The Friday Five, gakked from sanguinity and grrlpup:
#1 Would you rather live in a world with or without technology such as computers, cars, airplanes, bombs?
Asking this question on the Internet doesn’t make sense. Anyone who truly wants to live in a world without computer technology isn’t going to see this. Anyone who would answer this by saying they’d prefer a non-tech world is deluded; if they really preferred that, they’d be living off the grid or with the Amish. Perhaps I misunderstand the question. What exactly are you asking here? Is this a choice between technology as it exists today and a pre-1900 state (although bombs were around long before that; never underestimate the human desire to blow things up)? Or a world like this one minus specific items? I’d rather live in a world without NASCAR, WWE, the fashion industry and tobacco products, but they’re not exactly technological things. Anyone who has read my Alaska Journal knows how willingly I acknowledge that I’d hate to live in a non-technological environment. I love hot running water, central heating and cable television. I don’t want to give up my computer. I want my technology!
#2 If you had to live without either heating in your house or air conditioning, which one would you keep?
I could merely answer the question, but it’s so very, very hard to resist commenting on the question itself: What up with this? Are we assuming that every home has both heat and air conditioning? So this question would actually be MEANINGFUL? I guess there are homes in the tropics where sacrificing heating wouldn’t be life-threatening enough to be make the choice a foregone conclusion, but I live in the United States. So the answer is obviously “Heating.”
#3 If you had to own five dogs, what kind would you get?
Well, obviously my first choice would be electronic ones, because then I’d have a canine robo-soccer team. I’d program them to do clever feints and ball-passing tricks, and we’d dominate at every national competition and the world RoboCup. If they had to be biological dogs, I’d get two border collies and two German shepherds (so they could take turns herding each other) and a mixed-breed named Mr. Waffles.
#4 If the world had a front porch, what would you do on it?
Wander about, selling philosophy by the pound to all of the people who were hanging around on it. I’d give away small free samples to get people hooked, then go from low-cost syllogisms all the way up to usurious prices for logical positivism.
#5 Would you rather live in a neighborhood where you know all of your neighbors by name, or where everyone sticks to their own business?
I like knowing all of my neighbors by name. I’d rather live in a neighborhood where everyone knows each other. If I lived where others wanted to get into my business, I’d adopt Dan Ackroyd’s technique for preventing nosy neighbors: Own a large wood chipper in a vaguely threatening way.