Douglas Spencer (dougs) wrote,
Douglas Spencer

Interview meme, part three in 3D

sarah interviewed me.

1)Are you doing the job you wanted to do when you were a child?
I didn't have any ambitions to do a particular job when I was very young.
I first sat down in front of a computer in September 1978, a couple of weeks before my thirteenth birthday. I was hooked, totally and completely. Here, at last, was someone something that I could interact with on my own terms, something that understood me, and that I understood.
The school restricted my access to computers because my other work -- in every subject except mathematics, at which I succeeded without working anyway -- was suffering. There were riots. But it was instantly and perfectly clear that computers and I were born for each other.
I wrote my first line of assembler in 1978. I sent my first email in 1980. I routed my first IP packet in 1984 and read my first RFC in the same year. And now I route IP and build firewalls and mail servers and routers and, and , and ...
Ahem. I think the answer I'm groping for here, however blindly, is "yes".

2) If you could change anything about the last ten years would you and what would you change?
For the last ten years, there's been very little that I'd change. There was one small incident -- tiny -- in October 1996, which had disproportionate effects -- an arrest and a conviction and the loss of a job and the alienation of most of Anne's family from Anne and I. That really hurt. And the cause was a piece of tiny stupidity on my part. And I've promised elsewhere not to talk about the incident itself in detail. So would I change that incident? Possibly not, because I like what my life is doing at the moment, and I can't predict how it would be if the incident hadn't taken place. So the answer is probably "no".

3) Why did you choose your real name for your LJ-username?
It never occurred to me to do otherwise. I'm me. This journal is about me. I don't have anything to hide.
Someone (was it green_amber?) asked me why my own face appears in my icons. I said it said "User Pic". I thought they wanted a picture of the user. It never occurred to me to do otherwise -- until I started to read other people.

4) Do you think there is a god? Why? Why not?
I do. And I've written about it extensively:
"Why" is an odd question. "Why is there a god" is the complicated one. "Why do I think so" is explored in the thread I've linked to.
But I do. Absolutely. Without reservation. And I'm confident that he cares about me, that he's totally full-time absorbed in how well I'm doing. And that he cares just as much about all my friends, and just as much about roughly six billion other people. He can do that, he's God.

Actually I only could think of four so the fifth one is stupid. Feel free to skip it.
No chance. Why else ask for the interview?

5) What's your favourite colour, film and music?
Colour: Green. I don't know why -- I just like the way it looks, the way it makes me feel. I like to be outside, bounding around on the hills between the green and the purple, strolling through the woods between the green and the brown, or sliding over the water between the green and the blue. My LJ is green. I answer "green" when the question comes up on surveys.
Film:I'm not a big film fan. Most films I've come out of thinking that I enjoyed the book better, or the play better. I'd sooner read it, or see it on stage, or hear it on the radio. So I don't have a favourite film. What? You're insisting? Well, I'll say "Trapeze", then, because I'm such a fan of the circus.
Music: Stuff I can sing -- Beethoven's ninth, Handel's Messiah, Elgar's Music Makers, Shostakovich's thirteenth, Tippet's Child of our Time, Brahms's Requiem, Mozart's Requiem, Lloyd-Webber's Requiem, Britten's War Requiem ... Gilbert and Sullivan, Flanders and Swann ...
And if I'm not singing, it's Bach. Tiny, intricate fugues. Two and three part inventions. The Musical Offering. The Goldbach Variations. When I eventually go completely deaf, I'll still have JS Bach and his harpsichord running inside my head.

See what you'd have missed if I'd skipped that question.

Quoting previous players in this meme:
If you want me to interview you, post a comment that simply says, "Interview me." I'll respond with questions for you to take back to your own journal and answer as a post. Of course, they'll be different for each person since this is an interview and not a general survey. At the bottom of your post, after answering the Interviewer's questions, you ask if anyone wants to be interviewed. So it becomes your turn-- in the comments, you ask them any questions you have for them to take back to their journals and answer. And so it becomes the circle.

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