Paul tagged me, so here goes:
- I wrote a successful program to stop the Code Red worm. Unlike anti-worm worms, it only affected infected computers. As a result, I appeared on TechTV's The Screen Savers. Do I really sound like that? I was pretty nervous. They asked if they could film me chained up acting like a mad man for a commercial break promo, but I declined.
- Back in high school, I wrote a real time, free-directional 3D rendering engine in Turbo Pascal with inline assembly language. I wrote one demo of a rotating spaceship (it looked kind of like the ship on Stealth) and another with a giant room you could walk around in and look all directions; the room looked like a sewer and even had an animated stream of slime running through the middle. Shortly thereafter, 3D graphics cards debuted and invalidated all of my hard work. Maybe I'll see if I can track down the 3 1/2" floppy when I'm back home for the holidays.
- There's a mountain named after my family in Missouri. Kind of like The Waltons.
- I'm a polydactyl. I was cripplingly self conscious of my scars when I was a kid but don't care too much nowadays. I wonder if I could type faster if I still had my extra fingers. Weird, huh?
- I played Tommy Cliffert in my university's production of The Cover of Life. We practiced hours every night for six weeks. I dressed as a sailor. I held the only male role, and I practiced the kissing scene with every woman in the cast.