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Interview Meme [Jan. 15th, 2011|01:28 am]
Tomas Gallucci
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The Five Questions Meme | How this meme works:
  1. Leave a comment, saying you want to be interviewed.

  2. I'll ask you five questions.

  3. Update your journal with my five questions, and your five answers.

  4. Include this explanation in your update.

  5. Ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.



As newmistakes said:

I don't know how good the questions are, but I know you're an interesting enough person to infuse even the dullest questions with a fascinating twist of PTism.


What’s your favourite novel of all time and why?
All you cheeky Brits are the same: you can't spell. :P

Since I'm awesomer than awesome, I'm going to list a few.

  • The Phantom of the Opera translated by Lowell Bair - I had grown up listening to the original cast recording with Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman. I've said of the Shitmaker film that the film slaughtered the OCR and that the OCR murdered the original novel. By this, I mean that the film is no good. The OCR is a phenomenal auditory experience that really makes the characters come alive, but the story in the Andrew Lloyd Webber production is 180º out of phase with the novel.

    My buddy had this particular translation. I had read up on the various translations over the years and found that this mass-market paperback was the most faithful, literal translation for dirt cheap.

    Reading the novel uncovers such a deeper love story that I'm astounded that no one has taken the time to properly adapt the novel in its entity to the silver screen, degraded digitally, of course, like the few cutaways in the Shitmaker catastrophe.

    This story leaps off of the page for me. I have forbidden myself to read this novel again until I'm ready to write my screenplay–that's how much it means to me!


  • The Visitation by Frank Peretti - I can't think of a book that I have related to more. Growing up, I was forced into a very legalistic religious cult that I didn't want to be a part of. I'd been to a few mega churches (which I've always despised–another topic, another time), understood legalism, symbolism…let's say I could have been the main character in the book had I went to seminary at Wheaton College. Thankfully I didn't.

    There are several poignant moments in the book between the main character and his wife, which when Nelson Entertainment produced the film, they changed that relationship greatly which ruined what drove the book for me. Sure, it was fun going on the ride mystery of who is the Jesus character in the book and what is he doing in town.

    I said as much on the IMDB boards of the film: This is a book I need to adapt to fix the incompetency of the filmmakers that butchered this film in the first place. Fucking bastards!

    The reason I love the book so much? From the boards:

    Marian's death in the book isn't but a paragraph, but it's the most emotional piece of literature that I've read to date. Every time I read that I cry. The same goes for when Marian is packing up her stuff as she is leaving college. By the same token, I'm at the top of the world when the do the Baalem bit in the gym or when Bro. Smith is acting as a "neutral" go between. That's what made this book for me. I love it to death and hate to see it falter this way. I suppose that since the film has been in post for so long now that the scenes and pick-ups have already been shot and except for a brief ADR session, the actors and actresses have gone on to bigger and better things. Well, I can do this the easy way or the hard way. Who will have the rights to this film when it is released? I am very interested in doing a remake that accurately captures Marian and Travis' relationship. All that good writing shouldn't go to waste.



  • The Twilight of Courage - I've recommended this book so much over the years, I gave it its own blog post.


  • A Small Death in Lisbon - The book that taught me I love suspense/thrillers but generally hate mysteries because they're formulaic. Also because this book took two timelines and merged them into one story nearly seamlessly…and for the descriptions I still remember, like how the boy played with the girls pubic hair with his big toe or the rags to riches transformation that ended in the concentration camp, which, for some reason, I imagined the "visitation" taking place in a room filled with blue light from a Pepsi dispenser, most likely because of my brother's time in juvi.


  • Mossflower - The only fantasy book that I've enjoyed. One of these days I'm going to read the entire series. I think this could make a great computer animation series, though I think something has already been produced.


  • Great ExpectationTotally got suckered into this novel because of the back flap:

    Great Expectations could be called Great Deceptions. Consider these statements:

    ––Estella loves Pip.
    ––Miss Havisham pities Pip.
    ––Pip's benefactor is a rich gentleman.
    ––Lawyer Jaggers is Pip's wise advisor.
    ––Magwitch is a falsely accused criminal.
    ––The hero's name is Pip.

    The reader should be careful in reading this comic novel, for almost nothing that appears true is true.


    This tale didn't unfold like I thought it would. Also, I was infatuated with a family friend, so I could relate to Pip's feelings.


  • What is your life philosophy?
    I don't know how to answer this question straight-forwardly. My knee-jerk reaction is to quote Ecclesiastes 12:13-14:


Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.


But then I want to insert the whole book. There are a lot of fractals in that small book and a lot of wisdom that is difficult for me to articulate based on the text but which is very applicable to my life.

I try to live by the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I especially put this into practice when I get angry. You see, I have a temper, and I like to transfer my kinetic energy by throwing things across the room. This usually results in having to spend more money to replace something.

I'm also reminded about getting angry when in traffic–you never know when the guy next to you might pull a piece if you flip him off.

I'll give you a for instance on this last part: when I went home for Thanksgiving, I had to ride with Dad. We were going down the Interstate. All of the sudden he starts pumping his breaks really hard. I asked him why he was doing that.

"Because we're a mile from the county line and this guy won't get off my tail."

My brother and sister were in the back seat of the car.

I almost lectured my dad, but what was the point? His arrogance led him to believe that he was right and that was that. But what would have happened if the guy behind us hadn't of stopped? Would it have been worth keeping my sister out of her classes for a semester when she work her ass off to accomplish what she has academically? What if the guy behind us would have pulled up beside us and shot her because of my dad's asininity?

I've been involved politically and studied enough history to know that the Law of Unintended Consequences is a bitch with a 13" strap on. In the interest of my own self-preservation, I tend to roll with "live and let live."



What’s one strange thing you do when no one’s looking?
Come spy on me and find out.

If there were no consequences to your actions, what is one thing you would do?
Have sex with every attractive girl I meet.

What are ten things that are guaranteed to make you laugh?
In case you haven't figured me out by now, I'm a dour, bitter old man. Frivolity isn't my thing; I don't think I can give you a list of ten things. Here's to counting though:

  1. A well-played Illustrating Absurdity by Being Absurd on the Rush Limbaugh Show

  2. A joke on No Agenda

  3. ehowton's replies to my comments when he's being absurd.

  4. A well executed House prank (sadly, House has jumped the shark)
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[User Picture]From: newmistakes
2011-01-15 11:57 am (UTC)
Omg call me a Brit again and I'm probably going to have to do something very violent to you!!

There's a lot of attractive girls out there - do you seriously have the stamina to follow through on that assertion?

Aww I can't believe you wimped out of answering the strange thing question.. I suspected that was going to be the juiciest answer of all!!

Your answer to the book question has given me a few new books to consider when my pile of reading matter gets low - the only one of those I've read is Great Expectations, which is my second fav Dickens novel.. Pip rules.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-01-15 12:03 pm (UTC)
Omg call me a Brit again and I'm probably going to have to do something very violent to you!!
You put the Queen on your money. You're British. :P

There's a lot of attractive girls out there - do you seriously have the stamina to follow through on that assertion?
A young bull and an old bull stood on top of a hill...

Aww I can't believe you wimped out of answering the strange thing question.. I suspected that was going to be the juiciest answer of all!!
I couldn't think of anything juicy. If I would have, I wouldn't have printed it anyway. Besides, wouldn't you rather have empirical data?

Your answer to the book question has given me a few new books to consider when my pile of reading matter gets low
That's like never, right? You don't let your pile of reading material ever get low, do you?

Great Expectations, which is my second fav Dickens novel
What's your first? I was going to add A Christmas Carol but I thought that was more of a short story or a novella than a novel. Besides, my list was already quite long given the original question.
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[User Picture]From: newmistakes
2011-01-16 11:17 am (UTC)
I curse House for that money line. I curse him big time!

I'm a curious person, so ideally I'd like to be told and then gather empirical data.. (so umm how badly violated would you feel if I set up an intricate array of cameras all over your place and didn't tell you?).

Haha you're right I don't ever let the pile run too low.. but that's precisely why I'm always on the lookout for good reads, and comb bookstores far and wide in search of new books even when unread books are sitting around at home.

A Tale of Two Cities for the win!
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[User Picture]From: mrs_dragon
2011-01-15 07:25 pm (UTC)
If there were no consequences to your actions, what is one thing you would do?
Have sex with every attractive girl I meet.


Sigh.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-01-15 07:47 pm (UTC)
I thought you knew me better than this by now.

I will admit, I immediately thought of you when I wrote that line, but there is an explanation for what I wrote.

Just like an algebraic equation, my statement was precisely balanced. Trying to add to it or take anything away from it renders an incorrect statement of error.

The question was, if there were no consequences. Now of course, in the real word, there are consequences; this would never happen.

Furthermore, this is a statement more about what I would do in an alternate reality. This isn't some myopic "women were put on this earth to be my slave" statement. No, simply put, this is a statement of acknowledgment.

I've been following your writing closely; I saw the reddit article you linked to. While I understand your frustration, I also saw the other side of the coin. Humans are sexual beings, some more desirable than others.

Should those who are desirable hide their inequalities? Should we alls strive to be mediocracy? For what it's worth, I'm familiar with several of the women in that article and I know that they are strong individuals who don't rely on batting their eyes and having things done for them. I saw a possible perspective they could have had: I'm physically desirable, I have useful job skills and I'm confident in the person I am. I can't say that about every woman pictured of course.

My statement isn't one of unbridled lust; rather, I was pointing out shortcoming in myself, namely, that mentally there is still a mental battleground on how to approach these issues and that I still haven't found the appropriate response to someone I find attractive.

Is attraction wrong? Is all attraction based in lust?

I think that at some point, attention must be attained, else no observation, else no cognation, ergo no progressive response.

I do agree I could have expressed this thought better and that perhaps the real issue here is acting with tact. I will admit that I should have just left the question alone, but that would have been just as dishonest.

I offer this explanation not as a justification, but as a clarification. I can see, however, that given the week you had this appears to be more of the same, but I assure you there was quite a bit of thought that went into that simple sentence.
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[User Picture]From: mrs_dragon
2011-01-15 08:14 pm (UTC)
I think you miss the point. This isn't about denying attraction, making people mediocre to avoid attention or refusing to be yourself.

It's about a simple fact. That statement frames you as the center of the universe and women as beings who only exist in terms of how they relate to you. If they are attractive, they will submit to you. (Willingly or not, since while consequences may be damned, nothing else has changed.). If they are unattractive then they are of no consequence. This makes them objects and robs them of any other characteristics.

While not your intent, this statement essentially reads "If I thought I could get away with it, I would sleep with all willing attractive women and rape the rest."

I was not sighing at the sentiment (I get that you intended it in a lighthearted manner). I was sighing at the fact that you didn't seem to understand why the idea would come across as repulsive.

As for the reddit article, other women can sell themselves all they like. (As long as it is a decision made by a consenting adult, more power to them.)

I was more upset about the inequalities:
1. The list was almost entirely women.
2. The women were not necessarily very geeky. There were a lot of actors who PLAYED geeks and a lot of nearly naked women dressed as geeky THINGS.
3. The men on the list tended to be:
a) fully clothed
b) have more geek cred

In other words, men are sexy geeks when they are geeks and well known. It's not about their body, it's about their brain. Women as sexy geeks when they are busty, naked, and presented in a geeky manner. Ie: the men get to be fully dimensional humans, the women, only objects. The men are appreciated for their geekiness, the women are "appreciated" by geeks. It's disgusting and disheartening.

I still haven't found the appropriate response to someone I find attractive.

"Hi, could I buy you a cup of coffee sometime?"

Is attraction wrong? Is all attraction based in lust?

No and no. But even attraction based in lust is not inherently bad. However, reducing a person to just an object of your lust is bad. Saying "She's hot, I want to get to know her better." A-okay. Saying "She's hot, I want to online stalk pictures of her as masturbation fodder." Really creepy.

I do agree I could have expressed this thought better and that perhaps the real issue here is acting with tact.

It's not just tact, it's what implied in what you say. For instance, if you had said "I would ask out every girl I find attractive.", that accepts that women are people not objects and that you let them make their own decisions. It respects their ability to make choices and have agency over their own bodies, not just as they are useful to you. Is it more tactful? I suppose. But that's not why it's the better statement.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-01-15 08:46 pm (UTC)
If I thought I could get away with it, I would sleep with all willing attractive women and rape the rest
I'll admit to the first part. But the second part was not at all what I thought nor wanted to convey. In fact, I meant to address this in my early comment, but lost that point in my explanation. Certainly, there are characteristics I find desirable an undesirable and could or couldn't live with. But to deny that I do discriminate (oh horrors!) when choosing who I wish to spend my time with does not make me an evil person. Not treating others equally when going about life, on the other hand, is wrong.

I was not sighing at the sentiment (I get that you intended it in a lighthearted manner). I was sighing at the fact that you didn't seem to understand why the idea would come across as repulsive.
I didn't fully comprehend where the problem lay. Thank you for the much needed focus.

article - inequalities
Remember that ad that Intel add about "our rock stars" that featured the guy who invented USB, except later it came out that the person in the commercial was an actor and not the real deal? Yeah, that bothered me a lot. I mean, if you're going to point out that "we're different and proud off it" don't fake it.

Similarly, I take your point about the inequalities in the article. However, purely from an academic argument, if a person is famous for a character they have played but are featured as their character in an article like that, is wrong to say that their characters aren't geeky? I grant you the point that pretending to be something vs. being something (e.g. Hugh Laurie playing a doctor and his dad–a real life physician) is two different things and the fake shouldn't be glorified more than the real blood, sweat and tears.

It's worth commenting that there weren't a lot of major industry players on the list, i.e. Jobs, Woz, etc.

Just because the guys in the article were fully clothed and this was offered up as sexy, does that mean they cease to be sexy naked?

It's not just tact, it's what implied in what you say. For instance, if you had said "I would ask out every girl I find attractive.", that accepts that women are people not objects and that you let them make their own decisions. It respects their ability to make choices and have agency over their own bodies, not just as they are useful to you.
Yeah, I missed the boat quite a bit on this one. I wasn't implying that sans consequence I would take what I desired. Though I didn't spell out every step, in my mind there was a magic "yes I'll have sex with you" the precluded the sex in my response. I had no intention of implying conquering or taking what I wanted. For that I do apologize and regret I said what I said.

Perhaps I really didn't answer the question posed at all.

Is it more tactful? I suppose. But that's not why it's the better statement.
And that's why I'm thankful to have made friends that aren't afraid to tell me when I'm doing something inappropriate. One would hope that I'd know better by now, but alas.

Of course, if I didn't have any such vices, I'd likely have precious few virtues on the other end of the scale. Such is my cross to bear!
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[User Picture]From: mrs_dragon
2011-01-15 09:52 pm (UTC)
But to deny that I do discriminate (oh horrors!) when choosing who I wish to spend my time with does not make me an evil person.

You are totally allowed to discriminate in who you wish to spend time with. The question is are you discriminating based on anything meaningful? I choose not to associate with shallow, mean-spirited asses. But if they are fat or thin, short or tall, hot or not? I try not to let that matter and one of my great loves of the internet is that it strips away all that superficial stuff that just doesn't matter.

It's worth commenting that there weren't a lot of major industry players on the list, i.e. Jobs, Woz, etc.

I don't think many people find Jobs or Woz "sexy"...

Just because the guys in the article were fully clothed and this was offered up as sexy, does that mean they cease to be sexy naked?

No, it means they don't have to be naked to be sexy. Women do.

Though I didn't spell out every step, in my mind there was a magic "yes I'll have sex with you" the precluded the sex in my response. I had no intention of implying conquering or taking what I wanted.

A different phrasing might have been "I'd have sex with every willing, attractive woman." Language is a funny thing and an extra word or two can change things completely.

And that's why I'm thankful to have made friends that aren't afraid to tell me when I'm doing something inappropriate. One would hope that I'd know better by now, but alas.

It's a journey. There are things I wouldn't have blinked at 5 years ago that make me cringe now. The trick is to try to educate yourself and improve.
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[User Picture]From: darkest_writer
2011-01-19 09:59 am (UTC)
I've always disliked Great Expectations, too depressing when I read it, I think I was ten. And I've never considered rereading it.

If there every was such a thing as sex with no consequences, I'd be the biggest whore ever. But then again, 'cause there is no consequences, the word "whore" wouldn't exist! Ahhh, if only...

BTW, I'll come spy on you ;)
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-01-19 01:39 pm (UTC)
It's comments like these that get me into trouble. :P
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[User Picture]From: darkest_writer
2011-01-20 12:45 am (UTC)
:P
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[User Picture]From: darkest_writer
2011-01-19 10:00 am (UTC)
Oh and by the way, I want to be interviewed.
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[User Picture]From: deathnomiko
2011-01-21 12:02 pm (UTC)
I read The Phantom of the Opera when I was in high school when the movie came out. (I thought the movie OK, but Sarah Brightman will always be my Christine!) I was pretty shocked when it was nothing like the play/movie.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-01-21 12:26 pm (UTC)
Which story did you like best: the film, the opera or the book?
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[User Picture]From: deathnomiko
2011-01-21 01:58 pm (UTC)
I'd have to say the musical, mostly because I'm most familiar with it and have grown up with it (my dad was a big musical fan... Les Misérables was his favorite, and I can't tell you how many times I've listened to it).
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2011-01-21 02:09 pm (UTC)
I've never heard, seen or read Les Misérables.
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[User Picture]From: deathnomiko
2011-01-21 02:21 pm (UTC)
I've never read it (if I didn't drop out of AP 4, I would have), and have actually only seen clips of it, but I've heard it a millions times. The Original Broadway Recording is worth listening to. I can sing along with quite a bit of it.
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