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5 Things You Don't Know About Me

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Matt Asay tagged me with a blog meme (sounds worse than it is) to write 5 things that most people probably don't know about me.  Let me apologize in advance for such a self-centered posting; I swear I'm just following orders!  Here are few little known facts, though people who read this blog regularly may know a couple of these already. 

  1. I'm a marathon runner
    Running a marathon is harder than almost anything else you can do. Harder than working in a startup, harder than writing humor, harder than marriage.  But it's also a very rewarding experience.  I learned more in running my first marathon than almost anything else in life.  I've run 10 marathons in ten years as well as many half-marathons.  I may be overly proud of it, but my fastest time is 3:18, which qualified me to run Boston earlier this year. Woo hoo!
     
  2. I have a sense of humor
    I can be pretty focused, so sometimes people miss this. A few years ago when I wasn't in training, I developed a web site called Valley of the Geeks. You can also buy the book at Amazon.  Film rights still available.
        
  3. I have a twin brother
    He's like me, but more serious.  Mike's a former financial analyst and runs as a consulting firm called The Disruption Group.  He also writes a blog called OnDisruption which is great for anyone trying to build a business that stands out from the crowd.
     
  4. I play bad guitar
    I'm learning to play electric guitar.  I swear this is not a mid-life crisis; it's something I've wanted to do for many years, despite my lack of musical ability.  In the meantime, my best contribution to music may be the occasional posting on my other blog, GuitarVibe.
     
  5. I am a retro computer geek
    Maybe this is not such a secret, but I think old computers are cool.  For a while I was collecting all kinds of 80s computers, but things started to get a bit out of hand and I agreed with my wife that a DEC VAX was not a good housewarming gift. I still have a soft spot for the Apple ][ which was my first computer many years back, interactive fiction, hand-held computers as well as programming languages and IDEs in general.

Ok, now I tag Kaj Arno, Jay Pipes, Ben Riga, Brian Aker, Stephen Walli.  Please thank Matt for pushing this meme onto all of you.  I'm not sure what you'll get out of it, but he's promised me a fruit pie.

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