Actor / EntertainerHi, I’m Debbe Dunning from “Home Improvement” where I played the Tool-Time girl. I’ve got a new travel show coming out this Fall on RFD-TV called “Debbe Dunning’s Dude Ranch Roundup – AMA!
Sep 15th 2017 by DebbeDunning • 32 Questions • 86 Points
Every person you think is full of shit is full of shit. But so are you. And so am I. What's up reddit maniacs? Ask me anything about my new hour standup special ‘Libertas’ where I shit on Trump and Hillary, I move Israel to Canada, and I tell Isis they're not scary. You can also ask me about my podcasts Part of the Problem and Legion of Skanks or whatever you'd like.
Here are some clips from the special:
- I’m Not Scared of Isis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI6-4WfAsrQ
- Trump’s Book report: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2W01WE8nEQk
Ever since your morning of fame, what impact has it had on your route to work every day? Any new perspectives? Thanks!
We keep destroying our environment and the beautiful creatures that share it with us. How do you keep your chin up and remain optimistic about where humanity is headed? It's tough these days, and I'd love to hear your perspective.
What's something someone can buy for under $50 that will change their life (for the better)?
If you could change 20,000 things about this world, what would they be?
Do you have a favorite recipe from childhood?
Can/will you share it?
Thanks for doing this! I got lasik about 5 years ago, it is hard for me to see at night and bright lights look like I'm wearing smudgy glasses. What's up with that?
I'm the developer of Nova Launcher, the most popular replacement home screen for Android. We've been getting a ton of emails from Essential users complaining about how the Essential draws a large black notification bar instead of letting Nova, or any third party app not on your whitelist use the full screen. I'm aware of the adb commands to work around this, but that's not an ideal solution for end users.
How can I get my app white listed to use the full screen? It looks awful having a black bar over the wallpaper. Your users right now are early adopters, they're very likely to be power users who expect to be able to use a replacement launcher without issues. I'm used to dealing with OEM shenanigans but it doesn't even seem there is any hack I can do to use the full screen.
Please let developers opt-in to use the full screen. Or you could just use the standard Android APIs for insets. The creator of Android, you, had diverse hardware in mind. Embrace it!
What is the fuddiest thing you have heard from museum patrons?
Is Luis right next to you? If so can you tell him to give up his dumb skateboard lifestyle because it annoys everyone and creeps out kids in skateparks
Yes he did. I can't exactly remember how but his back went out and it was unfortunately the week we were shooting the musical number where there was all this dancing. I remember he was sitting in the back of the convertible and he was in so much pain. But that boy works hard. He was hurting but he worked through the pain.
Not a lot different. I drive an average car so most people don't notice me but last night, one lady at a stop light rolled down her window to ask me questions.
As we look at what is happening in the world today, it is very, very grim. And because of that, a lot of people feel helpless, feel hopeless, and so they do nothing. And they fall into apathy and despair. So I have reasons for hope. I will share them quickly. One is the energy, commitment, and determination of young people and they are empowered to take action in programs like Roots & Shoots. Secondly, the human brain. We have this extraordinary weapon. We are finally beginning to use it to create clean green energy and find a new way of interacting with the environment and live in harmony with the other creatures. It's very strange, in fact the most intellectual creature to ever walk the planet is destroying it's only home. And I believe there's a disconnect between a clever brain and the human heart and compassion. Only when the head and heart work in harmony can we reach our true human potential. And this, I believe, is to come. From the resilience of nature, we can help to once again support life. Animals are on the very brink of extinction and we have to give them another chance. Next there is social media, which as we all know can spew out a lot of rubbish and misinformation. But, used in the right way, it means that for the first time in human history, we can bring people to together around the world who all care about a particular issue like climate change so that there can be hundreds, thousands, millions, eventually billions of people all raising their voices and demanding change so that we can make a big difference and politicians will have two listen and will have to make change. And finally, the human spirit. People who tackle what seems impossible and never give up. It's so important to realize that every single one of us has that same indomitable spirit. We just have to nurture it and let it grow to make a bigger impact for good.
Fantastic question!!! A great kitchen knife can be grabbed for that much. Too many options. I don't have a definitive answer but I love the thought experiment.
The very first thing I would do would be to make pedal bins illegal. Second, I would execute anyone called Darryl. That would be enough for the first morning.
I don't really cook so I don't have any recipes but a great favourite thing to eat of mine is Poppy Seed Cake (Mohnstrudel). I also, like many Viennese, love Apfelstrudel (Apple Strudel). Some other non-dessert food are very typical Austrian meals such as Wiener Schnitzel and Goulash.
It could be halos and glares or dry eyes. Have you gone back to get your eyes check? Dry eyes can cause this and it's on of the side effects of the procedure. Most patients don't notice this because it goes away over time but you can still experience it from time to time. Using preservative free eye drops helps a lot. Have your doctor check to make sure.
Hey! Message us directly and we'll whitelist you today! -Rebecca
We heard a great story yesterday about how John Browning invented semi-autos by putting a spoon on the end of a barrel. We also heard a good story about how someone's Model 1886 Winchester took part in the Battle of Little Bighorn, which happened in 1876.
I've tried everything I can. He won't stop.
What are you most proud to see change in the world over your lifetime?
What is the proudest myth you busted?
P.S: how is brain candy live?
I got a chance to meet some of your team at the Ohio Gun Collector's Association show last weekend; they were showing me their process for looking up Winchester serials and deciphering all of the old factory records and ledgers you guys have access to. Super dense, flowery old-timey handwriting, notes sideways in the margins, strike-throughs and corrections...enough to drive somebody mad.
So aside from being forced to get really familiar with Winchester factory foremen shorthand and 130 year old abbreviations and slang, what's the most surprising/interesting thing you've unearthed about how the business was run and guns were made back in that time?
Also tell him to stop having Jimmy Martinez on LOS, he stinks and nobody likes him.
When I flew over the national park in the early '90s and looked down, I was utterly shocked. What had been stretching to the West Coast was now a tiny island surrounded by completely bare fields. People too poor to buy food from elsewhere. And struggling to survive. That is when it hit me. If we don't improve the lives of these people, there is no way we can conserve the chimpanzees. And that led to the Jane Goodall Institute program. We went not as a bunch of arrogant white people telling the villagers what to do to make their lives better, but with a hand-picked team sitting down, listening to the villagers, and asking them what they thought we could do to improve their lives. And that led to a very holistic program, which gradually grew and we could introduce new ways of helping. This paid off handsomely. The people in the villages are now our partners, helping us in conservation efforts. They've agreed to have a buffer between their villagers and the park to protect the chimpanzees. And the national Park, which was completely isolated, is now gradually being linked to other groups. And this program is now in 52 villages in the Gombe area, and it's in five other countries. And it is making a huge difference. Positive in introducing the youth program reaching the villages. It's probably the most important way in which we are able to conserve chimpanzee habitats. And I'll add to that, I would say we have placed great emphasis on education, helping them stay in school beyond puberty. We do this because it's been shown all around the globe that we all improve as women's education improves. One of our problems today is a growing number of humans. As our numbers grow, there are impacts and finite resources leading to more and more poverty and hunger.
You're going to ask me how is spring candy live? I'm going to tell you which the finest two hours of stage performance you can find in America today! (that's me overselling it again)
How most of John Browning's designs were modified before they made it to production. It was a combination of design genius and production know how.
I thought that was a great episode.
Would you consider yourself a target demographic of RFD-TV or is that just where your show landed?
I'm not in the broadcast part of the career field, nor am I Mr. Sealls, but watching them stand out there in storms just makes me shake my head. Is it interesting? Sure. But is it necessary to people's understanding that hurricane = windy danger cloud? No.
I watched one of them during Irma who was reporting live say something like "I'm just going to step in here (a sheltered area) where it's less windy and a bit safer." Then 30 seconds later when they cut back to him, he's back out standing in the wind. The look on his face said "My asshole producer just ordered me to go stand back out here, despite it being completely unnecessary."
My two daughters (6 & 3) are huge fans of yours, and have read about you in both 'The Watcher' and 'Rebel Girls'. They have an explorer outfit they use to pretend they are you.
Mathilda (6) would like to ask you: "How did you manage to get so close to the chimpanzees? How did they settle down around you?"
Philippa (3) would like to ask you: "Do you have any pets?"
Here is a photo of the girls pretending to be you and a chimp: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ynnyj2rpsmhihdb/IMG_4079.jpg?dl=0
What was your favorite thing you did while working with Michael from Vsauce?
Do you ever watch movies or TV series based in the time period of the Second World War? If so, which do you find to be the most accurate?
I live in California so this thought is on the top of my head. What happens if there happens to be an earthquake during the surgery? Does the laser detect it and has some sort of safety shutdown?
There have been reports of multiple software problems such as touches not registering properly (especially on the edges) and micro stuttering while scrolling. Are you guys working to address those issues? Also what other software issues are being worked on?
Note: my touch issues have been fixed with the recent OTA update but others haven't. Why would that be the case?
My show is being produced by RFD-TV although I feel this show would be successful on any network.
Definitely send your feedback directly to that reporter and the station/network they work for. It does carry some weight.
PLEASE NOTE: Response is from a member of Dr. Goodall's team, and not from Dr. Goodall herself.
First off, thank you so much for nurturing a sense of scientific curiosity within Mathilda and Philippa, and for providing them with powerful female role-models (including yourself, of course!).
For Mathilda: Dr. Goodall will tell you that she was able to get close to the chimps due to her overwhelming patience and by staying very quiet. For months, they would run away in fear of her, but after a time they came to realize that she posed no danger to them. The chimpanzee, David Grey-Beard was the first to become relaxed around her after exploring her campsite.
For Philippa: Dr. Goodall does not have any pets of her own because she travels over 300 days a year and thinks it wouldn't be fair to an animal to leave them alone for that long. Her family has two dogs however, and she is always around animals whenever she travels, so she is never alone!
Thank you for your questions!!
Dude just hanging out with Michael and shooting the shit is a treasure. Seriously conversing with him is EXACTLY what you imagine it is. He's inquisitive, attentive, curious and has a great sense of humor.
No. Darryl Hannah should be Queen of England. I will only execute men called Darryl.
Thank you for your question.
Yes, I do watch a TV series called Foyle's War (a British TV Series) which is about a policeman's work during the war. The background is brilliant, the meticulous research of the civilians and they really understand the different reactions some people had to the war. I would really love to meet the writer (Anthony Horowitz).
Edit: Can anyone here help me to meet him!?
The laser has a safety feature. It has happened twice in my clinic. The laser will stop any treatment if you move your eye or it detects movement. Even if it loses power it has a backup generator. It will come back and resume where it left off treating. It remembers where it left off as well. I've had it happened twice and though scary for the patient it was perfectly safe.
We're happy we were able to address some of your issues! You'll see performance bug fixes continuing to roll out in our subsequent release. The top performance issue we are pursuing is that UI freeze up that turns out is lock contention in the System UI thread! Now that we're hot on it's trail we should have a fix soon. -Rebecca
Discovery has promoted the hell out of your show, and it has a huge fan and fanart base.
What's the strangest place you've seen your likeness?
This answer just leads me to a new question... What are pedal bins? I was hoping you would start with the 3rd thing you would change first, not 1 and 2.
Where did you live after the war ended?
Have you received any medals for serving in the army?
What was your job before you joined an army and after the war ended?
How bad would you say your vision should be for Lasik to be worth the risks? I think I'm like -2.5 or something and I'd love to get Lasik but on the other hand it's not like contacts are that big of a deal
What other snap-on attachments can we expect to see? Do you have plans to release a dedicated zoom camera attachment/set of prime lens attachments?
Why not an actual shooting range with some less rare guns?
Why don't you just rename it Gash Digital?
First of all, I would like to be remembered for helping to enable people to understand that animals are like us, their intellect and they have emotions like fear as well. Because up until the mid-'60s, it was actually thought that there was a difference in humans and the rest of the animal kingdom. And it was the work coming in, the early work, showing in how many ways the very biological system DNA and so forth that really changed. The other thing I hope to be remembered for is creating an environmental humanitarian program for people with Roots & Shoots, which is now in 100 countries. It involves members from preschool, kindergarten, universities, and everything in between. Its main message is every single one of us can make a difference. And make a difference every single day. Each group chooses themselves to help animals and wanting to help the environment. To educate young people to be better students, all the conservation work and other organizations to could benefit. And we've gone so far as destroying the planet, so the main hope is that the other people will grow up and do better than we've done.
On a bar coaster. On a date! (seriously the early aughts were a weird time for me)
Actually I did. I just put it first, to put people off the scent.
Thank you for your questions!
1) When the war ended, I was in Italy however the SOE was dissolved and so we were all sent to different regiments. I was stationed in a German POW camp outside Taunton, England as an interpreter and I was also given the task of re-educating the Germans in democracy. I was then later stationed in Vienna with the legal division of the British Occupation Army.
2) That's a difficult question, because I did receive about 4 medals but they were all service medals (serving in France, Italy and Britain along with a long time service, seven years I think) however I didn't keep any of them because I didn't value them very much because I was just in the army, everyone got them. There was no medal for the SOE service.
3) Before I joined the army I was working on a dairy farm in Hampshire. I then returned to London where my parents had moved to, as my father had become too old to work in the farm and he had found work in a factory.
It will depend on the person and the circumstances. Is it worth for you? Do you hate glasses and contacts? If you don't and can live with them, then I would spend the money somewhere else. Just be conscious of your eye health. If you do use contacts, use dailys to diminish infection problems.
We are under development on a number of Click Connector accessories. The first available should be the charging dock. We are also actively developing a high end audio accessory to support a 3.5mm jack. We are continuing to look at supporting ideas, like cameras. -Joe
We have talked about starting a collection of non-accessioned firearms for the purpose of shooting, but it would be difficult, we don't really have the staff or facility to make that happen. The range in town does a really good job already giving people a chance to shoot reproductions.
Not my call
Hi Dr. Goodall!
What was the pivotal point in your career where you decided that you absolutely wanted to study primates in the field? What were the reactions of your peers?
Hey Adam, I've always loved following everything you do, from Mythbusters to watching your builds on Tested. What recommendations do you have for someone who likes to build things, but has minimal tools?
If there were a bio-pic made about your life, who would you cast as John Cleese?
Is there a point in your life, a moment, conversation or so on, that you consider to be the middle of the book that is your life? Sort of a moment where everything is either before or after that moment. And thank you for your service sir.
Hello dr Lin,
I have albinism and about 50% reduced eyesight. I have a higher sensibility to light than the average person, but nothing extreme.
Could LASIK do anything to help my vision?
Why not include Qi wireless charging in the phone itself? It doesn't look like the charging coil takes up that much room and the Essential wouldn't have hurt that much to be a little thicker to accommodate it if necessary. Is the material choice what prevented this from being included?
Well, I first decided I wanted to go to Africa and live with animals and write books about them when I was ten years old. And everybody laughed at me, how could I do that, Africa is so far away. In World War II we had very little money. I was simply a girl. They told me girl students cannot do that. But I had a wonderful mother who had supported my love of animals ever since I was born, and she said to me if you really want to do this, then you're going to have to work very hard and take advantage of opportunity. That's the message I take to young people all around the world today, especially to those in under served communities. The studies of chimpanzees I discovered from the paleontologist Louis Leakey who wanted somebody to go with him and study chimpanzees -- he believed we shared a common ancestor 6 million years ago.
start with paper and cardboard. Move to other more advance materials as your comfort level increases. You can do amazing things with minimal tools. Google "Cardboard Armor".
I would cast myself, provided I was not too expensive. Otherwise, I would cast Steven Seagal.
Thank you for your question.
Well, yes. Perhaps. In the mid-Eighties when I was playing a Football match. I was about 60 and extremely fit at the time, considering my age. Every Friday after school I and teachers much younger than I went down to the gyms to play matches.
During the game I was standing near the opponent's goal and one of my teammates kicked a high pass to me as the ball was coming down the defender turned and elbowed me right in the eye, it was a foul but I do not think he blinded me on purpose and unfortunately the hospital said it was not possible to recover it.
LASIK would be able to correct whatever your current glasses can correct since it's only treating the front surface of the eye. It would not help with the albinism. Obviously, this depends on certain factors.Do talk to a doctor who can check your records and can perform exams so they have the full information in hand to make a more accurate observation. Feel free to shoot me a message if you want and I can see if any of my colleagues have ever dealt or have good experience with this problem. Would love to help you and I have various colleagues throughout the country assuming you are located in the USA.
We are solving this with the charging dock, which is much more "Green" than Qi power as its more efficient and solves the "drop and charge" issue. -Joe
I am an aspiring environmental scientist. Would you say conservation of natural resources or the protection of species is more important? I'm trying to figure out where I can do the most good.
Hey, Adam. Do you think Jamie secretly misses seeing you regularly and just won't admit it publicly?
I took a course from John Hopkins at Downing College. I was told you took some inspiration from him. Any stories you care to share about your time at Downing College and learning from John Hopkins?
Thank you for this AMA.
What has been the largest change in society that you have noticed in your life time? And do you think the newer generations don't fully understand the magnitude of WWII?
I'm considering LASIK, but I get very anxious with anything regarding my eyes (I can barely use eye drops). Would I be aware/remember the procedure?
What is essentials stand on custom development? When will kernel sources be released? Will you release factory images like google does with nexus/pixel devices? Will we see a SDK for the dual cameras so third party developers can use both rear cameras/360 cameras in their own apps? Android OREO ETA? I can go on but those are my top questions I would love to get answers to!
I have already said that we can make a big difference by thinking about the consequence of the choices we make each day. Like what we buy. When it comes to what we eat, there is growing evidence that as more and more people and countries around the world eat more and more meat, this is not only involving tremendous cruelty to all the animals, but it's also having the most appalling effect on the environment. People don't always realize this. For one thing, areas of the world have been cleared to grow grain to feed the animals. And massive fossil fuel is used to take the grains to the animals and to slaughter the animals. Huge amounts of water, which is becoming increasingly scarce around the world. Huge amounts are wasted changing vegetables to animal protein. And finally, these animals, like us as well, food goes in one end and comes out the other. They belch as well as pass gas. Nothing is second most, it is very, very lethal. Of course, this is all leading to climate change and other great -- it is the greatest environmental issue facing our planet. One thing that is very, very helpful is to eat less meat or become a vegetarian or a vegan.
Who the hell knows? Jamie Hyman is a mystery not to be pierced by mere mortals.
What I remember is that John was very, very kind to me when I was very sad and confused.
Hi thank you for your question.
1) The largest change is computerisation.
2) I don't think anybody who didn't experience it does. The world is becoming a very fast singular unit where communication is very easy and things change very quickly.
You need to be awake during the procedure. I recommend go watching one live, some patients feel less nervous once they see one. Doctors also offer medicine for nerves. The procedure does sound scary but the thought is scarier than the actual thing.
We are excited about supporting 3rd party developers. We'll be releasing our kernel and factory images in the next few days. Android O will be coming in the next month or two.
Can you tell us something about yourself that we may find surprising?
What was your reaction to the bombs being dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
Yes. I believe there is an afterlife. But don’t ask me for details.
Thank you for your question!
It was awful. However I have to be honest that after seven years of uninterrupted war I was one of many that was happy that it had ended the war.
Have you been doing the weather like this all the years but reddit only just found out?
I'm only asking a question because the rules state I have to ask a question. The real reason for writing is just to say you are absolutely fantastic. In the UK, legendary weathermen such as Michael Fish and Ian McGaskill were also hugely popular.
As a scientist and researcher, how do believe we can make a positive impact on the environment we currently live in considering the large amounts of damage already done to the earth?
Do you have any particular regrets from your days on TV? Any kind of nagging thing you never managed to find a way to get to?
Is there a project you passed on that you wish you had taken, or vice versa? Thanks for all the years of entertainment!
Is there a reason you have to be awake? Do you think in the future there will be an option for people to go under? I'd love to get it done but I freak out just getting eye drops.
Why did you find it important to mention that you are millenials in your title post?
I think that we can only make a real difference if everybody wakes up to the fact that we have caused terrible harm to the planet, and we need to rethink the way that we live in the Western world. We've fallen into a very materialistic, money-oriented way of living, and its placing enormous stress on the natural world. It's unsustainable, and we are told many of the nonrenewable natural resources are being exploited and used up faster than mother nature can replenish them. So, basically we all need to think about the consequences of the life choices we make each day. What do we buy, what do we wear, what do we eat, how is it made, is it from the environment, is there cruelty to animals or cruelty to children? And make choices thinking not only about how is this good for me now, but also how will this affect future generations. In other words, we need to do our part in the decisions we make, in our hearts and in our heads.
I always wanted test vinyl record albums versus versus CD vs. MP3 at different compression ratios.Specifically I would be testing these in multiple environments: a car, a bedroom, and an auditorium. Discovery always thought that was too boring.
There are three roles I was asked to do that I really regret not taking. The Robin Williams role in Birdcage, the butler called Stevens in The Remains of the Day and the clergyman in charge of the marriage service at the end of The Princess Bride.
This is quite a hard question. A memory that showed me the high state of civilisation in England. When I watched people buying newspapers from a newspaper stand and the salesman left the stand but with a sign on how much the newspapers cost. The people continued to pay!
The laser won't treat if no awake and your eyes need to be open. With technology anything is possible and I hope there is but for right now there isn't.
Yes, but some of our HALs will be passthrough when we release O. We are committed to doing better and better over time, but we also want to get O to you as soon as possible. -Rebecca
Because it seems to not be what people expect when they hear "Arms Curator" - Danny
Because it's better than saying I'm a girl - Ashley
I'm down to have Nick on. I few people told me about that, I didn't hear it. It sounds like Nick is confused abut my position, but it wouldn't be the first time.
Which reaction from your studio was your favorite after your video went viral on the internet?
To what extent can the vocalizations and gestures of chimpanzees be converted or translated into a language? Has progress been made translating this?
What would you like your headstone to read?
Thanks for doing this.
How did you escape?
Prior to the war, from your perspective, what was the feeling? Did everyone sort of know it was going to happen? Was it like North Korea right now?
If you like sports, what sort of sports were big back then in England?
Good luck on the book!
Is it true that the "skin" of the eye never fully heals and rubbing it can cause it to tear and you might even go blind?
I know it was stated that a case isnt needed for this phone, but for those that WANT a case, any chance we can get one from you guys? From what I've seen, your design team is top notch and I would love to see a case designed by y'all.
Ah mah gerd, a girl! Quick, hide the porn.
There is no question that chimpanzees have a very rich way to communicate many emotions, and information about the environment. But, I don't think we can translate that into anything like human language. However, chimpanzees can actually learn human-type languages. They can learn American sign language, 400 or more signs, and they can also learn quite sophisticated communication systems using computers.
Drove cross country with my boys Thing1 and Thing2 last summer. 14 days of awesome. Devil's tower. Rushmore. We had a blast. I love road trips.
Thanks for your questions!
1) In the early days of the Nazi occupation the Austrian government policy was to try and get the Jews to leave Austria so they actively helped the Jewish council to get Jews out of Austria. The difficulty was in finding permission on where to emigrate. To get an entry visa to the UK was available for four classes of people; as a domestic service (if they had a job advertised), for apprentices, those who could guarantee £100 deposit with the home office in London (someone would have to be very rich for this) and for children continuing their education (if the Nazis had interrupted their education) which is the class that I fell in.
Some people apparently anticipated the war. My family was not one of those.
Football (Soccer) was very big in England. Rugby was also quite big but I most enjoyed/enjoy Football and used to play in my early days of arriving to the UK with friends.
The flap can be dislodged but that's usually a rare case and can only be caused by severe trauma to the eyes. Most athletes like boxers will opt with PRK because of this. Rubbing it will not dislodge it and make you go blind. You should never go rub your eyes in the first place, it's very bad for you regardless if you had surgery or not.
We are working closely with several brands to produce cases for our phone, so they'll be coming from our friends and partners and not from Essential. We play nice with others, so we're supporting lots of requests from accessory companies!- Linda
That is awesome! Any pics of you wearing that shirt that you could share with your adoring public?
BTW, big congrats on all of the positive attention you're received! :-D
This AMA just made me giddy with excitement! Dr. Goodall, when I was little, I wanted to be you when I grew up and I am so excited to see you on here.
Of course I'm interested in your work but I'd love to know more about your activism. What would you say are the most effective ways people can get involved? For folks with small children, what would you recommend in order to get them involved too?
Thank you for being the person I looked up to for so many years (and still do!) and the person that taught me it was more than okay to deeply care about animals. Wishing you well.
Do you or HAVE you ever played DnD or the like? If so what is your most favorite character?
Bonus internet points for a scan of your character sheet.
Also, thanks a helluva bunch for Mythbusters and Tested.
That won't stop illiterate necrophiliacs.
Did you experience any anti-semitism in England when you first arrived or during the war?
You should never go rub your eyes in the first place, it's very bad for you regardless if you had surgery or not.
Can you explain why it is so bad for you?
Can we expect Essential PH-1 to be released in Europe? Looking for a new phone and the Essential Phone would be perfect!
What is the biggest misconception younger people have regarding firearms?
If you had to taste one mans cum would it be Luis or Jays?
It would be a little creepy to me to wear a shirt with myself on it!
PLEASE NOTE: Response is from a member of Dr. Goodall's team, and not from Dr. Goodall herself.
Thank you for your kind words regarding Dr. Goodall! She will tell you 10 times out of 10 that the best way to get your children involved is to join our Roots & Shoots program! It is Dr. Goodall's youth service program that focuses on respect and compassion for all living things, understanding of all cultures and beliefs, and inspiring each individual to take action to make the world a better place for people, other animals, and the environment. The program has just recently been introduced into it's 100th country and continues to grow everyday.
Some advice she gives to everyone who asks though, is that you must think and act locally. Focus on issues in your own community. Map out any potentially hazardous areas (polluted rivers, beaches, parks) and gather support from there. If everyone were to focus on their local communities, then the impact would eventually be global.
Thanks for your question!
Yes! I played in high school and was the DM at my local library in Tarrytown when I was a junior in high school. Actually my first kiss came about DIRECTLY as a result of playing D&D.
Is there anything that you feel is most important to have/do in a broadcast? How have you refined your craft throughout your career?
Thank you for doing this AMA.
What would you say are the main topics in science that need to be explored deeper right now?
OMG OMG OMG Adam Savage is talking about DnD on reddit! [geeks out]Lord Savage, The Builder
Medium humanoid (human), neutral good
Armor Class 11 (14 with mage armor)
Hit Points 72 (16d8)
Speed 30 ft.
Saving Throws Int +8, Wis +6
Skills Arcana +8, History +8, Perception +6, Performance +7
Senses passive Perception 16
Languages Common, Dwarvish, Elvish, Gnomish
Challenge 10 (5,900 XP)
Arcane Recovery (1/Day). When Lord Savage finishes a short rest, he can choose expended spell slots to recover. The spell slots can have a combined level that is equal to or less than 8, and none of the slots can be 6th level or higher.
Durable Summons. Any creature that Lord Savage summons or creates with a conjuration spell has 30 temporary hit points.
Focused Conjuration. While he is concentrating on a conjuration spell, Lord Savage's concentration can't be broken as a result of taking damage.
Spellcasting. Lord Savage is a 16th-level spellcaster. His spellcasting ability is Intelligence, and he uses a +2 arcane focus (spell save DC 16, +10 to hit with spell attacks). Lord Savage has the following wizard spells prepared:
- Cantrips (at will): create bonfire, mage hand, mending, prestidigitation, shocking grasp
- 1st level (4 slots): catapult, grease, mage armor, magic missile, shield
- 2nd level (3 slots): cloud of daggers, flaming sphere, pyrotechnics
- 3rd level (3 slots): fireball, fly, haste
- 4th level (3 slots): fabricate, leomund's secret chest, stone shape
- 5th level (2 slots): animate objects, conjure elemental
- 6th level (1 slot): circle of death, contingency
- 7th level (1 slot): Mordenkainen’s Sword
- 8th level (1 slot): incendiary cloud
+2 Tinker's Staff. Melee Weapon Attack +7 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 6 (1d6 + 3) bludgeoning damage, or 7 (1d8 + 3) bludgeoning damage if wielded with two hands. If the target is a construct, it must succeed on a DC 16 Wisdom saving throw or become charmed by Lord Savage for 1 minute, ignoring any charm immunity the target possesses. While charmed, a construct must obey Lord Savage's exact commands. A charmed creature can repeat its save each time it is forced to deal damage to a friendly creature, as well as each time Lord Savage deals damage to it.
Minor Conjuration. Lord Savage conjures up an inanimate object in his hand or on the ground in an unoccupied space that he can see within 10 feet of him. This object can be no larger than 3 feet on a side and weigh no more than 10 pounds, and its form must be that of a nonmagical object that he has seen. The object is visibly magical, radiating dim light out to 5 feet. The object disappears after 1 hour, when Lord Savage uses this feature again, or if it takes any damage.
Benign Transposition (Recharges After a Short or Long Rest). Lord Savage teleports up to 30 feet to an unoccupied space that he can see. Alternatively, he can choose a space within range that is occupied by a Small or Medium creature. If that creature is willing, both he and it teleport, swapping places.
Edit: Fixed proficiency bonus miscalculation. Added charm immunity circumvention on Tinker's Staff.
Hello Mr Cleese!
As the hotel owner of Fawlty Towers for a number of years, which had many mishaps and disgruntled customers, can you recall your own worst hotel experience?
Are the LTE reception problems on the essential phone fixable in software?
which of the oldest firearms require the least amount of maintenance and care (humidity, etc...)? which are the most fragile relative to their age?
I think there's a growing tendency to explore the intellectual ability of all kinds of different animals, and now we even know trees and plants can communicate through pheromones spreading messages in the wind or through micro fungus in the roots sending messages through the ground. And because science has now opened its mind to the possibility of intelligence in creatures, we are learning so much more and it's a very exciting time.
This is the BEST
Many thanks for your question.
Yes I returned often (and will again in November). As a teacher (my old profession) I knew that Vienna was a good place to visit for children and so I would take them on trips there as it is one of the most interesting cities in the world. I particularly love the Danube and the Vienna woods.
Because I went to Vienna so often it is quite hard to pin down one particular change however I felt that the Austrians had become a lot more democratic and tolerant.
Also at the end of WWII during the peace treaties, the Allies and Russia found it useful to make Austria a buffer state. The peace treaty declared Austria a liberated country (not a defeated state) and they were not allowed to side with the west or the east.
The Austrians took full advantage of being painted as a victim until Franz Vranitzky, a socialist chancellor (similar to a Prime minister) of Austria proclaimed the truth that the Austrians had been just as guilty as the Germans. I think this was a huge change for Austria.
when does your day start and end? Are you at the station for 12+ hours a day?
What kind of music do you like?
Mr. Cleese, you narrated the audiobook Screwtape Letters fantastically. Potentially the best audiobook I've ever heard.
Had you ever been approached or sought to narrate The Great Divorce (another CS Lewis classic)?
1) What do you think of the world today?
2) How did you manage to survive mentally after WWII?
3) Do you think there is going to be another world war soon?
I heard it never heals 100% but that after a few years any damage that would dislodge it would probably have damaged your eye anyway. If you want to be a MMA fighter or figher pilot etc they recommend you go with PRK. That said I'm curious to hear a more official answer on this too! I got LASIK done a few years ago myself and the flap and risk was actually the part that scared me the most.
Sometimes it feels like 12+ hours. I work 8 hours a day on paper but my work starts at home before I get to work and it ends at home after work. When weather is active, I easily work 10-11 hours at work.
PLEASE NOTE: Response is from a member of Dr. Goodall's team, and not from Dr. Goodall herself.
Dr. Goodall tends to mostly listen to classical music.
Here's a list of some of her notable favorites:
Classical -Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor -Beethoven’s Ode to Joy from Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 -Dvorák’s Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 -Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 -Mozart’s Requiem in D minor, K. 626 -Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C major, D. 944 -Strauss Waltzes
Contemporary -Heal the World by Michael Jackson -Memories by Andrew Lloyd Webber (from Cats) -Music by Wolfgang Netzer (including the score to Jane’s Journey) -Walk Lightly on This World by Katie Melua (from Jane’s Journey) -Walking in the Air by Howard Blake (from The Snowman)
On a Russian tramp steamer in the Panama canal.
I'm glad you know it. The first half is the best thing I've ever done. I recently was asked to narrate the works of Marcel Marceau, but I didn't have the time.
Thank you for your questions!
1) I believe it has become more violent, more dishonest and frightening. I really feel there may be another war.
2) During WWII I had started to revise my own ideas and forget those I was brought up with. I made up my own values, I became a strong democrat and socialist and I found myself well armed against what came my way.
3) Kind of answered in the first question. I am no cleverer than anyone else but I hope not is all I can say.
Yes, athletes like boxers will opt for PRK because they experience severe trauma in the eys.
DM us please - andyR
Hello Adam, long time fan. What do think about the furure of exosuits or exo-frames to help people with disabilities move around or help replace heavy machinery?
Greetings, John the Entertainer!
For his eulogy, Graham Chapman requested that you become the first person at a British memorial service to say “Fuck”. What request would you like to have honored at your own eulogy, and by whom?
Kind of an off the wall question but:
At 97 yrs old, is there anything from your childhood that you still enjoy today?
So why choose Lasik over PRK?
Hi Andy - thanks for coming in... Team Essential - thanks to you too. I was on the fence until the latest camera and patch releases. Please understand how important it is for your customers that you guys live up to your promises i.e. delivering useful bug fixes and timely updates. To that effect, how can we participate in a support feedback loop? How can we send bugs and enhancement requests directly to the team and feel like we are part of the product improvement process? Thanks!
Great Basin Winchester
TIL the Winchester got X-rayed.
Aside from TV, we have radio and Facebook. As a chief I coordinate all operations of the weather department- scheduling, computer maintenance and updates and purchasing, graphics, training, while working with our sales and promotions and news departments. Then we all have community outreach. I do actually forecast the weather so I'm always trying to study to get the latest.
When I was growing up, what I read where the Doctor Dolittle books. I learned a great deal from those books. When I was ten years old I read "Tarzan." I was sad when he married the wrong Jane. It was those books that directed me to grow up, go to Africa. For a 4-year-old child, one of my books I absolutely loved was "Jane" with illustrations by Patrick McDonnell. Which is fantastic. Another one, I want to mention is "My Life With Chimpanzees" which is a book I wrote for young children about my life with chimpanzees.
I love this idea so much.
I would like to do my own eulogy, and then shoot myself and then get in the coffin.
Thank you for your question!
Uhh, from my childhood.. I think the love of poppy seed cake, Wiener Schnitzel and the music of my era continues to this day.
Will there ever be a Python movie again?
Will Essential support ROMs and custom development by releasing the kernel source code and boot.img?
Will Essential support an upgrade program involving trade-ins for a discounted price on newer models?
Ps. I'm really enjoying the PH-1 right now, appreciate addressing bugs in software and feel camera is pretty good now! Thanks!
Haha that's like saying "You said most of your collections were Hondas. I instantly thought of my Toyota."
Dave, around 2008-2009, you and a girl came to my apartment in downtown BK to hang out. I wanted to hook up with her, but you wouldn't leave and just kept smoking weed and eating dominos. Eventually I think she either decided to leave or passed out on the couch, I can't remember. Did you do that on purpose or were you just oblivious that I was trying to smash? C'mon bro.
Edit: you were also playing Madden
Good question- I make my own forecast from plotted upper air charts, wind profiles, satellite and radar depictions and then computer model forecasts and numerical output. We share it within WKRG but not outside of the station. I'm trained as all government meteorologists are. I make my own forecast because that makes me comfortable with what I'm saying. It is, however, rarely that far different from what the National Weather Service would say for my area.
Well, one highlight that really enabled my career to take off was discovering the chimpanzees used twigs and the brush to find termites in the underground nest because that is what went into "National Geographic," which ended up providing funds for me to continue my research. So in a way, that was the pivotal observation that actually enabled everything else.
Good grief I don't know. I've been a Mission boy for much of my 27 years in SF and so much change. How many eyeglass stores does Valencia street need?
Only when the others are dead. Then I will make the definitive one.
Thank you for your question.
The German one is called: Emigracion ins Leben: Wien - London und nicht mehr retour (Emigration into Life Vienna - London and no return).
The English one is called: Secret Operations: From Music to Morse and Beyond.
I think it might difficult to get your hands on a copy though!
We've failed you, if it was Firefly or X-Files we might have been there.
That didn't happen.
Wow! That sounds like a lot of work. Do you have time to rehearse what you're going to say before a live broadcast?
You don't just 'give' the weather forecast but 'explain' what's going on. Everything is very clear and very informative so I assume you must practice.
What is the secret to your health? You are still so active at what most would consider an old age. Also, thank you for all your groundbreaking work to further science and benefit humanity!
How is the pressure of working on YouTube now vs how it was working for Discovery on Mythbusters?
Would you like to come back to my place, bouncy-bouncy?
Coming from a german whose grandparent's siblings were killed in WW2, how did normal german people treat you? Like ones which were not Nazis? Was the country all antisemites or just the select ones everyone knows about?
IANAD, but I had LASIK in 2004. As a chronic eye-rubber, I can tell you that I have not personally gone blind from rubbing my eye. I do believe, though, that the rubbing has undone some of the vision correction so that I'm considering going back in for another LASIK procedure or sucking it up and going back to glasses. YMMV.
Why remove the headphone jack?
Some people consider it 'essential', what's your team take on that?
Which firearm(s) are your favorites and which one(s) are you proudest of having in the collection?
I was born with good genes. That is really important when you think about health. For the rest of it, I don't really think about my health. I live each day, and I've been really lucky to be extremely healthy.
Pressure? What pressure? It's been a dreamy couple of years working solely on tested.com
Thank you for your question.
I did not really experience many Germans during the War other than them shooting at us in France while I was stationed in a harbour. The only time I really experienced Germans was when I went there after the war on holidays (probably in the 70's and onwards) when the shudder had gone and I experienced no anti-semitism then.
Yes, rubbing in any case either with surgery or not can cause problems with vision.
Headphone jacks are pretty big components and they don't play nice with all-screen Phone architectures. We studied it very seriously, but fitting a headphone jack into our Phone required tradeoffs we were uncomfortable with. We'd have grow a huge "chin" in the display and reduce the battery capacity by 10%, or we'd need a huge headphone bump! We decided it was more important to have a beautiful full-screen display in a thin device with solid battery life. Then we made sure we to build ya'll a high-quality DAC in a tiny adapter that can elegantly live on your headphones. - Dave
What is the longest stretch of time you've ever been on air / at work to cover a significant weather event, and what was the event?
Thank you for holding this AMA.
Is it true you were a fan of this far side comic?
Sorry that it's not a great question. I couldn't think of anything else, and I've always kind of wondered about this.
Adam! Hi!! So sad that OG Mythbusters is off the air, but loving all the things you've done since then! Thanks for continuing to explore your curiosity in the name of science!
My question-- what experiment from Mythbusters (no matter how big or small) shocked you the most? One you were almost 100% certain would go one way and when it went the opposite you almost couldn't believe it.
Thanks for doing this!!
What do you think is the most IMPORTANT joke you’ve ever written?
What's the oldest gun you have there?
PLEASE NOTE: Response is from a member of Dr. Goodall's team, and not from Dr. Goodall herself.
Dr. Goodall actually has no issue with the comic and thinks it's rather quite funny. Gary Larson eventually ended up visiting our Gombe Stream Reserve in response to the comic and was even attacked by the male chimp, Frodo, who Dr. Goodall has always claimed to be a 'bully' male.
Thanks for your question!
Golf Ball Car. Insane.
This is the most important joke I’ve ever heard. Nils Bohr, the founder of Quantum Physics, had a friend to dinner. As the friend left, he noticed a horseshoe nailed above Bohr’s front door. He said to Bohr, accusingly "Nils, you’re a great scientist. You can’t believe in superstitions." Bohr answered “I don’t, but apparently it works anyway.”
Thank you for your questions.
1) The moment the Nazis marched in we knew we had to get out. Because they had been in charge of Germany next door we knew that they were anti-semitic (but not to the extent that we know now). Luckily my mother had a couple of sisters and brothers who had emigrated to the UK before the WWI. I had always wanted to go to England, possibly due to my mother reading me English children's books.
Yes, the flap can be dislodged if severe trauma to the eyes.
White is coming! Pure White ceramic is in build trials now. We're looking at a few weeks until they're in boxes and shipping, especially as we fill the manufacturing backlog on Moon Black. - Dave
What was the most surprising thing you found while studying the similarities between chimpanzees and humans?
Hey Adam, I've loved Mythbusters ever since I was a kid, thank you for so many great shows. We all know you're a massive film fan, but how do you feel about video games? What're your favourites?
Was Nils Bohr a close friend of yours? BTW, I think your joke went over most people's head, probably including mine.
Dude that's so cool
I'm not sure about the most surprising, but the most shocking was the fact they are capable of war. This was very horrifying and actually made them more like humans than I thought they were before.
I think video games are absolutely beautiful, but I do not play them. That's actually a lie, I play one video game:Millipede. I have an arcade Millipede in my shop and I played everyday
The thought had crossed my mind and we had offers from two publishers in America however the reason we rejected them was due to not having easy access to them (I would have had to travel all the way to America to get anything done) on top of this at my age this would be very taxing.
We have a reference design almost complete. Once ready, it will be made available to 3rd parties so they can easily integrate our connector into their products. This works for hobbyists as well! -andyR
Hello Mr. Rubin,
So what do you think are going to be the most exciting new developments in smartphone technology in the coming years?
Do you think the Nagant revolver shot more friendly retreating Russians or enemies during its time in use?
Come on...be a bold comic and make a stand against Amy Schumer joke stealing. Why won't any comics say anything?
Most of my mugs come from schools that I visit.
To be honest, I really don't remember. I think it may have been Noam Chomsky.
Thanks for your great question.
It's not easy to make a statement that cover such a wide spectrum of people. A lot of ordinary Nazis, members of the party, believed that a strong hand was needed to deal with the problems and they thought the Nazis would provide it. At first anti-semitism became a useful propaganda tool. These sorts of people I would not class as evil, just misguided.
But as they reached the point of having total power their means became more and more violent. There is an old saying "absolute power corrupts absolutely" - I think this is a very true saying and I have seen it with my very own eyes.
A good example of this is with Röhm (who founded the stormtroopers). As relationships developed and power grew, Röhm thought he may make a better leader than Hitler and Hitler was pressurised by the other leaders to do away with him because he was a homosexual. Hitler had known this all the time and had not done anything about it yet Hitler did go and shoot him but explained publicly it was due to him being homosexual.
*Bonus product placement: Incidentally my new book shows Hitler's rise to power which made him more and more ruthless.
With a last name of Savage, what were some of your childhood nicknames?
Chomsky?? That guy stole my ferret!
As one of the last survivors what can be do to keep people aware of this horrible genocide?
Formaldehyde drops, got it.
Hey Dave, it would be awesome to hear you debate someone from antifa on Part of the Problem. Any chance of that happening?
Yes. I'm an uncle, and backup Dad to many!
There are various ways. One, spread awareness about the program. Two, to become involved in your program or other programs around the world. And you can do this also by raising funds to help programs that desperately need it including the Jane Goodall Institute.
If you weren't a weather man, what career would you have and why?
What do you think of the planet of the apes movies?
Hey Adam .. How excite are you for the new HellBoy movie ? I saw the picture of David Harbour yesterday and I instantly thought of you and your love for Hellboy.
Also .. bigfan on tested .. I watch your oneday built as a form of meditation.
What are your top five favourite films of all time?
PLEASE NOTE: Response is from a member of Dr. Goodall's team, and not from Dr. Goodall herself.
While I can't speak to her opinion of the original films. Dr. Goodall did have a chance to pre-screen the newest POTA movie and found it very interesting. All of us at the Jane Goodall Institute are very appreciative of the steps taken by the production team of the new movies, due to their use of motion-capture and their dedication to not using real apes in any of their films.
Long answer short, she loved the newest film!
Thanks for the question!
I'm super excited, but it is a provisional excitement. I love Guillermo Del Toro's Hellboy movies with such a deep abiding passion, that I can't imagine anything else living up to that. But I'm open to something new and different, and David Harbour is a fantastic choice to play HP.
This morning they are Princess Bride, The Sting, Doctor Strangelove, The Conversation, and The Great Dictator.
Thank you for your question.
I have neither been to Dunkirk nor have I seen the recent film (which my grandson seems to think you are referencing). I escaped France a couple of weeks after the Dunkirk battle from St.Malo on the very last boat to England.
Yes, athletes will opt for PRK if they get trauma to the eyes like boxers.
Would like to get more data from you on what you have installed on the device and when you are seeing this issue. Obviously, this is not how the phone should perform. Its hard to tell from your description if it is hardware or software -Joe
Tested.com is great at presenting the world of Matter, but presenting stories about the world of Bits and Code is still a tough sell. I've really enjoyed the Thermal Detonator builds but the electronics and software parts were essentially removed. How can Tested.com bring the excitement of Code to makers?
Hi Mr. Cleese! I'll be seeing you in a couple months when you come to Louisville for the Monty Python and the Holy Grail screening and Q&A, and I couldn't be more excited.
I've heard that, during the filming of Grail, Terry Gilliam and Eric Palin would sneak into the editing room at night and change things about the movie without the other knowing. Is this true, and did it cause any production issues?
Do any particular current/recent events, mentalities, media propaganda, etc., resemble any from your past that raise red flags and worry you at this time?
DR, is it possible today to have good result with -12.00 ?
Is there any possibilities to make a transparent ceramic glass? That's pretty solid.
That's unfortunate :(. It's been my dream to one day quit my job and get a PhD in history researching something I'm actually passionate about.
What was your comedy like before you started discussing politics? How did that transition go?
Yes, and the fact that I present weather without a script is the same as an adlib music soloist.
My favorite colour overall is green. There are times I like blue as well. I'm wearing blue today, by the way.
That is great feedback! The answer is that we're always trying, and we will continue to. I really appreciate the question.
Yes I believe it's perfectly true. Neither of them trusted the other, which was a very good call.
Many thanks for your question.
Sighs Yes, in Iran. The permanent threats of launching a nuclear war to annihilate Israel is worrying me. Similar to Hitler's threatening messages to the German Chancellor.
Yes, but it will be a different procedure like ICL depending on age. I've treated higher cases before, I would check with your doctor about your options.
It is not possible in Zirconia ceramic (what the phone has today), unfortunately. Interesting idea though! - Linda
Do you believe in Sasquatch?
Have you studied the Skookum casting or any of the new print samples with dermal ridge evidence?
If you do believe do you think this group is a holdover of Gigantalopithicus Blacki? or a new Species?
What is your favortie Ghibli film, and why? I'm guessing by the No Face behind you it's Spirited Away.
Yes but who the fuck is Eric Palin?
What do you think of how people compare Donald Trump to the nazis?
Is it safe to get it done more than once? I had it 10 years ago but one eye is a little out of focus for reading and I've been thinking about getting it fixed.
People have also been reporting worse cell signal strength than other phones in areas that don't have the best reception. Would this be fixable on your end?
Other than visiting the museum, how can the public help support the museum, make donations, etc.
Are there any programs or workshops offered to patrons where they can get hands on experience with replicas?
I played trumpet as a kid but gave it up in college. It was fun but I never was much good at it!
PLEASE NOTE: Response is from a member of Dr. Goodall's team, and not from Dr. Goodall herself.
Jane has said that she is fascinated by the idea of the existence of an as of yet undiscovered ape species living in the wild. As a self-described romantic, has always wanted them to exist. She has read many accounts of bigfoot sightings and thinks that bigfoot is a real possibility.
It's safe depending if you meet certain criteria. Your doctor or a consultation with a doctor can determine that. If your cornea is too thin then you might not be able to get it, but ask your doctor to be sure.
Coverage is a complex issue. We are always looking for feedback on problem locations so that we can field test to fix issues which are software based. Its hard to look just at signal strength when comparing phones. For instance, which cell tower is serving you may be different even though you are in the same location with two phones. When we performed field testing sometimes we would score better than reference phones sometimes worse. We are a bit more conservative on signal bars. Which, unfortunately, there is no standard for on mobile devices. But, please let us know the locations and we can take a look -Joe
Is Jonathan Frakes as laid back as Riker?
Are you working on any cool replicas at the moment?
Hi John. I saw your recent talk in Dublin. I completely agree with what you say about confirmation bias, so I thoroughly enjoyed it.
On that subject, are you aware of tools like 'DuckDuckGo' - an alternative to Google that explicitly does not tailor its results to what it thinks you personally are most likely to click? How do you educate yourself about view outside your 'bubble'?
Where did you live in London? What did you do in your spare time, if you had any, during that time?
I've been considering getting lasek, but when my optometrist checks my eyes, I always tear up when he shines light on them. He says my eyes are likely too sensitive for lasek. Is this a true concern and if so why? Thanks!
What devices would you cite as an influence on the Ph-1? The shape of the edges reminds me of the iPhone 4.
Maybe. All kids need a good balance of the arts and sciences.
He's the coolest dude ever. And you just want to hear him keep telling stories in that beautiful voice of his.
I'm ALWAYS working on replicas. Just finished one last week!
That is a very good joke, but the bozos reading all this won't get it. Secondly, I don't think you should educate yourself outside your bubble, because it would confuse marketing people.
Thank you for your question. When I arrived in London I attended a commercial college in Dalston to learn typing and accounting. Then I was offered a job as a volunteer (I was not allowed a proper job due to my visa) but was paid some minor pocket money.
In my spare time, on Saturdays I would go to the Dalston cinema and watch films. I had never been in a cinema before where you could see two films and a program in between for a thruppence or sixpence. For a short time I played with a dance band with one of my cousins but I was not very good at the rhythm. On some evenings I even had a date with a girl!
There is a chance you can have glare and halos after the surgery but for the most part, it does go away after a couple of months. He is worried it will get worse after the surgery, that is why he is not recommending it. There is a chance of that but there are also treatments for it if it does happen. If you do plan on doing this, be aware of that.
We actually designed the device from scratch and did not take influence from other devices. The details are all there for a good reason. Our side walls are straight in order to reduce the amount of visual and physical border around the display. We actually took many, many weeks just to lock on the appropriate corner radius- just round enough to feel approachable and human, but also tight enough to allow for as many pixels in the corners as possible. Hope that helps - Linda
Mr. Cleese, First, I think you're the greatest comedy writer of our time. Just had to get that out of the way.
Question: I read somewhere that you were working on a screenplay about tax dodgers. Will we be seeing that anytime soon?
Hi Eric, you are a true hero!
Are there any moments that stand out from your experience in WWII as being particularly scary or where you almost gave up hope?
I've heard that LASIK can worsen the near-vision degeneration that happens naturally as you age, is that accurate? How bad is it?
Fair enough, but I didn't accuse you of copying. Nothing is designed in a vacuum and all that.
So, you think I'm the greatest comedy writer of our time? What the fuck do you mean by "of our time"? I am working on a light comedy about cannibalism called "Yummy."
Many thanks for your statement.
There were scary moments but any other thoughts about hope didn't come into it. One moment was when in the SOE we did a night attack on a power station outside Dorchester (for training). We were creeping towards it and it was very dark due to lights being turned off during the war. We approached a spiked fence around the perimeter and as we were climbing over this I slipped and a spike went into my thumb. I was then hanging with my thumb still caught but I was not allowed to make a single sound. This was a very painful and scary moment for me during the war.
No, I am curious where you heard this from. Our eyes naturally age, yes and over time, usually after 40 we develop presbyopia.
Totally know what you mean- Especially in the smartphone industry where everything is starting to look a like because 50% of the phone is now display. For us, it was less about taking influences from other devices, but taking influences from meaningful experiences and good human-product interactions. - Linda
Would you consider combining meteorology with education and becoming a weather science communicator and science advocate a la Bill Nye or Neil Degrasse Tyson?
Edit: I'll admit Bill isn't the best example but I was a fan of his show in the 90s. However, I will add Emily Graslie !
Hey Adam - I'm a long time Tested premium member and a Trekkie who's seen every episode/movie ever made.
I think I remember the left arm front instrument panel on your TOS Captain's chair being mounted upside down in the original video's final unveil. The three sphere lights should be towards the front. Did you ever notice this?
Sorry for being a stickler for detail.
Have you ever considered making Aliyah to Israel, especially after the war ended?
Dr. Lin, with all the new lasers coming out and competition in your field, there seems to be a lot of "snake oil" and advertisement shenanigans. What should a patient shopping around truely care about?
- Android 8 and Project Treble status/ETA?
- Would Essential consider a Beta OS program similar to Google and OnePlus?
- What's the current focus for software issues like touch responsiveness (improved/tweaked palm rejection?) and micro-stuttering when scrolling. (EDIT: scrolling still seems to stutter in the new build. See video by u/tlxxxsracer - https://youtu.be/dbw_TUnfXuU) Is Essential already looking to Android 8 or is Essential still working on 7.1.1?
- Will Essential release the kernel source for the PH-1? Perhaps even use GitHub to back up Essential's ethos of the product belonging to those who purchased it? :)
- Can Essential offer Advanced RMAs to customers who are willing to have a hold on their credit card? I've heard of reports of others having it offered but it's been tough getting timely responses about it. I'm not sure about the status of my own RMA at the moment.
- Comment: Great build and great design on the PH-1!
I didn't! Turning that panel around NOW. (shit, the wire is just 1/2" not long enough. Ah well, now I know what I'm doing tomorrow)
Thank you for your question.
Yes, in the first year of the war before I joined the army I wrote a letter to the Aliya organisation and asked whether my work on the farm counted as qualification for this. They replied confirmed that it did but as soon as I realised I could join the British Army I changed my plans to do this instead. This was mainly due to my parents living in England and not wanting to separate from them.
You should have at least 3 consultations with different doctors before you decide. Look for experience. If the doctors have done a lot of cases and how long have they been performing surgery. Look for reputation online and what other people are saying. With the internet and social media today this is so much easier than before. Some people only look at the price and don't go to the more experienced doctors then end up having problems down the road. LASIK Surgery is like any other business. The top end, experienced places will charge more because they have built their reputation on it and for the most part have the latest technology and the staff to accommodate this.
- 2 months-ish
- Yes, we want to -- it's on the list.
- Fixing as fast as we can. Should refer to rebecca's response on this. It's getting better daily.
- Good idea. Derek and Nelson will look into this.
- Team is smiling
What are your thoughts on using confidence intervals with weather forecasts? Why aren't they used more?
What's your best and worst dad joke?
Hello mr. Cleese. I'd like to start with the usual 'thank you's' and say I've been an admirer of your work since I was about 9 years old and of all the comics around, you probably made me laugh the most and Fawlty Towers never failed to cheer me up even during the most difficult times. That's the first big thank you. But what's so interesting about you is that besides the fact that you are a very skilled performer, both verbal and physical, you've always been a writer who performs his own material. And it's very clear you always took great care to the writing before it got on the screen.
I've seen some of your lectures on creativity. You've not only found a very captivating way of explaining your theories on creativity but it's also completely accurate. I had been writing for some years before I discovered your method of the tortoise enclosure and discovered that it truly made a huge difference. So thank you for all that and much much more!
I've always wondered about the writing within Monty Python. I know you did your usual Python writing with Graham Chapman, but you also wrote some material with (at least) Michael Palin and Eric Idle. I don't know if you wrote things with Terry Jones. You've talked alot about what it was like to write with Graham, but what was it like for you to write with the others and was your role in those combinations a very different one from the one you had with Graham?
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this and I hope you're having a lovely day.
You said you wrote your first nonfiction novel. Do you have any plans to write another?
I decided to get LASIK done about 6 months ago and I regularly recommend it to anyone I hear complain about contacts and/or glasses. I had fantastic results. That said, I find it interesting that so many optometrists as well as my LASIK surgeon wear glasses. Seems to be a big point for those that are so adamantly opposed to LASIK. What's the deal?
When will the essential phone dock be available?
Those are good. I think it's just taking the entire profession a while to embrace them, as we figure out how people interpret them.
See, this is the worst thing about turning 50, is that all the jokes that appear in my head in the standard joke feet I have running all the time have become data jokes! It's awful! I haven't quite sYesuccumbed to quote that's what she said", but I can't help feeling it's not far off.
Very interesting question. At the start I tried to get the other Pythons to mix up the writing partnerships a bit. I thought it worked quite well. Eric and I wrote Sir George Head climbing the twin peaks of Mount Kilimanjaro, and Michael and I wrote Mr. Hilter standing in the Minehead bye-election. Nevertheless we drifted back into our original pairings, and I don’t know why. Maybe Chapman was the only one who liked writing with me. I think it was a shame, I think we would’ve been even more inventive if we mixed the writing teams up a bit.
Thank you for your question. I have written a few non-fiction short stories about the war but I currently do not have any plans to write any more. Currently I am planning on writing two more fictional novels if I survive that long!
There are many reasons, such as a few that the people below have answered. Some people just need close vision glasses due to age-related problems such as presbyopia. Some are financial reasons. Others are fears, if you treated or see the worst cases from time to time you start fearing the worst result. I personally took the dive in 1997 and had LASIK myself. I'm in my late 40's and I will start needing close vision glasses soon. It's inevitable. It can be fixed nowadays with things like the Kamra Inlay, so I have options like other people.
We are planning on having the dock out shortly. Our final prototype build is this month and we will have it available for purchase after we run through reliability testing -Joe
Have you considered starting your own YouTube channel to explain the same for big weather events globally?
What's your best and worst dad joke?
HI!! My fiance has a question for you, she's been looking forward to this AMA since you tweeted about it! From my Fiance: I’m a big fan thanks 100% to my Dad. I am getting married next year and am looking for a Father/Daughter dance song. My Dad is 63 and likes classic rock. We would love your suggestion for a song. A silly song would be acceptable too. We’re a colourful family! What do you suggest?
Did you escape to England with the thought of joining the British army, or did it just work out that way?
The day after my LASIK procedure a few years back, I lost vision for about 30 seconds. In the days that followed, I noticed more and more "floaters", which have built to the point that they interfere with my vision while reading or using a computer. I called my LASIK office, and they said I had an "ocular migraine", and it's unrelated to my procedure. That seemed like BS. Were they just covering their butts?
Also, I was told by some follow up docs (not at the same office) that I'm pretty much stuck with the floaters. Is that still the case?
When can we expect more information and the release of the Essential Home? How will it integrate with the Essential Phone?
Would your collection happen to include any shotguns from Japan in the late 1800s [Meiji Restoration-era]?
I know pistols and rifles were most common in that time period for Japan, but I haven't found much about shotguns.
I can't get Libertas to download. Tell me, do you think this is the work of the deep state trying to limit the freedom movement?
Not now. Since I work for a TV station full-time. I wouldn't have the time or energy to do that!
Also: I don't drink. Gave it up a few years ago as part of stress management (along with meditation and getting 7 hours of sleep every night) and when I realized that in your 40's hangovers last for 3 days.
Many thanks for your question.
No, I didn't know that there was going to be a war. I escaped to Britain a year, almost two before the war began.
Over time most floaters will fade away. In rare cases, if it is causing severe problems then treatment is needed but that treatment can cause further problems. If you can live with it then I would. If you can't and it's a severe problem, I would be looking into vitrectomy and laser vitreolysis treatments.
I'm particularly excited about the home product. It has the potential to unify all the disparate devices in your home, including your phone! Not quite ready to talk details, but development is going well and we'll have something to show soon.
Unfortunately not, our collection is weaker when it comes to Asian firearms.
Do you know Pete Delkus? You're the Best Weatherman Ever, I think he would make a great Vice Best Wetherman Ever.
Is your surname really Savage?
Did you ever think of becoming a punk rocker?
Mr. Cleese. A true honor.
As an avid fan of yours and cheese, I must ask: what is your favorite type of cheese?
Also, I have never kissed the editor of the Radio Times.
In your years, what achievement of man kind has brought you the most pride?
During the procedure, do you have to not move your eye at all by yourself? I know it sounds like a dumb question but I'm a very twitchy person even my eyes. Or would I be passed out?
How do you feel about the ways in which Android has evolved since you've left, and what other things would you like to see added with future releases?
Yes I know Pete. The meteorology community is relatively small.
It is! It's a good Irish name.
My favourite cheese is melted Gruyere. Second comes Bolivian Hyena Milk cheese, but it's very hard to get except in La Paz.
Thank you for your tough question.
It's very hard to answer, probably the NHS (the British health service) which started when I was at college and I actually studied this with my wife at the college. A long time ago!
The laser will stop treatment if you move your eyes. There are clamps that keep your eyes open. Almost all patients don't even notice the time passing by. If you need to adjust, ask your doctor and he can accommodate if you do it. You need to stay awake for the procedure.
Seems like the Android team continues to put the 1's and 0's all in the right order to to keep Android the #1 platform (what is it now 85% global marketshare?) - anon ;-)
If you could steal a smooch from any guy in Hollywood who would it be?
Hello Dr. Lin,
How important are the check ups post surgery? I had my 1 day and 1 week check up. However, I moved away from where I had my SMILE surgery and I won't be able to do any more check ups there. Is it okay to go without check ups or should I find another doctor in my area for checkups?
Drop tests have shown the screen to shatter quite easily on the PH-1. Are you taking that into consideration for the next generation phone?
Also, how often do you see Essential releasing new phone models?
For me, it's a practical thing. We move around a lot between segments, and sometimgs I literally dash outside or across the building during the news.
Chris Hemsworth or the Rock.
Hi sorry, this is his grandson writing we were planning on answering at 18:30pm, is that a problem? I am currently not with my grandfather but will be after work.
I recommend doing checkups yearly if possible. You should find a doctor in your area and go to him. Ask the place you had your surgery at to send the records to your new home and take it from there.
We have performed drop tests to industry standards and have performed as well or better to other devices. We are always looking to improve reliability and test to standards to improve the customer experience. -Joe
How do you foresee the rest of hurricane season going? Namely for the Gulf Coast?
Adam, what has been your favorite cosplay to do at a con? And, was it your favorite because it was the most fun to build or wear?
Hello mr Cleese :) Would you please consider being so kind as to take in to account the possibility of somehow notifying this question?
I had LASIK back in 2004. It was one of the best things I've ever done for myself. Inevitably, I've rubbed my eyes quite a bit since then, and my vision is starting to get worse again. I bought an "insurance plan" that would let me get my eyes re-done if it ever became an issue, but since the first procedure resulted in increased photosensitivity, difficulty driving at night, and difficulty reading street signs, I'm a little wary about going back and making the side effects worse.
My question is this: Has the LASIK procedure changed over the last 13 years? Are side effects less likely to occur today than they were in 2004, or are the risks the same?
Hello Mr. Rubin
So one of my biggest frustrations with smartphones is that it seems like every year we get all these exciting new features, but battery life is seemingly stuck at barely squeezing by one day. Do you think this would possibly change in smartphones in the future in the way we'll get a breakthrough and get possibly several days of battery life?
Because you can find old white dudes talking about guns anywhere
I honestly don't look that far out. The ingredients for hurricanes change week by week so I only look about 10 days ahead at a time. In that time, I don't see any threats right now.
Totoro and NoFace from Spirited away. The response people have to those characters is an anti-depressant.
May I ask...Are you English? Your phraseology is English, but you didn't actually apologize.
Yes, the technology has advanced tremendously and it continues to advance especially outside of the USA. Due to FDA approvals, certain things are not available yet in the USA but should be coming soon. Consult your doctor about your problems and see what he says. I recommend going to at least 2 or 3 places and see what they say.
This is one of the dilemmas for product designers. We could easily make the device thicker to accommodate a larger battery. But consumers don't like thick devices. (we can also make them a lot thinner, but they'd only last a few hours). The product designers typically take a "just right" approach, which equals one day... - andyR
How does it feel getting this amount of recognition over something you've been doing for so long? What is the best piece of advise you can offer to aspiring meteorologists or educators? We appreciate you recognizing this community and thank you for taking the time to answer our questions!! May your future bear greater success.
I'd like to ask a more taboo question if that's alright - how do you derive your income? Royalties from reruns, speaking commissions, ad revenue, etc.? I'm so fascinated by the work you do, and I've always wondered how it is financially sustainable.
What is your take on Bitcoin and decentralization of financial power?
How often does it happen that you refuse patients for a lasik surgery? And what are the common reasons not being suitable for a lasik surgery?
What are the next series of mods you have planned to release?
What futuristic or fake gun do you wish you could own?
That's a myth to bust: I make nothing in residuals from MB. That's standard on Cable.
It happens from time to time. Not all patients qualify for LASIK or are suitable for it. They may qualify for another procedure such as PRK, ICL, LASEK, IOL, SMILE, etc because of various reasons. Some reasons you can't have LASIK are as follows. The cornea is too thin, you are pregnant or nursing, vision is not stable, poor eye health from previous accidents, etc. The best way to check is to go to a doctor and have yourself examined. For the most part all clinic's offer free consultations, so I would take advantage of that.
As mentioned above, we have a number of Click Accessories planned. First out is a charging dock and a 3.5mm High End Audio adapter. -Joe
The Burton is pretty space rifley, but we have it. I'd really like to get some sci-fi movie prop guns in the collection - Danny
Zoe's Mare's Leg - Ashley
I think it's happening. Look at what Rogan is doing, that guy has a bigger audience than jesus. Maron interviewed Obama! The podcast revolution has begun and will continue to grow.
Who wins in a fight: an F5 tornado or a Cat 5 hurricane?
*EF5. Whatever. They sound the same except one refreshes and the other is Brock's finishing move. I get it.
I am making edits as I go, as I am in high school heading to CAD class now. Anyway, hey Adam, been a fan of your works since early Mythbusters when I was a wee lad. What are your thoughts on augmented reality? Have any interest and/or are you going to be getting a headset? https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/accessories/apd/536-bbbr
Obviously I'm not asking for a medical opinion, but in general, are people with astigma candidates?
Very interested in this -- I'm a long time Apple user until I just got the Essential phone -- ADB and all of that is new to me but I want my apps to take advantage of the full screen.
No doubt, the hurricane because it's just so large and long-lasting.
I'm sooper excited about AR. I've seen Hololens and Magic Leap (don't ask me anything!) and I can't wait for that future to come!
Yes, people with astigmatism are eligible for the surgery. I've treated thousands of cases with this problem.
The in-screen front facing camera was a new feature for Android. To ensure Android compatibility, Google asked us to letterbox applications out of the cutout area by default. If you are a developer who wants to use the full screen, shoot us an email and we'll add your app to our whiteilst. The whitelist can be updated via the Play Store, so you won't have to wait for a full software update. -Rebecca
What made you want to be a weather forecaster and how did you go about becoming one?
Hi Adam! I've watched myth busters since I can't remember when, love seeing you on YouTube and kickin' it with Micheal.
Now that Elon has gotten SpaceX up out of the gravity well, will we ever see you up in space doing new crazy stunts on the ISS, The Moon or Mars at some point in the future?
Have you heard of the SMILE procedure? I was interested in Lasik due to my astigmatism, and my optometrist recommended SMILE. He described it as Lasik without the cutting off the cornea.
For Dave, Linda, and Joe:
The PH-1 has a very distinct look. How did the team come up with a design language and personality for a completely new brand? What was the process like?
Also, in your words, how would you describe the Essential industrial design language?
Thank you for doing this and best of luck! Always love seeing hardware innovation.
I grew up with just a simmering interest in weather. Things like how you could have hail from a summer thunderstorm, and lightning from a snowstorm. I was always a natural performer so I was able to link my love for weather with my talent for performing/teaching. I went to Cornell to get a BS in meteorology, and then to FSU to get a masters degree to make sure I really knew what I was talking about.
If Elon asks, I'll go.
Yes, but only certain patients qualify for it. Don't tell anyone but I may or may not be offering it soon. The flap cut is less than typical LASIK so recovery is faster and side effects are lessened. Obviously, because it's a newer procedure in the USA not all doctors offer it or have as much experience with it. Find one that you feel comfortable with.
We developed a design language based on our top priorities- best technology, user experience, and materials. Believe me, it took MANY revisions and design iterations to get to where we are now. At the end, we worked very hard to make sure our device is designed from the inside out. We wanted to let the technology shine through and take away anything that may pose as a distraction. That's why our borders are straight and thin (more visual display) and our details are clean and minimal. It's hard to come up with a brand new design from scratch, but at the same time it's a very freeing and openly creative process that is hard to find anywhere else but here at new startup - Linda
How do you feel about people getting corrective eye surgery done in foreign countries? I know several people who have gotten surgery done in Tijuana for a fraction of the cost of what it would be in the US and they all have had great results. Is there really that big of a risk?
So, ROM development. Can you commit to releasing ALL of your framework sources like Google does with AOSP and Nexus? One frustration with OnePlus is that their released sources are missing parts and thus work a lot worse than their real OS (OxygenOS).
It will depend on where and with who. Outside of the country, the laws you need to abide by are less strict so chances for problems are bigger. The upside is that countries outside the USA do offer better equipment and procedures, not FDA approved yet in the USA. If the price is an issue but you are getting the same procedure than the one you would get in the USA, I would do it here. The regulations in place in the USA are more strict and problems faced are much easier to be resolved since you are still in the country.
This actually turns out to be really hard technically. We're going to try to do more and more of this over time but ensuring you separate out any close source proprietary bits from the rest, but that things still work well is a big challenge. -Rebecca
Tornadoes can spawn quickly during a hurricane. Do these type of tornadoes tend to be less capable of being long track tornadoes, or does it just depend on the storm system?
Thanks for doing this! There is much love for you in Pensacola!
Hey Adam, love what you have been up to and sharing with people since Mythbusters ended.
I am curious, out of any of the tasks, builds, or things you have set out to do, what was one thing has made you have to take a big step back and really think outside of the box or the normal way you might do something to figure out how to accomplish it? And how did that work out?
Hi, My 12 year old has been wearing glasses since 9 months old. He hates it. I believe his vision is -6.0 if it matters. At what age would he be eligible for corrective surgery?
Is this an error that i couldn't buy from Puerto Rico from essential.com even though it's available through other channels (amazon, best buy, sprint) ? Tried to contact support but didn't get an answer.
Just from the tornadoes we had here in Hurricane Ivan, they were not long track but it definitely would depend on the system. Thanks.
This is a lovely question. The answer is that this happens all the time. I can't call specific examples because I'm always trying to push my skills and boundaries further. farther. You know what I mean. The buddhists call it "watching the watcher" from what I understand of the dharma (which isn't much). i try and take that meta-view of things all the time.
The FDA approved age is 18 but the vision needs to be stable and other tests need to be administered. Have you considered Ortho-K? I've seen a huge increase in usage over the years for kids in my clinic through this. Basically, the kids need to wear overnight contacts and they don't need contacts or glasses during the day. That can be an option for him/her as well.
Please PM us and we can see what we can do -Joe
What's the most ridiculous misconception you've ever heard about LASIK? Bonus question: Best pizza topping?
What's next in accessories? Stereo Speakers? Car mount? Rock tumbler?
That I am not a good candidate for LASIK when you have never gone to see a doctor if you are. Most people go online nowadays and find things and instantly believe them without fact checking or making sure by double checking.
Best pizza topping would probably be pineapple.
As mentioned above, we have a number of Click Accessories planned including a dock and audio accessory. Great ideas though! question- what color would you like your rock tumbler? - Linda
Do you ever talk to John ed thompson the old fox 10 weather guy. ?
Hey Adam, a couple of years ago my husband and I caught the Mythbusters tour in Buffalo NY and loved it. Any plans for more live shows?
Dr Lin I'm in desperate need of lasik because I get horrible migraines as a result of the pressure from glasses frame on the sides of my head. I can't afford better frames and certainly can't afford lasik. Do you foresee the cost of lasik coming down anytime soon? I have a very common astigmatism.
Given that the phone is the bare essentials is there any plan to support unlocking the bootloader or rooting the phone from the manufacturer level?
I haven't seen John Ed in a while but we certainly talk when we are in the same room.
Yes!!! I'm touring in Nov/Dec with Michael Stevens from Vsauce. Check out braincandylive.com. Come and see us! I'm very proud of the show we've made.
The cost of LASIK is coming down but that is also causing problems like someone else mentioned here. Like all business the people who charge more have more experience and better equipment for the most part. Those people will increase their prices over time. If money is an issue I would wait until you find an experienced doctor to do it with.
You can unlock the bootloader using the directions here: https://source.android.com/source/running
Power + Volume Down to get to fastboot on your Essential Phone.
Is there a scheduled release date for the 3.5mm headphone jack module? It was teased during the announcement of the phone
Sure, that would be fun. It would be something weather-related
Right now there isn't a release date for this Click Accessory, but we do have prototypes we are actively testing -Joe
Mrs. Donttrythis must be the most understanding partner in the world. I would love to have the life you have, but if I spent as much time in the shop or travelling as you do, my wife would cut my nuts off. She already complains if I spend an afternoon on a project in my shop. Kudos to you, and how do you get away with it? ;)
Any plans to offer an subscription upgrade plan similar to Apple's? (Pay $30/month and always have the latest iPhone)
There's really no new water on Earth. It just cycles and recycles through the ground, oceans, air, and our bodies.
I spend a large amount of time with my wife and family. Balance between that and work makes all the difference. Many weekends we do NOTHING and barely leave the house save to walk Maggie and Huxley (our rescue dogs)
Have thought specifically about HaaS models. Nothing to announce just yet :-) - andyR
What was the best interview you have ever done while doing your podcasts?
how would you redesign the phone if the constraint was that it were sized and shaped like a banana? would you continue using a touch screen or go back to a tactile interface? would you add contoured grips to prevent slippage or leave it smooth for aesthetics?
If I answered that, I'd lose half my viewers!
The stuff I just did with Syfy (Rick Baker, Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Frakes) was so amazing for me, and so fun to do. I hope I get to do more of those. I've been doing a lot of interviews lately, and I really enjoy it.
This is awesome, I'm going to start using this question in interviews if you don't mind. I think bananas are actually pretty ergonomic if you think about it- There's a reason why kids like to hold it up to their ears. If I had to redesign a banana phone, I would play up the humor but keep the design as a subtle nod to the banana instead of a literal banana. Maybe something curved and smooth with a curved display. Maybe even banana-scented plastic :D - Linda
Hi Alan. You and the rest of the WKRG weather team are the reason why I prefer WKRG over the other stations in our viewing area. I'm glad the rest of the world now knows of and can appreciate the work that you and the rest of the team does.
Since you're internet famous now, what are the chances that you might make an appearance at a comic convention? If a convention like Pensacon reached out to have you as a guest, would you accept it? I'd love to sit in for a meteorology panel hosted by you. I think it would be a great experience.
It's been a while since you did the video on dovetail joints, I was wondering if you'd had any more success with them since then?
Thanks for the words. I regularly go to 2 weather conventions and 2 journalism conventions each year, and I get invited to many many more. If my station were to give me the time to do so, I would! Weather is universal so it applies to everything.
Ugh, no? I've been doing more finer woodworking lately. We'll have a lathe wood turning video on Tested soon!
This is a two part question.
What is your most defining moment in the meteorology field
And did you ever expect to get so much more love than even James Spann?!
Adam, do you still keep in touch with Buster?
Hurricanes Katrina and Ivan were defining moments. I know James. Good guy. There's more than enough love to share!
Sort of. One of the mementos I kept from the show was Buster's butt. https://twitter.com/donttrythis/status/819691966124261376
Would you rather fight 1 Irma-sized tornado or 100 tornado-sized Irmas?
I caught the full eclipse this year. It was a very moving experience. Did you see it and what did you think?
Yes! I watched the eclipse with my boys from our roof, which made it a really special experience. https://twitter.com/donttrythis/status/899674629299552256
Has anyone actually figured out what is going on during a jubilee? I've heard it's not enough oxygen in the water. I've also heard it's not enough oxygen in the water. I've heard it's dependent on the weather. What do you think?
Hello Mr. Savage! I've loved Mythbusters since I was a small kid and so I ask you: Was there ever a time on Mythbusters where you thought "What we're doing is absolutely batshit insane" or "This show isn't worth it" (for when you were a "test subject")? Thank you for your time and your seemingly endless talent and humour. :)
A jubilee is what we (in the Mobile Bay area) call a phenomenon where in a quiet weather pattern controlled by high pressure, a very light wind over a shallow bay or lake pushes the top layer of water away from the shore. That carries oxygen away from the shore leaving the fish and sea life weak, and disoriented, left to suffocate. People then go out in the water and gather up as much as they can!
ALL THE TIME.
What was your reaction to being voted "Best Weatherman Ever" by so many people?
What made you want to become a Meteorologist?
Do you have any pets?
Bizarre is my reaction! It's nice though, that people are happy and excited to learn something that makes them smarter and safer. I don't mind the publicity from a professional perspective. Personally, I'm perfectly happy without it.
Thanks for your great explanation of the hurricane, it was truly beneficial. What would you suggest as the best path for a young person interested in meteorology to obtain a job like yours?
Check out the resources from two organizations that I'm an officer of- American Meteorological Society National Weather Association They both have lots of career links.
If you had the honor to name a hurricane, what name would you give it?
That's a tough one. I wouldn't want to name it after a person since those storms can be pretty bad.
What measures could coastal cities take to be better prepared for more frequent and damaging hurricanes going forward?
It takes a lot of thought and research into not only what extremes have happened in the past, but what could happen. For cities and families, you have to project how you will grow in the future and when you invest in your infrastructure, go for the long term, rather than short term. Even though it seems like it will cost more up front, you end up saving in the long run.
What is a common misconception about your profession that you would like to address?
That we guess at the weather and are wrong half the time. People focus on the one forecast that didn't turn out the way they expected, where they live, but they take for granted the overwhelming times that forecasts are right on target (for an area, not their house).
Hi, Alan! During the coverage for Irma, lots of reporters/meteorologists were out in the midst of landfall, some struggling to stand and others tied to hotel balconies - at the same time telling viewers to take cover. What are your thoughts on reporting live in dangerous weather conditions?
I don't want to do it. There are safer ways to do it. On the other hand, people who are not in the path of the storms sometimes watch it for the spectacle.
Did you ever think anything like this would happen?
How did your co-workers react?
What are you planning to do with your new-found fame?
Never in my wildest dreams would I have anticipated this. My co-workers were really excited. I plan to keep on keeping on!
I just consider myself me!
- Is climate change causing hurricanes to cause more damage?
- Where is the evaporation compared to the rainfall in a hurricane?
- Why isn't there thunder and lightning in a hurricane?
The Earth is warming but before you consider that, consider that population density in front of hurricanes is so much larger, with people in the US that have more stuff, and bigger cities, so that even a medium hurricane will cause a lot of damage and headache. Evaporation and then condensation is what keeps building the clouds so it's around the hurricane, but also in the midst of it. Hurricanes tend to not have very cold air above them and that's part of what leads to differences of water droplets and ice crystals in regular thunderstorms. You're right they tend to not have a lot of lightning but they do have some, and the new satellites are showing it to us.