For those of you who missed it the last time around, the In-Infamous Five Question Meme is pretty simple. If you wish to participate, simply ask one of the other participants (such as myself) to ask you any five questions. You then post the answers to those questions to your blog, and then offer to ask anyone else any five questions. And no, they do not have to be the same five questions each time!
Although I’ve already participated in the In-Infamous Five Question Meme, when I saw that DWQ Online was also participating, I was curious to find out what questions he might have for me. And, after quite a long delay on my part, here they are, along with my answers.
- 1. What is your greatest accomplishment in life?
- Wow, tough question. I had to think about this one for quite a while. In fact, I can quite honestly say it’s this question that took such a long time for me to answer. And although I’m afraid that my answer will sound like something of a cop-out, I think it’s an accomplishment just to have gotten as far as I have. Having left home, lived on my own, earned a degree, and started a career. It may not be as great of an accomplishment as Star Wars, the Golden Gate Bridge, or the Linux kernel, but I did it. Of course, I do hope that if someone asks me this question again in ten years, I will have a different, better, and more interesting answer. If I can say that I’ve made the world in some way a better place than it was when I found it, then that will be good enough.
- 2. What is your favorite electronic gadget?
- According to Wikipedia, a gadget is "a device that has a useful specific practical purpose and function. Gadgets tend to be more unusual or cleverly designed than normal technology." In other words, a clever device that does one thing and does it well. I’d have to choose my TiVo. I just wish my cable company had better programming for it to suggest to me.
- 3. What is your favorite blog besides your own? Was this the first blog you started reading?
- Hmm, tricky question. If I finger one blog in particular, everyone else on the Web will be ever so slightly offended that they weren’t chosen. I could just wimp out and say, "Oh, but I love you all," no matter how dishonest that may be. Or, I could just as easily choose a well-known, popular site, and say "Oh, but I just adore Slashdot and Fark," as dishonest (and technically incorrect) as that may be. I don’t really consider those blogs, but rather news-themed discussion fora. The value of such sites is not so much in the publishers’ opinions, but rather in the peanut gallery’s reaction to a particular bit of news. So to get around to answering your question, I guess I could say that the blog I most look forward to reading is Radioactive Jam. Unlike some bloggers whose presence on the web is but a never-ending monologue on bunions, pets, and other minutiae of their personal lives, RaJ is more interested in what others have to say, and to that end writes very entertaining posts intended to start a dialog with his readers, which almost always succeeds. I’d like this blog to be like that, someday. (I might also add that he leaves me lots of comments.) Of course, Radioactive Jam wasn’t the first blog I’d started regularly reading. Not counting news-discussion fora and the "what’s new" sections of webcomics and the like, I’d have to say that honor fell to Hack-a-Day.
- 4. What is the furthest you have been from home?
- Not counting various moves, I’d say less than 500 miles.
- 5. Would you ever run for an elected office?
- If campaign financing weren’t an issue, I might consider it. I could possibly do a lot of good that way. Unfortunately, I don’t know if I’d be able to negotiate the political arena. I’ve never been any good at decoding unspoken suggestions, veiled threats, and the like. I’m afraid I’d just end up being manipulated, or else buried under an avalanche of people wanting favors.