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My name is Eclipse. When the world is at its darkest, I shall appear!
Greetings, and welcome to the inquiry desk of Eclipse. Many of you have no doubt seen me out and about the Lake, and have a fairly good grasp of what I do and how I act. However, that is only a general picture of this dragon; if you find yourself to have any specific questions for me, this is the place to ask them. Of course, you may also view my thoughts in the various threads I peruse, but that can't tell you everything.
Here, I shall be asked questions by you. And I, in turn, shall answer them. This shall foster communication in a more productive manner than a simple topic would accomplish, as there will be noticeably less restraint.
To keep things organized and simple, I shall lay down some ground rules before we begin. They are as follows, in brief:
- Regardless of anything else, all posts here must conform to Lake Valor rules, both overall and section-specific. There shall be no exceptions to this, be it on my part or yours.
- I reserve the right to refuse to answer any question asked to me, for any reason. More often this shall apply to questions of a more personal nature, but if I discern the question to be mean-spirited, stupid, meaningless, or otherwise contrary, those are also a few examples to which I will not answer. (The most common questions of this type are about things I don't know anything about. Personal questions are also strictly off-limits.)
- Please check the list within this topic's first post to see if your question has been asked before. There is little point in being asked and answering the same question twice. While I won't be annoyed or outright refuse to answer, I'll just state the title of the similar previous question I'd answered before.
- I will treat all questions, and their inquirers, equally. To me, all questions have equal weight, whether asked by the lowliest of the low or the top of the pyramid - or if they're asked one-by-one or ten at a time. I have no respect of persons.
- Though I do answer math questions, this is not the place to do so. Please go here for more information on answering math questions or dilemmas.
- I may add, change, or remove any or all of these bullet points at any time, at my discretion, if I feel that it is necessary. (In essence, my own rules are subject to change as I wish.) Forum rules shall still remain absolute, however.
- Below I will keep a list of all questions asked to me (and their answers) to date. I will keep them in alphabetical order, for convenience and look-up. They shall be contained in the spoiler tag directly below. (If a contraction is in the question, it's alphabetised by the two separate words, e.g. What's would be sorted as 'What is'.)
Due to the sheer magnitude of questions that have been asked of me, I've had to break them up into separate posts now.
For questions whose first word begins with A through I, check post #1 (this post).
For those that start with L onward, check post #7.
A man of large stature holds a gun to the back of your head, and commands you to murder one of the people in front of you--your most beloved friend, your favorite instructor from the past, or your closest family member--with your bare hands, or you and everyone in front of you will be murdered. What is your first thought, and how do you respond to the situation at hand?
My first thought is I'm going to disarm the blaggard of his gun. Provided that my friends are unbound, I presume that they might assist me in the fit of confusion - though were they bound I would attempt this anyway. Should I succeed in this endeavour, I would proceed to kill the man with his gun; while his blood would be on my hands, my inaction would be a crime far worse, to let such a man like that go free. Should I fail to disarm or kill the man, we might all die, but regardless of outcome I would not turn against my friends and family; such an act would be unconscionable.
A dragon fights valiantly to protect its own, even at the cost of its own life if need be.
A tiny tiny Moltres appears and sits in your hand, what do?
What's a Moltres? Is it some kind of reptile?
After playing a game, would you be seeing what tropes there would be in that game?
After the fact, if it happens to creep into my head, possibly. This is rare, though, as I know how much of a trap that TVTropes is and can become, so I definitely moderate my browsing time there.
Am I permitted to ask more than one question?
You just did, so yes.
Anatomically, what about being a dragon do you find to be the best?
Dragons are covered in a large and complex array of interlocking scales, as are most reptiles. This entraps heat within the body, allowing it to circulate and not dissipate. The effect of this is that I can survive in very cold or otherwise inhospitable climates without suffering from cold-based drawbacks - as my body traps heat, I'll never be cold. I can't prolong this for too much, but this is why I absorb light directly from the Sun - which, as we all know, is excruciatingly hot.
Are there any forms of clichés that annoy you (in stories or movies)?
Yes: all of them. It's gotten to the point where I'm so jaded that the first thing that will stand out to me about any writing or story will be the clichés.
Are there times where being alone seems better than having company?
Most certainly. I'm incapable of deep thought unless I am alone. I do my best contemplation when I am alone. I spend time with others to fulfill a need for interaction, and I spend time alone to fulfill a need for thought and accomplishing tasks. Like coursework. I'll never get that done if there's anyone around.
Are you a dragon with a specific element? If so, what is your element?
It's technically 'shadow' (an eclipse is when the Sun or Moon casts a shadow over the Earth), though 'darkness' wouldn't be too far off - but I suppose in the spirit of delineating those two words, 'shadow' is more correct. A shadow cannot exist without light, however, so don't think there isn't a sort of duality going on.
Are you a "love every season" person or "love one, hate the others" kind of person?
Where I am situated, the weather is nearly constant year-round with very little variation, so 'seasons' are a bit of a foreign concept to me. Temperatures and weather patterns are not tied to times of year like the seasons are, so my preferences are tied to those rather than seasons directly. I will say, however, that I like it when it's cold and hate it when it's hot.
Are you a picky eater? If so, which foods do you prefer not eating?
I would have to answer that as 'yes and no', though it leans more towards 'yes'. At social gatherings I will not be exactly picky with food, and will accept what I am given, though I will gravitate towards the choices I'm more familiar with, i.e. things I've tried before. On occasion I feel adventurous to try something new, though this is not often. I don't really have a laundry list of which specific foods I prefer over others, though, but sometimes I'll choose something that I intentionally don't like just so I don't feel hungry.
Are you able to skillfully and accurately impersonate someone else?
No, but I know I'm good at mimicking a lot of different kinds of voices. That is about as far as my talent goes, though.
Are you content with the weather in your area? Why or why not?
Despite my occasional gripes about the above-average temperatures here, I actually am content with the weather, more so than any other place I have lived in or visited. The reason for such is because there is very little fluctuation/variation from day to day, and the worst I really have to worry about is rain. There are no tumultuous weathers around here by any means, and that's what I'm most glad about.
Are you familiar with the Towers of Hanoi puzzle? If so, what is your best score when there are 5 discs involved?
I am, yes! I actually didn't know it had a name until you told me it just now, but that particular puzzle has been a large part of my childhood, largely due to a few Carmen Sandiego games, who used that puzzle frequently, albeit with 5 towers instead of 3. (There really isn't a difference when you add more towers, other than it takes a lot less time to finish.) The most I've done is 7 discs with 3 towers, or 15 discs with 5 towers. I didn't know you could keep score with it - unless you meant timing myself. I have never actually timed myself with any layout, but 5 discs would be too easy.
Are you forgiving?
No I'm not, but, that is only in circumstances when I feel that someone has genuinely and intentionally wronged me. That doesn't happen often, and while I don't hold grudges (or at least try not to), it wouldn't be something I could easily forget and pretend never happened; if I am hurt once, where is the surety I won't be again? If we're talking about occurrences where accidents happen and people are afraid they messed up for or around me, then yes I'm forgiving because I know the person is trying and wasn't out to really do wrong. Simply put, it depends on the intent, and I don't even think I've met anyone who was really out to get me.
Are you patient enough to wait in queues?
Yes, actually - and more than most people may think. I have little problems letting others with more items go ahead of me, holding back to let someone with more people go ahead - those things do not bother me. I believe that my time is best utilised to make other people happy, and should I have the time available (which I usually do when waiting in queues) I will gladly use that time to make the lives of others a little easier.
Are you patient with forgetful people?
Yes, though only to a point. The point is when I have to explain something more than 4 times to a person, after which it begins to grate on me, and gives the perception that the person doesn't want to remember. This only happens with a handful of subjects, though, and more often than not isn't a concern. For example, I don't get annoyed when people forget my name or someone else's name, because that happens often anyway and I tend to do the same (I remember faces much better).
Aside from the Battle Network series, what's your favourite Mega Man game?
It's Mega Man Star Force 2, even though I know that's a spiritual successor to BN. Other than that, I just really do not like the playstyle of Mega Man games. I am aware it's a platformer, but I only like very specific types of platformers, and Mega Man is not one of them - quite the opposite; it actually annoys me.
At what point would you have accomplished enough to "die happy"?
It isn't tied to accomplishment - the only thing that would ever really make me die happy is if I outlived all of my close friends. That way, when I die, they'll be waiting for me. (If one of them outlived me, s/he would have to deal with the heartbreak of my material absence. I'd rather be the one to shoulder that burden than they.)
Can a swallow carry a coconut?
Not by itself - it's a question of weight ratios - but if you have 2 of them working together, it's certainly feasible. However, if the swallow and coconut were similar in size, it would be definitely possible.
Can you believe how crazy the Discord chat gets?
Given how I cause about one-quarter of it, yes I can.
Can you do any good imitations?
I've been told I'm a good voice mimic. While I don't do any voice with exact precision in relation to another character (or at least not very many), I can alter my voice to sound like a multitude of other things, enough so that people are legitimately surprised at the noises that come forth from my mouth. Because of that, there are voices I can do very well, others decently, and still others barely well at all.
Can you express your daily life with a single adjective?
Can you provide me with a formal, non-modern definition of the terms "overrated" and "underrated"?
I don't know what you mean by 'non-modern' but I'll certainly try my best.
'Overrated' and 'underrated' have mirror opposite meanings, as you may very well expect. Overrated means that a thing (person, story, work of art, anything) is given a rating higher than what is believed to be deserved, and/or given more attention that is more than what is believed to be deserved. There are a lot of examples of this popularised in pop culture, but one of the more well-known ones (and the first one that came to my mind) would be the Twilight book series, given a rather inordinate amount of attention (due in no small part to the movie franchise) even though the stories are rather poorly written.
Similarly, an underrated object is something that is given a rating, or attention, that is lower than what is believed that it deserves. (In a sense, you could replace the word 'rate' with 'value', as that is essentially the meaning it's trying to convey.) I don't want to give a specific example of this, but I can give a broad one: there are a lot of works and stories in existence that, while they are on the whole well-done, are not very well known or heard-of outside of those who know about it - and more often than not tend to be very loyal to it as a result. (As for whether those two things are related I couldn't say.) I'm sure each of us has one of these personal loves that we hold to. One of mine is the Golden Sun video game series.
Do note that just because something is popularised does not mean it is overrated, nor does it mean that something largely ignored is underrated. Some things that are popularised are really that good, and some things that are ignored are really that bad. Of course, due to the very meaning of these words, what is assigned as overrated or underrated can turn very largely (if not entirely) subjective, so use these descriptors at your own risk.
Can you rate your outdoor survival skills out of 10?
If I were to use that numerical scale to assign it, I think it would be a 4. I've only gone camping a handful of times in my life, and while I didn't outright dislike it, it is not something I would repeat if given the opportunity to not do so. I'm a homebody, essentially. I rarely like to stray too far from my roost.
Can you solve a Rubik's Cube, and if so, how fast?
I've never actually been able to solve a Rubik's Cube from start to finish; I will work on it for a time, but after about 5 minutes or so, I will think I am close 'if only 1 of the corners is different', then toy with it for a bit longer to see if I can get the corner the way I want it. I'll usually fail. At the very least, if trying to seriously attempt a Rubik's Cube, I will manage to complete about 2 of the sides before giving up and wanting to do something else.
Could you entertain yourself with a tennis ball in an empty circular room for a half-hour?
Theoretically. I've done that in a racquetball court before, but I don't know if it lasted for a half-hour; it may have been much shorter. So could I? Only in theory, but probably not in practice.
Did you enjoy math as a child?
Given how my child self wanted to grow up to be a mathematician, very much so. It hasn't come quite to pass like that, but my skill and passion for math have not at all dulled.
Did you ever try to write a story?
Short stories are something I've dabbled with in the past. Constructing larger stories takes a lot more effort and time, and the older I became, the less time I had available. Nonetheless I have written stories in the past before, and I found them to be a fun activity. They come about only when sharp inspiration does - which isn't often, unless I purposefully focus on it. And sadly there are other more pertinent things that require my focus nowadays.
Did you make your banner(s) yourself? If so, what program do you use?
I do, yes. The program I use is called GIMP - an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program, with GNU being the type of licence it is distributed under. GIMP is a totally free program, and one which has served me quite well.
Do you address this sport as soccer or football?
Football. Since when does Lionel Messi play soccer? Since never.
Do you believe everything you read/hear about?
Not until I can get a chance to research and/or inquire into it myself. In fact, it's actually impossible for me to take anything at face value - unless it's a close friend, I assume the person is outright lying until I can prove that otherwise.
Do you believe in the existence of aliens?
Like extraterrestrials? I know that things like bacteria and such do exist outside of Earth in highly specific conditions, but beyond that I cannot say that I do, because there isn't enough strong evidence to suggest that they might - a strong-enough possibility has not yet been presented.
Do you believe that the recent past (1990-2010) was better than now?
Maybe? Most of it wasn't occupied by Tumblr and smartphones, so, most likely.
Do you collect anything?
Other than 'beautiful pictures I happen to find while surfing the Internet', not really. Granted, that picture folder is steadily growing, but collecting isn't something I actively pursue - probably because of the strain that most collections will put on the wallet.
Do you consider yourself to be social or antisocial?
Antisocial, most certainly. Dealing with people is quite irritating, and I will gladly avoid them whenever possible. I will only put up with social interactions and gatherings because I have to. I cannot effectively deal with people if it is anything more than a one-on-one format (or, rarely, a conversation triangle).
Do you enjoy Kingdom Hearts tracks? Provided you enjoy both classical and VGM, I think you'd like it since I find it to be a good mix of the two.
I haven't explored the Kingdom Hearts soundtrack before, actually. I usually only tend to look at tracks for video games that interest me, and KH does not do so in the slightest, but it may be worth looking at music-wise one day.
Do you enjoy the holiday season or is it stressful?
Neither? Really, I just ignore it, as I don't celebrate any holidays, and therefore have no obligations to ponder. I simply lie low, move on with my life, wait until it's over, then continue to move on with my life. It's just another day on the calendar, business as usual for me.
Do you even lift?
Do I!? I do more than lift; I raise heavy objects against the force of gravity.
Do you ever ponder about your past? If yes, why, and how much & if not, why not?
I do not, not in the slightest. The past is full of mistakes I've made and experiences I'd love to forget. I've learned from them, and there is nothing more I can do about them - after all, we can't change the past - so it's best to ignore any random memories of the past and move on.
Do you feel like being on Lake Valor has been a worthwhile experience? If so, what's the most important thing you've gained from being here? If not, why?
I think, on the whole, it has been a great experience, because I joined here with a few goals in mind. I wanted to both regulate my own emotions by coming to an entirely new place where older trappings wouldn't get in the way, and also to craft and create a persona that would generate as little bias as possible from those around me - I want people to form their opinions on me based on who I am and what I do, not so much what I am.
As for the most important thing, that's hard to say. The cliché answer would be "the friends I've made along the way", but really it's the chance to give back to a forum that a few of my other friends really like. As long as they are happy, that's really enough for me.
Do you find it easier to memorise information by reading it or by hearing it?
I would say that hearing allows for more solid memorisation, but reading is always the starting point. If I feel there's something I need to know, I'll take thorough notes on the subject then and there; later, on my own time, I will read over my own notes, and if confused on any point, I'll recite it (or what it means) out loud so that my brain can more easily process it. Reading accounts for most of the learning; hearing helps for those bits that words alone can't fix.
Do you get lightheaded quickly?
No, I don't - not unless I'm trying to make myself lightheaded on purpose, and why would I ever do that to myself?
Do you get vivid dreams?
No I don't - thank goodness. Any dreams I get tend to be weird and bizarre; I don't want them being hyper-realistic and lifelike on top of that.
Do you go to the cinema often?
I don't, no. There's little incentive as it's usually rather expensive, and the movies will usually come out later on DVD anyway. Plus, most of the movies I'm interested in came out years ago, so I'll just go visit a friend (who has tons of movies) and watch with him.
Do you have a crush on an anime/fictional character? If so, who is it?
No. I don't have crushes of any kind, real or fictional.
Do you have a favourite classical music piece? If so, which one?
Of the ones I know the titles of, those that rank high among my favourites are Symphony No. 40 Molto allegro (Mozart), Symphony No. 9 4th Movement - Ode to Joy (Beethoven), Symphony No. 5 1st Movement (Beethoven), and Moonlight Sonata 3rd Movement (Beethoven again). This is largely because the only classical composers I truly recognise are Mozart and Beethoven whose pieces I know by name, along with Schubert, Boccarini, and CPE Bach whose pieces I've heard but don't recall the names of.
I would have mentioned Canon in D Minor (Pachelbel), Water Music (Handel), The Four Seasons (Vivaldi), Toccata and Fugue in D Minor BWV 565 (Bach), and Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 (also Bach), except those are all Baroque pieces, and thus are in a different genre. In the process of answering this question, I found that I much prefer the Baroque genre to the Classical one!
Do you have a favourite comedian?
I would have to say it's definitely Eddie Izzard. I believe he has a superb delivery, made even more effective by how he enacts his scenarios via pantomime. If you haven't heard of him, I'd recommend looking up 'Cake or Death' - there is some minor swearing, but nothing that really detracts from the routine. The man is fantastic.
Do you have a favourite dinosaur? If so, which one?
Not really, no.
Do you have a favourite holiday?
Not really, no. By and large, I find holidays to be, quite literally, a waste of time.
Do you have a favourite star or constellation?
I am ashamed to say that I, as enthralled with outer space as I am, have not considered this very much. I have thought of planets and their interactions many a time, but seeing as how my name, Eclipse, has to do with the blocking of a star, I don't have much excuse.
I do have a favourite constellation, however, and it's primarily because of its name and associated mythology: Cassiopeia. For some reason I find it quite rhythmic, despite that she only looks like a stretched W in the night sky.
Do you have a least favourite finger?
The ring finger, most certainly. Its movements are tied to the other fingers beside it, particularly the middle finger - so it isn't nearly as mobile as the others, largely because it cannot move independently. As I like to exercise and stretch all my fingers individually, this gives me some degree of frustration.
Do you have a pen you always use to write with?
I have a mechanical pencil I always write with, but not a pen.
Do you have any fun at all, when dealing with other people?
It heavily depends on the person, and more often than not I find dealing with unfamiliar or irksome people to be physically draining. Of course, if I know the person very well, I would enjoy the experience, though I would not go so far as to call it 'fun'.
Do you have any less noticed but very useful talents?
Do you have anything that has no market value but means a lot to you?
Of course - all of my friends and the relationships I've forged with them. That means more to me than anything.
Do you know much about your ancestry/heritage?
I'm not one to heavily track my ancestry; genealogy and past relatives have never been of much interest to me, for whatever reason. However, at the very least, I know that I am at least of Scottish, German, and Italian descent, in some proportions - plus one other that I don't recall right now.
Do you like cooking? If so, what is your favourite thing to make?
I am rather neutral toward cooking; I don't dislike it but it does take time, which more often than not is something I don't have much of. I will say that my favourite thing to fix is definitely tortellini, because out of all the pastas I've cooked for myself, that one cooks the fastest.
Do you like crunchy foods or soft foods?
I don't have a clear marked preference for one over the other, though cycling through, if I had to pick one category, I would pick soft foods as they tend to be easier on my jaw. (Not my teeth, my jaw.)
Do you like Evilswarm Ophion a lot?
Not as much as other Dragon cards, but I do like it a fair amount, more so than others. Part of this stems from my like of Gungnir, its original, but Ophion is one of the few cards where I like the counterpart as much as the original. I dislike playing against it as I tend to use Special Summons a fair amount, though I have been suggested to try Ophion out a couple times as I do prefer playing lockdown/punisher-style decks.
Though, in honesty, I just like a lot of black/dark dragons, not just in Yu-Gi-Oh!.
Do you like flavour in your food?
I would assume so, yes. Otherwise, you end up with things that taste like nothing at all, or simply feel like water in solid form. (This is why I don't eat celery - it tastes exactly like water, and because of that, I'd rather just drink water directly.)
Do you like ice cream?
Yes, though I prefer frozen yogurt overall. There are both ice cream and frozen yogurt shops very near to my house (roughly the same distance away, just in opposite directions), but I prefer frozen yogurt because they have stamp card specials, it is less expensive, and the food-to-cost ratio is higher (stated another way, I get more bang for my buck when buying frozen yogurt); having to manage my money carefully, I will prefer cheaper alternatives if the value is comparable.
Do you like jalapeños?
I've never had a jalapeño pepper before, as far as I'm aware, but due to how I react to spicy food, I'm going to assume that I would not like jalapeños.
Do you like your steak so fresh you can hear the cow mooooo?
If I were the type of dragon to eat steak, most certainly yes. Alas, I am not, so oh well.
Do you like Yu-Gi-Oh! ? The dragon in your banner reminds me of it.
Yes I do. I don't play it all that often (see also the entry "Do you play Yu-Gi-Oh!; if so, what deck do you play?"), though largely I like the game because the artwork they can come up with for their cards is fantastic. That on its own is pretty neat.
The dragon currently in my banner (at the time this question was answered) is Evilswarm Ophion, one of my favourite cards (see also the entry "Do you like Evilswarm Ophion a lot?"), and also one of my favourite avatar/banner combinations used here - enough so that I once used a chibi rendition of it once, but that's just an alternate.
Do you live in an area where it snows in winter?
I don't, no. The temperature doesn't get nearly cold enough for that.
Do you often daydream? If so, what about?
My mind has been known to meander a lot - a lot - but it's never escalated into daydreaming. I have my thoughts bounce around sometimes while awake, but the bouncing is always conscious, never passive or absent-minded. I think I'm glad I don't daydream, because when I do dream at night it's downright bizarre, and I'm glad I don't have experiences like that during the daytime.
Do you play any sports?
I don't, no. I used to when I was younger, but that was more so because I was forced; I don't really see the appeal in them...or rather, I do see the appeal in them, but the draw in particular does not appeal to me. I find getting exercise is, in general, more efficient as an outdoor activity.
Do you play Yu-Gi-Oh!; if so, what deck do you play?
I don't play Yu-Gi-Oh! in a professional context, due to the state of the current metagame and the sheer price of acquiring cards for a deck (not to mention some are harder than others), so most of my playing is done over online clients such as YGOPro. Nowadays I just look for 'all the pretty pictures'.
I do still have a physical deck, however, which is a lockdown deck utilising Horus the Black Flame Dragon LV8. Online, I play different decks, usually cycling between many based on personal preference, but my current online deck is D/D/D. I have moderate to above-average success with them.
Do you prefer black or blue pens?
I don't have a large preference per se - as I tend to use pencils since they can be readily erased - though black pens have historically smudged more often for me, so although I like the colour black better on a pen, the blue pens are easier to work with. Now, if I find a black pen that doesn't run very often, then that would be a different story.
Do you prefer lions or tigers?
I confess I hadn't really thought too much about that, seeing how they are both great cats. After mulling it over and giving the matter some thought, I believe I prefer tigers to lions, as they seem to have more varieties and colour than lions do, and male tigers don't have the notorious reputation for being horribly lazy that male lions do, either - no disrespect to Mufasa intended.
Do you prefer old-fashioned phones, such as the flip phone, or smartphones?
Definitely the old-fashioned ones - even now, I own a slide phone, which I bought after my old flip phone's charger stopped working (though I prefer flip phones to slide phones). All I truly require in a phone is the ability to send and receive calls and texts; thus, I have never owned a smartphone and never plan to either. Besides, old-fashioned phones are inexpensive, and I am a rather frugally minded individual, so this arrangement is ideal for me.
Do you prefer paper with walls on it or walls with paper on it?
Neither. Paper doesn't have walls; paper has boundaries.
Do you prefer showers or baths to clean your scales?
Showers, for certain. They tend to use less water overall and are less awkward for washing myself, and I tend to not like water unless I'm drinking it, so partial submersion does bother me. Plus, I envision showers as a veritable army of tiny jets zipping past me to strike at all the dirt I've accumulated; it gets extricated from my scales much faster that way!
Do you prefer sitting in silence or causing attention?
Silence, most certainly. I like operating in rather quiet, subtle, and unseen ways, behind the scenes. More often than not I will try and do the exact opposite of drawing attention to myself (by diverting it to somebody else). I feel it's better to do a good thing and not to be known for it, because that way, people are more drawn to the deed or action instead of the one who caused it.
Do you prefer the day time or the night time?
I generally prefer the day time, actually. While the night time is definitely cooler, night time is standardly time for sleep; I like to maintain my sleep pattern and get extremely irritable when forced to stay up past midnight. The only chance I get to sleep is also at night time too, and since I am a task-oriented person, and I get most of my productivity done in the day time, overall I prefer the day time.
Do you prefer western dragons or eastern dragons more?
Western dragons are my style of choice. There's more bulk and limbs to their stature. Eastern dragons are more akin to giant snakes most of the time - though that's not the case for all of them, I'll admit. However, when I'm picture hunting, I'll usually be looking out for Western-style dragons first, because more often than not it will have what I'm looking for.
Do you regret any artists/bands in your music collection?
No - because if I did, they wouldn't be in my collection anymore. (Though, even beyond that, I don't add stuff to my music collection unless I'm fully sure about it.)
Do you shop corporate (WalMart, Target, etc.), local, or online?
I prefer to shop at local stores whenever possible (doesn't matter if it's big business or small) because then I don't have to deal with the hassle of waiting too long to get it, and I can simply go by. If supply is limited or non-existent, or if it's just sharply less expensive online, I'll go for that option, but that only applies to a very small handful of products. ...though I will say that I do not like WalMart because going into a store makes me extremely uncomfortable due to the density of people.
Do you speak the dragon tongue?
I don't speak it, as 'dragon tongue' is a misnomer; the language of dragonkind is almost entirely visual, conveyed with movements and actions - so I wouldn't be able to provide a demonstration in text form. It's also a trade secret among us, so there's that too, but I can say that it accompanies spoken words to combine with the visuals for a much fuller message.
Do you tend to 1-up people?
Yes, be it on purpose or otherwise. Usually it tends to be a case of whoever can find and post the funniest picture, but other times it has come down to some measure of skill. It's usually the former, though. The unintentional instances are much harder to quantify and measure, but they tend to involve my beating another person to the same idea.
Do you think I'll ever catch up to you in posts?
You probably will - my posts don't exactly climb at a staggering rate. Lately I've only been averaging 65 posts per month, so if you can get past that, eventually you'll pass me.
Do you think it's important to grasp the past, as far as past family is concerned?
I don't believe so, no. Other than knowing where your family lines have been, and thus gaining the ability to be fun at parties by spitting out factoids of your ancestors, I don't really see how much practical value it gives. I suppose using that knowledge to potentially find distant relatives may be of use to some, but that is not (and never will be) a priority of any measure for me, since there are other people in my life that remain more important.
Do you think of yourself whenever you see any item named 'Eclipse'?
Do you think that Nintendo should release a 'one-handed' console where only one hand is required to use it (both left and right) so people without a hand can still play games?
That is a question not easily answered, honestly. Only one hand required would mean a reduced number of buttons and other triggers, which results in reduced functionality - which means there are only so many things a player can do. While some games aren't as intensive about this sort of thing, many others try to utilise all of the buttons for what they're worth - not for weird combos or things like that, just things to do (they usually aren't a 'hold 2 buttons at once' deal). It sounds like a good idea on paper, but instinctively I'd be against it because it might mean reduced functionality. This might be a fictional concern, though, and there may be no loss at all. That is just my preliminary thought, however.
Do you think that world peace is a possible goal including human nature? Like how communism is supposedly the greatest government without natural human greed?
I don't, really. Humans are intrinsically self-focused and operate primarily for their own benefit. That said, it is possible for humans to be altruistic, but world peace would involve nearly all humans being nearly 100% altruistic in nearly every scenario - an outcome that, while incredibly nice, is also incredibly unlikely. At least someone will try to put his/her own goals and motives above others, and when multiple people do this (which they invariably will), therein lies the root of conflict. Altruistic collusion is possible, but there has to be a guarantee that the shared goals don't interfere with or harm another people or country. In the end, the selfishness of humans makes world peace impossible without some sort of divine intervention.
Do you think things like test scores, etc., are a good way to determine one's intelligence?
Hahaha, hahaha, hahahaha, no!
The only thing test scores, grades, and the like are good for are to test that you have the correct thought patterns and skill sets that the test calls for. It has no impact or bearing on a person's intelligence, nor is it indicative of such. People learn in a myriad of different ways, and some people just aren't good at taking tests despite having a whole lot of knowledge behind them. A good test score just means you're a certain type of person, or just a point on your CV to prove to somebody that you know how to do this thing he or she wants done.
Do you think you'll upgrade to a smartphone in the near future?
Do you watch animated movies?
Sometimes, though not often. I'll be invited to watch movies with friends, but other than that I really don't watch movies (animated or otherwise) to speak of.
Do you watch, read or listen to the news?
Most certainly not; it's a very easy way to get depressed and spiteful - two qualities that must be avoided.
Do you write in cursive/running writing?
I do not; rather, my handwriting is block capitals. (That is, I write all letters as capital, with uppercase letters remaining the same size, and lowercase letters at half-size, but still capital.)
Does the Latin language appeal to you?
In terms of finding roots for words both in English and in the various Romance languages (including how they all relate), the Latin language is certainly appealing. In actually using it as a conversational language, I do not, as straight Latin has very little practical use today, outside of certain areas of academia just to know what certain phrases mean (e.g. curriculum vitae, 'course of life').
Does your school teach woodworks?
Not that I'm aware of. It's heavily academic, as far as I can tell.
Favourite archetype in Yu-Gi-Oh! ? Least favourite?
I retain a special fondness for Morphtronics, because when I got back into the game with Tag Force 4, that was the first archetype I ever properly played, with Blackwings following shortly afterwards. They're both rather simple, easy to understand, and boast a lot of power - and both of them have made scary comebacks in recent times. I also have a special fondness for D/D/D, due to the vast amount of options and interesting control they boast. So if I were to pick a favourite archetype, it would be from among those 3.
My least favourite would probably be out of Kozmo, tellarknights, or Pendulum Magicians. I don't like what any of them have done for the game (hitting Emergency Teleport and ROTA back down to 1, or just a really easy way to get a great field), and their playstyle and effects are just downright rude, being almost lossless for the amount of advantage they generate.
Favourite Yu-Gi-Oh! card you own and/or like to play in a duel?
Those are 2 different cards, so I'll answer them both. My favourite card I own (and out of any card, really) is Thousand-Eyes Restrict; I started the game way back when it first began, and I was really drawn to the card and its mystic flair, especially given how I ran a Relinquished deck as a solid steady back in the day. There's an interesting story behind how and why that's my favourite card I own, but that is a story for another day.
As for my favourite card to actually play, it's Naturia Beast. Getting that out on Turn 1 shuts down about 70% of decks, as despite its below-average ATK, the ability to shut your opponent out of any Spell more than makes up for it. (One of these days I'd like to try Naturia Cosmobeet in a deck, just to see how mean I could really be.)
For how long will you be able to tolerate a person who consistently asks you meaningless and irritating questions?
As long as is necessary. However, that person normally won't get very far, because I tend to shut down questions like those rather quickly, so they aren't repeated.
Given the choice between going permanently blind or permanently deaf, which would you choose?
Probably permanently blind. I operate based on sound more than I do on sight (even though, at present, my sight is excellent and my hearing is subpar), but even beyond that I can still effectively communicate if stripped of my sight; I can't really say that about being deaf. Sadly, knowing me I'll probably go deaf first before that ever happens, but I certainly hope it does not.
Has the Pokémon franchise ever had any appeal to you?
I can't say; I've never played it, and I've only heard of it by overhearing the rest of you.
Have you climbed any mountains?
I've climbed a few mountains while off on nature hikes and such, though nothing tall enough as to warrant actual mountain-climbing gear. I guess that technically counts as walking up a mountain path, rather than actually climbing it.
Have you ever been locked (purposely or unintentionally) in the heat for more than five minutes, and you couldn't stand the heat anymore?
This happens a lot when I have to do errands at a certain location that is further inland than where I live, and thus is much hotter. By the time I come back to my car and am about to leave, the inside of my vehicle is a veritable sauna. I have little choice but to turn on the air and let the heat dissipate out.
Have you ever been seriously ill?
Thankfully no. There has never been an ailment I have suffered that was so serious I did not ultimately overcome it. However, one time I got whooping cough a few years ago, and its aftereffects lasted for six months. That was a painful time.
Have you ever cried as a result of laughing too hard?
Yes. I cry because I laugh too hard. It's also the only circumstance I know of that I am actually capable of crying, so that aspect exists as well.
Have you ever done something risky before and knew about the risk, but did it anyway?
Not very often, but yes. In those cases I discerned that the potential reward, and the higher chance of acquiring it, outweighed any potential risk that would result. This is not a common occasion, however, as I am by no means a risk-taker - I'm extremely cautious and will only take risk if I believe it can be justified.
Have you ever felt bad for a bee before because that also killed itself in the process of stinging you?
Perhaps, since it gives up its life for something so small. The feeling subsides relatively quickly, however, as it knew the risks of playing the game. I couldn't say I'd feel bad for it stinging me, however, as I've never been stung by anything.
Have you ever gotten tutoring for math as a child?
Only once, I believe, though I do not recall what subject it was for - it was either intermediate algebra or geometry. It was quite a long time ago, and I don't remember the experience all that well, so I'm not sure if I got very much out of it. I vaguely remember drawing about 5 lines on graphing paper and finding the area enclosed by all of them...so maybe it had something to do with that.
Have you ever had a paranormal experience?
I haven't, no - not even one that appeared similar to what people would classify as one. My experiences with the spiritual realm have tended to be much more apparent.
Have you ever heard of the Android game "Don't get fired!"?
I haven't, no. The fact that I've never owned a smartphone might have something to do with that.
Have you ever learned martial arts?
I have not, at least not in a professional capacity. It has continually been on my 'list of things I'd like to do some day', but time constraints of current affairs prohibit me.
Have you ever played a Super Smash Bros game? If so who do you like to play as?
I have only played Brawl, and only for 1 match, as a friend had brought his Wii to a party with it. It was late in the day and those who were remaining, including myself, decided to unwind with Brawl. As it would be utterly impossible to learn how to use the Wiimote in 5 seconds, I played Kirby for that match because Kirby's controls seemed to be the easiest, and I could jump repeatedly back onto the stage like a cheapo. Other than that, I have not played a Smash Bros game for myself ever - only spectated them.
Have you ever played Etrian Mystery Dungeon?
Yes, and I love it! As of this writing I'm still only halfway through the 9th dungeon, but I want to get further in still and finish up the post-game. Of course, given how it's an Etrian game, that's going to be much easier said than done, but the game is definitely fun enough to try at it.
Have you ever played Spore? If you have not, does the game interest you at all?
I haven't, no. I've heard of it and that it can be used to create fanciful creatures, but that is about the extent of my knowledge on the subject.
I don't think it interests me because of the sheer time it would take to design a creature of my own - and given my perfectionist mentality, it would take me hours to create something that wouldn't bring me enough satisfaction to justify the work put in.
Have you ever played Sudoku?
I have, yes, for several years now. I love it avidly, and if handed a puzzle, I will attempt to finish it then and there - just give me a pencil and enough time.
Have you ever ran out of questions when asking someone something? If so, when or where was it?
This has happened a few times fairly recently, in truth. As I'm sure many of you have now noticed, I have been in the habit of swooping through the Question & Answer section and posting in a large chunk of the threads at once, each time posting 3 questions per thread, on average 20 threads per 'raid'.
As I make most of those questions up at that very moment, by the time I get to the 16th thread, I really struggle to think up one I haven't said before, yet still trying to remain fresh and original. That definitely happened earlier this November, and it came close to happening on my last raid.
(Even more unusual still, in preparation for my raids I have a sample list saved of 80 generic questions ready to ask if need be.)
Have you ever solved a Rubik's Cube?
No. I've never tried one either. I simply don't have the patience for puzzles of that nature.
Have you ever spent a considerable length of time (like more than one consecutive day) working with livestock, or otherwise some kind of a animal/pet that provides food, like hens for laying or cows for milking?
I haven't, no. It is a mite odd to think of this, though, since when I was much younger (think 20 years ago), as a child I lived in a village with a few farms; on two separate occasions I have lived next door (or across a fence, technically) to a livestock farmer. I suppose it may have been because I was too young to actually be an effective hand, yet despite my early exposure to farms, I've never actually worked on one. (It's probably because later on I moved to Suburbia and have lived here ever since.) I'm surprised at myself that my answer is 'no'.
Have you ever watched any WWE matches? (I know they are silly, but some can be fun to watch.)
No, but it's on my bucket list, simply because they're so silly. For now, the most that my knowledge on WWE goes is "It's me, Austin!!".
Have you ever wondered how many grains of sand there are in the world?
No, because I remember reading a projected answer a few times. It's a bit of a boring number, to be frank.
Have you ever worn glasses?
Other than sunglasses, no - my vision has been perfect for as long as I can remember.
Have you heard of Rebus puzzles?
I have, yes. They're used to combine pictures and phonetics into words to make certain sentences or sayings.
Have you played ROM hacks of Fire Emblem?
I haven't, actually. There are plenty of ROM hacks of FE7 out there, I know that, and there are a few I'd like to try some day - one in particular being MageKnight404's hack. Of the ones I've seen, it is of top-notch quality - and it has Isaac and Mia from Golden Sun in it, too. Those are definitely large bonus points to it.
Have you seen the movie Kingsman: The Secret Service? What's your opinion on it?
I have not even heard of it, much less seen it. (I generally do not watch movies, as a personal choice.) With a title like that, though, it certainly sounds interesting.
Have you tried garlic knots? If so, did you like them? What about cheese bread or garlic bread?
I have not heard of garlic knots before, but if they are anything like garlic bread, I believe I would like them, as I absolutely love garlic bread, whenever it is available (which, sadly for me, is not all that often). I prefer garlic bread to cheese bread, which I think is just 'okay'.
Have you watched some of the Yu-Gi-Oh! series; if so, which one was your favourite (Original, GX, 5D's, ZEXAL, or ARC-V)?
While I was a child I watched the Original series almost religiously, following it through most of the first part of the show, only really stopping at the Battle City semifinals (and only because the show was on at an odd time of the day, not because I lost interest). I have only watched or seen bits and pieces of any of the series beyond that, but it's something I'd like to do one day.
Of those, I believe the series I'd like to watch the most is 5D's - it was the series at the time I was getting back into the game, and almost all the feedback I've heard about the show has been largely positive. Other than that, I currently have very little interest in ZEXAL, a neutral stance on the Original or GX series, and a moderate curiosity towards the currently-in-progress ARC-V.
How confident do you consider yourself at math?
Confident enough that I will know the difference between "I know exactly what I'm doing right now and how I'm doing it" and "I'm not totally sure about this, but let's try and see what things work" and "I'm going to have to look this up; give me a moment". As far as percentage ratios go, in terms of the math I've encountered, thankfully it's something like 70-20-10, and the 20 I usually end up correct on, but I need to remain in practice or I'll forget how to do it.
How curious are you regarding dragons?
I see curiosity as a thirst for knowledge, and to that extent, my thirst is directed largely to how many kinds of dragons are seen and catalogued. How many are there? What types are there? How are they perceived? Where are they prominent? Questions like those arise. The curiosity isn't a major driving force, but it is something that pushes me to learn more.
How did you learn so much?
I do a lot of reading, my friend! Textbooks, papers, Wikipedia - to me it's all information for absorbing and retention. I never know when information will be the most useful, so I try to gather as much as I can.
How do you feel about Azelf?
Who's he? Is he a Final Fantasy XIII character? I wouldn't know; I've never played that game.
How do you feel about rules and laws in society?
I feel it is a standard to suggest to others ways in which they may live without infringing on the desires of others. However, that is all I feel about them. I would much rather desire a society without law, but due to the nature of humankind, law is sadly necessary. I would prefer it if humans were at a point at which law was unnecessary, but that is not going to ever happen.
How do you feel about sparkles and sparkly things?
They're too bright for my eyes. They're also very distracting and - dare I say it - jarring.
How do you like Norse Mythology so far? Is it high up on the list of favorite mythologies? Where's it ranked so far from how much you've read compared to like Egyptian Mythology and Greek mythology?
I'd known a smattering of facts about Norse mythology before I read the book, but now I've managed to delve into the universe a lot more - for example, only recently did I know of there being nine worlds (Asgard, Midgard, and Niflheim were all I knew of before), never mind the number nine being extremely heavy in the symbolism.
One thing that really stands out to me, at least from what I've read, are that the gods and giants are of extremely similar power, and have to rely on either pure wit or brute strength to outdo the other. Greed and bargaining seem to be bywords of the mythos, appearing very commonly in the stories. Even around humans, the gods have to be careful of how they act - unlike other mythologies like Egyptian and Greek I've noticed, the Norse deities aren't that far separated from humans as far as attitudes, natures, or even abilities (well, to a degree). Certainly something I'd love to delve into more one day.
How far can your eyes see?
A substantial amount. My eyesight has been recorded at 20/15 (namely, I can see things 20 metres away with the same clarity that an average person has at only 15 metres).
How fiscally responsible do you believe yourself to be?
I am not sure, but since I only have so much money on hand due to being a university student and only having a slight income, most purchases I make are only on necessary items (like groceries). I sometimes save enough on the side for a video game once every few months, but beyond that I'm more stingy than anything else.
How good are you at charades?
I'm only average at Charades. I perform slightly better with Pictionary (drawing a picture instead of acting it out), and I do much better at Taboo, which of those three I am the most skilled at.
How good are your reflexes?
They have unfortunately worsened with age. My reflexes used to be lightning-quick. Now they're just quick. It's a depressing reminder that I'm not young anymore.
How long does it usually take for you to fall asleep?
Usually that takes between 20 and 30 minutes. I have to be in a certain position 'just so', or I'll remain uncomfortable and fidgety, tossing and turning until I can lie down and relax. However, once I actually am asleep, I can sleep as lightly or as heavily as I please. (I have a fairly large control over my sleep patterns and schedule.)
How many different-coloured eclipse pictures do you have?
Without recolouring, I think I only have three: yellow, orange, and blue - all of them of solar eclipses. As those are generally caused by the absence of light from the sun, there are only a handful of colours they could possibly be, usually between the range of red and yellow. I honestly don't remember what caused the blue one. It's a bit of a pity the colours are so sparse, but I suppose it is something that can't be helped.
How many eclipses (solar or lunar) have you seen?
I myself have only seen 2 lunar eclipses and 0 solar ones. In each case the moon basically changed colour to a rusty red. I was expecting some sort of pale circle with the inside being completely blank, but I suppose that's more what the solar eclipse looks like. I find lunar eclipses very underwhelming.
How many lists of questions do you have?
Just the 1 list with the 80 questions on it. If I think up more questions, I simply add those to the existing list.
How many meme weapons are in your arsenal?
As many as there are ways to utilise integrals in calculus, and then some. There is a tool for every occasion.
How many people have you talked to in the past month? Why did you talk to them?
I usually don't try and assign a figure to the people I talk to, as I would be counting for very little benefit to myself. If I had to assign conservative estimate numbers, however, I would believe I talk meaningfully with about 15 different people each month, and interact with at least another 50 beyond that. I tend to keep my meetings small, confined, but most of all, meaningful - which indirectly answers the 'why' of this question.
How many pets do you have?
Currently zero. I have had pets in the past but never for very long, and I have no plans to acquire any other pets. The only pet I could really tolerate is a pet rock (or similar); while it's true that it doesn't truly reciprocate anything, neither do any other pets, and yet they require effort and resources to maintain, while a rock does not.
How many times can one contradict themselves in one sentence?
By my calculations, a grand total of six times: once for being logically inconsistent, once for incorrectly using commas instead of semicolons to separate out items of a list that is initiated by a colon; once for insisting that the subject is implied when in truth it's unclear - and once for intentionally withholding that two plus two is five for extremely high values of two.
How much of a lover or fighter are you?
Neither, in truth. My primary weapon and defence is my mind, and I'm neither given to rashness nor emotion.
How often do you visit Lake Valor?
I try to visit twice per day if possible, if my schedule permits it. This can vary based on how busy I am, but I've tried my best to make my visitations fairly consistent.
How open- or close-minded are you?
I attempt to be open-minded as much as I am able when listening to another. This may not mean I will agree with all points (or even agree at all), but I will respectfully listen and not discount a person based solely on their beliefs or statements. Being open-minded or close-minded refers to how receptive you are to reason, and respecting of other people - not to how much your own beliefs are willing to be molded and changed. (Granted, with new knowledge will come alteration and refining of certain precepts, but for everyone, there are certain things taken as given, immovable stances.) That said, I always love listening to people share of their experiences or thoughts, as I believe ideas are refined when compared against those of others. The more I am willing to listen, the wiser we will both become.
How paranoid can you get?
Not very much, oddly. The most paranoid I have ever been is when I'm at home alone and I am not wearing headphones, then I think I hear something move or fall over. The feeling used to be stronger when I was younger but it's long since abated. I tend to quell any fear in me that may be irrational, and allow only natural legitimate fear to remain. That leaves paranoia with no place.
How willing are you to go against the bystander effect and help a random person on the street in need?
Not as much as I believe I should. I am extremely conserved and do not like to reach out to people I don't know or who I am unfamiliar with, though if I see a situation in which I believe I can immediately help, such as someone struggling with groceries, then I will offer assistance. (I've actually done this a few times though I've always been turned down, usually because the person was fully capable already, but I believe it did no harm to ask.)
I notice that you are rather formal and distant in terms of your speech patterns online. Is/are there any reason(s) for doing so?
Yes. It is because I speak much like this in real life as well. I have a great passion for language and being understood through it, and I believe a formal tone conveys understanding much clearer than an informal one.
If a jester dressed in pink and blue offered you a choice of having the power of telekinesis, levitation or transformation, which one will you choose?
A tricky question indeed, though I feel like I would choose telekinesis. When operating in a real-world setting, telekinesis would have the most practicality, and theoretically the least amount of danger as well. Levitation is somewhat similar, though it accomplishes a different goal. Transformation is rife with its own set of strong points and problems, and in a real-world setting I feel it would be extremely problematic.
If a white dragon* and a black dragon* combine to make a grey dragon, what sort of personality do you think it would have?
I'll be going under the assumption that this 'combination' (or fusion, whatever you like to call it) will be planned - that is, there will be some control over the result's characteristics. Based on my best guesses, said grey dragon will be rather calm and analytical, very joyful and outgoing, wanting to solve problems, and eager to go help others with their problems. I doubt either of our individual personalities would be 'predominant', as neither of our personalities have mutually exclusive qualities, so the result, at least by my approximation, should be seamless.
(*The black dragon is me; the white dragon is this question's asker, God Serena.)
If, as you say, you find forums irksome, then why are you here on the Lake Valor forums?
This is a fair question, yes. For someone like myself who finds forums irksome, it would be rather strange that I find myself at one. I do not wish to go too much into detail, but I will just say that I have a favour to repay to an old friend. And it is for that reason, and that reason alone, that I am here.
If humans didn't have emotions, do you think that society would have been better than it is today, or worse?
I really do believe it would be better off. I accept that I cannot create that situation in real life, but I think if everyone stopped utilising their emotions for one reason or another, we would all be much better thinkers and decision-makers. This doesn't speak much about self-interest, but that is loosely tied to emotion so I believe it partially counts.
If it were possible, where would you like to travel in space?
Anywhere I want, like Saturn, or various nebulae. Space is too big and too beautiful to confine myself to just one location.
If the only way to have a Golden Sun sequel was to sacrifice your right hand, would you?
Yes. Were this act to make it happen with certainty, I would do so without question.
If the sky had to change to a combination of four colours for a single day only, and it was up to you to change the colours, which colours would you choose?
First, I will assume that all variants or shades of a single colour count as one colour - for example, sky blue, cobalt, neon blue, and so on all count as "blue". Thus I will choose the umbrella colour terms.
Orange and purple have been mainstay favourite colours of mine to see in the sky, especially at sunsets (pink is a common sunset colour, but seeing purple in the sunset is more uncommon and, I find, far more beautiful). I wouldn't care at what time of day they would shine - indeed, if they shined at midday, people would realise what glory they miss from not watching a sunset.
Beyond that, I would pick red and green as the other two colours - largely because I haven't seen them that often and I'd like to see what they look like in the air. (I've never seen a green sky. I wonder what it would be like?)
If they were to make a Golden Sun 4, what console/handheld would you want it to be on?
I'd like it to be on the Nintendo 3DS, as that would be the only one I own to play it on. I don't want to be selfish and say the DS or even the GBA - they had their own titles for that and it's best not to infringe (though a DS title of GS4 might be possible, the DS time has passed, and it would be nice to see Golden Sun 4 on the 3DS instead). At this time, I think that would be the best platform for it to be on.
If you could always be remembered as the best there ever was, and the best there ever will be for ANYTHING, what would it be? You will always be known for being the best at it for the rest of time, and whenever people think of you they will associate your choice with you.
Absolutely nothing. Bizarre as it may sound to an observer, I don't want to be remembered at all - for anything positive or negative.
If you could be a certain age for the rest of your life (but still die after reaching X amount of birthdays), how old would you like to be?
Twenty-three years old. I know I'm well past that point, but as far as physical and mental ability goes, that so far was the favourite time of my life. I'm not much different physically then than I am now, I know, but I'd like to have a little more edge on the youthful side. After all, either I'm getting older, or I'm dead.
If you could change one thing about the world, what would you change?
The fact that cash money is the centre of the economy. I really wish the world wasn't so capitalist; it is a loud picture of greed and competition, and the more I think about it, the more disgusted I become.
If you could change one thing from the universe, what changes would you made?
That's a very tricky question, given how so much of spatial geometry is set in a 'just-so' state, and any small change could have reverberating consequences. My initial thought is for spatial objects like nebula or such to be visible to Earth by the naked eye (either increasing the field of vision, or simply moving them closer), or at least be able to travel to a place where they can be seen in this way, because I've been enthralled with the many pictures of space I've seen, and I think it would be wonderful to see these things up close.
If you could choose one thing to instantly know everything about, what would you choose to know about?
I would select how people act, react, and operate, based on their assumptions about life as well as their experience. Essentially I want to know how people 'tick', as well as how best to read people. I've been trying to hone this practice for years and improvement on it has been very slow. There are many things I miss out on and don't notice until long after the fact, and I feel that the better I know how people think, the better I will know how to understand them, even under adverse circumstances.
If you could live on the sun, would you? Why or why not?
Hm, tricky! However, I'll have to make a lot of assumptions to answer this fully. It depends largely on: if I'm the only person on the sun; if 'living' implies long-term (it usually does, but you never know); if there were other things, distractions, et cetera on the sun; if it could essentially be terraformed to invite people...
...wow, I have to make a lot of assumptions just to make living on the sun feasible. I guess the end answer would be 'not unless there was actually civilisation there'.
If you could only play 3 different video games for the rest of your life, which games would they be?
If I can only choose 3 separate individual video games, I would choose Golden Sun 1 & 2, and my third would be Fire Emblem 7. I choose those because they have the largest replay value out of any games I've ever played or owned, and they never get old. If I could choose 3 separate series, though, I'd go for Golden Sun (3 games' worth), Ace Attorney (5 games' worth), and the GB Zelda games (3 games' worth). I'll give Superstar Saga an honourable mention for its very high replay value as well, but I feel Fire Emblem 7 just slightly beats it out in that regard.
If you didn't know about Lake Valor, what would you be doing?
I was initially beckoned here by instruction, so if I weren't brought here, I'd probably be going about my life as I normally do - picking through my courses bit by bit, interacting with my other friends during the week, going out with them on the weekends, those sorts of things. Routine-wise, Lake Valor hasn't changed my life very much (other than the occasional orders and status reports I give), but friends-wise, it's given me an entirely new sphere.
If you do make banners, would you open a shop in the near future, so other people can have your banners?
Highly unlikely. When creating any work, be it a short story, a banner, or even a sketch, I find the effort to be the most fun when it is something from my own mind, that I can use to work at my own pace with. When expressing my creativity, I do things because I want to, not because I have to. The moment that anything becomes an obligation, all interest is lost. In truth, this is why forum hierarchies have always irritated me, because at where I have been, the ranks are always treated like jobs. Where is the incentive?
(That isn't to say that I haven't done certain requests for other people, but when that happens, I ask the person myself if s/he would like something. If I do perform requests, they aren't public.)
If you ever wanted a companion from a video game, who would it be, from what game, and why?
Probably someone from this list. Highest on the list for a possible companion would probably be Canas or Raquna; Canas is quite the scholar and devotes his life to reading and the pursuit of knowledge, something I too am fond of and would love to do if I had enough spare time (and he has a monocle, you really can't beat that), while Raquna is a bodyguard with a wild side and would be an ideal traveling partner to explore the dangerous unknown with, as she makes people not die, and is also 100% Canadian as a perk.
If you found yourself in the middle of a forest with no map, compass, nor anything that can give you any sense of direction, could you find your way to safety? If so how, and if not, why not?
I'd like to believe so. I know that I have a strong sense of direction, and - when traveling along paths or lines, at least - I'm able to accurately trace where I've been as well as what direction I'm headed. I can't say this will always hold true based on environment, but I'm not prone to travelling in circles.
If you had a special power (such as psychic powers), would you keep it hidden?
I've pondered this question a few times privily, and I believe that I would keep it hidden. If such a time would appear that I'd need to use it, I'd be very subtle about it, only using it at that moment, and none else, and then going about as if it never happened. Powers aren't special except in how they're used, and there are clearly right and wrong ways to use powers.
If you had the choice between winning a lottery of $100 million or becoming a Pokémon trainer, which would you choose?
They both sound like awful choices on the surface, though were I forced to pick one, it would certainly be the lottery. With the former, I at least have some guarantee of financial stability. I don't even know what the latter choice is.
If you had to choose between a fire-breathing dragon and an ice-breathing dragon to become your loyal companion, which one would you choose?
Ice-breathing dragon, hands down. With ice being in my top three favourite 'elements' (the other two being darkness and lightning), combined with my love of colder temperatures and dislike of hotter ones, the choice is essentially obvious. Even several of the signatures I've used before have been on ice dragons, but almost never on fire ones. (That might change eventually as I've had my eye on something in particular, but I'll have to see...)
If you were an Autobot/Decepticon, what vehicle/machine would you want to transform into when not a big robot?
I actually had to look this one up to see what that meant. Apparently they are giant robots that transform into vehicles when in hiding? If that is the case, I suppose I would pick something akin to a jet, as it can move at tremendous speeds, has the power of flight, and can travel even in the upper atmosphere. Assuming fuel is not an issue, travel time could be essentially indefinite, and assuming disguise correlates to abilities, the ability to fly even undisguised would be nice.
If you were forced to see the world in one colour for the rest of your life, what colour would you choose and why?
I believe I would choose blue. I say this not because I like the colour blue in particular, but it's because I believe the various shades of blue are easier to differentiate between than shades of some other colours like orange, brown, or even purple (my personal favourite). Seeing the world in this colour would be a real curse, so I would want to choose the option that makes it the easiest to bear.
If you were forced to watch one TV show for the rest for your life, would you watch it on classic VHS, or modern DVD?
Definitely DVD. The VHS would be much more liable to break or wear down, and has a much lower shelf life than a DVD.
If you were somehow forced to change the colour of your scales temporarily, what colour would you change them to and why?
I'd probably choose black. Believe it or not, my scales are usually either gold or off-white (usually a purple variant of off-white). A bit of an odd mix for a black dragon to not have black scales, but that is the hand I have been dealt.
If you were thrust into an RPG world, which one of the 3 basic RPG classes (based on your personality and ability) do you think you will be: mage, rogue, or warrior? What kind of specialization will you pursue?
Usually when I've seen or played RPGs with class systems, the options tended to be more diverse even when more boiled down; I don't recall seeing an RPG universe that could boil all its classes down to that few options, much less those 3. If I were to restrict myself to just your question, 'mage' would be the closest as I prefer to fight at a distance with energy, but beyond that there's so much to choose from. I have noticed, however, that my trademark appears to be lasers. Lots and lots of lasers.
If you were to go to a place in ancient history, where would you go and why?
Hard to say, but I'd like to visit some place that was at least reasonably advanced for its point in time, or at least has intricate locales. The Inca civilisation in particular comes to mind first in this regard, but I don't know if there would be any one point then I'd be truly sold on.
If you woke up in a different dimension and were told that you need to return to your own within a fairly short time span else something disastrous will happen, what would you do? Would you try and find a way back immediately, explore where you are for a bit first, or not even try getting back?
If you did try, which options would you consider looking into?
As there are many people here who are dear to me (and I in turn to them), I would immediately seek a return path, regardless of whether or not a disaster hung in the balance - though the disaster would probably accelerate my pace and concern. I would consider how I arrived here to begin with, gathering information, looking for points of some mystical significance which may offer hints to a return point, and so on. I would learn as much of my situation as possible so that I may efficiently return home.
In high school, what was your favourite math class?
You may find this surprising, but I didn't actually take any math while in high school. All of the necessary math courses I needed to graduate I had already taken before entering high school, as I had taken them at a local community college already. Looking back, I believe I would say my favourite math class back then would be trigonometry - despite the fact that I barely remember it at all. Statistics remains my favourite math class, though I took that only recently, and by now I am well into adulthood.
In school, did you often go to clubs or stay after school? If so, do you believe it was fun?
I only ever stayed after school for something once, and it was a chess club. It was certainly the first time I'd heard about chess (I was 7 at the time) and it certainly intrigued me then. I can't say how much it's helped me long-term, if at all. I can't even say if it was fun - I don't remember clearly. Other than that I've never attended any school clubs ever.
In the near future, would you like to be a teacher?
Not in the slightest! While I do enjoy tutoring, I do at least have some form of guarantee that my client will at least basically grasp the material, or at least understand the way that I explain it if I explain it in a few different ways. I would certainly not have the patience to deal with someone who is unwilling to learn. (I'm fine with people saying they don't get it. I usually ask in response why or what they don't get, and I would get frustrated if I don't get an answer. This hasn't happened any time recently, thankfully.)
In what situations does your creativity just flood out of you?
This happens at times that are tricky to predict, difficult to maintain, and impossible to control. I don't have much influence over my brain's 'creative streaks', sadly. It tends to happen more often when I'm focusing on a task at hand, and the possibilities sprout wildly from there - sometimes it's impossible to get a burst of creativity to appear otherwise. I can foresee enough to try and make one happen, but I cannot guarantee it.
Is it true that dragons used to be classified as a subtype of Demons?
I don't think I've ever heard that interpretation before, or even anything close to it. I might not know about it, but the connection seems very doubtful.
Is it true to say that some people hide their emotions all the time?
Yes; it's called 'putting up a front'. Said front can either be brave, sad, pitiful, or any other kind of thing.
Is reward worth the risk to get there?
There's no solid way to answer this question, because risk versus reward is always a question of weights, on whether the reward is worth it - in truth it is a case-by-case basis. Some risks, such as joining Lake Valor, have paid off. Others, which I don't feel like naming, have not. On the whole, though, I am very risk-averse, even if the risk (or chance thereof) is small.
Is the pen mightier than the sword?
I don't think so. It's really hard to draw large amounts of blood with a pen. You theoretically could, but at that point a dagger becomes the preferred weapon anyway, thus defeating the purpose of using a pen to begin with.
Is the worst thing to do in life to cram for a test the night before?
I wouldn't know; I've never had to do that. I've been through worse, however, so I doubt it.
Is there a moment where you can remember your life changing?
Yes, and it's largely due to why I have adopted my current mindset of suppressing and choking out any emotions I may have. I failed to take others and their wishes into account, and while what I decided might have been what was best, how I showed my case was disrespectful of others, and based mostly upon fervour rather than logic. The moment I realised that my current approach was untenable was the moment I began snuffing out my emotions.
Is there a particular anime/cartoon/TV show out there that you would like to see a new series or revamp of?
Probably not. I haven't actually watched TV in years, and TV programmes no longer have the same appeal to me that they once did when I was younger. I suppose if I were asked this question 10 years ago, I would have had a small handful of answers for you, but I am no longer a child, so now I have none.
Is there a teacher you'll never forget about, for either good or bad reasons?
Plenty, actually! Some are for good, and some are for bad, but I'll share the best one:
It was in a critical thinking class. There had been a writing assignment on something we'd covered in class (it was the Master and Commander movie), and while I was going back to get my paper for that, I got stopped partway as my teacher said I had the best grade on this assignment out of all the sections that semester (99+5 out of 100), and apparently my answers were so good that the teacher was going to use them as examples for future classes. I got a standing ovation; I was pleased and embarrassed at the same time. Later when I wrote the term paper at the class' end, the teacher said I basically kicked ass and I didn't need to write another draft to submit next week.
Best. Teacher. Ever.
Is there any cool/strange sound you can make with only your body/voice?
Yes. I do this for kicks just to surprise people, both children and adults alike. I have a large variety of choices I can contort my voice into for the sake of hilarity, and I'm decently good at impressions too. My favourite is my frog impression, though doing that for too long hurts my throat.
Is there any food that you regret eating?
Spicy ravioli. Don't ask. The story isn't pleasant.
Is there any sort of ideology you stick to, something that you follow as you go through life?
"Rational and logical decisions are the best way to show how we should move forward. Emotions are evils of the human condition and serve only to muddle clear thinking and decision making. Be aware and receptive of your own emotions and those of others, but by no means let them make your decisions for you ever; acts based upon emotion or feeling are harmful and detrimental, both to others and yourself."
Is there any task you do before leaving the house?
Yes; it's a pat-down. I basically check all of my pockets to make sure that I have my car keys, wallet, and cell phone before going out the door, as well as check the rest of me for other possessions I want with me (e.g. food, sunglasses, school supplies, laptop, etc. - though not all of these at once). I call it a pat-down because I pat my pockets to make sure everything is there.
Is there anything stereotypical about Canadians that you always say when mentioning them?
Not at all.
...Is this about my comment about Raquna being 100% Canadian? The only reason I said that is because she is essentially a character Played for Laughs.
Is there anything that you could never truly forgive someone for?
Yes: hurting those I deeply care about, even if only slightly. There is a line you do not cross with me, and that is the line.
Is there something you've always wanted as a child, but were never able to obtain?
I honestly don't know. I say this not because I can't think of things I've never been able to obtain, but because I don't remember my childhood very much at all. Any event or span of time in my life from before I turned 22 has merged into being part of a rather indistinct blur, in which details are scarce and memories scarcer still. I do know that, looking back, I was very foolish as a child, so that may be part of my memory lapse - not only am I unable to remember, but I'm also unwilling.
I believe this covers all of the pertinent points, at present. Now then... What's on your mind?