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Five Questions

We ask all of our guests these questions and we invite listeners to send in their answers.  But what are these five questions?  What are the guidelines? Here, at long last, is a primer!

1)  What is the best movie you’ve seen in the last thirty days?

This can be in the movie theater or at home, on  Netflix or DVD.  It can be the first time you’ve watched something or the fifteenth time.  Just tell us a little about the movie and why you liked it.

2)  Who is your favorite atheist character?

Yeah, this one is tricky.  There aren’t a lot of them., but there are more than you think.  We’ve heard about characters from books, movies, TV series, comics and even video games.

Agnostic characters are also acceptable – but kind of a cop out.

3)  What is your geekiest hobby?

Which of your hobbies is so geeky, other geeks would be a little bit shocked and, perhaps, impressed?

4)  What is your favorite sandwich?

Specifics are required.  What kind of bread?  Mayo or Miracle Whip?  Toasted or cold? This stuff is important.

5)  What is the stupidest thing anyone has said to you about your atheism/agnosticism?

And why do you think it was so stupid?

 

If you want us to read your answers on the air, you can send an e-mail to fivequestions@geekswithoutgod.com.  We’ll put your answers in the queue and when it is your turn, we’ll read them on the air!

Then, eventually, we’ll post all the answers on this page.  That sounds like a lot of work, though, so don’t be surprised if that takes us a while.



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  11. 1) What is the best movie you’ve seen in the last thirty days?
    “Rango” and the making of short, “Rango & ILM: Perfect Asymmetry” (both on Netflix). A movie about stories, which is the best kind of movie to make. Gore Verbinski should stick to doing animated features, as his live-action work gets stretched to the point of snapping by the demands of his imagination.

    2) Who is your favorite atheist character?
    Granny Weatherwax, from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels. Witches on the Disc absolutely know the gods are real, but they don’t worship them. They do their best to avoid any sort of contact with supernatural beings. Here’s Granny, talking to her partner in witching, Nanny Ogg: “I don’t hold with paddlin’ with the occult,” said Granny firmly. “Once you start paddlin’ with the occult you start believing in spirits, and when you start believing in spirits you start believing in demons, and then before you know where you are you’re believing in gods. And then you’re in trouble.”
”But all them things exist,” said Nanny Ogg.
”That’s no call to go around believing in them. It only encourages ‘em.”

    3) What is your geekiest hobby?
    I like designing books. I’ve started converting public domain texts from the Gutenberg Project into print & ebook layouts, for fun and for practical experience.

    4) What is your favorite sandwich?
    Rye bread, margarine (just enough to keep the bread from getting soggy), Gulden’s mustard, and my grandmother’s baked beans. I still haven’t been able to recreate the beans, as it requires washing the beans, soaking them overnight, washing them AGAIN, and then cooking them in a casserole with ketchup, molasses, brown sugar, etc., in a low oven for about eight hours. She only made the beans for Thanksgiving, so it was a once-a-year treat.

    5) What is the stupidest thing anyone has said to you about your atheism/agnosticism?
    No one has actually said anything outright stupid about my lack of belief. My mom does occasionally push a bit, but it’s never anything stupid or annoying.

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  14. We ask all of our guests these questions and we invite listeners to send in their answers. But what are these five questions? What are the guidelines? Here, at long last, is a primer!
    1) What is the best movie you’ve seen in the last thirty days?
    Matrix, the first one.
    This can be in the movie theater or at home, on Netflix or DVD. It can be the first time you’ve watched something or the fifteenth time. Just tell us a little about the movie and why you liked it.
    2) Who is your favorite atheist character?
    God, after all who would he worship? Himself? I don’t think so. (Just kidding, but it gets you thinking…)

    Any atheist who just does not bring up religion, just respects others opinions, but moves with the facts at hand. Maybe Mel from Firefly.
    Yeah, this one is tricky. There aren’t a lot of them., but there are more than you think. We’ve heard about characters from books, movies, TV series, comics and even video games.
    Agnostic characters are also acceptable – but kind of a cop out.
    3) What is your geekiest hobby?
    Not sure where to begin…. Collecting old D&D books…. Comics…. Autographs…. Working out a defense matrix on a space station in a game and maximize the yield of the Moon harvesting….. (Eve online)…. Although tempted, I have not exactly done COSplay…

    There are many I do not let out in the public, but most center on collecting and fond memories of favorite books or movies…
    Which of your hobbies is so geeky, other geeks would be a little bit shocked and, perhaps, impressed?
    4) What is your favorite sandwich?
    Dakota 12 grain bread, 2 slices of beef bologna, 2 slices of cotto salami, and lots of velvetta cheese, and bread covered in Miracle whip. (meats face the bread with cheese in middle)….
    Specifics are required. What kind of bread? Mayo or Miracle Whip? Toasted or cold? This stuff is important.
    5) What is the stupidest thing anyone has said to you about your atheism/agnosticism?
    Well, when I played D&D I was often told as a kid the books were going to kill me. To which I asked: “You mean the Monster Manual is going to jump off the table and give me one heck of a paper cut???”

    Forcing them to explain Satanism and other magical/miracle stuff allowed me to turn to them and say how they are insane believing in such things. That everything in the game is imagination, not reality, and I am well founded in my mind in reality.

    They by the time I was done would start mumbling hateful words under their breath as I made them feel ridiculous. And I would smirk, knowing they will not go so far as to temp the men from the rubber room to show up.

    And why do you think it was so stupid?

  15. Thanks to both of you who’ve left your responses here as a comment. I will make sure to put them in queue. No need to resubmit. :)

    For the rest of you, please EMAIL your answers to us at fivequestions@geekswithoutgod.com

    It’s much, much easier for us if you email them in.