Answer’s to Jo’s weekly questions over at Dreamwidth.
1. Is it more or less difficult to be successful in the modern world than it was in the past (10, 50, 100, or 1,000 years ago)?
Successful in what sense? Sheer survival? Much easier now. Being happy? Probably about the same.
2. What do you like to do in the spring?
Go into hiding. The sun is too bright!
3. Is teaching a skill that can be taught?
Yes, I think for most people. Some people are too badly organized, or too bad at being logical to teach, but most people can learn, I believe. I also believe that some people are more naturally talented at it, but they too need practising to get really good.
4. May 4 is “Bike to School Day”. Is that something you did when you were in school?
Yeah, years 1-3 I didn’t in the fall and spring. Years 4-6 my school was practically next door, only had to go through a tiny bit of forest to get there on a foot path, biking would’ve taken longer than walking. Years 7-9 I could have biked in the fall and spring, but we had to apply for school bus ticket for the entire year anyway so there was no point in not taking the bus all through the year. And I didn’t/don’t bike unless I have to. Later schools (vocational) was too far to bike, I had to take a bus to the first one, and a train to the other.
5. Do you always have to have the latest phone?
Nope, smartphones I’ve gotten a new one every three years (when Android security updates stop coming, usually). Before smartphones I would have a mobile phone for about 5 years before getting a new one. Usually the battery died.
6. What is something you are obsessed with?
Very recently – as of yesterday, I’ve been obsessed with Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and especially T’Pring and Spock. I’ve always loved T’Pring and I liked the glimpse we got of her in the pilot. I hope as we explore Spock, we’ll get to know her better too. The seeds that lead to Amok Time were already there, and I hope we’ll learn more of the Vulcan people and society as that relationship progresses.
But the whole pilot episode, and all the characters, I LOVED them all so much and thought the episode was very good fun! It made me laugh outloud a few times which none of the other new shows have managed. I think it’s the best Star Trek pilot ever, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE that’s the adventures are episodic but the relationships seem to have more continuity than TNG, more in the DS9 vein. Love that there’ so much colors on the ship (the uniforms!), and that it felt future is hopeful 😀 I’ve enjoyed Picard, and Discovery to lesser extent, but the first episode of Strange New Worlds felt very much more trek to me than anything since the end of Voyager. I think maybe they got the spirit right!
It helps that I consider each property it’s own thing: TOS is its own contained thing, and SNW is it’s own independent contained AU, completely separate from TOS, never mind what TPTB say. I think that’s the only way to look at the new shows Discovery, Picard, Strange New Worlds and remain sane and feel good about them. But I do think SNW, based on the pilot, has kept the spirit and love of Trek alive right from the start, it feels right in a way that the others don’t to me. I’m very excited for the season 😆
7. Is there something that a ton of people are obsessed with but you just don’t the point of?
Sports. Any and all! Just incomprehensible.