Jan 26th 2017 by L88ch3r • 33 Questions • 281 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
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
is your company named after the singer Sia Furler ?
So if you used a phased array could you make the lights rotate around the arena?
That exoskeleton looks really sleek. How much does the whole thing weigh?
What is your favorite memory from your time with Guns N' Roses?
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?
So, Steve, my man. How does it feel to be introducing brand new Dragon Ball material on Toonami again? =]
Not. Even. A. Little.
Then, like 3 weeks after we had committed to Sia, sure enough the word 'Sia' is trending and generating massive buzz because of her new music video. The one with an 11yo in a nude suit.
Sia the singer has of course done very well since then, and it's been annoying for us. But we chose to keep the name anyway, and we continue to be happy with it.
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.
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.
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.
S: Just like the good old days. Appreciate you tuning in. Only Toonami!
What's a crazy story about raising Steven and the Guns N Roses?
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?
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?
Free dental work.
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.
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!
What is the best and worst part of your day that might come as a surprise?
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?
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.
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?
Lol, honestly though, he was one of the best dentists I've ever been to. He did an exceptional job.
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.
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.
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
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.
What are the best counter measures to avoid day time burglary?
How exactly would YouTube be able to identify malicious behavior?
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.
How heavily involved in BMX were you at the time of your injury?
Hi Steven! Thanks for doing this AMA!
Which was the first "hooooooly shit we're huge" moment while on GNR?
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?
What video game character(s) from the 16-bit era and prior would you like to do the voices for?
I honestly don't know. I know that I looked for marks that were out of town, no obvious security measures, and didn't have clear lines of site from neighboring houses.
The same way that they identify it today. YouTube already has to pay for all the bandwidth that they consume to funnel content to users. Sia would actually be able to do that for them for much cheaper than what their current costs are.
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.
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
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!
What was the biggest moment in recovery from the time you were injured until now?
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?
What was the weirdest/most interesting thing about N Korea that you saw or learned?
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?
Oh for sure. I'm no idiot, I realize a lot of people have the signs and no system, but why risk it?
But lets be honest, the vast majority of people I encountered in the system weren't the brightest bulbs in the pack. My thought process may be completely different than theirs. I have seen some really stupid people. You can never anticipate a persons motivation for what they are doing, nor the extent to which they will go to get what they feel they need. Opiate withdrawal is a powerful motivator. Trust me.
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
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.
What kind of education did you have prior to prison?
Were you good at credit card fraud and burglary prior to getting caught or were you just feeding the addiction?
Have you got any corporate clients?
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
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.
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?
I was halfway to a bachelors degree in Cisco Networks at Bluefield State College. I was always a good student, just not focused like I should have been.
And I had never committed a crime prior to my drug addiction. I was surprisingly good at it. I ended up telling on myself in the end. I couldn't deal with the guilt. Its just not how I was raised. I thought they'd go easier on me. Wrong!
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.
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!
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.
Was prison rape a big deal where you were? How would you deal with something like that?
When you get corporate clients are they going to be paying in dollars or siacoin?
The only question that actually matters: do you indent with tabs or spaces?
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?
Hey Steven! I have a few, hopefully simple, quick questions.
- 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?
- 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 ❤️
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.
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.
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.
I always hope... BANG!!! Explodes in a red mist
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!
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?
Next week we will be announcing an opt-in leaderboard for storage. Users can compare how much they've uploaded and compete to rank on the ladder. The top new users each month will get prizes like T-shirts.
This leaderboard is completely opt-in, and the only information you provide to the leaderboard will be evidence of how much data you have stored with each host. The leaderboard won't know anything about how many files you've stored, their names, etc, and again it is fully optional that you participate.
I'm C4-C5 complete. If you get the opportunity to use one definitely do it
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?
Is there any stats on how much data is stored on the network as a whole? I saw something on your slack that it was only around 10-15 TB, but I can't really find any authoritative sources.
What do you miss most about the rock n roll scene from the 80s compared to today?
Have you had any experiences with possible government targeted surveillance because of any stories you have reported on?
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?
Just try to get my feet back under me. Find solid employment and be a father to my son. I was arrested when he was two, and he will turn seven this year. So I missed out on a lot. I wasn't the best father for his first two years. I was there, but I was useless. All my money went to drugs, so his mom was left to do it herself. It was bad all around. I have to make amends for that and be in his life.
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.
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
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!
S: It's the only thing I know how to do. I'm terrible at brain surgery.
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...
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...
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?
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
These days, I still listen to the same music I did when I was growing up.
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.
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?
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?
The car possibly matched another suspected vehicle
I'm 29. Nothing that counts towards anything. My academic studies have amounted to zero while incarcerated. The facilities I was at simply didn't offer it.
No, I don't. I feel like a lot of options are closed to me as a felon. I figure blue-collar is my only reasonable option for the foreseeable future. I have to find something that provides enough income for me to get on my feet in a reasonable period of time. I have no place to live of my own (living with parents), no car, no cell phone, no furniture, no savings. So I'm in a tough situation. I am basically a 30 year old man starting completely over. My only real possessions right now are this laptop and my clothes.
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
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.
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.
A: He's good. He continues to exclusively smoke cigars and read romance novels to pass the time.
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?
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.
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?
I can fix Ramen a million different ways. Lol
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
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.
I also did about 3 years in prison in Virginia. I was released in 2007 when I was 20 years old. I have never returned and completed all probation with flying colors. Since then I been successful in my career and personal life. If you ever need any advice or someone to reach out to for anything please feel free to message me. I would like to help anyway I can.
What are you most excited about for Sia in 2017?
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?
How did you get access to an exoskeleton?
Hi Steven, If you had the choice to play any Guns tune other than Appetite/Lies material, which one would you choose?
Why is Vice so shit nowadays? They flood Facebook with bullshit articles.
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?
Wow, thank you. I really appreciate that. I know how hard probation can be in VA. I'm glad to hear you've done well. I'll keep you in mind if I have any questions.
Oh man where to start.
I'm excited about the enterprise deals that we are working on. I'm excited by the thought of having true decentralized storage for my data (this is already available, but it's so new and it still excites me a lot). I am looking forward to being able to backup my entire life with a single seed, in a decentralized way. I am excited for the filesharing capabilities that we are working on.
We are expecting 2017 to be a big year for Sia, and for decentralized storage as a whole.
This is a very tricky subject. Basically the issue was solved by letting the owner of the hockey team in on the software startup.
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
Steven: Back Off Bitch, Don't Cry, You Can Be Mine, Coma, Civil War.
S: Nope. I'm about to do my first one.
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?
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?
What is your biggest regret about the years you lost to the hard drugs you took?
Well I came here to criticize Vice and saw this and appreciate the honesty. I will now shove my foot in my mouth
Ashly, Steve, TJ, what were your most painful and strenuous experiences behind the mic for game va work?
Will do, thanks man.
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.
Steven: Losing those years to the hard drugs and alcohol! It was a waste of time.
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!
How is your child's mother dealing with it? Obviously custody must be a no go, is she cool or is she sticking it to you?
Obliviously improving the Tech. is always on your mind but as a company what are you priorities in the near future?
How has your relationships been with people before and after the accident? Did people just stop hanging out with you because of the accident?
Hi Deanna. How did you deal with noise from your son when he was growing up?
How do you stop people from participating in the race? how do we stop people from being taken for a ride?
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.
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.
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"
S: I hope I didn't screw them up psychologically. I've been apologizing to parents for 10 years.
Movies make it seem easy to obtain and smoke cigarettes. Is it actually that easy?
Do you think prison helped you at all?
The consensus verification logic is here.
It's verifying a type of transaction called a "Storage Proof." The storage proof type is defined here. The comments should hopefully explain everything well.
When you guys finally broke out, I'm assuming you had a chance to meet alot of your idols. Who exceeded expectations for you and who disappointed you when you met them?
What's your relationship with Gavin Mcinnes like?
Why do you think Jesus Christ 64 had no sequels?
Its pretty easy. People make "drops" for the road work crews and farm workers. Make them in the form of "plugs". I think you know how they get back inside. We called that suitcasing. Lol. You can get whatever you want really, but prices are outrageous.
Yeah, prison did help me. WV did anyway. They are more of a "program" state. I took a lot of drug counseling and life management stuff. I am a different person from the piece of unadulterated crap I was while I was strung out on pain pills.
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
Steven: My favorite person that I have ever met was Steven Tyler, from Aerosmith. Nobody that I met has disappointed me. Everybody that I looked up to was already as cool as I thought there would be.
I actually just met him for the first time going to the Deploraball.
He seems eccentric to say the least.
A: We're all still waiting for the second coming.
How much of your own money did you spend before making money?
What is your inspiration when you're feeling down? What keeps you going so infectiously positive ? - Love from Holland
Hi Steven your an amazing artist and your work with GNR is awesome! Really good to hear that you were able to get clean, and that your mother helped you. Mothers are the best, what do you think was the most important thing she did that helped you? Also what are you listening to now in terms of music?
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.
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!
The most common way was just to write a letter. Most people know the area well if they are local. They can't read your outgoing mail without cause, so that was pretty safe.
I actually did my time in Wise County in Virginia. Camp 18. It was horrible. Worst place I've been out of 6 facilities. They have zero in the way of credible drug programs or work training. They just send you out to clean up trash or cut trees. Running the farm and apple orchard are their main concerns.
Thats the other big difference between the two states. Virginia attempts to run their low-level prisons at a profit, and it really hurts the inmates. We got paid .27 to .45 cents an hour, and the VDOT or Dept. of Forestry paid anywhere from $2 to $25 for our work. So they were making money hand-over-fist on our labor.
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
Steven: The most important was love, support, and not giving up on me. No matter what an asshole I was, she didn't give up on me.
Deanna: I'm so happy that Steven is clean and happy now and that's a miracle. You can never give up on your child. I want people to read the book "Sweet Child of Mine," I think it will inspire people never to give up on their child.
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.
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.
Did you expect to get out? Have you, or colleagues, been arrested in a situation like that before?
What's your favorite Say Anything song? Are you going to see them in April? Also what other music are you into?
Yeah, I averaged about $60 a month if I worked 5 days a week. We were able to use that money towards commissary food, hygiene, or property such as a TV or MP3 player. You also had deductions for fines and savings, things like that. But you can survive on it.
The prices for food are insane. Keefe is the distributor for food items available to inmates. Everything is marked up a bare minimum of 300%. Example: Ramen noodles - $0.33. It was worse than that in the regional jails... Ramin noodles - $0.89. It was crazy. And all the things they sell are crazy unhealthy.
The property is outrageous too. They try to sell you a 12" clear flat screen for $219. Its insane. Thats a $50 TV max.
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.
Steven: Cheesecake with whip cream. Plain New York cheesecake with whip cream in the microwave for 6 seconds.
Deanna: And my favorite dessert is chocolate cream pie with whip cream. Lots of whip cream.
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.
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.
How much time average did you spend to develop your programming skills? Daily average, weekly and monthly or whichever is easier to quantify.
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!!
Up until now, Sia has largely been it's own community. Our last AMA was on the siacoin subreddit. Largely this was because we felt that the software was not ready for us to show off to the rest of the world.
Sia as of our most recent release is very usable, has a thriving community, and we think it's time to start spreading the word to other communities who are interested in decentralization. We have a plan for reaching out and getting people excited, especially among related open source projects such as Tox, Beaker, and even projects like Tor.
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.
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
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.
Deanna: No son, don't say that.
Do you volunteer to work? Or is there a schedule where you have to go? If you contribute to the work program is your sentence reduced?
Nope, that isn't the secret :)
A price reward is an interesting idea. Currently we rely on the local host database to weight hosts according to various factors. For example, a host with 90% uptime should be weighted much higher than a host with 70% uptime. Higher weight == higher probability that the renter will form a contract with that host. So there is already a soft guarantee that higher uptime results in more profits. And of course, more uptime means the host is more likely to be online when an upload/download is requested; otherwise they miss out on that revenue.
Does the exoskeleton also give you function in your arms? Or is it only to assist with mobility?
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)
What do you like most about what you do?
Are you a soprano or an alto? And can we sing a duet together? Pleeeeease
No, you are forced to work or you get charged with a violation. This is only at low level facilities in Virginia though. West Virginia it was optional unless you transferred to a Work Release facility. But in Virginia it basically amounts to slave labor. Its a really unfair system and the state is profiting massive amounts of money off of our labor.
I could probably write 4-5 pages on the different ways they exploit inmates. It's insane.
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.
I was on 78 flights last year and flew 130,000 miles
A: I think I'm still a soprano. My voice has dropped. And I'm singing right now! Sing with me! "Somewhere Out There!"
What songs did you play to when starting out as a drummer?
Hey Steve how was working with Logic on his album? Also, if you have played any zombies maps which is your favorite?
Huddle House FTW! http://imgur.com/a/i0C7D
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
Steven: My favorite songs, like I said earlier, were Kiss, Queen. I loved Disco. I loved Jazz. I love 70's Rock. I love 60's Rock. Just music that made me feel good, that I still listen to today and I still practice today. It's so cool. You just go on the Internet and get 70's hits, ya know, a collection of all these different 70's songs. And I went this one, this one this one, and I picked all these different ones, so I got all these great songs I practice to and they're such great songs 'cause they're stories about something that's meaningful. Nowadays, I listen to these bands and for one, you can't understand what they're saying, two it doesn't mean anything. I just like a good story and something that makes my heart feel good. And then 30, 40 years later I listen to it and I still get that euphoria. I love Rock.
If I were you, I would look for outpatient studies. Sometimes they simply want you to come in for multiple office visits.
Can I use it for porno? Legal porn tho.
What was your educational background before you started programming?
Firstly, you're inspirational as shit.
Given that you injured yourself in a BMX accident I take it you were active before - has that made being a quadriplegic particularly hard?
What does the future look like? With physio how much improvement can you expect?
Have your hobbies/general interests changed post-accident?
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!
Could you tell us when and why you decided to write this book?
So, would you say that you were treated fairly as a journalist during this rather tumultuous time?
I don't feel as if I'm currently at risk of relapse, but I will definitely look into it. My issue is getting to and from said services at the moment. I have to get a vehicle!
- it's made it very hard.
- no idea what the future looks like but I'm hopeful for the future with technology
- 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
- I just try and laugh at everything as much as possible
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.
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.
A: Are you trying to get me killed? S: Why not both? Let's crossbreed! T: Both!
What lessons did you learn from the dynamics of the prison community that you think might be useful in the outside world? Experiences that those of us haven't been to prison will never see.
I am not referring to lessons you gathered introspectively on how to be a more productive citizen, but more about tips and tricks about maneuvering in a world where social tact is critical.
Does Sia protect against targeted attacks, where a malicious actor reads my contracts and DoSes all of my individual storage providers? (Or even worse, wipes their hard drives!)
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
But the other journalists arrested were not. Why do you think this is?
Do you get to play any games much? If so, Do you have a favorite genre? :)
Well, the biggest one I can think of off hand, is that if the person you are having a disagreement with seems to unintelligent to talk it out, walk away. Anger goes away, broken orbital bones hurt for a long time.
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
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.
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)?
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?
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.
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
I can't imagine the feeling you had the night you were released. Can you try to articulate the emotions and thoughts that were going through your head? What were you most excited about? What were you most fearful of?
What kind of speeds/bandwidth can we except? and will there be provisions to allow for different levels of speed.
For example if I want a cdn style storage for images, can I make sure my files are stored on fast connections with SSD drives?
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.
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?
I'm not sure I can articulate them myself. The days leading up to my release were simultaneously the most exciting days and the most stressful days I've had in years and years. I was excited to go home and start fresh. But I was scared to death of failure. I can't do that again. I feel like I have a giant target on my back at all times. I live in a very small community, and I just feel like everyone is saying "There he is, the guy who went to prison."
I feel like as soon as something happens that they can't explain, I'll catch the blame. I'm terrified of some stupid technicality sending me back to prison. Parole and Probation rules are stringent, and require a lot of sacrifice. But in the end, its worth it. I think I'll do just fine. I have a good support system. Plus, my mother would literally kill me if I messed up.... So that helps. Lol
On the release that's out today, you can expect speeds between 70 and 150mbps when uploading, and between 20 and 50mbps when downloading. Startup time is about a second I think.
In the future, upload speeds and download speeds will both be able to saturate any consumer connection, including gigabit connections. You will be able to easily select hosts that are faster or ping-time closer to you, with startup times being under 100ms.
SSD drives should not matter in this case, disk drives will be fast enough for any sort of content fetching and distribution. If you can find a measurable difference though, it would be simple enough to use that measurement when selecting hosts to figure out who is using drives that are fast enough for whatever application you have in mind.
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.
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.
What is it like walking in the exoskeleton?does it feel like it's holding up your body weight well or not?
The exact four books I read are:
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.
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
did you say one of those words early on in prison? As a mistake?
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?
Did you lose touch with close friends after the accident?
What new hobbies did you pick up after the accident?
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?
No prior knowledge whatsoever. Learning Obj-C was my first introduction.
Yeah. Some friendships were based solely on BMX and sometimes people just grew apart regardless Still trying to find new hobbies, any recommendations?
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.
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.
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!
What happened to the guy who used go around the world taking drugs with Vice?
Not be a good father to my son. Steal from my parents and loved ones. I'm not proud of my actions, but I was not myself.
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?
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
Ha no idea. Youre talking about Hamilton Morris? I think he has a show on Viceland
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.
If you had to make one prediction about the next 4 years, what would it be?
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
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.
Did you enjoy working with Clemson? How much work did you do with them? I am an undergrad there in compsci
Are you first in line for experimental exoskeleton stuff or are you a customer/commercial supporter for stuff already on the market?
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?
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.
Just a customer/commercial supporter
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.
Why should voice actors get all these perks before say the developers?
Completely, and totally focused. I refused to get any prison ink. Its low quality and unclean. I don't need that issue. I would never get a tat that I couldn't hide anyway. Most of those guys didn't seem to care. I think a lot of them had already given up hope of a normal, respectable life and career after prison. But there are services that will allow you to get them removed for free if you got them in prison, so that's a good thing.
No, I didn't have to join a gang. I was at low-level facilities, and it wasn't a big problem there. It existed, but it wasn't the status-quo. My personal opinion is that if a man can't stand on his own two feet without relying on a gang for protection, you are either not a man, or you are doing things you shouldn't be doing to begin with.
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.
I would love to but it's still in early phases in the US
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.
S: I haven't met an actor yet who doesn't support developers organizing. It's a shop in need of a steward.
What is the difference between you and those journalists who did get charged? Were you just lucky?
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.
Eat! I went to huddle house and had the best breakfast ever. Posted a picture in one of the other comments. It was glorious. Real sausage and hash browns? Fuck yeah!
I never want to eat anything whose name is preceded by "turkey" or "chicken" ever again. They served "Meat Rock" to us a lot... Which is ground chicken bulk (Read: Chicken lips and ass). They used it in everything.... Awful, awful stuff.
I'm pretty sure that the majority of that food would kill a normal person. You have to build up a tolerance to that shit.
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?
Buy a plane ticket and just go somewhere interesting and do something journalistic.
Seriously... most people don't even go do journalism.
Assuming you can use the exoskeleton, would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck?
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?
One Horse sized duck. Then find a way to domesticate it and then give it to my brother. He loves ducks
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.
Is life in movies anything like life in actual prison? Have you watched Guardians of the Galaxy yet? How would some of the actions in that movie be in real prison life? (Don't want to say spoilers, but look for the scene with Draxx in the prison)
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!
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?
Yes, I saw it while I was locked up actually... And very, very little of that could be seen as realistic. But great movie!
I have no use of my muscles from the chest down but the exoskeleton grabs my stomach it holds me up pretty well
I do all the time but most people, even journalists, are in the bubble and are oblivious.
my facebook has about 5,000 friends of varying political backgrounds so I see a wide range of content.
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.
What other news organizations do you respect as unbiased and insightful?
Knew a few who did... Disgusting. Also, too much work. Lol
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
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.
How do people with no journalistic experience break into the field?
Is really just as easy as finding a story and hitting rec?
Oh I haven't laughed that hard in a while... Lol
It's usually the first question once the awkward barrier comes down
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.
Did you get in any fights? Or get "heart-checked" when you went it?
Are you part of any research or clinical trials?
Have you seen the Documentary Now! spoof of VICE documentaries? What did you think about it?
Yup, three fights to be exact. Only one of them didn't go well for me. Fought a guy who seemed to be a Brock Lesnar doppelganger. Didn't go well for me at all. The other two went decidedly in my favor though. I'm fairly capable... But it's like they say, if you've never had your ass-whipped, then you haven't done any fighting.
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
It was funny.
There was another one done by the onion. Both great.
Nothing major. Its amazing how a very small thing can escalate very quickly there. Especially card games. They can get violent in a hurry if you are gambling. But I have seen fights over the smallest things. Jumping line, being loud, the community TV is a big fight starter. I'm sure you can imagine 50 guys don't always agree on what to watch. Its just a big mess.
Is it frustrating having to argue with colleagues and members of your profession that being dogmatic ideologues is antithetical to journalism itself?
Yeah, you hit the nail on the head. It can be over the most petty things like a bottom bunk. Seen a few over that myself.
Just laugh and Make sure you have people around you that you can talk to
Sometimes I hate journalists but then I realize its just people doing people stuff.
What made you decide to do an AMA your first week out of prison? What sort of access did you have to computers/internet while in prison?
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.
Just wanted to get back into the community. I really missed Reddit and the internet as a whole. When I got home, my digital life was in shambles, so I just started fresh with new accounts on everything, which really sucks because I lost my best private trackers. That hurt the worst I think.
And zero internet access inside, but we could purchase JP5 Mini tablets that we used as MP3 players, it was a money racket, but it was nice to have to pass the time. I was the GED tutor at my prison, and I had access to several desktop computers. Nothing special on them, but since I was the only one who had administrator access at the prison (They didn't know I had that), I was able to get a lot accomplished. I made a lot of money typing up documents and football gambling tickets for the other inmates.
I think if everyone stopped turning their political opponents into monsters we would get more done.
It's a shame the wife was feeling vindictive. You obviously felt enough guilt to return their things. I'd say your lesson was learned. But you don't sound bitter about it, which I admire.
Did you mean to say that your friends are literally on separate islands?
I'm not now, but I was for a long time. It took a long time to get all of that hate out of my heart, but as I sobered up and took stock of my life, I realized that it would only hurt me as I went on.
there was supposed to be an 'a' in there. But I'll leave the typo because internet people love typos
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
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
Been following you since Ferguson. What's a good resource for finding citizen journalists?
Honestly, there isnt one.
Periscope's map feature is great if youre looking for specific breaking news
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?
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"
Do you agree that the big media companies contributed extremely to trump's success by giving him more airtime than others?
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.
Based on what you witnessed, did any of the folks you were jailed with belong there?
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.
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)
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.
Is there one thing you know, that you wish you could say to every single American right now?
Most news you hear is sensationalized. Life is much more chill and boring than media makes it seem.
Are you ever going to realize that you can't grow a proper beard?
Oh dude, Im part korean.
My parents told me since I was little about my crippling disability.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
But I can say; check this piece I produced for VICE about north korea. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNVCdL908ko
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?
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
Hi Tim, thanks for doing the AMA. What's your drone 360/VR experiment about?
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.
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.
Im a little left on some issues and a little right on some issues.