The following interview with bldarter
was originally published in the World/Francais newsletter.
Thanks for talking to the World/ editors of dmoz.
Can you tell us a bit about your background? Where are you from, where do you live, what was your first computer, what is your favorite music, film, book, pet? [Anything you want to share with us, it would be fantastic if you can join a picture!]
My name is Brad Banner. My very badly done web site at http://members.tripod.com/~BradBanner/index.html will tell you more than you want to know about me. There are even some photographs of me (and my leg) :) on the site. I'm a little more gray headed now and my leg is all better :) I built Bookmarks/B/bldarter/Test as a place to share some of the resources that have helped me the last three years.
Genetically I'm Scots-Irish with a little Cherokee. I'm a Methodist Christian, Democrat, Freemason, Aggie (Texas A&M alumnus), Girl Scout leader, widower, gardener, ex-city councilman, and Texan. I was born in Littlefield, Texas in the Texas panhandle near Lubbock. I lived there until I started college at Texas A&M University. I went to university there for seven years as an undergraduate and studying for my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree - http://www.cvm.tamu.edu . I am a veterinarian with my own practice in Merkel, Texas (near Abilene). I have a ten year old daughter and numerous dogs and cats.
I'm fairly eclectic in my musical tastes. This is "my" radio station on Launch Yahoo. I have several "favorite" songs. "Come Monday" by Jimmy Buffett, "Good Old Boys Like Me" by Don Williams, "Texas Flood" (or anything else) by Stevie Ray Vaughan, "I Can Only Imagine" by MercyMe, "Night Rider's Lament" by nearly anyone, "Desperados Waiting for a Train" by Guy Clark or Jerry Jeff Walker, "I'll Fly Away" by nearly anyone, "The Dance" by Garth Brooks, "You are My All in All" by Dennis Jernigan, "I Believe" by Diamond Rio, and any of the songs mentioned in Bookmarks/B/bldarter/Test.
My favorite movie is "Steel Magnolias." I read extensively (mostly fiction). Some of my favorites are "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card, "Lonesome Dove" by Larry McMurtry, anything by J.R.R. Tolkien or Frank Herbert or Pat Conroy, Christian books by Philip Yancey and C.S. Lewis. I could go on forever on this one :)
I have several pet categories. The ones on my dashboard are the pets I chose to keep. Like my music and reading tastes, my cat building tastes are eclectic. Society/Religion_and_Spirituality/Christianity/Organizations/Renewal_Movements and @linked categories. Health/Conditions_and_Diseases/Food_and_Water_Borne and @links. Recreation/Pets/Fish_and_Aquaria/Freshwater/Species/Invertebrates/Triops. Literally hundreds of Texas localities. Regional/North_America/United_States/Texas/Arts_and_Entertainment/Literature/Authors and most of the @linked cats. Society/Ethnicity/Celtic/Scots-Irish .Arts/Music/Styles/Regional_and_Ethnic/Latin/Norteño. And many more. My most recent cat build was a couple of weeks ago - Arts/Music/Styles/Regional_and_Ethnic/Latin/Andean.
Thanks for your reply, I really appreciate the hard work you are all doing and I'm sure the editors feel the same.