August 31st, 2006

distributed postmodern agitprop

AMAQ: Responses 2 (GMTA edition)

Thank you all for your responses to my freshly revived Ask Me A Question poll. I'm up to 20 submissions (some of which I'm saving for last because they'll require extended explanation), and will keep answering them until I run out. If you haven't had a chance yet, feel free to pitch me a question at the original post!

I'm starting to wonder if some of my readers are telepathic. I've had a few sets of responses where, within hours or minutes of each other, two people have asked me virtually the same thing. So, today's answers:

The Great Minds Think Alike metaquestion edition!

A respondent asked, "What question did you want to answer that wasn't asked, and what would your answer to it be?"
... and then, shortly thereafter another respondent asked, "What is the one question you really want someone to ask you?"

If I had written this post yesterday, my hoped-for question would have been simple: "When's your next TTU story coming out?" Having people pester me to write more, after all, would be a nice egoboo. But! About 12 hours ago, a respondent read my mind, and asked, "How much TLands writing have you done recently?" So it's no longer unasked and doesn't count.

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A respondent asks, "Why don't you ask me a question, instead? :>"
... and immediately afterward, another respondent says, "Congratulations! You ... have just won the opportunity to ask me one question(snip lengthy repetition of my original wording) ... What is your question?"

... thereby proving that my friends are not only telepathic, they also have warped senses of humor. :P

I am extremely tempted to respond to at least one of these by pawning off a certain smartass Ph.D. candidate's question to me.* (Namely, "Prove [Math equation; view image for details]." Except the question was phrased as a series of LaTeX directives and I had to use HotEqn to decipher it.)

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In fact, come to think of it, why don't I open that one up to the floor. I'd like to ask you all: What are you most proud of having written?

I'll think it over and offer my answer to that in comments, since I'm sure someone's going to ask me anyway.

* I did promise to preserve anonymity, but that doesn't mean I can't also be a smartass about it when necessary. I know lots of Ph.D. candidates; I still have plausible deniability.
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