5 Questions, from the Penguin Queen Cas Dreamed 4455 days ago | | 922 words

When Cas started this lovely game by answering 5 questions, I asked to be included. True to her word, I got my 5 questions and have been pondering their answers. Without further ado, here are my 5 Questions™.

1 – It’s a given that Cas (and Bright Meadow) are the best thing since bread came sliced. But what is the second best thing on the Internet?

The internet has brought me so many great things, as it seems to be where I live my life. I’m a complete sucker for a good conversation and the internet has afforded me so many great ones.

I’ve met to many amazing people, both in real life afterwards and on the internet alone. People in foreign lands I’d never had met otherwise. 9Rules has been an awesome community I’ve been so happy to be a part of.

Really, I think it’s been the interactions I’ve been able to enjoy because of this wonderful collection of tubes. :)

2 – Through some happenchance you end up with a windfall of £1 million. What would you do with it?

First, I’d use some USD to procure a plane ticket to fly to England. Then I’d promptly find a lovely little place to live overlooking the countryside. Then I’d go on a spending spree to make sure my new home was properly geeked out with electronics.

Then I’d live happily ever after basking in the British culture and language. (I have a thing for British accents). I’d also be a stone’s throw away from Europe which I’ve not traveled nearly enough through.

I would give away large portions of it. I’ve always said if I were ever rich, I would give much of my money away to those who needed it more.

3 – The one invention you most want un-invented.

Initially, this baffled me. Then it came to me as I stared upon the one charging on my desk. Cell Phones!
My hatred for cell phone runs deep. Why do I need to be contacted at all hours of the night and day? Why do I need to be instantly reachable wherever I go?

Why can’t I have one that lasts more than 4 months without rendering itself unusable either by software crashes or random glitches. If cell phones were never invented I would be a much happier man.

My movie going experience would be more pleasant. Walking down the street would not longer require head phones to drown out the blathering of everyone around me. I could go on forever about my hatred for cellular telephones.

I hate the phone. I hate talking on it. I hate the ring tones. I hate the ubiquity. I hate the plague which has descended on our world. Not that I’m bitter or anything.

4 – Tell us about your secret internet crush. Come on, everyone has one ;)

Wouldn’t you like to know. ;-) There are good reasons secret crushes are secret crushes. They remain secret! I have a policy of always answering the “who is your secret crush?” with a resounding “YOU!” to whoever asks me. So with that…

I’ve given an answer but it’ll take some geek web cred to find it. ;-)

I’m weird with crushes. I’ll crush on someone for totally random reasons knowing full well we’d never be good for each other. I also fall for people way too fast and give myself to someone far too completely too quickly and have gotten really burned in the past because of it.

As my mom says, I wear my heart on my sleeve and I always put other people in front of me. And it’s all very true but this is a whole post to itself.

5 – What are your desert island books (five titles please and reasons behind your choices)?

1984: My favorite book of all time. A brilliant dystopian look paralleling where we seem to be headed.

Brave New World: I have a thing for dystopian (non?)fiction. Another brilliant tale about the haves and the have-nots, control and manipulation of the populace through drugs.

Philip K. Dick Collected Short Stories: I own a series of them. Any one of them would be excellent. PKD’s writing leaves me enthralled with each tale I read. He provides such a delightfully twisted look at man and machine interactions. And I often think the more we let the machines take over for us, the more power we give them.

Dave Barry Does Japan: Dave Barry is hysterical! I love his writing. I own all his books (including both novels, one of which is signed!) This book in particular has always left me in stitches with his talk of being “gang bowed from up to 15 feet away” (to paraphrase).

The BFG: Roald Dahl was my first literary love. His children’s stories are amazing and it was a toss-up between this one and Matilda, another of my favorites. I just felt he needed to be mentioned here. I’ve read all of his children’s work but his adult books never interested me. He took me to so many places when I was growing up, he would be one of my choices.

So… would anyone else like to subject themselves to the questions my mind will conjure up for you? If not, I understand. If you’re game, leave me a comment and we’ll get this ball rolling.


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