8 Random Things

Thanks to Joe Lewis, I’ve been hit with a meme. Everyone says they never do these things, but this one sounds harmless enough since I can say whatever 8 random things I want to in response.


The rules for this meme are:

  1. Let others know who tagged you.
  2. Players start with 8 random facts about themselves.
  3. Those who are tagged should post these rules and their 8 random facts.
  4. Players should tag 8 other people and notify them they have been tagged.

Ok, so 8 random facts about me:

  1. I received my undergraduate degree in MIS from Baylor University. Since then (all apart from my full-time job), I have considered seminary, law school (took the LSAT even), business school and seminary again. I enrolled in an LIS program at the University of Denver last Spring, then moved into a CIS program at DU’s University College after the faculty decided that technology isn’t that important to LIS programs. I’m a vagabond student, what can I say. If somebody is willing to give me a Master’s degree where I pick all the curriculum, I think I’d finally be happy. Of course, I could do that now. It’s called learning on your own…
  2. A few weeks ago, I started teaching myself Ruby on Rails for grins. I’d been interested for a while, but I finally took the plunge and bought Agile Web Development with Rails, 2nd Ed. I haven’t had this much fun doing development in a while.
  3. My dream career is to be a writer (and actually be able to live off of it). I’ve wanted to be once ever since I learned to read and have written on the side actively since I was eighteen. One of these days, I’ll force myself through NaNoWriMo and finally move in that direction.
  4. My wife and I sponsor three children with Compassion International, the organization which I am privileged to serve. The names of our children are Denis (Tanzania), Immanuel (El Salvador) and Ana Maria (Dominican Republic). Last year, I was in the Dominican Republic and was blessed enough to be able to meet Ana Maria and her mother. It was an amazing experience and one I will never forget and I am reminded every day how fortunate I am that I get to do something I love for an organization who is on the front lines of ending poverty.
  5. My Myers-Briggs personality type is ENFP (stealing one from Joe). Apparently, I am an idealist and am also terrible at follow-through.
  6. I love technology, but my hobbies (running, biking, hiking, backpacking) take me outdoors where I feel free without my digital leashes.
  7. I am an avid GTD-er. I love the book, the ideas, 43Folders and all things GTD. Right now, I am actually supposed to be doing my weekly review. I think this blog post (though on my action list) took longer than 2 minutes…
  8. I wish I was as smart as Edward Tufte.

So that’s that. Now to pass this albatross on to others:

  1. Ken Scott
  2. Dempsey Williams
  3. Jason Foster
  4. Dan Fox
  5. Rob Fay
  6. Adnan Masood
  7. Phil Ripperger
  8. Russ Debenport 

Now how’s that for some structured procrastination?