8 Random Things

Rudy tagged me for 8 random things, and now that I’m at home all busted up I have some time to respond! First, the rules of engagement:

  • We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.
  • Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
  • People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
  • At the end of your blog post, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
  • Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

So eight things about me, I’m going to try to make them as random as I can:

1. Everyone remember that horrible Punch the Monkey Java based banner ad back in the day? It’s an icon of just how horrible the internet can be. I was working at the company that ran Treeloot at the time and had a hand in that little piece of interweb history. I do not however have any of the monkey dolls, so don’t bother asking.

2. When I first got a cell phone that supported Bluetooth I found that the tools used with it generally blew quite hard. I’ve been a Linux user forever, and at the time there were two competing Bluetooth stacks for Linux. One called BlueZ which eventually became the accepted standard. And one called Affix that didn’t quite make it. At the time however there were some user facing tools for Affix and not much yet working for BlueZ. So I hacked up an OBEX client for BlueZ based on some code from Affix to send pictures to my phone and suck them back down. I assumed it was just a hack and that the tools for Bluetooth would mature pretty quickly. To this day I still see that tool pop up for use in embedded Bluetooth devices. It’s probably one of the most widely used bits of code I’ve written, and I paid so little attention to it that I don’t even have the original source any more. It’s one of the reasons I’m always so critical of Bluetooth, the whole system seems to just be broken.

3. I’m one of the founders of the Mobile Monday Silicon Valley chapter, which a lot of folks who read this probably know. However how that happened is that we had a meeting of a bunch of people, brought on by Russ, to talk about what we wanted to do. When things were a bit sluggish getting going I just scraped up a meeting place and got together I think 8 or 9 people for the first meeting, and kept the fires burning. Martin Little was there for our first meeting, and captured this image of about half of the crowd. I became the MoMo SV organizer by accident. And I’m still doing it because I’m stubborn and I love the people and projects I run into while doing it.

4. I’m something of an internet and telecommunications security buff, called hackers or phreaks in some circles. I end up at all sorts of computer security conferences just to check out what’s going on, and used to hobnob with a few folks who really made names for themselves in those circles. Back then folks online and at conferences used to call me Reverend. I’m always amazed when I think back to what life in my apartment in Rochester used to be like compared to what it’s become now that I’ve made it out to Silicon Valley. And how many other people are out there looking for an outlet for their talents but might never find something suitable.

5. I can not dance. Not like I don’t know how to, or I’m just embarrassed. I can not dance, and that’s all there is to it.

6. I’m a big artificial intelligence/ intelligence amplification/ singularity/ posthuman fan as well. If someone serious sounding enough walked up to me and offered me risky elective surgery to allow me to see in the dark, or interface directly to my computer, or communicate wirelessly with others using a neural implant, or be able to shut off my nerves, etc. I would almost definitely take them up on it. My belief in technology goes a lot deeper than I think most people’s does.

7. When I’m busy I can sleep just a few hours a night for months at a time. Normally 3 or 4 hours for 8 or 9 days and then I’ll crash and sleep 12 hours for a night. It always made it difficult for me to live with roommates because it would get on their nerves. I would always be up doing something almost all the time, but never doing the necessary little things like taking out the garbage, doing laundry, cleaning up, bathing, or eating. I like to think I’m a driven and dedicated person capable of focusing intensely on certain tasks. However I also might just be an insensitive and selfish prick. I think the deciding factor will be if I manage to get rich in the process. If I do I’m a dedicated visionary. If not I’m a maladjusted crackpot.

8. I grind my teeth in my sleep when I’m stressed. I used to be stressed a lot. Enough that I’ve broken a bunch of my teeth and had to have them replaced before I discovered what was happening. My dentists used to ask me if I fought a lot, cause apparently the damage that causes looks very similar to what happens after repeated facial blows. Once we figured it out they made me this big plastic biteplate I need to wear while I sleep whenever I’m stressed. I’ve had to start wearing it again lately.

So who will I tag?

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