Write a very short dialog (~10 lines) of what would happen if, in some afterlife, you met Winston Churchill?
we'd shake hands, and I'd thank him for his example, then we'd bitch about our school days, tell stories of derring-do, drink scotch and brandy, mock the French, debate military history and recite the Lays of Ancient Rome together. Then we'd get down to the business of solving the worlds problems.
You are at a branch in the path that goes left and right. Which direction do you go?
Left. Always turn left.
A twist on the if-you-could-tell-your-younger-self question: If you could time-travel and suggest some things to your younger self, what is one thing you'd not tell him, that, at the time it happens, he'll wonder why you didn't warn him, but will understand it when it's his time to time-travel and warn himself?
I wouldn't tell him about August 16, 2001. He'll know why in less than 48 hours, with some younger self-recursion to top it all off.
If you had to choose three areas of interest to limit the majority of your time to, what would they be? Is that different under the Plan?
Beth, biointensive organic agriculture, seawater desalination and delivery.
If the Plan crystallized today, what would be your first use of its benefits?
I'd sleep for 24 hours. Then I'd get up and start hiring my friends to do my research projects.
Though this might not have any meaning beyond around 3 people here, what Plow Monday song (from anything ever published under that name, including Societal Jive, and any live recordings which you have in dat somewhere) do you identify the most with?
Joke (original lyrics version, played by Jon on an acoustic in 133)
"There's Truth I know, ohhhh, whoa-oh, but fuck it, yeah, let's drink 'til dawn and in the morning drive to Mexico"
Oh, and how do you make your potato soup (this is a selfish question)?
5 pounds potatoes
1 pound butter
1 pound applewood smoked bacon.
1/2 pound medium cheddar
4 cloves garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
sea salt, black pepper to taste
stab potatoes repeatedly with a fork until they have holes at least every 1/4 inch apart. coat them with peanut oil and bake them at 450 for 45 minutes. remove from oven and allow to cool.
cut bacon in to small pieces and fry in the bottom of a large kettle. remove bacon.
once potatoes have cooled, cut them in half and scrap the insides in the kettle. save the skins, which should be tough and chewy.
saute the potatoes in the bacon grease until they are a light golden brown, about 10-15 minutes on medium heat, along with the garlic, minced.
in a separate pot, simmer the skins until the carmelized potato has mostly gone into solution and only the actual skin of the potato remains. Remove the skins and pour the carmelized potato water over the simmering potatoes.
top off the kettle with water, bring to a high simmer and add the cheese ( preferably grated or diced) and the butter. add the thyme and reduce the mixture until it's the correct consistancy. (thick but not stiff) salt and pepper to taste