Gnotalex is a Canadian blogger, now living in Alberta and blogging from an attic somewhere, maybe yours. He is in his 50s. He blogs at The Blog Québécois.
Why do you blog? > For the money, fame and chicks, of course. Which is so gonna happen any day now. If only they could figure out who I am.
What would be your main blogging advice to a novice blogger? > Try to remain consistent with your output, ideally posting at least something every day. Slow and steady won't win the race, but it will get you some regular readers.
What are you reading at the moment? > Erik Larson's The Devil In The White City - the (real-life) intersection of H.H. Holmes, considered one of America's first serial murderers, and the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.
Who are your cultural heroes? > Mark Steyn; Garry Kasparov; Pete Townshend.
What is the best novel you've ever read? > Nineteen Eighty-Four, by Orwell. A frighteningly prescient book.
What is your favourite poem? > T.S. Eliot's 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock'.
What is your favourite movie? > Irma la Douce.
What is your favourite song? > 'Won't Get Fooled Again' by The Who.
Can you name a work of non-fiction which has had a major and lasting influence on how you think about the world? > Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago. It was impossible after reading it to regard the Soviet Union (and Communism in general) as anything but a malignant tumour, as compared to the summer camp with a few bad counsellors that our laughable MSM would have had you believe.
Who are your political heroes? > Ronald Reagan; Margaret Thatcher; Václav Havel.
If you could effect one major policy change in the governing of your country, what would it be? > This global-warming farce. To declare war on '... the 15th most abundant element in the Earth's crust, and the fourth most abundant element in the universe by mass after hydrogen, helium, and oxygen. It is present in all known lifeforms, and in the human body carbon is the second most abundant element by mass (about 18.5%) after oxygen. This abundance, together with the unique diversity of organic compounds and their unusual polymer-forming ability at the temperatures commonly encountered on Earth, make this element the chemical basis of all known life. (Wikipedia)' is beyond parody; only a greedy, preening dolt (c'mon down, Al Gore!) could possibly believe it. The Canadian Government should boycott the upcoming Copenhagen conference and dare Gaia to do her worst.
If you could choose anyone, from any walk of life, to be Prime Minister, who would you choose? > I'm perfectly happy with Canada's present PM, Stephen Harper. Politics is very much the art of the possible, and I'd far rather have someone deliver 80 per cent of what I want than 80 per cent of what I don't.
What would you do with the UN? > If fumigation is successful, I would redevelop it into luxury condos. Failing that, the words 'bulldozer' and 'East River' come to mind.
What do you consider to be the main threat to the future peace and security of the world? > See above.
Do you think you could ever be married to, or in a long-term relationship with, someone with radically different political views from your own? > Depends on the size of her zoomers. (Serious answer: No.)
In what circumstances would you be willing to lie? > Arthur Koestler famously described World War II as 'the war of the half-lie against a total lie'. (Possibly a paraphrase.) That would seem a good place to start.
What commonly enjoyed activities do you regard as a waste of time? > I've totally given up on writing to Barack Obama with friendly advice. He's unteachable, if you ask me.
If you were to relive your life to this point, is there anything you'd do differently? > I'd certainly be more focused.
What would you call your autobiography? > I Can't Believe You're Reading This.
Who would play you in the movie about your life? > Sean Penn. Just for the pleasure of watching his head explode.
Where would you most like to live (other than where you do)? > Japan. The country has long fascinated me.
What would your ideal holiday be? > By the time February rolls around, anywhere warm and sandy.
What do you like doing in your spare time? > I've lately taken up sketching and painting (watercolours). I'm by no means a natural, but I sometimes surprise myself.
What is your most treasured possession? > My Fender Stratocaster guitar.
If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to? > Something crazy like 'knotalex' or 'pnotalex'.
What talent would you most like to have? > Computer programming. I write small programs occasionally, but it'd be nice to be able to tackle big, complex projects like Will Wright (The Sims, Spore) or Sid Meier (Civilization, Railroad Tycoon).
What would be your ideal choice of alternative profession or job? > Musician.
Who is your favourite comedian or humorist? > David Burge, a.k.a. Iowahawk, the deadliest satirist in the blogosphere.
If you could have any three guests, past or present, to dinner who would they be? > Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe and Natalie Wood. At least, the late 50s-early 60s incarnations of same. There will be much laughter and scintillating conversation, followed by after-dinner brandies, cigars, and several spirited rounds of semi-nude Jello wrestling (Greco-Roman rules).
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