Back from the grave

January 14th, 2009

Memetics

Oh fine. Seven facts of minimal significance, but probably less-well known:

  1. I’ve broken both my hands and both my feet. More recently I’ve had a tooth knocked out and my face torn open. Been broken a lot.
  2. I walked 1300km last year and biked 2500km. Including a single ride of 600km. Despite this, I look very low-key and not sporty at all. I just don’t know how to drive (no points about “cars I’ve owned”) so I generally transport myself “the long way”. I like it that way.
  3. I haven’t eaten meat since I was 13 and I’ve done sitting meditation off and on since about 16. In some practical respects I’m Buddhist, but probably not enough to call it a religious affiliation.
  4. I spent a solid portion of the 90s happily lost in rave culture and flirting with life on communes.
  5. In my childhood I too acquired the skills of figure skating (what the hell?) and, in fact, curling. But not hockey. I don’t even like hockey. This means I cannot run for public office in Canada, but that’s ok.
  6. I have owned and operated a 300bps acoustic-coupler modem and, later, a Fidonet BBS. Me and computers seem to have known each other a while. My first, like that of many here, was a cassette-tape-fed Z80 machine: though mine was a glorious Timex/Sinclair ZX-81. We’re back down to its form factor now with netbooks, only they have a million times as much memory and run a thousand times faster. And don’t come with a ROM BASIC interpreter.
  7. I dislike television and really anything that moves around too fast. I like things that move slowly or, better yet, sit still. My first and possibly favorite job — incidentally where I learned the most about programming — was at a bookstore, where I got to quietly organize shelves and read things. I should probably be a gardener or a librarian, but I’m somewhat hooked on programming.

I don’t like propagating pyramid-scheme internet memes so I’ll stop with that. No further tagging. I think this blog subspace is fully saturated anyways.

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