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Improv in Minecraft - Making Life Better

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Greytopher
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Hello guys, Greytopher here with another special blog. In this blog, I will explain to you, in the best of my abilities, of when saying yes to others in Minecraft servers can get you farther than you were before. I hope you all enjoy! Like my new, fancy avatar? Yeah, made it myself (hopefully you can see it!). Umadbro?




Change Up Your Life a Little!

I think it's agreeable that we all have our routines. Sometimes, we feel like those Minecraft zombies when we wake up in the morning. My routine consists of either wanting to take a piss eat a lot and a lot of food. Our morning routines are basically a lazy way of getting things done. We're so used to what we do, it's hard to develop a habit out of it, and when we do change something, it could change up the rest of our day.

Let's say, one day, you're feeling a little different. Happier, perhaps, but want to do something about this boring and endless routine. This is where improv comes in. Improvisation happens everyday, whether you know it or not. Maybe improv comes when you're answering a question to your teacher, lying to your wife, or figuring out what to feed your dog. When you change things up unexpectantly, for me sometimes, you get this weird feeling of 'I'm a rebel!' in your stomach. Sometimes, this feeling is nice, other times, you have that feeling of guilt in your throat (depending on the person). This improvisation can really make your day better or worse, depending on your mood and effort to it.

Now, apply this to Minecraft. You're on your favorite server, and it's a boring day. Nothing out of the ordinary. You want to have some fun. So what do you do? You just go with it. Chill out, be talkitive, and before you know it, you've made some friends, and aim for something higher. You get to know the owner of the server well, and become great friends with the Moderators. See what happens? Opening up your life to what it throws at you can most of the time make a positive impact. Trust me, it makes life a lot more boring when you let yourself be yourself, not some up-tight kid.


Don't Overly Prepare...

Some of us may be that type of kid that overly prepares for a presentation. Sometimes, on PMC, you can overly prepare a cover photo that's heavily photoshopped. Some of the time, it doesn't look good. Do you know why? Because sometimes, over preparing can be a bad thing. This leads us only to focus on one thing entirely, not the whole thing together.

In example, say you're reading in class. Each student has an assigned part to read, so each kid prepares their part. These kids, in the midst of preparing what to say, or what to present, only focus on what their doing. They're not learning. Why aren't they learning? Because they're preparing so much, they don't listen to the kids before them. Therefore, they don't know what they're talking about since they have no context of the readers beforehand.

How do you know this, Grey? I've been reading a book on Improv in Drama class, and have found it very useful to read. I like how the author writes, it's intriguing, fun, and useful to read. I recommend it to all who are interested in acting, as it's a fun read. The book is called 'Improv Wisdom by Patrica Ryan Madson'.


Saying 'Yes' Can Improve Your Life...

As a Staff member on a popular server off of Youtube and PMC, I'm flooded by requests to rate someones build, fix grief, and help a player in need. Obviously, people ask for my permission. I have to say yes because it's my job, but what if it wasn't my job? What if I said yes, even though I didn't want to do it? This goes around your own selfish needs of your 'personal bubble'. This helps out others in their need, by saying yes and helping them out. Therefor, you can help others while also helping yourself become a little more social.

Now, here's a little social experiment to try out: If you have a co-worker/classmate/whatever that has an idea, support them for a week. Say yes to what they have to say, and help them follow their dreams in what they're trying to master. Hopefully, this will make you feel better about yourself helping others rather than improving your selfish needs! In Minecraft terms: Say someone has a build, and are having trouble with it. They ask you for help, and remembering to say yes, obviously you say yes. They keep on telling you what to do, and you comply with ease. In no time, this kids build looks sweet, and you feel accomplished. Since you helped them, now you get a favor in return.

Now, what this doesn't mean is to always say 'yes'. This is merely to say yes a little more than you usually do; it opens you up to try new and exciting things. A good example of what not to do when saying yes is the movie 'Yes Man' (Thank you dingousa for reminding me that this movie existed!). He obviously wasn't explained to say 'yes' to everything, and you don't have to. It's only a way to improve how you live with yourself.



Experiments You Can Try...

1) Spend a day without a plan. Don't prepare, and just go with the flow. Notice how a lot more at ease you are, rather than stressing what you're going to do next. Go out to a resturant you haven't been before, and order something you've never eaten. Minecraft wise: Build something that's a genre you've never build with before. Or, try an adventure map!

2) For one day, say yes to everything. If someone wants you to walk their dog, do a big project for work, run down and get them coffee, or swim with sharks, just say yes. Obviously, there are some restrictions to this, so use common sense (like if you have a health issue to a certain food). Minecraft wise: a friend you don't know very well wants to do an adventure map with you. Do it anyways! Notice the results.

3) Other ideas? If you have an idea, be sure to submit it in the comments below; I would love to see what you guys can come up with, and if it's really good, I will leave a link to your name and post it up here!


Obvious Restrictions...

Now, before you go off killing people, remember this: use common sense! If you have diabetes, don't say yes to eating a chocolate cake. If you just broke up with someone, don't say yes to killing your ex. Obviously, you shouldn't do those things. Just do things that would be appropiate, but fun. Not to harass your co-workers and get bad grades simply because your friend told you to.

Doing those sort of things will do the exact opposite of what it was meant for. I don't want to be held responsible for an idiot kid who tried to do these things without thinking straight. Use your brain, bro, it's there for a reason.




Hey! Hoped you liked this blog, it's a bit different then what I usually write about (lolz).

If you liked the blog, please give it a diamond, favorite, and above all, subscribe for more content!

Please do not repost this anywhere else on the web without my consent, thank you.



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  • DannyDeeto
  • Level 5
  • Apprentice Engineer
  • April 7, 2013, 1:32 pm
I always go wit da flow!
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  • mr_marc
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  • Apprentice Miner
  • March 19, 2013, 2:37 pm
Hmm I like this blog, it inspired me in some way. It is the frist one of your blogs I have read and I am looking forward to read more from you in the future, Grey :)
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  • Greytopher
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Pig
  • March 19, 2013, 4:28 pm
Thank you very much, Marc :D Glad you like them so much, and now you know my alter ego.
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  • Kaduu
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Pixel Painter
  • December 9, 2012, 9:33 am
O_____OI really like your blogs,and I never subscribed to you,tough I know you from much time.Also:This is for Minecraft or Real Life?
Minecraft-My only survival map is a survival island.I have no space to do anything.
My life is the normal routine digging billions of kiloblocks.I once stubled across another lane :)).

Real life-Well,it went pretty well.
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  • Jaceon
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • November 13, 2012, 4:50 pm
Grey is a fellow theater student? HUZZAH!
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  • Greytopher
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  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Pig
  • November 13, 2012, 4:51 pm
Of course I am! ;P
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  • Jaceon
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  • Apprentice Explorer
  • November 13, 2012, 6:44 pm
my older brother claims that students of Band are more odd than students of the stage. Pft.

yay I have something in common with grey!
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  • smanrt
  • Level 48
  • Master Batman
  • November 13, 2012, 2:48 pm
I spent a day without a plan....got a gf xD
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  • Ingus13
  • Level 26
  • Expert Blockhead
  • November 13, 2012, 12:05 pm
Nice blog post. I enjoy improv
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  • Greytopher
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Pig
  • November 13, 2012, 1:40 pm
Good, it's an awesome tool to have.
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Awesome blog. I also do like the avatar hahah
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  • Greytopher
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Pig
  • November 13, 2012, 1:42 pm
Hah, thanks.
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  • JackOrmel
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  • Apprentice Dragon
  • November 13, 2012, 10:18 am
What if you sorta do these kind of things everyday, but you're not getting any good feelings about it?
I don't really know what to do! Help!
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  • Greytopher
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Pig
  • November 13, 2012, 1:43 pm
Try to add on a little more. If that doesn't work, just try to do new things, not really something to improvise.
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  • JackOrmel
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  • Apprentice Dragon
  • November 14, 2012, 2:39 am
Ok, that REALLY helps out. I'm also a fan of Improv, for I'm doing that right now in my Drama class. Neet stuff if you know how or what you are doing.
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Its a good blog, i think it will make a lot of people happy

:D
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  • Greytopher
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  • Grandmaster Pig
  • November 13, 2012, 1:43 pm
That's what I aim for!
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I once improvised a presentation about zippers. Got an 8 from it! =P
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  • Greytopher
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  • Grandmaster Pig
  • November 13, 2012, 1:43 pm
Oh, zippers...
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  • Candlebor
  • Chat Moderator
  • Level 28
  • Expert Princess
  • November 13, 2012, 5:59 am
Mkai. I said "Yes" to some troll's challenge ("Ha, ur an MC n00b. U died 14 times on Super Hostile Sea of Flame? I'd like to see u try Legendary hahahahahaha! N00B!")

"No. I'll download Ragequit Holidays" <--- Improvisation :P

*Screws Legendary and downloads Ragequit Holidays*

*Wins in 4 lives and realizes I need to thank Greytopher for this blog*

"Thanks, Greytopher"

*Realizes this could go on forever*

"Better stop now"
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  • Greytopher
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  • Grandmaster Pig
  • November 13, 2012, 1:44 pm
O-o, if only I could write creative comments like this.

What am I thinking, I'm horrible at improv! :0
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  • Candlebor
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  • Expert Princess
  • November 13, 2012, 2:10 pm
xD
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  • Skateboards
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  • New Crafter
  • November 12, 2012, 3:39 pm
you seem like a cool guy
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  • Greytopher
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  • Grandmaster Pig
  • November 12, 2012, 3:42 pm
Good to hear.
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  • Skateboards
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  • New Crafter
  • November 12, 2012, 3:51 pm
quite
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wow I'm making a modern farm and zoo ill add a modern house to it to with the stuff in that picture
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  • Greytopher
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  • Grandmaster Pig
  • November 12, 2012, 2:27 pm
Awesome!
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  • zeus127
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  • Grandmaster Architect
  • November 12, 2012, 2:09 pm
Cooool ;O
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  • Greytopher
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  • Grandmaster Pig
  • November 12, 2012, 2:26 pm
0:
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  • CheeseManFuu
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  • Artisan Grump
  • November 12, 2012, 1:33 pm
So. If someone asks you to build a round object in minecraft... say yes?
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  • Greytopher
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  • Grandmaster Pig
  • November 12, 2012, 2:26 pm
*eye twitches* Must... make... it... HAPPEN.
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  • Candlebor
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  • Expert Princess
  • November 13, 2012, 5:51 am
Challenge Accepted.
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  • Candlebor
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  • Expert Princess
  • November 13, 2012, 5:52 am
Actually, that's a bad idea. Making a round object in Minecraft is what happens when you divide by zero.
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  • Jaceon
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  • Apprentice Explorer
  • November 13, 2012, 6:46 pm
biospheres mod by risaguimi.
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  • Ninja21399
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  • Journeyman Ninja
  • November 13, 2012, 7:30 pm
Minerball anyone?
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  • Zultin
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  • Artisan Herobrine
  • November 12, 2012, 1:08 pm
"Megusta" anyways back to the point. Loved it
Great job
I like it, i agree with it

and im gonna give you a cookie for it *throws cookie*
catch
Great job
also... that new avatar.. its good and alll but Dat Head it...
I fear no man... but that ...thing.... It scares me...
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  • Greytopher
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  • Grandmaster Pig
  • November 12, 2012, 2:26 pm
>:D IT WEEL KEEL U.
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  • Candlebor
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  • Expert Princess
  • November 14, 2012, 7:50 am
It's not loading for me. That's most likely a good thing O_O
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  • Zultin
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  • November 13, 2012, 4:46 am
*Throws lots of cookies* GET AWAY FROM ME D:
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  • ajgrocks101
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  • Journeyman Archer
  • November 12, 2012, 12:55 pm
I liked the old thing more D:
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  • Greytopher
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  • Grandmaster Pig
  • November 12, 2012, 2:26 pm
Well, there needs to be change sometime! ;P
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  • Nefashus
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  • Legendary Toast
  • November 12, 2012, 6:59 am
.[img=httpdesmondimageshackusHimgscaledphpserverampfilenamegifampreslanding]http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg826/scaled.php?server=826&amp;filename=1338053450482.gif&amp;res=landing[/img].
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  • CheeseManFuu
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  • Artisan Grump
  • November 12, 2012, 1:24 pm
Thats embarrassing if you cannot get a pancake on a pan.
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  • Nefashus
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  • Legendary Toast
  • November 12, 2012, 1:41 pm
This was a TV show, and well he lost this game (match game) and the 500 000$ prize.fail.
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  • CheeseManFuu
  • Level 37
  • Artisan Grump
  • November 12, 2012, 2:47 pm
I'm hoping this is scripted(which I bet not). Otherwise, he totally screwed up.
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  • Greytopher
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  • Grandmaster Pig
  • November 12, 2012, 2:25 pm
xD
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  • Greytopher
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  • Grandmaster Pig
  • November 12, 2012, 8:00 am
Almost there, bud... almost there... AW, CRAP!
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I see...
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  • juicy_orange
  • Level 46
  • Master Pony
  • November 12, 2012, 6:06 am
"say yes to everything"
But what if my friend's boyfriend's friend who is weird and I hate asked me out?
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  • Apple_Sauce
  • Level 44
  • Master Lad
  • November 12, 2012, 6:54 am
IT WILL MAKE YOUR LIFE BETTER. >:D
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  • juicy_orange
  • Level 46
  • Master Pony
  • November 12, 2012, 7:12 am
My friend who's boyfriend is friends with the guy I was talkin about tries to make me ask him out in French because he doesn't know French and we're learning how to ask people out :I
I said no.

Ew my iPod is lagging and my grammar is disgusting D:
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  • Greytopher
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  • Grandmaster Pig
  • November 12, 2012, 8:00 am
I think the best solution is this:

#yolo, and say yes!
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  • Snurly
  • Level 26
  • Expert Creeper Hugger
  • November 13, 2012, 4:59 am
I don't beleive in YOLO. but then again, you only die once, and your life can get screwed in a matter of seconds...
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  • juicy_orange
  • Level 46
  • Master Pony
  • November 12, 2012, 8:11 am
Ya I guess ur rite I wil say yeh
#swag #yolo !!!1!1!!1!1!
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  • Greytopher
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  • Grandmaster Pig
  • November 12, 2012, 8:13 am
Lol. Oh, kids these days!
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  • Apple_Sauce
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  • Master Lad
  • November 12, 2012, 7:14 am
lol :p
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  • Cyberbird
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  • Apprentice Explorer
  • November 12, 2012, 5:20 am
Nice picture! ;D
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  • Greytopher
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  • Grandmaster Pig
  • November 12, 2012, 8:02 am
Thanks! It was made by my good friend, dingousa.
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Wow, well, this is a new style for you Greytopher, but it's as good a blog as ever! another great job grey! *diamonds* *doesn't unsubscribe* *favorites* Hey, i might e-mail this to a friend, just because i liked it so much. is it okay if i do that? or atleast give them the link?
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  • Greytopher
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  • Grandmaster Pig
  • November 12, 2012, 7:59 am
Of course! You can totally do that.
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  • Ferfature
  • Level 32
  • Artisan Mountaineer
  • November 12, 2012, 4:08 am
I needed this blog right about now, I've done a lot of different things, but I'm never excited about it, I just....do it. Need to change my attitude about doing things. I'm also the owner of a private server I run from my laptop for me and my friends to play on, at any time of day. (24/7 :D) Recently there's been a few big arguments, and I never have time to just chill, so I avoid the computer....

Well...I think this will help me, especially because I normally am on the most, I have the most stuff. Not the biggest land, or most buildings, but just stuff in general like diamonds, iron, gold, etc.

But in other news, I was good the other week and decided to say yes to something foreign, a timelapse build....I made 2 minutes and 40 seconds of footage, but then, the last two minutes got corrupted. And keep in mind, this was at about 90 times faster than real life. Guess I need to say yes again and do it over. Keep up the inspiration. :D
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  • ARREXP
  • Level 43
  • Master Wizard
  • November 12, 2012, 12:20 am
wuts unsparation againe? :P

-good blog.
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  • Greytopher
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Pig
  • November 12, 2012, 7:58 am
;P
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  • Kerrtastic
  • Level 7
  • Apprentice Taco
  • November 12, 2012, 12:07 am
Hehe, I was thinking about that yes man movie and was going to tell you to add it in but you already did! CURSE YOU DINGO! xD Jk, but I'm a diabetic and I eat like a maniac. I get where you are coming from, but just sayin ;) Great blog, diamonded!
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  • Greytopher
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  • Grandmaster Pig
  • November 12, 2012, 7:57 am
Thank you kerr! I was like half way with writing this, and when I asked dingo for a cover, he was like 'Oh, like the movie Yes Man?'
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  • DylanOgle2
  • Level 39
  • Artisan Skinner
  • November 11, 2012, 10:25 pm
Nice blog yet again!
but i liked your old avatar, it was more cheerful, the new one makes me go O_o (no offence its good detail! but maybe too much detail)
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  • Greytopher
  • Retired Moderator
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  • Grandmaster Pig
  • November 12, 2012, 3:05 pm
Hehe, I was just switching things up, considering I've had that avatar for a while now... may make another one (change the head, since I'm not satisfied with it).
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  • Star_blinder
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Pixel Painter
  • November 11, 2012, 7:57 pm
Saying yes can improve you're life?

Murderer: wanna die
Me: Yes
* murderer kills Star_blinder*
now that's pretty stupid ^-^
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  • Greytopher
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  • Grandmaster Pig
  • November 11, 2012, 8:00 pm
"
[size=small][color=rgb(34,34,34)][bgcolor=rgb(204,204,204)]Now, before you go off killing people, remember this: [/bgcolor][/color][/size][size=small][color=rgb(34,34,34)][bgcolor=rgb(204,204,204)]use common sense!"[/bgcolor][/color][/size]

Might want to read that little bit.
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