7 Random Facts About Me

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I’ve been tagged by my blog buddy in-arms Tim Stevens to write seven random (and not so random) facts about myself. (Yes, blog memes are still alive and well.) So it’s about time to shake things up with something personal.

The rules are:

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
5. Present an image of martial discord from whatever period or situation you’d like.

You must excuse that I thought about what I should write due to a failure in my random-thought function. But the following are selected facts from a brainstorm.

The se7en random facts

  1. Six years ago I underwent brain surgery. I had a tumor the size of a large chicken egg pushing on my cerebellum. Keen eyes can spot the tumor on the online 3D model of my brain.
  2. Since I left kindergarten all friends I’ve made have been older than I am.
  3. I’m an agnostic atheist. My mother fears I’ll go to hell.
  4. I read Snow Crash in English when I was 10 years old. My teacher couldn’t believe I understood it and questioned me about its content. (Remember that I’m Icelandic)
  5. I take pride in that last fact and sometimes mention it in vain.
  6. I recently started doing Zen-flavored meditation.
  7. The lovely summer of 2006, a baby raven with a crooked leg landed in my lap. I fixed his leg with braces and raised him for a year. (that’s him in the header pic). He’s living in the wild now. I miss that crazy bird dearly.

And then to name the next seven minds (in no specific order):

Hat’s off to the tagged!

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6 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. Good luck on the meditation; I’ve personally found it to be very beneficial. I’ll put my list up in a day or two.

  2. Thanks Josh, also for the links to the Fronsdal lectures. Meditating has been really interesting so far and I’m sure it will only get better.

  3. Sure thing about the links; I’ve listened to a lot of his other talks via Zencast / Audio Dharma, and have enjoyed all of them.

  4. That MRI applet is great. Shame it had to come from something so touch-and-go.

    ‘Snow Crash’ – can’t claim to have read it that young. Ran across this article about it the other day. It’s heavy going but posits some fascinating interpretations of Stephenson’s worldview.

    Porush, David (1994), ‘Hacking the Brainstem: Postmodern Metaphysics and Stephenson’s Snow Crash’, Configurations, Vol.2, No.3, pp.537-571.

  5. List going up on Thursday. Nothing there as dramatic as your brain scan, though.

  6. @Tim- thanks for the link! I’m still fascinated by the ideas in the book.

    @Gnorb – thanks for writing :)

    And I’d like to repeat what Gnorb stated in his post: I completely understand those who don’t respond to memes.

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