Ask Me Anything!

It’s that time of year again! February is Anniversary Month here at Byzantium’s Shores, as this blog went live in that month of 2002, and my traditional way of celebrating is to resurrect this meme-thing called Ask Me Anything! It’s exactly what it says: Ask Me Anything! Silly question, serious questions, questions about food, questions about football, questions about music, whatever. Drop your questions into the comments on this post.

Ask Me Anything!!!

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19 Responses to Ask Me Anything!

  1. Roger Owen Green says:

    I'm interested in your development of faith, or lack of same. Did you grow up in a church-going family? Do you attend religious services currently? How do your current values/faith diverge from your former or current religious tradition? How has faith and/or belief in a supreme being helped or hindered you in times of personal difficulties?

  2. Quince says:

    Since the housing market is becoming very buyer friendly do you think you will buy a house anytime soon?

  3. LC Scotty says:

    This is more of an advice question.

    I've never read any Heinlein, and you being the skiffy expert around these parts I was wondering if you had a suggested order for diving in.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Will the Bills' uniforms ever look good? Not just no teal, therefore good, but cohesive, distinctive and low on eyestrain good?

  5. Charlie says:

    I'll nudge the question I asked last year, in case it slipped your mind or I missed the answer (if you decided to pass on it, that's certainly fine too).

    Also, what movie would you say is most soundtrack dependent (in other words, which movie would you most lose enjoyment of if you watched a soundtrack-free version)?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Given a choice between Yes or the Who for a Super Bowl halftime show, who would you say yes to?

  7. Unknown says:

    What do you think about that guy who did the 70 minute youtube rant on Star Wars Phantom Menace do you agree or disagree?

    its at redlettermedia (dot) com

    Best wishes as always

    DavidS (read Starfire)

  8. Glenn Whidden says:

    If the average American family size is 3.14 people, and the average American consumes 0.73 gallons of ethanol from distilled spirituous beverages per year, and my favorite bourbon contains 45% alcohol by volume, what is is the combined cubic capacity of household freezers in any given 100 kilometer block, and should I serve it over ice?

  9. Roger Owen Green says:

    Dear Glenn- is it really 3.14, or did you just round down pi?

  10. Glenn Whidden says:

    Hi Roger — While I'm perfectly content to make up statistics sometimes (in fact 38.7% of all my statistics are unicorn gas), I bumbled across that number at the Census Bureau's website.

  11. LC Scotty says:

    What is lemon curd? It sounds like something I should be eating.

  12. Kerry says:

    Why has no one ever discovered a Bigfoot (or a carcass thereof), when the creature has been written about and spoken of in native American culture for thousands of years?

  13. Call me Paul says:

    You mentioned the historical underpinnings of Kay's novel The Lions of Al Rassan. Were you familiar with the historical facts before you read Lions the first time, or did you research that after? How did that knowledge affect your understanding and enjoyment of the novel?

    My biggest beef with Lions (I'm sure you've heard me say this before) is that I felt manipulated by the author at two specific points in the narrative. Kay sets us up to believe one thing has occurred, and then, much later, reveals that something entirely different actually happened. His protestations that he did it consciously and intentionally to provoke a specific reaction in the reader notwithstanding, I found it disturbing to my willing suspension of disbelief. It distracted me from the narrative, and made the author very apparent to me. A cardinal sin in writing we are told. What was your reaction to the events in the book I am talking about? how did it affect you differently from me?

  14. Roger Owen Green says:

    OK. How the heck could you dislike the entire ouevre of The Beatles for so long? I can see if one doesn't like the more avant garde stuff, or thought the early material wasn't as as good as the later tunes. But to reject the whole eclectic eight years? And how did you finally become enlightened?

    How do respond to people who think all of John Williams' scores sound alike?

    Why isn't there a punter in the Football Hall of Fame? Should there be, and if so, who would you choose?

    Should any of the following be in the Baseball Hall of Fame: Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Rafael Palmiero. Why or why not?

  15. LC Scotty says:

    I know you have little but contempt for Ayn Rand. I'd be curious to hear your take on this criticism of her work:

  16. Quince says:

    Some "how to" books on writing think the idea of keeping notes is pointless as this time is better spent on writing. I thought keeping a file of possible characters and plot lines for future writing would be helpful. What is your opinion? How do you organize your writing?

  17. Dave Pogorzala says:

    What's causing the noise coming from the right-side rear wheel of my car when I take a right turn?

  18. Roger Owen Green says:

    Your thoughts, please, on this interview with Elvis Stojko: Can figure skating go butch?

  19. Roger Owen Green says:

    Yes, you really DO need to shut this thing off. But…

    You have a nom de plume. But now your Facebook page, with your real name, shows up on your blog. So Jaquandor wasn't an attempt at some pseudonym-driven privacy?

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