Five Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me

I’ve been double meme-tagged by Tony and Tara. I try to avoid memes on this blog. I reserve that nonsense for people who read my LiveJournal.

I actually spotted this meme the other day on Jeff Freeman‘s blog, but he got it from  Lum, who got it from Raph Koster, and it spread from there it seems.

Like Tony, I don’t really like calling too much attention to myself (and yet I blog!). This particular meme seems to have infiltrated the gaming blogosphere, so I’ll jump in:

  1. I wrote my Master’s dissertation on videogames in 2002. It’s not published in an academic journal or anything, and the results of the qualitative research project are by no means representative. I don’t consider myself to be anywhere near the same level as the academics on Terra Nova. I wrote my dissertation on games because every other topic I could think about in my degree subject seemed uninteresting. At the time I wrote it, there were not nearly as many papers and studies available on videogames.
  2. I got into comic books through Marvel Universe trading cards. I was 12 or 13. My brother had a school friend who was selling all of his Marvel cards. The art looked really cool. I was quite an avid doodler at the time, so the artwork on the cards was really exciting. The little blurbs on the backs of the cards about super hero powers were also interesting. I bought the boy’s entire (small) collection. I used to be a huge comic book nerd, but I have never been to the San Diego ComicCon, which was like Mecca to me back then. I would still like to attend at some point, though I don’t read comic books much anymore. I don’t remember how much I paid for those cards, but I still have them.
  3. I’m older than I look. People usually figure this out when they speak to me. According to many people who have met me for the first time, I appear to be about ten years younger than I actually am. I usually don’t mind, nor do I go out of my way to look older by using make-up (not sure if this is good or bad).
  4. I like the smell of mouldy basments. I don’t know why.
  5. I used to play inline hockey when I was an undergraduate at university. Inline skate hockey is non-contact, so I wasn’t checking people into the boards or anything like that — not that I could if we were allowed, since I’m too light and petite for that — obviously I was a forward. Britain isn’t known for having a large following of ice hockey fans/players/teams, much less inline hockey, so it wasn’t the most well-supported club at uni. Our team consisted of a small core of players. We were coached by a fellow from Canada, a freelance writer, who was over in St Andrews with his wife, who worked at the university. The majority of the team were boys, and for part of my time there, I was the only girl who was really committed to playing on the team. At St Andrews, we hosted a tourney and participated in another tournament with other universities during my time there. I played on the University of London intercollegiate team for a bit as well, but they were not competitive (or large) enough to play in matches against other universities.

I’m supposed to tag five people now. You’re it:

Guilded LilyYay, she did it too!
JoshRose to the challenge.
Lake Desire — Got her meme on (see comments section for link).
ThomasDid the meme, but one answer is a lie.

Participation not required if you don’t like memes.

EDIT: Foton has tagged everyone who comments on his blog as well. Ping.

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