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Happy belated birthday to corianderstem. Sorry to be so late.

The reaction to McCain's VP choice in the office: my GOD she is hideously rightwing. Also her voice is incredibly annoying. And WTF has she called her children? Track and Trig? And please, young Bristol Palin, whatever you do, don't come to Britain because you'll get the piss taken out of you something rotten.

Stolen from lilydale
Want to be interviewed? Ask here.
1 - Leave a comment, saying you want to be interviewed.
2 - I will respond; I'll ask you five questions.
3 - You'll update your journal with my five questions, and your five answers.
4 - You'll include this explanation.
5 - You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.

Here is what I was asked:
1. What's your favorite curry?
I am not mad keen on curry, though I do like it. In an ideal world, I think a really good chicken passanda, mushroom pilau, and some aloo saag with a light beer and lots of water.

2. Who is that person in your "> ALL" icon, and how dumb should I feel for not knowing?
You should not feel dumb for not knowing. This is Donna Noble, from the fourth season of Doctor Who. Donna is wonderful. She's bright, loud -- occasionally to the point of being embarrassing -- and funny, a fantastic friend, and curious, in love with discovering the world and decent and principled down to her very fingertips. On the meta level, she made the show work better. She was recently mauled by terrible narrative choices and for this reason, she had better appear in the series again soon or else.

My love for Donna -- or rather Donna with the Doctor -- can scarcely be textually rendered, though I am having a go.

3. What bad movie do you like to repeatedly watch even though it's truly pants, and why?
While You Were Sleeping. I *know*. Though actually, as romcoms go, that one is not too awful.

4. Have you developed that underwater camera yet? (I was thinking of fishies and of course thought of that day. *g*)
Nope. Haven't lost it either though.

5. How much has it seemed that people changed since you knew them at university?
I don't know how to answer this. The ones I am still in touch with haven't changed that much, just got more relaxed with themselves


A huge meme stolen from omphalos

What is on your bedside table?
So, on top: one small reading lamp, my digital radio, a copy of "Bestseller" by Celia Brayfield, which is part of the research for my ongoing escape plan.
Second shelf: Bottle of Extra Virgin Olive oil and an eyedropper, which I have to put in my ears or go deaf whenever I get a cold. My file containing my accounts, a source of serious depression and woe.
In the drawer: neon coloured post-its;
three spoons, containing traces of yoghurt from eating breakfast in bed;
$47 I have had since I last visited the US;
glasses case;
three hard drives (one for music; one for time machine; one formerly used for time machine) and a 2GB memory stick;
receipts I can't be arsed to file;
some tweezers and nail scissors that I need to take downstairs;
three foil thingies of painkillers; anti-histamines for when I get bitten by bugs and go bright red;
£50 in Argos vouchers I've never spent because they came in a Christmas card addressed to a previous occupant of my house and I never had an address to send them on to or return them to;
knackered old mobile phone;
at least 10 pens;
five home-burnt CDs/DVDs;
three credit cards I don't use;
a Moleskine book.


What is the geekiest part of your music collection?
Boards of Canada. I love Boards of Canada. Though if we're taking geeky to mean media fan geekdom, the Doctor Who soundtracks.


What do you eat when you raid the fridge late at night?
Everything. This is why my fridge is bereft of anything which is not a vegetable or a yoghurt.

What is your secret guaranteed weeping movie?
I can't think of one. I have wept in movies. But TV shows do it more for me because of the greater relationship you build up with characters you watch often. "Turn Left" and "Forest of the Dead" made me weepy. "Parting of the Ways" did too, but not "Doomsday" because it was trying too hard. "Journey's End" was stabbity. "Buffy" got me more than once, as did "The West Wing".


If you could have plastic surgery, what would you have done?
I don't know.

Do you have a completely irrational fear?
I have an extreme dislike of woodlice. Other than that I have many fears, all of them rational.


What is the little physical habit that gives away your insecure moment?
Trichotillomania. Eyebrows, since you ask

Do you ever have to beg?
No.

Are you a pyromaniac?
No. Not any more.

Do you have too many love interests?
Are you having a laugh?

Do you know anyone famous?
No. Friend of a friend plays in a band with John Simm. People at work know famous people, but not me.

Describe your bed
Inexpensive, ugly pine frame, extremely gorgeous mattress, blue or green bed linen.

Spontaneous or plan?

Spontaneous. Not because I am a freewheeling sort of a person but because I am lazy.

Who should play you in a movie about your life?
The movie of my life would be indescribably boring and should not be made. The soundtrack would ROCK though

Do you know how to play poker?
I'm trying to teach myself

What do you carry with you at all times?
Ipod, phone, key, book, something to write in and with.

How do you drive?
With a *great* deal of swearing.

What do you miss most about being little?
Believing I could do anything.

Are you happy with your given name?
I'd be happier if people could pronounce it properly. I used to hate it because of that. These days I like it though the internet makes me feel sort of exposed if I go by my real name

How much money would it take to get you to give up the Internet for one year?
Do I have a computer to write on, a phone and lots of books? If I do, a million would do it. Otherwise, more.

What colour is your bedroom?
Teal. Under the new house order, it's going to be white.

What was the last song you were listening to?
Up On The Catwalk, Simple Minds

Have you ever been in a play?
Yes, more than one.

Who are your best friends?
M, T, J and S. Some imaginary people offa the internet.

Have you ever been in love?
Yes. Not terribly happily.

Do you talk a lot?
Not really.

Do you like yourself and believe in yourself?
You know, mostly I am all right.

Have you ever done any illegal drugs?
I have.

Do you think you're cute?
If you mean good looking, no. If you mean like puppies or talking parrots, also no.

Do poor, homeless, or starving people sometimes annoy you?
*Annoy* me? Are you serious? Make me feel ashamed of the society I live in, maybe.

Do you consider yourself to be a nice person?
Here's the thing: nice is worthless. Nice is the same kind of species of supposed virtue as charm: glittery on the surface and puddle-deep under it. There are only three questions that matter: are you kind, are you principled, are you brave? If you can lay claim to some measure of those three things, you're on the route to being a decent human being. You could be floundering waist-deep in a ditch full of clarts and a nice person will walk right on by, waving and offering a few words on how to get out. A decent human being will jump in and help you out.

I have a lot of faults. I am not a nice person. But I am kind. If you're in the ditch, I will help you out.

Do you spend more time with your boy/girlfriend or your friends?
This question does not apply.

What's one thing you wish you could do but can't?
Dance well and unself-consciously. Or maybe run well.

What is your ideal marriage location?
Somewhere beautiful and welcoming.

Which musical instrument do you wish you could play?
The guitar

What's your favourite sexual position?
Moving swiftly on from the TMI...

Favourite fabric?
Freshly laundered cotton bedsheets.

Something you love and hate?
London

What kind of bedding do you use?
Duvet, sheets, pillows, encased in cotton.

What kind of soap do you use?
Ylang Ylang and neroli shower gel, or an antiseptic tangerine smelling handwash.

Do you tell your friends about your sex life?
Under no circumstances, and I like that they afford me the same courtesy.

What's the one language you want to learn?
I'd love to learn Spanish, Cantonese and Latin.

How do you eat an apple?
Like a normal person.

What do you order at a bar?
Sparkling water or a pint of very nice pale beer.

Have you ever pierced your body parts?
No. Ears.

Do you have tattoos?
No. Nothing I want to memorialise on my skin enough.

Would you ever admit to having done plastic surgery of any kind if confronted?
Oh yeah. Life always works better if you cough to what you've done.

What's one of the "funniest" things you've ever done?
Funniest. In quotation marks? Oh dear. Wacky is bad. Me and mates used to create random works of art out of rubbish on lawns at 2am in the morning. We thought that was pretty funny but we were drunk and you probably had to be there.

Do you drive stick?
Yes. In all senses.

What's one trait you hate in a person?
Extreme rightwing politics, particularly of the religious variety. Sexism. They're all on a continuum of horribleness.


What's the soonest that you've slept with someone (or hypothetically)?
Hypothetically?

What kind of watch(es) do you wear?
Inexpensive ones, because I lose them.

Most frivolous purchase?
A second iPod when the first one broke, even though I knew I could mend it within a fortnight. I am addicted to my iPod.

Do you consider yourself materialistic?
Yes. Too materialistic.

What do you cook the best?
What is this "cook"

Favourite writing instrument?
A keyboard. Attached to a computer. Failing that, cheap, non-shiny reporter's notepad and a Bic.

Do you prefer to stand out or blend in?
My desire is to stand out, my impulse is to blend in. If I believed in astrology I would point to the fact that I have the sun in Scorpio and Leo rising. Which explains everything.

Do you have anything monogrammed?
No.

Would you ever go out dressed like the opposite sex?
Absolutely. Wish I had had the guts to do it when I was wee.

What's one car you will never buy?
Any sort of 4x4 or sports utility vehicle. A more sure pointer to someone being an ABSOLUTE WANKER has yet to be found.

What kind of books do you like to read?
Good thrillers, Iain Banks, Pratchett, literary fiction, anything about the home front in the second world war, good chicklit. I'll try anything.

If you won the lottery, what would you do first?
Take a bloody fantastic holiday.

Burial or cremation?
Cremation, unless there's some more eco-friendly alternative.

How many online journals do you read regularly?
My reading list, plus about three others all the time, the odd diversion into a further 10 or so.

What's one thing you're a sore loser at?
Everything. I was notorious for it when I was a kid.

If you don't like a person, how do you show it?
I avoid them or I am very cold and very polite. I am extremely mean about them when they're not there. (see above about not being a nice person)

How many drinks before you're tipsy?
Couple of pints

Favourite kind of porn?
Written down stuff.

Do you have problems changing clothes in front of friends?
"Problems" is understating it.

Do you cry in front of friends?
No. I don't want them to see it.

What kind of first impression do you think you give to people?
I have no idea. Wish I knew. Not much of one, I think.

What's one thing you like to do alone?
I like to do loads of things alone.

What's the worst thing you ever said to someone?
Don't remember.

Are you a giver or a taker?
Dunno. The former, but only just, I think.

What have you stolen before?
Stationery. Bandwidth. Money offa my dad when I was a teenager.

When was the last time you cried?
About two weeks ago. I don't like it.

Favourite communication method?
Over a couple of pints in the pub.

What's the most painful experience you've ever had?
I've had a couple of ear infections that were screamingly painful, to the point of no sleep for days, but in general I have been extremely lucky.

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infinitemonkeys
Aug. 29th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
And she has silly hair. I know, I know, I feel like such a traitor to my sex, judging a woman on her hairstyle. But. Silly hair.

She brings it on herself, with that hair. How can you be non-judgmental with hair that ridiculous?

1) What book do you most wish you had written and why?
2) You can live anywhere in the world, as a citizen of that country, where do you choose and why?
3) What do you think of Russell T Davies?
4) What is your dream job?
5) What do you think is your greatest unheralded skill?
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corianderstem
Aug. 29th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the birthday wishes! :-)
fourteenlines
Aug. 29th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
I'd like to be interviewed!
infinitemonkeys
Aug. 29th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
Righto.
1) You're stuck on a 24-hour car ride. You're only allowed three albums. Which three do you take?
2) Are there any sports you follow?
3) Pandas or zebras? Why?
4) You can go back in time and live in any period of history. Which one do you choose?
5) Is there one single thing in your life which governs your actions or does your motivation come from disparate sources?
se_parsons
Aug. 29th, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
I am bored and writing hideous TK copy. Hit me with the interview questions.
infinitemonkeys
Aug. 29th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
Have you seen the trailer? Oh, JP, no. But for now: questions!

1) If your 11-year-old self saw you now, what would she think?
2) What moves you?
3) What is your ideal holiday like and where do you go?
4) Seaside or mountains and why
5) What three qualities do you look for in a friend?
se_parsons
Aug. 29th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
1) If your 11-year-old self saw you now, what would she think?

She would be hideously disappointed in me. I was supposed to be a famous author by now, or at least have superpowers.

2) What moves you?

Music and art. So much that I try to create both, badly.

3) What is your ideal holiday like and where do you go?

I like to go anywhere new and kill myself running around trying to see everything of interest. It is much better than relaxing with nothing to do. FEAR ME.

4) Seaside or mountains and why

Both? For different reasons. I adore hiking and I like it cold, so mountains are ideal. I take photos and vistas are great for that. Seaside = beachcombing which is one of my favorite activities. I also enjoy sailing and sometimes swimming. But sentence me to sit about on sand and sunbathe and I want to take prisoners. I also don't have the skin for it.

5) What three qualities do you look for in a friend?

1) Honesty. I usually need people who are unfraid to reign me in and tell me when I'm wrong. This also = personal integrity to me.

2) Sense of humor. You'll need it if you're my friend.

3) Not being self-absorbed. Self-absorbtion = evil to me. If you crawl up your own ass, we won't be friends much longer.
ropo
Aug. 29th, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
I'm up for bein' interviewed. Hit me! (Not literally. You know.)
infinitemonkeys
Aug. 30th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
1) You make me laugh a lot. But who makes you laugh?
2) Who would be your ideal dinner party guests if you existed outside time and space?
3) Which food or cooking practice would you like to banish to the outer darkness?
4) Are there any songs that can make you cry?
5) You get to choose three TV episodes and three movies to keep you entertained on a desert island. What are they and why?
cofax7
Aug. 29th, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
Lay it on me!

BTW, this invisible person thinks you are awesome.

I am so not doing that huge meme.
infinitemonkeys
Aug. 30th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
::beams:: the thought is mutual. Anyway, questions!

1) You are dropped in the middle of a desert island with an iTouch, which is loaded with three TV episodes and three movies. If God loves you, what are they?

2) Inland mountain range or seaside with water-based activities?

3) Which book do you wish you had written and why?

4) Which country do you most want to visit?

5) You can banish five people from political activity forever. Who gets to shut the hell up and go do their knitting?
cofax7
Aug. 30th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC)
1. FS, "Family Ties" and "Dog With Two Bones"; Stargate SG-1 "Window of Opportunity". Movies: "Raiders of the Lost Ark", "Truly Madly Deeply", and hmmm. Maybe "The Station Agent", for Peter Dinklage being awesome.

2. Mountains, no question. I like the ocean but I'm not a water-sports person.

3. The Game of Kings, because it's Dunnett. The language is awesome, the plotting intricate, the characterizations brilliant. I never will write anything 1/10th as good.

4. Ireland, I think. Or possibly Spain. I'm terribly pedestrian.

5. Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Bill O'Reilly, and -- just to share the love across the aisle--Chris Matthews. Assholes all. May they choke on their own bile. And yes, they're all pundits/commentators--I think they do more damage than actual politicians do, because they have no accountability and have a much larger soapbox from which to pontificate. Or maybe I could cover it all by having someone forcibly retire Murdoch.
infinitemonkeys
Aug. 30th, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
Why do the pundits have such power? I don't understand how the punditocracy developed.

cofax7
Aug. 30th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
I think it's a function of all the time there is to kill on the cable news channels. Providing actual news (esp. new news) 24-7 is impossible. So instead they find someone with controversial opinions and give them a platform and they discover that the more outrageous their statements, the more their ratings go up, and it all becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

There's a lot of discussion in some circles about the balkanization of news media in the US now, about how we are tailoring our information sources to match our political biases, and that reinforces resentments and ignorance of other positions. A lot of that can be blamed on Rupert Murdoch.

The kitchen/break room in my office is always on a cable news channel, and that channel is usually FoxNews. ::grinds teeth::
lilydale
Aug. 29th, 2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
It's almost better that you have that camera. It's like a hidden treasure relic! (But seriously. I will bring it to the shop MYSELF next time. You know I would. *g*)

Hit me with questions, if you like.
infinitemonkeys
Aug. 30th, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)
Buongiorno! Question time!

1) What are your three favourite cover versions?

2) Where do you want to visit next if time and money were no object?

3) How fannish do you feel these days?

4) What would be the perfect birthday present for you in December if money were no object?

5) What is your favourite meal?
lilydale
Aug. 30th, 2008 11:05 am (UTC)
You always ask good questions. It may take me a few days, but I will answer!
aud_woman_in
Aug. 29th, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)
Want to be interviewed?

Ooh, Ooh, me, MEEE! [I promise not to answer in my John Lithgow voice.]
infinitemonkeys
Aug. 30th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC)
No John Lithgow voice? For shame! ;)

1) Because I like this question... you are stranded on a desert island and have only three episodes of television and three movies on an iPod touch. if the gods are being kind, what movies/TV episodes do you have?

2) What are your favourite pieces of music?

3) What do you like about where you live?

4) You can be a monarch or great leader from anywhere in history; who are you and what's the first law you pass?

5) November 4 2008 -- looking forward to it or dreading it?
leiliaxf
Aug. 30th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
go ahead, ask away!!!! *g*
infinitemonkeys
Aug. 30th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
1) how did you begin with the belly dancing and what made you love it so?

2) Which five movies would be on constant repeat in your ideal theatre programme?

3) What do you like best about your job?

4) Where would you most like to live in the world?

5) What skill do you most wish you had?
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infinitemonkeys
Aug. 30th, 2008 01:15 pm (UTC)
Well, okay, it might be better as a radio play *g*
dine
Aug. 30th, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)
hmm, it's been a while since I had questions, so please interview me (if you can think of anything you want to know)
infinitemonkeys
Aug. 30th, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
1) When you wake up on November 5, what do you want most to see?
2) Which show's universe would you most like to live in and why?
3) You can travel to any time period and live there for a year, where do you go
4) Favourite cocktail
5) What do you like least about being a fan of stuff?
violetisblue
Aug. 30th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
I'll take five questions, please. And all else aside--and there's a metric ton of "else"--Jesus, but SP's voice is hideously screechy.
infinitemonkeys
Aug. 30th, 2008 01:30 pm (UTC)
Well that whole VP stunt is basically Chapter 123,345,786,345 of evil people being clever with the wedge issues. It's like the fact that Thatcher was prime minister -- yes, it's great that a woman got there and was effective (that's really the most neutral word I can summon up) but did it have to be *that* woman.

Anyway. Questions.
1) What do you like best and least about where you live?
2) You have only one meal left in your time on this mortal coil. So, before you pop your clogs, what do you eat?
3) What would be on the soundtrack if today were a movie?
4) If you ruled the world, which would be the first three serious laws you would enact? And what would be the three frivolous laws you imposed just because stuff annoyed you and you're an all-powerful benevolent dictator?
5) You're in a bar with Moffat and he's promised to take your advice. What do you tell him to do?
snacky
Aug. 30th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
I will answer questions, if there are any left to ask. :D
infinitemonkeys
Aug. 31st, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
There are always questions. Always.

1) What is your favourite thing about the internet?

2) What do you like and what do you hate about where you live?

3) You rule the world as a benevolent dictator with awe-inspiring powers. Which are your first three serious laws, and which three arbitrary rules do you enact, just because you can?

4) Where in the world do you most want to visit and why?

5) Which three children's books should everyone read. Especially adults who might've missed them the first time around?
vonniek
Aug. 30th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
Your love for Donna is righteous and true. As it should be!

I have a major weakness for Sandra Bullock rom-coms myself. I own "Two Week's Notice" and "Lake House" and watch them not infrequently.

I'd take questions if you're still doin' them.
infinitemonkeys
Aug. 31st, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
As for Sandra Bullock movies, I have watched many, many of them. Even the very, very bad ones, though not the thrillers and not Speed II. There are limits

Your love for Donna is righteous and true. As it should be!

Which prompts my first question...

(1) Have you ever been slightly worried by your own level of batshit wrt a fictional character? (Because I think that's where I am now. Slightly alarmed at the batshittedness of my love for the Doctor and Donna. Even though Ten is a bastard, he's *my* well-intentioned fuckwitted bastard.). Which character(s) were they, if you were?

(2) On Radio Free Kirbyfest, what are the top five songs and who is your first big star interview?

(3) What do you love most about the city where you live and what do you dislike?

(4) Can you point to one big decision as the fulcrum of your life, after which everything changed? If so, would you change that decision now?

(5) You can switch to any profession in the world (and you will have the necessary talent/book learning for it -- you already have the smarts). What is it?
kirbyfest
Sep. 1st, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
Radio Free Kirbyfest? I'm a RADIO! I'm unduly excited by this.

I am too dull to be interviewed, but stopped by to add that Spanish is not especially hard, and perhaps we will have the opportunity sometime soon to learn some of it together. :)

And then reading your comments, as I am wont to do because I'm avoiding doing real work, I see your comment to Vonnie about "slightly worried by your own level of batshit wrt a fictional character." Why, yes. Yes I have. More than I have time to discuss here. So it's not just you.
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