The knitting olympics got off to a good start last night, a least at my house. Thanks everyone who came over to giggle at dancing cows and alpine dresses with me.
Kari tagged me for a “five things you might not know about me” meme a little while ago, and I haven’t posted because I’m having a hard time thinking about five things that both qualify, and I actually want to share. But I’ll give it a shot.
- I don’t like to sleep with the closet door open. I think it started when I was in preschool and saw some tv sitcom/drama episode where a kid had a fire start in the closet, and being a preschooler, I decided that there couldn’t be a fire in there if you couldn’t see it. Now it’s such an ingrained habit, I don’t think about it, but the universe feels out of order if the closet door is open when I go bed. I no longer worry that a fire could start in there.
- I’ve been using the internet since 1994. I was 15 at the time. These days, there are a lot of 15 year olds online, but back then, almost everyone was at least in college, unless they had really geeky parents. I still sometimes miss the old-school days of Gopher, and Usenet without spam. It is weird to have nostalgia for plain text?
- My mother thought I was incapable of learning to cook until sometime toward the end of high school when I finally figured out how to make rice without burning the bottom of the pan. It took me a while to learn that I need a timer for everything. I get distracted and forget I have tea brewing all the time (like right now for instance. I’ll go grab that and be right back). Fortunately overbrewed tea is still quite palatable. Burnt rice, not so much.
- I’ve gone through alternating periods of really wanting to be involved in tech things and being thoroughly sick of it. You might guess from the recent mapping and programming that this is currently a “yay, tech” cycle. I think it’ll last a while, maybe indefinitely. The problem is that I tend to get sick of the asshole arrogant bullshit that runs rampant in hardcore geek circles and decide I’d rather hang out elsewhere. Computers are not the most important thing ever. But they are pretty neat. Right now I feel like I’m tracking a lot of interesting developments and poking at it from my own angle, and that makes me happy.
- I want to conquer the world. Not in an imperial overlord sense, but by creating something that changes how people do things on a wide scale. Hopefully for the better. Google’s a great example of this. No one forces you to use it, but you do because it works. They offer new services and you use those too. Because they work. At some point they’ll grow too much and have people doing too many things on their terms and no one will like it anymore and something else will take its place. But even if that happened next year, they’d still have an amazing accomplishment to their credit.