Do you like having your picture taken?
No, no, HELL no. I photograph horribly. I actively avoid having my picture taken unless it's absolutely necessary (e.g. passport photos).
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go and why?
Probably depends on whether I can teleport there or whether I have to travel. I wouldn't mind going back to San Francisco; I would like to go to New Zealand sometime; there are whole chunks of planet I've not yet seen. Antarctica would be fun.
Have you ever done crossword puzzles?
Yes, though I'm bad at cryptic crosswords.
Pick up the closest book and write a sentence at random from it:
"The life that I have/Is all that I have/And the life that I have/Is yours" - it's from the poem by Leo Marks, The Life That I Have, and the book is a little one containing only the poem and some drawings by his wife. Read his book From Silk To Cyanide sometime; it's fascinating. (It's about his work for the Special Operations Executive in World War II.)
Do the same with a lyric from either a cd or the radio:
"And I don't have a gun" (Nirvana, Come As You Are, on the radio at present
Have you ever tried to analyze your own dreams?
That would require me remembering them, which I generally don't. No.
Can you sing?
Do you ever sing to yourself while doing everyday tasks?
Yes - if I'm in a good mood.
What's your favorite color of post-it note?
Yellow, I guess, since that's all I happen to have.
Have you ever lied to get off the phone or out of talking to someone on line?
Yes - I've even resorted to using the phone on the fax machine to dial the other office line in extreme cases.
Is your vcr flashing 12:00 all the time?
Do you read your horoscope?
Would you rather chew gum or use mouthwash and why?
Yick. Chew gum, certainly. I can't stand the taste or smell of oil of wintergreen, which is in most mouthwashes (and no, I don't like root beer either)
How many times a year about are you sick?
What, actual vomiting, or ill enough to be off work? I'll assume the latter to save your sensibilities, Gentle Reader. I'm off work maybe once a year, if that.
Ever been in an airplane?
What radio station to you listen to most?
Probably a toss-up between Virgin and XFm, which tend to be on in the office. I don't listen to the radio at home.
Do you know how to play dominoes?
What color are your eyes?:
Blue, or blue-grey (somewhat dependent on whether I have my contacts in or not)
How many surveys have you filled out this lifetime?
Haven't the faintest idea. One more than I had yesterday?
Name one person your life is made better by:
My work colleague, who protects me from having to answer the phone to morons.
Can you do math with ease?
Yes (well, I call it 'maths', but whatever; I have two degrees in it)
Are you a vegetarian?
No. I'll eat veggie food but I could never go wholly vegetarian. I like meat too much.
How about an aspiring actor/actress:
Not really. Don't like being the centre of attention; I can ham with the best of them if it's required in a gaming context, but I don't do actual acting.
Which movie can you watch and say the lines along with the actors?
Rocky Horror, Airplane, Clerks, I'm sure there are more that I'm forgetting right now.
Name one of your passions in life.
Books. Oh come on, like I was going to say anything else?
What's your least favorite time of day?
Morning. Especially early morning, if I've woken up and can't get back to sleep.
What color is the inside of your head when you close your eyes?
Ever listen to classical music?
Yes (I used to play it, too)
Have you ever said 'lol' in real life without thinking about it?
Good heavens, no.
What is the best present you've ever given someone else?
Colleague's recent Christmas present. She adores tigers and I found one of those half-day-experience things which let you go and feed the tigers at a zoo. She had a blast. ;)
What is the best present someone else has ever given to you?
Hmmm... the stretch limo to take me to a gig for my last birthday would be up there. Or the trip to a bookshop for my 30th birthday, where beloved said "OK, you have <sum of money> available. Go and spend it." That was fun.
Do you wear a watch?
No - I spend most of my time in front of a computer which displays the time, so I don't need one (and if I look up from my computer there's a clock on the front of the building over the road).
Write one sentence stating what you want people to say about you after you've passed on
"I liked spending time with her."
Describe the ideal superpower and what you would do if you had it.
Telepathy. No question. It'd get past all those difficulties with words.
Name something you've done in the last 24 hours no matter how big or small:
Called a friend I haven't seen in months to arrange to have lunch with her this weekend.
Do you wear necklaces, bracelets, anklets, earrings, rings?
Not usually any of these except rings (two on one hand, one on the other). I wear earrings for special occasions but not for work, as I spend a fair amount of time on the phone. Necklaces and bracelets sometimes. Never wear anklets.
What's on your computer desk?
More paper than you would believe possible, plus a stapler, some invoices to pay, and a bunch of O'Reilly books.
When you're talking do you ever use your hands to do quotation marks in the air when saying certain words?
Sometimes, though rarely.
Do you think you're pretty?
No. Bits of me can look attractive in the right light, but the overall impression isn't much.
What's in your fridge right now?
A lot of cheese, some fruit juice, some milk, various jars of stuff labelled 'refrigerate after opening', some smoked salmon, some goose fat... miscellaneous stuff.
How many people do you live with?
One, usually, but he's away at the moment.
What is the strangest thing you've ever done?
I've done plenty of things which might be called 'weird', or 'geeky', but 'strange' would be a more unusual one. Um. Really can't think of anything which fits the bill just now.
Name an instrument you've never played but would like to.
Have you ever been on tv or the radio?
Radio: yes; TV: not that I remember.
What is the worst thing anyone could ever do to you?
Lie to me. I hate that.
Are you a fast typer?
Yes (20 years of practice will do that)
Describe how you sleep:
Soundly, mostly. Oh, you mean position? On my back or on my side, usually my left side.
Have you ever read a book and not understood it? If so which one?
Not unless you count books in foreign languages, I don't think. I tend to bounce off books written in dialect, though - they take me so much longer than usual to read, and are so much effort, that they're just not fun.
Do people pick up your slang language more than you pick up theirs?
No, I pick up theirs much more.
Have you ever bought anything just because it was a fad?
Not that I remember.
What would you like to do with your life?
I'm doing it... mostly.
Do you bite your nails?
No, but I used to when I was younger.
Tell me about your dream last night.
I don't remember it, if I dreamed (see above)
Are people's perceptions of you usually correct?
They probably think I am less shy than I actually am.
When they start sending rockets to the moon for us civilians, will you be on the list to go?
No. I'll applaud those who do, but I don't fancy it myself. Couldn't get through the physical, and I'm not sure I'd be mentally up for it either, since I'm a tad claustrophobic.
Have you ever written anything on your skin?
Yes; I used to write phone numbers, notes etc. on the back of my hand.
What color are most of your clothes?
Are things as bad as they seem?
Sometimes. Not at the moment, I hope.
Do you like to look people in the eye?
Depends on the circumstances; I'll try to find some people to look in the eye if I'm giving a talk. In one-to-one conversation I may do, I may not, it's context-dependent.