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;
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?
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?
Do you like yourself and believe in yourself?
You know, mostly I am all right.
Have you ever done any illegal drugs?
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?
What's your favourite sexual position?
Moving swiftly on from the TMI...
Freshly laundered cotton bedsheets.
Something you love and hate?
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?
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)?
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?
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?
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.