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19 April 2006 @ 01:13 pm
01. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
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 mousebane

1. Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

That's an easy one, with only one scientifically correct answer. The chicken evolved from some earlier proto-chicken. This proto-chicken laid an egg, from which hatched the first chicken. Therefore, the egg came first. Pinpointing exactly at which point the proto-chicken became the chicken is a little trickier.

2. What were your impressions of your very first con at Conquest this year?

I had a lot of fun, and took away a lot of different impressions. About the games themselves, I guess the biggest impression I got was about what I think makes a game work. The main thing I thought was that a game relies on the flow of information. The best games, or at least the games where I felt I had a better role, were those in which I felt I had enough information (at least as it pertained to my character). Not that I didn't have fun, but a few of the games I found it rather hard to know what I was meant to be doing because I felt I didn't have enough information, either about my character or about the situation. Obviously it's important for a game to have secrets, and characters should certainly have secrets from each other, but I often felt I didn't know stuff that my character should know.

As for the people, it's like any group of people. There were people that I liked, people I didn't like. I met new people who were immediately friendly, and I met people who seemed to pretend I wasn't there because they didn't know me. Some of the people were pretty down-to-earth, and some were crazy as loons. That said, it was mostly a positive experience, and I hope to see a lot of those people again. Anyway, I guess my point is that one can't fall into the trap of thinking that roleplayers are a particular type of people, that they fit a particular mold; they're just as diverse as the rest of the world.

Although disproportionally red-haired, of course.

3. Who would your favourite fictional character be and why?

This is where I admit that my favourite fictional character is from a book I have never read. However, I am a huge fan of the musical based on the book. My favourite fictional character is Javert from Les Misérables. The reason is that he most perfectly fits my favourite category of character, which is the character that treads the line between good and evil. Other such characters (for different reasons) are Snape from Harry Potter and Gollum from The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings.

Anyway, the best thing about Javert is that he thinks that he is the good guy, and that Jean Valjean, the story's hero, is actually the villain. If you're not familiar with the story, Valjean is a petty criminal who has skipped out on bail. Valjean, however, has a religious experience, starts a new life and becomes a kind and generous philanthropist (but is still on the run for violating parole). Javert, however, is not interested in the good work that Valjean is doing, but is single-mindedly focussed on doing what he thinks is the right thing to do: bringing a dangerous criminal to justice. And, on the face of it, Javert is right. That's the beauty of the character. What he is doing is entirely justified, backed by the law and by his own moral code; but, the audience/reader knows that Valjean is truly a good man, and so Javert becomes the story's villain. Classic stuff.

4. If you were in politics, what party would you be involved in?

The Monster Raving Loony Party.

Anyway, really I have no answer to that, as I'm pretty disaffected with the state of Australian politics. The party that currently has my support is the Greens, as I believe they are the only truly left-wing party that hasn't sold out on its principles. However, I can't imagine I would ever want to stand for the Greens, as I think they still have a lot of policy problems, mainly tied to the fact that they are still, in many ways, a single-issue party. I worry that the Greens would be willing to sacrifice too much for the sake of their own particular focus on the environment. Not that I don't think the environment is an important issue, but there needs to be a balance.

So, I guess I would have to either create a new party, or stand as an independent.

5. If you had to live in any other country in the world apart from Australia, where would you go?

Either somewhere in Western Europe or Canada. Europe because I love European culture, history, art, architecture, etcetera. Italy or France would be the two most likely candidates. Canada because I I think that North America has a lot to offer, but the USA is politically poisonous. Canada on the other hand is something of a leftie's haven.
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Kittymoorekittie on April 19th, 2006 03:49 am (UTC)
I think you change your journal colours more than I change my nail polish colours...
Jacobyak_boy on April 19th, 2006 04:27 am (UTC)
That's only because you always wear pink.
Kittymoorekittie on April 22nd, 2006 05:20 am (UTC)
ha ha ha ha.

Good call.

There are many different shades of pink though.
Kittymoorekittie on April 22nd, 2006 05:24 am (UTC)
Oh, and also... how come when I go to your journal's friends page, I can't see my own entries, but in other people's journals I can?

Can you even see my entries?
Jacobyak_boy on April 22nd, 2006 05:43 am (UTC)
You may not have been logged in properly, since your entries are friends-locked.

Anyway, I can see your entries fine, both on my friends page, and on your journal page.
Kittymoorekittie on April 26th, 2006 04:37 am (UTC)
Glad to hear it.