We're thrilled today to have Chris Carlisle of The Platypus Society and Dimmer Switch...
The panel is ready with their questions...
When did you start doing RAPAs (and will you please do more)?
I started doing RAPAs (Random Acts of Personal Amusement) back in January as a way to entertain myself when no other source of entertainment could be found. I plan on doing more (feel free to send suggestions), but lately I've found myself repeating the ones already listed, especially the blind stroll (up to thirty steps) and the public cartwheel. In case you were wondering, doing a cartwheel in a hospital is frowned upon.
What made you start blogging?
I'm a big fan of James Lileks. Huge fan. After reading his site for many years, I finally decided to give it a try. I wanted to create a site that was humorous, witty, and a little bit personal. I also wanted it to be a politics free zone since, well, there are plenty of places to discuss political matters and I didn't want to be lumped in as just another poli-blog.
I also fashion myself as some sort of a writer, so blogging helps keep the mental pencil sharpened.
Who wins the grudge match:
Oscar the Grouch versus the Cookie Monster?
I'm going with Cookie Monster. I've seen that guy eat a plate because it was round like a cookie. Oscar's just angry, and crazy beats angry every time.
Big Bird vs. Snuffleupagus?
Snuffy is too slow. Gotta side with the bird on this one.
Bert vs. Ernie?
One day soon, Ernie will push one too many of Bert's buttons. When that happens, I envision Bert snapping much like Michael Douglas's character did in the movie Falling Down.
What's in a name, err, or names, anyhow?
They help make sure the student loan people can't find me.
What belongs on an ice cream sundae?
Chocolate syrup, nuts, whipped cream, and a cherry.
What is your favorite feature at The Platypus Society (and what prompted you to create it)?
Sophie's Choicing me, eh? I loves them all, but the feature I put the most effort into is The Dimmer Switch, so I'm going with that one. I created it because I want to be a humor columnist, and now I am (a self published online humor columnist, but one nonetheless). I haven't publicized it enough to drive much traffic to it, but I at least have 50+ examples to show a prospective editor that I can do this on a regular basis.
Probably the most popular feature at the moment is my live blogging of Meerkat Manor. I started that one because I thought it would be funny. Turns out people are crazy obsessed with the show, and I get tons of visits because of it. Needless to say, I'm going to keep at it.
How many moonbats does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
Depends on the wattage, really.
What's the most Redneck / White Trash thing you've ever done?
I attended a monster truck rally. It wasn't on Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!, but there was plenty of car stomping Action! Action! Action!
What are you, nuts?
My therapist objects to your use of the word nuts. So does the penguin.
What goes on a hamburger?
Onions, ketchup, mustard, pickles. Can't put cheese on it; that would make it a cheeseburger.
Coffee, tea, or soda?
If you had a time machine, and could travel to any place or period for 24 hours, what kind of sandwich would you pack for the trip?
Either a philly cheesesteak or a reuben.
I'll assume someone else already asked "why" - so I'll ask, "where?"
There I was, there I was, there I was -- in the Congo!
How did you come up with a name for your blog?
Why Platypus? I can relate to the platypus since I'm a hard person to label. Examples (to name a few):
My political beliefs are across the board depending on the issues. I enjoy watching sports, cartoons, documentaries, and science fiction. My iPod contains music from Metallica, Brian Setzer, Eminem, Johnny Cash, and a Japanese band named L'Arc~En~Ceil. My Netflix queue contains three Hitchcock movies, three animes, two foreign language films, a few action flicks, and the complete series of Firefly.
Why Platypus Society? The society part hasn't really been enabled, yet. I'm pretty lazy and code inept.
Why do you blog?
I enjoy it, and I think I'm good at it. Plus I don't think there's another blog out there that's like mine.
What's the most horrible thing you ever did?
I'm not at liberty to discuss that until after the statute of limitations expires at 3:24 pm on March 14, 2011.
What is the title of the book closest to you right now?
My Little People Farm
Which James Bond is the best James Bond?
Roger Moore (email address can be found on my website, haters!)
Who's the dimmest bulb in public life?
So many choices, but you can never go wrong with Courtney Love
Ginger or Mary Ann?
Mrs. Howell. She's old and rich.
Many thanks to Chris Carlisle of The Platypus Society and Dimmer Switch taking our questions today. It was fun.
Tomorrow, we'll have Judith from Kesher Talk.