Four Things

I don’t do silly blog antics much, but I got tagged by Mat for the Four Things meme. Looking around, it is indeed a bit more interesting than things like the usual LJ quiz, so why not!

I wrote this on the plane from LA to Dublin, which may have affected some of the selections in 4 places I would rather be right now at least ;)

4 jobs I’ve had:

  • I was Iona Technologies’ first employee, and stayed there for no less than 7 years. I got to see the company grow from a handful of people, most of whom weren’t getting paid (hence how I wound up as the first employee ;), all the way up to a 300-strong multinational, while the company itself formed a core of Ireland’s mini dot-com boom. That was fantastic fun, and educational to boot.

  • my Dad’s gun/fishing/sporting-goods shop. Was it really a good idea to have a teenager working near firearms? At least I wasn’t the one who unplugged the fridge where the maggots were kept, so that they all hatched over the course of one weekend…

  • A horrible teenage job — picking tomatoes. I can still feel the orange dust under my fingernails every time I smell fresh tomatoes :( I didn’t last very long at that at all.

  • writing an Amiga-based kiosk system for virtually no pay whatsoever, at the age of 18 or 19. Ah, exploitation.

4 movies I can watch over and over:

  • Koyaanisqatsi — it’s dating a little now, since every ad agency through the 90s ripped it off. But still, the invention of a new format. I remember looking at the 405 freeway in LA, and thinking “looks like something out of Koyaanisqatsi” — of course, it was.

  • Princess Mononoke — either that, or Nausicaa. I just love the way the characters are coloured in shades of grey, rather than black and white.

  • the Lord of the Rings trilogy — oh dear I’m a hopeless Tolkien fanboy.

  • Spinal Tap — pure genius.

4 places I’ve lived:

  • Melbourne, Australia; around the time of the annoying TV drama, The Secret Lives Of Us;

  • Newport Beach, CA; around the time of the annoying TV drama, The O.C.;

  • Dublin, Ireland; no annoying TV drama — so far

  • University of California Irvine, CA; while Irvine itself is the most soulless suburban hellhole I’ve ever visited, living on the UCI campus is quite fun by comparison. Take about 1000 grad students, post-docs and lecturers from around the world; put them all in the same square mile or so; remove all fun (and bars!) from the surrounding areas; watch them make their own entertainment, or go mad.

4 tv shows I love:

4 places I’ve vacationed:

  • Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal; we trekked our way up to there, then trekked back down again. Unforgettable. I really want to do another Nepal trek as a result

  • car-camping around the Australian state of Victoria; they have some fantastic national park campsites, which most tourists overlook

  • learning how to dive in Ko Tao, Thailand; great setting, great dive sites, pretty cheap too!

  • Yosemite; amazing, world-class natural beauty. Californians don’t realise just how lucky they’ve got it ;)

4 of my favourite dishes:

  • A good Thai green curry

  • Laos-style green papaya salad with sticky rice

  • a good meaty cassoulet, from Fandango in San Luis Obispo. At least, that was the tastiest meal I’ve had in recent months ;)

  • Mangosteen — the queen of fruit, according to the Thais. I could, and probably have, eaten hundreds of these

4 places I would rather be right now:

  • spending New Year’s Day with a bunch of friends in rural West Cork or County Galway; until I moved to the US, this was one of my favourite annual traditions.

  • the Stag’s Head Bar, Dublin, in the snug, again with a bunch of friends

  • sitting on the grass outside the Pavilion bar in TCD, on a sunny summer’s day (hmm, that’s a lot of bars!)

  • Chiang Mai, Thailand

4 sites I visit daily:

4 people I’m tagging:

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  1. Posted February 21, 2006 at 02:00 | Permalink

    Bastard — that just sucked up over an hour of my time! But at least you’ve enabled comments now. Next step: trackbacks.

  2. Conor Delaney
    Posted February 21, 2006 at 14:26 | Permalink

    A lot of pubs there. I don’t know about the Stags though, it has gone downhill! I mean it is now:

    1) Cleaner 2) The staff are nicer (and prettier) 3) The rips in the seats in the snug have been fixed. 4) The light works in the fox’s den


  3. Pravin Wagh
    Posted March 1, 2006 at 04:27 | Permalink

    Most single people (e.g. UCI students) think that the suburbia known as Irvine is boring, however once you become a family man, you start appreciating the wealth of parks and playgrounds for the little ones.

  4. nishad
    Posted March 1, 2006 at 21:11 | Permalink

    Pravin Wagh! It’s because of that “family man” that the rest of us have it so bad! I declare war! Death to Family Man!

    watch them make their own entertainment, or go mad.

    JM, which do you think you saw more of? :-)


  5. Posted March 2, 2006 at 12:14 | Permalink

    easy. waaay too much going mad.

  6. Posted April 7, 2008 at 04:14 | Permalink

    Princess Mononoke is one of those animes that, even after 6+ times, remains as good as the first.