Originally, this post was scheduled for tomorrow. I wanted to provide a little more spacing between this post and the last Q&A / tag post. I am fortunate though, that I prepared the answers for this one in advance. Because the post I had planned for today1… Well, I wasn’t able to complete it before bed time.

I thought about giving it the same experimental ‘Stream of Consciousness’ treatment that I gave yesterday’s Why Write About Games post, but it didn’t seem the right treatment for the subject matter.

So! With acknowledgement of this being so close in time to the last Q&A / tag post, I shall forgo a round of nominations and question raising of my own this time around.

Without further adieu — I was nominated by Frostilyte! (Thank-you!) and you can see their nomination post and questions answered here. Frosti has had a focus on review content but is branching out into more bloggy-style stuff too. Take a look! :)


You’ve become the leader of your country for a day. You have the power to make one item illegal for purchase for the rest of time. What do you choose and why?

Cigarettes, I think.

With the amount of harm they can cause which has at this stage been beyond proven, it in many respects amazes me that they are still for sale. It absolutely irks me the amount of ‘sin tax’ the Government puts on them ostensibly as a deterrent, but really as a revenue driver.

However I leave the ‘I think’ qualifier in there as the lessons of prohibition in the States would need to be more closely considered. Would such a move in actual fact only serve to further line the pockets of those willing to deal in drugs? How would the criminalisation of something once so widely accepted even work?

In short I’m under no illusion that it would be a simple matter.

You will receive five million dollars (USD), but for the next year you will always feel like you have to use the washroom and won’t be able to tell the difference between a false alarm and the real deal. Do you take the money? Why or why not?

Absolutely take the money.

Even if we assumed the absolute worst and ‘Not be able to tell the difference’ somehow extends beyond just the physical sensations to prohibiting the use of logic and reason as well. Even if we were to assume an even worse case that the use of adult diapers was prohibited essentially rendering you homebound.

Still take the money.

One could comfortably live off the interest without eating into the principal amount in that year, even with no further income. Assuming even an incredibly modest 2.40% p/a interest rate, you would accrue $120k on the principal.

You could go on sabbatical or career break for the 12 month period and return to the work force (if you wished) the following year.

You remove the existence of an entire genre from video games | film | music | anime | television (pick one). What genre do you ax out of existence and why?

OK, I typically get frustrated by non-answers to things like this — but here goes a bit of a non-answer.

I probably wouldn’t. Just because something isn’t for me doesn’t mean I want to get rid of it. At least not within the common realm of genres anyway.

If we were to extend this into being a slightly heavier question — which I’m reasonably sure wasn’t the intent — then if it was within my power to axe out of existence any exploitative material of unwilling participants I would do it in a heartbeat.

What superpower do you want to help solve your mundane everyday problems?

Telekinesis was the first that popped into my head. But there are so many ways a super power could help with mundane every day problems. Super speed. Future sight.

I think super speed would be my ultimate pick.

Many of us would like to go back in time to give our younger selves advice. Instead of doing that, what skill would you trick yourself into thinking you had so the younger you would actively pursue learning said skill?

Oh man. I’m not sure my younger self would work like that.

But for the sake of the question, assuming he did — Super Speed. … What? ;)

More seriously, how young are we talking? If quite, then likely a musical instrument. Although drawing, painting or more generally ‘visual art’ would be quite a close second.

But then there’s also writing. Maybe I could trick younger me into thinking I’d already become a published author and get him hard at work on that?

Toilet paper roll over, under, or pine cone?

Hol’upaminnit. Frosti — I can only assume we have a breakdown in communication here somewhere.

A- A- A pine cone?

One of these suckers?

Nuh-uh. No way. Not sure why even an option. One of those is never getting anywhere near my-

You know what, let’s just all agree that we’re not savages and the paper needs to go over. ;)

If you could take credit for any invention and have everyone believe that you indeed created it, what would you choose and why?

The wheel. The confusion would be priceless.

Or fire, for much the same reason.

Plus neither of those things steals credit from people still living or with close relatives still living.

Although I suppose there is a question here in just how far that belief ran and whether it could be utilised for a greater good. Hmm. Like, could I claim credit for a life saving drug of some kind, win the patent back and ensure it isn’t priced beyond the reach of people who need it?

What is your favourite beverage with alcohol in it? If you don’t drink booze, same question sans the alcohol.

I don’t drink a great deal — but when I do go out for the odd big night, at a certain point Espresso Martini’s become a feature. ;)

You wake up in a cold sweat. What a terrible nightmare. You were surrounded by that thing you have an irrational fear of. Then you hear a noise in the looming darkness. You turn on the lights. OH NO! IT WASN’T A DREAM!? What thing, that you have an irrational fear of, is in the room with you?

Oh hell. I actually don’t know.

There are a great many things I’m uncomfortable with irrationally, but not quite sure they extend fully into the realm of ‘fear’ since I will deal with them when necessary. This includes things like spiders and large insects of which when they trespass into our domain — I’m the designated remover.

Heights? But I’ve done sky diving and have bungee jumping on my pretend-I’m-a-tourist-in-my-own-country todo list.

Otherwise I think the things I’m afraid of a perfectly rational, thank-you very much. Hah. Armed intruders, for instance.

Without looking up the answer, which of the following headlines do you think is false and why?

  • Aspen man hires stuffed owl as his defense attorney
  • Man allegedly assaults homeless man over cheeseburger
  • Woman missing, since she got lost
  • Woman allegedly assaults sandwich maker over ‘Too Many Pickles’

I could absolutely believe any of these as being a real headline. I would hope that that man in Aspen only attempted to hire a stuffed owl as his defense attorney and so I wonder if that might be the fake one.

But I’m going to go with the ‘Woman missing, since she got lost’ option as it seems grammatically at least to be the least like a headline. Also from a logical perspective they probably wouldn’t have known what happened to the woman unless she was found again.

Still. It might be real. You have to let me know Frosti, you must! :D

You’ve decided to help combat the inevitable global climate change that will kill us all by eating vegetarian once a week. What is one new meal you’re excited to prepare and consume?

*makes a face*

Although honestly, I’m probably eating vegetarian at least once a week already. But once you put a label on it like that… *makes a face again*

I would say though pan fried couscous with feta (I assume this is allowed, since not full on vegan being requested) and raisins, alongside a helping of steamed vegetables such as broccoli and carrot.

Thank-you again very much for the nomination, Frostilyte, and for the questions that I know you put a lot of thought and effort into!

Seriously though, you have to say which headline was the fake one. Or wait, were they all real? All fake? xD

Given proximity to the last round of questions I’m not going to carry this one on unless there is a particular demand for more questions — I’m happy to oblige in that case. ;)


  1. Well, ‘today’ by the time you see this post live.


Gamer, reader, writer, husband and father of two boys. Former WoW and Gaming blogger, making a return to the fold to share my love of all things looty.


Frostilyte · August 13, 2019 at 2:58 am

I am disappointed by that non-answer for question 3. For shame!

Debating if I will or won’t let you all know which headline is bogus. Leaning more toward letting you all continue to debate among yourselves over the correct answer. Muhahaha!

    Naithin · August 13, 2019 at 7:33 am

    Nuuuuu! Telllllls ussss!

    OK, I took to Google. I can confirm two are 100% real stories, the other two I think are a bit too generic to confirm 100%. But I thiiiink I found the story one of the others was referring to. xD

    EDIT: Just to make it 100% clear — I took to Google now, post writing the answers, not ahead of! Frosti and I have since chatted, and I shan’t confirm whether or not I was right yet since there are still a number of people to answer these questions. ;)

Quietschisto · August 13, 2019 at 3:14 am

2,4 % interest rate? On savings? As a private person? As far as I know, the normal rates are about 10 % of that. I believe you have confused that with the interest rate on loans. Or you think about an offer where the money is tied to the account for some years and only at the end do you get the payout.
You’d need more like around 10.000.000,- USD. This does not, however, take any taxes into account (we just assume that the money magically appears on your account), and most banks only grant you a deposit guarantee for about 1 Mio. Should anything happen to the bank, the rest is just gone…
Luckily, you don’t need to live off interest. If you take out 30k a year (so a bit less than 3.000,- a month, which is a decent amount for not working) you could keep that up for 166 years, so you AND your children could live pretty comfortably.
Or you want to spend it all on you, (let’s say over 60 years), you can take out 83k per year, or around 7.000,- dollars a month. So, don’t take that much money to your bank, just keep it under your bed and live a comfy life! :-)

    Naithin · August 13, 2019 at 7:21 am

    I really don’t think 2.4% is too far fetched.

    My current bank for example offers an account with 2.0% p/a (paid monthly) with no minimum balance required and a ‘free’ withdrawal each month that doesn’t impact this interest rate. So you’d set this up as your core ‘savings’ account with another transactional account which you’d pay into monthly.

    Having said that:
    a) Yes, I ignored tax on that. But I’m still comfortable with my calcs as even comparing the grosse — even comparing at just 2.0% — before even bothering to convert from USD to NZD, one could *comfortably* live off that for a year without biting into the principle.
    b) The OCR was just dropped by a full % here recently, so it will be interesting to see how banks react to that on saving account products in the near future.

    If for some reason you couldn’t negotiate your way to even a modest 2.4% (something I struggle to believe, especially in context of a minimum balance account) then you could start looking into laddering and rolling term deposits.

    A number of ways to skin this cat, but absolutely doesn’t change the opinion: Take the money and deal with a year of discomfort. ;)

      Quietschisto · August 13, 2019 at 8:04 pm

      I took the European and US rates for my calculation, it seems that the interest in New Zealand/Australia is much higher! I struggled to get 0,3 % with my bank, but we are a business that manages other people’s money, so there are a lot more restrictions.

      But I completely agree, as soon as we go into 6 digits, the downside has to be significantly higher to not take the money :-)

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