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10 things meme

Okay, everyone is doing this, so I'll follow sheepwise.

Ten things I've done that you probably haven't:

  1. As a teenager, lit the fuse on a few tons of Ammonium Nitrate explosives, used in major earth moving operations in a large open pit mine. Under supervision, of course.
  2. Wrote – for free – some 100,000 lines of code used by several thousand people across the net, a substantial portion of whom would even recognize my chosen alias.
  3. Designed and implemented two programming languages, and majorly expanded a third. Two of those languages are still in use by several thousand people.
  4. Wrote an astronomical program for the GameBoy Advance, tying it to a GPS, a bright visible green laser, and various home-brewed hardware (designed and built by tugrik), with the end result of being able to automatically point out and track stars, planets and satellites by name.
  5. Been to the Burning Man festival some seven different years, yet have never taken an illegal drug in my life.
  6. Found that I cannot answer the question So what do you do at work? in less than several minutes, because my job is so removed from reality.
  7. Been stared at (several times now) like I'm an utter moron, when I describe our home network, servers, and T1, and mention that I help host some 70 domains and webcomics, yet I don't charge a cent for it.
  8. Created, maintain, and still host one of the largest indexes of web-comics on the Internet.
  9. Been corrected in my math by Kip Thorne, when I'd thought I'd caught him in an error in one of his lectures on time travel, relativity and wormholes.
  10. Hiked up a mountain with my family, to leave the ashes of my father in the ruins of the mine there.

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cjthomas
Feb. 25th, 2005 10:18 pm (UTC)
1.As a teenager, lit the fuse on a few tons of Ammonium Nitrate explosives, used in major earth moving operations in a large open pit mine.

=o.o=. @envy. (Pyrokitty, though I don't do much of that sort of thing any more.)

3.Designed and implemented two programming languages, and majorly expanded a third. Two of those languages are still in use by several thousand people.

Implemented MPI, extended MUF, and?

4.Wrote an astronomical program for the GameBoy Advance, tying it to a GPS, a bright visible green laser, and various home-brewed hardware (designed and built by tugrik), with the end result of being able to automatically point out and track stars, planets and satellites by name.

Use the beam-spreader that I described construction and calibration of in Tugrik's journal, and you should be able to get a variance with no problems. The other advice in there is good too.

9.Been corrected in my math by Kip Thorne, when I'd thought I'd caught him in an error in one of his lectures on time travel, relativity and wormholes.

@fan-kitty =^.^=.


Not sure if I've actually _done_ much that others haven't. Most of it falls into the "planned out in detail how to.." or "started doing, but didn't finish.." category. One of my primary goals at this time of life is to actually _finish_ enough of this to be impressive.

Talking Revar Doll is definitely on that list, in case you were wondering };>. The dummy is about half-made. When it's done, it gets carved up for the pattern, and the doll is half-made (electronics are the other half, but that's straightforward implementation of the ChipCoder reference design).
revar
Feb. 26th, 2005 01:14 am (UTC)
MUF, MPI, and MIST, which was a precursor of @6800 and MPI.
dv_girl
Feb. 26th, 2005 01:55 am (UTC)
Heehee. Kip Thorne comes across so kooky. He did the hosting on one of the DVDs for the GPB mission. Hey! You want swag by the way? I could nab some posters, stickers and a DVD or two.
scyllacat
Feb. 26th, 2005 04:49 pm (UTC)
Proud to know you, sweetie.
sigurther
Apr. 11th, 2005 08:15 am (UTC)
You've led a full life, batbat. Few people can say that at so young an age.
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