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Markus is an enthusiastic traveler, who lives in Houston, TX (USA) most of the time, but also spends some time in Saalfelden, near Salzburg (Austria). He is fascinated by travel and also by his experiences gathered by living in two different countries and continents.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007
I've Been Tagged! 5 Things You Didn't Know About Me...

Looks like Rick tagged me, and now I am supposed to tell you 5 things about me nobody knows. Hmmmm... The trouble is: Since I write so much about what I do on this blog, I am not really sure there are 5 significant things about me nobody knows. But anyway, I'll give it a go:

  1. My name is Markus, and I am a magazine-aholic...
    Yup. I subscribe to probably 25+ magazines, and still I buy more at the newsstand! Programming, Business, Science, Money, Management, Yachting, ice hockey, Computer Games,.... And in 2 different languages too! From the US, the UK, Germany, Austria. And I read them almost all cover-to-cover. Or at least I try, and I am constantly behind. I am not sure why, but it just fascinates me. This is probably also why I started CoDe Magazine and other publishing efforts we have going on (more about that soon on my dev blog! Stay tuned...)
     
  2. I read Mickey Mouse
    I have a subscription to those German Mickey Mouse books called "Das Lustige Taschenbuch" (never read an English one, now that I think about it). I am not quite sure why. I guess it just gives me a great break from a job where so much is serious and heavy thinking. I am way behind on my Mickey Mouse books too. But I do read at least one or two every time I go to Austria.
     
  3. I play computer games
    I am quite addicted actually (and so is Ellen!). We have PC gaming stations both in the US and Austria. We have an XBox and an XBox360 in the US. Also an old Nintendo 64 (which shall be mentioned for completeness). We have a PlayStation 2 in Austria (and no, I don't think I'll get a PlayStation 3). We now also have a Nintendo Wii in Austria (which is very cool actually... oh, and it actually belongs to Ellen since Santa... ah, I mean the Christkind brought it for her). We both each have a PlayStation Portable (PSP). And we probably still have the portable Nintendo thingy. And of course, we also have just about any game for any of these systems that rates above 80%. And since I do not like buying games digitally, we have quite the collection if little game boxes. EBGames would be jealous!
    I used to like going to the movies, but I really got bored with it. I see playing games as the logical next step. Of course I can also never play all the games we have. Especially since I like finishing them. But that is OK, because Ellen plays them all. She usually gets bored after the tutorial. And truth be told: I really don't play on any of the consoles very much. I just do not like sports games and jump'n'runs and that much. There are very few games on consoles that tickle my fancy. I like strategy games and role playing games (offline mostly, although I am still sucked into WoW), and those are best experienced on the PC!
    And then of course, professional interest kicks in. So I am also quite interested in game development and things like XNA. I even have attended the occasional Game Developer Conference, both in the US and the UK. Maybe, one day when I am retired, I will start a game company.
     
  4. I follow Formula One
    I am not really a racing fan though. I've never followed Nascar or Indi/Kart very much. However, I follow Formula One religiously. Formula One is huge in Europe. It is a high-society sort of thing. A lot of glamor. Lots of money involved. Everyone wants to be part of it. I really got into watching it more when I moved to the US. I guess I felt it kept me connected to Europe. I now read a Formula One site at least once a day, even in the off-season. (Strangely, I do not subscribe to any Formula One magazines... I wonder if I should...). I got a TiVo for the main purpose of taping Formula One. And I have been to a few Formula One races (Hungary and Brazil).
     
  5. I am super-competitive
    You think you are competitive too? Ha! I am sure I am more competitive. That's right: I am even competitive about being competitive. I am not sure what it is, but no matter what I do, you can't be better at it. And if you are, I will get obsessed with it and try to improve until I can beat you. Well, OK, maybe it is not quite that bad, but I often feel that in situations such as sports, it just adds a lot more fun if people are into it and are trying to be competitive. Who cares about playing hockey if nobody wants to win? I think this attitude served me well in my career too. I am not a sore loser though. Ellen sometimes says I am, but I really just do not like losing. However, if someone beats me fair and square, I do not come up with bogus excuses as sore losers would. In fact, I am quite happy for whoever won and I want other people to do well. After all, I do not like winning because someone else is worse. I like winning because I am better!
     
  6. And for the grand finale...
    ...the biggest secret of them all: I am also... oh... wait a minute. I was only supposed to share 5 things. Never mind. ;-)

OK, that's it. Now I am supposed to tag 5 other people. The question is "whom?". After all, I want interesting people who may have interesting secrets to give up. And ideally someone who will actually post something. So here goes:

OK, fellas, give up your secrets! ;-)

 

Posted @ 6:51 AM by Egger, Markus (markus@code-magazine.com)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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