About You

Please be so kind as to share a bit about yourself!  Here are some suggestions to get you started — feel free to use some, none, or all of these:

  • How would you characterize your sense of humor?
  • How did you find this blog and how long have you been reading it?
  • What are the two to six most beautiful things you’ve seen in your life?
  • What are your two to six favorite sayings or quotes?
  • What four to eight books, songs, pieces of music, movies, poems, or other works of art do you like most, and what do you most like about each one?
  • What did you do that caused your mother to despair you would ever grow up?
  • What do you do for a living?
  • When is the best time to go fishing?
  • At the end of your days, what do you want your loved ones to most remember about you?
  • What is the only real reason you are not King or Queen of the Universe?
  • What have you done for a living in the past?  Include past lives, if you wish.
  • What do you do for a hobby?
  • What recreational criminal activity are you most likely to engage in during your free time?
  • Where are you from?
  • What is your scientific, religious, spiritual, or philosophical background or history?
  • What other blogs do you read besides this one?
  • How would you describe your politics?
  • Were you a favorite child?
  • In general, how would you pithily describe yourself?  Playful, passionate, sincere, analytic, contemplative, stoic, taciturn, shy, horny, ideological, romantic, sensational, sensual, light-hearted, outgoing, personable, driven, goal-oriented, fast-paced, laid-back, or in some other terms?
  • Complete the sentence:  “The awesome truth that I am actually the child of super-intelligent space aliens was first revealed to me  ______________.”
  • What are your favorite foods?
  • If you had to have a phobia of something, which phobia would you chose for yourself?  And how would you deal with it?
  • Did you really play that trick on your favorite sibling?  And, if so, what was the trick?  How did he or she take it?
  • What was the best job you’ve ever had?
  • What is the most scandalous article of clothing that you frequently wear?
  • What do you find most attractive about this blog besides the exceptional good looks of its author?
  • What is the most absurd thing you’ve ever heard in your life besides the allegation that the author of this blog is exceptionally good looking?
  • What are your four major strengths as a person?
  • What are your four major weaknesses as a person?
  • In general, do you feel you play more to your strengths, or try more to compensate for your weaknesses?
  • In general, do you feel you behave true to yourself?
  • Do intentions matter to you more than actions, or actions matter to you more than intentions?
  • What is the maximum number of chickens that can cross the same road in the same joke?
  • What is the number one reason police officers think you are a suspicious character?
  • In life, do you laugh most often with the gods or against them?
  • Who was the one person you most wanted to marry but didn’t, and why didn’t you?  If you had it to do all over again, would you still want to marry him or her?
  • What was the thing or event that made you first realize you were in love with your partner?
  • What are your two to four favorite blog posts on Café Philos?
  • Do you ever feel someone has asked you too many questions all at once?  By any chance is that someone the exceptionally good looking author of this blog?
  • What else can you think of sharing with your closest 400 or so Café Philos reading friends?

30 thoughts on “About You

  1. How would you characterize your sense of humor?
    Poor, I have a sense of humor most closely allied with Deep Blue

    How did you find this blog and how long have you been reading it?
    I stumbled across it several years ago, I’m rather sparse in commenting, but occasionally, something jumps out at me.

    What are the two to six most beautiful things you’ve seen in your life?
    Well, beauty is a very complicated idea, and anything can be beautiful in some way, that being said
    1&2) I would have to say a rather large blue butterfly of the Morpho genus (it was one of the three blue varieties) fluttering through the rainforest in Costa Rica (Manuel Antonio). Both the rainforest and seeing such a rare butterfly were beautiful on their own…
    3) An terra cotta morph eyelash palm pit viper (Bothriechis schliegelii) wrapped around a Heliconia flower.

    What are your two to six favorite sayings or quotes?
    1) Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts–Feynman
    2) You live and learn. At any rate, you live.–Douglas Adams
    3) “I do not trust anyone that says one cannot be moral without religion”–my wonderful girlfriend

    What do you do for living?
    Generally, I eat, sleep, and breathe…

    When is the best time to go fishing?
    Depends upon the fish species

    What is the only real reason you are not King or Queen of the Universe?
    Funding

    What do you do for a living?
    I am employed as a sys admin for a large private school

    What do you do for a hobby?
    RC aerial photography, Android development, and building an UAV.

    Where are you from?
    You should ask your parents about where other people come from.

    What is your scientific, religious, spiritual, or philosophical background or history?
    Scientific: Bach.Sci. in Biology primarily studying Genetics
    Religious: Well, my parents are Cafeteria Catholics, I would say that at about age 12, I was agnostic, and after searching for any factual basis of the religious stories until I was in college, I would say I was a strong atheist (>95% certainty that gods are fictional, although new evidence could change my mind)
    Philosophical: Naturalist (Scientific, Metaphysical, and Ethical)

    What other blogs do you read besides this one?
    Many, but the top ones include: Tetrapod Zoology, Evolving Thoughts, Pliny’s Hodgepodge of Anything That Strikes My Fancy (Formerly “Pliny’s Home for Wayward Skeptics”), We Beasties, Pharyngula, Greg Laden’s Blog

    How would you describe your politics?
    Others describe me as “Social “left-of-Stalin” liberal, fiscal moderate”
    My political ideas are much more complex than this, the short list:
    1) Industry does require regulation.
    2) Airport security is mostly there for show, how about having something for security…
    3) Single-payer health insurance.
    4) Close the loopholes in the tax code that allow large corporations to pay less in taxes than I do.
    5) Teachers should be educated in the field they teach, not in “education.” I am convinced many people with degrees in education and minors in the field they teach are complete morons.
    6) Education reform that works for EVERYONE.
    7) Get the Luddites and warhawks out of government.

    Were you a favorite child?
    Until I was 7 (I was an only child until then…)

    In general, how would you pithily describe yourself?
    Calculated

    Complete the sentence: “The awesome truth that I am actually the child of super-intelligent space aliens was first revealed to me ______________.”
    when I sequenced my genome…

    If you had to have a phobia of something, which phobia would you chose for yourself? And how would you deal with it?
    I do have a phobia, it is of hornets (I am deathly allergic to them). I generally keep a few cans of wasp spray handy.

    What was the best job you’ve ever had?
    The one I currently have.

    What do you find most attractive about this blog besides the exceptional good looks of its author?
    Is there something else to like about it?

    What is the most absurd thing you’ve ever heard in your life besides the allegation that the author of this blog is exceptionally good looking?
    The conspiracy theory that the moon landings were faked…

    Do intentions matter to you more than actions, or actions matter to you more than intentions?
    Actions; the best of intentions, when coupled with actions not well thought out, can be incredibly harmful

    What is the maximum number of chickens that can cross the same road in the same joke?
    3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197e749
    For the joke to still be funny? 0

    In life, do you laugh most often with the gods or against them?
    Against them

    What was the thing or event that made you first realize you were in love with your partner?
    It was more of a sudden realization when I was driving to my apartment one day after a molecular genetics class…

    Do you ever feel someone has asked you too many questions all at once?
    No, I just ignore some of them…

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    • Thanks for the interesting and witty replies, Jared! I am grateful to you for having read this blog for such a long time.

      It’s true you don’t comment on this blog all that often, but I’ve noticed that when you do, it’s almost always useful and informative. I feel fortunate there are folks like you in this blog’s audience.

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  2. How would you characterize your sense of humor? Wry at times, and at other times potty-related. Nothing like a good fart joke!

    How did you find this blog and how long have you been reading it? Outer Blogness, and not very long.

    What are the two to six most beautiful things you’ve seen in your life?
    The smile on the face of a child, my two dogs practically jumping out of their skins with joy, the snow-capped mountains on the horizon on a sunny summer day while I was in the pool with my sister & our husbands.

    What is the only real reason you are not King or Queen of the Universe?
    I don’t want to be.

    What other blogs do you read besides this one?
    Foxy Pink Cheetah, Cognitive Dissenter, Runtu’s Rincon, Quirky Girls Read

    How would you describe your politics?
    Indescribable. 🙂

    Were you a favorite child?
    I was, until my little sister came along, and I stepped aside to let her reign.

    In general, how would you pithily describe yourself?
    Stubborn, loving, quirky.

    Complete the sentence: “The awesome truth that I am actually the child of super-intelligent space aliens was first revealed to me ______________.” the day I taught myself how to burp on demand while hanging my head out the window and swallowing air whilst driving down the street. Thank heavens no one was injured or killed.

    Did you really play that trick on your younger sibling? Oh, hell yes. And, if so, what was the trick? I told him that the mixture I’d made of dirt and water in an old milk jug was chocolate milk, and he drank it. The first swallow was my fault, the rest was his own. I told my mother if he was too stupid to realize after one swallow it wasn’t chocolate milk, then he deserved to get sick. Both my mother and my brother disagreed with me, and I got my butt busted.

    What is the most scandalous article of clothing that you frequently wear? hot pink bra with hot pink boy shorts undies. (Be kind to me–I only quit wearing garments a month ago.)

    What are your four major strengths as a person? Stubborn, curious, hard-working, diligent.

    What are your four major weaknesses as a person? stubborn, lazy, know-it-all, argumentative

    In general, do you feel you play more to your strengths, or try more to compensate for your weaknesses? I think I just try to balance everything out. There are times when being lazy can be a good thing. I’m just sayin’.

    In general, do you feel you behave true to yourself? I always try to be true to myself.

    Do intentions matter to you more than actions, or actions matter to you more than intentions? I think actions need to be intentions with common sense. So it all goes together.

    What is the maximum number of chickens that can cross the same road in the same joke? 723.

    In life, do you laugh most often with the gods or against them? With the gods.

    Who was the one person you most wanted to marry but didn’t, and why didn’t you? If you had it to do all over again, would you still want to marry him or her?
    Dave. I didn’t marry him because he didn’t want to marry me. See, he had teh gay. And no, I wouldn’t still want to marry him. I would want him to be happily married to another man.

    What else can you think of sharing with your closest 400 or so Café Philos reading friends? Last Friday I got my ears pierced again, so now I have two holes in each earlobe. I felt deliciously sinful.

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    • Welcome to the blog, Faith! You seem like a very enjoyable person. I’m pleased you found this joint.

      I took a quick look at your new blog and I was rather pleasantly impressed with the start you’ve made. You’ve got several good reads there!

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  3. Oh cool, a sandbox! I want to play too! Here goes:

    * How would you characterize your sense of humor? Weird. Normal is so overrated. I make fun of everyone, but I make the most fun of myself. I tell the most embarrassing stories about myself.
    * How did you find this blog and how long have you been reading it? I don’t really remember. But most likely from a comment posted on PZ Myer’s blog or something like that. I’ve been here for years. Hi Paul!
    * What are the two to six most beautiful things you’ve seen in your life? The birth of my children (that makes 3), the sight of the trees in my country whenever I fly home.
    * What are your two to six favorite sayings or quotes? Live and let live. Be nice.
    * What four to eight books, songs, pieces of music, movies, poems, or other works of art do you like most, and what do you most like about each one? Hmmm, I’m not artsy type, but I do like to read, even though I don’t do it as much as I’d like to (having 3 kids may have something to do with this). I really like some of the books I’ve read from my country, but they won’t mean much here. I (relatively) recently read “Lonely Planets” by David Grinspoon, and it was the most fun read I’ve had in a while. I also recently read “Hume’s Fork”. That was fun.
    * What did you do that caused your mother to despair you would ever grow up? Where to start? I was a wild an crazy teenager.
    * What do you do for a living? I’m a scientist.
    * When is the best time to go fishing? I’ve never been fishing, I have no clue.
    * At the end of your days, what do you want your loved ones to most remember about you? That I love them more than I can express. And I don’t hate anyone.
    * What is the only real reason you are not King or Queen of the Universe? I don’t care enough about being powerful, rich or famous.
    * What do you do for a living? Didn’t we cover that? I’m still a scientist.
    * What do you do for a hobby? Jigsaw puzzles. Dance.
    * What recreational criminal activity are you most likely to engage in during your free time? Criminal? I dunno. I break traffic rules all the time, and I surf the internet too much while at work. But I don’t think they qualify as criminal. I’d have to check with my attorney friends on that one.
    * Where are you from? Tiny, tiny country, not so far away.
    * What is your scientific, religious, spiritual, or philosophical background or history? My dad was a scientist/politician/self-declared atheist. My mother was raised catholic, and I guess I’d call her agnostic. I was always told that I could make whatever religious choices I wanted for myself. And to be kind to others. I’m a die-hard liberal.
    * What other blogs do you read besides this one? I’ve listed the ones I frequent on my blogroll. That’s how I access them.
    * How would you describe your politics? Did I mention I’m a die-hard liberal?
    * Were you a favorite child? Nope. My mother clearly preferred my younger brother. And she was right to. He never broke any rules/regulations. I was a terror. My father didn’t have a clear preference.
    * In general, how would you pithily describe yourself? Playful, passionate, sincere, analytic, contemplative, stoic, taciturn, shy, horny, ideological, romantic, sensational, sensual, light-hearted, outgoing, personable, driven, goal-oriented, fast-paced, laid-back, or in some other terms? All of the above. Depends on the time of day, day of the week, week of the month, and month of the year.
    * Complete the sentence: “The awesome truth that I am actually the child of super-intelligent space aliens was first revealed to me at birth.”
    * What are your favorite foods? Anything I’m familiar with. I don’t like strange food. Nope not adventurous at all.
    * If you had to have a phobia of something, which phobia would you chose for yourself? And how would you deal with it? Hate. I hate hate. I stay away from it, and have as little to do as possible with people who hate anything or anyone.
    * Did you really play that trick on your favorite sibling? And, if so, what was the trick? How did he or she take it?
    * What was the best job you’ve ever had? Being a scientist.
    * What is the most scandalous article of clothing that you frequently wear? I always wear the absolute minimum amount of clothes I can get away with. But my favorite were the skimpy shorts I had on when I accompanied a boyfriend to church. It was fabulous. All the sinners were staring at me!
    * What do you find most attractive about this blog besides the exceptional good looks of its author? What does the author look like? I like the author’s insightfulness, I like that he thinks before he writes, and that he makes me think too. About things I otherwise wouldn’t think about.
    * What is the most absurd thing you’ve ever heard in your life besides the allegation that the author of this blog is exceptionally good looking? That I’m good looking.
    * What are your four major strengths as a person? I try to be kind, I try to be a good mom, I try to be a good wife, I try to be a good scientist.
    * What are your four major weaknesses as a person? I often fail to be kind, I often fail to be a good mom, I often fail to be a good wife, I often fail to be a good scientist.
    * In general, do you feel you play more to your strengths, or try more to compensate for your weaknesses? I’d like to think the strengths win, but who really knows. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer this.
    * In general, do you feel you behave true to yourself? I try. I guess, yes.
    * Do intentions matter to you more than actions, or actions matter to you more than intentions? Actions definitely matter. They speak louder than words, and their outcomes are visible long after the words have faded, or the intentions forgotten.
    * What is the maximum number of chickens that can cross the same road in the same joke? 2,000
    * What is the number one reason police officers think you are a suspicious character? My skin is not transparent, my accent is funny.
    * In life, do you laugh most often with the gods or against them? Definitely against. They’re one big joke.
    * Who was the one person you most wanted to marry but didn’t, and why didn’t you? If you had it to do all over again, would you still want to marry him or her? My first boyfriend. Nope. There’s a good reason he’s an ex-boyfriend, and the reasons are still valid. But at the time I was heartbroken. We still keep in touch. He’s turned out to be a good friend.
    * What was the thing or event that made you first realize you were in love with your partner? I couldn’t stop smiling when we were together. Or laughing. He still is the funniest person I know.
    * What are your two to four favorite blog posts on Café Philos? You’re kidding, right? You want only two? Ok, I really, really miss, Monday’s Nude bloggging. That was always nice. Bring it back please. I also like his stories about people Paul meets. Either he meets people way more interesting than I do, or he sees the interesting things in everyone.
    * Do you ever feel someone has asked you too many questions all at once? By any chance is that someone the exceptionally good looking author of this blog? Yep. My daughter is the master of questions. The author of this blog is put to shame by my daughter.
    * What else can you think of sharing with your closest 400 or so Café Philos reading friends? Stick around. It’s fun here. And be nice.

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    • Hello, old friend! I really like the answers you gave, but I have one dispute with them. You claim that you are not good looking. I must call that a “blatant untruth”!

      You forget that I’ve seen your photos, Makita, and you are one beautiful lady. So, you can’t pull a fast one on me. And if I’m any judge at all of character, you also happen to have a razor sharp mind and an appealing kindness and generosity of spirit. If you wickedly deny those things are true of you then I will have no other recourse than challenge you to an arm-wrestling contest to sanely determine who is right.

      By the way, I love knowing you were a crazy, wild teenager. I can imagine that your tendency to challenge authority has served you quite well as a scientist.

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  6. * In general, how would you pithily describe yourself?
    Currently I’m reticent, hungover, with ringing ears and a strange taste in my mouth. But generally I’m laid-back, lost in thought, lonely, prone to happiness, skilled in procrastination, affectionate, frustrated in a few ways, and confidently unsure.

    * Who was the one person you most wanted to marry but didn’t, and why didn’t you?
    When I was five, it Eric. I didn’t marry him because his family moved away when I was six. When I was 15 it was Aaron. I didn’t want to marry him so much as at least date him. But he moved away too.

    * What are your two to six favorite sayings or quotes?

    “A witty saying proves nothing.” – Voltaire (Any Voltaire is good.)

    “The happiness that life affords is less often the good we have reason to pursue than the good that befalls us unexpectedly.” – Charles Larmore, on challenging the idea that a life is something to lead and plan.

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  7. •How would you characterize your sense of humor?
    A friend’s wife who wasn’t fluent in English at the time summed it up this way, “Alan, funny man.”
    •How did you find this blog and how long have you been reading it?
    You posted a comment on my blog and I’m always curious to see what exceptionally good looking authors I have tricked into commenting on my blog.
    •What are the two to six most beautiful things you’ve seen in your life?
    One to three pairs of breasts.
    •What are your two to six favorite sayings or quotes?
    It completely changes with the setting but for this set of questions, this comes to mind:
    “You can’t handle the truth!”
    •What four to eight books, songs, pieces of music, movies, poems, or other works of art do you like most, and what do you most like about each one?
    Top Gun – I have always loved jet fighters and dreamed of being a pilot and then I realized that I would have to be in the military . . . new plan.
    Princess Bride – Seriously, this has to be on everyone’s top ten movie list. “Give him a break, he’s been mostly dead all day.”
    Heat – Pacino versus De Niro. ‘Nuff said.
    Emperor’s New Groove – “Boom! Baby!”
    •What did you do that caused your mother to despair you would ever grow up?
    She is probably still in despair and thinks I will never grow up.
    •What do you do for a living?
    Stuff.
    •When is the best time to go fishing?
    During business hours.
    •At the end of your days, what do you want your loved ones to most remember about you?
    What am I going to care? I’m going to be dead. I just hope they don’t think I didn’t care.
    •What is the only real reason you are not King or Queen of the Universe?
    My personal ethics code. Dammit!
    •What have you done for a living in the past? Include past lives, if you wish.
    Stuff.
    •What do you do for a hobby?
    Think. Blog. Laugh. Mock journalists. Laugh some more.
    •What recreational criminal activity are you most likely to engage in during your free time?
    Isn’t everything pretty much illegal at this point? It’s probably illegal to even have free time.
    •Where are you from?
    Quite possibly, from a different dimension.
    •What is your scientific, religious, spiritual, or philosophical background or history?
    Computer programming, atheist, The Good is constant and universal, and Santa Clause ethics (be good for goodness’ sake).
    •What other blogs do you read besides this one?
    The Blue Door: http://theinnerdoor.wordpress.com/
    Going Off Script: http://goingoffscript.blogspot.com/
    That’s pretty much it. Time is tight at the moment.
    •How would you describe your politics?
    Peace.
    •Were you a favorite child?
    Exactly the opposite, thankyouverymuch for bringing that up. Want to kick my dog too?
    •In general, how would you pithily describe yourself? Playful, passionate, sincere, analytic, contemplative, stoic, taciturn, shy, horny, ideological, romantic, sensational, sensual, light-hearted, outgoing, personable, driven, goal-oriented, fast-paced, laid-back, or in some other terms?
    I think you have summed it up nicely, except that you missed “exceptionally good looking author.”
    •Complete the sentence: “The awesome truth that I am actually the child of super-intelligent space aliens was first revealed to me ______________.”
    . . . when I returned to college and realized that most humans don’t actually know how to think. If I were to abandon morality, it would open the door to my becoming King of the Universe. Damn you ethics!
    •What are your favorite foods?
    Ben & Jerry’s Phish Food.
    •If you had to have a phobia of something, which phobia would you chose for yourself? And how would you deal with it?
    Medomalacuphobia. I blog to take my mind off of the fear.
    •Did you really play that trick on your favorite sibling? And, if so, what was the trick? How did he or she take it?
    Yes. When he was a detective, I put a chalk outline on the carpet of his office.
    •What was the best job you’ve ever had?
    I haven’t had it yet but I have an application in with Victoria’s Secret, so that could change.
    •What is the most scandalous article of clothing that you frequently wear?
    Vibram Five Fingers. If not constricted by a dress code, I’m in VFFs.
    •What do you find most attractive about this blog besides the exceptional good looks of its author?
    That you posted that the current political system “is the most ridiculous thing [you] have ever heard of.” I haven’t gotten much further than that.
    •What is the most absurd thing you’ve ever heard in your life besides the allegation that the author of this blog is exceptionally good looking?
    “Social Contract.”
    •What are your four major strengths as a person?
    You make it sound as if each person has four major strengths and only four major strengths. Here are four of mine (but not the only four):
    1. Questioning stuff
    2. Ability to “wing it”
    3. Individuality
    4. My Johnson (not necessarily listed in order of strength)
    •What are your four major weaknesses as a person?
    It would be easier to list my four major weaknesses as a dog:
    1. Sense of smell
    2. I have to go to work
    3. Can’t get overly excited about dry crunchy dog treats
    4. Can’t lick my own balls
    •In general, do you feel you play more to your strengths, or try more to compensate for your weaknesses?
    As a person or a dog?
    •In general, do you feel you behave true to yourself?
    I believe I listed this as one of my person strengths. Aren’t you paying attention at all?
    •Do intentions matter to you more than actions, or actions matter to you more than intentions?
    “Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it.” –Milton Friedman.
    •What is the maximum number of chickens that can cross the same road in the same joke?
    For my daughters, I actually did a twist on the chicken and the road joke. I changed the question but the answer they needed to figure out was the same answer except the last word, which rhymed with “side”. For example:
    Q. Why did the lizard cross the playground?
    A. To get to the other slide.
    “No more rhymes! I mean it.”
    “Anyone want a peanut?”
    •What is the number one reason police officers think you are a suspicious character?
    Because I was a police officer. I know what they know and what they do.
    •In life, do you laugh most often with the gods or against them?
    If they are laughing at my jokes, then I’m laughing with them. If they aren’t laughing at my jokes, screw ‘em.
    •Who was the one person you most wanted to marry but didn’t, and why didn’t you? If you had it to do all over again, would you still want to marry him or her?
    I married the person that I wanted to marry and I would do it again.
    •What was the thing or event that made you first realize you were in love with your partner?
    I found someone where I could be myself and she didn’t run off screaming in terror.
    •What are your two to four favorite blog posts on Café Philos?
    I’ve only read the latest two so, by default, it’s those two, but I will be going back to see what else has been posted and reserve the right to change my answer, in the case that something better was written, fingers crossed. =)
    •Do you ever feel someone has asked you too many questions all at once? By any chance is that someone the exceptionally good looking author of this blog?
    Do you ever feel like someone answered way more questions that you had intended? By any chance, is that someone the exceptionally good looking author of another blog?
    •What else can you think of sharing with your closest 400 or so Café Philos reading friends?
    My blog addy? http://successwarrior.typepad.com

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  8. Here goes:

    How would you characterize your sense of humor? Dry. Very dry. Shaken, not stirred.

    How did you find this blog and how long have you been reading it? I found your blog after you commented on mine.

    What are the two to [four] most beautiful things you’ve seen in your life? My babies (2), nature in general, Alaska.

    What did you do that caused your mother to despair you would ever grow up? Took the car after my parents told me not to then got into an accident and wrecked it.

    What do you do for a living? Lawyer (sorry).

    At the end of your days, what do you want your loved ones to most remember about you? That I loved them.

    What is the only real reason you are not King or Queen of the Universe? Too many stupid people to recognize my true identity. ; )

    What have you done for a living in the past? Include past lives, if you wish. Fast food “hostess.” Ugliest polyester orange uniform ever.

    What recreational criminal activity are you most likely to engage in during your free time? Criminal mischief.

    Where are you from? Utah. No, I’m not a Mormon, although I was once upon a time.

    If you had to have a phobia of something, which phobia would you chose for yourself? Heights. And how would you deal with it? Stay low.

    What is the most absurd thing you’ve ever heard in your life besides the allegation that the author of this blog is exceptionally good looking? The Mormon religion is true.

    In general, do you feel you behave true to yourself? Yes.

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  9. I can’t keep up with all the questions, so that says something about me. Wry humor. Poets Galway Kinnell, Mary Oliver, Naomi Shibab Nye. I’m a psychologist, therapist and I like to write flash fiction on my blog, though since Fukushima about half my posts are anti-nuclear essays and I’ve been writing a letter a day to Obama to come out against nukes. I believe the future of our planet is at stake and I worry about my children and future grandchildren. I have been reading this blog since I found it a couple of years ago through our dear departed Gingatao, who led me to many fine bloggers. That’s all I can keep in my brain right now.

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    • Thank you for a lovely introduction, Squirrel!

      I hope you don’t mind my blurting out that your flash fiction blog is among the best blogs I’ve yet come across on the net. Of course, I’ve told about a dozen bloggers that. But then, I’ve read about 1000 blogs in the past four years.

      Beyond that, Galway Kinnell and Mary Oliver are two of my favorites too. It’s refreshing to see I’m for once in good company with my tastes.

      I was not aware that Gingatao had passed away. I’m sadden to hear that.

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  10. Hey, this page is a cool idea! Since you “stole” one of my posts, I’m going to steal this idea. By the way, feel free to “steal” a post anytime.

    About Me – This month marks the fourth anniversary of my deconversion enlightenment, and I’ve been blogging on the atheosphere for about 3.5 years. And I really, really, really want a T-shirt!

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    • Thanks, Chappy!

      Well, turn-about is fair play, so you’re more than welcome to the idea.

      About your enlightenment: I’m surprised it’s only been four years. You’ve come a long way in a short time, then. I’ve always admired the intellectual honesty and integrity you displayed in leaving the clergy when you could no longer agree with the notion of god. All too often, I think, our peculiar species of super ape finds it easier to rationalize sticking with our pocketbooks and social positions than to surrender either for any reason.

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  11. How would you characterize your sense of humor?
    Sarcastic, dark, and random. Most of my humor is reliant on the fact that I don’t use humor very often and it comes out of nowhere.

    How did you find this blog and how long have you been reading it?
    A few months now.

    What are the two to six most beautiful things you’ve seen in your life?
    Not sure. Refer to the question on pieces of art, I suppose.

    What are your two to six favorite sayings or quotes?
    “Extraordinary claims require extraodinary evidence.” -Carl Sagan
    “I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they’d never expect it.” -Jack Handey
    “A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought.”- Warren Buffett
    “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” -George Bernard Shaw

    What four to eight books, songs, pieces of music, movies, poems, or other works of art do you like most, and what do you most like about each one?
    Pretty much all art by Bouguereau. Dude can paint.
    Pretty much all art by Claude Monet, especially Woman with a Parasol, The Cliffs at Etretat, and the Magpie. Great impressionist artwork, and there’s so much to examine in each picture.
    School of Athens by Raphael. The scale is impressive, and I like the interpretation of Plato and Aristotle.
    David by Michaelangelo
    Bleach Manga- I love the minimalist exaggeration and pacing.
    Myth of Sysphus by Albert Camus- I kind of needed it at the time.
    “Kryptonite” by 3 Doors Down- Not a fan of the band, but this was the first song on their first album, and I love it.
    “Psychosocial” by Slipknot. I love playing it in my car and people get confused because they don’t expect me liking this heavy music.
    Most music by Evanescence and Disturbed
    Disney Movies- particularly Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and Tangled. I love the animation and the warmth.
    Miyazaki movies- also love the warmth. His movies rival those of Disney.
    Dark Knight- great villain and directing.
    Fight Club- Love the script, the acting, and the anti-consumerism, and the fact that anti-consumerism is taken too far.
    The Matrix- love laurence fishburne and hugo weaving, and everything else.
    Cowboy Bebop series and the movie- Great characters and character development.

    What did you do that caused your mother to despair you would ever grow up?
    My parents despaired that I was too grown up.

    At the end of your days, what do you want your loved ones to most remember about you?
    Their memories do not concern me.

    What is the only real reason you are not King or Queen of the Universe?
    I’m made of meat, and meat is fragile.

    What do you do for a hobby?
    Watch movies, play sports, contemplate philosophy, study economics, and debate.

    What other blogs do you read besides this one?
    Sam Harris.

    How would you describe your politics?
    Social Democracy.

    Were you a favorite child?
    Yeah.

    In general, how would you pithily describe yourself?
    I kept the ones that apply from your list and erased the ones that don’t: Playful, sincere, analytic, contemplative, stoic, taciturn, shy, horny, romantic, sensual, personable, driven, goal-oriented, laid-back.

    What are your favorite foods?
    Veggie stir fry.

    What is the most scandalous article of clothing that you frequently wear?
    lingerie?

    What do you find most attractive about this blog besides the exceptional good looks of its author?
    That you write so warmly and personally, and put humor into posts.

    What are your four major strengths as a person?
    I’m intelligent, thoughtful, excellent with money, and affectionate.

    What are your four major weaknesses as a person?
    I’m vain, apathetic, bad at concentrating, and not very good at having fun.

    In general, do you feel you play more to your strengths, or try more to compensate for your weaknesses?
    Strengths.

    In general, do you feel you behave true to yourself?
    For the most part, yes.

    Do intentions matter to you more than actions, or actions matter to you more than intentions?
    Intentions, but both are important.

    What is the maximum number of chickens that can cross the same road in the same joke?
    I need a lot of metrics to answer that question, like length of joke, dimensions of said road, volume of average chicken, average chicken velocity, packing behaviors, etc.

    In life, do you laugh most often with the gods or against them?
    Against them. But I’ll show them one day!

    What was the thing or event that made you first realize you were in love with your partner?
    Well, I was strongly attracted from first eye contact, but I realized it was love during the first time I went to his place and it seemed like I knew him for years.

    What are your two to four favorite blog posts on Café Philos?
    The Wild One series

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  12. A quote that works for me:

    “Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?”

    The years pass, but I still love HAROLD AND MAUDE and CASABLANCA.

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  13. Coming up on my second blogging anniversary and just can’t help myself; as a blog magpie, I’ve got to whisk this sparkly idea back to my nest!

    I’m a newbie to Cafe Philos, who wandered in on the tail of one of your thoughtful comments elsewhere among my blogging colleagues. Picking and choosing a couple of your excellent prompts, hoping to keep this spare enough to be intriguing,

    Sense of humor: so dry, it crackles.I fear that wit gets missed entirely by many of my readers who then shoot me kind, puzzled notes of concern for my well-being when all I was doing was kvetching acerbically. Can wit be successful if everybody just thinks you’re a suicide risk? Might need to rethink this.

    My mother feared that I might have no interest in politics. Hers was so primary, so active, and so flamboyantly conservative (I’ve coined an oxymoron!), my only hope of survival was to be not only apparently apolitical, but to have no opinions whatsoever about anything she could name. As an only child, I had two options: think as my mother thought or stew silently, cultivating my own and composting them in strict secrecy.

    When she died on July 4th, 2011, the state GOP made it front page news in our local paper: “GOP Fireplug Passes!” or something equally sensitive. I made the mistake at her funeral of asking if anyone would like to speak of the departed, so the local candidates turned the whole thing into a stump.

    Eight years later, I began blogging, let a few opinions of my own slip, and now there’s no stopping me. Turns out, I had a few things I needed to get off my chest.

    It’s a joy to join the conversation here and thank you for the opportunity! Thank you, too, for turning up on my turf to move the talk along. You’re a most welcome addition to my neighborhood.

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    • Thank you for a very interesting introduction, Nance! And thanks for the kind words.

      I’m amused to think of people sending you notes of concern after misunderstanding your humor. Also, yours is a very interesting reason to have gotten into blogging.

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  14. My sense of humor is indifferent and lessening. I’m depressed. Q_Q
    I found out about this blog when I searched up a question related to teenage porn and men…
    The two most beautiful things I’ve seen in my life is a cup of coffee cooling down in the winter wind.
    My favorite quote: “The love that lasts the longest is love never returned,” and “Suffering comes from attachment.”
    What four to eight books, songs, pieces of music, movies, poems, or other works of art do you like most, and what do you most like about each one? I enjoy My Chemical Romance, Piano-composed music, Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss” painting,. and Shrek, the movie… They all formed my childhood memories…
    I have remained a quiet child… I don’t say much, or reveal much.
    I’m a student in high school!
    The best time to go fishing is at night time.
    At the end of the days, I want my loved one to remember that I’m still with them.
    I am not the King of the Universe because I am passive and indifferent.
    In my past life, I would have been a rabbit, or some insignificant animal.
    As a hobby, I play piano..
    A recreational criminal activity that I would do in my spare time is cereal murder. xD
    I am from Asia…
    I am an Atheist, but partly Buddhist and Christian.
    I do not care for government!
    I hate playing favorites.
    I am an emotional, indifferent, sometimes angry, and passive individual.
    Complete the sentence: “The awesome truth that I am actually the child of super-intelligent space aliens was first revealed to me when I became diagnosed with major depression.”
    My favorite food is peanut butter and coffee.
    If you had to have a phobia of something, which phobia would you chose for yourself? And how would you deal with it?

    I like to wear funny wigs during Halloween.
    I like the success of this blog which is attractive.
    The most absurd thing in my life that I have heard is that coffee helps against depression.
    I do not have any major strengths.
    I dot not have any major weaknesses.
    I try to be indifferent to be balanced as a person.
    I behave to my true self.
    Intentions matter more to me than actions.
    What is the maximum number of chickens that can cross the same road in the same joke?
    What is the number one reason police officers think you are a suspicious character?
    In life, do you laugh most often with the gods or against them?
    Who was the one person you most wanted to marry but didn’t, and why didn’t you? If you had it to do all over again, would you still want to marry him or her?
    I’ve never been in love.
    I don’t mind the questions, but I feel as if I can’t provide the answers that fit in!

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  15. NOBODY has ever asked me that many questions about myself, not even my many therapists. (I have a new one every year, because one so tires of them after a while. Sometimes I have two at the same time, which is nice, but one may grow a little pressed for time, especially with psycho-analysis, which of course is 5 sessions a week.)

    I got exhausted right after the first question. But I’ll answer that one, at least, to show my people pleasing nature. I really do go to far pleasing people, I’m afraid. Just can never say no!

    Sense of humor: none. I abhor humor. Wit is so tedious, mostly. My current lover is witty and it annoys me dreadfully.

    Now I am quite tired.

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