May 13, 2004


There's a funny meme starting where you make a Geek List. It's the top ten things you know way too much about to be considered cool. Rocket Jones did one, so now it's my turn. For whatever reason, I know a fair amount about these oddball topics.

10. LDS
9. Alias
8. statistics (the fun stuff like the Monty Hall problem or the Birthday problem)
7. Yukio Mishima
6. Armyspeak
5. Swedish language
4. rap music
3. Chief Illiniwek
2. knitting
1. the Karate Kid Trilogy

Posted by Sarah at May 13, 2004 04:15 PM

The link to #7 - Yukio Mishima is fascinating. I'm going to have to track down some of his work now. Thanks!

Posted by: Ted at May 13, 2004 04:44 PM

The Karate Kid trilogy?

Ralph Macchio is an underrated genius.

Posted by: Steve the Llamabutcher at May 13, 2004 05:01 PM

Alias and rap are oddball?

How did you learn about the LDS church?

Did your interest in statistical problems predate your reading of Huff's How to Lie with Statistics?

Posted by: Amritas at May 13, 2004 05:08 PM


I found Mishima the man far more interesting than his work which I found barely readable in English or Japanese. I recommend you read a biography of Mishima first before trying his fiction so you have some idea of where he's coming from. Then try his autobiographical Confessions of a Mask. If you don't have the patience for that, try his short story "Patriotism." Be warned: He is not representative of Japanese people as a whole. He's a one-man phenomenon.

Sarah, how did you get into Mishima? Forgot to put that among my questions in my last comment.

Posted by: Amritas at May 13, 2004 05:14 PM

I am always so excited when I find out that someone I know likes Alias. I love that show! Are able to get the current (Season 3) episodes over there?

By the way, I'm still around, reading your site every day, but I'm slowly being!

Posted by: Carla at May 13, 2004 06:15 PM

Hey, are you a Mormon, too?

Posted by: House of Payne at May 14, 2004 07:56 PM

Thanks for the leads, Amritas.

Posted by: Ted at May 16, 2004 02:57 PM