25 Random Thingums

So this has been a “meme” that’s been going round on Facebook like a virus. The idea is that you write 25 random things about yourself, post it as a note, and ‘tag’ a bunch of other people who then go and write a 25 random things note. They then tag people, and so it continues. The point of it is to get to know your friends better, apparently.

Anyway, I thought I’d post mine on my blog (which will then get imported as a note into Facebook) just because I’ve been neglecting the blog a bit recently and this will make it look like I’m doing something 😉

So here, in no particular order, are my 25 random things. I hope it gives you an insight into how boring I really am.

  1. I once dressed up as Robin Hood for a fancy dress party (this was when I was about 7 or 8).
  2. I’ve only ever been to two football games, both at Portman Road, to see Ipswich play Chelsea. I went with my Dad (who supports Chelsea – I ostensibly supported Ipswich although to be honest I’m not really into football).
  3. As a university assignment I once programmed a robot to manoeuvre a football around a couple of obstacles and into a goal. Shut up, it was a proud moment for me!
  4. My middle name is “Daniel”.
  5. The first film I ever went to see at the cinema (that I remember seeing) was the animated version of “101 Dalmations”.
  6. I performed “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat” while I was at primary school.
  7. I wasn’t a major character though. Actually I wasn’t a character at all – just a sort of backing singer. Not that I’m bitter or anything.
  8. I’ve come to believe that every single person in the country performed “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat” while they were at primary school.
  9. I have only ever owned three cars. My first car was my Dad’s old car – a 1988 Rover 216s.
  10. I’ve been DJing for eight years now. I started off playing trance in 2001, then moved to progressive house, then breakbeat (nu-skool breaks FTW), and finally drum & bass. It’s gone full circle now though because I recently bought some CD decks and starting playing my old trance CDs.
  11. I started learning piano when I was about 12. But I’ve improved more in the last few years than I ever did during about 5-6 years of having lessons. Part of the reason for that is we didn’t have a piano at home, so I had to use the one in the (freezing cold) church next door. Guess why I didn’t practice much.
  12. I’ve been learning to play the guitar since early 2008. I’m not great at that either – I can play a few chords but can’t really do much else.
  13. Given the above two points, I have come to the conclusion that I’m not a natural musician. In fact I always feel like an imposter when I play at church, for example.
  14. I have never broken any bones.
  15. I am quite geeky when it comes to computers. I got my first PC, a 486 SX/25, when I was about 11. I’ve been messing around with them ever since.
  16. I don’t use Microsoft Windows at home, I use Ubuntu Linux – although in the past I have used Fedora, Gentoo and even FreeBSD.
  17. My favourite webcomic is XKCD, but my favourite cartoon is probably Calvin & Hobbes, with Dilbert coming second.
  18. My absolute favourite TV sitcom of all time is “Spaced”. At uni we used to watch it all the time. Seriously, I don’t think a week went by without us watching at least one episode. And I love the newer Simon Pegg / Edgar Wright stuff (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz)
  19. At Soul Survivor one year, a friend convinced me and another friend to do something slightly crazy. Soul Survivor is (or was) split up into different camping sites (“villages”) such as ‘orange 1’, ‘orange 2’, ‘red 1’ etc. Each one had its own sign. On the night before we left, we swapped a few of the signs around. Apparently as people were arriving the next day there was chaos as people were trying to find their villages. Good times.
  20. My favourite band of all time is the Beatles (my last.fm page confirms this). I love pretty much everything they’ve done, but I particularly like their later stuff (from Rubber Soul onwards)
  21. I prefer buying CDs to downloading, unless it’s an individual track I want. I like having a physical product, plus hard disks have crashed on me in the past. (Speaking of which, I must get an external HDD for backups…)
  22. I enjoy learning theology and am currently finishing my third unit of the Moore Course (theology correspondence course from Moore College in Sydney, Australia).
  23. I’m not really a sporty person but I do enjoy playing cricket and tennis. Haven’t played either in literally years though.
  24. I used to be into gaming – particularly First-Person Shooters such as Half Life and Quake – and designed / ran a website called “Clan Factor” with a friend of mine.
  25. It took me ages to come up with this list. I hope you’re happy. Thanks for tagging me, Ian :p


3 responses to “25 Random Thingums”

  1. I’ve never been involved in a production of Joseph at school or elsewhere…

    In other news I should warn you that for some reason Web Of Trust (WOT) a site advisor seems to have your site black listed – will email you a screenshot.


  2. You must be the only one Alex 😉

    Don’t know why I’m blocked on the WOT – maybe they just block all blogs or something?!

  3. We never did Joseph and his bonny-coloured coat either. We did the nativity, the nativity, the Easter story, the nativity, the nativity and The Wizard of Oz. I’ve missed one. Oh, yes: the nativity.

    I was an angel in every single one, expect the one with no angels.

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