Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

Because I am, as you all know, a shameless conformist

Admittedly, a shameless conformist who is *horribly* behind on LJ. But I'll let myself be a slightly dilatory sheep...

1. If you could build a second house anywhere, where would it be?

Really, downtown Cambridge. Walking distance to everything interesting.

Or, if budget was truly not an issue, a good-sized castle somewhere out in Aschhyrst, to serve as a permanent event site.

2. What are your favorite articles of clothing?

Hmm. The one I actually wear most often is of course the black felt fedora. (And the tumor on my hip.) But I would guess that my favorite is probably the Vest of Many Colors, that mainly gets pulled out for fancy parties and such.

3. The last cd you bought?

Hmm. The latest TMBG album, I think. I've mostly been in a consolidation mode lately, ripping stuff to the iPod.

4. What time do you wake up in the morning?

Weekdays, an inefficient 7:30am. Weekends, an inefficient 10am.

5. What is your favorite kitchen appliance?

I'll take this literally as "appliance", not "gadget". In which case, probably the rice cooker, which I use constantly. But I'm tempted to say the Kitchenaid mixer that we don't have.

6. If you could play an instrument, what would it be?

I'll take this mean an instrument I can't actually play. Part of me wants to say piano, because it's so expressive, but I think I'd prefer to be able to play guitar.

7. Favorite color?

Puhple. (He says in his best Shweppes Grape ad voice.)

8. Which vehicle do you prefer, sports car, motorcycle, or suv?

Haven't tried motorcycle, so I'm not sure. But probably the sports car. Indeed, what I really like is sporty sedans with a good engine under the hood. A real sports car will get stopped all the time for things that don't get a sedan a second glance. (My stepmother has never been able to drive her Supra anywhere near as fast as I do in my Camry.)

9. Do you believe in the afterlife?

I don't really believe in continuance of the ego. Intellectually, I don't believe in any sort of afterlife; emotionally, I believe in a somewhat gnostic sort of transcendence.

10. Favorite children's book?

Several people have said The Phantom Tollbooth, and in many ways I think that's the best children's book, and well up my list. But my favorites were really either Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator or The 21 Balloons.

11. What is your favorite season?

Autumn. Specifically a nice October day: low humidity, mild daytime and a cool evening.

12. If you have a tattoo, what is it?

N/A. I have a nasty feeling that if I ever got one, it would be far too whimsical.

13. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Lots of possibilities, but flight is probably tops. Really, bouncing would be the one I really want: long, slow high gliding over the countryside, able to drift down when I felt like it. I often think I really should be a resident of the Moon -- 1/6 gravity has a lot of appeal.

14. Can you juggle?

Of course. Just one ball, but...

15. One person/people from your past you wish you could go back and talk to.

Honestly, I'd say Cricket. The girl who could and should have been a friend, if I hadn't been such a pest. Possibly someday.

16. What is under your bed.

A very large box of wrapping paper. And in all likelihood, fifteen years assorted cat crap that needs to get cleaned up.

17. What's your favorite day?

Oh, probably Saturday, although there are moods where I want my Sunday more.

18. Which do you prefer, sushi or hamburger?

Depends on mood. But in general, sushi.

19. From the people you will post this to, who's the most likely to respond first?

Hmm. Well, msmemory is one of the few who hasn't done it yet, so I'll guess her.

20. Who's the least likely to respond?

I would guess friend_computer. I suspect that Friend Computer has far more important things to do than attend to the trifling memes of citizens such as myself. (Not that there would be anything *wrong* with Friend Computer responding to this, of course. If Friend Computer chose to do so, it would clearly be correct and just.)

21. Who did you receive this from? Or taken from their lj?

I actually copied it from new_man. But that was after seeing it in many journals. As everybody else, I think I first saw it in cristovau's journal.

22. What is your favorite flower?

Eh? Flowers pretty; fire bad.

23. What is your favorite meal?

Depends wildly on mood. But probably the uber-comfort-food is mac and cheese.

24. When is your birthday?

February 11.

25. Describe your pj's.


26. What is your favorite breakfast?

Hmm. Truth to tell, a well-made American Breakfast: bacon, sunny-side-up, sausage and other sources of cardiac destruction. Don't actually have it often, but I enjoy it when I do.

27. Do you like your job?

Generally. The technology is getting mature enough that it's less exciting than it was two years ago, but I haven't reached the "Bored Now" point.

28. What is your dream job?

CTO of a company doing something severely novel and cool with social tools.

29. What age do you plan to retire?

Genetic evidence indicates that it's unlikely. My grandfather only retired when they forced him, and it took him a good five years to learn how to cope. My Dad shows little sign of slowing down -- when he left Prodigy, he just reactivated his consulting shop, and is now keeping busy telling the cable companies how to survive the waves of change coming at them. So I suspect that, while I might change my career in some interesting ways, really retiring isn't in the cards for me.

30. Where did you meet your spouse or significant other?

Under an oak tree at Radcliffe Quad. It wasn't her first SCA demo, but it was the one that stuck. We spent about an hour talking about the Society, and a month later we were officially dating.

Bonus: something you'd like to do that you've never done before?

Fight in a tourney. I've flirted with armored combat, but haven't done it for real yet. I'm not really going to consider myself well-rounded until I've done so.

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