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Comment Response Meme

Stolen from my west coast friend Catherine. A couple of these are LiveJournal-specific, but most apply.


a) Tell you why I friended you. (no such thing as “friending” here)

b) Associate you with something — a fandom, song, color, photo, etc.

c) Tell you something I like about you.

d) Tell you a memory I have of you.

e) Ask you something I’ve wanted to know about you

f) Tell you my favorite userpic from your profile. (only applies to people on LiveJournal)

g) In return, please post this on your own blog.

Another interview meme

Even though she has already done this with me once before, Joyce came up with five more questions for me. :)

If you want to play:
1. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”
2. I will respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.
3. Update your site with the answers to the questions.
4. Include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, ask them five questions. And so on, and so on, and so on.

Questions from Joyce, with my answers:


What’s your middle name (if you have one)?

Heath, as in the candy bar. :) I didn’t realize you didn’t know that.


Are you named (first or middle) for anyone: relative, book/movie character, historical figure, etc.?

Actually, I’m not sure. I need to ask my parents about that sometime. If I find out, I’ll post back here. :) I don’t think so, though.


Who’s your favorite relative?

That’s a bit of an evil question (even though I don’t think many relatives read this web log). Instead of favorite, let’s say most influential. My late maternal grandfather Nelson DeLano (”Paw D”, as I apparently named him as a child) was an electrician’s foreman at a large metal working plant. He was also an amateur radio operator. Growing up, every time I visited, he let me play around with the tons of spare electrical and radio parts he had lying around the house. He let me sit in while he talked on the radio, and he explained all kinds of details to me. He bought and made cool little electrical things as gifts for me. I have no doubt whatsoever that he is the biggest reason I ended up becoming an electrical engineer. I hope he knew how much that meant to me. I think he did. I know he loved to brag about me to his buddies on the air. Unfortunately, he died about 7 months before I graduated from college. I often think about how much fun it would have been to bring him up to the lab at work and let him sit in for a while, see what I do, and know that he was part of making that happen.


Why did you start a blog?

*chuckle* Honestly, a lot of it was a matter of trying to “keep up with the Joneses.” :) I was quickly becoming almost the last person among my very geeky circle of friends not to have a web log. Specifically, when you’re married to someone who writes as prolifically and as well as Amy does, it’s tough to not feel some pressure to do a bit yourself. It’s also a release sometimes, though. One only has to look at the number on this post to see that I don’t write particularly often, but it’s good for me when I do it. I need to stay in better practice, and I need to be better about putting things down in writing as I feel them (in a private journal if not here). I’ve learned that strong emotion is usually a pretty temporary thing for me. My self-righting mechanism is pretty strong and pushes me toward center. That’s good and it’s not. It allows me to deal with things quickly, but it also means that I don’t often feel things for very long. Writing down how I felt helps me save a piece of that so I can come back and remember it later. Probably the best example of that is my post about Duffie, but there are others.


If money and making a living were no object, what would you do with your life?

Oddly enough, I think I might actually do much the same kind of things I do in my job right now, just not full-time. I’d probably try to push myself to travel more. It’s good for me. I’d be a bit more adventurous about trying some things that I think I would enjoy but require financial investments that I can’t justify. I don’t know what else. That situation is just so alien to me that I think it might have to really happen and sink in for a while before I really knew.

Six (?) questions (?)

As requested by Geof, here are my responses to a set of questions/challenges that mostly resemble the ones he got from his friend. I say mostly, because I decided to mess with a couple of them and downright refused to answer one or two. *shrug* It’s my site. 🙂 I’ll tentatively tag Amy, with the understanding that her brain is totally involved in organizing PHE right now.


0) What’s your name and website URL? (optional, of course)

My name is Jeffrey Heath McClure. Welcome to Sliding Constant.


1) What’s the most fun work you’ve ever done, and why? (two sentences max)

Easy: volunteering with the technical operations staff at DragonCon. I now spend every Labor Day weekend helping organize technical assistance for convention programming in one of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta‘s large ballrooms, and it’s the hardest work I’ve ever loved. 🙂


2) A. Name one thing you did in the past, no longer do, and wish to do again. (one sentence max)

I still keep hoping I’ll once again blunder into a group of people with whom I “click” who make music I deeply enjoy and have a Jeff-shaped hole in their vocal harmony.


B. Name one thing you’ve always wanted to do but keep putting off. (one sentence max)

Always? I don’t think I have anything that applies. The biggest thing I keep putting off is getting in shape.


3) A. What two things would you most like to learn or be better at, and why? (two sentences max)

I’d love to learn to play piano, and I would like to be better at dividing my concentration across time and subject. The first would allow me to be my own accompaniment, and the second would probably help ease the frustration of many friends.


B. If you could take a class/workshop/apprentice from anyone in the world living or dead, who would it be and what would you hope to learn? (two more sentences, max)

This one sounds an awful lot like “Who is the one person you most look up to?”, and I truly believe I have no answer to that question. I’ve come to realize that when it’s working right, most of what I manage to learn tends to come as absorbing different bits of knowledge and wisdom from different people. I find myself quite amused to realize that my philosophy, ethic, etc., is probably a composite of the little parts that I have most admired in many many others. I kind of like it that way.


4) A. What three words might your best friends or family use to describe you?

I, like Geof, hesitate to answer this one, but I have some guesses. I’ll let my massive readership judge their accuracy… perhaps: “distant”, hopefully: “consistent”, vainly: “perceptive”


B. Now list two more words you wish described you:

I think “athletic” is stretching it even as a wish. Let’s go for “fit.” For the second: “creative.”


5) What are your top three passions? (can be current or past, work, hobbies, or causes; three sentences max)

There’s no way the answer to this one has any kind of shelf life if I answer it with work, hobbies, or causes. Let’s go with three principles, the pursuit of at least one of which tends to drive any particular of my various passions/obsessions: mastery, consistency, novelty.


6) (sue me) Write–and answer–one more question that YOU would ask someone (with answer in three sentences max)

I’m skipping this one. You gotta tell me who “someone” is. Sue me. 🙂


[Bonus: What is one question you wish people would ask themselves?]

If the visible effects of me acting on my (faith/belief/conviction) are to engender hatred, exclude people, and dictate the behavior of others, is it possible I missed the point somewhere?

Four Words

FINALLY I’m getting around to responding to Ashley tagging me for the “four words” meme. I fear it won’t be as interesting as she hopes, but here goes:

  1. frog – It’s funny how growing up out in the boonies of northwest Alabama, you learn what these little guys sound like in large numbers, but hear just a couple and it takes you a minute. Amy and I were sitting outside SAK Comedy Lab, where Patrick works waiting for the show to start, when we heard a weird sound behind us. It actually took me a minute to figure out it was about 3 or 4 frogs. 🙂
  2. blue – The color of the pants I was wearing last night when I managed to spill an entire soda on them, thus causing me to put them almost directly in the wash, with my Motorola RAZR still in the pocket and powered up. Doh! It’s drying out now. The battery is probably gone, but the phone itself might actually be okay. We’ll see. In the meantime it’s back to my old Nokia for a while.
  3. space – *shrug* I dunno. Something we actually look to have enough of this year for the people crashing here for Birthday Bash? 🙂
  4. ruler – Uncle. 🙂 Complete blank.

Since most of my friends have been tagged already, and I’m too lazy right now to come up with 4 interesting words anyway, I’m going to be a bad boy and not pass this along. I know. I suck. We’ll all find a way to cope. 😉

Memory Meme

This one is actually a bit scary. I’m not the kind of person who tends to accumulate true enemies, but there are certainly people out there who could relate some unpleasant memories.

Stolen from Joyce:

If you read this, even if we don’t speak often, please post a comment with a memory of you and me. It can be either good or bad. I promise not to come after you with a spatula, either way. When you’re finished, post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified) about what people remember about you.

I’m not going to put any explicit restrictions on what people post, but please be somewhat considerate of the other readers.