Plinky asks, “Would you ever take a cruise? Why or Why not? Where would you go?”
And Another Cruise Ship
Sure. I’d love to take a cruise. In fact, that seems like a lovely way to travel to/through the Caribbean or the coast of Alaska. I know people who have done both who recommend both trips highly.
I think I’d enjoy a theme cruise more, though, like gaming (RPG gaming, not gambling gaming) or filking or maybe even an entire SF Con on board a ship. I’m not particular to any one fandom enough to get into anything like a Trek cruise, but a more general fan cruise could be fun. Combine lovely surroundings and pampering with fun? Sure!
Plinky asked, “If you could be an editor for any magazine, which would you choose?”
Oh, that’s a difficult question. There are magazines like Wired, that have enormous distribution within a certain demographic and cover fascinating subjects. Then there are lifestyle magazines that have the potential to be very influential among women, such as Real Simple (the only one I personally ever read). I’m afraid I’d be bored pretty quickly with their constraints, though. More seriously, there are magazines like Scientific American (and Scientific American Mind) or Skeptic. That would be challenging. Do you think National Geographic editors get to travel much? I haven’t even touched the online mags, like Salon, yet. They count, right? Then there are all the little niche publications, like the magazines for various sorts of collectors, or needleworkers, or crossword enthusiasts and so on. Is there a magazine about magazines, other than Writer’s Digest?
I keep coming back to the breadth of material Wired covers. Technology, books, music, sex — that sounds pretty good to me. If I got to play with the latest tech toys, it would be even better!
Plinky asked, “What do you think of reality television? Do you watch any reality TV shows?”
Cat watching himself
I don’t watch any reality TV shows, and I detest every one that I’ve seen except The Sing-Off. Even with it, all I care about is listening to the music. I can’t stand the nonsense with the judges, the “let’s take the contestants to a school/senior center/etc.” segments, or any of the “making of” bits. The personalities usually detract from the music, if you ask me.
All the other reality shows seem to require artificial drama of some sort, which is disgusting and childish. Who wants to see that crap? Not me, for sure. I don’t like conflict between people in my personal life and I don’t want to see it between strangers on television without a really good plot and way better acting than anybody on any reality show is capable of.
I use the television for entertainment, which means escape. I want to see something that’s honestly fictional and very different from my real life or anything I’m likely to encounter, so I watch forensic dramas, police procedurals/mysteries, and science fiction/fantasy shows when I do watch television.
Plinky asked: “When you need a good laugh, who/what do you turn to?”
I can usually rely on my Facebook friends to have something up that will make me laugh. They haven’t failed me yet!
Katie recently introduced me to Lost Girl, a show that is very obviously NOT an American show. It’s exotic and amusing and sexy — especially sexy. But then what do you expect of a show about a succubus? I knew it wasn’t American as soon as I heard some of the banter, which wouldn’t fly on broadcast TV in the U.S. (it’s on Sci-Fi, though! Watch it! But do try to do it from episode one.)
While cable television in America has produced plenty of shows that couldn’t be shown on broadcast TV, they’re largely the same kinds of things that are already being shown there. If they were edited differently, most of them could probably be shown in prime time. I’m not so sure that Dexter and Breaking Bad would be that shocking any more.
But Canadian television has been willing to do shows about telepaths, vampires, and now the fae. I’m sure there are far more shows that I’ve never heard of, but the ones I can remember right away are an argument for greater latitude.