If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
I would give humans more control over fundamental physical rules and forces—make it possible to change gravitation, manipulate larger amounts of matter with little effort, transfer energy, slow down energy, and have some measure of control over atomic and nuclear reactions. I feel certain that such power, used responsibly, would greatly improve the entire spectrum of human existence.
What makes a person respectable?
The sense that they know what they’re doing or talking about; alternately, their willingness to admit when they don’t know. Knowledge and experience are admirable qualities, even as ignorance and inability are nothing to be ashamed of, once recognized. I have little respect for obvious BSers.
What do you look for in a friend?
The ability and willingness to tolerate me. I’ve found few people who can do that for extended periods of time, as I’m apparently either annoying or abnormal in real life. Common interests also help, but anything besides that is optional.
What are your hobbies?
In my spare time, I make jewelry and play Dungeons and Dragons. I’m fairly accomplished at jewelrymaking. I’m not very good at Dungeons and Dragons, but I enjoy it immensely. I also enjoy playing with yo-yos, but that’s more of a stress relief mechanism than an actual hobby.
Have or would you give time and money to a charity?
I’ve given money to the Salvation Army (hasn’t everybody?) and volunteered for Meals on Wheels most Thanksgivings and Christmases. Besides that, very little—if I was to donate time or money to any other charity, it would have to be something that I was either extremely enthusiastic about or that would be more enjoyable than anything else I was doing that day. I prefer to help people one-on-one rather than in large abstract masses.
What is the one thing you would most like to accomplish?
My firm material goal is to win a Nebula (a Hugo would also be acceptable). I’d like to publish a book, short story, or poem that will reach millions of people, entertain them, touch them, and make them rethink their lives. I’d assume that this goes along with the Nebula.
Who is your role model?
I don’t have one specific role model. Most of the people that I know and admire have elements to their lives or personalities that I do not want to achieve, and so I take my inspiration piecemeal instead of from one particular person.
Gun-to-the-head scenario: Crispin Glover embodies most of the concepts and achievements I wish to assimilate into my own life. (Creative freedom, cult following, intensely attractive mystique, string of starlet girlfriends.)
What trait most annoys you about other people?
I ignore most annoying traits in other people, as I have most of them, and it would be hypocritical of me to condemn in others what I display in myself. However, the one thing that I do not do and despise in others is that of gossiping with one’s friends in the classroom. Not only is it a waste of valuable instruction time, but it distracts other students who are actually taking their education seriously.
What do you want to do for a living?
I would like to write creatively. Scripts, novels, short stories, poetry, humor columns, news articles for the “World Weekly News”…anything of that sort will suffice. It’s what I do best, and if I can actually make a decent living off it, so much the better.
Alternately, I’d like to be a psychologist—psychology is something I’m very interested in, and I like the idea of being able to help people with their emotional problems.
If your friend was attacked (by a person, animal, or (in the magic world) beast), what would you do?
In the real world, I’d probably try to get them away from the animal or person rather than attacking it. I don’t relish the idea of actually hurting anything, even to help someone else, and it’s more effective to simply stop the conflict rather than add to it.
In the magic world, I’d be a 12-level mage, and so I’d blast the sucker with Magic Missile at the first sign of aggression. (Assuming that whatever creature we are talking about exists merely on a gaming board, of course.)
Would you ever use an Unforgivable Curse for any reason?
If I was certain that I wasn’t going to get caught, yes. I don’t see a reason for one particular spell to be completely taboo—they’re just tools, after all, and the concern should be over how they are used, not that they are used at all. I’d rather not use Avada Kedavra or Crucio, as I don’t relish hurting anything, but I can imagine a situation where Imperious could be used in an innocuous fashion.
What do you think are your top five abilities or qualities?
1. My creativity. As a SF writer and amateur artiste, it’s one of the most important tools in my metaphorical toolbox.
2. My ability to connect seemingly unrelated concepts and facts and assemble them into a comprehensive, flawless whole.
3. My objectivity and perspective; willingness to look at both sides of an argument and take them both equally seriously (or not take either side seriously at all).
4. My mellow, relaxed, sober demeanor; I’ve been told that I’m almost impossible to upset.
5. My impeccable taste in music and the ability to discuss the history of modern rock at inexhaustible length.
What do you think are your top five weaknesses or worst qualities?
1. My flights of fancy and occasional inability to stay in the real world.
2. My propensity to make ludicrious connections between things that aren’t related at all. I’ve been told the term for this is “apophenia” and that it’s common in conspiracy theorists.
3. My inability to take one side in an argument and stick to it; I’m wishy-washy and easily convinced.
4. My apparent inability to take anything seriously enough to get upset over it.
5. My snobbish elitism in musical taste and the obsessive tendency I have to ramble on about it.
Define in your own words the following key traits:
Courage: The ability and willingness to face one’s own fears and problems and them ignore them in order to perform a task. This requires full knowledge of the situation and its consequences as well as full knowledge of one’s own deficiencies in performing it, otherwise it’s simply foolhardiness or ignorance.
Loyalty: Cognitive conservatism at its worst; the tendency to follow a person, group, or course of action, once chosen, in defiance of accurate information that indicates the existence of a better option. It is deserved only by the absolutely infallible.
Intelligence: The ability and willingness to absorb and process information about one’s self or environment (this includes one’s immediate physical and cultural environment as well as the rest of the universe in abstract, as well as other people).
Ambition: The willingness to use one’s resources and abilities to their absolute fullest; a dictator who wants and plans taking over the world or an English major who wants and plans to write the Great American Novel would be ambitious. Anything beyond is merely a dream.
Where did you find out about us?
Through the journal of a friend.