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Time for another Q&A meme

Gacked from many, most recently masteralida and gweneth_syeira.

Ask me 4 questions.

Any 4, no matter how personal, private or random.
- I have to answer them honestly. I have to answer them all.
- In turn, you post this message in your own journal and you have to answer the questions that are asked of you.


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Banazir

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chandra
Jan. 29th, 2005 03:54 pm (UTC)

I only have one question...

WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO COME TO KANSAS CITY SO WE CAN MEET?????

*stern look*
banazir
Feb. 6th, 2005 09:56 pm (UTC)
Wheeeenh
As yodge says:
Dunno! Lala!
(Hey, it works for her!)

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Banazir
zengeneral
Jan. 29th, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC)
When are you going to Microcenter? (in Overland Park, 92th/metcalf)

When are you starting the great Famine?

Are you studying Bioinformatics just to create elves/drawfs/hobbits DNA structures?

If so, can you construct me a personal elf assistant?
banazir
Jan. 29th, 2005 08:03 pm (UTC)
And dknot harm the oil and the wine
1. When are you going to Microcenter? (in Overland Park, 92th/metcalf)
I don't know.
Possibly over spring break, possibly the first week of summer.

2. When are you starting the great Famine?
Revelation 6:1-8


The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1887), Victor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov
What more fitting personage than a hobbit to represent the horseman Famine?


Digression: a lot of people don't realize that Pestilence == Death. It's actually:
1. The White Rider (!)
2. War
3. Famine
4. Pestilence / Death

3. Are you studying Bioinformatics just to create elves/drawfs/hobbits DNA structures?
No. That is an attractive reason, but see below.

4. If so, can you construct me a personal elf assistant?
Silly Devil. Save by Eru Iluvatar, Elves are bred, not made.

(And if you were waiting for an answer to the implied question... don't hold your breath for it.)

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Banazir
masteralida
Jan. 29th, 2005 07:41 pm (UTC)
What did you see yourself doing at this stage in your life?

What would you like to be doing now?

What's the most frightening dream you've ever had?

If you were given unlimited funds, to do whatever you wanted, what would you do with it?
banazir
Feb. 6th, 2005 10:59 pm (UTC)
More than you wanted to know, probably
What did you see yourself doing at this stage in your life?
Possessed of a Ph.D., teaching and doing research at a major research university, tenured or about to get tenure, with a first Ph.D. student graduated (check).

Earning about $mmphhlph a year (check), working on a startup company (kindasorta), out with my first monograph and almost out with my first textbook (not quite).

Married, possibly with a first child born or on the way (hrm, got a little sidetracked there :-D).

What would you like to be doing now?
See above. :-D
I actually like my job most of the time. It's a "lunch at Biagi's" sometimes, but isn't every job?

What's the most frightening dream you've ever had?
I'd have to say it's a toss up among:

  • skydiving from geosynchronous orbit and trying to intercept a block of asphalt that had a major biohazard embedded in it (recurring dream, ages 7-10; I was way ahead of Halo 2)

  • diving in front of a Romulan disruptor to save my dad, a Federation admiral (age 23, 1996; I was just ahead of Voyager) - the only dream where I remember actually dying

  • being kidnapped by cultists in a white van who wanted to experiment on me with a smallpox-Ebola hybrid (1997?)

  • being attacked by a demon-possessed Tuvok with an iron rod he was wielding as a bo (he shattered my right arm)



If you were given unlimited funds, to do whatever you wanted, what would you do with it?
I'd start The Academy. I'll tell you more about this later, but essentially it's a "*informatics institute" with its own nonprofit core (part philanthropic, part academic research and development) and for-profit corporate components.

The latter is designed to sustain it for at least a few centuries until we ditch our current system of capitalism and currencies. I've thought about the Academy proper since I was 11, but only decided I needed the company about 5 years later, so give me another 5 years to craft that.

Since the Gates, Rockefeller, and Ford Foundation have done fairly well as far as "global issues" (infant immunization, sustainable food production), I would recruit (and hire) directors for the Academy who would focus on the "between the cracks" problems:

  • a realistic Singularity: convergent nanotech, genome engineering, computational modeling of brain and behavior ("weak AI" and "cognitive modeling"), etc.

  • longevity (100+ to 1M+ years) and its ramifications

  • engineering vaccines and cures for common communicable diseases, and sustained development of adaptive immune defense

  • "tricks" for the long haul:

    • the big questions of holding out against Malthusian depletion before we get "FTL" ("OMG, he's a crackpot," some of my colleagues and students are saying... and this surprises you?)

    • "holding down the exponents" in the Malthusian resource vs. consumption equations using genome engineering, fusion, biospheres, terraforming, "FTL", Dyson structures, conserving stellar energy, etc.

    • "doing better" using quantum computing/teleportation and new innovations

    • dealing with entropy in this universe



As you can see, my people won't be embarrassed to take on questions that some "serious" academicians will scoff at.

They'll be a little more militant than Kurzweil's gang, too. ;-) (Isn't that right, zengeneral?) They won't be afraid to tell the people at the Foresight Institute, or the Planetary Society, or the Eschatological Socienty of Kalamazoo, when they have good ideas, or when they are full of it.

The Academy would properly require an endowment of $2-4B, which may be more than I can make in a lifetime. I should be able to put together $100M, but more is all speculation, so I'm still thinking about legacy issues. Assuming I live (and work) to at least the age of 81, I think I can do it.

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Banazir
miyeko
Jan. 30th, 2005 09:16 am (UTC)
1. Have you ever experienced racism? If so, what's your worst memory as a child/teen and as an adult?

2. Why did you decide to pursue Computer Science as a career?

3. What do you consider to be your very best and very worst qualities?

4. Do you have the complete catalog of any band or singer? Who is it/are they?

Bonus question: How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? Mr. Owl, also a scholar, has been asked but was unable to give a satisfactory answer. Now it's time for Dr. Hsu to respond.
banazir
Feb. 6th, 2005 11:48 pm (UTC)
My story, part 1 of 2
1. Have you ever experienced racism? If so, what's your worst memory as a child/teen and as an adult?
Yes.
My worst memories aren't very bad at all. I think I answered this in a meme earlier, but here it is again:

At Severna Park Middle School in Severna Park, MD, there were some hold-backs and imminent dropouts who were bored and aggressive by dint of their being bigger and stupider than the average Joe. They decided this was the fault of the Japanese kids, namely, me (never mind that I am Chinese). So, I heard a few shouted racial slurs. Occasionally the fact that I am a Chinese-American even pierced the thick skull of one of these boors. When it did, it served to enrage him, as he had no interest in understanding who or what a Chinese-American might be.

I had a few incidents of heavy backpacks getting slammed into me in the hall. Once, in the seventh grade, I decided to report the hazing and was confronted afterwards in a metal shop. One of said hold-backs advanced on me with clenched fist. I stood my ground, ready to fight back. His buddies came up close behind him, and there was a tense moment before the more sensible of them pulled him back, saying, "it's not worth it". I scowled at him, he tried to pull away; his buddies shouted at me to "go on, get out of here".

I snorted and walked away. He really wasn't worth it.

Much more insidious was the time in 10th grade, when I tried to convince my friends that Asians should not have a "discount factor" weighted against their GPAs due to our "inherent cultural advantages". I am not kidding, this was really the theory advanced by one of my good buddies.

I had just been passed up for valedictorian and awarded the Mathematics Prize as a consolation. (My GPA was 4.02 and the girl who became valedictorian had a 4.0. They had disqualified me because I was technically a "graduating sophomore", and truth to tell, I can see their point.)

In any case, I was grumbling a bit after the awards ceremony, and my friends said, "shut up, Bill, you can't have all the awards". :-P I'm usually a good sport (no, really), but I'd also been passed up for a major scholarship (Beneficial-Hodson), possibly as a result of not being valedictorian, or so I reckoned.

I digress; you were asking about racism. My point was this: the openly racist idiot who's coming at you to beat you up is ten times less dangerous than the institutionalized racism that makes it into laws and unfair employment practices, affecting your whole community. I'd sooner face a whole mob of the cross-burners. Racial profiling is just the tip of the iceberg.

2. Why did you decide to pursue Computer Science as a career?
To make a long story short: I idolized my uncle, Kai-Fu Lee, who had just gotten a B.S. in CS, summa cum laude, from Columbia University, at the time (summer 1983). Later he went on earn a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, graduating in the same year as Murray Campbell of Deep Blue fame. I dare say he's at least equally famous, which is saying a lot!

My uncle went on to Apple, then SGI, and finally ended up at Microsoft, becoming one of Gates's top research directors and founding Microsoft Research China. There's a biography and an autobiography out now, so needless to say, we're all very proud of him.

Anyway, I wanted to be just like him when I grew up. I still have a long ways to go, but I have some time yet to catch up. :-)

Oh, and the best thing I can say about KFL is that he is a good husband and a great father to my two brilliant (and lovely) cousins, Jen and Cynthia. There is no higher praise I can give him.

(cont.)
banazir
Feb. 6th, 2005 11:51 pm (UTC)
My story, part 2 of 2
3. What do you consider to be your very best and very worst qualities?
Best: I am sincere, generous, and I care about people. I am told I have a kind and gentle heart. I am determined and nearly indomitable when I put my mind to something. I am not afraid to stand up for my principles. I am usually a decent judge of character. I have enough imagination and intelligence to do a lot of things, and I know how to use them. I am a big geek, and proud of it!

Worst: I am a terrible procrastinator and cannot deal well with schedules and deadlines. I can be self-centered, obtuse, and oblivious sometimes, neglecting my friends' interests and feelings. I am a big geek, and proud of it! (Yes, that's good and bad.) Although I try my best not to hold a grudge, I have a strong temper that almost nobody ever sees, and I seldom forget a betrayal.

4. Do you have the complete catalog of any band or singer? Who is it/are they?
I think I may have all the albums of Mary-Chapin Carpenter:

  • Hometown Girl

  • State of the Heart

  • Shooting Straight in the Dark

  • Come On Come On

  • Stones in the Road

  • A Place in the World

  • time * sex * love


I have a lot of records by Rosanne Cash, Sarah McLachlan, and Weird Al, a few by Reba McEntire, and a couple by Don Williams. As I was just telling hpguo this morning, I have only 2 albums by the Beatles. All told, I have no more than 200 CDs. My MP3 collection is approaching my regular CD collection in size, though the CDs will always stay ahead if you don't count my ripping my own CDs.

Bonus question: How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? Mr. Owl, also a scholar, has been asked but was unable to give a satisfactory answer. Now it's time for Dr. Hsu to respond.
I tried this once, and promptly forgot my findings. I think it was over 128. The number 148 stick in my mind, but I have a notoriously quirky pseudoeidetic memory.

Thanks for making me do this, especially #1 & #3.

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Banazir
kaladhwen
Feb. 28th, 2005 05:29 am (UTC)
Oh I never asked you questions!

Ahem.

1. If you could only pick one character on Lost to live and get off the island, who would it be and why?
2. How much caffeine do you consume a day?
3. What do you look forward to the most during your routine each day?
4. What would happen if Voyager and Enterprise (Archer's Enterprise) met?
banazir
Feb. 28th, 2005 08:36 am (UTC)
DUDE!
1. If you could only pick one character on Lost to live and get off the island, who would it be and why?
Right now, I'd pick Claire, because unless you are asking on behalf of Project Quantum Leap, it'd be rescue Claire and get MYYYYY BAAAAABY free! :-D

Later on? Hurley. Because... dude.

2. How much caffeine do you consume a day?
Good question. One liter of soda is about 100mg, so I'd say 100-300 on account of my drinking 3 small cups of coffee and 1.5 liters of soda sometimes.

3. What do you look forward to the most during your routine each day?
I hate to say this, but right now? Switching computers, because it's nice and toasty (laptops make good space heaters) and I can watch movies after 02:00. Lunch is nice, too. Oh, and 830 lecture. Three-way tie.

4. What would happen if Voyager and Enterprise (Archer's Enterprise) met?
That sounds like an invitation to fic, if ever I heard one, but let's just say:

  • Archer would have a lot of bruises

  • the main holodeck of Voyager would be filled with dead Hirogen

  • Dr. Phlox would end up feeding some of Neelix's improvised foodstuffs to poor Porthos and turn him temporarily green or flighted (OMG flying green space beagle! kthxbye!)

  • Janeway would bust a cap in some Suliban ass

  • the Sphere Builders would end up being rammed by Voyager - which doesn't blow up becuase the timeline resets... again and again until it breaks the causality loop

  • the Xindi get assimilated

  • some of the Maquis on Voyager mistage Arik Soong for Data - no more androids! oops.

  • to fix the timeline, Voyager goes back to pre-Federation times - Malcolm and Trip are captured by Klingons... the rest is Vulcan/Tellarian/Andorrian/Human history...


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Banazir
kaladhwen
Mar. 1st, 2005 04:43 am (UTC)
Re: DUDE!
Right now, I'd pick Claire, because unless you are asking on behalf of Project Quantum Leap, it'd be rescue Claire and get MYYYYY BAAAAABY free! :-D

LOL...that baby is dang lucky.

Later on? Hurley. Because... dude.

What about Jack??

That sounds like an invitation to fic, if ever I heard one, but let's just say:

Bwahaha. I know. :-\ I got the idea as I typed it.

Archer would have a lot of bruises

LOL. But...why?

the main holodeck of Voyager would be filled with dead Hirogen

Holo Hirogen or real Hirogen? *scratches head*

Dr. Phlox would end up feeding some of Neelix's improvised foodstuffs to poor Porthos and turn him temporarily green or flighted

LOL how mean!! Phlox, Neelix, and The Doctor would get along fabulously, I think.

(OMG flying green space beagle! kthxbye!)

ROTFLOL!!! That is like sooooo another LJ name.

Janeway would bust a cap in some Suliban ass

Hahaha she so would!! Not to mention any leftover Xindi.

the Sphere Builders would end up being rammed by Voyager - which doesn't blow up becuase the timeline resets... again and again until it breaks the causality loop

ROFLOL. Yes, they would so get rammed.

the Xindi get assimilated

LOL!!! Well, you gotta wonder if the Borg would assign the 5 races different species numbers cause they're so freakin' different, or if they'd give all 5 races just the one speces number.

some of the Maquis on Voyager mistage Arik Soong for Data - no more androids! oops.

LOL!

to fix the timeline, Voyager goes back to pre-Federation times - Malcolm and Trip are captured by Klingons... the rest is Vulcan/Tellarian/Andorrian/Human history...

*head spins*
banazir
Mar. 1st, 2005 05:33 am (UTC)
LOLOL, I can't remember writing the above!
... I remember showing it to yodge and her saying, "wot, you have a thing fro Hurley?" and the rest is a sleepy muddle.

Right now, I'd pick Claire, because unless you are asking on behalf of Project Quantum Leap, it'd be rescue Claire and get MYYYYY BAAAAABY free! :-D
LOL...that baby is dang lucky.
Noooo, REAAAALY?!
I thought it was just resistant to knitting needles and slightly unstable mamas.

Later on? Hurley. Because... dude.
What about Jack??
What about him? *eg*

Archer would have a lot of bruises
LOL. But...why?
From the obligatory fight with the Kazon, the Species 8472, the Nazi Hirogen, the de-nanoprobed Borg drone, the Vaadwaur, and the genetically enhanced Suliban-just-cause-its-cool-and-gumby.

the main holodeck of Voyager would be filled with dead Hirogen
Holo Hirogen or real Hirogen? *scratches head*
Real ones, practicing the Hunt.

Dr. Phlox would end up feeding some of Neelix's improvised foodstuffs to poor Porthos and turn him temporarily green or flighted
LOL how mean!! Phlox, Neelix, and The Doctor would get along fabulously, I think.
They would!
But then... a little Talaxian cheese, and *phweeeeee!* off he goes.

(OMG flying green space beagle! kthxbye!)
ROTFLOL!!! That is like sooooo another LJ name.

lolol
flyinggreenspacebeagle? or kthxbye?

Janeway would bust a cap in some Suliban ass
Hahaha she so would!! Not to mention any leftover Xindi.
Evil!Janeway would crush the good Xindi, too.
Soooooo... psycho....

the Sphere Builders would end up being rammed by Voyager - which doesn't blow up becuase the timeline resets... again and again until it breaks the causality loop
ROFLOL. Yes, they would so get rammed.
<PSYCHO_JANEWAY>Time's... up!!</PSYCHO_JANEWAY>

the Xindi get assimilated
LOL!!! Well, you gotta wonder if the Borg would assign the 5 races different species numbers cause they're so freakin' different, or if they'd give all 5 races just the one speces number.
They'd be species 19152(a)-(e)

some of the Maquis on Voyager mistage Arik Soong for Data - no more androids! oops.
LOL!
You laugh, but wait'll Arik gets a big hole shot in him with a Klingon disruptor!

to fix the timeline, Voyager goes back to pre-Federation times - Malcolm and Trip are captured by Klingons... the rest is Vulcan/Tellarian/Andorrian/Human history...
*head spins*
Oh, yeah! You know it!

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Banazir
kaladhwen
Mar. 1st, 2005 05:37 am (UTC)
Re: LOLOL, I can't remember writing the above!
I remember showing it to [info]yodge and her saying, "wot, you have a thing fro Hurley?" and the rest is a sleepy muddle.

Hahahaha. Oh yeah. Know the feeling. I need to crash soon but I've got to move my bed. *sigh*

Noooo, REAAAALY?!
I thought it was just resistant to knitting needles and slightly unstable mamas.


It's gotta have special powers, man. It survived a plane crash, ETHAN, and like...yeah.

What about him? *eg*

What do you have against Jack???

From the obligatory fight with the Kazon, the Species 8472, the Nazi Hirogen, the de-nanoprobed Borg drone, the Vaadwaur, and the genetically enhanced Suliban-just-cause-its-cool-and-gumby.

LOLOL. Oh, is THAT all? Don't forget the Vidiian!

flyinggreenspacebeagle? or kthxbye?

The whole thing! "Look it's a flying green space beagle! Kthxbye!"

Evil!Janeway would crush the good Xindi, too.
Soooooo... psycho....


Evil Janeway?? The only Evil Janeway we see is in S4 in Living Witness. She would crush...everybody.

They'd be species 19152(a)-(e)

ROFLOL!!
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