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TechnologyIAmA self taught programmer developed my very own Jarvis, called Stephanie, an open source virtual assistant built to control and automate any task AMA!

Jun 10th 2017 by Drazxie • 31 Questions • 77 Points

Hi Reddit, I’m excited to be hosting my first AMA live from E3 2017.

I’ve been working in video games for the last 31 years, and I’ve been lucky enough to work with some of the most talented people in the industry. Not only are video games the fastest growing form of entertainment, they’re beloved by communities of players around the world and we believe that they can enrich peoples’ lives.

Beyond games I’m passionate about new technology, new methods of managing creative talent and new types of transportation… and chocolate!

Yesterday we held our annual E3 conference where we announced what I think is one of our strongest lineups of games in recent years. If you haven’t seen it yet, I won’t spoil it for you, watch it here >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Q1s3lOzQ1A

Edit 1 - I'll start answering questions at 10:30am PT keep them coming!

Edit 2 - Thanks so much for your questions, I really enjoyed hearing from you all, unfortunately that is all the time I have for today. I hope we can do this again soon!

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Q:

What's a MOOC?

How long have you been programming?

how long have you been working on Stephanie specifically?

will you be selling Stephanie body pillows? If your program becomes popular this may become a necessity.

A:

Do you spend an inordinate amount of time explaining to people that UFOs are not necessarily space ships from planet x and that they are actually, in fact unidentified flying objects?


Q:

Did playing a man so badly bullied by his co-workers have an effect on you IRL?

Also, your dog is awesome.

A:

How is the adpocalypse affecting you and the broader tech YouTube community?


Q:

First, you're absolutely amazing.

Second, what's your absolute favorite experience so far?

A:

What does Ticketmaster do with all the pain they harvest from the souls they rip off at the box office?


Q:

Were there episode ideas that were refused by Disney because of content matter or the company did not think it would be suitable for their general audience?

A:

Is there a decision as a CEO that you regret or wish you could've done better?


Q:

What's a MOOC?

A massive open online course (MOOC /muːk/) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. I have some experience with https://www.coursera.org/, https://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm and udacity.

How long have you been programming?

Honestly I started as somewhat a basic person, who has a basic understanding of HTML, CSS and JS, but since The beginning of this year, I picked up Python and felt in love with it. Then I read books and that was the turning point, I realized that programming is more about logic, design patterns, intuitive thinking, following best practices, and some experimenting rather than learning syntax of every new programming language, If you have understanding of the basics you can pick any language in the world.

how long have you been working on Stephanie specifically?

Actually it took me around a weekend to develop the architecture of Stephanie, then a week to write all modules, but the most time was spent in Algorithm, It started out pretty basic regex but then new ideas kept popping in and I kept on tinkering with it until It became really efficient and stable. so overall 2 weeks.

But here's the funny part, it took me 3 weeks to write docs, maybe because I am not a fan of writing? and also that documentation is really specific and in extreme detail so even a non programmer can install and use stephanie and maybe learn a thing or two about programming?

Will you be selling Stephanie body pillows? If your program becomes popular this may become a necessity.

Sure! Who hates open source body pillows?!

A:

Yes, that is pretty much unavoidable! People always ask the wrong questions.


Q:

Yes. My dog is AWESOME!!! ;) As far as being bullied on the show having an effect on my real life I would say no. The bullying was only on camera. The minute the director yelled cut I was definitely one of the "in crowd". lol

A:

Since our videos are advertiser friendly, it hasn't hit us too hard directly.. but it was part of what prompted us to build Floatplane Club so that we and other creators would have ways to make money in the event that our adsense revenue got ripped away.. so it's definitely costing us money, but only because we're re-investing what we're making.


Q:

It's hard to tell, because there were so many fun things! I loved the airplane rescue with Tuffy Edgington, it was the most exciting and rewarding. He was a gold miner, he didn't check his plane well when he took off, and so he crashed shortly after. He and his 5-month pregnant wife, and an older Native Alaskan lady (she was 50... but I was 28 so she seemed old!) crashed off the Yukon. So the wife and the Native lady dragged him up a steep hill to a cabin, which was good because it was -50 degrees out, they got a fire started so it was warm. He had so many fractures and lacerations! The next morning the old lady walked 8 miles to the Swenson cabin who got on his dog sled and got up to Tanana to the hospital I was working at. Basco, the hospital boy, gathered supplies and a dog sled team and we went up the Yukon (which doesn't freeze smoothly!). Halfway there Basco fell into a crevice and we were worried he broke his leg but luckily it was just a sprain. After 6 hours on dogsled, with me holding the IV fluids between my knees to keep it from freezing, we got to the cabin. By this time there were 30 more people in the cabin because this was a big exciting event. I cleaned Tuffy's wounds and bandaged him best I could, then we cut down branches from the trees to make splints for his legs and wrists. We used a blanket and make a stretcher. We got on a rescue plane with Tuffy, me holding the IV bag and morphine drip, and made the trip to the hospital in Anchorage where he fully recovered.

What a fun experience for me!

A:

So funny story- there's this machine we kept in the back, right, called the Hate Engine. We have these siphons right underneath the desk that suck up all the complaints to add to the Hate Engine, and the Engine converts that hate into more money, which is why they keep adding service fees. More fees = more money = more hate = more more money.

Seriously though, nobody paid me to be a fan of Ticketmaster's practices. This whole ticket monopoly situation is kind of fucked right now. Best lesson I learned at the job was to always buy from the venue directly when I can.


Q:

Actually Disney totally left us alone, we did what we wanted. We got one note from Michael Eisner that said "love the show, could use more history" (EG)

A:

Thanks for the question. I would say we were very strongly investing in MMOs in the late 90's/early 2000s and we stopped that side of the business because it wasn't performing well enough and we should have continued on with that.


Q:

UGH I hate python!! NORMAL languages prevent you from making dumb mistakes, and Python will let you compile them! /rant.

I just started learning python too :) I have yet to understand why people are in love with it. Something like Java or C# is just so much more... powerful.

A:

Lol, myself included! Thank you for your work and open mind.


Q:

I love that we eventually find out that he has a beautiful family and has achieved awesome life goals !

A:

Do you see Floatplane expanding beyond LMG soon?


Q:

Amazing!

  1. Do you still live in Alaska?
  2. Can you describe one, or a few, of the biggest medical advances that really changed life for you and your patients in rural Alaska?
A:

Best lesson I learned at the job was to always buy from the venue directly when I can.

One time I had decided to attend a comedy show st the last minute. Bought tickets at the venue, a couple of hours before the show started. Still had Ticketmaster fees.


Q:

How did you choose the kids that were on the show? I was always so jealous of those kids, man.

A:

Whats the deal with the rainbow six siege servers man?


Q:

Honestly yes, At first Duck-Typing bugged me too, and I still know Java as well, but the best thing about Python I found was it's simple syntax, amazing community, a really nice way to import packages, and best for scripting, Also the fact that currently I am learning neural networks, python just seems really good.

But yeah C#, Java and even Ruby are pretty good programming languages, give Typescript a try in case you don't like JS, I really liked it.

A:

Really, that deserves a more thoughtful reply! It's not that the question is so wrong, it's that it sometimes elicits the wrong kind of answer! Does that make more sense?


Q:

When the writers realized that Jerry was going to be the office punching bag they also realized that they had to give him some reason not to blow his head off. lol They decided that ultimately Jerry would have the best life of any one of the characters. Jerry's wife and kids adored him and thought he did no wrong. Don't forget...they also gave him a huge penis. I like when real life and TV life come together. ;)

A:

It will. That is absolutely the plan. Even though we haven't been affected we see the need to invest in a "backup plan" for ourselves and provide the same option to other creators.


Q:
  1. No, moved to down to Oregon 5 years ago to be closer to my daughters because my husband was too sick for me to take care of him. I never planned to leave!

  2. Well, it was back in the 50s so the biggest change was with tuberculosis. I had been in Tanana for 2 years and they had come out with the INH treatment for TB. TB was rampant in Alaska at that time, all over... with infections in the lungs, brain, bones... everywhere. I had one woman, all her kids had TB. She came to the hospital with a mass in her neck. It took us 6 weeks to get cultures done but it was TB in her neck, which had gone to her kids. The CDC started INH treatments up there, and we had amazing results. It was curing people of terrible TB! It was a wonder drug. I took it too because I got a lot of blood on me from these patients. One pregnant lady said she wouldn't take it because she was pregnant and I said "hey look, I'm pregnant and I'm taking it!". It was good that our babies turned out ok! Before INH we had only Streptomycin and it wasn't as fast or as good. That was the most amazing drug!

A:

Makes sense, not all venues work the same way. Can't really speak for the ones I didn't work at.


Q:

That was a fun part of the gig, doing the casting. Back then most kid talent in Seattle did modeling or print ads and couldn't really walk and talk on camera. We scoured local school theater programs, talent agencies, friends, relatives, friends of friends....It wasn't past me to dress up my baby as yoda (use the forks Luke for the Structures show) ( http://imgur.com/us2fxSj ) when needed. (EG)

A:

Bonjour… I am very much aware of the issue and it’s a personal priority for me. Whenever the servers go down, I know within about a minute. I am working with many different teams to solve those problems as I know that this is as important to your enjoyment of the game as the gameplay itself. We are already rolling out fixes like Operation Health that is all about improving the core infrastructure and we hope that this is a step in the right direction.


Q:

What books did you read to get where you are now knowledge-wise?

A:

Absolutely!


Q:

Also was great that when he was at home he was super witty, had great reflexes etc. Honestly I've always considered that to be a master stroke of the show.

A:

Hi Linus! How much shit do you get for your footwear choice?


Q:

Thank you!

A:

My mom goes to a ticketmaster kiosk at Walmart. Never checked it out for myself. There still fees through the kiosk?


Q:

What do you two think of Bill Nye Saves The World?

A:

Any word on a splinter cell game in the works. What can we expect ?


Q:

Actually quite many of them, I'll write which I can remember for now:

  1. Clean Code By R.C. Martin (Still reading)
  2. Refactoring by Kent Beck and Martin Fowler
  3. Introduction to Algorithms
  4. Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software by Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson and John Vlissides
  5. The Good Parts Of Javascript
  6. How to build API's that you won't hate
  7. Python Algorithmic Thinking
  8. The Elements Of Statistical Learning (Still reading)
  9. SQL Queries For Mere Mortals
  10. PHP Objects, Patterns and Practice
  11. Modern PHP
  12. Head First Design Patterns
  13. Javascript Ninja
  14. Domain Driven Development (Planning to read)
  15. Laravel Documentation (Dunno, but it's just so elegant!)
  16. Probabilistic Overview (Can't understand, still trying!)
A:

Even the subtitle of my book, "How One Man Made the World Believe in UFOS" commits that sin, but it's worded in a way that seems to make the most sense to the most people. It's a trap!


Q:

I completely agree. The episode where Jerry retires and Leslie comes over to talk with him because she felt like they didn't give him a good farewell was one of my favorites. Leslie sees how Jerry is adored by h is family. She also sees that he's awesome around his house. He's funny, smart, quick reflexes. Leslie acts likes she's been thrown to some other dimension. The writers on Parks always knew how to handle each situation. I thought it was a brilliant idea. :)

A:

Well I'm getting some now, so that should give you some idea :p


Q:

Very good question!

A:

I'd imagine so, yeah. When we sold for other venues we had to charge the full TM fee set.


Q:

We actually haven't yet seen it. I (EG) just saw the documentary Bill Nye: Science Guy and loved it. I laughed, I cried.

A:

Hi! Splinter Cell is a brand we talk about a lot. It's also personally one of my favorite series. We don't have anything specific to share at the moment but teams are working on different things, so stay tuned for more.


Q:

Got any book recommendations? I have no idea where to start haha.

A:

So sneaky its almost wrong.


Q:

Why else do they bully him? They're jealous

A:

Hi Linus, what was Intel’s response to your video on the i9 and the X299 platform, seeing as you just had a sponsored video with them?


Q:

I'm a medical student, and oddly enough, my TB skin test just turned positive this year, despite having had the BCG vaccine as a kid. So I'm probably going to be taking INH (isoniazid) as well for a while. Fascinating how much this drug has helped people. Some places, it's not working super well anymore, but to work for over 60 years when so many other bugs have become resistant to drugs is pretty amazing!

A:

Also, check the websites of your local free Alt-Newsweeklies and magazines (the free ones that have local stories and culture, like The Village Voice) they almost all have deals with all of the local venues (it's how they survive) and you can get fee-free tickets!


Q:

We actually haven't yet seen it.

Then it's not too late for you then... I still remember the days back when I still had a faint light of innocence shining in my heart. Bill Nye Saves The World took that from me... he took it from all of us...

A:

Are you the Grand Master of the Templar Order?


Q:

Actually quite many of them, I'll write which I can remember for now: Clean Code By R.C. Martin (Still reading) Refactoring by Kent Beck and Martin Fowler Introduction to Algorithms Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software by Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson and John Vlissides The Good Parts Of Javascript How to build API's that you won't hate Python Algorithmic Thinking The Elements Of Statistical Learning (Still reading) SQL Queries For Mere Mortals PHP Objects, Patterns and Practice Modern PHP Head First Design Patterns Javascript Ninja Domain Driven Development (Planning to read) Laravel Documentation (Dunno, but it's just so elegant!) Probabilistic Overview (Can't understand, still trying!)

A:

When ppl asked Hynek if he believed "UFOs were real", he would say, "I know UFO reports are real!"


Q:

Many people have told me that they work without someone who is basically the office punching bag. I seems that every office needs that person to take the fall for everything. Unfortunately for Jerry it was his burden to take on. That being said...I do believe that Jerry truly loved all of his co-workers and knew that deep down they all had his back. As much as family was most important to Jerry he also adored all the people he worked with. Even when they weren't being especially kind.

A:

I've actually exchanged emails with them already and I have a call with some folks over there sometime this week to discuss my concerns. There was a lot of concern from members of our community that our criticism of Intel would negatively affect our relationship with them or our business moving forward..

But I think that's not giving Intel enough credit. They are big girls and boys and can absolutely take the constructive criticism with the praise.

And in response to the folks who didn't understand why our workstations are using Intel after that video.. Even if I don't agree with their strategy, I respect that they build world class technology and I'm not going to stop recommending their products just because we're having a bit of a spat at the moment.


Q:

It was truly a wonder drug!

A:

He was checking out the Village Voice, seeing who was playing where

Pulled his head up out the paper, pushing out a single tear

Five words like a beacon of light in the mist

Ministry Live At The Ritz


Q:

Yeah, we understand it didn't go so well.

 

I've been a lurker on Reddit for years, saw the negative comments and it broke my heart. I was concerned it might impact the original series and I'd hate to see the show removed from the curriculum of some school districts because it is still such an effective teaching tool.(jm)

A:

I believe in free will...


Q:

So what's next in store for you?

What do you do right now except for making projects?

I went through some of the documentation, but I didn't see anything about automation? Was that intentional? Or are you going to put something in it later?

Why not college?

A:

What is the strangest thing you discovered in your research?


Q:

I always figured it was because of his time share in Muncey.

A:

So Linus, what video do you hate the most on all of your channels? And why?


Q:

I have a distant relative, Sam O. White that was the first/one of the first (so says the Internet anyway) bush pilots/wardens in Alaska from the 1920's until '76. I wonder if you ever ran into each other......if you don't ask a question the AMA sends the Gestapo out to delete your comment I guess.....so, did you ever run into him?

A:

What "insider tips" do you have to get good tickets? Can I bribe a Ticketmaster employee for good seats?? :-)


Q:

I wouldn't worry about that too much. It may have hurt Bill's reputation a bit, but the original series will stand for a long time as a standard for getting kids excited about science. You guys did an amazing job.

A:

Do you enjoy games other than the ones made by Ubisoft?


Q:

Probably finish reading all of the books which aren't completed, next step would probably be two mini personal projects and another stock market manipulation.

I am honestly looking for a job, I live in a small town in India, so I'll be trying to move out to big city and learn some new experience from it, but as of now, I am constantly reading books and completing courses, i dunno I just love learning as compared to working.

You didn't? Check the developer API! I have demonstrated some demos to write as well!

As I said before, I believe systematic education hampers my speed, I am one of those individuals who can keep learning/working for 16hours straight and then go a week without doing anything real good. And alongside I believe in 21st century, with all of the resources present in front of you, there is no real need of a college unless you lack in social skills.

A:

That Steven Spielberg accidentally stole the title of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" from Dr. Hynek


Q:

Yes. A time share in Muncie can certainly sway a girls head. But Jerry's other "head" is what probably turned her head. lol

A:

Firetruck unboxing video. I wouldn't even hate it so much if it didn't have more views than all of the GOOD STUFF I've ever done.

If it didn't make so much money in adsense from 5 year olds just watching "the next suggested video about firetrucks" I'd pull it down. It's an embarrassment.


Q:

Yes, I knew him! He seemed very nice, but I never flew with him as I used Garfield Hanson as my pilot always. That's such a coincidence!

A:

It doesn't really work that way anymore, unfortunately, at least according to my experience. A lot of it's the usual "get in early and get lucky".

With casino tickets specifically, though, there is the VIP angle to consider. Good casinos reward their players really well, and for us in particular we had presales a day before public sales just for our players. Also, depending on circumstances we'd sometimes get tickets back from our VIP folks for sale if they just weren't doing the numbers they expected, which would lead to some last minute openings- usually in the primo seats too, just because the VIPs get the good stuff to keep them coming back.


Q:

Thank you so much, that means a lot. (jm and eg)

A:

I travel a lot for work, but thanks to the Switch I’ve been able to play Zelda. It’s a great game and we can learn a lot about how we make games by looking at what Nintendo has done.

For Ubisoft games, Rayman will always have a place in my heart because of its importance in Ubisoft’s history and because I played it a lot with my kids. I’m still playing From Dust, and I’m excited about all the different motor vehicles you can play with in The Crew 2.


Q:

Are you doing software development as your current job/career or still in learning mode?

How were you able to take what may have seemed like a huge task and get it all done so well?

Any tips for creating a software project, especially alone?

This is really cool, considering the amount of time it took. I'm hoping to make something maayyyyyybe half as interesing this summer lol, before i start my second year as a cs student.

A:

What is the strangest thing you discovered in your research?


Q:

He also has the largest penis that doctor had ever seen.

A:

When & how did dropping products become a habit?


Q:

Medical resident here, incredible to hear about your experiences! What are your thoughts regarding the future of physician practice in rural/austere environments in Alaska? What were the biggest changes there you noticed in the latter part of your career?

A:

The best deal I ever got on a ticket was actually not long ago. A few months actually, for an event happening next week. Ticketmaster ran an "official exchange" program (stubhub essentially) for the event since all the wristbands are registered to names and a lot of people got screwed over by other sites since they were relying on the original purchaser to send them the ticket once they got it.

Anyways, someone fucked up... Hard. The seller accidentally fat fingered​ the price and typed 55.55$ instead of 555.50$ (facevalue was 800$). The seller was supposed to have a 24hr period that he could change the pricing, but I bought the ticket before that could happen. I was so shocked by my luck I even called Ticketmaster to make sure it wasn't fake and was told that I was good to go and all tickets are garunteed.

Fast forward to the next day. I receive a call from Ticketmaster and they asked me to give the ticket back. I honestly was a bit pissed at this point because I and already been told that I was good to go and they'd handle the situation. I asked the guy why they suddenly changed their minds and he explained everything I said in the first paragraph. My response was that it seemed like they owed that man a ticket but mine was already garunteed and I didn't see how this was my problem since in multiple places on their website it said it was garunteed and that all purchases were final. I know this because I read everything I could about it the previous night. After telling him this he said he'd talk to his manager and figure it out.

Gotta call 4 hours later saying I could keep the ticket and that they'd be giving that guy a ticket back as well... I felt like an asshole but fuck Ticketmaster even more


Q:

You guys seemed to create the genre of E/I television shows at the time. I'm sure budgets were tight. Did you have difficulty getting funding for a series?

A:

What's the most difficult thing you've had to do as CEO?


Q:

I am looking for a job provided it's a place I can learn and grow as an individual not 9-5 boring and nothing new job, but yes I am constantly learning, even If I find a job, I just love learning new things i dunno, for me learning > working since ever.

Divide into small chunks, whether it be programming, daily task or anything and start solving step by step, remember motivation aspires you to do it, but discipline realizes it.

I'd say, do it fast, in the sense, "break and make, move on.", this is what I follow, since in a team you are quite limited but when working alone, just break it and make it as fast as you can. but team has it's own benefits too.

Sure! Good luck for that! You can collaborate with others too!

A:

The info is on P. 81. The photo analysts discounted birds because of the illumination of the objects. They were light sources!


Q:

True Dat!!!!!! ;)

A:

Being in a huge hurry to blitz through booths and see all the coolest stuff then run off to the next one (our first year at CES we did over 50 videos with 3.5 people)

We had no time to do B roll a lot of the time so I would have to manhandle the product to show what I was talking about.

These days it's just part of the fun of doing shows. I love tech and if this "dropping stuff" persona lets me argue to a brand they should let me get up close and personal then I'll keep playing it up!

I'm not actually (usually) that clumsy. Just in a hurry :P


Q:

Well, it's changed a lot now. Because they have a base in Anchorage where they can send EKGs and xrays electronically from the villages, and then doctors there can read the reports and then send out a specialist if needed. When I was working there we were lucky to have a specialist come out once a year!

The biggest changes was having everything put onto computers and having consultants and specialists... I retired in 2006, so you can imagine there is no comparison from 1950 to then! Most of it was all for the good.

A:

Hey man, you did nothing wrong there. More power to you.


Q:

YES (both of us)

A:

Hi there, it would probably be decisions about which projects to persue and which ones to cancel. Telling a team who've been focused on a project for several years that they won't be able to continue it is very tough. However what I have seen is when we do cancel projects it is almost always for the best, it gives us an opportunity to learn to refine our ideas and come up with better games.


Q:

I have wanted a privacy focused concierge that is completely loyal to me, ever since I lost track of technology. What should I need to accomplish this?

A:

What about Leslie Kean's books? I think she rounds up the best possible evidence.


Q:

I get the feeling they did this to make it up to the actor for all of the abuse he took. That and his hot wife.

I always wondered how actors with characters like this can compartmentalize the experience of being verbally/psychologically abused. I mean, I know it isn't real but the writers are making fun of their physical representation of the character which is their actual physical appearance IRL.

I am guessing it is easier for adult actors but what about younger ones who are still developing psychologically? For example, Anne from Arrested Development. There were some really cutting comments about her on that show and I have to assume it stung a bit.

A:

Who's the 0.5 of a person?


Q:

in 2006? That means you were already 81 when you retired? That is really impressive!

What made you want to become a doctor? As far as I'm informed, it was very uncommon in that time for women to study in genereal.

A:

Interesting! I also worked at a box office at a casino that used Ticketmaster, but we absolutely had control over some of the good seats to an extent. Couldn't be super obvious about it and wouldn't do it on super popular shows. But we held tickets for so many different things - media, community (tribe), artist, giveaways, VIP, business council, etc. with so many good seats on hold, if the community seats weren't selling well it was super easy to just swap out the community holds and get someone tickets in the first 5 rows. We also had the ability to go in and snag tickets before the presale/on sale although that was a huge no no and fire-worthy so people didn't do it very often. I'm also curious if your VIPs were crabs about it haha! I remember so many people feeling so entitled to tix in the first 10 rows, who were not anywhere near our highest level of play. Fun to read your answers though! Thanks for doing this!


Q:

Did you think that years after the show was cancelled, kids would still be screaming "BILL BILL BILL BILL" every opportunity they got? That song is like 90s kids national anthem.

A:

When one of your teams has been working on a game for years, what would make you change your mind and come to the decision that the project has to be stopped? I'm only asking out of curiosity!


Q:

Just three things:

  1. A working machine: windows, linux or whatever.
  2. Speaker: Inbuilt, headphones, bluetooth, headset?
  3. Mic: inbuilt, bluetooth, headset, headphone, freaking phone connected to machine?
  4. Internet Connection.

And you're done, download the files, install it and it's ready to work, check more in the installation guide where there's step by step procedure written!

A:

Leslie's UFO book is a must-read! Her newest book, Surviving Death, is also mind-blowing...


Q:

That's an interesting insight. Yes. When they're making fun of a characters physical attributes they are also making fun of the actors in a way. Personally I've never been bothered by it. I've been a big guy all my life so weight jokes come with the territory. That being said maybe I should get myself some therapy and figure some shit out. lol :)

A:

One of Luke's friends who wanted to meet folks in the industry and agreed to help us carry our tripods and stuff in exchange for tagging along


Q:

My mother had parotid cancer, which is a tumor in the neck. So I decided to go into medicine to cure cancer! Haven't quite done that, but I've tried!

A:

Yeah no problem!

We had a bunch of those holds too, definitely. It wasn't at all uncommon to get a handful of holds back here or there, but just as often we would use up all the holds and sell out.


Q:

Never imagined the success of the original show. We talked about the show being relevant for 3-5 years, max. Almost 25 years later, to have so many millennials say they got into science from the series is so amazing to me. And just a shout out to Mike Green, composer of the theme song.-(jm)

A:

Changes in the industry either competition or technology are definitely a factor. Similarly the breakthrough that we thought we had may no longer be relevant and sometimes we do realize that we are unable to execute what we had hoped to achieve.


Q:

This is really amazing. Good job mate, I'll definetly look into it (both source code and the APIs). I'm a self-taught as well, even though I didn't really read any book yet (but did read lots of interesting stuff around the internet), now working as a python programmer. How did you come up with the idea of open sourcing it? I think a simple yet powerful open source assistant is really something amazing to work on as an open source project and I will try to read and understand the code in my free time. Also, if I may ask, how old are you? You look pretty young from the pictures (maybe you already stated it somewhere but I didn't notice)

A:

What do you think is the best evidence in that book? It seems to me the ex-military people have the most credibility.


Q:

Dammit, I'm only on the 4th season (my own fault).

edit: Dammit Jerry I can't quit, I'm a government employee for a rural city in the North East.

A:

When are you upgrading to RGB sandals?


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Great to see you online doing an AMA.

In 92 years, what has surprised you/changed the most?

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How could you recognize professional ticket scalpers? Did they ever try to bribe you?


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What are some funny bloopers or accidents that occurred while filming the show with Bill Nye?

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What is your personal opinion on Rainbow Six Siege?


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I dunno honestly, I always loved the open source community, and wanted to contribute to it! Plus I am kind of fun dude, like I invent stuffs for fun, because I wanna use them, its only after that I realize, hmm, maybe others can use it too? But other than that I just wanted a free virtual assistant without any kind of ad blot.

I am 18 years old currently, 5 months to get 19!

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I generally feel that pilots have the ideal skill set for sighting and observing unusual aerial objects.


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Dammit!!!!! Quit your day job and start binging. No excuses!!!!!! ;) lol

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It's a matter of time. We've actually reached out to the brand that makes the sandals I wear about doing an LTT edition sandal. They got back to us saying it "didn't align with their brand values" or something to that effect.

I was like "WHAT?? The ONLY person on EARTH who proudly rocks your dad sandals as a keystone of his image and supporting that is not part of your brand values?? What ARE your brand values??"


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That I'm still having to tell people the same thing... vaccinate and eat well! That surprises me!

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A lot of times we didn't really care- once the ticket's been sold we have no way to police what you do with it (and honestly probably shouldn't, there's very little fundamental difference between giving a ticket to a friend and selling it on the internet beyond the exchange of money).

Back when we were able to do outside sales for other venues we'd get a guy coming in every once in awhile around 10am PST, right when shows went on sale. Dude's name was Dave, he scalped and knew TM back to front (he showed me where to find the macro commands and whatnot). Nice guy, we knew what he was doing but as far as our "jurisdiction" went he was a guest buying tickets. We didn't really have the ability to deny him tickets or anything like that.

There's significantly less power to combat scalping at the cashier's end than people seem to think there is. We're not paid to guess what you're going to do with your tickets, we're here to sell you tickets.


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There were a few moments of pure terror that I remember. For the rivers show, we watched as Bill paddled right into some hole in the current and disappeared. He was gone for about 18 seconds and I remember the panic. The safety boat was already below him! Suddenly he popped up and just continued on as if nothing happened.

Another time, for the Forest show, we got lost in the middle of a monster forest fire. Well, we had to shoot something, so Bill jumped out of the van and we started rolling. A huge fir tree exploded into flames right over our heads and started raining a shower of fire. I turned to Jen, our PA and asked her to back the van up and I still can see the pure terror in her eyes. We lived...(JM)

Bill was invited to fly with the Blue Angels. They warned us that the guest usually passes out from the g forces. We decided that Bill should focus on trying to say simple words like "Flight!" and "Science!" They knocked him out three times, once for about 22 seconds. Each time he woke up, he'd yell "Science!"and then pass out again. Here's a picture of him getting strapped in! http://imgur.com/NXrb64r (EG)

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I love it! It's the first time that we have seen that level of engagement and passion around a game we've created.


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Can you expand on that a little? When you say non-physical, you mean like those beams of light that car dealerships shine at the night sky?

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Hi Jim!

You sat in front of my friend and I at a performance of Hedwig and the Angry Inch on broadway about two years ago. Not only were you kind enough to introduce yourself and my friend and I stared at you in awe, but you took the time to take a picture with us when the show was over since we weren't allowed to take them in the theater. You were so kind and willing to talk to two awkward 18 year olds so I just wanted to thank you, two years later!

My question is: what's your favorite encounter you've had with a fan?


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Hey Linus, what's probably the most exciting project that you've done on the channel (LTT)?

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What was it like being a woman doctor at a time when it was more unusual?


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Why don't you care about people abusing the system

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Do you have a favourite episode or project of Bill's that you worked on?


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What is it like working with Shigeru Miyamoto?

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It's like how light behaves both as a wave and a particle simultaneously... It can't be but it is. I can't describe it much better than that.


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I remember meeting you at Hedwig (great show by the way).

Because of the popularity of P&R it's changed many things in my life. 99% good...1% not so good. I can honestly say that part of the 99% is the interaction I have with the fans. I know a lot of actors aren't happy to stop and talk with their fans but I'm always happy to take pics and chat a little. There were many MANY years as a working actor that nobody knew who the hell I was. The fact that I was lucky enough to land a show like Parks and get to have an impact on peoples lives is something I will never take for granted. I'm honored (and humbled) that people like my work and want to come up to let me know.

For those wondering what the 1% is that isn't so great...people sneaking pictures. I would rather have someone come up and ask for a pic than sneak around trying to get it. For some reason that seems much more invasive to me. :)

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7 Gamers 1 CPU was one of the most exciting projects I've done. I'll always remember the moment it worked as one of the highlights of my career.

That's really where I get off - spending a TON of time on something, not being sure that it's going to work, and then seeing the end result be awesome.

Scrapyard Wars Season 1 will also hold a special place in my heart forever. That was where we began experimenting with the idea of being a "Tech Top Gear" rather than just a review channel and that path we took continues to shape our content (even our reviews which contain more personalities and funny stuff and more little sketches than ever) to this day.


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When I was in Tanana they were stuck with me! But after I left Tanana they sent a male doctor there. But he ended up getting sick so I had to go back up there and he was not happy having me treat him! Some of the children were so used to having me that they didn't want to go to him. They believed he wasn't a doctor because he didn't wear a skirt! I thought that was funny.

When I was in medical school there was a lot of chauvanistic tendencies. In fact, when you applied to medical school the board would look at all the photos of the applicants. If they thought the woman was too pretty they would say "she'll just get married" and toss out the application. But I got in!

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Me specifically? It's not my job.

The venue? We didn't really have a way to easily police it without seriously diminishing the guest experience with some form of check at entry, which would slow down an already glacial process at times. Add to that that it's not a huge venue that gets sold out immediately and there's no real reason to focus on that over other improvements elsewhere.


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We did 100 episodes in four years. It was crazy and I really have to say there were so many different moments and episodes.... Wetlands stands out to me, personally. I love swamps. Also, the Watercycle show. The kid in the music video still brings a tear to my eye. We also spent two weeks in Japan in one of the most incredible science adventures one could imagine. Here's a picture of me in Japan on this adventure... they made me stay in the outfit the entire time. http://imgur.com/7nwK8E8 (JM)

 

One of my fave episodes is The Eyeball - great sketch - props - music video, I think it was one of the few times we got a scathing letter about how someone's daughter went running from the room because she saw a glass eye in one of the profiles (EG)

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Hello! What is fantastic about working with Nintendo and with Miyamoto in particular is that you are working with the best. It's easy to work with the smartest people in the industry and they have a great understanding of what works and we are very often on the same page about how to solve a problem.


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Hi Mark,

I must admit I haven't read your book though this is a topic that has interested me quite a bit after witnessing UFO's in the past. I remember Dr. Hynek from various documentaries I've seen where he publicly denounced UFO's in his interviews as a front man and skeptic for the military, was there a pivotal moment or particular case that changed his beliefs?

You mentioned that you have come to share his beliefs that the phenomenon represents 'a new aspect of reality', do you mean simply by the existence of extraterrestrial life, or that it underlies another dimension of our reality itself?

Thanks and best of luck with your AMA!

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Hey Jim Gengurch! I love your acting in many shows I've seen, especially P&R.

The finale after special refers to you being the most different from your character. Which other actors are most distant from their characters and most similar?!

Also, how much do you miss P&R?!


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That's awesome! Also, same question regarding Channel Super Fun.

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I'd like to start off by saying how honored I am to read about you, Alaska's (American) history is incredibly short, but here you are with all of these incredible stories with so much wisdom and kindness.

There's a little backstory to my question...

I was the very first member of my family to be born in Alaska (Anchorage in '93), with a bunch of cousins born after as my mom's siblings followed her all the way from Texas and Mexico. I grew up camping every weekend in summer and wearing snowsuits with a princess dress stretched over every halloween, and I grew up making tamales, frijoles, and tortillas with my grandma, eventually going from knowing only Spanish as a child to recalling mere fragments as an adult.

My question is: spending any amount of years in Alaska is amazing, but I'd love to know what parts of having lived there do you think have had the biggest impact on your life? On your children's and grandchildren's lives?

Thank you again so much for doing this AMA, I'm having such a good time reading your answers and learning even more about home.


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ive been doing that for almost 3 years! my theater is going dark for 3 months now and i am jobless try as i might.

which ticketmaster did you use? we had an old school version TMWin99

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What do you think it was that set BNSG apart from other shows such as Beakman's World?


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What is your most beloved franchise within Ubisoft? (Not just now, all over the past 30 years)

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Definitely along the lines of another dimension or another vibration, if you prefer... Something that our science may never be able to xplain!


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Missing P&R is something I will do the rest of my life. I spent six years (7 seasons) with the greatest cast and crew that has ever been assembled (in my humble opinion). Thankfully the cast are constantly texting each other and staying in touch. I keep in touch with a lot of the crew too. That being said...nothing will ever be like going to work every day to laugh with people you truly loved.

As far as people being different from their characters...As actors I think we all bring a certain part of ourselves to every role. It's just natural. Nick Offerman is a smart man who can build anything. So that's like Ron. On the other hand I think politically they might be at odds.

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Rocket League in Real Life was really exciting at the time. It hadn't really been done and we thought with some more production values Channel Super Fun had the opportunity to go viral.

But it didn't really work out that way.


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Tanana was my favorite, and I definitely learned a lot. The weather was amazing! The summer was amazing, with beautiful days and the roaring Yukon right next to us. In the winter it would get down to -67 degrees... I always wanted to see if I could get to -80 degrees but couldn't! I used to walk home when it was -50 degrees from the 3 reel movies on Friday nights, and it would feel like my lungs were frozen. All my children grew up in Alaska and California and became very independent, I think that the Alaska way is to make the children independent.

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Yeah, we used the old-school DOS-ass TMWin99. When I was training people I always said it's like using a program written in Swahili or something- you can learn a phrase or two and learn your way around to do some basic stuff, but beyond that it's really tough to figure out unless you've been doing it forever. It's a lot of rote memorization and repetition, which takes new guys a while to figure out.


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Bill was a real scientist.

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It's tough to choose by I would say Assassin's Creed because it gives me an opportunity to explore history. But I love all our games so it's very tough to pick.


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In other words, there is definitely stuff flying around up there. There is proof enough of that. We just dont know what these things are or what they are made of.

It could be aliens. It could be interdimensional matter. It could even be ghosts. Or not. It could really be anything you could imagine at this point.

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Please don't say Jeremy Jamm....


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Linus, did the "walking in the rain" video have the effect you wanted? Just curious as it's quite out of character from the rest of your content.

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You said that you were treating people in villages. Were any of the villages groups of Native Alaskans? Did you learn a lot about the Native culture?


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next??: reclas cff0923/x1/rd/s4-7

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Were you ever approached about working on the new show? I would think if they were going for a reboot then they would want your opinions. At this point the new show is destroying what you guys helped Bill create, he needs you guys to come back to him and recreate the magic you once had!


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Hi Yves,

what old game would you want to be remastered with today's graphics ?

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That's what I think. We humans are very good at projecting our hopes and fears on things seen in the sky (see Carl Jung's UFO book for more on that)


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You've been JAMMED! ;)

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Yeah Dennis and I were both really pleased with it.


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I was immersed in native culture! Even now I have many items the native Alaskans made for me around the house and raised my kids on their stories and tales.

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But I wanted the aisle. You have the aisle right?


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Thanks - we were never approached though always happy to help out (eg)

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I would say Far Cry 3 on the Xbox One X would be amazing :)


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How did your perspective on UFOs change (or not) during the time you spent researching the book?

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Did you start this AMA by going to alta vista and typing in "Please take me to Reddit?"


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Not sure if you frequent reddit, but there has been huge support and want for a "tech talks with linus" sorta thing where it is just down to earth discussion

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Did you experience many preterm births? How did you stabilize these babies? Did you transport them out by dog sled?


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Sigh... (types in a string of code to release print flag and start all over!)

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How important do you think striking a balance between entertaining your audience and informing them is? Was there ever a time or topic where you found it difficult to keep it fun enough for kids to stay glued to the TV but still educate them?


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How does one become a CEO? What was your early life like?

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I have become less enamoured of the "extraterrestrial hypothesis" because there is so little evidence to back it up


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Is there another way? ;)

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duly noted.. It's something we're considering, but we also don't want to force ourselves to create content because it's "popular". There's a fine line between engaging with the community and pandering.

Just trying to stay on the former side of it.


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I did have preterm babies. I would deliver them and then keep them in a box in my office because we had no incubators in the villages. They would be 3 or 4 pounds. Some of them died when they were born but that was uncommon. The nurses were really good, they would come into the office and check them all the time. Since I didn't know how to use the preemie needles, I would give them transfusions and fluids through the bone, and would sit with them to make sure it didn't clog up the entire time it was in.

In my hospital in Tanana, half the 30 bed hospital was Tuberculosis, 1/4 was women's ward for birthing, and 1/4 was for everything else. We would sometimes have so many kids in the hospital that we would have to put them in cardboard boxes or in the same crib, if they had the same diagnosis! Medicine has come a long way!

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That's why you use the shopping cart in SELL and hold onto that shit until you're SURE they've made up their damn minds.


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Good question. Bill leaned more to education, we leaned more to entertainment, a constant battle so to speak. We always felt if they are not having fun they will tune out. Bill kept us on point with the message. We always tried to present different ways to learn, I (EG) got the most out of the sketch/humor parts, so I always leaned towards that. Bill always had great real world analogies. There were times we felt a show might be a little flat and then it went thru audio post at Bad Animals and we were always cracking up in the final review.

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To become a CEO I would say pick a fast growing industry you are interested in, surround yourself with the best and work hard!


Q:

Who is your favorite sister-in-law? (Just kidding)

Where could I learn more about how another dimension or vibration may be the explanation of unidentified flying objects?

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Do you actually know how to play piano?


Q:

When you created Linus Tech Tips and then Linus Media Group, is that what you envisioned from the beginning or did it take a lot different of a turn then you expected?

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I had a roommate many years ago who'd go up to Alaska during tourist season to work, she had like 4-5 rotating boyfriends there who were out to sea on fishing boats at various times. They all had some vague awareness of each other and were cool with it.

Did you get into the dating scene there and what was Alaska social life like in your experience?


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when i was first training i wrote a python code that printed and responded to TM commands so i could practice. building it also was super fun and probably helped me learn it faster. wish i still had the code.

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What did you think of Beakman's World?


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Comment comptez-vous lutter contre Bolloré dans le futur ?

How do you intend to deal with Bolloré/Vivendi (a French industrial group which planned to takeover Ubisoft) ?

Source : https://www.gamespot.com/articles/vivendi-will-reportedly-pursue-a-ubisoft-takeover-/1100-6449572/

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Start with "The Edge of Reality" by Hynek and Jacques Vallee, then follow up with Carl Jung's UFO book.


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Not a note. lol :)

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It's really different. I imagined that after 5 years we would have 4-5 people and that as long as we could afford to pay everyone a fair salary to do what we loved it would be awesome.

I also had in my mind that I wanted to be a "real company" with things like employee benefits and a dental plan and stuff.

Well if you want to do that you add some administrative overhead unless you want to do everything yourself.

Then you realize part of being a real company is giving people reasonable work/life balance and covering for them when they need vacation time.. so you hire some additional bodies..

Then you realize that now that you've got to manage these extra people and you have no time to work on sales deals with brands anymore.

So you hire a sales guy who manages to use all the extra time he has (because he's not making videos) to double your ad rates and find new buyers for them.

Then you've got more resources to build out the team further and make better videos than ever..

And it continues to snowball from there.

I had this realization at one point that if you're employing world class people they won't want to be in entry level positions making entry level pay forever. You have to give them opportunities to improve their craft and get promotions and raises if you want to retain them.

And the only way to do that is to keep growing and building out a support structure for them.

And I don't think there are many who would argue that we don't have a world class team of YTers here.


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Well, I figured early on that you have to keep the nurses happy. So everytime I went to a village or to Fairbanks, if I found any eligible men I would invite them to Tanana to the Saturday Night Dance, which was held in the nurses hall. And boy, they came and were fascinated! We had lots of fun, the nurses and me, with those boys. The head nurse was supposed to chaperone but I found I (at 28 to 30) had to take over the chaperone duties as the head nurse was sleeping with some of the men! And we would dance until 4 AM, and then I would sit on the sofa and cut all the men's hair-but all I knew was a crew cut so they would all go home with a crew cut!

Oh! And they would all come to Tanana on their planes. It was an event!

I used to go to the pot lucks with the natives in the village, and they wouldn't let me eat bear meat. According to them, if I had eaten bear meat before I was married I would never had children!

(This is her granddaughter right now... I asked my grandma if that was 4 PM or 4 AM and she looked at me and said "oh 4 AM , obviously").

A:

Yeah, coding's never been my strong suit. Glad you figured out a way to pick it up quickly though, that shit gets complex.


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Very high production quality. We were so bummed when we first heard about the show actually hitting the airwaves before us, we thought we were doomed. But then we said - hey - there's more than one Oprah, as in talk shows....can there really be too many kid science shows out there. We embraced it. (eg)

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Freedom and independence are key to what we do – they are what allow us to take risks, try new things, and create games like the ones we showed during E3 this year. We will fight to continue to be able to keep doing that in the future.


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Good choices

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Hey Tim,

You've kind of been defined by your role on Parks & Rec, but you've had a long and impressive career. Is there one movie or TV show you've been in -- other than Middle Man -- that you'd recommend to people looking to see a little more of you? A performance you're particularly proud of?


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What a great way to describe how to grow a business. I love that you value the folks that are making your company succeed.

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Wow! That is amazing. If you don't mind the questions: were there any "difficulties" with unexpected pregnancy among the nurses? Do you feel that the isolation in Alaska led to a more equal footing between the genders or a more stark imbalance? How did the native peoples handle gender relations as you saw it?


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Used to work with Ticketmaster too, but at a venue. I actually sort of enjoyed TMWin99. Autypes ftw.

A:

How was Bill off camera? How much did he play up his personality?


Q:

How do you deal with the negative comments from so many players about your games?

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Thanks. What's your fave?


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Great question. I've been blessed to have been working in this crazy business for over twenty years. Because of the popularity of Parks I'll always be best known as Jerry which is a gift. I love when I get to sink my teeth into a dramatic role. Dark comedies are my favorites. It's one of the things that led me to Middle Man. I'm not the "funny" guy in the film yet I get a lot of laughs. I love getting a new script and figuring out what I'm going to do with it.

As far as finding something I did in the past...hmmm...I did an episode of Diagnosis Murder where I got to play a crazed serial killer. I had a lot of fun with that. I would also check out a remake of Harvey I did many years ago with Leslie Nielsen, Swoosie Kurtz and Harry Anderson. It was one of my first films. I look like a baby. It was an amazing experience. :)

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It's really important to me personally. I believe the wealth gap in 2017 is a big load of bullshit and I don't want anyone working here to feel so far removed from me that we can't relate to each other anymore. No one is so valuable that they should make 100x what their average staff does.

By the same token if someone isn't pulling his or her weight, I'm not slowing down the bus..

We believe in hard work and being rewarded for it.


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I had no sexism really, and most of the natives ended up believing that women could be doctors just as men could and therefore no one really questioned it.

As for the natives, they were very certain in their roles as the men would hunt and the women would be child bearers. But there were medicine women in the villages and the midwives were wonderful.

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Only ever learned WCPRTDOS, honestly. I still keep in touch with everyone I worked with so if you know any good ones I'll send them their way to mess with.


Q:

On camera, Bill played the Science Guy. Off camera, Bill was Bill Nye, human- one that loves, laughs and is passionate about what he does. To be on camera, you have to push that personality.

A:

Hi there, first things first I read them! I very often dispatch and share them with our teams with my comments and I think they help us prioritise what we need to fix and get a good insight into the biggest concerns of our communities.


Q:

Also The Changeling

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What was Jerry's worst day at the office?


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What's the most expensive thing you have ever broken?

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When you arrived in Tanana were you frightened? Were you prepared for the wild adventures you'd end up taking, and did it ever feel like "just another day at work"?

Also - you're amazing. Thank you for being a caregiver and a pioneer to boot!


Q:

Why did they switch to Ticketmaster?

Did Ticketmaster convince them to through a sales pitch or did they just go out and select the most famous and biggest broker without looking at all the competitors of Ticketmaster?

Why did they no longer sell in house? What reason did they give?

A:

Wasn't bill nye the science guy on pbs?


Q:

After Berlin, do you have actual plans to open further studios globally in the nearest future?

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I think I love it because for once Kirk comes off as the genius.


Q:

I think the "mugging" was a pretty bad day for Jerry. He knew that if they found out what really happened (dropped a burrito in the creek) that he would take hell for days. I love how he came up with the mugging story. To think that he thought he could get away with it kills me. :)

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I think Berkel holds the record for most expensive stuff broken... He got out of his chair, which caused the air shock to spring up, knocking over a 34" LG Ultrawide back when they were brand new (about $1500US iirc).

I was also (somewhat) responsible for taking our Sony FS700 out for a shoot in the rain (Brandon LET me do it, so it's partly on him). It didn't work for a few days and we had to disassemble it to the greatest degree we could to dry it out.. Scary times. That was in the early days when we couldn't have afforded to replace it :p


Q:

Well when I got to Tanana and flew in I saw this little village under me... in the summer they would go to salmon camp and the winter to caribou camp so I wasn't sure what to expect. I didn't know if I could take care of Tanana itself, let alone 18 other small villages!

When I got there I was in my light blue suit, heels, my dog Tinker with me... and I got off the plane and Tinker ran between my legs and I decided then that I wouldn't be very dignified. There was a big black truck from the hospital and all the staff was in the bed waving at me, it was very friendly!

My first day on the job I walked into clinic and I saw this shadowy figure sitting in the waiting room... but when I went up to him he was dead! It turns out they put the dead people in sitting positions so they fit in the plane better to fly them to their village or the city.

I guess I never felt frightened because everyone was so friendly and my dog was with me too. I do remember hearing the radio call and mentally prepare for whatever crazy fun experience I would be heading into now!

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We still sold in house, we just used an in-house ticketing system that worked in tandem with the room reservation system before (I think it was called Showgate) and switched to all Ticketmaster in tandem with a major remodel about two years back. The difference in show quality was noticeable- we were getting good shows before, but we jumped from D-listers on average to B-listers. No Taylor Swift or Metallica or whatever, but still a lot bigger draws that pulled in a lot more sales. I'm willing to bet a lot of them got on board because their agents or record labels or whatever work exclusively through Ticketmaster. Like it or not, they opened doors.


Q:

Yes both PBS and syndicated on network affiliates, as well as internationally

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We have to go where we can find the best talent! We're always looking for very talented engineers, so I would be happy to open a studio anywhere we can find great people :)


Q:

Have you personally ever seen a UFO? Or do you know anyone personally who has?

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I was watching Star Trek Voyager this week and came accross an episode in which you made a brief appearance playing a character that is the quintessential Jerry/Terry/Larry, and it left me feeling oddly uplifted for the rest of the day.

Is this type of character one you especially enjoy acting, or do you feel that you've been typecasted?


Q:

Can you make one more computer with your son?? The earlier one was really cute

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Hey, your replies so far have just been amazing to read. I have to look into your book!

I just want to know if you ever considered a different career or rather a different setting. If so, why did this lifestyle win?


Q:

Might as well get the obvious out of the way - what's your best and worst customer experience stories?

A:

Why did the show end?


Q:

How do you buff a god?

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The only UFOs I've seen I'm pretty sure were lame Chinese lanterns :( I Know plenty of people who have really strange, scary UFO experiences, and I kind of envy them


Q:

I love playing a Jerry type character. I'm sure it will be something I'll do forever. The problem in Hollywood is that they can easily put you in a certain box. Typecasting like you mentioned. It's just the nature of the biz. The gift of Middle Man is that I get to step out of that box and really dig into a deeply disturbed character. :)

A:

Got a father-daughter build planned :)


Q:

Because I was having fun! I was in New Mexico when I heard about the Alaska job. I actually applied to Alaska and Japan at the same time. In Japan I applied for the job that was the "Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission", where a friend of mine was working. I think I would have liked that too, but Alaska responded to me first and so I went up there. Crazy!

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Best is kinda hard, just because I'm usually pretty happy when a customer is just a normal dude. One that comes to mind is this blind guy that called us every once in awhile to have us read the show schedule to him. He usually called when it was slow so I didn't really mind taking the time to talk, and he was extremely friendly and liked to share stories about shows he'd seen. Normally people who share stories get dull, but I loved talking to him.

Worst is a lot easier- this one guy came up a year or so before we remodeled, when the seat plan was a bunch of tables and booths. The booths seated 4, but there was one at the perfect spot that seated 8. It was the owner's booth, as in The Owner Of The Casino Sits Here So Do Not Fucking Sell This To Anyone.

This guy comes up one day dressed like he was late to his job as an extra for Tom Cruise's character in Tropic Thunder (only with hair) and asks for the owner's booth for a show. I told him no, I'm sorry, we can't sell that booth, and he drops a $100 bill on the countertop like he just unlocked the keys to the kingdom. I told him no again, then he started getting all kinds of huffy with me, trying to bargain and stuff. Eventually he goes "look, just get me your manager", so I turn around to my manager (who's standing right behind me talking to his boss and heard the whole thing) and ask if he can help. The guy tries the same shit again with my manager like five times and eventually, while I'm standing right there, points at me and goes "Come on, I'm trying to show him what it's like to have money."

Obviously not a guest that flung shit at me or threatened me or anything, but that one's really stuck with me. Casinos get a lot of entitled guests, it comes with the VIP rewards program, but that was fucking insulting.


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Funding. We got up to 85 episodes in the can and Disney said no more. Our Exec Elizabeth Brock brilliantly went to PBS and said Disney wants to fund 15 more to get us to 100 episodes. Then she went back to Disney and said PBS wants to fund 15 more episodes...so they both kicked in and we made it to 100 episodes and then money dried up. (eg)

A:

You'll have to ask the team here >> https://www.reddit.com/r/Rainbow6/ ;)


Q:

What's your favorite story about Hynek that didn't make it into the book?

A:

Hi Jim!

At one point in P&R, it is referenced that your character has a very large penis. Does that take any method acting on your part?


Q:

Any recommendations for best cable management practices? Zipties? Velcroes? Twine?

A:

Thank you for doing this! I'm enjoying your stories very much. What drove you to apply for such wild assignments? Surely you were seeking a very different kind of fun than many of your peers. Where do you think your sense of adventure comes from?


Q:

"One that comes to mind is this blind guy that called us" -> ".. liked to share stories about shows he'd seen."

i feel terrible but was he always blind or..?

A:

Why was the part about chromosomes determining gender taken out of the Netflix version of the series?


Q:

What are some of the key things you look for when being presented with a new game idea?

A:

Great question! He did battle with a number of interesting foes, and I had to focus on only one: Carl Sagan. I wish I could have included more of those villains and how Hynek dealt with them.


Q:

Great question. From what I understand one of the writers were standing next to me at the urinal and thought it was time to mix real life and TV life. Made perfect sense to me. lol ;)

A:

Yes. I highly recommended Linus brand cable ties. They are available in any colour and style you want as long as you want orange with my face on it.


Q:

The Persons family has always had adventurers. My father was a missionary in Cuba, and my uncle's were also crazy. One was the chief of staff for Eisenhower, one was the governor of Alabama... so I wanted to have grand adventures like them. And there was so much to see in the world, too.

A:

No idea. Weird language on my end, my bad. We've gotten blind people coming in before, they just take the cheap seats way in the back since the sound's good through the whole place.


Q:

We were as surprised to hear about this as anyone. We actually found out about it through Reddit comments. We have no idea who did the edit. (jm)

A:

Thanks for your question. I look for a few important things. I want to know what I’m going to learn about myself and the world by playing this game, is the game rich enough that am I going to want to play for a long time and that it’s engaging enough that I’ll want to progress. I also want to know if I can play with my friends and in a way that each person can bring something unique to the experience. Lastly I look for an innovation brought by the game that has the potential to disrupt the industry.


Q:

How does your experiences and knowledge conflict with or confirm your spiritual beliefs and what kind of affect has it had on your thoughts on death specifically?

A:

Hi!!
Who was the funniest cast member on Parks and Rec and who was the most fun to work with?
Also how similar is Nick Offerman to Ron Swanson? (in my head they're the same person)
Thanks!!


Q:

Hi LTT, what's the progress on those 3 computers running behind the walls? Or is it super secret? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5r58fGVaaDQ

A:

Excuse my ignorance but I'm from the other side of the globe and I don't imagine that there was a huge variety of fresh fruit and vegetables in remote parts of Alaska. As a doctor how did you recommend that people eat to have a balanced diet? I imagine that some rural people would laugh at you if told to eat multiple servings of fresh fruit and vegetables each day.


Q:

So what did your boss end up doing to show him what it's like to have money?

Did he take him out back and kneecap him like the good old days of the Casinos?

Did he take him to the high rollers room and let him see thousands of dollars being poured into a single tug on the Helllooooo machines?

Did he show him the vault then kick him out?

I'm burning with questions as to how this ended.

A:

Who would win in a fight, Bill Nye, or Mr. Wizard?


Q:

Quick follow-up question to you saying you look for unique multiplayer experience, does that mean you aren't necessarily interested in pursuing any style of single player and or campaign heavy titles? Also thanks for taking time to do an AMA

A:

Really, my experiences only expand my opinions of what is possible, and so I think of death as an interesting adventure


Q:

They were all funny. What a lot of people don't know is that after every scene we did a "fun run". That's where we got to play around and do whatever we wanted while telling the same story that was on the page. Most of us had an improv background so it made sense to let us play together. We did that EVERY DAY. I think it's one of the reasons we stayed so close as a cast. That being said...Chris Pratt is so off the cuff funny that it's crazy. Really really funny. I had fun working with each and ever one of them. That's not Hollywood bullshit. I loved them all...and still do. :)

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STILL RUNNING!


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Hahaha! Well everybody grew vegetables throughout the entire summer, which grew huge and they had a very long growing period. The cabbages could be a hundred pounds! So they would have a good diet in the summer, but in the winter they would not have a great diet. They used to bury eggs in the snow and then dig them up and eat them in the winter. It was definitely much better health wise in the summer! They would also have a lot of different berries in the spring, summer and fall.

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Nah, see, that's the old school. These days that kneecapping stuff is, yknow, a crime. Instead we just chucked pennies at him and called him names.

Really though we just kinda kept refusing until he got pissed and asked for the casino manager. Gladly gave him the number so that guy could tell him no too.


Q:

Hands down Bill Nye (cuz Mr Wizard is dead) eg

A:

One of the things I am proud of is that we have something in our line-up for many types of players and this is something we will continue to develop. We will still make games that are only solo or only multiplayer as long as they provide super rich and engaging experiences.


Q:

Is there anyone presently in the UFO related field who you feel is doing particularly excellent scientific work?

A:

I was listening to an interview with him and Ron was based off nick but everything is greatly exaggerated.


Q:

will there be a short update video at all or just waiting until its been a year?

A:

My mom wants to know if you ever had any close encounters with bears?

Kind of a weird question, but my mom is genuinely curious.


Q:

Tropic Thunder is still one of the greatest movies of the past few decades

A:

How did you pick Nye?

Were there other candidates with more academic credentials passed over in favor of Nye's stage presence?


Q:

Obviously a long shot, but would it be possible to meet you at E3?

So excited to see all of Ubisoft's projects at E3!

A:

Well, that's a trick question you see... I'm not sure if "scientific" work applies to UFO research anymore!


Q:

That's pretty much it. Nick is such a great guy and so is Ron. They just took Nick to an nth degree. What he did with that character was something I have never seen on another show. I've always been confused on why he never received an Emmy for his work. :)

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We're gonna wait the full year :)


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Well, we used to fly over them all the time in Tanana... my pilot would fly down and the bear would rear up and we'd fly away... but we never walked around with guns or anything but we weren't afraid. My one encounter was when one time, just for fun, a nurse and I decided to camp in a tent by the Yukon. We had Tinker (my dog) and another little black dog. We were sleeping in our sleeping bags and we heard a noise and there was a grizzly outside our tent by the tree. The black dog chased the grizzly away and it almost ran over the tent.

We also used to go to the garbage dump and watch the bears try to get into the canisters. But they never threatened us! Lots of moose too.

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Black Dynamite tho


Q:

We all worked together at KING-TV in Seattle. There was no picking. It just was. (EG)

A:

If you see me on the booth please come say hello!


Q:

Not sure what you mean by that. I can take it two different ways:

1) There's no one credible doing UFO research at the moment, only crackpots

2) We know what we can know for now, so UFO research is now more like philosophy.

Are either of those what you were thinking?

A:

Hi Jim!

Jerry/Kerry/Larry/Terry/Gary Gengurch was one of my favorite characters. I can relate to being the clumsy one who's always the butt of the jokes. You never failed to make me smile while portraying him.

What are your dog's names, and can you tell me a bit about them?


Q:

So... are you friends?

A:

I start my internship in about a week... any advice? I'd be interested to hear any tips on interacting with patients


Q:

My rule is always accept free money. Never be bribed. I would have pocketed his hundred and asked him if he would like a different seat.

A:

Did you guys get a slice of Saves The World? You deserve, at minimum, a nibble.


Q:

I saw the gameplay for Assassin's creed origins and it looked amazing. Can't wait to play it! But can you please tell me as why the pirate aspect of assassin's creed was removed and made into a seperate game (skull & bones) ?

A:

More #2. There are a lot of people doing work, but not much of it is "scientific" and what is scientific is usually barking up the wrong tree. My point is that the UFO Phenomenon often seems to intentionally defy efforts to study and understand it, so science is pretty much helpless.


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Thanks so much. My dogs names are Chase (the white one) and Stella (the black one). They're both rescues. Last year I lost both of my other dogs to cancer. I don't have kids so the dogs become like children (some people think that's crazy...that's OK). When they passed away I didn't think I could ever go through it again. After nine months my gut was telling me that it was time again. I went to the Linda Blair World Heart Foundation and found Chase. I knew within two minutes of meeting him that he needed to be with me for the rest of his life. A few months later I went to the Amanda Foundation and met Stella. She had obviously been abused and needed some loving. They're brought the smile back to my face after losing my other two pups. :)

A:

Linus' status was changed to: It's complicated


Q:

Be sure to sit down and make eye contact and listen to the patient. That is 90% of the job! And remember that nurses will make your life easy if you treat them well!

A:

I would absolutely have considered it were it not for the two bosses standing beside me and the cameras covering every square inch of floor space.


Q:

you're very kind, but no. (eg)

A:

Hi there, for Skull and Bones it really needed a full team dedicated to that specific type of gameplay to create the best pirate game possible.


Q:

you're picking up what I'm putting down, my man.

A:

Tim,

With this being described as a "black comedy", how was this role different for you in comparison to past roles, and how do you feel audiences will react?


Q:

What are the reasons for sock and sandals?

A:

How would they use the sand paintings? Did they seem to work?

I think they did that for Mulder in one episode of X-Files.


Q:

Point taken. That must have been frustrating.

A:

Hey guys, I think we may have a mutual connection with the fellow standing on the far left of that photo you're holding. Spencer McCulloh here. Didn't expect to see you two on Reddit this morning! But anyways here my question haha. How did Bill Nye end up being the science guy for the show?


Q:

What are the requirements if I wanted to be a game designer for ubisoft?

A:

I wish he'd share cooler tech with us, though. What's he saving the good stuff for? I'm talking limitless clean energy, immortality, the works!


Q:

It's totally different than any other role I've played. My character Lenny starts out in the same vein as Jerry from Parks. A sweet, nice guy. Unfortunately for Lenny he makes one terrible mistake and on his way to Las Vegas he picks up a hitch hiker (played by Andrew J. West). This turns his life upside down. From that moment on we slowly watch the mental unravelling of an otherwise normal dude. Playing the character was terrifying because if I didn't make it work the film doesn't work. From what I hear I did it justice. :)

A:

they're the ulltimate.


Q:

So there were certain patterns that they would draw in the sand for certain ailments. They would also come to the hospital (the medicine men) in covered wagons while I was in Crown Point, and they would park in front of the hospital when they would visit the other Native American patients.

A:

I was too busy being extremely pissed at that guy for being an incredible asshole, honestly.


Q:

Hey there! To answer your question, he was born into it. (eg)

A:

If you don’t have any experience in the industry a great way to start is as a game tester. After that, more and more we are seeing the emergence of game design as something that can be formally studied. Since the video game industry moves so fast, keeping an eye out for what new skills are required can also be a good strategy. Lastly, for Ubisoft, we look for people who are enthusiastic about games and dedicated to their work. In other words, we look for passion, imagination and expertise.


Q:

He does have 5 boys and two are twins and 3 are triplets.

A:

I read somewhere that you initially auditioned for the role of Ron Swanson. Obviously, Nick was the perfect Ron and you were a fantastic Jerry/Garry/Larry/Terry. So, how did that audition go?


Q:

Hey Linus, I'm a long time fan! I've got your Noctua fans in my system and I'm a floatplane pilot. It's been mesmerising seeing you jump from height to height, going from NCIX to where you are today and it's truly inspiring.

My question to you is, how do you unwind and relax at the end of the day after working so hard for so long?

A:

In my experience, actual Healers, regardless of nation or background or experience, all have a healthy respect for each other.


Q:

liked to share stories about shows he'd seen heard.

A:

Hey guys! Big thank you for Bill Nye the Science Guy. I grew up watching it for my middle school science curriculum (I was homeschooled). I probably wouldn't have gotten my degree in Chemistry in college otherwise. Big thank you!

For your new show, have you had pushback in regards to finances being too "adult and boring" to teach kids?


Q:

Google has this thing called Google 20% which is set up to allow to spend 20% of employees time to work on their own projects and ideas instead of what they're hired to do. This encourages innovation. Does Ubisoft have anything in place for encouraging innovation?

P.S Not just for employees, do you allow other people to pitch you ideas and how have you made it easy for them to do it. Do you try and do anything to make their ideas or projects a reality? what's the best way to approach you with an idea?

A:

That's improbable, but it doesn't prove that he's an alien.


Q:

When the word came out that Amy Poehler was doing a show it was something everyone wanted to be involved in. Amy had just come off of an amazing run on SNL as well as a couple of awesome films. My agent called and said that I had an audition for the show for the role of Ron Swanson. I found out later that most male actors in LA audition for the role. The thought of anyone playing Ron Swanson other than Nick Offerman is ridiculous. I think Nick was always who they wanted but the studio made them read tons of people. That is what helped me. Though I didn't get the role of Ron they did see something they liked and brought me back in for Jerry. The producers tell the story that after my Jerry read they just said "He's funny. Let's put him at a desk. It'll work itself out".

As far as my audition for Ron Swanson I don't remember exactly what I did but for I do remember being very stern. Probably too stern. As much as Ron was a ballbuster he was also a softy. I should try and see if I could get a copy of my audition. I'm sure it's horribly embarrassing but it would be a great to see. :)

A:

reading positive, supportive comments like this one.

I also love spending time reading stories to my kids and playing with them and playing badminton.


Q:

It was a wonderful experience for me.

A:

There we go.


Q:

You went on to be a scientist because of the show? Thank you! That was the plan.

We were working on the idea of a financial literacy show for years called Financial Genius. We met our Canadian partner, Jeannine Glista, with her idea for a show on kid entrepreneurs called Biz Kid$. Now, we do about five stories on kids and their money per episode, all wrapped around one general theme.

So many kids think they can't do this, but when you see where some of these kids come from and the ways they are building their financial futures, it can be mind blowing. Some have become multi-millionaires. And I think if these kids can do it, anybody can. (JM)

A:

Thanks for the question! At Ubisoft what we try to do, when we can, is take ideas that people have and then try to make that 100% of their job. For instance Star Link which we announced yesterday came out of a Game Jam we had in Toronto and we were able to make that into a full project, For Honor was also a passion project that we were able to turn into a reality. And it has happened for many games we've published over the years!


Q:

I think it is fair to say that UFO research as a field has a credibility problem in many people's minds. Is there something you feel people should or shouldn't be doing to attract the right/avoid the wrong kind of attention?

A:

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Q:

How often do you work with other tech YouTubers like Kyle Jay, Paul, and them? Is it more a business relationship or do you all text and talk often?

A:

Hello! Thank you for doing this :)

What were some of the biggest health problems you dealt with that in your opinion were unique to the north?


Q:

blind guy

shows he’s seen

( ಡ ﹏ ಡ)

A:

"Eat your crust Richie" is still one of my favorite quotes of all time.

How do you feel knowing that whenever the big tube tv was rolled into a science classroom, everyone in the room knew that we were going to watch the Science Guy, and we were all over the moon?


Q:

Anything interesting on the horizon that most people don't know about yet?

A:

Stop going to UFO conferences and events that feature the same tired old UFO "experts" talking about the same tired old topics. Avoid anyone who claims to have a "smoking gun."


Q:

I love when I get to different types of characters. That's what actors do. Like I mentioned earlier it's hard not to be typecast but it's part of the challenge of being an actor. :)

A:

Being up in Western Canada makes collaboration a little tougher.. and I'm pretty asocial by nature so I haven't generally gone out of my way to "collab" - especially because many collabs are just blatant subscriber swaps

"hey sub to me and sub to him/her and get a chance to win"

But I've also known a lot of the people in the tech tuber scene for YEARS and really enjoy spending time with them. So it's nice to have an excuse to hang out and make a video.

I'm not like sending them dick pics on snapchat or whatever though.


Q:

Turberculosis. It was absolutely rampant when I was up in the bush, with it infecting everything from bones to skin to brain to lungs. Outside Alaska there weren't nearly as many cases as in Alaska. It wasn't until we got the wonder drug INH that we were able to even start to control it!

A:

i cri everytim


Q:

Like a proud momma! That is one of my favorite quotes as well as is "keeping shaking science guy the sapphires fall to the bottom" (eg)

A:

As video game creators we have the fantastic power to anticipate and build games that allow us to experience what the world could look like in ten years-time. Playing these games is a way to test and learn and this I believe will have a positive impact on the world.


Q:

Thanks for taking the time to do this.

Do you have any reading recommendations for these different "vibrations" or dimensions?

"Spaceships" have always seemed silly to me just because space is too vast - but if you can step outside of space/time, that opens a lot of possibilities. But it seems to me those possibilities wouldn't involve complex machinery so much as a methodology to step outside of space-time since that's the real thing holding real "travel" back.

Who are current authors/books that have explored these ideas?

I'm not familiar with ufology so forgive me if this is common knowledge but it seems like we have very little recent footage of unusual flying objects and when we do get footage it's often sorted out. With all of the cameras out there today it would seem that phenomena should follow the same pattern as the weather. For example, there aren't really more tornadoes than in the past, but we see a LOT more because there are more people - with more cameras, in more areas. Are you aware of any resources that show high quality videos that are recent - and "unexplainable"? (I know people are tricky and have access to lots of editing tools). I've seen more recent videos of strange lights over cities - from a distance but honestly - they just aren't that good. I would expect something.... more with all of the people/cameras out there these days

The Tremonton movie is interesting but still old and poor quality.

Thanks again for taking the time - and your great writing!

A:

Have you been able to keep any interesting props or memorabilia from any of your roles?


Q:

Will LTX become a regular yearly thing? (PLEASE? :D)

A:

What's the farthest northern Alaskan community you've been to?

Weirdest food you've tried?


Q:

I'm sure it was that guy personally pocketing your after tax dollars and laughing maniacally.

A:

What was it like working with Bill?


Q:

What's your favorite kind of cheese 🧀?

A:

All good questions. Again, my reading pics would start with "The Edge of Reality" by Hynek and Vallee, and then Jung's UFO book. We're really dealing with the formation of mythology before our very eyes, I think, so it's hard to know where and when to begin examining the phenonenon and how and where to end. It's being formed as we speak, in a sense.


Q:

I try to keep something from every shoot I'm on. Most of it just sits in a box. I figure someday when I'm old (well...older) I'll want to take a trip down memory lane. I have the Jerry Gergich Conference Room RIP plaque on my desk. I see it every day. :)

A:

Depends how the first one goes.

If we lose buckets of money, then no.

If we lose a little bit of money, then probably.

If we break even or make money, then GAME ON!


Q:

The farthest I've been was Barrow to visit. That's the northernest you can get! We slept under the plane we flew up in. The Northernest place I worked was Anaktuvuk Pass, which was my favorite village. One native lady came in and had 3 babies in her Parkie Hood! Anaktuvuk had so many pregnant women... it kept me busy!

The weirdest food was probably Walrus. It was so gummy and thick. Not very appetizing!

A:

That was basically my job description for the casino, yeah. Also the toilet clogging in your room was my fault, I spent the service fee money on six gallons of chili the night before.


Q:

He was an excellent talent, did anything we asked, took direction well. And like the energizer bunny...he kept going and going.It was the perfect team. We all felt we had a mission (to nudge the world as Bill would say) it was a very passionate group, over worked and under paid. (EG)

A:

I would say Époisses de Bourgogne! You can see it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89poisses_de_Bourgogne


Q:

what convinced you that there was more to sci-fi?

A:

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Q:

What upcoming product are you and the team most excited to get a review sample on?

A:

That's awesome, I want to visit Barrow. Kotzebue is the farthest north I've visited. What time of year were you there?

Have you tried muktuk (whale blubber & meat)? If so, is it similar?


Q:

oh, even if it's true, you really shouldn't say things like that on the internet. That just encourages even more people to be assholes acting entitled to something.

A:

I have been wanting to ask this for YEARS: Who is responsible for the Drew Barrymore sketch? That was absolutely brilliant.


Q:

Which chocolate do you prefer?

  1. Swiss
  2. Belgian
  3. Whatever's melting on my tongue
  4. White, because I don't know what I'm talking about ;)
A:

I think the fact that science fiction concepts and images have always exerted such a strong pull on world culture (and modern science) suggests that there's some basic urge among us humans to believe in weird, inexplicable things in the sky.


Q:

You nailed it. Li'l Sebastian will be starring as Lenny in "Of Mice and Men". Can't wait to see it. :)

A:

Threadripper.

Super stoked.


Q:

I was in Barrow on 4th of July weekend... we couldn't sleep very well with the sun out all day and night!

I have had muktuk... it did taste similar to walrus but was better tasting. I still didn't really like it all that much.

A:

I said it in the other response to this, it doesn't really change what I offer (I'm always out to find people the best seats possible), just the level of customer service I provide. For assholes, it's pretty much just "polite and to the point" to get it over with faster.


Q:

It was very impromptu. There was a script Jim can't remember if he wrote it, or Bill, or one of our writers.... but here is an old photo of Drew and Jim together! http://imgur.com/ExAfApD (EG)

A:
  1. Swiss Dark Chocolate! I always have a stock on my desk for long meetings.

Q:

What's your favorite kind of cheese 🧀?

A:

Nick Offerman as Lenny in "Of Mice and Men" would be interesting


Q:

How do you balance your personal time with your wife and kid against work time?

A:

Fascinating. What sort of items did you carry in your field medical kit(s)?


Q:

paid less in service fees buying it in person ($2.50 per as of the time I left)

BO wasn't service-fee-free? I've always figured box office was always the baseline "inconvenient" option to justify "convenience fees" for all the rest. Where I am it is-- no fees on buying at the venue.

A:

Are there any statistics that detail the effects the Bill Nye show has had on young people? Is there any hard evidence that suggests there could be a trend between the amount of millennials pursuing science based degrees and professions and the original airing of your show?


Q:

What is your most played game? (ubisoft game and non-ubisoft game)

A:

The kind the moon is made of, of course.


Q:

Damn. Should have read this before my previous comment. I guess Nick and Lil' Sebastian are going to have to fight this one out. :)

A:

I suck at it :p

But seriously, I have no social life, so it's just work/family, which makes it a bit easier. I get one night a week to go out and play badminton and other than that I go home and spend time wiht the kids. I've also SIGNIFICANTLY cut back on the time I spend working on the weekends. So it's not too bad at this point.


Q:

Stethoscope, otoscope, tongue blades, dental instruments, injectable Novocaine and ephedrine (for teeth pulling), bandages, a splint or two, ace bandages, antibiotics (only streptomycin at the beginning, but penicillin once they got smaller dosing, IV fluids and a few IVs. That was normally what I took to the villages.

A:

The $2.50 "facilities fee" was a very recent change. A month ago you'd have been right on the money. Dunno the thought process behind it.


Q:

I would absolutely love to see some statistics on the effects of the show. We hear from someone almost daily about how the show impacted their lives and they made a decision to go into a field of science because of it. That is very gratifying. (JM)

A:

I travel a lot for work, but thanks to the Switch I’ve been able to play Zelda. It’s a great game and we can learn a lot about how we make games by looking at what Nintendo has done.

For Ubisoft games, Rayman will always have a place in my heart because of its importance in Ubisoft’s history and because I played it a lot with my kids. I’m still playing From Dust, and I’m excited about all the different motor vehicles you can play with in The Crew 2.


Q:

This is he best answer I have ever gotten to this question, hands down!

A:

Hey Jim! Big fan of your work, my dad was actually one of the people that invested enough to be an extra in Middle Man so we are super excited to see it in theatres! My question to you is, who has been your all time favorite actor/actress to work with? Thanks so much!


Q:

Hi Linus, how much of your time actually goes into making content nowadays, compared to how much of it is needed for managing the business?

A:

what patient stands out to you the most? also, my life is better knowing that awesome people like you exist. :)


Q:

What about for a really popular show? My fear with going in person is that if you aren't at the front of the line at the box office when tickets go on sale that you'll end up with nothing. For a show that's likely to be a quick sell out is there any advantage to going to the box office or are you better off on the website?

A:

Scientists like to debate almost everything. How did you deal with members of the scientiffic community taking issue with certain subjects that were covered on Bills show?


Q:

Can you tell those of us who couldn't be at E3 today what's comin' down the pipe from Ubisoft? Please and thank you!

A:

it's the only answer there could possibly be!


Q:

Tell you dad thanks from me. Without our Kickstarter campaign we would not have been able to make the film that we did. I'm still blown away that strangers gave us their hard earned money to help us make our dream project. It's very humbling.

I mentioned earlier that I have too many all time favorite actors to mention. I'm been blessed by being around not only amazingly talented people but also amazing good people. For me that's more important.

Getting to work with Andrew J. West, Josh McDermott and Anne Dudek on Middle Man was an unexpected treat. I didn't know any of them and they came with their A games. Really amazing people and actors. :)

A:

It's not that I'm not spending time making content, it's just that I'm involved in OVERSEEING the process rather than actually DOING it.


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There were so many that were great patients. One of my favorites was in Anaktuvik Pass, there was snow everywhere but we landed and made our way to the WW2 quonset hut and set up for the clinic. The next day this beautiful tall Native woman came in with her Parkie and reached into her hood and pulled out a 3 month old baby and sat it on the bench. Then she reached back and pulled out another, just over a year old and set it on the bench. And then she reached out and pulled out one more baby and set it on the bench. That was my favorite memory from my favorite town.

A:

You're usually better off on the website. It's generally the fastest, even if you pay more.


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The original Disney Presents Bill Nye the Science Guy series had very little negative comments from the scientific community. At the time, we tried to do the best research our budget allowed. We had a team of qualified young science researchers and a broad based science advisory board. We did our best with the information available at the time. Now, of course, there is this thing called the internet... (JM)

A:

We have plenty coming, if you haven't seen it yet I hope you can watch our E3 conference from yesterday >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Q1s3lOzQ1A


Q:

Hi Mark, thanks for taking the time to do this ama. I will definitely check out Close Encounters Man. Sounds awesome! Thanks again. Onto the questions:

  1. What would you say has been the most hair raising thing you or Dr. Hynek found out while researching UFOs or reports?

  2. Do you believe in the Men in Black stories or think they're just made up to add fuel to the whole UFO / aliens phenomenon?

A:

Was the cast of Parks and Rec overly nice to you off camera to make up for how Jerry was treated on camera?


Q:

Given unlimited Budget, what would be a video that you would like to shoot? Most interested in answers from Linus and Brandon.

A:

Who is your favourite Beatle?


Q:

Did you primarily do business in sports or theater sales where you were located? Always wondered what these jobs entailed, to be honest.

A:

What were your first reactions when you met Bill in person?


Q:

What's the first game you've ever played?

A:

I love Men In Black stories! Not the Will & Tommy Lee kind of MIB, but the creepy, terrifying, strangely inhuman kind that harass and threaten UFO witnesses. The best account of those I've seen is John Keel's awesome book The Mothman Prophecies. I can't speak for Dr. Hynek, but the most hair-raising thing I've come across as a UFO investigator was a local family with a history of paranormal experiences and a very real, inexplicable link to one of the famous "saucer crash" myths that was very likely an Army psyops scam. That one still gives me goosebumps!


Q:

I wouldn't say overly nice. We were all just good friends doing good work and laughing our asses off every day. :)

A:

I want to make a movie trailer.

Not a movie.

Just a trailer.

But with BADASS high production values so it would be a TON of fun to shoot. It'd be basically a bunch of sketches back to back without having to deal with the boring parts of making a movie like real dialogue and a story arc and character development.

I just can't figure out how to fund it other than stealing $100,000+ from the LMG coffers and putting it in a firepit...


Q:

The whole bunch were good!

A:

Our venue did music and comedians mostly. Before we renovated a few years back we'd have amateur MMA live, which was interesting, but also tricky to handle since the theater wasn't designed for that sort of setup (since all the seats are on one side and whatnot).

The stage was actually enormous, which gives a lot of room for some of the real showmen that have come through (Alice Cooper, Empire of the Sun, and KISS come to mind) to work with cool set designs.


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I thought he was cute (eg)

A:

The first game I played was a Space Invaders arcade machine, which I loved!


Q:

Where did you get that thing on your shoulder? If I remember correctly, it's from an episode of Twilight Zone (though it may have been Outer Limits). That scared the bejeezus out of me as a kid.

A:

Who smells better, Chris Pratt or Rob Lowe?


Q:

Hi Linus, would you ever take your ear piercings out/get any more?

A:

Two things:

  1. GEAUX TIGERS!

  2. Where do you live now?


Q:

That's pretty cool...sounds like a neat venue for specialty events. Amateur MMA? That must have taken some logistics to get right as you alluded to...wonder how the turnout was.

A:

Does science rule?


Q:

Hello! You guys rocked E3 this year, the only one who did better IMO is nintendo, really good work :) now, I have to ask: Do you play other games in your free time? If so, what is your favorite non-ubisoft game that you are playing at this time?

A:

My brother Matt & best sister-in-law Casey got for that for me for my birthday a while back. It is a "Zanti Misfit" from The Outer Limits, and it's scary as hell!


Q:

This is definitely the most important question I will answer today. The answer is Rob Lowe. I only say that because he has his own fragrance line and it would make sense that he smells better than the rest of us. :)

A:

one of them is literally fused in there.. I"d have to cut it off. So... no...


Q:
  1. "Hahahahahaha!"

  2. I'm now in Central Oregon! Not Alaska, but it's a nice town to live in.

A:

The turnout was alright for awhile, although they stopped working with us after the renovation. Dunno if they found a better place or what, but I don't mind. Those shows went on for hours and someone had to stick around till the last fight started so I was usually getting out after midnight.


Q:

Yes. I had a fear of science in high school. I met Bill and discovered how cool science can be. It changed my life! (JM)


Q:

Ha! I knew it! I was actually a little upset at Matt for buying it. He was so excited, though.

A:

Who was your favourite director and actor that you've worked with?


Q:

Is there something that you have always wanted to do on YouTube (maybe as a fun challenge) but didn't really fit on any of your channels so you decided against it?

A:

Do you have plans to republish your book in electronic form? I would really love a kindle version and would be more than happy to pay the price of a hardback for it as your story must be just as awesome as you are!

For some odd reason, my dream job as a kid was to be a bush doctor that is also the pilot. (And yes, I am fully aware that this is probably as likely and reasonable of a career choice as, say an astronaut-pirate in real life.) But/so somehow -- or therefore -- I ended in the software engineering business instead.

I was trying to buy your book on amazon, but apparently none of the sellers are happy to ship to Finland :(


Q:

What was the average "convenience fee" for tickets there?

A:

What do you think of the politicization of science in our culture?

I find it despicable and dangerous.


Q:

What is your favorite collectors edition?

A:

You broke cover!


Q:

My favorite director was a guy who started as our editor on Parks. He had also worked on The Office. His name is Dean Holland. He really understood all of our characters and knew how to get the best out of us.

My favorite actor that I've worked with is too broad of a question. I've fallen in love with so many people I've worked with over the years. By "love" I mean I loved being around them. :)

A:

LOTS of things... If I ever stop making tech videos, you'll see them.


Q:

I could send it to you if you want to pay for postage only! I would be happy to send you a copy!

A:

In person it was free, $3 extra per over the phone. Recently they added a $2.50 fee on top of that to everything, no clue why. Still dirt cheap in person.


Q:

The pilot episode of our series was funded by a Republican administration. The series was funded by a Democratic administration. This is one of those important discussions we should have over a beer. (JM)

This is not a one beer discussion. (EG)

A:

I really liked the For Honor collectors edition with the 3 helmets.


Q:

Have you been inspired while writing this book to do some UFO hunting yourself??

A:

How often do you pull a classic Jerry move?

Also: I remember seeing you in a Castle episode, and I swear it was the most amazing thing I've ever seen, as I decided that your character (who was a butcher with anger management issues, if I recall correctly) was Jerry Gergich trying to process everything he was put through in Parks and Rec.


Q:

What is the one video you regret making?

A:

Did you or your nurses teach any locals first aid or other medical techniques?


Q:

How do companies feel about scalpers?

A:

Thanks for the AMA! What would you say is Ubisoft's greatest masterpiece?


Q:

Yes, I worked as an investigator for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) from 2011 to just recently. I've investigated about 150 sightings, and of those about 25 were just too weird and perplexing to be explained. At least by me.

A:

LOL That's a great analogy. I'm not sure that's what I was thinking at the time but who knows?

As far as pulling classic Jerry moves....every day. We all do.

I won an Emmy last month and as I was walking up the steps to get the award I just kept thinking "don't fall...don't fall". If I had fallen it would have been another "Jerry" moment that I would hear about forever even though I won the award for a different show. lol :)


Q:

I don't regret making the video where we simulated Ryzen 5 performance, but I regret titling it in a deceptive manner..

Other than that the only video I've ever actually taken down was a detailed tour of my house. I was trying to show the reception issues with some early ASUS tablet and had inadvertently shown a lot of personal details that didn't belong on the Internet.

I'm also still not sure how I feel about some of the videos that feature my kids. They LOVE making videos with Daddy (especially my son) and they only appear once in a while so I don't think I'm going to be destroying their lives or anything, but they're also too young to really understand what it means to be on the Internet, so I don't know how they'll feel about that down the line.

A:

Not during my time there, but a few years later the Natives would train in Anchorage to treat minor injuries and basic health care. They would then go back to their villages to help. It is a really great program that provided care to a lot of people who needed it!


Q:

I really don't know anything from the legal side of things, but from a sales side we can't really do much about it beyond saying "hey don't scalp around us". Once you bought a ticket from us, we were hands-off: what you do with it after that is up to you. When people asked me I would always always always recommend against buying from them since I only ever saw it when it went south and someone got scammed, but that's as much influence as we had on it. We're not just gonna not sell to someone, no matter what we think they might do with the tickets.


Q:

Who actually does mourn for Morn?

A:

Would you rather fight 100 Aziz-sized Li'l Sebastians or 1 Li'l Sebastian-sized Aziz?

Credit to /u/GodDamnNameDoesNotFi for the tweak to my original question


Q:

Hi Linus,

In what year will you finally admit that spiky gel hair is a relic of the past?

A:

Firstly, thank you so much for doing an AMA!

Secondly, whats the wierdest procedure you have ever had to perform?


Q:

Have you ever done the water driving range at the GSR?

A:

Everyone!


Q:

I've thought about this question many many times so credit for the question goes to me. ;) The answer is ... 1 Li'l Sebastian-sized Aziz. :)

A:

I'll admit it today. Still gonna rock it.


Q:

There were a lot that I had to perform! The one I didn't expect to do was treat a toddler who had been mauled by a bunch of dogs in Tanana. I accompanied her to the hospital in Fairbanks, sutured her up and stayed with her reading to her until the next morning when she woke up. I saw her years later and she was perfect!

Another one was when I had to fly up to help a merchant's wife. Acute chest pain and upper gastric pain, gave her morphine and loaded her on the plane to head to Fairbanks. It was the roughest flight I've ever taken from Hughes to Fairbanks. We finally got into Fairbanks, and found out she had had a heart attack and also an acute gallbladder. She ended up going right back to work. People were tough up there, they had to be! She was also the godmother of two of my girls.

A:

I haven't, golf was never really my thing. Went to the arcade as a kid and tried a bunch of the restaurants during my time there, though.


Q:

The game you found is an Adaption of the book. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metro_2033

A:

Hi Jim!

If you could be anything other than an actor, what would you be?


Q:

Hi, you have an amazing story! I was wondering what made you start to want to be a bush doctor? Thank you for doing this AMA

A:

What was the busiest day of the week at work?

What was the slowest hour of the week?

What was the busiest hour of the day at work?

What was the slowest hour of the day?


Q:

That looks cool.

A:

I thank God every day that the acting thing worked out. Otherwise I have no idea what I'd be doing. I guess because I'm a talker and a bit gregarious that I could have gone into sales but honestly I don't know. A lot of my family around me are in the trades...like pipe coverers and fitters. I'm too damn uncoordinated and lazy to do that so again...THANK YOU GOD FOR LETTING THIS WORK OUT!!!!! :)


Q:

I wanted to have an adventure! And Alaska seemed like a good place for that.

A:

It varied a lot- show days were almost universally busy, whereas any day that wasn't within a few days of a show was slow as hell.

I had days where I didn't speak to another person all day long, and then I had show nights where I sold nonstop for hours straight and on-sales where we didn't stop selling until we closed.


Q:

A question to another topic: How did you come to write for startrek?

A:

Was the makeout-fest on Late Night planned between you and Aubrey or just improvisation?


Q:

You are the kind of person I really look up to! Women like you paved the way to me being able to go to college and get a Masters degree. (And I may go back for more!) So thank you!

Onto my question: What experience would you say gave you energy to keep going strong when you were tired?

A:

Was the turnover at the box office as bad as it was everywhere else at the GSR? Also, how did you feel about the horrible management?


Q:

I had a good agent and I got lucky! In the early 1990s, the producers of Star Trek: The Next Generation were pretty liberal about looking at scrips from outside writers, so I wrote a script, my agent got it in the door, and in time they called me in to pitch story ideas. It took about 2 years of trying, but they kept inviting me to try again so I kept at it until I pitched the right story concept to the right producer on the right day and made the sale!

A:

Totally thought up by Aubrey during the last commercial break. My favorite part when watching the video is how the other cast members reacted when they realized what was happening.

Aubrey is a super funny person. She knew it wouldn't be funny to make out with Pratt or Scott. She knew it had to be with the old fat guy to get the real laugh. I was happy to oblige. :)


Q:

I just knew that there were always people that needed me and so I had to keep going. Now that I'm 92 I get to relax sometimes, which is nice!

A:

Turnover at the box office isn't as bad as something like the front desk, which was nonstop and dealt with complaints and was high-visibility. As far as management, I liked my direct superiors a lot, but more than a couple steps up the chain I didn't really hear from anyone. That could be a whole lot worse, but it wasn't great either.


Q:

Aren't alien abductions actually black op mind control experiments?

A:

Hey Larry, what did you type into Altavista to get here?


Q:

4th-year medical student here, going into rural family medicine next year. All of your answers have been fantastic. What advice do you have to offer the next generation of rural physicians?

A:

How often are you on Reddit and what are your favorite subreddits?


Q:

Some of them likely are, but beware of making blanket analyses... That's what gets most UFOlogists into trouble.

A:

I typed "please bring me to a site on the interwebs called reddit that will let me answer questions". ;)


Q:

Always know that someone needs you! You may have to learn new tricks on the job but you should be able to pick them up as you go along.

A:

Allllll the time, dude. This is a throwaway so I don't wanna be specific, but a lot of gaming subs.


Q:

I can take a better picture with a $50 camera than I have ever seen of an alien ship in 80 years of UFO reports. Is there one pic out there that has any credibility, sharpness and focus?

A:

What is your favorite pizza topping?


Q:

Okay I need to know what a Bush Doctor is and google keeps telling me it's some Jamaican album

Bush Doctor is the third studio album by Jamaican singer Peter Tosh. It was released in 1978.

Someone help?

A:

Hey there fellow Reno area guy. What happened to the prop airplane from Hello Hollywood, Hello?


Q:

Photos of UFOs generally suck, which I think is deliberate. Someone posted a youtube link below to the Tremonton Utah UFO movie, and that is worth watching

A:

I get my pizza with sausage, onion, extra sauce and crispy. mmmmm Now I've got to have pizza today. :)


Q:

Rural Alaska is called the Alaska Bush sometimes. But I like Jamaica too.

A:

It's still there, dude. Saw it a few days ago when we ate backstage for my little going away party.


Q:

When you say deliberate: Deliberate by who? Assuming you don't mean the photographers, what motivations would you ascribe to extraterrestrial creatures making themselves visible, but only in a crappy way?

A:

Ask you anything, eh?

Okay. Let's put this question to bed: Is the reason that Gayle was with Jerry/Terry/Larry/etc., was because of his massive penis?

According to Dr. Harris (whom Chris Traeger said was literally the meanest person he's ever met), it's the biggest penis he's ever seen. I mean, he didn't even know if you had mumps. He forgot to look. He was distracted. By the largest penis. He had ever seen.


Q:

Hello. Great stories and thank you! My great uncle Sam Otho White was the first game warden and a bush pilot in Alaska. Ever meet him? He has a great book of tales as well. I will certainly be getting yours. Thanks.

A:

Haha have any other acts used the plane in your tenure there?


Q:

I know it's a reach, but sometimes the phenomenon itself seems to exhibit purpose and intention... as if it was always trying to remain just out of reach or just beyond our powers of perception. So, yeah, I'm talking about the entire phenomenon.

A:

YES! Put it to bed. ;)


Q:

I did know Sam because he was a friend of my pilot, Garfield Hansen. There is someone else on here who has Sam as a distant relative too.

A:

I think David Copperfield vanished it once, but that was before my time. These days it just sits backstage with some other old sets and stuff.


Q:

Yeah I think they suck because every abduction is mind control or a hoax. I don't think the fuzzy multiple lights is a great example.

A:

My sister-in-law is a pediatrician outside Anchorage treating primarily native Alaskan peoples, with a hope to become a bush doctor/bring more complete medical care to the isolated villages. Do you have any suggestions for her to fulfill her dream? Any way for her to become a more effective resource for them to use?


Q:

So how did GSR feel after Amy Schumer spent the first 15 minutes of her act talking shit about the venue?

For background: she was originally booked for their Grand Theater, which is one of the best venues in town. Then they decided to do renovations on the theater and they moved her to a convention room with ziptied dining chairs and a temporary stage.

A:

It's a paradox. Millions of us carry cameras with us pretty much 24/7. You'd think we could blanket the sky and we still can't decent photos of UFOs.


Q:

Apply to the bureau of Indian Affairs and start making connections. She can also try to get small jobs working as a specialist or something with the native villages. Good for her!

A:

I can't speak for anyone but myself of course but man, I think she can go fuck herself. Heard from one of my bosses at the time that she was being an asshole to the people working at wardrobe and all that too.

I'm sure she's probably nice to some people but that was a pretty dickish thing to say.


Q:

The most amazing iama, and woman, I've ever encountered. Thanks for being here.

My question; Ulu much?

A:

Why?


Q:

We always used Ulu! They are so convenient.

A:

College.


Q:

My Aunt and Uncle ran A fishing lodge in Port Alsworth, and on occasion would visit Dick Proenneke. They said it was obligatory to bring him sweets when you visited. Did you ever visit him? Do you have any stories in that regard?

A:

What is/was your college major?


Q:

I never got the chance to meet him, but that is a really neat story!

A:

Graphic design. Left this job for one in my field.


Q:

Hi Jean, great read and thanks for doing this AMA. Swedish anesthesiologist here.

Practicing medicine in different fields (internal med, surgery, psychiatry etc) while being the only doctor means you've probably encountered a couple of situations where you hadn't a lot of formal prior training under supervision.

Any particular situations that were the most challenging to deal with?

A:

Before tickets go on sale to the public, what percentage of tickets are already sold off?


Q:

I never had any training in orthopedics so I had to learn quickly how to set bones and relocate joints and do splints. I also wasn't trained in OB but I got a lot of practice. There was only one baby I couldn't get out because he was breech... I had not learned about forecep deliveries and so I had to learn on the job. I also pulled a lot of teeth which was new to me as well. It was very difficult but you end up making due with what you know!

A:

It varies wildly depending on the show, location, venue, all sorts of stuff like that. I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that super popular acts sell out instantly.

From the angle of this specific venue, the casino and presales are what take the lion's share. Casino gets a couple hundred tickets at various price levels to offer their players based on their play rate (and I've seen players with an average daily wager rate from the single digits to the thousands), sometimes five or six hundred if it's a big show. Beyond that, our presales were pretty open so a lot of times the a good chunk of the front half would go before the on sale. At a guess, that means about thirty percent of a theater seating about 2500-2700.


Q:

Hello! My family is from northwestern Alaska, I was wondering if you went to any villages out there? My Dad was from Nome. Did you ever fly with Foster Aviation by chance? Thanks for the AMA!

A:

When does the buffet have crab legs? I forget.


Q:

No, we never ventured that far, but I only ever flew with Hansen, my pilot. That is really great though, I have been to Nome to visit many times! It's a nice town.

A:

Fridays iirc


Q:

What was medical school like in the late 40's?

A:

Hey man, thanks for doing this. I'm a little late to the party but hoping you see this.. have a couple of questions.

1) What's to prevent people from using Ticketmaster as a "showroom" of sorts then converting to the venue's website and purchasing from there to avoid the Ticketmaster fees? Does Ticketmaster own the inventory or do they have exclusivity via the contract, etc. Could you shed some light here?

2) What's Ticketmasters opinion of the secondary market (stubhub, seatgeek, etc.)?

2a) Does Ticketmaster price to discourage resale? Or are they in collusion with the secondary market to maximize value to each channel?

3) Do you have an opinion of Nathan Hubbard? Think he probably predates you but he seems to understand the pain consumers go through when acquiring tickets (although he didn't really do too much about it).

4) Final request - give me your insider's-opinion on how we fix this market for the consumer.


Q:

Well, the first time you got in your anatomy class the professor said "look at the person on the right and on the left... one of you won't be here next year". Not very comforting!

In anatomy all the grades were in the 50s the first exam to scare us all. But I hear that is pretty similar to nowadays! All the bodies were in these big tin vats, and you had to crank them up so you could get to them and it was so smelly with the formaldehyde. After a couple weeks you stopped smelling it! When we were drilling into the brain it all spilled out and I wasn't able to eat tapioca pudding for about 40 years!

Medical residency in New Orleans was fun though. I used to ride the ambulance and the guy was still shooting from the rooftop, and the driver and I had to crouch down behind the ambulance to get the victim and try to avoid getting shot by the man on the roof. That was fun. Then there was a seizure patient another time and all the bystanders held him down so I could get an IV in. They liked to help! I paid $40 a month at the apartment I stayed in for rent and 2 meals a day. It was a good experience!

A:

Hey! I can't really comment on too much of this since I worked for a venue, not for Ticketmaster themselves, but I'll answer what I can.

1) Back when we were using our own in-house system we recommended doing this. Their online map looked better than ours in some cases so we'd tell them to look at the map on Ticketmaster and then come to our site and buy them cheaper. Since we went to 100% Ticketmaster sales there's no difference except fees. As far as I was aware we still owned the inventory the whole time, they just worked as a third party for us early on and later became our distribution mechanism. Our contracts and promotions were (again as far as I was aware) between us and the talent, unless they had an outside promoter like JMAX or Another Planet or something.

2) No clue. My own personal opinion is that the whole system is pretty fucked, but I wouldn't know the first thing to do to fix it.

2a) No clue, I never really got insight into why prices were set to what they were.

3) Never heard of him before now, to be honest.

4) See 2, I'd much rather leave that issue to people with more passion and expertise in the subject than myself.


Q:

As a Louisiana native and having recently gone to Alaska, wow! I cant imagine the transition you've gone through in life, and it's incredible what you have done!!

In your rapidly changing life where did you consider home? Was it where you spent the most time, or somewhere you enjoyed the most?

Also, wow, what a huge responsibility. 18 Villages. Did it ever feel like too much?

A:

So I read that the whole idea of Ticketmaster is to throw extra fees on and take the pressure off of the artist or venue. For example. Better for your favorite singer to charge $50 a ticket with Ticketmaster throwing on $20 in fees as compared to $65 for the ticket and $5 for the fees. Their whole model is to take the ire of the fans off of the artist/venue. That is why they don't have competition. Have you heard this, do you know if it is true?


Q:

No, it never felt like too much, I always liked going back and seeing the patients grow up.

I would probably call Alaska my home because I grew up and matured during my time there!

A:

I have heard that, yeah, but it wasn't really true for our venue (max fee total outside of online was $5.50) so I don't really know how accurate it is, sorry.


Q:

Ma'am, I am struggling to come up with a good question because you just seem like such a fantastic lady. Thank you so much for doing this!

Do you have any vices? What do you like to do for fun and relaxation?

A:

What's it like to work for literal Satan?


Q:

I do sitting yoga twice a week and water aerobics three times a week. And I do like a martini with a good olive sometimes!

A:

A couple weeks ago I went over to the water cooler and my boss was there.

"Hey Satan," I said.

"Hey Throwaway," he said.

"Hey, so I got this job in my field out of college..."

"Oh wow, congratulations. I knew you'd been looking around."

"Yeah, yeah, I'm really excited. I guess this means I'm putting in my two weeks' notice."

"Could you put that down in writing for me? HR needs it official before they'll open up the spot for me to start hiring."

"Sure, no problem."

"We're gonna miss you around here."

"Don't I know it, Satan."

"All the same, I'm really happy for you."

"Thanks, I really appreciate the support. It was a pleasure working here."

"You know this means I've gotta spend twice as much time flaying the skin from your bones before burning you alive, then reversing the process by reconstituting you from living ooze and ensuring you feel every instant of the incredible pain since you're leaving, right?"

"Yeah, that's pretty fair. In the meantime, I'll make sure the manual is up to snuff before I go."

"Sounds like a plan. Let me know if you need someone to call me for a reference."

"Will do. Seeya later."

Yeah, Satan's pretty chill. Would recommend unless you have problems with the whole eternal hellfire thing.


Q:

Was your salary comparable to Dr's in the lower 48?

A:

What hours of the day did you work?

How many hours did you work per week?


Q:

Oh heaven's no! Not even comparable! I did not make much compared to my friends in the continental US. Since I was the only doctor I was also on call every night, and on duty every day! When I went to the villages I worked around the clock. I was still paid for 5 days a week from 8-2 AM. And less than most of my friends!

A:

Swing/night shift for three years, then morning for the last year. Given that my new job is normal business hours, I'm glad I had time to adapt.

I was part time, but for awhile we were really understaffed, so I did more hours including a lot of overtime pretty frequently.


Q:

WOAH! so how hard was it to walk villages without roads?

A:

How often do you get to Lake Tahoe and the Ski Slopes nearby?


Q:

We would either fly or go by dogsled actually.

A:

Not at all, honestly. I'm not a very outdoorsy person. Tons of people come through the casinos for that stuff, though.


Q:

Amazing, indeed.

My question(s):

  1. How did you cope with having to abandon your country of origin?

  2. What was life like after moving to the US? What challenges did you face, in terms of residency, job opportunities, finances and what not?

A:

So I was actually born in Philadelphia, but moved to Cuba when I was a few months old. My father was a missionary there and so we stayed in very small villages, underwent a few hurricanes and the start of the revolution. When we came back it was fairly simple for me to integrate back into the American lifestyle. We just couldn't go shoeless everywhere in America!


Q:

Hey, Thank you for doing this. I am currently in second year of medical school and contemplating doing my residency and to practice Family Medicine in Alaska.I've always been in awe of the state for some reason even though I have never been there. What are your opinions on medicine there? Why did you select to go there?

A:

I went there for the adventure! You can choose the adventure side and you can usually work pretty independently. I would not have left Alaska but my husband was very sick so we moved to Oregon 5 years ago.


Q:

Hi there! Thanks for doing this AMA. I'm curious to know about your early childhood in Cuba. What are some of your memories from the island? Strong contrast between Alaska and the tropics. My father was Cuban and he and his nuclear family emigrated to the states in the early 70's when he was 10ish. He always missed the place but never went back.

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I've never gone back either, it's difficult. I loved to tan and be mistaken for Cuban when I was little. I used to play marbles with the boys and beat them. I loved to swim and climb up on the mens shoulders and dive off the top. I loved going barefoot and walking in the mud. We ended up with every parasite you can imagine from that. The doctor in Philadelphia was shocked when we got back to the states.

We survived a huge hurricane while we were living in LaGloria, and saw our house and the church blow away, but we are the rest of the villagers were huddled in the one stone building. We ate a lot of rice. But we loved the Cuban lifestyle and miss it as well.


Q:

Wow, awesome AMA, a very unique one as I've been on reddit for a while for sure. Here's a simple question, how did you deal with all the snow and cold?

A:

I love the snow and cold... I was hoping that it would get down to 80 below while I was there but it was only 67 below. I just wear a parka!


Q:

You are an amazing woman.

My question may be a little strange but an answer would help me a lot.

I was born in Alaska on a military base. I lived there with my family until I was about four. My mother said I rarely slept and she said the doctors said it was because I was not able to handle the long day and night cycle. I still have trouble sleeping to this day.

Did you ever experience this with babies? Is this a real thing or just a doctor giving my mom a made up answer? Any thing I can do now to help change my sleep cycle? We moved to New England after my dad left the military and doctors here said it was not a real answer she was given.

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Maybe try a sleep clinic? That might work! I never noticed any real problems, they would just play until late and wake up early, but didn't have a terrible time sleeping when they got tired!


Q:

You sound like an amazing woman, I'm so happy to see this AMA!

Are there any advancements in modern medicine you find particularly exciting?

A:

Surgical procedures, medical changes, new medicines... the cancer advances have been the most amazing things. Love seeing the improvement in pediatric care too!


Q:

This has got to be one of the most enjoyable AMA's that I have ever read through!

  1. What is some life advice you can give you a 21 year old who is currently studying to be a nurse?
  2. How did you meet your husband?
  3. What was your favorite meal in Alaska?

Again, I know so many people have said this, but thank you so much for this AMA! It has honestly made my day :)

A:
  1. Just know that people always need you, even if they say otherwise in a hospital setting! My daughter and granddaughter are both nurses and you have a world of opportunity open for you.

  2. I met my husband in Anchorage as he was also a general practitioner there.

  3. I ate a lot of really good chocolate in rural alaska.


Q:

Holy moly. You seem like an unbelievable hero. They don't make em like they used to. I'm sure there's a lot of little bush girls who see you as a legend.

What would a 9 year old version of you think of you right now?

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She'd wonder why I have to wear shoes all the time.