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HealthIamA 21 year old paralyzed guy, tetraplegic AMA!

Jan 25th 2017 by conradhi • 33 Questions • 124 Points

We are three VO Actors:

Ashly Burch: Hey Ash Whatcha Playin?, Tiny Tina - Borderlands 2, Chloe Price - Life is Strange

TJ Storm: (our mocap guru) Colossus - Deadpool, Godzilla - Godzilla, Avatar, Decimus - Halo

Steve Blum: Wolverine, Lex Luthor - Infinite Crisis, Tank Dempsey - COD, Bob - Toonami, World Record for performing in the most number of video games

We're still striking, we're still here and we still believe that Game Performance Matters!

SAG AFTRA has put out three contracts: experimental, indie and AAA, that have now been signed by over a dozen game companies. We still want to create dialogue with the companies that refuse to negotiate. We had an original AMA, but there were still a lot of questions we didn't get to. We're here to talk about our stike, and anything else you guys think up.

ASK US ANYTHING

Proof:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GamePerfMatters/status/823988046617948160

Game Performance Matters Website

Corporate greed has put the brakes on some of your favorite games, hurting everybody on the team, help us tell them that performance matters to you!

EDIT: Since we're getting some questions that we responded to in the first AMA, there's a FAQ here as well: http://www.gameperformancematters.com/faq

EDIT 2: Everyone has to run to auditions, but we will be back with more VA and Mocap performers soon. We'll also check in through the next couple days to make sure we respond to the top voted questions. Please make sure you check out our FAQ at: http://www.gameperformancematters.com/faq

EDIT 3: THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

thanks to /u/maddking as our moderator

Q:

Do you walk around like before in your dreams?

A:

So if you used a phased array could you make the lights rotate around the arena?


Q:

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

A:

What is your favorite memory from your time with Guns N' Roses?


Q:

Have you ever had word come down to report with a bias or to omit facts in order to push an agenda? Had an article edited or denied due to the information not swaying a certain way? Or have you heard of other who have?

A:

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)


Q:

So, Steve, my man. How does it feel to be introducing brand new Dragon Ball material on Toonami again? =]

A:

This is actually weird. I start of being in a wheelchair and as my dream progresses I can walk better and better.


Q:

Dude that's brilliant. We have done waves and other things like that, but with a section-entry UI, so the users could tell the program they were in section 101, for example.

A:

Not entirely sure, but not a lot


Q:

Steven: The whole five years that we were together. Every moment. It was magic. It was really magic. We couldn't do wrong and it was excitement 25 hours, 8 days a week. So, just being a part of those guys was great. It was like I was part of the cool kids in school.

Deanna: That was his family. When he was in a band, that was his family. And that was okay.

Steven: Assholes.

[laughter]

A:

Yes I have.

Fusion told me and many other staff to "side with the audience." Which they clarified as young people being liberal or left leaning so that's the angle we take regardless of the facts. It was not a fun time.

Most companies don't force journalists to be biased they just hire biased journalists in the first place.


Q:

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!

A:

S: Just like the good old days. Appreciate you tuning in. Only Toonami!


Q:

Had this discussion the other day with friends at a bar My friend told me she had a dream about me and I could walk fine. What is kinda weird is she's never known me to walk fine. I can't remember the last dream I had where I could walk around.

A:

Having them scan their ticket's barcode may be easier.


Q:

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

A:

What's a crazy story about raising Steven and the Guns N Roses?


Q:

Thank you for the response! Following up on the question, who do you feel is the most reputable agency/journalist to consistently publish current events?

What reasons do companies report to the masses or hire biased journalist? Is it strictly a business decision to drive traffic or is it politically motivated?

A:

Hey Scott, do you need any help with those emails and finding cheap flights? Finding the things I want for as little money as possible is pretty much my favourite pastime. It sure would be great to do that professionally...


Q:

Hi guys! I'm really into voice acting for video games, so I'm pretty happy I got to this AMA early!

What was the weirdest thing you've had to say for a role? The one line or lines that really took you a moment to process?

A:

Did you get injured or are you born with it? The concept of walking in a dream is a bit weird cause pre injury I was mostly kinda floating around, or i just took walking for granted :P


Q:

Yes, someone actually mentioned that to me last month and it's definitely something we should implement.

A:

Hell yeah


Q:

Deanna: One of the most exciting times for us is the first time we saw him play.. We went in and we saw Steven and he says "stand over here so you won't get hurt." So he leaves us and all of a sudden the light goes down, pitch black, and then all of a sudden we hear Steven bang on the drums, the guitar, and it was so loud, I actually thought a 747 landed on my head. That's how loud it was, I immediately got deaf, I lost my hearing. My head was going boom boom boom! There was so much weed in that place!

Steven: And that was just from me! That was just me smoking!

Deanna: I was high, I had a headache, I mean my brain was going crazy, I couldn't hear nothing. So I lasted about 3 songs and then we left. On the way home, don't even ask me what was going on in the car, I couldn't hear anything, Jamie fell asleep, he was probably stoned already and he passed out. On the way home I got scared. I said What's going on? What's this all about? What's happening? I never in my wildest dreams thought that they were gonna make it big, that they were going to be the number 1 band in the country at that time.

A:

Money and Politics, but usually money.

An article about violent trump supporters will get waaay more shares than a balanced piece about violence on both sides.

EDIT: i suck at speling


Q:

ahhh sorry, didn't mean to ignore! RIP inbox and all.

wanna shoot me an email [email protected]? would love to chat about this more

A:

A: Basically every line I had to say for Tiny Tina. S: Having to articulate the thoughts of a landscape made of human feces. T: For a Spiderman game, the girl that was working with us that day was wrapped early, but she ended up having several more scenes. So I had to wrap tape around knees and put blocks of wood under my heels to simulate a woman in a pencil skirt in heels.


Q:

It seems like you lead a very active life, what changes have you made and what has stayed the same? Do you still have the same group of friends?

A:

We have done waves and other things like that, but with a section-entry UI, so the users could tell the program they were in section 101, for example.

I think this is one of the most innovative and clever apps I've seen in a very long time. Congrats man!


Q:

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

A:

Steven - what advice would you give to someone just entering into recovery after most of a lifetime of drug addiction?

Deanna - what advice would you give to the friends and loved ones of someone just entering recovery?


Q:

Fucking hell. Thank you for your honesty, man. VICE gets more shit from their audience than any other news outlet I can think of. I understand there's a bottom line to think about, but a lot of us started following VICE because you guys didn't appear to be focussed on that bottom line.

A:

Sent. :)


Q:

Hey Steve, big fan of your work, so I hope you see this question. What needs to be done exactly so the strike can end?

A:

What stayed the same is my drive in training. I never miss a training session, only if I am sick, still train with the same mentality as when I was a swimmer. What changed though was my socialness. I became sort of an introvert. I rarely go out to hang with people and I enjoy being by myself. I still have my closest friends from many years ago but a lot less people I hang out with.


Q:

Thanks!

A:

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.


Q:

Steven: Be patient. Just live your life one second, one day at a time. Hang around with people who are not addicts. You are who you hang around with. If you hang around with junkies, you are going to be a junkie. If you hang out with nice, happy, good loving, caring people, you're going to be good, happy, loving, caring person. Definitely go to meetings and listen, and talk. One thing that is really cool about my mom writing her book and then me writing me book was that you should take a pen and paper and write down your life. Be completely honest, it's yourself, you can't lie to yourself, even though people do. Be completely honest and write down your life, everything that was good and bad, and read it, and then burn it and move forward.

Deanna: I am so glad that Steven is back with me, he's back on top, He knows what he's doing. To make sure that everyone out there can find strength and inspiration from this book and hopefully free themselves from addiction.

Deanna: I would also say the same thing, go to these meetings. You can go to Al-Anon, you could go to AA, talk to your friends, talk to your minister, talk to your Rabbi, just don't keep it inside. Don't be like me, where I kept everything inside and denied everything. When I finished writing this book, it was so cathartic for me, because all of a sudden I don't care if anyone knew what was going on in my life. It was wonderful. I'm not ashamed anymore that my son is called a "drug addict" and "alcoholic. “it’s okay I'm not alone. I want people to realize this, that they are not alone.

Steven: Don't give up on this person that you love and just realize that it's a disease. Just like if you had asthma or cancer, you're not going to give up on that person because they need an inhaler. It's a disease. When I was doing drugs and I was hurting my mom, my family, my wife, people around me, I wasn't doing it on purpose. I wasn't waking up like "I'm gonna get high just so I can fuck with my family and piss them off and hurt them." It's a disease and you have to be patient. Don't give up.

Deanna: The book "Sweet Child of Mine" has everything that I went through. I never gave up on my son. He'll tell you, he can stop calling me for a year, and as soon as he called me, I was there in five minutes. I never gave up on him and these parents should never give up on their children because they're babies! They're children.

A:

well Im not there anymore.

But VICE has a different business strategy than most media outlets that allows them to be less biased. Nobody is perfect though


Q:

:-)

A:

S: Management would agree to pay actors fairly, respect their safety, and let our reps know what we're working on. There's already some companies (indies and AAA) that have agreed to those terms, so really it's just up to the game corps to come to the table.


Q:

Whats the story behind your accident?

A:

Which 4 books did you use and in what order? Did you have a history of programming? I'd love to know where to start.


Q:

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

A:

Hi Steven! Thanks for doing this AMA!

Which was the first "hooooooly shit we're huge" moment while on GNR?


Q:

Like you say, nobody's perfect and at the end of the day everyone's gotta make a dollar.

VICE makes great documentaries when it comes to the Syria/Iraq war though. Could I ask if you had any part in that?

A:

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


Q:

What video game character(s) from the 16-bit era and prior would you like to do the voices for?

A:

It was a normal day in school. I was 16 y/o and during a break me and a couple of friends were just hanging around. There was a window on the bottom floor that was open and I don't remember what triggered this idea but basically I was like yeah I totally could make a nice parcour jump out of that window. Next thing I know I run, I jump and my feet got stuck in the bottom edge of the window and I fell 2 meters straight down onto my head and the parcour jump i did, where I take off with my hands, put my arms in a position where I couldn't catch the fall with them


Q:

For iOS pick up (1) book on learning Swift; (2) Big Nerd Ranch book on making "practice" apps with Swift. For Android pick up (1) book on learning Java; and (2) Big Nerd Ranch book on making "practice" apps with Java.

With those four books, you should have a very strong foundation for getting out to sites like StackOverflow.com and advancing from there.

A:

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:

Steven: When we played the street scene in 1986, downtown LA. There were 100,000 people in the streets, outside, and we started playing. Literally not 10s, or 100s, thousands of people were spitting on the stage at us. I was in the back, so I wasn't getting hit. The coolest thing was, nobody in the band got pissed off , they started spitting back at them. It was one of those moments like "holy shit! What am I doing here? How did I get here? and Why is this so awesome!"

Deanna: I'm so glad I wasn't there.

Steven: That and playing with The Rolling Stones at the coliseum was pretty fucking cool!

A:

I havent done anything in Syria or Iraq. Though I did field produce a piece on North Korea which was fun.


Q:

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!

A:

A: Luca in Chrono Trigger S: I was Dhalsim in Street Fighter so... T: King Koopa


Q:

What was your "Ohh shit" moment like? When you realized that something definitely wasn't right after your accident?

A:

how much time did you spend learning per day?


Q:

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

A:

Hey Steven, First off I'd like to say thank you for all the work thag you've done with GnR, Adler's Appetite, and Adler. Your drumming inspired me to become a drummer myself. My question is: Do you have any advice for up and coming musicians?


Q:

What was the weirdest/most interesting thing about N Korea that you saw or learned?

A:

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.


Q:

Ash: Will we see Tiny Tina in Borderlands 3?

Steve Blum: If you could choose one person to play Spike in a live action Cowboy Bebop, who would it be?

A:

I was laying face down on the ground and I was like damn that was a bad hit. I opened my eyes and tried to move my arm. It looked like my shoulder was dislocated and I was like damn this is gonna hurt. Actually it was just that i couldn't move my arm muscles. Next thing I tried to roll over on my back. I thought I was laying straight put apparently I was curved up like a ball and when that image didn't match how I felt I was like oh shit this is really bad.


Q:

About four hours, seven days a week, for six months. Then I spent the next few months with programming as my basically full-time job, so I was pretty immersed from the get-go.

A:

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


Q:

Steven: Practice, practice, practice. Repetition makes the master. Stay away from alcohol and drugs and you can't lose.

Deanna: I agree with Steven, especially about staying away from alcohol and drugs. He practices every single day.

Steven: Alcohol and drugs are a waste of time.

Deanna: 3-4 hours a day he practices, even now.

Steven: That is because I love to play. Always practice and play with everybody and anybody you can.

A:

I didnt actually go to NK it was actually all shot by the Kiwi's. I went to Wellington, NZ to meet with them and conducted the interview which was used for voice over.

Sorry if I made it seem like I was in NK, that wasn't my intention.


Q:

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!

A:

A: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (u/maddking: she literally said, "ascii shrug")

S: Wow. Ummm. I'm not qualified to be a casting agent. But I did meet Keanu Reeves who was very invested in that.


Q:

How did you type?

A:

cool. any tips on staying motivated and getting disciplined?


Q:

Just how close are we to having an ironman suit?

A:

Hey Steven! I have a few, hopefully simple, quick questions.

  1. Why do they call you Steven 'Popcorn' Adler? Is it cause you're energetic, and bounce up and down when you're beating on the drums?

And

  1. Will you be joining GNR for a larger portion of the NITL Tour? Rather than a few appearances here and there?

Those are my two questions that I had to ask. Ps you fucking rock dude much love ❤️


Q:

I first started following Vice because I felt that it was mostly unbiased but was also tailored to the interest of the younger generation that I'm a a part of. It was very refreshing. I don't follow anymore as I've felt that they're catering mostly to the liberal leaning crowd. Maybe they sold out maybe they didn't idk. Thank you though for what you've done.

A:

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


Q:

Hey guys! I've been curious about this. How do you guys work if you're sick? Like if your nose is congested, and you end up sounding nasally all day, what do you?

A:

I use the knuckles on my thumbs =)


Q:

For me, it's always just been a lot of pressure I put on myself. I want to succeed so that this pressure will finally go away. Me_irl.

A:

That information is classified


Q:

Steven: I think that's what Axl was thinking. We played that show at the Ritz that was live on MTV one night and he introduced me as Steven Popcorn Adler. That one and only time. He would always introduce me as Steven California Indica Bud Adler. I'm a big pot smoker. So, that one night that it happened to be live on TV, out of nowhere he just called me popcorn and it just stuck. I think it was like when I play my hair bounces up and down. Like popcorn popping in a machine. I don't know. He's insane. I don't know why the hell he did it. It just happened. He just called me that.

Deanna: I never like that, by the way. I never liked that.

Steven: I had a great time last year doing the couple shows that I got to do with them, but it was everything that I thought it was going to be. It was the complete opposite. If it was going be just the five original guys with Dizzy and Axl, Slash, and Duff and myself, then yes I will, but otherwise, it's not the magic and it's not fair to the fans. Me and Dizzy actually really do wanna be a part of it.

A:

I dont think its as bad as everyone says.

Honestly I think VICE News on HBO does such a good job that its kind of boring!


Q:

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

A:

A: If it's really bad, you have to call it. Because you don't want to mess up your voice OR get anyone else sick! TJ: For mocap, unless we're injured, we have to do it. Mo-cap studios are booked months in advance, there's a lot of money at stake for the companies. I've been injured and still had to perform. S: For fear of contagion, I generally stay home if it's bad. Sometimes I can record from home.


Q:

What languages do you code in? I imagine that would give me a strong preference for ones that are lighter on punctuation out of sheer practicality.

A:

The only question that actually matters: do you indent with tabs or spaces?


Q:

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?

A:

I Steve, big fan here, missed you in the Chile show a couple of months ago. Do you think that your stroke, affected in someway your actual drums play? Also, I think your the most resilient rock star ever, you're an example to a lot of people


Q:

I don't know much about you and haven't seen much Vice news, but this seems like a good place to ask, what is happening in the world of journalism? I mean specifically speaking, could you shed some light on what your world is dealing with right now and how your able to maintain this daily life?

Much thanks, and glad you made it out of D.C. okay.

A:

Why are there rarely great deals out of DFW?


Q:

This one is for Steve:

I'm a moderator over at /r/CODZombies, and I think there is one question on all of our minds over there.

Do you, personally, hope that Tank Dempsey return, or is this it for him?

Love your work man!

A:

Well I just code in whatever language my classes are on ^ but so far I have covered java, c#, assembler, prolog, haskell, sql, html, css, JavaScript, go


Q:

100% tabs

A:

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


Q:

Steven: Hi u/f3lip3, thank you very much. And no, I had a mild stroke when I was shooting cocaine. The only thing that it affected was my speech. I basically had to go back to Kindergarten and learn how to speak again. Dr. Drew, when I did that celebrity rehab, he had a special speech therapist come in and actually teach me how to speak again. I mean I can barely speak fucking English, as it is, but it's much better than it was in 1994.

Deanna: When I found out he was in the hospital because nobody would tell me when he would have an overdose. Nobody would tell me because they didn't want me to know because he has numerous times he's had an overdose, but I never knew. Well, this time, I found out because the nurse from the Century City Hospital calls me up on the phone and says, "Your son needs dialysis". I said, "What do you mean?". And she says, "Well, he came in yesterday from a drug overdose". I said, "So, give him dialysis. What's the big thing?". Well, I had to sign a paper for him to have it. So, she faxed me over a paper. I signed the paper. He had dialysis. So, then I went to the hospital to see him. I walk into this room and he is attached to so many tubes. And I said, "Oh my god, I've never seen anything like this before". So, I sat down next to him. I says, "Steven", cause I heard that people in a coma they can hear you, so I sat down next to him and said, "Steven, Steven, please wake up. Everything's going to be alright". And then what happened was, he opened one eye and a single tear came out of that one eye. A single tear. And then he closed his eye again. And then, of course, I burst out crying. I mean, it was so horrible. I told the doctors. When I was at the hospital, that day, his lawyer came over. Former lawyer, came over to see him.

Steven: His name was Satan.

Deanna: His name was Satan.

Steven: Louis Cypher, I recall. Louis Cypher. Lu-ci-fer. Louis Cypher. Yea.

Deanna: I said thank you for coming over, but he's in a coma. He said, "I just wanted to check up on him". I said, "Fine". A few weeks later, I got a bill. He charged us for going to the hospital to look at Steven when he was in a coma.

Steven: For 30 seconds.

Deanna: 30 seconds!

Steven: He just looked in at the door and went, "Okay".

Deanna: That's how people take advantage of people that are drug addicts and alcohol abusers. They take advantage of you and it's not right. So, I called up the lawyer. I says, "What it this? I see you're charging him for him for you coming to visit him in the hospital. Are you nuts?". I said, "You better take that off the bill". And he took it off the bill. But, can you imagine going to the hospital to check on a client, just to say hello and see how you're doing and he charges for that? That was sick.

A:

There is no money. Companies are struggling and firing left and right. The companies that are doing well learned that hyperpartisan content shares better than real news.

Then you get "ad rights" purchasing, basically companies buying traffic to claim they get more viewership than they do.


Q:

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.

A:

I always hope... BANG!!! Explodes in a red mist


Q:

Awesome to hear that they're teaching stuff like Haskell and Go these days!

A:

Is selling to Google the dream?


Q:

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!

A:

What do you miss most about the rock n roll scene from the 80s compared to today?


Q:

What are your thoughts on journalists using distributed data storage like https://morph.is to publish articles with near zero hosting cost and accepting recurring donations from patreon and cryptocurrencies so readers can fund the journalists so they don't have to rely on ad revenue, "sponsored content" and "fake news" for money?

A:

Patiently waiting for domestic US deals. Do you have a timeframe?


Q:

Fine, I'll say it.

Hey Ash, whatcha playin'?

A:

can't say those were my favourites xD


Q:

Yes

A:

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


Q:

Steven: It was more exciting back then 'cause you didn't find out everything like you do now. Everything is instantly over people's phones and everything. It was like exciting to read magazines and read about your bands and what's going on and it's just a completely different world now. I think I got to catch the end of when rock was really rock. That's what I miss. I miss going to record stores and hanging out. I miss going to magazine stands and reading magazines and looking at pictures. I miss looking at record albums and reading all the liner notes and looking at the pictures in the sleeves and reading how they did the record and what happened. That was exciting. Nowadays, it's nothing. You just push a button and you're on the computer. There's no liner notes. There's maybe one goofy picture that's been photoshopped. I like the real stuff. I like real instruments. Reality. Real. People practicing. I've never known one person that practices as a teenager and looked in the mirror and was air guitar playing practice to see how they look and thinking in their head, "Oh, I just wanna play for myself". No, it's that I wanna play for the world. And I miss that whole real kinda rock thing, ya know. Music.

Deanna: I miss him. That's it.

Steven: She misses me practicing my drums in the bedroom. Oh god, please stop! Pleeease!

Deanna: That's exactly right.

Steven: When he goes to school, I'm throwing these out.

A:

I mean thats basically what I do... shit should I be promoting my patreon?


Q:

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?

A:

A: I am playing The Last Guardian, and I love Trico more than life itself.


Q:

What advice would you give to people (mostly young men presumably) who like to take physical risks for a thrill?

A:

How did you extract the inaudible signals from background noise?


Q:

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

A:

Hi Steven, have any crazy stories from touring in Canada?


Q:

Have you had any experiences with possible government targeted surveillance because of any stories you have reported on?

A:

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:

Hi all! Steve - you are my favourite VA of all time, I always wondered tho, have you trained your voice to be this epic or is it your natural voice? And if you do train your voice, how do you do it?

A:

Trust me no advice will stop someone from seeking that thrill but something that might make them more careful: Less people get paralyzed today than 10years ago because our activities have become so much more dangerous that when things go wrong, they don't injure themselves, they die


Q:

A fast fourier transformation. There are some great libraries for doing this in Android/iOS like audiokit and jtransforms.

A:

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


Q:

Steven: I love Canada. You're so lucky that you live there. Yes, we were touring with "Iron Maiden" and one night me and Nicko McBrain went out to this bar. We were in Quebec, French Canada, and it was just a beautiful town and it was snowing. Me and Nicko, we were hanging in a bar and we were doing shots. We did like maybe 8, 9 shots and then the 10th shot he did, everything was going great between us, we were having a good time, and then once he took that 10th shot, he got so crazy and turned into a different person and was going to kick my ass. All we were doing was just sitting there talking and that one drink just was the one that broke him. And you've seen this guy. This is one ugly motherfucker, okay. He'll kick your ass just by you looking at his face. So, I was all whooah, one second, one moment here, I'm gonna go outside for a second and I'm gonna come back in and we'll try this again. I walked outside and I left. I remember walking through the snow on these cobblestone streets, freezing my ass off, going what the fuck just happened? What the hell just happened?

A:

Ooooh yea.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJyC3to8ODA

EDIT: Ok here goes.. here is the full story.

While covering the NoNato protests in Chicago I got word that the apartment I was staying at in Chicago had been raided. My crew was 4 others. Our driver decided they would head to the apt to see what was up and sure enough the door was open and several officers were outside. He decided to head back to us without confronting police.

After the protests started dying down I called the national lawyers guild for advice. They told me that unless we directly interact with cops they can't help us. Funny thing, about 15 minutes later as we drove we got surrounded by maybe a dozen police vehicles, some all black and tinted windows. They approached us with guns drawn and demanded they see our "fucking hands."

Here's the funny thing.

Because we had been planning on how to deal with the earlier police raid our adrenaline was high. When the cars surrounded us one crew member yells

"ITS HAPPENING!"

They approached the vehicle pulled us out and searched everything. They asked me who I was, where I was from, what was I doing, why was I doing it, and more. They took our credit card numbers, passport information, etc.

After about ten minutes a shorter cops walks over and waves his hand at me. A cop then uncuffs me and the shorter cops says "youre vehicle matched a description" and tells us we are free to go.

This is when we called the news and NLG.

I decided that because of the raid and then the detainment only me and one other person with a large following would be allowed to re enter the apartment and we would livestream everything. Any perishable items would be discarded, vitamins, pills anything edible would be trashed.

As we were leaving another person who had been sharing the apartment with us arrived and asked for a ride. I said it would be fine as long as he followed my rules. This person became slightly agitated and stated they needed to grab something from inside the apartment. I refused, "you enter the apartment thats fine, but you wont be riding with us." So he decides to just get in the car and stay quiet.

As we were leaving, heading to safe place to sleep, I got a text that the police had been talking about us on the radio scanner. This text came from someone we all trusted very much. I couldnt believe it though... seriously? Cops are actually targeting us?

I get another text "THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT YOU ON THE SCANNER STOP GIVING INTEL"

I aimed my livestream down so you couldnt see where we were heading.

We got to a safe place on the southside of Chicago and went to sleep. Everything seemed fine.

The next day as we laughed about it, the one guy who tried to get something from inside laughed and said

"Isn't it weird they[person who owned apartment] wanted me to bring adderall in the car?"

I basically shat a brick at that point... Apparently the person who lived in the apartment texted this guy asking him to grab drugs from inside and bring them with into our car.

"What the fuck are you talking about?" I said

He responded "Yea they asked me to bring adderall into the car"

To which I said "Why the fuck would they want you to take their drugs from their apartment? If we got pulled over and had that bottled we'd all be locked up right now."

We heard a rumor that the person who lived there recently started dating a cop. I don't know if they actually tried pulling some bullshit on us, but I can say that it was possible. If it was true, I credit my planning for keeping me and my crew safe.

Thanks for reading!


Q:

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!

A:

S: It's the only thing I know how to do. I'm terrible at brain surgery.


Q:

Have you considered putting (soft) velcro on your fingertips and (pokey) velcro onto things you want to grab?

(This question is half joke, half serious)

A:

Did you have a background in DSP or math already, or did you learn that as you went too?


Q:

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...

A:

What music are you listening to these days?


Q:

You said in the report that credit card numbers were taken? Did have to do with supposed "match of suspects car," or what? I've never heard of that before...

A:

Totally reasonable


Q:

Hey Ashly. As you might have heard Nik Shriner and Hannah Telle gather together from time to time to play Life Is Strange. Any chances you will be joining them eventually?

A:

This is hilarious xD I just imagine velcroing your entire home


Q:

My background was economics.

A:

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


Q:

These days, I still listen to the same music I did when I was growing up.

A:

Yea no idea. we think they tried planting drugs on us too but thats the longer version of the story.


Q:

:-)

A:

A: I would love to. All the times they have in the past, I've had scheduling conflicts, but hopefully one day.


Q:

I thought he was American and the American quad rugby team plays in Birmingham, AL at the Lakeshore foundation. I failed to readup

A:

Do you have an example of your code? (not necessarily the code you wrote for these apps.)

Mostly I'm curious how far you've managed to get in 18 months. I find that most people who start learning how to program don't actually get very far and level off quickly. They seem to get stuck writing procedural code and never learn software engineering architecture. Though I suspect you may have pushed yourself to actually learning OOP and Design Patterns and Architecture and things like Unit Testing / TDD.


Q:

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?

A:

Hey Steven and Deanna! Thanks for doing this AMA. Question: is rock & roll dead once your generation is gone? If not, who is going to keep it going?


Q:

The car possibly matched another suspected vehicle

Yes, surely

A:

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


Q:

Hey, Ash! How's Papa Burch doing these days?

A:

I live in Stockholm Sweden and haven't been there unfortunately


Q:

Yes, I recently posted this software to GitHub. I typically don't work with other devs so my style may be very different, but this is the software that got me to where I am and I'd be lucky if others thought it was good enough for them to use as well.

A:

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:

Steven: All I know is that the gods of rock are pissed! I think I am afraid Rock and Roll might be dead. There are just no great bands out there. The last great band that I know of was the Foo Fighters, and that was 25 years ago.

Deanna: I don't believe it will ever die. When he was playing in the 80s, we would go on sunset blvd and see all these guys with the black leather jackets

Steven: But that was the 80s, this is 2017. Music is completely different now. It sucks!

Deanna: a few weeks ago we were going down sunset blvd. There are so many young people. I don't think it will ever die. What goes around comes around, it's always gonna be there. I still listen to oldies but goodies. Good music comes back.

A:

The full story is significantly crazier.

Long story short, the cops followed up sort of. We have reason to believe they tried planting drugs on us.


Q:

Aww I love random Reddit hugs! * hug *

A:

A: He's good. He continues to exclusively smoke cigars and read romance novels to pass the time.


Q:

What thing most people are surprised that you can do just as well as you did before your accident?

A:

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Q:

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?

A:

Hi Steven, If you had the choice to play any Guns tune other than Appetite/Lies material, which one would you choose?


Q:

You said at some point that they "banged our hard drives against the ground."

Now, couldn't that potentially be evidence tampering?

It's a good thing you were streaming.

A:

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 :(


Q:

I know Ash showed up in that Goblin-based special for Tabletop Day, but what does everyone think about Critical Role and the possibility of guesting on it?

A:

Have a girlfriend

Drive a car

Type fast on phone/pc


Q:

Yes, I actually have yet to cooperate with a single other developer so I've ended up (unfortunately) with a different style that might be hard to work with. It's something I'll need to fix in the future, but thanks for the tips!

A:

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


Q:

Steven: Back Off Bitch, Don't Cry, You Can Be Mine, Coma, Civil War.

A:

I guess they wanted to see if they had anything in them? I have no idea, it was a hell of a ride though. They actually raided our apartment that day too.


Q:

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!

A:

S: Critical Role is badass, but I am not yet qualified. Starting my first game this week. A: I will always come back for Critical Role under any circumstances. T: Matt came to our D&D game right before he started the show, and I love what he's doing. I'm an old-school player, and I'd love to be on his show.


Q:

How do you pleasure yourself?

A:

Did you have do anything to protect yourself and your development from the minor hockey team you first intended to use it for? Like claims that it should be exclusively theirs?


Q:

How did you get access to an exoskeleton?

A:

Hi Steven, how surreal was it to be in a band with your friend growing up and make it big? Does your mom have any funny/interesting stories about Slash from when he was younger?


Q:

Why is Vice so shit nowadays? They flood Facebook with bullshit articles.

A:

$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.


Q:

Hello Steve! Huge fan since you flexed vocal powers in Dawn of War series. Do you play any Tabletop games or Pen and Paper RPGs?

A:

I can't rub one out, or at least I don't get pleasure from it which sucks since I did it like 3-4 times a day before. Neither is there anything that can compare in that kind of pleasure.


Q:

This is a very tricky subject. Basically the issue was solved by letting the owner of the hockey team in on the software startup.

A:

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


Q:

Steven: It was a dream come true. Every musician that I can imagine, having a friend that was as talented as Slash was and being able to be a part of him and his life and us doing it together was just so fun and so magical. Everything in our lives just fell into place. It's not like we had to do anything extraordinary. We just woke up in the morning and did what we did and it just worked. It was magic.

Deanna: I didn't really know Slash when he was young because Steven was living with his Grandmother and so they hung out together, of course. But I don't really have any stories about him.

Steven: It's funny, I was the bad influence on Slash. I'm the one who got him to start ditching school. And turned him onto Rock 'n Roll.

A:

welcome to news in 2017. Its a race to the bottom.


Q:

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

A:

S: Nope. I'm about to do my first one.


Q:

Can you still get hard?

A:

What do you credit as the biggest resource that allowed you to be successful at programming, and how do you rate resources such as Code Academy?


Q:

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?

A:

Hi Deanna. How did you deal with noise from your son when he was growing up?


Q:

Well I came here to criticize Vice and saw this and appreciate the honesty. I will now shove my foot in my mouth

A:

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?


Q:

Ashly, Steve, TJ, what were your most painful and strenuous experiences behind the mic for game va work?

A:

Yes I can :D morning boners and Viagra :P


Q:

Definitely StackOverflow. I haven't used Code Academy but have heard really good things about it. For me it was a few good books and a very large dose of SO.

A:

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.


Q:

Steven: You tell ‘em the truth. You threw my drums right on the sidewalk.

Deanna: I didn't deal well with it.

Steven: I went to school, the drums were on the sidewalk.

Deanna: When he was a baby, he was 2 years old, he would sit on the kitchen floor, while I was cooking and he would take out the Tupperware and the wooden spoons and he would be pounding on the Tupperware. I would play oldies but goodies!

Steven: 50's. Frankie Valli, Frankie Avalon, Veronica.

Deanna: Yea, that's what I listened to.

Steven: Frankie Valli is god.

Deanna: So, when he would get the drums, yeah, it was very hard because the neighbors would complain. I would go to work and I'd come home and the neighbor would say, "He's been playing the drums all day. How much can I take?". No, it wasn't good. I don't suggest getting the drums.

Steven: It wasn't just that. It was just he's playing the drums all day. He's playing the drums and he stinks! If he played good, it wouldn't be so bad. Tell him to take lessons. That goddamn loud Rock 'n Roll he keeps playing.

Deanna: I don't advise any parents to buy their children a drumset.

Steven: Nowadays, you have electric drums, so you can wear headphones, so you don't bother anybody. Me personally, I love fucking with my neighbors.

A:

Ha, well I dont work there anymore


Q:

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!

A:

S: Passing out while screaming during a Spider Man audition. Then they recorded it, and passed it around to other directors who played it for me at other sessions.

A: I was on a game where there was a lot of screaming, and while I was trying to maintain my voice the director was talking shit about other actors who wanted to tap out. I felt pressured to maintain and not ask for breaks.

T: Voice: Doing two action games in a row on the same day, and at the end of the day, actually spitting blood. And I was unable to speak above a whisper for 4 days. Mocap: Common days for "navs" (when you're playing the main character and all his possible movements) means that you spend the entire day running in squatted position, or on your knuckles, or in some uncomfortable twisted position while performing sometimes in combat gear. Show Business!


Q:

I still feel bad that you cant feel anything down there that would be my biggest fear (is that weird?)

A:

How did you market yourself initially?


Q:

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

A:

Hey Steven! Love ya, man! What's your favorite GnR song to play?


Q:

How do you stop people from participating in the race? how do we stop people from being taken for a ride?

A:

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.


Q:

This one is for Steve, Whats it like knowing at least 2 generations of kids have grown up learning about excellent anime thanks to Tom?

A:

My first thought after the surgery was , fuck I can't feel it, so no this is probably every mans biggest fear


Q:

Strictly emails to marketing guys at college/pro sports teams. Literally, look the guy up, snoop for his email address, and send him a letter asking if he's interested. We finally started getting some traction as fans started sharing our videos, and this has made it more of a they-come-to-us instead of we-spam-them business model.

A:

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.


Q:

Steven: Every single one of them. I still play the ones that I recorded the demo tapes I helped write on "Use Your Illusion". At least 12, 13 of those. I'll still practice to those because I love them so much, but obviously, I play em my way, which is the right way.

Deanna: Steven is the greatest drummer in the world. He is my king. He is the best.

Steven: I'm the biggest asshole you're ever gonna fuckin meet.

[laughter]

Deanna: No son, don't say that.

A:

I wish I knew.

Thats what I try to figure out everyday.

I hope that by being straightforward and honest we can collect some accurate data and say "here is what happened, here is how to fix it"


Q:

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

A:

S: I hope I didn't screw them up psychologically. I've been apologizing to parents for 10 years.


Q:

Follow up- do you guys drink as much/sing the songs at the pub after? Are there wheelchair rugby specific songs?

A:

We finally started getting some traction as fans started sharing our videos,

That's exactly how I heard about it for Purdue. A buddy sent me a video of it when he was at a game.

Have you looked into getting it into an Olympic opening ceremony? That would be huge.


Q:

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

A:

My father has been a huge fan of yours as long as I can remember. You two are around the same age, so I'd like to ask you a question for my father, if I may. Over the years, have you developed any changes to your technique, due to aging, that I can pass on that may assist him? Edit: feel free to use whatever lingo you want.. I'll be passing it on verbatim (I'm a bass guy and don't understand the shit you silly head beaters talk about)


Q:

How do you feel about comedy/satire being a huge part of modern journalism? My theory is that you can't fake a laugh because you need honesty in some form for comedy.

A:

The hookers are awesome, too!


Q:

Why do you think Jesus Christ 64 had no sequels?

A:

Hahahaha I just know you are british from your question xD after tournaments there is definitely a pub round, no songs though, however I wouldn't even be surprised if the british had some. t


Q:

Awesome to come across someone who's heard of my work! Yes, I've thought (dreamed) about doing something with the Olympics but easier said than done. We have recently gotten into some other continents though, such as for Cricket in Australia and we plan to work with some Soccer teams in Europe as well.

A:

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


Q:

Steven: u/Mafiya_chlenom_K I owe no money to you. No money.

Well, yes. I've gotten better. The more you practice, you know. Like I said in the past, the repetition makes the master. When I first started doing "Appetite for Destruction", the timing on that, you cannot use a metronome to that record. It will not work. It was all feel. Back when I was younger, I didn't have that much of a grasp on what timing really is. It was more about just having fun and kicking ass. And now, I'm more into learning a lot of style and perfecting myself. So, I'm practicing a lot more and watching more like Buddy Rich. I watch a lot of him playing and I'm just practicing that song. I'm definitely a lot better. I'm way more comfortable and repetition makes the master.

A:

Ehhhh I dont like it. John Oliver has done some good content but also some really bad and misleading content. They try to get away with misleading people by saying "Im not a journalist"

Yea great... thanks for making the world shittier.

People actually believe that Sarah Palin said "I can see Russia from my house"

I get it, comedy is great and we joke about politics. It is what it is.


Q:

Fair enough!

A:

A: We're all still waiting for the second coming.


Q:

American, actually. Started playing for the drinking culture and camaraderie, stopped due to a collar bone injury that would be (believe it or not) potentially fatal were it to reccur.

A:

How much of your own money did you spend before making money?


Q:

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

A:

Did you fall in love with any groupies?


Q:

What's your relationship with Gavin Mcinnes like?

A:

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?


Q:

Hi guys, mod from /r/VoiceActing here, and personally a huge fan of the CoD zombies series and your work as Tank, Steve.

Can each of you talk about how you acquired your first agent? What were you looking for in representation? Also, what classes do you attend/who do you coach with to stay on top of your game? I know the training never stops, even at your guys' level of work, so if you have recommendations you'd like to drop on classes or coaches, please do!

Thanks for talking with us, and being great educators for the on-going strike. Cheers!

A:

From my experience the people playing are truly amazing and nice :D That's sad :/ Hope you still hang around the court


Q:

We didn't invest a single dollar. It was all contributions of time, way way too much free time.

A:

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


Q:

Steven: Everyone of them. For the 3 minutes I was with them. Yes. If you got 4 out of me, god bless you. You lucked out that day.

Deanna: One time he told me that he had sex with over 2,000 women.

Steven: I was on drugs.

Deanna: I says, "What kind of talk is that? I'm your mother. Stop it".

Steven: I remember telling my grandfather, my grandparents. I brought a gold record to each my grandma and grandpa one day and I said, "Here grandma and grandpa. Look. I'm famous now". And my grandpa says," Yeah, that and 50 cents will get you a cup of coffee". And he's right.

A:

I actually just met him for the first time going to the Deploraball.

He seems eccentric to say the least.


Q:

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.

A:

S: I slept with her. And her husband. For realistic path go to Iwanttobeavoiceactor.com

A: I had the most roundabout way. I was writing at valve for a second and a person from Nickelodeon said, "You should put her in cartoons she's a voice actor." And then when I came down to LA that I did a general audition at nickelodeon and then the casting director did me a huge solid and recommended me to some agencies.

T: My first VO job was playing my own agent, pitching myself as being awesome for various jobs. I got my first 15-20 films off of that, including a movie called 'Once Upon a Time in China 6' with Jet Li and Sammo Hung.


Q:

So... How's that going?

And my real question, does your penis still work?

A:

How did you pay the bills while you were learning / coding for 18 months?


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:

Hi Deanna

Could you tell us when and why you decided to write this book?

Thank you!


Q:

Did you expect to get out? Have you, or colleagues, been arrested in a situation like that before?

A:

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.


Q:

Hey Ash,

What's your favorite Say Anything song? Are you going to see them in April? Also what other music are you into?

A:

It does work, poorly though


Q:

Doing econometrics for the hockey team. It was a place where, say I finished my work at 1 PM, I could spent from 1 to 5 PM studying how to code.

A:

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.


Q:

Deanna: I decided to write the book after the time I first saw him perform. I couldn't sleep, I was so wound up, so I just wrote down my thoughts. Eventually every time I would see him, whether it was a good time or a bad time, I would just write down my thoughts on a piece of paper, on an envelope, on a-

Steven: Like a diary!

Deanna: Like a diary! So I never thought about writing a book per say, it just happened.

Steven: Writing things down that go on in your life, it's so helpful to be able to get it out of your head, put it down on paper or talk to someone about it to someone who understands. In my book I talk about when I was 13, I used to hang out at clubs, with grown ups, and drugs. I got taken advantage of, I was drugged and sexually abused by an older teenager and an older guy. I couldn't talk about that for decades but once I talked to someone who understood and I got it out of my head, I can move forward, I have closure. Writing shit down is just closure. My mom doing these diaries was closure so that she could sleep at night. If you don't write, you're just thinking about it, it will drive you crazy and you can never move forward in your life. It's the best thing in the word, just write your crap down. If you have an addict in your life, video tape it. everyone has videos on their phone. Videos don't lie. When an addict sees themselves in denial and actually see the truth, it's an eye opener and a heart breaker.

A:

I didn't know if I was going to be released but the only other time I was placed under arrest I was released after about half an hour as well.

Many journalists have been arrested covering these kinds of stories.

I cant speak for why they all get charged, but in 5+ years I have only ever been arrested officially twice but released shortly after with no charges.


Q:

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!

A:

A: I haven't listened to them in so long, but my fav was 'Alive with the Glory of Love'. These days I'm listening to Anderson Paak, and feverishly listening to Haim on repeat, waiting for their next album.


Q:

Like my birth video lmao 😬😐😞

A:

How much time average did you spend to develop your programming skills? Daily average, weekly and monthly or whichever is easier to quantify.


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:

Hey Steven, I'm such a big fan of yours!!!

I think you are the best drummer in the world and you are one of my biggest idols!! You are so inspirational to me as you have kept on going, no matter what! You are the type of guy that people will always admire.

I love what you did for Guns N' Roses and the work that you've done since, my question for you is:

What bands and/or artists are you a fan of???

Love from Saffron (17), UK xxx


Q:

Thank you Tim. I assumed it was something of an occupational hazard, but the Twitter reaction has been "look at what's going on in Trump's America"

A:

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.


Q:

Ashly, Bae or Bay?

A:

Sorry no


Q:

Daily is probably the easiest. For the first six months after I picked up my first programming book, I put in about four hours a day. Then I started actually working on apps. At first these were minor league apps for hockey teams, and they kinda sucked. But it helped me improve to the point where I could pretend to hang with the big boys. Classic tale of fake it till you make it.

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:

Steven: Hi Saffron, Thank you very much! I appreciates that. My favorite bands and my influential drummers were Roger Taylor from Queen, Peter Criss from Kiss. Pretty much any 60's, 70's drummers because in the 60's is first when they started using Jazz drumming and started turning ti into rock drumming and then the 70s just took it to another level. In the 80s it just went completely out of style until I came around and changed that.

Deanna: Because you are the king!

Steven: It's good to be king.

A:

yea, thats basically why I wanted to do the AMA


Q:

Fair point

A:

A: I can rewind time, so I choose both.


Q:

This is awesome, did you make a lot of $$$ from it?

A:

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


Q:

Do you have any future plans in music?

A:

What do you like most about what you do?


Q:

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

A:

Ashly!

Are you a soprano or an alto? And can we sing a duet together? Pleeeeease


Q:

Considering our initial investment was $0, the ROI has been infinite.

A:

It only assist with mobility


Q:

Steven: Right now, I'm just practicing, having fun, and enjoying my life. I have my beautiful wife, my beautiful dogs and I just enjoy being at home and being with them. I have like 6 really good friends and I enjoy hanging out with them. So, if something does come up that I'm really interested in. There is one band that might be looking for a drummer. I'm not gonna mention their name because I have a habit of saying things and then it jinxes it, but if it does come up, it happens. If it doesn't, then so be it. That's totally cool, too.

A:

Traveling.

I was on 78 flights last year and flew 130,000 miles


Q:

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 :-)

A:

A: I think I'm still a soprano. My voice has dropped. And I'm singing right now! Sing with me! "Somewhere Out There!"


Q:

Well you had to buy the books...

A:

What's a typical day like for you?


Q:

Business Class?

A:

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Q:

Hey Steve how was working with Logic on his album? Also, if you have played any zombies maps which is your favorite?

A:

You're right. That lowers our ROI from infinity to around 3.50%.


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:

mostly, because I have status with American.


Q:

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?

A:

S: So much fun. Love that dude. He's my brother now. A MONSTER talent I'm not a gamer, so can't comment on the second part.


Q:

What was your educational background before you started programming?

A:

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!


Q:

So, would you say that you were treated fairly as a journalist during this rather tumultuous time?

A:

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


Q:

Cats or dogs?

A:

Economics degree from Northwestern. I have always been really introverted but had a love of learning, so I finished up high school and moved out at 16, and was probably very lucky that Northwestern chose to let me in at that age.


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 would.

This was one of the first times an officer talked to people being arrested. This is a situation where a large organized black bloc is destroying cars, windows, spray painting everywhere. The police decided to hold the whole group and sort it out later.

The idea of mass arrest sucks, but when people form a black bloc specifically to avoid the police's ability to target those causing destruction the only thing they can do is wrap up everyone and sort it later.


Q:

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

A:

A: Are you trying to get me killed? S: Why not both? Let's crossbreed! T: Both!


Q:

You started undergrad at 16 years old?

A:

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


Q:

But the other journalists arrested were not. Why do you think this is?

A:

Thanks for the advice ;)


Q:

Hey Steve,

Do you get to play any games much? If so, Do you have a favorite genre? :)

A:

16 and a half


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:

If they had stayed where I was and acted the way I did I am 90% sure they would have been released immediately.


Q:

Anytime!

A:

S: I don't play games. But I have a brand new PS4 sitting in my house in shrink wrap for a year and a half.


Q:

I started coding apps 1.5 years ago, and am doing very well. However, I have reached the point where I'd prefer some more advanced content to follow rather than Big Nerd Ranch - Any materials you could share that are practical, yet significantly more advanced (tutorials)?

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:

acted the way I did I

Forgive my ignorance but what do you mean by this?

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:

Is there anything we can do to help you and other VA's?

A:

If I were you, and past that BNR point, I would just start coding projects and start looking to build a reputation or earn some additional income. Maybe look into freelance (some of those freelance mobile developers really rake it in) or try to build a reputation on GitHub. StackOverflow is the only resource material I've really needed following those first four books. There is just so much info on SO, if it goes down the internet is history.


Q:

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

A:

I stayed away form the chanting group, I moved as far to the right/back as possible.

I waved over the Lt. and said "I just want to let you know I'm press" I informed the police around me everytime I would move to open my bag or swap cameras.

I was trying to be as unobtrusive as possibly, kept calm, kept my mouth shut.


Q:

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.

A:

ALL: Absolutely! 1.) Visit SAG-AFTRA’s website (sagaftra.org/interactive). Get informed. 2.) Vote with your dollars. Be aware of what games the corporate 11 are releasing. Look at games put out by other publishers. 3.) Dispel misinformation with facts. For example, we’re not asking for royalties, they’re bonuses, which is an important distinction. 4.) On social media, talk about the performances you love in games, and use hashtag #PerformanceMatters.


Q:

Like you I had ideas and issues which I solved. Any tips on discovering cool libraries to work with? or Apis? Stack is so huge, how do you find out whats "hot"?

A:

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


Q:

Were members of the press corp doing things differently? Were they chanting and being belligerent to the cops? Seems like they would move from journalists to participants at that point.

A:

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


Q:

Hey Team,

With the advent of new media, and the decline of traditional media, there seems to be subconscious fear building within the union community. What would you say is the biggest obstacle between traditional media and new media in regards to fair wages, unions, work protection, etc?

A:

I love to browse GitHub. I typically do keyword searches, but they have trending pages as well.


Q:

You forgot the disco ball

A:

the reporters by me kept quiet and we all got released. I saw one of the people in the report screaming at the cops though, Im not surprised he was arrested.


Q:

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

A:

T: I'll take this because mocap and VR (which is rising quickly), and are combining, need to be addressed in the areas of wages, credit and safety, large issues in the current negotiations. For example, I've been Iron Man in Civil War, but I'm not credited because of the nature of the industry.


Q:

great job, what books did you read?

A:

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


Q:

Would you say some of the reporters could have been acting out to help drive their stories? Like if they wanted to drive the idea that Trump is using the police to silence the media, etc?

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:

Steve how has your perception of Tank Dempsey changed over the years?

A:

The exact four books I read are:

Learning Obj-C

Learning Java

iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide

Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide

However, I would now recommend learning Swift instead of Obj-C. At the time when I was looking into iOS books, good books on Swift were few and far between.


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:

There are some articles that try to paint this as "trumps america" and thats why I did the AMA.

It was a black block riot, police arrested people. Not every journalist got charged.


Q:

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?

A:

S: I've grown to love him more as a brother than just a zombie-splattering muscle head.


Q:

Did you read them in that order or sort of all at once? Is learning obj C your first introduction to code at all or did you have any prior knowledge whatsoever?

A:

Did you lose touch with close friends after the accident?

What new hobbies did you pick up after the accident?


Q:

So the stories yesterday about ~200-250 arrested for "felony rioting", those were the mass arrests of the "black bloc"?

Of those arrested, roughly how many were actually doing serious felony destruction of property, burning cars and stuff? 10%? 20%

Now are they negotiating plea deals? Being offered deals to testify against others?

A:

Hey Scott!

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


Q:

Out of all contributors to video game development, do you guys feel like there's a certain amount of expendibility behind voice acting work? I.e., not much job security?

A:

No prior knowledge whatsoever. Learning Obj-C was my first introduction.


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:

Wellll yes a small percentage of the group actually committed violence.

But the thing is, by organizing and wearing all black you are aiding those who destroy things. It is a tactic to hide people committing crimes. Police will just arrest everyone in that case.


Q:

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

A:

T: I would say there's more job security. It's a specialized skill set. And as games become more cinematic, performance matters more and more.


Q:

Thanks! I mean had you ever even used a terminal before that?

A:

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.


Q:

Police will just arrest everyone in that case.

But the tactic worked so well for Spartacus.

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:

Hey Ash, what caused your brother to lose his mind and go crazy?

A:

Lol I had no idea what a terminal was. Well, actually once at age 11 I bought a "hacking" book and managed to completely destroy my parents desktop. Everything was gone, and ubuntu was now the operating system.

Edit: destroying my parent's desktop was totally on accident.


Q:

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.

A:

A: He was always that way.


Q:

How old are you? I'm a 30 year old civil engineer and I sometimes feel like my mind is not "plastic" enough to learn something new.

A:

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!


Q:

What happened to the guy who used go around the world taking drugs with Vice?

A:

Hey Ash, what are some of your favorite books ever?


Q:

I am 23. If you ever feel like you can't do it, do what I do and head over to r/CrappyDesign. If some of those guys are professional programmers why can't I be?

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:

Ha no idea. Youre talking about Hamilton Morris? I think he has a show on Viceland

A:

A: It's a bit morbid, but I'm reading a book called "Stiff" by Mary Roach. Anything by Douglas Adams. I've read a lot of David Foster Wallace's essays and non-fiction books.


Q:

Hi congrats on the app and more importantly teaching yourself a valuable new skill. Have you received any flack from purist event attendees who don't believe audience members should be encouraged to be waving their phones around all night?

A:

What is your favorite leisure activity?


Q:

If you had to make one prediction about the next 4 years, what would it be?

A:

What's your favorite Nic Cage performance, and why?


Q:

Actually, not yet! Have received a lot of spam though.

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:

I will take at least one shower.

A:

S: I kinda liked him in "City of Angels." I'm ashamed to say that.

A: "Bangkok Dangerous."

T: "The Rock"! The first time I did extra work was with Nic Cage. We had a great conversation. I had no idea who he was at the time.


Q:

Did you enjoy working with Clemson? How much work did you do with them? I am an undergrad there in compsci

A:

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


Q:

Hey Tim, it's refreshing to see a journalist that's frustrated with how polarized the media has become. Would you be open to coming on a podcast episode for a brief interview?

A:

I read some where that only a couple of games qualified for bonuses last year. If very few games are qualifying for the bonuses, what's the point of have them when only a handful of actors will benefit from the bonuses? Even then the maximum is around 3k.

Also, if a voice actor has one line in a game, does that actor qualify for bonuses? If so why do you think that actor deserves bonuses?


Q:

Clemson has been the nicest team to work with. After publishing their app, they sent me a signed thank you card and a bobble head. Class act all the way.

A:

Just a customer/commercial supporter


Q:

sure, drop me a line

[email protected]

A:

ALL: There isn't an actor that has just one line in a game. It never happens. Most actors will do one or two lines for myriad characters, or multiple lines for one character. Either way, their contribution is substantial. And, yes, only the blockbuster games would qualify for our proposed structure, because those are the games that turn a profit and where most union actors are found. And they employ hundreds of actors in many cases. Also, that $3000 (at max) for the working actor can make all the difference in being able to support themselves and continue their profession. It's small, but not insignificant.


Q:

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A:

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


Q:

I heard some journalists arrested on inauguration were being brought up on felony charges. Were you charged? Do you know anyone else that was charged?

A:

Here's a question mostly for TJ: since motion-capture has a lot more in common with doing theatre, with its full-body engagement, what kind of warm-ups do you do before sessions? Physical, vocal, etc.


Q:

Yes, I've always been pretty decent at math, but math has so far not played a major role in my programming. There are usually libraries that can take some of the heaviest math problems (like fourier transforms) off the table for you.

A:

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


Q:

I know one of the people who got charged. I was not charged. About 6 journalists received felony charges I believe.

The Lt. on scene informed me that I was under arrest and not free to leave, after about 45 minutes pulled me and two NBC reporters out and let us go.

A:

T: A lot of motion capture actors are part actor, part athlete, so we train as if we're in both worlds. Since the stage is usually well air-conditioned, we have to warm up quite a bit before we begin. Running, skipping, jumping are all common things, as well as some vocal exercises if we're speaking.


Q:

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A:

how did you become quadriplegic??


Q:

What is the difference between you and those journalists who did get charged? Were you just lucky?

A:

Why should voice actors get all these perks before say the developers?


Q:

It had a lot to do with math, but not necessarily in the way you'd think. I did some alternative schooling in high school, which ended up in me teaching myself Algebra II, trig, pre-cal, and calculous all from books I bought off eBay. I think having a history of teaching myself new skills made this round much easier than it would have been otherwise.

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:

I dont know but I can say that I saw one of them yell at the cops, that certainly didnt help their situation.

I can say that the NBC reporters and I stayed quiet and calm and politely informed the Lt we were press.

A:

http://www.gameperformancematters.com/faq

S: I haven't met an actor yet who doesn't support developers organizing. It's a shop in need of a steward.


Q:

As someone who frequently has ideas for apps but has no idea how to get them off the ground is this more of a hobby or a job for you?

A:

Hey man, what's your favorite movie?


Q:

I am a senior journalism student at a university in the U.S. who is also taking Arabic with hopes of being an independent journalist in the Middle East, among other places. I want to see and report on the best and worst that humanity has to offer. In short, you (almost) have my dream job!

Do you have any advice for me once I graduate? Where should I start?

A:

It's definitely a full-time effort. I'd say learning to code was a hobby, but programming has been a job.


Q:

Shawshank redemption. And any of the MCU movies

A:

Buy a plane ticket and just go somewhere interesting and do something journalistic.

Seriously... most people don't even go do journalism.


Q:

Can you share what languages youve studied to make the apps? Thanks!

A:

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


Q:

That's the most succinct response I've ever gotten, and, if I'm honest, the one I've been wanting to hear. I'm always told I need to try to embed for CNN or some other major news outlet, but then I have to do the stories that they want me to do.

I want to do the stories that noone else does. As you've previously stated in this AMA, I also want to be in "the center of the world."

Follow up question: How the hell do I fund it? Will I have to go out of pocket?

A:

Yes, at the time there were no reputable books on Swift, so I learned Objective-C for iOS and Java for Android. I also picked up some basic PHP for backend server-side stuff.


Q:

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

A:

yup.

I slept in closets and on floors for the first year I worked at VICE. I saved all my money.

I got started by couch surfing and being broke, homeless, without healthcare.


Q:

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!

A:

Do you, the people working in media, talk about the filter bubble with each other? Does it concern you, is it something you try to take action against?


Q:

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

A:

I do all the time but most people, even journalists, are in the bubble and are oblivious.


Q:

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

A:

Glad to hear it!

Any particular ways you try to work around it?


Q:

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

A:

my facebook has about 5,000 friends of varying political backgrounds so I see a wide range of content.


Q:

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.

A:

What other news organizations do you respect as unbiased and insightful?


Q:

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

A:

They all have some kind of angle.

I like CNN for the most part but they are far from perfect. I have CNN running 24/7 for updates, not for commentary.

Glen Greenwald and The Intercept do a great job but will almost always give you an anti establishment pov.

The Guardian is one of my favorites.


Q:

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

A:

How do people with no journalistic experience break into the field?

Is really just as easy as finding a story and hitting rec?


Q:

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

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Just go do journalism. Go somewhere important and film, tweet, youtube, facebook. Find important stories and share them. The rest follows.

And as for school, Im a high school drop out

EDIT: Better answer.


Q:

Are you part of any research or clinical trials?

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Have you seen the Documentary Now! spoof of VICE documentaries? What did you think about it?


Q:

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

A:

It was funny.

There was another one done by the onion. Both great.


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.

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Do you think news is biased left or right in America?


Q:

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

A:

I think it is biased to the left but the right has been doing a good job of countering on digital


Q:

What's something that you're burdened by that you didn't expect to be a problem as a quadriplegic?

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Is it frustrating having to argue with colleagues and members of your profession that being dogmatic ideologues is antithetical to journalism itself?


Q:

Quite a few things. I have a strong opinion of inclines now. I have to be constantly aware of my body now. I have to do what's called weight shifts a lot. Basically my chair will lean back to 45° angle to relieve pressure off of my ass. If I don't I'm susceptible to a pressure sore. I've had one last year it was the worst thing ever. You can feel your butt getting numv when you sit too long but I can't which is why have to do pressure releases. This also means that I have to be turned when I sleep in bed. So in the middle the night someone will turn me to make sure I don't have constant pressure on one spot. Another thing is, and this is me in particular this doesn't apply to everyone, I can't sweat. So I have to drink a lot of water and be careful in the heat. If I'm outside I usually have one with me to pour on my head to cool me down. And of course going to the bathroom which I answered in another comment

A:

yes.

Sometimes I hate journalists but then I realize its just people doing people stuff.


Q:

When viewing an article, how should i properly check that the sources mentioned are correct, so as to not be persuaded by a news article that may or may not be biased/false reporting/ leaving out facts/ etc?

I appreciate all the work you do. Keep it up :D

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Its damn near impossible. Just google search the story and read a couple different articles on the same subject.


Q:

You seem to consistently maintain unbiased reporting and is a major reason I follow your work so closely. How is it you are able to keep emotion separate when so much other media is heavily one sided?

Also, how do you feel about the media divide in general? Do you have suggestions of similar news outlets that just report facts?

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I have friends who are high profile feminists and friends who are high profile Trump supporters. What makes me unbiased (for the most part, no one is perfect) is that I have both sides talking to me calmly because we are friends.

Most people on one side of the isle only hear anger, attacks, and insults. You can't expect people to get along when they dont want to.

As for media, they play sides on purpose, people like having their biases confirmed and companies can monetize that.


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This comment right here is going to make me start reading your work and see for myself. I would love for this to be true.

A:

I think if everyone stopped turning their political opponents into monsters we would get more done.


Q:

Did you mean to say that your friends are literally on separate islands?

A:

there was supposed to be an 'a' in there. But I'll leave the typo because internet people love typos


Q:

Two questions, if you don't mind.

  1. From what I understand, Obama (despite getting along with the press fairly well) was not always the best president for journalism. Are you worried Trump's combativeness to the press will be even worse, and possibly restrict you from doing your job?

  2. I write for local newspapers, but I want to be a national freelancer, kind of like what you do. How do I go from writing for state newspapers to making the national scene?

Thanks for doing this!

A:

I dont think Trump is as bad as everyone makes him out to be. The "skype seats" announcement for the press corp is actually a great idea.

Seems like they are just taking shots at the big dogs. But we will see, Its not like I trust them either.

EDIT: Oop, forgot second question.

My recommendation is to travel to the biggest stories and report on them, eventually you meet people and build the right network.


Q:

What do you think about CNN and other news sources being biased, and how can we tell immediately news stories which have bias?

A:

Unfortunately you cant.

Your best bet is to read a story from three different outlets.


Q:

Hey, Tim. Was your cell phone confiscated during the mass arrest? Do you know journalists that were arrested that DID lose their phone? I find that development troublesome. Thanks for doing the AMA.

A:

My phone wasn't taken.

I know at least some of the journalists that got charged did lose their phones.


Q:

Hi Mr. Pool, do you think the reason you and your two colleagues weren't charged was down to the size and reach of your respective organisations ? or too put it another way if ye were unknown journalists would things have been different? Oh and thanks for the AMA

A:

I currently don't work for anyone, I just have my press ID I made for my company.

I think it has to do with us removing ourselves from the chanting group and staying to the far side/ telling the Lt. calmly


Q:

Been following you since Ferguson. What's a good resource for finding citizen journalists?

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Honestly, there isnt one.

Periscope's map feature is great if youre looking for specific breaking news


Q:

Tim during the protest where you ever personally targeted by either protester or officers?

A:

neither.

In the past I have been targeted by police in one extreme instance in Chicago. I have been physically attacked by protesters about four or five times.


Q:

You said you've been to numerous protests in the past. How commonplace is violence and vandalism at the protests you go to?

Does the media over report it for ratings, or is it more common than some people like to believe?

How do the peaceful protestors react to the violent ones?

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I tend to only cover conflict and crisis stories so usually there is violence when I am there. I didnt post anything from the Women's March because I dont actually cover protest specifically.

Peaceful protesters usually object to the violence however there are some "allies" who believe in "diversity of tactics"


Q:

Do you agree that the big media companies contributed extremely to trump's success by giving him more airtime than others?

A:

Yes, definitely.

Trump knew what he was doing in my opinion. He played on controversy to get airtime at no cost and it worked.

It doesnt matter if you love or hate him because when he is all you can talk about he is the top contender.


Q:

Based on what you witnessed, did any of the folks you were jailed with belong there?

A:

Well I wasn't jailed. I was placed under arrest for 45 minutes to an hour.

That being said the good majority of the group I was held with were active participants in the black bloc. I can't say who deserves what, but I can say that this group was causing lots of destruction around the area.


Q:

Vice is owned by Disney. With Disney as a global conglomerate, do you feel that covering a negative portrayal of trump is in favor of the company you work for? Does this affect your reporting? Edit: do you think this relationship has anything to do with why you were arrested? (For the conspiracy theorists out there)

A:

I haven't worked for VICE in two years. I left before Disney got involved but did work for Fusion which was owned by Disney in the past (they sold their portion)

Companies hire journalists who already have the views they want to promote, so there is no real coercion.


Q:

Is there one thing you know, that you wish you could say to every single American right now?

A:

Most news you hear is sensationalized. Life is much more chill and boring than media makes it seem.


Q:

Are you ever going to realize that you can't grow a proper beard?

A:

Oh dude, Im part korean.

My parents told me since I was little about my crippling disability.


Q:

Should I be as worried about the future as I am? I am straight getting sick from the visible decline in intellect, compassion and freedom.

A:

Yes.


Q:

Hello Tim.

It's my opinion that the news media should leave the narcisstic Tweets and controversy over crowd sizes to the late night comedians while genuine journalists should cover things like the executive orders to stop enforcing Obamacare and the Keystone Pipeline.

What are your thoughts on this?

Also, do you think that (at least some of) the controversial things Trump has said/done recently have been a smokescreen for his real actions (e.g. executive orders) or are they really the childish games they appear to be?

A:

Yea, too many news outlets are using opinion to fill the 24 hour news gap void. It results in everything being an op-ed or analyses piece. The facts get buried.

Trump is a master of Media, he knows exactly what he's doing and how to hide certain actions from the press. Obama did the same thing. Its not new.


Q:

Hey Tim, I was there during the protest, I've posted tons of video from the inauguration on my youtube channel SHUTTERSHOT45, From what I saw, there were a lot of "journalist" or at least people with cameras who seemed to be also activist... there didn't seem to be a clear line between the two so I'm wondering if that had something to do with the arrest of the journalist. would you agree or disagree with that assessment? I also have video of "protesters" throwing large pieces of concrete at the police which would merit the police use of flash bangs and pepper spray/cs gas (or whatever it was they were using)... I got hit a couple times myself but to be honest, it wasn't that bad... again, would this be something you agree with or disagree... thanks for the great work that you've been doing... you've become one of my go to sources to check out.

A:

Its really hard to know how is a working journalist and how is an activist filming their friends.

A lot of activists will go to planning meetings and promote the event but try to hide behind journalism.

There is no line anymore, its really hard to figure out the best way to handle the situation.


Q:

VICE did an awesome job on exposing the closed-to-outsiders world of North Korea.

Do you think VICE will ever get around to the shady underbelly of life behind Lichtenstein's Iron Curtain?

A:

No idea.

But I can say; check this piece I produced for VICE about north korea. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNVCdL908ko


Q:

Do you have plans to go back to NDPL considering it will probably be some tension there soon? I have a close friend up there now if you need to get in touch with anyone.

How do you decide what to cover?

A:

I just like to be in the "center of the world."

Places where the most important events are happening because I want to witness history and better understand the world.

I might go back to DAPL but the people there are very very very anti-press


Q:

Hi Tim, thanks for doing the AMA. What's your drone 360/VR experiment about?

A:

I have to attach a 360 camera to a drone. Pretty simple actually.

I have three 360 cameras and I think the Lyfie Eye 360 will work the best but I have to duct tape a smart phone to my drone.


Q:

Do you have any conservative opinions? I find it hard to take people seriously who are all or nothing. How can you know what you don't believe if you've never really delved into what a particular thing means? Gotta wear the suit if you want to understand the wolf.

A:

Im a little left on some issues and a little right on some issues.