Blog Readability Test

Following Paul's post about the Blog Readability Test, I pumped in my own URL just for kicks. Here's the result: I take that as a compliment, and it's probably pretty easily explained by the algorithm. I tend to write short, active-tense sentences with not many long words. The readability test doesn't take the actual content into account, just the lengths of words, sentences and paragraphs. And, if there are any elementary school kids reading this blog, I apologize for the potty mouth in the last post....

November 15, 2007 · 1 min

Blog Addiction

Another silly quiz, claiming to calculate one's blog addiction score. pfff. it's waaaaay off. 85%How Addicted to Blogging Are You? Definitely skewed low. Some MySpacers are probably blowing the curve. Good thing they didn't include Twitter and Flickr. I'd be in the triple digits easily...

August 22, 2007 · 1 min

That Fracking 8 Random Facts Meme

I got tagged. I'm taking the easy way out and recycling my responses to the "5 things meme" of 2006 (aren't blog archives handy? ;-) ) and adding 3 new ones. I once "flew" a 747 when I was about 6 years old. The Captain invited me up to the cockpit, stuck some wings on me, and handed me the controls. He told me not to crash the plane, and the co-pilot was also on his controls, but to a 6 year old, that was pretty cool....

August 7, 2007 · 1 min

But, I suck at smalltalk!

Which Programming Language are You? Ouch? Sorry if I've objectifed anyone. Better than being rigidly cast, though... Now, if only Smalltalk helped at parties, I'd be ok... (via Enterprise-Class Alan)

January 16, 2007 · 1 min

5 Things Tag

Dang. I got tagged with the Five Things Meme a couple days ago, but procrastinated on responding. Then, I just got tagged again. Better play before the tags build up... So, five little-known things about me. Without feeding identity thieves, hopefully... I'm not a programmer. I suck as a programmer. I'm a total hack. I know just enough to let me get into trouble, but I'm too stubborn to give up until something kinda sorta almost works....

December 20, 2006 · 2 min

Creative Commons - why don't more people "get it"?

Alan wrote up a post on "linktribution" (the concept of providing attribution for a link to a web page, flickr image, etc...) and in the comments, Scott replied that (perhaps a more broad concept such as) Creative Commons would be a better Big Picture meme to propagate. Which got me thinking about my experience with CC. I'm a firm believer in it. All of my stuff is licensed using a simple CC-Attribution license....

October 25, 2006 · 3 min

Music Meme

I got tagged, so here goes... Music that changed my life Beatles' Red and Blue albums. The first vinyl I owned. Still have them somewhere. The Police: Synchronicity. First cassette I ever owned. Who is Miss Gradenko, anyway? Music I can listen to on repeat - this comes from my iTunes most-played playlist The Police: Synchronicity (still!) The Tragically Hip - Day For Night Black Eyed Peas - Elephunk Smashing Pumpkins - Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness Moby - Play Bob Marley & The Wailers - Legend Nirvana - In Utero Weezer - Green Album Battlestar Galactica soundtrack (seriously - it's really good) Billy Talent An album I'd take to a deserted island - album?...

August 15, 2006 · 2 min

The one about the Game of Tag meme

I thought I'd dodged this bullet. No such luck. This is a particularly insideous one, in that it is 2x exponential. I guess it's my turn to be a good sport, so here goes... Four jobs I've had Fabric product packager? The guy that takes the big rolls of fabric and splits it down into the little rolls you see at the fabric stores. Summer job, first year of university. Housekeeper, Heritage Park....

February 14, 2006 · 2 min

Apparently, I'm a loner.

Thanks to Josh, I took what I promise to be my last mindless personality quiz of 2005. Ouch. I was sure I'd be a geek or dweeb or something like that. I did spend a few minutes to slightly clean up the painfully bad HTML generated by the quiz... (finally resorted to a screenshot of the tweaked output, because even that hurt to paste into my blog)

December 24, 2005 · 1 min

Bruce Effing Boxleitner?

Following a link from one of Josh's friends' blogs, I took the "What SF Character Are You?" quiz. John Sheridan An experienced survivor who has maneuvered around many obstacles, you are looked up to by those who rely on your good judgment. I suppose I should be flattered. John Sheridan was pretty cool. A bit too straight-laced, though, but cool. At least I wasn't that green dancing chick from Star Trek (or worse)....

November 12, 2005 · 1 min