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13 June 2003 @ 03:38 am
 
First off, because I promised them to some people:
Egypt bans 'too religious' Matrix
Forget sci-fi and guns - The Matrix is really about religion

Second off, because I don't have to work tomorrow (today), here are the interview questions from gunn:

1. Who is your favorite poet, and what is your favorite line?

Look - not a fair question, in any regards - it should be "who is your favorite poet today". Today, I would have to go with Dylan Thomas - he's bold, rigorous, formal, and heart-felt. My favorite line right now is, "When glacier knocks at the cupboard / *something something* / And the crack in the tea-cup opens / a lane to the land of the dead", or something like that. It's from Auden - can't remember which off the top of my head.

2. Oh my lord. Doc's got a gun and he's headed this way- what did we do?

Something pretty fucking bad, I'll tell you that much. First off, I don't even know how to get a gun - although I've been told by Creppy Dave that it's surprisingly easy, and he "knows a guy". You would have had to kill some pretty important people, near and dear to me. Like, almost all of them. In which case, it wouldn't just be a gun, it would be lots of guns, and an army of monkeys with rocket launchers (I've seen that movie, eh).

But the Bodhishattva of Linux cares not for this "death of his enemies" of which you speak.

3. If you had to pick a nickname other than Doc, what would you pick, and what event would have earned it?

I've spent most of my life with the nickname "Doc" - it beats the hell out of "Nickle-pickle" - so this was a hard one for me. I'm going to have to go with Mentat - from when I assisted the Kwisaatz Haderach's ascension to the throne of America. And I get the red lips and everything . . .

4. What's the worst pick up line you've used in seriousness?

I don't do pick-up lines in seriousness - I'm not that kind of guy. I honestly have little idea how to approach women that well, which I believe the record will show to be true.

5. Shit- God's coming to breakfast and you burned the toast! What do you do now? What are you serving?

Nothing - God is not concerned with our mortal food! I think God likes Pop-tarts, though . . . at least I like Pop-tarts . . .


Okay - this was started originally by anoisblue, I believe - please correct me if I'm wrong. Since I haven't had too many chances to get on the horse, so to speak, I'm gonna let you know in advance that if you want to be interviewed by me, or have me interview you, the sign-up is below. I will be both fair and just, if there is such a thing on the Internet.
 
 
 
lord and master of the broken childrenavatarofchaos on June 13th, 2003 05:56 am (UTC)
corecct you if you're wrong? ok!

no underscore in the lj name. just anoisblue.

oh. and interview me, criznit.
Hoc Est Qui Sumus: Mysticdiscoflamingo on June 13th, 2003 11:39 am (UTC)
1. You can cast speak w/dead, but only once - who do you ask your three questions to, and what are they? And if you deny yourself this power, why?

2. You have a soundtrack for you life, which must be less than 80 minutes long - what is the track-listing? Why? (if you have time - and I mean why the track is there, not why it's in the order it is)

3. You get three wishes - one must be simply for yourself, one must be for the world, and one must be for a friend/life-mate. Pretend that the djinn (or genie, or whatever) that gives you the wishes may try to twist the interpretation of your wishes - what would be the exact wording of your wishes?

4. You gain the ability to cast finger of death once a year, for three years - who's gonna die, in what order, and why? If nobody dies, explain your decision to the astral deity who supplied you with your power . . .

5. What do the words "justice", "love", and "wisdom" mean to you?
lord and master of the broken children: sheep kittyhatavatarofchaos on June 13th, 2003 01:03 pm (UTC)
...track listing? oh...you're good...

warning, this my take me a couple of days.
Do You Wanna Be Free or You Wanna Be Right?malcubed on June 13th, 2003 07:12 am (UTC)
That Beeb article is so... stupid.
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on June 13th, 2003 11:01 am (UTC)
Yeah - but so is eht Xirtam: Dedaoler.
Do You Wanna Be Free or You Wanna Be Right?malcubed on June 13th, 2003 04:04 pm (UTC)
Dude. That is so much a better title for a film.
la femme stygian: third nock's a charmgunn on June 13th, 2003 07:39 am (UTC)
Interview me.
Hoc Est Qui Sumus: Mysticdiscoflamingo on June 13th, 2003 11:38 am (UTC)
I expect this may take you a while,
1. You can cast speak w/dead, but only once - who do you ask your three questions to, and what are they? And if you deny yourself this power, why?

2. You are given enough money to explore all avenues you might want to for the rest of your life - the only catch is, you have to select somebody else who gets the Jacques Cousteau "deep pockets". First off, who's on your short list for candidates? Who do you give the deep-pockets? Why? How do you justify your decision to your short-list of candidates?

3. You have a soundtrack for you life, which must be less than 80 minutes long - what is the track-listing?

4. Explain your political views in 120 words or less, in the style of a Monster truck rally announcement.

5. What do the words "justice", "love", and "wisdom" mean to you?
The past is prologuenemoren on June 13th, 2003 10:12 am (UTC)
interview me?
Hoc Est Qui Sumus: Mysticdiscoflamingo on June 13th, 2003 11:40 am (UTC)
1. You gain the ability to absorb the knowledge and skills of three people (they still retain their knowledge, you just kinda "make copies") - who are they, and why?

2. You are given enough money to explore all avenues you might want to for the rest of your life - the only catch is, you have to select somebody else who gets the Jacques Cousteau "deep pockets". First off, who's on your short list for candidates? Who do you give the deep-pockets? Why? How do you justify your decision to your short-list of candidates?

3. You get three wishes - one must be simply for yourself, one must be for the world, and one must be for a friend/life-mate. Pretend that the djinn (or genie, or whatever) that gives you the wishes may try to twist the interpretation of your wishes - what would be the exact wording of your wishes?

4. If you were a squirrel, what would you tell other squirrels in order to change their status in the animal kingdom? (Pretend, for the sake of this thought-experiment, that squirrels are intelligent enough to understand Shakespeare)

5. What do the words "justice", "love", and "wisdom" mean to you?
The past is prologuenemoren on June 13th, 2003 12:22 pm (UTC)
Before we start, what the devil do you mean by "deep pockets" and Jacques Cousteau?
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on June 13th, 2003 12:32 pm (UTC)
Oh - that's a Phil term - remember Jacques Cousteau, the crazy French guy who apparently had these enormous pockets (like, bigger than most whales) full of nothing but cash? He toured the globe, he owned like three submarines, four boats and a fucking aircraft carrier (or something). He spent his life diving underwater, examining sea creatures in every ocean, and not once did he have to mention where he got the money to do all of this. He apparently just had it - and he never had to take time off to get more, since the rewards of diving underwater on film are . . . deeper pockets, I guess.

The Jacques Cousteau deep pockets are the ability to fund anything you could possibly desire to do , without thinking about it, or having to justify it to a board of directors or anything. You do exactly what you want to do, and will always have the resources to do it. It is currently unknown whether you can use these pockets to offset foreign debt and world hunger or not - assume not, for right now. That help?
ninja in the shadows: samus_aranseiryu_16 on June 13th, 2003 11:48 am (UTC)
Behold the English Major At Work
It's "As I walked out one evening" by Auden... and the part you quoted is:
"The glacier knocks in the cupboard,
The desert sighs in the bed,
And a crack in the tea-cup opens
A lane to the land of the dead."

(good poem, although I prefer the line "Life remains a blessing / Although you cannot bless" personally)

Want to hear what's even nerdier than me quoting that line here? This: I knew what the line was before I looked it up. I merely did so to find the title of the poem (and it technically has no title) and to confirm my knowledge.

BEWARE! THE QUEEN OF THE ENGLISH NERDS ARISES! BWAAAAAAAGH!
Selahmegspencer on June 13th, 2003 12:58 pm (UTC)
You can interview me if you want. ::smiles and waves::
though she be but little, she is fiercehilabeans on June 13th, 2003 02:30 pm (UTC)
Me too, when you get a chance.
Dr. Professional: edwardbakazaru on June 13th, 2003 10:08 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'll play your little game. Interview me, if you can! Ha HA!
atelierlune on June 14th, 2003 08:49 pm (UTC)
Me too! Me too! Onegai.
Parapluie dans la Rue de Parisscathach on June 17th, 2003 07:24 pm (UTC)
Interview me. I've got a full tank of gas, and Wisconsin's not that far away.
Abra SWcloudscudding on June 18th, 2003 10:15 am (UTC)
Interview me!!