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Friday, May 8th, 2009
10:53 am
The altfriday5 feels like rainbows
Brought to you by the explosion of flowers all over Boston on this sunny New England spring morning.

<b>From the <lj comm=altfriday5>:</b>

<b>1. Do you feel that colors affect your mood? If so, how?</b>

<b>2. Do you have a personal color palette, when it comes to clothing?</b>

<b>3. What are the prevalent colors in your home? Is this intentional or accidental?</b>

<b>4. What colors are prevalent in places you find restful, whether indoors or outside?</b>

<b>5. What is your most recent memory of noticing a color? What were the circumstances? Was it a pleasant or unpleasant experience?</b>
Friday, April 17th, 2009
9:29 am
The altfriday5 transmits information.
<b>From the <lj comm=altfriday5>:</b>

<b>1. Who were/are your three best teachers? Why, or what have they taught you?</b>

<b>2. What's the most useful thing you learned in the last week? month? year?</b>

<b>3. What's the best (however you define that) thing or skill you've ever taught anyone? Pick more than one, if you like.</b>

<b>4. How do you learn best? (By doing it yourself, by apprenticeship, visually, textually, etc.)</b>

<b>5. If you could magically teach (get through, convince, make it stick) everyone on the planet one skill, what would it be?</b>
Monday, April 13th, 2009
12:42 pm
The altfriday5 is celebrating
I blanked on doing the altfriday5 on Friday...I'm sorry! So today we can perhaps pretend it's Friday, and in that spirit:

1. Spring is here in the northern hemisphere, and this past week we had Passover and Easter, and soon Beltane will come. Do you celebrate the spring in any formal way? If so, how?

2. If you celebrate, why? If not, why not?

3. How do you generally mark this particular change of the seasons?

4. How do you feel about spring? Happy? Randy? Miserably allergy-y? Indifferent?

5. What's your favorite way to celebrate in general, and what is your favorite time of year to celebrate?
Friday, March 27th, 2009
2:07 pm
The altfriday5 is rainy. Or maybe sunny.
From the <b>lj comm="altfriday5"</b>:

<b>1. What's your favorite kind of weather?</b>

<b>2. What do you most like to do when the weather outside is your favorite kind? What do you mostly end up doing?</b>

<b>3. What's your least favorite kind of weather?</b>

<b>4. What do you most like to do when the weather outside is your least favorite kind? What do you mostly end up doing?</b>

<b>5. Given the choice between a climate that's more or less the same year-round or one with varied weather depending on season, which would/do you choose? Why?</b>
Friday, March 20th, 2009
2:07 pm
The altfriday5 has some rhetorical questions for you to answer
Forgive my whimsical mood.

<b>1. What is this, some kind of joke?</b>

<b>2. Just who do you think you are, anyway?</b>

<b>3. What difference does it make?</b>

<b>4. Do you expect me to believe that?</b>

<b>5. What does it all mean?</b>
Monday, March 16th, 2009
10:10 am
altfriday5 is forgetful
...which is why you're getting this on Monday.  Sorry, internet!  You can try pretending it's already Friday if you like.

<b>1. What is your earliest memory?</b>

<b>2. What is your earliest memory of being aware of your race?  How about gender?  Socio-economic status?  Religious identity?</b>

<b>3. What kinds of things do you remember easily?  What's hard for you to remember?</b>

<b>4. What do you think of as the first historical or political event you were aware of?</b>

<b>5. How connected do you feel like your childhood memories are to those of others of your generation?  Does that still influence you today?  If so, how?</b>
Friday, March 6th, 2009
10:27 am
The altfriday5 is the ruler of the universe (almost)
<b>1. If the <lj user="altfriday5"> gained dominion over space and time and gave you an extra 24 hours but mandated that you could only do fun things during it (ie, no catching up on laundry), what would you do?</b>

<b>2. What if we took over the financial system and managed to give you $100 you couldn't spend on bills?</b>

<b>3. You've won the <lj user="altfriday5"> dream vacation contest!  Where would you go?</b>

<b>4. We'll grant you one wish!  What is it? (If you say "more wishes," we'll hold it against you.)</b>

<b>5. Now we're prepared to give you one personal quality you'd like to have.  Nothing outrageous -- you can't fly, or breathe coffee -- but a trait you admire in others and wish you had more of yourself.  Name it!</b>
Friday, February 27th, 2009
12:45 pm
The altfriday5 doesn't feel so good
I'm sick right now with some kind of headachy flu thing that feels like an endless hangover, so forgive me these questions...

<b>From the <lj user=altfriday5>: </b>

<b>1. When was the last time you were sick enough to stay home from work/school or get help with your at-home duties? What were your symptoms? </b>

<b>2. When you're sick, do you like having people fuss over you, or would you rather be left alone?  Why?</b>

<b>3. Do you have health insurance, and if so, through what means?  What is your view on how health insurance should be handled in this country?</b>

<b>4. Do you ever call out sick, even when you're not really that sick?  Do you ever feel guilty calling out sick even when you are sick?</b>

<b>5. What's your favorite thing to do when you're sick, if you're not sleeping (or, you know, throwing up)?</b>

Remember to link back to your answers...
Friday, February 20th, 2009
9:37 am
The altfriday5 got religion!
<b>1. Do you consider yourself religious?  Spiritual?  Neither?  Something else?  What do those words mean to you?</b>

<b>2. How would you describe your system of beliefs about the world?  Does a commonly used term (Muslim, humanist, Pagan, agnostic) fit comfortably for you or have you had to develop your own way of thinking about and describing this?</b>

<b>3. Were you raised in a family that participated in a religious tradition?  Either way, how do you feel about that? If you were raised in a particular tradition, what's your relationship to that tradition now?</b>

<b>4. What factors have influenced your decision to affiliate -- or not -- with an organized religious tradition?</b>

<b>5. Whether or not you consider yourself religious or spiritual, are there things you consider to be sacred?  What are they?</b>
Friday, February 13th, 2009
9:44 am
The altfriday5 loves you!
Valentine's day is coming in the U.S. and several other countries. The altfriday5 neither endorses nor condemns this holiday, about which people seem to have strong feelings both ways. But beneath the chocolate and roses and anatomically-incorrect hearts, there's the theme of love.

<b>From the <lj comm=altfriday5>:</b>

<b>1. What inspires you to love a person? Be as specific or general as you like.</b>

<b>2. What inspires you to love an activity?</b>

<b>3. Of all of your loves, which one has lasted the longest? Can be for a place, person, thing, activity, the moon, whatever. Which one's the oldest ongoing, and why?</b>

<b>4. What makes you feel loved?</b>

<b>5. Do you have a favorite love poem? If so, what is it?</b>
Thursday, January 29th, 2009
5:55 pm
Alt Friday 5 is early!
I'm skipping town early tomorrow, so you can all get a jump on this week's questions.  (By the way, the Questioners apologize for interruptions to your regularly scheduled AltFriday5 service; we're still working out the kinks in our new system!)

<b>1. How do you feel about travel?  Like it, love it, hate it?  Wish you did more or less or neither?  Do you have wanderlust?   Are you a homebody?</b>

<b>2. What's the furthest you've ever been from home (whatever that means to you) in terms of physical distance?  How about culturally?</b>

<b>3. Are there places you'd like to go but haven't? What's appealing about them?</b>

<b>4. Are there places you return to?  Are there places you return to because you want to?</b>

<b>5. Travel is often associated with things like self-discovery and identity formation.  Does it work this way for you?  Why or why not?</b>
Friday, January 16th, 2009
12:05 pm
The altfriday5 is looking over your shoulder and poking you periodically in an irritating fashion
From <lj user="altfriday5">

<b>1. What are you doing right now?</b>

<b>2. What would you rather be doing right now?</b>

<b>3. If you'd rather be doing something else, why are you doing the thing you're doing? If you already *are* doing the thing you'd rather be doing, how did you get to that place?</b>

<b>4. What would it take for you to be able to do what you wish you were doing more often?</b>

<b>5. Do you earn your living doing what you love, or do you earn your living in order to do what you love?</b>
Friday, January 9th, 2009
11:22 am
Alt Friday 5 wants to be a doctor.
From <lj user="altfriday5">

<b>1. What do you want to be when you grow up?</b>

<b>2. What did you want to be when you were younger?  How does this compare with your life now and your vision of your future life?</b>

<b>3. Are there dreams you've given up on for reasons other than changing desires?  What made you give up on them, and how do you feel about them in hindsight?</b>

<b>4. Are there things (like marriage or college) that you've always believed would be part of your life?  Did you get them?  Are you still looking?  Have you moved on?</b>

<b>5. What is part of your life now that you would never have imagined as a child or teenager?</b>
Friday, January 2nd, 2009
9:40 am
The altfriday5 speculates about the future
Today, at the beginning of a new Gregorian year and on Isaac Asimov's birthday, we're thinking about what the future might hold. And the possibilities, you know, they're many.

The following questions assume that you'd be into the idea of getting off this ball of rock and going forth to seek adventure. Pretend that you can take with you whatever it is that holds you here on earth – family, friends, your favorite animals (but not, say, McDonalds or that gorgeous ceramic vase).

<b>From the <lj comm=altfriday5>:</b>

<b>1. Someone's built an orbiting habitat that revolves around Earth at twice the distance of the moon. You're offered free passage, and food, drink and shelter, as long as you help finish setting up the habitat – build things, grow food, be part of the experiment to see if the humans can all cooperate enough to be self-sustaining. Do you go? Why or why not? If you go, what is your role?</b>

<b>2. Cryogenics is not an issue anymore. You're offered free passage on a vessel to Alpha Centauri, but you're not crew, and will be frozen until you get there. You decide to go. Why? What do you look forward to doing when you get there?</b>

<b>3. How do you feel about robots?</b>

<b>4. You and your favorite person (or people) are offered the opportunity to travel into the future without leaving the planet: be frozen for an arbitrary length of time. Do you take it? If yes, how long will you be away? If you decide not to do it but a favorite person wants to, does that influence your decision?</b>

<b>5. What one scientific development described in science fiction do you wish were part of our life? Why?</b>
Friday, December 19th, 2008
12:33 pm
Alt Friday 5 has heard it's going to snow
From the <lj user="altfriday5">

<b>1. How do you feel about winter?  Why?</b>

<b>2. How about snow? Does it redeem an otherwise-gloomy season or just annoy you?</b>

<b>3. How does winter affect you physically, emotionally, etc?  What do you do about that, if anything?</b>

<b>4. Do you celebrate $winterholiday(s)?  If so, which one(s)?  What do you like or dislike about them?</b>

<b>5. Do you have inherited or created winter traditions for holidays, foods, activities, etc?</b>

Don't forget to post a link to your answers in comments!
Friday, December 12th, 2008
1:38 pm
The altfriday5 honors non-humans
<b>From the <lj comm=altfriday5>:</b>

<b>1. Have you ever lived with one or more animals for which you've been at least partially responsible? If so, what kind of animal was it? If not, what are the animals (whom people know personally) that live in closest proximity to you, and how often do you interact with them, if at all?</b>

<b>2. Are you now, or have you ever been, emotionally attached to any animal? If yes, what animal and why? (If several, feel free to write about as many as you want.) If no, do you feel you can relate to people who are attached to "their" animals, or is the whole inter-species emotion thing foreign to you?</b>

<b>3. What is the role that the wild animal kingdom plays in your subjective worldview and daily life? How far removed are you from it, conceptually speaking?</b>

<b>4. What animal in the Felidae family, whether wild or domestic, appeals to you the most? Why?</b>

<b>5. Is there an animal that holds mystical power for you? If so, and you can talk about it, what is it? If not, or you can't talk about it, what spiritually powerful animal from any culture appeals to you the most?</b>

Don't forget to post links to your answers in comments!
Friday, December 5th, 2008
4:46 pm
The altfriday5 honors World AIDS Day
Forgive the delay! Part of it was figuring out how to post the tagged list without actually having the tags affect the look of the entry.

The 20th World AIDS Day was this past week, on December 1. And I'm a new questioner, whose questions might be a little uncomfortable. Bear with me.

<b>From the <lj comm="altfriday5">:</lj></b>

<b>1. Have you ever done any activism around HIV/AIDS (wearing the red ribbon, donations, marches, direct care, whatever)?  Why or why not?</b>

<b>2. When and how do you first remember hearing about HIV/AIDS?</b>

<b>3. Is there any difference between how you thought about HIV/AIDS then and how you think about it now?  What?</b>

<b>4. Has HIV/AIDS affected your life personally in any way?  How?</b>

<b>5. Have you ever been tested?</b>

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The Questioner says: Don't forget your links!
Monday, December 1st, 2008
3:21 pm
AltFriday5 was in a food coma on Friday (and is proud of it)
[Sorry for the holiday slip!  Here are your questions.  I hope this makes your Monday a little more Friday-like!  Also, I'm trying to figure out this tagging action; if you actually use the untagged version, leave a comment so we know to keep posting it, ok?]

From <lj user="altfriday5">:

<b> 1. What are you proud of? </b>

<b> 2. Are the things you feel most proud of accomplishing and the things you find most difficult to accomplish the same? </b>

<b> 3. Do you express pride in other people?  Specific people or kinds of people?  Under what circumstances? </b>

<b> 4. Do other people express pride in you?  Who?  Under what circumstances?   How do you usually react?  Are some expressions better than others?</b>

<b> 5. Are there aspects of your identity that you feel proud of?  Why or why not? </b>

Remember to post a link to your answers in comments!

Current Mood: proud
Friday, November 21st, 2008
11:42 am
The altfriday5 goes urban, or doesn't
<b>From the <lj comm=altfriday5>:</b>

<b>1. Are you a city mouse or a country mouse? Why?</b>

<b>2. If finances weren't an issue, would you change how urban your residential environment is? If so, why? If not, why not?</b>

<b>3. If you travel, do you usually travel to places similar to where you live on the urban-rural axis, or different? Why? If you don't travel and had the opportunity, what kind of place would you go to and why?</b>

<b>4. How large an area do you consider your neighborhood? Do you explore it? If so, how often, and what do you look for/pay attention to?</b>

<b>5. What is one thing you would wish to change in the cities in your country? What about rural areas? Suburbs?</b>

<b>The Questioner says: Don't forget your links!</b>

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Friday, November 14th, 2008
9:32 am
Alt Friday 5 gets all meta on you.
From the altfriday5:

1. Why do you participate in the Alt Friday 5?

2. What do you like about Alt Friday 5? What makes for a particularly good set of questions?

3. What makes you decide to skip the questions that week?

4. What should the new management be sure to keep doing the same way? What should we change?

5. What topics would you like to see covered on the Alt Friday 5?

Don't forget to either post a link to your answers in a comment on this post or to join the community as a member!
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