Every week, a new and interesting human being tackles our decidedly geeky take on the Proustian Q&A. This is the Engadget Questionnaire.
In the latest installment of our weekly session of inquiry, Turquoise Jeep Co-CEO Flynt Flossy chats about shower meditation and capturing hooks on the go. Join us on the other side of the break for all of the responses and a look at Mr. Flossy's stellar dance moves.
What gadget do you depend on most?
I have to say my iPhone; it's really everything in the palm of your hand. You have to own one to truly understand all the awesomeness jumbled in one device.
Which do you look back upon most fondly?
My first touchscreen phone! I believe it was the Treo. I remember feeling like the coolest dude on Earth with that phone. I was super-protective of it, using the stylus for the slightest things. I had the bulky leather case and all.
Which company does the most to push the industry?
I have to go with Apple right now ... they just seem to do all the right things.
What is your operating system of choice?
I'm operating on OS X.
What are your favorite gadget names?
I'm a fan of simple, yet clever names like PlayStation, Walkman, Talkboy, etc
"... I find myself using the voice memo app a whole lot. Whenever I randomly think of a hook or a melody, I run straight to that app ..."
What are your least favorite?
Anything that's too long and not catchy.
Which app do you depend on most?
You know what ... besides the obvious like Instagram, Gmail, etc. ... I find myself using the voice memo app a whole lot. Whenever I randomly think of a hook or melody for song, I run straight to that app so I don't forget it. I have a TON of stuff.
What traits do you most deplore in a smartphone?
I wish you could have multiple apps run all at the same time and not drain your battery so much. I like to multitask.
Which do you most admire?
I love the "intelligent personal assistant" like Apple's Siri or Samsung's S Voice. You think it'll be one of those features you don't really use, then one day you realize, "Hey this thing really comes in handy; it's way smarter than I thought!" Then you start asking it random questions like "Siri, how many calories in rice pudding?" just cause you know she knows the answer; still amazes me.
What is your idea of the perfect device?
Good battery life, runs fast, no glitches and doesn't become obsolete just because a newer version comes out.
What is your earliest gadget memory?
Oh man, I remember having this red and white Fisher-Price tape recorder with the microphone. It would never leave my side ... my first rhymes were recorded on it. I wish I still knew where that tape was. I also have to give an honorable mention to my Speak & Spell! I used to love that thing.
What technological advancement do you most admire?
I'd say the internet and social media as [a] whole. It gave people like us a platform to display our creative works and build a genuine fanbase. It's amazing.
Which do you most despise?
I hate how easy it has gotten to find out people's personal information. There's no real privacy these days ... that sucks.
What fault are you most tolerant of in a gadget?
Well, even though it's annoying, I can tolerate if the battery life isn't perfect. I'm the type to always have my charger on me, so it wouldn't bother me too much.
Which are you most intolerant of?
Freezing! Words can't express the feeling I get when I see that colored pinwheel (pinwheel of death) on my laptop. Especially when I'm in the middle of a project ... I can't count how many times I said, "No please, baby, not now, not now ... nooo!"
"Words can't express the feeling I get when I see that colored pinwheel on my laptop. Especially when I'm in the middle of a project ..."
When has your smartphone been of the most help?
Well, the alarm on my phone wakes me up every morning. It also gets me out the shower. My showers tend to be a bit extended because I meditate. Am I the only one that meditates in the shower?
What device do you covet most?
Definitely my laptop; can't function properly without it. I'm a tech guy.
If you could change one thing about your phone what would it be?
Give it legs and breasts; other than that it's perfect. I love my phone.
What does being connected mean to you?
I would say being in touch with my fans and being up on what's new on the internet.
When are you least likely to reply to an email?
When we're touring real heavy or when I'm in the creative process, like writing a new song or treatment for a new music video. My mind can get real cluttered. Other than that, I always try to reply to all my emails.
When did you last disconnect?
It's been a while; there's always something going on with the team. I can't stay away too long from our fans, feel me?
Photography courtesy of Flynt Flossy.