Sunday, November 27, 2011

Belated awards

I have a couple of awards that I've been holding on to for a few weeks now. Bad Botanist!

First off, Gary's owner, Penny the Jack Russell and Modest Internet Star, at Klahanie handed me the Friendly Blogger Award. I am honoured to be considered a friend by such a fine canine blogger.

Then, Saloma at About Amish passed on the Tell Me About Yourself tag. Saloma gives fascinating insights about her life amongst the Amish people of Ohio.

Thank you Gary/Penny and Saloma.

Now, according to the rules of that second things about myself:

1. I don't have a favourite food. There are lots of things I like, but it depends far too much on the mood of the moment.

2. I only started creative writing a few years ago. Before then, the whole idea was utterly alien to me. If you'd told me ten years ago that I would one day be seriously seeking representation for a completed novel, I'd have laughed at you.

3. If I do finally get a book published, the idea of *takes deep breath and screws up face* me with deep dread bordering on paralytic terror.

4. Despite its logic and rigour, I believe that mathematics is an art, not a science. Few sights, words, or pieces of music can rival the sheer beauty of an elegantly-expressed proof or concept. Furthermore, I believe that the pursuit of mathematics is an adventure of discovery rather than creation. The deep linkages between one branch of mathematics and another, the truths and theorems, have always been there like diamonds deep underground waiting to be uncovered. The creative element we bring is in the lenses through which we choose to view the mathematical landscape. I know many people will vehemently disagree with me on these beliefs.

5. I am a cat person. I know we have a menagerie, but the other animals all belong to other family members. Cats are the only animals I would be likely to have as pets for myself.

6. I am highly "face blind". If I meet you for the first time, there's not a hope in hell that I'll recognise you again the following day. I will have a strong sense that I should know you, but it takes several meetings, preferably in a variety of settings, before I could see you in the street and be confident that I knew who you were. Even then, my chances of putting a name to the face are remote until I get to know you well.

7. I love blogging awards but I dread the act of passing them on. It always feels like two close friends asking me to tell which one is my "best" friend, and that for every one I nominate, there's many fine blogger friends that I feel I have slighted by omission.

So, this time I'm ducking the problem and issuing an open invitation: anyone who follows me, and who either feels friendly or who wants to talk about themselves, please claim one of these awards. Please leave a comment with a link back to your blog so we know who you are.


  1. Oh wow, I'm so No. 6! I thought I was the only one who was that bad at remembering faces. I'm terrible! Unfortunately it makes some people think I'm standoffish because I don't say anything when I pass them by on the street. Little do they know . . . people for the most part look the same to me. It takes many meetings and a deeper familiarity before I can safely and genuinely recognize someone at random. This isn't true of all people, however.

    My wife, for instance, I recognized immediately the day after I met her for the first time. She just had one of those distinct faces I could never forget. And now after so many years I can spot her from a distance, in a crowd, with her back turned to me. Even if she dressed in clothes I've never seen her in, or sporting a hairdo different from her usual. Funny how that works, eh? :)

  2. Thanks Carrie!

    David, it's certainly more than just remembering names. You said it with people look the same. There were two teachers at school who looked so alike to me that it was a year before I realised they were two different people - when I saw them side-by-side for the first time. No-one else seemed to have that trouble.

  3. Hi Botanist! Awesome to learn new info about you. Congrats! Faceblind right here too. And I'm terrible at remembering names too. Yup,the idea of marketing sucks.

    I like cats but am a dog person at heart. :) I enjoy the nasty little critters. What can I say?

    Have a good day. :)

  4. Oh, I meant to tell you, I like your picture up there. :)

  5. Congrats on your award!
    Hey, I blogged on face blindness and was surprised at how many fellow bloggers have this. And now I know you have it too!

    Thank you so much for your chem comments on my blog yesterday. They were far more specific than my lame generalizations on oxygen and I very much appreciate it!

  6. Laila, you too, huh? And that is so odd, Lydia, that so many people have trouble with faces. Yet in real life most people I meet seem to have no problem recognising me so I assume they don't have a problem with faces or names.

    Hope my comments helped, Lydia. What I meant to add was that there are probably other reactive elements that could theoretically take the place of oxygen in alternative bio chemistries.


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