1.) My first word was "flower".
2.) As a child, I would rarely keep my clothing on, especially when I was playing outside.
3.) When we were kids, my brother and I used to always want to use the jingly knife at dinner.
4.) I was the geek who won all the awards at high school graduation, and then I didn't go to my prom.
5.) I was inspired to go into physics by reading Richard Feynman's biography in the library while the rest of my class learned calculus that i'd already taught myself.
6.) I have degrees in math and philosophy.
7.) I took tai chi lessons for a year and stopped because I got good at it and scared myself.
8.) I spent a lot of time going places I wasn't supposed to be in university, such as steam tunnels. To do that, I used to be able to pick 5 pin locks, but haven't kept it up as a skill.
9.) I visited my brother in Kensington Market in Toronto and got myself locked out on his fire escape. No one was home and I had to climb down a drain pipe to get back in the building. This was the first thing I climbed, other than trees.
10.) I once lived for a week on a small pile of change when I learned that "the check will clear in 30 days" means 30 business days, not 30 calendar days.
11.) My appendix perforated on St Patrick's day 2005.
12.) I used to have a pool table in my living room.
13.) I've been doing yoga for almost 10 years, and it brings me a lot of joy.
14.) I have worked for 2 startups and will definitely do it again (but will not repeat #10 above).
15.) I learned to scuba dive, but had more fun scrambling over rocks on the shore than I had in the water.
16.) When I moved to Seattle, one of the things I missed most were the nesting teak end tables that as a kid I'd learned to draw at that my dad oiled and gave to me when I left home.
17.) I've made a comprehensive list of the pros and cons of having kids and made what I consider to be the simple decision not to.
18.) At times in the past, I have had bad credit only because I hate reading my physical mail.
19.) I don't make decisions unless I'm forced to, and I secretly appreciate anything that makes me decide.
20.) I still have the first piece of furniture my parents bought when they got married: their kitchen table.
21.) One of my favourite books is A Pattern Language, and I constantly want to redesign my world to contain many more of the beautiful, functional and human patterns that it describes.
22.) I really enjoy cooking, although I rarely do it.
23.) I often enjoy silence more than music. If I listen to music, I want to experience it, not have it on in the background.
24.) I used to be terrified of causing change in the world, and now I'm growing terrified of not.
25.) I am more interested in who I'm becoming than in who I have been.