Sam tagged me with this meme, so here we are. I'll leave all the answers under the fold, because it's pretty extended. Here are the questions:
1. Seven things to do before I die
2. Seven things I cannot do
3. Seven things that attract me to Sam
4. Seven things I say most often
5. Seven books (or series) I love
6. Seven movies I watch over and over again (or would watch over and over if I had the time)
7. Seven people I want to join in, too
Seven things to do before I die:
1. Record a progressive rock album
2. Take Sam to all the cool places I've been that she's never been.
3. Read at least one commentary on each book of the Bible. (I'm not far along yet with just three books, four half-books, and a few less than halfway done, but I'm proud to say Leviticus was my first. I bet few can say that.)
4. Finish my dissertation and get a good philosophy job.
5. Publish a book contributing something important to philosophy that has nothing to do with religion.
6. Publish a book popularizing the best fruits of contemporary philosophy for the Christian book market.
7. Help reassert traditional doctrines as a viable philosophical alternative in philosophy of religion. The dominant Christian philosophers by far have abandoned compatibilism, divine atemporality, and forensic/penal views of the atonemen. Divine foreknowledge, non-heretical formulations of the Trinity, and traditional views on hell seem to be on their way out too. This is among philosophers who consider themselves Christian. There's been a major inroads of Christians in philosophy, but what I consider important Christian views have been left behind in many cases. I'd like to think I can have some impact in motivating traditional Christian views in ethics too (e.g. complementarianism about gender distinctions), but that seems much more difficult a task.
Seven things I cannot do:
1. I can't unfocus my eyes, so I can't see those funky little dot patterns that take losing focus.
2. Speak any language besides English. (I can translate some dead languages, but that's not the same thing.)
3. Be visually artistic.
4. Enjoy the outdoors when it's hot (i.e. above 70 degrees Fahrenheit) and/or the sun is bright.
5. Eat concentrated sweets (except after a big meal) without hormonal and sugar imbalances.
6. Multitask, unless it involves playing multiple percussion instruments with multiple limbs.
7. Give birth.
Seven things that attract me to Sam:
(to the literal-minded of those tagged by this: substitute your own spouse or a significant other if you have one or a best friend if not)
1. She's hot.
2. She thinks of creative, interesting, or just important things that would never have occurred to me to be even topics of consideration.
3. We share an interest in scifi and fantasy.
4. She does a lot behind the scenes that many people don't notice.
5. [I can't say that in public.]
6. She helps me maintain myself in ways I would otherwise forget or at least do very badly.
7. If you've never experienced her cooking, you're really missing out.
Seven things I say most often:
1. That's not what I said.
2. But that doesn't follow. (alt: Why would you assume that?)
3. I don't know.
5. Ethan, what do you want?
6. Yes (or: OK)
Seven books (or series) I love:
1. The Lord of the Rings
2. Terry Brooks: Shannara series
3. Terry Pratchett: Discworld series
4. Gordon Wenham, The Book of Leviticus (New International Commentary on the New Testament)
5. D.A. Carson, A Call to Spiritual Reformation
6. Augustine, City of God
7. Ted Sider, Four-Dimensionalism
Seven movies I watch over and over again:
(Or would watch over and over if I had the time)
1. Fellowship of the Ring
2. The Two Towers
3. The Return of the King
5. Twelve Monkeys
6. Star Trek: First Contact
7. Delirious (the John Candy one, not the Eddie Murphy one)
Seven people I want to join in, too: