Tim Gruver @timgruver
Tim Gruver @timgruver
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Writer of sorts, player of games. Former scribe at ‎@leviathyn, and editor ‎@BagoGames. Words at ‎@Filmoria, ‎@Gameranx, & ‎@Gamesradar. @UW student. Observer of life & its oddities.
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what typing speed site did you use because I used a crappy one for mine and I know I type faster than that shiz  Allison Campbell
10FastFingers. Apparently I have just that, but it was just typing random words than full sentences. I'm a cheater.
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typing speed?
Around 90 wpm, according to a site I just used.
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Why are so many ordinary people are obsessed with the lives of musicians, athletes, actors, etc.? What do you think is the best way to discourage this kind of celebrity worship?  Toronto Lydia
I suspect it has to do with the lives that most people live. It's natural to be dissatisfied with the routine of ordinary life and celebrities are easy means to objectify our fantasies by the very nature of their jobs. We live through celebrities as much as many parents live through their children with the aims of experiencing what we can never hope to. I'd doubt that any of us are immune to such phenomena – it's something inherent in our DNA to dream, nor is it necessarily bad in itself if not taken to extremes.
More often than not, the wish fulfillment most celebrities embody is a vacuum for any number of agendas good and bad, unfortunately. Hollywood is very much the dream factory for survivor bias in reinforcing the "rags to riches" narrative that enables the lottery system that is classism. Celebrities are the most frequent spokespeople in perpetuating charity for charity's sake at the cost of addressing culturally corrupt institutions, but I'd think the vast majority of them mean well.
I doubt that even the widespread discouragement of celebrity worship could dispel celebrityhood. Fame is sometimes inescapable for talented people who often do great things. It is more our problem than theirs that we project our feelings into them as obsessively as we do. And many of us will pay heed to a single voice than those of the many more often than not.
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Do you have a cherished item from your childhood?  Lucas
I still have a variety of childhood times, but I was always rather fond of my videotapes of the Original Star Wars Trilogy and my Nintendo Gamecube. I was told that my most cherished possession as a toddler was a red, toy shovel. I carried it with me everywhere, intent on somehow using it. I was very utilitarian at a young age, I suppose.
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Do you believe in anything supernatural?  Lucas
I believe that there are phenomena beyond our scientific understanding as it is now, but I don't often think of it as emanating from a higher being. I would be thrilled and terrified to be proved wrong.
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What makes a person rich?
That they're happy, healthy, and in good company, no more and no less.
Today was a particularly rough day for me, and all I want to do is lay in bed and relax. Which brings me to my current question: What's your favorite way to wind down after a stressful day?  Leigh.
You and me both, then. I usually do exactly what I plan on doing this weekend: I eat, I read, I game, I binge on Netflix, I take a nap. I know I ought to channel bad days into something productive, like writing or exercising, but when the mind and body are weak, the desire for idleness is strong. I've come to experience that it's more a break from emotional exhaustion than anything else, though I've learned to take them in moderation.
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Pretend you can declare your own national holiday. What would it be about?
Every politician would have to work in the job sector they're campaigning to cut for twenty-four hours. You wanna cut medicare? You empty bedpans for a day. You wanna fire more teachers? You put up with a bunch of screaming ten-year-olds for a day. As a result, my holiday would never pass Congress, alas.
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Why is a healthy lifestyle so trendy now?
Because employers need workers.
Do you think that you would be able to work closely with your spouse, in an employment situation?  Martin J. Clemens
I wouldn't know not being married. But familiary breeds contempt, or so they say, and I doubt that the presence of a loved one would allow someone to perform in their job without distraction –much less a spouse. I'm sure that some people can and have done so, though not without challenge.
What would make you unfollow someone on here?  Toronto Lydia
A lot of things no doubt – some of them being harassing questions and all of them being bigoted answers.
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What would your DJ name be?
Lord Cuckoo Land
Final question for the night! Question #3: If given the opportunity, would you want to see the names of those who follow you? Or would you rather it stay anonymous? What may be the pros and cons of this?  Leigh.
Not knowing who they were, I honestly wouldn't know. I suppose it'd be up to them, if that's what they wanted.
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Question #2: Do you think it's important to keep the opinions of other people in mind if you know you have a large fan base? Or, rather, do you believe a person should speak their mind regardless of how it may be perceived?  Leigh.
I believe a measure of respect's called for in any discussion, but whether you've got 1 follower or a million followers, I'm of the belief that people follow other people because they're interested in hearing their honest opinion. That doesn't mean it can't be done with tact, though.
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Hope everyone had a good weekend! Question #1: How many followers do you have? Do you think about how your answers may reflect on your followers when you decide how to answer a question?  Leigh.
I don't pay much heed to popular opinion myself, to be honest. I have a few followers of mine and I answer how I like. I wouldn't ask any more of anyone else.
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Do you believe that knowledge is power? Why / why not?  Diāna
Knowledge is power, but only the best of us can wield it.
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How many Bible verses do you still have memorized?  Toronto Lydia
One: Jesus wept – John 11:35.
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What is on your “never again" list?  Lucas
What is on your “never again" list?
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And the final question for the night... Question #5: Post a picture of your current celebrity crush, or your real crush if you'd like. What is it about this person that allures you?  Leigh.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I could never choose between these two gentlemen. How could they not be alluring? Their dreamy eyes follow you everywhere.
And the final question for the night... Question #5: Post a picture of your current celebrity crush, or your real crush if you'd like. What is it about this person that allures you?
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Question #4: Post a picture of your bedroom or the room you're currently living in (if you're comfortable doing so).  Leigh.
From left to right: Mad Max: Fury Road poster; bed; mirror; doors; pic of myself with William Shatner, and Leonard Nimoy; Lego Gibson guitar; Lego Dark Knight Tumbler; dresser of books, origami, more books, and assorted figurines. Some other stuff not pictured.
Question #4: Post a picture of your bedroom or the room you're currently living in (if you're comfortable doing so).
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Question #3: If you're comfortable doing so, post a picture of yourself where you feel most proud of who you are. If you're not comfortable posting a picture, tell me what about yourself you are most proud of.  Leigh.
I've been proud of myself on variety of occasions, but I don't think I have much in the way of photographs on hand at the moment. I took great pride in winning 1st place in my Sunday school's Bible verse competition at 1,180 verses – I came just shy of beating the record too. The vast majority of them were from Psalms and Lamentations. I'm still of the opinion that I charmed and depressed my teachers quite a great deal.
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Has there ever been a time in your life when you were afraid of death?  Toronto Lydia
I don't believe there was any time in my life where death was a reality, but there've been times where I've been afraid of wanting it.
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What is a thing you keep in your wallet/purse always that you've never actually needed for any reason, ever?
My old Star Wars club card. A pre-adolescent me always thought it prudent to have my ID at the ready for any Imperial troops that might come my way.
What is a thing you keep in your wallet/purse always that you've never actually needed for any reason, ever?
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Are you doing your bit to save the planet? Do you think that you are taking steps for conservation? Are you helping the environment?  Lucas
I make an effort to put my recyclables in their respective recyclable containers. I commute by public transit than car – which is more convenient then anything else, as my college hardly ever has parking. I try to buy and dispose of only what'll decompose in this century as much as possible. I do my small part as a conscientious citizen, but trust me, if the planet depends on me to save it then a lot would be different.
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Question #2: Post a photo of your most treasured possession and explain the story behind it. If you don't have/cannot take a picture of this item, just explain it's significance.  Leigh.
I don't place as much value in objects as I do memories, to be honest.My computer's the only real cash good I still have with me, but it's not exactly nostalgic.
I can remember getting my very first Lego set for my fifth birthday: a bright yellow submarine set, probably no more than 30-40 pieces. I can remember getting a Gameboy color for Hannukah and a Gamecube that next summer. I can recall sitting down to watch and re-watch Star Wars: A New Hope over and over again on a dusty old video tape as much as I can remember watching Adam West's Batman TV show or reading Gertrude Warner's Boxcar Children. None of them are worth much now, just investments of memory.
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