Feb. 21st, 2007

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1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I respond by asking you a couple personal questions so I can get to know you better. If I already know you well, expect the questions may be a little more intimate!
3. You will update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

[livejournal.com profile] sakai_yukari asked me the following:

1. So you have to decide: Daniel Jackson or Rodney McKay and why?
In all honesty I'd fuck them both, but if I honestly get to chose, I'd pick Rodney because right now I am in love with everything [livejournal.com profile] synedochic writes and she writes brilliant Rodney, and he is just so full of awesomeness, and half of that is the show writers and half of it is David and all of it is wonderful. Screw Sam, I'd marry him in a heartbeat and we could bitch at each other for eternity.

2. Of the presents I have given you, which is your favorite? The silver chalice, which was only half a gift because I was there when you bought it, but it was still wonderful and I treasure it because it was from you and it's my first chalice and probably my last. But really, just being you.

3. How has being Pagan affected how you view and live your life? I think it's made me more cynical, because now I'm part of a minority which people I know personal frown upon and I hate that. But at the same time, it's made me far more open and accepting of others and their beliefs, because it's only fair, and I appreciate the beauty of ritual and prayer, where before I hated them both. Nature has become more important to me, and I've become an environmentalist, much to my mother's annoyance, and if I could move to a cabin in the woods and live off of solar power for the rest of my life, I would. It's given me something that was missing before, and I'm grateful for that.

4. Where should you and I go when we decide to skip this annoying universe and head to another and when are we going to do that? Damn soon I hope. I was thinking about this the other day. A year ago it would have been Middle-earth in the early Third Age. Four months ago it would have been Arda in any age and I would have been happy. Now I'm kinda hooked on a one-way ticket to Atlantis, hopefully with the gene thrown in for full appreciation. Because I think we could get up to a whole shit-load of trouble in a floating (well, it's flying now, but we'll ignore that) city. Besides, Carson is lonely and he needs me. NOT A WORD KATE. And really, having Rodney around all the time is just too much fun to really pass up. Because I'm cynical and sarcastic and pessemistic, and I've got nothing on him. And I have no tolerance for stupid people either. I think the three of us would get along fabulously. Atlantis would never be the same again. ;D

5. What single factor excites you the most about studying abroad for grad school?
Getting to learn under a different teaching style and different professors. I love learning, but I love learning from different people more than anything. Even the bad profs have given me something. And living other places has always made me happier than living here.

5? That's it?
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Because Bates was just too good to pass up.

Disclaimer: Still not mine. I keep waiting though. Spoilers for Hot Zone and also The Rising, because duh! Also, beware of the swearing - it's Bates after all.

AN: This is a reply to [livejournal.com profile] sgatlantislight's challenge posted at [livejournal.com profile] rodneymckay asking for stories about the real reasons the characters came to Atlantis and not just "they were the best and brightest or had the gene".


Bates had pretty much learned from day one not to ask questions. Questions led to trouble. Trouble was bad in the military or anywhere else.

And so, when he and a few of his fellow marines had been taken off their respective SG teams and 'asked', which was just a nice way of being told, really, that they were being reassigned somewhere Much Better, Bates hadn't said a word. He'd nodded, accepted the assignment and spent the next week in meetings and presentations with a few dozen other marines. That they were being deployed to another galaxy hadn't really phased any of them. That they were being deployed there in order to protect an expedition of civilian scientists hadn't gone over nearly as well. Bates knew he should have seen the warning signs when his commanders had promised it was a step up in the world. Because they only said things like that when they were sending you off on glorified suicide missions or any number of other crap-ass assignments.

But as cushy jobs went, this had to take the cake, and because Bates had learned not to question, he only complained to his fellow marines, and then less than most of them.

Besides, he was a marine; he could handle anything calm, coolly and with a personality that had won him no awards and a whole boatload of enemies. Like he cared.

But of course, because Murphy hated the Marines about as much as he hated everyone else, it wasn't the frakked up vampires or the near drowning in a sunken city or even, really, the scientists (though he was silently contemplating ways to kill Dr. McKay and make it look like an accident - never let it be said marines are not creative); rather it was losing his commander day one and suddenly finding that the person in charge was a) Air Force and b) followed his own damn rules and to hell with anyone under his command. Sumner knew the marines, got along well with Bates, and Bates had had to admit, even if it had only been a few weeks, that the man was a good commander. Sheppard was the total, complete opposite and it rankled Bates in ways he could never have imagine. But no questions also meant no complaints to anyone higher than himself and so Bates took it like a marine is supposed to take things and followed Sheppard's commands like he'd followed Sumner's.

But damn it had felt good to stare Weir right in the face and disobey her order because he had to follow Sheppard's and it was the first time that Bates realized that Sheppard wasn't all that different from Sumner, because Sumner would never have lain down and taken it either.
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Firstly, did they all sign up for the ass-kicking? I mean, gods people, way to abuse your actors. Still, Teal'c man, I love you. You are full of the awesomeness. And for kicking Cam's butt? Double points. Also, I know far too many ways to torture a person and it is kinda a disturbing thought.

Secondly, how stupid can you be to take the second best sci-fi show (which had a chance at first now that SG-1 is ending) and completely, entirely, f--- it up? You destroyed your own show! Incompetent much?

Rodney would have a few (alright many) choice words to say on the matter. I don't have the patience tonight to type them all out. ;D But you can all imagine them, I'm sure.

Ramblings

Feb. 21st, 2007 10:18 pm
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You know, every now and then something comes along that completely screws with my world view.

This time it was my AU world view wherein Atlantis is real, but it comes to the same thing.

http://www.wraithbait.com/viewstory.php?sid=6697&i=1

It screws with my world view because it is just so unbelievable and so very believable and it explains so many things and doesn't answer so many more, and in the end it still makes so much sense.

Because we don't know where the Ancients came from, or who they really were before the whole Ancient/Ori divorce came through. And there are just so many things that have never been answered and probably never will, because they don't look to the past of how these advanced cultures come about but rather the future that they are effecting. And how old, exactly, are the Ancients, because they left Earth like 3 million years ago and how long were they here anyways? If they were that advanced, statistics say they were millions of years old already. We know they came from another galaxy, and how long were they there anyways? Are we talking tens of millions of years? Because it's possible. And we know nothing about the other galaxy, except that the Ori sent out their army from there. But the Ori were once the Ancients, and once they were, presumably, at peace, and once they pre-dated everyone else in the bloody universe. The Asgard are old, but I think we're talking hundreds of thousands of years, not millions, because they are advanced, but not THAT advanced. So maybe the Ancients really were first, and just encountered the other advanced races (Asgard, Nox, Furlings) rather recently, all things considered and formed the Four Races. Anything could have happened. And in a reality where massive solar flares can jump wormholes, and time travel is, like, common wouldn't it just make so much sense if Earth really is the beginning and not just an event down the way?

My only question in the whole thing is, who built the Emerald City? Because that is just frakked. Higher Power? Seriously? Cause that just doesn't jive with the rest of Stargate. And let's just say Atalan is a hell of a lot more impressive than the Garden of Eden. But I can be indifferent on the whole issue, because the rest if just awesome.

I'm going to bed. I've done far too much thinking today, and far too much typing and I am tired and I have work in the morning.

And the damn dining room is finally finished. Thank [god].

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