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Rules of the game: Put a comment in here if you want to be interviewed, I give you five questions for you to answer in your own LJ.

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. ;^)


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Mar. 22nd, 2004 09:34 pm (UTC)
...I suppose I'll submit to this. XD
Mar. 23rd, 2004 01:26 am (UTC)
1. Which one's cuter, Kirara or Shippo?

2. Who's your most fucked up character? Your least fucked up?

3. So, what's it like being the guy in a harem anime? (SCNR)

4. What anime/manga/fictional whatever would you most like to be sucked into? (As a separate character, retaining all aspects of your personality, with no additional powers.)

5. What would you do for a Klondike bar?
Mar. 22nd, 2004 09:58 pm (UTC)
Oooh! Ask me! Ask me!
Mar. 23rd, 2004 01:26 am (UTC)
1. What's your favorite character (in the "symbol that appears on your terminal" sense, not the "person with stats, a race, and a class" sense) in Nethack?

2. Who's your second-favorite male MT character, and why?

3. What was the hardest aspect of English to learn?

4. What was your first anime? First manga? Which format do you prefer?

5. What would you do for a Klondike bar?

(Alternate #5, if that makes no sense: What's your favorite treat that isn't popular in the US?)
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