Jul 14th 2017 by kamiraa • 15 Questions • 6053 Points
My name is Dane Jasper (/u/danejasper), and I co-founded Sonic in 1994, at a time when the “World Wide Web” was brand new, Linux had just been invented and avoiding dialup busy signals was the main customer issue. Today, Sonic is the largest independent ISP in Northern California. As a 20-year industry veteran, I've seen a lot of change, but I remain committed to the concept of alternative competitive broadband access services, which is why I’m fighting for net neutrality today.
Sonic firmly believes that internet providers should NOT be able to charge content creators -- like Netflix or CNET -- more money to stream their service, or have the ability to block others entirely. The internet should remain open and equal for all.
I’ll be sticking around to answer your questions on net neutrality and what’s at stake for you and everyone else who uses and loves the internet, amid the FCC’s plans to roll back current net neutrality regulations. Ask away!
How large can we make the ISS before it becomes unfeasible?
Thinking of Orbital shipyards and similar sci fi stuff.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.)
We are pretty much at the assembly complete of ISS. We are adding on a few other things, but we are in the process of winding down the program.
ISS was a proving ground of technologies, processes for repair and assembly, and studying the long term affects of space on a human body. We hope to take all this information and apply it to missions further away from Earth. I think in that case building a very big vehicle would be amazing, but we would need a lot more funding.
(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.
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.
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.
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?
What exactly is ocean water?
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.
It's the salty kind. Which might be due to the fish pee. Or not.
hey! i love your games! do you ver feel like you've designed something in any of your games that was unfair/poorly thought out that you regret implementing? anything specific come to mind?
Can you please come to Seattle to offer us an alternative to Comcast?
yes, i think tboi was poorly thought out, but you guys like it that way so ill leave it alone.
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!
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
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?)
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"
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.)
As someone from outside the US, why does this matter to me?
Yes :) im quite happy today, the release went great and its been fun watching people enjoy the new game so much.
i have a baby now! life has changed drastically and im learning how to function in this new world but im loving it lots.
Because if US carriers can charge sites for usage, speed and latency, you're likely to see less innovative new applications and services on the internet. In other words, the next Netflix might not happen, or might cost twice the price due to the toll they'd be paying. (Do you think Cable companies LIKE the fact that consumers are not cutting the cord in record numbers, switching to over the top services like Hulu, SlingTV and YouTube?) And this isn't just streaming video: any site, service, peer-to-peer application or IOT device that uses a lot of bandwidth or has a need for low latency could be affected. That means gaming, VR and augmented reality, or something new we haven't even seen yet.
The other important note, for those in the US: in a non-neutral internet world, if you're going to sell a fast lane, you have to put everything else into the slow lane first. Increase latency a bit, so Playstation and Xbox networks have to buy lower latency. Cap monthly usage, so that streaming video sites have to pay for more. Think of it this way: If you're Big Cable, and you've got a near-monopoly nationally on high-speed access, why wouldn't you find every way to extract fees from consumers and websites and applications, all while limiting the spending on upgrades to the network to the absolute minimum?
When congress pulled back money for a while and paused the program they thought that ok no biggie we will just give them back money later and they will fly. No no no, we missed the complex window.
Nobody wants to talk about it, because its one of the biggest screw ups ever.
Hang on. Who's responsibility was it to explain this to Congress before they fucked that up, and why didn't that happen? That's a pretty big ball to drop, for them to make such a huge error based on a misconception that you can effectively just pause orbital mechanics and resume them next fiscal quarter. It seems like when that project was initially approved also, there should have been a "Once we start this, we can't pause without wasting all the investment already made up to that point" conversation.
That being said, if this had gone as planned, would we have been to Mars by now? Was this going to be a fly by, or a landing?
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?
Are any of your games set in the same universe as others?
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?
They got it explained to them, they ignored it. Sometimes people just hear what they want to hear.
(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.
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
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?
What do you mean? I certainly don't understand it yet. I just saw a headline- https://www.reddit.com/r/space/comments/6n1n2x/nasa_says_it_doesnt_have_funds_to_reach_mars_open/?st=J53GO2YM&sh=57e34bc7
How did we screw ourselves over for these Mars Missions?
Edit- link. I'm gonna read it now.
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.
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
Yes, in the absence of effective competitive pressure that would keep bad behaviors in check, I believe ISPs should remain regulated on key issues like privacy and neutrality.
We are building as fast as we can, but it'll go more rapidly if we have more members. So rather than bribe me to send those trucks to you, bribe your friends to switch to Sonic and support our mission! =)
On the topic of crazy ISS expansion, do you have any thoughts on moving an asteroid to ISS (or more likely a newer space station), or any of the other crazy stuff that happened in the book Seveneves?
Personally I always figured moving a big chunk of metal into LEO would be politically infeasible, if nothing else - but once you got it there, it would certainly be cheaper to study or use.
How would you rate your experience working with Tyler?
I won't speak regarding AT&T specifically, but incumbent carriers in general often have sold wholesale access at above the retail rate, with more restrictive terms, and sometimes slower installation or disconnection processes.
(The solution: build more fiber ourselves!)
long term affects
ftfy just so I can pretend I'm smarter than a rocket surgeon
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?
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.
No, their copyright is related to food service, and ours is to Internet and telecommunications.
But being @sonic on Twitter, I can tell you that I loathe "$0.50 corn dog day"!
Does conductive debris from space junk ever get stuck in the panels and cause shorts?
Favourite game OST?
What would be the best way as a consumer to find an alternative service such as yours in my area?
There is a phenomenon called tin twiskers, where material can build up and grow until it eventually shorts inside a box.
We had a crazy thing occurring with visiting vehicles for a while, when they got into the vac of space they were doing something called "out gassing". Silicon vapor was depositing all over ISS, it was causing degradation of the ISS solar panels since they were basically blocking them.
for games my favorite soundtracks are katamari damacy, hotline miami, and mewgenics.
I'd suggest starting with the US broadband map, here: https://www.broadbandmap.gov/
But the tool hasn't been updated with new information since 2014, so speeds now available are likely to be higher, and there may be new carriers who are not listed due to the lack of updates. (Hopefully this FCC will take this issue up!)
Finally, your state may also have broadband mapping, which may be up to date than the FCC system. California has theirs updated through 2015, it can be found here: http://www.broadbandmap.ca.gov/ For your state, google "state-name broadband map" for example.
What did your path to get to this career look like between graduating high school and getting this job?
Ed what keeps you grounded and humble with the multiple successes of your games?
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.
More than 50% of households in America have just a single "choice" for Internet access at 25Mbps or above. So where would they go?
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
Yep, expanding as quickly as possible.
You sound like some of the guys I went to college with, all rolled in to one!
One was pursuing an Aerospace Engineering degree, but became an EMT (and still is, 20 years later.)
One got an Electrical Engineering degree, but went to become a race car driver (then went to become an engineer again.)
One went directly from Computer Science degree graduate to doing programming on ISS' navigation/control systems.
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.
haha awesome! You should always surround yourself with interesting people and your friends sound fun.
when i was an animal control officer i got a call for 7 abandoned kittens, when i got there there were 8 newborn kittens covered in fleas. i knew that they would have to be put down and since one was unaccounted for i brought them all home to danielle to choose one to keep and that one was guppy.
I think that Maduro should step aside. He has lost the confidence of the public, and should make way for new leadership.
What do you do for a living now? Im planing on going into engineering later in life, do you have any tips for college and for how to get a job and the good and the bad that comes with the job.
Hey Ed,what will you do when someone speedruns The End Is Nigh?
I know the program is winding down as you said, but considering the cost of its original construction and the valuable information it's providing, is it just too expensive to keep operating? Or is are there safety concerns due to major component failure? Thanks!
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!
They continue to evaluate life extension of the ISS. I wrote the original paperwork for it. They try to ensure that any critical hardware has multiple backup plans and safety redundancies, if there are concerns they address them.
I think we should continue operating as long as it is providing valuable research, as soon as it doesn't anymore we should funnel our money to something else.
For example the moon missions, we went there from apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17.
With the limited capability of what we could do with the equipment we accomplished all the goals. But at some point you can't keep wasting the money of the program on just repeating for the fun of it. You need to divert that cash to other programs to make more significant accomplishments in space.
We need to visit other planets, we need to go further, we have learned a lot and we are ready. we just need funding and alignment.
the setting is based around my interpretation of an emotional apocalypse or even some kind of purgatory/hell setting
What does it smell like on the space station? Since there is no gravity do farts and such kind of just linger all over?
Why have you decided to compete against yourself in the next great indie platformer(I know they are different partners)?
Well no showers , they bath with moist toliettes, Russians don't wear deodorant , and these was mold on board before. I heard its pretty funky.
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)
As an Engineer, is there any animosity with SpaceX? I've always considered NASA the big dog when it came to space, but where does NASA fit into a future were private companies are raising the bar?
What is your favorite thing about the Binding of Isaac?
(P.s. I love playing Isaac!)
GREAT question. Let me dispel some false information here.
For the most part NASA is doing things that SpaceX could never think of doing and they dont want to at all.
NASA breaks the ground on the research, physics, math, etc. At the highest level EVERYTHING is new.
Most of what the commercial players do for visiting vehicles is build based on that information. When SpaceX came around they basically filed for freedom of information act on EVERYTHING. They grabbed all the research of how something works, why, what to avoid, etc, and applied it to making their vehicle.
NASA is paying SpaceX for most of their items.
So this is how it should work.
NASA moving forward is going to focus on the items that SpaceX can't. They are going to employ the smartest PhD in the world solving problems that are NEW science. They are going to focus on ground breaking research.
SpaceX is going to focus on taking that research, and taking over the tasks and operations that NASA shouldn't focus on.
For example a vehicle going up and down to ISS, we have done it a ton of times, all major countries know how to do it. So we shouldn't focus our energy on that, we should focus it on the research required for landing on an astroid or Mars.
All US government programs are regulated that they can't spend US Tax payer dollars to justify their existence to the public. "Hey everyone checkout this new fighter jet you paid for, we awesome ".
SpaceX spends a significant amount of their money telling people of the awesome stuff they do. In reality if people saw all the cool stuff NASA does they would be blown away.
the replayability and themes
Do you think SpaceX would still be alive 5/10 years from now? In my opinion they already went through all the people who are both "book smart" as well as "street smart" , they are now hiring people who are technically competent but gullible as far as PR and cult of personality are concerned , HR people are offering engineers a lower pay for longer hours so that they would be able to put Musk/SpaceX in their CV , the turnover rate is also extremely high.
As an engineer would you be bothered by the fact that you'd be doing all the work and heavy lifting only to have the CEO take all the credit , money and status? Do you think that private companies are even a good solution as far as space exploration goes? Many of those companies don't seem to understand that space exploration is a marathon not a 100m sprint.
Hey Edmund i love you, what genres of music you like?
I think they will be fine. They will do what United Launch Alliance was trying to do. They will supplement NASA with providing resources for tasks NASA doesn't want to do anymore.
They hired a lot of my friend, they do over work them, and Musk gets all the credit, and I hate that . . . . but people keep applying at record rates.
i like all good music, but have a hard time getting into rap, country,and general r&b
So excited you do this! Thank you! What are the chances of getting a rotating section up there for (weak) simulated gravity?
I've been a fan of yours since Carrious Welting (sic) on Newgrounds. Where did you get the inspiration for that iconic style?
We have a gyroscope on ISS to balance out direction of the vehicle. I would love to see a real simulated gravity but in reality as slow as the NASA program moves, and how bad funding is, I don't think we will see something like that in our lifetime unless 1 of 2 things happen.
We encounter alien life, and all countries put all money together to a common goal.
Earth is threatened and we fund space programs significantly more.
i was an animal control officer and had to deal with dead and decaying animals a lot, it was very inspirational
Did you get any cool employee discounts?
Like Target employees get like 10% off everything in the store or something like that.
how did you decide on the name Peach for your daughter?
I was always made that the Frys electronics WHICH WAS SPACE THEMED didn't give us any discount. But yes my favorite was hotel discounts and car rentals. Gov rate is pretty rad!
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
Does NASA accept freshly graduated engineers? Or are you only looking for "At least 5 years of relevant experience"?
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?
We bring on a ton of interns and we usually hire from those interns.
Direct at NASA without an internship is hard, usually they want you to work for a contractor and transfer in unless you have an advanced degree.
if i could change one thing id probably add more warp points and show chapter status on pause
Hi, as a government employed engineer how essential is ABET program certification? I'm asking because UCSC's CE department is choosing not to renew their program cert and I was wondering how much impact that will have on job prospects.
I noticed you tagged the Indie Game the Movie crew on Twitter earlier this week, could we expect an Indie Game the Movie sequel?
i have no idea what they have planned, but theyre filming me right now. so far 20 hours of footage of tyler eating
Why does the ISS use 160 Volts? Wouldn't it be easier too just use 120 or 220 since basically everything is already designed for that. Or does it get stepped later and just the power buses run at 160?
Would you ever make a real time strategy game? If so, how would you make it stand out?
Its a good balance between maximum operating voltage that doesn't cause some issues within the boxes, and the efficiency curve on the arrays.
If you drop the voltage down you lose some efficiency, if you push it too hard some of the boxes start to arc and you start building up a lot of electrical potential on the vehicle (causing arcing, think lightning)
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
How will the ISS eventually be decommissioned? Have you guys (engineers) even planned for That? If so, how?
Also, how bad is "space junk" right now? And will we ever get trapped by it?
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.
They plan on having a controlled reentry into the Indian ocean (at least we hope).
ive thought about attempting a mega man, maybe one day
What would you say is the most difficult aspect of designing something for space vs the same device for use on earth? (excluding hardening for launch)
I missed out on the Meat Boy stress balls last time... Any chance we could see some for TEiN?
/u/endcmj made it look pretty appealing!
Ultra reliability, ease of replacement, multiple redundancies, and dealing with technology that is WAY behind the times.
Once something is certified for space flight you continue to use it.
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 :(
I just started earlier this year as a lead R&D engineer at a medical device company. The stress of this job is way more intense than I was anticipating. I can only imagine that NASA was even more intense. How did you unwind and keep your anxiety from making you work all day and all night?
Hey Edmund, is The end is Nigh a true story in some way?
Hobbies and friends.
I had some cool race cars, I had a nice theater room.
All NASA people are some of the most passionate people around.
Some love to raise animals, some like to dive (scuba), fly planes, run marathons. Anything to keep you grounding. I think its common with any job.
But seeing real world changes made us always SUPER happy.
the end is nigh is based on my experience making video games so its true in a very abstract way
Hi! What would you describe as your biggest challenge from a design point of view on the ISS?
How do you manage to balance your work as a game developer and your personal life? Also, I really love your games!
Building modules that are made in different countries, by different engineers, and they usually only meet eachother for the first time in space when they are getting docked together. Then everything just . . . works. The amount of planning and integration that takes is so challenging.
Also diving into areas that there is NO documentation on, literally being the first discovering phenomenons. We solved problems that branched off areas of science that people never understood before.
i dont. this is an issue, i hope i get better.
Do you ever use the term "it's not rocket science, I should know?"
I first learned of you from the documentary Indie Games when it debuted on Netflix some years ago. I strongly admire your passion for your art and the human experience.
My question: Do you feel like you were accurately and fairly portrayed in the film?
Nope, never good to be arrogant. I'm confident but not a jerk.
yes, but they made me sound more sane than i am, also probably helped that other people said crazier things :)
as an aerospace engineering student at UT Austin, is there any advice you can give me about getting a technically intense job? Is it harder to get a technical job opposed to a management job? also, how is the work environment at NASA?
- a future engineer trying to figure out what is realistically in store for me
I really love the tight controls in The End is Nigh! Feels really great so far :)
Do you feel like tight, precise controls are very high up on your priority list? Also, if you had to choose one, what is the most important aspect for you to focus on, when designing a game?
I live a few blocks from there, feel free to reach out and I'll come speak to you.
tight controls are very important in platformers, because the player needs to feel like theyre in control of their mistakes in order to manage their frustration.
the key to a good platformer is making the player feel like theyre in control of a super hero. no one wants to play as a character hindered by reality.
to me the most important aspect to focus on when designing a game is making sure the games themes and design speak to each other in as many ways as possible.
The service life of the ISS has been extended several times, however there must be an eventual retirement. When do you think that might be, and would you be interested in working on the 'next ISS'?
Do you like (single- or multiplayer) FPS games?
Yes I would love to work on the next one in a senior position.
I think we will get to mid 2020's and retire.
How do they account for voltage potential differences between a docking craft and the ISS? I'm picturing rubbing your feet on the carpet and shocking your brother, except the carpet is the atmosphere, your feet are moving hypersonic, and your brother is floating.
what is ash? and are you goinng to challange the completionist again?
When you go into a soft dock you have the voltage potentials choked by a resistor, it allows that potential to slowly come to common voltage, then you go into a hard dock.
youll find out if you play the game a lot and yes i already did
Any chance you make a new Spewer game or something similiar?
stranger things have happened, but currently no plans.
Something I find with your games is that they all have amazing soundtracks. How involved with the creation of the music are you?
No I was not an astronaut, but I designed a lot of work for astronauts to do while up there.
im always heavily involved with the direction of the soundtrack
What is your opinion of the way actors-playing-astronauts behave in the ISS in movies? (I recently saw Life and thought their reactions to everything were ridiculous. Surely protocols are protocols for a reason)
You need to turn off your brain during a movie and enjoy it for what it is, entertainment. I thought Matt Daemon and that whole team did a great job on The Martian. The woman mission control person is modeled after a friend and they got a lot of aspects right!
I don't want to know what it is but dose NASA have top secret technology that is widely known within its scientific community? Also what if any involvement with the US military dose NASA have?
Yes and the AF (Air Force) have many experiments on board that are classified.
It's GS (Government Salary based). A lot of engineers start at around 50k (GS-9), they cap as the most senior person ever at around $160k (GS-15)
Think of that range like a bell curve.