Bookmark and Share

Please consider registering
guest

Log In Register

Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —

  

— Match —

   

— Forum Options —

   

Minimum search word length is 4 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

Add Reply
Topic RSS
Interview with Richard Nikoley at "Free the Animal"
Read the original blog post
June 15, 2012
10:03 am
First-Eater
Forum Posts: 2105
Member Since:
February 22, 2010
Offline

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…

Bookmark and Share
June 15, 2012
10:28 am
Jan's Sushi Bar
Guest

I already read you both. :) But it's nice to see and hear you, so to speak.

Bookmark and Share
June 15, 2012
12:24 pm
Dave Sill
Guest

"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.

Bookmark and Share
June 15, 2012
1:30 pm
Halifax, UK
Gnoll
Forum Posts: 365
Member Since:
June 5, 2011
Offline

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 Wink

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.

Bookmark and Share
Living in the Ice Age http://livingintheiceage.pjgh.co.uk
June 15, 2012
4:25 pm
Daniel Taylor
Guest

That was fun to watch. :)

I ate a 16 oz t-bone while watching this....and it was awesome.

Bookmark and Share
June 16, 2012
6:27 am
Sofie
Guest

This makes me think your name is Jay, like Homer Jay Simpson :) Nice interview.

Bookmark and Share
June 16, 2012
10:56 am
pam
Guest

i enjoyed it. you look good (albeit different than i imagined.)

Bookmark and Share
June 16, 2012
3:27 pm
jennifer
Guest

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.) :)

Bookmark and Share
June 16, 2012
9:36 pm
First-Eater
Forum Posts: 2105
Member Since:
February 22, 2010
Offline

Jan:

I had a great time: I hope it shows.

Dave Sill:

Exactly.  I enjoy understanding why things are the way they are, and sharing that understanding if I can.

Paul:

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.

DT:

The T-bone, or the interview?

Sofie:

Glad you enjoyed it!

pam:

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.

jennifer:

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.

JS

Bookmark and Share
June 16, 2012
10:32 pm
Jeffrey of Troy
Guest

At about the 18:00 mark you transmogrify into a large pine tree for while..

Bookmark and Share
June 17, 2012
6:15 am
Sean
Guest

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.

Bookmark and Share
June 17, 2012
7:51 am
Daniel Taylor
Guest

JS: both! ;)

Bookmark and Share
June 18, 2012
4:12 am
UK
Gnoll
Forum Posts: 49
Member Since:
June 14, 2011
Offline

Nice one!

Bookmark and Share
June 18, 2012
8:48 pm
tess
Guest

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!

Bookmark and Share
June 18, 2012
10:54 pm
First-Eater
Forum Posts: 2105
Member Since:
February 22, 2010
Offline

Jeffrey:

That can happen.

Sean:

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.

DT, Asclepius:

I'm glad you found it worthwhile to watch.

tess:

I'm not inclined to stir up controversy for its own sake -- and Richard respected that.

JS

Bookmark and Share
June 19, 2012
7:47 pm
Carl
Guest

Just ordered Credo!

Bookmark and Share
June 19, 2012
8:00 pm
Tom
Guest

Hi, JS,

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?

Thanks.

Bookmark and Share
June 20, 2012
2:33 pm
First-Eater
Forum Posts: 2105
Member Since:
February 22, 2010
Offline

Carl:

Thank you!  I hope you find it as meaningful as the rest of my readers.

Tom:

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!)

JS

Bookmark and Share
June 22, 2012
2:04 am
Pauline
Guest

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.

Bookmark and Share
June 22, 2012
5:43 am
Juan
Guest

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.
Juan

Bookmark and Share
Add Reply
Forum Timezone: America/Los_Angeles

Most Users Ever Online: 86

Currently Online:
4 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 1681

Members: 3423

Moderators: 0

Admins: 1

Forum Stats:

Groups: 1

Forums: 2

Topics: 247

Posts: 7159

Administrators: J. Stanton: 2105