Friday, February 25

A little questionnaire for YOUR pleasure.

You can answer these how you want, since after all this time I know you will anyway.

1. Do you have a middle name? What's the first letter?
2. How many continents have you set foot on? Which ones?
3. Are you interested in history before the 20th Century? Where and when?
4. Are you interested in science? How much? Which sciences interest you the most?
5. If you could meet five people from history (in their time), who would it be?
6. Are you better at math or at cooking?

That's it! Painless, huh.

Thank you. I look forward to seeing your answers.

14 comments:

Metamatician said...

I'll answer first.

1. Yes. M.

2. Only 3 (NA, EU, AS).

3. Hell yeah. All of it, but specifically ancient civilizations like Sumeria, Egypt, and Greece. Also the Dark/Middle Ages, Renaissance, Age of Exploration/Enlightenment. 18th and 19th Century Europe, though more at home than their colonialist exploits. The early Americas (native). Byzantium. And on and on. And one of the biggest - the history of science.

4. Yes. Obsessed by it. Favorites are Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Stellar Astronomy, Cosmology, Zoology and Taxonomy, Chaos-Complexity-Emergence, Information theory (including computer science), Archaeology-Anthropology-Paleontology, Botany...almost everything.

5. Francis Bacon, The Buddha, Leonardo, Albert Einstein, Joan of Arc. (Runners up - Hatshepsut, Robert Oppenheimer, Marco Polo, Ben Franklin, Plato.) This one is really too hard, I could come up with 50 off the top of my head, mostly scientists, but not all.

6. Math by a long way.

billybytedoc said...

1. Do you have a middle name? What's the first letter?

R

2. How many continents have you set foot on? Which ones?

3, N America, S America, Europe.

3. Are you interested in history before the 20th Century? Where and when?

Yes, mostly Europe.

4. Are you interested in science? How much? Which sciences interest you the most?

Yes, very, Medicine, Physics Computer Science among others.

5. If you could meet five people from history (in their time), who would it be?

Newton, Confucius, Plato, Einstein, Caesar.

6. Are you better at math or at cooking?

Hah, Is that a joke or what. A little better at math. I do know how to run a microwave.

Hans said...

1. Do you have a middle name? Yes
What's the first letter? R

2. How many continents have you set foot on? 2
Which ones? North America and Europe

3. Are you interested in history before the 20th Century? Definitely
Where and when? I like reading historical fiction (not straight history unless it's a documentary) I am interested in all areas.

4. Are you interested in science? Yes
How much? Depends on subject
Which sciences interest you the most? Anthropology, Geology, Oceanography, Cultural Geography, Botany (though I never studied it).

5. If you could meet five people from history (in their time), who would it be? JRR Tolkien (stretching what is "history"), Abraham Lincoln, Buddha, Darwin, Confucius.

6. Are you better at math or at cooking?
hmm. I can be pretty good at either, but neither interest me.

Raelha said...

1. Yes. R

2. Just the two. Europe and Africa.

3. Yes, but I'm a bit of a dilettante before the late 1800s. Middle Age Europe, Renaissance Europe, less political history than the history of ideas, discoveries, etc.... Though any history is interesting if it's well-presented/written.

4. I'm getting there, slowly. I'm much more interested now than I was ten years ago. I'm not sure I can give specific areas. I'll dip into anything, though as a broad field, biology perhaps appeals most. Heh, the history of science too, but that perhaps belongs to Q3.

5. Gosh, erm....Shakespeare, John Lennon, Elizabeth I, Boudica, da Vinci. Rather Anglo-centric of me, I know. I like the idea of meeting great scientific minds too - Galileo, Newton, Tesla, Einstein - but I'm sure I'd be stuck for topics of conversation. I think I'm pushing it already with da Vinci.

6. When I was at school, math. Now the cooking has taken over and is leaps and bounds ahead (though that says more about the state of my math skills than my expertise in the kitchen).

Sara said...

1. Yes - J.

2. 2 - Europe and North America.

3. Yes - all of it! Especially ancient world cultures including religions, and Bronze age and Victorian Britain.

4. I love science! Quantum theory for it's brain blowing concepts, medicine, human and plant biology,

5. Mary Magdalene, Jesus of Nazareth, Gautam Siddartha, and I can't think of the other 2 right now, because I need a nap!

6. Cooking- but as cooking involves basic math, I have the perfect excuse for the occasional failed cake! :)

Have a lovely day Justin - big hugs. xx

Grace Castro said...

1. Do you have a middle name? What's the first letter?

Yes. A.


2. How many continents have you set foot on? Which ones?

(uhmm does it count with the stop over flight?XD)

Asia, Europe, N. America

3. Are you interested in history before the 20th Century? Where and when?

Yes specially with - Medieval Age


4. Are you interested in science? How much? Which sciences interest you the most?

Yes of some sorts. Chemistry and Biology. and Computer Science!


5. If you could meet five people from history (in their time), who would it be?

Cleopatra
Da Vinci
Beethoven
Michael Angelo
Jesus

6. Are you better at math or at cooking?


COOKING!!! lol I hate Math.. XD

Metamatician said...

Yay, lots of responses so far! Interesting answers too. Thanks everyone. I'm going to try to guess all your middle names now...

Mine, I forget.
ByteDoc, Raymond.
Hans, you lied, yours is "T"
But your mom's is Rae.
Raelha, I've forgotten yours. :(
Sara, hmm... Jane?
Grace, Anne?

P.S. Not to act superior or anything, and I'm happy many of you chose Leonardo da Vinci to talk to, since he was probably one of the top 5 geniuses to ever live... but you'd refer to him in a shorter form as "Leonardo" - people went by a single name back then unless they had titles. These titles (d'something, de Something, von Something) usually indicated where they were from. In Leonardo's case, that was his only 'true' name, but he was from the small town of Vinci near Florence, and when he rose to prominence in the Florentine art scene and was recognized by the royal courts (and the Church, even though he was a gay atheist) for his brilliance, he began to be referred to as Leonard da Vinci - Leonardo of Vincy, to separate him from all the other Leos out there I guess. It's like "Sir" a bit in Britain, except it wasn't used by Elton John.

So even Dan Brown committed a technical error when he named one of the bestselling novels of all time The Da Vinci Code - it's like naming a book The From Los Angeles Code, LOL. I guess it sounded catchy, and it certainly SOLD a lot, but I can't believe his publishers let that slide through. Oh well...

So just FYI, the great of the Renaissance were Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, Titian, Raphael, and so on. Though different parts of Italy, and much of Northern Europe, DID use surnames by that time, so you Albrecht Dürer and Sandro Botticelli, for instance. It was all pretty confusing back then!

Let's see if we get any more patrons... if not I'll post some more art, poems, and quizzes or surveys for you guys, and let you know by email. You've all been good sports, and I hope you enjoy things like this. If you don't for some reason, just email me at justin.siasgmailcom and I will take you off my list and not bug you anymore.

But I like when lots of people show up to answer, it's lots of fun :o)

Raelha said...

Oops. I've just realised I did the same as Hans and got my middle name wrong. It's E not R, of course.

And I never knew that that bloke from Vinci was a gay atheist.

Metamatician said...

Raelha, please don't be falsely modest about your chops in the kitchen. You've told me how good you are at cooking, so why downplay it? It's great to have a skill like that. I wish I did.

For example, ByteDoc is WAY better than I at computer programming and medicine, but I think I am probably better at math and physics. It's just the truth - I doubt he ever uses those skills much.

So if you're a good cook, by all means just say so. Good cooks are great to have around!

Sara, thanks and hugs back to you! I will check your blog again very soon, hope you're doing well despite the bad winter in the UK. xx

Metamatician said...

Yes, you confused me with your middle initial. I could have sworn it was not 'R'. Um... 'Elise'? I knew it at one point. I'm terrible with names, birthdays, relatives, and other facts about people. At least I remember their face and their first name, usually.

Metamatician said...

Yes, there's quite good evidence Leonardo was gay. And if he wasn't a true 'atheist' (very rare at the time) he most certainly was a Johnite (a follower of John the Baptist), a gnostic, or even a Hemeticist or Rosicrucian, which practiced alchemy and magic derived from the ancient Egyptian mystery schools. There is quite a bit of evidence of his not believing Jesus of Nazareth was a Christ (Messiah), the son of God, or anything but another Jewish prophet, when you read his private journals and study the way he often has the Christ child in positions of inferiority to his "cousin" John, or slights him in some other way, such as painting himself (Leo) in the picture as one of the crowd, but the only one completely turned away from Jesus and seemingly uninterested in what he has to say.

This is more speculative, but many people believe he is the most likely candidate to have forged the Turin Shroud hoax as well, as the time and place were about right, and he was a man of outstanding technical genius. The fabric itself dates to roughly his lifetime, though like I said, and because of the volatility of the issue (naturally), there is always going to be controversy on that one most likely. Still, I've read some pretty convincing accounts that make me... oh I dunno... 75% sure (?) that he was the perpetrator.

A believer that Jesus was the Christ and Redeemer would be a pious man, and committing such a fraudulent act (and using his own image on the cloth, to makes things worse - or better!) would certainly not be something an orthodox, pious man would ever do. Therefore, though he painted many Christian commissions for money, he was almost certainly not a believer.

I believe he was fairly agnostic, or possibly a mystic, but that his true interests were natural science, anatomy, botany, painting, and of course engineering, to which his famous sketches of bicycles, submarines, and helicopters which could not possibly be built with the technology of the day, readily attests.

billybytedoc said...

Well Met, if you go by 1955 standards ( when I graduated from college ) I am pretty good at Physics, but you may have me beat when it comes to Quantum Mechanics.

Hey I'm the only one that has been south of the Mason-Dixo... errr - the equator. I even have a certificate!

Metamatician said...

1955 is 300 years ago, Bill.

But you're right about the equator. (Although I was quite close when I was in Southern Thailand.) So, here's your crown...

A crown of thorns.

Maybe in time you'll spawn a cult with a bunch of nuts who'll swear you were the son of God and personally listen to each and every one of their prayers at night.

Just kidding, I'm sure you're pretty nifty at physics and I'm jealous, I mean happy, that you got to see the Southern Hemisphere. I hope you thought to look up at night and see the Southern Cross!

Grace Castro said...

Let me tell your middle name

Matthews =p


Nah you got mine wrong =p
its actually

Alejandrino

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