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#1 Old 02-24-2014, 02:23 AM
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In our continuing series of outstanding member interviews, meet logic, our new VB Celebrity! A knowledgeable and skilled debater, he joined VeggieBoards in 2012 and is one of our most prolific posters. Logic hails from the west coast of the USA. His interview will run through March 3rd. A warm welcome for our new VB Star!

 

 

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-Real first name?

 

Top secret.

-Age?

30's

-Sex/Gender Identity?

Male

-Relationship status?

Married

-Location (as specific as you are comfortable being)?

United States, CA, Greater Los Angeles area.

-Religious beliefs (or lack thereof)?

No religious beliefs.

-Political leanings?

No association with the traditional political spectrum as I find the differences between "liberal" and "conservative" in
the United States (and the western world) to be relatively mirror. Philosophically speaking I'd be something akin to a
libertarian socialist.

-Are you a vegetarian, vegan or raw foodist (or something else)?

Technically a vegetarian....but my diet is near vegan.

-What is the meaning behind your username?

 

That I'm not very imaginative with usernames....there was a mathematical logic textbook on my desk when I signed up and that was that.

-Have you ever met anyone famous?

Around here I often see famous people while shopping, going to the movies, etc but I never bother them. I don't recall
ever having a conversations with someone famous....at least famous in mainstream culture.

-Do you live with any companion animals?

Two cats.

-Do you live with any companion humans?

Yes.

-Where is your favorite place that you have visited?

France....especially Northern France.

-What do you enjoy most about being veg*n?

Not having to meticulously clean your kitchen counters, etc after cooking a meal. I'm a little bit germ-phobic so that was
a very nice fringe benefit.

-With whom would you most love to have dinner?

If they were still alive, John Von Neumann.

-Do you have any secret talents?

Not so sure I would call it a secret....but at least something many people wouldn't know is that I'm good at woodworking.

-What dish/recipe can you make that knocks people's socks off?

I guess this depends on the audience, I've been focused on healthful cooking for awhile so its difficult for me create dishes that
knock the socks off the average person. But when I'm cooking for a mixed audience I usually make something similar
to a thanksgiving dinner but with braised portobello instead of turkey. That usually goes over well, people forget about
the meat and that it was made relatively healthy.

-What's your favorite restaurant?

I don't eat out much, but my favorite local restaurants are some hole-in-the-wall Indian restaurants with big vegetarian menus. For fast food I really like Chipotle because you can customize whatever you want......though they will sometimes make fart comments when I ask for 3~4 scoops of black/pinto beans.

-What do you do to cheer yourself up when you're feeling blue?

I'm not sure....I guess that means I don't feel blue often.

-What's your biggest cooking/baking disaster?

Years ago I was making some homemade pizza at someone else's house and and I didn't think of asking about the oven, well, it was small and didn't work well and it took forever to finish the meal and the pizza was a bit soggy.

-What's the one food/product, that you'd love to "veg*nize"?

Not much really....but one thing I did eat often growing up is cheese quesadillas so if I could create a legitimate vegan version I'd probably try it for memories sake.

 

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#2 Old 02-24-2014, 02:59 AM
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A few questions right off the bat:

 

Do you have children?

 

What are your cats' names?

 

Would you consider naming your son, Top Secret, Jr? :p

 

What sort of woodworking do you enjoy, and do you prefer using manual tools, power equipment or a bit of both?


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What is it about Northern France that particularly appeals to you?

 

Have you been on any protests?

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Have you been a vegetarian your whole life? If not, what brought you to vegetarianism?

How long have you been married?

Have you lived in other countries and if so, which ones?

Where have you lived in the USA?

Do you have a woodworking shop?

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What is a libertarian socialist?

Do you hold any advanced degrees, if so, how many?

Even though you have two cats, are you more of a dog person?

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What is the best wooden thing you've ever made? 

 

Do you like living in Los Angeles or are you only there because you have to be (like for your spouse or a job) - I ask because I don't like spending too much time there myself. 

 

If you did move, where would you like to go? 


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What's your occupation? 

 

Do you feel that some oil in the diet is acceptable or should oil be avoided at all costs? 

 

What are your favorite dishes? 

 

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What sort of woodworking do you enjoy, and do you prefer using manual tools, power equipment or a bit of both?
Furniture and sets for theater, I did a good deal of both before I moved from home. Mostly power tools but I have a bunch of old manual tools from my grandparents that I keep mainly for historic value.
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What is it about Northern France that particularly appeals to you?

Have you been on any protests?
Its hard to say, I just really like the architecture and climate of that region of Europe.

I don't go to protests.
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Have you been a vegetarian your whole life? If not, what brought you to vegetarianism?
No, I was vegetarian for a while when I was in my early 20's and then again later. The first time I was motivated by ethical issues and stopped because I just didn't feel good. For the second time my wife decided one day she wasn't going to eat meat anymore so I agreed to not eat meat at home. After 6 months or so of not eating meat she started to have a few issues and it motivated me to read more about vegetarian diets and that is when I became interested in veg*n nutrition and decided to stop eating meat and most dairy and eggs. So the second time it was a combination of health and thinking again about the ethical issues.
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How long have you been married?

Have you lived in other countries and if so, which ones?

Where have you lived in the USA?

Do you have a woodworking shop?
Around 5 years.

I haven't lived in any other countries, just visited, and in the US I've lived in PA and CA. No woodworking shop, just some tools in storage until I have the time and space to do it again.
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What is a libertarian socialist?

Do you hold any advanced degrees, if so, how many?

Even though you have two cats, are you more of a dog person?
Libertarian socialism is like Libertarianism but without the love affair with capitalism. In particular in terms of property rights, like regular socialism, libertarian socialism is going to restrict a number
of property rights that exist in capitalist societies. I don't think traditional Libertarianism makes much sense since property rights have to be upheld by a strong federal government, but since most don't agree I don't use the term. Plus, American Libertarians tend to be religious conservatives which I find a bit ironic and I don't see the Libertarian party pushing much for the decriminalization of drugs, same-sex marriage, etc.

I have two advanced degrees.

Yes, I'm more of a dog person and not that comfortable with cats because of what you have to feed them. But one of the cats behaves a lot like a dog, she will run up to me when I come home, she will come when I call her, she is rather vocal and loves getting rubbed. A strange cat......according to her papers she was rescued in the winter in the snow and was rather skinny when we got her. In any case, at least from my experience, dogs and humans make a really good match due to similar social structures "in the wild" and it makes it fairly easy for the two species to communicate. Sometimes....I have no idea what is going on in cats heads.
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My favorite thing, which I no longer have, is a Gothic style bookcase I made.
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Do you like living in Los Angeles or are you only there because you have to be (like for your spouse or a job) - I ask because I don't like spending too much time there myself. 
I don't have to be here, in fact, I could live anywhere. There are some things I liked about it here and somethings I don't......but overall I don't think its worth the costs so we are thinking of moving in 1~2 years.

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If you did move, where would you like to go? 
The areas I'm thinking about are Portland Oregon, Dallas, Portland Maine, Philly area or the central coast.
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Do you feel that some oil in the diet is acceptable or should oil be avoided at all costs? 

What are your favorite dishes? 

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I've never had a traditional occupation, when I finished school I worked as a researcher for the same people I did my grad work with and then I decided to leave academia and start a business.

I've never seen any convincing evidence that someone free of heart disease with a good cholesterol profile needs to avoid every gram of oil so I don't think it needs to be avoided at all costs. Personally I don't avoid it entirely, I just use small amounts and try not to make anything that has more than 1 teaspoon per large serving. For example, when I make big batches of soup I will saute the vegetables with ~1 tablespoon of oil which amounts to 2 grams or so per bowl.

Two of my favorite dishes are spaghetti with a tomato/red lentil sauce with chickpeas and Chana Masala and Saag over basmati rice. My favorite quick meal is some roasted potatoes, pea or lentil soup and some greens.
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What are your degrees?

Do you have a preference of the type of wood you like to work with?

Do you consider yourself extroverted or introverted?

What are your go to snacks?

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If you could donate $10000 to a non-profit of your choice, which would it be?
I really don't keep track of who is and who isn't vegetarian so the only name that comes to mind is Peter Singer.

For the donation, I'd probably pick the Humane Society or Habitat for Humanity. Or,perhaps, if I had a couple of beers I'd donate it to PETA.
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Have you ever invented anything?

 

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If you could easily visit another planet would you? Which one?

What would you put in a time capsule?

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Hi Logic smiley.gif Where in Pa did you once live? Did you like it there? Have you ever created a wooden craft as a special gift for someone? What do you think is the key to a happy marriage? Thank you for taking the time to answer smiley.gif
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Hiya Logic.

What is one of the most important messages you would like to impart upon members of our species?

I am also currious about your response to lavender phase's question of successful marriage.
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What are your degrees?

Do you have a preference of the type of wood you like to work with?

Do you consider yourself extroverted or introverted?

What are your go to snacks?
The degrees are Philosophy, Mathematics and Computer science......but there is a good deal of overlap and I was studying similar things regardless of the degree program.

I really don't have a preference and I usually worked with pine because it was the cheapest. But I always disliked oak.

I guess introverted.

I don't snack very much but if I eat in between meals its usually fruit. Not sure if it counts as a snack, but I'll have a beer here and there too.
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Which is your favorite of the performing arts?
I've never invented anything that has been patented, but I've created a number of jigs, programs, etc to make certain tasks more efficient. Though I doubt I was the first to think of any of them.

Science-fiction, as far as movies and books go, is my favorite.

Music, I was originally going to study music in college but I changed my mind.
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I play keyboard instruments (primarily the piano) and had considered studying music too. 

 

Which instruments do you play? 

 

Do you enjoy classical music and which composers?

 

Are you a fan of any other particular genre(s) of music? 

 

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If you could easily visit another planet would you? Which one?
What would you put in a time capsule?
Favorite candy?
I'd probably visit Jupiter. I'm not sure what I would put in a time capsule because I really don't have much "stuff".....perhaps some pictures and a letter. Black licorice and Jelly beans are my favorite candy.
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Hi Logic smiley.gif Where in Pa did you once live? Did you like it there? Have you ever created a wooden craft as a special gift for someone? What do you think is the key to a happy marriage? Thank you for taking the time to answer smiley.gif
I lived in western PA and I disliked it at first but got use to it after 1~2 years. I liked the snow, how green it was in the spring and summer, and the cost of living was reasonable.....but it was a bit run down and there isn't that much to do. I mostly made large things so they weren't gifts, but when I was working with a lathe I did make some bowls and such to give to people.

Happy marriage? I think that depends on the couple. But from my perspective having good communication is critical...I often hear husbands and wives complaining about their significant other and I find it strange that they don't ever talk to them about it. Also I think people are better off when they marry someone with a similar world-view and disposition...rather than someone similar interests. My wife, in some respect, is a the polar opposite of me. She is an artist, often can't pay attention long enough for me to describe some scientific tidbit, will buy the most impractical thing because "its cute", etc......yet we look at the world in similar ways.
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I play keyboard instruments (primarily the piano) and had considered studying music too. 

Which instruments do you play? 

Do you enjoy classical music and which composers?

Are you a fan of any other particular genre(s) of music? 
I primarily played guitar but learned piano and a bit of violin when I was in college. I like some classical music but from a variety of composers, for (classical) guitar I always liked playing Bach and piano Beethoven. I haven't played much in years though, but I just bought a digital piano and plan to relearn the piano.

In high school I banded in some heavy metal bands so that style of music always has some allure but I also like some 50's music,, some rap, punk and some pop.
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Thanks to everybody who joined in, and a special thanks to logic, for an illuminating interview. Logic has selected LedBoots as our next VB Celebrity! Come join the interview here!


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