Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Joe Blog's Interview #60 Is This Tom Hanks?

Name : Miles Grant
Age : 29
Location : Arlington, VA (right outside Washington, DC)
Vocation : stickin' it to the man, working in the press office of the government ethics watchdog
Philosophy : Would it be shallow to quote Ferris Bueller here? I hope not, ‘cause I’m about to. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.” (Close second: “Only the meek get pinched. The bold survive.”)

Sum up what your blog is about.
I try to keep it focused on local environmental issues and my environmental views & experiences. But I also try to localize national and world news, and stray into topics that are only vaguely environmental but interest me (i.e. smoking bans in bars/restaurants).

Why are you doing your blog?
Trying to lighten up the environmental debate. Most environmental blogs are serious to the point of being depressing. And that’s OK because many environmental issues, especially climate change, are serious to the point of being depressing. But if you can mix in a little humor and a few pictures of Barney from The Simpsons, I think the general public is more receptive to the message.

What’s the funniest entry on your blog?
Really, any time you can talk about environmentally-themed porn, that has to win in a cakewalk, doesn’t it?

What is your writing style?
I write like I talk, conversational, short & to the point. Lots of sarcasm. Lots of unnecessary links to random interesting things Google points me to.

How much would you sell your blog for?
Surprisingly little. I’m an ideas venture capitalist. If someone offered me $100 for the blog, I’d sell it and start a new blog on something else. And blow the $100 on expensive booze and cheap women (or cheap booze and expensive women).

What do people commonly say about your site?

Liberals really enjoy it, but don’t leave comments, they just tell me/email me about it later. Conservatives say I worry too much, and LOVE to leave comments telling me all about it.

Why should someone visit your site?
There seem to be very few environmental blogs that aren’t organized around trying to draw you to join/give to their organization. The Green Miles has a point of view, but it doesn’t have an agenda.

Climate change is caused by man. Myth or reality?
Dude, who’s even arguing this at this point? This is like asking, “Iraqi weapons of mass destruction: Myth or reality?” I can’t even discuss this rationally. Let’s move on.

Are there any blogs, you enjoy reading?
Gristmill. AMERICAblog. DCist. Seth Mnookin. Rogan Kersh. What’s Up Arlington.

What would you have written on your tombstone?
Died Tragically Rescuing His Family From The Remains Of A Destroyed Sinking Battleship

Would you go on a reality TV show?
Of course, but only to be the bad guy. Like Santino from Project Runway or tobacco-chewing Chris from season 3 of The Apprentice. Just a total douche who deliberately pissed people off in order to get the most face time possible.

What one website would you recommend and why? I measure a site’s value by the yardstick of what it provides that no other site can give. And here I can get everything from an interview with Lily Allen to Oscar picks to pictures of semi-clad Bond girls.

Tell us a random funny story that comes to mind.
Was out at a bar after the Washington Wizards basketball game last Saturday night when two drunk guys stumbled in and sat down across from us. A few minutes later a woman came in and rushed up to one of the guys and cocked her arm back. I looked up quickly to see if she was kidding around – one glance at the look of anger on her face delivered the answer: Not kidding. CRACK! She slapped the guy across the face and said something about how she knew about the other woman. He grabbed her by the sleeve for a minute, but then let go and she stormed off. All I could think was, “He better not touch her, but she can get in as many whacks as she needs to. No man gets slapped unless they did something to deserve it.”

Had any supernatural experiences?
Once. In October 2004. But if you’re not a Red Sox fan, you wouldn’t understand.

What advice would you have given yourself 5 years ago?
Stop trying to find happiness or professional satisfaction in the TV news business. It’s sucking your soul and the mainstream media is run by The Man. You’ll be much happier spending your days fighting for what you believe in.

Can you tell us a joke?
What do you do to an elephant with three balls?
You walk him and pitch to the rhino.

Tell us just one of your favourite actors, actresses, comedian, song and film.
Alan Rickman, Charlize Theron, Chris Rock, “The Sweater Song,” “Fight Club.”

What’s the most incredible thing that’s ever happened to you?
Not to get too deep, but waking up this morning (and every morning before that). If you don’t appreciate every single day you’re lucky enough to walk this earth, you end up wasting your time on the little stuff, like spending your whole day angry because those wankers at Starbucks gave you a WHOLE MILK latte instead of a SKIM latte. Little bastards.

And finally, what would you wish for with 3 wishes?
Reversing global warming is tempting, isn’t it? But that would mean mankind would just resume mucking it up from Square One. I’d rather solve that one more organically. I’ll go with time travel so I could go drinking with a young Albert Einstein, unlimited time to work for my favorite causes, and of course the ability to make a woman’s clothes fall off.

Now it’s your turn! Ask me one question, anything you like.
Favorite British TV comedy of all time?

Joe Blogs : Alan Partridge with Steve Coogan is definitely up there, and I'm looking forward to the movie coming out soon. I enjoyed One Foot In The Grave, and Father Ted. Also The Office, and Extras are enjoyable. Going back some years, Fawlty Towers, and Some Mothers Do 'Ave Em was very funny. Though I must say my current favourite TV comedy is Curb Your Enthusiasm with Larry David. Oh and the cartoon series Family Guy.