Specialized ProfessionI am Erik Singer, dialect coach and accent expert, and I'm back for more! I just released a new video with WIRED breaking down famous fictional languages. AMA!
Apr 12th 2017 by Erik_Singer • 12 Questions • 98 Points
Almost a decade ago, I bought an abandoned house in Detroit for $500. I fixed it up with my own hands and live there with my dog. The city has changed immensely since I moved in, and I wrote about the experience for BuzzFeed. My book based on the piece comes out today. AMA!
Edit: alright folks, it's been real, and I had fun. I have to run, but I'll try to stop by in the next couple of days and answer some more of these questions. If you missed it, here's the Imgur link to photos of the house: http://imgur.com/a/66fDh
And some more "after" photos I took this afternoon when I got back home today: https://imgur.com/a/ePkeo
Be honest with us. How small is your dick, Lil Dicky?
hey jack, I know you don’t often have time to help with individual bookings, but I just wanted to say that I’m still so, so thankful for your help bringing my father get back home after his flight got cancelled in US last year. You seriously saved us from an awful situation and asked for nothing in return. I know your list is much bigger now, but I just wanted people here to know the kind of chap you are.
To ask a question – now that your club is so much bigger, what does your typical day look like?
If you were to target me right now on a full blown Liam neeson assault (common user no special privacy measures taken) and all you had was this comment/username to start with;
A) how confident would you be of identifying me?
B) to what extent would you be able to 'find me'?
Edit: someone on a new account contacted me with my name and an address I have lived at after reading this comment :-)
As a voice actress mainly, are you recognized in public often? When you are recognized, do you here things like "do the Timmy Turner voice" a lot?
Did you move in right after you bought it or did you renovate first? How much of the work have you done yourself vs contractors?
Hey so glad I could be of help there and it all worked out in the end. Travel is stressful enough - add a cancelled flight and can get bad. Thanks for sharing that and for reaching out about it.
edit: sorry answered the wrong question here before!
My day is insane these days:
4-5 hours of searching using mainly ITA Software matrix (Google's back-end flight search tool - you can check it out on my last AMA for more details) and sites like Momondo and others. I also use SkyScanner a lot for weekend trip deals (2-4 day short breaks around Europe)
Around 3 hours of answering emails (scattered through the day). It's gotten to take a lot more of my time, but was always a goal of mine to have my subscribers be able to communicate with me anytime.
Then working on the other little things like new functionality developments.
Then at the end I sometimes eat too :-)
I used to do this to trolls on YouTube all the time. There have been times when it's been possible. If you haven't left any clues in any of your comments, and you haven't used this username elsewhere, it can be next to impossible.
If you're an average user who doesn't take many privacy measures I'd feel confident I could identify you and possible get an address. A home town at least.
Depending on the bounty a hacker could discover vulnerabilities on sites you use to gain more information that would help.
The only thing I paid to have done was the roof, because it was cheaper paying a pro to do it than paying my friends to help me, although I have done a number of roofs.
I worked on it for about a year before I actually moved in.
Out of all the characters you've voiced, which was the most difficult?
Is it still possible to buy a house in Detroit for $500 today and would it be worth just to have and possibly fix in the future?
It is still possible, but much more rare. The best thing, if you want to do something like this, is to do it now. There are many people in Detroit, myself included, that have a hard time with houses that are purchased and then nothing happens to them, for a while, if ever. It keeps the people in the neighborhood from dealing with an abandoned house if it's owned and sat on, so I don't recommend it.
For example, an LLC used to own the abandoned house next door to me-- I shoveled the snow, I cut the grass, because they didn't care and I had to live next to it. The water runoff from the roof was ruining my foundation, so I had to put gutters on it. Suffice to say, I'm not particularly happy with the former owners, and it's not a good way to build community. The city owns it now, and I'm trying to purchase it from them.
Are there any roles where you use your natural voice, or does every role have some kind of inflection that you bring to the table?
1)Most houses sold so cheap in detroit because of the back taxes, you didn't have to pay any of that for the house?
2)Not worried about getting robbed/shot yourself or having to pull a John Wick?
3)Do you have any legit neighbors? And if so did you talk to them before buying/moving in?
Because it had been abandoned for more than a decade before I bought it, I was able to purchase the house at the base price they sell them for in the county auction-- $500, so I didn't have to pay any of the taxes.
Sometimes. Detroit is a dangerous city, and someone did try to kick in my door one night-- It's a story I tell in the book. But I think what makes me the most safe is a good relationship with my neighbors. They look out for me, and I for them. I can't say it won't ever happen, as almost all of my neighbors have been broken into, but not a lot of people want to steal the tools from the guy fixing the elderly lad's fence down the block-- that's someone's auntie or grandma. So it helps to help people out. I also have a giant dog and do own a gun and I'm a boxer, so there's that too.
As mentioned above, my neighbors are great, wonderful people. I really do love them. Many have owned their houses for decades or generations, and it takes a lot to have made it through the 80's and 90's in that neighborhood during crack and mass incarceration and devils night, etc. They are some of my favorite people in the world. And yes, I made sure to speak to everyone to see if people were OK with what I was doing. They looked at me funny at first, but then saw I was for real and accepted me.
I hope this isn't an inappropriate question, but you mentioned that this is now your full time job.
How do you make money from a newsletter?
Do you effectively leverage your jail time in job interviews for the security consulting jobs?
Have you ever improvised lines or do you stick 100% to the script at all times?
How giant is the dog?
I have a premium option for those who want to get some extra perks like more weekend trip emails and get ALL the deals. There's also a free version which gets a deal or two a week :-) The premium one helps me pay the costs to keep sending emails to so many people, as I don't like ads and prefer not to work with affiliates like other sites
It still doesn't pay what my job used to and I work twice as much, but it's 100% my fav type of work!
No. The jail time has ruined any chance of me getting a full time job in security. I can't get security cleared. I was offered a job mid last year for a large well known company. The role required writing software to run security audits and lots of pen testing. But, it required the highest level of clearance. I can't gain employment because of jail time.
Hi Tara, thanks for doing an ama! Do you ever randomly do character voices in public and get weird looks from people? Do they ever recognize you from your voice?
I know a lot of neighborhoods like the one you moved into are basically "food deserts" without access to reasonably priced groceries. How/where do you and your neighbors shop?
This is a good question. And, yes, it is considered a food desert. I have to drive quite a ways out of the neighborhood to get to a good grocery store. Mostly I shop in the enclave city of Hamtramck, or at a local Grocery store in Southwest Detroit.
Ever catch yourself singing songs from the shows you voiced for?
Do you get mail? Would Amazon prime make sense or would those packages take too long to get to you?
I don't generally order packages to my house for fear of theft.
What's your favourite part of voicing Raven on Teen Titans Go?
Being with the cast. We have been together for about 16 years and we all really love each other. Plus, I get to slack off with my vocal chords.
Oh yeah. And Bozeck's in Hamtramck
I get that you can save me money, but how can you save me from being beaten senseless by an airline?
Not him (obviously) but I am also diagnosed with Asperger's and I used to be a heavy weed smoker. I would say that it generally helped me to be more sociable but also dulled that "intellectual" side of me that autistic people are known for. In short, I feel as if weed helped me to "grow out of" my condition to a large extent. Even though I don't smoke it anymore, nobody IRL ever guesses I have Asperger's unless I tell them.
Have you ever gotten emotional when voicing a character for whatever reason?
What was your favorite character quote you voiced for Season 7?
If you met someone and got married, would you stay there? What about with kids?
Disclaimer: not being beaten is not guaranteed with purchase of airline ticket.
Exactly how it makes me feel too.
Oh, yeah. This is my home. I can't see being in love with anyone who wasn't into Detroit, and making things, and living a slightly unconventional lifestyle.
As for kids, many of my friends do it, and I would do it as well. It takes more effort, I think, but from my view it seems to be worth it.
If you're ever hiring, keep us (me, strictly me and only me) in mind.
My questions, where do you see this going? Are there any major milestones you would like to reach?
How did you originally get involved with Anonymous/Lulzsec?
What is your favorite and least favorite part of going to cons?
How's your internet?
hehe will do. Send me an email and I'll put a star next to it if it ever comes to that! Fingers crossed we get there!
A friend was pestering me to idle on the Lulzsec IRC servers. I got chatting to a few people over time and it went from there.
My favorite part is meeting the fans. My least favorite is getting pretty in the hotel room...and smelly people :-)
Aside from on my phone, I don't keep it at home because it's a distraction. I spend a lot of time reading. I'm at a coffee shop now.
How were you arrested?
Giant snake, birthday cake, large fry, CHOCOLATE SHAKE. Oh man I loved the Fairly Oddparents! What's your most fond memory from the show?
Also, I've been interested in voice acting for kid shows since I was a kid. How was it you cracked into the business?
What are your thoughts on how Detroit has handled recovering from the outright devastation of the auto industry's pullout with the issue of gentrification? I read an excerpt of your book where you bought your neighbor's home at auction to keep them from being evicted by real estate profiteers. Apart from caring about your neighbor's fate, was your purchase motivated more out of cultural preservation or as defiance against twenty-something upstart community "revitalization?"
Edit: But seriously, for whatever reason, overbooking seems to be a lot more commonplace in US than it is elsewhere and it a bigger issue, even though it is technically legal in most regions. Overall I think US-based airlines are the worst globally, both in service and the way they treat customers. What United (and the police) did there was inexcusable. You’d think the guy had a weapon the way they threw him out of the chair. Completely fucked up.
That email from the CEO was just ridiculous really!
I was arrested at my home at 1am. I was in bed with the laptop running an automated attack against a company. I heard a tonne of car doors closing outside my house. I assumed someone had a party and people were leaving.
The next moment I hear huge bangs as they bolstered my door down. I initially though my house was being broken into because I had some expensive music equipment in my house.
I left the laptop and dashed out of bed to grab something incase it was burglars. I totally forgot to pull the plug out of the laptop I was using. It had no battery and one pull of the plug would have erased all evidence on that machine (unless cold booted, unlikely). I didn't expect it to be police.
And from there I was held with tasers, handcuffed, and made to sit in the main room with police watching me whilst they went through my home with a fine tooth comb. From there I was arrested, remanded in custody and sent to jail.
I was never charged for the attacks I was running on the laptop. The never recovered any forensics from my machine to charge me with their other claims.
I started when I was 13 and I always knew that I wanted to be an actress. I took many acting classes, singing lessons and my first audition was for Hello Kitty.
I just didn't want my neighbors out on the street. They've been really good to me, and it was just one small thing I could do to try and improve the world, just a little bit. I forget the years exactly, but the county foreclosed on one in four houses in Detroit. This is wild (and also where the Buffalo statistic comes in-- in home foreclosures, not water shut-offs), and I just can't stand by and watch things like that happen.
And pretty much everything decent I do is in defiance of something.
So given the hysteria around United Airlines at the moment and your vast knowledge of the air transport system, do you think a boy will be born who can swim faster than a shark?
Why does unplugging it erase evidence?
Hi, and thank you for everything you've done.
Is there a role, voiceover or otherwise, that you didn't get and really wanted or that you took and regretted?
How did (or didn't) your background and education prepare you for your time in Detroit?
Also aquaman already exists and I can only image how many mermaids he's knocked up to date.
Sorry I forgot to add I was booting from a live disk. The existing hard drive in the machine was encrypted and rarely used for anything. Evidence could still exist in the RAM for a short period of time.
I didn't try out for it but it would be nice to be on The Simpsons!
This is a good question, and a tough one. On one hand, I had a basic understanding of how race and class work in America-- but most of that came from books and the classroom. What wasn't obvious to me then, when I was 21 or so, was this doesn't always equal actual understanding. I never stopped reading, but I try to allow experience to guide me now, rather than be the soul teacher. I think people are the experts on their own problems, and I do my best to listen closely and carefully.
I can't say that I grew up in a particularly diverse area, but my parents worked very hard with what they could to provide me with a broad worldview. I didn't understand it at the time, but they would do things like send me to visit NAACP meetings in my small town, or save their pennies to take me to places like the Capitol or Colonial Williamsburg, so I had a sense and history of the world. I was extremely lucky in that respect.
Hi Jack. I got your Paris - Tokyo - London deal as soon as it came out so am really looking forward to that!
Have you got tips for Hong Kong flights? It's rare I see them coming in too cheaply from London
The real question on everyone's mind: Vim or Emacs?
What was your experience like when you were playing Paz in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker & Metal Gear Solid V? Thanks!
Was the split on occupied vs non-occupied houses on your block when you moved in? What is it now?
HK has come up a few times before, usually on an awesome non-stop from London with Cathay (#1 airline last year I think), but we're overdue for one now I'd say. Have an amazing time on your Paris/Tokyo trip, that was a popular one, you never know you might be sitting next to another JFC member :)
Vim all day long! I was hoping someone would ask this.
When I moved in, including my house, there were five abandoned houses and two occupied.
Right now, there is one abandoned house, right next to mine, and now three occupied homes, including the same two and myself. Originally there would have been 12 homes on the block.
In the eight years or so I've been there, there have been four significant structure fires within just one block of my house, though. There aren't too many abandoned homes left in the neighborhood actually, due to fire and demolition.
Would you say it's harder for people with speech impediments to learn new accents considering those people can't pronounce certain letters correctly (Myself included, I can't pronounce half the alphabet correctly). ?
Being a Richmond, VA native, I am curious as to why you chose UR over all of the other schools. It is an incredibly nice school, but why did you choose UR specifically?
You have always seemed to creep into all the things I like some how, both shows and games. What was it like voicing Harley Quinn in the arkham games? What is your favorite Joker?
Probably. But the mechanics are the same, whether you're working with disfluencies (speech 'impediments'), learning a new accent, or learning a language. Speech is just a series of connected physical actions. It's complicated, for sure, but each gesture can be broken down, described, and learned.
i wanted a pretty campus, somewhere not too far from home (philly) but not too close. and a good school, with a small undergrad total. checked all those boxes
Seriously if you ever run into another one, I HAVE TO know about it!
They make me angry. The UK is going the same route by the looks of things. I write this if you want to give it a read.
People should be very concerned. Slowly but surely the Governments are pushing their bills through to remove privacy online. I wish more people would stand up and fight against this. They don't understand how serious it is.
I love doing the Arkham games and there is only one joker. His name is Mark Hamill.
Hi, Tara! What was it like working on Drawn Together? Do fans ever still mention the show to you? It was a fun series that deserves more of a cult following.
Ha! Umm...anything spoken with conviction. And that has a palatal lateral approximate in it. ;)
It's as low as £248 right now if you book it for winter 2018
YES! I wish we could do more. It was so much fun!
I've actually never flown with them, but my father has. He describes it as the most terrifying experience in his life. Granted this was back in the 90s when they were widely known for being genuinely scary.
1) What was your technically most sophisticated hack?
2) Did all the 0day you find in FOSS get patched or do you still have some laying around? ;)
3) Does it bother you that Sabu is working for a security consulting company and has no problems being back in the industry?
4) What do you do for work now?
How awesome was it getting to voice Ashi for Samurai Jack Season 5? Did you get to record with Phil LaMarr? Will you be watching the next 5 episodes and how excited are you for them?
Honestly, I didn't even think about it. That's really just the standard American pronunciation. I'm aware it's not the Maori pronunciation, and I can see how that would be a thing in NZ, especially given the history of discrimination (to put it mildly). Now that I've thought about it, I would do it differently, I think.
it was like 6k, and it was about 2k per video back then, so it bought me 3 videos. and my microphone.
Aeroflot had their own planes in the 90s... I would be terrified as well!!
Probably what I'm working on now. I've managed to reverse engineer and crack a piece of software called MaxMSP. It's expensive software, I'm just finishing up and I'll send them PoC so they can fix. To me it's an achievement because it cost me many hours and loss of sleep.
The dog ate them :p
It does. He was responsible for a lot and he got to walk away and rebuild his life whilst those working "under" him got made examples of. I guess being a snitch does have it's benefits.
At the moment nothing. I'm finding it hard to gain employment due to mental health issues, and the criminal record.
Super crazy awesome! Yes, I recorded with Phil. I'm very excited for them.
I booked your last offer to Tokyo via Paris on the outbound and Amsterdam on the return. I've wanted to do to Tokyo all my life and had always put it off because of the cost but to get a return for basically £300 meant it was finally achievable. Thank you
Did they let you use a computer in prison?
Tara what is the best part of being a voice actress?
Answering this for you and the other people who've asked the same question! There's no one path to becoming a dialect coach, and certainly no 'official' one. The two main things you need to know and understand deeply, though, are acting & phonetics. One without the other won't do it. And then, of course, you have to be able to teach it. Our job is to support actors & stories, if we're not doing that, we're actively getting in the way. (I strongly advise anyone interested in becoming a dialect coach or speech/accent teacher to check out Knight-Thompson Speechwork and take a workshop, btw. I'm biased, because I teach it, but I don't think there's a better training out there. http://ktspeechwork.com/about-the-work/)
I grew up hearing lots of sounds and just was always interested in accents and languages. And so I played around with them a lot, which is, of course, how you get good at stuff!
Brilliant!!! Soooo many people booked this one - there are probably airplanes filled with JFC members lol
I wasn't meant to in prison, but nobody checked my records.
I also alerted their IT department (I was on good terms with the guy that ran it) to many potential issues on their Intranet. He fixed them :)
Getting to play all kinds of different roles that I would never be able to on camera.
Some of your deals are a little bit creative, in the routes and specific flights you recommend. Do you have any personal rules that have stopped you sharing particular deals?
For example, you might have spotted a route to NYC for £275 but its 32 hours and has 4 changeovers so you don't bother. Forgive me if this is a stupid question I'm not sure how you actually set up the deals.
Great service I hope to be able to book on one of your recommendations later in the year
What inspired you to audition for the role of a magical talking unicorn?
I didn't actually! The team at Wired actually sourced a lot of the clips. I was curious about that one! That's really funny.
Don't really have a favorite (I semi-answered this one earlier). No, I've never learned one! This was really the first time I've dug into them.
pretty much - I aim to balance great prices with convenience. I personally would avoid taking a flight that's £100 cheaper but has 2 long layovers or something crazy like that. Or if layovers are overnight in some city, there really is no benefit if you have to grab a hotel and a bus from the airport just to grab the savings.
Hmmmm I have a bunch more - will have to come back with those
I didn't audition. Lauren Faust came to my house and asked if I could help her out with a pitch presentation.
Did you get to hang out with Mark Hamill while doing voice work for the Batman: Arkham City game? And if you did, what was it like working with a Jedi?
(Sorry if this question was asked already)
My friend and colleague, the brilliant Eric Armstrong, coaches The Expanse. I think it's super-cool.
1) i don't know that answer. this stuff takes me a while. and i was touring a lot last year so ive only had the last few months to lock down in the studio. just be patient, i never ever wanna rush stuff.
- yes for sure. im working on my own tv show. it's just as important to me as music.
I do a lot of deals that have a 'nice' layover. For example arrive mid-day in Amsterdam and spend 24-36 hours there before flying off to Bangkok or whatnot the following evening. Those are fantastic!
The ones I try to avoid are 12 hour layovers where you arrive in the evening and basically depart early morning. Not much you can do then apart from sleep at the airport.
People have a high view of hackers. To the average Joe they posses skill that interests and fascinates them. I didn't have any issues in prison.
Yes and he's super cool.
24hr layover in Amsterdam or Vegas? Hell yeah! 24hr layover in Doha, Qatar? I'll pass.
What's the underground world of hackers like? What's interesting about it, what kind of people are they?
How are you in EVERYTHING?
Loving your role in the final season of Samurai Jack so far and my daughter adores MLP and Super Hero Girls.
(Also, thanks for the 'young' thing.)
For me it's a lonely place. My lifestyle is dreadful. I rarely leave the house, I spend up to 18 days sat at the computer. I do exercise, because I know this lifestyle is dangerous for your health, so I do my best to stay healthy.
Being able to manipulate a machine is fascinating. When you actually achieve the end goal the reward feeling you get is better than sex, or drugs. I think most hackers who are serious about what they do get this feeling. I've heard people say it before. You're basically chasing that high. To get that reward.
Most hackers are dull people. They spend most of their time involved in activities that don't interest most folks. I haven't met many hackers in real life so I don't know how they live, but that's how it feels for me.
How is ths any different to other cheap flights sites like Airfare Watchdog or Scotts Cheap Flights?
How did you keep up your skillset while in prison? 32 months seems like a long time to be out of web development and security testing with how fast new techniques are released.
How strong are you? It's a bit bold to just have the last name strong, I feel like you owe it to us to prove you are strong.
Well, there's a lot out there, but not all of it is great. It's hard to strike a balance between technical accuracy and accessibility. You're probably better off learning phonetics and then just doing a ton of listening and mimicking.
One book I can recommend is How to Do Accents, by Jan Haydn Rowles and Edda Sharp. It's not really the way I usually approach teaching accents, but they know their stuff.
(And I teach webinars from time to time...)
mannnnn. hopefully not too long. do you like it. do you think it's funny
Those are 2 slighly different categories there but Scott Flights are a great resource too - they started in the states and I started JFC here in the UK. We are similar in that we both find and send out lots of really cheap long-haul deals, but i try to cater JFC towards travellers like myself, who may take a trip or two per year to somewhere like Asia or S. America, but will also want to do a few weekend trips to Europe along the way.
Other sites make a big deal out of £25 RyanAir fares to wherever in Europe, but most of my subscribers can’t take a off 3 days mid-week to save a few £ on a cheap fare, so when it comes to quick getaways, I try to focus on balancing convenience and price and send out Friday - Sunday trips and focus on bank holidays. I don’t think there are many others doing that as it doesn’t give the same ‘wow’ factor.
Airfare Watchdog is another great resource for Americans as well, but I find websites in that category tend to push what I call ‘hotel spam’ and ‘car rentals’ as that is where they make their money. I try to aim for providing only useful info and cheap flights - no referral fees or commissions to worry about, so the incentives line up with what my subscribers are after
I served 12 months, and remained on license for the rest of the sentence. I was allowed to have books brought in from home. My personally library is huge so I had my partner send me some of my favourite books. They even let me have a huge malware analysis book ... which surprised me. I kept up to date, but it was frustrating not being able to practice what I was learning. I learnt how to dry run software on paper to help a little.
I'm pretty strong. You wouldn't want to take me on :-)
Hi Jack, been subscribed since your first Reddit AMA and love what you're doing!
Question: I've wanted for 16 years to go to Japan and can finally afford to do it now next year - Do you ever see error fares so far in advance? All the ones you email seem to be within the next 9 months or so? I'm hoping to go in either March or September 2018!
First of all, thanks for making this AMA. Here's a few questions I could ask:
1.) At what age did you get in the hacking business?
2.) Where did you learn how to hack?
3.) What was the first hack you've ever performed successfully and its result?
4.) Would you hack anyone or any website just for fun? Have you?
Hey Princess Clara! What is your favorite type of pizza?
That's a great question. I'm sure it's happened, but I can't think of one off the top of my head. I'll come back to you if I remember one.
the funny thing is, i get mistaken for me a lot. like in the sense that people come up to me ALL the time and say "you look just like lil dicky". and i go, i am he. and then they go, no you aren't. and then i go okay. and then they go are you really him? i go yea. they go "rap". isn't that crazy?
Amazing, you'll love Japan, worth the wait! Error fares appear randomly so it's hard to say when they'll come up but I've seen error fares that you can book ahead for a max of about 8-10 months.
I've always been hacking things from a young age. Either in electronics, computers, toys etc. It's just something I've done.
Books, HOWTO's, ezines, white papers, man pages etc. Just consuming as much information as I could and targeting the things that interested me.
I hacked my school network back when we had Acorn computers. We've all done that right? That was probably the first "illegal" thing I did.
I have in the past yes. Most times it's not about the target, but the challenge of getting into something. If I find a tiny issue on a website I'll pound it until I can exploit it, or leverage information that will help me gain access. These days I will report any vulnerabilities and I never cross that line into illegal territory.
Vegan/Gluten free (with lots of mushrooms).
When you record, are you typically with your castmates or do you record alone? I've seen a bit of both through behind the scenes of Archer, Moana, I Know That Voice, etc.
Did you see the comment about the open-jaw flights to Tokyo with Aeroflot? Those are now available in early March as well! I would wait another week or two and try to grab them for mid-March 2018
I haven't. The majority of the time I'm sat in my boxer shorts.
It's a mix.
When is the new music coming, LD? It's been almost 2 years since Professional Rapper came out.
Hi Jack! I actually came across you via Reddit from someone who recommended you. Just one question really - what is your ambition for the company? Is it scaleable?
Two part question:
1.) Without further incriminating yourself, what was the most difficult challenge you faced during your time with Lulsec/Anonymous?
2.) As an IT technician I'm starting to see an uptick in the number of my clients experiencing attempts to infiltrate their systems. What are some good resources that I could use to learn to mitigate these?
What was it like working on the Sabrina Movies?
Also super excited for the new season of My Little Pony and thanks for being the voice of just about everybody.
be patient, it takes me a while. i'm working all the time. it'll always be worth the wait, but rushing it and making subpar content is the last thing i want to do. i have really high hopes.
I hope so!
I just plan to grow and create a community of savvy travellers and JFC members. I DONT want to be like everyone else and start pushing hotel spam or car rentals or start taking commissions from booking sites that don't always offer the best deal on a particular flight.
We also plan to grow a bit - starting with Europe this year!
I didn't really face many challenges within the group. Technically I faced some challenges.
I was good at hacking web applications. I came from a web development background so I knew the ins and outs of how web applications were developed, how they worked, common pitfalls etc. I was able analyse source code for common open source platforms and find vulnerabilities that nobody else spotted. That was easy.
But some people were doing some crazy stuff. Reverse engineering, modifying firmware, malware development etc. That really interested me as I'd never really done any that in practice, only read about it. To this day I am still inspired by those guys and they're partly responsible for what I know today.
Regarding question 2, what's the responsibility of their systems? For example are they web servers and what operating system are they running? This will give me a better idea to answering the second question.
SO MUCH FUN!!!!
Is there a hierarchy in prison based on your conviction sentence? If so, where did you sit?
Can you share some details about the movie?
Sort of yes.
My crime meant I was a low risk offender. This places me in category D which means I can be placed in an open prison. An open prison means you get a key to your "dorm", you can work outside the prison, but you have to return at 7pm every night. Lots of perks.
But, you still have to go through the prison system to get there.
When I was first placed into custody I was on remand. I resided in a category B prison. This is a high security prison, one down from max. My pad mate was in for murder. Believe it or not he was a cool dude.
I remained there for 3 months. I was sentenced to 32 months and they sent me back to the category B prison. From there I waited to be moved to a category C prison. It's still secure, but a little less secure then B. I remained there for about 4 months.
From there I went to the category D where I served the rest of my sentence until release.
It's going to be VERY cute. We have a lot of wonderful guest stars and great songs. The coolest part is that we're going to have sea ponies.
What's your favorite rap album of all time? Besides your own
We've just booked our Honeymoon to Bali and was hoping there'd be something like this come up recently. Just wanted to say thanks anyway as we managed to get all our flights for the entire trip (Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bali) much cheaper from playing around with the Momondo/Google combination that you seem to use. You saved us a fair bit, even without an actual deal.
I nearly pulled the trigger on that £97 New York fare last week but sadly couldn't go!
Sawweeeet! Well done using those tool... I find the best services I use also educate a bit, so I was really going for that when I started - even better that you were able to find your own deals really. I spent my honeymoon in Bali as well and it was amazing - I'm sure you'll love it!
LD! Grandest Fans here. We love how successful you have become, very well deserved.
Do you remember writing the ScanGauge Rap song for your Kickstarter?
We play it at every party!
Uff so jealous. How do these things still happen with so much of it automated?
This is from a wired article:
Monsegur (Sabu), for his part, claims he never identified any of his fellow Anonymous hackers to the FBI. His own defense attorney disagreed in his sentencing hearing, telling a judge his “assistance allowed the government to pierce the secrecy surrounding the group, to identify and locate its core members and, successfully, to prosecute them.” Monsegur calls that a political statement intended to lighten his sentence.
What's your comment on his statement? How or why did you give your real name and location to Sabu? When did you know he was an informant?
My kids and I love Teen Titans Go! Thanks for your sardonic and wry Raven!
Does Raven's attitude ever creep into your own daily life?
Massive massive complex pricing databases which are then forwarded to bookings agents who price based off of those and other agents which match fares of those agents and yada yada yada. One mistake by anyone, anywhere and it can get multiplied onto a dozen websites sometimes.
Big data = big mistakes :-)
I dislike him. I felt hurt by what he did. It literally felt like a friend had backstabbed me. I found out on the way to the police station in the back of the car.
I thought I could trust him. We'd spoke for long enough. I knew his first name. I knew his location. I'd seen his graffiti (if it was actually his). We spoke about personal things. I had no reason to believe he was an informant. He acted the total opposite. In some cases even posting information that would be considered illegal.
If you had to get a tattoo of someone's face who would it be, where would you get it, and why?
Yo Jack - I want to take my little brother somewhere in Southeast Asia (he’s not been yet), but he’s afraid of flying and hasn’t travelled much before, so I want to minimise the number of flights as much as possible and was hoping to go direct. Thinking late August or early Sept. Still not sure where, but maybe Thailand or Vietnam. Got anything for us?
Edit: Oh and we’re in London!
1) did you finish your probation as well? Were there any other extra sanctions imposed on you as part of your conviction(preventing computer use while in the US?)
2) I heard some hackers plead guilty to their computer hacking crimes, and that helped them advance their career. Do you agree with that phenomena? If you agree/disagree, then why?
3) Did any of your perspectives in your values change before/after joining your group? What would you like to accomplish in your remaining years?
Is Mark Hamill a secret brony?
hmmmm...maybe allen iverson's face on my heart. he just really impacted my life, growing up in philly.
Hey man - awesome of you to take your little brother on a trip like that. I personally like Vietnam, but would probably choose Thailand for a first trip to SE Asia for your bro. These aren’t the best fares I’ve seen by a while, and they could still come down another £50 at some point, but EVA Air currently have some attractive non-stop fares which should make travel easier. It’s a top 5 airline with a direct flight to Bangkok - doesn’t get too much better than that for a first trip! :-)
Yeah I did. At one point my officer let me skip meetings because he wasn't concerned I would reoffend. I got friendly with my PO. He helped me a lot when I was diagnosed with Testicle Cancer. He later moved across the other side of the world and I lost touch with him. He was a great guy.
I'm not sure how it is in the US, but over here if you get convicted of hacking they tend to see it as that person can't be trusted.
When my depression started to get bad I was losing sense of any values/morals/ethics. Just weeks before I was self harming pretty bad. I was in a bad place mentally. Having reflected on what happened my values have definitely changed. It makes me cringe looking back on what I did.
I feel like I'm on a journey. I don't know where it's ending, but I will continue to learn and perfect my craft. I'd like to become an ASM wizard and be able to quickly read ASM as I can the English language. I'd like to make a small game with my son in ASM. We're going to attempt it on the C64 once my Final Cartridge 3 arrives. I have strange goals. Once I achieve that I don't know what's next. I'd like to gain full time employment one day.
Yes (but don't tell the internet)
Hey LD, just wanted to say thanks for doing this and for finally releasing the Pillow Talking video - it was definitely worth the wait!
I'm assuming everyone else will ask about if/when you've got new music coming out, so my question is this: If you were trapped in an empty room with no doors or windows and only a perfect clone of yourself, would you fuck or fight the clone? You're released after an hour and no one will ever know what happened in the room.
Thanks for doing the AMA, Jack!
A few questions:
I assume this is now your full time job? What other jobs have you had in the last 5 years?
Given you can probably work from anywhere in the world, how much of your average year do you spend abroad?
Do you plan all your own travels around cheap tickets, or do you occasionally splash out and pay full-fare for convenience?
Why didn't Anon make Sabu? There wasn't anything to make you think that somebody you might trust could be gathering and waiting for the right plea deal and price range? Any type of warnings?
Out of the shows you've been in, what's your favorite?
i have to fuck him or fight him? only two options? id love to just talk to him...but if that's not an option. fight him. it would be such a good, evenly matched fight
Hey thanks for coming by to visit! :-)
1) It is now - I've never worked this hard and never absolutely loved it. It's mental!
2) Well I only went full time a few months ago, but since then it's been basically 100%
3) I always fly as cheap as I possibly can, but not always with the deals I find - I have in mind where I think I want to go next :-)
No warnings at all. We used to chat for at least an hour a day. The last conversation I had with him he was showing me some images of graffiti he was doing. He was working on a track with me that he wanted to use as some sort of anthem. He was giving me instructions on how he wanted it to sound and I'd send prototypes over to him.
I didn't trust him at first, but over time he gained my trust. Looking back it did feel a bit like "grooming" tbh.
The Little Mermaid 2!
Hey Dave! I am a huge fan of both you as a rapper and as a person. I've been impressed with how real you still are despite being so popular. Do you feel like your fame has affected you much on a personal level?
Loved the pillow taking vid. It was truly the best music video I have seen. It was exactly as I envisioned the song so I can see why it took 10 months. Worth the wait! By far my favorite song of yours!!
Keep it real, LD.
What's your favorite kind of cheese?
Will there be any guest VA's in Season 7?
i dont think my fame has effected me in the slightest. i honestly barely feel famous, compared to where i envision ending up. so, i just think to myself about how small of a scale all of the attention is now, to what it will be like in three years. ask me again in three years. hopefully ill be the same dude. i think i will be. ive always envisioned this life for me, so none of if surprises me
Cheese strings (String Cheese in American). What does that say about me? lol
Push a screwdriver into the PSU whilst chanting "we are anonymous".
Yes! William Shatner and Felicia Day.
Can you tell us more about the show you're working on? Id love to see you in a comedy show or movie.
Is there an optimum amount of time before the actual flight that you find your deals? I'm looking at subscribing in 3 or 6 month chunks but don't know how far in advance of my travels to begin the subscription. Or would you recommend 12 month subscriptions to take advantage of everything you find?
Did you ever think you'd be ringing the Nasdaq opening bell in the name of My Little Pony? What was that like?
based upon my real life and true experiences. just me being me. a guy trying to be a rapper
It varies vastly by airline and season. Some of these new-age budget long-haul airlines like Thomson tend to have tonnes of last minute deals a few weeks prior, while major airlines usually have their best offers 8-12 weeks in advance and some scattered price drops as far as 11 months in advance.
Had a lot of members book that Hawaii trip for Jan 2018 recently!
No and it was honestly the most thrilling day ever! It was very magical.
Is it possible to rock up at the airport and get yourself a last minute deal if you are flexible on location or is the price even higher?
Have you talked to Sabu since he allegedly snitched on you?
Will Crocker ever catch a fairy?
i just force myself to sit there and thing of random thoughts. and all these random words and nouns come into my head. and i write them down, and pick my favorites
nah - very rarely will you score something like that. Usually you'll end up paying 2x the standard fare :-/
It does happen with some budget airlines, but even then very unlikely
I think he has caught fairies before. The question is...will he keep them?
About how long after talkin wit a bitch did brain get to poop?
What's the best way to learn "hacking" or programming? What's your opinion on cyber security ethics, regarding the openness between the government and private sectors or individuals? What's the best way to prevent someone hacking oneself? Thank you!
how often do you recognize one of your voice actor peers on TV/radio/games a day?
brain still gotta poop, look at his twitter @hardbodybrain
Hacking and programming are two different beasts when it comes to learning. I'm mostly self taught and started reading books, HOWTO's, magazines etc from an early age so the knowledge has been accumulated over the past 15 or so years.
Programming wise I'd recommend to start with learning C. It's useful because it teaches you computer architecture. Memory management, the stack/heap, etc are useful for learning memory corruption techniques. If you want to go down the software hacking route it's a long road, but start with C imo. Learning C will allow you to learn other language pretty easily and is very useful for hacking.
Hacking is a broad topic. There's lots of different specialist areas. Most people these days want to know how to hack websites (which is only the tip of the iceberg btw). If you want to learn that, grab yourself a copy of the Browser Hackers Handbook, and Kali. Note: I do not advocate the use of Kali if all you're doing is running scripts and not understanding what's actually going on under the hood, but it's a useful place to start.
Regarding ethics, the Government has no business prying its eyes in anyones business. The privacy issues that are going on in the UK and the USA make me angry.
The best way to prevent yourself from being hacked is to learn how attackers can gain access to your system and implement the necessary protections to stop them :)
I recognize them all the time.
Hey Dicky, big fan.
In your Snapchat recently, you had a clip of yourself rapping along with what sounded like a sneak peak of a new song from you. Can you confirm this and possibly give any further details on upcoming singles/ album?
How can we secure our cellphones? Specially the cams and mics.
Just a random question, but how big is your wardrobe? (I may or may not want to borrow a dresses few for mine ;D)
im making new music all the time. some of it sucks. some of it is amazing. youll hear the good stuff only. been working a lot with brain lately too, he's been in the studio a ton. trying to get him out there.
I can't comment. I do not own a smartphone. I use a Nokia 8310. I do not trust them.
You can NEVER have enough cute things to wear.
How would you describe your relationship with James the squirrel?
Regardless of what the law says is right or wrong, did you ever reach a personal moral barrier where you weren't sure whether to cross?
At that point in time my moral barrier was very low. Most times I didn't even consider the consequences of my actions if caught. I got too complacent.
I really like the original 1989 version.
I found them myself, but many times there was help from other members.
I like to warm up with my singing teacher's exercises that I have saved on my phone.
In the end of the article you wrote you said:
In my next article I will provide a complete tutorial on how the average Joe can secure their Internet connection and remain private from Government spying and data retention.
Are you still planing to do this?
What moment was the highlight of your acting career so far? what are your thoughts ont he vast majority of your fans?
don't even sweat it. guys are lucky that girls value personality so highly. if she likes you enough, she won't even care. she'll be so moved by how much she likes you that she'll orgasm easier than she would with a guy with a huge dick who isn't as cool as you. you should also do a lot of foreplay.
I am yes. I got caught up with other things in life. I lost my Dad at the start of this year and another family member the start of this month. It's been tough. But you just reminded me, I need to get that finished. Thanks :)
I have to say, ringing the Nasdaq Opening Bell earlier this week is definitely up there!
I'm a huge fan of your work, but more of your skill set. I like pillow talk, but the antagonist was probably my favorite on the album. Do you have any plans to make a serious hip hop record in the future?
What's your go to linux distro?
I feel like I should say Arch. Or Gentoo. Or LSF. All great distros but my gotos are good old Debian and FreeBSD purely out of personal preference because I grew up on them. My main machine runs Qubes.
I love Harley Quinn, puddin'
So I watched your freestyle on Sway in the Morning, and it was awesome! How memorable of an experience was that? Also side note, the line about Michelle Obama was incredible
What's your take on Edward Snowden?
Who was your favourite artist to collaborate with and why?
Also who would you most like to collaborate with in the future?
How fast can you type?
well, a bunch of collabs happened digitally. brendon urie came into my studio though, and sang it right in front of me. so that was my favorite. because as soon as he sang, i knew he was perfect and it was cool to witness the moment in person.
Never counted, but judging by the number of comments I'm going to have to increase my pace a little :)
How adork-able they are. How generous they are. How inclusive they are.
Any plans to collaborate with Drake or Chance the Rapper? That would be crazy
Whats your reaction whenever you see hacking scenes on the tv/movies?
Do you think that Raven and Twilight could get along if they were to meet?
i'd love nothing more. hopefully one day
The new stuff is mostly overrated imo. Hackers is a true story. I love that film. Wargames is a classic I enjoy too. I'm not really into the newer films. Maybe because I'm from BBC micro era.
Of course! Raven loves ponies.
Was the post removed or just the description? Mods?
What sets people like yourself or Cree Summer apart in the animation voice over field?
We're very versatile, easy to work with and not too shabby looking. :-)
Has anyone ever sucked you off after you said "somebody suck me"?
Care to share any thoughts on S7 of MLP? Maybe a small spoiler?
Sure. It's going to be super adorable...lots of new songs...the premiere on Saturday is two back-to-back episodes. This season, we get to meet Rainbow Dash's parents, may adorable niece Flurry Heart and of course, William Shatner and Felicia Day are joining the herd.
D, huge fan. What has been your favorite music video to make to date? They're all so clever and unique. Maybe share a cool story from one of the sets too?
Hi Tara! I'm a big fan, and I practically grew up watching your work!
I have a couple questions for you, If you don't mind answering!
What are your thoughts on Teen Titans Go!, in contrast to the original Teen Titans series?
Which character has been the most fun to voice?
Who is your favourite villain that the Titans have faced so far?
Thank you for taking the time for doing this AMA!
ex boyfriend no question. cuz i just knew the whole time it would change my life. and it was fun. and back then, you didnt have to get permits, do things officially, you just ran around with a camera and filmed. shout out brian storm - my DP
I love them both. It's a toss up between Power Puff Girls, Fairly OddParents and Raven. Probably Slade.
What are the chances of LD getting a Frank Ocean feature on the next album?
What are the chances of a Derpy Hooves episode?
i should be so lucky. blond is my favorite album of the last 5 years.
I think pretty slim although I would like one :-)
Hi, Tara! What is your favorite Teen Titans moment or episode?
easily. one is red. one is orange. one has one texture that's less juicy and slimy. the other is slimy. etc.
I love Lady Legasus and the colors of Raven. In the original series, I loved stuff with Slade and Trigon.
Fucken loved this video, Dude. The production is sick!!! Especially loved all the attention to details you made, the shit on the side tables, no dabs shirt, but yo! the sound effects blew me away. Did you do those? Sounded so cray.
Who is your favourite pony?
no we hired a great sound design company, Voodoo Highway Music & Post Inc.
Hey there! I just want to say that "Pillowtalk" was actually the first song I heard from you. My friend played it in my car on our way to football practice and we were laughing the whole way there. Since then I've been listening to everything. Just want you to know you've got a lot of fans (at least around me) here in SoCal.
Anyway, my question: How does it feel to be a professional rapper?
i respect that. i like that's the first song you heard. it honestly feels amazing to be a professional rapper. its a true dream come true
i think im doing a lot of stuff, on a pretty successful level, that's never been done before. i rap about sucking my own dick, ya know? and i still went platinum. i think that's pretty sick.
Hello Mr. Bird,
Big fan! What was the process for filming this like? A few days of filming or did you practice and get it all shot in a day (minus CGI and shit)? BTS in the future...?
Sincerely, A Manilla Envelope
this was 5 days of shooting. 3 for the bedroom scenes, and the set was built from scratch, we took the walls away during the cgi stuff and had green screens there. then we shot the soldiers stuff in one day. then we shot john c reilly one day
You are a lyrical genius and I love how your mind works. Love you lots.
So ever since we met the Burds, I've been wondering if your mom has yet to have a conversation with Puff. Daddy's mom? Like have they been able to hash over the woes and worries of their rapper son's lives and did Momma Diddy get to tell momma Burd how she backs her the fugg up?
That would be a lunch I'd like to sit in on.
no my mom has still yet to speak with mrs diddy. id pay so much money to see that. i say fugg too