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OTer of the Week #11: Scherzo

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#1 SparkyCola

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Posted 13 September 2009 - 04:35 PM

Thanks scherzo for agreeing to be OTer of the week!! :)

The Rules:

Drew said:

Here are the rules which should typically be appended to the new thread:

1. The current OTer of the Week chooses the next OTer of the week and starts a thread in their honor.
2. That person's week in the spotlight runs from Monday to Sunday, after which a new OTotW takes over.
3. To keep this interesting please choose someone with whom you typically disagree here on OT, and also someone you don't know well. We'd hate to see it get clubby.
4. Current OTotW should set about picking a successor within a few days in case the search for a new OTotW takes awhile. And also so that person can prepare and write a brief bio like scherzo did below.
5. Have fun, and LEARN about each other.

And here's the mini-bio :

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Real Name
Mark

Occupation
Artist by day...off duty artist by night. Former bike messenger and tech support drone, but still maintains marginal grip on sanity.

Place of Birth
Brooklyn, New York

Place of Death
still to be determined

Group Affiliation
Catholic...but really really bad at it

Education
Can count to 20 without removing socks.

Height
5'11"

Weight
180 lbs.

Eyes
Brown; surgically manipulated to fix nearsightedness

Hair
real

Powers
Repeated use of "The Force", has been unsuccessful in obtaining the tv remote.

Paraphernalia
2007 Dodge Charger
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On Ex Isle I'm primarily known for trafficking in controversial points of view. With that in mind, I thought this space would be best(and most amusingly)served by listing as many off the top of my head as possible, within the 15 minutes I've given myself to type this up. Let's seeeeee, I think...  

- Revenge of the Sith is the best made of the Star Wars movies

- body piercing anything in or around the mouth is yucky

- all Kirk-free forms of Trek suck

- "Daria" is the best thing MTV ever produced

- cigarettes compete with income tax for the crown of "Worst Invention Ever"

- "Schindler's List" is Spielberg's best movie, "Munich" is by far his worst.

- cloth bucket seats are more comfortable than leather

- ball control offense in the first half is a sure sign the head coach is a moron(sorry :( big FOOTBALL day here)  

- lasagna without meat...ceases to be lasagna

- 24 stopped being my favorite show somewhere in the last 6 episodes of this past season

Ok time's up! :)

My questions:

Why scherzo?
How similar are you online to your offline personality?
What was your childhood like?
What is your family like/ do you get on with them?
What are your main interests?

Thanks! :)

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#2 Nick

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Posted 13 September 2009 - 06:10 PM

View Postscherzo, on Sep 13 2009, 05:35 PM, said:

- Revenge of the Sith is the best made of the Star Wars movies

Whoa . . . really?  I mean . . . you actually liked it?

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- "Daria" is the best thing MTV ever produced

That I can get on board with!  I never paid enough attention to MTV to have a strong feel for Daria's rank amongst EVERYTHING they've ever produced . . . but it's certainly the best I'm aware of/can remember.

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- cigarettes compete with income tax for the crown of "Worst Invention Ever"

Also agreed.  Are you/have you been a smoker?

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- lasagna without meat...ceases to be lasagna

A good friend of mine would make it meatless with marinated portabella mushrooms and it was actually quite good.

Also, you say you're an artist--what sort of artist?

Edited by Nick, 14 September 2009 - 02:08 PM.


#3 scherzo

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Posted 13 September 2009 - 09:28 PM

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Why scherzo?
"Scherzo" was the name of a villainous character I created many years ago for a comicbook story I was writing.(he had a female counterpart named "Symphony") I first heard the word used on the orchestral soundtrack album for the movie "Tron".  

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How similar are you online to your offline personality?
It's hard to say. There aren't too many situations offline that closely resemble the dynamics of online communication. And even offline, what I say and do will vary greatly depending on who happens to be around.(dirty jokes are of course verboten on first dates or when visiting mom :) )

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What was your childhood like?
Childhood seems more harrowing in hindsight, than it felt actually going through it. Mom and Dad were just fine, but being a kid necessarily means having a full-time lord and master. The prospect of having little to no control over my life, gives me the shakes as an adult who gets to come and go as he pleases. I tell kids that those perks they suspect come with being a grown-up...all true! :)

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What is your family like/ do you get on with them?
My family is vast, and they're all great! Of my many cousins, there's only ONE whose calls I avoid. :(

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What are your main interests?
I like movies, football, videogames, comicbooks and obscure music. My ipod currently has over 100 tracks from Jerry Goldsmith film scores, as well as almost complete libraries of Jethro Tull, Yes, Led Zep, Rush and Genesis. I've made myself an expert on politics, but I don't actually like politics. I pay attention because I think voting citizens are obligated to do so.

I will return to answer Nick's questions(oh he did NOT just diss The Sith :eek2: ) later.    ;)

Edited by scherzo, 13 September 2009 - 09:33 PM.

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#4 QueenTiye

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Posted 13 September 2009 - 10:18 PM

To a fellow Brooklynite - nothing but Brooklyn questions:

1. Favorite Brooklyn memory?

2. Favorite Brooklyn landmark (if any)?

3.  Did you do holidays/graduations at Junior's or somewhere else (where if somewhere else?)

Agree totally with you on Daria - which was just brilliant. :) Unfortunately I watched MTV so infrequently that I typically forget which channel its on, and consequently, I think I've only seen 6 or 7 eps total.

Deep Space Nine was the best Trek EVER.  So there. :p

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#5 Bad Wolf

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Posted 13 September 2009 - 10:44 PM

eeeeeeeeeeeeexcellent choice!  :)
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#6 Nonny

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Posted 13 September 2009 - 11:34 PM

Did you do time at Catholic school?  If so, how much?
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#7 Enkephalen

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 12:41 AM

1. What is your educational background?

2. How have you honed your dry and rapier wit?

3.  Do you have pet(s)?  If so, what type and how many.  If not, why not?

4.  Assuming your sekret powers finally kick in, who is your favorite fictional hero?

5.  What do you like to read in terms of book?

More later, it's getting late. . .
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#8 Elara

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 02:18 AM

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4. Assuming your sekret powers finally kick in,
His "sekret powers" will never kick in, I have a force field in place around him to prevent such a catastrophe. Now, where did I put that control pad?  :wink:

Questions... hmmm... okay, do you have any Xena cds hidden at your place?
Do you still have your binoculars?
What is your favorite time of day? Any correlation between that and artistic urges?

That is all. Off to bed for this  :blink: college student.  :lol:
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#9 FnlPrblm

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 03:24 AM

Wow, you're getting bombarded with questions. lol  I'll keep it to one, but it's going to be a heavy one. ;)

One of the most intriguing posts I've read of yours, happened here in OT.  It was in reference to an anti-race recruitment thing in your neighborhood when you were young and how you saw thru the deception of what they were really after. (I'm not really saying this right, even though I can recall it.  Do you recall the reference?)  Actually, I think I'll hold off on my question until the topic can be figured out on.  :look:  sorry.  I've just spent tons of time scowering OT looking for it and I can't seem to recall the topic title of it. :(
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#10 Balderdash

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 06:32 AM

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as well as almost complete libraries of Jethro Tull, Yes, Led Zep, Rush and Genesis.

I knew it!  No one can be all bad if they love Led Zeppelin.  ;)  Favorite Zep song?

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#11 scherzo

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 08:47 AM

I'm going to be out all day, but will return. All questions will be answered. All answers will be thoroughly inspected for accuracy. :happy:
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#12 Julianus

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 10:42 AM

Elara writes:

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His "sekret powers" will never kick in, I have a force field in place around him to prevent such a catastrophe. Now, where did I put that control pad? wink.gif
ROTFLOL!!!

No questions at the moment from me. I will say that I enjoy Scherzo's wit and humor..... and Elara's, too. :)
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#13 SparkyCola

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 11:12 AM

Yep - Scherzo can make me laugh out loud, I love his sense of humour :D

Nick: Though I don't necessarily disagree with the quote, it wasn't me who said it :) I dunno, I have a sentimental attachment to 4-6 but I thought 3 was great too (1 was by far the worst, 2 was second worst, but 3 was good).

Thanks for the answers scherzo! :D I'll hold off asking any more questions for now.

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#14 Nittany Lioness

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 01:12 PM

Where were you last night?  :p

Giants or Jets?  (or college ball)

Ginger or Mary Ann?

Xena or Gabrielle?

Bourbon or Beer?  (or - what's your favorite libation?)

Have you ever fashioned one of your characters around youself, and if so - will you post a frame?  :)

Who would you least like to get stuck on an elevator with?
Celebrity -
Politician -
Musician -
Fictional -
Historical -
'Round the way -

Any from the above categories you'd like to give a piece of you mind to?  
Like, if Reverend Wright got on at the ground floor same time as you, and you both hit the 30th floor button.  :D

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 02:09 PM

View PostSparkyCola, on Sep 14 2009, 12:12 PM, said:

Nick: Though I don't necessarily disagree with the quote, it wasn't me who said it :) I dunno, I have a sentimental attachment to 4-6 but I thought 3 was great too (1 was by far the worst, 2 was second worst, but 3 was good).

Ooops!  I snipped off the wrong tag.  I've edited & fixed. ;)

#16 Shalamar

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 02:24 PM

Excellent questions, can't wait to see the answers!
The three most important R's
Respect for One's Self / Respect for Others / Responsibility for One's Words & Actions.

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 08:14 PM

LOL, you might do yourself a favor Sherzo, by simply writing your memoirs...it might be shorter. :hehe:
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The Boscombe Valley Mystery: "There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact."

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"Such welcome and unwelcome things at once, 'Tis hard to reconcile." --- Macbeth IV.III.138-9


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#18 scherzo

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 09:08 PM

Ah many questions! But no math, which means a passing score is entirely possible... :upside:

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Are you/have you been a smoker?
Nope. There are far more appealing ways to shorten my life.

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Also, you say you're an artist--what sort of artist?
Illustrator/graphic artist with a particular knack for comicbook style linework. I think some of my pencil drawings might still be viewable in the art forum here.

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1. Favorite Brooklyn memory?
Learning bowling from my father at the now defunct Parkside Lanes. When I was very young, going to the alleys and junior league were the major highlight of any given week.

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2. Favorite Brooklyn landmark (if any)?
Prospect Park was great for weekend bike riding, but is also a notoriously good spot for tackle football. I guess that narrowly beats the Brooklyn Bridge, which was always good fun to bike ride over also if I felt like making a CD run to J&R Music World.

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3. Did you do holidays/graduations at Junior's or somewhere else (where if somewhere else?)
I can vaguely remember at least 2 family events there, but not the specific details. I do very clearly recall being sent to Juniors on several different occasions to pick-up a cheesecake.(being the guy with the "car" has it's disadvantages :( ) I like cheesecake ok, but it's the kind of thing I would never go out of my way to buy for myself.

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Agree totally with you on Daria - which was just brilliant. smile.gif Unfortunately I watched MTV so infrequently that I typically forget which channel its on, and consequently, I think I've only seen 6 or 7 eps total.
I understand it's finally coming to DVD some time next year. I think it was delayed for years because of all the licensed music it featured during it's run.

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Deep Space Nine was the best Trek EVER. So there.
Of the spin-off shows it was probably the least irritating. It at least had some internal conflicts among the characters. Something that would have spoiled TNG's perfectly honed formula for Extra Strength Bland™.

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Did you do time at Catholic school? If so, how much?
Yes. Grades 3 through 8. How else is a kid s'posed to learn how to tie a proper windsor knot? :humble:

It wasn't the tie that bothered me though, it was the SHOES. Having to change footwear every recess period to play a proper game of punch-ball, was just damned inconvenient.

Edited by scherzo, 14 September 2009 - 09:10 PM.

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 09:27 PM

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1. What is your educational background?
All vocational. I went directly from New York's Art & Design HighSchool, to Parsons Design. For my troubles I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree for illustration. I mean it....I'm holding the thing as I type this.  :crazy:

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2. How have you honed your dry and rapier wit?
Actively nurturing my sense of irony, in combination with unhealthy amounts of TV. :eek:

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3. Do you have pet(s)? If so, what type and how many. If not, why not?
My cat "Sneakers" no longer lives with me. He stayed with a friend of mine for a couple of months a few years ago when I was looking for a new apartment, and she couldn't bear to part with the little guy.

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4. Assuming your sekret powers finally kick in, who is your favorite fictional hero?
Spider-Man is of course the greatest superhero ever, but his powers wouldn't be my first choice.

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5. What do you like to read in terms of book?
Most of the books I've read in recent years have been political in nature.(just finished Jonah Goldberg's "Liberal Fascism" as a matter of fact) Fiction wise the last non-comicbook story I read was Harry Potter 7. Just before that I'd been browbeaten into reading David Edding's Belgariad by a friend of mine.

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His "sekret powers" will never kick in, I have a force field in place around him to prevent such a catastrophe. Now, where did I put that control pad? wink.gif
Force field eh? I was wondering why I was seeing that blue tint on everything. For a minute I thought my ex-girlfriend slipped viagra into my chocolate milk again.

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Questions... hmmm... okay, do you have any Xena cds hidden at your place?
Nope. Although a very determined intruder might find a couple of Hercules episodes on VHS. I think it's somewhere in my "really need to throw this stuff out" stack.

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Do you still have your binoculars?
Nope. I've moved up to full-time satellite surveillance Elara.(nice top btw) Should you decide to press charges, my contacts at ACORN have already drawn up my sure-fire alibi.

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What is your favorite time of day? Any correlation between that and artistic urges?
Waking up early in the morning...remembering I don't have to be anywhere today...then going back to sleep. Ohhhhh baby! :happy: (yes, that's LAZY you're smelling)

Will return momentarily...

Edited by scherzo, 14 September 2009 - 09:29 PM.

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Posted 14 September 2009 - 09:49 PM

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Wow, you're getting bombarded with questions. lol I'll keep it to one, but it's going to be a heavy one. wink2.gif

One of the most intriguing posts I've read of yours, happened here in OT. It was in reference to an anti-race recruitment thing in your neighborhood when you were young and how you saw thru the deception of what they were really after. (I'm not really saying this right, even though I can recall it. Do you recall the reference?) Actually, I think I'll hold off on my question until the topic can be figured out on. lookaround.gif sorry. I've just spent tons of time scowering OT looking for it and I can't seem to recall the topic title of it.
I'm not sure which post you mean FnlPrblm. Maybe someone else here remembers and can refresh my memory?  :unsure:

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I knew it! No one can be all bad if they love Led Zeppelin. wink2.gif Favorite Zep song?
"Good Times Bad Times"!(although at one time it may have been Heartbreaker :hmmm: ) "Over the Hills and Far Away" deserves honorable mention as the first song of theirs that made me say "hey who's this?"

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No questions at the moment from me. I will say that I enjoy Scherzo's wit and humor..... and Elara's, too.
Thank you Julianus. :)  If I was thought I was the only one laughing I'd feel guilty. Especially after the guilt failed to stop my laughing.   :laughlong:
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