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The Interview Meme


This great meme comes to me from the ultra-teunciferous deire, who in turn got it from suricattus.
She wrote the questions below for me.
Let me know if you would like questions from me and I'll reply with them here.

How this meme works:
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.

1. What did you name the first computer you named?
Wow, good question.
My first computers were:

  • A TI-994a (purchased on Sat 01 Oct 1983, returned on Mon 03 Oct 1983 - no name

  • An Atari 800 (purchased on Mon 03 Oct 1983, kept through 1985) - no name

  • A 512 Mac (fall 1985 - 1986) - no name

  • A Mac Plus (fall 1986 - 1988) - no name

  • A Mac SE (summer 1988 - 1998) - no name

  • A CompuAdd 286-12 AT PC running DOS 6.x (winter 1988 - 1994) - no name

  • A generic 486-33 Windows 3.0 system later upgraded to a 486-100 (winter 1991 - 1996) - no name

So... that takes me all the way to the Knowledge-Based Systems Group that I worked for when I was at the University of Illinois Beckman Institute. At the time, we had just started a project with U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR). Our undergrad sysadmin had one computer named Zeus that he took care of for me, Ole Jakob Mengshoel, and Surya Ramachandran.
Digression: I couldn't find any current home page for Surya, but wow, this hiring notice takes me back...
So to answer the question: Surya, Ole, and I got three Dell P5-120 desktop systems and had the chance to name them as we saw fit. We decided to go with seafaring commanders of the Trojan War because of the pre-extant classical Greco-Roman theme and our newly-introduced naval theme. Our choices were: Odysseus (Surya's system, which became the KBS Windows file server name through at least 2000), Aeneas (Ole's system, which changed names from Aeneas to Ajax to Ares), and my system: Agamemnon.

2. If you could have one concrete thing in the world, without taking it from anyone else, what would you want?
Hmm... "a new NSF grant" is my usual answer (it's like a Wand of Wishing in NetHack ;-)) but tonight I'll say te****. :o)

3. What facet of your favorite language most draws you?
Gosh, what is my favorite language?

  • Conlang: Sindarin, because it is accessible but beautiful, both in the elegant orthography of Tengwar and the liquid tones of the spoken language. I also relish the exotic flavor of Elvish numerals.

  • Personal conlang: Fraponais (Nippono-French), bonsuru desu ka, parusuku sei mian.

  • Real natural language: English - now this is a tough one, as I speak Mandarin Chinese fluently but cannot read more than 100 characters and cannot write more than a dozen. I speak French poorly, but can read and write at about a 4th-5th grade level. So, I would say I love "English" for its eclectic vocabulary (Germanic influenced by many, many Greek and Latin root words and loan words from Frankish, Hindi, and even non-PIE languages including Hebrew and Chinese).

4. If you could live in a book universe, which would you pick, besides Tolkien or Star Wars?
Aww! :-/ ;-)
Easy-peasy: Julian May's Galactic Milieu, especially pre-Rebellion. I'm a sucker for international peace and harmony with a hint of Teilhardian unanimization and transhumanism, green aliens, and political intrigue. I'm actually cheating, because "pre-Rebellion" allows for the possibility to escape to the primordial Pliocene environs.
Well, OK, perhaps not so easy-peasy. Simmons's Ouster startrees and Dyson spheres are also attractive. It would depend on whether it was before or after the advent of the Pax. I'm not sure I'd want to be a Hegemony citizen. (After the end of The Rise of Endymion would be a good time to be alive.)

5. How did you overcome being leery of dogs?
I like this question.
I forced myself to stop running when I read that some dogs and other chasing animals could chemically detect fear and, in any case, oriented toward those who displayed flight behavior. I reached this decision when I was 11 but didn't read Dune and Herbert's Litany Against Fear for another two years. By the age of 13, I was quite friendly with most large dogs, even Dobermans of the type that chased me all over my parent's back yard in Woodlawn, MD when I was 3.

I should mention that when I was a first grader at Arlington Baptist, I had friends who grew up on a farm and kept a friendly little dog whom they fed ham scraps. He was so happy to get them that even then I couldn't resist feeding him, and that was probably what started to cure my fear of dogs.

6. Why do you want to be a hobbit? Or, what’s the best part of being a hobbit? (can substitute for 5 if desired)
I was going to write a long response to this as ldymlissa did, but let me first cite The Banazir FAQ and my first Jedi hobbit thread.
Because I am a tronkie, I will answer both parts of question #6.
6a: This is a fantastic question! I want to be a hobbit, and indeed I am a hobbit, because I come from people who:

  • are risk-averse

  • have a penchant for enjoying simple pleasures and appreciate an "agrarian, pastoral lifestyle" (as Sean Astin put it)

  • believe in personal humility, respect for one's elders and ancestors, and affinity for one's roots, including genealogies

  • love food and place a high premium on always having access to food of high quality

  • have strong family ties and believe in domestic tranquility as a both a basis of honor and a foundation of society

  • love simple, sweet music without pretension

  • tend to be somewhat short of stature (though there are exceptions, especially among the nutritionally well-endowed)

  • like underground dwellings

The first three points are more important than the last three. The appreciation of good cooking is so quintessentially Chinese, as any Chinese person can tell you, that I have to put it on the bubble. I really do think a lot of Chinese people are hobbits.
6b: Another excellent question. I think the best part of being a hobbit is that fewer people are reluctant to see you as a friend - they suppose you have a good sense of family and friendship, gusto for life, and levity. Which, after all, is the point. :-)

Thanks, deire and ldymlissa. It was nice to get to know you better from your interviews, and I hope this one was somewhat illustrative for you.



( 45 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 29th, 2004 12:27 pm (UTC)
I'm ready for my interview mrs. Walters!
Ask your questions bridge keeper, I am not afraid!

Tho I have no idea what can I ask other people. But we'll jump off that bridge when we come to it, right?

Give it to me baby, yeah!

Danger is my middle name
Jan. 29th, 2004 07:22 pm (UTC)
Interview for hempknight
Interview for hempknight (paste this into your LJ, along with the instructions):

1. How did you become so flamboyant?
2. When did you leave your country of origin, and how did you feel about it at the time?
3. When did you first meet teunc online, and which of us have you met in person?
4. Does taking care of your little niece instill any urge in you to have children of your own? Why or why not?
5. What do you see yourself doing professionally in 10 years?

Jan. 29th, 2004 01:30 pm (UTC)

OMG!! Where did you get that photo? hahahahaha
Jan. 29th, 2004 06:30 pm (UTC)
OMG!! Where did you get that photo? hahahahaha
That's my 7-year old cousin, she of the autobiography, taken at a local fair up in WA.

Would you care to be interviewed?

Re: kissmyascii - chandra - Jan. 30th, 2004 01:47 am (UTC) - Expand
Interview for kissmyascii - banazir - Jan. 30th, 2004 06:02 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 29th, 2004 03:30 pm (UTC)
What a picture!
Jan. 29th, 2004 06:36 pm (UTC)
Do you know what happens when you teach a 3-year old - as the Sith Princess was when I first met her - to pray for CHOKLIT?

She does, and Eru listens.
She got 6 cavities that year.

Moral: When you teach a sproglet to pray for CHOKLIT, teach her to pray for toothpaste and the wisdom to brush after eating.

Would you like an interview?

Re: masteralida - masteralida - Jan. 29th, 2004 07:23 pm (UTC) - Expand
Interview for masteralida - banazir - Jan. 29th, 2004 07:47 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 29th, 2004 06:10 pm (UTC)
That is such an awesome picture. I like your answers to question 6, too. Hobbits really are an awesome people!
Jan. 29th, 2004 06:20 pm (UTC)
That is such an awesome picture. I like your answers to question 6, too. Hobbits really are an awesome people!
Thanks! Would you like to be interviewed?

Re: scionofgrace - scionofgrace - Jan. 29th, 2004 06:26 pm (UTC) - Expand
Interview for scionofgrace - banazir - Jan. 29th, 2004 07:29 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Jan. 29th, 2004 07:37 pm (UTC)
Interview for jereeza
Interview for jereeza (paste this into your LJ, along with the instructions and your answers):

1. If you could ask Anke-Katrin Eiszmann to draw or paint any Middle-earth picture you specified, what medium and subject would you ask for, and why?
2. Do you classify yourself as an agnostic or as an atheist? Without reference to any authors, how do you personally feel about it?
3. When did you first meet teunc online, and which of us have you met in person?
4. Where do you see yourself teaching in 5 years?
5. You once said that you don't beleive in the institution of marriage. Is this still the case, and if so, why?
6. What is the worst art you ever saw? What makes it the worst? (optional; substitute for #1 if you wish)

Jan. 29th, 2004 10:57 pm (UTC)
Have at 'er....
You may fire when ready, Riddly.

Love the pic...what a sweetie!!!! :-)
Jan. 30th, 2004 04:36 am (UTC)
Re: Have at 'er....
Sorry, but I couldn't help myself. It was "Gridley", not "Riddly"... ;)
Re: Have at 'er.... - oxbastetxo - Jan. 30th, 2004 04:41 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Have at 'er.... - gondhir - Jan. 30th, 2004 04:47 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Have at 'er.... - oxbastetxo - Jan. 30th, 2004 05:01 am (UTC) - Expand
Interview for mikasteelelell - banazir - Jan. 30th, 2004 07:01 am (UTC) - Expand
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Huh wot? - banazir - Jan. 30th, 2004 11:09 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Have at 'er.... - oxbastetxo - Jan. 30th, 2004 12:30 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 30th, 2004 12:58 am (UTC)
Very cool! :big wide beaming grin:
Jan. 30th, 2004 01:23 am (UTC)
Very cool! :big wide beaming grin:

May I write you an interview?

Re: deire - deire - Jan. 31st, 2004 07:07 am (UTC) - Expand
Interview for deire - banazir - Jan. 31st, 2004 08:33 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 30th, 2004 04:50 am (UTC)
Right... um... ask me... questions?
Jan. 30th, 2004 07:08 am (UTC)
Interview for gondhi
Interview for gondhir (paste this into your LJ, along with the instructions and your answers):

1. Who is you favorite scientist besides Stephen Jay Gould, and why?
2. What makes you a dwarf, and what is the best aspect of being a dwarf? (Thanks to deire for coming up with this question.)
3. When did you first meet teunc online, and which three TEUNCs would you like most like to meet in person besides those who you've already met (Softrat, LV, sui_degeneris) and istari_ala?
4. If you had $10000 to buy a single dream computer, how would you spend it, and why? (Peripherals are OK, but this has to be a single system.)
5. What do you see yourself doing professionally in 10 years?
6. If you could have a copy of any book of the Dwarves that you wanted, which would it be? (optional, or substitute for #1)

Re: Interview for gondhi - gondhir - Feb. 1st, 2004 01:10 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Interview for gondhir - banazir - Feb. 3rd, 2004 08:01 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 31st, 2004 06:18 pm (UTC)
Interview moi?
Jan. 31st, 2004 09:49 pm (UTC)
Interview for aricadavidson
Interview for aricadavidson (paste this into your LJ, along with the instructions and your answers):

1. What is your favorite Cajun food, if any? May I please have your recipe for it (especially jambalaya)?
2. Have you met any of the Forces of The Empire people in person yet? If so, where did you know them from before? If not, who would you most like to meet first?
4. Who is your favorite pop band for music videos, and why?
5. What was your favorite subject in the first year of university? Your least favorite?
6. What is your character concept for Segola, other than his being a Smeagol-type creature? (optional, or substitute for #2)

Feb. 1st, 2004 05:12 am (UTC)
here's my reply!
my turn to be interviewed... yet again... ;-)
Feb. 1st, 2004 05:58 pm (UTC)
Interview for ldymlissa
Interview for ldymlissa (I see you already answered a set of questions from masteralida, so please feel free to just post the answers in your LJ):

1. Following up on masteralida's question #1 (you know I have to ask this ;-)): In what way do you consider having your own business being a loftier goal than being a university professor?
2. Who were the first three Forces of The Empire people you met in person (year and con)?
3. Do you like time travel and stories featuring faster-than-light (FTL) travel? If so, who is your favorite SF author among those who write about it?
4. Following up on deire's question #2: What was your best subject (in terms of your academic performance) in the first year of university? Did it reflect your enjoyment of the subject?
5. If you had to exchange Luna for another bird for a couple of months, what bird would it be, and why?
6. What is the significance of the name M'lissa? (optional, or substitute for #3)

Feb. 1st, 2004 06:00 pm (UTC)
Hi! Sure, interview away!
Feb. 1st, 2004 06:31 pm (UTC)
Interview for elfaddict
Interview for elfaddict (paste this into your LJ, along with the instructions and your answers):

1. How do you like living in Lansing, MI? Would you move if you had a comparable job opportunity elsewhere?
2. What would you say is your favorite aspect of role-playing - online or otherwise?
3. I know you are a Forces of The Empire member of long standing. Of the people you have met, what would you say is the most pleasing thing that you have seen change about them?
4. What is your favorite hobby outside of SF and conventions?
5. What's the best place to get food in Lansing, in your opinion?
6. Where would you hold MediaWest Con if it couldn't be in Michigan? (optional, or substitute for #1, 2, or 3)

Feb. 2nd, 2004 12:30 am (UTC)
I'm not swayed by peer pressure or anything. (any one see any cliffs everyone is jumping off of?)

Me next! me next!
Feb. 2nd, 2004 09:25 am (UTC)
Interview for phawkwood
I'm not swayed by peer pressure or anything.
(any one see any cliffs everyone is jumping off of?)

Oh, Heaven forfend!
We are free-thinking individuals, and not lemmings atoll!
/me parachutes
/me lays some planks dwon
/me follows deire over to the next level

Me next! me next!

/me right-clicks phawkwood *blocker* *exploder*

All righty then...
1. What did you think you would be doing professionally ten years ago, and is it close to what you are doing now? (note the year difference from darana, as you've both told me you've been with the FD for 3 years)
2. If you could convey one specific piece of safety knowledge instantaneously and with ideal information transfer (precision and recall) to all human beings capable of understanding it, what would it be?
3. Who were the first three Forces of The Empire people (other than darana) whom you met in person, and where did you know them from before?
4. What should people you are helping know to do in order to help you do your job and especially to keep you safe and happy?
5. What are your favorite five non-SF, non-anime films?
6. As a life philosophy, how do you deal with stubborn people who refuse assistance? Do you recommend that other people try this approach? (optional, or substitute for #4)

Re: Interview for phawkwood - queenmidalah - Feb. 3rd, 2004 06:03 am (UTC) - Expand
Interview for queenmidalah - banazir - Feb. 4th, 2004 05:56 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 19th, 2004 01:41 am (UTC)
Bring it on!
Feb. 28th, 2004 03:16 pm (UTC)
Interview for Morgil Pimeestara
[bhsu@fingolfin]% nslookup
Server: gemini.cis.ksu.edu

Name: cs78244221.pp.htv.fi

Mr. Morgil, I presume?
(Thanks to zaimoni for teaching me to use <code>.)

1. Why don't you want a LiveJournal?
2. Can you actually speak or write any Quenya or Sindarin? Answers in Finnish will be marked rong. *nirglive*
3. What old food that you had had before did you find most improved in America? What new food did you most like?
4. If you were to see LC and sui_degeneris again at a moot, what teuncs would you most like to invite to join you all?
5. What do you really think of The Return of The King? Spink quickly!

Re: Interview for Morgil Pimeestara - (Anonymous) - Feb. 29th, 2004 06:47 pm (UTC) - Expand
Mar. 4th, 2004 09:33 am (UTC)
fine! interview me! rrrplrplfffht!
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