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Mon, Apr. 25th, 2005, 09:04 pm
A Meme To Make the World Better, Via Bryn

It's all about YOU. Post a reply to this and I will tell you at least one thing about you that I adore and/or respect.

Tue, Apr. 26th, 2005 01:15 am (UTC)

I will reply by saying something I adore and/or respect about you: Your ability to find the value and spark of life and intelligence in everyone around you.

Tue, Apr. 26th, 2005 03:26 pm (UTC)

I adore: the way you turn to jelly over cute ambiguously-gendered asian boys. It's cute!!

I respect: your ability to be part of a group without needing to be the center of attention (but still being able to handle the spotlight gracefully when you've got it!). I don't see many people who are genuinely team players in the way that you are - you're actively inspired by collaboration. You can take other people's projects, make them partly your own, and then make them way better than they were before (viz. Krysolis, just for one example . . . ), but you still have the creative juice to start up your own projects and do your own work. It's a hard balance to maintain, but I think you've got the ability to do both.

Tue, Apr. 26th, 2005 02:54 am (UTC)


(I shall return the favor upon request, of course. *grin*)

Tue, Apr. 26th, 2005 03:28 pm (UTC)

I adore: your really bad jokes, the worse the better! (And now that I've admitted this I can never groan at them again, can I?)

I respect: your commitment to integrating a serious Jewish life with a serious geek life (well, insofar as geek lives are ever serious!). You refuse to give up one or the other in order to find a life that makes sense to you, even when it's hard. I really respect that clear self-knowledge, and the courage that you have to go on making the day-to-day decisions that make it work.

Wed, Apr. 27th, 2005 05:04 am (UTC)

Thing is, I've never seen any of the geek-related stuff as ever having much of a conflict, aside from the occasional Shabbat issue. It's really the various and sundry religious related conflicts I have, the choices I make, and their aftereffects that make me sit and think. I admire how comfortable you seem to be regarding the path you've chosen.

(and yes, you can still groan at my jokes)

(Also, we should talk soon. Interesting stuff's been happening. *grin*)

Tue, Apr. 26th, 2005 03:11 am (UTC)

It's finals, I could really use this. *grin*

Tue, Apr. 26th, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC)

I adore: your Buffy summaries!

I respect: your ability to maintain your commitment to creative projects over long periods of time. Whether it's keeping up the gamerchick site, running awesome long-term games, working on your music or trying to make it as a writer (all while doing some serious school - very impressive!), it's clear that you know how to keep your energy and passion alive, even when you're facing the unique difficulties and challenges that a long-term project has.

Tue, Apr. 26th, 2005 03:35 am (UTC)

Something I adore about you: When you need to get something done, you have a superb ability to be project-oriented and focus until it's done. However, this doesn't cut into your ability to empathize and sympathize in the human aspects of the equation. I have many friends who can do one or the other very well, but not many who do both, and you excell at both. :) You amaze me.

Tue, Apr. 26th, 2005 03:36 pm (UTC)

I adore: the way you bounce and giggle when you get really excited about something.

I respect: your ability to be the social mayonnaise. You bind people from very different backgrounds and very different parts of your life together into a community, much like mayonnaise does for tuna fish and celery - and come out with a tasty community which is much like unto a tuna fish sandwich, where everyone feels comfortable and appreciated. (Despite the cheesy analogy, I do mean this very seriously: it's something I've tried to learn from you in the years that I've known you.)

Tue, Apr. 26th, 2005 04:38 am (UTC)

me please =) I think I might be hard since you know me through others & my journal, but doing the same for you would be easy as pie.

Tue, Apr. 26th, 2005 03:34 pm (UTC)

I adore: your poetry. Post more of it!!!

I respect: your willingness to put your money where your mouth is for the causes you care about. The work you do for various campus organizations (ADVANCE, that race and ethnic conference thing) really moves and inspires me to be more actively committed to the causes that I care about, too.

Tue, Apr. 26th, 2005 06:18 am (UTC)

Yay for continuation of the meme!

Tue, Apr. 26th, 2005 03:43 pm (UTC)

I adore: the occasional times when you let your costuming geek out to play. I don't know anything about textiles, but I like to watch you rant about sewing!

I respect: the way that your passion for the things you do isn't inextricably tied to external validation. It's amazing that you've gotten your novel accepted for publication, but I have the distinct sense that if it had taken another five years, you'd just have kept on passionately writing in the meantime. That's something I really respect and could use a little more of myself - I tend to wilt when I don't get enough attention for the things I do.

Tue, Apr. 26th, 2005 07:57 am (UTC)

I respect your dedication to your work, your dedication and devotion to helping your friends and family and I respect the sheer knowledge that you have... I bow to your reading lists and the subjects I've seen you discuss clearly and well, because they are veried and impressive... You are one of the smartest people I know and yet you are still so very very down to earth...

~ Robert Charleson

Tue, Apr. 26th, 2005 03:38 pm (UTC)

I adore: your taste in books! I've enjoyed just about everything you've ever recommended to me . . . .

I respect: your commitment to your sweetheart. A lot of guys wouldn't be able to make things work the way that you do in the face of the difficulties that you two have had, but you don't just do it, you make it look easy. :)

Tue, Apr. 26th, 2005 11:07 am (UTC)

Right now its all about me. Shoot!

Tue, Apr. 26th, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC)

I adore: your wit! You manage to make just about anything, from pirates to Python, entertaining to read about.

I respect: your determination to live your life on your terms. You've made a fantastic-sounding life for yourself, and as someone who is still trying to figure out how to live her life, I am beginning to understand just how hard that is. I know that there are things you want to do that you still haven't done, but I have great faith in your ability to find a way to make them happen, sooner or later - and you don't compromise who you are and what you care about in order to do it. You are amazing!

Wed, Apr. 27th, 2005 01:32 am (UTC)

You make me feel all nice inside.


Tue, Apr. 26th, 2005 01:28 pm (UTC)

ping? (foosh!)

it is my impression that you engage in fun/creative/innovative/entertaining/intellectual activities not simply for the sake of Doing Cool Stuff, but rather because you can’t help but do so. i got this impression back when we were cooking up Shakespeare in the Yard, and i haven’t had occasion to change my opinion since then.

this is a quality i find particularly admirable, given that i sometimes think that if i didn’t push myself, or others didn’t drag me along, i wouldn’t really ever do anything.


p.s. also YUO = TEH ADORABLE!!!!11!!11

Tue, Apr. 26th, 2005 05:25 pm (UTC)

I adore: the goofy smile you get when you talk about the people you love.

I respect: your passionate enthusiasm about, well, almost anything that comes your way. I've never known anyone else who could get equally excited about such a variety of things - and even if you don't always follow through as much as you'd like, your engagement with the world is totally contagious. In the end, no one gives you a prize for how hard you work; when you look back on your life, I think that you'll find you've done amazing, wonderful things almost by accident - and more importantly, I think you'll find you've enjoyed it a hell of a lot.