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OtherI am the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Passport Services at the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs. September is Passport Awareness Month. Ask me anything!

Sep 26th 2017 by TravelGov • 9 Questions • 914 Points

My short bio: I founded Clio (www.clio.com) 9 years ago to bring law firms to the cloud. Since then, we've grown to over 200 employees, 150,000 customers, and 74,000 law firms.

My Proof: https://twitter.com/jack_newton/status/911289650592964608

EDIT: Hey everyone, headed back to the conference to do conference things, but I'd like to thank everyone taking the time to submit questions here. I'll keep checking back and answering questions throughout the day!

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Starting January 22, 2018, passengers with a driver’s license issued by a state that is still not compliant with the REAL ID Act (and has not been granted an extension) will need to show an alternative form of acceptable identification to board their flight for domestic air travel.

I guess my question is in regarding this. Is that really going to happen?

This seems to have been constantly postponed for years, and the idea that people from dozens of states would need passports to travel domestically (am I reading correctly that California goes back to being non-compliant after Oct. 10?) is a bit absurd.

Is Jan. 22, 2018, really the drop-dead date?

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Years ago you gave a talk in Denver. I got an email from CLIO inviting Colorado users for a beer. About 8-10 users showed up. Just wanted to say thanks for the beer.

Guess I need a question.

How's it going, eh?


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Hey David! Since your accident has happened, what has been your favorite place to go where you have shared your story?

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You sound like you've done a terrific job of pushing this behind you and still living life to the fullest. Do you think this attitude is inherent to your personality, or is this an attitude that you work to maintain every single day?

Thanks for sharing your story, by the way!


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Hi guys. Thanks for going to bat for us.

Ajit Pai’s appointment as the head of the FCC is such a glaring and blindingly obvious conflict of interest with his background as an attorney for Verizon (who would greatly benefit from not having to adhere to Title II regulations). Why is this allowed to happen? Not just at the FCC, but all over the government we have appointments of people who are running organizations that they have spent the past decade vowing to destroy. Do we have any legal protection from malicious oversight?

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Now that photos have been released, how do you feel about the 'new' Hellboy?


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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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Hello! I've only recently started watching Battlestar Galactica. Was it annoying having to act so overly-seductive all the time? My husband laughs when I protrude my chin out and go "Gaiussss."


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Outside my house, there seems to be one or two hummingbirds guarding all of our hummingbird feeders. Is there anything we can do to help more hummingbirds have access to sugar water? And is there anything we can do to attract more hummingbirds?

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What are some unexpected difficulties you've experienced due to this?


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Why is your username a credit card number ?

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What was the hardest part (mental/emotional/physical) of recovering from your injury? Thanks for doing this AMA!


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Years ago you gave a talk in Denver. I got an email from CLIO inviting Colorado users for a beer. About 8-10 users showed up. Just wanted to say thanks for the beer.

Guess I need a question.

How's it going, eh?

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REAL ID is a program under the auspices of U.S. Department of Homeland Security. You can track the status of state extensions here.

Remember the U.S. passport book and passport card are REAL ID compliant, so you can use them for identification for domestic air travel if your other forms of ID are not REAL ID compliant.


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I remember that meetup! I think it was about five years ago? Thanks for coming out, and no problem, eh. If you ever make it to a Clio conference, I'll buy you another one. :)

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ccident has happened, what has been your favorite plac

Hmm... Probably the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville. It's my hometown, and I knew quite a few people there. It was very special.


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Do you think this attitude is inherent to your personality, or is this an attitude that you work to maintain every single day?

It's definitely something I have to work at, and I don't always live up to my own expectations. But I've found that when your personal "compass" is pointed in the right way as far as your approach and outlook to life, you end up heading in the right direction, even if you make a few wrong turns along the way.

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While there are a lot of laws that the government is required to follow, the courts often don’t allow individuals to file suit to enforce them. The legal doctrine is called “standing,” and you usually need to show a “particularized harm.” But that’s a great question. We’ll take a look at what specific laws might apply and whether there is a way to bring a suit. Otherwise, it’s something that has to be handled politically (ie, at the ballot box). Not a satisfying answer, we know.


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I've made my peace with it. I refuse to answer any questions about it.

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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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It got a little tiresome by the end of season one/beginning of season two because it was only Head Six in the story at that point. But with my other characters that weren't overly seductive, it balanced out for me.

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So Males are really good at patrolling one or two feeders, making it so no other Hummingbirds use those feeders. Putting out more feeders will decrease the competition, so he can no longer dominate the feeder. Or separating the feeders so they can't be seen by the individual can also work.


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Finding out I have minor scoliosis that I can't stop thinking could have been dealt with had my dad taken me to a doctor; not being able to check items out of a library; being unable to get fingerprinted for a job; being turned down at schools because I don't possess a photo ID; and having to find out the court documents and procedures involved in obtaining a birth certificate where information is limited.
EDIT: The most unexpected difficulty was knowing when and how to approach an authority on the matter and if they would actually help. I ended up calling the police on my father and after they tried to lecture me and my brothers, I told them everything, and they called CPS.

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It's Erdogan's personal credit card #. Everyone please buy whatever you want.


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part (mental/emotional/physical) of recovering from your inj

Hi! Those are all parts of the journey, I would say at first it was such a sudden shift in my reality that emotionally I was a wreck, crying every day. It was also mental, because I was battling thoughts of depression. Will I ever get married? Will I depend on people forever? etc... The pain was also bad... So I can't really say what was worst, but that they were all very much a part of the journey. Thanks for the question!

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I remember that meetup! I think it was about five years ago? Thanks for coming out, and no problem, eh. If you ever make it to a Clio conference, I'll buy you another one. :)


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On the back of the Passport Card:

"Valid only for international land and sea travel between United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda."

When I asked about domestic travel, I was told it was not valid for that use and I would have to use my passport.

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I'm a lawyer who daydreams of going solo at some point. I've used Clio before in a law school clinic. I've also used Pika and I think Clio is better than at least that. However:

  • What are you offering that, e.g., PracticePanther/MyCase/RocketMatter doesn't?
  • Is your service going to be affordable for a solo PD?

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Have you seen Freya Markowski again since April?

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What do you wish people would say or NOT say to you? I've read opinions from people with some horrible disease (especially cancer) write that they are absolutely tired of hearing the "But how are you really doing?" question and calling treatment a "fight" or a "battle".

Also, since I'm an anesthesiologist, what did you wish your anesthesia team knew or do differently for your surgeries. Did you have an ERAS (enhanced recovery after surgery) for your surgeries? Always interested to know, since anesthesiologists rarely get meaningful feedback from patients.

Thanks for sharing your story Dude! PS we went to med school together.


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Thanks for doing this and great work so far. Just to play out what is lamentably (to me) a plausible scenario: Let’s say you’re successful in compelling the FCC to comply with the FOIA request, and it proves that the comments were fraudulent. What happens then?

Let’s also say that net neutrality was successfully (or effectively) eliminated, what happens then if the above scenario turned out to be true. What would happen then? Is there any precedent for either scenario? What a mess!

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Who would you want to play you in a Sons of Anarchy prequel?


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developers whose games deserve to be found

What determines this criteria?

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Hi Tricia! How did you get into the mindset of Six? Would you have chosen a different ending for her and Gaius?


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My 5 yo daughter named the little guy who fights of all the other hummingbirds “Guarder”.

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What jobs require fingerprinting?


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What do you foresee for the future of Kurds living in Turkey?

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Hey David! Since your accident has happened, what has been your favorite place to go where you have shared your story?


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I love Clio, and I also really appreciate that you guys are constantly adding new features. I'm one of those users that is constantly contacting your support people and suggesting ideas that would make my life a lot easier, and I understand you have an internal "voting" system that helps to determine what new features will take the highest priority for development and implementation.

Have you considered making a short list of features (say, top 5) publicly visible? I'd love to have a sense of what I can expect next.

Also, please give me something to do e-signing. Please.

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Who told you that it was not valid for domestic air travel?


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First of all, congratulations on taking the plunge—Clio has been a huge part of many successful attorneys taking the leap and striking out on their own, and we'd love to support your success.

There are a few things that differentiate us from our competitors. Clio is helping chart the future of the practice of law and investing heavily in a legal technology ecosystem via our $1m developer fund and 70+ integrations. We're helping offer new insights into the practice of law via our Legal Trends Report. We're advancing the product itself at an incredible rate and introducing valuable new features all the time.

If you're looking for a feature-for-feature comparison, we have a page here: http://clio.com/compare

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I just skyped her today!


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What do you wish people would say or NOT say to you?

Well, for me personally, I don't get upset when people try to say something nice/compassionate after finding out the diagnosis. They're just trying to be nice people, and it's not their fault that I might be in a shitty mood and take it the wrong way. I've heard other, very different opinions from other people with cancer, though. I think it depends on the person, really. Although, to be honest, the old "everything happens for a reason" thing is a pretty classic groaner to avoid.

As far as it being a "battle," I guess it is, kind of. But really it's more like just getting through each day. I operate about a week at a time now. I just look at the next thing on the horizon, take care of that problem, and then move on to the next thing. If you think about the overall situation too much you'll go crazy.

My anesthesia was pretty much the definition of "routine." General and then a dilaudid PCA + prn boluses for pain control. We didn't talk about the newer post-op regimens or things like an epidural. I do wonder if things would have worked out better with some of the more advanced anesthesia, but my pain control was adequate. I would have tried anything more they offered/recommended, but from my perspective, they treated all the surgeries as pretty routine cases.

PS we went to med school together.

Sweet! Geaux Tigers!

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If the comment process was a fraud, Congress ought to make sure that can't keep happening and people need to understand not to trust those comments. DOJ should also be looking whether this was criminal.


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Benedict Cumberbatch! Because I'd like to be skinny and British.

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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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It depending on which Six I was playing. Their previous interactions with humans helped me define what their mindset would be. I'm happy that Gaius and Caprica ended up together. Not sure I would change anything of Ron Moore's vision.

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Good name


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A robotics and programming job. I remember them saying it was a process everyone over 18 goes through though.

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It's not looking great. Every day, Kurds are arrested, imprisoned, beaten, raped, tortured and executed for things as simple as speaking Kurdish with their families or singing Kurdish songs. The Turkish state has destroyed over 3,000 Kurdish villages I could continue with the list of atrocities committed against them but it would take all day.

The one bit of optimism I have is that people are becoming more and more aware of Erdogan/Turkish state crimes, and I think that soon the whole world will call on Turkey to stop what they are doing or face repercussions. Turkey is badly losing its war against Kurdish freedom fighters in the south. I think it will be a long, painful uphill battle for Kurds in Turkey to reclaim their rights, but I believe that it will happen some day.


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ccident has happened, what has been your favorite plac

Hmm... Probably the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville. It's my hometown, and I knew quite a few people there. It was very special.

A:

Thanks for your ongoing support, we always love hearing from our customers!

With the new Clio experience, we're trying to get away from one-off feature votes and trying to understand our customers' problems and workflows in a more holistic way—a feature-oriented view is a bit myopic.

If you'd be interested in getting on a customer interview with our product managers, let our support team know or shoot me a PM here and I'll be happy to put you in touch.

In terms of e-signing, stay tuned :)


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There was a couple of people behind a table at a "fair" for travel which claimed to be from Immigration (this was over a year ago when I last renewed my passport) and passport control. They were there to help people fill out passport applications and I saw the passport card (which I hadn't heard of before) and asked about it. I specifically wanted to know if it would work as a RealID for domestic air travel and they said no, only for air travel between North American countries.

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Is Clio planning on adding more sidebar items, such as assigning tasks for taking random notes? I would love to be able to just click a button and add things to my Matters without having to navigate to the client page. It would be even better if the note and task feature could have the time entry-style popup so you can quickly review what is coming up as due/assign tasks, along with reviewing all the notes you took that day at a glance.

We use Clio for our firm and if ever there were a reason we would jump ship, it would be because of how cumbersome it is to add and review notes and tasks as you move through your day. Would love to see some help here.


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David, What has helped you heal and forgive? How has your daily routine changed?

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As a resident, how do you feel your attendings/hospital have failed and succeeded in helping you through your process?


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How do I explain the importance of Net Neutrality to people who don't understand how to work their TV remote, let alone what an ISP is?

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Why doesn't anybody ever bring up how fucking great City of Lost Children was?


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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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Hey Tricia! Still to this day, i'm showing more and more people Battlestar Galactica, and every single one are citing Caprica Six as one of their favorite characters. Almost 8 years later and people still love every part of this show, so thank you for helping make it a reality :)

My question is: Given your involvement with a lot of different mediums of Science Fiction, what was it like going from a character like Six to a different kind of AI character like EDI of Mass Effect 2 and 3?

Thanks again for all you've done, and i can't wait to see what the future holds. So say we all!


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How do you get such a nice, even black background in so many of your up-close shots? I wonder that every time I see one of your Instagram photos-- you're one of my favorite accounts, as a young ecologist and photographer.

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Where do you plan to go from here job-wise and education-wise? Since you've lived off the grid this long is it possible to get a birth certificate and a social number?


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Every day, Kurds are arrested, imprisoned, beaten, raped, tortured and executed for things as simple as speaking Kurdish with their families or singing Kurdish songs.

Is there a source on this? I have no idea about the situation but some numbers would be great.

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Have you seen Freya Markowski again since April?


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Obviously you see the legal field as a great place for technological innovation. Do you think we're going to be able to fully replace lawyers with technology one day? Contracts and other rigidly structured documents seem like something that could be negotiated between two computers once things are a little more standardized.

Yes, /u/orangejulius, I want to replace you with a bot.

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It sounds like there was a misunderstanding. We work closely with TSA, who control the security of domestic airports, to make sure they know the U.S. passport card is a valid ID for domestic air travel.

Please note the U.S. passport card is not valid as a passport document for international air travel. In other words, you can use the U.S. passport card to travel by plane between NYC and LA, but not between NYC and Toronto. However, you can use it when entering the United States at land border crossings and sea ports-of-entry from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda.

More information about the passport card can be found here.


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Your question is well-timed :-)

We're releasing a complete redesign of Clio (previously code-named Apollo, now branded "the new Clio experience") to all customers over the course of October.

With the new Clio experience we've added a Quick Create button to the top navigation that will allow you to quickly add notes, assign tasks, etc. with just a few clicks.

I think you'll love it.

(And thanks for being a customer!)

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The forgiveness I've expereienced in my own life, and the love I've received. And my days are actually pretty similar (I go the same places) but I just do things in a different way. Put clothes on a different way, still go to the bathroom a different way, etc... Thanks for the question!


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I must say, I've been thoroughly humbled by the outpouring of support and assistance I've received from everyone, to say the least. Some of my friends in the department set up a gofundme page and everyone donated most generously to help out. There were tons of donations and I think in total, over 100 people contributed.

The people in the education office and the chief residents were particularly helpful. We had to rearrange rotations, get call coverages switched, figure out when I could take the boards, make sure all the necessary "boxes" for residency would still get checked off, etc. They helped me get set up with long term disability insurance that was apparently one of the benefits of being a resident at my institution. They figured out ways to keep me on the payroll. People donated "extra" vacation days that they turned into sick days for me. I was overwhelmed by people's generosity, in both aid and spirit.

As for the "being a patient" side of it, I definitely have "insider access" to my doctors. I can email them whenever I want, basically. I understand that's a very nice privilege so I try not to abuse it.

As for your every day, "coming in for labs" or even "getting a colonoscopy" or whatever, though, I'm just another patient. Which doesn't make me upset and is in no way a criticism of the hospital. It's not that they're bad people, or anything. It's just that the system is huge and people can't possibly know everyone. And I don't make a huge fuss about being a doctor, other than to reassure my medical providers that I understand what they're saying.

I do think the care I've received overall has been of very high quality. Particularly in certain departments, like the ICU nurses.

And finally, I wouldn't really say anyone "failed" to do, anything, really. No one was obligated to do anything. If no duty is owed, there can't be a failure through lack of action. So I really only think of it in positive terms.

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Many people respond more to specific examples about how laws affect them, more than philosophical debates. (That's often true for judges too.)


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People do but it's not the most popular film I've ever been in.

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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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Thank you.

Voicing EDI was way different than portraying Six. With Mass Effect, there was no script so I had no idea what was going on. I would show up at the studio, head into the booth, put on the headphones and a line would appear on the computer screen and the record button would come on. I'd read it a few times and then another line would appear. Literally the first time I would see a line, and read it, it was being recorded. I really still have no idea what the story is.

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It depends on the photos but usually using multiple corss angle flashes in a very low setting with very larger diffusers, or using specialized black felt that counters the flash. So usually I'm lugging a lot of gear into the field, everything I photograph is in the field, not a lab or anything.


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Education-wise, I started an online program, Edgenuity, through an adult school that let me in without a photo ID on the condition that I can't graduate until I possess one. Job-wise, I need a social security number before I even begin.
It is possible. I had an Order Establishing Fact of Birth (VS108) signed by a judge and I'm working on sending it to the California Department of Public Health - Vital Records to be made official. From there, I'm using my Medi-Cal benefits card—which I got from my social worker helping me get temporary health insurance—as ID, the VS108, and a copy of my birth certificate to get assigned a social security number. Finally, I'll be able to work and graduate.


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I just skyped her today!

A:

Geoff Hinton made a point that we're very close to realizing the algorithmic potential of current machine learning capabilities. When it comes to negotiating contracts, there's a level of nuance required that machines just can't provide.

We'll get to a point where we'll have easily automated tasks being done by computers, and the leading edge of consumer machine learning capabilities will get pulled into the practice of law, but you'll never be able to fully remove lawyers from the legal process.


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Given that it takes several weeks to process a passport renewal, and I have to send off my current passport with the renewal application, would I not be able to travel abroad while I wait for my new passport to arrive?

And what would happen to people who live in one of those states whose licenses are not yet REAL ID compliant, and their passport is about to expire? Will they still be able to get through TSA checkpoints for inside-USA air travel somehow, if they send off their old passport and are waiting for their new passport to be issued?

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Young lawyer here in small firm (12 attys) who is having difficulty convincing my older, tech-adverse partners to move from Tabs and no practice management software to Clio. How do I convince them?


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Where did you learn to be so forgiving? The wonderful article you linked said you forgave her right away. How exactly did that happen for you? I aspire to be as forgiving as you.

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What is your biggest obstacle in effecting change?


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You have been with you wife Opal for over 40 years and you have a wonderful relationship with your two children. What advice would you give young actors to help them have a lasting marriage and healthy family life in Hollywood?

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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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Why did Six kill that baby? :(

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Here in central Va., the hummers were late arrivals by a month it seemed. Now they appear to be leaving early. What's going on? Mother Nature, I'm sure?


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Do your brothers share your parent's beliefs? Are there any extended family members that tried to help/stop this?

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Thank you, appreciate it. Do you keep a rundown of sources I can keep on-hand by chance? I know I'm asking a lot but it would really help people spread and understand what you're saying - which I believe is the goal.


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but she was negligent, the fact they didnt press charges is disgusting IMO. she ran a red light and almost killed this guy. She got a pass because of the " lets not punish the junkies and mentally ill" bullshit.

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How did you get Preet Bhrara as a speaker?


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You cannot travel internationally without a passport. We recommend applying early during our slow season for faster processing. Our slow season is from September to January. Current routine processing times are approximately 4-6 weeks and expedited processing times are approximately 2-3 weeks.

If you have a true emergency, we have 27 passport agencies that offer emergency passport services for travelers departing in less than 2 weeks.

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I think the biggest thing is to get them excited about what's possible. Even getting one person at the firm to experience the advantages of the cloud can be powerful. Show them the mobile app. Show them how easy tracking time on it is. How easy generating a bill is. Building excitement is the most important part of building buy-in.

There is also a lot of perceived friction around the data migration process. We have now migrated thousands of legal practitioners to Clio. We can make the data transition seamless for the firm free of charge. We also make it easy to transition away from Clio if you decide it's not the right fit. Our main goal is to support legal professionals in maximizing their time and being successful.


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d you learn to be so forgiving? The wonderful article you linked said you

I live in a community of people who love me... and I knew I was going to be alright. I also knew that it was an accident, meaning she did not intend to hit me, so I knew the best thing for her would be forgiveness. Forgiveness is missing today... and I do hope that whoever reads about this is encouraged to try it as an approach to whatever their facing in their lives, it truly brings so much life to you and the people around you.

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Stamina. The government often tries to grind people down and wear them out, including us. But it's worth the fight.


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Learn how to say the following phrase: "You are so right dear."

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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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It was a mercy killing. Six was fascinated with seeing the innocence of the baby (holding one for the first time) and knew that the bombs were going to go off soon, so chose to end the baby's life quickly and painlessly rather than having it suffer during the bombing.

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It seem's like a lot of people are telling me about erratic migrations of Ruby-thoarts this year, I'm sure the strange weather effecting their feeding sources has something to do with it. I will be very interested to see what numbers look like from banding this year, and my own observations of them in Costa Rica come November


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My brothers share my beliefs. My great aunt tried to help, but we were too brainwashed to tell CPS the truth.

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Our nonprofit is working on an information section of our website that has a detailed list of crimes against Kurds, so stay tuned and hopefully we can have something more comprehensive in the next few months.


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ould have had to go to inpatient or som

Hi Hexxman. Thanks for the comment. And I totally agree that she doesn't deserve to be let off the hook. My reasoning was NOT because I wanted to be soft on a junkie. My reasoning was to help her, to show her that Love and Forgiveness are real and that she could have another chance. We had her do community service.

I really don't think jail would have been a good option for someone who already felt worthless. I'm not responsible for how she turns out, but I've done what I can to help. (FYI, she has been clean for a year)

Hope this makes a little more sense.

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Perhaps more easily that you'd expect: we invited him to speak, and he accepted!

I think Preet is really excited to share a message that will inspire a huge audience of innovative lawyers. We're super-excited to have him.


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Brenda, Do you have any new information on the buy outs for members of passport services?

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How did you get Preet Bhrara as a speaker?


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Agreed. You inspire me to be more forgiving already! The next time you're in Nashville I would love to treat both of you to coffee!

A:

Are we doomed?


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Saw a picture of you, Action Bronson, Mario Batali with a fourth guy. How was dinner?

And more importantly how do I get an invite to such a cool group of people?

A:

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


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Just got through watching Ascension, any word on the possibility of it being picked up again?!?! I would love to see more of Christa's story.

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My father in law has a feeder that has been frequented by an all white hummingbird, how rare are "albino" hummingbirds?


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OP have you heard about Khan Academy? They have a TON of classes in video form in many different subjects online for free along with practice questions. I would recommend you using them to try to catch up on certain subjects, and if you plan on getting a GED they could really help you get ready for the tests. Best of luck.

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If you were magically put into a leadership role in the Kurdish independence movement, what would you do at this point?


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Lmao, you definitely were!

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Follow up: Can I get a pair of those socks?


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We don't have any information at this time, but we will share it once we have it.

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Perhaps more easily that you'd expect: we invited him to speak, and he accepted!

I think Preet is really excited to share a message that will inspire a huge audience of innovative lawyers. We're super-excited to have him.


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I'm literally driving away right now (not driving, riding with family)! That sounds great!

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No, definitely not. See our earlier post about Laquan McDonald.


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Dinner was great... as for the rest... good luck! We went to one of Mario's places called La Sirena... phenomenal food, as are all of Mario's restaurants!

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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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No, it's done. The sets were massive and would have to be rebuilt.

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They are not very common and have caused quite a stir in the ornithological field. Albino Hummingbirds seem to draw in large crowds to see them. Was this the famous one out west this summer, I believe in California?


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I love Khan Academy!

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Hm, that's a very tough question.

My main priority would probably be to get large foreign powers on our side. I would attempt to convince the US, UN and NATO that recognition of the Kurdish people is vitally important to stability in the Middle East, and would explain that Kurds are generally a more moderate and secular community compared to their neighbors. My being an American would enable me to have an easier dialogue with US/UN officials, and I could use that to convince these world powers to use their strength to protect Kurdish people.


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ld down his horn and I apologized with a wave. There but for the

Thanks for the response! That's great. I think in the analogy it's actually better to see Danny Devito as someone who needs help and has a problem (this puts the situation outside of yourself so you can see it objectively) and hope that he finds help.

And I've run red lights before myself.

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PM me a mailing address!


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Is there any updates to the hiring freeze for Passport Services? Many agencies are struggling with understaffed offices?

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Follow up: Can I get a pair of those socks?


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How has your music changed since the accident?

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This might be the 2nd or 3rd time I'm calling legislators complaining about net neutrality under attack. Will lawmakers continue to bring it up until the people lose interest?

Are there any laws protecting the people from constant barrage of defeated legislation?


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What is the weirdest thing a fan has ever given or done for you?

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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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Hi Tricia, Thanks for doing this ama!

How was working on Command and Conquer 3, did you feel it was really different working on a video game vs. working on tv/movies?

thanks!

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He lives in Raleigh, NC.


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How do you keep your hair looking so glorious?

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I'm hung up on the thought process that a Kurdish state would lower tensions in the middle East. Wouldn't that state just become a Target of Iran, Iraq, syria, S.A.? Would the Kurdish state turn into another Israel where either they need one of the best militaries globally or they would parish?


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You are amazing! I am still struggling to forgive the driver who almost ran over me and my daughter...I believe that big thing in your case was that she showed how sorry she is..I wish you all the best in your life. Keep that smile.

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Hi Jack, is there anything you regret in the early days of crunching to deliver the first few iterations of Clio. Additionally, anything you remember super fondly from those days?


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No updates at this time.

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PM me a mailing address!


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your music ch

Good question! I've written some songs that definitely reflect the accident and what I've been going though (which will be coming out in the next few months (so subscribe ;) )), I didn't write for the first few months after just because I was in so much pain and exhausted.

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There are no such laws, and they probably wouldn't be a good thing anyway. It's kind of like blowing up the rules in the Senate that require 60 votes: just because you like the result you get now doesn't mean you'll be happy when someone else is in control.


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I actually still find it weird that I have fans.

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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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Command and Conquer was my first video game, I think, if I'm remembering correctly. It was live action though, not just voice, so it wasn't that much different than working on tv/movies. Less plot, of course, and more game play type one liners, but fairly similar than when you are just doing voice.

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Very cool, I'm sure that was quite an individual to watch. Did he have bird enthusiast wanting to see it?


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Oh my gosh, thank you. It does what it does.

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I didn't say anything about a state. Just that someone should recognize their plight and protect their right to live freely.


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thank you, and yes. that is a different type of forgiveness. I encourage you to read through this thread, I've certainly been informed!

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My wife, Tonia, gave birth to our first child, Ian, the same year we launched Clio. I remember taking a customer call in the hospital shortly after Tonia gave birth to Ian, and realized that Clio was going to be so all-consuming that it would be a real struggle to balance being a present, engaged father to Ian while building a startup from the ground up.

I look back at that first year and it's all just one huge blur - I feel like someone hit "fast-forward" on my life, and it hasn't let up over the last nine years (and we've added two additional kids to the mix in the meantime!)

I know I missed out on some important moments of Ian's first year while working to get Clio out the door. I think this is a sacrifice a lot of entrepreneurs need to make, but I also hope that the lessons I've learned building Clio, and the positive role model I hope to become to Ian, will ultimate make me a better father to Ian than I would be had I chosen a different path.


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It has to be hard to work in the government with the current administration. Does it feel less stable since Jan 20th? Do you feel like you have to do anything differently?

What's the main difference you've noticed and is it harder to work as a public servant with the amount of discord that currently exists?

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I also would like a pair of socks.


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Pineapple on pizza or no?

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I feel like transparency in the government kind of a no brainer. There is obviously a need for operational security, but it seems like the government abuses that classification quite a bit. What kind of arguments do you guys hear from the government in defenses of their lack of transparency?


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Do you give fans hugs at conventions?

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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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Hi Tricia, I just wanted to say that the Carla arc was my favorite in Burn Notice.

You also did an amazing job as Black Cat in Spectacular Spider-man. If given the opportunity would you be interested in voicing the character again?

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What was the most awe-inspiring moment you've had while in the field?


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How hard is it to "prove" that you're a citizen of this country? I can see the current state of the government claim that you're illegal or something.

Also would you be able to lie about your birth date/year if you choose ? What does the paper work involve?

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Wait, so you want independence without becoming a nation state? Because I can't really grasp how that would work out.


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Hey David,

Given how you've been injured in a bike accident, do you think there are changes to the infrastructure possible which would help prevent happening this to other people? Greetings from the land of the bikes and the red light district!

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What was your oh-shit-what-am-I-doing part of your career?


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We are committed to serving the American public in accordance with our mission.

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See above!


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Lol I love every ingredient

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We find that the government (from the federal government on down to local library boards) usually throws a lot of legal spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks. If they can dream up any basis to withhold something that doesn’t make them look like complete morons, they’ll do it, even though the law is really pretty demanding in favor of disclosure. We also find a lot of scare tactics along the lines of “if you release this, judge, you’ll make it easier for terrorists to attack us.” But the courts are usually pretty good about seeing through the garbage. Personal privacy exemptions get over-asserted a lot, and we doubt that many government officials really are concerned about it (as opposed to trying to hide behind it to keep their own embarrassing actions secret.) And definitely law enforcement agencies dream up all kinds of fanciful ways that release of basic information would hurt their investigations that don’t hold water once you challenge them.


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Yes.

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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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Thanks, I had fun with her. Would have loved to get a little more inside look into Carla though. Was just starting to see a crack in her when Fiona shot her. Absolutely would be interested in voicing black cat again.

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I think the first time I went to the tropics, it still stands out. I had wanted to go to the rainforest since I was a little kid. The first morning I opened the door, a toucan flew into a tree and parrots were squawking loudly, I knew this is what I wanted to see all the time.


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It's a 2-step process. First, you gather testimonies, family photos, and personal testimony. Second, the judge believes everything you and the witnesses say after verifying everyone is telling the truth. I made up my own middle name, so I'm sure I could have lied, but I didn't want to. It would also take my witnesses lying with me.

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I support self-determination and levels of autonomy, which doesn't always mean nation-state.


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Great question: I think we should do everything in our power to fix the roads... And the light where the accident happened is actually hidden by a bridge until you're about 100 yards away. There's a light under the bridge on the side of the road as well, it's just weird though. So one thing would be to make that light more obvious.

Regardless, when there are humans involved, accidents will exist. It's our own responsibility to do our best to act in the way we want others to act: if you want safer roads, be an alert, safe driver

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The first year of Clio's existence was one perpetual 'oh-shit' moment. I left my high-paying job at the same time I had my first child and a brand new mortgage to pay for while trying to get a new company off the ground. There were a lot of sleepless nights. Without the support of my patient and eternally understanding wife, Tonia, I don't think we'd be the company we are today.


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Hi Jack, is there anything you regret in the early days of crunching to deliver the first few iterations of Clio. Additionally, anything you remember super fondly from those days?

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How did you find it so easy to forgive? What is your recovery like so far?


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Do you ever get frustrated having to fight the same FOIA battle with different government officials over and over again? And if so, how do you push through?

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Ron, big fan! There's no mistaking that face or voice, and yet you're the perfect cast in virtually every part you've played. Chitown Cheers to you!

My question: Which insane fantasy character or creature HAVEN'T you played that you've always had your eye on?


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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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Question re: Lucifer. Will Charlotte be as significant to story line this season?


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By "flew into," do you mean perched on, or collided with?

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Please tell me you picked some fantastic middle name like Magic or Ulysses or Thundercock.


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Do you think the attempted coup was staged?

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David, What has helped you heal and forgive? How has your daily routine changed?


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Hi. Is Clio working to integrate court systems (e-file) and other software for particular practices?

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My wife, Tonia, gave birth to our first child, Ian, the same year we launched Clio. I remember taking a customer call in the hospital shortly after Tonia gave birth to Ian, and realized that Clio was going to be so all-consuming that it would be a real struggle to balance being a present, engaged father to Ian while building a startup from the ground up.

I look back at that first year and it's all just one huge blur - I feel like someone hit "fast-forward" on my life, and it hasn't let up over the last nine years (and we've added two additional kids to the mix in the meantime!)

I know I missed out on some important moments of Ian's first year while working to get Clio out the door. I think this is a sacrifice a lot of entrepreneurs need to make, but I also hope that the lessons I've learned building Clio, and the positive role model I hope to become to Ian, will ultimate make me a better father to Ian than I would be had I chosen a different path.


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see my comment to @trashtvqueen above. Recovery is pretty good, I'm walking full-time, even walking unassisted in the house! Very thankful for the recovery of neural pathways in my legs.

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Frustrated is an understatement. Sometimes it feels like we're just banging our heads against the same wall. But the satisfaction that comes from beating the big-bad government and getting the truth out makes it well worth it.


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Tevya.

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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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Charlotte is not in the first few episodes, but then comes back with an interesting story line. "Welcome Back Charlotte Richards" was really fun for me to play. Overall though, no, I don't think she'll have as significant of a role as Mom, since she's no longer the mother of Lucifer.

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Hahaha landed in a nearby palm tree. I think a toucan doing a kamikaze dive within my first minutes might have been negative.


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No such luck. That would have been funny though. I chose Quin after my dad.

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The whole thing is so damn shady I'm not sure what to think. I don't know if it was staged, but it kind of gives me 1933-Reichstag-vibes.

Erdoğan's claim that Gülen was involved is dubious. Erdoğan's political game is to blame everything on either the PKK or Gülen when he loses his tenuous grasp on power. German intelligence is doubtful that Gülen was involved in any way, and considering Germany has found Turkish state infiltration of their police and the Turkish government has spied on German politicians, that's saying a lot.

I do know that if the state wasn't involved, they at least knew about it well in advance. I wouldn't be surprised if later intelligence was uncovered that showed that the government was somehow involved in deeper levels.


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The forgiveness I've expereienced in my own life, and the love I've received. And my days are actually pretty similar (I go the same places) but I just do things in a different way. Put clothes on a different way, still go to the bathroom a different way, etc... Thanks for the question!

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Hi Andrew! Short answer: we'd love to, but we have to see some standardization in court e-filing systems first; with so many disparate systems for each individual court/county, trying to integrate them all into Clio would be extremely difficult.


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What was your oh-shit-what-am-I-doing part of your career?

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Hi David, I really just want to tell you what an inspiration you are! But, rules are I must ask a question... So here it is: have you done any speaking engagements talking about your accident? If so, what was it like for you? If you could do a TED talk about the power of forgiveness, would you do it? I'd love to see it! (I'm not affiliated with TED or anything remotely similar!)


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Have received death threats for your actions? What type of investigation is being done about the Chicago black site?

Thanks for the work you've done in and for the community.

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Your work with Guillermo del Toro has been some of the most fun stuff I've seen on screen. Will you be working with him again, & what is your favorite memory of working with him in the past?


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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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Hey Tricia! What's your favorite brand of toaster?

Also, I read one of your articles in a dog magazine at a vet office last year. What's the craziest thing your pets have done?


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Is putting sugar water in a hummingbird feedto attract them to my garden a good thing for them or am I just giving them the human equivalent of a ton of birthday cake?

What's your most exciting experience been in the field?

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You chose a cool name. That said, there is no way I would have chosen his name after what they did.


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I know there are different groups such as PKK, PYD, YPG, KRG, KDP. I’ve seen some of them called “terrorists” by Turkish supporters and honestly it’s a bit confusing as an outsider to distinguish between these groups. Would you consider any of them not inline with the good intentions of the Kurds as a whole, or using questionable tactics?

Edit: grammar

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Platt!!! What are biggest hopes and goals now that you have experienced so much healing?


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You're legal trend reports are amazing and contain a lot of market data that no one else really has been able to collect. (i.e. from actual practitioners via their practice management program) Will clio ever let researchers access the raw data itself?

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The first year of Clio's existence was one perpetual 'oh-shit' moment. I left my high-paying job at the same time I had my first child and a brand new mortgage to pay for while trying to get a new company off the ground. There were a lot of sleepless nights. Without the support of my patient and eternally understanding wife, Tonia, I don't think we'd be the company we are today.


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I have played shows where we show a 20 minute documentary of my story, and then I play an hour set and share more of the story. I'd LOVE to do a ted talk

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Happily no, we have not received any death threats. There is currently civil rights litigation pending about Homan Square. There was a recent ruling ordering the City to search for any Rahm Emanuel emails about this. Here is a Tribune article about the case: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-homan-square-lawsuit-20151020-story.html


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I hope I will be working with him again. Not my call his... BTW, before I forget, make sure you see his film called Shape of Water. It is an unqualified masterpiece. He is the most fun being on set of anyone I've had the pleasure of working with. He has the brilliance of Einstein and the sense of humor of Curly on the Three stooges. What could possibly go wrong?

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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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No favorites of anything.

When my first two cats were little, they were chasing each other at 4:30am and knocked over a side table. It had wrought iron legs with curls at the bottom. Bella ran through it, knocked it over and got her head stuck - like a kid with a stairwell bannister or something - and we couldn't get her back out. Tried to pry it open a bit with a large pliers (I was holding her body with one hand and her head with the other while my boyfriend tried to pry it open. The pliers broke and sliced through my wrist down to the tendon. Wrapped up my wrist and called the doorman who had the janitor come in from Brooklyn to open the supply closet (now 5:30am) and he came up with a metal saw and hand sawed through 1" thick wrought iron (with Bella's little neck still inside). Took 45min but finally got her out. She seemed traumatized but fine so I took off to emergency to get stitched up. Then took her to the vet. She was fine, but 6month later I ended up having surgery on the tendon to remove scar tissue (it had cut into the sheath surrounding the tendon) so I could move my wrist properly again.

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This is the normal way people attract them, they are usually searching out for sources that give them similar nutrients, similar to sugar water. So you're providing a source of food, which can be vital in some areas, depending on your location.


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I would have ended up regretting any other, to be honest.

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Oh man, so I'll try and tl;dr it. Bear with me.

PKK = Kurdistan Workers Party. Been around since the 70s and originated in Turkey. The leader and founding member of PKK, Abdullah Ocalan, has been imprisoned for 18 years. Turkey managed to use their power to get them on the NATO and US terror lists, and now many countries are regretting that decision, such as Belgium.

PYD = Democratic Union Party. The majority political party within the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (also called Rojava in Kurdish) Formed in 2003, but suppression kept them on the periphery until YPG started making gains against ISIS.

YPG = People's protection units. Armed militia, mostly Kurds but also Arabs and other minority groups, in Northern Syria/Rojava. They have made immense strides against ISIS.

KRG = Kurdistan Regional Government. Semi autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan (Bashur). Controlled by the KDP and PUK parties, which have roots in the tribal politics of the area.

KDP = political party within KRG. KRG is governed by PUK party, affiliated with Talebani, and the KDP political party, which is controlled by Massoud Barzani, who is closely allied with Erdogan. You can probably guess how I feel about KDP.


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I want to tell the world that I AM NOT A VICTIM. The point being that although I was a victim of an accident, if I responded as a victim (complaining, holding resentment, just sitting and being depressed about my legs not moving) I wouldn't be where I am today. I want to encourage others to fight whatever challenges they are up against, and not see themselves as victims, even if they truly are.

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We treat our customer privacy with the utmost respect. As expressed in our Terms of Service, we would never share access with a third party. With that being said, if researchers ever wanted to see something that wasn't included by default in the Legal Trends Report, we'd be happy to have a discussion around that.


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Hi David! It's great you forgave her and surely the right thing, but in the process of forgiving, there ever were tiny little moments when you felt anger and/or resentment? If yes, how can you describe them?

Hope the very best for your recovery, from Italy :)

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What is taking the longest amount of time in the legal process? It seems like most of your cases last years.


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How did overkill get you to play rust in payday?

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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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What is the most interesting thing a fan has ever given you at a con?

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My hummingbirds love my home made nectar with one part raw sugar and four parts water. They finish it so fast I clean and refill every two to three days. Do you recommend anything else as nectar? EDIT: I use organic cane sugar and TIL should just use plain white sugar. Here's a video of me trying to hand feed them but no luck yet. https://www.youtube.com/attribution_link?a=DmzCxb3gro4&u=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D-rmTHTx6bDU%26feature%3Dshare


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What is your favorite TV show and movie? Were you allowed to watch cartoons growing up?

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Can you tell us what your time in YPG was like and what conditions the YPG fought (and continue to fight) against?

How did you leave YPG? Did you just leave or is there a official process for leaving?

Feel free not to answer this one, how did a former YPG fighter return to the US? Are you a citizen of the US? A US citizen cannot join YPG without consequences, so I imagine you are not a citizen?

What assistance is ACTUALLY making it to the YPG from the US? Did you ever see any form of aid from the the US? I understand we provide fire support but what about equipment and water?

And lastly, what kinds of G-men came to talk to you after the incident with security?


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Your hair is gorgeous, what conditioner do you use?

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Thanks Lee, I always have directed my anger/frustration at my legs, not at the driver. Definitely moments when I wish I could have my legs back to normal. Have a functioning bladder/bowels. But I don't let them linger, and neither do the people around me☺️


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Depending on how hard the government fights, it might take as little as three or four months or as much as three or four years.

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It had very much to do with the last word of your question.


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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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One gal in London recently gave me hand knitted toys for my cats. Half filled with catnip and half filled with bells. They've been a big hit.


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That's the magic sauce. Sounds like you've got some happy Hummingbirds.

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My favorite TV shows are Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and Farscape. My favorite movies are Blade Runner and Grease. I was allowed to watch Drawn Together growing up.


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Time in the YPG was rough as you could expect in any conflict zone. The camaraderie was amazing, like nothing I've seen before. Right now they're limited by the embargo against them from both KRG (Iraqi Kurdistan) and Turkey. A lot of times vital resources cannot cross the borders.

I just left. My tour was over so I was dropped off in Kobanê and made my way out in the same way I entered.

I am a US citizen. I've had no problems upon return. I've been spoken to by customs, and by FBI twice. They haven't hassled me and have been very respectful. Most other American YPG I know haven't had much problem either. The story is different in places like U.K.

The coalition forces provide a lot of support to YPG included mortar and sniper teams, air strikes, MRAPs, weapons and ammunition, medical supplies and other vehicles. They were always around - US, French, UK. Many of them were advisors.

I was handcuffed, led to the basement and questioned by US Secret Service, NYPD, Marriott Security, and Turkish intelligence. Eventually I told them to get the Turkish guy out of the room or I wouldn't cooperate, as he was attempting to provoke myself and my friends and get our information. The US guys made him leave.

The FBI called me afterwards and asked what happened, as the FBI had visited my house a couple weeks ago after someone anonymously called and told them I was in ISIS. However I've never had any problem with the FBI and they seem to understand that any changes of terrorism are bogus.

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lol. It tends to do better the less I try to deal with it. but I've tried a bunch of different stuff, and it seems the more expensive stuff is better.


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What was your thinking process behind forgiving him?

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Hi, can you explain to me a little more about your case? Thanks!


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Hi Ron, first of all, I'd like to say that you are a big part of my childhood. But I'd like to know, during the shooting of "cronos" , what did you thought about guillermo del Toro the first time you met him ?

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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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What convinced you to take the role of 6?

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I've noticed that sometimes if a feeder is left out too long, it begins to develop mold. Is this mold harmful to hummingbirds? I don't keep a feeder, this was from a time when I house-sat for friends.


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When your father connected you to the internet and you started some self education, what were some of the most mind blowing things you discovered that people with different upbringings find mundane?

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What's your opinion on the YPG and SAA meeting up near Deir EzZor? Do you think there will be conflict or that they'll be able to work something out?


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How did you find it so easy to forgive? What is your recovery like so far?

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The question in my mind was, what's helpful? What is the best things for this girl and for myself in this situation?

In no way am I saying it's ok to run red lights or use drugs. Forgiveness is giving Grace for the wrong that was done. That's why.

Practically, imagine if I sued her... She'd be in prison with less chance of bettering her life. I think forgiving her, there's a chance it could be contagious, and she may spread light to the others in her life.


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Millions of comments have been submitted to the FCC regarding net neutrality and we still don’t know how many of those comments are fake. At the beginning of June our client, Jason Prechtel, submitted a FOIA request to the FCC seeking records that would reveal how many of the comments are fake and/or submitted by bots. The fact that the FCC has repeatedly chosen not to fully explain the problems with their online public commenting system and instead let the process continue for months as if nothing was wrong is both suspicious and concerning. The people who had their personal information stolen and fraudulently used to post online comments without their knowledge have a right to know and are still waiting for answers. The FCC hasn't even given us the decency of a response to our client's request. Instead, they are violating the law and basically ignoring it. So we've sued.

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After five minutes it felt like we'd known each other for ten years. After a half an hour it felt like we'd known each other 30...


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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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I loved the script. Plus it had emmy/oscar nominated headliners (Eddie and Mary). And...I was a brand new actor with almost no credits. With a script that good, it was a no brainer.


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So yes mold is not a good sign, also Hummingbirds will no longer visit the feeder after a day or two if you don't switch out the sugar water. They don't enjoy cloudy looking sugar water, I know quite picky of them.

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The pledge of allegiance and the national anthem.


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I hope they can arrange some sort of agreement and each stay on the opposite sides of the river. YPG doesn't need another enemy right now.

A:

see my comment to @trashtvqueen above. Recovery is pretty good, I'm walking full-time, even walking unassisted in the house! Very thankful for the recovery of neural pathways in my legs.


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What's your favorite John Mayer song and album? Mine are Clarity and Room for Squares. Thanks for the AMA!

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Will this accomplish anything or just mark it visible?


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Car guy here - what is your favorite car in your garage?

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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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well, new actor or not, you did a fantastic job. Especially being the person who first set the tone in the mini-series.

A:

Does the red dye in the store-bought stuff actually make them sick?


Q:

What is the unexpected upside of officially not existing that regular folk would never realise?

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How are there so many Erdogan supporters in the US?


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Is there anything you can't do at the moment that you used to do but are working towards doing again? On a side note, I think it is both courageous and amazing that you were able to forgive so quickly such an inspiring story!

A:

Oooh man. I love the where the light is DVD... Song is hard. Depends on the day. Slow dancing is classic


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Step 1 in addressing the problem of using bots to fraudulently hijack the commenting process is to expose the extent of the problem.

A:

I only have one and it's a Tesla and it's the only car i will drive for the rest of my life.


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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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Thank you.


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It does, it's been shown to create bill rot, then leaving the birds unable to feed.


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I would imagine it's because Turkish citizens living abroad are still able to vote in Turkish elections. The government frequently send Turks to campaign in other countries to convince people to vote for Erdogan.

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Thank you!

I'd love to play soccer/wakeboard/mountain bike. I need quite a bit more strength for that... But I'm working toward it! Who knows at this rate someday I might.


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One more, probably stupid. Have you always been a forgiving person? Many people take small sleights against them to heart, and take a while to let them go. Have you always been able to rationalise and forgive? Or was that a conscious decision? I guess I'm asking if you're naturally hyper-empathetic, or if you learned it along the way!


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Huge SoA fan, like most people. So here are a couple SoA questions...

What was your favorite scene to shoot? Why?

What was your least favorite scene to shoot? Why?

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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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Hi Tricia! What was your absolute favorite tv or movie role to play and why?

A:

My mamaw has a ton of hummingbirds visiting her feeders lately, should she swap over to sugar water instead of the premade mix for their health? Also, I saw someone mention using 1:4 raw sugar mixture, is there anything else that to add to this mixture to help get them some extra nutrients?


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You have an awesome sense of humor and grasp of pop culture and meme's. I would say your long term chances of success are high and that your socialization either happened quickly or naturally.

I would wish you luck, but I don't think you need it. You be you man and rock it!

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How bad did you get your ass beat? And any word on repercussions against the ass beater(s)?


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Hi David, I really just want to tell you what an inspiration you are! But, rules are I must ask a question... So here it is: have you done any speaking engagements talking about your accident? If so, what was it like for you? If you could do a TED talk about the power of forgiveness, would you do it? I'd love to see it! (I'm not affiliated with TED or anything remotely similar!)

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Good question: honestly, maybe I've just made the right friends, or maybe it's the way I view people, but I've never been so offended that I couldn't forgive someone. I don't think anyone's done something so bad to me that was truly evil that I couldn't forgive. Closest thing would be the person who stole my laptop from the scene of the accident........ That was low.


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The City is relying on the fact that Mr. Rios was a juvenile. We don't think the statute that protects juvenile information applies to records about the shooting of a juvenile by police, and we are in the middle of a suit against the City on this issue in a FOIA case for the records in the Warren Robinson shooting.

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my favorites scenes were the ones in the chapel with the boys. That was quintessential sons of anarchy stuff.


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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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I actually don't have favorites of anything. Never have. No favorite food, book, etc. I've certainly had roles I've liked more than others, but favorite, no. They are all different experiences on screen and behind the scenes. I loved BSG, of course. Really enjoying Lucifer right now, and I loved playing Molly Parker in Killer Women. The project wasn't the strongest overall, but the character was so much fun.


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That is the secret the 1/4 mixture. Is she using stuff that has red dye in it? If so it's probably not healthy for them

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Haha, thank you, my dude.


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I was punched multiple times on all sides of my head, several times in the back of the neck, and a few times in the stomach. As I was being dragged out by security, people were continuing to take shots at me as I was completely incapacitated and being carried away.

I went to a doctor to document my injuries the day afterwards. I had some contusions on my right shoulder from where the crowd was attempting to pull me away from the security forces escorting me out. I had a couple abrasions on my scalp. The punches are giving me painful muscle spasms in the neck, (kind of like whiplash, it was explained to me) hopefully these will go away as I use the muscle relaxer the doctor prescribed me.

After the incident, when I was handcuffed and detained in the hotel's basement, I asked about pressing charges against my attackers and was told that because "I started it", I had no grounds to press charges. When I asserted that I have a right to free speech and the crowd did not have a right to assault me, the NYPD threatened to arrest me and charge me with criminal trespass, so I stayed silent. However, I have not given up on the idea of pressing charges, and I hope that some of the men whose faces are clearly visible in the footage can be identified.

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I have played shows where we show a 20 minute documentary of my story, and then I play an hour set and share more of the story. I'd LOVE to do a ted talk


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Are you sueing th FCC in regards to the comment period? I, for one, searched and found one of the copy pasted comments SUPPORTING the end of net neutrality in my name. I have submitted 2 comments stating I want net neutrality and for ISP's to be considered a utility. Also what's happened in regards to the so called DNS attack that inturrupted the comment period after the HBO John Oliver special with a call to arms to phone the FCC? Thanks!

A:

Are you serious about your bid for the presidency in 2020?


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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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I know you are also a cat lover. Tell us about your cats. What are their names, breeds/colors? Any funny cat stories? Basically, just talk about cats because...cats. :)


Q:

what is your favourite hummingbird?

A:

You're not on the grid? Is your name Neo and did you take the blue pill?


Q:

So who actually attacked you? This is what is unclear to me.

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Hi David! It's great you forgave her and surely the right thing, but in the process of forgiving, there ever were tiny little moments when you felt anger and/or resentment? If yes, how can you describe them?

Hope the very best for your recovery, from Italy :)


Q:

We're suing right now just for information about it. But we'll be looking into the broader issues too.

A:

Fuck yeah!


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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.

A:

My cats are my loves. I've got Fiona crawling up my back right now. They are all rescues so all different types of breeds and colors and mixes. One funny thing is one of my cats insists on bring my pilates reformer foot straps to me. He insists that they belong upstairs instead of in my gym downstairs. I keep carrying them back down and almost immediately he starts hauling them back up. Their names (some have passed) are: Mr. Nix, Bella, Delilah, Frankie, Bug, Cesar, Lily, Rigby, Fiona, Lebron, Prissie, Max, Summer, Sam, Buster.


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I used to take the red pill, but it doesn't do it for me anymore. Neo is a little bitch; I'm Morpheus.


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It's hard to figure out, we are working on identifying some of them. Because Erdogan's security guards just wears suits, we can't tell who attacked whom. Plus, I was face down for much of the incident.

A:

Thanks Lee, I always have directed my anger/frustration at my legs, not at the driver. Definitely moments when I wish I could have my legs back to normal. Have a functioning bladder/bowels. But I don't let them linger, and neither do the people around me☺️


Q:

Think you'll win?

A:

How do I be a Man according to Ron Perlman?


Q:

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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Awesome work on Rick & Morty (and all those other roles we have loved seeing/hearing you do).
Did you and James record your Rick & Morty dialogue together or separately?

How often do you see other BSG cast members in real life?


Q:

Is there anything in particular that you like about them? (Other than the adorable black crest?)

A:

Might have been asked before, but I'm curious: how did you come to do this AMA? Were you encouraged to do so in another thread elsewhere on Reddit?


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I guess my line of thinking is that if it's private security, sue the shit out of them.

Also it's pretty dogshit for the NYPD to not look more into an assault just because you were also possibly committing a crime. Maybe it's because of the different state but for us if there's an assault we at least long form it and give the CA a chance to decide if charges are warranted, regardless if the victim was also involved in something criminal.

A:

who'a your favourite Canadian?


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We don't have enough time bro...


Q:

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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James and I recorded separately, which is normal in voice work.

I see other BSG cast all the time. Not as much the Vancouver based actors obviously, but the LA ones. Katee, Trucco, James I see a lot. Eddie often, and Mary occasionally. Used to see Jamie quite a bit but his family moved to France about two years ago.


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They're just a beautiful species that doesn't often get encountered.

A:

You know, I thought one or two people would find it interesting and after hearing people were doing some and personally asking some questions, I went ahead and tried it.


Q:

Hopefully as we ID more people we can find out more about the routes we can take

A:

Probably biebs


Q:

Have you heard of Freddie Martinez with regards to Chicago police and stingray devices? Would his work interest you?

A:

Hi Ron, love your movies! If you had just one piece of advice you've learned throughout your life to pass on to the younger generations, what would it be?


Q:

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

A:

Hello from a fellow Canadian! Tricia, I absolutely loved you (and Katee, too) in BSG! My question is: If traveling to work was not an issue (ie, we had transporter technology), which place on Earth would be your favourite place to make your home?


Q:

Thanks for doing this. Your photos of the hummies are awesome. What's your other favourite bird /animal?

A:

Thanks, it's really interesting. I have a conspiracy loving friend with an unvaccinated 2 year old who says she is going to home school so her daughter won't be taught the 'wrong' things by the lying government and Reptilian globalists. This gives me hope.


Q:

Did you hope to accomplish anything?

A:

Hey David! You can probably guess who this is by my handle! My question is this: has the accident affected how you are physically able to play music, as in mobility?


Q:

We love Freddy. We represented him in his stingray FOIA cases in Chicago and many others.

A:

Make failure your friend. Once you do that you can't lose. What to I mean by that? If you regard every failure as a victory, all you will ever know is victory.


Q:

thank you!

A:

Well, if traveling was no problem, I'd have a place in Italy, one in California (luckily I do), one on an island somewhere like Maldives, or maybe the Australian Gold Coast. Of course, I'd need a lot of money...so likely I'd just be right where I am in California.


Q:

Probably a Curl-crested Aracari

A:

Aw. That sucks. I'm glad it gives you hope though!


Q:

Our goal was to make sure Erdogan knew that when he leaves the confines of his safe space in Turkey, he will be challenged and called out for his heinous crimes against humanity. We intended to garner support and media attention, while at the same time shutting down his speech. I would say we accomplished quite a bit.

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ally able to play

Hey Gardner :) Ironically, I'm touring and playing more than before the accident! Just played last night in Nasvhille! Lots on the horizon as well :) So no. That said, I can't kick a bass drum pedal very hard. But I was never a good drummer ;)


Q:

Why do so many people oppose net neutrality and from a legal stand point why do you have to sue for these transparencies? Shouldn't they be available under the foia?

A:

Wanna come over for supper tonight Perl?


Q:

Just so you're aware, there is no best model in this scenario. Both are valid, and you are going to have to do better. I mean this with highest regard. Good luck in your optimization efforts at including all options so that each state in the union is represented equally in voting in the president, even though some are huge and have few people, and some are small and have all the people.

PS, when you solve this problem efficiently in one way, please inform the US government.

A:

Hi Tricia! I have had 6 heart surgeries and the result is I now require an ICD. My coworkers who are avid BSG fans refer to me as a toaster. Would Caprica 6 have any advice on living life on a battery and a computer?


Q:

Do you have a favorite photo you took yourself of one of these?

A:

I have a friend who had a child recently (at a hospital) and they didnt get the bc of ssn either for some odd reason. They are saying that the child will be able to do and have the same rights as an immigrant into this country (canada). Do you believe this is accurate?


Q:

What would your view on the actions of the group called PKK be? are they terrorists?

A:

If you don’t mind, are you religious?


Q:

We think these records are available under FOIA and that the FCC is violating the law by not producing them to our client.

A:

What are you cooking? I don't eat just anything, you know....


Q:

<takes note down in presidential notebook>

You're right though, the models will just be different. We'll try to find what's best on the whole for everyone, and we even openly discuss this with our developers so they can have input in the process too.

A:

Wow, that's amazing to have had that many. Sorry you've had to go through all that. Keep staying strong, as you clearly are. Caprica Six might have some advice, but seeing I'm not actually a robot, nor a doctor (and a total tech idiot), I don't have any advice.


A:

I don't believe so. I think even being an immigrant requires you prove you immigrated.


Q:

I can't bring myself to call them a terrorist organization. I have spoken to so many Kurds who owe their lives to PKK. They are a reactionary movement to a ruthlessly genocidal state. They are far from perfect and I don't agree with all of their tactics, but how can you mercilessly oppress an entire ethnic group for decades and then act surprised and outraged when they fight back?

A:

I believe in God, and I believe it's the God of the Bible. I also think faith is a deep and difficult subject, so I don't know the details. But I believe I have first hand experienced some of God's redemption in my own life.


Q:

Keep up the great work. I have only one question for you, what is your favourite flavour muffin?

A:

What's your favourite brand of cigar my man ?


Q:

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.

A:

Thanks for the answer and doing the iama!!


Q:

Are you an expert in Bird Law by any chance?

A:

Do you agree with your parents anti-establishment beliefs or are you pro-establushment or somewhere in the middle?


Q:

One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

Patriots in the American revolution, Jacobite uprisings, etc.

A:

Hi David, I have a hereditary muscle wasting disease. It's going to place me in a wheelchair and eventually lead to my death through heart failure or breathing collapse.

I've often thought about whether or not I would be "happy" with my life as things deteriorated. How did you find the psychological difficulty of being paralyzed?

I'm not scared of death, I'm scared of being unable to do things....


Q:

Matt: I try to stick to the Paleo diet, but I enjoy a good banana nut muffin from time to time.

Josh: Blueberry muffins are my favorite. I like to put butter on them.

A:

Hoyo de Monterey Churchill, from Havana Cuba.


Q:

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!

A:

Thank you for participating too!


Q:

I am, but can't practice in Philadelphia.

A:

I don't agree with their beliefs but in order to keep an open mind, I think it's good to listen. On YouTube, I'm subscribed to Infowars not because I believe everything they say but because I think it's important to not let my ill-feelings towards them obstruct rational thinking.


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They are not justifiable, and just like I said, I don't agree with all of their tactics. Belgian court just said they're not terrorists, and so have many other groups. But understand that this is a reactionary movement and there is active debate about whether or not PKK is a terrorist organization - Belgium urged the EU member states to adopt the same policy.

A:

'm not scared of death, I'm scared of being unable to

Thank you so much for sharing, and I'm sorry about your condition. The phychological part is hard, and I have no idea how to cope with what your struggle will be, I do know that "Man's search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl has meant a lot to me. It's a book by a guy who survived the holocaust, and you should read it for sure. He says that there is a certain kind of purpose you can only find through suffering. I've latched onto that, and It's been quite rewarding.

Make sense?


Q:

How about getting Trump to release his tax returns?

A:

Did you get to keep the Hannibal Chow shoes?


Q:

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?

A:

If you could choose any of your fellow BSG alumni to work together with again, who would it be?

Follow up: Do you have any other things that you'd like to work on? Ie: Directing/writing or are you more comfortable in front of the camera?


Q:

Is it legal to own a hummingbird in the United States?

A:

What's it like to work for the CIA in movies?


Q:

Are you a former US serviceman? Where did you get military training for fighting with the YPG?

A:

Are you into gaming?


Q:

We've been looking into this.

A:

I tried but a couple of armed guards at warner brothers stopped me as I got to my car.


Q:

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.

A:

I'd work with them all! I've actually worked with Micheal Trucco since. He played my brother on Killer Women. Was great because since he's one of my good friends, we already had that vibe and didn't have to "act" it really. I do want to do a reboot of Cagney and Lacey with Katee Sackhoff : ) I could see directing at some point, but not yet. Definitely producing is in my future though. Have a project right now that I'm currently in deal stages on.


Q:

It is not, very illegal

A:

Breathtaking.


Q:

Never been in the military before. Training was all in the YPG.

A:

I was until I got more into music.


Q:

Something I don't think people working in politics or advocacy get asked enough, and rarely if ever answer honestly:

Are you able to name a specific opinion you've previously held related to FCC regulations or related to privacy, about which you have later changed your mind?

If not, do you think that it is rational for people to trust an advocate who is thinking so shallowly about his area of expertise that he never finds he's been wrong about anything?

I don't intend that as an attack, although I realize it might sound harsh. I agree that net neutrality is important, but just as you guys can't be right 100% of the time, Ajit Pai can't be wrong 100% of the time.

Edit: Elaboration.

A:

Hi Ron! Thanks for doing the AMA.

A personal favorite movie of mine is Drive, and loved your role especially. What was it like playing Nino, and how was it working alongside Ryan Gosling and Winding Refn? Cheers.


Q:

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?

A:

Hi Tricia! I just want to say that I am honored that you follow me on Instagram. Raven and Woodhouse say hi! We were actually watching Lucifer on Hulu when I saw you commented on one of my posts. I started jumping up and down like a crazy person haha. I love all the work you do with animals. You truly are a beautiful person, inside and out.

What all can we expect from Charlotte's character in the future now that she is no longer "Mom"? If you are able to answer that...


Q:

What about two hummingbirds who are fond of one another?

A:

I can't imagine the shitstorm this has put you through in trying to do anything like exist.

How difficult has it been to try and be legally recognized by the system?


Q:

Do you have proof that you were in the YPG?

A:

What was your thinking process behind forgiving him?


Q:

The reason we love the work we do is that we're able to get people access to information that they can use to make up their own minds about important issues.

A:

Top draw experience. Everyone talks about what a great actor he is but no one will ever know what a great guy he is. And Refn is a talent like no other and I'll let you decide what I mean by that, heh, heh, heh.


Q:

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.

A:

Awe, thank you. Love seeing your posts about those two crazy lovebird friends.
Charlotte is having an identity crisis for sure. She doesn't remember the last four months at all (since we was technically dead), but she's hearing about all the things she supposedly did. For a strong women, the thought of her having a nervous breakdown or a mental break is embarrassing for her and she's trying to hide the fact that she doesn't remember anything. Plus, she's having horrible nightmares of something she can't understand. The beginning of her story really is about her trying to figure herself out, and what happened to her.


Q:

Well I mean in the wild that's encouraged. The males need to be fond of the females

A:

It's been hard. Even the judge that made my birth certificate official expressed sympathy.


Q:

Yes. here is a picture of me in uniform, and with former YPG spokesman Redur Xelil.

A:

The question in my mind was, what's helpful? What is the best things for this girl and for myself in this situation?

In no way am I saying it's ok to run red lights or use drugs. Forgiveness is giving Grace for the wrong that was done. That's why.

Practically, imagine if I sued her... She'd be in prison with less chance of bettering her life. I think forgiving her, there's a chance it could be contagious, and she may spread light to the others in her life.


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Hello, thanks for fighting againt net neutrality.

Can you please tell us more of the transparency cases? Like, maybe a list of them? Thanks for doing an ama.

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Have you ever wanted to play a daycare center employee with a heart of gold?


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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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Thanks for doing this. Loved BSG. What has been your most awkward starstruck moment? Not a fan meeting you,but you meeting someone you're a fan of?


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According to Aztec mythology, warriors who served the sun god Huizilopochtli turn into hummingbirds when they die.

How do you think an Aztec warrior would react to the work you do?

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How much pot do your parents smoke?


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How do you feel about the hundreds of thousands of western tourists who funnel money into Turkey every year?
Have you guys ever thought about buying airtime and ad space in these places with some information about what is really happening there. Most of these people seem oblivious to what they are contributing to.

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you can forgive someone and still hold them accountable. this is why insurance exists. You will likely experience many instances where you encounter financial hardship due to this accident. You need a lawyer to protect your interests. IANAL


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A partial list is on our website, www.loevy.com/foia. But we've done many more.

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Well now that you mention it.... No.


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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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When I presented at the Hockey awards. They pulled me backstage to go on soon, and I walked into the greenroom full of hockey greats. I think I stuck myself up against a wall, behind a big barrel of gatorade bottles, and just sort of stared.


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Well, I'm hoping they'd make me their leader since I'm a friend to the Hummingbirds. Hopefully, there is some sort of crown I'd get.

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Lots. I, unfortunately, was allowed to as well.


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It's really disheartening to see. There's such a dark side that they don't even know about. We have done campaigns against Turkey before, my nonprofit North American Kurdish Alliance helped rent a truck that drove around NYC during the UN Assembly. It could be part of another campaign in the future.

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Thanks for the reply. I see your point, in my specific case it was unnecessary. I don't think it's wrong for other people to sue in their circumstances though!


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Did anything ever come of you fighting Alex Jones.. Where did that leave off? Can we pick that up again?

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This service seems great for me, I'll definitely check it out.If one day it also works for mobile, that would completely change mobile gaming for me! There are so many great indie games on mobile but they drown in a sea of money grabbing shovelware.


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Hey Tricia! I’m a big fan and you were one of my celebrity crushes in high school and currently in my adult life. Thank you for taking the time to do this AMA today!

My question is: if you bumped into someone who knew about BSG but only seen the miniseries, what are the 5 essential episodes to recommend for that person to watch?

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We live in southern Michigan, and we just started getting hummingbirds this year since we bought a feeder. We absolutely love them. When I was a kid in elementary school, a teacher once told us about a story where they found a hummingbird that had rammed its beak into the chest of a fox, killing them both. Have you ever heard of anything like that happening? Would they or could they ever attack a human or a small animal? They are cute but man are they aggressive and territorial when tested.

Here's a picture I took of one this year in the back yard, for fun. :)

https://m.imgur.com/gallery/jZFQh8C


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As a kid already?

And do you still smoke?

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What do you think about Israel/Palestine issue . And its paralels to the Kurdish issue?


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One more, probably stupid. Have you always been a forgiving person? Many people take small sleights against them to heart, and take a while to let them go. Have you always been able to rationalise and forgive? Or was that a conscious decision? I guess I'm asking if you're naturally hyper-empathetic, or if you learned it along the way!

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I'm right here muthafucka! I will say this, 26 little kids got slaughtered in a school in Connecticut and he called it a left wing publicity stunt. If he likes, I'll show him what 26 whoopings look like.


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We agree - you should stay tuned on our announcements over the next 6-8 months, might be some things that you'd like!

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Oh gosh, I don't really remember episode names. I'm about to start doing a podcast with Marc Bernardin doing a rewatch of the entire series and a podcast for each episode. We are taping the first few before the end of the month and it will launch sometime in October, so watch out for it! I'd be better to answer after that as it'll all be refreshed in my mind. Definitely the first one though, 33. Other ones that stick out to me are probably my heavier episodes, haha. Downloaded. The two part Pegusus ones. The one where Adama loses it in his cabin drunk.


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Awesome picture! love the contrast.

I think that might be a bit of an old wives tale. I have seen Hummingbirds empale each other, well I've seen a specimen of it, but never a larger animal. They are for sure aggresive though, their aerial battles with one another are something to see.

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I stopped smoking. I don't even drink anymore—not that I should at 18, but it's good fun to watch adults faces when I talk about preferring tequila over whiskey.


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I am not educated enough about Israel/Palestine to draw parallels to the Kurds

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Good question: honestly, maybe I've just made the right friends, or maybe it's the way I view people, but I've never been so offended that I couldn't forgive someone. I don't think anyone's done something so bad to me that was truly evil that I couldn't forgive. Closest thing would be the person who stole my laptop from the scene of the accident........ That was low.


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How much does it cost per month to maintain that level of effortless cool?

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Is this available in Europe?


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Hi Tricia! Would you go to space if you had the chance? What are some of your fears?

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Dude... why do the hummingbirds at my folks house attack me? They dive bomb my ears and are so brave!


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Is that your real hair? What's a good conditioner to use with that style?

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What made you love Kurdish people ? And do you like fast cars ?


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Fellow Nashvillian, where is your favorite local place to perform?

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I've been paying that one off for 68 years.


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

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I'd love to say yes, so I probably would, but I'd be worried.

Fears...I suppose all the normal ones like accident, etc. Nothing sticks out besides that. No phobias that I can think of.


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Yes could be the color of the clothing you're wearing or you might have been near their nest, they tend to be quite brave.

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Oh my. Well I used to use apple cider vinegar because my dad made me. Haha. I just use whatever my grandmother purchases; I'm not choosy.


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After spending 6 months in Western Kurdistan (Syria), I came to understand how their suffering over thousands of years gives many of them a very sympathetic worldview. They are the kindest and most hospitable people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.

I love fast cars. I drive a '98 Mustang coupe :)

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I JUST played City Winery two days ago! it was incredible, they feed you and make wine with your label on it :)


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My birthday is friday can I get a shout out from one of my favorite actors of all time?

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


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hi! you were hilarious and awesome in lucifer.

What was it like working on conman? what was your favorite parts?

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Thank you for this AMA!! Do the flowers that hummingbirds feed from affect the color of the feathers? Also, I had once snapped a photo of one and in the picture, the wings were up, but the shadow of the wing was pointed down on the wall behind it. Do you often have this happen in your photos? Obviously shutter speed was a factor, I just thought it was a neat occurrence.


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Were they calling it unschooling? The unstructured homeschooling you were receiving?

I've seen this come down both ways and it's so disappointing because it all has to do with how much time and effort the parent is willing to put into the child's education.

How unstructured was it?Many of us who went to public or private schools have a sort of grade system through which they remember their childhood. Do you have segments like that in your memory? From year to year?

Are your brothers younger or older than you? If they are older, how did they respond to entering adulthood? If they are younger, do you feel like you need to warn them about anything?

Do you feel like you have a different perspective on the outside world than your classmates?

Are you going to get your own social security number? Found that answer

Thanks for the AMA!

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Hello. Did you expect to be attacked in that way?

Did the world media cover it accurately?

Do you think the plight of the Kurds is becoming more mainstream in the deserved sympathy ?


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Have you read about Larry Flynt? What do you think?

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Here's a shout out! Happy Birthday muthafucka!


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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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Thank you.
ConMan was fun. Alan is great to work off of, and it was just fun to play a character totally different than I usually play. I liked the intro scene in the hotel lobby maybe the best.


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The flowers they eat do not affect their coloration, Hummingbird feather color is all based on structure, so it's light reflecting off of the feathers. It sounds like the wings were beating so fast the shutter caught the backswing, that's pretty neat.

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Good questions. They didn't call it unschooling, but I contacted an authority on homeschooling and she used that term. I had no grade segments, everything was all over the place. My brothers are younger and I responded to their needs—whether they had them yet or not—by getting CPS involved. I think I do have a different perspective, but it merely excludes any hate for school; I can't hate education or say school is boring because I know what it's like without school. It eats you up inside. You don't know the world or anything about it. It's like being a hollow shell, filling itself with nothing but bull from your parents.


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I absolutely expected the assault. This makes 4 times that Americans have been attacked for protesting against Erdogan.

The world media had its ups and downs. Lots of outlets did a great job of covering it, BBC put out a good report. However, a lot of media outlets, I think in an attempt to be unbiased, ended up being fallacious. Many of them called this a "brawl", a "clash", and claimed that "fistfights" erupted between us and the Erdogan supporters. All of the video evidence shows that no protestors fought back - this was a very one-sided assault.

Every day I have more people reach out to me on social media; people from all parts of the world, all political affiliations, and all walks of life want to know more about the Kurdish cause. Information on crimes against the Kurds is easily accessible online. People who find out about these problems sympathize with Kurds almost immediately - I think it's just a matter of making people aware of the issues.

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No i haven't!


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I drew a caricature of you and Coates and years later you shared it on social media and made an effort to make sure that I was given credit for it. Thank you for that. I have much respect for you and am a big fan of your work and this is a stupid question, but I've always wondered: Do you remember where you saw it, initially?
The drawing in question

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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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Do you have any funny or crazy stories from working on BSG?

Also, was working on the miniseries any different from working on the show that followed it?

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I recently moved to Louisiana and I have the biggest crate myrtle I've ever seen in my back yard and it was swarming with humming birds until recently. I would love for them to come back and get closer to me next year.

What are the best things to do to get a healthy population of humming birds in my back yard next season?


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So… what happens now? Are you capable of getting a birth certificate/SSN now? What's the process of doing that?

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What was daily life like fighting with the YPG? How did you end up joining up with them?


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just want to thank you for sharing your story, im battling depression and seeing posts like these make me wonder why am i actually depressed for. Thanks friend i wish you all the happiness you can acquire.since i have to ask a question, what is something you wish you did before being paralyzed but wasnt able to do?

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If the caricature is what I think it is, fantastic work. I was obsessed with finding out out with who you were ... and I believe I initially saw it on instagram.


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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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Lots of fun stories. The main difference between the mini and the rest of the series was a few different key crew that didn't want the time commitment of a series (DP, costumes) and changing from film to high definition video.


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If you were to plant a variety of native flowers that will bloom, in Spring, Summer, and Fall, you can create a year-long feeding source for them. Supplement that with a couple of feeders in the flower beds, and you have a Hummingbird all you can eat buffet.

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I am getting my birth certificate soon actually with the social security number coming after.
First, it takes petitioning a court to hear me and my witnesses (maternal grandma and paternal grandma) and believe we're telling the truth. Then, they sign an order that establishes I was born, which becomes official after I send it to the California Department of Public Health - Vital Records. Finally, I use my Medi-Cal benefits card, certified birth certificate, and certified judge-signed establishing order to get assigned a social security number.


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In the front, just a lot of moving around, trying not to step on mines, and getting shot at sometimes. In the rear, a lot of boredom and sitting around waiting. Guard duty usually every night. The main difference was lack of creature comforts, I guess, but I really didn't mind that part much.

They have information online if you search enough, after some exchanged emails I was headed to Northern Syria. They don't actively recruit but there are ways to contact them.

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ou did before being paraly

That's so awesome! yeah, I would love to play a soccer game. Snowboard. Wakeboard. Not have pain in my legs/back. Pee/poop normally again. But I can do lots of things!


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What's your favorite beer? Different beers for different situations? Cheers and hope you're enjoying a cigar during this AMA!

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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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Hey! I was one of your drivers @Dragoncon (for the past 4 years).

I've heard stories of different stars and their attitudes toward the "Con" environment. What keeps you coming back?

I always have tiny unexpected moments with guests (I got to sing "the Monster Mash" with Peter Mayhew last year) that stick in my head as special and priceless. Do you have any particular stories about crazy happenstances that happened outside of the 'walk of fame' or a panel?

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Bees have started to swarm the hummingbird feeders and scaring away the little guys. What can I do to prevent bees from taking their feeding spot?


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Will the process be easier for your siblings to follow since you're paving the way for them? Or is it going to be like starting over from scratch for them?

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Did you guys hit back? Also next protest will you guys bring more protestors and give his bodyguards an good American beat down?


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How do you process Anger?

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I'm not a beer drinker but ask me anything you want to about Vodka or Tequila.


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Wonderful to hear!

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Well, hello. No stories that come to mind right now. Dragon Con is insane though! I actually stayed really quite this year. Two years ago when I was there and a lot of BSG cast was, we went out every night and I got really sick afterwards. This year I was heading back to film Lucifer so I wanted to make sure I was rested. I was very quiet this year.
Basically I enjoy meeting the fans and hearing their stories. Without fans, we wouldn't have jobs : )


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They do sell feeders that have bee guards on them, how often are you changing out the sugar water ?

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It would be a hell of a lot easier if my dad didn't disapprove of my method.


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None of us fought back. Even if I wanted to, my arms and legs were pinned or held down from the moment I was taken to the floor by Erdogan's supporters.

While I can't say I dislike the idea of giving the guards a taste of their own medicine, I imagine that we would look pretty unsympathetic in the media if we were to fight back. Many media outlets are already calling this a "brawl" or a "clash", instead of the one-sided beat down that it actually was. Though certainly a bigger opposition would have been better in terms of keeping the security busier and creating more chaos.

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Don't supress it, but don't let it linger. Honestly it's been less frequent recently.


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You've been one of my favorite people since the first time I heard you say "war never changes" when I was 12. My question has to do with Quest for Fire: what were the challenges faced tackling such a unique role, and did you do anything specific to get into the mindset of expressing thoughts physically?

Bonus question on In the Name of the Rose: WHAT DOES SEAN CONNERY SMELL LIKE? I'm...asking for a friend.

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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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Did you play Mass Effect? :D

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So glad for this AMA! How often should the water be changed? What else can we do in the midwest to help? (Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky)


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I'm sure! But his judgment hasn't proven to be all that great, so hopefully even if he fails, your siblings can use your progress when they come of age.

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I'm a bit late but i'm curious about your thoughts regarding Rojava?


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Quest of Fire was the hardest movie I've physically done... barefoot in freezing temperatures... We shot over 400 locations over the course of a year in uncompromising conditions.

Sean Connery curiously smells like burnt toast, or am I having a stroke?

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


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I didn't play. Haven't played any video games actually. Love voicing them though!

Signing off guys. Thanks so much for participating!

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I would say you should try and change it every 2-3 Days, depending on how many you have visiting. They tend to not feed once the water becomes cloudy.


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Definitely!

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I love Rojava. It's one of the most amazing human experiments I have ever seen. They're in the process of creating stability in the wake of incredible atrocity and violence. There are many problems but they are the best hope among all factions in Syria.


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Dude, you want to run for president? How do you plan to change this country? Answer this question and you can guarantee my vote.

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Any chance it works on a Chromebook?


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Hi There :) What is the most rewarding kitten (or else) rescue you've ever done or the one that felt most rewarding, at least?

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This is going to sound rude, but I think it's the easiest way for me to say it so I hope you understand what I mean, why should I care about hummingbirds?


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If you could go back in time and turn yourself into a masterclass assassin who is hired for big hits and is virtually undetectable, would you do it? (Well considering it is possible, of course.)

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Thanks for responding! Could you expand on what you see as their biggest problems,and biggest threats?

What is a western person like me to do to support that community, to help build the world we'd like to live in?

Any hurdles that others can assist in?


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First of all, we need to redesign our exceptionalism, becoming an example for the world of generosity and humanitarianism. Second of all we need to act like a country that has been blessed with great bounty and give a leg up to anyone who wants to or needs assistance in living the American dream. And thirdly, we need to live up to the aspirations of the founding fathers who used language like, Life, Liberty, the Pursuit of Happiness and all men are created equal regardless of color, creed, nationality or background. There are many more things I'd like to say, but more importantly I'd like to live long enough to implement these things and more. The word I was looking for earlier was called stewardship and if we blow that there is nothing else.

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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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They are all rescues so have all been rewarding. I think two that we adopted as seniors were both amazing and I like putting out there that adopting seniors can be super, super rewarding. They've had a hard life usually and just so happy and thankful to have a loving home.

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Well, the argument can always be made, why care about any other species but ourselves. With a species like Ruby-throated Hummingbird, the only species found on the east coast, it's an important pollinator. Creating growth of native species of flowers, that play a role in the pollination availability for bees. Those bees that pollinate our crops, so if you were to not care and eliminate Hummingbirds they could negatively affect, our food industry, only one example.


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If they paid for my workouts, yes.

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The biggest threat is absolutely Turkey. They have been making incursions into Northern Syria and murdering civilians with artillery, particularly in Efrin canton and between Efrin and Manbij city.

You can support by making your representatives aware of issues with Kurds, or finding your local Kurdish/leftist solidarity community and working with them. I've linked to my nonprofit in the comment of this thread, we are always looking for assistance.


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Hi Ron!! You mentioned recently that you tend to gain 35 pounds between jobs. What do you do to shed the pounds?

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


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Not counting your own... What TV series finale episode have you loved the most and which one disappointed you the most. Why?

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Thanks! I really wasn't trying to troll I knew you'd have a great answer for this, and I hadn't seen it asked so I went for it. I like to ask people the "jerk" questions as they often provide the best information. Source: I once asked a particularly clever math teacher why I should care about math, was quickly put in my place.Had a new respect for him and math after that.


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Do you think you should've went to the CIA before you got on reddit? You could've been a super spy.

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Duck tape!


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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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Ack, hard to answer as I really don't watch that much. Grew up without a television also so can't go back to that time period for any ideas. Last I binged was Bloodline and Handmaids Tale (I think that's what it's called...blanking right now). Regardless, it was amazing. Sorry, that's not really answering your question though.


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Glad you asked, somebody's gotta do it.

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Suuurreeeee


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Hi, Ron! Loved your memoir, "Easy Street: The Hard Way." Any plans for future books?

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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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Peanut butter or almond butter?

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Hi! I'm also a hummingbird biologist, and this is a great (not rude) question! Justifying what we research is something that every scientist should think about and be able to say.

I'd just like to add a few less tangible points. Maybe they will resonate with some people, maybe not. /u/gourmetbiologist has already pointed out the potential economic impact of hummingbird conservation, BUT there's also...

  1. Taxonomic importance: The hummingbird group is unique to the New World. It is also incredibly diverse, the 2nd most diverse bird taxon, at ~330-340 species. Most of that biodiversity is in South America (especially Ecuador), but even the comparative handful of species we have the US represent a truly unique product of evolution.

  2. Research and Development: Hummingbirds are super unique in their flight and metabolic physiology. Some truly extraordinary research is being done into their flight mechanics that could influence future human flight technology (look into the work of Doug Altshuler) and their diet of sugar-rich resources has implications for diabetes research (see Hargrove 2005).

  3. Conservation and connection to wildlife: This is a bit more of a personal anecdote, but after studying hummingbirds for a while now I've found that their potential for "flagship" species, so to speak, for connecting wildlife to everyday normal people is huge. Many, many people love hummingbirds, and connecting those birds to patterns and processes in nature can really expand a person's appreciation for wildlife. People get SO INTO seeing hummingbirds up close when I am banding them, and it's such a great opportunity to connect with people and discuss issues both relating to hummingbirds, or to conservation at a broader scale. That connection, sitting on a porch next to a feeder surrounded by the public, is just something you can't replicate if you're studying a more iconic conservation animal like large mammals.


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Can you still get them if you like? That has to seriously effect your employment, credit, and healthcare access.

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I had an idea for my next book but I can't remember what it is, if anyone can remember please contact me at @perlmutations. It ain't easy getting old.


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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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Almond butter.


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Love the 3 one, I think that is where I try to make my greatest strides as well, thus my reason for using the social media monster to communicate with a much more general audience about science and conservation. Hummingbirds seem to resonate with people, so drawing them in and then talking about conversation issues, is something I strive for as well. Thanks for the extra gusto to my response.

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Thankfully, I can still get them. It did affect a lot of crucial elements of my life. School and work being the top, but no one wants to ask their grandmothers to buy something for them because they don't have a Paypal or credit card at 18.


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Favourite person to work with on SoA?? Love your work!!

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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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Are there any actors out there you have yet to work with on your bucket list?

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What's your go-to trivia when it comes to bird and humminbird?


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Are you sure that you weren't kidnapped or illegally adopted as a baby? It would also fit with them not having any documents for you and being terrified of the police coming. You could potentially have your DNA compared to the NamUs database to see if there are any matches.

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Couldn't pick one in particular. Loved all the guys.


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Wow thanks!

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Don't have a bucket list, but yes, plenty of actors I'd love to work with. I mean, Meryl Streep, Cate Blancett, Michael Fassbender just to name a few.


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Ruby-throated Hummingbirds weigh less than a penny.

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I'm sure. She got pregnant and everyone saw it. I ruled that out a long time ago.


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How did you feel about doing the voice-overs for the Fallout games?

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I like the idea, because I loath micro transactions and DLC can be a pain when there's lots of it and they don't provide enough content for the cost. Your strategy solves that issue.

My question is, for the developers who regularly release a lot of DLC, are there any rules in place on what counts as a DLC worthy of the extra attention they'd get by being featured in New Content Updates?

Some devs are slow to release their DLC, but it'll have enough content to be its own game, but others often add tons of small game elements/small story chapters, etc on a regular basis. Seems that extra attention to the latter developer (because they keep adding new content to stay in that category) might be unfair to the former developer.


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Do you keep in touch with the BSG cast? Who were you most close with and how do you guys feel about the show now?

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I, too, am a budding conservationist striving for a career doing research (currently undergoing my masters). Having been to the Peruvian Amazon where I collected data on butterfly species for my undergraduate thesis, I'm particularly interested in birds, especially those of the neotropics. Your Instagram page is wonderful and your pictures are very inspiring

How did you get involved with working with neotropic migrants, as this is an ambition of mine?


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Have you seen "Capitan Fantastic"? If so, how much of that would you say you could "relate" to? (Sorry if repeat question)

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I had a lot of fun doing it.


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Yeah we'll be able to draw a line in the sand as to what constitutes new DLC as we build that feature out, but at a high level, actual new content would count, whereas bug fixes or small updates would not. Of course we'll have to get more granular with this as time goes on.

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Answered this earlier so scroll down to see : )


Q:

I got involved working with Neotropical migrants, through the Institue for Bird Populations. They have a long-running program of doing research on-site fidelity sites throughout central and South America. I've been co-running stations in Costa Rica where we net them and look at their long-term site fidelity and habitat usage.

A:

I watched the trailer and it was giving me flashbacks.


Q:

How do you stay so attractive?

A:

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?


Q:

Hi Tricia! I'm curious about your role in Lucifer... do you think your character arch was done, could've kept going for another season, or might come back again after a break, and why?

A:

Do you take on interns at any of the stations? I would love to get involved and gain orthnithology-related experience when I finish my masters in February


Q:

Have you experienced any upside to your situation?

A:

How do I stay so attractive? Cocoa butter!


Q:

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.

A:

I am back. Haven't been secretive about that, so you've missed a bit :)


A:

Maybe an appreciation for the academic subjects, but I think I always would have loved to learn.


Q:

What is a project that you missed out on working on that you wish you had worked on?

A:

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


Q:

What is your dream role?

A:

How do you get such detailed picture of hummingbirds...are they in the lab/wild, camera traps, etc? You're pictures are incredible! Also..is there a video/audio link or is this all just text Q and A?


Q:

Hi! I work on statelessness and was wondering, do you have nationality?

Getting your birth registered in a quite some countries worldwide is an important step in acquiring nationality. With the USA system I believe you'd automatically be eligible to acquire citizenship for being born on the territory, but not sure what additional steps you'd have to take. So really very curious what your situation is like!

A:

There are none. And I repeat, I'm so bad Cable should be playing me. I'm a bad man.


Q:

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.

A:

Gretchen Lowell in Heartsick. Trying to get that produced right now but can't be guaranteed I'll get to play her even if I'm a producer on it.


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They are all wild individuals, I use a variety of Macro lenses.

Only text Q and A, sorry about that

A:

I hadn't thought about that. I thought I would possess it after acquiring my social security number and birth certificate.


Q:

Any chance of working with George R.R Martin again? I always hoped you would appear in Game of Thrones at some point.

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


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Hi Tricia, got to meet you at DragonCon this year, you were awesome. You really should bring the red dress to those photoshoots, they would sell out for days!

So, now that you have played a key role in God's plan, and been Lucifer's mother; when are you playing the role of THE ONE? :-)

Love the work with Acting Outlaws, your work with Denden and lastly can I possibly get a "Happy Birthday" shout out since the big 50 is days away?

A:

How many humming birds would it take to carry a one pound coconut across the English Channel?


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What was/is your parent's plan for your family to pro-create?

A:

I feel like the only reason I haven't appeared in GOT is because I've always been doing another show while they've been filming. I think George and I would love to work together again.


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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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Well, happy birthday! And Yes, I'll have to make a point to do a photoshoot sometime at a convention with the dress : ) I don't know what "The One" is.


Q:

So species range from the 3 to 11-gram range, so I'll let you do the math.

A:

Fall in love with them and have babies? They didn't need me to be married to them if that's what you mean.


Q:

What are your feelings on the protests among NFL players in response to police brutality?

A:

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?


Q:

"The One" being God that is. Thanks for the shout out, it made my day!

A:

For a long time I thought hummingbirds are native to warmer climates, but recently I've seen some at my grandparents house (tons of flowers) and wasn't sure at first if they really are hummingbirds.

Do you have any ideas what species live in my area? This was happening in Piatra Neamț, România. It's near the mountains and above the 45th parallel.

Thank you :D


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I think they mean what was your parents plan to carry on the family line if you kids were made to stay inside and not make friends/not have opportunities to find a future significant other?

A:

First amendment rights baby! Our constitution is what we've been fighting for for 241 years. And free speech isn't just any amendment, it's the first.


Q:

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.

A:

Oh, haha. Don't see myself playing that : )


Q:

I'm gonna guess it might be a species of moth. Hummingbirds are only found in the Americas.

A:

Oh. I'm not really sure. I guess they just assumed I'd meet someone somehow. Maybe at a grocery store? Mm, get me some 50-year-old biker babe buying cheddar crisps. That would be the gold at the end of the booby trapped tunnel.


Q:

How much does it cost for you to show up at like birthdays and such?

A:

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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In classic "google it" fashion, you were right. It's a moth, Macroglossum stellatarum to be more exact. If not for your AmA I would've never bothered to Google this. Thanks :D

A:

I mean how would you meet other people outside your family? Internet I assume? I can imagine that would be tough to bring someone into what sounds like a commune situation.


Q:

If you've gotta ask you can't afford me!

A:

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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I was figuring there had to be, there are a few moth species here in North America, that sure can trick an observer.

A:

The internet was the only place I could meet people. I hear I do well with normal interactions though. :)


Q:

Hello Mr. Perlman!

Loved your work in SoA. You did a fantastic job of being a scumbag. It's obvious you are very talented.

I also follow you on Facebook and love how no nonsense you are.

My question is: what can piss you off almost instantly? I only ask this 'cause being angry seems natural for you! Not that that's a bad thing, of course. :)

Perlman 2020! Vote smarter, muthafuckers!

A:

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?


Q:

How can I become a Hummingbird expert?

A:

Have you heard of Alecia Faith Pennington, a young woman from Texas who is going through much the same thing you are? She was featured on Radio Lab earlier this year.

http://www.radiolab.org/story/invisible-girl/

One issue she had was she can't get a drivers license. Have you tried to get one? Or do you know how to drive a car and just drive careful to not get pulled over?

EDIT: Alicia also posted this youtube video, which went viral: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPtpKNyaO0U


Q:

Well, a lot of things piss me off, bullying, taking advantage of ones station because one feels superior, injustice of any kind, racism, in short, every single fucking quality our president possesses, and I use the world "quality" advisedly.

A:

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.


Q:

Read a lot of books on Hummingbirds, then ask them very nicely. I've spent a lot of time working in the field, I've researched in one way or another 40 species of Hummingbirds now. I try to use my photography to teach people unique things about them. I think all of that combined makes me somewhat of an expert. We have a general meeting every five years or so to look at requests for Hummingbird Expertise badges if you'd like to submit in that time.

A:

I am going to get a driver's license. She actually got her social security number and driver's license. I love her; she helped me have hope.


Q:

Just wanted to say I love you in literally anything!

What's your favourite swear or insult?

A:

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?


Q:

Hey there, thanks for doing this AMA.

I myself am very interested in maybe pursuing a sort of biology-related career, and wanted to ask:

1.) What kind of school did you go through to become a hummingbird biologist?

2.) Do you enjoy what you do for your job?

3.) Is there anything you'd want to tell someone that's thinking of going into any sort of biology field of work?

A:

Are you Roy?


Q:

My favorite swear or insult? I'm a big fan of "Eat Me". My favorite word is muthafucka... and there's a lot of words that have to be removed due to political correctness but I'll let you use your imagination to figure out what they are.

A:

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.


Q:

I was an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major.

I love what I do.

I think that we need to encourage more people to go into this field. I hear a lot of people telling people don't do it, there isn't enough money, it's going to be hard. It is going to be hard, and if you want to rise to the head of the pack you'll need to put in a lot of effort, it's not a 9-5 five days a week job, you need to go home and think about it a lot. I think that its a job that truly needs to be your passion and hobby to excel in it.

A:

Of course.


Q:

Love you on Twitter sir!! My favorite movie of yours, despite there being so many choices, is still The Name of the Rose. Any particularly cool memories of making that one? Keep doing what you're doing man!

A:

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


Q:

What plants or flowers can I plant in Missouri to attract hummingbirds?

A:

How do you feel about movies like Captain Fantastic and The Glass Castle? I realize that you were not raised in the exact same situation as kids like these, but definitely similar. (Give them a search if you don't know what they are, great movies about parenting and living off the grid!) Do you think that they accurately portray aspects of your life, or of the lives of people you know, or are they pretty much heightened for the big screen?


Q:

Lot of cool memories on that one, including working with great Sean Connery, the great Jean-Jacques Annaud and so many others. That was a role I really had to fight for. It was given to two other people before me. One who died and one who was fired.

A:

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!


Q:

Cardinal flower, Burgemont, there are a number of vine species. If you go to National Audubon native flower database, they can give you some specifics. Especially for that area, I'm a northeast coast guy in the planting advice category, sorry.

https://www.audubon.org/native-plants

A:

I've never even heard of those until now. Very similar.


Q:

Do you give a fuck about anything?

A:

What games are featured right now?


Q:

My mother-in-law loves hummingbirds and recently heard that if you leave feeders out too late in the season, the hummingbirds will stick around too long and not migrate when they are supposed to. Is there any truth to this?

A:

Reading through your responses was fascinating. You speak with eloquence and experience. What you've been through is herculean, to say the least. What astounds me the most was your ability to develop critical thinking and to use research to prove or disprove your beliefs. Your ability to interact with others online with dignity is something uncommon and admirable.

What was the process like for you to discern between conspiracy and truth? Considering the beliefs your parents had and the environment you were raised in, how did you come to understand those beliefs as incorrect? You could have dismissed resources (as weird as that sounds), like Khan Academy, as conspiracy and prescribed to believe in sites such as InfoWars and Breitbart, especially with the current state of the United States in which reality itself is challenged by people in power.

Personally, I find it difficult to legitimately listen to the viewpoints of people (like those who trust InfoWars, conspiracies, and other things like that). How do you interact with people like that while maintaining your own composure?

Is it possible your internet friends had some kind of influence on you to seek out something different from how you've lived all your life?

I really hope for the best for you. You have a bright future ahead and insurmountable potential.


Q:

Uh yeah I give a fuck a lot of things. I give a fuck about my family first and foremost. 2nd and foremost I give a fuck about the country my children get to inherit. And the world there is to inherit if there is one.

A:

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.


Q:

I think this is a bit of a mystery still to be honest. A fit bird will realize it's time to migrate. I believe some of these lingering birds, might not be the fittest birds in terms of survival. I think there are still some unanswered questions on this topic.

A:

I had a group of people I met online that bullied me for my beliefs and were harsh. I changed when I tried to prove to them vaccines cause autism and found out they didn't. Whenever I come across extreme right wing or left wing people I keep my composure because being able to think critically means to exclude emotion and hold reason to the highest standard. The best critical thinkers exhale emotion and inhale evaluation, inference, the analytical, and reason. I follow Breitbart and Infowars not because I believe them but because keeping an open mind, to me, involves understanding them and their followers. Right wing folks and left wing folks are people and people have biases. If someone believes the Earth is flat, they can still be my friend, and I will still treat them with understanding and an open ear. If anyone can change them, it's someone who won't beat them down.


Q:

What's uuuup? I'd love to know your favorite things you've taken home from sets...?? :-)

A:

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?


Q:

In your scientific opinion, is a jackdaw a crow?

A:

I have many questions.

What was life like growing up being homeschooled?

Did you have friends growing up?

Any girlfriends or crushes?

Do you drive?

Did you or your parents needed money while growing up? If so, what did you or your parents do for money?


Q:

The silver teeth from Enemy at the Gates, the sticks that I wore in the back of my head for the Quest of Fire and the gavel from Sons of Anarchy.

A:

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.


Q:

I went to school with him actually.

A:

I wasn't homeschooled really. I recall one day when our mother made us, my brothers and I, put backpacks on and "walk to school" by running to a school bus in place. That was followed by getting a 3rd grade school quiz thrown at us that repeated itself over and over again and got—naturally—easier and more repetitive as I got older.


Q:

What's the toughest role you've ever taken on?

A:

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?


Q:

You went to school with Unidan??

A:

Do you know when your birthday is? Was it celebrated?


Q:

Judge Maximum in Hand of God.

A:

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.


Q:

Yup, we did.

A:

First birthday was $30; second was $20; and twelfth was $0. It was pretty usual, ahaha. I did get presents, but my dad didn't like to give them.


Q:

Are you actually fluent in French? I remember seeing you for the first time in the movie City of Lost Children. I've been in love with you ever since, and I was curious in that movie if you actually just learned the few lines and were able to make it through, or if you actually understood all that was being said.

A:

I assume there's no offline mode? If my internet goes down and I've downloaded the game fully I can't play it?


Q:

I found an injured hummingbird yesterday and have been trying to nurse it back to health. I have contacted a wildlife rehabilitator and am still waiting to hear back from him. In the meantime, what is the legality of keeping the hummingbird if she is too injured to make it in the wild again?

A:

I'm late but do you think this should be allowed in the US? It would be completely unthinkable in Sweden where I live and social services would be all over it faster than you could utter your first börk.


Q:

I am not fluent in french... I learned my role and new what I was saying at the time but don't ask me what it meant now.

A:

Offline mode is in the plans! Certainly a priority for us in the next 12 months or so I'd say.


Q:

Since you have been actively trying to get in contact with a rehabber for to transfer the bird, you are in the legal right. You can act as an intermediate until a rehabber is able to step in.

A:

I think it should be illegal.


Q:

I've seen you being really outspoken on twitter about the current politics and racism going on in our country. I appreciate it a ton. Do you think there is something we can be doing in a concrete way to help change things?

A:

I absolutely love your photos, and have wanted to do what you did since I was a kid. How do you fund your field studies? Private/public grants? US-based, or international groups?

At the moment, the Nature Center near me has just folded, and while the Township is up for purchasing the property in order to continue its mission, the buildings are in a bad state, and need to be repaired. I'm trying to figure out how to find enough grants to repair the old barn and get it running again. Any tips on grant writing for this sort of effort?


Q:

Would you rather have been “documented” as a child or now?

A:

Demand for the removal of this racist, unqualified and unfit human... and don't stop until it's done.


Q:

Some of it is private and public grants. Companies investing. Fundraising. It all depends.

I would say maybe a community outreach campaign, DM and maybe I can help more if you can give me some background information.

A:

As a child.


Q:

How do you think the current White House administration will end?

A:

Hi there, and thanks for doing this AMA. I have been fascinated by Hummingbirds and am very excited to hear your insights. My question is, how do you think climate change and this year's storm seasons are affecting the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds?


Q:

How did you learn to write so well?

A:

In chains. I've never seen so much abuse of Law in my entire lifetime.


Q:

I do think it could be playing a role in it, I think with everything with bird migration there are a lot of contributing factors. Some of the birds that are not as well prepared or fit might have a tougher time finding stopover sites to feed at this year. They use the same routes every year and might find that some of their gas stations are no longer in service. I'm going to be very intrigued to see what the numbers are like once I get to Costa Rica.

A:

You think I write well? Thank you. I wrote a 450 page novel and read a lot of books. That helped the most. I also took a college-level online course and learned more through my adult school. I really love grammar and writing. Because it's important to me, I take my writing seriously.


Q:

What is your favourite death from 1000 Ways To Die?

A:

Hey Boss! Is it true with hummingbird species that you should put out double feeders so they don't impale each other? I think I read that in a field guide but I could have also pulled it out of my tuchus.


Q:

Do you have any anger towards your parents for putting you in such a disadvantaged position in life?

A:

I like my deaths like my children... all of them equally!


Q:

Well putting out two or more feeders will decrease the chance an individual can dominate the feeder, and increase the number of Hummingbirds visiting. I would be very shocked to see males impaling one another, I know it's been documented, but it's rare. They do have very impressive aerial battler, I tend to see a lot of very tiny karate kicks.

A:

Yes.


Q:

Hey Ron, big fan here! My dad told me he used to work with you at a corner store in Queens in his youth. What was that like?

A:

I'm going to Costa Rica in two weeks where are some good spots to see hummingbirds?


Q:

The only time I've ever been to Queens is when I've gone to the airport. Tell your dad it's not nice to lie to kids!

A:

Monteverde is a great spot, the Quetzal lodge is another incredible location.


Q:

What’s your favourite thing about Canada?

A:

Do you use or plan to use camera traps to monitor flowers for pollinator species such as hummingbirds? Curious to know if or how remote cameras play into your research.


Q:

My favorite thing about Canada? Justin Trudeau!

A:

I do, hopefully, I'll have a lot to talk about in the category after this upcoming field season. But yes ill be monitoring an endangered population like this for a few months this year.


Q:

I loved hearing you on I Am Rapaport... have you ever thought of having a podcast of your own?

A:

What first interested you in tropical research?


Q:

Don't have time.

A:

I was given the unique oppurtunity to go on a tropical research-based trip in High School to Panama, I never looked back.


Q:

Hey Ron, big fan! What's your favorite band?

A:

So I used to put red dye in my hummingbird feeder with water and sugar to help attract more of them, but I read that the red dye actually causes blindness in the next generation, but also read that this was false and had no actual research to back it up. Basically, am I at all harming the birds by using red dye or should I just not use it at all? Thank you so much!!


Q:

What is my favorite quintette? They're all dead.

A:

So the red-dye has also been attributed to bill rot. Which has been proven, so I would recommend not using it


Q:

Hi Ron what's your favorite movie to sit down and watch?

A:

In the NYT there is a science article (from the past week) about preying mantis feeding on hummingbirds, attacking at bird feeders. I was wondering if you had any additional info or context to this predator / prey relationship that i, for one, found surprising? Do hummingbirds have any other predators we may be surprised to learn about?


Q:

I have so many favorites depending on my mood. My #1 show of all time is The Godfather Part 1 - after that I ask myself am in a Paul Newman mood? Am I in a Humphrey Bogart mood? Am I in a James Cagney mood? Am I in a Cary Grant mood? etc. etc.

A:

It does happen and its usually by invasive mantid species. So it's an introduced species that had learned about this food source in a very short span of time. Meaning we better watch out for the Preying Mantis uprise.


Q:

I just finished a box of "Sons of Anarchy" cigars. They were my favorite smoke of the summer! Have you tried them?

A:

My 8 year old wants to know if you primarily stick to just hummingbirds or do you research other birds?


Q:

no. I will take your word for it.

A:

Glad to answer him/her, I do work with other species the other main one is Neotropical migrants, meaning birds that winter in Central and South America, but breed in North America.


Q:

I've just started working on my biology degree. What's the path to field biology/work?

A:

Talk to your teachers, and volunteer as much as you can. Get hands-on experience whenever possible. The more active hands-on experience you have, the better position you'll be in. If you can't find it at school, reach out to the community, lots of active Nature organizations in all areas of the US and abroad.


Q:

Hello, I am currently an undergrad student with high hopes for contributing to conservation efforts. would a degree in biology help get me to where I need to be? I just want to have the knowledge to be able to contribute as much as I can.

THe use of beautiful photographs to draw attention to conservation via social media is an amazing idea. I appreciate what you do, kudos :)

A:

Thank you, I'm trying to show people this is a valid way of connecting with people.

Yes, I do believe that is the way to go, then you can branch out, finding research or a field that interests you.


Q:

Sean, can you explain 1. The most common species you encounter in CT and Costa Rica and 2. How you came to focus on conservation in birds?

A:

In Connecticut, we only have the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. In Costa Rica, it depends on where I am, where I'm doing most of the Hummingbird research it's Green-breasted Mango. In the overall country, it's probably Rufus-tailed Hummingbird.


Q:

What type of equipment are you sporting to take these close-up shots (for all of the camera enthusiasts out there)?

A:

So I'm a Canon guy. My body line-up right now is Canon 7d mark II, 5d Mark III, and 1d Mark IV. For lenses I use the Canon 100mm IS 2.8L, 65MM 1-5x MPE, and 70-200 2.8 IS L II


Q:

Hello. I am a huge fan of your IG account (especially your macro shots and Rayleigh scattering demo video) and I was thrilled to see that you are hosting an AMA.

What is one of your craziest experiences while doing field research? Are you ever afraid your test subjects will band together and rise up against you?

A:

Thank you, I'm glad you enjoy them.

It was my second time to the rainforests of Panama, I was still a High School student, we were out checking research sites, walking through the rainforest when I turned a corner and was face to face with a Tayra (very large weasel) It kept running up and down the trees, making these horrifying noises and barring its teeth. I was thinking I was going to be mauled, it eventually ran off. It was my first of many close wildlife encounters, but that first one will always stand out.

Well if the hummingbirds banded together, I think the corners report would read, death by toothpicks, so that would be less than ideal.