July 28, 2007

Interview Meme

First, between having family visit and working on making "Lazy Blogger Syndrome" a prominent disorder for the DSM-IV-TR, I've been busier than Corey Feldman and Corey Haim at a photo op. But anyway, whilst perusing the internet, I came across Ben Varkentine's blog (through the inimitable and well-named Johnny Bacardi). Here's how the totally voluntary meme works., if you want to play along:

Do YOU want to be interviewed?
Interview rules:
  1. Leave me a comment saying “Interview me.”
  2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
  3. You will update your blog with a post containing your 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.

And now, onto Ben's questions:

  1. You pride yourself on tipping scared cows. My first question: What, if anything, do you hold sacred? I personally believe in everyone's right to have an informed, insightful opinion based on giving people full information and having them make their own choices. I believe that people have the right to make their own moral choices...but that they also have the responsibility to live with the consequences. I also hold sacred the belief that all individuals should be treated with respect, dignity, and grace. In addition, I believe fully in accountability (including my own), as well as in putting a best effort in and letting go of the results.

  2. Carrying on Becca's newly introduced tradition of Dr. Who questions, what is your favorite Dr. Who story? One televised, and one non-televised, if you like. For televised stories, I'm going to have to go with Talons of Weng-Chiang It's got tons of Hinchcliffe/Holmes goodness - a historical backdrop reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes; incredibly witty and sharp dialogue (sample: "Man who walk too quickly step in bear trap"); a plot that actually can stretch out over six episodes (although some of the Asian stereotypes are very wince-worthy), and for the Chris Sims in us...a killer dwarf robot. (Extremely close second - Genesis of the Daleks)

    Untelevised, I'm going to have to go with the Big Finish audios...and my personal favorite is Spare Parts: a Fifth Doctor "Genesis of the Cybermen" story that is flat-out creepy, scary, and powerful story. (Most of the BF audios, for me, range from OK to flat, although I think Master and Sympathy for the Devil are close seconds for best untelevised story.

  3. How do you feel about Jerry Lewis? You know, if you're looking for great movies featuring a guy acting like a total nut job for two hours, he's your man. His late 50's/early 60's output is nothing but dynamite. (And his work with Dean Martin - frickin' priceless). Unfortunately, at times his tendency towards bathos can be Chaplinesque...and not in a good way (and I'm not a big Chaplin fan). And if Will Pfeiffer and Fred Hembeck really loved Lewis, why not discuss some of his later dramatic work? His stint on Wiseguy was pretty good, and he did OK on Law & Order: SVU. But I'm not a Lewis worshiper...unless he engages in a scenery-chewing contest with William Shatner.

  4. If you could, what cancelled TV series would you restore to a network schedule? For the sake of this question, you don't have to worry about the cast and crew having taken other jobs, etc. You say back to work, they're back to work. What is it? Veronica Mars, pure and simple. I always liked the fact that it was a well-written mystery show...although, if I did bring it back, I would do it a la Columbo as a series of tv movies. (Towards the end of this last season, I felt revisiting some of the older themes smacked a little of shark jumping)

  5. Whadaya got against jazz? - For some reason, it just doesn't "click" for me as music. I think, at times, some jazz musicians come across as vain, pretentious, and snobbish, as if other forms of music (more accurately, popular music) don't exist. In addition, I'm slowly getting into some jazz...but quite frankly, I just don't get it. And I love R & B/blues/soul, so it's not that I don't like similar forms.

And if you're observant, you will notice that I answered Ben's bonus question first.


Ben Varkentine said...

I did notice that, but how would anybody else know since you didn't reprint it?

Roger Owen Green said...

ME, ME, interview ME! Please.

Dave Carter said...

Gordon: feel free to interview me if'n you'd like.

Gordon D said...


Just for clarity - the "bonus" question was "How did you discover my blog?"

Ben Varkentine said...

BTW, you can have a go at interviewing me back, if you'd like.