1. What is your favorite episode of Lost so far?
Well, everyone loves "Walkabout," but as with most things, it's hard for me to pick just one favorite episode. My favorites so far are, besides "Walkabout," "Confidence Man," "Raised by Another," "Special," and "Numbers." Note that three of those episodes were written by David Fury.
2. Who do you think will (or do you want to) die on Lost? (If you read spoilers don't answer this question or I will smite you.)
I'm a spoilerphobe, so I don't know. Although allthelivesofme did point out that it's statistically likely to be a male character, because you are not taking away one of my four pieces of eye candy when you all get TEN MEN to ogle. And of all the men, I think Boone is probably the most useless. He doesn't have much of a function currently. Everyone else brings something to the group, and he's expendable. My second guess would be Jin, but they might want to milk the Sun/Jin angst as well as the Michael/Jin angst and the Hurley/Jin whatever-that-is. And also, I want Gavin to have a job.
3. Um... what is a good song or band I should listen to?
Ladytron - Playgirl
4. What is your favorite sandwich?
I don't have favorites! I love chicken, and I'm quite fond of the chicken salad sandwich at Potbelly. But the mushroom Swiss Big Mouth Turkey Burger at Chili's is also good. Oh, and the chicken cheesesteak at Texadelphia. And anything from Schlotzsky's! Mmm, sandwiches.
5. What would be the best way for Alias to redeem itself? ;)
Syd and Nadia make out.
1. Where are you from originally?
I was born in San Francisco. After some moves due to my dad's residencies (he's a psychiatrist), we ended up in Arlington, Texas, where I lived since third grade. Yep. I'm a Texan. Yee-fucking-haw.
2. Is your undergraduate degree in science, or writing? Or both? Or niether? What was your favorite class in undergrad?
I majored in biochemistry and English. AND STOP WITH THE FAVORITES QUESTIONS. Let's see. Some of my favorite classes include Shakespeare on Film (for which I wrote a portion of Macbeth as a noir flick using most of the cast of L.A. Confidential), The Gothic and Constructions of National Identity in U.S. Literature (for which I read both 'Salem's Lot and Absalom, Absalom!), Introduction to Theatre (for which I designed a radio and television ad for a hypothetical production of The Yeomen of the Guard), and Dramatic Writing (for which...well, it was Dr. Mitchell. He's a character.). My fiction writing classes were also pretty good, and I kind of liked second semester organic chemistry. That may have been cause I liked the professor, whose lab I proceeded to do all my Rice research in.
3. Are you a stickler for grammar and punctuation? Do you know your way around a semicolon? Do you have fights with other people about the merits of the m-dash versus the n-dash?
Yes, pretty much. I copy-edit on sight; I use semicolons. I allow myself to take some liberties, however, because I am an English major, the English language bends to my will. I don't fight about dashes. Hyphens, sometimes, but not dashes.
4. Why does too much potassium mess up your heartbeat? Does too little potassium do anything bad? Why is the symbol for potassium "K"?
Those first two questions are better answered in the blog, and you should ask them there. Maybe I will answer them in my "spare time." As for the symbol for potassium, phosphorus had already taken P, and scientists like Latin. The Latin name for potassium is kalium. K is also the symbol for the amino acid lysine. I don't think K ever stands for anything that actually starts with a K.
5. Where do your usernames come from?
A long time ago, I used to play games. Toejam and Earl 2: Panic on Funkatron on the Sega Genesis, for one. One of the enemies was this ghostly cow that possessed your character and caused him to have convulsions, making him lose energy. I dubbed it a "Polter-Cow" and thought it'd make a good story. And then, to my surprise, I actually wrote that story. Like I needed to pay attention during driver's ed. It was the first big story I'd written simply for the sake of writing it, because I had a story I wanted to tell. It's a symbol of my beginning as a writer. I am spectralbovine here because I am anal about my hyphen: "poltercow" simply does not look right.
1. What annoys you most about humanity in general?
The fact that people can't grasp the concept of doing nice things for other people simply because you can.
2. Why do some people look really hot with shaved heads and others look like fried, battered ass on a stick?
Gentlemen, what we have here is a terrifying example of the reindeer effect!
3. What do you think could possibly have been the original reasoning behind eating eggs and drinking milk from cows?
4. What do you think is the most ridiculous professional sport in existence?
I know the default answer should be professional wrestling, but I wouldn't want to incur pix_kristin's wrath, so I'll have to say...poker.
5. Why won't you make me a sandwich?
Get back in the kitchen, woman. And why isn't my laundry done yet?
1. Isn't Dylan Moran hott? Just kidding. I mean, he is, but that isn't my first question. Here it is: Who is your all-time favorite fictional character?
Gyeeeaaarrggh. I have no clue. I mean, "fictional character" spans the entire gamut of fiction, from theater to movies to books to television to even song. So I guess, here's a short list of sorts, where "favorite" can take on many meanings:
Claire, Generation X: Tales from an Accelerated Culture
Telemain, Dealing with Dragons
Phil Connors, Groundhog Day
Stevens, The Remains of the Day
Fox Mulder, The X-Files
Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet
Richard, Richard III
Jaye Tyler, Wonderfalls
Emily Gilmore, Gilmore Girls
Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Daredevil (the comic, obviously)
Tommy the Canexican, "Tommy the Canexican" by Eddie from Ohio
Nick Andros, The Stand
Veronica Mars, Veronica Mars
This is actually a very interesting question, and that list is far from complete. I'll have to think about this some more and come up with reasons why a character is a favorite.
2. What pet would you most like to have, if you could choose from any animal, no matter how large, impractical, flesh-eating, etc. it may be?
Ever since I was a kid, I wanted a ferret. I was going to name it Caspian. But if we're going any animal, can I have a dragon? Cause, hello? DRAGON!! And I will name it Trogdor, of course. Or Kazul, if it's a girl.
3. Best movie line ever, what is the?
"It was great seeing Annie again and I realized what a terrific person she was and how much fun it was just knowing her and I thought of that old joke, you know, the, this, this guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, 'Doc, uh, my brother's crazy, he thinks he's a chicken,' and uh, the doctor says, 'Well why don't you turn him in?' And the guy says, 'I would, but I need the eggs.' Well, I guess that's pretty much now how I feel about relationships. You know, they're totally irrational and crazy and absurd and, but uh, I guess we keep going through it...because...most of us need the eggs."
That was just the first one I really liked from the b.org quoteapalooza. You cannot ask me to pick the best movie line ever. I mean, Entertainment Weekly already tried. I love many lines, and I love many movies.
4. Do you prefer sunny days or a light drizzle?
Sunny days. They're bright. I know, I know, I'm so doom-and-gloom you'd think I'd prefer the drizzle, but no. Sunny days, sweepin' the clouds away. That's what I like.
5. If you had to live in a national park for a year, which one would you choose? And what would you want to do while there?
Uh...I'm not too familiar with national parks. I suppose I would go to Yellowstone, see Old Faithful, and get eaten by a bear.
1. Who do you think will win the Super Bowl next year?
The San Diego Crunchers.
2. What is your favorite painting?
OMG STOP WITH THE FAVORITES SHIT. I love Magritte, but for this question I have in mind a Renoir painting I saw in the Houston art museum. I can't seem to find the print online, but I think it comes from this series. I think it's that girl in blue in her own painting, and she's clear (or as clear as she can be in an Impressionist painting), but all the background is swirly. It's a lovely painting.
3. When will it all start to make sense?
2 days, 23 hrs, 15 mins, and 29 secs.
4. Where do you see yourself in six days?
Watching Sin City.
5. What are you - eleven?
Yes, pumpkin. I am eleven.
what is your favorite cereal?
do you have any foods you can not eat for ethical or religious reasons?
I don't eat any meat besides poultry for pseudoreligious reasons. I mean, it's not like I'm devoutly Hindu, so I could theoretically go and eat a burger, but I'm a creature of habit. And I stick to my guns.
do you have any foods you can not eat for gross out reasons?
Cauliflower is icky.
what is your favorite kind of cookie?
what is the most hippie-like meal you've ever eaten?
I don't even know how to answer this question. I'm not too familiar with hippie cuisine. Does it have a lot of vegetables? Indian food has a lot of vegetables.