2 -- I will respond; I'll ask you five questions.
3 -- You'll update your journal with my five questions, and your five answers.
4 -- You'll include this explanation.
5 -- You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.
These questions are from sol_nuada:
1. How did you come into contact with computers in the first place?
I think it was when I was 11. My father brought home a 'portable' (we called it 'sjouwable') computer from his work. At the time, he worked at the CQM and so he had to make lots of models and do lots of calculations. At the time, homecomputers were a rarity, and since the CQM was still a part of Philips, the computer used was a P2000C.
He bought me and my sister a floppy each and taught us BASIC. Nothing fancy, just the use of variables, the print- and input-statements and if-then-else (and, of course, the oft-villified goto-statement). It didn't interest my sister much, but I was completely smitten with the idea of programming. My dad used to bring the machine home on friday-evenings, which meant I got up early on saturday mornings and programmed on my massive BASIC-program. It was a 'conversation'-program that asked for your name and stuff, and it became larger and larger and larger.
Two years later, my dad bought a Sharp MZ731, which also included sound and a small plotter! Soon after that, I got my first computer, a Toshiba HX-10 MSX1-machine.
2. How, and why did you start your Live Journal?
At the time, I was very interested in Nobilis, a roleplaying game. The second edition had just come out, and I had made sure I got myself a copy of this beautiful book with the wonderful RPG setting.
bruceb was (when the game was still in the hands of Hogshead Publishing) the line editor, and he posted frequently on the mailing list that I was (briefly) a member of. At the bottom of his posts was a link to his LJ, and, I don't know when precisely, but I must have been bored, I clicked on it.
Enter LJ into my mindspace.
His LJ was (at the time) rather interesting to me, and I also found out that there was something like a 'friends'-page, via which I could peek into the lives of others.
It took me maybe a month to realise I wanted a Journal like that, too. At that time, the invite-code-thing was still in full effect, so I shelled out for a year of paid time -- and via that route, klik, xaviar_nl, gertvr, babarage and exar were introduced to LJ as well.
3. Looking back at your puberty, did you expect yourself to become the man you are now?
I tend not to look too far ahead, and I can't think of what I thought at that time. But since I was 15, I knew I wanted to do Cognitive Science. I wanted to study that, because there was still room for Big Science and World-shattering Discoveries in that field. Needless to say, that never happened.
I've always been a geek, and I never felt the need to pretend to be a different person than I am -- so I guess I expected to always be a geek.
So, on a professional level: no. On a personal level: probably, though I doubt I imagined myself married to someone as cool as klik.
4. How did you get 'into' anime in the first place?
That's easy: Robotech. When we first got cable, a whole world opened up. We suddenly had Sky TV, that showed lots of cartoons in the morning (especially at the DJ Kat-show, with an amazingly young Linda de Mol, who got her start in TV from that very show). I used to watch it on the TV in my room before leaving for school.
But we also had Super Channel. Super Channel was all business programs throughout the week, but early in the weekends, they showed cartoons as well. (This was before morning television, before Fox Kids -- in the weekends, there was nothing on TV for kids!)
Most of the cartoons they showed was basic US cartoon-fare: GI Joe, MASK, stuff like that. But also Robotech.
Robotech was different. I fell into it at the start of the third part ('the Invid Invasion'), and I couldn't believe what I saw: this was a rather grown-up cartoon (compared to the rest of the stuff on TV). The battles were 'realistic', and when someone got shot down, they were dead. I knew Darlene was a humanoidified version of an Invid and I picked up the chemistry between her and Scott -- nothing like an American cartoon. I vividly remember watching one of the last episodes. There was a heavy battle and the team killed one of the other humanoidified Invid. When they saw the corpse, it turned out he had green blood. Mint turned to Darlene and said: "So I guess everyone who has green blood is an Invid, hey Darlene?"
Darlene had been wounded during the battle, and her blood turned out to be green.
Now that I've seen lots of anime, it just seems a bit corny and predictable, but at the time I was completely blown away with it. I also recall that the death of Roy Focker made a big impression on me.
5. You win a million pounds in the British lottery, what would you buy yourself; and what would you buy me?
- A luxurious house;
- Furniture to put into it;
- A Ford Focus Ghia 4-door.
- I'd invite you over, and together we'd make a MAME-cabinet so that you could play your arcade favourites in style.
Thanks for these questions, I really enjoyed answering them!