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Interview time!

These questions are from Jamelah:

1. Why do you like Neil Diamond so much? (Not that this needs justifying, or anything, because, well, Neil, but yeah, why?)
Neil Diamond is the antithesis of cool, which makes him so much cooler. I am naturally contumacious and hate to go with the crowd so if everybody else is listening to 50 Cent, I will be listening to Neil Diamond, goddammit!

My love for TEH NEIL!!!1oneone really began in the summer of 2003 when we went on a road trip in Cheryl's parents' van and her dad's 3-CD Neil Diamond set was almost the entire extent of the music we had along. If you listen to Neil Diamond long enough, you start to realize that his lyrics either a) don't make sense, or b) if they do make sense, they're about sex.

I like dirty old man music.

2. Because I think the way a person prepares to face another day tells a lot about her, what is your typical morning routine?
As some in the audience may know, I am lazy above all else. My alarm goes off at 6:30 but I usually sleep through it. My parents come along around 7 and tell me that it's 7, which is still not enough to get me out of bed. Usually I grab Isidore and check my email and dink around on the Internet until my alarm turns off and stops playing music at 7:30. Then I think about getting out of bed. Sometimes I do. I like to be in the shower by 7:45 - sometimes this happens, sometimes it doesn't. I shower, put in contacts, get dressed, do my hair, then realize that I'm going to be late to wherever I'm going so I drive to campus and have to pay for parking.

3. What's your favorite place on the planet (that you've visited), and why is it your favorite?
Bed is number one, because... bed is the best place to be. I can't explain it - you have to understand for yourself. Even if I'm not sleeping, it's warm and comfortable. Ah, bed.

Oh, you mean like a vacation destination? I think the place I carry around in my head as the best place I've ever been is the Pont du Gard. I went there all by myself in February 2001 and just walked around and sat around all day in the sunshine. The weather was unnaturally warm and everything was pleasant. I know that at the time, I was lonely while enjoying the sunshine, but in my mental snapshot, I don't feel that.

4. When you were a kid, what did you think you wanted to be when you grew up? How has this changed (or not changed) over time?
I wanted to be a scientist at one point. Before that, I probably just wanted to be a princess. The first serious, accessible career goal I remember was "scientist," though, because that sounded like a smart-person career.

Next I wanted to be a journalist. I started our third grade newspaper and was involved in the founding of our elementary school-wide newspaper, the Mitchell Talks News. I worked on the newspaper in middle school, too, but didn't get into the high school newspaper for some reason.

In early high school I wanted to go into advertising, which still interests me theoretically but isn't really a field I'd like to work in.

By late high school I was a shelver at the library and wanted to work my way up to librarian. That colored my decisions for the next four or five years until I realized I wanted to do something with web design (but didn't have any formal skills). I took a basic CS class at Albion, but the web stuff we learned wasn't really challenging to me. I had planned for years to go to SI but by the time I graduated from Albion I realized I wanted to do something more computery than traditional library science.

So I did HCI, having no real concept of what HCI was, other than that it was the computer-related specialization of the library school. I thought about that for a while, but I never really got into HCI or imagined myself in any particular HCI career.

So now I'm into international education and hoping that my interest in this field will only grow from here...

5. This is my favorite game. Out of the following three celebrities, if you had no choice but to shag one, shove another off a cliff, and marry the other, who gets what and why? Your choices are ex-Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, Ryan Seacrest, and this guy from the show Lost. Go.
This is tough. Two of them really ought to go over the edge and I think I'm kind of in love with Sayid, which makes his fascination with Shannon all the stupider. Actually, I'm not sure if you're talking about the character or the actor. And if you're talking about the character, do I get stuck on the island if I marry him? Do I rescue him from the island? Am I sitting at home, worrying about him?

Whoa. I have put too much thought into this. Okay, my first temptation was to push Ryan Seacrest off the cliff and shout "Seacrest OUT!" but now I'm thinking he might have more money than Nick C. So my answers are: push Carter, quickie marriage/annulment with Seacrest (with no pre-nup) and shagging Naveen Andrews.

This is a meme, so if you're interested in being interviewed by me, here are the rules:

1. Leave me a comment saying "interview me."
2. I will respond by asking you five questions here. They will be different questions than the ones above.
3. You will update YOUR blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

srah - Sunday, 17 April 2005 - 10:22 AM

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Comments (7)

gravatar Jamie - April 17, 2005 - 3:56 PM -

As usually I do as I'm told (I love saying goodbye to free will): interview me! (godamnit)

gravatar srah - April 17, 2005 - 5:16 PM -


1. What's your favorite food to make? To eat?
2. What would be your ideal job, and why?
3. Tell us about your worst travelling experience.
4. What do you like best about yourself? (Feel free to make a long, train of thought list)
5. Tell us about something you bought and later regretted.

gravatar rory - April 18, 2005 - 9:05 AM -

interview meeee! :)

gravatar srah - April 19, 2005 - 10:47 AM -


1. I like this one so I'll steal it from Jamie's: What do you like best about yourself? (Feel free to make a long, train of thought list)
2. Tell us about what you envision/you'd like your life to be like at age 65.
3. What's your favorite flavor of ice cream?
4. What would your 12-year-old self think of you today?
5. Who have you lost contact with, who you'd like to get in contact with again?

gravatar sarah - April 19, 2005 - 11:00 PM -

interview me dawg. sarah OUT!

gravatar Bethany - April 20, 2005 - 11:26 AM -

interview me?

gravatar srah - April 20, 2005 - 4:07 PM -

1. What do you like best about yourself? (Feel free to make a long, train of thought list)
2. Is there a moment in your life that stands out in your mind, where you were ecstatically happy or at peace with the world?
3. Please tell us about a book or movie that makes you think.
4. What characteristics make people attractive to you? ("Characteristics" being not just physical but personal attributes, and "people" being friends, partners, blogs you read, people you meet on the street...)
5. So... three years out of Albion, what do you think is the most valuable thing you learned there?

1. What do you like best about yourself? (Feel free to make a long, train of thought list)
2. What makes you happiest? (Again, the list may go on and on and on.)
3. What is it about Philadelphia that makes it feel like "home" to you? (I'm making the assumption that it does. I have the impression it does, but I might be wrong.) Do you want to go back there?
4. If you could do anything in the world (money/time/silliness not a factor), what would you be doing right now?
5. What do you do to de-stress?

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