A true writer must always have a sharpened pencil handy. I learned that life lesson the hard way! Anyway...hello again, everyone. I am back and ready for the third night of questions! I guess this is one of those rare occasions where I don't actually need a pencil, but I like the gif image as a sign of preparation for awesome things to come.
Without any further ado, I bring you my answers to the newest set of questions. Answers are, again, displayed in blue font color. Enjoy!
1. I think the field of applied science that will be most influential over the next century will be medical science. This century saw a lot of advancement in computer science and I believe that has been beneficial in shaping our society of today. With each passing day, our research teams continue to study diseases and other health issues. It is my belief that, someday, we will see cures to currently-untreatable conditions. It wasn't all that long ago when many of the illness that we have vaccines for now (such as polio and tuberculosis) were not yet treatable. Personally, I hope to someday see a cure for diabetes. I lost both of my grandmothers to this disease early in my life (I never met my mother's mother and my father's mother died due to complications when I was 8). Diabetes runs in my family and my father and one of my uncles currently have it. My sister and I are next in line in the generations to be diagnosed and, being genetically prone, it is a scary thought, but advances toward a cure have been more promising from what I have heard and read.
2. I like this question. I had two that I narrowed it down to, but it is this one that I decided to share. As a kid, I spent my first 8 years living in my state's third largest city. Not the most ideal living place. There was no room to run around and play freely, but many places and parks were a close walk away as were a majority of my friends' houses. Well, there was this one summer afternoon and my sister and I and my mom were all home. It was raining and my sister and I were bored because we could not be outside in our super-small fenced-in yard. The rain stopped a few hours before my dad got home from work and my mom went outside to get the mail, I think. She called me and my sister outside and we saw this huge rainbow stretching across the sky over our street. We'd never seen one before and it was so nice! Then, a second rainbow, smaller and fainter, appeared behind it. I'll never forget that.
3. For the most part, I am not a rulebreaker. However, I cannot agree with my state's new "no texting while driving" law. The law states that it's only legal to text and drive while the car is in park. I get that the law was created to save lives, but I've been able to text while stopped at red lights without killing anyone...or, more so, causing an accident. I just feel that if the majority of drivers were smarter, this law would never have needed to be made.
4. Other than the always have a sharpened pencil lesson I mentioned at the start of this post? ... I guess one that I learned is to trust no one. We live in a harsh society where trust can be deceived so easily. I'm not saying that is always the case, but I've learned to be cautious. I said in my last post about romantic partners and preferring to take my time and not rush into anything. This is yet one of the reasons why. If I'm going to love someone, I have to know I can trust them first. Also, I work at a grocery store and I can't tell you how many customers use tactics to get their products at lower prices than what is marked. Sometimes it is genuine, but we have some regulars that seriously bend the rules...and our management just lets it pass! Trust is earned, not given. That is what I've come to learn.
5. I think a good deal of who we are is shaped by our environment. Genetics predispose us to certain conditions; they determine our natural looks and behaviors. Genetics, in essence, provide the base and our environment then works to shape us further from there. In fact, I have a few examples that I can think of...most are about me, but not all. As I said, I spent my first 8 years living in a city and attending an inner-city, bilingual elementary school. When I moved to the country, I did not fit in because I still acted like a city kid. It took several years before I would finally find my place within my new school. In middle school, I had this really close friend who moved to an inner-city. She went through the same things as me. We recently reconnected on Facebook and I barely even recognize her anymore. She has changed that much. Finally, a slice-of-life from high school. The group I hung out with throughout much of high school years could be considered "gothic". They dressed in black, listened to Evanescence, all that. As time passed, I started to do it too. I wore all black and listened to Evanescence. I didn't go all out, but it still drove my parents nuts. If I'd never hung out with them, I would never have done any of those things. Hence, the environment shaped me. I don't do that anymore because, after graduation, we kinda went our separate ways...for the most part.
6. Well, by this point, I was expecting a world similar to The Jetsons (...yes, I'm old and still remember that cartoon). On a serious note, I think it won't be extremely different tham the world we see today. I highly doubt there will be flying cars (although, it would be cool to have them!). In fact, if anything, I think that, with all this emphasis on "going green", everything will be more environmentally friendly. Already, I've heard talk at my grocery store that there will soon be a charge to pack groceries in plastic bags. Even my parents who love plastic bags, have invested in reusable bags that they take to the store. Instead of flying cars, i see more electric ones (thus, rendering gas station obsolete). In fact, I'd probably be disappointed if the world was not more eco-friendly within 300 years.
7. I've always been fascinated by Marvel's Iron Man, so I'd probably choose to have his suit because I love all the gadgets that come with it...and I'd love to fly in it. If I had such power, I would definitely use it to better society. Everyday there are minor problems that often go overlooked by the general public and those not involved. If I had an Iron Man suit, I would find a way to use it to help with such problems.
8. As morbid as it sounds, I would choose the dystopian genre. I just find it fascinating because the societies in these stories (The Hunger Games, Divergent, etc.) rise from the ashes of great and terrible wars. The settings are designed to feel as though it could someday happen in our future if we do not fix our current society now while there is still time. Books in this genre just captivate my attention and I have trouble putting them down.
9. My favorite vacation was one I took in summer of 2011. My family and I took a 5-day cruise to Bermuda and back. It was so pretty there and I'd never been on a cruise before, so that was a great experience. To keep the memory fresh, I even wrote a fanfic about my vacation. A dream vacation for me would be to spend a week in Japan. I've been overseas (to Germany), but I've never been to Asia and it would be a great experience. I'd love to spend some time immersed in the Japanese culture.
10. This question is very deep! I'll have to think about this one. For my views, I'd actually never really thought about it before now. I guess, metaphysically, I take a more realistic standpoint. I tend to see things as they are, realistically. Morally, I can see where there would be times when an anti-realist standpoint is best. I don't really know how to describe it. I mean, it makes perfect sense in my head...but then I try to put it into words...
11. I used to love games (board games, card games). In the afternoons, we'd always play some type of game, especially when we lived in the city because there really was not much else to do.
12. I would want to be a cat. Seriously, I've watched my cat and she literally does nothing all day. After living this life where i work two jobs and rarely have any time to just chill and relax, it sounds quite appealing to be a house cat and have everything handed to me without putting in much effort. I'm a horribly lazy person...
13. One would be Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Another would be Hildegard von Bingen. The third would probably be Galileo Galilei. Since the majority are known best as novelists, writing would definitely be a popular discussion topic along with German culture as Goethe and Hildegard are both German. I chose Galileo because I've always been fascinated by space science/Astronomy and I'd love to ask him why he chose to study the heavens and discuss his discoveries.
14. Unfortunately, I feel as though our economy and deficit is severely out-of-control and it would take a lot to fix it. I'm not much of a politician, but I would probably try to find a way to create new jobs. I know this has been done, but we need working-class people to pay taxes if we even want to hope to fix the mess we have found ourselves in. Besides, it would be great to see the number of unemployed citizens lower once again.
15. Oh man...just two. That's tough! I guess that I would choose my sister and my best friend. As great as it would be to travel with fictional characters of famous people, I'm a person who prefers close company and spending time with people i know well. I chose these two because we're all close in age so our interests about what to do along the way would be more similar. Overall, I just feel it would be more enjoyable with these two along for the ride.
16. I would choose to live in Italy. This ties into the food question, but I live on pasta and pizza...and garlic bread. Not really, but I do enjoy it. Also, I've seen pictures and I find the cities to be quite picturesque. Also, I've taken a few years of Spanish, so it shouldn't be too hard to pick up on the Italian language since the roots are the same.
17. If you couldn't guess, my favorite type is Italian. One of my favorite restaurants ever is Olive Garden. From the Italian cuisine, I'm into pasta and pizza. I've actually become quite good at taking a simple bowl of pasta and sprucing it up with various sauces and spices to create something unique.
18. I would sing! ... Actually, that would take weeks/months to prepare. Instead, I'd probably showcase my writing talent. I've seen videos on YouTube of authors/poets giving live readings of their works. I'd probably do something similar to that (complete with voice talent, since I do aspire to be a voice actor someday).
19. One thing is that I would like to raise a family (by that broad term, I mean "get married" and "have kids" but I did not feel like making that two different things). Second, as I said in the last answer, I would like to get into voice acting. Even if I only play a secondary character or hold one lead role ever, I want to be able to say that I accomplished that goal. Lastly, I would like to travel the world. If I can't fully accomplish that, I would like to at least say that I could make it to visit all 50 states.
I think the first thing is easy to accomplish...even with my strange need to take things slowly before committing to anything. The second might be a little tougher. I have heard stories of people who walked into a voice acting gig, but my guess is that I would probably need to go back to school to study voice...and i need money to do that first. Finally, I think I could accomplish my goal to, at least, make it to all 50 states. I've been to many already. If I can accomplish goal one (family) and I have someone to travel with, it'd be really fun.
20. I'm going to say the cellphone. I took a look through a list of inventions and found it interesting that the cellphone was actually invented in 1973. I would've never guessed that! Anyway, I chose the cellphone because, as I continued to look down the list I was amazed by how many other inventions are now functions found on (smart!) cellphones. Some that stick out to me are GPS, mp3 players/digital music. Not to mention that cellphones have opened the world up to accessibility. By having one, someone can get hold of someone else without waiting for them to come home and return the call. Plus, those like me who have telephobia, can just send a quick text message instead. In some ways, that can be faster. Though I think some people use their phones stupidly, I still think it was one of the most significant inventions of all time.
21. This is going to be quite a list...just a fair warning.
Marching Band (1-4): I loved this activity. It was time-consuming and it drained participants of all physical and mental strength. The instructor ran it like a drill team. You know what, though, I couldn't have imagined doing anything else. I even went on to participate for four more years at my university.
Concert Band (1-4): I loved band! I can't express that enough. Band is my life. XD
Symphonic Winds (4): My high school's audition-only band. I loved this band...I just wish I could've made it in earlier than my senior year of high school...
Orchestra (1-4): In addition to band, I played strings. For the first two years, I liked orchestra. Then, in my junior year, I realized that I had learned nothing new since middle school and taking this was a waste of time. By senior year, I was just taking it for a GPA boost. I gave up orchestra between high school and college.
Anime Club (2-4): This club was formed toward the end of my freshman year. I joined with a lot of friends in sophomore year. This was the best way to spend an hour after-school each Thursday. When i think back on high school, this is one of the things I miss most.
Key Club (3): Some friends convinced me to try this community service group. I didn't really like the way it was run and, thus, only did it for junior year. My senior year was kinda busy anyway.
22. My viewpoints stand most closely as a mix of ideals from Keynesian and Austrian. However, to narrow it down to one, I'd say I'd agree more with the Keynesian school.
23. Hmm...tough one. There's been many. I guess, to pick one, I liked Greg's QT. Before, I'd always seen him as this mysterious person (and I didn't expect him to actually answer questions) but it turned out to be quite informative...and entertaining too.
24. That would be Allegiant. I liked it...until I got to the end. I'm sure a lot of readers have said that, but...seriously...how can you end an awesomely epic book series that way?! D:
25. If I had to pick one, I would choose Christmas. My favorite way to celebrate...well, that would be the way my family celebrates it, but I shall elaborate, starting with Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve, I usually work til closing at the grocery store (not this past year, though, because of my availability). We attend church services at 11PM, but we look at Christmas lights before that. That's been a tradition since I was a little kid. After church, we come home, have some pie and watch A Christmas Carol (another tradition since I was a kid). Two years ago, there was a How To Train Your Dragon marathon that started at 6PM Christmas Eve and ran through 6PM Christmas day so I tune into that when it's on. Christmas Day, we take all day to open gifts (this year, it went til 9PM). We have a wonderful dinner of cooked ham, green bean casserole, potatoes, and many other amazing foods. This past Christmas, we also watched Gift of the Night Fury (the HTTYD special) followed immediately by a showing of How To Train Your Dragon. That movie has fit itself into our traditions.
26. I'm reading through my Aquarius description first, so I'll start with that one. For the most part, I do agree with the descriptions of Aquarians as it pertains to me. However, apparently, Aquarians have many friends and acquaintances. I'm not even up to 300 friends on Facebook yet and I've had that for almost 5 years, so I can't say I agree with that. I agree with the part stated about freedom-loving and individualistic. That's kinda contradictory, though. We have lots of friends, but like to be our own person? Hmm...yeah, i don't really understand it either. Also, it says that Aquarians think creatively and inventively and are artistic and inventive. Well, now I understand why I'm such a good writer. XD Well, the description even got my favorite color right. Says I should like colors that look like water and my favorite color is blue. Overall, I do agree.
For the Chinese Zodiac, I found out something interesting when i was reading Fruits Basket. The sign that I thought I was (based on the year) is not what I actually am. Because the Chinese New Year of 1991 did not start until February, I am actually the sign of the Chinese New Year of 1990 which is the Horse. Anyway...
Wow...this one is completely inaccurate. Apparently, Horses talk a lot and like to be in the limelight. As for me, I'm quiet (offline) and I prefer to hang around in the shadows. Apparently Horses like large crowds and are popular. Again, I prefer a small inner-circle of friends and I was never one of the popular kids in school. It also says that Horses are bad with finances. Well, I'm pretty good with mine. I still get the bills paid with money to spare. In support, though, I did find one part that is correct. The exact wording "They tend to interfere in many things and frequently fail to finish projects of their own." I agree with this. I have so many stories that I've started writing and have yet to come back to. Plus, I've been trying to learn Japanese for many years now and I still am no further than I was before.
27. Oh boy...I love music so this might be tough. Narrowing it down, I'm going to say Styx, Def Leppard, Foreigner, Imagine Dragons, Maroon 5 and Evanescence. There's many more that I like, but I would be here all day if I wanted to list all of them. That's why I chose three older groups and three newer ones.
28. Well, seeing as how I usually tend to lose the cube before I can finally solve it, I'm going to have to say that I am very slow. In my senior year of high school, a Rubik's cube club was formed. Those guys were insane. I remember seeing them in the library one morning. No matter how screwed up the cube was, they could solve it in a matter of minutes! There's probably some mathematical way to solve it and math is not my subject. Math and me never got along...at all. XD
29. Well, as a Christian, I tend to lean more to the side of the story told in the book of Genesis where God created the world in six days with a day of Sabbath on the seventh. However, I do see logical possibilities in the infamous Big Bang Theory that is also often cited. The idea of the creation of our solar system and, ultimately, our universe and galaxies has always fascinated me. As I said earlier, Astronomy was one science class I enjoyed greatly.
30. I guess my worst character flaw would have to be my telephobia. To clarify, that is fear of telephones or using a telephone. It is horribly irrational, but most phobias tend to be. I can't even begin to express how many times this phobia has caused me to miss out on pretty good opportunities. There are just some times when sending a text or an email message just doesn't work...no matter how much I wish they would. This is a phobia I hope to overcome before I get a full-time teaching job because making phone calls home kinda comes with the job. >.<
31. Currently, my favorite novel would probably be Divergent (even though the series ends on such a low-note). The movie was great too, but I really love the lead characters and seeing Four's character development even just through that first book is one part I like the most. My favorite author currently would probably be J.K. Rowling. I'm seriously impressed by her life story. She completely exemplifies the classic "rags to riches" story and she is an inspiration to young writers everywhere.
32. That one's easy. My favorite Disney movie is Frozen, but Tangled is a close second, and Brave is third not too far behind. I like the newer movies...but the older ones are great for the nostalgia.
33. This one's also pretty easy. Since I find Norse culture quite entertaining, my answer comes from their list of gods and deities. The one I choose is Loki. I dunno, I just find him to be amusing...and what's not to like about someone known as "the trickster god".
34. Old Testament: Genesis and Exodus ... I like the stories of creation and of Moses's freeing God's people from Ramses.
New Testament: Luke and Revelations ... I like "The Christmas Story" and the prophecies for the second coming of Christ.
35. First, I like Educational Psychology. As a teacher, I have found that taking that class has helped me in the profession. We studied ways in which students learned and ways that we, as teachers can help improve student learning.
Next, I like Developmental Psychology. I enjoyed studying the learning process in regards to the various stages of life.
Finally, I like Cognitive Psychology. That branch taught me various mind-tricks and strategies to improve memory.
36. There's only a few branches that I could come up with that I favor. Also, I'm getting these branches from Wikipedia because I actually never studied Philosophy. XD One would be aesthetics. As a writer, I try to look for the beauty in things and then convey it into words. I also believe that there is a natural beauty in everything; we just have to look deep and find it. Finally, another branch that I found that I favor is social philosophy. I like it because, as I read through it, I found that this makes up a solid basis for sociology classes (which was another that I enjoyed back in university.
37. Oh boy...another question for which we'll be here all night. I'll make it brief.
Hiccup x Astrid (HTTYD--this is one of my number ones, but I'm sure you can guess why), Anna x Kristoff (Frozen), Miroku x Sango (InuYasha), Tris x Four (Divergent),
Y'know what, I'll stop there before it gets outrageous. I really hope that fiction wasn't just pertaining to works of literature...cause I only used one. My bad. XD
38. I can speak three/four. English (my native), German (studied in school), Spanish (studied in school), Japanese (in the process of learning that one, but I can say some basic phrases and read it to an even smaller extent). Right now, I've been focusing on studying various accents. I enjoy randomly changing/altering mine to throw people off. XD
39. I would definitely give it to the SPCA. We have many local branches in my area and they're always looking for monetary donations. I just could never see those poor strays and unwanted animals suffer.
40. Well, I do feel as though the bystander does have a moral obligation to act. The favorable situation would probably be to switch the trolley to the other track. By doing nothing, more innocent lives will be taken. Unfortunately, by switching the track, it could look as though the bystander intentionally targeted that one lone person. However, when asked to testify, he/she could explain his intentions and show that they were just.
If I was that person, I would not hesitate to switch the track. However, instead of just standing by and watching the death of this one person, I would do my best to save them, push them or pull them out of harm's way. Worst case scenario would be the death of both of us. However, this worse case scenario is still better than the other option of doing nothing. In this worst case scenario, only two innocent lives would be lost rather than five.
I like that question. That one really got me thinking.
Congrats on getting your own thread my man! http://www.thecoli.com/styles/default/xe...
1) What personality trait you posses, do you like the most?
2) What aspect of your personality do you like the least?
3) Fav part of your body?
4) Least fav part of your body?
5) First and current impressions of The JoE?
1. I guess I'd have to say my independent nature. I never just wanted to blindly follow with all the silly fads and popular things. I've always wanted to be my own person and I feel that has made me a better person. I know how to think for myself rather than follow some silly self-proclaimed leader.
2. I would have to say my timidness. I am a quiet person and I am often hesitant to speak out and say what is on my mind. Though I don't follow with what others say to, I don't stand out and start my own trends either.
3. I like my eyes. From the time I was young, they've changed colors. They switch between brown and green and I find that fascinating because many people have one eye color their whole life and I have two. ... Although, it did make it kinda hard to determine what to put for my driver's license. XD
4. I guess if I had to choose one, it would be my lower legs. I tend to get these nasty cramps in the muscles in those spots. When it happens in my lower leg, I end up walking with a limp for several days afterwards.
5. FI: I didn't really know you all that much on OMF 2.0. Probably because you spent much time in the Big 3 discussions and I tried to avoid that forum. I do remember the English major/grammar Nazi part of me thinking about and cringing a bit at all the random capitalization in your username. XD
CI: You seem pretty cool and I can see you are well-liked by the forum community. (I noticed that when I ran the one section of the OMF Awards of 2013). You can be random and spontaneous, but, if I recall, you come up with some pretty good theories for the Big 3 sections. I may be thinking of someone else, though (that tends to happen a lot to me).
Good thing I sharpened that pencil before I started answering! This batch of questions was fun. Thanks for that, guys! If anyone has any more questions they would like to ask, make sure you do before time runs out! Remember, I accept as many per post per day as you wish to throw my way. ... Well, until next time...!
Edited by Satoshi, 01 April 2014 - 12:05 PM.