1)Using your Current Initials, choose a different name for yourself.
2)If you were born outside of your era, when would you want to be born and why?
Hmm. While I'd prefer an era with plumbing and antibiotics, there's a great deal to be said for the romance and dazzle of Renaissance Italy. I'd like to be hitting my prime during the reign of Lorenzo di Medici (the first and best), if that were an option.
3)If you ran a store, what would you sell/have?
I'd open a bookstore with a little restaurant in it, where you could get delicious but simple food to eat while you read wonderful books. The bookstore would only carry books that were interesting - there would be no self-help section, for one thing - and have an extensive "the owner recommends" section. There would also be cats wandering around, since I'd also use the space as a foster home for kitties in need of adoption. This sounds like a nice life, actually . . . .
4)What part in a movie would you love to play?
Since I never get to do it in real life - a cunning, manipulative, nasty yet powerful and strangely sympathetic woman. Think the Marquise de Merteuil, from Dangerous Liaisons, or Lilah Morgan on Angel.
5)In your opinion, why do people suck?
They put true suffering out of their minds, as long as it occurs out of their sight, and mistake their small troubles for real pain. (Yes, I suck too.)
6)If you had your own state, what would you put on your new quarter?
A tower, since it's the meaning of my mother's maiden name. Egotistical without being obviously egotistical . . . it's perfect!
7)What’s the oldest article of clothing you own?
I still have a baby sweater that my grandmother made me, but the oldest thing that I actually wear is a black-and-gray knit wool dress that I bought in highschool. Unfortunately it's at my parents' house right now, hence the not-wearing.
8) What piece of furniture have you replaced the most?
I've never actually had to replace a piece of furniture (though I did swap beds with rscott). However, I'm thinking that it's time to get new chairs for the dining table. We actually had someone fall off one yet again during the Seder, so I think it's about time to stop messing around and just get something better.
9)What instrument do you wish you could be more than great at?
Bass. I took bass lessons for a brief few weeks in my senior year of college and would love to start again sometime.
10) Record, Tape or Cd?
CD . . . ? Does anyone besides DJs still use records?
11) What do you think would be the best concert ever? (max: 4 bands)
Ozomatli to open and get the crowd really worked up and dancing, followed by PJ Harvey who is a musical genius, with a little Dar Williams action at the end to mellow everyone out before they went home.
12) What's the best part of your favorite movie?
The scene in Bladerunner where the great wall opens up to reveal a view over the city, and the whole room seems as if it's on fire with light. That, or the confrontation with the Russian Army in Six String Samurai.
13) What do you think is the most over-rated candy ever?
Chocolate. Sorry, guys!
14) If you were writing out your will, who would you give your CD collection to?
I'd give everything I own to maastrictian, on condition that he take very, very good care of my kitty and love her a lot and not let her miss me too much.
15) If you could only debate two topics the rest of your life, what would they be?
What is virtue? What constitutes a society?
16) Out of your friends, who would you say you are most jealous of, artistically?
That's a toughie. Grimm turns out gorgeous, clear, lucid prose, but it's all academic work. He's a great prose stylist but not an artist, exactly. I'm terribly jealous of bneuensc's artistic success, but the work she does isn't exacty the kind of work I want to do (though some of it is damn close!). I would probably say ikeeverett, because while his medium isn't one that I understand particularly well, I feel like he and I share many of the same artistic goals, and he's having a lot of success with them (not to mention supporting himself, which is better than I'm doing right now).
17) Most jealous of....intellectually?
Grimm, for sure, though my boy runs a close second. (My brain just doesn't work like his does, with the analyzing and the pulling-apart and the rationality!) Grimm, though, is doing work that's relatively close to mine, but he's doing it with clear brilliance and genius. He's a fantastic writer and an extremely original thinker. Every time I talk to him I'm left feeling like my brain is at least partly broken, but he always inspires me, too. I just wish there were something about him I could nitpick about, but he also happens to be a truly nice guy and a good friend. Damn his perfect eyes.
18) What do you collect?
19)What is broken that you have, that you wish was fixed?
My relationship with my parents.
20)What do you do when you're home sick?
Curl up and nap until my boy comes home to take care of me, or read really bad thrillers. I keep a stash specifically for sick days. I also do ridiculous memes like this one.
21) Why does this survey rock?
Because that would make its author happy.
22) Story behind your username?
The kleene star is a mathematical operator which means "to do something zero or more times." I picked the name back when I was a big theoretical computer-science geek and thought the kleene star was the most awesomest thing I'd ever heard of. I didn't realize at the time how often I'd have to spell it on the phone.
23)Current Favorite Article of Clothing?
My white pajama pants that the boy bought me for Chanukah last year. Unfortunately said pants are now in the wash.
24)Line from the last thing you wrote for someone?
From my paper for class: "Cognitive theory suggests that game designers should design learning experiences into the gameplay itself, not into cut-scenes or other non-play-related animation."
25) A famous person you have met?
Greg Costikyan!! Or, okay, if he's not famous enough, how about Bill Clinton, back when I won the Westinghouse. (God, that was ages ago . . . .)
26) Favorite way to waste time?
Books are not a waste of time, or so I constantly tell myself. In which case I rarely waste time - my preferred procrastination is reading.
27) Last thing you bought yourself?
A cab ride home from school, because my stomach was hurting so much I couldn't face walking to the subway.
28) What opportunity have you had over the course of your life that you most wish that you had taken?
I wish that I had worked abroad for a year after getting my masters; I could have gone to do research in pretty much any of the Scandinavian countries (don't ask me why they're so into my area of interest), but I decided to stay in New York to be with my friends and my boy. I don't regret it, but I'm definitely getting itchy feet and will need to be spending some time traveling soon. Who wants to come with me?
29) If humans could settle safely on another planet, what other planet would you want to live on?
One of the more-habitable moons of Jupiter. (I want to say Europa?)
30) If you could change one even in history, what would it be?
I'm sure there are choices I could make that would do more large-scale good, but I've got to go for making Hitler a stillbirth. I'd have a lot more family alive now, that's for sure.