After a short Day 7 entry of the 20 Days of Blogging Challenge, this will be a longer entry. Today’s topics is things you don’t know about me. Since my blog started fairly recently, that’s fairly easy, but I’ve tried to pick things not related to Warcraft as they’re unlikely to come up very often in future blog entries. So, without further ado, here’s my list:
1. I love air hockey. I have my own full-sized table and have competed in tournaments; I even won a division trophy at nationals a few years back.
2. I have way too many collections. A non-exhaustive list of things I have too many of: books by Isaac Asimov (120+), chess books (200+), DVD’s (2200+ titles, twice that in discs), CD’s (3500+). Thankfully, we’re in the digital age so most of the actual media can be packed away in the attic.
3. I was really, really good at chess when I was a kid. My elementary school system had a robust chess program, and I took full advantage of it. Every few years, I study up and get better, but I’ve settled into the very high C, low B range lately. When I was in college, I volunteered at the local elementary school as a chess coach; that was a rewarding way of giving back.
4. I researched baseball statistics heavily for a number of years, participating in online communities devoted to making baseball statistics more widely available. My biggest personal contribution dealt with capturing the order of players’ tenure with teams before and after mid-season trades, and enabled major sports sites to display their data in correct chronological order. I also spent some time working for MLB.com keeping score for their backend feed.
5. I’ve had the same personal e-mail address since 1996. At this point, most of my online accounts are set up using it, so I’d be in big trouble if that ISP went out of business.
6. I’m a bit of a hardware and software geek. My day job deals with software development, although I don’t do any for pay these days. At home, I have two storage servers, running Debian Linux and hardware RAID. I’ve also run Cat-6 to every room in my house, so I can access those servers from anywhere.
7. The best night of my life was seeing U2 play in Dublin. I’ve seen them play ten times (maybe more, I’m losing track at this point), but the atmosphere in Dublin was electric, and I was practically on stage. Here’s a picture I took there:
8. I love lists. I checked the Book of Lists (and its companion volumes) out of the library when I was a kid, and I have been hooked on making my own ever since. Two examples:
Saddest Songs of All Time: Strange Fruit (Billie Holiday), Julia (The Beatles), Brick (Ben Folds Five).
Movies That Were Well Made That I Never Want to See Again: Requiem for a Dream, House of Sand and Fog (what are you doing to me, Jennifer Connelly?), Boys Don’t Cry, Revolutionary Road.
9. My favorite video game of all time is Banjo Kazooie. I like it for some of the same reasons I like WoW – each level is a new world, and you gain new abilities as you progress. It’s one of the few games I’ve ever completed.
10. I used to debate in college on nationally-ranked teams, and I miss it. Similar to my experience with chess, I coached a HS debate team while I was student teaching and had a blast helping them get better.
So there you go – now you know more about me. If you have any of the same interests, or if you have your own entries for the lists under bullet point 8, I’d love to hear them!