(meme) - Otto Octavius
I sort of feel obliged to post this, now.
1. Leave me a comment saying anything random, like your favorite lyric to your current favorite song. Or your favorite kind of sandwich. Something random. Whatever you like.
2. I respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.
3. You update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. Include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be asked, you ask them five questions.
1. Do you ever wish you could go back to doing the sort of stuff you used to do before the Nexus?
I do quite often, but remembering all of the frustration and failure I've endured makes me wonder if I am sane to long for the time I spent destroying property and almost wiping Manhattan Island from the map for the sole purpose of spiting a few people.
2. What did you like about being a supervillain anyway?
As they say, "the wages of sin is death". This quote is actually from the Bible and refers to mortal existance in general, but most people interpret it as being a reference to the criminal lifestyle. It's violent, thrilling, and it keeps you working hard, but over time, things catch up with you. I spent far more time stealing things, making bad deals with other criminals and being punched repeatedly by men in pyjamas than I did holding millions in a thrall of terror.... or doing things that helped people, made money and weren't related to my personal anger problems.
3. How did it feel to get your soul back?
To live without a soul itself is a state that is hard to describe. I constantly had the uncanny feeling that a part of me was gone, though it was never something that came to the fore. My creativity suffered, I felt more depressed than usual, and I cannot recall any dreams I had during that period... but I have no way of knowing whether this was really a result of my loss. Perhaps it was merely psychosomatic, but to get my soul back gave me the feeling that I was 'all there' once again.
4. Does it bother you, having to bail people like me out all the time?
If I did not have people like you who actually benefitted from my company and help on occasion, I would be bored to tears here. I don't suffer from the delusion that I am atoning for my crimes by helping people in the Nexus or even back on Earth, but I also don't expect a hero's treatment or anything in return, beyond thanks... and companions who are able to hide their boredom when I am talking to them. I do what I do because I can, and because I care about some of the people that I have helped in the Nexus.
5. When you look back on everything you've done, given a chance, would you do it all over again?
One half of me would not. Had I not become overwhelmed by my own anger and the circumstances I suffered, I could have been a serious contendor for the Nobel Prize. My robotics skills may not be as grandiose as those of, say, Hank Pym, but the tools and prosthetics I have developed are far more useful than any megalomaniacal robot overlord or a helmet that lets you speak with insects. The other half of me only wishes that I had been successful in my bid to rule the criminal underworld of the Eastern Seaboard, or to turn the entire state into an irradiated wasteland. In the end, I failed on both counts, but at least I am able to help a few people, and go to this Nexus for good food and a change of scenery.
I prefer memes that demand some thought.
I don't really like the internet or memes as a whole, but... such is life.
1)Where have you been lately? I have seen little of you... are you well?
2)Are you in good health?
3)I have not spoken enough with you recently to think of many topical questions, so please forgive me. What is your favorite novel?
4)What is your least favorite novel?
5)Why do you think people bother with this sort of thing?
1) I've been at the house in the city, and not in the Nexus much. There's so much to do to keep the city running and John and I are it, so I'm very busy. Too busy. But I have Sarah- Have you met Sarah? I'm fine.
2) I'm in better health then I can remember ever being. I still take the cane if I'm going to walk long distances, but the pacemaker is going steady and I go for walks often, and it feels wonderful to not have to worry about my heart.
3) It's okay! I need to put aside the paperwork and talk to people more often. I'm not really sure... I like the Wizard of Oz, which is silly, but I see so many metaphorical parables for people I know in the Nexus.
4) I think 1984, but I'm glad I read it. On the other hand it was distressingly, depressingly, familiar.
5. I think some of us do these because they come up and we look and realize we haven't posted anything in our journal in a while. Some of them force you to think a little, I prefer that kind. Also human beings have a history of enjoying pointless, time-wasting forms of entertainment. ;) There must be some psychological need.
Sarah Brannigan(?).... I may have met her once or twice. She seems like a decent person, which doesn't surprise me. It is good to hear that you and she are there for each other, and that your heart problems are under control, these days.
The Wizard of Oz is one of those children's books that is far more clever than it initially seems. A lot of the most beloved children's authors worked to make their books like that, mixing an appealing story with some philosophical truth or elements of satire. As for 1984, it is, in my opinion, a book that should be read, no matter how painful it is.
Perhaps people just like getting attention in any shape and form.
We are... ah... very much together. I cringe at the classic syndrome of falling for my nurse, but obviously it's lasted past that.
If you have any reccomendations, I'll make a reading list. I am glad I read 1984, but I'm not reading it again anytime soon.
Are you enjoying the attention? We should talk more often.
If you are in love and comfortable with your relationship, then I think it is too late to be worried about whether it is a breach of professional conduct. Your mutual happiness more than makes up for it.
I should probably compose a list of books that I think other people should also read, but most of Steinbeck's writings and the poetry of T.S. Eliot would definitely be high on my list.
I'd probably enjoy just having a live conversation with you in the Sanctuary more, I'll admit, but it's nice to be able to stay in touch through the internet, no matter how impersonal it is.
Oh, I'm not worried about that, it's just that it's such a cliché.
I'll look for those! The offerings in the city are so limited I buy most of my books outside it, and I'm always glad to take reccomendations.
It's been too long since I visited the Sanctuary. I'll try to come some evening soon. Life always seems so busy.
Branigan, one n. Sorry...
Or when I'm 104
and banned from the Cavern
may my mistress
catching me in bed with her daughter
and fearing for her son
cut me up into little pieces
and throw away every piece but one
That's... cheerful. What is it from?
1)Are you from Earth? What country do you call home? I've never been able to place your dialect.
2)Your religion, from what little I have observed, seems to be a synthesis of numerous different systems of belief... rather like Santeria. Do you believe that there is any danger in following more than one faith?
3)Is your religion and/or discipline of any real fixed title or address, or something you have come by alone?
4)Who was that man who lives in the wasteland? The one who provided the wood you needed to properly cremate Funebris...
5)What causes the dead to continue an animated existance rather than the release of death, when they have some choice in the matter? Is it simply the same thing that compels the living to continue our own painful existance?
It's from a poem called 'Let Me Die A Youngman's Death
', and it is rather cheery.
1. Yes, I'm from Earth. Although my father was Canadian by way of Nigeria, I was born in Tunisia and moved around through most of Northern Africa as a child. I came to American when I was about sixteen.
2. Not particularly, no. In fact, I think it helps one to be more accepting of other faiths.
3. I was raised in a relatively traditional manner, but most of that went out the window when I came to America. On my first day, my high school was infected and taken over by Silent Hill and that incident helped me find a more meaningful, personal religion.
4. That's not something that is safe to get into.
5. Usually, yes. Unfinished business, the desire to have more, redemption, whatever. The main difference is that with the dead the drives tend to become streamlined and simplified as time goes on. A human divides their will in a thousand different ways, but the dead want one thing and one thing only.
It sounds like your origins are quite diverse... I suppose it's played a major part in making you the person you are today, though. I'm glad to have you as a friend and ally, even if I cannot always understand the events that surround you in your line of work. Is that beast that appears in the Sanctuary from time to time a friend of yours? I was a little surprised to hear it talk, but it had already proven itself amicable and intelligent.....
That is a rather frightening prospect. I'm glad to be alive, despite my own experiences, but I hope that I never have to worry about anything after I have died for good.
Speaking of obligations...
After what I did to you, I am obliged to answer any questions you have.
I am going on on a limb and guessing that you are from the future of my world... or a
future of my world, anyhow.
1)What is your relationship to Daredevil, anyways? I did not know that the hero had any supernatural powers, himself.
2)How did you become possesed by a demon in the first place?
3)I imagine that you have heard of the situation on spinsaweb
's world... did such events occur in your history as well? And if so... what happened to him?
4)Whose child are you? Daredevil's? I know that your name is familiar to me...
5)What makes you think that I expect you to answer these questions, despite your offer? I am analog to your enemy, after all.
Ding, ding, ding. Johnny, tell him what's he won.
Anyway. Your answers
It sounds like your past is quite heavily entwined with that of the Parker family. Reilly was May Parker's last name, and the name chosen by Spider-man's clone, Ben Reilly.... would I be mistaken if I assumed you were his child, and another victim of that madman, Kaine?
The few times I have encountered your father in the Nexus, he seemed like a decent person. I suppose the same could be said for Peter Parker, though.
I've gotten the same impression from the times I've met him in the Nexus.
In other words, no, you're not mistaken.
It's been a while since we've last talked. Are you going to be alright from whatever happened the other day?
The other day... you were there, weren't you. I'd been a little dazed at the time. I am still a little numb from the shock I recieved, but in much better shape than my harness... unfortunately.
1)You are an ESPer like your sister, I would imagine. Has your ESP ever helped you win a case?
2)How would you define the primary role of a Defense Attourney? Phoenix seemed confused by the idea of offering his services to a client who was guilty of committing a crime, though he is a bit naiive and idealistic, even when it comes to his career.
3)Where does the Fey family come from? Maya and Pearl wear traditional-looking clothing, and I know that the magatama is a prehistoric symbol of Japan and Korea. Was there something special about the place your ancestors immigrated to?
4)What is your favorite (fiction) book?
5)Has your religious self-exploration helped you so far, or has it simply left you with more questions? I keep wondering if I am too stubborn for my own faith.
I was there, and I apologize for not being able to do anything helpful.
1. I find using ESP on cases to be tacky. Plus, it would be impossible to explain my logic to the court if I obtained knowledge or information through paranormal means. There is also a chance that using ESP will fail. So the safest bet for me is to do all the hard work myself, and not reveal my psychic background in the court of law.
2. I think two things truly make up a good defense attorney: the ability to seek out the truth and the ability to smile no matter how tough times get. Yes, the second answer sound weird, but it's true. Working for clients is hard enough, but meeting ones that are 99.9% guilty is the toughest.
Internally, a person can easily gauge the guilt of a person from the first meeting. But regardless, an attorney has to defend that client with all their strength. That's how the truth is revealed as well.
3. The Fey family originated from Japan, and our early descendants came here, to California. The mountain area where the village of Kurain sits is said to be a strong point for spirits to be channeled. The magatama and clothing are also part of the tradition brought over from our founder, Ami Fey.
4. Pick one, huh? That would have to be Agatha Christine's "And Then There Were None" Because, as far as my opinion is concerned, she is one of the best mystery writers out there.
5. So far, I think it has. To question things is natural, but in the end, we are the only ones who can try to find the truth. Even if the answers are never meant to be found, moving forward is sometimes the only thing we can do.
It is alright. The person who caused my injuries was another involved with the organization I am in, and he is.... quite a troubled young man. It was better that you and Phoenix not try to help him, as he would not have taken well to any more interference.
The legal world is far too complex to be viewed in black and white. For all of the craven two-bit lawyers and indefensible clients out there, there are those who take their jobs seriously, or who need as much help as the system can provide, and it is for them that the system must be upheld.... though I suppose it's probably a bit much for a convicted supercriminal like myself to be speaking out on the importance of defending the rights of the guilty. I'm never quite sure, myself, whether the remorse I feel at my crimes is real or not.
That you value the truth and your duty as a lawyer... I am not sure what that means for your career, though things seem a little different on your world than on mine, but it seems like a reflection of your character. You are a person with unwavering faith in your convictions, but I do not think I would ever be able to let a lawyer like you represent me again. I know that I feel guilt when I think about how he must have felt...
Agatha Christie was very much a writer of her time, but it doesn't make her writing any less enjoyable. My only real problem with her is the same I have with any series author... it begins to feel like you are reading the same novel repeatedly if you go through too many in one sitting.
Being from a dynasty of spirit mediums must give you a unique perspective in the courtroom, but I can certainly see how useless the testimony of the dead would be in court, and how damaging it would be to a lawyer's career to get billed alongside fortune tellers and magical frauds. Perhaps your world's legal system isn't so fantastic after all...
...I see. Then I won't take it in a harsh way, like I would've in the past.
Well yes, to view it in black and white would be foolish. After all, there's no way to see or gain balance from taking only one side and failing to recognize the other. In the end, it should all be seen in gray; a merging of ideals from defense and offense to reach a final resolution.
As for yourself, I would be more worried if you never acknowledged your crimes. The worst criminals I've seen never have any sort of sadness or remorse. For you to know that you did something wrong is already taking a step forward in a different direction that being completely evil.
...He? Who are you comparing me to with that statement?
Heh. If you knew even half of the so-called fictional literature we have on our world and time, then you might appreciate works of the past like I do. I'm not forcing my opinion on you, but that's how I look at things from here.
Our law system is far from perfect, I can agree. I've actually seen an ESP user fail at giving the correct information to police, which resulted in both divisions getting looked down upon.
Please don't. I know that you are both intelligent and diplomatic, but Mr. Baldwin is a difficult case. Sympathy is the last thing he wants to recieve.
I would have to be completely oblivious from reality to not think that I had broken the law or committed crimes. I simply felt I was above the law when I committed them, which is easy to do when you are constantly on the move. It's become harder over time.
Ah... my apologies. I was thinking of the first attourney to defend me in court. His name was Matt Murdock... I believe he is still alive and practising. Though I was guilty beyond the shadow of a doubt, I had yet to kill anyone at the time, and he fought relentlessly to get the best outcome to the case that we could hope for.
On my world, the police never officially rely on occult talents to solve cases, though many 'psychics' are usually happy to offer their services to families or private agencies. To prey on those in need of consolation with their lies is an abhorrent practice
If a tree falls in the forest and lands on a mime, does anyone care?
I'm not sure why people think that hating mimes is really that clever.
1)Have you learned anything from the mistakes you've made over the past while, such as your adventure with the caffiene pills?
2)How developed is your sight? Can you see things at the atomic level?
3)What is your favorite subject at school?
4)What has kept Headmaster Snape from strangling you?
5)What is the strangest thing you've ever seen?
1) I have learned not to do it again, that's for sure. I've learned not to...scare people that bad, I guess. And I learned that charcoal has a medicine use.
2) I can see things at a cellular level and things in the cells. It's fun to watch them divide. I can see things in the cells like the little power house things and the big digestive foldy thing and the smoother digestive foldy thing. But then if I look much closer it all gets pretty dark at that point and I get a headache.
3) I like temporal mechanics with the Doctors. And art class. Especially when we spent an hour as kitties and then did an art project based on our experiences.
4) I believe it's his own policy against the use of corporal punishment in his school that keeps him from causing me bodily harm, up to but not limited to choking me.
5) I looked, like with my powers, at a person who was a ghost. I'm not doing that again.
You and Mr. Wagner seem very good together, but part of being in a relationship is learning to care for yourself. Your significant other may be able to protect you from monsters or criminal masterminds, but if he cannot protect you from your own rash behaviour....
It's strange, how diverse the mutations caused by the 'X' gene are. You may not be able to fly or turn into a human fireball, but your sight would be a boon in a biological science or medical career. You and the other children here are very fortunate to be given the unique experience of a Nexus-based school, as well. Whether you decide to become an Oncologist or the next Doctor, I am confident that your experiences with the surreal will give you an advantage in the field you choose.