...You're spared the dog.
...I haven't got one.
Name, Rank, and Number..
NameDerek Mahony B.F. B.Sc.
HomeNorth Somerset, England
OccupationRetired (which turns out to be a full-time job)
Previous Ways of Earning a CrustElectronics Engineer, Trials Engineer, Systems Engineer, Real Time Software Engineer
My favourite things.. a random selection..
AuthorsTerry Pratchett, Tom Sharpe, Roald Dahl, Spike Milligan, Jasper Fford, Alan Bennett, Ben Aaronovitch
BooksAnything by Terry Pratchett, The Cuckoo's Egg by Clifford Stoll, The Beiderbecke Trilogy by Alan Platter, The Magic Roundabout Noisy Book...
Music- a quick scan of the CDs shows:
Pink, Björk, Garbage, Skunk Anansie, Laurie Anderson, Annie Lennox, Sinead O'Connor, Alanis Morrisette, Alisha's Attic, Catatonia, Anastasia, Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos, Texas (..do you spot a common thread here?) Eurythmics, Gus Gus, JJ Cale, ZZ Top, Doors, Hendrix, Nilsson...
All time favourites: White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane, Sweet Dreams by the Eurythmics, Light My Fire by the Doors, anything by Pink & Garbage
FilmsDark Star, UHF, Close Encounters, The Blues Brothers, Dogma, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Cabaret
TVMost TV gets the "I can also read the news or twitter-world while they're on" treatment but a few exceptions are..
serious science or technology programmes (not the gee-wizz ones), series 1 of some detectivey programs (before they get silly and illogical), The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother..
Past favorites: Magic Roundabout, Rugrats, The Beiderbecke Series, Brass, Only Fools, Men Behaving Badly, Coupling, Blake's Seven (they don't make scenery like that any more), Two Pints..
Interests..Computing, photography, animal CCTV, weather station, maintaining the Bath & Wells MU web site, graphical doodling
Dislikes..ranging from boring to abhorrent..
Sport, politics, sport, interviewers who don't listen!, sport, most game shows, all reality shows, did I mention sport?