Shot along the water downtown looking toward the Port of Seattle. Since I was so kindly tagged by www.flickr.com/photos/29411772@N08/ to transcribe 10 facts about myself into a submission, I figured I really had no reason not to. I won’t be continuing the tradition of tagging others to perpetuate this little game, if others feel inclined to do so they can willingly. Anyway, let’s dive right into it, shall we?
I’m a complete nerd. I’ve been using computers since I was four and partly as a result of that I now work at Microsoft in Redmond, WA. To me anything electronic is interesting to some degree (audio systems, video game consoles, cameras, et cetera), and figuring out how devices work is something I’m easily fascinated by.
I am deeply infatuated with sushi, though many aren’t aware of the fact that when I was in high school I had a very bad reaction to some sushi. I ate quite a bit that night, got sick and experienced learned food aversion for approximately four or five years. During this stretch of time the smell of sushi alone, or even ginger for that matter would make my stomach turn.
I have a broad taste for music, even country. I’m really not much of a fan of R&B, and to a certain extent some classical. I will make mention of the fact that since the FM tuner is broken in my car I’ve been listening to AM radio for quite some time now, enjoying the earlier side of the 1900s. If you ask me what my favorite genres are, I will likely tell you Classic Rock, Hip-Hop/Rap and Techno/Trance, in no particular order other than alphabetical.
I enjoy nature, camping and Burning Man. I can get behind the idea of "roughing it" and utilizing what little you have to survive in a harsh, potentially hostile environment. I think every now and then people should take the opportunity to get away from all of the boundaries and influences of society and enjoy some of the simpler things in life… we take far too many things for granted.
I have an affinity for all kinds of food. Anything I haven’t tried eating is interesting to me however I do favor spicy food in particular. Having a higher tolerance for spicy foods than many around me has always been something I noticed, so I figure I’ll enjoy it since I am inherently part of a specific group of foodies. Many don’t cross their boundary when it comes to all the lovely oils that bring us exciting flavors and invigorating heat, so more spice for me.
I enjoy writing, but only on my own terms. I used to have a blog (prenetic.com, RIP) however I often found it challenging to write enough content each and every day so its departure was inevitable. I tried again later with another domain since my first one was gobbled up by a squatter (prostat.us, RIP) but again I was plagued with writer’s block once I had gotten into the routine. Flickr provides me with a very elegant balance of two things I enjoy: photography and writing.
I don’t drink much soda, or where I’m from pop. I used to slam Mt. Dew like it was my career choice. As I grew out of my sweet tooth and got a little bit older I’ve grown fond of tea. I drink a lot of green tea throughout the day, though I also enjoy Earl Grey, lemongrass tea and our beloved Halo tea: Lapsang Souchong. Lapsang Souchong is worth mentioning as Halo tea because of the smooth influx of energy you receive upon drinking it, perfect for a late night Halo binge on a work night. It’s an acquired taste for certain, given the leaves are smoked and it has a rather deep, earthy taste, but I highly recommend giving it a try.
I’m an awful cook. I never practiced cooking as a teenager or when I lived by myself because I never thought there was much of a point, I didn’t have to impress anybody. This worked against me when I acquired people to cook for, because now I’m guilted into cooking something delicious so I don’t make people suffer through a jar of plain Classico sauce and noodles, or Swedish meatballs with the consistency of porridge… don’t ask.
I used to play Trumpet when I was going to school. Having built on that over the years I’ve developed this bias that makes it very easy for me to listen to, enjoy and memorize the melody, harmony and percussion from a song but damn near impossible for me to extract any lyrics. So if you ask me if I know a song, you’d better know how to hum the melody since there are only a few songs I know by lyrics.
I am a Pokémon master.