Sunday, January 06, 2008

8 things you didn't know about me

Nascent author, IA, & friend Donna Maurer tagged me for the '8 things you didn't know about me' meme. The rules are simple:
  1. Link to your tagger and post these rules
  2. List EIGHT random facts about yourself
  3. Tag EIGHT people at the end of your post and list their names
  4. Let them know they’ve been tagged
Some things you didn't know about me:
  1. I can play a range of musical instruments (more or less rusty on each of them) including bass guitar, flute, clarinet, saxophone & trombone;
  2. I practice calligraphy and have an interest in pens. My collection of fountain pens includes feather quills, retro '40s celluloid, some more conventional fountain pens and a glass stylus from Florence;
  3. I once spent three weeks driving from Port Augusta in South Australia to Darwin in the Northern Territory, locating, surveying, photographing & documenting the colonial & indigenous artifacts at each of the telegraph repeater stations through the central Australian deserts.
  4. When I was a boy I couldn't decide whether to be a doctor, mathematician or archaeologist. As an adult I've been able to try my hand at each of them.
  5. As a 7yr old I set a record for shot-put for my local region. The record stood for 18 years.
  6. I've nearly died twice - once during birth; once in 2002 (an infection had eaten a hole from my middle ear into my cranium).
  7. I'd love to learn to speak French. As a nominally-educated person I feel the lack of a second language keenly. It would also allow me to read french literature.
  8. My first car was a mini. I had it 5 months and then my older brother rolled it down a ditch and wrecked it (accidentally - he fell asleep).
Now for those 8 others I'd be interested to learn a little more about:
  • Lisa Herrod - smart, chic usability chick, and her soon-to-be-husband Lachlan Hardy - a good & smart fellow in his own right.
  • Shane Morris - because although I've known him a long time, I really don't know him much at all;
  • Russ Weakley - so I know something other than what comes out during a drinks break at a WSG meeting
  • David Malouf - any fan of both Stargate SG-1 & Battlestar Galactica is worthy of further scrutiny
  • Pabini Gabriel-Petit - my editor at UXMatters of whom I know very little aside from her grammatical skills & penchant for sci-fi TV
  • and the two Dans - Dan Saffer & Dan Brown - two of the IxD community leaders I'd like to know better

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Backyard cricket

This is me 'playing' backyard cricket a few weeks back - 10 days after surgery to repair my achilles tendon.
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