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Feb 3rd 2018 by vvanderbred • 18 Questions • 28 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.

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For the both of you, if you want.

How is the scientific community responding to the recent politicization of information- i.e., Donald Trump believing climate change is false, or the several senators' belief that the Earth is only 6,000 years old- and what is being done to combat this?

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What do you do in order to stop the fainting? Just sit down and take a minute?


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Hi, pal!! Do you have any pets? And if so, what are their names?

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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?


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This is really weird to see because my family is from that same Pueblo! I haven’t been back there in awhile but i do love dropping by. Have fun!

How many people still live in the Pueblo? And if you known anybody from the Cata family, tell them Sonny’s grandkid says, hi!

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Thank you for your response, it definitely gave me a better understanding of her perspective


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We're trying to get the word out directly to the public. No more middlemen, no more games of telephone with our research results. In the past year I have seen an explosion in scientists concerned with the current state of affairs in science. People are getting on twitter, instagram, facebook- you name it. We realize it's do or die time, and that scientists everywhere need to start speaking up. Straight from a Scientist hopes to link everyone trying to do this together- we are more powerful as a unit!

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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.


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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

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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!


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I am a Cata lol, thjere are about 2,000 enrolled members

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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/


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How would you describe consciousness? Knowing the parts of the brain and neurochemical interactions, how would you explain the human perspective and experience?

General and vague is okay, it’s too big of a question.

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Adele is my Boss.

We're still talking about the dog, right? :)


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What do you think of wolves?

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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


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Holy crap this keeps getting weirder. Small world. Good luck to everyone and hopefully ill stop in within the next year or so. Take care!

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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.


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Connor here-

Love it! This will all be pure speculation, but it's something I've pondered for a long time. Basic definitions of consciousness include self awareness, which seems to be regulated strongly by GABA and Dopamine: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0149763416300410

I think self-awareness is a start, but it doesn't incorporate morality, which I expect to be mediated by the prefrontal cortex- a region that for myself, has just finished developing at age 25 (by current estimations). Nor does it explain emotion- which is deeply regulated and shown to be a strong influencer of behavior in many mammals.

This question is the holy grail of neuroscience. My expectation is consciousness, by any way we define it, is not purely human. Dolphins and elephants, for example, have strong emotional connections with other community members. What makes humans unique, I think, is complex language. How would you think without knowing words? None of us remember this stage in our lives- but it fascinates me

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Yes, Adele is my Boss. She is wise when it comes to saving my life and I always do as she instructs.


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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

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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?


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Feel free to message me!

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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.


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Now that you made me thinking, advanced language could probably be the prime reason, Like try to imagine your consience without language, could that be called a proper consience?

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How often do you tell Adele that she's a good girl?


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Is a hot dog a sandwich?

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Just wanted to say keep focusing on being a computer whiz and building things that actually interest people. You’ll be far more successful, and happier, than following a standard academic focus.


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I haven't seen anything in the AMA about the dance itself yet. What can you tell us about the native dance styles and how they vary between the tribes?

Hoop dance is the area that interests me most - I make LED hoops for performers and some of the multi-hoop moves are very much influenced by native hoop dance traditions.

There are very few modern hoop dance performers who do that sort of off-body work with more than about 5 hoops, though, and I've been told that 28 is traditional in native dance.

Obviously LED hoops are not a part of the native traditions, but it'd be fun to see what a skilled practitioner of the traditional dances could do with modern hoops and lighting design chosen to reflect their artistic heritage.

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Hey, not to attack you but I am honestly curious. Why do you support the reintroduction of gun rights for abusers after only a "cooling off" period, rather than the loss of those rights? There are a lot of stats saying that having a gun in the household leads to more deaths, and we know from the texas shooting last year that some of those perpetrators come back later and do shoot their victims/family.

To me, it seems very obvious that unless the cooling off period is long and comes with counseling to change the mindset of the abuser, you are removing the danger to law enforcement only for the time immediately surrounding the conviction. But many victims go back, and even if they don't, many perpetrators reoffend. It won't protect the victim or the next victim, or the police who show up at the next incident.


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Right! It's impossible for me to even have a "thought" without using words... when words shut off, I'm typically in flow state- which would be altered consciousness

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Multiple times an hour.


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WOAH WAIT WHAT IS A HOT DOG

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Thank you!! :) That's the idea. For a while I was kind of disenfranchised with getting into gamedev and thought that I'd just spend my life working a 9-5 as a software developer in some random company, but at some point I just... decided not to? Now I've got my heart set on getting a career in gamedev, or becoming homeless trying.


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The dance starts at sunrise, we come down from a mountain/hill thats nearby ( about a 1/4-1/2 mile away) and proceed to dance our way into the Pueblo. We dance til around 8 am or so, then we take an intermission from 8-9:15. Then we dance until 4 with 1 more intermission in between noon and 4 pm or so.

At 4 pm we do the runaway song, where we dance our final song and a clown/apache shoots a blank gun into the air after the final verse and we run before a woman can catch us. The whole point is to get caught by a girl, where she takes you back to her house after and feeds you after a long day of the dance.

Here's a video of the the dance we perform in from 9-2:30/3:00ish https://youtu.be/9LMGONSg2_0

I could not find the ending however

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Thank you for sharing :)


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Well while I was reading a book I heard about a few deaf people who did not learn any language ( It also said that deaf who have learned sign language think in it) or were forced to learn spoken language (written form) and not sign language.

Disallowing then to comprehend advanced language negatively altered their neurological development and thought process compared to normal humans. 'They were unable to use their brains at their full potential' simmalar to the authors way of putting it

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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.


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Bathing suit season is just around the corner, do you have any tips for keeping a trim figure?

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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.

I had a website business on the side through school and Uni (this is back in 98) I was hand coding DHTML and javascript to make Web pages come to life with with dynamic animations and little games. I loved games not websites though and wanted to work on triple A games. So I joined a games company without thinking I was giving anything up and I was suddenly faced with the realities of working for someone.

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!


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People talk about cultural appropriation these days. What ar your thoughts on non tribal people liking and wanting to wear clothing inspired by your culture?

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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.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3175099/#!po=56.7961


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Interesting! Do you remember the book?

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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.


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FEAST ON THE BONES OF ANYONE WHO CRITICIZES YOUR FIGURE

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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. :)


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It's understandable to a certain extent but I see a lot of people just wearing the native clothing because its cool or trendy but generally (from my experience) the same people are never really interested in diving into the actual culture (the good and the bad) but just do it because its the type of fashion we wear in the SW

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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.


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What would you say is the most underestimated topic in science?

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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?


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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"?

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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.


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Are there any books or movies that you think have accurate/informative portrayed of native culture?

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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)


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Probably, the gut microbiome- but it's quickly gaining attention! We discussed it here: https://www.straightfromascientist.com/sfs-roundtable-episode-microbiome/

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Do you understand how grateful I am to you?


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HE WHO MAKES A MAN OF HIMSELF GETS TO STAY INSIDE AND EAT MELTED CHEESE

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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! :)


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To be honest i haven't watched a ton of native american movies (i know its ironic cause i mentioned i do film, and am native) but I just never ended up watching a lot of those movies. However, i do reccomend anything with Wes Studi, he's a fantastic actor and portrays things in a very accurate way.

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Brilliant :)


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Should people with terminal diagnoses be allowed to try untested medicines?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/rugby-union/2018/01/30/nhs-told-methey-would-review-application-october-wanted-scream/

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What do you wish more people knew about or did (or didn't do) around service dogs?


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What is your favorite cut of steak and how do you like it done?

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Yep, CTO here. Can confirm. It’s huge that you don’t just KNOW things, but you’ve actually DONE stuff. Impressive stuff too. 10/10 would hire :)


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Wes Studi is amazing. The last of the Mohicans was the first "serious" movie I remember watching as a kid and even then I was blown away by him.

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How do you feel about reformed abusers sharing their journey?


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I'm not a clinician- I don't know how accurate these diagnoses are. I will say, however, that I believe in freedom of choice, especially at late stages of life. As long as the patient is aware and well educated about risks (this is a HUGE if), then I think it would be okay. My main concern is patients being taken advantage of

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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.


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WHOLE COW RARE

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Haha, thank you!!! :) That means a lot.


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Watch Hostiles! Great movie that just came out and he stars in it

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I’m totally open to it, I want people to learn and grow from reading my website and the way to do that is by sharing information from all perspectives, and I think it’s rare to find a reformed abuser willing to share their journey so I think it would be really valuable and a good insight from the other side


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I understand if you don't want to answer, but have you tried or would you consider trying any psychedelic for yourself, to gain new perspectives? I have tried out many different drugs and had to eventually give up my medical studies due to my polytoxic, depressive and neurotic brain. I am on my way out of this lifestyle right now and don't want to encourage or glorify anything, but some experiences I had were really out of this world, though often not easy to control. Dissociativa I would consider the most impressive regarding the self and consciousness. Feeling your mind dissolve and reassemble is impossible to describe with words. Apart from that, do you know of any current research or development of a new generation of anti-depressants apart from the transmitter concentration changing and receptor modulating ones, we already have? How active would you consider current research on intracellular mechanisms of depression?

Great AMA and thanks, you take the time!

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What do you do when you get a warning and you're in the middle of doing something or in an inconvenient location?


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Why are horses so shifty? They always look like they’re planning to destroy something

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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


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What’s up bro? Fellow Puebloan here from Isleta lol, never thought I’d see a Native on here doing an AMA!

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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.


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Interesting question... First off I have to say that I am against the anti depressants that are on the market today. SSRIs have a 40% fail rate.... That being said, we are not successfully treating the issue. Now as far as psychedelic drugs, A LOT more research needs to be done and luckily more and more is coming out daily. While I cannot advocate any drug use, I have had positive effects from psilocybin experiences that last an extended period of time BUT have also had terrible experiences that one would never want to experience. So exercise caution..... I think depression is one of the most complicated things to treat now a days because it is so multifactorial. My advice would be start natural and go from there. (cold showers, exercise, fasting, diet, lions mane, ect)

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I stop whatever I am doing until it is safe to continue.


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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

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Haha, that's great! :)


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How's it going man? I felt it was necessary as people have a lot of different outlooks on us to this day. Let me know if theres any discrepancies on my part

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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.


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feels good, you share my view on the ADs mostly prescribed nowadays. it is crazy, how companies bring slightly modified versions of generics with 1% higher effectiveness to the market instead of digging deeper into underlying reasons. I fear, we are still far far away from understanding and effectively treating most mental diseases. as for myself, I will try to really give psychotherapy a chance, since various medications just didn't do it for me. And thanks for being so open about psychedelics. As I said, I don't want to encourage anyone and I think I've had my fair share of disturbing experiences. Was just wondering about your view, as the 'war on drugs' doesn't seem to be the answer, either.

A:

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?


Q:

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.

A:

That makes sense I think with getting them to make something more personalized to start. My daughter is 2yrs so I have time, however, I have cousins that are 11yrs and I am very close with them.


Q:

Do you feel pressured to marry someone with equal or higher blood quantum if you want your children to participate in your traditions?

A:

I live in the US, but I've sent my story in via your blog's share a story feature.


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I have tried psilocybin before, to great personal effect. Definitely one of the major life-changing experiences on my list. BUT I don't want to encourage any of this without proper precaution. you really need to be careful with the physical, social, and emotional setting of the experiment to benefit from it. There's more science coming out all the time on this, and it's high time people in all communities start to admit that it CAN have beneficial effects, but does NOT ALWAYS benefit a user.

There are other experimental methods of antidepressants. TMS or transcranial magnetic stimulation, has already demonstrated some sort of efficacy on humans. It's non-invasive, and definitely less disturbing and dangerous than a mushroom trip. And it's possible it rewires the brain in the same way

A:

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.


Q:

HAHA YEAH I KNOW WHAT BANANAS ARE AND AM DEFINITELY NOT GOOGLING THEM RIGHT NOW

A:

Good luck!! 2 years might be a tad young, but yeah- 11 years sounds like a good time to get at least some kind of programmatic foundation in their thought process. Good luck!!


Q:

I'd love to marry a native woman, and of course I want my kids to participate but if I do fall in love with someone that isnt native, it wont be the biggest deal

A:

Thank you so much! Can I ask if you would like to be named or if you would like to keep it anonymous?


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Great answers here!

Is medical science kind of broken, compared to other sciences? There are so many medical myths that persisted for decades, and they only now have lost credibility:

  • high blood cholesterol? Advice: don't eat eggs
  • high fat diet? You will get fat in your blood vessels and heart attacks
  • high blood pressure? reduce sodium in your diet
  • you have acid reflux? take antacid pills (you should drink a tbsp of wine/balsamic/apple cider vinegar)
  • lowcarb/paleo/ketogenic diets are bad or useless
  • sunscreen prevents skin cancer
  • the real solution to old people having weak bones is not calcium pills. It is lifting weights.
  • fasting is metabolically dangerous
  • RICE as a solution for sprains.

What other medical statements are waiting to be discredited?

Is there a lack of healthy skepticism among medical scientists?

A:

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?


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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?

A:

How did you learn how to do graphic design for the game? How long have you spent making the game?


Q:

Sengithamu!

I'm from Nanbe (currently in Atlanta) and I'm wondering about your views on the decolonization policies that some pueblos are undertaking- e.g. Changing the Spanish names back to original Tewa (Tiwa/Towa), not saying "pueblo Indian" but rather Tewa, etc. What do you think?

Kuu da

A:

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."


Q:

Tough questions! First as far as medical statements that are waiting to be discredited....

Antibiotics for everything Amphetamines treat ADD ADHD (they are garbage) Depression can be treated by long term SSRI (it is way to multifactorial) Anxiety should be treated by long term benzos... (brain fog city)

As far as healthy skepticism, I'd like to see a lot more. I don't see enough people asking the right questions and I would like to see a lot more healthy skepticism when it comes to the prescription of adderall, vyvance, valium ect

A:

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.


Q:

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

A:

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!


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My best friend is from Nambe! Do you know the Kaskallas? I love the fact that we went from San Juan Pueblo to Ohkay Owingeh really was a big deal for us because I felt we were now makjing progress and embracing a new era of native american greatness/pride

A:

Okay :)


Q:

This is turning into the best AMA I ever read. Thanks.

I will also ask a pharma question at the top.

A:

Does Adele chase cats?


Q:

Do you think wolves should be reintroduced to Scotland?

A:

what did you use to make the graphics?


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Ha yeah the Kaskallas are my second cousins. Im from the Romero/Howkumi branch.

A:

Firstly let me say i completely agree with you about male victims and the sick lack of empathy our society has towards them. That's why, although I hate to say this, but I feel I should warn you that you are venturing into dangerous territory when you openly advocate for male victims in your program like you are doing.

I'm sure you've noticed you are already getting pushback from feminists in this post like:

u/legalalien420

"This makes me very uncomfortable, it feeds into the male victim MRA bullshit, and nothing drives abuse like 'entitled victim' mentality. The fact is, serious violence in relationships is almost always male perpetrated and women abusers very rarely kill their partners. This isn't nit picking, it's about protecting the vulnerable against abuse"

These people despise any effort to raise awareness or help male victims of anything. Especially if it means treating male victims equally to female victims which they interpret as taking attention away from female victims...somehow. I'm warning you about this because all it will take is one of these toxic feminists to right an article on huffpo or xojane to start a huge campaign against you and your efforts. Smearing you day and night and making your life hell.

If you don't believe me just take a look at what they did to Cassie Jaye

Take steps to prepare yourself

Good Luck my friend


Q:

No problem! I've lurked so many AMAs in the past, pretty cool to actually be a part of one. We're both stepping away intermittently for dinner/lab work- but will keep an eye out!

A:

Never. She loves all creatures.


Q:

ABSOLUTELY I THINK THAT WOLVES SHOULD BE INTRODUCED TO A LOT OF PLACES

-SCOTLAND

-SENATE

-THAT GAP OUTLET THAT I AM NO LONGER ALLOWED INTO

-SERIOUSLY WHY CANT YOU BRING HAM TO THE GAP

A:

I used Aseprite and a whole lot of trial-and-error.


Q:

Small world am I right haha

A:

Thank you for warning me, but I am very strong in my views and I will be sharing them regardless of what people may think. I am a strong feminist, but to me feminism is equality and male victims of DV being ignored and not taken seriously is not equality. Abuse is abuse, it is inexcusable from both males and females.


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This is turning into the best AMA I ever read. Thanks.

I will also ask a pharma question at the top.

A:

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?


Q:

Do you think you'll get married and settled down sometime?

A:

thank you! do you have in mind if you are going to learn blender, maya or any other similar tool? you can get autodesk programs for free once you start attending college.


Q:

Do you tend to avoid any vices that have typically hurt native americans like alcohol? Also did your diet growing up include a lot of traditional pueblo dishes and do you continue to make them for yourself?

A:

I'm a bit confused on the "share your story" tab. Should we write out our story in the comment area, or just explain why we want to share our story? Thanks! I love seeing things like this.


Q:

You may be interested in this paper: https://www.qualityforum.org/Projects/n-r/Patient-Reported_Outcomes/Patient-Reported_Outcomes.aspx

This kind of system is in development, by the looks of it. Better late than never...

A:

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.


Q:

EVERY TIME I GO OUT WITH A HUMAN THEY’RE ALL

HEY TAKE OFF YOUR TRENCH COAT

AND

WOW IT SEEMS LIKE YOU HAVE SOME SORT OF HORRIBLE SECRET

SO I FEEL LIKE I JUST NEED TO FOCUS ON ME RIGHT NOW

A:

If I learn a 3D modelling program, it's probably going to be Blender due to the fact it's open source and I've had a little practice with it. I can't do much, but I know vaguely what the UI looks like^^


Q:

Alcohol is still prominent in the community, and I would like to be able to help my community find other outlets that are positive instead of drinking and gambling. I find it kinda sad that on my reservation, the casino and the liquor store are practically right next to eachother, and are open all week,, whereas the recreational centers never have a set time that they're open. And yes my grandmother made traditional dishes while I was growing up and she still does to this day. My favorite dish is Red Chile stew (potaoes and meat with red chile) and posole mixed together! it's so good!!!

A:

Sorry, still getting the hang of things with the website so thanks for the feedback. I’ll make it clearer for people on the site. You can write your story straight away if you like but I know there’s a lot of people that aren’t confident with writing so even just drop a message saying “hi, I have something I’d like to share” and I can email back and help you put it together and discuss things. Whatever you prefer!


Q:

I don’t know if you guys are still answering these, but I’m a student hoping to major in neuroscience. (I’m currently in school for a different major.) How would you guys recommend getting started in the research aspect of neuroscience, and are there any schools with good neuroscience programs that you’d recommend?

A:

Is Adele a good dog? Can you pet her for me?


Q:

What is the best way to eat a freshly killed cotton tail rabbit?

A:

Why did you choose godot instead of unreal or other physics engines? What language did you use?


Q:

I’m Laguna Pueblo and whenever I get homesick I make red chile stew! Made it last week, lol. My husband loves it when I’m homesick because I finally cook.

A:

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?


Q:

We'll be answering throughout the weekend, at a minimum! First I must ask- are you in the US or Europe or?

Also, I don't think you need to be a neuroscience major to go to grad school in neuroscience. Having a biochemistry background has helped me personally- it also helped me get more lab experience. I'd definitely recommend taking neuro courses at your school even if you don't major in it. There are also a bunch of free neuro tools out there these days for the curious. Search your school's research labs, and find some that interest you. Reach out to the professors and ask to work as volunteer/for credit if your school allows!

A:

Always good except when she is getting into trouble. I am happy to give her your love.


Q:

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!

A:

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.


Q:

I have family in Laguna as well! what are your favorite dishes?

A:

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.


Q:

What is y'alls take on the ketogenic and carnivore diets? Do either of y'all do it, and do you guys plan to do a podcast specifically on the subject?

A:

That's amazing! It's always so refreshing to hear about all of the different things we're able to train dogs for. Truly humanity's best friend.

When you first got Adele, what were some of your biggest struggles? Did it take you some time to bond? Was public access a breeze for you personally or did you encounter "Papers please" situations?


Q:

What is your favorite kind of bird?

A:

How long did it take you to reach the level of coding that was needed to create this? How long did finding all the bugs take? (my java code for courses still has infinite bugs and I can’t imagine ever posting to steam so props for putting yourself out there :) )

Edit: wow my set of upvotes >100 thanks for all the advice on using an engine - i might look into it once I reach the end of the job search - glad you’re doing so much with your life already at 17 - it really is much harder to learn something well that you’re passionate about once you’re trying to accumulate job worthy skills so congrats on being ahead


Q:

Do you speak a native American language?

A:

Writing is a great way to express inner emotions. I had trouble reading this though -- was there a formatting issue?


Q:

Connor here- Huge fan of keto. Right now I "cycle" flexibly- but my main diet subsists of meats, leafy greens, and other veggies. Lots of almond flour. No real carb intake unless I'm eating out or in social situations. You have to live a little, after all.

We will definitely do a roundtable on this! Also looking for experts to interview on the topic.

A:

Adele and I took a few months to bond and about a year to learn each others language. I have only ever had issues with access when it come to taxi's. I have learned to get the number of the taxi and the company before approaching.


Q:

ANY FALCON

I HAVE NOTHING BUT RESPECT FOR FALCONS

A:

I've been programming since I was like 8 years old so the programming side of things just came from a lot of experience. I have spent the last two years or so getting really into game development so that's when I've really been concentrating on improving my skills- it's slow, but I think it's paid off.

Haha, I'd recommend using a full-on engine rather than just Java and whatever framework(LWJGL, etc) if you're trying to make a game as an indie. There's really no shame in it- it saves a lot of time and pain that could be spent on the higher-level elements of your game. Performance isn't really that relevant unless you're doing something really unconventional that other engines just don't facilitate properly, but concepts like that are few and far between.

As for finding all the bugs...

I just pushed an update to fix like 3 of them after getting a few messages about them.>.> It's the price to pay for no real QA testing, I suppose.


Q:

Not fluently, but I will get there, I have a great support system that has been helping me out an I will learn it, just need some time.

A:

Yes there was, didn’t realise the paragraphs didn’t work. Better now?


Q:

What is y'alls take on the ketogenic and carnivore diets? Do either of y'all do it, and do you guys plan to do a podcast specifically on the subject?

A:

How was Adele trained? Were you part of the training process, or was she fully trained when you got her?


Q:

Which is better, head scratches or belly rubs?

A:

I agree with this. If you want to make a game, use an engine. The only reason you should make your own engine is if your game is really simple, or you just want to learn how to make an engine. Most engines let you supplement the engine with your own binary code, so even if you need something really unconventional, you can usually add it to the engine.


Q:

Are you into Native literature? If so who are your favorite? I a huge fan of Leslie Marmon Silko, Sherman Alexei, and Louise Erdrich.

A:

Why does your site have so many ads? Hosting a wp site doesn't cost a fortune...


Q:

I have experimented with keto diets and would like to try the carnivore diet sometime. I think everyone should give at least keto a try, but there is no one size fits all diet. We plan on doing a podcast discussing the scientific research in the near future on the subject so stay tuned!

A:

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.


Q:

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

A:

Agreed! The Godot Engine allows for C++ modules to be added at compilation, which is what I had to do in order to integrate the Steam API.

Godot 3.0 has this thing called GDNative which allows for C++ module integration without having to re-compile the engine which I am looking forward to a lot, considering Godot uses MinGW conventions and Steam uses MSVC- not exactly the nicest thing to compile on a MinGW compiler which throws a tantrum at the sight of certain MSVC types.


Q:

I love Sherman Alexie

A:

Like I’ve said, I’m clueless about with all this stuff. I’ve picked a theme and I write the posts and that’s about it! I’ve only been doing it for a month :)


Q:

I'm a first year grad student in medical illustration. Part of our Masters course requires that we work on a research topic and develop a visual communication (i.e. illustration, animation, learning module, app, etc.) solution to a challenge or deficit in our chosen topic.

I've always been interested in meditation, changing brain states, biofeedback, neuropathy, and the mitigation of the sensation of pain leading to actual decreases in markers of pain (I.e reduced muscle tension, reduced inflammation, etc.) . Do you know of any researchers working in this area (preferably Chicago land area)?

A:

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?


Q:

Who's a good boy?

A:

I don't know too much about Godot, but my cousin is making a game with it, and he told me about the new features in 3.0, it seems pretty exciting.

He also uses Godot at work at Google to make basic UIs, because it's easier than making it in python


Q:

I've listened to Alexie read his own writing, and he vocalizes the "excited" response (ie "oh, wow!") tone EXACTLY as I remember it in Espanola, and San Juan... now Ohkay Owingah... as a kid.

You are a Cata... we're cousins. I don't recognize your picture, but I think it's awesome you're doing an AMA.

My mom and brother will be going down to the pueblo for the dances later this month. I've heard the pueblo has some pretty cool things going on recently. Are you a part of any of it (beyond the traditional)?

A:

Just to lighten the mood (but in no way undermine and disrespect the trauma you suffered) do you like fish and chips?


Q:

I would highly suggest getting into meditation and have read good things about biofeedback but sadly I don't know any researchers studying that in the Chicago area. The SFS network is young but we are growing rapidly :)

-Julian

A:

Canine Partners For Life matched us as a team and they did a wonderful job.


Q:

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

A:

Oh wow, that's super cool, though I suppose it makes sense. I think one of Godot's greatest strengths is its ability for rapid prototyping, so I suppose that's a pretty smart use-case for it.


Q:

I recently recieved the first scholarship from this company called anew. They focus on bringing in necessities like furniture, fridges, washers and dryers etc to the community to help out the people that cannot necessarily afford them. I would like to use my platform at Anew to do something bigger in terms of giving back to the community

A:

I LOVE FISH AND CHIPS. With chippy sauce. mmmm.


Q:

Why don't more people know about our 3 brains? The head brain ,heart brain,and gut brain.

A:

Do you want a treat / ball?


Q:

What do you like most about the workflow of the Godot engine and what do you hate most about it?

A:

What do you like the most about being a Native American and what do you like least about being a Native American?


Q:

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.

A:

Connor here- A good question- not really sure. It's hard to visualize, and even harder to understand and explain the crosstalk that occurs between the PNS (outer nervous system) and CNS (central, e.g head brain).

Ultimately, however, the CNS is going to be dominant, so when we're explaining things in a simple manner, that's what garners attention


Q:

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

A:

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.


Q:

I've always loved being native american, but when I moved out of state for the first time I truly fell in love with my culture because I then got to see how blessed I am to be apart of the indigenous community. I guess I finally got to see how unique it was and the pride I have will never go away.

What I hate is that people will ask the dumbest and most thoughtless questions, like when I'm at work serving tables I always get a guest or two that ask me if I did a rain dance or they ask me if they can be apart of the Pueblo's dances because they just recently found out they are like 1/16th Native American etc.

A:

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.


Q:

Conner, my grandma has Alzheimer's and i noticed her speech patterns are similar to someone using a speech jammer. Is there any connection here? [speech jammer video] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dK2ylXWn_v4&t=70s

A:

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.


Q:

Congratulations. I wish you much success. Which Linux distro is your favorite? Thanks.

A:

...because they just recently found out they are like 1/16th Native American

There's a reason why the Generokee tribe is the fastest growing Native American tribe in all of North America.


Q:

How can interested fellow survivors share our stories?

A:

I'm sorry, I know that's tough for all involved. The speech jammer is super interesting. I had never heard one in action before but the way a speech jammer works is by essentially running interference- possibly due to hyperactivity we see Alzheimer's disease. Will look into it!


Q:

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

A:

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".


Q:

Generokee haha. Thats the best thing I have heard in awhile

A:

drop me an email at [email protected] or submit a message here :) if you need any help writing too I am happy to assist. https://writeforadifference.com/contact/


Q:

Is there anything in the works right now for an alternate to Xyrem for narcoleptics? If so, how far away would you estimate it is from being on the market?

A:

Why are you yelling?


Q:

How did you start programming at 8 years old? Were you nudged in that direction by a friend or family member?

A:

You have to renew your ID card every two year?!


Q:

Is your twitter handle in reference to Nirvana's song?

A:

Not my area of expertise, but: Clinical trials are investigating efficacy and safety of SXB, modafinil, and armodafinil in children

Clinical trials are the last step to approval!

From https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5344488/


Q:

WHY ARENT YOU

A:

My dad was super into computers and helped get me into computer games from a very young age, so I was always fascinated by all sorts of computer games. I tried several times to create (massively over-ambitious) text adventures in Windows Batch script from YouTube tutorials which I could literally just copy out exactly and just change the flavour text.

From there, I learned maybe one or two commands in ActionScript which basically just made buttons work. I didn't really understand how to do anything else, I understood key-frames and the basics of how sprites worked, but yeah- that's how I made and uploaded the award-winning "Catch-A-Button" to Kongregate.


Q:

every 4 years

A:

YES! I love Nirvana.


Q:

Julian, how did you get into neuroscience, and what’s the most interesting/mindfuck thing that you’ve learned?

And then for both of you, what inspired you to start Straight from a Scientist? It’s super awesome that y’all are trying to encourage people asking scientific questions.

A:

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?


Q:

Will you get rich from this? What’s your next project?

A:

How much emphasis is put on becoming financially successful?


Q:

The biggest mindfuck that I have learned... hmmmm.... I would have to say the microbiota - gut - brain axis effect on epigenetics. Basically there are living organisms in your gut that can hijack your brain and affect not only your genetics but your mood, mental state, memory and even anxiety.... We had this idea a few years ago but were not ready to execute. Now we have the academic background and public speaking skills to execute our goal. :)

A link to the paper describing my mindfuck

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24286462

A:

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


Q:

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!

A:

Not emphasis on being successful financially, but to be wealthy in terms of knowledge and wisdom is what is preached.


Q:

You know one thought of encouragement which may make you feel your long road ahead is shorter as you think is that I suspect now with a MA your chances are increased for acceptance in a PhD program in a school of your choice.

A:

how do you feel about cats?


Q:

Maybe an RTS with three factions consisting of the whales, Japanese whalers, and Sea Shepard.

A:

Where do you stand on the ‘Washington Redskins’ debate? Do you find it offensive and a slur? Have you or anyone you know been called this term in a derogatory way? Thanks for your insight.


Q:

Exactly and now I have a lot of practical experience as well as a clear idea of what I want to specialize in.

A:

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


Q:

Yes.

A:

I don't find it offensive. It's funny me and my buddy were talking the other day how white liberals are generally the only people offended by it. Me personally, I think that there are bigger things to worry about in the native american community instead of an NFL or MLB teams mascot. I'd like to see alcoholism go away and many other things prioritized first before any if that other stuff


Q:

Pretty cool deal. Both Neurosciences. One of my regrets is losing contact with my friends and not making enough of the right ones.

It looks like you guys are a perfect team.

I'm also jealous you are from Spain beecause I bet that was amazing to the castles and palaces in the south (I always wished to see a real castle)

A:

What is the best sandwich?


Q:

Put a narwhal in there.

A game can't live without a narwhal.

A:

You're not the only one. I've seen many Native people in New Mexico who aren't offended at all and think the fight is ridiculous.

Personally, as a Laguna/Isleta woman, I do think it's time for the racist mascots to go. They're dated and it's crazy that they've lasted this long.


Q:

I have to say Spain is awesome! While answering these questions I have a nice bottle of Rioja red wine and a few tapas helping me stay energized :)

The south is beautiful. I would strongly recommend Sevilla, Granada and if you like food, Vigo in the north.

A:

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

WHERES GARY


Q:

...Thanks for the suggestion. :)

A:

Again I respect your opinion, everyone is certainly entitled to their own, but growing up that's all people have asked me is if i feel offended about Tribal Mascots when there are huger issues that need to be confronted


Q:

Cool thank you, I'll probably spend more time in Spain when I do travel there and hit up my European hit list. The castles and history are my main focus with the culture. I tend to find that popular tourist areas rob one of the later experience

A:

What's your favourite item of clothing to wear on a night out?


Q:

You have to pay a fee to publish on steam? I figured they just took a percentage of sales.

A:

Is there one specific part of your culture you wish more people knew about ?


Q:

Connor here- I'm in the US, so I just had a pepper onion and mushroom omelette for breakfast. Julian is probably eating dinner now..

A:

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


Q:

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! ^^

A:

There's a lot of things I wish people knew about, I can't think of one specifically but there's a reason why I am a film major, I want to be able to show the world what goes on in our daily lives and how we operate on a daily basis. A lot of people think that Pueblo ppl live in Tipi's, etc but that couldnt be further from the truth


Q:

What's the hardest part about being a wol perfectly normal human?

A:

Haha I love this answer to what your next project will be


Q:

Red or green?

A:

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


Q:

AlexHoratio: #1 AMA-er

A:

Christmas!


Q:

Where did you grow up?

A:

I bought the game. Will play it tomorrow. Any tips?

Thanks for the 15% discount by the way!


Q:

Chicos or pasole?

A:

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


Q:

Woo, thank you!! :) Biggest tip would probably be to upgrade toughness last>.> things get very hard very fast when the Kyztlings take a lot of hits to kill.

A:

Posole for sure!


Q:

What about your human teen years?

A:

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.


Q:

I noticed in another comment that you are film major (same here!):

  1. Any Native American-centered films or directors you recommend? I'm admittedly quite ignorant on this subject.

  2. Do you have a favorite director/film?

A:

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


Q:

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!^^

A:

I love the revenant, anything with Wes Studi, and I love Tarantino. We should collab on a project someday!


Q:

Did you find Wolves of Wall Street misleading?

A:

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.


Q:

Do older members of your community still hold grudges against whites for what they have done to Native Americans?

A:

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


Q:

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!!

A:

Not really, if you respect our dances and ceremonies and don't ask stupid non educated questions then we are all good, but you would be surprised how many people try to become part of the culture, etc. Life is all about respect and even though we never fully received it, we are taught to be a bigger person, mentally and emotionally.


Q:

 

 

 

 

                    How do I convince people that white space is important in drawing attention?

 

 

 

 

A:

What was the hardest obstacle you had to get through in this whole journey?


Q:

What does your tribe do to hand down ancestral knowledge, spiritual beliefs, tribal history, etc? Can you share anything that might be meaningful to people?

Thanks for doing the AMA! I grew up in NM and miss the beautiful landscapes.

A:

USE A TON OF WHITE SPACE AND GET THEIR ATTENTION


Q:

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.

A:

Sadly I could get in trouble if I were to tell you that so I will have to decline. But I will let you know that everything is passed down verbally so you wont find any information youre looking for online or in any books


Q:

What is some recommended reading you might have? Also where do you get your existentialist wolf-like philosophy from?

A:

Coming from a 35 year old who started a web agency at 17 years old, which has evolved into a product company with 50 employees today: It's not always the case that you will find the best solution (or even idea) on the first day (or first hour). That's kind of like publishing a book at first draft.

When working on product ideas, it is very useful to build quick prototypes in the beginning, testing it on friends and improving the idea with a few iterations to set the features properly. Then start on the full implementation. By the way, even if you do what I just outlined, you will find golden nuggets along the way. It is impossible to cover all corners of a product when planning.

It's impressive that you've published a game on Steam at 17 - keep going, and remember to have fun with other parts of life while doing it!


Q:

What's something about your tribe you want people to know? I'm sorry if that came out offensive, I'm not sure how to articulate it any better, and I'm not really knowledgeable about native american culture. Also, I'm an Indian American. Does it bother you guys when you get called "indians"? Whenever I tell some people I'm indian, they ask me my tribe and then I need to explain I'm not the Indian they're thinking of

A:

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”


Q:

Thank you! :) I appreciate the advice, and I will!

A:

One of the things I want people to know more about is the Pueblo revolt that was led by Popay (look him up) and the role Ohkay Owingeh has in history. we were the first capitol, and have had many prominent figures in our tribe that more people need to know more about!


Q:

What are your favorite hair care products? Any tips on applying them for the most stylish results?

A:

Why should I play this?

That is to say, there are so many excellent indie games on steam, what do you think makes yours stand out, and what differentiates it from all the others.


Q:

How do you feel about the usage of Indian vs Native vs Native American? Is there something else that's preferable?

A:

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


Q:

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!

A:

I prefer native american but sometimes people say it without realizing it, so I have no problem when it comes to that unless you say it in a derogatory way.


Q:

How would you suggest catching some sheep? Asking for a friend.

A:

What’s your favorite kind of cheese 🧀?


Q:

How do you feel about a lot of facts of Native American history being taken out of/ changed in textbooks? Specifically Trail of Tears and changing the narrative to essentially say that Native Americans willfully gave up their land.

Thanks for doing the AMA!

A:

WELL AS MY MOTHER USED TO SAY

EACH AND EVERY DAY YOU MUST JUSTIFY YOUR EXISTENCE TO THE CRUEL AND UNYIELDING HAND OF NATURE

WAIT SORRY

YOU CATCH MORE SHEEP WITH KINDNESS THAN WITH 300 PSI OF JAW STRENGTH

WAIT

BE NICE TO SHEEP AND MAYBE THEY WILL HANG OUT WITH YOU OR WHATEVER


Q:

Probably cheddar, honestly. I'm boring.

A:

That's one of the things/stories I would like to be told from our point of view. A lot of our history has been edited and changed because some people may have realized what was done to us was/is not acceptable. If there were more prominent natives then we could let this be known to plenty of people but right now we need help identifying certain leaders amongst our community that are willing to sacrifice their time and travel to spread the word of our history. I would like to be one of those leaders someday


Q:

Which bear is best?

A:

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?


Q:

How do you feel about efforts to preserve native languages? Do you think there's a point where it's not worth it to try?

A:

WILLIAM ‘REFRIGERATOR’ PERRY


Q:

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.

A:

one of my main goals in life is to use my platform to preserve the languages of tewa and keres for the nearby pueblos. If i can do that it would be my greatest accomplishment.

It is incredibly important to preserve these languages, as most of our stories are passed down verbally and not written in books or posted online


Q:

What is your social life like?

A:

Yea, as asked before...what is your Linux distro of choice?


Q:

Where in NM and when is this event held? Is it open to the general public? Or is it a private tribal event?

A:

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


Q:

Debian Sid, baby!

A:

It's in Ohkay Owingeh, NM on Feb 18th, you can stop by as it is open to the general public from 6 am- 4 pm


Q:

Do you consider yourself an Alpha?

A:

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.


Q:

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.

A:

I think the best method is to:

  1. Make sure that you are programming something you're interested in

  2. 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.

  3. 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.


Q:

What are your thoughts on furries?

A:

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!


Q:

KEEP DOING YOUR THING

A:

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.


Q:

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?

A:

CS graduate here, been in industry for quite a while now.

Much of what you learn in CS isn't directly applicable on a day to day basis for most graduates. (IE I'm not using the master method to solve recurrence relations day in / day out, etc...) In retrospect, getting the CS degree was still very important for several reasons:

  • Many of the classes, including the gen eds are all about the long term effect of training your brain to think in a certain way. Much like professional athletes make decisions instantaneously without conscious thought - due to training, that is what college/ the CS program is doing to you. Training your brain to think certain ways. You will approach problems in a very methodical way, you will see solutions in some cases effortlessly. There will be things that come naturally to you, almost without effort, that non-CS people will struggle with. This is nearly invaluable.
  • Related to the above, you will learn the theory behind how things work. You will lean how microprocessors work. You will learn how the stack / heap / registers / caches / ALUs work. You will learn some kind of assembly programming language which you will probably never use again. But it will instill deep understanding which in odd and unexpected ways give you insight into problems and how to solve them. People who never learned those fundamentals are not able to solve the problem, or it will take them orders of magnitude longer.
  • For all the above reasons, CS has some serious respect in the industry. Not having a CS degree will be a serious handicap and close many doors to you. On average, you can also expect a substantial pay cut compared to people with one. In my area it ranges $10-20k / year. I hear complaints all of the time from people in industry who don't have their CS degree. There are always exceptions, but this is the average norm.
  • Networking, getting to know your peers -> Can open tremendous opportunities for you down the road. CS is fucking hard. The hardest thing I've done in my life. After going through it, especially connecting with people from your alma mater, you have instant respect for one another. In that way, it's comparable to any other life experience where people went through a very difficult experience together and bonded because of that.

Q:

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

A:

I'm not actually planning on going to university(the UK equivalent to college), since I don't think the monetary and time expenses of going to uni are going to out-weigh how much I can do by building my portfolio by actually working on games. It might not work, but I think it's worth trying. Worst case scenario, I can always go back to uni.. right?

Yeah, I currently take Computing as an A-level and it's really only tangentially related to anything that I could conceivably want to do in the future. A surprisingly small amount of it is actually programming and computer-related work- there's a lot of systems analysis and weird paperwork stuff that I don't like.

Thank you! :)


Q:

Hi, Are you a Wolf?

A:

You want music for your next game?


Q:

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

A:

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. :)


Q:

If you were a wolf, what's the first thing that you would do?

A:

How many copies per day are you selling since release?


Q:

IDK PROBABLY FIND THE HUNTER THAT KILLED MY BROTHER

A:

I can't tell you that, Steam might get annoyed at me. :)


Q:

What is your opinion on the moon? Additionally what is your favourite style of ham - honey baked? Maple glazed? Trench coat shaped?

A:

What's you're best piece of advice relating to game-dev and/or programming techniques?


Q:

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

A:

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.


Q:

Are you always not a wolf, or only when there isn't a full moon?

A:

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.


Q:

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

A:

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^^


Q:

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?

A:

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


Q:

How do you tweet with paws?

A:

WHAT THE HELL I THOUGHT WE WERE SCREENING THESE


Q:

Hey are you a wolf?

A:

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