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Actor / EntertainerI am hard-of-hearing stand-up comedian D.J. Demers. Ask me all the questions

Sep 18th 2017 by djdemers • 30 Questions • 56 Points

As the title states. English is my first language and I consider myself to be generally not-stupid. TGA is a medical condition where you forget where and who you are for 24 hours or less. It was scarier than I could ever describe. At this point, the severity has greatly decreased and I am mostly back to normal. I am trying to use this time to document everything I can about this mindset. Please AMA, as I would love to have this record to look back on when I am lucid.

to add some more info: A few days ago I started having some weird feelings. I texted a friend at like 2am saying "do you ever feel like you've had all the cards taken from you? like somehow you've been given a chance to "redo" something in your life but you don't know what it is? I'm starting in this moment fresh somehow. I don't really feel like I've lived this life up to this point. I'm starting fresh from this moment and I have no idea what it all means." Turns out that was one of the first symptoms of TGA which is the craziest shit I have ever heard in my entire life and i thought it was only a movie plot.

Last night I went to a party with my boyfriend of about a year. It was a normal day. We usually eat vegetarian but it was a special occasion so we split a very yummy hamburger. I took a few hits of a pre-rolled club joint that was from a friend-of-a-friend. Nothing abnormal, smoking pot helps with my anxiety, I tried it about 9 months ago and I have liked it a lot. Anyways, I randomly threw up on myself in the car on the way to run an errand. I only partially made it out the window. After that, I asked my boyfriend "Why are my pants wet?" and he said "you threw up on them." and I said "throw up? what's that?" and he said "vomit." and I said "I don't know what that is." and then we had that conversation hundreds of more times. over and over. He became very scared and we went to the ER.

EDIT: Did you know TGA only has a 6% chance of coming back? It can be triggered by really good sex, cold water, stress, and more. For me, It was emotional stress. I've had a stressful few months and I didn't know it was important to self care and monitor. I tried to do things right, but I did a lot of things wrong. I'm 23.

Transient Global Amnesia = World Temporarily Forgotten

Thank you.

tl;dr I have Transient Global Amnesia, much like Dory from Finding Nemo, or Ava from Grey's Anatomy. I think it's almost over but I'm still having confusion.

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D. J. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE VENUE?

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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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Have you investigated farms yourself? If so, where and what was it like?


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How is this better than Steam, where I can get any Indie game I want for a couple of bucks every summer and winter, then have them forever?

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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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I was mugged once upon a time and my brain reacted with TGA. I don't remember anything about the next 4-5 hours. I just remember the doctor telling me it was the most profound case he had ever seen. I was resetting every 10-15 seconds. I freaked out my roommate when I showed up at the apartment and didn't know how I got there or what month it was, and asked him the same questions over and over.

I haven't had any reoccurences, and I hope you don't, either! Do you remember the previous weeks leading up to the TGA? What's the first thing you DO remember after it started?

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Stop yelling at me! I love Massey Hall in Toronto. Never performed there but it would be a dream. It's beautiful and historic. Neil Young also recorded an album there and I love me some Neil.


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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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Yes, I have. I've been to dozens of factory farms and many slaughterhouses - both in the United States and other countries. It's really hard to describe what these places are like. There is suffering everywhere. I've had animals die in my arms. I've pulled animals out of manure pits who were drowning. I've seen animals being dragged to their deaths and having their throats slit, all in front of other animals who watched. It's heartbreaking and traumatizing. You can see much of this in MFA's undercover investigation footage. But what you don't experience when watching the videos are the smells. Factory farms are filthy places. The stench of feces is overpowering. It stings your throats and burns your eyes. It's because of these personal experiences that I'm so passionate about ending factory farming in my lifetime.

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What I like to say is that we're not trying to replace Steam or individual purchases by any means - we want to be complementary to Steam, both for gamers and for developers.

One of our main missions is discoverability - developers whose games deserve to be found will be easy to find on Jump, and gamers don't have to sift through all the shovelware on Steam to find quality indie games. We let both sides find each other, and then the business model is very pure as well since we pay out based on play time, so basically I play your game and you make money.

We also wanted the price of Jump to be approachable, so for $9.99/month you get our base library (60+ games), plus roughly 10 new games per month. Even if you only liked 1 of our 10 new games per month, you'd still be paying essentially the same price as 1 indie game on Steam ($9.99) and getting 9 other games you can also poke around in guilt-free (no post-Steam-sale remorse).


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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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Woah. That's definitely a stress... a 10-15 second reset sounds like hell. I'm so sorry :( I do remember the previous weeks. I guess the first thing I remember was staring at the x10000rpm on the dashboard. I was thinking "what car am I in... who is that note to..." and I remember being cognizant that it was abnormal for my boyfriend to be clutching my arm and elbow while I walked, and I noticed that he seemed to be really scared but I didn't know why. After that, I remember walking into the ER and everything being super bright and there were two security guards looking at my boyfriend smiling. After that, there was an Indian doctor who looked at my boyfriend and said "freaky, right???"


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Could you please respond to me? :)

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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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Why should people interested in helping animals support Mercy For Animals over other animal rights and animal protection organizations like PETA, the World Wildlife Fund, or the Humane Society?


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developers whose games deserve to be found

What determines this criteria?

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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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Is it scary to suddenly not remember what happened? How disorienting would you say that is?

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Well, hello there.


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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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Good question--it comes down to what you're most passionate about. There are so many organizations doing great work for animals, but most groups address various cruelties. At MFA, we focus 100% of our time and resources on preventing cruelty to farmed animals for two reasons: (1) By the numbers, they're the most abused animals on the planet (see this blog post: https://animalcharityevaluators.org/blog/why-farmed-animals/), and (2) They're given the least attention (only 1% of donations to animal charities go to those that help farmed animals).

At MFA, we want to reduce the most amount of suffering for animals as possible, and since our movement has very limited resources, we believe we can make the biggest impact by narrowing our focus on the most abused and least cared for.

Thankfully, MFA and other groups that focus on helping farmed animals have been able to make tremendous strides over the last few years--from passing 11 state laws, to getting literally hundreds of food companies to commit to banning some of the worst factory farming practices, to advancing clean meat. We're also seeing the number of people eating vegan on the rise (http://www.mercyforanimals.org/wow-veganism-in-american-has-grown-by-600).

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We have 3 different things we look for in games:

  1. Has it won awards? (IGF, IndieCade, etc.)

  2. Is it highly-rated? (7/10 on Steam, Metacritic, etc.)

  3. Was it just a runaway hit seller?

All of our games meet at least 1 of these criteria, and most meet 2 or even all 3.

EDIT: I wanted to add here (typed it below but it's buried I think), that we also subjectively screen every game that comes in or that we seek out as well. The 3 points above help us filter out shovelware, but we're also looking at bringing games that might be considered provocative or more art than game. So we're not ONLY using these 3 criteria, it just helps us filter a bit. We're open to check out any game to see if we'd want to bring it to Jump.


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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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Extremely horrifying. It was like hell. It was like being abducted by aliens and total sensory overwhelm. Everything was too bright and i could see everyone looking at me. I felt like they all knew somehting important that I didn't, and i knew whatever was happening really wasn't good. Thank you for your question


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My best friend in grade school was Kevin Demers. How do I know you aren't him in disguise?

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even Darryl Hannah?


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I think it speaks well of the general character of the former Klan members who disavowed their previous beliefs. It can be really hard to admit you're wrong, even when faced with concrete evidence.

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Hi Nathan - Congrats on the release of your book. I have two questions:

  1. Has industry/farmers responded to the release at all?

  2. Will the proceeds from book sales go to MFA?

Thanks in advance!


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Who determines which indie games are "quality" ones?

What happens if a developer offers you a buttload of money to add their game to your service, even if it's not getting positive feedback?

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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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No problem, thanks for the respond.

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I can't keep up this charade anymore. I am Kevin. I still think about our time together and smile.


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

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That my friend is the difference between "Ignorance" and "Stupidity." Some people define those terms as being synonomous. I do not. To me an ignorant person is someone who makes the wrong decision or a bad choice because he does not have the proper facts to make the correct decision or a good choice. If you give that person the facts, you have alleviated their ignorance and they can make the right decision. A stupid person is one who has the facts but still makes the wrong decision.

If I painted the walls of a room and didn't post any "WET PAINT' signs, people coming into the room would be ignorant as to the walls being wet and may lean up against the walls, getting paint on their clothing. I can fix that by posting warning signs and telling each person entering the doorway that the walls are wet and to stay off them. But, if I go all of that and someone still leans up against the wall and then wants to know why there is paint on their clothes, it's because they are STUPID!!! There is a cure for ignorance. That cure is called education. Unfortunately, there is no cure for stupidity. If you give someone the education (facts) and they choose not to use them, there is nothing you can do. :)


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Thank you!

1) No, not yet. 2) Yes, all the money I make from the book is being donated to MFA.

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We'll never take a payment FROM a developer to put their game up (nor would anyone do that at this point, haha), and we'll never compromise our quality bar for money. We're here to help indies find more visibility and fans.

See my above comment on what I meant by "quality" too - we have 3 criteria, of which a game must meet at least 1, to be included on Jump.


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You can scratch or permanently damage your cornea over time.

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any time!! AMA for science! I'm aware that this all sounds like BS, but i'm cognitive that this will be beneficial in the future and really beneficial to look back on. this is all on the hope that this disorder is temporary :(


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Hey D.J.! I'm a big fan, and also I am currently in college studying to become an audiologist! More importantly, I was wondering what is your all-time favorite knock-knock joke?

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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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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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That is good question. What type of jobs would be in an industry that produces clean meat? Slaughterhouse jobs seem like one of the hardest way to make a living. All that blood and shit and what not. Will clean meat be an industry that seems to screw over workers in the same way?


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So does that mean Jump doesn't do brand new releases, only games that have been previously released on another platform?

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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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What is the first thing you remember after the episode ended? My aunt had something like this happen and though she still remembered people, facts, words and such, she couldn't form any new memories until it was over almost a day later. In her case it was due to a blood pressure spike induced by swimming in cold water.

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That's awesome! Love audiologists! Hope you're enjoying your time in school.

I just looked some up because I don't remember a single knock knock joke. They were all terrible. I'm sorry. I wish I had a better answer. The best one was Knock knock Who's there? Europe Europe Who? No, you're a poo!

Just awful


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

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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're right, working in a slaughterhouses is horrible work. It's one of the most dangerous jobs in the country and also leads to high rates of PTSD for workers. Clean meat production would be the exact opposite. Since there are no live animals - who kick, scream and defecate while being killed in slaughterhouses - clean meat production not only provides major benefits to workers, but also food safety.

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We work with developers to find the right time to bring their game to Jump. For some, that's a couple years after release (which is cool, I never played Ittle Dew for example when it launched but boy did I want to, just never got around to it). But for others, we've definitely been approached about bringing a game exclusively to Jump or at least as a sim-ship (launching at the same time as other platforms). We just want to make sure it's right for the developers, so we'll certainly have games early in their life cycle or even brand new games if it works for the devs.

The End Is Nigh, for example, only launched 2 months ago.


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Use preservative-free eye drops instead,

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oh jeez. Yeah, i heard that can happen. My boyfriend's ex girlfriend has been threatening to take our dogs since we wouldn't give her money for an air bnb to visit. i was alone in a very visible room every day for weeks and weeks. the house was under construction. I left a culty-religion and my parents found out i had my names removed from the records, even though that's illegal and i used a lawyer so it shouldn't have happened. we stopped drinking 147 days ago. i quit a really good paying job to move hours away with my boyfriend while we build a house together. our living situation is stressful and no matter what we do, it doesn't feel like it's enough. It's a lot of changes all at once. I got in a car crash around christmas time and my boyfriend fixed my car, and my dad told me I'm a maniuplative lying bitch. it was really hard on me, and i was really despressed for a long time.


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I think I'm hard of hearing due to too much club music back in the 00s. Did you lose hearing due to loud music or genetics? Do you hear everything muffled, or is it like severe tinnitus?

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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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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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When you first started Mercy For Animals when you were a teenager, did you have heroes that you looked up to and inspired you to do this work or were you on kind of on your own? If you did have heroes back then, are they still your heroes today? Who are some of your biggest inspirations?


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How does Hyper jump affect load times? Do you have any metrics?

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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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That was my first guess.

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I got my hearing aids at 4 so it was probably genetic. My grandpa wore hearing aids and my mom also lost her hearing later in life, so there's gotta be something genetic going on. I did go to a lot of concerts and loud clubs when I was younger because I was a reckless youth living for the moment, mannn. I think that gave me the tinnitus in my right ear and probably took my overall hearing down a few notches too. But I regret nothing. Those Ja Rule songs were tight.


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

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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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I always admired social justice leaders - such as MLK and Gandhi. I drew inspiration from their commitment to non-violence and ability to win hearts and minds, which helped change the world. My biggest inspirations comes from animals themselves. I'm most moved by acts of bravery, courage, and love exhibited by animals imprisoned on factory farms. Stories of animals escaping slaughterhouses. Fighting to survive. Freeing themselves from cages, then assisting other animals by freeing them, too. There is a battle happening every day on factory farms and in slaughterhouses. These precious animals are doing everything they can to escape oppression and win freedom.

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The benchmark we give is that most games on Jump will load in under 60 seconds on a 15mpbs connection (my sad home connection speed), although several of our games load much faster than that. We accomplish this with larger games by working with the developers to break up the game's assets into chunks so we only pull down what we need to your computer as you're playing. You don't have to wait every time there's a new chunk, either - it's smart about pulling what you need when/before you need it.

Also, in October, we'll be adding a custom caching system which will let you choose a set amount of storage space (between 0-50GB I believe) to dedicate to Jump games. What that'll do is store games that you've played recently on your hard drive, so that the next time you play them, if they're still on your HDD, they'll load from your HDD instead of from our servers (something like 4-5x faster). No data usage for you on those either!


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

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If any of these religions are right, I'm pretty sure it's not going to be the one made by the dude who was fucking teenagers


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Hey DJ! I bet your probably get this question a lot (in more if a joking or maybe sarcastic tone) but I'm actually curious.

Do you listen to a lot of music? Can you use headphones? Anything you jam to?

I love your comedy man! Thanks!

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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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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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Any evidence/videos of animals rescuing other animals?


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Now, does that account for poor QoS? I have a very fast internet connection, (gigabit), but because I live in the arseend of nowhere, my QoS is crap. Typically >1000 ms ping on TF2 servers, for example.

Since you're not streaming, I imagine it could perform fairly well. What do you think?

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So why choose Lasik over PRK?


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That may be most of them.

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Thanks! I listen to so much music. I have a bluetooth device called a Compilot that I listen on. It's amazing. Lately I've been really into the new War on Drugs album, A Deeper Understanding. This song is on repeat. Also loved the last Mac DeMarco album.


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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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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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Our undercover investigators have witnessed pigs on factory farms figuring out how to unlock and open the doors to their cages, then going around and unlocking and freeing other pigs.

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You would be an IDEAL candidate for Jump :) One of our team members has that level of service too and I'm very jealous. Most games should pull within seconds for you.

As for the ping, the only thing you'd have problems with would be online multiplayer games, but that wouldn't be exclusive to Jump.


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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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Lol!


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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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Have you ever felt unsafe or threatened?


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How has the movement changed since you first became involved in it? Was there a particular time where the animal rights movement experienced a big boom in growth or has it been steadily increasing over time?

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What measures are being put in place to prevent/thwart piracy after the games are on the hard drive? Namely when all "chunks" of a less-than-50GB title are all present in that space?

Perhaps each chunk is independently signed and auth'd similar to 2FA schemes?


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

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Hey, I wish you the very best of luck.

That is a crazy situation and I hope you are taking care of all of the potential long term medical issues.

So, when this happened when did you get scared? At the hospital or when you saw your boyfriend was concerned?


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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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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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Overall, the movement has become much more focused on farmed animals, which I think is really good and important. Farmed animals are, hands down, the group of animals abused and killed in the largest numbers and oftentimes facing the most extreme abuse. It's good to see the animal movement focusing more on their plight and bringing about change for them. I also think the movement has become more focused on effectiveness - using data to drive decisions, refining its messaging, and getting more involved in the world of business and politics to drive change for animals. The movement has also become much more mainstream - thanks in part to the rise of social media and big documentaries.

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Without giving too much away, have a few hooks that get embedded into each game that allow them to only be run in the Jump environment, so trying to load a game outside of Jump means the game would just hang/freeze. We'll add a lot more, such as device authentication per-account, etc. in the near future.


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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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There should be no potential long term medical issues. TGA is really only supposed to last a day or two and my MRI was totally clean. My boyfriend was a champ at keeping me calm. He knows that I really like physical touch, so he held me against his chest and kissed my forehead over and over saying that he was going to take care of him. We were in the hospital for our anniversary 😕


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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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What do you consider your successful endeavor?

What is the best piece of advice would you give to people about stopping this issue?

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I'm confused... do you pay the indie developers to be on your platform or do they have to pay you to be on the platform?


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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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is reading music harder after the TGA episode than before?


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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'm most proud of our undercover investigators and the results of their work. They sacrifice so much to go undercover and do this difficult work, but their investigations have resulted in the introduction of legislation, reforms of major Fortune 500 food companies, and have informed literally tens of millions of people about the cruelties of factory farms.

My advice for anyone working to stop this issue would be to think about how you can best contribute to the cause. If you're an artist or videographer, use your creativity to make eye-catching images and videos. If you're in IT, help nonprofits develop great websites and apps to help people reduce their meat consumption. If you're a writer, submit op-eds and articles to media outlets.

But also give serious thought to how best to use your time and energy to bring about the greatest reduction in suffering for animals. They need us to think strategically. For example, at MFA we focus a lot on reducing consumption of chicken and fish, since these animals are abused in the highest number--so getting one person (or institution) to reduce chicken/fish consumption will spare far more animals than someone reducing their beef/milk consumption.

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We'll actually pay developers an advance on revenue (case-by-case basis) to help reduce the risk of porting to Jump since we're still new and our business model is relatively new to gaming, too. Once their game is live, 70% of our monthly net revenue is paid out to developers, and it's split up based on how much play time each game gets. We definitely don't charge money to bring your game to the service!


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

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i play by ear, mostly. I can read music, but it takes me forever. I probably have like 20 songs in my brain, and then i like to mess around with chords and stuff.


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What would you like your headstone to read?

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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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Once someone has adopted a plant-based diet, what are some of the best things that ordinary people can do to support the work that Mercy For Animals is doing?

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it's split up based on how much play time each game gets

Is that the only metric? Have you thought about how that might encourage developers to come to you with certain genres of games (and discourage others)? An exceptional but short game with little replay value (like Undertale, for example) might not make as much money as a lesser game with a competitive online component. Do you think your business model is likely to adapt over time?

I'm not criticizing, just curious.


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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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are any chords more/less difficult before than now? how about skills like drawing? have you found any strange skills you did not know you had as a result of the TGA?


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Go away.

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Thank you my friend. Hope you enjoy the music.


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There are so many ways. You can volunteer your time with the organization by passing out leaflets, tabling, interning, joining us ad demonstrations, and more. You can also join out Hen Heroes team, which works to convince major food providers to get egg-laying hens out of cruel cages. This group of advocates have helped get over 100 million hens out of cages that are so small the birds can't even spread their wings, walk, perch, or engage in basic natural behaviors. And, of course, you can make a donation to MFA :) We are funded entirely by gifts from supporters.

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Happy to take criticism! So regarding short games, I think I posted this elsewhere, but to us it's really about finding the RIGHT time to bring your game to Jump.

For games with high replayability (like FTL - I probably played that for 100 hours which is a lot for me), they'd most likely do better on Jump than on premium stores, so they could bring the game to us right away if they wanted.

But, for short games, they're best suited to come to Jump at the END of their premium life cycle, once they've essentially exhausted all premium sales. Then, they'd be capturing users on Jump who probably never bought the game outright, but who wanted to play it, and monetizing them. So rather than thinking of it as "short games make less on Jump than on premium stores" it's better to think of it as "short games can extend their revenue life cycle and engage/monetize new users they never would have through premium sales." We want to be complementary to premium sales, even for short games.


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Yes, it does.

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I haven't played the piano since I got home. Yesterday I pretty much sat in the same spot all day except for one bathroom break. I was such an emotional wreck that all I could do was listen to iTunes and cry a little, feel better, cry more. I probably cried like 50 times yesterday. Disorientation was a bitch.


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That won't stop illiterate necrophiliacs.

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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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Hey there, Nathan!

What advice do you have for new activists experiencing social anxiety related to outreach work?

I'm so thankful you're doing an AMA! Thank you for reaching out to the world for change. <3

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Exactly what I thought... AFK games like Clicker Heroes have quite a big advantage when it comes to play time, but does it deserve more income?

Or games that have a Client/Server architecture, making people leave the game always open(for exemple Starbound, which I got 200h+ within 3 weeks because I was hosting our small game server), wouldn't it falsely increase a developper's revenue?


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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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Do you recognize people when you are having symptoms? Do you know their names? Your name?


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I never thought of that! Can you suggest another way to keep rubberneckers 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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I love this question! I'm an introvert, so public speaking, media interviews, and other forms of outreach doesn't come naturally for me. But over the years I've done them all. In many ways, outreach work has helped me grow as a human being. It has helped push me into doing things that I naturally wouldn't do and in the processes has helped bring me out of my shell and meet some incredible people. So, my advice would be to try it. It might be uncomfortable at first, but oftentimes the best growth in life happens when you're uncomfortable. If you aren't ready for that, there are lots of other forms of advocacy work that you can do that doesn't involve being out in public. You can write letters, make vegan foods, edit videos, make thought provoking art, etc. There are a million ways to help animals that will fit your personality, available time, and passion.

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We check for all these things and curate the content as well to make sure no one can "game" our payout system. It's against our rules of conduct for developers.


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

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I know names now. I think I could answer most questions appropriately right now, But i'm going to go back and look at this AMA later and then decide. I've been in a cold-sweat for pretty much constantly. my boyfriend kept saying "i love you. i love you" and he said i responded "i don't understand, I'm confused" and he said that made him very sad. then when we were in the hospital, he asked me questions aobut Grey's Anatomy and i answered them, and then he was all smiles and knew I would be ok. We talked about George and Izzie and Addison Montgomery.

oh and PS I had a job interview this morning. I cried before and after and I have no idea if she thought i was retarded, or what, but i got the job :'D


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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?

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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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What documentaries would you recommend for people who are interested in learning more about the issue of factory farming or plant-based eating? Has there been a particular book or film that has really inspired you?

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It's a dream of mine to hire them for a party and ask them to only play All-Star. No bathroom breaks, no water breaks, just 6 hours of All-Star, baby!


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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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Wow! That's awesome that you got the job amid all that's going on. Kudos.

What kind of work do you do, and what did you study in college? Do you have any gaps in your memory when you look back on your school days and professional life?


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Yes, thank you for asking.

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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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For a documentary about animal cruelty, check out Earthlings, which is on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDjKWzG2VhY), and this short film about one of our undercover investigators (http://www.whatcodysaw.com). These aren't easy to watch, but I think it's vital that we bear witness.

The best books? Animal Liberation by Peter Singer is a classic, and I also think Jonathan Safran Foer's "Eating Animals" is fantastic. I'd be remiss not to mention by book, too ☺ http://www.mercyforanimals.org/book

Other documentaries to check out: Forks Over Knives and What the Health about plant-based health (both on Netflix), Cowspiracy, which is also on Netflix and is about the environmental impact of factory farming. I'd also recommend Okja, which isn't a documentary but is quite powerful (it's also on Netflix).

Lastly, I'd check out the video section of our Facebook--we have a very talented video team: http://www.facebook.com/mercyforanimals/videos

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I saw them at a small club gig here in Pasadena a few months ago. They were well aware that's what we were all there to see. Decent show surprisingly though!


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Thank you. That is correct.

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Thank you. I'm going to be a barista, so i can afford to go back to college. I was a paralegal at an immigration law firm for almost 3 years. college- BYU Idaho. my school days? like high school? or at college? My professional life: I guess i better hope this is never revealed in my professional life!! I don't want people to know. I'm not even telling my family. my parents would become upset and i would have to emotionally take care of them and I'm fragile right now.... I'm just trying to recover and be good to go by my next obligation, which is seeing a travelling theater company with my mom because my dad dropped a saw on his foot.


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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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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?


Q:

I am really enjoying your book, thank you! How long before the industry realizes that "ag-gag" laws are completely counter-productive and stops trying to introduce them?

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I would assume it's not a global playtime, but an individual playtime. If I had an account and only played game X, then game X will earn $7 (70% of my subscription fee). If I played an hour of X and an hour of Y, each game gets $3.50


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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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How deep did the amnesia go? I take it you forgot your name, where you were, the date, etc. But did you forget other more habitual things? Like, say, why and how to brush your teeth? Or he to maintain balance while standing? Now that things are coming back and you're able to process all of this, what is craziest thing you forgot?


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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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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.


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Hopefully now. Ag-gag laws have really given a black eye to the meat industry. They have exposed to the world that the meat industry has a lot to hide and is willing to go to really extreme lengths to keep their cruel practices hidden. Also, a number of the ag-gag laws that were passed have now been struck down in court for being unconstitutional (violation of freedom of speech). But the battle wages on. MFA continues to fight ag-gag bills around the country. We must stay vigilant.

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We're actually doing global playtime now, but we're going to evaluate the per-user model as well to see which works out better for developers in the long-run. We want to make it as fair as possible.


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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.

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What is the craziest thing I forgot? I don't know. I need to review my notes. I'm having to google a lot of shit that I KNOW I knew right now. I knew that bad things would happen if my boyfriend would leave. I knew he was lying to me, but i also knew he was the best way to stay safe and he would take care of me. It's like there's a flame in my head that is trying very hard to stay lit. sometimes I have thoughts that I can put into words, so I've been typing them in a note in my phone so i can review later. I've been trying to match my thoughts to the questions in order to do this AMA. I'm afraid this is a super lame AMA because I don't think I'm answering the questions that people are actually asking me? haha. I don't know. It's keeping my brain busy until my boyfriend gets home from work, so that's nice.


Q:

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?

A:

What was your motivation to get started with this?


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If you had to put a timeline on the end of factory farming, or at least a huge reduction of it like a 90% cut in the US, when do you think that will happen?

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Hi! I really like the idea, and will definetly be checking it out.

I have two questions.

  • How easy is it so unsub/re-sub to the service? I have fairly long periods of down-time where i don't play, and i find it a hassle to unsub/re-sub to most services.

  • I am an avid user of the Steam Controller, and I don't want to go back to conventional controllers unless im absolutely forced to, also i don't own one anymore.

However, the launcher makes the BPM overlay run in Desktop mode, thus leaving me without Xinput. Are there any plans to talk with Steam about making Jump register through Steam as a controller rather than desktop mode? And if not, maybe in the future? I will likely open a ticket to Steam and see what they have to say, but i figure if it comes from someone like you guys, it might be taken more seriously. There are many of us, and we tend to gravitate towards smaller games aswell so it could be a win/win for minimal effort!

Good luck guys!


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Formaldehyde drops, got it.

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I dont know i feel like id be more inclined to believe an adult woman was fearful of potential punishment (from spouse or others) due to being pregnant than her not knowing what it is.


Q:

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

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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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This is hard to predict because there are so many variables, and just a few years ago I wouldn't have expected clean meat to develop so rapidly. But if I had to guess, I'd say 50 years.

Clean meat companies (Hampton Creek and Memphis Meats) say they'll have viable products to sell within the next 1-2 years, but hitting ~90% of the market will take some time, though it could come faster than we expect--Hampton Creek is currently in talks with 10 global meat processors about licensing its clean meat technology.

Right now, the plant-based food sector is still very young, but the interest from investors and the food industry in the last five years has been tremendous. I think it'll take a few decades for plant-based to become a dominant player in the industry because it still makes up less than 1 percent of the food industry. But plant-based milks and meats are growing faster than traditional meat and milk. Ultimately, I think clean and plant-based meats will win out, simply because they're more efficient.

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Thanks!

  1. You can unsubscribe at any time, and we'll keep both your profile and game save data warm for you in case you ever decide to come back.

  2. We'd certainly like to support their controllers (I have one too), so we'll want to open a dialog with them about it. We're not trying to replace Steam (which is basically impossible), but rather complement it, so we hope they'd be open to it.


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

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Yeah, I see where you're coming from. I just didn't feel like we looked religious or anything. I have three piercings on one of my ears and an unnatural hair color. My boyfriend has a beard and a man-bun and winged-tip dress shoes. I'm sure they just have to look at all the options. Anyone who talked to me asked me first if it was alright to talk in front of him.


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Will there ever be a Python movie again?

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


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Hi Nathan - just got your book in the mail but haven't had time to start it yet!

From an ethical standpoint, would you be comfortable eating meat that originated from animal cells, even if the meat in question didn't directly come from a live animal? It's something i'm on the fence with myself and would appreciate your insight.

Thanks!

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Are you concerned that it will incentivize making games longer so that gamers stay longer in them and thus those developers getting more of the share? Or that it will penalize shorter experiences. For example, two of my favorite indie games is To the Moon and RimWorld. One takes 4 hours to complete and the other I've played for more than 100 hours so far. But RimWorld is not 25x better and I don't think it'd be fair to give that much more money to it.

I think it's a fairly well known fact that when authors get paid per page, the length of the books generally go up, so it's not a totally baseless concern I feel.


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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?

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I dont know i feel like id be more inclined to believe an adult woman was fearful of potential punishment (from spouse or others) due to being pregnant than her not knowing what it is.


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

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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, I've actually eaten "clean meat" already (the first real meat I've had in 16 years). I think clean meat has the potential to end factory farming and save billions of animals (and perhaps our planet). I talk about my experience eating clean meat, as well as many of the innovators who are helping to bring it to market in the next few years, in the book.

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This is where our curation comes in! We actively filter out games that are "gaming" the system for more revenue, and it's actually against our rules to do so. If a game is genuinely interesting and gets a ton of play time (like I played FTL for 100 hours) that's fine, but if they're trying to purposefully game Jump's payout system, they'll get the boot.


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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.

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This cracked me up, btw.


Q:

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

A:

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


Q:

I find it so overwhelming to think about the number of farmed animals killed every second, every minute. What gives you hope? How have you avoided burnout?

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You addressed malicious gaming of the system, but not, I don't think, the core premise of his question. (Or at lease what I read into it)

There are games that naturally lead to longer playtimes, like Rimworld or FTL, but there are also very good games that do not have high playtimes but are not worse for having a shorter playtime. (Think Limbo, or To the Moon as OP mentioned)

Paying out a set percentage that is then divided among your developers creates a zero-sum situation. If Game A gets 5% of the month's profit set aside for developers, that's less money available for Game B now. I fear what this situation will do is to make your platform totally worthless to games that are intended to be short, story-driven experiences.


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preservative FREE eye drops. Come on, doc.

A:

Yes, thank you. Does this condition make you question whether you can trust the people in your life? Meaning, a person close to you could take advantage of you and you might not remember tomorrow.


Q:

Please send photographs.

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


Q:

It certainly can be overwhelming. I think it's important to celebrate the successes we have (both big and small). It's also important to remember that being vegan is an act of love, and really celebrate the joy that living such a lifestyle can bring to our lives. Burnout is a serious issue. It's important to recognize that we are facing trauma (images of animal cruelty constantly) and we must nurture yourselves. See a therapist, exercise, meditate, laugh, be creative, spend time with friends and family, rest - whatever it is that helps you find center. View self care as part of your job as an advocate. We also have to take the long-term view, and view our role as advocates as a life-long commitment. Doing this means we have to pace ourselves.

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Ah, ok! What I've mentioned in a couple other answers is that while we're on an aggregate (all playtime across all games) model right now for payouts, we're actively evaluating a per-user payout model, where we'd split up payouts based on each individual user's play splits. We won't know which will be more fair to developers until we get deeper into this, but we'll make sure we pick the model that is most fair to ensure super long games don't squash all other developers just because they got played a ton by a small subset of users or something of the like. We'll work hard to do what's best to avoid letting one game dominate, even if that means adjusting our payout model if we find per-user is better.


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

A:

Oh absolutely. I mean in the reality I was in, my boyfriend was selling my body to aliens. That isn't something that your brain can just immediately shake off. I haven't told anyone in my family. Just a few trusted friends, my boyfriend, and his family. (We needed them to take care of the dogs, etc. and we are living with them right now, so they needed to know.)


Q:

Mr. Cleese,

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

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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.


Q:

What differences would we notice if we made an industrial level switch to clean, cell grown meat? Would the quality of meat differ? For better or worse? Would cell grown be more expensive to mass produce?

A:

Thanks, appreciate the straightforward answer! Good luck with your service!


Q:

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?

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You'll be okay within 24 hours, my dad had it, repetitive questions, patchy memory loss , still no obvious cause known but some say it's due to a lacunar infarct (small clot), but he was 55 . How's your lifestyle?


Q:

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.”

A:

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. :)


Q:

Clean meat has the potential to dramatically improve our world. It could not only lead to the end of factory farming and animal agriculture as we know it, but it could make our food much safer. Clean meat could prevent billions of sentient and intelligent animals from facing the horrors of factory farming and slaughterhouses. It could also help ease the strain on our environment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Early research suggests that clean meat could use up to 90 percent less land, water and energy to produce than growing and raising animals. Clean meat, as the name implies, would also be far cleaner than meat grown from animals. And since it would be created in a sterile environment (not around animal feces) it would have far less e coli, salmonella, campylobacter, and other food illness related bacteria.

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thank you!


Q:

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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My lifestyle is pretty comparatively mild, I say. I quit drinking, I used to work 60 hour weeks at the law firm, I like active things, but I haven't done too much lately since I broke my ankle a while back. That's nice to hear about your dad.


Q:

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

A:

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


Q:

So I have been vegetarian for animal protection and for environmental reasons for 25 years. The same problems that we see today in abuse of animals were happening 25 years ago, and we knew full well how bad factory farms were for the environment.

Why do you think we have not been successful in disseminating this information? Very few laws have been fundamentally changed, and the meat consumption is higher than ever and large factory farms still abuse animals. What can we do to improve the life of these animals?

A:

I dknt think this system is intended as a replacement for Steam or HumbleBundle or other outlets.

A developer will choose the platforms that are best for them.

Shorter games wouldnt be good on any rental system or service like this. They would never get as much revenue because the entire game would be played in a day.

Not every platform can support every type of game. Shorter games do well when added to bundles of other games. I got a bunch of niche stuff that i enjoyed simply because it was on HumbleBundle.


Q:

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

A:

I was once diagnosed with TGA but it turned out to be repetitive seizures caused by a brain injury. Have you ever had seizures or other brain conditions?


Q:

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

A:

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.


Q:

I think it's important to remember that our movement is still very young and we're up against a very old, powerful, and wealthy industry. See this blog post for context: http://www.countinganimals.com/meat-industry-advertising/

That said, I think we have made, and will continue to make, enormous strides for farmed animals. In 2001, there were zero state laws banning the extreme confinement of farmed animals (battery cages, gestation crates, veal crates)--now 11 states have laws on the books. When I first went vegan it was difficult to find plant-based meats and milks, but now plant-based milks make up 10 percent of all fluid milk sales and plant-based meat is growing faster than animal meat. We're also seeing large food companies take an interest in plant-based companies--Tyson Foods invested in Beyond Meat (which is now served at TGI Friday's), Nestle just bought Sweet Earth Foods, etc.

Lastly, our issues are entering the cultural zeitgeist. Okja and What the Health both did extremely well on Netflix, The Guardian's editorial board just endorsed veganism, and there's now even a US Senator (Cory Booker) who is vegan for ethical reasons.

I know we have a long way to go, but factory farming didn't come about overnight--it came about after 10,000+ years of agricultural production. We're not going to end it overnight. But we're certainly getting closer each year.

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I agree that we're not trying to replace Steam and other stores, but I'd actually disagree that shorter games wouldn't benefit from Jump and other services that pay out based on play time. Here's the answer I posted above to a similar question:

Once a short game runs the majority of its premium sales elsewhere (Steam, bundles, etc.), then it's basically sold all the copies it's going to sell. BUT, that doesn't mean more people wouldn't play it - they just want to pay for other things over it. So, by bringing it to Jump later in its life cycle, that game can now monetize users who may have never bought it, but still wanted to play it (or just wanted to pop in and try it). This way, developers are monetizing users they would have never captured via premium sales and thus it complements their sales rather than from detracting from them.

We've tried to make it so there's a home for every type of game on Jump - just has to be the right time!


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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.

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Migraine induced seizures from being born too premature. There was no seizure activity on my MRI.


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

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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?


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Did you get turned down by any "big" names? What were their concerns?

Do you think Jump is more helpful to smaller, lesser-known games? Is there a reason to put FTL on there instead of just putting it on sale?

Do devs all get an equal share, or is it somehow depend on what games people are playing most?

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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?


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Do you remember setting this AMA up?

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


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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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The reception in the developer community has been very positive thus far - we work with them to find the right time to bring their game to Jump (so there's no risk of cannibalizing any premium sales), and we pay advances to lower the porting risk too, so most developers we've spoken to have been very receptive, including Ed McMillen, who brought his newest game (The End Is Nigh, with Tyler Glaiel) to Jump for launch.

We certainly want it to be helpful to lesser-known games! I think She Remembered Caterpillars is a great example of why Jump can be beneficial. That game won a TON of awards, but sold very few copies. Now that game can have new life on Jump and be played, as it very well should.

70% of all our monthly net revenue goes to our game developers, and that is split up based on play time in each game. So an easy way to think of it is, # of minutes in YOUR game vs. number of minutes in ALL games would be your split of the 70%. We think the payout rate will average between $0.25-0.50 per hour.


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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.

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Yes :) I tend to go to reddit with many of my problems.


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Chomsky?? That guy stole my ferret!

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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?


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the payout rate will average between $0.25-0.50 per hour

This is interesting. Even on the low end we can take a popular game... lets say counterstrike GO(I know its SUPER popular but im just using it as an example to others)... and lets postulate that the average person stays in for 2 hours. (Personally, i can tell you that this is a significant low-ball. When I ran PSL the wait time would easily exceed 30 minutes for 32 people)

So a game like CS:GO you have (as of this moment) 520,000 players, playing at 2 hours, is $260,000 in a payout from this service... if they pay at $.25/hour

Thats pretty interesting and im curious what the total revenue has been in the two days they've been a service.

So Anthony, do you have a rough estimate of how many dollars have been through your service in 48 hours? I do understand that disclosing income stream and payout might help/harm depending on how folks read it. Even a PM would be nice.

By the way, this service looks extremely promising and I'm probably going to give it a shot. I just want to wait for proper feedback from the end-users

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Do you mean they feel less nervous after seeing one?


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Lol me too

But in a serious way. Do you have a boyfriend and if yes how does he deal with that?

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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)


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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.

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We won't really share numbers publicly to protect our developers, but we're also offering that 2-week free trial, so we won't have numbers for ourselves for a bit anyway!

Thanks for the thoughts here, and really appreciate the kind words. Hope you do give it a shot when you get a chance.


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Yes, good catch! I've corrected it.

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Me going to reddit with my problems? I've never told him. He's more of an Instagram dude. I know he feels like I overthink EVERYTHING and I do, so if he did know, I'm sure he would be grateful that I'm giving his ears a break.


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What are your top five favourite films of all time?

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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?


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Thanks! Best of luck, it looks like a great service. Very reasonably priced, too. Is there anywhere to see all the games without signing up?

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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.


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Ha hahahhaha I can't tell if you're joking but I'm laughing. I'm talking about your TGA in case you aren't

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


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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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Thank you!

Well, we don't ask for a credit card for our 14-day trial, so you could see the whole library AND play a game or two in about 5 minutes ;) haha.

But, I believe a couple news sources posted the whole list as well. We list a nice chunk on our front page, too.


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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.

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Ohhhhhhhh

How my boyfriend feels about my TGA. he's been great. Very cuddly and nice and attentive. Says I get unlimited freebies this week to be a psycho girlfriend


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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?

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


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Will you have VR games for the Rift or Vive etc.?

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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.


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Wait- can this be triggered by smoking weed and a extremely bad panic attack? I remember when I first smoked weed I had a horrible trip and I felt like I was living in constant 15-30 second intervals for about 2 hours. It was absolutely horrifying

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


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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.

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Yes! We actually can already support VR in theory, but our desktop apps are Chromium-based and unfortunately Chromium hasn't released WebVR support yet. Firefox has it, so the tech is basically ready (and we're definitely ready) - just have to wait for support to hit Chromium.


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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.

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I experienced the same thing the first time I smoked. I didn't smoke again for a few years. With that experience, all the scary stuff was in my head, I wasn't hallucinating or anything, it was just like a horrible dream where everything was scary and confusing. This experience was like an interactive nightmare from hell. I said before that I can't even find the words to describe how scary it was. I was sure that these were all aliens in human bodies and things were going to be really bad if I allowed my boyfriend to leave me with them. It really was an insane experience.


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Yes but who the fuck is Eric Palin?

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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?


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This would be huge for me. I have a Rift but have a hard time swallowing $30+ prices for experiences that are only an hour or two with no replayability. Having more access would get me on board pretty quick.

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


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Thanks for the response!

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


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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.

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Yep. Part of the growing pains of a new medium is that no one knows how to price their content, and right now it's mostly wildly overpriced IMO. Jump could be great for VR, not just for gamers who want to play more without breaking the bank, but for devs who never sold many copies in the first place and are now getting buried by new content.


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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.

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Thanks for your question! This is really valuable to me


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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'?

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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!


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YES PLEASE! I bought a Rift a while back and was actually wishing of something like this, I truly believe services are the next big thing for gaming. Can't wait for you to release VR games, it will be an instant buy for me.

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


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Hmm, if you stay awake for over 24 hours do you still forget even while awake?

What is left? When you first are conscious after forgetting? Memories before whatever put you in such a state?

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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.


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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.

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Wonderful to hear!


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

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This question is confusing. I didn't stay awake for 24 hours. I took little naps.

"When I first am conscious after forgetting" me awake after ..... see? I've been having to whisper my thoughts out loud to myself and use hand gestures to understand concepts


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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?

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


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I think this would be huge for VR. A majority of the VR games are made my Indie developers + the games themselves are much more of a "netflix" type experience where you can play and explore the games for a couple hours and then you have experienced pretty much all they have to offer. Then you are on to the next one.

I wouldn't buy this service as is but if they expanded to VR I would definitely pick it up.

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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?


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Hmm, it seems I misunderstood what your ailment was at first, my mistake,

Still, sounds quite challenging to get through, if I could give advice it would be relax, try a bit of meditation if it helps, and do your best to not let the anxiety of a small possibility of it happening again destroy you. Certainly not easy to do, but it is possible.

One tactic I enjoy, is to adopt a "Go with the flow" mentality. Just deal with things on a as-they-come basis, and if something bad happens, big or small, reside yourself to deal with it, but not care beyond that. Drop a nice plate while doing dishes? Just sigh, clean it up, and continue. Within 20 minutes you'll hardly remember doing it. Some things just aren't worth getting upset over, take control of that impulse and direct it, and you'll find you have a lot more emotional control than you may have once thought, and are far less prone to stressing over things that you simply don't need to stress over.

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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."


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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.

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Great to hear. VR is definitely a big part of our roadmap.


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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.

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Meditation is a great idea!!! Don't know why I hadn't thought of it :) thanks for your words. They're really nice.


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

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What do you think of BLM?


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What was your biggest challenge to starting Jump?

How is your service different from other game hosting services?

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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?


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No problem~ I hope you succeed in reducing your stresses.

If you find yourself wondering "how exactly am I supposed to meditate, a good method is to lay somewhere you can stretch out, and slowly focus on relaxing your body from your feet up. Clear your mind, control your breathing, focus on a sound rather than thinking, and just try to be content and comfortable. Good state of mind to be in.

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You get a fucking computer you idiot.


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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.

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Bootstrapping with no money in our evenings and weekends was definitely a little rough :) That, and fighting the "streaming" stigma since other services in the past have used what we feel to be the wrong technology for this type of service. Once we were able to hire some developers that were more talented than me, we also learned very quickly just how much work goes into building a scalable, stable infrastructure for a service like this. We're very happy with how it turned out, but it was a sprint to get here.

The biggest differences between us and other subscription services is that we heavily curate our library for quality, and that our technology is a great fit for this model across ALL devices for ALL types of games. We're launching first on desktop with just indie games, but by no means does our technology limit us to those 2 things forever - quite the opposite actually.


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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.

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Thank you :) you have just improved my day a lot.


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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.

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What is your goal with this?


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Is this available in Europe?

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


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Last night I went to a party with my boyfriend of about a year. It was a normal day. We usually eat vegetarian but it was a special occasion so we split a very yummy hamburger. I took a few hits of a pre-rolled club joint that was from a friend-of-a-friend. Nothing abnormal, smoking pot helps with my anxiety, I tried it about 9 months ago and I have liked it a lot. Anyways, I randomly threw up on myself in the car on the way to run an errand.

Your car story. Unless I'm reading it wrong, you smoked not long before the symptoms occurred, right?

I'm just saying, based on what you've told us, it sounds possible that the marijuana is the cause of your TGA because some reports have linked the two.

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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.


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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.

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Yep! Available in all countries the US isn't currently sanctioning (by law).


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

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wouldn't that have manifested one of the other thousands of times that I've smoked? Or affected anyone else that was there? It was like a small family birthday party at a park


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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?

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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?


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How do you plan to be comparative in a web environment if we lose net neutrality?

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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!


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It's a reported trigger of TGA, not a 100% guarantee, just like the other things you mentioned. For example, someone could go swimming in cold water throughout their entire life and be completely fine, but then one day they swim in cold water and start showing symptoms.

For the record, TGA is still not 100% clear to doctors, so it's very difficult to actually pinpoint what caused it. Here's a snippet about it if you're interested.

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


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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.

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Ohhh good question. We're actively working on several ways to reduce our data load so that it wouldn't get us throttled (or charged more) as we grow. We'd put a stronger emphasis on these efforts if it looks like things were going south on net neutrality. Let's hope they don't.


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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.

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You're crazy if you think I've smoked pot since :'D my neurologist cleared me, he was the one who initially suggested I look into it. I've had bad migraines since I was a baby. I wasn't able to get my driver's licence until I was 20. I know that it's done great things for my life in the past, and I will probably not quit. Maybe after this I'll consider switching back to topiramate, but if I do that, I will definitely not be going back to school, since that drug is called DOPEamax for a reason.


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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.

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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?


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Any chance it works on a Chromebook?

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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?


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Is there any chance the weed you smoked was not weed but K2 or spice or any of those 'legal weed' alternatives? I have heard of instances of synthetic cannabinoids being linked to neurological/psych problems like this, ie severe depersonalisation/derealisation, psychotic episodes etc.

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


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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.

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It does indeed! We have a web app version of Jump we've been told works quite nicely. You can sign in to that in the top right corner of our landing page.


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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.

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It was from a cannabis club. Probably mostly just shake. It's possible, but no one else experienced any symptoms.


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What is your favorite color?

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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?


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Will you retire games the same way that netflix retires shows? What happens if I've just picked up a game and started to enjoy it but your catelog no longer supports the game?

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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?


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Didn't you do this same AMA yesterday?

Edit: Downvotes? Really? She was cool with it then and she's cool with it now! Cmonnn!

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My favourite colour is British Racing Pink.


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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.

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We have no intention of rotating games out of the catalog. Our deals with developers are open-ended and revenue share-based, so there's no up-front, timed licensing deals like you see on Netflix or Xbox Game Pass. We want to have an ever-growing library.


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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.

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This guy!!


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

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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?


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Is there anything to prevent developers from abruptly removing their game?

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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?


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Didn't you do this same AMA yesterday?

Edit: Downvotes? Really? She was cool with it then and she's cool with it now! Cmonnn!

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


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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.

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Oh yeah - advance notice, discussion with us, etc. You'd definitely know as a user if a game was leaving Jump in the next month.


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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.

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There's a block in it somewhere. Could you maybe try rephrasing?


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

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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?


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Will you setup for these games to process micro transactions, or will it be more traditional and consumer friendly? Will it be add free?

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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?


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10 percent

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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.


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Jump will always be 100% ad-free and microtransaction-free. We want it to be like the Netflix experience in that sense, where there's no upsells or purchases to make - you simply get unlimited access to all the content on Jump for your subscription.

Now for developers who have DLC, we do 2 different things: we either let them bring the full, final game (incl. all DLC) to Jump up front, OR we let them launch the base game first and then release DLC over time. We'll have a row in Jump towards the top of the home page as we get more clever with discoverability called "New Content Updates", so pushing new DLC to Jump will get your game bumped into that category, giving you more visibility and thus a bump in revenue, just as if you were selling it BUT without having to actually sell anything.

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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.


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Not gonna lie, the part about DLC's might be one of the best solutions to the DLC problem atm. Well done

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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.


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Wow thanks!

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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.


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Is there any plans to make an indie game exclusive to Jump?

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


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We'll look at exclusives within the next 18 months or so, but it has to be a good deal for the developer, too. We'd want to pay them to develop the game rather than bring us their existing game as an exclusive, because we always tell developers to go grab their premium sales first before coming to Jump.

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


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I see you support Windows, Mac and Linux. Does Jump make it so all games are available on all platforms, or is there a difference in the library between platforms?

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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?


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On all desktop platforms it's the same library! As we expand to other form factors with different control schemes, each device type will have subsets of games that work specifically for that device, as well as some games that go cross-platform if they're meant to do so.

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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.


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As someone who dislikes buying games I'll likely never play, or play more than once, I find your idea very intriguing. However, how will it perform with poor download speeds, as in less than 10mbps down? And how large do you see your service getting in the next few years?

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


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The beauty of Jump is that, since we're NOT streaming, you can still enjoy all the games on Jump even on the worst connections - the download times will just take a little longer to get into games. The games run locally (using your computer's CPU/GPU), so once they're running, your connection speed doesn't matter anymore. I actually do demos via a phone tethered connection often when WiFi is poor/not available.

Our goal is to become the go-to subscription service for all types of games (old and new) across all types of devices.

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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.


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I love couch co-ops. How many are currently in your library, and how do you feel about making sure more are available to play on your platform?

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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.


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We'll always try to spread around the love as we add games to Jump over time so there's something for everyone. Right now we have 10 local multiplayer games in our launch catalog.

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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.


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any plans on putting your platform on consoles? I would definitely subscribe to something like this on the Nintendo Switch.

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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?


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I can't comment too affirmatively here, but what I can say is that we're exploring various other platforms as our tech can power the same experience basically anywhere, and we'd have subsets of games specifically designed for each platform to uphold the quality experience the developers intended.

Good to know!

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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.


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If OP is reading, consider an alternate screening process. Like perhaps have a few curators who play through the games like professional reviewers and journalists do, and your platform could uncover overlooked gems stuck in the Steam noise. Which is what you set out to do as an indie developer yourself.

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Still reading :) What I'll add is that, beyond the more objective 3 criteria above, we also hand-pick some games that might be considered provocative or a little on the fringes that we still personally think should get a spotlight. It's not a completely cut-and-dry process for us just so there's a chance for every game to get on. The 3 criteria above are mainly to filter out shovelware.

To your point about curators, we LOVE this idea and are already working with a couple to have them help us pick future games. Then, in the app, you'd be able to see things like "so-and-so's faves right now" and then a list of games they recommend. It's similar to Steam curation, sure, but I think it can work well on this format too.


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So I'm primarily on linux these days. How much of your game library works on linux, or does your program work on linux at all?

Is that something you're looking into in the future? You mention quite a few times 'coming to all platforms'.

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You can actually access on Linux via our beta web app right now (we hear Firefox access is stable), but we're also working on Linux apps. We wanted to have them available for launch, so they'll be coming shortly hopefully!


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What games are featured right now?

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Our current "featured" games are:

The End Is Nigh (Ed McMillen's New Game)

Drive!Drive!Drive! (published by the Bit Trip crew)

Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor (published by tinyBuild)

Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball (online multiplayer insanity)

Beatbuddy (actually demoed next to them at PAX with our old game!)

Beholder (please or rebel against the motherland)

Ittle Dew (Zelda-like adventure game)

Pony Island (Pony game possessed by the devil - yep)

Teslagrad (award-winning platformer, hand-drawn)

The Bridge (crazy art style puzzler)

We'll rotate featured games once a week so every game on Jump gets a spotlight.


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We mentioned this service briefly on our podcast last night. I think it's awesome what you are doing. Have most developers been pretty receptive of joining the platform or has it been an issue to get them to buy in?

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Oh that's awesome! We'd love to talk to you about this, you should ping our PR lead at [email protected] so we can chat.

Most developers have been very receptive because we're trying to work with them to be complementary to their sales, NOT to cannibalize them. Plus, we offer them advances on revenue on a case-by-case basis to lower the risk of trying a new service. And I'd say being former indies ourselves helps a bit in the discussions, too.


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Does Jump do anything to support the developers financially? What would be the advantage of a developer getting their game on Jump as opposed to Steam?

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We actually work with developers to bring their games to Jump AFTER Steam so we can complement their premium sales rather than try to replace them. We pay out 70% of our monthly net revenue to developers and split it up based on play time in each game. On top of that, we also pay developers advances on revenu (case by case basis) to lower the risk of porting their game to a new service with a new business model.