Questions courtesy of chiave_trust.
1. What is your name? Okay, we know it's Brent, but how do you feel about it? Or any nicknames for that matter.
Brent is...okay, I guess. It's not too common, but it's not too weird, either, which works out well. Doesn't mean I wouldn't like to be callled...I dunno. Something else. But I think everyone wishes they had a different name.
Brenton (my full name) is atrocious. Especially when combined with Royal-Gordon. And doubly especially when it's combined with Arthur. I'm not a king, dammit!
On the other hand, Brenton mangles into Japanese better, so I guess it balances out.
(Incidentally, the "Arthur" my middle name comes from changed his name from something really weird. Hmmm...)
2. What is your quest? Er.... >.>
To spread the light of Perl to all corners of the programming world. I guess it's a little like an evangelist, except that evangelists are wrong, whereas I'm right. Or something.
More seriously? To have fun, and to be remembered, even if only as a footnote. Unlikely, I know, but a guy can dream.
3. Do you see yourself doing more hacking than writing in the future, or more writing than hacking, or incorporating both? ^^
Technical writing? Seriously, programmers who can write well are fairly rare. (Although most hackers can actually write rather well.)
I suspect that I'll end up doing some programming job that involves writing--documenting code, designing stuff, that sort of thing. And I suspect I'll continue RPing and writing on the side.
Either that, or I'll finally manage to get myself to finish something, and it'll end up being a bestselling novel.
4. Language hacking. Is this possible? ^.^
Of course! That's what lex and yacc are for!
...oh, you mean natural languages? Well, I suppose it's possible. For example, my favorite überhacker majored in "natural and artificial languages" in college. Lots of hackers know several languages, and mix-and-match them freely--after all, no two words are exactly the same, even in different languages. There's no such thing as a synonym.
I don't know that I have the skill necessary to be a language hacker, however.
5. What's up with that toaster?
I joked on AIM one day that I should find a random picture and superimpose the text "A picture and some words" to parody all those silly user pictures that have been floating around lately. Liz insisted that I do it, so I opened Photoshop and put in the text. My brother is the most random person I know, and he's constantly rambling on about toasters (and grandpas, among other things), so I ran a search for "toaster" on Google. That turned up some sort of "toaster museum" site (yes, you really can find anything on the Internet), where I spotted that chromed gem and decided it was perfect.
So the blame for that user picture lies solely on Liz and my brother. Unlike most things I do, for which the blame lies on only one of them. ;^)