Filed under: Blogging, Culture, Smugness
Author: Smug Baldy
Les Jenkins over at The Stupid Evil Bastard tagged me, so I must needs out this damn spot by upholding my end of the bargain.
First, the rules:
- We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.
- Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
- People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
- At the end of your blog post, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
- Donâ€™t forget to leave them each a comment telling them theyâ€™re tagged, and to read your blog.
So here are 8 more or less random things about me:
- Fact: I’m celebrating my 22nd wedding anniversary next month. At 44, this will mean that I will have been married for one half of my life. I find married life is a lot more fun than unmarried life, but that may be because my unmarried life occurred when I was young and stupid. It’s true what George Bernard Shaw said: Youth is wasted on the young.
- Fact: I had 2 near-death experiences before age 10, both of which were my fault. At age 7, I fell through some thin ice that covered a pool of water at a residential construction site near my home. OK – I wouldn’t have fallen through if it weren’t for my arch nemesis and his older brother who threw rocks at the ice while I was standing on it. Damn you to mediocrity, Michael Fallon! At age 8 I was playing near the edge of the cliff with some friends when part of the edge gave way. I clung to the edge about 50 feet from the rocks below before my older sister was able to help me up. Bless you, Theresa!
- Fact: I’m an avid gamer. I have been since playing Lunar Lander on an old programmable calculator that spat out your lander’s status on paper tape. Nowadays, I’m pretty much an XBOX 360 whore, and I prefer FPS games like Halo and Gears of War, and tactical shooters like the Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six franchises.
- Fact: I’m ABD in experimental cognitive psychology, meaning I completed all my coursework and qualifying exams for my PhD, but never finished my dissertation. I was somewhat disappointed at first about missing out on being called doctor, but with handwriting like mine, you’d think I was a doctor for sure
- Fact: While not a chef, I’m a very good cook. I think my best dishes are breakfasts (Pain Perdu or Eggs Sardou anyone?), although I’ve been complimented by many friends and family on several dinner menus. I do a pretty nice blackened steak served with a gorgonzola cream sauce, and my crab and corn bisque isn’t bad either.
- Fact: I’m much more liberal than conservative politically. One of the main reasons that I put this blog together is to help me figure out what I really felt about various issues, since I think that the act of writing about something forces one to gain a level of clarity that might otherwise remain vague. As an Alabamian, I find it tough to remain silent while surrounded by well-intentioned though naive conservatives that are constantly voting against their own interests.
- Habit: I often fail to close the kitchen cabinet doors whenever I get things out. Over time, this leads to most of the cabinets being left open, much to the dismay of my wife.
- Habit: I hover over my wife when she cooks. She thinks it’s because I want to criticize, but it’s really just that I fear for her safety. I think she’s dangerous with knives.
Here are the links – enjoy!
- My baby sister Tina, who’s cooler than just about anyone else. Yes. She’s cooler than you.
- Matt, my wee little brother, at Anonymous Productions. An absolute magician at Photoshop. If you need a new site designed, check his company out.
- Dave Weber, of Forked River Records. He sings, he plays, he makes my sister happy. What else is there?
- Ray Peacock, my Dad, over at Temperatures.com and Tempsensor.net. He’s way too into temperature measurement, but I hope that I write as much as he does.
- Alex Shaffer, AKA Mr. Nosuch, at NoSuch.org. Together, we have killed many a virtual terrorist.
- Rickey at Rickey’s Idol Blog. If you’re an American Idol Fan, you must read this one. He’ll always be KidFlashX to me.
- Mooncat from LeftInAlabama.com. Connecting progressives in the south is hard enough. Connecting with Alabama progressives is damn near impossible.
- Phil Plait at The Bad Astronomy Blog. The best science blog in my opinion. No. Squid. Ever.