Just call me "Meme Sheep" - The unexamined life
Just call me "Meme Sheep"|
The problem with LJ: we all think we are so close, but really we know nothing about each other.
I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about.
Ask away. Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don't know about you.
Current Mood: bored
|Date:||November 12th, 2004 10:09 am (UTC)|| |
From third grade on Lake Elmo, MN
. Before that, various places, mostly in S. St. Paul.
|Date:||November 12th, 2004 09:51 am (UTC)|| |
Did you have what you consider a good childhood?
|Date:||December 29th, 2004 02:49 pm (UTC)|| |
It's taken me quite a while to figure out any sort of an answer, and even now I'm not sure that what I'm going to write is 100% true or accurate, but I think that I'm at least ready to take a stab at answering.
The short answer is: Objectively yes; subjectively not really.
From an objective standpoint I can say that my parents were not abusive, I was never neglected and I had food, shelter and all of the regular creature comforts. Looking at that I can say that I really don't have anything that I can seriously complain about. Many children have had much, much worse lives than I did and survived.
The subjective viewpoint is a lot muddier. I'm fairly certain that I've been suffering from depression most of my life and I can remember often feeling like I wanted to die while riding the bus to school. Because I was shy, weird and much brighter than average I had a lot of troubles with other kids (teasing, taunting, bullying etc.) so I was pretty miserable a lot of the time.
Are you naked in that icon picture?
|Date:||November 12th, 2004 02:38 pm (UTC)|| |
I was wearing pants.
|Date:||November 12th, 2004 04:37 pm (UTC)|| |
You just have a thing for . . . pants.
Well, they naturally come in pairs.
My theory is that every relationship I have had (even the bad ones) I have learned a valuable lesson that has helped with all future relationships. Name one you have learned
|Date:||January 13th, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC)|| |
Doing things to make the other person happy that make you unhappy probably won't result in either of you being happy.
Why do you not drive?
HI, KEVIN! :-)
|Date:||November 13th, 2004 05:17 am (UTC)|| |
There are a number of reasons. Firstly I got turned off of driving by my driving instructor at school who was a grumpy cranky old man. Also I have this issue where I will just space out at times, no matter how important the thing is I should be paying attention to, and I don't think that it would be entirely safe for me to drive. An example of me spacing out is when I was riding my bicycle a number of years ago and began calculating powers of two in my head. I had gotten through about the first fifteen when I ran into the back of a parked car. It just startled me at the time, but if I'd been driving down the street at forty miles an hour the results would have been very different. I also think that the cost of our current automobile obsessed society far outweigh the benefits in lives lost (Just think if there was a weight loss drug that killed as many people every year as auto accidents do. How long do you think it would remain on the market?), resources destroyed, and environmental damage, and my not driving is a sort of silent protest to all of this.
|Date:||November 13th, 2004 05:19 am (UTC)|| |
Oh, and by the way...
|Date:||November 12th, 2004 04:38 pm (UTC)|| |
What's your middle name? ;-p
|Date:||November 13th, 2004 05:06 am (UTC)|| |
|Date:||November 13th, 2004 05:41 am (UTC)|| |
What does the "G" in "Kevin G. Austin" stand for?
|Date:||November 13th, 2004 06:51 am (UTC)|| |
When did you first get involved in Mpls fandom, and how?
|Date:||November 18th, 2004 03:37 am (UTC)|| |
MnStf and Me - Part I
My first convention was Minicon 19, which I found out about by seeing a listing for it in Analog
's Convention Calendar
. I attended Minicons and a few other conventions and began doing various volunteer things at conventions (mostly Ops and Registration at Minicon). After a few years of that I thought I'd like to become more involved with the running of Minicon so I started attending the open committee meetings, and attended a few MnStf meetings where I thought that Minicon related issues would be discussed
. This turned out to be some fairly bad timing on my part because this was the year of the "Dry" Minicon and the flamage that occurred turned me off fairly strongly. I continued attending Minicon and volunteering but I wasn't really interested in being involved in MnStf or the running of Minicon for a number of years.
|Date:||November 19th, 2004 01:28 am (UTC)|| |
Re: MnStf and Me - Part I
I remember the Dry Minicon. I'm not surprised that it took you aback. I'm glad you finally did get involved.
|Date:||November 29th, 2004 07:07 pm (UTC)|| |
"and a few other conventions"
From the convention badges that I've kept:
X CON 12
Super Con VII
Ditto 12/Millenium Fallcon
The Fourth Fourth Street Fantasy Convention
World Fantasy Convention 2002
Valleycon 12 1/2
|Date:||November 30th, 2004 05:51 am (UTC)|| |
Re: "and a few other conventions"
I must have been tired when I wrote this up. I don't think that I've attended Convergence 2005 yet. I'm going to check my badges again, but I'm guessing that should be Convergence 2003. Also missing from the list are at least two 4th Streets that I couldn't figure out the year or number of from the badges and one convention badge that had no useful information on it whatsoever.
|Date:||January 11th, 2005 06:09 pm (UTC)|| |
"open committee meetings"
This should be "General Committee meetings". Those meetings were of the General Committee, which influenced Minicon policy. Soon after that (probably prompted by the decisions of the General Committee that year) the idea of a General Committee was discarded. The ConCom meetings were still open though, so a distinction should be made between the current "open committee meetings" and "General Committee meetings".
|Date:||January 19th, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC)|| |
"a listing for it in Analog's Convention Calendar"
While I don't know if it's true or not, the fact that I saw that ad was apparently due to a fluke. I've been told that during that period of time, due to the concern some people had about the growth rate of Minicon, there was something of an embargo on advertising Minicon anywhere. The listing in Analog was supposedly due to a mistake that someone made, without which I may not have heard of Minicon for a number of years. Even so, I didn't get that issue of Analog until a month or two before the convention, so it wasn't an easy thing to arrange attending.
|Date:||April 4th, 2008 11:21 am (UTC)|| |
"doing various volunteer things at conventions"
(LJ wouldn't let me edit this comment so I'm deleting and reposting)
From the Minicon volunteer badges that I've kept:
Minicon 22 - Badger
Minicon 23 - Badger & Gopher
Minicon 24 - Badger & Gopher
Minicon 25 - Badger, Gopher & Keyper
Minicon 26 - Badger, Gopher & Keyper
Minicon 27 - Dispatcher & Keyper
Minicon 28 - Registration
Minicon 29 - Registration, Info Officer & Triage
Minicon 30 - Infomancer & Comm Officer
Minicon 32 - Ranger
Minicon 33 - Badger
Sub-head - Volunteers - Minicon 35 (2000)
Sub-head - At con registration - Minicon 36 (2001)
Sub-head - Registration - Minicon 37 (2002)
Web team - Minicon 37 (2002)
Assisted Minicon 38 hotel search committee (2003)
Webmaster - Minicon 38 (2003)
Webmaster - Minicon 39 (2004)
And I'm pretty sure that I worked Minicon registration most years from M22 on, even in those years that I don't have a registration volunteer badge for.
Edited at 2011-09-16 01:58 pm (UTC)
|Date:||November 18th, 2004 05:24 am (UTC)|| |
I prefer goats.