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GamingI’m Walt Williams, writer of Spec Ops: The Line and Star Wars Battlefront II, and the new book Significant Zero. AMA.

Sep 18th 2017 by walt_williams • 37 Questions • 79 Points

I had some time today to answer some questions. I will start answering questions at 11 AM PST and will continue to do so until about 5 PM PST.

Edit: It's 4 PM PST. I have to go now due to an unforeseen event. I'm sorry I didn't get to answer all the questions. If you ever feel the need to ask anything or need some help feel free to private message me. I usually respond within a day unless I'm on vacation which does not happen often. Thank you to everyone that asked questions!

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Disclaimer Even though I am a medical professional, you are taking my advice at your own risk. This IamA is not a replacement for seeing a physician. If you have any concerns please be sure to follow up with your LASIK specialist if you’d like more information. A reply does not constitute a physician/patient relationship.

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I have a pretty important question.

If a bear and a shark got into a fight, who would win?

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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.


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What's something someone can buy for under $50 that will change their life (for the better)?

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If you could change 20,000 things about this world, what would they be?


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Did you learn anything surprising or unexpected during these interactions?

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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?


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Neither. A bear is a land shark and a shark is a water bear, so they'd cancel each other out in a fight. But, a shark and bear would never fight. They'd more likely team up and fight a Snow Owl (air bear) and Komodo Dragon (fire shark).

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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.


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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.

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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.


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Absolutely!!! Despite what you may have read in the numerous press articles about me converting KKK members, I NEVER set out to convert anyone. I simply set out to ask a question I had formed in my mind as a kid: "How can you hate me when you don't even know me?" Growing up, we all are told, "A tiger doesn't change its stripes, a leopard doesn't change its spots," etc. I believed that and I didn't think anyone was going to change, so that wasn't my initial goal. I just wanted the answer to my question. But over time, though repeated interactions with various KKK members around the country, some of them began questioning their own beliefs as a result of their interacations and conversations with me. Then they began quitting, and I was astounded. Exposure and one-on-one dialogue is the KEY to solving a lot of issues in this country, not just racial ones. We live in echo chambers in which we surround ourselves with people who will reflect back to us, the very same thing we say to them. Therefore we block out anything from the outside as being inferior to what we learn in our little bubbles. I like traveling outside the bubble. Even people with good intentions, tend to shut out those who may hold different opinions. I am willing to listen all all.

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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.


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Mr Williams,

Spec Ops was a great game and a go to in recommending to video gamers who like military campaigns. The story and twist near the end-- was awesome!

What was the creation process like? Any plans on making something similar to it?

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What are you most proud to see change in the world over your lifetime?


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What is the proudest myth you busted?

P.S: how is brain candy live?

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We could put all the Darryls into pedal bins and throw them off a cliff.


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My old psychology professor and one of my cousins in law(who is getting a phD in clinical psychology) have told me that when dealing with people making illogical claims or mental illness(like paranoid schizophrenia) the best thing to do is ask them questions. They both said that it would help to make them question their own reality and allow them to possibly reach a more logical conclusion on their own rather than trying to force a belief or opinion on them, doing the latter would cause backlash and a stronger attachment to their original belief. I believe this is known as the backfire effect. It makes sense since racism, in a sense, is a sort of delusion(in my opinion). Some people have claimed racism could be a form of mental illness, having similar symptoms to PTSD. What is your take on that perspective?

EDIT: Thanks for the gold!

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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?


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It was a 5 year process, so that it would be hard to fully encapsulate that in a reply here. In short, it was hard, stressful, occasionally soul-crushing, educational, enlightening, and ultimately very rewarding. When development was over, I think a lot of us were left with our own lingering pain and trauma from the experience. But ultimately, were proud of what we'd made.

I don't know if I'll make something similar. I might, but if I do, I doubt it will be a military game.

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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.


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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)

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You stole my idea.


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Yes, it's always better when someone comes to their own realization or conclusion that they have arrived at the correct answer themselves without your help. Their already superior mental state is then stroked. But after a while they realize that it was their interaction with you that led them to this conclusion and they are often grateful for it.

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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.


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Heyo. You and I worked together (is not hard for you to figure out who I am: I made you bread).

What was your favorite moment at 2K outside of Spec Ops? How are balancing your work with being a new dad?

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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?


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What was your favorite thing you did while working with Michael from Vsauce?

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even Darryl Hannah?


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It sounds like the key to getting these people to change their mind is in getting to know you, a black man, as a person. This reflects a lack of any meaningful prior exposure to and empathy with the black experience. While it's heartening to see so many change after getting to know you, it does leave me curious - do you think anything similar to your process could be replicated by white anti-racist activists, or is the very fact of your blackness so crucial to the result that white people would have to take a different approach?

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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?


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I'm just realizing I never thanked you for the bread. It was very tasty. Thank you! (he said, very very late)

Do you know when a tightrope walker pretends to almost fall, and they're swaying back and forth, and your heart is in your throat as you wonder if it's real or not? That's me, balancing work and fatherhood, except very much for real. Luckily, I have a wonderful wife and family who help out with the baby when I absolutely have to get things done, and vice versa. But when I'm not on a deadline, it's been wonderful.

Fave moment at 2K outside of Spec Ops.... Hmmm.... Probably traveling with Ken Levine, demoing BioShock while he talked about it to press. Learned a lot by just sitting in the corner and listening. Or the time I demoed The Darkness for a bunch of journos, then at dinner got seated next to Darkness creator Marc Silvestri. I'm a huge comic fan, so I got very drunk on vodka redbulls and pestered him with all sorts of fanboy questions.

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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. I came to study chimpanzees because of the paleontologist Louis Leakey who wanted somebody to go with him and study them -- he believed we shared a common ancestor 6 million years ago and that we could learn from their behavior what early humans might have been like. When I discovered that chimpanzees make and use tools, and that they have complex emotions and a sort of "culture" no one wanted to believe me. When I went to get my Phd, there was a lot of push back. But I knew this was true - so I kept going.


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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.

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No. Darryl Hannah should be Queen of England. I will only execute men called Darryl.


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I think every little bit helps. It is crucial that we all, regardless of our skin color, encourage our friends to make friends wih others who may not share our skin color and discourage our friends from engaging in discriminatory behavior. Most importantly, before we are Black or White or anything else, we are human beings. We are Americans. We need to be respected as such first and foremost, then the trivial things like skin color will matter less and less.

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You can scratch or permanently damage your cornea over time.


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I have a degree in Scriptwriting and I love video games. I want to write video games, how would you suggest I go about getting into doing that? Thanks!

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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


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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?

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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.


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Were there any preconceptions you had about the Klan that turned out to be wrong once you actually began to make contact with and get to know some of its members?

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So if my eye starts itching what should I do instead? Just wondering because I rub my eyes all the time :|


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There are a few paths to game writing.

  1. Build a strong writing portfolio, get your work out there in the world so people can see it, then get to know people at a dev studio and bug them until they bring you on in some capacity.

  2. Write and release an indie game, then get to know people at a dev studio and bug them until they bring you on in some capacity.

  3. Take an entry level job at a game studio, then bug them until they let you write SOMETHING on a game, and work your way up to writing an entire game (this was my path).

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PLEASE NOTE: Response is from a member of Dr. Goodall's team, and not from Dr. Goodall herself.

Hi there!

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!!


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On a bar coaster. On a date! (seriously the early aughts were a weird time for me)

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Actually I did. I just put it first, to put people off the scent.


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Yes there were. Excellent question, thanks. As much as I hate to admit it, I was guilty of the same thing many of them are. I was predisposed to thinking they were all alike before meeting them. I came to find out that a Klansman or Klanswoman, is not stamped out of a standard cookie cutter. They come from all walks of life, educational and socio-economic backgrounds. Most importantly, I found out that their beliefs can change for the better.

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Use preservative-free eye drops instead,


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Hi. I heard you like peanut butter and know the proper way to eat a cupcake. Can you elaborate on the correct technique for both activities? Also, what was the hardest part about writing a book about your industry?

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What do you want the world to see your work for?


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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?

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If there were a bio-pic made about your life, who would you cast as John Cleese?


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What was the toughest meeting you ever had with a KKK member? Have you lost friends or family contact because of your choice to have these meetings? Thank you for time and your big heart.

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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.


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Peanut butter should be eaten directly from a jar with a very sturdy spoon. Nothing plastic. You don't want it to snap when you're filling the spoon to capacity.

A cupcake should be eaten in the following way: Tear cupcake in half, just below the muffin top. Flip the icing upside down, and press it down on the lower half, creating a cupcake sandwich. Watch your friends' eyes widen in awe. Enjoy the cupcake.

Hardest part about writing Sig Zero was dredging up old memories, many of which could be a little painful, while also being true to my experiences of development. I wanted it to be visceral, but not come across too angry or bitter, b/c ultimately they were experiences I loved and still cherish.

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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.


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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".

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I would cast myself, provided I was not too expensive. Otherwise, I would cast Steven Seagal.


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I have met some who engaged in horrific crimes, including murder. Some have even gotten away with it, while others have gone to prison for it and still show no remorse. You look into their eyes and you can instantly tell, your life is in their crosshairs.

Another tough meeting is when I meet families and their are young children involved. You don't have to be a psychic to predict that child's future. It's like going to a drug-infested ghetto and seeing a mother who is a prostitute and the father is either in prison or selling drugs on the street. There's a small child in the home. Whiel there is always the rare exception, you know there is a better chance that kid will not finish school, will have an arrest record in his teens, and may be dead before the age of 30.

When you meet with some of these people and you can predict these things, that is VERY scary.

There are people who will not associate with me and who shun me because of my association with KKK members or neo-Nazis. But no, I have not lost any friends or family, because my friends and family already know that I'm crazy!!! :)

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Yes, athletes like boxers will opt for PRK because they experience severe trauma in the eys.


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How does one get into writing for video games? Sounds like an amazing job!

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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.

Edit:spelling


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Hey, Adam. Do you think Jamie secretly misses seeing you regularly and just won't admit it publicly?

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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?


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Have you ever felt unsafe or threatened?

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So why choose Lasik over PRK?


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Answered that a bit early. Check it out! Hopefully that answers your question.

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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.


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Who the hell knows? Jamie Hyman is a mystery not to be pierced by mere mortals.

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What I remember is that John was very, very kind to me when I was very sad and confused.


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Hello KidGrizz, I have been in many unsafe situations and have had to deal with not only threats, but also attempts on carrying out those threats. However fortunately, nothing too serious has happened and in a couple of cases, those who threatened me, are now friends. There are those who still pose a threat and will probably do so till they pass away.

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Faster healing factor than PRK. With LASIK you are good to go the next day for normal activities. The chance of LASIK flap to be dislodged is very minimal and most people don't do extreme sports to cause this. In my 20 plus years in the industry, I have not treated someone that has their flap dislodged due to severe trauma.


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Say you had an early draft of a story completed, a game or book or whatever - and had only two people available to read it. One is a layman, a normal person with no writing experience and the other is a highly regarded writer who does exactly what you do as a profession.

Which would you prefer read your writing? Could both perspectives provide valuable feedback? Are there any notable differences in the kind of information they provide to you going into revisions?

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Are you vegan, Dr. Goodall? I've read mixed answers on this.


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Do you think you'll ever return to television? Maybe not Mythbusters 2.0 but the same ballpark?

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Can you tell us something about yourself that we may find surprising?


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Thats how he turns them into friends

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So for someone in the military would PRK be a better bet?


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The layman. Don't send your scripts to professional writers. We can't read them, because it opens us up to future litigation. You CAN ask the writer for tips on formatting and stuff like that. That's totally fine, and also the best advice a pro writer can give you. But really, the layman is your audience. They're who you're writing for, so get their opinion.

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PLEASE NOTE: Response is from a member of Dr. Goodall's team, and not from Dr. Goodall herself.

Hi there!

Dr. Goodall has been a practicing vegetarian for many many years now. Although she does love cheese, so not sure she'll become a vegan anytime soon!

Thanks for the question!


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I will return to television.

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Yes. I believe there is an afterlife. But don’t ask me for details.


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First friends, then lovers.

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I recommend PRK and also I believe the Army has their own criteria for what kind of surgery you can or can't have.


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What was your inspiration when writing Spec Ops?

Have some books/movies/comics reference to tell?

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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?


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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?

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Is there a project you passed on that you wish you had taken, or vice versa? Thanks for all the years of entertainment!


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I don't have a question, but it's really admirable what you've done. I'm going to check out your music, I just wanted to say thank you for making a huge impact on Earth.

Building community is no small feat, and you're bridging gaps that I and many others have thought impossible. As an often selfish person, it's inspiring and humbling to see what you've dedicated your time to doing. Thanks for helping the species! We need all the help we can get.

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I think it’s the incision for the flap they make for lasik that doesn’t heal.


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It started with Apocalypse Now and Heart of Darkness, mixed with a little bit of Jacob's Ladder. But as production/life happened, a lot of inspiration came from the events of production/life happening around it.

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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.


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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.

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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.


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Thank you my friend. Hope you enjoy the music.

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Yes, the flap can be dislodged if severe trauma to the eyes.


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I'm currently pursuing a bachelor in game and creative coding, but I'm being more and more interested in narrative design. Is it one of your tasks as a game writer or is it a totally different job? If so, how do you work with a narrative designer?

Ps: would love to chat with you more deeply, any email or twitter account to get in touch with you?

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To what extent can the vocalizations and gestures of chimpanzees be converted or translated into a language? Has progress been made translating this?


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Hey Adam!
Best road trip you've ever done?

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What would you like your headstone to read?


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Mr. Davis, thank you for your hard work and bravery over the years as an educator. My question for you is something that I struggle with often: How do you connect, communicate, and/or educate with someone whose views are so virulently different from your own?

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I had Lasik on both eyes about 10 years ago. Last week I had PRK on one eye. Does that eye still have a flap?


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The role of a narrative designer can change with each studio/project. Sometimes I'm very engaged with level designers, going over things beat-by-beat, and sometimes I just write a script and hand it off. Either way, the key is to write with everything in mind - music, level design, art, gameplay beats. All these pieces come together to create the emotion and energy of that particular moment. If you have some control over those things, you can write the scene first, then guide the team towards the emotional goal. If you don't have control, then you need to see what the team has created, then write something powerful to fit.

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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.


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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.

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Go away.


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Thank you very much. The BEST tool I have found is knowledge. Learn as much as you can about the person whose views are so virulently different from your own. Even sit in the privacy of your room and take that person's position and argue in his favor with yourself. Often times these people who let me know they DID NOT like me, very often respected me, because of my knowledge of their position. I often knew as much if not more about them and their beleif system and their organization than they did. That garnered me respect. Today, some of those same virulent people have become my BEST friends, believe it or not.

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Yes, it does.


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Hello Mr. Williams,

Spec Ops: The Line was an incredibly important work of fiction for me. It fundamentally changed how I view violence in media. It has had a lasting impression on me that I struggle to put into coherent words.

Did you read Brendan Keogh's Killing is Harmless? If so, what did you think of it? Were there any parts or interpretations in it with which you disagreed?

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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.


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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.

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That won't stop illiterate necrophiliacs.


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After you had broken the ice and gotten to know them, did you feel as if they were good people at heart and just misguided, or were they genuinely just nasty people?

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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.


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I did read it! I thought it was a fantastic piece of game criticism. Sadly, that was 5 years ago and I've slept at least once since then, so I can't remember anything I specifically disagreed with. That said, I was very surprised by how much he noticed that other people did not. For example, he saw a hanging body in the reflection of a building while rappelling down the side. A lot of people thought he was reading too much into it, but he was right - the body is there (even though it's not in the world). It's Lugo's hung body, and you see it waaaaay before Lugo dies in the game (spoiler?).

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PLEASE NOTE: Response is from a member of Dr. Goodall's team, and not from Dr. Goodall herself.

Hi there,

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!


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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.

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I never thought of that! Can you suggest another way to keep rubberneckers away?


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All of the above. There are many good, decent people, who due to lack of exposure and living in their own little echo chambers, foster this culture of superiority and us vs. them mentality. Once coming to know other people who are not in their circle of friends, I saw an expanding of their horizons and some became receptive to, and acceptive of, those they once considered inferior. But make no mistake about it, there are those who are truly nasty and there will be no changing them.

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Yes, rubbing in any case either with surgery or not can cause problems with vision.


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Thanks kindly for the response, very much appreciated!

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Thank you for doing this AMA.

What would you say are the main topics in science that need to be explored deeper right now?


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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.

STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA 12 (+1) 12 (+1) 10 (+0) 18 (+4) 14 (+2) 16 (+3)

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
Actions

+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.

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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?


Q:

What was your motivation to get started with this?

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I've never heard this before. IIRC, my LASIK doc told me not to rub my eyes for a month or two when I got LASIK, but then it was fine.


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I like to believe that during the events of TFA, Lando is on a space beach somewhere, sipping a space gin fizz, day dreaming about buying a new space cape.

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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.


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This is the BEST

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Yes, thank you for asking.


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I was motivated by the racism I would encounter. I love people, I love my country. I have been to 53 countries around the world on 6 continents and I've seen different people get along in most of them. I know the United States can be a better place and we all have an obligation to making our society a better place not just for ourselves but for all Americans. I am just doing my part.

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Thank you. That is correct.


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What is the process like writing a Star Wars game (in terms of the level of secrecy) as opposed to the other major brands you have worked on? Is the collaboration between you and the story group frequent, or do they just let you do your thing while checking in every now and then? Thank you.

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What kind of music do you like?


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Where and when did you met Jamie Hyneman?

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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)?


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Truly, you are an inspiration. I wish more people thought the way you did.

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When you say rub your eyes, like is rubbing your eyelids(waking up, being tired, etc.) bad for you?


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It is the most secretive process I've ever been a part of, and I kind of love it. Part of you doesn't want to know how the magic happens, but the other part is super excited because you love magic and get to hang out with magicians all day. Lucasfilm story group have been AMAZING collaborators. First off, they're all great people, so you just enjoy talking to them. Secondly, they're always willing to help and open to new ideas. Working with them has been the highlight of my career, for sure.

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PLEASE NOTE: Response is from a member of Dr. Goodall's team, and not from Dr. Goodall herself.

Hi there!

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)


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On a Russian tramp steamer in the Panama canal.

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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.


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The fact that you are saying this, must mean you agree with me to an extent. So, I wish more people in this world also thought the way you do. So, I will enage those who I encounter and you engage those who you encounter, and together, we will achieve that goal of having more people think this way. Dialogue is the key.

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Yes, if you feel sensation in your eyes or you feel it being itchy I recommend using preservative free eye drops instead of rubbing them.


Q:

Something I really liked about Spec Ops was how the animations when finishing people evolved with the character: first you'd shoot them, and as you lost your mind you'd beat them to death. Also the art of the environments was fantastic. What influence does a writer have in "narrative" game mechanics and scenario?

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Hi Dr. Goodall, My four year old loves reading. She asks what is your favorite book?


Q:

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?

A:

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?


Q:

Hard-hitting journalist: "What do you have to say about the allegations that you have ties to the Ku Klux Klan?"

A:

Formaldehyde drops, got it.


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Influence is the wrong word. A writer, like anyone, needs to be working hand-in-hand with everyone on the team. If I have an idea, like "I want characters to evolve through their look and animations over the course of the story," then I need to sit down with art/animation and find out if that's even possible with our budget. If it is, and I can sell them on the idea, then it'll happen. In the case of SOTL, this evolution actually came from art/animation. It wasn't my idea at all. That's the best scenario - when everyone on the team understands exactly what you're trying to do with the game, and are all working towards that shared vision.

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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.


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I love this idea so much.

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I would like to do my own eulogy, and then shoot myself and then get in the coffin.


Q:

Those allegations are VERY true. I have many ties to the KKK. What about it?

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My mistake. Meant preservative free. Thanks for catching me!


Q:

Quick question, when writing for battlefront 2 did you want to make the story as... morally challenging as Spec Ops the line.

If you did, was there every anytime that you were limited either by the story you were telling or your bosses? Thanks

A:

What would you say was the biggest highlight of your career?


Q:

What the hell are we going to do about San Francisco?

A:

Will there ever be a Python movie again?


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But literally, I have friends that fit in the "college liberal activist" stereotype and they would literally say this. One friend of mine often critizes compromise. He would see talking to KKK members as nothing more than fraternising with the enemy.

It's kinda frustrating because while I agree with him on most basic principles, I also think you really need to understand the other side and their motivations. It's not compromise to truly understand and structure your arguments beyond the tiny frame of "You're a racist bad person so just shut up and go away!" You do that and the other side just double downs on their position.bYou'll never talk down everyone because yeah, there's bad people that should be fought, but there's better ways to fight.

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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?


Q:

Good question, but answering it would give away too much about the story, one way or another. But nice try!

A:

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.


Q:

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?

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Only when the others are dead. Then I will make the definitive one.


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Your friend is actually trying to use reverse psychology on you. He is trying to have you believe that compromise is a weakness on your part. This is because he is the one who is weak, in that he is not a strong enough person to have the balls to sit down and have a conversation with the "enemy." That my friend, is where the strength comes in and only the strong survive. If he perceives the enemy to be weak and inferior, they are showing more strength than him, if they are the ones willing to sit down and talk. Explain that to him. :)

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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.


Q:

What would you say is the best part of writing those games?

Were there any fun moments or parts you particularly enjoyed writing?

Who's your favorite character for any of the games you've written for?

A:

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!


Q:

How is the pressure of working on YouTube now vs how it was working for Discovery on Mythbusters?

A:

Would you like to come back to my place, bouncy-bouncy?


Q:

This may be asking a lot, but can you provide with some bullet points of things that we need to listen to in order to prevent people from turning to racism and what are the most effective way to act or react?

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preservative FREE eye drops. Come on, doc.


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For me, the best part of writing any game is actually writing it, if I'm having a good writing day. Second best part is directing voice over sessions. Actors are wonderful, and it's amazing to see them bring your words to life. Even more amazing to watch them turn a bad line into a great one. I always enjoyed working with the main cast of Spec Ops - Nolan, Chris, and Omid were all spectacular - but directing Bruce Boxleitner was especially awesome, as I'm a big Babylon 5 fan.

You haven't met my favorite character yet. But you will. Sooooooon.

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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.


Q:

Pressure? What pressure? It's been a dreamy couple of years working solely on tested.com

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Please send photographs.


Q:

People make the mistake of forming anti-racist groups that are rendered ineffective from the start because ONLY invite those who share their beliefs to their meetings.

  • Provide a safe neutral meeting place.

  • Learn as much as you can about the ideology of a racist or perceived racist in your area.

  • Invite that person to meet with your group.

*VERY IMPORTANT - LISTEN to that person. What is his/her primary concern? Place yourself in their shoes. What would you do to address their concern if it were you?

  • As questions, but keep calm in the face of their loud, boisterous posture if that is on display, don't combat it with the same

*While you are actively learning about someone else, realize that you are passively teaching them about yourself. Be honest and respectful to them, regardless of how offensive you may find them. You can let them know your disagreement but not in an offensive manner.

  • Don't be afraid to invite someone with a different opinion to your table. If everyone in your group agrees with one another and you shun those who don't agree, how will anything ever change? You are doing nothing more than preaching to the choir.

*When two enemies are talking, they are not fighting, they are talking. They may be yelling and screaming and pounding their fist on the table in disagreement to drive home their point, but at least they are talking. It is when the talking ceases, that the ground becomes fertile for violence. So, KEEP THE CONVERSATION GOING.

A:

Yes, sorry I keep messing up on that one. Thanks for having my back friend!


Q:

what does financial freedom mean to you?

A:

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.


Q:

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!!

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Mr. Cleese,

What do you think is the most IMPORTANT joke you’ve ever written?


Q:

Hey Daryl, what do you think is the most common reason people join hate groups like the KKK in the first place?

A:

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?


Q:

Being able to pick my projects, whether it's joining a AAA game or making something independent of the studio system.

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PLEASE NOTE: Response is from a member of Dr. Goodall's team, and not from Dr. Goodall herself.

Hi there!

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!


Q:

Golf Ball Car. Insane.

A:

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.”


Q:

There are many different reasons. It depends on the circumstances. Some join because: "My grandfather was in the Klan, my Daddy was in the Klan, so I'm in the Klan, and my son will be in the Klan.

Others, who may never have been racist to begin with, get laid off of their jobs and can barely make rent or feed their family, see their same job now being done by someone who does not look like them (perhaps an Hispanic immigrant). The Klan exploits this opportunity to convince them to join becacause: "The Blacks have the NAACP, the Jews have the ADL. No one stands up for the White man except the Klan. Come join us and we'll get your jobs back. We are not going to let spics and niggers take over our country."

Yet others join because the environment in which they live, is conducive to that mentality and in order to get along with your neighbors, you join the local societal groups, garden club, PTA, KKK, etc.

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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.


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Hey Walt,

You answered a previous question stating that you liked to work "within a box".

However, which would you find more difficult: 1) Expanding a story in a completely new universe (e.g. bioshock). 2) Finding something new to expand upon within an established universe, like Star Wars.

And which one would likely be more fun/rewarding for you?

A:

What was the most surprising thing you found while studying the similarities between chimpanzees and humans?


Q:

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?

A:

Was Nils Bohr a close friend of yours? BTW, I think your joke went over most people's head, probably including mine.


Q:

What is the general reaction when you tell them you're black? Do they know when you first talk to them, or is it much later in the conversation?

A:

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


Q:

Neither. One type of story isn't necessarily more difficult than the other, because I'm still just making stuff up. Both are equally fun. I know that's kind of a cheap answer, but it's true, at least for me.

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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.


Q:

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

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Not really, but he was a big fan of mine.


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Initially, I would meet with them in person and they would have no idea that I am Black. My White secretary would phone them and set up the interview, specifically not mentioning the color of my skin unless asked. No one asked. There was shock and surprise. In a couple of cases, there was some violence. But most people, after getting over the surprise, would either talk with me or say they were not interested and walk away. Today, they all know the color of my skin. So when I inquire about an interview, they can decide over the phone or email, whether or not they want to meet with me.

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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.


Q:

I have heard that you have also discovered that they are capable of altruism, such as adopting orphaned infants. Can you tell us about that?

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Q:

Be honest, who wrote the fish slapping dance bit? Was that you or Palin? A six pack of beer is riding on your answer.

A:

Hi Daryl, thanks for making the world a better place! What do you usually talk to them about when you first meet? What type of language do you use and how do you respond when they say something racist?


Q:

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?

A:

PLEASE NOTE: Response is from a member of Dr. Goodall's team, and not from Dr. Goodall herself.

Hi there! In Gombe we have witnessed acts that could be considered altruistic on various occasions. One example being when an orphaned 3 1/2 year old chimp, without older siblings (whom sometimes adopt their younger siblings) was taken in by an adolescent male around 12 years old. The older male allowed the orphaned chimp to follow him around (even making sure he kept up while they were on the move), allowing the orphan to cling to his underbelly when the orphan was scared and/or cold, and even allowing the orphaned chimp to sleep in the same 'night nest' as him. This is especially interesting considering that the adolescent male was not related to the orphaned chimp in the least.

Thanks for the question!


Q:

It's actually DAD DAD DAD DAD DAD DAD

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To be honest, I really don't remember. I think it may have been Noam Chomsky.


Q:

Thank you. We talk about everything and I let them know right off the bat, that I want them to be themselves and not to tailor their language or responses to my questions so as not to offend me. Of course I hear ALL the racist words. Sometimes they use them to get a reaction out of me. But, I already know I'm going to hear these things. I come into the situation armed with knowledge about them and how they thing. So I don't react at all. I have even had some apologize to me after my not reacting. It's always best to take political correctness out of the room and let people be themselves. They will respect you more. Trust me on that.

A:

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.


Q:

Do you think there is a viable way to effect change in conservation without going into the field?

A:

With a last name of Savage, what were some of your childhood nicknames?


Q:

Chomsky?? That guy stole my ferret!

A:

Daryl, just recently watched your netflix documentary and loved it.

In that documentary you spoke with some BLM members and they did not take to you too well. Did you agree with them on anything? Anything different you would say to them now?


Q:

Do you mean they feel less nervous after seeing one?

A:

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.


Q:

Adam Sandwich.

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It is amazing how he gets away with that. He has the largest collection of stolen ferrets anywhere in Pennsylvania. Which, of course is the center of world ferret illegal marketing. (After Bucharest)


Q:

We are friends now. We had dinner together last Wednesday evening and got to know each other on a personal level. They are good people and want the best for everyone. We each had not been properly informed about each other prior to meeting. But this was actually a good thing. You saw how misunderstandings can lead to the friction you saw. Believe me, it got worse than what you saw in the film. It went on for an hour, and you only saw 8 minutes. But now a year later, we are friends as a result of getting to know each other.

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Yes, good catch! I've corrected it.


Q:

What do you think of the planet of the apes movies?

A:

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.


Q:

What are your top five favourite films of all time?

A:

Hello! Thank you for doing this AMA. What's the most interesting experience you've had while on the job?


Q:

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.

A:

PLEASE NOTE: Response is from a member of Dr. Goodall's team, and not from Dr. Goodall herself.

Hi there,

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!


Q:

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.

A:

This morning they are Princess Bride, The Sting, Doctor Strangelove, The Conversation, and The Great Dictator.


Q:

I've had many. But one of them occurred a couple of weeks ago. I was invited to speak at a Klan meeting which I did and then we all went out to dinner together. This was down South. The White manager of the restaurant recognized me from my documentary Accidental Courtesy and came over to the table and loudly proclaimed, "I recognize you from that movie. I really admire the work you are doing and I just want to shake your hand. Please keep on doing what you're doing!!!" He didn't realize the whole tale looking at him were Klansmen and Klanswomen. But, I know his words had a very positive effect on them when they thought about it later, becasue I heard from some of them.

A:

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.


Q:

What's your favourite colour?

A:

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?


Q:

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?

A:

Thanks for taking the time to do an AMA. In your proof photo, you say you'll talk about the robe and hood. What can you tell us about it?


Q:

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.

A:

My favorite colour overall is green. There are times I like blue as well. I'm wearing blue today, by the way.


Q:

That is great feedback! The answer is that we're always trying, and we will continue to. I really appreciate the question.

A:

Yes I believe it's perfectly true. Neither of them trusted the other, which was a very good call.


Q:

What would you like to know about the robe & hood. One think off the bat, is the miok, also known as the blood drop emblem. You will always see a patch consisting of a red circle with a white cross. In the center of the white cross is a red blood drop. Surrounding the blood drop, outlined in black are 4 Ks. They stand for Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. The blood drop signifies that they will shed their blood for the preservation of the White race.

A:

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.


Q:

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?

A:

What is your favortie Ghibli film, and why? I'm guessing by the No Face behind you it's Spirited Away.


Q:

Yes but who the fuck is Eric Palin?

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Not the OP but I'd love to know the story behind how you got it, this is fascinating to read, thank you for doing it!


Q:

DR, is it possible today to have good result with -12.00 ?

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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.


Q:

yep

A:

Eric Palin is the same as Terry Jones, but Terry uses this pen name to get two votes when we're deciding on material.


Q:

When members would quit and renounce their ideology, they would give me their robes. If they were going to dispose of them, I would ask if I could have them. Now, I have quite a collection. I will open a museum one day. I am currently working on that.

A:

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.


Q:

Is Jonathan Frakes as laid back as Riker?

Are you working on any cool replicas at the moment?

A:

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'?


Q:

How you came to possess them, and why you keep them are questions I have.

A:

I've heard that LASIK can worsen the near-vision degeneration that happens naturally as you age, is that accurate? How bad is it?


Q:

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!

A:

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.


Q:

I acquired them as members would quit the Klan as they came to know me and see a different path for their lives. I keep them so I can place them in a museum which I am working on getting now.

A:

No, I am curious where you heard this from. Our eyes naturally age, yes and over time, usually after 40 we develop presbyopia.


Q:

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?

https://imgur.com/rxr52UM

Sorry for being a stickler for detail.

A:

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?


Q:

What do you think of BLM?

A:

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?


Q:

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)

A:

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."


Q:

The idea behind the creation of BLM was a very good one. It was created to bring the national spotlight on the disproportionate number of Black males who for lack of a better term, are being murdered by White police officers, when White males in the same circumstances are not. Blacks go to their graves and Whites go to jail or go home.

The way to change that, is to bring national attention to the plight. Just like MLK did with Rosa Parks and riding the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Ms. Parks was not the first woman who refused to give up her seat. That had been going on. But when MLK organized the Bus Boycott and it drew national attention for almost a year, the laws were changed, which is why I can sit anywhere I want to on the bus today.

So the formation of BLM was a good idea. Where I believe it fell short, is in the fact it was not centralized and not trademarked. In otherwords, there is no central BLM in which policy is created and then disseminated to chapters all over the country so everyone is on the same page. The NAACP, the Boy Scouts of America, the Red Cross, would be some example of centralized organizations. They are run top down. BLM is run bottom up. In this case it has not worked to their advantage in that they have chapters that have sprouted up all over the country and each one is autonomous. Therefore there are those who are aggressive and disruptive, while there are those who are more constructive and instructive. The negative actions always make the news media and of course, casts a bad light on the the ones doing positive things, because people just say BLM, without realizing that each chapter is not connected to another.

A:

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.


Q:

What's your best and worst dad joke?

A:

How'd you find the internet you silly old git?


Q:

What is your goal with this?

A:

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?


Q:

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.

A:

You get a fucking computer you idiot.


Q:

To better educate myself about racism and how best to deal with it in a benevolent manner. Then I can better educate others like me and also educate the purveyors of racism.

A:

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.


Q:

What's your best and worst dad joke?

A:

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.


Q:

For the Klan members you actually get a dialogue going with, what are the usual talking points they discuss with you, a black man? Do they shy away from talking about things like genetics, or do they debate you on that?

As a follow up, what points do they bring up that you may agree with, even in only small amounts?

A:

Are there any major differences between how it was done in 1997 and how it's done today?


Q:

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.

A:

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.


Q:

We talk about everything. You name it, we talk about it. No, they don't shy away from the genetic thing. Many of them have been brain washed to believe that Blacks have smaller brains than Whites, therefore, we are not as intelligent, nor are we capable of acquiring higher intelligence. Due to this defect, we are predisposed to laziness, and violence. They will often cite the book The Bell Curve, which most of them haven't read, but someone told them about it. You know who that goes. This person said that, who told someone else, who then told another person and so on. Next thing you know, it's the Gospel truth.

I find things we have in common such as getting drugs of the street and better education in our schools, etc. Building upon these and similar commonalities, are the first steps to a relationship. Building upon that relationship, is the first step to a friendship. As you nurture those commonalities, they find the things they had in contrast, such as skin color, begin to matter less and less.

A:

The technology used. It has advance tremendously over the years. The laser used and how the flap cut is made.


Q:

Is your surname really Savage?

Did you ever think of becoming a punk rocker?

A:

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?


Q:

I know that thanks to you, many people have left the klan.

How many people would you say that was, and how long on average would it take them to come around after meeting you?

A:

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!


Q:

It is! It's a good Irish name.

A:

Anything by John Philip Sousa. Or J.S. Bach.


Q:

At this point, I would say directly because of interactions with me, between 50 and 60 have left. Indirectly, I have been the impetus for a couple of hundred. This is the result of those who directly left, influencing some of their friends. Additionally, when leaders have become my friend and leave the Klan, often their group falls by the wayside and those members also leave. I don't take credit for converting them. They did their own conversion. I was simply the impetus for it. Now understand, when a Klan group falls apart, it does not mean there are no more racists in the area. It simply means there is no more KKK group. In some cases, some of them renounce their beliefs and some still maintain the beliefs but don't reorganize into a group. They drop out and move on with their lives.

A:

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.


Q:

If you could steal a smooch from any guy in Hollywood who would it be?

A:

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.


Q:

Have you ever been to Selma, AL? If so, what was your experience like?! If not, would you ever think of visiting to look at the social structure left after Martin Luther King?

A:

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?


Q:

Chris Hemsworth or the Rock.

A:

My favourite cheese is melted Gruyere. Second comes Bolivian Hyena Milk cheese, but it's very hard to get except in La Paz.


Q:

Yes I have. There is still the haunting of the past there, much like Mississippi. Even among Black people, there is some degree of distrust of me, because I'm "not from these parts." A lot has changed, but there are still skeletons and some of the people who tried to prevent those changes are still around and their children and grandchildren are there. So, while progress has been made, people still are cautious. That too, needs to change.

A:

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.


Q:

What has been your favorite interaction with a comic-con attendee while disguised in costume?

A:

What is your favorite color?


Q:

Thanks for doing this AMA. I had a chance to read a little about your story and it was incredibly intriguing, because I've thought on more than one occasion about what would happen if someone like me were to attempt to change the life of a KKK member.

At the risk of sounding strange, from the time you started involving yourself with the KKK to now what would you consider to be the best experience you've had?

A:

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?


Q:

Too many to count. Loved heading to Crunchy Roll last month here in the bay area. So much awesome cosplay diversity!

A:

My favourite colour is British Racing Pink.


Q:

Making friends with people who I never thought would be and realizing that a difference for the better, was made in the lives of others.

A:

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.


Q:

Hi, Adam!

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.

A:

Hello mr Cleese :) Would you please consider being so kind as to take in to account the possibility of somehow notifying this question?


Q:

Hi Daryl - Thanks for doing this AMA!

Saw the doc about you recently and wondering in particular what your thoughts are now how you handled the interview with the Baltimore activists? It seemed like you had a lot more patience and respect for the former klansman but maybe that was due to editing?

A:

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?


Q:

That's a myth to bust: I make nothing in residuals from MB. That's standard on Cable.

A:

May I ask...Are you English? Your phraseology is English, but you didn't actually apologize.


Q:

Thank you for watching the documentary Accidental Courtesy. That was a very powerful scene. It had to be edited down. You saw 8 minutes, but that confrontation actually went on for an hour. There was a lot of misinformation there which led to misunderstanding. However, believe it or not. We are friends now. We had dinner last Wednesday night together and hung out. Dialogue is the key to resolving many an issue.

A:

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.


Q:

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

A:

What is your take on Bitcoin and decentralization of financial power?


Q:

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?

A:

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!


Q:

10 percent

A:

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.


Q:

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?

A:

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.


Q:

If Elon asks, I'll go.

A:

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.


Q:

Hi Adam, been a fan for years.

Do you miss working with the mythbusters family?

A:

Obviously I'm not asking for a medical opinion, but in general, are people with astigma candidates?


Q:

Yes. You have no idea. We had the best crew in the world.

A:

Yes, people with astigmatism are eligible for the surgery. I've treated thousands of cases with this problem.


Q:

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?

A:

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?


Q:

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.

A:

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.


Q:

Can you get an updated “Google Street view” done on your shop? I would love to see all the new things you have added since it was done originally.

A:

What's the most ridiculous misconception you've ever heard about LASIK? Bonus question: Best pizza topping?


Q:

It's funny should say that, I was just thinking that it's time to upgrade the street view of my Cave. I'll get on that

A:

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.


Q:

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?

A:

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.


Q:

Totoro and NoFace from Spirited away. The response people have to those characters is an anti-depressant.

A:

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.


Q:

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?

A:

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?


Q:

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.

A:

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.


Q:

You're a Dad!?

Had no idea. This is news to me. TIL!

A:

I have twin 18 year old sons.


Q:

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? ;)

A:

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)


Q:

What was the best interview you have ever done while doing your podcasts?

A:

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.


Q:

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?

A:

Ugh, no? I've been doing more finer woodworking lately. We'll have a lathe wood turning video on Tested soon!


Q:

Hi Adam, thank you for taking the time to do an AMA. I just have one question: running zombies or slow? I need to know.

A:

I like fast zombies.


Q:

Adam, do you still keep in touch with Buster?

A:

Sort of. One of the mementos I kept from the show was Buster's butt. https://twitter.com/donttrythis/status/819691966124261376


Q:

I caught the full eclipse this year. It was a very moving experience. Did you see it and what did you think?

A:

Yes! I watched the eclipse with my boys from our roof, which made it a really special experience. https://twitter.com/donttrythis/status/899674629299552256


Q:

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:

ALL THE TIME.