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Interview meme thing
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That interview meme thing. Most of you have probably seen it already. If you haven't, it works like this: person A asks person B five questions. Person B answers them in their journal. Other people may then comment on the entry asking to be asked questions by person B, and the cycle repeats.

First set of questions, from pthalogreen:

1) What is the most recent evidence of beauty you've found in your every day life?

This is quite a difficult question for me, because beauty, at least in any sort of concrete form, is not something that I really appreciate. Or rather, it is, but not to any real extent. If there's a word that means the opposite of aesthete, then I'm that. I can appreciate the appearance and form of everyday things around me -- the rhythm of my breathing, the line of the curl of my hair, the exact shade of blue of my mouse, or whatever -- but for true beauty that can really move me, you have to look to one of three things. Science will never cease to amaze me, nor will the truly vast, and certainly nor will the human condition, which is where I think I'm going to look for the answer. Random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty and all that. I think that the example I'm going to have to choose is something that I can't really talk about here, but suffice is to say, it was a friend of mine, doing her utmost to help her kid, in a situation that I'm sure must have been tough for her too. That is love, and that is beautiful.

2) If you were to write a novel, what genre would you choose? What forms of symbolism? What would be the theme? What would you be trying to express? What would you want the reader to come away with?

I do actually have a very skeletonish outline of a novel that I want to write some day swimming around in my head, only I'm scared to write it because I know that I couldn't possibly do it justice. It's an epic about the history of the world (or at least, a world) from the dawn of civilization to a time of high technology, with the main theme being the interplay between magic, technology and religion, and a heavy reliance on time travel and non-linear storytelling. I don't think that I would be deliberately trying to express anything in particular, but rather just to tell a story and to entertain, but I guess that bits of my own opinions would come through. Things like "everything is related, and nothing is entirely what it seems". Likewise, I wouldn't be trying to use symbolism, but I'm sure some would slip in there somewhere. I'd like the reader to come away with a sense of awe. The sort where they close the book, put it down, stare into space for a few seconds, and then think "holy fuck". The sort of feeling I got from books like Snowcrash or the His Dark Materials trilogy (both of which I need to reread). And for completeness, the genre will be SF/F. I don't think I could write a novel of any other genre, simply because that's what I know the best.

3) What qualities in a person do you find the most intriguing?

I guess that the ones i find most intriguing are the ones that I don't possess myself. Artisticness. Great zeal or energy. Concentration. Things like that. What could be more interesting than things that I can't do myself? That's not to say that I value these qualities more, but they certainly are the most intriguing.

4) If you had to sum up all the wisdom you have into 3 sentences, what would they be?

Very long.

In all seriousness, this is hard. Really hard. How about something like this:

There are no absolutes, and there must be balance in all things.
All people are equal, including you and me.
Be true to yourself.

5) What's the most recent fictional book you read? How has it changed your life? What were the main themes and how did they affect you? What made you choose to read it? Was there anything you would have done differently in the main character's shoes?

I reread Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone yesterday, and am going to be rereading the other three soon too, in preparation for the fifth book coming out in a fortnight. It has changed my life in no significant way at all really. But it made me happy for a few hours, which is good enough. I guess that the main themes would be "friendship" and "the battle between good and evil". I'm really not very good at literary criticism at the best of times, and that really wasn't a good book for me to have read for doing this (the one before that was Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency which would possibly have been even worse). I'm a simpleton when it comes to reading. Give me a good yarn and I'm happy. And had I been in the main character's shoes, I would have taken a lot fewer risks and broken a lot fewer rules, and the book would have been a whole lot duller as a result. On the other hand, if it were me, then I wouldn't have had narrative causality on my side.

And a second set, from deslea:

(1) What is one thing you wish your parents had done for you or with you or understood about you when you were growing up?

I'm always very wary about "how would you change the pas?" questions, and the basic answer is "I wouldn't" but I'll try to answer anyway. For some reason, the thing that keeps springing to mind for me, is that I wish they'd understood that I find it very difficult to do things that I don't see the point to, and that I'm very practical a lot of the time. For instance "what's the point of me opening my curtains when I'm not going to be in the room again until after it's gone dark" meant exactly that when I said it, whereas my parents interpreted it as "I know full well why I should open the curtains, because it's obvious to all reasonable people, but I'm lay and don't want to and am rationalizing" which annoyed me no end. I think that what it all boils down to is that I wish they'd understood that we were very different in a lot of ways -- more so than was the case with either of my siblings.

(2) Explain to me the sheep thing. Baaaa!

The sheep thing. Ah yes. Well it's like this: my name (rachel) is from an old Hebrew word meaning "ewe", my star sign is Aries, I have fluffy, woolly hair, I'm easily herded (I naturally tend to defer to another leader in social situations, plus I have no sense of direction -- you do the maths) and it all seemed to fit. I have sheep nature. And it all seemed to progress from there.

(3) What does the future hold for you, on the gender front? Is it the same as the future you envisaged five years ago? (Feel free to pass on this one if it's too personal or more involved than you want to go into).

The past five years have been years of experimentation and discovery; the next five, I hope will be a time of stability and contentment. Essentially, I plan to stay somewhere in between "female" and "androgynous" because that appears to be a comfort zone for me.

(4) What appeals to you about online Things? Do you like them less or more than RL Things, and why? Or are they just totally different species?

I think that the main appeal to me is that they're a whole lot easier to find when you spend all your life online and have approximately no Real Life. The advantages, I guess, are that it's easy to take things at a slow, steady pace, if you wish to, and that it's also easier to overcome shyness. The disadvantage, clearly, is the distance, and that any sort of distance communication just can't have as many layers to it as you an get when face to face. The sex generally isn't as good when you never actually see each other, either, though I'm a fairly non-sexual sort of person, so that doesn't bother me greatly. I don't think that they're totally different species, more like disparate subspecies on the verge of speciation.

(5) Tell me the things that attracted you to ratkrycek.

Hmmm. Good question. Initially I remember that I trusted her, for no reason at all really, when I hardly even knew her. Next was the fact that I could have interesting discussions with her, and that she was a person who really knows where her towel is, which is to say that her world view that is sufficiently similar to mine for her to appear wise to me. And we kept talking, and I discovered her kindness, her nice dry sense of humour and what have you, an so on and so forth. What attracts anyone to anyone else?

And I'm still waiting on a set of questions from sath.


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I'd like to be interviewed, please.

1. How do you perceive your life being different if you had been born a boy?

2. How do you perceive your life being different if you had been born 200 years earlier?

3. What do you consider to be the most integral parts of who you are?

4. If you could sacrifice your life to save the lives of a million people you don't know, would you do so? What about 1000? 100? 10? 1?

5. What one person, and what one thing have most changed your life?

Whee, thanks! I've answered them here.

Oh, and not that you asked, but I'm having way too much fun making up questions, so here's an interview for you:

1. What is the most embarrassing thing you've ever done in public (accidentally or intentionally)?

2. What is your geekiest attribute?

3. What is the first They Might Be Giants song you heard, and what were you doing at the time?

4. How did you become interested in memes?

5. I'd have never guessed you were interested in wrestling. Why does it appeal to you?

Please interview me? Pretty please??

1. What one book would you most recommend to other people, and why?

2. What would it take to get you to do a bungee jump?

3. How did you get into your current line of work?

4. If you were transfered onto the discworld, what would you end up doing?

5. If you were granted any one super power, what would you take and why? How would you use it?

interview me?

and i feel much the same way as you about online Things. they're easier to find for me. i'm also more likely to talk to someone more openly and clearly online than someone i met in RL. and yeah, what you said.

i like reading these.

1. What is "cheating"? What is it in a general sense? What about in your relationship, specificly?

2. Would you ever consider appearing on Big Brother? Why or why not? If you did go on it, what do you think the worst and the best bits of the experience would be for you?

3. Do you consider the levels of intolerance in Bodmin to be lower, higher or comparable to what you would find in an average British settlement of its size?

4. If you were in some way forever separated from your family and friends (death would be the traditional way, but a lot of people don't care what happens after they die), would you prefer that they remembered you as what they think you are, what you really are, or what you aspire to be?

5. What does the internet mean to you? How has it changed your life?

dear could I put you on my journal links page on my website? *pretty please* with sugar on top!?

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1. What motivated you to start doing support?

2. Do you prefer living in France or England? What are the good and bad points of each?

3. In what way is the world a better place for having you in it?

4. What are the most important core concepts that make you you?

5. If you had to turn your hair to some unnatural colour (green, purple, etc.) and you could never change it back, or dye it, what colour would you choose?

(and can you comment back here when you've done them, please, since I don't generally read your journal?)

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interview me? :)

(I know I should be working, but nevermind :))

1. So just what exactly is your sexuality these days? I can never keep up.

2. What mental associations do you get when you hear the word "afp"?

3. In what way is the world a better place for having you in it?

4. If you could spend a day doing absolutely anything you wanted with no repercussions at all, what would you do?

5. If you had an infinite budget to spend on a single outfit/accesories/grooming/etc. that you could only wear once, what would you wind up looking like?

1. Why do you dislike cheesecake so much?

2. What is your favourite fruit, and why?

3. Is there a colour you would never dye your hair, or something else you would never do with it? If so, why? If not, why not?

4. What is the best colour for ribbons? Why?

5. How many stuffed sheep have you owned during the course of your life? When did you own each one, and do you have any anecdotes relating to them?

((I would like some questions in return, if you don't mind doing them.))

1. What is your earliest profoundly religious experience that you can remember?

2. What interests do you have that you've hardly pursued at all, but that you oculd see yourself being heavily into in an alternate reality?

3. In what way is the world a better place for having you in it?

4. Do you consider the concepts of Christianity and humanism to be reconcilable? If so, how? If not, why not?

5. If you had an infinite budget, but could only spend it on one thing or well defined set of things ("a new wardrobe" is acceptable, "a dress, a computer and a car" isn't, for instance) and you weren't allowed to resell anything, what would you buy?

Ooh! Interview me!

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