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Director / CrewAMA with Grant Morrison -- Executive Producer of New SYFY Series HAPPY!

Dec 7th 2017 by SocialSyfy • 31 Questions • 370 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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Hello! I immediately fell in love with APOPO as soon as I discovered you guys and I've been a monthly contributor ever since. Thanks for doing what you do.

1) Is there any way for a traveler to see your workers and rats in action? Perhaps a volunteer mission?

2) I requested hi-res photos of your trainers and rats in action to hang at my home for visitors to see in hopes of encouraging them to get involved. Your people totally hooked it up. Animal-lovers dig it, but since most people think rats are gross, what other ways would you suggest to help turn people on to your cause?

Thanks

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


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Is there any one case you think about more than others?

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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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If your immortal soul had to be locked behind a lootbox or paid content, how would you design it?


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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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Thank you so much for the kind words. Yes, travelers can see our rats in action - most convenient is in our training centre in Tanzania or in our recently opened APOPO visitors centre in Siem Reap. Thanks also for promoting us with the photos! We appreciate any initiative which will support us, be it word to mouth, be it organizing a group or a visible event - sure everyone has skills to contribute. You can also adopt a HeroRAT which makes for a great holiday gift!


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

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

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

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Half a dozen. I transcribed thousands of cases but court officials get compassion fatigue just like medical/emergency officials and have to build up emotional barriers. Because I transcribed the official record I saw every picture and bit of evidence firsthand. Some of it was so traumatic it changed the way I look at other human beings.

One that stuck with me was a toddler who was beaten to death by her mother’s boyfriend for refusing to spell God. Another was an obgyn who sodomized his kid and was allowed to plead out to coercion so he could keep working to support his ex-wife “in the matter she was accustomed to”.


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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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Cracks Knuckles Let's do this dance!

  • My soul is the chase prize in a lootbox, along with other, extremely valuable content (gotta be in good company after all). We'll call this box 'The Soul Box'.
  • You can't directly purchase The Soul Box from the store. It's a rare drop on a powerful, Dark Souls style boss monster. High HP, insta-kill attacks, very timing heavy, the works. We'll just call this 'The Boss Monster'.
  • The only way to fight The Boss Monster is with a Boss Fight Ticket, which is the rare chase prize in the 'The Wheel Game Loot Box'. A ticket cannot be obtained any other way.
  • The Wheel Game Loot Box can only be obtained by getting the Five Keys from the Wheel Game. It costs hard currency (currency bought with real money) to spin the Wheel. Getting the Keys is rare, spins usually get you lesser loot boxes. Each of the Five Keys is different, and you can get duplicates. This means that you could have 20 of the other Keys, but still need to get the Fifth Key, just to unlock one of the Wheel Game Lootboxes.
  • The Fifth Key is way rarer than the other Keys. Like, suspiciously so.
  • Keys can be redeemed for other prizes, like event-unique cosmetics, just for that added temptation. They look amazing.
  • The Wheel Game has a ridiculously long spin animation, with lots of flashing lights and grating music. Neither of those can be disabled. You must sit through it. Every. Single. Time.
  • That Boss fight? You can't save up tickets for it. You're not allowed to spin the wheel when you have a ticket (the button just greys out). This means that learning the fight patterns is extremely difficult, as you're looking at hours (and tons of money) between fights.
  • PvP is enabled during the fight against the Boss Monster. If another Player kills you during it, you lose the fight and they get half of the hard currency you spent getting the ticket. Prepare to get mobbed by griefers every time you get within a mile of that thing.
  • Did I mention that the presence of so many PvP players in the Boss Fight will cause terrible lag spikes during the fight? Because that's a thing.
  • The Boss Monster has an unskippable cutscene, every time you fight it. He wants to destroy the world because everyone is too sad. The voice acting is horrendous.

I think that covers everything... I'm feeling pretty good about the sanctity of my soul.

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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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Where do you get these rodents of unusual size? Florin?

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Let's say a person is interested.. Is there strings attached? Is one too late to the game?


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That second one seems like there's no clear winner, though I'm assuming he was paying child support here too.

The way things went, he gets to keep working, and there's an obgyn who is also a sex offender.

But the other way is like "Mom, why don't I get any presents on my birthday and christmas?"

"Because your father abused you."

"O...oh...okay"

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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

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A 12 year old Korean kid is going to have your soul by April.


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How many people go just for the free buffet?

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Cricetomys or African Giant Pouched Rats are quite common in Sub-Saharan Africa, from East to West. One can see them mostly roaming at night, during daytime they mostly spend underground. However, we only train rats which have been bred in-house.


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Never too late in my honest opinion and not really any strings though you have to understand the market is still volatile and be ready to shake profits and losses of +/- 50%

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Exactly. Nobody won in that case.


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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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My only weakness! How did you know?!

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A lot of the locals


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I married into it.

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I graduate college in like 6 days and i'm taking a year off before attending professional school, and i'm really just wanting to do things I normally would say "oh that looks cool, maybe one day" and just do them. this being one of them, I only have a small amount of money ~2.5k usd, what is your best suggestions for me?

I read a lot of the other posts, thank you for doing this. I only recently became interested.


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Tacos of the fat? Count me in.

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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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Specs on your ride please?

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Upvote for Harold and Kumar reference.


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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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Bart Weetjens, who came up with the idea of using rats for landmine detection was a schoolmate of mine. When I went to do my social service in Africa, in replacement of military duty, he supported me from Belgium by fundraising for our program in schools. So we set up a charity together with him and the founder of our design school. A few years later when I came back to Belgium, he had already prepared the work and we got our first Grant for the idea from the Belgian Government in November 1997. As we were planning to work this all out in Africa, my 3 years overseas experience came in handy.


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2.5k is not at all a small amount of money as you are doing better than most Americans! If you are interested in investing/applying your savings I recommend either a top 10 crypto or a mutual fund/ strong company such as Wynn. This way you will have some of the most security (at least compared to alt coins/penny stock bets) in terms of your savings as losing that 2.5k would likely be very difficult.

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Phat Phrank’s breakfast burrito is the work of God. Big bacon pieces and crispy potatoes to offset that mushy texture breakfast burritos are always in danger of getting. The dispensary next door doesn’t hurt either.


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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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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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True story: My dream is that, when I die, I'll have the time to say "<Cause of death>, my only weakness! How did you know?!" just to fuck with anyone who watches me die.

The more specific about the cause of death, the better.

Like, imagine if I got hit by a car. And there's this terrified student driver (who just hit me) and some EMTs trying to help my dying ass, and I just manage to wheeze out:

"A '97 Chevy Impala... my only weakness! How did you know?!" Then, just die on on the spot! Everyone would be baffled and traumatized for life.

It'd be awesome.

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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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Do you think Hot Dogs are sandwiches?

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Well thanks! In comparison is more along the lines of what I meant, but so a top 10 crypto would likely be the highest risk/highest reward, over the mutual? I had plans to do about half and half, the part I'm not too familiar with is the crypto.


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What is your trick to stay sane in your line of work? How do you walk on the streets and not be paranoid about regular people around you, knowing so well what they are capable of?

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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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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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Candy corn shaped anal beads that have been used three times... my only weakness! How did you know?!


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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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No, but I do think that Mine Detection dogs are Hot


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highest risk highest reward would be a random alt coin, top 10 crypto is relatively safe compared to other cryptos!

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I had to actively fight to keep it from making me paranoid and avoidant. You see so many people testify that it trains you to better read people out in the real world. That being said it absolutely affected the way I look at others and how I raised my kids. It’s tempting to put up an emotional barrier and assume everyone is out to get someone but it’s ultimately not helpful.


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


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The EMT vomits. The priest faints. The bank teller just wishes we would leave.

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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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Do you think you will buy ethereum?

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Was there DNA proof when you first started? Like on TV.


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

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


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is there any literature or theory that is popular among f2p companies re: psychology of f2p and how to maximize profits along those lines, or is every company re-inventing the wheel from a behavioral psychology POV?

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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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I already own a good chunk of ethereum so I am unlikely to buy more!

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No. I had been working 8-10 years before DNA became an accepted science in court. My department did the first DNA trial in the state of Nevada. The defendant was facing 50+ counts of incest with his developmentally disabled daughter. He had impregnated her three times. He insisted on defending himself. He was the one who claimed he was being set up by his twin brother. He did not have a twin brother, proved by the prosecutor simply showing the jury his birth certificate.


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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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Same to you, my friend.


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Reinventing the wheel, constantly. You would be shocked at how non-standardized the game industry is, from a development perspective.

Obviously, different kinds of games have different development needs, but even things as a simple as job titles can mean completely different things from company-to-company. Which is ridiculous and I think that'll need to change within the next 5 years.

At Kabam, we had elaborate spread sheets to keep track of all of our loot boxes and approximate "market values" for items. Still, sometimes things really came down to observation and the gut feelings you get from working on a game, 8 hours a day, for over a year.

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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.


Q:
  1. How do you feel that some countries spend (lose) significant amounts of electricity to bitcoin?

  2. Have you ever looked into the global energy requirements that go to bitcoin? That's fossil, nuclear... all forms of energy. Personally I find it appalling, but in the end it's the people that opt to accumulate bitcoin.

  3. Is it therefore ethically worth it? Is it less bad than using traditional currencies?

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are you free to talk about any case. You were involved In? Any rules that might stop you from talking about a specific case.


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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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What about common "truths", like never tell the players the odds of getting an item as a drop? Could you give us some or all "truths" that most f2p game companies know?

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Whats the craziest thing you've seen in there?


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  1. Honestly electric expenditures are due to rising difficulties, say electricity became a problem, bitcoin could easily function with less mining related electricity expenditures, cost just follows capitalism! So if less people mined it (meaning less electricity) bitcoin would still be able to function (albeit possibly less or more decentralization as a result). I think of it as the same way people take other natural resources for example water, water is significantly tapped by random companies like nestle in order to generate profit, bitcoin mining is the same way if its profitable significant resources are gonna be spent on it. (Sorry if im repeating thoughts im typing this at 4am)

2) its exactly as you say its due to people seeking profits from bitcoin, there are no real energy "requirements" in order to keep bitcoin going and it can honestly be kept up to use by everyone just running some unused GPU if need be like back in the old days of 2009-2012.

3) It is worth it in my opinion as currency should have a real cost to acquire (otherwise we have the problem of too much printed "free" money) and it pressures groups/individuals/governments to also look into gathering free/reuseable energy in order to reduce cost of mining for those seeking to profit from bitcoin

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I wasn’t free to speak while the trial was going on, or discuss cases that were sealed, like the Titan Missile case but once a case is a closed I’m free to speak about it. I will name convicted criminals but I usually refrain from using real names to protect the privacy of victims and people who were acquitted.


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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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Common truths? Hmm... here are some of the guidelines I remember using. Things will, of course vary between teams and companies.

  • Don't publish the odds, it causes more confusion than help. People will think that buying 100 loot boxes guarantees them a 1 in 100 drop, then get angry when it doesn't. That's not how statistics work.
  • Always make the minimum prize the same value as the lootbox cost. That way the player is never losing value for buying a lootbox.
  • The top prize (sometimes called the 'chase prize') has to be something that isn't available any other way. The event is centered around this chase prize.
  • Include several smaller chase prizes, like chase prizes from a few months ago, at better odds. This lets people who missed out last time have a shot at them.
  • Aim for lower lootbox cost when possible. Lower price means a lower barrier to entry.
  • Reward people for buying in bulk.
  • If you're going to do a big event, always give every active player a free lootbox. It feels nice to get presents, it increases player goodwill, and it gets otherwise ambivalent players excited about the event. It's also funny as hell when a new, low level player gets the chase prize in their free lootbox. Rare, but awesome.
  • You can piss the players off, or you can ask them for money. Doing both at the same time is suicide.
  • After every big lootbox event, there will be a 'hangover' where nobody wants to spend money. Make sure that your sales schedule accounts for this.
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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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Many countries have unfavourable views on Bitcoin. Some like India have called it illegal. Do you think that this can affect Bitcoin trade in near future?

Have you used Bitcoin to purchase something?

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What's your average wpm?


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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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That's interesting -- nobody in any f2p company you've heard of has a psychology background?

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What are the girls like at work vs. not working?


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We've already had a lot of unfavorable views on Bitcoin and to be perfectly honest the legal landscape is changing with countries exploring what bitcoin is instead of just shunning it, India was actually looking into legalizing bitcoin previously until they changed their stance for whatever reason, my guess is that they would not understand how to tax it.

My solution to the how to tax problem is have bitcoin accounts and transaction histories (received from block chain) tied to a person's record (and only viewed by IRS/related entities) of course it wouldn't be able to view person to person transaction or new wallet creations but its at least an avenue that can be taken.

I have used bitcoin to purchase a lot of things! a laptop, gyft amazon cards (i think over the years i bought around 3-5k worth of gift cards possibly more), parts off new egg etc.

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225 was my average, 250 if we were hustling, 300 for 15 minutes was my record (in school). Fast talkers are worse to transcribe because they repeat themselves a lot and make a mess of the record.


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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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While I'm sure some of my coworkers were psych majors in college, it never really came up. I've never seen (or even heard of, actually) anyone bringing in a practicing psychologist to work on loot boxes.

I don't think it'd be efficient to do so either. I feel like it'd be similar to bringing in an architect to solve a carpentry problem. Yes, they're in similar fields and there's similar study, but one is focused on the large scale problems and the other one is focused on the moment-to-moment problems.

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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 feel like BTC has a lot of upside potential as well, especially with the free advertising that is Nasdaq BTC futures trading opening in the next month or two. I bought in very very recently because of this hunch.

That said, it's just a hunch. You say you feel it's, "Just the beginning" for Bitcoin. What news sources or other tools do you use to get a sense of Bitcoin's ongoing perceived value? I say "percevied" because it's so incredibly speculative, but that's not to say it doesn't have certain real utility (a store of value in hyper-inflated developing countries, for example). I'd love to see data on global new users in BTC exchanges month-over-month, international regulatory updates/efforts, news Re: companies and services accepting Bitcoin (and increasing its perceived legitimacy). Thank you.

Edit: Looks like some infant decided to go through the thread and blindly downvote every post. To that person I'd like to say: Everyone who ever loved you was wrong.

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300/60 = 5 words per second

Can people even talk that fast?


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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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Is there temptation for the companies to gradually increase the pay-to-win aspect of f2p games as time goes on?

I've played two f2p games a lot: World of Tanks and Total Domination Nuclear Strategy. Have you played them or do you anything about them? Any interesting comments?

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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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Hello there!

I use various news outlets. articles off google,linkedin,etc. Along with that subreddits are a decent source though they can be a bit bias, I browse ethtrader as well for other crypto. The utility is real and I feel that it is just the beginning due to companies and governments not getting fully involved yet as when they do layers upon layers of additional implementation can be added on.

The fact that you can transfer millions of dollars anywhere in the world in relatively little time and bare minimum fees is insane. for example this little tx https://blockchain.info/tx/b9ec4fee1bd31647c9ee4d0eefa5d29dbef85bc81ce9d3de61a94a2c1ae547ce

As for new users I typically go by wallet creation you can check it out here https://blockchain.info/charts/my-wallet-n-users

As for increasing companies Nasdaq and CME are two that are prominent as of recent

https://www.wsj.com/articles/nasdaq-plans-to-launch-bitcoin-futures-in-first-half-2018-1511968313 https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/01/cme-says-its-launching-bitcoin-futures-on-dec-18.html

Ill update more on this soon!

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People can’t really talk that fast, but they try. I had control of the record so I was allowed to tell anyone in court to stop or repeat themselves. Most people talk faster when they’re lying.

For stenography tests, the tester would mark a transcript to the words at five second intervals, then read it out loud timed to a stopwatch. Which comes out to about five words a second. It sounded like an auctioneer overdosing on adderall. This was 25+ years ago, it’s probably done differently now.


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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'd say that, on average, pay-to-win tendencies increase as a game's popularity goes down over time. When the game first starts out, balance and preserving the player ecosystem is everything.

As the game gets older, people start moving onto the next big thing, but a core sticks around. There's less of them, but they tend to spend more, on average.

As the game reaches it's final stage (sometimes called Farm Stage), a very small team is in charge of keeping the game on life support. They may love the game, but their development resources are tiny. The only thing they can do is fiddle with numbers. If you can't get your remaining players excited with new art, levels, or mechanics, what do you turn to?

The same items, but with bigger numbers.

Also, check out the Extra Credits video on Design by Accretion. It's a great insight for folks who aren't in the industry.

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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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Thank you.

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Comedy often comes to us in dark places.

That sounds awful, can't believe he would think that those defences would work! Must've been quite the sight I am sure.

Bet you have plenty of fascinating stories.


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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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What do you think about this whole "loot-boxes = gambling" idea?

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Would you ever date a stripper?


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of course!

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One time the DA was carrying evidence up to the witness stand-it was dripping and stank, and sloshed all over me and my equipment. It was a fetus in a jar and it was leaking.


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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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I have to admit, I'm of really mixed feelings.

Back when I was making them, the justification was:

  • The player always gets something from the box
  • They can't cash anything out for real money
  • The paid content will be grindable in a month or two

This wasn't just internal chatter, this constituted a legal justification in several countries that our games were available.

However, while those criteria take away a lot of the problems with loot boxes/gambling, I also used to be a customer support guy on those same games. I've seen players with lifetime spend counts of over $50,000 on those games. People spend a lot of money on hobbies, that's a given. However, that kind of amount starts to worry you a little. Is this someone who really loves our product, or are we taking advantage of a compulsion?

Still, I don't think classifying loot boxes as gambling is a good idea, because it's going to have huge unexpected side effects. If loot boxes in games are gambling, what about Magic the Gathering card packs (the original pay-to-win lootbox)? What about loot drops on monsters in an MMO? Legally defining a 'loot box' in a game is extremely tricky, especially because most lawyers and lawmakers neither know, nor really care how games work.

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

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That sounds horrible, surely you’d think they’d be more careful no?!


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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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Opening MtG packs has an element of randomness for sure. But in this case, it is quite different from lootboxes in video games because you can buy the card that you've been looking for for an higher amount instead of chasing it through lootboxes. With lootboxes, if you want a specific item, you might not get it after opening an extremely high amount of theses boxes.

Look at Hearthstone as an example, even if you open 250 packs, it is not guaranteed that you will find all available legendaries, that seems to me to be a higher problem than in the case of MtG.

EDIT : Also in MtG, the ONLY way to get cards (if they're not sold individually) is by buying packs, you won't get access to your card by playing the game for 2 months.

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

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Our judge sent the jury out of the room and tore into the DA. The actual disgust factor aside, he was furious that it could be considered reversible error: if the judge makes an error of law as far as evidence being admitted or dismissed and the Supreme Court rules that the error prejudiced the jury (like getting rotting fetus sloshed on them) they will reverse the case and remand it for retrial. That didn’t happen in this case but it was a legitimate concern.


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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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I mean, the only reason you can get the MtG cards you want is through the secondary market, buying from other players. Unless things have really changed since I played (Ice Age/Mirage era), Wizards of the Coast isn't directly selling individual cards.

Hearthstone will let you get the legendaries you want, it just costs a TON of dust.

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

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Wow sounds like you don’t have a dull day. That’s really interesting, and didn’t realise things like that could end in a re-trial.


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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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How do you feel about the public response to your Ambition Kickstarter?

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Do you guys serve food?


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

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A lot of seemingly innocuous, random things can lead to a retrial. For example, saying the word “gang” in a gang trial. They are “youths” (yutes?) or you can call them by their official gang name ie “the crips/a crip” but the word gang is considered extremely prejudicial. Some departments are full of errors like this that lead to mistrial, ours was not. Our judge was a Supreme Court favorite because he was known for crossing every t and dotting every i.

Edit: I did have my dull moments, anything geology or construction related comes to mind. the words “soil sample” still send me into a coma.


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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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It's been extremely encouraging. We've been working on Ambition for over a year, and the game is different enough that I started to get those little doubts creeping in: "Maybe this is too weird, maybe we're the only ones who care about this..." Not enough to stop, but it's the kind of thing that makes it difficult to fall asleep sometimes.

Then we launched and people seem to really love it, even people from a more 'mainstream' games background. They really want to play as a Disney villainess going around pre-revolutionary France, ruining people's lives at parties.

It's extremely validating to launch something risky, and have such a good reaction from potential fans. Makes me remember being a dorky teenager going to an anime/sci-fi con for the first time and seeing all of these weird people, just like me. You stop feeling alone for a moment.

Now I'm just a dorky adult with dorky friends. Life could be a lot worse.

Of course, the Kickstarter's not fully funded, that's still stressful as all hell. One step at a time!

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Yes


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Where is the best place to buy and sell Bitcoin?

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When you first started this career, what did you expect and how did your first job shatter this expectation?


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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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A roguelike Japanese dating sim set in 18th Century France is definitely.... niche. There seems to be a pretty loyal fan base for that stuff, though.

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What was your worse night like involving workers or customers?


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

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

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When I started it was normal to go from court reporter training to working for a private deposition group who would ease you in by starting you with easier jobs. My first depo was an technical engineering case about rocks and soil samples and the deposed had an incredibly thick Swedish accent.


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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 way I see it: let's say we made a different game. Like, a World War 2 shooter, but with zombies.

There are metric shit tons of those games, already on the market. Even if the demand is large, are we really adding anything by making another one? Can we reasonably compete with larger teams, who are already established in the space? If we make something really different, it's risky, but at least we're guaranteed to stand out.

Games can be about absolutely anything, so why not try something really different?

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

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

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Now that some countries are investigating loot boxes and possibly ban them, what are the possible alternatives to monetize players in video games? Also, thanks for the ama.


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


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Perpetual motion/free energy machine

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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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No problem!

You're certainly asking the right question. Games cost a ton of money to make, to promote, and operate past launch. AAA titles started getting into the loot-box thing because $60 per unit isn't enough to reliably recoup the $100+ million investment it took to make the game. You also need to pull a healthy profit, so you can have enough spare cash to start work on the next game.

However, the price of individual games can't really go above $60. Remember when it went up by $10? It was pandemonium, despite the ridiculously good fun/dollar ratio games provide.

A drink in a bar costs me $6 and gets me 1 hour of fun. A movie costs $10 and gets me 2 hours of fun. Wasteland 2 cost me ~$50 and got me over 80 hours of fun.

Still, people can't afford games being more than $60 right now (economy, etc...). I think micro transactions/opt-ins have a place in all of that, so that people who are really into the game can spend more to get more out of it. It just needs to be done elegantly, in a way that doesn't feel grimy and bad. Expansion packs are a perfect example of this.

Liked the campaign? How would you like more campaign, but in a different enough setting that it wouldn't have fit into the regular game?

Spoiler: I shell out for campaign expansions all the time. I love stories in games.

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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 do you feel about Litecoin and Ethereum? I see both of those taking off over the course of the next two years because of both their investor appeal (similar to BTC) but also due to their functionality and how they're different from BTC

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

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When using sliced pancetta for antipasto, do you need to heat it up first or can it be eaten straight from the packaging?


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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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I love both and I am invested in both as well, Litecoin actually did really well percentage wise going from 4 dollars when I was into bitcoin to 100 as it is today. thats a 25x increase.

Ethereum I can see going far however there are some slight issues with the amount of Scam/quick money grab ICOS.

They all have different roles and I feel like the crypto sphere won't be dominated with just bitcoin but many cryptos all with specific niches and functions.


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We always use the blue rope.

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


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Pancetta is a cured meat, so you should be able to eat it straight from the packaging safely. In the case of antipasto, I actually like keeping it cold, as it provides a contrasting temperature against the other dishes.

Food isn't just about flavor. Texture, temperature, spice, acidity, and color all have a role to play.

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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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Yes, wouldn't trade him for any Bitcoin out there.

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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?


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Need more drifting vids.

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Are loot box revenues accounted for, or expected, when budgeting to build a game? As in, if they didn't plan on having them would they adjust the cost of the game up front?


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

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Daww that is cute, glad you found a good partner in this world :)


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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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Generally speaking, yes. Every company is different, but I worked in Free to Play and even when a game was in the planning phases, metrics were getting set. For example:

Servers cost $ a month, the team running the game costs $ a month (pay, health insurance, office space, etc...), and total cost of development for the base game is projected to cost $$$. The game's expected lifespan is X.

These costs together show the amount per month the game needs to pull in, in order to make a profit. You don't just to stay neutral, you need to pay back the development costs, and get enough money to pay for the next game the company wants to make.

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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.


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James here. How much would you give me for fullmetalneedle?

/s (also not really James)

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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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What’s the most rewarding thing about being a game designer?


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I've come across some famous people.

So it's more than just "hosting" for you?

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wine and dine me first and i'll think about it :)


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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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Suspension of disbelief. When someone talks about your game, which is really just a bunch of blips on a screen, like it's something tangible and real.

No matter how big, visually stunning, or immersive a game is, there's still a huge gap between the game and reality. The space in-between has to be made by people. When their eyes light up and they tell you about the cool thing they did, or happened to them in the game, you can see a moment that was only possible when they put themselves in your game.

As a designer, you can never do that. You can never bridge that gap for them, but the player can do it themselves. It's rewarding. It's also extremely humbling, the first time it happens.

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This is why I love reddit


Q:

What makes bitcoin as a coin better than ethereum? From what I've read, ETH does everything bitcoin does, but better

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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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Big picture question:

Do you perceive video games as an artistic medium? If so, does this necessarily mean that making a game with the intent to keep a company afloat is artistically destructive? If not, what worth do video games actually have?


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

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IMO the decentralization is huge however both coins have different purposes bitcoin is primarily seen more as a store of wealth and money transfer while ETH primarily focuses on building and promoting block-chain development. Along with that Bitcoin has a pretty set cap of 21m while Ethereum has no visible cap as of late thus making it more difficult to view ethereum as a competitor to bitcoin. They have different roles.


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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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I absolutely see games as an artistic medium of expression, similar to theater, film, or performance art. I was actually a Fine Arts major at university. One of the first people to recognize games as an art form was Marcel Duchamp (one of the founders of the Dadaist movement). He was an avid chess player, and said "While all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists.”

The act of playing games can be seen as a kind of performance art, where you suspend your priorities in the 'real world', choosing to subsume yourself in an artificial one. How many times have you seen someone go utterly apeshit during a game of Monopoly? To them, in that moment, that game is more real than the actual world around them. If they win or lose, their material world is unchanged, but that means nothing to them. Those pieces of tin, card and paper are their world, and the injustice or triumph they feel is real, in their heart.

Those who make games construct these circumstances for such performances to play out. A painter cannot control the reaction to their painting, but they can influence it by painting a particular way. Game creators cannot control what our players do, but we can guide them in certain directions with mechanics, dynamics, and aesthetics.

I do not see art diametrically opposed to material profit. Some of the most profitable games have been the ones that have made us feel most profoundly. However, these paradigms do often come into conflict. A ceramic mug with a stupid Minions meme on it is still a sculpture, even if it's not a very good one. However, that mug and its replicas will probably sell more copies than the avant garde work of some person trying to convey the feelings of their latest breakup through abstract forms in clay. Which is better? Depends on what you want to accomplish. Is it artistically destructive for an artist to be able to pay their rent, buy groceries and pay for medicine? I don't think so.

I don't know if that actually answered your question. I'm sorry.

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


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Bitcoin is just bitcoin. Dont sweet talk it. It has so many flaws compared to transfer time, security, fees etc.

Bitcoin is only big because so many big banks/investors started to speculate cause they knew buying into it would jack rhe price up. Then adter buyinf they went out and said to the public "oh look at this, its an amaizng investment, its going up up up etc." People are even talking about it hitting over 100k in like 1-2 years. Like wtf. I would never support such an outdated coin. There are lots of better coins out there.

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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?

A:

What are games you have played that have inspired you to be a game dev?


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Have any of the dancers (male or female) had regular customer turn stalker? How does the industry protect the help?

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In an overall package i believe bitcoin is the best due to the fact that there is constant development for such a huge project. Sure it has some flaws like transfer times fees and etc but the fact of the matter is its been doing good and fixes/solutions are being thought of on a daily basis whether its through forks or through commits its happening. I've been in the space for years now and in terms of infrastructure it has a considerable lead that other coins still will need to get towards


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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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In no particular order:

  • Mechwarrior 2 - First thing I ever saved up for (I was 8, or so). From the moment I watched the first cinematic, something in me clicked. I knew that I wanted to make games.
  • Fallout 2 - First serious RPG I ever played. The idea of a super violent game where you could still talk you way out, absolutely blew my mind when I was a kid.
  • Planescape: Torment - Best writing in any game (personal opinion, obviously). Solidified my love of pacifist runs in any game that allows them. I legit teared up in a few places.
  • Final Fantasy 7 - My first JRPG, it introduced me to my love of playing as set characters in games (as opposed to build-your-owns). It just felt so grand. I'd never felt anything like it, at the time.
  • Dungeons and Dragons - I've been playing since 2nd ed, back when it was still AD&D. Tabletop will always have a special place in my heart, and is what first got me into writing for games.
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Numerous times I've worked at places where we had to ban someone that was a regular customer getting too close (for lack of a better term), or ex-boyfriends.


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

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


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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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"Check it out if you're interested in rogue-likes/Japanese dating sims set in 18th century France."

Wouldn't it have been easier to just email that guy personally?


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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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IMO Stop-Limits are a great way to minimize losses


Q:

Giant bipedal fighting robot. RobotJox style with live armaments!

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


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Would you believe I tried? I think I got caught in his spam filter.

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

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


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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.

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Did you work on Realm of the Mad God, that Kabam acquired but sold off to DECA recently? If so, what was your opinion on the permadeath game which would encourage more players to buy the gear available for real money?


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

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


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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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I never worked on the Realm of the Mad God team, but I sat a few sections away from them a few years ago. They were fucking awesome.

I once walked by them having full-on meeting discussing the cost/benefit analysis of their team pooling their personal money, to have their team join a 'pie of the month club'. There were Powerpoint slides and everything. They knew how to have fun, but still get the job done.

As for permadeath, it was a fascinating decision to have permadeath in the game, and eliminating that would have destroyed Realm (permadeath was such a central pillar to their design). However, community management was a nightmare for them. Everyday, some high level player would die, lose a ton of stuff and go nuts all over the forums, which would make everyone else angry that someone is spamming and flaming everyone within 50 miles of them. I can guarantee you that they never wanted to kill players, just to reap a few extra dollars. The hassle was way too big.

For those wondering, I don't know if they ever managed to put PvP in there, but they really wanted to. The problem was making the server code reliable and exact enough for it. You can fudge numbers a little for PvE and nobody cares. PvP? With permadeath? It has to be utterly perfect, which would have required them to tear out and remake the netcode. That's too big of an investment and way too risky. What if they fuck up and break the existing game?

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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.


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

Also, what do you think of net neutrality?

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


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

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Luth, what was it like growing up in a small town, and having your big brothers best friend be so cool? Playing paintball in the jagged teeth with them, driving around in his "super cool" dodge stratus, and uhhh... yeah I got nothing else. Super proud of you buddy!!! Grats on the game and the AMA. Love ya dude!


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

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

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

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


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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.

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


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Love you too, bro!

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

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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.


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Whatcha playing at the moment?

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Dude I cannot believe I just found a DoA dev while scrolling down reddit! I had a great time playing it with my brother and some randoms on facebook. I remember getting out of school and opening the challenges prizes, checking with my brother who got better loot. Loved your game so much :).

Were you aware at Kabam of the amount of "cheaters"? Tbh literally everyone used add-ons and etc, how did you tried to fight against it? If I remember correctly there was a point at which players got kicked of the game for opening stuff too fast, being marked as cheaters, but that decision received a lot of hate for slowing down a core of the gameplay. In what ways did you have to change designer stuff, what did you learn from that?


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Have you ever thrown out a celebrity?

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


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

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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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Dude, you would not believe the meetings we had about add ons. The main reason we banned add on users was because the code in the add ons was complete amateur bullshit. The calls were so numerous and inefficient that it was slowing down the servers. The crazy part? People were even paying for some of these add ons!

An engineer and I were constantly pushing the idea that we should create our own add ons, that integrated smoothly with the code base, then sell them at a tiny price (like $0.99) and cut those guys out of their own market. The game would go faster, we'd make a little money and everything would be fine! Nobody would ever listen to us.

The way I see it, if people are trying to automate away a part of your game in order to have fun, something went wrong and needs to be fixed. The problem is justifying the cost of fixing it, to your superiors.

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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.


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


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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!

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What is your favorite loot box/crate opening animation?


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Sorry if this seems bit cold but I do not know you and will not be able to help you. I will not be freely giving money away. If i did donate money it would be towards charity or close individuals to my life


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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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Hearthstone packs. The Hearthstone team has that shit on lock-down so hard that I actually felt a little disappointed the first time I opened an Overwatch loot crate. It helps that the Hearthstone UI feels so tactile. It makes the cards and movements feel more significant than standard UI, that just looks like boxes and lights.

Also, flipping over the individual cards, one a time, with the different audio reactions/particle effects? Perfection!

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


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That would be the part I could not deal with. They put you in this hero position and if you help someone then you will get 100 people with even more heart breaking stories. Must get akward sometimes.

A:

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


Q:

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

A:

What does Satan look like?


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What is your typical night like?

A:

It definitely does which is why I avoid speaking out about my financial situation.


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.


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No idea, I'm supposed to see him in mirrors, but he's never there. Maybe he's hiding behind me?

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.


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could u give me $10k? =*

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What was the experience like working for Disney?


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

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Loot boxes are a kind of hot topic at the moment. Are you considering any kind of 'Loot Box' system in your indie games? If not, how do you plan to (If you even do plan to) additionally monetize the game?


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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?

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


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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.

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


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Our title is single player, so I don't see a compelling reason to include loot boxes in Ambition: A Minuet in Power.

As for additional monetization, I'd love to release any stretch goals we miss in the Kickstarter campaign as a dlc pack to the finished product. It'd allow for the best of both worlds.

If we reach a stretch goal, then that content would just go in the base game for everyone.

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


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

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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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There has been talk/speculation that in some games loot boxes are designed in a way to in a way "know" what you want and decrease the chance you'll get it.

Did you ever engage in this practice and also do you believe other companies do?

A:

How important is the biker facial hair in your industry?


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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.


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In all honesty, I've heard the idea, but I've never seen it happen. Nor do I think we'll ever see it happen in a major title.

Too many moving parts. Stuff breaks in games, constantly, especially when you have tons of players online, all hammering it at the same time. Things will break in ways you never thought possible.

The more complexity something has, the more likely it is to break. Even if you did want to make some sort of predictive, loot box denial system (which I don't, that sounds awful), you'd be adding a major break point in the one system that makes all of your money. What if, when a player buys things in a particular order, the system screws up and gives them exactly what you want on the first try, no matter the rarity? You just lost a lot of money, with no real way to get it back.

Simple drop tables are more effective and harder to break. It's highschool level statistics. So it's the industry standard.

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Not very important


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What would your dream cosplay be?

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


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Is consumer trust a calculatable variable when making games?

For example, if instead of loot boxes, you could just buy the outfit you want.

I feel that would produce consumer trust in your product, meaning more long term revenue, but less short term. Is this something that's accounted for when considering monetization of a game?

A:

Has the legalization of weed changed anything for you?


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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


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You've really hit the nail on the head with a real problem in games (and in companies, in general). Consumer trust cannot be meaningfully quantified, so it's often left on the back burner. However, it obviously has real, tangible value.

EA and Nintendo could announce the exact same decision on the same day. People would hate EA for it, and love Nintendo for it. A few months later, a 'hot take' would appear on Twitter, pointing out the disparity, but nobody would care at that point.

So, even though consumer trust is real, and extremely valuable, it's undervalued because it can't be quantified. This happens elsewhere in business too. The sales team makes more money than everyone else because you can easily quantify the money they make for the company (how many units did they sell). But if the product wasn't as good, how would they be able to sell it? Surely the designers and engineers have an influence here, but you can't quantify it because the market is affected by a ton of intangibles.

The sales team makes more money because their value is obvious. Everyone else lags behind because it's easier to minimize their value.

PS: If you solve this particular problem, you'll win a goddamn Nobel Prize in economics. I'll also give you a hug, because I used to be a community manager and tried to argue this like, every other week.

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


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Follow up question Kirk or Picard?

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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:

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.

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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

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.


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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

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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.


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Any crazy violent stories?

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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.


Q:

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.

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I mentioned earlier taking down a guy a two different occasions. One for punching a stripper and the other for throwing a rock through the glass doors at the front. Also had a guy that turned out to be a pimp inside one night. He smacked a girl that was working for him, and casually walked out of the club. He was banned after smacking her.


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

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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:

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

A:

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


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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.

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Working on it


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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:

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


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Would you rather fight 10 duck sized strippers or 1 stripper sized duck?

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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.


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:

1 stripper sized duck. It's easier to fight one opponent


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Are you turning into a crazy cat person?

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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?


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

A:

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


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

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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.


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

A:

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


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.


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

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


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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.)

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Hey dude, thanks for doing an AMA!

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


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

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

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


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

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


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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.


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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?


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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:

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?


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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.


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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?


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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.


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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?

A:

Masterbation.. is that something you engage in?


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:

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

A:

Thank you for answering!!

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

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


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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.


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


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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.


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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 :)

A:

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


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:

Do you build robot friends?

A:

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


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:

What build did you make that legitimately terrified you?

A:

How are you?


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 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!

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

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

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


Q:

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:

Favorite car that you dealt with while filming Mythbusters?

A:

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


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:

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

A:

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

Few questions:

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

Thanks


Q:

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:

Can you weld?

A:

Do you have a muscle car drift trophy?


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:

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!

A:

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


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.

A:

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:

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?

A:

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?


Q:

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).

A:

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:

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)

A:

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


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.

A:

I've never played it, to be honest.


Q:

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

A:

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


Q:

Too Many Zoos

A:

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:

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

A:

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?


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:

Do you own any Bitcoins or crypto-currencies?

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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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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.


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

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What is your degree in?


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

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Communications.


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What programing languages do you know to code in?

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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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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.

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


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

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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?


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

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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.


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

Toilet paper: over or under?

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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!


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Over, obviously.

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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.


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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


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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


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Have you ever had a girlfriend?

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Up to this point in my life, no sir.


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

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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.