This round of Blogger Insider

This round of Blogger Insider paired me with Dan, who provided the following lovely questions. Thanks, Dan!

1) I see that you turned 27 a couple months ago. Your wife Jen turned
28 recently. What is it like being married to an older woman?

It’s great, I tell you what. She knows all the answers to the questions on Jeopardy, and she can tell me what happened in 1976,
because she was two, and I was one, and she kind of remembers it. We’re
actually only 10 months apart, which I think washes out in the grand scheme
of things, doesn’t it?
2) Don’t you feel that your Blog title “Fighting Spacemen with Pointed
Sticks” contributes to the ongoing persecution of spacemen?

I realize now the title can be misunderstood. It’s not fighting poor defenseless spacemen with pointed sticks. The Spacemen fight
with pointed sticks. They’re like the Fighting 51st or some other mythical
military force. I found that picture I use as my background and thought
it was really funny that this astronaut was all tricked out in his space
suit, but has basically a big pointed stick in his hands. What does he do
with that pointed stick, try to pop the other spacemen’s suits? See? It’s
ripe for comedy.
3) You work for AOL. How do you live with yourself?
I live with my wife and son. Actually, I do just fine. AOL‘s not the most evil corporation in the world. When I started here in 1995,
we weren’t evil at all. We were the little guy trying not to be crushed
by the likes of AT&T, Microsoft, Prodigy, Netscape and CompuServe. It’s
only the last three or four years that we’ve graduated to Evil in the Microsoft
sense, and well, I really don’t think I could do what I do (work on about
a dozen different search applications) if I worked anywhere else. So, I’m
OK with it.
4) You list “The Eighth Day” among your favorite movies. Do you mean
“The Eighth Day” (1967, Dir.: Charles Gagnon)? What appeals to you about
a fifteen minute movie that’s older than you are?

Yeah, so I didn’t run it through the spellchecker… I suck. The Eighth Day is a beautiful French film about a man with Down Syndrome with an amazing
zest for life who shares his view of the world with a stuffy motivational
speaker. It’s an amazing film by the same writer/director who did Toto the Hero, another one of my favorite films.
5) Why does Jen hate fish?
That’s an excellent question. I think that her dislike of fish is like me and my irrational hatred of anything that tastes of bananas. It’s just
something she’s never liked, never will like, and any attempt to convince
her to think otherwise is in vain.
6) Your son Max is featured often in your blog. Do you think he will
look back through the blog when he is older? Does this excite or frighten
you?

I hope he does. It’s like a family album. Since his extended family is all over the country, they get to share in his growth
and development. I hope that someday, he keeps his own journal, online or
off. It excites me in that I think if he shares his thoughts and opinions,
he’ll have to defend them, which will hopefully lead to him developing better/stronger
opinions that he can defend.
7) You link to Salon.com. What are your feelings on the subscription service issue?
It’s annoying, but I think it’s a creative way to stay afloat. I hope it works out for them. Salon is one of the best sites ever for alternative views and great writing, and
I hope they stay around forever. I wouldn’t try to tell them not to try
whatever they can to make a living.
6) Do you consider yourself more of a geek or a nerd? Explain.
Oh, I’m definitely a geek. To me, a geek is anyone who has an overwhelming passion for something. Nerds are those poor bastards
with no social skills that hide away in the A/V labs and computer closets
of any institution that will take them. Geeks are sometimes nerds, but not
always. I am a pure geek. I still like people (well, most people) and can
communicate without staring at the floor. I just love computers and technology,
especially search applications. Is that so wrong?
5) Are you ever going to post the Creamy Cajun Chicken recipe, or is that a cruel hoax?
It was a cruel hoax. I didn’t think anyone would actually want the recipe. Here it is: Ingredients:
  • One chicken breast per person who will be eating this stuff, sliced into bite-sized chunks
  • Cayenne pepper (to flavor)
  • Chili Powder (to flavor)
  • 1 small container sour cream or regular cream. If you’re feeding a lot of people, think about two tablespoons cream-substance per chicken breast.
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • Fettucine or Linguine, I’m not picky (whatever you need to feed whoever’s eating)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Preparation:

  1. Put olive oil in big skillet over medium/medium high heat.
  2. Once oil is hot, add sliced chicken breasts and saute with chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper until cooked.
  3. After chicken is done, turn heat to low, and add cream. Stir until cream turns a lovely shade of pink/orange (from the chili powder – ummm, did I
    really need to say that?) and it starts to thicken up. For sour cream, you
    need to make sure the cream melts all the way, then it will start to thicken,
    usually this takes 3-5 minutes. For regular cream (the preferred method,
    but sour cream is fine in a pinch), it may take 5-8 for it to start thickening.
  4. Pour over cooked fettucine, toss with a little more black pepper, and serve.
4) Did you notice when the numbers started going backward?
Yes, yes I did. I was all comfortable with the status quo, and bam, you changed it up on me. Very sneaky.

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