He is one of the sharpest minds I know. He is fun. He is great.
He is Jonathan Hallée, and you can follow him on Twitter @BigJonathan91.
I interviewed him.
Eric: What do you like to do for fun?
Jonathan: Tons of stuff. Hang out with friends, food, play with/ observe my cats, push some people’s buttons, occasional sportsball (mostly softball/tennis these days), generate awkwardness unnecessarily in conversations, but mostly video games. I can enjoy a nice movie/tv show/comedy show/theater play, but not alone. I tried getting into a couple movies, tv shows, anime and books, but I always go back to video games.
Eric: What do you like to do for pain?
Jonathan: I wouldn’t necessarily go as far as calling it painful, but I often find myself in over-enthusiast conversations with strangers and “acquaintances”. It’s one thing when 1-2 coworkers determine I was the best person to vent their problems to or when an aunt praises my job to emphasize how disappointed she is with her one son, but when a clerk at a gas station starts explaining her marital problems to me, I can’t help but wonder why I didn’t just act rude in the first place.
Eric: Do you like video games?
Jonathan: That’s always a great questions considering the circle of people in my social media and in real life. Sure. I love video games. They’ve been there all my life. Started playing when I was two and they’ve been at the center of all my youth’s social interaction. They were pretty much the center of my college social interactions too. I’m renowned to friends/coworkers/family as the guy who loves video games. Then I check out Twitter and I really don’t feel as passionate as some people. I guess that’s a good thing. Anyway, video games are pretty cool.
Eric: What is your favorite mode of transportation?
Jonathan: I really like the subway/bus. I like public transportation, but it’s probably because I rarely use them. I’m gonna sound like the biggest stalker, but I just like watching people. Not staring at people, but observing silent interactions, body language, etc. I sometimes eavesdrop too. But, not just on public transportation, I just have a gift for listening to conversations without losing my concentration on something.
Eric: Why a cat?
Jonathan: Can you imagine if there was a story behind my avatar? That would make for a pretty entertaining answer to this question…
Anyway… Used a picture of my cat sitting at a desk for my avatar because I wasn’t too fond of having a picture for myself (self-esteem issues, anonymity, whatever the excuse was at the time). People started directly referring to me as an actual cat because… internet I guess? I think it’s become my “brand” now. To think I always considered myself a dog person.
Eric: How do you like your coffee/tea?
Jonathan: Iced. I did grow accustomed to drinking coffee (little milk, little sugar) for work purposes, or waking up purposes… but I don’t really love hot beverages, coffee, tea and even hot cocoa. I’m also particularly fond of cold pizza, cold lasagna, even frozen fries and slightly thawed frozen mozzarella sticks.
Eric: If you were in charge of a nation’s government, what sorts of principles would guide your leadership style?
Jonathan: Oh, wow… I am NOT a leader. The one thing I find weird about most forms of governments is how much power our imagination is putting in the leader’s hands. Of course, they have the final say, but so many people are doing analysis, reports, searching for the best course of action in a give situation, what do they really decide in the end? I guess that’d be my main principle, surrounding myself well. There’s no way I’m the best person to take a decision in all matters related to society anyway. Nobody has that kind of knowledge and judgement.
Oh and I’d mess with journalists. I’d feed them utter bullshit until they stop believing in anything I say.
Eric: Can you make a pleasant dessert?
Jonathan: Yes and no. I can cook, but I can’t follow a recipe, so, basically, I can’t bake. I couldn’t make a cake, a cupcake, a donut or a pie if I tried to. I would probably be able to make a crumble of some sort, but if all else fails, I can glaze some peaches with maple syrup, throw them on the grill and serve them with a scoop of ice cream and some cookie crumble.
Eric: How satisfied are you with the amount of close friends that you have?
Jonathan: I can’t complain. Could use to see some of them more often though, but I’m pretty sure we’d still feel close no matter how far apart our meetings are.
Eric: When is the last time that you cried?
Jonathan: I’m a huge crybaby in movies, so probably the last time I saw some kind of animal die in the arms of a kid… or something.
Eric: What’s the worst thing about humans?
Jonathan: They give themselves too much importance in the grand scheme of things. Get over yourselves people.
Eric: The best?
Jonathan: Sometimes they manage to get together and do something amazing. Sometimes that amazing thing is bettering mankind even against mankind’s will, sometimes it’s a completely irrational fictional lore surrounding Twitch Plays Pokémon.
Eric: Is there any bonus feature that you really feel like sofas are missing? Like, if you could design and manufacture a personal couch, what would it be like?
Jonathan: I do enjoy sofas. I’m a real slouch in most situations, so I love my couch. My main problem is that there’s always some kind of furry, feline creature taking up all the room preventing me from taking all the room. I don’t want to chase the cat since it adds fluffiness to the general “cuddliness” factor of a sofa, so I guess I would like the cushions to act as a conveyor belt.
In the “I can’t believe nobody thought of this before” category, though, I’d have controllable temperature cushions. I mean, they do it for mattresses, why wouldn’t they do it for sofas?
Eric: Do you think your quality of life will be better or worse 35 years from now?
Jonathan: Mine will be worse. There’s no way I’ll be in better physical/mental shape in 35 years than I am now. However, I do believe people’s quality of life will be better. If we’re talking general happiness, well, I’ll probably have kids and maybe grandkids by then, so… probably?
I do believe society will be a better place in 35 years. As much as people disappoint me, I’m a humanist at heart. I do think, in general, that society is gradually improving, though not fast enough for my tastes.
Eric: Do you have a place where you accumulate spare change?
Jonathan: I cannot be trusted with money in my pockets, therefore I rarely pay anything without using my credit/debit card. So, no. I don’t have spare change. In the rare cases I do, it ends up in some kind of candy machine or into the “family” wallet for groceries.
Eric: What do you like about where you live?
Jonathan: In my neighborhood, I’m close to everything. It’s calm, most of the time. It looks pretty nice. Both of our families are fairly close to us. As for Canada, can’t complain.
Jonathan: I don’t live in a house, yet. No room for my consoles and video games. No room for a proper desk where I could install game footage recording, proper podcast equipment, etc. And the cats don’t have enough room, if I’m being honest.
Eric: What are some of your favorite video games?
Jonathan: I… uh… You want a list? Because I can’t make lists. I am utterly unable to make lists. My tastes change every time. I feel like a game is my favorite the same way I feel like eating sushi or poutine one night (I couldn’t tell you my favorite food either). They usually gravitate around platformers, RPGs, puzzle games, the SNES, the PS1 and the PS2. You wanna have more detail, follow the Rocket Pants podcast (https://rocketpantspodcast.wordpress.com/). I’ll probably talk about them in there.
Thanks for your time, sir cat.