From janetmiles -- if you want me to ask you questions, leave a random comment. Comments on the content of this post will not be considered random. :-)
1. How did you get interested in photography?
I've tried and I can't think of a time when I wasn't interested in photography - I just havn't had the material resources to persue it even semi-systematically until recently. I had been living very simply for such a long time, and I'm still learning that it's ok to spend my money that I earned on nice things for me.
I can remember learning to develop film and make prints in high school with my form room teacher who was also the photography teacher when he wasn't teaching chemistry, but I didn't take the photography course there 'cause I couldn't put my hands on a basic manual SLR.
2. Do I know you by another name from alt.callahans or #callahans? If I do, and if you feel like telling me the other name, that's great; if you'd rather not, that's cool too.
I posted in alt.c as sarah.wheaton or s.wheaton. I never posted very much, as I find creating words quite difficult, but I semi-lurked for quite some time. I would probably list alt.c as an Important Formative Experience of my early to mid twenties.
3. What sort of work do you do, and do you enjoy it?
My business card says scientist. I work for the Ministry of Transport, doing a large number of odd jobs that require more than average numeracy and flexible programming skills. Anything from road safety to emissions prediction.
It's useful work and I'm well suited to it, and I work with a bunch of good people with similar senses of humor to my own. I wouldn't do it for free, but I do mostly enjoy it. Except for the writing bits. :|
4. Assume you had USD 50,000 and six months free time to travel. Where would you go and what would you do?
I'd like to travel slowly 'round the north coast of the Mediterranean. Ideally, I'd like to do this at the end of the 19th century, but I don't think that's in the budget.
New Zealand is such a young country - the idea of being amongst the things and places from the dawn of my culture is compelling.
5. Is that you in your usericon (the blue skirt and blouse)? Whether it's you or someone else, what was the context?
No, it's not me. When I started this journal, I had just moved cities and was feeling adventurous, so I chose dianavilliers as my username. Diana Villiers is a minor character in Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels, a lady adventurer who unlike so many similar characters actually has some personal faults and failings, as well as a tendency to drive carriages too fast.
I was casting about for a usericon or two and another ex-callahanian pointed me in the direction of this picture as being one that suited my username. We are both aware that the period of the dress ain't quite right. It also looks as if she's just come off slightly too much horse, which would be a very Diana thing to do.