Orablog Tag or 8 Things

memewarning.pngThe Oracle blogosphere has been around for a while, and recently, with Twitter and Facebook usage on the rise, we are becoming a more tight-knit community.

As a follow up to my Oracle Tweeters post, I’m proposing a good, old-fashioned game of blog tag. I’m not sure if this has already been done in the Oracle blogosphere, but if so, I missed it. And if I missed it, did it really happen?

Anyway, the construct is simple, I will throw out eight things you might not know about me, then tag eight other bloggers. They will blog eight not-so-obvious things about themselves, then each tag eight more as yet un-tagged bloggers, and so on until we get bored.

The goal is to learn more about the people you interact with using New Web. If you don’t want to play along, no worries. For an example, check out the Ontario Emperor’s response to being tagged. No point in tagging him again.

I’ll start tagging Oracle bloggers, but don’t take that as a requirement. The goal is to get a response and spread the meme. So, here are eight things you probably don’t know about me:

  1. I am half-Japanese, as you might guess from comparing my surname with my outward appearance. My grandparents on my father’s side were interned during World War II, and my aunt was born in a camp. I have the apology letters sent to my grandparents by George Bush Senior to prove it. That’s right, it took 40 some years for the government to apologize.
  2. I love to fight. I train in a variety of combat sports, including Brazilian Jiu-Jistu, Western boxing and clinch, collectively known as mixed martial arts. I’m not the only AppLabber who studies a martial art, and I’ve been surprised at how many Oracle people train in combat sports and martial arts.
  3. At age 11, I had my two front teeth smashed out of my head on an icy playground. We were playing “Kill the Man”, essentially tackle football without the football, and I did a faceplant while being tackled. Ah, youth.
  4. My lovely wife and I share the same birthday, different years. More accurately, we have the same birthday, and I haven’t celebrated my own for eight years.
  5. I have a condition called brachydactyly type D, a.k.a. clubbed thumbs or murder’s thumbs, scroll almost to the bottom for the bit on murderer’s thumbs.
  6. I move a lot. I’ve lived Indiana, Chicago, the Bay Area, the Central Valley, LA, Pittsburgh and now Portland. I expect to make this my long term home, but you never can tell. Even though I have the operational aspects of moving, I like observing people in different areas of the country.
  7. As a summer job during college, I laid asphalt as a grunt on my hometown borough’s road crew. We did lots of other manual labor outside, but laying a couple tons of asphalt in 90 degree heat with 60% humidity was the one that I remember most vividly.
  8. Without pop culture, I would have none. I am an avid movie, music, television, comic book, Interwebs meme consumer, and I love trading quotes or references with like-minded people. It’s sad really.

So, those are my eight. I now tag Matt Topper, Dan Norris, David Haimes, Justin Kestelyn, Floyd Teter, Marian Crkon, Meg Bear and Eddie Awad. Expect a tweet or email from me. If you write a team blog, like this one, feel free to call out your colleagues. Anthony, Paul and Rich are all fair game too.

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  5. Always happy to join in a virtual game of “Duck Duck Goose”. I’ve posted my 8 things and tagged 8 more geese.

  6. Always happy to join in a virtual game of “Duck Duck Goose”. I’ve posted my 8 things and tagged 8 more geese.

  7. Thanks for playing along; my biggest plus for Interwebs is how much smaller it makes the world. Sounds corny, but meeting new folks virtually is huge for me.

  8. Thanks for playing along; my biggest plus for Interwebs is how much smaller it makes the world. Sounds corny, but meeting new folks virtually is huge for me.

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  10. I have to agree with you, Jake. For instance, up until this morning, I had no idea who you were. =) When you go through the “wash, rinse, repeat” cycle of finding people with a similar interest and than meeting them for real life at a conference or User Group, it really helps to drive home that point that there are others struggling with the exact same thing (or rather close).

  11. I have to agree with you, Jake. For instance, up until this morning, I had no idea who you were. =) When you go through the “wash, rinse, repeat” cycle of finding people with a similar interest and than meeting them for real life at a conference or User Group, it really helps to drive home that point that there are others struggling with the exact same thing (or rather close).

  12. @Charles @Steve: Glad you guys have been tagged, it’s great to expand the humanity of our community. Looking forward to more profiles of new contacts, beyond a Facebook profile/blog/Twitter ID and Tweetstream.

  13. @Charles @Steve: Glad you guys have been tagged, it’s great to expand the humanity of our community. Looking forward to more profiles of new contacts, beyond a Facebook profile/blog/Twitter ID and Tweetstream.

  14. Arrrrggghhhhh … what have you started!
    Saying that, getting to babble on about myself was a way to while away an otherwise boring evening :0)

  15. Arrrrggghhhhh … what have you started!
    Saying that, getting to babble on about myself was a way to while away an otherwise boring evening :0)

  16. @Tim: Don’t pretend like you don’t love talking about yourself. How do you go from a beach bum to a mountain man in a locale with very little water? Did you get bored with H20?

  17. @Tim: Don’t pretend like you don’t love talking about yourself. How do you go from a beach bum to a mountain man in a locale with very little water? Did you get bored with H20?

  18. yeah … I miss the windsurfing but I was slimmer then and had hair – people would just laugh now. I just get to hang out on green runs with my boys falling over their snowboards – we’re moving up to ‘blues’ soon – then we’ll be shredding diamonds before you know it:o)

  19. yeah … I miss the windsurfing but I was slimmer then and had hair – people would just laugh now. I just get to hang out on green runs with my boys falling over their snowboards – we’re moving up to ‘blues’ soon – then we’ll be shredding diamonds before you know it:o)

  20. That’s one thing (among many) I love about OR, surf is 1.5 hours away, (year-round) snow is 3 hours away. Lots of waterfalls and greenery on the way.

  21. That’s one thing (among many) I love about OR, surf is 1.5 hours away, (year-round) snow is 3 hours away. Lots of waterfalls and greenery on the way.

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  23. This is an utterly **moronic** thing to do.

    Don’t believe me? Take a look at OraNA today: practically nothing but people sharing 8 things I never wanted to know about them.

    You have created a tidal wave of spam. Congratulations: quite the silliest thing I’ve seen done by a member of the Oracle “community” in a long, long time.

  24. This is an utterly **moronic** thing to do.

    Don’t believe me? Take a look at OraNA today: practically nothing but people sharing 8 things I never wanted to know about them.

    You have created a tidal wave of spam. Congratulations: quite the silliest thing I’ve seen done by a member of the Oracle “community” in a long, long time.

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