Interviews with the SHS Staff

The Goddess interviews a SHS editor and QCer.

uniquec: It's time again to find another Shinsen Staff member to spotlight Afterall, this is where it all this fun started and I have not totally neglect them. Today's offering happens to be rde an editor and QCer.

uniquec: Ready for boring time of your life?

rde: Sure. But I should warn you; I'm a pretty boring kind of guy.

uniquec: That's what they all say :) Besides my interviews aren't that scintillatiing.

rde: I've enjoyed the ones that I've read. TBH, I didn't know you were still doing them. I don't read the forums that much.

uniquec: Yeah I just haven't done any SHS staff lately. I can't keep track of them and really don't know the new ones.

rde: Well, this is the perfect way of finding out all their deep, dark secrets.

uniquec: Lol, like what dark secrets do you have?:)

rde: Well, I could tell you, but then they wouldn't be secrets any more.

rde: And I'd have to go out and generate more.

rde: And that wouldn't be good for anyone.

uniquec: They'll come back to haunt you.^^

uniquec: What do you do ?

rde: I'm an editor, and I do a bit of QCing too.

uniquec: How long have you been into fasubbing?

rde: I started a little over a year ago.

uniquec: Who do you fansub for?

rde: Just Shinsen.

uniquec: Why did you decide to join the fansubbing community?

rde: Before I joined, I was downloading fansubs quite a bit, and felt I should reciprocate somehow. And I'm too mean to give money, so offering my services as editor seemed the best alternative.

uniquec: How mean are you then?

rde: I've never really tried quantifying it. In fact, I've no idea how I'd even go about trying.

uniquec: Then how do you know you are mean?

rde: Well, the fact that I'd rather spend hours repeatedly watching episodes of Koutetsushin Jeeg than donate a few euros is some indication.

uniquec: Lol. So who on staff would you want to be stranded on a desert island with and why?

rde: That's a tricky one. I suppose, if it's a desert island, then I'd have to opt for whomever floats or has the most meat on them.

rde: Although I'm a vegetarian, so obviously I'd prefer not to eat my colleagues unless it was absolutely necessary.

uniquec: And who would you think be the meatest of them?

rde: That's a good question.

uniquec: Like?

rde: I should really try to work out some correlation between size and typing patterns in case I every have to take a flight over a significant body of water.

uniquec: You couldn't out run them in their obese condition?:)

rde: Well, that's certainly a factor to consider.

rde: The thing about working with people over the internet like this, though, is that I know nothing about anyone. Unless someone posts a picture, I don't have a clue about anything about them.

rde: Not that I lie awake wondering whether Vincent is actually a woman, or anything.

uniquec: And you dare not say someone is fat. How about in real life then? (So they will not pick on you afterwards as if they read my interview. )

rde: What do you mean?

uniquec: Somehow I think Vincent would make a bad woman.

rde: You think that sometimes, do you?

uniquec: Nah the only thoughts of Vincent is when he ends up in my stories and ends up dead.

rde: Poor Vincent. He takes a lot of shit.

rde: And I'm sure he's a really nice guy, underneath.

uniquec: Heh, he likes his attention.

rde: Well, he certainly gets it.

rde: And the fact that he hasn't gone on a killing spree up to now is some indication that he's got a fair degree of tolerance.

uniquec: He could be a serial killer for all we know.

rde: He could be. And if he's effective, we may never find out until after he's dead and his diaries are found.

uniquec: So no one you want to be on a deserted island with?

rde: Well, I'm not sure.

rde: Certainly there are people I enjoy working with, but there's no-one I actively dislike.

rde: So to a certain extent it wouldn't matter.

uniquec: What hobbies do you have outside anime?

rde: I spend most of the day on the computer in one regard or another. I use linux, and while I'm not a deep-level hacker, I do spend a fair bit of time on programming and related activities.

uniquec: The moments you aren't on the computer, is just for sleep?:P

rde: Pretty much sleep, television and reading. I'm hardly the most active of people.

rde: Although I don't drive, so I do tend to walk everwhere that's not easily accessible via public transport.

uniquec: So even the obese person could out run you then. What do you like to read?

rde: Mostly science and history. And specifically the history of science.

uniquec: Anyone branch of science you are more interested in?

rde: I'd say 'physics', but to a certain extent that covers pretty much all of science. But I'm quite interested in paleoanthropology. Not though, to the extent that I'm any manner of expert.

uniquec: Where would you like to travel to but never been?

rde: Lots of places.

uniquec: Like?

rde: Inevitably, being an anime nut, I've got to say Japan, and I'd certainly like to go there. I'd love to see Kyoto.

rde: But there's still so much of Europe that I haven't been to.

rde: I'd also love to go to China.

uniquec: Where would you recomend to visit that you've been?

rde: Amsterdam has some great museums. The city's also small enough that you can walk anywhere, or get the tram if you're feeling lazy.

rde: I really like Edinburgh as a city, too.

rde: In fact, I doubt there's a city on earth that's not worth visiting for many reasons.

uniquec: What would you like to do but never done?

rde: It's just a matter of finding them. Well, visiting outer space is probably out. Which is a shame.

rde: If we're limiting ourselves to the realms of the possible, then there are probably a few things.

rde: I'm struggling through Einstein's special theory of relativity, and I'd like to get a complete grasp of that. But that's a bit down the road, yet. I doubt I'll ever fully comprehend his general theory.

uniquec: Was it meant to be comphrend?

rde: If you don't bother with the maths, then it's possible to understand it in broad terms. However, just talking about the equivalence of acceleration and gravity doesn't necessarily explain much. And as soon as you try to go into any detail, you realise that you actually know nothing.

uniquec: I think I rather the mathematical side.

rde: I'd love to be able to understand the maths. And who knows... some day I might.

uniquec: What is your favourite food?

rde: I don't have one specific food; at the moment, I've been trying to perfect the art of making quiche.

rde: So I've been eating quite a bit of that and speak to me not of real men and their antipathy to quiche; it's delicious when made properly.

uniquec: And your quiche expertise has been improving? I wasn't even going to make a comment about the quiche and real men don't eat them.

rde: I'm glad to hear it.

rde: The problem with recipes as given that they're always general, and never suited to particular ovens.

uniquec: And depending on elevation, the weather as well.

rde: I'm about 50m above sea level here, and it's always bloody raining.

uniquec: So I guess that is your favourite way to eat eggs then?

rde: So at least that's constant.

rde: Eggs and cheese. Although I'll eat either in any given combination or method of preparation.

uniquec: In what manner are the eggs?

rde: In quiche, it's the traditional beat-the-shit-out-of-them-then-add-milk.

rde: There's probably a word for such, but I don't know it.

rde: Eggs are also nice when they're poached in Inarizushi wrappers.

uniquec: Hehe this isn't cooking school.

rde: I'll try not to get too sidetracked.

uniquec: Innie or outie belly button?

rde:> Innie.

rde: Outies are a myth.

uniquec: No that's Vincent belly button...outie.

rde:On the internet, anyone can claim to be an outie.

uniquec: Or a Cabbage Patch doll.

rde: Do they have fingers?

uniquec: Some sort of fingers.

uniquec: Boxers or briefs?

rde: Depends. No real preference.

uniquec: Introvert or extrovert?

rde: Introvert. The fewer people I interact with, the better.

uniquec: How so, guess you don't like crowds?

rde: Nah.

uniquec: Favourite colour?

rde: I've never really understood the concept of a favourite colour.

rde: That sounds like I'm avoiding the question, but really... I don't have one. I don't even know how it's possible to have one.

uniquec: Okay some don't. Some people are just more one sided.

rde: Sorry to be so unhelpful.

uniquec: Nah it's alright, I had one interviewee who had no favourites.

uniquec: How do you see yourself 20 years from now?

rde: Ideally, ruling the world with an iron fist.

uniquec: You would make a good dictator?

rde: I think so. Then again, I don't know anyone who thinks they'd make a bad one.

rde: I'd at least have a set of goals, culminating in my own immortality and human exploration of the galaxy.

uniquec: What would your qualities in being a good dictator?

rde: One has to take the long view when ruling a planet. Well, like I said, I've got a plan. That's paramount. I can't go into too many details lest I be thwarted before I have a chance to put it into practice, but there is a plan.

uniquec: And are you wiiling to set the plan into fruitation?

rde: I don't want to give too much away, but let's just say that you shouldn't be surprised if something should happen.

uniquec: It will all be your diabolic doing.

uniquec: What super powers would you want?

rde: Well, time travel would be nice, but there are a lot of practicalities to take account of.

rde: But seeing as we're talking about super powers, we can assume that such things as immune systems of dinosaurs and planetary movement can be taken care of at the same time.

uniquec: Like having super powers would be practical.:p

uniquec: Do you think you would make a good super hero?

rde: I don't think so. I'd end up waging a war on stupidity instead of crime, and the world's governments would be forced to take action against me.

uniquec: Hehe you would abuse your powers.

rde: Of course, we all have our own definition of 'stupidity', and mine is typical; "people who don't agree with me".

rde: Absolutely.

uniquec: Which would mean 99.999 % of the population.

rde: At least.

uniquec: We couldn't give you 100 % since there would be that one individual who would agree with you.

uniquec: Do you remember your dreams?

rde: It'd be a bit of a shock if I found out he was an asshole.

rde: Rarely.

rde: I'm not being very informative, here, am I?

uniquec: Matter of opinion, there is your ruling of the world. Guess you don't remember if you dream in colour or black and white then?

rde: Actually, I do. I remember waking up and tihinking "woo, I dream in colour".

uniquec: It made more of an impact than the dream itself.

uniquec: Favourite movie?

rde: It's just one of those things. Like I remember a dream in which I smelled things; I remember the experience, but nothing about the nature of the dream.

rde: Robocop. Easily. It's a brilliant movie on many levels.

uniquec: How so?

rde: It's usually dismissed as a mere action movie, but that ignores all the other aspects of the film.

rde: There are people who've seen it but were entirely oblivious to the satirical elements and it's also funny. And, of course, as an action movie, it's great.

uniquec: What was the funniest scene in it for you?

rde: Actually, there's a scene in the director's cut,at the beginning, where the guy gets shot when the ED-209 malfuctions. In the director's cut, he the scene goes on for much longer. So much so, that it's funny. So there. I've just said that the funniest scene in my favourite movie is a guy getting shot to hell.

rde: Make of that what you will.

uniquec: Of course. Least favourite movie?

rde: Armageddon.

rde: Although Transformers comes close.

uniquec: Why?

rde: There are doubtless worse movies, but not for the budgets. Actually, no. There are no worse movies. They're unmitigated garbage from start to finish.

uniquec: Definitely sure?

rde: I haven't seen every movie made (yet), but yes. I'm sure.

rde: People talk of Plan 9 being the worst movie ever made; if Ed Wood had Michael Bay's budget, he'd have made a movie ten times better than Armageddon.

uniquec: What type of music do you enjoy?

rde: There's very little I don't enjoy. In fact, anyone who looks at my music collection wonders about one song/artist, and wonders why I have that crap in my collection.

rde: It's a different artist for everyone, though.

uniquec: What then do you detest then?

rde: I don't really detest anything; if I don't like it, I don't listen to it.

rde: I've no idea what's in the charts, for example; it's all shit to me.

rde: But given that I'll never hear most of it, and rarely anything at all twice, It's hard to develop a dislike.

uniquec: You aren't a slave to popular music.

rde: Nah. I'm a slave to Leonard Cohen.

uniquec: Slave to Suzanne. ^^

rde: Well, she does take me down to a place near the river.

uniquec: Lol. So what would you like others to know about you that they might not know?

rde: You know the way people make fart noises with their armpit? I can do that with my eye socket.

rde: It's a severely underappreciated talent.

uniquec: Most definitely an underated talent.

rde: I'll release an instructional video some day.

rde: At last, a use for Youtube!

uniquec: What is your best trait?

rde: You'd probably have to ask my girlfriend that. Any answer I give would probably be woefully inaccurate.

rde: Sorry for yet another non-answer.

uniquec: It's ok those are your answers.

. uniquec: What would you like to remember after your demise?

rde: Well, at that point, it hardly matters. I suppose, though, that being known as the guy who discovered the cure for religion would be nice.

uniquec: Religion needs a cure?

rde: There's a long, heated topic there that you should be very wary of getting into.

rde: I will rant at length, if given half a chance.

rde: So for the moment, let's just say that "yes, it does".

uniquec: Like politics as well.

rde: Yeah. We'll never see a cure for that, though.

uniquec: Especially when you become a dictator.

rde: Just one more reason to put me in charge.

rde: When will the world realise?

uniquec: The world subconsciously knows and that is why they are underminding your attempts to rule.

rde: That must be it.

uniquec: The world isn't ready for you.

rde: It's only a matter of time.

uniquec: After my death perhaps. Any parting words of wisdom?

rde: Damn. You've put me on the spot, now.

uniquec: Or non wisdom?

rde: That'd be easier.

rde: I'd just say "never run anything as root unless you have to~ "

rde: That's wisdom, in some circles; just common sense in others.

rde: Most, alas, wouldn't care either way.

uniquec: Heh computer geekiness.

rde: I am what I am.

uniquec: You consider yourself a geek then?:)

rde: Spend all day on the computer; pathological hatred for Windows; incapable of interacting with human beings in meatspace... you decide.

uniquec: And on that note, thank you for doing this interview and you weren't boring.

rde: My pleasure. And thanks.

rde: Hope you can salvage something at least vaguely readable from all that waffle.

uniquec: We appreciate rde for taking time to spend with us in his quest to dictate the world. Hopefully, we will be spare that sceneraio or that we will be distracted by shiny objects. ^^

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