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Actor / EntertainerHey guys, it's Clayton Snyder. Remember Ethan Craft from Lizzie McGuire? Yeah, that guy. AMA!

Feb 7th 2017 by claytonsnyder • 60 Questions • 167 Points

Spring is coming right up on us again, and it's time for muddy floors and carpets, get the hair out of your furniture, and some of y'all are gonna fuck up your vacuums. I'm here to make that go easier this year. Proof

First, I want to apologize to so many redditors who reached out to me and didn't get a reply. It's been a very difficult last several months for me. I hope you'll forgive me and that I can still be of use to you.

So, there are some interesting new developments in the premium vacuum world. Riccar and Miele have both introduced new BAGLESS vacuums and I'm not sure how I feel about it. The robotic vacuums are getting better. And, there are FINALLY full sized CORDLESS vacuums coming onto the market.

Let's get into this!

So, on to business...here's the copypasta. First AMA (archived) Second AMA (Open) Last AMA (Open) YouTube Channel Here's some basics to get you started: Dollar for dollar, a bagged vacuum, when compared to a bagless, will almost always: 1) Perform better (Actual quality of cleaning). 2) Be in service for much longer. 3) Cost less to repair and maintain (Often including consumables). 4) Filter your air better. Virtually every vacuum professional in the business chooses a bagged vacuum for their homes, because we know what quality is. Things you should do to maintain your vac, regularly: 1) Clear your brush roller/agitator of hair and fibers. Clear the bearing caps as well, if possible. (monthly) 2) Change your belts before they break. This is important to maintain proper tension against the agitator. (~ yearly for "stretch" belts) 3) Never use soap when washing any parts of your vacuum, including the outer bag, duct system, agitator, filters, etc. Soap attracts dirt, and is difficult to rinse away thoroughly. Types of vacs: 1) Generally, canister vacs are quieter and more versatile than uprights are. They offer better filtration, long lifespans, and ease of use. They handle bare floors best, and work with rugs and carpets, as well. 2) Upright vacuums are used mostly for homes that are entirely carpeted. Many have very powerful motors, great accessories, and are available in a couple of different motor styles. Nothing cleans shag carpeting like the right upright. 3) Bagless vacs are available in a few different styles. They rely on filters and a variety of aerodynamic methods to separate the dirt from the air. In general, these machines do not clean or filter as well as bagged vacuums. They suffer from a loss of suction, and tend to clog repeatedly, if the filters are not cleaned or replaced often. 4) Bagged vacuums use a disposable bag to collect debris, which acts as your primary filter, before the air reaches the motor, and is replaced when you fill it. Because this first filter is changed, regularly, bagged vacuums tend to provide stronger, more consistent suction. My last, best piece of advice is to approach a vacuum, like any appliance; Budget for the best one you can get. Buy one with idea you will maintain it, and use it for many years. And, for the love of Dog, do not buy from late-night infomercials or door-to-door salesmen! Stay out of the big-box stores, and visit your local professional who actually knows what they're talking about.

Q:

Was filming in Rome an amazing experience, and do you like spaghetti?

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The refing in the Puppy Bowl seems to always be blind. I always see unnecessary cuteness fouls that are never flagged! What is your stance on this?


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Hey Gordon,

Big fan of you and your series, but I'd like to know if we'll ever see another Gordon's great escape? I really loved the insight into different cooking cultures and how you got to go along with them and learn from it.

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Well what did your son say about randomly meeting 2 old friends that used to play games together?


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Can you make The Cones of Dunshire a reality?

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Wow you almost look like a completely different person!

Did your speech adjust pretty well? Not to assume that you had a terrible speech impediment or anything, but years of speaking a certain way and then having it change had to be kind of different.

Branching off of that, what was the hardest adjustment?


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I had mine done in 2007 and everything has been great since apart from blurred vision when I have been using a PC for example all day.

As I never had "normal" sight before is this something that all people get?

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Because of your last AMA I bought a Panasonic bagged canister vac (because I can't afford a Miele) and it's great. Thanks for your service. What would you recommend for a robo-vac in an area with laminate floor and lots of dog hair?


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Filming in Rome was incredible. I'm part Italian and some of our distant cousins live around Lake Como, so during a weekend that I wasn't filming I went with my parents to go visit them, and since then I've learned Italian and have visited them several more times. Part of that also ties back into this romantic comedy I'll be starring in. I have this huge Italian family I get to banter with, so really looking forward to that

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You have to pick your battles. I agree there is a plethora of cuteness at all times, but if I threw a flag down that often we'd never get the actual game going!


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From Southeast Asia to India, and spending time in the Jungle. I was like a pig in shit, one of the happiest times of my cooking career. I've got maybe the next call for me, in terms of excitement, has to be South America. So I'm thinking of planning that next great escape across South America. Off the beaten track. No landmark, touristy, bullshitty, stadiums, just an inside to the culture that I'm trying to learn. Great escape is definitely coming back. Maybe Spring or Summer 2018

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He said he already knew and that he had already talked to them? He's much better at this than I am.


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Haha, not a bad idea. It's funny - that is completely me. My office is full of random game pieces that I'll combine in fits of madness during game creation. Also, looks like someone beat me to it: https://www.thisiswhyimbroke.com/cones-of-dunshire-board-game/

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For the vast majority of my life (from the age of about 12 onwards) I've had a distinctly pronounced lower jaw and chin. For better or for worse this has assimilated itself into how I identify with myself and has heavily influenced my own self-image. Losing this trait was probably the most difficult change to adjust to, as I now have a pretty average lower jaw and chin (which is of course a good thing). However now some time has passed I've grown to appreciate the more balanced appearance to my facial features and don't feel so jarred when I look in the mirror.

In terms of speech I used to talk with a lisp which is now thankfully not the case, and aside from this I also speak much more clearly and with greater projection. The tone of my voice on the other hand has barely changed at all, which surprised me to be honest.


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Great question. Even without having LASIK people can suffer from computer vision syndrome. Below is a link for more information:

http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/computer-vision-syndrome#1

We recommend dry eye treatment for our patients as well as the 20/20/20/2 rule. This rule is to take a break from the computer every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds and then blink your eyes twice.

Here's a blog regarding dry eyes for your information:

http://www.iqlaservision.com/blog/3-stages-dry-eye-treatment/

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If you're going to get a robotic vac, I'd recommend Neato or Miele models.


Q:

Will there ever be a reunion show? Like with all the Lizzie McGuire cast in their 30's?

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Can you mail me a paw print from some of the puppies? I want their autographs


Q:

What pisses you off more than anything in the world? Doesn't have to be related to cooking.

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My mom used to mail me your chocolates when I lived in Europe, but they rarely made the trip intact. How should we have packaged them? I may have some requests from the former roommates.

Thank you for making such delicious things!


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Besides money from kickstarter how much have you made selling your games, if any?

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I lost a lot of weight (20kg) quickly (2 weeks) due to cancer treatment last year and I can relate to this. It's a strange thing to be looking at a different guy in the mirror.

How long did it take you to recover from old normal to new normal? I presume there was some wicked bruising etc.


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Why is LASIK still not covered by insurance but they will pay for glasses or contacts every year?

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I had a Neato, but the battery wouldn't hold a charge for crap. It was great for the first few weeks, but then it couldn't even finish a room without needing a recharge. I always let it run in a closed off bedroom while I vacuumed in another room.


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My guess is yes. I think all the cast is down for it, it's just a matter of producers making it happen. We missed the 15 year mark, so I guess we'll wait until 20 (2021?) and see what happens

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Haha paw print autographs are a great idea! We will get some done next year !


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Shortcuts. Just people taking shortcuts to undermine the value of doing it properly in any profession. It really pisses me off. There's nothing worse than coming across a young chef that wants to take shortcuts to get the job done quicker. If you have the job done quicker, you're removing the essence and the true passion to why you're a chef in the first place. But just in general, whether it's a plumber, an electrician, or even a police officer, taking shortcuts and getting it done quickly for the sake of it is not the smartest idea. Do it properly or don't do it at all.

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Thank YOU for supporting us - the novelty seriously never wears off of hearing that people like our product!

If I had a good answer for that we'd definitely be looking to expand internationally but shipping a highly perishable product is tough. I think your best bet would be to follow our process for shipping to the geographical extremes of the US (Hawaii, Alaska, and, for us, California): get an insulated box, fill with as many freezer packs as you can afford to pay for, and ship it as quickly as possible. It won't be very cheap but after 2 days the packs start to melt, putting your chocolate in jeopardy. This is why we push every customer to select 2 day/overnight shipping - paying expensive shipping fees isn't fun, but melted chocolate is definitely worse.


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We make several thousand each month from sales online and in game stores.

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I started to feel myself again roughly 5-6 months post op. Before this point I'd catch myself in some random reflection somewhere and jolt a little at the face staring back at me.

Familiarity slowly crept in and now the opposite is true- I look back at old pictures of myself and wonder how I managed to walk around in public looking the way I did.


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Some companies do cover for LASIK but not all of them. It is because it is an elective procedure. Many companies do offer it, so check for yours. For example, I work with many companies helping them offer their employees discounts. Ask your LASIK center or company if this something they might offer.

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Have you contacted them about a replacement battery?


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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm holding you to this.

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You heard it from me first! I expect to be one of the first to get one!! ;)


Q:

Which do you prefer, waffles or pancakes?

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Hi! Executive chef here. Just curious- what were you traveling to do 40 weeks out of the year?


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Gross or profit?

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I'm post double jaw surgery for two years now and I can totally relate to this. I see old photos and cannot believe how insecure I was and how much my confidence level and overall mental health has improved. It seems superficial, but the way I looked was definitely a disability for me in many ways. Congrats on your new life guy!!! You look great!!!


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  1. Is it true that one should avoid certain sports after having LASIK done? I've heard conflicting answers to that.

  2. How cool is the equipment?

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I've always though roomba was best? What's the difference?


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Cool, I can be held to seeing what happens ;)

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Will do! Tweet me your info! @danschachner


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Waffles on Saturday, pancakes on Sunday.

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Every time a new Ritz would open up I would fly out to help open their pastry kitchen - creating menus, hiring/training the staff, and overseeing all pastry operations until everything was running smoothly, then it was rinse & repeat. Very hectic but I got to travel to some amazing places.


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Profit

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Cheers. In a couple of weeks I'm booked in to attend a post surgical research survey seminar that's being held by my maxillofacial surgeon. I plan to attend to make sure they're aware how much it helped me both physically and psychologically and to ensure others get the same opportunity I did for treatment on the NHS.


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During the recovery period, yes. I recommend patients to not do contacts sports for at least 2 weeks due to complications that might arise while the eye is still healing.

I've personally have treated many athletes and they have gone to participate in their sports with no problem. A great example of athletes getting LASIK and still performing their best if Chris Paul from the LA Clippers.

http://www.nba.com/clippers/news/chris-paul-seeing-benefits-after-offseason-lasik-procedure/

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Roomba has a weird pattern algorithm for cleaning, which is very inefficient. The Neato and Miele models use a logical mapping algorithm.


Q:

How did being a reasonably popular show like that affect your school life until you stopped going to public school?

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Has any of the players have gotten so upset with your ruling that they took a bite out of you?


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Hi Gordon,

I'm planning to grow a home garden for the first time this summer. If you had to pick five essentials to grow in a garden that you could incorporate into most meals, what would you recommend?

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That sounds awesome! Glad you've been able to find stability and success in the chocolate business!


Q:

Congrats!

How did you navigate the process of taking a game from design to reality (production, art, freight, fulfillment, etc...)?

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I had it about 5 years ago. Best decision ever.


Q:

How often does lasik cause permanent loss of vision?

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You said you really don't like Rainbows because of the water filtration, but how do you feel about steam vacs for cleaning carpets? What's the difference?


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I didn't stop going to public school... until college when I went to Pepperdine. But it was definitely interesting to be pretty much unseen at campus to then everybody watching you all the time. People acting like they're friends when we had never spoken. Cray.

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Yes Ginger in PBX used her teeth on my leg. She wound up stripping my sock off! We think she was upset about having to repeat 1st down but she to this day will not confirm that.


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Tomatoes, first off. Whether it's going in salads, whether you're roasting them to make soup, definitely tomatoes. And there are some great root vegetables. Parsnips. Parsnips are amazing through autumn and fall. Not just roasted, but in incredible soups. From parsnips to carrots. Again, carrots, mmm, amazing. They grow easily and it's a sort of dream vegetable. Again, great for pickling, great for salads, but incredible roasted and even better in soups. From there, brussel sprouts. Brussels sprouts, again through fall, through winter. An easy vegetable to grow, packed with flavor. Finally, the ultimate would be a great cabbage. I had a cabbage last night in a great restaurant in L.A. called "Charcoal" and it was Citrin’s restaurant and everything was cooked in charcoal. So, he blasted cabbage for like three minutes in stock, wrapped it up in foil, and then baked it inside this charcoal and the flavor was incredible. So, there would be my top five choices of vegetables.

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Thank you chef!!


Q:

The board game community was really helpful in pointing us in good directions.

We found an illustrator through a university's job board, did the graphic design using Illustrator and Photoshop, used a company in China called Panda Games to manufacture the games, and were connected to some good freight and fulfillment companies. Lots of pieces that come together!

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Agreed.


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Great question! It is virtually impossible to go blind from LASIK since the procedure takes place on the surface of the outer cornea which does not affect the optics of the inside of the eye. It is very rare for loss of vision since LASIK has been around for 25 years so surgeons are better equipped and have more experience to prevent this.

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Let me hit you with some copypasta from an expert in the field:

from /u/lolzergrush:

I did carpet cleaning work to put myself through college and grad school, it was great money because people use cheap vacuums and their carpets get filthy. Buying a good vacuum is absolutely true and you have no idea how much money you save yourself in the long run.

We used to charge $0.35 per square foot, that worked out to about $1000 per average-sized house to do good carpet cleaning because all of our competitors did shit work.

The number one problem was that most people didn't vacuum properly, so they had to get their carpets cleaned every few years and they were always filthy.

  • Never ever buy a bagless vacuum. Just don't. Buy a good one with HEPA filtration (or S-class if you're in Europe). Buy one that is warrantied for commercial work. That means it is made of quality parts. Even brands on the cheaper side like Sanitaire and Eureka will work fine if they are the true commercial line. Just don't buy ones that say "professional" but are actually marketed towards residential: they will break down in a year if you use it more than once per week.

(I do not, personally, recommend using a commercial vacuum in your home, but rather, a premium residential vacuum.)

  • Properly adjust the brush roller so that the bristles sweep the carpet, not dig into it. The tips of the bristles should just barely touch the bottom of the pile and it should offer no resistance.
  • Change the bag regularly. Just buy them in bulk for a year, you should get them for about a dollar per bag.

(This depends greatly upon vacuum type chosen, and bag capacities of various vacuums. This can vary greatly, but remain cost effective)

  • Never wear shoes in your house, and if you have pets vacuum at least twice as often. Also vacuum after every event.
  • If liquid is spilled on carpets clean it up immediately. Keep putting dry towels down and stand on them, then put a fan on the damp spot.
  • If you must clean them, hire a professional (not Stanley Steamer) to clean them using extraction. Shampooing is a last resort for very heavy soil, and should always be followed by extraction. Never hire coupon cleaners, or anyone that doesn't have a license & insurance.
  • If you insist on cleaning your own carpets, never use a Rug Doctor or any carpet cleaning machine that is rented out by chain retail stores, you might as well use a shop vac and a water hose. Go to a janitorial supplier and rent a professional extractor, RTFM, and vacuum your carpets completely before you extract. You can rent an air mover or just buy some cheap box fans but either way you need to dry your carpets completely after extraction.
  • Listen to everything /u/touchmyfuckingcoffee [+10] says about selecting and caring for your vacuum. He knows his stuff.

Do all that and your carpets will never need cleaning, you'll save yourself a crapload of money and your house will be healthier too.


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Do you remember your line when Lizzie's mom asked you what you did to have such great hair?

Paraphrasing here but 'lather, rinse, repeat. I don't repeat'. That stuck out to me as a kid because I never repeated, either. I didn't get how that gave you great hair, haha.

Also, a quick Google didn't turn anything up but was 'turn it on it's siiiide' your line, too? In response to someone trying to fit a basketball in their locker. The sayee was using their knowledge of fitting a football in their locker to help.

The more I think about it that might be from That's So Raven but that shit still cracks me up.

Edit: My bad, it is That's So Raven.

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Did she get fined or just have her treat taken away?


Q:

What is a good dish that a single guy (who can't cook) should make to impress a first date?

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Do you require heroic determination and an iron will in order to resist constantly "sampling" your own product?


Q:

How did you get that many people to see your kickstarter?

It's one thing having a great product, but it's another thing getting people to your kickstart page.

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If you sing at all (or even casually) did this surgery have any effect? Do you notice a difference in breathing?


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I had lasik 6 year ago and now I have a noticeable double/triple image looking at LED lights when my eyes are dry. If I was your patient, should I go see you?

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What kind of fucking coffee are you drinking?


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I enjoyed you typing out your thoughts very much. Thank you. And yes, that would totally be something Ethan would have said haha

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No fines bc these pups don't have bank accounts (yet). So yeah, took away the treat.


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Pasta is a great way to show some great flair, in a way that, whether it's dry spaghetti or even fresh made Tagliatelle pasta. I would start off with a sort of roasted shallot, garlic, chili, fresh lime juice, with flaked crab meat over it. Once you've mastered the basics and so simply done like that, using pasta as a starch is with an amazing protein. So is it a beautiful caramelized breast of chicken on that pasta, is that amazing marinated slice of tuna. So start off with pasta, and that's really exciting to show off some great skills mastering pasta. If you really want to be the ultimate single guy, looking for the most extreme date, crank a little pasta machine, sit her down, serve her the most amazing glass of champagne, and just tell her to sit and watch for five minutes while I roll the pasta. Now rolling that pasta through the machine and cranking it down into those thin layers and all of a sudden you've got this tiny bowl of pasta, 5 minutes later you've got this 10 meter incredible rivered table of pasta. I swear to god, 50 shades, shadier, trust me, this will be 50 sheets of pasta in you duvet!

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After 16 years I've realized it's just not possible. I swear one of our head chocolatiers is on a mission to ruin every diet in the office. He comes in every day with a tray of some new chocolate covered something that we NEED to sample and I've yet to locate the willpower necessary to say no.


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I would argue that a really great product has a way of getting found, especially on Kickstarter. Kickstarter users tend to browse the site pretty thoroughly, and if people like the product then they'll put money towards it, and then it starts to float up at the top of the Kickstarter page.

But we definitely did some of our own marketing as well - emailing our company subscribers, emailing backers of our first game, social media posts and ads, reaching out to websites to publish stories about us, etc.

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As soon as I woke up after the surgery I remember being able to breath through my nose (although it soon clogged up with blood) and thinking 'this is the easiest I've been able to breath my entire life'.

It seems my retruded upper jaw had constricted my airway to a small extent.

Also my singing sounds just as awful as it did before the surgery.


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Yes, dry eye is prevalent even without having LASIK so it's best to treat that first to improve your vision.

Here's some information we provide for our patients in regards to dry eye syndrome.

http://www.iqlaservision.com/dry-eye-treatment/products/

Hope this helps!

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I didn't get to Costco yesterday for my 2 pound bag, so I'm drinking 7-11's Brazilian Dark since it's cheap and isn't fucking burnt like everything at Starfucks.


Q:

How much fun was filming the Lizzie McGuire movie in Italy?

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Who's a good boy?


Q:

WHERE IS THE LAMB SAUCE????

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What is the most delicious confection you have made?


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Is that the same kind of marketing you did for your first game?

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Thanks for answering!

EDIT: Would you recommend the surgery?


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At which age do you think people really should look for LASIK? It's possible to do a second surgery if the vision gets worse after the first?

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Ruta Maya coffee from Costco is fucking gangster.


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it was all the fun. I really wasn't in the movie that much so I had a ton of freedom to explore and travel. Was awesome, and the first of many time back to Italy, including studying abroad in Florence and playing professional water polo in Sardinia (we also travelled for away games all around Italy/Sicily)

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Me?


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I promise by the last program I will find the LAMB FUCKING SAUCE

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My favorite individual piece is definitely our Tahitian salted caramel. As far as cakes/entremets go, any combination of chocolate and hazelnut. Can't go wrong.


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Yes, very similar.

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I would recommend the surgery 1 googleplex %


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As long as your prescription is stable and not changing you can get LASIK at 18 years old. The key is to schedule a consultation to see if you are a good candidate first.

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I'm not familiar with it. I will have to check it out.


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That sounds so much better than saying I was apart of that movie!! Getting to travel around and even going to school sounds like it left a mark on you!

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Who's a good boy?


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Hey chef, as someone working in kitchens for the last 20 years starting as dishwasher, moved through prep and ending up in NYC as a two star Michelin fish roast I have some questions I hope you can shed some light on. Here in the city in some of the most prestigious places I made what worked out to be around $3 an hour. On paper it was 10-12 but a lot of work was required of me off the clock in order to pull my weight and really give my entire life to these places. As a mid 20's cook with stars in my eyes this wasn't anything to complain about and because I could afford it I actually wore it as a badge of honor. All this changed when my daughter came into the world 2 years ago, I've since left food entirely for a stay at home dad role which is very rewarding. My first question to you is how do you manage to have such seemingly well adjusted kids having obviously sacrificed so much quality time with them in exchange for success?
Personally having never made more than 30k a year cooking I couldn't even consider hiring a nanny at the 50k/year they want and be able to sleep at night knowing I missed so much time in my kids life and lost money doing it. Now I'm faced with the daunting realization that I'll reenter the culinary scene at 39 as a line cook when my son (who is due to be born this summer) turns 5 years old and is able to be in school. My second question is do you think at some point cooks in the highest tier of food will ever be compensated for their work like people in traditional jobs? Also how do you think the new minimum wage laws will effect restauranteurs? Based on what I've seen many places just barely scrape by paying their cooks $10/hour here due to astronomical rent, do you think someone in my position will be more valuable due to decreased demand for cooks or should I consider a new career path. I know this post comes off like I only care about being paid, if it were up to me I'd still be working and losing money to be where I belong but I'm part of a family I love and respect and they come before my aspirations. I've followed your career for a long time and you are a true inspiration to myself and I'm sure many other cooks, I've adopted your compassionate yet no nonsense approach when in sous positions and I attribute 100% of my success to you. Thank you for every thing you have done for the industry.

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is willy wonka an accurate depiction of the candy industry?


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Any advice for marketing your first game? I am still debating if I should crowdfund myself or pitch to an existing game company.

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a pretty average lower jaw and chin

you have a beautiful profile. your jaw-line is enviable to most men. And something has happened to your eyes that is indescribable, but they are very easy to get lost in your mirthful grin.


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Is there a best age range to get the surgery done? I am 22 and have worn glasses since 2nd grade.

Also, how likely is it that my eye sight will go back to "normal" after a few years?

Is it painful?

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and isn't fucking burnt like everything at Starfucks.

Damn truth! Everything in starbucks that includes milk tastes too strong and burnt.

At one point in time, Starbucks was good. But then the fad came up where every boss'es intern/assistant would be there during lunch time and get a couple. This caught up. Now its just a brand and nothing more.


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IT SURE DID. At times I wonder how life would be different if I kept with the momentum from Lizzie McGuire, but from my path I've been able to see and do so much, learn so much, cultivate so many incredible friendships, I wouldn't change a thing.

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Or a belly rub at least?


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That's a personal question. I've never had any problems answering that. I've never been at home seven night a week cooking for the kids. What I've instilled in the kids, from day one, is a work ethic. So, the time we spend together is limited, but it's quality. But, I made a conscious decision eighteen years ago when I opened the restaurant Gordon Ramsay, to strive to earn my third Michelin Star, I never wanted to open it weekends, so we closed Saturday and Sunday. So, they wouldn't see me eighteen hours a day Monday through Friday and they'd see me absolutely fucked on Saturday morning. But, we got to spend the quality time together. How does that resonate today? I only took them there for the first time two years ago. Because there was no way on earth that I was ever going to introduce to them that level of food and be served by twenty waiters and waited hand and foot on because it was their daddy's restaurant. I need to protect them and respect the restaurant and team in my restaurant. I made them as normal as possible, like I said, from the beginning they had a work ethic. They've all got jobs, they've all taken care of animals, they've all got housework. There's a rotor. They get pocket money, but they have to earn that pocket money. The well-respected Megan is at Oxford Brookes studying, she's doing a degree in Philosophy. Jack wants to be a marine. Holly was to go into fashion. And Tilly, Matilda, is the chef of the family. She has her own show on CBVCs on the BBC in the UK. They're all hard-working, passionate individuals that have respect for others and respect for life. And, more importantly, understand that if you want something in life, it's not passed over, a hand-me-down. They got to work for it. That's really important for me.

Listen, I was there. At his age at 39 and 29 and 19 behind the line. You have to make sacrifices. There's no fast-track to becoming successful. Yes, you can make it. 39 is not old and more importantly, be selective on what restaurant you're going to work in. If you're gonna go and spend eight to ten to twelve hours in a restaurant as a line cook then make sure it's a fucking great restaurant. Make sure they deserve your time and make sure every six months, you're climbing the ladder. Because if you're not then you're not working correctly and you're not playing to your strengths. Set aside that fact that your son is only five and don't look at the current situation and dictate that for the rest of your life. Climb the ladder, but make sure you're in a great restaurant. Don't try to climb the ladder in an average restaurant because you're not going anywhere. So, get yourself into a good restaurant.

Very kind. Thank you. But there's one thing I learned as a young chef growing up and working my ass off in these restaurants. The sacrifice I was making was coming back tenfold in experience. There's nothing wrong with being behind the line, but being behind the line in a great place because at the end of that shift or that service, you're going back a much better person than you started the day with and that's what cooking is all about. And you've got to instill that, so make sure you don't waste time in the wrong restaurants.

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100%, down to the chocolate rivers and oompah loompahs. It might as well have been a documentary.


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For our Kickstarters we do several things for marketing: ads on boardgamegeek.com, social posts, facebook ads, instagram ads, reaching out to sites to write about us, etc. However, most traffic and sales comes from internal traffic on Kickstarter itself. Focus on making a great product and a lot of the marketing will take care of itself when people share your project!

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Thankyou Mr Captain Farts.


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We like to perform LASIK on patients that have stable prescription. I'm comfortable doing surgery on an 18 year old as long as the prescription is stable based off the patient's history of exams. My enhancement rate is less than 1% meaning most of my patients do not need a re-treatment.

There is no pain during the surgery. There might be some discomfort afterwards for about 4 hours but most people don't experience it. The sensation you may feel is like when you tear up near an onion.

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And when I fucking ask for a SMALL amount of ice, so I can drink it right away, and they fucking make the shit tepid!!

I need to sip my Brazilian and calm down.


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What are some of your favorite Romcoms?

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Are there any puppies on the DL that should be ready to play by the time the big game starts?


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For the american version of the F-word, are you going to continue the style and format that made it so well received? I know a big problem a lot of younger Americans like myself and many other redditors have is the barrage of sound effects and over-the-top music that detracts from so much of the TV we consume over here.

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Why do you think there's a variation of Labrador retrievers we call "chocolate"? Isn't that just a bit sadistic to name an animal after something that will kill them?


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Did you have any difficulties getting used to the business side of making your own board games (e.g. accounting, procurement, insurance, shipping, etc.)?

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How did people who knew you react to your new face? (Friends, family, acquaintances etc.). Did anyone not recognise you? Any memorable reactions?


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So big question I've always wanted answered. I am big into astronomy and one of the things we deal with is something called "floaters." Basically the eye fluid breaking down and creating pockets of higher or lower refraction that can obscure diffuse and dim objects in low light. Can you tell me if LASIK increases, decreases, it has no effect on these? Also, how does LASIK affect someone who uses telescopes and binoculars regularly? Thanks!

A:

Why aren't quiet vacuums a thing?

I had heard that someone made one once, and no one bought it because they associated loudness with doing a good job at cleaning. The solution seems simple: add a suction power gauge that lets you know if stuff is blocking the vacuum's hose.


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What I've learned from working on A Beautiful Risk (abeautifulrisk.com) is that they take on so many forms. I didn't realize that some Charlie Chaplin films or A Princess Bride could be considered a romcom, but hey, they're comedies with romance. The first one that comes to mind is Crazy, Stupid, Love. I love how the stories weave together so seamlessly, and each character is so specific in what they want and it's fun to see them each implement tactics to achieve their goals.

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We actually have a "backup" lineup that is ready when the Starting lineup is done. You can see them on Animalplanet.com: http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/puppy-bowl/photos/puppy-bowl-xiii-back-up-pups/


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The 'F' Word, for me, is quite frankly one of the biggest shows I'll ever launch. We’re live. So, we've got some really exciting things in the pipeline. I think it's going to be bigger and better than what we did in the UK. Why? There's a couple of stunts in there. In terms of we've got some really exciting VIPs. We have families that are competing against each other to find the best family across America. We have an amazing restaurant that you'll come to live in the middle of service and then there's some secret challenges that I'm up against to put myself into jeopardy. I love pressure, so this is not about me standing in a suit on a stage presenting, all that bullshit's gone and I've never been into that. So, this is something quite unique in a way that high octane, fun, we are gonna go up and gonna go down, and more importantly, live. My big question is are Fox mad to give me a live, 60-minute show?

I've come up with great alternatives to cursing words. So, as opposed to saying "shit", I'm going to go "shiiit-ake mushrooms". As opposed to saying the word "fuck", I'm going to go "fffruuuctose".

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So much more than a bit. These are the types of questions that keep me up at night.


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It was definitely a trial by fire - but jumping into it has been really educational. I was also a business major in college, so spreadsheets and business decisions and budgets didn't scare me too bad.

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Most friends and family hid their initial reactions from me for the sake of politeness, however after a few months most confided with me that it was a big shock when they first saw me but that they were pleased it all went smoothly.

My most memorable post-op experience actually happened roughly 6 months after the fact, while I was walking down a railway platform to catch a train. I'd happened to bump into an old university friend who I hadn't seen in a couple of years and who wasn't aware of the surgery. I called out his name as he passed by but he just looked at me as though I'd killed his cat.

After messaging him over Facebook to confirm it was me he admitted that he didn't even recognise me due to my sudden change in appearance.


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Lasik usually does not affect floaters. However, it is possible for the floaters to be temporarily more or less noticeable if they may move into or out of the line of sight. There are treatments for severe floaters and we can refer you to some doctors that specialize in this treatment.

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Don't worry; Quiet vacuums do exist. Miele and Sebo are some of the quietest vacs on the market.


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Are you on the drugs now cause of being a child on Hollywood?

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I just wanna say you live the dream life and you are my idol. I'm wondering, what's the process that the puppies have to go through before going on the field?


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Hi Chef, just want to thank you for all the hard work you out into your shows, it's inspiring to see someone after so many years so passionate about what they do. I notice you use wusthof knives when you cook, what knife would you recommend specifically for people to use? Looking and buying one and who better to get advice from then you. (I'm sure this will be covered in your live class but would like to get it sooner).

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Whats your favourite commercial store bought sweet?


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Would you attribute your business major for a reason for your success?

While I'm kicking around the idea of games, it's the actual production and procurement is the most daunting to me.

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Well at least you're off the grid from the NSA


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Hi, thanks for the AMA. I am -7.5 in one eye and -7 in the other. Is there a lower limit where you wouldn't offer LASIK? Are any risks increased when the degree of correction is bigger?

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We got an ElectroLux at Lowes (before I read your AMA), Consumer Reports ranked it well and it got good marks for being quiet. What's your opinion?

I also just did a partial restore on my Hoover Windtunnel, the adjuster snapped and it was starting to stick. 17 years old and its as good as new except for the cord (replacing it was too hard, going to find a shop to replace it)

Based on you recommendatiosn we'll likely get a Meile Animal model soon because neither is really great on stairs, and now we have carpeted stairs...


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...who told you...

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We all huddle together for a quick locker room pep talk, or 'pup' talk as I call it. Then we hit the field!!

Seriously tho, once puppies arrive on set from our partner shelters / rescue centers, they are examined by a vet, then if healthy they goto a puppy playpen area in order to wait for their turn on the field!


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I think one of the most practical knives I've been working with throughout is Henckles knives. Henckles knives, incredible. I'll tell you why. The secret of a great knife is in the handle. Because if you've got a firm grip and you feel comfortable and secure with the handle, you chop, you slice, much better. So, Henckles knives, for me, are one of the most versatile and definitely one of the most rounded, but the elaborate handle makes for such a more comfortable chop, slice. It's like driving a car. A steering wheel. It's like putting a pair of gloves on. You need to feel tight and smooth and in control of it. So, it's all about the handle and Henckles knives, by far, are one of the most practical.

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Not exactly a "store," but I'll take a Dairy Queen cheesecake blizzard over just about anything


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I would give more credit to my exposure to start-ups and entrepreneurial minds. That atmosphere really builds some boldness.

Reach out to Panda Games for a quote on pieces you'll need for your game ideas. It's a good step in the right direction.

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I used my old passport during a flight to Germany late last year and the airport face recognition scanners didn't detect any facial discrepancies.

I've yet to decide if this means they're super intelligent or super stupid.


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Hi! It depends on other factors such as your corneal thickness and the shape of your cornea. I'm comfortable doing LASIK on prescriptions up to -10.00 if everything else is normal.

Another procedure I offer is the Visian ICL procedure for high rx cases. There's benefits of this such as no dry eyes and no glare and halo.

Here's more information about the ICL procedure:

http://www.iqlaservision.com/services-view/visian-icl/

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I'd have to know which model Lux you got. But, regardless of what CR says, I look at vacs from a technician's perspective first and foremost.


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Worst child related experience?

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I noticed this year is Puppy Bowl 13. Are any of the players being overly superstitious?


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Where is your go to place to eat in San Francisco?

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I want the most decadent piece of chocolate in the world. Where does it come from?


Q:

Are you hiring people without 6-10 years of experience?

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How was the recovery?


Q:

I got laser surgery in November 2013 and I still a man unable to shoot lasers out of my eyes, when can I expect this to happen?

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How much for a new identity ?


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I'm assuming you don't mean experiences of me dealing with children. Daycare can be quite a chore.

Fortunately, I don't recall any real traumatizing event. (Sorry I don't have anything juicy.)

At the time of the show, I'd get recognized pretty frequently, which was great when fans were cool/nice/respectful. But there's something about being a public figure that gives people a sense that you are an open target for opinions and/or to make fun of. I don't know what drives people to that. Insecurities, I guess?

Also, it was hard to make genuine friendships from scratch. Because there would always be a filter of being that guy on that show, as opposed to just Clayton. But that was another benefit of staying in public school - my close/true friends became very apparent, because they didn't care one bit about it haha.

My water polo teammates called me Lizzie, but that ended when I became an upperclassman and team captain.

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Good question. So far no one has said anything. I think because 13 in dog years is actually 91.


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This country's spoiled. From East Coast to West Coast to Central to Seattle to San Fran. I took a bunch of mates on my 50th birthday last November, and I was up to my eyeballs in pressure. Launching a new restaurant in Vegas, Master Chef Junior taped at the same time. But on my actual 50th birthday, I share the same day as my daughter, Matilda, so it's her 15th. I took a plane out of Van Nuys. Flew half a dozen of my friends over, my best mates. I finished work at lunchtime, flew to San Francisco, had a table of ten booked at Saison, had the most exceptional ten-course dinner finished and then flew back to LA and started work the next day. And that for me has been one of the best dinners I've ever experienced. And that was my second time there. In order to confirm how good a restaurant is, first time experience is important, but to confirm how good it really is, is to go back and check it out again. And it was even better the second time round. That's quite rare.

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Us!

Unbiased answer: Jacques Torres in NYC. Amazing talented chef and his product is insanely good.


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We're not hiring people right now. I've found that there are enough resources out there to hire contractors for design, marketing, video-making, etc that it makes much more sense to not bring on employees.

Plus, when you don't have employees your overhead is super low and profit is much quicker to come by.

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Probably one of the most difficult experiences I've ever had to go through physically. I was one of the unlucky ones and had severe swelling post-op, which when combined with having your jaws wired shut and your nose blocked with dried blood makes breathing almost impossible. In the first 3 days of recovery I had two panic attacks because I was so worried that I would vomit from swallowing so much blood and it wouldn't have anywhere to go...

I was on a purely liquid diet for 6 weeks (even lumpy soup had to be blended until it was completely liquid), and then I had my jaw unwired and could eat mushy food that could be eaten without chewing. At 8 weeks I started to chew soft food very very slowly.

Recovery from this type of surgery is long and rather tortuous. Strangely one of the hardest parts wasn't the not eating bit but actually the sleeping upright every night bit.


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Give it 17 more years. I'm almost there, approaching 20 years since I had mine and I heard you get it at the 20 year mark.

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Everything you have.


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I do mean dealing with children.

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how come I can't get the puppy bowls on dvd?


Q:

Hello Gordon! I am so excited to be taking your Masterclass and learn from someone who is so passionate about cooking. What was your favorite thing about creating this class?

A:

What is the toughest part about opening a shoppe/market?


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Employees are the #1 overhead in a business.

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I had a similar surgery (both upper and lower) and on the third day had a reaction where I could not stop throwing up liquid. I seriously considered just giving up on life that night.. what an experience. But here we are today :) you look great.


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What is your favorite part of an average work day?

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What are some vacuum brands that you recommend?


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I haven't had many problems with children, but it can get pretty hectic where I do Kids Ministry, when the Aide:Kid ratio gets a little out of hand. I'd say craft time can be much, as sometimes the craft can include gluing, paint, and at the same time we give out snack which is cheerios, chex, or goldfish, and a cup of water. Basically, it's damage control for a half-hour, but it's always fun and worth it


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The favorite thing for me about hosting this class was the level of depth and intuition I could go into. Which is very hard to get it done in a restaurant based on literally a fully-booked restaurant, you can't cook like this in a restaurant. So to have the chance to cook like this at home, to give that proper breadth and depth of insight to every ounce of knowledge that I've got in my arsenal was important because it was uninterrupted. Uninterrupted cooking at the highest level. I would finish the day after a twelve, thirteen-hour shoot, I'd go this is incredible. It's very rare on a personal front that I ever get a chance to spend that amount of time doing nothing but just cooking. Coupled with the idea of talking about the journey, from the beginning to where we are now. Then self-processing that incredible life-long journey of getting to where I am today and that's the first time somebody's ever opened up and sort of got that close to me. That took a few days to warm up to the director and understand what he was doing and where he was going. So, that's never happened to me before in my career because I've never had the time to delegate to it. When I got asked to do this, to launch this, you know, it was important to me to do it properly. Without two-hour shoots and then move on to the next thing. I could properly cook, uninterrupted and that was the important part.

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For me it was making the jump from having chocolate as a side project to my actual career. When it was a small scale operation I could run it pretty much from the comfort of my home (and later a tiny medical building turned kitchen); when things took off and I'd outgrown that, getting all the infrastructure in place was really daunting. Securing a production facility, outfitting it with all the necessary equipment, finding qualified staff to help me, and getting big time suppliers to take me seriously was tough. I was lucky to have made a lot of connections during my time at the Ritz that helped me immensely along the way, but making that transition was still incredibly difficult, especially with no guarantee of success.


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So true. It's nice not having them!

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I also had a bad time roughly 4 days post op- something happened at the lefort 1 incision site at the base of my nose and I began to bleed severely. Annoyingly a lot of the blood was draining to the back of my throat and I wasn't in a position to spit it out..

This was probably one of the only times in my life where I truly entered 'survival mode'.


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Thanks for this non-medical related question!

My favorite part of the day is doing surgeries since it's very rewarding to guide patients through this nerve-wracking process and see them the next day extremely happy and excited with their new vision.

I had my LASIK procedure almost 20 years ago and was extremely happy with my vision. (I still see 20/20 til this day!) I decided then to focus my medical training on LASIK so I can help people see and enjoy their lives without dealing with glasses and contacts!

A:

The three best brands in the US market are (not in order) Miele, Riccar, and Sebo.


Q:

Do/did people sometimes treat you like an idiot in real life after playing one on tv?

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Are the dog dog actors or like to be adopted pups?


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Hi Gordon,

I know you must be busy these days, do you have time to cook your own food at home? If you do, do you prefer quick and easy recipes or those that take longer time to prepare but last a couple of days, so you don't have to cook every day?

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Sid, who's a good dog? Who's a good dog?


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You shouldn't talk badly about employees, they might see this

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Yikes! Did you end up skeletal thin?


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Aqesome, thanks.

Your thoughts on Lasik vs PRK inn the long run?

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Why hasn't word gotten out about the greatness of Riccar vacs? We bought a Supralite in 2008 and that baby is still as good as the day we bought it. It's a snap to service it too. I assume it's a marketing thing, but seriously. Best vacuum ever.


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I would get asked, "Are you really that stupid?" to my face by complete strangers. So I'd say, "Yes." and leave it at that.

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Nope no actors in this crew. These are all adoptable puppies from shelters across the USA. We have 78 in total this year and they are all between 3-6 months of age and need loving homes!


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Great question! That depends on schedule. Let’s take a day in the restaurant for instance, we'll do a tasting where we'll put 6 dishes up to nominate 2 to go forward to go onto the lunch menu. I don't get back and open my fridge start cooking. I clock my day from 8 in the morning to 10 at night with food at my fingertips. So I'm the world's worst person to go back and cook. Because I’ve been eating all day and last thing I do when I get home is literally cooking. If I had to go downstairs now and open my fridge, I'd open up the fridge, you'd find a bottle of Whispering Angel Rose, I'd have a glass of that and maybe nibble on some cheese. So chef's graze like cows, all freaking day, small bits, 10-11 times a day and that does me perfectly.

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tail wagging intensifies


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Haha, well none of them exist to see it, so I think we'll be fine :)

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I lost roughly a stone in weight during recovery, but have since made it back thankfully and then some.


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Both are great procedures. It just depends on your case. I prefer LASIK since the healing time is faster and there's minimal discomfort after the procedure. Most of my patients drive to their post-op appointment the next day!

PRK is good for patients that have thinner corneas or have a suspicious looking topography. The only disadvantage of PRK is the longer recovery time and immediate improvement of vision.

Hope this helps!

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I'm glad you're happy with it. Reviews like yours will help.


Q:

Was it flattering to be considered the "hot guy" of the show?

A:

What's your favorite dog breed?


Q:

Chef Ramsay, I want to take your Master Class course but I don't have any nice knives or pans. Will I be able to make everything in the course with just regular cookware?

A:

What is your Alma Matter and how big of a role has it played in your success? Also as someone who wants to own a restaurant one day, what advice would you give to me or anyone looking to enter into the hospitality/ foodservice industry?


Q:

How did you go about getting designers? Unless you're the graphical genius.

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Wow, what a difference with just mm.

How are people treating you.

Severe underbites seem to be depicted with a low iq in movies and on Tv, did you experience that as well?


Q:

Hi Dr. Lin. Thanks for the AMA. I've been told my my doctor that my eyesight is borderline too bad for LASIK and I should consider the option of implantable contact lenses. What is your take on this procedure and it's risks?

A:

What's your least favorite vacuum?


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I mean it's better than being considered the opposite. Yes, it's nice, but the real fun was just hearing girls scream. Never quite understood that reaction but they sure were fun haha.

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As PB Ref I have to remain FAIR and IMPARTIAL ... in other words, I can't show favoritism to one breed. That said I grew up with dachshunds in my family so have always had a soft spot for them...


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Yes, I mean it's about cooking, there is an equipment segment in there but listen, you know provided you've got a great cropping board, a pot and a pan, a basic knife. You'll still be allowed to to continue and enjoy that course. I meant put it out for your friends and family. Birthday, Christmases, get them to buy you a Le Creuset, a cast iron pan. It starts with putting your whiskers together. The next 18 months put it to your friends start buying you presents to help get that kitchen up to speed.

I want to send you a pack of knives, I’ll message you for your address so I can send them. A first set.

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I only made it through about a week of community college before realizing it wasn't for me, but I owe all my professional success to the years I spent studying pastry in Paris prior to working at the Ritz. I would never have grown as a chef if I hadn't had that opportunity to learn from some of the most talented pastry chefs in world.


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We found our illustrator from a university's job board. My wife does the graphic design.

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I felt as though strangers tended to judge me very quickly on appearance, and wouldn't necessarily take what I had to say very seriously, which made my day job as a technician difficult at times. Also an annoying side effect of my severe underbite was a strong lisp, which also contributed to the overall appearance of being 'stupid' or 'unconfident'.

My lisp has now thankfully gone, and I feel as though strangers are much more warm to my appearance now than they were before the surgery, which although being a positive change, does make you realise how superficial we as humans can be to those with facial deformities.


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I perform this procedure as well and think it's a wonderul alternative to LASIK if your doctor feels like it's the best option for you. There are risks involved that are not found with LASIK but they are very minimal. A good surgeon will be able to give you the results you want.

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Most of the products by Dyson. Shark vacuums aren't much better.

That being said, either would be better than a <$100 piece of shit Bissell, Eureka, or Dirt Devil.


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Hey Clayton, I went to college with you and worked in the control room while you were on camera up in the CCB (Go waves!).

Question: There's definitely the stereotype about child actors that you answered someone's question on earlier, and every interaction I had with you definitely countered that stereotype. Is there anything in particular in your upbringing or choices you made that sets your experience apart from other child stars who may have had more problems?

Hope you are doing well, it was always a pleasure working with you!

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Are you a supporter of dogs in cowboy hats?


Q:

I'm a scientist, not a chef, but your work ethic is what I try to aim for. How do you keep a balance between striving for perfection in your work and not letting that drive take over your entire life? I love what I've chosen to do with my life, but I'm not overly fond of the control freak that grad school turned me into.

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How did you figure out initially what to charge for your chocolates? I have been making chocolates as a hobby for years, and this year I had people approach me to ask how much I'd charge for them. I was stumped as to how to price them. Congratulations on 15 years of working for yourself!


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https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/travishancock/tortuga-1667-a-pirate-game-of-mutiny-plunder-and-d/

Who does your videos/marketing for you (if you are willing to share over PM)?

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I also have an underbite, so I'm very curious about the procedure.

How expensive was the surgery? Also, were your teeth still aligned after the procedure?

My jaw is also shifted to the left, but I also have an underbite.. so my teeth would be misaligned . :(


Q:

I understand that a sedative is given prior to the surgery and that the surgery is brief, but have you ever had to manage a patient that had a complete panic attack during the procedure, and how was that managed?

A:

Hi may I ask why you are not a fan of dyson or Shark? I'd imagine because they specialize in bagless vacuum cleaners as opposed to the bag vacuums?


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HEY! AYO WAVES!! Thanks for hitting this up!

I really, really appreciate you saying so. I think it had to do in large part to my upbringing with my parents, and going to public school. My parents raised me Christian, so I had values set in place there. And my close friends from public school - the real ones - kept me humble haha. They never let it get to my head. I think taking time away from acting and being able to develop as my own as a person. Playing water polo also definitely taught me a TON about character, respect, hard work, etc.

Hope to see you around campus!

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Not just in cowboy hats, I'd like to see them in boots and spurs too.


Q:

First of all, pressure is healthy, it only becomes stressful when you can't handle that. How did I find that balance in my life? Honestly, I'd say about 12 years ago, I was struggling under immense pressure and I was finding it very difficult to switch off, so I started running. I ran like a sack of shit for the first 18 months, I was terrible. I remember my first match, someone shouted by the bridge halfway, "Ramsey, where's your sports bra?" So, apart from taking abuse on my first ever match and finishing in the dark, I started running. That gave me more time to myself and I could sort of process the pressure and recharge my battery. It sounded a bit weird because I was in the kitchen since 7:30 in the morning breaking at 2 or 3 in the afternoon, in the gym for an hour, and then back at 5:30 or 6, and stay until around 11 or midnight. That one hour in the gym a day completely distressed me. I couldn't run every day. Every other day, I could run. After marathon, I took up triathalon because that gave me a little bit more time to myself. Weather it was swim in the morning. A long bike ride on the weekends. Triathlons saved my life. That put things in perspective in a way I could claw back, valuable, independent time that took me away from the hustle of running production companies to major networks, to the pressure of the Michelin Guide. I found that balance and that release, and that's really important. The busier I got, the fitter I got. I think it's the same in science, in the way that you need to be disciplined to take that time out, spend 90 minutes every other day processing what you got and what you're doing. I think a lot of the bike, I think a lot on a swim, I think a lot on the run and that's really good important time for me.

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this year I had people approach me to ask how much I'd charge for them

Sounds like you're doing something right! It's dependent on a lot of factors- # of pieces, your relationship to the person, how much the ingredients will cost, etc. With my experience as an executive pastry chef I had a pretty good idea what "average prices" were, and I knew that I was making a better than average product and priced accordingly.


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We do it all ourselves. I made the video on my iphone in my apartment :) I got a film minor in school.

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I had the dental splint removed 6 weeks post-op, and I distinctly remember the uneasy sensation of my teeth not meshing together as they should. I was told that this is completely normal, and that the orthodontist will make fine adjustments in the coming months to bring my teeth together harmoniously. This is exactly what happened, and they now fit together perfectly.

My surgery was performed in the UK under the supervision of an NHS maxillofacial and cosmetic surgeon. I luckily didn't have to contribute to the overall cost of the surgery.


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Yes, I've had over 50,000 patients during my surgeon career and I have met cases where patients panic but it is usually before we start the procedure. I like to talk to the patient before hand what specifically she will expect during the surgery and post. We also do offer medicine which will calm the nervers. I've never had any serious episodes in my career.

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It's not about bagless, per se. It's about the brands, themselves.

Dyson used to make pretty decent vacuums. Now, all the shit they put out has horrible airflow, shitty nozzle base plates, and they churn out vacuums with known problems, cashing in on the fact that a HUGE number of owners won't ever file warranty claims, and then churn the same shit out after they've "fixed" a problem or two.

Shark doesn't put their parts out on the market for guys like me to be able to repair them for our customers. Instead, they want you to ship your vac back to them (both ways) for repairs. They've also had many complaints about their warranty service. Combine that with shitty designs and shitty materials, and you get a less than ideal vacuum.


Q:

could you explain your views on the relative advantage of assessments and using them to measure proficiency or growth?

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Hi Dan! Big fan. I've watched the puppy bowl since it started, and I've been wondering: how long is each puppy typically on the field in real time? Has any puppy had to be benched before her time was up? Are there any behind-the-scenes stories about "benched" puppies?

Follow up question: Who's your favorite to win this year, and why is it Team Fluff?

Thanks!


Q:

Do you prefer thin or thick crust on your pizza?

A:

I hate myself for missing your lecture at FSW. Will you be doing it again?


Q:

What are the common traits of bad board games?

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how did sneezing go, while your jaws were heading/wired shut?


Q:

Is it true that you're temporarily blind after LASIK? I'm interested in getting it someday but that scares the ever loving crap out of me.

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Should I expect a vacuum to be able to pick up lint from a medium pile carpet surface if the brush isn't spinning (mine doesn't)? Wondering whether my Dyson DC07 is from the decent years.

We've had a Dyson DC07 for over 10 years (heck, it may be close to 15 years), and my only complaint is that the bristles are too stiff and thus fuzz the carpet. I never cared before, but we recently went from crappy old carpet to new medium pile. The model doesn't have any height settings, so I can't adjust the bristles to barely touch the carpet surface. Vacuum is in great shape and works fine otherwise, so I haven't been able to bring myself to spring for a Riccar yet.


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There is an advantage to assessments, relatively, because without assessment, there is no opportunity for measurable and quantifiable growth. Scheduled or routine assessment from personal habits to employees are critical in targeting areas needing improvement to achieve higher levels of excellence and quality.

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Great question. We break our puppy groups down by size usually. Big breeds like sheepdogs wouldn't mix too well with toy poodles on that tiny field! So each "group" of dogs - there are usually 4 - is probably on the field for 60-90 minutes tops. More than that and they get too tired / hungry / etc. As for benched puppies, yes there have been a few that were too rambunctious to stay on the field - it was a safety issue - so we had to pull them before they even starting filming. It stinks but we have to make sure the other dogs are safe.


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Depends on the topping. So, if I was going for a sort of Italian style sort of salami, pepperoni, hot then thin. If I was going for something a little bit more classic, Mid-West style, I'd go thick, but generally, 75% of them are all thin. Thin thin thin, all the way.

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That was a great night. I don't have anything scheduled at the moment but would certainly be interested in doing something similar in the future.


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Here are some that bug me:

-Games with too much luck -Games with zero luck -Games that have lots of "Gotcha!" mechanics - meaning you can just skip someone really easily with a card you happened to draw -Games that are WAY too complex -Games that don't match the theme with the mechanics of the game

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This is actually something my surgeon had a serious conversation with me about before the surgery. Sneezing directly post-op is a huge no no, and you must try to avoid any sneeze triggers such as staring at bright lights and breathing in pollen/dust etc (who likes to stare at bright lights anyway?). If you do accidentally sneeze it's possible to rip all of the internal stitches out and bleed profusely, so should be avoided for obvious reasons.

Luckily I managed to avoid sneezing throughout the first 4 weeks of recovery, but it was harder than you'd think!


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After the LASIK procedure your eyes are still healing and your vision may be blurry for a few hours but you are not blind. It's virtually impossible to go blind from LASIK since the procedure is only on the surface of the eye.

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I think the problem with your Dyson is that you need a new belt set installed. If the brush isn't aggressively turning, you're not getting cleaning. If it's been more than a couple of years, you also need a whole filter set installed. Probably around $100 for everything.

But, it still won't clean like a Riccar.


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You ever think there might be a revival of sorts down the line? Obviously can't be until Hillary is done with Younger, but with all of these other revivals...

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Hi Dan…..love you and the Puppy Bowl…have watched it since the beginning! Any behind the scenes secrets? Are there any pups that are too aggressive and get thrown out of the game? Any pups ever get hurt? Do you own dogs yourself?


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Gordan what is your go to vegan dish to impress? i will attempt to create your suggestion whilst watching kitchen nightmares reruns. Could you also please tell me what your favourite meme is whether it involves you or not. Also I'm laying in bed eating salsa from a jar and i know you wouldn't approve.

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Well at least I can always stop by for lunch again at your shop.


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If I could add to that list it would be games where there is only really one strategy that can be used to win. Monopoly is one of these and pandemic is a little bit too. If there is no depth to the strategy then they have little replay value if I've.paid forty pounds for a game it needs a lot of replay value.

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I also got this surgery about 10 yeas ago (I was 16, I think). I was swollen for years after. The not being able to eat real food bit was torture, especially when you are eating with your family and they are over there munching on pizza rolls eyes I found the not-throwing-up part hard, as the anesthesia and pain killers made me woozy. Did you have any trouble with that?

Also, what was your first "meal" after you got your mouth un-wired? What did you wish it could have been if you were magically all healed and able to eat anything?


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I have a Sebo airbelt K3. Thoughts?

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The term "revival" is a bit broad, I assume you mean for a full series, like Fuller House. I'm not sure about that, I think Hilary seems set on moving on to other things, and power to her for that. I wouldn't mind it myself, Ethan was a super fun character to play haha. It really comes down to producers/executives believing that it would make business sense. Which, honestly, it would. But I'm keeping busy with other things, like a new romantic comedy film I'm in that's in development. You can check it out at abeautifulrisk.com. Lemme know what you think


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Thanks for watching! our family fosters dogs - that way we can help get them ready for their forever home and help out our local shelters. Right now I do not have a foster bc I am busy with Puppybowl but I plan to foster again next month! As for behind the scenes secrets, here's a good one: sometimes our crew members need to put some peanut butter on a stick and have the dogs chase it so we can get them to walk down the tunnel for the starting lineup!

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First of all, you shouldn't be in fucking bed this time of day. Jesus. It's midday. Secondly, salsa in bed? Jesus Christ. Chocolate dessert maybe, but salsa?

Vegan, that's a really good question. I would do the most amazing minestrone soup in a way that I would use the best vegetables, the best vegetable stock, and then I would finish that with some of the most fragrant herbs ever on the planet. There's a purple basil herb that grows indoors and it's so fragrant and so incredible. Finishing that was extra virgin olive oil. Beautiful.

But, I'm more concerned about salsa in a bed and in this time in the afternoon. We need to get you sorted.


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Please do! We're obviously known for chocolate but I'm really proud of the savory dishes we do for lunch at our gelato shop.

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It's true - you have to provide people with several "non-obvious" decisions or it's just going through the motions. Great point.


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My first 'meal' in inverted commas after being un-wired at 6 weeks was scrambled eggs with brown sauce, but let's face it that's not really a meal, despite tasting like the greatest food of all time while I was eating it.

My first proper meal came about 9 weeks post-op and it consisted of my favourite 'New Yorker' style beef burger from a local gourmet burger restaurant.

Of course I had to deconstruct it and eat it in sections - I could only open my mouth about 2 finger widths and tired easily- but it tasted like pure heaven nonetheless!

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Great vacuum, but ugly as sin. Are you happy with it?


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Definitely will and thanks for answering the question! I think even a small 3-part/4-part series would be fun like Gilmore Girls. Best of luck to you.

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I'd like to feel like I'm getting in on the action. How about putting a camera on a puppy and hooking it up to vr?


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Hi Gordon,

Will you be coming back to New Zealand anytime soon, and would you ever consider opening a restaurant here?

p.s. I've just finished watching your masterclass and loved it - I'll never work as a chef (my passion is in finance/business) but I do enjoy trying to 'elevate' my cooking. My favourite part of the class, surprisingly, wasn't to do with cooking but rather the bits where you talked about your journey. I found that extremely motivational, but the most interesting part for me was thinking about how applicable the concepts you talk about are to anything people are passionate about.

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What's the last thing you had wrapped in bacon?


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Can you talk to the Stranger Things people and make a board game out of that please?

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I had the same operation last summer, how did you feel when you had your first solid meal?


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I have a rowhome with two sets of stairs of carpeted stairs and a mix of regular carpeting and hardwood. I have a dog.

Without going over 3-4 hundred (but tell me if it's dumb to skip on a 440 one etc), can you give me advice on what to buy so I don't need to think? After each one of your threads I get into review hell on amazon, see my price creep up and end up getting nothing.

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You're welcome! Yeah, the executive producer of this project I'm working on now (abeautifulrisk.com) is a huge Gilmore Girls fan, loved the reboot. I may have to check out.

But I may watch more of The Magicians instead...


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we've done something similar...First off mounting a camera on a puppy is very challenging..BUT our Puppybowl VR experience does show you the POV from down low on the field, so that is a lot like being the actual pup!

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First off, New Zealand, I fell in love with. The people remind me very much of the British. Hard working, head down, the projects that are coming out of there. I've had a chance to work with a dozen incredible talented New Zealand chefs in the group and we still have them today. There was a request literally a couple of weeks ago to do with the New Zealand tourist board to go down and spend time with the most amazing purveyors farmers. Unfortunately had to be done before the end of February. I just couldn't get the time in my diary. For the visit to pop down there. I now really missed out because I had dates that I couldn't change. My diary is planned 12-15 months in advance. To do with charitable work, dates in Paris, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, London, South America, my diary is ramped but I got excited to go back to New Zealand but I couldn't change two of the dates in my diary. I was so close to being back in New Zealand in literally 4 weeks time. I just want to say about those key messages, in terms of the passion and discipline required to be successful in life, wasn't about money and status, it was about finding that key that unlocks that passion, that can be applied to any walk of life. That is where you get the most enjoyment. If I don't think that I have a job and I don't think I have a 9-5, I put myself in this position because of the burning desire to enjoy my passion. I think that is what I was trying to put across in master class and I think that resonates in New Zealand.


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Dates at one of my favorite Fort Myers restaurants Cru. One of my favorite salty/sweet pairings.

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Oh my gosh yes!


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I was so happy I almost cried.

I've now come to realise that human beings need to eat solid food not only for physical wellbeing but also for psychological happiness.

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Man, your place was built by a vacuum masochist. Are you a strong person? Can you get that budget up to $600-700?


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Hey! What's your most memorable story about being recognized in public?

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What are some of your memorable moments?


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Hi Gordon! What kind of cheese and toppings do you like on a philly cheesesteak?

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You're the guy who basically gets DDOS'd every time TotalBiscuit mentions your site on his stream right?


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I don't even play many board games but I would 100% purchase a Stranger Things themed DND-influenced board game.

One person is trapped in the Upside Down, and the other people have to keep them alive with items and weapons to run/fight the Demogorgon, while trying to open up the 'portal' to bring them home.

I just want to roll for Perception and Dexterity. 'Do I see the monster, and can I react in time to stay safe?'

Aaaaah, I'm already fantasizing about it~ The guys who make that show seem really cool, I bet you could get licensing for it!

EDIT: Oh! Not to mention, the Demogorgon could switch 'sides' of the board, and pursue the 'main group' for a while, under certain circumstances.

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have you ever seen GradeAUnderA?


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I think that's what makes people balk at the high price tags. People are used to vacuums being disposable and only lasting a few years. Like /u/touchmyfuckingcoffee said, treat it as an appliance. Spend big, lasts for a lot of years. Miele wouldn't have such a long warranty if they lost money on the deal. Their vacuums last at least the length of the warranty.

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In my youth, my friends and I had Disneyland annual passes and we'd go hang at California Adventure and watch The Fenians play live and just hang out and act stupid. Then the show hit and suddenly public appearances weren't what they used to be. I was walking in Tomorrowland and somebody recognized me and screamed, which drew heads, then a crowd started to form, which got more people's attention. I was signing tickets, maps, books, shirts, shoes, hands, foreheads, (may have been a cleavage or two), and that's when I stopped going as much. It wasn't an unpleasant experience, but I went to have fun and hang out, and I couldn't really do that there anymore. So I began opting for the local ramen house instead.


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Most memorable recently was meeting Drew Carey from the Price is Right who is HUGE fan and had us on the show to give away puppy themed prizes. That show airs tomorrow 11am EST on CBS!

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Every time I'm in Philly, that's the first thing that I go for. I love an extra mature cheddar on top of my Philly cheese steak, I don't want the steak over sliced, sometimes they slice it so thinly that they take all the goodness out of it, I prefer a chunkier steak inside the sandwich and an extra mature cheddar.


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TotalBiscuit has crashed our site SO many times! Is he doing okay??

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You have me intrigued. I'll reach out to them!


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I have now.

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It's not like Electrolux didn't cut their teeth on vacuums that would cost ~$2000 or more in today's dollars.


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if you could change one thing in the past, what would it be?

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Have there been any puppy brawls that have gotten out of hand? How do you deal with it if it does happen?


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Chef,

Do you predict any technology based disruptions to the dinning world?

Thanks!

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His last tweet regarding his health mentioned shrinkage and upcoming surgery.

He was just off on that metal cruise also. Overall he seems much improved.


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Alot of boardgames these days dont hold up with less than 3 players. Any thoughts on how (or plans) to make something equally engaging for a party of 2?

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I had the same operation in 1990. Do they still require your jaw to be wired shut for 3 weeks afterwards? Did you get constant post-nasal bleeding into your stomach (I was often vomiting up black congealed blood).


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My wife insists on the shitty $49.99 bagless vacuums from some company you never heard of. Whats a good way to sway her to buy a better one?

Also. She has long hair. Its pain to clean the spinning brush. Whats the best way to remove hair from it?

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I would have slept more.


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They are rare, but if puppies really are brawling during our shoot we immediately have them separated, often taken off the field. There are a lot of people on hand, professionals who take safety very seriously (Humane Society reps, vets, etc) and they do NOT play around!

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Everything is getting very IT-led. We're having restaurants now that you're going in and ordering off iPads, etc, etc. So, we're missing this sort of personality of what restaurants should stand for. I'm slightly nervous about technical equipment, ya know, stoves, fires, immersion blenders using to cook, if we become over-elaborate with the science and technology of a kitchen then we're missing that human connect. I'm a firm believer in understanding textures and touching and tasting and smelling. So, I've seen a little too much of the sort of iPad scenario in restaurants. And it's just we're missing that element of fun and we can't over computerize the restaurants. Recently, the idea of robot chefs, are you honestly going to fucking tell me a robot has got a palate better than Gordon Ramsay? Fucking do me a favor. The quicker the batteries run down, the better.


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I'm really glad to hear it. We've never met but he seems like a really nice guy. Wishing him all the best.

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Our current game goes from 2-9. The 2 player games are really fun because they draw a lot from chess. Each player gets 1 move at a time and has several actions to choose from. You have to think ahead 2-3 steps, etc. So yeah, chess is the most classic game for a reason!


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In my case I was tightly 'banded' shut. This meant that they wrapped tight elastics between the top and bottom brackets of my braces to keep my teeth closed. I was also required to wear a dental splint for the first 6 weeks post op in order to keep my teeth in the correct alignment.

I don't think wires are used anymore to wire the jaw shut after this type of surgery, unless you severely broke your jaw during an accident and weren't wearing braces at the time.

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Cheap is very costly! Imagine how much you would be able to spend on a good vacuum with all the money you've wasted on shitty vacs. Ask her why she hates clean carpets and air. Seriously, most people just don't realize that there is a qualitative and quantitative difference in the quality of product and cleaning when spending money on appliances.

Ask her if she'd spend $50 on a refrigerator and expect it to get the job done. Your vacuum is a more important appliance because it's the only one you have that cleans your living space and air. Eww...

Check my post history; I have a video which will help you with that hair.


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Do you watch Game of Thrones? Ever applied to any role? What are your favorites tv shows?

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Have there been any puppies that don't work well with the other puppies? What happens to them?


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Hello Chef! Thanks for doing this again.

  1. As a young (22) American cook, what is the best way for me to stage in a European kitchen? Is it networking or should I just go kitchen to kitchen pleading with the chef to take me on and hope for the best? (Also, how did you find your job cooking on private yachts in the Caribbean? That seems like an awesome experience.)

  2. What is the best marathon that your have ran so far (in terms of course, atmosphere, etc.)?

PS - My mom got me your masterclass for Christmas! I can't wait to start it!

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Why does american chocolate taste so bad compared to european?


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Really impressed that you go as high as 9. I used to have a quite well attended gaming group night and we always struggled for games up to that kind've player count...nice one!

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Congratulations on your transformation. You look now similar to Gary Oldman (as others also pointed out), which I think is a good thing. My question is a bit of a sensitive nature: Do you worry about carrying these traits into your offspring and would you show your gfriend/wife your old pictures at some point or take it by chance and worry about it later if the features surface?


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About 2 years ago, a friend of mine bought a canister Miele. While it is the quietest vacuum i have ever used, i'm not sure it's more powerful than my hoover bagless. My question is if i empty out the canister every time before using my hoover versus a bagged vacuum cleaner with the bag say half full, is the performance of the bagged still better than the bagless model? Have you also played around with the new Miele Blizzard CX1 bagless?

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Frickin love it. Unfortunately I didn't have an "in" for that casting. There are many characters I'd love to play, but simply am not fit for, be it for age, height, etc. I frickin love The Hound. Energy-wise... I actually see myself as a Robb Stark or Daario Naharis.


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We try not to mix breeds based on size. Keep big dogs with big dogs, small with small. Within each group there are sometimes pups that are either (a) too aggressive or (b) too scared. Those guys are given a little time off the field and then brought back in later.

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That's a really good question. The best way to get a start in any top kitchen in Europe is to knock on the back door because you don't get paid, just go and spend a couple of days, it will open your eyes up tremendously. Once you got in with one chef and you show them that you are that determined and focus, that's all you need to do. Once you've got your foot in the door, ask their help for the 2nd inside and the 2nd job. Once you've done one chef a great favor, by working in their kitchen, use him to get you into the 2nd and the 3rd restaurant. That's the way you look after talent, what we do in our kitchen.

Regarding the job on the boat, I'd recommend any young chef, once they've chocked up some great knowledge and insight, to understand another culture, a different language. The only way I got to work on a boat, in the south of France, I went down there and I was very fortunate, I knew a couple of friends and customers. Go, literally, up to the boats, ask to speak to the captain. The best time in the south of France is March, April right through to September. For the Caribbean it's around November to March. Literally, walk up to the dock, ask to speak to the captain, show them your resume and tell him how hungry you are, in terms of drive and commitment, and that's the best way to get a job.

Best marathon I ever did, my 4th of 5th London marathon, I've done 12, but #4 was my best time, at 3:30. My dream was to get under 3:30 but I missed it by 14 seconds. I came running down the strand, running past Buckingham Palace, and they stopped me! The BBC stopped me for an interview! I spent 35 seconds on an interview, knowing full well that I had broken my time, had I done my PB. I was coming down with like 100 meters to go, and I could see the clock turning like 3:29:55, I thought "Oh shit!," "Shiitake!" So, I missed it by 14 seconds. Our eldest daughter, we have a foundation for the Great Ormond Children's Hospital. Megan, who is 18, she's got her first London marathon this April. I’ve ruptured my achilles but I'm going to try and run the last K with her to get her over the line. It's quite a busy household at the moment with everyone training. Especially for Megan.


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It's all about the ingredients used. A lot like wine production. You can't get good wine out of bad grapes just like you can't get good chocolate out of bad cacao. There's a lot of great American chocolatiers who get this right, but I'm assuming the chocolate you're referring to comes from the ones who only care about their bottom line and chock their product full of excess sugar/artificial ingredients/etc.

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Thanks! Yeah, I had the same issue - which is one reason why we focused on having games with high player counts. There is definitely a need for more games that accommodate so many players but still have good structure to them.


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I have thought about the potential of passing on this trait, and to be honest it does worry me slightly.

Although hopefully by the time this is an issue with any of my future progeny I'm hoping advances in orthodontic technology would allow such a problem to be fixed non surgically during infancy >crosses fingers< .

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You need to understand that Miele bags, in particular, allow for maximum suction and airflow until they're completely full. So, even if your Hoover bagless had freshly washed filters and a clean HEPA filter, it still can't out compete the Miele.

That being said, the better Hoover bagless models out there perform far better than many bagless vacuums.


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I can really see you playing Robb Stark. Or Renly :p

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Are you worried about dog concussions?


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Hey Gordon, I have a question about this online class: Will you scream at us online like you do in real life? If not, sadly I will not be taking it, as I want an authentic experience. Thanks for the AMA!

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I'm a Neapolitan, customer and huge fan Norman! Thanks for the AMA. Also, your frozen delights don't get the credit they deserve in this AMA, big ups buddy!

Butyric acid is a byproduct compound formed from the anaerobic fermentation of milk fats. Incidentally, cheap chocolates use more of milk fats by volume, that's why their waxy AND why they have that almost noticeably "off" scent to them. The name comes from butter since this is where the compound was initially isolated from.

My organic chemistry teacher synthesized this in a lab and proceeded to break the vile it was in. The human nose is incredably attuned to this smell since it's a dead giveaway to rotten milk products- that anerobic fermentation aluded to above. Parts per billion are noticable, so when he broke it in a lab he pretty much broke the lab to lol. Hope that helps.


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With a game of 9 do you have quick pacing for turns or do the other players have to tolerate lots of downtime?

Reason I ask is that we shy away from games higher than 4 or so, even if they go up to something like 7 or 9 because the downtime between turns can be super high, which causes people to lose focus, and become bored. There are exceptions to that, which become the go-to games for times we just can't split up into 3-4 players, so we're always on the look out for that kind of game.

With the assumption that you've carefully worked out that 9 players is not only possible, but also fun, what considerations do you take into account for designing games of that size?

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I've got a Miele S7000 with a torn up hose that's currently held together with duct tape. How do I get a replacement or repair?


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Actually I was going to say Renly as well haha

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I have been an advocate of putting helmets and pads on these guys for YEARS! We just can't seem to get them to stay ON the pups..


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A. This is a fucking serious cooking class

B. It's me! On my own in my kitchen, so there is no reason to scream because I know what the fuck I'm doing. More importantly, I'm trying to get you the viewer up to speed, so sadly, no screaming.

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Thank you so much! Glad there's some love for our gelato :)


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In games of 9 people are still very engaged since people often have to choose who to give good cards to and who to kill with bad cards. Lots of politics and persuasion.

People have turns, but everyone stays very engaged.

Just lots of playtesting! If people get bored then we know the game needs work.

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Take it on down to your local Miele dealer.


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Hi Mr. Snyder As an actor, what us the best thing a director can do for you on set? Thanks :~)

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Hi Gordon

What's your favourite meal to cook for guests and why?


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Would you ever consider making cannabis infused chocolates?

P.S. the dark chocolate bars are my favorite affordable treat, but you create some DREAMY truffles! A perk to southwest Florida!

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Got wood for sheep?


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That's painfully obvious. Thanks!

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Hello there.

With a background in water polo, I really value teamwork and leadership. Each member of a cast and crew has an integral role to the making of the film, but ultimately, we look toward the director for leadership. The most important thing to me is respect towards me and others, that includes how you interact but also with your concern for everyone's safety. Ideally, the AD should take care of that, but if the set does not feel safe, that ultimately lands on you. So have a great AD! It's fun to be creative with a director and discover together how to make the story pop, but ultimately the director HAS to have vision and be able to lead the team to what she/he wants for the final product. I would rather have a rude director who knows what they want and can achieve it, than a really nice director who doesn't have confidence in what they want. The director is the leader, and must lead. That also goes for attitude. Leadership sets the tone. If the director is angry/frustrated/anxious/nervous/whatever, the rest of the set will adopt that tone. Keep your cool. Stay positive. Do the best that can be done. Hope that helps. :)


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For me, duh, around my house, everyone's expecting fireworks, for obvious reasons. So, what would I do if I was treating my mate in dinner tonight? Some of the butternut squash currently out there is amazing. So, I'd do a roasted butternut squash risotto, finished with the most amazing sort of brown sage butter and then for my entree, I'd do a braised cabbage with a roasted loin of venison finished with a sort of red wine sauce that's been thickened with a dark, bitter chocolate. And then for dessert, I'd go for something absolutely stunning. I'd go for a classic lemon tart. Something that is very citrusy. Clean and delicious.

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Any favorite dark bar?? I'm a really big fan of our raspberry inclusion bar myself.

And if it were legal here I'd certainly consider it, although I don't know the first thing about cooking with cannabis so I'm sure there'd have to be a lot of trial and error involved to find a ratio that tasted good and still provided all the medical benefits..


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Nobody wants your sheep...

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Glad I could help.


Q:

Any advice for getting a project funded?

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Hi Gordon! Really excited about the new course. I am starting to teach a few basics to my kids (8yo, 2x 5yo and 2yo). We started with bread making.

At what age did you start involving your kids in the kitchen and what did you cook? Any tips on how to get them interested?


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How is it, transiting from a chef under an employer to running your own business?

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Hey, don't you knock sheep. I always usually aim for double sheep and the sheep port and I do alright.

On an unrelated to that side note - my wife does video work and I have a background in project management and marketing - if you need a contractor or two for future projects we'd love to be involved - we're huge board gamers.


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If I'm cleaning a theater (short carpet flooring tiles everywhere, vacuuming after every show, 3 shows a day, every day) what is the best vacuum I can use? There's popcorn, there's candy, etc.

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Sure! Have rich friends! Haha. In all seriousness, it starts with the content. I assume by project, you mean a film. In that case, it starts with the script, the story. It needs to be at a place where when someone reads it... their first reaction is "Yeah, I want to see this!" The content comes first, and then you need to be able to communicate that story, whether you do it graphically with concept art, or shoot a trailer... something that can be shared easily online. You need to find different communities that may be interested in that story, topic, or theme. Make friends, make fans. Garner support. Start social media pages. There's a lot you can do, but ultimately you have to find a way to see what your film is, or at least what your intentions are and why yours stands out from the rest. Crowdfunding is one way to go, but it definately is work, and takes a lot of TLC and planning. While the promo video is paramount, it's only a small facet. It also depends what your goals are with the film. Are you just wanting to share a story? Are you wanting global distribution? That way you can communicate to potential donors what their benefit is. Maybe they want a profit, so you can make a deal where they get a percentage of proceeds. Or it could be a story for a certain cause, and you can get people involved who will donate on behalf of spreading the message along. It's one of those things where there is no right way. It's part of the business.


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About 12 years ago, we started the "The 'F' Word" on channel 4 in the UK and, whilst all their friends at school were getting Xbox's and video games, I bought the kids animals. I started off with turkeys. After turkeys, we progressed to Royal Berkshire pigs. Then I bought them lamb and from there u/Jer-o-nimo, what I taught them to do was a, look after these animals, to respect the actual product when it hits the plate, b, part-time jobs cleaning out the pens, massaging the pigs with baby oil to protect their skin in the sun. And understanding that these turkeys are raised to eat, to celebrate, whether it's Thanksgiving or Christmas. So, I bought them all animals.

Now, I took a lot of criticism for it, but I set up with them going into supermarkets and understanding that food wasn't supposed to be wrapped in plastic wrap and on a shelf. They need to understand where it's from. That's what I did. It got a little bit emotional when they... ya know.. Obviously, they didn't come to the frickin slaughter. I wouldn't do that. We have the two pigs, for instance. They had a pig each. And we fed one of them a cherry beer and we could taste the difference when we came to braze that pork belly. One was, obviously pigs are vegetarian, but we fed one beer and it was just the most amazing experiment. Look at what goes on in Japan, when they're massaging the Wagyu, etc, So, I wanted them to understand the traceability of great product. And they wasted less, they respected it more, and they understood the importance of rearing animals properly and humanely. There is a big lesson. Now Tilly was only 3 when she found herself with this turkey, ya know, 12 weeks out before Christmas. Within 7 days of her landing this turkey in the back garden, 24 hours later I found the bird upstairs in the frickin bedroom.

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It's surreal. I think everyone can relate to working a job and feeling like "I could do this myself" (not that I thought I could outdo the Ritz or anything, but that I could be successful in the chocolate/pastry world on my own merit), but actually trying to do it is a completely different beast. You don't have the stability that regular employment provides, you have only yourself to blame for any failures, and instead of just worrying about doing your job you're now chef/president/CEO/hiring manager all rolled into one. There's obviously a lot more stress involved, but there's a lot more reward too - and nothing makes you work harder than remembering it's your name on the building and no one elses.


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Yeah, it's true. Sheep ports can definitely win games!

Reach out to me again in a couple weeks when things slow down over here and we can chat about collaboration in the future!

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Man, that is a shit job for a vacuum. Check out the ProTeam XP1500. It's an old Electrolux design that's been licensed out to different companies, and this is my favorite clone. It can take all kinds of abuse without problems, and the bags are available in bulk for dirt cheap. Plus, with HEPA filtration, it won't leave a lot of dust in the theatre after.


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What has it been like producing a series?

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If you have to choose one for the rest of your life: cast iron or non-stick pans?


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Sid, how does it feel to be surrounded by delicious chocolate all day and not be able to eat it?

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Do you think the market for board games is expanding? Do you think you can market board games outside of the usual target market?


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What do you think of Numatic, if you've ever encountered one? Particularly Henry? I don't think they're very popular in the US. My mum had one for 20 years, tried out several others and then got another Henry. Also, he's cute.

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Very challenging but very fun. It helps to have someone like our executive producer Richard Allen who has gone through these hoops before to help benchmark the process and assign tasks to the team. My role as a producer is to provide creative input on the project and how we move forward, as well as getting done whatever needs to get done. I was able to provide a lot of favors from friends who had talents in front of and behind the camera for our kickstarter video: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tarangray/a-beautiful-risk?ref=user_menu


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For the rest of my life, cast iron. The longer you continue cooking in those, the more depth of flavor there is. Non-stick, after a while, at least two and a half, three years, it loses that non-stick. But, listen, the caramelization that takes place in the cast iron pan, whether it's an incredible thigh of chicken or roasting scallops or even making the most amazing caramelized apple tarte tatin. Cast iron pan will last generations. A non-stick pan will last twenty-four months.

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Ignorance is bliss. Sid spends the day basking in the sun in our office, completely unaware that we're producing thousands of chocolates next door.


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I do, yes. I think with the huge explosion of technology/phones, people find comfort in the simplicity of board games.

I think with games that focus on being aesthetically pleasing and "cool", there is definitely a market outside of the "board game crowd." Our games come in faux books and I'd say about half of our players are people who wouldn't call themselves big board gamers. There's lots of room for innovation in the board game world, and that innovation catches new eyes.

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I hear they're great vacuums for the price. They've just recently begun importing them, and the costs are very high. So, I haven't had a chance to personally play with one yet.

But, basic is good and reliable, and I hear that's what they are.


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I remember you're from Long Beach CA, me too! Where did you go to high school?

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Hello Chef,

My name is Wolf, nice to meet you! I recently bought your cooking app and, thanks to you, my family now loves my food. They even got me a wok for Xmas!

Question: While making fried cheese sticks in a pan, what must I do to stop the cheese from melting and ending up everywhere, breaking the crust? How do YOU do it?

Thank you very much!


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Favorite movie?

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The thing I like best about board games is that they bring us together. When you are all sitting down together and interacting it seems to become less about the game and more about the friendship.


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Why are they pushing bagless so hard? They suck.

They're dirty, they don't work well, and you spend more time cleaning the canister and their multiple filters than vacuuming.

I can't be the only person that's noticed this right? I bought a $45 bagged Bissell to replace a $200 bagless Eureka. In addition to being a more powerful vacuum I just throw the dirty bags away and don't have to clean anything.

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Seal Beach ;) Los Alamitos! Go Griffins!


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u/WolfCinema, first of all, I'm very happy you got a new wok for Christmas. That's great news. Cheesesticks. I thought that it was going to be a little bit more adventurous.

The best thing to do first is put your cheese into the freezer for five minutes before you put them in the breadcrumbs. Most importantly, make sure that you flour, egg wash, and breadcrumb them totally because you need to seal the cheese to prevent it from leaking. You don't need to cook the cheese. So, the best thing to do is to cook them shallow fried very, very quickly and all you're doing is, literally, turning the breadcrumbs golden brown. But, there's a great way of doing this quickly and that is take your Panko bread crumbs and blend them in a blender, so they become finer and therefore, they cook quicker. Because if you overcook them then obviously the cheese will start melting and it will burst through there. Or you can double coat them. So, flour, egg wash, breadcrumb and then do that again. If you put a second coating on top, slightly thicker, it will protect the cheese. But, the easiest way is to put the cheese in the freezer for fives minutes to get it nice and firm before you flour, egg wash, and breadcrumb.

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Godfather I. Or II. Never III.


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It's so true. Can't beat the classic "game night" feeling.

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You're preaching to the choir, bro. They're making these vacuums specifically to those who have drunk the bagless-koolaid.

Some people simply do not want to mess with a bag, and these vacs are for them. At least with these brands, you're getting far more powerful motors, better filtration, and rock-solid warranties with a built in dealer-repair network to make things easier.


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If you could have any job, in any field, what would you choose?

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Hi Gordon,
I am taking your class right now and enjoying it! Do you plan to do another, more in depth class in the future?
Also, what made you decide to do a Masterclass?
Thank you, and looking forward to office hours! (side note- white truffles are very expensive!)


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Norman! Dose the smell of chocolates make you feel sick after working with chocolate for 16 years?

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It's funny you mention the simplicity of board games. I recently started playing board games again because my girlfriend's cousin has a huge collection and that is his thing. Every time we visit them, we always play a couple of games with their kids and then we play a more "adult" game for us.

I actually find that most video games, be it mobile or on an actual platform are very simple, where as board games tend to be more complex, require a lot more thinking and have way more replay value. One of the things I value about board games is that they aren't that simple to play. Of course, this applies to games like Settlers of Catan and Monopoly, not kid's games.


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Question regarding this. I received a Dyson big ball animal + allergy for my birthday last year. I'm obsessed. Do you have any recommendations on cleaning/maintaining it other than cleaning out the internal components every now and again? Thanks for doing this AMA!

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Actor. ;) But after that, probably a water polo coach. I would love to travel the world and coach water polo. Someday :)


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That's why you use them in small, ultra thin slices!

The emails and the amount of feedback we've had has been extraordinary. I want to wait a bit, but, yeah. I'm definitely going to do another one and second time round, I'm going to go, this is a life-changing experience, so I wanna start off climbing the ladder together. The next one, I haven't even started planning it, but it will be more in-depth. And the only reason why I use that level of truffle at the end was to show you how you can take a scrambled egg to the absolutely premier league of dishes. A humble scrambled egg. And here's the final sign off, in terms of where are we as a nation for food. Last week, was historic for American cuisine because, for the first time ever, the American team won the Bocuse d’Or. Which is like the culinary Olympics in France. Set in Lyon. It was a game-changer. So, every amateur, every professional chef in this country now, you know, you've set the bar. The French, the Spanish, the Italian, the Swedes, the Scandinavians are all looking at you now as the world champions and you need to remember that. I am going to go off and start putting together a second Master Class based on the demand and the feedback because it's caught me at a stage in my career that I'm giving it to you over a certain amount of hours, days, and weeks, but I've spent decades doing it, so I'm glad you're enjoying it. Thank you for the support.

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Are you insane?!


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That's a good point. There's definitely a range of simplicity going on.

I partly mean that games get us "back to the basics" before technology. You don't need a phone or fancy buttons or internet connections to play. You just need tangible pieces and a rulebook to dive in.

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You've pretty much got it. You can check out youtube, armed with your vac's model number to see if there any any maintenance videos available.


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is your father named Stuart, by any chance?

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Hi Gordon! I'm a huge fan. I love food and cooking, but also have a passion for cars. What is your favourite car you own? Also, would you consider owning a Koenigsegg or Pagani in the future? Cheers!


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So you have raised money on kickstarter... How many games have you actually sold? I am starting to see South Park accuracy.

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What are your opinions on Kirby vacuums? I used to sell them so I'm a little biased, do you think they're worth the money for the power before l behind them and warrantee ?


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Nope. :)

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First of all, I’m a speedfreak, so I love that level of adrenaline. 2 or 3 times a year, I'm very fortunate if I get onto a track and I race. I don't race on the normal roads. So, big car fan.

Last year, I saved up my pennies and got the ultimate car and it was a LaFerrari. They only made 499 of them, so when I got the call from Marinella, the Ferrari factory in Italy, honestly, I've never felt so happy. The happiest I felt last time was either when I received my 3rd Michelin Star or when our eldest daughter born. When I went down to the track at Marinella in Italy to pick up LaFerrari, honestly, you know what, I wouldn't leave the garage. I literally slept by this car for 2 or 3 hours. It was beautiful. It is a gunmetal gray, matte black roof, carbon fiber finish, and just the ultimate experience. Strapped myself in and when I took it for a ride, I was just like wow, this is incredible. Having gone to school in one of the shittiest cars ever imaginable. With more rust on the inside than the outside of my dad's car. I used to ask him to drop me off from school a mile away from the front gate, out of embarrassment for the car. God bless him. So, to be in that Ferrari, it was just insane. It's in storage and I get them delivered to a track to race them purely on the track. Never on the road. I have a collection of them, so every time I win a Michelin Star, I add another Ferrari to the collection.


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Our first game, Salem, was released at the end of last year. It has now sold around 10,000 copies.

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Since this is the first Kirby question of the day, I'll go ahead and make it thorough.

I make more money repairing Kirbys and selling their consumables. Last week alone, on a slow week, I raked in over $600 in Kirby repairs...on 4 vacuums. I also get at least a dozen calls a week from people who regret buying them and want to sell them.

Kirby vacuums cannot compete against modern vacuums in terms of a) maintenance costs, b) consumables costs, c) deep cleaning (through the carpet padding), and d) filtration.

  • Kirby's impeller motor design is a low-suction, high-airflow system. This prevents it from cleaning the carpet padding, and down to the subfloor, leaving your home dirtier. This applies to the air you breathe as well as the cleanliness of your carpet. They clean the surface quickly and efficiently, but that's all.

  • The price of bags for the new Kirby's are ~ $8.6/bag. Miele's premium imported bags are ~ $5.4/bag. Kirbys also lack a separate exhaust filter to keep the air clean.

  • Kirby's factory warranty is only 3 years, with a refurbishment program that is not free, and costs more every year your vacuum ages. Miele has 7 year basic and 10 year premium warranties. Riccar's warranties vary based on model but are comprehensive and cover for 4-8 years.

So, all that for a vacuum that weighs as much as a boat anchor, can't get under any furniture, and is a pain in the ass to use.


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Did you bang Hillary Duff?

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Hi! I've watched your ultimate cookery course and learned a lot. My question is: how is your masterclass different to or better than your ultimate cookery course considering it is shorter in total time and is paid?


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Wait, you made Salem? That game is incredible!

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What do you think about a rainbows?


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gonna ignore that

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I've tackled some really key fundamentals across the MasterClass because we'd gone from, sort of, A to zed of cooking. More importantly, we've gone more in-depth in the way that, the Ultimate Cookery was not fast-tracked, but it was a very great series that was, I suppose, for beginners. The MasterClass is that we just finished taping is more in-depth because I've combined the journey because I wasn't up against any pressure from the network to create 30-minute episodes. This was sort of uncut, unedited cooking. Yeah, there's a lot of beautiful shots in there, but it got me opened up right to the very beginning. When I was on my ass in the middle of Paris at the age of 22 without a pot to piss in. I couldn't speak a work of French and it was make-or-break and I had to make it. I had to leave that city with the best knowledge that I've ever had. That's the difference. I think MasterClass is raw. I think it's brutally honest and it's uninterrupted.


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We did! Thank you!!

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I'm not a fan. Water isn't a great filtration medium and you lose a great deal of suction trying to pull the debris through the water.

There are more reliable, better filtered, and lower maintenance options out there.


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What's your opinion on high end cannabis infused cooking as a business model?

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I love Salem it made my family like board games and not see them as a pointless hobby


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=[ I love my Kirby... All $1800 of it.

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Haha, yea, I mean, the scary thing for me is getting legalized in a different states across the country. I understand the purpose of it for medicinal use, I get that, but I'm slightly nervous that if it's legal without an issue medically, we can have a nation as high as a kite. Food wise, I get high off perfection, I don't need cannabis.


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Oh good!

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I'm glad you're happy with it and sorry you didn't get it for MSRP or less.


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What is your take? How much money did you knock down in the past two years for yourself?

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has your opinion of dyson changed since the last AMA?


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Roughly half of what we make goes towards manufacturing, freight, shipping, etc. The other half is profit to sustain my family or re-invested into the company to grow and keep building new games.

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Fair question. With the absolute disaster which is the new filterless models, I can only say my opinion has changed, but not for the better.


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As a business owner myself, boardgames have always seemed like a really bad way to make money to me. The cost to advertise, the cut someone like Kickstarter takes, design, art, manufacturing, shipping, fulfillment, taxes, etc. seems like it would eat up most of the money really quickly.

How do the economics work out? I imagine most people see $325k and are amazed but the reality has to be that you're netting a slim percentage of that. I mean, $325k over 2-3 years is still a very small business.

Are you saying that you basically made $50k over the last two years before taxes (half of $100k from the first Kickstarter)? I mean, I know it can be rough, I had one year when I had started my company that my personal income for the year was under the poverty line.

I realize you've got the money from this new Kickstarter that will be coming in soon, but that will probably need to last you another year or two I imagine, when hopefully you have another game that rakes in big money to keep things moving. I know there are a lot of relatively big name designers who still have their day jobs - obviously they aren't doing everything from design to fulfillment.

It just seems like a lot of risk and work for a relatively small payout, even if you're fairly successful in boardgame terms. Is it more a matter of doing something you really enjoy rather than doing it for the money or do you see this as a big moneymaker in the future as things grow?

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Would brand would you recommend for house cat pestering applications?


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One thing that board games do have going for them is that they are very cheap to make. Its true that the retailers/Amazon/Kickstarter take big cuts, but you can still make 40% margins on what you sell if you are smart about it.

We generally profit/re-invest 40-50% of the Kickstarter total. But remember, we also make ongoing monthly sales once Kickstarter ends. We don't make all of our money just during the Kickstarter campaign.

One advantage we have is that because we are a small company (it's just me and my wife), there aren't a lot of mouths to feed or employees to pay. That really contributes bigtime to keeping the margins good.

I love board games, so if I don't become a millionaire from it, that's fine. If I can sustain my family with it, then that's my dream job right there. Make enough to live comfortably and do something I love. Also, with each game we make it creates a new revenue stream since games are very shareable. The more solid games you have out there, the higher your "salary" becomes.

Good questions!

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Eureka and DIrt Devil vacuums are particularly noisy, and if you get one of the cheap ones with no exhaust filtration, then you can blow dirty air at them too.


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I'm always looking at different businesses and wondering how some of them work financially. I understand my own business, but others I just don't know enough to understand how they really work. I imagine I overestimate the cost of physically making games (printing, assembly, etc).

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But it won't actually vacuum up the cat? Boo!


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Yeah, China can make things really cheap, and board games use wood, plastic, paper, cardboard. That helps keep margins alive and well.

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Shop Vac.


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How did you get started? What inspired you to come up with ideas for board games?

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I just bought my first Miele (C3 Kona).

First of all, the hype is real. I'm ashamed to have called myself a Dyson owner. 2nd, apart from standard filter/bag replacement, any tips for a first time Miele owner?

Anyone reading this with indoor allergies, it has made an instant impact on my wife's allergies. She was having to go in for weekly acupuncture to help with her migraines caused by allergies. After 2 days of furious vacuuming the whole house (normally would have killed her) she claims to feel as good as she did coming out of acupuncture. So, hesitate at the price tag all you want, this thing will end up making our lives cheaper.


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I was in Alaska for a summer and was playing the party game of Mafia. My friend and I decided to tweak the game to make it better and eventually turned it into "Harry Potter Mafia." From there I realized that I loved designing games and started on my first project, Salem.

Life inspires my ideas. Movies, phenomenons, culture, history (this is a big one). Everything can be equated to a game, you just have to pull the right parts out of it.

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I'm so glad to hear you're having such great performance from your Miele. Welcome to the club. Here's some tips:

  • Let your bags get completely full (bag indicator) before replacing them to save money. Many bagless converts don't understand how much they can hold.

  • Always start with your height adjustment set to the highest setting and working it down just until it starts to vibrate the carpet and NO lower. This will give you the best agitation and airflow combination.

  • Unplug your cord by hand and walk it to the vac before retracting the cord, and let it go in in a controlled fashion. This will help it and your winder to last much longer.

  • Be conscientious about how you use your hose, and try to avoid crimping it or stepping on it. You don't want to damage your wires inside the hose.

Take it in every 3-5 years just for a thorough inspection, so as to get out any trapped hair in the powerbrush and to make sure all else is running smoothly.

Hope that helps!


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oh man, has anyone made a Harry Potter type of Mafia game? I'm generally not a fan of those 'social deduction' games, for lack of a better word; but that one sounds like it could have massive appeal; there's only that little bit of licensing to consider...

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What's your take on "Roombas"?


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Yeah, the whole licensing thing is the only thing that stopped us from making one :) Maybe I'll reach out to Warner Bros and see what it would take to make it happen.

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As far as robotic vacs go, I prefer Neato and Miele models for their logical cleaning algorithms. My concern with robots is them dragging around animal waste or vomit. Just Youtube that shit.


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I'm so glad you didn't end up like Lily's father in How I Met Your Mother! Any plans to make a 'Slap Bet' game?

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This is why I always do a check of the floor before I turn the roomba on.


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Haha that would be so legit! I'll think about that one :)

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If you're home when it's happens, that's great. I think that's usually the problem.


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What's your favorite classic boardgame? Have you always had an interest in boardgames?

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Oh exalted lord of all that is vacuum-related, is there any news about your collaboration with Riccar? (Side note: Still trying to convince my wife to let me get a canister. Best I'll be able to do is a Panasonic, but it's sure as shit going to be better than the Dyson/Bissell/Hoover trio of terribleness that we've had before my Future Vac).

Thanks, as always. You're my favorite AMA-answerer.


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Yes, I come from a family of 9 kids and growing up we always had a board game out! I felt a strong affinity for Clue and Monopoly as far as the classics go. Recent classics that I really like are Pandemic, Ticket to Ride, and Settlers of Catan.

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I'm fairly certain that somebody at Riccar made promises they shouldn't have and the project was cancelled.

I say fairly certain because no one at Riccar, particularly the woman who made me the offer, could be bothered to return my calls or emails.

I'm sure they enjoyed the free publicity, though.


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What's your opinion on Agricola?

A:

I am about to spend lots of money on my dream Miele canister vacuum. Is it worth it? Which would you recommend? Trying to stay under $700.


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Actually, never played it! On my to-play list.

A:

You know I think it's worth it. My Miele is 25 yrs old and works better than 90% of new vacuums, with virtually no maintenance.


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As a designer of board games, you need to put that at the top of your to-do list.

A:

Is it safe to put a vacuum on my penis? Asking for a friend


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Righto

A:

Don't stick your penis into a vacuum cleaner.


Q:

Out of everything you could be making. Why board games?

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With Valentines day coming up, whats the best vacuum for the lady in my life??


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I'm a thinker, and I love coming up with the mechanics that make games fun. There's a lot of testing and thinking and creativity involved. I also love that games can bring people together, and that they can then take those groups away together to the world of the game for a little while. I view games the same way others view music or movies - they provide a really fun escape. For those reasons and more, making board games feels very fulfilling for me.

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Do you want to die a violent death?


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What board games do you find yourself playing the most when you're not working/playtesting?

A:

I think you underestimate the love some women have for vacuums


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Honestly, I prefer playing the games I create. Haha :) But I think that's important --- if I don't absolutely LOVE my own games then I wouldn't release them.

But I do occasionally pull out Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, Monopoly Deal, and Rummikub.

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Without a request for one, that's a bold fucking move.


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What is your main method when it comes to selling your games? I imagine selling online comes easiest and reaches a much larger number, however every time I'm tempted to buy a board game it's been from seeing the box art and holding the box in person.

A:

I will happily accept a vacuum as a gift! Wanna be my valentine?


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We sell most of our games on Amazon. Our only released game so far is played with 4-12 players, so a lot of people play the game with friends who already own the game and are able to enjoy it and see it before buying online.

Our games really focus on looking beautiful though, so we're trying to get into more stores so people can pick up the game like you said.

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You'd have to consult my fiancee. I don't know how she would feel about it.


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Thanks for doing this AMA and for being so responsive to everyone's questions.

A friend and I are trying to do the same thing! In our research though we've discovered a lot of potential pitfalls with going the Kickstarter route. Namely, the "pre-marketing."

Do you have any advice for people who are trying this? Could you give us your top 3 things that made your first Kickstarter successful?

Thanks!

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Looking for a bagged vacuum for a small, 1br apt. Sub $200. Any recommendations or save up for a better one?


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Good luck with yours!

My main advice: worry less about the pre-marketing and more about the product. With our first game we did zero pre-marketing and the game raised $100K. Make a great game and the people will find you.

Also, here's an article I wrote about my takeaways from last time: http://travhancock.com/2015/06/how-i-raised-100000-on-kickstarter/

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You're not going to get much worth having for just $200. You'll get much better options at ~$400. I'd go with a good compact canister vacuum. Panasonic has some good ones for lower prices.


Q:

If a grilled sandwich with melted cheese has anything other than cheese on it, would you still consider it "grilled cheese," or would you call it a "melt?"

A:

Okay. So, save up it is. Thanks for the response!


Q:

I definitely wouldn't call it a grilled cheese. I'd probably call it a "sandwich I stuck in the George Foreman"

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When you're ready to buy, drop me a line. I'll come up with some options for you.


Q:

I missed "the" on my first read. Thought you said "I'd probably call it a sandwich I put in George Foreman." Now that's a board game, try to put things in George Foreman without getting clobbered.

A:

What is your opinion of Simplicity uprights? I bought mine about a year ago and love it. What are some things as an owner I need to be aware of when caring for my unit? I live alone with no pets so I don't think I'm very hard on the unit. Thanks for doing this AMA.


Q:

Haha there we go.

A:

Simplicity vacuums are very good indeed. They're built by the same company that makes Riccar, and are often used to vet parts for upcoming Riccar models. Keep your brush roller clear of built up hair, fibers, etc., and have it into the shop once every year or two, just as a preventative maintenance measure.


Q:

Do you think you'll ever get ... board?

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I have a dog that likes to change his Coat more than my girlfriend changes outfits. What shall I get? Mostly carpet apartment with linoleum kitchen. I realize this is a stupid and easy question. But I have never thought about this until I cam across this AMA


Q:

Haha, nice. I don't think so. The possibilities of game mechanics and themes are endless.

A:

Really, all you need is a premium vacuum. This is your invitation to visit your local vacuum shop and really get to know what your options out there are.

Just avoid all box stores.


Q:

How did you get pass the fear of failure?

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People in this thread are posting vacuums that are north of $1,000. I didn't even know those got that expensive except for the Kirby an old coworker's wife ended up buy for about $2K after the interest of the crazy monthly payments.

What sort of vacuum can/should a peasant like me buy for my house?


Q:

Baby steps into the unknown. Start with some smaller side endeavors and learn the ropes a bit before jumping.

A:

How much would you spend on a refrigerator, air conditioner or water heater?

Because a real vacuum is an appliance and should be budgeted as such.


Q:

First of all congratulations for all these great achievements. Was there ever a time when you wanted to get back to your old job?

A:

the most memorable repair you had done?


Q:

Thanks! And so far, nope. I guess there were a few moments of uncertainty when the risk-free environment sounded nice, but the freedom and flexibility of working for myself just feels awesome.

A:

That's tough to say. I've had lots of fun and challenging jobs. But, the ones that stick out were the nastiest.


Q:

How much of the $325k went towards income versus expenses related to production of the game?

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Go on


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About 40-50% goes towards profit and re-investment in the company. The rest goes to production, Kickstarter fees, and shipping costs.

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Oh, you know how stupid and thoughtless people can be. You can just imagine the shit they'd put in a vacuum...literally.


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Are your games being sold anywhere other than kickstarter? Will this remain viable when you're not "kickstarting" a new project?

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I can never seem to keep the air filter vents clean. The dust stuck in the metal part never wants to come out. I am good about replacing the filters but the actual medal part is never clean enough for me. Same thing with any vents in the house really. Is there a special brush or something else to help me?


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Yes, we sell our games on our website, on Amazon, and in game stores around the world. They bring in a great monthly income even outside of Kickstarter. Kickstarter is a great way to get the ball rolling on a project and build interest and awareness in a new game.

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What you need is a good strong-bristled brush with 1-2 inch bristles. Straw brushes can work well, but can damage cheap paint. Stay away from metal brushes. Have a partner handy with the vacuum nozzle right at the vents as their being cleaned to get rid of the debris.


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Congrats. The game looks like fun.

How do you find manufacturers for your products that you can trust? Are you working on new games all the time and how many do you have planned?

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Does your job suck?


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Thanks!

The board game industry is really supportive - we were pointed towards some good manufacturers that are based in the US/Canada but have factories in China. That made it really easy.

Yes, we're always working on new games! So far we have released 2, and we're currently testing the next 3 in line. New game ideas are constantly on my brain!

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Not as much as your mom.


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Did you start to make board games first and quit your job once it took off, or did you have an actual business model and quit your job hoping for the best?

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All of the information you've provided over the years, and yet it is this comment that makes me the most sad that your business is not local to me.


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I quit my job right after our first game raised $100K on Kickstarter. So I definitely wasn't leaving blind. It was nice to have that safety net to start with!

I also had a few other side ventures that I was working on as well at the time that were bringing in some revenue.

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Thank you. Well, if you ever make it to Texas, I'll buy you a beer...or espresso.


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Everyone that does an AMA about their product mentions how they quit their job.

Does quitting your job make a product better?

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My vacuum at home has a problem where if you turn up the sucking power too much, it sounds like the bag 'catches' on something and the sucking power is greatly reduced. So I can only use it on the lower power settings. Any idea what this could be?

Sorry it's hard to explain.


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Haha, good question.

I'd actually say yes, because you can put more time and focus into the product. You also have more riding on it since it's your livelihood, so you make sure it's awesome.

That being said, I'd recommend to most people that they have some kind of start on it before they quit their job.

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It sounds to me like you've got an obstruction in your duct system somewhere. You can check youtube for videos to help, or get it to a local vacuum repair shop.


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Thanks for another AMA. I've got a Miele and the power cord now doesn't stay out, it now always wants to retract into the vacuum. Is there an easy way to fix this myself, or should I take it in?

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You should take it in. It's likely an easy fix for a Miele tech. There's a small brake in the system that might need adjustment.


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What is a good affordable workhorse of a vacuum for cleaning my basement, car, random stuff I don't want to use my main cleaner for?

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How about a shop vac? You can get just about any accessories you need to tackle the odd jobs.


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I need a good vacuum that can handle long hair. Does such an appliance exist?

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Of course vacuums like that exist. The trick is to pony up the extra cash for a premium vacuum, which will be much more efficient at picking up the hair.

Also, once you have a vacuum, be sure to regularly maintain it by cleaning out any hair built up around the brush roller, or other places in the vacuum. ALL vacuums require this kind of maintenance.


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Happy to see you back! Bought a Miele based on your comments in the last AMA and am thoroughly satisfied with its performance. The Dyson has been relegated to the playroom, since it does suck up Legos easily. <EvilMomLaugh>

My question: how frequently should I have my Miele upright serviced professionally?

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Thanks! I'm glad to hear you're happy.

Assuming you don't have any repair issues that require a visit to the shop, get it in every 3 years for a thorough inspection to make sure everything is working properly and buttoned up.


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Thoughts on central vacuum systems? Side question: Are they bagless or does that just depend on the type you get?

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CV systems are good options for cleaning your home. So many people love them because they get the dirt OUT of your home....Well, to the big bag in the main unit, usually in your garage.

I wouldn't recommend converting an existing home to a CV system because the cost is prohibitive.


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If you find any expensive item inside a vacuum, do you return it to the owner or keep it? What is the most expensive thing stuck inside a Vacuum?

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I've never found anything particularly expensive inside of vac that came in for repair. Usually, it's bits of necklace/bracelets, charms, coins, etc. I did once find a cheap diamond pendant in the vacuum, but it was abandoned and I never heard back from the owner.


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What's your view on Siemens vacuums? My parents have a Siemens z6.0 and it leaves the floors absolutely spotless. I currently have an old Dyson and it gets clogged more than it gets used..

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Siemens vacs are great, but very rare in the US, so I haven't gotten any experience with them.


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You're better of with a canister vacuum than an upright for your kind of home.

That being said, Riccar's uprights have the longest hoses you've ever seen, and many accessories to handle the pet hair.