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12 November, 2004

Miscellania meme

Dina has randomly sampled numerous e-mail 'getting to know you' surveys, and compiled a new blog meme.  It's been a while since I participated in one of these, so:

1. What is your favourite colour?

Black, then jade green, then blue-with-a-hint-of-purple.

2. Tell me about a talent or skill you possess, which I've not yet witnessed or discovered.

Though I still haven't found a reason to elaborate on it in the blog, I sculpt and paint 'toy soldiers' (human figures at a scale of 28mm:1.83m (1":6')), I've won international competitions for it for over a decade, and have sculpted semi-professionally.

3. What was your favourite subject in school? (I think this means primarily elementary school, when you were a child, but if you had a favourite subject in secondary or university you can tell me about that, too!)

I don't remember distinct subjects at primary school, other than recalling that there were distinct subjects.
At secondary school, I suppose Geography was my favourite. I'm still grateful to Paul Ellis and his colleagues for inspiring an interest which sustained me to PhD level (then fell flat, but that wasn't their fault). If it hadn't been for the teachers, English (Lit. & Lang.) might have been more enjoyable. As it happens, I thrived on my extra-curricular interest despite Mike Antrobus et al.
At University, my favourite aspects of my Physical Geography degree were cartography/photogrammetry (learning non-computerised techniques even then on the cusp of obsolescence, unfortunately) and Upland Geomorphology.
At my second University, my sole and least favourite subject was Upland Geomorphology :(

4. What is one place to which you've never been, but you'd like to visit, someday? (Locally or abroad)

I'd like to tour Iceland, please.

5. Are you a morning person or a night person?

Definitely a night person, partly because I dislike bright daylight.

6. Are you left-handed or right-handed?

Sinister for writing, but dextrous for scissors, eating utensils and my PC's mouse.

7. Did astronauts really land on the moon, or was it all a hoax?

They did. Conspiracy theories tend to be the inventions of sad people pretending to be cleverer than they really are. At least that's what the nice gentlemen in black suits and mirror shades tell me.

8. What's in your pocket? (Or if there's nothing in your pocket at present, what sorts of things are most often in your pockets?)

  • My watch - I carry one for the rare times I'm away from both my PC and bike (which have clocks), but dislike chunky, male wrist watches.
  • My cards - debit card, University Library card, University Sports Centre card, Dukes cinema card, British Waterways permit to cycle on canal towpaths.
  • Cash.
I usually carry a small penknife, too, but lost it a couple of months ago. I think K. plans to replace it in December.

9. In 10 years, you see yourself... (Finish that any way you desire.)

Pessimistically, right here. Might have to work on avoiding that.

10. There's a power outage, and you don't have a generator. This means no electronics - no computer, no telly, no videos, no stereo and no electric heat or electric kettle - what do you do to keep warm, content and entertained?

Bed and a book. I love my bed, despite my insomnia.

11. What's one thing you cannot bring yourself to eat?

Custard, and anything of a similar slimy texture.

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