Douglas Spencer (dougs) wrote,
Douglas Spencer

Interview meme reloaded

I said to scarlatti "I know we said that we could do this to each other in private, but you can ask here the questions for which you want everyone else to see the answers."
So scarlatti interviewed me.

1. What was the best long-term, full-time job you've ever had (i.e., longer than a month or so)?
I've had three jobs that lasted longer than a year. I have been a Unix sysadmin for a supplier of laboratory equipment, a systems/support person for a supplier of noise-control equipment, and an engineer with a computer network design consultancy, which is my current job.
In terms of the work, there's nothing to beat this job. I muck around building firewalls, mail forwarders and IP routers for a living, with enough other server-side and desktop stuff to keep me entertained. I love geeking at work. I've been here since November 1997. The only two things I don't like are the admin and the politics -- but I'd have to cope with that wherever I worked.

2. Electronic surgery -- if women like that existed in real life, would you be interested in them (beyond just the sideshow-freak interest)? Or is the photomanipulation just a fun fantasy sort of thing? How did you get started doing those?
Would I be interested? Well, you've seen me speak about the pleasure there can be had in looking after someone. Someone who needs looking after. There's some attraction there -- I'm sure that's a strong part of it. I used to do a lot more of these photomanipulations than I do now. It's not a sideshow-freak interest -- it's a fun fantasy sort of thing. And I visualise the subjects learning to thrive without my help, too.
How did I start? Firstly, I've always been a fan of the grand-illusion type of magic. It's the first field in which I wrote any sort of fan-fiction -- and once I was old enough, the first field in which I wrote erotic fan-fiction. Secondly, when my brother lost his leg I went to a search engine and typed in "amputee" and got ... ummm ... not the sort of site I was expecting. And that's where I first encountered the term "electronic surgery". I thought "I could do that", and brought the skill to my friends at the erotic magic groups and lists, where sawing an assistant in half is a favourite theme. This sort of work flowed from that -- the particular manipulations I've been doing were the ones which provoked the strongest reactions amongst my viewing public, and I can't resist strong reactions to my art.

3. If they suddenly decided to stop producing Diet Coke forever, what would you fall back on as your favorite (nonalcoholic) beverage?
Coffee. No contest. My favourite non-alcoholic carbonated beverage would probably be something else with caffeine in -- Dr Pepper, Irn-Bru, something like that. I'm well aware I take too much caffeine -- see my LJ.

4. Do you think there is a possibility that you'll ever marry again? (No, I don't necessarily mean to me. Just as a general concept.) Would you have to be proposed to, before the thought crossed your mind?
I never thought I'd get married first time round. Until Anne asked, and suddenly I realised that saying no would be total nonsense.
If I ever got married again, it would be in similar circumstance -- I'd realise one day that not being married to this person didn't make any sense at all.
I'm not terribly bright. I'm not likely to spot that unless someone pointed it out.
I enumerated my three previous partners in answer to one of Flick's questions in the preceding interview. In all three cases, the other party made the first move. Alice got me drunk and (literally!) dragged me to bed. Chris picked me up in a student bar. Anne proposed to me. And you ... well, I think you see my point.

5. Is there a question that I haven't asked you yet, or an issue we haven't discussed, that you've been hoping I will ask or bring up? If so, what is it? (You can answer this one either here or elsewhere, as you wish.)
Not that I can think of. But -- as I pointed out -- I'm not terribly bright. I may have missed something.
I think that I've already brought up most of the things that make me unusual or interesting in the interaction we've had with each other away from LiveJournal.

Quoting previous players in this 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.

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