7 Things you probably didn’t know about me
… psssst! there are no memes!
Stormy Peters tagged me into the “7 Things” meme, a kind of collaborative exploration of the conscious unconscious, and apparently the only force known that moves faster than the speed of Wikipedia. How the “7 Things” meme works:
- Link to your original tagger(s) and list these rules in your post.
- Share seven facts about yourself in the post.
- Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
- Let them know they’ve been tagged.
- It makes perfect sense to me when my iPod goes from Janis Joplin to Stryper to Coldplay to Chopin to (any) Marsalis. But I never knew Myley Cyrus recorded “7 Things” until I sat down to do this post.
- I once led a team who implemented a major software product (component of a desktop tool suite) that had zero customer-reported defects during the first year of sales, and was eventually the only part of its suite to show a profit (when it was sold to another company). It was a bug tracking system. Which no one uses any more.
- If the U. S. Navy hadn’t forbad me to play my trumpet on a submarine, and taught me to type 60 wpm instead (your tax dollars at work!), I might have been a musician today, instead of a geek. Well, “instead of a software geek.”
- I mentor a great high school student, Snyder, (wish I had time to do this more). We hang out, talk about what’s happening, and help each other sort out what’s important.
- I once bought three Macintoshes, two printers, two iPods, and a load of software in a single day. In general, I see the last 20 years of computer evolution divided equally between “figuring out what the Mac did right” and “figuring out what the Mac did wrong.”
- I make a pretty fair cappuccino (even though I can never remember how to spell it). I get about as much practice at this as your average barista, but have only myself to judge the results. Maybe it could be a new career….
- I am happiest when working a speck of feathers, hook, and string over an icy mountain stream. This has very little indeed to do with catching fish.
So, who do I know who deserves to be brought into this meme? Here are some people who I’ve found all the more interesting, the more widely I knew them and their writings:
- John Mark Walker Who manages his multiple personalities in more blogs than I can count
- Ben Collins-Sussman Who does it all in One Single Blog (truly amazing)
- Karl Fogel Activist, peacemaker, musician, coder, author, advocate, and friend
- Guy Martin Witty, opinionated, provocative, savvy–and sometimes even not wrong!
- Michael Cote Likewise. And I don’t even work with him
- Matt Asay Pretty much my inspiration for getting into blogging
- Jon Swanson Pretty much my inspiration for managing my blogging / life balance
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