Five Things Beget Six Questions

Kathy Sierra answered the five-things meme on her Creating Passionate Users Weblog, and in her response, developed a set of questions of her own that she wanted folks to answer. Sooooo, I will. Kathy’s questions are in strongly-marked text, and my answers follow each.


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

Well, my full name is Geoffrey Franklin Morris. I have many URLs, but I guess I prefer linking to GFMorris.net the most these days. That has varied over the years.

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

It’s a tie between two jobs: being a part of the Space-DRUMS® payload development team and doing all the proposal management stuff at work the last five months. The former was very technologically fulfilling and instructive work for me at a young age [before I graduated college, and all of it before I hit 23], and the latter has broadened my horizons in business knowledge and savvy.

2) A. Name one thing you did in the past that you no longer do but wish you did? (one sentence max)

I honestly wish that I still wrote for, edited, and managed TOTK.com Sports. There’s no way that I’d even begin to have time for it now, but if we’d kept doing what we were doing back then, we might be as much of a name in the sports blogging world as Deadspin. I mean, crap … I did TOTK Today as a daily sports commentary blog before anyone really know what a blog was [myself included]. I was doing that stuff a decade ago.

[I know, I know, I was supposed to keep that to a sentence.]

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

Become a hobbyist computer programmer: I have all the good intentions and the O’Reilly texts to match and none of the output.

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

I’d like to be better at being fully cognizant of what I’m doing and what I should be doing, which are only occasionally the same thing. :)

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 is an easy question: I would dearly love to have been an apprentice rocket scientist under Wernher von Braun. I can learn all the management stuff, personal and professional, from just about anyone, but in terms of designing rockets? I’ll put WvB up against anyone, warts and all.

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

Oh my, I’m not sure that I have the self-awarness to answer this one very well. I’ll let my friends answer this in the comments…

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

Studious and athletic.

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

My three great passions are understanding God’s will and purposes for my life, manned spaceflight, and music, especially with my friends in the Square Peg Alliance.

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

What is your worst habit, and what do you believe is the underlying cause of that habit? How can you best eliminate it?

[If any of you want to tackle that in a comment, well, go ahead.]

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

Why do you pursue the things that you pursue?


Lastly, let me be evil and make this into a meme! I’ll reverse my modus operandi from last time, as I’ll choose Rick, Jonathan, Stephen, Jeff, and Sean. Oh, and since Kathy asked six questions, I’ll pay Alex back for passing me the five-things meme in the first place. Payback’s a bitch, ain’t it? ;)

Speaking of tagging: Amy, Jessica, and Katharine have taken me up on my challenge, but Ashley and Misty haven’t. Hint, hint, ladies!