Liebster Award

This will surely not surprise those of you who already know me, but I have an awful habit. Odds are, if you tell me about something new, I’ll probably race off to research it once we finish speaking. With the surplus of information available, and the ease of access, I simply cannot understand why other people aren’t as fanatical as myself when it comes to learning.

Anywho! My friend RubyBastille kindly mentioned me in her recent Liebster Award post. As a matter of course, I subsequently started my research on the subject.

Liebster Award

It turns out that the Liebster isn’t an ‘award’ per se; frankly, it is much more like a chain-letter. The award serves to inherently draw attention and readers to blogs, and can only be ‘awarded’ to a blogger by another blogger. ‘Liebster’ has an assortment of nice definitions in German, which goes right along with its purpose of writers ‘paying it forward’ to their burgeoning compatriots.

Apparently, the rules of this blog-meme vary in each iteration. The important facets, from what I’ve gathered, are that only blogs with fewer than a certain number of readers are eligible, a nominated blog must link back to the nominator and answer his or her questions, and subsequently nominate and question a number of blogs in turn. As I’m a rather recent returner to the blogging scene, I simply don’t have that many blogs to Liebster-ize, but I’ll try.

  • God. Life. Games. – I love games. I love thinking critically. I love looking into things more than is probably necessary. This said, I stand in Tyler’s shadow when it comes to knowledge of gaming culture. He is one of the rare few that can make you feel good about being a gamer, and his arguments may even convince me that modern console gaming might not be a lost cause.
  • Ruby Bastille – Perhaps I’m breaking the rules by counter-nominating my own nominator, but Laura’s blog is great, and I recommend you read it. She will (inadvertently, I’m sure) make you feel guilty for not reading enough, not knowing enough about the tea you drink, and not advocating modern feminism as much as you should. And you should read more, drink more tea, and understand feminism.
  • Our 2 little Men – Though I’m not a fan of kids in general, Mark and Sean are probably my best examples of what children could and should be. Not only are these guys Star Wars and Lego nerds and absolutely hilarious, they are also some of the smartest little guys I’ve met. Kudos to the Bradley parents — I look forward to more adventures of Kid Bumblebee.
  • Dandelion Dreams Permaculture – I had to look up ‘Permaculture’ when linked to this blog. Nick and Julia’s blog makes the outdoors seem interesting (which I was almost certain wasn’t the case), and they provide great stories of practical and natural living.
  • The Gethsemane Blog – Travis and I disagree on a few things. He thinks we should colonize the oceans, when everyone else knows that we need to focus on space and terraforming instead. That said, we agree on almost everything else. He’s the best spokesman for non-violence I know, and he has a knack for explaining theological terms and concepts without using church-lingo or big words like ‘theological.’

Now for the questions!

  • It’s game night! What do you want to play?

Let’s play Smallworld! Too many people? How about Bang!?

  • What’s the best book you read in the last year?

Probably “The Wisest Things Ever Said About Chess” by Andrew Soltis. I find most chess strategy books intimidating, but Soltis gets into advanced play using a system of clever aphorisms. For example, “Modern Chess is much too concerned with things like pawn structure. Forget it. Checkmate ends the game.”

  • The book you’re reading currently is terrible/boring/not what you expected. Do you quit reading, or do you force yourself through it?

I will try to find someone I know that has read it and talk to them about it. Did they ever get hung up while reading, and if so, when? What helped them pick it back up? Did they turn away from the book for something else, and if so, what was it?

  • You have the opportunity to do any extreme sport, whether or not you actually know how to do it, with very little risk of serious injury. What would you do?

Probably trick shooting. That or spelunking/ice caving.

  • What movie have you seen so many times that you basically have it memorized?

I’ll assume this question excludes Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. I’m pretty sure I could narrate Napoleon Dynamite with the sound off, but not on account of watching it too many times. It was just incredibly memorable. Let’s go with Mystery Men.

  • What book or movie coming out in 2014 are you most looking forward to?

Hmm. Dumb and Dumber To, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Interstellar, and The Hobbit: There and Back Again all seem interesting. I’m probably most excited about the Hobbit, as even if it is a very different story and presentation than Tolkien’s original, I am still quite happy that his work continues to entertain even in later generations. Plus, who can say no to more Sherlock dragon?!

  • Do you like science fiction? (Hope so!) What’s your favorite book/TV show/movie?

Why, yes! “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and “Star Wars: Them Empire Strikes Back.”

  • Do you watch the news?

Absolutely not. I reddit. Is that close enough?

  • What talent or ability are you most proud of?

I’d like to think I’m a great world-builder. For some reason or another, when I’m imagining a fictitious scenario, details of all sorts seem to fall into place. I thoroughly enjoy discussing the intricacies of made-up universes, pantheons, physics models, maps and societies.

  • You get to use a time machine to go back in time and meet three different people and do only three things: punch someone, hug someone, and have a drink with someone. Who would you punch, who would you hug, and who would you have a drink with?

Must I punch? It would seriously clash with my choice to have a drink (tea, of course) with Gandhi if I had to know I warped through space-time to injure someone. Oh! I’d like to try to punch Bruce Lee, knowing he could make a funny noise, dodge it, then say something profound about water. As for a hug? I’d go to Alexandria and give Hypatia a hug while I apologized for the atrocities she’d have to weather in the name of science.

Alright; on to my questions for other bloggers.

  • Which do you think would win in a fight: a Siberian Tiger, or a Silverback Gorilla?
  • If you could have the power of Telepathy, Telekinesis, or Teleportation, which would you choose?
  • Who are your favorite and least favorite Star Wars characters? Briefly, why?
  • If I had twenty dollars for the two of us to get a meal anywhere you’ve been before, where would we eat?
  • If you were offered immortality, would you accept it?
  • If you had a time machine that could only travel forward in time, would you use it? If so, how far would you go, and who would you take with you? (Up to three others; you can pick up people along the way if you like.)
  • What would you consider the most interesting thing you have ever learned?
  • If you could have a telephone conversation with anyone who has ever existed, who would you call?
  • Have you ever been camping? Where is your favorite place to camp/be outdoors at night?
  • If you had to fight a horse-sized duck or ten duck-sized horses, which would you choose?


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