2. How long do you hold onto odd socks before giving up on finding their mate? I buy about twenty identical pairs, wear them until a sufficient number need replacing, and then I replace them all simultaneously once more. I never have to worry about matching them.
3. Who was your favorite musical artist when you were 15? Artist? Good heavens. Possibly Jacques Loussier. I never went much for the artist -- it was always the music itself.
4. What shape are your fingernails in right now? As usual -- bitten far too short.
5. Two scoops: of what? Bashed neeps -- with butter and black pepper.
6. What's your earliest memory? Packing to move house, not long after my younger brother was born.
7. When does your pet look funniest? I don't have pets. My mother's cat always sits on top of my mother's work. That's not funny in itself, but the look on my mother's face is.
8. What do you collect? Books (SF, humour, assorted non-fiction) and computers.
9. What's better than sex? Love. Trust, honesty and respect.
10. What things are you brand-loyal to? Diet Coke. Linux.
11. Favorite Dr. Seuss book? I have a first edition, first printing of "I can read with my eyes shut" in Hebrew.
12. Best meal you've had lately? Duck with black bean sauce, egg fried rice.
13. Peanut Butter and ________? Either Marmite or chocolate spread. Not both.
14. Who's your favorite poet? Difficult one. Charles Wesley, perhaps. (mhw, please check the spelling before you comment)
15. Where are you going on vacation this year? I hope it'll be Washington DC. Please, please ...
16. If you could change careers tomorrow with no strings attached, what would you be? I like my job. I'd be independently wealthy and negotiate a 16-week year.
17. Whaddya drive? A car. It's red.
18. What's your poison? Coffee or beer.
19. The colour of the carpet or the kind of floor in the room you are sitting in right now? Industrial grey-blue carpet tiles.
20. What's on your walls?Here in the office, immediately in front of my desk: A shelf bearing leaning towers of software and a couple of books: a wall-mounted telephone.