October 2nd, 2008

That 30 secret question meme.

As it turns out, there are at least a couple of versions of that meme going on.

http://vakkotaur.insanejournal.com/228904.html has details:
A few days ago I posted a link to a list of questions used in that "30 Questions" thing that's been going around LJ (and, I assume, other places) for a while. Last night someone pointed out another link to the questions. The interesting thing is a comment on that posting, pointing out that some questions had changed.

Did you get this one, which seems fairly innocuous:

05. Someone who seems easy to talk to.
21. Someone who you are grateful to.
22. Someone who makes you laugh.

Or this one, which implies different, not necessarily pleasant, things:

05. Someone who seems like a chatterbox.
21. Someone S-type.
22. Someone M-type.

That's at least two versions of the list. How many versions are there?

Since it's trivially easy to just copy and paste, this isn't just a transmission-reception or mis-hearing-mis-remembering-mis-speaking error as happens in the Telephone Game. This was deliberate. Someone decided to make things more revealing, perhaps more dramatic. And as long as the general secrecy was maintained, there was no way to verify that the set of questions or descriptors you had was identical to the list someone else had worked from.
Me, I'm just thinking, "Jaguars?", "MGs?" or even "asteroids?" :)
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The Irish government has decided to guarantee all retail deposits and loans in six big Irish banks.

Meanwhile, European countries disagree on what action to take.

From http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/markets/article4865672.ece:
Spain today joined the call for an increase in the guarantee limit on bank deposits across Europe, piling further pressure on UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown to support an ambitious plan for a €300 billion (£237 billion) bailout fund to rescue crippled banks.

UK banks are pushing Mr Brown to act after Ireland's shock decision to guarantee domestic debt and deposits threatened to trigger a wave of Britons transferring their savings to Irish lenders.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, whose country holds the European presidency, is seeking Mr Brown’s support before an emergency summit, scheduled tentatively for Saturday, with Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian Prime Minister, and Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor.

His proposal was greeted with scepticism in Britain and outright hostility in Germany. It appears to involve the creation of a Europe-wide emergency fund that would be used to prop up banks when national governments are unable to intervene.

Ms Merkel said that Germany could not and would not issue a blank cheque for all banks, “regardless of whether they behave in a responsible manner or not”.

Amid the confusion and bickering between governments, France denied at first that it had put forward a proposal for a fund at all and then, after admitting that it had done so, denied that it would cost €300 billion.

Paris said that the figure had come from the Dutch Government. Officials in The Hague said that they had no idea what the French were talking about.
The Financial Times posted this screenshot labeled "Cost of insuring French government debt from default" under the heading Le Bailout: