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04:49 am - It's the return of the five question interview game
We could all do with some summer sun, so it's time to revive a LiveJournal hit from June 2003 - a golden oldie that keeps topping the charts time and again, the five question interview game.
If you want me to interview you, post a comment which includes such a request. I'll respond with questions for you to take back to your own journal and answer as a post. Of course, they'll be different for each person since this is an interview and not a general survey. At the bottom of your post, after answering my questions, you then ask if anyone wants to be interviewed by you. So now it becomes your turn; in the comments, you ask them any questions you have for them to take back to their journals and answer. Repeat ad nauseam.
I got bateleur to ask me five and here they are.

1) You can bring a dead gameshow back for one episode only, hosted by anyone you like and with anyone you like as contestants (including both friends of yours and/or celebrities). What are your choices and why ?

There are many different ways to approach this question. There's always the thought of bringing something back that I'd like to watch another episode of, just to see what happens. The automatic choice here, as it has been for over a decade and a half, is another episode of Interceptor made by Chatsworth Television for ITV. While host Annabel Croft now could not host in quite the same way she hosted then, and Sean O'Kane, who played the eponymous Interceptor, is surely similarly fifteen years older, I don't think there are terribly obvious spiritual equivalents today. As a viewer, that is by far the show of which I'd like to see another episode of the same, changed as little as possible, because I can't remember how I thought to improve it at the time.

However, another approach to take is to cast myself and a number of my friends in something that just looked like being darn good fun to play; in terms of the best contestants really enjoying themselves and caring about their game, I can think of no better approach than to line up myself and five others as a The Crystal Maze team. I'm not sure whether I'd like to face games that I'd seen before and would come as no surprise, or a fresh line-up newly devised by mr_babbage and company (though likely he'd also be a fairly handy person to have among the team). If you hadn't said "one episode" then I might well have been all in favour of lining up Deal Or No Deal with 22 nice people and letting us all have a go in time, as per the show, but one episode you state, so one episode is all I can have.

The other approach which presents itself is that there are more than a few fine folk I know who could well do with being as rich as I think they deserve to be; this would seem to be an excellent opportunity to redistribute cash from the television companies of the world to some more deserving candidates. But which show? Two options present themselves, both somewhat cheating. In the USA, Pepsi invited two hundred lucky sweepstake entrants to Play For A Billion; one of the 200 won a guaranteed million dollars, with sundry smaller prizes along the way, and had a 1-in-1,000 chance of turning that million dollars into a billion (well, a billion-dollar annuity or a quarter-billion lump sum). Getting 200 nice people together is a good start and knowing that someone's going to end up a million richer is nice.

However, why stick at a prize of a million dollars when there could be a prize of a million pounds? I'm being practical rather than televisual, but what I'd like to do with my one episode, please, would be to re-enact the final episode of Chris Evans' Someone's Going To Be A Millionaire promotion (a spoiler to Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? that ran as a segment on TFI Friday one autumn) with a few highly deserving contestants in an elimination quiz for a guaranteed no-messing one-shot tax-free million pound prize. I'm sure that people would do the right thing and arrange a generous saver beforehand backstage to make sure that everyone goes away with a decent chunk of bunce. Chris Evans not to host; I would, if you were to pay me his rate...

2) Your fast food outlet of choice decide that it's time to capitalise on your patronage as a famous blogger by getting you to design their burger/pizza/whatever of the month. Which fast food outlet is it and what is your design ? (Note: must actually be both edible and possible to price appropriately for the establishment in question.)

Hmm. I'm no chef, so this is a tricky one. A quick answer is that I've always enjoyed McDonalds fries more than UK Burger King fries, but the Whopper more than the Big Mac, so I could use this as a technique to infiltrate McDonalds and get them to bring back the Cheeseburger Deluxe with even more salad atop. Oh, and probably without the cheese. Yeah, it really would be a Whopper and Mickey D's fries.

On the other hand, Meg and I repeatedly joke that we're going to open the first UK branch of Chick-Fil-A, simply because we end up eating there at least once a trip and every time it has been thoroughly joyful. Meg had one of their vanilla milkshakes last time and even that was, as Michael Winner would say, historic. It's essentially their ice-cream ("ice dream") mostly melted, with whipped cream on the top and a glacé cherry. However, the ice cream is so good that it's the best milk shake I've ever had. (Weakly relatedly, I once had an ice-cream sundae with lime sauce, though I can't remember where. If ever I get the chance then I shall repeat the experience.)

That said, it always fascinates me that there is no really successful counterpart to Pizza Hut for other popular ethnicities of cuisine in the UK. I maintain that the Dilshad in Birmingham is the single finest Indian restaurant that I have yet visited, frayer's protestations and subsequent invitation to Bradford carefully noted, with their Chicken Tikka Pathia Puri starter the single automatic choice from their menu. (There have been times where I've just had two starters rather than a starter and a main.) While a fine Indian restaurant hardly deserves to be relegated to mere fast food, my contribution to the state of convenience culinary art of the country would be to see Dilshad's Chicken Tikka Pathia Puri on every street corner. Purportedly there may be a chain of Dilshad resaurants, but possibly they're all indpendent and it's merely a common name.

Question 3 was asked innocently. However, in order to be fully honest, the answer is not innocent. Accordingly, rather than copping out with a clean but second-best answer, it shall be answered in a somewhat more private medium.

4) Aliens attack and, predictably, ducks save the world. Because ducks cannot talk you are chosen to oversee the design and construction of a monument in their honour. Who would you commission to create it, what would it consist of and where would you locate it ?

Possibly this is a slight cop-out, but I'm writing this on my laptop in a room in a US public library full of Internet-connected computers, one of many across the U.S. funded by Bill Gates's charitable foundation. I think that that has much more validity as a tribute to the Internet than any single-venue museum could ever be. In the same vein, rather than having a single giant idol of a duck, my monument would take the form of a duckpond in every village - nay, a duckpond for every thousand people, so that duckponds might be as ubiquitous as local pubs - with people employed to facilitate mass general duck feeding. (The food used would be appropriate; at our local pond, there are signs asking people to purchase appropriate bags of food from the local lodge rather than merely using bakery bread. Alas, the aforementioned lodge is usually shut.)

If you insist on a single monument, I always enjoyed reading about the giant stuffed pink rabbit on the top of a hill in Italy. I would commission the artists responsible there for a bigger, better, happier-looking duck in a very similar style atop a taller hill. Not such a tall hill that people couldn't visit it conveniently, but tall enough to give people a bit of exercise. Situate it as near as possible to wherever the ducks won their greatest victory, I'd've thought.

5) One interesting phenomenon which has increased in recent years (or perhaps just its visibility has increased thanks to the internet) is fans of various creative works such as books, games and TV shows becoming involved in the creation or related content themselves - whether official or unofficial. How do you see this trend continuing 5, 10 or 50 years down the line ? Could the line between creators and consumers of entertainment one day vanish entirely ?

I tend to believe you're right on the money with your assertion that the Internet has brought about the increases in social hypermobility to bring together fans of each and every fandom, and even micro-fandoms about phenomena where there is no good reason to assemble. That might sound a little over-formal, but I use the term fandom simply as "a collection of fans of the same topic". The traidition of fandom before the Internet, most frequently and most spectacularly through postal 'zines, is many times as long and as glorious as post- (with-?) Internet fandom; perhaps to answer your question we should attempt to extrapolate further and attempt to predict the future of the Internet. If I could do that with any confidence, I wouldn't be sat here making this little money. :-)

Anyone can spawn a fan effort from an existing fandom; the quantum leap is when the fandom somehow recognises the fan-generated content and absorbs it as being canonical. Some forms of entertainment lend themselves well to this; I believe it has already happened in alternate reality games, though I am not bullish that they will ever be at all mainstream, as attractive and as plausible as (say) Jamie Kane written large with TV broadcasts, the characters interacting with the rest of the world and live events might be. Perhaps more plausible is what I (incorrectly?) understand to be an initiative to produce new Star Trek universe content on an amateur basis to at least a semi-pro quality of output. If that were ever to become considered canonical, that would be a remarkable step.

The major obstacle seems to me to be intellectual property rights. If you are a major rightsholder and a fan creates derived work that you want to build upon then you have to compromise your position of previously holding all the intellectual property to that right, possibly even diluting your power to declare in the future whether something is canonical or not. Now should, say, J. K. Rowling decide in 2010 that she wants to devote a large part of her coming years engaging in such an enterprise as an artistic experiment and release the content into the (generic) creative commons as a loss-making artistic experiment, that might be a way to inspire a large-scale trial; however, I fear that human nature on the part of the storytellers will prohibit the highest order of the content producers from letting the stories be anything but theirs to tell.

Either that, or in 2010 JKR could publish a charity anthology of HP fandom shorts written by /friends and /friendsfriends, acknowledging and eulogising the contributions made by each author, but I can't imagine Warner being too happy about that...

Thanks very much to bateleur, who always asks good questions. (I recall mhw asking good ones in the past, too, though the single best set of questions and answers I've seen were these five from kaet - though my memory had painted the author as being bopeepsheep, for some reason - to j4.) Sets of questions joyfully available upon request, people; I seem to recall that some of you never got round to answering the five I set for you in 2003, so there might be a certain echoing quality to your questions!
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From:sylvertongue
Date:February 3rd, 2006 05:30 am (UTC)
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...my day has been vastly enriched by my new knowledge of the Stuffed Bunny's existence. I too would like to see a duck monument done in a similar style; it is clearly inspired genius.

I'd also like to request questions, because this meme never gets old. ;)
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:February 20th, 2006 10:17 pm (UTC)
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1. It seems to me that you want to post about your Nepal trip, but you're in a situation where you feel you want to do a really good job with posting about it because the trip was so important to you. If you weren't trying so hard to do it well, what would you post about it?

2. What reasons to be cheerful does the developed world have, politically?

3. How is your life going to change between the 15th and 26th of March?

4. Have you considered putting your business experience to use to benefit a fandom event, be it the HP fandom, the SGA fandom or something else?

5. Um, that coaching we talked about didn't happen. Whoops. How much better have you become at what you do in your job over the last year and where are you going to go with what you've learnt?

Bonus question: In theory, if I could get another 90% of a team together, could I interest you in being the local contact for an Internet-based team in this year's Melbourne University Puzzle Hunt?
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From:meggitymeg
Date:February 3rd, 2006 05:35 am (UTC)
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*waves hands wildly in the air*

Pick me! Pick me!

;)
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:February 20th, 2006 10:17 pm (UTC)
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1. Taking everything into consideration, how would you like to see the world's immigration systems work?

2. Just who are the five male celebrities that are on your capital-l List at the moment, as per the Friends episode? ;-)

3. You have a Pensieve and a device to produce a picture calendar of images taken from it. What images of your cats and kittens over all your years would you like to see included? (As ever, wizarding pictures can move a little bit!)

4. Would you rather compose a day's TV schedules or a radio airplay list? What would the highlights of a day's programming on MEG-TV or WMEG 92.3 (you pick!) include if you could have your choice?

5. If we had ten times the wedding budget that we really do have, what are your favourite ways in which our wedding planning would differ?
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From:bopeepsheep
Date:February 3rd, 2006 09:44 am (UTC)
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j4 wrote some very interesting questions for me around the same time; mine to her were not half as good! (But I was brain-fuddled at the time thanks to smallclanger incubation. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.)
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From:bateleur
Date:February 3rd, 2006 11:08 am (UTC)
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Excellent answers, thankyou.

I confirm that multiple duckponds are not only acceptable but also ingenious !
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From:dramawench
Date:February 3rd, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
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Ooo! I'm in :D
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:February 20th, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC)
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1. What was the best sporting contest you've seen and what made it so spectacular?

2. What would you like the North Fulton Drama Club to achieve in 2009?

3. What are the favourite things you have learnt through your trivia team?

4. What advice would you like to give to the author of every manuscript you have to read in the future?

5. What are your dancing fantasies: which dances, taking place where and in what company?

Bonus question if any of the first five are kind of lame: Could there ever be such a thing as a play based on Milliways' Bar? How would that work?
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From:dramawench
Date:February 21st, 2006 12:17 am (UTC)
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1. UGA vs. Tenn, 2001. We hadn't beaten Tennessee in football in 9 years and blood was boiling. They were on our field and it was payback time. The game was close and really tough - both teams were well-matched. With 1:12 left on the clock, the fans couldn't take it anymore. UGA was up 21-10 and the fans decided we had won. We stormed the field and tore down the goal posts. Though we got major flack for it, at the time, it was amazing.

2. To be known as an exceptional theater company, supported by the community and getting 100 people to come to each audition. Oh, and me in a starring role :D

3. Much more about local politics. And how cool people with blogs really are ;D

4. READ AND THINK BEFORE YOU SEND IT TO ME. Would anyone besides you REALLY want to read this?

5. "The Countess Cathleen" and "American Wake" from Riverdance with Riverdance, "Giselle" with the American Ballet Company.

Bonus, though none of your questions were lame - I really don't think there could be. The coolest thing about Milliways is the fact that there are so many storylines. You can play anything you want. With a play, you would have to choose storylines and it's just too big.

From:gamps_garret
Date:February 3rd, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
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Either that, or in 2010 JKR could publish a charity anthology of HP fandom shorts written by /friends and /friendsfriends, acknowledging and eulogising the contributions made by each author, but I can't imagine Warner being too happy about that...

In the late 90s, fantasy author Mercedes Lackey did just that, publishing two anthologies of "Tales of Valdemar" -- stories written in the universe of her popular series and making reference to the canonical characters that she developed so fully, but with characters that were outside the mainstream of those she portrayed. She hired her editor and her agent to read through the submissions and cull them, and kept her own nose out of the decision-making process (that way she wouldn't have any access to infringe on the creative rights of others). The result is actually kind of cool -- all of the pieces are fiction, but they tend to ask philosophical or metaphysical questions of Lackey's originals, and to provide commentary on the particular debate -- but all well-disguised as a story. And then, some of the pieces are total crap. But, that's the hodgepodge you get.

Something like that having to do with HP could be cool, but I don't think that what most of fandom puts out there as fic would ever be acceptable. Pieces along the lines of Love on the Quidditch Pitch, though, could be fantastic examples of the possiblities.

Wow. This could be a cool thing to borach as a fanfic challenge. Maybe in line with Phoenix Rising....

Hmmmmm.

I think I'm going to go talk to Amy. :-)
From:gamps_garret
Date:February 3rd, 2006 03:36 pm (UTC)
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And I would very much like to be asked questions. :-)
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:February 20th, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC)
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1. I have fond memories of a long list you made, years and journals ago, of simple pleasures you enjoyed - things like climbing trees, reading books and being barefoot. How have you been doing recently at including some of them into your life?

2. If you had the talent, dedication and resources to be a medal contender in any Olympic sport of your choice, which one would you choose and why? (Summer and/or winter - you pick!)

3. You have the next administration's ear on health issues, at whatever level you need. Of what do you try to convince them?

4. Do you have stories that you'd like to tell which you cannot find time to write, or do you find that your favoured written work comes on the spur of the moment based on whatever impetus catches your eye in daily life?

5. When the time and the right person comes along, how would you like your experience as a bride to be?
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:February 20th, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC)

*SMACK*

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1. How have the mad Flash skills and the strong organisational skills you have developed over the NPiR years helped you outside the game show fandom?

2. What types of short stories do you enjoy writing and which of your stories have given you most satisfaction in the past?

3. Do you think you will live in your current location all your life? What would make you change house, change town or change country?

4. Would you rather be a housemate, a Traveller or someone on Contestants' Row? (Is there another show you'd rather be on?)

5. Are there any races or other athletic pursuits that have caught your eye, or do you intend just to continue working out for your own satisfaction?
From:2ndavemusic
Date:February 3rd, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC)
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Happy to play, if there's anything you'd care to know.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:February 20th, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
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1. What is the most annoying aspect of Broadway / off-Broadway / off-off-Broadway musical politics?

2. What were you involved with recreationally at university? Were you a member of CMU's KGB, were they in existence at the time, or, the CMU's CIA?

3. How do your bad days and bad weeks in terms of dissatisfaction with the projects you're working on manifest themselves?

4. Are there any entire genres of creativity that you would like to try which you have not yet had the opportunities to enjoy?

5. You have a distinctive Christian name and a distinctive surname. Your username starts every list because it begins with a number. Do you enjoy thinking about names? What are your favourites?
From:2ndavemusic
Date:February 24th, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
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Fascinating questions. And I promise to answer them. Just not now. (See, I've also promised to get some work done today. And to pick up Herself after school.)
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From:gameshowman
Date:February 4th, 2006 03:19 am (UTC)
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Five Questions is one of my favorite LJ games. I don't think I've ever been asked any by a Brit before, so...

Five for me, please.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:February 20th, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
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1. You've had so many sets of five that it's tough to know what to ask. Do you still deal bank on Super Pan-9? Whether you do or not, which games would you like to deal or bank in the future and where?

2. You're interested in getting fit at a boxing gym. Would you be interested in boxing training specifically or training in other types of martial arts, were it available?

3. It's good to see the online game show community rather broader than last time I looked, which probably gives you some indication of how long I've not paid attention. What are your predictions for 2007 and 2008, for real-world game shows or for the online fandom?

4. What sci-fi are you looking forward to?

5. You don't talk about politics much in your journal. What are your thoughts on Governor Schwarzenegger?
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From:fruufoo
Date:February 6th, 2006 01:47 am (UTC)
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I find that rabbit mildly creepy - it's as though it's some kind of giant, mutant alien bunny that's fallen from the sky and splatted when it hit the top of the hill. On a more cheerful note, I love giant sculptures that you can walk around on - we wandered around some in a park-sized art gallery in Holland when I was quite a bit younger. I forget what the place was called, but you should go there if you like giant things. :D

I always wanted to have a go at The Crystal Maze too, though I think Knightmare would rival it.
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From:fruufoo
Date:February 6th, 2006 01:57 am (UTC)
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Oh, I forgot - please may I have some questions too? :D Sorry for the huge number of comments at once. ;)
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:February 20th, 2006 10:19 pm (UTC)
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1. What's the best party you've ever been to and what made it so spectacular?

2. If you could be any character in any of those stories we watched and followed, or indeed any fandom, who would you be?

3. What games would you like to be playing in 2008? (Alternatively, if would you prefer to answer this instead: how would a Brokeback Mountain game work?)

4. Will Britain become less squeamish and more open-minded about interesting matters of sexuality over coming years or not?

5. How are you and Rich coping with the LDR thing? How will you cut the distance down to size in the longer term?
From:xorsyst
Date:February 7th, 2006 08:10 am (UTC)

Go on then

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Seeing as you've been trying to get me to actually blog on my blog for ages, this seems as good a way to start as any. Fire away some questions...
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:February 20th, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC)

Re: Go on then

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1. Where would you like to go on holiday that you have not yet already been?

2. You collect packs of cards and I help your feed your addiction. What sort(s) of pack of cards would you like to exist that you have not yet seen?

3. What would you most like to be able to play on the bass? What would a Phgaikel bass set sound like?

4. How are we going to get ten times as many people as current into the wonderful world of gaming?

5. The obligatory dodgy question: which is your favourite card from the deck your mother gave you - I think you know the one to which I refer - and why?

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