Name: Michael Laing.
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland.
How long have you been on LiveJournal? Since the beginning of 2003, although my present account is my third or fourth since then.
What do you/will you write about? Mostly about the mundane events of my life, sometimes about political issues and current affairs, sometimes about music, and occasionally about relationships and intimate experiences. I'm a habitual photographer and often post photos of my surroundings or places I've visited. And if I'm stuck for something to write but need an excuse to communicate, I'll occasionally dig up an old quiz and give the daftest answers I can think of to the absurd and ridiculous questions.
What particular qualities do you look for in a friend? I like honest, open, meaningful communication. I like people with firm opinions and moral values. I like people who value life-experience over material possessions. I like people who make me laugh. I like people who define themselves by the music they love.
What would cause you not to add someone as a friend, or to delete them? Racism, bigotry, delusional beliefs, fervent religiousness, attention-seeking and trouble-making. Those are all obvious things, but sometimes you realise you have nothing in common with someone, they're boring or you just can't relate to them.
Favourite films or TV shows: I haven't owned a TV for years, and I don't miss it in the slightest. My favourite film is Irma Vep, featuring the fabulous Maggie Cheung. In general, I'm not really interested in popular culture and mass entertainment.
Favourite books: Anything that'll bore me to sleep when I go to bed.
Favourite foods: Smoked tofu. It's the most delicious thing ever!
Favourite drinks: I love a pint-or-two of Guinness. Highland Park whisky is a rare treat, too. I also recently discovered ground, cafetiere-brewed coffee, and my mornings are so much better for it!
Favourite bands and musicians: Cardiacs, Charlotte Hatherley, Die So Fluid, Flowing Tears, Generation X, Michael Schenker, Paradise Lost, Rush, Soundgarden and X-Ray Spex, to name but a few. There are many, many others.
Hobbies and pastimes: Travelling and exploring (when I can afford it), photography, thinking up tunes in my head and dreaming of being a punk rock superstar but never actually doing anything about it!
How would you describe your style? Moderately trad-punk. I don't think I own a single item of clothing that isn't black.
Anything else you'd like to tell us? After pondering the issue for a while, I've decided to continue with LiveJournal despite a prolonged lack of interaction, because if there's a satisfactory alternative, I've yet to find it. I tend to be quite a solitary and self-contained person and find social interaction difficult, so I'm particularly keen to find new friends on LJ.