As one of the newest Skepchicks, I am eager to get to know my new co-bloggers better. Some of the gals I know pretty well from cyber stalking, oops, I mean facebook and twitter, but some of the Skepchicks I just don’t know enough about. It occurred to me that many of our readers and commenters might be curious and have questions for the Skepchicks as well. When the opportunity to photograph the super-fantastic A B Kovacs (aka a.real.girl) presented itself, I jumped at the chance! I got the opportunity to ask her some of the burning questions that just wouldn’t fit in 140 characters or less and I have posted the interview and a few of the “glamor photos by Amy” for your enjoyment.
1. What is with your name? Be honest, does the A really stand for awesome?
While it does not stand for anything at all, really, I stand for Truth and Justice. I would also say “and the American Way” were it not so implausibly jingoistic. (I mean really, Superman was an alien afterall.) I am not opposed to other people thinking it stands for awesome. And, let’s be honest, it is easy to spell.
2. What is your favorite skeptical topic?
I am fascinated by the ways skeptical people intersect with a woo-filled world, and how we deal with it. What do you say to your co-worker when they offer homeopathic pills to soothe a headache? (my business partner is an exceptional, skeptical woman, so I don’t have this issue.) How do you handle being faithless if you come from a faithful family of origin? Do you buy organic? Take vitamins? Those things fascinate me. I think the major skeptical issues of our day are certainly important, but I think real transformation of opinions can happen in a grass roots kind of way at this level.
3. Who would you want to slow dance with at an all skeptics prom and what song would you want to be playing?
Carl Sagan, but you know, back in the day when he was alive and turtleneck-wearing. If this fictitious skeptical high school where the prom is really existed, we’d all recite the words from Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot each morning in homeroom, like the Pledge of Reality Allegiance. And, probably would like to dance to Beth by old-school Kiss. Rawk.
4. You have enough argyle polyester fabric to dress one skeptic. Who is it and what outfit is s/he wearing?
Duh, George Hrab, wearing only a bow tie and an interrobang. Because only Geo could pull off argyle polyester and make it the hotness. We all know this to be true.
5. Would you rather make out with Ben Stein or eat a molten chocolate cake dipped in chocolate fondue?
Surprisingly, the chocolate on chocolate option is the one for me. I’m not a fan of chocolate by any stretch, but know I like the way chocolate tastes more than how old men smell.
6. Who would you bet on in a fight- Headset Vince or Sparkle Ed?
Headset Vince- easy. Even with that headset on, he floats like a butterfly. He’s got the moves when he’s in the groove. And if you act right now, he might even sting like a bee.
7. Would you recommend Viagra for erectile dysfunction?
Although I am not qualified to recommend any medical treatment, I know Viagra helps lots of folks with genuine sexual health concerns. But more than that, I love that we live in a world that concerns itself with quality-of-life problems in addition to quantity-of-life concerns. Erectile dysfunction never killed anyone, but fixing it sure makes lots of folks happy. And I’m endlessly proud of having been some small part of that process.
8. Who would you rather spend all day with- Sylvia Browne or Jenny McCarthy?
Jenny McCarthy, provided she was still in touch with Chris Hardwick, who was her co-host back in the Singled Out days. Chris Hardwick is dreamy, funny, skeptical and half of the exceedingly amusing and talented Hard n’ Phirm. I saw him perform at the Improv last year, and he came on stage wearing a “Stephen Hawking is my homeboy” tee shirt. Also, he can recite pi to an impossibly large number of decimal places. Plus he’s awfully polite, and friends with the ever-dreamier Wil Wheaton. Wait, what were we talking about? Oh, right, Chris Hardwick…
9. What one skeptical topic do you wish there was evidence for?
I wish ghosts were real, no question. I miss my Nana every day, and I’d love to still have her around.
10. When we live on our own private Skepchick island, who would you recommend as a cabana boy?
Assuming this is a senior position, I’d recommend my friend Lee Oeth (@Lee_Oeth on Twitter), who’s the resident skeptic on the 347steps (www.347steps.com) podcast. He’s suave, charming, and makes a killer mixed drink. These are essential ingredients for a successful life on the islands. He’s also wicked smart, and no doubt has a great hat and extra sunblock for protection from the damaging rays of the endless Skepchick sun.
11. Why do you think skeptics are great?
They’re human. Flawed, ingenious, resourceful, hopefully merciful humans. At least most of them.
This was SO much fun! I had a great time spending the afternoon with A and I hope the interview helped you to get to know her a bit better. I plan on interviewing and photographing a new Skepchick every few months so if you have any questions you wish I would ask a Skepchick in the future please let me know in the comments below.
A special shout-out to Elyse for her question contributions!
This has been the first installment of Get to Know Your Skepchick hope you enjoyed!