Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Yes More Questions

I'm almost sorry to do this to you guys, and I know I do these kind of posts a few times a month, but I was tagged again. Kind of. It wasn't officially a tag. Whatever. The basic point is someone answered some questions and then asked me to answer them too. I simply adore answering questions, and I couldn't think of something to post, so this is what you're getting. That person, by the way, (direct any and all complaints to her) is Bozo


1. Book or movie or TV show and why?
Well it depends on what it is. I prefer books to movies, and if a TV show is turned into a movie, I tend to prefer the TV show. If something was always a movie, then I can enjoy the movies. I can still enjoy movies based on TV shows though, such as anime movies, which are awesome. Generally I'm just going to prefer the original version of something. I like watching TV shows though because they are short and sweet, and I don't have the attention span I used to.

2. Real book or e-book or audio book?
I dedicated a whole post to this: http://theramblingperson.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/paper-or-kindle.html. Though I never really gave my own opinions on what I prefer, and I didn't mention audio books at all. I prefer real paperbacks, or hardbacks of course, to ebooks but I can read an ebook too. I have plenty of ebooks I have to read. As for audiobooks I'm not a big fan really. I read faster than people can talk to me, and I find that when I'm listening to something, such as a podcast, or something like an audiobook, I'm not paying total attention, so I may end up missing something. I prefer reading to listening, and I prefer paper to pixels. Hey that could make a cool slogan. "I prefer paper to pixels."

3. Funniest thing you've done in the last five years?

I can't think back that far. One of the funniest things I've done in the past five days though was last week when Jessie came to town with her girlfriend. It was the first time I'd met her girlfriend, ever. They've only been going out four years and four months. I don't think it took long enough. Anyway we just had a whole lot of fun. Whenever me and Jessie get together outside the confines of my room we forget we're in public. This leads to us singing as we walk around town, laughing at the people around us and talking about them, and I even tried on a girly headband that I believe had a bow on it. I think I looked good in it really. There isn't much to do in my town, but we made the most of it.


4. Do you put yourself into the books you read/write or the movies you watch?
I don't insert myself in to the books, that's called self insert fanfiction, but I do find myself relating to characters and sometimes even feeling genuine emotion towards them. Or what feels like it. I've found myself wishing I was in another world, but I don't actually see myself in it while reading or watching. A girl can dream though. I would correct myself but "a girl can dream" sounds so much better than "a boy can dream".

5. How would your best friend describe you.
I actually asked her this, and this was her answer. If you want to know what I'm really like, this is a good idea of it really. "Shy, hopelessly romantic, quiet, warped but great sense of humour, faithful to a fault, movie and music obsessed, interesting, deep, self doubting, kind, reclusive, dreamer and inward thinking. But such a complex person, who is so deep and contradictory, so always changing and thinking cannot be described in such benign and simply terms, you are you and very special and unique and thinking so often it may change at a moments notice and then change but the constants are loyal, dreamer and romantic. Yes, you are a people pleaser and that causes more self doubt, hatred deprication as you hold yourself to a high moral and personal standard but you feel bad for pleasing people and not standing by what you think sometimes. You beat yourself up for days over little things. I think if you could or you try even now you would live to the old knights templar code. I think you do try and live as and envision as a knight, but to me ATM you are a starry eyed prince who will mature in to a knight " Some of the sweetest things someone has said about me. I'm also wondering how she knows me so well, but I guess if you're around someone for nine years you pick a few things up.

6. Favourite kind of car and why?
I'm not really that into cars. I like Jeeps though and other 4x4's because I don't really know. But when I do pass my test I want something like that. At the very least I want something that would cause more damage to the person I crash in to than to me.

7. Would your choice for a party be a catered meal or a barbecue out back?
Hmmm...I think it can depend. Some situations call for catering, some can call for a nice barbecue. Typically though I prefer indoor catered affairs to barbecues. I don't mind a barbecue but there's more choice at a catered meal and it's typically healthier. That said, cheeseburgers and hot dogs rule.

8. What's your favorite season and why?
Winter of course. I love the snow. Though we don't get much. I also prefer the cold. I would easily rather be too cold than too hot. I walked barefoot in snow once :D It gets better. I actually dug my feet into the snow. It was cold sure but it felt great. If you're wondering why I did that my boss kind of told me to. I was walking to work and I got a lot of snow in my shoes, and this made my feet more than a little smelly, so he suggested I walk out in the snow to wash my feet. I'm not sure he was serious but I took the chance to do it. I'd do it again too. DO IT. ALL OF YOU. IT'S AWESOME.

9. What specific lesson have you learned - Spiritual, educational, occupational?
Spiritual- I guess the same one Bozo learned. Just because you do some bad things, it doesn't fundamentally make you a bad person. I've done a lot of bad things in my time, but most would describe me as a good person. Really being a bad person can help make you a good one. Though there are generally good people. I've also learned that the likelihood there is such a thing as a soul mate is pretty high. I just wish I could accept that hey, I'm not such a bad guy.

Education- I learnt that 2+2 = 4 and sometimes I'm not so sure about that. I can't really remember a great deal of what I learnt in school, but I'm sure it will come to me as I need it. Oh I know all the continents, I think. Europe, Asia, Australasia, Antarctica, Africa, America, and I think the other pole is one of it's own, but I don't know the name. I'm off to google that. Turns out I'm wrong. I was almost there. North and South America are individual continents. Oh and Australasia is also just known as Australia. Meh.

Occupational- My boss can be a dick but he means well. In my time at work though I have completed an on the job training course. I've learnt several things at work, such as how to use a cash register (it's slightly more than just a big calculator) and how to arrange things properly so they look neat and to encourage people to buy things. The retail industry is all about the subliminal messaging. You'd think I would enjoy the psychological aspect of it.

10. Besides writing, what's your favorite thing to do when you get some extra time?
Play video games, listen to music, and watch TV shows on my laptop. That's about it really. I also enjoy reading but I'm not sure I do it enough (outside reading blogs) to count.

11. What's one place you can be found at least one time every week?
My sisters house. Even if it's a school holiday and I don't have to go with dad to pick my niece up from school, I usually end up there. I don't mind though, it gets me out the house. Also the shops.I really don't get out much.

And that's that. I had a whole lot of fun with this one, and I hope you did too.

47 comments:

  1. Spring is my favorite season. Winter depresses me because I can't get out of doors and I hate being inside. I always prefer a grill over a catered event. There's something about meat cooked over a grill that I love. And by reading your post, I think your friend described you quite well.

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    1. It certainly was a lot more than I was expecting, and I'm glad I actually asked her instead of assuming what she'd think, I couldn't come up with all that.

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  2. You've answered these well as I've seen this tag on a few blogs, No.4 is the only one I do different to you really!

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    1. I always approach everything seriously. I could do a post about the most mundane of topics and still go at it with everything. There are a lot of people who don't do that really, what I talked about in number four that is.

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  3. I insert myself, or rather a facet of my personality, into almost every major character I create for a writing project. It really boils down to two things: First, I am drawn to characterization more than almost any other aspect or writing, and second, I write what I'm at least a little familiar with. I dunno, that's how I tend to roll. Then again, I'm constantly trying to evolve my style and my writing because stagnation leads to complacency, and complacency is where art dies.

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    1. Complacency is indeed where art dies. When I'm writing then yes I will put little bits of myself into characters. I think someone asked me once if Trent is basically me, but he isn't. All of my characters put together (and a little bit more) would equal me. When I have writing what I know down, then I'll work on writing what I don't know. Then again I am writing a fantasy book and a sci-fi book. While the characters may be what I know, the settings and story certainly aren't.

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    2. I tend more toward realism and modernism, but to each their own.

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    3. I'll probably write something like that eventually. For now though, let me live in my fantasy world.

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  4. I'm with you on no. 1.. I prefer to watch the "original". I think it's better if you have an idea of what the whole story is about before you get to watch the movie. Then, you can go look for flaws. Hehe.. Aw, that's just me. :p

    E-book/Audio book vs books? No question.. Books of course. You can touch the covers, you can flip pages, and you can smell them. Books smell. They're memory triggers.

    Oh! You should share a picture of you, trying on that hairband. Hehe.. :D

    On the no. 5.. Perfect description. You know why I said on Twitter, you're one of the most perfect guys I know? Well.. you're smart. You're funny and sweet. You're a very principled man. You're willing to listen to others and accept opinions different from your own (I see your comments in the blogs I visit), but of course you stand by what you believe in. You're not afraid to speak your mind. You live halfway across the globe from me, yet you give time to communicate. I may not know you personally, but from what you've written and you've shared on this blog, you're a great guy. I'm glad there's Blogger... and Twitter, of course. Ahehe..

    Take care!

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    1. No I'm with you there too. When I watch an adaptation I find myself thinking "That's just not right at all!" I remember complaining that in the Death Note live action movie Light's dad didn't have a moustache :P

      I'm sorry but I didn't get the headband, and even if I did, I'm not sharing a picture :P If you asked nicely I'd email or tweet it to you though. I don't have it though.

      I was wondering why you said that, and I asked you, but you didn't answer :P I really enjoy talking to you too, and I think we get along just fine. Though one of the things Jessie said was that I don't stand by what I believe in, and this causes me to hate myself more. If I stood by what I believed in, and didn't just give in to make people happy, then I would be happier myself. I'd give you all the time I had if I could, which is another thing about me. "Faithful to a fault." Like I said on Twitter, thank you very much, you're awesome, and I <3 you.

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  5. I now ask your permission to answer them on my blog. Pretty please.

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    1. Yes you can do it if you want indeed :) I just didn't want to make other people feel they had to do it.

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  6. I'm a snow man myself as well. Especially when I have off of work. I do like audio books when I'm walking. Relaxes me.

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    1. Snow is awesome and I don't get why people don't like it.

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  7. I love the snow(: Sadly we don't get much of it at home because I live right by the sea.

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    1. Can't you live by the sea and have snow? You can have ice too...oh I want to live there. Wherever it is.

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  8. You don't need to feel sorry of anything Mark :),

    it's funny, because I just read from DWei how he hates snow, I mean, not hate I guess, he seem to have some complains about it and there you are loving it. haha!

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    1. Well most people I know who live around snow all the time do seem to get annoyed by it :( Poor snow.

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    2. I don't how hard it is to deal with snow but I really wanna experience it once in my life :D

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    3. I hope so too. Everyone needs to be in the snow at least once.

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  9. Jessie's description of you seems pretty spot-on as far as I know you. Be the knight, man, but think of yourself.
    Though you heard all that blabbling a ton of times by now.

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    1. I have but I don't mind hearing it again :) It's nice to know people care. It is me put up in several words. That's probably as close as you can get to me.

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  10. fuck year jeeps! ive got one :D

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    1. did you mean "fuck yeah jeeps" or are you talking about the illusive Fuck Year jeeps?

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    2. You don't mess with a Fuck Year Jeep. I wouldn't mind one.

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  11. It's always good to read more about you Mark so don't feel too bad for answering questions so frequently. I can't believe you prefer Winter to other seasons though, man I despise that season with an intense passion!

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    1. But it's winter. Winter is awesome.

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  12. I love it when people answer questions! If I was a Batman villain I'd be the Questioner and I'd ask questions all the time! No clues or riddles just a non stop barage of questions!

    These were good questions too! They allowed you to give good long answers!

    Remeber 2+2=4. (Its a reference to the movie 1984)

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    1. You'd drive people to insanity by asking them questions and they'll kill themselves. You cruel bastard!

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  13. I enjoyed your answers. I cannot blame Bozo for being so inquisitive. Your answer with the snow washing the feet gave me the heeby-jeebys. I am the opposite, as in I can stand the heat, but abhor the cold. Snow is my kryptonite. I'd rather wash with hot coals, hehe.

    Hope you have a great evening/morning, Mark.

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    1. I prefer warm baths sure, and I hate cold water, but I do love snow (which is essentially cold water actually)

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  14. I prefer Summer! I must be one of those people who do self-insert fanfiction! Ahhh...I am very sad!x

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    1. After being told off by others I'm willing to say that it's not that sad. I just don't understand it. Just like I don't understand why people like summer.

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  15. I love the snow, and I have walked bare-footed in it too...I also drive a Jeep because where I live you really need a 4x4 to get around.

    The silver car I had, turned out not to be a golden chariot!

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    1. Well you just keep getting awesome don't you? It was a lovely feeling to walk barefoot in the snow, and I really hope I get to do it again.

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  16. Hehe wow I loved Jessie's answer (as you said I would). Thanky for reminding me. I got out of bed and ran to fetch my laptop in the freezing cold. Be happy.

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    1. Yes yes, I'm quite happy you did that. Thank you very much <3

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  17. I enjoy reading these from you Mark, you don't half ass and barely right anything, you give awesome answers. Freaking love it.

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    1. Well I like to put my all into things and create something I can be proud of. I think I said that before. Give me a mundane topic and I'll write the shit out of it.

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  18. Thanks to the semi-tropical weather in my area, I can't stick my feet in the snow. EVER.

    And it's usually our friends who know us better than we think we know ourselves. Or at least they are keener on perceiving our positive qualities. :)

    -Barb the French Bean

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  19. Aww.. that was a lot of questions but enjoyed reading it. I also prefer books than e-book. Although, I have read many e-books in the past but the satisfaction of books is different. I love audio books though but you are right that sometimes you miss out something when listening to audio book. But I'm glad there are audio books, sometimes instead of listening to music while cleaning I listened to audio book.. hehe..


    You're best friend is so sweet to said all those nice things about you. She must know you so well.

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    1. I think she was sweet to give it so much thought at all :) she knows me better than anyone else does really, and I'm beginning to see that there are parts of me she knows I thought she didn't.

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    1. Well when I was in school I was taught it was Australasia, as a way to differentiate between the country Australia, and the continent including things around it. Australasia is a word though, and I shall continue to use it.

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  21. Meh, I think these kinds of posts are fun. I'm with you on the "preferring paper to pixels", as well as the original always being the way to go.

    As for Australasia - I've heard the area of Australia + islands referred to as Oceania.

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  22. Hurray Mark! So fun to read your answers even though I'm a bit late. First and foremost... I've walked barefoot in the snow too. It's the only obvious thing to do as far as I can tell!

    I was visiting friends in the French Alps and it was -18 C. So I went out early morning, in my PJs, and no shoes, and tramped around for fun lol... it was great! I have a picture of it somewhere but it's not digital. It would have been fun to share.

    What your friend said about you is absolutely lovely! :) Must have been a little overwhelming to read all of that - and must have been pretty heart-warming as well.

    This was a very enjoyable post. Thanks! :)

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  23. Being tagged takes me back to the Myspace days. Bulletins were always surveys. I want to go back, but one must always go forward.

    Oh, but video games, huh? Bioshock Infinite is out this October!!

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