Uh, thanks, Tim. I think. (And congrats on becoming a Distinguished Engineer!)
Here’s a list of five things most people probably don’t know about me:
I have a bit of graphite embedded in my left palm from a knife game — only with pencils! — gone awry when I was five years old.
I have a severe case of bovilexia.
There are nine distinct versions of Bohemian Rhapsody on my iPod:
- The original (three copies, from A Night at the Opera, Queen Greatest Hits, and the Wayne’s World soundtrack)
- The live version from the Wembley ’86 concert
- The We Will Rock You musical soundtrack (coincidentally recorded in London soon after the first time I saw it there)
- The London Symphony Orchestra version
- A rap version by Molotov on a Spanish-language “tributo a Queen“
- Two substantially different versions by the Braids (a capella and instrumental), along with two extra mixes based on these
- Two versions (Constantine and the Flaming Lips) off the intermittently amazing Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen album (if you like the song Stone Cold Crazy, check out this version)
And I don’t even have the ID Gang Choir’s version of Bohemian Rhaps-ID on there yet.
I have performed in a strip club.
I used this in playing a game of three truths and a lie with Sara Gates, Michelle Dennedy, and some other great folks at a conference last year, so I guess they know this about me, at least. It was supposed to be the one “ringer truth” that everyone would assume was a lie, but I got tripped up by Michelle, who independently joked, just before my turn, about my “stripping career”… In fact, my first band Sleeper did play in a club (I think it was somewhere on the Pearl Harbor military base) that did indeed have, y’know, dancers as part of the entertainment. A weird experience, especially since the poor dancers had to cue up their own music on the jukebox.
Just doing my part to be a vector…
[UPDATED to fix link to John’s blog.]