If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
I'd reduce the population by about 33 percent. Lesser population would, in theory, result in reduced demand for resources and an easier go of things for the remaining people. EDIT: In response to boley's question, I would be willing to be part of that culled proportion. If I knew that I'd be able to help eliminate need, it would be hard not be willing to make that sacrifice.
What makes a person respectable?
EDIT: Empathy. Being willing and able to take another person's viewpoint makes it very difficult to do unintentional harm and, really, allows one to understand the results of one's actions.
What do you look for in a friend?
Kindness, an adventurous intellect and the ability to have fun. EDIT: Loyalty isn't necessarily high on my list, as I tend to keep people at arm's length.
What are your hobbies?
Cooking, reading, writing, gaming in various forms. My photography is more spirited than good, but I enjoy that as well.
Have or would you give time and money to a charity?
I've given both time and money to charity and, I expect, will do so again.
What is the one thing you would most like to accomplish?
EDIT: I'd like to be a nationally published author.
Who is your role model?
Sir Wilfred Thesinger. Not only did he live a life counter to the mores of the time, he was an explorer in the best sense of the word.
What trait most annoys you about other people?
Lack of perspective. People who're mired in themselves don't ever do much for anyone else.
What do you want to do for a living?
I already write for a living. I'd like to write what I enjoy and get paid for it. EDIT: I work for a public relations firm, so I write news stories, advertising copy and press information. I've written six plays, a screenplay, short fiction and poetry in significant amounts, treatments for seven or eight continuing comic books and three graphic novels, and have racked up rejection slips for many of them. It'd be nice to be able to get paid for my passion, rather than just for my ability.
If your friend was attacked (by a person, animal, or (in the magic world) beast), what
would you do?
Back my friend, whether by stepping up as s/he escaped or helping to fight. The old punk reflexes always say to back your buddy's play.
Would you ever use an Unforgivable Curse for any reason?
Yes. I know I'd regret it, I know I'd second-guess about it, but I know that there are circumstances where I would use one and damn the consequences.
What do you think are your top five abilities or qualities?
I'm willing to work. EDIT: I've never been averse to staying up late or missing out on something to complete a task that is worth completing
I've got a good tactical mind, which I've put to use in far too many circumstances. I tend to break down problems and see them as individual elements to be beaten down or circumvented. That's allowed me to keep my head when other people get twitchy, whether in work or in day-to-day life.
I'm able to deal with things dispassionately when needed. EDIT: I've learned to remove my ego and my feelings from situations and just resolve them. Many times, people lash out from weakness or fear; that doesn't change what needs to be done, so I ignore it as insignificant.
I'm creative. EDIT: In art and outside of it, I tend to seek out innovative or unique ways to present my views or achieve my goals.
What do you think are your top five weaknesses or worst qualities?
I'm bad with money.
I tend to take on too many projects. EDIT: My reach occasionally exceeds my grasp. Example: I'm currently working on a freelance promotional piece and a script that's being illustrated to pitch at the San Diego Comicon in addition to my work duties. Thus, I take short lunches and don't sleep much.
I tend to sublimate anger and emotion instead of resolving it. EDIT: The downside to seeing people's tendency to lash out as a sign of weakness is the belief that responding to it it futile or equally weak. Thus, I don't. Healthy? No. Effective? Sometimes.
I don't know when to cut my losses sometimes. EDIT: I'm big on winning. Thus, there have been times when I've taken on a task or situation and remained at it longer than I should, just to be the one that didn't break. At times, that's resulted in receiving good things from the situation. At other times, I've found that it's been a waste of time.
I expect too much of others. EDIT: I tend to be relatively self-motivated. Thus, people who have to be told what to do or jollied into action are tiring at best.
Define in your own words the following key traits:
The ability to stand up for one's self despite fear or discomfort. Doing the right thing, rather than the expedient thing.
The willingness to support one's friends without smothering them. EDIT: A truly loyal person won't dominate but, rather, will support and encourage the person to whom s/he's being loyal.
Raw knowledge and cognitive ability, rather than wisdom (the ability to filter one's knowledge through context). EDIT: I've found that raw knowledge without the will to use it properly and the foresight to not stumble can be a liability... lots of ostensibly intelligent people spend more time trying to prove their intelligence than being smart.
The necessary vision and drive to achieve lasting success on one's own terms. Trying to one-up someone else isn't ambition; trying to be worthy of one-upsmanship is.
What house do you think DOESN'T fit you? (This question is optional for those
who feel they just DO NOT fit in a house. Please explain WHY.)
Honestly, I don't know of any house that doesn't fit me in some sense.
Where did you find out about us?
terrierhead pointed me your way.