I like to write about politics and history, but I don’t think I’m very good at it yet. Maybe that’s why I do it on another blog, because I’m nowhere near as sure of myself on these topics as I am when writing about literature, and I wouldn’t want to ramble and stumble like that here. My latest foray is a four-part series on a pretty tough question: “what is genocide?”. The best entry point is here. I’m really not sure what I’m trying to say, but I think I might be on to something.
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Me.
1. I am incompetent at video games. My youngest daughter began regularly beating me at around the age of four. I also hate video games and I don’t understand why people like them. I am aware that this is especially unusual because I work in the technology industry, and yet still I hate them.
2. I love reality TV shows. Other than The Office, reality TV is the only TV I watch. I’m currently running with The Apprentice, VH1’s White Rapper (this is a GREAT, GREAT show) and Grease: You’re The One That I Want (well, what can I say? I’m a Broadway baby). I’m skipping American Idol for now, but you better believe I’ll be around for the final rounds. Go ahead and call me an idiot. Fortunately, my fiancee is an idiot too.
3. I like to walk a lot. I once walked from Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan to LaGuardia Airport to pick up my parents (this is a hike, especially if you forget to bring a map and get lost on the way). When I got to the edge of the airport I asked a maintenance worker how to get to the main terminal. He pointed me in the direction but told me to take a bus: “you don’t want to walk the whole way.” I said “I just walked here from midtown Manhattan, I’ll be fine.”
4. I am a telephobe. I often wish Alexander Graham Bell had never been born, not to mention that annoying Verizon ad guy.
5. I once wrote an anonymous article about a badly managed software project I’d worked on that was published in InfoWorld, the technology industry’s leading weekly newsmagazine. I was very proud of this, and I got an iPod Shuffle for it. I also enjoyed the opportunity to mock my former managers at a cable network whose name I’d better not reveal. I wish I had more time to write articles about software development as it relates to media and publishing. I’ve also been published in Time Magazine’s Netly News and on various online forums on subjects such as Java and AJAX programming.
Five things — that’s the meme. Catch it if you can.