I'm Alexis Kennedy, creator of Sunless Sea and Fallen London, writer on Dragon Age, Stellaris and more!
Sep 29th 2017 by lessofthat • 8 Questions • 171 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.
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!
How do you plan to release Cultist Simulator without the blessings of the 12 orders of soil taxonomy, who rule the earth?
After spending time with members of antifa are you more or less sympathetic to their movement and why?
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?
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?
What was the hardest part (mental/emotional/physical) of recovering from your injury? Thanks for doing this AMA!
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?
I have secured the blessings of seven of their number. Let's hope the remaining five are corruptible or distractible.
Good question. And a difficult one to answer. I would honestly say that I'm sympathetic to an overall fight against fascism. And I would say that traditionally, some sort of violence has inevitably been an element of any successful struggle against fascism. But I would say that the antifa, especially those practicing violence and property damage, have been more damaging to their movement than positive. I think in the early part of this year, there was a lot of indiscipline within the movement. I think that's changing.
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.
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.
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!
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. :)
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!
Who would you want to play you in a Sons of Anarchy prequel?
My 5 yo daughter named the little guy who fights of all the other hummingbirds “Guarder”.
Hey David! Since your accident has happened, what has been your favorite place to go where you have shared your story?
Benedict Cumberbatch! Because I'd like to be skinny and British.
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.
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 :)
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?
Now that photos have been released, how do you feel about the 'new' Hellboy?
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.
Have you seen Freya Markowski again since April?
All over the place, from proud working class to middle class kids. As for losing their jobs, most of these activists don't do anything illegal, and they're very careful about being doxxed. If they are doxxed, I would say they're less likely to face social ostracizing because of their beliefs than, say, closet neo-Nazis!
Many people respond more to specific examples about how laws affect them, more than philosophical debates. (That's often true for judges too.)
I've made my peace with it. I refuse to answer any questions about it.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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 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
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.
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?
My father in law has a feeder that has been frequented by an all white hummingbird, how rare are "albino" hummingbirds?
Lmao, you definitely were!
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?
browse entries on the SCP wiki?
Not for many years, but yes, and I stopped precisely because it's such a rabbit hole. And thank you very much!
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?
Hello Mr Kennedy! I'm a big fan of your works and I can't wait for 'Cultist Simulator' to 'hit the shelves'!
Here is my question:
Will some quests in 'Cultist Simulator' be able to surpass the disturbing nature of 'Seeking'?
Thanks for doing the AMA!
What's the most dramatic conversion you've seen (e.g. ex-KKK member etc...)?
Were there any unusual signifiers you noticed cropping up (e.g. a disproportionate number of members are into Bojack Horseman or something like that)?
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?
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!
Very cool, I'm sure that was quite an individual to watch. Did he have bird enthusiast wanting to see it?
thank you, and yes. that is a different type of forgiveness. I encourage you to read through this thread, I've certainly been informed!
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.
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?
Why doesn't anybody ever bring up how fucking great City of Lost Children was?
What was the most awe-inspiring moment you've had while in the field?
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!
Definitely the latter. There are many, many people who describe themselves as "anti-fascist" to some extent. The people willing to engage in violence are a vocal minority. But I would say they're largely accepted by the majority.
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.
People do but it's not the most popular film I've ever been in.
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.
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?
Have you ever wanted to play a daycare center employee with a heart of gold?
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?
Is it safe? I don't know, let's find out.
It's Nirrigu -
I said elsewhere on this page that there was a lot of indiscipline in early months. I think antifa are working on that! And yeah, I'll agree that there are people within the movement who act rashly and stupidly, as there are in almost any group of protesters. So, yeah, wasn't meaning to downplay that.
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.
Hahaha landed in a nearby palm tree. I think a toucan doing a kamikaze dive within my first minutes might have been negative.
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!
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.
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?
Platt!!! What are biggest hopes and goals now that you have experienced so much healing?
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.
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.
I know you've mentioned your interest in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn before. Which member of the Order would you most like the opportunity to interview?
What do you think the predominate political affiliation of Anti-fa members in the Bay Area are?
I don't think most of them have any time for either of the parties, tbh.
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.
How did you find it so easy to forgive? What is your recovery like so far?
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.
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.
How do I be a Man according to Ron Perlman?
Does the red dye in the store-bought stuff actually make them sick?
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!
Step 1 in addressing the problem of using bots to fraudulently hijack the commenting process is to expose the extent of the problem.
We don't have enough time bro...
It does, it's been shown to create bill rot, then leaving the birds unable to feed.
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.
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?
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.
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!
How much does it cost per month to maintain that level of effortless cool?
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 :)
We're suing right now just for information about it. But we'll be looking into the broader issues too.
I've been paying that one off for 68 years.
The Black-crested Coquette https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/blccoq1/overview
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☺️
What's your favorite beer? Different beers for different situations? Cheers and hope you're enjoying a cigar during this AMA!
I'm not a beer drinker but ask me anything you want to about Vodka or Tequila.
Have you heard of Freddie Martinez with regards to Chicago police and stingray devices? Would his work interest you?
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 ?
We love Freddy. We represented him in his stingray FOIA cases in Chicago and many others.
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...
Do you have a favorite photo you took yourself of one of these?
If you don’t mind, are you religious?
Black Crested Coquette https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/blccoq1/overview
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.
Is there anything we can do to assist you? (Never thought I would ask lawyers that!) besides money of course...
Hi, Ron! Loved your memoir, "Easy Street: The Hard Way." Any plans for future books?
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....
Call or write your representatives in Congress and let them know that their transparency laws are being violated and that the issue matters to you as a voter.
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.
'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.
Keep up the great work. I have only one question for you, what is your favourite flavour muffin?
Did you get to keep the Hannibal Chow shoes?
Are you into gaming?
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.
I tried but a couple of armed guards at warner brothers stopped me as I got to my car.
I was until I got more into music.
My birthday is friday can I get a shout out from one of my favorite actors of all time?
Here's a shout out! Happy Birthday muthafucka!
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.
What's your favourite brand of cigar my man ?
Dude... why do the hummingbirds at my folks house attack me? They dive bomb my ears and are so brave!
Former Nashvillian - where is your favorite local place to perform?
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.
Hoyo de Monterey Churchill, from Havana Cuba.
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 JUST played City Winery two days ago! it was incredible, they feed you and make wine with your label on it :)
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.
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?
A partial list is on our website, www.loevy.com/foia. But we've done many more.
my favorites scenes were the ones in the chapel with the boys. That was quintessential sons of anarchy stuff.
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.
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. :)
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.
No i haven't!
What is a project that you missed out on working on that you wish you had worked on?
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.
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.
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!
Dude, you want to run for president? How do you plan to change this country? Answer this question and you can guarantee my vote.
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?
Hey, David. Been a while since I've seen you. Just wanted to say hi. How's your dog?
I hadn't! I'll take a look, thank you.
I don't think this is correct at all. Can you elaborate?
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.
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.
Hi!!! He's great :) My parents have been taking care of him.
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.
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?
The Enigma approach: maybe? I might do some sort of Easter egg or commentary, but I hadn't thought about it until you suggested it.
Post mortem and blog commentary, definitely! I find it incredibly useful to go through that sort of stuff, and I'm glad you like it.
They do sell feeders that have bee guards on them, how often are you changing out the sugar water ?
Don't supress it, but don't let it linger. Honestly it's been less frequent recently.
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.
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?
What are you cooking? I don't eat just anything, you know....
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.
Did anything ever come of you fighting Alex Jones.. Where did that leave off? Can we pick that up again?
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.
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.
Glad you asked, somebody's gotta do it.
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
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.
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.
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!!
What's your go-to trivia when it comes to bird and humminbird?
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds weigh less than a penny.
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?
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?
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
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!
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.
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?
How many humming birds would it take to carry a one pound coconut across the English Channel?
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...?? :-)
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.
I'm gonna guess it might be a species of moth. Hummingbirds are only found in the Americas.
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.
In your scientific opinion, is a jackdaw a crow?
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.
I went to school with him actually.
What are your feelings on the protests among NFL players in response to police brutality?
You went to school with Unidan??
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.
Yup, we did.
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
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?
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.
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