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Jan 28th 2017 by No1LeftBehind • 12 Questions • 141 Points
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I am aware of this issue. Australia has also had a sketchy record on helping its intrepreters.
Why did our side in the War on Terror abandon these people? There can't have been that many of them that is was some huge financial drain.
It's also an idea with popular political support, it is not controversial to take care of these people.
So how did they get so left behind?
So if you used a phased array could you make the lights rotate around the arena?
Hi, how was it to be a prisoner during that time? How did you deal with everything mentally when the war was over?
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? =]
What kind of reactions did you get from friends and family? Any notable stories?
How many people work your farm? Do you have a photogenic burro?
Have you considered some sort of rental accommodation on site? Have you had an influx of friends and family wanting to visit?
Hi Andy - Did you ever pay for WinRAR in your lifetime?
Mica: There are have been many, many failings. I will let Matt give a longer answer as he has been calling Congressmen and yelling at them for longer than I have. There are a few primary issues:
Early on, the Special Immigrant Visa program did not have any requirement for how quickly they processed cases or whether they processed cases at all. They could take as long as they wanted, and had no obligation to provide any reason why they refused cases if they chose to. Around that time, there was a US official who believed that if we gave everyone working with the US visas, there would be nobody left to rebuild the country. Here's the problem: our guys who are left behind, they are not able to even leave their homes the threats are so severe. They aren't running for parliament - they do not have the financial or political resources to take over the country. Many of them started working for the military at 17. Since then, we have advocated for changes that were implemented that requires applications to be processed within two years, and requires that denied applicants be told the reason why they were being denied and given the chance to appeal as the application can be nearly impossible for an American to fill out in their native language, let alone filled out by a non native English speaker.
Islamophobia. Today they are being banned under the guise of vetting. One of the guys who did a live video for us yesterday is this guy, our friend Rock: https://www.change.org/p/united-states-save-rock-an-afghan-interpreter-who-served-with-us-special-forces
It took the US State department/CIA/FBI/Department of Homeland Security 7 years to complete all the background checks associated with his case. To tell these guys today "We're sorry, after 5 years of vetting you, you aren't vetted enough" is simply absurd. Matt also likes to say that these guys didn't just walk up to the base in Afghanistan and shout "We speak English, let us in!" They were vetted thoroughly before starting work. They had their phones tapped. They had their e-mails read. Matt was the intelligence officer on his base - he was the guy reading their mail.
There are so many people who hear "Afghan" or "Iraqi" and assume that they are scary Muslims. Our clients don't want to join ISIS or the Taliban, they fought against them on the front lines! If we want to fight Islamic extremists, what better group than Muslims who can quote the Qu'ran and who have bled for the United States? They are Muslims who can argue against the ideology that ISIS and the Taliban is sharing and who have thoroughly demonstrated their commitment to our country and our troops.
Unfortunately, there are some politicians who believe or represent conservative areas who hear Muslim and assume they're bad. And it's unfortunate because a handful of prejudiced individuals are leading to a lot of pain, hardship, and deaths.
- In the US, Congress' budget office currently budgets the cost of the program incorrectly. It budgets that every single interpreter and family member will be on a lifetime of foodstamps, Medicaid, and welfare. The problem? These guys aren't even eligible for a lifetime of benefits. Depending on the area where they arrive, they will get rental assistance for up to 3-8 months and foodstamps and Medicaid for up to 8 months. That's usually it. If they start working (which by the way, most of our guys get jobs within 90 days of arrival) then the benefits are cut. We are trying to get this changed. Due to this miscalculation, each year Congress says "We can give xx number of visas to Afghans who qualify for SIVs." We would like to change the program so that anyone who can pass the background checks, submit the required letters of recommendation from US veterans, provide an HR letter, and otherwise pass the program is guaranteed a visa. Until we fix how Congress budgets for the program, that will not happen.
Edit: This has been a historically bipartisan issue and this is still the case. Both Ambassador Nikki Haley and Rex Tillerson stated in their confirmation hearings that they supported this program. We hope that the current consequences of the executive order are an oversight that we can get corrected.
Editx2: Matt is currently confirming another family (an Afghan interpreter family) detained at customs so his response will likely be delayed.
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.
"I went through everything. Hunger, thirst, cold, heat. Th worst thing was home sickness, with 17 1/2. Only after two years were we allowed to write our parents. They didn't know where I was for two years. I had to work for what the Germans did to the Russian people. We worked four years for that without receiving the pay that they told us we'd get after we would be released. The Russians told us at least that it would be kept for what the Germans did to the Russian people."
"I didn't talk about it at all afterwards. Only some rare times." (Nowadays he talks about it some more though).
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 kind of reactions did you get
A lot of surprise and some envy. Most people were really supportive and congratulated us for making the change. Our immediate families were probably the most worried because they didn't want us to lose all of our savings doing something stupid.
How many people work your farm?
My husband and I are the only full time employees but we do have a couple of work traders who work about 10 hours a week in exchange for living in our employee housing (individual rooms but with a shared bathroom and kitchen).
Do you have a photogenic burro?
I wish! I am dying to get a donkey because they are so cute. But my husband says it would be a waste of money. We do have some really cute goats though.
Have you considered some sort of rental accommodation on site? Have you had an influx of friends and family wanting to visit?
No Air BnB set up or anything like that but we do have an area where pickers can rent during the picking season. And yes tons of friends and family have come to visit. We love having visitors because our island is pretty rural and it can be nice to break things up.
Hmmm. Sadly it was too good for this world...
Was the news of Hitler's alleged suicide a feeling of relief or despair?
You say that you believed in the war effort, but at the same time you had to see the momentum shifting in the waning months of the war toward the Allied powers. I'm curious if German soldiers were starting to lose their morale and wanted the war to just be over, knowing that Hitler's death or a Wunderwaffe was the only way to achieve this.
What's a crazy story about raising Steven and the Guns N Roses?
Thank you so much for your support!
From our experience, it seems like the interpreters fall through the cracks. They are not exactly refugees (even though the SIV program falls under the refugee program) and are not exactly veterans. So, there are only two or three organizations like ours advocating on behalf of our combat interpreters. It is also an issue that is nuanced, so fundraising for our advocacy and resettlement services has been difficult. We need the help of people like you to tell our story, explain the issue, and get people involved!
We are optimistic that the program will be reinstated at some point - it has very strong bipartisan support. But, it is important to remember that these SIV applicants are currently being hunted by ISIS and the Taliban. A delay in the program for 120 days or more (which is what is in the Executive Order) would undoubtedly result in the deaths of some of America's closest allies.
We would love to have you involved as a volunteer! Depending on where you live, we may be able to connect you with one of our Chapters providing direct resettlement assistance. If not geographically convenient, you can always help us remotely! To volunteer, please fill out our volunteer form here: www.nooneleft.org/volunteer
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.
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
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.
Yeah check out WwoofUSA and Wwoofhawaii. That's where we originally got people. The work traders we have now are from just posting on facebook - they are much more long term people though and are all living here indefinitely and not just for a couple weeks/months.
What does he believe would have happened if they won?
How does he view his time serving his country now?
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?
Assuming that you took a pay cut, at least at the beginning, can you tell us what makes it worth it?
How long was RealVNC in development before the first version was 'good to go'?
(It seems to have always been around, but it'd be great to know how much went on 'behind the scenes' before we'd heard of it!)
"Many more soldiers would have had to stay in combat and in Russia." He doesn't talk about other things that would or could have happened in Germany.
"I wasted five years of my youth there." He is very negative about it now, obviously.
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.
Yes we both took a huge paycut and we will probably never replace that with farming. But what were we really working for in Chicago? We were saving to buy a house (which we now have) and working until we could take our next vacation to a place like Hawaii (where we now live). It's not that we have EVERYTHING we could want (I would LOVE a pool), but I am a lot more fulfilled than I was in Chicago.
Good morning! Thanks for taking your time to answer questions. What was your daily routine as a POW? Do you remember ever feeling a sense of "normalcy" during your time as a POW?
Hi Steven! Thanks for doing this AMA!
Which was the first "hooooooly shit we're huge" moment while on GNR?
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"We had to work for 8 hours a day in 3 shifts. We couldn't do much in our free time and were just happy to lay down and rest. From time to time i could help out at the theatre in the camp and moved the backgrounds. There were also some real actors.
Especially Paul Streckfuß (Note: who became an actor in the GDR after the war) was a good friend of mine during that time, but he was more of a regisseur director in the camp and he was a true communist. He also was the negotiator for the german prisoners, despite being a prisoner himself. When the actors practiced or had a show, they would get extra food from the kitchen afterwards, which i got too, as i was helping them.
The food was basically the same every day for months. It was mainly white cabbage soup.
We got loose tobaco once a week which was smoked with the "Pravda", the russian newspaper. I always exchanged it for bread though and i didn't smoke a single cigarette in my life"
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!
I havent done anything in Syria or Iraq. Though I did field produce a piece on North Korea which was fun.
A: Luca in Chrono Trigger S: I was Dhalsim in Street Fighter so... T: King Koopa
I lived right by the United Center for awhile (not the best neighborhood but what I could afford at the time) and then when I moved in with my now-husband we lived in Old Town. And yeah Chicago really is the best. I miss it all the time.
I congratulate you on not ever smoking especially in a time where it was basically deemed healthy, thats a huge accomplishment and, this might sound offensive, but it is probably the main reason you are still so active today compared to others your age. Not to mention you probably got made fun of for it/peer pressured into it all the time in the military, since thats about all there was to do on your down time. My grandfather died after 10 years mostly stuck in the house on oxygen and my father (60) has COPD, so I've always decided against cigarettes.
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?
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.
He thinks the same way "Many of the smokers died because they did trade in their food for tobaco. Thank you for your answer"
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.
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.
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.
Dude I know. We just rented but definitely could not afford to buy there.
Could he tell us more about the propaganda that went around the time that made him believe it was the right thing to do? Also what gave the soldiers hope towards the end of the war? How was it to come back in Germany? How much did it all change?
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.
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 will return, or is this it for him?
Love your work man!
Hi Brian, when you wrote your songs, what where the bands that inspired you?
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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!
Which varieties do you grow?
We grow almost all Arabica (Kona Typica specifically). We have about 10 trees of a hybrid called Kona Passion as a test and we may plant more of those because they are turing out great.
What kind of roaster are you using?
I roast on a Sonofresco. It's a really nice roaster for small batches.
Do you plan to offer single varieties or your peaberry solo in the future?
Yes! I actually just got that graded out a couple weeks ago for the first time so we now have about 50lbs of it that we can sell this year. I am just waiting for the peaberry stamp to come in the mail that I ordered for our labels and then it will be added to the website for purchase!
Do you grow any 'Awa?
No we don't, mostly because even though the effects are cool I think it tastes like mud.
What was the education in Jungvolk, HJ, etc...about? Did they ever focus so much on race theory and how Germans were the master-race, as is often said today by historians?
Did they push people to have kids very soon with girls, be promiscuous, with the idea of a Germany with high population? (Considering he had many kids, that may have had a part in it)
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.
Fine, I'll say it.
Hey Ash, whatcha playin'?
I hope this isn't prying too much, but what did it take for you to get started? I've always had a dream to do something similar. Was it very risky? Did you need loans etc, or start with savings? (Trying to figure out what it would take to start myself).
What are some of the popular names using this technology and what do you think is the next big thing in your field?
Bonus question: Does 'taking over' devices shown in movies come remotely close to what real-life hackers can do? If so, how?
They did talk about race theory and such things in the Hitlerjugend.
He went to a Wehrertüchtigungslager (paramilitary training camp) with 15. They had to learn how great the war is and had to crawl through a field with gas masks on, while it was raining. When they would come back to the shack which you were living in with 10 people, all their clothes were thrown on the floor from their lockers. Then they had to sort through all their clothes and after half an hour there was roll call and everything had to be clean. The supervisor came in with white gloves with which he checked all the doors and stuff for dust.
When he was a soldier there was this thing called Selbsterziehung (self-discipline). If someone stole, then everyone had to suffer from that. In the night the Holy spirit would come into the shack and the person who stole didn't know about it. He would get a blanket over his head and then his trousers would get dragged down. Then he'd get hit by the leather of a belt and afterwards get black boot polish rubbed on it. In the morning for the Roll call he had to be clean again then. This was called self-discipline.
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.
A: I am playing The Last Guardian, and I love Trico more than life itself.
We started with a pretty sizable amount of savings but we did get a mortgage (the mortgage process is tricky with a farm but do-able especially because there are farm service agencies to help you).
If you are wanting to come to Hawaii, it is much cheaper to buy a leasehold than a fee simple property. You are supposed to commercially farm your leasehold though so unless you plan to do that, I wouldn't consider one.
If you want to start a farm yourself, I would recommend visiting the place you want to farm (if that is HI, then come here) and meet with local farmers! The farm bureau in the area you are looking at should have some great resources also the Farm Service Agency is great (at least in Hawaii) and has all the info on grants and special loans for beginning farmers.
Also, idk if you are a woman or a minority, but there are even better FSA loans if you are. Good luck!
Good afternoon :-). I would like to know if your grandfather knew anything about the extermination camps and what was his response too it?
I know it is a emotionally difficult question. I am a Dutch guy living on the border with Germany and know many German people. The German side is often forgotten.. indoctrination is a thing that many people should read more about. And thank you for this AmA
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?
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?
My wife and I are constantly dreaming of moving to hawaii and growing our own food, and living simpler. We will actually be on the big island at the end of april. Part of our trip will be spent right up the hill from two step (which I know is coffee country) Could I send you a PM and maybe set up a time where we could come check out your operation? I would love to pick your brain about leasehold land, growing seasons, etc.
"We didn't know about it before and during the war. Even in Russia we didn't know about concentration camps. Only after the war we got informations about it." He is laughing a bit about the question what his response to it was since it is clear to him how wrong such things are.
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?
I mean thats basically what I do... shit should I be promoting my patreon?
S: It's the only thing I know how to do. I'm terrible at brain surgery.
Yes absolutely! We're just up the hill from there. Shoot me a PM or feel free to email me (contact info is on our site).
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?
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?
answer the money question for fark's sake. break it down. farm price. equipment, etc. startup costs. monthly expenses. ballpark. no one's judging, get over it. please. jeebus why is everyone so avoidant of money questions.
That's sounds good, but how does the pricing work out for that? Say we have 100,000 end users, but on one day our support team only need to connect to <50 systems throughout the day to troubleshoot, probably <4 running at the same time.
Also can you configure it just to show our application rather than the whole desktop, and restrict connections only from our IP address for safety? I guess we'd set it up as requiring them to launch it from within a menu.
Do you have any advice on set control?
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!
A: I would love to. All the times they have in the past, I've had scheduling conflicts, but hopefully one day.
Okay our farm price was slightly over a million. However that included a house and barn, catchment tanks and all 20 acres was fenced. So the land itself I would guess would have been around 500k. We own it in fee simple which makes it a lot more expensive than leasehold land.
Startup costs were high. We didn't buy that much equipment but the trees were approx $10 each and we have over 3000 (8 acres planted). We have a tractor now but that has a payment plan. One of the biggest costs of startup was grubbing the land (bulldozing the existing grasses and shrubs - we left the trees) which IIRC was around 5k/acre. We also had to install a ton of erosion controls, plant a cover crop, get all our permits in order etc. Startup costs were certainly over 6 figures.
that's getting a bit salesy - happy to have someone talk to you about this. pm me your e-mail.
Not really, I am a doc filmmaker.
With docs- no babies or pets.
or crazy people. Well, you can't avoid crazy people- so no advice.
What was it specifically about being a prisoner of war that made you change your view? Were you just given the bigger picture by the guards 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...
Thank you! Very informative.
Interesting you managed to own the land outright versus the usual 30 year leaseholds in the area. Oftentimes there are chunks of land that require Hawaiian ethnicity to own the land or get the leasehold. Mind shedding light on what you had to do to own the land outright versus the usual leasehold? Just ask and pay?
Anything to help with the fact that I always feel like a nuisance asking for favours or calling in chits? Anything like this happen to you when you first started?
" We got political education during my time as a prisoner of war. But there we were educated on the great things that communism does. I did everything that was asked from me. Hitler and the dictatorship, communism as a prisoner of war and afterwards democracy. Only when I came back from Russia did I see the good of democracy." He's having difficulties being able to describe what made him change his views and understanding the question. But he says: "First of all we lost the war. And then we saw how everything got better here in westgermany." So I guess that gave him a change of heart?
He became a prisoner of war on the day that Germany lost the war, so during his time in Russia he was always aware of that fact.
These days, I still listen to the same music I did when I was growing up.
Yea no idea. we think they tried planting drugs on us too but thats the longer version of the story.
A: He's good. He continues to exclusively smoke cigars and read romance novels to pass the time.
Land here is already set aside as being "leashold" land or fee simple land. The land we wanted was already listed as fee simple in the regular MLS. We didn't do anything special just bought it like anyone would through a realtor.
You must serve people! You gotta remember your project does not matter. How you are helping the other is what allows you to ask people to help you!!!
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.
Thank you for posting those pictures.
I had a good friend who was a German about your Opa's age during the war and was drafted into the labor army and later the anti-air auxiliary in Eastern Germany operating 20mm cannons. I like to imagine that somewhere in your pictures he might be there. Ever meet a man named Vern Morrow? He would have been about mid/late teens during the war like yourself and with a similar vocation, he was also a troublemaker :P worth a shot!
My actual questions:
My friend told me that their gun crew was mainly captured Russians overseen by a couple young Germans. Was this the case for your crew as well? If so can you tell us a little about them or your gun crew's situation? My friend seemed to have forged quite a bond with his fellow crew members (despite obvious barriers to friendship) and was very sad to tell me that most fled the advancing Red Army as the war went on, fearing reprisals.
What's your funniest personal story from that time? I know this sounds strange, with the war being such a heavy topic, but you were a young man and young men always try to have fun despite the circumstances. Soldiers tend to be a bit of a goofy bunch at times. My friend's memoirs are dotted with funny experiences during the war, mostly having to do with his many run ins with authority.
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 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?
Have you guys had any difficulties being accepted by locals?
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.
- He says that they had captured Russians for their crew. They had to carry the ammunition. In times of of bombardment, they would hide in the bunker and the german officers forced them to go outside again using their guns. They also had Russian gun carriages which had 8,5 caliber. They were extended to fit the German 8,8 caliber and after around 100 shots the pipes got so warm that they couldn't use them anymore.
His crew was mostly people from his class and from his village and from around the other villages.
- He can't remember anything in particular unfortunately. That weren't the times for it, he says.
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.
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.
I think there is a lot of racism towards outsiders in Hawaii but on our island at least that is focused on the other side of the island (Hilo side). But also, I think a lot of that centers on dislike of snowbirds who drive up housing costs and do not even contribute to our economy 6 months out of the year. I can tell you it is really hard for farmers/restaurants etc. to make money during the summer which is off-season. Personally I haven't experienced many problems like that but also I try to be respectful of locals, of the land and supportive of "local" issues like schooling etc even though we don't have any kids.
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.
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?
Hey! I've found this diving on the internet. What do you think of making flour from the cherries?
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 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.
I know of one other farm here doing it and it seems pretty cool but honestly such a pain that I probably wouldn't do it. In a zombie apocalypse situation though, that is definitely a good thing to know about lol.
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 do you feel about neo-Nazism and what would you like to say to someone who believes in it?
Thank you for answering these questions. Have a nice day!
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.
Ashly, Steve, TJ, what were your most painful and strenuous experiences behind the mic for game va work?
Do you grow other foods for yourself in the farm or just the coffee?
Is this kind of a retirement fun thing for you guys, or an active and goal-oriented moneymaking thing?
Do you sell your coffee as a single sourced bean product or is it combined with other farms' beans for sale?
I haven't looked at the website yet, not sure if it might answer that last question...
"They should go to Russia and see what happened there." He does not like people like that at all. Also I have to say that I don't think he met a lot of Neo-Nazis in his time. Our village thankfully doesn't have any, as far as I know.
Steven: Back Off Bitch, Don't Cry, You Can Be Mine, Coma, Civil War.
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!
Do you grow other foods for yourself in the farm or just the coffee?
Yes we grow tons of other food - mostly vegetables but we raise goats for milk and meat, chickens for eggs and meat and sometimes trap wild boar that is in the coffee field for meat.
Is this kind of a retirement fun thing for you guys, or an active and goal-oriented moneymaking thing?
Haha not at all a retirement thing. I am only 30! We are trying to make a living doing this but we are still fairly new and our coffee isn't quite old enough to be producing enough for us to turn a profit just on that. We also do events, have a CSA and run a local homebrew supply shop out of our farm to suppliment our income from the coffee.
Do you sell your coffee as a single sourced bean product or is it combined with other farms' beans for sale?
We only sell coffee from our farm. We do sell green to a couple roasters who roast it and sell it under their label, but the majority of our coffee we sell ourselves under our label.
teamviewer is a great product, but performance is very subjective and differs according to the environment you're working in. our philosophy re: features has always been to keep things simple and ensure that vnc works everywhere and is backwards and forward compatible. this is something that our customers tell us they really value. it gets harder and harder the more features you add. also, by sticking to that philosophy our codebase is highly relevant to embedded systems where footprint and resource constraints are still crucial. with IT trends pointing to IoT, simple and lightweight could become even more desirable...
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?
What is your opinion on the many European (and American) far-right populist movements that have become so popular in the last year - do you have concerns that what you went through may happen to your children's or grandchildren's generations?
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
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.
He doesn't like these movements at all. There was a recent comment from Höcke, an AfD politician about the Holocaust memorial which my grandfather found awful. He says that Höcke should be send to Russia to a prisoners camp to experience what he experienced and then he wouldn't say these things. He says that these populists have no idea what they are talking about.
Steven: Losing those years to the hard drugs and alcohol! It was a waste of time.
Ha, well I dont work there anymore
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?
Why do you think Jesus Christ 64 had no sequels?
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"
Website is www.Sunshowercoffee.com and coupon up in the top - 15% off with code "reddit."
What's your relationship with Gavin Mcinnes like?
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!
Hi there! Hope you see this when you wake up. We're a couple in our 30's in a big city and are considering giving up the corporate life for something like what you've done. What's a typical day like for you managing the farm? In the course of a year, is there an off-season or time when you leave to visit family or take vacations? Do you work the farm yourself or do you hire help?
Finally, have you visited the [vanilla farm](www.hawaiianvanilla.com)? I did on my last visit and thought it was a really cool family operation.
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.
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.
Our days really vary! We wake up usually around 7 and to-work around 830 or 9. Not every day is spent working outside - Doug likes to do a one on one off if possible just because it is really tiring doing manual labor. I usually start by doing things on our website, social media, filling orders etc. in the morning because that makes most sense with the time zones to the US. Then in the afternoon I work on projects in the garden or wherever. We are in dry season right now so a fair bit of my time is spent irrigating and hand watering the gardens around our house.
There isnt really an "off season" for us but I guess summer is the easiest time to leave because we don't have any harvesting going on then. We do work the farm ourselves but we hire a lot of help when we need it - especially for picking.
I haven't visited that vanilla farm but we did visit one when we first moved here. I LOVE local vanilla.
How much of your own money did you spend before making money?
What's your favorite dessert?
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.
What's your favorite Say Anything song? Are you going to see them in April? Also what other music are you into?
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.
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.
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.
That's cool that you have been to a few farms in Kona! It is a really great area for ag tourism, and there are some really cool tours (especially of historical coffee farms)!
What spurred your move as professionals in a big (and cold) city to farmers on a the relatively sleepy island of Hawaii?
We knew we wanted to move to somewhere with warmer weather and where we could buy a bit of land. I don't think we ever imagined we would be farmers (maybe that we would just have a nice big garden) but when we fell in love with a farm right in the Kona Coffee Belt, the only way to justify the purchase was if we planted coffee and made the property earn a little income for us.
Have bore weevils become an issue on your farm? If so, have they had a big impact on your business, and if not, how have you managed to avoid them?
I assume you mean Coffee Borer Beetles (CBB) and yes, they are a huge issue for us (and I think all other coffee farmers). We are especially hard hit because of our elevation (2400 ft.). Lower elevation coffees have an easier time of it because they have a portion of the year when their trees are totally bare of coffee cherry. At higher elevations, we have the next year's coffee flowering on our top branches before this year's coffee has been harvested at the lower branches which gives the CBB the opportunity to eat our cherry all year round.
They do hurt our business (in that we have less high grade coffee), but there is a fungus that we spray every three weeks on our coffee and it significantly reduces the CBB populations. This year we lost about 5% of our coffee to CBB which really isn't that bad compared to what farms were losing before the bassiana Fungus became available.
Did you expect to get out? Have you, or colleagues, been arrested in a situation like that before?
Ashly, Bae or Bay?
How do you and your husband brew your coffee? (French press, drip machine etc). And finally now that coffee is your career how has it affected your coffee drinking habits both at home and when you are traveling?
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.
How much time average did you spend to develop your programming skills? Daily average, weekly and monthly or whichever is easier to quantify.
Hey Steven! Love ya, man! What's your favorite GnR song to play?
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.
yea, thats basically why I wanted to do the AMA
A: I think I'm still a soprano. My voice has dropped. And I'm singing right now! Sing with me! "Somewhere Out There!"
Legally only 10% must be from Kona and it has to be prime grade or higher. Those are supposed to be labeled "Kona Blend" and say the origins of the other coffees but SO MANY people get away with not doing that. To make sure you are drinking real Kona coffee, it should say "100% Kona Coffee" on the bag.
If it says that it will also be above a certain grade because to protect our brand quality as a region, you are not allowed to use shit coffee, even if it is grown in Kona, and call it Kona. Mediocre coffee can be called "Hawaiian" and worse than that it can't even be called Hawaiian. At the lowest grades people don't even drink it - it gets used it for face scrubs and stuff.
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)
Hey Steve how was working with Logic on his album? Also, if you have played any zombies maps which is your favorite?
Considering our initial investment was $0, the ROI has been infinite.
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
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.
Unfortunately no. We do ship to Canada on request but it is $25 shipping so usually no one is interested.
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.
mostly, because I have status with American.
A: Are you trying to get me killed? S: Why not both? Let's crossbreed! T: Both!
We pay our pickers by the pound. They make $.70/lb and can typically pick around 200lbs in a day on average. In your final pound of coffee from us between $6 and $8 of the cost is picker pay.
What was your educational background before you started programming?
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?
Do you get to play any games much? If so, Do you have a favorite genre? :)
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.
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.
No the people who work-trade for us just help out milking the goats, cleaning the chicken coop etc. They usually don't pick coffee but when they do they get paid just like all of the other pickers.
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.
If they had stayed where I was and acted the way I did I am 90% sure they would have been released immediately.
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.
Yes our coffee differs a LOT from theirs. Mountain Thunder (while a seller of 100% Kona), does not grow their coffee all from one estate. They buy cherry (or green maybe?) from a bunch of different farms all of whom have different elevations, farming methods, tree varieties, level of care etc. Their coffee could sometimes be great and sometimes (more often) is shit but always it is over roasted.
I think aeropress is a great way to brew Kona but really if you are brewing properly (right temp, right grind etc.) I think any method tastes good. I even had our light roast as espresso which was really unusual but tasty!
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)?
Hi Steven, thank you for doing this! Was there a drummer who inspired you to play while growing up? Did you ever try to emulate that person?
This is so annoying. My wife and I stayed at the sheraton kona resort in 2015, and if we'd known we would've paid a visit!
My question is, do you ship to Europe?
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.
Steve how has your perception of Tank Dempsey changed over the years?
Was just in Kona over winter break I heard a some people talking about you business but didn't get the chance to check it out while I was in town, congrats though.
What's the average temp and weather conditions up on the mountain?
S: I've grown to love him more as a brother than just a zombie-splattering muscle head.
You heard about our business! That's great! Because we're new we don't have much of a following built up. Average temp is right about 70 - it's 67 right now. The weather here is truly perfect as far as temp. Winter is dry season and summer is wet. It rains basically every day over the summer.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Do you use a natural, honey, or washed process?
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.
Only washed process right now but I would like to do some natural next year if there is a demand for it. A lot of farmers here seem to look down on it because it can kinda hide bad coffee with sweetness.
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.
What happened to the guy who used go around the world taking drugs with Vice?
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?
Ha no idea. Youre talking about Hamilton Morris? I think he has a show on Viceland
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?
If you had to make one prediction about the next 4 years, what would it be?
I will take at least one shower.
Did you enjoy working with Clemson? How much work did you do with them? I am an undergrad there in compsci
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?
Why should voice actors get all these perks before say the developers?
best bet is a dark roast because it does have less caffeine or just drink less coffee. ... drink a small amount of great coffee and hope to be satisfied with that.
Ahh, like this! My doctor will not, but too bad, haha. Also, in my first post, just now added a question about your shipping charges, how are determined?
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.
sure, drop me a line
S: I haven't met an actor yet who doesn't support developers organizing. It's a shop in need of a steward.
We ship in flat rate boxes or envelopes. Anything that fits in a flat rate envelope (generally 1.5lbs or less) ships for $6.10 priority mail. The next size up is $11.50 I think which is a medium box and holds quite a bit.
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?
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.
How much did he have under management and what were his annualized returns? What was his cut of the p+l? How competitive was it to get in the role? Securities he traded? Was it super algorithmic or more flow? Was he involved in trading during 07/08, and if so, what were his returns then? Did he know Ray Cahnman? Is kona coffee different from regular coffee?
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 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.
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.
Lol I have NO IDEA what the first questions mean but I will ask him later and try to get back to you. Yes he knows Ray Cahnman and actually was on his desk when he first started out! (small world!)
Kona coffee is different from other coffees but not from "regular" coffee. If you are drinking single origins roasted correctly, you should be able to taste differences in coffees from all over the world. Kona is known for a really smooth easy drinkability. Not a super high acid coffee. There are tasting notes on our website if you are interested in specifics.
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?
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.
Yeah sometimes! Even though I was a lawyer, I miss being able to leave my work at work. Now that I own my own business, it is just work all the time. But that work feels better because everything we do benefits us and our bottom line so it feels good busting ass.
I miss the perks! Lunches out, work parties, health insurance etc. Now I eat lunch at home every day and we provide our own health insurance.
Can you share what languages youve studied to make the apps? Thanks!
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?
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?
I enjoyed going through your photos on the website but disappointed that there weren't any photos of the coffee shrubs. I think photos of the flowers, berries and raw beans would be nice as well. Could you also take a photo of the coffee shrubs with someone standing by it for scale? I always wondered how big they can grow. I used to grow one indoors for a few years.
I do all the time but most people, even journalists, are in the bubble and are oblivious.
Ahh sorry there are a bunch on our instagram! I don't know if I have one with someone standing right next to it but there are at least a couple with people standing near by. I will definitely take your tip though and add more coffee plant pictures to our site.
The trees can get really tall if you dont prune them but we only let ours get up to 8ish feet before pruning.
What other news organizations do you respect as unbiased and insightful?
what is your favorite type of coffee to grow?
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.
We grow almost all arabica coffee (kona typica specifically). We have a little section of another type called Kona Passion but only about 10 trees of that as a trial.
How do people with no journalistic experience break into the field?
Is really just as easy as finding a story and hitting rec?
Hi Kate and Doug!
I was in Kona recently and took a tour of another lawyer-turned-coffee-farmer and it was delightful.
Do you guys know each other and hang out? (Not mentioning the other company name to be respectful of your AMA)
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.
No I don't know them! Feel free to post who they are haha if they don't mind. I know another lawyer turned dragonfruit and bee keeper but that's it.
Have you seen the Documentary Now! spoof of VICE documentaries? What did you think about it?
Have you ever visited other coffee shops on other islands? If so, which ones? I may or may not have worked at a ton of coffee shops.
It was funny.
There was another one done by the onion. Both great.
On other islands? Not really. I do go to them occasionally but I cant remember any memorable coffee.
What do you sell your coffee for a pound? Why so expensive?
I think it is biased to the left but the right has been doing a good job of countering on digital
Most basically, it is expensive because it is grown in a first world country. It is the only coffee in the world grown with restrictions like labor laws, minimum wage, workers comp, overtime requirements, insurance requirements etc. The markup you are paying on our coffee over cost is about 25%. And those "costs" do not include our salaries. If we paid ourselves minimum wage, we wouldn't even be breaking even on the coffee. That bad of a return won't be the case forever though - as our trees get more mature, we will have more consistently large harvests and we should be able to pay ourselves slightly better than minimum wage. But no one here coffee farms to get rich.
Is it frustrating having to argue with colleagues and members of your profession that being dogmatic ideologues is antithetical to journalism itself?
What's your personal favorite roast you two have made? I may buy a bag or two ;)
Sometimes I hate journalists but then I realize its just people doing people stuff.
Thanks!! Anuenue is my favorite but if you like a darker roast Kalikimaka is great.
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?
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.
Did you mean to say that your friends are literally on separate islands?
there was supposed to be an 'a' in there. But I'll leave the typo because internet people love typos
Two questions, if you don't mind.
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?
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!
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.
What do you think about CNN and other news sources being biased, and how can we tell immediately news stories which have bias?
Unfortunately you cant.
Your best bet is to read a story from three different outlets.
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.
My phone wasn't taken.
I know at least some of the journalists that got charged did lose their phones.
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.