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Music¡Dudes! IAmA Professional Drummer named Harry Miree. Sometimes I play #1 songs with artists you’ve heard of and sometimes I play crappy songs you’ll never hear. Let’s Dude This. ¡AMA!

Jan 21st 2018 by harrymiree • 46 Questions • 92 Points

I’m Paul Thomas Anderson, writer and director of PHANTOM THREAD, which opens nationwide this Friday. The film stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville, and Vicky Krieps. I’ve also written and directed There Will Be Blood and The Master.

THIS IS MY CLOSING STATEMENT! I've got to run and eat lunch....will try and come back and answer a few more later if I can....this was fun. Thank you all very much.

Watch the trailer for Phantom Thread: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNsiQMeSvMk

Proof: https://twitter.com/Phantom_Thread/status/952604850969239552

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Dear Dude, I’ve dealt with severe depression for most of my life. After finding your channel and watching your video, “Journal of a Suicide Survivor” it really moved me because of the parallels between your situation and mine. It inspired me to pursue instrument performance education/music school. I didn’t do well at all in high school and I’ve never had any post-high school education. I’m 24 years old. Any tips for a dude trying to make his passion for drumming into a career? Thanks!

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My grandmother is 75/just had a myasthenia crisis after a mild heart attack. Is she gonna be ok? :,(


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Any chance Alexandra York comes back and gives Dana Brooke some pointers?

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Do you think John Joseph secretly eats White Castle sliders?


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Will you do any type of reconstruction?

I hope no one thinks I'm joking--I'm curious how a man feels about how a mastectomy has affected his body, and if you'll feel comfortable going shirtless. And good job to you for spreading awareness about this!

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Does it feel weird that you get to go on TV and be famous for cooking with cannabis while other people are still getting locked up for it?


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For fucks sake. $20K is a big fuck you. I'm sorry you had to deal with that.

Have you still been able to lead a successful life due to these bs charges on your record?

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What made you choose Brahm's Violin Concerto in There Will Be Blood?


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Dearest Duderino, thanks for watching. Wait, is this me from the past? I sucked at high school! I went straight into a mediocre college right after and struck out even harder. Something about that experience liberated me. When you're inside academia, every signal around you is designed to make you think the school game is all that matters. Speaking from the other side of all that, I can tell you with certainty that nobody in my life gives two shits about any of my college experience. My true saving grace in music has been that people succeed together in this thing. If I had not surrounded myself who value music in the same ways I do, my passions could not have been nourished the way they are now. For some, those people are waiting at the punk club a few blocks from your house. For others, the haven is Los Angeles, CA. Whatever scale you can reach for. Make sense? <3

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I honestly don't know how to answer that.

Hopefully! I certainly always hope so with everyone. Medicine is getting better, a new medication was just FDA approved for MG a few months ago, the first one in more than 50 years. Is she seeing a neurologist? If you want to message me I will get you links to our FB support groups.

My Mg is not controlled well, but this is a relatively rare thing. Today I had trouble walking and had to be carried to my car.

I know people with MG who are in their late 80's, but this month alone 13 people have died because they got sick and then had MG complications. My dad died this time last year from MG complications. Sadly with this disorder, we just never know.

I wish I had better news... What do her doctors say?


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Hmmmm...very interesting...you and everyone else will have to wait and see! I think she is doing a great job as is! :)

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Lol


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Nah I don't plan on any reconstruction. I have recently started trying to lose weight (definitely needed) so hopefully it will kind of just even out. Fingers crossed!

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Totally, it really blows. There is almost nothing I can do for those individual people other than change the laws to help them get out and have a shot at a decent life again by making sure minorities are not only represented, but carved out opportunities for those that were incarcerated in this industry.

My heart breaks for them, but what can I do other than push forward and get this yuppies to change the law in favor of the people?

Excellent question, thank you so much for asking.

For those that are curious who I trust and have worked with: http://www.drugpolicy.org Cat Packer is one of the awesome people that ran it. Here is when I had her and Ophelia Chong on my show to talk about the policy reform and release of incarcerations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xDFCjXTE18&index=6&list=PLsRq_2H1A2tE4QmYEMRn4PilaJtVuZ6Mn


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Yeah, I mean, I feel like $20k is a lot of money, but when I look back on it, I don't think it really made up for anything.

Everyone's juvenile records were all erased, however I met a kid in the detention center that I wound up hanging out with afterwards. We did get into adult trouble together about a year after I got out. Bumpy start to adulthood. Used most of my settlement to repay restitution and court costs for adult problems.

Since then I've turned my shit around. Own a business, father of two kids, ran for mayor, lost, do a lot of volunteer work, run lots of community events. Deep down, I think those places had both positive and negative effects on me.

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It's fucking rad! And sounds great played loud.


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Hey Dude! I just want to say that i love your videos!

I have a few questions

  1. You seemed to have changed your kit since you talked about it in the video where you explained everything about your kit. (like a new side snare) what are the new things?

  2. what got you into drumming?

  3. what is your favorite Nintendo game?

  4. how can mount Everest have snow on its peak if its above the clouds?

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She just had a tracheotomy yesterday. She’s hospitalized and looked really good today. She hasn’t walked since her heart attack.


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So how much can you bench?

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Yo Harley,

Huge fan, and I didn’t fully appreciate until recently the incredible life you’ve lead. Here’s my question though: what is more important for the future of punk rock - stylistically following what has been happening or keeping the attitude and ethos while exploring whatever sound you want?

No Harley No Cro Mags


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Hi. I'm a breast cancer survivor currently in the process of my reconstruction (DCIS, bilateral mastectomy). I wanted to ask if you have had genetic testing?

It's very rare to have breast cancer so young and and as a male. It is possible to have a genetic condition even if cancer is not in your family history. For example, I am suspected to be the first in my family to have my genetic condition.

I would strongly suggest that you push for genetic testing. If you have a condition it could save your life to know what to look for.

Check out this site for more info. http://www.hereditarycancer.org/

Edit:. Spelling.

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I think he means that he wants to hire people that care about food, are able to provide excellent service, technique, and that have a passion for cannabis. If they meet that criteria, having prior issues with arrests for marijuana possession would not preclude them from employment. Merit based but not contingent on past legal issues.


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I work closely with kids in mental health treatment centers that come off as being similar to detention centers.

What could staff have done to help your stay there?

I saw that there was a lot of abuse but were there staff members that helped you at all?

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What made you switch between anamorphic lenses on your earlier films, and the spherical lenses on the later films?


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Dude. Thank you for watching!

1.) My kit got lost lots of weight when I started auditioning left and right for country acts. So I started by going from 4 toms in '14 down to 2 toms in '15. I was having to imitate so many electronic samples that I gradually brought in stacks for white noise (like a 16" china nestled into an 18" china) and the side snare you mentioned. Also the cowbells have multiplied for drum solo purposes. I wish I were kidding.

2.) The short story of how I got into drumming: This girl I had a crush on said she was starting a band. I was 12 and didn't yet understand that you could just ask somebody to hang out if you wanted to spend time with 'em. So I told her, "Oh yeah? Uh, I play an instrument. I play the, um, saxophone." So then, I shit you not, I had to go get a saxophone and learn how to play it. It turned out to be the first thing that ever felt like it was taking what I was putting in and giving back ten fold (the saxophone, not the girl). I worked my way up to the school's 'varsity' music group where, instead of counting my 16-bar long rests, I'd realize 80 bars later I was just staring and drooling at the drummer. Every night I'd go home and beat on popcorn bowls and broken hard drives trying to replicate his licks (which were 4-stroke rolls, which he learned from Carter Beauford's 'Under the Table and Drumming'). That Summer, I saw "That Thing You Do", and when Guy Patterson got the girl, I knew I needed to ditch that sax and get some drums. Still haven't hung out with that girl but I'm playing the long game.

3.) HOW DARE YOU MAKE ME PICK ONE ZELDA GAME

3b.) I'll think about this and holler back

4.) http://lmgtfy.com/?q=how+can+mount+Everest+have+snow+on+its+peak+if+its+above+the+clouds

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I would make sure she see's a neuro who knows about MG and also that they check her for a thymoma or thymic hyperplasia. Where is she located? I may be able to suggest some docs.


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Haven't benched in a long time...so I'm not sure! :(

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I think attitude is everything, no matter what genre of music. Hardcore is a way of being, it's not just a style of music or a look. It's the kind of person you are.


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I had genetic testing done after my mastectomy. The oncologist told me it came back with nothing.

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this


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I really liked a lot of the staff. Like anywhere, you have dicks and genuinely good people.

Some staff went out of their way to be personal with the kids. Share life experiences, get to know them, give advice, etc...

For clarification I was in four different places. With four drastically different methods to their systems. One was a very not strict bland type of detention center with cells where the kids wore provided sweatsuits and followed a schedule for the day. I remember nothing significant of the staff there.

Another was a very laid back place with more of a home atmosphere aside from the locked doors and fences. The staff there were generally nice and took the time to get to know the kids. This was also a VERY new facility when I went there. I was probably the 12th kid ever sent there.

One was an INSANELY nice place from the outside, with a pond, bicycles, riding paths, gym equipment, etc... Got there and found out it was all broken or no longer allowed. Lol. Most staff there were seasoned vets. Mostly irritable. Some were decent, but a majority of them had been doing it for so long and didn't care to get to know the kids anymore since the place held a few hundred and staff usually juggled around.

The last place was very strict. I got cocky about pushing in my chair silently one time and wound up being restrained on the floor for about three hours.

Shift change came and they literally switched out. I only struggled for about 10 minutes of it. They screamed in my face and I pretty much cried the whole time.

It's fucked up, but I feel like that last place kinda helped me a lot.

I wasn't cocky again after that. Lots of yes sir, no sir out of my mouth. After that, the place got investigated from kids being hurt.

One staff member in one of the lighter places would bring in his guitar and teach us. Another brought his xbox and played with us. I really liked when it felt more like a big brother or sister rather than a staff/inmate.

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Nerd Questions! My Favorite! Well, the first time we shot spherical was on the Master...it seemed like a good fit, evoking the old 50s films like Vertigo and North By Northwest...large format films but in a boxy frame....it was a nice change from the earlier films....I wanna shoot scope again though...maybe next time...


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Dude! Thanks for much for doing this!

  1. What was your best and worst/most embarrassing drumming experience?

  2. What are some of your favorite less common/more experimental sounds you can achieve on a drum set? Not sure quite how else to word that, but stuff like stacks, splash cymbals on drums, etc.

  3. What does your practice routine typically look like?

  4. Is water wet?

Thanks again!

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OMG. I'm so sorry this PT said that. It was way out of line and wrong and rude and does NOT reflect how PT thinks of MG. You are definitely not "faking it".

I am cautious not to be an "ableist" a term I was recently introduced to. I always try to treat people with respect and compassion without making them feel less than or small because of their illness--because they are neither!

I have an invisible illness myself so I can relate to professionals acting as if there is nothing wrong...grr!

Thank you so much for answering my question!


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Hi Terri. What was it like working with Vince Russo?

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Why do you think there were so much less girls playing in hardcore bands in the 80s?


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What were you tested for? Make sure it was a full panel not just BRAC, and CHEK. (There are allot of genetic conditions out there that can increase your risk of cancer that aren't always in the panels. If you did Myraid you should be covered though.) Assuming it was a full panel I'm glad to hear you are clean.

Best of luck with your recovery. Fuck cancer.

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There is tons you can do. You can donate proceeds of your restaurant to legal defense or various activist groups. You can use your platform for education. You could help by employing former prisoners and people with felonies. You could provide a work-study program for former convicts or something that helps with reintegration into society.


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Fuck that judge.

What movie have you watched more times then any other ?

What did you eat when you got out the second time ? first meal out I guess I mean.

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Hey Paul!

How did you and Jonny Greenwood first meet and decide to collaborate? You're both geniuses at what you do and this ongoing collaboration is an absolute treasure.

Big fan of your work, keep it up.

PS. Favorite Radiohead album?


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Thank YOU for being here my dude.

1.) When I was 15, I played a Halloween event for my school. Every girl I ever wanted to impress was in attendance (this AMA is beginning to take on a theme, I think I need to see a therapist), because dammit it was Activities Period and what else were they going to do? So my shitty band and I play this face-melting set of our horrible original songs, we trash can the ending, and having slain the beast of rock, I throw my sticks into the crowd just like Taylor Hawkins does in the Foo Fighters DVD. The throw was a little zealous and my fucking drum stick landed right in the eye of a dude called 'Stump' who was the biggest human to ever attend that school by about 3 feet. Blood dripping out of his eye socket, he rushed the stage and beat my ass to the floor, in front of everyone. I have video of it somewhere. I am inclined to dig it up and share it when I catch up on all these questions.

Oh, but also what was my worst? I had a band called The Ape Invaders and our first gig was shut down by the cops before we played the first note. See, I was trying to impress this girl... I'll stop.

2.) Cowbell son

3.) Cowbell son

4.) As fuck

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Thanks, but it's not your fault. You seem like a lovely person!! I even do things like that myself and I know how handicapped I am. I think it's ingrained into our brains that everyone around us lies to get what they want. And that's a difficult thing to break. Still it's hurtful and all of us need to be mindful of how we treat each other


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It was WONDERFUL in the beginning, then it got a little muddled once he had so much on his plate to take care of! He did such a great job with Dustin and for Dustin!!! :)

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I don't think there was a lot of women playing in rock bands, period. My aunt, Denise, was one of the first on the punk rock scene in NY. Sadly, its always been a bit of a boys' club, She was one of the best guitarists around back then, and didn't get half the credit she should have.


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I'm not entirely sure to be honest. Thank you for bringing it up though, I go back to the doctor Monday and I'll ask him again just to be sure we checked everything. Good luck with the reconstruction! Fuck cancer!

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Definitely! Excellent suggestions. First off I mainly use my platform for education. Currently we are too small to donate profits (because we haven't hit profitability yet), but we do employ a couple convicted felons with non-violent marijuana charges. And Currently we take in stages for a few days at a time but due to the structure of the company (we travel a lot for speaking engagements, dinners, etc) so it is hard to have a work study program until we have the restaurant up and running. When that is a reality, I look forward to having those things in place. And hopefully more! Right now, I try to help as much as possible. Both patients and non-violent offenders.


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I've probably watched Talladega nights way too many times.

We stopped at McDonalds. Lol. It was about 8 months since I last had fast food.

I also met my now Stepdad on the ride home.

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Favorite Radiohead album...........ugh...i Hate this game. today....In Rainbows....tomorrow....something else...KId A perhaps?


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Dude! What's the worst gear failure you've had on stage and how did you finish the set?

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What would you say had been the biggest challenge about living your life with GRMG?


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What was your favorite storyline that how were involved with during your career? Any you don't look back on fondly?

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It definitely seems like there were more women involved in 70s punk bands, no wave bands, anarcho punk bands, etc. Do you think there's a reason USHC bands had practically none?


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Thanks unfortunately I had an infection in one of my breasts near the AlloDerm so I had to have 2 extra surgeries and am about 4 months behind schedule. My surgeon is really happy with results now and we are thinking I will be done in March or April. I had lots of room between the tumor and my nipple so I was able to do nipple sparing.

It looks like you probably had your nipple removed. Are you planning on surgical reconstruction, 3D tattoo or just going nippleless? This is a big issue with the women I know that have reconstruction. I wonder what you are thinking as a man?

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Wow, you seem like a super cool dude. Congratulations to you, reading about your business made my night better! Good luck on hitting profitability and don't forget about your roots!


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Follow-up : what did you order ? I have never had a quarter pounder from Mcdonalds, or a mcrib.

Mcdonalds make little baby jesus happy. Sitting there in his manger holding a happy meal.

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Hey Paul, big fan!

  1. Actor/actress you want to work with, but haven't yet?

  2. Which of your own movies are you the most proud of?

  3. Favorite Stanley Kubrick movie?


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I raise the horns to your question and your username dude. Dig this. When I first moved to Nashville, I started playing for this talented local feller named Samuel Lee. At the time, he was just getting started on the road so he signed up for one of those college booking conventions (NACCA? something like that). The schedule you end up with is a total crapshoot: some nights you play in the corner of the school's b-cafetria at 2:00 PM when it's closed for maintenance, and sometimes you play these HUGE homecoming events in the quad - but either way, you can bet the thing is being run by student volunteers. So we set up our gear on the front steps of the campus' biggest building (right in front of the massive doors into the building), and they gave us a little green room setup just on the other side of the doors in the buildings main lobby. We sound check, goes fine, we go inside and get fed. What they don't tell us is that while we're eating, the 'lighting committee' is about to set up $10,000 worth of lights all over the stage, and since there's no ceiling to hang lights from, they put them on tripods. Then the emcee radios back for us to come out. "LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, SAM LEE!" I bust through the door like an obnoxious overperforming asshole and immediately knock down at least $5k worth of lighting. 8,000 people stop mid-cheer and just go "AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!". The first three songs were the most hilarious and awkward songs I've ever played in my life to 8,000 silent people. <3

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Umm, there are actually quite a few things... 1. I have had to have open heart ( for lack of a better term its pretty much the same procedure) surgery twice now to get of a MG related tumor called a thymoma... That was extremely difficult. 2. Feeling the loss of independence I have felt over the past three years since being diagnosed. 3. I think the most heartbreaking and difficult thing is/was the only person who really understood what I was going through die from RgMG ( my dad also had MG and died at 46, a year and a week ago). Even though they say it's not supposed to be hereditary. It was in my case.


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Hands down MARLENA & Goldust! While I loved Jackie and do to this day...I hated the name PMS that Vince gave us!

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From what I saw, there were a lot more women and young girls on the scene in the Punk days in NY. But the slam dancing kind of chased them off the dance floor and it turned into a bunch of adolescent boys (and some girls) swinging their fists around.


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Sorry about the complications. I'm debating on either nippleless or tattoo. I think i'm leaning more towards a tattoo though to try to cover the scar a bit.

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That means a lot to me, I sincerely thank you. And I won't!


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Hahaha. I don't remember what I ordered, but that's definitely how I like to imagine Jesus.

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  1. Tiffany Haddish
  2. The Master 3.DrStrangeloveLolitaFullMetalJackTheShining - all one word

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Where can I get some dudetastic dudesticks?

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Weird, seems like some text books need to be re-written if both you and your dad had an ultra rare "non-heriditary" disease


Q:

With more Female Wrestlers having submission finishing moves these days, I wonder what would be your submission finisher if you had one and what would you call it?

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Harley, you're the man!

What's your favorite memory of training at Renzos? Have you ever seen Renzo or Ralph get really angry? Both great guys, but definitely not anyone I would ever want to piss off...

Also, just wanted to say thank you, you gave me my introduction class at Renzos during a really bad time in my life about 3-4 years ago. Since than I've had to move, but train at Serras now and try to drop in at the NYC/Brooklyn location when possible. It's helped me out immensely during trying times these past 4 years. Never really got to thank you enough.


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First, I'm glad you caught it before it got any worst....

Being that males are not usually associated with breast cancer, what were some of the strangest reactions you have recieved after revealing that you were a young man fighting a rare form of breast cancer?

Again, I'm soooooo happy that you kicked chemo's ass!

Edit: Fuck you auto correct! Once again you make a fool of me. For all you folks who were able to decipher this gaggle fuck of not-so-good English words and look past the misspelling, congratulations.

And thank you for proving that reason will prevail!

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How did you get banned twice from r/trees?


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Hi everyone,

I'm from the area(Luzerne County, which is near Scranton, PA. Yes, the Scranton from The Office)

A lot of people want the gist of the story, more answers, etc.

So here it is, from someone who has experienced first hand Luzerne County's "Culture Of Corruption".

First off, let's establish that the two judges who went to jail, Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan were gushed over by plenty of officials/staff on Luzerne county. Notice that the same papers blasting those who stood by and did nothing were also those who praised Conahan/Ciavarella for their "tough" sentencing style. I don't recall which off the top of my head, but one of the two won the Newspapers "Man Of The Year" award.

A property developer, Robert Mericle, had gotten a prison contract and in exchange for cash bribes, the judges would sentence the kids harshly for often nothing crimes. One girl received 3 months for a fake mocking facebook page of her principal.

The story on the books is that two judges went rogue and that was that. They were caught, got jail sentences, public condemning, and that was that.

But that's not where it actually ended, or even started.

To understand how corrupt this county is, you have to take a look at it in context.

Take Anthony Lupas. Anthony Lupus was a local attorney, and the chairman for his towns Democratic Party Board. His son, David Lupas, became the District Attorney(DA). The son is now a judge. What's wrong with this? Well, Anthony Lupus was a ponzi scheme artist. A pretty damn successful one, too, with over $6 million missing. Now, the sins of the fathers don't always transfer to the son, but they do when the son borrows $400,000 to run unopposed.

What you witnessed in Kids For Cash was not justice finally taking place, but rather a coup that took place for others to rise high.

The situation hasn't gotten better, it's actually gotten worse as the new criminals are actually competent compared to the two failures of human life that were Conahan and Ciavarella.

Proof that the uppers don't really care about what happened? The most exclusive and expensive private school in the areas sports field is the Robert Mericle sportsfield. This came up after Kids For Cash, and while you could argue it would be OK if he was just accused, he wasn't. He was convicted. Convicted. Anthony Lupas name is still up at our local Casino, take a look.

One of the worst areas is Dupont. Dupont was(is?) pretty much the Wild West. There were 3 cops in the area. One is in jail for being a drug addict, one is in jail for molesting children, and the DA who was elected following the outing of the criminals will no longer recognize the old Chief of Police as a cop.

By the way, the one who was molesting the children had his wife beg officer John Saranchuk for help. Saranchuk's response? Telling her that if she kept pushing, she'd be arrested. The drug dealer? Well, I can't say if Officer Saranchuk has a drug problem. I can say that when the FBI raided the Dupont police office, that a pretty large amount of cocaine was missing. After the drug user(or one of them) was gone.

The new police chief had to give up his gun because of a PFA filed against him.. This is "progress" in Luzerne County.

The current assistant DA is the reason many of the Kids For Cash cases went through.. So when you ask "But why didn't you do X? The answer is that a lot of the time the assistant DA would say "just let this go, you'll only make it worse by fighting." Hey give him credit, they would have made it worse.

These days the Luzerne County Courts are basically Kangaroo Courts. Go into court and observe. Play Bingo with any of the following:

Refusing to have certain parties go under oath.

Threats of contempt of court.

Refusal to even hear certain motions. Can't appeal something if it was never legally denied. Pretty clever, right?

A person involved in the Kids For Cash scandal but still somehow with a law license.

Rampant nepotism.

Rampant cronyism.

Now, Luzerne County is somewhat split. No one will say anything bad about the Kids For Cash victims, but you'll get the occasional "just some troublemakers who got to spend some extra time" in juvy. Others want to speak up but can't. Others speak out, and are punished for it.

There is a ton of stuff I won't go into here in depth, but feel free to look the stuff up if you're interested:

The fact the old court administrator was the brother-in-law of Conahan(meaning the guy who can decide where cases go was related to the guy who judged the cases.)

Gas Gate(In which thousands of dollars of gas was stolen, and seemingly disappeared)

Leo Glodzik, a corrupt businessman who had cars illegally towed. Poor people were essentially left to walk in the cold. Nicer cars were towed. Off duty cops were caught multiple times driving cars possessed in this way. The man was convicted, the cops were not.

The fact that one of the judges, the honorable Lesa Gelb, stole her firms client list when she went off on her own, and then had this squashed.

The pay-for-play DUI system, in which the mayor of Laflin(the town where both judges for Kids For Cash lived, as where Lupas lived, his son lives, and Sanguedolce live) wasn't charged for an obvious DUI.

I can answer other questions, assuming I don't get a knock on my door.

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Favorite David Lynch movie?


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Dude! I get annoyed when AMA'ers dodge questions, so I will resist the urge right now because my plans are not perfected. Do you mind an imperfect answer? I plan to distribute them through my favorite music store in the world, and I plan to have this done and announced by the end of the Summer. That requires lots of people to say 'yes' who have not totally signed off yet, but I'm 90% there. Fill out the thingy on HarryMiree.com and I'll send you some right now to tide you over. Have a dudetastic day.

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There are a few families I know of with MG through my support groups. Not many but a few


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Hmmmmmm, let me think about that one for a bit! Feel free to ask it again in a bit, if I don't answer!

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First of all, I'm glad I was able to introduce you to this life-changing art. You have become part of a bigger family by training with Henzo and, now, Matt. My best memories are Renzo and Ryan training together at the old academy, when guys like Matt Serra and John Danaher and all those legends of the sport were all just blue belts. Those are the days I will never forget. It's been a great journey so far and I'm looking forward to what the future of BJJ is going to be like.


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Thank you so much! A ton of people didn't believe me. They all thought it started somewhere else and just spread to the breast. I had to explain that it was just in my breast and nowhere else. Some people didn't know that men could even get it either. I told them that they definitely can it just is less common for men.

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The first time i posted a dish I thought people would enjoy but it was considered self promotion.

And the second time I answered someone with my website and that was considered a violation :/

But I’m back and will be a good boy


Q:

So accurate. I've put my story out there before once or twice locally...

People here wouldn't believe the amount of "It was your own fault" or "It's not the judge's fault".

For some reason, the corruption is not only ignored but accepted locally.

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Blue Velvet Wild At Heart


Q:

Which famous musician that you've worked with is the nicest?

A:

If it's your immune system that's causing problems, wouldn't giving yourself AIDS cure it?


Q:

What was your favorite costume you saw or wore?

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Where did you get that demon tattoo on your chest? I always like it.


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It’s sad but people don’t know men have breasts period. Not breasts like boobs, but still.

I’m glad you recovered okay. Good luck with your future!

EDIT: I know about gynecomastia, a hormonal condition where men can develop breast tissue. I’m speaking generally, that its sad people don’t know men have breast tissue (hello nipples).

What’s more, it’s sad that people reacted to “I have breast cancer” with “yeah right, you’re a dude” rather than “oh, I didn’t know that could happen. Is there anything I can do to help?”

I know people aren’t bound to understand everything that isn’t common, but biology/sexuality/anatomy courses through school should make people at least aware enough to understand that the human body is anatomically female during development until the point where sexual differentiation occurs.

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Alright so as a weed chef I'm hoping you can shed some insight on this crazy shit that I've been chasing for years:

The year is 2010; my roommate is prepping some ganjabutter for some ganjabrownies. I leave for a while and do i-cant-rember-what. When I come back I see that the butter has reduced and is currently BUBBLING LIKE CRAZY. Way too many bubbles, seems like the butter overheated and we were worried we burnt the product. So we take it off the heat immediately, mid bubble, and proceed to make some brownies.

They were insane. Hands down the most significant effect I have ever had from edibles. One brownie put me on the floor. Two brownies and I couldn't swallow food I had pasties so bad, and I must have been at a [12]. I needed confirmation and gave a brownie to a coworker in his 30's, a chronic smoker. Told him they were intense but homemade, and that there was only weed in them. The next day he thanked me for this caveat, as the high was so intense he would have thought there was acid or something on them.

The marijuana we used was normal. Smoking it gave normal effects. We didn't put any spectacular amount into the brownies, I think it was somewhere between an 8th and a quarter ounce.

I have tried to duplicate this butter/brownie method but to no avail! I have never been able to buy an edible of similar potency either.

Do you have any idea what happened here? I mean I guess the effects had a lot of scratchy throat/dry eyes/negative side effects, but god damn it was insane. If you know what I did and how to do it again I would love a link or instructional or something.

Anyway all the best! Thanks for the AMA.


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How did your first "conviction" happen? The one where you got sent away for six months - did you have a trial, did you plead guilty?

Did your mom try to get a lawyer when you were incarcerated for six months?

And what about your second offense? Same questions.

I understand there was a corrupt system (no defense attorneys? That is really messed up), but I'm familiar with the juvenile justice system where I live and you'd have gotten next to nothing for those offenses where I am.

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What's your favorite memory of David Foster Wallace?


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Hey. I actually really like this question because I get asked some version of it pretty often and I've never gotten to answer it publicly.

The more I meet famous people in general, the more I am convinced of one thing: It is nearly impossible to reach that level of stature if you are not incredibly smart, socially savvy, and good to the people around you. When I got the call to audition for one of the bigger country acts I'd ever played for, I Googled them and the first thing I found was them standing on a truck trying to look like gangsters. I did wonder to myself who in their right mind would represent themselves this way, but my first day on the bus I learned they were the smartest dudes in the whole camp. Their memory for radio people's names, kids' names, and life stories was uncanny. Their ability to have cameras constantly pointed at them and be positive and engaging is humbling. Their ability to command a room of 10,000 drunkards is superhuman. Does any of this make sense? I use them as an example because they felt especially easy to dismiss before I actually experienced what they were like as human beings. I respect them so much.

But you asked for a name! James Taylor is certainly one of the gentlest, hippest, and guitar shreddingest dudes I've ever met. He came through Berklee to do a clinic and I was basically in the right ensemble at the right time to back him up for this little thing. That man is a damn folk singin' angel.

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Ummmmm. No lol


Q:

Definitely Wrestlemania #12...unfortunately because of the type of match it was...that dress never got a proper viewing!!! :(

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Montreal, Canada. When I was 15.


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Thank you! You as well!

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Oh man, I’ve been here dude. In fact, I thought that when people said they hallucinated from Cannabis they were lying for attention or something...until that day..

To answer your question, first off, you had some potent bud. Point blank. Second, by leaving that butter to boil, you had cooked off all of your Terpenes and Cannabinoids and been left with just THC. Ingesting just THC is kind of crazy, it is basically the same as a band only playing one note the entire time, super fucking loud. There are no supporting elements, nothing to direct that raw psychoactivity. CBD counteracts the psychoactivity from THC and the Terpenes give the type of high (giggly, contemplative, body, etc). You had none of that. So it was straight THC.

Hope that helps a little!

Edit: I've been corrected on the DMT information. u/Damienslust pointed out my terminology was incorrect and has a great explanation below of how DMT is correlated (or not correlated I should say) with this particular instance.


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There was no real trial. I stood there with my mom in front of the judge. No defense attorney. My mom cried. She said she wanted me to get help with my issues at home but didn't want me taken away. The judge didn't care and sent me away. My mom called lawyers and elected officials. Everyone she could for 6 months. One day out of the blue I was told to pack my things up because I was getting out.

The second time, it was basically the same. No defense attorney. Me and the judge. The juvenile court room was much different than any other court room. The judge and the other workers there all seemed like buddies. There was no feeling of fair justice. No telling your side. Just the judge putting you away. Scary to a kid, and even scarier to me as an adult knowing that it happened that way.

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He turned me onto Don DeLillo. And he looked at us like we were all failing him....sweetly.


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Will you check out my foo fighters cover? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bLEklOaXcE What do think? Thanks DOOD

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How would you rate your pain on a 1-10 scale, and how much does it vary day by day?


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What was your favorite on screen persona , im guessing Marlena ?

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Favorite newer band you've played with?


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I'm glad to hear that you're doing well and that you're sharing your story.

I had a similar scare a number of years back. I was an 18-20 year old guy and felt a lump. Thought nothing of it for a few years and finally got it checked out. Had to get 3 mammograms over a year. Finally turns out it's just female breast tissue. Apparently 1/5 men or so have this, it just never develops because of the lack of estrogen. But I'm so glad that you're raising awareness about this. Men check your man titties for lumps!

Also have to have a question so what's your favorite food?

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How prepared are you to only receive tips of $4.20?

On a more serious note how do you think this will affect other franchises that already exist? Do you think they will start implementing edibles or cannabis to their menus?


Q:

$20k doesn't make up for your years lost, and that's obviously understandable. Have you ever thought about what would help the past injustice sting less? For example, an apology from the judge, or new laws to prevent this from happening again?

A:

How often does Maya make you fall over laughing?


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I love your time dude. And I love your respect for the parts. It would bore us both if I only gave you praise, so here is my challenge to you, young Dood: bring us some personality on the next'n you make. Dig? I can tell it's in there by the way you type. Looking forward to it. Sincerely. Sweet Pearl drums by the way \m/

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I have lupus as well so physical pain tends to be from that. MG itself does not cause physical pain in most cases. Emotional pain varies from day to day.


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Bingo Charlie! :D

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I like Red Death and Turnstile, we played with them. I've seen a lot of good bands on my recent tours, I can't keep track of all of them, there's too many.


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I'm glad that everything turned out fine! Pizza is definitely the most superior food in the world.

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Haha I hadn’t thought about the tips. Perhaps the decimal will be moved over a space or two..

I think they will have to remain separated through licensing. Not every restaurant will be able to serve THC. Only those that have the on-site consumption licensing.


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Time helped a lot.

As I've said in other answers, the places weren't all bad. Aside from the obvious negative aspects, I did learn a few things and the experience did make me grow into the person I am today. Better or worse.

I don't want to hear from the judge, but I suppose an apology would help. I think I'd rather just let him know that I no longer blame him and explain what I was put through.

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every day


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Sup HARRY,

How is your life doing? You seem to have been doing a lot better as of recently and you look quiet nice in your black and shirt and black blazer.

Ok two questions:

  1. Favorite type of Tostinos?

  2. On the Dude, I don't want to play the Cajon percussion rig, dude video you put the snare on sideways when showing off the Pearl sideways tom foot thing. Why is the snare sideways. Is there a new way to holding sticks I don't know about?

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What is the most important life lesson you have ever learned? Thanks for doing this AMA!


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Hey Harley, big fan. I know in the '80s you got a swastika tattoo on your inner wrist. I also know you got it covered up. What did you get it covered up with? Why did you get a swastika? What does the cover-up tattoo mean to you?

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First of all congratulations. Secondly how long did it take you to get through the initial brick wall of emotions that is "you have cancer"?


Q:

How do you dose edibles carefully enough to create a whole cannabis restaurant? Plus, your clientele won't be high until after they leave. I just don't understand your business model.

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Sounds like you did something a little bad but not as bad as some kids in there...

Did you meet anyone who did less than you? I mean... what's the stupidest thing you heard that someone did to end up in the detention center?


Q:

What was Thomas Pynchon like when you met him (if he's actually real)?

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Dude. How are you? I'm on a nice kick of trying to take care of myself and I appreciate you encouraging me on that front.

1.) I know this is some East Nashville Whole Foods Hipster shit to say, but I am actually digging these Quinoa chips made by Late July. I am the only male in my house so I eat a lot of tasty stuff that my dude friends wouldn't let me buy without punching me in the balls in the parking lot. Sneak out and buy some sometime.

2.) Nice attention to detail my son. The key is using a clamp that pivots. I mention it by model number shortly thereafter in that video and it will surely provide the angle you seek.


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Rambonenix...THANKS so much for this question and for the kind words!!! I was taught by my mother to always be kind and gracious to others unless they were unkind or nasty to me...and if they were unkind or nasty...to simply walk away and not allow their negativity to invade my mind or heart. Another one is "Pretty is skin deep but ugly is to the bone!" One more and it is sometimes hard to think about this when someone is doing something dastardly to us...but "Hurting people hurt people!" Thanks again for this question! :)

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In the 80's, all of the Puerto Rican gangs in my neighborhood were covered in Swastikas, all the black gangs wore them as well as the Hells angels on 3rd st So I didnt think much of it, when I was a kid in the 70's, Sid Vicious and the Sex Pistols wore Swastikas. When I got it it was a symbol of shock and I was just a dumb kid, it was not about National Socialism or killing jews, it was just a symbol that got a reaction. I covered it when I got older because I realized how wrong it was to have a symbol that was so hateful to so many people. Thats the long and short of it


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Thank you! It took a while for the shock to go away. About a week after he told me I just broke down for a bit. I was really mad at myself for waiting as long as I did to actually go get it checked out. It took about 2 weeks before I finally accepted it and got a more positive outlook on the situation.

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Our guests are at our dining experiences for 2-3 hours. If they stay in the lounge, perhaps even longer.

The dosage is coming in over 10 courses, so the way we have structured it is that the first two courses will serve as the initial take off, by course 4-5, 45 min after ingesting is when the effects start to creep on. The remainder of the meal is guiding them into a nice euphoric high zone rather than keep sending them to the stars. For us, it is about balance. We finish the meal with CBD before sending the guests into the lounge to decompress.

Essentially, everything is timed.


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I don't remember asking any other kids what they did until I was in the last place I was in. It was a really strict place with intense therapy groups and pretty bad physical punishment for the kids. (Staff broke a kids arm and gave another rug burn from head to toe for an escape attempt.)

In a Balanced And Restorative Justice group one day, we went around and said what we were there for. Kids were saying drugs, theft, robbery... The kid before me says he forgot his gun at someone's house so he went to go get it and brought his other gun, and when he got pulled over by the cops he forgot a third gun was under his seat so he was arrested for having two of his three guns on him.

I said "I told my teacher my dad would fire her..." Lol.

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Who?


Q:

Dude, what tips do you have for developing my double bass speed?

A:

Did you smoke cigarettes before cigars?


Q:

What's the story behind "Hard Times In An Age Of Quarrel" live album on Century Media? I know the first disc is recorded from 1991 with assuming the Alpha Omega lineup, but disc 2 is recorded from 1994 that I assume you weren't part of?

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Was there any kind of discomfort or change with the lump?

I'm a guy with what my physician says is a hardened lymph node in my pectoral muscle, I'm still trying to figure out if a second opinion is warranted. $$$$, America and all....

Thx!


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Interesting! How do you account for different metabolisms, weights etc? Do customers have, I don't know, like a chart they follow based on weight and experience of how much to eat?

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What were their reactions to that?


Q:

When you're writing scripts on MS Word do you use the screenplay template or do you write out the characters names every single time?

P.S. That scene in the Master when Freddie rides off in the desert is hilarious.

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Haha. When I get asked this question, I always think about visiting Mike Mangini during his office hours. He had a double pedal under his desk, just going BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR while he answered emails and talked to me about the lab material. If you've got an extra double, you know where to set it up now : )

I've been playing a lot with just my left foot lately. I believe that if I can get my left foot even half as agile as my right, I could make music much more confidently with my double pedal. It's been paying off. Best of luck in this quest my dude


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Never...with one exception! When I was 13 I would sneak my grandfather's cigarettes that he left in his ashtray. I made a tiny hole in the screen window of the guest room at my grandparent's home...and would go into the bedroom, open the window, take one or two drags (however much was left on the cigarette in the ashtray) then push the butt of the cigarette out of the little hole in the window. It never occurred to my STOOOOOpid 13 year old brain that a mound of cigarette butts were accumulating outside that window! :O :( :D So, my mother calmly asks me if I had been smoking, to which I said "No ma'am!"...she then walked me outside to the little mound of cigarette butts and asked me if I still wanted to maintain my story! CLASSIC! Great Mom! Never smoked another cigarette! :D

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To be honest, I really don't know because that whole era, things were done behind my back and I wasn't really a part of what was going on.


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It go to where when I laid on my stomach it would hurt my chest cause of how big it was getting. But I had no other changes other than it growing.

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Without proper funding, we are still a little ways off from a universal chart, and even then my guess would be around 75%-85% accurate. However we ask extensive questions to better understand the guest so we know previous experiences.

We also use a nano technology that allows for a faster metabolism in the body which helps us stay on track with various guests.


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They didn't respect me. Lol. I don't know how else to word it.

I felt a need to prove myself I guess. Acted out a bit there at first.

The place was strict. Like insanely strict. I got cocky once when told to push my chair in more quietly. They restrained me for a few hours. On the floor with football linebacker sized men holding me down. I fought and cursed at them for 10-15 minutes. Gave up and cried for a while after. They had shift change and just swapped out the guys holding me. Screamed in my face about rules and respect etc.

After that the kids respected me and I respected the staff. Win/win I guess.

When I was leaving that place there were noticed put up not to hit or hurt the kids.

Staff sat there while we talked on the phone so we couldn't tell our family what it was like. Word got out after two kids tried to escape and staff broke one of their arms and gave them pretty bad rug burn while restraining them AFTER they were caught and brought back in.

Staff made us watch that time.

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HA! I write their damn names out every time! Feels good.


Q:

Dooood. Why do drummers have a shorter-than-average life expectancy? You did say no question off-limits......

Also, are there any techniques or riffs that you just can't seem to get the hang of?

Party on.

A:

Do you watch much of the current product? Who are some of your favorites in the WWE?


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Thanks for replying Harley. I loved your book but the time between Alpha Omega and White Devil isn't covered that much understandably cause of where you were at the time, I always assumed the live album was to fulfil an album deal with Century Media / make JJ a few $$$?

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Did it hurt? Cancer I mean. Well, and chemo.


Q:

However we ask extensive questions to better understand the guest so we know previous experiences.

Cool, so it's a customized experience. Sounds neat!

We also use a nano technology that allows for a faster metabolism in the body

Could you go into more detail here?

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You should've said "Littering."


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Hey PTA.

When I think of dialog, it sounds good in my head. But when I put it on paper it becomes garbage. How would you solve this problem?

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Is that true? Sounds like you know more about it than I do. I'd like to hear your thoughts. Is it all drummers or just the guys who try and make a life of it? I know a lot of successful musicians who have vices (myself included, just not drinking or drugs), and the lifestyle has a way of facilitating unhealthy decisions, but surely that's not what you mean, is it?

Dude. Techniques and riffs that elude me? 1,000x yes. We did a gig with the Chainsmokers last year. Their set is basically a DJ, two front guys, and a drummer who just goes completely apeshit over the track. I don't even understand the language he's up there speaking. But I intend to learn it!

Also, what the hell is Danny Carey doing on drums? I love Tool so much and still can't tell you the first thing about how he plays.

Party onward


Q:

I must be honest and say that I don't watch that much of the product at this point...because there is just SO MUCH product! Having said that...you will have to tune into my podcast to hear more about my likes and loves! ;)

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I couldn't tell you the backstory on that live album. As for the time between Alpha Omega and White Devil, my book could have been 2000 pages long but I had to lose a lot of stories, some of them were just not as interesting as others so some things didn't make the cut and others did.


Q:

The bone pain from the shot of Neulasta I had to get after chemo was the worst pain i've ever felt in my life. Other than that the nausea and tiredness was all the chemo did to me really.

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Definitely!

Nano technology is a fancy way of saying that the THC or CBD molecules are suspended in a water soluble solution making it homogenize with anything water based (where as usually it’s only fat soluble). Our epidermis can absorb things that are 40-60 nanometers wide so the nano technology also breaks the compounds from being 4000 nanometers wide to being 40-60nm which allow it to be ingested and metabolized much quicker than a normal extraction.


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On the group w bench!

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hmmmmmm. good question. what's it sound like when you say it out loud? it doesn't need to look good on the paper if it's a script....a novel maybe, but a script is just a temporary thing....good for the actors, not for reading....


Q:
  1. Do you really need to be a perfect drummer to score a gig? I.e., never missing a beat such as never being off by a smidgen in some areas.

  2. How much freedom do drummers have with their sound in the studio?

  3. How can you be exactly perfect on time all the time? That's one of my number one struggles is always landing perfectly on clicks 100% of the time.

  4. (Edit) Why do people like their snares to be cranked? I always thought it sounded bad because it all sounds like PVC pipe being smacked together. I've always left mine low, not too low to sound sloppy or fat, but not to high to get nasty overtones. Just an aggressive lower tuned snare on both heads. About the same tension except the top is just slightly higher than the bottom.

  5. (Also edited) Have you heard of Aesop Rock?

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I remember in the Divas 2001 issue,you posed in body paint,did you come up with an idea of wearing nothing but body paint in that issue?


Q:

What percentage of your fellow drummers do you think suffer from tinnitus? Have shows gotten louder over time, do you think?

A:

More men in the US are diagnosed with breast cancer each year than are diagnosed with penile cancer.

Did you meet with resistance from the medical community when seeking treatment?


Q:

Have you looked into using lecithin, sesame seed oil, or glycochocolate in your recipes to potentiate the cannabis?

Study Supporting Claims

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Did you get into any fights inside?

Any time you genuinely feared for your safety? Did you get bullied or picked on?

Did the people inside split along racial lines like they do in prison?


Q:

If you could go back, what’s one thing you’d tell yourself while making Magnolia?

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Dude. I love question #1 because I have learned the hard way that the answer is no. I did one of the biggest auditions of my life last year and had nearly three weeks to get myself together for it (that's unbelievably rare, to have that kind of heads-up). My strategy was to win by trying the hardest, so I learned every song he'd ever released, note for note. I learned every live variation I could find from peoples' crappy iPhone videos on YouTube. I went in and imitated every note their previous drummer had every played, down to the stroke. Guess who won! The guy whose approach was, "Here's what your band sounds like when I play on it. Yes, I know the form, but this is what the form sounds like with my unique voice on it." Do you dig the difference? I will never go into another audition again as a robot. If I don't get the gig because they wanted a robot, I don't want the gig anyway. Feel me? Great question.

As for questions 2 and 3, infer from the answer above. The artist rules all - some camps want you to be you, others aren't even going to learn your name. Be able to smell that in the air and act accordingly!


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Yes! I was actually pretty disappointed that mine and Dustin's "painted" cover turned out to be some "artist" that came in and charged the company a grand $1000...simply painted us completely gold! My idea was something like Demi Moore's when she was on the cover of Vanity Fair, with a painted on suit! So when I did get the chance to actually produce the image, I went for what I thought would be cool in the Caribbean...FRUIT!!! :D

A:

I'm sorry, I couldn't hear your question lol. Hardcore shows have definitely gotten louder because Hardcore bands have better gear now. But I think anybody who plays in bands or goes to shows will suffer a certain amount of hearing damage/loss over time.

 

I, myself, haven't been able to hear shit since I toured with Motorhead in the 80's.


Q:

I wouldn't call it resistance but every doctor I talked to when I told them how long I had it the first question they asked was "why did you wait so long?". Other than that everyone has been wonderful every step of the way!

A:

I've seen the lecithin as a bio availability agent, however I need to do more research into it all. I've been focusing on the nano tech but this is a really good read, thank you for citing it!


Q:

I was bullied at times. Other times I was the bully. I got into a few fights.

In the place where fighting and bullying did occur, there wasn't much staff intervention and there were definitely groups and a sort of hierarchy.

There was some racial tension. At the one place, I was the only white kid and the only kid not from a big city with bad crimes, which felt a little intimidating, but after a while we all got along great.

A:

Chill The Fuck Out and Cut Twenty Minutes


Q:

Hey Dude!

I'm a guitarist who heard about your videos from watching Jim Lill's channel. Even though I don't understand a lot of the drumming references, I love your enthusiasm for music!!

I'm now in the process of auditioning for music school and I was wondering - do you have any advice for someone who's trying to break into the music scene - specifically for country music? Is there anything you wish you knew going in?

Thanks for doing this AMA!!

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I still have that magazine!


Q:

Are you still cool with Doug Holland? No one ever talks about him and he never gets brought up in the Cro Mags beef. Always thought he was the second coolest looking member of the classic line up (you being the first)...

A:

Do you by chance live near a military installation? There has been documentated cases of an increase in infant mortality and male breast cancer near military installations due to hazardous chemicals contaminating the local water supply.


Q:

What would your death row, final meal be?

A:

What goes through your mind, at 15, when you realize you're going to jail for two years? Was anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts a big factor? How did you adjust and calm the sudden impact of this?


Q:

Werner Herzog says you can't be a great filmmaker if you don't read, read, read. Any books currently sitting on your nightstand?

A:

Your music will live and die by the friends you make at music school. Cherish the fellow musicians you meet! The professors may or may not teach you anything useful in class, but I was always glad I made friends with them too.


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There was one thing that I never liked about the painting...and that was the fact that he painted the "melons" sort of CATTYWOMPUS! :( :D

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I'm cool with him. I'm not sure how he feels about me. But, the fact is, I wish the entire Age of Quarrel lineup could get together and sit at the same table and have a discussion, or get together in the same room, or get together on the same stage. I think it's sad that, at this point in time, it hasn't happened yet.


Q:

I live about 20 miles from a military base. That's pretty interesting do you have any links?

A:

Thanks for the question!

42 oz Bone in Ribeye with all the sauces,

Wurrug dawali (stuffed grape leaves) made my my grandmother

Chocolate cake with a milk chocolate ganache and dark chocolate mousse.


Q:

Well, they don't tell you how long. In fact, you never know how long it will be. At any point. There was no "finish line".

The places had systems of treatment and let you out when you were ready.

It sucked at first. Then it still sucked but you got used to how things were. Then it still sucked, but you dealt with it and it became normal.

A:

The stack next to my bed is embarrassingly High. the one on my desk right now is "3 Ingredient Cocktails" by Robert Simonson. Great Read!


Q:

My dude, I absolutely love basically everything you put out. If you could go back in time and choose one band to be the drummer for, which band would you pick?

A:

Do you have a ring on that finger yet? If not, what are qualities you look for in a partner? Asking for a friend.


Q:

your guild pilot bass has been pretty much your main bass your entire career, whats the story behind how you got it? have you ever lost it on the road and retrieved it back? thanks man. got your book, cant wait to read it!

A:

Have you given any serious thought about what kind of lies you will tell to brake the ice about that bad ass scar on your chest?

"I had a big enough heart to save 10 orphans and then some bby, wanna fuk?"

Seriously thought good luck, as a smoker this is one of my worst fears.


Q:

Medicated or not?

Edit: thanks for the answer.

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Do you have any trust for law enforcement now?


Q:

Hi Paul!

What was the main lesson you took away serving as your own (collaborative) DP on Phantom Thread? Will you continue to shoot your own movies in the future?

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This might be my favorite question of this entire AMA, because I want to talk about my favorite new band. They are called The Maine. They put out a record called "Lovely Little Lonely" last year and it is the epitome of what I wish I had made when I was in a band. I would cut off a finger to play drums with them. I LOVE what they are doing. Their previous record had some bangers on it as well Frosty. Thank you for the question!


Q:

No, not yet...and I am not looking for that at this point in my life! After not going on a date in over 4 years...it will take someone that is extraordinary to turn my head and heart! That being said...I am not looking for a partner in life...If that guy doesn't turn my Head and Heart...I am cool being with Me/Myself & I!

God Bless You and Yours!!! ;) :D

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It was the only instrument I ever bought brand new, I got at Matt Umanov guitars, I had to pawn it along with others for lawyers and rent after the whole Webster Hall incident, but I managed to get it back. Love that bass!


Q:

I haven't but I definitely need to!

A:

At that point, Medicated


Q:

I did not for a long time.

Since then I've gotten a hobby of police/fire photography and run a journalism page locally so I have a close relationship with local police.

I actually spend a few hours every week or so hanging out a the local police station.

It's been a long road though with law enforcement.

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My main takeaway was hire extreme proffesionals to surround you and point like you have a lot of confidence and know what you're doing. Would I do it again? I think I might.....but I also wanna work with Chivo, Bob Richardson...tons of others...


Q:

¡Dude! I’ve got a good question or two for you:

Who do you think are the most underrated drummers out there? I love Brad Hargreaves of Third Eye Blind.

Also, what’s your favorite uncommon time signature to drum in? I’ve personally always found 5/4 and 7/4 to be very interested.

A:

Whats your fave guilty pleasure food?


Q:

If there was one aspect of NYC of your youth that you could bring back, what would it be?

A:

I see someone already talked about the genetic test, but I also want to say that if it's possible, you could ask your mom or your sisters to have a genetic test as well. Also remind them to have annual check!!!

You are such a strong man, buddy! Keep in mind, follow up is important! Also have a positive, healthy life~

Quick question: How's your feeling after chemo? Do you feel something changed, physically or mentally?

Wish you all the best!


Q:

So I just started a keto diet and I'm missing my edibles dearly, any chance you have some low-carb low-sugar recipes?

A:

My question is this, what do you think about the US prison system?

Edit: my fist comment was deleted, here's what it said. In the US private prison industry, the corporations have contracts with the government, the corporation gets a certain amount of money per prisoner, but if the government doesn't keep the prison full enough, usually like +90%, the corporation FINES the government millions.

That's a major part of why we have a small portion of the world's overall people, but 25% of the world's prisoners.

We are not free. This coutry sucks.


Q:

There's a song credit at the end of Phantom Thread for a Jonny Greenwood piece called "Puck Beaverton's Tattoo" (obvious reference to Inherent Vice) that doesn't appear on the release of either OST.

Any story here? Just a left-over piece from IV?

A:

My answer may sound like a joke, but dig this, in all sincerity.

I know people understand that Carter Beauford is one of the all time greats. And yet, I still think he is underrated.

I've been to nearly 80 gigs with Carter on the drums, and I own hundreds of his live recordings. And every year, as soon as I think I know what he's about to say over that Warehouse outro, he plays something I've never heard him even hint at before. That man is 60 years old and still innovating the language of drumming. People are still watching "Under the Table and Drumming" or the old Tripping Billies from Woodstock and they think that's the whole story. Mother fucker, that's just the PRELUDE!


Q:

I don't feel like it is a "guilty pleasure" per say...I am just a CRUSTACEAN HO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Give me a Lobster claw, tail, Scallop, Shrimp, Crab of any kind (Blue, Dungeness, Stone, Snow, Jonah,King, and any others that I have left out! I am ridiculously fond of the Bi-valve Mollusk AKA Oyster...and I am also a FAN of the Blue Soft Shell Crab! Other than those foods...I am pretty typical in that I LOVE veggies and most fish! :)

A:

Well, it's impossible to time travel; but I do think it was a much more creative, energetic and vibrant place when I was young. I think the lawlessness and the danger propelled that creative energy that was in the air. Now, it's so safe and art and music, in general, have become so cut and paste. I miss the way it was but at the same time, I wouldn't want my kids to grow up in the type of neighborhood I did.


Q:

Thank you so much for the compliments! I did ask my mom and sisters to take the genetic test but they didn't seem concerned. It scares me but I can only ask them so many times. The only thing I've noticed is i'm a lot more scared of random things. If I cough too much I start thinking like "is this lung cancer?". Or if my throat hurts "is this cancer too?".

A:

We have a few. If you don't mind, I would love to PM you the recipes when we are wrapping up the cookbook because they will be in a better format and for 4-6 people.


Q:

As a juvenile, I was in places that generally focused on rehabilitation and therapy. They all varied in how they did it, with some more physical and some more emotional, but they still focused on fixing issues and making you a better person.

I did get into trouble as an adult and was very let down that it was literally just a time out with no steps towards corrections, despite being a "correctional facility".

I feel like jails and prisons should focus much more on the individual inmates and work to recover them.

A:

Well, yes.....good spotting....it's an Adaption of an old cue....Jonny took it and played it with an orchestra - instead of his computer....we fleshed it out and made it sound spooky ....


Q:

Dude! Whats been your favorite gig and least favorite gig? Love your vids btw :)

A:

2 part question.

  1. I always wondered after you or other women lost a Bra and Panties match, and you walk past the curtains to backstage, did you and other women have robes waiting for you to put on back there? Or did you walk all the way to the women’s locker room in just your underwear?

  2. Would you ever do another Bra and Panties Match? For example, an Indy promotion wants to book you for a charity or fundraiser show, they want you in the main event versus another woman in a Bra and Panties Match, and they ask you to lose the match being stripped down to a bra and thong. Would you consider doing this match?


Q:

Harley,

Do you recall ever practicing with the band 108 with you playing drums? What do you remember about the experience?

A:

Congrats!

My question: have you seen Archer?


Q:

Is Gary with you right now?

A:

Do you have any power to also implicate the people that are responsible for "KARS 4 KIDS"? Specifically the people who created the advertising jingle.


Q:

What was it like making Junun? Did you like the digital filmmaking process and making a documentary for the first time?

A:

I played The Gorge in 2015 with Joey Hyde on a bill with Carrie Underwood. When I walked off stage, I had this overwhelming feeling that I didn't need my arms anymore - I had fulfilled my purpose in life.

I think I answered 'least favorite' somewhere else on this thread. I'll circle back if not. Duder.


Q: 1- Totally up to us and our planning. 2- No, No, and No! :)
A:

I have no recollection of practicing with them. I've heard about this before.


Q:

I have not seen it but I have heard good things!

A:

Hah! He is working in the house as am I :)


Q:

Working on going after them next.

A:

It was so much fun. I loved working with my little Blackmagic camera and filming people pay music...it was stress free and inspiring...more of a home movie than a documentary. I"m so happy you saw it - wish everyone would see it. I'm really proud of that film.


Q:

Dude! I’m an aspiring professional drummer (still in high school) and I’m looking to go to college in Nashville. What kind of gigs should I be expecting / on the lookout for? Thanks man! (P.S. Love your videos man, keep it up!)

A:

Alright- one more!!

Do you still have all your records and tshirts? Is there anything you wish you still had?


Q:

I have a lipoma in my chest and needed an ultra sound to get that confirmed. Unfortunately, my local hospital wouldn't do an ultrasound until I had a mammogram. I found the whole procedure to be very embarrassing and emasculating. How has dealing with breast cancer as a male affected you?

A:

Are you aware that edibles can trigger psychotic breaks even among people who have no issue smoking flower (tiny percentage but)? How do you plan to mitigate this? Quick google search results.

EDIT: I'm all for legalization but I had an experience where a gf ate half of pea-sized piece of cannabutter and was "attacked by wring wraiths" trying to suffocate her for 40 minutes afterwards. So I looked up and it turns out it's a thing.


Q:

Paul, I've always loved your story about leaving film school and the films you've made since then, so I have three tough questions for you:

  1. Was Phantom Thread primarily inspired by your marriage?

  2. Would you ever consider making a television series?

  3. What does a PTA story need to have?

A:

Nashville is a huge music city, m'dude. I've played everything here from big band read-it-down corporate gigs to Andy McKee style guitar smacking stuff to, of course, straight up Music Row Country. If I were in college here, I'd be looking to the desks to my left and right - no doubt you are surrounded by aspiring artists who need your drumming services. Do great one the first one, and the rest will come to you. I am not kidding.

I wish you the best in your dudely journeys!


Q:

I have a good amount of them. Of course, some things got stolen and lost along the way.

A:

I was very embarrassed. It was one of the reasons I waited so long to do anything about it. I felt like I had nobody to relate to almost if that makes sense. The people working at the breast center I went to for my mammogram and ultrasound seemed shocked I was there. It was definitely just a weird experience overall.


Q:

This is an excellent question! One that I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about.

The answer is three fold. 1st is that we know how much we are dosing people and we ask extensive questions to better understand our guests needs and tolerances to avoid the issue in the first place. If that doesn’t work as planned, At Herb Restaurant, we plan on having “Guides” (not servers) that are trained with detecting mannerisms of people that may be starting to feel uncomfortable. CBD will be given immediately. Then we plan on having a psychiatrist/yogi in the lounge where if someone is feeling overwhelmed, they are able to drink fresh juices, talk through their heightened state with the yogi and be calmed through CBD.

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1) Inspired by my marriage? Not really. But kind of sort of....we're not that weird.

2) Yes, television. sounds good. but....I like makin' movies more i think.

3) What does it need? hmmmmm. Characters. good venue. and some tasty tunes by Jonny G?


Q:

Dude. Big fan of yours, always look forward to watching your videos.

  1. Are there any other Youtube drummers that you enjoy watching?

  2. We know some of the drummers that have had an influence on you, are there any guitarists, bassist or other musicians that you look up to or are a big fan of?

  3. What music are you in to lately, got any recommendations?

  4. I want a cowbell dude. Which one should I get?

Thanks for taking the time to do this, good luck dude!

A:

What famous (even hardcore scene famous) surprised you the most when meeting them? For better or worse?


Q:

How does a mammogram work on a man? I was told that it flattens the breast tissue like a pancake. I’m genuinely confused at how that would even be possible to do on a man.

A:

Thanks for the reply. I wish you the best and I suppose it's not a huge issue given the number of outfits making/selling edibles but that was one night I wish I could forget. It wasn't simply a bum trip, she was hallucinating and inconsolable. And the dosage was minute.


Q:

we all know you love some goood screenplays--- who are some of your favorite AUTHORS (short stories, poetry, novels...)??

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Dude! Thank you so much for watching.

1.) I watch TONS of YouTube, but never drummers. It's mostly video game stuff. Some dude named Mark has been making these Zelda dungeon analyses called "Boss Key" and they're fuckin' sweet. OH! I KNOW! Game Chaps. Watch Game Chaps play the top 10 hardest Mario Maker levels. Hilarious voice overs.

2.) The Lonely Island (I think their understanding of structure is genius). The guys in NOFX (check out "The Decline"). Andy McKee ("Joyland" and "Art of Motion" are great records). All three of these guys influence my attitude on the drums hugely.

3.) Check out ShadowBoxers. Their drummer Cole McSween is a fuckin' boss. Justin Timberlake has taken them under his wing. I hope they are the world's next huge band. Their live show is the second coming of the lord.

4.) I like Pearl's 'El Negro' cowbells because you can REMOVE THEM FROM THEIR HARDWARE MID ROCKING, which I do every night during the drum solo to great effect, great effect.


Q:

The nicest "most" famous person I ever met was David Bowie. I hung out with him for a day and we stayed in touch for years after. He used to call my grandmother's house and talk to her when I wasn't around and gave us a shoutout on MTV after an interview he did. He said "I'd like to say hi to Harley Flanagan and his grandmum." He was a really nice guy, a class act. I'm glad I got to meet him.

 

But of course, I'm very fortunate that I got to spend as much time with Lemmy as I did. He is one of the people I really looked up to.

A:

Being fat it made it easier to flatten it. I have no clue how they would do it to a man that had a flat chest.


Q:

I mean the reality is, it happens. And we have to prepare.
However I can almost certainly tell you the tiny bite she ate may have been minute, but the dosage was probably astronomical. That’s why it’s so important to regulate the industry and have some consistent products.

A:

Chester Himes! Thomas Pynchon (obviosuly) john o'hara..John Steinbeck...George Orwell....Shirley Jackson! Caroline Blackwood


Q:

Yo! I may not be the Dude himself, but I happen to be a fellow Harry fan who plays the drums and just so happens to cohabitate with an animal behaviorist and have a quite neurotic pup myself.

The best advice I can offer, if you're not going to go the muted or silent route, is:

-Let your pups outside while you're practicing if you can. Seems like a no brainer, but prolonged exposure to loud noises like that will probably just make them anxious.

-If they have to be inside while you're playing, try to help them form a positive association with your joyful racket by giving them a special treat before you start. For example, you could maybe give them some rawhide to nom on while you're playing, which will make them happy and distract while you're bringing the percussive destruction.

A:

What’s your history with The Misfits? And it would be killer to see your band and Doyle’s band go on tour together


Q:

First off, I love your shower curtain! Second, how are you coping with your body change? I know when women have a mastectomy they tend to have a hard time dealing with their breast(s) being removed. As a male do you think it affects you the same way? Are you considering doing anything to the site when this is all over like a tattoo or anything?

A:

A psychiatrist might be a bit expensive ...


Q:

Hello Paul! So excited to read your responses to these great questions.

1) What do you think the filmmaking industry will look like in 50 years? Do you care?

2) What's your favorite film from the silent era?

A:

This is my favorite answer of the entire Harry Miree AMA. It feels poetic and fitting that it was written by someone other than Harry Miree.


Q:

I've been friends with them since I was a little kid, I love all those guys and I'm very happy that they're doing their reunion. I think it was long overdue and I wish the Cro Mags could take a page out of their book. Even when those guys were feuding, I always kept out of it, I never took sides because I figured it was for them to work out and I'm very glad they did.

 

I would love to tour with Doyle, who knows what will happen in the future, anything is possible!

A:

At first it was shocking to take my shirt off. I didn't really like seeing it. Now it's just kind of there and I think I want to get a tattoo to cover some or all of it up.


Q:

Probably less expensive than calling 911 like some suggest.

But seriously, it’s just a measure to make sure people are comfortable.

A:

Lemme get my crystal ball........

it says, we'll all be watching movies in Movie Theaters...on film....weird.

2) Sunrise!


Q:

I have some questions. I hope you can dude your best to answer them.

  1. What got you into drums?

  2. What’s your #1 favorite song?

  3. Why did you switch to Meinl?

  4. You a fan of Stewart Copeland? and Chad Smith?

  5. What is it about Evans drum heads that you like?

Thanks dude

A:

Why don't you mention in your book that you got a swastika tattoo?


Q:

Congrats on fighting it. So we have this false perception that as men we can’t get breast cancer. Did it sink in right away or did you kinda tell the doctor; but I’m a man this can’t be.?

A:

Are you worried at all about Jeff Sessions and the reversal of the Cole Memorandum? If not, do you think that this decision has the potential to get the ball rolling on Nationwide decriminalization/legalization?


Q:

Hi Paul. You've worked with a lot of the same people since your early 20s (Bridges, Elswit, Tichenor, Sellar etc). Did you pick these people very carefully out of admiration for their work, or was it more coincidental? Especially with Elswit - did you immediately know this was your guy?

A:

If you don't mind digging around, all but the Meinl question have been answered, so I'll hit you right now with that. And I appreciate you asking in a similar way to the 'famous people' question above.

This is the true and complete story of why I play Meinl cymbals.


Q:

There's a lot of things I don't mention in my book. I could write a whole 'nother book on what I didn't talk about in this one. It wasn't a political statement.

A:

At first I kind of shut down. Everyone was telling me it was most likely a cyst or some other benign lump. I guess with so much assurance that it wasn't cancer I got my hopes up too high and it just crushed me to hear it. After a while though it got to the point where I just blame it on shit luck for it to happen.


Q:

I am not that worried as my lawyers have really set up my business structure in the best way possible for this sort of outcome. I think that it could urge congress to make decisions quicker which could be a huge success for us all. However in the meantime, he is scaring the shit out of small businesses and forcing many of them to operate even further in the gray zone or perhaps illegally. The bigger companies in the industry can afford to hold out, the smaller companies cannot.

Here is what my law team from Frontera said:

The Cole Memo was a memo that set forth the enforcement priorities of the Federal Government relative to cannabis.  In layman's terms, it basically said, if you complied with state law and didn't run a cartel, organized crime ring, traffic cannabis interstate or out of the country or otherwise be a bad actor, you were not the Federal government's enforcement priority.  Instead the Federal government's priority was going after these bad actors.  Sessions decision to overrule the Cole Memo means that there is no enumerated Federal enforcement priority (i.e., the Federal government should treat any CSA-violation by any cannabis operators like any other Federal crimes).  Meaning, there is no have a preference as to who to prosecute, so the DEA could conceivably go after anyone that violates the CSA (i.e., all cannabis operators).

At least until the new budget goes into effect (perhaps later this month), the Rohrbacher Blumenauer budget amendment still provides cover.  The Rohrbacher Blumenauer budget amendment provides that the Federal government is defunded from spending money prosecuting state- compliant medical cannabis operators.  Case law interpreting this provision says that the Federal government can spend money prosecuting a case against operator, but, if the operator can show state-level medical cannabis law compliance, the case is dropped.  It is unclear if this will be renewed in the next budget.

Whether Sessions intends to go after California operators is unclear.  It does seem that this move was intended to be directed as a shot at California, given that he changed a 5 year enforcement policy 3 days after California's new program went live.  Practically, it doesn't seem to be a good use of Federal resources given the U.S.-wide perceived popularity of cannabis (pursuant to polls).  Additionally, this does not seem to be a move that would be supported by Trump's base (which likely would prefer the fund to go towards say, the wall/immigration issues).

This might be a big deal, and could signal a line of high profile cases brought by Sessions and the DEA (if Rohrbacher Blumenauer is not extended).  I would imagine they would target big operators (like Harborside) to make a splash in the news cycle and to scare and deter smaller operators.  But, you never know with this administration.  On the other hand, it very well could be not a big deal at all.  The backlash from politicians in the 29+ green states will push this issue into the national spotlight, in a way that the Trump administration might not want. Only time will tell here. 

A:

Elswit was the only one who had a resume. The rest of us all found each other and started getting to work - big dreams and all...

Elswit was nice enough to work with me and teach me everything. He was and is my hero.


Q:

Hey dude.

Serious question here....best expansion for Catan?

Much appreciated.

Sincerely,

Aaron Mattson, a musican in nashville who spends too much time playing board games when I should be gigging or something.

A:

Would also like to know if you have the copyright for the Cro Mags name, why can't you take JJ or Mackie to court for performance / merchandise royalties?


Q:

Here's hoping it's all good news from here. I didn't have any questions at first but then I scrolled through your pictures and HOLY FUCK that scar is a lot bigger than I expected. How has it healed? How do you feel about it these days?

A:

How to I integrate cannabis into my menus so that I can accurately judge the amount of cannabis I am serving?

How can the home cook use cannabis flower?

How do you reduce or eliminate that distinct cannabis funky flavor found in many edibles?

How can I use flower in my BBQ rubs or spice blends?


Q:

Have you ever had a milkshake with Daniel Day-Lewis? If so, did he try to drink yours?

A:

Dude. Catan is SO popular on tour here. You're in the right place! For years, I had a monthly Catan in my drum room. The standard expansion gives you a maximum of 6 players, and I think that's the best bang for your buck if we're just talking Catan.

Consider this alternative: Play "Coup" as a dessert to Catan. It's simple (15 cards total; that's the whole game), fast, and deeply psychologically with the right crowd.

I've also been playing Seasons and 7 Wonders, which are interesting variations on the Catan 'resource management' style of game.

Thank the dear lord I have a guru who recommends great board games to me.

edit: spelling of "dessert" d'oh


Q:

It's all a little too complicated to get into the details in this forum but things are happening as we speak.

A:

It definitely was bigger than I expected as well. I am pretty much okay with it. I finally have a flat chest kind of now I just have to get the other half to flatten! It is weird though that sometimes I will think "damn my nipple itches" but it's not there so there's nothing to scratch!


Q:

It all starts with what you are using to infuse the menu. What I recommend doing is (if you live in a medicinal or rec state) going to your local dispensary and picking up extract that you love and asking for the lab testing with it. That way you understand how much THC is in it. From there you can extrapolate how much THC is being used based on the volume/weight of ingredients you are putting into the recipe and devising it by servings. That is not exactly how we do it, but this is sufficient for home use.

The home cook can use flower in a few ways: you can extract it in a fat, you can extract in ethanol, you can vaporize it (or smoke it but smoking defeats the purpose of tasting your food), you can pulverize it into a dust and use it as a flour (mixed with AP flour), you can rub it on your body while wearing lingerie, you can finish a BBQ dish off by using the flower to smoke the dish, and more. Although I’d be weary using top shelf nug for these types of applications.

The first thing I would do if I were you to get rid of the taste is lower the dosage. Most people don’t need 500mg THC in the brownie pan. It is overpowering and really doesn’t taste good. Second is to use a highly concentrated form of THC, if you are using a super concentrated extraction, you’ll only have to put in a few drops for the whole pan. Third is to balance the flavor so it doesn’t come through. Here are some things that balance it: Tomatoes and tomato sauces due to their high acidity and sweetness, Cacao, high acidity fruits.

I wouldn’t recommend using the flower so much. Because you really aren’t going to get the most out of the bud by using it in this type of application. However I’ll tell you a little secret. Use the fan leaves from your plant. Each strain has a distinctive fan leaf flavor and when you dehydrate it and grind it, it can be used as an excellent spice.

A:

He'd drink mine for sure.


Q:

Dude! willy here, not sure if you remember me but you wrote a bitchin ps with the copypasta and promised me some dudesticks (i replied with my address)

i suck major buns at school and really really really do not like school at all, can’t really focus. i’m currently a sophomore and it’s coming time for me to start thinking about college, at least for my parents. i don’t wanna go to college, i just wanna get out there and gig and session and jam and all that funky stuff. what would you suggest? i can play all the instruments normally used in bands so i can produce my own stuff but should i suck it up and go to music school?

A:

hi harley,

if you could choose any singer, guitarist and drummer, past or present, to be in your band, who would they be?

of course, you on bass..... marco


Q:

I feel like I wanna hug you right now. Good for you for getting over that. I am sure It has been a very difficult thing to go through. My question is: how did all this change the way you see life, the things we were previously complaining about and your relationship with people?

A:

Are you using your celebrity in this field as a platform for those currently in prison for using the same plant? Have you considered ways you could positively influence that population?


Q:

Hi, have you ever been to Ireland, did Daniel invite you when you were working on Phantom Thread?

A:

Greetings Willy the Dude. I relate to not liking school man. I get this question at every clinic I do with young people. Sometimes parents are present, and I have to say it anyway:

Your life is not up to them. It's up to you. If they are currently CEO'ing your life and it's time to fire them, fire them. You are the board.

To some, the less exciting side of that coin is that if you run your life into the ground, it's all on you, right? That's the side of the coin I find more exciting. When I fired my parents, my primal instincts to not starve kicked in to a degree I didn't know I had in me. It's complicated because in a loving relationship, everybody wants what's best for you, but I trust you with your life more than I trust anybody else in the world.

Happy rocking.


Q:

That's a hard one because a lot of the musicians I love are bassists and there are so many great musicians out there. If I had my way, it would be the Age of Quarrel lineup one last time.

A:

Honestly, I think it made me appreciate everything more. I spend more time with my family now instead of just staying home all the time. I feel like the relationship with people around me got awkward for a bit. Seeing people now, they avoid the topic of cancer altogether now. If I talk about how treatments were going I felt like the mood in the room just changed dramatically.


Q:

Absolutely, I answered in an earlier question but that is part of the reason for de-stigmatizing. I have worked with and greatly admire this lady by the name of Cat Packer. She is head of the Minority alliance in this industry and I’ve had her on my show, as well as supported her through meetings and what the whole initiative stands for.

I am not oblivious to the disparity and unfairness of those incarcerated for enjoying the plant.

A:

Great question! We wrote a lot of it in Ireland as a matter of fact! Just the two of us sitting at the Kitchen Table. Long walks and naps and lots of daydreaming. A great memory to have with me when I think of making this film.


Q:

-2 more questions

who’s your main in smash/mario kart

if you could only listen to one band for the rest of your life, excluding DMB, who?

A:

What's the deal with Rick ta Life? I only recently found out he's really despised in hardcore scene. I loved the music but never got into the inner politics. Any insight on why?


Q:

Your answer made me smile. I lost my dad to cancer and it really change the way I see my life (for example I never complained again about a silly boy problem or I did not pay attention to things that were not so important) and the people around me. I wish to nobody to go through what you went through, but it makes me smile seeing them getting something positive out of it. It shows a very strong person to be able to see something positive out of something so sad. I wish you the best! My love from Greece x

A:

Do you have any tips for someone that's willing to uproot their lives and move cross country to get into the cannabis industry?


Q:

What are some 2017 movies that stood out to you?

A:

Smash: Link main

Kart: Koopa Troopa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Q:

I don't know anything about the scenes, drama and soap operas. As far as I know, they all used to be friends with him and now they're not. I can't say why. I don't give a fuck about scenes or the dramas that play out on them. I'm an adult and shit like that doesn't mean anything to me.

A:

I am so sorry for your loss. Wishing you the best as well!


Q:

Make sure you are financially stable to make such a decision. Make sure it aligns with your heart and what your truest passions are in life. Then go for it. Stay fluid and realize that your path may change directions, but your overall goal is what is guiding you.

A:

Call Me By Your Name. City Of Ghosts. Wonder Woman. The Post. Lost City of Z. Star Wars. Baby Driver. I'm missing some and haven't seen a lot....I"m still catching up....


Q:

Dude! First off, I love the channel. I’ve learnt so much over the past year of watching!

My question to you is:

I’m a left handed drummer about to foray into the world of touring and open mic nights. Am I destined to fail unless I switch over?

A:

What’s it like rolling with Renzinio?


Q:

Did you ever face difficulties just because of the simple fact you're a male with breast cancer? I figure a lot of people don't even know men can get breast cancer.

A:

How did you get this idea ?


Q:

Hi Paul! Do you have a go-to "comfort" movie?

A:

In my experience touring, you are best served to hone your kit the way it feels best before it leaves town, memory lock it, and really lean into the homework you did. Translation: tour lefty.

As for the open-mics: everyone will hate you if you move anything. Source: everybody hated me at open mics from 2008-2011


Q:

Henzo makes you feel like you know nothing and blesses you with knowledge. He is one of a kind.

A:

A lot of people thought I was lying when I told them. They would tell me that they always thought only women could get it.


Q:

Cooking has always been a passion, but when I started to think about how to de-stigmatize this plant so people all over the world would be able to have access to its benefits, the people incarcerated could get out, and we could start using industrial hemp to spare earths resources. Food was the easiest way to break the stigma since all that was out at the time was brownies and rice crispies.

Its hard to complain or fight when you are served delicious food and drink and its even harder to carry a stigma about a plant in a dish with other plants. That at least was my original thoughts about it.

A:

The Birdcage! or anything by Steven Spielberg.


Q:

What would you say has been more lethal to your health; drugs or crazy women?

A:

hey man! best wishes and all the best for your recovery..

are you totally done with it? or are there further steps still needed?

how have people been towards you while you had the cancer? any specific incident you remember for it being way too nice or bad?

all the best again!


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Did Daniel Plainview ever truly love H.W or was it always just a facade?


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Nothing has been lethal since I am still alive and kicking lol. Whatever mistakes I made in the past; however bad they were, somehow got me where I am now, which is a great place.

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Thank you! I go back to the oncologist this Monday. I don't know if anything else is going to be done or if it's over yet. Family and friends say "I love you" a lot now I've noticed. Also, people tend to try to avoid saying anything about it or talk about it at all. I think it makes them either uncomfortable or they don't want to make me uncomfortable.

I remember after my first dose of chemo I had to get a shot called Neulasta to increase my white blood cell count. I completely forgot to take medicine like they told me too because the shot causes bone pain. I woke up at 2 in the morning I couldn't move my head was killing me and my lower back felt like someone was stabbing me over and over. It would come in waves and it lasted about 3 or 4 hours. My husband got me my medicine and it thankfully dulled down. I never forgot my medicine again after that!


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I was on Bong Apatite the first season episode 3. I like to get inspiration from nature and other great chefs.

I don’t currently grow my own but I have for years.

I prefer organic soil because it gives the plant such a great diversity in CBD and Terpenes. The bacteria in the soil really help to provide a distinct energy for a healthy plant. I’ve asked many high profile growers and most of them prefer soil as well.

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For sure he loved him. for sure, for sure. don't you think? He just didn't know what to do when HW grew into his own man....


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Yo wat up Harley! Would you consider taking bitcoin for your merch, records, gaurentee, etc...? It's the way of the future and I think it could really help the hxc punk community progress!

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We're the same age! How did this change your life? Did you make any major changes in your life when you got diagnosed?


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What college were you in?

Banana slugs in the building

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Who is the Master? Is it Freddie or Lancaster?


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I'll take bitcoin when I start taking cans and bottles as well lol.

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I don't stay inside as often as I used to. I used to just stay home and play video games or watch TV or something like that. Now i'm going to see family and friends and going outside to actually exercise which is something I never would have done before. I don't want to die early so I'm really trying to improve my health


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STEVENSONNNNNN HOUSE 6 represent

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Peggy!


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One of my favorite Cro-Mags songs is "Eyes of Tomorrow," which features a distinct hip-hop influence. What rappers have influenced you creatively?

A:

Just saying congrats, treatment sucks. What is your favorite colored stapler?


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If Von Miller called you the GOAT, you're okay in my book.

Would you mind explaining the context behind this? Did you meet up with him or cook for him or something? I'm a huge Von Miller / Broncos fan so I'm just curious how this went down.

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Exactly how close did you get to filming Freddie decapitating Master?


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Melle Mel is one of, if not the, greatest rapper of all time and a personal friend of mine. I like a lot of rappers but just like any musical genre, I think there's a lot more garbage than there is quality or originality.

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Thank you it means a lot! Blue.


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I have not cooked with cannabis for him. Just regular non-infused Foods. But we became acquaintances after that and text every once in a blue moon. Solid dude with good taste

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Deep Cut Question! I forgot about that.

We didn't get very close at all. Ditched that idea in pre production.


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Any chance of Crush The Demoniac making it into the setlist for the next tour?

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How do you feel about missing a nipple now?

And I hope this doesn't sound insensitive but do you know if having gynecomastia was a factor in this or no?


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What is your favorite DDL performance? (other than TWBB and Phantom Thread)

A:

It's always possible.


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The doctor never said gynecomastia was a factor in it. I think the biggest factor was probably my weight. It is weird because sometimes I'll feel like I need to itch that nipple but it's gone so I can't do anything about it lol.

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Bill The Butcher!


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When did all the Oi bands records start to become available in NY/US. Its interesting that NY bands didnt start to label themselves "Oi" until late 80s?

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Radiation oncologist resident here... don't you need adjuvant radiation? I'm from Canada, but typically it would happen before adjuvant chemo.,, just wondering if your doc ever mentioned radiation as an option and if so, why it wasn't done?

Edit: AFTER adjuvant chemo


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Hey Paul, Phantom Thread was a Beautiful film. I was lucky enough to see a 70mm screening of it.

1) why did you choose to shoot in 35mm and then blow it up to 70mm?

2) Jonny Greenwood's score gorgeous, maybe his best yet. I noticed that there are 1-2 pieces of non-original music that you used in the film: some oscar peterson and debussy’s string quartet. Those pieces blended in really well, to the point where if i didn’t know jazz and classical i wouldnt have noticed that they weren’t Jonny’s music. Was this intentional? did you pick the Debussy quartet? i was really excited to hear it pop up!

3) I love those “Thom, Jonny and a Cr78” videos that you made with radiohead. What was their reason for making those? What was the process like? How much work did thom and jonny do to prepare those new musical arrangements?

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I was getting my hands on all that stuff as it was coming out, places like Bleecker Bob's and a couple other stores used to get their hands on a lot of that stuff.


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I finished my last dose of chemo on 1/11 and I go back to the doctor this Monday. Last time I saw the doctor he said we would discuss our next plan after all the chemotherapy was done. It's kind of a mystery right now for me.

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1) We didn't want to shoot 70 in the first place - not the right feel for this one. Blowing up to 70 gives you a really nice grain structure and a sturdy print - and there are lots of great places to play those prints now thanks to the master, hateful 8, dunkirk - it's the new 35! 2) thanks for that compliment.....yes, it's nice that they sit side by side together well - that was the idea - but also to have a little break here and there from jonny's score was good too - i picked debussy...it's a good one 3) those are my favs! great memory of filming in my backyard when they came through town on tour - just a couple cameras, a couple takes as the sun went down - the real reason was for posterity - and fun - maybe we should do some more....


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Where was it exactly? I asked my doctor about it and he just said that having small breast tissue right under my nipple is normal.

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Have you reconciled with David Fincher and Kevin Smith?


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It was directly under my nipple and areola. Also, it was hard to the touch.

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We're all good.


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First of all congrats, secondly I don't mean to be a jerk, but I'm legitimately curious if you were overweight when you found the lump? I know that excess fat causes an increase in estrogen and estrogen can cause you to develop breast tissue so basically I'm curious if any of that might have been a factor. Again, congrats on finishing up chemo and I hope it's only good things from here.

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If you could raise one actor from the dead to work with, who would it be?


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Thanks! Yea I was overweight when I found it. I read online that weight does play a factor into it but my doctor never told me it was a factor for mine. He did recommend I lose weight and I definitely am trying harder now than I ever have!

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Oh ! Oh ! Humphrey. Cary Grant. Ida Lupino. Joan Fontaine. Charles Laughton. Myrna Loy. Carole Lombard. James Mason!!!!!!! We don't have enough time to play this game. Jason Robards!


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Thank you for being so open and I hope you get amazing news on Monday.

I have a friend that was recently diagnosed with cancer and would like to offer as much support as I can without being overbearing, intrusive, or inadvertently offensive. From the biopsy procedure to the last round of chemo, is there anything your friends or family did that was especially helpful or touching? On the other hand, was there any point where you really wish you had someone to talk to, a sudoku puzzle, etc.?

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Any advice for the lazy aspiring writer?


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My family made it clear they would support me no matter what. I think the biggest thing was when I wasn't feeling like eating from nausea my mom would make me some of my favorite food that she makes and bring it to me. It really made my day and it made eating easier.

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keep sleeping.....then get off the couch.


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Hi Paul!

You wrote a draft for a RDJ-led Pinocchio movie. Have you written or doctored any other scripts in between your directorial projects?

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We talked about doing it - and still might - it's a great idea but very hard to get right. I'm an RDJ fanatic. Here's hoping.... I don't have much that I haven't filmed already....one or two things....(that should probably stay hidden in a drawer...)


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Thoughts on "Lady Bird"? Maybe cast Greta Gerwig in your next film?

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I haven't seen it yet - but it's next in the que. Greta I love! Greta Greta ! she's amazing.


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Hey Paul, You're a huge music fan and it shows through your films, so I'm curious what the record was that meant the most to you in your teenage years?

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I loved listening to John Williams music as a teenager. (nerd) I loved Oingo Boingo, X, The Specials, The Motels -- all the great new wave stuff here on KROQ in Los Angeles.


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Hi Paul, proud three time owner of TWBB here.

Early last year I spoke to a crew member on the set of Phantom Thread and essentially begged them for a job as a runner.

It didn't lead to anything unfortunately, but it did motivate me to go and make my own short film that I'm now about to put out into the world.

My question is, when you were first starting out how did you go about breaking into an industry that is seemingly closed off to outsiders? Is there a way you think would still work in today's age for getting noticed? (One better than walking onto one of your sets).

Stoked to see PT!

  • Jonathan
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It seems to be that the most sought after position in Hollywood with the least amount of competition is...writing....writing is the best job if you can get it....people are hungry for scripts...keep writing. Writing, writing, writing....


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hello paul! huge fan. who is your fav female director?

A:

Kasi Lemmons! Kathryn Bigelow.


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Hi, Paul! I wanted to ask you about romantic love in films. How do you show relationships in movies and people falling in love without going into cliched elements like montages? How do you portray love and how is it influenced by other artists?

Thanks in advance, I'm looking forward to seeing Phantom Thread when it premieres in Colombia.

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I think Hitchcock had a good idea - he said shoot Love scenes like Murder Scenes and Murder Scenes like Love Scenes..maybe he felt that falling love was scary as shit.....? I think we've all felt that way sometime...


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Do you ever watch your old movies if they come on TV?

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usually for a split second ...and then....switch....


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Hi Mr. Anderson! I’m the manager of a non-profit art house theatre in Princeton and we would love to have you visit us during a screening of Phantom Thread (or any film you’d like!) if you’re ever in the area.

Additionally, what has been your favorite movie-going experience in a cinema?

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Don't get out too much but thanks for the offer.
My fav movie going experience? ARGH. Um......... Raiders of the Lost Arc at the La Reina Theater. 1980. Friday Afternoon. Opening Day.


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I love you Paul. Have you ever heard about Lisbon & Sintra Film Festival in Portugal? Would you consider visiting Portugal in the near future?

A:

I love Portugal was there a few years ago.
was in Porto many years ago and loved it. ever heard of the festival - but it sounds nice - i'll bring my bathing suit.


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Where can you get the best sandwich in LA?

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Wallys!


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Paul!

Huge huge fan. Thank you for doing this. Saw Phantom Thread last night, listening to the soundtrack as I type this (holy shit Jonny), astounding stuff. I have a few questions:

1) How much of yourself do you see in Reynolds Woodcock? I was troubled by how much I identified with him by the end of the film.

2) Are you currently working on (or are there any plans to begin work on) any new editions with The Criterion Collection? I want to buy them all.

3) We're you at LAX the week of May 22nd of last year wearing a SF Giants cap? If so I'm sorry for staring, I wanted to come say hello but I could've sworn you were a Dodgers/Angels fan.

Thanks again for doing this, and for all of your work.

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1) I see lots and a not much. I'm not as fussy but I do like to be in charge 2) No Criterion plans. would be nice to do another one... 3) I wouldn't be caught dead in a SF Giants hat. I bleed blue.


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What's your favorite Altman film???

A:

Nashville!


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I have always enjoyed the "Transportation" Documentary you made on the set of Sworn To Vengeance as a PA. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuyEi7cBbMc

Who was behind the camera doing all of the filming? A number of internet sleuths think it is John C. Reilly, but I didn't see him listed on the credits. Also, are there experiences and lessons you remember from being a PA and working on sets that impact how you make films today?

Phantom Thread comes out in my town this week, and I can't wait to see it. I'm a huge fan of your films, thanks for all the years of great movies.

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A HA AHA AH! Yes, that was filmed by a guy named Devon who worked on the crew with me....I hadn't met John C Reilly at that point....


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Why don't you participate more in the blu-ray releases for your film? Why is Boogie Nights the only movie you ever did a commentary for?

A:

I'm lazy and the sound of my own voice makes me ill....

But I recorded a 5 minute commentary for the Phantom Thread disc!


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What is your favorite cinema and why is it the Castro Theater in SF? (Norcal represent!)

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I"m kinda partial to the Aero. So Cal represent. Against all my better judgement I like the Castro....because I love San Francisco..but hate the Giants. I"m sorry, but that's just the way it is....