Esoteric Dissertations from a One-Track Mind

June 21, 2008

I Get An Interview Request

Filed under: meta — codesmithy @ 9:39 am

I got some spam comments from Ghazala Khan from “The Pakistani Spectator.”  The interview was actually a little bit interesting, so if Ghazala Khan wants my answers, feel free to take them.

Would you please tell us something about you and your site?

See the about page.

Do you feel that you continue to grow in your writing the longer you write? Why is that important to you?

Yes. I think that writing can be good mental exercise. Mental fitness, like physical fitness, is an important aspect of one’s general welfare.

I’m wondering what some of your memorable experiences are with blogging?

Getting linked to from the one of the New York Times blogs for my post on Robert Murray.

What do you do in order to keep up your communication with other bloggers?

Read them, occasionally comment on things they have written.

What do you think is the most exciting or most innovative use of technology in politics right now?

Donation pages/money bombs. We are seeing some remarkable pooling of resources and the ability to raise cash on short notice. Small contributions from lots of donors is markedly better than large contributions from a few donors for the health of a democracy.

Do you think that these new technologies are effective in making people more responsive?

People’s responsiveness to issues is being improved by their use of the technology.

What do you think sets Your site apart from others?


If you could choose one characteristic you have that brought you success in life, what would it be?

Focus on the task that remains unfinished. Don’t rest on the laurels of what you’ve already accomplished.

What was the happiest and gloomiest moment of your life?

That is for me to know and you to find out.

Do you think [the use of Twitter and other social networking tools by politicians] is bandwagon jumping or what?

Politicians are people with a motivation to get elected. Sometimes what they do is authentic, other times it is public relations. In general, it tends to be more of the latter than the former. But, I don’t think you can single them out as a class.

If you could pick a travel destination, anywhere in the world, with no worries about how it’s paid for – what would your top 3 choices be?

If we could remove the political repercussions from certain countries and some degree of safety, I’d like to visit Iran, Cuba and Vietnam.

What is your favorite book and why?

Catch-22. I feel it captures the inanity and tragedy of being human.

What’s the first thing you notice about a person (whether you know them or not)?

Usually, it is their ability to reflect light, followed by their ability to make a sound or embarrassing, their ability to occupy space.

Is there anyone from your past that once told you you couldn’t write?

No one that I really listened to.

How bloggers can benefit from blogs financially?

How a blogger benefits from a blog financially is by getting someone to pay them more money than it costs the blogger to run the site after taking into account opportunity costs.

Is it true that who has a successful blog has an awful lot of time on their hands?

There does seem to be a correlation between effort and success.

What are your thoughts on corporate blogs and what do you think the biggest advantages and disadvantages are?

Advantage – capital. Disadvantage – driven by a for profit entity.

What role can bloggers of the world play to make this world more friendlier and less hostile?

Bloggers could help promote understanding. When people understand all the ways people of different cultures, religions, race, etc. are like them, instead of focusing on the superficial differences and initial shock, people tend to have more nuanced views and more tolerant generally.

Who are your top five favourite bloggers?

I don’t know. PZ Myers. John Amato. Glenn Greenwald. Jane Hamsher. Phil Plait.

Is there one observation or column or post that has gotten the most powerful reaction from people?

The fact that burning water doesn’t tend to be energy efficient is apparently news to some people.

What is your perception about Pakistan and its people?

I hope Pakistan and India can relieve their tensions, especially surrounding nuclear proliferation and contain the religious extremists that exist in the country. I believe the Pakistani people want peace and democracy, but there are various forms of extremism that exist in their country.

Have you ever become stunned by the uniqueness of any blogger?

I’ve left a blog utterly frightened after chatting with the author a little bit.

What is the most striking difference between a developed country and a developing country?

The capital of developed countries are owned by entities in the country. So called “developing” countries, the means of production tend to be owned by foreign entities.

What is the future of blogging?

Blogging, much like the pamphleteers of the past will evolve. I don’t think any one can say with certainty what the future will look like, except that eventually it will die when the universe goes cold. In the meantime, it will be guided by the same forces that shape all of history.

You have also got a blogging life, how has it directly affected both your personal and professional life?

Can’t say.

What are your future plans?


Any Message you want to give to the readers of The Pakistani Spectator?

The unexamined life is not worth living. – Socrates


  1. It wasn’t a spam. We have interviewed hundreds of bloggers from A Bloggers to the freshly started.

    You may found our interview at


    The Pakistani Spectator

    Comment by Ghazala Khan — June 21, 2008 @ 1:22 pm

  2. I use the term spam in the sense it was unsolicited and bulk, not in the little blue pill sense.

    I’ll admit, I’m a little bit shocked that you came back.

    Best Regards.

    Comment by codesmithy — June 22, 2008 @ 7:14 am

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