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Interview Questions 3

March 7, 2016

These are actual interview questions I lifted off of the internet. All three of them were reported by Business Insider and Glassdoor.

What do you think of lava lamps? And Dilbert?

I actually think of both in about the same way. A lava lamp is something to look at and zone out. I can feel very zen as I watch the bubbles and colors shift and move over and over in endless cycles. It’s totally mindless and I think that is the appeal. Of course, a lava lamp feels like it is an outdated decoration and is a little tacky now. Dilbert is much the same. It is a mindless collection of colors that makes me zone out when I read it. The jokes are not funny and the characters are impossible to connect with. It is robotic and negative and not really how I want to see my work environment.

What is your favorite color?

Back in the day, I would have probably said black just to be difficult. I was the gothiest non-goth that ever was a teenager. As I got older I would have been more pedantic and would have pointed out that black is not a color, it is the absence of color. Before I was a teenager and now I have the same answer. My favorite color is blue. Just a straight up, rich cobalt blue. I know that sounds kind of boring but that is half the point. That color just makes me feel more serene and serene can be a great thing. It’s the color of the sky on a perfect day, preferably with white puffy clouds blocking direct sunlight.

What were you like as a child?

I was a quiet kid. I was an awkward person in my youth and I still have a few vestiges of that. When my brothers and any carpool regulars were causing a ruckus, I was the one who just sat silently on the way to school. That started when I was a baby and in the hospital on the day that I was born, I did not cry. Instead, I just stared at my mother like a Child of the Corn. I was always thinking and unfortunately, that led to social anxiety. I was so worried about crowds, meeting new people and public speaking that I often would hide from it. These days I am still scared but when I have to I do it anyway. I am much better at talking and getting to know people than I used to be.

Shield of the Ishim 6

March 5, 2016

Ishim Shield

The ticket was absolutely and totally gone. Maya looked wildly, desperately at the sisters with big frightened eyes. Any second she could be hurtling into train tracks, an embankment or whatever when she missed the changeover. Why had they not warned her before they got on the train? Now she was doomed and there was not a single thing she could do about it. She felt like falling to her knees and just giving up.

“Relax, Maya. China was just messing with you. The tickets disappear after they’re activated.” Ivy said, showing her empty hands. “We’re perfectly safe.”

Maya took a deep breath and then scowled at China. “You’re a real piece of crap, China.” Maya said but she only mostly meant it. She kept scowling at China until China shifted uncomfortably. It almost felt like a victory so she found herself smiling just a little.

“Sorry. That was the last one. I promise.” China said. She was telling the truth or at least she thought she was. Maya softened her expression a little more.

“Don’t you believe it,” Ivy said. “She’ll do it again. But we’re all friends, right? Partners?”

“Yeah. Partners.” China said.

“Partners,” Maya said. “Should we sit down?”

“Gross! It looked like a full train. Wouldn’t it be like sitting in someone’s lap?” China asked.

“More like sitting through somebody’s lap,” Maya said with a smile.

“Exactly. Just like the ticket taker. I know it’s weird but we might as well get comfortable. Besides, you’re both still injured.” Ivy said. China had been it so well but she had to have also been injured in the fall.

“I’m fine,” China said flatly.

“I’m also feeling a lot better. Maya said. She focused on her crutches and watched them collapse slowly. In a second the crutches had collapsed to six-inch wooden rods. She slipped those into her messenger bag. She smiled at Ivy and she was sure she caught a look of approval from China out of the corner of her eye. She fought off a blush.

“Very impressive, tough girls. Why don’t we sit down anyway?” Ivy asked and sat down right in the middle of a frumpy old lady. Thankfully, as she did, the lady faded to transparency so she could still be seen.

“Whoa!” China cried out.

“And that doesn’t hurt them? They went all clear.” Maya asked.

“It’s complicated magic but they should be fine,” Ivy said.

“Should be fine?” Maya asked.

“Nothing is a hundred percent in life, kiddo. Not even magic.” Ivy said with a wise-looking smile.

Maya and China each sat next to each other and everybody relaxed. Maya tried to process what had happened so far. It was a lot to take in. Threats, monsters, injury, the council and now the Spirit Train. Ivy seemed to be taking it all in stride but she was older and more experienced. Of course, she could be covering and putting on a front like China. China put on a tough face but Maya was beginning to realize she was not any better off than Maya.

Maya had received her training out in the county. Her training had been informal and more touchy feely. It was more campfires and feeling things out and becoming one with the universe. It looked like the sisters had received a stricter and more formal education in the city. Maya had only worked with Coyote and eventually their relationship had become more democratic. She wasn’t used to being the good soldier even if she had no objections to being one. The Ishim obviously had a chain of command but it was rarely enforced other than handing out assignments. That was usually very brief communication too.

As she thought about all this, the scenery passed by the train window. Phantom people walked up and down the aisles, stood up and sat in seats. Eventually, it became easier to ignore the people. Just when Maya had gotten used to things, they changed again. The world swirled around her and she felt weightless. She briefly flashed back to the fight in the basement. Everything went gray and then black and then the three of them were suddenly sitting in a bus.

“Wow. Kind of fun, huh?” Ivy asked.

“It’s pretty crazy but I guess it’s really useful magic,” Maya said. She slowly checked to make sure everything was still attached to her. She tried not to make a show of it since she was still sitting next to China. Though it looked like China was doing the same. That was comforting.

“Which way do you think we’re headed now?” China asked.

“No idea,” Maya said, looking out the window. “There are spells to find that out.”

“Not a good idea,” Ivy said. “They want us to not know. Besides, there are probably protections in place against compass or locator spells.”

“Then what are we supposed to do?” China asked.

“Not much to do. I’ll tell you that I’m taking a nap.” Ivy said.

“Me too,” Maya said, curling up against the window.

“Ok. Sleep tight I guess.” China said with a grumble just before Maya fell asleep.

Media Update 3/3/2016

March 3, 2016


American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson

I had reached the tender age of twelve when the verdict was read at the end of the OJ Simpson murder trial. Since there was no Baltimore team, I did not care about OJ being a football player but I had liked him well enough in the Naked Gun series. Still, I remember everybody saying how guilty he must be and I remember Saturday Night Live making fun of the dream team. I remember watching the trial in school too. Still, I wasn’t with it enough to really follow the evidence and all of the proceedings to determine whether he was guilty or not. So there’s a mix of discovery and nostalgia watching the show. I know the show can’t be a hundred percent true but it covers a great mix of legend and truth surrounding the trial. John Travolta’s acting and makeup are truly horrible on the show and clearly they should have gotten somebody else. Everybody else is passable so far but Sarah Paulson, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Courtney B. Vance are exceptional at acting like real people instead of caricatures. I would suggest watching it if you’re interested in legal procedure, the media and a semi-fictional historical account.


Tomorrowland

I had high hopes for this movie. The trailer was amazing and made me wonder what this movie could be about while feeling nostalgic for older Disney days. I like George Clooney and all the visuals for the movie looked pretty spot on. I did not see it in theaters and I was disappointed when I got reports that it was not very good. It was deemed 50% fresh by Rotten Tomatoes so I was curious to see if it was really that bad. The movie was not what I imagined it was and that immediately intrigued me. The only complaint I had was that the movie was a little too long. At over two hours the pacing started to feel too slow and that could have been tightened up. Other than that, I liked the comedy and I liked the play between the three main characters a lot. Hugh Laurie was an excellent villain but there was enough gray area to make you think. The movie started out with problems that make you despair and left off with hope which is a great message to put out there. In the end, the movie was pretty good and I liked it. While I don’t outright recommend it, I would say not to be scared of it.

Looper

I felt like watching this movie was inevitable. I had heard so many people talking it up that I would eventually have to watch it and either agree with the crowd or dislike it. Of course, this was oversimplifying things because neither thing happened. I’m not exactly a fan of science fiction and I was trying to figure out why after watching this movie. I think it’s that most science fiction is grim and depressing while most science fantasy is more hopeful and happy. I usually side with science fantasy and this movie had a lot of science fantasy elements but it was definitely grim and a bit sad. The movie drags in places but is overall a pretty good movie. It is certainly a messy movie and I feel like they tried to plug in a few too many sci-fi elements that muddied the water perhaps so they could do a few more special effects. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a great protagonist although they could have done with the awkward prosthetics to make him look like Bruce Willis. Willis himself was pretty good as he’s best with roles where he can grumpily chastise or shoot people. Overall I actually wouldn’t recommend seeing it except to certain people and they have already seen it.

Links of the Week:
BABYMETAL – KARATE
Steve Vai – Ya-yo Gakk
Political Correctness Doesn’t Censor
Lorde – Life on Mars (Bowie Cover)
Hevisaurus – Saurusarmeija

Weekly Updates:
– I did not watch the Oscars
– I need to see Spotlight though
– I agree with all the Mad Max and Revenant wins
– The Oscars need more diversity obviously
– Still don’t care about Batman v. Superman
– I also want to see The Big Short
– Gonna grab the NSP Under the Covers album


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