Apparently, there are a few rules to this little game and they are as follows:
Create a new blog post similar to this one.
Start off by writing 11 random facts about yourself, and then answer 11 questions which were left for you by your nominator.
Then you can nominate up to 11 blogs and leave 11 questions for them to answer in return.
Don’t forget to link back to the blog of the owner who nominated you!
Create a new post like this one? Check.
Well, the link back to Sam’s blog is easy enough (and really, if you’re reading this stuff, you should be reading Sam’s thoughts, trials and tribulations too).
Now for the eleven random facts. Sheesh, where to start! 🙂
- I spend more time En Homme, than in Lynn mode. For 99% of the time, this doesn’t bother me. I’m a part timer. I don’t believe there’s a Richard / Lynn divide: it’s just me with different clothes on.
- I love writing, talking and singing. I’ve tried my hand at writing short stories, although they’re mostly for my own amusement. As to the talking bit, I’ve started to look into doing stand-up, but no joy on either front just yet. Must try harder. At to singing, I like doing it, but I know I’m bloomin’ awful. 🙂
- I went to an all boys grammar school. You can imagine how much I liked that 😉 I left feeling somewhat inadequate and also glad to have survived. I’m not sure it did me any favours, but looking at the positive, it could have been a lot worse and if I hadn’t have gone through all that, would I be the same person I am now? Oddly primary school was better and I’ve kept in touch with more folk from that period of my life.
- When asked out by the cutest girl the world, I wrote her a letter saying I wasn’t boyfriend material. Trans issues, lack of confidence, etc. Apparently, the note was so nice, said girl didn’t give up. Years later, I married this beauty and she became the Ever Lovely Mrs Jones.
- I don’t like summer, but I like to be warm. I like Autumn and Winter, but I don’t like to be cold or wet. I’m a contrary so and so. 🙂
- My work reputation is that I’m a harsh, uncaring b*stard who doesn’t suffer fools gladly. This amuses me and saddens me in equal amounts. The amusement is that I don’t see myself as this, but I guess others do and that saddens me. I recently joined an HR programme to help staff with work problems (bullying, employment/life balance, etc). I’ve really enjoyed being able to do things to help, although it’s hard not being able to act directly. It’s far more rewarding than having to lay down the law of the IT security policy.
- I prefer to be a passenger than a driver. Shame, because I’m awful at reading maps and my sense of direction is terrible. Perhaps that’s why I prefer to walk when I can.
- I like technology you can hack / tweak. You bought the gadget, you should be able to do with it as you wish. This puts me at odds with certain elements of the IT community.
- I avoid any drink with caffeine in it. Not in a vampire vs garlic stylee, I should add. 😉 I don’t drink fizzy pop either, but I am partial to the occasional half of Guinness. It reminds me of my Granddad.
- I used to be depressed, but – and in the words of Monty Python – I got better. It was an eye opening experience in that, at least once I got over the worse, it made me appreciate how hard some people must have it. I think my two / three year stint was pretty mild compared to some people’s (not that it’s a competition).
- I am very materialistic. Not in a I-must-have-more-toys point of view, but I am attached to items. I will hang on to a badge, a scarf, a book; not because they are mine, but because they have a memory attached to them. Ironically, I have no problem helping the kids recycle their toys to make room for new ones.
Sam’s Eleven Questions
1. What are your Religious beliefs? Are you Spiritual or Atheist?
If you’d have asked me this twelve months ago, I would have said atheist: hands down, lead pipe, hard truth, there’s no way on this rock, etc. Buuuut, if you’d have asked me that thirty six months earlier, I’d have said agnostic. So, are they the only two choices? 🙂
I don’t believe in a deity and I’m not a fan of organised religion per se. Now, I’ll qualify the latter with this. My half sister is a vicar and she’s lovely. I’m not saying that ‘cos she’s family, I’m saying this because she’s inclusive and she’s there for people: she helps, she visits, she cares. The same was true of the local vicar in my parent’s village. Then, you look at those – and it is a small minority (including a distant aunt of mine) – who use religion to push… frankly, bigoted views. If I could think there was a God, I can’t help but feel a little disappointed in how His message was being twisted.
So, if I had to pick a side, I’d say atheist.
2. Favourite Cartoon growing up?
Battle of the Planets…. Just because it was quality 70s kick-ass sci-fi. Oh and that’s before we get on to Zoltar being gender ambiguous. 😉
A close second would be the Mysterious Cities of Gold because it had a long term story. Something that threw me as a kid and brought home that cartoons could be a little more than animated slapstick.
As my own kids are growing up, I’m rather enjoying the two recent reboots of Scooby Doo (What’s New Scooby Doo and Mystery Inc). Both play heavily on riffing on the formula / in-jokes and I love irreverent nerd gags (HP Hatecraft, for example).
3. What trait(s) do you deplore in other people?
Bigotry – perhaps obviously. Being over-zealous… be that in terms of politics, religion or technology. “Oh, Windows 8 is sooo perfect….. Mac’s are best… Only open source code is right…. Android FTW.” Get over it. You don’t hear chippies singing the praises of blue coloured chisels versus red ones. 😛
4. What was your favourite subject at school?
Computing. It was the only thing I was good at. It may come as no surprise that I disliked sports. I failed English GCSE the first time around. Well, school classed a D as a fail. Which came as a shock as I was told you couldn’t fail a GCSE. How naive of me. 🙂
5. Astrology… Load of Horseshit or perfectly believable?
I’m a Virgo, so I like order, worldly pleasures (food and nice clothes), but I don’t believe in Astrology. 🙂 As Sue said, the idea that by reading the planets, you could see what’s coming; well, that has appeal. I don’t believe there’s any truth in it at all. On an unrelated subject, a wise man once said, “it’s all b*ll*cks, Ted.”
6. What sort of traffic warden would you be?
Depending on the mood I was in, how you reacted to being given a ticket or how/where you’d parked; either a very bad one – in that I’d let you off – or a complete ***t.
That last word was ‘twit‘ by the way. Don’t be filthy 🙂
7. Every xmas people always seem to say “You’re difficult to buy presents for” and your left thinking ‘Eh? You could have bought me this or that’… What Xmas present would you buy yourself every year because nobody else ever buys it for you?
A dress by Desigual. If I was feeling less materialistic, I’d (some how) buy myself the ability to go easy… relax a little, not get wound up by stuff that in the long swing of things, doesn’t matter.
8. What is the funniest thing that has happened in your job?
I work in IT. What we consider funny will not amuse normal humans 😉
Umm…. giving a guy a mouse with a cable cut off it and then a friend using remote control software to make it look like it was really wireless? Also, taking a screenshot of someone’s desktop (with the icons on it) and then hiding the icons so they can’t be clicked. Childish, yes, but also fun.
9. What is the best internet enabled ‘SmartTV’ around at the moment?
Dunno. Use Google…. or Which. Or just buy any old TV and bung a HDMI Android unit / AppleTV box underneath. Anything that you can hack with XMBC would be top too.
10. Have you ever cheated death or serious accident?
Only at cards…. It was snap and he… oh. Not like that.
I had a card accident last year and I was lucky. We got hit side on – and against the engine block at that – so it could have been worse. I was knocked out and I broke my collar bone. The worst bit was coming to and being unable to move properly (concussion), while my two children were crying in fear. Dare I say, I didn’t really give a sh** about me, it was all about them getting to safety. That was my only priority.
11. Hypothetical scenario: Each day you are woken up by a man peeing on you. How long would you let this go on?
I’m a deep sleeper, but I like to be clean. All I can say is he better move fast ‘cos there’s a pair of scissors next to my bed. 😛
Flippant jokes aside, the concept of taking money for something you find unacceptable. It’s not for me. I’d rather go without the money. I recently went for a job interview – and the money was rather good (50k) – but when I read the line ‘the market is king‘, for me; that was it. I knew it wasn’t a firm I could work for.
My Eleven Questions
1. There’s a fire in your house. You have time to save three material objects. What do you grab and why?
2. You’re an author. Would you be happy writing trash and be minted, or be poor and respected?
3. Karaoke: yes, no? If so, which track? If not, why not?
4. Favourite book?
5. What’s your earliest memory?
6. You invent a new technology that would help people. Would you patent it, licence it or give it away to be used freely?
7. Cooking: do you have a signature dish? I’ll include snacks, cakes and/or biccies in this.
8. Can you do impressions / accents? Which one is your best/worst/favourite?
9. Is there any skill you wish you had?
10. If you could change an event in history, which would it be and why? It can be a biggie (WW II) or personal.
11. You’re cursed (blessed?) with being a monster. Vampire, ghost, werewolf or ghoul? Which one and why?
In alphabetical order….. (Ed: bloody Virgos 🙂 )
- Jenny (who doesn’t have a blog but I’d like to know!)
- Sophie (who also doesn’t have a blog but I’d like to know!)