AuthorI am John Scalzi, Hugo-winning author, whose book Old Man's War is being developed by Netflix as a movie. Ask me anything!
Dec 20th 2017 by scalzi • 7 Questions • 155 Points
The conditions are horrible, the atmosphere is one of despair and desperation, basic necessities are difficult to come by and art supplies almost impossible to find.
People are often held here for years, sometimes for more than a decade, cut off from their families, from their jobs, from the world. It's especially hard during the holiday season with so many being kept from their familes, often with young kids who don't understand why daddy isn't at home.
I'm also the artist behind "Flowers For Bicutan", a fundraiser trying to supply food, medicine and legal aid to the detainees held in a third world detention center. I'll be donating artwork in exchange for donations.
Ask me about living here, about being an artist under these conditions, about the affects of "indefinite temporary detention" etc. Ask me anything.
Proof of location: https://truepic.com/search/?id=xz7ld6nn
Please note that I cannot reveal my identity as Immigration staff forbid us from using social media.
What's it like, being History's Greatest Monster (Burrito Category)?
anyway, my partner has been using the Human Godzilla section of Old Man's War in her English class for the Monsters and Others unit for the last few years, so they say thank you!
I thought the video was very strong, thank you guys for sharing!
But I also heard in some media that in this case, gobal warming was not what caused this. Can you elaborate on this?
I know that global warming is an issue for polar bears, but I just wondered what's the true story in this case.
What do you think is the Number 1 threat to endangered or at-risk cats?
How can a normal person help their cause?
Haha we were just there yesterday. I guess simple question, what are some good secrets of the park? Any interesting tips about it?
You mentioned that your Christmas movies are
on tv non-fucking-stop right now.
What do you feel about how in-your-face Christmas movies/music/etc. are this time of year?
With the ban on social media, how are you able to access Reddit? And that would be the repercussions if they were to find out you’re doing this AMA?
Not gonna lie, being a burrito monster is pretty great. All the infamy you want, and you get fed.
And tell your partner thank you!
Hello; we were completely surprised by how much opposition there is to the idea that climate change is upon us. I suppose many people would not want to change their lifestyles or see their profits (from whatever activities that contribute to climate change or the exploitation of nature) changed. Fear is also a common response to an enormous threat, so people would naturally prefer to deny it than confront it. The vast majority of viewers and comments, however, were positive. I am very proud of the work we are doing with SeaLegacy because if we don't, biodiversity will die in darkness, with no one there to document it. Our job is to shine a light on issues regular reporters are not documenting and to bring those stories to the court of pubic opinion. It is not always positive and there is a tendency to shoot the messenger. We are happy to take the brunt of the criticism as long as we are moving the conversation forward. CM
How can a normal person help? VOTE!!! laws for protections come from the Congress on up. VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Personally, find the old abandoned stuff interesting. Where the construction by the games are, there used to be a monorail station from like the 70s. Also the gazebo looking thing right in front of jet stream is what remains of a really old ride called the dragon ride. Pretty cool stuff.
As far as tips, the best food imo is at Chop Six by X2 and Viper. Stuff's just yummy
I think all the hate that reddit/Facebook/twitter gives to Christmas culture is kinda dumb. I like all of it when I'm in the mood for it. When I'm not in the mood for it, I can listen to or watch something else. It's a fairly easy adjustment!
That being said, Santa shouldn't appear until the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. I think it's dumb to start the Christmas stuff the day after Halloween. Going to the Macy's parade however? OVERRATED.
The ban isnt a ban per se. Nothing written, no clear directive. But.. for example if you post something derogatory towards the Immigration officials on facebook, they confiscate your phone. We had one guy whose x-wife put him here. He posted his story and it got thousands of followers. She complained to Immigration. They confiscated his phone. I expect they will confiscate my phone tomorrow or later this week. Only one artist here. Your phone is your lifeline. Its communication with the outside world, family, wife or girlfriend if you have one, friends, work, attorney, bank.... Its more than that. Its our mental escape. Its movies, games whatever you need to take your mind somewhere else. For me its music, art and ebooks. We have a few paperbacks. Ive read them. Numerous times. The Koreans and Taiwanese own mp3 soundsystems so we get a half dozen compilations of their music playing. Again and again and again... There is a tv which is sometimes on for a few hours, but the guards have the controls so not useful if you dont enjoy beauty contests or local soaps. It makes a world of difference to slip on a pair of earphones, close your eyes and escape into music. Its sanity. Its a very thin thread which can help you hold on to sanity. Without a phone this place is hell.
Why do some ride operators need to repeat the safety message every single ride, rather than just having a pre-recorded message to play?
I saw the bad that all the ayahuasca healing lodges have done around Iquitos - selling of jaguar parts - though the chinese are buying the canines. Tourist involved in the "healing" are buying jag skin wrist bands - jaguar teeth necklaces - etc. Where do you think these items come from - jaguars are now being killed way too often and this needs to be stopped. My job is to tell the story visually, about jaguars. Chip the writer was able to write a better story taking it - but we went to a real jaguar shaman - many are fueling the trade - are not locals with connections to the cat and culture.
It wouldn't a real theme park if you can't understand the safety instructions because they're talking fast and the mic quality is bad. A prerecorded message would take all that away.
My question is a little too generic: How do the wildlife photographers ensure their safety while being around an unknown ecosystem?
I would like to thank you guys for highlighting the intensity of this issue.
Sleep, shooting Nazis in video games, spending time with family and friends, reading, watching movies, fantasizing about inherently fair and just political systems. Not necessarily in that order.
Good question. We research our subject widely and proceed with caution. Animals are constantly communicating their level of comfort and fear and if you pay attention and remain respectful, it generally creates less tension. As a photographer, if you allow animals to dictate the encounter and if you move slowly, animals tend to relax and if you are lucky, they allow you into their world. CM
Thanks for taking the time to do this, and congratulations on finishing up Head On!
Here's a question: on social media, you've repeatedly made comments to the effect of "the novel is done, all that's left is the typing." Could you elaborate on what exactly you mean by that?
That means that I've plotted the whole thing out and know what everyone is going to do and how it all ends. So the story writing and plotting is done; now it's just getting it all down into a document.
Writing has always seemed such a solitary endeavor that it's kinda turned me off it, that and the constant revision/editing process seems painful. Hopefully you enjoy it a lot more, but can you talk a little about the things you enjoy/miss while writing? It seems burritos feature heavily in the "enjoy" column for you, but it can't all be burritos, right?
EVERYTHING IS BURRITOS MY FRIEND
Enjoy: I mean, I like writing, you know? Watching my thoughts take form, doing the craft (which includes revision/editing) and all of that is pleasurable. It's like doing a puzzle with words, making it all fit.
Miss: I can't think of anything I really miss. I'm essentially an introvert, so I like a bit of alone time anyway. Sometimes I don't want to write and just want to play video games or snark on Twitter, but that's not really "missing," that's work avoidance.
I love your books. Which of the technologies from your books do you think we'll see in the real world in the next 5-10 years?
If I knew that, I'd be rich from investing!