Banazîr the Jedi Hobbit (banazir) wrote,
Banazîr the Jedi Hobbit

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A Substantial Quiz from a Teuncadan

istari_ala asked gondhir to write her some interview questions. Of course, I just have to respond to it, as it is from another Teuncadan (man of TEUNC). The quiz is quite substantial, and like the better Friday Fives, it promotes introspection, so I recommend it, whether you publicly post your reply or not.

What... is your name?
Banazir, Jedi of the Hobbits (not the Banazir Galbasi, just a descendant)
Modern-day epople know me as William H. Hsu or xu3 heng2.

What... is your quest?
Um, to check my mail.
(And wot istari_ala said aboat MP quotes.)

What... is your favorite color?
Blue. Bright, lunar blue, turquoise, or deep ocean blue. I used to like blue-green colors such as cyan and aqua best, and I still like bluish greens very much.
(And wot Ala sayed, traskit!! :-D)

What... is your favorite Monty Python movie?
Hrm, good question.
Would you believe I have only seen Life of Brian along with taped eps of Monty Python's Flying Circus?
I'm quite sure I will like Holy Grail better, but for the moment I'll have to pass on this queastion.

If you could return to anywhere you have ever visited (i.e., not lived), where would it be and why?
I would go to Taipei, because: it's been 10 years since I have been back to Taiwan; it has a fascinating culture to me as a Chinese American; I have family (one of my grandmothers, a few uncles and aunts, and several cousins) there; and it is said to have changed for the better in terms of modernization, amenities, technology, convenience, cleanliness, etc.

If you could go anywhere you have never been before, where would it be and why?
In real life: I'd visit Beijing, beacause the Old Country been recommended to me by all of my family, friends, and students, and because I will have ample opportunities to visit just about any other developed or developing country in Europe or Asia in the next 5 years with or without a work-related excuse.
In general, I would visit Minas Tirith, because starting in Hobbiton is just not cool. :-D

What is your "theme song", the song you feel best describes your life?
I don't think I have one yet.
I don't even have a TEUNCmusik, really.
I like "The Hard Way" by Mary-Chapin Carpenter, but it isn't my anthem.

Do you believe in love at first sight?
It depends on what you mean by sight. If you mean literally upon first meeting, I believe it happens, but I don't think that is an ideal or paragon among relationship schemata, just a happy coincidence (and more often than not, that is just chemistry or physical attraction at first sight). I've personally come to think that gradual growth in mutual affection, respect, and admiration is a more desirable circumstance. Love at first sight is fine if it happens, but it isn't inherently superior nor (importantly) longer-lasting, so it may not be best to view it as a goal to be attained, IMHO.
If you mean the awareness that one is inherently suited for or compatible someone else, which begins upon first introduction and grows in strength, then yes, I believe in that, and I think it happens somewhat more often than the scenario described above.
See the recent thread on arranged marriage in my LJ for related commentary.

Do you believe in love for a lifetime?
Absolutely, yes.

If you suddenly came into a large sum of money, what's the first thing you would buy?
I wouldn't buy anything; I'd invest it carefully with an eye towards making targeted philanthropic donations upon my retirement (or unexpected death). I'd probably start at age 50 or 60 and save the big charitable donations for 50 years from now.
If I had to buy something other than an investment object (stocks, bonds, house, objet d'art, gold, etc., in descending order of preference), I would buy a new research lab complete with robots, visualization workstations, and a giant Beowulf cluster. If it had to be a single item, it would be a tossup between the cluster and an Access Grid node.

Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling with the mistaken belief that you can not bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is feel all you are beyond that pain.
- Kahlil Gibran


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