Monday, December 17, 2007

James Lipton tea bag

I used to be a big fan of Bravo's Inside the Actors Studio, until James Lipton interviewed Jennifer Lopez, and then I just lost all affection for that program (Is J.Lo talented? Yes. At what? I'm sure I have no idea). Actually, I used to be a big fan of Bravo until it became the Project Runway and Law and Order: CI channel. Anyway, I'm killing time until I can escape for home, so here's my attempt at the Bernard Pivot questionaire.

(Oh, and I ACED my First Testament class. Woo-hoo!)


What is your favorite word?
Currently, it's splagchnizomai, which is a Greek verb that means "I am moved in my guts, ie. I have compassion." Apparently the Greeks used to think that the bowels were the center of compassion. But isn't that a great word? It sounds exactly like what it is, like a bowl of cold spaghetti that you'd use in a Halloween horror house; it also sounds like what being moved to compassion is -- your guts are rearranged, and then so is your head.

I also like el amortiguidor, which is Spanish for "shock absorber." With the word amor in there you'd think it was something about love, but it's not. Still, isn't that what love is, a shock absorber?


What is your least favorite word?
Saved. Because as a word in this environment, it's pretty much lost all its soteriological currency. Am I saved? Are you saved? Are you saved right? I don't know, and I bet you really don't know either, that's why you're asking.

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Flow, as is described by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, that feeling of being completely in the zone, on the ball, totally present in the moment, all of which lead to utter excellence. I love the rare occasions when I'm there, and I love even more witnessing other people who are in flow. I don't even have to like what you're doing or creating or saying, but when you're flowing, you're perfect and I love being near you.

What turns you off?
Perceived victimhood. I guess that's Mitt Romney, at the moment.

What is your favorite curse word?
There's so many to choose from, and I choose from them all the time. I can't say that I really have a favorite, although I do seem to be quite partial to fuckinggoddammit. I'd really like to learn how to curse in Chinese, just because I think it would sound so cool.

What sound or noise do you love?
Any Latin rhythm. Salsa, reggae, afro-carribean, vallenato, bachata, rock en espanol, you name it, I love it.

What sound or noise do you hate?
Jennifer Lopez saying, "You know what I mean?" which she did about 8,000 times on the Inside the Actors Studio that broke my fandom's back. No, seriously, the sound I hate the most is self-righteous smugness. You know how Bush does when he leans on the podium and tries to put the smack down on a reporter asking a good question? That.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Dream job would be rock star, but seeing as that I'm a terrible singer and can't read music (too much math) and am terribly shy in front of audiences, that'll probably never happen. But profession that I would like to attempt and am attempting to get there is religion scholar.

What profession would you not like to do?
Paris Hilton's press agent. Coyote. Drug dealer. Politician. Copy chief.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Take another crack at it. Try to remember what you learned the last time.

9 comments:

drlobojo said...

No one asked but just for the doing: (in order)

grace: I need it

cunt: a mean hurtful word

symmetry: like phi and justice

meanness: as in bullies, GWB for example

fuck: it can serve for all parts of speech and punctuations as well

wind: it is a caress from my real home

whiz-whine-pings of bullets:
see saving private ryan for a safe example

Archaeologist:

President: power corrupts

You got it right this time, no more assignments.

HapaThealogy said...

Everyone should answer this questionaire every now and then. :) I especially like No. 5, for the punctuation.

Erudite Redneck said...

Hard questions~! I'm still thinkin'!

drlobojo said...

Oh yes, congradualations on your New Testament grade. It takes me back to my New Testament course, in 1964. Made a "B" and was damn proud of it. Let's see that's, ah, 43 years ago. Boy, I wish I hadn't calculated that.

Geoffrey Kruse-Safford said...

Two things:
1) I have linked to you because I need another theological discussion partner. I hope you don't mind.

2) May I use this list as a kind of meme? I, too, used to like The Actor's Studio until he dedicated an entire day to . . . Billy Joel. That was several years ago.

HapaThealogy said...

Dr. Lobojo: Thanks man! But it was my Old/First Testament grade. I'm still waiting on the grade for my Galatians class, and don't you know I'll W00t all over the place if that went well.

Geoffrey: I don't mind a'tall, I enjoy the discourse. And yes, go with the list. :)

drlobojo said...

"Old" Testament, well in that case my version was in 1963 and it was a C- and I was damn glad to get it.

Erudite Redneck said...

OK. Give me and "I."

Favorite word: I don't have one. Words are merely poor representations of ideas. They're just tools. If I need to drive a nail, then a hamme is my favorite tool ...

My least favorite word: As with tools, it's the one that won't work to do the task at hand.

What turns me on: Anything that takes me outside of myself. Vague! It can be anything outside myself that gets my attention! More vagueness! Words -- the tools of my trade! -- fail me.

What tunrs me off: Gah! Depends!


What sound or noise do I love: Quietness!

What turns me off: Silence!

Profession I'd like to attempt: Preacher.

Profession I'd like to avoid: Flack for hire!

If heaven ...: "YOU MADE THIS ENTIRELY TOO HARD."


Sorry. The above is lame. But I thought for a few days, and that's the best I could come up with.

Sigh.

Erudite Redneck said...

Crap. I missed one.

My favorite curse word: FUCK!

FUCK! FUCK! FUCK!

For, among other reasons that Drlobojo cited, it's onomatopoetic! But you gotta listen close!

Least favorite: Goddamn.

For cultural reasons and the way I was raised, and because I simply cannot quit saying it. (And. because I think that the commandment about not taking the Lord's name in vain has so NOTHING to do with the word Goddamn, it makes the cheap knockoff Goddamn seem like the nothing it is, which makes it even MORE loathsome for me to say, and regret saying -- arrrgghghhh!