1. What do you like about making icons? (Also: why the bug?)
It's just fun, I guess, finding new and interesting pictures. Sometimes they represent a current event, sometimes they represent an activity/show/game/band that I like and sometimes they are just random pictures that I think are cool. The bug fits the latter. I just think it's some great photography, and it really shows the wonder of nature - how it can be simultaneously familiar and alien.
2. What has tried swapping your blood with formaldehyde?
I feel somewhat ripped off a question here. But I guess I shouldn't complain, since I have you to thank for turning me on to this song in the first place. Seriously one of the best songs I've ever heard, and you wonder why I keep bothering you for music advice.
3. What do you think it means to forgive somebody?
That's a good question. Since I don't believe in the concept of sin, it's obviously got nothing to do with any kind of holy absolution. Really, the way I see it, forgiveness is about saying "I'm ready to resume, or repair, our relationship". That doesn't mean, of course, that the relationship will be the same that it was before, but it is working towards a level of normalcy. Forgiving an ex, for instance, doesn't have to mean getting back together with them, or even being friends, it might just mean you are able to have a civilised conversation with them.
Which, I guess, means there are different levels of forgiveness. But, I'm comfortable with that, I think it's foolish to believe in absolutes.
Also, it means there are going to be cases where someone doesn't deserve forgiveness, or you may simply be unable to give it. And I'm going to be controversal and say that it's okay to have people that you never forgive - or that you never totally forgive. It's an important part of life to learn from pain. When you touch a flame, you get burned, so you learn not to do that. The same can go for inter-personal relationships. If someone burns you badly enough, or often enough, it may sometimes mean you have to simply learn from that and walk away.
4. Describe your ideal band. You can make one out of bits of other bands if you like, or describe one that actually exists.
Really, to me, the style of music is hard to pin down, because it depends on my mood. I like heavy stuff, I like soft stuff - I like guitars, I like piano. What really makes a good band (or singer) is the quality of the song-writing. Lyrically and musically. Take the aforementioned 'Fake Palindromes', it has a soaring musicality to it, and beautifully poetic lyrics - creating a beautifully realised whole.
And, I guess the only real judge of a band is the songs. The best bands are the ones that have the largest number of great songs. That's why I obsess over bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones or Queen - but don't claim that The Knack is a great band, despite the fact that 'My Sharona' is one of my all-time favourite songs.
5. You get to gain one skill that you currently don't have. What is it, and why?
Well, that depends on what you mean by skill. If that encompasses superpowers, I want the ability to teleport to any destination. I just think the possibilities are incredible. The unlimited travel opportunities alone would make it just amazing.
If we're talking about mundane skills, I really need to brush-up on my social skills. I find myself so often paralysed by ridiculous fears when it comes to inter-personal interactions. I guess I worry too much about what other people think, and I allow this to make me freeze up and avoid social situations - including ones that I actually want to be a part of.