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Director / CrewIamA Deputy Warden of the world's most humane prison. AMA!

Dec 3rd 2017 by jan_stromnes • 57 Questions • 6235 Points

Hey everyone, comedian Romesh Ranganathan here! I’m doing an AMA to promote my upcoming comedy show at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday, December 21. If you don’t yet know me, I’m a former maths teacher from the UK (hence the term 'maths'). I gave up my stable career to spend the rest of my life making jokes about issues close to my heart, and explain why everybody else is wrong about them. My next mission is to become a household name in the great U.S.A.

Here are links to my personal website and Ticketmaster in case you’d like to see me perform LIVE!

Proof: https://twitter.com/RomeshRanga/status/935228113327341568

UPDATE: I'm signing off -- thank you everyone for the questions and the support. If you're in the US, please come to my show at the Greek in Los Angeles, December 21st. Cheers!

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I'm curious if this system is helped a lot by a different culture/mindset that Norwegian people have as a whole about crime/punishment (including prisoners), in Ireland we still tend to have an "us and them" mentality for a lot of people

Do you believe that the Norwegian model of prison systems can be replicated in other parts of the world?

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did Josh Widdicombe give you your wedding ring back?


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Hi Jessie, big fan from Norway here!

  1. What’s your favorite interval workout?
  2. Do you have any rituals or routines to mentally prepare for a race?
  3. What do you think it will take to make cross-country skiing as big in the U.S. as it is over here?

Best of luck with your season and the Olympics!

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I really want to get into bitcoin and krypto currencies. Do you have any advice ?


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Hey Mr. Giacchino!

I love your work, especially on films like the Incredibles, Star Trek, and Planet of the Apes, but the one score I love most from you is one that I don’t think gets nearly enough appreciation – that being your score for Jupiter Ascending.

I’m curious what the process of writing that was like, since from what I understand you wrote a good chunk of it before shooting had even started at the request of the Wachowskis. Was it more challenging? Less? Just different? What were you given to go on when it came to developing a tone and themes? How much of your original score made it into the film, and is there a chance of the unused stuff getting a release?

Thanks.

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How many times have you been arrested and what happened?


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Pure gold, thank you.

Drift King

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What is the best Portable Vacuum to have in the car? I do Lyft and Uber and it would be nice to have something small in the trunk.


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did Josh Widdicombe give you your wedding ring back?

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Yes, definately. I often hear that "this will not work in my country". Have in mind then that Halden prison inmate population consists of approx. 40-45% non-Norwegian inmates - coming from 30-35 different countries. Do we have more "issues" with those coming from other countries? No, we do not. This tells me there is something "universal" about treating people with respect and humanity..


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Eventually.

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Hi! I love long zone 3 workouts because it's a great chance to really improve my technique while going hard. So, something like 5 x 10 minutes zone 3 with 3-4 minutes rest in between each one. Before each race, I put sparkles on my cheeks to remind myself that I do this because I love to ski and that when I'm having fun, I race my fastest! I think we need a World Cup in the US to help fans connect with the sport, and now with so many athletes sharing their life on social media fans can really connect and follow their favorite athletes - which makes them want to see the races even more!


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My best advice is to read into the tech, how it works, how it started Check into this small little guide it gives a good introduction into the world! https://blockgeeks.com/guides/what-is-bitcoin/

Person I really respect is Andreas Antonopoulos and his introduction is great for getting into it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkxdys-Ek9U

As to holding some of your own, best course at the moment is to buy from an exchange or another individual, i personally like Gemini, afterwards I would move it out of an exchange into a hardware wallet. Keep-key and the Nano Ledger S are all very popular right now

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This was a really interesting project for me because the Wachowskis asked me to write the music before they started shooting. They didn't give me a script they gave me place descriptions, character descriptions and I basically wrote six suites based on their notes. It was very freeing because I wasn't locked to picture. Then after they shot the film we had to go back and add things here and there.


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Once but now the police station is full of subscribers

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This was one of my favorite repurposes. I always preferred videos like this that added something new to it, rather than people who just ripped it and reposted it.


Q:

You might like Dyson's V7 or V8 cordless stick vacs. They're pretty good for that kind of thing.

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Eventually.


Q:

You said you're working with two prisons in California. Are these minimum security prisons with primarily non-violent offenders, or are you trying to work with violent gang members as well?

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Does it freak you out a bit that all these randoms are so informed about your work, and can ask very specific questions?


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Other than racing, what's the best part of the Olympics?

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Where do you store your cryptos? Hardware wallet? Paper wallet? Exchange? Any particular method you recommend? What other security measures do you have in place to prevent you from getting hacked, losing your coins, etc?


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Hello Mr. Giacchino! I’m a huge fan of your work. Was it intimidating being the only composer other than John Williams to work on a Star Wars film? Did you work closely with him on the score for Rogue One? What was the process like?

Appreciate you taking the time to answer these!

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What's with the mannequin legs in the garden?


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Get an Immortan Joe mask man, ride eternal SHINY AND CHROME

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What are your thoughts on Roombas??

And have you ever had to fix one?


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Does it freak you out a bit that all these randoms are so informed about your work, and can ask very specific questions?

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No, I didn't mean that - the project is California-based, but recruits states nationwide. The representatives from the different states, represents/manage all kinds of correctional facilities.


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Walking into opening ceremonies! It's such an adrenaline rush - the lights, the cheering, the noise. For me, that's the moment I felt like I had finally made the Olympic team!


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majority is hardware, some on exchange since i trade to try to increase my holdings. I definitely recommend hardware or paper. VPN/OFFLINE CPU along with Hardware Wallet to prevent losing my coins.

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There wasn't much time to be intimidated - I had only 4 1/2 weeks to write the score - but I've loved star wars since I was a kid so ultimately it was just a lot of fun even though the schedule was crazy!


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They were left over from a TV project......you can't chuck legs away

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That is a good one, and one that I haven't heard yet. I usually get a lot of people saying references to Bane from Batman and the occasional Darth Vader.


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I think they're okay for doing light cleaning throughout the week, between regular deep vacuuming (assuming carpeting). I think Neato and Miele robots are better systems than Roomba.

I worked on an early model Roomba and it felt like a crap product. They've since made their machines into modular systems that the consumer can diagnose and replace components easily, so I don't see them come into the shop so much.

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Yes.


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How would you deal with the type of "Fight or die" culture that pulls non-violent offenders into prison gangs for self defense? That issue is pretty much universal in the US prison systems. I've always held that putting a burglar in the general population of a prison with violent lifers just forces the non-violent criminal to evolve into a more dangerous criminal.

A:

What does that eye actually see?


Q:

Few questions

What's your favorite world cup venue (and why is it canmore)?

You always seem to have your music going on your Instagram, what's on your warmup playlist?

Would you rather fight 100 duck sized northugs or 1 northug sized duck?

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Do you have an accountant/tax person? If so, what is their feeling on your financial decisions?


Q:

You have scored a couple Disney Parks attractions over the years. If you were given your pick from the higher-ups to re-score anything, what attraction would you like to work on?

Also, thank you for taking the time to talk to my fiancee at D23 while you were signing for her. We're excited to dance to Married Life in April!

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What was one project that you regretting starting because it got too dangerous, costly, etc., but had to finish anyways? Thanks!


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Just reading the ama introduction made my morning. All the best bro!!

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I just bought the Roomba 960 for the wife. We have a very large single floor home with refinished hardwood floors. I tested it out on the tile at work yesterday and it seems to do a reasonable job. I think letting it run constantly will keep the floors looking cleaner longer, especially with a small pet (we have a 19lbs dog). I hope I didn't drop $600 for nothing.


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What does that eye actually see?

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We do the same in Norway also, mixing all kinds of offenders together. So why do we not have the same problem, or at least not to the same extent, that the US do? I think the answer is because in our prisons, our officers are together with the inmates at all times - we control the prison environment, not the "high-status" inmates. This is part of what we call "dynamic security", the dialogue and contact between the officers and the inmates.


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It gives me a different angle on life. It's like I'm running two cameras at all times.

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Haha I love Canmore because I have a lot of friends there and it's close(ish) to home! My warmup playlist involves a lot of upbeat pop like Taylor Swift, SIA and right now "Feel it Still" by Portugal the Man. And 100 duck sized Northugs would be hilarious.


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Yes,

Initially he thought I was idiotic and would urge me to put more assets (from my crypto holdings) into traditional stocks/bonds and businesses, however as of recent his feelings have changed and he is asking me how to get started into it. I am primarily just HODLing so besides the house there is not much I am really applying my wealth towards. I did however get my realtor into it and he bought in at 4.7k!

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I've already worked on my fav - Space Mountain.

Say hi to your fiancee and have a great wedding!!


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The fire tornado just WOULD NOT WORK but turns out it was just the weather so glad I persevered but was a tough, cold January!

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Same to you, my friend.


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I hope it serves you well for a good, long time.

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It gives me a different angle on life. It's like I'm running two cameras at all times.


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How do Norwegian sentencing standards compare to US standards? There are so many people in the US prison system that constant monitoring of individual inmates would be cost prohibitive. Wouldn't alternative sentencing for non-violent criminals help ease the burden on the system to allow for that level of supervision? If so, wouldn't it be more economically feasible to work on decreasing the population of mainstream prisons before trying to adopt your techniques? Applying your strategies to overcrowded and racially unbalanced prisons seems a bit like putting the cart before the horse.

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How does your Dad feel about you being back in America with your Mum?


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which foods are easiest to process during an intense sprint?

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lol your financial guy asking you for financial advice


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Hello Mr. Giacchino, I've been a huge fan since you scored Medal of Honor: Frontline! That score is truly a soothing and mesmerizing theme that elevates the game. "Arhnem" is a masterpiece.

I'd love to know what was your inspiration to Medal of Honor's score?

A:

How is your relationship with your neighbours?


Q:

Specs on your ride please?

A:

How do you suggest cleaning out the hose? I have a vacuum with an accordian hose and a wife who routinely vacuums up wet things that should have been cleaned up by other methods.
For everyone that inevitably tells me to fix the wife problem, I have tried, and that would still leave me with my dirty hose that had build up from when it got wet then was used on more dry things.


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How does your Dad feel about you being back in America with your Mum?

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Good question. Alternative forms of "inprisonment" have shown very good results in Norway. I am especially thinking about "Electronic bracelet sentence", where you live in your own home, being able to keep your work and social relations. The results are low reoffending and low operational cost for the correctional service, very cost-effective over-all.


Q:

You're A Big Fat Quiz fan aren't you?

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I eat cliff shot blocks - so, basically just simple sugar! I also like peanut butter banana sandwiches in between the qualifier and the heats.


Q:

funny right? My personal stock account as well as crypto has also outperformed all of his recommended mutual funds and investment avenues

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I had a great Uncle, Peter Fortunato, who fought in WWII, and he told us so many stories. I knew that his stories represented that entire generation of people who went and fought that war. He was my inspiration.


Q:

They like it when I'm on holiday

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I'm so bad with automotive stuff, truth be told. My dad would probably have a better answer for you. Sorry pal.


Q:

Soak it in vinegar overnight, then rinse it out with just water with a hose sprayer or something. Set it out in the sun to dry completely.

Easy Fix.

A:

You're A Big Fat Quiz fan aren't you?


Q:

Whats your favourite part of the job?

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In your early career, what was the worst gig you ever did?


Q:

Should I put you on my fantasy team for Lillehammer? I need all the help I can get after a tough Ruka triple.

A:

Why dont you get into Monero? Its the next big bitcoin on the deep markets.


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Hello Mr. Giacchino, my introduction to your amazing music was on LOST. I loved how each character had their own theme, Ben’s and Sayid’s were my favourite, and in a sense the music became a character in its own right. My question is; Which character theme did you personally like the most?

A:

Do you know that Furz means fart in German? Maybe it was your destiny to become a plumber and now you disturbed the space time continuum?


Q:

Serious question, are there snow tires for electric wheelchairs? Do you use them? We have just had the first snow here two days ago.

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What are your thoughts on Simplicity? (Still good? Maintenance issues to be aware of? etc.) I got a Simplicity canister more than ten years ago, and love it. I think the only thing I've replaced on it was the hose.


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In your early career, what was the worst gig you ever did?

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I think it is the daily feeling of "doing good" for society.


Q:

I died on my arse in Essex when i first started. They didn't even clap when I finished.

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Haha I always have to bet on myself!


Q:

already have some alt coins i listed is just a few

A:

I really loved Oceanic Six which was a theme for all the characters.


Q:

I'm very aware of this and feel I should make a German themed Colin fart video

A:

I personally haven't seen them, but that would be totally awesome.


Q:

Simplicity is a very good brand. You might not know that Simplicity is Riccar's sister company and the two brand's vacuums are almost identical.

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I died on my arse in Essex when i first started. They didn't even clap when I finished.


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Question from /u/whitejaguar:

Hello Mr Strømnes, you are very punctual. Thanks for doing this AMA and also on your cooperation in producing the comparative documentary on penitentiary systems.

My questions rather simple ones; what criticism do you face nationally and internationally about providing this kind of facilities and treatment to convicts/criminals. Do you get to hear a lot stuff what you doing is waste of tax-payer money or just lock them up, throw the key away. And if you collected such data; from which countries do you get the most positive and negative feedback. And do join Fyodor Dostoevsky on the following remark: "The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons."?

A:

How does it feel to be a rich man's Nish Kumar?


Q:

Hi Jessie, I'm wondering who your #1 best underdog pick is for this weekend in Noah Hoffman fantasy?

A:

How easily can you buy and sell large amounts of coins? What happens when you want to buy or sell 10'000€ worth of coins?


Q:

I am currently scoring a short film (my first film!) and the director told me a specific scene needed music. However, it’s more of a neutral scene and I’m not feeling any sort of emotional response towards it. And I have no idea what to write! Has this ever happened to you and if so, any helpful tips?

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HOW THE HELL HAVE YOU NOT DIED, YET?


Q:

How do you react when people say people who make memes about you are called insensitive?

A:

Why in God’s name do they still sell that stupid carpet powder stuff ? Every vacuum I’ve ever cleaned that saw it was just clogged with that crap.


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How does it feel to be a rich man's Nish Kumar?

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Not much critisism anymore, actually - only some in the beginning. The values, methods, et.c - are the same nationwide, so the reactions initally in Norway was that the facilities was "to nice". Same from some European countries, UK in particular. Later, the interest har been more curious and openminded - from most countries really, I guess it is because they feel we to something right.


Q:

Amazing

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Honestly, the World Cup can change so much weekend to weekend! But my teammate Andy Newell just had a birthday today so he's feeling really happy and looks fast!


Q:

Ive been able to buy and sell up to 100k daily no problem, nothing really happens besides requiring previous verification and some possible issues with the bank.

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Yes! That usually means it either doesn't NEED music or the director is feeling insecure about what he has and is trying to "save" it with your score!


Q:

I ask myself this, maybe I'm a cat...

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Honestly, I think that humor, in good taste, is an often forgotten way of being inclusive. I'm not really easily offended by stuff like that, so I don't know why some people want to do that for me.


Q:

Dude...seriously!

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Amazing


Q:

I saw the title and my first question was is it in Norway!

My question is do you ever feel intimidated/in danger from your inmates?

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What questions do you wish you were asked more often?

Which is more annoying to listen to: cheeky remarks about your eye, your maths teaching career, or your vegan diet?


Q:

Hi Jessie, race hard this winter! Do you feel at this point that you are equally competitive in both classic and skate? Will that factor into the choices you make about what races to focus on at the Olympics? Thanks for being a great rep for MN.

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Thanks for the reply. Would you say that all exchanges are equally well adapted at dealing with those kinds of volumes or should one stick to gemini for example?


Q:

Did John Williams ever say anything to you about your Rogue One score?

A:

I've seen all your videos and always wonder, is that tie a clip-on? safety wise of course.

edit: grammer


Q:

Woah, what study are you pursuing? What's your plan after graduation?

A:

Who makes the good (see; not too f'ing expensive) shampoo vacuum cleaner?

Here in England, you can rent a "Rug Doctor" but no idea if they are any good or not.


Q:

What questions do you wish you were asked more often?

Which is more annoying to listen to: cheeky remarks about your eye, your maths teaching career, or your vegan diet?

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Very seldom. Treating people with respect and have a willingness to communicate, reduces tension.


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They all piss me off.

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Thanks! I'm always working to improve in both techniques, but I feel that my classic is slowly getting there! I'm focusing on the skate-heavy races at the Olympics simply because I love the team events so much and I feel that's the best way I can help my team.


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from dealing with another exchange coinbase, requires tremendous amounts of verification and time in order to properly deal with those kinds of volumes when dealing with their base website however their trading site GDAX generally is well adapted at dealing with those kinds of volumes.

A:

He was very complimentary.


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No it's not! Probably should be..

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My degree is in communications, and my dream is to find a career in advertising, preferably in my hometown of Atlanta. I'm looking to enter the field through a social media management job, but we'll see. Honestly, the next step for me is figuring out how I can actually be employable. Here in the USA, any sort of income stands to dramatically impact my ability to get necessary health care services. I have to learn how to walk the tightrope, or in my case, roll it.


Q:

I don't recommend any consumer level shampooers. Hiring a professional with heated extraction is ideal, renting is better than nothing.

A:

They all piss me off.


Q:

Thanks for your answer, also have you (or your other wardens) been asked to go to other countries to give them advice on how to run an effective prison

A:

What is your honest opinion on Dara O Brien from your time on Mock The Week?


Q:

Hey Jessie! Big fan from Norway here! One of the most exiting races i've ever seen was the 10k in Falun 2015, congrats on the silver! Good luck this weekend at Lillehammer and in the Olympics! Anyways, my question is how is it for you to spend the entire winter every year here in Europe? Do you wish for eventually having more FIS races in USA?

A:

Where is the best place to buy and sell Bitcoin?


Q:

Hi, Mr. Giacchino!

I have to say that the Incredibles soundtrack is probably my favorite selection from you (though it's hard to really pick a favorite), but as a huge James Bond fan, I can't help but hear the various Bond-esque inspiration within the soundtrack. How did you decide to take that route, and if MGM/EON ever approached you for a Bond soundtrack, would you do it?

A:

What do you use the bunker for? And how does it smell afterwards?


Q:

Seems like all of my heroes are from the ATL. I don't know what they put in the water over there but whatever it is, it seems to produce a lot of strong and inspirational men. Much respect man

A:

We've been pretty happy with Bissel's Big Green Clean Machine, but it's not as good as paying for heated extraction. I think a home unit is great to have for pet stains and kid stains when paying for professional cleaning every time is impractical.


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What is your honest opinion on Dara O Brien from your time on Mock The Week?

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We are involved in different Projects within the European Union. Furthermore, Halden prison is involved in a US Criminal Justice Project (based in Caliofornia), that brings over two states every year to see "how we do it" in Norway.


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He's lightning quick and a good bloke.

A:

Thanks! It can be hard to be traveling the entire winter since I'm away from home and I miss my family. But, it's also really exciting to get the chance to see so many countries and meet so many new people! The best way to stay happy is to be with a team that has great chemistry. We are like a family and look out for each other! And yes, I would LOVE to have a WC in the USA!


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If you prefer person to person, Local Bitcoins is always good however be aware of the premium. Your mileage may vary depending on individual.

Exchanges is currently the best way for the average individual to obtain bitcoin, I would recommend Gemini and either a Ledger/Keepkey (you can get these off amazon) for offline storage.

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Director Brad Bird really wanted an old school Jazz orchestra vibe so it all started with that. I feel like the Incredibles IS my James Bond score so I'm good!


Q:

Rick uses it as a band practice room, I watch the formula 1 down there and it's a store for my inventions. It doesn't smell and has never got damp! #amazing

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I love my hometown, it's strangely a part of me.


Q:

I agree. At least the Big Green is a decent machine. Just ALWAYS do a full rinse run after the shampoo run.

A:

He's lightning quick and a good bloke.


Q:

Thank you, also do you see many repeat offenders?

A:

What's worse, school kids or hecklers?


Q:

Which song(s) do you listen to on your Bose headphones/speaker to get amped up for your races?

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Do you currently hold any other Cryptocurrencies? Do you believe one will eventually surpass bitcoin? Lastly,(going to be bias question) thoughts on vertcoin?


Q:

Please tell us you are scoring Incredibles 2, that's half the reason I'm eager to see it.

A:

Who is your favorite inventor?


Q:

What was the name of the restaurant you filmed the drift video at? I live in Atlanta and want to try the restaurant.

A:

Did you see this clever comic by u/lolnein?


Q:

What's worse, school kids or hecklers?

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Absolutely, we have them in Norway (and Halden) also. However, reoffending is less likely in Norway and the other Nordic countries, due to our focus on rehabilitation. If I simplify, you might say that reoffending is often connected to those having a drugaddiction that we don't succeed in helping enough.


Q:

Year 9 Friday Period 5 was worse than any comedy club.

A:

I love anything with a good dance beat that's happy! Right now, "Feel it Still" by Portugal the Man and "The Greatest" by Sia make me really happy!


Q:

Not too sure market is still in its infancy and yes i hold quite a bit of other coins, few that im looking at are(Decred Lisk Substratum Ethereum), in a few other longshots but those are recognizable! not too into vertcoin so don't know much about it yet!

A:

Yup I'm doing it.


Q:

Wallace of Wallace and Gromit

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I filmed it at a resort in Mexico, sorry about that. Fox Brothers BBQ is fantastic though, definitely worth a visit.


Q:

Thanks! I hadn't seen that before. I chuckled audibly.

A:

Year 9 Friday Period 5 was worse than any comedy club.


Q:

Do you think that Norwegians (and other Scandinavians) are more law abiding in the first place?

A:

On episodes of "Taskmaster" and interviews following it, quite often you acted like you genuinely weren't enjoying being on the show and regretted agreeing to appear (particularly this interview - transcript/video). How much of this was your grumpy stage persona and how much is genuine? What was your experience of "Taskmaster" really like?


Q:

I am food obsessed and dream about being a cross country skier so I can eat whatever I want. Really though, how many calories would you say you burn in your average training while skiing? Good luck.

A:

What made you want to invest in bit coin? Were you ever afraid of getting burned? Congratulations on taking the leap op.

Also, what do you think of net neutrality?


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Vanilla or Chocolate? p.s. See you at band practice Alex

A:

Do you want your son to follow in your footsteps or would you rather he did something a little safer?


Q:

Hello fellow ATLien, I actually pursued the exact same path as you in college and am currently employed by one of if not the largest digital advertising firms in Atlanta. PM me and I could potentially help you out with next steps, post-graduation.

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I work as a repair technician for a goodwill type organization in Europe, my job is to test and repair pretty much everything in your kitchen/living room. I pretty much learn on the job with some courses on the side, so I have a lot to learn. Vacuum cleaners come in all the time, and usually the 'fixes' we do is simply cleaning out the filters and replacing a bag if needed. If there's an actual defect chances are it is too time-intensive to fix, as we do need to make 'some' money.

Have any general tips that could help me salvage more of them rather than forfeiting them to recycling?


Q:

Hey Romesh, my partner at the time and I followed you and Seann Walsh through Windsor to find a gig you were doing once.

What's the oddest fan interaction you've had?

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I don't know really. And I am not sure if being law abiding is the right question to begin with. I think the level of crime is partly connected to our up-bringing; Do we have good schools, do we have a good child welfare service, do our children live in caring and functional families, etc. The background to inmates are so "filled with issues" from their younger years.


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Everything I do is genuine. I enjoyed Taskmaster but I was aggrieved at some of the injustices.

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In a long training session, or intervals, I probably go through around 1600 calories. That's a lot of granola bars! :)


Q:

I think curiosity and from genuine belief in the technology when I was reading up on it. Along with that regret for not getting into it when it was only $10 dollars and then seeing it rise up to $100. I did not want to miss out,

I was scared but generally really believed in what I was investing into so I just kept holding on to it, I did spend on occasion however.

Thank you! I am glad i took the leap its made my life as well as my families drastically better! My parents will be able to retire comfortably which was a huge concern for me for the past half decade.

I am definitely for the internet staying open and competitive as it is so far.

A:

Chocolate Chip! Family Band Practice is ONE HOUR!!! BE HERE!!


Q:

If he is interested in what I'm doing, but I won't push him into it!

A:

I'm going to plow through these questions and then definitely hit you up. If that's okay.


Q:

Man, I don't know what your margins are like, but I can tell you that Youtube is a great recourse for repair tips. I go there when I've got a real odd ball that even my veteran techs in the company are stumped on.

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Once a couple of pricks followed me through Windsor.


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Are inmates allowed to, for example, celebrate Christmas? Or is it simply another 'normal' day for them?

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Are you a junk food vegan? What are your go to meals/snacks, and is your family vegan too?


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Hi Jessie. Big fan from Norway. Not very patriotic hahah, but you are the only CC skier i root for this Olympic Games. Wish you good luck under the games and may the odds be ever in your favor. Question : How supportive is the american community, and how big is the Cross Country skiing sport in the U.S ?

Btw: I want more dancing videos on IG!!

A:

Is it possible nowadays for an average joe working full time at 10/hr to invest enough to make positive returns? Any advice? I have money in savings doing nothing so I figure why not

Note i know not too much about crypto, all i do know is i regret not looking into it sooner.


Q:

Hi Michael,

It blows my mind how you go from a piano composed piece to a fully orchestrated score, what is that process? Do you personally orchestrate the music for each instrument? Collaborate with others etc?

Thanks, Dave

PS 50th Birthday Gala was utterly incredible :)

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Love your show. Do you have any background in engineering?


Q:

Inb4 next year when you post the ama "I got a job by doing an ama! Ama!"

A:

I have 3 large dogs and 2 cats. What floor cleaning device do you suggest? I've murdered three different vacuums and am in need of advice.


Q:

On episodes of "Taskmaster" and interviews following it, quite often you acted like you genuinely weren't enjoying being on the show and regretted agreeing to appear (particularly this interview - transcript/video). How much of this was your grumpy stage persona and how much is genuine? What was your experience of "Taskmaster" really like?

A:

They celebrate Christmas, Easter, New Year, Eid, etc.


Q:

Yes. I love Oreo thins.

A:

Thanks for being our fan! Skiing in the US isn't very big compared to other sports, but our fans are really passionate and awesome! So, I think we need to get a World Cup to the US to help grow the sport and continue the live streaming of World Cups so our fans can follow along!


Q:

You would be able to make positive returns, in comparison I do stocks and the gains are around 0-25% roughly if bitcoin continues even half of what it is now your investment would be better than most other investment outlets out there. Though of course it will be a lot harder to hit millionaire status it would have a high chance of boosting your savings by a decent percentage

A:

It's all about how I hear it in my head. Think of it as a painting. You start with a pencil sketch outline (the piano sketch) and then you start to fill in the colors (the various instruments). Painting and Orchestrating are very similar in many regards.


Q:

I'ma plummer by trade but all my welding and machining skills are all self taught. I've just bought tools and tried to use them. Things have been broken along the way

A:

I'm all for this positivity.


Q:

If you have a lot of carpeting, a carpet rake can be used prior to vacuuming to save on bags or having to empty dust bins as much.

Also, with that kind of heavy duty environment, you really should invest in a premium vacuum and then have it serviced regularly. You should also do monthly maintenance on your brush roller, to remove any built up hair on the brush and around the brush bearing end caps. This will greatly increase the lifespan of the brush roller and belts. Change your belts once a year.

A:

Everything I do is genuine. I enjoyed Taskmaster but I was aggrieved at some of the injustices.


Q:

What sort of crimes have the majority of inmates committed? Are there particular crimes that make the inmates less likely to be rehabilitated?

A:

Hi Romesh,

I recently saw your stand up sometime last year in Southend at the Cliffs Pavillion. The show was great but what really stood out for me, and I wonder if you remember it was the incident with the fly that would not leave you alone on stage, and your handling of it was to a comedic point absolutely perfect.

My question for you is of all your stand up gigs you've done, except for 'the fly' what has been your favourite bit of improvised comedy, based on something an audience member said or something that happened on stage where you thought about it afterwards thinking 'I fucking killed that bit, couldn't have handled it better'?

Really enjoy all the shit you do, you were great last year on BFQOTY too so thanks for the entertainment!

P.S. if you come back to southend can I show them this comment and get up front row?


Q:

Just saw your dog on your link. So cute! What kind of dog is it?

A:

I see, so say I throw in a bit here and there when i can whilst watching markets, i can still potentially come out on top? (for example throwing $50 here and 100 there and still coming out positive; and yes i know it may fall sometimes)

If so Im gonna have to see how to begin cause Ive been looking to find ways of bettering my QoL


Q:

oh oh! please answer! ive been a follower of your work since jurassic park the lost world on playstation! when you scored jurassic world did you sneak some of that score into the raptor chase scene? also medal of honor and underground rocked!

A:

What was your favourite build and why?


Q:

What are your long term goals?

A:

Thanks for the info! Top 3 recommended make/models?


Q:

Hi Romesh,

I recently saw your stand up sometime last year in Southend at the Cliffs Pavillion. The show was great but what really stood out for me, and I wonder if you remember it was the incident with the fly that would not leave you alone on stage, and your handling of it was to a comedic point absolutely perfect.

My question for you is of all your stand up gigs you've done, except for 'the fly' what has been your favourite bit of improvised comedy, based on something an audience member said or something that happened on stage where you thought about it afterwards thinking 'I fucking killed that bit, couldn't have handled it better'?

Really enjoy all the shit you do, you were great last year on BFQOTY too so thanks for the entertainment!

P.S. if you come back to southend can I show them this comment and get up front row?

A:

Drug-related crimes are on top. In "second place", murders. Third; rapists/sexual offences. Rehabiliating pedophiles (hope I write it correctly...) is difficult.


Q:

THat fly thing was the maddest thing that happened on the whole tour - Thanks for coming!

A:

Leo is a French Brittany - and he's the cutest little guy!


Q:

yup at the very least you will come out better than if you did not invest it, whether its experience or monetary gain. If you are not letting your money work for you, you are either losing money to inflation, or letting banks make money off you

A:

You are a true follower! I definitely had a bit of the Raptor scene from the Lost World video game for those who would remember. Like you.


Q:

I have many favourites but the bunker gets used the most, the mobility scooter launched the channel and I can't believe the hover bike worked

A:

Realistically, find a career in advertising. Maintain my health. Maybe one day write a book about the whole experience.

More unrealistically, I would like to create more wheelchair drifting videos and perhaps make a go at developing that into some sort of online career. Maybe even write a book down that path as well.

Regardless of which way I end up, I would like to spread my brand of optimism and perhaps help people learn to look for the best.


Q:

The top three brands in the US are Riccar, Miele, and Sebo. Not necessarily in that order. Obviously, with all three, the more you spend the more vacuum you're gonna get.

A:

THat fly thing was the maddest thing that happened on the whole tour - Thanks for coming!


Q:

How do Norwegian citizens feel about having convicted criminals in the workplace? In the US most companies do a background check on prospective employees and felony convictions are a barrier to employment in many cases. Returning convicted criminals to gainful employment really depends on the culture of the outside world. Lack of employability really restricts a former inmate to a life of crime.

A:

Pleasure was mine. Do you still Boycott Tescos because they fired the lad in the front row?


Q:

Thoughts on Klæbos peculiar ski form of running on skis in the classic races?

A:

Do you think we actually believe you are a bitcoin millionaire?


Q:

Michael, I love the piece Married Life from Up so much that I brought myself to learn the piano to play it. Was there a piece of music that gave you the motivation to play music?

A:

Where do you get inspiration from? On a similar note, what youtube channels are your favorite?


Q:

The power of positive thinking! My man! I hope you succeed in whatever you try

A:

Thank you


Q:

Pleasure was mine. Do you still Boycott Tescos because they fired the lad in the front row?

A:

A criminal record might stop you from having certain jobs permanently, or for a period of time, also in Norway. But only these jobs/employers can request that insight into police records, not all employers. So even if there is some stigma of being an "ex-con", there are job opprtunities in Norway. Norway has a low uneployment rate in general, so if you have the right education/et.c - getting a job is abolutely possible.


Q:

Of course.

A:

He's really, really good at it!


Q:

You don't have to think you can just wait for the mods to verify me I have sent them proof

A:

My dad had a huge record collection and I was listening to it since I can remember, so I loved all kinds of music: jazz, big band, classical. I do remember trying to sound out Jaws at a young age!


Q:

Inspiration can come from many places, other videos, silly thoughts and accidental mistakes. Hacksmith, James Bruton and Alec Steele are pretty good!

A:

I guess the beauty of it all is that I can do both. They aren't mutually exclusive paths, so I guess time and effort would be the only thing that limits me. I'll learn a lot about the future over the next year or so.


Q:

You're welcome. I hope it was helpful.

A:

Of course.


Q:

What is an inmate's day-to-day life like at Halden?

A:

Romesh mate. Any plans on more of them BBC3 “interviews cum conversations” that you had with Jack Dee, James Acaster etc.?

3 minute YouTube clips just aren’t enough.


Q:

Hi Jessie! Big fan from Denmark here who wants to know if you hadn't become a cross country skier what would then have become? A dancer perhaps? =)

A:

Sorry to see you were downvoted for your reasonable answer. Thank you for doing this AMA.


Q:

Michael, how is it possible to write ALL the movie scores AND still be such the nicest guy possible!?

A:

How do you feel about the YouTube community right now? Also, have you ever thought about a colab with William Osman or one of the other engineerish channels?


Q:

PLEASE make a youtube channel of you drifting. I will sub immediately.

A:

My budget is $150.

Mostly laminate floors with a couple of thick rugs. No pets, couple of kids.

Which vacuum do you recommend?


Q:

Romesh mate. Any plans on more of them BBC3 “interviews cum conversations” that you had with Jack Dee, James Acaster etc.?

3 minute YouTube clips just aren’t enough.

A:

In short; All inmates shall be in some kind of activity - every day. The normal routine is getting up in the morning, prepare their own breakfest and lunch, thereafter going to work or school. After work/school, they return to their living unit to have dinner. In the afternoon, there are visits, time in the yard, going to the library/gymnasium/etc. They are locked in their cells from around 20:30 to 07:15 Next morning.


Q:

I cannot confirm for definite. But maybe.

A:

Haha yes, I definitely would have wanted to become a dancer! I don't think I would have been good enough for that, but I always really enjoyed helping other people be active and get outdoors so I would have been involved in sports in one way or another.


Q:

No problem thanks for understanding!

A:

I wonder the EXACT SAME THING ABOUT YOU in terms of how the heck do you make so many amazing things and STILL be such a nice open person??? You know what - next time we are out together lets start a bar fight and see how the other half lives? Deal?


Q:

I feel YouTube is the same now as it ever was with people talking and sharing ideas. It's just got bigger which can change people's perceptions. I'll have to check that guy out!

A:

That might be coming soon, keep your eyes out for it.


Q:

Anything under $200 is gonna be pure shit. The best bang for your buck @ $200 MSRP is Fuller Brush's Easy Made. It's a helluva lot of vacuum for the price and won't fall apart as fast as the shitty ones.

A:

I cannot confirm for definite. But maybe.


Q:
  • Recidivism for first time offenders that are young (e.g. teens) is significantly higher than for older people, at least in Finland from what I've read, do you think that's something that the prison time can address or is it more of an issue of how society at large treats young criminals?
  • Do you know if the recidivism rate between the Nordic countries are similar or not?
  • How do you see repeat offenders overall in Norway? Is it a case of some people simply not being able to work within a society or is it a failure to rehabilitate them.
  • Do you think there are some that are outright happier inside Halden prison than outside (e.g. because it gives them structure and order or something along those lines)?
A:

Is there any joke that once those words left your mouth you instantly regretted, or thought you went to far, and if so, what was it?


Q:

Good luck this winter Jessie! How do you explain the difference in performance/success between your team and the men’s ? Y’all are inspiring. Hopefully they’ll catch up!

A:

What's the easiest way to bet on a bitcoin crash but still limit your risk?


Q:

Hi Michael,

For my money you are as close to an heir to John Williams as any composer today. There is a "brightness" to your scores that I really only ever hear in Williams' work. What is the extent of your relationship with John Williams, and have you had conversations with Disney about further work on the Star Wars series?

A:

Hey Colin. Thanks for the videos. I was turned on to them by an old mate of yours here in Thailand. He passes on this message:

Hey fur ball .. hows it going when can we make some more cheap kungfu movies

(slantie)

As for my question: When are you coming down to Thailand to make a few videos? Let's just say there are fewer safety rules/regulations down here.


Q:

Need more drifting vids.

A:

So based on your previous threads, I bought a Miele C3 cat/dog. Love the vacuum, but I'm a little confused about setting the height for the powerhead for our carpet.

Obviously too low and it's too hard to push around, and too high and it's not touching the carpet at all. But there seem to be two settings that "work" for each of our different carpets (we have carpeted rooms with a 3/4 inch pile, and then some rugs that are lower).

Is there any more accurate way to determine the ideal height? If there are two that seem to work, is it better to pick the higher or lower one? Am I just way-overthinking this?


Q:

Is there any joke that once those words left your mouth you instantly regretted, or thought you went to far, and if so, what was it?

A:
  1. Good question with no short an easy answer, sorry.
  2. Quite similar.
  3. Yes, we have reoffenders. Some have just chosen this as a way of life (a minority), but I guess most of them are substance abusers we haven't been able to fully rehabilitate.
  4. Yes, especially substance abusers - they live more regular, healthy lives in prison.

Q:

My mum and wife are a bit pissed off about what i said about them this morning in an interview.

A:

I think our men are training really hard and doing all the right things - but sometimes you see countries gain momentum one way or the other and it's just hard to explain! Some countries are much better at classic, for example, and some have a stronger women's program, but I've seen a lot of our younger athletes training and I'm confident that they're going in the right direction!


Q:

IMO Stop-Limits are a great way to minimize losses

A:

Thanks! John and I are friends - he's been an amazing person to get to know over the years. As for the future - nothing planned as of yet. Pretty busy on non-star wars projects!


Q:

Funny you should ask I have an idea in mind which would take me there. Tell Tanner fish freedom is looking for him

A:

I might have something for you soon.


Q:

With every vacuum that has height adjustment there is only one proper procedure to determine the best height.

Always start on the highest setting and work it down just until it starts to vibrate the rug/carpet, an NO lower. This allows for ideal agitation in the fibers and airflow into the vacuum. Also, with your Miele, keep in mind that the ideal power settings are the rug settings whenever you're on carpeting.

A:

My mum and wife are a bit pissed off about what i said about them this morning in an interview.


Q:

What major influences/incidents in your life led up to you becoming deputy warden of the prison?

A:

Do you think your style of comedy will have to be modified in any way for the US audience? I saw the clip you tweeted on the American news/breakfast show, and I feel like they were a bit taken aback at your sarcasm, dead-pan way and saying things like you hate living with your mum.


Q:

are there certain people you don't get along with, or are you forced to be close with everyone?

A:

which exchange would you recommend to try that in? are any of them looking sketchy recently that in the past looked trustworthy?


Q:

I'm making a low budget erotic sci-fi romance movie that's like 50 Shades of Grey meets Star Wars and Zootopia. Would you be interested in scoring it for me? My budget is $13.

And have you ever cried while scoring anything? Specifically Coco or Up?

A:

How much notice do you give to the neighbours / the police / the council for your projects? The AT-AT for exampple, did you need planning permission for that?


Q:

Are your hands completely functional or do you need to use any specific equipment to use a computer?

A:

Oh shit, I've been doing the complete opposite! I thought that getting the bristles deeper in = deeper clean. 😫


Q:

Do you think your style of comedy will have to be modified in any way for the US audience? I saw the clip you tweeted on the American news/breakfast show, and I feel like they were a bit taken aback at your sarcasm, dead-pan way and saying things like you hate living with your mum.

A:

As I got older, it just became more and more important to me, what I use my knowledge and competence on - I wanted a position where I could have some positive impact on society - which I have in this position.


Q:

I'm a one trick pony so change is not an option.

A:

I think that part of being a good teammate is knowing that you might not normally hang out with your teammates in regular life, but to be a good teammate is to have their back and look out for them, and to support them! So our goal is not to be best friends, but to be "best teammates" as that's an even more important thing.


Q:

I generally feel like all exchanges are sketchy but I recommend Gemini at the moment, they have not done me wrong so far

A:

I've cried during UP, COCO, INSIDE OUT, APES - you name it. You get very emotionally involved in making the music match the emotions of the characters - so you sometimes have to feel what they are feeling - it's a lot like acting.

Good luck with your film! Sounds genre breaking.


Q:

I find forgiveness is easier to seek than permission

A:

I have a few minor functions with my hands, I'm able to manipulate objects to do things like drive my wheelchair, play with an Xbox controller, or manipulate the trackpad on my laptop. I use a voice recognition typing software called Dragon Dictate, it's how I am typing this response right now.


Q:

Exactly the opposite of what you intended. It wears out your vacuum and your carpet.

A:

I'm a one trick pony so change is not an option.


Q:

As a student who hopes to work in the US prison system one day, what are small steps that individuals can make to improve life for inmates?

A:

Have you eaten watermelon since Taskmaster?


Q:

Stillwater Nordic Alum here; being on the team with you and watching you race was such an awesome experience. Your legacy is part of the reason the Ponies are still thriving, and you can do so much more than compete!

In the future, after your competitive years, what do you see yourself doing for the good of the sport?

A:

Hey. I want to use bitcoin mining, and mining of other cryptocurrency's to create a sustainable way to make money to support local schools and non profits focused in education. If you mine cryptocurrency, what machine do you use, and how should i get enough money to buy said machine?


Q:

Have you talked to Rian Johnson yet about his trilogy?

I'm assuming that John Williams will retire after Episode IX and you will be the new SW music guy.

A:

How did you put out the largest bonfire? Thx!


Q:

How well does Dragon Dictate type your sass and sarcasm?

A:

What are your feelings in regards to hard wood flooring/tile/linoleum?


Q:

Have you eaten watermelon since Taskmaster?

A:

Start treating inmates more humane and with respect, start communicating with them. If you do that, you will shortly see that the interaction changes to a better path, improving life in general for inmates, the staffs working environement, etc.


A:

Hey! So fun to hear from a Stillwater alum! I think after a few years I'd like to get into coaching at some level to help give back to the sport I love so much!


Q:

I personally dont recommend mining bitcoin, other currencies may be more profitable but I generally avoid it since difficulty rises and consistent increases in mining technology make it not worth it at a increasing rate. If you are trying to get money i generally recommend the 5-10% rule, take 5-10% of your daily pay (like 5-10 bucks that you would have spent on something like starbucks.) and save up to use towards investments or savings. I advise against mining personally unless you can minimize costs to near 0 such as electricity

A:

I haven't spoken to him about it but can't wait to see what he's done!


Q:

To my surprise we woke up in the morning and it had all burnt away. I think the ground was so hot it helped keep the coals burning until gone

A:

Not very well, it absolutely hates proper nouns. I have a manual, on-screen keyboard that I use to make edits. I take a lot of pride in the tone in which I type.


Q:

Bare floors are certainly cleaner than carpeting. Carpeting is the single filthiest thing in one's home.

A:

No


Q:

Do you feel like you are, in a way, selling a product at times? Like selling a way to run a prison?

A:

How often do you use Reddit?


Q:

What's your favorite cereal?

A:

could u give me $10k? =*


Q:

Hey Michael, Big fan! Thank you for doing this.

What goes into composing your iconic motifs? The Incredibles, Up, Star Trek... I can't even name them all.

A:

Hi Colin, been a fan for years, your projects are great.. my favourite is the TukTuk..

Simple question... how many fireworks for 6 million subs and what will they be attached to ? :D


Q:

Huge props to you for all you've accomplished dude. How does the program deal with things like punctuation?

A:

Ugh, and the weirdest of people that have carpeting in their BATHROOM! How can anyone think that is ok? I can't even keep a bath mat in there...


Q:

Have you always been a Tree Wizard?

A:

In a way, yes. But I do this, due to several reasons; There are some universal human rights that I think should be respected, also in prisons. Having a humane and rehabilatative approach to corrections, give better results for the inmates regarding reoffending. And finally, having the Nordic approach gives a better and safer working environment for staff.


Q:

Literally first time.

A:

I like to bake granola - ginger molasses is my current favorite!


Q:

No sorry if I do give away any money it will be towards charity or to close individuals in my life

A:

Well all I can say is I try to find a musical equivalent to the story and characters of the film. Its hard to explain but it's all about what feels right when Im sitting at the piano.


Q:

For 6 mill I might do something different

A:

Absolutely horribly, if you aren't good with grammar already, even worse. Luckily, I'm already pretty decent with it. You have to individually say every punctuation while dictating.


Q:

That is fucking disgusting! I actually have a customer with a carpeted kitchen for fuck's sake.

A:

It is what I was born to be.


Q:

What do you think about drug related offences—should the sentences be shortened? The Nordic countries have very strict drug laws, should they become more liberal?

A:

Romesh, how do you keep your beard looking so good? What's your secret?


Q:

Do you always train with a HR monitor? Do you think they're beneficial for non-professional level athletes?

A:

Is it true you scored Rogue One in only four weeks? Why so short a time? And how did you DO that?


Q:

Hi Colin, Love your work! Have you ever destroyed a safety tie or has it always done it’s job?

A:

You should! It really brings to light that your disease is mostly physical and as someone who shamefully feels a bit awkward around people with disabilities it gives me more confidence to actually have conversations with people with disabilities.

(Sorry if this comes off as ignorant/insensitive)


Q:

I had an apartment with carpeted kitchen. Week 1 I dropped an egg, and from that day on I could never walk barefoot in my own kitchen for fear of what else was in there.

A:

How often do you use Reddit?


Q:

I think that is a political question, so I choose to not have a public opinion.

A:

I use a Mango and vanilla oil. It's amazing


Q:

I don't always use one - but I do use them often when I'm trying to achieve a specific goal, like if I'm trying to keep my heart rate low on long distance skis (especially if I've traveled to altitude!) or if I'm doing intervals and want to stay in a certain zone. I think they can be helpful for non-professional athletes if you're looking to try some new things in your training and want to see where you're at, but the most important thing is to have fun and pay attention to how your body is feeling!

A:

I came on to the project late after reshoots and Alexandre Desplat had scheduling conflicts, so there was only 4 and half weeks at the point in the production schedule. I just focused on getting it done, and pretty much did nothing else!


Q:

We are currently on the 2nd tie and 3rd shirt. The previous tie was falling apart and stank really bad

A:

I completely understand, it's not insensitive at all. Just remember, we are normal people just like you.


Q:

*Shudders....

A:

Literally first time.


Q:
  1. What are the psychosocial backgrounds of your prisoners? Is there a common theme?

  2. There have been some American prisons that have used meditation and had impressive outcomes? Is there any such practice there?

  3. How many prisoners are in your prison?

A:

Have you always been a Tree Wizard?


Q:

Hey Jessie! I skied throughout high school, and am also from MN! I love watching you race and kick ass! It was awesome to hear that your favorite memory from high school racing was going up to Giants Ridge for 3 days since that was also my favorite memory from high school skiing (my team did the exact same thing haha).

Where was/is your favorite place to ski in Minnesota? In the world?

Is there a piece of advice someone or a coach gave you which really stuck with you?

A:

I love the (bowed metal?) sound from Rogue One. How was that sound made?


Q:

What project are you most looking forward to?

A:

Thank you for doing this. You mentioned speech issues before. My brother is autistic (not on the severe end, and a grade lvl ahead in math in fact) , so he doesn't talk much/well. But when he texts me, it seems like talking to an entirely different version of him. Pretty much like any other kid. He wants to be a doctor (or teacher).

I've been thinking about how most people don't get to experience that side of him, and limited to only what he can/will vocalize to them. So my question is, when you're having difficulty communicating, what do you do to make it apparent to others that you are in fact just like them and just as capable? Particularly professionally/academically.


Q:

Do you know the song from Once, "Broken Hearted Hoover-Fixer-Sucker Guy"? It is a gem. I hope you don't have a similar sad tale.

A:

Romesh, how do you keep your beard looking so good? What's your secret?


Q:
  1. 90% (!) have some kind of mental issue, 60% are substance abusers, a substantial number have had problems (violence, sexual abuse, et.c) i their upbringing, many are without jobs, very low education, et.c The majority of the inmates have issues in many aspects of their life.
  2. Mediation, or restorative justice as we call it, has been used in a number of cases With good results.
  3. Approx. 260. A big prison by Norwegian standard, very small by US standards.... What could argue for hours what is the "best" size, however my experience is that very large prisons is more about "logistics" than rehabiliation.
A:

It is what I was born to be.


Q:

Hey that's awesome! Giants Ridge camp is so awesome. In Minnesota, I have a real soft spot for Giants Ridge, especially the silver course because of all the ups and downs and fun corners! In the world, I really love training in Seiser Alm, Italy because of the sun, amazing ski trails and great food. :) My coach said "nobody ever died of disappointment. You'll never regret giving it everything you have and not coming out on top, but you'll always regret not trying at all".

A:

It was a LONG NECK BANJO!


Q:

Next year I want to test something in an exotic location so I actually get a holiday!

A:

I don't have a perfect answer for this because I'm still trying to figure out for myself. I am absolutely terrified of having to one day interview for a job. My speech patterns are so up and down that I would be really anxious about whether or not I can make it through unscathed. I really wish I had a better answer for you.


Q:

That is a great song. I have a sad tale of my own.

A:

I use a Mango and vanilla oil. It's amazing


Q:

I mean meditation, like when you sit and meditate like in Zen meditation.

I find it surprising that there are uneducated people in Norway or in Scandinavia for that matter. Its a bias on my part. Are there any ethnic proclivities like here in the US?

A:

Any news on Series three of Asian Provocateur? I am hoping for a series Down Under, featuring Uncle Rags - I think he lives there?

I can hook you up with the Lankan scene in Sydney - I was an honorary member of UCB, the United Curry Brothers in high school.


Q:

Hello Jessie,

Have say I love your racing and attitude towards the sport and everything you do.

Norwegian skiers become "superstars" and seem to get whatever they want in life. What do you see yourself doing when the skiing career is over?

Thanks and good luck racing in Lillehammer- kill those decents :o)

A:

• Peanut Butter: Creamy or Crunchy?


Q:

Hey Colin, love the channel! What project would you most like to do if you had an unlimited budget?

A:

Spell that. F-U-C-K. Delete that. Spell that. F-U-C-K.


Q:

It seems like every time I buy a vacuum cleaner, they lose all suction within a week. My dirt devil just happened to have this problem. I tried cleaning out all the ports on it and still nothing, bad suction like all the other vacs I get. What's going on you think?

A:

Any news on Series three of Asian Provocateur? I am hoping for a series Down Under, featuring Uncle Rags - I think he lives there?

I can hook you up with the Lankan scene in Sydney - I was an honorary member of UCB, the United Curry Brothers in high school.


Q:

No, in Halden prison we don't have that kind of mediation. But we have yoga classes, and we have a retreat (Method; Ignatius of Loyola) every year. Not sure what you mean about "ethnic proclivities"?

A:

Rags is up for it. He is actually in the room with me here.

Never say never. But very unlikely.


Q:

I think all the skiers on the World Cup, no matter where they're from, have to work so hard to find success and achieve their goals. When I'm done skiing, I think I want to take some dance classes and take a mental break from the sport for a little bit! :) Then I'll go back to school and finish University.

A:

Creamy, definitely.


Q:

Homemade roller-coaster

A:

There is no way you can possibly understand how accurate this is. Every time.


Q:

You're buying shitty vacuums.

Seriously, spend more for a higher quality vacuum that has better performance. Also, I'm not saying you're a dirty person, but vacuuming at least once a week can help alleviate clogs.

Also, take your time vacuuming. Racing through the job can cause lots of debris to come rushing in and causing a blockage.

One last thing...do manually pick up any objects larger than dirt, dust, and hair to avoid those clogging your vac.

A:

Rags is up for it. He is actually in the room with me here.

Never say never. But very unlikely.


Q:

How did a program like this come about, was it at first controversial or was it always accepted as a good idea?

A:

Hey Uncle Rags!! I love all your different hairstyles.

So are we saying unlikely to the Aussie version? Or to series 3?


Q:

Jessie! Hi! Who’s the funniest non-American/Canadian at the World Cup races?

A:

Big fan of your work..I honestly believe your Star Trek theme is one the greatest themes ever made. That said. What was your favorite movie to score or tv show to score?


Q:

Have you made any inventions that you actually use on a day to day basis? I don't imagine a thermite kettle to be too practical in the long run

A:

Whatcha playing at the moment?


Q:

Which one wins in a fight, a roomba or a Corgi? The Corgi has heterochromia if that affects the odds at all.

A:

Hey Uncle Rags!! I love all your different hairstyles.

So are we saying unlikely to the Aussie version? Or to series 3?


Q:

Provided that you mean Halden prison, building the facility was a decision made by the parlament in Norway. The way is was built, was to reflect some of the central principles of the Norwegian correctional services; Humanity and Normality. Some said the first months that is was to "luxurious" - but that critique silenced after a while.

A:

Unlikely to Series 3.

Rags says thanks.


Q:

Haha that's a great question! I feel like a lot of the techs and coaches have a great sense of humor and are always joking around.

A:

Thank you so much! No real favorite - enjoyed them all for different reasons - but I do love LOST!


Q:

I just made a sheet metal folder which has come in handy

A:

Right now, mosty NHL 18. I just finished the fractured but whole, I'm also pretty good At Madden and Halo Wars.


Q:

I mean, Roombas are kinda cheaply built. I think a Corgi could take it.

A:

Unlikely to Series 3.

Rags says thanks.


Q:

What is your opinion on capital punishment?

A:

On a scale of 1 to Sadiq Khan, how much of a coconut are you?


Q:

Jessie,

I've been doing the running/ biking/ skiing/ endurance sports for a while. Much too late in life am I realizing what it truly means to go hard on your hard days, easy on your easy days, and that a quality focused sessions is much more productive than simply grinding out the miles. You have a lot of athletic success starting at a fairly young age. Did you have any particular moment when you had a similar realization as to what quality training is? Are there any learning moments you can share on this topic?

Thanks, and have fun in Pyeonechang!

A:

Hi Mr. Giacchino, I'm a huge fan of yours. I remember watching Star Trek for the first time and being completely overwhelmed with emotions when Labor of Love played. Absolutely the most beautiful music I've heard. Was there anything that influenced you while you composed it?


Q:

Hi Colin - who is your favourite tube supplier in Peterborough and why is it Apex Tubes?

A:

If you're looking for someone else with terrible sleep habits to play Xbox with, I'm your man. Shoot me a DM anytime you want to play something!


Q:

What are your thoughts on built in vacuum systems for homes? I have a Miele vacuum that I love but will be building a home soon and some people are suggesting it would be a mistake not to get one built in. If I do go that route, what are the better brands?

A:

On a scale of 1 to Sadiq Khan, how much of a coconut are you?


Q:

Taking someones life as a reaction to a commited crime, is not an issue on Norway.

A:

I am a Krishnan Guru Murthy.


Q:

I think it's great that you're able to listen to your body now and figure that out! For me, I had to learn to honestly listen to the signals my body was giving me (like if I wasn't recovered and shouldn't push through intervals) and then act on that. I think quality training is when you are able to feel good and focus on your technique and what you're doing - if you're really tired and it's hard to focus you might need to back it down a little bit! I also had coaches who made all the difference for me - reminding me that it's not about how much or how fast you train, but how fast you race that actually counts!

A:

Thank you. I was influenced by the story, the fact that this guy was going to die on a mission and at the same time his child was being born who he would never meet. And he was aware of that, it was really sad, so I wrote what I felt.


Q:

I just love that dairy grade stainless and the free supply of biscuits

A:

I'll keep that in mind, thank you.


Q:

Central vac systems are great if you're building a home. That being said, because of the long, heavy hoses most systems use, just about everyone I know with a CV system also has a conventional vac because the don't enjoy lugging around the hoses.

A:

I am a Krishnan Guru Murthy.


Q:

I see - do you personally support it?

A:

Did you used to smoke weed with Mr after teaching maths?


Q:

Hi there, I am a cross country ski instructor and find that most of my clients are younger children and older adults (or teenagers in school group lessons). What do you think can be done to bring younger people into the sport? Other than cooler graphics on the skis :P

A:

You’re my favorite composer ever! Would you come to my wedding?


Q:

Have you been to Bombay Cottage in Stamford? I went on the way to Stansted from the north and it was well nice

edit: holy shit I just found this image when googling it https://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/07/fb/1c/aa/havin-fun-with-our-tuck.jpg

A:

I haven't bought nhl 18 yet, is it a big upgrade from 17?


Q:

Brand suggestions? And yes, the suggestion was that if we do get a central vac that we get a hose for every floor (which makes me think we might as well get a vacuum for every floor if we do that).

A:

Did you used to smoke weed with Mr after teaching maths?


Q:

To be honest, in my younger years in the armed forces, my opinion was that there was crimes that deserved capital punishment. My opinion has definately changed, and I am now very much against capital punishment.

A:

Who the hell is this?


Q:

Haha great graphics are pretty awesome, for sure! But I think playing games on skis really got me into it. I loved playing tag and soccer on skis and doing fun and silly relays with my friends when I was younger - it kept me having fun and also built a lot of skills! You could also set up a sort of challenge for them during practice, like goals of skiing a certain amount of kilometers, a new trail, or doing a scavenger hunt!

A:

Depends when it is - my schedule is pretty tight!


Q:

YES that's my local Indian!

A:

Not really, same incremental EA sports upgrades. A lot of the same, but still enjoyable.


Q:

The only system I know well that is available today is by ProLine. They have systems big enough for just about any home.

The price to have a system installed, complete with a high-end power brush head is gonna cost roughly $1300-$2000.

A:

Who the hell is this?


Q:

If an inmate gets violent, how are you supposed to handle it? Do the guards usually act according to this policy?

Thank you for being humane. Vi setter pris på det.

A:

Romesh, I feel as though I was born in the wrong country because I absolutely love British humor. As one of my favorite comedians I always use you as one of my go to comedians to introduce Americans to how much better comedy is over there. I have to say in addition to all of your stand up that I absolutely love Tree Wizard. Did you ever think it would be as well received as it was? Video for those that haven't seen it. Tree Wizard


Q:

How do you feel about the men's and women's USST having identical objective criteria for team selection when women's skiing has significantly less depth and higher FIS points? It seems unfair to name teams off of world cup points when some women's race don't even have 30 racers, while male skiers like Hoffman end up in 50th place with a lower percent back than the 3rd place women's racer? How do you feel about how female skiers' attractiveness affects their marketability?

A:

Love your work! I just found out about this AMA seconds after you tweeted it.

Who is your favorite composer? What is your favorite movie score/soundtrack?


Q:

What is the most scared you have ever been doing one of your videos?

A:

If you still have 17, I'll take you on as my hometown Nashville Predators!


Q:

Kirby vs dyson?

A:

How come nobody ever mentions Atmosphere on your hip hop saved my life podcast? Love hhsml though, who raps the intro?


Q:

First of all, most situations that are evolving, is possible to solve by communication. Since our officers are together with the inmates, they feel any tention early and are able to talk the situation down. In the few cases this is not possible, all officers are trained in the use of "physical power", both on an individual level, as well as a team.

A:

I did Tree Wizard just as a task and the song was something i just improv'd on the day. I am delighted to see its genius recognised.


Q:

Hey Silent Sports, I think that selection criteria is up to the coaches - you're going to have to get our coaches on an AMA for this one ;)

A:

That's a question I can never give one name to. I love Max Steiner, Bernard Herrmann, John Williams Alex North, huge fan of Jerry Goldsmith, and then I love all kinds of music, Big Band, classical, marching band, can't name just one. I love the score to King Kong, the original by Max Steiner, it's the grandfather of all film scores.


Q:

Half way through the 360 swing build it didn't look safe which was worrying as I was nearly 10 metres off the ground!

A:

I would have to find it, and I'm not very good. lol


Q:

Not a big fan of either. The Kirby lasts forever, but has shit filtration. The Dysons have shit airflow, choke on everything, and fall apart with ease.

A:

A friend of mine, comedian David Jordan


Q:

What is the most impact you've had on an inmate's life?

A:

Where can I get some poo mangoes?


Q:

have you ever worn womens clothing? me and my buddy have a little bet going on....

A:

Would you ever consider a colab with Adam Savage, aka. u/mistersavage? A video of you guys on Tested would be amazing.


Q:

How much have scientific advances changed SMA? Took care of a kiddo years ago in the ER with SMA. Haven't seen many cases since. Congrats on graduation!

A:

We have a Rainbow (not my choice, husband bought it some years before we met) and I fucking hate it. I hate its big heavy dumbshit canister, I hate its stupidly short hoses, I hate dumping out carpet soup when I'm done with it. Given the option I'd happily fill the water reservoir with kerosene and light the bitch on fire.

Unfortunately, a quality vacuum isn't in the budget right now. Any tips on keeping this big dumb sonofabitch in good shape?

And thanks for doing another AMA! Never thought vacuum cleaners could be this interesting.


Q:

If you could interview anybody for HHSML who would it be and why?

A:

Directly? None, I guess. As a deputy warden, I'm not involved in the day-to-day interaction with inmates. I "only" have a normal and respectful communication with them, when I am walking around in the prison. Halden prison has a motivated and competent staff - correctional officers, works officers, social workers, et.c - and it is them who on a daily basis really creates the "value" and results, in their interaction with the inmates. Not me.


Q:

My mum's house.

A:

Once for Halloween, I dressed as Princess Leia.


Q:

Yeah there's a few I'd like to collab with that are stateside but the huge, gaping pot of water in between makes things difficult. My next collab will probs be with Alec Steele

A:

Life expectancy is definitely increasing. When I was diagnosed, the doctors said I probably had 13 years. I well past that now. Currently, there are experimental, really expensive drugs that have shown promise in combating the progress of the disease. I'm not currently taking any of these drugs, but hope to take the steps down that path very soon.


Q:

Thank you for the kind words. I'm sorry about your Rainbow woes.

The best thing I can tell you to keep it in tip top shape is to always empty and set the bowl aside to dry when you finish vacuuming. Take off the separator and rinse it off every time. If the separator is caked with scale, soak it overnight in a cup of vinegar.

Wipe the motor gasket (the part that sits on the bowl) and keep it clean and supple.

Change your belt on the powerbrush nozzle once a year, and take the brush roller out once every month or two to check for hair around the bearing end caps.

Good luck.

A:

I would love to interview Nas.


Q:

Would you like to have a more intimate connection with the inmates, or are you content with the interactions you have?

A:

What's the second worse thing that's happened in the class room whilst you were teaching? (Locking the child in the closest obviously being the first worse thing I assume)


Q:

Michael, you won't remember me - we use to email one another way back when you were working with Peter at Dreamworks Interactive, I think I sent you a cassette or a CD once? - but I wanted to say thank you for all the music you've created since then, most especially for your work with the Wachowskis. Speed Racer is one of my very favorite movies ever and a large part of that is because of your music.

I guess I only have one question: Way back when your website first went up, you had sheet music from the first two MOH games on there (the title to the first game and Under The City from MOH:U). Is there any chance you can get them (or other cues!) reposted? I've always wanted to try my hand at transcribing your MOH stuff to solo piano.

Thank you so much again.

Justin

A:

Hello, thank you for your time and efforts

How do you scavenge for parts? Do have quite the collection before hand or you go looking during the planning stages?


Q:

Where are you that you started am AMA at midnight EST?

A:

I have inherited a rainbow vacuum that I am pretty happy with, with one exception. I have a Cane Corso (big dog), and even after thoroughly cleaning the vacuum, it smells like heated dog funk every time I run it. Is there anything that can be done to get rid of that??


Q:

Romesh, I feel as though I was born in the wrong country because I absolutely love British humor. As one of my favorite comedians I always use you as one of my go to comedians to introduce Americans to how much better comedy is over there. I have to say in addition to all of your stand up that I absolutely love Tree Wizard. Did you ever think it would be as well received as it was? Video for those that haven't seen it. Tree Wizard

A:

Partly yes, because helping people to change is what motivates me in my work. But on the other hand, in my present job it would be a wrong priority of time, as well as me being more "operational" would have a negative effect on the empowerment of employees that we have in Norway.


Q:

When other teachers found out what happened.

A:

Peter and I are still best friends - see him regularly. Unfortunately I can't post that music again - perhaps it will be available one day officially - we are working on that. Go Speed Racer Go!


Q:

A little bit of both. Four of the under bench drawers you see in the shed are full of potentially useful items. Sometimes I'll find an item and make the project around that

A:

I'm actually on the East Coast, I have really bad sleep habits/sleep patterns. lol


Q:

Take it to your local vac repair shop for a cleaning service.

A:

I did Tree Wizard just as a task and the song was something i just improv'd on the day. I am delighted to see its genius recognised.


Q:

Quoting the famous question by Bernard Shaw that costed Michael Dukakis his presidency...

Deputy warden, if your wife was raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty for the killer?

If not, would you favor sending the perpetrator to a prison similar to the one you run, or to a prison similar to those you saw in the US?

A:

Arsenal win the league but you have to have hair like marouane chamakh for the rest of your life. Yes or no?


Q:

Do you tear up at the first 5 minutes of Up like the rest of us do?

A:

Do you have any more plans to fart at France, did anyone give you shit for pulling that prank?


Q:

I just realized...What were you doing in a bar if you were only in high school?? And how freaking fast does that wheelchair go? Thing rips!

A:

how did the vacuum cleaner cross the road?


Q:

Where can I get some poo mangoes?

A:
  1. No
  2. Similar to the one I run.

It is of course easy to sit here behind my computer and have principles. On a personal level I would have been devistated by such a crime, and it is hard to predict what I would say then - as a private person. But one the same time, a government system's actions and operations can't be based on emotions - but on facts, knowledge, et.c - hence my answers initally.


A:

When I worked on it I did - haven't seen it recently so I'm not sure!


Q:

Yes, the French need more poking. A post Brexit build may be in order

A:

I am a bad ass, that's why!

No really, it was more like a bar and grill that was open to all ages and we filmed it early in the morning as to avoid foot traffic.

I've since migrated to a new chair, but the one in the video went about 6 mph


Q:

With a really aggressive agitator and a self-propelling transmission, I assume.

A:

My mum's house.


Q:

Does your prison have a significantly lower reoffending rate compared to the normal prison? Also, how much does it cost per criminal annually?

A:

Who's your favourite child? And what do they make of your comedy?


Q:

Huge fan! Always excited to see your name come up in the credits when I'm starting a film or tv show. May be a dumb question, but as someone curious about the politics of entertainment, who reaches out to you and requests your work on their project? Is it one of the creative-types involved or is it an executive-type, or does it always differ? That being asked, who first approached you to work on Lost?

A:

Have you ever shat in the fastest toilet?


Q:

You seem to have a great sense of humor my dude. What are your daily challenges that cause the most irritation? Stay happy drift king, and thanks for doing this ama.

A:

I love an overly aggressive agitator, nothing is more funny to me then when my Riccar head for my CV hits a weird carpet and sounds like a wookie getting fucked by an oddly shaped cactus.


Q:

What's the second worse thing that's happened in the class room whilst you were teaching? (Locking the child in the closest obviously being the first worse thing I assume)

A:

To be honest, we don't have statistical valid data yet. But we have some data suggesting that we have somewhat lower reoffending rates, than other max security prisons in Norway. But overall, reoffending rates in the Nordic countries are low. Cost per year, per inmates, in Halden prison is about NOK 730.000,- pr year (exluding rental cost of the prison facilities), or approx. USD 90.000,-. Remember that salaries and living cost in Norway is substantially higher than in the US.


Q:

They are not allowed to watch my comedy. So there's some counselling ahead.

A:

Usually its the director and the producers who call me. But I tend to work with the same directors over and over and we are friends so mostly it just comes up in casual conversation "Hey - guess what I'm doing next - won't that be fun???"


Q:

Yes got to fully test things

A:

Without a doubt, what frustrates me most is when my facial muscles fatigue and it makes it difficult for me to talk. I'm a really talkative guy, and I hate that it makes me sound somewhat unintelligent.


Q:

This guys vacuums...

A:

When other teachers found out what happened.


Q:

Thank you for doing this AMA - I loved the documentary on Halden Prison that you made recently.

My questions are

  1. How resource-intensive is Halden compared to say a prison in the US? From looking at the documentary it seems as if there is much less security required in Halden.

  2. How does Halden compare on a cost-per-inmate basis compared to the US?

  3. When will you have datasets available looking at the rates of recidivism for Halden inmates?

  4. What is the post-release supervision like in Norway? Do you have a ‘probation and parole’ equivalent, to help inmates re-integrate into society?

  5. You’ve mentioned the large % of inmates with mental health issues. Do you have a team of psychologists/psychiatrists to assist these inmates? What are the most common mental health issues you come across?

  6. What drugs are most prevalent in Norway?

  7. Does Norway have privately-run prisons such as in the US, or are they all state-run?

  8. Since your visit to prisons in the US, have any of them expressed an interest in trialling a Halden-type model?

Thank you!

A:

Have you heard of your German rapper doppelganger, Samy Deluxe?

I really like this song: Eines Tages.

Here he is rapping: Weck auch mich.

I chose a picture of him with a watermelon, as that is my favourite moment of you on TM! Do you have any memories from filming it, in the pioneer series?


Q:

What type of piano do you have in your home studio?

A:

Which project gave you the most satisfaction when you finished it?


Q:

Pardon if I sound like an idiot or ignorant but...since your facial muscles can fatigue, can you or do you train them?

Like just make timed speeches to yourself in reps or something? And do they work?

A:

I wanted a Riccar Butler, but it seems to be discontinued. Should I buy used or is there a better product in the car-detailing segment?


Q:

Arsenal win the league but you have to have hair like marouane chamakh for the rest of your life. Yes or no?

A:
  1. I don't have to much figures, but Halden (and Norway) definately have a better staff-inmate ratio. So the yearly operational cost is higher, but gives savings in the lang term. I don't think we have less Security, but we have different types of Security.
  2. Don't know the US figures. Halden figures is given in an earlier question.
  3. New Reseach is being planned in Norway these days, but the directorate of correctional service has decided that only national figures will be publicated, noe results for the individual facilities, unfortunately.
  4. Yes we have.
  5. Yes. In Norway, we have an "import model", meaning that those supplying the services in the "outside world" also supply the services in prison. So in this case it means that the county hospital have a treatment team in the prison. The issues varies a lot, from light anxiety/depression to severe personality dissorders, to autism Spectre issues (like Aspergers), and so on.
  6. My guess - Cannabis and Amfetamin.
  7. All are state-run.
  8. Yes, several states are actually "importing" learning from Norway from a US Criminal Justice Innovation Progamme that we are a partner in.

Q:

No but I"ll check it out. Thanks for the reco

A:

It is Steinway upright built in 1876.


Q:

The 100mph dodgem as I'd made such a good job of it I couldn't stop staring at it!

A:

I could do something like that to maintain the correct function I have, but like my other muscles, it will be difficult to make actual progress in terms of regaining ability. Solid question.


Q:

Tacony still makes a commercial version of the Butler under the brand name Clean Max. Your Riccar dealer can order one from his supplier for you.

A:

Yes.


Q:

Do you find that religion/spirituality helps the process?

A:

How do you think the boys played tonight against Huddersfield?


Q:

Being a composer, when you watch a film are you more tuned into the score? Does it ever distract you from the big picture so to speak?

A:

Before you got big, how did you finance all these!?!?


Q:

Looking back, what advice would you give to the younger you who is leaving high school and about to enter college?

A:

If you use a vaccum cleaner to clean another, does it become a vacuum cleaner vaccuum cleaner?


Q:

Who's your favourite child? And what do they make of your comedy?

A:

For some, definately.


Q:

I am more happy at a potential Spurs decline

A:

It is hard not to be thinking "shop" when I am watching a film and I try really hard to just sit back and enjoy, but there are times that I am distracted by the music. Part of the territory I guess.


Q:

Some projects aren't as expensive as they look, it was a case of waiting for parts to become available at the right price

A:

This is a tough one. I'll probably tell myself to be more useful with my time. The newfound freedom kind of went to my head, I developed a lazy habit, and it took me a while to snap that habit.


Q:

It makes you a vacuum cleaner cleaner and your vacuum cleaner cleaner.

A:

They are not allowed to watch my comedy. So there's some counselling ahead.


Q:

How have you noticed an inmate’s behaviour and outlook on Society change?

A:

Who have you seen perform or worked with that makes you laugh the most? :)


Q:

How many messages do you get from couples saying they used the score from the opening scene in UP (The Carl and Ellie montage) as their wedding song?

A:

Do you plan your designs beforehand, or just get an idea and run with it? Also, how often have you gotten to the middle of a project and found you had to change everything? Thanks for doing this AMA! One of my favorite channels on YouTube.


Q:

If the disease becomes able to be cured, how will that benefit those who have had it for most of their lives? Is curing going to benefit only very young children?

A:

You're a legend!

Thoughts on hand vacuums? I'm looking for something for the car mainly. :)


Q:

Have you heard of your German rapper doppelganger, Samy Deluxe?

I really like this song: Eines Tages.

Here he is rapping: Weck auch mich.

I chose a picture of him with a watermelon, as that is my favourite moment of you on TM! Do you have any memories from filming it, in the pioneer series?

A:

I'm not sure if I understand your question correctly - but what I can say, is that we monitor and "screen" inmates when they come to Halden prison - and based on this, we start working with their issues (low education, unemployment, housing issues, substance abuse, et.c, et.c) - and the vast majority leaves Halden prison in a much better "shape" than they came. I don't know if this was an answer.....


Q:

I'm a massive Bill Burr fan

A:

A lot.


Q:

I may do a rough sketch but most of the time I just start and yes you do sometimes have to change things

A:

This is a really good question, that I can't give you a perfect answer for. As far as I know, current drugs will benefit in preventing the deterioration of the disease. Considering that I am a sort of an advanced stage, I'm not certain that I would notice any positive physical change, it would just prevent the slow crawl of losing abilities.


Q:

Thanks! There's a lot of options out there. Try visiting your local vacuum retailer. Support your locally owned small businesses.

A:

No but I"ll check it out. Thanks for the reco


Q:

Yeah, that kind of answers it. I guess I’m just wondering if you notice the person go from being in a bad state to being in a better shape than when they came. Is there an inmate in particular that you’ve seen go from being troubled to being rehabilitated?

A:

Wu Tang Clan or Curry?


Q:

Michael, I am such a fan and have been following your career as you soar from amazing project to amazing project. I am a composer myself and am wondering if you’d be willing to share what your writing process is like.

  1. Do you work alone on a piece from start to finish in a DAW at your home studio, or do you have an office/workspace that you go to write?

  2. How much of your writing is “playing around” with melodies and experimentation and how much is a focused approach with a clear direction in your mind?

A:

Hello Colin. I really enjoy watching your videos on YouTube. A lot of the time, it seems that you're working alone in your shed. Are there generally more people around working on things than we see, or are you typically just slogging away keeping yourself (and us) entertained?


Q:

I have a good friend studying doing her post-doc work on myoferlins and dysferlin (the proteins responsible in a roundabout way for MD) so hopefully gene therapy would be in the not too distant future.

A:

How do you think the boys played tonight against Huddersfield?


Q:

Oh, absolutely - I have seen that MANY times. It is also a "yes" to your second question, but I don't know if it would be appropriate to go into details.

A:

Curry while listening to Wu-Tang.


Q:

I work alone in my home office. It's just me here writing. My orchestrations are pretty complete before handing them off for final orchestrations.

Once I have a melody in place that I am happy with I go right to writing the scenes. I don't spend a lot of time playing around - I'm pretty focused and usually know where I want to take something.

A:

Most of the time it is just me but Rick helps me out on the larger projects where a second pair of hands is needed. But I do all the editing, designing, social media etc all myself


Q:

That's awesome, tell your friend thank you for me.

A:

I am more happy at a potential Spurs decline


Q:

You've mentioned addressing inmate issues as part of success. Can you please expand on what that looks like, particularly in the area of vocational training? I have a friend who is working to establish a foundation to help address inmate vocational needs here in the US. Is there a model you adopted to assess and address needs? Did you create your own? How does that work?

A:

Who convinced you to do a Reddit AMA?


Q:

Hi mate, love from Northern Ireland.

How many scores on average do you do per year?...and is it tough to start from scratch on a new project?

Cheers, keep up the good work

A:

How often do sponsors reach out to you to make thing like the Deus Ex gauntlets and others?


Q:

That sucks. I'm really sorry that you have had to suffer with this your whole life.

A:

Who have you seen perform or worked with that makes you laugh the most? :)


Q:

Planning the future of the inmate, is something we start with shortly after arriving in prison. We have different tools regarding screening and interviews - but generally, they are not about estimating risk of reoffending, security risk, et.c. Instead we focus on the inmates needs and his resources. When it comes to vocational training, which is a great path for many inmates, there is a cooperation between the school in the prison (a service delivered by the county) and the correctional service and our workshops. First of all the vocational training being offered, has to be in-line with the demands in the private businesses, second our traning methods, tools and machines has to be updated in order to produce workers for todays Labour market, not yesterdays labour market. I'm sorry if this was a to general answer, I struggle keeping up with the questions...

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I can't remember but I am regretting it.


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Hello Northern Ireland! It depends on the year - some years it may be 3 some it may be 5. I love the beginning of a new project - it's always fun to get the engine started and see where it will take me.

A:

Things come in waves as games, films etc. all tend to come out at similar times eg. spring, summer, Christmas


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I appreciate the empathy, but I don't really look at it as suffering. Just a different set of scenarios.

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I'm a massive Bill Burr fan


Q:

What methods do you see inmates use to help rehabilitate themselves?

Education, Job/Skills Training, Religion, Physical Activity, etc? Combinations of all?

A:

I tried to spruik you over at r/vegan for this AMA but also for your attempt to 'crack America', but you only have the Greek Theatre show advertised! Are you mostly focusing on the doco, or doing smaller local shows there too, and how can people find out about them?


Q:

What is your favourite piece you've ever created?

A:

Do you ever plan on doing a bigger project for your magneto shoes? Or something else with the electro magnets?


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Hey dude, thanks for doing an AMA!

Over the summers I volunteer as a camp counselor for kids with MD through the Muscular Dystrophy Association. As a counselor I can't entirely relate with some kids, simply because I've never had to go through the same experiences growing up. Do you have any advice on how I could be a better counselor for these kids?
Thanks again!

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Wu Tang Clan or Curry?


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This varies among the inmates, you might say that we try to "tailormade" the effort for all inmates. Screening and interviews form the basis for how we plan the intervention, together with the inmate. In addition to what you mention, I could add; Substance abuse treatment, housing issues, debt counselling, social network, et.c

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I will tweet all of my gigs in the run up to the Greek


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Don't really have a favorite but LOST will always have a special spot for me.

A:

Yeah, mk2 magnet shoes is on the to do list


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First of all, you are a legend. MDA camp counselors are the embodiment of Angels.

To answer your question, I would say just focus on being their hands and feet, and being someone that they can talk to. You don't really even have to understand their individual circumstances if you are able to joyfully help them get the most out of Camp. The simplest way to say it is don't over think it. Just being there for them is more than most people have to offer.

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Curry while listening to Wu-Tang.


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Firstly, I'd like to express an admiration for prison systems like Halden, and as such an appreciation for the work you do - I feel that it is by far both the most effective and humane method to run a prison - no one is inherently evil and/or violent and anyone can be changed with enough patience, and the stats back this up.

Anyway, my question is how would one go about implementing such a system in other countries, for example, here in the UK (Or the US). Would there need to be a slower transition to more humane prisons as to cut gang activity first, or would it be possible to just jump straight from punishment to rehabilitation?

Additionally, how would one go about convincing others of the benefits of a system where the idea of punishment is so deeply entrenched in the culture? I figure this would be the most difficult part of implementation, so I would like to hear your thoughts on this.

A:

Will your Mum be sitting in the front row at the Greek heckling you?


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Thank you for the AMA! I loved your scoring of Rouge One and thought you did a tremendous job stepping into the huge shoes of John Williams!

What sort of training do you think one needs in order to scoring films? How reliant are you on common practice composition standards in your writing and how important do you think these are in educating contemporary composers? What advice would you give aspiring film composers?

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How does your other half deal with your unique profession?


Q:

You mention your condition is close to be cured by science, do you know what that would entail? Congrats on graduating!

A:

Will your Mum be sitting in the front row at the Greek heckling you?


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Time is running out over here, so here is an answer to your last question; Difficult, but there are different ways of arguing. You could start with human rights - you should treat everybody, even ijnmates, in a humane manner. Period. Secondly - it Works. Treating people respectfully og humanely builds trust between CO's and inmates, creating a plattform for futureplanning and change/rehabilitation. Thirdly, do you care about your staff. The US approach has resulted in a working environment where CO's are overrepresented regarding suicide, PTSD, domestic violence, etc. (There is a lot of research about this). Creating a better relationship between staff and inmates, has a huge impact on the working environement.

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Yes she will. She says she won't heckle.


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You need to know the basics - learning all of the traditional methods so that you can then take them in whatever direction you want. It's like being an animator - learn figure drawing first THEN break the rules. Take film classes as well - not just music classes. Learn editing directing lighting so you can communicate in the language of film with the people you will be working with. Learn Film History too!

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I am the reward in this ever giving profession mwahahah


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Thank you, there is a new series of bleeding edge drugs that combat the motor neuron issues encountered with spinal muscular atrophy. Children born with it in the future are going to have that they need to prevent the deterioration process that the condition brings about. It doesn't look like it will help me out too much, other than to prevent the further crawl of losing abilities.

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Yes she will. She says she won't heckle.


Q:

If you had to make a single critique of the United States Criminal Justice System as a whole, which would make the most good?

A:

Hi Romesh, I'm also a stone faced brown man and as such I'm a big big fan of your work. I really loved the interaction with your little cousin in both series of Asian Provocateur. What's the stupidest question you've gotten while in America and does it top the stupidest one you've gotten in the UK/elsewhere abroad?


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What's your favorite instrument? Why?

A:

I mentioned this in a comment section but it didn't really pick up steam so I'm going to mention it here as a potential project for Furze's invention show. Can you make a machine, that makes coleslaw? So you put all your lovely veggies in and a few jars of mayo and it slices the veggies and mixes it all together all at once. Inb4 any smartass tries to mention a food processor or a blender they don't chop things they just mush which isn't what the beautiful slaw is about. On a related note more Furze's invention show pls xox.


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My friend’s son was recently dx’d with type II sma. What was your early journey like? age at dx, abilities... and how did you deal with that as a young child mentally?

A:

Who convinced you to do a Reddit AMA?


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To much focus on punishment&revenge, to little focus on rehabilitaton.

A:

Someone asked me why Islam is so evil.


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I love to play the ukulele.

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It's a good idea but a Furze slaw wouldn't have mayo in as I hate it. Mother used salad cream as a replacement, is this acceptable?


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That's my type. It would be hard to say, my parents never really accepted it in the sense that I was any different from my brothers, and as such it would be tough for me to say. I never got cerebral with it until I became a young adult, and by then the physical toll was a little bit more noticeable. I'm sorry if that isn't a great answer.

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I can't remember but I am regretting it.


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What do you do with the guys that eat and throw feces on the Officers who work around them?

A:

You get one tweet for the rest of your life. Who do you tweet and what do you say?


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Mr. Giacchino, First let me say thank you for all the fantastic audial memories and emotional musical journeys you have brought to every ear that your compositions touch. I think you're a fantastic composer and cannot wait to hear your future works.

For just a bit of backstory, since I started playing Trombone (6th grade), I've always thought about what it would be like to play in the recording of a film score. Although this is not the direction I have taken in my career path (just obtained my Bachelor's in Instrumental Music Education), I would still love to accomplish this dream someday. This is where my questions are coming from.

  1. How are members of the ensemble selected? (Is it usually just a prejoined ensemble, such as the New York Philharmonic, or does the Studio usually have a list of musicians on call?)\ If most studios only use preexisting ensembles, which ones get chosen the most, or if they hire individual musicians: (next 2 questions)

  2. How would a single musician get onto the call list\into the business of recording film soundtracks?

  3. Do you conduct the ensembles recording your compositions, or does someone else conduct them? If not you, then do you pick the conductor, or does the Studio?

And this is just because I'm curious: 4. What was it like to play a Stormtrooper in The Force Awakens?

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whats your favorite food?


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How did you find out you were such a sensation on the internet? Any first thoughts on seeing all the edits and compilations?

A:

I tried to spruik you over at r/vegan for this AMA but also for your attempt to 'crack America', but you only have the Greek Theatre show advertised! Are you mostly focusing on the doco, or doing smaller local shows there too, and how can people find out about them?


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We have them from time to time in Halden prison also, and they are of course extremely demanding for the officers. This is not normal human behaviour, so (psyciatric) treatment is essential - and of course good routines for defusing & debriefing staff.

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I'm leaving Twitter.


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It's the old joke, How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice. Kidding aside, the musicians who are studio musicians have been working for years. They have to come to the session not knowing what they are playing and sit down and start recording, they sight read on the spot. So it's all about coming out to LA, starting work where you can, meeting musicians, joining organizations such as ASMAC, SCL (look them up), just start gigging. Some of the musicians that play on my scores have been recording things for forty or more years. There really isn't a direct path that I can tell you. We don't use the "LA PHIL" but musicians in the orchestra play for other composers, etc.

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Sunday Roast


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Believe it or not, I was concurrently anxiously waiting for a response to a college application and finishing up an important history project. I was procrastinating, so I looked to see the video for some reason. I was blown away that it had about 400,000 views. I was ecstatic, and my parents had no idea why I thought it was a big deal.

At first, I'll admit, I wasn't a fan. Oftentimes, I wasn't credited as the original video maker. As an aspiring online content creator, I saw this as a death sentence to my aspirations of building an audience. I have sense taken a lighter stance on the issue because I remembered that in my original video, I used copyrighted music. It felt hypocritical.

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I will tweet all of my gigs in the run up to the Greek


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  • What do you look for when hiring staff?
  • Related, how much of the staff was positive to the shift to the more open/humane prison system? Was there internal strife or was it seen as a good change by the staff. You may not personally have been around as an employee during the shift but I assume you have had contact with some of those who were and still are employed from the nineties or earlier though.
  • How well has the infrastructure followed suit in Norway? Halden Prison is a new prison and designed to be less hostile, so to speak, but how well suited are the old prisons? Some of them are in buildings ~100 years old by now so I'd assume they'd aren't as nice to live in as Halden unless there has been extensive renovation work and/or the amounts of inmates in them is decreased from what they had in the past.
A:

Are you ever going to release a rap album?


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Michael, over the last decade you have quickly become one of my favorite film composers out there! You've crafted so many fantastic scores with so many fun, memorable themes.

Here are 2 questions I have for you:

  1. What can you tease about the score for Incredibles 2? Other than the main theme, what else might carry over and return musically from the first film? What new material might we look forward to? Having thought you would be fired from the first film, I'd like to hear what excites you about the new film.

  2. More importantly, what has been your favorite pun-filled title that you and you music editors have come up with over the years? I absolutely LOVE them, but was wondering if you have a favorite(s).

Thank you for your incredible music (no pun intended), cant wait to hear what the future has in store for you!

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How long did it take to build your bunker?


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Your outlook and attitude is awesome, and congratulations on the degree. Is there a specific core-course that you took that you enjoyed the most?

A:

Hi Romesh, I'm also a stone faced brown man and as such I'm a big big fan of your work. I really loved the interaction with your little cousin in both series of Asian Provocateur. What's the stupidest question you've gotten while in America and does it top the stupidest one you've gotten in the UK/elsewhere abroad?


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  1. The correctional academy (a 2 year fulltime education), recruits people with high school and the right motivation for being a CO.
  2. There was a paradigm shift in the 1990's, where the role of the CO changed are some years with riots and killing of 2 CO's. The service could go in two different directions; Tighten the security, or in a more humane direction. The latter was chosen, and all CO's was trained in the "new role". This was before my time in the service, but I have been told that it took time to get all "on board".
  3. Even though Norway builds new prisons, it is correct that we have many old ones too. However, you do not have to build a new prison, to treat people humanely and with respect. Most of "the good stuff" that gives results comes free of charge, and has more to to with organisational culture and management comitment.
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I love hip hop too much to insult it like that.


Q:

1) Well the style will be similar but look for new themes and set pieces to expand on the last film.

2) I like a LOT of them - but It Takes One To Rogue One is pretty good I think.

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I started on the first of August and finished 10th October but in the middle I built the Assassin's Creed hidden blade so I think 6-7 weeks


Q:

I took a digital writing class last year with the perfect professor. He gave us an wide latitude to write about what we wanted to, and it was something that I can see myself doing in the future as a career.

A:

Someone asked me why Islam is so evil.


Q:

How do you find the patience to help people you know have committed horrible crimes? Do you believe that they are inherently bad or made a bad decision?

A:

Who is funnier, your Mom or your Uncle?


Q:

What movie score do think has has the biggest impact on the industry?

What is your personal favorite?

A:

ever thought about going on robot wars? or making something even better aka something that wouldnt fit to their pansy safety rules ;D


Q:

Masterbation.. is that something you engage in?

A:

You get one tweet for the rest of your life. Who do you tweet and what do you say?


Q:

Basically, you can look at an inmate in two different ways; You can look at him as a criminal, or a person who has done something criminal. The latter one means that you acknowledge that he (she) is more than his criminal actions, he (she) has needs, resources, dreams - just like any other human being. That again gives you the motivation and possibility to start working with change and a rehabilative approach.

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Neither of them are funny.


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King Kong by Max Steiner is one of my favorites and it was the one that really had the biggest impact on the industry because prior to then it was someone at a piano. It was the first score with a big orchestra and it changed film music forever.

A:

I nearly did last series but timing wise it didn't work


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Without being grizzly, no. Not really a physical possibility, unfortunately.

A:

I'm leaving Twitter.


Q:

How many shows had you performed before you knew you’d be a professional comedian?

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Hello Mr. Giacchino,

I have been pondering this question for some time now and I believe you may be able to help. What is the best way to cook eggs for breakfast to start your musical days off the right way? I have tried sunny side up and scrambled by neither quite do the trick for me. Do you have any recommendations?


Q:

As a creator who are some of your biggest influences, in the past and today?

A:

Thank you for answering!!

I'm sure I'll be down voted for asking, but I'm also sure alot of people are curious too.

Although I guess you lose points for not responding "only when you're mom's around to help out"


Q:

Are you ever going to release a rap album?

A:

Hundreds.


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COYBOY STYLE! Just crack the eggs into the skillet and cook em! Butter and Salt - that's it!!

A:

Love the Victorians as they built everything so solid and to last. As for the present so many people doing so many cool things it's hard to choose. Also I'm locked in a shed for 24hrs so I have blinkered vision


Q:

I kind of an open book, pal. Don't sweat it. It's one of those questions that I'm sure that other people have, but are afraid to ask.

A:

I love hip hop too much to insult it like that.


Q:

Are you ever performing in the UK again??

A:

Currently tearing up just thinking about the “Oceanic Six” How did you and JJ Abrams start collaborating ? I’ve been a fan since Alias ( which btw is severely under estimated )


Q:

How smug will you be if you ever actually have to use your bunker?

A:

But um... Do you ever ejaculate? When and how? And is it on purpose or by accident?


Q:

Who is funnier, your Mom or your Uncle?

A:

Definitely. Tour being written as we speak.


Q:

I had been writing music for video games when I received an email from J.J. I actually thought that it was a joke that one of my friends was playing on me, I didn't really know who he was and hadn't watched Felicity. But I called the number on the email and it was him and he said "I heard your music from Medal of Honor, I have a new show coming up called Alias and I'd love to talk to you about scoring it. The rest, as they say, is history.

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I'll be the loneliest smuggyest person around


Q:

Not voluntarily, kind of embarrassing so I'd rather not detail it farther than that. I hope that answers the question, I don't want to be evasive.

A:

Neither of them are funny.


Q:

Any recent success in finding good vegan cheese?

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As someone who loves all of Pixar's original songs (especially Le Festin, which is how I chose my username) and can't wait to see Coco, I just want to know, has Pixar considered making more musicals? Thank you so much for doing this AMA and for being one of the best composers working today.


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Love the channel Colin, also saw your exhibit at Beaulieu which was awesome.

My question is has there been a project you scrapped or altered for safety reasons? Also will you be doing more on YouTube red or will you be doing free to watch from now on?

A:

Hi Jake, you have lovely eyes. :) I’m a sophomore in college, do you have any tips for surviving finals season?


Q:

How many shows had you performed before you knew you’d be a professional comedian?

A:

I currently like Miyoko and Tyne Chease


Q:

Go see Coco, it's the closest thing to a musical that Pixar has ever done. At the moment I have no idea if they have a musical in the pipeline.

A:

There is no more YouTube Red videos so all videos free as normal from now on. I made a bacon cooking machine which at present is a bacon jamming and burning machine


Q:

Thank you, I really appreciate the compliment. As far as finals, I think a lot of people forget to sleep. I'm all for cramming and other vigorous study tactics, but don't do it at the expense of adequate sleep. I know that I probably had a more relaxed schedule than most in college, but if possible, balance rests with total study time.

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Hundreds.


Q:

How's Rags? He's funnier than you.

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Loved your Spider-Man homecoming score! Will you back for the sequel and do you ha e anything planned for it yet?


Q:

How do you find sponsors? Do they come to you or do you go to them? Also what was the best sponsor to work with?

A:

Is it uncomfortable to have SMA? Is there any pain or something you have to live with?


Q:

Are you ever performing in the UK again??

A:

He's just started doing stand up so check him out.


Q:

That's a ways off but I'm hoping to continue what I started - more news to come.

A:

All sponsors come to me. They're all great to work with as I only work with sponsors who allow me to do what I want to do


Q:

Not particularly, there are some aches and sore muscles. It doesn't cause pain by itself. A better word to describe it is annoying, especially when it comes to losing abilities.

A:

Definitely. Tour being written as we speak.


Q:

As a guy who wasn't always appreciative of his teachers back in the day (say about ten years ago), how could said guy make up for being a bit of a bell-end in class?

A:

Hello Mr. Giacchino, big fan also here. Do you prefer, if you have a preference of course, working on a movie or a tv show?


Q:

Hi Colin!! Been a subscriber for over a year now, love your style of building, what was the first large piece of manufacturing equipment you bought for your shed, and which machine would you miss the most if it broke?

A:

How are you?


Q:

Any recent success in finding good vegan cheese?

A:

Don't worry - part of teachers' job is to be underappreciated.


Q:

I love both but with the amount of movies I've been doing its hard to commit to a TV show.

A:

A pillar drill would be the first large one but welder would be missed as when I first learnt to weld I felt like the world was opened up before me


Q:

Fine thank you. How are you?

A:

I currently like Miyoko and Tyne Chease


Q:

I want to ask something but I can’t think of anything interesting so I’ll just say that I think you’re a very funny bloke and that I hope your show in LA goes well.

Edit: Just got a message saying that there needs to be a question in this. Alright mate?

A:

Hey, Mr. Giacchino, how does it feel to doing score for Darth Vader in action scenes?


Q:

Hey Colin. We are engineers and developers. Some of the videos you make inspire us. Have you ever thought of making a jetpack build? A more serious question though, what do you think of STEM initiatives for school children?

A:

Besides studying for your degree, how do you spend your free time?

Do you play video games? If so, what's your perspective on the impact of video games on people who are physically disabled?

also congrats on the degree, i'm a little bit older and thinking about going back to school and you just added a few gallons to the ol' motivation tank.


Q:

How's Rags? He's funnier than you.

A:

I'm good mate.


Q:

AWESOME.

A:

Yeah I'd love to make a jetpack at some point as it would complete my James Bond villain status to go with my bunker. As for STEM getting kids into science, building or anything in a practical way from an early age is great


Q:

I really like going to concerts and hanging out with friends.

And yes, I do a fair amount of gaming.

I actually used to have a column on a video game news website that was all about the positive impacts of games for disabled folks. The website is now defunct, so you will probably have to use an Internet archive to find them.

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He's just started doing stand up so check him out.


Q:

Why did you first get into stand up comedy and how did you break it to your school that you were leaving them to do stand up full time? I'm also interested in how you got TV work and your thoughts on diversity in the stand-up world and the media in general.

A:

Where do you look for inspiration when you score for animated movies? Has Joe Hisaishi been an influence on your work? Really proud that someone from South Jersey is doing great things - all the best!


Q:

How did you gain your initial YouTube audience? Was it a viral video that set off your career or was it constant really good videos or something else?

A:

What is your biggest challenge in day to day life being confined to a wheelchair?


Q:

As a guy who wasn't always appreciative of his teachers back in the day (say about ten years ago), how could said guy make up for being a bit of a bell-end in class?

A:

I think diversity is an ongoing issue but I would love to see a lot more diversity behind the camera too.


Q:

The inspiration almost always comes fro the story itself and the characters. Putting myself in their shoes. Sometimes however it hits closer to home - like on Inside Out - that was all about my daughter. Go New Jersey!

A:

Mixture of both. wall of death, mobility scooter, jet bike videos gave initial boost but good content has maintained growth


Q:

Stairs. They are the absolute worst. Thank goodness for elevators.

A:

Don't worry - part of teachers' job is to be underappreciated.


Q:

When did you first start doing comedy? and how the hell did you get so good at it?

A:

How does it feel once you've completed a score and it finally gets recorded? Is there a sense of "Aha, that's it"! Do you ever feel like it was what you expected?


Q:

What do your wife and neighbors think of all of your shenanigans?

A:

Hi Jake! I have two brothers with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy - I genuinely see the battles you guys have and have no idea how you cope as well as you do.

Few questions:

  • how old were you when you were diagnosed?
  • do you have any other cases in your family?
  • do you have any tips I can give my brothers about finding work with this condition - they are 26 and 24 and have struggled their whole life

Thanks


Q:

I want to ask something but I can’t think of anything interesting so I’ll just say that I think you’re a very funny bloke and that I hope your show in LA goes well.

Edit: Just got a message saying that there needs to be a question in this. Alright mate?

A:

I'm nowhere near as good as I want to be - I started about 8 years ago.


Q:

It's always a relief when we are finished recording the score. And sometimes I feel that "aha that's it!" moment, but more often than not I am not totally satisfied, which I think is good because that is what keeps you motivated as an artist.

A:

There are tough days for them but generally they are supportive!


Q:

I was diagnosed at 20 months.

Fortunately, and against the odds, I am the only person in my family with a neuromuscular disorder.

Honestly pal, I'm trying to figure out this whole employment thing as well. If it eases your mind at all, I know that at least it is possible. I can update you when I have more information.

A:

I'm good mate.


Q:

Who's your favourite comedian other than yourself?

A:

Hey, Michael.

A few years ago, I saw you at the Houston Symphony when Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek: Into Darkness were played with the symphony playing your music. It was amazing and I hadn't realized how incredible your score was until I heard it live in symphony.

I guess my question is, how on Earth do you have time to do things like you did at the Houston Symphony and write the iconic music that you're known for?

P.S. Do you plan on ever coming back? That was an amazing night for me and my girlfriend.


Q:

Do you have a muscle car drift trophy?

A:

Why did you first get into stand up comedy and how did you break it to your school that you were leaving them to do stand up full time? I'm also interested in how you got TV work and your thoughts on diversity in the stand-up world and the media in general.


Q:

Bill Burr is amazing. As is Chappelle.

A:

I love doing concerts but as you can see from our concert schedule, it isn't that often! It's hard to fit things in like that sometimes. At the moment we aren't scheduled to go back to Houston, but tell the symphony that you want them to bring Star Trek Beyond there. Glad you came!


Q:

No I do not, sadly.

A:

I think diversity is an ongoing issue but I would love to see a lot more diversity behind the camera too.


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Hey Michael!

Big fan here (duh!) and I have a few quick questions that I hope you can help me with for a project I'm working on about the pilot of LOST.

1.) When JJ, Damon, Mary Jo and their crew were working on the pilot to create a version to present it to the network they used temp music from other movies by composers like Morricone, Carpenter or Zimmer. Those songs created such a different feeling for the pilot - it's really fascinating in comparison to your score.

I still got a copy of that version and I could make out that they used the opening theme from Blade Runner, the song "Silence" from The Thin Red Line and "Queen to Bishop" from Aliens. Do you know who chose those songs? Was it maybe you? Or haven't you been involved with that part of the process?

2.) Do you by any chance remember when you began writing the score for the pilot?

3.) Do you still know when you were done working on the pilot? The scoring for part 1 of the pilot was done/started August 24 2004 and part 2 was done/started, as far as I know, September 7 2004. I'm just curious, because this feels pretty late (just 2 weeks before the show went on air) when there were over 3 months in between.

4.) Has there been something/someone special that inspired your music for the pilot?

5.) Would you be willing to share some sheet music from the pilot? That would be very very cool!

That's all!

-Stefan


Q:

Living with SMA, what unique perspective(s) do you think you have about humanity?

A:

When did you first start doing comedy? and how the hell did you get so good at it?


Q:

Who is this??

A:

2) I don't even remember the temp - in fact I'm not sure I really ever listened to it. I don't remember the exact date - but it was a few weeks before we scored the pilot which was pretty close to when it aired. 3)It WAS very close to the air date. Again - not sure the exact date. Would have to check my Cal! 4) The story and characters we what inspired the music - I just loved it. 5) Not really allowed to share the sheet music because that's owned by Disney and I unfortunately don't control that - sorry!


Q:

Maybe empathy, this is a tough question because I don't want to pat myself on the back. I pride myself on being able to roll around in someone else's shoes, so I think that is the safest answer for me.

A:

I'm nowhere near as good as I want to be - I started about 8 years ago.


Q:

Do you like the mix of working on different projects, like stand up, docos, sitcoms and other shows?

If you were guaranteed success, which one would you choose to do most of?

A:

Hello Mr. Giacchino, My name is Jonathan. Sorry for the long story but I wanted to take a moment to tell you thank you! In early 2010 I went to a church camp retreat and one night they played UP(never seen it before) for the movie night. I was not a very popular kid, being the really awkward fat kid I used to be. I sat away from the group and began to watch the film. Well we all known that opening scene of the film by now because I surely do. I remember watching that scene for the first time there and I remember seeing how the music was affecting everyone. I saw the church leaders, all the kids, and all the camp leaders go from expressing happy, to laughter, to sadness, to just in tears. To me it was one of the most beautiful memories I will always remember in my life! I felt it and seeing how the music itself was in a way screwing with the audience emotions, I thought that was the most amazing thing I have ever experience and I knew that is what I want to do. Everything I am was back that boy made that decision that night and I am happy with how far I’ve come. I’m proud of my work even though I am a 22 year old college student still learning and desperate to learn as much as I can. It all happened because I saw the movie and listened to the score. Will I make it? Who knows but all I know that my passion for composing and my love for film scores is because of that one moment, that one scene with your piece “Married Life”, that was one of those life changing moments that I just could not pass the opportunity to share with you how much your work has inspired and meant to me. Of course to also say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.

My question: I love the MCU, been a fan since May 2nd 2008 Iron man, like huge nerd! So when I heard you were composing for Doctor Strange I lost my mind! Then when it was announced you were working on Spider-man: Homecoming, I honestly felt like this movie was made for me. Cause you got to see it in my point of view, my childhood superhero in the whole wide world who is the sole reason I love comics and everything related, he is finally in the MCU, and it is going to be composed by my idol. It is without a doubt my favorite film from the writing, costume, sets, cinematography, makeup, and of course the music! So I wanted to ask you, if Doctor Strange and Spider-man were to team up and you again were at helms to write the music. How would you approach that? A mix of both their themes or just start from scratch? Also if you have time, in an interview you said you asked Kevin Feige if you could write for Spider-man, besides him and Doctor Strange, which other marvel character would you like to write for? Just a real nerdy music question!

Thank you and I hope you have a safe day!


Q:

Hey! Really appreciate your outlook :D! So, my question is, have you ever watched the FF movies and if so, which one is your favorite or if you haven't what's your favorite movie? Also, what's your favorite food?

A:

Who's your favourite comedian other than yourself?


Q:

I always enjoy doing live most, but everything is fun.

A:

Thanks for sharing your story about how you were inspired by Up. If I was writing a STRANGE/SPIDEY film, I would incorporate both of their themes and then create something new that would represent the story they were in. I am lucky that I have already written for two of my favorite Marvel characters...we will see what comes next.


Q:

I feel like that franchise has went off the rails, I would say that my favorite is probably actually the first. My favorite movie is Team America: World Police. I love well-made chicken wings.

A:

Bill Burr is amazing. As is Chappelle.


Q:

How come you don't have any merch with your face on it? T-shirts, stuff like that?

A:

Will you write a song about net neutrality? please.


Q:

You like referencing your ability to roll around. What's your opinion of Katamari?

A:

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Q:

There is some on the way.

A:

Will you write the lyrics?


Q:

I've never played it, to be honest.

A:

Who is this??


Q:

Do they ask you to think up a good story when you go on Would I Lie to You? And if your story is too boring do they give you a lieto tell instead?

For the 'This is My' section do they just give you the lie as to how you know the person?

A:

I just saw Coco and noticed your little cameo. Was it a surprise to you, or did you know about it beforehand?


Q:

I read that you want to go into advertising, OP. Have you tried applying with Ford, Toyota or another motor company? Perhaps Tesla?

A:

Do you like the mix of working on different projects, like stand up, docos, sitcoms and other shows?

If you were guaranteed success, which one would you choose to do most of?


Q:

I think they just see how it goes and pick the best ones.

A:

Well I see the film when I am scoring it. So when I got to that scene to write it, I thought that he looked like me, but didn't want to assume. When Lee Unkrich came by to go over the music we watched the scene together and afterwards he said, " Didn't you noticed something?" So it was a surprise, they were so excited about it. And I am really happy that they did it.


Q:

Not up to this point. There are a lot of hurdles I have to get over to just be gainfully employable. These are all great ideas though, and will definitely be on the radar when the time comes.

A:

I always enjoy doing live most, but everything is fun.


Q:

My mom saw you on one of the soap operas (U.S.) she watches last week.

She couldn't remember your name and asked me "who's the black British comedian with the travel show?"

I said "Richard Ayoade?"

"YES! Yes, that's it."

That didn't sound right to me so i looked for a clip of the show. It took me about 20 minutes to track one down.

My questions are 1) what are you doing playing a camera man on a shitty soap and 2) is my mom a bit racist?

EDIT: Here is the clip. Romesh comes on at 7:55 into the video.

A:

Your music is so wonderful. It's my dream to play French horn on movie soundtracks. Any advice on how to get started? I can already play anything put in front of me.


Q:

Do you feel the same as anyone else without SMA but only physically different or maybe you do feel different but in a good or special way? Do you make jokes about yourself or your disability or do you not like those jokes? What do you think makes you different from other people from how you have grown up with SMA, like what people do not realize a lot? Can I ask more questions?

A:

How come you don't have any merch with your face on it? T-shirts, stuff like that?


Q:

I thought it would be a laugh and it was.

A:

It depends on where you are. You have to come out to LA and start getting involved in the music scene out here. You will find many musicians in their own groups, small orchestra ensembles, etc who are studio musicians, and they have to be able to play anything in front of them because they don't get music until the day of the gig.


Q:

It comes in phases, as a kid, you couldn't have convinced me that I was any different than anyone else. As I matured, I had to learn to accept my differences, but not accept that they made me worse in some way. It was a tough process.

I love when people joke around with stuff like disability. It's a way to be inclusive that a lot of people seem to overlook.

People don't realize that our mentalities aren't that different. You have the same wants and desires, but I don't always have the ability to make it happen when someone not in this situation.

Feel free.

A:

There is some on the way.


Q:

Are you the guy from Master of None or The Big Sick?

A:

Hey Mr Giacchino, big fan of your work The Incredibles soundtrack is one of my all time favourites.

Just want to ask who's idea was it to do the orchestral tv Spiderman theme for the beginning of Homecoming?


Q:

I studied muscular dystrophies for my PhD and am about to finish medical school, starting residency in Child Neurology, with a focus on the neuromuscular disorders next year. Do you have any advice for either physicians or scientists that you wish they knew before you had the chance to work/interact with them?

I had the chance to meet some of the founders of Nusinersen a few weeks ago. Its development from bench to bedside is really a remarkable story and really speaks for the power of science and research to redefine the boundaries of medicine.

Congratulations on graduating and thanks for the AMA man!

A:

Do they ask you to think up a good story when you go on Would I Lie to You? And if your story is too boring do they give you a lieto tell instead?

For the 'This is My' section do they just give you the lie as to how you know the person?


A:

Both Kevin Feige at Marvel and I thought it would be a fun thing to do! And it was!


Q:

I feel like this is the most important question I've had to answer all night, you want me to advise scientists that are much smarter than I am. lol I guess that the only thing that I could think of is to remind them that these are people, each with individual back stories and upbringings, and the work that you do might very well completely alter the course of their life. It's a tremendous burden, but totally worth the fight and effort. Fight as hard as we are, and there's nothing we can't accomplish together.

A:

I think they just see how it goes and pick the best ones.


Q:

How do you recommend talking to composers? I'm a commercial director and I try not to do the thing where I point to temp music and say "do that".

Also - what is the musical term for the slow chords thing that's in a lot of your tracks (Joy Turns to Sadness -- Life and Death from Lost, edit, reference here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMaqrbWwNTQ&feature=youtu.be&t=104)

Alsoooo i love your work thanks for doing what you do

A:

What is your degree in?


Q:

My mom saw you on one of the soap operas (U.S.) she watches last week.

She couldn't remember your name and asked me "who's the black British comedian with the travel show?"

I said "Richard Ayoade?"

"YES! Yes, that's it."

That didn't sound right to me so i looked for a clip of the show. It took me about 20 minutes to track one down.

My questions are 1) what are you doing playing a camera man on a shitty soap and 2) is my mom a bit racist?

EDIT: Here is the clip. Romesh comes on at 7:55 into the video.

A:

I think you should talk to composers through story and emotion, what do you want to be feeling, what is happening in the story. That's the best way because composers write what they are feeling and you should be working hand in hand with them to get across the story you are telling.


Q:

Communications.

A:

I thought it would be a laugh and it was.


Q:

Hello Mr. Giacchino, is there any piece that you wrote for any medal of honor that didn't make it to the game?, and what did inspire you when writing "North Africa" for MOH: Allied Assault? cheers from Chile!

A:

I am not sure if this has been asked, but IF Science ends up curing SMA and you benefit from it, other than walking, what is the first thing you will do?


Q:

Are you the guy from Master of None or The Big Sick?

A:

I think it all ended up in the game! As for North Africa I was really going for a vibe that placed you in that geography of the world. Haven't listened to that in a LONG time - I'll have to go back and revisit it!


Q:

Probably give someone a real hug. The ones I do right now are just kind of awkward.

A:

Both


Q:

I have to say, you have an amazing outlook on life. Not to mention immaculate writing talent. Anyway, if you only had one message to pass on to people, what would it be?

A:

Thank you so much, that means a lot to me.

I would say just to lighten up and try not to take life so seriously. I've found that life is a lot more enjoyable/easier when you learn how to be able to laugh at yourself.


Q:

Woah, late to the party, but, how do you feel about your video being turned into a meme? Were they mostly positive memes or more negative? Keep on keeping on my man!

A:

For me it's hard to discern what would be positive or negative, luckily I'm able to laugh at both. It was a process I was prepared for, the video blew up before the memes/gifs.


Q:

I worked as an assistant to a man with SMA type 0 for years. I'm in Scandinavia, where there is a lot support. For example, he had 24 hour assistance available for home and work and even holidays (he lived on his own), so he was totally independent from family. He also had a car altered so he could drive via joystick.

I'm curious what daily life is like where you are, and what outside support (if any) is available. Are you happy with your level of independence? Have you ever been interested in driving?

A:

I live a pretty independent life right now, I have five PCAs who provide me 24 hour care under a certain Medicaid waiver. I love my independence, which is why employment is a difficult prospect for me right now, because that would limit my ability to have Medicaid.

I have absolutely zero interest in driving. If I hit someone with my wheelchair, the worst that it could do is leave a bruise. An automobile can do a lot more damage. lol


Q:

So like, is anyone going to post the fucking video so people not in the loop know who this is?

A:

https://youtu.be/_DUF-NiHgO4 Sorry about that, here it is pal. This is the original video, but some of the videos that reused the footage were much larger


Q:

Have you ever had a girlfriend?

A:

Up to this point in my life, no sir.


Q:

If you had 13 free murders, who would be absolutely fucked?

A:

That's a lot of pressure, I don't know about this one. That's some death note shit right there. I'm going down to respectfully pass, sorry about that.