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Specialized ProfessionI am the first-to-market esports attorney (yes, that is a thing), and I just founded the world’s first esports only law firm. AMA!

Jan 3rd 2017 by esportslaw • 33 Questions • 96 Points

Here's me in the Caesar Man suit!

Little Caesars was my first job, and I really enjoyed it for the most part. I've worked for corporate and for franchises, ask me anything that you may be curious about!

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As the guy who often works across the table from you, I just wanted to say congratulations on your new endeavor and I'm glad the owners are using someone who believes mutually beneficial relationships are best for both sides. But hey, it's an AMA, so here's my question:

How do you feel that nearly every attorney I work against who represents a team has stolen been inspired by your contract?

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Shortly after your internet access was cut, the head moderator of /r/Wikileaks added 6 new users to the moderation team who he stated were the first to send him a him private messages volunteering their help. Outside of a single sanctioned thread, the new team banned anyone who questioned the sensibility of this action given reddit's long history of having its moderation teams infiltrated by certain interest groups. Censorship of this, and any topic relating to your safety or wellbeing forced the creation of alternative subreddits such as /r/WhereIsAssange and /r/BannedFromWikileaks.

A little over a month ago, the newly added moderator 'Here4Popcorn' began claiming that he was in direct contact with you / your organization. We learned from a discussion with another of the moderators that that he was apparently the only one in the team who had been contacted. When asked if he was confident of the authenticity of the claims, we were told that it was 'probably' actually you.

Are these claims true? If so, why was perhaps the most controversial member of the new moderation team selected as your only point of contact?


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What did the arresting officers think of the law?

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Do you wear pants in every video?


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How has your perspective on life in general changed? My teacher beat cancer during university and now says "she'll sleep when she's dead" and is super optimistic. Also, what was hands done the hardest part of this? Congrats on being cancer free btw :)

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Do you think these are the methods that David Blaine uses?


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Why did you leave?

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Thanks for the kind words, Ryan.

Mostly, I feel proud. When I started in this industry player contracts were not at all customized to the unique relationship between an esports team and its players. In fact, they often weren't even in writing. I sat down with a former pro player (/u/snoopeh) and basically interviewed him for hours in order to fully understand those dynamics, then I spent 20+ drafting and have constantly edited my templates since then. If I do nothing else in esports, I'm proud that a complex, balanced, and thorough template is now used by more than 1000 players and their teams.

All that being said, I have to admit that the fact that there are a handful of lawyers out there charging clients for work they didn't do and representing it as their own isn't the greatest feeling in the world. This is particularly true because there have been many instances of those other lawyers (or their clients) changing my contracts in a way I wouldn't approve of and then leaving my name in the notice section!


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I have not been in contact with any Reddit moderators nor am I aware of our people having being in contact, but it is theoretically possible that someone in WikiLeaks has but did not think it significant enough to bring to my attention.

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They definitely disagreed with it, and didn't want to be doing it. My arresting officer, to his credit, made every effort he could to tell me how much he didn't want to be doing it. It's definitely the mayor who is pursuing this.


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Cannot confirm

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My perspective has changed in that now I believe that if I want to do something, I should do it! I try not to let fear or anything else hold me back from anything I want to do. I've been travelling a lot this year and trying to be fearless in the creation of my art (I am a visual artist and a musician). The hardest part was definitely chemotherapy, but that's pretty broad, so I'll narrow it down to just the way my body felt during treatment. Often times I felt like I was dying -- like every single cell in my body was shutting down. During those times, I couldn't move or speak, I could barely even open my eyes. I couldn't watch TV or read or look at my phone, but I also couldn't sleep... I would just lay in bed, motionless, feeling like I was absolutely going to die. In those times, I really wanted to. On my best days, I was still weak. I got dizzy and tired very easily, I had a constant horrible taste in my mouth as if something in my throat was rotting, and I would have sudden nausea where I had to run to the closest sink/toilet and throw up. My body did not feel like a home to me throughout my treatment and even afterwards it took a long time for me to begin to feel like myself again.


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No. Funny thing, he actually gets a mention in my book in a chapter where Laird Hamilton talks about how Blaine said he could sit in a special ice-water contraption at Laird's place. Blaine said he could hang out in the tub of ice for 30 minutes. He lasted 5. Or so I was told.

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I left when I stopped enjoying it there. I had another job that took up a majority of my time, so I was tired. By the time I actually turned my keys in and said "I'm out", I hadn't worked there in a solid two months because I asked my manager if she could take me off the schedule for a while. Coming in felt more and more like a chore and I worked kinda far from home. Wasn't worth it anymore and I wasn't happy. I left on a good note, though, and that job will always hold a super special place in my heart. I even have a pizza tattoo!


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Do you agree with players and teams using twitlonger to make public statements or should they use more formal ways for those types of things?

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As someone who's followed WikiLeaks for a long time, what's most remarkable to me about the US election publications is that this is the only time (with the possible exception of Aaron Swartz) that you've ever confirmed or denied a source. You'd been asked previously on multiple occasions to deny a state party was the source for these releases but refused, saying it would be "dangerous" and "irresponsible" to do so.

I found it very suspicious that, just weeks later, the first time you ever denied a source was in a heavily-edited interview aired on RT, an organization that obviously benefits from you denying they're the source, regardless of whether they are. You've reaffirmed the other day that you're uncomfortable having so.

Your denial, in particular, seems to be spliced together from three separate responses (masked by cuts to reaction shots), in response to a question removed in the cutting room (though the cut happens a few frames after he starts to open his mouth to ask it). With zero follow-up from you or Pilger.

My question is twofold. Do you think the edited interview accurately reflects the answers you gave? If so, did your previous business arrangement with RT in any waeny influence your decision to break WikiLeaks's most sacred rule in an interview exclusivley aired on their network?


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What exactly were you charged with?

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What do you think the next breakthrough feature in smartphones will be?


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Would you share links to your art or music? :)

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How does David Blaine hold his breathe for 17 minutes without using this method?


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Please show the tattoo!

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I'm torn on this. Generally speaking, I think the esports industry could afford to level up its professionalism in certain areas. Public drama is definitely one of them. We air our dirty laundry as a matter of course, and that's scary for people on the outside who could want to invest, sponsor, etc. These people/entities will play a pivotal role in our future growth, so we need to care what they think (at least, I think we should).

On the flip side, one of the best parts of the esports industry is the connectivity between fans and their heroes. Our industry doesn't exist in a black box and people feel a genuine connection to the teams, players, streamers, casters, etc in a way that just doesn't exist in traditional sports. Twitlonger is a part of that culture and I would hate to see us abandon this altogether as we continue transitioning into the mainstream.


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We have never confirmed or denied a source. We have occasionally stated broad properties about who a source is or is not where we felt it was crucial to do so (to prevent the risk of war or the undermining of the publication). The interview was not with RT it was for Dartmouth and a UK broadcaster. It was then sold, somewhat irritatingly, to RT.

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Trespassing after warning, per violation of city ordinance 16-43(c), which reads “No person shall conduct any activity or utilize any department managed land in a manner which will result in commercial activity, as defined in this chapter, or provide for the distribution or sampling of any materials, merchandise, food, and/or beverages to the general public, without prior written approval from the department.”


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I kinda feel like wireless charging is ready for primetime. More smartphones are getting rid of certain ports, and charging is the last thing to go wireless.

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You can find all my music here: http://flowerface.bandcamp.com :)


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17 minutes is a very long time. Though there is precedent among the freediving community (which uses a different method). I think the record is something like 22 minutes underwater. But that feat relies in part on the mammalian dive response which suppresses all sorts of bodily functions when in contact with cold water.

Then again, something like 320 free divers have died in the last few years. So there's that.


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How do you protect your customers data at rest? Do you email your customers sensitive documents to them or do you have your customers obtain sensitive documents from your servers?

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Hi Julian.

My question would be what happened on October 16, 2016, when a series of strange encrypted keys were sent via twitter?

Why did it seem like you were silenced in October (where'd you go) and why did the encryption used to verify Wikileaks fail?


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Can't you just say it's a private picnic and you are friends with all the homeless?

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What is, in your wildest dreams, a piece of technology you wish existed?


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As a boyfriend to someone who has had ovarian cancer on and off twice now. What can I do to help support her? Just, what can I do? Seems so out of my hands.

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Care to give a tl;dr: on how this all works?


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Are there any other secret requests? Like getting it crazy crusted? Stuff that's fantastic and not listed?

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I can say that I'm careful about it and have set up an infrastructure that complies with the Washington State Bar Association's guidelines. I don't want to get too specific though - if someone ever did want to hack me, I don't want to give them a system roadmap.


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It didn't. The hashes are pre-commits of plain text archives that validate the decryption. Since keys have not yet been released there can be no validation at this point.

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We definitely said that, but at the end of the day the officers are enforcing the law in the way that they (and their bosses) interpret it.


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Batteries that recharge "instantly" or last forever. Whether in smartphones, laptops, or cars.

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Be gentle with her. Be understanding. The boy I was with during my treatment had a hard time with that -- he didn't really allow me the space to be in a bad mood, or to just be generally upset about my situation. He would get angry. Don't treat her differently, per say, but do try to understand that it's hard to be your regular self when you're going through something like this. Be patient, and ask her what she needs. Really listen to her. I hope she is okay. I am very sorry.


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Get cold. Suppress your shiver response. Force your body to come up with a different solution to how to heat itself. Feel the endorphin rush. Be happy.

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Sometimes we'd make stuffed crust pizza or pepperoni crazy bread or calzones... but I'd never make that for a customer unless I knew them or they were a coworker. Too much work and if word got out that we would do stuff like that, people would want it and eventually it might be made a menu item, blah blah blah... ya know? Specialty items are super annoying to make, and that's why I'm glad I worked on the bottom of the pizza chain totem and not at the top!


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How big is your staff? And do you need someone to boss around and be an office bitch?

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Hi Julian. Why did you, and Wikileaks, send a cryptic tweet about your internet being cut off by a state party? Why did you not just name Ecuador from the outset instead of triggering conspiracy theories?


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I'm now wondering if there's a way to force them to interpret it as a picnic?

If you had a picnic for someone's birthday and every attendee was wearing party hats would it force them to interpret it as a picnic?

There have to be a certain amount of party hats, or maybe 1 Piñata which makes it a birthday party/picnic and not something else.

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What are your thoughts on Chromebooks and Chrome OS in general, especially with the recent development of Android integration. Do you see convertible Chromebooks taking over for the failing Android tablet market? Have you tried any of the recent Chromebook devices that try to fill that niche?


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Reading that your BF at the time didn't help you much out and would get angry with you, in addition with the fact that you had cancer and everything that it brings to ones life, you managed to do great in HS.

Respect.

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You ever get chills doing something totally ordinary? Like maybe you're walking down the cold food aisle at the grocery store, get a chill, and then you're like "What the fuck?!"


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Understandable. Pepperoni crazy bread sounds pretty epic though...

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Haha, I have an accountant and a bookkeeper, but they're external. So right now the firm is just me. I'll be hiring another lawyer really soon, but not looking for admin at the moment. Sorry!


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Diplomacy.

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I like this. We might try it out.


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I've been saying year after year for the past 3 years that Chromebooks and Chrome OS are ahead of their time. But now you gotta wonder when IS "their time"?

A Chromebook still works great for my Dad and my grandparents and certain people in my life who don't need a full fledged computer. But I still haven't been able to recommend them to regular people for daily use.

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Aw thanks. He tried his best, I think he just wasn't nearly mature enough to handle it -- but what 17 year old boy would be?


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Hahaha. Yes! All the time. When I'm not focusing it is a lot easier to get cold.

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Most definitely! It's not nearly as time consuming as other things so maybe you could request that sometime at your local LC! No telling what they'll charge you, but it was damn good.


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Are you afraid of automation influencing your practice?

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Can we send you food or the police department notices about how we don't like what they're doing.


Q:

Hey MKBHD, what do you want to see in the second interation of the pixel this year?

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What were your noticeable warning signs? Were there any you didn't think were warning signs?


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What has been your most difficult personal achievement to date? Physically, mentally, or both

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We try to be friendly. I had to stop going to a certain 7-11 while stoned because I would get horribly rude service despite buying their overpriced candy and food and being polite about it. I don't understand how that could make anyone mad!


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Do you mean services like legal zoom? If so, not really. Most of my work is too niche for automation services to do them well enough to use.

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Absolutely. Here is the info for contacting TPD and the City of Tampa. http://imgur.com/a/Kee4K


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Better build quality. The absolutely nailed the software, now they gotta absolutely nail the hardware. Plz

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I actually had no symptoms at all until the day I found the tumour. I literally woke up one morning and looked down at my belly and I looked 4-5 months pregnant. It "popped" overnight and suddenly became very visible. I thought I was pregnant at the time and it was three or four days before I went to the ER and found out it was a tumour. From there it grew exponentially, it was slightly bigger than a cantaloupe when they removed it. Once it started showing was when I had symptoms! It was painful at times, and sometimes it would shift around and I couldn't pee. That really sucked. I was relieved to have it gone.


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Going up Kilimanjaro was probably the most difficult physical thing that I've ever done. It really pushed me to my limit.

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I'm sorry about that! High people were some of my favorite people to serve, and some of the only people I'd give free stuff to.


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Congrats on the new firm. What (if any) impact might ESG have on the progress of the PRC? As an attorney in a far less sexy field, I was hoping the PRC would eventually serve as a public resource that would give outsiders a better look at the nuts and bolts of the contractual aspect of the esports industry. Somewhat surprising how difficult it is to find current specimen docs in the wild.

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Definitely OP as /u/tarunteam said please open donations! I'd love to send money so you can keep doing this.

Btw are you a fan of Tampa radio? What is your favorite station?


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What was the most fun or interesting experience you've had reviewing a product?

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I was going to ask how medical staff came to a diagnosis and actually took you seriously. It's so common for medical professionals to dismiss or minimize women's concerns. So I'm so glad you were able to get the care you needed! I say this as my doctors are only now acknowledging that I've had the right idea about what's been going on with me for the past five years.


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My family complains when I turn down the heat because I am hot all the time. They claim it's because my blood pressure is a bit high.

What is your blood pressure at?

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How much pizza did you guys usually throw out each night?


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Shouldn't have any impact on the PRC at all. We have a full time management team building the site, selecting service providers, organizing content, etc behind the scenes. Stephen and I still help out but it's meant to run on it's own. Can't wait for it to launch sometime within the next couple months.

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Absolutely. We have a crowdrise here (https://www.crowdrise.com/tampa-food-not-bombs-jail-support/fundraiser/dezeraylyn), linked in the above bio per the most recent update. Anything after our legal fee costs will go to feeding the houseless and any other expenses with defending their rights.

I love Tampa radio. 88.5 Community Radio all the way. I got to admit that I also love 96.5 Radio Maxima (Spanish Language) and 89.7 (late night jazz).


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Love this question! I'd say flying up to Canada to mess with drones with deadmau5 is tops for me.

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Well every doctor thought I was pregnant at first. They did a bunch of pregnancy tests. Finally I got frustrated and went to the ER and they did several scans before finding it was a tumour. It wasn't something they could easily ignore, I had a massive lump in my abdomen!


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You know what, I haven't checked my blood pressure for years, so it's hard for me to answer your question specifically. However, the cold definitely impacts blood pressure, first by raising it due to vasoconstriction as the blood vessels in the extremities contract and shunting blood to the core, and then by lowering it by building up stress tolerance. Cold plunges are a lot like lifting weights for your cardiovascular system.

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We tried to keep waste down as much as possible, but depending on if we met projection numbers and all that jazz, sometimes nothing and sometimes 20 things.


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Congrats for trying something new and on your own. Do you play esports yourself?

P. S. Would you consider hiring a Mexican Lawyer who specializes in International Law?

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That's a stupid abuse of a technically.

It must be a certain ratio of pinatas and/or cake to party hats. You can't have 10,000 party hats and just 1 pinata, not everybody would get candy.


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Have any smartphone manufacturers ever invited you to participate in the product development of a new device?

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I had something similar happen to me in high school (mine was just a very large ovarian cyst - not anywhere near as intense as what you went through), but it was so fucking frustrating to have them assume I was pregnant and I knew I wasn't, unless it was the second coming of Jesus. Just because you're a teenager doesn't mean you're an idiot in this circumstance even though that's how they were treating you. But aside from that, I feel you on that frustration and I am very glad you're doing better.

Did you name your tumor? One of my best friends named mine Tommy the Tummy Tumor.


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I haven't checked my blood pressure for years

You seriously never checked your blood pressure once throughout this entire experiment?

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Could use the waste for those in need


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Of course! There's no way I could do what I do if I wasn't an authentic gamer/esports fan. I tend to focus on one game at a time. Currently deep into Overwatch.

And sorry to say I wouldn't have a need for that atm.

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The whole Food Not Bombs crew loves how specific y'all are getting into the technicalities of this party idea. Please keep going.


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Once, actually. I don't even want to say who it was, but it was more than 2 years ago at a CES and it was a decent idea but I had nowhere near the amount of time needed to put into something like that.

Maybe someday in the future.

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Hahah no I didn't name it, but I did strangely feel sorry for it. It wasn't trying to hurt me, it was just an out of place cell trying to grow where it shouldn't be growing!


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Yes. I guess I was focusing on other things. I probably should have though.

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That's been suggested before! I forget why we ended up not doing it, some corporate formality bullshit. But when I worked for a franchise (one of the worst things I've ever done in my life), one of the few good things they did was donate food or let us take it home (something that really benefitted a few of my coworkers with big families or single moms).


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Hey Bryce, first off I would like to extend my congratulations to you on your new endeavor working with the biggest names in eSports, and knowing you for a long time, I'm happy your the one that is the first to do something like this.

As the owner of what I would consider a very well known organization within eSports and gaming entertainment, what would you recommend to those trying to make the most out of 2017 for their brand regarding partnerships, advertising and media, as well as players? Also what do you think the majority of eSports needs to do in order to build a relationship and a image that will reflect positively to those who still believe eSports is not a sport?

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The news article mentioned that the permit fee to feed people legally is expensive due to the insurance requirement. Do you know what the permit fee is? Would you be interested in raising money to legally feed the homeless or is your organization interested in pointing out the seeming absurdity of the regulation/permit requirement instead?


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Hey Marques,

You mentioned that you might hire someone to work with you on your channel. What would he/she be in charge of if that ever happened? I assume you'd still want to be responsible for editing & shooting.

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i'm so sorry you had that assumption thrown on you. When I was 19 I was diagnosed with stage 4 Testicular Cancer.

I had originally gone to the clinic / doctor on campus and even though I explained I was a virgin he basically TOLD me I had an STD / STI and thats what made my nut 3x it's size and hurt like bloody hell.

By the time I realized he was a twat and his meds weren't working ( a week later or so) I went to my real doctor back home and was immediately diagnosed with Testicular cancer. In the one week it had gone from just the testical to spreading to my abdomen and spotted all over my lungs.

suffice to say I was pretty pissed a doctor had completely ignored my symptoms and forced an assumption based off of my peers and what they were 'likely' to contract.

Had I had it removed a week earlier it would have likely just been the surgery and 1 round of chemo to be safe, instead I had to go through 4 rounds of one of the most brutal and aggresive types of chemo. I was in the infusion room 5 days a week from 8am to 6pm hooked up to fluids and chemo for 5 months straight, it was complete hell.

Doctors need to quit being lazy and listen to their patients and their ACTUAL symptoms sometimes.


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What was the reaction of your guides on Kili when you told them you were climbing shirtless? They probably thought you were some crazy muzungu trying to kill himself.

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Can confirm. I found myself requiring the services of a food bank a few months ago and they had uncooked pizzas in LC boxes that had been donated. Popped that sucker in the oven for 10 minutes and had fresh LC pizza for two days.


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Thanks man!

For branding/partnerships, you have to focus on growing your reach and adding value for existing partners. It's much easier to sell other brands if you have real success stories.

In terms of the scene as a whole, I think we need more professional in a number of areas. I'm going to pain esports with a broad brush here, and I know there are a number of exceptions. But these are macro problem areas not isolated cases. We need to stop breaching contracts as if they don't matter. We need to stop airing our dirty laundry in public. And we need to build an infrastructure for each competitive ecosystem that supports growth and creates predictable outcomes for various types of behavior.

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Great question. It is a little bit up in the air what amount of money it would require, because these laws are clearly meant for food vendors and nonprofits, of which we are neither (http://www.tampagov.net/sites/default/files/special-events-coordination/files/tempfoodsvc2011.pdf). The insurance liability would need coverage of $1 million, and as I understand the fees we would need to pay for every sharing is $91 (that quickly adds up to ~$9500/year on top of the insurance costs). It is something we wouldn't even consider, when we operate on a shoestring budget as is with proper food safety handling (several of us have licensing through the State of Florida from our restaurant work days).

Additionally, we object to the need to obtain permits to share food when (a) such a basic human act as sharing a meal shouldn't need to be mediated through either a market or a government entity, and (b) the city has done little to nothing to address the roots of houselessness in the area, and has instead pushed development projects that will further displace and dispossess people.


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This is a list I've been working very hard on for the last couple weeks before I actually start the search. At the end of the day, I'm still going to be in "production" but I think the first person on board will be more of a "helping hand" for a B camera, behind-the-scenes setup, etc.

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That's fucked up! I'm so sorry. So many cases of misdiagnosis happen in my city, it's terrifying... I know a kid who died because they told him in the ER that he had the stomach flu but he actually had appendicitis. His appendix burst and he died. He was only 14! I guess it's just really important to demand as much testing as possible. After they finally did enough tests to ensure I wasn't pregnant, they sent me home with laxatives and told me I was constipated. I had a lump the size of a small melon and they passed it off as constipation, as if I wouldn't know if I was constipated! That's when I knew I had to take it into my own hands and insist there was something seriously wrong.


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Yes. I open up the book with one such interaction with a guide telling me to put a shirt on. I didn't.

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That's awesome! I wish all LC did that.


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Excellent, honest answer. From this point forward, how do you expect to address points (a) and (b)?

Follow up question since you may not have gotten to this yet: a bit lower down you mentioned that you'll continue giving food in subsequent days, even with the risk of further arrests. How does your organization intend to continue its work and attract recruitment if your volunteers are imprisoned?

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Hey MKBHD! What has to have been one of the most surreal experiences that have come from being a big YouTuber?


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As a current high school student, I am really curious how this impacted your academic and social life? Were you able to graduate on time? Able to attend dances, sports events, and "normal" high school senior events? Did it change your plans for after graduating?

Congrats on being cancer free!

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Does Kilimanjaro in fact rise like Olympus above the Serengeti?


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Former employee at another LC franchise here. We donated ours to the food bank. Apparently only a couple franchises do.

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To address (a), I think we will do that simply by revealing the city's hypocrisy. Eventually, they will back down, like they did in 2004 when they tried this exact same ordinance (and arrested five people, one of whom was arrested this past Saturday as well).

To address (b), that is a harder question, but one that I think can we can handle by initiatives like "housing first", where the city helps give houseless people houses as a first step toward long-term stability. People often frame the issue of houselessness as one that is caused by drug addiction, poverty, and joblessness, and while that's partially true, it very much works the other way too. It is much harder to maintain a job without access to a warm bed and a hot shower and a kitchen. We aim to implement these things through a combination of advocacy, direct action (such as these sharings), and public pressure through protests.

Some of us are going to risk arrest tomorrow, but not all. In my own case I don't intend to risk arrest and will instead stay behind to work on background work, such as coordinating their jail support. We don't intend to let our comrades rot in jail (our legal fund is working on that, which is here: crowdrise.com/tampa-food-not-bombs-jail-support/fundraiser/dezeraylyn). The amount of support we're receiving is exponentially growing and we're getting lots of calls from people who say they want to come out and support in whatever way possible, so I don't think we need to worry too much about recruitment. :)


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Neil DeGrasse Tyson interviewing me, instead of the the other way around

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Thanks! :) I actually kept going to school whenever I wasn't in the hospital for chemo treatments (I went out of town, which meant I'd be admitted for a week for each treatment). I graduated on time with a 94% average! I've always been a good student and I was very determined to keep up the work. Though it was a very dehumanizing experience, I still managed to have some fun throughout. I spent a lot of time with friends, and with my boyfriend at the time. I was the prom queen at my school's prom! It really didn't have as much of a negative impact on my school career as I thought it might. As for my post-secondary plans, I'd always thought I'd go away for school immediately after graduating, and I really just didn't feel ready to do that. I'm currently starting my second semester of my first year at the University in my city. I am planning on moving to Montreal for school in September, though!


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Now I have to go listen to this song on repeat. Thanks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTQbiNvZqaY

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Currently looking at other AMAs thinking "no one will ever care about Little Caesars that much!"


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Do you plan to continue feeding the homeless at this location? And what will you do if the cops show up again? Did they suggest that repeating your "crime" would result in a harsher sentence?

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What is your favourite piece of useless tech?


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How did your family/friends react when they found out you had stage 3 ovarian cancer?

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What tips do you have for dealing w/ failure?

What books do you recommend?

How do you set your goals?


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I care about Little Caesars that much. I actually craved it sometimes. That cheap pizza kept me fed through nursing school.

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Absolutely. We'll be there tomorrow morning at 8am, and yes, several of us will likely be facing jail time for the violation of the trespass. We'll continue sharing until and after the city backs down.


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Damn that's a tough question. I almost never buy anything that I don't already have a use in mind for...

How bout decorative tech? *slowly slides dbrand skinned phone out of pocket

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It was very surreal for my family. A lot of crying. My mom left her job so she could be with me all the time. My friends all had a hard time with it, I think, because they'd never had to deal with anything like that before. I called each one individually and told them over the phone. I don't think any of them really knew how to react, so there was some awkwardness. No one really understood what was going on, it was a delayed effect. They were so wonderful and loving and supportive, though. I am grateful for them. I kind of isolated myself for the most part, I was only really around my family/boyfriend. I saw my friends sometimes but generally I was too tired to go out!


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So glad that you asked this. I talk about this concept a lot. I never start anything without first understanding that there is a chance that I'm going to fail. Indeed, I prepare for it. It is much healthier to understand that not everything works out and to expect it, so that in the end if things go well you can be pleasantly surprised.

A friend of mine wrote a book called The Gift of Failure which I'd certainly recommend. I barely made it out of highschool and basically failed my way through middle school. I turned out ok in the end though.

Other books, well, there are just too many to write here. My favorite of all time is "Old Man and the Sea". I love Krakauer's "Into the Wild". And think I wrote a few good books along the way as well.

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Aw! I'm glad!


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what would you say is the best thing that someone could do to help the homeless population around us? i would love to help more but have a hard time finding what i can do to help.

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Do you get recognized a lot in public?


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I know when my mom was in the hospital for surgeries and treatment she was constantly bored. I would help her pass the time by doing arts and crafts and reading with her. The internet connection was crap, so playing online wasn't much of an option for us. What did you and your family do to entertain yourselves when you were at the hospital? And congrats on remission and graduating on time with good grades! That's one hell of a feat! I'm incredibly proud of and happy for you!

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If you had to launch a 90kg projectile 300 meters, which medieval siege weapon would you use?


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How many times would you encounter a rude customer?

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That's a great question. I am a Wobbly (member of a solidarity based union) and I believe the best thing we can do in the long term is to rebuild the labor movement with an internationalist framework that addresses the root of poverty, which is economic exploitation. That will eliminate the roots of houselessness and will also involve the participation and leadership of houseless people. Definitely contact the IWW (iww.org) if you want to learn more.

In the immediate sense, sharing food, clothing, and the like is very important. We at Food Not Bombs do what we do both as immediate aid and also to build a social movement to challenge poverty. A big part of this is building relationships with the houseless themselves, as a way to build and create solidarity and mutual aid between ordinary people. Eventually we hope to fight for a county-wide housing first policy that will help our friends get off the streets, and advocating for something similar might be the way to do that. Whatever you can do, from washing dishes to cooking food to helping people with their problems in finding work or housing, makes an enormous difference.


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Not really - it's pretty rare. It mostly happens at tech-dense events like CES, etc.

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Thank you so much!! :) My surgery was in the summer so both my parents and my boyfriend at the time were all able to stay with me for the week of in-hospital recovery. That was really nice but I don't remember much of it because I was very high on morphine the entire time, haha. I do remember my parents reading Amy Poehler's books to me, though. Chemo was different, my dad wasn't able to come with us because he had to work. The city I did my treatment in was two hours away so it wasn't like he could come visit very easily. My mom stayed with me the whole time though, and slept in the chair next to my hospital bed. We watched all of Pretty Little Liars! We got super obsessed. It's a terrible show but it was so entertaining, it's basically all we did when I wasn't sleeping. :)


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This has got to be a trick question. Of course I'd be using a trebuchet. I'm not sure what other medieval siege weapon would be capable of such a feat.

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Several times a day. I worked in some not-so-nice areas, so maybe more than other locations.


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follow up question: i know there are a lot of places that have rules against commercial food chains and stores that makes it illegal for them to give the surplus they have of food at the end of the day to homeless shelters. it bothers me that they are forced to throw it out in the dumpster instead. is there anything we can do together to push a change in law intros, and promote food chains and stores to work with shelters to provide food?

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Hey MKBHD, what hobby do you have that we don't know about? Love your videos btw!


Q:

pretty little liars! i love to hate that show! are you excited for the last half season? i'm so ready for them to fuck it up for me to complain about

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What are the benefits of a cold shower after sport? Is it that good for the body ?


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What's your favorite thing to eat there?

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I'm not entirely sure about all aspects of the legality, but from what I understand there are Good Samaritan Laws that protect businesses from liability for donating food. That's how sympathetic businesses are able to provide us food for free without liability. I'd definitely like to hear from anyone who knows differently.


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Most people don't know: I've been a golfer for 13 years (since I was 10). My first 2 uploads to my channel were of my golf swing for analysis by random internet strangers. Have had a single digit handicap for a couple summers.

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Yessss I feel the exact same! My mom and I will go on and on about how ridiculous and terrible it is, but as soon as there's a new episode we watch it right away. It's addictive!


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There is a lot of contradicting research about cold showers after sport. In my experience though, it releases endorphins and feels like it speeds recovery. When I did the training with Brian Mackenzie and Laird Hamilton, they advocate cold plunges DURING exertion. And I think that has an even more powerful effect.

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I loved the crazy bread. Sometimes I crave it! But the nearest LC to me is 15+ miles away and not really worth the drive.


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Did the police keep things professional on their part or were they rough with your group after you were arrested?

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That's actually really impressive, maybe you can make a tech related golf video in the near future, I would love that


Q:

How has the cancer affected your chance of having a successful pregnancy? And healthy kids?

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What do you think about while you are in extreme conditions? How important do you think the mind is in what you do?


Q:

How are the prices kept that low?

Is the pizza actually good? I've never had it

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Very professional. I have plenty of complaints about the police and won't hesitate to voice them, but they were professional and about as reluctant as one could be short of refusing orders to arrest us. I blame Mayor Buckhorn first and foremost.


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There's gotta be some golf tech out there

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I lost one ovary, so that is the only thing that will affect future chances at becoming pregnant. I will simply go into menopause earlier, so my timeframe is smaller. The cancer will in no way affect the chances of my pregnancy being successful, and it can't harm my future kids.


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I have a few things that I do. One is to think warm thoughts, like having a fire or a dragon in my belly. Another is simply to get in a meditation state--a sort of buzzing numbing mental place where I turn off my higher mental functions. If I try to be social, to talk, or lose focus in another way I can get cold quickly.

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You wouldn't believe how cheap it is to actually make the stuff. I read somewhere that it's like a dollar something to put that pizza together. And then you sell it for five! Pretty decent profit, and then they bump up the price of other stuff like the breadsticks. It's crazy! And it can be good! It depends on who makes it, honestly. Some people don't care about their work, some people do.


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What is your favorite food to hand out?

A:

Are you excited to try out the Nintendo Switch once it’s released?

Also, has your feelings on console gaming changed in the past few years?


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Didn't know that the number of ovaries effects the menopause onset 'timer'.

A:

What scares you? I hear Philippe Petite is afraid of spiders and snakes.


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I never thought I wanted a pizza tattoo, but NOW... (that looks really neat, btw)

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Definitely coffee. People looooove getting a hot cup in the AM. All of us in Florida kind of freak out when the temperature drops in the morning and it definitely lifts the spirits.


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I'm sorta loosely interested in new console stuff. PS4 is my most recent obsession. 2K in 4K

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Well I have half as many eggs now! What I was told is that I will be able to have kids up to around 27. Then, my chances will decrease greatly and I will probably hit menopause around that time.


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I spent about six years living in India and at the time I owned a small Hyundai "santro" which I drove just about everywhere in the country. Driving in India is really different than in America -- you basically play chicken with oncoming traffic if you want to get anywhere. But the speeds are much slower than in the USA. Anyway, when I finally moved back after 6 years in the country, going on American highways terrified me because the speeds were just so much faster. I was always worried that American drivers would play chicken in the same way they do in India and that I would die along with all my passengers. The thought still terrifies me.

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It's fun one! Definitely a conversation starter, and sometimes preferably hidden because people can be annoying about it.


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Hey man! I saw the article in the paper and safe to say I was outraged. I understand the safety precautions, but if you were to ask a homless person if they would take the chance of eating a bagel and drinking a coffee from a stranger they will take that chance. I read you intended to go back to gaslight park tomorrow (Tuesday at 8am) is this true? I'd love to come. I live on Bay shore.

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Was there ever a point in your YouTube career at any point that you considered quitting?


Q:

You seem like a very confident young woman, I'm glad there's people with your attitude in this world!

If you could have one super power, what would it be?

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How difficult was it for you to learn how to control your body temperature? If someone was interested in learning this themselves how should we go about doing that?


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How do you make crazy bread?

A:

Great to hear from you. I definitely will be there. See you tomorrow!


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Nope.

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That's a hard one! Time travel would be really cool. There are so many moments I would love to relive, and so many things beyond my lifetime (both past and future) that I would like to see.


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The trick isn't so much about controlling your body temperature--as in consciously raising and lowering it without an external stimulus--rather becoming resistant to the environment that your body encounters. Acclimation is a fairly speedy process when you are dedicated to it. When I first stood in the snow in bare feet it hurt like hell and I had to quit in 5 minute. The next day I stood there for 10 minutes before the same panic set in. On the fourth day I was there for an hour. By the end of the week I climbed up a snowy mountain in Poland in just a pair of shorts and boots.

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It's literally just baked strips of dough, and when it comes out we put butter and parmesan on it. The butter parm crust? Yep, it's the same thing.


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A man who reached for a last-minute bagel was also arrested.

That poor guy, he just wanted a bagel. :(

A:

Hey Marques! You always wear dope hoodies, where do you get them from?


Q:

First of all congrats!

Secondly and idk if this comes off bad in any way, forgive me for being uninformed, but are you able to have children anymore?

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Favorite Dota character?


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What would you do if someone came in and shouted 'Pep out!' over and over?

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Yeah, he was a sweetheart too. One of the more frustrating things that happened honestly.


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I literally buy 90%+ of my clothes online. Tons of good hoodies on Amazon, just gotta take an educated guess with sizing.

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It's ok! Yes I will be able to have children :)


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Riki was my favorite until 7.00 when they nerfed diffusal blade. Lately I've been playing a lot of Weaver.

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Like, in my house right now? Probably go insane. While working there I had a lot of dreams like that... haha.


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Solidarity from a fellow Food Not Bombs member! Are you subbed to /r/foodnotbombs ?

The chapter I'm in serves twice a month. How has your chapter managed to do twice a week?

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Hello Marques,

What is a category of products that you don't already review, but wish you could sometime?


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Holy shit, why did they need to cut you open so drastically? I've only seen an opening that big in autopsies or emergencies. My wife had another human pulled out of her abdomen and the scar is only a quarter of that size.

A:

How has your improved physical fitness affected your ability to play games? Does it help with focus and posture?

I started working out to help with some back/shoulder problems from gaming too long. I can't tell if my workouts are helping or if it's just a reduction in the time I spend gaming because I'm at the gym, but my shoulders and back feel slightly better.


Q:

Why don't you pay me enough?

Nah, actually pretty chill with my manager. Ignore me.

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I'm not! Just joined this site.

It took a lot of sustainability. We started it because Tuesday mornings are mainly coffee and bagels, not as much prep is needed. We also grew as a network to have 4-5 bottomliners instead of just 1-2. The dedication and consistency of the individuals involved is frankly astounding.


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This was asked last year! My answer was supercars. That's still my answer, but I'm way closer to that goal 🙌🏽

A:

The tumour was massive! They originally planned to stop below my belly button, but then while doing the surgery they realized the cancer had spread into my lymph nodes (they thought before that I was stage I, meaning it would have just been confined to my ovary) so they had to cut much farther up to take out as many lymph nodes as they could.


Q:

I have seen no improvement in my Dota skills because of the WHM.

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Didn't get paid enough either! Hence the "former" ;)


Q:

Did you expect this to become a national story? It was on the front page all day yesterday, was on Democracy Now today and I'm sure countless other places. Does the conversations started because of your arrest make it worth it?

Any other unexpected consequences or benefits?

A:

What does the „K“ in MKBHD stand for?


Q:

Are there any health consequences to have less lymph nodes?

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Don't you fear a serious cold which could end in your death when you decide not to wear a shirt while climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro? Can you control your body climate only through your exercise? When I do so, I begin to sweat and soon after I begin to get cold/freeze. How do you mange it?


Q:

We used to dive into the dumpsters behind your restaurants and grab your delicious dumpster pizza. Approximately how long did it sit before you threw it out?

A:

Absolutely not. I had some idea we would get some coverage from friends and maybe it would be visible on social media for a bit. The fact that it's blown up like this wouldn't have occurred to us as plausible, and in fact one of the core organizers said that she gotten up the morning of the sharing before this (where she was temporarily detained and told to cease sharing food) and everything felt so normal. It's amazing how quickly things shifted.


Q:

The K is actually my middle initial, so it stands for my middle name.

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Not that I know of!


Q:

I didn't get sick going up Kili, and I think part of the beauty of environmental conditioning is that it builds up an internal resistance not only to the elements, but also ramps up the immune system. While it doesn't make someone impervious to the elements (you can certainly push too far) it adds resistance. I exercise outdoors all the time and am usually sweating in the snow, not shivering.

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The rule is half an hour in the hot box. Trash doesn't generally get taken out til the next morning though.


Q:

Thanks for helping the homeless, I just want to better understand your legal argument.

Do you think that the municipal government may have enacted the law to ensure food safety/health code standards were enforced when providing food in public areas (due to food trucks, hot dog carts, and the like)?

Can you explain your claim that your organization is neither a non-profit nor a food vendor if you are both organizing to provide food to homeless individuals and raising money to do so?

A:

So what is your middle name?


Q:

Hello! I am a medical student and I must say how it brings a smile to my face that you survived. When you first had it, what was your first thoughts?

A:

I come from the swimming sport - and I was trained wrong. I was pushed and pushed and pushed and I failed in getting faster, because my pulse was beating to hard and I've got always a red head. Now is it when I swim I'm sweating in the water and later on I need about 30 mins to get dressed again, due to that sweating.


Q:

I recently discovered the deep dish lunch special. Do they have these everywhere? They are amazeballs.

A:

Absolutely, I'd be happy to unpack it further.

I do think that. I think that the law makes sense to institute when applied to those organizations. However the law has not been applied to us for about 13 years, and it's a bit strange that the city decided now would be the time to enforce it (especially when tourist attractions like the Alabama v Clemson game are around - it has us questioning their motives).

A food vendor refers to a for-profit institution that is able to sell food to the public, whereas a nonprofit (I'm here referring specially to 501(c)3s, which I'm most familiar with) is a specifically designated legal entity. We're legally neither, and as I understand it constitute an "unincorporated association" (though we would call ourselves a grassroots organization). So the forms and documents don't really deal with the mission, purpose, and behavior of our organization and also don't seem to apply to our juridical status. We also don't really raise money for the purposes of sharing food, although we have raised money for our legal fund per upcoming/anticipated court fees and legal costs.


Q:

It's the one between my given name and my surname and I share it with a couple others in my family

A:

It was very surreal. It didn't really hit at first. I remember being really upset because I had to cancel a trip I had planned for the end of the summer. I didn't think about what was going on at first. Part of me thinks it really didn't sink in until after the entire thing was over... it was like living in a weird, terrifying dream.


Q:

Wow!

A:

Yep! Every weekday from open-2, at least where I've been!


Q:

Any reason why your organization didn't move to an area where you could give out the food after being told to stop?

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Q:

First of all, congrats on being cancer free! I am a future medical student who is interested in oncology and pediatric oncology. Two questions: 1) In what way did the clinical staff help you mentally handle your diagnosis, prognosis, and plan of treatment?; and 2) What did you appreciate the most about how your physician interacted with you and your family?

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Opinion on thelegend27?


Q:

They are actually on the menu board now at my LC in Ontario, Canada. I think this means it's an all day thing now?

A:

The police said that we could move to the sidewalk and share food (though after our arrest, several members did this, and were chased off by officers). However, the point of us sharing food in Lykes Gaslight Park in Downtown Tampa is twofold.

First, the city actively shuns the houseless, pushing them to the side as much as it can. We tend to think their reasons for applying the ordinance now was because of the Alabama v Clemson football game, meaning they would want to get houseless people out of sight and out of mind of potential tourists. We refuse to let the city continue to sweep this under the rug, and will continue sharing where many of the houseless have made a home (in this case, that is Lykes).

The second is that an unjust law like this is worth challenging. In this case, all it meant was continuing to do what we always did. The city has decided that it can tells us when and how we share a meal with our friends. A permit that is required for us to share can also be taken away, and when the city is able to tell us when and where to share, our consistency as an organization that is responsive to the changing needs of the houseless is compromised. So we've chosen to simply keep doing the right thing, and help uncover the moral crisis that has been ongoing long before this began: a society of classes, where food and shelter is never a guarantee for the poor, but trillions are diverted to war and foreign ventures.


Q:

It's in there.

A:
  1. The surgeon who I was sent to is literally the greatest man I have ever known. The day we met, it was a consultation for surgery. Me and my parents went to his office to meet him. He spent an hour and a half with us, and for the first hour, said nothing about the cancer -- he just talked to me and got to know me and my family. He was so warm and caring. When we finally got to discussing the treatment, he was very gentle but very honest. He teared up when he let me know that I would lose my hair. After surgery, I was technically no longer his patient, but he still sees me every single time I go for an appointment. He was by my side for the moment that my last bag of chemo was taken down. You have to understand, he is a very sought-after surgeon, and he is busy all the time. It was not an easy thing for him to come see me every time I was there, but he did. This man literally saved my life. That surgery itself could have killed me easily! It's a strange relationship to have with somebody, but I am grateful for it. My oncologist is also absolutely amazing. He's so funny, so genuine, and every time I have an MRI he'll email me as soon as the results come in (otherwise we'd have to wait a week until my next appointment). He also answers every question I throw at him very quickly and always assures me that everything is okay.
  2. I (and my parents) appreciated most the fact that both my surgeon and my oncologist treated us like people. I was not just a patient to them. They took time to get to know me, they both have copies of my CD, they both looked at every single one of my prom pictures, they both listened to my talking and gossiping about daily life. It was a comforting feeling, almost like they were family friends who'd watched me grow up. Hard to describe! I was lucky to be in pediatrics. I know the experiences for adult patients aren't always as great as what I had.

Q:

I bet I could beat her in Dota.

A:

They were on ours too I believe, but it had a time stated on it. Franchise locations can do things differently if they choose to, so maybe yours is a franchise that sells them all day :)


Q:

Hi MKBHD,

If DBrand started making skins to cover your body, what color would you choose and why?

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What was the first thing you thought/did when you realized that you were free from cancer?


Q:

Do you think that since cold preserves meat, you will live longer than me?

A:

Where was the Lil Ceasers you worked at? (If you don't mind me asking)


Q:

Blue (da ba dee)

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I found out when I was in a cafe with my Creative Writing class. It was almost Christmas break, so our teacher took us for a walk to get hot chocolate. My mom texted me saying they had just called her with the results and I was cancer free. I remember running up to my boyfriend, who was talking with my teacher, and hugging him and crying. Then we went back to school and I think my teacher told our principal (an amazing man) because he ran into the classroom and hugged me. He was crying as well. And then the whole class clapped and cheered for me. It was so emotional!


Q:

Hah. Maybe. But not for that reason.

A:

All three locations that I worked at were in Michigan!


Q:

Do you think VR is here to stay or is it just a gimmick? What's your reasoning?

A:

I had stage three testicular cancer in high school. I don't know what to say other than I've been through something similar and you are a trooper. Its funny, I also relied heavily on music to get through the shitty times. I'm almost two years clean now, chemo ended in April of 2015. I wish you the best of luck and thank you for sharing.

I went through my treatment feeling kind of alone. I had family and friends to help me, but not once did I meet someone going through the same thing as myself. My question is: do you know of any systems in place to help kids with cancer find each other?


Q:

Do you meditate regularly?

A:

Thats whats up man.


Q:

I think it's a really really really really really really cool gimmick. Mostly because the experience has to be built around VR, not the other way around.

Augmented reality, on the other hand, is looking like the future in my opinion.

A:

I don't! I was just thinking about this recently. I've been thinking about contacting the hospital in my city and seeing if I can help set up some kind of support system like that, where you get paired up with someone who's going through/has been through the same thing... I know that would have helped me.


Q:

I do the breathing method almost every morning with my wife.

A:

Yup! Born, raised, still here!


Q:

What happened to the Honey Cheerios?

A:

This is fascinating to me! And how beautiful you are and you smiled in your pics and were strong to go through it all and be what seems so level-headed today.

How much weight did you lose during the chemo? Because you look very skinny already in your tumor-removal pic. Did you have to gain weight back? My mom's boyfriend has lost a lot of weight from a colon-issue, and he still has to have surgery.


Q:

This is actually about your other book, The Red Market (hope that's ok - I found it fascinating!). I recently read that self-driving cars will directly impact organ donation in the U.S., because it will reduce highway fatalities (and thus reduce the number of healthy organs donated). Do you think this might give way to a less ethical organ procurement process in the U.S. such as you saw overseas?

A:

By any chance was one of them the one in Detroit on Warren by I-75? I work by there, so that's the one I generally go to. Bulletproof glass wall, but great pepperoni cheese bread.


Q:

They still lurk in the background if you keep your eye out

A:

I lost about 20 pounds, maybe 25. I only weighed about 115 to begin with (I'm around 5'3) so it was pretty intense. It was very sudden, too... I lost most of that immediately after the first round, and I felt unsteady on my legs because of how quickly the weight came off. I'm back up to around 120 now though, and I feel very healthy and I finally love my body :)


Q:

Very interesting. I think it probably will, however since most organ donors drive motorcycles, we probably have a little ways to go before those go self driving.

That said, after reporting on organ trafficking for 6 years or so, I am VERY hesitant to sign up to be an organ donor in America. There is simply too much profit in the American medical system for me to trust the intentions of a hospital that can make upwards of $250,000 selling my body parts. The entire system needs reform and transparency.

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Nope! I was at an inkster location!


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What do you think the biggest tech trend/feature for 2017 smartphones will be?

For example, it seemed like nearly every phone in 2016 touted IP6X water resistance or a modular/expandable design and if a new phone offered neither of those features, it was considered a major con of the phone.

Thanks for your thoughts if you decide to answer, and I love your channel and crispy vids.

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I like your taste. Do you have any of your work posted online?


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Will you train me?

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Did you ever fuck up a rude customer's order on purpose?


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What I hope the answer is: outstanding battery life / quick recharge

What I actually think the answer is: a headphone jack


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I don't know if I'm going to run any workshops or not on the method. However, I can enthusiastically recommend checking out Kasper van der Meulen's training program "Mindlift" http://www.kaspervandermeulen.com/

Of all the WHM instructors I've met I think he is head and shoulders above the rest.

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Nah. I wanted them to get the hell out of my store.


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Do you ever feel pressured to give certain company's products good reviews to retain access to their pre released products?

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did you change your diet? or any lifestyle adaptations that helped?


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The 2014 piece in Playboy turned out to be a hit and I spent the next four years studying the method more closely and examining scientific explanations for why it worked.

2014

next four years

What is the secret to time travel?
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What role did the local owners play? How long did it take you to feel like you'd become a good manager? I've been considering getting into a franchise and LC is often top ranked.


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Nope. I hope the best companies will take the early feedback/reviews and put that info back into their product, actually.

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The only real dietary changes happened firstly because certain foods can trigger a post-traumatic repulsion response. The smell/thought of food from Subway, for example, makes me literally gag and feel like I'm about to throw up. Same with sushi, but that one has lessened with time. Secondly, chemo changes your taste buds. I stopped enjoying baked goods and dessert foods as much (very sad...) and I suddenly had a new taste for seafood and spicy things. It's very strange the way it works! I honestly haven't changed very much about my life, intentionally at least!


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It took well over a year for the piece to come out. Visited wim in 2012.

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I hated working for the franchise. They were not good people. Personally, it took me a long time to feel like I owned up to my title as an assistant. It was nothing special really, but I'm an insecure person and I wanted the crew to like me so I was more their friend than their on shift manager. When I stopped doing that shit, I was a damn good manager.


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Least favorite part about youtube?

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thats good to know! my aunt passed away fighting cancer although she didnt really fight it , she resisted treatment because of her beliefs. im glad you didnt change anything and just went with what you feel like you can digest! keep it up and thank you for doing this AMA


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Hey Scott, I can't wait to order and read your book. I've been really fascinated with Wim Hof for the past year since I first saw his VICE documentary, and have been doing his method the past few weeks because it's freezing where I live right now. And the breathing and cold showers have been doing a pretty good job of making it more bearable.

Anyway, Wim Hof was on Joe Rogan's podcast for the second time a few months ago, and Joe called bullshit on you being able to do 80 breathless pushups in a row. Did you see the interview? Are you ever going to make a video to refute him then send it to him?

Also, though I believe heavily in Wim's abilities, in the spirit of what he's doing, and in his abilities to teach his method to others, are there any specific parts of his methods or ideas you feel are deserving of criticism, or at least closer scrutiny?

Thanks for your time, good luck with your book sales!

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The best LC I know is a franchise owned by an elderly couple. They are the sweetest people I know and all of their employees love them. They constantly show up during the busy times and closing hours to help out, and to make sure every customer is happy. The store and kitchen is immaculate and you can often knock on the door for free pizza after hours and you'll see the two of them on their hands and knees scrubbing the place down. The world needs more people like that.


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The fact that I only have to accidentally click 1 "reaction" video to fill my recommended videos for the next month with that garbage.

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I'm very sorry for your loss. Thank you <3


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Hey there. Yes indeed! The vice doc was amazing. I even get name checked in it. I think they read my Playboy piece and then sent out a reporter. And I'm glad they did. The doc was absolutely epic.

I've been waiting for Rogan to reach out to me. He DID call bullshit and I'd love to set things straight. I'll make a video at some point, though I usually don't do the breath-in breathing method that lets me hit 80 pushups. Instead I focus on doing 50-breath-out pushups in my morning routine.

The reason for this is that breath-in retention power pushups will let a person do a lot more sheer-number of exercises, but carry a lot higher chance of passing out. I know from experience that 80 is my absolute limit and have passed out a few times after I hit that number. I didn't think that would make a compelling video.

In terms of scrutiny, I absolutely think that we should remain skeptical of the claims of the WHM and focus on the science and on results. There's no reason to claim it can cure cancer if we have no evidence of that. That said, there's no reason to NOT do the method if you have an illness as long as you are still doing the correct medical protocol.

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That's amazing! I wish the franchise I worked for did that.


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I've noticed that you frequently change the zoom between shots in videos. Just out of curiosity are you physically changing the zoom on the lens or are you cropping it in post because you have a huge 8k res to work with? I noticed this a lot in the smartphone awards 2016 and it looked like you would have had to get up and walk around the table for every shot if you were adjusting it physically it on the lens.

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Are the new dislikes/repulsions (not sure of correct term) due to actual changes in perception, or just having had too much of those things at times when eating was a bad experience?


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Any secret menu or secrets to free food?

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So for that video it's cropping. That video was shot on a prime with the camera out of reach, so any change in focal length was digital zoom. Gotta love 8K for that.

In other shots, it can change with a physical move though.


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The repulsion are because I ate those things during chemo. There are many of them. But the new general dislikes/likes are just changes in perception I think!

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Want free food? Just complain.


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If you didn't get the Tesla, what would you be driving?

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I was diagnosed with testicular cancer in fall 2016 and now have only one testicle left. I was lucky and it was still in stage 1 and was able to avoid chemo for now.

What I experienced was that my parents and my girlfriend seemed to be more afraid during the whole time than I was. How were your parents at the time?

I found that this time showed me how much I am loved and therefore even had some small positive effect on me. Any similar experiences?


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I never been at Little Caesars, what am I missing?

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No idea - nothing comes close. I'd probably still be driving my first car, a hybrid.


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My parents definitely took it harder than I did. I think they tried to hide it a bit... my dad kind of shut down, my mom cried a lot.

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Not much. Cheap pizza.


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Did you have a job before making it big on YouTube?

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First of all, you are amazing!!! For everything you've gone through, you are a real hero in my eyes.

I just wanted to ask a question and I'm not expecting a reply since I'm so late but I'm going to ask anayways. In 2015, doctors initially diagnosed me with an illness giving me a 50/50 shot to live, and after diagnosed me with a chronic disease that I'll have to live with for the rest of my life. Today, (returning to my somewhat normal life) I have days where I feel an unbearable guilty feeling in my stomach. Not sure why--maybe cuz I feel like I cheated death or because I feel like I am not being productive enough as I was given a 2nd chance in life. Do you ever feel this way? Or what are your thoughts about this?


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What was the weirdest thing that ever happened at your location?

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Yup I was a caddy at a local golf course for 2 summers (loved/hated/loved that job) and I worked at the Liberty Science center for a summer too.


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I understand exactly how you feel, but moreso about the other children who are much sicker than I was, or who didn't make it. Being in pediatrics, I was surrounded by kids with cancer. Many of them I saw every single day, and befriended. One by one, I hear about them dying and every time it hits me harder. Why did I survive, but the little 4 year old kid who always came into the oncology clinic and played with the trains had to die? It's nonsensical, but it's also nonsensical to carry around guilt. Try to focus on how lucky you are that you did survive, and therefore you have the chance to help others who are struggling. <3

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A dude came in asking for money to catch a bus. I gave him five dollars and expected to never see the dude again. The next week, he came back and gave me my $5. We had to call the cops several times for people fighting in our lobby, and also on homeless people that would sit outside the store and harass customers.


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Marques, big fan! Two questions.

  1. Why don't you have a Patreon or donation system of some kind, so supporters can support you?
  2. What was your original plan for MKBHD.com, and why did it change? Did you find you didn't have enough non-video content, or did you just get bored of it?

You're my favorite YouTuber, thanks for doing what you do.

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I'm a paramedic going into nursing and I work as a tech in the ICU. What are some things I can do to be a better healthcare provider to you as a patient?


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My dad once saw a Little Caesars employee pick their nose while working on a pizza. How would this be dealt with if it happened in front of you?

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1: I have a "donate" link on my channel, but I don't expect people to use it much. My #1 rule on the internet is "Never charge for something that was previously free"

2: I originally planned to host all kinds of auxiliary content on the site, but pretty much found that there isn't enough of it to warrant an entire blog for it. Smartphone camera samples, for example, do just fine inside the video or on Twitter or Google+ ... so now the site is just a hub to point towards the social channels. Perhaps I'll find something cooler to do with it in the future.


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Friendliness is the outstanding factor in every positive interaction I've had with healthcare provider. My nurses became my friends! We had good conversations and a lot of fun moments. It made the whole thing a lot more bearable. :)

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"Dude, seriously? Go wash your damn hands. And use a tissue next time." But that's just how the stores I worked at were. We were very up front with each other. Then again, our personal hygiene was a lot better than the overall cleanliness of the stores, so that's one good thing I can say about the places I've worked.


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Why Spotify over Google Music?

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Hey u/flosfaciem I just wanted to say congratulations! My aunt died about 10 years ago from ovarian cancer. By the time they found it was too late for her. But every year my family walks in the NOCC ovarian cancer walk here in Chicago. So this upcoming year I am not only going to be walking for my aunt but you as well. Here's to helping find a cure! How has life changed for since going into remission? Is there anything that you make sure do everyday?


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1-How would you describe the cleanliness of LC kitchen or other fast food chains? Do you feel comfortable eating in them?

2-Are the ingredients real or is it just all chemically manufactured "stuff"?

3-Is it true you have to make the pizza dough 1 daily earlier and have to keep it in the fridge? What happens if you run out of dough?

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I've honestly tried to switch before, but I mostly stick with Spotify because I have so many playlists built up that I can't be bothered to recreate in another service.

But I also love offline mode.


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I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you so much for including me in your thoughts! I try to make sure that every day I am moving towards starting my life for real -- moving out, really getting into school, planning my future. It helps a lot to feel like I'm making progress :)

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It honestly depends on the store. I've been in immaculately kept stores, but never worked in one. It's not hard to keep up with a clean store, but it's hard to make a dirty store into a clean one. I eat fast food because it's convenient. I don't wanna know how clean the place is if it's any place like I've worked, honestly. I guess the ingredients are fine! All of the olives and jalapeños and such come from cans or jars. The meat all comes in plastic bags so ¯_(ツ)_/¯ who knows. My one tip is to never get onions or green peppers... nasty. And yes! Our dough was all made and had to proof for at least 12 hours in the walk in before use. If you run out of dough, you either close or you make more and have shitty pizzas for the rest of the day.


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YouTube has seemingly been very wishy-washy recently between shady practices, algorithm glitches, and random view drops. Do you have a back up plan if YouTube doesn’t become a reliable career/income?

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What are the odds of it coming back and affecting your other ovary? If you're planning on having children, did any of your doctors ever talk to you about the possibility of an egg retrieval eventually just in case?


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What makes the LC green peppers and onions nasty?

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At the end of the day my "will you leave YouTube" question comes down to the answer to the "where do you look for videos online" question.

Right now, where do you look for videos online? You go to YouTube. But if that answer changes, I'm happy to start producing for other places.

I just want to make videos.


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I think I have pretty good chances of staying clear. I try not to read too much about it, though, cause I just end up freaking myself out. I asked my doctors about that but for some reason they were saying it wouldn't work. I don't really remember why, everything from that time period is very hazy. I have very good chances of being able to have a regular pregnancy though, I just have a smaller timeframe.

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They expire quickly but tend to still be used until they're gone. You wouldn't like how they look and smell when they're first put on the pizza.


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I mostly go to pornhub to find videos online, so that could always be your fallback plan

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did it affect menstruation?


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Thanks for replying... how many doughs you do on average each day?

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*scribbles furiously on notepad


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No it didn't actually!

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Depends on the store! I worked at slower location so 6-8 batches of rounds, 1-2 batches of bread, and 1-2 deep dish


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If you had all the money in the world, what new crazy Google research project would you fund? (Like self driving cars, glass, tango etc)

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Do people treat you differently now that you're "a survivor?" (I know some people don't like that moniker, sorry if you don't.) Do you with they wouldn't or has it complicated your post-cancer (hopefully) life?

Also if you haven't seen the new show Search Party, there's an adult character who makes having had cancer in high school his entire identity, but in a very funny way. Check it out if you haven't. I think the character would make you laugh.


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Does it have to be Google? Because that Hyperloop looks pretty damn cool

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Only people who don't know me! My friends treat me normally which is great. I guess my dad treats me a bit differently, he buys me anything I want and my parents let me do whatever I want now haha. That sounds pretty spoiled of me but it's funny! I'll check out that show for sure, my friend was just talking to me about it recently!


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Did you ever take film classes? Or are you just that gloriously good at it because of genetics or something?

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Dude that's a badass fuckin scar! What would you say has been the most difficult thing about interacting with other people? I've heard some people with serious diseases and injuries say they stopped talking to their old friends just because they couldn't stand the way they looked at them.


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Neither. Just lots and lots of practice.

I went to an engineering school that happened to have a business school. Not much in the way of "film classes" over there, but if you shoot 800+ videos over the course of 7 years, you'll eventually start getting pretty good at it.

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Honestly most of the people in my life just treat me like they always would now! I make a lot of morbid jokes about it and my friends get mad sometimes... Haha


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What happened to the iPhone 7 review? Can we still look forward to it?

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Just want to know how you coped with your frequent MRI / pet scans etc?

I currently have stage 3 brain cancer (my next MRI is tomorrow). I feel like my life gets reset every few months.

I want to know if you may have had a similar feeling? Thanks.

Cheers.


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The iPhone 7 final review fell behind a couple other videos, then along came the holiday gadgets and CES and time flew! So the new plan is a full sort of "6 months later" video now that everyone who's decided whether or not to buy one has made up their mind already.

People also don't talk a lot about how well smartphones age over time, so it might be time to bring back that "Revisited" series.

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It's pretty brutal! I hate MRIs, they're kind of unbearable and I dread each one. Every time I have to go for an appointment my mom tries to make it fun, it's out of town so we go stay in a hotel the night before and go out for dinner and stuff. Having something to look forward to makes it easier :)


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Obviously you have a Tesla of your own, but what do you think the upcoming Model 3 will do for the electric car industry since it's a more modest pricepoint for the average person?

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Tu parles francais? :)


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I HOPE the Model 3 helps to show that electric cars can be reasonable for the everyday person. Because right now the everyday person can't afford most practical electric cars. Chevy Volt is as close as it gets.

But because of how dope Model S has been, there's a lot of hype among people who want the same quality at a lower price. Fingers crossed it happens soon.

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Oui!


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Hey Marques,

where do you see yourself in 20 years?

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My girlfriend who is 20 was just diagnosed with lung cancer, and I don't want to conflate or equate your ailments, but what is the best thing I can do to support her?


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The funny thing about that question is I'm 23 so I have literally no clue. If you asked me 10 years ago where I saw myself in 10 years I definitely wouldn't have said "full time tech video maker" so I'm basically taking a wild stab at it...

In 20 years I'll be uploading a video from Mars

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Be patient, be loving. Listen to her. Try to help in any way you can, but if she needs her space, be understanding and respect that. Understanding is the most important gift you can give her right now.


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How do you like your eggs?

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What's your favourite pizza topping?


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Scrambled

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Mushrooms :)


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Hey Marques,

I’m a big fan of your tech content but was always curious about your Ultimate experiences. What was your favorite play/tournament/memory from your Ultimate career and do you still play?

Also congrats on making the 2016 MLU All-League First Team Defense! I went to HS with another member of that team!

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Cats? Or Dogs?


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Thank you! My favorite ultimate play I've ever made isn't on video, but I pretty much jumped over a kid in high school. But this was cool: https://twitter.com/mkbhd/status/716444321734664193

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Cats 100%


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If you could change one thing about your Tesla, what would it be and why?

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I must say I have seen people crumbling under such circumstances. But, you are an inspiration. My respect. Enjoy and whenever you feel down, Reddit is always there for you. Does docs know what caused it?


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This legit too me longer than most other questions haha - I'm gonna go with the horn.

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Thank you :) it was a germ cell that was in my body since I was born! I somehow absorbed it in utero or something. I'm not really sure. The main point is that it was always there, it just didn't start growing until two years ago. So there was no real cause, and nothing that could have prevented it!


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How tall are you?

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So what's your ideal sandwich? And would you agree that a nice crunch, such as cucumbers, is a basic fundamental of a great sandwich?


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6'3"

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I'm a very basic sandwich person! As in, my favourite sandwich is just bread, turkey and cheese. I know, it's weird.


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Hi Marques, who is your favorite service carrier and why? My favorite is T-Mobile.

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You are a lot younger, so I am curious if this holds true: My mom fought cancer and the chemo caused her to become more forgetful, especially little things like what she was shopping for at the store, or cause her to forget what she was about to say to me. It's been about 3.5 years since she stopped treatment and this has definitely faded somewhat, but I don't think she will ever be the same, and she is one of the smartest people I know. Does this happen to you? Is there anything I can do to help her? It hurts a lot to see her break into tears because she cannot remember what she wanted to say.


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I don't really have a favorite carrier because they all kinda suck in some way - but my current daily SIM is AT&T. It used to be Verizon for a couple of years but almost no phones that come out these days work with Verizon so it was a no-brainer to switch.

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Yes, I definitely experienced that, and to this day I still feel hazy sometimes. In the thick of it, I completely lost my large vocabulary. I could never come up with words I was looking for, I forgot names and faces, I had a hard time concentrating on anything. Just try to be patient with her. I know the worst part for me was when people got frustrated with me for being forgetful/slow. It was hard enough having my brain not working, so it was awful when I felt I was disappointing people. Be patient and kind and try to help her whenever you can, especially with memory-related tasks.


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Favourite Kanye album?

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How did you feel about losing your hair, and what are your thoughts about "brave the shave for solidarity" in general?


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Graduation

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It was traumatizing at first, but I got used to it. And I kinda liked my soft bald head! I wouldn't have wanted any of my friends and family to shave their heads for me haha. I know some of them wanted to.


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How's Apollo doing?

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Everything's fixed, so back to daily driver material


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Have you ever been approached about consulting/designing a phone for a manufacturer to be something close to your perfect smartphone? Any idea what that would look like in present day?

Do you ever anticipate that the focus of your YouTube Channel will move away from smartphones?

I know you’ve mentioned hiring people to help with your videos. Do you have a vision on how big of a company/operation you’d like to have?

Are there any significant challenges being based out of the northeast when a lot of tech companies are based out of California? (I know most major ones probably have NYC offices)

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Answered the first one a little earlier

Yeah I think the channel will expand in a way that focuses on more than just smartphones. Obviously they're the core of the devices I look at most often, but there's so much more tech that's interesting and worth showing! Case in point: My last 2 videos are car tech

I plan on expanding veeeeeerry slowly and veeeery carefully. I could see it being a 2/3 person operation for the next couple years.

Being NYC-based has been great! Obviously LA is the YouTube capital of the world but there's plenty in the tech world that happens in NY so I don't have many challenges with that other than the tunnel traffic


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Whats your favourite Subreddit?