change "The best time travel novel in SF/Fantasy is…" to "The best time travel novel in Westerns is…", or "The best time travel movie in SF/Fantasy is&hellip", or "The best romance novel in SF/Fantasy is&hellip".

You can add a completely new question of your choice to the end of the list, as long as it is still in the form "The best [subgenre] [medium] in [genre] is…".

You must have at least one question in your set, or you've gone extinct, and you must be able to answer it yourself, or you're not viable.

Then answer your possibly mutant set of questions. Please do include a link back to the blog you got them from, to simplify tracing the ancestry, and include these instructions.

Finally, pass it along to any number of your fellow bloggers. Remember, though, your success as a Darwinian replicator is going to be measured by the propagation of your variants, which is going to be a function of both the interest your well-honed questions generate and the number of successful attempts at reproducing them.


My Ancestry:

My great-great-great-great-great-great-grandparent is Pharyngula.
My great-great-great-great-great-grandparent is Metamagician and the Hellfire Club.
My great-great-great-great-grandparent is Flying Trilobite.
My great-great-great-grandparent is A Blog Around the Clock.
My great-great-grandparent is archy.
My great-grandparent is Why Now?
My grandparent is Hipparchia.
My dad is Archaeopteryx. My other dad is Kiefus.


My version of the questions:

• The best “bad” movie in scientific dystopias is: Battlefield Earth.

• The worst earworm in pop is: You're Having my Baby, by Paul Anka.

• The best alt-country album in country music is: Kentucky Thunder.


To keep the meme alive, I'm passing it along to:

Saint Nick at Nick's Bytes, because he's soooooo good to me.

The Secret Agent at OE, because I think he's up for a mission like this.

Anonymous at Birds Anonymous, cuz, she's upside down, and she likes birds.

and Gypsy at Tireless Watcher, because I like the way she thinks.

20 comments:

Archaeopteryx said...

Wow! You have two daddies!

Also, Keifus and I are both Hipparchia's offspring, so you're the product of some serious inbreeding--appropriate, since I'm an Arkansan--and same-sex--appropriate, since Keifus is a Massachusettsian(?).

catnapping said...

I've always wanted to be on the Jerry Springer show...

Gypsy said...

i don't know what this all means, this tagging stuff, but i'll give a whirl.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

OK, I’ll give this a shot; however, it looks rather complex for an old dude like me!

catnapping said...

I just copy/pasted archaeo's, added another "great" to each of my ancestors, and then just found a movie or song that i thought appropriate.

I only changed one of the questions' parts.

hipparchia said...

I just copy/pasted archaeo's, added another "great" to each of my ancestors, and then just found a movie or song that i thought appropriate.


catnapping is right, it's not as hard as it looks [yes, the original directions were a bit difficult to follow; ok, a lot difficult].

i did basically what she did, except that i changed two questions, instead of one. i think that's the maximum you're allowed. and you don't even have to change any of them if you don't want to.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, Jack will have to do this because I'm a bird brain ;)

Anonymous said...

WHAT are you talking about BIRDBRAIN!?! There has to be an 'anonymous' parent ;)BWARK! .... Jack

Anonymous said...

Catnapping ... I've already had to delete four tagged souls ... I could be the end of the line - the bottom of the barrel!

Rrramone said...

I love that you picked that Paul Anka song. It is such a part of my music memory... ;-)

Gypsy said...

can i have a couple days? Harry Bez needs to go to a vet today for another opinion. its ocupying all my mental energy. i'll get to it, tho.

meow

catnapping said...

Gypsy: You've got till Valentine's Day, The biological clock's a-tickin'...

(i've always wanted to say that.)

Anonymous: they were our last hope! no.there is another.

Anonymous said...

Already by today, two mutations have been spat from the womb };-} *PHEW*!

andrea said...

If you were any closer I'd strangle you. "Having My Baby" *is* the worst/biggest earworm in pop and now, after not having heard it in 20 years, I HAVE IT AGAIN.

catnapping said...

andrea: you're welcome.

mwa ha ha

dinahmow said...

I wanted to say two things. One, that this beats the bejeezlehoop out of the average tag stuff.
And Andrea just got in with my second thing. Arghh! And please don't anyone mention Hey!Hey!Paula for the same reason.
Fun post, all the same.

topazz said...

For the longest time, I thought that Paul Anka was singing "Had enough Baby" in that song.

Didn't much change the overall meaning of it when I found out the real lyrics.

St John Street said...

Thanks for stoppin by hope all is good take care!!

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

I am still trying to get around to do this one. Perhaps by 2008 I’ve get it done!

Anonymous said...

Sometimessaintlynick should be sent to his room to do his homework!