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23 January 2008 @ 09:11 am
Five Questions Meme  
From principia: Comment to this entry, and I'll reply with five questions. You answer them, and then leave a comment here with a link, so I can be sure I don't miss them!


1. What are your favorite and least favorite aspects of living in Maine?
Loaded question: I am actually rather outspoken about my hatred of living in Maine. I'll try to get the good stuff out of the way, first, since I could rant all day about the bad. Let's see...it's relatively safe here, with a low crime rate and what crime happens tends to be laughably hilarious (I hear about maybe two murders a year on the news). I live close to the town the Silent Hill games were patterned on, which leads to interesting conversations. Same with my close proximity to Stephen King. When I lived outside of Maine, people seemed to find me being from Maine interesting, and I like to confuse people with regional dialect. Um...it's very pretty here, and I love snow, and we get plenty of that. As for my least favorite aspects: I live in a very conservative, closed-minded area (I am told it's not like that all over the state, and, in fact, Portland, ME is supposed to be a GLBT haven). 90% of anyplace you can live is way out in the middle of no where. There's pretty much no economy here (we've been in a recession since the '70s and in '05, we were the only state with a lower economy than post-Katrina Louisiana), so finding a job is next to impossible, especially with the hurdles of the aforementioned conservative area. The only thing that's happened to me bordering on trans-bashing has happened in my own hometown (I've hung out in Boston and Baltimore and felt safer. One of the first major gay-bashing cases, which occurred before the Matthew Shepherd case, happened in Bangor, which is near where I live). It's a cultural wasteland and if you mention anything other than hunting, trucks, or NASCAR, people tend to go "bwuh?". We're always the last to get most anything. Where I live is so remote, I have no cellphone reception for about a mile away from my mouse (I can get some reception if I stand on my deck and dance around). We're another $94 million in the hole as of last year, so they just got rid of all mental health services for kids, the elderly, and pretty much everyone who isn't a medicated psychotic. The aforementioned proximity to Stephen King, who I don't like (personally or professionally). The aforementioned Silent Hill thing, because that's just scary a lot of the time. Long story short, it's not a good place to live if you're "different".

2. Do you ever plan to go post-operative, as it were, or do you have concerns about the current state of FTM surgery that keep you from wanting to take that step?
I plan to go on hormones and get top surgery, but I am not to happy with the results I've seen and heard of regarding bottom surgery, so I don't plan to get anything down below until they vastly improve the techniques. (Without getting into too much TMI, the options right now are pretty much "looks good but has no sensation" and "feels good but doesn't look terribly accurate".) If they do make an improvement in the methods, I'll reconsider, but FTM surgery isn't explored nearly as much as MTF has been.

3. Are there specific significances to your names, and if so, what are they?
"Jason" just sounds reasonably close to my legal female name. It was the first thing that sprung to my mind when I needed a boy name (other than "Jesse", but I hate being called Jesse). "Nicholas" ties into my love of Russian history, especially the revolutionary era, and I think it's a spiffy name, honestly. "Vincent" is hard to explain, but it was a name given to me by my former roommates and, long story short, it came from a video game character. "McLaughlin" really is my legal last name (hence I have most people address things to "J. McLaughlin"). And for those of your wondering, "A Guy Named Goo" comes from the Goo Goo Dolls album "A Boy Named Goo". Until I was about 17, my online handle was "A Girl Named Goo". When I decided to start transitioning online, I was going to use "A Boy Named Goo", but the name was taken on LJ and "A Guy Named Goo" wasn't, so I ran with it.

4. Do you prefer the original concept-album version of Chess, or the stage version, and why?
Original concept version, but largely due to bias: it was the first and, for a long time, only version I'd heard, and is the only version I own right now. I've heard the other versions and seen videos of performances, but I can't seem to wrap my head around the American and the Russian having names, and Murray Head and Elaine Page are the definitive American and Florence to me (Elaine Page's version of "Nobody's Side" is one of my favorite songs, period). Yes, I even like the darker ending of the concept version. I know this is blasphemy, because Adam Pascal played the American/Freddie in a stage version and I'm a huge RENT fan, but honestly, I didn't care for him a lot in that version, and I hated their Florence.

5. As a House fan, you're obviously into Hugh Laurie to at least a certain degree: would you like to see him star as the title character in a movie of his novel The Gun Seller, and if not who would you like to see as the lead?
I actually haven't read The Gun Seller. I'd like to, because I've heard it's very good. I think if there were a film version and Hugh Laurie wanted to play the lead, he'd do a tremendous job, as he's an incredibly talented actor and consider he wrote the source material, would probably know how to capture it better than anyone else would, but as I've said, I haven't read the book, so I don't know if he'd clash horribly with how the main character is described and be terribly miscast. All in all, I'd say it's his call: if he was to play the title character in the movie and thinks he's the best man for it, then he's probably right. If he doesn't think so, but is working closely with the people who are making the movie, I'd imagine anyone he picked would be very accurate to what he wrote, knowing how committed to his work he is. I'd have to get back to you on who I would like to play the title character if not him after I read the book.


Okay, just one more note before I skip off: my dad, who already served 15 months in Iraq a few years ago, is being deployed again in September for another 15 months to Afghanistan. I just found out last night.
 
 
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Monumentmarnanel on January 23rd, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
ask me, please :)
A Guy Named Goo: Gave Us Those Songs by slytherinblackaguynamedgoo on January 23rd, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
1.) What would be your dream program, if you had the greatest programming skills in the world and pretty much program anything just by thinking of it, to make?

2.) You and Fin seem online early in the morning a lot of the time, so I've always wanted to ask this: just naturally morning people, or get up early by necessity?

3.) Do you know any other languages besides Welsh? I seem to recall you saying you did once, but that might have been Fin. What other language would you like to learn?

4.) On the Wales thing, is it true that Cardiff is pretty much the only place in Wales where there's anything at all to do?

5.) Do you feel gypped by my totally unoriginal and uninspired questions?
Monumentmarnanel on January 23rd, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
1.) What would be your dream program, if you had the greatest programming skills in the world and pretty much program anything just by thinking of it, to make?

Oh, gosh. I think I'd finish the Hurd, probably, because it always deserved to be finished.

But especially I come up with ideas for cool stuff every couple of days, most of which I throw out because I just don't have time to do them, and many of which I start and then never finish just so that I get to finish *something*. So I'd finish some of those.

2.) You and Fin seem online early in the morning a lot of the time, so I've always wanted to ask this: just naturally morning people, or get up early by necessity?

Ahahahahaha. No, I'm not in the least a morning person. I can't properly function until about 11am. Unfortunately, the life I lead requires my presence in certain places at silly hours of the morning, functioning or not. I would be far more productive if they'd let me sleep until 11 and then work round.

3.) Do you know any other languages besides Welsh? I seem to recall you saying you did once, but that might have been Fin. What other language would you like to learn?

My most fluent languages are English (obviously) and then French and Welsh (which are both passable but not wonderful). After that are German and Latin, both of which I once knew well enough to take and pass exams in but are now very rusty. Then there's a long tail of languages such as Spanish, Urdu, Hebrew, Attic, koine, and Gothic which I have started trying to learn at one point and then not had the time to finish.

4.) On the Wales thing, is it true that Cardiff is pretty much the only place in Wales where there's anything at all to do?

It depends what you mean. There's always something to do even if you're stranded on Bardsey, and even little-ish college towns like Aberystwyth or Bangor have some interesting stuff going on (after all, they're college towns). Cardiff (and to a lesser extent Swansea, where I think I have never been) are the only major cities, though, if that's what you mean by there being anything at all to do.

5.) Do you feel gypped by my totally unoriginal and uninspired questions?

No. :)

Edited at 2008-01-23 04:36 pm (UTC)
Principiaprincipia on January 23rd, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
Long story short, it's not a good place to live if you're "different".

So what's kept you from moving then? It sounds like Wyoming with forests.

If they do make an improvement in the methods, I'll reconsider, but FTM surgery isn't explored nearly as much as MTF has been.

You would think they'd have figured out how to put reconstructive techniques used on injured males to use, but as with so many things in the medical industry, they could really give a rat's arse about the distaff side of the equation.

"Vincent" is hard to explain, but it was a name given to me by my former roommates and, long story short, it came from a video game character...

Vincent Valentine, by any chance? \o/

I actually haven't read The Gun Seller...

Would you like a copy?

Godspeed to your Dad and the rest of your family. *shakes fist at administration*

Feel free to hit me with questions if you like.

Edited at 2008-01-23 03:16 pm (UTC)
A Guy Named Goo: Doctor Harmonian by greenabsintheaguynamedgoo on January 23rd, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
I have left Maine before, but then that kinda fell apart and I ended up back here. I've been struggling to leave and failing since. The aforementioned crappy economy leading to large stretches of unemployment have a hand in that. Yes, the name came from Vincent Valentine. :P And I'd like a copy of the Gun Seller very muchly. ^_^ I know someone on the house_md comm had it available as an eBook for a while, but I can't seem to find the post.

And I'll just ask you one question: considering how many people on your flist have done this meme, leading to you doing this meme, is there anything you haven't asked or been asked yet?
Principiaprincipia on January 23rd, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
And I'll just ask you one question: considering how many people on your flist have done this meme, leading to you doing this meme, is there anything you haven't asked or been asked yet?

Yes to the first, because I think I've been putting rather specific questions to each person, and yes to the latter, partly because the questions you've seen answered in the entry are the only ones I've been asked thus far.

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Since I've got your addy, I was just going to send you a hardcopy of TGS, but if you've not got room for it then let me know.

Edited at 2008-01-23 03:48 pm (UTC)
A Guy Named Gooaguynamedgoo on January 23rd, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
That'd be spiffy, thanks. ^_^ I have room for books, I just take forever to get around to reading new books. One of my resolutions is to read more (I read slowly and wonder if I can't get faster just by doing it more) so I have a stack of about seven books to get through right now.
Leigh... LeighLeigh... Leighloo...Ladle...etc...leighleighla on January 23rd, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
Me, please!
A Guy Named Goo: Doctor Who Nine/Rose 1 by space_graphicsaguynamedgoo on January 23rd, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
1.) Which one of your stories is your favorite that you have written and why? Which one would you like to rewrite someday, if given a chance?

2.) You were told that you count interview one Doctor Who cast member except David Tennant, who would it be and what would you ask them?

3.) Is there a "dream role" you have in mind, one role you'd like to see any actor or actress (not just from Doctor Who) play? What is it and why?

4.) What's the weirdest thing to ever happen to you in real life?

5.) On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being "I'd rather die than have to spend one more day here" and 10 being "this is like heaven on Earth!", how would you rate working at a comic shop?
Monumentmarnanel on January 23rd, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
(btw, when I heard that news about a year ago that they had grown a human ear from cells in vitro, my immediate first thought was "Awesome! This has wonderful implications for FTM technology!")
jabberwockypie on January 23rd, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
Cool meme. Ask me! Ask me!
A Guy Named Goo: Doctor Harmonian by greenabsintheaguynamedgoo on January 23rd, 2008 11:24 pm (UTC)
1.) I was going to ask something about the Doctor vs. Ninjas or Pirates, but he's faced both in some form of canon or other. So instead...the Doctor vs. Hiro Nakamura from Heroes! Who would win?

2.) If a tree falls down in the forest and no one is around to hear it, what of Life of Faith's would you like to see American Girl make, or vice versa, assuming one could do it better than the other?

3.) If you had your own line of dolls, what would the focus be? What would the collections include?

4.) You never actually told me: what did you think of RENT? (There may be a reason you didn't bring it up, so I'll brace myself.)

5.) If Flint fell into the ocean, where would you live if you couldn't live there?
jabberwockypie on January 24th, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
1. The Doctor. While Hiro is like a cute little chubby teddy bear, he really doesn't understand a lot about how time works. The Doctor has 900 years of experience on his side.

2. I think Life of Faith could do a really nice colonial doll. I'd also like to see their take on a white 1820s doll since AG will never do one (as Josefina is from 1824). I love my Gotz Elizabeth Cady Stanton doll, but she was born the same year Josefina would have been, but in New York. It makes finding clothes a pain. I think LoF could really have a lot of fun with that time period and their froofier approach to doll clothes.

An AG poorer southern girl (not!Violet) living during the Reconstruction could be cool - her family wouldn't have to have owned slaves or even have supported the South, after all.

3. Well I can't rip off AG's historical doll line, though I have a ton of ideas for that. However, I wouldn't limit myself to American history. An Elizabethan doll would be pretty great.

A sort of medieval/fantasy line would be fun. Elves and princesses and all sorts of stuff. And a doll-sized castle that I'd charge hundreds for.

I like the idea of a chubbier but all vinyl doll like Life of Faith has, though I'd change the arms.

And a doll mold with pointy ears! Because, as we all know, pointy ears are awesome.

And characters from various books - and not just old books that the copyright has expired on (though Sara Crewe would be way awesome) either - this is my fantasy, so in my fantasy I can afford to pay big whopping licensing fees. I could probably make a fortunate manufacturing AG-scale Harry Potter characters, but (since once again, this is my fantasy) I'd do cool geeky things, too. And yes Goo, there'd be a TARDIS doll trunk.

4. Rent wasn't entirely my kind of thing, but I really had fun anyway. The whole experience of seeing it performed live right there really kind of blew me away. (That sounds like a non-answer, but it's really how I felt.)

5. Very good question. I don't know. Definitely not the West coast again. My aunt wants me and Kathleen to move to New Jersey, but I think I'd rather just visit once in a while. Probably somewhere else in the Midwest, but no really big cities. I could see giving Ann Arbor a shot, but it'd be more expensive to live there.
...stuff and things.deuceloosely on January 23rd, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)
What the hell...shoot.
A Guy Named Goo: FE Let There Be Light by ohhellaguynamedgoo on January 23rd, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
1.) In Fishnet, Inc., is there a role you always wished you could play but couldn't because of some limitation that made you inappropriate for the role?

2.) Fairy godmother grants you unlimited money, resources, and sewing talent. What would be your dream cosplay outfit? (You can include a group and list costumes you'd like other people to wear.)

3.) Dogs or cats: which do you prefer? (I am pretty sure I know this one, considering your better half's nickname.)

4.) Other than anime and RHPS, what other costumes do you like to make?

5.) Do you know anything about the anime "Bleach"? Anime fans are starting to get fewer on my flist, but through a strange series of events (I haven't seen an anime in over two years) I am considering giving a shot, but the only opinion on it I have is from someone who likes Naruto and Inu Yasha so I take what he says with a grain of salt.
shortiemaine_shortie on January 24th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, oh, me! Me! Me!! Do me! :P
Jaqui: doctor who (jack 01)storyinmypocket on January 28th, 2008 11:22 am (UTC)
Since I never got around to replying to this:

Do me, baby.