The Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination

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Totally unexpected, out of the blue, to my utter and complete amazement and whatever cliches you can think of, I have been nominated by Anisha from CrazieNerds for the Sunshine Blogger Award.
This award nomination feels special and meaningful since it is an award by bloggers for bloggers. And come to think of it, I have only really begun blogging since September last year! I have never had the pleasure to personally meet Anisha, but somehow she found my blog and rated is enough to follow it and to nominate it! My eternal gratitude Anisha, how can I ever repay you? Your body weight in beer?

The Rules for this Award

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given by bloggers to bloggers who inspire positiveness and creativity in the blogging community. The rules are:

  1. Thank blogger(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  4. Nominate up to 11 new blogs to receive the award, write them 11 new questions and notify them about the nomination.
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The Answers to Anisha’s 11 Questions

1 What would you take along, if you are to move abroad for a year or two?
(Not the passport or any other essentials)

My my cat, my girlfriend, my MacBook and the pile of ‘to read’ books on my nightstand (provided that these do not qualify as bare essentials that help keep keep me sane).

2 What’s your spirit animal?

Sloth

3 Which movie have you felt as the most practical, among that you’ve seen?

Inglourious Bastards

4 Who’s your biggest inspiration?

Mohamed Ali

5 What’s your most preferred beverage?

Alcohol free beer

6 What do you think is the must read post on your blog? Share it with a link.

A ‘must read’ post in English would be one of my favorite ‘six-word stories’ that I wrote a while back ‘May burning bridges light the path’ for a six-word story challenge.

7 What makes you get out of bed every morning?

Boredom. I usually wake up around 6 o’clock, and after an hour or so tossing and turning I’m just bored and get up.

8 Share a life lesson you’ve learnt the toughest way.

I am not an untouchable, in that truly bad things only happen to other people. Until I was in a car accident that nearly killed me. But I was just 21 at the time and after recuperating from the brain-injury I continued my carefree lifestyle. Until I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at the age of 45.

9 Do you have any interesting story behind your scars?

Plenty of scars, plenty of stories. My most recent scars are the three on my head from DBS-operation (Deep Brain Stimulation) to alleviate some of my PD-symptoms.

10 If given a chance to choose an outfit from any of the previous time-periods, which one would you select? Share a picture of the outfit.

My ‘outfits’ have always remained more or less the same. But here is one just for good measure from 1981. I’m the one on the left with the white Air Jordan’s and my jeans tucked in my white socks. Hardly the attire to be changing the engine of your old Volvo with 3 feet of snow outside.

11 Is there any food you’ve hated, not for its taste, but having eaten it so often?

No, there isn’t really. I’m an omnivore.

Questions for my nominees

1 What is your sign according to Chinese Astrology? If you don’t know, use the below chart to determine your sign by looking for your year of birth.

2 For those unfamiliar with the Chinese zodiac, list the 3 characteristics that you recognize in yourself (use this link to familiarize yourself with your traits).

3 Which of the seven deadly sins (Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, Pride) are you most guilty of? (‘None’ is not an option anyone would believe anyway. ‘All of the above’ is a sure ticket to damnation)

4 What is your favorite song of all time? Mine is ‘Me & Mrs. Jones’ in the Billy Paul version.

5 What in heaven’s name compelled you to start blogging?

6 What is your average number of likes per post? Yeah, I can take double digit numbers. I’llprobably turn green with envy.

7 Forgive the ignorance of this question, but do you know what Trump accuses Obama of in what is now labelled Obama-gate? Because I don’t have a clue…

8 What is your favorite football team? And I mean football as in soccer.

9 What are your weaknesses, as no one is likely interested in your strengths. Besides, weaknesses make for much juicier stories, so please don’t fob us off with some generalization or two.

10 What is your favorite blog post you’ve written? And we’re dying to know why.

11 What is your favorite poem?

Lastly, Which Bloggers Do I Nominate

Cee’s Chronic Illness Sisterhood
The Life of B
This, That, and The Other
Norm 2.0
A Guy Called Bloke
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge

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1337

On February 3, I received this cryptic note from the WordPress folks saying I had reached 1337 likes…

First of all I couldn’t make head nor tails about the magic of the number 1337. I could understand reaching 1,000 likes as a milestone, but 1,337…?! I decided to check this out, but a short holiday in Catalunia, Spain came first. So yesterday evening I found some time to do some digging.

The first thing I did is run 1337 through Wikipedia which featured a sentence on top of the page saying ‘This article is about the year 1337. For the internet subculture term, see leet.’

As curiosity never killed any cat of mine, I naturally clicked on leet:

Leet (or “1337“), also known as eleet or leetspeak, is a system of modified spellings used primarily on the Internet. It often uses character replacements in ways that play on the similarity of their glyphs via reflection or other resemblance.

The term “leet” is derived from the word elite, used as an adjective to describe formidable prowess or accomplishment, especially in the fields of online gaming and computer hacking. The leet lexicon includes spellings of the word as 1337 or l33t.’

Leet speak alphabet
The leet-speak alphabet

But that’s not all, Wikipedia continues with:

‘Leet originated within bulletin board systems (BBS) in the 1980s,[1][2] where having “elite” status on a BBS allowed a user access to file folders, games, and special chat rooms. The Cult of the Dead Cow hacker collective has been credited with the original coining of the term, in their text-files of that era.[3] One theory is that it was developed to defeat text filters created by BBS or Internet Relay Chat system operators for message boards to discourage the discussion of forbidden topics, like cracking and hacking.[1] Creative misspellings and ASCII-art-derived words were also a way to attempt to indicate one was knowledgeable about the culture of computer users.

Once the reserve of hackers, crackers, and script kiddies, leet has since entered the mainstream.[1] It is now also used to mock newbies, also known colloquially as noobs, or newcomers, on web sites, or in gaming communities.note

Ah, so there you have it. 1337 identifies me either as a member of some ‘elite’. To which my response would be ‘thank you very kindly but I never started this blogging thing to belong to a certain class, let alone ‘elite’. Here in Europe we fought some bloody turf wars (the first one was the French Revolution in 1789) to get rid of this classy nonsense.’

Or WordPress uses it to mock people like me with being a Newbie or a Noob. Which, in all fairness, I still am this far in the game, but do I need to be reminded of that by WordPress?

But in all fairness no, I refuse to believe a money-making machine like WordPress would dare to mock one of its paying customers. But I’d take my cap off to them if they would have the balls to do so. Now, there’s a refreshing thought for their marketers, is it not?