This is pretty cool… I’ve been tagged by fellow blogger windupmyskirt to answer a list of eleven questions, only to spread teh bloggy-love myself by tagging eleven other victims — er, I mean bloggers — with my own questions!
I’ll begin by answering here:
1. Why did you start your blog?
I needed an outlet for my ideas, and thought the best way to vet them was to put them on an open, public forum so that they could be tested and improved. I also that it would be a good learning experience so that I could better myself as a person and skeptic. The fact that it’s allowed me to meet so many awesome people online is a big plus too. Skepticism has helped me out tremendously, and I see blogging as a way to pay back that debt.
2. Who is your favorite actor/actress?
My favorite actor is Christopher Eccleston, whose gritty and edgy role as Nine in the Doctor Who reboot was just, as Nine would say, “fantastic.” I’m also kind of partial to Indian actresses Amala Paul and Vidya Balan. I tend to favor actors and actresses who are comfortable in their own skins, and who show it when they perform.
3. Name your favorite band/musician?
Right now, my favorites are Enigma, Enya, and Jon Boswell, who does the Symphony of Science mixes using video clips and the voices of scientists and skeptics, past and present, to show the utter coolness of science and reason.
4. What is your favorite TV show?
Hands down, I’d say Doctor Who, both the Tom Baker years of the older series and the reboot with Eccleston, Tennant and Smith as Nine, Ten and Eleven. At one time I was a big Robotech fan, until I actually learned some physics and found out that Zentraedi were silly — and physically impossible as described — Square-cube law, anyone?
5. Who is your favorite scientist?
That’s a tough one, but if it’s scientists past, I’d say Carl Sagan and Ike Newton, and if scientists present, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michio Kaku and Stephen Hawking would rank about evenly on the awesome scale.
6. Name your favorite author?
I have four I’d rank together: Carl Sagan, Martin Gardner, Harlan Ellison, and Isaac Asimov, all of whom influenced my evolution as a writer, skeptic and science-junkie. Gardner’s books on pseudoscience and mathematics made a big impression on me in terms of my interests.
7. What do you do with your free-time when you are not online?
I either make fractals, or sit down in a comfy spot in my room or a reading desk at the local library to read and/or study. I also play tabletop role-playing games, like Steve Jackson’s GURPS, when my friends pay a visit. Sometimes I watch videos, whether television episodes or my Teaching Company course lectures.
8. If you had to live in another country, which country would you choose, and why?
I would say India. As an emerging economic power, India is rising quickly in the science and technology department. I love the culture(s), the people, and the history, my favorite period being that of the Gupta dynasty.
Any culture brilliant enough to invent the beautiful concepts of zero and infinity, and the decimal system of mathematics is tops in my book. That, and their traditional architecture is absolutely magnificent, easily the equal of anything in the West.
9. What three words best describe you?
Driven. Curious. Detached.
10. What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
Pleasure? What’s that?
Seriously, though, it’s one that makes me kind of annoying in face-to-face encounters…I like to argue, preferably productively, more like a debate or discussion than mere bickering and quarreling.
Those last two annoy even me and achieve nothing.
As David Hume put it, “Truth springs from argument amongst friends.”
11. If you were throwing a dinner party, and could invite any 10 people (living or dead) who would you invite?
Hmmm. Let’s see…
Dick Feynman, Carl Sagan, Johannes Kepler, Marie Curie, Eugenie Scott, Archimedes, Democritus, Elizabeth Loftus, James Randi, and Harriet Hall.
I’ve updated this post below with questions of my own, posed to the eleven other victims…er, awesome bloggers, and links to their sites listed below.
 What is your fondest memory from your childhood?
 If you could be one species, real or fictional, other than human, which would it be, and why?
 If you could take the place, assume the role, of any historical figure, who would it be?
 If you could have one comic book superhuman power, which would it be, and what would you do with it?
 What is your favorite genre of fiction, if any?
 Who is your favorite comedian, and why?
 What is your favorite movie?
 Which, if any, is your favorite genre of music?
 If you could live anywhere else in the world, at any point in time, where and when would it be?
 If you could keep as a pet any one kind of mythological beast, which would it be?
 What is your favorite form of visual art, your favorite artist, and why?
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