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Oct. 3rd, 2018 @ 08:36 pm Interview meme
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• A meme snagged from kitzune:
→ Comment with “Come at me, bro”
→ I’ll respond by asking you five questions, so I can get to know you better.
→ Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
→ Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.

1) What is one of the funniest moments you can remember from a D&D (or similar role-playing game) session?
Oh wow, I’m not even sure. There are tons of those “no shit, there I was”-stories in the RPGs I’ve played. And most need so much context that it’s almost impossible to convey why it was such a funny moment. Sometimes, it’s how an odd die roll derails an otherwise tense situation, or when a player does something against the character that they have spent a whole campaign building up — if you don’t have that context, you just don’t “get” why it’s so funny while the people that were there had to spend a few minutes to recover from their laughter.
There’s this meme in RPG circles that you don’t start telling people about your character if you don’t play together, because it’s just a lot of context-information, and while you think your character is the coolest ever, it’s just not interesting to other people. I think “funniest moments” are like that too.

2) What’s your favorite fruit?
They’re called mineola here in the Netherlands, tangelo elsewhere. So juicy and sour-sweet!
Close second is persimmon, or kaki as they’re called here (and in Japan). Sweet and soft taste.

3) Describe your perfect date.
Non-serious answer:
The perfect date
Serious answer:
Hmm, I haven’t “dated” as such for so long… Probably going somewhere nice for a walk: a beach or a forest. Not too far, just a calm stroll so you can get some decent chatting in. Then rest up for a bit and have a good dinner at a good restaurant with some creative dishes.

4) If you could visit anywhere in the world for about a week, where would you want to go?
Tokyo is an amazing place to visit for a week: there’s so much going on there that you wouldn’t get bored for a week — possibly even longer.

5) If you were tasked with introducing a complete newbie to anime, which three tv shows would you recommend?
That’s a good question. I prefer to do “personalised recommendations” and always start by asking what this person enjoys in other media: no matter how good the mecha anime is, if this person mostly enjoys fantasy, it will fall flat. But since we’re talking about someone who is a completely blank slate, I’ll just give three general recommendations and explain why. I will stay away from the typical ‘shounen’ series, because I don’t enjoy them — even though they are hugely popular. So if you ask someone else, you’d undoubtedly get stuff like One Piece, Dragonball Z or Naruto in there…
(I keep a running list of series we’ve watched, and we assign a 1 to 10 score. You can find the list, sorted by score, here.)

  1. Mushishi – ‘moody’, magic-realism with lots of atmosphere and slow-moving scenes. It shows how anime can be used to tell really interesting stories. It really is a perfect series.
  2. RahXephon – Sort-of mecha series with a grand, mysterious plot. It shows how anime can be used to tell epic, fantastical stories.
  3. Nichijou – Funniest comedy series ever. The way things are set up in the episodes, but also through multiple episodes is superb. It shows how anime can be freed from all kinds of conventions to do something truly great.

But the more I think about it, the more I think there should also be other series in there — but it’s also a matter of personal taste, like with all media recommendations.

Crossposted from my blog. Comment here or at the original post.
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From:ashmedai
Date:October 3rd, 2018 10:33 pm (UTC)
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I tried a tangelo so long ago I didn't even remember until I read your post. I do remember it was so good! Just the right level of tart and sweet. It's a shame I never see them in supermarkets here (if I remember the one I tried was from a market in Spain).

Would you believe, despite having long-term partners, I've never been on a date in my life? LOL!

OK, come at me, bro! :D

Edited at 2018-10-03 10:35 pm (UTC)
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From:fub
Date:October 5th, 2018 09:34 am (UTC)
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Around here, they're in pretty much every supermarket during the season!

Here are your questions:
1. You spend a lot of time on your gardening and in processing the produce. What got you started?
2. Would you want to expand your vegetable garden and make it even bigger? What's your "ambition level"?
3. Suppose I have a house in the city with a small garden. What resources would you recommend for me to get started with my own vegetable garden?
4. You have taken in Fritz the wild cat (as much as is possible with a wild animal). Would you have done the same with a stray dog? Why or why not?
5. What's the best place you ever visited? Why is it the best? ("Best" according to your own definition!)
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From:ashmedai
Date:October 5th, 2018 02:06 pm (UTC)
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Very cool questions - thanks! :D
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From:tabular_rasa
Date:October 4th, 2018 12:12 am (UTC)
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Come at me, bro!

I love the perfect date answer, lol. Reminds me that today is October 3rd, a la "It's October 3rd!" from Mean Girls.
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From:fub
Date:October 5th, 2018 09:43 am (UTC)
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Here you go!

1. You're teaching a language to grade-school kids. Would you also want to teach older kids, like middle or high school?
2. You write a lot about your daily frustrations in your job, so we get to know the downsides pretty well... But what's the best thing about being a teacher?
3. Under what conditions would you consider moving to Japan to teach English there?
4. What is one thing that you wish parents taught their children before sending them to school?
5. You wrote that you have been dating recently. What's your perfect date? ;)
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From:borchmadsen
Date:October 4th, 2018 11:29 am (UTC)
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That actually sounds like a really nice date! :) (The serious answer, I mean. Hahaha.)
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From:fub
Date:October 5th, 2018 09:48 am (UTC)
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But now that I think about it some more, I don't think it would work as a first date, to get to know a new person. I mean, would you want to go for a walk through the woods with a man you don't know anything about as a first date?
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From:borchmadsen
Date:October 5th, 2018 10:29 am (UTC)
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Haha, good thought! Maybe it's more of a second/third date thing. However, the woods we have here aren't that big and real close to people, so maybe I'd do it anyways, haha! :)
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