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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Answering questions

What is your favorite color?
Straw blonde.

What is your quest?
To finally play Fifth Frontier War. This maywill require finishing the VASSAL mod. I've got the map and infantry counters done, now I just have to finish the spaceships.

How do you manage your time with all the activities you are engaged in (reading, writing, gaming, soccer, family, work)?
I work in exceptionally fast bursts, punctuated by long periods of doing little more than reading. I drop the sports, writing, and gaming whenever necessary. Also, I have essentially eradicated my social life since I find that I tend to prefer solitary pursuits these days.

Who's your second favourite Ilk after me of course?
Bane.

What is your IQ?
Over the so-called "genius" threshhold. Some people can't seem to figure out that the 132 IQ Mensa requirement (Stanford-Binet) is a floor, not a ceiling.

Why do you hate science?
I don't hate science. I have great respect for the scientific method, although I am cognizant of its conceptual and practical limits. The problem is that my contempt for scientists who dishonestly make use of bait-and-switches wherein they appeal to the authority of the scientific method without actually utilizing it in any way is often mistaken for a dislike of science by the modestly intelligent.

Why do you hate socialism?
Because it is an economic absurdity built on a false premise of value, an ideological monstrosity constructed upon the worst aspects of human nature, and a form of societal organization that is both intrinsically inefficient from an economic perspective and reliably dangerous from a political one.

Why are you a racist?
It depends upon how you define "racist". There is no question that there are divergent human populations; the genetic science is settled in this regard and only a scientific ignoramus would deny that race, in the form of a genetically homogeneous groups of homo sapiens exists. But to acknowledge the existence of racial diversity is not tantamount to a belief in general racial superiority. Each race has various strengths and weaknesses. None are intrinsically superior on average; the relative superiority of one race in comparison with another completely depends upon the metric selected. Ergo, I am not a racist.

Why are you a sexist?
Because I don't believe sexual equality exists, or ever has existed, in any material, spiritual, or legal form. And it never will exist.

Why did you leave the US?
Because I anticipated that it was going to go through some very difficult times in the near future and I didn't want to be around a bunch of deluded and disappointed people in the process of discovering that they were not, in fact, the most wealthy, most powerful, and most free people on the planet. My philosophy is that it is best to leave Rome before Alaric arrives.

Why Italy?
First, collapse would be redundant. Second, the food is good and the weather is nice. Third, I always wanted to learn the language.

If planning a visit to Italy, what places do recommend and what places should be avoided?
Go to Rome, Venice, and Verona. Avoid Milan and Florence.

What are good times of the year to visit Italy?
In the early spring or late fall. But I hate crowds, especially crowds of tourists, so I'm quite happy to have to wear a jacket in order to be alone in a piazza. Also, my tolerance for cold is higher than most.

At what age did you embrace your Christian faith?
27.

Do you think Brown is right, that the Permanent Portfolio always makes sense?
No. No investment philosophy always makes sense. Stocks can take 30 years just to break even.

If you and Chuck Norris got into a fight, who would win?
At our respective peaks, Mr. Norris. I might have a shot today since I am younger and closer to my peak speed and strength.

How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?
Seven.

Can God create a rock so large that He is unable to lift it?
Yes.

Why do birds suddenly appear every time you draw near?
Upon visiting the shrine of St. Frances of Assisi in the winter of 2001, I realized that the pattern of the trees in the grove were planted in an unusual way that suggested hermetic purpose. After eight months of close daily observation, I discovered that the shadows they cast spelled out a certain word on the autumnal equinox. Speaking that word at sunrise on a particular date gave me the gift of Gramarye. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of testing it with a extraordinarily loquacious starling and now that many of the birds around the world know I can understand them, the little bastards simply won't leave me alone.

Is Alex Jones your mentor?
No. I'm not a fan of radio talkers.

Have you ever gamed a Japanese invasion of the west coast ~1942?
Not per se. I have played War in the Pacific, the computer game published by Matrix Games, but I didn't try invading the West Coast.

What is your favorite caliber handgun?
.40 caliber. No particular reason, I just don't like 9mm and I'm accustomed to forty.

If one of your feminist critics decided they wanted to have sex with you anyways, would you? That is if you weren't married and said feminist was HOT. Would you? And by hot, I mean swedish bikini blonde hot...

Hypotheticals are irrelevant; as it stands I already have Norwegian bikini blonde hot. And having recently visited both Stockholm and Olso, I can state with assurance that Norwegian is much hotter. So, no.

My daughter just started playing soccer and I'd like to know where you learned so much about the game. What can I do to learn enough to be useful to her development in the game?
Playing it for 25 years. Go join a rec team and learn how to play it. It's a simple game and it's not hard to pick up on the tactics even if your technical skills are hopeless.

When does the next installment of Summa Elvetica come out?
I have to write it first. I have no idea.

Blue Hurricane or Amaretto Sour?
I have to go with the Windex. It's the umbrellas, you know. But I'll take a proper Sex on the Beach with Chambord, chilled but sans ice, over either.

Why do we like a person we've never met, so much?
It's the charming combination of total arrogance with a complete unwillingness to take myself seriously. Humanity isn't merely flawed, it is ridiculous.

Favorite books?

Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper. A Horse and His Boy by CS Lewis. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein.

How many comments do you have to delete from people who have no business commenting in the first place? Are there ever idle threats?
About three or four per day on average. Not really. The sort of commenter who gets himself banned is much more given to claiming martyrdom and superior debate skills than issuing threats.

Why do you hate?
Because I feed on the dark side of the Force.

How do you conceptualize God?
A model builder sitting outside a globe of space-time and checking it out from time to time when He feels curious. I find it hard to imagine that God is as completely consumed with interest in His Creation as many atheists and Christians assume. I'm not claiming He's indifferent or completely hands-off, I'm just saying that it's possible the Deists were not entirely off-base.

Holden Caulfield, misunderstood genius, or spoiled brat prick?
Spoiled brat prick. He desperately needed a beat-down or three.

More to come as needed....

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13 Comments:

Blogger Christina G. March 29, 2012 3:13 PM  

"Why are you a sexist?

Because I don't believe sexual equality exists, or ever has existed, in any material, spiritual, or legal form. And it never will exist."

For a "genius", you sure are an idiot. Unless you are misusing the word "sexist", you believe that women are inferior physically and spiritually. I'd like to see mankind survive without womankind or vice versa. That unavoidable reality makes men and women equal in any way that matters. The historical subjugation of one sex (or race) does not prove superiority. Lower test scores, lower incomes, and fewer worldly accomplishments does not prove inferiority. It simply reflects historical subjugation.

Anonymous Carlos May 03, 2012 12:26 AM  

Christina G., sexism doesn't mean that women are INFERIOR, just DIFFERENT.

Blogger R. Bradley Andrews July 12, 2012 1:59 PM  

If God checks in on creation "from time to time" then he is not outside space-time, or at least the time part.

Blogger R. Bradley Andrews July 12, 2012 1:59 PM  

If God checks in on creation "from time to time" then he is not outside space-time, or at least the time part.

Blogger Ghost July 19, 2012 11:08 AM  

What the hell do MPAI and AWCA stand for?

Anonymous Sheep August 14, 2012 9:07 AM  

Why Vox Popoli instead of Populi?

Anonymous Anonymous October 28, 2012 5:19 PM  

I don't think anyone asked these questions once, let alone frequently.

Anonymous VD November 06, 2012 5:36 AM  

I don't think anyone asked these questions once, let alone frequently.

That's nice. Every single one of them is a legitimate question asked at least once by someone else. I am not Bill Simmons. I do not ask myself questions and pretend they were asked by someone else.

OpenID tanwen May 13, 2013 12:14 PM  

In regards to this statement; "Because I don't believe sexual equality exists, or ever has existed, in any material, spiritual, or legal form. And it never will exist."

Spiritually speaking at least, don't you find this in contradiction to Galatians 3:28?

"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus."

Anonymous Matthew May 31, 2013 1:04 AM  

"All are one" is not the same as "all are equal". But don't worry if you can't understand that. It just means you're not as equal as us.

Anonymous Anonymous July 04, 2013 1:00 AM  

So... I've been catching up on the whole SFWA bruhaha, and I keep hearing your name mentioned. Most of those mentioning your name said you were guilty of spouting "racist", "sexist" and/or "misogynist" rhetoric. But interestingly, none of them linked to any article, blog entry or other example of this rhetoric.

Now here's where I have to admit, with slight embarrassment, that I'm unfamiliar with your works. All I can say in my defense is that I'm a young'un, and though I've seen your books at Barnes and Noble, I've never actually read any of them. I hope to one day be able to say that I have read at least one book by every well known sf/f author. Maybe when I'm 800 years old or so.

But I digress. Due to the lack of actual citations of your bigotry on all of these accusers' blogs and twitter posts, I was forced to look up your blog in an attempt to find evidence. It wasn't easy. Because of the several hundred blogs that have sprung up to denounce you as a writer and as a person, the google didn't give me my desired result until page 4 or 5. But finally, I got here and I skimmed through your blog posts, pausing here and there for a chuckle or a nod of agreement, and reading the SFWA-related posts in their entirety.

I don't understand what the big freakin' deal is. You share your opinions (which, admittedly, are considered "extreme" in the current political climate), and although I don't agree with all you say, I think you say it (for the most part) in a balanced, respectful way. (Except when you're clearly using wit or sarcasm.)

What you said about Elise Mattheson, I've determined is most likely true. I've scoured the internet and have yet to find a publication credit to her name, but she has blogged a bit more than the average bear on feminist topics. However, I would not dismiss out of hand that there is real sexual harassment that goes on at cons, never having been to one. I just know that it is common, at least in the community in which I live, for women to *think* they are being harassed, when actuality they are being either complemented, asked a direct yes or no question, or accidentally bumped into (possibly due to their girth). All this is not to say that sexual harassment never genuinely happens. It is just to say that some people love to play the victim.

Here is the paragraph in which I reveal myself to be a female who aspires to be a SF/F writer. (Shock, dismay, outrage!) While I do not relish the prospect of having to fend off unwanted suitors at cons, I am equally turned off by the direction it seems the field is being dragged in by what appears to be large groups of people who favor political correctness over individuality.

But perhaps it is merely indicative of the trajectory of humanity in general. Thought and logic are incessantly discouraged and outright attacked (yes, in broad daylight!) and people are practically falling over each other to just hand over their liberty and individuality to some asshole powermonger or another who looks nice in a suit.

I've been inspired by authors like Robert Heinlein, Douglas Adams, and Isaac Asimov, to name a few. I always liked the SF genre *because* it lacked homogeneity, celebrated individuality and original thought, and wasn't afraid to stand up to REAL oppression. Most of what people (at least American people) call "oppression" nowadays is really self inflicted misery. Meanwhile they ignore the ACTUAL totalitarian state that is springing up all around us.

It pains me to realize that the horribly misled zeitgeist that has taken to possessing the rest of the world has infiltrated SF as well. On behalf of the eight or so female SF writers that are not completely deluded, keep up the good work.

Even though I think you're completely wrong about God and the number of angels that can dance on the head of a pin (26).

Blogger Tam July 05, 2013 9:19 AM  

"To finally play Fifth Frontier War."

Alas, my current copy is unpunched as well. :(

Anonymous roger u August 19, 2013 5:21 PM  

What is the recurring reference to "rabbits"?

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