The Facebook 25

One Score and Five Random Things

Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

(To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.)

Since my college buddy Julie O started my list for me…

1. From when I was 15 until I was 30 I wore tennis shoes with one red lace and one blue lace. I concocted many lofty and philosophical explanations for this after the fact, but the main reason was that I couldn’t make up my mind. I put one color on each shoe for comparison, and then just left them that way. By the turn of the century, I had trouble finding red and blue shoelaces, and started wearing hiking boots I bought for a trip to Ireland, so the habit faded away.

2. I reportedly had a “hilarious” (Julie’s word) midlife-style crisis upon turning 19. I only remember this vaguely, but it centered around not deriving any benefits from turning 19: You don’t earn the right to drink, or vote, or drive, or run for the senate, or anything. You just get older, and it represents the waning of one’s teen years. I really enjoyed my teen years and was sad to see them go, but it was all a tempest in a teacup because I enjoyed my 20’s and 30’s just as much.

3. I have a very selective memory. I don’t know if it’s any more or less selective than anyone else, but it feels disproportionately selective to me. Anything beyond a year or so old is a vague, fuzzy impression more than a memory, except for a few events that are as clear as an IMAX film. The upside to this is that I can usually re-read books and be just as surprised at the ending the second time.

4. I love “Joe Vs. The Volcano”, and if you don’t, I believe it’s because you just don’t get it. Or you were expecting another “Big”. My favorite line is Meg Ryan’s, responding to Tom Hanks’ fretting that they’re stuck in the middle of an ocean on a raft made out of suitcases: “It’s always gonna be something with you, isn’t it, Joe?” If I were to do my own cut of the film, it would end right there.

5. I have officiated 2 marriages, though only one of them was technically legal. The other was amidst llamas, which gives it an entirely different sort of validation in my mind.

6. I am the only member of my household who eats peanut butter. Though, to own the truth, one of the members has not yet had the opportunity to form an opinion.

7. I love the expression “to own the truth”.

8. I like soccer, basketball and hockey to watch, when invited, though I don’t on average initiate attending or tuning in a game on my own. Football and baseball are acceptable excuses to get out in the fresh air, eat soft pretzels and have conversations during the boring parts.

9. I really, really don’t understand the appeal of the J.R.R. Tolkien.

10. I like my job 90% of the time, which is an A in some schools.

11. Several years ago, I spent a lot of time researching and writing a business plan for a new type of fitness gym. I abandoned it after I couldn’t make the numbers work. When, in the coming years, I see someone else do it, I shall be very, very angry.

12. The first home I owned was 634 square feet. I miss that minimalism.

13. My wife thought I was gay when she first met me. She was wrong. I just had good hair, which is similar, but different.

14. I was an insignificant, unrecognizable extra in “The Babe” starring John Goodman. I have not seen it, though.

15. I have been paid to disassemble a department store, pull orders for wedding cake supplies, box frozen food in a freezer, assist in the making of television commercials, perform improv comedy, unload insulation from delivery trucks, write articles for the Department of Energy, administrate a computer network, make burgers and fries, design movie theater sound equipment, teach theater to high school students, watch television, and sit on a bag of horse feed.

16. My first aspiration was to be a stunt man, next a waiter.

17. In 8th grade, I won a national Apple-sponsored programming contest, which only goes to show how weak the competition was.

18. In low light, my pupils dilate to different sizes, just like David Bowie’s. He got it from a fist fight, I was just born that way. I enjoy the nervous, frightened look that optometrists get when they notice that.

19. I am extremely uncomfortable talking to people on the phone because I can’t see their face, but I <3 Instant Messaging. 20. I am extremely uncomfortable wearing anything other than jeans. My current job is the first one where I could not wear jeans every day, and that is one of the largest drawbacks in my mind. 21. I can waterski really well, but my brother is better. 22. My 8th grade math teacher told me I wouldn't be able to handle college-track math in high school. Four years later, I was one of five seniors (out of more than 600) to receive the math award, and today I am an engineer who lives and breathes numbers. Never let anyone tell you you can't do something. Granted, they may be right, but you should at least try. 23. My best friend in fourth grade once tried to convince me that we should go to comedy clubs, get up on stage, and just make up funny stuff off the top of our heads. I told him that was a stupid idea, and impossible besides. 2009 is my 22nd year of doing improv comedy. Never tell anyone they can't do something. Granted, you may be right, but they should at least try. 24. I attended the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting in Omaha, NE last year. I am that much of a geek. 25. Quiero aprender hablar español con soltura, y entonces viajaríamos a españa.

Unread Books Meme

What we have here is the top 106 books most often marked as “unread” by LibraryThing’s users. As in, they sit on the shelf to make you look smart or well-rounded. Bold the ones you’ve read, underline the ones you read for school, italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish.

Lots of Books

Meme Me

Meme via jaysaint via travellight

Four jobs I have had in my life
Frozen food packer, Loader at an insulation warehouse, cake making supplies order fulfiller, ballpark extra in The Babe

Four movies I would watch over and over
Joe Vs. The Volcano, The Hudsucker Proxy, When Harry Met Sally,Rushmore

Four places I have lived
Chicago, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Atlanta

Four TV shows that I watch
Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Arthur, Curious George

Four places I have been
Juarez, Mexico; Bentonville, Arkansas; Paris, France; Venice, Italy

Four people who e-mail me regularly
Stacey, Kent, …, …

Four of my favorite foods
pizza, chocolate mousse, raw carrots, twizzlers

Four places I would rather be right now
home, home, home, the beach

Four things I am looking forward to this year
the beach, better health, Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting, Obama winning the presidency

Four favorite authors
Neal Stephenson, P.G. Wodehouse, Nick Hornby, Sarah Vowell


Pirate Monkey's Harry Potter Personality Quiz
Harry Potter Personality Quiz
by Pirate Monkeys Inc.

There was a link to the advisorteam personality quiz on that site, which the Harry Potter thing is based on. Here are my results from there:

Guardians are the cornerstone ofsociety, for they are the temperament given to serving and preservingour most important social institutions. Guardians have natural talentin managing goods and services–from supervision to maintenance andsupply–and they use all their skills to keep things running smoothlyin their families, communities, schools, churches, hospitals, andbusinesses.

Guardians can have a lotof fun with their friends, but they are quite serious about theirduties and responsibilities. Guardians take pride in being dependableand trustworthy; if there’s a job to be done, they can be counted on toput their shoulder to the wheel. Guardians also believe in law andorder, and sometimes worry that respect for authority, even afundamental sense of right and wrong, is being lost. Perhaps this iswhy Guardians honor customs and traditions so strongly–they arefamiliar patterns that help bring stability to our modern, fast-pacedworld.

Practical and down-to-earth,Guardians believe in following the rules and cooperating with others.They are not very comfortable winging it or blazing new trails; workingsteadily within the system is the Guardian way, for in the long runloyalty, discipline, and teamwork get the job done right. Guardians aremeticulous about schedules and have a sharp eye for proper procedures.They are cautious about change, even though they know that change canbe healthy for an institution. Better to go slowly, they say, and lookbefore you leap.

Guardians make up as much as 40 to 45 percent of the population.

The Four types of Guardians are:

Supervisors (ESTJ) | Protectors (ISFJ) | Inspectors (ISTJ) | Providers (ESFJ

Virtually a toss up between Math and Theater…

You scored as Mathematics. You should be a Math major! Like Pythagoras, you are analytical, rational, and when are always ready to tackle the problem head-on!





























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Color me unsurprised.

The Perfect Life
Your life has been 9% difficult.
Based on your family, money, political context, and personal situation
— during the important years of your development — it appears your
life was PERFECT. What does this mean?

Well, the “difficulty” of your life is a measure of how rough you had
it. Relative to the world, you had a perfect childhood, with a pretty
stable family and financial situation.

I’m not sure what “success” means to you, but whatever it is, you should achieve it. If you don’t, it’s probably out of laziness.

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I’m the same age as Winona Ryder! And the NASDAQ! And Email! And the microprocessor! And…

In 1971 (the year you were born)

Richard Nixon is president of the US

Charles Manson and 3 of his followers are convicted of multiple counts of first-degree murder

An earthquake in California’s San Fernando Valley kills 64 people

New York Times begins publication of classified Pentagon papers on US involvement in Vietnam

The $70 million Kennedy Center opens in Washington, DC

A four day revolt at New York’s Attica state prison ends after being stormed by 1000 state troopers

A new stock-market index called the Nasdaq debuts

Walt Disney World opens

Intel releases world’s first microprocessor, the 4004

Ray Tomlinson sends the first e-mail

Libertarian party established in USA

Kid Rock, Denise Richards, Sean Astin, Winona Ryder, and Ricky Martin are born

Pittsburgh Pirates win the World Series

Baltimore Colts win Superbowl V

Montreal Canadiens win the Stanley Cup

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath is published

The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour premieres on television

“Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel wins Grammy for song of the year

All in the Family premieres

What Happened the Year You Were Born?

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Well… duh.

You scored as Logical/Mathematical. You like to work with numbers and ask questions. You learn best by classifying information, engaging in abstract thinking and looking for common basic principles. People like you include mathematicians, biologists, medical technicians, geologists, engineers, physicists, researchers and other scientists.















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