The Questionnaire with Jon Bounds / By Dotan SchachterMay 18th, 2010 • Categories: Bloggers, Producers, Random Questionnaires, Writers
What are you doing these days?
All sorts: a bit of art (my piece of cultural mapping the Birmingham Music Map is part of an exhibition that opened this weekend) a bit of production and writing (on Dirty Bristow the magazine I’m working on with good mate Danny Smith) and a bit of work, work too.
What turns you on creatively?
Place, and emotion. Historical echoes and chance findings.
If you were a mind-reader whose mind would you like to read?
One of my cats, I think. I’d like to understand how they make decisions, how much is thought, how much instinct. I’m not sure knowing what humans are thinking (any more than they wish to let on) is a very healthy idea — like being too honest, it’d only lead to pain.
If you could travel in time, which era would you visit?
Nothing too scary, I’m not adventurous in the hiking into the unknown sense — although to have been able to hang round with The Lunar Society at a time of great invention and social change would be fascinating, and I wouldn’t have to leave Birmingham either.
What is your favorite sound?
Purring. If an animal is content there can’t be too much wrong with the world.
What is the album or song that influences you the most?
Doctorin The Tardis by The Timelords, or to be more exact the book The Manual that tells you exactly how it got to number one, and how to do it yourself.
Who would you like to collaborate with? And why?
I’m not sure I’m built for collaboration, collaboration means compromise. Collaboration means no-one getting quite what they want. I much more enjoy working alongside people, in the same medium or the same space — the results can be a whole, but I like my bit to be separate.
What drives you crazy?
People with no empathy, you know the ones — those that don’t call back, or those that do things that “don’t matter cos it’s just them”.
What makes you laugh?
The gap between words and understanding.
If you had 3 wishes what would they be?
For an end to superstition, false hope and magic (outside fiction of course).
What is the craziest thing you ever did?
Medically? Once tried to run the line at a football game with a broken collar bone, it didn’t work. Crazy as in “I regret that”? I’ve made some quite stupid purchasing decisions in my time, usually must have gadgets that didn’t really do anything, and once fresh beetroot – to quote Seinfeld “what’s that about?”.
What makes you feel embarrassed?
What are your favorite web-sites (not including the ones that you are participate in)?
I don’t really go to websites, I’m a feed-reader-as hub sort of person (Google Reader that is). Content-wise you can’t whack XKCD, b3ta.com, and the comments on YouTube videos for making you feel reasonable when you’re feeling extreeme.
What is the silliest thing you have ever done?
There are loads of times when I take a second to think “am I really getting away with this?” — playing beautiful (but hated) records on the radio (The Big Paws, 8am UK time on Saturdays) and smiling like a loon, corralling people to perform drama or Twitter, or doing the oddest stand-up comedy stuff possible. I’m about to organise a 5km night-time fun run in honour of a 30-year old record — Dexy’s Midnight Run — which is defiantly silly.
How would you make the world a better place?
What is your biggest weakness?
Not being able to say stuff that offends people, well not to their faces anyway.
Where will you be in 10 years?
Bob only knows, almost everything I do has changed in the past ten and I would expect similar things to happen, in a wildly different order.
Write a question that you like to ask yourself and answer it.
Are you faking it? Yes, aren’t we all?
Who would you like to answer that Questionnaire?
People who always give good answers, Bill Drummond (ex of the KLF), Danny Smith, Keith Harris, Orville.
Love – mates
Death – inevitable
God – Dawkins
TV – window
Family – mates
Politics – Marxism
Internet – Marxism
Happiness – Marxism, well it might be — who’s tried it propely?
Blogging – freedom
Jon Bounds – chancer
Jon Bounds is a blogger as well as a social media and multimedia consultant.