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Feb. 17th, 2007 | 10:27 am

Here are the five things you probably don't know about me. It took a lot of soul searching and imaginative interpretation to come up with five things that are new, true, decent and unlikely to stir up litigation.

1. Youth

Now, many of you know that I grew up in a town lying deep in the heart of redneck country called Kingaroy. I went to both primary and secondary school in that town.

Once, I woke up, made my bed, put on my clothes, underwear, shirt, socks, shoes, hat, and then went out to have breakfast. I must have been seven or eight at the time. My little brother James asks me, "Ready for school then, Jono?".

"Yeah, of course." At this point, I do a mental check. Shoes, hat, port, pencils. All ready.

"Then where are your shorts?"

James and Lizzie have never let me live that one down.

2. Habit

I am a chronic leaner. Leaning is my favourite stance. I find it more comfortable than sitting or than lying down.

I didn't find this out until I moved into King St, a massive house with five other people in it. For fun, we would watch eight episodes of Spooks in a row, argue about music and deconstruct each others' characters.

3. Mind

I can almost quote the entire script of Auntie Mame off by heart.

I don't know how this happenend. It was one of my late grandmother's favourite films, and is one of my mother's favourites too. I guess I watched it early and often enough to have it stick in there.

4. Achievement

The only books that I have started and not finished are Vanity Fair, Three Dollars, Les Miserables and 1412. I think.

5. Youth II

OK. Doing two "Young Jono" things is probably cheating a little, but I don't care. It's Glyph's stupid fault for dobbing me in.

I cried excessively as a child. I could be easily provoked to tears until I was about eleven or twelve years old. I don't know why.

I name Andrew, Bron, Pablo, Jp and Randall Munroe (ok, it's a bit of a long shot).

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from: puzzlement
date: Feb. 17th, 2007 01:29 am (UTC)

Mmm, I don't fancy your chances of getting Andrew to do it.

Do you finish books as a matter of pride, or just because they're there? My PhD supervisor is reluctant to begin books now because as a matter of pride once he has opened them he must read them cover-to-cover. I view this as a warning sign, not an example

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from: jml
date: Feb. 17th, 2007 02:34 am (UTC)

Yeah, I don't think any of the people I've named will actually do it.

Regarding finishing books, it has sometimes been a pride thing. I think it's mostly that I don't like leaving anything unfinished.

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