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    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: JMS: Don't you get tired?
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 9/18/1999 4:16:00 PM  

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>Don't you get tired of the 'I can't discuss it yet' and the 'I can neither
>confirm or deny that' and the showing of a neutral or optimistic face for the
>sake of the project even though it's gone to hell in a handbasket? The
>political crap seems that it would grind you down and sand off your
>integrity.
>How do you deal with it?

I don't, basically, as the whole TNT situation makes fairly evident. I'm
simply not a political creature. My life would be eminently simpler and less
stressful if I *were*, but I ain't. I go for the philosophy of "Be sand, not
oil, in the machinery of the world."

The peculiar thing about it is...by all rights I should be hard-core
unemployable. But any time I become available, the phone rings...people who
work with me invariably come back to work with me again,fully knowing that I'm
a major-league pain in the ass. I think the reason they do so is because they
know that I'm *not* political, that whatever some might say the truth is that
when I show up at the office in the morning, I check my ego at the door and
everything I do, I do if I sincerely believe it's the best thing for the show,
and the story.

Somehow, it works. Damned if I understand it.

jms

(jmsatb5@aol.com)
B5 Official Fan Club at:
http://www.thestation.com
    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: JMS: Don't you get tired?
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 9/21/1999 2:59:00 PM  

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>Major nosey questions: Have you ever been personality typed? what were the
>results? What did you think of them?

The one time I took a career-oriented personality inventory, it said I was best
suited to be an officer in the Army. I think running a production company
comes in right about there.

Other than that, pretty much stayed clear of them...once had an IQ test that
put me in the genius category (was in Mensa for about a year before I ran
screaming out the door)...other than that, frankly, I think I'd rather not
know.

jms

(jmsatb5@aol.com)
B5 Official Fan Club at:
http://www.thestation.com
    From: jmsatb5@aol.com (Jms at B5)
 Subject: JMS: Don't you get tired?
      To: rec.arts.sf.tv.babylon5.moderated  
    Date: 9/24/1999 1:22:00 PM  

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>Anyone here surprised??? It didn't take me long watching B5 to realize that
>about ya Joe.
>I'm glad you've used it for good. Thanks for everything.
>

Except, of course, that I don't believe it *means* anything. At the very most,
it may be some kind of indicator for potential or intuitive thinking, but at
the end of the day it really doesn't mean anything; it's what you do with your
potential that matters, and person A with less potential can do 100 times more
than person B who had more potential but less *will*.

jms

(jmsatb5@aol.com)
B5 Official Fan Club at:
http://www.thestation.com

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