January 22, 2009

7 facts about Stephen Donner -- you probably want to skip this post with your feed reader

Well, it had to happen; I've been tagged by the omnipresent Tomcat and the always-hip and hilarious djst, both of whom give me way too much street cred by claiming I'm, "the WebMonster !" and "QA superstar, excellent writer, and great friend," respectively--none of which (sadly) are true. Also tagging me was Clint, who spoke the truth when he wrote that I "need(s) to blog more".

So, here goes; as an aside, something about this is oddly reminiscent of email chain letters, but I digress.

(Oh, and here, as a preface, are 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 and the links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they’ve been tagged.

7 (largely useless) facts about myself:

1. Although born in Port Huron, Michigan on our family's furlough from dad's work as a radio-tower/studio engineer for TWR, I grew up as a missionary kid (mk, for short) in both Mbabane, Swaziland and Pinetown, South Africa (in that order). As part of this, I attended a South African school, in which I was forced to attempt to learn Afrikaans, a language of which I can only remember enough to count to 10. I also wore a uniform... I believe we left in 1983, and I grew up learning the hardships of apartheid, and its accompanying white South-African police brutality, as well as internal, tribal violence.
2. I've been working intermittently on Mozilla either as a volunteer or a paid employee in various capacities since 1998; still love it to this day, of course.
3. I can't stand the smell and shape of shrimp (which gets in the way of me wanting to taste it).
4. I pride myself in having pretty eclectic musical tastes; my friends--most of whom were in band/jazz band with me--were the same way. I still don't like most country to this day (it's the vocals, I've come to realize), but I dig Southern rock.
5. I was diagnosed as having a mitral valve prolapse when I was just 15--something which, when I think about it too much (at all?) scares me perhaps more than it should. I've been told by my doctor that it could also be responsible for increased anxiety.
6. I'm a workaholic; if you've worked with me at all, though, you might already know that. Really need to get some semblance of a work/life balance going and keep it up.
7. Only 7? I'm starting to enjoy this probably more than I should, given that I was so reluctant to do it all, in the beginning. Growing up, I wanted to be a:
* fireman
* policeman
* audio-recording engineer
* Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (yes, yes, I know!) I even had my parents cough up the $14k to attend the Clark Computer Career Institute in Braintree, MA (now called "The Career Institute of American International Colleges").
* writer -- still do; in fact, I graduated with a BA in English from IUSB in hopes of bettering my skillset in that very area. Maybe someday I'll marry my love of writing and computers in something that can be both satisfying and rewarding (financially). Until then, I really don't mind testing software...

So, that's it for now; tag, you're it:

(1) morgamic -- you've already been tagged by Tomcat, and because I want to read you write about other things than sports
(2) ss -- because something has to pull you away from your gripping Gossip Girls episode(s)
(3) clouserw -- just 'cuz
(4) marcia -- because you probably should blog more too
(5) lorchard -- you're from Michigan, the first bug we worked on was ever-the-epic one, and you're part of webdev (much love!) -- I wanted to tag Laura, but was too late.
(6) mikeal -- because I emphatically stated in #qa how lame I thought this was, so here's my just-dessert
(7) fligtar -- just nominating him might make him angry
(8) rdoherty -- addendum; how could I forget Ryan??

(I think bhearsum might be right in his closing remark, BTW.)

Posted by stephend at January 22, 2009 9:07 PM
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