Thursday, 13 March 2014

Questions from Vulture of Critique

Fellow blogger Vulture of Critique has been nominated for a Liebster Award, Huzzah!, and one of the requirements of the nomination is that he answers eleven questions (which he has done HERE), and ask another eleven questions to eleven other bloggers that he rates.  Would you Adam and Eve it he included this blog amongst his chosen eleven!  So without further ado, below are the eleven questions in bold text, and my answers below.

1. Imagine the following scenario: Someone, somewhere inside the United States government has decided to kill you before you can talk. Why did they make that decision? How many killers get sent? What weapons do they plan to use? What is your planned response?
Police states are paranoid things, and the US government is like a police state, so they probably decided to kill me because they deemed me a 'potential future threat' because of my political views.  Two sub-contracted assassins.  They'll probably make it look like a suicide, so gaffa tape, a plastic bag, and some sleeping pills.  Depending on my mood, either sit their and accept it, or go feral (camp in the woods and live off of scavenged food).

2. Do you have one or more declared “favorite” things that you don’t make time to include in your life? E.g. this applies if you say classical music is your “favorite” type of music, but you rarely (or never) listen to it.
Exercise. Everyone can get reasonably fit given the right frame of mind. Charles Bronson (the infamous convict) is a case in point, as is the man (Tom Hardy) who played him in the biographical film ('Bronson'), who got 'prison fit' in a few months.

3. There is some topic of which you have considerable knowledge, but it is inconvenient for you to teach this topic to other people. What makes it inconvenient?
I'm not sure that one applies to me.  There are a few ideas that I have been lucky enough to channel (in a manner of speaking), but nowhere near as much as wise men.  If anyone wants to become wise then they need lots of humility and a kind of passive willfulness (in a manner of speaking) so that they are receptive to new ideas, and then can allow them to grow using their own will as fodder for it.

4. Of the various reports of paranormal phenomena you have heard, what makes the least credible different from the most credible?
The more mundane it is the more believable it is.  Anything fantastical (that 'blows your mind', or causes you to treat it with awe) is a no-go, quite simply because it deprives you of the ability to think.  Good things allow you to think, bad things don't.

5. What is the most impressive depiction of the game of chess in a work of fine art? Does this remind you of other pieces of fine art?
No idea I'm afraid.  Chess is largely alien to me because a) it's a past-time that my uber-bright school friends excelled at, not me; b) as a game it's totally limited.  Contrast it with 'Elite' which allows the player to effectively create the world they live in.

6. How much experience do you have with computer games?
Probably too much.  Started with a NES back in the early 1990's.  Although I usually spend more time on a small number of games, rather than vice versa.   More memorable games include: Patrician 3, Medieval: Total War, Fallout 2, Frontier: Elite, Colonization, Railroad Tycoon, Capitalism.  Quite often games are more useful in learning aspects about the world than reading books as you experience it first hand, 'warts and all'.

7. What is an indulgence that you genuinely don’t enjoy, but other people always think that you do enjoy?
Beer, laughing (comedy is fine in small doses to alleviate stress or whatever, but continual jesting is a sure-fire way to weaken your Will).

8. How many years do you think will pass before the USA has a major currency crisis?
No idea.  To a large extent it depends on whether the people want a crisis or not.  Things live so long as they want to live.

9. Have you ever experienced a truth so deep that you feel you shouldn’t try to explain it?
I've witnessed something that I feel I shouldn't talk about, or even write down, but no truths.  Ideas that are given (to someone from a muse) are to be treated lovingly, like they are fragile, because they are fragile.  One way of respectfully treating an idea that you are given is to give yourself over to the muse (or whatever) that inspired that idea, and let yourself be guided by it.  Kind of like when absent mindedly doodling on a piece of paper, let yourself be guided by it rather than forcing it.

10. What is it that makes furry animals cute?
The thinness of the hair, it's flexibility, and it's colour.  A body/head with lots of of thin, movable and light coloured hair seems to be more attractive than the opposite.  Contrast a thick and black haired critter (like a black haired sea urchin), with a thin and light haired critter (like a tribble).  Also, the more hair the creature has the more appealing it is.  I think this is why women are generally deemed cuter than men.  Because women have heads with lots of hair (a lower hairline and a small face) whereas men have heads with less hair (a receding hairline and a large face).

11. What is the truest ghost story you know about?
The whole realm of the paranormal and ghosts is one I need to read up on.  But the one interesting ghost-related phenomenon that is interesting are light orbs (that sometimes occur prior to a ghost or some paranormal phenomenon), because they are void of any historically related stories and thus cannot be embellished in the same way that traditional ghost stories can be.  It means that they can be studied impartially without any emotional involvement because the investigator is dealing with a shape rather than a person.


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