Jan 31st 2018 by TNA244 • 18 Questions • 23 Points
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For years, my family have been torn apart by the repercussions of domestic violence. For the past few months, I've been struggling to accept the reality of our situation. It's 11 years on, and I often feel like a failure because I still feel no closure after everything that has happened.When I was at school, teachers that were aware of what was going on would tell me that one day I would end up writing a book or doing something positive with my own experience. As the years have progressed, this has become harder and harder to motivate myself towards. I have had numerous conversations with social work regarding my concerns, written a lot of letters and even started a petition at one point. Each time, I have been pushed back or made to feel like a crazy and traumatised child. I am an adult now, but after being silenced and ignored so many times, it has become harder and harder to fight back and I have questioned my own sanity over the years.
1,031,120 - is the number of domestic violence incidents reported in England and Wales during 2016. Just ONE year. I’m always uncomfortable sharing personal things, but when there’s a chance to make a difference and bring about change by telling a story I think that’s more important than my own fears. Some of you might remember a petition I created years ago, I must have only been about 14/15 at the time. My brother, sister and I were placed into the care of my grandmother after living in a home of domestic violence for several years. I started a petition because social work wanted to send my brother and sister back to live with my mother and her partner as they said they had no evidence the violence was still ongoing. The reason they had no evidence it was still ongoing is because my mum was under his control and would cover up what was really happening and I had hoped they would listen to my concerns and acknowledge the risk in sending my extremely young brother and sister back to live in this home. I was thrilled when my petition gained 1495 signatures and a lot of support from the public and messages from people opening up to me with similar experiences.
Sadly, social work ignored my petition and I was told that I could be in trouble with the police for my petition if I didn’t take it down and shortly afterwards social work went through with their decision to send them back to live with my mother and my violent step-dad. As a young teenager it took a lot of courage to speak out and I think having my concerns ignored by professionals for years and years has made me more fearful of speaking out as an adult and eventually I lost faith in social work’s ability to protect children.
Sadly, earlier on this year it was revealed that the violence has in fact continued on for years. However, my mum finally made the choice to leave my step-dad and charge him for everything he has done. The police have had the polar opposite approach of social work. Now there is a chance he may go to prison for the things he has done.I think it speaks volumes about the system that the police can hear about the horrible things this man has done and think there is a chance he could be locked up because he is a dangerous man whereas the social work department seen a suitable home for children.
Their decision to send them back allowed this violence to continue on in the presence of my younger brother and sister for years. It’s time the social work department stop playing happy families and putting their targets/budget before the well-being of the children they are supposed to protect.The whole system is a disgrace and it has taken a lot of courage to share this story but I hope if enough people speak out then it will bring about change and encourage people who have been in similar circumstances to speak out and get angry until it can’t be ignored. If you see/hear something that makes you worry about somebody’s wellbeing then don’t ignore it - report it to somebody.
Things can’t go on like this.I am hoping by starting this blog and sharing my own concerns and experiences over the years, I may not only raise awareness and help someone else but may find some closure through writing about it.
EDIT: Grabbing a cup of tea and then I'll work through all the questions and make sure I answer everything. I'm not feeling well so will be spending the night in bed with my laptop so keep the questions coming, I'll be here all night to get through them. :)
EDIT 2: I am so overwhelmed by this response, I was not expecting this kind of feedback and all of you have made my evening and made me feel even more confident that I'm doing the right thing by starting this website. Like I mentioned in a lot of my comments, I am very new to all this and still getting used to things but I hope you'll all keep up to date with my posts and remember, if there is anything you would like to share then you can get in touch. Also, if anybody has any tips for building up a regular readership, that would be great.
I am in my late 40's and currently living abroad. I would like to return to the US and find a meaningful position for the last half of my career. My employment history is all over the place my experience is in no one sector of the workforce eg military, graphic designer, real estate marketing, product training, ESL educator, photographer, and road construction. How can I make myself more appealing to recruiters and hiring managers?
Are you happy? Looking back would you do anything different?
Can you name some organizations that condemn your work? Why?
What do you do in order to stop the fainting? Just sit down and take a minute?
Hi, pal!! Do you have any pets? And if so, what are their names?
I'd love to learn how to program, especially graphical programming like OpenGL and DirectX or equivalents, and after talking to some family friends who do it for a living, apparently I have the right coding philosophy for getting the job done well, but I just have no idea where to start. I have extremely basic Java and C++ skills, and can do small script prototypes in Python. Where would you recommend I start developing my skills and what are some good projects to start with that teach you a lot?
Thank you for your response, it definitely gave me a better understanding of her perspective
It would depend on what kind of position you are wanting. If you are fine with something more entry level, in the under 35k range you shouldn't have too many problems. Also, what kind of industry you want to get a job in. I would always say less is more on the resume. Focus on longevity if you have some, be able to explain your work history and why you left jobs, try to relate experience from each job to the one you are applying for. I can help more if you give some specifics.
I am definitely happy. I know it sounds contrived or easy, but I wouldnt change a thing
I am told by different signals from Adele to stand still, sit down or lay down depending on the severity of the alert. I am only allowed to move when she tells me I am safe to do so. Adele is my Boss.
haha Canadians have a tendency to steal American holidays and make them before the American holidays. It's very a very cunning form of fest that only Canadians can pull off.
I HAVE A GARY ITS NAME IS GARY
WAIT HONESTLY I PROBABLY SHOULD NOT SAY THAT CAN YOU DELETE
DOES THAT DELETE
IS IT DELETED
I HAD A FISH BUT HE DIED
YEAH I THINK THATS WAY BETTER
I think it depends on what you're really going for. I think I'd probably recommend strengthening your Java/C++ skills a little bit for OpenGL/DirectX usage since that can get really complex and upsetting really quickly in my experience. The one that everyone recommends is Tic-Tac-Toe in text in a terminal, but if you're looking for a more graphical task then try making Pong in OpenGL or something like that. From there you can modify it slightly, make powerups, random events, choose a different scoring mechanism(score based on how much you move your paddle?), etc. The program is yours!
Hope I could help!
That's the hardest thing about it. Don't blame yourself for seeing the signs. I lived with it for 3 years, would visit my grandmother every single weekend and she has always been the closest person to me, even before she took me in but she even had no idea. The control aspect makes it so hard to spot, it's literally like brainwashing. I even wrote a letter to social workers telling them my step dad was like a dad to me and proclaimed how much I loved him. I had been forced to do it obviously, but that's what makes it so hard to spot. I wrote an article on the warning signs etc. You might find it a helpful read, but don't beat yourself up. I'm so sorry to hear the story but you should be so thankful that your sister is out, there are a lot of people that never escape. Have a read here. https://writeforadifference.com/2018/01/02/why-you-may-be-in-an-abusive-relationship-without-knowing/
Would it be possible to publicly share a hypothetical response to a secret government warrant? Like a made-up user with made-up searches and show us exactly what would be handed over to the government? I remember Open Whisper Systems did that for a Signal user and it was really cool to see.
Adele is my Boss.
We're still talking about the dog, right? :)
What do you think of wolves?
I don’t really have a question, just wanted to say that it is awesome you are so focused and driven at that age! Hope you are successful.
Mmh, I guess I will ask- when do you find the time to dedicate to this with school and any suggestions on getting kids into coding?
Edit: spelling ugh
How many people’s stories do you get that involve alcoholism? My dad is currently in a turbulent relationship where my mom drinks like a fish and abuses him. Edit: I forgot to mention I love and respect what you are doing. Edit 2: Oh man, this blew up. I didn’t expect a comment like this to blow up. Thank you to u/writeforadifference1 for the answer.
We really have nothing to hand over to the government since, unlike say messaging or email, we don't need to collect or share any personal information at all. That's one great thing about web search, that all searches can be independent and so you don't need to save anything about the person searching after the search.
Yes, Adele is my Boss. She is wise when it comes to saving my life and I always do as she instructs.
Of all time, Richard Pryor. At this moment, Brian Regan.
GOD WOLVES MAKE ME SO MAD
THEY ARE SO POWERFUL AND STRONG AND THEY MAKE ME QUESTION THE HIERARCHY OF OUR NATURAL CYCLE
UGH I GET SO FRUSTRATED THINKING ABOUT HOW THEIR POPULATIONS ARE DWINDLING
OR HOW DESPITE NEAR EXTINCTION IN CERTAIN AREAS THEY CONTINUE TO REGAIN THEIR STRENGTH
Thank you!! :)
Basically any time I have when I'm not in school I put towards either playing a game or working on a game. I should really be putting more effort towards my schoolwork which has fallen by the way-side especially in the months leading up to the release of Mass O' Kyzt, but now that it's done I think I can spend a little more time and energy on schoolwork.
As for getting kids into coding, I think that the kids have to have a significant appreciation for computer first. I think that once they realize just how powerful, fast and versatile a computer is and once they realize that coding is literally the means by which they can manipulate humanity's greatest accomplishment, they'll want to learn about coding. I think the best learning experience is when a kid would take a template of a program, maybe they'd copy it out or something, and then they can add bits to it to make the program slightly different but ever so slightly personalized.
I don't really have much experience with that stuff so maybe I'm just talking nonsense but I hope that gave you something to think about?
I’m so sorry to hear that. That’s actually one of the things I’m in the process of writing about and researching at the moment is domestic violence with female perpetrators, because I think a lot of people have the misinformed opinion that it’s not as common or it’s not as bad or damaging. There are 2.2 million male victims of domestic abuse yet in the UK there are only enough spaces in refuge for just over 100 males. Also, 52% men in relationships like this are too scared to leave because they feel embarrassed. It’s a massive issue. Alcohol is a poison and can completely change someone, I know a lot of similar stories. Alcoholism is a demon and I’m so sorry to hear that your mum is struggling. If you feel like writing about it could get things off your chest you’re more than welcome to. You can stay anonymous too.
How do you guys make money? I did a quick scan of the web site and only saw donations mentioned. I love your product and it is the default search for all my browsers.
How often do you tell Adele that she's a good girl?
Is a hot dog a sandwich?
For example, if you type in ‘car’ you will get a car ad. It’s that simple. For more details see our help page on the subject.
Multiple times an hour.
I guess Richard Simmons and Terri Schiavo, I'm now using Bob Hope's old writers.
WOAH WAIT WHAT IS A HOT DOG
How does she alert you that you need to stand still, sit, or lay down? Does she stop moving? Lean against you? Start barking? Your story is incredible by the way, it is wonderful you two could find each other and she could have such a big impact on your life.
Edit. A word.
All your fans love your podcast. David Letterman, your hero, loves your podcast. Everyone seems to love your podcast. Why do you seem so embarrassed by it, or like you hate doing it?
How do you feel about the Samuel Johnson quote "(H)e who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man"?
As an ex game developer at EA, Criterion and a few others, I just want to say that what you've done getting a game together to releasable quality is amazing but beware that working in games for someone else is a completely different experience.
It's just implementing other people's ideas for the most part. I was given the choice to either design or code (not many get the choice), I chose code and its like in that moment my ideas were worth less than some first year intern just because they had a job title. If you're really passionate about making good games, having to implement other people's bad ideas can be quite soul wrenching. I earned less working every day of the week and weekends, than I did when I worked 2 nights a week doing websites. I had Christmas booked 6 month in advance to go see my parents, the game hadn't shipped yet. I offered to work remotely. I made sure my handover was up to scratch, etc. but I was kicked out of the team when I came back. I had one boss take credit for all my work and leave me with no reward after working my ass off.
If you've got a chance to make your own games company, do it. Don't go working for someone else if you can help it at all. Hire an experienced game developer as soon as you can. So you can learn from them. Always hire people that know more than you about something important.
I own an AI company now after many years to course correct and I couldn't be happier but really be careful what you choose. I did learn so much from working with great people, so make sure you get some of them around you either way. Good luck!
domestic violence with female perpetrators, because I think a lot of people have the misinformed opinion that it’s not as common or it’s not as bad or damaging. There are 2.2 million male victims of domestic abuse yet in the UK there are only enough spaces in refuge for just over 100 males. Also, 52% men in relationships like this are too scared to leave because they feel embarrassed.
As a former male victim of DV, it really means a lot to me that you are highlighting this issue. A lot of DV advocates only focus on the “wife beater” narrative and all but ignore male victims and female perpetrators (just look at the last DV advocate we had do an AMA. She said there wasn’t enough research to comment on female perps and her organization actually supports the obscenely sexist Duluth Model).
Most people don’t realize that men make up roughly half of all DV victims and when it comes to unreciprocated violence (meaning only one person is being violent), women are actually the aggressors and men the victims in 70% of those cases.
So again, thank you! I really appreciate someone like you that wants to address both sides of the issue instead of focusing only on female victims. Our support structures for male victims are extremely poor and it feels like our governments aren’t interested in doing anything about it.
Take for instance, the Violence Against Women Act. Most people aren’t aware there was already a gender neutral version of this Act that covered both male and female victims. Unfortunately, the National Organization for Women, and its associated legal foundations, successfully lobbied to replace the gender neutral federal Family Violence Prevention and Services Act of 1984 with the obscenely gendered Violence Against Women Act of 1994. The passing of that law cut male victims out of support services and legal assistance in more than 60 passages, just because they were male.
EDIT: Incase people want to see exactly how bad our support structures for men are, here are some statistics.
Men who are abused and seek help from shelters and hotlines- --were told that the service was only for women (49.9% shelter / 63.9% hotline / 42.9% online) --were accused of being the abuser (40.2% shelter / 32.2% hotline / 18.9% online) --given a phone number for a men's service which turned out to be a program for abusers (25.2% hotline / 27.1% online) --were actively mocked (16.4% shelter / 15.2% hotline)
Men who contacted police --were arrested 33.4% of the time --their abuser was arrested 26.5% of the time --were placed in jail 29% of the time --their abuser was placed in jail 20% of the time --faced criminal charges 22% of the time --their abuser faced criminal charges 13% of the time
Men who sought help from a mental health professional --were taken seriously 68% of the time --were given information on resources 30.1% of the time
Men who sought help from a medical professional --were given information on resources 14% of the time
Our support structures are so bad that men who sought help from any of the above experienced a higher rate of PTSD than men who didn't.
The positive experience rate for men seeking support is only 25%, with a negative experience rate of 67%. Women committing the same study had a positive rate of 95% and negative rate unmeasurable.
Compared to men who didn't seek help, men who did and had a positive experience displayed a 40% reduction in self harm, drug and alcohol abuse, and incidence of PTSD... But a 37% increase per negative experience... but remember, the negative experiences outweighed the positive 67% to 25%.
Meaning that, on average, the support men are offered is so bad, men are better off with their abusers.
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Adele will stand in front of me to stop me from taking another step. She would rub her muzzle against my legs, front to stand still, side to sit down and back of leg to lay down. Thank you. I am honored to be able to share her incredible abilities.
I did my podcast in order to see if I could host a talk show. And I think I succeeded and have now been offered a talk show by Netflix. All the podcasts were rehearsals.
EDIT: To be clear, I'm only in negotiations. There's no show yet.
HE WHO MAKES A MAN OF HIMSELF GETS TO STAY INSIDE AND EAT MELTED CHEESE
Don't go working for someone else if you can help it at all.
That's pretty much been the plan. I really value my independence and creative freedom as it is, and I really can't see myself ever working at a AAA company. Maybe at a small-scale indie company, but that's a big maybe and I think I would have to be afforded a large amount of input to not get restless.
Thank you for the advice, I've been trying to get into contact with some very talented developers in my area. There's this organization called Games Wales which organizes meetups and other events once a month for Welsh game developers to attend, but most of the places they go are 18+ and well, that's a problem for a few more months.^^
I'll definitely keep everything you said in mind. :)
It is such a massive issue, and one that I care about very deeply. It angers me the naivety that exists when it comes to male victims, and it only makes it harder for them to come out with their stories and escape abuse. The amount of female perpetrators has increased seven fold since 2004 and if we don't solve the attitude of only "wife beaters" existing then that number is just going to keep growing. I'd love to share a story like yours on my blog, because I think it could really be eye opening and give strength to a lot of men also going through DV. Would you be willing to write something for my blog? I could help if you needed it, and you could stay anonymous if you like.
What are your favorite ways to help non-security-aware people that this is a thing they need to not only think about, but implement?
If you could ask Adele only one question that she would answer in English, in detail, and truthfully (based on her own knowledge), what would you ask her?
What has been the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome in your career?
Bathing suit season is just around the corner, do you have any tips for keeping a trim figure?
The more I read this thread, the more I can identify to you.
I'm 15 years old, started high-school this year. Game development is my dream. Games carried me through all the crap I went through as a weak, weird introverted kid. Without them, I don't think I would have carried on very long. Art is the way we learn the things we can't learn in a school or that we can't all figure out just by experiencing them. That's what I want to try doing for the world.
But in the last couple years, I almost lost my hope of ever reaching that goal, because I couldn't get myself to do much to work towards it. Seeing that you think the same way as I do and that you've made it at such an age gives me some hope again. Plus, thanks to this post, I just found out about Godot ! Since GameMaker stopped being free, that's gonna be of use.
Thank you and good luck.
Yeah, I’ll definitely consider it. I’m at work atm but can I PM you later on? (I know, I know... get off reddit while I work. :p)
Just today I did a short video address for Data Privacy Day on this issue. The two issues I highlight that I think resonate (as they should) are:
- Google is now tracking you on 76% of websites, with Facebook lurking on about a quarter. The data they collect as you browse the web, combined with your search history, likes, and other information, leads to huge personal profiles that are used to target invasive ads at you across the Internet.
- They also are used with sophisticated AI algorithms to put you in the Google and Facebook Filter Bubble, in which both companies show you biased results based on what they think you want to see, filtering out things like opposing viewpoints.
In terms of help we suggest:
Get the DuckDuckGo browser extension and mobile app that blocks Google and Facebook trackers across the Internet along with other privacy essentials.
Switch away from Google to private alternatives.
While Facebook is harder to leave, it's worth trying to live without Facebook, freeing yourself from their invasive ads and the Facebook Filter Bubble.
Do you understand how grateful I am to you?
Due to multiple herniated discs, my pain level on a normal day is through the roof.
FEAST ON THE BONES OF ANYONE WHO CRITICIZES YOUR FIGURE
Wow, thank you so much! It feels really good to know that I somehow inspired someone by making a weird lil game and then doing a reddit post about it.
Best of luck to you on your gamedev endeavors! :)
As someone that only recently began using more secure internet practices is there anything that I can do about the profile that Google etc have already build on me?
What do you wish more people knew about or did (or didn't do) around service dogs?
Norm, what is your opinion of Gene who works at The Washington Post?
What is your favorite cut of steak and how do you like it done?
I wish people would respect the please do not pet rule for service dogs. It is never to be mean to the human or the dog. It is simple because when people distract the service dog they are putting the humans life in danger.
What do you do when you get a warning and you're in the middle of doing something or in an inconvenient location?
Which four comedians would be on your "Mount Rushmore" of stand up comedy?
Why are horses so shifty? They always look like they’re planning to destroy something
Yup that's a fine suggestion, one I can relate to. Years ago, I made a Java music player similar to Winamp. I tried cramming in as many features of the original as I could, and it turned into a very satisfying learning experience. One silly customization I did was adding a message box that said 'Fuck you, I don't do that!' when dragging and dropping a non-music file into the program... Not the most mature thing to do, in retrospect. :D
Thank you for sharing. I lost a dear friend to domestic violence 2 years ago. She tried to leave. Changed the locks, got a restraining order. He came to the house when he knew she would be alone. He shot and killed her then shot and killed himself. Thankfully, he did no harm to her children. So my question is, how do you safely leave an abuser? We thought she did everything right. And she still lost her life.
I personally don't, though I don't get offended when people do. It has become a generic term like Kleenex at this point.
I stop whatever I am doing until it is safe to continue.
I AM SO GLAD SOMEONE FINALLY ADDRESSED THE HORSE MENACE
WE ALL NEED TO DO OUR PART TO DEFEND HUMANITY
HORSES ARE TOO BIG AND ANYTHING THAT CAN KICK YOU TO DEATH SHOULD NOT EXIST
LOOKING AT YOU, CASSOWARY
I'm so sorry to hear that. That is so awful. To be honest, I don't want to lie here. I'm not a professional in this matter, I'm just here to share my own perspective on things and encourage other survivors to feel strong and share their stories, but every situation is individual. Leaving an abuser is such a complex subject and I don't want to pretend that I'm equipped to answer it.
Also, what would you say if someone has experience in the industry they want to work in but they don't hear back from recruiters or aren't selected to move forward in the hiring process?
Hey! Thanks for the AMA. What's your favourite city?
Would you ever cooperate with government bodies to create a backdoor to any of your programs?
How long have you had the condition before you met Adele? And to keep it light up in here, where's the most embarrassing situation you've fainted in?
What are you reading right now? Do you have any thoughts on Thomas Pynchon?
What is your favorite banana bread recipe? This is an important source of conflict among many humans. I will need to make yours to be sure you are, indeed, not a wolf.
Are you not getting calls, or are they not moving forward with you after a phone interview?
I would take another look at your resume, see if anything can be changed or improved. Also, I find it is helpful to always be one of the first people to apply. If there are a lot of applicants your resume can get buried very quickly. Set up alerts and check daily on job boards.
If you are getting calls but not moving forward then I would practice your answers more. You probably know most of the questions recruiters are asking by now. Analyze and re-word what you will say. Also, I'm not sure how you are on the phone, but it can even be your tone. Recruiters want to have a nice conversation. We will remember the person who was cheerful and we enjoyed talking to more than the dry person with more experience.
I dont want to be "that" guy, but yes; Paris.
I have fainted since I was a baby. HHHmmm...most embarrassing place I have fainted? Lucky for me after I would faint, I didn't always remember fainting, so, I was never really embarrassed.
I'm reading "Search for Lost Time" by Marcel Proust.
I find Pynchon to be the most knowing writer of our time.
HAHA YEAH I KNOW WHAT BANANAS ARE AND AM DEFINITELY NOT GOOGLING THEM RIGHT NOW
so does DDG have a Government Privacy or other Warrant Canary?
Wow, interesting condition and I'm so glad you're able to find such great results (and I assume a great friend in the deal!)
She was able to sense when I was about to faint and alert me so I could give my heart chance to recover.
Can you elaborate? What does "about to faint" look like to Adele and what does she do to alert you?
How does her alert allow your heart a chance to recover and prevent the fainting?
Norm to what (if any) extent do you portray a persona whether that be on stage or in various interviews?
I've often seen interviews where the hosts seem shocked at some of your answers such as saying you don't participate in sex because you find it boring or your love for Russian literature etc.
I tend to take it at face value because you seem sincere when talking about these things - so, am I the idiot for believing you or are others the idiots for not?
Hi, you're my favorite twitter account to follow. Thanks for keeping the world informed on your v important non wolf activities. <3
• What is your opinion on three wolf moon shirts?
• Do you like watermelon?
• Did you catch the super blue blood moon last night?
How did you learn how to do graphic design for the game? How long have you spent making the game?
Anonymous preferred as I don't like the idea of people getting so much personal information with a simple google search, but I included my name in the submission form itself. You could list me as just "Jeremy" though, to more humanize my story rather than "anonymous."
Warrant canaries are problematic for a number of reasons, but in our case it is irrelevant because we do not store any data so there is nothing to hand over. Case in point, for the ten years we've been around, we haven't received any warrants.
I believe Adele smells a chemical or electrical change that my heart is sending out. She has taught me that doing as she commands prevents me from pushing my body too hard.
HEY IF YOU CAN GET YOUR ARMS THROUGH SHIRT SLEEVES I SAY YOU CAN PUT WHATEVER YOU WANT ON THE SHIRT ITSELF
I AM A HUGE FAN OF WATERMELON, ITS LIKE IF APPLES WERE BLOOD
I DID NOT SEE THAT MOON BECAUSE IT WAS CLOUDY BUT THAT MAKES SENSE BECAUSE I FELT WAY STRONGER THAN USUAL LAST NIGHT
I've spent about 9 months making this game, all in all.
As for the graphics, I've spent the past 2 years or so creating placeholder graphics that I never thought would stick. Eventually, these placeholder graphics became high enough quality to where I just... kept them. I really never meant to learn pixel art on purpose, but it happened and I guess I'm going to keep developing my pixel art skills!
Do you think wolves should be reintroduced to Scotland?
I like the cursing that makes no sense and interjects itself, like "cock motherfucking son of a cunt bitch."
ABSOLUTELY I THINK THAT WOLVES SHOULD BE INTRODUCED TO A LOT OF PLACES
-THAT GAP OUTLET THAT I AM NO LONGER ALLOWED INTO
-SERIOUSLY WHY CANT YOU BRING HAM TO THE GAP
I just wanted to say thanks. I just checked and I bookmarked DDG on April 3, 2009, so I've been using it at least since then.
Also, sometimes I will link to a DDG search result here on reddit (for example, I love /r/whatisthisthing) and sometimes I get a comment like "Oh, DuckDuckGo? You're one of those types huh? How's that tinfoil hat fit you?"
Does it bother you as much as it bothers me that some people think taking reasonable steps to protect your privacy automatically makes you some kind of whack-job, terrorist, pedophile, or worse? Because it bothers me a lot.
I use that Snowden quote sometimes, "Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say." It doesn't seem to help much against people who are determined to believe otherwise.
Interesting! My uncle has the same condition.
Currently, I'm dealing with a different heart issue and no one seems to be listening because I'm an otherwise healthy 24 year old. Any advice on getting someone to believe that you feel like you're doing to die on regular basis?
Did you do your amazing Burt Reynolds impression before SNL? Also do you have any stories from celebrity jeopardy that we might not know about?
Do you think you'll get married and settled down sometime?
Yes, that does bother me though thankfully this view is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. We've been doing research and have found privacy has really become a mainstream concern and growing fast. This past year has really pushed it over the edge with nearly daily headlines of data breaches, reports of invasive ad targeting, election meddling, etc.
Don't give up! In my experience the ones who don't listen are generally the ones who do not know enough about the health issue. I went to doctors in Texas, Florida and Virginia before being properly diagnosed in Massachusetts.
I did do Burt Reynolds and that's why I created celebrity Jeopardy so I could do my Burt Reynolds. No one ever mentioned that I played Burt Reynolds as a 35 year old.
EVERY TIME I GO OUT WITH A HUMAN THEY’RE ALL
HEY TAKE OFF YOUR TRENCH COAT
WOW IT SEEMS LIKE YOU HAVE SOME SORT OF HORRIBLE SECRET
SO I FEEL LIKE I JUST NEED TO FOCUS ON ME RIGHT NOW
I've been using DDG for a long time, but Google's search results are often still better. No dead links and search results based on my context (e.g. software development) - how will Search quality be improved in the future?
Is Adele a good dog? Can you pet her for me?
Norm, I love your book and loved the audiobook version the most. Is there any chance of the TV or movie adaptation happening?
Also, how's a fella go about getting you to sign his copy of your book at one of your shows?
(please come back to Jersey or Philly soon)
What is the best way to eat a freshly killed cotton tail rabbit?
Thank you so much for sharing and opening up! I've been really struggling with that and am just recently getting comfortable sharing and realizing that I can possibly turn my story into something that can hopefully help other victims.
I was in an emotionally and physically abusive relationship during college and still have not shared that information with my parents or many friends. I still hold on to guilt and am afraid that they will always see me as the girl who didn't have the guts to just leave and be embarrassed that their daughter didn't stand up for herself or blame themselves. Do you come across guilt as a common issue for those have been victims of abuse?
Thank you for being a long-term user! We really appreciate it. We've been working hard on making our results better, and really think they have massively improved over the past years to the extent where they are on par for most users. Of course, there are always areas where we can improve, and really look at and welcome all feedback. There is a feedback box on the search results page that is the best way to communicate with the team.
Be rest assured, however, that we are constantly looking to improve search quality.
Always good except when she is getting into trouble. I am happy to give her your love.
Yes, a movie adaptation is worked on as we speak. You could send the book to Mark Gurvitz at Brillstein Grey and I'll sign it for you.
I RECENTLY CAME INTO OWNERSHIP OF A SLOW COOKER AND FRANKLY I HATE IT AND I DO NOT KNOW WHY I AM SURPRISED BECAUSE ALL THE STUFF I DO NOT LIKE ABOUT IT IS RIGHT THERE IN THE NAME. A FRESHLY KILLED RABBIT SHOULD BE EATEN FRESH, JUST DIVE RIGHT IN. IF YOU WERE NOT SUPPOSED TO EAT RAW MEAT IT WOULD MAKE YOU SICK OR SOMETHING
OH IT MAKES THEM SICK? LIKE INCREDIBLY?
OKAY I’M GOING TO TAKE ANOTHER RUN AT THAT ONE
HEY PAL, I JUST GOT A SLOW COOKER AND I LOVE IT!
Well, mostly it's because I really like to know how the computer works at a fairly low level and I like having a lot of control over how it runs- even if that control means I break it every few months.
With regard to developing on Linux rather than Windows/Mac, I found that certain things like compilation and running the editor were a lot smoother and faster than they were on Windows. Also, by the time I really got into game development(1-2 years ago?) I was already way more familiar with how Linux worked than I was with Windows, so the fact that I was just used to it became a large factor.
I don't consider myself a zealot for the Linux cause, I think everybody can pretty much choose what they want- but I think in order to use Linux you have to be a bit of a computerphile.
Yes, guilt is such a common thing. I felt guilt myself, wondering what I could have done differently. That is what relationships like that do though, they make you doubt yourself and take away your self-esteem. The fact you have left is amazing. So many people don't get out of those relationships and you should be so proud of yourself, and if you tell anybody about your experience and they aren't proud of you too then that is just because they don't understand. You are very strong for escaping and very inspiring. So thank you for sharing too! Stories like yours are empowering.
What is your favorite kind of bird?
I HAVE NOTHING BUT RESPECT FOR FALCONS
What thing on the web is something everyone considers “Safe” but is not actually safe?
How was Adele trained? Were you part of the training process, or was she fully trained when you got her?
Norm, I love you. If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
Which is better, head scratches or belly rubs?
Oh man, these are large pet peeves of mine :)
I'll give you two:
So-called incognito mode doesn't do what most people think in that “Incognito” mode doesn't really make you incognito! It’s an extremely misleading name and in my opinion should be changed. All it does is delete your local browsing history after your session on your device, but does nothing from stopping any website you visit from tracking you via your IP address and other tracking mechanisms like browser fingerprinting. We did a study showing how much people misunderstand private browsing modes.
Browser "do not track" settings. You'd think if you turned on do not track, you might not be tracked? Not so. It is a voluntary standard and hardly any site does anything to adhere to it, including pretty much all of Big Tech. In my opinion it should be completely removed from browsers until it has mandatory compliance with regulatory teeth behind it.
Adele was trained by Canine Partners for Life for 2 years before we were partnered. I spent a month at team training learning everything she was taught and how to work together for a successful partnership.
THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE QUESTIONS BECAUSE ON ONE HAND BELLY RUBS ARE MORE SATISFYING OVERALL BUT THEY LEAVE YOU INCREDIBLY VULNERABLE TO ATTACK SO I WOULD HAVE TO SAY HEAD SCRATCHES BECAUSE YOU GET ALL THE SATISFACTION WITH NONE OF THE STRESS
What made you decide to do an AMA? Also- Helloooo from northern Vermont!
What made you relate privacy with ducks?
Such happy doggos!
When did you know that Adele was the dog for you? Do you have to try different dogs, or do you just get paired with one that knows how to sense your condition?
What is the most profound piece of life advice has a random stranger ever given you?
Just to lighten the mood (but in no way undermine and disrespect the trauma you suffered) do you like fish and chips?
So you will check out my podcast and my website.
Im no fool
As you might have guessed, they are not related at all :).
I actually came up with the name DuckDuckGo before envisioning a search engine. It popped into my head one day on a walk with my wife, and I liked the name so much that I decided to use it for whatever I worked on next, which ended up being a search engine.
Canine Partners For Life matched us as a team and they did a wonderful job.
A person once said to me that the homeless never get touched and that without human touch, the mind veers toward madness. So the homeless people I approach, I always give my money to, whatever it is I have, and I always hug them or touch them.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD BOY? IS A GOOD BOY BORN OR MADE? DO WE NOT ALL CONTAIN THE RAW MATERIALS NECESSARY TO BE A GOOD BOY OR, GOD FORBID, A DIRTY DOG? IS THERE NOT A DARK PORTION WITHIN ALL OUR HEARTS?
ANYWAY I AM, I BELIEVE IT IS ME WHO IS THE GOOD BOY
I LOVE FISH AND CHIPS. With chippy sauce. mmmm.
How can a general young US citizen keep privacy today without being called into suspicion by means of "If you have nothing to hide then why not show what's inside?"
I've tried to understand a way to verbalize why that argument is a bad idea, however, I just don't have the words.
Also, any recommendations for a less "I'm watching you" PRISM/Echelon type experience? I know it's hard today but if there is a way to keep things like UI but allow for privacy, that would be great : )
at what point in your life/career did you realize you were not everyday person level funny, but comedian level funny?
Do you want a treat / ball?
Why did you choose godot instead of unreal or other physics engines? What language did you use?
Reporting this stuff to the police doesn't really help unless kids are involved. What can we do when kids aren't involved? As far as the law is concerned consenting adults and all that jazz.
Hi! Yes, the good news is that privacy is now mainstream and you needn't feel ostracized for wanting to reasonably protect your privacy. People recognize it is a fundamental right and you don't need to prove the necessity of fundamental rights to anyone. Also, it's a simple answer to say to people everyone wants to keep certain things private, and you can easily illustrate that by asking people to let you make all their email, texts, searches, financial information, medial information, etc. public. No one wants that.
In terms of having a more seamless private experience, that's exactly why we launched our new app and extension - check it out as it seems that is what you're looking for.
I thought I was comedian level funny during my first year of comedy. Five years I realized I wasn't actually that level of funny. But five years after that I realized I was comedian level funny. So 10 years into my standup.
I WILL NOT BE DISTRACTED BY THE PRESENCE OF SOME SORT OF BALL AND I WILL ABSOLUTELY NEVER CHASE AFTER IT BECAUSE SOMETIMES THE BALL HAS ACTUALLY NOT BEEN THROWN AND FRANKLY THAT VIOLATION OF TRUST IS WHAT PROVES THAT THE HEART OF MAN IS CORRUPT AND DISGUSTING
SOME BACON WOULD BE NICE THOUGH YES I WILL ACCEPT THAT
I tried Unreal and Unity, but Unreal confused me and Unity was a bit buggy and difficult to use on Linux. Godot was super intuitive and worked perfectly and fluidly, so I just stuck with that one. Good thing, too, because I also tried Game Maker, LWJGL, PyGame, Pyglet, C++ and OpenGL and Batch Script when I was super young.
Like I've said previously, it totally depends on the country you are in what resources are available. Russia is very backwards when it comes to this stuff and it is extremely different to get help. Whereas there are a large number of charities that operate in the UK and USA to offer support for DV.
How do we know that you're not a secret Google project that reports everything to Google?
Did you ever carry around a tape recorder to take your 'notes to self' in real life?
Should schools stop teaching "Little Red Ridinghood" and other lit that teaches children to hate people who have more than two legs? Hate literature in schools is a very big problem in our area.
Congratulations. I wish you much success. Which Linux distro is your favorite? Thanks.
How can interested fellow survivors share our stories?
If we're a secret Google project, no one's told me about it :).
Also, I would hope it would be easier to get duck.com not to point at Google search and confuse people, easier to get us as a default search option into Chrome (like we are for Safari and Firefox), and easier to change the default search engine on the Android search widget, which remains impossible.
Yes I do. I'm constantly talking to my phone. Whenever an idea occurs. Sometimes I don't say enough. I'll dictate "large coffee cup" and have no idea of what I thought was funny about that subject.
I THINK ITS PRETTY MESSED UP TO BE SUSPICIOUS OF A GRANDMA JUST BECAUSE SHE HAS HUGE AWESOME TEETH SO YEAH LETS GET THAT BOOK OFF THE SHELVES
Thank you!! :) I've been happy with Debian for the past several years. It's super solid, easily editable and has a huge community. I've tried Mint which is also solid and Ubuntu which I always run into driver errors on. I once tried Arch. That's really all I'll say about it. I like large packages of compatible software that some would consider "bloat".
What's the story with duck.com?
Any short aliases to get to duckduckgo.com?
Why are you yelling?
What do you like most about the workflow of the Godot engine and what do you hate most about it?
Is your twitter handle in reference to Nirvana's song?
When I was maxed out I could run Scarlet Monastery in two pulls
ddg.gg goes to duckduckgo.com. duck.com was inherited by Google in an old acquisition (of On2), predating us, but it used to point to a history page about the old company. Only when I inquired about it did it mysteriously start pointing to Google search.
You start with a Mexican guy and you pay him a $1.35.
WHY ARENT YOU
I really like how prominent and easy-to-use the Node system is. I know that other engines have similar hierarchy things, but in Godot it feels really integral to the engine. Everything is based on Nodes and it gives everything a really nice, modular feel.
The worst is probably the audio system. I know that it's entirely different and a lot nicer in Godot 3.0 now, but as of 2.1.4 it crashes constantly and it's really awkward to use.
YES! I love Nirvana.
You seem like a pretty chill dude. Can we hang sometime?
If I were to search for "isis bomb making videos" from my home IP with no VPN using duckduckgo, should I still expect a knock on the door? This is hypothetical, but I'm serious about the question.
Norm, have you ever listened to your farts, I mean really listened to them, to see if you can hear words within them that could serve as a warning of something horrific to come?
Why are your favorite techniques of dealing with the totally normal stresses of being a typical human man in a not at all confusing modern world?
Im busy that day.
Also what are your feelings on the word Literally.
No, you should not expect a knock at the door. We've been around for about 10 years and have heard about no such knocks.
The connection between you and us is encrypted, so no one in between you and us can see your search terms. Then, we don't store your IP at all, so there will be no record of it after your search.
Note, though, a lot of sites off the search engine could be monitored, and if you want to browse completely anonymously, Tor is a good idea.
GREAT QUESTION PAL BECAUSE BEING ALIVE IS INCREDIBLY STRESSFUL
I TEND TO GET MY PEACE OF MIND THROUGH SWEET SWEET EXERCISE BECAUSE IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT CAN YOU EVEN REMEMBER THE LAST TIME YOU RAN AS FAST AS YOU POSSIBLY COULD? I CAN. IT WAS NOT THIS MORNING IN PURSUIT OF PREY, I JUST ABSOLUTELY LOVE TO HIT THE TRACK AT MY LOCAL COLLEGE CAMPUS
ALSO I HAVE BEEN PLAYING A TON OF STARDEW VALLEY LATELY THAT GAME IS INCREDIBLY CALMING
Will you get rich from this?
Honestly I have no idea where to put my expectations. My first instinct is to assume my game will do terribly, but the median number of sales in a game's first month on Steam is ~100 so I'm thinking that maybe I'll make my Steam Direct fee back which would be nice.
What's your next project?
I'm not entirely sure. Maybe something to do with whales. Or mushrooms. Maybe both? Probably just one. I expect that it'll be quite different from Mass O' Kyzt, though!
Thanks for the response!
As a follow-up, what would you say if someone were to challenge you on the ethics of not policing or flagging searches and potentially allowing a user to use your site for ends that could endanger the public at large?
Do you have more fun performing stand-up or hosting your talk show?
how do you feel about cats?
AS FAR AS HOUSEPETS GO THEY ARE SMALL AND NOT AT ALL DESCENDED FROM MIGHTY FOREST CREATURES AND THEY SHOULD PROBABLY STAY INSIDE BECAUSE HONESTLY THEY HAVE A VERY SNACK LIKE VIBE ABOUT THEM
OBVIOUSLY I DONT THINK THAT
IF I WANT A SNACK I DO SOMETHING LOW IN CALORIES LIKE PIRATES BOOTY
BECAUSE A HUGE PART OF BEING HUMAN IS BEING ABLE TO EAT LIKE 60 OF SOMETHING AND NOT FEEL BAD
ANYWAY I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT HAPPENED TO MY NEIGHBORS CAT IT WAS PROBABLY SOME SORT OF INCREDIBLE BIRDS FAULT
What is the most important thing in your life currently?
Any plans for additional duck duck go services such as email?
What is the best sandwich?
ITS ALL ABOUT WHAT MOOD YOURE IN
A DRUNK GRILLED CHEESE IS BASICALLY A SEXUAL EXPERIENCE
A GOOD STEAK SANDWICH WILL MAKE YOU SO FULL YOU GET TIRED AND THAT RULES
BUT REMEMBER THAT TECHNICALLY ANYTHING BETWEEN BREAD IS A SANDWICH SO GRAB SOME BREAD AND GET CREATIVE
...Thanks for the suggestion. :)
What is your goal for this year? What is DuckDuckGo's endgame?
What's your favourite item of clothing to wear on a night out?
You have to pay a fee to publish on steam? I figured they just took a percentage of sales.
Our goal this year was kicked off last week and is to help people more easily protect their privacy as they search and browse the web, no matter where they go on the Internet. In particular, we've made a new app and extension with all the privacy essentials in one seamless package: tracker blocking, upgraded encryption, private search, and more. It's available on all major platforms and the idea is on any device you should be able to look up DuckDuckGo and be easily protected with one download.
The best part is standing on the stage with your comedy being able to turn a passive audience into an unruly mob. The worst part of standup comedy is the insane pressure on the spine and lower back from standing up for so many hundreds of hours.
GOD THERE ARE SO MANY TO CHOOSE FROM, I AM CONSTANTLY USING THE MONEY I EARN AT MY CORPORATE JOB TO BUY CLOTHES TO WEAR IN MY FREE TIME. RECENTLY I BOUGHT A SWEATER AND THE OTHER DAY I BOUGHT A VEST BUT IF YOU SEE ME OUT ON A FRIDAY NIGHT I WILL LIKELY BE WEARING SOMETHING THAT RESEMBLES A SUIT I RETRIEVED OFF A DEAD MAN AT THE BEACH AND I WILL ALSO PROBABLY BE PRETTY SURPRISED TO SEE YOU BECAUSE USUALLY AT NIGHT I KIND OF HAVE THE ELEMENT OF SURPRISE
They do both. You have to pay a $100/£70 fee per title to put your game on Steam, and then they take some percentage of sales on top of that. At this point, they can afford to since they're the biggest digital games retailer in the world! ^^
on the DDG Answers API page there's a line
For the same reason, we cannot allow framing our results without our branding.
What does "framing" mean here? (i.e., what sort of things are not allowed?)
Also is there any hope that we might have a full search API in the future?
Thank you for providing such an excellent service.
Do you have a favorite story of messing with a talk show host?
What's the hardest part about being a wol perfectly normal human?
When I was younger I used to get "The Little Prince" in the mail all the time.
When I was in my teens, fans sent me Catcher in the Rye.
In my 20s, It was Alan Moores Watchmen.
Now its just letters from Prison
You're very welcome.
What that means is to make an iframe of duckduckgo.com and make it appear as if it is another search engine, i.e. white-label DuckDuckGo. Does that make sense?
A full search API is not on our roadmap right now.
I've never messed with a talk show host. I'm just trying to make my segment as spontaneous and interesting as I saw talk show guests be when I was a boy.
LISTEN BASICALLY THE WHOLE HUMAN EXPERIENCE IS SUPER DIFFICULT AND THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS I DONT UNDERSTAND BUT I THINK THE HARDEST PART IS PRETENDING THAT I “GET” TWIN PEAKS I AM SO SORRY I JUST DO NOT UNDERSTAND MAYBE THERE IS SOMETHING I AM MISSING HERE PLEASE JUST DO NOT HURT ME I HAVE COME SO FAR
AlexHoratio: #1 AMA-er
Could you have played Wallace in Scott Pilgrim vs the world better than Kieran?
Have you always been a privacy advocate or events you can mention made you notice the importance of not letting your data public for anyone collect it?
What about your human teen years?
Its amazing how you are so composed and focused on your work for your age. I was so busy trying to get rid of my virginity at that age. Ugh.
Anyway now that i have a kid of my own, how would a completely clueless adult like me introduce a kid to the world of computers and coding that could lead his appreciation in considering this field as work? Just thinking ahead. He is only in preschool actually.
Absolutely not. He totally killed it
I've always been into personal freedom, and I believe having privacy is a fundamental constituent of being free. I came across the more nuanced issues with privacy and the Internet in grad school; I went to the Technology Policy Program at MIT.
With search privacy in particular, I hadn't considered the full implications until actually seeing search logs and seeing how truly private they are. People ask their search engine their most intimate questions, such as medical, financial, and political. Those should be private, and studies have shown that people actually curb their searches once they realize they aren't totally private on other search engines.
Ideas exist outside of man. And drift into one's consciousness if one allows it. None of these ideas are mine, I only take them from the ether and put them back out in a more solid form.
AS A TEEN I OFTEN SPENT MY TIME LISTENING TO CONTEMPORARY MUSICS AND YELLING AT ONE OR BOTH OF MY PARENTS. I WOULD ALSO OFTEN THINK ABOUT HOW WOLVES DONT REALLY HAVE THE CONCEPT OF TEEN YEARS AND HOW ONE DAY THEY ARE BORN BLIND AND THEN THE NEXT THEY ARE EXPECTED TO JUST KILL STUFF AND BATHE IN BLOOD AND ALWAYS WORSHIP THE HUNT AND MAYBE SOME OF US WANTED TO LISTEN TO THE MOUNTAIN GOATS TOO BUT WE NEVER GOT THAT CHANCE BECAUSE WE LIVED IN THE GODDAMN WOODS AND HAD TO INSTEAD MURDER ACTUAL GOATS NEAR AN ACTUAL MOUNTAIN
Thank you! :)
Hmm, I'd suggest to get him into the practice of thinking programmatically/logically first of all(though that's hard if he's in pre-school!) Alternatively, get him some computer games. I think that there's really no sure-fire way. I got into programming because every time I saw something cool, I just wanted to make that thing. I got a lot of games when I was a child and so I just kept trying to make different types of video games- little text adventures(which I never completed), etc.
I really don't have much experience with kids so I don't know if anything I said was helpful, but I hope you got something out of that!^^
Ever thought about hosting a free private email?
I dont have a biggest regret but most of my regrets involve women
IN SUBURBAN CHICAGO THERE IS A MALL
IN THAT MALL IS AN ABANDONED SAM GOODY
BUT BEFORE IT WAS A SAM GOODY IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL FOREST WHERE ONE COULD LEARN NOT JUST THE CONCEPT OF RIGHT AND WRONG BUT APPRECIATION FOR NATURE AND THE BALANCE IT PROVIDES
BUT OBVIOUSLY I NEVER WENT THERE, I JUST USED TO HANG OUT AT THAT SAM GOODY A LOT, BUMMED IT WENT OUT OF BUSINESS
Well, I randomly came up with the idea for a game where the player gets to control how the enemies' power level scales. I though about it for a while and went through some half-formed ideas that I can barely even remember now, and eventually came up with the hook which was "Mass O' Kyzt is a game wherein you upgrade your enemies". I think that I kept this single sentence constant more than anything else in the game's dev-cycle, even though I went through multiple interpretations of it along the way.
As for inspirations, yeah, it was inspired a lot by Risk of Rain early on- one of my favourite games of all time!
Which Google Services do you still use?
Did you find Wolves of Wall Street misleading?
What was the hardest obstacle you had to get through in this whole journey?
You mean, Uncle Buscems?
ABSOLUTELY, I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE MORE OF A CONDEMNATION OF BELFORTS DESPICABLE BEHAVIOR BUT THEN HE MAKES A CAMEO AT THE END AND YOURE ALL LIKE “WHAAAA DOES SCORSESE ACTUALLY LIKE THIS MONSTER?” AND IT KIND OF SOURED THE WHOLE THING FOR ME BUT MAN ISNT THAT JUST CLASSIC CAPITALISM
The fact that I didn't really plan it properly for the first 6 months, honestly. I came up with the idea that you would "upgrade your enemies", meandered and played around with it for a while and it just wasn't going anywhere. I must have gone through several iterations of it before landing on the final version and that's a lot of time that I wasted because I wouldn't just sit down and think about it what I really wanted out of my game for an hour or so.
Would you rather travel back in time and meet your ancestors or forward and meet your descendants?
Where can I learn more about online privacy?
Do you still talk to Dennis Miller? I loved your appearances on his shows, and would love to see him appear on NML.
How do I convince people that white space is important in drawing attention?
This past year we launched a blog at spreadprivacy.com with great information. In particular I'd recommend signing up for our privacy tips newsletter which will send them to you on a good schedule. All the content is also online here.
Yes I love Dennis Miller. Dennis gave me my first job for which I will be forever indebted. He's been kind to me since and I would love to have him on the podcast.
Thank you! :) I appreciate the advice, and I will!
How do you see yourselves growing over the next few years?
What is some recommended reading you might have? Also where do you get your existentialist wolf-like philosophy from?
Our vision is to raise the standard of trust online. That’s what we hope to do long-term, and we are always open to and thinking about ways to further execute on this vision.
Our current plans on doing so include:
- Continuing to provide a solid private alternative to Google search. Google has more data on people than any big tech company by far, and search data is arguably the most personal, as people search for their most intimate financial, health, and personal problems.
- We just expanded beyond our roots in search, with updated mobile apps and browser extensions that protect you beyond search, wherever you happen to go on the Internet. See our announcement for more details.
- Last year we kicked off a major focus on general privacy education, on our blog, newsletter, and social media.
- We continue to make substantial donations to like-minded organizations.
- We plan to continue doing our own primary privacy research and advocacy where we see we can make a significant impact.
Imagine a woman in a sports car, impossibly beautiful, speeding down a winding road and looking out her window at a man who is skiing down a mountaintop. And then the man comes to a stop, snow flies from his feet. The two lock eyes. And both know each will be the other's entire. And the car speeds off.
UNFORTUNATELY I FIND THAT BOOKS MAKE ME INCREDIBLY ANGRY FOR SOME REASON MAYBE ITS THE TINY WORDS OR THE PAGES IN CONSTANT NEED OF TURNING BUT EVERY TIME I GET CLOSE TO ONE OF THOSE LITTLE GUYS NEXT THING I KNOW ITS JUST ALL SHREDDED UP
AS FAR AS THE ORIGINS OF MY PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY I WOULD ATTRIBUTE MY OUTLOOK ON LIFE TO SUCH GREAT WORKS AS “SURVIVING THE WINTER” AND “LIVING WITHIN A CRUCIBLE OF LIFE AND DEATH ITSELF”
I'm not going to try to sell you this game as the best indie game because it's really not, but I think that mine stands mostly due to the interesting premise of upgrading your enemies and the (well, in my eyes) cute lil alien designs.
I'm really happy with how the combat feels. It's as tight as I want it to be, the game feels fast-paced enough to be exciting and there are enough extrinsic incentives(unlockables, achievements, etc) to keep the game interesting and satisfying to play.
I hope I helped you understand something about the game, at least!
Hey u/yegg, did you know it was your CAKE DAY?
What are your favorite hair care products? Any tips on applying them for the most stylish results?
What engine/framework/language did you create the game in? Well the answer to that was in the title...
Did you make the art yourself? I enjoy coding small game projects now and then but always work with free placeholder assets, I don't feel like I could dedicate the time to also learning how to make art, as I have a lot of things going on and also value leisure activities outside of sitting behind a computer, and it doesn't really interest me that much either.
Yellow and Pink
LISTEN SOME PEOPLE WOULD SAY THAT MY HAIR IS MORE OF A SELF REGULATING COAT OF FUR THAT HELPS STABILIZE MY BODY TEMPERATURE BUT HONESTLY I LOVE USING IT FOR FASHION REASONS. JUST GET A HUMAN PALM FULL OF SOME SORT OF CREAM OR GOOP AND SMOOSH IT ALL AROUND AND EVENTUALLY BOOM YOU JUST SPENT 30 DOLLARS TO MAKE YOUR HEAD LOOK DIFFERENT AND WHATS MORE HUMAN THAN THAT
Yup! I made the art myself.
It's actually quite a funny story about how I came to make the graphics for this game. I made so many placeholder graphics for previous games that my skills just improved without really noticing. Art is a lot more analytical than you'd think- being able to make the shading consistent and correct is really like most of it. Apart from that, I'd recommend to just keep the sprites lo-res and relatively small so that the human mind fills in the details by itself^^
If you can't deal with art, get a 3rd party on to help you with the art. I've never done this before, so I can't give much advice on that!!
Hey, you were a massive part of my childhood!!
Could you say hello to my wife, Toni?
Is there any plans on a website where new urls can be submitted to improve your search results? Like Google has.
In the podcast Geoff Edgers said you take a pill for anxiety, but didn't state what causes your anxiety. Was it wrong for him to mention that?
How would you suggest catching some sheep? Asking for a friend.
We generally pick up new URLs without submissions. However, if there are search results issues, the best way to report them is via the Feedback button on the results pages. They are all read and go to the right place in our systems.
Oh no. I suffered from panic attacks. Panic attacks as opposed to anxiety attacks are a feeling of impending doom. When one strikes you, you're paralyzed. One struck me directly before I had to do Weekend Update, and I understood I needed help. My doctor prescribed klonopin and advised me to take half a pill before any performance.
WELL AS MY MOTHER USED TO SAY
EACH AND EVERY DAY YOU MUST JUSTIFY YOUR EXISTENCE TO THE CRUEL AND UNYIELDING HAND OF NATURE
YOU CATCH MORE SHEEP WITH KINDNESS THAN WITH 300 PSI OF JAW STRENGTH
BE NICE TO SHEEP AND MAYBE THEY WILL HANG OUT WITH YOU OR WHATEVER
Probably cheddar, honestly. I'm boring.
what is your all time favorite finishing move in wrestling ? <3
What is your preferred web browser for a windows machine?
Hey Mr. Norm, this mystery has been keeping me up for years now...
What is your favorite cereal?
Which bear is best?
Yea, as asked before...what is your Linux distro of choice?
The small package
On Windows, Firefox, Brave, and Vivaldi are all good choices. I personally use macOS though.
Count Chocula. The least-respected, least-feared of all vampires.
Hey Mr Culkin,
Are there any movies you passed on, or didn't get the chance to make for what ever reason, that you wished you would have taken?
Preferred browser for macOS? What extensions do you use? :)
Did you enjoy making Stephen Merchant so uncomfortable?
What is your social life like?
Hey man, just letting you know that you're off to a great start and you should keep going with your dreams.
Have there ever been any design issues or ideas that just didn't make the cut? Do you think you will implement anything new into the future?
I was sent the script to Rushmore; I was still retired then.
That's a perfect movie
IT IS BOOMING
I HAVE TONS OF HUMAN FRIENDS WITH WHOM I CONSUME ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND BRUNCH MEALS AND SOMETIMES WE EVEN GET TOGETHER DURING THE WEEK TO COMPARE HOW TIRED WE ARE
Thank you!!! :)
Yeah, definitely. I wanted there to be multiple boss types, I wanted there to be a big final boss and a lot more unique upgrades which would be randomly offered to the player(choose between: enemies explode on death, vision reduced to a certain radius, your gun now overheats) but that really wasn't feasible for a single person to create. Because of that, I just had to cut it out and keep going.
I don't know how I'll treat the game in the future. Right now I'm still in the "cooling off" phase- I need a little bit of time to be able to take a step back and see how the game really is, rather than just seeing little sprites with bits of code attached running around the screen. I think that it's not unlikely I'll add a few more skins to the roster in the future, but I can't promise that.
How did you and Jim gaffigan get set up for working on his show?
In another comment from you guys I found this link: https://www.google.com/maps/timeline Any other links to 'instantly' spread awareness?
Are you still playing poker? Any favorite games / locations?
Do you consider yourself an Alpha?
What is the best method to teach yourself programing? I tried when I was a kid Game Maker and GBA rom hacking but I never wrapped my head around it.
I have a friend who owns a comedy club; he reached out. I didnt answer his email till the last minute. We did one episode; I suggested that I come back as a background character sometimes. We ran with it. It was a lot of fun
I play a high limit stud at Hollywood Park and in Vegas at the Aria.
OH HELL YEAH MAN. I LOVE BEING AN ALPHA MALE. IF YOU GO TO THE BAR, GUESS WHO IS THERE RUINING IT SURPRISE IT IS ME THE ALPHA MALE. I WILL ABSOLUTELY BE TALKING TOO LOUD. I WILL DEFINITELY WAG MY MONEY AT THE BARTENDER LIKE IT IS NOT JUST A FIVE DOLLAR BILL. AND YOU BET THAT I WILL BE STARTING A FIGHT OUTSIDE BECAUSE SOME GUY ACCIDENTALLY CAME WITHIN 10 FEET OF MY GIRLFRIEND. I AM TERRIBLE.
I think the best method is to:
Make sure that you are programming something you're interested in
Don't try to cram too much knowledge into your head at once. For instance, don't try to comprehend list comprehensions in Python if you've only just learned what a list even is.
Don't feel bad about stealing code from random StackOverflow posts. As long as you have a basic understanding of what it does, you're pretty much good to go. I mean, don't out-right plagiarize but algorithms are free.
I also tried Game Maker 1.something and it never really clicked with me. I tried to make a fan-game of a book by some friend who wrote short stories several years ago, but it never really went anywhere. I would recommend the Godot Engine, since it's got a built-in scripting language which is similar to Python. Python is a fairly simple language to learn and definitely one I'd start with if you don't know what you're doing.
Hope I helped!
EDIT: Regarding #2: I meant that you don't necessarily need to be able to recreate it on command, as long as you see it and understand that it does a thing even if you can concede that you'd never have thought of it on your own. It came off a bit wrong, as MajorMoustache pointed out below.
What was your experience like working on The Pagemaster? Did you have any involvement with the animation, or did you film your scenes long before the drawing began?
could you please make "exact phrase" with "-" mean ACTUAL EXACT PHRASE BETWEEN THE " "'s please? it would be nice also if the -exclude this word ACTUALLY EXCLUDED THE WORD AFTER - PLEASE.
Would you ever consider doing a sports show again? That show was awesome!
What are your thoughts on furries?
How much does being able to understand complex mathematics (algorithms, for example) factor into being a computer programmer and video game developer? Hope that's not a silly question!
Animated takes years to make; I pretty much just showed up in the studio, talked alot; and a couple years later it was doneWhoopieGoldberg
I would consider commentating golf which I think I can do better than anyone except Jim Nantz
Not a silly question at all!
I think that you don't really need to understand much complex mathematics in order to program to a sufficient level. Things get a bit more complex in 3D (quaternions... yuck) but honestly as long as you've had enough practice thinking in a logical/programmatic way, you should be fine.
I think that some knowledge of vectors and matrices come in handy, things like dot products, cross products, and what it means to normalize a vector. Also, some physics helps if you're dealing with a physics engine, so differentiation, integration, getting comfy with parabolas all helps out a lot. I think you can get quite far without most of that, though.
Google has become a verb to search for things. How could you make DuckDuckGo into a verb?
Started using your search engine a couple of months ago. I hated that Google would track my location in maps and suggest Home or Work without me telling it to store those addresses against my name.
Now that Ive turned off the setting to monitor places I often visit, whenever I go Home or to Work, it asks me if I want to turn the setting back on. Only those two places. Bastards.
Is it just me, or does much of human folly leave you howling in the darkness for some sort of sense, and maybe a nice steak?
How many copies per day are you selling since release?
Hair of the dog
Hah, thanks for being a DuckDuckGo user! "Duck it," "DuckDuckGo it", "DDGd it" could be a thing :), but sadly I don't think we're going to get rid of Google as verb -- it's too ingrained at this point to the extent it is generic like Kleenex.
Well, it depends on your view I suppose but it's been my experience is that life's purpose is to suffer. To abide the inevitable pain and to bear it in a noble way.
THE KEY TO HUMAN FOLLY IS UNDERSTANDING THAT JUST BENEATH THE SURFACE OF YOUR SKIN LURKS A SKELETON THAT IS ABSOLUTELY STOKED ABOUT ONE DAY BEING FREE
IF YOU GO TO THE BANK GUESS WHAT THE SKELETON IS AT THE BANK TOO
IF YOU TAKE A BATH YOU ARE TAKING A BATH WITH YOUR ONLY ETERNAL FRIEND: YOUR BONES
ONCE YOU ACCEPT THE WHOLE SKELETON THING, GOING TO THE BANK AND STUFF IS HONESTLY A LOT MORE FUN, ENJOY THE SKIN WHILE ITS THERE
I can't tell you that, Steam might get annoyed at me. :)
If you were offered a role in any comic book movie adaptation, what would you wanted it to be the most?
will ddg ever be able to filter by dates beyond 1 month? filter by past year would be great. while i'm at it....how about showing web page dates in search results? i prefer using ddg and will continue to do so but dates are lacking. thanks!
What are you wearing?
Sorry, I meant wat r u waring?
Hi, Are you a Wolf?
What's you're best piece of advice relating to game-dev and/or programming techniques?
Longshot, cause he's lucky
I hope so :). We are working on it. Past year (or better yet custom range) is closer.
I'm wearing sweatpants, and a T-shirt with beef stew spilled all over it. I had some beef stew for breakfast.
SEE I DO NOT UNDERSTAND IT YOU GUYS
I SIGNED UP FOR TWITTER, CLASSIC HUMAN BEHAVIOR
I MADE MY DISPLAY NAME NOT A WOLF SO THAT PEOPLE WOULD KNOW THAT I AM NOT A WOLF
I MADE MY USERNAME SICKOFWOLVES SO PEOPLE KNOW WHATS UP
AND I CONSTANTLY TALK ABOUT HOW I DO NOT LIKE WOLVES
AND YET PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS LIKE HEY DUDE ARE YOU SOME SORT OF SECRET WOLF BECAUSE THERES LITERALLY A RAW CHICKEN HANGING OUT OF YOUR BACKPACK
THE ANSWER IS NO NEXT QUESTION PLEASE
As for gamedev in general, probably "fail fast". I know it's not strictly a game development saying, but I think when interpreted to mean that you need to prototype->evaluate as many times as possible in a project's life cycle it's super helpful. I went through like 4 different iterations of the main gameplay hook(upgrade your enemies) before settling on the current one, and if I didn't just bite the bullet and effectively delete tens of hours of work on the earlier iterations my game would have been a lot worse off for it.
Have you ever been contacted by bigger data-tracking services? Google or Facebook for example?
If you were a wolf, what's the first thing that you would do?
The cigarette smoking area by the Haunted Mansion
It depends what you mean by contacted. We've spoken to a lot of different companies in one way or another.
I don't like any impressions of me but since Jimmy Fallon is the best impersonator I've ever met, when he does it I must believe that that's what I sound like.
I'm taking a break for a few months since I need to focus on schoolwork, but we'll see by the time my next project rolls around. :)
Any chance you would collaborate with Redlettermedia again?
Why is the US so far behind Europe on data privacy? While they're implementing GDPR, we're rolling rules that allow ISP tracking. Is it a cultural or political thing?
Hey norm. Big fan. Do you have any plans to do the Joe Rogan podcast? I would love to see you on.
What is your opinion on the moon? Additionally what is your favourite style of ham - honey baked? Maple glazed? Trench coat shaped?
May I ask how did you manage to have a 2D game require minimum of 2.4Ghz processor with recommended being 3.0Ghz? I hope you just didn't setup requirements correctly, because otherwise I can already tell that it was done in worst way possible as I don't see what would require so much power, from preview...
That's like what 3D games with tons of stuff in them require.
I havent been asked but Im a big fan of what they do
I WAS NOT TOO LONG AGO INFORMED THAT THE MOON IS NOT JUST A LIGHT SOURCE BUT IN FACT AN ENTIRE LOCATION AND HOLY HELL WAS THAT A GAME CHANGER BUT I DEFINITELY DID NOT THROW UP ON MY COUCH ABOUT IT SO PLEASE STOP INSINUATING THAT I DID
AS FOR HAM, I AM NOT SURE THERE IS A WRONG WAY TO DO IT PAL. RAW, BLOODY, STILL ACTUALLY JUST A PIG, ACTIVELY RUNNING AWAY FROM ME, FROM THE FLOOR OF THE BUS, WHATEVER STYLE ITS IN, I WILL ABSOLUTELY EAT IT
I'm going to be honest I just guessed based on 3 computers, two of which are pretty strong and the third is a laptop. I hope that nobody takes those too seriously^^
Is there any desire for DDG to become politically active in any way, shape or form? Endorse candidates? Create forums for politicians to discuss and debate privacy issues? Also, what organizations do you believe are most effective right now in terms of fighting for privacy rights? (EFF and EPIC come to mind - any others?)
Back in August you said you'd been invited to meet with the world's greatest novelist. My friend thinks that means Cormac McCarthy or Thomas Pynchon. Me, I go with Rosie O'Donnell. Can you tell us who you met, and if they enjoyed your book?
Are you always not a wolf, or only when there isn't a full moon?
How did selling your game work given that you're under 18 (and therefore,as I understand it, contracts with you aren't legally binding). Did you need to have your parent/guardian make seller agreements for you?
It was easy; I did it from my room over the phone.
I have no regrets
AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER I HAVE BEEN A HUMAN MAN
STRESSING OUT ABOUT MY COWORKERS OPINIONS OF ME
BRINGING UP BREAKING BAD ON FIRST DATES
THE WHOLE DEAL
Well, I'm in the UK so as long as I'm over 16 I can register as a Sole Proprietor, which is what I did. Also, Steam has no explicit rules against being under 18 while using their partner program(and I looked everywhere).
Unfortunately, I can't put my game on Itch or GameJolt yet since they require PayPal accounts which require me to be over 18... I can wait a few months.
I always wanted to ask whats your favorite athlete?
Big fan, Norm! Aside from your own book, what are a few personal favorite books of yours that you recommend like-minded individuals read? I'm looking to have my perspectives SHIFTED.
Can third parties use data from Atlas Obscura? Not the actual articles, but say, if I wanted a list of all the places you guys deemed interesting and put it on the web so you can search for places of interest on a map. What kind of permission/license would we need?
Chris Jericho. Cause hes a boss
The two greatest living writers are Cormac McCarthy and Alice Munro, so I would suggest a collection of Alice Munro short stories and McCarthey's masterpiece "The Road." My personal favorites are "War and Peace" and "The Death of Ivan Ilych" both by Tolstoy.
I DO NOT WORK FOR ATLAS OBSCURA THIS AMA IS ACTUALLY BEING HOSTED IN EXCHANGE FOR ME NO LONGER HANGING OUT NEAR THEIR DUMPSTER EVEN THOUGH I KEEP TELLING THEM I JUST GO THERE TO SMOKE TONS OF CIGARETTES AND I AM NOT AT ALL TRYING TO SEE IF THEY GOT ANYTHING GOOD CATERED FOR LUNCH TODAY, SOMEONE WILL REACH OUT TO YOU SOON
On a scale of 1-10, how good a kisser is Har Mar Superstar?
Hi Norm Macdonald and Gene at The Washington Post. Norm, did anyone ever tell you that you look like you're related to Bruce Campbell? Gene, has anyone told Norm that he looks like he's related to Bruce Campbell?
I give him a 16 and three quarters
I presume one person has but none before this morning.
WHAT THE HELL I THOUGHT WE WERE SCREENING THESE
The greatest comedic novels (Don Quixote, Tristram Shandy, Pale Fire, Based on a True Story) all make heavy use of metafictional elements. I'm leaving out A Confederacy of Dunces because I hated that book. Anyway, were you consciously drawing upon that tradition in BoaTS? Or did the story you wanted to tell naturally take you in the direction of metafiction? I ask because you have claimed to hate meta.
Brontosaurus but we know thats not real anymore. Like pluto. Or math.
I love all those books. I do hate meta but I was forced into by the scriptures of convention. I was hired to write a memoir, but secretly wrote a novel so I had to use the techniques of meta to mask it. I did it so well the New York Times called it a nonfiction.
FOR REAL ARE WE NOT SCREENING THESE
I FEEL LIKE I GET THIS ONE A LOT DESPITE SPEAKING OFTEN AND AT LENGTH ABOUT MY DISLIKE FOR WOLVES
Snickers Snickers Snickers
also Snickers send me free Snickers
I will say about Bob Saget that he's so recognized it's amazing. And people come up to him and say "You're Bob Saget." And he says "thank you." I guess that's what fame is.
What are your thoughts about separating artists work from their behavior? Specifically in cases of comedians like Bill Cosby and Louis C.K.
I always listen to the Talking Heads but I've been listening to a lot of Beirut lately
I separate their work completely from their transgressions. Everything about their work is extraordinary. Everything about their transgressions is utterly ordinary.
Normy Normy Normy!
Any chance you'll invite Conan to your podcast.?
Your book is phenomenal, and loved the audio narration. Stay amazing sire.
Toe Jam and Earl; I play it on a daily basis
Meaty and delicious but not as good as Stew's moms.
Nothing against other ears, but Bunnys happen to be the best
Every time I see a photo of you, you look hungry and it kicks in my desire to feed people. You're not hungry are you?
No I have all the pizza a kid would ever want
Totally Rad. I loved the Royal Rumble this year. Big Nakamura fan.
What will it take to fully expose/overthrow the culture of exploitation in hollywood?
I always liked being a tank; something like a fighter
It's always Joe's Pizza (in NYC), and not to be all normal about it, but I do like a proper plain. That's how you can judge a place. I've been with lots of vegetarians so I can get with that, but I wouldnt kick a pepperoni and sausage out of bed.
Has Matt managed to get you to watch any One Piece or any other anime?
Not yet but on my list is One Punch Man, One Piece, FLCL, Cowboy Bebop- I have homework
Not anymore- Warcraft really took it out of me
Hey :) What is you favorite place in Europe? Greetings from north Germany :)
Hello, North Germany.
Centre Pompidou in Paris. I know their collection inside and out.
Do you ever think you’ll return to acting or the movie industry?
And how did you get into podcasting?
I do gigs here and there- its not a job. Its a hobby.
I just did Seth Green's directorial debut- "Changeland"- find it wherever Changelands are sold.
My buddy Matt Cohen hit me with a microphone and made me. Also I like the internet. And talking.
I ask myself in the mirror everyday
I love doing theater- its my favorite form, however Im not really perusing anything at the moment. Not looking for any gigs.
But yah. Sure. What ya got?
What do you like most about podcasting? Why do you think so many people choose to do it?
I like to talk at people and I like the sound of my own voice.
When I was a kid in New Hampshire (like 20 or so years ago) my friend was an extra in one of your movies. He said you ate lunch with him amd some others after an ice skating scene. I told him he was full of shit. Is there a chance he wasnt?
Sounds about right.
Was she cute?
The first time you heard of/saw the Culkin Christ, what was your reaction?
My first thought was "What took them so long?"
What two wrestlers, alive or dead, would you have play Harry and Marv so you can torture them in your funhouse maze twice?
Heath Slater and Mantaur