Guest Post of Holding: Jon from The BrownCoats on Blackwing Lair (WoW)


Guest Post of Holding

(c) Rhianna Ulrich 2012Say howdy to Jon! My husband and resident pseudo-leader of our group of friends’ World of Warcraft Guild, the BrownCoats!

1. Congratulations on surviving your first two, of many, years of parenthood! What has been the most surprising thing about being a father?

NOTHING. I went into this not expecting anything, but just being prepared to do what needs to be done. I guess if I HAD to pick something it would be either seeing how quickly my daughter is growing up or longing for the days when she was younger. Yeah that may sound weird to say when your kid is only 2, but there is such a difference and I miss the infant already.

2. You’ve gone to the grocery store to pick up milk. On a whim, you decide to get your spouse a little surprise treat. What else will you buy besides the milk at the grocery store?

Macintosh apples

3. What do you do for a living, and what is the best part about your job?

I work in IT, monitoring computer and network systems. I enjoy being independent where I don’t have people telling me what/how to do my job, but I get to decide what I do.

4. Your wife enjoys making fun of your former Juggalo status. What attracted you to the music and fandom of the Insane Clown Posse? What pulled you away?

A sense of belonging and thug status.

I grew up, and they got religious.

5. Firefly is one of the best Science Fiction shows ever.  Are you a fan? If so, what is your favorite episode and why?

Out of Gas! There are many different things about this episode that makes it my favorite

  1. The episode contains many flashbacks that go all the way back to when Mal bought Serenity and worked to hire a crew
  2. In classic Mal style, he martyrs himself to save his crew, including Serenity.
  3. The episode shows how much the crew relies on Serenity, because when she dies, the crew’s lives are put in danger.

6. The zombie apocalypse is upon us and you have to choose one science fiction gadget to make reality to help you:  the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device, the Star Trek Tricorder, the Half Life 2 Zero-point Energy Field Manipulator, or Firefly’s Vera?

Hard to choose between the Gravity gun, and the Portal gun. I guess for all around usefulness the portal gun would work, so long as the world is not made of “non portable” surfaces. The only problem with the portal gun would be where to dispose of the zombies. (SPOILER ALERT) I guess the moon would have to suffice.

7. What is your shoe size?


8. Dexter or Breaking Bad?

Hard choice to choose between these two. I’d have to choose Dexter because he stands for something larger than himself, where Walter is only concerned about himself, and to a much lesser extent, his family.

9. What is your opinion of the new Star Trek movie franchise?

I love it on so many different levels. It provides a good mix of star trek and action which I am a big fan of both of. It also allows the writers to come up with totally new scenarios that don’t, and cant, clash with the original timelines.

10.  Linux is your go-to operating system of choice. What do you like about it?  What are some of the challenges of using Linux?

I don’t feel ripped off. I can’t tell you how many thousands of dollars I have sunk into different windows operating systems and software. With opensource software I feel it has better quality as it is community based, and I don’t have to pay for it.

11. What is one thing you really miss about living in California?

My friends.

12. What is one thing you really DON’T miss about living in California?


13. What is your biggest pet peeve?

People using incorrect terminology. When people reefer to a Computer as a Hard Drive or CPU.

When people use And when they mean Or and visa-versa.

When people talk about something using buzz words in the total wrong context or wrong meanings.

14. Being an Atheist carries a huge negative social stigma. Why are you an atheist and what would you tell skeptics of atheism?

God and Religion makes no sense to me. It feels like many people use Religion to fill holes in their understanding (where did we come from, what happens after you die). I am perfectly comfortable saying “I don’t know”.

15. What is your favorite organization/cause to support and why?

Used to be BSA, but I am distancing myself now that they seem to be standing by their anti-gay, anti-atheist policies.

I support Stanford University’s Folding @ Home program, donating my free CPU cycles to help them solve protein folding scenarios. It is easy to do, and helps them achieve their scientific goals.

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About Rhianna

Rhianna is a 30 year old first time geek mom. She hopes to raise her daughter, Sierra, with a love of reading, science fiction, fantasy, computers, gaming, and a love of the outdoors. Rhianna likes a lot of different geek genres, but doesn’t consider herself a die-hard fan of any of them…more of a lover of most. She is the author of the mini-blog BAG OF HOLDING.

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