GamingI’m Michael Ferrier, indie game developer and creator of the early strategy MMO “War of Conquest” that will soon be relaunched, AMA!
Sep 26th 2017 by mrferrier • 27 Questions • 104 Points
Proof is this picture of me wearing the shirt that I attended the speech in. It says "baby killer Erdogan!"
I am also a former fighter with the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), fighting against ISIS in Syria. I am on the board of the nonprofit organization North American Kurdish Alliance, which helps to raise awareness of and promote solidarity with the Kurdish people. I'll start answering questions in just a few minutes.
Why did you kill me? Why wont you help save me? Please help me Michael!
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?
What is the weirdest thing a fan has ever given or done for you?
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."
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?
Why is your username a credit card number ?
I was greatly saddened to hear about your passing, Asheron. I want you to know I had nothing to do with it, and if I could keep you alive I gladly would have!
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.
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.
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.
It's Erdogan's personal credit card #. Everyone please buy whatever you want.
Hi Tricia! How did you get into the mindset of Six? Would you have chosen a different ending for her and Gaius?
My 5 yo daughter named the little guy who fights of all the other hummingbirds “Guarder”.
What do you foresee for the future of Kurds living in Turkey?
Benedict Cumberbatch! Because I'd like to be skinny and British.
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.
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.
Now that photos have been released, how do you feel about the 'new' Hellboy?
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!
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.
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.
I've made my peace with it. I refuse to answer any questions about it.
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.
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.
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?
Why did Six kill that baby? :(
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
My father in law has a feeder that has been frequented by an all white hummingbird, how rare are "albino" hummingbirds?
If you were magically put into a leadership role in the Kurdish independence movement, what would you do at this point?
No, it's done. The sets were massive and would have to be rebuilt.
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?
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.
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?
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?
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?
I would love to... unfortunately I have no say in the matter. Afaik there are only 2 people still working at Turbine from the days when I was there. And sadly they are not the people who would decide these things. I'm also very sorry to see AC go, and don't understand why they couldn't work out a deal with a fan group to allow them to host the servers.
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.
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!
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.
Why doesn't anybody ever bring up how fucking great City of Lost Children was?
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?
What was the most awe-inspiring moment you've had while in the field?
Wait, so you want independence without becoming a nation state? Because I can't really grasp how that would work out.
People do but it's not the most popular film I've ever been in.
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.
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.
I support self-determination and levels of autonomy, which doesn't always mean nation-state.
Have you ever wanted to play a daycare center employee with a heart of gold?
Question re: Lucifer. Will Charlotte be as significant to story line this season?
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.
What is the most interesting thing a fan has ever given you at a con?
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
It had very much to do with the last word of your question.
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.
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?
What convinced you to take the role of 6?
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
Do you have any idea why Turbine bowed out of the MMO buisness? I had more fun in Asheron's Call than WOW because AC had stuff so scattered to collect, the action oriented combat of dueling and jumping, and the patron system. If I considered that if I ever make a MMO, I'm going to have it so you can craft equipment that when people kill stuff with it, you gain some exp(so you want to equip noobs with em).
I just don't get why Turbine would stop doing MMOs and do lesser forms of games like MOBAs. I'm still hoping someone out there does an action oriented MMORPG, maybe like Tekken or something. I tried myself since 2003, and still trying.
Will this accomplish anything or just mark it visible?
well, new actor or not, you did a fantastic job. Especially being the person who first set the tone in the mini-series.
Does the red dye in the store-bought stuff actually make them sick?
How are there so many Erdogan supporters in the US?
I don't know the specifics of why Turbine stopped doing MMOs, but I expect it was Warner Bros' decision since the Turbine people obviously wanted to continue working on them (pretty much the whole DDO and LOTRO teams split off to form Standing Stone and keep working on them). MMORPGs are very expensive (there were about 40 people working on AC when I was there) and so they are a huge risk, they can lose a lot of money of they don't catch on. And Turbine never had a hit of the scale of Everquest or WoW. It could be Warner just tired of funding such risky projects for little or no returns, and decided to go with less expensive (and unique) projects.
I really like that idea of getting XP for kills made by equipment that you craft!
Step 1 in addressing the problem of using bots to fraudulently hijack the commenting process is to expose the extent of the problem.
It does, it's been shown to create bill rot, then leaving the birds unable to feed.
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.
Where you for or against Asheron Call dev choice to refactor spell power away from being based on usage/popularity. I really enjoyed AC, great job to you and your team. Bonus question, is WoC your game of choice to develop/passion project of sorts, if you had unlimited resources would this still be your baby, or would you be kickstarting a different game?
hey can you guys get Rahm to release the Pedro Rios Jr. shooting video?
Are you serious about your bid for the presidency in 2020?
Hi Tricia! What was your absolute favorite tv or movie role to play and why?
I remember thinking the original spell system was very clever; it motivated people to experiment and discover new and potentially more powerful spells, automatically balanced spells that were too useful by making them less powerful, and gave a sense of an underlying magical substrate that all spells worked from, adding to the depth of the world.
I recall that a new, more typical spell system was introduced later, but that was after my time there and I no longer played AC, I don't know much about it, or why the change was made.
Yes, WoC is like a puzzle for me, I feel like a massively multiplayer 4x strategy game hasn't really been done right yet. You know how in AC you feel like you're in a vast living world with lots of other people. I feel like most strategy games cut players off from most everyone else, just letting them maybe form a 'clan' with a few others or go one-on-one with matchmaking. The closest I've seen to what I'm going for are some space games like Eve Online, but they tend to have the opposite problem of being so vast that you're still mostly alone. So yes, WoC is a passion project, a kind of game that I feel hasn't been done right yet so I'm giving it a shot :) Right now, even with a lot more funds, I'd still probably be doing WoC, but I do have other ideas for the future, that I'm still working out the basics of, that I hope to get to -- and that will require more resources.
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.
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.
How much does it cost per month to maintain that level of effortless cool?
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. :)
So who actually attacked you? This is what is unclear to me.
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.
The Black-crested Coquette https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/blccoq1/overview
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.
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 ?
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?
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...
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.
What's your favorite beer? Different beers for different situations? Cheers and hope you're enjoying a cigar during this AMA!
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?
I'm not a beer drinker but ask me anything you want to about Vodka or Tequila.
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.
Car guy here - what is your favorite car in your garage?
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?
Do you have a favorite photo you took yourself of one of these?
What would your view on the actions of the group called PKK be? are they terrorists?
I only have one and it's a Tesla and it's the only car i will drive for the rest of my life.
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.
Black Crested Coquette https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/blccoq1/overview
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?
Hi, Ron! Loved your memoir, "Easy Street: The Hard Way." Any plans for future books?
Thanks for the answer and doing the iama!!
One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.
Patriots in the American revolution, Jacobite uprisings, etc.
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.
Thank you for participating too!
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.
And like you said when that time comes, the map already available won't be changed? Just the edges will expand?
Also will mains need to be as large as before?
How about getting Trump to release his tax returns?
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?
Are you a former US serviceman? Where did you get military training for fighting with the YPG?
Yes, the edges will expand. Mains won't need to be as large as before, and won't be able to be, because there is a network of mountain ranges all over the map, with empty gaps between them for main. Mains will still be useful for keeping a nation's geo eff high.
We've been looking into this.
I tried but a couple of armed guards at warner brothers stopped me as I got to my car.
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.
Never been in the military before. Training was all in the YPG.
My birthday is friday can I get a shout out from one of my favorite actors of all time?
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...
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.
Congratulations on the Kickstarter. Just wondering, is buying the $29 Scholar poster package also get you to reserve your player and nation name? It doesn't list that.
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.
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?
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?
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.
Hi -- no it doesn't -- but you can add the poster as an "add-on" reward to any of the reward tiers that do include reserving player and nation name.
A partial list is on our website, www.loevy.com/foia. But we've done many more.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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. :)
What do you think about Israel/Palestine issue . And its paralels to the Kurdish issue?
The test Android client will be available during beta. The finished Android and iOS client, I would guess about 3 months after PC release.
my favorites scenes were the ones in the chapel with the boys. That was quintessential sons of anarchy stuff.
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.
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.
I am not educated enough about Israel/Palestine to draw parallels to the Kurds
Hi Tricia! Would you go to space if you had the chance? What are some of your fears?
Dude... why do the hummingbirds at my folks house attack me? They dive bomb my ears and are so brave!
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 ?
Credits will be very quick and easy to buy, even in small amounts, so rather than add the complexity of having a player "bank" of credits that they then transfer some to their nations as they choose, they can just buy small amounts for their nation whenever they choose. Once you buy credits for your nation they get added to the nation's common pool of credits. If there are players in your nation that you don't trust to spend credits, assign them a lower rank so they can't do anything that costs credits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What was daily life like fighting with the YPG? How did you end up joining up with them?
Within the next few weeks -- I've been holding them off to have some interesting updates to send out.
There are none. And I repeat, I'm so bad Cable should be playing me. I'm a bad man.
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.
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?
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?
Did you guys hit back? Also next protest will you guys bring more protestors and give his bodyguards an good American beat down?
:) I'm very grateful to have been a part of creating something that touched so many peoples' lives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
I'm a bit late but i'm curious about your thoughts regarding Rojava?
I'm not sure if you mean War of Conquest or Asheron's Call? That's okay I'll answer both :)
For Asheron's Call, early milestones were when Chris Dyl and Jay DeMarrais, Turbine's graphics geniuses, would add a new feature to the engine. When Chris got "portals" working, not the kind that teleport you but the kind that are at the heart of the 3D engine and determine what is and isn't visible, we were suddenly able to have large interior spaces and dungeons, and later see into buildings and dungeons as if the inside were directly connected to the outside (they actually were very separate). Then Jay got the landscape system working and we had a huge world to run around in. Slowly as the artists and game systems people add features we got combat, random encounters, vendors, quests, and everything else. It was amazing seeing it take shape. It was frustrating seeing the deadlines constantly slipping though; it was finished a couple years later than originally planned. But thankfully it did finally ship.
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?
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 : )
They do sell feeders that have bee guards on them, how often are you changing out the sugar water ?
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.
I didn't play. Haven't played any video games actually. Love voicing them though!
Signing off guys. Thanks so much for participating!
Hi There :) What is the most rewarding kitten (or else) rescue you've ever done or the one that felt most rewarding, at least?
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?
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.
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.
Not counting your own... What TV series finale episode have you loved the most and which one disappointed you the most. Why?
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.
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.
Glad you asked, somebody's gotta do it.
Did anything ever come of you fighting Alex Jones.. Where did that leave off? Can we pick that up again?
Peanut butter or almond butter?
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...
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Favourite person to work with on SoA?? Love your work!!
Are there any actors out there you have yet to work with on your bucket list?
What's your go-to trivia when it comes to bird and humminbird?
Couldn't pick one in particular. Loved all the guys.
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.
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds weigh less than a penny.
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?
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?
How do I stay so attractive? Cocoa butter!
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.
How did you feel about doing the voice-overs for the Fallout games?
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?
I am back. Haven't been secretive about that, so you've missed a bit :)
I actually have internship opportunity going right now.
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!
What is your dream role?
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?
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.
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.
They are all wild individuals, I use a variety of Macro lenses.
Only text Q and A, sorry about that
How much does it cost for you to show up at like birthdays and such?
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?
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.
So species range from the 3 to 11-gram range, so I'll let you do the math.
What's uuuup? I'd love to know your favorite things you've taken home from sets...?? :-)
"The One" being God that is. Thanks for the shout out, it made my day!
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
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.
Any chance of working with George R.R Martin again? I always hoped you would appear in Game of Thrones at some point.
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
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.
I was figuring there had to be, there are a few moth species here in North America, that sure can trick an observer.
Just wanted to say I love you in literally anything!
What's your favourite swear or insult?
How can I become a Hummingbird expert?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
What plants or flowers can I plant in Missouri to attract hummingbirds?
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.
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.
I loved hearing you on I Am Rapaport... have you ever thought of having a podcast of your own?
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?
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.
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.
You went to school with Unidan??
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.
Yup, we did.
What are your feelings on the protests among NFL players in response to police brutality?
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
I like my deaths like my children... all of them equally!
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.
Hi Ron what's your favorite movie to sit down and watch?
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.
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.
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.
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?
I'm going to Costa Rica in two weeks where are some good spots to see hummingbirds?
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!
Monteverde is a great spot, the Quetzal lodge is another incredible location.
How do you think the current White House administration will end?
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.
In chains. I've never seen so much abuse of Law in my entire lifetime.
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.
I was given the unique oppurtunity to go on a tropical research-based trip in High School to Panama, I never looked back.
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!!
So the red-dye has also been attributed to bill rot. Which has been proven, so I would recommend not using it
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?
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.
What type of equipment are you sporting to take these close-up shots (for all of the camera enthusiasts out there)?
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