TAG: I’m It!!

As many of you who are frequent visitors of our mobile community sites know, there has been an ongoing game called, "MeMe" which is essentially online tag.  The rules are pretty simple.  If you get tagged, you have to write a post with 5 little known interesting facts about yourself.  Then, you get to tag 5 other mobile bloggers or reviewers.  It gives us (and you) an opportunity to learn a little more about each other.  Earlier this week, I got tagged by Solsie over at Solsie.com

So, we’ll start with the tough part: five interesting facts about myself.  I’ll be honest.  I am just not really all that interesting.  I mean, I never taught math and went on to become a principal.  I have never lived outside the United States, although I have driven coast to coast (twice).  OK.  So, there we go with interesting fact number one.  My job with the Federal government means I end up moving quite a bit.  In the first 5 years of my career, we lived in 4 different cities (Wiliamsport, PA; Lewisburg, PA; Seattle, WA; and Bristow, VA).  You have not really seen this country until you have seen the whole thing by land.  Montana looks big on a map, but let me tell you, you have no idea how big it is until you see a sign that says, "Last Food Stop for 250 miles,"  and 250 miles later, you are still almost 100 miles from Wyoming.  We also paid a visit the Badlands area of South Dakota (including Mount Rushmore) which was a highlight of the trip, and something  I would have never seen otherwise.

I don’t have any pets, although, I do have two sons (4 1/2 and almost 2).  We just finished potty training the older one this week, which was quite an accomplishment.  We have been working on it off and on for since August 2005, and we were afraid he really would be the first kid to go to college in diapers.  But, he finally made it, and joined the ranks of potty users.  Now, he has been using the potty with no problems for almost a week.  I feel like a reformed alcoholic.  We should get a one week dry potty chip or something.  So, there is fun fact number 2.

Number 3 is that I am an amateur history buff.  I particularly like two periods of history: the American Revolutionary era and the Holocaust.  In fact, I have been studying the Holocaust since I was in Junior High, and even had the opportunity to visit the concentration camps in Poland (Auschwitz, Majdanek and Treblinka) when I was in High School.

Okay, that brings us to Number 4.  I am a huge movie, comic book, and science fiction geek.  My wife thinks that goes without saying for anyone who writes for this type of site…and maybe she is right.  I don’t know, but I bet most of you are familiar with Isaac Asimov’s Three Rules of Robotics.  How many know the Zeroeth Law?  It is that a robot may, in fact, harm a human, provided doing so would protect humanity or greater civilization.  Or to quote Mr. Spock from Star Trek II, "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few."  But, I am getting off topic here.

Essentially, if it flies or wears tights and a cape while fighting evil in all of its forms, I’ll pay money for it.  In fact, for Chanukah this year, my wife got me the fourteen disc Superman Ultimate Collector’s Edition (in a collector’s tin).  I also saw the original Star Wars movie over a hundred times when it was first released (that was back in the days when you had to wait until HBO decided to air it or, if you were lucky, watch on a magnetic tape called VHS).  In fact, I still have my original Star Wars X-Wing Fighter.

And finally, Number 5.  I love music.  I don’t play numerous different instruments like Solsie and some other folks, but I do play the guitar (and occasionally I might remember how to play the Star Wars theme song on the clarinet).  In addition, I was a radio disc jockey for four years in college on WMSR radio Our shows ran the gamut of time slots and music.  We started with midnight to 2:00 am, and ended up with two shows encompassing most of the afternoon.  One show was modern alternative rock, the other was 1970’s disco — Dance Fever!!.  It was a blast, even if no one ever listened to us except my roommate.  In fact, that may go a long way toward explaining why I enjoy writing about media players so much. 

Most importantly for my life today, though, I know all of the words to most of the songs by The Wiggles, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse the Doodlebops, the Backyardigans (your backyard friends) and Sesame Street, as well as hundreds of other cartoon theme songs (anyone with small kids who watches the Wonder Pets on Nick Jr. will understand that, "This is Serious!!").

This next bit is not part of the game (I did my five things), but I thought I would mention it anyway while I have your attention.  My Dad and I were talking about stereo equipment the other day and why stereo equipment still has the same mass of cables it has had for 50 years.  In that same time, not only have desktop computers been invented, they can now do virtually everything with a few wires or (in many cases) wirelessly with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology.  I never understood why this wireless technology has not been adapted to stereo and television components to eliminate the mass of wires which exists behind a heavy oak cabinet in virtually every American living room.

Well, the hard part is done, now it is time for the easy and fun part: I get to pick 5 people to tag.  So, here they are:

1. Brandon Miniman from Pocket Now.  Frankly, I am tagging Brandon because I read his bio recently and I am really hoping he will tell us when he has time to sleep.

2. SPMWinkel from Solsie.com.  I know I joked earlier about tagging him since Patrick tagged Solsie and Solsie tagged me.  But seriously, he has been a regular visitor at JAMM since we began, and I have thoroughly enjoyed his posts since he joined Solsie.

3. Jon Westfall from Pocket PC Thoughts.  Those guys do a great job at PocketPC Thought and put up one heck of a site.  To be honest, it was hard to choose which member of their staff to tag, but I have really enjoyed some of Jon’s recent articles, so I think we’ll go with him.

4. Akheron from Aximsite.  He is the News Editor over there, a great guy and a great writer.  And let’s be honest, anyone who owns an Axim has benefited from Akheron’s knowledge and assistance at some point.

5. Julie from the Ilium Software Blog.  This was a tough choice because a lot of the folks at Ilium have worked hard to get the Ilium blog up and running.  I chose Julie, though, because I have had the most contact with her, and anytime I win a contest or need something from Ilium, she has been the one to provide it to me.  So, thanks, Julie!!  I also wanted to tag someone from Ilium, because, in addition to learning about our fellow bloggers and reviewers, it gives us an opportunity to learn a little more about one of the people behind the software we all use and enjoy. 
I really admire a developer who also maintains a regular blog in order to communicate with the people who use their software.

I also really wanted to tag Judie from Gear Diary.  Anyone who can rant that hard about my day off (January 2) deserves a tag.  Honestly, though, she writes some great posts and I thoroughly enjoy her reviews.  But, then I learned that she had already been tagged recently, so I’ll just call her a first runner up.

So, there you have it.  Five facts about me, five new people tagged, and a bonus question to ponder.  I think I am done here.

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  1. #1 by Ravi on January 4, 2007 - 5:14 pm

    Nice one Doug!

  2. #2 by solsie on January 4, 2007 - 11:48 pm

    Great one Doug!
    Thank you for sharing a piece of your life!

  3. #3 by spmwinkel on January 5, 2007 - 1:35 am

    Sigh. Uhm… Ok.
    Thanks, I guess. :P

  4. #4 by Steve Laser on January 5, 2007 - 7:18 am

    You really aren’t that interesting. Just kidding! Great read!

  5. #5 by dgoldring on January 5, 2007 - 7:52 am

    Thanks, guys. See, I told you I am really not that interesting. :)


  6. #6 by Julie on January 5, 2007 - 11:01 am

    Thanks for tagging me, Doug. I’m not much for talking about myself, but it wasn’t too bad. Trust me, you’re much more interesting than I am, and it was nice to learn more about you. :)

    My entry is posted now over at our blog: http://blog.iliumsoft.com/?p=106

    Thanks for the game!!

    Julie, Ilium Software

  7. #7 by dgoldring on January 5, 2007 - 11:09 am


    Your entry was very interesting. I think you could make a bad seasonal cartoon about a Christmas Tree eating cat. :)


  8. #8 by dgoldring on January 5, 2007 - 10:27 pm

    Addendum: My brother reminded me that I had not mentioned the Pittsburgh Steelers anywhere in my post, and I decided he was right.

    The entire Steelers Nation was saddened today when Bill “Cahr” Cowher, head coach of the World Champion (5 times) Pittsburgh Steelers (Stillerz) stepped down today as head coach of the Steelers. Prior to his resignation, Cowher had been the Steelers coach for 15 years, and was the longest tenured head coach in the NFL.


  9. #9 by Jon Westfall on September 14, 2007 - 9:29 pm

    GEEZE, how did I miss this for 9 months??? Thanks for tagging me! If anyone replies to this (so I know it’s still somewhat watched) I’ll go ahead and post mine! I’ll be keeping my eye on this page!

  10. #10 by spmwinkel on September 15, 2007 - 1:57 am

    Well JAMM has RSS feeds for comments, so it’s watched! If you also post back here when you made your post JAMM readers might come and read it if they don’t visit your site normally! :D

  11. #11 by Brandon Steili on September 15, 2007 - 8:03 am

    It’s definitely watched. Some of us sort of have to watch the comments feed … never know who’s going to come along and offer our readers some kind of cream to help grow things :)

  12. #12 by Jon Westfall on September 15, 2007 - 5:58 pm

    Good point, I suppose it shouldn’t be a surprising that you’re watching! Give me a few days, and I’ll be happy to tag someone.


  13. #13 by dgoldring on September 15, 2007 - 7:39 pm

    Jon, of course we monitor these things. :) And glad you finally made your way over here.


  14. #14 by Jon Westfall on September 25, 2007 - 6:32 pm

    OK Guys – I finally got around to it! Thanks for tagging me, I’ve passed the tag flame on!


  15. #15 by dgoldring on September 25, 2007 - 7:03 pm

    Nice post, Jon. Thanks. :)


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