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Actor / EntertainerI am Lynn Ruth Miller, 83 year old stand up comedian, cabaret performer, and storyteller. AMA!

Jun 1st 2017 by lynnruth • 5 Questions • 4173 Points

EDIT: Thank you guys so much! This was tons of fun, great questions from everybody. We might create a recap of some of the questions and answers on our blog in the near future, we'll keep you updated!

EDIT2: I see a lot of people still have questions, keep them coming, we will try to come back to this thread and answer everything we can.

Hi, I'm Amit Serper, principal security researcher at Cybereason, here as well are the team of security researchers and incident response professionals who work with me.

We've done low level operating system research, reverse engineering, vulnerability research and exploitation. We’ve also impersonated a plane, cloned building badges, broke into networks, found new malware, won hacking competitions, and cut bad guys off at the proverbial knees.

  • Work experience varies from 1 year to 25 years in InfoSec
  • Some have a GED, some have multiple Masters degrees
  • Some came from IT, SysAd, Programming, Investigations, or Radio Equipment
  • Most of us are self-taught and transitioned from other fields (some not even tech)
  • All of us have a passion project or white whale that led us into the field

As we’re all aware, the demand for good people in this field is slowly outpacing the supply. Hoping this would be helpful and productive.

We’ll be answering questions from 3:30pm to 530pm EDT. Typing for us is our company Reddit lurker, Eliad.

We'll also be using these users to answer questions:

  • 0xAmit
  • wizardclass_h4kr
  • CyberSoHard
  • cyber0x4c4244
  • Psyche2119
  • ElorionX
  • chartreuseninetails
  • MorriganGirl

Proof: https://twitter.com/cybereason/status/870361827661803521

Ask us anything!

Q:

Hi!

I'm a big fan of stand up comedy but have always been too nervous to consider trying a set at an open mic. When you were first starting, how did you get over the jitters? Or are you just a natural performer?

Thanks!

A:

How will budget cuts to NOAA hinder your job and public safety when predicting/tracking hurricanes?


Q:

What do you feel is the primary link between Odinism and ancient Nordic religious beliefs? On its face value they seem very different to me, and that's it's more of a "wild interpretation" of Viking Paganism from American men who are white supremacists. Almost like they're bored with neo-Nazism, occultism and satanism and this whole Viking thing sounds pretty cool. But it's extremely fascinating to compare an Islamic terrorist with an Odinist terrorist because they both interpret a religion in a way that it clearly wasn't meant to be interpreted. Which ends up being dangerous(not that Islam or Paganism are inherently dangerous because I don't feel they are). Hope this makes sense and thanks for doing this!

A:

1)What path would you recommend for someone who wants to pursue a career in something Cyber security/Ethical Hacking related.

2)For someone with zero experience,and wants to get their foot into the field(Something related to Information Security) what certificates would you recommend for a beginner?


Q:

I just bit the bullet and did it. I kept telling myself these are people just like me and they too put their knickers on one leg at a time. I am not a natural performer. I learned how to do it by doing it.

A:

Well, this year there are no cuts so that's a good thing and we also have a new, super tech satellite (GOES-16) up there to use this year. My concern with budget cuts would be in the areas of hurricane research more than forecasting. The brilliant men and women that do research help advance the science of hurricane forecasting each year. It isn't sexy work but it is needed and well worth it. So any budget cuts, IMHO have a long term detrimental impact to us.


Q:

This does make perfect sense and I think your analysis is spot-on

A:

1) Watch CSI Cyber - kidding. Read...read...read. Stay current and know and understand the basics. Build on a strong foundation of understanding OS internals; learn how to code in C than go to Python, but understand it and not superficially. If you are a student and are preparing for university, look for a credible Cyber Security program, but also put the time in and explore on your own.

2) Certifications are not for everyone and some may not find them to be credible, practical, or relevant; however, there are a few that are strong and those are the certs that test your practical understanding of the subject matter, such as the OSCP or some of the SANS training offered for our field.


Q:

What do you think the key is to a happy life?

A:

Do you see Sharknado scenario happening any time soon?


Q:

How do Odinists spread their message and maintain their network? Also how do you get these subjects to cooperate and talk to you? Are the interested because they want to promote their cause?

A:
  1. I installed the central mgmt console, now I can just forget about it right?
  2. Yes, of course they do! how else are they going to install iTunes while at home?
  3. Pure laziness

\sarcasm


Q:

Denial

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Hmmm, Sharknado season is almost over so I think we are done for now.


Q:

Good question. Mainly through social media, as well as through the prison system, where Odinism is VERY big. Lots of these guys become Odinists in prison. Most of the Odinists I talked to didn't want to talk to me, or anyone in the media. A few of them did. I'm sure there was some narcissism involved, but also these guys have very set beliefs that they're proud of. They're not ashamed and want to spread their word.

A:

Most common fails: Configuration management - lack of automation - lack of understanding of your assets (inventory) and how critical they are to your business.


Q:

What is the worst you have ever bombed at Stand-Up?

A:

That's what they thought before Sharknado 3


Q:

what was the strangest contradictory behavior you've seen among this group (e.g. they are big fans of Seinfeld and Drake)?

A:

Hey! Amit Serper (Principal security researcher @ Cybereason) here.

I agree that being a pentester is 'sexy' and is a good place to start but like everything - your job is what you make of it. I've met a lot of pentesters that can operate metasploit and do a lot of cool stuff with that with one hand tied behind their backs BUT they have no idea about what's actually going on behind the scenes. Some (and I'm emphasizing SOME not all) pentesters are not more than script kiddies with a nice paycheck.

Personally, I have never been a pentester. I started with research and exploitation and the majority of my adult life (before I joined Cybereason) was all about vulnerability research and exploit development. I can work with Metasploit, I wrote modules for it but I never did it for a living. I'd say that if you are going into pentesting - don't be a script kiddy. Now what you're doing, understand how exploits work, understand what's going on behind the scenes when you're writing "exploit" in metasploit.

Regarding your second question: It's a really broad question. Mobile security is really popular, especially understanding the 'low level' parts of the operating system, vulnerability research and exploitation will get you a nice $$$ but it also could be a really shady business (depends on your employer), being a security analyst is a very good way to start if you're coming with 0 experience.

I hope I answered your question :)


Q:

I was doing comedy for a stag party of Stanford graduate students and had included a strip in the routine and my clothes got caught in the wire of the microphone. There I was, 75 years old, drooping as we old people do, half naked and my audience was sleeping.

A:

That's a good point but there are always outliers. Can't forecast those....


Q:

I find it really interesting that a lot of these guys consider themselves "historians" and a lot of them are very (technically) smart, yet they ignore certain overwhelming evidence that would show their beliefs up as hateful and small-minded. That's pretty weird to me.

A:

J: I joined a security team by being interested in security. I was on a devops team and anytime I saw something that appeared to be a security concern I brought it up with our security team. I then later joined the team when they had an opening. So, depending on the company, one way you can break into the field is by being interested in security and working closely with the team. What sort of security role you move into will depend on your skills.


Q:

How do you know when you're old?

A:

Does La Niña play any role?


Q:

Did you see any such instances where they seem self-aware of this?

A:

You've mentioned several times that you suggest practical, hands-on stuff rather than certifications. Like some of the other users posting here, I'm currently:

  • Studying for my Security+ Certification
  • Actively playing wargames and CTF
  • Going to security conferences
  • Playing with Kali on vulnerable virtual machines
  • Learning C, Assembly and Python
  • (Trying) to contribute to open source
  • Looking for internships
  • Creating virtual machine networks and hardening them

Can you help me add more to the list? I'm studying and reading all the time and doing the things above, but I'd like find more ways to gain practical experience. What's the next step?


Q:

You never think you are, darling until you get on a bus and everyone stands up in unison to give you a seat.

A:

Yes, La Niña creates favorable conditions in the Atlantic for hurricanes by reducing wind shear that typically disrupts hurricanes. In fact, Florida sees about 40% more hurricane threats during La Niña years than El Niño years.


Q:

No. Indeed, the opposite. A lot of people have painted themselves into a corner, intellectually.

Actually, that's not true. The case of Leo Felton/Leo Olamidu did show a lot of introspection. Leo turned his back on Odinism and white supremacy because he ultimately read and studied more and decided he'd been wrong.

A:

We actually don't have much to add to that, because that list is pretty comprehensive! Just make sure you follow through!


Q:

What drew you to stand-up and what keeps you doing it? Also, what's the best piece of advice you've gotten along the way?

A:

El Niño and La Niña are like two sides to the same coin. Together they are known as ENSO. When one is strong, the other is weak.


Q:

Have you found any evidence that ancient Nordic people were themselves racist?

A:

So, I've been wanting to get into learning a language, and I don't know which one to pick. Do you guys know which one I should? (I mean programming language, in case any of you feel like getting smart)


Q:

I told a joke as part of a comedy course I was covering for a magazine and when everyone laughed ; I decided to try it again...and again...and again. I keep doing it because I am addicted to laughter like some people are addicted to alcohol. The best piece of advice I ever got was that because I am out of the box, I need to create my own shows.

A:

Mostly correct. Both can be strong but they are basically opposites. They have a profound effect on the Atlantic hurricane season.


Q:

No, and indeed this is a bone of contention within Odinism -- whether there are actual overt references in the poetic eddas and other texts that could be identified as overt racism, or the supremacy of one race over another. Certainly most heathens don't believe there are any such points. But some racist heathens do.

A:

Start with C, take it from there!


Q:

when you say credibility, do you mean like, believability or attention to detail? And thank you!

A:

How does El Niño work?


Q:

What surprised you most in your research?

A:

Your listeners have to think what you are saying is true. It never is of course. They also have to WANT to believe it is true.


Q:

It's a pretty complex process involving ocean forcing and wind surges and it's not completely understood or forecast well. Basically it is abnormally warm water in the east Pacific near the equator. It has profound influences on the weather patterns around the world and is the second highest weather signal (maker) over than the tilt of the earth/change of seasons.

A:

I think the breadth and spread of racist Odinism. I had no idea it was so prevalent. I had never even heard of Odinism before I started researching white supremacy.


Q:

Have you ever performed with Garrison Keillor?

A:

Favorite kind of beer to drink on a hot summer day?


Q:

Hi Will, when we published this piece on Public Radio International (PRI) https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-05-25/white-supremacists-are-killing-name-ancient-nordic-religion some felt that the piece made a blanket statement about this religion. One comment stood out on our FB page: Implying that Odinism IS the ancient Norse religion is much like implying that the Salafist Islam practiced by Isis IS Islam. Reductive, insulting, potentially dangerous, and evidence of research-free clickbait journalism How would you respond?

A:

He is too old for me. I would not risk a hip for him.


Q:

Hmmmm, depends where I am. In the Bahamas Kalik! In the US I am more of a Hefeweizen snob.

A:

This is certainly the main criticism I've received: Several mainstream heathens are upset that this radical strain of their religion gets so much attention. And they wonder why mainstream heathenism isn't covered more by the mainstream press. My job, however, is to cover hate and extremism. And there's no question that racist Odinists are a real and credible threat to the American public. I therefore wholeheartedly defend the choice to cover this group. I think it's an important story. And I believe I make very clear in the piece that these people are a small subset of the broader heathen population!


Q:

His hip or yours?

A:

I'd like to suggest Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen Ale from Lonerider Brewing Company.


Q:

What are some examples of the religion that haven't been co-opted by this radical faction?

A:

Not sure he still has his.


Q:

Thanks, I'll try it!

A:

Good question. I would definitely check out Heathens United Against Racism, as well as other mainstream heathen groups. In general, I have found that anyone identifying themselves specifically as "Odinist" or "Wotanist" tends to be more likely to be of a racist or extremist persuasion than someone who identifies as "Asatru" or simply "heathen." That's not cut and dry, but it's a good rule of thumb.


Q:

What's your opinion on Bo Burnham?

A:

What is the very best cheese?


Q:

How does this jive with fascists who coyly inject their propaganda on the technicality they believe differentiates racism from fascism? Is it possible that HUAR is still a fascist organization, despite their purported opposition to racism?

A:

I have never heard him. but I am sure he is very funny.


Q:

I prefer Vermont Cheddar.

A:

What do you mean "still a fascist organization?" Where does that come from?


Q:

If you could tell yourself of 50 years ago one thing, what would it be?

A:

Hi Craig. I've lived in South Florida my whole life. My dad has refused to get hurricane shutters for the last 15 years, and his house was fine after Wilma which just made him feel validated. What can I say to convince this stubborn man to take the plunge and buy shutters? He can afford them, he's just that stubborn.

Also, we work together and I'm wondering -- Were you planning to bring any of those tiny Misha's Cupcakes again anytime soon? They were delicious.


Q:

It was poorly worded. This is the first I have heard of HUAR, so I'm merely asking if you think it's possible that HUAR might have fascist interests in some regards, despite their purported stance against racism. My implied claim is that there are fascists vocally standing out against racism, not that HUAR might be fascist or racist, but only questioning the possibility and your knowledge on the matter.

A:

Chill


Q:

Well, that is a tough one. Some people just are willing to take the risk of losing everything. In the end, the odds are in there favor but if the windows break, the whole house is compromised. Is your house a safe place? Make him stay with you when there is a threat, at least he will be safe. Sure, I'll get some more of those (product placement warning) Misha's cupcakes!

A:

No, I don't think that's their aim at all. HUAR, from my knowledge of it, works simply to dispel the myth that ALL Odinists/people interested in Asatru and heathenry are racist.


Q:

What if you knew better every single fucking time?

A:

He's too stubborn to even stay at my house which does have shutters! Told him to during Matthew last year while we were all hunkered down at the station and he said no. But I suppose if it were bad enough he might.

And thank you! :D


Q:

Difference between pagan and heathen, in your opinion?

Also, did you work with Randy Blazak at all in researching this ?

A:

But you never do. Hindsight is the only thing that's 20/20.


Q:

Of course! Unfortunately sometimes when people realize that it's going to be very bad it's too late for them to leave and then they have to ride it out. This is very true of evacuation zones. But South Florida has some of the strongest building codes in the country, so I'd rather be here in a storm than any place else.

A:

I did speak to Randy. As for the difference, I'm not entirely qualified to say.


Q:

How come your Instagram is empty? Can we get some pics in skimpy little outfits?

A:

Great points, thanks so much for the responses!


Q:

Onan. Hence the word "onanism".

A:

Go to You Tube and type in my name Plenty of skimpy little outfits there


Q:

Welcome!

A:

You've totally lost me, I'm afraid :)


Q:

Is there a line you won't cross or a subject you won't touch when doing stand up? Or is every subject up for grabs?

A:

You...chase storms and tornadoes for a living...and the craziest thing that's happened is getting soaked by a sprinkler?


Q:

Will,

You talk a lot about these individuals becoming radicalized in prison. In your research, did you find anything to suggest Odinists groups were also showing up on college campuses? "Identity Evropa" posted fliers all over my school and I just wonder if this group is related to the ones you looked at.

A:

I SAY every subject is up for grabs but I do not keep to that. I refuse to say anything cruel to another or to create a disgusting image. I stay away from scatological humour because I find it is often disgusting. But that is my own personal bias. If someone wants to talk about anything at all, they should. If people take offence, it is their problem not the comedian's He has a right to his opinion.


Q:

That's the craziest thing that has happened LIVE on TV. I have seen baseball sized hail, a flash flood of hail and rain washing cars off the road, lightning that struck near the road and created a steam geyser.

A:

I did not look into the spread of Odinism on campuses. That could be a good follow-up! I'm well aware of Identity Evropa, and have written about them, but I don't believe they're affiliated with any heathen traditions/religion. I would be very interested to hear about active Odinist groups on campus, if you learn about them!


Q:

Well, can you tell me a story?

A:

Climate-wise, what are you most concerned about for Miami?

What's your storm chasing gear?


Q:

There has been an occasional attempt by some of the white supremacist Odinists to participate in neopagan festivals. They have not been well-received, and I think they've been asked to leave more than one.

A:

Once upon a time there was a little old lady who told a joke. Everyone laughed but she was too deaf to hear them. She did not live long enough to live happily ever after. That is not autobiographical.


Q:

Hmmm, climate wise we are most sensitive to sea level so I guess that would be my greatest concern. Rising of course would be bad. When I started chasing I didn't have any gear except a car and a 35 mm camera. We would try to predict where to go and then just drive. It's amazing to think we got many tornadoes. That was before internet, cell phones, even the weather channel (I know, I'm very old). Now there is so much mobile tech out there, radar on your phone, all kinds of stuff. It's a different world chasing and you can see that be the number of chasers now out there.

A:

This is true. I have heard about this too.


Q:

Very excited to see you in Ireland! What book, to you, is the most important or insightful?

A:

Is the WFOR radar an in-house system? Or is it just the feed from KAMX?


Q:

Did you know that an Oklahoma inmate was executed in 2012 and his last words included "Valhalla, Odin slay the beast"? http://www.reuters.com/article/us-execution-oklahoma-idUSTRE80424R20120106

A:

In Comedy? Steve Allen wrote a lovely one about his career . In ordinary life, God of Small Things is the best book ever.


Q:

We get a feed from KAMX, KBYX (Key West), and the FAA terminal Dopplers TMIA, TFLL, TPBI. Because of the new NWS SAILS radar scanning strategy, we get updates about every minute and with five radars, we get them more frequently than that.

A:

I came across this case during my research. I didn't include it since the murder was not "terrorism" per se. The inmate spent a lot of time incarcerated, which means he almost certainly was confronted with Odinism repeatedly. Odinism is extremely common and popular in prisons.


Q:

Ms. Miller, Do you tell jokes from things your children and grandchildren do in their lives and behavior?

A:

Hi Craig! We miss you in Colorado Springs. Do you find it more challenging forecasting in Florida or Colorado?


Q:

What other stories are you working on for the near future?

A:

I have no children or grandchildren I would never do that to my vagina


Q:

Awww, I miss you guys too. That was one of the best places I have ever lived. At least if I was going to move, I was able to trade the mountains for the ocean. Both places have unique forecast challenges but I miss having a forecast for snow and tornadoes all on the same day. Don't get that in Florida.

A:

I don't want to scoop myself :) I'm interested in several elements of what we have broadly termed "hate in America." I'm still looking into white supremacists/white separatists, as well as other extremists.

If you have any story ideas or tips, please send them my way! wcarless@revealnews.org


Q:

What is your creative process to come up with new material? In other words, How do you write jokes?

A:

How do you feel about the US potentially backing out of the climate change agreement?


Q:

Their religion sounds like blend of Wicca and Christianity.

A:

I write until I get something good.


Q:

Hmmm, that's a good AMA question but I'm not sure I have an answer here in this hurricane forum. (Yes, I'm ducking the question). And I would answer but it would likely take me several paragraphs.....don't have the time right now.

A:

Yes, but remember the racist extremists are the minority. I would say they have co-opted the religion to their own ends.


Q:

I'm reading The Kid Stays in the Picture (memoirs of Robert Evans) - didn't know much going in despite loving film, but it's been a great read so far. Since he's had sex with every other woman your age, just wanted to ask: how was it?

A:

What are some of the major improvements you have seen in the last 20 or so years that have helped improve Tornado forecasting? Is it primarily radar based or software modeling improvements etc?


Q:

Have you come across Varg Vikernes in any of your studies? I'm a big Burzum fan but despise Varg because he says things exactly like what you described

A:

I can't remember.


Q:

There are several fronts in tornado forecasting but surprisingly, tornado warning skill has decreased a little bit since there has been an effort not to make too many false alarms. So that means some storms are "underwarned". I think Dual Pole Doppler radar is really state of the art and now we are waiting for models and model ensembles to keep catching up.

A:

That's not a name I know, no. But I have seen lots of people on social media who call themselves "Varg." Can you tell me more about him?


Q:

I'm 17 now, what do you think are the most significant changes in the world since you were my age?

A:

How do you prepare to chase a tornado?


Q:

He's a Norwegian black metal musician who played in Burzum and Mayhem briefly. He's probably more famous for being involved in church burnings and the murder of a fellow musician.

Once in jail he started being way more vocal about these bizarre beliefs surrounding ancient Nordic religion and white supremacy (and, specifically, the "Jewishness" of modern Christianity). He invokes Baldur a lot and was briefly in jail for hate speech in France as well as illegal guns, I believe.

He has a YouTube channel called ThuleanPerspective where he talks a lot about what you've mentioned. He was also pretty influential in the development of National Socialist Black Metal, I believe, despite white supremacy mostly not coming up in his actual music.

Edit: admittedly, I'm not an expert on National Socialist Black Metal because it sounds altogether horrible to me, so I could be misstating his influence on the genre.

A:

The internet. We live in one world now.


Q:

Wow, well the first thing you have to realize is you may not see anything but at the same time, you might get into very bad weather, very quickly. A lot of things happen very fast when you are close to a tornadic storm so you have to keep a level head. I start with knowing the weather set up and trying to think of all of the conceptual outcomes before I chase.

A:

Thanks very much for the information. I had not come across him in my research but his views sound very similar to what I am seeing espoused by racist Odinists across the US and Europe. I will certainly take a look at him. Much appreciated.


Q:

Most people I meet at your age seem mentally dull, slow. You on the other hand seem sharper and more quick witted than I've ever been. What's your secret? What keeps you so awesome 83 years in?

A:

With a Hefeweizer.


Q:

What do you feel like draws people towards Odinism as opposed to traditional white supremacy? Are there parallels between Al-Qaeda/ISIS where one is a more extreme version of the other?

A:

The only that's slow about me is my bowels. My secret is caring. And a lot of prunes.


Q:

Hahaha

A:

Regarding your first question, here's a snippet from my story that sums it up well, I think:

"Odinism is a perfect fit for a strain of white supremacists and neo-Nazis who think Christianity, like so many other institutions, has been corrupted by outsiders and weakened by passivity.

Today’s racist Odinists say it is the only pure religion for white people, one not “mongrelized” by the Jewish prophet Jesus. They see themselves as warriors, ready to reclaim America for the white race and fight against a white genocide, driven by Jews, that has left the greatest country on Earth in tatters."

Regarding the second question, yes, absolutely. Racist/extremist Odinists are a radical subset of a wide group, most of whom don't have a racist bone in their body.


Q:

Hi Lynn! This is your favorite stage manager from Hubba Hubba Revue. How has your particular brand of storytelling translated across the Atlantic? Do you feel that San Francisco and London audiences are entertained differently by your comedy?

We miss you in the Bay Area!

A:

What actually happens at hurricane workshops? Also if you don't live in the area but happen to be stuck in a new place where there's a hurricane, what should you do?


Q:

Thanks. Very interesting story. Wonder if they all went and saw Thor together.

A:

I love Jim Sweeney. Good entertainment is good entertainment on both sides of the ocean.


Q:

The workshops usually go over the latest research advances, new forecasting techniques, all kinds of things on communication. There is a lot of emphasis on messaging because even if the forecast is perfect, if no one gets the correct message, it doesn't matter.
In a new place it's important to listen to the messages from the local emergency managers, probably those on TV. I always try to live by "local knowledge is the best when you're new to an area"

A:

Actually, a lot of racist Odinists actively boycotted Thor because of the casting of Idris Elba in the movie!


Q:

Would you like to parlay you stand up into sitcom/movies or would that get in the way of your stage performances?

A:

What movie about anchormen/women do you think is most accurate? Also what's the craziest hurricane preparedness situation that you've seen? Like bunkers?


Q:

How do they rationalize "reclaiming America for the white race" when the white race were not the original settlers/occupiers of North America?

A:

I am not interested in TV or movies. I like the interaction I get with small audiences That is what drives me.


Q:

I'm not sure what is most accurate. There seems to be a little truth in all of them and a lot of embellishment.
I think tape on windows is the craziest because it literally does nothing to protect a home.

A:

Yeah this is an interesting one. I have tried asking this a few times. There are some who believe (and this has been rejected by almost everyone) that white people were somehow in North America before anyone else. Others argue that white men took America by force, using their "superior" strength, intelligence, etc. They say white people have to fight against new invaders, but they're fine with the fact that white people invaded in the first place.


Q:

Coming from Ireland where he have a long history of storytelling I have always been fascinated with the art and would love to know if you differentiate storytelling from comedy. Do you have many engagements solely as a story teller? Do they even exist anymore? Also welcome to Dublin, I hope you enjoy it. The international is a great spot.

A:

In this scenario I'm pretty sure that the family has evacuated and now they pick up one sticky shatter instead of many shards.


Q:

Did he mention if he knew any Jews as a child, or in life before prison?

A:

Comedy is twisted reality and surprise. Storytelling is validating the human experience. It is deeper and far more meaningful. I rarely get a chance to do stories and that is sad. I LOVE The International and I love Dublin. All the pipes in the old buildings leak and so do I


Q:

The issue is, there are much better things you can be doing with your time like putting up shutters. If your windows blow in, tape only holds some of the pieces together. There will still be small pieces and just a few bigger ones with tape. So basically you would have to tape your entire window and that would leave nasty sticky tape back residue afterwards. And even then, if the window breaks and the wind and rain come in, you have big problems. Better to just take the time to put up shutters because you are protecting so much more by doing that.

A:

Who are you referring to?


Q:

I saw you perform at the Tomorrow Show a few years back. You were quite funny. How's things?

EDIT: added a question.

A:

Does your prediction for hurricane season fall in line with the NWS? Or do you see other variables being more influential than what they've used to create their forecast? Also, how do you foresee climate change affecting hurricane season in the coming decade or two?


Q:

The Odinist that u/Cambionr was friends with in Prison

A:

Magnificent I am in London now making the English laugh and believe me that isn't easy.


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So, to be honest, most of my meteorology experience is in operational or short term and nowcast forecasting. There are some brilliant people who can tell you about long wave patterns and global teleconnections in the atmosphere. I spend most of my time trying to improve the tools and messaging about hurricanes and threats to people from them. I do lots of work with the NWS and NHC in the Hurricane Forecast Improvement Project working to make sure people understand risk and uncertainly and how to respond. So, I operate in the area of seeing the storm form, and planning for how it may affect us.

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Ah. I will let him reply. My bad.


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Would you ever host snl? You would be amazing at it

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My mother just moved to Spring Hill, FL, which is right by the Gulf. I'm just curious, which section of FL is most and least likely to be hit by a hurricane? I don't really know a lot about hurricanes, though, so maybe they just sweep right through the entire state. I'm just a little worried about her living there; FL seems to get hit often by hurricanes.


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Is it fair to say that Odinism was specifically created or at least promoted as a means to inject religious fanaticsm into the increasingly violent right wing, white nationalism push that seems to be the backbone of groups like the alt-right?

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If they asked me, I'd do it in a heartbeat (not that I have that many left).


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This map gives a good layout of the most likely parts of the state that could receive destructive winds. http://www.floridabuilding.org/fbc/Wind_2010/figurea_colors8.png

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No, I don't think that's true. From my research, Odinism was developed as a sort of "fusing" of racist, national socialist (Nazi) beliefs with ancient pagan beliefs. There are lots of different "flavors" of Odinism, but its' main proponents were all about spreadig a philosophy/religion. I don't believe it was done as some sort of support or catalyst for the far-right


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Yo Granny, you on Tinder or nah?

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Are the blue/black dotted areas the second worst? The markings aren't labeled. Also, thanks for the map!


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But I'm guessing there's not a ton of liberals in Odinism, right? 😀

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I don't need to be.


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The worst areas extend from south Florida in. The building codes are supposed to take into consideration how strong the winds could be in those areas.

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That's a fair assumption, yes. As far as *racist Odinists are concerned. I would estimate that most *heathens (non-racists) are pretty liberal.


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What joke or video of yours do you personally think is the funniest thing you have produced?

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When a hurricane is coming, do you feel happy for being able to study and report it or do you feel sad for the potential damages and deaths caused by it?


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You know this isn't a recent phenomenon, right? The Nazis were ass deep in paganism and esoteric magic, look at Alfred Rosenberg who's hilarious Kafka-esque title was Commissar for Supervision of Intellectual and Ideological Education. He was a rabid de-Christianizer who wanted to replace it with what he called a "Religion of Blood".

Of course they were all hopped up on other weird shit like Blavatskyism too. This isn't a new trend, violent and hateful people find Christianity to be generally restricting and disagreeable.


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Good question. I feel conflicted. The atmosphere is so amazing and how it all comes together is incredible. But then there's the human impact side of it and that is truly frightening. I just hope at the end of the day I help a few people be safe and feel less worried than they normally would during a hurricane threat.

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This may not be a "new" trend globally, but racist Odinism really only started appearing in the US in the 1970s, from my research.


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Did you ever smoke weed in your youth? If you did, have you smoked it lately? I'm not trying to fit into the silly burnout stereotype; I genuinely think that, as a storyteller, it is a fun segment of society to learn about. I apologize that I am unfamiliar with your work, thanks for reading.

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What are your thoughts on storm chasers who are more thrill seekers less meteorologist?


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The attacker in Portland was a Bernie Sanders supporter who claims to be Jewish. How does that square with the narrative you're trying to tell? https://imgur.com/a/QsVkC

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No. I don't like to lose control of reality; I like the life I'm living too much.


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I worry more people will be hurt because of the crowds on roads from people distracted by bad weather. Since the movie Twister, the genie is out of the bottle and I don't know how you can put it back in. It's certainly exciting to see a tornado but I'm worried more people will be hurt or killed doing so.

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I don't see any evidence he ever claimed to be Jewish. The fact he's a Bernie Sanders supporter is, I believe, irrelevant. He was very interested in Odinism.


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Comedians live on the edge of acceptable and unacceptable, and walk a fine line.

What's your take on politically correctness, and all this talk lately of 'triggers' and identity (gender, sexuality, racial identity, etc.)?

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How does storm chasing in Miami differ from storm chas8ng in Oklahoma?

For thise who dont know, Oklahoma has an almost cult like mentality.

Some people go out with little or no training. Some people with lots of training and degrees have died storm chasing. We even have tour business that load people up in vans and take them out to look at tornados up close.


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In comedy, NOTHING is off limits. It is the only way we little people can show how ridiculous the establishment is, how artificial, how materialistic, how cruel. Furthermore no matter what you say, if it is meaningful it will offend someone. If it offends no one, it isn't saying anything at all.

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Yes, crazy in Oklahoma. When I was at the U of Ok there were only a dozen chasers, now it is insane. In south Florida the road network is bad so chasing, when it's possible, is almost impossible.... unless you have an airboat??? ;-)


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What is the worst you have ever bombed a show?

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Let's talk about the % chance of rain. Let's use 50% chance of rain as the focal point. If it was REALLY a 50% chance of rain every time they say it is a 50% chance of rain, then it should rain close to 1 out of 2 times that forecast is made. HOWEVER, I find that it only rains maybe 1 out of 10+ times with that forecast. Actually, if it is 50% or less chance, it is a pretty solid bet that it isn't going to rain. Really, I can only count on a chance of rain if the forecast says >= 80%. So what is the deal with this situation?


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True, and honestly I think saying 50% give the impression you either aren't sure or you could flip a coin. Technically the POP (prob of precip) is the forecasters confidence times the area of rain coverage. That's one reason I don't use POPs on TV. I don't think they are useful when you have 20% chance and it's raining only on you.


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This. This was the laugh i needed today. And with one dumb word, you gained a fan. I hope i can find you in texas soon.

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Craig, how is the influx of fresh water from the north affecting hurricane season and predictability/severity?


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I lived in Wimberley and I found my people.

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Well, that is part of the AMO (Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation) also know as the ocean thermohaline circulation. Over the period of decades the ocean conveyor belt flips. During one of the periods there is fresh (low salinity) water that spills in from the north. One of the results is believed to be a decrease in hurricane activity in the Atlantic because the north Atlantic into the tropics is cooler. The other impact is a slowing of the Gulf Stream current which results in higher sea levels along the Florida coast. We may be seeing some of that lately (past few years).


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Ms. Miller, Which British Celebrities have you met?

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Can any local Miami meteorologist live down the legend of Bryan Norcross?


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To me everyone is a celebrity.

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Bryan hired me in 2000 because I believe he saw some of the same qualities that he has. Hopefully I won't have to live down his legend but maybe I could live up to it. At least it's a worthy goal.


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Ms. Miller, what are your comedy career goals?

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Mr. Seltzer, how often do water spouts happen on the ocean during the summer? Are they rare or common?


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I want to do more and be more and never stop.

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The Florida Keys have one of the highest frequencies of water spouts in the country. Tampa Bay is a close second. Typically water spouts are weak tornadoes except that they form from a swirl or wind shear line near the ocean surface that is then drawn up into a cumulus updraft. I want to buy a wave runner just to go water spout chasing......someday!


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who do you think are the funniest people alive today?

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Do you think Louisiana is fully prepared for another category three hurricane to make landfall?

I've heard that Florida has a far stricter building code, requiring that new houses in low lying areas be built up on stilts. That's why all the new beach houses are so tall. Should other gulf states have a similar requirement?


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We all have our moments.

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I don't know about Louisiana but many cities are doing the smart thing and forcing new construction in storm surge areas to build on stilts. I've seen this in the Keys, Pinellas (Tampa Bay) and other areas. That is to protect from surge. The South Florida (Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach) building codes is to minimize failure of structures from wind. There are codes from securing roofs to having shutters that can withstand missiles and vibration/flexing. While it is more expensive, the goal is to only leave your home in a hurricane if you are in a storm surge evacuation zone.


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Do you ever have to improvise? If so, is there ant way to do it effectively?

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I know that NOAA puts out a prediction every year, but how active do you see this season being? Named storms? Landfall?


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I often improvise, and the secret is to be honest. The big mistake that people make is that they try to be clever.

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Well, I don't do enough long term forecasting to really be able to answer, but based on what others are saying, a weak El Niño, warmer than normal temps in the tropical Atlantic and a few other things suggest the season will likely be at least normal with about 12 to 14 named storms. But forecasting landfall chances months away from a storm threat is something I don't think we have any skill with right now.


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Hi! Loved you on Britain's got talent!

How do I gain confidence and skill to talk to people and not shit my pants? (How do I plan to start doing stand-up?) Thanks!

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Mr. Setzer, Yesterday I heard thunder and saw dark clouds yet lawn maintenance people were still working until it started raining, why does it seem people are not fearful of lightning strikes?


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Just do it, and wear diapers.

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That's a good question. I see it all the time and then hear every now and then about lawn or construction workers hit. I guess some people just have a higher tolerance to risk. Not me.... I hate close lightning.


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I am writing a television pilot about San Francisco in 1973, particularly about the Tenderloin/Castro districts. Did you ever happen to run into Magnolia Thunderpussy when you lived there?

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'sup Craig! I have a sever weather question for you: Can you explain (layman's terms if you have them) what's going on with our Arizona summer this year?

Normally, we're well into the 110+ temps starting around March/April, but we're only now just scratching 100 this week and next. We had a couple days between where it got hot, but it's unusually cool this time of year. We're all going to die, aren't we?


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I did not live there until 1980.

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Hey there, I don't do much SW US forecasting but I believe it has a lot to do with the trough (jet stream dip) that has persisted over the western US. When there is colder air aloft, it's hard to heat up the surface too much before the atmosphere convects and mixes that warm surface heat out.


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When you "work blue" is it because you've stopped breathing?

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Why do some old Floridians pronounce it "hurra-kin"?


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I don't think anything human is blue. Except Beyoncé's baby.

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I don't know. I've heard it from some in the Keys and also in the Panhandle.


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Are you still dating the man who you met on the show First Dates?

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What is the most bizarre thing you've seen during hurricane season?


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All that man wanted was someone to give him bubble and squeak, iron his shirts, and give him a cuddle. I need a bit more than that.

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I've got to say, it was pretty bizarre to see Matthew's forecast track last year looping back on itself looking like it would hit us twice. But what I thought was more bizarre is that everyone was freaking out about that loop back before they had even been hit once. Sometimes people pay more attention to the odd things far off in time than those right at your door.


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Who is your favorite meteorologist? Like your inspiration/most respected/etc?

Also, do you know who Dr. Neil Frank is? He was the big hurricane guy when I lived in Houston a while back, he retired some years ago from regular weather broadcasts but they still bring him in when a hurricane is imminent...

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Yes, I know Neil Frank and respect him very much. He had a great way of explaining hurricanes and their threats. I believe he was Director at NHC when Allen barrelled toward south Texas. His interviews on the evening news were impressive. Another favorite of mine is Tom Skilling in Chicago. He showed more complex maps in three minutes than I've ever seen. Didn't seem to care that most of his graphics were so complex they needed a few minutes to explain but he would fly through them in seconds.