Cuddly. Friendly.What traits do you look for in an ideal pet?
Mmmm.... pie.... *drools on the thread*What is the square root of Pi?
I love the background comments in #40. I like a lot of the early ones, mostly for the gags that rip on the rules.What's your favorite OOTS strip?
I only read the first handful of Erfworld strips, hated it, and never read another.What's your favorite Erfworld strip?
Not quite sure what this question means... maybe I'm too tired after a long day...How does your ITP persona relate to you in real life?
While I would love to tell you the large group, the answer is probably my most loved.Sadistic choice time! You must choose to save either the life of your most loved one or the lives of a large group of strangers. Which do you choose?
I love all words. Probably comes from being a writer. But just to be nice, I'll give you two words: Onomatopoeia and defenestrate.What is your favorite word?
I really don't know if I have one. Every word serves a purpose.What is your least favorite word?
My children.What makes you enthusiastic?
My children. ;)What disappoints you?
I think the sound of a child laughing is the most awesome sound in the world. Kids don't fake-laugh the way adults do. It's genuine and pure, and it's awesome.What sound do you love?
My alarm clock.What sound do you hate?
I regularly think about teaching.What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Firefighter. I don't know about anybody else, but when a building is on fire I'm going to try to get out not in.What profession would you not like to participate in?
(disclaimer: my father is a retired firefighter. I've heard too many stories.)
Hmmm... At the risk of sounding too much like Dorothy, there's really no place like home.What's your favourite place in the real world?
AzerothAnd not in the real world?
Hmmm.. I have a few.Favourite book?
The Stand, by Steven King
The Sleeping Dragon, by Joel Rosenberg
Jhereg, by Steven Brust
Hunt for Red October, by Tom Clancy
Ten Little Indians, by Agatha Christie
I love all the Star Wars films, even the prequels that everybody else seems to hate. Some other favorites include (but not limited to): History of the World Part 1, Sneakers, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Bull Durham.Favourite movie?
I don't watch much TV at all. About the only thing I watch currently (other than sports) is Mythbusters. Some past TV series that I've enjoyed include (but not limited to): The Sopranos, M*A*S*H, Cheers, Night Court.Favourite TV serie?
Being a good father.2. What is one thing about yourself you're the most proud of?
Roses.3. Roses or orchids?
I'll be sounding a bit like a broken record, but my kids. Every day is interesting.4. What sustains you, keeps you going every day?
Other than my kids (who don't know any better yet), I'm not sure who says I'm awesome.5. How did you get to be so awesome?
Hmmm... April of 2001... I was the new father of a 3 month old; I worked for a company that I expected to be at a long time (I was laid off in '03); I hadn't even given a thought to doing any sort of professional game design/freelance work.6. Where were you ten years ago, and what do you know now that you wish you knew back then?
I'm not coming up with anything for the second part of your question, though. Sorry.
I've never really liked questions like this, to be honest. I would find it terribly boring to have only one other person that I could ever interact with. I mean, my first thought was to try to think of a hot chick, but that would get boring after a while (if it didn't kill me ;) ). Then I tried to think of somebody witty I could talk to, but eventually stories would become repeats and the conversations would become boring.7. If the human race vanished tomorrow, leaving only you and one other person to keep you company, who would you want that person to be?
My great-great-great-great grandfather. For two reasons. First, to the best of my knowledge nobody has ever been able to trace the family tree back any further than him. I want to know more. Second, there's a family rumor that he came to America (it wasn't the United States yet, he arrived in the 1760's) because he and his brother killed a tax collector in Germany. I want to hear that story!8. Who is one person who died before you were born that you'd most like to speak with?
The only thing I care about is that people say, "He was a good father." Nothing else really matters to me.9. When your life comes to an end, how do you want to be remembered/what do you want to be remembered for?
Won't be any bonus points. But there's one of a white cat faceplanted into the arm of a sofa that makes a comment about Mondays. It always makes me laugh.10. Ga! These questions have taken a turn for the depressing! Quick, what is your favorite lolcat!? (Bonus cookies for posting a pic.)
Hmmm... a shrink ray, to make him small enough to squish like an ant on the sidewalk.11. What super-power would you want to use to stop Godzilla if he was attacking where you live?
Who says the two are mutually exclusive?12. Beards or babies?
I've made up plenty. Can't recall any off the top of my head, though.13. Have you ever made up a word? If so, what is that word and what is its definition?
The distinct sound made by my brain as it explodes trying to come up with witty and clever answers to questions...14. Define the following word: whiloplenulent?
Nothing really stuck in my head at the moment.15. What's an old-fashioned song or short schmaltzy bit of poetry that's stuck in your head?
The Jersey Devil.16. Favorite mythological monster?
I'm too meek to have an arch-nemesis...17. Enough of this! I am your arch-nemesis! Where will we fight our final, climactic battle?
18. In #17, above, did you defeat me? If so, how?
Serious.19. Do you prefer the silly questions or the serious ones?
I was bored...20. Why did you decide to submit yourself to these torturous, probing questions?
butter pecanFavorite ice cream?
"In Heaven There Is No Beer"What is your theme song?
Lawful UglyWhat is your alignment?
Never played MagicWhat is your Magic: The Gathering color?
42What is the meaning of life?
All are important for a good life.What are your thoughts on:
Is there some meaning to aura color, or do I just pick a color? If so, green.What is the color of your aura?
Beer. :DWhat does your essence taste like?
What’s your elemental affinity?
I'm so shy I barely found dates for my real proms (which were over 20 years ago *cough*). I only got prom dates by asking friends. I don't know that I'd like to go through that sort of stress again...Who would you ask to the next Playground Prom, if we had one?
I'm on Facebook. I post regularly on the Kobold Quarterly forums. I still post a bit over at Wizards. I'm "tech support" over at the gaming den (a buddy owns it, and he needs the help). That's about the extent, I guess.Are you part of any other online communities?
The PM I received reminding me about this is the 7th message in my box (including sent). I'll go delete that when I'm done with this reply.How often do you clean out your PM box?
I don't. I mean, I don't ever watch a movie or read a book or whatever and say, "ZOMG! That's totally me!"What fictional character do you most identify with?
If I'm wearing shoes, yes. (I hate sandals.) If I'm not wearing shoes and it's winter, probably but not always. If I'm not wearing shoes and it's any other time of year, probably not but sometimes.Socks: Yes or no?
And to explain the name itself... It's a bastardization of "Jhereg" - a novel by Steven Brust, and the name of a creature within that novel (and the rest of that series). I liked the look of it, but thought it needed to start with a Z sound instead. Then I didn't like the last syllable, and swapped the e for an o.
Over on the WotC forums, my online persona at the time was very exaggerated as a flirt and a drinker of Guinness. (In fact, had I not found the Castle of Fun rp forum over on WotC, I likely would've been banned.) The character Zherog on the Castle of Fun drank copious amounts of Guinness in the bar. When I joined another message board (The Nifty Message Board) that had a lot of former WotC posters, I had the freedom to have any avatar, rather than the limited list WotC had at the time. I found a picture of a pint and used that. When I came here, I started with the same picture, and at some point many years ago Rawhide commissioned one of the avatarists to make my current avatar for me.Why'd you pick what you did for your avatar?
I do like Guinness in real life. But I don't drink it nearly as much as my online persona did back then.
There's a lot to me that can't be gleaned from reading most of my posts. I suppose if somebody went to the trouble of reading everything I wrote online (here and elsewhere) they could learn that I'm a 40 year old father of 2 kids ages 10 and 9 who works a "day" job as a computer programmer for the world's largest generic drug manufacturer and works a "night" job as a freelance game designer. They'd know I coach soccer and basketball, have season tickets to the Philadelphia Union, that I'm a big Phillies and Flyers fan, and that I love playing games with my kids. That I'm a college grad who found college to be generally fun but useless in the grand scheme of things. And a lot more.Is there anything about you that you think people should know that they won't get from just reading your posts?
If so, what is it?
I'm most comfortable in jeans and t-shirt (or shorts and t-shirt in the summer). For work, I typically wear either black or tan pants and a variety of shirts or sweaters that don't really favor one color.
I have a very large baseball card collection, though I haven't purchased anything new in at least 7 years, maybe longer. I also seem to collect game books -despite how many I have, I keep buying more.What do you like to collect?
On this site? One. I have my original pint of Guinness that I use almost everywhere else, and on WotC I have an Elan avatar that Rich made for me way back before the comic was all that popular.How many avatars do you have?
Yes! This will be my 9th consecutive year.Will you be attending GenCon?
Dark chocolate.What type of chocolate do you prefer?
I prefer dogs, but at the moment we have two cats.What type and how many pets do you have?
No. ;)Do you enjoy watching the Weather Channel?
I couldn't say that, so the question is moot. ;)If you could say a single event started the Renaissance, which event would it be?
Never played.Have you ever played the Elder Scrolls games? If yes, which one is your favourite?
I like... well, I like a lot really. I've read a lot of what gets classified as mystery and thriller. I wish I had time to read more, actually.What genre of books are your favourite?
Oh, hey look. I answered this (in part) in the previous answer. And that was without scrolling down, too.Do you read often?
I read every day. I read a lot of reports and documents at work, I read the news, I read forums. I suspect, though, you meant whether I read for pleasure often. And the answer to that, sadly, is no. I read something before going to bed - typically a page or two or five of a book or magazine. I'm a very slow reader, and have a large backlog of stuff I want to read.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-SmithWhat was the last book you finished?
I've answered this above.What's your favourite book of all time?
Wow! I think I'm actually caught up - at least as of the time I logged in earlier. There's probably new stuff waiting for me....