Michael Filimowicz is a lecturer in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at SFU. He is also the faculty director of Interdisciplinary Programs and the editor of The Soundtrack Journal.
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Q & A
What is your idea of earthly happiness? Lamu island off the coast of Kenya.
Which philosopher/philosophy do you most identify with and why? Heraclitus. I'm a fluxist at heart.
What do you enjoy most about moderating a Philosophers' Cafe? I most enjoy being ignored by everyone, because that means the conversation has really taken off and my being there isn't important other than to have been the instigator.
Which talent would you most like to be gifted with? The ability to attend to the wounded egos of others with calm assuaging words that I don't really mean.
What food can you not survive without? Coffee.
What do you dislike/like about Metro Vancouver? I like the mountains, health care, the clean smelling air, the sushi joints every 27 feet, plentiful hot yoga studios and people who aren't addicted to honking their car horns as they do in the States.
Which phrase do you overuse? Ummmmmmmm.....
What do you find dismaying about society today? Everyone walking forward on the sidewalk staring down at their little "smart" screens.
What promising signs do you see about society today? Netflix, HD video viewed wirelessly, via my Apple TV.
What and where is your favourite bookstore? The Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum in Amsterdam.
What is your greatest fear? That student evaluations will become the next Bible.
What was your first job and how old were you? I was 14 working as a janitor for a medical center for $2.50/hour in 8th grade.
What was the smartest thing you ever did? Moved to Canada to teach! I had no idea Canada was so cool. Canada is one of those best kept secrets in the States, don't tell anyone.
In 5 words or less, sum up your high school experience. Avoided all the math classes.