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Posted on 10-01-12 12:30 AM Link
I figured I would surprise you with one as well! So, without further adieu...

Tell us about yourself! What makes Rogue... well, Rogue?
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Posted on 10-01-12 03:17 AM Link
Ha! Well...

I'm Christine, Southern California born and raised.

To steal a joke from Steve Byrne, "I'm half Caucasian, half Asian, which makes me.. Caucasian." My mom came to this country from the Philippines (which I have never visited), and my dad was born in Downey. He's a combination of Italian and English, and through him and his mother, I'm descended from Stephen Hopkins.

I have a BA with two majors, in journalism and in American studies, from Cal State Fullerton. Before that I went to Long Beach City College with other board members like Elara, Stitch, WhiteRose, and GuardianOni.

I was an editor at the newspapers of both schools, as well as the editor-in-chief of the magazine at LBCC. Writing, editing, page designing, photographing, videographing, video-editing, and copy-editing were just some of these things I had to do while on the Daily Titan.

I posted a bunch of the things I worked on in the "Busy?" thread, but I ended up interviewing and doing stories on people like Westboro (got a picture of them I took into a university textbook), the creators of steampunk, Seth Green, Thomas Jane, Mike Mignola, Stan Sakai, this semi-famous Holocaust denier, people protesting all sorts of things, this teacher with a rare, fatal illness who climbed Everest, senators, among others.

I'm obsessed with going to conventions, constantly daydreaming of traveling around more of the world, and I don't know what I want to do for the rest of my life.

I spent the last couple years taking care of my now 91-year-old, Alzheimer's-suffering grandmother, and I just feel like the wind has been taken out of my sails.

I've been with the same guy, Brandon, for 8 and half years. We've been living together, at my parents' house for 5 years. We're... well, we're weird.

Anyway... I've written a bit of a Bible here, and I'll turn it back over to you.


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Posted on 10-01-12 06:16 AM Link
Wow, so you've got a lot going on at all times, it sounds like!

So about your interviewing... other than me, who was your favourite person to interview? Also, if you had the chance to interview any one person in the world at your nearest convenience, who would you choose?
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Posted on 10-01-12 01:37 PM Link
I'm not entirely sure if I have a favorite.

If we went off of the smoothest interview, I'd say it was Stan Sakai. I'm a fan of his stuff and was able to come up with questions off the top of my head and make him smile a lot with my knowledge of his work and other aspects of him.

If we went off of how much I was able to get out of them, Tim Powers and James Blaylock (two of the three creators of steampunk) had me come to the school they work, and we just sat in a basement with a tape recorder for two hours and I rattled off a few questions about how they went to CSUF, how they were best friends with Philip K. Dick, how they trolled the university's paper with intentionally bad poetry by this crazy guy they created (and write into all of their works), how they (along with K.W. Jeter, whom I interviewed through e-mail) created the sub-genre of steampunk, how Tim's book became the fourth "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie, and on and on and on. It was like watching the two of them have a long conversation and I just happened to be in the room guiding it.

If we went with one that blew my mind for like a year, there was when I interviewed Shirley Phelps-Roper of the Westboro Baptist Church while she and her kids were picketing a high school in Long Beach. Their van just happened to pull up next to me, I walked up and asked Shirley if I could interview her, and she was SUPER NICE. Like, I was actually expecting her to tell me to go fuck myself and everything, since I've seen just so much footage of her screaming at people. No, she was like down-home country sweet with me. As I was walking with her from her van, we sort of chit-chatted about her dad, and she told me to hold on a minute while she got set up, pulling out her signs from these carrying cases, and tying a blood-covered American flag she wore as an apron with soiled rainbow flags hanging from her waist around her. The interview went super smooth and she was quite nice (I actually spent the rest of the day wondering if Hitler would have been a nice guy if you got to know him). Once my interview wrapped, other reporters jumped on her and she wasn't as cordial with them. Fifteen minutes later, while I was across the street interviewing counter-protesters, a bunch of different media people were wandering by pissed because Shirley wasn't doing interviews any more.

Anyway... good god, I've been talking a lot.

So to answer the second part of the question, I wish with all my heart I could interview Mark Twain; however, that would be impossible. I don't know if there's anyone living for whom I'm dying for an interview. It's just that I admire and love Mark Twain with every fiber of my being. He lived the sort of life I want. Yes, he was an author, but the man was so much more. In the Gilded Age, anyone who was anyone knew Mark Twain and if you were lucky, he knew you too. He fought in the Civil War (before deserting a couple weeks later), he was a riverboat pilot, he was a miner in California, a journalist in San Francisco (he knew Emperor Norton I), he went in Hawaii to observe the natives, lived in England, and BEST of all was BFFs with Nikola Tesla. Tesla frequently had Twain over to check out things he invented. They were playing with these X-ray guns that Tesla made and supposedly there's these sheets of undeveloped film that have in the images of Twain and Tesla's skeletons captured on them. I'm agnostic, but the man is practically a god to me.


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Posted on 10-01-12 03:51 PM Link
I know for a fact that I would be in awe of Shirley's hospitable attitude, considering how downright rude and obnoxious we have all seen her in the media!

Now I'm curious, what got you originally interested in your particular line of work? I personally would be too shy to ever do what you do. I mean, you got on Shirley Phelps's good side -- something I have yet to see anybody else do. What do you think sets you apart from other journalists?

Also, you like to travel. Tell us of your adventures and plans of where you would like to travel next.
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Posted on 10-01-12 05:41 PM Link
Well, up until my senior year of high school, I was set on becoming a marine biologist. I was great at biology and life science classes, but chemistry was a challenge and I really lost interest in math. I worried for my college self and ended up picking up journalism along the way.

I was on the paper back in high school, in fact, it had only just restarted that year, so I jumped on it since writing was always something in which I did better.

When I applied to college I applied as a marine biology major, and was accepted, but due to my extreme case of senioritis in my last semester, I ended up going to city college for a few years after high school graduation. On a whim, I went ahead and put down that I was a journalism major, started at the paper immediately, and continued on into university.

Really, I'm still one of the shyest people I know. I'm such a social vampire around people I haven't known for a while, BUT I love exploring and trying new things. I'm interested in meeting new people, but I'm terrible at just walking up and talking to people unless I have to. So, by being on constant assignment to write stories, I sort of became (surprising to me) a bit fearless when it came to just going up to someone and asking them to tell me about themselves. I always try to sell them on the idea that by talking to me, their side will be heard and included.

I'm not really sure what makes me special as a journalist. I tend to be pretty empathetic, and feel what others are feeling. I've been known to cry for others even when I don't know them (though I've never cried during an interview). I guess, like in the case of Shirley, I just don't jump don't your throat and tell you that what you're thinking or believing is wrong. I've seen people go up to Shirley and just attack her right away and then take down their notes or things she yells at them once they get her going. I just didn't want to exploit that stereotype.

It pisses me off when I'll see reporters asking families who've been dragged through shit, "So your husband was just beheaded on live TV by a group of masked terrorists, how do you feel?" What are they going to say? Devastated. Angry. Upset. Pick another cliché.

Honestly, I'm not sure how much I really want to do this all for the rest of my life. It's break-neck work and you only get recognition if you break a story (which is usually done by the unscrupulous tabloids). If I could I would just write about the things people want to talk to reporters about, though there's no real way to make a living in it since people just want the hard news, which tends to be gritty and play to the parties.

One of my personal heroes is Huell Howser. He finds these nifty people who have interesting stories to tell and he gets people talking about the most inane things and he acts so interested in them.

I'm trying to not feel deterred by my lethargy in the field. Seems like people with journalism degrees are everywhere from acting to being in charge of Navy SEALS out to kill Osama.

Which reminds me, I did meet and interview the general who captured Saddam.


And now to answer the other question...

I'm talking way too much.

I've traveled a bit, mostly within the U.S.

Last year, we went to Greece, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, and was very briefly in Italy and Germany. Before that I'd only been to England, France, and of course Mexico (I was in Canada when I was 1, but obviously don't remember it).

I've got a few places I dream about like getting to see the Northern Lights from one of those igloos in Finland, but I've been really, REALLY wanting to return to sailing around the Mediterranean, especially going up into the Adriatic.

The #1 country on my list for the last five years has been Croatia. Brandon is part Croatian, with family still there, and hell, they film Game of Thrones there. It's gorgeous and gets far less tourists.

Most of my traveling has been within the U.S., particularly to Arizona, which I've come to count as my second homestate. Been really wanting to get up to Oregon and Washington. Especially with so many people I know heading up to Portland. Looking forward to those Voodoo Doughnuts one of these days.
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Posted on 10-01-12 06:34 PM Link
I actually had my first Voodoo Doughnut about a week ago, a friend visited from Portland and brought a big box of them back. Definitely tasty!

Traveling has always been a dream of mine as well, and the furthest I've ever been away from Oregon is Las Vegas, so there's not a whole lot to brag about there. The sense of wanderlust kills me.

ANYWAY, this interview isn't about me now, is it?

You are an experience con-goer. What was your favourite convention? How about those outfits, what was the best one that you have put together or have seen others wear?
Rogue
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Posted on 10-01-12 08:29 PM Link
Hm, favorite con? I could argue San Diego Comic-Con since I've been going for 10 years and it's the biggest con I've ever been to, with many more of the things I love, and all that, but it's a bitch to attend these days since they get over 150,000 people, it's insanely crowded, it sells out so quickly, the majority of people who go these days are stressed out assholes, hotels are expensive, and lines are ridiculous since people camp out to get into panels.

As I've gotten older, I've come to appreciate the smaller, niche cons like Lebowski Fest and the steampunk cons I've been going to lately since they tend to be more moderately sized and you're surrounded by people who love the same thing. One con that was amazing to attend was Wild Wild West Con out in the desert near Tucson, Arizona. It was a steampunk con that was held in this ghost town that was used to shoot old westerns, but is now open to the public with stunt shows and all sorts of things. We pretty much took the place over and it was so immersive, walking around these old buildings, dressed in our steampunk garb, and every now and then some cowboy might fall of a building right next to you.

As for costumes, I've only really dressed up twice for a con and it wasn't as any particular character.

Me at WonderCon, and me at Wild Wild West Con:


I've seen some intense cosplay, though. Anime Expo tends to get more people who will put together these costumes and props that must have taken forever, like say:

















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Posted on 10-01-12 09:09 PM Link
Steampunk has fascinated me for a while, those lesser-known cons might be right up my alley!

Now to get a bit silly -- if you could pick any one superpower, what would you choose?
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Posted on 10-01-12 09:26 PM Link
While I've always wanted to be like Rogue, able to have the potential to be a god taking others' powers, memories, and so on, the other power I've always wanted has been time control.

I'm not sure how specific I'd like to take it, whether just to be able to move in time and space or to be able to turn touch something and make it younger or older or what have you. To be able to make time pass slowly would be amazing, though.
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Posted on 10-02-12 12:02 AM Link
As you've mentioned, you have a particular interest in steampunk. This is a fantastic setting with a great aesthetic to it. Are there any other awesome settings that hold your interest? If you could live in one of these worlds, which one would you choose?
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Posted on 10-02-12 01:41 AM Link
Truth be told, I walk the fine line of steampunk and dieselpunk.

To explain, steampunk virtually covers the reign of Queen Victoria and her son Edward and pretty much cuts off at World War I, launching into dieselpunk. That's when you get great historical figures like the Red Baron and Eddie Rickenbacker and then you get the Weimar Republic and then World War II. And, oh my god, Indiana Jones (ever so near and dear to my black heart)!

When I was in high school and people asked the question, "If you could live in any time period, when would it be?" I immediately answered 1930s Berlin. I would have been working in the underground trying to take down the nazis and save people destined for the concentration camps, perhaps running a cabaret full of spies acting with the Allies.

These days, I'm still obsessed with the World War II period and all of the good vs. evil and supernatural stuff that can be played around with in that era, but I'm also thoroughly in love with the Old West. So to answer the steampunk portion of the question, I would live in 1880s American Southwest. I love the rough and tumble of it all, as opposed to the proper English way. And if Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla were to figure into my little world so much the better!


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Originally posted by Rogue
Truth be told, I walk the fine line of steampunk and dieselpunk.

I assumed that, considering that Wild Wild West is borderline dieselpunk itself.

How about gaming, whether tabletop or video. What kinds of games are you into?
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Posted on 10-02-12 01:54 PM Link
Heh, gaming is one aspect of geekdom at which I'm pretty weak.

When it comes to video games, I have only owned one console, the PS2. My favorite games are Shadow of the Colossus, God of War, and Katamari Damacy.

I don't really play much table top, mostly because I'm not all that exposed to it. I'll go to the occasional gaming convention like the tri-annual Strategicon, but I usually just end up watching everyone else. I play Apples to Apples and Munchkin, though, when we can get enough people.

I've LARP'd a couple times. Played D&D once, but the DM disbanded the game after one session.

Amusingly while we were shooting this last season of The Guild, they wanted most of us extras to come dressed as "gamers" (while also having a business look stowed away that we could change into). I never quite know that the "gamer" look is compared with say "metal fan" or "comic book convention goer." I mean, it's just normal 20-something wear, right? Thing is we couldn't wear black, and don't almost all gamers wear black T-shirts?

In the summer of '03, I was briefly obsessed with collecting Yu-Gi-Oh! cards, and had a big box of Magic the Gathering Cards that people were giving me or leaving at my house. Had a few decks of both games, but never really played. Sold my Yu-Gi-Oh! deck for like $150 to some guy at LBCC who wanted a few cards out of it for his girlfriend.


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Say that you had that superpower to control time, but it would be limited to going backward and either changing a bad life event or historical atrocity...

To put it in other words, any regrets or major historical events that you would change if you only were able to choose one?
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Posted on 10-02-12 04:13 PM Link
Hm, I'm not entirely sure. There are no real mistakes in my life that would warrant going back in time to fix. I mean, there might be in the future, like if I were able to save my parents in some way. But something like preventing myself from slacking on English homework in high school just doesn't compare with, say, a genocide or some major event like 9/11.

All right, yeah, I would prevent 9/11 from happening. After that Bush and the ultra-Christian Republicans got all that power, we lost so many rights, and the world just plunged into financial ruin with these pointless wars.

Then again, Obama's looking all the better trying to make this country a phoenix rising from Bush's catastrophic failings.
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Speaking of Obama, in your opinion, what do you think he does well as a president? What do you think he needs to improve?
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Difficult to really say yet. I'm waiting to see his true colors revealed during the lame duck portion of his presidency, when he won't be concerned with trying to please Republicans in the hopes of getting re-elected.

I'm hoping he finds a way to legalize gay marriage (although that is a state-controlled issue, and not a federal one), that healthcare becomes socialized, and that the value of our dollar begins to rise again.

Otherwise, I've been quite happy with him. He's a very well-spoken man, and while people bitch that he hasn't fixed EVERYTHING already in these four years, I'm looking forward to our continued improvement under him.
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Is there anything in this world that can make you giggle uncontrollably every time you see, hear, or think of it?

Kind of a random question, I know, but I suddenly just got really curious for no apparent reason.
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Holy crap, I totally lose it and just giggle for like 20 minutes over the most inane things. Most of the time it would be in the delivery of how someone said something or the expression on someone's face.

I'm actually watching the episode of The Simpsons right now where Homer is in trouble for supposedly sexually harassing the babysitter. Brandon and I just lost it laughing over the talk show where the host is this bear with a microphone attached to a helmet on his head and he ends up going apeshit and knocking everything over.

And now I'm laughing because Brandon knocked my laptop charger off the bed.

The last thing that I can remember losing my shit and giggling for days was when I posted that thread about the 18 cops spending an hour saving a blow-up doll. Every time I came back to that thread, I laughed my ass off. Even just thinking about it made me giggle like a goon.

Flipping through my open Photobucket, I remember some of the things that got me going for hours, like:






Or that time I sat at the computer looking at Cake Wrecks for three hours. I could barely breathe.
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