Inquiring Minds May or May Not Want to KnowMarch 29th, 2005 at 11:01 pm by Preston Taylor Holmes
The lovely and ever-inquisitive Sadie from Fistful of Fortnights has asked me to answer a few interview-style questions. I’ve agreed to her request and answered them here. Read on if you really want to…
Q1: Why did you start blogging, and what is your goal in doing so?
I started blogging for two reasons – (1) to blow off steam and amuse myself and (2) to see if I would be any good at it. I used to visit Little Green Footballs and Instapundit before I realized I was reading “blogs”. Two of my friends, unbeknownst to me, were blogging and once I saw what they were doing, I thought, what the hell, I’ll give it a shot.
My goal? I didn’t start out with a goal. I didn’t start blogging to change the world or change minds, really. You can probably tell that by the maniacal nature of the stuff I post. Over time, however, it has been fun to see how many sickos out there share my bizarre sense of humor.
Q2: You have a rather offbeat sense of humour, to say the very least. Is this something you’ve acquired, or have you always seen the oddness in things?
I’ve always been an oddball. It took a while to turn that into an endearing trait instead of an annoyance. While dating in high school, I learned quickly that a sense of humor was usually one of the main things girls were after, and I subconsciously used those awkward years to fine-tune my lunacy. It didn’t always work out, of course, but when it did, I was IN.
I have found that the blog format seems to be the perfect vehicle for my sense of humor. I’ve always been a decent writer, and even though my college major was journalism, I never pursued writing in any real way. I’ve really enjoyed getting back into writing regularly – even though it’s usually only a little bit here and there. My creative side has been asleep for a long time and blogging has helped wake it up.
I still don’t expect most people to “get” me. This is one of my favorite posts I’ve done and it’s complete idiocy. I never know if anyone is ever going to get the truly insane posts, but I’ve always spent a lot of time amusing myself, so it all works out.
Q3: That Sunday night poll about Robert Blake’s new profession was rather amusing. If you had to pick one of these jobs to make a living at, which of these would it be, and why?
That was one of my weaker polls, but anything that followed the Giuliana Sgrena poll had a hard act to follow. If I had to answer, I would say gas station attendant. It’s low stress and far easier on the knees than gay male prostitute. I wouldn’t be a good hit man or nail technician. Postdoctoral scholar is too intellectual and Methodist youth minister would require too bubbly a disposition. And I sure as hell wouldn’t want to babysit a bunch of basketball players.
As far as real world dream job, I was fortunate to live the “dream job” I had growing up, I just discovered that it didn’t pay very well. That’s why I’ve moved on to software development. It would be nice to blog for a living, but when you’re a third-tier blog, that’s not very realistic.
Q4: What are the Six Meats on your Blogroll Buffet that are essential to your daily well-being, and why?
They’re all in my daily reads.
The Jawa Report – When I really started branching out into the ‘sphere, Rusty was my first daily addiction. He covers the most serious issue we face as a nation – islamofascism – but still finds time to post a lot of hilarious shit as well.
Little Green Footballs – One of the more “newsy” blogs I visit when I want to know what’s happening with the left. The comment threads are the best part of LGF.
Protein Wisdom – Goldstein has a bizarre sense of humor, which I obviously relate to. He always manages to come up with fresh stuff, which tells me he probably doesn’t have a day job.
Beautiful Atrocities – I first found BA on 9/11 of last year when everyone was doing their tributes. From that point I’ve been a daily visitor. It’s a blog form of performance art, in my opinion. Just take a look, Jihad: The Musical?
Ace of Spades HQ – Ace is consistently hilarious yet still throws in the occasional well-written deadly-serious essay. You never know what you’re going to get there, which is why I visit daily.
Instapundit – I don’t know if this qualifies as habit or addiction, but Glenn provides the most wide-ranging link dumpage out there. If I want to know what’s going on in the world, I stop in at Instapundit. He’s also gotten better about covering what’s going on in the greater blogosphere as well – he’s a one stop shop for both news and bloggery.
In your view, what is the biggest foreign policy screwup that the U.S. has made in the last five years? What are the repurcussions of this political move?
Our worst foreign policy move is ongoing – and that is our membership in the United Nations. We continue to give that enormous corrupt pile of shit legitimacy when it is nothing but an organization of tin-pot third world dictators exchanging handjobs and blood money under the table. Their so-called “peacekeepers” spend more time raping children than keeping the peace, and the details of the “Oil for Food” scandal continue to emerge – exposing the UN for the cesspool of corruption that it’s been for years. We should pull out completely and kick their worthless asses out of Manhattan. But that’s just little ol’ me.