February 22, 2010
This one's been in the works for a few weeks. Richard Nikoley, of Free The Animal, occasionally does video interviews...
...and I was proud to be his latest guest, both on FTA and in person. Not only was the interview itself enjoyable, he and his wife Beatrice were gracious hosts—and we had a wonderful time talking about all sorts of topics that couldn't be squeezed into the interview due to time constraints. (The video runs just over 27 minutes.)
Update! You can also download the interview as an audio-only podcast.
Feel free to jump over to the FTA thread and leave a comment…
I already read you both. :) But it's nice to see and hear you, so to speak.
"Why the technical/scientific approach?" (paraphrased)
Maybe because without science you don't have understanding?
Sure, there's a place for nonscientific/nontechnical blogging like Richard's, but without a foundation based on science it can end up being just a form of entertainment. That's fine, too, as long as everyone is aware that that's what it is. But I think people have a tendency to assume that bloggers are subject matter experts. To his credit, Richard makes it pretty clear that he's not an expert.
June 5, 2011
Yeah, it was really good to see you over on FTA. I wondered if you were just being a little shy and not telling us about it here
Your radio interviews were fun to put a voice to "J" and so it's finally good to see you up close and personal. Back in the late '80s/early '90s in my goth days, I had very similar, but black, hair ... often stuck up, usually tumbleweeded. Shaved sides, wide mohican.
I guess appearance is going to attract a lot of interest, in fact Niko makes that point ... kind of in reverse, but it was really fun to sit back and just listen to what was being said.
That was fun to watch. :)
I ate a 16 oz t-bone while watching this....and it was awesome.
This makes me think your name is Jay, like Homer Jay Simpson :) Nice interview.
i enjoyed it. you look good (albeit different than i imagined.)
J.-I enjoyed the interview SO much. For some reason, I've always pictured you with a rather majestic beard. :)
I have read your blog sporadically over the past couple years but read the Gnoll Credo every couple months. It is brilliant! My son wouldn't listen to any of my primal talk but was got caught up in the story and it has finally opened discussion.
Thanks so much for what you do! (and the mohawk is majestic enough in the absence of the beard.) :)
February 22, 2010
I had a great time: I hope it shows.
Exactly. I enjoy understanding why things are the way they are, and sharing that understanding if I can.
I'm not shy. The reason I never pictured myself in any identifiable way, or featured my photo on the home page, is that gnolls.org isn't about me or what I look like. I prefer to keep the discussion on the level of ideas and experiences, not on details of my personal appearance or habits.
I actually considered whether I wanted to reveal myself on a video interview, or anywhere else -- but as I'm presenting at AHS 2012, I can't avoid it indefinitely. And this seemed like a good opportunity for people to get to know me in a less formal and distant setting.
The T-bone, or the interview?
Glad you enjoyed it!
I've had readers imagine me as all sorts of things -- including female. This is fine: as I said, gnolls.org isn't about me or what I look like.
I'm not nearly old enough to pull off the "guru with beard" look, nor burly enough to pull off the "lumberjack" look. So "gnoll" it is.
It means a lot to me that you find Gryka's story so inspiring...and that it's made a connection with your son. Feel free to ask questions or otherwise discuss it in the Talk forum.
At about the 18:00 mark you transmogrify into a large pine tree for while..
Great interview, as I already mentioned over at FTA you are articulate as hell in person as well as in print. Looking forward to hear what you have to say at AHS and wishing I could attend in person.
JS: both! ;)
June 14, 2011
i enjoyed watching/listening, too! you were both very ... um ... tactful in areas where i thought some disagreement could occur. ;-) it's nice to put a face to the personality that comes through in your writing. i look forward to your AHS presentation on video!
February 22, 2010
That can happen.
Thank you! I believe the AHS will be quicker about putting up the videos this year, and I'll most certainly let everyone know when mine is available.
I'm glad you found it worthwhile to watch.
I'm not inclined to stir up controversy for its own sake -- and Richard respected that.
Just ordered Credo!
I know that you're selling t-shirts to help raise money for your AHS airfare. While I don't need a shirt, I would like to chip in.
Any chance you could put a donate button on your blog?
February 22, 2010
Thank you! I hope you find it as meaningful as the rest of my readers.
I prefer to give something of value in exchange for your help. If you want to assist my efforts and you don't want to buy T-shirts, the best thing you can do is to buy signed copies of TGC direct from my publisher and distribute them to anyone you believe would enjoy them, or otherwise benefit thereby. (If you run out of interested friends and acquaintances, local libraries are always a good bet.)
Note that the shirts and books aren't a fundraiser per se: it's just where my gnoll-related income is currently going, and where it will continue to go until AHS 2012-related bills are paid off. (Writing fiction -- no matter how life-changing -- and selling T-shirts is not a direct path to riches!)
I thought the interview was brilliant, you portray the energy of the wolf pack hunter. I have always loved stories about wolves and their packs, is there something in our primal history that bonds us to them? Saw some African animals at a safari (in the UK recently) and a chill went through me as some of the predators have a decidely cold, calculating stare like they are sizing you up for dinner.
For those of us who weren't at AHS11, it is great to finally see and hear you "in person" JS. Steaks and whiskey in the California Sierras sounds rather idyllic, too, so the whole package was fun to watch.
At any rate, thanks for continuing to do what you do.
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