It’s Karfreitag or, to all of you that don’t speak German, Good Friday. Time to eat fish and enjoy the long weekend that’s about to start. In Germany most places are shut and parties and the like are discouraged for the entire day which at least the older generations don’t do.
Talking about parties, it looks like @AlabasterC might enjoy Germany today seeing he still needs to recover from last night.
Yes. I decided to have a drink last night. Yes. I ate a million drinks last night. Yes. I feel dreadful. Thanks for asking. It helps. #
Yet my offer of a free espresso and a muffin couldn’t convince him to come here. Come on, man, Brighton to Germany isn’t that far!
When he doesn’t complain about being hungover he talks about everything under the sun. In fact, I’ve been trying to come up with things that I could use to describe him in this intro, but his interests are so varied, it’s been difficult! Read the interview for yourself!
Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s my honour to present @AlabasterC to you!
1. Where are you from?
Born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England, but I consder Brighton, Sussex to be my home these days.
2. How old are you?
24, and each time someone asks me that lately it takes me longer to answer. Early senility? Mostly.
3. What do you do for a living?
I currently work for the local Lieberry service. I got promoted (temporarily) into a management post that I don’t like. Well, I don’t like the management aspect, but it gives me the opportunity to work with children and young people, which I love.
The most heartwarming moment I had recently was when a kid I was working with said to me ‘D’you know what you should be when you grow up?’ ‘I’m still not sure actually, what do you think?’ ‘You should be a foster mother.’ My heart nearly burst.
4. What does your alias/nickname mean and how did you come up with it?
It means virtually nothing, I just like the sound. Alabaster is a white (normally) stone (latin root is the word Albus, as in albumen (egg white), there’s a funny story about that, but I’ll save it for later) Crippens was the name of a famous Doctor who killed lots of people then ‘escaped’ to America, unfortunately, due to the recently invented telegraph machine he was caught by police in America and extradited back to the UK.
But none of that has anything to do with selecting the name. On an episode of The Day Today (British News Satire created by Chris Morris) there was an American ‘roving reporter’ called ‘Alabaster Codify’. I liked the rhythm of the word Alabaster as a name and the C following it, but wanted to seem original.
The psuedonym was first used for a column I wrote in a zine type thing me and my old uni housemates made, the original Alabaster was nothing but a ball of hate and rage, I may re-post some of his rantings at some point, but I worry that they’ll put off my current audience.
Oh, and my real name begins with Al, so there’s some sense in that.
5. What do you want to be when you grow up and has that changed at all since you were little?
I wanted be a writer, with a laptop and a second hand bookshop on the side of a hill with a beautiful view. Most of that is still true. The thing that has changed is that when I was little I wanted more than anything to NOT be a teacher (my mum is/was a teacher by trade). Now I see it as an almost inevitable part of my future.
6. What song are you thinking about right now?
Just watched the video for ‘Move any Mountain’ by the Shamen, but I want that out of my head so I’m going to find something to put on. I settled on ‘The Metal Glass Band’ by Kurt Weisman.
7. Do you have a Last.fm profile?
8. What are you reading at the moment? [Book, magazine, website, Wikipedia article..]
Idly surfing between watching telly (was watching doc on Fusion power, about to watch Band of Brothers or go to sleep). Overall, I’m normally reading about 8 books at once, but I’m currently getting through ‘The Elephant Vanishes’, a short story collection by Haruki Murakami.
9. Which video game are you playing these days and is it as good as you thought it would be? [provided you play video games that is!]
I don’t game as much as I used to, but I’m getting qutie stuck into ‘Age of Booty’ a little cartoony, almost casual pirate RTS. It’s SO simple, but still quite rich. Nicely balanced. I like the fact that you can instantly feel like you’re interacting with the resource management of it. It’s quite visceral for something so simple and stupid.
I can’t get it to work online though, and I reckon it might be the first multiplayer game that I could get into at all (not quite first actually, I still lust for Goldeneye on the N64).
10. What is the weather like at the moment?
Dark, windy and cold. But none of those things to a particularly unpleasant degree.
11. What are your plans for the rest of the day?
It’s 11pm, so an episode of Band of Brothers, then time for bed.
12. If you could replace anyone in any TV show, who would you pick?
Don’t quite understand the question. If you mean put myself in their position then it isn’t really my thing. I mean, I don’t think it’s healthy to spend too much time fantasising about the impossible, and I do too much of it already. I know it’s a cop out, but I really don’t feel comfortable thinking about it. Which is a little weird.
13. If you had the chance to work on the Enterprise [Star Trek ship!], what job would you have?
Teacher? Nah, screw it, the guys on that ship are way too uptight, fuck techno utopias, I’d don a red shirt and get on an away team asap.
14. Seeing that I’m a grumpy person in the morning I’ve realised I can’t live with people that are overly happy as soon as they wake up. Would you be a good flatmate?
It depends on the conditions I wake up in. If I wake up naturally, I’m a cheerful fucker, and you’d hate me. If I wake up from an alarm or because someone’s woken me up before my time (apart from someone I’m sleeping with) then we’d get on well.
16. How long have you been on Twitter for and when did you realise you were sucked in by it?
Tue 15 Jan 2008 22:56 (apparently). But I didn’t find it at all useful or interesting until election night.
17. Settle this question for me: PC or Mac?
Oh fuck you. Make your own sodding decisions.
18. And another one: ice cream or cake?
see previous answer. Though I guess this one depends on my mood. Right now I want Ice cream.
19. Fill this out however you want: “Today I am ____ and I ____, but ____, because ____.”
Today I am tired and I am a little lonely, but I’m still happy, because I feel like myself.
20. What do you want everyone to know about you, who are you, what makes you tick? [aka describe yourself]
Nice simple one for near the end?
I’m always learning, and I’m always trying to learn more. I think if everyone realised how important that was to me, my life would be improved. It is also a huge part of my identity. It’s definitely the shortest answer I can give.
21. What is the last thing that you’ve felt proud about?
It’s a toss up between my answer to the last question, and my housemate Ellie, who has done some amazing things recently off her own back and for virtually no gain. I admire that strength.
23. Any more comments?
Sorry I ran out of patience towards the end. I am actually really tired. I also didn’t get a chance to even remotely mention the importance of feminism, gender and queerness too my life, which disappoints me a little. I guess that’s not where I’m at today. Anyway, thanks, this was an interesting set of questions.
Thank you very much!