I wanted to write a new blog post, but didn’t know exactly what to write about (actually — something just came to mind. Maybe I’ll write that up next time), so I asked some of my Twitterfriends if they had questions. Here are their questions and my answers.
Pikestaff: “Do you have any pets?”
At the moment, I don’t. When I was a kid, my parents had a dog named DJ that I do remember liking (though I was too young to remember much else), but apparently he got a little rough when my brother and sister showed up, so they had to send him off (I believe into the great beyond, unfortunately, poor puppy). When we were growing up, we had a number of guinea pigs and hamsters, and my sister had a few birds (one of which passed away under my care, which I feel really terrible about, but I don’t think I had anything to do with). As a family, we had a cat, which is probably my favorite pet I’ve ever had. His name is KC (pronounced “Casey,” short for “Kitten Colossus”) and he’s ancient but still kicking around with my parents in their RV. Love that kitty so much.
When I moved out on my own, I did get a betta fish a while back, and almost killed him once when my roommate and I left him in my Chicago apartment during a weeklong winter vacation with the heater turned off. I got back, and he was motionless on the bottom of the tank, with the water ice cold. I almost flushed him, but then I remembered that dead fish float, so I put him in my room under the vent with the heater turned on high, went to bed and woke up the next morning with him swimming around like nothing had happened. I never named him, just called him Fish, and a little while after that he was found floating in the tank, but as far as I know it was because of old age.
My current apartment doesn’t allow dogs, but lately I’ve been thinking I might not mind having a mutt to run around with and teach tricks to. I’m planning to move to LA in a few months, so maybe if I get a dog-friendly apartment out there, I might try getting a puppy to take care of. I’ve always thought that I have enough trouble being responsible for myself, but who knows, maybe having a canine buddy would be good for me.
CMSB: “what’s with the avatar?”
My current Twitter avatar is of Paddington Bear, a cute teddy from “darkest Peru” that I (and probably lots of people my age) remember from my childhood. My last avatar was of a very angry Lou Piniella, and it seemed to give all of my tweets a really rough edge, even if I was trying to be witty or tender. So I figured I’d go a little softer with this avatar.
I like it, though I may have gone a little too soft, as a disturbing amount of people have remarked on how cute it is. I worry I may have gone too cute — I don’t want to be represented as an angry Lou Piniella, but a teddy bear might be too far in the wrong direction.
Lots of people have suggested that I use my own face as an avatar, but most of them haven’t really seen my face up close.
divinebubbles: “do you like frank sinatra?”
I really, really do. Back when I was about 14, I had my parents buy me this 3CD set, and I can almost singlehandedly pin my almost encyclopedic knowledge of lyrics to all the old standards to that collection, from “I Get a Kick Out of You” (which I routinely sing at karaoke) to “Saturday Night is the Loneliest Night of the Week” to “French Foreign Legion” to sadder stuff like “Wee Small Hours” and “One For the Road.” Diana Krall helped me with some old standards a little later, but yeah Frank Sinatra is responsible for introducing me to most of the best music written by American hands.
And I learned about booze from him. And why the lady, because she gets too hungry for dinner at eight, is a tramp.
Oh Frank helped me out another way, too: I used to drive back and forth from college in Ithaca, NY to St. Louis, MO many times, and when I had driven for hours that day, and almost couldn’t keep my eyes open, there were a few techniques I used to stay awake on the road. The first technique (defcon 1) was to talk to myself. If that failed, I’d turn on conservative talk radio, and yell at the hosts. And if even that didn’t keep me alert enough to drive, I’d go to plan C: put on Frank and sing along with him as loud as I could. That always worked.
taufmonster had two: “What’s your favorite 5-man, and why?”
I used to say Maraudon, just because I think it’s one of the most underrated instances in the game (everyone hates it, but seriously, two branching paths, and a third segment that you could skip to if you’d already run the instance? That’s pretty innovative for its time). But of course since then we’ve had two expansions of instances. I think my favorite now is probably Utgarde Pinnacle — I like the scenery in there, and I think the bosses are varied enough to keep it interesting, but not so hard that it’s a wipefest (I’m looking at you on that last one, Ahn’kahet). Black Morass is probably my least favorite. Honorary mentions go to Shadowfang Keep, Gun’drak, and Underbog.
If there’s an instance you like but that I haven’t mentioned here, it’s probably because of one of two reasons: it’s too long (don’t like instances that drag on with the trash), or it’s too little (I think no-trash instances like Black Morass and Violet Hold aren’t epic enough). Man, I’m picky. You didn’t ask me my favorite instance, but if you had, I’d probably say UBRS. Or Kara.
And: “What do you play other than WoW?”
What don’t I play? I have a 360, a Wii, a DSi, a PC (obviously), and a Sega Nomad. Games I’m playing right now that I haven’t yet beaten (to my satisfaction) include: Dead Space, The World Ends With You, Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, Splosion Man, MadWorld, Viva Pinata 2. Games I play occasionally that I have already beaten include: Rock Band 2, Gears of War 2, Left 4 Dead, Puzzle Quest, Civ 4, Halo 3, and whatever else crosses my path. I’m not great at completing games, though I’ve gotten better lately — usually I’ll get stuck on something I don’t want to do, a new game will attract my attention, and then I’ll ditch the unfinished game to pick up another one… where I’ll hit a point I don’t want to play, and the cycle will start all over again. But thanks in part to WoW, I’ve gotten better at just grinding out the parts I don’t like and finishing up games more often than not, even if it does take me a while.
And I don’t play games as much as I’d like to, anyway — most of my weeks are taken up with work and trying to get away from work (sitting at a computer working for many hours per day doesn’t exactly prime me up to sit at a television playing for even more hours, so once I’m done with work, I’m usually trying to get out of the house already), so most of my game playing is on the weekend lately. But yes, I’ll play any game that’s good, both because I like playing games, and also because I like seeing what other people are interested in — if there’s a game that all my friends are playing but that I have no interest in, I’ll usually pick it up and see what the big deal is anyway.
Thanks to everyone who sent questions, hopefully this has been somewhat interesting to read. That thing I thought of to write was my wacky relationship to The Time Traveler’s Wife, and since the movie is coming out (this weekend, I think?), I’ll write that up soon.