Fractal Chameleons

Chameleons are distinguished by their separately mobile and stereoscopic eyes, their very long, highly modified, and rapidly extrudable tongues, their swaying gait, their prehensile tales (stet), their distinctively shaped heads, and their ability to change colour, which allows them to blend into changing surroundings. (Freely adapted from Wikipedia.) In short, they are versatile.

When my attention was first drawn to the concept of the “versatile blogger” it occurred to me that a versatile blogger could be plausibly described as being a chameleon. Their posts reveal an ability to cover a surprising range of topics and media, viewing them from different points of view, (sometimes simultaneously!). They have a facility with language, being able to get round the most convoluted challenges. They address subjects from unusual perspectives, while they can also adapt themselves to accommodate the views of others. Yet despite the way they express themselves under so many varying guises, their innate authenticity shines forth: each facet of their blog reflects their essence. They are indeed fractal chameleons.

First and foremost I would of course like to say a big thank you to Bella of Heart Of Bella ( for gifting me this award. (I’m sure it’s probably because she secretly enjoys embarrassing me. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

And the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award, as I understand it, are:

1. Nominate 15 fellow bloggers.
2. Inform the bloggers of their nomination.
3. Share 7 random things about yourself.
4. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
5. Display the Versatile Blogger Award on your blog.

My 15 nominees are (in alphabetical order):

There were several others who could have made it onto the list, except that they have already received this award. I also wanted to try and honour some of the more overlooked sites, so I hope anyone who feels left out gets nominated by another blogger before long. Peace.

And now I am supposed to share 7 random things about me with anyone who reads this post. I approached an old friend to draw up a list. He’s known me for years, and does not share the disability of being too close to the subject. However, he hasn’t completed this task as yet, so I’ll have to take the plunge. If/When his take on things arrives, I’ll update this. Meantime …

1. I am very fond of raw garlic (generally with brown bread and cheese). Fortunately my wife is extremely tolerant in this regard.

2. I am very fond of music and have several thousand CDs. (No doubt a neurotic substitute engendered by lack of maternal affection in my formative years. But then she had her own demons … )

3. I have a horror of clichรฉs of every kind.

4. I once considered becoming a monk, but knew I couldn’t hack the celibacy.

5. I talk to trees, flowers, grass and animals even when sober. And why not!

6. I deeply love my country, while not being at all patriotic.

7. I am the kind of person who leaves each reader to guess what they think number 7 is. ๐Ÿ™‚ (Told you I hate clichรฉs.)

Well, my old friend has now e-mailed his list, and I have decided to add them rather than replacing my picks, especially as they’ve been commented upon.

The 7 random things are:

1. Vegetarian for Moral, rather than Health reasons (Actually it’s both.)

2. An enormously eclectic taste in music

3. A good sense of humour

4. A caring attitude towards People and The Planet

5. Can get uptight in the face of injustice (vein-bulgingly!)

6. Have nurtured many friends for decades

7. Polite, correct, assertive, humble and convivial in nature

Hope youโ€™re not disappointed with my choices out of the vast panoply of attributes which you display.

N.B No specific significance to the order of the above.

Peace, Bro

Thank you again, Bella, and to everyone else who embroiders my days with your quirky splendour.

– Ben

About Ben Naga

The Spirit that graces me with its passing has no name and stems not from thoughts and words, though it gathers them up as it flows, but from feeling.

Posted on November 23, 2011, in Awards, Not A Poem At All and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. This is so kind of you :]

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  2. I am honored to be included in your post today, thank you. I am still getting the hang of this place and I appreciate referrals of thoughtful bloggers like yourself. That is so funny you thought about becoming a monk but realized the celibacy in exchange for spirituality could not come at the risk of your sexuality and kudos to your wife for embracing the garlic! I know that when I am feeling weakened in my immune system, I chop up raw bits of garlic into steaming hot water, add lemon and honey and I start to feel much better in 24 hours. However, the minute the garlic hits my digestive system, the pores and nails smell like garlic ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Oh, by the way…if you have profound insights on the # 7 – please enlighten me i have three 7’s in my birthdate…


  4. Ben,
    Thanks for the nomination. Very honored.
    Megan (memomuse)

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  5. Yay, I made it. Thanks heaps for the nomination, Ben. ๐Ÿ˜€ I will be working on sharing the award very soooooon. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  6. Nice save – referring to the alphabet.

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  7. Thank you sincerely, it means a lot to me to be mentioned.

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  8. Thank you for the nomination, Ben. Unfortunately I am unable to accept. I received this award in two months ago for the second time and, despite reducing the number of bloggers to whom I passed it, there were virtually no takers because they had all received the award on some previous occasion. I wish you the best of luck with your nominated bloggers as they are probably fairly new to the scene whereas mine have been going for about as long as I have. I am sorry to have to turn this down. Thanks again for including me.

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  9. Thank you so much!!! I Love this award! SEVEN according to the astrology is my Number and I have know idea why…but I am a triple Aquarius with a Leo Rising; and my parents are psychologists. I love cliches and word play (playing with them)–It’s that literal not literal. I got married on Friday the thirteenth. When I got “bored” with my painting subject matter, I painted boards, hoards of bored boards. Seriously. I built sculptures of boards, then photographed the image, painted 7 x7 foot paintings of the photo’s & the board sculpture, rephotographed the painting, and then drew the painting in 3D form and made a new sculpture. I also love circles..are you bored yet? Thank you–KooKooBear (My Made up Blackfoot name).p,s i never really feel bored-but it was fun to say! I leave crosses in sick trees–they talk back-that’s not weird anyway they are vertical like us (Silva P)…

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  10. Well rounded upstanding individual.

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