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I completely forgot about these! As usual, you can comment and ask me for questions

1) What are you most likely to impulse buy on a shopping trip?

Hmmm. Probably a handbag. I am utterly addicted to handbags and shoes but work hard to keep my predelictions under control so that I don't end up with a wardrobe full. Or a book but you don't get those in department stores so often so it's less likely.

2) What thing did you picture about the future as a kid that hasn't happened yet?

I'm not really sure - I didn't picture the future much. I found it (and still do) impossible to imagine what it would be like and what I would be like. I did want to achieve something worthy of being invited onto Desert Island Discs though and that hasn't happened yet :)

3) What time of year is your favourite, and why?

Ooh, an easy one. Summer because SUN! SUN SUN SUN! Light! Warmth! Sandals! Dresses! Light! Summer is just the best time of year, particularly early and late summer.

4) What song would you say is or has been your most favourite song?

Hoo, tricky. This changes quite a bit. Probably Californication by the Red Hot Chili Peppers though. It just grabs you with that gorgeous bass line and it's just achingly lovely.

5) What are you having/did you have for dinner tonight? :)

Tonight we are going out to dinner at a French resturant to celebrate me getting my bonus :)
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So, I asked for some questions from [livejournal.com profile] snowking and then promptly let them sit in my inbox :) I do love the interview meme though so if anyone else wants questions or wants to ask me questions, go for it!

1. What do you think the future holds for LJ?

Yikes! You would think that I'd have an idea about this given my volunteering but actually, I haven't really thought about it for a while! I know some specific projects that are on the horizon but I don't think I'm allowed to talk about those :) Better safe than sorry, anyway! Anyway, all of the following is from a position of NO KNOWLEDGE, just my vague speculations.

In terms of broad generalities, it kind of depends on how the regulatory regime develops in the states - as long as LJ is held responsible for what it's users post then I can see more stuff like content hosting (e.g. music?) being a possible expansion, and possibly LJ trying to branch out into more areas, like calendaring or event organisation/management. I'm not sure I see openSocial as a big thing for LJ - I think of it as more an app than a platform, ala facebook but probably more LJ apps to go on other sites, again ala facebook might be a possibility.

2. Do you see yourself ever leaving Oxford?

Possibly but only really if teleporters get invented. The reason I love Oxford over and above the place itself is the people I hang with here, who are all awesome. That and the convenience of being able to bike to things like the pub and the cinema (I still haven't got over that!). However, I do miss the country and the sea so if there was a way I could have all those (and Alex could be persuaded) then I would potentially be up for it but as I say, the only way I can think of is teleporters :)

On a slightly more serious note, the thing that seems more likely to me is that as our parents get older we may end up having to consider moving closer to them or moving them closer to us so there is a chance we would have to leave but in that case I think we would come back eventually.

3. What's your favourite way to treat yourself?

Bottle of wine, good cheddar, salt & vinegar pringles, salsa, tesco healthy living dips. Something lazy on TV like a Midsomer Murder and if possible, Alex sitting around next to me for hugs.

A close second is a meal in a really nice restaurant but that's not quite so relaxing so it depends if I'm in an energetic or lazy mood.

4. What's so great about the g in background?

Heh :) The *interesting* thing about the g in background is how many people don't remember to include it when they submit a support request asking for pictures of Justin Timberlake all over their journal :) A bunch of us doing styles support added it as an interest as a kind of solidarity of people who don't think that the internet means you don't have to spell properly (and I know I don't always manage, but at least I try :)). Which is great in it's own way, I suppose :)

5. What are your top 5 movies?

1) A Few Good Men - I am a sucker for the oratory in this.
2) Clueless - nearly guarenteed to improve my mood
3) Josie and the Pussycats - ditto
4) Hotel Rwanda - the opposite, but very very powerful. Makes me cry.
5) The Prestige - I just love how this all fits together. I didn't know the story when I first saw the film and the reveals worked perfectly.
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1. How did you get interested in programming?

Mostly through my maths degree. My degree really came alight for my in my third year. That year I had to study 2 hard maths papers of my choice and 2 non maths but related papers (I decided not to do the masters purely so I'd be able to do this). I studied Set Theory and Logic and Functional Programming and Algorithm Design (the other 2 were Algebra and the History of Philosophy from Descarte to Kant but that's not relevant here). I absolutely loved the Set Theory and Logic paper - it actually changed the way I thought (meaning my actual process of thinking). I loved the extreme formal rigour of working on logic problems. The programming paper on the other hand suggested to me that if I wanted to work with that sort of thing I could do worse than going into computers. As a result, I started to apply for investment banking IT jobs, targetting them as the sort of companies who would take me on as someone who knew they would be a good programmer but wasn't yet actually a programmer and train me. Once in, I got onto databases, which takes you right back to set theory and then I was off!

2. If computer programming did not exist as a profession, what do you think you'd be doing, and why?

That's a hard one. There's a serious risk I'd be an accountant :) It's also possible I'd have gone straight into teaching, which is still something I hope to do in the future. I find it so hard to imagine because a world without professional programmers (as opposed to academic programmers) is by implication a world where computers and computing are hardly used outside academia and it's hard for me to imagine what those workplaces were like!

3. What is your favourite novel by Neal Stephenson, and why?

I'm torn. Diamond Age I find very emotionally affecting because I identify very strongly with the character of Nell but for sheer style and readability I just love Snow Crash to bits. I've found Cryptonomicon much less readable and haven't read any of the latest ones because they're so big and somehow the subject matter doesn't grab me.

4. I confess that I have never read a Terry Pratchett novel and had no intention of doing so until I heard a trailer for BBC Radio 4’s adaptation of Small Gods (which I missed). What book would you recommend as an introduction to his work?

Small Gods would actually be right up there - I recently lent it to my Dad to introduce him to Pratchett. It has the nice combination of being in what I think of as being Pratchetts best period but being completely stand alone from the rest of the books. A lot of people recommend Mort, but to my mind that doesn't have the sharpness of satire that I love in his slightly later stuff. I'm very fond of Men at Arms and Feet of Clay, the 2nd and 3rd books which follow the Ankh-Morkpork city watch (the first is Guards, Guards but I don't think you have to have read that to enjoy Men at Arms). I also love Wyrd Sisters, one of the early witches books - I think that would be a good one too.
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The interview meme seems to be doing the rounds again and I have decided that I quite fancy doing a few again. I know I have thus far failed to comment with questions for people (because (a) I'm a lamer and (b) I mostly see the posts on my morning read of my FP when I am not awake enough to think of questions) but if you comment here with questions for me I promise faithfully I will reply with questions for you if you so desire.
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1. Like me you grew up in East Anglia (me Lowestoft, you Norwich), but have since settled in and around Oxford. How do the two compare for you? What are your likes and dislikes of each, and where do you think you feel most at home? Would ever consider going back to live in Norfolk?

some of these answers are essay lenght so I'll spare your friends pages... )

2. I think would be fair to say that you have eclectic taste in music - anything from rock to pop to jazz to classical... What type of music is your favourite and why?

Read more... )

3. Home and garden seems to be important to you. Do you have a picture of your dream home in mind? What's it like? Where is it? And do you think you'll ever live there?

Read more... )

4. What are your best and worst aspects of your character? Tell us about them.

Read more... )

5. How would you describe LiveJournal to someone who is a bit of technophobe, and worried about thing like privacy on the internet?

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1) I've noticed that on your journal, it is next to impossible to find a link to your userinfo. Is this intentional or subliminal? If it's intentional, then why?

Not at all! I guess it's partly because my background is from personal websites and so on so it seemed completely natural to me to re-title it "About" because then I wouldn't have to maintain a separate about page. It never occured to me that it would have to effect of making it less obvious to most people where to find it. On the other hand, given the posts I've made about my coyness about my online identity, it's entirely possible that there is something subliminal going on there.

2) Are you actually tiny?

A tricky one :) In literal terms, I am short, at 5'3" and I am the shortest person in my family by a reasonable margin. In fact, I am shorter than most people I know but I will concede that there are probably plenty of people out there who are physically shorter than me. Tinyness is also a state of mind though, and one that I'm finding difficult to describe. There's a certain amount of getting your own way through a combination of cuteness and dictatorialness involved, a determination to look after/hug everyone and a need/desire to be hugged/taken care of in return. Hmmm. Can anyone put that better for me.

So, yes, I am tiny but tinyness is not just about hight

3) What's your favorite book of all time? Why? (I'm a reader and like to know these things...)

I'm wavering between the Lord of the Rings and the Sparrow at the moment. I'm always rubbish at choosing favourites.

The Lord Of The Rings is a book I've loved since we had it read to us as a bed time story when I was 7 and 8. I love the cadence and rythmn of the language of the book (I'm one of the few people who likes the poetry :) ) and the high heroism of the tale. I also love the fact that it doesn't stop when they've completed the quest but shows us a little bit of the post war reconstruction, something that is all too often brushed aside.

The Sparrow is a book I came across a few years ago on the recommendation of [livejournal.com profile] coalescent. It's... haunting. The characters are beautifully written and the interactions are amazing. It's a description of contact that I can completely believe in and be drawn into and it's a Greek tradgedy which leaves me close to tears at the end. It's a profoundly beautiful book.

4) Name something you've always wanted to do but didn't have time for.

Learn to dance perhaps. I used to do ballet when I was 8 the way all little girls did, but I gave it up after a while. I'm not sure I would have stuck at ballet but I would love to learn either modern or ballroom dancing but I never seem to find time to look for classes. I'm not sure whether I would be good at it - my balance and rhythmn are both good but my flexibility sucks - but I'd like to find out.

5) What movie could you watch over and over again and not get sick of?

Toss up between Clueless and Charlies Angels I think. I don't watch movies for the same reason I read books but generally because I want a mood boost. Both those are great fun and leave me feeling happier at the end of them. If I have to pick one, probably Charlies Angels because it's all about the pretty pictures in Charlies Angels.
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1. Is Bubbles your favourite Powerpuff Girl? Surely you acknowledge the superiority of Buttercup!

Noooo, Bubbles is bestest! Bubbles wins fights with hugs, not fists :) I'm not sure you could definitely describe me as having a favourite, to be honest (there are almost no categories that I have favourites in), but if I had to pick one, it would be Bubbles. She could be described as most like me - she definitely exhibits certain of the strongest elements of my personality (hugggggs!) although I do also have certain Blossom like bits to me.

2. Do you think the BMI is an accurate reflection of correct weight/height ratio?

I'm never sure about this. On the one hand, I'm very suspicious of it because it seems so low. On the other hand, it's been around for a long time and there aren't loads of scientists out there saying oh, but that's rubbish. So the peer review verdict seems to be in favour. I guess I cautiously accept it, while reminding myself that to be underweight can be just as damaging to your health as to be overweight so don't aim for the bottom of the healthy range.

3. Summer or Winter?

SUMMER! SUMMER! SUMMER! SUMMER! SUMMER! SUMMER! SUMMER! SUMMER! SUMMER! SUMMER! SUMMER! SUMMER!

It's warm, it's light for ages, it's full of beautiful smells and sights and colours and I can show of my flesh in little dresses and strappy tops. I don't have to carry rain trousers with me everywhere I go. I can enjoy my garden while Cassie chases (and fails to catch) butterflies. Basically, I find being too cold much more dehabilitating than being too warm and hence Summer.

4. What AIM screenname did you use in the end?

I still haven't picked one! I just don't seem to be able to get past my strong identity thing. All suggestions gratefully received.

5. Read any good books lately?

Oh yeah! The Dragon Waiting by John M Ford (alternate history/fantasy) was very enjoyable. I got a little distracted by the fact that I know a lot about the period and so I need to read it again to straighten out the story for myself but it was a very enjoyable read. Inventing Elliot by Graham Gardner was one I picked up on 3 for 2 in Borders teenage department which was excellent; very disturbing, but excellent. It's about a boy who moves to a new school after having been bullied really badly at the old one. Lucas by Kevin Brooks (another book from the same offer) was also pretty damn good. About an island communities reaction to a strange outsider, from the perspective of a 16 year old girl - quite dramatic and frightening. Those are the most recent (i.e. the one's I haven't written up yet) - other than that, you can check here for details of stuff I've read.

This meme seems to be resurfacing, so yeah, if you want questions, comment.
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So, last batch (ah for easy content *sigh*)

1) What is love and why is it important?... )

2) What would you say is the defining moment of your life, one that makes you what you are today... )

3) If you had to give up one of your hobbies/interests, which would you choose and why? Inversely, which couldn't you give up?... )

4) What do you think your favourite animal says about you... )

5) What is the exact function of a rubber duck? And where does this question come from... )
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Of course if I'm going to do these things in order of arrival, I have to do these before [livejournal.com profile] angelsks.

1) See my "question for everyone", and answer it, please :-)... )

2) Are you bothered by the atheistic tendencies of a lot of ousfg members?... )

3) If you could magically change the minds of everyone in the UK on one single topic/question, what would it be?... )

4) If you could effortlessly change one thing about your own personality/beliefs/attitude, what would you change and why?... )

5) If you were told you had to move away from Oxford, but could take Alex and Cassie with you anywhere you wanted, what would your top five new locations be, and why would you want to live there?... )
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1. You're happy to be "bionic" (lasered eyes, contraceptive injections that mean you have no periods). Explain this to someone who is a Church of Christ Scientist (ie believed is not blood transfusions even if dying).... )

2. Do you ever feel resentful of/repressed by/nagged by any of us CAPTION old guard? How does our presence affect the way you guys run CAPTION?... )

3. I understand you're a Christian and relatively active (don't you go to a church group?) or at least faithful/believing. Yet it doesn't come up in conversation particularly. If you think you have found a/the truth, would you not feel it important to tell others about it?... )

4. When you go to work, what are you thinking about? And when you come back from work?... )

5. If you had to use three words to encapsulate your main qualities (desired or real), what would they be?... )

As before, if anyone wants questions or has questions for me, ask in the comments. I am going to write about the weekend soon. And answer [livejournal.com profile] angelsks questions. But not yet.
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1. How did you first get interested in comics? ... )

2. How much better is it living and working in Oxford than living in Oxford and working in London? Would you ever leave Oxford, and if so, what for? ... )

3. Can you see the "new" CAPTION team running the convention as long as the "old" one did? ... )

4. What are Cassie's endearingly daft habits? ... )

5. Can you answer [livejournal.com profile] zoo_music_girl's question about why she should listen to The Archers :-) ... )

As memes go, this is a really fun one. If you'd like to interview me or want me to interview you, leave a comment.

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