It's not humongous, but the answers took me a while (an hour and a half).
1. PICK ONE OF YOUR SCARS, HOW DID YOU GET IT
On the middle finger of my right hand, halfway down the left side of nail, is a white lateral scar about 0.5cm long. It's from a utility knife that I was using to cut a piece of wooden molding in half when I was 13, because (IIRC) I wanted to have two to use for play combat. Think Stargate: Atlantis.
2. WHAT IS ON THE WALLS IN YOUR ROOM?
The Inspirations print "Perseverance". A bank of breaker switches hidden behind it. That's all.
I see the author believes there is no three. *knowing smile*
4. WHAT MUSIC DO YOU LISTEN TO?
My tastes are very eclectic. I listen to everything from Tori Amos to country western music of the 1980s and 1990s to rapcore (P.O.D.) to classical music (Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart). I like bluegrass and Dido, I love Sarah McLachlan and Rosanne Cash, I am indifferent to R&B and jazz, and I can't take much gangster rap.
5. DO YOU KNOW WHAT TIME YOU WERE BORN?
The hour of noon. Mid-mealtime, naturally.
6. WHAT DO YOU WANT MORE THAN ANYTHING RIGHT NOW?
World peace? I dunno, I'm pretty happy. :-)
7. WHAT DO YOU MISS AT TIMES?
I miss a working operating system, a computer that doesn't bluecreen, and a distance learning system that doesn't suck dead armadillos through a crazy straw! Oh, wait, I never had the last one, did I?
8. WHAT IS YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION?
Um, I don't have any, really. I guess I would miss Numerramar (my ThinkPad A31p) the most because I have the most irreplaceable stuff on it at any given time (I take backups, but not more than 1-2 per year). My house is probably the most monetarily valuable, followed distantly by my car.
9. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SMELL?
This one is a multi-way tie.
Shower gels with aloe. Night-blooming jasmine and lilacs. My mom's spiced fish and pot roasts. And... you'll laugh, but: Chicken McNuggets.
10. DO YOU GET CLAUSTROPHOBIC?
No. But gondhir's answer was so cool I would like to steal it:
"If I was locked in a coffin and buried in concrete that was thrown over the edge of a ship out at sea, I'd probably panic a little, but who wouldn't?"
11. IF YOU DIED TOMORROW?
Give my books to the needy and make sure they clone me and use the 1994 edition of me for the cybrid recall persona.
12. THE LAST PERSON TO MAKE YOU CRY?
Believe it or don't, Softy. I've never known anyone online who died before, let alone a TEUNC, and it was just too keen a reminder of the fate of all Atani. I'm guessing I'm not the only one.
13. What is your favorite cologne/perfume?
L'air du Temps is my mom's perfume, so I associate it with her. Among the rest, something fruity and subdued is OK, but I prefer a light scent of soap or body wash.
14. WHAT KIND OF HAIR DO YOU LIKE ON THE OPPOSITE SEX?
Long and straight. Flowing tresses are okay; ringlets are nice, as long as it's not way over the top with hobbit curls or G.I. Jane.
15. WHERE CAN YOU SEE YOURSELF BEING PROPOSED TO AT?
I'll steal another one from gondhir:
"I suspect I'll have to be the one to do the proposing. Guys get screwed over like that."
16. DO YOU LIKE PORN?
It really depends. I've been known to read erotica. Hardcore, explicit images and videos of people in rut, not so much.
Oh, and pictures of sandalled feet? Not porn. Not much. Anyway. ;-)
17. WHAT ARE YOUR FIVE FAVORITE MOVIES?
Here are five of them:
1) Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
2) Mr. Holland's Opus
3) The Joy Luck Club
4) The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
5) Serenity, which I'm really liking right now
18. WHERE CAN YOU SEE YOURSELF GOING FOR YOUR HONEYMOON?
The Inner Hebrides. Or Kauai. Or Antarctica. Or all of the above.
19. WHO IS THE LAST PERSON YOU MADE MAD?
Banamum, I guess.
20. DO YOU SPEAK A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE?
I speak Mandarin Chinese. I know a little French but I can't speak it at higher than the low primary school level.
21. WHAT WAS THE FIRST GIFT SOMEONE OF THE OPPOSITE SEX EVER GAVE YOU?
Other than elementary school valentines and yearbook signatures, I remember a bunch of lollipops I got from a senior in 9th grade. (I was a huggle toy, though I have no idea why.) Later that year, I was the scorekeeper for the girls' lacrosse team; they gave me a single red rose and lined up and hugged me at the end of the season.
22. WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE SINGER(s)?
I don't really have a single one. I really like: Sarah McLachlan, Rosanne Cash, Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Michelle Branch, Josh Groban (so shoot me, narvi), Tori Amos, Dido, Trisha Yearwood, Reba McEntire, and Shakira Mebarak.
23. FAVORITE BAND(s)?
R.E.M., U2, The Corrs, Restless Heart, and the Beach Boys.
24. WHAT KIND OF BOOKS DO YOU LIKE TO READ?
My nonfiction reading consists of CS and AI textbooks and monographs with a few cognitive science and popular science (biology and physics) titles.
My fiction reading is mostly science fiction (50%), fantasy (40%), and the odd mystery, period novel, or thriller.
My small library contains a few other books that I've acquired over the years, mostly about writing or career management.
25. FAVORITE DESSERT?
Whoso maketh lemon squares and "shares" them with me holds the key to my heart.
Pecan pie, ice cream sandwiches, and CHOKLIT chip cookies with peanut butter are among my other favorites.
The latter was suggested to me by the very eViol gondhir.
26. HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR COFFEE?
Strong, with cream, sugar, and Equal, in large quantity when I choose to have coffee rather than soda or tea.
27. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PHRASE?
"I'm just saying."
28. WOULD YOU FALL IN LOVE KNOWING THAT THE PERSON IS LEAVING?
Depends on why she's leaving. To the Pegasus Galaxy to fight the Wraith, yes. To go colonize the Fireflyverse, maybe. To go marry Christian Bale or Otto Octavius or Ron Weasley, prolly not.
29. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO TELL SOMEONE HOW MUCH THEY MEAN TO YOU?
Just do it.
30. SAY A NUMBER FROM ONE TO A HUNDRED:
OK, 2.718. But don't go thinking I'm a rationalist.
31. BLONDES, REDHEADS OR BRUNETTES?
Color isn't that important to me. I've tended to like black-haired or brunette girls. I would not complain if a woman I was with decided to change her hair color now and again.
32. WHAT IS THE ONE NUMBER YOU CALL OFTEN?
My retired parents' land line, which is my own home number.
33. WHAT ANNOYS YOU MOST?
Arrogance. In particular, lack of patience or humility out of a sense of personal superiority, be it racism, sexism, or just plain stubbornness.
34. HAVE YOU EVER DONE A PRANK CALL?
No. I might have participated in one of my family's calls to one another where we spoof a famous person, the police, or somebody's secret admirer, etc., but we're always giggling or doing funny voices when we do.
35. WHO IS YOUR CURRENT CRUSH?
OK, again with a gondhir answer:
"Why do these questionnaire/quiz/meme things always ask this? Are they REALLY all written by girls in junior high?"
Wait, nermine, I'll answer. I have a crush on Hoshi Sato. And Kate. And River Tam. Laugh it up, fuzzball!
36: WHAT IS YOUR WORST FEAR?
Missing deadlines or failing in a responsibility. This is ironic because, like several of my friends, I'm a hardcore procrastinator.
37: SAY SOMETHING TO SOMEONE YOU HAVEN'T SEEN/TALKED TO IN AWHILE:
dextertech: I sent you mail about massforge - please have a look and give me a call.
Softy, if you're reading this: ask JRRT whether balrogs have wings! (And come back to AFT and resolve the question once and for all!)
38: HAVE YOU EVER SAID "I LOVE YOU" AND NOT MEANT IT
39: WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE YOU FILLED THIS SURVEY?
Watching TV (a tape of Lost) and working massforge related things.
40. IF YOU COULD GET PLASTIC SURGERY, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Dude, external brain pack.