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Friday, August 03, 2007

8 random facts about myself

The lovely Soha El-Borno of the Wild Apricot blog tagged me to play the eight-random facts about myself meme.

First the rules:

1) Post these rules before you give your facts

2) List 8 random facts about yourself

3) At the end of your post, choose (tag) 8 people and list their names, linking to them

4) Leave a comment on their blog, letting them know they've been tagged

Then the facts:

1) One of my great passions is playing old-time fiddle. Every summer for the last seven years Doria and I have gone to Ashokan Southern Week for a musical vacation. Well almost - this summer we went to Ashokan Western-Swing Week instead.

2) While my usual whisky is Jack Daniels because it is better suited to my budget, I adore Talisker - the older the bottling the better.

3) I'm a great fan of the films of Peter Greenaway - especially Prospero's Book's, his envisioning of The Tempest, with the late John Geilgud speaking ALL the roles.

4) I devour mystery paperbacks - recently Doria and I tore through all of Lisa Scottoline's books in less than a month.

5) From 1972 to 1975 I worked at the Berkeley Free Clinic, in Berkeley, Ca. It was my first non-profit, but back then then we thought of it as an alternative institution.

6) In high school my friends and I put out a magazine called Odd. It was issued in a single copy, usually with elaborate covers made of an unusual material - foam rubber, or hinged stainless steel. Each issue passed from hand to hand down the subscription list until it was confiscated by the administration.

7) The first computer I ever used as an IBM 1130. It was about the size of a combined washer-dryer and had 16K of memory. The first program I wrote simulated traffic arriving at an intersection to determine the optimal length for the left turn early lane.

8) The first computer I owned was a TRS-80 Model III in 1981. I wrote a program I called Freelancers Assistant to track and bill my technical writing clients. One of them asked if he could by the program. Oh, this could get good, I thought. But I didn't really get into it full time until the company developing software for my sister's business went bankrupt, and she asked me to finish the project.

Finally: here are the eight people I'm tagging.

The West Coast Michael Stein:

Amy Kincaid:

Marshall Kirkpatrick:

Morra Aarons-Mele:

Peter Brinkerhof:

Susan Reynolds:

Paul Hyland:

Kami Huyse:

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Comments on "8 random facts about myself"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (August 4, 2007 at 4:17 PM) : 

Great random things post! random, personal, entertaining.

re #6 this means that you were part of an early mixed media artist cooperative venture. Who knew at the time?

Luckily for one of us I have already written my 8-things after being unexpectedly tagged by that social media talkin boa-wearing Texan ConnieReece -

Official rules (ha) say we should ask another. Has Aaron Brazell hit on this one yet I wonder?

Thanks for thinking of me. I love being picked for just about anything except KP duty.


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