Joen Asmussen

Five Questions

This is the fifth 5Q interview for Seal Club, featuring
Joen Asmussen of NoScope.

  1. If you could have some sort of crazy bionic extension, what would it be?

    I’d love to be able to have a gadget in my head that allowed me to accurately control a computer using only my mind. I’m of the opinion that all people are born with an inherent creativity whose artistic expression is only limited by their mastery of the tools of the trade. Being able to skip the tools and jump into manipulating the end result directly with your mind, I think, would allow people to succeed faster and better in mimicking that which they see in their minds eye.

    On the off chance that this doesn’t count as a “bionic extension” in context of this interview, I’m gonna say a bionic arm that telescopically increases my reach ten-fold. Goodbye out-of-reach cookie jars.

  2. Can you describe your ideal breakfast given a fully-stocket kitchen?

    Rye bread with a slice of cheese and a huge glass of not-apple juice. It’s all you need, really: ideal. Oh, and coffee with milk.

  3. Puppies or kittens?

    Even though I’m allergic to both, I’m gonna say kittens. Definitely kittens. Did you know the myth that Egypt once won a battle by releasing thousands of cats on the battlefield? The enemy fled at the sight of these fierce creatures. You don’t hear those myths about dogs, do you?

  4. What reading material would you want if you were stuck somewhere
    for a few hours?

    Right at this moment, Blake & Mortimer the comic. 50ies Sci-Fi at its best. Any other time I’d say a book by Arthur C. Clarke.

  5. What position would you like to have in the Shadow Government?

    Foreign Minister. In the event of apocalypse or a military coup, I’d focus on openness to the world and emphasize love, cooperation, peace and harmony for all as the way only way to move forward.

Pimp two websites:

  • Penny Arcade – Gabe and Tycho never fail in cracking me up. I love the teamwork between the two artists; it’s clearly visible how they’ve both respectively grown in skill over the years.
  • Wikipedia – I know Michael (5Q Interviewee #2) somewhat already mentioned this, but it’s worth mentioning again. I love that I’m able to read a quality Wikipedia article on an obscure topic such as “The Electric Universe” (a concept which I, by the way, find fascinating even if it’s bogus). I especially love how sometimes I’m warned in big red letters: “might not be true”, or “locked until controversial issues are resolved in the discussion”. If only all public information was this civil.