Originally Posted by Midnight Angel
What's the story behind your avatar?
It's from "Porco Rosso", an anime by Miyazaki.
The film takes place in and around the Adriatic sea between the world wars. The title character has a curse that makes him into an anthromorphic pig.
Great film, if you've never seen it.
Originally Posted by mlp
How would you describe your political views?
I look at the issues, not the party or the politician. All parties have their downsides, and I'd say that holds true for almost every politician I can think of.
What's your favorite time of day? Why?
I don't know if I have a favorite time of the day. I want to experience the entire day. Give me the dawn of a new day, a warm morning, a nice afternoon nap, a pretty sunset, and the stars above at night, all in the same day. That would be a good day.
Do you prefer cats over dogs?
Er, not sure. I have cats now, so I guess I'm leaning in that direction.
Originally Posted by Amy SF
Has das_nut ever seen the German movie Das Boot?
Probably a long, long time ago. I should watch it again, since I barely remember it.
Enjoying as you have had the forests of Northern Minnesota, you must have had some interesting close encounters with wildlife. If so, I'd like to know what kind.
Not really. Wild animals tend to stay hidden, for the most part. I wish I had some really great stories. Maybe I could lie. "Once, I saved a fawn from a giant cougar..."
Strawberry jam or orange marmalade?
Strawberry jam. I like strawberries.
Chess. Hands down. A game of skill.
Originally Posted by MrFalafel
I'm making pizza for you. What do you want on it?
I'd like a raw pizza. With a non-sweet topping. Last good raw pizza I had featured a nut "cheese" on top.
You've also just won a contest where the prize is an all expenses week long holiday to any single destination in the world. Where will you go?
Week long doesn't give me a lot of time. Where could I go where I wouldn't mind leaving after a week?
Maybe Finnland. I've always been curious about what the nation looks like, and I think I could see enough of it in a the timespan given to be happy with the trip.
Now, if the time was longer, my answer would change.
Originally Posted by GingerFoxx
I recognize this avatar as Porco Rosso. Are you a Miyazaki fan?
Yes. Big fan. Great movies, and a lot of them have a bit of almost childhood innocence.
Originally Posted by AddieB
Why kinds of bikes do you have?
My first bike is my all around bike. Has a Schwinn world sport frame (25", or 63.5 cm), with mostly Shimano components. Currently set up with fenders, front and rear racks, 24 speeds (3x8), and bar end shifters. Right now I'm still running a studded front tire (out of laziness at this point) and a rear tire with a very light inverse tread.
Second bike I got from a family member who bought it new, and I'm pretty proud of it. It also started out as a Schwinn World Sport, still a 1980s frame, but slightly newer than my other bike. It was a 12 speed originally. I ended up replacing the bad 27" wheelset with a used cheap fixed/free wheelset, cut down the chainring bolts on the front wheel and ended up using the original chainring and original sugino crankset (had to cut down the chainring bolts), replaced the bottom bracket pedals (bearings were shot), converted the old "safety" levers to more modern looking levers, complete with new hoods (a hacksaw was required), replaced the brake cable and housing, added a taller stem and seatpost, and replaced the old seat with something more modern, then added a rear light.
I'm pretty proud of that bike. It looks good, and I liked reusing the old components where I could.
The other bike is getting closer and closer to how I want it to look, but it isn't there yet.
How much longer does it take you to ride your bike to work in the winter than in the summer?
I've moved, so I must drive to work now. Alas.
But for winter errands, I'm probably running at about half or 2/3rds of the speed that I travel in summer. It depends on the weather.
For example, without snow, on the same bike I usually ride in winter, configured the same way, I managed to make it to a friend's house in under half an hour, going through downtown.
In winter, on roads that were mostly deserted, it took around an hour.
Originally Posted by Kenickie
how do you take your espresso? i mean, when you go hit on that barista in the coffee shop down the street...
Served nude, of course!
who is the VBer you'd most like to meet (past or present?)
Probably one of the people who are now gone. Just to see what they've been up to. It's been awhile.