[Version française dès que j’aurai le temps]
For those of you who may be oblivious to the concept, there is a (new) game out there in the blogosphere where you get to ‘tag’ 5 other bloggers you’d like to honor, or embarass – tick where applicable, by getting them to reveal 5 things about themselves in a blog post. These 5 bloggers get to tag 5 more people each, creating a snowball effect.
I’ll play along so here goes:
1- I’m a polyglot, which usually means I speak more than 3 languages. While I speak English and French on a daily basis and on multiple registers, I still hold my own in Spanish and Portuguese, understand Italian and some Romanian, dabble in Japanese and Mandarin, understand bits and pieces of Greek, Russian, and Czech.
And of course, for professional reasons, I get to assimilate Dutch now 😉
Those who know me will avoid discussing how languages are learned, for fear to get me started on pragmatism versus academics 😀 Languages have always been a passion, up to a point where I feel I express myself better in languages other than French.
2- When I was about yea big (I’m 6’3″ now, must have been half that back then), I tripped on a garden hose while chasing my younger brother (he had it coming) and hurt my left arm falling down.
It took my parents 6 hours to acknowledge my claims as to whether my arm was broken, which – as it turns out – was indeed broken. Never mind the excruciating pain 😛
From that day, I sometimes feel that despite my best efforts to explain something as simply as possible, I always face a wall of denial. Kind of like these B-movies in which the hero tries to alert the authorities to impending doom, only to be met with scorn and disdain. « I told you so! » *cue squished-by-giant-alien sound*
Go figure. Bleh, I’m just a bitter 32-yr-old 😛
3- In 1996, during my ERASMUS year at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, I got involved in the Foreign Student Society. Soon I became society treasurer and was in charge of the organisation of field trips to places of interest in Scotland.
Read: scotch distilleries 😉
After visiting the Grant’s distillery for the 3rd time in the 1st semester (which is really just one quarter), I finally got nicknamed Glenfiddich – which also happens to be my favorite alcoholic drink.
Double, no ice, room temperature 😀
Strange thing, I still answer to ‘Glen’. Then again, I use the name as my online gaming handle so if you see a player by the name ‘glenfiddich’, don’t be a stranger: chances are it’s me!
4- Obligatory MBTI personality profile: ISFP (Intraverted, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving)
« Quiet, friendly, sensitive, and kind. Enjoy the present moment, what’s going on around them. Like to have their own space and to work within their own time frame. Loyal and committed to their values and to people who are important to them. Dislike disagreements and conflicts, do not force their opinions or values on others. »
I cannot agree more with this evaluation.
5- I’m French therefore I cook, and it shows, but there are a few ingredients that will never make it past my mouth:
- Zucchini a.k.a courgettes. My mother lost track of how many different ways she tried to cook them for me to finally eat some.
- Oysters: I don’t care if it’s a fine food; if it’s not dead when set in my plate, I won’t eat it 😛
That pretty much covers the tagging game 😉
Oh wait, now I get to pick 5 victims! muhaha!
I therefore nominate:
- Denis Lafont (former Capgemini colleague and Opensource guru)
- Vicky Brock (Highland Business Research, Scotland)
- Adrien Naeem (Owner, web-analytique.com)
- Vincent Wautier (designer, OX2)
- Matt Wright (Web Analytics lead, HP.com)
For reference, here is the tagging breadcrumb trail so far:
Stéphane Hamel < June Li < Kathryn Lagden < Michael Seaton < Mitch Joel < Ana Farmery < Heidi Miller < Tom Vender Well < Drew McLellan < Liz Strauss < Phil Gerbyshak < Pam < Wendy Piersall < Holly < Kelly < Simran < D.T.Kelly < Dawno < Victoria Strauss < Cathy Clamp < Jackie Kessler < Heather Brewer < Erica Orloff < Sara Hantz < Alyssa Goodnight < Amanda Brice < Tara M.Leigh < Karen (as provided by Stéphane)