Stuff about me!


Who am I?

FULL NAME:
Timothy William Edward Elphick
LIVING ARRANGEMENT:
Sherpa lives in our house, Jacqui and I visit it sometimes.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT OUIJA BOARDS?
More comfortable to use than an iMac keyboard.
YOUR FAVOURITE TV SHOW?
Carnivale, and Firefly.
WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
My desk surface of fake wood veneer, i.e. I don't have one.
FAVOURITE BOARD GAME:
Settlers of Catan (Die Siedler von Catan).
FAVOURITE MAGAZINE:
Empire (thanks again Jacqui for the subscription), Model Railroader
FAVOURITE SMELLS:
Hot cinnamon toast with lots of butter
WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD:
Cramped muscles while inside a cast
BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD:
Handing in a finished assignment.
FAVOURITE SOUNDTRACK:
Cat People
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU WAKE IN THE MORNING?
How long can I lie in bed before I have to get up and go to the loo.
HOW MANY RINGS BEFORE YOU ANSWER THE PHONE?
less than 8, or the answer-machine gets it.
FUTURE SON'S NAME:
James Hamish
FUTURE DAUGHTER'S NAME:
Illya Mae
FAVOURITE FOODS:
Welsh rare-bit on toast, black pepper
DO YOU GET ALONG WITH YOUR PARENTS:
Yes, but I should ring them more.
CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA?
Chocolate
FAVOURITE ICE CREAM:
Mint trumpet
CROUTONS OR BACON BITS:
Both
DO YOU LIKE TO DRIVE?:
Not really
DO YOU SLEEP WITH STUFFED ANIMALS:
No
STORMS - COOL OR SCARY:
Scary, but I love the wind just prior to a storm.
WHAT TYPE WAS YOUR FIRST CAR?
Austin Maxi (how cool is that!)
IF YOU COULD MEET ONE PERSON, DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO WOULD IT BE?
Mike Oldfield
FAVOURITE ALCOHOLIC DRINK:
Aadvocat fluffy duck, Ice wine
WHAT IS YOUR ZODIAC SIGN?
Capricorn (and a sheep in years)
WHO IS YOUR FAVOURITE POET?
Fish (assuming lyrics count).
DO YOU EAT THE STEMS OF BROCCOLI?
Yes
GUYS -- IF A GIRL ASKED FOR THE SHIRT OFF YOUR BACK, WOULD YOU GIVE IT?
GIRLS -- WOULD YOU EVER ASK A GUY FOR HIS SHIRT?
Probably, if she needed it.
IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY JOB YOU WANTED, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Recording Engineer/Producer/Remixer in a music studio.
IF YOU COULD HAVE YOUR HAIR ANY COLOUR, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Black
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN LOVE?
Yes
WHAT IS ON YOUR WALLS IN YOUR ROOM?
Pictures of a romantic, foreign place
IS THE GLASS HALF EMPTY OR HALF FULL?
Depends on whether I have just poured it or just drunk from it.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SNAPPLE?
I saw some Snapple's when we visited America last year, so now this question makes so much more sense. We tried the "Kiwi" flavoured one, which had a Kangaroo on the cover saying it was the Kiwi's favourite drink. What the...?
FAVOURITE MOVIE(S)?:
Rocky Horror Picture Show
ARE YOU A LEFTY, RIGHTY OR AMBIDEXTROUS?
Right
DO YOU TYPE WITH YOUR FINGERS ON THE RIGHT KEYS?
No
IF YOU WERE A GARDENING TOOL, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
A Rake (I wish!)
WHAT'S UNDER YOUR BED?:
Nothing. I know this, cause we recently turned the whole bedroom upside down looking for my wedding ring - it was a Hans Jenson (a la "The One Ring") and I certainly felt like Gollum yelling "LOST!".
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE NUMBER?:
4
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM CAR?:
2l Galant sports hatchback (hey, I have small dreams).
FAVOURITE SPORT TO WATCH:
Formula One


Where did I come from?

I was born (surprised?) in Cambridge Hospital, England, a relatively short time ago, c.f. dinosaurs. I was then placed in the airing cupboard and forgotten about. This was probably a very telling portent.

In 1973, I immigrated to NZ, and settled in Tauranga, in the sunny Bay of Plenty. Many people ask me why I came out to New Zealand, which is a futile question, as my whole family was moving, and McAulay Caulkin wasn't alive yet, let alone acting (sic), so being home alone was not very chic.

I had a sheltered upbringing in Tauranga, (must be all of the kiwifruit orchards). Tauranga is NZ's answer to the bible belt - it is illegal to play Dungeons and Dragons in a public place, and the most common occupation is "retired". I attended Tauranga Boys College, a stoic place that teaches the three R's of Rowing, Rugby and cRicket, and produces decent, upstanding people like Richard O'Brien. After I had finished my time there, I then came to uni at Hamilton, and my life began.


What do I do around here?

You have probably already read my blurb in the Tutors page, so it would be redundant to say that I am a Senior Tutor in Computer Science at the University of Waikato, involved in the preparation and teaching of the first and second year computer science courses, namely COMP103A, COMP104B, COMP123A/B/S, COMP130A, COMP223B, and COMP258A. But I have just said it anyway.

Actually, I am just here to eat my sammies and be a sounding board for Phil to bounce ideas off. I used to look after important things, but now Nilesh is the lackey, so he gets all of the "little" jobs. Mostly I just play "hand-eye coordination exercises that promote lateral thinking and problem solving skills", of which MacBOSS and Marathon are my favourites, but sadly don't work on my new Mac. I am also playing a lot of GalaxyNG (play by email, conquor the universe, etc) and have even won a game - yay!


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