Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker

41 questions about me!

Thanks to mountainkiss for posting this one. I haven't done one of these in years.

1. Do you like having your picture taken?
Yes, although I tend to grin at the camera far too much. I preferred it when I was thinner though, I'm not very happy with my current weight.

2. If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

I've wanted to visit Canada for ages. And I'd like to visit New York. The latter for a visit would be fine, but I get the feeling that Canada would be somewhere I'd want to stay for several months, or even long-term.

3. Have you ever done crossword puzzles?

Not for a very long time. I did once, for a few weeks, and managed to twist my brain into the right shape for answering them. But I don't get much out of solving puzzles unless there's either a social element to it (i.e. board games) or I'm producing something (i.e. programming).

4. Pick up the closest book and write a sentence at random from it.
A Jack program is a sequence of tokens separated by an arbitrary amount of white space and comments, which are ignored. Tokens can be symbols, reserved words, constants, and identifiers, as listed in figure 9.5
- from "The Elements of Computing Systems", which starts off with logic gates, and then builds various logic modules, a processor, an assembler, a VM, a compiler, and finally an OS. I'm reading through the whole thing and finding it fascinating. I may even do the various projects at some point, if I can find the time.

It's the companion book of NAND to Tetris, a CS course which you can find here. If you want to _really_ understand computers then I recommend it.

5. Do the same with a lyric from either a cd or the radio.

I haven't listened to the radio outside of my parents putting on the news in about 25 years. And the CDs haven't been unboxed since I last moved. So I took a leaf out of mountainkiss's book and hit "shuffle" on Spotify and picked the first track with lyrics:
You're so hot, teasing me
So you're blue but I can't take a chance on a chick like you

6. Have you ever tried to analyse your own dreams?

Absolutely. But they rarely contain anything coherent enough to be very analysable. Mostly I can just discern how stressed I am, and I could do that just as easily by checking my heart rate when I wake up!

7. Can you sing?

Not to any kind of standard. And since my music teacher, when I was 7, told me to stand at the back and mime, I have a terrible fear of singing in public. But I have played with Singstar a bit. So there's hope for me doing so in the company of others some day.

8. Do you ever sing to yourself while doing everyday tasks?

Yup. And sometimes with Julie when we're cooking together.

9. What's your favourite colour of post-it note?

I don't really have any attachment to different colours of post-it note. All of the ones in the office are yellow or white, and I've never seen another type that made me desparate to pay money for it.

10. Have you ever lied to get off the phone or out of talking to someone on line?

Yup - I've used food being ready to eat on several occasions. Of course I frequently _do_ have to cook around that time.

11. What does your bedroom look like?

Rectangular. Super-king-size bed in it, with a super-king-size duvet on it (it's great fun getting the cover on that). My side of the bed tends to be a mess of magazines, Julie's side tends to be a mess of old tea-cups. Intermittently, there is a mouse.

12. Do you read your horoscope?

Nope. I ceased to find that amusing sometime shortly after I ceased to be a student.

13. Would you rather chew gum or use mouthwash?

Quoth the Frankie: "They have different purposes. I don't really understand the question. I'm not mad on either."

14. How many times a year about are you sick?

I think I've had either one or two days off work in the last year, but I'd have to check. I don't take time off for being in pain/having sniffles - but if my brain has turned into fuzz there's no point me being in the office. On a more minor level, my stomach is not my friend.

15. Ever been in an aeroplane?

Yup. The thrill has gone, although I find the fact that we can sling people around the planet in little metal tubes absolutely marvellous.

16. What colour are your eyes?

Alsatian Brown

17. Have you ever been arrested?

Thankfully not.

18. What is your favourite t-shirt?

I had it printed myself, white text on a black background. It says "Try again. Fail again. Fail better." It's a Beckett quote. Sadly, it is currently too small for me.

19. What food disgusts you the most?

Clams/mussels/snails, and anything else with a slimy texture. I'd tried several times, and the texture is just too off-putting.

20. What is your favourite soda?

I tend to drink diet, caffeine-free coke, when given the option. If I can lay my hands on diet American Cream Soda then that's rather nice too.

21. Name one person your life is made better by.

I'm going to assume that I'm not allowed Julie. So I'll pick Nick, who keeps me amused and entertained with regular emails, ranging from serious computer-game/movie discussion to silly political banter.

22. Can you do maths with ease?

Some. I'm not a mathematical genius, but I rarely bump into things that require more than I can do. At some point, I'd like to learn some statistics, because it's the one area I regularly bump into of which I actually understand very little.

23. Are you a vegetarian?

Nope. I just don't care about sheep, cows, or pigs that much. I'd rather they were treated well, and killed painlessly though.

24. Name one of your passions in life.

Dancing. There's nothing in the world that takes me out of myself like dancing does.

25. What's your least favourite time of day?

Mid-afternoon. I tend to hit a low-blood-sugar point around then, the office is still busy, and I tend to have concentration problems. An hour later, around 4:30, the office is a lot quieter, my cravings have gone away, and I'm about twice as productive.

26. What colour is the inside of your head when you close your eyes?

Black. If it's bright then a kind of orangy glow, as if the sun was about to rise.

27. Ever listen to classical music?

Pretty much never. I've never been a fan of classical. My tastes are currently running to the Dubstep end of things, although a click look a my Last.FM stats seems reasonably eclectic to me.

28. Do you work? What is your job?

I'm a senior software developer for a financial company. Which means I spent 50% of my time coding, 30% of my time helping other people with their problems, and 30% of my time working on wide-ranging initiatives to improve how we do things.

29. What is the best present you've ever given someone else?

That wouldn't really be up to me to say, would it?

30. What is the best present someone else has ever given to you?

The people that came to my wedding and sang "It Must Be Love" during the ceremony were pretty damned awesome.

31. Do you wear a watch?

No. I have a mobile phone.

32. What's on your computer desk?

A million things! Sadly, it is hundreds of miles from me, so I can't detail them, but from memory there are two monitors, a mouse, a keyboard, and the kind drifts of paper that would keep a librarian/archeologist happy for months.

33. Do you think you're pretty / goodlooking?

When I put the effort in, and I'm about a stone lighter than I currently am, then yes. I just checked with Julie and she says "Yes", so I'll go with that.

34. How many people do you live with?

Julie. And Tarquin, who intermittently shows his furry bottom, even after we killed his brother Cedric.

35. What do you collect?

Knowledge. People. Comics. I would stop collecting the last of these if more of them were available in easily downloadable format.

36. Have you ever bought anything just because it was a fad?

Ooooh, bound to have done. Julie just prompted me, and reminded me that there was a fad for yoyos in school, and I bought one then. Also, marbles. And smurfs. And football stickers, even though I didn't (and don't) care about football. Can't think of anything more recent.

37. What do you think about when you first wake up in the morning?

A) Check email.
B) Check FB.
C) Check Twitter retweets, @messages, etc.
D) Check RSS feeds.
E) By now twenty minutes have passed, time to wake Julie up with tea.

38. Do you bite your nails?

Nope. Not a habit I've ever had, at least according to my mum (who is sitting next to me, handily).

39. What colour are most of your clothes?

Black is a major theme, but less so than it used to be.

40. What's your favourite cereal?

A couple of weetabix, with some sugar puffs on top. Due to stupid body issues, I've not been able to eat that for several years now. Suxor.

41. Do you like to look people in the eye?

Sometimes. I'm mostly more comfortable not doing so, but I love looking in Julie's eyes, and I'm a lot more comfortable with it in general.

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