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TechnologyI'm Aaron Fidler, a global data analytics leader, father of two, and Senior Vice President at Applied Predictive Technologies. AMA!

Jul 7th 2017 by a_fidler • 14 Questions • 32 Points

We're five journalists from the Dallas Morning News: Chris Siron (Breaking News Editor), Claire Cardona (Breaking News Producer), Ashley Landis (Photographer), Smiley Pool (Photographer) and Hannah Wise (Engagement Editor). We were part of the coverage of the July 7 ambush on Dallas police. From integral roles on the ground during the shootings, to managing the flow of information through the newsroom, we were able to keep the world updated as the night unfolded.

Today marks one year since the July 7 ambush, and we're remembering the day through photographs and interviews from citizens and officers who were there. We put together an interactive featuring the photos and video interviews. Here is a collection of our stories from that night.

EDIT: That's all! Thanks for all of your questions. Feel free to follow us on Reddit at u/dallasmorningnews.

Proof: Photo | https://twitter.com/dallasnews/status/883128432971743232

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Could you share your top three Bar Mitzvah survival tips? Keen to hear your thoughts on this, as you're pretty much the Jewish teen equivalent of Bear Grylls..

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What is your success rate with death row inmates cases? What is considered a success then?

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What is the leading cause of blindness in this region? Is there a dominant hereditary factor involved, or perhaps prolonged unprotected exposure to snow reflection is causing more permanent damage? Or other?


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Hi Ed, I love your games! Two questions. It seems like the majority of your games are platformers, from more traditional ones recently like The End is Nigh and SMB, to more physics-based ones earlier in your career like Aether and Gish.

  1. Is there something about platformers that draws you to develop those types of games often? It seems like you don't have any difficulty coming up with ideas to keep platformers fresh despite it being a pretty old genre.

  2. Issac is a big step outside this pattern, does it interest you to take this even further and develop more games in other unfamiliar genres, like maybe a Super McMillen RPG?

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Hi Dane, thanks for doing this.

What kind of pressure have you felt (say from competitors, from corporations/content providers, or from government) to abandon Net Neutrality?

(Unrelated, but I hope to be a Sonic customer someday ... if/when fiber comes to my town of Moraga.)


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I wanted to thank you guys again for how well you covered the events that night (and again later that week at Police Headquarters).

I followed your coverage mostly through twitter and the live videos that were posted there. How has covering stories through that medium changed the way you approach news?

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I need to put that on a shirt ("I'm the Jewish teen equivalent of Bear Grylls").

1) Don't sit too close during the ceremony - you don't want to get hit w/ a random piece of candy if it gets thrown. 2) Always say thank you to the parents of the bar/bat mitzvah boy/girl. It's good manners and they may have access to special defense mechanisms. 3) Go easy on the desserts. Many a good person has been lost due to too many sweets.


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Thanks for the question VRNverity. Yes I have a lot of good memories from the salad days....and yes, many of the next generations of punks reach out and come meditate with me.

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That is a good question. In theory, I have been involved in about 400 cases now, and have lost 6 of my own clients. But others have died when I have been helping on the case too, so that would take it up to maybe 12. That might still sound like a good success rate (388 out of 400), but that is misleading. I used in the past to agree to sentences that were horribly long for people in order to avoid the death sentence, and I now view that as a death sentence carried out in a slower way. And one person I represented at trial was innocent yet he got convicted even if he got life rather than death (thankfully he is out now). Then there are people like Kris who I got off death row, but he is clearly innocent, so that is a dreadful loss. And so forth.


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(HCP Co-Founder, Geoff Tabin) Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the developing world. Yes, there is a genetic association, although it is not well delineated; and UV light, combined with a lack of antioxidants in the diet contribute to early development of cataracts, as does smoke inhalation.
Fortunately, the loss of vision from cataracts can be completely reversed with surgery.

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the short answer is platformers are easy to make, so its more fun and quick for me to write around and design than something more long winded like an RPG or shooter.

yes,after isaac i became pretty obsessed with randomly generated games. mewgenics, 0urobos, and fingered were all randomly generated. RNG based games are diffcult to design around because they require so much content to be good.

i hope to eventually pick up mewgenics againwith tyler and dive into RNG hell once more.


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Clearly most large carriers have been against net neutrality, and Title II in particular, as well as against any regulations around consumer privacy. Sonic bucks this trend, but there's no pressure anyone can put on us, we have an independent viewpoint and are able to express it to regulators, legislators and the public. We do this, widely, signing on to support letters from industry coalitions, speaking with the FCC, federal and state legislators, and asking our members to get involved too.

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Thank you immoralminority. Having designated people to do Facebook Live and Twitter that night was a fairly new thing for us. It's definitely changed the way we cover breaking news. That night our website crashed shortly after the shooting, making our social media accounts imperative. Now we try to use our social media accounts and our website together. It's nice to have multiple tools to tell stories on different platforms.

-Ashley


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What about Jewish Weddings? Same answers or different?

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You founded Reprieve?!!! I can't believe I can talk to the founder and cannot think of anything that would remotely interest or impress you so I'll just go into fangirl mode. Just want to say I truly, with a level of passion you don't understand, admire you. The work you do is so important and it isn't acknowledged nearly as much as it should be. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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Aren't most people with cataracts quite elderly? The work you do is fantastic, but in comparing your efforts to some of the other 100& Change proposals you seem to be focused on an older group and hence perhaps have less of an impact on the world as a whole than projects addressing needs of younger people with more life ahead of them or of all people of all ages?


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What's your favorite game of all time? And favorite movie of all time?

What job will you follow in case you were not a game developer?

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What exactly is ocean water?


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What was it like covering this as a resident of Dallas, not just reporters? What was the newsroom like during that time? Thanks for all your work.

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Similar, though I'd say to watch out for the hora. My wife still has foot problems from getting "attacked" during one 10+ years ago. Those things can get crazy.


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Self-care is probably the most important aspect of becoming a teacher- making sure to maintain one's own meditation practice and ethical renunciation. As well as being aware of the projections and transference that the students will inevitably have on the teacher. The Buddha referred to this as Praise and Blame and knowing that both of these are a part of taking the role of minister or teacher.

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Hey, you may think that is unimpressive, but it is actually very kind. Sometimes people say the darndest, nasty things. I don’t really care if that is what they want to do – they should have free speech, even if it is nasty speech - but it is not nice. So when someone says something pleasant, it is always heartwarming. Though I should say that what I do gets acknowledged plenty. There are a lot of unsung heroes out there who get far less kudos than I do, including 36 other people in the London office of Reprieve.


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(HCP Co-Founder, Geoff Tabin) Thank you Yellow_Cherry, yes the majority of people blind from cataracts are elderly. However, in the developing world, many people go blind at an early age, including children. HCP develops overall eye care systems that provides eyecare for all ages. When we restore sight to the elderly, this allows children who have been caretakers to return to school. In addition, these elderly who have had their sight restored can now become caretakers of small children.

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i cant choose a favorite anything but ill list some games/movies i watch.

zelda, spelunky,mario,fallout 1&2

movies: el topo, THE ROOM, toxic avenger,eternal sunshine, evil dead2, dead alive

job: if i didnt get fired from my animal control job, id definitely still be doing it.


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It's the salty kind. Which might be due to the fish pee. Or not.

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The newsroom was bit a hectic, but everyone buckled down and got to work. After we learned shots had been fired, there was a rush to get as much confirmed as we could to let the public know what was happening. I think the newsoom was pretty wired until about 4 a.m., a couple hours after we'd learned the attack was over. We were also dealing with a new website and new publishing tools so there was a bit of a learning curve there, which proved frustrating at times.

I’d lived in Dallas for about three years at the time and covered breaking news for all three so in a way I’ve experienced Dallas and gotten to know the city through covering crime and other events. It’s a bit hard to separate the two. But when I left the office the next morning and saw the helicopters still circling around it felt totally surreal. All the protests we’d had in recent memory had been peaceful, and it seemed going into the July 7 rally that there was no reason this one wouldn’t be the same. It didn’t make sense.

I wish lifelong Dallas resident and DMN columnist Robert Wilonsky were in the room right now to answer this question, but instead here's a link to his column that went up July 8. I think he did a great job of putting into words what it was like to cover this as a Dallasite.

-- Claire


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I have lots of questions about your Bar Mitzvah:

What was the theme? What was your Torah Portion? Did you do the Macarena? If not, what was the hit song at the time? What color were your Bar Mitzvah yarmulkes?

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Hi Noah,

Thanks for doing this. I'm a former RR client, so I created a new account just now for anonymity. Honestly, I'd never ask you this in person. I still struggle with addiction and am working to find my path to recovery. Buddhism and Refuge have helped a lot.

My question is: What are your thoughts on Buddhism being "non-theistic" when the "Buddha" is so iconoclastic? There are statues everywhere, it's a very symbolic, ritualistic visual identity.

Thanks for everything you've done for both the punk rock and the recovery world!


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Have you at any point defended someone you weren't 100% sure that they were innocent? Have you defended someone, got them released or sentence extended, then found that they were guilty?

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How does curing blindness in an individual ripple out to the community?


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Hey Ed - What are the chances of you making more titles based on your older flash games? I'm very excited for Øuroboros!

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Can you please come to Seattle to offer us an alternative to Comcast?


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What was it like covering this as a resident of Dallas, not just reporters? What was the newsroom like during that time? Thanks for all your work.

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The party was at whirlyball - it was a blast and (I thought) a nice change of pace from the typical dancing-oriented party. The Torah Portion was Vayeshev (Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat - my father and I had matching yalmukes made for it).


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The intention behind the iconic art and statuary of Buddhism is that we see it as a reminder of our own internal wisdom and compassion inside ourselves.

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I have often represented people who are guilty. I much prefer it. I don’t really like defending innocent people. To me, the essence of the human condition is that we are all better than the worst 15 minutes of our lives, and the most important questions are to understand why bad things happen, and then try to deal with them in a compassionate way.


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(HCP Co-Founder, Geoff Tabin) In the developing world, there are very few services for the blind. Hence it takes people out of the workforce or a child out of school to care for that individual. Once cured, adults who were once blind from cataracts can return to the workforce. Children are able to return to school and receive an education. Elders whose sight is restored can return to care of children or homestead responsibilities. It is estimated that there’s a direct return to the economy by 400% for every dollar invested in blindness elimination. These are the direct impacts to the economy, however, the emotional impacts are greatly magnified beyond.

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aether is probably the #1 game id like to make a sequel for. Tyler and i actually made a prototype for it a few years back so its def on the table as a possibility for the future.

0uroboros will be put on hold for a bit but im sure we'll get back to it


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We are expanding very quickly, but are not yet outside of California. Please tell your CA friends, because more Sonic members == bigger, further reaching Sonic!

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It was a bizarre feeling knowing this was happening in our city, only a few blocks from our office. It's always something you think about happening in other cities, not ours. I grew up here. I learned about journalism from growing up reading this newspaper. It's still not completely real.

That night we didn't think about it being in "our city." We just went to work. It was a very instinctual time for all of us. If something needed to be done, we did it. It didn't matter that we hadn't slept or eaten. The newsroom just became a machine, and we just did our jobs the best we could.

I wasn't in the newsroom much in the days after the shooting. Photographers were out covering vigils and funerals and memorials and breaking news for most of the two weeks after. We talked when we could, but it was very business-like, at least for me. It seemed more important to keep going until the story was finished. Then deal with our own emotions.

-Ashley


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i survived fid's whirlyball bar mitzvah... didn't you give out fidulators as your giveaway?

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How is that any different than mono or polytheist approaches? If there's an image, there's an idol. Why not a mirror, if we're supposed to be reminded of ourselves? I don't think Internal wisdom or compassion can be personified.


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When you (or any other lawyer) defend someone that is without a doubt guilty of a sever crime. Do you defend them aiming for exoneration for the crime, or more-of making sure they get a proper trial and only try to battle the counts that could raise doubt? Example: 'Everyone around saw you hit him, but motive behind it is questionable."-Kind of thing. That is one of the things that bothers me about laywers in general, ever since I first saw a trial up close.

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Who is your hero?


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Hi Edmund, how is "the legend of bumbo" going? A General release window yet? And i love "end is nigh" have played ~6h, very fun.

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At lot of the larger ISPs are fighting against neutrality. As a favorite ISP, it might seem surprising that you're not fighting with them, so it's really encouraging to see this AMA!

I'll ask the biggie: why is net neutrality important for you as an ISP?

(Also, as a non-US citizen is there a way to make my voice heard in a useful way?)


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What was it like being a reporter literally in the line of fire?

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Pencils, pads of paper, and yes, a calculator + ruler that would fit in your Trapper Keeper. It was awesome. I wish I still had one.


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From: starowiczski

Hi Noah, Can you speak about processing bodily sensations related to addiction [and/or trauma] on and off the cushion. What recommendations do you have for folks with recurring bodily sensations- regarding how to get in touch with the breath and teachings in these moments? Much thanks and lots of love for all your work.

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Good question. My own sense of this is that we are aiming to achieve some good – for everyone. I do like the notion of restorative justice, as in my experience it is good for both victim and perpetrator. Not long ago I was working on a capital case out of Pakistan and had just finished the appeal on my train home, late late at night. Then when I foolishly went to the toilet while we were in a station (never do that!) someone stole my laptop and my papers. I later learned who it was, and that he made £50 for it. So I wanted to meet with him and explain that his actions could have cost someone else in faraway Pakistan his life. And that if he had just asked me for money I would have given it to him. And finally I wanted to make sure he did not go to prison for it, as I thought that would be pointless. But his lawyer would not let me do that, which I thought was astoundingly foolish – sad for me, sad for the guy on trial.


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(HCP Co-Founder, Geoff Tabin) I have had many heroes and mentors in my life. Sir Edmond Hilary and Gaston Rebuffat for daring the impossible in the mountains and what they’ve given back to people. Sanduk Ruit, my elder brother and partner in the Himalayan Cataract Project; and Govindappa Venkataswamy, founding Chairman of the Aravind Hospital in India – for their compassion and genius at delivering the best possible medical care to the most impoverished people on the plant.

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bum-bo is going great, james is slaving away and once the dust settles with the end ill be back on board full time. our release window is december 2017


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Clearly, Sonic is in the minority when it comes to our position and advocacy around topics like neutrality, privacy, and competitive policy. We're the good guys.

As for why it's important, there are two primary points:

1) A better internet is a healthy internet, and our success is thanks to all the wonderful innovation out there on the net that you want access to. We sell subscriptions to the internet. You love the internet, and we are just the conduit to get there. (And we won't sell out on items like neutrality or privacy, that would violate both our members and the internet as a whole.)

2) Competitive outcomes of policy. While we can protect our customers on privacy, and we can run a neutral network, if our industry peers are permitted to exploit consumers and online sites and apps, the money they make on that may tilt the playing field. In other words, if Cable can get $5 for selling your browsing history, and $5 for slowing down your gaming and video, while we do not, we might find it challenging to compete on price. Result: current monopoly is entrenched. They need to be disrupted!

(As a non-US citizen, I'm not sure how you'll have a real voice in US policy. But do support the organizations that align with your policy feelings, like the EFF, and spread the word about Sonic.)

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Hi martino181,

Thank you for your question.

I was assigned to cover the protest that ultimately turned into the shooting on The Dallas Morning News' Facebook Live.

When the shooting started I was walking and starting to give a wrap up of the protest coverage to our live viewers. I was about at the intersection of Commerce and Austin Streets in downtown Dallas.

At first I thought that the shots was a firework or someone driving over an empty plastic bottle. But then police cars, motorcycles and officers streamed in the directions of the shots. I was still streaming live on our Facebook when an officer pushed me into a doorway and out of the line of fire.

A woman was running the other way yelling "They're shooting! They're shooting!" And that is when it set in that something had happened.

I wear a microphone when I broadcast so I was trying to be very careful about what I said. Questions were streaming in on our Facebook and I was trying to answer them as I could. But I had incredibly limited knowledge about what was happening — I only knew what I could see and hear for myself.

I said over the microphone that if someone in the newsroom wanted me to stop broadcasting that they needed to comment and I would stop, but the comment never came.

I remained live on our Facebook for about 45 minutes after the first shots were fired. Ultimately my phone died after my mom called me to make sure I was safe.

Frankly what I had just covered didn't set in until I was back in the newsroom being asked to speak on television news broadcasts around the world.

-Hannah


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Does being the subject of a manhunt change how you feel about online privacy?

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How is that any different than mono or polytheist approaches? If there's an image, there's an idol. Why not a mirror, if we're supposed to be reminded of ourselves? I don't think Internal wisdom or compassion can be personified.


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What about those who have multiple "worst 15 minutes"? Doesn't that show that not everyone is better than their "worst 15 minutes"?

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Hey, thanks for doing this AMA. Q's:

1) What got you guys to apply for this MacArthur grant? What was the call like when you found out you were in the running, did you feel like geniuses?

2) What do you think your chances are of actually winning? And how is yours that different from another one that also aims to cure blindness in Nigeria?

3) How do you know this solution will actually work? What if it doesn't?


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Hey Ed, I'm a big fan of your work, especially Super Meat Boy :D

What exactly is your relation with Super Meat Boy Forever? I'm starting to see teasers from Tommy Refenes, the SMB Twitter, SGDQ ads, etc... but you don't seem to ever mention it. Are you still working on that game?

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Don't you guys use AT&T's network? How come AT&T can offer gigabit internet but you only go up to 50mbps?


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Did you see the protesters as anti-cop?

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Yeah, it was part amazing, part terrifying. Luckily, it was all in good fun, but holy crap was it nuts to watch from afar. It does scare me a bit to think about how easily people decided I was "The Aaron" and then decided to share my entire life online.


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From: oneplusfivemaybe

Hey, Noah, thank you for taking the time to do this.

Is the refuge recovery program and meetings open to all people struggling from addiction? Including pornography addiction.

I know I read process addictions were a part of the program but I haven't totally understood in to what extent they're welcome.

Also.

Where do I buy the refuge recovery book for amazon kindle? I see a digital version on harpercollins but there's no information on if it will work with a kindle paperwhite.

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Interesting point. Oddly, the more bad minutes someone has, the more in my experience the explanation turns out to be rather obvious. I think of one man I represented whose dad used to make him and his siblings play Russian Roulette with a loaded gun, amongst other abuses. And who was horribly sexually molested. Yes, he ended up on death row (I am glad to say we got him off there) but his brother committed suicide and all three sisters ended up in mental hospitals.


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(HCP Co-Founder, Geoff Tabin) The MacArthur 100&Change competition is an amazing opportunity for eye care and we don’t feel like geniuses, but we are very honored to be a part of the competition. The chances of winning are one in eight and our solution focuses on addressing overall eye care systems and all causes of blindness. Even if we do not fully eliminate needless blindness from the planet, every person who had their sight restored can return to a fully sighted life.
HCP’s model is different from the Carter Center’s superb effort to eliminate River Blindness in Nigeria, in that HCP is working to develop overall systems of eye care, rather than focusing on one disease. We are able to restore sight to people who are blind from cataracts as well as preventing blinding diseases. In addition, we also work to provide services for people who are irrevocably blind.

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tommy and i are working independently


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Sonic Fusion service is unlimited internet and phone, delivered in 125 CA cities via three platforms:

Fusion Fiber - gigabit (1000Mbps) service, on our own fiber. This is the new hotness, and what you want, but the availability is limited to parts of three cities today.

Fusion xDSL - VDSL2 or ADSL2+ service, on our own equipment located in your local Central Office (telephone exchange) building. All our network, but over leased copper, providing speeds from 5Mbps to 100Mbps, depending upon distance.

Fusion FTTN - fiber-to-the-node using AT&T's neighborhood fiber-fed cabinet network, which as you note allows a maximum of 50Mbps for our members. That is limited by the commercial terms we can get at this point, but we're continuing to push for faster speeds. (Advantage though over ATT's direct offering: no monthly usage cap or overage charges!)

To find out which of the three products and speeds are available at your location, input your address on the http://Sonic.com website.

All of the products also include a home phone line, with unlimited nationwide calling, voice features like enhanced 911, caller ID and voicemail, and unlimited calling to fixed line numbers in over sixty countries around the world. It's like getting a "World" phone plan, thrown in!

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I wouldn't characterize the protestors that day as being particularly one thing or another. It was such a large and diverse crowd it would have been impossible lump everyone together. Some people had signs and were shouting. Other people were walking their kids. So, if you talked to ten different people that day, you would have gotten ten different reasons why they were there.

-Smiley


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How's Sydney compare to Arkansas?

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Hey, Noah! What was it like growing up in a Buddhist household? I raise my kids with Buddhist philosophy and sometimes the awareness around how in conflict it is with the upbringing their peers are receiving is overwhelmingly obvious. No doubt your parents are rad, but as a kid did you see them as being very wise, or nuts?


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Hi Clive, I'm a UK qualified solicitor based in the US, and have been an admirer of Reprieve's work for years. I was wondering what advice you have for getting into your line of work?

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There seem to be many organizations providing vision care in low resource settings. How is your organization different from those and do you collaborate with other NGO's?


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What has been your biggest inasparation for making games ? and how do you manage discipline?

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What're you currently doing to make it right?


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Did you see the protesters as anti-cop?

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Sydney is awesome. It's a beautiful city and it's been great to have the chance to explore a new part of the world. We loved Arkansas and miss our great friends and the comforts of our old life there. The differences are what you'd expect: urban v. suburban; beach city v. land-locked; etc. They're very different, but both are fun places to have lived.


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Growing up I was aware that my parents were weird spiritual Buddhist hippies and that many of my parent's friends were not. I can remember resenting it on some levels but it was also ...all I knew...and my parents were mostly cool and probably cooler than most of my friend's parents. Certainly, it was having grown up in that environment that allowed me to start practicing the dharma at such a young age. My feeling is that it is ok for our children to have a different view than their peers in terms of understanding karma, personal responsibility and the importance of mindfulness compassion and forgiveness even if it sets them apart from their judeo-Christian or nihilistic peers. I would rather have my children live in reality than a delusion. Thanks for your q


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(HCP Co-Founder, Geoff Tabin) There are lots of great organizations working in the field of eye care and we collaborate with most of them. Our focus is in developing local infrastructure, training and empowering local doctors and nurses. Some of HCP's main partners include Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, Aravind, LV Prasad, International Council of Ophthalmology, Fred Hollows Foundation, Helen Keller International, SEVA, SEE International, ORBIS, Operation Eye Sight Universal, Sightlife, WEEMA International and others.

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life has always been my biggest inspiration when making games, all of the themes and stories in my work come from something personal ive experienced, especially the bad stuff.

i dont have much discipline... i have a hard time not working and i work pretty obsessively. its been an issue for ages and its hard to hold together a functional family when im constantly working/thinking about what im working on and what im working on next.

im currently trying to learn how to be ok with not constantly being creative


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First, advocating for positive policy positions, on key issues including privacy, and net neutrality. As a carrier, we've got a unique role in this. But even more critically, we are continuing to build competitive access network coverage, allowing more consumers another choice of access, but also putting pressure on incumbent providers, who may improve their policies if consumers flee for a better ISP!

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This story is also a look at Micah Johnson.


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What are your favorite tools?

When you start analysis, do you write down your initial hypothesis?

What do you think of powerbi?

How did you get started?

Are you interested in taking on an apprentice?

What if the apprentice could double your productivity?

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Hi Noah, Can't even begin to tell you how much your books/teachings/etc. have helped and inspired me so thank you for that!! Any new books on the horizon?


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Hi Clive,

I went to the same school as you (& you were the same social and time as my father!) and I distinctly remember you coming back to do a talk (maybe 5 years ago?) about your work and it massively changed my outlook on a lot of what I saw growing up in the bubble (which you can probably relate to). Thank you very much for that.

My question: What do you think about the military bases such as Diego Garcia and do you think they're being used as a more secretive version of Guantanamo Bay?

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Are any of your games set in the same universe as others?


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Recently Google Fiber bowed out of laying more fiber after their purchase of WebPass. They said they'd go with the wireless options but not much has been heard from them.

In the mean time Sonic has still going strong on fiber. Has Google's change away from landlines changed your options at all? Is Sonic considering the wireless options as well?

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Following the protest did other protests that you covered have a different feel to them? Like would you say it had an influence on how comfortable people are in the protest?


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Lots of questions here: I'm certainly partial to APT's software for business experimentation analysis, but used to be an Excel expert in my old days (it's an oldie but a goodie). Tableau and Domo have caught my attention from a BI perspective.

In terms of doing analysis, it's always good to start w/ an initial hypothesis and proceed from there.

I got started by taking an OPIM (operations and information management) class in college and was hooked from there.

We're always open to talking w/ smart, motivated people.

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Hi BradleyKarl123 - thank you.... I am currently enjoying not writing - but my intention is to at some point write a workbook for Refuge Recovery and a commentary on the Eight Guiding Principles of Refuge Recovery. I would also like to write another memoir...


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Tell your dad to get in touch! (I should add that I am not a fan of private schooling, but neither you nor I had the choice!) In response to your question, though, yes I am certain that Diego Garcia was used for torture flights and so forth, the evidence is very strong. It is pathetic that the UK has not come clean on it. But it is far worse that we would kick all the people off their islands and not allow them back, so the US could have a military base. That is colonialism of the very worst kind, and I cannot believe there is not more of a fuss made about it.

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all my games are set in the universethat is my brain.

but im attempting to connect some dots when it comes to isaac, time fcuk, the end, and mewgenics


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We continue to have a positive outlook about the fiber to the home business. And while wireless is headed toward some interesting things (mmWave, CBRS, massive-MIMO, etc), we don't believe it is yet a viable solution for single-family-dwellings.

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During a prayer service today at Thanks-Giving Square I talked to two young people who were there on 7/7 and wanted to come out to one of the remembrances today -- but wanted it to be a quieter gathering without a large crowd.

There are plenty of people who are more wary of crowds, like one of the demonstrators from 7/7, Tytiana Long, said in our anniversary package: “You kind of think about every public gathering that could be possibly a setup for something to happen,” she said. “It gets scary.”

Survivors bare emotional scars of Dallas ambush that killed five police

So yes, some protests might seem to have been smaller and a bit more "chill" since then (particularly some of the very somber events I have covered after Jordan Edwards' death).

However, the some of the post-inauguration day protests (I think I covered eight protests in the first ten days) were a little more intense.

That said, even protests like the ones at the airport, or the women's march -- which where big, loud and crowded -- never felt threatening or anything like that.

Both at the airport and at the women's march there were demonstrators (and organizers) publicly thanking police and giving them high fives.

Which is how things were on 7/7 during the march.

-Smiley


Q:

What are your favorite tools?

When you start analysis, do you write down your initial hypothesis?

What do you think of powerbi?

How did you get started?

Are you interested in taking on an apprentice?

What if the apprentice could double your productivity?

A:

Hi Noah, I have a sister who's an addict (heroin) and has no plans to go into recovery. She's on the streets right now. She thinks rehab is a joke, largely, she says, because they shove Christianity down her throat. She's convinced she can get clean on her own -- though she's been using since she was 14 and she's now 30. Do you have any advice for her? Thank you!


Q:

Who was the most intimidating inmate you've come across? And what were his past charges that got him in that position?

A:

Why have you decided to compete against yourself in the next great indie platformer(I know they are different partners)?


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Hope it's not too late or someone else can answer.

I have a few concerns with net neutrality but the biggest one probably has to do with service providers not being able to bill netflix/cnet/other more for streaming their services.

I 100% whole heatedly agree that ISP's should not be able to charge companies more simply because those companies are competition to said ISP... but I've read that at absolute peak times Netflix has used up to 40% of the countries bandwidth (at that time). Obviously this isn't all of the time.

So my question is this... if a company like Netflix/Hulu/OnLive (games) or any HD Streaming service is able to use that much bandwidth, there has to be an infrastructure cost associated with that increased amount of bandwidth use, and that increased infrastructure cost has to be paid for by someone and since they cannot charge the companies that are profiting from this infrastructure the cost will be covered by the consumer (it sure as shit isn't coming from profits, unless it has to). So in this situation, why is it not okay to charge the company who is using your services (to the extent that it's almost like they're renting hardware) more based on said usage?

A:

Awesome Reply I appreciate you guys doing this.


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Swedish is a tasty option.

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Well, letting her know that a place like ours RRC does not use a Christian or theistic model could be useful and there is not a lot that can be done is someone is not ready and willing to receive the help that is offered. Sometimes interventions do prove successful if that has not been attempted yet,


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I am not sure I have ever had an intimidating prisoner, but I have had one occasion when I have been attacked in the visitors room. That was by a very mentally ill person, and it was very sad as it gave the rather nasty warden of the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Center the excuse to kick me out of the prison.

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i cant stop making platformers. ive made 9 of them over the past 14 years, im slowing down but i dont see myself stopping. id like to think im getting better(go check out my first platformer Clubby The Seal)


Q:

The company isn't using the bandwidth, you are! You are the one requesting the content, over the connection you have already paid for. And you paid for XMbps, so why can't you use it the way you want to?

Make sense?

A:

As cliche as it sounds, persistence really helps. Persistence and real life experience. You have to have something to show potential employers such as clips from internships and ideas about how you'd cover a story to attract a digital audience. It's no longer enough to just be able to write a good story on deadline. You have to be able to tweet and shoot video, build an online audience, etc.

With regard to cumulative negativity, a lot of journalists compartmentalize. It's not necessarily a healthy way to deal with some of the truly awful stuff but it's a means of coping so you can do your job. It doesn't always work and you do break down. Some stories will bring all the feelings you've tried to store away to the surface.

One of our reporters, Jennifer Emily, wrote a story that kind of touches on this topic and how she explained the concept of "bad guys" to her young daughters. In it she said, "It isn't because I don't care. I care deeply, maybe too much. Names and images rattle around in my brain. They creep to the surface if I forget to hold them back. If I kept them in my heart, I'm not certain I could function."

-- Claire


Q:

What?

A:

How long ago did that happen? I met their warden last year and he seemed like a solid guy


Q:

How would you rate your experience working with Tyler?

A:

Hi Dane,

Consistent uptime and bandwidth are the most important thing to your customers. How do you balance profit and delivering a good product, and has the thought of abusing your bandwitdh for profit ever been brought up in your boardroom?


Q:

What were the hardest decisions to make as photographers while you were covering the ambush? And in figuring out what else to show afterwards? Thanks!

A:

You, too. It's a tie. Is that ok? Also, are you both really my kids and trying to get me to pick one? If so, I'm impressed by your internet and typing skills.


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The warden at the GD&CC when I was there was the most heartless bastard I had the misfortune to deal with. But that was 25 years ago or so…

A:

between 1 -10 id have to rate it fidget spinner


Q:

We've been pitched a number of schemes that would "monetize" our member's internet usage. Ad swapping, DNS error redirection, etc. But no, none of those pitches have ever been seriously considered, because they're wrong.

See also: https://corp.sonic.net/ceo/2011/08/11/the-five-levels-of-isp-evil/

A:

I think initially we were just trying to figure out what was going on for ourselves. Just point the camera at anything that moves. There were many photos we found later that ended up being VERY important, but we didn't know that at the time. In the moment, it was just important to document everything we could possibly document without sacrificing our personal safety. In the days that followed, there was so much to cover. We tried to show how the city was feeling. There was a lot of hurt, anger, rallying, and so many other emotions. I think we did our best to make decisions that reflected and honored those feelings in a balanced way.

-Ashley


Q:

Any tips on how someone can get on the fast track to jump from Business Consultant to Senior Vice President at APT? Asking for a friend...

A:

When did you first discover the Cartel connection in Kris's case? How did the prosecutors not know from the start?


Q:

Any estimate as to when the Switch version will be released?

A:

Hi Diane, How many upvotes for a year of free tater tots?


Q:

Hi, have you seen a change in the Dallas community as a direct result of the ambush and your coverage? What was it like talking to people a year later?

A:

Where is Sarah Hinkfuss Zampardo when you need her?


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The government had to know about the cartel connection in Kris’s case as the Feds had an indictment out on the guy in Room 1214 (across the hall from the murders, with blood on the door) which was returned just before Kris’ trial. I suspected it when I saw that a guy from Colombia was across the hall, and when I learned the victims were laundering FIVE BILLION dollars around the Caribbean - I learned that in 1995. But I did not find out what the government knew until around 2012. And I know they are still hiding a lot, which we are trying to get now in court.

A:

i dont have much control over console releases, thats all tyrone. but i hear the port is looking great so i dont expect it to take that long.

i wont give a timeline though because that has bit me in the ass a few times in the past.

its also going to release on ps4 as well!


Q:

All of them.

A:

I think in the weeks following the shooting, there was a different feel to the city. Things were very raw, for better and for worse. I spent 8 hours in front of DPD headquarters a couple days after the shooting, and I watched as hundreds of people lined up to come by and hug officers and share their stories and condolences. One thing that hit me hard was seeing all of the police officers and first responders who came from all over the world to help with funerals and just be here in solidarity with DPD and the citizens of Dallas. I think that feeling faded after a while, as those feelings do with time, but the anniversary feels raw again. Not to the extent of what it was a year ago, but I think it gives people that sense of wanting to band together and step up to represent our city in a positive light. As Mayor Rawlings put it in his column - "The Dallas police ambush didn't create heroes, it revealed them" -Ashley


Q:

I was thinking TimTam! You read my mind

A:

Will Kris get compensation if found innocent?


Q:

Hey Ed, dumb question time. Favorite flavor of ice cream?

Thanks for the new game, I'm currently tearing my fingers off in the future

A:

Are there any plans to expand gigabit to San Mateo? I was following updates while living in the Sunset but have since moved south. While we do have options like Wave G, they have not been as candid or transparent regarding net neutrality and other topics as Sonic.


Q:

Thanks for such a thoughtful response. Really respect the work you guys did and are doing, especially to make sure we don't forget the people who were involved.

A:

TimTam would be a good one. Just don't try a TimTam slam with your cat.


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It is very unlikely that Kris will get compensated if he is exonerated. Frankly, I just want to get him out of there. My bet is that no matter what we come up with, the State is not going to back down, and even when we prove him totally innocent they will come to us with a deal where they do not want Kris totally exonerated. That is going to be tough, as Kris does not want it, but I don’t want him to die there (and at 78 years old he does not have long to live if treated the way he is treated). And there is his wife Marita, who is 77 herself and who needs to get home. But we will have to cross that bridge when we reach it.

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it would have to be chocolate peanut butter! im also a big fan of peach and black cherry ice cream as well!

but i cant eat too much or i get the "mad shits"


Q:

Sonic is expanding our gigabit fiber service as rapidly as we can, but for competitive reasons we no longer provide advance information about planned markets. But you can support our expansion by being a member on our copper of fiber-to-the-node services, or by spreading the word about Sonic to others. More members == more fiber!

A:

As far as talking to people a year later, I help edit reporters who have been conducting such interviews. But I haven't yet discussed their experiences with those people, so I cannot comment right now. On the bigger question: My personal view is that whenever large-scale public tragedies like this occur, you immediately hear, "Life will never be the same." As a longtime resident of Dallas, I'll say that over the long run, that isn't true in the huge ways the cliche suggests (unless of course you are one of the many, many people who were truly, deeply and directly involved). But there is a core of truth to it. You don't look at things quite the same way, even though "life goes on." I'm a downtown resident, and I drive by the scene of the shooting at least once a day. Even after a year, I still think often about what happened that night. I'm sure we all wanted to become better people because of dealing with the tragedy that befell the victims and their loved ones. As long as we hold onto that hope, then I think we can say there's been a change in the community. -- Chris (an editor, so please expect I'll be editing my responses)


Q:

Can you share an example of a time you've advised a client to make a decision contrary to what the data / your team's analysis informed?

A:

In my country (Brazil), we have neither death sentences nor life sentences. We have a maximum sentencing of around 30 years, and you can get out in 1/6 of that time with good behavior, even for crimes such as murder. Obviously, many people feel that this is not fair punishment, and that criminals are literally getting away with murder. Point being, the US and Brazil are in opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to punishment, and both seem like flawed approaches.

What country would you say has the best legal system when it comes to this, and what are the things that it does right that others don't?


Q:

Hey Ed! I got The Binding of Isaac for free one month long ago on PSN, and since then I've been a huge fan of the games you've made a lot. It's clear The Legend of Zelda has been a huge inspiration for your work, but are there any other titles or creators of games that influenced your creations?

A:

Not sure if this has been asked before so here goes..if one service provider does this and limits the sites and all that, wouldn't their customers just leave and go to their competitor?


Q:

Hi, thanks for this AMA. Are there parts of your coverage from that day and in the followup that you wish got more attention from a national audience?

A:

I've definitely had cases where I've counseled clients to take results with a grain of salt, e.g. a program has only been in market for 1 day; there are concurrent events; etc. That's probably the best analog to what you're asking about. There's a mix of art and science that's part of the role.


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I have to say that I don’t think the Brazilian system is a bad one in that regard. In Georgia, where I worked for years, a murder conviction used to generally mean 7 years if you behaved and made an effort to improve yourself. The number of recidivist murderers is actually very small, unlike other crimes. So we have to ask ourselves why we are exacting such a harsh punishment. I have great sympathy with the victims - I have been the victim of 7 serious violent crimes myself - but I don’t see harsh punishment as a way to make society a better place. I always wonder how I would like my own son to be treated. Certainly I try to get him to do the right thing by education, not by beating him or threatening him. Perhaps eventually we will try to treat other people’s children the way we would like to treat our own. I would like to think so.

A:

obviously most of myamotos games and his approach to design was super inspirational, esp when pulling from his personal experiences. id say currently jon blow and derek yu are pretty big influence on my work. i like the way think.


Q:

More than 50% of households in America have just a single "choice" for Internet access at 25Mbps or above. So where would they go?

A:

I do kind of wish each of the fallen officers individual life stories would get a little more "ink" or "air time" sometimes. All five of these officers left families and legacies. All five of them touched and changed people in our community's lives.

Due to tragic nature of that night, and the way the news business works sometimes, all five are forever linked both by the events and in the news coverage.

But each were individuals who served our community in ways most of us will never know.

So it is my hope that as the years pass, we (collectively) will continue to honor their lives and their legacies and maybe learn more about the "little things" that everyone of them did to make a difference.

-Smiley


Q:

if you had to pick the greatest team owner in your fantasy football league, other than yourself, who would be your pick and why?

A:

What made you want to take on this kind of career? Also what made you want to represent DR inmates? I know the justice system is broken and is really really flawed. If you can discuss it, what is the most broken rule you've run across?


Q:

Would you ever make a real time strategy game? If so, how would you make it stand out?

A:

Hi Dane,

Are you guys playing on increasing coverage in San Francisco?

Please, I can't stand Comcast.


Q:

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A:

You're going there, huh?

Probably Evan. Or did you mean WBFA? ;-)


Q:

I went to the US to do death penalty work as when I was 16. I was so shocked that it was still being used, so I thought (in the arrogant way of youth!) that I could persuade everyone it was wrong… But I do think my mother’s advice was very good - that if we all work to help those less fortunate than ourselves, then everyone is better off. So I decided at some point that if you look around the world at the people who are most hated, and have least power on their side in a dispute with the government, and get between them and the ones doing the hatred, you can’t really go wrong. And believe me there is no moment, I think, when the imbalance of power between the Government and the individual is more stark than when the Government wants to kill you (and sacrifice you to some mythical god of deterrence).

A:

i have a design for an rts that i think is super interesting, i cant say why for obvious reasons but id make it stand out with poop and dead things


Q:

Yep, expanding as quickly as possible.

A:

This is the last I heard about Mark Hughes who was wrongly accused as a suspect in the shooting. I'm not sure if he ever got a meeting with police, or if he ever got a formal apology. -Ashley


Q:

Are you enjoying your AMA?

A:

Can you even discuss your clients clases freely? Where does the client/lawyer privilege end or how can you work around it?


Q:

is switch version of afterbirth+ going to get a update anytime soon?

A:

would setting up your own wireless networks be cost prohibitive? what are the more interesting ideas you've explored in this avenue but decided were not for you?


Q:

Is this fake news? Do you have any affiliation with CNN? Do you need to be a part of CNN to make things up. Why do you make things up?

A:

I am - it's been fun! I appreciate the good questions that people are asking


Q:

Privilege depends on what the client wants. With many issues, the client wants me to advocate for him or her in court and also in the court of public opinion, so that is easy. Sometimes that is not the case. For example, in the US it is often not at all in the client’s interest to be public about anything and then I’d be a fool to say much. But it is ultimately all up to the person involved. I can’t say I have ever found it much of an issue…

A:

i believe the switch version will get an update once we have a specific booster pack released. but im not completely in control of this stuff.


Q:

In the mobile space, national coverage is needed, and spectrum for LTE and 5g in every market. The US has four carriers, and today only DISH has the spectrum to contemplate a new national network. (But they won't build it themselves, IMHO.)

For residential 250Mbps to 1000Mbps speeds, wireless isn't yet viable at scale for single-family-dwellings. That's likely to evolve, with CBRS, mmWave and massive-MIMO all coming down the pipe, but today fiber is the better answer.

A:

Are any of these serious questions, or did you just make things up? - Chris (an editor, so please expect I'll be editing my responses.)


Q:

what do you think about the situation in venezuela?

A:

Did you attend your unsuccessful clients' executions? Has any client ever made this request? If so are there any last words that have stuck with you?


Q:

Hi Ed!

Do you have any opinions/thoughts about the Isaac speedrunning community?

A:

what do you think of the situation in venezuela?


Q:

Do you mean the political situation or that The Jersey Shore is having a reunion show in Venezuela?

A:

I have always attended the executions of my clients. It is (in my view, but not in the view of everyone) the last duty I have for people I represent. There are two reasons: one, sometimes you can get a stay even in the middle of the process. Larry Lonchar got a stay with 58 seconds left before his execution. Another person (who I was not representing) got a stay a year back during the execution, as it was botched. But equally, I want to be there so there is someone who gives a damn for the person being killed. It would be very lonely to be all alone. With one of my guys, for example, he had a running joke with me that he would fire me if I did not get his case stopped. And when he was on the gurney he turned to me, smiled goodbye, and mouthed, “You’re fired!”


Q:

yes, i love them. i love everyone, esp speed runners. start speed running the end is nigh now!

A:

I think that Maduro should step aside. He has lost the confidence of the public, and should make way for new leadership.


Q:

Have you noticed any differences in consumer behavior in Australia vs the US?

A:

Dear Clive.

Thank you for all the great work you do. I remember the utter desperation I felt just watching "14 days in May" and the memories still almost move me to tears.

How do you deal with the pain and what case hurt you the most?


Q:

Hi Edmund. How did you get the idea for the setting of TEIN? It's really unique. Loving the game so far, but damn you it's difficult!

A:

One of the biggest differences has been the difference in the labor market - customer service has generally been much better in the US.

I'll be very curious to see how Amazon's entry affects the retail marketplace.


Q:

In terms of the cases that really hurt, yes that is hard. When they killed Nicky Ingram in 1995, it really effected me. I had known him for years, and I liked Nicky. He was tortured to death in front of me in the Electric Chair. Long story. But if I close my eyes now, 22 years later, I can see the black and white negative of Nicky on the electric chair. It is a bit of PTSD I suppose. Though I do try to keep the focus on the fact that it was Nicky being killed, not me. And one thing he said to me just before they did it has always stayed with me - he said thanks for working for him, but that I had to keep on fighting for all the other guys, and not be too broken up about him. So I guess I took that to heart.

A:

the setting is based around my interpretation of an emotional apocalypse or even some kind of purgatory/hell setting


Q:

Are you familiar with the case of Joe Arridy? He had an IQ of 46 and was executed for the murder and rape of a fifteen year old girl. In 2011 the governor of Colorado, Bill Ritter, formally pardoned Joe. What are your thoughts about this case and, more specifically, the execution of mentally handicapped people?

A:

What's your worst story from your years as animal control?


Q:

Yes, I have naturally heard of poor Joe Arridy, who was a mentally disabled 23 year old with an IQ allegedly 46. With most of the tests we used to use in the US, you get 45 for taking the test, so that is really only one point above the table on which you are working. Such instances are terribly sad. I had a series of seriously mentally disabled people facing execution and in more than one case the guy was IQ 49. Getting across what kind of limitation that was was hard. The judge said 49 is half 100 so he is half as intelligent as an average person. In the end, I had to get him to confess to assassinating (a word he did not understand) Presidents Lincoln, Kennedy and Reagan to show how limited he was. And the one thing he did understand was that people were laughing at him, which was dreadfully sad. The legal system is not a good way to deal with disabled people or, indeed, all kinds of unique individuals.

A:

almost got mauled by a 120lb german shepherd named brutis that was let loose purposefully by a neighbor in an attempt to frame the owners knowing he would attack people


Q:

Wow, that is sad. Thanks for answering.

A:

Hey Edmund i love you, what genres of music you like?


Q:

Sadly there are many other stories like that. If ever there were proof that someone was disabled, it would be with Jerome Bowden who was told that he would avoid execution if he scored below 65 on the test, so he tried, got just above it, felt great that he had passed the test, and then said of his final meal that he would save his pecan pie dessert for later.

A:

i like all good music, but have a hard time getting into rap, country,and general r&b


Q:

What would you say to a law student seeking to get in your line of work today?

A:

If you could, would you change anything major in The End is Nigh now? Or are you completely happy with the game and are happy with the reaction and feedback from your fans all over?


Q:

If you are a law student, I would say why on earth would you do anything but the kind of work I get to do? Working in corporate law is just soul destroying, and the main part of your work is just pretty pointless. Working for those who really need it is incredibly rewarding and I love almost every minute of it!

A:

if i could change one thing id probably add more warp points and show chapter status on pause


Q:

How does one get their feet into the work you are doing?

A:

I know you've got a lot on your plate, but are you considering a sequel to Rebirth?


A:

no doubt someday ill do a sequel to isaac, i have a lot of ideas that would require a whole new game but not now!


Q:

I was a juror several years ago on murder trial that depended heavily on the identification made by witnesses. However, other evidence, including some grainy surveillance footage, made it really obvious that the actual perpetrator was nearly a foot taller than the defendant.

Do you have any insight to offer on the (un)reliability of eye witnesses? Do we rely on it too much in the US? "Circumstantial evidence" is so often scoffed at, but I recall reading that circumstantial evidence is generally more reliable than human witnesses. Has that been your experience?

A:

Ed what keeps you grounded and humble with the multiple successes of your games?


Q:

My own experience as an eyewitness means that I refused to testify against three people who were thought to have put me in hospital with various broken bones one dark night in New Orleans. I thought my ID might be right, but I certainly was not sure enough to send three young men to prison for many years. But to say circumstantial evidence is better is a stretch. Most forensic science is simply not science. I got obsessed with forensic hair analysis because, as an amateur at A-levels, I did lots of science and I thought hair analysis was bullshit. So I wrote a lot about it in 1990-95, about how it was nonsense. Without meaning to say I told you so, the FBI finally admitted in 2015 that they had overstated it for decades. Our Reprieve study shows that more than 100 people were, in the meantime, executed in large part based on it. And there is much more to say (some of it said in Injustice, if you have time to read it!).

A:

my huge dick. but honestly life keeps me humble. i dont actually think im all that great and im trying to get better and learn from my mistakes.


Q:

This may not be something you've followed at all, but do you have any thoughts on Omar Khadr's settlement?

A:

I've been a fan of yours since Carrious Welting (sic) on Newgrounds. Where did you get the inspiration for that iconic style?


Q:

I met Omar Khadr in Gitmo and he was originally just 15 when taken there. He was abused horribly and the things he was said to have said were all abused out of him. What would any of us want to be paid to have our youth taken away from us from 15-25, and to be tortured? I don’t know. I never think money is the answer to these things, the real answer is to stop people doing them. But I don’t have a problem people being compensated.

A:

i was an animal control officer and had to deal with dead and decaying animals a lot, it was very inspirational


Q:

Hi Clive,

How important is your innocence? It seems like today, it doesn't matter if you did it or not. Once you are accused, unless you have money or someone who takes an interest, you will lose against a system with incredible resources.

A:

What mistake stands out to you the most from your latest project that you will try to avoid as best as possible in any future projects?


Q:

There is a lot of interesting stuff about innocence. One thing to bear in mind is how self-destructive innocent people are in the legal system. One, they are no help to me (who did it? I don’t know anything about it!). Two, they make terrible decisions. They are 110% sure they did not do it, so they cannot fathom how a jury of 12 people can find them guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Kris is an example here. He knows nothing about who did the crime. He hired the lawyer who said he would do it for $20K rather than $250K as he felt it would be easy to find him not guilty. He wanted to rush to trial. He agreed to his (dreadful) lawyer’s (dreadful) advice not to put on his 6 alibi witnesses, or to testify. Etc. Etc. I am not blaming him, but the system does not realise the true impact of innocent clients.

A:

i cant say yet what mistakes ive made with the end

but i can say the biggest mistake in the past, that ive made repeatedly would be announcing a new project im excited about much too early


Q:

Why do you include your middle name?

A:

Hey Ed, I've enjoyed literally all your games tremendously! TEIN is a masterpiece so far!

Do you enjoy speed-running your own games? Do you have a current PB for how fast you can beat TEIN?


Q:

Why do I include my middle name? I don’t! It is Adrian, and I hate it. My last name is Stafford Smith, without a hyphen, because my Dad changed it way back when, and was too cheap to pay the extra £3 to put a hyphen in. He wanted to call me Adrian, whereupon the initials would have been ASS, entirely appropriate perhaps, but not nice for me. So my Mum noticed, and now I am just Clive ASS…

A:

no, im not that good at video games but i like watching


Q:

Lmao thanks for that interesting and hilarious story. I wasn't trying to be a dick; I've just always been curious about the mindset of people who use their middle names.

I guess every case you're involved in is technically a Cl-ASS action lawsuit.

A:

Hey Ed,what will you do when someone speedruns The End Is Nigh?


Q:

I agree about the middle name thing. It’s odd. They do it to people on death row to make them less human.

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watch it


Q:

Roughly, what percentage of the people you represent are non-white?

A:

Hey Edmund! Wanted to say that you've been a huge inspiration to me and that it's been a pleasure playing your fantastic games through my teen years and into adulthood. I think I've come a long way since reading the design breakdown included in the SMB Ultra Rare edition when I was 13-or-so, but I'm sure I'd be a drastically different person if not for reading that all those years ago. Media analysis and design are my greatest passions, and I think I might owe at least part of that to you. Thanks for directing me to what I love most. I hope one day I can inspire people half as much as you've inspired me.

Anyway here's my question: Who were/are your inspirations as an artist?

And a question from my friend who doesn't have internet right now: Now that there's nothing quite like Newgrounds in its prime and the competition to get your ideas noticed on the internet has gotten so much tougher, do you have any advice for a creative person trying to make connections with other creative people of different skillsets? She asked me to add that you're a role model to her and that you make her want to pursue her artistic dreams, "or whatever."


Q:

Over the years, about 70% of the people I have represented have been non-white. On death row in the US, for example, while the general population is 13% black, the death row population is 42% black. In Guantanamo, the non-white Muslim population was 777/778 (I guess the exception would have been David Hicks from Australia), so all of my clients have been non-white.

A:

growing up the things that inspired me most were stuff like garbage pail kids, horror movies, DnD, mtg,zines,weirdo underground comics , community television and just general artistic weirdos.

i wish i knew but id like to believe there are communities out there if you just put in the work finding them, befriending people and getting your work out there.


Q:

What is your work week like, and how do you find any joy in the downtime you have?

A:

how did you decide on the name Peach for your daughter?


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Hey, I would have a TGIM sign if I had anything (Thank God Its Monday!). But I don’t really believe in that. I only wish the day had 72 hours. I keep time sheets for everything for years and years, because I am a nerd. So I can tell you I used to average about 100 hours a week, and am now down to about 75 of what we call work. But I don’t think of it as work because I love it. At the same time, it has always been a principle of mine that we should work hard and play hard, so I used to insist in the US that people took at least 6 weeks holiday a year, as compared to most people in the US getting a few days. Myself, I adore the cricket season (big win for my team, the Mapperton Marauders, last night and I am going on a cricket tour of Pakistan in September where we will be thrashed by much younger and fitter players). I also love building, though this week has involved digging a hole - that involved shifting 18 tonnes of earth - with a single spade, for a secret present for my lad Wilf, who is aged 9 tomorrow.

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my wife liked the name peach and i liked the name pj, so we met in the middle and named her Peach Jubilee. technically on paper her name is PJ so if she ends up hating the name she has a lot of options


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Can you share with us what the secret present is?

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How did you managed to make a game as big as the end is nigh in only a year?


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Is that you Wilf?

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a lot less than a year! roughly 7 months. the short answer is we cut a lot of corners. aesthetically the style of the game made it easy for me to make a variety of visuals for the game with little effort and technically the engine we were using for 0uroboros was already in place and being used.

also this is the first time where i didnt design all the levels, tyler designed roughly a quarter of the levels (the harder ones)


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Hi Ed! First of All, I've been playing The End if Nigh a few hours now and I'm really enjoying it. So here's my question: Of all the game you created, which one is your favorite and why? (I know it's difficult to pick just one)


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I feel sorry for your boyfriend going to Gitmo. I will say I have found a lot of the soldiers there delightful and most have been really nice to me. They get filled up with nonsense about the prisoners though. One woman there had been told that my client, Moazzam Begg, was Hannibal the Cannibal Lecter, and would bite his way through the bars. He ended up making friends with her, and they are still in touch now that he is home safe in England. Anyway, I hope to meet your boyfriend when he is down there and I visit. But be kind of him and send him lots of care packages, get him on Skype every day, and make sure he has something interesting to do in his spare time - it is a dull place for the soldiers, though I kind of enjoy it now that I only go for a week at a time.

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isaac, honestly its my favorite because my wife and friends like it so much. so that feels like a success to me and makes me happy.


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My favourite thing in Isaac is Guppy. Whenever I play I obsessively go for Guppy items and shout "Praise the Gup!" whenever I get one. If I never get one, then the Good Gup has forsaken me. To get all three is the Guppy Dream, it has become a small religion of mine, Guppy is my lord and saviour. Cricket is an apostle, the bums are the holy trinity.

Can you tell us a little about the real Guppy? Love the game dude, it's my all time favourite.


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Hi Clive, thanks a lot for taking part and for doing your admirable work.

For your successful cases, do the families of the victims normally accept the verdict (either that the person is innocent, or that the death penalty is not a humane punishment)?

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Do you like (single- or multiplayer) FPS games?


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I try to talk to the victim’s family always. There are very very few cases where that has not been the case, as I hate the pain they go through, and often the lies they are told. Kris’ case is one of the very few where the (sad to say, nasty) prosecutor at the time of the hearing in 1995 said she would have me prosecuted if I tried to talk to the victims, which was very sad, and I am sure they hate me for not talking to them. I wish I could share things with them. More often than not, though, I have had a really good relationship with the victim’s family, and I hope sometimes have been able to help them with their suffering. It is really important to help people understand (where possible) why someone they loved got senselessly killed.

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multiplayer


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How did you learn about Kris' case?

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Hey Edmund. Do you love us as much as we love you?


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I learned about Kris’ case from the British consulate in Atlanta. It is a rather sore point, as the nice chap there asked me to help Kris. I went to do that, and naturally said yes, as it is always so hard to say no. And then when we needed financial help to get experts and witnesses, the British government denied that they had asked me to help him. So Reprieve ends up in a big financial hole on it all, and I am a tiny bit pissed off at the Government for reneging on a promise they made at one time to help him by giving him a loan to get his witnesses.

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water drips on no


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So, the British aren't coming?

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I missed out on the Meat Boy stress balls last time... Any chance we could see some for TEiN?

https://www.reddit.com/r/TheEndIsNigh/comments/6hauz1/ash_is_a_ball_now_bounce_him_as_much_as_you_like/

/u/endcmj made it look pretty appealing!


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You are right. The British are not being very helpful to some of our British clients, though I do think they will intervene legally, if not financially, for Kris Maharaj. It does make you think though. Kris was a millionaire back in the day, and paid lots of taxes, and now that he is destitute and was facing the electric chair, you might think the Brits would do what the Germans, the Spanish, the Italians, the Mexicans, and others do, and help prisoners get meaningful representation. They should not leave it just to do-gooders like us!

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its possible, tyrone has actually proposed this idea.

fun fact: i did the math wrong on those stress balls and we lost money on top of having to ship out 500 balls :(


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I'm sure you have a unique perspective on this - what's your stance on shutting down Guantanamo Bay? Specifically, if you're in favor of closing it (which I'm guessing you are), what should we do with the people in it?

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Hey Ed, which of your games do you personally find the most fun to play?


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Shutting Gitmo is a no brainer. There are 41 people in it. Perhaps 10 would face trial - and they can, as someone like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed boasted on video that he was behind 9/11 so why not just put him on trial. The ones who cannot be tried should not be tried - that has been the rule since 1215, just 802 years ago, when we decided we should give people trials. Why should we change it now?

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isaac


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What can people do to help make this happen?

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Do you think of yourself as a game developer or do you feel like you're an artist and designer that sometimes makes video games?


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Keep making noise. Lawyers are only a small part of the battle, by the way. There are thousands of things you can do. Artists can do art. Writers can write. Nobody is without a talent that can help achieve justice...

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i definitely think of myself as an artist that sometimes makes video games, i think this is the one thing that sets me apart from a majority of other people in the industry


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What is your opinion on some of the documentaries done on Guantanamo Bay?

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Hey Edmund, just wanted to say thanks for everything, your appearance on indie game the movie inspired me to start my own project. The passion you have for gamedev and art is inspirational. Thanks so much.
I would like to ask how do you come up with your ideas?
Do you like how the game industry is at the moment or is there anything you would like to see happening?


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I’ve not seen a decent documentary on Gitmo. You should do one. The real problem is when people think they are going to see anything useful when there. The key to Gitmo is that they only show you the propaganda tour (I got in trouble for coining that phrase!) and nothing about the reality. So the real documentary of Gitmo will be the one where they go and ask to do all the things they cannot do - interview prisoners, see a force feeding, etc. - and make a film about what they are not allowed to do.

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i base my ideas on real life experiences.

i would like to see the industry or people in the industry express themselves more with their chosen artistic medium instead of constantly talking about it. i feel like it would be more impactful, passionate and moving if people used their work to express their feelings


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A force feeding? How do they manage to do that?

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Hey! BoI is one of my favorite games of all time and since it's partially influenced by the Zelda series, I was wondering what other (if any) game series that you grew up playing could be "punched up" with some of that McMillen Special Sauce™?

Thank you so much for everything that you've contributed to the world, my brother and I have bonded time and again over BoI and it's all thanks to you.


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The force feeding is pretty horrid. General Branz Craddock did not like the fact that the hunger strikers were getting publicity, so he said (in the NY Times) that he would make it “less convenient” for them to do it. So they use tubes that are too big (painful!) and instead of leaving the 110 cm tube in after a feeding, they pull it out each time and force it back in. They force the liquid in too fast. And they have done it to Ahmed Rabbani, for example, every day for the past four and a half years. It is illegal (you are not allowed to force feed a competent hunger striker) but there is no legal system that will stop it…

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ive thought about attempting a mega man, maybe one day


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I think with a tube? Mos Def tried to do it as a demonstration but he stopped before things got too far because it was too much for him. I think you can find that on YouTube...

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Is Afterbirth coming to Vita for real?


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Reprieve helped organise that - you can find it on our youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hQ5xz_5to4

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i dont know :(


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In Guantanamo, is there a town outside of the prison? If so, what is it like?

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Hey Edmund, is The end is Nigh a true story in some way?


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Yes, there is a town around Guantanamo. It is a bit of an irony free zone. There is Recreation Road, that leads down past the Guantanamo Golf Course to the cells. There is McDonalds, where I first encountered the bizarre rule that soldiers had to salute officers, and say “Honor Bound, Sir!” The officer saluted back and said, “To Defend Freedom, soldier!” I thought it was a joke, when first I heard it, and I laughed. But they were serious. I wrote about all this in “Bad Men”, there is rather a lot to tell!

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the end is nigh is based on my experience making video games so its true in a very abstract way


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Didn't want to make such an off topic top level comment, but I'm looking at Google maps, and noticed a Guantanamo bay museum... Did you ever visit? Any interesting pieces there? I can't imagine they get many visitors.

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Favourite FARGO season?


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The Gitmo museum is not really a museum, unless they have built one in the last month or two. It is a few pictures at the airport. I hope one day the whole place will become a museum to injustice, so we do not repeat the mistakes of the past again. (The UK had a Gitmo back in the civil war in the 1640s, and it caused such an uproar that we got the Habeas Corpus Act of 1679…)

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season 2 easily, probably one of the best seasons of any show ive seen on tv


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Hey Clive! Your current case sounds interesting, and I'll try to follow it and see where it goes.

How do you go about finding these clients, and how do you decide their case is worth taking?

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Hey Edmund been a fan since 2001 when I found dead baby dress up on newgrounds. And just wanted to say thanks for the years of enjoyment. And fuck you for pre-buff Lost.

Given how long you've made games and the variety of them, What is a genre of game you would like to make but haven't yet?


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I’ve not got just one case, there are lots going on. But Kris is taking up a lot of my time. I’ve never really “chosen” cases. It used to be just the next guy facing execution. Nowadays, it tends to be someone who is caught up in something really terrible. So one thing we recently brought against Trump was his current effort to assassinate two journalists. He has an assassination list, started by Obama. Lots of people on it. It is mad. It is like we are in the time of the Borgias. Another demented policy decision in response to the “War of Terror” (as Borat calls it).

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RTS, i have a few loose designs for some. its all about having the time to do it


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Have you ever refused a case because of the severity/nastiness of the crimes committed?

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Hey Ed, I'm loving The End is Nigh so far and I really like the decision for the soundtrack to cover pieces of classical music. Why did you guys decide to do that as opposed composing entirely original music like Rebirth?


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I have never refused a case because the facts were too bad. Indeed, the worse the facts, normally the more compelling the reason why it happened. But I have refused a case where the individual had money. So I was asked to take on Saddam Hussein’s case and I have no problem with him getting effective representation - his hanging was a sorry reflection on humanity no matter what he did. But he had money and could get others to do it, so I would rather focus on those who have no money.

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the short answer is we wanted it to be done fast. also it just felt correct


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Do you think we're on the path to abolishing the death penalty in the US? What can us non-lawyers do to help change public opinion and end the death penalty? Thank you so much for your heroic work!

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I noticed you tagged the Indie Game the Movie crew on Twitter earlier this week, could we expect an Indie Game the Movie sequel?


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The death penalty will be abolished in the US. Executions have dropped from a high of 100 to 20 last year. With 2900 people on death row, it would take 145 years to kill those folk, not accounting for new cases, and presumably some would have died of old age by then… The death penalty is a dinosaur, but even in its death throes the T Rex can thrash around very dangerously. But if there is one thing that is certain it is that the history books are no more going to say executing people was a cool idea than we do burning witches at the stake…

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i have no idea what they have planned, but theyre filming me right now. so far 20 hours of footage of tyler eating


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What is the most interesting case you've worked on?

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Hey ed :) Are there any games planned after your bumbo game? (Ps i just wanted to thank you for the binding of isaac you made thousands of hours more enjoyable for me)


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In terms of the most interesting case I have ever had, I would have to decline to answer in a sentence. I have had so many, so varied, so fascinating. I could list thirty that would tie for the top one. I guess one day I need to describe all of them in a book.

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i have no games set in stone after bum-bo. BUT id love to take a stab at mewgenics again, maybe aether, or something totally new


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Just reading up on Kris' case.. why do you think he was framed?

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When can we expect afterbirth+ for Xbox one and will boosters be available? I'd pay for a quarterly booster pack on Xbox. Love playing Isaac and always want more


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In terms of Kris being framed, there was just a system for it back then. A former police officer told me, and then testified under oath, that they had a deal with the Cartel that when the Cartel wanted to kill someone they would have a cop on duty at the scene to make sure they did not get into trouble. The officer gave me a list of 17 homicides where a corrupt element of the police had been involved. I tried to get the FBI to do something about this, but they showed no interest. Sadly, there was so much drug money around that a cop could make a year’s salary by turning a blind eye, and that was a big temptation. In 1985, fully ten percent of the whole police force there was arrested or fired for corruption!


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I've read that the defense attorneys in capital cases will often hold back an issue or two at each level of appeal, in order to purposefully stretch out the litigation. Do you think that attorneys who do that should be sanctioned?

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As someone not entirely in the loop it seemed like The End Is Nigh came out of nowhere. When did work start on the game and how much of your time have you been spending on it recently? Thanks for all your work btw, you've made so many of my favourite games!


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No lawyer holds back issues on appeal, that is just silly. On the other hand, the first appeal may take ten years, and by then the world has changed, and we have all learned a lot, so there is never a time when I have worked on a case and lost the first round and cannot come up with new issues for the second round of appeals. But it is getting very very hard now, under the “Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act” (which is not effective!). Kris Maharaj’s recent victory, being allowed a hearing in federal court on a successive appeal, is a very rare event.

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so we started work in december 2016, but it was mostly using the foundation of 0uroboros. i worked part time to full time since then and tyler has been working on it full time.

it seemingly came out of nowhere because i wasnt positive that we were going to finish it and didnt want to announce another game that could be stuck in limbo so we played it safe and waited until the last minute to announce and attempt to hype this game.


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What's the average day like for a lawyer such as your self?

If you could go back to college would you change your interest to a different profession?

What's your favorite part of being a lawyer?

And lastly, how did you decide being a lawyer was your calling?

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what is ash? and are you goinng to challange the completionist again?


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I consider myself incredibly privileged because there is no such thing as an average day. It is the reason why I don’t understand why lawyers think they should be so well paid. We are incredibly fortunate in other ways already. So each day I tend to have something different and fascinating to do. I just wish there were 72 ours in the day. That would allow me to do what I did today much better – I had to dig a huge hole for a sunken trampoline for my kid’s 9th birthday surprise tomorrow. It took two days actually, as it was (I worked out) 18 tonnes of clay. I needed to have about 20 hours to do that, 10 hours to respond to all these questions, then another 40 hours to do some work on Kris Maharaj’s case and maybe 10 to help some of the others in the office, then I would have had a productive day! (Ah, but I need 8 hours sleep and I notice I am already up to 80…)

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youll find out if you play the game a lot and yes i already did


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How many death row inmates did you represent that are now free today?

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Hi, Ed! Huge fan of your work!

It always seems like you have a ton of separate projects at once. I mean, even right now there's End of Nigh which you've only just finished, Legend of Bumbo, Ouroboros, and probably more I'm forgetting. What's it like balancing so many projects at once and how do you handle it?

Also if you had the opportunity to eat the pillsbury doughboy, would you?


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In terms of how many of my clients are free - actually an amazing number. Not all of them made it as far as death row, but the state was trying to send them there. One astounding sequence involved 171 capital cases in Orleans Parish (New Orleans) back in 1999-2003, where we managed to free 126 of the people. The conservative story here is that they had the wrong person in 74.9% of the time, so that the real killer was still out there. The liberal story was that the whole police system was profoundly dysfunctional if they were arresting the wrong person that often.

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i tend to have a lot of projects going at once because theres something inspiring about the chaos, its sometimes helpful for me to be thnking about a range of things at once to stay focused and motivated.

Danielle(wife) here, its terrible. send help.


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Why are there so many innocent people in Guantanamo bay and why hasn't it been shut down already?

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Hi Ed! I'm a fan and a game developer. A lot of devs, and I got that impression from you too after watching some interviews and Indie Game (sorry if I'm wrong), tend to be more introverted and/or shy.

How hard was it for you to get used to all of that attention coming from players, media and others contacting you all of a sudden? I'm nowhere close to your numbers obviously, and it's incredible how exhausting and time-consuming (and rewarding as well) it is to reply to all these messages, even if we just reply "thanks". How do you deal with this?

Thanks in advance!


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Gitmo has only not closed because Obama did not force the issue. The Republicans have no more interest in justice there, than they have in the past justice for people on death row. It is all a political issue, designed to be divisive, and make the Democrats look weak. Very sad.

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i enjoy talking about my projects because im genuinely excited about them. im definitely an introvert but the past 10 years ive been pushing myself really hard to interact with people more both professionally and personally. its been extremely helpful for my mental health.

when i feel overwhelmed i just turn it off and go back to reality


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hey Ed, im a really big fan of your work. The stuff you've released has definitely gotten me through some incredibly tough times. Isaac and SMB are some of my favorite games of all time and they kept me distracted when i needed to be. Thank you so much for that.

You've inspired me to attempt making a game. And im trying really hard with it. Its incredibly difficult to stay motivated and sometimes i just cant focus on anything.

So my question, how have you persevered through those moments when you had no motivation?? What do you do when those "juices stop flowing"?

thank you.

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my upbringing has forced me to be self motivated so it may come easier to me than most. motivation much like everything else is a muscle that can be made stronger by using it

if youre having trouble finding motivation just sit down and start working and do something, once the gears start turning it usually shows up versus just waiting for it strike.


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What are some games you like to play/ have been playing in your spare time? I know that you're probably busy alot between the baby and making games, but I'm sure you find some time here and there to play some stuff that isn't yours.

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yes! i draft MTG every week with my friends, we play cube. my wife and i also play pokemon go a ton with our friends

we also play a lot of party games on the weekends like times up, telestrations, and a heavily modded version of cards against humanity


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Hey Edmund, big fan of your work, did you personally achieve the 100% at The End is Nigh? In case you didn't, who did it and how difficult it was/how much time it took?

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i cant get all the achievements but i can 100% the main game pretty easily in about 4 hours, tyler is better than me and has gotten farther in some of the more difficult challenges


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How do you manage to balance your work as a game developer and your personal life? Also, I really love your games!

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i dont. this is an issue, i hope i get better.


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Hey! Love your games, I've spent weeks mastering meatboy and isaac. Can't wait for ab+ to arrive on the Switch (EU).

Can you explain why the eu version takes so long, when the US store has the game since months?

Cheers!


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Do you have any sort of productivity management system? Or are you just incredibly self-driven?

Pretty amazing to me as a fellow developer how much you work and get done, damn. Congrats on the release!

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tyler and i had a little notepad list of stuff to do during the last 2 months of development. i tend to just wing it but i dont recommend it


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Good day, Edmund.

I'm curious to know how it is that you use the "language" of video games to create a narrative that complements gameplay. How do you go about designing gameplay mechanics that can also work as story elements?

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this is a difficult one to explain. i attempt to take mechanics that abstractly mirror or complement elements of the games story or theme and run them parallel.

for example, the ends theme is stress and pressure, the feeling that something is going to end soon but never does and questioning if all the effort is worth it. i feel that comes through in the games design, story, and theme


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Hey Edmund, what is the best "so bad its good" movie to watch that I probably haven't heard of?

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double down by Neil Breen, i highly recommend all of his movies. also ben and arthur is another lesser known gem


Q:

What animal would you choose to be when you get reincarnated?

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something that dies fast so i could possibly come back as a human


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Any chance you make a new Spewer game or something similiar?

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stranger things have happened, but currently no plans.


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Hey Edmund, really liking TEIN so far. The game really reminds me of an older game 'An Untitled Story', with it's level design and screen-to-screen movement. Did you draw any inspiration from it for TEIN if you've played it?

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i didnt play that one but i love matt thorsons work, he makes amazing platformers and im looking forward to celeste


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Something I find with your games is that they all have amazing soundtracks. How involved with the creation of the music are you?

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im always heavily involved with the direction of the soundtrack


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So, most of the themes and stories for your games seem to come parts of your own personal life an psyche. Would you say the same is true for The End is Nigh? HAVE YOU GOT CANCER? D:

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im fine.