Thursday, 12 July 2012

People Say I’m Crazy

Medical Questionnaire

Our work newsletter has this questionnaire we let new employees answer as a sort of an informal introduction. I was always tempted to answer the questions myself, but then again I am never going to be a new employee at my current place of work again. It therefore looks like this is going to be the only forum I can let go and answer.
So here we go. I took the work related questions out; I also tried to keep my answers to the spirit and format of a work questionnaire rather than the truly meaningful life discussions this blog normally runs with.

Friends say I am …

Opinionated, but I don’t know.
They also say I can’t put a good word in about myself.

Things that make me mad are …
People telling other people how they should live. Particularly people telling me how I need to live my life.

Things that make me happy are …
My son, when he’s asleep or when he’s a good boy. The former is much more reliable.
My wife.
Computers, but only when they’re good boys.

Books I have enjoyed reading include...

The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins is probably the most enlightening book I have ever had the pleasure of reading. More recently, I have enjoyed Lawrence Krauss’ A Universe from Nothing, a book that uses the latest cosmology has to offer in order to explain the creation of the universe we live in. Couple that with Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and you have yourself the complete guide to how we got to be here.
In the fiction department I usually go with science fiction, where my favorite author is John Scalzi. Scalzi’s latest book, Redshirts, takes the good old world of Star Trek and turns it into a cleverly amusing pondering on existential matters.

My favourite toy growing up was…

As a toddler, I had a tricycle tractor I couldn’t be separated from. Until, that is, my parents forcefully did just that. They compensated by getting me an Atari 2600, the first in a long line of computer gadgets; the rest is history.

I’d be lost without my…
In the literal terms, my smartphone and its location services. I am well and truly appreciative of the wonders of modern technology that allow me to have the information I want whenever I want it.
In the more philosophical terms, I'd be lost without my wife. A couple of my best friends would apply, too; they may be far away physically, but they have a tendency to be there when I need them.

I support ???? football club because…

One of the more notable ways in which I am UnAustralian, other than my dislike for alcohol, is my absolute lack of interest in popular Australian sports. That includes the AFL.
The football culture I grew up on has me supporting London’s Arsenal football club. I am, however, very cynical about the way money has corrupted my favorite sport. It did force me to evolve to a level where I don’t take my team’s wins/defeats too personally.

If I was a car I’d be a…

Trabant: Noisy. Polluting. A collector’s item.

People think I look like…

A primate of the Homo sapiens species.

If I won the lottery I would…
Be very surprised, given that I never bother filling lottery forms. The math is simple: as investments go, lottery is a losing one. I prefer to make my money the old fashioned way: I go to work.


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