As I don’t Tumbl much, I cannot in good conscience link 11 people, so I choose instead to interpret the number as the Roman II…
RULES: Always post the rules. Answer the questions from the person who tagged you. Write II new ones. Tag II people and link them to the post.
1. Favourite colour?
Open up the colour wheel in Photoshop* and select a bright orange. From here, if you decrease the brightness (value), you get a deep, rich, saturated brown. From this brown, if you decrease the saturation, you get a sort of weak beige or taupe.
*or rather, a free and open-source alternative like GIMP.
Now select a bright, lurid cyan. If you decrease the brightness now, you get a sort of teal colour, but here’s the problem: to me, this teal is weak and dull like the taupe, not deep and rich like the brown.
Imagine that you could not turn the saturation of the brown up beyond two-thirds, and as you went about doing graphic design or interior decorating, the deepest, richest brown you had available was that weak, dull, greyish, lifeless taupe.
I can see it in my head - a deep, rich blue-green, deeper and richer than any turquoise or teal I’ve ever seen in reality. Sometimes I’ve come close - a mixture of blue and green in coloured glass or some unlikely liquid (Listerine has nearly got it). But thus, the futility of my life is aptly illustrated - my favourite colour does not actually exist.
2. Favourite item of clothing?
I bought a sewing machine over the summer, I just took delivery of some denim yesterday, and my favourite item of clothing is now the pair of jeans I’m almost ready to make. Big rock-star flares, bombastic True-Religion stitching, and, eventually, a creative variation on hippie flowers embroidered up the left leg…
3. Chess or checkers?
“Never answer the question that is asked of you. Answer the question that you wish had been asked of you.” - Robert McNamara, US Secretary of Defense.
My secondary school English teacher with a crotchless black latex catsuit and a Realdoe.
4. Would you survive the zombie apocalypse and how?
Depends whether I had advance warning of it and had a chance to get something like a historically-accurate recreation of a late-medieval/early-renaissance longsword: http://www.albion-europe.com/swords/swords-by-productline/nextgeneration/handandahalf/model.aspx?model=104
It’d give me confidence if nothing else.
Now, a sword isn’t really a good anti-zombie weapon because its unnecessary sophistication makes it fragile, but if anything’s clear from the better zombie movies, it’s that once past the initial shock and horror, the lurching dead are merely a predictable nuisance, and it’s really other pools of consciousness that are potential threats. Besides the psychological effect of brandishing a big fucking sword, it’s also a damn good defense against any myopic git armed with a bat or an axe. Those longswords are agile enough to be used with a shield, too, if people are throwing bottles or stones.
Given that it’s your ablity to deal with other conscious humans that will govern your ability to survive, I reckon I have a decent chance. I can be calm and reasonable at least - being too detached from the world is currently a weakness that could become a strength - and I might be good at planning and organising supply runs and the like. My value to a small society might be in production and repair - I like building things, and cobbling together make-do furniture and clothing and reliable barricades could be useful.
5. The book lying closest to you.
Donald H. McCunn, How To Make Sewing Patterns
6. Favorite time of day?
Three in the morning when I’m in full Tony Stark mode, jumping around getting more done in ten minutes than I normally do in ten days, being überproductive and solving the mysteries of the universe.
7. What’s your star sign?
8. Introvert or extrovert?
Seriously introverted, but I’m trying to encourage the inner rock star to come to the surface a little more often.
9. Any tattoos? If yes what of?
No - I like them on other people, and I could see myself getting one some day, but for the moment I have a strong, almost philosophical aversion to having anything in my life that is permanent and unchanging.
10. Favorite Writer/ Author?
Ok this I actually don’t know. One out of eleven ain’t bad.
11. Favorite music genre?
I always find it bizarre when people place so much emphasis on genre, or listen almost exclusively to one genre, or what have you. What I like in a piece of music is something much less tangible than what category it fits into or what market it targets. Sometimes, it’s something about the humanity in the performance; sometimes, it’s a sense of purity in the attempt to satisfy a particular need; often, it’s just a fantastic colour or texture. This afternoon’s playlist looks like:
I. What is one question you really wish someone would ask you?
II. That thing you’re good at - what aspects of it occupy your mind while you’re trying to get better at it?