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Seven Things Meme aka Damn you, Harper Reed!

Internet memes rock my socks!

Unfortunately, I was tagged by Harper for a “7 things” meme where I have to divulge seven tidbits of randomness about myself. I’m generally not a big fan of these things since most of you on the Interweb could care less about me, but it is Harper… and well, he is my new bicycle, so here goes:

1. I have “girlie” handwriting

I blame this 1000% all on my sister. Throughout the years, people have told me that I write like a girl – whatever that means. I don’t know how many days of my childhood I spent playing “school”, but it’s quite apparent that it was damn too many. Thanks Stace!

2. I used to play an inordinate amount of video games

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but this one just might make you speechless. Damn you, John Carmack, for making one of the greatest games of my generation and *almost* failing me out of college. I’ve just recently been sucked into this wonderful World of Warcraft. God, help me.

3. I

Whether it’s the crosswords, sudoku, kakuro, chess, or that damn Bejeweled, I absolutely love puzzles. I typically have a really short attention span, but puzzles have known to captivate me for hours on end.

4. I am ultra-competitive

I don’t know if it was the math games my mom challenged me with as a child, but I’m probably on the extremely far end of the competitiveness scale. It could be eating (grr, Kobayashi, here I come), games at Dave and Buster’s, or just a game of pickup basketball, I’ll compete at anything. And if you’re lucky, I’ll probably throw in some trash talking as well.

5. I am a total sucker for 80’s cartoons

Whether it’s G.I. Joe, Transformers, M.A.S.K., Thundercats, Voltron, or Silverhawks; I’m an uber 80’s cartoon fan. I don’t know if I should be admitting this as a 30 year old, but I have an extensive collection of Transformers and G.I. Joes safely stored away at my parent’s house. Thanks, Mom & Dad!

6. I love to read

I’m not sure when this happened in my life, but I’ve come to love reading. When I was younger, I absolutely loved Encyclopedia Brown and the Choose Your Own Adventure series. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve stuck to the more non-fiction variety, and I’m currently working on these books here. One of these days, I’m hoping someone will get me an Amazon Kindle. =P (*hint* *hint*)

7. Hi, my name is Ryan, and I’m a caffeine Coke Zero addict

Since my parents never allowed me to drink caffeine as a child, I don’t know exactly when this happened. It could have been all those all-nighters in grad school trying finish up the last bits of code, or the late nights playing online games. In any case, I drink a six pack a day, on the conservative estimate, but I’m really, really trying to stop. I think.

Whew!

And there you have it folks – a few lame tidbits about me. Now, according to Harper, to make this official, I have to tag 7 other unfortunate online souls. So… I tag:

  • Ed S – I met Ed through a basketball league, and it just so happens we share a similar interest in all things technology. Not only does he manage one of the larger media sites in Hawaii, but he is also a featured blogger @ the Honolulu Advertiser.
  • Stephen F – A former co-worker, I’m hoping that this will kick-start his blogging. Since he’s busy with kids, school, and work, I’m not sure he’ll have time for this, but hey, it’s worth a try. He knows all things .Net and Ruby.
  • Kevin M – We met during our freshman year at U of I in calculus. He’s a .Net machine working for Clarity Consulting and is full of zany ideas. He was even featured on Microsoft’s Coding4Fun for his DIY foosball hack. I’m sure he’ll have something great to write.
  • Greg Y – We used to work in the same organization, and I’d help him out with small projects. He’s leading the Hawaii Web 2.0 charge in the organization and also masquerades as a part-time blogger @ Pulp Connection.
  • Mark Q – One of my current co-workers who knows all things CSS and Mac. He’s a Symfony user *cough*fanboy*cough* and is currently trying to convince me to switch over to the darkside. “Resistance is futile.
  • Scott V – We met during our freshman year at U of I playing what else but Quake. Not only is he half man, half crazy, but he’s also the nerdvana of all things system administration. He currently works at Threadless with Harper causing all sorts of havoc.
  • Trent N – I mentored Trent through HiTechQuest. He’s a young’un but has all types of technological potential. Since he’s the youngest I’ve tagged, I’m sure he’ll have all sorts of interesting things to teach us old folk.

And if you’re one of the chosen ones, here are the rules:

  • Link your original tagger(s), and list these rules on your blog.
  • Share seven facts about yourself in a post – some random, some weird.
  • Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
  • Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs and/or Twitter
  1. [...] Ryan recently tagged me in his “Seven Things Meme” blog, which basically obligated me to return the [...]

  2. Hey, I have recently been going to the library and getting free audibooks. Then I put them on my mp3 player and devour them when I do things like wash dishes. Amazing way to fit books in during times that are not particularly conducive to reading.

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