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Andrei finds a question he can’t get clarity on concerning the ACA

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Do you use Twitter? When and How? I guess I should ask your ID if you are on it.

Just curious.
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Why do you like Doctor Who?

Bless you to the person who wrote this.

I was a kid in the 70's and Early 80's. Let's just start there. Cartoons really had gone to complete sh*t by the time we hit 1984. I knew that Warner Brothers cartoons were 'way old' and that the 70's hey day of Bullwinkle and Rocky and other such shows were being replaced by He-Man. And no matter how much we joke. He-Man really was a crap of a cartoon.

So let's look at science fiction in the 70s and 80s. Star trek was history and all we had was the filmation Star Trek cartoons. A wonderful article posits:
Between groundbreaking classics that were light years ahead of their time ("Star Trek," "The Twilight Zone," "The Prisoner"), envelope-pushers that were canceled far short of their creative peak ("Battlestar Galactica," "V"), and overcooked turkeys that should never have been green-lit in the first place ("Galactica 1980," "Automan," "The Starlost"), Phillips and Garcia give each of the successes and the failures their balanced, fun and informative due.

And I remember all of these very clearly. I should point out... Prisoner came out when I was about 5... Way over my head. Similar with Galactica. It was ships. That's the most I really remembered until I rewatched later. V was historical SF.

So there wasn't a whole hell of a lot.

And one weekend around the age of 10 or 11 I was watching TV. My friends and I liked "Benny Hill" and "Monty Python" because... well, the Brits were cool. Well, the shows weren't on. What they did do was run 2 of 4 episodes of Doctor Who. "The Pyramids of Mars". Fortunately the first 2.

A side note here. You know when you've been into a long running show... you catch episodes in syndication. You ever notice it's like the same 5 stories out of 100 that you always see? For Doctor Who it was "Pyramid of Mars"

So here I was... 11 years old watching this cool guy in a big scarf. Mummies, pyramids, egyptian gods... I hadn't gotten anything like this since The Shazam and Isis Power Hour or even Electra Woman and Dyna Girl. (The latter of which I loved and I will not take any more SHIT about it)

But this... this was magnificent. Even if the interiors were all shot like TV and the exteriors were all shot like a movie. (Yeah, the 11 year old figured this one out) There was story, there was character... It went somewhere... And after 90 minutes on PBS (back when the single episodes were 45 minutes but part of a story).....GAH CLIFFHANGER. Backed into the corner... bad guys attacking cliffhanger!

I was going to be back... Then I started looking up where it would be airing. And then were cons. And helping pledge drives. And mom getting a friend to make me a scarf. And buttons. And collecting the novelizations, and fact books. And all the stuff. It was awesome.

But the one thing that is amazing is having a child. You see, you don't buy stuff for the toddler. You buy stuff to feel your own childhood again. It's why I bought my favourite books for 'him'. "Are you my Mother" "Monster at the end of the Book"... I bought 70's kid shows to share with him.

So then the amazing thing happened. The BBC after 15+ years said.. they were bringing Doctor Who back.

And yeah... I was terrified. This was not just 3 years of my life. This was 12 up to my late 20s. This was well over 10 years of learning a mythos, finding old episodes. I was terrified what they'd do to "MY DOCTOR WHO"

Imagine what would happen if Tim Burton announced that he was doing a Babylon-5 movie without JMS? Um...scary.

All I knew was that the guy that invented "Queer As Folk" was going to be reviving Doctor Who. Not that QAF was a bad show. I've seen a few and it's deep. I saw a few before Doctor Who. So I was terrified.. but admittedly excited.

I was so excited that I grabbed the leaked to the net pilot and burned a DVD with extras and watched it 15 minutes before the show aired in Britain.

And I was THRILLED. The show lived up to the past. It stayed pure to the things I needed to feel. But was deeper. It'd grown up with me. It didn't show the world thru the eyes of a 12 year old.

But the thing that will now always cement the show with me is two fold. One a fact.. one a spoiler.

We watched episodes with our infant. The first season ended before he was born. We watched on DVD. I remember the day we put on an episode and our child got excited to hear the theme. Many friends have seen Aiden to the "Doctor Who" dance. He loves the theme. I honestly think the show is just noise to him. But the theme. Music that is updated but unchanged from my childhood, connects to my son. And this thought alone really makes me begin to sort of get misty. Because it's a kind of bond. It makes me foolishly happy.

The second comes from a short Holiday special that American's are not likely to see until the new season releases on DVD in about 8 months. The show acknowledged in the special and does so in all the extras... that the people working on the show now are there because they loved the show as kids. The current star who plays Doctor Who got into the acting profession because he loved this show and wanted to be the Doctor one day.

It's a show of wonder and dreams. It's a show of magic and science.

It's a show that makes you want to tell your high school friends that your car is your Tardis and the trunk is really bigger on the inside than the outside.

I love the show... I hope this explains why.

It's not just entertainment. It's a fundamental building block of who I am as a person.
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Do you believe in angels?

This is a really good question. I'll say right off the bat... chreubs with wings and halos.. or any human with wings and halos... Not so much.

Now, I am a ceremonialist. LBRP at 20 paces and all. So I invoke the power of the archangels. And for visualization I go all the way. Michael: Big Guy.. flaming sword.

But belief... That's a different question. The concept of Angels in ceremonial magick, kaballah, and some biblical studies is sort of the middle management between the divine and physical world of existence.

You know I have enough problems trying to find my physical purpose and my attainment of a divine that transcends everything I might proscribe to it.

Now... There is the concept of the Holy Guardian Angel, I kind of view that as the first step to divinity beyond the perfection of self in this world. And maybe it is a separate entity or a projection of the divine that specifically deals with issues between me and the divine.... as opposed to everyone else.

As a kid I thought that Jim Croce was my guardian angel....

So... 93 == YMMV

I'm really not sure what's really up there beyond what I see. And I find the less I try to personify it, the better I begin to touch it.

Does that help at all?
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No meme history... Too many people have this one up.

March is Ask a Question Month

And if it wasn't I guess we really don't get a choice now

Comments are screened, ask me a question, which will be answered in a separate post. Any question. Any question at all.

I reserve the right not to answer. That probably won't happen, but I reserve the right all the same.
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But first... A note... Several of you asked to be interviewed by me. Please check the post to see if your questions are up or if you'd like to be interviewed.

Below are questions I've received with my answers
From [livejournal.com profile] faerievixen2 behind the cut )

From [livejournal.com profile] sesa777 behind the cut )
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I bring this one around on occasion. It keeps me busy

  1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
  2. I will respond by asking you five questions of a very intimate and creepily personal nature. Or not so creepy/personal.
  3. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
  4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
  5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

Edit 12:12 pm. I've changed comments to screened to allow freedom of response. Please note if you want your responses unscreened.

If you'd like to track this post, click here
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From the question meme

Not too be toooo cryptic:

Other than XXX, who *else* are you XXXing in XXX?

Coming from anyone else the specifics of this question would make me nervous. But I'm getting better and able to deal better :)

I will be happy to answer this one directly to the person who asked it via IM. But probably won't give the specifics here.

Ooooh... Boy aren't people gonna wonder!
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I posted the question meme before leaving the house. I already have several questions. I wrote this one on the way to the office:

What gets you truly excited?

I have to be completely honest; this is not only an awesome question, but it's even more awesome because it was the first one. Hannibal the Not-So-Great once said "I love it when a plan comes together". When you put together smething that is complicated, every piece and every one involved works to the best of their ability to hit a common goal. Sometimes in the performance or execution, you hit that perfect moment. It's that moment where what's going on is just Right. I'm not sure if that "R" should be capitalized because it represents almost a connection to the divine. And now, an example!

I learned to play the doumbek many years ago in the SCA. After about a year or so I considered myself competent (not good, not bad - but "competent".) One evening at an event, four of us "competent" players sat down to screw around. We started playing and improvising. One of us would change tempos and the others would follow along. A crowd started to gather while we were playing. The drumming built in intensity, the crowd's enjoyment as well; the four of us looked at each other after a while and then spontaneously, at what just felt like the right moment, we ended it. We did this together, at the perfect moment, without cuing each other. This was where the drums had to stop. The crowd that had gathered loved it. It was one of those perfect moments.

In college, I asked my theatre advisor "how do you know when you've hit that moment for the audience? How do you know when you're 'there'?"

He smiled and looked at me, and said "When you're ON, you know that you're ON."

What really gets me excited are those perfect moments when I feel like I have gotten closer to my view of the Divine.
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Well, it's going around...

It's the "ask a question" mem?

Ask away.

Comments are screened, ask me a question, which will be answered in a separate post. Any question. I reserve the right not to answer, and will keep the identity of the asker private.
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Warning: This is many posts in one day... could the avalanche be returning?

Stolen from the ever lovely [livejournal.com profile] damiana_swan

How many of you take me seriously? Let's use random questionnaires to find out!

1. Do we know each other outside of LiveJournal?
2. What's your philosophy on how to handle me?
3. Would you have my back in a fight?
4. Would you keep a secret from me if you thought it was in my best interest?
5. What is your favorite memory of us?
6. Would you give me a kidney?
7. Tell me one odd/interesting fact about you [that I would find amusing]:
8. Would you take care of me when I'm sick?
9. Can we get together and make a cake [and what kind of cake]?
10. Have you heard any rumors of me lately?
11. Do you/have you talk(ed) crap about me?
12. Do you think I'm a good person?
13. Would you drive across country with me?
14. Do you think I'm attractive [- Rate me on a scale of 1-100, 50 being average]?
15. If you could change anything about me, would you?
16. What do you wear to sleep?
17. Would you come over for no reason just to hang out?
18. Would you go on a date with me if I asked you?
19. If I only had one day to live, what would we do together?
20. Will you post this so I can fill it out for you?
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I don't remember who posted this originally that I cribbed it from. I like it.. I did it. You can too if you wish.


(Click here to post your own answers for this meme.)

I miss somebody right now. I don't watch much TV these days.  (Comparitively speaking to longer ago when I watched far too much) I own lots of books.  (Despte my lack of reading fiction... I own a ton of books. Some fiction, many reference.)
I wear glasses or contact lenses.  (And even after lasek. I am 20-35... Which as I was 20-5000+ before... I'm really not minding) × I love to play video games(Unless it's a game that makes me think... it really doesn't do a lot for me.) I've tried marijuana.  (But I didn't exhale)
I've watched porn movies.  (If this comes as a surprise to anyone... Granted... Unless they hit specific interests... this too is similar to a video game.) I have been the psycho-ex in a past relationship.  (Personally, I don't think one socially matures into a realationship until about 50.) I believe honesty is usually the best policy.  (And this was a long lesson to learn.)
× I curse sometimes.  (My father was from Brooklyn. I curse a lot.) I have changed a lot mentally over the last year.  (Part of who I am is challenging myself to refine who I am. I am a work in progress.) × I carry my knife/razor everywhere with me.  (And my sword is too heavy and unweildy. Though, if you ever visit. Ask me about Butterflies)
it goes on... )
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Interview questions abound

Here are the ones I was asked by [livejournal.com profile] luna_piena

Answers below the text... )
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Well, it's come around again...

1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by asking you five questions of a very intimate and creepily personal nature. Or not so creepy/personal.
3. You WILL update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

So [livejournal.com profile] regulus666 asked...

Click for his questions... )
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Ask me a question about each of the following:







Other (open ended)

I will screen the questions, I may make the responses public depending on the material.

Go for broke :)
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Version 93102938 of the random questions for random friends here.

Random questions about random friends... )
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Dear Mr. President,

I look to you, the leader of the country in which I have spent my entire life, for the answer to a simple question. What happened to the dream?

the rest... )

-Andrei A. Freeman

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