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The "Interview Me" Meme

flickgc asked the questions, here are my answers. And in the spirit of the meme...

If you want me to interview you--post a comment that simply says, "Interview me." I'll respond with questions for you to take back to your own journal and answer as a post. Of course, they'll be different for each person since this is an interview and not a general survey. At the bottom of your post, after answering the Interviewer's questions, you ask if anyone wants to be interviewed. So it becomes your turn-- in the comments, you ask them any questions you have for them to take back to their journals and answer. And so it becomes the circle.

1) If you could, would you carry on with what you are doing now, or would you go back to a full-time, contract-based job?

I'm not sure. I think if the right one came along, say an analyst role at somewhere like Gartner or Ovum, then I'd certainly jump that way. I'd also like to be able to see if I can manage on my own, to see if I can overcome my innate laziness and procrastination...

2) What is your favourite comic/graphic novel? Why?

Jeff Smith's Bone. It actually surprised me how easy it was to answer that one, and the answer I gave.. I had thought that my answer would be some of Bryan Talbot's work, or Warren Ellis' subversive SF works, but it turns out that a story about three cartoon characters in a valley of talking animals and dragons and dreamers turns out to mean far more to me. I love the way Smith has subverted the Carl Bark's styles of Disney comics and has slowly peeled back the layers of his story so that what began as a humourous tale has slowly become a dramatic, epic, fantastical tale, where everything is hanging by a thread... Wonderful, beautiful stuff.

3) If you could relive one moment of your life exactly as it was, what would you choose?

Oooh, difficult one. There are so many different snapshots stored up that I'd want to go through them one at a tme before I chose one. It would be like exploring my own personal National Geographic.

However, I think I would go back to the day of my first rock climb, sat halfway up a welsh sea cliff, as the blue sea laps against the rock, and the white campion nods its fragile head in the sun...

4) What if you could change the moment? Would you? Which moment would it be?

No, I think I wouldn't change any moments. I am who I am, and what I am is the result of all those years of memories, and of the incidents that made them, and the same for everyone else I know or that they now, in a chain that reaches out from me to the ends of the earth. If I changed anything I wouldn't be me any more - the whole idea makes me think it's almost like some kind of suicide, sacrificing the present for some unquantifiable alternative.

5) Do you really think that things like fridges that re-order food will come into use? When?

I think it's unlikely. They've been technically possible for the last 10 years or so, but product development is about more than feasability - it's also about desireability. There has been a lot of user research about tools that remove the human element from shopping, and it turns out that generally people prefer to do their own shopping, as they want to be able to be surprised by new products or old favourites. There's a large piece of the human brain that's wired for novelty, and it's a more important one than we tend to think.

The closest we're likely to come to the self filling fridge is a repeat order at Tesco.com...

So - who wants to be interviewed?
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