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25 Random Things About Me

I hate Facebook Application requests, and I think more and more of my family and friends are coming to agreeance. To put it bluntly, I'm not interested in taking the "What kind of [insert random noun here] are you?" quiz. I'm not interested in playing YoVille (although my wife seems to enjoy it). I'm not interested in discovering which of my friends are my relatives (I know that already). So, it's no surprise then that I got ignored bing "tagged" in "25 Random Things About Me" about seven times so far.

Fine. I'll give in. :)

Well, on my previous blog that used to run under my family name, I blogged 101 things about me. Well, seeing as though that blog is no longer, I'm willing to put them back up here, except just using the top 25 instead of all 101. Also, I'm not going to "tag" anyone on Facebook, because I won't read them anyway, and I find the application requests annoying. However, my blog syndicates to Facebook notes, so if you're interested, you'll see this post under my profile and read it there.

With that, here we go:

  1. I suffer from obsessive compulsion disorder in Mathematics and Geometry. For example, I count tiles in the floor as I walk. I won't step on right angles, or even imaginary lines that form from a phsyical right angle. A stack of cards has to form a perfect rectangle. I calculate Pi in my head in different number bases. And so forth.
  2. I count in binary on my fingers, not in base 10. This means you'll probably be offended when I'm on the number 4 or 5.
  3. I type in the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard layout, not the standard "QWERTY" layout that is seen on all keyboards.
  4. I also type on a Das Keyboard Ultimate, the greatest keyboard manufactured to date.
  5. I have played the viola, cello, string bass, bass guitar, standard guitar, drums and saxaphone. I still play the piano.
  6. My political views place me slightly left on the communism to neo-liberalism scale , which means I'm more left than the standard US Democratic party. I lean towards the anarchist side of libertarian to authoritarian scale, rather than fascist. This puts me in roughly the same political views as that of Ralph Nader and Dennis Kucinich. Take your test here: http://www.politicalcompass.org/test.
  7. I'm so allergic to cats, that while serving a mission for the LDS church, I was in an apartment where a lady had 5 cats, and no ventilation. In 15 minutes, my throat had nearly closed shut, I had broken out in hives and my eyes were swollen shut. My companion had to lead me home, where I downed allergy medicine like it was going out of style. I was approaching Death's door.
  8. Oh yeah, I'm Mormon.
  9. I also served my LDS mission in the Greater Toronto Area, in Ontario, Canada. Initially, I was called to serve in Montreal, Canada, but they switched me to the Toronto East mission 2 months into my training area. I didn't know why until the next point below.
  10. I met Keri, my lovely wife, while serving my mission in Toronto. She was a sister missionary in the same mission as I was. Her mom set us up when we got home, and 5 months later, we were married.
  11. I have one child, a daughter, who was adopted. She's currently 15 months old, and a bundle of joy.
  12. I am anti-proprietary software. Most readers of my blog recognize this. This means that I don't run Windows, I don't play MP3s, I don't use Microsoft Office, and I don't even run Mac OS X (my wife does though). Yes, there is a world outside of Microsoft and Apple.
  13. I have visited 26 of the 50 states, dipped my toes in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and have visited two other countries (Canada and Germany) and one other continent (Europe).
  14. I currently own 6 computers, all which are operational and serve at least one function. Because of their power consumption, I take an aggressive stance to preserving power as much as possible (turning the monitors off after 10 min of inactivity, hibernation after 20 minutes of inactivity, etc.).
  15. Every bulb in my house is a compact fluorescent. I'm saving 80% of the electricity in light bulbs compared to the previous home owner.
  16. I am the organist for my church. I love it, and hope I don't get another responsibility.
  17. By profession, I am a Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Solaris and HP-UX system administrator. By hobby, I am a Debian and Ubuntu system administrator and Python programmer.
  18. I find women who use Unix-like operating systems sexy, just like other guys who find women driving motorcycles or trucks sexy. Guess what? My wife uses a Unix-based operating system. My wife is sexy.
  19. I believe in ghosts (not in the traditional sense of poltergeists or what the movies think they are), UFOs (although I don't believe they've visited us yet, despite all the "sightings" and Area 51) and dinosaurs (although I have a different view of their existence).
  20. I am stubborn as a mule, and I come across frank, blunt and slightly offensive when my stubbornness comes out. It's not intentional, it just happens.
  21. I believe what a person says first through logical thinking and argument, then through authority and ethics, and lastly through emotion.
  22. I studied Latin while serving my LDS mission, and I am studying a language called Lojban- the logical language.
  23. I have a deep personal insecurity that people are talking about me behind my back and criticizing my every move, even if they don't know me. It plagues my mind in the grocery store, restaurant, school, work, home and everywhere.
  24. I'm usually stuck in second gear, which means I get things done at my own pace. There's no fire, no emergency to my life. I'm fairly care-free and I stop to enjoy the little things along the way.
  25. I pace when I talk. Whether it's on the phone, in person or even when talking to myself. Something about pacing and talking- I can't separate the two as hard as I try, which makes it interesting for public speaking engagements, even in church.

{ 14 } Comments

  1. João Trindade using Firefox 3.0.5 on Ubuntu | February 1, 2009 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    "I believe in dinosaurs (although I have a different view of their existence)."

    Can you develop on this?? I'm curious.

  2. Jared Spurbeck using Firefox 3.0.5 on Ubuntu 64 bits | February 1, 2009 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    Whoo, an LDS hacker ^.^

    And it's not just women who use Unix -- Unix itself is just awesome!

  3. Ploum using Firefox 3.0 on GNU/Linux | February 1, 2009 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    That's interesting. You seems to be a religious person believing in some form of ghost and, at the same time that "I believe what a person says first through logical thinking and argument, then through authority and ethics, and lastly through emotion." which is, from my point of view, a contradiction. I'm a logical person and, as so, I don't believe in any form of god because I find it illogical. Most religious people that I know reply me that "faith is not logic, you cannot explain it" so I see a contradiction in your personnal description which is intruiging to me.

    disclaimer : I don't want to criticize or that you take it bad. I just think that, if you speak about that on your blog you might appreciate sharing ideas and point of view. No offense intended (I've seen religious people so frequently outraged because I told them that I found religion illogical that I prefer to warn)

    As for the UFO : if they don't have visited us yet, they are not UFO. Just an alien lifeform somewhere in the universe (or didn't I understood you correclty). As you are a logical person, I would be curious to hear how you concile an alien intelligent life form with our human religion. I find this question really interesting :-)

    Thanks for sharing that with the ubuntu community, I appreciate some personnal insight on the life of the Ubunteros :-)

  4. Aaron using Firefox 3.0.5 on Ubuntu 64 bits | February 1, 2009 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    I keep this belief pretty close to the chest. Sorry.

  5. Aaron using Firefox 3.0.5 on Ubuntu 64 bits | February 1, 2009 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    ^5 for LDS hackers! :)

    Unix itself is sexy too, no doubt.

  6. Aaron using Firefox 3.0.5 on Ubuntu 64 bits | February 1, 2009 at 3:45 pm | Permalink

    I don't fall into the trap that there is either logic or religion, but neither can exist simultaneously. I believe in God. I believe in evolution. What does this mean? This means I believe God was the orchestrator and director behind evolution. I am both a creationist and an evolutionist. Math and science don't conflict God, but are part of His greater design.

    Further, I don't believe we are the only planet God created with life. The Universe is a large place. It makes sense to me that God would create other solar systems and planets with life, where His children can reside. However, I also believe that God will not allow us to communicate or make contact. If we did, and they were as humanoid as we are, then certainly a higher power, such as God, created us in His image. God wants us to believe Him based on faith. So "aliens" and "UFOs" exist, they are just more of Gods children that exist elsewhere in our Universe or other Universes.

  7. Damien using Firefox 3.0.5 on Ubuntu 64 bits | February 1, 2009 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    I am not American and am against the form of "fundamental" atheism that has spawned from the USA (no doubt as a reaction to your previous government) so please do not think I am a nut who simply bashes the faithful.

    Something that has started to interest me greatly recently is the relationship between liberal political views, faith positions and software freedom. I myself point in the left politically (much like yourself), am a staunch atheist and believe in software freedom. For the most part, the people I meet follow liberal politics (supposedly), are atheist/agnostic (temporary agnostic in principle) but always falter when it comes to software freedom.

    You are the first example I have come across of someone who swings the proper way for politics and software (in my eyes the two must be combined) but follows this with a erroneous faith position. I understand that you wish to keep your faith close to your chest but I find it almost impossible to see how you can realise all three and not come under a deep personal conflict.

    I hope that at some point you will realise a freedom that stretches its arms across your entire life. But until then, I hope you enjoy the freedoms that you already hold dear!

    Sincerely,
    Damien

  8. Ploum using Firefox 3.0 on GNU/Linux | February 1, 2009 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    That's interesting and reply perfectly to my comment. So we can imagine a god that would be the same for all humans and aliens. It makes sense. It makes a lot of sense. But then, what about religion ? There are already so many religions on the earth itself, many disagreeing with others for some point. Do you think that the aliens would follow the sames religions ? If yes, then I understand your position. If no, I logically don't see how the religion can be justified. (I'm not speaking about god's existence but about the "religion" concept. Many humans believe in a god or multiple gods without having a religion at all, like many deist)

  9. Clint Checketts using Firefox 3.0.5 on Windows XP | February 1, 2009 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    Toronto East? That wouldn't have been from 1996-1998 would it? If so, small world.

    Also, excellent explanation to Ploum. I totally agree with you.

  10. Aaron using Firefox 3.0.5 on Ubuntu | February 2, 2009 at 5:35 am | Permalink

    Yessir. June '96 to June '98, under President Handley. I must say, however, that I don't recall an Elder Checketts. Then again, my memory on names is horrible. I don't remember anyone from high school either.

  11. Marex using Firefox 3.0.5 on Ubuntu | February 2, 2009 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    From an European perspective, it's interesting to see that someone with an reasonable attitude can still be religious. I rarely see someone who claims to be religious taking left-of-center (even liberal) positions.

    In general I think religion is something very personal and I hate it when people try to impose their believes (whatever they might be) on me. The connection between religion and politics today really gets on my nerves...

    Thanks for sharing your opinions with us. Very refreshing. :-)

  12. Clint Checketts using Firefox 3.0.5 on Windows XP | February 3, 2009 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    I was in Mexico. :) It was my brother-in-law Elder Thiebaud from Kansas who was in Toronto.

  13. Aaron using Firefox 3.0.5 on Ubuntu | February 4, 2009 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Ahh, then in that case, as you are probably aware, he and I were companions for 3 months. :)

  14. Clint Checketts using Firefox 3.0.6 on Windows XP | February 6, 2009 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    No way! I actually wasn't aware! It is indeed a small world.

    Now my wife is calling him to relate the story.

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