Saturday, 24 January 2009

25+ points about me.....

In Facebook, there was a mail going around amongst friends where we were supposed to write a note - 25 things about ourselves. What better material for a blog about me? (I may update this in the future with more points, but for now here goes).

1. Everyplace I have ever lived, I dreamed there was a mountain near me, and I would climb it. I rather like the far north.
2. Years later, I found a place a world away that I could swear was the same place I dreamt about repeatedly as a boy. (When my friends and I went back to the forest to find this hilltop - we couldn't locate it again.)
3. I consider myself the least funniest person in my immediate family - but to my friends, I'm a laff-riot.
4. Even though I love them to death, I've never been geographically close to my folks, don't see them personally so often, and I'm cool with that.
5. I tend to find ways to avoid bureaucratic unpleasantries. Or dealing with bureaucracies of any kind. Whatsoever.
6. Even though I've been working with technology for most of my working years, I despise debugging /troubleshooting poorly - or even well - implemented products. I have exactly *one* requirement on usability - it should work like a train's toilet! Devices, networks, drives, partitions, yer momma's anti-virus, Skype not working right- I'll have none of it. No, I will NOT fix your bloody computer!
7. I've become fascinated with mathematics - particularly calculus - to the point where I will now sit up until 3 a.m. graphing some weird function or pondering some proof. (Heim's unification is the latest). And get up at 7 a.m. to continue. I'm also intrigued by the idea of a grand unification theory which unites general relativity and quantum mechanics, but don't believe that reconciliation exists yet - perhaps with our current understanding as humans we just can't get it.

8. Among other things I believe there's a workable alternative (we haven't discovered it yet) to our economic system (y'know, the one based on money?) that would solve a hell of a lot of the problems we face as a race on this planet. (What's the biggest shortage right now in our current global downturn - that's right - money!). No shortage in the world whatsoEVER of goods, services, food, people able to do things! And yet people are sitting at home, unemployed, with no way to manage. What's UP with that?

9. Even though I live in Sweden at the moment, and am thoroughly inspired and fired up by our new U.S. leadership, I'm nonetheless thoroughly convinced that the less government there is, the better. I consider myself a libertarian.

10. When I was envisioning my current home, which I'm crazy about - even though I don't own it - I was living at the time in a early soviet flat in Tallinn Estonia. That place had an interesting latticework pattern in the floor and a tattoo shop directly below. So I held a picture in my mind about where I WANTED to live, (it was based on my current surroundings of course, what else could I do?) focused on it, meditated on it, and - guess what? Years later, I've got the same floor and the tattoo shop directly below.

11. I always wanted to create my own reality, job, career, complete with travel - and I have!
12. No use for family and kids. But thanks anyway.
13. I value my freedom over my security. Bigtime.
14. I've always believed in my own power to be the captain of my own life and destiny. But I have lost that compass sometimes - those were my darkest moments.
15. Surprised that I haven't uttered a word about my music yet?
16. I've lived on both sides of that paradox - i've been well off and broke, self-determined and dependent, completely social and totally isolated. Seems like I've needed one to thoroughly appreciate the other.
17. I often soak up other bits of people's personalities and quirks and merge them with my own. Who you see as you observe me depends very much on who - and when - you are.
18. My ex's little daughter Susanna was thoroughly convinced I was a cartoon.
19. I rather enjoy myself and my own company.
20. After I left Finland, my Finnish began to improve dramatically. Same thing with my Estonian. (Kas te järgmises väljute?) Currently my Swedish right sucks.
21. During my university years, I used to get alot of praise for my creative writing, and even published some things, travelled around to recitals, etc.. Now you couldn't get me to write a poem or short story if you put a gun to my head. I'm just far too lazy about it. I keep a blog and hardly ever update it. But I do take immense perverse pride in the voluminous technical specs I've written for some of my jobs (some in the hundreds of pages).
22. I'm compiling a book of the best pranks of my friends - "1001 ways to be an unwanted guest". Submissions, anyone?
23. I'm fascinated by how the true nature of a particle - or person - reveals itself over time. Nothing - no one - can escape that. 4th dimensional thinking?
24. Ok. About the music then. Much of what I produce nowadays (and I'm producing alot) are "experiments" with different harmonies, instruments, tambres, recording techniques, microphones, etc. I may never release any of it, although probably some.
25. I've played with some really great players. But I pride myself in how I've been able to get great results out of whoever I happened to find.

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