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We're the developers of Colony Survival, a newly released top seller on Steam! AMA!

Jun 18th 2017 by Pipliz • 56 Questions • 188 Points

https://www.reddit.com/r/OSHA/comments/6htqnp/how_to_open_a_blast_door_at_the_bottom_of_a_pit/?ref=share&ref_source=link

My name is GT Hill and I own a Titan II Nuclear Missile Silo. We have a YouTube channel that documents the project. A short video clip was featured on r/osha and thought it would be a good opportunity to do another AMA.

See channel description on YouTube channel www.dwbs.video

Q:

How young are the engineers?

Is it true that in the game industry young engineers are heavily exploited, their aspirations abused?

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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?


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What would you say is the biggest myth perpetuated by those who advocate against marijuana legalization?

What would you say is the biggest myth perpetuated by those who are for marijuana legalization?

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What is their opinion on America in general, and did it surprise you?


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If you could pick a theme song for your life, what would it be?

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


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First, you're absolutely amazing.

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

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how much had the water ruined the silo?

Also started watching the videos after that post. cool stuff


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24 and 22. We've got our own company, so we're certainly not exploited or abused.

We've read bad stories about other companies though. Game developer is a way more popular job than database architect, so big companies can be very strict with their employees.

We personally don't know any 'abused engineers' though!

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


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The biggest myth perpetuated by those who advocate against marijuana legalization is that there is not enough research to use it on patients.

The biggest myth perpetuated by those who are for marijuana legalization is that it has therapeutic benefits far greater than research would suggest.

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Short answer: The Russians I talked with, in 11 different cities and from all walks of life, pretty much uniformly HATED the American government. But they took pains to say they didn't hate the American people. IN fact, US pop culture is still pretty hot there. Lots of young Russians watch The Big Bang Theory and they were pretty disappointed to learn I didn't, because they wanted to discuss plot lines...


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Yikes, that's tough.. Tom Waits Get Behind The Mule/Come Up To The House Wilco I'm Always In Love They Might Be Giants Particle Man

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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.


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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!

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The water ruined the old lighting and conduits a bit. But main steel and concrete is perfect! Thanks!


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Okay :)

Don't abuse each other then :D

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


Q:

Can you give a few examples of the common types of claims that are being exaggerated for the purposes of advocating for marijuana legalization?

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What is their opinion on America in general, and did it surprise you?


Q:

Hey Nick, what is your favorite memory?

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Do you see Floatplane expanding beyond LMG soon?


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Did you ever go over to Alakanuk? Maybe around 1967-1972? I lived there with my teacher parents during then.

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Maybe this is a dumb question, but why didn't the water fuck up the steel? I would imagine it was there for a while with a bunch of unpleasant stuff in it.


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We'll do our best! ;)

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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?


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You know that guy that has end-stage "Parkinson's disease" up until the point when he takes a few puffs of cannabis and suddenly he's a normal person?

Or, the Rick Simpson Oil peddlers claiming it cures cancer.

These are two that come to mind.

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Also, OF COURSE, don't miss my favorite city in the world: St. Petersburg. Gorgeous, haunting place.

If you don't speak Russian, plan through a travel agency. You can get tours and see most of the cool stuff that way. Easier than trying to get visa, arrange hotels, etc. on your own. Unless you're a great adventurer.


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That time when I answered a redditor that my favorite majestic beast of nature was Megan Mullally.

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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.


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Alakanuk was one of my villages I worked at, but I didn't go there during that time period! What a great experience for you!

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Gaseous oxygen and water will jack steel up. But just plain water doesn't really hurt it. There was very little rust actually.


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what feature or environment would make a competitor for steam a more attractive release platform?

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Absolutely!


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I used to consider marijuana to be about the same as alcohol.... Good for enjoyment, but not really medically good for anything.

....Then I met a girl with epilepsy. The fact that she literally upset her entire life and moved to be able to access medical marijuana for her condition and the fact that it has allowed her to (mostly) attend university "normally" changed my mind.

How is medical marijuana not even considered as treatment for cases where is proven to be effective?!

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Can confirm, St. Petersburg was amazing. The river cruises, deep underground subways, and of course all the nearby palaces are must sees. English tour guide helps a ton


Q:

In your recent Wood Support video you stated that you "dislike any finish" on your wood. What's your preferred way to... "finish" your pieces?

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


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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:

Do you use your missile silo to one up people when you're having a conversation?

"Check out my new car"

"Oh cool, I own a goddamn missile silo"


Q:

We really, really like Steam. It works very well and has an unbelievable amount of features and functionality. We liked Steam before we started developing games, but our opinion of them has only grown more favorable.

That said, the internal browser is pretty slow. I think Steam would look pretty different if it had been developed in 2017. But its age also makes it more reliable, and that's pretty important for your game library!

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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!


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I have patients relocate not uncommonly like that, frequently for seizures.

The status quo is hard to change but the pendulum is swinging in the right direction. Times are a changin'.

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Yep, what you said! If anyone is thinking of going to St. Petersburg, but is put off by booking a guided tour, don't be. It's really worth visiting no matter how you do it.


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I prefer to build up thin coats of oil and wiping varnish. We use different products and recipes at OffermanWoodshop.com based on the function of the piece, but we generally shoot for the richest and deepest color and figure whilst leaving the wood feeling as naked as possible. Sometimes we just apply a soft wax and call it a day. A beautiful and fragrant day.

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


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  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!

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Yes, I've been known to do that. MIC DROP.


Q:

Which part of the game took the longest to create?

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So sneaky its almost wrong.


Q:

What are the conditions you most often prescribe for in PA?

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Hi Lisa! I heard your chat at code conference -- are their other tv/film/US cultural exports that Russians actually love? Thanks for doing this!


Q:

What is your favourite majestic beast of nature? (Animal)

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:

Thank you!

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Without having watched the youtube channel, what are you aiming to do with the silo?


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I think it was either rewriting the game to support multiplayer, or rewriting the game to work with near infinite worlds!

A:

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


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It's a mix between cancer, autism, seizures, PTSD. This is only for pediatric patients, however. There is no way to approve adults for marijuana yet but access should be available by Spring of next year, which is fast, imo.

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There are actually quite a few... Friends was a super-popular show for a while, and American movies are really popular. The Martian was showing when I was there in 2015, and I took a Russian guy to see it. Remember that plot point where we had to ask another country for a rocket to get back to Mars? To rescue Matt Damon. IN the movie, we asked.... the Chinese! This guy was incredibly offended by that


Q:

Megan Mullally

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.


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Very good question!

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We are turning the complex into an underground home. The actual silo (where the missile was) is quite destroyed. So may not ever open it. We are in about 4500 sq ft of the launch control center.


Q:

You guys are awesome! What, in your opinion, was the most difficult part in creating a game? Keep up the amazing work!

A:

What is the strangest thing you discovered in your research?


Q:

Fellow physician here. (pediatric psychiatrist)

I'm trying really hard to understand your position - in another place you commented that the benefits are oversold, and yet I see you speaking about treatments for autism (miniscule evidence in kids), seizures (mild evidence), ptsd (mild evidence in adults, almost none in kids) in kids!

Are you an evidence based physician?

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Lisa, why Russia? What determined your choice in the first place? Thank you.


Q:

Hello Nick! I love seeing pieces of your relationship with Megan; it seems so genuine and you always seem to be enjoying just being together. Is there anything the two of you do specifically to keep your relationship healthy that would also benefit other relationships? Thank you!

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


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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:

So how much asbestos is in the complex?


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Thank you very much!! :D

the most difficult part in creating a game?

In general: making the basics of a game isn't that hard. Making sure that new players can enjoy it too, that they don't break the game, that it works on a lot of different PCs, that's a lot harder. We talk about it in detail here.

If we have to choose one specific part of the game: AI pathfinding in a dynamic 3D world. In a lot of games, the pathfinding happens in either a 2D world (it might have 3D objects, but NPCs can only go north/west/south/east, not up/down. For example, Banished) or a static world (for example, Call of Duty).

In Colony Survival, people can build tunnels, bridges, towers, stairs, etc., and colonists and monsters still have to find their way. We weren't even sure if it was possible for us to create something like that, in the beginning!

A:

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


Q:

Actually I consider myself science-based. That's why you can find my old blog online, which discusses my thoughts on science and is called "Science-ology" (Not to be confused with the L Ron club), my articles on the website ScienceBasedMedicine.org, and my open declaration of science-based beliefs on one of my recent youtube videos.

The difference between your evidence-based approach and my science-based one, is that you rely on evidence to substantiate your beliefs and judgements. The fact that there is a lack of research creates a disbelief in you and anectotal evidence is deemed too weak to be considered useful. I, on the other hand, read all studies with a grain of salt and weigh the complete literature with the real-world observations and common sense to create my beliefs. Having a solid background in logical fallacy and scientific method, I am able to keep a skeptical eye and call out the false claims while believing in less-proven effects.

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I was living and working in St. Petersburg in the mid-1990s. I had gotten my degree in Russian language and literature and thought it would be fun to live there while trying to jump-start a writing career


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We enjoy engaging in humor, jigsaw puzzles and a regular diet of each other's genitalia.

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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.


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It was truly a wonder drug!

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None.


Q:

How did you do it in the end? When I worked with 5.1 dynamic pathfinding was still not supported in Unity and paths for their pathfinding library could only be pre-baked.

A:

What is the strangest thing you discovered in your research?


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Right, because I get paid based on prescriptions? Talk about out of touch. I'm a Canadian physician who is paid whether or not I prescribe, and who uses science to make the best decisions for my patients. I have zero care whether the science supports marijuana for mental health problems, because when it does, I would prescribe it. Currently, it does not.

People were also burning witches before pills came along and I'm pretty sure amputating infections before pills came along. The "people have been doing it for a while" argument is pretty weak. Did you type this comment on a 2000 year old computer or do you accept that technology and science allows us to know and do things that we couldn't before?

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Lisa, why Russia? What determined your choice in the first place? Thank you.


Q:

Hi Nick, I'm a real fan.

Do you have any advice for a young person about to graduate college looking for a first job?

A:

When & how did dropping products become a habit?


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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:

Need any henchmen to help with your plans for world domination? I look good in a black jumpsuit.


Q:

We've developed our own fully custom solution!

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


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You are absolutely right. However, my recommendation of Dr. Grinspoon strain is from my own knowledge gleaned through experience practicing my specialty. You can see the 'patient' confirmed what I recommended as true. Of course there isn't science out there about that. I'm cutting edges here and that's part of the value I can provide that other physicians can't.

You are also right that my stance is not in line with Sciencebasedmedicine.com. Not at all. I acknowledge that even the most credible and like-minded can fall short of what is expected of them and so everyone should be scrutinized, including and especially myself.

Look, I haven't had time to evaluate carefully the specifics of logical fallacies and the differences between science and evidence-based opinion... comeon. That part of my life has been lived and is remembered as much as is necessary. Over-analyzing like that slows progress at some point.

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Then, when she came back, she had all these gifts and nice photos, and she told me how wonderful the Russians were. I was truly confused, and I guess I just always wanted to find out for myself what they were like


Q:

Focus intently upon what it is you love to do, then find a way to get paid to do it. I have been much happier doing good work that I love for less pay. What good is wealth if you are miserable?

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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


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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!

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Thank you for the offer! :-)


Q:

Because of Draegast's videos on Youtube, I am hooked! So far, great job on the concept. It looks really solid and I look forward to future developments!

Question 1: Is there any promise to add VR functionality into the game? I own an Oculus Rift and would really enjoy playing this game through VR.

Question 2: MOD Development... Will you be implementing any type of mod development?

A:

Thanks for doing this AMA. Most people think UFOs actually are identifiable and belong to the US government. What is something about UFOs that most of us would be shocked to find out?


Q:

I'm a sarcoidosis patient with muscle/joint pain and some reduced lung capacity. Are there medical marijuana treatment options that may be suitable?

A:

Is there a particular memory from your time in Russia that stands out more than the rest?


Q:

Hey Nick,

Do you ever get tired of people requesting Ron Swanson advice?

A:

Who's the 0.5 of a person?


Q:

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

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Just watching your videos now, thanks for documenting it all, really facisnating stuff.

What are the most interesting things you have found or any of your buddies found left behind in these Silos?


Q:

Thank you very much!

1: We won't promise anything regarding VR. We don't have VR hardware and have no experience with it. But maybe eventually!

2: Certainly. We want to start with texturepacks on the Steam Workshop, and eventually expand that!

A:

That many UFOs seem to be both physical and non-physical at the same time


Q:

Cannabis in general will be useful because of its anti-inflammatory properties and improved tolerance to chronic pain.

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God, there were so many. Being stranded in a tiny village near Lake Baikal in 1995, with pigs wandering the streets. Going to a rap show with MC Pavlov, Russia's first rap star, in 1995. Interviewing a 98-year-old woman who remembered going to elementary school during Tsarist times...


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The kind interest of folks is vastly preferable to their indifference.

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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:

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!

A:

1960's silver dime... old coffee cup. A few tools. Nothing as cool as I would have hoped.


Q:

I've seen many letsplays of your game on youtube, and although I haven't played your game since I can't afford a gaming computer, I relish the thought of having other colonies to compete against, possibly even multiplayer pvp. So my question would be; did you guys consider AUA (rather than Ask Me Anything) when you guys put together this post?

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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?


Q:

I am dealing with an auto-immune related inflammatory condition and have been through so many different medications and treatments, with not much success or relief from my constant pain. I have been waiting for the medical marijuana law to be passed in PA and now that it has am now waiting for it to be implemented. How do I start the process for applying for medical marijuana or finding a doctor that is willing to try it as a treatment? Is your practice in PA anywhere near York? I have also been debating changing doctors as well and don't know if that might bring in new eyes to my conditions and maybe new treatments. Do you think it is wise to stay with my current doctor (6 years now) or is there benefit in doctor shopping when dealing with a chronic illness that has no cure?

A:

Is there a particular memory from your time in Russia that stands out more than the rest?


Q:

If you could pick any tool that resembles your personality best, what would it be & why?

A:

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


Q:

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

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So how bad of shape is the main silo in? What did they do to it?

Also how much living space do you think you will have when you are done?

Thanks for doing the AMA!


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We certainly want to add PvP in multiplayer!! You could perhaps consider this an ask us anything, we have a little discussion before answering questions :)

A:

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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Talk to your own doctor first, if you feel comfortable with that. Then, if they are not applying to be a registered cannabis physician in PA, call our office (855-420DOCS, or 844-4PA-WEED) sometime in the fall when we're closer to the medication being available and we will touch base with you then about the most recent regulations and policies concerning attaining a medical marijuana card.

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And dude: Re: caviar and herring, I don't know what to tell you. It's my personal theory that if caviar were cheap, no one would ever touch it. There's something about the fact that it's a delicacy that makes people want to love it.


Q:

The shovel, specifically the spade. It is not known for its finesse but can be relied upon to do its job with gravity and dogged persistence, and that job is: to dig.

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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.


Q:

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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Main silo had the top 25 feet blown off of it. Then they filled it in with debris. Would be a huge PITA to do anything with it. Should have about 4000+ sq ft of living space without opening the silo.

Welcome!


Q:

How did you guys start learning game development? How much training did it take you before you felt comfortable making the initial features of the game?

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This didn't sound weird to me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdFdpR4JsnQ


Q:

How long do you think it will be before marijuana is legalized all over the US? I suffer from chronic pain in a state where marijuana isn't legal, which sucks.

A:

Was about to call you out for exaggeration when:

me: "do you like Obama?"

Russian SO: "no"

me: "why"

Russian SO: "because i'm Russian"


Q:

What are your best facial hair grooming techniques and/or tips?

A:

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


Q:

Great to see you online doing an AMA.

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

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Do you own a missile and if so, can I touch it?


Q:

We've always been technically inclined. Messing around with HTML and PHP and such. Then we started doing small projects with Python and the PyLibrary. Eventually, we moved on to making a basic voxel game in Unity. That project has become Colony Survival :D

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Watch it all, it's truly awesome!


Q:

Five years. Based purely on subjective opinion.

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  1. Yes, I'm a native born US citizen. Biggest differences are: We have the first amendment, which guarantees us the right to speak and protest. Russians don't. You can see how the Russian government responds to protests, particularly those supporting either the political opposition or gay rights. They disperse them, sometimes violently.

Q:

Don't shave.

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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.


Q:

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

A:

The answer to both of those questions is classified.


Q:

Will there be the opportunity to attack the Villages and Fortress of other Players with Soliders? Is there a Discord-Server? If no will you do one?

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share his beliefs that the UFO phenomenon represents a new aspect of reality, and needs to be studied

What do you mean? Can you expand on this statement pls?


Q:

I'm a Neurologist/Pain Specialist in NY, though am also licensed in MI, NJ, PA, WV. From what you've written you seem to be mostly praising the THC aspect of MMJ which I find interesting as that's sort of contrary to the majority(including myself) approach, THC isn't validated for all conditions and certainly for things like pain, a titrated even dosage (CBD/THC) is significantly more effective, than something like Dr. Grinspoon which you mentioned which is basically entirely THC. Are you trying to make patients forget their ailments due to couchlock-insane highs? Something like Grinspoon for ADHD/ADD would not have any helpful aspects comparatively to a higher CBD strain which could be used to address the ticks/fidgets/hyperactivity commonly associated..

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Thank you!

Good to here for the average citizen their economy is better.

What are any the cons they speak of within your interviews?

"You can see how the Russian government responds to protests... " Ha yes, but do like to find out/confirm from others, as yourself, who have been there.

With that, can imagine Rusky news-hype when our U.S. protests end up in violence, riots, police actions, what have you. So it goes.


Q:

Nick, what is your best hangover cure? asking for a friend...

A:

When are you upgrading to RGB sandals?


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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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I watched all your videos on it after that.

Do you ever plan to uncover the main silo? Or are you going to leave it filled in?


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Will there be the opportunity to attack the Villages and Fortress of other Players with Soliders?

In the future, yes! It's on our roadmap.

Is there a Discord-Server?

Not yet, but if there is a lot of demand we will start one!

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It can encompass psychic aspects, or aspects of physical reality that are at present beyond our ability to comprehend


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They both have therapeutic properties but THC definitely has a place closer to my heart. I do support the use of CBD and the entire entourage-effect, though. I think either substance on its own is less effective. I stress the need for THC in these patients because I advocate the use of medicinal marijuana and feel there continues to be a stigma against the psychoactive properties of THC. That high is very much the treatment for some people. What MMJ is "validated" to treat is moot. That's the whole reason I'm doing what I do, to discover what works in a sociopolitical situation that has blocked data on this highly effective medication. While most people stop in the absence of data due to the normal circumstances being that when such a situation arises there must be no benefit (pertaining to traditional pharmaceuticals), I head forward by using what little data there is to guide decisions and navigate uncharted waters. When you asked me if I'm trying to make patients forget their ailments by overmedicating them, are you trying to insult me or are you actually expecting an answer? I hope any other physicians interacting with me here can retain a level of respect towards me despite conflicting opinions.

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Well, to be honest I haven't attended any rallies there in a long time. I was at some for Yeltsin in 1995, but I've never been to any anti-government rallies. So, I'm basing my opinion on what I've seen reported, and what some Russians have told me.

And certainly, Russians know that not everything is perfect in their country. But in my experience, particularly right now, they're not too inclined to share what they DON'T like with visiting Americans. Or at least, not with me.

I did have one scientist tell me that Russia wasn't ready for fully free speech, as it would result in too much upheaval. His opinion was that Russians needed a steadying hand to keep them in line, and that even though this resulted in less freedom, it was ultimately better for their society.


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Digging post holes by hand.

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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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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").

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I would love to open it but its probably $250 - $500k to do anything useful with it. Thanks for watching!


Q:

This is a complicated game that took a great deal of time and effort to create. How did you stay motivated throughout the tedious parts of the game's development process?

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Favorite Star Trek episode?


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What motivated you to become a physician?

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To be fair though, the same police response to protest happens in the US despite having the first amendment.


Q:

What techniques would you recommend to help me improve my precision with wood working, specifically for detailed cuts like box or dove-tail joints, and also specifically for cuts on a bandsaw?

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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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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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Well just get some shovels :D


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Playing the game ourselves. We've had fun with the game since year 1, we just always noticed something new to improve. Later on, adding testers and seeing their reactions was always nice :)

A:

Outside the ones I wrote, you mean?


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My mother: "You can always become a businessman after you're a doctor but you can never do it the other way around. "

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And YES, I have watched every episode of the Americans. it's a-ma-zing. So cool to watch something set during that time period. I totally remember watching "The Day After" when I was in high school and being completely freaked out. Also, I love that there are so many Russian actors speaking real Russian in it.

Do you love the show too?


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Practice x3. Knowing my own strengths and weaknesses, I just cut close to my line with as much accuracy as I can muster and then pare down to the line with a chisel. The paring is the key - knowing you will always be coming in to finish refining by hand lends a sense of security that your bandsaw cut doesn't nee to be THAT good.

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Yeah Dennis and I were both really pleased with 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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:-)


Q:

What is your view on torrents? For example if someone torrents your game than buys if he likes it is that ok for you?

A:

Yes


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What are the hardest challenges you face working with something as "Controversial" as Marijuana, do you ever find people who think less of you (either in general or as a doctor) because you have chosen to work with pot?

A:

Thanks for doing the AMA. I saw a documentary about how propaganda works in Russia and rather than suppressing a story, apparently lots of different versions of the same story are put out.

Have you witnessed this? Do you find the Russians you spoke to are oblivious to the news? Has the attitude changed over time?


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What's your advice to someone that's trying to get the courage and talk to that girl?

A:

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


Q:

Lady you don't look a day over 79. What's your secret?

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Invest in ventilation and anything to make it habitable and open up your own Silo Bar & Hotel. Dreaming of course


Q:

Every popular game gets pirated. We knew there was only one option to avoid piracy when we started developing our game: fail, and make an unpopular and boring game. We're glad our game is popular!

A:

From the original series, The Changeling and The Doomsday Machine


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The hardest challenge has been fighting the criticism and false allegations encountered by individuals, groups and entire organizations.

Here's the catch: Those people who have hurt me the most and caused me the most distress have been pro-marijuana activists. No person or group that is against marijuana has caused me even close to the amount of damages as those with personal interests in the marijuana industry.

A:

I think many Russians get skewed versions of the news, just like I believe that many viewers of Fox news in america get skewed versions of the news. Meaning, there's some truth in a lot of it, but it's presented in a way that offers a very specific and one-sided attitude.


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Dive in. We're human, therefore we will make mistakes, and yet people seem to love us anyway. So you might as well get started.

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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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(She laughed for a long time and shrugged)

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I've looked into it a LOT. Hard to get a liquor license. Watch the videos to see where I'm taking it. Think about a club called Nuclear...


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Any chance on having different types of guards?

A:

Good choices


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What is the best strained to recommend for someone who was pumped with ADHD drugs for 15 years? Since I stopped using prescription meds Smoking has just helped me slow down to everyone else's level. I have smoked for about 14 years and it has helped me significantly plus I actually eat compared to the meds I was prescribed.

A:

Hah, interesting. Thanks for the answers. :)

By the way, you can edit comments.


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Do you have any advice for young people working their way up in the entertainment industry about remaining humble?

A:

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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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:

Here in Wyoming I have read a bit about how some old missile silos have contaminated the ground water with the TCE cleaner they used. Is there any issue with this at your silo? If so what did you do about the toxicity?


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Definitely! We've now got "bow-guards", we want "crossbow-guards" and "musket-guards" :)

A:

Thanks. What's your fave?


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Dr. Grinspoon.

A:

Ah, good to know! I'm new at this.

Then again, there's something kind of fun about having a list of things where everything is NUMBER ONE!


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Hmm. Yes. Do that. The vocation of delivering medicine to others by means of entertainment is an immense privilege, like all work that is good to do. Thinking about that, and also maintaining a healthy relationship with my wife keeps me aware of my foibles and therefore humble. Also in my case looking in the mirror goes a long way towards fomenting humility.

A:

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, 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:

They were better about this in the 80s when they decommissioned the Titan II. So, no issues!


Q:

Do you plan on porting it over to mac? I play most of my games on a MacBook Pro and was hoping for once that a good looking game might be ported over for once.

A:

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


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Is this a common question? I struggled for a long time until I figured this out. Thank you for your quick response!

A:

Haha, yeah that's Reddit's automatic formatting. :)


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My dad died several years ago to cancer. Fathers day has always been a little bittersweet since.

I have no remaining male ancestors. I often feel like I don't have any male authority figures I can approach on a personal level when I am feeling overwhelmed or just want to talk. What would you do?

Thank you for the AMA. Never stop being you!

A:

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


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:

Did you find a safe inside the bunker ? Did you open it? Did you take pictures?


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Certainly!

A:

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


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Not exactly the way you worded it, no. Yours had a nice over-medication spin on it.

A:

shaking fist DAMN YOU, REDDIT!


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Depending on where you live/what you do, I imagine there are some older fellows who wish they had a young person to talk to as well, so maybe start poking around down at the lumber yard or gravel pit. If that fails, I have never had any trouble finding an old boy to talk to at the tavern.

A:

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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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:

No, they took the safe out.


Q:

Sorry I realize this is late but how does multiplayer look? I feel the world would get filled with tiny, always offline settlements of you took the large server route (which could pay off in game lifespan if done well). If you are going small, 4 people non dedicated servers than that would be easier, but would get boring after a while.

A:

If we can get a person on Mars, how do you think we'll do it?


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Do you believe that a national legalization of recreational marijuana will offer more benefits than consequences? Some potential negatives is that it might seem like the government is telling everyone that doing drugs is okay and that it might encourage the legalization of harder drugs (i.e., how do we know when we're crossing a line, is there a line?). Some positives that come to mind is that it could bring about an entire industry out of the 'black market,' so to speak, and lead to the creation of potentially thousands (maybe millions?) of jobs -- and as a result, more tax revenue for the government? Furthermore, if you don't mind me asking, how do you weigh the 'potential' pros and cons as an individual vs. being a physician? Is it even possible to separate the two now? :P Thanks :)

A:

thanks for the answer! so quick! don't know much about the book but it sounds really interesting! i may give it a read :)


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What's your opinion on veganism?

A:

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


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How did it feel being the only doctor? I'm a nurse in the ER, and while we never can tell what will walk in the door, there is at least one or two other doctors in the building that can help if needed. Did you ever feel ill equipped to handle an injury or condition? I imagine it must have been scary sometimes.

A:

How much did it cost you to buy a missle silo?


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Good question! We don't have large servers, it's all just gamers hosting their own servers. Currently, MP is mostly meant to let friends work together, not for grand scale MMORPG PvP :)

A:

Didn't we already send Matt Damon? Seriously check out the work of Robert Zubrin. He's got it all figured out!


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I definitely believe that marijuana should remain medical. I also believe it should not require a doctor to get and should be available to anyone in need of it. I call that "Over the Counter Medical Marijuana."

There have been no significant problems with recreational legalization in many individual states now so I think we can say that the same would hold true if the remaining states legalized. The pros and cons are really the same regardless of who I am "being." Personally, I usually remain in the same (mind)frame regardless of circumstances so that question doesn't apply to me much.

A:

Listen, I am Quick-Draw McGraw up in here. The best class I took in high school was Typing 101. Nothing like being able to touch-type.

And I truly think you should buy my book. What the hell! Buy three of 'em! Give them to your friends, who so richly deserve a gift!


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I applaud it for two reasons - 1) People can eat whatever they damn well please, and I understand that veganism can be very healthy both for the consumer and for the planet. 2) More bacon for this guy.

A:

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


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Well one time somebody was flown to me with a severe eye injury, and I knew that I couldn't handle that so they ended up taking him to St Jo's in Fairbanks for me. I lucked out on surgery... we had a fully equipped surgery unit but I was always reading books on how to do certain surgeries if the need arose.

We used to treat the villagers appendicitis with penicillin because I couldn't remove it there... and look, now they do that anyways! I also taught people how to deliver babies over radio in the village!

A:

I paid $90k for the property (10 acres) with the silo. The property alone was worth $60k so I paid a $30k premium. Not bad for a facility that costs tens of millions to build. :-)


Q:

Do you suspect any one on Earth is an extraterrestrial?

A:

Thanks! What I meant by "person vs. physician" was how do you weigh the pros vs cons in determining whether recreational marijuana should be legalized. Like, did you prioritize certain benefits/negatives after becoming a doctor than you did before (i.e., did med school and/or becoming a doctor change your views on marijuana legalization?)? That's what I was trying to get at :)


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we'll see :D no, but it does really sound very interesting :D

A:

What advice would you give someone thinking about moving from a midsize town in the Midwest to a major city like New York, LA, or Seattle?


Q:

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

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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?


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What are your plans with the silo? What compelled you to buy it?

A:

If extraterrestrials are as worried about us as they probably should be, it would make sense for them to have some moles infiltrating our society. I certainly don't think they'd be here by choice.


Q:

When I smoked blunts on the streets of Philly as a teenager, I knew the tobacco leaf was harmful to my body. When I became a doctor, I researched marijuana extensively and found that it was quite harmless despite what I was told. Now, I'm discovering new benefits to its use with time but that's medicinal use.

A:

Hey, you lurkers! Don't be shy! Anyone got any other questions? ASK ME ANYTHING!


Q:

I moved to LA in 1997 steeped in ignorance. Given the extreme convenience of the internets and social media, I would do a lot of research about your chosen metropolis, scrutinizing neighborhoods, amenities, transit systems, plus the affordability or not of these items, and then if you can, go stay there with some friends and soak up the vibe - try on the pair of shoes before buying, if you will.

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:

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!

A:

Plan is to turn it into a nice underground home. If you check out the channel you can see the (slow but noticeable) progress!


Q:

What if one had a last name that rhymes w/ Busk?

A:

Is it possible for NJ residents to obtain a prescription for medical marijuana?


Q:

we'll see :D no, but it does really sound very interesting :D

A:

Who is the best kisser from Parks and Rec?


Q:

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

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:

Do you consider yourself a prepper (the dooms day type) or was this more of just wanting to live underground because it's something different?

A:

Hmmm... if the name begins with "M" that would be a likely candidate. He would fit the profile of the God-like benevolent alien.


Q:

Go to marijuanadoctors.com and tell them Dr. Roman sent you. Hit find a doctor > New Jersey.

Good luck!

A:

It's physically very beautiful too, not unlike San Francisco, with lots of coves and hills... and the Russians are trying to create a "Silicon Valley of the East" on Russian Island there.

If you ever get a chance to take the Trans-Siberian from Vladivostok to Moscow, I highly recommend it. Alternatively, you can take the trans-Mongolian, through Ulan-Bator, and down to Beijing. It's a bonkers, gorgeous trip


Q:

The answer may surprise you.

Jim O'Heir has tongue like a goddamn anaconda and that is no shit.

A:

Got a father-daughter build planned :)


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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:

I tell people that I'm 20% prepper. So a bit, but I'm not cool enough to be on Doomsday Preppers or anything. :-)


Q:

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

A:

Dr. Roman, why do you think the more conservative areas of the USA like the southeast, Midwest, mid-south, southwest and great plains states have governors and state legislators that are so opposite to medical marijuana laws for their own state?


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It is settled, I must go then! Can't believe you've traversed the entire Troika... three times :/ super jelly

A:

Thank you for doing this ama Nick. What advice/tips would you give to an aspiring woodworker?


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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

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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:

Are you living there?

If so:

  • How far do you drive for groceries?

  • How do you get water/electricity/internet there?

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:

I guess medical marijuana prohibition tends to be associated with more conservative viewpoints.

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Actually, four times -- the first time I went was in 1989, straight through. Seven days on the train with only brief stops where you could jump out for 15 mins or so. By the time we got off the train, it felt so weird to be on solid land. Also... no showers, eeks! Not for the hygienically paranoid among us.


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That's a vast question, but I have been admirably served by the periodicals Popular Woodworking and Fine Woodworking, and also I wrote a book that should help, called Good Clean Fun, and I would just suggest that you start small and learn to sharpen and employ hand tools and make simple items - many pieces, as in the Shaker style for example, remain very simple in design and yet continue to provide great satisfaction even to masters like Christian Becksvoort. Just start getting to know the beauty of wood in a hands-on relationship - find a local sawyer and commune with the woods of your area - visit furniture shows/museums/craft fairs/tool shows and find other initiates, and also look at lots of work to discern the path you wish to pursue...

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STILL RUNNING!


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!

A:

Good questions. Yeah, I get all services including city water. Not city sewer. Groceries are about 10 min away. I have privacy but close to necessities. I like that balance.


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:

Dr. Roman, what do you think of the situation in California where doctors will give a prescription for almost any ailment and condition?


Q:

The famed Trans Siberian express!? Worth not showering ;)

A:

Who is your least favourite Spice Girl?


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:

That seems nuts to me! I'm shocked at how close to civilization this silo must be. I picture it 40 miles away from anything, for security and in case of a launch.

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."


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It's basically a pseudo-recreational situation. If they would just eliminate the need for a doctor but keep it medical patients could continue to receive the same benefits without needing a shill physician's assessment. "Over the counter medical marijuana." It's the best of both worlds.

A:

Agreed. But my natural aroma is of mint and lilacs, so that wasn't a problem for me.


Q:

KellyAnne Conway Spice

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We're gonna wait the full year :)


Q:

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.

A:

Nuclear weapons are so destructive it didn't really matter. And Russia had / has so many location is almost irrelevant.


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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!

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Dr. Roman, what are the positive or negative affects of Marijuana with the conditions of Tinnitus and Visual Snow? How are hearing and visual problems affected in a negative or positive way?


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Have you had any unusual food experiences while traveling?

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Could you chuck more wood than a woodchuck could if a woodchuck could chuck wood?


Q:

So... are you friends?

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


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Have you sent a link to your blog to the Russians with a polite request to be taken off their list of targets?

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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.


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I have not had any patients tell me that their visual 'floaters' improved after starting medical cannabis. Can't say any have had that be a primary problem either.

Tinnitis, on the other hand, has on multiple occasions walked through my door. Patients with cranial trauma-induced ringing in the ears have contacted me specifically because cannabis use eliminated their tinnitis (each case was a unilateral problem, fyi) immediately and completely. While this is only a few patients personal accounts, the similarity of their experiences suggests to me there may be a real therapeutic benefit that they are experiencing. Time will tell!

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Definitely. Had some horse jerky in Kazan. And also, a farmer slaughter a sheep in my honor ... twice. We ate every part of that sheep, lemme tell you.


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I don't care to speculate about any of my abilities in the service of braggadocio, but I can certainly chuck a shitload of wood. Bring on your woodchuck.

A:

Linus' status was changed to: It's complicated


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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!

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Twice. Same response. "Drink more Vodka"


Q:

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

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Dr. Roman, have you made any efforts to lobby to change the federal laws about marijuana?


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Hi Lisa,

I loved the book trailer! Just ordered my copy off Amazon. Do you think the Russia you visited in 1995 and 2005 would have meddled with American politics the way it appears to have done 2015/2016? Is the mindset any different from decade to decade or is it same-old same old?

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First, you and your wife are glorious and I think you are both fantastic.

Second, is that the same shop used in the Parks and Rec episode when Mark visits to survey it? Did they shoot in your woodwork shop?

Third, I really enjoyed the song and subscribed to your channel. You can make your own ukelele, play it and then also accompany it and that's just amazing.

Fourth, what kind of whisky were you drinking with your Dad?

Thank you!


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What are the reasons for sock and sandals?

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


Q:

How did you find a silo to buy in the first place?

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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.


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I think that there are too many politics involved in the politics of federal marijuana legislature, if you know what I'm saying. I don't think I have enough influence to create change on that level. I have, however, changed state laws abour marijuana. Last year I helped approve terminal illness as a condition in Delaware by contributing to the petition that was submitted and writing a letter of support. I have been in talks with the PA MMJ program too and expect to be in close communication with them in the future, the same way I am in Delaware with the DE MMJ program, though right now they are completely too consumed by the task of instituting the state's new marijuana policies and birthing a whole industry from scratch.

A:

Great question! And definitely not. The Russia of 1995 was all about love with the US. Remember those pix of Yeltsin and Clinton glad-handing at the White House? Friendship was breaking out all over.

And in 2005, Putin had been in office for five years, but he wasn't yet as resolutely anti-West as he has become. That's been a longer time coming...


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First, that is very generous, thank you. Second, yes, Ron's shop was filmed in my shop, OffermanWoodshop.com . Thirdly, thanks very much, I love my clumsy music fun and I would point out that that ditty was brought to you by Mark Rivers, who also wrote all the Mouse Rat tunes (and is their drummer!). I love collaborating with him and I do it often. Fourth, that glorious beverage is Lagavulin 16, for which the video is an ADVERTISEMENT. Pretty lucky fellow who gets paid to advertise his favorite drink making hijinks with his old man.

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they're the ulltimate.


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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.

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There a quite a few of them in the US. This one is in Arkansas and there are 18 here. Hard to buy actually... most land owners don't want to sell them. They think they'll dig it up one day. Oh... if they only knew... :-)


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What's your favorite kind of cheese 🧀?

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the biggest misconception about using marijuana as a potential treatment?


Q:

What would you most like to tell us that no one has asked about?

A:

What dorm were you in at Illinois? 6 pack/Hopkins Hall man myself.


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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:

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.


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Is it in the same missile field as that one that blew up in the 1970s in Arkansas? There was an excellent book called command and control by Eric Schlesinger that was focused Around The Accidental explosion and fire in that missile silo.

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The kind the moon is made of, of course.


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Getting high is separate and not necessary for the herbs therapeutic benefits.

A:

I want to tell you to visit the WORLD'S LARGEST LENIN HEAD in Ulan-Ude, which is maybe the biggest bronze head you'll ever see, period.


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Scott Hall, neighbor.

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reading positive, supportive comments like this one.

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


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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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It isn't but mine is in Arkansas. I met Eric at a screening of the movie. Not sure if you know, Command and Control was turned into a great movie. You can find it on PBS under American Experience


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

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I'm thirty years old. Without exaggeration (I feel the need to clarify as many are skeptical of this claim), from the age of 15 to 28 I spent nearly every waking and sleeping hour stoned. Having experience with addiction to other substances over that time (mostly anti anxiety medication that was prescribed to me), it was very clear that I was in fact addicted to marijuana. Ultimately, I was forced to quit cold turkey. The withdrawal was significant: frequent crying fits, fits of rage, insomnia, intense anxiety, restlessness (although this word does not do what I felt justice), headaches, severe depression, horrible nightmares (until that point I had not remembered a dream in many many years ), etc. I see that below you claimed that withdrawal from marijuana was not a factor (when addressing the IBD patient). I can tell you that it is in fact very real. I in no way condone the beneficial aspects of marijuana; however, what do you say to those who claim it is not addictive, and does not cause withdrawal symptoms once stopped?


Q:

Hi Lisa,

What surprised you the most the first time you interviewed these people? What surprised you the most when you interviewed them again 10 years later and 20 year later?

Thanks for doing this AMA!

A:

Nick! big fan! :)

My dad is too!

What should I get my dad for father's day?


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:

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


Q:

How much are you estimated to spend? I've always felt this would be a great but super expensive project.

A:

it's the only answer there could possibly be!


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I agree with them and add the caveat that a small amount of people suffer a relatively mild addiction and withdrawal compared to those experienced with traditionally addictive medications.

A:

Hi! On the first trip, in 1995, I guess I was surprised at how open people were to hosting, and talking freely to, a couple of American journalists (I traveled with the photojournalist Gary Matoso). Just four years after the collapse of the USSR, there were a few people who were nervous, but most people spoke pretty openly.


Q:

Make something. No matter how large/small/simple/complex, giving a gift into which you have put the effort of your hands and mind and heart carries more weight than most purchasable items. In short: Love. Give him love.

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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.


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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:

We've been at it almost 7 years. I haven't kept track of how much we've spent. Too much. But well... can't stop now. :-)


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:

First thank you for advocating for Medical Marijuana (MedJ) as not many physicians are unfortunately too uneducated about it.

I have a few questions if I may?

First is do you receive any negative vibes such as distant, contention and/or your overall choice to practice this medicine? I"m wondering if this could be one barrier for physicians who are hesitant of prescribing it.

Secondly, how does the board of medicine which issues your license to practice feel about you specifically? Have ethical concerns or worries contribute in any way for a resistance to prescribe for you to prescribe Medj? Do you feel you risk losing your license for practicing what is considered a extreme side of medicine in medical scope terms? l ask again, because I feel this is another barrier for entry, that is "Will ethics of a x board make me lose my license for going this far in my scope of medicine". Do you feel this is true or not?

Thirdly Have you considered additional alternative that are controversial like Ketamine infusions, TMS, Tdsc, etc for anxiety and depression at your clinics? I would love to see a clinic for once that thinks outside the box because really SSRIs are such a poor drug for those disorders given the data in research (additional studies and research of a publication bias skewing results - exLdrug company funded research included)

Lastly,


Q:

Hi Lisa,

What surprised you the most the first time you interviewed these people? What surprised you the most when you interviewed them again 10 years later and 20 year later?

Thanks for doing this AMA!

A:

Mr. Offerman,

Which is your favorite LOTR novel?


Q:

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

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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:

sunk cost fallacy is best fallacy

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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!


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Not nearly as much as I thought. The medical community is starting to appreciate what I do and doctors are gaining respect for me for doing what I do and going out of my way to help people.

The board of medicine has no issue with what I'm doing.

Do I feel that my license is at risk for doing what I do? Yes. I feel that there are areas of medical marijuana that are controversial and I do feel that my license could be taken one day for this. That's what may come with the responsibility of being a pioneer in this and I accept it and expect that if it does happen by then I can move on to non-clinical roles like I always planned.

I don't think that doctors need to worry about medical boards as long as they are careful.

I believe in ketamine as a therapeutic drug for pain, yes. It works. It is not simple to administer, however, and is very controversial still. I don't do it myself, nor do I plan to. I've got enough on my hands with mmj.

A:

And in 2015, what surprised me was how quick Russians were to blame us for the collapse of the ruble. Between January 2014 and Sept. 2015, when I started my third trip, the ruble lost half its value. That's huge! It was disastrous for a lot of people. But they didn't blame Putin -- they blamed us, for the sanctions and the falling price of oil


Q:

This is not a question that I can suitably answer as I rather consider them all of a piece. Favorite highlights include Gandalf and The Balrog and the character arc of Samwise Gamgee.

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:

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'm a big fan of it! :-)


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:

Apparently the bots in this subreddit think anything without a question mark isn't a question? So here's a repost of my question?

If you're still around and have any experience with this, can you share your thoughts on CBD oil (or other forms) as a treatment for fibromyalgia?


Q:

Is there any blame placed on OPEC or ME nations?

A:

What was the subject of the most heated argument you've had with your father?


Q:

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

A:

Wow, that sounds awful. I should've guessed, here in Canada some of our most remote northern towns still get TB. Thanks so much for the answer.🐿🍭


Q:

Is there a room with a big red button?

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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:

I think it may help for this but to be honest I am still figuring it out. I haven't come to a strong conclusion yet.

A:

The people I talked to didn't mention those nations as much. I suspect that they'd say we were in collusion with those countries to screw the Russians. The bottom line feeling seemed to be, we were trying to screw them -- that the policy decisions we made were with the goal of weakening them for our own good. Of course, you can also say that the Russians are clearly taking steps to weaken us. It's amazing to me how fully we've swung back around to Cold War levels of animosity


Q:

Canvas vs. Leather Converse High Tops in 6th grade

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Threadripper.

Super stoked.


Q:

An astronaut pirate might be a good secondary career, ha ha!

A:

Not at this time. :-)


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

A:

Good Afternoon Doctor.

I was diagnosed with Ulcertive Colitis about a year ago, and I've been prescribed marijuana by my doctor, but I've already been using for 9 years prior. I literally cannot eat without smoking marijuana, if I drink alcohol, I will be cramping and in pain the whole next day unless I smoke. When I try to quit I will go a few days without an appetite.

I just want to know is the lack of appetite and cramps normal for someone with UC? Am I experiencing MJ withdrawls, do those exist?

edit: a word


Q:

Lisa, can you comment the state of retired people and their wellbeing?

A:

NICK what is your best fathers day meal??


Q:

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

A:

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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I always wanted one of those...I imagine it's pretty dank though, and not in the sense of "dank bud", or "dank memes", but rather in the sense of, "My, this place is quite dank sir, have you considered investing in a dehumidifier?"

What's the upkeep like?

A:

You broke cover!


Q:

Yes. That is not uncommon in patients with IBD. It sounds like you at least have response to medical marijuana, which is not true for everyone.

A:

Well, the fact that the ruble lost half its value over the past couple years has been pretty devastating to a lot of Russians. If you have x amount of rubles in the bank, and suddenly it will only buy half the imported stuff you used to be able to buy? And lots of stuff is imported, because Russian manufacturing is not exactly a huge thing. So... that's been pretty bad for a lot of people.


Q:

One at a table with my family in Minooka, Illinois.

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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:

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.

A:

I do have a dehumidifier... there's not too much to maintain at this point. Once its fully done it should be easier than a regular home. No rotting wood or roof to replace!


Q:

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

A:

As a regular pot smoker with no other conditions that's still a pretty normal response. I lose my appetite and have a harder time falling asleep when I stop. That usually only lasts 1-3 days though.


Q:

Hi Lisa! Do you think you would try this with another country? Any new books you're working on?

A:

Did you actually make any of the woodworking items featured in Parks and Rec?

Edit: My most upvoted post ever is talking with Nick Offerman - I love it!


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:

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?


Q:

Do you have a picture album of the silo you can post?

A:

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.


Q:

No. That's probably the IBD.

A:

You know, Russia is kind of my jam, and it's the only non-English language I speak, so I think Russia is pretty much it.

On the other hand, I'm really tempted to try something similar in the US. I'd love to go across this country and interview ordinary folks. So much to learn. And so much WACKINESS to see!


Q:

Most of the items were made much to quickly for any woodworker I know to pull off (except maybe JimmyDiresta.com) but I did make the canoes and paddles, as well as the large mahogany dining table Ron sold at Donna's school fundraiser...usually though I was too busy making the show to be able to make things like the Irish harp or the award-winning chair...

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.


Q:

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.

A:

I don't... good idea though


Q:

Who actually does mourn for Morn?

A:

Thanks for doing this AMA, it's really appreciated! I'll definitely check out your book when I get a chance.

Did any of the people that you interviewed have any thoughts about leaving Russia after Putin took power, or are they completely content with their home country? Have any of them visited other countries, and if so, what did they think about them?


Q:

Do you watch game of thrones?

A:

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


Q:

This is truly an amazing story!

My question(s):

How did you balance modern medicine with the traditional native practices? And with that, to what extent did cultural sexism and superstitions affect your work?

A:

What made you decide to buy a missile silo? I have done some weird purchases while drunk, but this is kinda extraordinary. Did you just wake up one day, saw the listing and bought it?

What are your long term plans for the silo?


Q:

Everyone!

A:

A lot of the Russians I spoke to had visited other countries (Thailand and Turkey are particular favorites, as they're cheap to get to from Russia). But I gotta tell you, Russians love Russia. Especially now, they have a lot of national pride. (Motherland forever!) So, no, I didn't meet a lot of people who were eager to leave.


Q:

I have read the books voraciously and am wating to binge the show once the books have faded in my memory a bit to temper the inevitable disappointment from book to screen.

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:

Well there was no sexism there because I was the only doctor there in the 30 bed hospital! It was so nice. When I got my letter from Juneau with my job description, it had said I would make rounds with the head doctor and consult with the other doctors-but I was the only doctor there! Because of this I got a raise from $1250 to $1500 a month. I was only about 28 years old, and when I first came to the village all the old men came to the clinic and seemed to approve of me... then the old women came and they passed on me. But they brought their kids and that was that. My reputation spread quickly and people seemed very comfortable that I was there.

When I first came, there was a medicine woman in the village. An old man had had a stroke and she took a hair from the man's head, threaded a needle with it and put it in his cheek down to the bottom of his lip and back up, then tied it together. This was to help his lip which was sagging. But she never felt the need to step on my toes and the like.

In New Mexico it was different though. I once had 5 medicine men on the ward (ill), and I would show them how I used the stethoscope and otoscope and they were very interested. They then showed me how to use the sand paintings when they were treating people. It was very interesting! But never any animosity towards each other.

That was such a good questions!

A:

It would be an awesome story if I drunk bought a missile silo. But no... I was sober. I've always like the idea of living in one. I live in Arkansas and when I found out there were some there I went on a search.

Long term plan is to turn it into a home. Hopefully a really nice one!


Q:

I love the books by Sergej lukianenko. Apart from that I think Metro 2033 is pretty amazing.

A:

Thanks for doing this AMA, it's really appreciated! I'll definitely check out your book when I get a chance.

Did any of the people that you interviewed have any thoughts about leaving Russia after Putin took power, or are they completely content with their home country? Have any of them visited other countries, and if so, what did they think about them?


Q:

What would you say the defining moment was in your relationship with your Dad? What advice would you give to new parents?

A:

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


Q:

In today's dollars that means a raise from 13K/mo to 15.5k/mo.

For a woman in the 1950's, this gal was doing alright for herself. As well she should have been with talent like that!

A:

What's the endgame for the whole thing, and how much did a behemoth like that cost?


Q:

I don't know much about video games, but the author sure looks interesting. I'll have to check out his work.

A:

Oh, and people LOVE Thailand and Turkey. Because, duh! They're beautiful and WARM.


Q:

He's a great Dad, so it's a lifetime of moments. He (with my Mom) taught me to be polite, work hard and be honest. I didn't always succeed, but fortunately I'm not done, so I get to keep improving my batting average, and I'm grateful he's around to see my improved swing. I have also grown fonder of the bunt.

A:

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


Q:

I guess that makes sense! I supposed just comparing to other people I graduated with I was making less than them.

A:

I want to turn it into a luxury home. And I paid $90k for it. Has cost a bit more since then. :-)


Q:

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

A:

How could you afford all that equipment back in 1995? Weren't you struggling?


Q:

Mr. Offerman,

Been a big fan of yours and your wife for years! I just have a couple questions:

  1. Do you use beard wash? And if so what is it and where can I get it?

  2. When you do your woodworking do you have any specific music you listen to?

A:

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?


Q:

To be clear, for the work you were doing you should have been insulating your cabin with Benjamins and it is absurdly unfair that you made less than your peers.

That being said, you were obviously a pioneer when it came to women in the workforce (not that you need me to tell you that) and it is wonderful that you were able to be successful while navigating a whole extra set of challenges that your male peers may very well have been entirely oblivious of.

A:

I remember hearing about the Titan II silos being sealed and the land sold off, but I thought that due to treaty restrictions (which didn't apply to the older Titan I silos that are still around and open) the deal was that the land owners could never dig them up. Am I remembering that wrong, or has something changed?

Not that any silo that has standing water in it is of any use for its intended purpose. I heard from a START inspector once that as long as they saw ground water in a silo, that was all they cared about. It meant the silo hadn't been maintained and wouldn't be feasible to put back in service.

I've also seen a number of Titan IIs launched. I have to wonder if that includes the one that came out of your silo.


Q:

That looks cool.

A:

So, the equipment we had on the trip -- a Kodak prototype digital camera, a Leica, a couple of Mac laptops, and assorted software -- was mostly provided by sponsors. Gary Matoso conceived of the first trip and raised the money for it, from the French nonprofit World Media, Kodak and Leica. We really traveled on a shoestring, too -- staying with Russians in their homes, eating home-cooked meals, and traveling 2nd class on the train. So, expenses were pretty low...


Q:
  1. I do use beard wash, it is water and soap. You may find it in the creek and at the soap store, respectively.

  2. We love music in the shop - it's a great blessing. On any given day you will hear: Nancy And Beth, John Prine, Warren Zevon, Wilco, Patty Griffin, Iron and Wine, Neil Young, The Mills Brothers, Gillian Welch, Kool and the Gang, The Gap Band, Parliament, Ween, They Might Be Giants, Laurie Anderson, Talking Heads, T. Rex, Liz Phair, Louis Armstrong, The Andrews Sisters, Tom Waits, Randy Newman, Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Rhett Miller, M. Ward, and like that. Willie, Johnny Cash, Dylan, Stones, Beatles, Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, The Who...we love it

A:

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


Q:

Thank you! The male doctors who followed me never ventured out to the surrounding villages either.

A:

They launched the Titan IIs later as Gemini to launch satellites. But no Titan II was ever launched in anger. Of course... b/c that would have been WWIII.

I've heard rumor that you couldn't dig them up but I've never seen any documentation of such. And the USAF is aware of my project.


Q:

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

A:

How do you say "I love John" in Russian?


Q:

Mr. Offerman! Every time you do an AMA I try to catch you, but it's usually too late.

My wife once gifted me a signed copy of Paddle Your Own Canoe; you dedicated it to Misth. I've always wanted to hear about what prompted you to dedicate it to Misth (if any reason in particular) so I have some sort of connection to the book signed by you?

Also, every year my wife and I have a tradition of taking a road trip to New Mexico and listening to the Paddle Your Own Canoe audio book along the way. It always brings me such great joy and makes me seriously rethink my life choices and want to quit my job. Just thought you should know what an impact it has on me.

We're from Oklahoma and seriously hope to run into you some day! Cheers!

A:

What is the one video you regret making?


Q:

Pansies. Probably afraid of bears. Do you have any reason why they stayed with the clinics?

On a related note (and if I may be so bold as to ask for more), I've known a few social workers and a speech-language therapist who have some less-than-flattering opinions of doctors on the whole. Common threads are arrogance, narcissism, and to a lesser degree general selfishness at least insofar as their professional relationships with non-doctors/surgeons are concerned. Have you heard these opinions before? If so would you agree with the sentiment for the profession generally, and do you see a difference between that personality and the the personality of bush doctors?

A:

Do you miss sunlight?


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:

люблю Пола.

Seriously, check it on Google Translate.


Q:

I am very grateful that my work has had positive repercussions for you and your bride, thanks for saying so. I often sign my books to oak, or to pith, or bacon, but in your case, that would be "to mirth". I apologize for what was apparently a crap-ass "r".

A:

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.


Q:

I have seen that somewhat, but I believe that it used to be much worse. My daughter and granddaughter are nurses and I can see the change with doctors no longer being as self centered and self reliant, and a much better team aspect now coming into play.

A:

I don't live in there yet but that's for sure one of the downsides. On the upside it won't wake me up before I'm ready!


Q:

Not really a paradox - it's a problem with the whole alien narrative.

A:

Do most individual Russians that you've spoken with seem to care about Putin's human rights violations? Do they care about gay people? Do they value a free press? Do they even realize that they don't have free assembly? Or now that they're happier with the economy, are they just happy to overlook those things?


Q:

Mr Offerman, I'm a novice woodworker slowly making my way through Good Clean Fun.

What is your favorite wood to work with which most of us would find affordable?

A:

Hi Linus,

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


Q:

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

A:

Does the government clear out all debris? Or did you find anything cool down there?


Q:

Not sure I follow.

A:
  1. I'd say that for most of the Russians I spoke with, there was a combination of not really believing that was happening, mixed with not being as concerned about that as they were about their own situations. (which is kind of human nature, IMO).

Q:

If you can find a local sawyer who knows what he/she is doing, the removal of any middleman/woman really brings the price down. In Los Angeles, our pals at Angel City Lumber provide this luxury for us with a lot of Live Oak, California Sycamore, Black Acacia, Elm, Silver Maple and others...

A:

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


Q:

It was a wonderful experience for me.

A:

They took out the classified stuff. Then let a contractor take whatever they wanted. Some sites that have been opened (like in Arizona) have random differences in how they were decommissioned. The entire place is pretty cool. Nothing that really stands out.

Oh... the entire top was filled with methane gas. That was pretty awesome to find.


Q:

Hi - have you ever listened to what William Cooper said about aliens? He said he discovered alien evidence in his work for the government. At first he thought it was real. Later he realized it was planted in order to convince him it was real. He said we will encounter aliens, but when we do, it will be our own government fooling us into funding the weaponization of space.

He also said, in 2010 -- just watch, the next major event the next terrible thing to come down the road, just watch, you can be sure that it will be blamed on Osama bin Laden.

A:

Do most individual Russians that you've spoken with seem to care about Putin's human rights violations? Do they care about gay people? Do they value a free press? Do they even realize that they don't have free assembly? Or now that they're happier with the economy, are they just happy to overlook those things?


Q:

Hi Nick! I love all of you're books and was curious as to if you will be writing a fourth?

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:

That is...odd. Do you know if it was put there on purpose or what?

A:

I'm not familiar with William Cooper, but he's certainly not alone in pushing the government cover-up theory!


Q:
  1. With regards to free press, I'd say they don't value it as much as we do, for the simple reason that they haven't really had it much for the past century or so. There was a brief flowering of free press there in the 90s, and it's slowly been shut down
A:

Thank you very kindly, I love writing my books. There will be a fourth (according to my contract and my affections) but first my beautiful bride and I are writing a book together due out next year. HAVE YOU SEEN HER SHE IS MAGNIFICENT I highly recommend you peruse NancyAndBeth.com to see her incredible videos and purchase her astonishing music record. I love books!


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:

Not on purpose. It was just a biological reaction to the sewer tank that's in there.


Q:

I'm very surprised to see this book here -- one of my favorites -- thanks for doing it!

I really enjoyed the book's depictions of interactions with law enforcement. Where did the inspiration for Sheriff Mason McKinley come from? Was he a composite character, or really someone from past experiences?

A:

Do most individual Russians that you've spoken with seem to care about Putin's human rights violations? Do they care about gay people? Do they value a free press? Do they even realize that they don't have free assembly? Or now that they're happier with the economy, are they just happy to overlook those things?


Q:

Hi Nick, neither my Father nor I are overly fond of Whisky, how do I fix this?

A:

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

Weirdest food you've tried?


Q:

Cool beans man! Do you wish you had my username?

A:

I have no idea who "Sheriff Mason McKinley" is. Can you elaborate?


Q:

Anyway, I think most people care about their families, their jobs and their friends, same as anywhere. For decades, the best thing you could do in Russia was just keep your head down and go about your business, so that's what people seem to do.

A:

Nothing wrong with that. Your livers are probably pretty happy about it.


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:

Yes! :-)


Q:

Yeah, he is a man of mystery I suppose. It is better that you don't explain.

A:

Nick! My husband and I are big fans. He is a first time father this year, got any life advice for him in honor of Father's Day, or a favorite memory of your own father to share?


Q:

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?

A:

What's the coolest thing in the silo?


Q:

He's not the first human to have intimate relations with an alien.

A:

Just keep applying your affection to good work, for it is a project that never ends.

My best Father's Day treat - read Wendell Berry's short story MAKING IT HOME (and while you're at it, read all of FIDELITY, the book it is in)


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:

Me of course. Oh... real answer... its hard to chose. Its just overwhelming. Maybe the 6000lb doors?


Q:

Oh my goodness I actually have a relevant question! What type of wood would you recommend using for an axe handle? For Father's day i'm restoring one of my Grandpa's axes for my dad. Got the head done, but the handle is proving tricky. Initially i was going to use a baseball bat because i thought it would look cool, but after giving it a second thought, that may be prone to turning in the hand while swinging so i figure i'll just make a more traditional handle. Thoughts?

A:

Who is your favourite Beatle?


Q:

Is there any particular kind of failure that would leave you locked in???????????????

A:

Traditionally (in the states) Ash or Hickory is used for an axe handle because of the intense and ultra-badass hardness contained in their cells. I have found great inspiration in many makings including axes on the YouTube channel of Jimmy Diresta.


Q:

The whole bunch were good!

A:

Not at the moment. But I'll always have safeguards to prevent that.


Q:

Dry Aged or Wet Aged Steak?

A:

Two things:

  1. GEAUX TIGERS!

  2. Where do you live now?


Q:

How does one acquire a nuclear missile silo?

A:

Yes, please and thank you.


Q:
  1. "Hahahahahaha!"

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

A:

Easier than you'd think. Most are in private hands so you just buy them.


Q:

Nick, what's your favorite book of the past five years?

A:

Firstly, thank you so much for doing an AMA!

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


Q:

Why did you buy a missile silo?!

Do you think you're on an (outdated) list of targets to strike if North Korea actually pulls off an ICBM?

A:

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Suanders, easy.


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:

Oh... this place was for sure on a target list somewhere. It was the largest ICBM the US has EVER had. 9 Megatons. Bad bitch.

Oh... hard to explain why if it isn't obvious. Its pretty awesome and I like it down there. Cool temp and a feeling of cosiness when I close the 6000lb front door.


Q:

What is your favorite brand of whiskey?

A:

Do your grandchildren appreciate books like The Hatchet, and pre-internet world they live in?

Do they appreciate that their gramma had those kinds of adventures?


Q:

What are your plans if the door becomes stuck closed when you're inside?

A:

It is with sincerity and a bit of discomfort that I say it is Lagavulin 16, because while that's the truth, I am also involved at this very moment in an advertising relationship with them, which is a funny circumstance. Scott King bought me my first glass of it in 1999 at the Chicago Film Festival and I have never found a drink enjoy quite so much. What a lucky bastard then, me, to land on a show (Parks & Rec) where they paid me to enjoy it, and then on top of that, the fine folks from the lovely island of Islay now shake hands with me when I go to visit the distillery and the neighborhood sheep with whom I am happily (and platonically) friends.


Q:

As her granddaughter, we actually grew up with a lot of Native Alaskan books and stories! It was great... we spent a lot of time up in Alaska running wild.

A:

Get on Reddit and ask for help.


Q:

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

A:

Do you live in the missile silo?


Q:

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!

A:

Not yet but probably will when I get it done. Or AirBNB it and try to get a few $ back.


Q:

What an amazing role model and story! I am about to move to Alaska in August--what are your top things to see while I live there?

A:

How cold was the water?


Q:

Where are you going to live?

A:

58 degrees


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:

Where do you get your missiles....? asking for a friend in North Korea area.


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:

Amazon.com


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:

I always thought it'd be a great getaway, but terrible house. How are you finding it, now that things are really coming along?

By the way, the videos of your progress clearing it out of mud and stuff were awesome. Lots of fun discovering new things with you guys as the series went along.


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:

I don't live in it yet so probably can't comment. For sure some downsides.


Q:

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

My question; Ulu much?

A:

What do your friends think?


Q:

We always used Ulu! They are so convenient.

A:

They are locked up down there against their will. So they don't like it much. :-)

Most think its interesting... some of course thinks its crazy which I get. A lot of times that's how they introduce me. This is GT and he has a missile silo. :-)


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:

I just wanted to say I respect your humility, and your hesitancy to even speak poorly about the contractor, and the workers. Im watching the access portal video and very cool. Very genuine, feels like we're in the room with you, keep up the great work.

I may have missed it, I've only watched the portal video so far, do you mind if I ask your career background to be able to afford this?


Q:

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

A:

I work in technology so that helps with the $ but its still taken 6+ years due to financial reasons.


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:

When are you buying the missile? :)


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:

You may find this hard to believe but every time I try scary people show up to my door. So I stopped asking. Some people. :-)


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:

please at least get a couple of those Estes model rockets from hobby lobby and launch them out of your missile silo.


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:

Its funny you say that. We've been thinking about shooting fireworks off from there. :-)


Q:

Thank you for doing this! I'm going to pick up your book and your answers to these questions have been amazing! My question is did you meet your husband through your time in Alaska? Was he also in the medical field?

A:

Who owned the silo before you and have you found anything interesting inside when you first explored it?


Q:

Yes, my first husband was Dutch and traveling through Alaska at the time. My second husband was also a general practitioner that I had gotten to know during my time in Anchorage.

A:

The silo was in private hands before. The government gave first right of refusal to original owners or their decedents. If not, it went to auction. Most were purchased for $5000 ish.


Q:

I have read many Alaskan stories and books. Being from central Europe, this place has always been a favourite to me for the vast, empty landscape.

I spent a month vacation there years ago and yearn to return again. While there, I picked up Shadows on the Koyukuk, the story and life of Sidney Huntington. I re-read that book many times and it starts to fall apart!

Sidney had a large family, did you ever meet any of them, or even the man himself? I believe he died in the late 90's?

A:

What do you do for water and sewage down there?


Q:

Yes, I met him somewhere along the road! That is very funny, but I do remember him somewhat.

A:

The original sewer system was still in tact. The pump motors weren't usable so I replaced them. But they work perfectly. Love 60's engineering.

For water we have a water line coming in that is connected to city water.


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 to 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:

What's your opinion on nuclear weapons? Necessary deterrent or morally wrong?


Q:
  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.

A:

If they could be eliminated from ALL arsenals then I would rather not have them. But MAD (mutually assured destruction) is the reason the United States isn't speaking Russian right now.


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:

I have nothing to really ask. Because... If you can, of course you would.

As a lowly Brit, I love your channel and I do hope you update right to the point where it's so finished it's like, no longer cool (though I doubt that could be a time!).

I guess if I had to ask a question: knowing what you know now, would you have done anything differently? Perhaps besides have a gas reader when going in for the first time after draining!


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:

Gas reader for sure.

Yeah, I'd do a lot differently. I could do another one for half the cost.


Q:

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

A:

How much to see your bunghole?


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:

Funny you should ask... we will be AirBnBing it once I get it done. Not sure what I'll charge... open to suggestions. $350 per night too much?


Q:

Hi, ma'am! You're an incredibly inspiring human being. Thanks for doing an AMA!

My question is - as one of the first female bush doctors, did you face any struggles/discrimination due to your gender? How did you deal with it all?

A:

It honestly depends on where you are.

You definitely get a premium for the whole "it's a missle silo" thing, but it also looks fairly remote where you are. People are going to have a make a special trip to get out there, unless you happen to be near a sizable city.


Q:

Not really much sexism in Tanana! I was the only doctor there so they just accepted that a doctor could be a woman. When I was at LSU it was more obvious that there was sexism. But that's why I liked alaska so much!

A:

I'm close to Little Rock but of course its still Arkansas. And who comes here on purpose? :-)


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.

A:

How are you going to pay for the renovations?


Q:

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.

A:

We've been working on it for a bit over 6 years. Pay for it little by little.


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:

How do you like your eggs done?


Q:

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!

A:

Scrambled


Q:

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?

A:

FRIED OR FERTILIZED


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:

Fried. I'm too old to want any more fertilized eggs. :-)


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:

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


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:

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

A:

We would either fly or go by dogsled actually.


Q:

My grandmother is said to have known you. She had your book since it came out I think. She read it often, as did my mom. How many plane crashs did you have to deal with ? I know super cubs seem to go down every couple of weeks.

A:

Who is your grandmother? I dealt with quite a few plane crashes, several a year!


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!