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BusinessI built a million $ tea company online starting with less than $10,000 AMA!

Dec 6th 2017 by James0646 • 30 Questions • 57 Points

My short bio: Hi Reddit! My name is Jacob Orth, and I currently work as a VIP Host at a strip club in Las Vegas called the Hustler Club. It's a 3 story, 70,000 square foot building, with 21 bottle booths, 3 stages, 2 VIP rooms, female and male strippers (weekends only for males). I've worked in Vegas strip clubs for about 5 years now, and know the strip club industry in Vegas very well. Ask me anything!

My Proof: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Am3hVHNqFnQ

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So, do you like tea?

What's your favourite type?

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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 was it to work on Star Wars and then be involved with a Star Trek fan film?

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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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How strict are strip clubs about following the rules regarding prostitution? Is there a sense of "for the right price?"


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That's kind of prerequisite for starting a tea company! Yes, I've been an avid tea drinker for years now. I usually end up drinking black teas, but I'm a fan of a good Oolong as well. I drink Zest's blends about half the time and a variety of other teas the rest of the time :)

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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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Literal dream come true. Working on R2-D2 was a life achievement. As was playing TOS-era Sulu. I remember sitting in my Sulu costume, at my console, on the beautiful Enterprise bridge set, being SOO giddy because I couldn't believe I was doing it.

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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.


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

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In Vegas they're pretty strict about it. If a club is caught allowing that then they are at a serious risk of having the entire operation shut down. Vegas really markets itself well with the "Sin City" tag, but it's not quite as "anything goes" as people think. Even some cities in the U.S. have more lax rules than Vegas.


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I think you got so excited about exposing OP that you forgot to give him the benefit of the doubt. I see plenty of real accounts, and some of the questions come from existing customers, so yeah they may have seen it on social or whatever, but that's to be expected. You can't deny that it's a real company with tons of real customers, so forgive OP for bringing new people to reddit... Check out their reviews on Amazon and then look at your own comments. I'd delete them if I were you.

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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 was your favorite myth from a building perspective?

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


Q:

What are your thoughts on Roombas??

And have you ever had to fix one?

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Any celebrities or famous people walking into your place? Whats the most amount of money you have seen someone spend?


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They're probably friends or customers because we posted on our facebook account about the AMA. If you look at how many comments there are so far, its pretty apparent I haven't had the time in the last hour to create accounts and do fake comments. It's been an active stream anyways, so no need for it!

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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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Two of my favorites from later episodes were the Earthquake Shake Table and Tennis Wing Walk. The earthquake table was cool because it required a giant air bearing (cushion of air like air hockey). The tennis wing walk required me to design a giant wing structure that we welded to a flat bed pickup. I was neat because of the sheer scale of it all.

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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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$150,000 was the most I've ever seen spent. It was a husband, wife and their son who came in at 5am and didn't leave until around 3pm. They each had their own VIP room with their own stripper. The guys had a female stripper and the wife had a male stripper.


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Venture Capital. Have lots of money and make good investments in businesses.

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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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Do you have any advice for someone trying to get their foot in the door for doing movie props/costumes/set, etc apart from just taking whatever you can get at first?

I have a sizable portfolio, and really have to work my butt off to get involved with any project, which tend to just end with little to no leads after it is done.

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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How has constantly being around a highly sexualized environment affected your perspective and interactions with people in the 'real' world?


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VC is venture capital (funding high growth startups). Most people end up in VC after being entrepreneurs themselves or going to business school. I was lucky and had the opportunity to work under one of my professors that ran a fund while I was in college, which helped me get a full time job once I graduated.

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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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If you've done a few projects and have a portfolio, congrats! You're ahead of the game. Now get your portfolio scanned into a PDF. Work on a professional cover letter. Email it out to any shops your can find. Scan movie credits for names and other leads. Do some detective work and get your name out there.

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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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You get to see some of the more primal side of people. It's interesting seeing wealthy businessmen, a lawyer, a teacher, a doctor, etc. behaving in a way that you just have a hard to imagining if you were to see them in their daily work environment.


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Howd you like being in VC? I always dreamed about doing that at some point in my life.

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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?


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Are there any myths you wish you could have covered on Mythbusters but that weren't practically feasible?

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Specs on your ride please?


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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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What is your favorite place to party in Vegas and why?

Edit: no spell good on mobile


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It was fun and I learned a lot about entrepreneurship, but I didn't learn much about working in the 'trenches'. My goal was always to start something myself, so I was never going to make a career out of it. Maybe I go back to it in the future and come in at a higher level (partner) if given the opportunity.

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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.


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The holy grail is the upside-down race car. By virtue of its design, an Indy race car has enough downward force at speed to run inverted. Just needed (1) a helical track (2) an Indy race car and (3) a driver.

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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.


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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.

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I'm not the biggest party person (it helps me keep my sanity while working in nightlife and avoid burnout), but any of the popular nightclubs will do if you want to go hard. Hakkasan and Omnia are really popular since they're newer and so massive. Other clubs like Drai's, XS, Hyde, etc. are fun too. I actually think that the day clubs and night swims are more fun than nightclubs. Rehab was the first day club I went to, and it was awesome. XS night swim is something I encourage everyone to try during the warmer months.


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Each can has over 10% of daily recommended sugars. How many do you drink per day?

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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?


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Do you play computer games? If so, what are some of your favorites?

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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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Whats the craziest thing you've seen in there?


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You should only need 1 or 2. The energy tends to last considerably longer than most coffees and energy drinks, because of the L-Theanine it contains. I can dive into that if you want, but the synergistic relationship between L-Theanine and caffeine is well studied and info is available across the web.

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


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I'm level 204 on Overwatch. I main Pharrah and Bastion (Bastion is making a comeback) as well as Soldier and Symmetra. EDIT: I will play Bastion and Symmetra on Attack, depending on the map.

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


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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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When I was working at a previous club, there was a guy who puked in his private booth during his 30 minute session with a dancer because he just drank too much. Once he was done puking the dancer continued to stay and finish the time even though she didn't have to. That one was strange.


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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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I love Overwatch, what's your rank in comp?

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


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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 many people go just for the free buffet?


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Thanks! I think the proof should suffice, it being on our own website :)

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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!


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To be 100% honest, I tried comp and found it too stressful. I like to play mystery heroes because everyone isn't playing their main and it's more fun.

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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.


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Dude...seriously!

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A lot of the locals


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How did you learn so much about tea? Do you have tea experts on your team?

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


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No dwarf fortress though?

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


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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.

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Not a Vegas local but go a lot and a friend IS a local. We frequent the Crazy Horse (sorry OP). I've learned that the fastest way to get girls to ignore you all night is to tell the first one that sits on your lap, "Am I here for business? No. We're locals." And then... woooooooooosh. You can drink in peace for the rest of the night.


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No one was a tea expert when they started (not even me), but when you dive into something as much as we have over the last few years you learn quick. I surrounded myself with a lot of advisors that had experience in the industry and I found some great vendors/partners that helped guide us through some of the more opaque challenges related to the industry.

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He was very complimentary.


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I like paying Torb on mystery. I also like the voice like "I'm giving it all I got!"

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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.


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

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Yep! The entertainers usually don't bother with locals. No worries about liking Crazy Horse. I know some of the guys over there.


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How did you learn so much about tea? Do you have tea experts on your team?

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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?


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If you had once chance to time travel what period would you go to?

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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


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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 are the girls like at work vs. not working?


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Do you have any ideas you've been playing with?

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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!


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Renaissance, maybe? I think it would be cool to visit Leonardo daVinci's shop.

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


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

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When they are at work, they are in a different mentality because they have to make money. They know that they have to get guys interested to get them to spend money. Outside of work you wouldn't even know that a lot of the girls are actually strippers. I've seen plenty of strippers that I would never think do it for a living if I were to see them out in public.


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I think he's just trying to reply to the top comment but keeps replying to his own by mistake. You keep trying to call him out on shit that he's not even doing.

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


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Follow up question! Which inventor would you want to meet?

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


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Did you see this clever comic by u/lolnein?

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It is a common belief that strippers have personal issues in their life that lead to this career path. What do you think of it? How much of it is true.

Also, compared to female dancers, how do the male strippers compare in terms of income?


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Are you considering a campaign?

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Yup I'm doing it.


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Tesla

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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.


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

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It is a really common belief. It exists because there is some truth to it. There are those who have issues, grew up in really shitty situations, etc. and feel like they don't have a lot of options to make a lot of money. Many see dancing as a quick way to make a lot of money. The problem is that many of them spend their money as fast as they get it.

The men can make good money, but their earning potentially overall is nowhere near what the women can make. Most women don't spend very much money. It's men who are spending serious cash inside the club.


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I'm an avid Zest-aholic, and was wondering when you're going to start selling in stores on the West Coast??

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


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Hi Grant - thanks for doing another AMA! Would you ever consider returning to Battlebots? (or combat robotics in general?) If not, why not? If maybe.... what would you build?

Also, your book on robotics has been a great help over the last couple of years.

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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?

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Would you ever date a stripper?


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Hey, I'm so glad to hear you're a fan! We are currently stocked in Gelsons (LA) and we're speaking to some other retailers. Hopefully we get Safeway/Vons soon, which will open up most of the West Coast.

We're not sure when the new sparkling products will hit the west coast yet, but it's definitely something we're considering!

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


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I might make a return to combat robotics. In the time since I actively competed, the technology has changed so much. The motors and batteries are significantly better. It's a fun but demanding hobby. When I look back at it, I was a much younger man. With apparently a lot more free time!

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


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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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It would depend on the person she is. I've come across a few that were in it temporarily until they had enough to reach a certain goal like build a home, start a business, etc. That's the small minority though. A lot more become dependent and attached to the work with practically no future plan


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Would you consider naming one of your teas "The Tease"? Since you're a redditor you must like puns. Oh oh, and the Naughtea, it could be like a fake tea or something.

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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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Did you ever chat about Battle bots with Jamie? What was your take on Blendo?

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


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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.

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The men can make good money, but their earning potentially overall is nowhere near what the women can make.

1) What about gay men as patrons.

2) Why aren't there any good gay strip joints in Vegas?


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We could use you on our copywriting staff!

As much as I love some varietea in our branding, puns can get old fast ; )

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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.


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I actually first met Jamie at Robot Wars circa 1995. Blendo was fearsome in those days. He was actually asked to leave a competition because Blendo was deemed too dangerous to the audience. They gave him the trophy, of course.

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I'm all for this positivity.


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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.

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Gay guys come to see male strippers sometimes, but the strippers often times don't want to dance for men.

The market is only so big for straight women to see male strippers, let alone for gay men to see male strippers. There's only 2 strip clubs in Vegas with male strippers. I think one gay nightclub has some male strippers on occasion, but I'm not sure.


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How much caffeine is there in the tea compared to coffee, soda, and other caffeinated products?

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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!


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Grant, with the advancement of AI, shouldn't the really competitive levels of Battlebots be completely autonomous?

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What are your long term goals?


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

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What’s the deal with dances in line for the bathroom?


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Depends on what type of each your comparing it to. Zest has 135 - 155 mg of caffeine per cup/can.

Most teas = 15 mg - 55 mg coffee = 80 - 200 mg (but some have much more) soda = 20 - 80 mg energy drinks = 110 - 160

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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.


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I'm not comfortable with autonomous BattleBots yet. I saw a few matches of fully autonomous fighting robots and it was terrifying (because they were basically hunting around semi-blind looking for a beacon).

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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.


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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.

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I don't think I've ever seen a guy get a standing dance while waiting in line to use the toilet. I've seen girls dance and grind on guys while they're trying to get money out of the ATM. This is so that they keep the guy's attention.


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Would you recommend I sell some of my Ethereum to help fund my company?

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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?


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I've been rewatching Mythbusters lately and one scene that gets replayed a lot through the series is you and Tori arguing over whether or not you "always use the blue rope" when towing cars. What is never shown is who was actually right. Who was right?

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


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Thank you

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How did you get into this line of business?
What are the best and worst parts about the job?


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Haha, personally I'm holding on to most of my cryptos (ETH, XRP, BTC, XLM in order of amount I hold). But, if you need cash and you think you can build a sizable company than it's probably better spent starting something new!

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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!


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We always use the blue rope.

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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.


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You're welcome. I hope it was helpful.

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I actually started working in nightlife in CA back in 2006. I did it during the off season from football while I was in college. In CA I mostly worked nightclubs doing security and management operations. After finishing my MBA, I had a ton of debt from school. The cost of living was really high in my part of CA, and they just passed another state tax increase right before I left. I had experience in nightlife, I knew in Vegas you could make good money doing it, and once I saw how cheap it was to live there (plus no state in come tax), I was pretty sold on the idea.

Best part about the job is that it's not a "normal job" in the corporate world. Plus, being in Vegas, you meet a lot of cool people and make connections at other clubs and in the hospitality industry.

The worst part is just some of the bullshit that you have to put up with-drunken idiots, people wanting to fight, threatening to sue, false complaints made about you to try to get you in trouble, unbelievable entitlement some people exhibit, people lying to you, people trying to haggle prices like they're at the flea market, etc. Sometimes it comes from customers, sometimes it comes from dancers and sometimes it comes from coworkers. If the club is managed well, then that stuff can be kept to a minimum and they know when something has merit or it's just bullshit.


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Is your goal to compete with soft drinks and other beverage companies like bai?

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


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If you can build an impossible machine (machines that goes against the law of physics), which would you like to build?

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


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My budget is $150.

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

Which vacuum do you recommend?

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I'm organizing a bachelor party in Vegas in a week and trying to find unique stuff to do. What's your favorite place to eat or do down there?


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Yes, I think that is one of the markets we will be attacking. We've seen quite a bit of demographic overlap with bai, so I could see us being placed near them in retailers for the sparkling beverages. I think we'll also pull customers from bottled teas, cold brew coffee and especially energy drinks, when people realize how bad most of them are for you. What do you think the closest companies to us are in the market?

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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?


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Perpetual motion/free energy machine

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


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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.

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For bachelor parties, I recommend eating at a steak house at least once. There are a ton on the strip, but I also encourage you to look off the strip. Especially at the Brazilian ones where you pay a flat fee and can eat until you're totally stuffed.

Shooting ranges, ATVs, renting exotic cars, zipline, are all cool things to do in addition to bars and clubs for bachelor parties.


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Outside of fundraising, as the founder, what do you spend the most time focusing on? How does this dynamic play out with your team?

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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?


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What new technologies or other recent innovations are you excited about right now? How do you think it will make our lives easier?

A:

Need more drifting vids.


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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?

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Do you guys serve food?


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Hi! Well fundraising definitely eats up a lot of time, but so does hiring and filling in the holes on our team that haven't been filled with hires yet. We are only a team of 5, so I've had to handle the production and logistics myself for most of the companies life.

A lot of time is also spent just thinking about high-level strategy. That sounds soft, but the moves we make now can and will have a massive impact on the companies trajectory in the future, so it's worth taking a breather and making sure everything is heading in the right direction.

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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!


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Self-driving cars. Foldable LCD panels. LCD contact lenses.

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I might have something for you soon.


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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.

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Yes


Q:

It seems like the retail distribution scene is a bit of a mafia, with retailers only taking products that come through their trusted distributors. How did you crack that first retail store and get your foot in the door?

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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?


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What work were you doing for Disney Imagineering?

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


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

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Are the free limo ride and other offers given out by “promoters” a scam? If not, how much does it actually end up costing the patron?


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That's a pretty damn good observation. It's definitely hard to break into retail. We did it by targeting a local chain (Harris Teeter) and pestering them for months (hitting everyone from HQ to the local store managers), until the placed our product in the local section. Once we had some good chains to speak to (HT, Meijer, Gelsons, etc), it becomes increasingly easy to add new chains. We also have a product that tea purchasers love, because we bring a lot of new people into the tea section (half of our customers are ex-coffee drinkers and 55% are men).

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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.


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Due to non-disclosure agreements, I cannot say the exact nature of my work, but safe to say it was a robot.

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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.


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

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Promoters on the strip have a reputation for being some of the biggest scumbags and liars in Vegas. The shit that they tell people to get them to the club sometimes is absolutely ridiculous. That's part of the reason I even started a youtube channel was because I knew there had to be a better way to reach people before coming to Vegas, and informing them of how clubs work.

Promoters have deals that they can do based on contracts worked out with clubs. You won't know what deal they can get at any particular club, so you're at a real disadvantage. I suggest planning ahead and not even dealing with street promoters. Many of them will lie through their teeth about prices, what they will get you (a free dance, a free bottle, a VIP table, a ride back to your hotel, etc).

Many Vegas strip clubs charge anywhere from $40-50 for entry. I've seen groups come to the front to get told what the cover charge is only to say that the promoter told them it was $15 or $20, and that was supposed to include drinks, a bottle booth, a guaranteed table because they're his "VIP"' customers, blah, blah, blah. I say don't bother with them because there's a good chance you won't get what they are telling you, and it will cost you more than what they are telling you.


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How much of the caffeine is from the tea itself, and how much do you add to the drink?

A:

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.


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it was a robot

Lawsuit filed

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How well does Dragon Dictate type your sass and sarcasm?


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

A:

I’ve know a few strippers, seems like a lot of them sleep with guys that work at a strip club. Do you notice any of that?


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The teas contain between 25 mg - 55 mg per cup then we use a natural tea extract to add in an additional ~100 mg. We have a proprietary process that allows us to infuse the blends without adulterating the flavor, which took us years to perfect.

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


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DAMMIT

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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.


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

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I wouldn't say a lot, but it happens. I've seen hosts and managers who openly or secretly date and sleep with dancers. The policy really depends from club to club on their attitude towards that.


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High caffeine, I love high caffeine.

Aside from the caffeine content, what makes your tea any better from your competetion?

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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.


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Does it Rhyme with Far Tours?

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


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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...

A:

What is your typical night like?


Q:

We use great tea blends and we constantly improve the blends by listening to our customer base. The L-Theanine the teas contain helps steady the energy as well, which is a leg up on coffee and other energy beverages!

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.


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Ummmm

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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.


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

A:

Kind of depends on what position you're working. I've worked the front door, the floor and the VIP in multiple clubs. A lot of your job is really just facilitating the operations of the club. If you're at the door then you're mostly keeping underage people, weapons and drugs out of the building. If you're on the floor then you're walking customers to tables, setting them up with requested dancers, getting them change, taking them on a tour of the club, setting up their bachelor or 21st birthday boy to go on stage, handling disputes involving dancers, customers, waitresses, etc. You have to put out fires, and do your best to maintain the operation of the club.


Q:

What was the biggest surprise you encountered?

What are the top 5 priorities for a lean start up?

How much do you value design/branding?

A:

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


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What personal engineering project would you undertake if funding was not a problem?

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)


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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:

What's one thing you love about your job, and have you ever played host to anyone famous?


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Hmm, the biggest surprise I've encountered is probably how difficult it was to break into retail. It took months to get our first chain, but with each additional chain it becomes much easier!

Design is paramount for us because it's what gets people to try a product. Having a great product is what keeps them coming back!

Top priorities: 1) keep an eye on cash 2) look for high margin channels to start 3) try to buy in more frequent, smaller quantities (reduces working capital) 4) an in person visit to vendors and partners can cost a good bit, but will usually save you a lot down the road by avoiding mistakes, especially in manufacturing 5) Always be looking for ways to consolidate vendors or reduce costs. Never get comfortable with the way things are done now.

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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:

Giant bipedal fighting robot. RobotJox style with live armaments!

A:

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


Q:

*Shudders....

A:

I love the fact that it's very different than most jobs. Whenever I tell someone what I do, they usually have a follow up question or two. It's so out of the norm that they find it intriguing. I've come across some famous people. It's usually pretty unexpected. Sometimes the person comes on their own or in a small group and sometimes they have an entire entourage of people with them.


Q:

Is the company profitable at this point?

A:

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


Q:

Follow up — one kaiju-sized duck or 100 duck-sized kaiju?

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:

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:

Have you ever thrown out a celebrity?


Q:

Depends on the month. We've been running cash flow negative while we've been working on the bottled product. We poured over $200k into the production run and R&D over the past year, but we should start seeing that product line produce cash for us going forward. The faster you grow the more difficult it is to run cash flow positive (even if you are 'profitable' by accounting standards).

A:

It was a LONG NECK BANJO!


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100 duck-sized kaiju LOL

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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.


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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:

I was at the front when we turned away rapper V-Nasty at one place I worked. I had two coworkers who said that they had to turn away Three 6 Mafia and his group at the front door.


Q:

Did you make a clean break from your past job before starting this venture? Or did you juggle both before doing this full time? If it is the former, what made you decide to forego the sure income of a stable high paying job for a riskier one?

A:

• Peanut Butter: Creamy or Crunchy?


Q:

Any chance that another White Rabbit Project like show happen with you, Tori, and Kari?

A:

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


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.

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Nope, I continued to work full time for almost an entire year after founding Zest! It got to the point where I was working 100+ hours between the two, but once I had the traction to support myself (didn't come into it with much savings) I made the jump. I'd try to put together 6 months or so of savings before you go out on your own. Sometimes you don't need it, but the last thing you want is needing to kill your baby because you can't support yourself any more.

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Creamy, definitely.


Q:

There's always a chance. Sadly, there will be no season 2 of WRP on Netflix. Their focus at the moment is scripted series that are binge-able.

A:

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


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

A:

We shut down the night it happened, but reopened the next for business as usual.


Q:

I know you meant baby figuratively, but as a follow up, do you have a family you needed to support as well to consider, before taking the (well-thought of) leap?

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?


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So here's the plan: a WRP-based superhero series. By day, you, Tori, and Kari build robots. At night you fight crime.

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:

What was your worse night like involving workers or customers?


Q:

No, I'm a single guy, which definitely made making the leap a little easier. I know a lot of people with families that have started companies though. You might want to build a bit more of a nest egg first though.

A:

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


Q:

That would never work. IT'S TOO CLOSE TO REALITY.

A:

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


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

A:

I had to tackle a guy once who punched an entertainer in the VIP room, and tried to run out of the club. I was working the door, and was the last guy with a chance to take him down. I had to make an open field tackle like I was a safety lol. I got him down, everyone else jumped on, and we cuffed him until the police showed up. He had at least one warrant out for his arrest. I don't know if it was my worst day, but it was nuts.


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Thanks! Good luck with everything! Have always wanted to do the same!

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:

What was your favorite part of the 'Down the Rabbit Hole' tour? Would you do it again?

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:

Is there anything different between a normal strip club and a Vegas club? (other than the income tax)


Q:

What's stopping you? Got any ideas?

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:

The best part of the tour was interacting with my friends in front of a live audience and hearing them laugh and cheer. For our finale, we create a giant cloud of nitrogen and walk through it to do our bows.

[The worst part is the travel. New city every day.]

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I'll keep that in mind, thank you.


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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:

Off the top of my head-Vegas clubs are usually much bigger, have more dancers, and the prices are higher than most other cities.


Q:

Well got mouths to feed,and while I have many ideas, not make me confident enough to invest more money and time on. Keep waiting for that perfect idea, which will probably not come.

A:

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


Q:

Did you ever try a myth where you got to the end thought "Well that was disappointing"?

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:

Have you met Larry Flynt? Id so how is he in real life?


Q:

My suggestion would be to not let perfect get in the way of good : )

If possible, start playing with and validating ideas on the side. Most people don't do enough validation before the make the full-time jump.

A:

Depends when it is - my schedule is pretty tight!


Q:

Squash Weightlifter. A growing pumpkin is supposed to have enough force to lift a car. We had champion giant pumpkin seeds and high-tech hydroponics. We couldn't grow a damn thing. Never made it to air.

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:

I have not met him. He actually is not the owner of the club. The company just pays him a royalty to use his name.


Q:

burts bees or chapstick?

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 was the experience like working for Disney?

A:

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


Q:

Kirby vs dyson?

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What is drug use like among VIP clients? Have you witnessed a lot of drug use since you’ve started? If a customer pays to get a VIP room, is he just free to do whatever the hell he wants in there? Like doing a bunch of cocaine off/with his stripper?


Q:

I'm a burts guy myself.

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.


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Very cool. I was working with Disney Research. We were building quick prototypes and testing ideas and making changes on the fly. Very much like how we did things on Mythbusters. Also, they have the most impressive shop I've ever seen.

A:

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


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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:

Not really. I've caught a lot of drugs at the front door on people. The clubs still have to operate within the law.


Q:

How does one even start a brand new company from scratch? Did you have people to guide you through it?

A:

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


Q:

Do you still offer your services to the film industry post-Mythbusters?

A:

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!


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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.

A:

How important is the biker facial hair in your industry?


Q:

You jump off a cliff and hope you find some solid ground on the other side. Every company is so different it's hard to make generalized suggestions. I did build a wonderful network of supporters and advisors from the industry though, which helped a lot. Got any ideas you're working on? It's important to get out there and start talking to people about ideas as soon as possible. The difficult part is in executing, not coming up with the original idea.

A:

Once for Halloween, I dressed as Princess Leia.


Q:

There aren't many opportunities for practical models or animatronics in movies these days. That's why I've been consulting for Imagineering.

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:

Not very important


Q:

thanks for the insight! am full of ideas, haven't fleshed out any of them, but something along the lines of a life-hack/efficiency/healthy-living app (although there are already thousands of those already!)

A:

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


Q:

What would your dream cosplay be?

A:

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


Q:

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??

A:

Has the legalization of weed changed anything for you?


Q:

Thinking in terms of distribution channels is always helpful. How will you get the word out there? What are the key differentiators, etc.

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:

My cosplays tend to be uniform-based. My two favorites right now are my BSG Viper pilot flight suit and the Star Trek Wrath of Khan-era ("monster maroon") Sulu.

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:

No. It's not allowed in the building or on property.


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tbh i'm not at all familiar with any of these concepts, but i would begin by looking at how established companies have succesfully grown their userbase, executing would be difficult, recruiting some celebrities with large social media profiles is always a bonus, also i know new users are particularly valuable, so incentives for signing up and incentives for referrals? people generally are interested in information that pertains to them specifically so that would be a priority? you can probably tell i haven't put much thought into this at all haha.

A:

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


Q:

Follow up question Kirk or Picard?

A:

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!


Q:

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?

A:

Do celebrities really go into strip clubs and throw down like we sometimes imagine they do? No named needed, but if you feel like naming names/telling stories, go for it.


Q:

Thanks for the ideas! We've done some influencer work in the past with mediocre results, but something we'll try again with the new product. We also have some referral offerings in place (if you place an order you'll see a referral pop-up at the end). All great ideas!!

A:

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


Q:

I grew up with Next Gen. Inner Light and Darmok FTW

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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:

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:

Not really. The most I've known a celebrity to spend was $15,000. It was a boxer that pretty much everyone knows. I wouldn't say that celebrities regularly drop a bunch of money. I've seen several not spend a dollar.


Q:

Have you guys considered developing a bottled Tea with under 5g of sugar? I’m a long time drinker of your tea and love it but part of why I drink a lot of tea is the lack of sugar. Love your tea, thanks!

A:

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?


Q:

Have you ever consider doing youtube videos?

I Bet you could do some sick science videos with Vsauce and a lot of people

Greetings from Argentina, here we still see mythbusters on discovery

A:

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.


Q:

how did the vacuum cleaner cross the road?

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Okay Jacob big fan of your channel and Vegas , so I won’t waste time with Vegas related questions. Let get to the serious stuff, Marvel or DC? You can’t say both or neither.


Q:

It's definitely something of interest. Unfortunately, the market for zero-sugar bottled teas is still relatively small, but it's growing quickly. We're also seeing a trend in the market away from zero (fat, cals, sugar, etc) and towards low quantities. That way products are still good for you and also taste great!

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:

I've thought about it. I don't really like editing, so it involves a bit more effort than I want to exert. I do like livestreaming and have considered starting a Twitch channel.

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:

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

A:

MARVEL! I loved X-Men as a kid.


Q:

In your own opinion, how much courage is there without risk?

A:

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


Q:

Do you use a 3D printer in your builds? If so which one do you recommend for general applications?

A:

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?


Q:

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.

A:

Do you accept bitcoin yet? They should put QR codes on strippers' asses which corresponds to a crypto transaction when scanned.


Q:

Odd, I feel like I've heard that quote before ; )

Minimal courage without risk imho

A:

It is Steinway upright built in 1876.


Q:

I've had great luck with my Ultimaker 2+extended for PLA and Zortrax for ABS.

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:

This guys vacuums...

A:

Working on it


Q:

James, big fan of the product and am excited about your growth into new products. I'm curious to learn about your vision for the beverage market. How do you see the market changing and how do you see Zest being apart of the change in the industry?

A:

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?


Q:

Are you turning into a crazy cat person?

A:

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


Q:

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

A:

Glad to hear it! I think the market is shifting in a variety of ways, but one of the most prominent trends is the shift towards 'healthier than' products. We see a lot of products coming out that are healthy, but also don't taste good, but slowly we're starting to see some new brands building great products that people also feel good about drinking! We're also seeing a shift towards more functional beverages (brain boosting, energy, etc), which we should benefit from.

What trends are you seeing?


Q:

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.

A:

I'm apparently already there. That is Dipper. She was a rescue cat. She is a polydactyl (extra toes).


Q:

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.

A:

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


Q:

Outside of your drink and beer, I don't typically buy consumer beverages, but I agree on the drinks that are healthy sentiment becoming popular. Kombucha and other coffee drinks are everywhere in NYC. Those that have lasted are definitely more appealing in flavor.

My only concern is how are smaller brands really going to compete without getting bought out. This can take away from the health of the drink and even flavoring, ex. Vitamin Water. I would love to see an upheaval of our current consumer products brands, but it seems like giant conglomerates are willing to throw cash, which is tough for entrepreneurs because the buyout is very enticing.

A:

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?


Q:

Now you just need a Mabel to complete the pair...

A:

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?


Q:

You're a legend!

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

A:

That's a pretty accurate assessment. Even before the acquisition, Vitamin Water was not particularly healthy though. We are seeing a growing number of companies take minority investments from the large players and staying private longer though, which is a trend I'd like to see continue. You get to leverage the massive distribution networks of the larger partner while also staying private. Best of both worlds!


Q:

A lot.

A:

10 points for Gryffindor! Yes, Dipper was in fact named after Gravity Falls.


Q:

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.

A:

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


Q:

A lot of chain tea retailers seem to be shuttering, what do you attribute to your staying power, and what strategies do you have for surviving the next 5 years?

A:

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?


Q:

Hi Grant! Big fan of your stuff, both as a Mythbuster... and a tabletop gamer! Loved watching you play that Dracula game with Wil Wheaton :) Will we get to see you do more tabletop stuff in the future? (Would love to get you on Critical Role as a guest, haha, or other Geek&Sundry stuff!)

A:

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.


Q:

Well, we don't plan on creating stand-alone stores for one. While tea has grown astronomically over the last couple decades it's still hard to have a stand-alone tea shop, like Teavana or David's Tea (although the latter still seems to grow quickly). We do most of our sales online, which helps protect us some, but the grocery category has also been semi-protected from the growth of e-comm because of the need for fresh products and most people go to grocery stores every week to buy produce anyways! Even if thing do shift towards online sales more, that would be great for us because we love the direct contact with customers and our margins are better : )

A:

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.


Q:

I would love to do more stuff with Wil and Geek & Sundry! I'm also friends with Matt and Marisha. It all comes down to scheduling and whether they've got an opportunity.

A:

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


Q:

Congratulations on the enormity of your success!

My question: what did the original 10k pay for? Did you have savings it another source of income?

A:

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


Q:

What steps would you suggest for kids interested in robotics to turn their hobby into a career?

A:

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


Q:

The original $10k all went towards getting our first batch of production done! I was still working full time in another position, so I didn't take an income. I had another maybe $8k in savings, which I later put into the company (maybe 9 months in).

A:

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.


Q:

Start with a kit. When I was growing up, I had Lego (not even Mindstorms). Gotta start somewhere!

A:

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


Q:

Hi James! Congrats on the success. If Zest Tea had been around in the days that the scene for the American Revolution was being set up, how might the Boston Tea Party have gone differently? Or would it?

A:

What is your favourite piece you've ever created?


Q:

Hi, Grant. I miss seeing you on Mythbusters -- you always had (and usually made) the coolest toys.

What do you think is the coolest thing about Making / electronics? What about the hobby/profession excites you the most?

Bonus question if you have time: What in your opinion makes for a good vs. not-so-good electronics course? (I teach, and am always looking to improve.)

A:

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!


Q:

We'd be right next to them throwing that British garbage over the side of the boat ; )

But seriously, we're starting to see a really strong group of American tea companies competing on a global level, like Mightly Leaf, Harney and Sons, Teista and more. Really fun to watch the market develop!

A:

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


Q:

Giving something the appearance of life. That's the most rewarding part of animatronics for me.

A:

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.


Q:

How did you find a quality co packer or do you make the product yourself?

A:

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?


Q:

What equipment would you want from games, movies, etc to have in your life?

A:

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


Q:

We use co-pakers. There have been times we've needed to get our hands dirty in commercial kitchens, but usually, that is difficult to scale. All our best vendors came through recommendations from other people in the industry. Find one good vendor and they'll direct you to a slew of others that they've worked with in the past.

A:

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!


Q:

I want Tony Stark's shop. Automated assembly line FTW

A:

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.


Q:

My whole company loves this product. Do you plan on offering your new bottle teas in subscription packages as well?

A:

What's your favorite instrument? Why?


Q:

Is Netflix more or less restricting than Discovery?

A:

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?


Q:

I'm so glad to hear that! Do you mind if I ask which company? We sell to a lot of tech companies, banks, law firms, etc. We will be offering the new bottled products in our subscriptions very soon!

A:

I love to play the ukulele.


Q:

Discovery was very involved in the making of the show. There was a dedicated executive producer and they reviewed all our episodes and provided notes. We had to be careful about content (family-friendly channel) and we couldn't any brand names (Kleenex, Xerox, Leatherman) because they wanted compensation if we promoted any of those names. By comparison, Netflix was relatively hands-off. Another interesting quirk is that we weren't allowed to actively promote White Rabbit Project UNTIL it was actually live on Netflix. No "coming soon" or anything like that. I was told this was because they wanted someone to hear about it and then be able to immediately log on to Netflix and watch it.

A:

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.


Q:

It seems like there are a lot of new beverages and healthier options hitting the market -- what's the best way to stay competitive? And how do you reach new customers?

A:

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?


Q:

If battlebots was scaled up to use remote controlled cars, modified with weapons. Which car and weapons would you use?

A:

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


Q:

Yes, there are a ton! But the market is also growing rapidly so there are billions of dollars of opportunity being created in the market every year. To stay competitive you need to keep innovating and improving your products. If you have a truly great product and a strong brand you can still make a name for yourself in a crowded market. The best way to reach new customers is through existing customers! Word-of-mouth has been our strongest sales channel. When it comes to retail, having really really good branding helps differentiate your product on shelf and we'll be doing a ton of product demos in stores when we get there!

A:

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.


Q:

Something with a low center of gravity, and a robust frame. Maybe a mustang. Or a police cruiser. I would have dual miniguns. Rockets are too hard to aim.

A:

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.


Q:

What kind of booze goes best with it?

A:

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!


Q:

We’ve heard about Adam and Jamie’s relationship on Mythbusters being civil but that they weren’t friends outside of the show. Did that ever effect production and what are your relationships with Tori and Kari like in real life?

A:

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?


Q:

The Chai goes incredibly well with Bourbon. Bourbon Chai is gonna be a hit in the bars and is a hell of a lot healthier than redbull vodka!

A:

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.


Q:

That statement is often misconstrued. They have mutual respect but don't hang out after work. But there's no "bubbling animosity" that's often implied. Since I was always at M7, I didn't often have the chance to interact with A+J, but watching them solve a problem in real time is really cool, actually. They do not bring ego into the suggestions.

Before starting on Mythbusters, I'd already known and worked with Adam, Jamie, and Tory for many years, and worked with Kari briefly. We weren't thrown together as a group of hosts, and I think you can see that chemistry.

I'm friends with Tory and Kari in real life as well, though it's harder to hang out since I've moved down to Los Angeles.

A:

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.


Q:

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

What is your personal favorite?

A:

Did you get Geoff Peterson back from Craigy, or did that become the property of his production? Shouldn't Geoff have his own TV show by now? What's the hold up?


Q:

Masterbation.. is that something you engage in?

A:

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.


Q:

Actually, I get asked what happened to Geoff a lot. Last Christmas, I was at Craig's christmas party and I asked him. He said, "would you like to see him?" and I said "yeah" so we went to Craig's personal office, and there was Geoff, sitting in a chair. So he's safe and sound with Craig.

A:

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


Q:

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?

A:

It makes me happy to hear that they are still together. It was clear that Craig and Geoff had a "special" relationship.


Q:

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"

A:

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


Q:

One of my great regrets is that we were planning on adding a pelvic thrust to Geoff (without telling Craig). This was right before they announced Craig leaving the show.

A:

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.


Q:

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 )

A:

Do you watch Anime? Whats your favorite series?


Q:

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

A:

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.


Q:

OLD school: Cowboy Bebop and Full Metal Alchemist New stuff: Your Name, Netflix Voltron is also pretty good

A:

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.


Q:

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.

A:

Are you actually afraid of spiders (or other creepy-crawlies)? I remember an episode of MythBusters where you seemed more than a little nervous to be surrounded by them :)


Q:

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

A:

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.


Q:

Yes. And NEVER tell a television producer what ACTUALLY scares you.

A:

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.


Q:

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

A:

Do you build robot friends?


Q:

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

A:

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


Q:

Yes, I'm working on a personal BB-8 and R2-D2 right now.

A:

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.


Q:

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?

A:

What build did you make that legitimately terrified you?


Q:

How are you?

A:

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


Q:

The big nitrogen cannon that flipped over a car for one of the james bond episodes. I designed and built it, but I had to crawl underneath to arm it. Nitrogen gas sits at about 3000 psi and has huge energy potential.

A:

Fine thank you. How are you?


Q:

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

A:

Hey Grant! A pleasure to be able to chat with you today!

As we all know, Adam has a small warehouse in the San Francisco Mission District an undisclosed location near the south of France that he has loaded with shop equipment, tools, and other treasures of jobs and movies past.

My question to you then is, do you have any such space that you do hobbies, tinkering, and/or robotics in? I can't recall having seen one that you have posted (but it's entirely possible that I'm one of today's lucky 10,000 and I would love to be proven wrong!). I'm sure more than a few of us would like a photo/video tour!

As a side question, do you have any advice for makerspaces that are on a bit of a tighter budget (I ask as a member of a 501(c)3 makerspace in Denver with a lower member count)?

And finally, what is the one tool or piece of equipment that you think every single shop should have?

Cheers, and thanks for reading!


Q:

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.

A:

AWESOME.


Q:

I have my own shop. My tools include multiple 3D printers (Ultimaker and Zortrax), a laser cutter, a Tormach CNC machine, birdgeport mill, industrial lathe, and welding equipment. I put together the shop after leaving MB because I always wanted a place where I could make things. In fact, the mill is the same mill I used on MB. They let me buy it after we shut down M7.

A:

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.


Q:

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!

A:

Favorite car that you dealt with while filming Mythbusters?


Q:

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

A:

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!


Q:

That Chysler Imperial (Black Beauty) from Green Hornet. It was a shame we had to destroy it. I still feel bad about that.

A:

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


Q:

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?

A:

What was it like on the last day of Star Trek Continues? and Favorite Star Trek phaser prop


Q:

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

A:

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.


Q:

Very emotinal. THe whole week, actually, because as each cast member would do their final scene, it would be announced and the whole cast and crew would applaud.

A:

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.


Q:

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.

A:

Can you weld?


Q:

Do you have a muscle car drift trophy?

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:

Yes, though I do not have certification. And I really need to practice my TIG welding more.

A:

No I do not, sadly.


Q:

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

A:

Have you ever thought of doing a building camp to teach kids (or kids of all ages :-)? My 8 and 12 year old daughters would love to go to something like that!


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

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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:

Kari Tory and I briefly considered some kind of Myhtbusters summer camp where you could get the MB experience. In addition to the obvious liability problems, there were licensing concerns, etc. So it was a fun idea but ultimately not feasible.

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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.


Q:

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!

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Hi Grant! I just wanted to say thank you for chatting with me at that short film premiere party in the same building as your workshop. I was the scientist turned actress and it was wonderful how friendly and open you were to showing me your workshop and discussing the whole acting/science dichotomy we both shared. It was such a pleasant surprise because I grew up watching Mythbusters and Battlebots. Thank you for always being such a positive influence in the industry as well as being a wonderful, down to earth person!

To elaborate on that, do you ever feel like one industry ever overshadows the other in your life, or have you figured out a way to balance both your engineering/science side with your actor/entertainer side?


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?

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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.


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Hey Kara! Was it the western one? That was fun.

Fortunately, my Imagineering gig allows me to take time off to do TV projects, so it's still a nice balance. I've been actively keeping the skills sharp since Mythbusters by building my own projects (like BB-8).

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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.


Q:

Will you write a song about net neutrality? please.

A:

If you had to pick a favorite between Adam or Jamie, which one would it be and why? (In terms of working with AND personality)


Q:

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

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Will you write the lyrics?


Q:

That's a tough one. I have so many common interests with both. As a movie prop geek, I definitely share a lot with Adam. He's also active in many of the geekerati (is that word?) circles that I hang in. Working with Adam is sometimes challenging because he is very fast, but it also means he's like a tornado whipping through the shop leaving a trail of devastation LOL

Jamie and I share a keen fascination with mechanics and we could talk for hours. (In fact, insider info: Jamie has a few code words that will trigger him into deep discussion. Magnets, for one LOL) Working with Jamie is very quiet and methodical. When alone, Jamie often plays music in his shop. Sometimes classical, sometimes whatever is on the radio.

So, sorry. Can't choose just one.

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I've never played it, to be honest.


Q:

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

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Whats the oddest music genre or song you'd recommend?


Q:

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

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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:

Too Many Zoos

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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.


Q:

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.

A:

Is Jamie really as grumpy as TV makes him out to be?


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?

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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:

He's not grumpy when he's not on camera (usually) LOL

A:

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.


Q:

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?

A:

Do you own any Bitcoins or crypto-currencies?


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!

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


Q:

No, I had a friend many years ago who was trying to make a career mining. The technology leapt too fast and he couldn't get it going. They are super volatile currencies, which makes me a little wary.

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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.


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:

Is anyone else allowed to use the calculator with your name on it?


Q:

What is your degree in?

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:

Yes, absolutely. My name is on it so that it finds its way back to me.

A:

Communications.


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:

What programing languages do you know to code in?


Q:

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?

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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:

My first language was Applesoft BASIC. So I'm good with most forms of BASIC. In college I studied PASCAL and FORTRAN (but not C, to my undying shame). Finally picked up C and Arduino variations recently.

A:

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


Q:

Let's go back to 1999. Which did you like more: the Playstation or the Nintendo 64? What was your favorite game?

A:

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?


Q:

Playstation. Resident evil 2 FTW. Played in the dark with all drapes closed.

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:

Hi Grant, how you answer this question will determine your status on reddit.

Toilet paper: over or under?

A:

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!


Q:

Over, obviously.

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?

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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?

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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.