10 REALLY RANDOM THINGS ABOUT ME
- 1. I have long forefingers and long pinkies, according to my family. My aunt Camille calls them "presidential fingers", whatever that means.
- 2. As a child, I used to like the taste of Chinese chives (jiu3 cai4) and hate the taste of cilantro (aka coriander leaf), but now it's the other way around.
- 3. I am absolutely addicted to quest-driven computer RPGs and most turn-based strategy games. Quest for Glory, Warcraft, Civilization, Star Control, Questron, Times of Lore, Ultima, The Bard's Tale, Pirates!, Rogue/Nethack/Moria/Angband, CircleMUD... you name it, I've been hooked on it. I'm banazir, and I'm a questaholic. You wonder why I don't play a lot of computer games? One day at a time, people. One day at a time.
- 4. My mother's family consists of mostly good-looking people. I am on the plain-looking end of her side, for reference.
- 5. My nightmares are very detailed, vivid, and spiced with lots of futuristic or fantastic SF combat, weaponry, and plots. Most of them involve my being a secret agent behind enemy lines, or a pilot in some titanic battle.
- 6. I had moderate math anxiety when I was 6-7 years old. My mother would drill me in multiplication tables and get very impatient. I was convinced I had a learning disability. One day when I was in second grade, it just went away.
- 7. I've primarily driven only three cars: a maroon 1988 Subaru GL 4WD station wagon (owned 1988-2002), a maroon 1989 Toyota Corolla All-Trac station wagon (owned 1989-2003), and my white Honda Accord LX (owned 1999-present). Before that, my parents owned a maroon Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme (for about 10 years), a neon orange Dodge Colt (for at least 6 years), a silver Ford Pinto, and a puke green Chevy Nova.
- 8. I was born two weeks early - not enough to qualify as significantly premature.
- 9. I love the colors blue, green, and white in combination.
- 10. I have loved spaghetti with mushrooms ever since I read "The Lords of Quarmall" by Fritz Lieber. It's a total obsession. I even like the smell of mushrooms.
9 WAYS TO WIN MY HEART
- 1. Be kind. This is an absolute must for me, and I wouldn't expect it if I didn't think myself at least adequately capable of it.
- 2. Be honest. I give at least as good as I get.
- 3. Recognize and respect God, the giver of every good and perfect gift.
- 4. Be generous to others. Not just material giving, but largess of spirit. Care about humanity and other living creatures.
- 5. Laugh and make me laugh. "A man can forget the woman he loves," says the aphorism, "but he can never forget the woman who makes him laugh." Nothing gets to me like a good sense of humor.
- 6. Show that you care about your family. It lets me know that you respect the importance of family.
- 7. Have high ideals and stick to them. Be willing to sacrifice things of your own and mine for the greater good.
- 8. Possess and inspire a positive outlook on life. Sweetness, kindness, and a loving nature go hand in hand when these are genuine.
- 9. Respect me. You need not praise me or admire anything in particular about me. Lord knows you should not be blind to my faults. But respect who I am as a person; the above are a few fundamentals of what I stand for.
8 THINGS I CARRY/WEAR EVERY DAY
- 1. My eyeglasses, which twinbee says "make my head look like a gravity well" but are actually much smaller than my last pair (1993-2004)
- 2. My titanium Seiko timepiece, a gift from my aunt Camille
- 3. A white v-neck Hanes T-shirt, the only type of undershirt I wear
- 4. A black leather bag containing my ThinkPad A31p, Numerramar
- 5. My cell phone, a Samsung VGA-1000 picture phone with Sprint PCS
- 6. An Audiovox GMRS (radio frequency) walkie-talkie with 0.5 - 7 mile range
- 7. A Waterman Expert II rollerball pen inscribed Professor Bill Hsu, 2004, a gift from my cousin, Dr. Ray Lee
- 8. My COMPAQ iPAQ H3635, Sting
7 THINGS THAT ANNOY ME
- 1. Naked aggression of any kind. (Having had quite enough in secondary school, I really don't respond well towards bullying, of me or of those I care about.)
- 2. Being accused of lying when I haven't. (Hint: I lie about how much sleep I got, whether I need an antihistamine, and how much time I spent in IRC. I'm not very reliable on what time I will finish a task because I get sidetracked fairly easily. That's about it.)
- 3. Students trying to pull a fast one - e.g., asking for a prerequisite course exemption when they haven't taken a course that nearly qualifies.
- 4. Being told that I'm being unclear, opaque, or overdetailed when I've simplified something as much as I am able. (Actually, to be fair, the latter happens rarely.)
- 5. Being told that computer systems work when they don't work for me. At all. (Elaboration forthcoming. ;-))
- 6. Having someone log out suddenly without giving me time to say good night. (I know you know I wish you a good night. But do you know I know you know? Bonus points for using Kripke semantics to answer this. ;-))
- 7. Prejudice, especially racial prejudice.
6 PLACES I'VE VISITED
- 1. Acapulco, Mexico.
- 2. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
- 3. Skagway, Alaska, USA.
- 4. Taipei, Taiwan.
- 5. San Francisco, California, USA.
- 6. New York, New York, USA.
5 THINGS I WANT TO DO BEFORE I DIE
- 1. Have children (2-4).
- 2. Advise a Ph.D. student who has Ph.D. students of his or her own, who in turn have more acadmic progeny. (Hint, hint, hpguo...)
- 3. Visit every continent.
- 4. Make between $60M and $4B USD.
- 5. Start my foundation. (It's a SIKRIT.)
4 THINGS I'M AFRAID OF
- 1. Being alone or left out.
- 2. Procrastinating so much I will slip on a major deadline.
- 3. Not having kids. (Well, I guess this is a specific case of #2, or maybe multiple inheritance from #1 and #2. :-P)
- 4. Deafness. (Significant hearing loss in old age runs among some males in my father's family.)
3 THINGS I DO EVERY DAY
- 1. Give thanks for the food I have to eat - both to the God I believe ultimately provided it and any people who might have prepared it.
- 2. Post a LiveJournal entry and one or more GreatestJournal entries.
- 3. Read, and think hard, about a new problem in computer science or the computational sciences.
2 THINGS I'M TRYING NOT TO DO NOW
- 1. Think of all the online updating that I am 1-50 days behind on.
- 2. Forget what I really need to do: go to see the assistant to the dean of our graduate school for the Summer Undergrad Research Opportunity Program (SUROP) applications, and notify my co-PIs that we can get one.
1 PERSON I WANT TO SEE NOW
- 1. Myself, 50 years from now or a year before I die, whichever comes first.