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May 5th 2017 by lauramoy • 58 Questions • 82 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!"
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.
What are your feelings on the notorious Star Wars Christmas special?
How did you get started in terms of marketing? I imagine once you get going that word of mouth referrals take care of new clients but how were you able to break into what I'm assuming is a very competitive field?
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.
I'm a property crimes prosecutor. Our motor vehicle theft detectives and I have noticed a weird new trend. When the cars are recovered, a noticeable amount have had the rear view mirror removed. Theories range from the thieves are keeping them as trophies to they think there's some sort of tracking device in the mirrors, like onstar. It's a newer trend so we think it's younger thieves. Notice anything like that with your subjects? Opinions?
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.
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.
I started out by getting experience in the market as a contractor for other tutoring companies. People told their friends about me, and I started getting organic leads that way. Nowadays it's almost all word-of-mouth referrals, and I only need around 5 clients at a time to keep my schedule full.
Sometimes, when I release a new product like my GT practice books, I will put up flyers around the city to generate interest. For that particular product, most other companies charge 2-3x what I do, so I wanted to have a more obvious form of advertising.
Honestly, I see myself, never really had any type of dysphoria.
We've heard of this and were told it's because they think there's GPS in the onstar mirrors. Haven't heard that from kids themselves though.
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:
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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Would Operation Mend be of any assistance, or do they only volunteer the surgeries?
You float in the story a couple of potential explanations (population density, public transportation issues), do either of you have any other pet theories to explain the car theft issue in Pinellas County?
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?
Bit of a cliche but, What advice would yo give your younger self?
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.
Left a burning hole in my heart. It was also very hard to keep quiet about for a year and a half
We don't have any particular theories. We tried really hard in interviewing kids to find an origin or at least a time when this kicked off. But they described it in extremely plain terms. "It just happens," basically was the answer. We're planning to look further into this as we continue reporting out car theft. There's something to be said for the West Florida laid-back atmosphere and unlocked cars. Multiple official-type sources told us they thought people feel safe here and thus are less vigilant in locking up their stuff. I'm not sure that's true, but it's certainly interesting to consider. We read in police reports about victims saying much the same to police -- I thought my neighborhood was safe; I was gone just a minute.
As to pets, Lisa has a wonderful dog named Landon.
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.
protect yourself at all times
Is there a logic behind $140/hr figure or is it fairly arbitrary? (Do you think you could charge much more without significant drop-off in clientele)?
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?
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.
If you could go back and decline a role in something, which would it be?
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.
I have a museum specifically for all the memorabilia called The Chewie Room.
I chose that figure based on undercutting with other tutoring companies charge. Most charge upwards of $180, I know some that charge $240.
I could probably raise it significantly if I targeted new students in the wealthiest neighborhoods, but I wouldn't want to double the rates for my clients I've had for the past years. I love working with my current kids, they basically feel like siblings at this point.
Another factor is that I aim for year-round clients. I work with my kids for test prep, education enrichment, and for a fun summer school. But for clients who are only doing a few weeks of test prep before their SAT/ISEE/SHSAT, etc. I can charge a higher rate since it's more temporary. But it would be quite a significant amount for somebody to pay $240/hr all year!
Yes -- almost certainly. We saw a case where the would-be thieves couldn't drive stick. Others involved some stalled cars.
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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Good OP. As a doctor i know what you go through. All the best and God bless you.
Peter, do you do the Chewbacca sounds or is that added in after It's filmed by someone else?
Have you thought of doing a sliding scale for charging? I imagine for some clients $1000/hr is no more a burden than $100/hr.
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?
What was it like talking to the kids? Were they shy or boastful or somewhere in between? What kinds of questions did you ask them?
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.
Are you sure your name is Cheech? Cordially yours, Larry
Thank you for your support and what you do. :)
The wonderfully talented Ben Burtt added the sounds after. There is a few clips on Youtube that show what I made up on the spot to help the other actors
It wouldn't be "fair" really to the clients on the high end. I try to look at it as what I charge for my time, not what they can afford for my time.
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.
It was strange to talk to the kids. I cover public safety/crime, but it's really atypical to speak to convicted people who are this young. I actually expected them to boast more, since this was seen as such a cool thing to do. But they generally undersold their history to us. They said they stole only a car or two, or didn't steal any at all, even when police records contradicted that. They said they never crashed (crashing is called "blowing it;" it's not cool). They didn't embellish their crimes, they diminished their history. And ultimately talking to them was like talking to pretty much any teenager. They were shy, they mumbled, they were slow to open up. They thought they could get one over on you. One of the most shocking moments was when a 15-year-old told me he'd never steal eyeglasses. I asked why, and he said "because people need the to see." They're smart kids, they're saavy, probably smarter than people give them credit for. But underneath it all they rarely had some profound reason for stealing a car. They spoke about it so plainly. It was just something to do.
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.
I thought so until you mentioned it
My daughter is taking the SAT in the fall, and she's really nervous. Do you have any tips for SAT test prep?
The government ruled you no longer disabled with one leg? You must have made the mistake of getting a job.
Do you feel online spaces like Twitter or Facebook should allow equal opportunity to all voices to be heard without censorship?
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?
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.
I stood up, and they offered me the part. I was excited, and unaware of the adventure that was about to begin
I can sympathize, I hated taking the SAT too.
The first thing you want to look at is if the ACT is a better fit. The ACT is more "common sense" based, and if she has scientific aptitude, it does also have a science section.
Regardless of which test she takes, it's important to break things up into manageable chunks. I like to split the sections up by question type. So for math, split the problems into Geometry, Quadratics, Simple Algebra, Number Theory, Trig, etc. Khan Academy has 8 college board approved practice tests and keys online, they're really great for this.
This part's important: Take a FULL LENGTH, TIMED practice test, and analyze which question types she gets wrong. There is almost always a pattern. For example, on reading, she might miss the "why do you think the author said _____" questions, but not the content questions. For math, she might miss the quadratics, but be excellent with trig.
Focus on the areas of need without neglecting the other sections. Once she's mastered a specific area of need, don't drop it completely. Just work in a few review problems into her future practice. So once she's confident doing geometry, move onto a Trig focus (but work in a few geometry practice questions with each practice session, along with the other questions she's already proficient in).
For the other sections, do the same thing. If she's always missing comma usage in Grammar, focus on those questions while still "maintaining" proficiency in the other questions.
For each practice session, try to do at least one set of each test section to keep it all fresh. Don't have overwhelming amounts of practice, I'd say 3x/week works well for an average kid.
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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How common is it for a face transplant to be rejected? Does your current insurance assist with any of the expenses?
Any idea what the average amount of money they make if they sell them? I'm sure a lot go for joy rides, but I wasn't sure how lucrative the stolen car market is...
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?
What's your favorite strain to smoke, and what's your favorite way to smoke?
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.
Thanks! It's essentially what my AP Bio teacher did for my high school class, and it wasn't stressful to prepare at all. We were used to seeing the question style in small doses throughout the year as we completed each unit, so it wasn't hard to just do more problems when the test came.
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.
Great q. First, they don't really take these to chop shops. If they sell a car, kids told us, they do so only after police have chased them and they know it's "hot." At that point, just get rid of it, right? So they might flip it for $20 or $30 to a friend or someone older who is desperate for a short-term means of transportation. Sometimes, they claim, they can get $100 or $200 off a car. But as you can see -- selling the vehicle is not really the point, it's an after-effect of the ride itself.
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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Have you ever worked with celebrity kids? If so, how was it?
You can sell testicles???
What was it like to play on Celebrity Jeopardy! ? Did Alex Trebek want a hit from your pipe after the show?
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.
I try to be on whenever possible. Mainly I go to the /r/StarWars and look at a lot of the posts there. Sometimes I'll pop into various other posts depending on whats on my front page.
Yes and no. I haven't worked with them as a private tutor, but I my first teaching work as a TA at my old high school. A few celebrity kids went there, including Terry Crews's daughter (who was in the year above me) and Zack Snyder's kids. One of Zack Snyder's daughters was a student in the Bio class I TA'd. She was a sweetie :)
It is, to some extent, but a lot of kids said they don't care about the arrest because they're often sent right back home. They laugh as the cuffs click shut. One girl asked police to take her through the McDonald's drive-thru. Several said they'd be right back out to do it again.
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.
It was the most nervous I've ever been in show business, because you can look like a real doalt out there.
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.
What is your favorite memory of Carrie Fisher?
Why do you think this particular county in Florida has so much higher of a car theft rate then other similar counties in similar regions?
What about a corporation like Facebook or Google deciding what is "fake news"?
What was it like being involved with South Park? How did that come about?
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.
Everytime I think of Carrie I have a new favorite memory of her. Currently, its her chasing around the other cast members with a squirt gun
Yes, it was a private school in Pasadena.
Here in NYC, lots of wealthy parents use the Gifted Public Schools though.
Good question! We asked a ton of people. Kids, law enforcement, judges, politicians. NO ONE had a clear answer. The most logical conclusion -- kids here have just latched onto it as a fad. Fads can be local. Once it becomes the "thing to do" in a particular place, it can spiral.
Our numbers are auto theft arrests, so they do show, in part, that cops here are really going after this particular crime. But all the evidence points to that being a legitimate reaction to the danger at hand.
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. :)
University of Rochester for College. I didn't go to Flintridge for HS, but we did have football games against them sometimes.
They were amazed! The only pain I'm in is in my amputated leg.
Interesting question. We haven't calculated location to car unlocked. We don't have broad data for Tampa but we do for Clearwater. Anecdotally, people leave their cars unlocked all across the county. There was never one area that stuck out to us as a place as having more unlocked cars. But I don't have specific numbers here, and maybe we'll look at this further as we continue to report on the problem. Thanks for the suggestion!
"Viable economically" is an enormous challenge, and not one I see any easy solutions for. The best long form journalism seems to be being produced at institutions that have independent sources of wealth - either from a trust, or State support, or from a rich owner. Not an ideal situation, and all I can really say to that is - pay for your journalistic content :)
But I do think that breaking people outside of their bubbles is one of the biggest challenges we face, especially given that, according to some accounts, the Internet, rather than bridging these gaps as one might expect, has actually made things worse. Even here on Reddit, you have Politics and The_Donald - and never the twain shall meet. I think that we need to do more to foster engagement between polarised positions, and to try and find forums to agree on shared interpretations of the facts, if there's ever going to be progress made towards addressing common challenges.
why yes, we will always be connected. We played golf yesterday at the George Lopez tournament
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?"
Love your work, Mr Mayhew!
How do you feel about the fact that Chewbacca aged so much more gracefully than everyone else in the sequels? Gotta say, I was expecting some grey fur!
An entry exam toddlers have to drill for? Doesn't that strike you as straight up dystopian?
That's awesome man abour the fam and friends, shit about the leg. Will the leg pain go away "heal"
Can you talk a bit about the Chicano art center and why it's important?
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.
Well, he was 200 years old in A New Hope....so another 34 years probably wouldnt have added too much grey, right?
Absolutely, it's terrible. I hated having my abilities reduced to a set of numbers as a student, and I hate it now as a tutor. It's dehumanizing.
One of the things I aim to do is make that test prep more accessible and affordable for people. Most test prep companies keep their materials under lock and key, and charge something like $100 for a crappy book with a day's worth of exercises. So I released a free test, and a bunch of inexpensive downloadable practice tests, along with a free book on at-home prep methods. Free videos are coming this fall, too!
Hopefully with more companies like Khan Academy offering free prep, and more ethical tutoring companies, standardized tests can be less of an issue for everybody.
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.
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
Did you find trends in the time of day that most cars were stolen -- mostly in the middle of the night or all times of day?
How is pepsi helping your cause?
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?
Haha. I used to bring my Wii/Wii U every admission. Every one knew me as the MarioKart girl :P
Thanks! I have enormous respect for what they do, and I'd love to make a similar website to supplement their materials one day.
Rejection will always be a risk until medical science finds new ways to trick the immune system which they are working on.
Car theft happens in broad daylight and at night, but it's hard to track down the specific time of the theft. Speaking generally, many of them are reported in the morning, because people wake up to discover their car is gone. Then they call police. But police reports only say something like, Call time: 6:32. And then it'll say in the narrative, the car was likely stolen between the hours of 11 p.m. (the last time the victim saw it) and 6 a.m. (when they wake up to the horrifying shock of no car). A lot of kids certainly go carhopping at night, but if they spot a running, unattended car during the day or try a handle and strike gold, they're just as likely to take it at 3 p.m. as 3 a.m.
Absolutely and no, I wouldn't change it
Have you seen the movie "Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist"* and if so, how do you feel about it? Considering that it is a tough movie for anyone to watch I would imagine it would be extra rough for you.
*For those who have not seen it, it is a documentary chronicling the life and eventual death of artist/CF sufferer Bob Flanagan.
Was the suit hot?
Cage or Travolta?
Are people really leaving their guns in their cars unattended that often? What percentage of car thefts also include gun theft?
Besides changing sentencing, do you have any other potential solutions suggested by your sources?
Do you feel the use of anonymous sources has undermined the public's trust in modern journalism?
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?
I have not yet, but I hope to some day. Where is the best place to watch it? I have watched other CF movies, but I am more of a reader. I find that they are rough, but I imagine they are rougher for individuals without CF to read. Haha. We are accustomed to trials of CF and so might not find them as difficult to watch/read about. I read the stories more out of interest. Each CF patient is so different and we often have very different lives -- that is something that truly fascinates me.
at times during the Carbon Freezing Chamber the suit did get a little warm. Although, it was glorious during the Hoth scenes and kept me warm in the snow.
In my current work, I carefully choose the 5 or so families I work with to be sane haha. But when I worked for other companies (usually a few hundred different kids every month) I saw some shit. What stands out most was a little 4-year old who had some trouble focusing on his test prep for the Gifted and Talented Exam.
He didn't have terrible focus, just what you'd expect from a kid who is used to playing all day and now has to sit through an hour of drilling questions.
His mom got into a screaming match with him about his poor focus, was threatening to call his dad to come home from work and punish him, etc. It was really sad. Some kids just aren't ready to sit through that many questions at once. But if he has any hope of focusing, screaming at him isn't the way to get him to do it. You gotta make it a positive experience, reward what little focus he does have, etc.
First -- yes, people leave their guns in their cars pretty often. More than you could imagine. We did not calculate an exact percentage of car thefts including guns because we looked specifically at police reports involving an auto theft arrest. If you looked at all auto burglaries, not just thefts, you'd likely turn up a lot more gun cases. But just in car thefts, we saw guns involved in some way in more than 50 cases. A decent chunk of those guns you can guess are stolen -- most 13 or 14 year olds in stolen carfs don't have legally-purchased Glocks.
Sources told us, aside from changing sentencing, they'd like to reach more kids/families with resources like counseling and mentoring. They said they believe this kind of juvenile crime overlaps with dependency issues, substance abuse, mental health problems -- and keeping kids/families involved in schools, support programs, etc. will help keep them away from crime. Of course, that's an unsurprising response. Actually fixing that problem, or determining who provides those resources, and how, brings less clarity.
What do you think mostly influenced them to do this other than to have fun?
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 ?
Hmmm... interesting. Thanks for sharing! Maybe I'll have watched it by next year's AMA.
It was horrible to watch. I was getting anxiety just from hearing it.
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.
Good question. There are a lot of factors at play, but social pressure is a big one. They do it to hang out, to be cool, to gain popularity. A lot of them post pictures to Facebook or statuses about being "on wheels."
Car theft is a crime of opportunity, too. Many of the kids are those who don't otherwise have access to cars or, they say, the money to entertain themselves. One boy told us, simply, "We have to make our own fun."
Lastly -- access: It's super easy to steal a car when you find it unlocked with a key inside. So the simplicity is appealing. Then when they get caught, they're often released right back home. Then they do it again. They get sent home again. It takes a while for consequences to catch up to them, critics say, and that enables more thefts.
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.
Quinten Tarrantino and Robert Rodriguez
Are local politicians and law enforcement embarrassed about the story?
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!
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?
This question has a funny story to go with it. My first time really using Reddit was for my AMA last year. Then I got on the front page -- my partner is an avid Reddit user and has never been on the front page... so we giggle about that all the time. I go on Reddit about once a week, I would guess. I frequent the /r/CysticFibrosis subreddit, although since we started a Discord I have been on less often. Otherwise I really like /r/aww, /r/funny, /r/mildlyinteresting, and /r/showerthoughts.
Wow, I had no idea chess tutoring was a market too! It's great when they finally "get it" and start enjoying it, isn't it?
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.
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!
Are you aware of any promising new treatments for CF? What treatments have you been through? Thanks for sharing and good luck to you.
Greetings, do you prefer to be called Peter or Mr. Mayhew?
What is the most popular home science experiment that most of the kids like; yet are simple to learn and explain?
The face transplant was funded through a DoD grant for veterans that Brigham and Women's Hospital has received. Source
Do people really leave their car keys in their cars in 2017? I feel like this doesn't happen in the UK, outside of perhaps isolated Scottish islands and the like...
What are your thoughts on Edward Snowden in specific but other whistleblowers?
Can a young Chicano get some wise words of wisdom?
There are always studies going on. I try to participate in as many research studies as I can. Unfortunately, with my big health drop I am not eligible for any at my clinic at the moment. I was in a 2 year long study for Orkambi, which is a gene therapy drug that has helped many people keep stable with their health. Unfortunately, we did not see those results in my own health.
Peter is fine, Mr. Mayhew is fine. Just please dont call me Pete.
I've found that almost any science high school level science experiment can be simplified to an elementary schooler. People have this preconceived notion that some stuff is too complex for kids, but that really isn't the case.
Here are some examples of stuff I've done in the past few months with my kids in grades 1-5.
Endothermic and Exothermic reactions: Brief talk/review on how molecules and atoms interact with each other, but this involves energy changes. Heat is energy. Some reactions absorb heat (called endothermic), and some reactions release heat (exothermic). Discuss the etymology of the words.
Prepare two reactions in glasses. Use baking soda+vinegar for one, Hydrogen peroxide+yeast_soap for the other. Both reactions produce a volcano, kids love it. You can add red dye too. Have kids guess which one is endothermic and exothermic (they try to remember the different vocab terms here, or refer to a sheet where they wrote it down).
Discuss the use of endothermic and exothermic reactions in the real world. Challenge them to think of where something getting cold/hot is useful. Most kids will bring up medical uses at this point, and you can discuss how hospitals have chemical hot and cold packs to help people soothe their injuries. You should also discuss the gas production in both reactions, and talk about where that might be useful (filling a balloon, or harvesting a specific type of gas).
Depending on the age and interest of the kid, I'll look at the products of the reaction to prove that things "changed." Specifically, for the baking soda and vinegar, there isn't any vinegar left once you add enough baking soda. They can taste it to prove it to themselves.
Other recent experiments include: using google cardboard and stereoscopes to talk about our brain's perception of 3D, and then brought over the Vive to have a fun day. This week I talked about mass, volume, and density, and we built a density column in my graduated cylinder out of different fluids. We sometimes do less "involved" experiments, like illustrating probability by counting the responses in 100 shakes of a magic 8 ball, etc. One of these days I'll probably write a blog detailing what I do every week, haha.
Here is a page with a lot of info on rejection and a pic of me when I was in stage 3
Yes they very much do. That happened in 250 cases here in 18 months. It probably happens more than you think!
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.
stay centered and show up on time
Peter, outside of Star wars movies and TV shows, what are your favorite movies and TV shows?
You make these all up? They're good.
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?
We have also locally seen a giant rise in car thefts in the area. 250 reported thefts in 2017 in a city of 150,000 These are also attributed to minors. Do you think this is becoming an epidemic in the US ? What do you think we as peers can do to curb this in minors ?
How important do feel that Net Neutrality is as an aspect of freedom of expression/freedom of the press?
Cheech, what are your favorite Chicano stereotypes?
The Walking Dead, Longmire, The Crown, DIY shows, and anything with nice cars in it
Yeah, I collected a lot of science equipment over the years and use that. 4M also has great kits on amazon, where you can do cool things like build a hovercraft, make a lemon battery, etc. I use those too.
Interesting! Where is your area? I don't think we've seen evidence to suggest this is a nationwide epidemic. One other area in which we've read a lot about an uptick in juvenile car theft is Milwaukee. The local media there has covered it extensively, and it seems pretty similar to our situation in Pinellas. What can we do to curb this in minors? Everyone we talked to -- politicians, police, judges -- said they did not have a single, perfect fix. But they said in general, keeping kids involved in more positive activities -- school, sports, clubs, mentoring -- will give them less time to act out. That seems like such a simple concept, but several of the teens we talked to said they did in fact start stealing cars or getting into trouble when they began cutting class or stopped playing on a local team.
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.
that we don't speak spanish, which lets face it, most of us don't
What do you think is the most effective way of teaching someone to teach themselves? Or is that just within them?
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?
I live in the Midwest. The city I'm talking about is Davenport, Iowa. The news sites around here are aggressively pushing the issue in the media. The police had put out a notice around 2 months ago that they had seen a huge jump in car thefts and had advised everyone to keep their cars locked at all times.
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I do this by asking leading questions, and encouraging the research process. I don't pretend to know everything with my students, and I'm very open about when I need to look something up.
For example, I did a density column recently with my younger kids. We talked about what density is, and how denser things will sink opposed to less dense things. They got to hypothesize about whether molasses or water has a higher density, and then experiment to see if they were right. I asked them questions about where they think the alcohol would settle in the column. If they asked about a chemical I didn't have on hand, we looked it up together online, and discussed the results.
If you do all the talking and thinking, you teach people to be complacent. But kids are naturally curious, and it's easy to teach them to design their own experiments and do their own research.
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.
What use is a test to see if a student is gifted if students train for such a test?
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?
How did you first approach these kids?
Did you take Spanish in night school? What grade did you get?
pretty frequently. Once at Disney I was mistaken for Howard Stern.
At that point, it's really measuring how well the absorb the teaching (much like a test in school does). Which still measures something, but it's not as valuable as a metric and people seem to think.
I would look similar or worse than I did before the transplant.
Many different ways. Some we cold-called. Some we met after court. Some we met on police ridealongs. Some we requested interviews with in jail, which is a process. When we sat down to talk to them, we tried to keep it simple, to let them talk, to just hear what they had to say. There's a question above about what it was like to talk to the kids. Most of them were pretty bright. They were more than capable of explaining themselves and talking to adults. They've spent a long time in the very confusing criminal justice system and in many ways have mastered its intricacies. Every interview was interesting.
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Are you excited as I am about Star Wars land at Disneyland ?
I have two kids and none of them took the G&T because I'm zoned in one of the best elementary schools in NYC and didn't see a need. what percentage of your kids make it?
Have you ever ran into someone you knew from before your injury and then have to explain who you are?
This is all so interesting. How did you get an in with this kids? How did you get them to trust you?
It sounds like many of the factors that go into why this happens is similar to why you see children getting into trouble in lots of inner-city, high density areas. Do you have any ideas for communities to take steps to reduce this type of crime and provide other outlets?
I dont know anything about it, yet. I always enjoyed Star Wars Weekends, though.
Pretty much all of my kids end up placing in a GT program. One of the things that I feel is broken about the system is that my work has proven to me that with enough prep, nearly everybody can get the scores. It's less about innate intelligence than it is about learning to focus and learning the rules for each puzzle.
That said, I've been pretty disappointed in what the programs end up looking like once you're "in." One of my students, an absolutely brilliant second grader, recently had a homework problem along the lines of "Bob read 5 books, Carol read 6 books, Susan read 3 books (based on a picture graph). If Jose read 4 books, how many students read fewer books that Jose? Explain how you know."
This is a kid who already understands fractions and multiplication. Facepalm.
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.
To the first part, we pretty much just asked them if they'd like to talk. I know that may sound ridiculous, but a lot of it was asking, being told no; asking, being told no; and so on. There were so many kids, we thought some of them would probably speak with us. And they did. Sometimes the kids were trying to change their ways and wanted to warn others. Sometimes they just were willing to talk. They didn't always trust us, but part of it was showing them we knew what we were talking about. We spent months researching, understanding this, building a database. We were able to demonstrate knowledge, to show that we understood and were genuinely interested in their side, and that helped build trust.
There are certainly some similar factors. I think everyone is looking for ideas and ways for communities to stop these problems. Good schools, social programs, opportunities -- that's always the answer. But still a lot of people need help or support.
baked but never fried
Hello, Peter! Thanks so much for doing another AMA! You've seen and retweteed the petition I began on May The Fourth to get you a cameo in the Han Solo movie. I am hoping to reach as many people as possible, because I know a lot of fans feel the same way I do - you deserve it! So my question: what would your ideal cameo be?
i know a kid who was in G&T but didn't get into a really good school for middle school. his mom tried to hard to help with tutors and got the kid reliant on a tutor for everything where he couldn't do a lot of the work himself. he's smart, but a little lazy because of his tutor doing too much work for him
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?
Do y'all know of any plans by current FL legislators to fix this law, or at make the penalties for carjacking as a minor more stiff?
This article was really well done, your hard work is appreciated!
What's the weirdest thing you've ever smoked out of or turned into a smoking apparatus?
I have seen it, and it is incredibly sweet of you. I honestly would be honored to be included in any way. I suppose a cantina patron would be lovely like Anthony Daniels, or a pilot like Jeremy Bulloch.
Mr Mayhew- Thanks for your contributions to this community, and of course thank-you for your 40 years of effort in Star Wars!
If you are able to say, are you in the standalone Han Solo movie?
What are the biggest challenges, and biggest rewards in your career?
A good tutor empowers the kid to find the answers on their own
Out of curiosity, what do you do when you can't do this?
I used to be sort of the opposite of you, I tutored kids but they were the "not the sharpest tool in the shed" types that came from low income immigrant families and were failing grade school. Way behind, zero work ethic, and put out the minimum effort possible when I tried to help them.
I tutored two of them and couldn't get through to either of them.
Do you think some or many of these kids can be reformed if they are sorry and have the network to help them?
Thank you for the kind words, they mean the world to me.
No, I am currently not involved in the new Han Solo stand alone film. However, there was a petition started to have me in as an unmasked camero. It was incredibly sweet, and I would LOVE to be included.
I find it incredibly rewarding to see the love for the character on children's faces, and the stories people have about the first time they saw Star Wars.
Interesting question. Kids are young, their brains are still developing. That's established. So the guiding philosophy in Florida juvenile justice circles is that everyone can be reformed. No child is lost or beyond hope. The network to help them? That gets more complicated. Many come from difficult circumstances. Most sources we talk to said that network is the biggest struggle -- getting resources and support to children who need it most.
Oh so many, but I love Ibiza, Spain and Bamf, Canada
The hot and the cold
How do you feel about a higher proportion of rich kids being identified as "gifted" only because their parents can buy test prep?
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.
Hey man, a different question; This article clearly took a shitload of work, if we want to be scientific we can say it took a "Metric shitload" of work.
With how difficult it is to source, cite, find, and corroborate all of this information, and with the contrary, low effort opinion pieces, getting a lot of buzz, how the hell do we rejuvenate journalism on a large scale when the major news outlets in the states seem to be actively working against it? And what's your opinion of how the biggest news outlets with the largest reaches approach the dissemination of information?
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 "force" to be reckoned with it.
It's terrible. One of the things I aim to do is make that test prep more accessible and affordable for all people. Most test prep companies keep their materials under lock and key, and charge something like $100 for a crappy book with a day's worth of exercises. So I released a free test, and a bunch of inexpensive downloadable practice tests, along with a free book on at-home prep methods on my website. Free videos are coming this fall, too!
Hopefully with more companies like Khan Academy offering free prep, and more ethical tutoring companies, standardized tests can be less of an issue for everybody.
They are funding other hospitals to do them.
Hey interesting question. I'm sure a lot of journalists could talk on this for hours over a few beers. This did take a lot of work. I think the important thing we've seen is that readers really value long takes and accountability work. This story gets plenty of buzz, too, but part of the dilemma is defining value. At the Times, editors place a lot of emphasis on watchdog journalism, which sometimes involves projects like this. There's value in that, people really do read those stories and sometimes they lead to positive changes. Buzz or not, any impact in that sense -- a change that improves a dangerous situation -- is what we hope for. Sure, that sounds grandiose, but I think that's what a lot of reporters are after. I think anyone with a big platform or a mission of informing the public should be striving for accuracy and relevance.
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
It's good that you've thought about the unfairness in the academic world. However, just so you know, many poor families don't have computers, let alone printers, at home, and have rather poor computer literacy, so offering materials online is more or less useless. The parents will not know to look for the materials, and often not be able to work with the children on the books, either because they are too busy or they don't have a suitable academic background to make it through the books. At the very least, if you are serious about democratizing your materials, I encourage you to reach out to schools in underperforming areas so the teachers and admins can spread the word!
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.
Do the kids that do this.usually have enough information to realize how dangerous they are when they do steal and drive a car ?
who do you miss more seeing on a daily basis? Tommy Chong, or Don Johnson?
They know that people crash cars. They know that people get hurt in them. But they told us they're not really thinking about the danger when they take the car. Kids feel invincible, right? We say that all the time. Mortality or injury aren't often at the front of their minds. So when they're behind the wheel, they said, it's all adrenaline. It's cool. And if a cop gets behind them? They said they'll speed the wrong way. They'll hop a curb. They'll do whatever it takes. Because at that point their mind is on one thing, getting away. It's not so much they don't have the information as it isn't a big factor in their decision-making, from what they told us. They don't think anything bad will happen to them, and an arrest isn't that bad -- they don't fear it.
I miss em both
Who is your personal favorite character from the Star Wars franchise?
Why did you become disillusioned with the field of genetics or the medical field?
Former child car thief checking in.
Have you guys talked to any older ex-thieves to get more clarifying answers on why kids steal cars?
What is your fondest memory from being a part of the Lion King?
Chewbacca. I maybe a bit biased
I worked in mosquito research at Caltech, in the most awesome sounding lab I could find. The work we were doing was to genetically engineer mosquitoes to pass on the malaria/dengue/other disease resistance gene at a higher ratio than wild mosquitoes. This is the type of work that could save countless lives if it worked, get a nobel prize, etc. And yet, there was no guarantee that it would ever work, even if it looked great on paper. And in the end, it was decades of just pipetting the same reaction with a new variation over and over again.
I have enormous respect for those called the field of research. But I was going stir crazy just sitting in the lab. What I thought would be an exciting journey of using your wits to solve a new problem ended up being like 2% of the process. The rest was just getting the reaction to work.
However, my experience in that lab did inspire me on one of my latest projects, which is a portable mosquito netting design. I wanted people to have physical protection in addition to bug spray, so I developed a DIY tutorial for making an adjustable net that fits over an umbrella. That tutorial is at www.Zikashield.net
For medical school, I realized that while I loved learning the material, I just couldn't handle the process of human dissection. I know a lot of people donate their bodies to science, and want to help medical students learn. But I couldn't emotionally handle peeling somebody's face off, or sawing their genitals in half. The school handled it...poorly to say the least. They told me I could skip the labs if I kept my grades up, and I did. But then it ended up becoming a political thing about the curriculum value of an expensive anatomy lab, and they changed their mind after the first semester, essentially forcing me to repeat the year (and classes I had already passed) if I wanted to stay (while accumulating 8% interest on my loans, not to mention the apartment lease, etc.) So I left.
Lol, I bet I know you
We haven't reached a ton of older thieves but it's something we've looked at and will possibly keep trying to do. The interesting thing is a lot of older thieves stole cars with screwdrivers/forced entry. The crime today is a little less technical, and some different people are doing it. You from the area?
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
What was your favorite moment while working on TFA?
I find your comments really interesting to read. Once you've collected enough anecdotes, you could write a very readable memoir.
Seeing the Falcon in all her glory again. They did a wonderful job. Every screw was in the right place, all the knobs and panels were correct. It was wonderful!
Just graduated from med school in NYC and I don't want to start residency. You hiring?
Might seem like an inappropriate question but could you pull your face off?
What is your favorite dinosaur?
No, they dont make controllers big enough. I have watched my children play many of them, and I quite enjoyed it.
I'll let you know!
I like a stegosaurus
Reading this makes me think about doing this.
How would you warn someone not to do this?
Cheech, what actor and actress do you most want to work with and why?
I did. It was a different take, and good addition to the Star Wars universe.
Oh, Alan stole the show for me.
I wouldn't! It's great (as long as you're a good teacher and get along with kids), and I love my job!
Johnny Depp once again
Cheers, Mr. Mayhew! When you were filming A New Hope, did anyone on set know the film would be so huge when it opened?
I am extremely jealous that I can not afford you for my children! You sound awesome and fun. Do you have any tips on finding good tutors for lower income families? How to spot a good tutor?
On a scale of mouse to giraffe how high are you right now ?
I love Carrie's answer, "The only one who didn't know was George. We kept it from him because we wanted to see what his face looked like when it changed expression."
Do you feel that training young students to devote large blocks of time in the pursuit of maximizing their score on a standardized exam is missing the point of applied intelligence entirely? Let's be real here: the world needs critical thinkers that can analyze empirical data and draw relevant conclusions in conjunction with "soft-skills" that are difficult to measure (i.e. leadership ability), not people that are skilled at taking a multiple choice exam. What are your thoughts on society's over-emphasis on high stakes testing?
Absolutely, standardized tests are totally evil. I really wish we lived in a world where they had little to no emphasis on standardized tests. And most of my work isn't really test prep, it's educational enrichment (which is a lot more fun for the kids and for me!) For my year-round clients, I anticipate which tests they'll be taking and just work in some occasional prep questions here and there. That way, it's not overwhelming, it doesn't take too much time, and it still gets them used to the wording and test style.
When I do have to do focused test prep, I try to make my prep as "fun" as it can possibly be, by teaching questions with respect to their applications to in other fields, using experiments where I can, and even using games to teach the logic concepts for the younger kids.
Did you ever hear the tragedy of Darth Plagueis The Wise?
When will you decide to start a school?
it was pretty good, it was in Hawaii so that was cool. My wife came along and we cocktails and stuff
Did you ever find a hardcore sex chamber or hidden room?
Not while tutoring, I don't snoop around my client's houses, haha. I have found a hidden sex chamber somewhere else though, which was at a party in the Hamptons. My friend got tickets to a party at Sir Ivan's Castle, and he had a sex dungeon with a bunch of giant stuffed rabbits in chains. No, we didn't use it haha.
Out of all scenes in the original trilogy, what do you remember being the hardest to nail down?
How much of an advantage do you think private tutoring gives, would you want it for your own kids?
That sounds like a great vacation ;) what's your drink of choice?
Putting C3PO back together.
It gives a huge advantage. I got the occasional tutor in school myself for subjects where I needed help or didn't click with the teacher, and it made a world of difference. I'll definitely tutor my own kids, or if they don't want to hear it from me, I would 100% hire somebody if they needed it!
Mezcal Mule with Tres Papalote Mezcal. Highly recommend.
Peter, how often do you talk about stars wars with your friends and family?
How many billable hours do you do in a week, summer and winter? How do you work around school hours/weekends?
All the time. Especially when there's a Star Wars marathon on at TV.
I basically don't start work till 3PM on most weekdays, and hours are definitely less in the summer. I spend my mornings writing and working on other projects! One of the toughest things about this industry is that for my kids are on vacation, I don't get paid. If I'm sick, I don't get paid. So I have to budget for that all year.
it was so much fun to shoot. It was so fun seeing it come together just like I envisioned it.
Hello, Mr. Mayhew!
From my husband: Do you still enjoy being Chewbacca?
From myself: What do you enjoy doing on a rainy day?
Hey nice AMA! I am kind of in the same boat as you as I currently private tutor kids of the upper middle class in HK. I charge a bit less than you, around $85-95 per hour for a 1:1 class. Most of my students are between ages 3.5-10.
My question for you is do you feel this is sustainable in the long run? Is there a reason why you choose to work 10-15 hours a week as opposed to working a few extra hours for a few extra hundreds of dollars?
I have been doing this for that past 5 years now and I am not sure if it's just me, or how it works being a private tutor, but I equate everything into hours working. For example if I want to buy something, I'll just think "oh it's ok, that's only 40 mins of work, no problem". It's actually quite a bad way of thinking but I can't stop it. Do you feel the same?
- I cherish every moment.
- I nap.
My hours are limited by the hours kids are in school. I usually only get one day off per week, and I can only fit in 1-2 students on a given weekday.
I totally get what you mean about thinking about spending in terms of hours worked. I then have to remind myself that it's hours worked before tax :P
regrets ive had few, but then again too few to mention.
Mr.Mayhew, have you ever seen the Family Guy version of Star Wars? If so, what do you think of it?
What were your goals before deciding to start your tutoring company?
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?
Yes, and I thought it was very clever.
I wanted to do either a PhD in Genetics or Botany or go to Medical School. A PhD I worked with at Caltech convinced me to go to med school, but I hated it and left after the first year. I always tutored on the side though, and loved it. So this was a natural direction to go in.
you never know!
Is there any movie production that you were a part of that the catering really blew you away ? what food or service made it so memorable ?
even though you find standardised tests totally evil, (which I agree with,) do you still devote most or all of your focus with the kids to test prep? or do you spend time teaching them how to teach themselves or work on critical thinking etc which may not be 100% relevant to their upcoming exam(s)?
What house would you be in if you went to Hogwarts?
I always remember the desserts. Any time there is a creme brulee. Or any good British Puds
I spend very little time doing pure prep, most if not all of the time on an average day is science experiments and critical thinking!
Huffle puff puff pass
This is my dog, Chewie. He weighs 5 pounds. What do you think? He's a good boy.
Did writing or acting in your movies ever feel like work? Or were you having as much fun as some of your movies portrayed?
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!
Peter, serious question here: how much chew could Chewie chew if chewie could chew chew?
Cheech, Brownies or cookies?
How many Lowes could Rob Lowe rob, if Rob Lowe could rob Lowes?
brownies. Old school
Have you seen the "Chewbacca mom" video? If so, what was your reaction to it?
What was it like working with Marty Feldman? Did you smoke with any of the Pythons?
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.
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.
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?
Cheech, are you better at singing or dancing?
Mr. Mayhew, do you watch Sci-Fi/Fantasy outside of Star Wars? If so, what are some of your favorites? I like the idea of Chewbacca watching Game of Thrones and Firefly in his downtime.
When was the very first time you've ever smoked weed, and how did it go down?
I enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy. The kids bought me Game of Thrones, I havent watched it yet.
freshman in college and it went down my mouth
Peter, what does it feel like to know and see daily how much joy you've brought millions of people across multiple decades? Is it overwhelming sometimes?
What are some of your favorite pieces of Chicano art that you've collected?
How hot would it get in the suit? Did it have any kind of cooling device?
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?
it was hot in some scenes. There was a cooling unit added for the suit for Revenge of the Sith
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.
Peter this is the greatest honor of my life. I attended the 40th Anniversary panel and it blew me away. Do you have any fun stories about the going-on's backstage before or after?
Many thanks for all that you do.
i'm a big fan of your work but i can't really remember all of it. anyway, what's your go to snack?
After the panel, there was a photo taken of an entire group. We waited an hour for Mark to finish with the fans, and we got spend a lot of time catching up. Angie, and I had a great conversation with Harrison about us rebuilding our barn.
Snickers bar, I think, I can't remember
Cheech, Del Taco or Taco Bell?
You've done a lot of movies with Robert Rodriguez, what's he like to work with?
Hes very cool, very efficient, great sense of humor, and hes looking at you all the time because he operates the camera.
What's your favorite ride in Disney?
This last May 4th I went to a local Children's Hospital with the Star Garrison of 501st Legion
its at California Adventures, Soarin' over California!
How was it like wearing that Chewbacca costume constantly AND getting in and out of it?
You are an excellent dramatic actor. When will you take the lead role in a series of cerebral action films?
Getting in and out of it was incredibly easy, and it wasnt too bad to wear either
Next Tuesday will be my good news day
Hey Peter. Could I possibly be written into your will?
What's it like to work with Don Johnson?
It was the most fun I ever had working with anybody. Donny likes to work hard and have a good time, just like me
You get to see Jim Henson in action? He is a hero of mine, what do you think of him and his legacy?
What are your thoughts on Trump?
It was a true honor to work with such a lengend, he inspired me. Watching Jim and Frank Oz give instructions as Kermit and Miss Piggy was truly a highlight of my early years.
Hes like gas, he will pass
You wanna get high man?
We're fine. We're all fine here, now, thank you. How are you?
Hey Cheech! Indica or Sativa?
Make-A-Wish and the Peter Mayhew Foundation are my top.
probably Sativa, but I like her sister a lot too
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!
I had the time of my life, it was the coolest live event I've done in a long time
Ive heard for years that you lived in my hometown of Granbury, Texas. Is this true? What did you you think of the town?
Cheech, what would you do for a Klondike Bar?
Yes, for a time we did live in Granbury. Huge house, I miss it a little bit.
pretty much anything
Hi Peter, I love your work. Could you say hello to my brother Daniel?
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..?
Hello, Daniel. I hope you and your brother are doing well
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.
I'm aware Chewbacca's answer to this question would be biased but who shot first in the infamous cantina scene Han/Greedo confrontation?
Cheech, when is a Cheech & Chong video game happening?
I don't know, I was prepping the Falcon.....although do you think Han wouldn't shoot first?
as soon as we can mak it