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MusicWe are TWRP, an elite group of rock stars from the future/1980s/Toronto and frequent collaborators with comedy duo Ninja Sex Party... AMA/AUS!

Jan 21st 2017 by TWRPband • 26 Questions • 1128 Points

I have a weird job. I find cheap flights for a living.

(If you're interested you can check out Scott's Cheap Flights here, but honestly zero pressure!)

As a token of my appreciation for Reddit's incredible ongoing support (not only mentions, but all five of SCF's team members are Redditors), I would be honored to donate my time today and help you find specific cheap flights, or answer any general flights/travel questions.

(Sorry for having to abort the post earlier this week right after it went up, but wanted to make good on my promise so am here for y'all today!)

And don't worry, I will do my best to answer every single question. No Woody Harrelson here!

Proof I'm Scott: http://imgur.com/a/96Hhm

Proof I'm a professional cheap flight finder: Featured on the LA Times and Conde Nast Traveler

And some of the best deals we've sent out in the past month:

  • NYC/LA/Boston/Atlanta/Miami/Denver to Paris for $340-$403 roundtrip (normally $800+)
  • Toronto/Seattle/Detroit to Tokyo for $478 roundtrip (normally $950)
  • London to LA for £199 return (normally £650)
  • London to Tokyo for £248 return (normally £800)
  • Amsterdam to Mumbai for €204 return (normally €800)
  • Sydney to the US for $779 return (normally $1,600)
  • Perth to Cape Town for $762 return (normally $1,500)

P.S. If you have a success story about getting a trip from Scott's Cheap Flights, lemme know about it! The best part of my day is hearing about trips you're going to take because of the list :-))

UPDATE: Wow RIP inbox. You guys (and gals!) are the best.

In response to those who were asking about Europe/Asia and elsewhere, Scott’s Cheap Flights includes flights departing not just USA & Canada, but also Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and (coming soon) Asia and Latin America :-)

UPDATE 2: Scott’s Cheap Flights' website is experiencing an intermittent Reddit Hug of Death :-) apologies if it goes slow but should be fully functional now!

UPDATE 3: I promised 7 hours and it's been 7 hours, but goddamit you guys are amazing so let's keep this party going. As Bill O'Reilly loves to say Fuck it let's do it live!!

UPDATE 4: Alright y'all this has been wonderful. 13 hours in and if I don't pull myself away from the computer my fiancee will leave me and take the puppy. Much love, you fabulous Redditors :-)

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I thought you were TeamWin of Team Win Recovery Partition for rooted android devices.  

Do you get this often?

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Where do you see Sia in 3 years?


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How accurate are the scientific underpinnings of the r/NoFap and r/pornfree movements? As a corollary, how accurate is the information provided on the website YourBrainOnPorn?

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I'm from Ohio. How can we keep them from trying to pass bullshit legislation like they tried recently?

To be more specific, they wanted to select a fixed number of 'farmers' in the area and they would be the only sources allowed to supply the dispensaries. These farmers were pre-selected and were close to the group pushing the legislation. They would have been a legal, lawful monopoly and I can only imagine what the prices would have been.


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That exoskeleton looks really sleek. How much does the whole thing weigh?

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What's your best tip for people so they avoid being in your previous situation entirely?


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Hi Scott,

I emailed you about something specific, and you gave me personal advice based on my situation and even monitored the flights for a little while to make sure I got the right price. That experience really stood out because I didn't even expect a response. You're absolutely amazing.

My question is, how are you able to keep a personal touch while probably getting hundreds of requests (if not more)?

Edit: also, do you see Sydney/Auckland flights being cheap any time soon? (From the east coast)

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This and Team Wolf Role Play.


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I think that realistically in 3 years Sia will be used almost ubiquitously among privacy focused communities. I think we will also be seeing the first major names such as Netflix announcing that they will be migrating their content distribution to Sia.

Most people at this point will be comfortable with Bitcoin, and will understand that Sia is the data-version of this, even if they don't use it themselves.

The tech itself will be miles ahead of where it is today. We've only been in development for 2.5 years to date. Speeds will be universally regarded as unbeatable, scale will be billions of terabytes, and anyone using Sia will have access to their data from any machine by using just a master password.

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It's my opinion that the research reviewed that YourBrainOnPorn provides is accurate and a solid overview of the research in the field at this time. I don't know a lot about NoFap and PornFree other than that they are forums that provide people support for people who are trying to abstain. I know that can be extremely helpful for people trying to quit.


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The answer to your question is to keep doing what you're doing. Ohio voters clearly thought that initiative was wrong for Ohio, so they voted it down, and in doing so, they sent a message that that type of a proposal isn't going to fly.

I can't imagine anyone would be foolish enough to propose the same thing again. MPP certainly took it into account when we worked with local activists to bring forward a medical marijuana initiative last year. We have never backed laws like the 2015 Ohio initiative, but we took extra precautions to ensure our medical initiative avoided that type of system. I imagine anyone who supports a broader adult-use initiative in the future would also take similar precautions. At least I would hope.

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Not entirely sure, but not a lot


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Great question! My best tip would be to not bury your head in the sand and hope that the situation will go away. My initial student loan balance of $74k ballooned to $107k simply because I ignored the problem, stopped making payments, and let some of my loans slip into default. So I always encourage student loan borrowers to take action rather than let what happened to me happen to them. Perhaps that means switching to an income-driven repayment plan or putting student loans in deferment. Either of these options is better than ignoring the bills and missing payments. Ignoring the problem doesn’t make it go away. It only makes things worse.

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That is so kind of you to mention, thank you!

Honestly, I just feel like if someone takes the time to write me, it'd be kind of a jerk move not to respond? Maybe I'm old-fashioned that way haha. But I feel like I owe it to people, especially all you early adopters who took a chance on this weird guy with some cheap flight list, you know?

In any case, so kind of you to mention and I really appreciate it :-)

It's true that there are now hundreds of emails a day, but in terms of how, lotsa caffeine, quick typing fingers, and a decent ability to multi-task.

Thank you again!


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I first just wanted to thank you guys because Ladyworld was the pick-me-up that I so desperately needed, especially at the beginning of the semester. Your music always puts me in such a good mood and I can't wait to see what you have planned for the future.

Speaking of Ladyworld, what is everyone's favorite track from the album?

I can't wait to see you live in LA on the 27th! I managed to persuade a bunch of my friends to come with me so it'll definitely be a great experience!

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both are just data where blockchain transactions are concerned.


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What exactly causes an addiction to sex? I can understand addictions to things we eat/drink/smoke because you are adding something to your body that causes a reaction. But how does one become addicted to a biological function? And how do you treat it, since it comes from within the person (not from an outside source)?

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AZ voters quashed legalizing recreational use in November. I believe that part of the reason for its failure to pass was that even people who are pro-recreational did not like how the law was structured.

Is it better to pass an imperfect law and tweak later? or should the goal be to have a robust law pass which would require little to no changes after implementation from the get-go?

EDIT: grammar and adding a big Thank you! for taking the time to do this.


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What is the best and worst part of your day that might come as a surprise?

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This is why I eat sugary foods, to help poor up and coming dentists pay off their loans. Not because I don't have self control. Not that.


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Where is your favorite travel destination that you only discovered after finding a cheap flight there?

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Body Image - Sung

Body Image - Meouch

FOOD BAR - Havve Hogan

Atomic Karate - Phobos


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Do you mean in the blockchain, or on the back end? In the blockchain the data is managed by a Merkle root which tags along with the payment info. The back end is easily upgraded and not really a scalability question. There are lots of proven scalable storage backends out their.

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Sex addicts are more likely to have histories of emotional, physical and sexual trauma in their background and they are also more likely to have a history of problems with attachment and intimacy. Those are some of the most common etiological factors to sex addiction. However we are seeing young people these days who are hooked on to porn that do not have the same trauma history and attachment histories that we see in the typical sex addict. They get exposed to graphic, intense, online pornography and become hooked.

Orgasm is the natural blast of dopamine to the brain. Dopamine is considered the master molecule of addiction. When an individual uses porn it stimulates its reward center with dopamine. When this is overstimulated, the brain compensates by reducing the number of receptor sites in the synapse. Therefore it takes more intense use to get the same high. They have flooded their reward centers with dopamine just like someone does with substance abuse. So the changes in the brain for a porn addict, are very similar to the brain changes to someone who is addicted to drugs and alcohol. This same process occurs with food as well as other natural addictions like video games and gambling. And the treatment is similar to that of an eating disorder. Individuals need to learn how to have a healthy relationship with food just like they need to learn how to have a healthy relationship with sexuality.


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I think the AZ initiative would have lost even if every "pro-legalization" voter voted for it. It might have received 49.9% instead of 49.7%, but I don't think it'd have won. The reason it lost is because (1) there was a massively well-funded opposition (spent ~$6 million, which is maybe the second or third most ever spent against a marijuana initiative); (2) a lot of the media outlets were quite slanted in their coverage, including the AZ Republic, which is the largest media outlet in a state with few large outlets; and most importantly, (3) this was the first time it had appeared on the ballot and the media and voters were new to it. There had been no local legalization/adult-use efforts like there had been in CO, WA, CA, MA, etc.

I don't think there is any way to pass a "perfect law" because there is no such thing as a perfect law. It's far too complex an issue and there are far too many viewpoints on it to appease every single person. You also have to factor in the potential for passage. Is a ballot initiative really perfect if it is all but certain to fail?

What we have seen time and time again is that reform is an ongoing process, not a finite solution. As we have seen in Colorado, the initiative laid the foundation and improvements will continue to be made.

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The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup. (I don't actually drink coffee). The worst part is not being independent. I need help with everything. With eating. Getting things. Not being able to go to the bathroom on my own.


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haha - nice... fueling the economy one snickers bar at a time!

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Ohhh great question! This is going to sound silly, but Milan. I had zero interest in going to Milan, until I found a nonstop flight there for $130 roundtrip. Who wouldn't go to Milan for $130 roundtrip??

Granted, I didn't spend a ton of time in the city itself (aside from seeing an AC Milan game), but there's so much magic in northern Italy. Took a train to hike Cinque Terre, took a train up to Lake Como for the day, even took a train out to the Italy/Switzerland border to ski the alps right by the Matterhorn. All on a whim! Likely never would've gotten to do any of that if not for the cheap flight.

EDIT: flights were NYC-Milan for $130 nonstop roundtrip. Sorry for ambiguity about origin before!


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Hey guys! Big fan here. I saw you guys in October in Chicago last year and I count it as the number 1 concert I've been to, and I've had my fair share. I saw the frickin Spice Girls.

Anyway, on to my question. Doctor Sung, what kind of vocal warmup do you do before shows, if any? You sounded tasty af in Chicago and I have been in love ever since.

P.S. My birthday was on the 12th and Ladyworld was the best gift I'd ever been given. Atomic Karate is my SHIT.  

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So I'm using 40 providers instead of 1...and somehow that's magically cheaper


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Will we ever be desensitized to porn because it's too ubiquitous?

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Has anyone followed that ~$6million money trail. That seems like a lot of money to piss away on something like this. I would guess that it might be possible that some if not a majority of it cam from those who profit off the black market, especially people south of the border there.


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I know this question is very vague, but how do you go about your daily life? Things like school, using the restroom, hanging out with friends, etc...

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I'm super overwhelmed with all the options to repay federal loans (~$67,500 direct un/subsidized). I'm working in public service and currently qualify for the forgiveness program. What disadvantages are there to paying back the loans based on an income-driven plan or the public service forgiveness program?


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even took a train out to the Italy/Switzerland border to ski the alps right by the Matterhorn.

Cervinia-Breuil? How was it? Did you rent gear or bring your own? I'll be there in 2.5 weeks.

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Glad you enjoyed the new EP! To prep for live shows I boil my tube and do a bunch of push ups.


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The thing that bothers me the most about most cloud storage services is that it's a single corporation in control of all the data. For example, Dropbox can see all of your files, delete them, change them, and you'd likely never know. At the very least, if they are scanning your photos for evidence of criminal activity, you aren't likely to know.

And then you have 'invasion creep', where companies like Facebook will increasingly strip away your rights. At first the ToS says 'we will never look at your data!'. Then later the wording is changed to 'We will never share your data with others!'. 3 years and 300 million users later, the terms have somehow worked their way to saying 'We reserve the right to sell your images, own full copyright, and never give you any credit for them.' And yet they aren't losing marketshare.

And that makes me really uncomfortable. You also have these single, gigantic sources of failure. For example, in one strike, a single hack, someone was able to get access to the nude photos of a huge number of celebrities. It's a single point of failure, and it makes for some super juicy targets. Hackers love single giant databases with millions of personal photos, videos, etc.

With Sia, the only person with access to the data is the person who uploaded it. The encryption happens on the machine doing the uploading, and the keys are never shared with any sort of central server. None of the above problems exist with Sia.

It's also really competitively priced. For consumers this is maybe not such a big deal, but we're less than 10% the cost of Amazon S3, and for businesses with massive volumes of data we can be saving them tens of millions of dollars per year in infrastructure. And that's exciting even if you don't care about the privacy pieces.

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Our culture has become desensitized to porn and is much more sexualized than it was 30 years ago. Consider how a Playboy compares to a typical porn site of today. There is a lot of pressure for young women to look like porn stars and act like porn stars. Young men are also trained culturally to objectify and sexualize women in ways that had't been occurring in our culture in the past. There is research that shows that there are some socio-cultural concerns with porn including an increase in sexual aggression towards women and the rape-ness acceptance. As a culture we are involved in a major social experiment to see how wide spread, easy access to porn will affect relationships and gender roles in society.


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They received a solid chunk of dough from a shady AZ-based pharma company that produces a deadly painkiller and is in the process of developing "pharmaceutical cannabinoids." https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/09/09/a-maker-of-deadly-painkillers-is-bankrolling-the-opposition-to-legal-marijuana-in-arizona/

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I just applied to go to VCU so we'll see how that goes As far as restroom, to go pee I have what's called a supra pubic catheter. It's a catheter that comes out of my abs that drains into a leg bag hooked up on my ankle that I have to have someone drain To go poop I sit in a chair with a hole in it then someone shoves a suppository up my ass that makes me go. Then if all the poop doesn't come out someone has to reach in with their finger, which is called digital stim, and scoop the rest out. Then we roll the chair into the shower and someone bathes me. I do this every other day in the morning. Hanging out with friends is just like it used to be except I'm always sitting down


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Yeah, there’s no doubt that the number of federal options is overwhelming and there’s not a ton of help on choosing the best one for you. But it’s great to hear you’re familiar with the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (PSLF)! This program is one of the best deals out there. In order to receive full forgiveness on your eligible federal loans (and your Direct unsubsidized loans are eligible), you must complete 120 monthly payments (10 years) on an income-driven repayment plan and/or the Standard, 10 Year Repayment Plan.

So if you’re not already enrolled, getting onto an income-driven plan should be your first move. Counter-intuitively, you want to minimize the amount you pay when you’re pursuing PSLF because anything you don’t pay is ultimately going to be forgiven anyway. one of these plans is the first step. In addition, you must: Work in qualifying public service employment for at least 30 hours/week while making those 120 payments (sounds like you’ve got this covered). Completed the PSLF employer certification form for each employer during that 10 year period. You can find that here. Then, after you’ve completed 120 monthly payments, you can complete the forgiveness application!

Public Service Loan Forgiveness be a great option for public teachers, government workers, or non-profit employees who are struggling to repay their federal student loans. Doctors working in public hospitals can often take advantage of this program as well. You can learn more here.

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that's the one! it's glorrrrious. i rented at a place in town. wasn't very pricey if i recall. doesn't seem worth the hassle to me to bring your own.

have a great trip!! if you are inclined hashtag any instagram photos #scottscheapflights so we can follow along and repost!


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How did you all get together? (Also, how'd you come up with the name?)

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is your company named after the singer Sia Furler ?


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Do you find that a lot of sex and porn addicts are more likely to have other addictions as well (drugs, alcohol) or is there no correlation?

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Do you believe in legalizing other drugs or plants, such as psilocybin mushrooms or mescaline containing cacti?


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What's the realistic goal and the dream goal for you in using the exoskeleton?

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Are you taxed on the amount that is forgiven? It still would be cheaper regardless but just curious if you should be saving for a lump sum to pay off.


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Ever managed to get a 100% discount? Did you then put on shades and say "looks like you got off... Scott free"

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Sung and Hogan met at drum camp (millions of years ago), and became fast friends. One night, after watching Interstella 5555 high af and eating an entire bag of Riesen, the two pals joked about making a ridiculous band. Literally the first name that came to mind, with absolutely zero thought or hesitation, was Tupper Ware Remix Party.


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Funny story. We picked the name expressly because there were no search results, other than some obscure javascript stuff and some singer who had relatively little popularity.

Then, like 3 weeks after we had committed to Sia, sure enough the word 'Sia' is trending and generating massive buzz because of her new music video. The one with an 11yo in a nude suit.

Sia the singer has of course done very well since then, and it's been annoying for us. But we chose to keep the name anyway, and we continue to be happy with it.

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Absolutely. Drug addictions and sex addiction are highly co-occurring. Studies have shown that in chemical dependency treatment programs 4/10 males can meet criteria for sex addiction. Another study showed that 45% of sex addicts had chemical dependency and 35% had eating disorders. They are highly co-morbid.


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MPP works exclusively on marijuana policy, so professionally I don't get into addressing those substances.

Personally, I believe the use of any substance should be treated as a health issue and not a criminal justice issue. I think all substances should be treated based on their relative effects and potent for harm. In other words, I don't think it's a legal-vs-illegal situation — it's a lot more complex with different approaches to different substances.

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I'm like Forest Gump. I just like walking.


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Good news, you don’t have to pay any taxes for loans forgiven under PSLF! You only have to pay income tax on loans forgiven through an income-driven repayment plan (which also only grant forgiveness after 20-25 years depending on the plan). So basically, if you didn’t claim your tax-free PSLF forgiveness after 10 years, you could continue paying for 20-25 years and receive taxable forgiveness. Needless to say, if you qualify for PSLF, this is a much better option.

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Sheeeiiiitttt me at the airport IRL getting five-finger discount flights: http://giphy.com/gifs/deal-with-it-joe-biden-Me9HRX7wrTsKQ


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Are you guys thinkin about japan right now or what

But for serious, I'd love to know about the process of creating/making your costumes. How'd you come up with the ideas/designs? Did you make them yourselves? Did you know from the start you wanted to be in costume?

I love LadyWorld btw, hopefully seeing you guys in LA :)

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"What does Sia offer? What makes it unique and worth investing? Elevator pitch... I never read up on it and obviously didn't invest. Juuuust curious."

Someone in a crypto-investing slack asked these questions^


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Addiction to pornography seems like a serious problem plaguing our society today whether we want to acknowledge it or not. I'd like to know what the numbers for this addiction looks like worldwide? Also, what action plan would you recommend to addicts to help them get over their addiction?

Thank you.

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Thank you for doing this AMA.

My question involves workplace drug testing. As you know, many companies continue to do pre-employment drug testing as well as others who will also conduct random testing. In states where marijuana is legalized, we are still seeing that companies are not shifting their drug testing policies; they are still testing for and refusing to hire a person who has ingested a legal substance.

In my opinion, marijuana legalization will not be completely successful unless these policies are changed, and while Congress may be convinced to full legalization, I'm worried about the private companies who will continue to punish their employees for consuming marijuana, even if they do it off company time and do not show up to work high.

So my question is, what are MPP's ideas for changing the workplace drug testing policy?


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Just how close are we to having an ironman suit?

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I currently have 55,000 dollars of student loans. My interest is 6.75% and I feel like I just cannot make a dent. With a mortgage and car payments I just feel like this is impossible. Any advice?


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Why are there rarely great deals out of DFW?

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FUCK YES!!!

What costumes?


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Our website I hope does a good job of explaining Sia. If not, we'd love some feedback.

Generally, our targets are not speculators/investors - our focus is users. Siacoin the cryptocurrency is a necessary component of the Sia network - it's how we penalize hosts if they don't store your data as promised. Without that, I feel that Sia would be vulnerable to a large number of attacks. Happy to expand on this in another top-level question.

But essentially, the siacoin itself is designed as a security component to the network, and while it's also a speculation instrument by side-effect, increasing the siacoin price is not a primary goal of ours. That said, I do expect it to go up substantially if Sia usage goes up substantially - you need siacoins to use the network, and there is a fixed supply.

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Currently there is no large epidemiological study with prevalence rates for sex addiction. It's one area of research that's lacking. The current estimated prevalence rate ranges from anywhere from 2% to 10% of the population depending on age, location and cultural background. I would recommend someone struggling with sex or porn addiction to seek a certified sex addiction therapist, get an evaluation and get a treatment plan. There are lots of good in-patient and out-patient treatment programs all over the country to help people.


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Our position is that employers should treat marijuana similarly to alcohol. Employees should not be punished for responsible off-the-job consumption that does not affect their work. Obviously there are some occupations out there that are more sensitive than others (pilots, electrical workers, etc.), but we already have public policies that address safety-sensitive occupations.

The question is how to bring about such policies. And it's worth noting that different states handle this subject in different ways. For example, some states have laws that prohibit employers from firing employees solely for engaging in a legal activity. Other states do not have such laws and allow employers to fire employees without cause. So it could be the case that this will not be handled as a marijuana-specific issue and just falls under other employment laws. But that's not to say it will result in the fairest outcome. Even in Colorado, which does have such a law that protects employees who engage in legal activities, the courts determined marijuana use is not covered because it is still an illegal activity under federal law.

This subject (employment) is NOT unique to marijuana. Dictating employment policies via public policy is always a politically sensitive subject. Lawmakers know it is touchy and so do advocates and political professionals who work on ballot measures.

That is why, ultimately, I think this is going to be an issue that gets sorted out culturally. It might get addressed legally at times, and we have seen employment protections included in some marijuana policy reforms. But overall, it is just going to be a matter of time before more laws change and the public's attitude changes. For the same reason that most employers would not want to fire good workers (and then recruit and train replacements who may not be as good/experienced) simply for legally using alcohol while they're off the job, most employers are not going to want to go through all of that for employees who legally use marijuana off the job. It simply is not good for business.

The problem is that we still have a lot of people out there who still believe a lot of the old reefer madness and actually think a marijuana user is unfit for employment. But people's attitudes are changing and as the old guard is replaced by people who have more modern views on marijuana, businesses will voluntarily change their policies. Changes in marijuana's legal status will help too — there are surely employers out there who don't care so much about marijuana as they do about having a "lawbreaker" on the payroll. And keep in mind that larger companies with offices/locations in multiple states might want/need to treat all of its employees equally, so they might not make these changes until marijuana laws change in all of those states. Or possibly not until there are federal changes.

When it comes to our work, we want to promote the fairest policies possible. But sometimes it is clear that putting something in a bill or initiative re: employment policies will all but guarantee it's failure. If we believe that will be the case, we oftentimes keep measures silent on the subject because we know it will be something that gets addressed quicker if we make progress. If our goals are to end prohibition and protect employees' rights, but it's clear that including the latter will doom both goals, then it makes sense to address the former. It will then be much easier to address the latter.

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That information is classified


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Hi, and thanks for your question! If those $55,000 are federal student loans, you’ve got plenty of options for reducing your payments while you focus on other debt like that mortgage. One of the best choices may be to look into income-driven repayment plans. These are a set of plans available for federal loans that will set your payments to be in line with your income, rather than using your loan balance as a basis.

I actually was enrolled in one of these plans while I was struggling to juggle all of my debt. You can read more about them here and calculate your potential payments using these calculators. I hope this helps!

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The stupid AA monopoly there :-(

I wrote up a longer explanation here but the tl;dr is that the American Air monopoly in DFW prevents more airlines from competing on price, so fewer opportunities for cheap flights, mistake fares, etc.


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Hey guys! Thanks for doing this AMA, love your music. My question is, what inspired your unique look and sound?

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Have you got any corporate clients?


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What can I do to legalize marijuana? How can I help? Who can I contact, and what should I ask them? I live in NC.

Edit: added details.

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oh hey, I saw your post earlier, and I've been waiting for this AMA since then, would you mind telling me what company made that exoskeleton and how much does it costs?


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This is how everyone looks and sounds in the future!

-M

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Nothing we are able to announce yet, however having corporate clients is both a short term goal and a long term business strategy for us. We are in the process of forming relationships with several corporations, and hope to have some big announcements in the next few months.


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Most importantly and at the most basic level, you can talk about the issue, starting with the people closest to you and working your way out to the people furthest from you. Talk to your family members and friends. Make sure they know this issue is important to you and let them know why. I also strongly encourage you to begin by making sure they understand marijuana is a less harmful substance than alcohol — this is a critical fact that many people still don't know. In the case of opponents, people are more likely to reconsider their long-held beliefs if they are approached by somoene close to them, as opposed to being handed a flyer or seeing an ad.

As for taking things to the next level, find out what's happenign your state. You can do this on our website at https://www.mpp.org/states Find out if there is good or bad marijuana legislation on the agenda this year and then be sure to contact your state legislators about it.

You can also take action at the federal level by contacting your U.S. rep and senator — https://www.mpp.org/federal

Look around online to see if there are any local organizations that have already been formed to work on this issue in your state or city. If there are, try reaching out to them to see how you can get involved.

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I'm not exactly sure on cost but here's the website


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We hear about a lot of problems with servicers. And we did see the news that came out yesterday about Navient. We’ll be covering this on our blog along with what borrowers can do. If you’re having problems, see here for where you can go to report the issues and potentially find help.

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Ahhh hopefully this year, but lemme explain a bit more about why I haven't started doing domestic US deals yet.

Flights to Europe typically cost $900. Many of the flights I'm able to find and send out cost $400. Savings: $500.

Domestic flights vary significantly by routing, but typically are $350 or less. Let's say you're flying JFK-LAX. Typically $350. A really good price for that route would be like $225. Savings: $125.

Obviously nice to have those savings, of course, just not nearly as much on an absolute level, you know?


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When will you be releasing a Dr. Sung Work Out Routine? I would pay multiple installments of 19.99 plus shipping for that!

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Btw, you guys talked about a surprise.. Care to share it?


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I support legalization, but I don't want to do it on the grounds that it is more or less harmful than a legal substance, because that would set the wrong precedent for ending all drug prohibition. It's a matter of personal freedom to commit a victimless crime, not an issue of what is better of worse for your body.

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How heavily involved in BMX were you at the time of your injury?


Q:

Can you explain in layman's terms what you do to reduce the student debt of individuals?

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Hey Scott, love the free emails! I signed up last time I saw you in here and I've already booked two flights to Europe for this year! I was wondering if there'd be a way to filter the emails so that I only receive them if they contain an airport around me? It's really disappointing to see an awesome deal on a flight I'd love to book, only to see that the closest airports are 10 hours away.

Thanks for doing this!


Q:

The thought has crossed my mind... if anyone would watch it I'd do it for charity.

-DS

A:

Next week we will be announcing an opt-in leaderboard for storage. Users can compare how much they've uploaded and compete to rank on the ladder. The top new users each month will get prizes like T-shirts.

This leaderboard is completely opt-in, and the only information you provide to the leaderboard will be evidence of how much data you have stored with each host. The leaderboard won't know anything about how many files you've stored, their names, etc, and again it is fully optional that you participate.


Q:

Fair enough. Please note I said you should talk about why it's important to you. That could be any number of reasons.

But if your goal is to increase support for legalization, I encourage you to consider why it is that people are opposed it, which 99 times out of 100 is because they believe it poses too much harm to be made legal (be it harm to consumers' health or spirit, harm to non-consumers' around them, or harm to society overall). If you want to convince that person that they should make marijuana legal, you need to address that concern. You don't necessarily need to compare it to alcohol, but that is simply a good basis for comparison given our nation's history with prohibition/repeal and the similarities in the products (i.e. they should be used by adults and not kids, they are part of our culture, they should be used responsibly, etc.). If a person is willing to accept that alcohol should be legal, they will have a heard time coming up with reasons why marijuana — a substance that is objectively less harmful to the consumer and to society — must remain illegal. But as I said, you should make the case you are comfortable making. I'm simply providing my advice for what appears to be the most effective when it comes to shifting people's attitudes.

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Pretty involved. It's all I did. I worked at a bike shop. I rode my bike every day with friends. Went on trips constantly to skate Parks or just looking for places to ride


Q:

Absolutely. Let me put on my ELI5 cap for a second. At a high-level, we do 3 major things:

First, we write (A LOT) of blog posts about how to pay off student loans quicker and easier. For example, here’s our Ultimate Guide to Paying Off Student Loans Faster. This is one of our more popular guides.

Second, we have a free web app which helps borrowers manage, track, and pay off their loans faster. Specifically, it helps borrowers keep all their loans in one place and get specific recommendations on how to pay off their student loans quicker. (We use a pretty neat algorithm to help with the latter.)

Third, we talk quite a bit about refinancing student loans to lower interest rate and get out of debt quicker. It’s not right for everyone, but for some people it can make a massive difference. For example, we have a team member here who refinanced his federal student loans with Earnest a couple months ago and dropped his interest rate from 6.05% to 3.43%. Massive win for him, and for the thousands of other borrowers who do the same.

There’s a lot more we do, but in general terms those are the 3 bigger things we’re doing right now. We’re also moving into other areas to help people improve their finances in general. For example, how to lower credit card debt, whether you should rent or buy a home, and more things along those lines. What else do you think we should do?

A:

Amazing!! Where are you going??

Great question! So we just implemented that functionality (seriously last week) to filter alerts so it's only for airports you're interested in, but alas it's one of the perks for premium subscribers. Really sorry about that!


Q:

How was your experience on Canada's got Talent? I found a video of your audition, but can't find any more information! Thanks for doing this AMA.

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Is there any stats on how much data is stored on the network as a whole? I saw something on your slack that it was only around 10-15 TB, but I can't really find any authoritative sources.


Q:

What is the primary difference between your group, MPP, and NORML? Do your organizations collaborate?

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Would you completely remove the body parts that don't function properly and replace them with cybernetic parts if we had the proper technology?


Q:

Hi Andy. I have just over $31,000 in student loans. I'm severely underpaid making around $30,000 annually. I've been making $500 payments monthly for a while, and my debt is slowly going down, but I'd like to see it go down quicker.

Other than finding a job that pays more, what strategies can you recommend I use to reduce my debt? The interest is the same on each of my loans. Does it make sense to pay off the smaller of the loans first?

Thanks.

A:

Totally reasonable


Q:

It was very impromptu and weird! Didn't think it would really go anywhere but it did.

P.

A:

There's really not any good way to measure that, as it were. Sia does everything over payment channels, including uploads.

Payment channels are both a scalability and a privacy upgrade. It allows many uploads and downloads and payments to happen in a single blockchain transaction. A downside of this though is that, on the blockchain, the amount pretty much always reads '0'. So when you upload 50 TB of data to our network, there's actually no way for us to reliably track that.

It's one of the disadvantages of private, decentralized systems.

We do however have the ability to monitor how much money people have allocated in total for storage. And as of this morning, that was more than 35 million siacoins.

edit: the leaderboard of course will give us a better idea, but users have to choose to share this information with us. So at best, it gives us a lower bound on how much data the network is storing. I'm guessing that most of our business clients will refrain from using the leaderboard, though they will probably be a massive percentage of the total data consumed.


Q:

NORML has a smaller staff and a large network of state, local, and campus chapters all over the country, which are largely organized by volunteers.

MPP has a larger staff but does not have chapters. At the state/local level, we work with a variety of volunteer activists and organizations, which includes NORML chapters/members/leaders. NORML has also rallied its network to support a lot of the initiative campaigns MPP has organized, and at times contributes to the drafting process for initiatives and bills MPP is supporting.

On a personal level, former MPP staffer Steve Fox and I co-authored a book with NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano. And since Paul is the most knowledgable person I know when it comes to cannabis facts/research, I often turn to him as resource or forward reporters his way when they're seeking experts.

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Hell yeah


Q:

Hey, thanks for the question. First, let me give you kudos for making such large payments on your loans, I’m a big proponent of paying down your debt ASAP. So let’s talk strategy. The fastest and most efficient way to pay down your loans is to target paying off the loan with the highest interest rate first (after making the minimum payment on all other loans, of course) and then going from there. You can use our Prepayment Calculator to estimate how much time and money you’ll save by efficiently allocating additional payments. Secondly, you may want to look into refinancing. Based on your current debt-to-income of at least 1, your odds may not be great for being approved. However, you’re paying your loans down fast enough that you may soon be in a position to seriously consider it. Refinancing can lower your interest rate, helping you reduce the total amount you’ll pay. Student Loan Hero also provides a free dashboard where you can sync your student loans and manage your repayment; you might find that helpful.

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:-)


Q:

Hey guys, I absolutely love Ladyworld! I was wondering if FOOD BAR was written just so Sung could have an excuse to get a snack while on stage? Love you guys <3

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For sites like YouTube, we can also set up a cookie-based payment.

"can" as in "could theoretically implement this in the future" or "currently are capable of this?"


Q:

What's the best way to lobby for decriminalization while maintaining your privacy?

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Do you feel physically comfortable? I mean, I understand that you'd feel numb but is that something you have been able to adjust to and become familiar with?


Q:

Hello, I currently have about $35,000 in student loans and just recently bumped my payments to the maximum amount of around $500 per month. I was wondering if it's possible to pay off my higher interest loans (6.5%) first and then move to the lower interest loans (3%) through fed loan servicing? Or should I try to consolidate my loans and get a lower fixed APR if that's even possible?

A:

You seem like such a nice person and I just want to give you a hug.


Q:

HE IS ALWAYS HUNGRY!!!

A:

We have the designs needed to implement this in the future. If we put it as the next thing in our pipeline, I'm estimating it'd take 3-5 weeks to implement. We would have to extend the host-renter protocol, which means it wouldn't be usable until enough hosts had upgraded, which would probably take an extra 2-4 weeks.

You can't do it using today's software. I'm expecting us to have it implemented by the end of the year, though before we get that far we have other priorities.


Q:

This is a great question. I spent countless hours collecting signatures for ballot initiatives in Colorado and frequently came across people who were supportive but feared signing because they feared their employer would find out or that it would somehow become public. I even remember a few saying their husband/wife would kill [them] if they found out!"

Sometimes it was obvious that the person was misguided or just didn't want to stop (e.g. the person who said "I'm a lawyer and I'll be disbarred if I sign," which any lawyer would know is bullshit). But sometimes it was obvious that they were truly worried. People who were on probation or parole or who know their employer is incredibly strict about marijuana, who fear they will be suspected of using marijuana and subjected to a drug test if someone saw them signing or saw their name on the sheet while signing.

Ultimately, I would just encourage you to do whatever you are comfortable doing. Maybe you aren't comfortable being at a public event handing out literature, but maybe you would be okay with dropping it on doorsteps or placng it on car windshields in the evenings. If you aren't comfortable talking to the people you know, maybe stick to strangers by participating in a phone bank where you're calling random people. If it's a campaign, perhaps they need assistance with data entry, licking envelopes, or coordinating other volunteers?

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I guess so. I forget a lot of times that I can't feel so sometimes I'll hit my foot and instinctively yell ouch then remember that I can't feel it. I get surprised by my farts a lot too. Since I can't tell when I have to fart they just happen. i then look around and see who did that and I'm like oh yeah that's me


Q:

Glad to hear you’ve bumped your payments up! By maximum, do you mean the most you can afford? I’m asking because there shouldn’t be any limit on your monthly payments. And yes, all lenders will allow you to choose which loan you want to apply extra payments to. This as long as your loans have not been consolidated. You can learn how to do that here. It’s likely going to be hard to find a lower interest rate than 3%, so you may be better off using the Debt Avalanche to pay off the higher interest rate loan first, or you could consider refinancing only that loan and leaving the 3% loan as it is.

A:

Aww I love random Reddit hugs! * hug *


Q:

hey lads. i already did this in meouch's ama awhile ago, but just wanted to thank you guys again for being such an amazing positive influence in my life. ive traveled to dif states and another country to see you, as well as to meet my amazing partner i met through your music. <3 anyway, got some real important questions for yall:

what are your favorite cryptids? what was your fav video game of 2016, and what are you looking forward to release in 2017?

hope to see you in austin soon! <3

A:

How exactly would YouTube be able to identify malicious behavior?


Q:

What are the biggest obstacles in non-medical states vs medical states? Do you guys shoot straight for legalization, or first medical, followed by legalization?

A:

C5 complete here! If you don't mind me asking, what level are you? I'd be cool if I could try something like that!


Q:

Any good honeymoon success stories? Weddings are so expensive, I'm losing hope of being able to travel with my husband for the next few years :(

A:

DS - mothman, Xcom 2

CM - samsquanch, latest CS:GO patch

HH - kraken, Overwatch/Witcher 3

LP - yeti, Omnibus


Q:

The same way that they identify it today. YouTube already has to pay for all the bandwidth that they consume to funnel content to users. Sia would actually be able to do that for them for much cheaper than what their current costs are.

A:

Outdated perceptions of marijuana held by the public and/or their legislators are the biggest obstacles both to medical and adult use laws. There are still too many people who think marijuana is more harmful than it actually is. As for the order in which laws tend to get passed, here's what I mentioned earlier about why medical laws and decriminalization measures passing prior to broader legalization:

This is not because they are a "Trojan Horse" for broader legalization, as some of our opponents often claim. Rather, it is because they are the most egregious elements of marijuana prohibition with the most obvious answers. If the majority of a legislature has yet to agree that seriously ill people should be allowed to access medical marijuana without fear of being punished, or that someone possessing a couple grams of marijuana should not face time in jail and all the collateral consequences associated with a conviction, they probably aren't going to be ready to agree to broader reform.


Q:

I'm C4-C5 complete. If you get the opportunity to use one definitely do it

A:

Ahh well first off congratulations to you and yours!

Tl;dr: yes!

Longer answer: you're absolutely right that honeymoons can be suuuuper expensive, especially with summer flights and whatnot. But one of the most gratifying success stories I see each day are couples who didn't think they'd be able to afford a honeymoon but ended up getting one because of the list!

Some of the more popular honeymoon destinations for US travelers of late (along with price):

  • Paris for $351 roundtrip
  • Mallorca for $469 roundtrip
  • Croatia for $541 roundtrip
  • Rome for $498 roundtrip
  • Hawaii for $475 roundtrip

Not nothing, obviously, but hopefully much more affordable than the $1000-to-Europe many people are used to paying!


Q:

Why are you so obsessed with dads? Also will you ever do a full led zeppelin cover (i hear dads love them)

Thx xoxoxo (none for sung)

A:

What’s the timeline (and technical roadmap, if you can share any of that without compromising state secrets) for recovering both coins AND files with one’s wallet seed?

Until then, Sia is simply remote data storage. (Albeit one with nifty bells/whistles.) Because users must still backup important data in some other way/shape/form, e.g. on a local hard drive, Dropbox, etc.


Q:

I'm a felon for $35 dollars worth of weed. My official crime is distribution of thc with the modifier of party to a crime. In Wisconsin this type of felony can be expunged but it needed to be set up at sentencing and it was not. So my question is do you or anyone you know help people in this situation? Kinda seems terrible that I am a felon for the rest of my life, can't find housing, can't find decent jobs, all because I was at a house when weed was sold. Can you help?

A:

Hello! I'm a software engineer at a large tech company (whose products you likely use every day) who works on accessibility.

What is the biggest annoyance you run into using software and the web on a daily basis? What can we do to make things better?


Q:

$475 round trip on Hawaii!?!? assuming that this is per person which is STILL ridiculous. Food included? Cause god knows those flights LOVE to be technical with it being a "domestic" flight despite the 12 hours it takes.

A:

Shut up dad! Stop embarrassing us in front of our fans.

We've jammed the first 30 seconds of Rock N Roll, and that's about it so far.


Q:

Less than a year, though you aren't going to see it in the next 3 months. We've spec'd out everything that needs to be done to make it happen, but the implementation is expected to take a few weeks and we have a few other problems we need to solve first.

We understand that this is a significant issue though, and it's very much on the roadmap.

A:

I wish I could but that sounds like something you'd need to talk about with an attorney in your state. I'm just a lowly non-attorney spokesperson...

I'm very sorry to hear about your situation and I'm sorry I cannot do more to help. I wish you the best with whatever approach you take to overcoming it and assure you MPP is doing everything it can to prevent these cases from occurring.


Q:

I'll have to think about this and get back to you. I want to make sure I give you the best answer I can. I'm terrible at thinking of the spot right now that with all these questions

A:

Yeah! $475/person. Wish that were for 2! But when prices from Atlanta are typically $700 to Hawaii, $475 ain't bad!


Q:

Hey guys thanks so much for making such amazing music! Your latest albums been super fun to listen to! Anyways the questions:

1.) As funky musicians that have traveled across time and space to fight boredom, do you have any advice for new, non-time traveling musicians who are just starting out and want to be able to make and perform music to?

2.) This one is for Lord Phobos: as a fellow guitarist, what do you use for amps/effects to achieve the tone you do?

3.) Do you think you guys could do a show in the New England area?

EDIT: formatting

A:

It's all open source, I don't believe anything is proprietary.


Q:

Do you feel the efforts to legalize, or at minimum decriminalize, cannabis will become more difficult under the incoming administration especially considering Jeff Sessions' strong anti-drug stance?

A:

How did you get access to an exoskeleton?


Q:

Hey Scott, I've been a premium member for a couple months now and as a Cincinnatian I'm still waiting for that "Holy Crap!" deal that everyone else seems seems to get. My question though, have you ever been burned by third party travel dealers like Travel Merry and Explore Trip? I helped a buddy out by finding him cheap tickets to the Phillipines. It was through Explore Trip and after booking I decided to check their reviews. They were awful so I got nervous and cancelled right away. Has that ever been an issue with you?

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1) I would say learn an instrument until you're proficient enough to play the kind of music you want to play. Also just listen to as much music as you possibly can as it will always keep you inspired! 2) Mostly just a Kemper - which does an amazing job emulating amps. The sounds are usually based on Marshalls for distorted stuff and Fenders for clean funky stuff. 3) I hope so! Hopefully someday soon.

P.


Q:

That's correct. All of the code is open source. We have a github repo for both our daemon and our graphical client, from which you can build the latest releases yourself.

A:

It is too soon to tell. Based on what we currently know, I think there are just as many reasons to be optimistic about the incoming administration as there are to be pessimistic. That could change. But for now, we're cautiously optimistic.

Sessions is obviously no fan of marijuana and in his ideal world he very well might want marijuana to remain illegal and to roll back the progress that has been made in many states. But it will not be an ideal world for him if he's nominated. It will be a world in which 8 states + DC have already legalized marijuana and 28 states have legalized medical marijuana. A world of very limited enforcement resources, steadily growing support for legalization (among the public and in Congress). A world where hundreds of thousands of people now have jobs that were created by or are partially supported by the legal marijuana industry. Where states and localities have begun to generate millions of tax dollars that they will not want to lose. And it will be a world in which the president, others in his administration, and other key figures in his party have much bigger policy priorities than marijuana.

I think it is very noteworthy that Sessions was asked directly about the conflict between federal and state laws during his confirmation hearing, and he opted to not make any strong statements about wanting to interfere in state laws. He also noted that there was a resources problem when it comes to enforcing these federal laws.

Also, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer was asked about the apparent conflict between Sessions' anti-marijuana stance and Trump's support for medical marijuana and a "leave it to the states" approach. He said that it will be Trump's administration and Sessions knows as well as anyone that he will be implementing Trump's agenda and not his own. See here for the full comment + MPP's reaction to it all — https://www.mpp.org/news/press/statement-re-jeff-sessions-marijuana-comments/

And see here for everything Trump said on the issue during his campaign — https://www.mpp.org/federal/trump-marijuana-policy/


Q:

My mom found it online as a trial and signed me up. When I went to use it the trial was already over but they decided to use it as physical therapy anyways

A:

Hey there, thanks for checking in! Ahh the Delta monopoly puts a damper on cheap flights out of CVG, but it was one of my home airports growing up and I search for it with every possible deal.

Were you on the list in November when the flights from Cincinnati to mainland Europe ($400 roundtrip) or Greek Islands ($500 roundtrip) popped up? Those were the bees knees.

I haven't been burned personally by any OTAs like those you'd mentioned, but I've read the same reviews you have. I'm torn about how much weight to give them -- after all, how many people take a flight that went as scheduled and feel motivated to write a review of the company they bought it from online? So I think there's a bit of a response bias at play, you know?

That having been said, there are real differences between buying from OTAs and buying directly from airlines. Without typing a total wall of text I'll just link to the FAQ I wrote up about OTAs, but if anything there you're unclear about happy to go into it more!


Q:

What is the most difficult song for each of you to play live?

A:

Just you. Your client encrypts and uploads the data. From there it's distributed across hosts who your client agreed to contract with.

The default behavior is 5 copies of your data. If one node goes down, you get part of your contract fee back. I'm going to assume the client looks for another host to upload data too.


Q:

While some states have taken steps to fully decriminalize personal possession of marijuana, I'm under the impression at least some municipalities (Houston, for example) are doing something similar in conflict with the laws of the state where the city resides. How many other cities are doing this? Is there significantly more decriminalization in the US right now even past the handful of states that have already legalized it?

Thanks for your work -- ending the Drug War is the single most important societal change we can make.

A:

I'm not 100% sure what quadriplegic means but how do you type?

Also do you still miss BMX and what do you do now instead?


Q:

Yeah it killed me when I saw the $400 flights. But it was Christmas time and with two kids I didn't have the extra cash to throw around. I got lucky on the Phillipines flight though and booked directly through EVA airlines for pretty much the same price.

A:

H - Second half of Pale Blue Dot because of the kick pedal rhythms

P - Atomic Karate because the style of playing changes every couple of measures. Lots of switching back and forth.

S - Japanquest due to physical exhaustion

M - "Nothing is difficult for me"


Q:

Sia uses Reed-Solomon coding to achieve the same properties. The most recent release has an 8-of-32 redundancy scheme, though as we continue to iterate on the software we expect to eventually reach numbers closer to 30-of-50 without sacrificing data security.

Doing it this way gives you massive geographic redundancy as well as a high tolerance to disk failure, host failure, trust failure, earthquakes, nuclear warfar, etc. In terms of reliability, there's really no comparison (modulo potential bugs in the software).

This also means that we can have hosts focusing on achieving 95% reliability instead of 99.99999% reliability. This will likely result in cheaper drives, cheaper setups, etc, and overall stronger customization for the end-user.

Napkin math suggests that the long term cost of Sia at scale (assuming drive prices don't decrease ever again) is around $2 / TB / Month. This accounts for power, servers, rent, etc.

Time will prove or disprove that math.

A:

You are correct that there are a lot of efforts taking place at the local level to roll back prohibition. The extent to which this can be done often depends on the states' laws. Here's a recent article about this that touches on several cities that have taken action — http://www.thecannabist.co/2016/11/04/marijuana-decriminalization-cities-vs-states/66414/

Oftentimes states do not allow for significant changes to take place at the local level. For example, in some states, such as TX, they are basically giving law enforcement the ability to opt out of enforcing harsh possession penalties. The localities still have the ability to enforce the harsh penalties, but they no longer are required to enforce the harsh penalties.

This can be effective if you have good local officials who recognize the foolishness of such harsh penalties. But in some cases you do not. Take Denver, for example. Back in 2005 we passed an initiative that gave the city the ability to stop arresting adults for simple possession, but they CHOSE to continue enforcing the state possession law.

But we are seeing an increase in good local officials taking action. Philadelphia is a good example.

Another important aspect of these local reforms is the impact they have on public attitudes. We ran the local ballot initiatives in Denver in 2005 and 2007 with the primary goal of forcing a public dialogue about the issue. When these measures are on local ballots, they generate media coverage that fosters important conversations. They are also good organizing tools. And if you look at the states where a lot of these local measures were first passed, you can see how they contributed to bigger-picture changes over time. For example, Seattle passed a lowest law enforcement priority measure in 2003, and several cities around California adopted them around 2004-2006. Denver, Breckenridge, and Nederland passed local measures in Colorado leading up to legalization. Several localities in Mass. passed non-binding referenda questions over several years prior to legalization. Several Michigan cities have passed local measures, and it's quite possible that state will be up next to pass a legalization initiative (2018).


Q:

I use a combination of both voice recognition and typing with my knuckles one letter at a time since I have no use of my fingers. If I'm on my phone though, I have it velcroed to my armrest and I use my thumb to type and navigate.

A:

Ahh well congrats on that! I've never been to the Philippines but the snorkeling there looks unreal


Q:

What does it feel like to be so overwhelmingly cool and handsome?

A:

Hey guys,

Great what you guys are doing! I was wondering, Kim Dotcom is launching MU2.0 soon. Will he be (solely) using Sia? Did you guys have any contact over the last few months?

Edit: is it one of the 3 announcements? :) "We have 3 announcements / events coming over the next 3 weeks."


Q:

What is the best argument to make for marijuana when talking with someone who is very sternly against it? Living in Tennessee, I know quite a few people who are simply ignorant to the facts and refuse to accept them when they are brought up. What can I say to them that might set off a light in their head and make them rethink what they previously thought was true?

A:

How has your relationships been with people before and after the accident? Did people just stop hanging out with you because of the accident?


Q:

The hookers are awesome, too!

A:

This shit just comes naturally yo... was born dis way.

-M


Q:

The first was the release yesterday, the second is the AMA today, and the third is the leaderboard coming next week.

We have not been in contact with Kim Dotcom despite our best efforts. We're not really sure what he's building, but I suspect that it's not actually decentralized, merely instead it is bitcoin based.

I guess we will see though.

A:

Marijuana is objectively less harmful than alcohol to the consumer and to society. See https://www.amazon.com/Marijuana-Safer-Driving-People-Drink/dp/1603585109/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1383084981&sr=1-1


Q:

Yeah some people have disappeared but some of my relationships and friendships have grown to a new level that I never thought possible. I've had some friends do more than what's asked of them. I can truly say that I love them with all my heart.

A:

Fair enough!


Q:

If forces of evil conspired to strand you all in the wilderness, which animals would you befriend to help you get home?

A:

Don't trust us, trust the code! Sia is 100% open source.

In a way, this is better than trusting a company like Google or Microsoft with your data. They are storing all of your personal information unencrypted, and they're a single point of failure. If Google decides that you violated their terms of service (which has happened to many innocent people in the past), they can lock you out of your account with no warning. That sort of scenario can never happen on Sia.


Q:

Thanks for taking some time to do an AmA.

With the DEA recently reclassifying CBD as schedule 1 do you think that they are a large obstacle to legalization? If so do you think that the organization can be re-structured or does it need to be abolished/replaced?

How do you recommend approaching the subject of marijuana being safe with more socially conservative people?

A:

How long after your accident did you come to terms with your situation?


Q:

I've booked a flight from Frankfurt to Cincinnati with a layover in Detroit and back I have a layover in Washington DC. Do you know if it is possible to skip the flight from Cincinnati to DC if I want to visit the city a day or two before the departure?

I booked the flight for 500€ 3 month ago. I think it is way cheaper in winter. The last time I was in Cinci it was summer and I payed around 1200€. Someone told me that CVG is one of the more expensive airports in the US.

And if you have time: I am in Cincinnati the whole February. Any suggestions which US city I could fly to on a low budget for a short trip?

A:

CAT BUS!


Q:

Sia is open to everyone for review, and to the best of my knowledge nobody has found any damning problems or any reasons to raise red flags. If there are any specific concerns you have with our platform or design, we'll happily respond to them point-by-point.

A:

This was a totally misreported story. The DEA's recent action has NO effect on the legality of CBD under federal law. The DEA has always considered CBD to be a Schedule I substance.

This was not an announcement/response regarding a rescheduling petition and it was in no way a reflection of any kind of process to determine if CBD has medical value. As I mentioned above, the DEA has always classified CBD under Schedule I, so they have never recognized its medical value and still do not recognize it.

This was simply an announcement of a final rule creating a new source code for "marihuana extracts" (7350). "Marihuana" (7360), THC (7370), and CBD (7372) all have their own unique source codes already. We believe they were in fact doing this to better comply with international treaties and could be anticipating a need to have a separate source code for extracts if and when they register more entities to grow marijuana for research. In other words, this might be the first time we have ever believed the DEA's stated intentions for taking an action related to marijuana.

As for the DEA's fate, it's very difficult to imagine the agency would be entirely abolished any time soon. It's quite possible that marijuana could be removed from its jurisdiction, which is what would happen under Congressman Jared Polis's proposal to regulate marijuana like alcohol at the federal level. It would move marijuana from the DEA to the ATF.

It does appear Congress's appetite for spending on DEA marijuana efforts is growing smaller. They see state laws changing and public opinion shifting, and they are questioning the efficacy of things like the DEA's marijuana eradication program. Hopefully that trend will continue this year.


Q:

I don't know if I've ever come to terms with it really. I accept where I am now and Still trying to move on but I have both good and bad days

A:

First off, happy Pie Day!!

Ahh alas if you skip any leg of an itinerary the rest of the itinerary gets automatically cancelled. So you can only skip a leg if it were the last leg of a trip you didn't want, but what you're talking about would cancel your return flight to Frankfurt.

Chicago's not far and a great city! And be sure to go on the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky, it's fantastic.


Q:

Hi. First off I wanna say that I love LADYWORLD and Atomic Karate is probably my favourite track, along with Ladyworld and actually the whole album. So how did you get your inspiration for Atomic Karate and how did you go about writing it?

A:

Sia's pricing for storage right now is very low relative to its competitors, but not many users are actually storing files on the network. Looking at SiaPulse there's 931 TB available but only 0.82% of that is in use. Without anyone to purchase storage, the hosts have no incentive to continue participating.

What do you think is limiting the number of storage buyers on the network and how do you plan to address it?


Q:

What is MPP doing to add retroactive ameliorative relief into bills in states that want to legalize? In my opinion, legalization means nothing if we can't make up for past wrongs done to people who shouldn't have been in prison in the first place.

A:

What's a typical day like for you?


Q:

I have seen some real bargains but the stopovers can be long. How long would a stopover have to be before you decide it isn't worth the saving? Back in 2012 I got cheap return tix to Amsterdam with Garuda, stopovers in Jakarta and Dubai before Amsterdam. The stopovers really added to the exhaustion.

A:

Instrumentally, inspiration came from listening to a lot of J-Pop. Lyrically, inspiration came from an old TWRP show poster made by Lazerhorse where Sung is reading a huge book called "ATOMIC KARATE".


Q:

I believe that the 0.82% number is actually incorrect. There are hosts on the network with as much as 50% utilization today, and most non-new hosts have at least 10% utilization.

That said, you are correct that as of today there is a windfall of supply compared to the demand, and we are working hard to correct that. The biggest reason for this up until today I feel was that the software was very slow for uploading and downloading files. Until our release yesterday, it would take more than a week to upload a single 20GB file. The release that is out now can do that at much faster speeds.

I also think that general awareness among consumers is very low. We are working to introduce Sia to the world and to get people excited about it.

A:

This is a complex legal issue and it's my understanding that there aren't a lot of clear-cut solutions that can be applied across the board in every state. There are also political questions associated with it.

Generally, our mission is to end these prohibition laws ASAP so that we can stop the bleeding and prevent this type of retroactive relief from ever being necessary. While it would be great to include such relief would be great, it is often a lot more difficult than it seems and raises significant legal and political issues that can prevent the law from passing (meaning people not only get retroactive relief, but people will continue getting busted and need relief later).

In these cases, it often makes more sense to pass the law and address the retroactive relief situation after. It is not as if these legalization initiatives are the one and only chance or even the most effective way to provide such relief. But once marijuana is a legal product, that is an issue that can be addressed and it also seems like one that will be easier to address. For example, in Colorado, there were no retroactive elements included in the initiative, but the legislature began looking at the subject immediately after the initiative passed.

Our director spent some time behind bars for cultivation and based on my experience, all of our staff members primarily motivated by the human rights, social justice, and criminal justice reform aspects of this issue. So it is very frustrating when we get accused of being insensitive on this subject because a particular initiative does not include a retroactive component. We all care just as much as anybody, and we are simply taking what we believe is quickest and most effective approach to ending the harms of prohibition, both past and future.


Q:

I get out of bed. Which I need assistance with. Someone dresses me and puts me in my chair. That I either listen to music or watch TV. Trying to read stuff. A lot of times I get sucked into the dark hole of reddit. Then I go to bed which I also need assistance with. Then repeat

A:

Great question. The answer is partly to-each-his-own, but also partly depends on the city you're laying over in.

If it's in a city like Frankfurt with a quick-and-easy train from the airport to the city, I actually like half-day layovers because it gives me a chance to sample a new city that I might not have seen otherwise and then decide if it's worth coming back to. I've gotten to do that in places like Frankfurt, Seoul, Hong Kong, etc.

But you're definitely right that multi-leg trips are usually much more exhausting than direct flights. Nice if you can get em cheap!


Q:

Your music has meant so much to my gf and I and we can't wait to see you live in Los Angeles next week.

  1. Is there any plans for you to appear in any live music videos like with NSP? Your clothes are too good not to show more often.

  2. Is doctor snug actually vegetarian?

Hope to say hi on the 27th, thanks guys

A:

What are you most excited about for Sia in 2017?


Q:

What is the goal of the MPP? Decriminalize marijuana? Limited use of marijuana?

What policies would be ideal for marijuana use, according to MPP?

Thanks for your time.

A:

What was the biggest moment in recovery from the time you were injured until now?


Q:

Yeah I agree. 5 years on I mainly remember the nice cheap price of the Sydney to Amsterdam flight and not the stopovers. A cheap flight allows you to stay longer in destinations so that's always worth it.

A:
  1. Yes absolutely, working on that all the time.
  2. Yes, for most of his life.

Q:

Oh man where to start.

I'm excited about the enterprise deals that we are working on. I'm excited by the thought of having true decentralized storage for my data (this is already available, but it's so new and it still excites me a lot). I am looking forward to being able to backup my entire life with a single seed, in a decentralized way. I am excited for the filesharing capabilities that we are working on.

We are expecting 2017 to be a big year for Sia, and for decentralized storage as a whole.

A:

Our goal is to end the failed policy of marijuana prohibition and replace it with a system in which marijuana is regulated similarly to alcohol for adult use and available for medical use to those who could benefit from it. We support reasonable, evidence-based policies that treat marijuana use as a public health/safety issue rather than as a law enforcement issue. We support comprehensive reforms, such as initiatives/bills to legalize and regulate marijuana for adult and/or medical use. We also support incremental reforms that reduce the harm caused by prohibition, such as legislation that reduces penalties for (but does not go as far as legalizing) possession.


Q:

I've had a couple. When I was first injured I had actually no use of any my limbs. I was also on a ventilator. So I couldn't eat or speak. When I was finally taken off the ventilator and could eat again that was a pretty big moment. Then I slowly regain use of my left arm. Then seven months later came my right arm. And then three years ago I started regaining use of some of my left wrist

A:

Fair point


Q:

When any of you are feeling down, what's sort of your go to pick-me-up? Love you guys, and love the new EP <3

A:

Thanks!


Q:

What's your battle plan if we get the worst-case scenario and Sessions-Trump goes on the attack? Has the MPP drawn out possible outcomes for the incoming administration and what is the most likely path MPP think they'll take, given what you know now and are hearing from Capitol Hill?

A:

What is it like walking in the exoskeleton?does it feel like it's holding up your body weight well or not?


Q:

P.S. what kind of dog is that? He's so cute!

A:

Drugs... hard drugs


Q:

I am not quite sure what you mean by health, however there are a lots of hosts on the network spread across approx 3 major geographical locations. There is far more supply than demand, which I think is not fantastic, though it means that prices are insanely low. At one point it was only like $0.25 cents to store what would cost a full $25 on Amazon.

We have not seen any security events nor do we have any reason to believe that there's something dangerous on the horizon. If you put files on the Sia network, you're almost certain to be able to re-download them.

A:

See my earlier reply about Sessions/Trump.

While we're cautiously optimistic, we certainly aren't taking anything for granted. Our efforts are currently focused on preventing the "worst-case scenario," but we will be ready to shift gears should shit go down.

There are a wide variety of different scenarios that could play out, both in terms of what the administration does and how others react to it (i.e. members of congress, state/local officials, the media, etc.). So we aren't able to prepare detailed plans. But we have been working for decades to build support among citizens, members of Congress, state and local officials, and others, and we'd certainly put as much of that political capital to use as we can to fight back.


Q:

It's hard to explain but it's awesome I can't help but smile when I'm using it. It's so strange seeing my feet move below me and not being able to feel it. I forget how tall I actually am. It holds me up pretty well but I still need three people around me at all times. One person behind me to hold my hips. Someone in front to guide the walker. And someone to my side to hold my chest in case I lean too far forward

A:

Hah! Aww that's Chela. She's a rescue so not 100% sure what kind of dog, but we think a dachshund mixed with a pit bull. Definitely a Grade-A pup :-)


Q:

What does FOOD BAR taste like?

A:

Obliviously improving the Tech. is always on your mind but as a company what are you priorities in the near future?


Q:

Do you think it's possible to sell adult use legalization to a GOP legislature? If so, what do you think is the best approach to that with messaging?

A:

What is your inspiration when you're feeling down? What keeps you going so infectiously positive ? - Love from Holland


Q:

I've been waiting for a usable USA > Hong Kong flight. Hoping I can finally get some family members to visit me for the first time. Been here since 2012! You have or think any will pop up for summer?

A:

Success!


Q:

Our top priority right now is the usability of the network. The current release has a few warts from the early days, for example it takes about 15 minutes to unlock the wallet and about 45 minutes to form file contracts. We've got an improvement in the pipeline to make unlocking the wallet almost instant.

Up until our release yesterday, files were also very slow to upload and download. Now, downloads are fast and uploads are extremely fast. We're really pleased to have accomplished that.

We're also aiming heavily at scalability. The blockchain protocol has been designed to support millions of TBs per person, which is necessary for some enterprises. While the protocol can do that just fine, today the user software really can't keep up with that much volume. For the most part, we just need traditional engineering to get more scale, and that's something we'll be focusing on.

Finally, we've started adding more adversarial conditions to our testing framework. We're adding active attackers and giving them lots of money and storage, and trying to set up situations where people are willing to throw away tons of cash in an attempt to disrupt the network. Sia is already very strong against most forms of attack, but we will be taking it that extra mile over the next 3 months or so.

In the more middle term, we will be adding support for filesharing and content distribution. The Sia of today can't really be a backend for YouTube, however the Sia of 12 months from now will be able to do that.

A:

Yes, but it is certainly a bigger challenge than in a state with a more Dem-leaning legislature. Many of the GOP-run legislatures still have not passed comprehensive medical marijuana legislation or decriminalized simple possession (removed threat of jail time), so those are probably better places to start. This is not because they are a "Trojan Horse" for broader legalization, as some of our opponents often claim. Rather, it is because they are the most egregious elements of marijuana prohibition with the most obvious answers. If the majority of a legislature has yet to agree that seriously ill people should be allowed to access medical marijuana without fear of being punished, or that someone possessing a couple grams of marijuana should not face time in jail and all the collateral consequences associated with a conviction, they probably aren't going to be ready to agree to broader reform.

The discussion about medical is a good opportunity to talk about the benefits of marijuana and to dispel a lot of the myths. The discussion about decrim is a good opportunity to talk about the harm caused by prohibition, the relative safety of marijuana compared to legal products like alcohol, and the fact that marijuana prohibition is more harmful than marijuana itself. These conversations will help break down opposition, and while they might not convert every legislator to a supporter of broader legalization, they could reduce their degree of opposition.

When it comes to a legislature that is actually willing to consider the issue of broader legalization, it should be made clear that this is just as "conservative" of a proposal as it is a "liberal" one. We're talking about ending a failed government program. It is inefficient and wasteful. It harms public safety by using law enforcement resources to enforce failed prohibition laws, which could otherwise be used to prevent and respond to serious crimes. At the federal level, it's a national security issue. Prohibition is contributing to border violence and propping up cartels. These are all arguments that Republicans should appreciate. And of course there's the civil liberties aspect — the government should not be punishing adults who use marijuana responsibly and cause no harm to others.


Q:

When I'm feeling down I try to remind myself that I'm still alive. I may not be able to do what I used to but I still have a lot of potential. I also have the ability to choose which something that can never be taken away from me. I also have the greatest friends and family the anyone could ask for. They're always there when I need them. I try to stay positive and laugh at myself because if I don't the injury wins

A:

Ohhh awesome! Where in the US are most of your family members?

Yes, I think there's a strong chance cheap-ish flights to Hong Kong will pop up for this summer. Plenty of time for it to happen.

P.S. Where's the best dim sum in HK?


Q:

Is ZAKK a fully transcended unpaid intern?

A:

Sure:

The consensus verification logic is here.

It's verifying a type of transaction called a "Storage Proof." The storage proof type is defined here. The comments should hopefully explain everything well.


Q:

Does the exoskeleton also give you function in your arms? Or is it only to assist with mobility?

A:

Hey Scott! What do you think about solo travel? Is it a good experience or better to go with a friend?


Q:

If our interns were anything remotely like ZAKK they would be very, very well paid interns. ZAKK is a champion.

A:

Sia has a whiltepaper which dives into this pretty well. https://sia.tech/sia.pdf


Q:

It only assist with mobility

A:

Oh man. I highly recommend everyone travel solo at least one, purely as a learning and get-to-know-you experience.

But personally once I've gotten that growth out of the way I'm a big fan of shared experiences. Misery loves company :-P


Q:

Hi guys! I just wanna say thanks for always being so kind to me the handful of times we've met! You've got no idea how much of a difference you've made for me. 😳

My question: Do you you have to 'step into' your stage personas? How do you feel your presence there differs from every day life?

Thanks for doing this AMA and always making time for your fans!

A:

How large do you see the Sia storage network getting in 2017 in terms of storage capacity?


Q:

What are your dreams like? Are you injured or paralyzed in your dreams, or do you have full mobility? Thank you for sharing :)

A:

Thanks for the advice ;)


Q:

This is who we are, and what we do!

A:

Well, I believe that the storage capacity of the network is already really high, well over 10,000 TB. Most of that capacity is simply not plugged in because the demand is not there - it'd be consuming electricity and headaches, and not providing any revenue.

A better question would be to ask where demand will be at the end of 2017, and I really don't know, but I'm hoping that we can push the growth of our network. At this point, we've crossed the biggest usability hurdles for most users.

I think my personal target would be 100,000 TB total in use on our network by the end of the year.


Q:

My dreams are still the same. Depending on the dream I can be paralyzed or not. Mostly I'm walking in my dreams. It's really weird because I think to myself oh this is so easy why the hell am I still sitting down.

A:

Anytime!


Q:

When is Commander Meouch going to get a promotion in rank?

A:

How much data does Sia have stored on the network right now?


Q:

Firstly, you're inspirational as shit.

Now, questions!

  1. Given that you injured yourself in a BMX accident I take it you were active before - has that made being a quadriplegic particularly hard?

  2. What does the future look like? With physio how much improvement can you expect?

  3. Have your hobbies/general interests changed post-accident?

  4. How do you stay so positive? It's such an amazing outlook to have on life.

Apologies if you've already answered any of these, I'm about read now!

A:

Hi Scott, love your service! I am curious if you would ever consider adding 'business class' section to your premium service? Do you see these type of mistake fares or big discounts on business class flights?


Q:

When I stop mouthin' off to the top brass

A:

It's difficult to measure, but I'd estimate we are close to 100 TB at this point.


Q:
  1. it's made it very hard.
  2. no idea what the future looks like but I'm hopeful for the future with technology
  3. well besides BMX I also love playing guitar so that's another thing I can't do. But now I have a huge fascination with space. I'm trying to give voice acting a go. And I watch a lot of TV and movies
  4. I just try and laugh at everything as much as possible
A:

I am considering it! Hoping to do it a bit later this year :-) It'd probably have to be a slightly different list since what's "cheap" for business class would shock people used to econ prices, you know?

But yes, I do every once in a while see big discounts for business fares! Found some $377 roundtrip US to Peru business class seats last year and just this week sent out €500 roundtrip Oslo to Zanzibar/Seychelles/South Africa in business.


Q:

Casual Question: What are all your favourite colours?

A:

If you had to combine forces with another crypto project, what project would it be and why?


Q:

Can you still feel your penis? And can you ejaculate? If not what do you do in your free time?

A:

You have to fly somewhere on the basis of food alone, where are you going?


Q:

S - yellow

P - red

M - blue

H - black

A:

That's a fun question. If I had to pick just one project, it'd probably be IPFS. They do a lot of things that we don't, and we do a lot of things that they don't. Together, I think you'd have a powerful foundation for some amazing stuff.


Q:

Sadly no. I haven't had an orgasm since I could walk. Honestly I don't know if I can ejaculate. I watch a lot of TV in my free time

A:

Ohhhh great question. Can I give you three? If so, Japan, Mexico, and Spain, in no specific order.


Q:

What are you guys overwatch mains?

A:

We do not run the servers that host Sia's data. Sia is a decentralized storage network where anyone can spin up a host and offer their storage to the network. If there are legality complaints, they can be directed to the individual running the Host where the illegal content resides and that host may delete the offending content.


Q:

Did you lose touch with close friends after the accident?

What new hobbies did you pick up after the accident?

A:

Scott! Love your site! Have you ever thought about leveraging your service for larger group travel? You have fans. Many of us are like minded. Why not help put a group of us together and have us invade a small tropical island for a week? It could be good PR too.


Q:

Roadhog, Soldier 76, Lúcio

-DS

Reinhardt, Zarya, McCree

-H

Counter Terrorists

-M

QWOP

-P

A:

We have spent some time looking into this, and while it varies by jurisdiction, the general answer is that as long as you don't know what is being stored on your machine, there's no problem nor legal obligation. In the event that you do discover illegal content on your host, there is a way to remove it, though you will incur the "bad host" penalties for any data you do remove.

Dropbox has to deal with the same exact problem, and so far they have not gotten into legal troubles for hosting + distributing illegal files, even though they have users who have done as much.


Q:

Yeah. Some friendships were based solely on BMX and sometimes people just grew apart regardless Still trying to find new hobbies, any recommendations?

A:

Hmm good question! I haven't yet, though it does sound like a perfect stepping stone on my path to world domination...

And your talk of a small tropical island just sweetens the deal. I'm in! Where do I sign up for your tropical excursion list, u/happytrailz1938?


Q:

Hey space-bros! Big fan! Was curious, did any of you take any music lessons when you were younger or did you teach yourselves? Thanks! Hope you guys can make it back to the Chicago area again soon!

A:

First of, I really like this project, and you have done an excellent job so far. It is good to see constant progress.

A couple of questions:

Do you plan to offer an easy way to buy Siacoin?

Seems to me critical mass of users is important. Leaderboards is one creative idea. What else do you guys have in mind PR wise? Do you have a dedicated employee committed to marketing (or plan on hiring one)?

Thank you for doing this AMA!


Q:

Start a podcast, especially if you're looking into voice acting.

Write a book (audiobook).

Karaoke

The first two are things I enjoy listening to, so I'm biased in my recs.

A:

Hey Scott!

Have you personally gotten on a cheap flight to a certain destination that turned out to be an instant regret?


Q:

We all took lessons at some point or another. If it wasn't for the awesome teachers who helped us along the way we would still be scrubs!

A:

We would love to offer a direct way to buy Siacoins. I'm sure we'd make a killing on the margins too. Unfortunately, between money transmission laws and credit card fraud, there's not a good way for us to do that.

We are working on making easier to acquire Siacoins, but that will most likely be through partnerships with existing exchanges rather than something we offer directly.

We have a few ideas for PR, and two nontechnical employees who are helping with brainstorming. We'll be targeting decentralization communities, specific publications, and doing fun things like this AMA to try and grow our userbase. If you have ideas that you think would be awesome, we'd love to hear them.


A:

Ooo great question! Like I regretted going there or regretted buying the ticket?


Q:

What advice do you have for someone who struggles with lyric writing?

A:

How would you explain what you do to a dumb guy?


Q:

Where do you find the motivation to continue pushing? I guess I am asking how you rose out of what I anticipate was a dark depression when you became quadriplegic. I don't know if I could find the strength within myself.

A:

Because of your emails, my husband and I booked flights to Munich from Memphis for less than 450 each(typical prices from Memphis to Munich is about 1500)!!! This was in November when there were so many great deals to European cities. Great deals hardly ever come from Memphis Airport so I ran around my office telling everyone to start booking trips and you got a whole bunch of new subscribers that day!

Are there times of year where whole groups of flights get crazy discounted? I thought it was interesting that almost all the major cities in Europe were <$500 the week of Black Friday. Coincidence?


Q:

Don't be too hard on yourself or your ideas, and don't take yourself too seriously.

A:

We store data in the cloud, but we do it in a way that is far more secure and far more private than traditional cloud storage. It's also a lot cheaper, especially at enterprise scales.


Q:

Just laugh and Make sure you have people around you that you can talk to

A:

Amazing!! Ahhhh I so love hearing success stories :-) And thank you for spreading the word!

Re: timing, I think it was a coincidence. The biggest cause is an unadvertised fare war between the major airlines, and those pop up because of a multitude of factors like demand, unsold inventory, pricing, fuel costs, etc. but not so much a particular time of year.


Q:

Hey everyone! Super big fan of you guys, found your first EP on Bandcamp back in 2013 and been a big fan since. I'd like to know: How's Lazerhorse's next music video for you guys coming? Really excited for it!

A:

imo SLA below 95% are pretty unserious providers. Rewards system needs a review.


Q:

Assuming you can use the exoskeleton, would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck?

A:

We've got some pretty fun stuff to announce regarding that. You'll be hearing/seeing more very soon.


Q:

95% is all that's needed because the redundancy is so superior.

A:

One Horse sized duck. Then find a way to domesticate it and then give it to my brother. He loves ducks


Q:

You each get a dessert named after you. What's in the dessert?

A:

Nope, that isn't the secret :)

A price reward is an interesting idea. Currently we rely on the local host database to weight hosts according to various factors. For example, a host with 90% uptime should be weighted much higher than a host with 70% uptime. Higher weight == higher probability that the renter will form a contract with that host. So there is already a soft guarantee that higher uptime results in more profits. And of course, more uptime means the host is more likely to be online when an upload/download is requested; otherwise they miss out on that revenue.


Q:

How's the dating life going? I mean you're Iron man so I imagine you're just killing it out there. Also wishing you the best on PT and recovery!

A:

Pizza

-P

Soylent

-S

Dystopian Paste (Soylent)

-H

Donair Sauce

-M


Q:

I've run over the math a few times, and really 98% is the upper limit of where hosts are useful. If you are above 95%, you are doing about as much for the network as possible. 99.99% uptime of course is still useful, it's just that it's barely more useful than 95%.

That said, we really need hosts to be above 90% uptime for them to be useful to the network.

And, we actually do have penalties today for hosts with low uptime. They aren't as strong or as formal as we would like, but that's one of our primary goals for v1.2.0.

A:

it's meh. The last girl I dated said the chair was too hard for her. But I can't be mad at her because she was honest and upfront with me and to be honest it is pretty hard. Luckily I have some awesome friends that really make me feel loved


Q:

Was there a specific situation that inspired the song Body Image?

A:

I have a Java library too: https://github.com/javajared/Sia-Java


Q:

This may sound dumb, but where do you see yourself in 10-25 years? Do you think technology will make your quality of life significantly better? What type of things do you see yourself wanting to do?

Thanks in advance!!

A:

Not really. Just super not down with body shaming or bullying.

-DS


Q:

Wow, I had no idea that this existed, thanks for sharing!

A:

I don't know where I'll be in the future but I do hope I'm walking. I do think technology who do something amazing. Some things that I would love to do would be something space related. I love science in Space. Maybe working at a telescope or something? I also like to give standup comedy try. I'm also trying to learn voice acting so I'd like to see if that whould get me anywhere


Q:

How does one become an unpaid intern? :O

A:

The risk of that should be quite low, since the host never treats the data as more than a binary blob. In other words, the data itself is never in an executable context. This is very different from something like a web browser, where the distinction between markup and code can be hazy.


Q:

how did you become quadriplegic??

A:

They are bred for that purpose


Q:

We've done our best to write code that is safe against this. That said, I ask myself the same question all the time. What if we missed something?

The good news is that user data is safe regardless, because the host has no power to snoop on the user or see what sorts of files are being uploaded. So the worst you could do is find a vulnerability that is common to all hosts (hosts run on all operating systems, so hopefully not an easy task) and then you wipe out the entire network all at once.

Even then, ideally we'd be able to get an emergency patch out within a few hours and have the hosts back online quickly.

We definitely think about these things, and I think we've done a great job for the most part. At some point in the future we will get an actual security audit on our code for greater certainty and confidence.

It also helps that we use a modern language, golang. A lot of pitfalls that you'd see in C or C++ have been eliminated by superior language design.

I'm glad you brought this up, it's important to acknowledge the full scope of potential problems.

A:

I broke my neck in BMX accident. I was trying to grind a handrail and I was going to much at an angle and my bottom bracket caught the rail so I flipped it went headfirst into the ground. No I was not wearing a helmet. The doctor said if I were wearing one it would've killed me giving my neck the extra leverage to internally decapitate me. Having said that I do believe that everyone should wear a helmet. Mine was a freak accident


Q:

Ladyworld seemed to focus on a theme more than other EP's, with songs calling back to each other and flowing like an album. Do you think future releases will follow this format, or is it more about writing whatever comes to your head? For Ladyworld, was the theme deliberate from the start or did it kinda grow up as you developed more songs?

A:

How much time has it taken you to develop Sia?


Q:

What is your favorite leisure activity?

A:

Some of our favourite albums do this, having the tunes transition from one to another. We'll do it when it makes sense!


Q:

Sia has been under development for about 2.5 years at this point. The first year and a half were just me and my cofounder, and we were basically coding 80 hours a week. The past year has had 3 full time devs (I guess at this point I'm closer to a part-time dev though - I am now doing a lot of sales, growth, and company management stuff) as well as some interns.

A:

I just like being outside and hanging out with friends. It's hard to pinpoint exactly my favorite leisure activity is since I'm on the spot


Q:

How did you and NSP become so close? How did you all meet?

A:

Are you guys hiring for a sales team?


Q:

Okay... So... If they offered you built in fog machine and lasers... Would you wear that bastard all freaking day?

A:

We were searching our own name on YouTube years ago and NSP came up in the search results.


Q:

you can send applications to [email protected]

A:

You forgot the disco ball


Q:

Hello! Awesome to see you guys doing an AMA. I saw you at MAGFest last year and then again when you came to Maryland with NSP. Both sets were really fun and I'm sure I'll catch you again when you're in the DC area. This AMA is great timing because I just opened my mailbox and got the signed CD today! Wasn't expecting it til later this week. I have a few questions, hopefully not too many.

1) A lot of your music is really electronic, but what I really like is how much funk is in every song. Meouch's bass specifically is incredible, I find myself really listening to those bass lines during the songs. What bands do you draw inspiration from when you start trying to tie the funk into the music?

2) How did you guys get involved with NSP? Did you contact them or did they reach out to you guys?

3) Have you made it to Japan yet?

Anyway, thanks for doing an AMA and hopefully will see you in concert again soon!

A:

How can I help you and other quadriplegics?

I used to ride my BMX when I was a kid and I fell plenty of times. Through sheer luck I never got hurt. Life isn't fair. I want to know how can make your life better.


Q:

I'm a huge fan of Parliament, Brothers Johnson, Michael Jackson, EWF

-M

A:

Do you have any spare spinal cords laying around? Just treat us like any other people I think that would be the best way to help


Q:

Hey guys! Thanks for doing another AMA! Ladyworld was amazing and you guys killed it at the Opera House on the 14th!

Now, I love all of your EP's, but I really loved "The Device" and thoroughly enjoyed hearing it live when I saw you guys for the first time in March at that small Branford train station coffee house.

So my question is, "Will you ever include more 'The Device' tracks in your shows? Or is it all just going to permanently be from '2nite' onward?

Once again thanks for the AMA and all the great tunes! Keep rocking you awesome, funky, space nerds!

A:

What exactly does your physical therapy consist of? Is your therapist just there to make sure you don't fall or is she actively teaching you how to use that cool ass exoskeleton?


Q:

Nothing's off the table, but we tend to want to play out the newest, funkiest jams we got!

A:

Therapy consist a lot of strengthening what I do have and also maintaining what I don't. Ordinarily I do physical therapy in Baltimore at Kennedy krieger Institute but I'm doing it now in Richmond as a test run in case I get into VCU. The exoskeleton is good because it's good for my bones by weight bearing. I also use a FES bike for my legs. I attach electrodes to my muscles and it fires as I ride the bike. This helps keep my legs from atrophying and it is good for cardio


Q:

Hey, I've got two questions

1) Do you have plans to work on more music videos in the future? I loved both The Hit and Food Bar's music videos, and I'd love to see more. Specifically I think an Atomic Karate video would be super rad

2) What're your guys' policy on copyright? Of course no one can rip your music without credit or anything, but what about using your songs as background music or outro music for a Youtube video or something?

Thanks for responding in advance, and thank you for all the hard work you guys put into your work. I've had Ladyworld on repeat all week, and I've recommended it to anyone that'll listen. Keep it up, you guys are an inspiration!

A:

Guess I'll ask here instead.

How is your stomach muscles? (where is the injury/complete or incomplete?) Doesn't seem to be much stability from the waist up on that suit. I've tried the ekso bionic suit, and there you have like a backpack strap in addition to what you have in this pic. Maybe making it very different to operate? Anyway, really cool to see someone else in almost the same situation as me!


Q:

1) SOON

2) If you're not making off of our recordings and credit is given, then it's pretty chill. It's when money comes into the mix that it gets all janky.

A:

I have no use of my muscles from the chest down but the exoskeleton grabs my stomach it holds me up pretty well


Q:

You guys were my most listened to artist this year on Spotify! My girlfriend and I travelled all the way to Chicago from Fargo to see you guys jam with NSP. Any chance you'll be swinging through the far northern States again in the future?

A:

Are you first in line for experimental exoskeleton stuff or are you a customer/commercial supporter for stuff already on the market?


Q:

2017

A:

Just a customer/commercial supporter


Q:

Hi there fellow space dudes! I was the Lady Sung from last MAGfest with the Meouch! I geeked out so hard when you reposted my photo haha. I actually got to show you my progress at the last Bit Gen and got a group hug.

Anyway, my questions for you guys are simple ones, will you be coming back to the US East Coast this year? And, also, will you dudes be doing any other music videos from Ladyworld?

Thanks for rocking Mother Earth! ☆

A:

T7 Incomplete here! I've used an exoskeleton and had a lot of fun with it.

Do you find it heavy and tiring? I did after awhile and I was wondering if that was the general thought.

Wishing you well :) http://i.imgur.com/YY3XCqR.jpg


Q:

Yes to all of the above!

A:

Nice! I'm a little tired afterwards but not that much


Q:

Hey its me, your boy Cliffbruce. When can we do 4v4 starcraft games again?

A:

Do you feel any pain?


Q:

Anytime, anywhere YOU SCRUB!!!

A:

I don't where I have no feeling. This is actually a major issue. Because I can't feel pain my body's natural responses something called autonomic dysreflexia. Basically if something is going on my body can feel it but I can't. So my body will raise my blood pressure and I will get the cold sweats. I've had my blood pressure as high as 220/150. This will give me excruciatingly painful headaches. Usually the common causes are clogged catheter or bowel obstruction or even an ingrown toenail. I had to go to the hospital once because I had appendicitis and didn't know it and that's what was sitting off my autonomic dysreflexia


Q:

How do you feel as being called only a backup to NSP, and people not respecting that you make your own music?

A:

How many times have people asked you if you can jerk off?


Q:

We cry.

A:

It's usually the first question once the awkward barrier comes down


Q:

Yay! So happy you guys are still here (just got back from marching in Toronto - awesome day)... :)

Here's a couple questions... Leanor (aged 5) would like to know: Doctor Sung, why do you have a light in the centre of your armour? And (i quote), why are you "interested" in it? Also, what are you a doctor of? (she doesn't believe you're a doctor of theoretical syntax like mummy... not cool enough!) :/ Thea (aged 4) would like to know: Lord Phobos, do you play other instruments? And, what was your favourite subject at school/university? Brandon (aged 4) would like to know: do you have any pets? Because we have a Newf... randomly... Me (aged ???), I would like to know: How did you guys get involved with the Generator Event? Saw you there in Nov and as a result I went to the Opera House gig (amazing btw).

Thanks in advance. I'm a big fan, and so are my kids... watch this space (that it, your Facebook page) for some pretty crazy cosplay this Halloween ;) Bye!

A:

Hey man, what's your favorite movie?


Q:

Good on you for marching!

DS's chest light is his prismatic core - it interests him because without it he would stub his toes in the dark. He is a doctor of experimental high kicks.

LP plays lapsteel guitar. His favourite subject was astronomy & science.

There are some cats in our lives.

Generator came about when Chris Hadfield's son stumbled upon the video for The Hit.

Stay rad!

A:

Shawshank redemption. And any of the MCU movies


Q:

Are you guys ever going to do a live show outside of North America?

(Love the new EP btw)

A:

Are you part of any research or clinical trials?


Q:

Hopefully this year!

A:

Not yet, I'm keeping my options open for the right one. Because depending what you signed up for you can accidentally close the door to others that could be more beneficial


Q:

Hey Twrp! Love your music. I had 2 questions. 1. What are the odds of getting to meet you and say hi at the Regent Theater in L.A. next week? 2. Why don't you guys upload to soundcloud anymore? Thats all, I'll be seeing you guys live next week, can't wait!

A:

Have you ever considered a stem cell transplant to regenerate some feeling in your body?


Q:
  1. You never know!
  2. Soundcloud seems to be dying for most part, all our music is streamable on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp, etc.
A:

I would love to but it's still in early phases in the US


Q:

Hey space dudes, I got a few questions if that’s okay! :D

壱) Favorite song by Phil Collins?

二) If you could only listen/play one daft punk song for the rest of your lifes, which one would it be?

三) Have you guys tried Carne Asada Fries? If yes, how would you compare them to poutine?

A:

Can/do you still jerk off, and if so how?


Q:

Sussudio

Digital Love

Never tried!

A:

I can't. I've touched by dick though and it's really weird since I don't have a feeling below my chest. Feels Like I'm touching someone else's dick. So I guess you can say I've had a gay experience with myself?


Q:

Dr Sung, when you record your talkbox tracks, do you record the DX100 melody track separately and run it through the talkbox after, or just all at once?

Meouch, between your Music Man and your Jazz bass, which is your favorite to play?

Please come to Michigan again!!

A:

The talkbox is done live.. synth > tube > mouth > mic! Also we used a Minimoog on LW this time around, which is a far far better synth source for the talkbox.

The MM for thumpin' and the Jazz for finger blastin'

-M


Q:

any info you can give us about the set list for the show this friday?

A:

Staind - It's been a while

Staind - It's been a while

Staind - It's been a while

Staind - It's been a while

Staind - It's been a while

Staind - It's been a while

Staind - It's been a while (12" club mix)

Staind - It's been a while

Staind - It's been a while

Staind - It's been a while

FREEBIRD

Staind - It's been a while

Staind - It's been a while

ENCORE!

Staind - It's been a while


Q:

Thanks for taking time for the AMA, my question is, what is everyone's favorite song to perform live?

A:

H: Food Bar P: Ladyworld S: Body Image M: Makin' a Move


Q:

What's it like working with Ninja Brian?

A:

Terrifying


Q:

1) Are you guys going to perform in Chicago? 2) Did you like the sign my boyfriend and I made for the Toronto release party?

Ps. Love you guys and your shows are AMAZING!!!

A:

1) 2017

2) You rule!


Q:

Hi TWRP! Fans of you guys since I bought Sex Is A Machine That Likes To Dance EP years ago and I've been stoked to see you guys start to get the attention you deserve!

Sad I couldn't make it when you were last in Chicago though, hope you come by again soon! Two questions, do you ever plan on rereleasing/perhaps rerecording some of your older work? And secondly, which band that you haven't worked with already would be your dream collaboration partners?

A:

Ghost - we are also ironic occult enthusiasts.


Q:

Hey guys, any plans to turn Groove Crusaders into the saturday morning cartoon it deserves to be?

A:

Ummmm, already happened... don't you REMEMBER ?!


Q:

Doctor Sung, how are you able to do those insane high kicks?

Meouch, Havve, Phobos, how do you guys feel about Sung's high kicks?

A:

Fuckin' show off...

-M


Q:

does Body Image still apply to non-ladies? as a non-lady, I have been wondering if the song is for me as well..

A:

It's for everyone!


Q:

Hi guys!

My husband and I are huge fans. We're so excited to see you guys on Friday for the third time.

What are your favorite movies? Video games?

See you on the 27th!

A:

Big Trouble in Little China!


Q:

Hey guys! Thanks for the new EP! So sexy.

Meouch: Fellow bassist here. Got any tips and/or sites to check out for tips to create licks as dank as yours?

A:

Stevie Wonder's left hand!


Q:

Hey guys! Just got my CD in the mail today and I'm jamming out right now. As an aspiring musician, can you give us some insight into your creative process?

A:

Our creative process revolves around deadlines. We do things backwards - we book the release date and THEN write and record the songs.


Q:

Hey guys! Love your stuff!

I have a question for Have Hogan, when you cover Rush songs how much practice does it take you to learn the drum parts?

Also, come to NYC, baby!

Thanks guys, keep rocking on!

A:

I tend to play pretty reserved drum parts in TWRP, (since everyone else is going ape-shit), so it's a change of pace to learn a Rush song for sure. I spent a lot of time listening to/playing prog music when I was younger and it's somewhat familiar territory, but it still takes time to learn all those specific parts. Rush fans are also insane and know every single note Neil plays, so I have the fear of their wrath to motivate me.

-H


Q:

Hey, just found out about twrp recently through nsp and am digging ladyworld. I also really like what you guys brought to Cool Patrol and I know you guys are probably going to go around with nsp when the new album is out. So when you do, are you going to drag them back here to Toronto? The show at the Opera House was amazing and I'd love to see all you guys again!

A:

Brian barely killed anyone in Toronto, so I think that's a sign he liked it. I'm sure we'll all be back together in Toronto at some point!


Q:

Hey TWRP! I'm a big fan of what you guys do, and I enjoy listening to whatever you put out. I'm curious, how come you guys only put out EP's? You guys could definitely put out a killer LP if you wanted. Why do you choose not to?

A:

No real reason! We like to work at our own pace, and we love exploring different production methods and techniques. Doing EPs is a great way to do that. We'll do an LP when it feels right!


Q:

Before anything, I'd just like to say that you guys are awesome and I'm a huuuuge fan! I do have one question. You guys are Doctor Sung, Commander Meouch, Lord Phobos, and Havve Hogan, right? What are everyone's first names? (apart from Havve Hogan, of course)

A:

Those are our first names!


Q:

Loved Ladyworld. What song was the most fun to record? And did you use any new or interesting gear on the album?

A:

We switched it up and used a Minimoog for the talkbox and all the keybass this time around. Love those synths!


Q:

Were you surprised by the reception of Ladyworld, and the amount of responses that were expressions of gratitude in the hours and days that followed?

Also, I was wondering on my first listen to the album, was "Body Image" a collaborative effort in writing, or one person's?

A:

We were happy that most people seemed receptive to the super-posi vibe of the EP - it was a slightly different direction for us, and though some fans didn't dig it quite as much, we felt humanity needed a bit of a pick me up after a bit of a rough year...

Body Image was 100% collaborative; we each wrote our own parts.


Q:

Hi guys! Big fan, I just have one question for Doctor Sung. What kind of keyboard do you use in the recording studio/concerts?

A:

Moogs, Nords, Junos, Virus', too many to count!


Q:

will you be going on tour again soon for Ladyworld?

A:

FUCK YEAH!


Q:

Would you guys be interested on adding your music for download content to Rockband 4?

A:

That would be sweet.


Q:

Any plans on announcing a bunch of stops in the U.S. like last year? I caught you guys in Kalamazoo and Baltimore and it was a blast.

Also, I was drunk in Baltimore and accidentally smacked Sung's ass when putting my arm around him for a pic. My bad

A:

Most definitely!!!

No worries... I was drunk and slapped his ass too

-M


Q:

Hey guys! I was wondering, when the unpaid interns failed you onstage at the release party, HH didn't kill them. Did they get destroyed afterwards or just loose their pay? Has HH been going to therapy?

A:

After each show, our interns are slaughtered, ground up, dehydrated, then reconstituted into the interns for our next show.


Q:

What are your favorite animals?

A:

Doggos

-M

Puppos

-DS

Fur devils

-P

Knives

-H


Q:

Ladyworld felt a little light on Commander Meouch. Was there a reason for that?

edit: referring to the album as a whole.

A:

I had that beautiful Minimoog sitting in front of me... had to give that thing a rip on a song or two!

-M


Q:

My signed copy of Ladyworld is coming in the mail today but my mailman walks very slow. In order to get my hands on some sweet jams early, what should I do to get him to walk faster?

A:

Get him to listen to FOOD BAR