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[[!meta title="Infamy! Infamy! They've all got it in-for-me!"]]
[[!meta author="Daniel Silverstone"]]
[[!meta date="2003-06-13 10:03:00 +0100"]]
[[!tag converted-badly-from-textile old-livejournal]]

Well,
<a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/cjwatson">Livejournal:cjwatson</a>
has provided the following questions…

<blockquote>
<em>Cut &mdash; Click here to be enlightened</em><br />

<ol>

<li>
Where was your best childhood holiday? Why?

<blockquote>
Hmm, as a child, I remember only three types of holiday. First, holidays
in gîtes in France; second, visits to my Grandmother and finally, visits
to the holiday cottage in Wales which my parents finally bought in 1994.
I would say that my favourite ones of those must have been the 1990
visit to a place called ‘Sammarçolles’ where we stayed in a gîte behind
a bakery. I, being a typical 10 year old, was bored with what my parents
did, and, naturally, fascinated by the bakery. As a result, I forced my
mother to teach me the phrase “May I help you?” so that I could proudly
go and ask the baker if he wanted a hand. I can only assume my mother
had spoken with him beforehand because he “took me in” and I spent a
great two weeks learning about baking french bread and croissants; how
to make brioche etc. I can’t remember a bloody word of it, but it was
great fun for a budding french speaker.

</blockquote>
</li>

<li>
Lua is (if you don’t mind me saying so) a fairly obscure language. What
got you into it?

<blockquote>
Well, firstly, no, I don’t mind you saying so. However Lua isn’t as
obscure as you might think. I first found Lua when I was scouring the
’net for programming languages suitable for embedding into a
talker-client I was thinking of writing. I wanted a language which I
could use both to extend the client, and to be extended by the client. I
considered Perl, Python, TCL, Lua and many others before settling on Lua
(3.2 as it was then) as my language of choice. Lua was the smallest
language of the set to learn, it had the simplest embedding interface of
the lot, and had been designed, from the outset to be small and
efficient. At the time, I still had the mentality that 500k of RAM was
500k I shouldn’t use if I didn’t have to. Perl was big and scary,
Python’s language upset me fundamentally (and still does) and tcl was
just <b>nasty</b>. Lua turned out to have a pleasant and helpful
community surrounding it, and so we settled on it. Three major language
revisions later, and I’m the Debian maintainer for the Lua packages and
my major home programming project is a Lua-based web-application
development platform (called
<a       href="http://aranha.pepperfish.net/">aranha</a>) hopefully to
eventually rival PHP.

</blockquote>
</li>

<li>
If you could have a meal anywhere in the world, where would it be?

<blockquote>
If it was me alone, I think I’d want to have a meal somewhere in
northern Africa (possibly French Guyana) because I’ve always wanted to
see that part of the world, and I feel that food is a great way to get
to know somewhere. However if I were allowed to take
<a href="http://www.livejournal.com/users/nunfetishist">Livejournal:nunfetishist</a>
with me, I guess it’d have to be somewhere in Thailand for a
<em>real</em> thai green chicken curry.

</blockquote>
</li>

<li>
What’s your all-time favourite piece of music? (Or, put another way, you
get to keep one piece of music. What would it be?)

<blockquote>
That is <em>such</em> an evil question. I guess that if I had only one
piece, and was never allowed to have another bit ever again, not even
humming/singing to myself, it’d be one of the Enigma variations by
Elgar.

</blockquote>
</li>

<li>
Pepper or fish? Pick one only.

<blockquote>
Aah, well, this one is easy. Pepper is a spice which is easily replaced
by any of a number of peppery spices, but fish is something which you
cannot substitute for. So I’m choosing to keep fish.<br>

</blockquote>
</li>

</ol>
</blockquote>
Well, in warner-brother’s stylee — <i>Th.. Th.. Thh… That’s all
folks</i>