writing style and sarcasm

I’m ambivalent about blog awards. I like the idea of more interaction between blogs, especially since the genre appears to be dying. But I intensely dislike the chain-letter-aspect apparent in rules like „Nominate AT LEAST 100 other people“ or something. Still, I’m an anarchist, as you know, so what do I care about rules, and I do like the idea.

So I am deeply grateful to cogitoergosum for nominating me and will now proceed to do as I was told. Mostly.
1. Put the award logo/image on your blog. Here you go:

2. List the rules. I’m doing that right now.

3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog. I have.

4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well. okoto enigma

5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself. I will. Soon.

6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people Fuck you I will nominate exactly as many people as I consider worthy of this great honor.

7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog We’ll see about that.

8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify) I’m going to take that in the mathematical/literal sense, and I’ll leave it to you to judge their weirdness.

9. Share a link to your best post(s) I’ll try.

3 things about myself:

  1. I don’t like meat. It’s not like I hate it. It’s alright. Just superfluous with so many tasty vegetables, fruits and stuff arount. But I wouldn’t be willing to go to all the trouble of slaughtering a cow for it. I’m not a vegetarian, though.
  2. I should cut my fingernails. They’ve gotten too long again.
  3. I think I might have some sort of antisocial personality quirk, but until now I’ve been too lazy to have it checked, although I’m curious. Also, I’m not sure if psychology is real science.

Now on to the 5 questions:

1 What, or who, inspires you?

I’m not sure I even know what that means. I don’t think anything does. Or everything? I get ideas from a lot of things. Including people. So I guess I might say the universe inspires me, if I wished to be pompous about it, which I don’t, so let me say very clearly I’m not saying that.

2 Which person – dead or alive – would you love to have dinner with?

Someone who is in some way responsible for Microsoft Office. I have so many questions. Dinner is optional.

3 What are you proud of?

I’m not big on pride. But I guess you could say I’m proud of Flirting With Darkness, my stories, and maybe this tweet, and my reply to it. (In case you didn’t notice, I just complied with rule 9.)

4 Twitter-contest with Trump or Pelmeni with Putin?

Definitely the latter, although I had to google Pelmeni. Sounds tasty.

5 If I was the new German chancellor, I would…?

use the Pelmeni occasion to ask for something akin to the deal Gerhard Schröder got.

Last point, nominations:

  1. Fichtenstein for helping keep me up to date on pop culture, for entertaining posts about other topics, and for promising ideas for what to watch or listen to, which I usually forget before following up on them.
  2. Onkel Maike for supporting me as leader of the Pferdepartei in her small, but important role as Steigbügelhalterin, and for posting eclectic but always entertaining and smart stuff like this.
  3. Joan’s cumdignitateotium, although she’s not a regular poster. But just look at this.
  4. ars libertatis. Haven’t visited his blog in a while, but hey, options are relatively thin on the ground and when he’s not talking bullshit about virtues and other philosophy stuff, he sometimes writes okay things about freedom and stuff. And freedom is important to me.
  5. I guess that’s it? All the other blogs that come to mind are either defunct or not good enough. I could nominate some Twitter accounts, but this is a blog award, so I won’t. So we’re done.

Oh wait. Rats. I forgot my five questions. Can’t just forget my five questions. So here you go, five Questions:

  1. Do you like meat?
  2. Do you think you’d write for Springer if they offered enough? For the purpose of this question, we will suppose that they might be generous, but the perspective should be in the realm of possibility, so if you’re going to say „Sure, for 500,000,000€ a day I might consider it“, please don’t. Or actually: Go ahead. You can just name a price. I guess that would be a good measure of your willingness to write for Springer, or lack of same.
  3. What’s your favorite post of mine?
  4. If you were caught in a different time stream than your own and had to kill Christian Weirich for a chance to return to your own, which kind of weapon would you use, if any?
  5. How do you feel about being nominated for this? Please be very honest and very extensive in your answer, especially if your feelings run in the general direction of „Was this really necessary I HATE those things!“

And NOW we’re done.

13 Responses to writing style and sarcasm

  1. onkelmaike sagt:

    I guess I’m less than ambivalent about these blog awards, more like onefifth/fourfifthvalent (against). i find this chain-letter aspect too predominant. and i really don’t want to provide a link to this koko-guy. but thank you for the nomination, i nominate you back!

    and i like to answer to your questions:

    1) I like meat a lot. a love little/medium sized meatballs, I still remember vividly a drawing from karlsson vom dach. i must have read like fourty years ago: lillebrors mother had prepared a huge stack/pile of meatballs on a plate, went out, and karlsson came and ate them all. poor lillebror. I also like other meat, like chicken (does that count?), in chinese chop suey especially or as coq au vin. nevertheless I try to eat as little as possible because of the arme tierens

    2) I guess I would do that

    3) This gastbeitrag of this leftist women, what was her name again, she was the nicest! No, of course not, but I liked it a lot when you proposed to herrn riehl to post sth on your blog. what a great idea and it nearly went well. this post about your father „how not to save a life“ was wonderful. and maybe the best of them all: this dance video of yours. overwhelming.

    4) I don’t know christian weirich

    5) I feel flattered that you nominated me, thank you. I nominate you back, again. also a little ambivalent about not complying with most of the requests above, I like to be nice, but I also like my rock’n roll not giving a fuck me.

  2. Muriel sagt:

    Thank you! I understand your fourfifthvalency and am very glad to at least get your answers, although I think you will regret noch having started to think about killing Christian Weirich now once you get to know him, but maybe you will be a lucky Onkel and stay blissfully unaware forever.

  3. Dietmar sagt:

    Hallo, könntest Du bitte die Benachrichtigung für mich abstellen? Vielen Dank Dietmar

  4. Muriel sagt:

    Grundsätzlich würde ich das gerne machen, aber ich fürchte, das kannst du nur selbst? Ich forsche gerne nach. Welche Benachrichtigung meinst du denn?

  5. onkelmaike sagt:

    zu punkt 3. der aussagen über dich selber hätte ich übrigens eine vermutung/frage, interessiert?

  6. onkelmaike sagt:

    ist das like ein ja?

  7. onkelmaike sagt:

    ferndiagnosen sind ja unprofessionell. aber hast du mal richtung „hochbegabung“ (plus „scheiß charakter“) gedacht?

    nee, das in der klammer nehme ich zurück eher plus „typisch männliche, halt eher nicht so affektbezogene sozialisation.“

  8. onkelmaike sagt:

    ist ja auch ein komischer begriff. aber du wirkst so als könntest du ziemlich schnell und logisch denken und dazu sehr viel phantasie und so etwas alles. solche leute hams ja schwer.

  9. onkelmaike sagt:

    anders gesagt, ich will besser gar nichts dazu sagen. aber das kann auch dazu führen, dass sich leute „anders“ fühlen als die „normalen.“

  10. Muriel sagt:

    Das ist einer der Gründe, aus denen ich es nicht in Betracht ziehe.
    Neben dem anderen, dass es auch sonst überhaupt nicht passt.

  11. Joan sagt:

    Thank you, I´m honored. And „not a regular poster“ is probably the nicest way possible to describe my blogging (in)frequency. Answers to your questions will be there… soon. Only Nr. 4 is easy: I would use a car. After I found out who is Christian Weirich.

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