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16May/081

Tag. I’m it.

I normally do not participate in this sort of thing. But this one is a little bit more interesting and I have precious little information about myself on this blog. So when my lil' sister Alison "tagged" me to write up 7 random things about me, I've decided I'll actually do it. I've made it slightly more interesting (scary?) by making them things that I'd not terribly proud of about myself.

7 Random Things About Me That I Don't Normally Admit

1. I'm red/green colorblind. My wife (and my oldest kid) are incredibly color oriented. I've wondered many times if my wife has tetrachromacy. This random fact is one that is used to the infinite amusement of family and friends as in "Hey, what color does the carpet look like? What about the blinds? Wow! That's weird!". Please stop -- thank you.

2. I'm a terrible cook. This has not stopped me from trying. I'd like to take this time to apologize to my family especially and the close friends that I have caused to suffer. I assure you, my intent is delicious food.

3. I have a dream... that one day I will be an author. I don't feel particularly gifted nor do I have anything particular interesting to share with the world but I think that it would be fun to work from home all the time, wake up late, and write off trips to exotic places as business expenses. I've also considered writing technical books like those in the O'Reilly series. Most of the authors write terrible drivel so my title would fit nicely. (By the way, I like O'Reilly better than any other tech-book publisher -- I just think most of the authors are better coders than writers).

4. I like ABBA (the dance/pop group). I'm sorry Sarah.

5. On a related note, I have taught my oldest son to dance. I'm sorry Patrick. Very sorry.

6. I think that binary is really cool. I fantasize that I have an audience who cares about me explaining it to them. In fact, I regularly "test the waters" by attempting to explain base n number systems to those around me. This explains why I rarely get party invitations.

7. Speaking of numbers, I like them a lot and try to memorize them. I still know one of my good friend's Social Security Numbers (Sam, you should have NEVER let me get near your wallet) and I can assure you that the largest size of a signed, 32-bit integer is 2,147,483,647. They're fun. I'm worse with numbers and letters together (as in license plates) but I'm trying to hone my skills (my brother said he knew/heard of someone who could keep a queue of 7 or so in his head while driving -- I'm not there yet, but I practice regularly.)

Supposedly I should "tag" others but I don't like the idea -- people shouldn't be forced to share. If you're in some way influenced to share about yourself by reading this post, just let me know and I'll link to it. There -- that's nicer.