Sunday, August 05, 2007

Random Meme

Carrie at Mommy Brain posted a Five Random Questions meme. I commented, so she asked me 5 random questions as well, based on her reading of my blog.

1. What on earth is Guild Wars?
Answer: Guild Wars isn't on Earth :-) It's a computer game, a MMORPG, that takes place on a planet named Tyria. It's a Fantasy/Medieval setting: knights, dragons, magic, dwarves, etc. There are three chapters/games; each one is independent of the other (you don't need all three, and you can start with the 2nd or 3rd if you want). There is a 4th coming out at the end of this month that is an expansion pack - you have to have one of the previous chapters to play that one. It wraps up the story line and the game and ties you into the new Guild Wars 2 that is supposed to come out in a couple of years.

It's a pretty fun game. I play it, Rubi plays, and we let Elizabeth play too as long as she's with one of us or other people we approve first. There's even a podcast about the game that to which we listen.

We have two accounts in the game, and each account is in a different Guild (group of players that we play the game with). Rubi is an officer in both of those Guilds.

2. Which power from Heroes would you like to have and why?
Answer: Hmmm... Maybe Peter's ability to copy the power of others. That way, I could conceivably have a bunch of different powers. But if that's cheating, or it's not likely that I'd ever be near someone with powers, then I think probably I'd want either the ability to fly or the ability to teleport. That'd make my commute much easier.

3. What should the plot be for a sequel to Serenity (f there ever is one)?
Answer: I sure hope there is a sequel. The actors' contracts for a sequel supposedly expire in September. So we have hope until then. As for the plot of a sequel. Who cares? It's Serenity, and Joss Whedon would be writing it. It will be good!

4. What does a Public Safety Communications Supervisor do?
Answer: I supervise communications involving the safety of the public :-).
What? That's cheating? Oh okay. I oversee the day-to-day operations of my shift, making sure my dispatchers are doing what they're supposed to be doing (following SOPs). I handle any complaints regarding my shift. I'll take difficult callers if my dispatchers need me to handle it. I'll make decisions for them if they aren't sure of what to do in certain situations. I do emergency call-ins if someone calls-in sick. If needed, I answer 9-1-1 calls and calls on the administrative lines and enter runs into the computer if needed from those calls. I make telephone calls or handle radio traffic if needed (very rarely am I on the radio). I handle any equipment problems that might crop up during my shift - that could mean switching out a defective mouse or keyboard, or calling a technician in from a vendor to fix a problem with the phone computers. I also handle the content management for our department internet and intranet websites. And I'm the chair of the Morale and Recognition Committee.

5. What is the best sci-fi book of all time?
Answer: The one I haven't written yet :-) This is a hard question. There are so many good books. I guess I'd have to say the best SF book of all time would be the Increasingly Inaccurately Named Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Trilogy (since you can buy an omnibus edition, it counts as one book. Really.).

Carrie went on to post the rules of the meme:

The Rules of the Meme:

1. Leave me a comment saying anything random, like [the food you hate most in all the world]. (oh... I didn't catch that about the food you hate the most the first time I read the rules. I just said the first word that popped into my head, which happened to be "Cheese". I definitely don't hate cheese. Cheese is good.) So
post s
omething random. Whatever you like.
2. I respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.
3. You will update your [blog] with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be asked, you will ask them five questions.

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