Sixteen Things

Tagged again

I’ve been tagged by Kris Johnson. This time I have to detail sixteen random facts about myself.1 Here goes.

The Things

  1. I’m having a very hard time balancing things, time-wise, right now, which is why this is the first post of the new year.
  2. I like cheese.
  3. I’m Dvorak Simplified Keyboard touch typist. I went cold turkey from QWERTY during a week-long company shutdown. I made the decision mostly because I was having unbearable pain from typing all day. I type more now than I ever did then, and it’s no longer an issue.2
  4. I grew up in the small town of Abington, MA. There seem to be a rather large number of people I went to high school with who married people I went to high school with.3
  5. There were two things that drove me to buy my first Mac: Scrivener and Quicksilver.4
  6. As a result of my daughters’ obsession with Cinderella, I stumbled across and became fascinated by all the many variations of the story, which date back to first century B.C.
  7. While I’m a huge fan of Podcasts I still haven’t found an optimal way to enjoy them that works for me. My reasons are detailed and varied, and I won’t go into them here. I will note that I think iTunes is the worst Podcast client I have ever used, and the fact that there’s no other way to get items into the “Podcast” menu of my iPod irritates me every time I think about it.
  8. All my childrens’ middle names are the names of Doctor Who companions.
  9. In the Fu Manchu novels, the title character was clean shaven. He did not, in fact, have a Fu Manchu. This is not about me, but the fact that I know this has to say something about me, right?
  10. I have allergies. My tree allergy is so bad I can not eat tree based fruit. It’s not dangerous for me to do so, but it is uncomfortable. I imagine it would be like someone with a normal tree pollen allergy went out and licked trees all day.5
  11. I have an embarrassing (to me) number of incomplete blog posts in draft form that I probably need to just delete.
  12. I took sculpture three out of four years in high school. I loved making things out of clay, and I really miss it. I bought some polymer clay a while back thinking I’d start up again, then realized I don’t have any spare time.
  13. I’m not sure I’m capable of doing things half-heartedly. I often wish I was.
  14. I’ve been a fan of Doctor Who most of my life. I started watching it somewhere between the ages of two and four. I have very clear memories of watching “The Deadly Assassin” Part 2 in my grandparents basement on WGBH Boston. I somehow missed part 3, and it really bothered me (in fact I didn’t see how that cliffhanger resolved until I was in college).6
  15. My biggest work related regret was not being laid off from Sun, and having to quit instead.7
  16. My oldest daughter and I are reading the Paddington Bear books together. She loves them, but even if she hadn’t I may have bought them anyhow because I was never able to find them all when I was younger.

You’re It!

That wasn’t so bad. Now to tag sixteen people8 : Bohemian Delilaha, Kate Tsui, Matt Dursin, Mark Dursin, Holly Lisle, trillian1117, Evo Terra, Scott Sigler, Mark Musante, J.C. Hutchins, Mur Lafferty, Rob Diana, Unfocused Me, Leo Laporte, John Scalzi, and Denise Penney.9

  1. I suppose it’s only fair as I did the same to him recently. []
  2. I’m not saying this would work for everyone, but it worked for me. []
  3. I’m one of them, and so’s my wife. []
  4. Exposé was a close third. []
  5. I have not tested this theory, as of yet. []
  6. Anyone know dates when this would have aired on WGBH? []
  7. I don’t mean this to be insensitive to all the great folks that Sun let go who did not wish to leave. For me though, being laid off would have been preferable at the time. []
  8. This is the hard part. Don’t feel obligated anyone, I’m beyond reaching on some of these. Also I think other branches of this insanity may have tagged some of these folks… []
  9. Yeah, she doesn’t blog, but if she does it I’ll post it here. []

4 Comments

  1. Unfocused Me says:

    Hey, Jason – just picked this up. I’ll bite (just did something similar on Facebook so it shouldn’t be too painful to do). I see you’re reading Contagious – I just picked up Infected this afternoon.

  2. Unfocused Me says:

    Done. Here’s the link back to my post: http://tinyurl.com/aesxa6

  3. [...] 30, 2009 · No Comments Jason at All the Billion Other Moments just tagged me to post 16 things about myself.  Having just done the same thing on Facebook but [...]

  4. Lloyd Penney says:

    Hey, another Penney connected with fandom! All we need now is a few dozen more, and we can take over…

    Lloyd Penney, Toronto

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