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Lax on my meme duties....
blaisepascal
A while ago (2007-2-27), I participated in a meme from loveotter, specifically....

All right, kids, my turn. Or your turn. Whatever.

1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I respond by asking you a couple personal questions so I can get to know you better. If I already know you well, expect the questions may be a little more intimate!
3. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.


I did step 1, she did step 2, but I didn't (until now) followup with steps 3 onward. Here's steps 3 and 4. it's up to you to trigger step 5 ;-).



1) Chocolate or vanilla, and why?

Chocolate or vanilla what? Truthfully, I can enjoy both. I like strong flavors, and that tends to give chocolate the edge in this question. It's easy to get strong chocolate flavor (I have three bars on my desk, each at least 70% cocoa with a strong, delicious, chocolate flavor). Few go to the effort to get a strong vanilla flavor. Vanilla is often used to enhance other flavors (I note that all three chocolate bars have vanilla as an ingredient), and is rarely used to full effect as a main flavor. In a lot of foods, including ice creams, the flavor of vanilla is simulated with vanillin, which vanilla connoisseurs will point out is really only one of hundreds of flavor "notes" in real vanilla. A good vanilla ice cream made with real vanilla can rival most chocolate ice creams.

2) What is so great about Terry Pratchett, anyway?

You mean other than his hobby of raising carnivorous plants, his impeccable timing in journalism (he became a PR person for a British nuclear power facility right before the Three Mile Island incident), and his outstanding millinery sense? What's not to like?

He also writes books, which tend to be full of satire, pastiche, subtle social commentary, and a healthy dose of British wit.

3) If you could have a conversation with any deceased person who ever lived, who would you choose?>

Just one? I'd love to resurrect any number of the "Founding Fathers" (Thomas Jefferson or Ben Franklin by choice), give him a tour of the US, set him loose in the Library of Congress for a few weeks, and then talk to them about what they think of what their experiment has become.

In a way, resurrecting a deceased person for the purposes of a conversation seems somewhat selfish, though. I can't imagine I'd feel disappointed if, within two weeks of bringing him back, Ben Franklin told me that he had lived a long life in public service, and that while he was grateful for me resurrecting him, he now has no intention of getting involved in or discussing politics anymore, and that he's sending me the bills from the brothel he's moving into in Nevada.

Given that I can't predict what the deceased in question would feel about discussing, other choices would include Richard Feynman or Robert Heinlein (who would probably feel it an intrusion on his privacy). While discussing with Archemedes what he really knew or discovered, the conversation would probably have a lot of "What are you saying? Can't you talk latin or greek?", and woulcn't be too fruitful.


4) End of the world tomorrow. What will you do today?

Do I know it's the end of the world, with no hope of survival? Or is it possible to survive?

With no hope, probably nothing different than usual, except comment on the people trying to flee and otherwise act irrationally as if they could save themselves by not being here. I can't think of anything I would be able to do in less than 24 hours that I would want to do before the end of the world.

I'd probably not bother do to any maintenance work (wash the dishes? why? Laundry? New tires on my car?), and I'd not worry about possessions in as much as they wouldn't give me immediate things to do. I'm not sure what I'd do about money -- I might insist on paying for things, but then again, how would that help anyone? Maybe I'd write checks.

5) What fictional character would you want to be stuck on a desert island with?

Well, Superman would be a good choice.



I also owe janetmiles (I think) a book. I haven't forgotten, I just haven't gotten around to it yet.

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#4 rofl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!- umm when is it *not* the end of the world? **tease* how about dinner babe?

1. I thought you were a Callahanian, yet you aren't a member of [Unknown LJ tag]. The overlap in our friends lists is a curious mix of personal friends and Callahanians. You've mentioned that we've met when I was much younger (a statement I can neither confirm nor deny). It may be that my memory sucks, but.... how do I know you?

2. How long have you been purple?

3. What do you think will be the largest issue, as a species, we will have to face in the next 100 years?

4. You are on a two week transoceanic trip, with no communications available with the shore during the entire time. How many books would you bring with you?

5. If you maintain a "to read" list, how long is it?

1. I mostly lurk in alt.callahans these days, only dropping in occasionally to post. I'm not much of a community-joiner - among other things, I barely have time to keep up with LJ already. We first met at a small, semi-closed pagan gathering which is held every year in early October, in central New York State. You were around thirteen, and had just won some kind of award for math at your school. I bought jewelry from your father.

2. All my life, but it started getting more serious after my son was born. Every time I needed a new something-or-other (clothes, personal items, etc.), I'd buy a purple one, until it got to the point that everything I own or use is purple. Finally, about seven years ago, I started dyeing my hair purple.

3. I'm beginning to think that it's going to have to do with the environment. We're going to have to simultaneously try to come up with ways to reverse the damage we've done, and make space travel enough of a reality that some of us can live in orbital, lunar, possibly even Martian and other colonies.

4. Well, if I didn't turn into a gibbering lunatic because of internet deprivation, for a two-week trip I'd probably bring at least ten books. But if I had to cross the ocean, I'd never do it by boat anyway. I've flown to Australia and back twice, and even seventeen hours over the Pacific with my ass strapped into a tourist-class seat that's five centimeters too narrow, and with nothing to eat but airline food, appeals to me more than a cruise ship. (And that was a "two-book" flight, each time.)

5. I don't generally maintain a list; I'm not that organized. Whenever I need something to read, I just go into a bookstore and pick out things that look interesting.

And thank you for interviewing me!


The perils of not using “preview”. The unknown LJ tag was supposed to be callahanians. They must have changed the syntax on me. I thought it was <lj community="…">, not <lj user="…">.

They've got it set up so that it automagically knows whether the "user" is an individual or a community.

I've been _quite_ bad at responding to these, so I can't in good conscience ask. But if you feel so inclined, do!

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