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Aug. 21st, 2003 @ 01:07 pm Interview questions for Muffin courtesy of zombiesrah
Interview questions for muffinsicon courtesy of zombiesrah with what I think Muffin would respond with. If you want to be interviewed by Muffin, ping me, and I'll see what I can do.

1. You've had a very memorable nickname for as long as I've known you. Do you ever wish you were just Adam? How, if at all, do you think being "Muffin" has affected your persona, other people's impression of you, and/or overall your time at CMU?

There are so many Adams in the world. Adam "I am ABtech" Pennington, Adam
"I am NPP" Shlian, Adam "I am dpb" Phelps, or even Adam "I am Batman" West. How else is one going to get some acceptance in the world? One flash animation said it best: "How could you not love a Muffin?"

Besides, Muffin has a much nicer ring to it than Adam. HAC(Hot Adam Cock) just sounds like a nasty cough, whereas Hot Muffin Cock is a tool that Katie can use all day to scare the math majors away.

2. If you could read people's minds (without them realizing it), would you want to? What would be the best and worst aspects of that ability?

DUDE! I'd totally want to be able to read people's minds! Then I'd be able to talk my way into any situation. That hottie in class won't be able to resist the charm of HMC then! I'd even be able to put the moves on my thesis advisor, so that I'd know exactly what paper they are expecting me to write. I'd be able to read the minds of everyone in the DND game and know how much butter they like in their cookies. So many uses, there couldn't possibly be any downsides to it.

3. You've got amazing stamina for debates (dpb being the most obvious, though probably not the most fair, example). Why so tenacious sometimes? What do you get out of arguments? When are you willing to admit defeat or a draw?

A debate isn't over until the other party realizes that, in fact they were wrong the entire time, and that I'm always right. The problem with being right all the time, is that people keep feeling the need to test this, and thus they keep trying to undermine my hard earned position of being right all the time. There's simply no reason for me to admit defeat on an argument, esp since I'm always right. Sometimes I'm willing to allow for a draw, when my opponent is so wrong that they couldn't possibly see the inherant rightness of my position.

4. From Logic & Computation to Psychology. Where's the connection between them, in your mind? What's the draw of each for you?

Since my goal is obviously to become the bastion of all knowledge, I must cover all my bases. From logic and computation, I gain a pure understanding of the workings of the world. With psychology, I learn about all of the illogical aspects of human understanding, and with the two combined, I have access to all knowledge! Math is merely a symbolic form of logic. Physics is derived from math, and all of the sciences follow from there. Art, literature, and the like are all at the base level caused by people's unique psychological processes. Thus by understanding both logic and psychology, I will realize my goal of total knowledge!

5. What's so great about pie?

Well there is nothing like a warm apple pie... Stupid references aside, pies are a very versatile food. Look at my pie nights for example, we had pie for the appetizer, main course, and the dessert. You couldn't say that about competing food items like the accursed danish or strudel. And who could forget the best aspect of pie? You can add bacon++ to it! Everything's better with bacon!
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From:quu
Date:August 21st, 2003 12:54 pm (UTC)
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Its tricky to be right so often?
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From:bogosort
Date:August 21st, 2003 12:56 pm (UTC)
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I wouldn't know. You'd have to ask muffinsicon. He'll probably be responding here in about 5 minutes or so...
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From:drfell
Date:August 21st, 2003 12:58 pm (UTC)
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I actually really like the answer to the Logic & Psychology one. There's some merit to that, in my twisted little world at least.

And this appears to be an appropriate Muffin line:
"To be a real philosopher all that is necessary is to hate some one else's type of thinking." -William James
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From:muffinsicon
Date:August 21st, 2003 01:23 pm (UTC)

Edits!

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1) What L33 said was entirely true...I'd just note that no, I don't ever really wish I was just called Adam. Sometimes I wish I wasn't called by two different things, though...I'd be fine long-term with either one. Short-term, I get *way* more attention to Muffin. I think it's changed peoples' impressions of me, definitely, both due to them and due to me sort of growing into the name and the rest of the world's treatment of it...how? I'm not really sure.

2) L33 totally missed it. The answer is definitely "yes," but the BEST aspect would be the ability to not tell ANYONE and keep finishing their sentences, so that NOBODY would know I can read their mind, but EVERYONE would be FREAKED OUT by the fact that I could. The worst aspect would be finding out that I'm not the coolest person in the world to everyone that knows me.

3) Actually, I just really like arguing. I'm a pretty competitive person, I just happened to choose some odd domains for being competitive. Scrabble and Arguing come to mind...and no, I'm not right all the time. It'd just totally destroy the argument if I admitted I just randomly chose what I'd argue. Though to be honest, I admit defeat when I start having more fun coming up with comebacks to my own arguments than to making the arguments in the first place. I admit a draw when it's obvious that there *is* no clear right or wrong answer. I stop arguing when I realize that "they couldn't possibly see the inherent rightness of my position," which is to say, when they're not really arguing well enough to keep me interested.

The main thing to remember is that just because I'm arguing something doesn't mean I believe it's correct or true or right or anything.

4) While Lee makes an excellent argument, it's not *quite* my argument. The real argument is, "Learning about all of the illogical aspects of human understanding is lots of fun, and really amusing!" People are so FUNNY! And the things they think? It's better than sliced bread! ...As to logic, to understand "broken" logical systems (human judgement and decision making heuristics), you need to first understand ones that work, as well as the nature of what "rationality" is. My undergrad logic thesis was on decision theories, and had a long section on normative rationality versus descriptive accuracy in terms of modeling (understanding) human thought processes. The connection between logic and psych is, to me, never something I even THOUGHT about...it just always seeemed like they were just two sides of the same coin.

I applied, and was accepted, as a social psychology major. I chose to do logic at the last minute because I thought doing computer-y things would be neat, and because I was interested in *social* psychology, I couldn't really justify taking them. The Logic major, however, was broad enough to let me fulfill requirements with social psych courses...which was really optimal.

Which isn't to say I disagree with Lee's statements...to refer back to question 3, knowing both gives me not only a BASIS for arguing about anything, but also the tools necessary to better understand what people mean by what they say, and a better ability to communicate what I mean to communicate.

5) L33 wins...the only thing I have to add is the counterfactual argument: "And really. Who DOESN'T like pie?"
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From:katieboyd
Date:August 21st, 2003 01:35 pm (UTC)

Mind reading and Universal "Cock!" Moments

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So, if you could read minds, you'd get to experience the UCM, Universal "Cock!" Moments! I'd be so jealous.

First, you know you'd get found out, eventually. Then, once you are found out, and you walk into a room full of your friends, you know you'd be hearing a chorus of "...bannana, bannana, bannana, bannana, COCK!" in cannon. However, statistically speaking, it is likely that at some point all the "Cock!"s will happen at the same time, giving you, and only you, the experience of the Universal "Cock!" Moment.

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From:muffinsicon
Date:August 21st, 2003 01:48 pm (UTC)

Re: Mind reading and Universal "Cock!" Moments

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KT, I love you. Is the UCM your own intellectual property?

And I would never get found out. Assuming that we lived in this world, nobody would believe it...ever. If I kept claiming TO read minds, nobody would EVER believe...
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From:katieboyd
Date:August 21st, 2003 01:56 pm (UTC)

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Intellectual property? probably not, because the idea of "bannana, bannana, bannana, COCK!" came from an Amber game that I wasn't part of.

Well, skeptic or not, you know that if this group even suspected it, even if not in a way that their minds would accept, they'd do the "bannana, bannana, bannana, COCK!" thing anyway. Just because.
I'm doing it right now.
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From:muffinsicon
Date:August 21st, 2003 10:12 pm (UTC)

Re: Mind reading and Universal "Cock!" Moments

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banana, banana, banana, COCK! is cool, but the UCM is what really made me smile...I dig the notion of the UCM.
From:zombiesrah
Date:August 21st, 2003 01:56 pm (UTC)
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Neat! I can actually imagine Muffin responding much like that to most of those. And being able to compare answers from Lee-Muffin with answers from Real-Muffin... nifty. I comment more later, maybe.

For now, I ask for Lee-Muffin questions, please, at your convenience.
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From:bogosort
Date:August 21st, 2003 02:25 pm (UTC)
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So do you want questions from Lee, or Lee's interpretation of Muffin?
From:zombiesrah
Date:August 21st, 2003 09:06 pm (UTC)
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Good question. I think I'd like Lee questions, please.
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From:bogosort
Date:August 25th, 2003 01:10 pm (UTC)
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1. You're one of the most religious people out of our social group(which tends to be overly apathetic with regards to religion), and yet you seem to find the time to follow the tenants of your religion in a stage of life where many people put it on the backburner and pursue more interesting things to do. What gives you the motivation to actively pursue your faith rather than becoming a passive observer in this department?

2. If certain tragic events(namely September 11th, and the Sniper shootings in the DC area) hadn't occured(and affected your perceptions of the world), would you still have been as actively interested in participating in the defense of the United States as you are not?

3. If you were presented with an opportunity that was so amazing that it would make you stop do
ing your thesis work, give up on your NSA position, and basically be good enough to make you drop all of your current commitments to take advantage of it, what would it entail?

4. What do you in particular find appealing about movies that many other people would term as bad?

5. What would you have done differerently in your college experience if you had to go through it again, knowing what you do now?

Since for some reason these all tend to have FIVE questions(I blame jameel. Here is the EXTRA BONUS QUESTION:

So what is your plan(what has Nick managed to convince you to do) for your DND game after you move to MD?