Kathy Sierra has written an interesting response to the 5 things meme that has been floating around recently. Instead of answering the meme, she’s turned it ask her readership some questions. I’m going to answer them here because it gives me more space than in the comments 😉

0) What’s your name and website URL? (optional, of course)
Meri Williamshttp://blog.meriwilliams.com

1) What’s the most fun work you’ve ever done, and why? (two sentences max)
Solving problems with a great team. I find that what I enjoy most is the “flow state”, bouncing ideas off smart people to solve difficult problems.

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

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

3) A. What two things would you most like to learn or be better at, and why? (two sentences max)
I’d like to get better at coding again — I’m horribly out of practice and feel like I’m losing a valuable skill.
I’d also like to learn more about statistics, because it’s the one area of mathematics I’m really not great at.

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)
Nelson Mandela, to learn compassion. Anyone who can sit in prison for 26 years and come out the other end still loving and believing in humanity has a lot to teach.

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

B. Now list two more words you wish described you…
Sociable, talented.

5) What are your top three passions? (can be current or past, work, hobbies, or causes– three sentences max)
Diversity — I passionately believe that you need a mix of different people, cultures and opinions to be successful.
Problem solving — I love fixing things/making them work better.
Guns — I love my guns.

6) (sue me) Write–and answer–one more question that YOU would ask someone (with answer in three sentences max)
Q: What is your favourite movie and why?
A: Addams Family Values, because it is camp, hilarious and a great lesson in how even families that seem really strange from the outside can still be loving.