About Me

Last updated: 11-7-2017
For my About Me page, I decided one of these long quiz things would cover pretty much everything, so here you go. I first did this one in about 2004 and have updated the answers many times.

  • Name: Philip Daniel DiStefano.
  • Nickname(s): Phil, Philly D.  Used to prefer being called by my full name, but now I sort of don’t care.
  • Are you named after anyone?: My dad and I guess my brother, who was named after Daniel Boone.
  • Pets: A Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Lily, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi named Mochi. Two yellow-bellied slider turtles named Bit and Byte (their names are very fitting). Also a adopted cat named Yuna, but I call her Chibers, Cheeseburger, and a handful of other names.
  • Birthday: February 19, 1986.
  • Time of birth: 10:12 A.M.
  • Age: 31.
  • Height: 6’1″ or something like that.
  • Eye color: My eyes usually look brown, but they were classified as green when I was born.
  • Hair color: Brown.
  • Current residence: Durham, NC
  • Where were you born?: Houma, LA.
  • Where did you grow up?: Bayou Blue, LA and Houma, LA.
  • Email address:
  • AIM screenname: pdiste1 RIP AIM, never forget
  • Favorite websites: reddit, Twitter, slickdeals
  • Computers/Gadgets: Core i7 4790k high-performance gaming PC (built), Surface Pro 3, 2015 MacBook, iPhone X, iPad Pro 10.5″, 2013 Nexus 7 LTE
  • School: B.S. from Louisiana State University
  • What is your profession/dream job?: I am a Systems Administrator with grand delusions of being an author.
  • Fears: Losing loved ones, being a failure, other generic things.
  • Medical issues: Neuropathy, back pain, and I’m extremely near-sighted if that counts.
  • Opinions and Questions

  • Best kind of music: Electro-anything, Pop-Punk, Post-Grunge, and Country are mostly what I listen to. I like something about most genres of music, and I’ve found that appreciating music as a whole rather than one type of music is much more fulfilling.
  • What are your favorite clothing brands?: J.Crew, Vans, Uniqlo (their clothes are good, the company kind of sucks)
  • What hospital were you born in?: I think Terrebonne General Medical Center (TGMC), which is in Houma, LA.
  • Which celebrity has the best hair?: Utada Hikaru and Zooey Deschanel (straight, dark/black hair is pretty).
  • What do you wear to bed?: Boxers and a T-shirt pretty much year round.
  • What kind of socks do you wear?: No-show socks with sneakers, ridiculous socks from Richer-Poorer.
  • What kind of toothpaste do you use?: Crest Vivid White Refreshing Mint
  • What kind of shampoo?: Suave for men because I’m extremely fancy
  • What brand is your TV?: Vizio
  • Have you ever done any extreme sports?: Sports and I don’t get along very well.  I’ve been white water rafting on level 3 and 4 rapids, if that counts.
  • Favorites

  • Books: Signal to Noise, A Signal Shattered, the Halo book series, Mortal Coils, All That Lives Must Die, The Revolution: A Manifesto, The Martian, The Silo Saga (Wool, Shift, Dust)
  • College: LSU, duh.
  • Stores: Target, J.Crew Factory, Vans, the Apple Store, the Microsoft Store
  • Poems: Creed lyrics – seriously. “But she could not hide her tears, ‘Cause they were sent to wash away those years,” still gets me. Fall Out Boy lyrics are great too because of the amazing one-liners.
  • TV shows: All time favorite anime, Outlaw Star.  All time favorite TV show is probably The Office.  Current favorites are The Walking Dead and Mr. Robot.
  • Online content: Polygon’s YouTube channel, anything by the McElroy brothers.
  • Favorite Actress(es): Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel.
  • Favorite Actor(s): Leonardo DiCaprio and Hugo Weaving.
  • Male singer: Brendon Urie is my favorite singer.  Others are Patrick Stump and old school Scott Stapp.
  • Female singer: Lady Gaga and Hayley Williams.
  • Albums: I wish I had a list to put here, but I just don’t listen to music as much as I used to.  My favorite album to write to is R/D’s “Liquid Heart Keeper.”  When I do listen to music, it’s typically a 90’s rock channel or some random thing I’m currently into, like the first three songs on Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Emotion.”
  • Bands: Fall Out Boy, Creed, Panic! At The Disco. Honestly, this changes depending on when you ask me.
  • Movies: Speed Racer, V for Vendetta, Avatar, Walk the Line, Goldeneye, The World is Not Enough, Jurassic Park, Pirates of Silicon Valley, Office Space, The Matrix Trilogy, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Equilibrium (not necessarily in that order).
  • Song: “Torn” by Creed is my favorite song of all time.
  • Music Video: “My Sacrifice” by Creed and “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” by Panic! at the Disco. “A Little Less Candles, A Little More Touch Me” by Fall Out Boy is pretty funny, and “Bad Romance” and “Telephone” by Lady Gaga are pretty crazy.
  • Vegetable: Potatoes are good.
  • Meal: Pho tai, ramen, a good burger, chicken biscuits…
  • Soda: Root Beer (basically any made with cane sugar), Surge, Cheerwine, Mountain Dew Code Red
  • Drink in general: Water
  • Alcoholic drink: Margarita on the rocks, coconut rum and Sprite/Coke, Bull City Ciderworks Ginger Cider
  • Cheese: Mild cheddar and mozzarella.
  • Fast Food Place: Popeye’s, Five Guys, Bojangles, Cook Out.
  • Eat-in: Noodle Blvd, lots of random hole in the wall places
  • Snack to munch on: Cookies, pastry type stuff…whatever I feel like at the moment.
  • Kind of pizza: Deep dish cheese
  • Ice cream: Pumpkin is my favorite. Green tea is probably second.
  • Bread: Garlic bread and honey wheat bread are both pretty delicious.
  • Pastry: Cake donuts and apple fritters from Mr. Ronnie’s in Houma. Soooo freaking good.
  • Cereal: Frosted Mini Wheats.
  • Meat: I love a good sirloin, New York Strip, or any lean cut of beef.
  • Holiday: Thanksgiving.  Christmas is a close second, Halloween is a sort of close third.
  • Sport to play: None.
  • Sport to watch: GDQ and SGDQ ;)
  • Thing to do in winter: Building a fire outside is nice.
  • Thing to do in summer: Stay inside because it’s too hot…or go to the beach.
  • Thing to do on weekends: Sleep late, stay up late, do stuff with wife and dogs, watch lots of random TV/anime.
  • Vacation spot: Tough call.  I like the beach, but lately I’ve really liked the mountains.
  • Dream vacation spot: Glorious Nihon.
  • Thing to do on a rainy day: Stay inside and watch anime.
  • Thing to do on a sunny day: Stay inside and watch anime.
  • Color: Blue.
  • Gum: Orbit spearmint.
  • Outfit to wear: Uniqlo EZ Jeans, t-shirt or henley, Vans sneakers.
  • Pair of shoes: Nike Killshots, Vans Authentics/Sk8-His
  • Kind of car: My favorite car is the Corvette ZR1, but realistically, I’d like to own a Z06 one day. I also like the Nissan GT-R and a lot of other fun cars that I can’t drive because I’m an old man with back pain.
  • Piece of furniture in your house: Bed.
  • Place in your house: Depends on the time of the day.  Usually the living room.
  • Place to be alone: My car. Lucky for me, because I’m alone in it a lot.
  • Kind of house: Contemporary things.  I don’t like old or dated-looking designs.
  • Place to live: Well I guess that would be Durham, since it’s where I picked to live.
  • Memory from childhood: Probably fishing or something with my dad/mom/brother.
  • Memory with friends: The bench at THS and get togethers at friends’ houses.
  • Teacher: Terry Landry.
  • Personal

  • Have you ever done drugs?: Not illegal ones.  I completely support legalization of them, though.
  • If so, what is your favorite?: Caffeine.
  • Are you straight, gay, or bi?: Straight.
  • Have you ever passed out or thrown up from drinking too much?: I haven’t just straight passed out from drinking, but I have just been like, “Being awake isn’t working for me anymore” and went to bed.
  • What’s your favorite bar?: Does Pat O’s count? I am not really a fan of bars.
  • Did you go to prom in high school?: I didn’t go to my prom, but I went to someone else’s.
  • How many continents have you been to?: One.
  • How many countries have you been to?: One.
  • What color are the socks you’re wearing right now?: Gray with mustaches on them.
  • What was your last vacation?: San Antonio in September.
  • Do you have any future vacations coming up?: Nope.
  • Do you have any tattoos?: Negatory.
  • Do you have anything pierced besides your ears?: Nope.
  • Do you own a car?: No, I hate cars. /sarcasm
  • What is the make and model?: 2016 Cadillac CTS
  • Do you have long fingernails?: No.  That makes it hard to type on my iPhone.
  • What are some of your pet peeves?: I hate unorganized clutter, I don’t like it when people say things or hint at things to purposely piss me off, I don’t like it when people pretend like they know what they’re talking about when they have absolutely no idea, I hate meanness, and I hate when people won’t admit that they’re wrong.
  • What was your major in college: I have a B.S. degree in ISDS, and I’ve taken three courses towards an ISDS Masters with no intentions of finishing.
  • Do you want children in the future?: Not really.  Could change, but right now definitely not.
  • Do you want to get married?: Already am. :D
  • How many fillings/cavities do you have?: None.
  • Guys or girls?: In reference to friendship: either, though sometimes I think I get along with girls better. Relationship: Girls.
  • Have you ever kissed anyone of the same sex?: No, but I have been kissed on the cheek by a guy before…as a joke.
  • Are you right or left handed?: Right, but I function pretty well with my left hand, including writing, just not very fast.
  • What is under your bed?: Nothing.  I have a platform bed that is only 7 inches off the ground.
  • What kind of housing are you in?: The house kind.
  • Have you ever been hospitalized?: When I was born and for about 3 hours when I had a kidney stone on 10-26-09.
  • Have you ever had surgery?: Yes. Wisdom teeth and a couple of outpatient steroid shots.
  • Have you ever broken a bone?: While playing tag in first grade, a big guy tagged me and I fell and broke my arm. I’m not joking.
  • Have you ever had stitches?: Yes, in my mouth.
  • This or That

  • Peanut butter or jelly: Peanut butter is amazing.
  • Coke or Pepsi: Coke, preferably with coconut rum.
  • Drive or walk: Drive. I love driving. I also like walking, just not alone or in awful weather.
  • Traveler or homebody: Lately I’ve been doing a lot of traveling, and I really like visiting new places.  I don’t think I’d want to travel a lot, but a couple/few times a year sounds nice.
  • Ice or roller skating: Ice skating.
  • Chocolate milk or regular milk: Regular Milk. Chocolate milk is good, but it’s like a snack drink to me, if that makes any sense.
  • Books or movies: Usually movies. If Signal to Noise was made into a movie, I’d crap my pants.
  • Comedy or horror: This entirely depends on the movie.  A bad comedy is just bad.  A bad horror film can at least be a little funny (unintentionally).  Out of a really good comedy or horror, I’d probably lean slightly toward the horror film.
  • Bath or shower: Shower.
  • Lights on or off during a movie: Off.
  • Theater or video: Theater, though I do most of my media viewing at home on my computer or my TV.
  • Red or blue: Blue. It’s one of my favorite colors, after all.
  • Gold or silver: Silver.
  • Morning or night: Night.
  • Black or white: Depends what it’s on. I like black for certain things, and I like white because it’s a bright color.
  • Glass half full or half empty: I don’t believe that a glass can be half empty, so half full. To answer what this question is really asking, I’m realistic, which can sometimes be confused with being pessimistic.