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PJammer's Five Questions

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So, here I go with pjammer's Five Questions and I'm supposed to comment over there to get my fifth question. It's taken me forever. I got stuck on the first question. Then the second, then the third, then the fourth. My god, I feel like I've been taking The Open-Book Take-Home Final Exam Of Death =} If the fifth question is anything like the first four, I think I'm going to flop over.

  1. Please link five journal entries of yours you consider the most biographically significant, and briefly explain your reasons for selecting them.

    I guess it's a matter of picking through all these posts and choosing the best five. There's a higher concentration of "About Me"s in my Open-Ended Question Surveys and Quiz Results, but if I had to pick 5, I guess they would be:

    1. The Marketing Blitz. Don't ever call me an American or I'll have to sing songs at you. =)

    2. I Don't Celebrate My Birthday. A little about the family and environment I grew up in.

    3. CanadianWedding Community Intro. This post summarizes my wedding and how Husband Guy and I met.

    4. My Journal FAQ says quite a bit about me. This is a collection of questions I get over and over again. I guess these are the things that people want to know about me if they don't know me. Okay, some of them I only got once, but it amused me, so I put it in =)

    5. My LJ Userinfo. Can I do this? Is this cheating? My bio is very biographical =) Make sure you scroll down and gawk at my "Clients Used" list. Honest-to-goodness setup of the hardware, OS, environment and software for each and every one. No script-kiddie cheating.

    Gah... I wanted to pick something visual too, like my LJ Trading Card or my Which LJ User are You amusements. But there was no room for those... YAAAARRRGH!!!!! There are all these posts that I missed because I didn't catalogue them!!!

    ... I'll go on to the next question before someone realizes that I blew my "Five Entries" quota by about 650+. =D

  2. Your home is on fire, and you have five minutes to rescue your belongings. What do you save? Why?

    Y'know, I think I'm going to pack a small box of things, like aliasa. That's such a good idea.

    1. wallets, keys, etc.
    2. various personal documentation:
      • the house insurance policy
      • my degree
      • his diploma
      • our transcripts
      • our current employment contracts
      • car ownership papers
    3. a few changes of clothes
    4. all the wedding photos — two huge and heavy albums, 4 smaller albums

    This was a great question. It made me think of things I need to do to emergency-proof myself. Not so much for a fire, but the threat of an earthquake is bigger here. I'd thought about trying to save my harddrives, but I wouldn't be able to do it in 5 minutes. We really should do something about our data.

    Logically, I could part with the wedding photos. If those two monster albums are too heavy, I'd leave them. We have some of the pics scanned and online anyway. We can always re-take them, that's no big deal. But honestly, I think it would hurt me a great deal more than I'd admit if we couldn't save them.

    I'm also taking for granted that Husband Guy comes out alive. Does he get five things too? Okay, then we're covered, no problem =)

  3. An eccentric billionaire offers you US$50,000 and tells you to spend it within a week. Stipulations: you are not allowed to purchase investible instruments (stocks, bonds, gold bullion, etc.). Any money you do not spend will be gone by week's end. What do you buy?

    Aaagh!! What's with all the money questions? I did a Money Challenge a little while ago. But these types of questions are, by far, the hardest I've ever had to answer.

    How much time would (US)$50,000 buy me? That's what I really want. More time. More time tacked on to the end of my life. More time tacked on to the end of each day. This brings me to another interesting question: Would I pay to live forever? I would take the offer if and only if I could choose to die when I decide that I'd had enough. I wouldn't take it if I couldn't die ever again.


    Can I trade in this money for more Matrix-Style Downloadable Skills in Question IV? I want to know everything there is to know about 1) World Economics, the description and analysis of the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services; and 2) and Politics, both in the sense of "the total complex of relations between people living in society" and "the art and science of governing a society". I reallyreallyreally wanted these two things too, but they didn't fit in the five =D


    Well, then I dunno. I give up. What do I buy?

  4. You are granted access to a device like the one in The Matrix that allows you to upload skills/knowledge straight into your brain. You are told you are allowed to select five skills/abilities to be uploaded. What do you choose? Why?

    1. The power of Presence. To alter behaviour just by being in the immediate environment without having to say or do anything.

    2. Human Psychology. At the risk of hating humans even more than I do now, I'd like to know everything there is to know about the mind.

    3. Mathematics. All branches. Absolutely everything. Math describes the Universe in a way that words can't even begin to.

    4. Chinese. Not just fluency in reading, writing, speaking, understanding of the language in all dialects, but the history, literature, calligraphy and all aspects of the culture where most of the metaphoric references in literature come from.

    5. Complete understanding of human anatomy and physiology.

    No reason really for any of them, other than those are the things that are incredibly fascinating to me and things that I don't have a lifetime to dedicate myself to learning.


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Aug. 4th, 2003 11:10 pm (UTC)
pjammer's a cool guy, but you can always just do the first four and link to him. That's what I was going to do at first, because I'm so afraid the 5th question would kick my ass. =}
Aug. 4th, 2003 10:55 pm (UTC)
Wow - that post made me think.
I've got the negatives for all my wedding pictures - perhaps I should go get one of those fire proof boxes - which is what my mom was keeping them in until I could pick them up.

And while money can't buy you time it can buy someone to do all your other little chores for you - thereby freeing up your time!
(If ever I hit the lottery - which means I would first have to play it - I am so getting a maid. Just for the vacuming alone! Love my dog - but oh how she sheds!)
Aug. 4th, 2003 11:08 pm (UTC)
I've got the negatives for all my wedding pictures - perhaps I should go get one of those fire proof boxes - which is what my mom was keeping them in until I could pick them up.

Yeah, we have the negatives for some of them as well. Those should go in the safety deposit box.

it can buy someone to do all your other little chores for you - thereby freeing up your time!

I'm uneasy about hiring cleaning staff. I know it's a matter of getting references and finding a reputable agency, etc., etc. but I'm way too paranoid from all the horror stories of maids stealing from the houses they clean.
Aug. 4th, 2003 11:17 pm (UTC)
Sigh - I never could becuase when it comes down to it I'm just kind of cheap.
Plus I'd be so worried about what they would think that I would clean up way in advance - threby negating a maid.
But a laundry service would be nice - like in a hotel when you just have to put it in a bag.
Oh - and someone to come in and clean the carpets!
Aug. 4th, 2003 11:25 pm (UTC)
But a laundry service would be nice - like in a hotel when you just have to put it in a bag.

Hey, that's not a bad idea =)
Aug. 5th, 2003 05:10 am (UTC)
"Matrix-Style Downloadable Skills in Question IV" Now that would be cool. That would likely negate the need for some of the extra hours tacked on to the end of the day. I like your 5 choices of skills.
Aug. 5th, 2003 10:41 am (UTC)
That's true, if you pick your skills right =) But, for me, I picked skills that I would otherwise never have gotten to touch at all, so I don't know how much time I'm actually buying... probably a lot more than (US)$50,000's worth =D
Aug. 5th, 2003 05:35 am (UTC)
holy cow... those are some good questions! Very thought provoking...
Aug. 5th, 2003 10:42 am (UTC)
Yeah, it took me almost two weeks of on and off to think of how to cheat good answers. =)
Aug. 5th, 2003 08:29 am (UTC)
Spending money
When I read that question in your journal before, I wondered to myself, "Do you have to spend the money within the week or simply allocate it? For example, would I be allowed to order something mail-order where they might not charge me until they actually ship?"

I'd probably go with computer toys and tech books for a portion of the money, but would probably order those online rather than going to a bricks-and-mortar store and actually lugging them all home somehow (I don't have a car).
Aug. 5th, 2003 09:23 am (UTC)
Re: Spending money
Yes, you can allocate it. The purpose of that question is to find out more about you through the things you would buy given the dollar constraint.

Investing it or saving it doesn't say a lot about you or your interests/personality. I suppose you could even bend that rule if you took off on reasons on why you'd put your money on certain portfolio choices. =)
Aug. 6th, 2003 03:12 am (UTC)
I can answer 2 and 3, no problem. #1 would take me forever because I'd have to read everything.... #4... I think I'd come up with different answers everytime I posed that question! There are so many things that I would like to learn and know. My brain asks me if my time wouldn't be better spent reading a book and learning some of these things than re-reading all of my posts to answer #1.... but I'm a classic time-waster anyway, so what does it matter??

I think his idea of tailoring question #5 is really, really neat. Have you gotten yours?
Aug. 6th, 2003 07:46 am (UTC)
I think his idea of tailoring question #5 is really, really neat. Have you gotten yours?

Nope. Have you seen his Friend of list? =O =D And he's drowning in work. I don't expect to hear back for a while.

That and I took two weeks, so he should get 2 months at least =D
Aug. 7th, 2003 01:29 pm (UTC)
have you ever thought about designing lj's for a living?! yours is beautiful. I stumbled across it through your community.
Aug. 7th, 2003 02:15 pm (UTC)
have you ever thought about designing lj's for a living?!

Thanks =) But A) it's not my design, it's a linkware blog template that I've hammered into the LJ S1 style; B) I'm an Software Engineer, I can tweak other peoples' stuff, but I can't create stuff from scratch; C) I don't think there's a significant market for people who will pay enough to have their LJs styled (they'd have to get a paid account, then pay me, possibly pay for the graphics, etc., etc.).

I have helped people with their journals though =)
Aug. 11th, 2003 08:27 pm (UTC)
Ha, well I still haven't done the four questions yet. As difficult as they all are, I mainly don't want to do #1. I just don't think I write anything substantially biographically relevant, and I certainly don't want to go back and reread my highly irrelevant posts. And now I'm tied up for the next few weeks, so I fear the questions might never get done.
Aug. 12th, 2003 07:25 pm (UTC)
stumbled upon your journal from pjammer's 5 questions links, and I read one of your autobiographical depictions of your wedding. It was almost *jaw drops* because I didn't think people who dated that long existed now in this "day and age". Along with the first girlfriend/boyfriend kind of couple.

I am amazed, and I shouldn't be, probably because the books I read, my own personal experiences and my upbringing said that this is impossible. But now I learn it is next-to-impossible. Thank you for sharing!
Aug. 12th, 2003 07:29 pm (UTC)
Hey thanks =) I was destined to be an oddity. "Curveball" is my middle name. =)
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