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Actor / EntertainerI'm David J. Fielding and I originated the role of Zordon on The Mighty Morhpin' Power Rangers. AMA!

Feb 8th 2017 by The_RealZordon • 35 Questions • 396 Points

In October of 1997, I was a vault supervisor for armored truck company Loomis Fargo, when I made off with $17.3 million. At the time it was the second largest cash robbery ever to happen on US soil.

A movie based on the heist starring Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones and directed by Jared Hess (the guy who made Napoleon Dynamite) is out now on Blu-ray and DVD.

My Proof: https://twitter.com/DavidGhantt/status/827476087596789760

My AMA time is up now, but thank you all for your participation in the Ask Me Anything session :-)

Q:

Zordon was by far the coolest part of Power Rangers when I was growing up. Seriously, you have a 27 year old firefighter feeling somewhat giddy lol.

That being said, how did you get the role of Zordon?

A:

You should take a few minutes and explore r/personalfinance. You'll encounter countless young Americans who are clearly ill-equipped for life beyond school. Most do not understand basic budgeting, let alone tax code. Many run into financial distress before they turn 30. How does your local school district teach our tax code and budgeting to students? What sort of programs are available to the students that prepare them for managing debt and their personal finance?


Q:

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.

A:

Congrats!

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


Q:

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

A:

Do hospital doctors think 911 medics are dumb?

Have you ever applied pressure to an otherwise fatal wound?

Is defibrilation used as often as movies make you think?

How ready is the staff for snake bites?


Q:

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?

A:

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?


Q:

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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What happened to the 2 mil that is still unaccounted for? Did you really only go to Mexico with 50k?


Q:

A college friend working at Saban at the time called me about coming in for an audition. Unlike the other cast members - who went through rounds and rounds and weeks and weeks of auditions - the audition process for Zordon was very fast. I went in that night, read for the cast, director and producers as they were planning on filming it the following week. I went home and a few hours later got a call telling me I had the role.

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Financial Literacy is actually an integral part of the curriculum in our schools. In fact, Menchville and Woodside high schools were named 2015-2016 W!SE blue Star Schools for their students' performance on the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Test. The national certification test is given to high school students upon completion of the personal finance course. To earn the Blue Star designation, students attending the school must achieve a 75% pass rate on the test with either a majority of students at a given grade level taking the test or an average score of 80% or higher by students who take the test.


Q:

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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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!


Q:

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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It depends on the DR. I have had some Drs have me hold up and go over a head CT of a stroke pt, and I've had some who think i'm a moron when they had no room to judge anyone. Usually though unless it an arrest or incredibly traumatic call we deal strictly with nursing staff in patient transition.

Yea, I had a guy put his arm through a window because he was fighting with his girlfriend. He severed his brachial artery and by the time we got to the er we were both soaked in blood.

I could count on one hand the times I've rolled on scene with a patient already hooked to a AED. I think thats more a cost related thing though.

I've actually never dealt with a snake bite call, though we have some severely poisonous ones around here. There is antivenin kept pretty close though. If not in the hospital itself its a short flight away.


Q:

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/


Q:

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

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No idea where it is I only ever had what I took with me and what was sent to me.


Q:

That's awesome. I also wanted to say thank you. My brother and I bonded over Power Rangers, it is one of the few things we agreed on as kids and still agree on today. So, even though I'm sure you didn't expect it to be so big, thanks for the Saturday morning memories. Definitely going to be reliving them with MMPR being on Netflix.

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As a 2008 grad of York High I can say, the financial and tax education then was garbage. We had one guest speaker come into our homeroom and give us a 30min lecture and that's it.


Q:

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

A:

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


Q:

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!

A:

Thanks for the quick answers. Best of wishes.


Q:

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.

A:

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


Q:

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.

A:

Would you tell us if you knew? ;)


Q:

Thank you for allowing me to be :)

A:

Very sorry to hear that your experience was poor. In Newport News we've built up strategic partnerships with the banking community to make real-world financial experiences for our kids. For example, we have student-run credit unions at many of our schools. I hope this builds a better experience for your children.


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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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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.


Q:

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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Not a problem. Thanks!


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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.


Q:

Have you contacted them about a replacement battery?

A:

hahahaha! nope


Q:

I loved the power rangers. I wanted to be one. I started doing martial arts because of them. Who was the strongest original ranger? I say the green one.

A:

What is your response to the confirmation of Betsy Devos as Education Secretary?


Q:

Which do you prefer, waffles or pancakes?

A:

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.


Q:

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

A:

Why not use a tourniquet? I understand there are ideas that it make cause tissue damage. But it's going to be a lot more effective than holding proximal pressure.


Q:

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?


Q:

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

A:

Did you get to spend much time on set? What was it like to have a movie based on your story?


Q:

To be honest I don't have a personal favorite. I think that the characters were written and portrayed a certain way for a number of reasons - mostly to do with actors leaving the show and story lines having to be adjusted accordingly. Tommy's character tested very positively with audiences, which is why he was brought back after the Green with Evil arc

A:

Secretary Devos wants the Federal Government to establish Charter Schools, which I think violates the 10th amendment US Constitution. The constitution of Virginia gives local school boards the authority to establish Charter schools. I think that authority should remain with a local body so that Charter schools can be customized to the localities they serve. In Newport News we have a great charter school because the school board worked with the community to establish a winning model. Devos is advocating an over reach by the Federal government. So I'm not excited about the new Devos administration.


Q:

Waffles on Saturday, pancakes on Sunday.

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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.


Q:

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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I did eventually, but tourniquet isn't first line in bleeding control. Ended up using a bp cuff to control it.


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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/


Q:

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

A:

I did get to spend a good amount of time on the set in North Carolina and having a movie based on my story was a bit surreal and a bit funny to be honest. When I first got there nobody knew who I was, they just thought I was another producer or something and when they realized they were very gracious and curious.


Q:

Hello Mr. Fielding, thanks so much for doing this!

I remember as a kid seeing the power rangers first movie, and noticing Zordon was different. And all my friends at the time commented on it too. Why didn't they get you to do the movies as well?

A:

As an outsider (British) I've heard about some local education authorities in the US attempting to mandate the teaching of pseudo-science (most commonly creationism but also a myriad of other pseudo-sciences) or attempting to ignore or even discredit established science.

Have you had any experience with this? How big of a problem do you think it is?

Also do you know whether there is any effort in your schools to teach things like the scientific method, statistical methods, how to read a basic scientific paper etc so that students know how scientific knowledge is obtained?

This is an area of science education that is severely lacking in almost every jurisdiction I have come across to the point where some "science editors" at large publications seem to have no idea how to read and understand an academic paper (if they even bother to attempt to read it, many just rewrite another article or worse, a blog post, without any attempt to verify it). It has gotten to the point that the majority of popular news articles on new science misrepresent (to the point of plain falsehood in many cases) the paper it is based on.

Sorry if you have no idea about any of this. I don't really know how the American state education system works so I don't know if you are involved with this kind of thing.


Q:

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?

A:

Can you make The Cones of Dunshire a reality?


Q:

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

A:

Has anyone died because you couldn't get to them fast enough because of bad traffic? I think about that on my ride home, that if I had a heart attack at 5pm in the heaviest parts, I'd die because an ambulance couldn't get near me.


Q:

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

A:

How often does lasik cause permanent loss of vision?


Q:

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?

A:

I've read that once the FBI actually closed in on you, you were relieved because you were fearing for your life at that point. Any truth to that? How did it actually feel when the FBI took you in?


Q:

That's a good question - I think for two reasons - 1, they decided to film in Australia to save money and so hired a local actor there and 2 because I think (though I have no actual proof) that Haim Saban was sore that I left the show so early on. It wasn't because of the show or anything, I was just very unhappy living in LA. I did get a phone call about the movie when they were planning to shoot in CA, but then never heard anything more after that

A:

Scientific literacy in education focuses on a core set of competencies that students must master by the time they graduate from high school. For Virginia, science standards for learning mean that students must have the ability to:

  1. Develop and use an experimental design in scientific inquiry.

  2. Use the language of science to communicate understanding.

  3. Investigate phenomena, using technology.

  4. Apply scientific concepts, skills, and processes to everyday experiences.

  5. Experience the richness and excitement of scientific discovery of the natural world through the collaborative quest for knowledge and understanding.

  6. Make informed decisions regarding contemporary issues

  7. Develop scientific dispositions and habits of mind

  8. Explore science-related careers and interests.

In NNPS our curriculum works from K-12 to achieve these objectives. In addition to instruction, NNPS also provides several opportunities demonstrate scientific literacy. For example, every year the school division has an all-city science fair. The all-city science fair features students that have already competed with their classmates to emerge as the best science project for their school. The science projects cover a full range of social and scientific problems. Students that win at the all-city science fair have the opportunity to compete in the regional science fair which means that the students are competing against other localities. Another example are the Engineering Design Challenges we host annually for kids. NNPS is the only school division to offer this program for students as we designed it ourselves.


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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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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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Thank you chef!!

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Oh yea. More often than I think anyone realizes.

I don't think people realize that the call they are blocking us from getting to could be someone they love.


Q:

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.


Q:

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.

A:

I felt relieved, I knew that things were getting ready to come to an end and getting caught was a stress reliever even if I knew I was going to jail.


Q:

What do you think is the most important thing in the world?

A:

What is the school board doing about the spike in middle school suicides? NPR wrote an article on it recently.


Q:

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

A:

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


Q:

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

A:

My sister has numerous deathly allergies, gets hospitalized at least once a year unfortunately. People comment on how I move over and get the heck out of the way so quickly, I tell them "that could be my sister in there, I want them to get where they're going."


Q:

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

A:

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?


Q:

What kind of fucking coffee are you drinking?

A:

What are Jandice and Kelly up to now? Did you stay in touch with them? Masterminds was a fun movie. Were you offended that they portrayed you as an idiot being so easily manipulated?


Q:

Compassion. Compassion leads to understanding. When we understand, we no longer are afraid, and when we are no longer afraid, we can accomplish amazing things

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Our school division has created a myriad of interventions to improve mental well being. We have a crisis intervention team that trains regularly and stands up anytime an event happens in our schools. The crisis team consists of grief counselors, public relations, and other admin staff that deploy to our school sites. The crisis team provides grief counseling directly to students for as long as needed. The public relations team disseminates information immediately to the press, parents, and the children. We also have an anti-bullying campaign called STAND. STAND holds community events throughout the year to promote unity and talk about the effects of bullying. Our security officers are trained to spot bullying and we have an anonymous bullying hotline posted in the main office of every school. Finally, I have been sponsoring Mental First Aid for adoption in our schools. Mental First Aid is a training program for teachers, guidance counselors, and other front-line personnel to spot and troubleshoot basic mental health challenges for students.


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


Q:

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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For sure. People are incredibly selfish though.


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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!


Q:

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.

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No idea. No. Glad you like the movie. And it would take a lot more than that to offend me, I thought it was funny.


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You know Billy's last name is Cranston, right? What do you think? lol

A:

What are your views on Common Core?


Q:

WHERE IS THE LAMB SAUCE????

A:

Gross or profit?


Q:

What is the most delicious confection you have made?

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how many crazy/stupid drivers do you have to avoid? have you, yourself, almost been in an accident with your siren on?


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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.

A:

The movie is hilarious. How accurate was the movie?


Q:

I'll have to ask Tony the next time I see him ... I wouldn't be surprised if they named him after him

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Common Core is about creating a single standard for the entire nation. Defenders of common core often cite a need to have consistent learning standards across all of the states. What the defenders often fail to acknowledge is that we already have national standards in multiple areas. For example, the SAT, ASVAB, and a host of other standardized tests already measure proficiency for the entire country. Why do we need another set of tests for students to take?

Further, I think Common Core undermines the natural competition that we need to spur on innovation and growth in Education. According to the US Dept of Ed, Viriginia is ranked 12th in the nation for education. Should Virginia now adopt the learning standards for North Carolina, ranked 37th in the nation?

I ultimately believe its better for North Carolina to copy Virginia's standards today. Then tomorrow if North Carolina surpasses Virginia then Virginia should copy North Carolina. In this manner, innovation continues in the national education system. On the other hand, if we adopted Common Core and find ourselves failing then whose standards would we adopt? And how do we know that the standards of a foreign power fit our children and our culture?

Of course, this is just my opinion as the decision to adopt Common Core rests in the hands of the Virginia General Assembly. Local school boards do not presently have the authority to set learning standards.


Q:

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

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Profit


Q:

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.

A:

In my experience it's actually safer for us to drive with the siren and lights off. People go straight stupid when they see the lights. I've seen people pull into oncoming traffic to get out of the way.

Remember: Slow down/stop and pull to the right.


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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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Well, it's 'based' on a true event, and there are accurate bits sprinkled throughout. However, it's a Hollywood comedy.


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Hi! What is the best thing a director can do for you on set? Thank you! :~)

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If you have an opportunity to, or are interested in this aspect (I would think it plays a part given how much of a military presence we have in this area), might I recommend you speak with some children of military families about common core. Ask them if they would have preferred to be able to move cross country and not have to retake classes because X States curriculum is different from Y states, or even get held back because X grade is passing in this state, but nor that state.

I had to take pre-algebra twice, and algebra 1 three times thanks to moving multiple times in my late middle and early highschool careers (I'm a math person I knew most of it before I ever took the class the first time). It was very demotivating and frustrating.


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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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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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is willy wonka an accurate depiction of the candy industry?

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What do you do during rush hour?


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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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Has this affected your ability to get a job? Being a quasi-famous bank robber and all?


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The best thing? Give you what they want and how they see the scene playing out - and then allowing you the freedom to play a bit, try things, different line readings (if there is time)

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Thank you. That is great feedback. I am going to go research what exemptions we offer for students transferring from out of state. I'll get back to you ASAP.


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

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I'm not in that big of a city, but just lay on the siren and wait, basically.


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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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Good question , Oddly most employers are very understanding as long as you are honest with them up front .


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Any chance of a cameo in the upcoming reboot?

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How important is computer science in the curriculum?


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


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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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I work in a big city, we just shut down the sirens and sit with our lights on until the traffic starts to move. No sense in sitting on your horn and siren while sitting behind cars with no where to go. Plus I've seen cars jump on the sidewalk before and crash into each other trying to make space where there was none.


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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!


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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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Have you had problems getting positions of trust at all?


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I was never contacted about something like that, so no, you won't see me in it... ah well

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Computer Science is very important for today's curriculum. I want every child to learn to code. For now and into the foreseeable future, Comp Sci will the engine behind the best jobs in America. In Newport News we have dedicated our magnet program in Technology to teach these valuable skills. Students who elect to attend our technology magnet schools of Discovery STEM Elementary, Crittenden Middle, and Heritage High get computer science classes. Computer Science experiences are also made available to all students. For example, Robotics competitions require extensive use of coding to program the robot. Kids in our summer SPARK program learn to code drones, etc.


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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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Yes, very similar.


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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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The way people respond is unbelievable!


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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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I ll be honest and say I probably have to put forth a bit more effort


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I saw that you will be at the con in Philly, are there any other cons you plan to be at this year?

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Are high-stakes exams a reliable indicator of student competency? If so, how?


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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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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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Whats your favourite commercial store bought sweet?

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I've seen one accident. It had two kids under 16 ejected, two kids under 12 pinned, and the mother walking around. The ejected kids looked to have really bad head and neck injuries possibly paralysis, one pinned kid lost all their teeth and I think a broken back, and one was stuck under the dash somehow, and I know nothing of their injuries. The mom had a broken arm.

The mother, and maybe the kid under the dash were the only people wearing a seatbelt. They left in ambulances, everyone else left by Life Flight.


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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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Why did you do it?


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I believe so, though nothing is final at this time. I'm waiting to hear back from my booking agent - when I do know, I'll post dates and which ones on my social media

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Standards of Learning (SOL) exams are a snapshot in time of how well the student has mastered the subject. If the student is nervous, sick, or in some other negative cognitive state then his or her test score would reflect that impact. I don't think it is fair to judge competency from a single test taken on a single day. However, I am not anti-testing. I do think that testing has brought needed accountability to the education system. In my opinion, the body of tests that a student takes should be the marker of competency. More importantly, improvement should be the goal. I think schools should be judged on how much a child grows in mastery from year to year rather than this arbitrary standard that continues to change every time the General Assembly gets a whim.


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

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I've certainly witnessed it being the deciding factor in life or death.


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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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I just wanted to change my life, in hindsight the quick and easy way is not always the best way. I do not recommend doing what I did.


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Okay thanks

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Hello as a student in a neighboring district firstly high. Secondly SOL tests are a very poor benchmark of knowledge as they are either too easy or too hard depending on the subject area. In addition does your district do accelerated SOL retakes? Also what is the difference between the SOL & Common Core?


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

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


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

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You or the willow moving that fast?


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How was the recovery?

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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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But would you recommend it if you had not been caught?


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Just need clarification on what you are asking - are you asking whats the best way to start writing or are you asking whats the best one of my stories to read?

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Yes, they are called SOL expedited retakes. An expedited retake is an opportunity for a student to retake an SOL test if the score from the original attempt is between 375 and 399. Remediation is required before the second attempt. This is a rule from the Virginia Dept of Ed.

The difference between Common Core and the SOL is that the state of Virginia does not participate in Common Core. Here is a list of states that do participate in Common Core: http://www.corestandards.org/standards-in-your-state/

Instead Virginia has SOLs. The SOL is a sole product of the Virginia Dept of Ed.


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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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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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Us!

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

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Damn thing came outta no where! You shoulda seen it!


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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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No....philosophically I would not recommend it, however a life in the Caribbean wouldn't have been soooo bad I think.


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Reading, my apologies. Id like to know if you had any suggestions on where to start reading your books?

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I have a theory that not all young people have the capacity or attention for learning the same things at the same time. Not every six year old is going to have the Math window open at the same time as other classmates, Etc. So I think an important part of education should be a monitoring system that would illuminate when a six year old is indeed ready for a particular math concept or spelling concept or ...

Is that concept even possible in the education world? If enough money was available could our children be brought along at their pace instead of what some national standard thinks is best? I know the times I had my best educational experiences was when my teachers recognized that my "window" was open.


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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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Employees are the #1 overhead in a business.


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

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Every medic has their own strange NOPE type of injury or call. Mine was anything with fingers or toes. What's yours???


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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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Prior to planning and executing the robbery, would have you ever thought of yourself as an armoured car robber? If not, when was the turning point?


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Very flattered you'd like to read some :) I have one full length novel, Vigilance - which is a superhero story. I also have stories in other anthologies and it just depends on your taste - Capes & Clockwork vol 1 & 2 are also superhero in theme but in a Steampunk setting - Delta Green, Blood Sweat and Fears both have horror stories - A Mythos Grimmy is Lovecraftian fairytales ... a wide selection to choose from

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Student engagement does precede gains in learning. In other words, once the student cares about the subject then they will absorb the material at higher rates. I do think your "Math window" refers to the concept of student engagement.

I've seen firsthand that actively engaged students perform better. Student engagement is the tool we have used locally to drive up our graudation rates up to 92%. How we encourage student engagement may surprise you because the scenario you laid out was a type of individual-instructional pacing. In NNPS we do have instructional pacing. If you visit one of our classrooms you would not likely see a traditional set-up. You would see various classroom stations where students are doing specific activities that they have chosen. Here is an example: student choice

However, student engagement surprisingly comes from the leadership opportunities that we give to students. When students feel that the school, community, and their classmates are counting on them; they engage with the school, their studies, and the community. I've seen some of the greatest boosts in GPA, attendance, SOL scores, etc from student involvement in activities and clubs.


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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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So true. It's nice not having them!


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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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Yea, of all the shit i've seen fingernail avulsions make my skin crawl. haha


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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!


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

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Prior to, I would have never even considered it but one day life kinda slapped me in the face. I was working sometimes 75-80 hrs a week for $8.15 an hour, I didn't even have a real home life because I was never there I was working all the time and unhappy which is understandable considering how old I was at the time. I felt cornered and one day the joking in the break room about robbing the place suddenly didn't seem so far fetched.


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Do you keep in contact with any of the other actors from the show? How has the show and its legacy affected you on a personal level (of course, you don't need to get too personal, haha)?

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What are you doing to prepare the school system for district shrinkage due to erosion?


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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?

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


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

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Has anyone ever tried to seduce you when you were called out? If you were, what's the story?

Also, have you ever had to go to someone you know?

Edit: /u/wildfire701


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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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Hello David! How was life in prison? And what is the biggest lesson you learned from this whole experience?


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I do see the other actors frequently on the Convention tour - had dinner with Austin St. John several times a week or so ago as a matter of fact... how has the legacy of the show affected me? Well its actually allowed me to meet a lot of amazing fans, share their stories and also allowed me to give voice to encouraging others in pursuit of their goals and aspirations ... so in a sense I try to live up to what the character is for them, as well as for me ... not out of some vanity, but because I truly believe we are here to help, not hinder one another

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I assume the source of erosion you are referring to is SB1283. This bill would allow the Virginia Board of Ed to establish regional charter school divisions, consisting of up to 3 underlying local school divisions. The regional charter school division would be governed by a separate board of eight members appointed by Virginia Board of Ed and one member appointed from each underlying locality (not the school board). The regional charter school would get the per pupil state funding associated with the jurisdiction in which each student resides.

Our best defense against erosion is a better school division. I hope that the public gets behind the initiatives that I have posted on my facebook page. I know that these ideas will make our schools more competitive.


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


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tail wagging intensifies

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I had a guy invite me back to his place after my shift to "hang out" with his two girls and him. I didn't go... lol


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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.

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well move into a broom closet with two other people ,and eat hospital food every day . That part really sucks , its supposed to suck to discourage returning . Freedom is a precious , precious thing


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how long was your makeup session each day?

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Actually I meant the erosion on the beaches. How soon until the effects the Navy is currently fighting hit the school district land?


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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?

EDIT: I RECEIVED THE KNIVES TODAY! Goint to post pics tomorrow! :D

THANK YOU SO MUCH /u/_Gordon_Ramsay You are amazing!

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


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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?

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Why???


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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?

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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?


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What's your least favorite vacuum?

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How much did you make off the movie?


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They only filmed the character of Zordon once for the TV series. All of the footage for the episodes that Zordon was in was taken from the stuff we shot the one day I was in front of the camera. If I remember correctly I was in the make-up chair long enough for them to shave all my hair off, apply some makeup, darken my eyebrows and glue my ears back... 40 minutes at the most

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Ah, thank you for clarifying. This issue looks to have the greatest impact in Virginia Beach: http://www.beachapedia.org/State_of_the_Beach/State_Reports/VA/Beach_Erosion. I will have to defer to the Virginia Beach School Board for specific answers to this issue. Here is some general contact info for them: http://www.vbschools.com/root/contactUs.asp

If you do have trouble reaching someone please let me know and I try to assist.


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


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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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Why didn't I go back?


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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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I didn't get money for this, what I got was a great vacation and a chance to tick something off of my bucket list. I know that isn't exciting to most people but I, regular Joe, had the chance to be on a movie set...who wouldn't want to do that? Plus the food truck was awesome, my wife called me a hobbit for having second breakfasts.


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Will it be available on Netflix?

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Any advice for parents getting their 3 year old assessed for First Step this coming Tuesday?


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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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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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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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What is your favorite feature in the ambulance?


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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 . :(

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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?


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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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David, what do you feel like was your biggest mistake in the heist? Getting too many people involved? It seems like you got away with it for a while until all of your cohorts started talking too much.


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That would be a question for the Strange Happenings team - you can find them at the link above

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First Step is a fantastic program we offer in Newport News. Literacy instruction builds on the child’s need to communicate through meaningful and authentic activities in oral language, reading, and writing. First Step learners gain mathematics concepts through questioning, problem solving, persistence, and communication. Units of study based on science and social studies concepts provide opportunities for students to understand themselves, friends, families, communities, and the larger world in which they live through inquiry and daily experiences. Students have daily art, music, and physical activities to develop the whole child.

I'm really glad you are looking to enroll your child in First Step. First Step provides an advantage for your child backed up by a longitudinal study done in 2007. The only problem with our First Step program is that the number of slots are limited. I hope you and other parents tell the school board that you would like to expand the program so we can have slots available for all of the children.

To get ready for your assessment I suggest you take a look at the brochure on the school division website. Here is the link: http://www.nnschools.org/academic/documents/firststepfacts.pdf


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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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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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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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The times I get to use a cot that is automatic are good days.


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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.

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To be honest, doing it at all was my biggest mistake but that thought comes with a bit of perspective. I will say though, if you have a "secret" it's best to keep it to yourself, lol.


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I saw you pop up in Super Task Force One which made me lose my mind, especially given the hilarious (and accurate) role of the man who created the powers. It was one of my favorite cameos in a movie!

How much acting are you still getting into and how often? I know I saw you in The Order movie coming up, I'm just curious if anything else is on the planner!

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Do you prefer thin or thick crust on your pizza?


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What are the common traits of bad board games?

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


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What's the craziest interior decorating decision you've seen in a patient's home?

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


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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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What is the biggest difference between the real you and how you were portrayed in the movie? Something that was super accurate?

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I don't act as much as I used to. I concentrate mainly on my writing these days. I'll be in the Order, had a small part in a webseries - Strange Happenings that should be online this year


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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.

A:

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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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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I dont know that anything intentional springs to mind. I have seen people with shit stacked up through out the house to where there was only a small path from room to room, and I was in a trailer that had a bunch of holes in the floor where cats were climbing in and out!


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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.

A:

Well I'm taller than Zach and we have different Carolina accents. He even says that he played a much 'dumber version' of me, I'm actually pretty laid back. Something that was very accurate was the victory dance when leaving the vault.


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Have you ever done any charity work? If so can you tell me a little about it?

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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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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.

A:

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


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That cat trailer sounds incredible.

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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?


Q:

I have a Sebo airbelt K3. Thoughts?

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Was the victory dance caught on cctv like in the film? If so, is there anywhere we can go to see the real victory dance? lol.


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I have participated in 24 hour improv shows to benefit the homeless and AIDS charaties, I have given blood and donated to the WWF - but as far as being involved in big, high profile charity events, no I can't say that I have

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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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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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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.


Q:

The smell was what was really incredible!

A:

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!


Q:

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

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Truthfully I don't know , I kinda hope its out there somewhere , lol


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Thank you for doing all that you have, I am the owner of PCG Magazine. We watch these ask me any things and do cover stories on them, if you're on Twitter we are there, keep up the great work!

A:

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


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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?

A:

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


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Was there any moment that made you think, ok I quit?

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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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How is your life now? Can you relate to the one you were before all this?


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I am on Twitter @Zordon2012 :)

A:

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


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Recently I had a string of like 8 bad calls in a week that just completely emotionally wrecked me. I couldn't quit, but it confirmed that I was making the right decision by being in school to move on from this.

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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.


Q:

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

A:

My life is actually pretty ordinary, the movie really did not change a thing. I still get up in the morning and go to work just like everyone else.


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Excellent we just followed you. Feel free to check things out and if you're interested let's communicate more via DM. :)

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Chef,

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

Thanks!


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


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Mine was the 600 lb patient who had been in the floor for 3 days, completely naked, shitting and pissing on himself with open sores everywhere...good times

A:

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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You didn't hide any of the money???


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Thank you for the follow, followed you back and yes, let's talk!

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


Q:

Aww, memories...

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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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nope


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What's your favorite racist joke?

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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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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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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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Have you ever been assaulted or other wise aggressively treated by patients or bystanders? In The Netherlands this problem has garnered some attention, and I was wondering whether we're the only country that deals with this.

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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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Did you manage to bury any of the money before you got busted?


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I can't say I have one

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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.


Q:

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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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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The hardest i've ever been hit was by an 80 year old diabetic lady, though that was unintentional. But, yea i've been pushed around. Mostly with overdoses. Bystanders will call and the patient wakes up in the mean time and gets aggressive thinking we are going to get them arrested.

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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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Nope. And FYI, American currency uses an ink that never really dries and burying money can lead to mold and rot and thus worthless money.


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Hi Gordon

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

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Got wood for sheep?


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Why does american chocolate taste so bad compared to european?

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How do you remain calm in those situations. Meaning well but getting shit for it is generally one of the most infuriating feelings I ever have to deal with, and I don't even work in a live saving profession.


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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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What did you dream of spending the money on?

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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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Nobody wants your sheep...

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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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You just have to tell yourself that they are just reacting instead of thinking. I had a lady yelling at me that I wasn't doing anything as I was intubating her sister, and I just shrugged it off and kept going. It isn't personal just a externalization of the fear and helplessness.

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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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well my long term plan was to bank the money , buy a boat and kinda cruise around , the Caribbean fish and dive . Kind of a permanent tourist if you will.


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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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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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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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If I'm by myself at home and I break my wrist, is calling 911 appropriate? Or is that a "get your friend to drive you to the emergency room" kinda thing....

I've just always been curious about things that are kind of an emergency but not really


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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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Why didn't you do this? I assume you got caught first but why not make a beeline for a country with no extradition laws/international water?


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

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If you feel you can drive yourself or can easily find someone to drive you then it's up to you. You may get some pain medicine, and youll get it splinted, but depending on where you are it's sometimes faster to drive yourself.

When in doubt give us a call. I'd rather someone call us and not need us than need us and not call.


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Take it on down to your local Miele dealer.

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Well, you know what they say about hindsight.


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


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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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This is your best comment.


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That's painfully obvious. Thanks!

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What do they say about hindsight?


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

And I've never really thought about it, but I know medical cannabis products have helped a lot of people deal with serious illnesses which would be the attraction for me.

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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Well thanks!


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Glad I could help.

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Hindsight is 20 /20


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

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Just wanted to thank you for the work that you do, I ended up getting knocked off my bike by a car yesterday (I'm fine!), and the fact that there was an ambulance with 5-6 people within a few minutes was incredible. I'm happy knowing that there are people like you who are ready to respond to an incident within a moments notice.

My question is, what's the happiest experience you've had with your job?


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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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So basically this was you


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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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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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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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Delivering a happy healthy baby!

So rarely do I get to be on that side of the life.


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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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lol, good meme, thank you.


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

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What's one of the nicer things you've had happen on a call?


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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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What kind of boat would it have been?


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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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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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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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After a call, we had a husband of a patient bring us some snacks and thank us for taking care of his wife. It was really nice to be remembered after the fact.


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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 wanted something that would go mostly unnoticed . I was looking at a small (40 ft. ) trawler


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


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Favorite movie?

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I've been one of those people!!!! If it wasn't for the medic that saved my kid's father, and the heart wrenching story he shared with him in regards to the loss of his own son, my kids wouldnt have a dad nor would he have ever sought rehab. The next day I brought 2 baskets of baked goodies and a case of tea into the station and thanked everyone there that night and thanked the medic for convincing someone to get help when I had tried to convince him for so long. He even shed a little tear cause he was glad to see he stopped one person from going the way his son did. Thanks guys for all that you do!!!


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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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How do you feel about your actions 20 years later?

Would you have not done it altogether, looking back, or would you have done things differently to make sure you got away with it?


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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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Oh my gosh yes!


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Godfather I. Or II. Never III.

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We really appreciate it! Sometimes it definitely feels like we aren't noticed till we are needed.


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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 I hadn't have done what I did, my life would be completely different now. The things that have happened in my life since then have led me to having a lovely wife that I wouldn't have met if I didn't move here after I got out which led to us having a wonderful child. That being said my actions years ago were from someone who was very different than I am now and while I think what I did was wrong, well, at this point it is what it is.


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

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What is the worst thing that someone "accidentally" got stuck in their butt?


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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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Honestly, you've accomplished a pipedream fantasy that many people hold. Embrace your success and failure both. I note you as being inspirational, not criminal. Hey, very few people have done what you have and that makes you absolutely an interesting man, not to say that other things don't, but you are elite.


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


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Are you insane?!

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One of those battery operated toothbrushes?

Gets properly securable items for your butt play, people.


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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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I humbly and honestly Thank you .


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


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So the brush part was all the way in? Was it in brush side up? How deep did it go?

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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 ?


Q:

If you could have anyone besides Zach Galifianakis play you in a movie, who would it be?

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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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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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Brush side down and it had apparently worked it way up past finger reach. I didn't go hunting for it. :)


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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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Morgan Freeman, he's calm like I am and has a great voice, like, he could read the back of a lunchable and I would listen.


Q:

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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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...


Q:

Have you ever felt your life was at risk due to a patient? What's the story?

A:

What do you think about a rainbows?


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Did you have to claim the stolen money on your tax return that year? That might sound like a dumb question, but think about it... Once you were caught and everything was sorted out, there must have been a known amount of money in which the FBI, etc. determined that you had spent at that point. The spent money would have technically been untaxed income, so I'm just curious if the IRS or someone contacted you one day said "so yeah... we need you to pay taxes on the $_____ that you spent". Or did they not even bother and consider it lost currency? All my other questions were already answered :(

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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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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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Yeah, Ive been unexpectedly caught in cross fire. I've found myself locked in a back room of a run down house with a self proclaimed white supremacist with a bunch of guns laying around. Several near misses from traffic working on highway. Improperly secured vehicles starting to tip while I'm in them. It a more common occurrence than I think we realize. Most of the time it's not until after the fact you realize how bad a situation was.


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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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good question the short version is that it was all added onto my fines which add up to around 3.8 million .


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

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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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Do you take your work home with you? If not, how do you block the troubling stuff out?

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


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Do you get royalties from the movie? That's kind of a roundabout way to get rich off of robbing an armored truck.

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

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The really bad stuff I do. Kids are especially rough for me. I mentioned a call somewhere else in here about having to hold the corpse of a newborn for about an hour drive and it fucked me up for probably the better part of two months.

For the most part though you desensitize yourself to it with a humor callous. I've seen stories of people in EMS getting in trouble for being caught making fun of a patient on a dash cam after a call, but what the public doesn't understand is that it isn't personal and that if we didn't do stuff like that we would all last approximately a year be fore being committed.


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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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Nope, not a dime. That would be profiting from a crime which is a no no and I'm on the straight and narrow.


Q:

Wait, you made Salem? That game is incredible!

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A similar thing happens in hostile deployed areas. You have to find humor or else you'll go mad. People that don't understand tend to demonize. PC goes out the window. Dark humor ensues. Keep fighting the good fight. You certainly earned my respect. I'd buy you a beer if I could.


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has your opinion of dyson changed since the last AMA?

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What was the dumbest thing you purchased with some of that $?


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We did! Thank you!!

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Exactly. Cheers, mate.


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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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The 4 pairs of boots I bought in one day [shrug] what can I say they were nice and I was impulse shopping.


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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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What do you eat during your shifts, specifically after seeing something gross?


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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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Whats your favourite film with zach galifianakis in?


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Oh good!

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Yea, at this point I could eat and suction a trach at the same time.


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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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Actually my favorite thing with Zach in it is his show Baskets however Due Date was pretty hilarious.


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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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I don't think eating the trach is going to help anyone, but good on you Dr. Lecter.


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Would brand would you recommend for house cat pestering applications?

A:

So I haven't read your story or anything but what was your thought process going into the heist?


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


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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 planned backwards, where I wanted to go and then how much I would need to get there.


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

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Have you ever had to use your training outside of work?


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

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Did you help at all with the movie, directing, explaining how it went, etc? If so how was working with them?


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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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Yea, I've rolled up on some wrecks in my personal vehicle. It certainly has helped me learn to keep calm in a crisis.


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Shop Vac.

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I consulted on some of the props and sets in the movie, it was a joy working with Jared, Zach and the rest of the cast and crew.


Q:

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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Thank you for doing what you do.

Ninja edit: Whats the longest shift you've worked?


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What's your take on "Roombas"?

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how did you feel with Zach Galifianakis playing you?


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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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When I was a young'n I worked 5 24 hour shifts in a weeks time.

All in a row 70ish hours? Not any more though. Way too old for that.


Q:

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 feel fine. I think he did a good job and is a really great guy.


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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.

A:

What's the promotion potential like for an EMT? Like could you get promoted to Life Flight?


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

A:

Did u enjoy your time as lead singer of the Spin Doctors?


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

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It isn't a promotion per se. It is just a different company to work for. To work on a helicopter you have to have 3-5 years of experience in 911.

In ems in general there is like 3 steps on the ladder. Field medic > Supervisor > Director. It's a very stagnant field in terms of advancement.


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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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Hahaha, sadly that wasn't me and my wife doesn't recommend singing as a career for me.


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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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Got any good gunshot stories?


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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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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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I had a hooker who's legal name was sparkle get shot in the ass by her pimp.

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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 favorite classic boardgame? Have you always had an interest in boardgames?

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IDK if it's too much detail but was it on the cheek or directly into the bum?


Q:

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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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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Haha. Couple cheek shots.

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.


Q:

What's your opinion on Agricola?

A:

Since this will probably be asked eventually, what is the worst thing you've ever seen on the job? And thank you for doing this!


Q:

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

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


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It involved holding a dead baby for about an hour drive. We were transporting the mother to another facility and the corpse had to come with us, but I couldn't bear just to lay it somewhere.

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Don't stick your penis into a vacuum cleaner.


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

A:

Former medic here. I did CPR on a newborn with PEA during a return. (For the laypersons, that's no breathing, no pulse, but an organized heart rhythm. Very low chance of a happy ending in this case, and it yielded the expected outcome.) Definitely not an hour drive, but felt like an eternity.

There aren't many people who want to talk about this stuff. Nice to hear from someone who had a similar experience. That's all.


Q:

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

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Righto


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It's either get it out or go nuts.

The air of machismo when it comes to feelings in the profession really worries me. I'm sure it causes much more problems than it helps.

A:

Do you want to die a violent death?


Q:

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

A:

Have you ever gone to a call that has made you question why you still do this?

Thanks for everything you do and everything you will do!


Q:

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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Do you mean due to the frivolous nature, or because of how traumatic it is on the psyche?

A:

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.

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Traumatic.


Q:

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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Yea a MVC i had recently referenced here...

https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/5t3zaj/everyone_wants_to_be_a_hero_until_its_time_to_do/?utm_content=comments&utm_medium=user&utm_source=reddit&utm_name=frontpage

I was with the patient who was close to my age for the last hour of their life. It weighed really hard on me.

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


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:

Did you know that I'm your arch nemesis?


Q:

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

A:

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


Q:

Battling stupid every day! lol

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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:

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:

So... Why did you want to get into this profession??

Also, do you put anything extra inside your grilled cheese besides cheese?


Q:

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

A:

Haha there we go.


Q:

To be honest, I had no idea the profession really existed. I was in college working on my bachelors in biology when my girlfriend got pregnant, so I had to find a job sooner than later. She was looking in the paper one day and saw an ad and said "Hey, how about working on an ambulance?" and the rest is history...

A:

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


Q:

How did you get pass the fear of failure?

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And the grilled cheese?


Q:

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.

A:

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


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Oh right, sorry. I am plain jane with mine.

Though I had a friend make some where he put apple in them. It was ok, but I'm not one to mix sweet and savory.

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.


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

A:

Brand new baby medic here: any advice? Ive been an emt now for 4 years.


Q:

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

A:

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


Q:

Start working on your RN? lol

Nah, well yea, but If you love it keep on. The issues with the job pushes all the decent well intentioned people out. Also, lift with your legs!

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:

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!

A:

My sister had the same job North of Cincinnati. She told me about picking up people OD on heroin and hear a clunking sound. Then she looks down and ice cubes on the ground. She says people believe shoving ice up their butts will save them from an OD.

So any odd "home" remedies you come across?


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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?

A:

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/


Q:

I've never seen ice in the butt, but ive had people shoved in ice baths.

The stuff people put on burns... Butter etc... No, no, no.

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:

What happens when you are called to a scene and person has died prior to arrival? Do you turn around?

Also when you get to a scene and there is a body do you handle the dead at all or does a coroner?

I live in canada and those are rumors i have heard about ehs drivers


Q:

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

A few hundred probably. Would take some research I guess depending on needs.

My background is in computers. I know that buying the cheapest product generally isn't a good idea, and there are things that are way overpriced. And if you're sort of a lax user, there are some quality middle-of-the-road products you can get that will serve you well. What are those sort of things in the vacuum world?

A:

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.


Q:

We confirm asystole. Note the presence of lividity and rigor to insure it isn't recent and I pronounce them dead. From there law enforcement takes over if its suspicious. If not a funeral home comes and gets them.

A:

You want good, but middle of the road in price and performance? Panasonics and Kenmores fit that bill.


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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?

A:

What presser do you use up there? We have to switch between dopamine, and levophed depending on the mood of the pharmacy packing or drug box that day.


Q:

the most memorable repair you had done?

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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!


Q:

Dopamine. Never been a fan of leavemdead. lol

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?

A:

Craziest story? Like craziesssttt


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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.


Q:

I picked up a passed out drunk chick in her car on the side of the road. She woke up enough on the way to the hospital to start rubbing one out. haha

A:

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


Q:

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?

A:

Hello Fellow Ohioian and person in he medical field. I do home rehab I work with fragile and elderly people. I have my med CPR but...

What can those of us that have to call a squad for our patients due to help you? Besides CPR if our patient is breathing on their own but need your services what can we do or get ready for you


Q:

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?

A:

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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First of all, big props. I dunno if i could handle being with some of the bad patients i've had for days upon days.

As far as calling 911... Put up any animals. Clear us a path to get the stretcher in (it seems a lot of older people have a tendency to hoard), and if your patients do not already have one help them get together a paper that has all their pertinents ie. name, birthday, social, allergies, medical history, and medications. Having all that info waiting and ready to go saves so much time. :)

A:

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.


Q:

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

A:

I feel like this should be something everyone keeps in their wallet and most definitely something all geriatricians recommend to their patients.


Q:

Does your job suck?

A:

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.


Q:

For sure. That and an ICE (In case of emergency) labelled contact in their phones.

A:

Not as much as your mom.


Q:

What would you say is the hardest aspect of your job, mentally? And how do you handle it?

Thank you for your service!

A:

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.


Q:

Just the repeated struggle of dealing with death and dying. The best way I've learned to explain it is "Imagine the worse moment of your life. Now imagine doing that 5-10 times a day several times a week."

I man up and go to therapy. A lot of alcoholism and broken relationships in the job though. I think last I heard we have one of the highest suicide and divorce rates.

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


Q:

Do you feel like people need to be more educated about what your job entails?

And do you feel people should be more thankful or respectful to first responders?

A:

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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I think everyone should have to take an, at least abridged, EMT course in highschool. Everyone knowing how to preform cpr and to stop bleeding would be invaluable. Other than that, I think knowing when to or to not call 911 or to visit an ER vs urgent care is something that should be more widely known.

As far as respect goes... You cant force people to respect something. I try to conduct myself in a respectable manner, but there are certainly dicks in this job like in any other that don't deserve an ounce.

A:

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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I work as a receptionist at an Urgent Care facility. It is insane when a pt will walk through the door with life threatening conditions and assume that we have the facilities to treat it.... All in an effort to avoid going to the ER. Pt will come in with symptoms of stroke and come here first just to be referred to the ER, wasting precious time. I totally agree with educating people on what kind of situations are an Urgent Care visit vs. an ER visit/when to call 911.

A:

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?


Q:

Oh for sure, and I get calls at 3 am for "My mouth tastes funny." haha

A:

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.


Q:

Whats the rarest condition that you have diagnosed on spot? And how? What was the treatment after that?

A:

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?


Q:

I had a patient with some insane looking rash that went diagnosed for like a month. Never found out if it was contagious or anything. It's been a while so I guess I am good.

A:

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


Q:

Do you take lots of heroin overdose calls? What % of calls are due to drug abuse these days?

A:

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


Q:

It comes in waves. You can definitely tell when a bad batch comes into town. I was a part of that, what was it, 45 overdoses in a day spree i'm sure you heard about recently.

A:

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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Had a friend OD two weeks ago, a neighbor OD two days later. Everyone sort of shrugged and said there must be a bad batch going around. Like it's a bad storm or the flu. Baltimore. Heroin. Shrug. Stay away from that shit and just shake your head and frown when these things happen.

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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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Check into narcan from the pharmacy for your friend. Obviously kicking the addiction is preferable, but in the mean time...

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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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Is it true that you drive with a pan of water in the ambulance? To make sure you drive safe enough for the patient in the back or something

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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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It isnt mandatory, but it is the way I was taught and subsequently teach newbies. The exponential difference between being in the front and back is rough if you're the one in the back.

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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.