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MusicHi, we’re Joey Sturgis, Eyal Levi and Joel Wanasek - Billboard Top 10 music producers and owners of the online recording school Nail The Mix!

May 2nd 2017 by urmacademy • 55 Questions • 75 Points

I am an actor, director, Chicano art collector, and writer, and half of comedy duo Cheech and Chong. I have a newly released memoir called "Cheech Is Not My Real Name, But Don't Call Me Chong!"

https://www.instagram.com/p/BTmOSy1Bxfo/?taken-by=cheechmarinofficial

https://mobile.twitter.com/CheechMarin/status/859450507747663872?p=v

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what is technically the worst sounding record that still sounds great in your opinion, and what is technically the best sounding record that sounds horrible?

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My friend who has the disease used to have a fairly grueling physical training regimen. His father used to cup his hand and hit him in the back to help break up some of the mucas inside. I guess my question is whether or not there has been progress in that respect? Or if that type of physical therapy is still required? It was always hard to listen to when we would hang out. I felt bad that he had to go through it so often. But hey he's still alive and doing very well for himself so I guess it must have helped.


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What were you trying to make different with this game? ie: what were you trying to do that no other game has?

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As someone who lost their face, lived for a time without one, and then received a new one, do you see your outward appearance as part of your internal identity?

Is what you see in the mirror "who you are," or just a mask being worn by the person inside?

Many peoples' entire concept of self is based on their external appearance, so I'm curious as to whether experiencing such a dramatic change to your outer shell caused you to reevaluate how you think of yourself internally.


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What are you doing currently in places like Saudi Arabia? I have a Saudi friend who has mentioned that someone he knew there got put in jail for tweeting something against the government.

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I read recently that NSA has distanced itself from lattice based crypto. I can't find the article now though of course. Is this true? Can you say why? What approaches do you think will be the future of quantum-resistant crypto?

https://www.wired.com/2015/09/tricky-encryption-stump-quantum-computers/

What do you guys think of the importance of provably secure schemes? Will they ever be practical and used in real world applications?

Finally make your response an even number of characters if Diffie-Hellman has been practically broken, odd if it has not. Thank you.


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Bit of a cliche but, What advice would yo give your younger self?

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I would say a great song that sounds like crap is better than a great recording of a terrible song. So anything that fits that criteria. For example, I respect, but I don't like a lot of 60s mixes. I do like a lot of the songs though so who cares what it sounds like. On the other side, I had a mix reel of 2000s rock songs for reference and I hate most of the songs but all the mixes were incredible. -Joel


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Excellent question!!! Yes, there has been advancement. There are many airway clearance devices nowadays. The most popular machine being "The Vest"... which I am currently doing. :) It is a machine that has a vest attachment that puffs up and vibrates to break up mucus. There are also other machines (that can vary as to where you live) and hand-held machines too. Manual PT (what you described in your comment) is still an effect therapy for airway clearance. My partner is actually learning to perform manual PT for me as soon as his schedule clears up because The Vest alone is just not as effective as it used to be.

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We wanted to make a rogue-lite game that focused a LOT less on vertical progression than others in the genre.

Basically what I mean by that is that we wanted our level-up system to work more like Zelda, where you get new abilities that expand your options, and less like Final Fantasy, where you get higher stats that make your 'numbers go higher.'

We also wanted to shift the focus away from the 'lite' persistent progression and more towards variety within specific runs. Chaos Cards are our only persistent progression mechanic. We never liked this idea of unlocking items that then become available for drop inside the 'main game.'

We also wanted to offer more of an opportunity for variety and experimentation earlier in the game so that the first few floors don't seem like such a flog...

We also just hate the 'pick three' level up system in most games in this genre so we got rid of that!

The intention, in a way, ended up being to make an almost real time version of Dungeon Crawl: Stone Soup if you have ever played that before.


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Honestly, I see myself, never really had any type of dysphoria.

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Saudi Arabia has an absolutely atrocious human rights record, including but not limited to free speech issues. One of the world's worst governments, and one which several of the organizations participating in this AMA have been highly critical of in the past:

https://www.article19.org/resources.php/resource/38207/en/saudi-arabia:-poet-ashraf-fayadh-given-death-sentence-for-apostasy

http://www.ifj.org/nc/news-single-view/browse/5/backpid/59/category/gender-equality/article/ifj-condemns-brutal-and-inhumane-saudi-action-against-woman-journalist/

My own organization hasn't been very active on Saudi Arabia not because we have any affinity for that horrendous government, but rather because, as a small organization, we tend to focus our resources on countries where we see some potential of impacting positive change, which just isn't the case in Saudi. It's the same reason we haven't been that active on China, despite their atrocious record.


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Sorry for the late response. This was one of the more interesting questions (except for that last request), so we should have responded yesterday. I'm not even going to bother counting the number of characters.

I don't think I've seen anything from the agency indicating disfavor with any of the post-quantum schemes, actually, but as you know, they're rather tight-lipped. Although, the NSA did make [an announcement](tinyurl.com/SuiteB) that recommended to start moving towards post-quantum crypto. They also specifically suggested that ellictic curve cryptography is particularly vulnerable to quantum computers, and there's even a paper that tries to guess at the reasons behind that statement.

As a mathematician, I think provable security should definitely a worthy goal, especially when proofs in this area are hard to come by. Take RSA, which is almost mentioned as difficult to break as factoring. We only know for sure that breaking RSA is at most as hard as factoring, and there are indications that breaking RSA may be easier. So yes, I think that it worthwhile to have a proof that the security of a crypto scheme can be reduced to a long-standing problem. You have to be careful about how tight your bounds are, though, as it's possible for them to be so loose as to render your proofs useless.

One aspect with lattice based crypto that I think is a selling point is the worst-case hardness, which says that breaking the crypto in any case implies that you can break the other long-standing problem in the worst case. The way I think of it is that it gives some assurance that there isn't some broad class of special cases that the crypto has to avoid, which has happened many times with RSA, Diffie-Hellman, and ECC.

As for practicality, Google ran a trial run of New Hope on Canary.

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protect yourself at all times


Q:

which of those 2000s rock songs do you think is the best just from a mix standpoint?

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What kind of medications must you take for this?


Q:

Oh shit, your last sentence might have just sold me on the game. DCSS is incredible. Sometimes, though, I want to play something a little more fast paced that rewards play rather than just strategic planning (which DCSS can feel like from time to time).

Compared to DCSS, how deep is the game? DCSS has tons of stuff to do in endgame and extended runes. In Ruin of the Reckless, is level progression the same every time?

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Would Operation Mend be of any assistance, or do they only volunteer the surgeries?


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My uncle was killed in the Iranian 1988 executions for political dissent against the Islamic regime. Today, there is no such thing as freedom of speech in Iran- speaking out against hardliner politicians or against Islam, even if you didn't mean to and somebody just perceives you as doing so, can result in a prison sentence and severe penalties (lashings, executions, etc). Hardly a few days ago, an Iranian TV executive that translated media into Persian was mysteriously killed in a drive-by shooting.

The more the west tries to influence Iran, for example if western circles publicly called for more freedom of expression in Iran, the more ground the conservative hardliners (aka most of the regime) would gain because they are against western influence. How can the rest of the world promote freedom of speech and expression in Iran today? Is this even possible?

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Hello there! I work in IT Security myself. Quantum computing seems to be one of those topics that makes the professionals in my field grind their teeth because we're just not aware of all the implications or capabilities of this new technology.

Do you foresee any major structural changes (in regards to topology or hardware) to the current operation of "the Internet" when quantum computing becomes more standardized?

Also, one of our bigger concerns seems to be authentication. Will there need to be a bigger push into bio-metric authentication over AlphaNumeric-memorization or do you believe that some form of trusted authentication will come into play that can "thwart" quantum calculation?

My worry is that the world gets quantum computer before IT professionals can figure out a way to maintain password fidelity.


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If you could go back and decline a role in something, which would it be?

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I personally love any guitar that has an evertune system. It's such a life saver that eliminates the need to tune after every take. To get specific though, I love PRS in general, they make amazing guitars. - Joey


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The medication list varies A LOT from patient to patient, but for the most part we all take forms of bronchodialators (sp?), medications to thin mucus, and inhaled antibiotics among several pills and vitamins, then add in airway clearance therapy such as The Vest. Plus, IV antibiotics whenever infections flare up.

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Well, DCSS is like the deepest game ever made! I won't pretend that our two man team created a real time experience with fully animations etc... that even comes CLOSE to comparing to the DCSS team of several hundred people working with tiles.

We tried to nail some of the fun and tone of that gameplay style though!


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I'll look into that.

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Sorry to hear about your uncle. Iran's government is utterly atrocious, and one that my colleagues in this AMA have been sharply critical of: https://www.article19.org/en/azad/, http://www.ifj.org/nc/news-single-view/backpid/1/article/iran-three-journalists-arrested-in-one-week/. It's not an area we've been particularly active, because as a small organization we tend to focus our resources on place we see potential to impact positive change and, as you point out, outside criticisms seem to only fuel the hardliners. In terms of what to do in a case like that - solidarity among the rest of the world is important, as well as consideration of a country's human rights record in establishing economic relations. Without necessarily coming out in support or opposition to the recent Iranian nuclear deal, I do think that the country's human rights record has, to a certain degree, fallen by the wayside with the focus on their nuclear programme. Hopefully, with the proliferation of the Internet and the increasing democratisation of tools of mass communication, Iran's youth will be empowered to finish the work of the Green Revolution in 2009 though, like Turkey and the Philippines, when a government is dead-set against respecting human rights, and has solid support of the army and security services, it can be incredibly challenging to impact change.


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The current post-quantum crypto schemes would all involve some compromise, like larger keys, more involved computations, maintaining state (like in stateful hash-based signatures), etc. Symmetric crypto, like AES and hashes, would remain mostly the same as now, with maybe double the key size. Besides that, we should be able to secure comms in a similar manner to what we have now.

The process of adopting standards for post-quantum crypto is under way right now, as NIST is currently taking proposals, and hopefully, we'll have new standards within the next 3-5 years.

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ive liked all my roles


Q:

Joey, are you actually the one coding your plugins and if so, when did you start coding and how did you get into dsp? Thanks!

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Thanks, so it can progress to pneumonia, if you don't stay on top of treatments?


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you released a game on my birthday! im forever linked to it now.

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Hi Mitch,

I saw your picture on your first AMA, and in that one you mentioned that you would soon go to Boston for some "touch-ups" and the like. How did those turn out? How has your face been adapting to being on you? How good of a "match" (for lack of a better word) is your face now?

Thank you


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How would you rate the freedom of expression in the United States as compared to other countries around the world? A lot of my friends think that the Government in the United States tries to shut down the freedom of expression, while it appears as Americans can say just about anything (with a few exceptions, of course). In stories I see about other countries, those same freedoms don't seem to exist in the same manner.

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HI! I made a comment on your post in /r/crypto yesterday, which stirred up some discussion on the differences between a quantam computer vs. a quantam annealer.

How are these two used differently? Do they have different application domains? Is one more powerful than the other?

I have degrees in Pure Math and CS, but have not been exposed to much quantam physics outside of a Modern Physics course back in (math) undergrad. Do you think it will be difficult for me to break into this field of research?


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Are you sure your name is Cheech? Cordially yours, Larry

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We hire people MUCH smarter at coding than us to do the coding. Joey and I have small backgrounds doing it, but talented audio prgrammers are very rare and VERY hard to find. Making software is extremely expensive too! We just design the UI/direction/theoy of the plugins. -Joel


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Yes! It can still lead to pneumonia even if we are diligent with our treatments too. The treatments are preventative care, but it's not perfect. The lungs also get scarred from chronic lung infections.

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We are joined at the heart, like that Dragon from... Dragonheart and that douchey guy.


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It's been a great match i.g. skin tone, hair color, ect.

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Freedom of expression is a multifaceted thing, so it depends on which areas you want to focus on. In some areas, like hate speech, the US has an almost absolutist approach to freedom of expression, which goes beyond most of the rest of the world. However, recent years have seen some alarming trends, such as the increasing targeting of whistleblowers, and even journalists. Also, widespread mass surveillance is considered by most to be an infringement of freedom of expression. On the whole, Freedom House's World Press Freedom Index is a fairly handy guide, which places the US in the "Free" category, but serious threats to freedom of expression nonetheless exist in the country, and it's important to be vigilant to safeguard this right.


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I think you probably have enough knowledge already to get started. The nice thing about quantum computing is that the physics has been abstracted in such a way that you only need to understand a few basic fundamental quantum properties that are being applied. In computer science, it's like saying that you don't need to understand the physics of semiconductors to write code. I read some of the classic Chuang-Nielsen text back in grad school.

Frankly, I don't know all that much specifically about the quantum annealing approach, but it is definitely far removed from the models that most quantum computing algorithms are based on, that I'm more familiar with. This paper, for example, shows that you could use quantum annealing to factor. One of the key pieces of Shor's algorithm is that it can be efficiently implemented using the quantum fourier transform, and my guess is that the annealing approach is not nearly as efficient, by the time you translate between models.

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I thought so until you mentioned it


Q:

I see that you guys are helping promote Jordan Valeriote's Hardcore Tracking course which is awesome, Have you guys ever spoke about Jordan doing a month on Nail The Mix? I would love to mix a Silverstein song.

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Good OP. As a doctor i know what you go through. All the best and God bless you.


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Any details on the development process? In what language have you guys written the game?

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Did you request the transplant or did they seek you as a "guinea pig" as you say? When you state that you went into rejection, can you elaborate on what exactly that means?


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What do you think about last year's story of Mike Ward (Stand-up comedian) VS Jeremy Gabriel and the Court of Human Rights in Quebec, Canada? Have you heard of it?

It sparked a lot of debate towards freedom of expression, specifically for comedians and what they can/can't say legally.

For context; Jeremy Gabriel has Treacher Collins syndrome (facial deformities, especially ears, jaw and cheeks. In his case, he was born pretty much deaf due to malformations. He eventually got very good hearing aids and around age 10 started his dream of singing. 5 or 6 years ago, his parents exposed him a lot to the media and more importantly, he appeared with the make a wish foundation, which made his dream of singing before the Pope come true.

Fast forward 2016, Mike Ward has a number in his one-man show that starts by reminding people about him from years ago, stating that most people were saying "he sings so bad, he sounds awful, etc." (which people were saying), but that he kept defending him. "It's ok, it's his dream, let him be, he's sick, he's dying, let him be, yeah he sings bad but it's his wish, he's dying, let him be."

But then, he's really upset because today, he's not dead! "Of course not, I now know what sickness he has. Goddamn, he's just ugly! I was defending him and now I look like a fool!" (Usually Make a Wish foundation is for very sick children who are dying, they make their wish come true before they die... But TC syndrome is not dangerous for your life). Then he goes on being upset that he wouldn't die. "It's simple; I defended you, you just had to die!" When his mother made him such a parade years ago and presented him with Make a Wish as a dying little boy, the whole Province pitied poor little Jeremy as if he was dying-sick when he never was (I was here and he actually became quite the pariah because of his mother). The harshest thing Mike Ward said is: "I saw him at the waterpark last summer, I tried to drown him but he just won't die!"

So the Court of Human Rights sided with Jeremy and sued Ward for difamation and damages to personal life, then won for an amount of $42 000. Mike Ward is waiting for a appeal to the decision.

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Thank you for the response, and the links! I will look into these. Your note about the abstractions is encouraging. The thought of writing software in this domain is pretty overwhelming. I suppose through teamwork with physicists and mathematicians that the barriers of entry get looser.


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Hey Cheech, do you have a favorite musical album from 2017?

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Noted. We have a pretty insane lineup comming already this year. We will see what happens. -Joel


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Thank you for your support and what you do. :)

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Plenty of details! We wrote the game in Game Maker: Studio version 1.4

As far as other details well... there are a ton of things I could mention so you'd need to be more specific. :)


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To elaborate more, there are four stages of rejection, the 4th stage can't be reversed and you lose the organ. As it progresses from stage 1 to 4, the face starts getting really splotchy, stage 3 looks like a full blown sunburn. I've been in stage 3 in the past but it was always caught in time before it hit 4.

I also had government insurance up until last year so I never saw medical bill, but it was taken away, along with my disability. The government ruled me no longer disabled but my leg still hasn't grown back.

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I don't do a whole lot of freedom of expression work in Canada, because my organization mainly focuses on emerging democracies, but I find the Mike Ward case very, very troubling. People should have a constitutional right to say offensive or hurtful things, and it's not the State's job to protect people's feelings. This is absolutely chilling for Canada's expressive discourse.

There's not a lot I agree with that Stephen Harper did, but scaling back on the anti-hate rules in the Human Rights Act is one of them. We have hate speech laws in the criminal code. If speech doesn't rise to that level, it shouldn't be subject to State sanction. Unfortunately, at the provincial level enforcement is still more intrusive.


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Oh, I just remembered about open-source quantum computing simulators that are around, like LIQUi|>. It's really fun to play around with.

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Kendrick Lamar - Damn.


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I saw in the periphery mix that Nolly was almost entirely ITB mixing but incorporated real drums and rooms, are there any plans to have an engineer on who uses solely sampled drums/VST bass similar to buster odenheim on a future NTM?

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What has changed to most for you since last year's AMA?


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Gonna piggyback on this. What skills did you and Daniel have, and what did you decide to hire out for? Congrats on the game! :)

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The government ruled you no longer disabled with one leg? You must have made the mistake of getting a job.


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Do you feel online spaces like Twitter or Facebook should allow equal opportunity to all voices to be heard without censorship?

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Hi! With mentioning that Quantum Computers are coming up and their ability to help solve computational problems, how far would you guess that we are away from an actual functioning quantum computer? I feel like I see a wikipedia link or similar for it every year or so, and it's one of those "Always 5 years away" kind of developments.


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Are you still friends with Chong?

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Yes of course. We believe that all methods are valid as long as the end result sounds great. We don't discriminate on the methods, and we think that it's small minded to do that. Using sampled bass and drums is a very real part of modern production. Just so you know, I believe we've already had months where the drums have been all programmed. We Came As Romans comes to mind. - Eyal


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I LOVE your question! A LOT has changed, actually. My baseline (which is what we call our normal) has had quite a drop and I am in the middle of re-adjusting my lifestyle to fit it. I have an official college degree now (I was 2 weeks away from getting it last time I did this AMA) and am working full-time in my field. That has been another adventure in itself. I am also transitioning in "full" adulthood, which to me means having my own insurance and being 100% responsible for my health care. Those are just the big things.

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When Danny and I first started we had basically no skills! (We thought we were awesome though.) We each had taken about maybe a year of casual programming education through High School and College... I remember very early on in the process having to figure out what, exactly an 'array' was.

Over time I think we have become very good programmers, but there are still some GMS programmers that are much better than we are that we reference for some of the hardest problems. (luckily the community is very tight-knit and friendly.)

As for pixel-art, we're both HORRID so we had to contract out about 14 different pixel artists to help us with that.

Most of the sound design was done by yours truly, but there was too much to be done so we contracted some out to Wes Devore (I think he did a fine job.)

Of course the music... we didn't make that either! And the translation we had to contract out too.


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Yeah, I had 3 kids and then child support, disability wasn't covering that.

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It's a very interesting question as to what level of responsibility comes with these intermediaries' role as the facilitators of online speech. Generally, human rights are understood to apply to States, rather than the private sector, but there's been increasing recognition that responsibilities should attach to these tech firms as well. For a broader discussion, check out something I wrote on this issue at: responsible-tech.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Intermediaries-Print.pdf


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That's not really my field, and even then, it's difficult to guess. I think the rate of progress is accelerating, with Google looking to move from 6 qubits to 49 in the next year. At that point, it can start to answer questions that classical computers aren't capable of answering (i.e. quantum supremacy). I believe that is also close to where you can start solving some interesting problems in quantum simulation. If it can be used to improve the efficiency of the Haber process to make fertilizer even a little, for example, it would have global-scale impact, as it takes up 1-2% of yearly global energy usage.

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why yes, we will always be connected. We played golf yesterday at the George Lopez tournament


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  1. Recording
  2. Happiness
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So, some pretty big milestones - congratulations, (not on the lower baseline part mind you)! How do you handle the mental side of it; the ups and downs, the uncertainties? How have your parents been handling this time of transition?


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I see a lot of small indie devs who either are artists themselves or work very closely with their artist(s). Can you talk about working on the game without knowing exactly where your art direction might go? What was it like having less total control? Did any issues arise from having so many artists and was it difficult to get your artists to match what you needed?

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How common is it for a face transplant to be rejected? Does your current insurance assist with any of the expenses?


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What do you think of the situation on the island of New Guinea / Papua? Its such a large region with so many conflicts, and yet, there seems to be so little coverage of news. Do the original papuans have any free press or human rights at all?

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(I'm not OP, but...)

Quantum computers can perform large numbers of operations simultaneously.

One of the simplest ways to break encryption is through brute force. Pick an initial key, try to decrypt the message, see if the result makes sense. Try another key, and another, until all the keys have been tried. The defense against this is that encryption keys are large - usually 2128 bits or more. That means a brute force attack would require so much computing power and time, that it is impractical.

Quantum computers could theoretically try all 2128 keys at once. A bit in a classical computer and be 0 or 1. A qubit in a quantum computer can be in an uncollapsed state where it's either 0 or 1. If you have 128-qubits input, which is uncollapsed, theoretically a quantum computer can perform all 2128 operations simultaneously.

This is a bit of an over-simplification. In particular, for breaking symmetric ciphers, actual techniques won't work this well. But it is thought that the common public key algorithms (like RSA and Diffie-Helman) could be broken.


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What's your favorite strain to smoke, and what's your favorite way to smoke?

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You really need to be more specific than that unless you want a super short answer. In general I use a different guitar for every type of part so that means 1 for rhythm, 1 for lead, 1 for cleans and etc. But that's not a rule. Sometimes more. If you elaborate on your question, I can elaborate on the answer. - Eyal


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Thank you! It certainly has been a learning experience. I have actually been struggling with the ups and downs lately. I am really lucky to have an awesome support system, though. My family and friends are always there for me. I have been reaching out to some close CF friends more lately. That has really helped me... just to speak with people that get it. Then it always leads to joking around and laughing and that's what really helps!

It's funny you ask about my parents because I wrote a post for the CFF blog on that subject. I know my mom is taking the adjustment pretty hard, but they are very supportive. This last hospitalization they drove through a snow storm to bring me food & underwear because it was a surprise admission.

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We were very selective about our artists. I would put out the APB on twitter for artists and generally get between 20-100 replies, usually we would narrow that down to one or two artists and then do a test with them to see if they could match the style.

If the artist couldn't match the style to our satisfaction, that was it. :/


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We typically go into minor rejection once a year but none of the patients so far have gone far enough into rejection to lose the face.

The french woman who died a few year ago from two different forms of cancer from the meds we take to not go into rejection did lose some muscle control in her mouth area after a bout of rejection.

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I went to Papua a few years back as part of an international human rights mission. It's a very troubling situation, and particularly relevant since this year's UNESCO World Press Freedom Day event is being held in Jakarta. I know a lot of people have been trying to draw attention to the abuses in Papua as part of that event, so hopefully it succeeds in shining a light on the abuses that continue to take place.


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That is the power of superposition! Yes, you can create quantum states with the outputs of all those 2128 keys, but in order to look at any of those values, you have to disturb that quantum state, collapsing it. You basically get to make a coin flip on all those 2128 inputs and get to look at just one output, and then you'd have to create that initial state again, if you didn't get the answer you wanted.

Quantum algorithms have to change the odds in their favor, like gaming the roulette wheel to make it more likely to give you the answer you want. In Shor's algorithm, you change the odds so that your roulette wheel spin is more likely to give a result that will factor n.

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Free weed and the other free weed


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Theoretically you could cover pretty much all guitar parts if you have a single 7 or 8 string guitar. But i'm pretty sure that you're more versatile, if you have more guitars than that. In your opinion, how many different types of guitars should one own, before it's just tiny nuances, that differentiate each guitar from one another?

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Aww, the things parents do for their kids. I'll have to check out your post. Do you think your mom is taking it hard because you are making decisions that she doesn't agree with or is it more that she has a hard time giving up control? Has your mom spent most of her life caring for you, going with you to doctors appointments, dealing with pharmacies and insurance etc and now she isn't needed as much? Is she having struggling with finding her own life again, but feeling like she can't make any big commitments in case you need her? (If this is too personal for a public forum, don't feel that you have to answer.) I ask because my young teen was recently diagnosed with cf right around the time that I was thinking of going back to work / changing careers, and every time I think I have a handle on meds and routines, the protocol changes.

I also wanted to ask you how your siblings have handled your illness. Has there been resentment growing up around parental attention, division of chores etc. Are your siblings older, younger?


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Could you PM me some details of artists? Especially anyone that can do pixel art video. Our primary artist can no longer work for a long while (family problems). Our others just don't yet have the skills.

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You can sell testicles???


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In a time where "fake news" is spreading like wildfire, what role (if any) do governments have to play in regulating the profession of journalism? When does a government cross the line from legitimate standard setting to undue influence in the marketplace of ideas?

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Ethereum is in fact forking to a QC-resistant version. The upcoming Metropolis release will allow users to choose their own signature algorithm, and there's already code for one of the post-quantum algorithms.

Proof of work is also vulnerable. QCs don't completely break hashes but Grover's algorithm could make them billions of times faster than classical miners. Ethereum is planning to transition to proof of stake over the next year or so.


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What was it like being involved with South Park? How did that come about?

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No. No. No. The point of using different guitars has nothing to do with using different parts of the fretboard, it has to do with putting out a completely different timbre/frequency response so that every different type of part just works in a mix without a crazy amount of EQ. I own like 10 guitars. I have like 2-3 that are sick for rhythm and they're 6,7, and 8 strings. I have like 2 that are great for leads. 2 that are cool different guitars like a Semi-Hollowbody Tele or my G&L Strat, and then of course acoustics and my Dobro. And bass, gotta have a couple different basses as well. Probably not the answer you wanted. - Eyal


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I think she is just having a hard time because she is a mom. She took me to all my appointments, deals with insurance and pharmacies, and now I am independent. No parent wants to watch their kid suffer. It just makes her sad to see me not doing well and to be in pain and there's nothing she can do to fix it. Long story short, she just loves me. :)

I have an older sibling and two younger siblings. There hasn't been any resentment (as far as I know :P). My siblings are very supportive, which I know I am lucky to have them. My parents didn't treat me any different than the rest of them. In fact, I was kind of the problem child (sassy and trouble-like)... so I had more negative attention. Haha.

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Sure, DM me on twitter @fauxoperative I have many talented pixel artists I would be happy to reference to you.


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Apparently, saw a few articles about it here and there.

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The traditional approach is to always favour self-regulatory models over the press, rather than any heavy handed government intervention, and I personally am not convinced that the current storm over fake news is enough to warrant a shift from that. Dominance over the news industry is a hallmark of repressive regimes. Any time you get to a point where the government is regulating what the "true" version of the news is, it leads you into some dark places.


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That's awesome! I hadn't read about the Metropolis release. I'll have to look into what they're using.

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They called us and had a bit for us and we said SURE! It was nice being part of that show, its one of the funniest ever


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Probably not the answer i expected, but yet a pretty good answer! Thanks Eyal!

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that's a good question, I would probably have seen a therapist if, and i know this is going to sound bad, if my mum was not the person who suggested it. There's no malice between my mum and I, we love each-other to bits. it's just that when your mum has been saying for 17-18 years to do your medicine, if she says see a therapist it would have just sounded like noise "just another thing she's nagging me about".

If the suggestion came from a outside source, like a friend who's never commented on my health before.. I believe it would have made me stop and think that maybe there's something to it.

As for exactly what to say.. I really don't know. I guess it would have to be a fairly frank conversation with them to spell it out.. thing is at that age, the important thing on most 17 year old's mind is school and/or dating, not picking fights with their best friends.. so it would probably have not happened.

hindsight as they say is 20/20. I know now that therapy would probably have helped me back on the path to recovery earlier, but at the time there was in my mind "nothing that anyone could do to make it better" so I'm not sure how effective it would have been.

I'm paying for it now, but I kind of feel that I needed it to go wrong. I learned humility practically overnight, and did a lot of growing up staring at the hospital ceiling.


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Wasup Cape! This is Dylon I lived across from you our senior year at ucsb. I remember one time I had to take a shower at your house and I didn't have any clean underwear and you loaned me a pair of boxer briefs. Until then I had only worn regular boxers and hadn't realized how comfy boxer briefs are. I now exclusively wear boxer briefs. I guess my question is what kind of underwear do you wear no now? No homo.

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Part of my training as a surgeon in the 80's was at a Veterans Administration hospital. We gave terrible care. There is no such thing as an emergency or special exception. GI s are right to call them selves government issue. The VA would not cover care outside their own system. I have dozens of nightmare stories, but the most ridiculous is a nose bleed patient flown in 600 miles with units of blood being transfused because we were the closest VA with an ear nose and throat doctor on call. What should have been a $200 "outside" ER visit probably cost us tax payers $30,000.

I believe all veterans ( assuming you are one since DOD is paying) should have full coverage of all services anywhere they want to go. It would be #%¥|€£4&:&€{{€. cheaper!!!

I suspect you have answered before, but do you have your vision and ability to speak intact?


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What about a corporation like Facebook or Google deciding what is "fake news"?

E: typo

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What is your favorite complexity class and why is it F-Hard?


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The E.T/Eddie Torres/Extra Testicle bit was one of my all time favorite things. How much did y'all laugh when writing that?

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In that case, stick with us HAHA. - Eyal


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My parents were always open with me about the realities of CF. If I asked them why, they would tell me. I personally love that they handled it that way.

I had my own personal revelation when I went off to college and I started having CF really affecting my life. I had to start fighting harder to keep myself healthy and sometimes, no matter how hard I fight, I still lose battles. It's just part of it.

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YO DYLON! That's awesome man. That's so funny that you commented. I don't remember that underwear thing but it sounds pretty sick of me.


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I have both

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So, when this whole "fake news" thing kicked up, I was very uncomfortable with the calls for tech firms to do more. Major tech firms (and Facebook in particular) are INCREDIBLY powerful forces in the online space. This is true everywhere, but especially true in places like Myanmar or Indonesia where many people literally don't understand that the Internet exists outside of Facebook. I don't want Facebook taking a firm position on which version of the truth is correct - and then passing only that version on to their 2 billion users. It's horrifying to think what they could do with that kind of a platform if they decided to use their powers more aggressively.

That said, it looks like the tech firms are moving towards taking a firmer interventionist hand, so the thing to do is to engage with them to make sure they act responsibly, and don't try and push a news agenda that suits them. It's a very delicate, and dangerous space. I don't think Facebook or Google are "evil" companies, but we do need to watch very carefully to see what they do with the unprecedented levels of power over the global discourse that they now wield.


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I kind of like plain old P.

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a whole lot! I thought, this is perfect


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Is there any modern metal or rock album/song you would like to remix? thanks

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Where do you see yourself in a year's time? What is on the horizon for you?


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Trailer looks good, but why does the screen shake so much? It's giving me a headache just looking at it.

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Hey, how did your friends and family react to the face transplant? Are you in a countant pain? Like if your always feeling close to getting an infection. Hope your Government sort this shit out for you.


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What are your thoughts on Edward Snowden in specific but other whistleblowers?

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This may not be wholly related to your research, but how does your group see the use of neural networks growing in tandem with quantum computing, if at all? I have only a cursory understanding of both quantum computers and neural nets, but from my limited understanding it seems like quantum computers are particularly good at finding global minimums, which is what neural nets try to do in a lot of cases. Are there applications of one to the other?

Also thanks for doing this AMA!


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Did you take Spanish in night school? What grade did you get?

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I'd love to remix the new Shinedown record - I think I could improve it haha - Joey


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THAT is something that has gotten difficult: planning the future. I was just reflecting on this the other day. It's funny because they always ask you if you have problems doing that on questionnaires at the doctors. I have always checked no. The plan was college, career, family. SO much has changed since then. I am working full time right now and I am struggling. I hope that I am still able to work in a year because I love my job, but I just don't know. If my health gets any worse or just doesn't get better, I'm not sure I'll be able to. I also have chosen, with my partner, to not have children. It's too risky for me and too exhausting. It's just so hard to make plans when you don't know what your health is going to look like in a year or if/when you will be hospitalized (I've had some close calls with trips that way). I really just take life as it comes and enjoy the present. :)

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Screenshake is a very personal thing, like your sleep number or the angle of the chair in your car!

Screenshake is fully adjustable, so you can turn it down or off if you'd like.

Perhaps we should have capped the trailer footage with a lower screenshake factor...


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They were amazed! The only pain I'm in is in my amputated leg.

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Edward Snowden did the United States, and indeed the world, a great service by exposing illegal and incredibly abusive mass surveillance policies, and for that he's been exiled from his country and officially threatened with spending the rest of his life in jail and worse. International standards mandate that whistleblowers should not suffer any sanction for reporting in the public interest. His treatment by the US government has been atrocious.


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Huh, I didn't know that existed at all, but there is some work on Quantum neural nets. I have seen a lot about quantum annealing though, where my understanding is that it may be able to use quantum tunneling to prevent from getting stuck in some local minimum.

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I got a Beeeeeeeeeeeee


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Hey man, first of all I just sincerely thank you for making your plugins, keeping them affordable and intuitive and for everything you do to help the community. I'm a budget bedroom musician and I wouldn't be making mixes sound as good as they do without your plugins, Transify and JSTclip in particular. A couple questions if I may, I've noticed that my guitars sound really nice before I master the mix, but after I add some limiting and such I can't seem to shake this incredibly harsh sound from the guitars and cymbals. If I EQ them, I struggle with eliminating that abrasive frequency without eliminating the good high frequencies as well. Any tips for that kind of thing? Thanks man!

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I'm training to be a respiratory therapist. I admire your AMA and love that you spread awareness with such charisma. My question is "what can I do, as I prepare to be in a field working with CF patients, to be the absolute best for you ? What makes you happiest if you are in a situation that would have us meet?"


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Yeah the screen shake was VERY off-putting. I saw the review video and where you mentioned you can adjust it, but most people browsing the steam page will never know/see that. If I did not know that you can reduce it, I would never considered getting the game.

I would make another video highlighting some features of the game. Like adjusting the screen shake, chaos cards, upgrades, character differences/play-styles.

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That's awesome man abour the fam and friends, shit about the leg. Will the leg pain go away "heal"


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Do you feel the use of anonymous sources has undermined the public's trust in modern journalism?

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(Originally asked in /r/math)

Do you think the NSA is good? When you were working there, were you happy with the impact you were having in the world? We know that the NSA is spying on everyone, we know it grossly oversteps its mandate. You might have to pretend when working at the NSA like you don't know what I'm talking about, but now that you're out, I assume you can be more honest with yourselves.

The math is doubtlessly interesting, and there are many selfish reasons to want to work at the NSA. But I want to know, if you do some soul-searching, do you think you did the right thing for the world by working at the NSA?


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Why do I love you so fucking much?

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It's all about finding and eliminating the "ringing frequencies" which are basically just noise in a heavy guitar sound. These noise frequencies don't serve much purpose other than clouding up your mix. This isn't a rule - so use caution. It's not something you should do on every guitar sound or every recording. But you want to use very narrow Q width EQ adjustments to remove these "ringing frequencies" from your guitar sound. Q10 by Waves is a great plugin (maybe I should make a plugin that does exactly this, and make it affordable). Find them by EQ sweeping first, and make your adjustments very narrow. Reduce until the harshness goes away, but don't just turn these frequencies down by the maximum amount of dB - otherwise you'll get way too alien sounding with it. - Joey


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LEARN TO PLAY MARIOKART!!! Haha. I know that seems like a silly answer, but my favorite hospital memories are playing MarioKart with my RTs. CF patients deal with a lot of medical people, so the ones that treat them like friends rather than a patients are gold.

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Yeah you're probably right! To be honest we were running very low on funds by the end so we didn't have the time or funding to do all the marketing related stuff that we wanted to do.


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Nah the phantom pain will always be there

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The use of anonymous sources is a critical journalistic tool, in order to encourage people who wouldn't talk to you otherwise. That said, there have been legitimate questions raised about the pervasiveness of its use, and that in some instances it's abused by governments to plant stories without have to take responsibility for them. It's a highly contextual and difficult question as to whether and in what circumstances promises of anonymity are appropriate, but certainly it needs to be protected as a journalistic tool.


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I will not make any comment on the leaks, other than to say what was leaked was specifically chosen by the leakers. For what purpose, I cannot say, but it was definitely not to improve NSA's public relations.

More relevant to me are what the leaks have failed to reveal. The NSA has a very broad mission, and there is a lot of great work being done there that is not represented in the leaks. I worked in Information Assurance for most of my NSA career, and at the end of the day I don't feel bad in any way about my work at the agency. I can't really say anything more than that.

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cause you're only human


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Awesome, thanks a million dude! I'd buy that plugin in heartbeat, by the way haha

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Game on! I'd love to play with patients. I haven't played in years though. I need to practice.


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What was the learning curve like for game maker studio? Given your background was it easy to jump right in on the programming side?

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You mentioned in one of your other answers that you usually deal with minor rejection once a year, and you've been up to stage 3 in the past.

Will there be a time when there is no longer a risk of rejection, or will this always be a risk no matter how long you've been healing?


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How is pepsi helping your cause?

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Am I mistaken that Shor's algorithm is the only known algorithm with quantum supremacy that poses a threat to encryption algorithms? If not, then why are you so concerned about the future of cryptography?

If it continues to be difficult to create a general-purpose quantum computer, then there may be less need to worry about quantum attacks that require hardware with lots of fault-tolerance. We may only need to worry about quantum attacks that will be feasible on the best imaginable quantum hardware. Do you have any insights about which cryptographic methods (or problem classes) may be broken first?

Do you think that Google will be able to break the quantum computing "record" with its new chip design? link


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Can you talk a bit about the Chicano art center and why it's important?

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Jens Bogren is coming on when he's available. We've already spoken to him. The door is open. We love him. His work is top tier for sure.

We would also love to have a band like Dimmu on. They are one of my personal all time favorites and their mixes are Ninja level 10,000. - Eyal


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Haha. I used to bring my Wii/Wii U every admission. Every one knew me as the MarioKart girl :P

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Learning curve was pretty friendly I would say. Danny and I each had a small amount of programming education, but in a lot of ways we were basically working blind.

We made a lot of mistakes and were forced to re-write the code-base several times. Overall I can't complain though, within a week we were making 'real games' and at this point (after just over three years working with the tools) I am pretty confident I could make 'any thing I could imagine' at least as far as the coding part of it goes...

Edit: I should also note that we worked REALLY REALLY hard to develop our skills as quickly as possible. Especially at the beginning we were spending oftentimes 10+ hours a day researching code. I don't think there is a friendlier langauge out there than GMS, but it's still programming, and it's still plenty of work if you want to do it right.


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Rejection will always be a risk until medical science finds new ways to trick the immune system which they are working on.

A: JoinTheMovement

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Yes, Shor's is the main threat to current encryption. One of the main reasons for my concern is that it is a really long process from creating a crypto scheme, to implementing it, to creating a standard, to actually getting used by a majority of users. Just that last step can take ten years or more, if I remember correctly from a great CRYPTO 2016 talk by Brian Sniffen from Akamai.

It seems like elliptic curve crypto is actually more vulnerable to quantum computing than RSA, because the small key size is actually a bit of a drawback.

I don't know if google will be the first, because they also have some competition from Intel.

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because it will be the first museum dedicated to chicano art, culture, and industry, and has the potential to grow into something increible world wide


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What's your favorite sounding old school record?

What are the best and worst things about the switch to almost everything digital?

Favorite amp sim?

Thanks for the country month! Opened up my horizons. How did you get so many songs approved for one month?

You guys rock!

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Have you tried marijuana edibles? If so do they make you feel better? If not would you try them?


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Oh that's great to know. I guess like all things in life, you gotta work at it. My brother and I are trying to make a small game and we're trying to decide what game engine/platform builder to use. I do have quite a bit of programming experience so I think it should be fine! Thanks for the response and good luck on your game! Maybe I'll check it out :)

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Cage or Travolta?


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College universities are currently some of the areas most affected by dwindling freedom of expression and speech in the United States. How do you guys plan on addressing this?

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Can I hack the over ride, acid burn?


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Cheech, what are your favorite Chicano stereotypes?

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I love the 1999 Slipknot record haha. Sounds so pissed.

The best thing about the switch to digital is that it has enabled creative people to better and more easily capture it. The worst thing about digital is that it has enabled non creative people to fool and fabricate art into a product without any of the original talent that it's industry was founded on.

Thanks! We're glad you gained something from it. We ask the artists really nicely with people they are familiar with. Having a network of "who you know" is the biggest thing we've got going for us :D - Joey


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I have had edibles the few times they were gifted to me. Not sure if it's the crazy metabolism or what, but I've tried edibles 3 times and only had them work once. I will say it can be a good appetite stimulant, but it's not really worth it for me.

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If you already have a lot of programming experience, based on my conversations with other indies, Unity may be the better choice.


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Cage

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I'm actually troubled by this. The academic space is supposed to be the most open and freewheeling expressive environment out there, and the drive to silence dissenting voices, even offensive and hateful ones, is deeply troubling. Engagement is always preferable to trying to shut the other side down.

And, for the record, the reason I wasn't responding was because, at last count, there's 884 comments :). It's difficult to keep up, even if there are a few of us working on it.


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that we don't speak spanish, which lets face it, most of us don't


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@joey & @joel with Drumforge plugins owning on the Drum front will you guys ever release a Snare and Tom Forge? And consider bundling the DF plugin line?

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What hobbies do you enjoy?


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In a similar situation, a brother and I have dabbled in GM:S (even buying the humble bundle license and some stuff) but it ultimately got put on the backburner.

In getting back into it again - the brother moves in tomorrow, and we start our hobby-but-still-serious, first actual project - I started looking into Unity and UE4. While IMO they are way more complex for a beginner (using C# and not a native 'easy' language like GML), the number of things you can kind of just do compared to GM:S is still blowing my mind every day. Lighting, texturing, even scripting is just so much more powerful it's crazy.

IMO, while GM:S is a fine option and excellent introduction into thinking like a programmer and tackling problems, I would heavily recommend at least looking into the idea of using Unity. Interestingly, it still carries a bit of the reputation of "for indie/new developers", which seems silly if you come from GM:S, which is like the "even more for indie/new developers" program.

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Since this statement is only a few weeks old. Contact the DoD. Seems like this is an oversight. Proof that they arnt footing the bill would be nice.

That aside im sorry for your troubles. What happened to make you go back to get work done? I get rejection but i dont understand what that means. Did it start to slide off?


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In the most open and inclusive of forums like Reddit let's say, where anyone can talk but nobody has to listen, should any speech or rhetoric or idea be off limits ?

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Well, this would be a good place to start: https://www.intelligencecareers.gov/index.html

They (NSA) have internships, and after graduation they have a development program for people with Math degrees.


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who do you miss more seeing on a daily basis? Tommy Chong, or Don Johnson?

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I don't know if snareforge or tomforge really makes any sense. The DF plugin line is very built out and expanding all the time. Currently has 5 plugins that all do things never done before which is exciting. Our sampler is almost done as well - so that'll be exciting. - Joey


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I really enjoy music. That is a huge passion of mine. I recently had to give up saxophone, which I played throughout grade school and college. I am using the opportunity to rekindle my piano skills. I am also getting into songwriting, but nothing major has come of that yet. Otherwise, I really like reading and writing, training my dog, playing video games, and hanging out with friends.

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Yes this is pretty much spot on based on my conversations with other indies.


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to elaborate more, there are four stages of rejection, the 4th stage can't be reversed and you lose the organ. As it progresses from stage 1 to 4, the face starts getting really splotchy, stage 3 looks like a full blown sunburn. I've been in stage 3 in the past but it was always caught in time before it hit 4.

The face wouldn't just come off, if I hit stage 4, they would surgically remove it. I also have a letter from the hospital that it was performed at that the DoD would not be doing anything to help, I can upload that if needed. This wasn't an oversight.

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I think everyone believes that speech should have some limits. For example, you won't find many people defending death threats, or child exploitation images. The key is to craft restrictions around protecting against real and legitimate harms, and making them proportionate to promote a free and open discourse.


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It sounds like you're already ahead of where I was at your age, because my background was almost entirely in pure math. It wasn't until I started at the agency that I really got into programming and more applied math. For experience, I would recommend taking computer science classes, like algorithms and programming. For more specific recommendations, I'd have to know more specifically what areas you'd like to work in.

I'd recommend looking into the student programs because you get to learn about all the things that the agency works on. I've known a lot of people that were in the co-op programs, and most of them came back to the agency in some capacity. Just keep feeding that curiosity, read the latest tech news, delve into some of the technical details, participate in coding competitions, etc.

I don't work at the agency any longer, but I enjoyed working there. It's a great place for me to gain some experience, and I've made lots of life-long friendships there.

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I miss em both


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What are some of the things that make a mix seem most "amateur?" In other words, what aspects make a mix go from pro to "oh no?"

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Why do you people with CF always want so much attention? I mean we get it, you're a bunch of wimps who can't enjoy a good cigar. I had a cough when I was younger and my homeopathic treatments fixed everything!!! If the real world is soooo hard to live in, why don't you just move to a padded room and not bother anyone else?


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How many people can play at a time?

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What the hell happens if they remove your face? I mean, they can't just sew the old one back on!


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Hi there, thanks for doing the AMA! Do you think that potential misinformation (fake news) deserves to be restricted in order that 'credible' outlets reach the public? If so, how would you decide which is and isn't 'credible' as such? Once again, thank you so much for your time!

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I am looking for a non statistics based field. I have experience programming Java, Python, and Mathematica. Would this narrow anything down? Also how elite are these student programs? I know that I have the brain power, but I'm coming from a public university and I'm worried that I won't match up to the competition.

Thanks for the link though, it looks really helpful!


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How baked are you right now?

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The vocals being too quiet or too loud is a dead giveaway of a bad mix. The pro to oh no is easily the kick or snare sound haha. - Joey


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Haha. Thanks for giving me a laugh, my friend! ;) We want attention because we want a cure! Unfortunately, the problem is in the make up of our DNA, so homeopathic treatments are not a cure. It can help with symptoms for some patients, but is no means a replacement for research and medicine.

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2 people can play, local co-op only!


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The old one no longer exists, they would regraft skin from my own body and reconstruct my face like they originally did after the accident.

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No. Once you get into the business of restricting "fake news", you have to have an official source who determines what the truth is - a typical hallmark of authoritarianism.

That said, there are avenues that need to be explored around promoting media literacy and public education. Also, it may be fair to differentiate in the case of government sourced campaigns to spread disinformation - though that's an area that still needs a lot of thought.


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Yeah, I think you have a great start programming-wise, from my perspective. One thing I would suggest is to try out some of these online coding competitions, like topcoder.

My friends in the student programs came from all kinds of different schools, so I wouldn't hesitate to apply. The only way to know for sure is to apply!

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baked but never fried


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With URM enhanced now released, what is next from the URM master minds and when in the horizon can we expect to see that next level?

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Any plans on implementing a way to play online? Sales permitting of course. Or is the local only simply a design you chose?


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The face transplant was funded through a DoD grant for veterans that Brigham and Women's Hospital has received. Source

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How important do feel that Net Neutrality is as an aspect of freedom of expression/freedom of the press?


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To piggy back on this, I'm a community college student studying math. I was inspired to go back to school after reading Ted koppels Lights Out. What topics should an undergrad have a good grasp of to help set them up for work in security/cryptology?

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What has been your favorite place to visit?


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URM Ultimate. Stay tuned, we'll be focusing on Career and Business. - Joey

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I wish we could have done online. Realistically I do not think it would be possible unless the game sells BANANAS-well.

There are many other things we would want to improve first.

It's not a design decision so much as accepting our limitations in terms of what is realistic for us to accomplish.


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Vitally important! And very troubling to hear talk about this principle being scrapped. If you're in the US - call your representatives, and sign onto campaigns like EFF that are leading the charge against these changes.


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From the math side, I'd recommend discrete math, algorithms, maybe linear algebra, intro to number theory and/or cryptography.

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Oh so many, but I love Ibiza, Spain and Bamf, Canada

The hot and the cold


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Thanks for doing this guys!

One question for the group:

With absolutely 0 budget/logistic/semantic constraints, what would be your ideal studio set ups?

Or

if you don't want to answer that, what is your ideal sandwich?

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related to /u/ScatStallion's question:

  • two people quit their job 3 years ago
  • ~17k were raised to continue "full time" development

do you guys live in your parent's basement? sell your firstborn? inherit a lot? how did you live for 3 years pretty much without income?


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Is there a list of drugs that you are NOT allowed to take? Also are you not supposed to eat certain kind of food items?

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I think there was a report a year ago (or was it two years) from the NSA that said something like elliptic curve cryptography was less secure than RSA because it was more vulnerable to quantum computing attacks or something like that. Can you comment on that? Is elliptic curve cryptography less secure?


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What's the weirdest thing you've ever smoked out of or turned into a smoking apparatus?

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If I had no constraints I would hire Peter Gabriel to build me a studio like his. My ideal sandwich is turkey, bacon, muenster cheese, dijon mustard, lettuce, tomato, salt and pepper, on toasted italian bread. - Joey


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Sorry, there is a slight lack of clarity in my post here.

We worked on the game for about 2 years part-time BEFORE the Kickstarter. After the Kickstarter we worked for about 7 months before the game was released. ALL of our living expenses were paid out of our own finances/savings, Kickstarter money was only spent on game assets, contractor fees, etc...

We certainly didn't live for that entire time without any income!

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No grapefruit or passion fruit


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The issue isn't really that ECC is less secure, but rather that the key sizes are so small compared to RSA for example. If you work out the numbers, one could attack ECC with a smaller number of qubits, so it will be vulnerable to earlier quantum computers than RSA. I had looked at this one relevant paper, but can't find it at the moment.

BTW, /u/stillalone, you're never alone on reddit.

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a clear palsti coffee cup. what you do is take a piece of paper and a pin and stick the pic through the bottom of the paper. You put a piece of hash on the end of the pin and when it starts to smoke you put the coffee cup on top of it. When the cup fills with smoke you lift the glass and suck it out. Works in every hotel room in America


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Thanks for doing this guys!

One question for the group:

With absolutely 0 budget/logistic/semantic constraints, what would be your ideal studio set ups?

Or

if you don't want to answer that, what is your ideal sandwich?

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okay, makes more sense... thanks for the clarification.

"quit our jobs and worked 3 years" sounds more click bate-y adventurous, i guess ;)


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If you ever go into a life of crime, you could be a real life Two-Face. That's pretty neat.

My question: are you considering a life of crime?

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I don't get this science talk but my question is are you guys the nerds from the simpsons?


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On a scale of mouse to giraffe how high are you right now ?

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Step one, create whiskey whiskeys, step two, send me some.

Just kidding, Joel said it best. Experiment and be honest with your self. Set your standards high. - Joey


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We are ALL about transparency. however, I struggled to come up with a title that was both 100% clear and also not like, incredibly annoyingly long to read.

If I failed you somehow, I apologize.

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Only if I find out I have some terminal illness and know I'm going to die. I'll be taking a bunch of pedophiles with me to hell.


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Do you mean the scientist guy, or like Milhouse?

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hippo, my friend


Q:

If you could only nail home one tip to someone who wants to go into audio production, what would that be?

PS. IloveyouJoey

A:

If the temperature for everything you drank and your shower/bath temperature had to be exactly the same for the rest of your life how hot or cold would you chose?


Q:

What would be the chain of events if you go into stage 4 rejection? What is the best that can be done cosmetically and functionally if you'll have to do without a transplanted one?

A:

Confirmed for Comicbook Guy type nerd.


Q:

So, the most dangerous to humans?

A:

Be patient, and have the highest standards you can possibly have, and hold yourself to those standards. Other than that, just start before you're ready. Audio is kinda science, but mostly art. So it's meant to be fun. Who cares if you don't know how to compress a kick drum... just try it and make some music. Eventually you'll figure it out. - Joey


Q:

WOAH! Just blew my mind... Um... I guess I could go with 'Hot Tea' temperature... but I worry that when I get really old that will be too hot for me to shower... :( I guess i'll be a smelly old man!

A:

I would look similar or worse than I did before the transplant.


Q:

Worst comment ever!

A:

deadly


Q:

just try it and make some music. Eventually you'll figure it out.

This is how I started and it's what I'm still doing. I feel like I don't know wtf I'm doing sometimes, but just doing stuff helps me learn.

A:

Any plans for future content/features? Borderless window mode would be great!


Q:

Have you ever ran into someone you knew from before your injury and then have to explain who you are?

A:

How many decades would you estimate until we have quantum computers capable of breaking modern day RSA?
What kind of applications would Quantum computing have outside of scientific research? Would it improve the performance of things like gaming and video editing?


Q:

What was it like to play on Celebrity Jeopardy! ? Did Alex Trebek want a hit from your pipe after the show?

A:

I would say to learn as much as possible and to put in the work necessary to succeed. I know that sounds general, but fundamentals lead to tactics. In particular I'd spend time learning about business, econ, accounting, marketing, psychology, and new technologies as they emerge. The other thing is to be open minded and TRY everything for yourself. Have high standards and try to always be better than you were yesterday. -Joel


Q:

We would love to add new content but it will really only be possible if our sales are good.

So far, things are looking good. If interest continues at this rate it should be possible.

That's really in reference to new content though, Borderless Windowed mode is a lot easier to implement so if enough people want it there's a good chance I can throw that in to an update.

A:

Not at all, with all the media coverage and word of mouth, everyone pretty much already knew.

Maybe someday it will happen, I'll make a note to let you know how it goes.


Q:

I personally think that it's likely in the next 10-20 years. The difficulty about that making a prediction is that

  1. Not all the engineering is solved on how to scale up current tech.
  2. We don't know if/how fast the rate of research investment will grow.

One of the ways that you can tell that we have a ways to go is that there are several competing physical implementations of quantum computers still being actively researched.

Quantum computers aren't really general computing devices, so I don't think it'll be use for individual end-users for things like gaming and video editing. Currently, they can be used to solve fairly special problems. However, there will definitely be commercial uses. They can be used to simulate quantum interactions, which can be used to improve industrial chemical processes for example.

A:

It was the most nervous I've ever been in show business, because you can look like a real doalt out there.


Q:

Whats make you guys decided to make online mixing School,Podcast,etc rather than producing band or doing production stuff? please dont answer "i want to create next JS,EL,JW" xD

A:

I haven't even looked at screenshots or a trailer, only this AMA, and I want borderless window mode.


Q:

In some of your photos, it looks as though your eyelids are too far apart to close. What are/were you dealing with as far as that goes? Is it or will it ever get better?

A:

What departments/job titles are great for applied mathematicians wanting to work there?


Q:

How fun was it working on the set of lost?

A:

Since most of the large studios in the music industry have gone away and been replaced by smaller, more efficient setups as well as the industry has had a massive influx of hobbyists who want to record their own music, it is extremely important for this next generation coming up to learn from the previous generation so that they can continue advancing the industry. There are no places to get great mentorship now and information floating in random places on the internet isn’t always credible. We all feel grateful for the success we've had and wanted to find a way to give back to the community and empower people so they can make better music and get stronger results. The music business used to be very secretive, but now it is becoming collaborative. We really wanted to change that for the better. -Joel


Q:

Noted. :)

A:

There is still work to be done around my eye area, it may improve in time after some minor procedures, that will be covered since it will be done in the hospital the transplant was done.


Q:

At NSA? Lots of us had "applied research mathematician" as our title, but our actual job descriptions would vary pretty widely.

A:

it was pretty good, it was in Hawaii so that was cool. My wife came along and we cocktails and stuff


Q:

Whats make you guys decided to make online mixing School,Podcast,etc rather than producing band or doing production stuff? please dont answer "i want to create next JS,EL,JW" xD

A:

What would you say was your greatest struggle during the process?


Q:

Did they use a condom?

A:

How is this good for bitcoin?


Q:

I love to cocktails

A:

I go to where I feel that my purpose leads me. I came to a point to where I no longer felt right doing production, that I needed to do something else which impacted more people's lives directly. It was causing me lots of grief because I couldn't shake the feeling. As soon as I did my first CreativeLIVE, which I had to be talked into doing, I realized that this was the calling. With every CreativeLIVE that followed, they not only became more succesfull, but my passion for doing this grew. Eventually I realized I had to just take a risk and start my own thing. It could be that in 10 years I feel like I've done everything I need to do with education and I move on to raising dogs or something. Who knows. The point is that I go with my gut. I knew when it was time to move on from my band. I knew when it was time to move on from production. - Eyal


Q:

Hard to say, in a lot of ways it has been a constant struggle (not to sound dramatic)

Perhaps the longest and most stressful stretch was during our Kickstarter campaign. If you've ever heard that running a Kickstarter campaign is a nightmare... BELIEVE THE HYPE

A:

Doesn't feel like it.


Q:

It's not good for bitcoin, but they can have people migrate their keys to a post-quantum signature before quantum computers become a threat.

A:

me too!


Q:

How did you guys meet and get into the business together?

A:

I've never actually heard that. What about running a Kickstarter campaign makes it a nightmare?


Q:

Was your surgery performed in a DoD hospital? I'm just curious if they're actually performing the transplants or contracting out. Also would think it'd be a lot more bullshit if it was in DoD hospital and no longer covering costs. The long shaft of the military will always fuck you.

A:

Unless I'm mistaken wouldn't an error correcting quantum computer capable of actually being a threat to our current encryption schemes require over a million q-bits. We don't scale up our current quantum computers in part because our q-bits have somewhat poor fidelity.

Unless there has been some remarkable way of scaling back the number of T-gates and the T-depth of a quantum computer like the one you'd need to crack any reasonable encryption scheme you'd see. Is there some recent paper I'm missing which cuts down on that number significantly or is this all just more speculative?

I don't want to dump on your field, quantum computing is an amazing science where a lot of progress is being made. I think the public tends to have an unrealistic expectation of the results these computers are capable of and I think part of that is the responsibility of researchers who announce the field as "making crypto obsolete". Especially since the field of Post-quantum cryptography is quite active.


Q:

That sounds like a great vacation ;) what's your drink of choice?

A:

I kinda knew Joey via the internet because he was technically a competitor of ours when I was at Audiohammer. We would talk online every once in a while and sniff each other's butts. When I started to really pursue the online education thing with CreativeLIVE I saw that Joey had posted that he wanted to start an online school and I just hit him up and told him that we needed to talk since I was doing the same thing and it would be better to collaborate rather than compete. The rest as they say, is history! - Eyal


Q:

Alright let me try to explain it as maybe it is a little hard to understand. You have a limited time frame,30 days, to raise as much as you can. You are constantly refreshing dozens of different websites all day. You have NO free time, every minute you spend NOT paying attention to your Kickstarter is a minute you wasted (remember you just have the 30 days.) Every passing negative thought any one has is a devastating blow to your chances, and every waking moment must be spent minding your backers, sending out press releases, writing developer updates, investigating new communities to reach out to, creating gameplay GIFs... making trailers... literally every second you are not working you COULD have been working and it would have made you more money. For our case specifically we were also pushing updates to the game DURING the Kickstarter... so we were also programming, testing, etc... It was more than a fulltime job by a LOT. That's not even mentioning the pre-kickstarter work that you have to put in to get things ready beforehand...

Don't get me wrong, doing a Kickstarter is great. It's a wonderful way to build a community, gauge interest in your product, get feedback, interact with fans... we are incredibly grateful for the opportunity.

But people think a Kickstarter Campaign is just something you put up and then the money rolls in... that is not the case at all. Raising 17,656 on Kickstarter... A number that one of the other posters in this thread called a "pathetic" amount (I disagree strongly but...) took Danny, Me, and our PR team working constantly all day every day for 30 days straight.

A:

They are funding other hospitals to do them.


Q:

In terms of the number of qubits these labs have made versus the number needed, we're still about as far away as we have ever been. The key difference is that we're on the cusp of a scalable design. Google is hoping to go from 6 to 49 qubits in the next year, which is a big deal imo. The key problem is whether one can apply current silicon fabrication technology to building a quantum computer. If that answer is yes, then you could see those numbers go up real quick. Research funding for quantum computer research is also growing rapidly, so it's difficult to gauge the rate of future progress. My main point here is really that we do not know, so to really guarantee security, you have to take post-quantum into account.

The main issue accelerating the need for quantum-resistant crypto is that we need it WELL BEFORE a large enough quantum computer is built. First of all, for communications that need long term security (like decades), you should definitely be concerned already, because organizations with large resources can store your comms now to break when they get a quantum computer. Second, the process to develop crypto algorithms, implement them, create standards, and get them adopted by the general public on their devices can take 10 years or more. I mean, we still have millions of computers running XP.

I'm really working in the post-quantum crypto area, but a major part of selling people on post-quantum involves convincing them that quantum computers are a viable threat.

A:

Mezcal Mule with Tres Papalote Mezcal. Highly recommend.


Q:

How did you guys meet and get into the business together?

A:

You've mentioned Gamemaker 1.4 was used to build the game - did you make use of any third party software like Tiled for designing levels or did you use Gamemaker's level editor exclusively? I like Gamemaker in general but have found the level editor tedious.


Q:

What explanation was given for your loss of benefits? Was your insurance covered through DoD or VA? Check into the exact explanation given and then, depending on your income, contact a local veterans' legal services organization, or veterans' attorney. The VA (especially) likes to find bullshit ways of getting around payments here and there but, with decent representation and advocacy, they'll kowtow when called out... that or use your story to generate bad press for DoD.

So sorry for your predicament.

A:

Hey Cheech, since your movies were a huge influence on my teenage years in the 80's do you feel responsible for how I turned out, and if so would you change anything?


Q:

I am glad that Eyal was persistent in reaching me, because I was naturally hard to contact. If it weren't for his persistence, we would have never talked. Joel and I bonded the first night we hung out, so honestly the relationships were meant to be. I'm glad to do various projects with these guys every day - we have a lot of fun and we're good business partners. No relationship is perfect, but ours is pretty close. They pretty much told the story so I'm just here to follow up - you can already see how our relationship is pretty awesome haha. - Joey

A:

Fyrfoot got it but yeah... basically the built in editor in 1.4 is borderline unusable. (I have heard 2.0 is MUCH better) You either need to code your own editor or code a solution that does not require an editor.


Q:

My income ruled me no longer disabled in the governments eyes.

A:

Absolutely and no, I wouldn't change it


Q:

Hey guys ! Eyal, I heard you say in a podcast that you love the production of some 90's black metal records. Can you list some of your favorites ? Personnaly I looove the production on Storm of the Light's bane by Dissection. So cold and fitting the music !

A:

Grats on the release! I'm curious if you've figured out how many copies you need to sell in order to make this whole endeavor "worth it" to you guys. How did that factor into your pricing decisions? And two days into launch, how are you currently feeling about hitting those goals.

If you don't hit those goals, will you be trying again with a new game project, or does the dream die here?


Q:

Why did you leave me?

A:

I loved Born in East LA. Was it fun to shoot?


Q:

Not just 90's Black Metal, I also love some 2000s Black Metal. Now let me just be clear, I understand all the sub-genres and what's considered TRV and not, however, I don't really care. If it's evil as hell and makes me feel blood running down my face, it's Black Metal haha. But that said -

Favorites of stripped down production - - Emperor "In The Nightside Eclipse" - Dissection "Storm Of The Light's Bane" - Watain "Casus Luciferi" - Satyricon "Volcano" - 1349 "Hellfire"

Favorite slick production style - Dimmu Borgir "Death Cult Armageddon"

-Eyal

A:

Hi PP! Good to see you sir!

For it to have been 'worth it', we do have a number of copies we need to sell. We haven't reached that goal quite yet but I don't think many games do so quickly!

I believe we will almost certainly hit our goal, but maybe not as quickly as I would have liked/hoped.

If things don't go great, I have several contingency plans... some of them involve continuing to work on games full time and others involve me doing other stuff and making games part time.

I won't know which avenue makes the most sense for at least a few months I would imagine.

I think it would be very foolish for us to completely throw away all of the goodwill and credibility we have built during our crowdfunding stage up to now by liquidating the company. It is very, very unlikely that RotR will be our last game.


Q:

Lol, I bet I know you

A:

it was so much fun to shoot. It was so fun seeing it come together just like I envisioned it.


Q:

Agree, this Dimmu Borgir album is a milestone for this genre. Thanks for answering as always !

A:

Well, you're about to sell another copy, because that trailer I just watched had me hooked.


Q:

Did the accident and subsequent trauma affect you in any surprising ways either psychologically speaking or otherwise?

A:

Who came up with the Pussy Rant on Dusk til Dawn?


Q:

Being a drummer is one of the best talents or skills that will help anyone transition to becoming a producer because it teaches you how rhythm works which is ultimately an extremely important asset to apply to working within the computer naturally due to the fact that audio is often represented on a timeline as a collection of sounds that happen over time - thus enabling you to understand more quickly what a sound looks like when you hear it and vice versa. So if you are troubleshooting a weird drum sound you might discover it because you can clearly see the tom is coming in too early or if you're working with a vocalist that sounds like he is rushed you'll be able to troubleshoot the feel because you're used to hearing drums being punctual and on time. It's much easier to edit, mix, and ultimately producer if you know how timing works, and can instantly write out patterns in your head or in the DAW when you think of them or hear them. It is way easier to start out if you have a musical background. I highly recommend understanding music from an instrument perspective before telling a musician what to do haha - Joey

A:

Thank you for your support, do not hesitate to contact us on the steam community page if you run in to any trouble or have any suggestions!


Q:

I was diagnosed with ptsd and my psychiatrist wants me tested for tbi.

A:

Quinten Tarrantino and Robert Rodriguez


Q:

Agree, this Dimmu Borgir album is a milestone for this genre. Thanks for answering as always !

A:

What made you quit IT? What degree do you have?


Q:

Might seem like an inappropriate question but could you pull your face off?

A:

i'm a big fan of your work but i can't really remember all of it. anyway, what's your go to snack?


Q:

I'd love to see some pop mixers. We are working on it. -Joel

A:

I did IT for about 3 years, it was just really not rewarding for me. I found myself getting frustrated with the customers and that's just not cool to them. I was doing everything I could to get out of the office ASAP every day, it wasn't fair to my boss, the company, our customers, or myself... so I quit.

Oh, also my degree is in 'Communication' (Yes, I know...) Danny has tons of degrees! I think he even has one in forensics!


Q:

Probably not, it's attached pretty well.

A:

Snickers bar, I think, I can't remember


Q:

My initial thought would be to just get as much material as you can get your hands on including your own. So both, I guess.

A:

Your YouTube link for the trailer isn't working for me. Maybe dead?


Q:

What's it like living a life like this? If you could go back and change anything, would you? Also, what's your best advice on how to be happy

A:

I would be programming MMORPGs. - Joey


Q:

Fixed, thanks!

A:

I would live it exactly the same way except I wouldn't see Star Wars 3. If you want to be happy, stay centered. I meditate and do Tai Chi. Use a discipline, it doesn't jut magically happen


Q:

First of all, thank you guys for all you've done to help educate us at URM Academy! I've been a Nail The Mix subscriber since November 2015 and an Enhanced member since the day it was available. You all give me something to look forward to every month and I can't thank you enough.

[Q] Have any of you ever had to go back and record something yourself that a band member simply couldn't play? I've had to do it with guitars before, but recently I was recording a very sloppy drummer and had to replace EVERYTHING with Drumforge.

A:

Holy shit! I've actually met the drummer for slime girls, and even shared some venues with him in some of his previous musical endeavors. I'm also super hyped to see a melee based rougelike. What was the biggest "oh shit I have to learn this now" moment when developing the game?


Q:

What is your fondest memory from being a part of the Lion King?

A:

I'm a guitar player and I usually ended up playing guitar on about 50% of the records I made. Sometimes if was a riff, or a single sweep arpeggio. Sometimes it was 75% of the record. I don't care what it takes, if my name is going on it, I want it to be the best it can be. If you do this, you need to pep talk the musician so they are upset about it later. Encourage them telling them you are doing this because they aren't prepared and you KNOW they can get better. Then tell them how. Usually they come back much better and stoked they had the reality check. -Joel


Q:

Yes Slime Girls is Fing AWESOME...

As for your other question... there was a moment during development where we realized that our object based collision system had to be replaced with a grid based collision system. That was a BIG overhaul that required re-writing a huge amount of the code.

A:

seeing the first bit of animation made after I put my vocals down. You see right away that its another level of animation. Thats when I realized it was going to be a huge movie because it was an incredible step forward


Q:

First of all, thank you guys for all you've done to help educate us at URM Academy! I've been a Nail The Mix subscriber since November 2015 and an Enhanced member since the day it was available. You all give me something to look forward to every month and I can't thank you enough.

[Q] Have any of you ever had to go back and record something yourself that a band member simply couldn't play? I've had to do it with guitars before, but recently I was recording a very sloppy drummer and had to replace EVERYTHING with Drumforge.

A:

The game Hyper-Light-Drifter looks quite similar to your game in art-style and gameplay. I was thinking about buying that, but now i have to choose between either that or your game. How would you convince me to choose your title?


Q:

Did writing or acting in your movies ever feel like work? Or were you having as much fun as some of your movies portrayed?

A:

You guys deserve it, thanks for being a member - we're happy to provide it!

I've definitely replaced stuff at times when it wasn't good enough the first time. It's nothing new to me, but might be to some. Ultimately, I'm going to do whatever it takes to make the song sound the best it possibly can. - Joey


Q:

I won't try to convince you! Hyper Light Drifter is a fantastic game. I would not try to compare what we have to HLD, it's apples and oranges.

HLD is a fantastic, polished, wonderful game with extremely good pixel art, a beautiful cohesive world, and great game-feel.

Personally, I got frustrated with HLD because I would just wander around these giant beautiful areas struggling to figure out what I was supposed to do or where I was supposed to go.

If you want something really fast paced and intense, that is constantly putting pressure on you forcing you to learn and improve, maybe check out RotR too!

A:

I always had fun, always always always, right from the very beginning. You can read about it in my new memoir "Cheech Is Not My Real Name, But Don't Call Me Chong!" available at a bookstore near you!


Q:

Quick sounding tips for Transify and Clip, please ?

A:

Do excuse the negative tone for the question. Do you have a plan in place should you and your partner in this venture fall out and your friendship is genuienly irreconcilable?

This sounds horrible, but I guess I'm thinking along the lines of a pre-nup. It's horrible to plan for your marriage breaking up, but sometimes you just gotta


Q:

Cheech, what would you do for a Klondike Bar?

A:

Put Transify on the Drum Buss and start turning knobs, you'll instantly increase the attack and punch of your drum mix, it's sincerely that easy! I tend to have very phat drum sounds (lots of sustain) so my mixes benefit mostly from the attack knobs. If you've already got a lot of attack, you'll mostly benefit from the sustain knobs. Find the balance of sustain and attack to control how your kit sits in the mix. Put clip after that and boost a few more dB to make the drums pop. Use Clip on the snare and distort a little, that extra crunch will make the transient louder and longer which will cause it to push more audio out of the way, securing a nice little hole in the entire mix for about 5 - 10 ms such that the snare is very clearly audible. That's what it was built for! - Joey


Q:

Good Question! Faux-Operative Games is an incorporated Partnership (LLC)

If we fall out, we will each own 50% of the company and the game. In that case, it would still be in each of our best interests to work together at least professionally.

I don't foresee any conflict of that type though, we have an extremely good relationship both professionally and personally.

A:

pretty much anything


Q:

So it benefits more using on the drum bus instead of individuals channels ? I´m kinda shy on putting transient designers on the entire drum bus (#cymbalfear)

A:

As a followup. Do you ever feel like you or your friend are not pulling their weight on the project and just using the other person's ability for profit?

I would liked to have asked both of you but only have one available.

I have considered going into business before with friends but am always scared it will mess up the friendship if one us is a slacker because we are working with friends rather than for a boss.


Q:

Do you have any thoughts on 1st generation Latino Americans and 3rd and 4th generation who weren't taught to speak the language and how to bridge that gap within the culture?

A:

Since the cymbals transients are going to be much less than snare and kick transients, you're not going to be hearing as drastic as a change to those in comparison. - Joey


Q:

I'm sure each of us feels that way sometimes! However, we communicate very well and it has never been a problem. Every dispute we have had like that has ended in maybe five minutes of conversation.

Overall I was willing to embark on this project with Danny because I trust him fully! We have both been basically 100% committed from the moment we decided to do it 'for real.'

My guess is that 90% of the time it is a terrible idea to work so closely with a friend. However, if I may say so myself, Danny and I are special people with a special relationship. (Hope I don't sound too presumptuous there...)

A:

Knowing more than one language is always a plus. For those who don't know a lot of English, learning more is a necessity. For those who don't know Spanish, learning more is an opportunity. It makes the exchange of ideas much fuller and richer. Do what you can!


Q:

Where do you see NTM in a year? How about five years?

I've been a subscriber for a while now and just wanted to thank you guys for doing what you're doing. Keep it up.

A:

What's your take on kickstarter games becoming more and more prevalent in the industry? I'm particularly excited about Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, a game that otherwise probably wouldn't have happened.


Q:

You've managed to pull away from the combined cheech and chong image, do you ever regret how inseparable those names are together in people's minds?

A:

We see this as the future of audio education and will be the #1 online audio education site within 5 years. Within 1 year I think we will be double the size we are now, working with even more of the very best mixers, producers, engineers, and musicians to show you guys how great records are actually made, in the real world. Stick around, big things are in the works. - Eyal


Q:

Bloodstained looks awesome! But my take is honestly that Kickstarter is almost a dead platform for video games. It seems to me like it is getting harder and harder to convince people that you're not some kind of scammer... mainly because there are a lot of scammers.

I think the chances that we will return to Kickstarter for the next project are quite low!

A:

no I rejoice in it. Its all part of the deal and I would be sad if it wasn't


Q:

Did you guys get to have a beer with Billy Decker?

A:

When will the Linux port be released?! :) No, really, unless it runs under wine, I won't be able to enjoy this awesome looking game.


Q:

Did you have fun in Houston for the Art Car Parade? Looks like you made some good friends who would love to see you come back!

A:

Hell yeah we did, at a snazzy rooftop bar in Nashville with an incredible city view - and Halestorm was there hanging out with us as well =) -Joey


Q:

If the Windows version sells well, we will be looking at other ports. Linux is definitely on the list!

A:

I had the time of my life, it was the coolest live event I've done in a long time


Q:

How often are you all on reddit and what are your favorite subreddits?

A:

Youre using gamemaker, theres nothing to port, you just set up your linux box to build it and it works.


Q:

Can a young Chicano get some wise words of wisdom?

A:

I don't visit reddit as much as I'd like. I love r/WTF and r/corgi - Joey


Q:

Hi, you are correct, but that doesn't include whatever linux specific issues will arise when we build to it.

Although it technically should work, it is not something I can guarantee without beta-testing and QA. But yes, there is totally a chance that the linux build will end up being quite painless to implement. If that's the case it may happen quickly! Cross your fingers. :)

A:

stay centered and show up on time


Q:

What is everyone's favorite pizza toppings? Favorite candy bar? Favorite beer? Favorite fast food burger?

A:

Need beta-testing?

Let me know and I'd help pro Bono. I've already got an environment set up for clean installs on several major distros (Ubuntu-based, RHEL/Fedora-Based, Arch-based, etc.)

But, I imagine if it works for Vanilla Ubuntu (and Ubuntu GNOME since they're dropping Unity and Mir, who knows?) then it'll be good enough for the rest of the community on one-off distros. They'll figure it out.

Gimme a message (:


Q:

What is your favorite dinosaur?

A:

I love pepperoni pizza. I like snickers, but I don't love candy bars. I like hoppy IPAs. My favorite fast food burger is probably Steak n Shake, and down from there is Wendy's. - Joey


Q:

First I need a Linux installation to build on! I appreciate the offer please heck my twitter I am sure I will be looking for Linux testers eventually.

When you go to our Tech issue forums and it's a ghost town, I willl start figuring out how to port.

A:

I like a stegosaurus


Q:

I would like to become a record producer as well as business owner in something that is music related probably (kinda like Joey). I am in high school and my parents really want me to go to college and I honestly don't know if college is for me. Do you guys think I should go to college and if yes then what should I study?

A:

Do you have any advice to somebody who is considering game development as a career?


Q:

Cheech, what actor and actress do you most want to work with and why?

A:

I don't want to go against your parents advice but you have to determine what kind of person you are first. College wasn't for me because I am not very social so I don't thrive in an environment that is really social like that. I thrive when I can sit at my computer, alone, for 20 hours a day. This is exactly what my parents let me do, even though they were concerned. It turned out for the best. Some people do NOT thrive like that, and need an environment with other people, activities, etc. That's the college environment. What do you think is best for you to thrive in? - Joey


Q:

Hi,

This is a really tough one! I don't want to give bad advice, and i'm not sure what good advice I can actually give. We followed our own path and ignored a LOT of the advice we were getting from indie-devs. We were just... really stubborn.

Overall even at the beginning I thought we were just being insane. I dont know if I can recommend our path to someone else, especially with how much harder crowd funding gets every day that goes by. It remains to be seen whether we will even actually make enough money to 'pay ourselves' for the three years of work we did.

I guess I don't feel qualified to give such advice yet.

A:

Johnny Depp once again


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Weird just stumbled on this! Say hi to finn for me? :D Also your Precision Drive should arrive soon!

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Do you ever miss your old job?


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What house would you be in if you went to Hogwarts?

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YO! Thanks sir :DDDD - Joey


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Haha... Noooooooooooooooooo Tech support is NOT fun. But it was a good work environment so i'm not complaining.

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Huffle puff puff pass


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Np, hope to meet soon! Love what you guys are doing with URM/NtM and the plugins. Killin' it!

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/r/talesfromtechsupport will agree with you on that front all the way if my time lurking has taught me anything


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What's your favorite ride in Disney?

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Mine was Rhandy Rhodes. The Mr. Crowley guitar solos changed my life as a 16 year old kid. I knew then that music was for me and what I wanted to dedicate my life too. I used to watch this Ozzy vhs tape every day and then go play guitar all day. -Joel


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Ironic i now I'm doing tech support again for the users running in to issues with RotR. So I guess it has all come full circle LOL.

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its at California Adventures, Soarin' over California!


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Congratulations, but from what you said, you basically lived together with your friend, for 3 years, on $17K?

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Hey Cheech! What was it like working with Martin Scorsese in After Hours? Also, how did Cheech & Chong end up in that movie? It's such a "New York" movie and it's very strange to see you guys in it.


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I posted a reply explaniing things a bit more clearly, here it is again

"Sorry, there is a slight lack of clarity in my post here. We worked on the game for about 2 years part-time BEFORE the Kickstarter. After the Kickstarter we worked for about 7 months before the game was released. ALL of our living expenses were paid out of our own finances/savings, Kickstarter money was only spent on game assets, contractor fees, etc... We certainly didn't leave for that entire time without any income!"

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We met him at the Cannes film festival one year. We had lunch and had a good ole time. Years later he was describing a movie and the two characters were exactly like Cheech and Chong, and then it dawned on him that he knew us, so he called us up and asked us to do the movie and we said, sure why not?


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Your story is similar to the developers of No Man's Sky. I wish you a lot of luck mate, I hope it turns out to be a great game.

If you had to choose between going deaf or going mute, which would you choose?

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Do you believe that recreational marijuana use should be legal? Do you have any thoughts or feelings to share on the current marijuana legal status, especially as it compares to the legal status while you were producing all your films..?


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Oh dang, that's tough...

I guess mute, although it would make it a lot harder to win in Overwatch!

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I think should definitely be legal, but every state is different and has different laws. Its like a lava flow right now, were past the tipping point.


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Do you envision a console release if RotR becomes successful enough?

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Cheech, Del Taco or Taco Bell?


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Yes. :)

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taco bell all the way


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Did you hear about the gear wars?

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What was it like working with Marty Feldman? Did you smoke with any of the Pythons?


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Sorry I have no idea what that is...

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I have over the years. Marty was a unique individual. We worked together on Yellow Beard and the last day of shooting we drove out together in a taxi from Mexico City. We were stalled in traffic for a few hours and we told eachother our life stories and we laughed a lot. He told me about a jazz festival he was doing in lake maggiore. We got to the studio, shot my last scene and went to the airport back to LA. I heard on the radio that he had died that night. He was a unique and wonderful human being.


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How old were you when you did this? I'm asking for someone else who says he's too old to follow his dream and quit his job like you guys did. He also has a game he wants to build out. I don't think you're ever too old but I'm just curious. Thanks for posting :-)

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What are your thoughts on Trump?


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I'll be 30 in May. I don't think it's ever too late but I hesitate to encourage people to do what we did.

Overall we are pretty dumb to have done this but i'm crossing my fingers that it works out anyway! @_@

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Hes like gas, he will pass


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Your collection of Chicano art at LACMA was very impressive when I visited several years ago. Are you noticing an thematic evolution in this artistic style as you've been collecting over the years?

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yes I have, every five years or so, a new generation of Chicano artists jumps into the pool, and their first efforts are always news from the front. The art usually reflects the state of the community on a lot of different levels and techniques.


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What are some of your favorite pieces of Chicano art that you've collected?

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It changes all the time


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Cheech! I'm a huge fan of you and your movies. I can recite most of "Up In Smoke" by memory.

My question for you, I know you do some standup - any chance of you putting out a comedy special? Perhaps a-la Netflix?

Thanks again!

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you never know!


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You've done a lot of movies with Robert Rodriguez, what's he like to work with?

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Hes very cool, very efficient, great sense of humor, and hes looking at you all the time because he operates the camera.


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Cheech, are you better at singing or dancing?

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singing by a long shot


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Cheech, Brownies or cookies?

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brownies. Old school


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What's your fondest memory involving food?

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my first bite of a Dodger Dog. I thougt mmmmmm how long has this been going on?


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What's it like to work with Don Johnson?

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It was the most fun I ever had working with anybody. Donny likes to work hard and have a good time, just like me


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Where's Dave?

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not here man


Q:

You are an excellent dramatic actor. When will you take the lead role in a series of cerebral action films?

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Next Tuesday will be my good news day


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Hey Cheech! Indica or Sativa?

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probably Sativa, but I like her sister a lot too


Q:

You wanna get high man?

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depends....