Ask @Hadacol:

What are your favorite summer shoes?

I don't know (or care) much about shoes fam, but I need new shoes in September so I'm going to buy some after the ones I've got have worn out and I've been to Scotland.
(As I'll be working hard in the outdoors in Scotland there doesn't seem much point in buying new shoes for that and my old ones aren't quite worn out).
I heard about a really sound idea,
http://www.wired.co.uk/article/ocean-shoes-parley-recycle-materials-plastic
Shoes made of recycled plastic from the ocean!
People are always cynical but if the ocean is being cleaned that's good enough for me, even if the makers are mainly looking to make a profit out of it, we're using whatever means necessary to sort out pollution.
And I hear they're well made & work well for the purposes I will use them for as well.
So if you ask again in September I'll tell you about the new soft shoes.

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When you're super busy do you still find time to go on ask ?

Ask and tumblr are part of my morning and evening business and at weekends, other times of the day. I don't hang round much though, probably not enough as I do feel I'm missing out on some interesting discussions and as I'm not around much people think I'm not an interesting person to follow.
So I could certainly do with some more time to get some excellent answering done.

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Which moon phase is your heart today? ♡

Dana
I don't know what moon phases are, I'll go and look it up.
Today I visited my girlfriend and had a good day except for the heat and dryness which was even worse in her city than it is here. So I Can't inagine that corresponds to any phase of the moon?
This was what we saw in the museum and we weren't able to appreciate it as it's not the right conditions in this heat but I hope you'd like it :)
http://www.bmagic.org.uk/objects/1915P100

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Milk chocolate or dark chocolate?

I prefer dark chocolate as it's more grown up.
During Kent I was on a vegan diet and I discovered I can almost totally do without milk chocolate, so when I came off the diet that was one of the things that never came back.
This then was my vegan dark chocolate that I still prefer now.

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How can you tell a good person from a bad one?

By the way they treat people such as waiters, cleaners, and others that bad people think they cam treat with impunity and if they're in management how they treat their staff.
"And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

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Do you agree that what's bad for your heart is good for your art?

Well that's interesting as in a purely technical sense I've got some "good" pictures out of the fires that have been blazing recently, one of which was in my street!
http://dry-valleys.tumblr.com/post/175599696789/the-flames-have-now-reached-the-very-street-i-live
So whether that is technically true or not I certainly don't encourage it as I'd rather the fires all be put out, the arsonists arrested and climate change generally sorted out, I produce work when there's an interesting subject but that's NOT the priority here!
In the other sense, I don't think trying to be a tortured genius is a good idea, you should seek meaningful help for the problems you have. For every AE Housman or Robert Smith there are a hundred people who aren't tortured geniuses producing great art, just miserable.

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why do people believe in mysticism?

I don't know why fam, but if you're interested in mysticism around the world I HIGHLY recommend The Perennial Philosophy by Aldous Huxley as it's fascinating and may help you if you're a practising mystic.
This is a fascinating extract:
"The difference between the mortified, but still proud and self-centered stoic and the unmortified hedonist consists in this: the latter, being flabby, shiftless and at heart rather ashamed of himself, lacks the energy and the motive to do much harm except to his own body, mind and spirit; the former, because he has all the secondary virtues and looks down on those who are not like himself, is morally equipped to wish and to be able to do harm on the very largest scale and with a perfectly untroubled conscience. These are obvious facts; and yet, in the current religious jargon of our day the word “immoral” is reserved almost exclusively for the carnally self-indulgent. The covetous and the ambitious, the respectable toughs and those who cloak their lust for power and place under the right sort of idealistic cant, are not merely unblamed; they are even held up as models of virtue and godliness. The representatives of the organized churches begin by putting haloes on the heads of the people who do most to make wars and revolutions, then go on, rather plaintively, to wonder why the world should be in such a mess."
I myself rather align with Graham Greene, who when invited to meet Padre Pio declined on the grounds that “I didn’t want to change my life by meeting a saint. I felt that there was a good chance that he was one.” But as I say if those are your interests then I advise you to take up Huxley.

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Curious question: What's your first impression of me?

Dana
I vaguely have the idea of a studenty type or someone who works in a bookshop or library something, and wears long skirts and dresses, possibly a quiet person in real life but who has a lot of interesting stuff to say to people she knows well. I've said that off the top of my head, so you're welcome to explain how true or false that impression is :)
I suppose you could be a hedge fund manager or something but I think that is a bit unlikely.

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