Following an old meme Stilgherrian and fellow Munge Brother, Uncle Dave Wallace dredged up and tagged me, and Frank Arrigo: god bless his Saint Kilda socks also tagged me. So hereâ€™s eight random facts about me.
- Each player starts with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
- People who are tagged need to write a post on their own blog (about their eight things) and post these rules.
- At the end of your blog, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
- Donâ€™t forget to leave them a comment telling them theyâ€™re tagged, and to read your blog.
- I have a penchant for Carry On… movies. The UK of 1950s through to the mid 1970s fascinates me. A country rebuilding itself without Empire, pre-European Union and Mrs Thatcher. The Carry On movies reflect many of the weirdness of the time. Oh, and I also like musicals from the same era.
- Born in NSW as a Royal Australian Navy â€œbratâ€, I recall listening to planes and helicopters and accepted this existence as normal for all kids. Abruptly moved to country South Australia to live on a farm; lived in a boarding school in Adelaide. After working and finding my soul mate in Adelaide all in 9 years; I moved back to NSW. Been in NSW for nearly 13 years.Â Life is circular.
- After wearing braces my teeth for 18 months, and losing count how many baby teeth were manually removed: now dentists can work on my teeth unaided by anaesthetics. Congenitally missing a lower molar and do not have any wisdom teeth. My facial nerves are pretty well hosed. However, since Bell’s Palsy I cannot open my mouth wide as it locks up. Yawning is painful.
- One of my encounters with Crowded House: In Light Square, Adelaide buying tickets to one of their first, very small concerts. As my friends and I were leaving, the three Crowdies were approaching the club for a sound check. I said “Hello Mark” to Nick Seymour. Paul Hester asked if I had met “Tim Finn?â€ (as he was looking at Neil). Laughs all around. I felt like such a doofus. (BTW: if you are not getting the humour in this, you are not a Finnatic and I weep for you)
Update: I was sitting across from Mark Seymour in a Qantas Club in Brisbane. I gathered up the courage to tell him the story here. He LOL’d and thought that it was a funny story. Circle closedÂ
- In January 1993, I went to Macworld San Francisco. My first (well, I did go to the Seybold Conference in 1989 when John Warnock blinked in the font-format wars: and this was on our honeymoon)Â Macworld where I connected with Dave Winer. He was showing Frontier off in a room in the Marriott rather than a full stand on the show floor. Here I met Dave, Doug Baron (and Julie) and saw Utah â€“ a UI builder for Frontier that sorta kinda shipped. I may have been one of the alpha testers for a while, too. 3 years later whilst at Apple I created a content management system in Frontier for the Fairfax 1996 Olympics website. Good days, good days.
- I dropped out of the South Australian Institute of Technology studying Accounting after about a month of studies. Epic fail. Thankfully, I managed to work hard and complete a higher education journey by completing an MBA. It only took me 10 years. Now I am fully qualified to do what I donâ€™t want to do again. Strange.
- After a bad reaction to beer, I havenâ€™t had alcohol since June 2002. Well, apart from a small slip on the back of a pickup truck in Mexico in 2005. Real Mexican tequila tastes excellent. Tequila just may be my weakness.
- After leaving school, I was part of a band called Stranger than Fiction. After dropping out of Accounting (See #6 above), I decided that learning Audio engineering may be a good thing to do. Dropping out again after 6 months, as I found Avril. It was way worth it 🙂