Friday, March 09, 2012

Seven Devils

Meme time, courtesy of christa_nz! Leave a comment below if you would like to play, and I will ask you seven questions, more or less at random.

1. If you acquired another cat, what sort would he/she be and what would you call him/her?
2. Where in the world would you most like to visit, and why?
3. How do you want to be remembered?
4. Three books you've read that you think everyone else should also read?
5. What is your view on countries that oppose the use of atomic energy?
6. What, if any, is your favourite sit-com?
7. What newspapers/magazines (online or print) do you read?

My answers:

1. I don't have a preference for breed or colour or whatever. It would be a cat from the shelter that needed a home and would fit in with the other cats and the dog. The name would probably be the name that already had from the shelter, unless another name suggested itself. Frank and Daisy have their original names, but Doris was renamed from 'Smudge'. I think Doris suits her better ... :-)
2. Monument valley, in Colorado, just to see those iconic sandstone buttes and imagine that I'm in a John Ford western.
3. As that guy who turned out to be immortal.
4. 'God is Not Great' by the late Christopher Hitchens, for an unanswerable demolition of religion. 'Why does E=MC^2 (and why should we care?)' by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw, for a succinct explanation of why a hot meat pie is more massive than a cold one. Finally, 'Moominland Midwinter' by Tove Jansonn, because it's a book that I return to in the darkest days of winter to keep me going until the return of the light.
5. Nuclear power is essential, and far less damaging for the environment than fossil fuels. We need something to keep us going until we can crack fusion power or more efficient solar cells. If you are going to oppose nuclear power then you need to put serious money into alternatives.
6. Currently, my favourite is The Big Bang Theory, for sharply observed geek humour. Of all time, is probably 'Joking Apart' or 'Coupling' - both exquisite farce written by Stephen Moffat.
7. I don't bother with printed magazines or newspapers any more. Online, I read The Guardian and Slate for politics and news, and Boing Boing for everything else.

Anybody else want to play?


Leatherdykeuk said...

Super answers.
I'll play if I can answer on LJ :)

I love Big Bang Theory.

Neil Hopkins said...

Hurrah! Of course you can answer on LJ.

1. Do you have any guilty pleasures, or are all pleasures guilt free?
2. Do you play Skyrim in first or third person perspective?
3. If you could ask the you of ten years in the future one question, what would it be?
4. What's your favourite radio show or podcast?
5. Pirates or ninjas?
6. Are there any academic subjects that you would like to study to further your education?
7. What's the next book on your 'to be read' pile?

Leatherdykeuk said...

1. Chocolate, I suppose. I need to lose a whole chunk of weight but still have the occasional chocolate bar. Ice cream at the cinema, though the scriptwriting course precludes cinema trips these days.
2. Ha. I love Skyrim. I do both. Third person most of the time but first person when fighting. I usually get motion sickness on first-person games but not so much in skyrim. Possibly because the detail is so high. Lina tried to show me a minecraft city she'd built and I lasted about eight seconds.
3. Is my writing worth the effort?
4. I don't really listen to podcasts very often, but I do like radio 4 plays.
5. Hard question. Cutlasses or katanas? The latter. It's really a question of murderous scumbags of honour-driven warriors, Hollywood notwithstanding.
6. I would love to do a masters in creative writing and a second degree in stagecraft, but I doubt I ever will, unless I suddenly start selling enough books to cover the fees. I'd also love to study poetry at Sheffield under Simon Armitage and Carol Ann Duffy.
7. Non fiction will be 'Save the Cat: The last book of screenwriting you'll ever need' and fiction will be either a Christopher Fowler or whatever Amazon sends me that needs reviewing.