Google and rescue operation

#310: What was the last thing you searched for online? Why were you looking for it?

The meaning of ‘subpoena’. So, for the past few months I’ve been glued to The Good Wife – I’m currently on season five, although I accidentally read a season 6 spoiler (grrr) so the sooner I catch up, the better! Since The Good Wife revolves around law firms and court rooms, people are pretty much subpoenaed left, right and centre.

Then, whilst I was swiping through today’s WordPress newsfeed, I spotted a story about Marvel subpoenaing Google over the leaking of the Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser trailer, and rightly so. People shouldn’t be able to leak footage or information of this nature, when the team behind it no doubt put so much time, money and effort into making it’s release (and overall product) as great as it possibly can be! But, that said, it caught my eye as I actually understood and recognised the terminology… I just googled for clarification.

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Original story: U.S. District Court grants subpoena over Avengers trailer leak.

Intense

#309: Describe the last time you were surprised by the intensity of a feeling you had about something, or were surprised at how strongly you reacted to something you thought wouldn’t be a big deal.

Not coming last in a quiz! So my friends and I regularly attend a monthly quiz in a super cool club/bar in London, and last month we came last. In my defense, there was only two of us (commonly teams between 4 and 5) as we had to get a randomer in last minute and she wasn’t that bothered with helping us. On the plus side, we got to choose this months bonus round topic (The Big Bang Theory of course!), so very much swings and roundabouts. However! After the first round in this months quiz, we were joint last… and we had 5 members?! We couldn’t lose for the second time in a row! So during the second round, we really buckled down. I was fairly confident with The Big Bang Theory round as it’s my favourite show and I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched season 1-6 (we only recently got season 7 on DVD and season 8 has only just begun airing in the UK). What surprised me, was how queasy I felt as the quizmaster began to announce who placed last… after it was revealed that we hadn’t lost, I was overjoyed! Turns out we were joint third!

Sounds silly but after the excitement of not losing and placing quite high, I really want to win next months – although the specialist topic round is astrology… uh-oh!

It builds character

#308: Tell us about a favourite character from film, theatre, or literature, with whom you’d like to have a heart-to-heart. What would you talk about?

It’s a shame the prompt didn’t mention TV as, of course, my first thought was Sheldon Cooper (from The Big Bang Theory) – although I’d love to talk to Jim Parsons (the actor) both in and out of character!

That said, I think I’d have to choose Elphaba from Wicked considering I’m a huge west end theatre geek! We’d talk about how she became the strong female she is now (*spoiler alert for anyone who doesn’t know the story*), if she would have wanted to do anything differently and what she’s got planned for the future.

Placebo effect

#307: If you could create a painless, inexpensive cure for a single ailment, what would you cure and why?

My first thought (and will probably always be my first thought when asked to cure something) was Cancer, as it affects so many people. However, since the post asks to cure a single ‘ailment’, thus referring to minor illness, I’d go with curing all pain associated with the female reproductive system… aka periods. Half the population gets them at one time or another, granted some worse than others, but if the pain could be cured across the board it would be an absolute miracle… not having to suffer for a week or two every month! Hallelujah indeed! I mean, surely child bearing is enough pain to last a lifetime?!

Conflicted

#306: You’re in the middle of a terrible argument, and everyone turns to you to help resolve it. How do you respond? How do you react to conflict?

I’m not too sure how I’d respond in all honesty, as I hardly ever get into arguments. I hand on heart, cannot remember the last time I argued with someone! But in the spirit of the post, I’d like to think I’d be a pretty good mediator – I’d firstly calm both parties and basically treat the situation as if we were in court. I’d get the first side to air their opinions for the situation, followed by the group/individual opposed to the situation, as this way they’d both be able to express and explain any questions or confusion. Hopefully, this would be enough to settle the argument… otherwise I guess I’d be forced to bring in a jury! Ha!

Eat, drink and be merry…

#305: …for tomorrow we die. The world is ending tomorrow! Tell us about your last dinner — the food, your dining companions, the setting, the conversation.

I’m guessing today’s morbid post has taken inspiration from yesterday’s spookiness… Halloween! My last dinner… but there’s so many amazing tasting dishes out there – how could I possibly choose just the one?! So, to combat this I’d have a tapas style feast with Mexican food, Thai, Spanish, British, Italian, Indian, all sorts! To wash it all down, I would either choose a Southern Comfort, lemonade and lime or a strawberry and lime Rekordelig, as they seem to be my firm favourites… or I’d just treat myself and have both. My dining companions would of course be my family and my besties! The setting wouldn’t matter, so long as it was warm and there was enough space for everyone (and the food!). No doubt we’d be reminiscing about the good ol’ days or playing an incredibly silly game, as has become a family get together tradition over the past decade or so.

Halloweeny!

#304: If bloggers had their own Halloween and could go from blog to blog collecting “treats,” what would your blog hand out?

I have absolutely no idea… Music? Photographs? Even though I have these passions, I wouldn’t class them as suitable gifts for other bloggers and I’ve never been particularly good at craft making – so it would be a surprise for everyone!

Free to be me

#303: What’s the character trait you admire the most about yourself?

My determination and enthusiasm to succeed and be the best possible version of me! This being one of those moments where I’ve shown true gusto…

A couple of weekends ago I was flown to Norway, to celebrate the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of How To Train Your Dragon 2 (out on 17th November). Here, we were treated to a helicopter ride over the Fjords – let’s just say I was a little on the terrified side not having been in one before, but I’m soooo pleased I didn’t let my fear stop me. It was an incredible experience and I can’t wait to share my HTTYD2 junket interview (with Simon Otto, the Head of Character Animation) and my various on camera pieces with everyone!

helicopter cloe photo Kjersti Veel Krauss

Image: Kjersti Veel Krauss

First

#302: Tell us about your first day at something — your first day of school, first day of work, first day living on your own, first day blogging, first day as a parent, whatever.

Well, my first day here at work was almost two and a half years ago now, but I guess that’s the most recent official “first”. I can’t really remember much of it, although coincidentally, one of my office besties who I went to lunch with, reminded me of the fact that he was the first person I spoke to as he let me in the building! He did say that he thought (at first) that I didn’t like him – bless him! I explained though that I was intimidated by his perfect-ness so didn’t want to embarrass myself haha. It was a lovely lunch break, spent reminiscing and gossiping 😀

Seven wonders

#301: Khalil Gibran once said that people will never understand one another unless language is reduced to seven words. What would your seven words be?

Hmmm… that’s a tricky one since the world is made up of so many wonderful words – superfluous for one, just because of the way it sounds! The first two that sprung to mind however, were ‘please’ and ‘thank-you’ (hyphenated so it only counts as one word mwaha!), as in my opinion, portions of the world could do with using manners more often. Then, in no particular order, I would want to keep the following words: family, love, passion, career and happiness. The only other word I’d want to keep is music as there is no possible way that I could live without it, but then I thought it would be quite redundant considering the volcabulary had been dramatically shortened.