I've Been Tagged!
It's ironic that one of my old associates from O'Reilly gave me a blog tag, especially since I don't maintain an active blog. (Working from home with a toddler and a newborn doesn't give me much free time anymore.) In a way, I wanted to treat this as a chain letter, but I've seen a few people answer this around java.net, so I decided to give it a chance. Also, I guess I should get back into the blogosphere while I'm here at Sun, so this gives me as good a reason to get started as any. So without any further ado...
Five Things That People Don't Generally Know About Me
Born and Raised in Minnesota: I was born and raised in Roseville, Minnesota, a town which I have many fond memories of. The St. Paul Winter Carnival, Circus Arcade in Har Mar Mall, Roseville's Central Park, and my old house on Oxford Street are all firmly etched in my head as the perfect environment to grow up. Of course, I've only been back there a handful of times since the 1980's, and it pains me each time I see another place I loved as a child go out of business.
Obsessed with Video Games Since I Was a Child: Ever since the late 1970's, I've loved to play video games. I have a collection of 1980's video game consoles in my house, and I've even taken it upon myself to build a MAME cabinet out of a Gauntlet Dark Legacy machine (see below) so I can play old games like Galaga and Dragon's Lair standup. As of January, 2007, my wife and I also get into some serious late night competitions with Wii Bowling.
Love Movies and Moviemaking: I've created a few movies in my time, although my most recent was a post-production disaster due to horrible sound capture. I've also edited several books on digital photography and computer audio/video tools.
Broke My First Computer 36 Hours After My Father Bought It: I decided to pull one of the slot cards (#6) in my first computer and reinsert it the day after my father brought it home. I just wish I had turned the computer's power off first. I seem to remember my brother looking on in awe at the smoking ICs on the motherboard, saying that "My spanking [for this] would be legendary."
Gave My High School Crush a Luke Skywalker Action Figure: My face flushes tomato red just thinking about this one. Honestly, I thought it would be worth some money someday. However, I failed to anticipate how common Kenner's original line of Star Wars toys would be in the marketplaces of the future. Needless to say, she hasn't spoken to me since. I don't blame her.