first, as always, the ever so classic rules:
If you want me to interview you--post a comment that simply says, "Interview me." I'll respond with questions for you to take back to your own journal and answer as a post. Of course, they'll be different for each person since this is an interview and not a general survey. At the bottom of your post, after answering the Interviewer's questions, you ask if anyone wants to be interviewed. So it becomes your turn-- in the comments, you ask them any questions you have for them to take back to their journals and answer. And so it becomes the circle.
and the questions and answers:
1. You have a damn lot of friends. Do you ever get sick of having so many people in your life? Has it ever caused problems?
Sometimes, but its really not so much of a problem. I mean, if I feel like being alone, its pretty easy to arrange that. If anything, it makes me sad that knowing so many people means there are inevitably a bunch of people that I don't get to see very often, so I don't get to know them as well as I might like to.
2. You sure are comfortable with your body. Have you always been this way? How would you help someone with body image issues?
No, I haven't... and in a lot of ways, despite appearances, I'm still not. I'm actually really really really body conscious, I just sort of address the problem with a jump in the deep end of the pool sort of mentality. I actually grew up being very skinny and not thinking I was very attractive at all, so I worked really hard to get myself into something resembling an in-shape body, but honestly I'm still not happy with how I look, so really, part of what I do is designed to create the illusion that I'm more attractive than I really am. It's all done with smoke and mirrors.
How do I help other people? yannaboo asked a similar question of me when she interviewed me. The best I can say, is that if its important to you to look good, then you have to dedicate yourself to doing the work to get your body up to snuff and then creating the attitude and the look that shows it off.
That said, no matter what you look like, the more comfortable you are with presenting that, the more attractive you are going to be. If you look like Mark Wahlberg or Pamela Anderson but you dress in dumpy poorly fitted earthtones, don't do your hair, slouch and smell bad, no one is going to find you sexy. On the other hand, I really don't care what anyone says, MicK Jagger simply isn't actually attractive at all, and Queen Latifah is fat, but both of them no how work what they have in such a way as they appear to be fine. Shake what your mama gave you! And never be afraid to let them see you in your underwear (or really, even with without them).
3. What's the first memory that comes into your mind when someone asks you for a "vivid recollection?"
Depends on what you mean by first memory. If you mean the first thing that occurs to me, well, there are several "illicit deviant sexual encounters" that spring to mind, as well as certain "not in my right mind due to the use of a mind altering substance" instances... If you (or anyone else, I guess) want details of any of those, feel free to ask me any time. I won't get into it here because, really... my mommy reads this... as many people who know me, know, I have no qualms about discussing such things in general with my mom, and she's well aware that I'm no angel... but she seems to like to maintain at least a little bit of plausible deniability, and I don't think she wants to accidentally read details... Plus, you know... I'd hate for there to be published evidence which might ruin my future political career... I mean, if people know some of the things I've done, then I may never become president, and that would suck, because everyone knows the president gets the best head.
If you mean my earliest vivid memory, then that's easy. About a week after my 2nd birthday, I was standing on the seat of a tricycle I had gotten as a present and using a toy hammer on the wall. The tricycle slipped out from under me, and I fell face first onto a steel heater grate in the floor, knocking myself out. I woke up in the hospital to find that I had severely mangled my teeth and jaw and would have absolutely wretched looking teeth until I could get braces on my adult teeth well over a decade later. I was actually really self-conscious about it when i was an older kid, and there are almost no pictures of me smiling where you can see my teeth from like age like until 14.
4. Choose your favorite comics creator (writer or artist). What is your favorite title/story arc by that creator? What is your favorite character in the above? What is your favorite scene with that character?
Oh jeeze, I hate favorite anything questions, because I change my mind like every 15 minutes. I made a list of some comics that I thought were canonically important to read a while ago, so I guess I could consult that and find that Alan Moore appears on the list most often and so I could be really obvious and say him. And then say the Watchmen and Rorschach saying "I'm not trapped in here with you, you're all trapped in here with me". But that's boring. I really enjoyed Maus by Art Spiegelman. Authority was great. Kingdom Come is brilliant. I'm a huge Peter David fan. Ooh, there you go. He wasn't on the list, so I'm going to say Peter David, and my favorite title of his being Supergirl. Favorite character within being "Wally, the God Boy" and favorite scene being when Supergirl asks Wally to proove he's God, so he hits her with his bat and knocks her through the air. But again, I'll totally change my mind if you ask me again in 15 minutes.
5. We both like Apple. What are some things you would propose if you were the head of the Apple design team? What bold new direction should they take next?
A lot of people are asking for a pen based pad computer. I suppose that would be nice. Particularly for Photoshop. Another thing I'd like to see would be a geek machine without a lot in it to start but that was really expandable. Maybe it had 6 card slots in it. And 5 drive bays. And 8 DIMM slots. That would be cool. I wouldn't really care what it looked like because I'd keep it under the desk but I could really load it up. There's other non computer stuff I'd really like to see. Affordable head mounted displays for instance, or even an affordable projector, even one that only did 1024x768, would be really nice. I also really liked the idea of the cube. Trying to make the computer an attractive piece of living room or den art. So I'd like to see that expanded upon a little.
So there you go, who's next?