02. I will respond by asking you five questions of a somewhat questionable nature.
03. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
04. Include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
05. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.
If you'd like to be interviewed but don't want to post this in your own LJ, you can always answer in another comment. Take that, meme!
Interview from lukeii.
1. How do you go about controling your temper?
I guess I try to internalise it. I certainly have the occasional verbal outburst, but it's pretty easy to control any violent urges. I guess I just grit my teeth. Anyway, I don't think I am actually all that good at controlling my temper, but I just get frustrated at different things these days, so most of my outbursts occur at home.
2. "Atheism" denotes an absence of belief in gods. Are you an 'Agnostic' atheist, or do you actually deny the existence of God/s?
I don't completely discount the possibility, as I think it would be foolish to say that anything is impossible. However, to me, it's no different to how I feel about pixies. I won't say that it's impossible that pixies exist, but I'm pretty sure they don't; there's simply nothing that indicates to me that they really exist, apart from the fact that some people claim that they do. Every religion is simply based on a story that a person has told - and whilst they claim that they have a divine source, there's never been any direct evidence that this is the case. For something that supposedly affects everyone on a daily basis, it just seems completely incongruous that the only evidence that anyone has is secondary - or at the very most, highly subjective (like claims of personal religious experiences). To my logical mind, that means that all signs point to no.
3. How effective do you think viral marketing is?
Like any form of marketing, it's not necessarily about making a direct sale. You're not really expected to see an ad, get straight up, go out and buy the product. It's really about planting a seed, making you think about the product, so that when you happen upon it at a later date you are just that much more likely to hand over the cash. In that regard, I think viral marketing has a massive potential. The Hoff is a perfect example. He is so much in the public consciousness, despite it being 6 years since Baywatch. And, looky looky, he's going to be in a Knight Rider movie. I'd say that's been pretty damn effective for him.
4. What do you consider to be the most heinous crime an organisation can commit, and why?
Um, genocide? Whether it's likely an organisation would commit genocide probably depends on your definition of "organisation". I mean, the Nazi party was an organisation. If you mean like a commercial organisation, or a company, it's less likely they would commit such a crime. In that case, it would be anything that knowingly contributes to human death or suffering. I'm thinking in terms of James Hardie and asbestos. And why I think that all comes back to my classification of myself as a humanist.
Well, it looks to me like he's picking on the fat kid, but maybe that's my own biases coming through. As to my own scouting experiences, I really liked Cubs, but once I got to Scouts it just seemed like it was a breeding ground for the worst kind of meat-head jocks, and being the weedy little un-co that I was, I really didn't enjoy myself all that much. Which goes some way to explaining why I didn't last very long. As for the Boy Scouts of America, it's probably worth watching season 4 of Penn and Teller's Bullshit for the answer to that one.