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02:27 am - There are mooooooooore questions than answers
I've not yet done the "ask me anything" meme LJ viral concept, partly for no particularly better reason than "because everybody else does it" and partly because I'd hope that people felt happy to ask me anything at any time. Nevertheless, I can see the appeal, I like the concept and I'm interested in the principle. Accordingly, here are two similar virals which are twists on the theme which pose improvements as far as I'm concerned.

While this was mentioned yesterday, slowfox's collaborative meme really is a cracker. The idea is that instead of it being a list of questions for people to answer with no indication given to the questions' origin, each person answering the list will have contributed one question to it themselves. It's a giant communal "Ask me anything" and the commonality makes it much cooler. The fact that it's the people asking who will answer gives it a sense of sharing, of common purpose and almost of honour. Still time to get a question in if you like; there are some very interesting ones there already.

The other vaguely similar survey-activity which is doing the rounds - and which, I think, will spread like absolute wildfire - is the Interviews game. Here are the rules.
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.
The reason why I am so taken by this is that it becomes effectively a co-operative exercise between questioner and questionee to get some interesting tales out, possibly ones which might not otherwise see the light of day. It's also very much about personal attention - as questioner, you have a responsibility to come up with good questions and to pay attention to your subject. Seems to me to be the epitome of LJ surveys discovered so far, really.

Being what is technically referred to as a Greedy Bugger, I asked two people to set me five questions each. Questions and answers within.

hawkida asked:

1. What does "geek" mean to you?

It means gags from computer magazines from 10 or 15 years ago. It means self-reference and arbitrary complexity just for the fun of it. It means specialisation rather than generalisation. It means gadgets which have little practical advantage over past technology. It means thinking about things far more deeply than could be considered reasonable. It means ascribing significance to places and people and things which most people wouldn't. It means not worrying about some majority-established norms. It means someone who bites heads off chickens. (No, that's the other sort of geek.) It means that you should think of the emotional baggage which accompanies a label or a counter-culture. It means nothing really more (or less) rebellious or outrageous in practice than being a biker or a devoted fan of a particular type of music. It means a way to establish commonality, to join a club. It means another way to define yourself.

2. Have you been on any gameshows apart from 100%? Which (or why not)?

I was one of the children who gave definitions of words on "Child's Play" in the early 1980s, at the age of about 7 or 8. As a contestant, my sole experience has been as one of the 100 contestants on each of three episodes of the second series of Whittle hosted by Tim Vine in 1997, winning a total of £7.14 - one thirty-fifth share of the show's prize of a quarter of a thousand pounds. The reason for the latter was that it was being taped in Maidstone and a friend who lived there, who appeared with me at the same time and who had a very similar sense of humour, provided me with somewhere to stay. I haven't since seen another show that I'd like to appear on, other than that ericklendl and I made a (slightly half-hearted) unsuccessful attempt to appear on the new incarnation of Treasure Hunt, not least because it seemed to offer at least an easy £600. The next game show that I apply for will feature a game so spectacular, intricate and interesting that there is no way for it to be played other than as a game show on television.

3. "Could care less" or "Couldn't care less"? How pedantic are you?

It varies. :-) When I feel the subject is important - for instance, in co-operative projects such as work - I try to be as precise as possible, which can often be interpreted as being pedantic. When the subject matter clearly isn't so life-or-death, though, I tend only to be pedantic if I regard that the target audience will find my pedantry to be amusing. The example you quote, though, which refers to my use of "could care less" in my bio to indicate that I could care less as opposed to couldn't care less, refers to a modern grammatical tic of American slang which peeves me unduly. On three occasions, when I have been confronted with an American whose senses of humour and intelligence I respect and who clearly used "could care less" out of nothing other than carelessness, I have playfully ranted at their imprecision. The natural evolution of language and slang is a reasonable thing and the tradition of sarcastic comments where the opposite meaning was intended is well-established, but other than that, missing "not" from sentences is as irrational and counter-intuitive a trait as I can imagine.

4. Who is the person (other than family) that you have known and stayed in touch with for the longest?

Roger ("Roj") Littlefair, who lives 18 houses down the road. I met him fairly soon after we arrived in Middlesbrough when I was aged seven; I don't remain in contact with anyone from our previous home in Tanfield Lea. The inspiration for our friendship was our similar age (he is seven months older - so a year ahead at primary school, but even not unreasonably distant when you're as young as we were) and a reasonable degree of physical resemblance in terms of hair colour, facial shape and similar (NHS!) children's spectacles. We had similar interests in mathematics and developed reasonably similar interests in computer games up until about 16 or so. Our contact became much more infrequent from university onwards; now he is a Quantity Surveyor in Newcastle with a family of his own. However, we still touch base with each other every month or two, if only for half an hour's conversation while walking his dog or similar. He's doing well and I'm pleased for him. (He has this LJ's URL, though I don't think he's ever looked at it.)

5. What would you like to be remembered for?

Creating something which stood the test of time; what it actually is matters very little. My book is set to be little more than an ISBN in a few months, the articles I have written aren't regarded as classics and I don't believe I've yet invented a game which has been played even once solely by people who I don't know. Nevertheless, it might yet be something as small as an administrative procedure, a piece of rubric, an instructional document, a concept or a tradition which survives long after I depart. Just so long as it's something constructive rather than destructive - I wouldn't like to be remembered for the famous Dickson Massacre of 2047 - then I don't mind too much what it is.

lnr asked:

1. What's your favourite journey? An individual trip you made one time maybe, or one you do every day, or anything in between.

One I've made possibly ten times and always enjoyed is to the twice-a-year "StabCon" board games convention in Manchester. The TransPennine Express train goes directly from Middlesbrough to Manchester Picadilly and has the most attractive, comfortable, convenient rolling stock to call at our station and the journey itself is pleasant without being too long (about 2½ hours). The arrival at Manchester is at Picadilly station, which is airy and attractive, and the walk to Picadilly Gardens always has a wonderful sort of nervous excitement about the weekend to follow. Then round the square (which used to be a big public garden, though alas is being transformed into flats) and take the forty-whatever bus down the Curry Mile to a particular Hall of Residence. Never as much fun in reverse, but always a lot of pleasant anticipation attached.

Honourable mention: out of chrisvenus's room at Keble College through the window, down the Lamb and Flag passage doing a somersault over the cyclist-slowing bars (which may not be there any more?) and doing the Monkees walk across St. Giles to get to Houssain's kebab van. That's the journey with the happiest, studentiest memories attached, as much for the peculiarities and the company associated as for the locations involved.

2. If you were to have a dinner party who would you invite and what would you cook and why? If you really can't cook then what would you ask me to cook if I was throwing the party?

There are lots of ways to approach this question, from the pragmatic to the fantastic. The fantastic strikes me as most fun. My A-list wish list, in no particular order: J. K. Rowling, Stephen Fry, Johnny Ball, Mike Myers, Carol Vorderman, Dan Glimne, Sir Clive Sinclair, Tony Blair, Alex Lovell, Richard Branson, Nelson Mandela, Dean Kamen, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Demis Hassabis, Gyles Brandreth, Floella Benjamin, Sir Alex Ferguson, brad, Evan Davies, Roger Black, Alicia Silverstone, Jacques Antoine, Tim Vine, Danny Baker, Dr. Jocelyn Elders, John McCririck and about two-thirds of my Friends list. Michael Buffer to act as toastmaster. (Hmm - no musicians. Not deliberate.) Meal: lots of small courses, lots of very familiar food (including roast beef and yorkshire puddings, pizza, pasta, curry, noodles, finger buffet, soup, salad, a fajita each and several desserts) . Given that you and I will be enjoying the party, could we get Jamie Oliver to cook that night? How about Delia Smith, is she doing anything? Nigella? Ainsley? Can we just get food in from the Kurdish place in town?

3. What was the last game you played that really made you go "wow!"? At the gameplay or a concept or the interaction of the players in one particular instance or whatever.

I love this question! Tanya Fox and I played in the "Blank" tournament at MSO Cambridge. In the finals, we did spectacularly, disgustingly well, scoring something like 330+ points between us in one of the three rounds, when the second-placed pair scored about that over the three rounds together. We couldn't stop laughing about how well we happened to do for about a minute. That was one particular playing, a particular instance of a game that was well out of the ordinary. In the same vein, there was a particularly silly instance of The Chairman's Game at a friend's housecon in about March with a couple of gags that will last long in the memory. It was played with four decks of cards, one of which had come from the host's mother's visit to an Ann Summers party because she didn't want to buy nothing, she didn't see anything else she wanted to buy and she knew her son collected packs of cards. That wasn't the only reason why it was a memorable game, but it got us off to a particularly silly start.

However, as for games in general, the last new board game which really did a lot for me was Kohle, Kie$ and Knete, being reprinted in English this year as I'm The Boss! after author Sid Sackson's death. Given that I discovered that in (I think) March 2000, it's been a slightly barren patch for breathtaking new board games recently. Computer games: I suppose it must be hearing mention of Rez + Trance Vibrator (never enough links to that and it never gets work-safe) late last year. Role-playing: nothing on the recent horizon. Game shows: the last good wow came from hearing about the concept of The Mole and seeing the games they played in it. Game concepts: I'm still really taken by the potential of (my, ahem...) I'd Like To.... I suppose the last of these is the single most recent new game to excite and intrigue me.

4. Who was the last person you spoke to, and who would you most like to be able to speak to now, if you could pick anyone still alive? What about dead?

Disinterestingly enough, my father, discussing a possible trip out for dinner tomorrow to celebrate Mother's birthday. Second part: very hard indeed to know how to approach this. I'm not sure whether I would benefit more from talking to a celebrity or to a personal friend. If the former, one of my dinner party guests; Dean Kamen would probably have the most to teach me, Nelson Mandela would probably be the most inspiring and Tim Vine would probably be the most fun. All told, I think that I'd pick J. K. Rowling if I could actually be sure of getting answers out of her. :-) In terms of personal contacts, probably dancingrain. JKR or dancingrain? Now that's actually a tricky one. :-)

Someone dead: it'd be nice to speak to Fermat, just so we could know whether there's something much more simple that we've all missed. Presumably there isn't, but the world would be able to release its held breath by knowing once and for all. (I am far more unhappy with my answers to this question than to any of the others.)

5. Do you have interesting dreams? Do they stay with you afterwards or fade away? Can you tell me a recent one, or one which was particularly vivid?

Not very often, but once every few months I will go through a patch of two or three interesting, memorable ones in a week. In fact, there's one I've written about but not yet told you about. It must date from about four weeks ago, shortly after my trip to see j4 and company and MSO Cambridge. I have a suspicion I was saving it up for when I talk about the Millionaire Moments Tarrant WWTBAM? autobiography (£3 from remainder shops) and WWTBAM? in general. However, I haven't got round to it, so here's a good place to reuse the dream instead.
I was travelling back home on a train from London, sitting in a standard class carriage that was next to a first class one. Suddenly I recognise a familiar voice; I look round and get confirmation that it is that of Chris Tarrant, the host of the British original version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?. I have a copy of Millionaire Moments as described above in my bag; at a convenient gap in the conversation, I ask him if he would be kind enough to sign it. He does. Unfortunately, the tile page already has a lot of comments on it already and he writes a complicated multi-part autograph, mostly over parts which are signed already. I ask him a number of questions; mostly he seems happy to answer them, but eventually I ask a perfectly innocent question which offends him and he gets up and leaves.

A little later he walks back into the carriage, sitting a few seats away from me, and gets into a discussion with other people about how the French language spoken by the population of France is radically different from that learnt at school. He asks for volunteers and I stick my hand up. He speaks French very quickly which I cannot understand, but I reply generic, sensible French (something like "Excuse me, sir, it has been several years since I have spoken French and I cannot understand you - please could you repeat that a little more slowly?") with a big smile on my face. Eventually I get the impression that he approves and he comes back over to sit near me again.

I dig three more copies of Millionaire Moments out of my case (which, in the dream, I had purchased to send to other people) and ask if he will sign them; he slightly reluctantly acquiesces. (I get the impression that he always does almost all his interactions with the public slightly reluctantly, by way of a gimmick.) I get the first two signed for lambertman and LJ not-user David Hammett and am getting the third (a hardback, though again the title page has been written on already) signed for LJ not-user Matt Ottinger. I keep asking him questions about the US version of the show, partly because I want to know the answers and partly because I want to impress him by asking different questions to the ones he must always be asked.

(Oh yes, the train is pulling down a fairly sharp hill into a train station. From the road signs around it looks like we'll be arriving in Scarborough, which would be a very unusual route for a train journey home. However, it turns out we've arrived in Aberystwyth.)

Unfortunately his pen falls on the floor and I reach down to pick it up. I see that he is wearing socks without shoes. In a fit of inconsideration, I experimentally tickle his feet very gently. He stops the autograph immediately, stands up, cusses me and the rest of the carriage out and leaves. I wake up, a little hurt. Stupid dream.
Hugely cool! Many thanks to both hawkida and lnr for some very fine, fun things to think and write about; I hope you feel the answers were worthy of your questions.

If any of you would care to submit yourselves to five questions from me, please reply forthwith and allow me 24 hours to set my probes on you. ;-)
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From:hermorrine
Date:June 4th, 2003 06:52 pm (UTC)
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You wrote a book?!? Look at what I've already learned. Color me impressed.

Go ahead - ask me questions. I've already told a couple of others to do so, but I'm decidedly curious as to what you'll ask...
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:June 4th, 2003 08:37 pm (UTC)
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1. You've said in the past that you seriously considered sex therapy as an education and career path. What would the pros and cons be of switching to it in the next year or two?

2. What made the most memorable hockey game you've ever seen so particularly special?

3. Is the concept of a Smallville movie at all plausible? How do Smallville canon, Superman movie canon and Superman comic canon interact?

4. What are the highlights and low points of life in Chicago?

5. You have the chance to participate in the filming of a movie of your choice. What position would you like to take and why? (This isn't a "position" gag - while "on top of Michael Rosenbaum as a participant in a porn movie" would be one possible answer, "responsible for selecting the most beautiful scenery shots possible for Prisoner of Azkaban" would be another.)
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From:dancingrain
Date:June 4th, 2003 06:59 pm (UTC)
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LOL, pick JKR. You can get answers to whatever out of me anytime, provided you actually catch me on a messenger program (ok, admittedly rather rare. but still, exponentially less rare than your catching JKR on a messenger program.)

*cheers* at Alicia Silverstone's being invited to the dinner party.

I've already asked phineasjones to interview me, but I'm in the mood to be greedy too and ask you to interview me as well.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:June 4th, 2003 07:45 pm (UTC)
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OK, I'm working on the others (I said 24 hours for a reason!) but your questions rather wrote themselves. I hope they're just personal enough and not one step more. Hopefully they should provide subjects where you would enjoy writing around the questions and the issues that they raise.

1. What makes a dance particularly positively memorable, both in terms of comparing particular performances of one set of motions against one another and in terms of comparing different sets of motions against one another?

2. How, if at all, did getting to see her in person change your opinion of Tristan Taormino and her work?

3. You are cloned sufficiently many times that one of your clones can devote the next year to sociological and anthropological study of the Harry Potter fandom. What sorts of things would the highlights of the thesis be likely to be?

4. Given sufficient time, money and opportunities, which astronomical phenomena would you most like to learn more about?

5. What would you most like to change about where you live? (Take this at the level of your choice, whether that's your room, your house, your neighbourhood, your city, your state, your region, your country or your world.)
From:kearie
Date:June 4th, 2003 07:19 pm (UTC)
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As my LJ is already all memes, I will go ahead and ask you to interview me :D Should be interesting...
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:June 5th, 2003 05:57 pm (UTC)
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These are slightly punchier questions than most of the ones I've asked. I hope you don't mind.

1. Would you rather be a Doozer from Fraggle Rock or a Hufflepuff at Hogwarts? Why?

2. Upon whom are you prepared to admit having had unrequited crushes?

3. In which of the other four boroughs of New York City would you most and least like to live if you could no longer live on Staten Island?

4. If it doesn't bring back memories which are more painful than you would care to talk about, how did you spend September 11th last year, the year before and (if you can remember) in the relatively normal year 2000? How do you intend to spend it this year?

5. You don't list any preferences among New York's great sporting rivalries in your interests list. Are you completely apathetic to sport? How, if at all, do New York's duelling sports teams affect your life?
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From:lambertman
Date:June 4th, 2003 07:37 pm (UTC)
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You tickled Tarrant's feet....

Not many things I read on the internet make me laugh so hard that I actually drool a bit. Nicely done :)

The local Barnes & Noble has a number of the books in the "Puzzles" series on super-deep-discount clearance. Yours is not one of them... I'm not sure whether you'd consider that a good or bad thing.

Interview me if you wish. Try not to set me up to get in huge trouble.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:June 4th, 2003 08:12 pm (UTC)
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I think I get paid the same amount however much my books go for when they get sold in the US. I'd be curious to know how low the price did go, though. Thanks for keeping an eye out, though. :-)

You should have just enough fun, but not quite too much fun, with this little lot:

1. Noting that Laura Chambers is not a game show host, which past or present game show hosts' feet would you most like to tickle?

2. What would the ideal Chri$ L! radio station be like, whether it would be ideal to listen to, ideal to work for or both?

3. How should Jim Izard have avoided his biggest mistakes?

4. What would the line-up and set list be at the ideal Chri$ L! concert, assuming that you had to be more selective than just your top 100 songs ever?

5. HOW 'BOUT THEM COLTS, EH?

Special inevitable overtime endgame bonus round sixth question for Chri$ L! only: 6. Will it float?
From:songmonk
Date:June 4th, 2003 08:17 pm (UTC)

Cool!

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This is neat! I'd like to be interviewed, thanks!

(My only hesitation is that while I will certainly play by the rules, I can already imagine myself having a difficult time coming up with good questions for other people...but I will play!)
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:June 5th, 2003 10:30 am (UTC)

Re: Cool!

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1. What are the most memorable activities you have experienced in the puzzle hunts you have played to date?

2. What have you created which brings you the most pride, be it a game, a puzzle, a meal, a dance, some music or some idea? What sorts of things would you most like like to create in the future?

3. You have the chance to select the songs for the next version of DDR. What surprise choices would you include by sheer personal whim? What would the dances required be like?

4. Which events would you most like to visit were you on the Ultimate Sports Adventure? How about if it weren't necessarily restricted to North America?

5. What signs do you think I should try to look for when trying to get tells from the other players in a game of Liar's Dice? How would you compare the way people handle their cup and dice in Liar's Dice to the way people handle their hole cards in poker?
From:expetesso
Date:June 4th, 2003 08:48 pm (UTC)
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ooh! Pick me, pick me! *raises hand to the ceiling and climbs onto chair, Hermione-style* :)
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:June 5th, 2003 10:47 am (UTC)
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1. Which aspects of the teaching you have received from the educators you've known over the years will you most deliberately aim to emulate in your own teaching?

2. How would you respond to the suggestion that others have made that Percy/Oliver is only such a (relatively) frequently considered pairing because they're the only two Gryffindors we know in that year?

3. What are your fondest memories of your involvement with the SCA and do you intend to become involved with them once more when you go to Boston?

4. Has, or could, your interest in self-reliance ever extend as far as killing an animal, cleaning it and cooking it in order to provide sustenance for yourself were there insufficient alternatives available?

5. The second day (say, 5am to 5am period) of an event which we might now think of as Nimbus - 2008 has just taken place. As well as enjoying the programming and the company that the event has to offer, for some reason you are writing about the day in your LiveJournal right then. What would the 2003 Tess like your entry for that day to say?
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From:tall_man
Date:June 4th, 2003 11:46 pm (UTC)

I'll submit myself to this...

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Go ahead. Five questions, you know you want to ask something...
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:June 5th, 2003 11:21 am (UTC)

Re: I'll submit myself to this...

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1. Dude, you've made the Best Of Oracularities? Wow! Which one was (or ones were) yours and which specific Oracularities and general running jokes have you most enjoyed over the years?

2. What are your opinions, if any, on Stephen Wolfram, Mathematica and "A New Kind of Science"? Is there some other trend, fad or new development in mathematics which we should be paying attention to instead?

3. Be it the final table of a WSOP event or a high-stakes cash game - and not worrying about the size of your tip! - given completely free choice, who would be on your ideal table of poker players to whom you would most like to deal?

4. Which would give you the most pleasure: being a top-class chef, a top-class brewer or a top-class whisk(e)y blender? Is there some other job related to food or drink that you would rather have?

5. You have expressed an interest in exhibitionism. Accordingly you shouldn't mind an exhibitionist question; how has this interest manifested itself in the past and how would you like it to manifest itself in the future?
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From:bateleur
Date:June 5th, 2003 02:17 am (UTC)

Interviews

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I'd quite like to be interviewed - though you seem a little oversubscribed.

I did a sequence of interviews in my Monochrome diary way back when, which was a lot of fun (somewhat more humourous in style).

Oh, and Big Kudos to you for the first sentence of your entry ! Hurrah ! Made my morning !
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:June 5th, 2003 10:06 am (UTC)

Re: Interviews

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Happy to be of service regarding the first sentence, though perhaps I ought to reconsider my answer to hawkida 3: "How pedantic are you?" :-)

1. Without revealing any plans that you might still go on to explore in the future, given sufficient time, energy and manpower, what would you have liked Fastram, the company, to have done in the past that you will now never go on to do?

2. I half-recall you saying that you don't mind how Ryan and Bea grow up, so long as they grow up to be happy. However, I'm sure that you have some hopes and dreams concerning them. Which ones would you care to share?

3. What were the most memorable moments from your schooldays' mammoth D&D campaign and why were they so memorable?

4. How much progress have you made towards your ten ambitions? Which is likely to get most significant progress next? What would need to change to make progress on the others?

5. Once more given sufficiently generous time, money and manpower, how would you promote the types of games we like to play to the masses of the Western world?
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From:karen2205
Date:June 5th, 2003 02:18 am (UTC)
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If the offer's still open I'd love some questions:-)
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:June 5th, 2003 04:44 pm (UTC)
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1. Of which Oxford colleges, other than Merton, do you have the strongest positive and negative impressions? What caused them?

2. What factors influenced your decision to study law rather than any other subject?

3. You are standing as a candidate for either the position of the Mayor of London or an Assembly Member on May 1st. Which party would you stand for? How would your platform vary from that party's manifesto? If you stand as an independent, what would your platform be?

4. What would you most like to change about the Guides, whether directly at the level you are involved with or at a national or international level of administration?

5. Were (are!) you a member of the Oxford Union or not? If not, why not? If so, what were the most memorable events that you saw there?
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From:brigbother
Date:June 5th, 2003 02:22 am (UTC)
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It means gags from computer magazines from 10 or 15 years ago. It means self-reference and arbitrary complexity just for the fun of it.

Can I recommend House of Nash if I haven't done so already? Excellent proof that if you badger semi-ex-computer magazine journos enough you CAN get what you want. Well specifically, *I* can get what I want.

J Nash, Stuart Campbell and Zy Nicholson apparently put a bid in to "do" the new Digitiser but were turned down, I gather. Which is a shame because it seriously would have been the best thing ever. Instead we get GameCentral which is OK, but a bit smug which will be the Tony Mott Edge influence I guess.

But hang on! You prefer Sinclair User to Your Sinclair. Oh no
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From:ericklendl
Date:June 5th, 2003 02:58 am (UTC)
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All told, I think that I'd pick J. K. Rowling if I could actually be sure of getting answers out of her. :-)

Just to go against the flow, I do not wish to be interviewed as myself. Am not sheep. Moo!

However, I am willing to be interviewed as JK Rowling. I shall answer your questions unless I have a very good reason not to...I shall, of course, lie.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:June 7th, 2003 11:05 am (UTC)

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Really don't hold your breath on this one - I regret that I may skip it altogether. Sorry. Doesn't feel right somehow.

On the other hand, I might well get into the mood at some unexpected point in the future and come back to it...
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From:akahannah
Date:June 5th, 2003 02:58 am (UTC)
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Go on then. Interview me. :)
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:June 5th, 2003 07:05 pm (UTC)
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Not even one question based on the information from I Have Never, mainly because I'd really rather you didn't kill me... :-)

1. Without needing to be realistic about it at all, what would you like to do on the stage in the coming year and over the rest of your life?

2. How would you describe the relationship between the Western Isles and the Northern Isles? Do they face similar challenges?

3. You mention three comedians in your interests list. Would you rather attend a show given by your favourite comedian or your favourite band? What would your ideal list of comedians and/or bands appearing at a show be?

4. Based on what you've said here, how would you describe the experience of seeing a ghost?

5. How frequent is it for people to fly between the Western Isles? Do you have much experience of it as opposed to taking the ferry? Have you ever, or do you know anyone who has ever, landed on the beach at Barra?
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From:titanic_days
Date:June 5th, 2003 02:58 am (UTC)

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Aye, this looks worth doing. Hit me with your rythmn stick, dude.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:June 6th, 2003 04:24 pm (UTC)
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Sorry about taking so long to produce these questions, but here you go:

1. What do you particularly like about your favourite pubs, clubs and bars? If you had generous (but not unrealistic) funding to create your own pub, club or bar, what would its distinctive features be?

2. Which character from Thundercats would you most like to be? Would you prefer to be a character from a different animated cartoon or movie instead?

3. Who do you regard as having been the defining British comedians of 1993-2002 and why? Who are the most likely suspects to be regarded as the defining comedians of coming years?

4. In 2011, the British government of the day (fairly close to the start of Gordon Brown's second term) gives registered homosexual partnerships the same status in law as heterosexual marriages. If you found the right partner, what circumstances would it take to make you decide to marry?

5. What position, if any, would you like to play in the production of the porn movie of your choice? Either talent on-screen (with your choice of partners and situations) or some role in the production of the film?
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From:addedentry
Date:June 5th, 2003 03:04 am (UTC)
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I trust you. Hit me.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:June 5th, 2003 11:47 am (UTC)
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1. Which charities have touched your life and thoughts most influentially over the years?

2. Is there a band that you would like to have as your housemates, or is the privacy and convenience that life with only Alice affords so valuable that you don't want to live with others in the future? (Could you make up a band of solo artists?)

3. How can library jobs be particularly good or bad and what combination of factors would make for the best library job that you could imagine?

4. You are the secretary of a society with aims similar to that of the Invariant Society but (a) a significantly larger budget and (b) no particular connection to a university. Which speakers and events would you schedule?

5. Once and for all, what's the story behind your university nickname of "Minty"?

Off out now. Will be thinking of questions while I'm away.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:June 5th, 2003 09:01 pm (UTC)
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1. Your prodigious talent for LJ layouts is extremely well-known. Do you intend to carry on this and related graphic design activities to a professional level? If not, what are your current thoughts about careers?

2. Have you ever found any femslash (in any fandom, or even as an original story) which you considered either interesting as a story or arousing as a piece of smut? If not, have you ever been able to identify reasons why you didn't enjoy what you have seen? If so, what would you recommend?

3. Under what circumstances, if any, would you support the replacement of the pound sterling as legal currency in this country with the Euro? What is the single most convincing argument you have heard either way on the issue?

4. Do you have plans as to how you will celebrate your 18th birthday? Do you regard it as an especially significant occasion or not? What was the best birthday party you've ever held and how would another party beat it?

5. How do you think you will decide with whom you eventually become more intimate than you have ever been before? (Not necessarily sex, but possibly romantic activities leading up to sex.)
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From:glissando
Date:June 5th, 2003 04:17 am (UTC)
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I'd love you to pose me three questions!

Have you seen the advert for the new quiz on channel 4 called Grand Slam (Friday 8 pm)? The concept looks particularly interesting, not least because they have to put £1000 of their own money at stakes (or so it seems from the advert), and they're all foremr winners on quiz shows. Somehow I thought this would be of interest to you.

Just did my stats exam, was OK, could have done with some more time to check my PMCC / SRCC answers/calculations.

Off to the seaside now - probably Southwold, very nice, very Suffolk, totally traditional - can't wait for Fish and Chips.

By the way, Y!M's telling me you're online *grin*
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From:glissando
Date:June 5th, 2003 04:17 am (UTC)
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Three questions, I meant five - all this maths is really going to my head! So, yes, ask away!
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From:picklepuss
Date:June 5th, 2003 07:08 am (UTC)
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Excellent idea and wonderful answers. Since you already 463 requests to be interviewed, I think I will wait and see if it shows up on someone else's journal and ask them. There's already some mutual Friends floating around here, so I don't think I shall have to wait long.

You do ask stellar questions though. I will keep you on standby.
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From:sophie10
Date:June 5th, 2003 07:51 am (UTC)
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Interview me please. Be as personal as you want, I'm a very open person.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:June 6th, 2003 03:54 pm (UTC)
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1. Which parts of Oxford are you most looking forward to seeing? (Specifically for the attractions of the places rather than the people you'll see there.) Tolkien's old haunts, Pullman's Jericho and the Botanic Gardens, the colleges or other parts of the city?

2. What were the ethical and practical concerns which made you consider, or at least be interested in, vegetarianism as opposed to veganism?

3. Do you anticipate you will always live in a tiny hamlet or would you ever prefer to move to a village, a small town like Alnwick or a city?

4. What types of nurses are there? (Interpret this how you like, whether dividing the profession along medical lines, along administrative lines or some other division; I really don't know the possibilities here.) What type of nurse do you most want to be?

5. What are your opinions of the Baltic art gallery in Gateshead? How would you like it to be managed? How would you like it to be filled?

You almost got asked "ignoring practicalities and imagining the partner(s) of your choice, which item or items on the on the classic 400 Point Purity Test (see your April 21st entry) that you have not yet experienced would you most like to experience next?", but I decided that - "Be as personal as you want" or otherwise - that would be just a shade too impolite. On the other hand, if you want to answer it, be my guest!
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From:jumbach
Date:June 5th, 2003 08:43 am (UTC)
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I'm game for five questions. I'm pretty open, but please keep them R-rated or lower. Thanks.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:June 5th, 2003 03:40 pm (UTC)
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1. Which aspects of the religious teaching you have received cause you most internal conflict?

2. What is your opinion of Personal Rapid Transit as a compromise between public transport and mass transit?

3. How would you like your relationship with DeDe to develop and at what speed?

4. What's the longest single journey (measured in real time, rather than simulated distance) you've ever taken in a flight simulator?

5. What are your political and economic predictions for your country until, say, this time in 2009?
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:June 5th, 2003 09:16 am (UTC)

I'm an interviewer get me out of here!

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*waves white flag like in Mr. Do bonus round*

I am now 70 questions behind. This represents at least a good afternoon's work. While I'm happy to come up with questions for y'all, it's going to take me a while. Normally I can write one or two good questions off the top of my head for each of you, but getting to five without resorting to filler or repetition is a trickier challenge. The ones who I know more about are rather easier than the ones where I need to do my research.

I may need a little more time than I had anticipated. Feel free to sign up if you like - there are a few of whom particularly I'd like to ask questions - but do be aware that I could take a while. (This is partly a time-dependent game - I suspect people will tend to sign up for the questions from the first person they see to take part, which is part of the reason why I rushed in so quickly. Accordingly, if you wait for me to come up with questions, you might not get asked to do so many interviews yourself.)

In the meantime, would you like to entertain yourselves with this streaming video? (.asf, needs broadband, but you can at least get the cool music from something slower)
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From:j4
Date:June 5th, 2003 09:21 am (UTC)
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I'd be very interested to know what questions you'd come up with for me... (usual disclaimers about being slow to answer apply here though)
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:June 7th, 2003 11:24 am (UTC)

I hope you enjoy these! No rush at all.

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1. You can relive the day of your choice from last week, having any or all of the aspects of the life of a badger. (You could completely be, to all intents and purposes, your favourite badger in your favourite badger sanctuary, if you like.) Without worrying about universe-changing temporal consequences, which aspects would you choose and how would badger-you like to spend the day? Would you prefer to be a real badger or one of your own cuddly badgers?

2. You are going a-wandering along the mountain track. Ignoring practicalities and safety issues, assuming the presence or absence of company of your choice, what would you like to find in the knapsack on your back?

3. What makes someone or something humorous to you? Either as a list of desirable properties, if you've ever been able to identify them, or - if you don't think it is possible to identify commonality - just in terms of a few things you've found that amuse you in the past?

4. You work in Waterstone's, Blackwell's, the Fennel Street Book Attic or the bookshop of your choice. You love books and you love your job. Someone asks you if you will make recommendations for books to give as gifts, and suggests that the recipient of the book is interested in... and then presents a list of j4's 103 registered interests. What would you recommend? How would you go about buying a book as a gift for someone like you? (Would you rather buy a book and worry that you might've got an inappropriate one or buy book tokens and worry because you didn't try to make a choice at all?)

5. What, for you, encapsulates pornography at its most arousing, most fun and most positive? (Treat the three separately if necessary; reply in terms of "making" or "consuming" as you see fit.)
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:June 5th, 2003 03:22 pm (UTC)

Re: Wurzels from Mars

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Although I don't get to see it often, I'm utterly obsessed with that show!

You are me, aren't you?

To be fair, I'm not sure I've ever sat through a whole episode, but I've always enjoyed watching the first minute and/or the last minute when I see it. The animation is really nice and the dreamy music is a pleasure whatever age you are.

*floats*
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From:leiabelle
Date:June 5th, 2003 03:17 pm (UTC)

baaaaaaaaa

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Oh go on then. Ask away. Heh, and don't hurry, or I'll answer the questions instead of studying for my exam. :p
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:June 7th, 2003 11:26 am (UTC)

Re: baaaaaaaaa

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I have written you five questions. Instead of posting them here, I think I will write them out longhand and mail them to you. You are not to open the envelope until you have free time to think about them - for instance, when you're travelling down to Oxford on the train on Thursday.

They're not particularly personal, difficult or rough - at least, no more so than any of the others I've set. I'll post them here instead if you like. Just thinking about a way to swing the time considerations, really.
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From:missingdonut
Date:June 5th, 2003 05:31 pm (UTC)
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Fire away, ad nauseum!
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Date:June 7th, 2003 11:22 am (UTC)

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1. Who do you identify as having been the greatest influences on your musical composition style and what specific aspects of it have each one influenced?

2. How would you compare the card games you play? What sorts of moods do you have to be in to particularly enjoy each one? How do you go about teaching people new ones?

3. What would it take for a third party to have serious impact in US politics at a national level? How would the political system have to change to facilitate this?

4. What have you learned from your employment? How can one find a particularly good restaurant and treat the people who work there well?

5. Are you proud of all your friends and friendships? How do you resolve or live with acute differences of opinion between your friends?
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From:altricial
Date:June 5th, 2003 06:22 pm (UTC)
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A book! You wrote a book! :D

I want questions!
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:June 7th, 2003 11:22 am (UTC)

These are some of the rougher ones I've written, hope you don't mind

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1. Which of Singapore's laws that do not apply in Britain irritate you most?

2. That last interest of yours, the one which looks like a funny open five-pointed star. What is it supposed to be? What does it signify to you? In what sense are you interested in it?

3. What have you deliberately tried hardest to change about yourself in the past? Are you still trying to change it? To what extent have you been successful?

4. Incest: is it just a romantic and loving notion to fantasise about or something to consider more seriously?

5. What can London's Underground (including related non-Underground lines) and Singapore's MRT learn from each other? What would a system incorporating the best of both be like?

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