What, 8 things about me?1

All right, so lovely Allison over at Adverse Journalism hit me to do this one. I'd usually not do something like this, but hey, I have to. She is my girlfriend and all...

The game is to list 8 random things about yourself. The problem? I'm boring. But here's my shot.

01. Whenever I find a song that I enjoy a lot, I get obsessed with it. I'll play it over an over again, sometimes for days at a time. I've done this with songs like Get Behind The Mule (the John Hammond version), or Vigilante Man from Ry Cooder. Alice from Pogo is another good example.

When I say obsessed, I mean that more than I should. If it really piques my interest, I'll spend too much time finding out everything that I can about the artist and song. Suddenly, my interest will move on to something else.

02. I'm interested in older technology. This ranges from doing things via a CLI to listening to Shortwave Radio to using Vacuum Tubes.

The CLI part goes towards my affection for things like IRC, and my need to have as much info directly in front of me as possible. I'm not much for shiny interfaces that move a lot. The Shortwave Radio interest stems mostly from listening to Spy Numbers stations. Pretty interesting stuff to me, because it's old technology that's still being used to transmit secret transmissions. Vacuum Tubes are an interest mostly because I'm a guitarist, and I really dig the sound that tubes give amplifiers. My current amp is a '65 Twin Reverb Reissue from Fender. I love it. I need to retube and rebias it a bit hotter, tho.

03. As noted above, I play guitar. I've been playing for the last 10 years or so, and it's a lot of fun. I'm mostly into play Blues and Rock, but I mess around with a lot of stuff, too. I've been playing around with a lot of more modern sounding stuff lately, and it's a lot of fun, too. I need a band, tho. My current setup is an American Series Stratocaster feeding into a Jim Dunlop Wah, Ibanez TS9, Line 6 DM4, Boss Chorus (not sure which model), and a Line 6 Roto-Machine. The amp is a '65 Twin Reissue,

04. I am a freak for Star Wars. I've even gotten the Darth Vader, Anakin Skywalker, and Darth Maul replica Lightsabers and love them dearly.

05. I'm learning Python. It's the first language I've come accross that I've had an easy time learning. I've been working on a program with it for a long time. I plan on getting started with IronPython some time soon. It's a lot of fun, tho. All though I'm trying to learn about Classes and Modules a little bit more. My main project would benefit from custom modules quite a bit.

06. I have a music collection that spans across about 140 gigs and 25,000 songs (those are rough numbers). I collect music like crazy. Found a song I like? I try to get the entire discography. This obsession with collection has lead to an obsession with storage, as well. Currently, I have a server with a terabyte of storage, and my desktop comes within 50 gigs or so.

07. If I work with you and I don't write something down, I didn't remember it. Period. That's why I have two whiteboards in my office (a big one and a small one) and an "art book" with unlined pages. If I didn't write it down, then you didn't ask in the first place. The unlined paper also encourages me to think within limits, but to float around a bit within those limits.

08. I recently bought an Xbox 360 and, frighteningly enough, I really enjoy it. The graphics are pretty good, and it works well with my current setup, including piping media through my server to it. My favorites so far are Call of Duty 4 and Rainbow Six: Vegas 2.

That's what I've got. Sadly enough, I've nobody to tag.

Move along now.