For our latest TBS Ten we talked to Tim Ferguson about his enthusiasm for bad ideas, Star Trek cosplay (speaking of bad ideas…) and what he wants the audience to get out of the current DAAS shows.
TBS: What do you think the key factor is in you ending up where you are today career-wise?
Tim Ferguson: I am enthusiastic about bad ideas.
TBS: Who do you consider the most intriguing public figure to watch at the moment?
Tim Ferguson: Lindsay Lohan’s recent bout of good behaviour is fascinating. I watch and wait…
TBS: What is the worst way for a person to try and get your attention on social media?
Tim Ferguson: By suggesting an unorthodox health cure for MS. Homeopathy and the Paleo Diet inspire my most lurid vocabulary.
TBS: If you could determine the exact influence you have on a young person, what do you hope she or he would gain from observing you?
Tim Ferguson: An ability to shut up until they know something useful.
TBS: What advice would you give a 15 year old Tim Ferguson?
Tim Ferguson: “Don’t change a thing, Stupid.”
TBS: Tell us something NO-ONE knows about you…until now…
Tim Ferguson: I speak passable Deutsch (don’t tell the Germans.)
TBS: What is your favourite pretentious word to say? Mine is dichotomy, in unrelated situations.
Tim Ferguson: “Fecund” – it’s useful and valid in any discussion (though it sounds rude.)
TBS: What is the one gift you pretty much always will re-gift.
Tim Ferguson: Star Trek cosplay items.
TBS: What is your favourite inspirational quote or person, as cliche as it may be?
Tim Ferguson: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt
TBS: What do you want fans to get out of the current DAAS shows?
Tim Ferguson: The show is a sobering fright for all thinking people. We want our audience morally confused, but giddy with pheromone buzz.