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Thinking about "interests"

Those "clouds of interest" meme things made me think about the whole "interest" feature and what it means, to me at least. gillo was asking me "if you like Steeleye Span, do you like Fairport..." and I was thinking, well, yes, but not enough to put it as an "interest," if you know what I mean... To me, those "interests" are what I think kind of define me, or represent some essential aspect of my life. Gah. That sounds too profound for a Saturday morning, but Steeleye Span for me was one of the first groups I discovered for myself as a teenager. I listened to their "Parcel of Rogues" album over and over and over and over again and knew all the words. Could sing them still,, probably. One of my interests is "chickadees" - well, they are my favourite birds in the whole world; sea otters are my favourite animals - after bearded collies of course. My second most obscure interest I think is Franz Bruggen (there's me and two others). Well, he's fairly famous now as a conductor and early music guy, but when I was in my early twenties I played baroque recorder fairly seriously, and he was IT, man; he was the only one (well, he and David Munro), making records. And I listened to HIS records over and over and over and over... (which reminds me, is early music in there? it should be...) My most obscure interest? "Computers in education"! It's literally me and one other guy!

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