Interview questions from tzel:
1: What fictional universe from a movie, tv show, novel or comic would you want to live in? Why?
Kind of a big scope, but I think I'd go for the DC Comics universe. (Marvel has this entire undercurrent of tragedy and racism, you see. More realistic, sure, but this is my ideal.)
And how could I turn down a world where there's a Gorilla City? And I could be taken over by a Starro!
2: Which Iron Chef would you be? Why?
Morimoto! He's a Neo-Japanese rebel master without a cause! Also, flashy dresser.
3: Why did you pick the name Zoe?
We lay out some criteria for the discussion:
* Name had to be short.
* Name had to be not boring, but not goofy. Exotic is OK, but not goofy exotic.
I took LOTS of suggestions from EVERYONE (many of which I saved.) We read through name books, which are actually more handy for gaming than actually picking a baby name. Rose was the runner-up, but "Rose Redding" seemed a little odd, so it became the middle name, in case she wants to use it when she's teenage and gothy.
Other fun note: the day before the birth (which mind you, was over a week late) RQ decided we should talk about some other name instead. When labor started, we said, OK, Zoe is good.
Note: She was not named after the Jyhad card, or the character from Firefly or the Tarantino movie. Though I have been asked all three.
4: If money were no object what one thing do you want to do before you die?
Write my autobiography, or found a library.
5: Cocktail Party, Wine Tasting, Jimmy Buffet Party, Lua or LARP?
I'd like to say larp, but honestly, wine tasting. More laid back, less preparation. And it's been years since I hit a Jimmy Buffet concert.
Interview questions from thewronghands:
1) If you could find one person from your past, and learn what became of them, who would you choose, and why?
Hmmm. There was a friend I kept in touch with for many years after she moved to Florida. I had even flown down there to visit her once or twice (including once on Valujet, the day of the Oklahoma City bombing.) She eventually moved back up here, but to the Eastern Shore. I visited her all of once, but it was awkward because it had been so long since we had seen each other. And thusly I haven't gotten in touch with her for a few years now. And I know *my* life has changed a *lot* in the past two years alone, so it would be good to see how she is doing.
2) What is your favorite sort of weather? What about it appeals to you?
Thunderstorms. Rain is cool, but the storm brings wind and lightning, and all this emotion and impact.
3) You find yourself on the lam from the cops. What do you do to stay out of reach of the law?
Well, there was the time I faked my own death and was being pursued by that reporter McGee...
I would have to change my appearance and get a fake name, then fake IDs, and probably move some place that people wouldn't expect me to live. Like, say, Arizona. Work odd jobs near some tourist trap. Oooh, or become a smuggler!
If I could get overseas, of course, a monastery would be a nice retirement plan as well. Or hook up with the Peace Corps in a foreign country, get a job as a translator. No one would look there, and I could be doing good things to keep my hands busy.
4) What is your least favorite food that you regularly eat? Why do you keep eating it?
I'll go with garlic. I don't hate it or anything, but I prefer very limited qualities. I eat it because RQ cooks with it a fair amount (and to her credit, makes tasty dishes with it.)
5) You are the electoral college. Whom do you select from the candidates currently in the running, and why?
Well, presuming I picked before Kerry became the de facto nominee, I would have probably gone with a Gephardt/Clark ticket. But only because Biden wasn't running, so I wouldn't get my dream ticket of Biden/McCain.
Interview questions from castironskillet:
1. From where do things like "conscience" and "empathy" come?
Wow, start with the big ones!
MY COSMOLOGY IN A NUTSHELL:
There's one big *thing*. Call it the universe, Gaia, God, I don't care. It's all one big spirit. Everything is a piece of it: the planet, other people, cars, this styrofoam cup, etc. So, doing nice things for people and animals and etc. around you is a good thing.
Man, that sounds pretty lame when I write it like that, but you get the picture. It's spiritual, but not religious. Empathy is recognizing parts of yourself in others, and that all things are connected, literally.
2. Does the end ever justify the means?
Yes, quite often (not always, though.) I'm an optimist at heart, but realism has to come into play.
3. Is nationalism a part of a healthy psyche?
I don't believe it is an intrinsic part, no. However, I don't think it's presence indicates an unhealthy state either.
Now, I would expand this slightly, and say that it is a good trait to have pride and devotion to your society, in general. That society can be your nation, your political party, your religion, or your gaming group, musicians everywhere, your writing of literature, whatever. It shows your willing to give of your self for the greater good of your subculture. That's a positive trait, in my opinion, that willingness to accept personal sacrifice for the betterment of your society.
But, hey, hermits can have healthy psyches too, who am I to judge.
4. If you had to choose between tabletop-/board-games or role-playing games (you're allowed to use mini's for the rpg's) for the rest of your life, which would it be?
Heh, the way things are going, that choice isn't far off. (It's more of a time-to-actually-game issue than a money issue.) If I had a regular role-playing group, I would definitely go with that. Less costly and vaguely more rewarding, IMHO.
The problem, as you may have guessed, is I haven't been able to find a regular role-playing group. I keep saying I will give another go running something (the flavor of the week is Star Wars, but it comes down to whataver game I am interested in at the time.) Presuming I can find a few people who aren't allergic to cats or bebes, and have some free time.
5. Who would win in a fight, Spiderman or Grendel?
Grendel, the assassin? I gotta go with Spider-man on this one.
Grendel, the monster that Beowulf fought? Too tough to call!
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