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Why are avocados so goddamn expensive?

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I remember your last ama! I was the store manager at the Dollar General in Adams MA, you bought cookies, and we shot the shit outside for at least 20 minutes. It's good to see you're doing well. What is next your next adventure?


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Have you considered going back into Early Access? As a fan of FTL I'm quiet satisfied with the game's mechanics, but the execution is... well, let's say, there is a lot of room for improvements.

Fonts. UI. Optimisation. General game design - some consistent art style would certainly help. The inventory is everything I ever hated about inventories.

Also:Some additional character/building models would go a long way. And you certainly need more maps for the random missions. And don't let enemies stand around useless until you get near them, line of sight be damned.

In it's current state it was an instant refund after I got the same map three times in a row.

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Now, I know you're married to Justin, but back in the day were you team Backstreet Boys or team *NSYNC?


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I'm so happy to read this post! I am a 30 year old female with hydrocephalus and a VP shunt and have had my 27th revision (brain surgery). I have way too many questions. How do you keep your energy up? What do you do to manage depression (and has that been a problem)? What do you do for pain management?

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Who was your favorite person that you got to meet or perform with that made you act all shy around?


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Tell me about this "black dog". Is it some urban tale?

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Sorry I missed your previous AMA, and I hope this isn't rude to ask, but what are your disabilities?

I notice that you seem to have some scars on your head?


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Can you ask Tom Everett Scott if his favorite band is still "Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters?" Tell him it's Lenny

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What's your relationship with the guys from Jabo0odyDubs? Find the parodies flattering/insulting? Have you ever met them?


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Have you considered going back into Early Access? As a fan of FTL I'm quiet satisfied with the game's mechanics, but the execution is... well, let's say, there is a lot of room for improvements.

Fonts. UI. Optimisation. General game design - some consistent art style would certainly help. The inventory is everything I ever hated about inventories.

Also:Some additional character/building models would go a long way. And you certainly need more maps for the random missions. And don't let enemies stand around useless until you get near them, line of sight be damned.

In it's current state it was an instant refund after I got the same map three times in a row.

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As a valve design engineer I'd like to know, what went wrong with the valve? With the somewhat slim hope of helping you fix it without surgery.


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Now, I know you're married to Justin, but back in the day were you team Backstreet Boys or team *NSYNC?

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Do people ever shout "Waaaalt" at you in public?


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Who was your favorite person that you got to meet or perform with that made you act all shy around?

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Tell me about this "black dog". Is it some urban tale?


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Sorry I missed your previous AMA, and I hope this isn't rude to ask, but what are your disabilities?

I notice that you seem to have some scars on your head?

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I actually don't know any Avocado growers, but based on what I've read it has to do with typical supply and demand stuff. Everyone is in love with avocados, but it takes years to establish orchards into full production so it's hard to balance the supply with the demand. Apparently it was a bad growing season this year too, so supply is down even further.


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See? This is what I'm talking about!

I'm on my next adventure now! I quit the office job and tell stories. I can't top this.

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In it's current state it was an instant refund after I got the same map three times in a row.

Wow, these are the edge cases I should have programmed for more. We definitely have enough maps that you shouldn't need to experience the same one 3 times in a row.


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I was such a theater nerd at that time that I literally wasn't listening to either of those groups. I was listening to soundtracks, like Rent and old 50's/60's music. I can be a little off on my timing. But if I had been cool, DUH, NSYNC all the way, baby!

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Oh gosh...I wish I had better answers for you. Pain management is something I've been struggling with as well as energy. Basically, when I know that I have something planned that will require a lot of energy, I take it easy the day before and I'm usually still bed ridden or close to it the day after. A REALLY busy day can result in me collapsing in bed early in tears. I find Ibuprofen doesn't do much and I keep norco or oxycodone on hand in case it's REALLY bad, but I rarely take it.

As for depression, I haven't dealt with that too much since I was a kid. I realized that I can be upset that this is happening to me and that I'm stuck with it, or I can move on and work with what I have. I will never get to be a test pilot (my dream job) but I can build the airplanes (degree in engineering). I might miss some functions because of surgery and it might take me longer to do what comes naturally to others, but I know that I'm trying my best and working my ass off. I can do everything they can do even if I have to work for it. My hydrocephalus dictate my life, it's just an annoying passenger along for the ride.

I definitely sympathize. I'm sorry you've had so many revisions. I'm thinking of making a punch card for my neurosurgeon to see if I can get my 20th free. He's not too keen on the idea.


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BB King

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There's a movie with Patrick Swayze, Meat Loaf, Randy Travis, and Gabriel Casseus where Patrick Swayze is a truck driver. He talks about the black dog you see after you've been on the road for too long and start getting too tired. It'll come out of nowhere in the middle of the night and dart out at you, and you'll think it's real and try to avoid it. I thought it was just some made up movie plot til the first time I saw it when I was really tired on an overnight. Not necessarily a dog, but any hallucination of something darting out in front of the bus. Happened quite a few times, very scary


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So I'm diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

I have some sort of seizure disorder, possibly caused by a chiari malformation type one. I also have chronic back pain which I originally thought was due to the poor posture and binding practices I used to obscure my breasts at a young age. Now I know it is also do to the malformation. So are issues I have with hearing.

I haven't been diagnosed with Autism because the diagnosed would not aid in getting the assistance I need. However, my doctor does agree I have it.

I am also severely dyslexic and read almost everything using text to speak. It is not uncommon for me to go through a day reading a total of less than 100 words.

The scars are from a surgery to remove a non cancerous tumor when I was ten and eleven years old. They used skin expanders and it required 4 surgeries.

I shave my head because I think my scars are beautiful and I want to show other people that they can be confident about the things they've survived and the marks it left. At this point it feels weird if my hair gets too long.

Here is a self portrait from when I had my skin expanders. It was drawn while I was in high school as part of a larger exploration of identity.

http://mypronounsarefaefaerfen.tumblr.com/image/154872694781

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I will text him now!


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I freakin' LOVE Jabo0odyDubs!!!! Yes I have the pleasure of meeting Jabo0ody himself. I cant say enough about how talented him in his guys are. in my view he started and is the original DUB guy, the other ones are okay but Jabo0ody is the OG!! He can dub me anytime

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In it's current state it was an instant refund after I got the same map three times in a row.

Wow, these are the edge cases I should have programmed for more. We definitely have enough maps that you shouldn't need to experience the same one 3 times in a row.


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Hi fellow engineer! I appreciate it, but this thing is jammed. The neurosurgeon even tried hitting me in the head (yes, that happened) to jostle it loose. lol.

It's very likely that the locking mechanism (or in this case, unlocking) isn't working. Maybe there's an obstruction, or maybe the diamagnetic material used inside was over saturated during a scan. idk. But if you're interested, here is a cool video of the valve.

Edit: I'd also like to add that I know the material is diamagnetic because I used a permeability tester on my head at work because I was curous :P

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I was such a theater nerd at that time that I literally wasn't listening to either of those groups. I was listening to soundtracks, like Rent and old 50's/60's music. I can be a little off on my timing. But if I had been cool, DUH, NSYNC all the way, baby!


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Unfortunately, all the time.

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BB King


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There's a movie with Patrick Swayze, Meat Loaf, Randy Travis, and Gabriel Casseus where Patrick Swayze is a truck driver. He talks about the black dog you see after you've been on the road for too long and start getting too tired. It'll come out of nowhere in the middle of the night and dart out at you, and you'll think it's real and try to avoid it. I thought it was just some made up movie plot til the first time I saw it when I was really tired on an overnight. Not necessarily a dog, but any hallucination of something darting out in front of the bus. Happened quite a few times, very scary

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So I'm diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

I have some sort of seizure disorder, possibly caused by a chiari malformation type one. I also have chronic back pain which I originally thought was due to the poor posture and binding practices I used to obscure my breasts at a young age. Now I know it is also do to the malformation. So are issues I have with hearing.

I haven't been diagnosed with Autism because the diagnosed would not aid in getting the assistance I need. However, my doctor does agree I have it.

I am also severely dyslexic and read almost everything using text to speak. It is not uncommon for me to go through a day reading a total of less than 100 words.

The scars are from a surgery to remove a non cancerous tumor when I was ten and eleven years old. They used skin expanders and it required 4 surgeries.

I shave my head because I think my scars are beautiful and I want to show other people that they can be confident about the things they've survived and the marks it left. At this point it feels weird if my hair gets too long.

Here is a self portrait from when I had my skin expanders. It was drawn while I was in high school as part of a larger exploration of identity.

http://mypronounsarefaefaerfen.tumblr.com/image/154872694781


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First off, thanks. Farming is a tough job.

A few questions for you-- what are your thoughts on the groundwater legislation in California? How do the changes to the groundwater supply impact your farming practices? What keeps you motivated to farm? What is the hardest part of your job?

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Have you heard of this other trail, the PCT?😉


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Why perforce over git?

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Hey Jessica! If a movie was ever made about your husbands life like Johnny Cash in Walk the Line; who do you think could play you and Justin?


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As a valve design engineer I'd like to know, what went wrong with the valve? With the somewhat slim hope of helping you fix it without surgery.

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You came to town many years ago on tour with BB king and the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and I saw you play with Double Trouble. You blew me away. Not to take away from the other acts but you were the highlight of the show for me.


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Ooooooh that black dog. Yeah I can definitely tell you that's real. To give my tale some context, I'm a push over when it comes to sleep deprivation (Lasted a month in a grave yard software support job) and my girlfriend and I love going on road trips within our island home, Cebu, using only a Honda Wave 110CC motorcycle. Long story short, we had to cut off an overnight trip because of some complications with our accommodations in a certain place down south so we went home at night nearly at about 9PM. I know 9PM is very early for people but for me, it's already time to hit the sack. My eyes got heavy after an hour of driving but we were already near the major city and I decided to book it. Unfortunately for me, my sleepiness got the best of me and I managed to doze off for about a split second but thank goodness I still had the consciousness to remember that I was driving and managed to open my eyes. Upon opening them, I thought I saw an animal so my heart jumped but I never thought of swerving because that'd be the end of us, if we did.

TL;DR Saw the black dog in one of our road trips.

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Congrats on overcoming your obstacles and achieving your goals


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You knew Zach Galifinakis before he was cool. What was he like on the set of Dog Bites Man?

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I've always wanted to be one of the actors in the black and white portion of the commercial where the products are failing...how does one become this person?


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Why perforce over git?

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I mean, there's no problem that can't be fixed with a liberal application of brute force and ignorance.

I'm imagining the good doctor sitting in their office, pulling out a prescription pad and writing "Slap 'em upside the head"


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Hey Jessica! If a movie was ever made about your husbands life like Johnny Cash in Walk the Line; who do you think could play you and Justin?

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Waaalt!!


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You came to town many years ago on tour with BB king and the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and I saw you play with Double Trouble. You blew me away. Not to take away from the other acts but you were the highlight of the show for me.

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Ooooooh that black dog. Yeah I can definitely tell you that's real. To give my tale some context, I'm a push over when it comes to sleep deprivation (Lasted a month in a grave yard software support job) and my girlfriend and I love going on road trips within our island home, Cebu, using only a Honda Wave 110CC motorcycle. Long story short, we had to cut off an overnight trip because of some complications with our accommodations in a certain place down south so we went home at night nearly at about 9PM. I know 9PM is very early for people but for me, it's already time to hit the sack. My eyes got heavy after an hour of driving but we were already near the major city and I decided to book it. Unfortunately for me, my sleepiness got the best of me and I managed to doze off for about a split second but thank goodness I still had the consciousness to remember that I was driving and managed to open my eyes. Upon opening them, I thought I saw an animal so my heart jumped but I never thought of swerving because that'd be the end of us, if we did.

TL;DR Saw the black dog in one of our road trips.


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Congrats on overcoming your obstacles and achieving your goals

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Thank you! I'm actually in support of the sustainable groundwater management act. I know a lot of farmers around the state are very nervous about how this legislation could impact their operations, but the fact of the matter is that there are a lot of people in this state and we have been overdrawing our aquifers. And while the water is easy to take out, it's not so easy to put back in. So from my perspective, we either manage it with legislation like this or we risk using it up entirely and messing up large chunks of the industry, their surrounding communities, and our environment. There are parts of the legislation which don't make a lot of sense to me, like the fact that it blankets the whole state uniformly despite the fact that groundwater is not relied upon across the whole state. Where I live in the delta for example, the water table is often as close as five feet from the surface, and virtually all of our water is drawn from the Sacramento River, not from wells. It just seems like a waste to have to do all the reporting to manage a problem we don't have.

As far as motivation goes, it's easy. Farming really gets in your blood and it's hard to stop working some days. I love solving problems, and there's almost always a problem to solve, whether it's a broken down tractor, a need to design a new piece of equipment, having to calibrate fertilizer for a field, or trying to figure out what's eating your plants. I also love that I have a job that lets me hone so many different skills, like driving a tractor as straight as I can without using gps, working on my welds, or practicing my Spanish.

The best part of the job can also be the hardest part of the job sometimes: working outside. I love it most of the time, but there are some days when it's like 105F and you need to go clean out the combine, and it's in the sun, and it's hot and dusty and itchy and it just sucks. But even then it's still worth it.


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Hi fellow engineer! I appreciate it, but this thing is jammed. The neurosurgeon even tried hitting me in the head (yes, that happened) to jostle it loose. lol.

It's very likely that the locking mechanism (or in this case, unlocking) isn't working. Maybe there's an obstruction, or maybe the diamagnetic material used inside was over saturated during a scan. idk. But if you're interested, here is a cool video of the valve.

Edit: I'd also like to add that I know the material is diamagnetic because I used a permeability tester on my head at work because I was curous :P


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Thank you!

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That's exactly the reaction I would have. Makes you jump.


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Thanks!

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I knew Zach for years actually before we did DBM. And he is a truly wonderful human being. Not only one of the funniest people in the world, but also kind, supportive and smart. And he was like all of us on the set, enjoying each other and making each other laugh. But uncomfortable with the tricking aspect of the show.


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Call my office and talk to Ashley - She'll get you on! We need a an inept struggling person tomorrow


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OMG, that made me laugh so hard.


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Thank you!


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That's exactly the reaction I would have. Makes you jump.

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Thanks!


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Have you given any thought about other jobs? and did you feel like you have to do this like it is a responsibility since it is kind of a legacy to you?

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My brother hiked just past Pennsylvania on the AT a few years back. He tells me that one day he just thought "What the fuck am I doing here?" then called me to come get him. He doesn't have kids or a wife, but he had community responsibilities and a dog that he left behind.

That being said, what drove you forward every day? Was there a day where you realized how much it had changed you - not just physically but emotionally?

I'm looking forward to reading your book - when my brother left I read quite a few trail books. They do read like diaries lol


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I've played a few hours of Fictorum so far, bought it as quickly as I could. I wrote up a post here describing my initial concerns for the game. So far it's pretty fun but it does appear to be lacking a significant amount of polish. I really don't want to be super critical because I know you're a small team but I wanted to ask: How do you personally feel about the state of the game right now in regards to level of "completeness"?

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She really is one of us.


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I mean, there's no problem that can't be fixed with a liberal application of brute force and ignorance.

I'm imagining the good doctor sitting in their office, pulling out a prescription pad and writing "Slap 'em upside the head"

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As a musician, what's it like to play the same songs over and over, night after night? Do you ever get tired of it? Are there any songs you dread playing?


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When you get to your destination, do you get to just hang out in that city for a while or do you get right back on the bus and go on your next drive?

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youve overcome a lot of bad shit and still managed to get a job where you get to be around dogs all the time? you are a legend


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Is Zooks anything like his character on "I'm Sorry"?

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Has anyone ever pitched an idea to you on the streets, that actually was a good idea? I know alot of people do not have the means to procure a pitch, or solicit their idea, and sometimes these chance meetings are all they got.


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I've played a few hours of Fictorum so far, bought it as quickly as I could. I wrote up a post here describing my initial concerns for the game. So far it's pretty fun but it does appear to be lacking a significant amount of polish. I really don't want to be super critical because I know you're a small team but I wanted to ask: How do you personally feel about the state of the game right now in regards to level of "completeness"?

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50%?!?!? That's crazy.


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She really is one of us.

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Came here for this! Waaaalt!


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As a musician, what's it like to play the same songs over and over, night after night? Do you ever get tired of it? Are there any songs you dread playing?

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When you get to your destination, do you get to just hang out in that city for a while or do you get right back on the bus and go on your next drive?


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youve overcome a lot of bad shit and still managed to get a job where you get to be around dogs all the time? you are a legend

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I really wanted to become a crop duster pilot as a kid, but I started to think more and more about coming back to the farm once I was in high school. No one ever pressured me into it, and my parents both cautioned me multiple times that I could make more money doing something else, and that coming back to the farm without truly wanting to be there would be worse for the business and myself than not coming back at all. But I had gone to work all the time with my dad as a kid so I knew what I was getting into, and I had also seen all the time and resources he sacrificed from his personal life into growing our farm. In a lot of ways farming truly is more of a lifestyle than just a job, and since I grew up in that environment and enjoyed it, it just felt right to continue along the same path.


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what drove you forward every day?

It was something different every day.

My insane love for living outside is what got me out there in the first place. The people are pretty amazing too. I was a 44 year old computer engineer making friends with humans I never would have encountered under any other circumstances. A retired machinist who foraged for edible plants and played the fiddle. A young lady with a brand new anthropology degree, an Israeli cartoonist, a Japanese swordsman. The year I hiked we had an astronaut on the trail with us.

You develop this huge extended family that's stretched out over a hundred miles or so, and you know where everyone is without asking. It's almost like a pack, and that pulls you along. The trail becomes your life. You don't even think about "the real world" for days.

If you do quit, you have to go back to your job... Gross.

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Wow, that's an amazing amount of feedback, thank you so much for that. We were missing a lot of that in development.

How do you personally feel about the state of the game right now in regards to level of "completeness"?

While I think the game is "complete", obviously there are parts that could use more love. We don't plan on stopping support for the game anytime soon, so we'll continue to improve on it and fix bugs for the forseeable future.


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It disappeared, I swear!

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OMG, that made me laugh so hard.


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I have always made sure to record songs that I really like ad believe in so that we don't get tired of playing them. I'm proud of all my albums, but one great thing about having such an extensive catalog is that we have a lot of songs to choose from. I usually put together a few different set lists so we can switch it up on any given night if we feel like something different.

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It all depends, no 2 days are ever the same unless you have enough seniority to bid a regular run. Sometimes it's load up right away to either go back or to somewhere else, some days you have to wait around for a few hours to find out what you're doing next, some days you know what you're doing next and have some free time to kill and can walk around cuz you don't need to be at the yard or terminal for them to tell you what you're doing next, some days they put you to bed and you can kinda enjoy an hour or two out waking around, and sometimes they leave you up there for days and kinda forget you exist. It also depends on the city. Philly, Harrisburg, Montreal, you're right there in the heart of town so it's easy to go walking around. Atlantic City 9 times out to 10 you have to park at the yard in Pleasantville which is 20 mins outside the city and the only thing worth walking to is Wawa. If they put us to bed in AC it was a mile to the nearest bar (and believe me, we'd walk it!). Cleveland is walking distance to downtown and the dorm is at the terminal, so I got to explore there. Boston we would stay in Dorchester and we couldn't really go into town to hang out because if they call you to report in, you only get an hour and if you're in town you're not gonna make it from downtown back to the hotel and then back to the yard in time. Montreal was the place I consistently got the most free time to really enjoy the area.

TL;dr: getting to hang out and walk around town happens less often than not, except for in Montreal


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Dog handling isn't actually a job I'm paid to do. I'm training the service dog for my own personal use. It's still pretty awesome that I have the chances that I do though. Thanks :)

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Yes and no. Our relationship is definitely our real relationship in life. We are very close friends. We give each other constant shit, have an amazing repartee and love each other to no end. But we are not writing partners though. In terms of the story stuff, ASS CUBES, dating, etc. that is based on another single friend of mine.


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Not from the street, I haven't been lucky enough. I've heard some great ideas but the idea is only a portion of it... An idea is just an idea. The execution is as, or even more, important that just the idea itself. It's about the action.

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Wow, that's an amazing amount of feedback, thank you so much for that. We were missing a lot of that in development.

How do you personally feel about the state of the game right now in regards to level of "completeness"?

While I think the game is "complete", obviously there are parts that could use more love. We don't plan on stopping support for the game anytime soon, so we'll continue to improve on it and fix bugs for the forseeable future.


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u/2girls1netcup is correct. 2 years is the "danger zone". You are pretty safe to assume that your hardware will last awhile if you make it past 2 years. The most likely time frame for failure is within 3 months of surgery, after that the likelyhood of failure begins to taper off slowly.

Fun fact! Roald Dahl co-invented a shunt to treat his son's hydrocephalus.

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It disappeared, I swear!


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you and 16,000 other people.

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I have always made sure to record songs that I really like ad believe in so that we don't get tired of playing them. I'm proud of all my albums, but one great thing about having such an extensive catalog is that we have a lot of songs to choose from. I usually put together a few different set lists so we can switch it up on any given night if we feel like something different.


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It all depends, no 2 days are ever the same unless you have enough seniority to bid a regular run. Sometimes it's load up right away to either go back or to somewhere else, some days you have to wait around for a few hours to find out what you're doing next, some days you know what you're doing next and have some free time to kill and can walk around cuz you don't need to be at the yard or terminal for them to tell you what you're doing next, some days they put you to bed and you can kinda enjoy an hour or two out waking around, and sometimes they leave you up there for days and kinda forget you exist. It also depends on the city. Philly, Harrisburg, Montreal, you're right there in the heart of town so it's easy to go walking around. Atlantic City 9 times out to 10 you have to park at the yard in Pleasantville which is 20 mins outside the city and the only thing worth walking to is Wawa. If they put us to bed in AC it was a mile to the nearest bar (and believe me, we'd walk it!). Cleveland is walking distance to downtown and the dorm is at the terminal, so I got to explore there. Boston we would stay in Dorchester and we couldn't really go into town to hang out because if they call you to report in, you only get an hour and if you're in town you're not gonna make it from downtown back to the hotel and then back to the yard in time. Montreal was the place I consistently got the most free time to really enjoy the area.

TL;dr: getting to hang out and walk around town happens less often than not, except for in Montreal

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Dog handling isn't actually a job I'm paid to do. I'm training the service dog for my own personal use. It's still pretty awesome that I have the chances that I do though. Thanks :)


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What makes farming interesting? What are the boring parts? How do you feel about city life?

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Replies like this are why I subscribed to r/IAmA. (Also, thank you for the free e-book!) I remember your post a couple of years ago & just skimmed it again -- great stuff. I'm incredibly happy for you that you get to hike & tell stories for a living now. ;)

Btw I'm just a day-hiker; my hubby's sectioning the AT. He's going for 2 weeks to Massachusetts next month! Best wishes & hope there are lots more books in your future.


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How did you find not going full time on the project? It's generally frowned upon in the start up world to keep your day job but you guys managed and succeeded.

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I loved your cameo on Bojack Horseman! How did that project come to your attention?


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What advice would you give to a new parent of a child with Hydrocephalus? More specifically, would you suggest we talk about it with them a lot while growing up? Or treat it as no big deal? I want to be mindful that some things may be harder for them, and give them credit, but at the same time don't want them to use it as a crutch.

Thank you for spreading awareness! It blows my mind that 1 in 1,000 children are born with this (even more adults diagnosed later in life) and yet no one around me in my family or social circle had ever heard of this condition.

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what's on your pedalboard these days?


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What do you mean by put you to bed?

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Beautiful art! I love it. And I love that you keep your head shaved and aren't afraid to share your own struggles to inspire others. We need more brave people like you in this world :)


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as show creator, what is the oddest workaround you've had to come up with due to budget/legal constraints?

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Hey, man!! When was it you discovered you were great at pitching things? Did you pitch random stuff as a child? Also I'm curious as to your thoughts on VINCE


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How did you find not going full time on the project? It's generally frowned upon in the start up world to keep your day job but you guys managed and succeeded.

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I'm so happy to read this post! I am a 30 year old female with hydrocephalus and a VP shunt and have had my 27th revision (brain surgery). I have way too many questions. How do you keep your energy up? What do you do to manage depression (and has that been a problem)? What do you do for pain management?


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I loved your cameo on Bojack Horseman! How did that project come to your attention?

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Double homicide notwithstanding, I sympathized with Michael on LOST, and it always bothered me that he seemed to be the one character out of reach of redemption. I mean, even Ben made it to the pre-afterlife "place," and he was responsible for more deaths than Michael.

How do you wish Michael's story had ended?


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what's on your pedalboard these days?

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What do you mean by put you to bed?


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Beautiful art! I love it. And I love that you keep your head shaved and aren't afraid to share your own struggles to inspire others. We need more brave people like you in this world :)

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I almost never do the same thing two days in a row. There are some exceptions, like if I'm harvesting a crop, but normally there's so much variability that it's never boring. It can get kinda slow in the wintertime when it's wet and rainy, and you're stuck in the shop fixing equipment, but even then it's usually challenging enough to be interesting.

I love visiting friends who lead city lives, and I think I tend to romanticize it a bit, but ultimately I know I wouldn't want to live in a city.


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Never say "just a day hiker". :-)

But I know what you mean. Thank you for the kind words!

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How did you find not going full time on the project? It's generally frowned upon in the start up world to keep your day job but you guys managed and succeeded.

It's been really rough, I've been doing more work than I really should and sacrificing time away from my family. My wife cried a bit last night because she was still scared that "She wasn't going to get me back"


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They just came to me and asked if I wanted to play myself in an episode. I think it's a hilarious show and I'm so honored to be part of it. They've asked me a couple more times and it's been a really fun project to be apart of.

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What advice would you give to a new parent of a child with Hydrocephalus?

Remember that the warning signs of shunt malfunction are not universal. That you know your child best, second only to how well your child knows themself. He/she is also a normal child, so headaches, vomiting when sick, etc. are normal and not always a sign of shunt malfunction. I have a checklist of things I go through before I head to the ER for a malfunction:

  • Eat something. Something high in iron and protein. Usually red meat will do the trick.
  • Caffeine. I must admit, I'm addicted.
  • Hydrate. I don't drink water, but I'm usually good about staying hydrated with juice and stuff, but it's something I need to stay aware of.
  • Nap. Generally I never wake up with a headache. The only times I do is when I'm having a malfunction, if my pillows are too hard, or if my pillows slip out from under my head during the night.
  • I wait and keep track of my headache patterns. While the headaches are serious and life threatening, a lot of things can cause prolonged headaches (the flu, menstruation, etc) so I need to be careful to not jump the gun.

More specifically, would you suggest we talk about it with them a lot while growing up? Or treat it as no big deal?

Why not both? Definitely make sure they are informed and aware, but they aren't different. It make take a little longer or they may need to work a little harder at something, but they can do anything that "normal" kids can. They will be teased for not being able to do things as well as others, but the important part is that they never feel that they can't do something. They just can't do it yet.

I am not sure where you are located, but if you're in the US, the Hydrocephalus Association has meetups and walk a thons to gather support.


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CAE Wah, Tycobrahe Octavia, TS-808HW Tube Screamer, King Of Tone, Delay Llama, Vibe-Bro, Bi-Chorus, and a tuner

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Going to bed means going to either the hotel or the dorm (Richmond VA, Cleveland OH, NYC, and some others have forms at the terminal or close by, other cities they use a hotel) to get a minimum of 9 hours off duty before they call you back in. Sometimes they call you exactly 9 hours from when you pulled in, sometimes you'll be sitting there for days. That's when it really sucks because you'll go to sleep, wake up and stay up all day, then finally when you're nice and tired and ready to go back to sleep, they're like hey come in and do this 8 hour overnight run. You can look at the board for that city online and try to guess when they're going to call you, but often times something comes up that messes up what time you think they're gonna call you. Often times I'd keep myself cooped up in the hotel room trying to match my sleep to what I was reading on the board so I'd be ready to work a 15 hour day, but you can only force yourself to sleep so much. That's when the job starts getting depressing and messing with your head.


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Thank you so much! So many lovely sentiments in one short paragraph. I'll be returning to this on rainy days. :)

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Ha! Great question. So many weird things. We have often have to use locations for many scenes, so right around the corner from the preschool classroom, might be a nail salon, created in an office space somewhere on the premises. I made a mandate that we were not going to have any exterior night time scenes because then you are shooting nights, which destroy me. So we only have 2 scenes and we shot them on a Friday night. And the dick biting pic probably had more emails with lawyers, discussions of shaft, pubic hair than you can possibly imagine. Months of discussions!


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I was told as a kid that I had verbal diarrhea! I wouldn't shut up and that I talk to fast. My reply - "You listen to slowly" I sold my parents house when I was 10. Who's VINCE?

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How did you find not going full time on the project? It's generally frowned upon in the start up world to keep your day job but you guys managed and succeeded.

It's been really rough, I've been doing more work than I really should and sacrificing time away from my family. My wife cried a bit last night because she was still scared that "She wasn't going to get me back"


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Oh gosh...I wish I had better answers for you. Pain management is something I've been struggling with as well as energy. Basically, when I know that I have something planned that will require a lot of energy, I take it easy the day before and I'm usually still bed ridden or close to it the day after. A REALLY busy day can result in me collapsing in bed early in tears. I find Ibuprofen doesn't do much and I keep norco or oxycodone on hand in case it's REALLY bad, but I rarely take it.

As for depression, I haven't dealt with that too much since I was a kid. I realized that I can be upset that this is happening to me and that I'm stuck with it, or I can move on and work with what I have. I will never get to be a test pilot (my dream job) but I can build the airplanes (degree in engineering). I might miss some functions because of surgery and it might take me longer to do what comes naturally to others, but I know that I'm trying my best and working my ass off. I can do everything they can do even if I have to work for it. My hydrocephalus dictate my life, it's just an annoying passenger along for the ride.

I definitely sympathize. I'm sorry you've had so many revisions. I'm thinking of making a punch card for my neurosurgeon to see if I can get my 20th free. He's not too keen on the idea.

Edit: I want to clarify that my pain is not from hydrocephalus, it's from my underlying condition that caused hydrocephalus. It's called Dandy-Walker Syndrome.

The cause of hydrocephalus is different for everyone.

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They just came to me and asked if I wanted to play myself in an episode. I think it's a hilarious show and I'm so honored to be part of it. They've asked me a couple more times and it's been a really fun project to be apart of.


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So, (double homicide notwithstanding) I've said this before but I think Michael and Walt should have had a chance to be together. I wish Michael could have raised Walt, on the island or back in the real world, because I think Michael was robbed of that opportunity from the beginning. But that's just me.

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CAE Wah, Tycobrahe Octavia, TS-808HW Tube Screamer, King Of Tone, Delay Llama, Vibe-Bro, Bi-Chorus, and a tuner


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Going to bed means going to either the hotel or the dorm (Richmond VA, Cleveland OH, NYC, and some others have forms at the terminal or close by, other cities they use a hotel) to get a minimum of 9 hours off duty before they call you back in. Sometimes they call you exactly 9 hours from when you pulled in, sometimes you'll be sitting there for days. That's when it really sucks because you'll go to sleep, wake up and stay up all day, then finally when you're nice and tired and ready to go back to sleep, they're like hey come in and do this 8 hour overnight run. You can look at the board for that city online and try to guess when they're going to call you, but often times something comes up that messes up what time you think they're gonna call you. Often times I'd keep myself cooped up in the hotel room trying to match my sleep to what I was reading on the board so I'd be ready to work a 15 hour day, but you can only force yourself to sleep so much. That's when the job starts getting depressing and messing with your head.

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Thank you so much! So many lovely sentiments in one short paragraph. I'll be returning to this on rainy days. :)


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Is your farm affected by the current administration's push against illegal immigrants? If so, how? If not, how do you work 2200 acres?

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what did you eat?


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Does the success of this launch convince you at all to quit said day job and focus more on game dev?

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Hi Jessica Biel! I'm sure the ship has sailed now, but was there ever talk of an A-Team sequel several years ago? Would you have wanted to return to that series if it had gotten a greenlight?


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I'm hooking on to this comment because the automoderator requires all top level comments to be questions...

My family has a bit of history with both the condition and the treatment. One of my uncles was born with hydrocephalus. 60+ years ago though it was considered a permanent condition and he would never have any mental development to speak of. He was literally a lump that ate and pooped with no hope of getting past that point.

The doctors told my grandfather that he had to think of his family and get my uncle into an institution. Since they were not wealthy they couldn't afford a private institution and had to wait until the state had a spot. During this time they asked if they'd be willing to take part in a medical experiment. I won't call it a medical trial because they didn't really consider it treatment, it was more to just see what happened (this was a very different time when it came to medical ethics...). The medical procedure was installing what they called a "shunt" to drain the fluid from his brain.

After a while my grandmother noticed something... He started tracking objects with his eyes. He started reacting to what was going on around him. The doctors originally said they were just confused or having wishful thinking but eventually they had to admit that they were right.

When the state called to say they had room for my uncle at an institution my grandfather told them it was no longer needed... My uncle was developing mentally.

I wish it had a completely happy ending but after a while he developed an infection because of how the shunt drained (they no longer use this method). The infection killed him. While it's sad, I'm glad to hear about people like the OP. It makes me think that what my uncle and grandparents went through meant something.

OP, I don't have a question but I'm so glad to hear that the treatment (though still difficult) is helping.

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Quick tips to step my guitar playing up a notch?


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So they only require you to be off duty for 9 hours between shifts? They don't require that you get some sleep in that time? And they expected you to be ready to go within an hour when there's the possibility that you'd been up all day waiting and would be driving when you normally should be sleeping? Doesn't sound very safe.

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Can people make a living off of glass blowing? Serious question


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there's plural lawyers who specialize in dick biting pic legal conundrums?

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Where do you think infomercials are headed in the future? Are they still going to be relevant 10 years from now


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Does the success of this launch convince you at all to quit said day job and focus more on game dev?

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There should be a lemon law for those kind of things. Back in the shop too many times? You get it replaced for free.


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Hi Jessica Biel! I'm sure the ship has sailed now, but was there ever talk of an A-Team sequel several years ago? Would you have wanted to return to that series if it had gotten a greenlight?

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Thank you for giving your life for the Oceanic Six ;) OK so I know you 're not really Michael Dawson obviously but the show was a huge part of my life for many years. Did you keep any items off the set of Lost when you left?

Also, thanks so much for raising autism awareness, dude.


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Quick tips to step my guitar playing up a notch?

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So they only require you to be off duty for 9 hours between shifts? They don't require that you get some sleep in that time? And they expected you to be ready to go within an hour when there's the possibility that you'd been up all day waiting and would be driving when you normally should be sleeping? Doesn't sound very safe.


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Can people make a living off of glass blowing? Serious question

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We haven't really been directly impacted yet. We did have one employee who had a green card, but who had had a DUI and it turned out never went to court for it, and I guess all the anti-immigrant rhetoric made him so nervous he chose to go back to Mexico on his own.

Your question is implying that our employees are all illegal though, and I want to stress how untrue that is. I can't deny that there are large numbers of illegal immigrants within the agricultural community, but there are also a lot of immigrants here legally, or who came illegally but have since gained citizenship.


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I'll come back in a minutes and type up a list, but for now, here's a video answer. This is me on the trail, right after resupply:

https://youtu.be/E8-qKNPZU74

Meals On Trail: I want something light, cheap, and full of calories. Notice that flavor does not come into play.

  • Breakfast - Pop tarts or Honey Buns. The ones that have that thick layer of "icing" that you can peel off in one piece? Yeah, save that for tent repairs later. Seriously though, you want big calories and carbs early in the day. 700 calories in one of those bad boys. I also add Carnation Instant Breakfast to my instant coffee just for the calories and vitamins.

  • Lunch - No such thing. I used to stop in the middle of the day and cook up some ramen, but that's time consuming and in the summer it's too hot to eat soup anyway. Instead, gnaw on the ramen brick while you walk. The crunchy bits brush your teeth while you eat, so it's two for one. But for real, I kept my pockets stuffed with Clif Bars, jerky, dried fruit, snickers, a small jar of peanut butter, nuts, berries... pretty much munching all day.

  • Dinner - Knorr pasta sides. Throw in a packet of tuna for protein. Maybe thicken it with insta potatoes too. Mmmmm. Gruel.

Meals in Town: This is a whole new ball game. You've been operating at caloric deficit for days. Time to binge.

  • If I could time it right, I liked to get into town around lunch time. I'd start with a beer, a salad and either a cheese burger or a large pizza. Just for me. After a second beer and a few scoops of ice cream, I'm ready to (a) do laundry and (b) start thinking about where I'll have dinner.
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Does the success of this launch convince you at all to quit said day job and focus more on game dev?

While successful, we're just getting to the point where I'll see all the money back that I've put in, if we didn't spend any more on Fictorum, which we will.

I'm not sure how sales will continue, but I'd love to be able to quit my job


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I think there was probably talk of a sequel and yes I had a lot of fun working on that show with all those guys. Would've absolutely loved being part of that cast with those guys, and yes, they were all really funny as well.

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That's a really touching story. Thank you for sharing! I'm sorry about your uncle.


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Do you play in a band? If not, go play with some real people. Find a Blues jam and sit in. The single best thing for my playing was playing on stage every night with other people and getting out of the house with it.

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Yup. When in the hotel or dorm, it's 9 hours + 1 hr to report. At your home terminal is 9 hours + 2 hours to report, except NYC which gets 3 hours to report. And no, they can only mandate you be off duty, they can't mandate that you sleep during that time off. They urge you to sleep, but we've all got things that need to get done sometimes during our time off. And then yeah, the varying schedule means your bodies internal clock is all fucked up. One day I could get a 3pm report, the next day a 5am report, be in the hotel for the next 36 hours playing blues clues with the board, then get 2 days of 9pm report, and I may not have even gone home at all in that time. There's a reason most of Greyhounds severe accidents are fatigue related. You can of course always call out sick or fatigued and they'll book you off for another 12 hours or so, but you can only do it so much before it starts causing problems with management.

Edit: the craziest part of all this, Greyhound is actually one of the best in terms of time off between jobs. The federal minimum is 8 hours and most charter companies, in my experience, go by the bare minimum. For me it's just a matter of learning when to say no


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Sure. It's actually one of the easier mediums to make a living with because there are so few schools that teach it.

You can be the head artist, who's making and coming up with the designs, or get a job assisting a head artist in creating their work and caring for their studio.

There's jobs making custom lamp shades, science equipment, and so forth.

There's jobs teaching, the sort of class where someone comes for a day to make a paperweight are really common in tourist area's. Of course there's also teaching at the university's or the additional education glassblowing camps.

There are also jobs at tourist places and amusement parks to make glass while people watch.

I think that I would most enjoy being an assistant or a shop monitor.

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oh there are gaggles of dick biting pic lawyers. and it bleeds into lemon tree/homosexual chalk trees. that was another insane amount of back and forth for months.


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Yes, We are in in over 60 countries globally. I think the length might change due to the fact that we won't have to be boxed in by broadcast air time. I think we will have to adapt to the ever changing media environment. I like the saying ADAPT OR DIE......so we will adapt! :-)))

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Does the success of this launch convince you at all to quit said day job and focus more on game dev?

While successful, we're just getting to the point where I'll see all the money back that I've put in, if we didn't spend any more on Fictorum, which we will.

I'm not sure how sales will continue, but I'd love to be able to quit my job


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Yes! I actually made a punch card for my neurosurgeon. I'm hoping I get the 20th surgery free.

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I think there was probably talk of a sequel and yes I had a lot of fun working on that show with all those guys. Would've absolutely loved being part of that cast with those guys, and yes, they were all really funny as well.


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Thank you my friend. I did not keep anything from lost because I was so in and out of the show everything thats there needed to stay until the end. Tough I do have a few 8x10s of Josh Holloway that I kiss nightly 😁.

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Do you play in a band? If not, go play with some real people. Find a Blues jam and sit in. The single best thing for my playing was playing on stage every night with other people and getting out of the house with it.


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Yup. When in the hotel or dorm, it's 9 hours + 1 hr to report. At your home terminal is 9 hours + 2 hours to report, except NYC which gets 3 hours to report. And no, they can only mandate you be off duty, they can't mandate that you sleep during that time off. They urge you to sleep, but we've all got things that need to get done sometimes during our time off. And then yeah, the varying schedule means your bodies internal clock is all fucked up. One day I could get a 3pm report, the next day a 5am report, be in the hotel for the next 36 hours playing blues clues with the board, then get 2 days of 9pm report, and I may not have even gone home at all in that time. There's a reason most of Greyhounds severe accidents are fatigue related. You can of course always call out sick or fatigued and they'll book you off for another 12 hours or so, but you can only do it so much before it starts causing problems with management.

Edit: the craziest part of all this, Greyhound is actually one of the best in terms of time off between jobs. The federal minimum is 8 hours and most charter companies, in my experience, go by the bare minimum. For me it's just a matter of learning when to say no

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Sure. It's actually one of the easier mediums to make a living with because there are so few schools that teach it.

You can be the head artist, who's making and coming up with the designs, or get a job assisting a head artist in creating their work and caring for their studio.

There's jobs making custom lamp shades, science equipment, and so forth.

There's jobs teaching, the sort of class where someone comes for a day to make a paperweight are really common in tourist area's. Of course there's also teaching at the university's or the additional education glassblowing camps.

There are also jobs at tourist places and amusement parks to make glass while people watch.

I think that I would most enjoy being an assistant or a shop monitor.


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I didn't mean to imply that.

I worked a 500 acre family potato farm for almost 2 years when I was 17 and we didn't see many immigrants, but I've been recently reading of harvests rotting in the fields and wondered if you were affected by it. With 2200 acres, I wasn't sure how much help you guys needed.

It certainly was the hardest work for the smallest amount of money I've ever done. Laying pipe and picking rock in the hot sun and mud gives you a perspective on what it takes to put food on tables.

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The pic on the right looks like one of those photos a terrorist group that hides out in the jungles of the Philippines might release demanding ransom money. Are you back to normal?


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What kind, if any, of experience did you guys have in game development when you started?

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Hey Jessica! Thanks for doing this AMA. Which actor/actress was the funniest to work with?


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I'm also hooking on as I don't have a question - just wanted to say thank you for raising awareness, you're awesome! So many people I know don't even know about Hydrocephalus.

I also have an uncle who was born (in 1955) with hydrocephalus, and very similarly to /u/straighttoplaid had a shunt installed. He lived pretty happily until 1980, when he unfortunately passed away. My grandparents consented to donate his brain to be studied so more could be understood about the condition and how the shunt worked. This happened 3 years before I was born, so sadly I never knew him but everyone says what a sweet guy he was. He liked to make/sew teddy bears.

Best wishes to you, OP, and thanks again for your post!

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did you ever think you would be playing this long or still touring?

btw... i saw you when you played the bluesfest in thunder bay, canada a couple years ago.


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Gosh that must have been so stressful for you. Would they generally be understanding if you said no and explained why?

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Chemist here. Scientific glass blowers make bank but are a dying breed. You ever consider blowing herb burning apparatuses?


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My favorite aspect of your show is the relationship you have with Tom Everett Scott - great chemistry. You are so adorable, it must be easy. But was this one of the main themes you wanted to communicate in the series?

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What is your feelings on Vince Offer? Is that rivalry still hot? Also do you get along with Phil Swift?


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What kind, if any, of experience did you guys have in game development when you started?

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What advice would you give to a new parent of a child with Hydrocephalus? More specifically, would you suggest we talk about it with them a lot while growing up? Or treat it as no big deal? I want to be mindful that some things may be harder for them, and give them credit, but at the same time don't want them to use it as a crutch.

Thank you for spreading awareness! It blows my mind that 1 in 1,000 children are born with this (even more adults diagnosed later in life) and yet no one around me in my family or social circle had ever heard of this condition.


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Hey Jessica! Thanks for doing this AMA. Which actor/actress was the funniest to work with?

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Do you think Josh Holloway could have played Gambit of the X-Men 10 years ago? I would have loved to see him in that role.


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did you ever think you would be playing this long or still touring?

btw... i saw you when you played the bluesfest in thunder bay, canada a couple years ago.

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Gosh that must have been so stressful for you. Would they generally be understanding if you said no and explained why?


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Chemist here. Scientific glass blowers make bank but are a dying breed. You ever consider blowing herb burning apparatuses?

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Ah sorry I jumped to conclusions. I've been a little touchy lately regarding immigration.

So here's something I should have pointed out earlier, there are labor crews who get contracted to work individual jobs by a farm for higher value crops like a vineyard or orchard, or even fresh produce. We use a local labor contractor to prune our grapes each winter, and to thin grape clusters before harvest. We did have to wait awhile this year to get our clusters thinned because the labor crews are running short. Luckily we can harvest them mechanically so that shouldn't be a problem. I don't think most farms themselves would see as much of a shortage because their employees tend to be employed year round (or mostly year round) versus the more seasonal nature of working on a labor crew.


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Are you back to normal?

Not even close. I'm blurry now.

http://i.imgur.com/DVkBlxL.jpg

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What kind, if any, of experience did you guys have in game development when you started?

Effectively none. I took some c++ classes in college (a good 10 years ago now), and have tinkered here or there, but Fictorum was our first effort at a game.


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Adam Sandler and his crew were pretty amazing to work with. Adam and Kevin James and their whole crew are hilarious to work with. Working with them is almost impossible because they're so clever and on their feet at all times and you're laughing and cracking up during every take. It's so much fun. They make comedy look easy, but it's not. It's way harder than anyone thinks.

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Thank you for sharing your uncle's story! Did you know that the Hydrocephalus Association sells teddy bears with shunts! Your story reminded me of that.


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I had no idea what was going to happen when i first signed my record deal. You never know how people will react to your music. Thankfully it's been about 25 years now and we are still going strong, thanks to the fans.

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Not really, if I can go I'll go. If I can't, I'll tell them no. There was one night in particular, I reported in at 5pm and at 9:30pm they finally told me to go to Cleveland. I told them hell no, so they tried to send me to Montreal, which is hardly any better when you're already tired. I told them I'll go to Albany and they can find another driver there and the only reason I made it that far was because there was an intense storm that night that kept me focused hardcore


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Bongs? Sure, we're not banned from making them or anything.

So far my interest has mainly been hot sculpting, not specifically blowing, so I couldn't really make a good bong with my skill set.

They do well on Etsy though.

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This was truly maybe the biggest goal of the show. I feel like the show lives and breathes in the relationship of Andrea and Mike. It is the grounding force that allows my character to be pretty out there. And I had never seen a couple on TV that have been together for a long time who still love to be together and have chemistry. Which is crazy, as so many people I know are very happy together after many years!


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Who are these people? I have no idea who you're talking about.....

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What kind, if any, of experience did you guys have in game development when you started?

Effectively none. I took some c++ classes in college (a good 10 years ago now), and have tinkered here or there, but Fictorum was our first effort at a game.


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What advice would you give to a new parent of a child with Hydrocephalus?

Remember that the warning signs of shunt malfunction are not universal. That you know your child best, second only to how well your child knows themself. He/she is also a normal child, so headaches, vomiting when sick, etc. are normal and not always a sign of shunt malfunction. I have a checklist of things I go through before I head to the ER for a malfunction:

  • Eat something. Something high in iron and protein. Usually red meat will do the trick.
  • Caffeine. I must admit, I'm addicted.
  • Hydrate. I don't drink water, but I'm usually good about staying hydrated with juice and stuff, but it's something I need to stay aware of.
  • Nap. Generally I never wake up with a headache. The only times I do is when I'm having a malfunction, if my pillows are too hard, or if my pillows slip out from under my head during the night.
  • I wait and keep track of my headache patterns. While the headaches are serious and life threatening, a lot of things can cause prolonged headaches (the flu, menstruation, etc) so I need to be careful to not jump the gun.

More specifically, would you suggest we talk about it with them a lot while growing up? Or treat it as no big deal?

Why not both? Definitely make sure they are informed and aware, but they aren't different. It make take a little longer or they may need to work a little harder at something, but they can do anything that "normal" kids can. They will be teased for not being able to do things as well as others, but the important part is that they never feel that they can't do something. They just can't do it yet.

I am not sure where you are located, but if you're in the US, the Hydrocephalus Association has meetups and walk a thons to gather support.

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Adam Sandler and his crew were pretty amazing to work with. Adam and Kevin James and their whole crew are hilarious to work with. Working with them is almost impossible because they're so clever and on their feet at all times and you're laughing and cracking up during every take. It's so much fun. They make comedy look easy, but it's not. It's way harder than anyone thinks.


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yup!

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I had no idea what was going to happen when i first signed my record deal. You never know how people will react to your music. Thankfully it's been about 25 years now and we are still going strong, thanks to the fans.


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Not really, if I can go I'll go. If I can't, I'll tell them no. There was one night in particular, I reported in at 5pm and at 9:30pm they finally told me to go to Cleveland. I told them hell no, so they tried to send me to Montreal, which is hardly any better when you're already tired. I told them I'll go to Albany and they can find another driver there and the only reason I made it that far was because there was an intense storm that night that kept me focused hardcore

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Bongs? Sure, we're not banned from making them or anything.

So far my interest has mainly been hot sculpting, not specifically blowing, so I couldn't really make a good bong with my skill set.

They do well on Etsy though.


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I appreciate the info. It's a good look into the differences between seasonal and year-round farming; exactly what these AMA's are for.

Another question; do you ever have moments where you feel this isn't something you wanted to do? If so, what would you have been interested in doing otherwise?

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You look like someone's awesome middle school science teacher


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So the game is written in C++ (with Unreal by the looks of it)? If so that is pretty cool as a lot of indie games these days are Unity/C#. How did you find working with Unreal? What other libraries, tools, etc. did you use?

You mention some C++ classes in college but how did you get your knowledge of C++ to the level where you could comfortably work with the Unreal Engine? Books, web resources?

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Do you ever get jealous of the relationship your husband has with Jimmy Fallon?


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Have you met other people with your condition? Are there groups or is it just too rare?

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Hey Mr. Shepherd! Just wanted to say you are one of the few artists that got me into the blues! But on top of that, I'm a huge car enthusiast and I work for a motorsports website. My question is what is your opinion of the new age muscle cars like the Demon or ZL1 1LE?


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Come on man. Just let it loose. What's that one story you always tell?

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Head shops pay really well for artsy hand blown stuff.


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Who do you admire most in the comedy spectrum? And what is the hardest part of your job?

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Have you seen penguinz0's videos on YouTube of him dubbing over your commercials? What do you think of them?

Here's a playlist of some of them http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRD7N-Zrj2DNE6S2AsY71GuuFgkRuzpWw

Edit: a personal favorite of mine if you're having trouble finding one https://youtu.be/iZjGb18kd7g


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So the game is written in C++ (with Unreal by the looks of it)? If so that is pretty cool as a lot of indie games these days are Unity/C#. How did you find working with Unreal? What other libraries, tools, etc. did you use?

You mention some C++ classes in college but how did you get your knowledge of C++ to the level where you could comfortably work with the Unreal Engine? Books, web resources?

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I'm hooking on to this comment because the automoderator requires all top level comments to be questions...

My family has a bit of history with both the condition and the treatment. One of my uncles was born with hydrocephalus. 60+ years ago though it was considered a permanent condition and he would never have any mental development to speak of. He was literally a lump that ate and pooped with no hope of getting past that point.

The doctors told my grandfather that he had to think of his family and get my uncle into an institution. Since they were not wealthy they couldn't afford a private institution and had to wait until the state had a spot. During this time they asked if they'd be willing to take part in a medical experiment. I won't call it a medical trial because they didn't really consider it treatment, it was more to just see what happened (this was a very different time when it came to medical ethics...). The medical procedure was installing what they called a "shunt" to drain the fluid from his brain.

After a while my grandmother noticed something... He started tracking objects with his eyes. He started reacting to what was going on around him. The doctors originally said they were just confused or having wishful thinking but eventually they had to admit that they were right.

When the state called to say they had room for my uncle at an institution my grandfather told them it was no longer needed... My uncle was developing mentally.

I wish it had a completely happy ending but after a while he developed an infection because of how the shunt drained (they no longer use this method). The infection killed him. While it's sad, I'm glad to hear about people like the OP. It makes me think that what my uncle and grandparents went through meant something.

OP, I don't have a question but I'm so glad to hear that the treatment (though still difficult) is helping.


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Do you ever get jealous of the relationship your husband has with Jimmy Fallon?

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As a father to two autistic children I wanted to thank you for doing this AMA and supporting those with autism! It means a lot. :)

Which character would you say you feel best represents you? The character that most clearly resembles you as a person?

I've also downloaded and installed your app. I'm proud to be one of your supporters and fans!


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Hey Mr. Shepherd! Just wanted to say you are one of the few artists that got me into the blues! But on top of that, I'm a huge car enthusiast and I work for a motorsports website. My question is what is your opinion of the new age muscle cars like the Demon or ZL1 1LE?

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Come on man. Just let it loose. What's that one story you always tell?


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Head shops pay really well for artsy hand blown stuff.

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There are some years where it just sucks, like prices for everything are down and the weather is working against you and laws are being passed that make your job harder, all stuff out of your control, and those times make me question whether farming is really what I want to be doing. This year has been one of those years tbh, but so far my answer has always been in favor of farming.

If I ever couldn't keep farming for whatever reason, I'd probably try to finish up my pilots license and move to Alaska to be a bush/charter pilot.


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Funny you should say that. I used to want to be a middle school science teacher back in the day. My dad was.

Thanks.

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Easier answer, I didn't. Blueprints were enough to carry our project to completion. We were really surprised how well blueprints worked and how far we got with them.


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Oh no, I'm not jealous that every waking moment they can spend together they do... Oh no and I'm not jealous that every time Justin can go on the show he does... oh no, I'm not jealous that they ride tandem bikes together: https://www.instagram.com/p/BUm8rdbBEP-/?hl=en&taken-by=justintimberlake Oh no, I'm not jealous that they sing and rap together. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1omPNEVOIaM Oh I'm not jealous they they go to camp together: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_jXi0nzuow OH NO, I'M NOT JEALOUS AT ALL!!!

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It's not rare at all! In fact, I have 4 friends on facebook that have it and I meet people with it all the time.

Chances are that you probably know at least one person with hydrocephalus and don't even know it. 90% people with spina bifida or cerebral palsy have it and 1 in every 500 to 1000 births result in hydrocehalus.


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I think they're great and we are now living in the new golden age of automobiles. I just ordered a Demon, so that should tell you right there how I feel about it!

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Pick your poison. There's my last night of training driving blind through a blizzard (16 inches of snow, zero visibility) all night long on an interstate that was shut down at 25mph for 10 hours. Had an inch of ice frozen onto some parts of the windshield.

There's the time I was doing NYC to Boston and the destination sign was stuck on Tijuana so in my thickest Spanish accent I announced "okay ladies and yentlemen gwelcone aboard the Greyhound lines to Tijuana Mexico making the one stop in boson Massachusetts, uhhh mi nombre Javier, okay we go" and then burnt out the brakes trying to follow another bus that was flying in the rain because it was my first time going into Boston

Or there's post Greyhound where I worked for this one company in Austin TX where I had to outrun a tornado while driving across Louisiana. Or my first ever job with them which I'll post below tomorrow

Or the sketchy Russian company I used to drive for where the AC went out in Orlando in May and my boss told me to go to Walmart and buy as many fans as I could plug into the outlets and drive back to NYC. I asked him if he wanted me to buy the ones that spray mist too.


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haha, that too. :)

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I admire soooooo many people. But the first person to come to mind is Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Hardest part of my job for this show has definitely been the stamina and never ending focus that this show demands. From the writers room, to preproduction, casting, locations, wardrobe, set design, acting, producing, etc and then editing the shows. It takes almost a year beginning to end of full energy and focus. And I also am a mom. So it is exhausting and you have to treat it like a marathon. But worth it!


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Imitation is the best form of flattery they say! But Jabo0dy Dubs is my favorite. I think if they're gonna be R-rated, it needs to be done with some panache... that's why Jabo0dy is the master- he knows where to drop an F-bomb! But penguinz0, keep em coming.

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Easier answer, I didn't. Blueprints were enough to carry our project to completion. We were really surprised how well blueprints worked and how far we got with them.


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That's a really touching story. Thank you for sharing! I'm sorry about your uncle.

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Oh no, I'm not jealous that every waking moment they can spend together they do... Oh no and I'm not jealous that every time Justin can go on the show he does... oh no, I'm not jealous that they ride tandem bikes together: https://www.instagram.com/p/BUm8rdbBEP-/?hl=en&taken-by=justintimberlake Oh no, I'm not jealous that they sing and rap together. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1omPNEVOIaM Oh I'm not jealous they they go to camp together: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_jXi0nzuow OH NO, I'M NOT JEALOUS AT ALL!!!


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Thank you for your post. Means a lot when I hear from parents in the Autism community. I would say Michael from Lost was probably most like me. He wants to be with his kid. He works hard. He's trying to do the right thing.

Thanks for checking out my app. I look forward to actually interacting with my fans there.

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I think they're great and we are now living in the new golden age of automobiles. I just ordered a Demon, so that should tell you right there how I feel about it!


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Pick your poison. There's my last night of training driving blind through a blizzard (16 inches of snow, zero visibility) all night long on an interstate that was shut down at 25mph for 10 hours. Had an inch of ice frozen onto some parts of the windshield.

There's the time I was doing NYC to Boston and the destination sign was stuck on Tijuana so in my thickest Spanish accent I announced "okay ladies and yentlemen gwelcone aboard the Greyhound lines to Tijuana Mexico making the one stop in boson Massachusetts, uhhh mi nombre Javier, okay we go" and then burnt out the brakes trying to follow another bus that was flying in the rain because it was my first time going into Boston

Or there's post Greyhound where I worked for this one company in Austin TX where I had to outrun a tornado while driving across Louisiana. Or my first ever job with them which I'll post below tomorrow

Or the sketchy Russian company I used to drive for where the AC went out in Orlando in May and my boss told me to go to Walmart and buy as many fans as I could plug into the outlets and drive back to NYC. I asked him if he wanted me to buy the ones that spray mist too.

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haha, that too. :)


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How do you think automation will affect your industry in the future?

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How much money did you need saved for this whole thing?


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It's this sort of honesty that gets me to purchase a developer's game. You seem like a good guy with a dream and you went and realized it.

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To be fair, you've ridden a tandem bike with Jimmy too, possibly even first?

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


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When I read "valve in my head" I honestly imagined this and had a chuckle for a good minute.

I don't really have a question, so, uh, how are you doing today?

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Hell yeah! Good to hear. Thanks for doing the AMA, I could honestly ask you a million questions. Any chance you would be interested in doing an interview for my website? Thanks again!


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He's keeping an eye on it.

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OP is a glassblowing major so at the moment she's surrounded by people telling success stories. Yes some people make a living blowing glass but MANY more try and fail. It's a hard industry to get a leg up in unless you have someone bankrolling you. Lots of freeloader kids live off their parents and apprentice for free. It means the low level jobs don't pay jack. If you can't afford to live for nothing or have 2 full time jobs it's tough. It's a great career for half of a double income couple where the other person has something really stable. It's also a really expensive art to do. Building a studio for glass is 1000x the price as building one for painting for example. Renting time is upwards of a few hundred dollars for a few hours. You might get a gig where you work in exchange for time but out of the 100 or so kids I knew who scored jobs like that, very few actually used their 'free' time. After working 60hrs in a hot shop all week most people use their Saturday to get other stuff done.

I have a masters degree in glass sculpture. I've known literally hundreds of students who majored or minored in glassblowing. Maybe 30-40 of those are actually working full time making glass and maybe 15 of them have real strong careers that could support a comfortable life (like ever being able to retire or have health insurance)

So OP might not be the best source for what the job market really looks like since they are still in school. Not saying OP can't make a life of it. It's just not all roses like they tell you in school.

tl;dr: it's not thaaaaat easy to make a living as a glass artist but it's possible.

Source: been there.


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Well for what it's worth the show reflect your teams effort. So funny and the atmosphere feels natural. One of the best shows I've seen. Great job in life:)

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Do you ever watch the remakes of some of your infomercials, if so what do you think of them?


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It's this sort of honesty that gets me to purchase a developer's game. You seem like a good guy with a dream and you went and realized it.

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I'm also hooking on as I don't have a question - just wanted to say thank you for raising awareness, you're awesome! So many people I know don't even know about Hydrocephalus.

I also have an uncle who was born (in 1955) with hydrocephalus, and very similarly to /u/straighttoplaid had a shunt installed. He lived pretty happily until 1980, when he unfortunately passed away. My grandparents consented to donate his brain to be studied so more could be understood about the condition and how the shunt worked. This happened 3 years before I was born, so sadly I never knew him but everyone says what a sweet guy he was. He liked to make/sew teddy bears.

Best wishes to you, OP, and thanks again for your post!


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To be fair, you've ridden a tandem bike with Jimmy too, possibly even first?

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

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I second this! u/harold_perrineau As an autistic person, I'd really love to know more about what made you decide to do advocacy for us - thank you, BTW - and why you picked ASAN over other charities?


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Hell yeah! Good to hear. Thanks for doing the AMA, I could honestly ask you a million questions. Any chance you would be interested in doing an interview for my website? Thanks again!

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He's keeping an eye on it.


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OP is a glassblowing major so at the moment she's surrounded by people telling success stories. Yes some people make a living blowing glass but MANY more try and fail. It's a hard industry to get a leg up in unless you have someone bankrolling you. Lots of freeloader kids live off their parents and apprentice for free. It means the low level jobs don't pay jack. If you can't afford to live for nothing or have 2 full time jobs it's tough. It's a great career for half of a double income couple where the other person has something really stable. It's also a really expensive art to do. Building a studio for glass is 1000x the price as building one for painting for example. Renting time is upwards of a few hundred dollars for a few hours. You might get a gig where you work in exchange for time but out of the 100 or so kids I knew who scored jobs like that, very few actually used their 'free' time. After working 60hrs in a hot shop all week most people use their Saturday to get other stuff done.

I have a masters degree in glass sculpture. I've known literally hundreds of students who majored or minored in glassblowing. Maybe 30-40 of those are actually working full time making glass and maybe 15 of them have real strong careers that could support a comfortable life (like ever being able to retire or have health insurance)

So OP might not be the best source for what the job market really looks like since they are still in school. Not saying OP can't make a life of it. It's just not all roses like they tell you in school.

tl;dr: it's not thaaaaat easy to make a living as a glass artist but it's possible.

Source: been there.

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I'm torn on this because on the one hand, one of my favorite aspects of my job is the machinery I get to use and interact with. It still blows my mind that a satellite thousands of miles above the earth can drive a tractor pulling a chisel in a perfectly straight line and not disturb the drip tape buried in the field because it has sub-inch accuracy. On the other hand, I really like my coworkers and the path towards further automation is slowly closing the door on their jobs. Just like how self-checkouts are starting to make cashiers obsolete, pretty soon the role of the tractor driver will be largely obsolete. It's both fascinating and saddening.

There are a lot of raw manual labor jobs that stand to be eliminated by what I predict will be a new robotized labor force. Whether it's moving irrigation pipe or pruning grapevines, it is becoming increasingly apparent that jobs previously reserved out of a need for human dexterity are no longer safe from mechanization. It will be awesome that people don't have to do such repetitive, brain-numbing, back straining tasks anymore, but we need to be prepared to retrain a lot of people for new jobs when that time comes, and I say that regarding automation across all industries.


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Everyone's answer will be different. I already had all my gear for example. But I also had bills to pay back home. To normalize this, we'll make the following assumptions:

  1. You have all your gear. (That cost varies wildly... give me time)
  2. We're not factoring in costs back home.

The whole thing can be done for $5k. If you don't stop in town too often and don't drink too much beer when you do, $5k is about a grand per month, or $250 a week, and your only expenses are food, rides and laundry. Plus the occasional hotel/hostel.

That's pretty lean though. If you want to enjoy a few zero days (you hike zero miles and enjoy town life instead) and sleep in a few more warm beds, $6-7K is easy to spend, too.

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Yea, I don't want people to misunderstand (again) what blueprints are. It's not preformed code we took and modified. Epic just did an amazing job at making a visual scripting language for their C++.

https://docs.unrealengine.com/latest/INT/Engine/Blueprints/


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I actually rode a tandem bike with Jimmy on his show a few years ago I believe.... around the studio, for absolutely no other reason other than it was fun. So wait, that means Jimmy and I did bro biking first!

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Good! I caught a Zapdos in Pokemon Go and now I'm drinking beer and eating pizza while answering all these questions.

How are you?


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Whats your website? Usually interviews are scheduled through management or the publicist. If you contact either one of them we can try to get it set up

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Lawn Care is important


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This is a good alternative perspective. I'm also not personally fussed to work full time in the glass blowing studio. Sure, it would be nice.

But, really, I got a scholarship to this really good art school and my family encouraged me to do both what I loved and what I was good at. Maybe I'll do something totally unrelated to art from 9-5.

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thanks! xox


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Not unless I have to! I cringe sometimes, i have a hard time watching myself back, always think I could have done it better!

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Yea, I don't want people to misunderstand (again) what blueprints are. It's not preformed code we took and modified. Epic just did an amazing job at making a visual scripting language for their C++.

https://docs.unrealengine.com/latest/INT/Engine/Blueprints/


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Thank you for sharing your uncle's story! Did you know that the Hydrocephalus Association sells teddy bears with shunts! Your story reminded me of that.

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I actually rode a tandem bike with Jimmy on his show a few years ago I believe.... around the studio, for absolutely no other reason other than it was fun. So wait, that means Jimmy and I did bro biking first!


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I answered this somewhere else as well but: I chose ASAN because they are run by and for autistic people. I like that they advocate for equal rights and don't treat Autism as a disease to be cured.

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Whats your website? Usually interviews are scheduled through management or the publicist. If you contact either one of them we can try to get it set up


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Lawn Care is important

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This is a good alternative perspective. I'm also not personally fussed to work full time in the glass blowing studio. Sure, it would be nice.

But, really, I got a scholarship to this really good art school and my family encouraged me to do both what I loved and what I was good at. Maybe I'll do something totally unrelated to art from 9-5.


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What do you wish that us suburban or city-folk knew about farming in America? Your life is quite different as I just buy stuff at the store.

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You just linked back to this entire thread.


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Not sure from watching the trailer but is there a linear storyline or is this a sandbox destroy everything at will type of game?

Will modding be supported or possibly at a later date?

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Hey Jessica! I went to USC in 2007-2011 and you filmed a movie with Jake Gyllenhaal at the courthouse about a woman who got a nailgun to the head? What ever happened to that movie and did you enjoy Columbia?


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Thank you for doing this; my three year old daughter has hydrocephalus due to spina bifida. We did ETV surgery last summer and she seems stable at the moment. What advice would you give myself or my wife as a parent of a child with hydrocephalus? Obviously we're always worried about complications, but is there any day-to-day advice you'd give? Thanks again!

Edit: In my excitement to get this out, I just realized that this question has basically at least been asked. So, I guess I would ask -- what advice would you give to my daughter as she gets closer to elementary-school aged?

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With your fan base growing so rapidly over the years will you still play at smaller intimate venues? Being a huge fan it's the greatest experience rather than big arenas (((stone pony))) 😙


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Why do you think Greyhound kind of has a bad reputation? I've heard only negative things about Greyhound buses and stations. I live in Europe and travel with a bus all the time and have never had a bad experience but I'm a little nervous to ride with y'all because of all the negative feedback I've heard about Greyhound.

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To you, OP, and any other glassblowers:

I practiced (two semesters of classes) glassblowing in high schools. Some sculpture, but mostly blowing and cold work. My university doesn't have glass facilities. - I know renting benches can be expensive. Any tips on finding less expensive places to continue glasswork as a hobby (like, criteria to look for)? - What sort of abilities do maestros (or even just glassblowers looking to employ other people) look for in hiring people? If I'm at the bottom of the pecking order, could I still assist with glass? I'm busy with school, so I'm more interested in part-time work. - Any tips for getting into scientific glassblowing? I've never done it before but it seems like it would complement my Life Science-oriented education well. Thanks!

Edit: apparently my uni has a scientific glassblowing dept that appears to be made up of one person and may be experiencing difficulty due to staff shortage. I think I'll email that one person.


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How did you get cast to play a lesbian on Episodes?? Please have the details be as lascivious as possible. If they are not lascivious, please make some up.

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Did your two DreamJobbing winners ever wind up going to Florida and working with you? If so, what did they get to work on?


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Not sure from watching the trailer but is there a linear storyline or is this a sandbox destroy everything at will type of game?

Will modding be supported or possibly at a later date?

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Have you met other people with your condition? Are there groups or is it just too rare?


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Hey Jessica! I went to USC in 2007-2011 and you filmed a movie with Jake Gyllenhaal at the courthouse about a woman who got a nailgun to the head? What ever happened to that movie and did you enjoy Columbia?

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Augustus Hill! Loved you as the voice of Oz, definitely a classic TV show and highly binge worthy.

Do you have any interesting or memorable stories from your years of work on that show? How was the guy who played Adabisi in person? He seems like he'd be a loud, but nice and funny guy


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With your fan base growing so rapidly over the years will you still play at smaller intimate venues? Being a huge fan it's the greatest experience rather than big arenas (((stone pony))) 😙

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Why do you think Greyhound kind of has a bad reputation? I've heard only negative things about Greyhound buses and stations. I live in Europe and travel with a bus all the time and have never had a bad experience but I'm a little nervous to ride with y'all because of all the negative feedback I've heard about Greyhound.


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To you, OP, and any other glassblowers:

I practiced (two semesters of classes) glassblowing in high schools. Some sculpture, but mostly blowing and cold work. My university doesn't have glass facilities. - I know renting benches can be expensive. Any tips on finding less expensive places to continue glasswork as a hobby (like, criteria to look for)? - What sort of abilities do maestros (or even just glassblowers looking to employ other people) look for in hiring people? If I'm at the bottom of the pecking order, could I still assist with glass? I'm busy with school, so I'm more interested in part-time work. - Any tips for getting into scientific glassblowing? I've never done it before but it seems like it would complement my Life Science-oriented education well. Thanks!

Edit: apparently my uni has a scientific glassblowing dept that appears to be made up of one person and may be experiencing difficulty due to staff shortage. I think I'll email that one person.

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I think it's important to point out not to be afraid of farming corporations. A lot of modern American farms are incorporated but are still family owned and operated. Our farm is incorporated largely in order to protect my dad's and my grandpa's (and one day my own) personal assets like their homes in case the farm ever goes bankrupt, but we aren't some huge multinational conglomerate.

I think it's also important to try to understand the food system that feeds you, and I've been surprised over the past few years to hear how guilty people feel about not knowing more about it. That's partly why I wanted to do this AMA, to help bridge the gap consumers have with their food providers.


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Fixed.

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Not sure from watching the trailer but is there a linear storyline or is this a sandbox destroy everything at will type of game?

If you've ever played FTL (if not go buy it), the game plays like that, only instead of a ship your a mage, and instead of a ship battle your blowing up towns and people.

Will modding be supported or possibly at a later date?

We're doing our best to get modding in soonTM, working on Mac and Linux support first.


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Yes, I did enjoy Columbia as a matter of fact I love it. I rented a tandem bike and drove it all over that city with my friend. So take that Jimmy and Justin! That film ended up getting released under the title Accidental Love. The production kept getting shut down due to financial issues and actually we never finished the film....we got shut down before shooting the last scene... and it wasn't until years later when someone bought the film and recut it without that scene.... in my mind, unfinished because we never shot the last scene.

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That's great that she had a successful ETV! So is she currently unshunted? Or will they remove it later? Or leave it as backup?

Advice for your daughter: You are not your diagnosis. You can do anything, don't let anyone tell you that you can't.


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We do a variety of different venues from large outdoor amphitheaters to more intimate smaller settings as well depending on the market and the tour. I know the fans love the smaller places because they are much closer to the band. I've found that the happy medium for most people is a nice theater. Still feels intimate but not too small.

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The clientele. Even in training they tell us we'll be driving the nations bail jumpers, fleeing felons, ex cons, pimps and prostitutes. In my experience though, most of my passengers were pleasant and just wanted to get from A to B. A lot of the stations are a hub of homelessness, beggars, and especially in NYC, the mentally ill. The ones Greyhound owns though largely employ some sort of security that keeps it restricted to ticketed passengers and those waiting for them (Philly for example), but again, not always the classiest of people. Between riding and driving, I've never had an issue that was truly concerning.

The bad rep also comes from the way they operate. Just because you have a ticket with a specific time and specific date, it doesn't mean you're guaranteed a seat on that bus. They just keep selling tickets regardless of how many seats are available. At the larger terminals like NYC they'll often bring out another bus or two to handle the overflow, but only if they can find a bus and a driver (they are perpetually short drivers). At a lot of the smaller stops, like Wilmington DE, If there aren't enough seats, you gotta wait for the next one which can be several hours. You also hear of drivers getting lost a lot. That's because they give us these paper directions that are often wrong or haven't been updated since god knows when (best one I had was telling me to take a road to the 2nd casino entrance marked hotels, but the road had since been turned into a highway and the exit to access the casino was actually 2 miles back). Even when they are right, we're trying to drive the bus, read the directions, and watch for the street sign signs. They train us on as many stops as possible for the city that we work out of, but it's impossible to cover all of them in the time they spend training us, and for the ones we do go to, it's impossible to remember them all of one visit. To give you an idea, an NYC based driver has a typical range they'll send us to of Bangor ME, Montreal QB, Cleveland OH, and Norfolk/Richmond VA, with dozens of stops in between, but drivers have ended up getting sent as far as Minneapolis, Florida, Atlanta, etc. Oh and sometimes we cover other companies schedules and have to do their stops, like Peter Pan and Adirondack Trailways. It's honestly a miracle getting lost doesn't happen more often


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This is a question for the future me who (hopefully) has graduated and gotten a job. I'll be interested to hear other's opinions though.

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Hahaha! I auditioned for it! Once on tape and once to meet Kathleen for a chemistry read for the creators. But I can send you to a lesbian porn site and then you can pretend that storyline is my path to Helen Bash? Is that helpful?


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We are working on that now, I am hoping to do something with the book, the pitches were great, hopefully we will be able to do something with the book. I'm good friends with the Dreamjobbing peeps so "Watch This Space"

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Not sure from watching the trailer but is there a linear storyline or is this a sandbox destroy everything at will type of game?

If you've ever played FTL (if not go buy it), the game plays like that, only instead of a ship your a mage, and instead of a ship battle your blowing up towns and people.

Will modding be supported or possibly at a later date?

We're doing our best to get modding in soonTM, working on Mac and Linux support first.


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It's not rare at all! In fact, I have 4 friends on facebook that have it and I meet people with it all the time.

Chances are that you probably know at least one person with hydrocephalus and don't even know it. 90% people with spina bifida or cerebral palsy have it and 1 in every 500 to 1000 births result in hydrocehalus.

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Yes, I did enjoy Columbia as a matter of fact I love it. I rented a tandem bike and drove it all over that city with my friend. So take that Jimmy and Justin! That film ended up getting released under the title Accidental Love. The production kept getting shut down due to financial issues and actually we never finished the film....we got shut down before shooting the last scene... and it wasn't until years later when someone bought the film and recut it without that scene.... in my mind, unfinished because we never shot the last scene.


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OZ was one of my favorite work experiences. We had such a great group of creative people and we were doing something that had not been done before so it was exciting and scary all at the same time.

During the first season we would do this thing were we would shoot 2 versions of certain scenes. 1 for HBO and 1 for network television but somewhere toward the end of that season we realized that we were NEVER going to be on network TV.

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We do a variety of different venues from large outdoor amphitheaters to more intimate smaller settings as well depending on the market and the tour. I know the fans love the smaller places because they are much closer to the band. I've found that the happy medium for most people is a nice theater. Still feels intimate but not too small.


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The clientele. Even in training they tell us we'll be driving the nations bail jumpers, fleeing felons, ex cons, pimps and prostitutes. In my experience though, most of my passengers were pleasant and just wanted to get from A to B. A lot of the stations are a hub of homelessness, beggars, and especially in NYC, the mentally ill. The ones Greyhound owns though largely employ some sort of security that keeps it restricted to ticketed passengers and those waiting for them (Philly for example), but again, not always the classiest of people. Between riding and driving, I've never had an issue that was truly concerning.

The bad rep also comes from the way they operate. Just because you have a ticket with a specific time and specific date, it doesn't mean you're guaranteed a seat on that bus. They just keep selling tickets regardless of how many seats are available. At the larger terminals like NYC they'll often bring out another bus or two to handle the overflow, but only if they can find a bus and a driver (they are perpetually short drivers). At a lot of the smaller stops, like Wilmington DE, If there aren't enough seats, you gotta wait for the next one which can be several hours. You also hear of drivers getting lost a lot. That's because they give us these paper directions that are often wrong or haven't been updated since god knows when (best one I had was telling me to take a road to the 2nd casino entrance marked hotels, but the road had since been turned into a highway and the exit to access the casino was actually 2 miles back). Even when they are right, we're trying to drive the bus, read the directions, and watch for the street sign signs. They train us on as many stops as possible for the city that we work out of, but it's impossible to cover all of them in the time they spend training us, and for the ones we do go to, it's impossible to remember them all of one visit. To give you an idea, an NYC based driver has a typical range they'll send us to of Bangor ME, Montreal QB, Cleveland OH, and Norfolk/Richmond VA, with dozens of stops in between, but drivers have ended up getting sent as far as Minneapolis, Florida, Atlanta, etc. Oh and sometimes we cover other companies schedules and have to do their stops, like Peter Pan and Adirondack Trailways. It's honestly a miracle getting lost doesn't happen more often

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This is a question for the future me who (hopefully) has graduated and gotten a job. I'll be interested to hear other's opinions though.


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Thanks for responding. I've done a lot of work overseas and it amazes me how efficient American farming is. So little of the American population are farmers, yet we produce so many diverse crops that show up in my local grocery store. A modern miracle of logistics and ingenuity. Another question, it seems that so much of your capital is tied up with banks, and various credit agencies. Do you feel tied to the 'system' (lack of a better word'? or since it seems you've done it for generations are you fairly self-reliant at this stage. Thanks again!.

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What was the effect of a beer on your body with that intense energy output?

Also, what you say about pop tarts really puts who should and should not be eating them into perspective.


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Congratulations! Followed from the start and still am. The game is unique and I am loving it.

How are you experiencing the whole launch and how players are reacting on it?

Will you add more elements to the game?

Will the lore and story in game expand?

Thanks for doing this AUA and for making the game!

Edit: Had another question.

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Hi Jessica! What does a typical Saturday look like for you and Justin (and the baby!)?


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My girlfriend of almost 9 years also has hydrocephalus. She was given her shunt when she was a baby, Ben Carson actually was the surgeon who had put it in. She has had 20 brain surgeries in the past 5 years. Have you had any issues with your shunt over draining? That was a big problem with my girlfriend, but had gone undiagnosed for years, leaving many ER doctors scratching their heads trying to find a reason for her incredibly painful migraines. This went on until I did a lot of research, suggested her shunt was malfunctioning and prompting her to have a different neurosurgeon run tests to check the drainage rate.

Have you had any instances where you knew there was something wrong but your doctors couldn't find a problem?

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Thanks for doing an AMA Kenny. I had the pleasure of seeing you on the Hendrix Experience tour. Seeing you play Voodoo Child was by far the the musical highlight of my life. Do you ever get tired of playing that song or does it still feel fresh after playing it so often?

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That's super interesting about the instructions. Is there anything stopping drivers from just getting their own gps or using google maps? (Since the company doesn't seem to be interested in upgrading.)

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Do you encounter much pushback in public establishments from people who don't know how the ADA protects you and the dogs?

How do you feel regarding people who lie about having a service animal to bring their pet somewhere it's not allowed?


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Once you play a lesbian, you have a lesbian fan base for LIFE. You're just going to have to accept this.

~signed, one of the lesbians

(And yes, send link.)

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I loved the movie "Joy"! Do you know Joy Mangano?


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Congratulations! Followed from the start and still am. The game is unique and I am loving it.

How are you experiencing the whole launch and how players are reacting on it?

Will you add more elements to the game?

Will the lore and story in game expand?

Thanks for doing this AUA and for making the game!

Edit: Had another question.

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Thank you for doing this; my three year old daughter has hydrocephalus due to spina bifida. We did ETV surgery last summer and she seems stable at the moment. What advice would you give myself or my wife as a parent of a child with hydrocephalus? Obviously we're always worried about complications, but is there any day-to-day advice you'd give? Thanks again!

Edit: In my excitement to get this out, I just realized that this question has basically at least been asked. So, I guess I would ask -- what advice would you give to my daughter as she gets closer to elementary-school aged?


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Hi Jessica! What does a typical Saturday look like for you and Justin (and the baby!)?

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Oz was one of my favorite shows years ago, and Augustus' words of wisdom were always my favorite parts.


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Thanks for doing an AMA Kenny. I had the pleasure of seeing you on the Hendrix Experience tour. Seeing you play Voodoo Child was by far the the musical highlight of my life. Do you ever get tired of playing that song or does it still feel fresh after playing it so often?

edit:words

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That's super interesting about the instructions. Is there anything stopping drivers from just getting their own gps or using google maps? (Since the company doesn't seem to be interested in upgrading.)


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Do you encounter much pushback in public establishments from people who don't know how the ADA protects you and the dogs?

How do you feel regarding people who lie about having a service animal to bring their pet somewhere it's not allowed?

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It really varies from year to year how reliant we are on our banker. The past few years we have been making extensive use of our operating line, which is to say they really helped us get by in between harvest incomes. For a few years prior to that however we were doing well enough that we only opened an operating line to maintain a relationship with our banker, not because we needed one. So our dependence varies over time, and ideally yeah it would be awesome to be able to bankroll your farm all the time but it doesn't work out that way for most farmers unless you're already independently wealthy.


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I could get hammered from 2 beers. Hell, fresh bread gave me a buzz.

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Congratulations! Followed from the start and still am. The game is unique and I am loving it.

Thanks!

How are you experiencing the whole launch and how players are reacting on it?

At some level it doesn't feel real. The games reviews on Steam are "mixed" (they've been hovering around 60%) since we've launched, and I wish they were a bit better and/or maybe wish we had done a bit better job at the game. We'll work on improving it.

Will you add more elements to the game?

Our first goals are to get mac and linux support into the game and then modding, we'll be fixing bugs as we come across them as well, it's amazing how many more bugs you find once a lot of people start playing your game

Will the lore and story in game expand?

Not soonTM, but I'd love to rework how events are done a bit so we can overall tell the story of the land as you rampage across it a bit better, and also make the new player experience a bit better as well.


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A typical Saturday... up early, breakfast at home... maybe head to a park and play. Everybody naps at nap time. Maybe a play date in the afternoon. Then mommy and daddy go out on a hot date. :)

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Definitely! All the time.

Have her checked for Slit Ventricle Syndrome. It basically makes a shunt malfunction look like a normally functioning hydrocephalic brain. It's really common to develop SVS if you've had a lot of shunt surgeries.

If she's having issues again and they can't detect it, have a ophthalmologist called in. If there is pressure in her head, but the scans present normal, then her optic nerve will likely be swollen (papilledema). That's how I can get a diagnosis when everyone in the ER says I'm fine and wants to send me home.


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I still enjoy playing that song every night. It's one of the greatest guitar anthems ever written and is a joy to play. Theres many different places you can take that song. It's the perfect music bed for improvisation.

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Greyhounds policy in routing. That and they frown upon having any type of distracting devices, such as a GPS


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Oh, right, there's a second part to the question.

I am seriously not a fan of people who claim their pets are service dog when they're not. When that pet misbehaves it gives manager's a poor impression of all service dogs. Since I don't necessarily look disabled (it really depends on who you ask, but most able people don't think I look it, whatever that means) it means that these gate keepers who have had "service dogs" shit and piss on their floor, growl, jump up on other customers, and so on, colder to me because they think my dog might do the same.

It's also like... I need this dog. He has saved my life and I could not do the things I do without him. For someone who doesn't have that same need to just bring their pet in just because they want to... I'm trying to find the words for it and it's hard.

When people look at me and Storm I don't want them to have to worry if we are faking. I don't want them to see us and think, "Oh cool, I wish I could bring my dog with me!" I want them to look at us and see the hundreds of hours of training we've gone through. I want people to see him as a professional. And I want people to respect the fact that I need him, and what impact that fact has on my life. (That's partly why I'm doing this AMA.) And having people bring their pets with them because they can jeopardizes that.

We can be the best most perfect and professional service dog team that exists, but if someone's untrained pet just came in and shat on the restaurant's floor the manager is not going to see that.

And you know what, it's not possible for us to always be the best and most perfect and professional. Storm's still in training and he has his off days. He breaks his heel. He get's off to have a quick shake. He sniffs things and occasionally pokes people who come to close. He's a dog not a robot.

And fakers put extra scurrility on us. Our flaws are magnified. At least, in my mind they are. A lot of my therapy these days centers around the anxiety I have that the two of us aren't good enough.

IDK. Thoughts. Sorry if this is not as put together as it could be, the number by that mail sign keeps getting bigger.

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I love it. And accept it with open arms!


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Yes I have known Joy for almost 20 years. She's the real deal! Super hardworking, great personality, driven, awesome Mom, inventor! I have not seen her in person since the movie came out but I was super proud of her. I mean for real - David O.Russel, Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper - only Joy could pull that off! In a word she's amazing, and we go to work together.

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Congratulations! Followed from the start and still am. The game is unique and I am loving it.

Thanks!

How are you experiencing the whole launch and how players are reacting on it?

At some level it doesn't feel real. The games reviews on Steam are "mixed" (they've been hovering around 60%) since we've launched, and I wish they were a bit better and/or maybe wish we had done a bit better job at the game. We'll work on improving it.

Will you add more elements to the game?

Our first goals are to get mac and linux support into the game and then modding, we'll be fixing bugs as we come across them as well, it's amazing how many more bugs you find once a lot of people start playing your game

Will the lore and story in game expand?

Not soonTM, but I'd love to rework how events are done a bit so we can overall tell the story of the land as you rampage across it a bit better, and also make the new player experience a bit better as well.


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That's great that she had a successful ETV! So is she currently unshunted? Or will they remove it later? Or leave it as backup?

Advice for your daughter: You are not your diagnosis. You can do anything, don't let anyone tell you that you can't.

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A typical Saturday... up early, breakfast at home... maybe head to a park and play. Everybody naps at nap time. Maybe a play date in the afternoon. Then mommy and daddy go out on a hot date. :)


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That would be the genius of Tom Fontana

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I still enjoy playing that song every night. It's one of the greatest guitar anthems ever written and is a joy to play. Theres many different places you can take that song. It's the perfect music bed for improvisation.


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Greyhounds policy in routing. That and they frown upon having any type of distracting devices, such as a GPS

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Oh, right, there's a second part to the question.

I am seriously not a fan of people who claim their pets are service dog when they're not. When that pet misbehaves it gives manager's a poor impression of all service dogs. Since I don't necessarily look disabled (it really depends on who you ask, but most able people don't think I look it, whatever that means) it means that these gate keepers who have had "service dogs" shit and piss on their floor, growl, jump up on other customers, and so on, colder to me because they think my dog might do the same.

It's also like... I need this dog. He has saved my life and I could not do the things I do without him. For someone who doesn't have that same need to just bring their pet in just because they want to... I'm trying to find the words for it and it's hard.

When people look at me and Storm I don't want them to have to worry if we are faking. I don't want them to see us and think, "Oh cool, I wish I could bring my dog with me!" I want them to look at us and see the hundreds of hours of training we've gone through. I want people to see him as a professional. And I want people to respect the fact that I need him, and what impact that fact has on my life. (That's partly why I'm doing this AMA.) And having people bring their pets with them because they can jeopardizes that.

We can be the best most perfect and professional service dog team that exists, but if someone's untrained pet just came in and shat on the restaurant's floor the manager is not going to see that.

And you know what, it's not possible for us to always be the best and most perfect and professional. Storm's still in training and he has his off days. He breaks his heel. He get's off to have a quick shake. He sniffs things and occasionally pokes people who come to close. He's a dog not a robot.

And fakers put extra scurrility on us. Our flaws are magnified. At least, in my mind they are. A lot of my therapy these days centers around the anxiety I have that the two of us aren't good enough.

IDK. Thoughts. Sorry if this is not as put together as it could be, the number by that mail sign keeps getting bigger.


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What do you do on your free time, any videogames?

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When you finished your journey what was the first meal you were able to give yourself? Was it as glorious as I assume it was.


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Do you think the mixed reviews are because of the hype that was created with your posts on Reddit and Imgur? People might have expected more from it?

Personally, I think its good for such a small dev team and experience.

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Hey Jessica! What are your favorite hobbies?


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How much has it affected daily life?

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Awesome, thanks for the answer. You are the main reason I got into blues as a kid.


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Are you not allowed to bring a smartphone?

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Given all that, don't you think it's kind of absurd that there's no larger governance regarding service dogs? Every so often where I work someone will come in with their pet and try to claim it's service dog. Invariably they always slink away with a shitty attitude claiming they have papers, but there is no such thing as papers or documentation.

It's crazy to me that there's no legit certification and all I can do is ask them two questions that anyone who was halfway intelligent could prepare an answer to. Thankfully everyone who has tried it has been dumb, but it's so crazy that there's no legit certification to present.


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Hi Ms. Savage -- I love you on Veep. How did you create your over-the-top Spanish accent? Do you speak Spanish, or did you create it from scratch?

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Is there any product you pitched that later on you regretted it?


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Do you think the mixed reviews are because of the hype that was created with your posts on Reddit and Imgur? People might have expected more from it?

Personally, I think its good for such a small dev team and experience.

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When I read "valve in my head" I honestly imagined this and had a chuckle for a good minute.

I don't really have a question, so, uh, how are you doing today?


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Hey Jessica! What are your favorite hobbies?

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"WHERE'S MY PUS--... heyyy..?"

  • The Matrix Reloaded

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Awesome, thanks for the answer. You are the main reason I got into blues as a kid.

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Are you not allowed to bring a smartphone?


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Given all that, don't you think it's kind of absurd that there's no larger governance regarding service dogs? Every so often where I work someone will come in with their pet and try to claim it's service dog. Invariably they always slink away with a shitty attitude claiming they have papers, but there is no such thing as papers or documentation.

It's crazy to me that there's no legit certification and all I can do is ask them two questions that anyone who was halfway intelligent could prepare an answer to. Thankfully everyone who has tried it has been dumb, but it's so crazy that there's no legit certification to present.

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I'm in a hard rock band hahah, somewhere in between Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, with some desert rock influences. I play bass. Our guitar player is leaving this winter though so I'm looking to start a new project with me on guitar. Leaning towards surf rock in the same vein as Wavves.

I don't play many video games anymore but I do have an old favorite that I play from time to time on my computer, Command & Conquer Generals.


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Birthday cake! http://i.imgur.com/2wBoUSn.jpg

I turned 45 the day I reached Katahdin. My wife met me and brought that and homemade sausage biscuits with cheese, and tons of hard vegetables. I was craving broccoli and cauliflower for some reason. Probably some nutritional deficiency that my body understood more than my brain.

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Do you think the mixed reviews are because of the hype that was created with your posts on Reddit and Imgur? People might have expected more from it?

Yea, we had insane reach right before our game released. I tried to be open with what the game was about. I think the negative reviews below the 1 hour mark hurt me the most, I don't want to force people to play a game, and if you're not enjoying the game I'm not saying you should have to keep playing it, but I'm not sure less than 1 hour with Fictorum is enough time to fairly evaluate it.

Personally, I think its good for such a small dev team and experience.

Thanks!


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I think my favorite hobby of all time is traveling and going to places I've never been before... getting out of my comfort zone and doing all kinds of crazy treks... and yeah, basically eating my way all over the world.

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When I was young, it affected daily life more. I had to go to occupational therapy to learn how to walk and how to control some of my fine motor skills. It also caused strabismus, so until 3rd grade I wore an eye patch for a few hours a day to strengthen my eye muscles.

As an adult, I still have balance issues, but they are less noticeable. I can't walk a straight line (so I'm not passing any sobriety test) and I can't ride a bike. Most of the time, no one can tell, but I do sometimes bump into people or walls when walking. That being said, I've been doing jujitsu for 17 years help with the balance issues.

When something goes wrong with my shunt, it sometimes happens gradually. My personality will slowly change. I become more irritable, more forgetful, more emotional, and have trouble with math (something I'm very good at). I'll also start getting headaches more and more frequently until it's all the time/every day. If it happens slowly, I'll forget that life didn't involve headaches every day and my brain tells me that's just how life has always been.


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thank you

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The problem is that the mapping software on them will often send you ways that buses aren't allowed to go (look up any video of an 18 wheeler on the Northern State Parkway on Long Island and see what happens) and also that Greyhound has their own in house company prescribed routing they want you to take. If you get into an accident off route, it's instant termination. They also follow you on GPS and sometimes by car and will call you if you're off route (even though we aren't supposed to talk on the phone while driving). The terminal manager in Albany was notorious for that shit. There was a shortcut that everyone knew to take and if he caught you on it he'd call you and tell you to turn around and go back the way you're supposed to go


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[/u/SxeRpw saw this and sent my this private message:

I saw your comment about your service dog and saw your ama got removed so thought I'd just ask here, how do you train a dog to do all the things it does for you?](http://imgur.com/2C4j8uC)

The Basics

The first thing I was taught in my service dog training program was CAMPER. It's the structure used to communicate with the dog.

  • Command - the handler gives the command, either a word or hand signal
  • Action - the dog preforms the action
  • Marker - the handler marks the action as correction
  • Praise - the handler gives the dog it's reward, which takes the form of praise, pets, food, or a favorite toy, depending. The reward depends on what the dog finds more rewarding and the level of reward the handler wishes to give. For example, once a dog understands it is meant to sit when the handler tells it to, the handler should not reward with food every time because the uncertainty of the reward is more reinforcing than certainty. However, other forms of praise are still given so the dog knows that it did preform the correct action.
  • Release - A release queue is given telling the dog that it is no longer expected to continue to follow the current command. In early training an additional reward is given for waiting until the release.

I am currently having problems with Storm because I stopped relying on my release queue part way through our training, instead giving him the next command right away. This means that when I put him in a sit or down he does not relax into the posture I have asked, instead, it is like he is at the edge of his seat, waiting for the next thing I am going to ask of him. To correct this I just need to use the release queue much more reliably and practice in exciting environments that make him more prone to that edge of the seat feeling, then rewarding for calm behavior and waiting to change posture until I give the release queue.

For my task of clearing the airway, I will want to later use the sounds I make while at risk of aspirating on vomit a release queue as well as the queue for Storm to clear the airway. This isn't too tricky, but it's an example of a situation where the dog is expected to "break" posture, even when the breaking is trained. It is also an example of intelligent disobedience should the dog pick up on it on its own.

As for training the basic tasks themselves, we mostly use luring.

  • Sit - most of our dogs will sit when shown that the handler or trainer has a treat, even when they have not been introduced to the command before. I'm not sure if this is because of the temperaments we choose in our dogs or something else. So we show the dog we have the treat and say, "sit". Then, and this may take several seconds, the dog sits. Follow the rest of CAMPER.

  • Down - when the dog is in the sit, we put our hand with the food toward the ground, close to the dog, luring it into the down position.

  • Mat - we throw the food on the mat and then tell the dog to sit and down once it has eaten the food.

  • Under - when the dog is in a down beside the handler's chair, the handler holds food under the chair on the opposite side the dog is. This one took Storm a long time to understand.

And so on.

Self Taught and Reinforced Tasks

Some dogs will naturally alert to seizures, sounds for the deaf, panic attacks, and other useful things that are considered work and tasks under the ADA. However, the dog doing this by itself is not enough to consider it a service dog, the tasks the dog teaches itself have to be shaped (adjusted) and reinforced.

For an example we can look at Storm's alarm clock behavior (his leaving me alone when I am sick or drugged is another good example of intelligent disobedience). When he started sleeping in bed with me, he would lick my head, jump off the bed, run around the house, and jump back on when he sensed I was waking up. When he first started this he would give up relatively quickly if I decided I wanted to go back to bed. And if I put him in my bedroom and went to sleep on the sofa for a few more hours, he wouldn't complain at all.

Now, after he has received the reward (breakfast and a walk) as well as an aversive (waiting a few extra hours to eat, sometimes in a different room than me) he is much more persistent. I also did not reward consistently. Sometimes, I would get up and shower before feeding him. Or I would listen to the news over the radio.

After some time of this he's gotten to the point where he will stand in the door way and whine at me continuously for half an hour (that's as long as I could stand trying to ignore him). He will refuse my attempts to try to get him to go back to sleep. When I am more awake but not yet ready to leave my bed he will jump on me and try to lick my face. He will jump on and off the bed. He will even sometimes bark at me.

This is all behavior that takes considerable effort on my part and which he would not exhibit if I hadn't reinforced it.

** Other Tasks **

There are multiple ways to teach each of these tasks, but here's how I did it.

blocking and posting. I use a "touch" command which is a hand signal telling Storm to press his snout to my open palm. When Storm is in a heel position at my side I show him my palm, and before he can complete the touch, I move it across my body so he has to move with it to complete the command. I am hoping he will come to see the queue for preforming this action being someone walking straight toward me or walking up to me from behind.

He has shown some promise in this area. However, he is also struggling with being reactive to people who invade both our personal space (by vocalizing). So I'm continuing working to counter condition this negative response to the stimuli to help him feel calm enough to be able to face away from the stranger that is causing him anxiety and instead show them his side.

clearing my airway. I have a video for this one. It's the link for the word "training" in the sentence "evidence of dog training." To summarize, Storm is a very mouth focused dog. If you blow air at him instead of shying away like most dogs, he will come closer and sniff the air for as long as you blow it at him. He also prefers to manipulate things with his mouth and face (I did not train the touch command by telling him to press my hand with his face, he could have used his paw but quickly decided he preferred using his face) instead of his paw. So when I put food in my mouth and rewarded him for investigating (by spitting some of it out for him to eat) he was able to pick up on the exercise quickly and eat the vomit directly from my mouth.

Now, if I clear my throat of flem he will come running, and, well, because the noise that makes is a lot like the noise of my aspirating, I reward him by letting him eat the flem. (Sorry, I know it's really gross.) He picked up on this amazingly quickly, and, as shown in my early comment history, saved my life.

DPT. I also use the touch command for this one, asking him to touch in such away that he has to rest his upper body on my lap. I would then use a treat in the hand when asking for the position and show it to him, but not let him have it, to increase the duration he will spend on my lap. Because he is an incredibly bony dog I don't think I will be able to have him do DPT while I am lying down.

Dropped items - we started by training retrieve which took him a while to understand, but once he did he was all over it. I would drop something and say "get it" and he would get it. I'm starting to phase out using the word and having the dropping of the item be the queue.

Exit - I put peanut butter on a door. He eats the peanut butter, I tell him "good exit!" and give him another treat. We back up and repeat and repeat and repeat. At some point I stop using the peanut butter and just tell him "exit". We are very early on in training this one.

We also have not really started training the rest of the tasks so I'm going to stop here.

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Thank you! I do speak Spanish! It's the only other language I speak. so for the audition I just decided to speak totally normally and then for the few Spanish words go way over the top. And it worked!


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PetZorb. Let's just say it was for cleaning up cat puke and diarrhea, and just leave it there :) One and done...Never again!

I also pitched a folding chair that had a design flaw I didn't know about early in my career... in hindsight I would not have done it. But luckily everyone got refunded.

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Do you think the mixed reviews are because of the hype that was created with your posts on Reddit and Imgur? People might have expected more from it?

Yea, we had insane reach right before our game released. I tried to be open with what the game was about. I think the negative reviews below the 1 hour mark hurt me the most, I don't want to force people to play a game, and if you're not enjoying the game I'm not saying you should have to keep playing it, but I'm not sure less than 1 hour with Fictorum is enough time to fairly evaluate it.

Personally, I think its good for such a small dev team and experience.

Thanks!


Q:

Good! I caught a Zapdos in Pokemon Go and now I'm drinking beer and eating pizza while answering all these questions.

How are you?

A:

I think my favorite hobby of all time is traveling and going to places I've never been before... getting out of my comfort zone and doing all kinds of crazy treks... and yeah, basically eating my way all over the world.


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PUSH POP. that's what I was going to say.

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thank you


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The problem is that the mapping software on them will often send you ways that buses aren't allowed to go (look up any video of an 18 wheeler on the Northern State Parkway on Long Island and see what happens) and also that Greyhound has their own in house company prescribed routing they want you to take. If you get into an accident off route, it's instant termination. They also follow you on GPS and sometimes by car and will call you if you're off route (even though we aren't supposed to talk on the phone while driving). The terminal manager in Albany was notorious for that shit. There was a shortcut that everyone knew to take and if he caught you on it he'd call you and tell you to turn around and go back the way you're supposed to go

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[/u/SxeRpw saw this and sent my this private message:

I saw your comment about your service dog and saw your ama got removed so thought I'd just ask here, how do you train a dog to do all the things it does for you?](http://imgur.com/2C4j8uC)

The Basics

The first thing I was taught in my service dog training program was CAMPER. It's the structure used to communicate with the dog.

  • Command - the handler gives the command, either a word or hand signal
  • Action - the dog preforms the action
  • Marker - the handler marks the action as correction
  • Praise - the handler gives the dog it's reward, which takes the form of praise, pets, food, or a favorite toy, depending. The reward depends on what the dog finds more rewarding and the level of reward the handler wishes to give. For example, once a dog understands it is meant to sit when the handler tells it to, the handler should not reward with food every time because the uncertainty of the reward is more reinforcing than certainty. However, other forms of praise are still given so the dog knows that it did preform the correct action.
  • Release - A release queue is given telling the dog that it is no longer expected to continue to follow the current command. In early training an additional reward is given for waiting until the release.

I am currently having problems with Storm because I stopped relying on my release queue part way through our training, instead giving him the next command right away. This means that when I put him in a sit or down he does not relax into the posture I have asked, instead, it is like he is at the edge of his seat, waiting for the next thing I am going to ask of him. To correct this I just need to use the release queue much more reliably and practice in exciting environments that make him more prone to that edge of the seat feeling, then rewarding for calm behavior and waiting to change posture until I give the release queue.

For my task of clearing the airway, I will want to later use the sounds I make while at risk of aspirating on vomit a release queue as well as the queue for Storm to clear the airway. This isn't too tricky, but it's an example of a situation where the dog is expected to "break" posture, even when the breaking is trained. It is also an example of intelligent disobedience should the dog pick up on it on its own.

As for training the basic tasks themselves, we mostly use luring.

  • Sit - most of our dogs will sit when shown that the handler or trainer has a treat, even when they have not been introduced to the command before. I'm not sure if this is because of the temperaments we choose in our dogs or something else. So we show the dog we have the treat and say, "sit". Then, and this may take several seconds, the dog sits. Follow the rest of CAMPER.

  • Down - when the dog is in the sit, we put our hand with the food toward the ground, close to the dog, luring it into the down position.

  • Mat - we throw the food on the mat and then tell the dog to sit and down once it has eaten the food.

  • Under - when the dog is in a down beside the handler's chair, the handler holds food under the chair on the opposite side the dog is. This one took Storm a long time to understand.

And so on.

Self Taught and Reinforced Tasks

Some dogs will naturally alert to seizures, sounds for the deaf, panic attacks, and other useful things that are considered work and tasks under the ADA. However, the dog doing this by itself is not enough to consider it a service dog, the tasks the dog teaches itself have to be shaped (adjusted) and reinforced.

For an example we can look at Storm's alarm clock behavior (his leaving me alone when I am sick or drugged is another good example of intelligent disobedience). When he started sleeping in bed with me, he would lick my head, jump off the bed, run around the house, and jump back on when he sensed I was waking up. When he first started this he would give up relatively quickly if I decided I wanted to go back to bed. And if I put him in my bedroom and went to sleep on the sofa for a few more hours, he wouldn't complain at all.

Now, after he has received the reward (breakfast and a walk) as well as an aversive (waiting a few extra hours to eat, sometimes in a different room than me) he is much more persistent. I also did not reward consistently. Sometimes, I would get up and shower before feeding him. Or I would listen to the news over the radio.

After some time of this he's gotten to the point where he will stand in the door way and whine at me continuously for half an hour (that's as long as I could stand trying to ignore him). He will refuse my attempts to try to get him to go back to sleep. When I am more awake but not yet ready to leave my bed he will jump on me and try to lick my face. He will jump on and off the bed. He will even sometimes bark at me.

This is all behavior that takes considerable effort on my part and which he would not exhibit if I hadn't reinforced it.

** Other Tasks **

There are multiple ways to teach each of these tasks, but here's how I did it.

blocking and posting. I use a "touch" command which is a hand signal telling Storm to press his snout to my open palm. When Storm is in a heel position at my side I show him my palm, and before he can complete the touch, I move it across my body so he has to move with it to complete the command. I am hoping he will come to see the queue for preforming this action being someone walking straight toward me or walking up to me from behind.

He has shown some promise in this area. However, he is also struggling with being reactive to people who invade both our personal space (by vocalizing). So I'm continuing working to counter condition this negative response to the stimuli to help him feel calm enough to be able to face away from the stranger that is causing him anxiety and instead show them his side.

clearing my airway. I have a video for this one. It's the link for the word "training" in the sentence "evidence of dog training." To summarize, Storm is a very mouth focused dog. If you blow air at him instead of shying away like most dogs, he will come closer and sniff the air for as long as you blow it at him. He also prefers to manipulate things with his mouth and face (I did not train the touch command by telling him to press my hand with his face, he could have used his paw but quickly decided he preferred using his face) instead of his paw. So when I put food in my mouth and rewarded him for investigating (by spitting some of it out for him to eat) he was able to pick up on the exercise quickly and eat the vomit directly from my mouth.

Now, if I clear my throat of flem he will come running, and, well, because the noise that makes is a lot like the noise of my aspirating, I reward him by letting him eat the flem. (Sorry, I know it's really gross.) He picked up on this amazingly quickly, and, as shown in my early comment history, saved my life.

DPT. I also use the touch command for this one, asking him to touch in such away that he has to rest his upper body on my lap. I would then use a treat in the hand when asking for the position and show it to him, but not let him have it, to increase the duration he will spend on my lap. Because he is an incredibly bony dog I don't think I will be able to have him do DPT while I am lying down.

Dropped items - we started by training retrieve which took him a while to understand, but once he did he was all over it. I would drop something and say "get it" and he would get it. I'm starting to phase out using the word and having the dropping of the item be the queue.

Exit - I put peanut butter on a door. He eats the peanut butter, I tell him "good exit!" and give him another treat. We back up and repeat and repeat and repeat. At some point I stop using the peanut butter and just tell him "exit". We are very early on in training this one.

We also have not really started training the rest of the tasks so I'm going to stop here.


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Are you hiring? if so, how much would you pay

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How often were you in contact with your wife & how often did you see her on your journey?


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I purchased the game this morning, can't wait to get home from work so that I can try it out! Looks fun.

However, right now it does just seem to be a destruction simulator. What do you plan on adding to the game and when?

I personally would love to see more story, quests and other RPG elements in it.

(However, as of right now I haven't played it so the quests could be more in depth than I think from what I've read today!)

Thanks for producing a game that looks very fun. Hopefully it is as fun as it looks!

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Jessica, what's your theory on how Game of Thrones will end?


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I'm pretty sure 17 years of jujitsu makes you a verified badass

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Hey Kenny. Loving what I heard of the new album so far. A couple of questions 1) Is there any reason we haven't seen you collaborate or jam with Eric Clapton yet, and 2) Any plans to come to Australia again in the near future?


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What's the nastiest thing that's happened in your bus?

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Damn OP, you thorough as fuck.


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She lived in Seville for a year.

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Does the Sticky Buddy really work? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlSF0dtDRD8&t=1s


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I purchased the game this morning, can't wait to get home from work so that I can try it out! Looks fun.

However, right now it does just seem to be a destruction simulator. What do you plan on adding to the game and when?

I personally would love to see more story, quests and other RPG elements in it.

(However, as of right now I haven't played it so the quests could be more in depth than I think from what I've read today!)

Thanks for producing a game that looks very fun. Hopefully it is as fun as it looks!

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My girlfriend of almost 9 years also has hydrocephalus. She was given her shunt when she was a baby, Ben Carson actually was the surgeon who had put it in. She has had 20 brain surgeries in the past 5 years. Have you had any issues with your shunt over draining? That was a big problem with my girlfriend, but had gone undiagnosed for years, leaving many ER doctors scratching their heads trying to find a reason for her incredibly painful migraines. This went on until I did a lot of research, suggested her shunt was malfunctioning and prompting her to have a different neurosurgeon run tests to check the drainage rate.

Have you had any instances where you knew there was something wrong but your doctors couldn't find a problem?


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Jessica, what's your theory on how Game of Thrones will end?

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What did you find difficult about portraying a person that is autistic?


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Hey Kenny. Loving what I heard of the new album so far. A couple of questions 1) Is there any reason we haven't seen you collaborate or jam with Eric Clapton yet, and 2) Any plans to come to Australia again in the near future?

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What's the nastiest thing that's happened in your bus?


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Damn OP, you thorough as fuck.

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We are usually hiring irrigators but it's getting pretty late in the season to start now. We pay minimum wage for irrigating but there are some pretty awesome benefits that come along with the job like your own house, or at least a housing stipend and free gas to commute if our houses are all full, and health insurance (we're small enough that we aren't required to provide health insurance but we do it anyway).

Plus you get a rad farmers tan hahah.


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We live down south, so for the first month of my hike she came to visit me on the trail every weekend. She's a hiker too, and climbed a few mountains with me near the start.

Once it got to be a four hour drive for her, we stopped seeing each other and only spoke on the phone. She joined me at the very end.

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However, right now it does just seem to be a destruction simulator. What do you plan on adding to the game and when?

Mac, Linux support and then Mod support are our main priorities along with fixing bugs. And we'll see where we can go from there!

I personally would love to see more story, quests and other RPG elements in it.

I would to. One of my goals with modding is to make it easy for people to take the maps we've made, and arrange/modify them in a way that they'd be able to tell their own stories in Fictorum.

Thanks for producing a game that looks very fun. Hopefully it is as fun as it looks!

I hope you have fun!


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ARYA STARK, ARYA STARK, ARYA STARK!!!!

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Verified badass that will fall over if I stand on one leg....I just might take you with me :P


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I played with Clapton at the Apollo in NYC when we did a concert honoring Hubert Sumlin. I was invited to do the first two Crossroads guitar festivals but had prior commitments that I couldn't get out of so I was unable to do them. I hope to come to Australia soon as I love that country and the people there.

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Towards the end of my training, probably the 5th week or so, I was doing a schedule from NYC to Harrisburg PA. Before we even got to Easton PA some guy threw up the entire big gulp of kool-aid he was drinking when he boarded all over the 2nd row.

Post Greyhound as a charter driver I was driving a travel camp and the girl sitting on the right side in the first row behind me projectile vomited out of nowhere. The camp counselor got most of it but a bit did get me


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Thanks! :D

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Thank you! I do speak Spanish! It's the only other language I speak. so for the audition I just decided to speak totally normally and then for the few Spanish words go way over the top. And it worked!


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Of Course it works, buy one and find out!!! It's slippy when's it wet and sticky when it's dry, 21 million views on youtube Jabo0dy DUBSSSSS!!

A:

However, right now it does just seem to be a destruction simulator. What do you plan on adding to the game and when?

Mac, Linux support and then Mod support are our main priorities along with fixing bugs. And we'll see where we can go from there!

I personally would love to see more story, quests and other RPG elements in it.

I would to. One of my goals with modding is to make it easy for people to take the maps we've made, and arrange/modify them in a way that they'd be able to tell their own stories in Fictorum.

Thanks for producing a game that looks very fun. Hopefully it is as fun as it looks!

I hope you have fun!


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Definitely! All the time.

Have her checked for Slit Ventricle Syndrome. It basically makes a shunt malfunction look like a normally functioning hydrocephalic brain. It's really common to develop SVS if you've had a lot of shunt surgeries.

If she's having issues again and they can't detect it, have a ophthalmologist called in. If there is pressure in her head, but the scans present normal, then her optic nerve will likely be swollen (papilledema). That's how I can get a diagnosis when everyone in the ER says I'm fine and wants to send me home.

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ARYA STARK, ARYA STARK, ARYA STARK!!!!


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The trickiest part was trying to connect but not connect with the other actors. I had to find very specific things to focus on in my own brain and it left me confused about what was actually happening in each scene. I hope that makes sense.

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I played with Clapton at the Apollo in NYC when we did a concert honoring Hubert Sumlin. I was invited to do the first two Crossroads guitar festivals but had prior commitments that I couldn't get out of so I was unable to do them. I hope to come to Australia soon as I love that country and the people there.


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Towards the end of my training, probably the 5th week or so, I was doing a schedule from NYC to Harrisburg PA. Before we even got to Easton PA some guy threw up the entire big gulp of kool-aid he was drinking when he boarded all over the 2nd row.

Post Greyhound as a charter driver I was driving a travel camp and the girl sitting on the right side in the first row behind me projectile vomited out of nowhere. The camp counselor got most of it but a bit did get me

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Thanks! :D


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What kind of crops do you grow? and how has the movement to growing mass amounts of corn/wheat affected things?

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How was it for her with you being gone so often? I understand she visited you a lot but 5 months is a while to not see a spouse on a regular basis. Also you said you left your job and now live in a more wilderness setting. Did she follow you?

Apologies if this was too personal.


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Where should someone who wants to get into game development start?

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Hi Jessica! What would you have been if your acting career did not take off?


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You need to get on r/bjj. They would love to hear about you. Also, What's your favorite submission chain? And what's your preferred guard?

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Saw you in Aberdeen, Scotland a couple of years ago.

How do you cope with swapping from a big show to a little show, is there much change to the set list?

Also, what's your favourite car?


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What made you want to become a greyhound driver, convenience or you wanted to travel?

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I'm just addressing the part about blowing glass at home. I'm not a glassblowing major but have taken a few college level glassblowing classes. The answer really depends on the type of glassblowing you want to do. To do the more "traditional" style (where you see people work with molten glass on the end of a blow pipe) would probably take 10s of thousands to build and operate your own home studio. That's not to say you couldn't do it but there'd be limitations related to cost, city codes, etc. Now there is another style where you use a propane/oxygen torch and a much smaller kiln (to anneal the glass work). This can can easily be done at home as long as you're in a well ventilated space.


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She lived in Seville for a year.

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Do you ever get nervous before you pitch? If so, how do you get past it?


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Where should someone who wants to get into game development start?

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How much has it affected daily life?


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Hi Jessica! What would you have been if your acting career did not take off?

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What was it like working with Terry O'Quinn on Lost?


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Saw you in Aberdeen, Scotland a couple of years ago.

How do you cope with swapping from a big show to a little show, is there much change to the set list?

Also, what's your favourite car?

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What made you want to become a greyhound driver, convenience or you wanted to travel?


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Is there a big market for multiply disabled service dogs?

(Sorry, couldn't resist.)

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We grow alfalfa, barley, wheat, triticale, safflower, dichondra, wine grapes, and hybrid onions for seed!

Because corn is so widespread now it is one of the driving factors that determines the price of all other commodities it is considered an alternative to, mostly in the context of livestock feed. So the cheaper corn gets, the cheaper alternative feeds like wheat, triticale, or even alfalfa have to get in order to remain competitive alternatives. These aren't true alternatives, because you can't just completely substitute a diet of alfalfa for a diet of corn, but we're gonna need an IAmA from a rancher to better explain that one.


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No worries.

It was hard for both of us. We're both prior military which helps a little, but only because we already knew what it was like to be apart.

We're still together. I'm super lucky.

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Where should someone who wants to get into game development start?

Fictorum started by Chip and myself downloading UE4 and just playing around in it.


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Three things I've always been interested in besides acting and music: archeology, writing and photography. I was quite the amateur poet when I was a kid and Used to love writing short stories. I had a total fascination with Indiana Jones and thought I should be an archeologist like him but I realized they sit at a desk and brush sand away from relics all day long. I used to fancy myself a very unique interesting photographer until I realized I was shit at it. But I enjoyed it and had fun. I still dabble at these things but just prefer this whole acting thing. I'm going to ask my mom to dig into the old files to find something that may have survived. For all your sakes I hope there's nothing. Stay tuned....

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I don't do Brazillian Jujitsu (I'm not entirely sure what submission chain and guard are), I do a form of Japanese Jujitsu called Dan Zan Ryu.


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Size of venue doesn't affect the set list. My mood affects it the most.

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I had always been fascinated with the road and big trucks. All throughout college I knew I was gonna at least try out some sort of job where I could just have the road and my music, a sort of place of peace for me. After I graduated a financial situation came up that was ultimately what pushed me into filling out the application. I got the job and fell in love with the daily adventure and how soothing the combination of the highway and my music really was for me.


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And build your house out of concrete and cinder block. Torch work isn't a huge part of my glass blowing practice, but it would be much more realistic to have a little torch studio.

You would need to have a supply of propane​ and oxygen and I'd just be to shit scared of blowing everything up to have one.

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Thanks everyone. Been super fun! Have a great weekend!! xoxo


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It's on my book!! First time out live on HSN or live shopping in general with a new product is nerve wracking - but I prepare like a seasoned pitchman and take the leap into the great unknown, but if you really want to know it's all in the book

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Where should someone who wants to get into game development start?

Fictorum started by Chip and myself downloading UE4 and just playing around in it.


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When I was young, it affected daily life more. I had to go to occupational therapy to learn how to walk and how to control some of my fine motor skills. It also caused strabismus, so until 3rd grade I wore an eye patch for a few hours a day to strengthen my eye muscles.

As an adult, I still have balance issues, but they are less noticeable. I can't walk a straight line (so I'm not passing any sobriety test) and I can't ride a bike. Most of the time, no one can tell, but I do sometimes bump into people or walls when walking. That being said, I've been doing jujitsu for 17 years help with the balance issues.

When something goes wrong with my shunt, it sometimes happens gradually. My personality will slowly change. I become more irritable, more forgetful, more emotional, and have trouble with math (something I'm very good at). I'll also start getting headaches more and more frequently until it's all the time/every day. If it happens slowly, I'll forget that life didn't involve headaches every day and my brain tells me that's just how life has always been.

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Three things I've always been interested in besides acting and music: archeology, writing and photography. I was quite the amateur poet when I was a kid and Used to love writing short stories. I had a total fascination with Indiana Jones and thought I should be an archeologist like him but I realized they sit at a desk and brush sand away from relics all day long. I used to fancy myself a very unique interesting photographer until I realized I was shit at it. But I enjoyed it and had fun. I still dabble at these things but just prefer this whole acting thing. I'm going to ask my mom to dig into the old files to find something that may have survived. For all your sakes I hope there's nothing. Stay tuned....


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Loved working with Terry. He's a lot like his character. Lots of walkabouts, good guy. Great family.

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Size of venue doesn't affect the set list. My mood affects it the most.


Q:

I had always been fascinated with the road and big trucks. All throughout college I knew I was gonna at least try out some sort of job where I could just have the road and my music, a sort of place of peace for me. After I graduated a financial situation came up that was ultimately what pushed me into filling out the application. I got the job and fell in love with the daily adventure and how soothing the combination of the highway and my music really was for me.

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Lol

A big problem with the "boarding school" style programs, where the dogs are breed, raised by puppy raisers, and trained in a compound before being given to a person when they are two, is that they do not usually train dogs for someone with multiple disabilities.

This means that there is a shortage of dogs for the multiply disabled. So demand is high.

No one works dogs with multiple disabilities, although some people will work dead dogs, so demand there is non existent.

😜


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I live in Sacramento. Can I visit your farm?

A:

Hello there! How many pairs of shoes did you use? What was the average weight of your backpack during the journey?


Q:

So, no one of you had any coding experience? Like none?

You mentioned before in an other question that you basically used blueprints here, but you didn't answer if one of you does have coding experience, just not using a pertaining language i.e. c++, c#.

A:

Hey Jessica!! I fell in love with you way back when I would watch 7th Heaven reruns! That show was so entertaining but also insightful. What's your favorite memory or lesson that's followed you from the show?


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how did Obamacare affect your medical treatment or cost? How do you think the new healthcare laws may affect it? Thank you for being willing to be so open about this!

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Are you aiming to tour the UK again anytime soon? I'll certainly be booking a ticket.


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What is the worst thing to happen to you with a passenger?

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MAPP w/ a hothead and vermiculite for annealing can bring your budget under $50 + glass & fuel and even works on boro.


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i've got one more question (hopefully this isn't against the rule, this is my first time posting in an AMA)... for The Dick Pic™ in Im Sorry, i saw the video of y'all washing dildos in the sink. that doesn't mean they were previously owned dildos right? or does Trutv draw the line for giving money meant to buy new ones? i must know!!

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Anthony Sullivan, I never thought I would ever get to ask you this... but do you love me? I have watched nearly every single pitch of your at least twice. The way you explain the products is just so great. I love your work. You are single handedly the greatest pitchman of all time.


Q:

So, no one of you had any coding experience? Like none?

You mentioned before in an other question that you basically used blueprints here, but you didn't answer if one of you does have coding experience, just not using a pertaining language i.e. c++, c#.

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I'm pretty sure 17 years of jujitsu makes you a verified badass


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Hey Jessica!! I fell in love with you way back when I would watch 7th Heaven reruns! That show was so entertaining but also insightful. What's your favorite memory or lesson that's followed you from the show?

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Greetings from Argentina Harold, big fan of your work. Two quick questions: 1. Are you still friends with any other LOST co-star apart from Dan Dae Kim and Josh? 2. You worked with Adewale in both Oz and LOST. Is he a cool guy on set? His characters were a bit creepy lol.

Thanks and keep it up!


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Are you aiming to tour the UK again anytime soon? I'll certainly be booking a ticket.

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What is the worst thing to happen to you with a passenger?


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Where did you attend your service dog training program? Did you have then help you pick out an appropriate puppy?

I have Cystic Fibrosis and it's always been an interest of mine. I'm not yet quite at the point to where I'd need one, but it would definitely come in handy as my disease progresses. I've just never knew exactly where to start besides my general training knowledge.

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Absolutely! If you think you'll have some free time send me a message and I'll try to work something out with you!


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Howdy!

I destroyed four pairs of sturdy hiking shoes. I put the 5th pair on my feet for the final mountain on the last day. So, four or five depending on how you count that last set.

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u/Elchipacabra works with databases for his day job

I took some c++ classes in college.

But yea, that's about i t.


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My favorite lesson? To be around and supported by a tight knit family was such a gift and that feeling carried from onscreen to offscreen. I'm very grateful for people in my life who have been with me through the bad and good and it's easy to forget about this when you're young and your friends are ignoring you. But it was such a wonderful experience and I'm still very close with them to this day.

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I honestly can't answer that. Since before Obamacare came to be, I've been working for the same company who provides great insurance. I'm extremely lucky that healthcare problems have not affected me, but I'm terrified all the others who do have to deal with it.

I will say that american healthcare is crap and I've had to pay at least $4000 (my deductible) out of pocket every year due to medical expenses.


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We are coming back in October. Dates have already been posted and are up for sale. Check my website for info

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As in? Like what's the worst thing that's happened to me on a bus with passengers, or what's my worst interaction with a passenger?


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I'm having lunch right now, will address the rest of this after

But oh my God no you can not blow glass at home. Later today I'll film a quick video of the studio explaining why that would be a terrible idea.

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hahahaha! No, they were fresh. But Joey Slamon, my showrunner, and I were rinsing them off because we had to put them in our mouths to show the lawyers what we hoping to show in the episode. Before you ask, you will never see those photos!!


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YES I LOVE YOU, is your name Paul Moriarty by any chance?? Send me your address and I'll send you a swag bag

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u/Elchipacabra works with databases for his day job

I took some c++ classes in college.

But yea, that's about i t.


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Verified badass that will fall over if I stand on one leg....I just might take you with me :P

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My favorite lesson? To be around and supported by a tight knit family was such a gift and that feeling carried from onscreen to offscreen. I'm very grateful for people in my life who have been with me through the bad and good and it's easy to forget about this when you're young and your friends are ignoring you. But it was such a wonderful experience and I'm still very close with them to this day.


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Still friends with Dom. Jorge. Just had dinner with Nestor. Michael Emerson. Hear from Foxy from time to time as well as Evie. Love Adawale. He is always a cool guy to work with. Professional, kind. Ian Somerhalder. Love that dude. Who else? Don't want to forget anyone.

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We are coming back in October. Dates have already been posted and are up for sale. Check my website for info


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As in? Like what's the worst thing that's happened to me on a bus with passengers, or what's my worst interaction with a passenger?

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I hope you don't mind the plug, but my blog hopeandhandler has some info. There is a section I was doing on helping people just thinking about a service dog figure it out.

Handler helper, is what I think I called it.

Anyway, I work with a program called Deputy Dog. It's not currently registered with Assistance Dogs International, but the program recently change to try and meet their requirements.

I hope you're able to get the support you need to live your best life, whatever that support may be!


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What kinds of technology do you use to help you farm? Do you use any software to help manage your operation?

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How did you get supplies? As I'm assuming you did. And what about water? Did you carry enough to drink, or did you dig out mud and drank through a filter?

It's really inspiring what you've done, thank you for doing this.


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And did you start with Fictorum directly after downloading UE4 or did you do other smaller games to get used to UE4?

A:

Hi Jessica. What is your stance on aliens ??? Do you know stuff that the public don't. Being a celebrity and all . Also have you ever seen evidence of a satanic cult running Hollywood ???? Thanks.


Q:

What I are things you wish your parents did differently? My 4 year old son has hydrocephalus and a VP programmable shunt.

Do you wish they took it easier on you, pushed you harder? Let you rest more? Anything?

Thanks.

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Does your mood also determine how long the concert will go for? Is it possible that a concert could go on for 3 hours or do you just play your 21 songs but only the selection depends on your mood?


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Whichever you deem worse.

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Do you quote a price for people if they say "blow me?"


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Mustard or mayo?

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Is it true that you held your own against 40 samurai, when you were just 4 years of age?


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And did you start with Fictorum directly after downloading UE4 or did you do other smaller games to get used to UE4?

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You need to get on r/bjj. They would love to hear about you. Also, What's your favorite submission chain? And what's your preferred guard?


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Hi Jessica. What is your stance on aliens ??? Do you know stuff that the public don't. Being a celebrity and all . Also have you ever seen evidence of a satanic cult running Hollywood ???? Thanks.

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what about terry? :)


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Does your mood also determine how long the concert will go for? Is it possible that a concert could go on for 3 hours or do you just play your 21 songs but only the selection depends on your mood?

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Whichever you deem worse.


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Thank you! I'll for sure check it out. I have a year old Doberman that I've been low-key prepping for it through general CGC and therapy behaviors just as training practice for myself, besides the fact that it's just good for him to know. As of right now I don't think he has quite the right personality to be a true service dog, but I also didn't buy him with that intention.

To my knowledge, there's currently just one CF specific service dog. He helps his handler by being a brace during coughing fits and can pull her along while walking so it's not as tiring for her. I think he's also trained to check for blood sugar levels. From my understanding they picked him out as a puppy and then sent him off for his assistance specific training as a one year old.

It's reassuring to know you've had so much success training Storm yourself:)

Did you pick Storm out as a puppy with help through your program or did you just happen to luck out on getting a dog with the right mindset?

Edit: Just started your blog and I see you adopted him at 11 months old and not a puppy. To rephrase: Did your program help you pick him out as having an appropriate personality or did you luck out on your own?

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We use AgStar for accounting purposes, and I also have pages and pages of notes in my phone and handwritten notes. I'm just beginning to explore the possibilities of using arduinos to automate some day to day processes. I spent some time this winter coding and building a digital timer for our rain machines that will also automatically run fertilizer during our irrigation sets. The obvious one is gps, and we currently only use it on our swather to cut alfalfa. We're moving towards using it more but it's expensive!


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Every 3-5 days the AT gets pretty close to town. In a few places, it actually goes right through. Hot Springs, NC and Damascus, VA are good examples. They paint the white blazes right on the telephone poles on Main St!

But usually, you'll have to hitchhike, walk or find a shuttle into town. Once you're in town, it's a whole new ball game.

If I could time it right, I liked to get into town around lunch time. I'd start with a beer, a salad and either a cheese burger or a large pizza. Just for me. After a second beer and a few scoops of ice cream, I'm ready to (a) do laundry and (b) start thinking about where I'll have dinner.

Not even kidding. Hiking the AT you burn 5000-6000 calories every day. You cannot carry enough calories to sustain that, so you have to binge eat in town. And you'll still lose weight.

Towns along the AT usually have hostels that are cheaper than hotels. That way you can sleep in a bed and get a hot shower occasionally too. I recommend "taking a zero" about every ten days. (That's a day where you walk zero miles, basically sit in town and rub your toes while eating and drinking...)

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Started on what would eventually become Fictorum, originally it was going to be a game where the Mage stood on a tower and blew up incoming enemies.

We prototyped that up real quick and then decided to expand it greatly into this behemoth of a game that would have made AAA studios cry, and then we shrunk our scope into what Fictorum is today.


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They're listening and watching right now. I can't answer this question.

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The only thing I wish they did differently is I wish my mom didn't freak out every time I had a headache. Headaches are normal, people get them all the time for any number of reasons. Not every headache is a disastrous one.

Just remember that your son is a normal person with a bit of extras. You know him best. Look for significant behavioral changes (especially if they happen gradually over time); loss of memory, more irritable, really frequent headaches. Shunt malfunctions don't always present as the text books describe and not every symptom that matches a shunt malfunction is one. Don't be afraid if one symptom pops up, get him checked if you see multiple symptoms.

Good luck to you and your son!


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1969 Charger

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Never really had a truly terrible interaction with any customers. Worst thing I've ever gone through with passengers on board was probably the time I accidentally roasted the entire bus. The switches on the dash of one model of bus are interchangeable, so you have to memorize where each one is because the 4-ways switch might actually open the door. I was doing Atlantic City-Mt Laurel-NYC. I hit the switch for driver AC which was placed where it should be, but the wires must've been crossed in the panel because after about 2 hours of trying to figure out why the hell the cabin felt like the center of the sun and fucking with all the switches, I flipped driver AC off and the passenger AC came on. Turning it on had turned on the passenger heat.

Others were just frustrations, like breaking down and getting lost. Outside of Greyhound, while driving charters my worst experience involved a fatality and a fellow driver who will never walk or speak again.

Edit: it wasn't my bus, but a bus in our convoy


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No, I just bite.

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always both. always.


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I could tell you, but I'd have to kill you.

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Started on what would eventually become Fictorum, originally it was going to be a game where the Mage stood on a tower and blew up incoming enemies.

We prototyped that up real quick and then decided to expand it greatly into this behemoth of a game that would have made AAA studios cry, and then we shrunk our scope into what Fictorum is today.


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I don't do Brazillian Jujitsu (I'm not entirely sure what submission chain and guard are), I do a form of Japanese Jujitsu called Dan Zan Ryu.

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They're listening and watching right now. I can't answer this question.


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Love Terry, just haven't seen him. But if I did, would hug him for sure.

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1969 Charger


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Never really had a truly terrible interaction with any customers. Worst thing I've ever gone through with passengers on board was probably the time I accidentally roasted the entire bus. The switches on the dash of one model of bus are interchangeable, so you have to memorize where each one is because the 4-ways switch might actually open the door. I was doing Atlantic City-Mt Laurel-NYC. I hit the switch for driver AC which was placed where it should be, but the wires must've been crossed in the panel because after about 2 hours of trying to figure out why the hell the cabin felt like the center of the sun and fucking with all the switches, I flipped driver AC off and the passenger AC came on. Turning it on had turned on the passenger heat.

Others were just frustrations, like breaking down and getting lost. Outside of Greyhound, while driving charters my worst experience involved a fatality and a fellow driver who will never walk or speak again.

Edit: it wasn't my bus, but a bus in our convoy

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Dobes are lovely dogs. I recommend looking at doberbutts and there's someone else with a dobe service dog, although I think that second do I'm thinking of is retired.

I think you're talking about Ollie? From Youtube?

Yes, my program did temperament test him. They tested two other dogs from a different rescue and recommended I look at them, but this other rescue adopted them out before I could see them. (So we don't work with them anymore.)

I sometimes wish I passed on Storm, to be honest. He spent 8 months in the shelter and I can see how that's negatively effected him today in terms of being more sensitive than his baseline personality would suggest. Other than that I've always preferred the way my friend's service dog, a shepherded mix, looked. We've also had a lot of access challenges, which I can't talk about too deeply because lawyers are involved. And I wonder, if I had a different dog would we have had the same issues? Maybe, maybe not.


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Do you receive government subsidies regardless of whether or not your crop is successful? If so, how much do you get a year?

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Can I see a photo of you now?


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Greg: If for your kickstarter you had to kiss Chip on the lips for all the funding provided for your game would you do it?

Chip: If Greg decided to do it would you keep your eyes open or closed?

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Hi Jessica, I'm a newlywed and I was wondering how you were sure you were ready to have a baby?


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does the regulation of your spinal fluid cause nausea? I had to get chemotherapy in my cerebral spinal fluid, and it always made me horribly nauseated. I have an omaya reservoir in my head, for easy access, and my doctor sticks a needle in my head, draws out CSF, and then injects the chemo (called methotrexate). Talking about it makes me nauseated.

BUT when I had the procedure done via spinal tap, it was never very bad, so i imagined the movement of CSF in my head offset my equilibrium. Cause the first time this happened, I literally pissed, shit, and vomitted at the same time.

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Wow. Huge fan! What was your dream guitar as a kid? What's your favorite guitar now?


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I've broken down in places with no reception

What do you do then?

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Do you pet your service dogs a lot? Do you boop their noses?


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Hi Ms. Savage, can I ask, what is the best thing a director can do for you on set?

Thank you. :~)

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What has been your favorite part of being a pitchman?


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Greg: If for your kickstarter you had to kiss Chip on the lips for all the funding provided for your game would you do it?

Chip: If Greg decided to do it would you keep your eyes open or closed?

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does the regulation of your spinal fluid cause nausea? I had to get chemotherapy in my cerebral spinal fluid, and it always made me horribly nauseated. I have an omaya reservoir in my head, for easy access, and my doctor sticks a needle in my head, draws out CSF, and then injects the chemo (called methotrexate). Talking about it makes me nauseated.

BUT when I had the procedure done via spinal tap, it was never very bad, so i imagined the movement of CSF in my head offset my equilibrium. Cause the first time this happened, I literally pissed, shit, and vomitted at the same time.


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Hi Jessica, I'm a newlywed and I was wondering how you were sure you were ready to have a baby?

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First, would like to say I will be donating to this cause. I have $1,000 that I have been saving up in my coin jar to donate to a non profit and after doing some research this would be perfect. I know it isn't much, but I try and donate to one cause per year based on what I can afford.

My question: I know lost was filmed on the island of Oahu. My wife and I happen to be going on vacation there next week. Any suggestions on making the best of the island? Any specific spot we can go to that you would suggest, where filming was done that maybe not a lot of people know about?


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Wow. Huge fan! What was your dream guitar as a kid? What's your favorite guitar now?

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I've broken down in places with no reception

What do you do then?


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Do you quote a price for people if they say "blow me?"

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We actually stopped filing for subsidies because we decided the amount of paperwork wasn't worth the returns. We were only ever eligible for wheat subsidies anyway, and we don't grow that many acres of wheat, and we didn't even have any this year. But yes, from what I understand you can still collect a subsidy if you've experienced a crop failure. Thats partly why subsidies exist, to help incentivize the continuation of farms through hard times. However, there's definitely a flaw in the system because I've heard of people collecting subsidies for ground that hasn't even been farmed at all for multiple years.


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Honestly, I didn't grow up dreaming about having kids and having a family. I was so focused on my career and so focused on my selfish existence, haha, but I think meeting my husband inspired me. One day I just woke up and knew it's what I wanted to do and it's been the hardest, greatest thing ever and I wouldn't give it up for the world.

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First off, I'm sorry to hear about your chemotherapy. I hope it's going well and that you are better soon.

The regulation of my spinal fluid typically does not cause nausea, because it's happening all the time so I'm pretty used to it. However, I do get nauseous when the flow rate is adjusted (and really bad headaches) for about an hour after. And yeah, shunt taps are PAINFUL, it's a very similar procedure to the CSF draw from your reservoir.


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As a kid, all I really wanted was a Stratocaster. I didn't have a particular year or color in mind. I just wanted a Strat. My favorite guitar is still my 1961 Stratocaster.

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This particular instance was in the Adirondacks on I-87 heading south from Montreal to New York at about 2am. There are emergency phones every 2 miles on the highway. I was getting ready to start walking when I saw the headlights of the northbound bus approaching. He pulled over and we were shouting across the highway some ways to troubleshoot. It's absolutely desolate up there and many nights all you'll see for an hour or so is is the bus headed in the opposite direction, so it was quiet enough for us to hear each other. Fortunately it was easily solved, I just had to use the switch in the engine compartment to restart the bus.

Additional background on that story: That bus had started giving me problems the moment I got into the Villa Marie tunnel in Montreal, making a loud screeching noise through the windshield and the sign constantly beeping as it reset itself every few mins. Then about 3 km to the border I lost all throttle power and coasted into the border. While immigration processed my passengers I sat on hold with maintenance trying to get another bus brought down to me. After being on hold for 45 mins I said fuck it and kept going. Coming up a hill it happened again and the bus just coasted to a stop. Engine was still running but it was in neutral and wouldn't rev up at all, just idle. Ended up that supposedly the tracking system for the bus, Cadec, that each driver had to sign into before they can put the bus in gear was cutting me out. Shutting it down and rear starting it would fix it for some reason.


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Yes. My dogs get hundreds of pets a day. And Storm, who likes nose boops much more than Branka, gets many of those too.

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It kind of depends on the project really. TV directors are different in their role than movie directors. And it depends if I am on the set as an actor or a creator. But I would say be prepared, set a professional tone and respect the other professionals you are working with.


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My favorite part is when i find a new product that blows me away - like when we first found OxiClean - we have a new one were filming tomorrow - and of course working alongside Billy

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Easy money.


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First off, I'm sorry to hear about your chemotherapy. I hope it's going well and that you are better soon.

The regulation of my spinal fluid typically does not cause nausea, because it's happening all the time so I'm pretty used to it. However, I do get nauseous when the flow rate is adjusted (and really bad headaches) for about an hour after. And yeah, shunt taps are PAINFUL, it's a very similar procedure to the CSF draw from your reservoir.

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Honestly, I didn't grow up dreaming about having kids and having a family. I was so focused on my career and so focused on my selfish existence, haha, but I think meeting my husband inspired me. One day I just woke up and knew it's what I wanted to do and it's been the hardest, greatest thing ever and I wouldn't give it up for the world.


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This may be my favorite comment of the day. And $1,000 is a lot of money!

Lost was filmed all over the island. There is a tour (I think a bus tour) that you can take that will take you to a lot of the more famous locations.

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As a kid, all I really wanted was a Stratocaster. I didn't have a particular year or color in mind. I just wanted a Strat. My favorite guitar is still my 1961 Stratocaster.


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This particular instance was in the Adirondacks on I-87 heading south from Montreal to New York at about 2am. There are emergency phones every 2 miles on the highway. I was getting ready to start walking when I saw the headlights of the northbound bus approaching. He pulled over and we were shouting across the highway some ways to troubleshoot. It's absolutely desolate up there and many nights all you'll see for an hour or so is is the bus headed in the opposite direction, so it was quiet enough for us to hear each other. Fortunately it was easily solved, I just had to use the switch in the engine compartment to restart the bus.

Additional background on that story: That bus had started giving me problems the moment I got into the Villa Marie tunnel in Montreal, making a loud screeching noise through the windshield and the sign constantly beeping as it reset itself every few mins. Then about 3 km to the border I lost all throttle power and coasted into the border. While immigration processed my passengers I sat on hold with maintenance trying to get another bus brought down to me. After being on hold for 45 mins I said fuck it and kept going. Coming up a hill it happened again and the bus just coasted to a stop. Engine was still running but it was in neutral and wouldn't rev up at all, just idle. Ended up that supposedly the tracking system for the bus, Cadec, that each driver had to sign into before they can put the bus in gear was cutting me out. Shutting it down and rear starting it would fix it for some reason.

A:

No, I just bite.


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What are your primary crops? What is your rotation schedule? Are you using drones to increase your yield, and how successful has that been? (Also, thanks for farming...We all need to eat).

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Before the AT, had you done any "shakedown" hikes of a week or more? Just to see if you could handle it, if your gear was on point, test out logistical issues, etc.


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What are Scraping Bottom Games' plans for the future? You're game looks great! I certainly will give it a try

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Hey Jessica, what's your favourite book at the minute? :)


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Wow, this is the first time I've heard of someone having the tube in their head removed, if that's what you mean. My wife had an arachnoid cyst which caused her to get the tube. Seven years later she gets a seizure disorder that has to have come from this whole event. The pump at the base of her skull gives her lots of pain and she would like it removed. No doctor will even discuss it with her. Menengitis from the tumbe, DAMN. Sorry for your struggles.

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whatever happened to corey sterling?


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What's the strangest thing you've ever seen on your travels?

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Will you give them some pets for me? Such good doggos


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Hey Andrea! I know you're busy with your own show (love it!) but as the new season of iZombie just started filming I have to ask:

Might we see any more of Vivian Stoll? No body tends to means no death in genre shows, and we never saw her actually get on that chopper.

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Are you from London?


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What are Scraping Bottom Games' plans for the future? You're game looks great! I certainly will give it a try

A:

What I are things you wish your parents did differently? My 4 year old son has hydrocephalus and a VP programmable shunt.

Do you wish they took it easier on you, pushed you harder? Let you rest more? Anything?

Thanks.


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Hey Jessica, what's your favourite book at the minute? :)

A:

If you were walking down the street and heard a stranger yelling "WALT!" would you join in?


Q:

whatever happened to corey sterling?

A:

What's the strangest thing you've ever seen on your travels?


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Do you pet your service dogs a lot? Do you boop their noses?

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We grow alfalfa, wheat, barley, triticale, safflower, dichondra, hybrid onion seed, and wine grapes. Our typical rotation is between alfalfa, safflower, and a grass like wheat or barley or triticale. It's nice following 4 years of alfalfa up with something that really likes nitrogen like a grass because alfalfa fixes its own nitrogen in the rooting zone and it's still available to whatever you plant after it. It's like bonus fertilizer. The safflower likes it too but it grows like a weed anyway as long as it's taproot can follow moisture. We treat dichondra the same as the alfalfa because the stand will last for about the same amount of time (4-5 years), although it doesn't have the same nitrogen benefits. The grapes are more of a long term crop separate from our normal rotation, and the onions are just kind of random. They're only in little plots and they never take up enough of a field to try to rotate them seperately. We DO have to rotate carefully where we place the onion blocks though because of residual pest problems and balancing isolation distances between other onion seed producers.

We don't use drones....yet. I want to though.


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I sure did.

I'd been backpacking for years already, so I kinda knew what I was doing. Turns out you learn the whole way, no matter how long you've been at it.

I shot a little video on my shakedown. I show my tent and some other gear in it. I had no idea that moments later I'd run into a bear. That actually became the opening scene of my book.

I kept a blog the whole way, and I started making entries ten days prior to starting, so some of my shakedown stuff is in here:

http://www.wheresthenextshelter.com/stories/2014/4/30/t-minus-ten-days

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What are Scraping Bottom Games' plans for the future? You're game looks great! I certainly will give it a try

Continued support of Fictorum for now! And thanks for the ncie words.

We need to get our game working on Mac and Linux, and then we'd love to add Mod support for the game. Which might require some substantial work.


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Hi briarbrave.... Well, I just just started reading The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman and I'm really enjoying it. It's about female boxers and it's based on true events that were really happening. Women were actually boxing in the 1800's which is something I never knew. You should check it out.

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Yes! When I was 11, I had just had my first shunt revision since I was a baby. After it was all done, something wasn't quite right and they sent me home anyway. A day later, my head started leaking spinal fluid! I went to the emergency room and had to spend a little over a week in the ICU while my old spinal fluid was drained into a bag next to my bed while my body replaced it with new spinal fluid. It was awful.

When I was 18, after another surgery it was suspected that I had an infection due to a bad shunt tap that was taken. It turned out that it was just contaminated and I didn't have an infection, but I was treated for one anyway and had to take a semester off of college because of the PICC line that was placed.


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I don't know where he's at now or what he's doing currently. There are a lot of unfounded rumors out there by people who claim to know what happened in the band as pertains to Corey, but everything I have read has been fabricated. He's a very talented singer and we had a lot of fun together, but I prefer to keep people's personal details and band details private so i have chosen not to publicly disclose the things that led to our parting of ways. At any rate I wish him the best in whatever his life brings him, and I believe things worked out of the better because Noah and I have been making great music together now for over 20 years.

A:

Aside from the multiple times I thought I saw something dart I out in front of the bus...I watched what looked like an 18 wheeler approaching in my mirror very fast. It was a blizzard, dead of the night, up in the Adirondacks. I kept watching him cuz I thought he was gonna rear end me. The headlights got closer and closer and all of a sudden they were gone. There had been no exit ramp or anything. Idk if he went into the ditch or what. I never found out.


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Of course! :P

A:

Sadly, I doubt it. I know that is not what you wanted to hear. Sorry!!


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Hi Maggie 1220 - I am from North Devon in England - it's one of the most beautiful parts of England........I didnt go to London until I was 11, to swim at a meet in Edmonton.

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What are Scraping Bottom Games' plans for the future? You're game looks great! I certainly will give it a try

Continued support of Fictorum for now! And thanks for the ncie words.

We need to get our game working on Mac and Linux, and then we'd love to add Mod support for the game. Which might require some substantial work.


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The only thing I wish they did differently is I wish my mom didn't freak out every time I had a headache. Headaches are normal, people get them all the time for any number of reasons. Not every headache is a disastrous one.

Just remember that your son is a normal person with a bit of extras. You know him best. Look for significant behavioral changes (especially if they happen gradually over time); loss of memory, more irritable, really frequent headaches. Shunt malfunctions don't always present as the text books describe and not every symptom that matches a shunt malfunction is one. Don't be afraid if one symptom pops up, get him checked if you see multiple symptoms.

Good luck to you and your son!

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Hi briarbrave.... Well, I just just started reading The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman and I'm really enjoying it. It's about female boxers and it's based on true events that were really happening. Women were actually boxing in the 1800's which is something I never knew. You should check it out.


Q:

yes, and start spinning in circles in slow motion.

A:

I don't know where he's at now or what he's doing currently. There are a lot of unfounded rumors out there by people who claim to know what happened in the band as pertains to Corey, but everything I have read has been fabricated. He's a very talented singer and we had a lot of fun together, but I prefer to keep people's personal details and band details private so i have chosen not to publicly disclose the things that led to our parting of ways. At any rate I wish him the best in whatever his life brings him, and I believe things worked out of the better because Noah and I have been making great music together now for over 20 years.


Q:

Aside from the multiple times I thought I saw something dart I out in front of the bus...I watched what looked like an 18 wheeler approaching in my mirror very fast. It was a blizzard, dead of the night, up in the Adirondacks. I kept watching him cuz I thought he was gonna rear end me. The headlights got closer and closer and all of a sudden they were gone. There had been no exit ramp or anything. Idk if he went into the ditch or what. I never found out.

A:

Yes. My dogs get hundreds of pets a day. And Storm, who likes nose boops much more than Branka, gets many of those too.


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My wife works in ag out here on the coast and I'm blown away by the logistics that go into it and also how vertically integrated it is. Many of the farmers out here buy seedlings from a single source then sell back finished product to that single source.

Is the Central Valley similar? Do you have control over who you sell to? Is there an actual like market? Or has it already been sold as futures before the plants become mature?

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Green Giant! It's Wolf Kisses from the shrimp gang saying hey and congrats on all the success. Who's log entries did you appreciate the most?


Q:

I've actually been thinking recently about how I wish you could have magic in a game that was a bit more customizable, and then the game pops up on my front page the other day. As for an actual question, what do you think was the biggest challenge for you guys during development?

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Hello there! As a fellow mom, and the fact your are in the restaurant business...How the heck do I get my 1 year old to eat vegetables?! Any advice?!


Q:

Can you have sex, do you have sex, is it enjoyable, do you like burritos, and if so, do you prefer them burrito or chimichanga style?

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Can I make you a guitar strap? Where would I send it! Leather worker here.peace


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Stupid question - why is the steering wheel so big? Does it really make a difference when driving?

A:

What school do you attend and how do you like? I am a glassblower thinking of going to Sweden for school. I'm not particularly fond of Salem' s location in New jersery and haven't really found any other schools in America giving actually degrees while really only focusing on glass work.


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Hi Andrea! You liked one of my tweets once and it made my day!

I love I'm Sorry, it's definitely one of the best shows of 2017. It's Curb Your Enthusiasm for parents (and just as funny) Geez I need a question here, don't I?

How much of the show is based on things that actually happened to you?

Also, please tell me you've already been renewed for Season 2?

A:

How long did it take you to film pitchman?


Q:

What are some of the bigger hurdles you ran into when making the game?

A:

Wow, this is the first time I've heard of someone having the tube in their head removed, if that's what you mean. My wife had an arachnoid cyst which caused her to get the tube. Seven years later she gets a seizure disorder that has to have come from this whole event. The pump at the base of her skull gives her lots of pain and she would like it removed. No doctor will even discuss it with her. Menengitis from the tumbe, DAMN. Sorry for your struggles.


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Hello there! As a fellow mom, and the fact your are in the restaurant business...How the heck do I get my 1 year old to eat vegetables?! Any advice?!

A:

Hi Harold! First of all, thanks for working with such as great organization like ASAN. In my own disability advocacy work, I've had the pleasure of working with a number of their board and staff members.

I have two questions: 1) You've had the opportunity to be part of some absolute classic movies and television shows. Is there a roll on a classic show you weren't a part of that you feel would have been perfect for you?

2) How have you (if at all) dealt with pushback from members of the autistic community that feel your role should be played by an autistic person?


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Can I make you a guitar strap? Where would I send it! Leather worker here.peace

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Stupid question - why is the steering wheel so big? Does it really make a difference when driving?


Q:

Will you give them some pets for me? Such good doggos

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Good eye, yeah it is an increasingly vertically integrated industry. The closest we've really run into that so far is dealing with chemical companies like Dow and Monsanto who have vertically integrated seed companies into their business. I think vertical integration is a smart idea in a lot of ways, but the way those companies in particular treat seeds as intellectual property makes me really uncomfortable.

Along the coast I would guess most of what you see are vegetable crops sold as fresh market produce, and it doesn't surprise me that that sector of the industry is more heavily vertically integrated than the rest because of the efficiency and speed required to get extremely perishable crops like that from the field to the grocery store. In most commodity crops you have a choice of who you sell to. Grain is sold to grain silo companies usually, alfalfa to a hay broker, processing tomatoes to a cannery, sugar beets to a sugar refinery, and pears to a packing shed. Each crop has a slightly different path through the market depending on what it's going to be used for. Commodity crops can also be sold as futures before they've been harvested or even planted, and we typically sell a little less than half of our grain this way. Awesome question!


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Shrimp Gang!

You had the coolest log book logo for sure. I'll see if I can find one. But for pure WTF, you gotta love Lemmy:

http://imgur.com/a/MsePa

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As for an actual question, what do you think was the biggest challenge for you guys during development?

In hindsight getting good constructive feedback was probably our biggest challenge.


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YES, hide 'em! I hide vegetables in eggs, quiche, stews soups, smoothies.... I hide vegetables everywhere I possibly can.

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Yes, yes, very, yes, burrito!


Q:

Sure! I would send it to my office. The address can be found on my website.

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On the older buses it's really big, the newer ones not so much. I think it's to be able to manipulate the buses movements more gently. The smaller the wheel the greater the reaction it will have on the vehicles trajectory. You don't want a 20 ton vehicle easily being sent shooting off in some other direction at 68mph. That's just my guess though, I don't know the actual scientific answer


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I'm at Tyler School of Art. The first year there a foundation year, and very few people take a glass class but it certainly is possible. After that though, it's all hands on deck when it comes to glass.

There's also Rhode Island School of Design.

I'm having trouble with Temple's disability support. But the Tyler professors have done so much to support me. The glass blowing program is a great community and I really do adore it.

I'm also a big fan of living in the city, it gives me a lot of opportunities, like going to the zoo and attending the service dog program I am, and I might not have if I lived in a suburb.

If you have more specific questions feel free to ask!

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Thank you!! And most of the storied are based on things that have actually happened to me. That being said, lots of details and story points are based on other writer's experiences with similar events and exaggerated for comedic purposes! I am much less inappropriate in my real life. Even if I am thinking it, I know better than to say it. Well, usually. Oh god.


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We started filming Season 1 in September of 2008 and it first aired on April 15 2009, we were filming right up until the last episode in June 2009. It was a tough shooting schedue, managing the business and also filming for the show and because it was new shot we had not figured out the best way to do it. Season 2 was a little more organized but missed Billy and I think it showed. I really tried to make it great but the show wrapped after Season 2

A:

Everything? I mean we started from scratch. Most of our systems were built ~1.5 years ago before we launched Kickstarter and it's hard for me to remember what the biggest hurdle was. Also, sometimes once you to figure out the answer, it seems really obvious in hindsight.

Recently, I'd pick getting debris to deal damage to enemies/yourself in a (mostly) reasonable way. There's still occasionally the "feature" that the debris will do a bunch of damage to you if you run into it while it's laying on the ground.


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Yes! When I was 11, I had just had my first shunt revision since I was a baby. After it was all done, something wasn't quite right and they sent me home anyway. A day later, my head started leaking spinal fluid! I went to the emergency room and had to spend a little over a week in the ICU while my old spinal fluid was drained into a bag next to my bed while my body replaced it with new spinal fluid. It was awful.

When I was 18, after another surgery it was suspected that I had an infection due to a bad shunt tap that was taken. It turned out that it was just contaminated and I didn't have an infection, but I was treated for one anyway and had to take a semester off of college because of the PICC line that was placed.

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YES, hide 'em! I hide vegetables in eggs, quiche, stews soups, smoothies.... I hide vegetables everywhere I possibly can.


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Thank you CaptainLawyerDude (awesome name btw) for your work as well on disability advocacy. I'm really glad to have a chance to add my voice to this ongoing conversation. So to your first question, and the answer is boring, there are no movies or television shows that I wish I was a part of. I'm a firm believer in, you get the gigs you are supposed to get. So anything I've seen that is classic was probably done by the right people. Though there are shows I've done that I wish had a longer life. A show called "The Unusuals" for instance. It was so much fun, I wish we could have done it longer. 2nd- I have not had any pushback from the autistic community only great support.

A:

Sure! I would send it to my office. The address can be found on my website.


Q:

On the older buses it's really big, the newer ones not so much. I think it's to be able to manipulate the buses movements more gently. The smaller the wheel the greater the reaction it will have on the vehicles trajectory. You don't want a 20 ton vehicle easily being sent shooting off in some other direction at 68mph. That's just my guess though, I don't know the actual scientific answer

A:

Of course! :P


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apparently not enough.

A:

Thanks dude, the right answer was Lemmy or The Engineer but I'll take it! I live one state below you so we'll have to get up for a hike some day soon. I'll hit you up on Facebook.


Q:

Were you inspired by a different game you enjoyed to create your own? If so, which?

A:

What is general workout/eating routine? (I know it can vary day to day) You are in incredible shape!


Q:

Fuck yeah. Glad to hear on all 5 accounts. Follow up question(s). Medical marijuana: Any possible uses for you, any interest if possibilities occur?

edit: and thanks for answering! first time i've ever had a question answered in an AMA

A:

Your favorite part of being a parent? And do any of your children show interest in music, instruments?


Q:

Can you smell when a passenger takes a shit?

A:

For someone that has always been interested in Glass Blowing, where would you suggest one starts?

How long have you been training dogs for service, and what is the hardest part about that would you say?


Q:

what is the weirdest cult or fad do you see emerging among fellow actors (besides scientology, juice cleanses, and improv)?

A:

If you weren't a pitchman, what would you do for a living?


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Were you inspired by a different game you enjoyed to create your own? If so, which?

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Can you have sex, do you have sex, is it enjoyable, do you like burritos, and if so, do you prefer them burrito or chimichanga style?


Q:

What is general workout/eating routine? (I know it can vary day to day) You are in incredible shape!

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Man, just want to say you've been one of my favorite actors for decades now. No real question, but with the AMA rules in mind, could you please do a buddy cop movie with JK Simmons?


Q:

Your favorite part of being a parent? And do any of your children show interest in music, instruments?

A:

Can you smell when a passenger takes a shit?


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What school do you attend and how do you like? I am a glassblower thinking of going to Sweden for school. I'm not particularly fond of Salem' s location in New jersery and haven't really found any other schools in America giving actually degrees while really only focusing on glass work.

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0%


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Please do!

Engineer was awesome! We also would have accepted Color Bandit!

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Were you inspired by a different game you enjoyed to create your own? If so, which?

The biggest inspiration came from the fact that I just wanted to make a game where you played as a badass mage and blew shit up. I couldn't find one that was super satisfying released recently, so I started to work on my own.

It was originally envisioned as a tower defense type game, that idea quickly got scrapped.


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Thank you! Daily routine... I go back and forth between yoga and circuit training. There's a website called www.yogaglo.com - it's basically like a monthly membership thing where you have access. You can do it all, anytime, anywhere. I'm not affiliated with them AT ALL, just think they're a really good resource. I don't really do anything super special with my diet. I try to eat really clean... fruits and vegetables, fish, etc. Don't get me wrong, I like my cheat days and I go BIG.

A:

Well, marijuana is now legal in my state (starting January 2018), so it's definitely a possibility. However, I find it does nothing for my pain and it usually just puts me right to sleep (both kinds).

I'm glad it works well for some people though and I hope that it becomes federally approved soon.


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I love everything about being a parent, especially watching my kids develop onto their unique personalities. Yes they are all musically inclined.

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Considering all the buses smell like someone took a shit, no not really


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It depends where you are in life.

Temple has a glass blowing major, but they also have classes for non majors and even for people who are no longer, or not yet, college students.

I think taking a class at a college (instead of like, someone's private studio) is a good way to get into glass blowing because there's a lot of people just sort of around that you can about glass blowing.

I'm not really sure how the "getting a job" part works. I'm not really there yet :P

But I have heard that networking is a really important thing. So, in addition to taking a class at a university I might look into buying studio time at a glass studio where you can work to hone your craft but also meet other glass blowers. In a lot of these studio's you have to bring your own assistant, finding someone who needs one would be an in.

Sorry I couldn't be more help there.

I've just been training Storm for service dog a year now. Branka I got in February two years ago, and I've been training her the day I got her but had much less support and knowledge in doing so.

I think that hardest part is understanding what the dog needs from you. Sometimes Storm will follow a harsh sounding queue and sometimes he will follow a softly spoken one. It's all about communication, and understanding what the dog is saying is the hardest part.

Also, self confidence.

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Someone told me they were training with a woman who specializes in relaxing your butthole. Apparently that is where we keep 90% of all of our stress.


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I think about this a lot. I feel that finding new products and unique ways to sell them is in my blood, but just say that talent was taken away from me, what would I like to do???? I could spend my days being a bike tour guide for some like "Backroads" taking people on epic bike trips aruond the world, being a pro-triathlete appeals to me, I f I could train 3 times a day I would. I've thought about running for office at some point in my life, and I enjoyed writing my book but I don't know if i have the discipline to sit down and write well enough to be a full time author. And anything in or around the water. Swim Coach, Boat Captain, Pro Big Wave Surfer (Top 10 of course):-))

A:

Were you inspired by a different game you enjoyed to create your own? If so, which?

The biggest inspiration came from the fact that I just wanted to make a game where you played as a badass mage and blew shit up. I couldn't find one that was super satisfying released recently, so I started to work on my own.

It was originally envisioned as a tower defense type game, that idea quickly got scrapped.


Q:

Yes, yes, very, yes, burrito!

A:

Thank you! Daily routine... I go back and forth between yoga and circuit training. There's a website called www.yogaglo.com - it's basically like a monthly membership thing where you have access. You can do it all, anytime, anywhere. I'm not affiliated with them AT ALL, just think they're a really good resource. I don't really do anything super special with my diet. I try to eat really clean... fruits and vegetables, fish, etc. Don't get me wrong, I like my cheat days and I go BIG.


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I would love to. I just did 2 indie films in a row with JK, one where I play his therapist. Love that man.

A:

I love everything about being a parent, especially watching my kids develop onto their unique personalities. Yes they are all musically inclined.


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Considering all the buses smell like someone took a shit, no not really

A:

I'm at Tyler School of Art. The first year there a foundation year, and very few people take a glass class but it certainly is possible. After that though, it's all hands on deck when it comes to glass.

There's also Rhode Island School of Design.

I'm having trouble with Temple's disability support. But the Tyler professors have done so much to support me. The glass blowing program is a great community and I really do adore it.

I'm also a big fan of living in the city, it gives me a lot of opportunities, like going to the zoo and attending the service dog program I am, and I might not have if I lived in a suburb.

If you have more specific questions feel free to ask!


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I've been wanting to hike the AT for some years now. Being a young single female, safety is my largest concern. What advice do you have for me?

A:

What's your favourite animal, your favourite game (not ones you made), your favourite movie, and your favourite book?

What advice would you give to yourself five years ago?


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How did you get involved with the Sinner? Were you a fan of the book?

A:

Are there any annoyances, about which we might not think to ask, that you would like us to know about?


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Are you still a soccer coach? And agreed most rewarding part of my life is being a parent

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Way back in the day I took Greyhound most of the way across the country and back. Three experiences stick in my mind. I've always wanted to know, so my question is, how common are any of these?

One, waiting in Denver to board the bus, the kid in line next to me (Brad, if he owned the gas station attendant jacket he was wearing) showed me a six-pack and said, "Do you drink?" On the same bus there was an older gentleman in a suit and hat who was doing the cups game. He and Brad (or maybe just Brad) got to drinking and Brad must have lost some money because they started arguing. The police were waiting for both of them at the next stop.

Two, near Dinosaur in the frigid snow we took a bathroom break. Lucky me, I was the last one and when I came out, the bus was pulling away. With some frantic arm waving I somehow got it to stop, and didn't get as much as a peep of an apology from the driver as I got on.

Three, finally mercifully close to getting back home, we were waiting in one of the final terminals but there was no driver. A worker at that terminal who was licensed to drive but didn't know the route ended up getting behind the wheel, and promptly went the wrong way off an exit at a pickup along the way. She found a wide driveway where she figured she could back up and do a multi-point turn, and promptly backed all four rear wheels into a concrete culvert.

This all seemed pretty par for the course to me at the time but I'm curious if these are actually commonplace occurrences.

Edit: Just saw your answer about getting lost. Would still like to know about getting lost AND stuck in a culvert though!


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How many marijuanas do you smoke per day?

A:

"I'm Sorry" is so much like Curb. Was this part of the pitch?


Q:

Can you wish me a happy birthday?

Aside from yourself, who is the top/next top pitchman/woman on television?

A:

What's your favourite animal, your favourite game (not ones you made), your favourite movie, and your favourite book?

What advice would you give to yourself five years ago?


Q:

Fuck yeah. Glad to hear on all 5 accounts. Follow up question(s). Medical marijuana: Any possible uses for you, any interest if possibilities occur?

edit: and thanks for answering! first time i've ever had a question answered in an AMA

A:

How did you get involved with the Sinner? Were you a fan of the book?


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Hey Harold I'm a big fan of your work. What was it like when you were making The Edge? The filming conditions must've been rough but it's an awesome film.

Thanks.

A:

Are you still a soccer coach? And agreed most rewarding part of my life is being a parent


Q:

Way back in the day I took Greyhound most of the way across the country and back. Three experiences stick in my mind. I've always wanted to know, so my question is, how common are any of these?

One, waiting in Denver to board the bus, the kid in line next to me (Brad, if he owned the gas station attendant jacket he was wearing) showed me a six-pack and said, "Do you drink?" On the same bus there was an older gentleman in a suit and hat who was doing the cups game. He and Brad (or maybe just Brad) got to drinking and Brad must have lost some money because they started arguing. The police were waiting for both of them at the next stop.

Two, near Dinosaur in the frigid snow we took a bathroom break. Lucky me, I was the last one and when I came out, the bus was pulling away. With some frantic arm waving I somehow got it to stop, and didn't get as much as a peep of an apology from the driver as I got on.

Three, finally mercifully close to getting back home, we were waiting in one of the final terminals but there was no driver. A worker at that terminal who was licensed to drive but didn't know the route ended up getting behind the wheel, and promptly went the wrong way off an exit at a pickup along the way. She found a wide driveway where she figured she could back up and do a multi-point turn, and promptly backed all four rear wheels into a concrete culvert.

This all seemed pretty par for the course to me at the time but I'm curious if these are actually commonplace occurrences.

Edit: Just saw your answer about getting lost. Would still like to know about getting lost AND stuck in a culvert though!

A:

For someone that has always been interested in Glass Blowing, where would you suggest one starts?

How long have you been training dogs for service, and what is the hardest part about that would you say?


Q:

My friend Allyson did it. Here's her excellent post on solo hiking and safety:

https://appalachiantrailclarity.com/2016/02/26/hiking-alone-together/

A:

What's your favourite animal,

Sea Otter

your favourite game (not ones you made),

Probably Myth 2

your favourite movie, and your favourite book?

I really like the Fifth Element and Name of the Wind is a fantastic book

What advice would you give to yourself five years ago?

5 years ago was before I had kids, I can barely imagine life before then. Maybe stick with streaming a bit more? I used to cast Stacraft 2 and enjoyed it, and kind of fell out of it.

oh and Buy bitcoin 5 years ago, that'd be pretty great.


Q:

Yes I was a fan of the book. Universal Cable Productions brought us the book and I loved the material and became a huge fan of it. I felt the story was surprising and compelling and every twist and turn I thought was coming never came to fruition and something else happened that took me by surprise, which was very interesting because I feel like I've seen it all, read it all and this book consistently shocked me. Subsequently, my company joined forces with UCP to develop and produce the show....we hired a creator, Derek Simonds, and he wrote a pilot episode and as a team we pitched the show to all the major cable providers and networks, and we were lucky enough to have been picked up by USA Networks, and he we are today, our second episode premiering tonight. It's amazing!

A:

Since hydrocephalus is an "invisible" disability, a lot of people forget and just assume that I'm like everyone else. Which typically is fine, but I get fatigued MUCH faster. If I'm walking around all day with my friends, I might not be able to get out of bed the next day because I'm in so much pain. Then I get a lot of "omg, what's wrong"...the answer is life. This happens a lot, I'll be fine in a day, I just need more time to recharge.

Or when people hear that I can't ride a bike, they like to challenge that or try to "teach me". Like I can just get over having balance issues because I haven't tried hard enough. Even as an adult I'm often teased for not being able to. Like since it's not obvious that there is something wrong, it's ok to make fun of.


Q:

No. I was subbing for the real coach back when I posted that. It was fun.

A:

It's hard man, you get lost and now you've gone from nervous to flustered. You're trying to get turned around and you're flustered and you're rushing and you're not paying attention now like you should be, and you don't see the culvert, or you don't notice the ditch, or you don't realize that the angle of the intersecting road is too steep and now you got you're bus all hung up and need a tow truck to pull you out.

Terminal with no driver? That happens. 30 drivers per year are guaranteed to quit out of NYC, imagine what the number is nationwide. So they're always short on drivers

As for almost getting left at the rest stop, when I say 15 minutes, I mean 15 minutes. If you come out at minute 16 you'll be waving goodbye as I pull off. Don't ever expect the driver to wait around til everyone is back. I got a schedule to keep and I wanna go home damnit. It's why they don't like us making unscheduled rest stops. All that being said, a lot of drivers will make some sort of effort to verify everyone is back. But don't depend on it


Q:

I actually have never tried any recreational drugs because of concerns about drug interactions with the ever changing prescriptions I am already on.

I'm trying to get off the ones that have a known adverse reaction to booze before I turn 21, but that's looking unlikely.

I dont feel drawn to experimenting with drugs, even though I know that makes me an incredibly boring art student. I just have enough episodes of altered mental status that I don't really feel like triggering one for recreation.

Power to the rest of you, though.

A:

Well I am a HUGE fan of Curb. That kind of show is my favorite to watch. So It was part of the pitch so much as in, it is a single point of view comedy where I play a version of myself. And the tone is very grounded, where you almost can believe these characters are real people in real relationships. But not in the tying together of stories, etc. The pilot has that element, but as a series is diverges there.


Q:

Send me a message with your phone number and I'll text you a happy birthday video!

As far as the other question... I like and respect John Florell.

A:

What's your favourite animal,

Sea Otter

your favourite game (not ones you made),

Probably Myth 2

your favourite movie, and your favourite book?

I really like the Fifth Element and Name of the Wind is a fantastic book

What advice would you give to yourself five years ago?

5 years ago was before I had kids, I can barely imagine life before then. Maybe stick with streaming a bit more? I used to cast Stacraft 2 and enjoyed it, and kind of fell out of it.

oh and Buy bitcoin 5 years ago, that'd be pretty great.


Q:

Well, marijuana is now legal in my state (starting January 2018), so it's definitely a possibility. However, I find it does nothing for my pain and it usually just puts me right to sleep (both kinds).

I'm glad it works well for some people though and I hope that it becomes federally approved soon.

A:

Yes I was a fan of the book. Universal Cable Productions brought us the book and I loved the material and became a huge fan of it. I felt the story was surprising and compelling and every twist and turn I thought was coming never came to fruition and something else happened that took me by surprise, which was very interesting because I feel like I've seen it all, read it all and this book consistently shocked me. Subsequently, my company joined forces with UCP to develop and produce the show....we hired a creator, Derek Simonds, and he wrote a pilot episode and as a team we pitched the show to all the major cable providers and networks, and we were lucky enough to have been picked up by USA Networks, and he we are today, our second episode premiering tonight. It's amazing!


Q:

It was amazing. We were up in Canada and I'd never experienced anything like that before. I was colder than I'd ever been in my life, but I was with Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin so who cared.

A:

No. I was subbing for the real coach back when I posted that. It was fun.


Q:

It's hard man, you get lost and now you've gone from nervous to flustered. You're trying to get turned around and you're flustered and you're rushing and you're not paying attention now like you should be, and you don't see the culvert, or you don't notice the ditch, or you don't realize that the angle of the intersecting road is too steep and now you got you're bus all hung up and need a tow truck to pull you out.

Terminal with no driver? That happens. 30 drivers per year are guaranteed to quit out of NYC, imagine what the number is nationwide. So they're always short on drivers

As for almost getting left at the rest stop, when I say 15 minutes, I mean 15 minutes. If you come out at minute 16 you'll be waving goodbye as I pull off. Don't ever expect the driver to wait around til everyone is back. I got a schedule to keep and I wanna go home damnit. It's why they don't like us making unscheduled rest stops. All that being said, a lot of drivers will make some sort of effort to verify everyone is back. But don't depend on it

A:

It depends where you are in life.

Temple has a glass blowing major, but they also have classes for non majors and even for people who are no longer, or not yet, college students.

I think taking a class at a college (instead of like, someone's private studio) is a good way to get into glass blowing because there's a lot of people just sort of around that you can about glass blowing.

I'm not really sure how the "getting a job" part works. I'm not really there yet :P

But I have heard that networking is a really important thing. So, in addition to taking a class at a university I might look into buying studio time at a glass studio where you can work to hone your craft but also meet other glass blowers. In a lot of these studio's you have to bring your own assistant, finding someone who needs one would be an in.

Sorry I couldn't be more help there.

I've just been training Storm for service dog a year now. Branka I got in February two years ago, and I've been training her the day I got her but had much less support and knowledge in doing so.

I think that hardest part is understanding what the dog needs from you. Sometimes Storm will follow a harsh sounding queue and sometimes he will follow a softly spoken one. It's all about communication, and understanding what the dog is saying is the hardest part.

Also, self confidence.


Q:

Hi! Thanks for doing this AMA, and for the generous offer of a free book!

What has been your most memorable encounter with wildlife?

A:

Myth 2, as in the sequel to Myth the fallen lords?


Q:

What kind of pain do you experience and why?

A:

Who is a relatively unknown guitar player you think people should listen to?


Q:

The thing /u/likewhaaaa was talking about is called CBD or cannabidiol, and like they said, it's a chemical component of marijuana like THC, but unlike THC, isn't a psychoactive, so doesn't get you high.
Here's an article about CBD and its potential uses in healthcare and here's one about the promising studies being done on CBD for use as an epilepsy medication. I am not a doctor, but it does seem to have a lot of promise so maybe it could help you.

A:

Which movie is better, Godfather 1 or Godfather 2?


Q:

Myth 2, as in the sequel to Myth the fallen lords?

A:

I used to work as an RN in neuro ICU. Is there anything you wish your treatment staff knew, any common mistakes made, things we can chill out about and what actually helped make your hospital stays not suck quite so much?


Q:

How many times do you think you've said "WALT!" over the course of your life?

Related, what do you think of this spicy meme? https://i.pinimg.com/736x/23/75/a4/2375a4ccdaafe0a60170ecbad28b6815--nerd-funny-hilarious.jpg

A:

Who is a relatively unknown guitar player you think people should listen to?


Q:

How many marijuanas do you smoke per day?

A:

The time I saw a bear get captured in a trap outside a shelter.

Got video of it too. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEeonNFM2aU


Q:

Correct! Loved that game a bunch.

A:

Typically, my head only hurts when something is wrong (like a shunt malfunction) but I also experience a lot of muscle pain because of my condition that caused hydrocehalus; Dandy-Walker Syndrome


Q:

Marcus King

A:

I'm a little familiar with CBD. I'm not very far along on figure the whole seizure thing out in the first place. The ER has tried multiple times to put me on medication but the last one almost killed me so...

Yeah, it will likely come up during my future doctor appointments. Even if it's not right for me, I hope it can help other people.


Q:

Do I have to choose? For reals...tied.

A:

Correct! Loved that game a bunch.


Q:

I find that Neuro ICU nurses are the best. They are attentive and helpful and usually just glad to see a patient that can talk.

I wish my treatment staff new that I'm not seeking meds, I just know what works and what doesn't for me. I've been through the surgeries enough times to know. Don't give me percocet as my only pain killer and then keep me an extra day because I vomited. I told you percocet makes me vomit and that either oxy or norco will not.

Common mistakes: Not answering the calls when I really need to pee and can't walk on my own. But I know that's an understaffing problem mostly.

As for things that make my hospital stay no suck quite so much, I will leave you with this story:

My hair has always been very long and very thick. For surgery, they shave a large portion on the right side and the surgeons don't care about the hair that remains, which I understand, because they are only concerned about the life saving surgery. But what you end up with after 1 week of lying in a hospital bed is matted hair that is caked with blood and hurts to even try to comb because of the stitches in your head.

When I was 18, I had surgery twice in a 2 week period and was in the hospital for about 3 weeks. After the first 2 weeks I was done with surgery, but they wouldn't release me because they thought I might have an infection. So for a week I was just doing nothing. This really sweet nurse would come by everyday on her breaks and work on detangling my hair. She would use my brush and bring a spray bottle of detangler and work on it for about 30 minutes a day. By the time I was able to shower again I could actually brush my own hair. Now I always braid my hair right away after surgery, but I'll never forget what that nurse did for me.

A:

Would have no idea, but prob more than you could imagine. Love the meme...who wouldn't want to get their kid back?


Q:

Marcus King

A:

I actually have never tried any recreational drugs because of concerns about drug interactions with the ever changing prescriptions I am already on.

I'm trying to get off the ones that have a known adverse reaction to booze before I turn 21, but that's looking unlikely.

I dont feel drawn to experimenting with drugs, even though I know that makes me an incredibly boring art student. I just have enough episodes of altered mental status that I don't really feel like triggering one for recreation.

Power to the rest of you, though.


Q:

What's your go-to technique for blister prevention and care?

A:

Congratulations on your launch! It's been awesome getting to play and follow this game!

You advised me that there was a secret candy cane spell in the game during a livestream. I really enjoyed getting to find a little easter egg like that.

What other secrets or hidden things can we look for in Fictorum? Can you give us any hints?


Q:

When did your parents or doctor first notice this defect? Was it discovered during routine examination or only after it started showing symptoms? How do people or their parents typically come to learn that their child has hydrocephalus?

And I hope you can keep number of future surgeries to a minimum. Surgeries suck, especially when they don't result in a permanent fix.

A:

Will you be adding dates to this tour as you go? This album touched my heart from the first notes.. how do you keep it current yet stay true to the blues, do you listen to other music.. pop, dance, electronic etc?


Q:

Serious question, have you ever considered hallucinogens? You seem to have such a healthy mind set and being an art student, maybe could discover some inspiration?

A:

What's the weirdest question a fan has ever asked you?


Q:

Congratulations on your launch! It's been awesome getting to play and follow this game!

You advised me that there was a secret candy cane spell in the game during a livestream. I really enjoyed getting to find a little easter egg like that.

What other secrets or hidden things can we look for in Fictorum? Can you give us any hints?

A:

how did Obamacare affect your medical treatment or cost? How do you think the new healthcare laws may affect it? Thank you for being willing to be so open about this!


Q:

Hi Harold! What job do you think you would you have in another life, brother?

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Will you be adding dates to this tour as you go? This album touched my heart from the first notes.. how do you keep it current yet stay true to the blues, do you listen to other music.. pop, dance, electronic etc?


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The thing /u/likewhaaaa was talking about is called CBD or cannabidiol, and like they said, it's a chemical component of marijuana like THC, but unlike THC, isn't a psychoactive, so doesn't get you high.
Here's an article about CBD and its potential uses in healthcare and here's one about the promising studies being done on CBD for use as an epilepsy medication. I am not a doctor, but it does seem to have a lot of promise so maybe it could help you.

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Growing up too poor to drive, having a paper route, carrying a bass drum in marching band and then spending ten years in leather combat boots.

If this option is not available to you, make sure your shoes fit. Your feet will grow half a size or even a full size from all that walking. Some people like liner socks, like toe gloves. They keep your toes from eroding each other, which can be a bloody mess.

Also, if you're new to hiking, start with short days and take frequent breaks. Take your shoes and socks off after 3 miles and air out those piggies!

If you DO get blisters (you will) learn to care for them. An infected blister is the worst. Keep them clean and covered. Duct tape works wonders. For real.

EDIT: Okay Tarantino... can't get enough feet? Fine. Here's more: http://www.wheresthenextshelter.com/stories/2014/7/15/day-67-luray-va-937-miles


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There's a Christmas Tree spell at the top of one of the mountains.

There's 2 maps that have a "hidden" area "behind" the large peak. One has a few treasure chests and the other has a snowman spell that drops like meteor.

Also thanks for all the great content you've made for the game so far.

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When you're an infant, your skull isn't fused together yet. So when your head over fills with spinal fluid, your skull starts to expand. This can often happen really gradually and it can be unnoticeable at first. So my head got really big, but slowly. My personality started to change (I would cry a LOT more and was barely eating). Then one day my eyes went to sunset (term for downward turning eyes) and they took me to the ER. Looking back at baby pictures, my head was REALLY swollen, but it's hard to tell when things change slowly. The whole process was about 2 months from birth to diagnosis, but I was definitely born with it.

Parents find out in many different ways, either it's detected at birth, they see that their child's head is growing, the child develops sunset eyes, it's discovered through doctors visits, or even detected by an underlying condition. There is almost always some underlying condition. For me, it's Dandy-Walker Syndrome.


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The tour for this album will continue all the way through the end of next year, so yes dates will continue to be added. I try to just write the music that I feel inspired to write. I hear all kinds of music all the time, but when making an album we just do what we do without trying to push its too far in one way or the other. I will always be true to the Blues as it's my first love.

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I actually will hallucinate on my own if deprived of sleep. And I don't mean force me to be awake for multiple days, I mean 5 days on 5 hours of sleep. I'm Incredibly sensitive to it.

The hallucinations themselves we're kind of cool, but I felt like a scream shoved into a human shape and that was much less cool.

Once, in a very open conversation about what drinking and the stages of getting drunk felt like, she told me, "You seem like the type to get high on life. I bet when you first get drunk it will be a familiar sensations."

She's really not wrong. I have an easily swayed emotional disposition and a weakened grip on reality.

Also, I've heard that it takes a lot of trust and a feeling of safety to have a good trip, and with PTSD that's not a state of being I think I can sustain for an extended period doing something I have been told is bad for you and illegal.

If I was a different person, I think I would really like drugs.

Edit: This was on mobile and the she was my mom.


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Did you enjoy working on Togetherness? What's it like to be married to David Benioff?...People quite often think I am Amanda Peet.

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There's a Christmas Tree spell at the top of one of the mountains.

There's 2 maps that have a "hidden" area "behind" the large peak. One has a few treasure chests and the other has a snowman spell that drops like meteor.

Also thanks for all the great content you've made for the game so far.


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I honestly can't answer that. Since before Obamacare came to be, I've been working for the same company who provides great insurance. I'm extremely lucky that healthcare problems have not affected me, but I'm terrified all the others who do have to deal with it.

I will say that american healthcare is crap and I've had to pay at least $4000 (my deductible) out of pocket every year due to medical expenses.

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I would be the middleweight boxing champion or I'd be in the UFC. For sure.


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The tour for this album will continue all the way through the end of next year, so yes dates will continue to be added. I try to just write the music that I feel inspired to write. I hear all kinds of music all the time, but when making an album we just do what we do without trying to push its too far in one way or the other. I will always be true to the Blues as it's my first love.

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I'm a little familiar with CBD. I'm not very far along on figure the whole seizure thing out in the first place. The ER has tried multiple times to put me on medication but the last one almost killed me so...

Yeah, it will likely come up during my future doctor appointments. Even if it's not right for me, I hope it can help other people.


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Why did you do it?

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How'd you come up with your company name?


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my ex husband had hydrcephalus and was able to maintain until age 40 without a shunt. we found out because he became dizzy and disoriented more and more often. he also had excruciating pain with any altitude change. so the doctor he went to did the surgery and installed the shunt. at the same time one of my coworkers showed me how to manipulate my husbands head when the cold weather would cause the flow through the shunt to go sluggish or stop. are there other ways to ease discomfort and what conditions do you most commonly find pain or binding to be caused?

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Hey Kenny! Love your playing, have definitely ripped a few licks off of you;) have you found settings on your TS808 that you are happy with and just stick with them? If so what are they? Or do you still tweak. Do you use that pedal as a solo boost or for another purpose? I've seen you at HOB in Houston twice, great shows. Must be awesome to get to play with Chris, such an iconic drummer. Can you speak to how his drumming has influenced your playing? Thanks! -trevor


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The greatest thing about service dogs is how much they love to help. It's really humbling to watch.

The doc is about a woman with an untreatable heart condition that used to make her faint every day, the service dog (Adele) who saved her life and what happens when she has to retire Adele. It's called Adele and Everything After. LMK if you'd like to watch - we can probs arrange you a pre-release viewing.

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do you ever get confused for another celebrity (confession: when I'm Sorry started having ads, for a split second i thought you were Andrea Barber) or asked if you're related to another famous person (like ben/fred savage)? if so, has it lead to any funny/awkward exchanges?


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How'd you come up with your company name?

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Are there any annoyances, about which we might not think to ask, that you would like us to know about?


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What's your favorite kind of cheese 🧀?

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Hey Kenny! Love your playing, have definitely ripped a few licks off of you;) have you found settings on your TS808 that you are happy with and just stick with them? If so what are they? Or do you still tweak. Do you use that pedal as a solo boost or for another purpose? I've seen you at HOB in Houston twice, great shows. Must be awesome to get to play with Chris, such an iconic drummer. Can you speak to how his drumming has influenced your playing? Thanks! -trevor


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Serious question, have you ever considered hallucinogens? You seem to have such a healthy mind set and being an art student, maybe could discover some inspiration?

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It was always one of those bucket list things, you know? I love backpacking and camping, and every time I go out, the one thing I wish I had was one more day in the woods. So as soon as I found out there was a trail that takes months to hike, I was all about it.

Unfortunately, I was fresh out of boot camp at the time, and the Marines don't give you time off for bucket list stuff. So I kept it in my "someday" file for a long time.

Too long. I was in my 40s when I finally started taking my dream seriously. I moved it to my "plan" file, started saving up and researching and by the time I was 44, I hit the trail.

It was nothing at all like I expected either, and when I was done, I was completely spent. (See the before and after pics...) But it felt amazing to give myself totally to a thing I'd wanted for my whole life. To some, it's a vacation or a trip into the woods. Playtime. But it's serious hard work and a mental challenge too. Finishing it put me in a place mentally where things that seemed impossible before now just seemed hard. That's what I was after. I'm glad it worked.


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How'd you come up with your company name?

We were trying to come up with a clever name, but we couldn't think of one that wasn't taken, and our ideas kept getting worse and worse.

One of us finally said "We're really scraping the bottom of the barrel here"

And that's where we found our name.

I have a bit of self-deprecating humor, and I know I wouldn't be able to use it much when talking about our game, so I'm glad we got to use it for our company name.

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I have to have a very soft pillow at night or I wake up with headaches. Usually lying down will help if I feel "off".

I find lying on my stomach with my head facing right (towards the shunt) causes a migraine, but the migraine won't come on until after I get up so I won't even know that I've caused it. It's really annoying because I forget pretty easily.


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Level is usually at 1 o'clock tone is between 1-2, drive is between 1-4 depending on the amp and venue

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Oh my god you would do that!

I'm! Smiling! So! Big! Right! Now!

I know someone (Jaz, who is doberbutts on tumblr) who also has a service dog (named Creed) for a hear condition.

I know I'm already retiring Branka in a way, but it's not the same as retiring Storm will be, if that makes sense. I know that that's going to be a really tough struggle.


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Ha! Just finished typing an answer above. Amanda Peet. Often. And yes, people always have asked about Fred. No relation. I am not related to any of the famous Savages!

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How'd you come up with your company name?

We were trying to come up with a clever name, but we couldn't think of one that wasn't taken, and our ideas kept getting worse and worse.

One of us finally said "We're really scraping the bottom of the barrel here"

And that's where we found our name.

I have a bit of self-deprecating humor, and I know I wouldn't be able to use it much when talking about our game, so I'm glad we got to use it for our company name.


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Since hydrocephalus is an "invisible" disability, a lot of people forget and just assume that I'm like everyone else. Which typically is fine, but I get fatigued MUCH faster. If I'm walking around all day with my friends, I might not be able to get out of bed the next day because I'm in so much pain. Then I get a lot of "omg, what's wrong"...the answer is life. This happens a lot, I'll be fine in a day, I just need more time to recharge.

Or when people hear that I can't ride a bike, they like to challenge that or try to "teach me". Like I can just get over having balance issues because I haven't tried hard enough. Even as an adult I'm often teased for not being able to. Like since it's not obvious that there is something wrong, it's ok to make fun of.

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Going with Havarti


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Level is usually at 1 o'clock tone is between 1-2, drive is between 1-4 depending on the amp and venue

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I actually will hallucinate on my own if deprived of sleep. And I don't mean force me to be awake for multiple days, I mean 5 days on 5 hours of sleep. I'm Incredibly sensitive to it.

The hallucinations themselves we're kind of cool, but I felt like a scream shoved into a human shape and that was much less cool.

Once, in a very open conversation about what drinking and the stages of getting drunk felt like, she told me, "You seem like the type to get high on life. I bet when you first get drunk it will be a familiar sensations."

She's really not wrong. I have an easily swayed emotional disposition and a weakened grip on reality.

Also, I've heard that it takes a lot of trust and a feeling of safety to have a good trip, and with PTSD that's not a state of being I think I can sustain for an extended period doing something I have been told is bad for you and illegal.

If I was a different person, I think I would really like drugs.

Edit: This was on mobile and the she was my mom.


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Hey man, thanks for doing this. So it looks like your early story kind of resembles mine. I got out of the Marines in '06, but instead of going straight to school I went to work for an orthopaedic surgeon for ten years, and now finally I'm one semester away from graduating in mechanical engineering. My question is since you mentioned being in computer engineering, how did you handle the hike professionally? I'd love to do either the AT or the PCT but life just always kind of figures out how to assert itself over those kind of dreams. Were you at an age where your coworkers or company could recognize the need for an extended leave or what? I'm just kind of curious about how you made that aspect of it work.

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If I wanted to get into game developing myself, what are some resources you would recommend?


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Ive actually known 2 people with hydrocephalus. One was a girl I kinda dated (Steph?? Lol) The other was my "cousin", who also had spinabifida (spelling).

My cousim ended up passing away a while ago.. She said she had a headache and went to sleep.. that was it

I was always paranoid with the girl afterward. If she said she had a headache, Id freak out.lol.

I guess my question is, do you or people around you get paranoid when you get headaches?

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What is your favorite guitar pedal?


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Any tips on how to train a dog? I have a 6 month old lab who listens great when he wants to

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You used to do stand up. Are there any videos for us to watch?


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If I wanted to get into game developing myself, what are some resources you would recommend?

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my ex husband had hydrcephalus and was able to maintain until age 40 without a shunt. we found out because he became dizzy and disoriented more and more often. he also had excruciating pain with any altitude change. so the doctor he went to did the surgery and installed the shunt. at the same time one of my coworkers showed me how to manipulate my husbands head when the cold weather would cause the flow through the shunt to go sluggish or stop. are there other ways to ease discomfort and what conditions do you most commonly find pain or binding to be caused?


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What was it like working with Christopher Walken, and Harvey Kaitel?

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What is your favorite guitar pedal?


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The greatest thing about service dogs is how much they love to help. It's really humbling to watch.

The doc is about a woman with an untreatable heart condition that used to make her faint every day, the service dog (Adele) who saved her life and what happens when she has to retire Adele. It's called Adele and Everything After. LMK if you'd like to watch - we can probs arrange you a pre-release viewing.

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how did you handle the hike professionally?

About as poorly as humanly possible. I had been saving and planning for a few years, but REASONS happened and I simply quit, pinning all hopes on the likelihood that I'd find similar work when I returned. I'd had a few offers and backup plans. What the hell, right?

Little did I know all this would happen...


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If I wanted to get into game developing myself, what are some resources you would recommend?

I started with downloading UE4 and following some of the tutorials they had. I think that's a great place to start :-)

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Oh god...yes. All the time! Growing up, I had to hide if I had a headache or my mom would freak out. I had "sneak" tylenol so she wouldn't know I was taking it. At one point after a round of 3 surgeries, the school nurse sent a memo out to my teachers that if I complained of a headache to call 911 immediately. It was absolutely ridiculous. It's actually a lot like this.

I'm sorry about your cousin.


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Currently it would be the Analog Man King Of Tone pedal

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https://www.youtube.com/user/kikopup

She is incredible and I love her channel and it cover's so much. Without knowing you and your dog better there's not much in the way of training tips I can actually offer.

I would recommend trying to find other people with dogs and who are interested in dog training so you have a social support network, some extra motivation to the do hard work, and people who know you and your dog better to offer an new perspective.

These three things are all something people who buy dog's from reputable breeders get in addition to the dog.


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I actually don't know. I will have to find out. I never did a special, but there must be something, somewhere. I stopped around 2006, so it was right before it would have been posted on the internet automatically.

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If I wanted to get into game developing myself, what are some resources you would recommend?

I started with downloading UE4 and following some of the tutorials they had. I think that's a great place to start :-)


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I have to have a very soft pillow at night or I wake up with headaches. Usually lying down will help if I feel "off".

I find lying on my stomach with my head facing right (towards the shunt) causes a migraine, but the migraine won't come on until after I get up so I won't even know that I've caused it. It's really annoying because I forget pretty easily.

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I was so young both times that I was just hoping that I didn't fuck things up. It was exciting though. They are both great actors whose work I really admire.


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Currently it would be the Analog Man King Of Tone pedal

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Oh my god you would do that!

I'm! Smiling! So! Big! Right! Now!

I know someone (Jaz, who is doberbutts on tumblr) who also has a service dog (named Creed) for a hear condition.

I know I'm already retiring Branka in a way, but it's not the same as retiring Storm will be, if that makes sense. I know that that's going to be a really tough struggle.


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Thanks for the answer, crazy that you were in the military, I'm in the military as well and sometimes I think if I'm not front line I didn't give enough. You know what I mean?

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Do you think you'll continue making games in the future?

How do you feel about the procedurally generated worlds as a programming time saver vs. creating a larger world with a more sustained story line?


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How has this affected the romantic relationships in your life?

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Do you ever think you'll share words of wisdom or experience as Stevie did during his shows? Some precious parts of being a big fan is hearing an artist soeak


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Aww they're so cute! :D What kind of dogs are they?

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What was your favorite movie/show that you've done in your entire career?

Edit: I'm surprised I passed grammar school.


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Do you think you'll continue making games in the future?

How do you feel about the procedurally generated worlds as a programming time saver vs. creating a larger world with a more sustained story line?

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Another 30f with hydrocephalus, as well as spina bifida. This year I had my vp shiny replaced with a magnetically controlled shunt.

Have you ever had one of those, and how well did it/does it seem to be working for you if so? Thanks!


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Hi Harold,

I loved watching you in Lost, which is definitely my favorite tv show ever. Here are my questions:

  1. What was your favorite scene that you acted in on Lost?

  2. What was the funniest moment that happened on the set of Lost?

Thanks so much!

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Do you ever think you'll share words of wisdom or experience as Stevie did during his shows? Some precious parts of being a big fan is hearing an artist soeak


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Any tips on how to train a dog? I have a 6 month old lab who listens great when he wants to

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I do. It's weird, like I almost make things harder than they need to be sometimes, too. Just to see...


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Do you think you'll continue making games in the future?

I hope we get a chance to make another game, the success of Fictorum will determine that. Right now it looks like we'll just be able to support Fictorum for a while, and we plan to do that.

How do you feel about the procedurally generated worlds as a programming time saver vs. creating a larger world with a more sustained story line?

You have to make trade offs as an indie developer. Trying to make the procedural world feel like a larger world, or feel like it's not just thrown together is a huge challenge.

Games like Diablo and Diablo 2 nailed that feeling, and FTL as a recent indie example does a great job with it.

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It hasn't affected them at all.


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I talk now more than I ever have in-between songs, though I prefer to stick to the music which is what i believe people are there for.

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Both are mixed breeds from rescues. I think Branka is a rottweiler newfound land mix. Storm is probably a hound (gray hound maybe?) and a lab.


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Well. It would have to be I'm Sorry. Cause it's my other baby. But other than that. Probably STEPBROTHERS!

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Do you think you'll continue making games in the future?

I hope we get a chance to make another game, the success of Fictorum will determine that. Right now it looks like we'll just be able to support Fictorum for a while, and we plan to do that.

How do you feel about the procedurally generated worlds as a programming time saver vs. creating a larger world with a more sustained story line?

You have to make trade offs as an indie developer. Trying to make the procedural world feel like a larger world, or feel like it's not just thrown together is a huge challenge.

Games like Diablo and Diablo 2 nailed that feeling, and FTL as a recent indie example does a great job with it.


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The one I have now is programmable (magnetically controlled). My valve is stuck so I can't get it adjusted with magnets anymore (just my luck). It feel much bigger than the non-programmable shunt. I had non-programmable ones for 26 years and never once felt like I had a shunt. I can feel the programmable one though, even after 5 years with it.

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One of my favorite scenes and some of the most fun we had was the scene in the first season when Hurly takes us golfing. We'd been working so hard up to that point, that we really needed a break and to have some fun so that day was filled with much needed laughter and endless pranks


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I talk now more than I ever have in-between songs, though I prefer to stick to the music which is what i believe people are there for.

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https://www.youtube.com/user/kikopup

She is incredible and I love her channel and it cover's so much. Without knowing you and your dog better there's not much in the way of training tips I can actually offer.

I would recommend trying to find other people with dogs and who are interested in dog training so you have a social support network, some extra motivation to the do hard work, and people who know you and your dog better to offer an new perspective.

These three things are all something people who buy dog's from reputable breeders get in addition to the dog.


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What was, hands down, your absolute worst day on the trail?

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How do you go about hiring composers for music?


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Have you considered contacting Valve about being there new postergirl?

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Love The Rides. Will there be another album/tour?
Looking forward to seeing you in NOLA


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How do you go about hiring composers for music?


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Ive actually known 2 people with hydrocephalus. One was a girl I kinda dated (Steph?? Lol) The other was my "cousin", who also had spinabifida (spelling).

My cousim ended up passing away a while ago.. She said she had a headache and went to sleep.. that was it

I was always paranoid with the girl afterward. If she said she had a headache, Id freak out.lol.

I guess my question is, do you or people around you get paranoid when you get headaches?

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I've heard that you've dealt with some interesting fans after your portrayal of Michael on lost.

Does having fans who can't separate the show from the actor cause you to have any regrets for having played that part?

P.s. - My son was just diagnosed with high functioning autism 3 days ago so thanks for raising money for the cause!


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Love The Rides. Will there be another album/tour?
Looking forward to seeing you in NOLA

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Aww they're so cute! :D What kind of dogs are they?


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It was a surprise emotional breakdown about 1800 miles in.

I had already wrecked my feet and overcome that, contracted Lyme disease and dealt with that, separated from my friends, been rained on and delayed by bears and snakes. I was feeling pretty tough, nigh on invincible. At least physically.

I was in Connecticut and suddenly started missing my wife. I'd talked to her on the phone that day, and had even seen her on the trail a few times back when I was closer to home. But for some reason on that day I just started missing home and I sat down on a log and cried.

I wanted to go home so badly that I felt like all that harsh stuff I did to my body had been for nothing, and it made me feel stupid for even having tried this.

I called her and she told me that it was okay to quit, and somehow, that was what made me feel better. Good enough to continue. And it was gone as quickly and unexpectedly as it came on.

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When we first started working on the game, a composer that works for Rainfall contacted us and we kind of hit it off. Originally Chip's brother Reese was going to be our composer, but he didn't have the time to dedicate to the project.


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Lol! No, I have not.

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We have been talking about recording a third album so I would say you should expect one.


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Already answered ;)

https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/my-drive

And sorry to be pushing these vids on google drive, I don't have the time to wait around for youtube to process them and keep up with the questions.

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When we first started working on the game, a composer that works for Rainfall contacted us and we kind of hit it off. Originally Chip's brother Reese was going to be our composer, but he didn't have the time to dedicate to the project.


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Oh god...yes. All the time! Growing up, I had to hide if I had a headache or my mom would freak out. I had "sneak" tylenol so she wouldn't know I was taking it. At one point after a round of 3 surgeries, the school nurse sent a memo out to my teachers that if I complained of a headache to call 911 immediately. It was absolutely ridiculous. It's actually a lot like this.

I'm sorry about your cousin.

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No regrets at all. I think invested fans are the best fans.


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We have been talking about recording a third album so I would say you should expect one.

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Both are mixed breeds from rescues. I think Branka is a rottweiler newfound land mix. Storm is probably a hound (gray hound maybe?) and a lab.


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Hi! Thanks for doing this. I've thought about hiking a trail at an admittedly much more leisurely pace than an average trail warrior, since I'm admittedly in terrible shape. Two questions:

1) What's something you're just sure I'm going to forget to bring?

2) What's the best advice for a lifelong non-athlete / perhaps partially disabled person who wants to enjoy the outdoors on a trail (past of course getting in better shape)?

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How was the Kickstarter funding experience? Any tips for a fellow indie dev trying to raise money through crowdfunding? Thanks!


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What did you do for your 30th birthday?

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Thanks for doing this. At this point in your career, do you find your audiences are mostly blues heads, or do you still have rockers there just to hear Blue on Black?


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How does Zwilling Henckels blow this double walled glass? Only a tiny hole is on the bottom of the outmost wall and the hole points up. latte double glass

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How was the Kickstarter funding experience? Any tips for a fellow indie dev trying to raise money through crowdfunding? Thanks!


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What did you do for your 30th birthday?

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Hi Harold! Lost was one of my favorite shows of all time, but you were also great on my favorite "cancelled before it's time" show, The Unusuals. You showed a real gift for comedic acting on that show, so I was wondering if you foresee or plan a return to comedy in your career in the future?


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Thanks for doing this. At this point in your career, do you find your audiences are mostly blues heads, or do you still have rockers there just to hear Blue on Black?

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My pleasure!

  1. You forgot to bring enough toilet paper. That or a handful of condiment packets from the fast food joint in town. A little extra fat (and flavor) goes a long way on the trail. Mayonnaise in foil pouches trade on the trail like cigarettes in prison.

  2. As long as you have the ability to leave your house, you can enjoy a trail. Google what's in your area, you'd be surprised. Grayson Highlands on the AT for example actually has ADA compliant wheelchair accessible trail through some incredibly pretty terrain. Bike paths are great for enjoying nature on wheels (or however...) Check out your local hiking clubs. I found local groups via meetup dot com.

Heck, If it's all you can do, go around the block. A little bit of wind and sunshine are always a good thing!

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You need an audience before going on Kickstarter. You will not find an audience on Kickstarter, you need to bring your audience to Kickstarter.

You also will not get press coverage. You need to rely on social media.


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Well, my birthday is the day after halloween. So I threw a big Halloween party/orgy.

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We have a wide ranging audience with ages ranging from 7-70 and they are music lovers of all kinds.


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The same way you'd blow a goblet base. Though oh my god doing that for a whole fucking glass would piss me off.

When trying to break off the glass from the punty you'd be likely to creak the glass or mar it with water. Let me draw a quick diagram for how I think it's done.

Actually, as funny as the drawing turned out, with instructions not to touch the molten glass and "why are you doing this" "fuck you" written in the margins, I'm just going to explain it.

Shape a cup. Break that cup off. It is no longer attached to the blow pipe. You can not now put it back in the glory hole. It is getting cold. It will crack or explode if it get's too cold. Be quick!

Get a new punty (because fuck you you got to make this complicated), shape it so it has a little delicate taper to it. Stick it to the bottom of the cup. Hope that the cup didn't cool off so much it rejects the new punty.

Assuming you now have the cup attached to the punty, but the inside of the cup because you want to kill yourself, go stick that thing in the glory hole so you don't destory it.

Pull out a cup you already made that as been chilling out in the garage, reaching the right tempature. This cup is slightly larger than the one you just made, and likely you didn't shape the rim of the old cup because that would have meant attaching a punty to it's bottom.

Have your assistant hold the old cup in place with those super cool heat reistant gloves. Then stick the new cup into the old cup.

This also requires that the old cup be shaped in such away that the new cup doesn't drop to the bottom and fuse to the old cup. It has to do with how you would shape the rim, which you can't finase because you don't want the old cup to have a punty mark and you just really hate yourself.

Now, you have a two cups, stuck to each other by the rim, and you're punty inside the cups. Shape the rim because that's actually the easiest part.

Now you need to reach in there (Yes! reach into the hot glass cup! and get some water onto the glass connecting the cup to the punty.

If you're not perfect with the water, it will get on the inside of the cup and mar it! So be really careful! And pray! And fucking kill yourself!

Once the punty has been wet, which you should do at least twice, spinning the punty 180 and doing it again, try to break it off and hope it breaks off at the punty instead of splitting your entire fucking cup in two oh my god why would anyone do this to themselves?

A:

You need an audience before going on Kickstarter. You will not find an audience on Kickstarter, you need to bring your audience to Kickstarter.

You also will not get press coverage. You need to rely on social media.


Q:

Well, my birthday is the day after halloween. So I threw a big Halloween party/orgy.

A:

I want to do the spinoff of that show with Adam Goldberg. Its gonna be called Banks and Delahoy. Someone get me Noah Hawley on the horn...


Q:

We have a wide ranging audience with ages ranging from 7-70 and they are music lovers of all kinds.

A:

Already answered ;)

https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/my-drive

And sorry to be pushing these vids on google drive, I don't have the time to wait around for youtube to process them and keep up with the questions.


Q:

What is your opinion of the author Ed Abbey? Followup, now that some time has passed since his death, would you change his prescription for the outdoors? If so, how?

A:

Where did you get started? Like first 3 steps. Besides the idea. Like drawing? Programming? Script?


Q:

Do you ever have any discomfort or pain due to the valve/surgeries?

(Stay strong, you got this <3)

A:

What is the very best cheese?


Q:

Good fucking lord that was a lot to take in. Thanks for the explanation, I have a better understanding of it now. It’s one of the coolest and good feeling fucking cups I’ve ever held in my hands.

A:

Where did you get started? Like first 3 steps. Besides the idea. Like drawing? Programming? Script?


Q:

How has this affected the romantic relationships in your life?

A:

Who's your best friend on the set of Claws?

Also, I'm autistic. Thank you for raising awareness.


Q:

What is the very best cheese?

A:

How does Zwilling Henckels blow this double walled glass? Only a tiny hole is on the bottom of the outmost wall and the hole points up. latte double glass


Q:

I read Monkey Wrench Gang about a decade ago and remember being super inspired by it. Like, I wanted to buy a chainsaw and go cut down billboards and shit. I no longer condone this exact approach, but I think that a lot of that spirit is still in me.

I get pretty upset when I see beer cans in a fire ring, or graffiti on a shelter. I go to great lengths to "Leave No Trace" when I hike. I talk about it in my classes a lot, and I'm not afraid to call someone out for hurting our wilderness.

The state of Maine has some good ideas for preserving their wilderness, I like to use them as an example for doing it right.

A:

1) Download ue4

2) "I've always wanted to play as a powerful wizard"

3) "Can I program a guy to shoot fireballs?"

4)????

5) Profit


Q:

Not really because of the surgeries. Usually they relieve so much pain that I don't need to take anything (not even tylenol) afterward.

The valve can cause pain when it's very lightly tapped at just the right spot. It's really annoying. Part of my head is pretty numb from being cut open all the time, but one little tap in the wrong spot and I'm in horrible pain and have a migraine. This can last a few seconds to several minutes.

A:

Depends on what you're eating it with.


Q:

Well, at least all the craziness is worth it. :P

A:

1) Download ue4

2) "I've always wanted to play as a powerful wizard"

3) "Can I program a guy to shoot fireballs?"

4)????

5) Profit


Q:

It hasn't affected them at all.

A:

I work with a bunch of amazing actors on the set. But outside of work I hang out a lot with Jason Antoon who cracks me up.


Q:

Depends on what you're eating it with.

A:

The same way you'd blow a goblet base. Though oh my god doing that for a whole fucking glass would piss me off.

When trying to break off the glass from the punty you'd be likely to creak the glass or mar it with water. Let me draw a quick diagram for how I think it's done.

Actually, as funny as the drawing turned out, with instructions not to touch the molten glass and "why are you doing this" "fuck you" written in the margins, I'm just going to explain it.

Shape a cup. Break that cup off. It is no longer attached to the blow pipe. You can not now put it back in the glory hole. It is getting cold. It will crack or explode if it get's too cold. Be quick!

Get a new punty (because fuck you you got to make this complicated), shape it so it has a little delicate taper to it. Stick it to the bottom of the cup. Hope that the cup didn't cool off so much it rejects the new punty.

Assuming you now have the cup attached to the punty, but the inside of the cup because you want to kill yourself, go stick that thing in the glory hole so you don't destory it.

Pull out a cup you already made that as been chilling out in the garage, reaching the right tempature. This cup is slightly larger than the one you just made, and likely you didn't shape the rim of the old cup because that would have meant attaching a punty to it's bottom.

Have your assistant hold the old cup in place with those super cool heat reistant gloves. Then stick the new cup into the old cup.

This also requires that the old cup be shaped in such away that the new cup doesn't drop to the bottom and fuse to the old cup. It has to do with how you would shape the rim, which you can't finase because you don't want the old cup to have a punty mark and you just really hate yourself.

Now, you have a two cups, stuck to each other by the rim, and you're punty inside the cups. Shape the rim because that's actually the easiest part.

Now you need to reach in there (Yes! reach into the hot glass cup! and get some water onto the glass connecting the cup to the punty.

If you're not perfect with the water, it will get on the inside of the cup and mar it! So be really careful! And pray! And fucking kill yourself!

Once the punty has been wet, which you should do at least twice, spinning the punty 180 and doing it again, try to break it off and hope it breaks off at the punty instead of splitting your entire fucking cup in two oh my god why would anyone do this to themselves?


Q:

Monkey Wrench Gang, though very popular, is not a good synopsis of Abbey. Other writings are much deeper and less deliberately absurd. This was the quote is was referring to:

“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am - a reluctant enthusiast....a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”

A:

I can't get the game until the 24th and I'm avoiding all spoilers. Thank you for making this game.

My question is what was the most frustrating part of making it?


Q:

Hi Kenny......see you at the Ridgefield Playhouse in a few weeks!!!!! Can't wait!!!! Why did you change members in the band?

A:

I've been trying to get a service dog for awhile but it seems like there are so many barriers. I also go to college and one of my issues is that I don't know if I would have enough space for a dog. I live in an apartment-style dorm (I have my own room and bathroom, and I share a kitchen/living room space) so I do have more space than most. Do you live in a dorm? How do you handle this problem? Does the school give you trouble?

Another issue is that I have enough money for month-to-month costs but not enough for buying a dog or paying for training. Most organizations I've looked at help with service dog costs if you're a veteran, but I'm not. Do you have any suggestions?

I know I asked a lot of questions. Thank you so much for doing this AMA! I'm glad you shared your story.


Q:

I can't get the game until the 24th and I'm avoiding all spoilers. Thank you for making this game.

My question is what was the most frustrating part of making it?

A:

Thank you so so so sooooooo much for doing this AMA. My gf lives with this condition as well and it has been a real struggle at times. Luckily she has had 5 brain surgeries only if I'm not mistaken.

All the info here seems so useful! I sent her the link so she can read this thread when she gets out of work. You've made me so hopeful now that she may find some more relief with your shared knowledge!

Since this is an AMA, what are the major no no's that you would advice against for someone with hydrocephalus?


Q:

How are the 2 new films you have been producing coming along?

A:

Hi Kenny......see you at the Ridgefield Playhouse in a few weeks!!!!! Can't wait!!!! Why did you change members in the band?


Q:

Good fucking lord that was a lot to take in. Thanks for the explanation, I have a better understanding of it now. It’s one of the coolest and good feeling fucking cups I’ve ever held in my hands.

A:

Clearly I am not up to snuff on my Abbey. I really like this, and should queue up some more!

Thanks!


Q:

In hindsight, the hardest part was getting good constructive feedback. I should have been more willing to search it out, and should have been more willing to give more people early access to the game.

A:

There always comes a time when change is appropriate. I have learned not to be scared of change but to embrace it. On a creative level it's refreshing to change it up from time to time.


Q:

I can't talk about the trouble the school as or has not been giving me.

I did alright in a high rise dorm, studio apartment, with both dogs. And they are big dogs. It's absolutely possible, although it is a lot to add to your plate. Of course, so is living without the assistance you need.

Due to the trouble with the school I can't talk about, I had to move to an apartment off campus. It still doesn't have a backyard so I need to walk the dogs 2-4 times a day.

I think my organization could wave the monthly training fee, although most other's that use this style of training (instead of the borading school one) can't. There are other programs that fundraise themselves and you just have to wait. I'm not familiar with any programs other than my own, though.

There's also like, YouCaring, but that didn't do much for me. Winning the lottery. Having rich parents.

Sorry. :/

A:

In hindsight, the hardest part was getting good constructive feedback. I should have been more willing to search it out, and should have been more willing to give more people early access to the game.


Q:

Letting someone tell you that you can't do something. Hydrocephalus doesn't define you. If you think you can't do something, it's because you can't to it yet.

A:

They are actually coming along quite nicely. Indie film making is tough, and takes time and patience. But they are really coming along.


Q:

There always comes a time when change is appropriate. I have learned not to be scared of change but to embrace it. On a creative level it's refreshing to change it up from time to time.

A:

Well, at least all the craziness is worth it. :P


Q:

Gary, do you have any plans on doing another long trail?

A:

It seems your game has been met with mixed reviews so far. What are your thoughts on the negative feedback? Do you feel like people didn't understand the game or that you missed the mark somehow? Are you proud of how the game turned out? What would you do differently if you could?

Sorry for all the questions and if they appear trolly, I'm just genuinely curious how devs deal with negative feedback, it says a lot about the company.


Q:

Any plans to tour Australia soon?! I've been hoping to see you live since I was younger! Lovin' the new album... The cover is very remindful of SRV's Texas Flood

A:

Do you have to take a pay decrease from SS for selling? I am disabled but, I have found a massive amount of petrified wood on my property. My son keeps digging up chunks and logs. I already own a rock tumbler. I would love to polish it up and sale. I am afraid I will lose my disability benefits.


Q:

It seems your game has been met with mixed reviews so far. What are your thoughts on the negative feedback? Do you feel like people didn't understand the game or that you missed the mark somehow? Are you proud of how the game turned out? What would you do differently if you could?

Sorry for all the questions and if they appear trolly, I'm just genuinely curious how devs deal with negative feedback, it says a lot about the company.

A:

What do you do for a living? Does Hydrocephalus effect your work at all? How noticeable is the valve?


Q:

Did the writers/creator have a particular type of affect in mind for Dean or was it collaborative? For lack of better phrasing, do you guys have an autism spectrum consultant? Same thoughts on him being a survivor of sexual abuse.

I really enjoy the show and though I don’t know much about the autism spectrum you seem to be giving a great amount of respect and thoughtfulness in your portrayal (like all your roles).

A:

Any plans to tour Australia soon?! I've been hoping to see you live since I was younger! Lovin' the new album... The cover is very remindful of SRV's Texas Flood


Q:

I've been trying to get a service dog for awhile but it seems like there are so many barriers. I also go to college and one of my issues is that I don't know if I would have enough space for a dog. I live in an apartment-style dorm (I have my own room and bathroom, and I share a kitchen/living room space) so I do have more space than most. Do you live in a dorm? How do you handle this problem? Does the school give you trouble?

Another issue is that I have enough money for month-to-month costs but not enough for buying a dog or paying for training. Most organizations I've looked at help with service dog costs if you're a veteran, but I'm not. Do you have any suggestions?

I know I asked a lot of questions. Thank you so much for doing this AMA! I'm glad you shared your story.

A:

Desires, yes. Plans, no. At least not concrete plans.

I'm section hiking the Mountains to Sea Trail (700ish miles when complete) but only because I can practically see it from my living room.

Parts of the PCT appeal to me, especially the northern sections. I've done parts of the Sierras before and dream of going back . I hate the desert though, and that alone will keep my name off the Triple Crown list.

The CDT is my top choice for next trail. A lot of it is "make up your own route" which I love.

But my heart will always belong to the AT. I love the green tunnel. I find it and the people who surround it infinitely fascinating. I might do the AT again, slower this time.


Q:

It seems your game has been met with mixed reviews so far. What are your thoughts on the negative feedback? Do you feel like people didn't understand the game or that you missed the mark somehow?

I think some of the negative criticism is fair, and some of it isn't. We read the feedback seeing the things we can improve. We'll try to improve Fictorum as much as we can.

Are you proud of how the game turned out? What would you do differently if you could?

I don't want to focus too much on hindsight, we did the best we could with our abilities at the time.

A:

Wow. I never thought about that in regards to the cover, but thats cool. I hope we come back to Australia very soon. I love it over there.


Q:

I'm actually not on SS because my malformation only started giving me seizures after I could have entered the work force (but chose not to because college).

Anyway, yes, you would have to take a pay decrease and they will sometimes round down. It's a huge, huge, huge pain in the ass. I wouldn't do it.

A:

It seems your game has been met with mixed reviews so far. What are your thoughts on the negative feedback? Do you feel like people didn't understand the game or that you missed the mark somehow?

I think some of the negative criticism is fair, and some of it isn't. We read the feedback seeing the things we can improve. We'll try to improve Fictorum as much as we can.

Are you proud of how the game turned out? What would you do differently if you could?

I don't want to focus too much on hindsight, we did the best we could with our abilities at the time.


Q:

I'm a mechanical engineer and I build particle accelerators.

Does Hydrocephalus effect your work at all

Funny you should ask. Typically, no. But the same year I got hired to build electromagnets for particle accelerators, I went in for surgery. Without telling, my neurosurgeon swapped out my non-programmable anti-siphoning shunt with a programmable one...that is controlled by magnets. Irony, right?

Luckily, I've been able to keep working the same job, I just have to be extra careful around magnets. I mostly work on beam diagnostics anyway.

Edit: I forgot to answer your last question. The valve is not noticeable at all. No one can tell that I have anything wrong with me by looking at me.

A:

We did have a consultant and so the effort was a collaborative one. Dean's biggest function was to tie Desna to something very grounded and different from all of the craziness around her.


Q:

Wow. I never thought about that in regards to the cover, but thats cool. I hope we come back to Australia very soon. I love it over there.

A:

I can't talk about the trouble the school as or has not been giving me.

I did alright in a high rise dorm, studio apartment, with both dogs. And they are big dogs. It's absolutely possible, although it is a lot to add to your plate. Of course, so is living without the assistance you need.

Due to the trouble with the school I can't talk about, I had to move to an apartment off campus. It still doesn't have a backyard so I need to walk the dogs 2-4 times a day.

I think my organization could wave the monthly training fee, although most other's that use this style of training (instead of the borading school one) can't. There are other programs that fundraise themselves and you just have to wait. I'm not familiar with any programs other than my own, though.

There's also like, YouCaring, but that didn't do much for me. Winning the lottery. Having rich parents.

Sorry. :/


Q:

Hey man, I'm going to be doing something similar in November, trekking the Te Araroa the length of New Zealand.

What was the best thing that you took with you? How did your body adapt to the demand you where putting on it?

A:

If you knew what you do now, how would you change the path you took to make the game?


Q:

Really?! I thought maybe you'd based it off that cover art! You should perform at Bluesfest Byron Bay! I'm sure Peter Noble would love to have you on the line up :)

Also, Trouble Is... is SUCH A RECORD! I'm only 20 so it's been a recent discovery for me... Such delicious playing!

A:

Thank you.


Q:

1) What programming experience did you have before making this game?

2) What sort of day job(s) do you currently have?

3) I saw an answer mentioning a wife. Do any of you have any kids? How did you manage your work/life balance during this time?

Thanks!

A:

Have you considered contacting Valve about being there new postergirl?


Q:

Hi Harold! Thank you for doing this AMA and for bringing up the cause of Autism.

I loved you in Lost and Sons of Anarchy!

What was your favorite scene you filmed in Lost? And in SOA?

A:

Really?! I thought maybe you'd based it off that cover art! You should perform at Bluesfest Byron Bay! I'm sure Peter Noble would love to have you on the line up :)

Also, Trouble Is... is SUCH A RECORD! I'm only 20 so it's been a recent discovery for me... Such delicious playing!


Q:

Do you have to take a pay decrease from SS for selling? I am disabled but, I have found a massive amount of petrified wood on my property. My son keeps digging up chunks and logs. I already own a rock tumbler. I would love to polish it up and sale. I am afraid I will lose my disability benefits.

A:

Gotta say, my phone.

I kept it powered off most of the time, but when I needed it, it was a game changer. Get rides to town... Call home... Take pictures... Hey, if I could get a signal, I'd hop on amazon or rei and order new shoes or a new shirt, and it'd be at the post office when I arrived. Indispensable.

My favorite hiking gear specific item though is the Xped Shnozzel bag. It's waterproof stuff sack or pack liner and it has a nozzle that mates with my air mattress. The bag is a bellows that you can use to inflate at bed time without wasting important lung effort.

EDIT: Here it is in action: https://youtu.be/bkh5GY4AKAM


Q:

The biggest thing is I probably would have tried a little bit harder for outside funding, and used that money to build up the game a bit more, so we could have launched a better Kickstarter.

On a programming note, there's almost nothing I wouldn't change from the early days, we've learned a lot and our code has improved a ton.

A:

Thank you. We have played Byron Bay a few times over the years. It's time that we come back again


A:

1) What programming experience did you have before making this game?

Effectively none

2) What sort of day job(s) do you currently have?

I work from home for the Federal Gov't

3) I saw an answer mentioning a wife. Do any of you have any kids? How did you manage your work/life balance during this time?

I have 2 kids, an almost 4 year old and almost 2 year old. My balance has been terrible, I've barely interacted with my wife over the last 1.5 years especially. I'm looking forward to stepping back a little bit and restoring some balance. On average I try my best to spend 40 hours a week on development, and I have to spend 40 hours a week on my day job. I've not gotten nearly enough sleep.


Q:

Lol! No, I have not.

A:

Favorite Lost scene; Hurly takes us to golf and have some fun. It was a good scene and in real life we needed some fun because we were working our butts off.

SOA; when Jax meets Pope for the first time. I'd never played someone so cool and dangerous. It was fun.


Q:

Thank you. We have played Byron Bay a few times over the years. It's time that we come back again

A:

I'm actually not on SS because my malformation only started giving me seizures after I could have entered the work force (but chose not to because college).

Anyway, yes, you would have to take a pay decrease and they will sometimes round down. It's a huge, huge, huge pain in the ass. I wouldn't do it.


Q:

If you could go back in time to before you started, would you do it again? Why or why not?

A:

1) What programming experience did you have before making this game?

2) What sort of day job(s) do you currently have?

3) I saw an answer mentioning a wife. Do any of you have any kids? How did you manage your work/life balance during this time?

Thanks!


Q:

Does Mel G have any guitars?

A:

Would you like to go to a glass blowing festival in Vermont next time it pops up?


Q:

Please make things right with your wife so you can get back to making games soon. :)

In fact, since I'm buying your game tonight, I request that you take your portion of my payment and buy her an ice cream. Because Reddit cares, or something.

A:

How excited are you for the prospect of Constantine joining the wider DC Universe?


Q:

Does Mel G have any guitars?

A:

Thank you.


Q:

I'd rather go forward in time and do it again, so I can have twice the amazing memories!

Things I would do differently: Go slower.

A:

1) What programming experience did you have before making this game?

Effectively none

2) What sort of day job(s) do you currently have?

I work from home for the Federal Gov't

3) I saw an answer mentioning a wife. Do any of you have any kids? How did you manage your work/life balance during this time?

I have 2 kids, an almost 4 year old and almost 2 year old. My balance has been terrible, I've barely interacted with my wife over the last 1.5 years especially. I'm looking forward to stepping back a little bit and restoring some balance. On average I try my best to spend 40 hours a week on development, and I have to spend 40 hours a week on my day job. I've not gotten nearly enough sleep.


Q:

Not that I'm aware of, but he could borrow mine if he needed one.

A:

Hell yeah hell yeah!


Q:

I'll be sure to do that. It's swim class night for my kids, so we'll stop by somewhere and get ice cream for her. Not the kids though.

A:

I think Matt Ryans Constantine was very underrated. I would love for him to get the chance to show that to the masses. Good dude. Great actor.


Q:

Not that I'm aware of, but he could borrow mine if he needed one.


Q:

What was your fondest memory during your trip?

A:

Please make things right with your wife so you can get back to making games soon. :)

In fact, since I'm buying your game tonight, I request that you take your portion of my payment and buy her an ice cream. Because Reddit cares, or something.


Q:

You're a huge inspiration; love the new album! You're overdue for a stop in Minnesota with the KWS band! What's one music-related item on your bucket list?

A:

Sweet. Next time I hear word we'll message this account and get things going. We drive up from Philly. You go to Temple right? If not the invite still stands of course. But I didn't want to invite you someplace that was super inconvenient for you without a ride availible for you.


Q:

Wow, that's insane! I also have a wife and two young kids. I'm pretty sure my wife would eviscerate me if I spent that much time away from family doing something like this lol. Was it worth it?

A:

What's your favorite kind of lizard?


Q:

You're a huge inspiration; love the new album! You're overdue for a stop in Minnesota with the KWS band! What's one music-related item on your bucket list?

A:

Would you like to go to a glass blowing festival in Vermont next time it pops up?


Q:

The people. Oh my goodness the humans out there... When you go up to 6000 feet seeking company you find exactly the same kind of eccentric weirdo you were looking for.

And not just the hikers.

I met someone on the trail in Pennsylvania who was semi-retired and spent his days delivering "Trail magic" to the shelters. He'd show up at random with candy, pop, and even shared his weed with those who were into that sort of thing. (...raises hand)

He gave me his number and said "If you ever need anything as long as you're in PA, call me. Once you're in New Jersey, you're someone else's problem. But here... I got your back!"

Okay, cool I thought. 3 days later, when I came down with Lyme disease (didn't know it yet, just felt like shit) I took a chance and he answered. He came to fetch me and gave me a trailer on his property, with AC, TV, Wifi... It was heaven. He took me to a doctor and let me recover at his place. He refused every attempt to pay him back.

The AT is surrounded with people like this. Something about that thin strip of dirt attracts the kindest of the kind.

A:

I'll be sure to do that. It's swim class night for my kids, so we'll stop by somewhere and get ice cream for her. Not the kids though.


Q:

One thing i want that I haven't gotten yet is a 1960 Les Paul. I prefer them to the 58 & 59.

A:

Thanks so much! And yeah, I'm at Temple. :)

Please don't kidnap and murder me. Thanks :)


Q:

Wow, that's insane! I also have a wife and two young kids. I'm pretty sure my wife would eviscerate me if I spent that much time away from family doing something like this lol. Was it worth it?

Overall, the experience is, it's my chance to share something with the world.

A:

Don't know anything about lizards. This is for sure a Dom Monaghan question.


Q:

One thing i want that I haven't gotten yet is a 1960 Les Paul. I prefer them to the 58 & 59.

A:

Hell yeah hell yeah!


Q:

Big fan of the Moth!

Can you give us some idea of what happens behind the scenes? How much of the story did they help with?

Etc.., just curious how it is to be on the Moth, bucket list item for me!

A:

Wow, that's insane! I also have a wife and two young kids. I'm pretty sure my wife would eviscerate me if I spent that much time away from family doing something like this lol. Was it worth it?


Q:

That sounds like too much work. It's a vacation. Oh AND that's illegal, immoral etc. Lol

Oh btw there is a small dog in the group so your pup will have company.

A:

If you knew what you do now, how would you change the path you took to make the game?


Q:

As someone that works with kids that have Autism, thank you for raising awareness and money!

Were there any previously held stereotypes or biases that were challenged during your time portraying someone with Autism?

A:

Sweet. Next time I hear word we'll message this account and get things going. We drive up from Philly. You go to Temple right? If not the invite still stands of course. But I didn't want to invite you someplace that was super inconvenient for you without a ride availible for you.


Q:

The process is simpler than you'd think.

The Moth records in a few major cities (and for some reason a few small ones, like mine...) Once per month they host a "Story Slam" which is basically a high budget open mic. If you want to tell, you put your name in a hat and if they pull your name, you take the stage. No help.

You get 6 minutes with a hard cutoff, your story has to be true, and you can't use notes. That's it. You stand up there in the lights, completely blind to the audience and you just go. It's nothing at all like telling stories for friends at a party, unless you have 400 friends.

When you're done, a panel of judges gives you a score and the winner advances to something held once a year called a grand slam, and then nationals in NY.

As far as getting on the air, you don't have to win, the producers just have to like your story.

I did a lot of public speaking for my job prior to this and loved it. I come from a family of teachers, so I guess I have whatever makes you not fear audiences, so I'm one of those nuts who goes out in search of stuff like this. I tried open mic comedy for a while too and I'm terrible at it. Totally different format, but it gave me tons more respect for actual comics.

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Wow, that's insane! I also have a wife and two young kids. I'm pretty sure my wife would eviscerate me if I spent that much time away from family doing something like this lol. Was it worth it?

Overall, the experience is, it's my chance to share something with the world.


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I actually think our guild goes to that festival. So I might not need a ride, just see you there.

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The biggest thing is I probably would have tried a little bit harder for outside funding, and used that money to build up the game a bit more, so we could have launched a better Kickstarter.

On a programming note, there's almost nothing I wouldn't change from the early days, we've learned a lot and our code has improved a ton.


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playing an autistic person, for me, is pretty challenging because of stereotypes. That's the question I had to constantly as myself and the people around me, am I falling into any stereotyped patterns of speech or behaviors. I kept looking for authentic responses.

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Thanks so much! And yeah, I'm at Temple. :)

Please don't kidnap and murder me. Thanks :)


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How were the mosquitos?

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I've followed this game for a while and it's been on my wishlist for many months because it looks very unique and fun. Gonna buy it next Friday, just wanted to say congrats on your success and I hope it does very well!

Being an all powerful wizard definitely sounds like a fun time on paper in the idea stage. What kind of other ideas did you guys throw around?


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I have 2 questions:

1) Have you ever thought about applying to Corning Glass in Corning, NY?

2) What advice would you give to someone looking at getting and training a service dog?

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I've followed this game for a while and it's been on my wishlist for many months because it looks very unique and fun. Gonna buy it next Friday, just wanted to say congrats on your success and I hope it does very well!

Being an all powerful wizard definitely sounds like a fun time on paper in the idea stage. What kind of other ideas did you guys throw around?


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Besides your own, who is your favorite character on Claws and why?

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That sounds like too much work. It's a vacation. Oh AND that's illegal, immoral etc. Lol

Oh btw there is a small dog in the group so your pup will have company.


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Kinda annoying sometimes, but TERRIFYINGLY HORRENDOUS for about two weeks in August.

You'll get 'em bad anywhere if you're there during mosquito season. For me it was Massachusetts. It was 90 degrees and I had on long pants, tucked in to my socks, long sleeves, gloves and a head net and I was still getting devoured. One of them bit me through my shoe.

Then, a week later, a cool breeze blew them all to Ohio I guess, or somewhere. They just... poofed.

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It's always been "all powerful wizard"

The first was a game where you'd stand on a tower and fight back enemies.

The 2nd was a game where you were going to start as the first person to discover magic for humans and go on an epic quest leading armies against the undead (then we realized we didn't have a spare hundred million to make this idea come to fruition)

Finally we started on what Fictorum is now.


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Hmm. I mean, they come up a lot in our studies. I don't think my craft is currently good enough for me to be accepted there. They do a lot of really cool things though. In the future, when I'm more confident in my work and have greater skill I believe I will think often of Corning and if I might like to work there and if so in what capacity.

I already answered you're second question, and this blog post of my mine is the best answer I have for it.

http://hopeandhandler.tumblr.com/post/153296765473/things-i-wish-i-knew-before-becoming-a-service-dog

I'd say it's hard work, but most people already know that. I'd say, it will change your entire life, but most people already know that.

I will say though, that a squeegee is the best thing to get dog hair out of carpet. Most people don't know that.

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It's always been "all powerful wizard"

The first was a game where you'd stand on a tower and fight back enemies.

The 2nd was a game where you were going to start as the first person to discover magic for humans and go on an epic quest leading armies against the undead (then we realized we didn't have a spare hundred million to make this idea come to fruition)

Finally we started on what Fictorum is now.


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Quiet Ann. Judy Reyes is playing the shit out of that role. And with few words. If you knew her, you would know why I'm saying this. Just fantastic work. every damn episode.

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I actually think our guild goes to that festival. So I might not need a ride, just see you there.


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Wow! Very bold and inspiring. Good for you.

What is one piece of advice or a statement you'd like to share with everyone?

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Currently a college student studying CS, considering to go into game dev industry. What skills to have or classes to take would you recommend that would help enter that industry, or at least check if thats what I want to do in life?


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That's so cool about the squeegee. I'm disabled myself and considering a SD but so overwhelmed with where to start.

I asked about Corning because I'm fairly local and it's such a cool place.

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Currently a college student studying CS, considering to go into game dev industry. What skills to have or classes to take would you recommend that would help enter that industry, or at least check if thats what I want to do in life?


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I was really disappointed when they killed your character off in the first episode of Z Nation. I loved you in LOST and wanted to see more! Any reason you didn't do more episodes?

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I have 2 questions:

1) Have you ever thought about applying to Corning Glass in Corning, NY?

2) What advice would you give to someone looking at getting and training a service dog?


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What is one piece of advice or a statement you'd like to share with everyone?

Everyone? No pressure...

"Whatever you do, don't do nothing."

I didn't hike the AT all at once. I had to wake up every day and do a little piece of it. At the start, down in Georgia, Katahdin seemed a million miles away. Impossible!

Every step I took, no matter how insignificant it felt, got me closer to that summit. As long as you're doing something that gets you closer to that dream of yours, you're better off than if you'd sat there dreaming about it. You might not be there yet, but you're closer. Keep stepping.

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Start making games now.

Download Unity or UE4 or start working on games now.


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Corning is incredible.

And considering getting an SD is a super overwhelming thing. I knew right away when I needed on that I needed on, but it still took a year to actually get Storm. And then of course all the training...

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Start making games now.

Download Unity or UE4 or start working on games now.


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I was contracted to another show. I always knew it was one episode, and they wanted to hire someone who you'd never thought would die.

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Hmm. I mean, they come up a lot in our studies. I don't think my craft is currently good enough for me to be accepted there. They do a lot of really cool things though. In the future, when I'm more confident in my work and have greater skill I believe I will think often of Corning and if I might like to work there and if so in what capacity.

I already answered you're second question, and this blog post of my mine is the best answer I have for it.

http://hopeandhandler.tumblr.com/post/153296765473/things-i-wish-i-knew-before-becoming-a-service-dog

I'd say it's hard work, but most people already know that. I'd say, it will change your entire life, but most people already know that.

I will say though, that a squeegee is the best thing to get dog hair out of carpet. Most people don't know that.


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What are your favorite boots, shoes, and socks for hiking?

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Are you working on making it possible to make boobs with earth bending?


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Are you working on making it possible to make boobs with earth bending?

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do you keep in touch with waaaaaaaaalt?


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That's so cool about the squeegee. I'm disabled myself and considering a SD but so overwhelmed with where to start.

I asked about Corning because I'm fairly local and it's such a cool place.

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For shoes I go with Salomon XA Pro 3d. Not everyone will like 'em though. Merrell is very popular too.

I personally don't wear boots because they're too heavy. I get my ankle support from my trekking poles. Think about it. If I wobble or roll an ankle, I already have something in my hand to "grab" as I'm falling. 2000 miles, never sprained even once. Fell on my ass a bunch, but my ankles are fine.

I do have a pair of Vasque Breeze's with a thousand miles on 'em. Some places you just gotta have boots, and those are mine.

Darn Tough makes the best socks. If you wear a hole in 'em, they'll send you a new pair FOR FREE. Socks for life, can't be beat. Donate some to your local homeless, please.


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Uhhhh no.

I mean we do have glacier, and if you're creative enough...

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Uhhhh no.

I mean we do have glacier, and if you're creative enough...


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yep. did his music video. we text from time to time, and catch up on social media.

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Corning is incredible.

And considering getting an SD is a super overwhelming thing. I knew right away when I needed on that I needed on, but it still took a year to actually get Storm. And then of course all the training...


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What skills did you learn that were the most useful?

I grew up in the outdoors and on the trails, so making a fire or pacing the day seem second hand.

Is there something you wished you had learned before the hike?

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Hello Harold! I hope you're having a good day. My older sister has autism, and she has just graduated college. She's moving out at the end of the month to go live with our brother in Toronto to study at college. She's very nervous about moving out because she has had experiences in the past with being bullied for her autism. She's worried that everyone will see her as autistic, and she seems unsure of herself. And if things get bad, she's worried about not being able to turn to anyone for help out of fear that they will dismiss her because she is different. It's really hard to see her struggle with this. I have a few questions I want to ask, so I can relay them to my sister. Hearing these things from someone outside of our family and friends would be tremendously helpful.

Have you had the chance to work with any autistic people in the industry? Does playing an autistic character help you understand how autism effects the perception of a person? Do you think that autism can hold people back from being happy?

We grew up watching Lost together (WAAAAAALLLT!), and I'm a huge Matrix geek, so seeing an actor I respect and admire standing up for people like my sister. I'm seriously on the verge of tears. Thank you so, so much. You have no idea how conforming it is for me to know that there are other people who care. Thank you


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What skills did you learn that were the most useful?

Perseverance. The ability to look at a monumental task and take it apart in my brain, breaking it down into doable steps, rather than being intimidated by the whole thing.

Is there something you wished you had learned before the hike?

I wish I'd considered my nutrition more. I fell into a cycle of eating cheap lightweight garbage in the woods and high price tasty junk in town. Look where that got me. I would have made the weight sacrifice and actually carried an apple or something out of town besides sugary goop and carbs.

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I'll answer your last question first. Being autistic should never stop you from being happy. In fact the more you are your unique self, the happier you are end the more fortunate the world is to have you. There is only 1 you and only you can be that person. (ok, I'll get off my soap box now). Next, yes playing Dean helps me understand the uniqueness of each autistic person and their unique perceptions. And finally, I'm sure I've worked with many autistic people in this business but the label doesn't come up for me so, I can't quite say. Tell your sis I wish her good luck at school.


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Thanks for the free ebook and thanks for sharing your interesting story!

Was there ever a time on the trail you thought you might actually die? I imagine you encounter plenty of wildlife, but also potentially dehydration, starvation, exposure, or possibly ax murderers?

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You were really awesome in the Matrix sequels. Those movies didn't get the great rep that they deserve. Did you have any funny experiences with the other actors on the set?


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Mt Washington, home of the most severe weather on earth.

It was 54 and drizzling when I began my climb. Halfway up it was 45 and raining sideways, 60 MPH gusts. I decided to turn back and on my way down the wind knocked me over. I thought someone tackled me, but I was on belly sliding across wet rock toward a drop of unknown height. I grabbed a root at the last second like some kind of cartoon character. I watched my pack cover get ripped off by the gale, and saw it sail, flapping into the wet. Not an offering to the storm god, but a sacrifice, taken against my will. At least it didn't get me.

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Became great friends with Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres. We were all in Australia for almost a year, so scuba'd the Great Barrier Reef together with our families, jumped out of airplanes etc. Just a great time.


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Hello! I just busted out laughing hard enough to scare my dog after looking at that sweet mullet, but I do have a question:

What were your favorite parts/views of the Appalachian Trail? Where are the spots that just take you aback and make you appreciate our glorious planet?

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hi harold, do you have any news from the dogs who played vincent?


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What would you say was your transition back to "normal" like? What specifically about your day to day life made it so hard to return to?

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why'd you kill Libby?!


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I've written about this extensively. I've talked about it too, with my wife, with a therapist and with other hikers. Still trying to figure it out.

Thru hikers use a couple of phrases pretty casually, not realizing that they carry some weight. We refer to what happens on trail as "out there" and things in town as "the real world." It's like there's a total separation of realities, but you become so casual about it. It's just second nature. Everyone knows there's two versions of reality. The one where all the uptight people who smell like the shampoo aisle drive around and honk angrily at one another, and the one where my brothers and sisters talk to the squirrels and sing to the birds. It's insane how weird you get after a few months "out there."

For five or six months your entire physical reality consists of what you can carry. You reduce and streamline your life like a wandering monk. At one point my most cherished possession was a cup. You don't need a big house, you don't need a new car, you don't need new pants, just more duct tape.

You become a minimalist. You develop a Pavlovian response to sundown: Time to sleep. Hot water and electricity are miracles. Ice cream is orgasmic. One bite of an apple makes your eyes roll.

AND THEN...

You're back in a cubicle with a report due so you can keep getting paid so you can gas up the car. Janice from accounting is clipping her god damn fingernails again and why the hell isn't the wind blowing? Oh shit. I'm inside. I have to get out.

Next thing you're sweaty and palpitating. Fuck the TPS reports. I'm out.

It takes five or six months to walk to Katahdin. It takes a few hours to climb it. It takes the rest of your life to get back down.

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had to.


Q:

I apologize in advance if this question has been asked, but how did you entertain yourself while walking? Did it just become an autopilot type thing that you didn't have to think about? Did you have books/music to keep some sanity?

A:

What's it like working with Carrie Preston?


Q:

Podcasts, music, and nature. But most of all, the people!

A:

Carrie Preston is awesome. Funny. Amazing actress. Adorable. Genius. Good time. Love her.


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Thanks so much for the free book! Very kind of you.

Odd question, but something I'm curious about. It's easy to get online and find lists of mistakes to avoid on the trail, but are there any you know of (or made) that may be uncommon or not talked about much?

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Hello, sir. I just wanted to say thanks for supporting ASAN. As the parent of an adult daughter on the spectrum, I greatly appreciate the work that ASAN does to further autistic rights and self-advocacy.

My question, then: There are certainly other groups out there (some of whom the less said the better), so what made you choose ASAN to partner with in particular?


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I had read that my feet would get bigger, and when they did, I was in denial. I should have bought bigger shoes, but didn't, so I damaged my feet. Took a long time to repair themselves too.

A:

I chose ASAN because they are run by and for autistic people. I like that they advocate for equal rights and don't treat Autism as a disease to be cured.


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I just want to thank you for sharing your experience in your book. I bought it awhile ago, and stayed up all night reading it (making for a loooong ass workday). It's one of my dreams to hike the AT, I'm trying to get my husband into hiking so I don't feel badly about going alone. Your book made me feel a lot better about the fact that I'll likely be hiking in my 40s like you did and showed me that it can be done. It also helped me mind my feet and how I walk during my day hikes now since before I was just ignoring any weird feelings/pain. So, seriously, thank you.

As for my (required) questions: 1. How are your knees? 2. How's Lemmy? Do you keep up with him or Voldemort anymore?

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Hi Harold,

Would you ever consider teaching a one time acting class for your fellow actors?


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As for my (required) questions: 1. How are your knees? 2. How's Lemmy? Do you keep up with him or Voldemort anymore?

My knees are great! Which is kinda surprising, since I had my 3rd arthroscopic done 3 weeks before starting the AT.

Lemmy is in art school chasing his dream! Voldemort and I just talked a few days ago. I think we'll be friends for a long time!

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I would love to. I studied with the great Barbara Marchant, and if I could inspire people as she did me, that would be pretty cool.


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What was your favorite sight/view on the hike? Your most reviled?

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Hey Harold

If 28 Months Later was ever made, would you be open to return and play Flynn once again?


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Favorite: The entire state of Maine looks like this. http://i.imgur.com/owLVQGC.jpg

Least Favorite: When Satan designed Hades, his chief architect proposed a cobblestone road for the main thoroughfare. Upon seeing the model Beelzebub declared it too sinister for even the likes of Hell, and the plan was scrapped. The model was shipped to Pennsylvania where it serves as the "trail" for now.

http://i.imgur.com/M10sLvi.jpg

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100 %


Q:

When you started hiking, was there somethings for which you found you had overprepared/underprepared?

Also, how did you deal with weather? Do you just hike through rain or is that often not possible?

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Why no mention of Oz? Was it not a good experience?


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I sent a lot of stuff home those first few weeks. Stuff I never would have thought of. For instance...

Those fancy Nalgene bottles I bought? Impractical. Gatorade bottles hold as much, weigh half as much, and can be thrown out/replaced for a dollar. I didn't need my wallet, or a map, or my sunglasses. Sunscreen either. So many pounds dropped that first week!

The cool thing about walking in the rain is when you get totally soaked and can't get any wetter. That's when you stop caring and start splashing in puddles and singing. People pay extra for rain scented laundry, you get to be the real deal for free!

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OZ was a great experience. On set, Tom Fontana, the guys...just the best.


Q:

What's the one thing you never imagined you'd eat on the trail?

Was there any food you wouldn't eat before the trail, that you found yourself eating out of necessity?

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Probably a bit late now, but my girlfriend and I are going through Oz currently and we both agree this show would not be what it is without you. Thank you for all you do and raising awareness for Autism.

If you do read this, could you give a shout out to my girlfriend Lacy? She would go nuts.

Also, you really don't have to. You're busy and I'm an internet stranger.

Edit: typos


Q:

What's the one thing you never imagined you'd eat on the trail?

A half gallon of ice cream in one sitting.

Was there any food you wouldn't eat before the trail, that you found yourself eating out of necessity?

Antibiotics.

But seriously, shots of olive oil. Just a little sip with dinner for fats.

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Hi Lacy!! Hope all is well.


Q:

Do you happen to do any runs or races?

I just want to say thanks for motivating me to get up and start walking and exercising again.

I eventually got into running again. Something I used to love to do when I was younger.

Thanks!!

This is me just one week ago: http://i.imgur.com/2cs0g0Pl.jpg

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Hey Harold. Where'd ya go?


Q:

My wife and I ran some Tough Mudders and few half marathons a couple years ago. Not much into it anymore though.

Nice pic! You go!

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right here.


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Those appear to be the same shorts they give us in the usmc. Are you a former mayrin?

A:

What alternative direction would you have liked to see Michael Dawson take?


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Silkies For Life!

Oohrah.

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Of course reuniting with my son and living happily ever after together.


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It's always great to see hikers reaching out.

A couple logistical questions,

1) What did you use for maps?

2) Did you ever use the mail drops for resupply, or did you buy in town?

3) What what your daily mileage in the South, and how did that change once you hit the new England mountains and 100 mile woods?

And just for fun, what is your trail name, and how did you get it?

Thanks!

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Did Lost make you afraid to fly?

*edit afraid TO fly, not OF - dammit fat fingers!


Q:

1) What did you use for maps?

The AWOL guide. Each page is an elevation profile since you don't have to worry about turning left or right ever. There are tick marks corresponding to points of interest like water, shelters or road crossings. Lists of phone numbers for each town too.

2) Did you ever use the mail drops for resupply, or did you buy in town?

All of the above.

3) What what your daily mileage in the South, and how did that change once you hit the new England mountains and 100 mile woods?

I hiked 7 or 8 miles my first day. That was as far as I needed to go. By the time I got to Virginia, I'd been hiking long enough to get my "trail legs" and the ground flattened out, so I was cruising 20s. That was the norm until the Whites (New Hampshire).

They told us for weeks in advance, "Watch out for the Whites! You'll cut your milage to a third!" Of course we didn't believe them. We were invincible.

My first day in the Whites, I hiked 7 miles. The next day, 3. And the day after that, zero because a freak storm pinned us down. The Whites are no joke. Everything north of that is like running a Tough Mudder every day for three weeks.

And just for fun, what is your trail name, and how did you get it?

Green Giant! Tall guy, green shirt. Sometimes I say, "Tall guy, low carbon emissions" but that just goes over their heads.

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Nope. But my wife was already afraid.


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low carbon emissions" but that just goes over their heads.

If that goes over their heads, you are exceptionally tall.

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You go to McDonald's and get a 10 piece nugget. Do you use Sweet n Sour sauce or Tangy BBQ?


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You are literally the first person to get that. This is why I keep trying.

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Neither. Definitely don't do sweet and salty. Plain or Ketchup guy.


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What was your trail name, and how did you get it?

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Hot mustard, you heathen.


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Green Giant. Tall guy, green shirt.

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wife gets the hot mustard.


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I admire your stamina and will power to walk the trail! I've been fantasizing a little bit about doing it myself, but I'm not in the financial or physical position to do so. At 390 lbs, it'd be a struggle for me to get moving in the first place... I was at 332 less than a year ago, and fell off the weight loss bandwagon when I injured my shoulder lifting... I was down a total of 102 lbs back then, but the injury took the wind out of my sails and I started eating comfort foods again...

I'm just getting started again with cardio, and I've been thinking that a long distance multi-week hike would be the perfect way to get started again... I have the strength and a lot of stamina due to the weights/cardio in the gym, I just don't know if I can afford to do it.

Any suggestions on how someone like me could do what you did?

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It sounds to me like you're on your way. Just stick with it!

Here's what I like to tell people who are thinking about doing something like this, but are worried about physical fitness: As long as you can carry your pack seven miles, that's all you have to do on day 1.

The first shelter is 7 miles from Springer. If you start in April, you have almost 12 hours of daylight in which to accomplish that task. You could walk a mile, even taking a full hour to do it. Then rest half an hour. Then walk another mile. Then rest a FULL HOUR. And so on. If you can do that on the first day until you've done 7 miles, you win for the day. Eat some noodles and go to sleep.

If you can do that for 3 days in a row, you've made it to your first town. Now you get a real bed and a hot shower.

You don't need to hike 20 miles on that first day. You can do the whole trail without ever hiking 20 miles.

I say, find trails near where you live. Bike paths, even the track at a nearby school. Whatever you do, don't do nothing! Get out there and walk, even for half an hour every other day. It gets easier and it gets MORE FUN. Don't ever quit!


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I am probably not the only one to say this, but, I have trouble convincing myself these are in fact the same person.

Not even the same SPECIES.

Did you have to prove who you were to people who didn't believe you?

A:

Yep.

Those pics are also still frames from my animated beard growth video, which usually convinces them.


Q:

How are your feet!?

A:

I did bad things to my feet.

I knew in advance that my feet would grow half a size, or even a whole. Somehow, I ignored that when it happened, I guess I was in denial. Anyway, I damaged the main nerves in each foot. It took me a year to get normal feeling back, and even today I have to wear metatarsal pads to prevent re-damaging them.

This is not normal however, so don't take my case as typical.


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Just downloaded the book. What was running through your mind when walking? I ask this I am picking a course for university and wonder does your thought process change when you have hours upon hours to walk and think for month's.

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Just downloaded the book.

Awesome! Thanks!

What was running through your mind when walking?

You're about to find out. ;)

Not being sarcastic either, but kinda the whole point of my book is that I want the reader to get inside my head. When you're done reading it, you'll be just as nuts as I am.

Remember this when you get to Chapter 15, "Everyday." I used it to take a break from the story and try to capture every minute detail about a "typical" day on the AT. (There's no such thing, but I tried!) This is the one that'll get you into the long distance hiker headspace.