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Re: Who would you want to have a conversation with?
« Reply #50 on: 19 Mar 2009, 16:02 »

Joseph Kittinger.
Burt Munro.
Andy Green.
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Re: Who would you want to have a conversation with?
« Reply #51 on: 19 Mar 2009, 17:19 »

Adam Weishaupt
Terrence McKenna
Albert Hoffman
Robert Anton Wilson
Alan Watts
Aleister Crowley
Grant Morrison
John Lennon
Aldous Huxley
Tom Robbins
Rob Breszny
Mantak Chia
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Re: Who would you want to have a conversation with?
« Reply #52 on: 19 Mar 2009, 18:35 »

MacArthurs or any of the early Golden Dawn dudes would be great. Otherwise, seconding OWW's Crowley.

Otherwise, Jesus and James Hetfield. Oh, and Isaac Newton, that'd be rad. We'll throw in Bush Jr., too, why not.

I dunno, I admire a lot of historical figures but wouldn't really see a lot of point in talking with them. I'd probably just leave disappointed that they're not these supreme beings.
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Re: Who would you want to have a conversation with?
« Reply #53 on: 19 Mar 2009, 18:47 »

I have spoken to Ian Mackaye more than once also.
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Re: Who would you want to have a conversation with?
« Reply #54 on: 19 Mar 2009, 18:57 »

Of all the people I mentioned in this thread, they were all very nice people with the exception of Douglas Adams who I caught at a bad time.
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Re: Who would you want to have a conversation with?
« Reply #55 on: 19 Mar 2009, 21:14 »

Aww, that makes me sad.

I'm reluctant to meet a lot of my heroes because if they were in a bad mood and behaved a bit dickishly, I'd be devastated. The shine's already coming off my respect for Jeph ;)
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Re: Who would you want to have a conversation with?
« Reply #56 on: 19 Mar 2009, 21:21 »

Human beings have good and bad moments. I have more than my fair share of the latter.

I'd imagine having any level of celebrity or renown can exacerbate this situation very rapidly.
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Re: Who would you want to have a conversation with?
« Reply #57 on: 19 Mar 2009, 22:47 »

list

No Timothy Leary? I think I might wanna add Timothy Leary to my list.

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Re: Who would you want to have a conversation with?
« Reply #58 on: 19 Mar 2009, 23:11 »

I figured Leary would be a little cliche.  Besides, I think if I picked Robert Anton Wilson and Albert Hoffman's brains enough, between the two of them I could probably figure out a lot of what he'd have to say on my own.
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Re: Who would you want to have a conversation with?
« Reply #59 on: 19 Mar 2009, 23:54 »

Cliché or not he did spring to mind as an interesting person to talk to, although, it's true, he spoke publicly enough and to enough other people that most of what he has to say could basically be gotten from other people.  The converse is part of the reason I picked Salinger. But then again...fuck it, he's an interesting dude and it's not like I lose anything for saying I think he'd be cool to talk to. To shit some shit with him, and maybe if I'm ambitious have him hash out his ideas on big concepts and go in depth...I feel like actually speaking to a person about their own ideas, your resource is practically endless. It's the difference between writing someone's biography while they're still alive and trying to piece it together 30 years after their death.

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Re: Who would you want to have a conversation with?
« Reply #60 on: 20 Mar 2009, 04:41 »

It would be difficult to have a spontaneous conversation with him but I met Stephen Hawking once and he made a speech with several jokes in it. He was funny! It is odd to be surprised at that but I guess he is a paralysed physicist, humour does not immediately spring to mind as a potential best quality.

Or am I just a bigot?
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Re: Who would you want to have a conversation with?
« Reply #61 on: 20 Mar 2009, 08:26 »

Eric Cantona. I'd like to go to a pub, have a few beers, and talk soccer with him.
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Re: Who would you want to have a conversation with?
« Reply #62 on: 20 Mar 2009, 17:30 »

well, Jesus as many have said.
also Moses.

and I'd like to meet my grandmother and grandfather on my father's side: they were awesome from what I read/hear.
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Re: Who would you want to have a conversation with?
« Reply #63 on: 23 Mar 2009, 03:41 »

Hunter S. Thompson
Edward R. Murrow
Elliot Smith
Diane Arbus
Bruce Haley
Michael Foucault
Robert Capa
Karl Marx
Vladimir Lenin
Anton Chekhov
Leon Trotsky
Thomas Paine
Many more who, for the sale of brevity, have been omitted.

I would also like to meet my grandfather on my mothers side, it seems as though there is not much that that man has not done
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Re: Who would you want to have a conversation with?
« Reply #64 on: 23 Mar 2009, 04:36 »

It would be difficult to have a spontaneous conversation with him but I met Stephen Hawking once and he made a speech with several jokes in it. He was funny! It is odd to be surprised at that but I guess he is a paralysed physicist, humour does not immediately spring to mind as a potential best quality.

Or am I just a bigot?

Personally I think that for a person in Hawking's situation humour would be essential!
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Re: Who would you want to have a conversation with?
« Reply #65 on: 23 Mar 2009, 04:37 »

I'd actually really like to have a conversation with myself. It'd be interesting to experience me from a whole new perspective.
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Re: Who would you want to have a conversation with?
« Reply #66 on: 23 Mar 2009, 07:51 »

Benjamin Franklin
Andrew Jackson
D. A. "Jelly Bean" Bryce
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Re: Who would you want to have a conversation with?
« Reply #67 on: 23 Mar 2009, 07:54 »

I'd actually really like to have a conversation with myself. It'd be interesting to experience me from a whole new perspective.

But if it's "you" having a conversation with "yourself", wouldn't "you" be experiencing "you" from the same old perspective?
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Re: Who would you want to have a conversation with?
« Reply #68 on: 23 Mar 2009, 07:57 »

I'd actually really like to have a conversation with myself. It'd be interesting to experience me from a whole new perspective.

"God damn this guy is an asshole."
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Re: Who would you want to have a conversation with?
« Reply #69 on: 23 Mar 2009, 08:20 »

I've spoken to Ian MacKaye! At the Dischord house. That was a fun day. 

But I'd like to talk to the Dalai Lama. Also Jim Morrison, but I get the feeling he would kind be a gigantic douche and just burp in my face or something.
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Re: Who would you want to have a conversation with?
« Reply #70 on: 28 Mar 2009, 16:13 »

Vigo Mortenssen.

Do I need a reason?
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Re: Who would you want to have a conversation with?
« Reply #71 on: 28 Mar 2009, 16:26 »

This will sound silly but i want to have conversation with me/myself.
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Re: Who would you want to have a conversation with?
« Reply #72 on: 28 Mar 2009, 21:02 »

This is a little bit of a sidebar but...

I've met/know quite a few famous and or semi-famous folks.  Strangely enough, the only one who actually made me feel somewhat in awe of being in his presence was Stacy Keach.   Who woulda thunk?  Shocked the shit out of me too, but that guy just radiates awesome in person.

I'd like to take guitar lessons from Eddie Hazel and Lightning Hopkins, though I think there are probably way more beneficial uses for being able to wish the dead back to life than getting guitar lessons.
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Re: Who would you want to have a conversation with?
« Reply #73 on: 28 Mar 2009, 21:03 »

Vigo Mortenssen.

Oh man did you see the lord of the rings extras? "And then I kissed Billy, which was something I'd been wanting to do for a while, but let's not talk about that"
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Re: Who would you want to have a conversation with?
« Reply #74 on: 01 Apr 2009, 06:32 »

I'd actually really like to have a conversation with myself. It'd be interesting to experience me from a whole new perspective.

I was thinking something similiar when I clicked on the thread, but im afraid to have a conversation with my current self. I don't think I would be pleased with how i come off. Ideally I would like to have a sit down with myself when i was younger and explain a few things. Get me on the right track so to speak.

I'm 26 now, so I would say I'd go back to when i was 13, split the difference.

Am I alone in thinking this would be a great topic for a thread? Has it been done here before and I've missed it?
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Re: Who would you want to have a conversation with?
« Reply #75 on: 10 Apr 2009, 03:33 »

I'm assuming if I can bring someone back from the dead, I can find a translator.

-Henry Rollins (Although I've already met him...I shook his hand and got his autograph after a spoken word performance about five years ago)
-The Marquis de Sade
-Audrey Tautou (probably just to stare at her)
-Charlie Chapman
-Marie Currie
-My grandpa
-Amelia Earheart (mostly just to ask "What exactly happened to you?")
-Alan Turing
-Oscar Wilde
-Edgar Allan Poe
-King Henry the 8th
-William Shakespeare
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Re: Who would you want to have a conversation with?
« Reply #77 on: 22 Apr 2009, 19:11 »

my late grandad.  preferably in a quiet pub somewhere in his native dublin on a sunny day.

he was a huge influence on me in many aspects of my life, my attitudes, and the way i think and act; he was pretty much the one person i really looked up to.  it was heartbreaking to see him spend the last two years of his life bedridden, unable to communicate much beyond a simple hello and a smile, despite being completely intact mentally, and i can't imagine how that must have felt for him.  to be able to speak with him again would be amazing, especially right now when i don't know what the hell i want to do with my life, since if he was still around, he'd be the first person i'd go to for advice.  but that aside, he was a funny guy and always a pleasure to be around, so it'd be great even just to make small talk.
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