been hit. The
inimitable Erik Kastner smacked me with an obligation to reveal five
"little-known" facts about myself. Normally I don't comply with this
sort of thing, but Kastner's a good fellow... I didn't want to let
him down. It may be a bit duller than his, but keep in mind this
wasn't my idea.
- I was caught in a flash flood hiking in a ravine in the
mountains of Indonesia. We had just finished climbing (tumbling?
scampering? There's a word for it...) about the boulders at the
ravine's head and started for home when we were pursued by a
torrent of muddy water.
- I got drafted into the basketball team in high school because of
my height. I didn't stand a chance; it was decided behind my back
from the very day I visited the school as a prospective student. I
later found out that a few students stood up for me: "What if he
doesn't want to be a basketball player? What if he wants to be a
chef?" It didn't help, but it did earn me the nickname "The Chef"
for a brief while. I was terrible at basketball.
- I witnessed an attempted attack on
Wall in Jerusalem. I was above the plaza looking out at the city
and saw someone make a break from the checkpoint to the crowds at
the wall. He didn't looked armed, but he had a bag with him. He was
apprehended before he got 5m away from the security checkpoint.
- I got my start in programming on QBasic for DOS in 7th grade. I
wrote a couple cool games, but I thought I should move on to
something more serious and started learning C and CodeWarrior. I
always thought the sheer amount of additional effort necessary to
get something decent working in a GUI environment turned me off
programming until university, but now I'm thinking it had more to do
with people. I had a few friends who enjoyed QBasic, and I had
nobody to work with on C stuff. It didn't help that I thought "real"
programming had to be GUI-related and a huge pain, and that only
"kids' stuff" was easy and fun.
- I've dislocated both my shoulders multiple times. You can make
me quiver in discomfort by merely talking about shoulders the
various joint-related problems which can happen to them. Please
I suppose the traditional thing to do here is pass on the meme to others:
Unfortunately they haven't gotten back to me on that.