7 things you probably didn’t know about me

The rules:

1. Link to your original tagger(s) and list these rules in your post.
2. Share seven facts about yourself in the post.
3. Tag seven people at the end of your post by leaving their names.
4. Let them know they’ve been tagged.

I was tagged by my wife Random Access Mazar

1. I went to three different high schools over three years and graduated from the one where I started.

2. My earliest memory is of eating Cambell’s Oyster Stew, which my father told me was banana soup in order to get me to eat it.

3. I have a hard time matching events from my childhood with a calendar. I remember my grandfather’s funeral being when I was 5, but it was apparently when i was 7. I remember cutting my finger when i was 8, but it was closer to 11, etc. etc.

4. My right hand index finger’s fingerprint is not the one I was born with.

5. My first car was a maroon chevy chevette with a standard transmission and the rear end from an automatic which gave it slightly better acceleration, for a chevette. The shifter know fell off, so i replaced it with a t-handle knob, which was somewhat ironic. My grandfather built the car, gave it to me, and sold it for me. My second care was given to by my aunt and uncle, it was a town and country station wagon that i had for 10+ years.

6. I helped found, was nominally CTO of, and closed a company within a year during the internet boom.

7. I’ve written and sent 2 different business plans to angel and VC investors. The first one was to take COTS computing and integrate it invisibly into office furniture. The second one was to use a micropayment/tip funding structure to enable and encourage educators to share lessons, lesson plans, etc. It was an attempt to commodify professional knowledge in order to make that knowledge open and communal. Needless to say neither was funded and I have no idea where those plans are today.

Tagging: Shane, Michael, Sarah, Sue, Smirby

Meme Time! Friday Happy Hour: What Did We Learn This Year?

Since this is the last Happy Hour of the year, all of today’s questions relate to your 2008 experiences. I’ve added more questions that usual, but don’t feel compelled to answer everything. Let’s get right to it.

1. What’s the most interesting book or article you read in 2008?


The Monk and the Philosopher: A Father and Son Discuss the Meaning of Life

2. What’s the best food you tried for the first time in 2008?

Jersey Beef at Cafe Europa in Copenhagen

3. What prominent figure’s death upset you the most in 2008?

Studs Turkle and George Carlin

4. What’s the most unexpected way the economic crisis affected you in 2008?

umm, lost 1/4 of my current retirement savings?

5. What’s a new hobby you picked up in 2008?


6. When you look back at 2008 five years from now, what will be the first thing that comes to mind? (For me, it’s a three-way tie: the birth of my daughter, the Giants’ Super Bowl win and those four straight days last week when Yahoo! linked to mental_floss stories on their homepage.)

Got married:)

7. And I’ll end this batch of questions the same way I did last year: “Let’s make Week-After-Christmas Resolutions. Something you vow to start doing next Friday, but can give up on January 1st.” What’s yours? [From Friday Happy Hour: What Did We Learn This Year?]

hmmm, not eating… pork?