"If you could invite four people-living or dead- to a dinner party, who would they be?"
Ieysus of Nazareth, Jhenette of Domrémy, Nicholas of Myra, and Father Gassalasca Jape. The topics of conversation would be legacies and pseudonyms. - ZM
"Which videogame character would you like to have as your real-life BFF?"
I am apparently first to pick Lyndis of Caelin, from Fire Emblem. I'll be her master strategist, and she'll be my peerless warrior... if you know what I mean :) Seriously though, until I make my own game, she'd be the best choice - the game did a great job of making it feel like we're friends already, and I'd be honored to be acquainted with her no matter how far the relationship goes or doesn't go. (Part of me would prefer Fiora as a girlfriend, although I love Lyn's hair...) - ZM
"Take a deep breath. Now rant about something."
LJ made this easy to answer: the new comment page design! Usually site updates get about 100-200 comments on lj_releases. There was one awhile back that got just under a thousand, and admin reverted the point of contention. The update that rolled out today? 6,100 and counting as of this entry, with none of it undone.
I just signed up for a Dreamwidth account. Serendipitously enough, their usual invite requirement for doing so is waived this week. I get the feeling they're going to get a LOT more business out of that than they planned on! I will wait and see how things go on both sides before I make any decisions as to where I maintain my journal. - ZM
"What is your favorite holiday carol or song?"
"Same Old Lang Syne" by Dan Fogelberg. It counts as far as I'm concerned. I detest most holiday fare, but that song is beyond beautiful.
Honorable mention: "Snoopy's Christmas" by The Royal Guardsmen. That makes even me smile. - ZM
"What would you name a new planet?"
It appears I'll be the first to suggest the Roman name of a deity for this purpose. You know, like our other planets? (Except Uranus, of course, which was too ancient a Greek deity to acquire a Roman name.) It would only be appropriate for a new (?) planet in our star system, which of course would be the result of consolidation of the asteroid belt into a habitable world. Okay, so maybe I've played too much Master of Orion II, but that's what I'm thinking, and that's why I'm answering that the only appropriate name for a forged planet orbiting Sol would be Vulcan. [Any Trekkies that have issue with this can take back their three cents and go to Hell.] - ZM
"What is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen?"
Oh, that's an easy one. Don't have to contemplate it for even a second. The behavior of water droplets, courtesy of Discovery's Time Warp. No contest. - ZM
"Which song associated with musician Paul McCartney is your favorite, and why?"
Looks like I'm the first to choose "Wanderlust" from Tug Of War. Funny, I thought the choice easy. It's a powerful struggle for individuality in a sea of hopelessness. It's a great anthem for those who see life heading in a bad direction and want to take their own path. It builds up at a perfect pace, from subdued piano to orchestral fanfare. Easily one of my favorite songs of all time. (You may prefer the rerecorded version from Give My Regards to Broad Street. I don't. The new ending ruins it for me.) - ZM
"Should people who are sentenced to life in prison be allowed the death penalty as an option, and why?"
What a delightfully curious question! I highly doubt many would ever opt for it - history would seem to show there are far more wanting to go the other way - but I see no reason why not. Without getting too much into a right-to-suicide argument, I think it's safe to say that if society (in the form of the taxpayer-supported prison system) has already decided to remove someone from the public permanently, then it shouldn't have any qualms about executing that individual if that person agrees death is preferential to continuing to leech off of society to be kept alive. (I know that court costs typically result in the death penalty being MORE expensive than life in prison, but this circumvents all that.) It's a win-win. (Well, it's an acceptable-acceptable. If it weren't at least perceived to be somewhat preferential or profitable to both parties, the option either wouldn't exist or wouldn't be taken.) I see no reason for this not to be allowed. - ZM
"What food would you never put in your mouth for any reason, and why?"
Soylent Green. SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE! (And to think I got this in first.) - ZM
"If you could make a cameo appearance on a TV show, which show would you choose, and what type of character would you play?"
I would totally be a random pedestrian on Fringe who just happens to be walking along, encounters a shadow, looks up to see "CAMBRIDGE" in giant letters hovering overhead, and says, "The hell?" - ZM