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Other-LiveWe are three friends who founded a global forest to try and offset trump's climate change ignorance. We just hit the front page yesterday after reaching one million trees pledged. Ask us anything!

Feb 22nd 2018 by TrumpForest • 10 Questions • 43 Points

We really like making games, which is why we founded Aquiris in 2007 in a small, 30 square meter office in Brazil. 20 games later, the company has grown to more than 70 employees, and we are hot on the development of our latest title, Horizon Chase Turbo for PC and PS4. It has been a long road and we’re thrilled to discuss the challenges, pitfalls, tribulations and [sometimes] successes within the game development process. We look forward to it!

We’ll be here today from 11:00 am – 1 pm PST to answer your questions about Horizon Chase Turbo, Aquiris Studios, ourselves and the meaning of life. We’ll get to as many questions as humanly possible, so go hit those upvotes!

https://twitter.com/Horizon_Chase/status/962016205010685955

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As far as trees go, are you just focusing on planting enough trees to offset carbon emissions etc or are you actually looking at a proper reforestation attempt? Like, here in New Zealand would you be planting native trees in their historical range to recreate what the forest was prior to deforestation, or is it just a stock standard tree quota?

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Was there a moment where everyone collectively realized that something was wrong?

I was in a school shooting in 2012 and I remember hearing a loud noise and scream and for the first split second thinking it mustve been someone dropping something and scaring someone and then realizing that no something is super wrong.


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Hello Dr. Kaku,

I don’t hear as much about String Theory as I used to. Are people giving up on it? Are we closer to developing experiments that could prove or further the research? What is the state of String Theory?

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Do Pinstripe and Once Upon A Coma exist in the same universe?


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I've heard it suggested that had a limit on presidential terms not become mandated at 2 at the most, President Eisenhower would have likely easily won a third term.

Would you say that was true?

Did Eisenhower think he could have won a third term had it been an option?

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Hey Chris! I have two questions for you:

1) What is your tl;dr version of how we can solve income inequality?

2) What is your most prized possession, something you've had before the FB days, that you have and will never get rid of under any circumstance?


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Horizon Chase Turbo will have multiplayer online?

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Hello Dr. Kaku,

I don’t hear as much about String Theory as I used to. Are people giving up on it? Are we closer to developing experiments that could prove or further the research? What is the state of String Theory?


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Do Pinstripe and Once Upon A Coma exist in the same universe?

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I've heard it suggested that had a limit on presidential terms not become mandated at 2 at the most, President Eisenhower would have likely easily won a third term.

Would you say that was true?

Did Eisenhower think he could have won a third term had it been an option?


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Hey Chris! I have two questions for you:

1) What is your tl;dr version of how we can solve income inequality?

2) What is your most prized possession, something you've had before the FB days, that you have and will never get rid of under any circumstance?

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How did you experience Thatcher's politics? As a photojournalist living and documenting back then you must have witnessed a lot e.g. her cuts in welfare and the falklands war. How did the labour class respond?


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Horizon Chase Turbo will have multiplayer online?

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Trump Forest is only concerned with sequestering the carbon dioxide released to the atmosphere if the Clean Power Plan is abandoned. This is estimated to be about 650 million tonnes. It is physically possible to plant enough trees to soak this up...We won't be ahead of the curve but at least we won't be dropping any further behind it - which is what the Trump administration is forcing upon us! Our primary focus has been in well managed regions in Madagascar. We encourage any planting efforts anywhere else to focus on native planting and for that planting to fall in line with national restoration guidelines. -Dan


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As soon as we all heard about 7-12 loud shots outside of our classroom, we all looked at each other and DARTED toward corners.

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Any theory has its ebbs and flows. String theory is so advanced and sophisticated mathematically that we physicists are still trying to find its ultimate form. So string theory continued to dominate the agenda of physics conferences and physics publications, but there are no sensational results that can generate popular headlines. The problem is that the theory is not in its final form, so it has many, many solutions, each one a universe, giving us a multiverse of universes. Which one is our universe? String theory can predict our universes, but it also predicts parallel universes as well. But I personally feel that once string theory is in its final form, we will understand whether or not there is a multiverse of universes.


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And for the record, he did play alot of golf. How much? I don't know exactly, but if you want to go through his presidential appointment books, you can get an idea. All of his appointment books are contained in the Eisenhower Presidential Library and are open to the public. You can also check out a few of his appointment books using this link:

https://www.eisenhower.archives.gov/research/online_documents.html

Look for "presidential appointment books." Enjoy!


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  1. Sometimes the best solution is the simplest: a monthly stipend of $500 to every working American making less than $50k would lift 20 million people out of poverty overnight and stabilize the financial lives of 90 million people. We can afford this by bringing rates on the income of the 1% into line with the historical average of 50%. We know that when people get modest amounts of cash, they use it smartly, their kids stay in school longer, health outcomes improve, and they're happier. We have the power to rebalance our economic system and provide more opportunity to all -- we just have to develop the political will to do it.

  2. My books. I grew up an only child in North Carolina and books were my best friends. From about age 13 onward, I began to collect books to build a "library" of sorts. I carted them around with me from NC to boarding school, to Harvard, and later to California and now New York. They're my most prized possessions and the thing I won't ever be getting rid of.

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The game is not gonna have multiplayer online. Instead, Horizon Chase Turbo will offer split-screen multiplayer up to 4 players and the "ghost mode".


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Any theory has its ebbs and flows. String theory is so advanced and sophisticated mathematically that we physicists are still trying to find its ultimate form. So string theory continued to dominate the agenda of physics conferences and physics publications, but there are no sensational results that can generate popular headlines. The problem is that the theory is not in its final form, so it has many, many solutions, each one a universe, giving us a multiverse of universes. Which one is our universe? String theory can predict our universes, but it also predicts parallel universes as well. But I personally feel that once string theory is in its final form, we will understand whether or not there is a multiverse of universes.

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Yes.


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And for the record, he did play alot of golf. How much? I don't know exactly, but if you want to go through his presidential appointment books, you can get an idea. All of his appointment books are contained in the Eisenhower Presidential Library and are open to the public. You can also check out a few of his appointment books using this link:

https://www.eisenhower.archives.gov/research/online_documents.html

Look for "presidential appointment books." Enjoy!

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  1. Sometimes the best solution is the simplest: a monthly stipend of $500 to every working American making less than $50k would lift 20 million people out of poverty overnight and stabilize the financial lives of 90 million people. We can afford this by bringing rates on the income of the 1% into line with the historical average of 50%. We know that when people get modest amounts of cash, they use it smartly, their kids stay in school longer, health outcomes improve, and they're happier. We have the power to rebalance our economic system and provide more opportunity to all -- we just have to develop the political will to do it.

  2. My books. I grew up an only child in North Carolina and books were my best friends. From about age 13 onward, I began to collect books to build a "library" of sorts. I carted them around with me from NC to boarding school, to Harvard, and later to California and now New York. They're my most prized possessions and the thing I won't ever be getting rid of.


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I experienced it first hand and covered the coal strikes in the North East of England. And I saw first hand the devastation of mining communities where there was literally no food in many cases that mothers and fathers could put on the table for their children. The police were more like a state agency, administering rough justice to anyone who was opposing the closure policies. The brutality was in many cases appalling and certainly of the same brutality which I had witnessed in Ireland and in other civil wars and riots around the world. I photographed the effects of the strike of both individuals and communities and I saw the levels of poverty into which people were forced. I also witnessed how communities have been divided, between those who worked and those who were forced to go back to work.

The labour class responded with a great deal of resistance on all levels across England. Particularly students were outraged by Thatchers policies and I think even her supporters were sometimes appalled by the consequences of her strategies and her determination to crush the working classes and defeat any opposition to her policies.

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The game is not gonna have multiplayer online. Instead, Horizon Chase Turbo will offer split-screen multiplayer up to 4 players and the "ghost mode".


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So the regions you're focusing on in Madagascar are still being done in accordance with what's expected from the environment there, right? It's not just random trees from similar climates?

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“I was in one of the classrooms, and we all hit the floor as the gunfire started,’’ junior Sidney Fischer said. “Our class was skipped.”

But when he walked into the hall, he saw what no one wanted to see. Bodies were down on the floor. Blood, too. The smell of gunpowder in the air was still with him. Feis was responsive, alive, in a way that gave hope.

This is the only part of the article that concerns you from what I can tell. Did you give any in-person interviews to anyone? I've read through most of your comments. The two parts in actual quotes don't say much on their own and look to me like they're just random excerpts that fit in with the sentences the author was trying to create. I don't think you ever mentioned anything about blood, gunsmoke or bodies (plural) in the hallway. I don't remember you mentioning encountering Coach Feis at all. The sappy emotional part about him still being responsive thereby giving you hope is downright insulting if it's not true.


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Dr Kaku,

If we make contact with alien civilizations, then what? And how will we talk to them?

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Sorry if this is wrong or insentitive, but how much traffic did Jack's video bring you? Edit: jacksepticeye


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Would you say that Eisenhower's greatest accomplishment as President was the Interstate Highway System, ending the Korean War, signing the Civil Rights Bill of 1957, or balancing the budget three times?

Would Eisenhower be pretty disgusted with the state of the GOP today?

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Hi Chris, how will guaranteed income change the gig economy companies that are pushing us in this direction? Will it make them more or less responsive to worker demand in the future?


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Hi guys ! What can you tell me about HCT ? What new features does Turbo offer ?

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Dr Kaku,

If we make contact with alien civilizations, then what? And how will we talk to them?


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Sorry if this is wrong or insentitive, but how much traffic did Jack's video bring you? Edit: jacksepticeye

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Would you say that Eisenhower's greatest accomplishment as President was the Interstate Highway System, ending the Korean War, signing the Civil Rights Bill of 1957, or balancing the budget three times?

Would Eisenhower be pretty disgusted with the state of the GOP today?


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Most critics of UBI don't understand that it doesn't cost $1000 to give someone $1000 and increase their taxes $400. The cost is $600. The true cost of UBI is the net transfer amount, and is calculated in the same way the cost of a negative income tax is calculated. It also requires subtracting out the programs no longer necessary or qualified for with higher incomes.

Read: https://works.bepress.com/widerquist/75/

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Why are phobias even more prevalent now more than ever?


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Hi guys ! What can you tell me about HCT ? What new features does Turbo offer ?

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Correct. All the trees in Madagascar are planted through our partner, registered US charity The Eden Reforestation Projects. They're mangroves and they're being planted to counter massive deforestation that's happened there. You can read more about the project here: https://edenprojects.org/madagascar/ - Adrien


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I gave probably 5 interviews at the vigil, one of them was a 10 minute one with AP, another was like a 5 minute one with a german news station (?) and there was like 3 other small conversations I had with some reporters but they didn't have mics.. so maybe one of them twisted my words.

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Let me stick my neck out. I personally feel is that within this century, we will make contact with an alien civilization, by listening in on their radio communications. But talking to them will be difficult, since they could be tens of light years away. So, in the meantime, we must decipher their language to understand their level of technology. Are they Type I, II, or III??? And what are their intentions. Are they expansive and aggressive, or peaceful. Another possibility is that they land on the White House lawn and announce their existence. But I think that is unlikely, since we would be like forest animals to them, i.e. not worth communicating with.


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I'll say this: within two days of his post the campaign went from 32k to 46k. I don't know if that's all from him, but it was really cool to watch! He certainly has an amazing attitude about supporting indie devs!

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In my opinion, I would say the Interstate Highway System is his greatest accomplishment as President of the United States. The scale of the project and the massive transformation it allowed the United States to undergo is unprecedented. It is really hard to say though…everything you listed is impressive…not to mention NASA, effectively managing to keep the Cold War “cold,” purchasing enough of the Salk Polio vaccine to inoculate every American child… He managed to do a lot in eight years.

When I’m asked to guess as to what Eisenhower would think or how he would feel, I often refer to his many quotes. He once remarked to the Republican State Chairmen, "Some politician some years ago said that bad officials are elected by good voters who do not vote."


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The gig economy is short-hand for the new nature of work: unstable, precarious, and unreliable. You may have a job, but you don’t know how much you’ll be paid, or even when. Wages haven’t meaningfully risen in decades while the cost of living has continued to rise, and we live in an era when all of the new jobs we’re creating are in that gig economy you mentioned – part-time, contract, or temporary – which usually means unreliable income and no benefits like health care and retirement savings.

The problems that we need to solve for are financial stability and economic opportunity. A guaranteed income would provide stability, with workers getting a reliable $500 a month, every month, and opportunity. People could use the money to invest in themselves and their families. We already see that's what people do with the Earned Income Tax Credit, which is an annual cash grant -- no strings attached -- to the people who need it most. I talk about this in much more in the book I have that comes out today, Fair Shot.

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Hello! So, Horizon Chase Turbo is the standalone Console/PC follow-up to the critically-acclaimed mobile game, Horizon Chase World Tour. Actually, this game was redesign almost from scratch to take advantage of all the superior technological capacity of the PC and Consoles. As some examples of top features of Horizon Chase Turbo are the split-screen multiplayer up to 4 players available for all 3 game modes - campaign, tournament and endurance; Ghost Mode; Leaderboard; uncountable hours of gameplay through a total of 109 tracks, 4K resolution, and so on.


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Let me stick my neck out. I personally feel is that within this century, we will make contact with an alien civilization, by listening in on their radio communications. But talking to them will be difficult, since they could be tens of light years away. So, in the meantime, we must decipher their language to understand their level of technology. Are they Type I, II, or III??? And what are their intentions. Are they expansive and aggressive, or peaceful. Another possibility is that they land on the White House lawn and announce their existence. But I think that is unlikely, since we would be like forest animals to them, i.e. not worth communicating with.

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I'll say this: within two days of his post the campaign went from 32k to 46k. I don't know if that's all from him, but it was really cool to watch! He certainly has an amazing attitude about supporting indie devs!


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In my opinion, I would say the Interstate Highway System is his greatest accomplishment as President of the United States. The scale of the project and the massive transformation it allowed the United States to undergo is unprecedented. It is really hard to say though…everything you listed is impressive…not to mention NASA, effectively managing to keep the Cold War “cold,” purchasing enough of the Salk Polio vaccine to inoculate every American child… He managed to do a lot in eight years.

When I’m asked to guess as to what Eisenhower would think or how he would feel, I often refer to his many quotes. He once remarked to the Republican State Chairmen, "Some politician some years ago said that bad officials are elected by good voters who do not vote."

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To fund a guaranteed income of $500/month, we would need to close egregious tax loopholes and raise taxes on the one percent to be in line with their historical average of 50% on income OVER $250k. (So if you make $300k a year for instance, you are paying an additional $7,500.) I continually make the case that in the long term, this should serve the interests of the poor, middle-class, and rich alike because it will spur economic growth. A recent Roosevelt Institute study found that a guaranteed income of $500/month to all Americans could add a point every year to our total GDP, a huge increase. That's a level of growth that all Americans would likely welcome.


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That's an interesting question. What is clear that we are now much more aware of phobias and that they are not just a flight of the imagination, but a real and life inhibiting problem for a great many people. Let me give you one example:

In the mid-19th century, when a German psychologist named Carl Westphal named "agoraphobia" which is not a fear as many people think of being in open spaces, but of being among other people - it comes from the Greek "agora" which means market place - he reported that he was unable to describe any cases of female agoraphobics, as all his patients were men. What he failed to appreciate, that even those with severe agoraphobia are able to leave their homes quite easily, when in the company of a trusted adult or child. This could be their son, their brother, their parents, and so forth. In the 19th century, the middle class women who formed his patient base never went out unaccompanied, they always had companion. And so they didn't display any of the fear symptoms of agoraphobia. Today, many more people experience new things to which they can become phobic and social structures mean they are always less likely to be accompanied. I think these two factors account for both the greater public awareness of phobias and possibly the increase in phobias to experiences, activities, and situations that did not exist even 30 years ago.

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Hello! So, Horizon Chase Turbo is the standalone Console/PC follow-up to the critically-acclaimed mobile game, Horizon Chase World Tour. Actually, this game was redesign almost from scratch to take advantage of all the superior technological capacity of the PC and Consoles. As some examples of top features of Horizon Chase Turbo are the split-screen multiplayer up to 4 players available for all 3 game modes - campaign, tournament and endurance; Ghost Mode; Leaderboard; uncountable hours of gameplay through a total of 109 tracks, 4K resolution, and so on.


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Do you have suggestions on good places to plant trees if you don’t have the property to support them?

What are some of the best carbon sucking trees in northern climates that have winters...

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What was going through your mind? Anything, nothing, praying, please not me? I can't imagine being in a horrible situation like this, and I have no idea what I would be thinking while it was going on.


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Hi Michio Kaku, long time fan.

  1. Who are your favorite scientists today and why?

  2. What do you use to keep up to date with local, global, and technical news?

Thanks!

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So you got the to 30k on your own? Impressive


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Thank you for doing this: Eisenhower was known as a General who did not believe that that former high ranking military personnel should run for office. Why do you think that his view changed between the 1948 and 1952 elections when he decided to run?

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with workers getting a reliable $500 a month

Did you mean to limit it to workers?
I thought the premise behind basic income was that everyone would get it. Kills stigma of 'welfare', and even the high earners have a stake in it.


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Whats the framerate like @ 4k ?

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Hi Michio Kaku, long time fan.

  1. Who are your favorite scientists today and why?

  2. What do you use to keep up to date with local, global, and technical news?

Thanks!


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So you got the to 30k on your own? Impressive

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Thank you for doing this: Eisenhower was known as a General who did not believe that that former high ranking military personnel should run for office. Why do you think that his view changed between the 1948 and 1952 elections when he decided to run?


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As a psychologist, what do you think causes the political polarisation?

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Whats the framerate like @ 4k ?


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Great question... in terms of space to plant, the best is to do a google search for tree planting organisations in your local area - there are hundreds of them around the world working to reforest areas which need it most. Let us know where you are and we can have a look for you if you like?

In terms of carbon suck-factor, there's a trade-off: trees which grow fast suck the most carbon sooner, but trees which live longer suck more carbon over their lifetimes. Unfortunately, trees which grow quickly generally don't live as long as slow-growers so the question is: suck now fast or suck late and long?

Most Trump Forest trees are mangroves in Madagascar and they're great at sucking fast. We need this now to offset suckers in the White House as soon as possible, but if you want to grow trees in Europe, you're more likely to grow slow, long-living carbon suckers, which is great too.

This article, quoting a scientific paper, identifies Common Horse-chestnut, Black Walnut, American Sweetgum, Ponderosa Pine, Red Pine, White Pine, London Plane, Hispaniolan Pine, Douglas Fir, Scarlet Oak, Red Oak, Virginia Live Oak, and Bald Cypress as good sequestering trees. Without knowing where you are, some of these might be a good fit!

-Adrien

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Well as you can see in the post, in this edited map, I was in the corner where the blue dot was. I was with my teacher Mrs. Schamis and about 10 other kids hiding behind and next to her desk. As soon as I got into my spot, I started to ask my teacher "Are we geniuinely going to die right now?" as soon as that last word came out of my mouth (now), the shots started ringing into our classroom. I had my head down and I was behind her desk so I couldn't see if the shooter had came into the class or not (he didn't), so I thought within seconds he would turn to me and shoot me, but thankfully he was only outside of the classroom shooting into it from the door window.


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My short list of the worlds greatest scientists are: 1) Isaac Newton, because he created calculus and found the laws of motion all by himself, without using the great achievements of his predecessors (which were extremely few) 2) Albert Einstein, who created Special and General Relativity all by himself, and was the God father of the quantum theory 3) Charles Darwin, because he found the basic principles which go era all living things. As far as living scientists go, of course Stephen Hawking has done path breaking research on black holes. As far as string theory is concerned, Ed Witten of Princeton has been a path breaker and pioneer. Today, its much easier to keep track of science because of great web sites dedicated to brining the best research to the public.

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Nope! it was with the help of about 20 or so other campaign creators who gave me a shoutout. JackSepticEye did eventually play the demo, and some other streamers, which certainly helped! It was mainly the other campaign creators :) Thanks for such kind words!


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Hi Willaaay- I can't speak to what changed in Ike's mind, but I can tell you that he had no desire to run for public office. It was the American people, through a grassroots effort, that convinced him to run. He was overwhelmingly the people's choice, which resulted in him feeling like it was his civic duty. During the general election of 1952, Eisenhower won 442 electoral votes to Adlai Stevenson's 89 electoral votes.

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There are a LOT of different ways to provide a guaranteed income. You could do a carbon fee and dividend, provide $1k a month to everyone including Bill Gates, provide it through quantitative easing, etc. I've spent the last couple of years talking to Americans who could benefit from a guaranteed income, and what I've heard consistently is that people want to work. (Psychologists consistently show that people want to be of purpose to their families and communities and are happier and healthy when they are.) I imagine a guaranteed income to be a supplement to wages and other benefits. But we have to expand the definition of work to encompass people who work but who are in jobs that are traditionally unpaid and ignored by the law, like people who take care of young children or the elderly or students. This would qualify an additional 30 million people for the expanded Earned Income Tax Credit I propose, providing a modest form of stability to many of our country’s hardest workers. For people who can't work, that's exactly what the social safety net (food stamps, housing vouchers, disability benefits, Social Security) is for.


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The whole developer team is proudly yelling about this one: 60fps!

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My short list of the worlds greatest scientists are: 1) Isaac Newton, because he created calculus and found the laws of motion all by himself, without using the great achievements of his predecessors (which were extremely few) 2) Albert Einstein, who created Special and General Relativity all by himself, and was the God father of the quantum theory 3) Charles Darwin, because he found the basic principles which go era all living things. As far as living scientists go, of course Stephen Hawking has done path breaking research on black holes. As far as string theory is concerned, Ed Witten of Princeton has been a path breaker and pioneer. Today, its much easier to keep track of science because of great web sites dedicated to brining the best research to the public.


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Nope! it was with the help of about 20 or so other campaign creators who gave me a shoutout. JackSepticEye did eventually play the demo, and some other streamers, which certainly helped! It was mainly the other campaign creators :) Thanks for such kind words!

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Hi Willaaay- I can't speak to what changed in Ike's mind, but I can tell you that he had no desire to run for public office. It was the American people, through a grassroots effort, that convinced him to run. He was overwhelmingly the people's choice, which resulted in him feeling like it was his civic duty. During the general election of 1952, Eisenhower won 442 electoral votes to Adlai Stevenson's 89 electoral votes.


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I think political polarisation isn't a new thing. People have always taken opposing views to a new position, thinking that they have the answer to solve a problem. The difference today is that you have wider reach to find new audiences through social media.

When I was working in Northern Ireland, the polarisation of views between the catholic and protestant communities were obvious and violent, and in some cases lethal. As a photojournalist I have friends on both sides of the sectarian line. I have met charming, charismatic and eloquent men and women on both sides as well as many criminals who were simple out to feather their own nests. But each of these groups had red lines which they were not prepared to cross or for years even negotiate. Once polarisation sets in, wether between individuals or communities, it can proof extremely difficult to restore the situation, to one in which each one feels confident in discussing their own and the other individuals point of view.

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The whole developer team is proudly yelling about this one: 60fps!


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In a fight between Boreal forests and Rainforest, who wins?

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What happened to you and your friends is awful 😔

Was anyone able to lock the door to the classroom? Or was it just happening to fast to really react?


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How do you address critics in the skeptical community who have accused you of toeing too close to the line separating woo from legitimate science?

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What is IKEducation?

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Will this be a $60 game?


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How do you address critics in the skeptical community who have accused you of toeing too close to the line separating woo from legitimate science?

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What is IKEducation?

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I have a better question than the rest. Do you like puppies?


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Yeah you better throw me a few free copies too cause you know, I need to get gud. ;)

jk. Game looks promising. I loved playing Cruis'n USA and Exotica and back in the day.

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Prison rules?


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The door was already locked. What's crazy to me is that earlier in the semester (approx. 1 month ago) my teacher (Mrs. Schamis) always kept the door unlocked, but recently in the past two weeks the administration started to crack down on teachers that kept their doors unlocked.

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It used to be that research scientists who interacted with the public were criticized. Carl Sagan, in a very embarrassing episode, was actually denied entry into the National Academy of Science by scientists who declared that he was "a mere popularizer," not a real scientist. But times have changed for several reasons. First, the Supercollider, the $10 billion machine that was to be America's premier scientific laboratory, was cancelled because the public did not understand the machine. At that point, it was humiliating to know that scientists had no one who could tell the public what the SSC was all about. After that, scientists realized that they had to engage the public, or else the public would cut their budget to zero. Second, the rise of Stephen Hawking showed that it was possible to engage the public without dumbing down the science.


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Zero. He's such a nice guy he just said "Sure I'll play!" when I emailed him! :)

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Hi TLBDCO-

IKEducation is the Eisenhower Foundation's innovative K-12 program that serves thousands of students and teachers across Kansas, and beyond, both online and onsite. IKEducation provides not only historical lessons about Dwight D. Eisenhower’s unparalleled accomplishments, it also gives students and teachers insight into life in America during the twentieth century.

The mission of IKEducation is to provide every K-12 student, either online or onsite, with an innovative educational experience that enhances their understanding of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander and 34th President of the United States.

We have lesson plans for elementary age, middle school age and high school age students. They can be found using this link:

http://www.eisenhowerfoundation.net/151/Lesson-Plans

I am proud to report that recently, one of our IKEducation lesson plans was featured in the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/heroic-dog-is-honored-75-years-after-saving-the-lives-of-us-soldiers/2018/01/12/c2e7d952-f176-11e7-b3bf-ab90a706e175_story.html?utm_term=.14dececd1b0c


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Nope! The price is not decided yet, but I can guarantee that will be less than half of this ;).

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It used to be that research scientists who interacted with the public were criticized. Carl Sagan, in a very embarrassing episode, was actually denied entry into the National Academy of Science by scientists who declared that he was "a mere popularizer," not a real scientist. But times have changed for several reasons. First, the Supercollider, the $10 billion machine that was to be America's premier scientific laboratory, was cancelled because the public did not understand the machine. At that point, it was humiliating to know that scientists had no one who could tell the public what the SSC was all about. After that, scientists realized that they had to engage the public, or else the public would cut their budget to zero. Second, the rise of Stephen Hawking showed that it was possible to engage the public without dumbing down the science.


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Zero. He's such a nice guy he just said "Sure I'll play!" when I emailed him! :)

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Hi TLBDCO-

IKEducation is the Eisenhower Foundation's innovative K-12 program that serves thousands of students and teachers across Kansas, and beyond, both online and onsite. IKEducation provides not only historical lessons about Dwight D. Eisenhower’s unparalleled accomplishments, it also gives students and teachers insight into life in America during the twentieth century.

The mission of IKEducation is to provide every K-12 student, either online or onsite, with an innovative educational experience that enhances their understanding of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander and 34th President of the United States.

We have lesson plans for elementary age, middle school age and high school age students. They can be found using this link:

http://www.eisenhowerfoundation.net/151/Lesson-Plans

I am proud to report that recently, one of our IKEducation lesson plans was featured in the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/heroic-dog-is-honored-75-years-after-saving-the-lives-of-us-soldiers/2018/01/12/c2e7d952-f176-11e7-b3bf-ab90a706e175_story.html?utm_term=.14dececd1b0c


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I love both puppies and dogs of which I have five, all rescues. Nellie and Marlow are both collies, working dogs and very affectionate, Nellie is 10 and Marlow is 3. Then there is Alfie A three legged ex-army dog from Egypt's who lost a leg sticking out IEDs in the desert, Henry a little stuffy who is going to be put down some 10 years ago - he is now just 11 - because his owners had to go into a flat where dogs were not allowed. Finally there is Barney, a big soft as butter German Shepherd cross Rottweiler who was dumped in a rescue centre when he became too big for the owner to cope with.

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Many thanks!


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Wooden have it any other way

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Did you know the perpetrator at all? What was the general opinion of him/was he in school days previous to this?


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My question is do you think SpaceX will achieve the feat of getting humans to Mars by 2024 or you are skeptical about this timeframe?

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I'm guessing this person asked how much you paid Jacksepticeye, or some other streamer?


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Why did the Eisenhower Foundation launch IKEducation?

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You had me at curiosity but now you have my attention.


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My question is do you think SpaceX will achieve the feat of getting humans to Mars by 2024 or you are skeptical about this timeframe?

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I'm guessing this person asked how much you paid Jacksepticeye, or some other streamer?


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Why did the Eisenhower Foundation launch IKEducation?

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Is there any advice you would like to give to somebody aspiring to be a photojournalist?


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Is there any hope of an Xbox One version?

(I'm a longtime fan of TG, Outrun, Cruisin', Rush, etc, and I loved Horizon Chase on Android, but I wish I could play it and the upcoming sequel on my Xbox) <3

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Well rainforest is flexin that speedy carbon uptake, think of the gains. Rainforest all day baby!


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I didn't know him, but I remember seeing him around the halls freshman year. He was a very "different" individual. He would wear military boots, wear a hat and always kept his head low and was just all-around "janky", if thats a good word to describe him.

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I think Elon Musk has made a great contribution in creating a genuine moon rocket, the Falcon Heavy, and doing it with private funds, so now we have 2 (not one) moon rockets, the SLS and Falcon Heavy. That is what is important. Time tables, of course, come and go. So personally I think his time frame may be a bit optimistic, but that is not the point. The point is that he is making it possible to enter a new Golden Age of space exploration, almost free of charge to the tax payer.


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Yep. I pay nothing to streamers

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Hi again, TLBCO-

As the triumphs of World War II and the progress and prosperity of the 1950s become a distant memory for most Americans, today’s students are further removed from the period. Realizing the challenge of sharing this rich history with generations for whom Dwight D. Eisenhower’s lifetime is relatively unknown, the Eisenhower Foundation developed IKEducation.

Since launching in 2013, over 20,000 students and teachers have participated in IKEducation programming. Just last year, IKEducation increased K-12 onsite programming at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home by 28%, from 6,047 students and teachers during the 2015-16 academic year to 7,753 students and teachers during the 2016-17 academic year.

Obviously, you've heard of IKEducation. Can you tell me how you learned about it?


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Super happy for that! Looking forward to meeting you on the leaderboards! :)

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I think Elon Musk has made a great contribution in creating a genuine moon rocket, the Falcon Heavy, and doing it with private funds, so now we have 2 (not one) moon rockets, the SLS and Falcon Heavy. That is what is important. Time tables, of course, come and go. So personally I think his time frame may be a bit optimistic, but that is not the point. The point is that he is making it possible to enter a new Golden Age of space exploration, almost free of charge to the tax payer.


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Yep. I pay nothing to streamers

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Hi again, TLBCO-

As the triumphs of World War II and the progress and prosperity of the 1950s become a distant memory for most Americans, today’s students are further removed from the period. Realizing the challenge of sharing this rich history with generations for whom Dwight D. Eisenhower’s lifetime is relatively unknown, the Eisenhower Foundation developed IKEducation.

Since launching in 2013, over 20,000 students and teachers have participated in IKEducation programming. Just last year, IKEducation increased K-12 onsite programming at the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home by 28%, from 6,047 students and teachers during the 2015-16 academic year to 7,753 students and teachers during the 2016-17 academic year.

Obviously, you've heard of IKEducation. Can you tell me how you learned about it?


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Hi and thanks your very interesting question. When I started out as a photojournalist in the 1960s the world very different place, both photographically and in every other sense, than it is today. However although the techniques have changed significantly at the technology firstly improved, there are still some basic guidelines for those wishing to start on this career. When I left photographic college I was sure the national newspapers would be only too happy to employ the as a staff photographer – at that time the Daily Express, for example, had 64 full-time staff photographers. How wrong I was! After about 60 turn downs I got a job working for a small news agency in the North West of the UK. After a few weeks I realised I could do the same job of selling pictures for myself so came back down south and worked as a freelance for by local newspapers. After a while I became known to Fleet Street editors who began to commission me to cover local jobs. I then moved to Fleet Street and worked from there and from Paris for major magazines such as Life, Paris Match, et cetera. These days I am by no means sure that such a path exists but you could start by seeing whether it does. Develop a good news sense when it comes to pictures which editors will want to buy. Read lots of local newspapers and local websites, listen to local radio immerse yourself in the community as much as possible and cultivate special groups within communities that are most likely to feel affinity with you. For example if you are young then mixing with younger people will probably be easier than older ones. Listen out for any ideas that you could turn into a picture, or better yet, a series of pictures as this will bring in more money. Learn to write so that you can provide illustrated articles or at least well captured photographs which will be far more likely to attract and enters interest than those with little or no text where she or he has to commission a journalist to write the copy for you. You can also try following a specialist route as there are still a number of markets for people with a niche interest, whether this is dogs or horses, classic cars or garden furniture! If you yourself have an interest in any of these you might well find a ready market in the smaller specialist magazines. Once you have gutted with the editor and she/he knows you can be relied upon to provide reliable copy and pictures to deadline you are likely to find yourself with regular commissions. Use this as the basis for expanding your range of interests and contacts. Learn how to speak to people on the phone to set up assignments and persuade those reluctant to be photographed to let you take pictures of them. The more exclusive the images you could provide the more likely they are to sell at the higher the price you could get from them, but don't expect to become a millionaire! If you go to my website www.thewayitwas.com and look at the photographs there this may provide you with some help in identifying what a newsworthy all magazine worthy picture looks like and how it should be shot. If I had to give you just two pieces of advice then getting close – viewers like to feel part of the picture rather than distant observers – and make the key part of the picture stand out from the background clutter as far as possible, for instance by using a long lens to blur the surroundings. Hope this helps and the best of luck for your future. David

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Definitely! We're planning to work on both XBOX and Switch version as soon as possible.


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Do you have a favorite naturalist (besides John Muir) and if so who?

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Strong kid. I hope you manage to cope well and get through the tough times ahead, and help the others too. Thanks for giving us your insight, it's very valuable and appreciated.

How is your teacher, Mrs. Schamis, holding up? To be in a position of responsibility during an event like this, I can't even imagine.

Thanks for doing this, and keep well.


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What are you thoughts on Deep Learning and recent AI trends? Any plans to write an updated version of "Future of The Mind" that would include all the success field of AI has achieved?

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A lot of people seem to forget, a streamer may play an unknown game on the offchance that it really takes off. Then their video was one of, if not the first of said newly popular game. Markiplier's career basically started on various, mostly crappy (some really good) horror games. If he had played only mainstream games I question if his popularity would have rocketed off the way it did.

And on top of this, it seems like 30% of the population thinks that 50% of the internet is being paid to say things.

I've already been accused of being paid by disney to say I like the new star wars movie.


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Do school groups have to pay to participate in IKEducation?

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I think I need an invite for beta so I can get a comfortable lead on dem boards.


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What are you thoughts on Deep Learning and recent AI trends? Any plans to write an updated version of "Future of The Mind" that would include all the success field of AI has achieved?

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A lot of people seem to forget, a streamer may play an unknown game on the offchance that it really takes off. Then their video was one of, if not the first of said newly popular game. Markiplier's career basically started on various, mostly crappy (some really good) horror games. If he had played only mainstream games I question if his popularity would have rocketed off the way it did.

And on top of this, it seems like 30% of the population thinks that 50% of the internet is being paid to say things.

I've already been accused of being paid by disney to say I like the new star wars movie.


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Do school groups have to pay to participate in IKEducation?

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Do you see any way in which neuromarketing is used unethically?


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awesome, thank you! I'll look forward to it :)

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I'm going to throw you a bit of a curveball here. He's not often thought of as a naturalist, but I'm a big fan of Beethoven. Symphony No.6 (pastoral) is a mint ode to nature. Definitely some inspiration to be found there.

  • Jeff

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I saw her yesterday during the vigil. She was talking to two of my current teachers and some of my old teachers from freshman year, and as soon as she saw me she said "everyone, this child right here is a hero!" and I was astounded because I never thought that I could be looked at as a hero. I didn't save any lives, I didn't jump in front of a bullet; the only thing I did was try to calm and quiet people around me. That is no hero, that is just what you should do as someone in that situation.

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In The Future of the Mind, I wrote that, about 50 years ago, we scientists made a big mistake. We assumed that the brain was a digital computer. Big mistake, because the brain has no programming, no pentium chip, no CPU, no subroutines, etc. In fact, you can remove half the brain and it can still function, yet if you remove one tiny transistor a computer fails. Why? Because, as I wrote, the brain is a learning machine, some sort of neural network. Your laptop today is just as stupid as it was yesterday. But I wrote in my book that eventually scientists will begin to explore learning machines. Guess what. A few years later, now Deep Learning is all the rage. But it is, in some sense, 50 years late. This should have happened 50 years ago.


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Exactly. The marketing for Coma has been all grass roots. It’s all I can afford C:

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No, IKEducation programming and admission to the Eisenhower Presidential Museum are free, thanks to the Eisenhower Foundation's generous donors. In addition, the Eisenhower Foundation actively seeks funding to help schools cover expenses associated with field trips to the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home in Abilene, Kansas.

We also have two programs, Ike's Field Trip Fund and the Dane G. Hansen Field Trip Program, that provide schools with much needed field trip funding. If you would like to help more schools visit the Eisenhower Presidential Campus in Abilene, please visit https://eisenhowerfoundation.net/616/Ikes-Field-Trip-Fund to make a donation.


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You'll be fine.

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In The Future of the Mind, I wrote that, about 50 years ago, we scientists made a big mistake. We assumed that the brain was a digital computer. Big mistake, because the brain has no programming, no pentium chip, no CPU, no subroutines, etc. In fact, you can remove half the brain and it can still function, yet if you remove one tiny transistor a computer fails. Why? Because, as I wrote, the brain is a learning machine, some sort of neural network. Your laptop today is just as stupid as it was yesterday. But I wrote in my book that eventually scientists will begin to explore learning machines. Guess what. A few years later, now Deep Learning is all the rage. But it is, in some sense, 50 years late. This should have happened 50 years ago.


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Exactly. The marketing for Coma has been all grass roots. It’s all I can afford C:

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No, IKEducation programming and admission to the Eisenhower Presidential Museum are free, thanks to the Eisenhower Foundation's generous donors. In addition, the Eisenhower Foundation actively seeks funding to help schools cover expenses associated with field trips to the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home in Abilene, Kansas.

We also have two programs, Ike's Field Trip Fund and the Dane G. Hansen Field Trip Program, that provide schools with much needed field trip funding. If you would like to help more schools visit the Eisenhower Presidential Campus in Abilene, please visit https://eisenhowerfoundation.net/616/Ikes-Field-Trip-Fund to make a donation.


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The techniques we were using when I first invented Neuromarketing involved attaching electrodes to the scalps of volunteers to read the electrical activity in their brain while they were being exposed to a particular stimulus, such as a new packaging design all TV commercial. The problems here are that the sample size must inevitably be small which makes the data somewhat unreliable. Second games work in such unique individual fashions that while there are, obviously, commonalities there are also very great differences making the data sets hard to compare. We studied the results intensively for the year before deciding a new approach was needed. My company Mindlab International - www.themindlab.co.uk now employs not only neuroscientists and psychologists but a great number of physicists and mathematicians as well as computer scientists who design increasingly refined algorithms by which to analyse brain responses over the Internet. This means that operating from the Science Park at the University of Sussex we can operate in any country in the world (with a few obvious limitations) and with a large subject set at a four lower cost than in the days of flying EEG equipment around the world.

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Thank you!


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I feel that you were holding onto that fun fact for some time and were waiting for this kind of situation to occur. But that was a cool fun fact nonetheless.

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Are you friends with any of the people in critical condition in the hospital?


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After watching 2010: Space Odyssey; what WOULD happen to Earth if Jupiter became a second, tiny, sun?

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In your opinion, why some kickstarters fail horribly in delivering what they promised, and what is the hardest part of doing stuff via crowdfunding?


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How can people get involved in the Eisenhower Foundation?

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Good luck... Looking forward to hearing more about it.


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Hi Dr Kaku how long do you think it took for humans to terraform planet like Mars? Are there any physical constraints regarding this? Thanks.

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In your opinion, why some kickstarters fail horribly in delivering what they promised, and what is the hardest part of doing stuff via crowdfunding?


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How can people get involved in the Eisenhower Foundation?

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What piece of journalism were you most proud of?

Regarding your research, what results have you found that you genuinely weren't expecting?


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Do you guys have any tips for a programmer looking to get into the game industry?

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Got to throw down the Beethoven facts whenever life gives you the chance. - Jeff


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No, but my great friend Daniella was one of the victims. She got shrapnel in her leg and was in the opposite corner of me. She went to the hospital but is perfectly fine now, I told her how much I valued our friendship and we are meeting for lunch tomorrow!

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Actually, Jupiter would have to be many times larger than it is in order to become a star. You have to reach what is called Lawson's Criterion in order to create a thermonuclear explosion capable of creating a star. But if we assume that Jupiter were more massive than it is, and attained Lawson's Criterion, then, depending on where it is locate and how big it would be, there is a change that it might (a) disturb the orbit of the earth around the sun (b) light up the sky with two stars, like in the movie Star Wars (c) raise the temperature of the earth and change our climate.


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I had lunch with a friend of mine who I consider a successful business man. He started a really incredible jean company, and he told me he despised Kickstarter. Basically, he told me so many individuals set out to make something great, and they have a super cool trailer and rewards, but they don't know a damn thing about actually starting a company or finishing a project. So they actually just dug themselves a hole. So I'd say that's one of the hardest parts! Knowing the cost of creation going in, and ensuring your budget is accurate! I'm guilty of this to some degree: if Pinstripe hadn't raised 100k, and only raised the goal of 28k, I'm not so sure I would have made a game that people actually felt proud of. Are you talking about a specific campaign in general?

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Hi Colenecraig- I'm so glad you asked! As I mentioned earlier, the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is a part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Through NARA, the federal government supports archival, curatorial and security staff, as well as maintenance at the Eisenhower Presidential campus. Exhibit updates, K-12 and public education programs, and community events, however, must be funded through the Eisenhower Foundation.

We're always looking for people to become Friends of the Eisenhower Foundation. Our Friends provide the critical support necessary for our world-class exhibits, programs and events. For more information, and to join the Friends group, use this link:

http://www.eisenhowerfoundation.net/154/Friends-of-the-Foundation


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Terraforming, in my book The Future of Humanity, will proceed in slow steps. 1. using lava tubes to form underground bases to protect against radiation 2. mining ice to get drinking water, and oxygen for breathing, and hydrogen for rocket field. 3. using genetically modified plans to thrive on Mars 4. using methane to create a green house effect 5. using solar mirrors to beam sunlight down to the ice caps to melt them.


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I had lunch with a friend of mine who I consider a successful business man. He started a really incredible jean company, and he told me he despised Kickstarter. Basically, he told me so many individuals set out to make something great, and they have a super cool trailer and rewards, but they don't know a damn thing about actually starting a company or finishing a project. So they actually just dug themselves a hole. So I'd say that's one of the hardest parts! Knowing the cost of creation going in, and ensuring your budget is accurate! I'm guilty of this to some degree: if Pinstripe hadn't raised 100k, and only raised the goal of 28k, I'm not so sure I would have made a game that people actually felt proud of. Are you talking about a specific campaign in general?

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Hi Colenecraig- I'm so glad you asked! As I mentioned earlier, the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum is a part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Through NARA, the federal government supports archival, curatorial and security staff, as well as maintenance at the Eisenhower Presidential campus. Exhibit updates, K-12 and public education programs, and community events, however, must be funded through the Eisenhower Foundation.

We're always looking for people to become Friends of the Eisenhower Foundation. Our Friends provide the critical support necessary for our world-class exhibits, programs and events. For more information, and to join the Friends group, use this link:

http://www.eisenhowerfoundation.net/154/Friends-of-the-Foundation


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My work was so varied and covered so many aspects of human life that is quite hard to specify any particular topic. Some involve greater technical complexity and risk, such as setting up remote, radio controlled, Nikon cameras when shooting aircraft and car stunts. Others involved a great deal of planning and rehearsal. For example the covert picture I took of a public schoolboy in the UK being caned took 1/15th of a second to shoot and some six months to arrange – so I was mightily relieved when the negative turned out okay in terms of exposure and focus. The miniature camera was hidden up my sleeve and in those days you got one chance to get the picture. But I suppose the area of work where I was most pleased with the results was in 1969 when I spent a lot of time in northern Ireland where the "troubles" had just erupted. I was commissioned by a French magazine to create a reportage of how the violence was affecting the children of both the Catholic and Protestant areas of the city. I stayed with strong families and became very friendly with people on both sides of the sectarian divide. On one occasion I was kidnapped and marched through the streets blindfolded before being taken into a back bedroom for "questioning". Fortunately I had made friends with a wonderful doctor, Jim Ryan, who served both communities for decades and had good friends on both sides of the religious divide. They called him and he vouched for me. At once everyone was a friend again and the lad who had blindfolded me and threatened me with a pickaxe handle beating, even let me photograph the top of his head where you could see the stitching of a wound delivered he said by a member of the hated B Force police squad. I was pleased with the way the pictures brought home to people in both France and the UK how the children were suffering even at this early stage of the conflict. One final set of pictures which caused me great pride with those secretly taken in a Turkish juvenile prison where a British lad, Timothy Davey, was serving a long sentence for drug possession. He was jailed for many years at the age of 14 and sent to an adult male prison! My pictures appears in eight leading UK Sunday newspaper and he freed a few weeks later.

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Start working on your own stuff, maybe participating in game jams, building a portfolio and networking.


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How upset are you that Trump leads the free world?

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What is the school doing to help you and other students struggling with this event? I'm assuming you have days off, but are there counselors and resources for you?


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Hi Dr Kaku how long do you think it took for humans to terraform planet like Mars? Are there any physical constraints regarding this? Thanks.

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The current Kickstarter campaign happens to have a goal of 28k... do you feel like you need less this time, or did you set it low to ensure funding with the belief that you were likely to exceed your goal?


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awesome, thank you! I'll look forward to it :)

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After watching 2010: Space Odyssey; what WOULD happen to Earth if Jupiter became a second, tiny, sun?


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The current Kickstarter campaign happens to have a goal of 28k... do you feel like you need less this time, or did you set it low to ensure funding with the belief that you were likely to exceed your goal?

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Best books to read on psychopaths, narcissists, and brain washing?

Just so people don't troll me. I am fascinated by the subject. Not trying to be one.


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How big of a portfolio are we talking? Have an example of a good portfolio?

Great looking game by the way, awesome to have 4 player split screen, such a rarity nowadays.

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When it comes to climate, he certainly isn't leading....The entire administration is a disaster for the planet (and by default - us) and that's why we have to fight back. -Dan


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Yes, yesterday the whole day they had counselors at the local park in the auditorium inside. I believe they are still there today, I haven't went yet but I am going to go later this weekend once I'm done seeing all the people that want to see me. At this same park, there was a vigil that was streamed live to the world yesterday that I was at. During the main event, I was standing with 4 of my classmates who were there with me in the classroom as it was happening.

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Terraforming, in my book The Future of Humanity, will proceed in slow steps. 1. using lava tubes to form underground bases to protect against radiation 2. mining ice to get drinking water, and oxygen for breathing, and hydrogen for rocket field. 3. using genetically modified plans to thrive on Mars 4. using methane to create a green house effect 5. using solar mirrors to beam sunlight down to the ice caps to melt them.


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28k ensure we make... a game. But the Stretch Goals are there to make the game even better. Sometimes it's a bit scarier setting the goal really high, because you need to hit your goal to get the money. I'd rather get 28k just to ensure the game gets made :) But I'm super grateful we're knocking it out of the park!

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Thank you!


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Actually, Jupiter would have to be many times larger than it is in order to become a star. You have to reach what is called Lawson's Criterion in order to create a thermonuclear explosion capable of creating a star. But if we assume that Jupiter were more massive than it is, and attained Lawson's Criterion, then, depending on where it is locate and how big it would be, there is a change that it might (a) disturb the orbit of the earth around the sun (b) light up the sky with two stars, like in the movie Star Wars (c) raise the temperature of the earth and change our climate.

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28k ensure we make... a game. But the Stretch Goals are there to make the game even better. Sometimes it's a bit scarier setting the goal really high, because you need to hit your goal to get the money. I'd rather get 28k just to ensure the game gets made :) But I'm super grateful we're knocking it out of the park!


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Hi good question. lots of good books on the subject and I suggest you search for them on Amazon or Google. I have conducted the research into the subject of mind control and have even made a short video on the topic which had a post on the www.thewayitwas.uk Facebook. I have one book which could be a special interest to your studies based on the appalling work done on mental patients by a Canadian psychiatrist in the last decades of the last millennium. I will dig out the title and getting across to you in a subsequent email. Good luck with your searches it's a fascinating area. David

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Complex question, buddy. I think it all depends on your goals, expectations, etc. And many thanks for the compliments about Horizon Chase Turbo. Cheers!


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Would you have made this forest without his leadership?

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Hi Sid. Thanks so much for sharing this.

This is a throwaway but I knew beigel and wondered if you could tell me more about what happened ? I believe he was locking a door when he was murdered. It doesn’t surprise me if it’s true that he was trying to save others. He was a hero.

I worked with him for 3 years at camp starlight where he is a complete legend. Maybe the funniest guy I have ever met. I remember at the end of camp when all the counsellors got a small gift from their adl. Beigel bought us all a fucking key ring with his own face on. The man was a genius haha.

God bless Scott. You’ll be so sorely missed my so many.


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Hello Dr. Kaku. I'm a fan of your work and have two questions for you.

  1. What design of spacecraft do you think is the best for long-term space flight?

  2. How do we balance the need to pursue long-term goals and projects for humanity while also dealing current societal problems that people face?

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Well....How did you learn to start your own business or finish a project?


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Hello Dr. Kaku. I'm a fan of your work and have two questions for you.

  1. What design of spacecraft do you think is the best for long-term space flight?

  2. How do we balance the need to pursue long-term goals and projects for humanity while also dealing current societal problems that people face?

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Well....How did you learn to start your own business or finish a project?


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How many different gameplay modes would be available for splitscreen play? is it equal with the amount that would be available for single player?

Will we be able to customize any of the vehicles via paintjobs/decals/etc.

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It takes a special kind of lack of leadership to stick your head in the sand when human habitability of the planet is at stake. We would have made it for any President as catastrophically ignorant as he is when it comes to climate change. - Jeff


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I don't know much about what happened to him but I believe I heard he was on the third floor.

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For sub-light speed rockets, I think a. fusion rockets b. antimatter rockets c. ramjet fusion rockets hold the most promise within 100 years. The ramjet, for example, is like an ice-cream cone that scoops hydrogen in space and then fuses it, so that it can run forever without any refueling. For greater than light speed, the details are much less clear, but it might be possible to warp space in 2 ways. One way is via a wormhole that can rip the fabric of space time, which were first introduced by Einstein himself in 1935 with his student Nathan Rosen (so these are called Einstein Rosen Bridges) and also the Alcubierre drive, which compresses the space in front of you, so you hop across vast distances. Also, I think the urgent questions on the earth (e.g. global warming, nuclear weapons) have to be addressed first. No rush in reaching for the stars.


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I found support from people all around me. I emotionally leaned on my dad for the business side of things (he also helped me understand budgeting, taxes, and accounting), while I found financial support from publishers when I was in college, and KS in 2016. I like to work with publishers that are honest, because they support you from the marketing side! Marketing is tough, so having that part knocked out is really important to be able to have time to make a great game.

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For sub-light speed rockets, I think a. fusion rockets b. antimatter rockets c. ramjet fusion rockets hold the most promise within 100 years. The ramjet, for example, is like an ice-cream cone that scoops hydrogen in space and then fuses it, so that it can run forever without any refueling. For greater than light speed, the details are much less clear, but it might be possible to warp space in 2 ways. One way is via a wormhole that can rip the fabric of space time, which were first introduced by Einstein himself in 1935 with his student Nathan Rosen (so these are called Einstein Rosen Bridges) and also the Alcubierre drive, which compresses the space in front of you, so you hop across vast distances. Also, I think the urgent questions on the earth (e.g. global warming, nuclear weapons) have to be addressed first. No rush in reaching for the stars.


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I found support from people all around me. I emotionally leaned on my dad for the business side of things (he also helped me understand budgeting, taxes, and accounting), while I found financial support from publishers when I was in college, and KS in 2016. I like to work with publishers that are honest, because they support you from the marketing side! Marketing is tough, so having that part knocked out is really important to be able to have time to make a great game.

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All the game modes - Campaign, Tournament, and Endurance, will have the split-screen multiplayer. The cars aren't customizable, but you'll be upgrading your cars while you progress in the Campaign.


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Why have you used the name of the biggest loser in the free world? High risk that he'll eventually claim this as his own

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Could you describe your reunion with your family?


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Hi Michio, if I were to travel to the boundary of our universe right now, what do you think will be there? Is it possible to "fall off" this universe the same way we fall out of our bed? Thanks in advance!

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A game I was in love with ad Kickstartered to help support their development just had to basically shutter the company after a financier pulled out of their deal at the last minute. It's shitty as a consumer to see how mercurial the development of what we love can be.


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Hi Michio, if I were to travel to the boundary of our universe right now, what do you think will be there? Is it possible to "fall off" this universe the same way we fall out of our bed? Thanks in advance!

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A game I was in love with ad Kickstartered to help support their development just had to basically shutter the company after a financier pulled out of their deal at the last minute. It's shitty as a consumer to see how mercurial the development of what we love can be.


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What inspired you to make this game?

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We don’t like it any more than you do....but you 100% wouldn’t have even heard about this thing unless we had named it after the 45th. Sometimes, if you want the rainbow you gota put up with the rain….We couldn't care less if he claims it, the crucial thing is that carbon is coming out of the atmosphere.


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Well considering my phone was on my desk still (it still is right now), I couldn't get to my parents or anyone I knew immediately while it was actually happening, but once the police escorted our room out of the building I found my friend RJ, who was in the FIRST room he shot into. RJ gave me his phone and I called my Mom first, she didn't answer because it was a Massachusetts number. I called my brother and he answered quickly and I broke down as soon as I heard him say "hello?", I explained to him that a school shooting just happened and I told him that I'm ok. He said he was going to come pick me up immediately but I told him to tell my mom, which he did. She eventually came to pick me up a mile down the road at the local park (where the vigil took place yesterday). We drove over to the local Wawa where my dad and brother were waiting for me, and I broke down into tears immediately.

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No one knows. But one possibility is that the universe is a bubble of some sort. We live on the skin of the bubble. If you travel in one direction far enough, you come back to where you started. So the farthest object is the back of your head. In this way, this bubble universe is infinite in two dimensions, since you never hit the end, but finite in three dimensions, since its just a bubble. Likewise, our universe might be infinite in 3D, without boundaries, but finite in 4D, because it is a hypersphere. Sadly, our data is not developed enough to determine if our universe is finite or infinite. But the leading theories (e.g. inflation) seem to indicate that the universe is infinite. But in inflation, our bubble universe can have big bangs all the time, so baby universes can peel off our universe. In other words, we live in a bubble bath of universes, the multiverse.


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Oh wow. That's horrible...

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No one knows. But one possibility is that the universe is a bubble of some sort. We live on the skin of the bubble. If you travel in one direction far enough, you come back to where you started. So the farthest object is the back of your head. In this way, this bubble universe is infinite in two dimensions, since you never hit the end, but finite in three dimensions, since its just a bubble. Likewise, our universe might be infinite in 3D, without boundaries, but finite in 4D, because it is a hypersphere. Sadly, our data is not developed enough to determine if our universe is finite or infinite. But the leading theories (e.g. inflation) seem to indicate that the universe is infinite. But in inflation, our bubble universe can have big bangs all the time, so baby universes can peel off our universe. In other words, we live in a bubble bath of universes, the multiverse.


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Oh wow. That's horrible...

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Thank you for the great questions! The AMA is officially closed, however, we will do our best to answer any additional questions! Thank you all for your interest in videogame development and Horizon Chase Turbo!


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Was your classroom door already locked when the shooting started or did someone lock it upon hearing shots? What did the teacher in the room do and did they have time/ or attempt to give to any instructions to you and your classmates?

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As we're developing smarter and more effective machine learning algorithms, it seems inevitable that AI will start to replace human intelligence for more precision and efficiency. Professor Michio Kaku, my question to you is will Artifical Intelligence eventually render human labor and intelligence obsolete? If so, in what areas can humans excel at that machine learning algorithms can not?


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Can I borrow $30K?

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As we're developing smarter and more effective machine learning algorithms, it seems inevitable that AI will start to replace human intelligence for more precision and efficiency. Professor Michio Kaku, my question to you is will Artifical Intelligence eventually render human labor and intelligence obsolete? If so, in what areas can humans excel at that machine learning algorithms can not?


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Can I borrow $30K?

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To be honest with you, I was next to my teacher as soon as we got to our corner. She was bewildered, she didn't know what was going on. Me and her were actively trying to make sure people next to us in that corner were doing ok and were safe, we couldn't necessarily get up and go help people in the other corner if you get what I mean.


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Right now, robots have the intelligence of a bug. They can barely walk across a room. Simple tasks done by humans (picking up garbage, fixing a toilet, building a house, solving a crime) are way beyond what a robot can do. But, as the decades go by, they will become as smart as a mouse, then rat, then a cat, dog, and monkey. By that point ,they might become dangerous and even replace humans, near the end of the century. So I think we should a chip in their brain to shut them off if they have murderous thoughts. But what happens centuries from now, when robots and evade even our most sophisticated fail safe system?? At that point, I think we should merge with them. This may sound strange to some people, but remember that it is the people of the far future (not us) who will decide how far they want to modify themselves to deal with supersmart robots

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Hahahah.


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Right now, robots have the intelligence of a bug. They can barely walk across a room. Simple tasks done by humans (picking up garbage, fixing a toilet, building a house, solving a crime) are way beyond what a robot can do. But, as the decades go by, they will become as smart as a mouse, then rat, then a cat, dog, and monkey. By that point ,they might become dangerous and even replace humans, near the end of the century. So I think we should a chip in their brain to shut them off if they have murderous thoughts. But what happens centuries from now, when robots and evade even our most sophisticated fail safe system?? At that point, I think we should merge with them. This may sound strange to some people, but remember that it is the people of the far future (not us) who will decide how far they want to modify themselves to deal with supersmart robots

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Hahahah.


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Hey Sid, I went to JPT (class of 2010) and had lots of friends at Douglas. This whole thing is so surreal being how nice and family oriented our town is. Sending you a big hug. You might not get to this Q because you have so many but I always thought those slits of windows in the doors were super thick with metal wiring to reinforce them so did he literally just shoot that out then stick the gun through the hole or how did he actually manage to shoot into the room? Sorry for your losses and pain, you're not alone.

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1 - Telepathy? 2 - Uploading minds to computers?


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That's not a no

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1 - Telepathy? 2 - Uploading minds to computers?


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That's not a no

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I don't know exactly I had my head down behind a desk. But, what I can tell you is that he most likely shot the window out then started shooting in the direction of the corner where Nick and Helena were.. I don't remember him even trying to open the door.


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A simple form of telepathy is possible today. In The Future of the Mind, I write that (in epileptics, for example) one can put a patch of sensors directly on the surface of the brain, connect it to a computer, and have software decipher the messages. Then it is possible for this person to type and communicate mentally. In fact, my colleague, Stephen Hawking, using this. He has lost control over his fingers and vocal cords. So in this glasses ,there is a chip which picks up radio signals from this brain, and feeds this into a computer, which then deciphers the message and types out what he is thinking. (This is, however, a very slow process). Also, it is now possible to upload and record memories in mice. Also primates. Next: Alzheimers patients. So they will wear a brain pacemaker that reminds them who they are and where they live.

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Hahahhahahahahahhaano ;)


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A simple form of telepathy is possible today. In The Future of the Mind, I write that (in epileptics, for example) one can put a patch of sensors directly on the surface of the brain, connect it to a computer, and have software decipher the messages. Then it is possible for this person to type and communicate mentally. In fact, my colleague, Stephen Hawking, using this. He has lost control over his fingers and vocal cords. So in this glasses ,there is a chip which picks up radio signals from this brain, and feeds this into a computer, which then deciphers the message and types out what he is thinking. (This is, however, a very slow process). Also, it is now possible to upload and record memories in mice. Also primates. Next: Alzheimers patients. So they will wear a brain pacemaker that reminds them who they are and where they live.

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Hahahhahahahahahhaano ;)


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I’m so terribly sorry this happened to you and your friends. Is there anything you want to say about Nick or Helena that people should know?

A:

Do you think EVERYTHING that exists could be explained through mathematics and physics?


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Hey Thomas! Pinstripe and Coma backer here! I love the work you've done and can't wait to see this new project! I was just wondering, what inspired you to start making games, and what inspires your story design?

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Do you think EVERYTHING that exists could be explained through mathematics and physics?


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How about me? I'm a super trustworthy dude. :)

Edit: Also, I just signed up as a Co-Producer! I'm excited to be a part of such an awesome game!

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I never really talked to Helena and didn't know much about her. But I spent the whole school year with her so far and I can tell you that she would always be smiling while talking to her friends and she was a very positive person.

Nick (NICHOLAS DWORET, not the ruthless murderer who's full name I don't even want to say) was not necessarily a friend of mine, but I have had MANY conversations with him over the course of this school year. In particular, I remember our first conversation earlier in the year we were talking about what concerts we had went to during the summer. I told him I went to the Playboi Carti concert and the XXXTentacion concert, and he told me he went to the Lil Pump concert. He also told me stories about how he got caught doing bad things with his friends and how when Junior year started (he's a senior at this point) he made a resolution to focus on his schoolwork and make sure he stayed obedient to his parents because his swimming career was thriving at that point. Nick was one of the most pure individuals I have ever met, he always had a smile on his face. I remember specifically a few weeks ago he announced to the class that he committed to University of Indianapolis for swimming and everyone was applauding him and he did one of this gestures where you lower your head and scratch your head because you are embarrassed but happy (if you get what im saying). Every time I scroll down my instagram feed and see his face, I break down and its just all around rough to think about his family and his girlfriend and anyone else who was closer to him than I was.


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There are things which science and math may have difficulty explaining. As Galileo once said, the purpose of science is to determine how the heavens go. The purpose of religion is to determine how to go to heaven, i.e. the purpose of science is to explain natural law, while the purpose of religion is ethics, to determine what is right and wrong, to be nice to each other, how to behave, etc. So science by itself cannot dictate what is absolutely right or wrong. There is no law of physics that tells us what is proper behavior and what is right or wrong. It all depends on the society you are talking about.

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There were a lot of games on Newgrounds that I really liked, and I always kind of idolized the devs. I obsessed over newgrounds games for years. They motivated me in strange, almost spiritual ways haha. As for story design, I'm unashamed to say M. Night Shyamalan movies are my fave. I love how he tells emotional, haunting stories salted with beauty!


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There are things which science and math may have difficulty explaining. As Galileo once said, the purpose of science is to determine how the heavens go. The purpose of religion is to determine how to go to heaven, i.e. the purpose of science is to explain natural law, while the purpose of religion is ethics, to determine what is right and wrong, to be nice to each other, how to behave, etc. So science by itself cannot dictate what is absolutely right or wrong. There is no law of physics that tells us what is proper behavior and what is right or wrong. It all depends on the society you are talking about.

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Wow thanks!!


Q:

It's refreshing to hear honest thoughts from a highschooler about people who passed away.

When people are my high school were involved in a tragedy everyone pretended like they were best friends with that person, even if they never spoke to them.

A:

Dr. You study string theory. For someone who is scientific illiterate can you explain this study?


Q:

so what you're saying is, we can expect a plot twist near the end of your game, gotcha.

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Dr. You study string theory. For someone who is scientific illiterate can you explain this study?


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Hey Thomas! I supported your first game because you were from Greenville. I will support your second game because Pinstripe was amazing. Do you write all the music? It's seriously amazing.

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pretended like they were best friends with that person, even if they never spoke to them.

There is no one-upping in situations like this. At the vigil, I saw Joaquin Oliver's (he was one of the casualties, everyone called him Guac) girlfriend and bestfriend. They were in absolute pieces, like you could literally see the life sucked out of their faces. I broke down like 30 feet away from them just seeing them. Guac had literally just been switched into my Algebra class a week ago and I can't believe that when I go back to school, his seat will be empty and life will just go on.


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Briefly, each sub atomic particle we see (and there are hundreds of them) are nothing but tiny vibrations of a string, a rubble band. So each particle is just a musical note. That explains why we have so many particles. Then physics is the laws of harmony of these strings. Chemistry is the melodies we can play on these strings. The universe is a symphony of strings. And the Mind of God, that Einstein searched for for the last 30 years of his life, is Cosmic Music resonating through 11 dimensional hyperspace.

A:

He was dead all along...


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Briefly, each sub atomic particle we see (and there are hundreds of them) are nothing but tiny vibrations of a string, a rubble band. So each particle is just a musical note. That explains why we have so many particles. Then physics is the laws of harmony of these strings. Chemistry is the melodies we can play on these strings. The universe is a symphony of strings. And the Mind of God, that Einstein searched for for the last 30 years of his life, is Cosmic Music resonating through 11 dimensional hyperspace.

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Are you from Greenville? Yep, I write all the music!


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what was the last thought you had before the shooting and the first thought when the shooting happened?

A:

How do you respond to criticism that your comments are sometimes over reaching?

What impact do you feel that has on science communication?


Q:

turns out we've been playing the prequel to casper the friendly ghost

A:

How do you respond to criticism that your comments are sometimes over reaching?

What impact do you feel that has on science communication?


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Yes sir! Been here since 1999. You can usually find me running up and down the swamp rabbit.

You seriously have a talent. Glad we can benefit from your creative avenues.

A:

My first thought before the shooting was: Nice I'm about to finish this activity and put my computer away, lit.

My first thought when the shooting happened: Am I about to die? Is this real?


Q:

I am a futurist, in that I have interviewed over 300 of the worlds top scientists (many Nobel Laureates) who are inventing the future in their labs. So my predictions are based on the latest scientific research. But some people come up to me and ask "where is my flying car?" But the prediction of a flying car did not come from a scientist. It came from a cartoon show. Unfortunately, most people's understanding of the future comes from cartoon shows and science fiction movies, which have no obligation to be scientifically correct. So I personally feel that we need more scientists to engage the public concerning future technologies which will affect their lives in the future (e.g. AI, biotech, nanotech).

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Ha. Or The 7th Sense.


Q:

I am a futurist, in that I have interviewed over 300 of the worlds top scientists (many Nobel Laureates) who are inventing the future in their labs. So my predictions are based on the latest scientific research. But some people come up to me and ask "where is my flying car?" But the prediction of a flying car did not come from a scientist. It came from a cartoon show. Unfortunately, most people's understanding of the future comes from cartoon shows and science fiction movies, which have no obligation to be scientifically correct. So I personally feel that we need more scientists to engage the public concerning future technologies which will affect their lives in the future (e.g. AI, biotech, nanotech).

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I'm five mins from Swamp Rabbit. Come say high. Email me at my email on atmosgames.com


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Sid, Firstly I am glad you're OK, and I am sorry for what you had to experience. What was the tone of the situation like when you heard the first couple of shots? Were people trying to convince themselves it was a firework or a car back fire? Or did you know immediately it was gun fire and how did the students in your classroom react? Thanks!

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Hi Doc! do you believe there is a God?


Q:

You've all heard of the 6th sense that lets you see ghosts. But have you heard of the 7th sense, which lets you tastes ghosts?

A:

Hi Doc! do you believe there is a God?


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Hey Thomas! Pinstripe and Coma backer here! I love the work you've done and can't wait to see this new project! I was just wondering, what inspired you to start making games, and what inspires your story design?

A:

Well no one even hesitated at all, we all got up and ran to a corner, but a few of us were muttering "Is this one of those school shooter drills?" A few seconds after that, the shots started going off into our room and I saw dust flying around the room and knew that this was serious. About a minute after the shooting stopped in our room, I look over to my right and in the opposite corner, a girl named Samantha had blood all over her face and her eye was swolen (I believe a bullet grazed her face), but she is luckily ok. I couldn't see Nick or Helena's body because a cabinet was in the way. All I can tell you is that I remember the first 10 or so shots going off right outside of our door and the memory of the sound hasn't faded whatsoever.


Q:

Einstein was asked this question. He replied there are two kinds of Gods. The first is the personal God (that answers prayers and smites the Philistines). He did not believe in that God. But he did believe in the Old One, i.e. the God of Spinoza, the God of beauty, harmony, and order . The universe could have been ugly, random, lifeless, but its not. So he believed in the God of order.

Sorry for the two answers...just getting the hang of it.

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Bahahah. I laughed out loud at this. What does a ghost taste like. I really want to know, Reddit.


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Einstein was asked this question. He replied there are two kinds of Gods. The first is the personal God (that answers prayers and smites the Philistines). He did not believe in that God. But he did believe in the Old One, i.e. the God of Spinoza, the God of beauty, harmony, and order . The universe could have been ugly, random, lifeless, but its not. So he believed in the God of order.

Sorry for the two answers...just getting the hang of it.

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There were a lot of games on Newgrounds that I really liked, and I always kind of idolized the devs. I obsessed over newgrounds games for years. They motivated me in strange, almost spiritual ways haha. As for story design, I'm unashamed to say M. Night Shyamalan movies are my fave. I love how he tells emotional, haunting stories salted with beauty!


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Dr. Kaku, may I expand on that question:

  • Which relatively "godlike" beings/civilizations would you deem possible? (e.g. "we're in a simulation", "super-aliens watching us" [& fermi-paradox], "beings of higher dimensions", type 3++ civilizations, classical religion [our existence is a divine test], etc.)

  • If we eventually (want to?) make contact, could they have "higher" ethics or will universal "Good vs Evil" continue?


Q:

I saw you were 17 when you started thinking about the story to Once Upon A Coma. Are there any tips you would have given your past self (and current aspiring game developers) while making a game?

A:

Dr. Kaku, may I expand on that question:

  • Which relatively "godlike" beings/civilizations would you deem possible? (e.g. "we're in a simulation", "super-aliens watching us" [& fermi-paradox], "beings of higher dimensions", type 3++ civilizations, classical religion [our existence is a divine test], etc.)

  • If we eventually (want to?) make contact, could they have "higher" ethics or will universal "Good vs Evil" continue?


Q:

so what you're saying is, we can expect a plot twist near the end of your game, gotcha.

A:

She's an absolutely awesome teacher. I love the detail she goes into about every subject that comes up in class. I remember when we switched into her class this semester (we had a different teacher for Holocaust History last semester), I thought she talked too much the first day but I've gotten used to it. Now that this has happened, I want to hear her blabber all day until my head explodes.


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I get asked if the aliens are evil and want to destroy us. Maybe, but I think in the main they will be peaceful because they have had thousands of years to resolve sectarian, fundamentalist, nationalist questions. However, they still might be dangerous if they simply don't care about us and we get in the way. In War of the Worlds, the aliens did not hate us. We were simply in the way. In the same way that a developer is a threat to forest animals because he can pave the first, the danger there is from someone who sees that we are just in the way. But for the most part, I think they will be peaceful, but view us like we view forest animals.

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This might sound cheesy... but only work on what you're passionate about! Especially when you're doing it in your spare time. It's really hard to finish something that 's only motivation is "success" or money. Do something that makes you feel something, because you're going to need to feel it for perhaps years. Are you working on a game?


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I get asked if the aliens are evil and want to destroy us. Maybe, but I think in the main they will be peaceful because they have had thousands of years to resolve sectarian, fundamentalist, nationalist questions. However, they still might be dangerous if they simply don't care about us and we get in the way. In War of the Worlds, the aliens did not hate us. We were simply in the way. In the same way that a developer is a threat to forest animals because he can pave the first, the danger there is from someone who sees that we are just in the way. But for the most part, I think they will be peaceful, but view us like we view forest animals.

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He was dead all along...


Q:

From reading some of your comments, you seemed to be so poised and collected in the situation. Would you consider yourself to have always been that way, or do you think the situation brought something new out of you? Glad you're okay!

A:

Thanks for the advice! I'm in high school and just finished an 18 day game jam with two other friends. We do want to work on the game a lot more to improve and build upon it, though it's hard to tell what we'll actually achieve with it in the future.


Q:

turns out we've been playing the prequel to casper the friendly ghost

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I always thought about situations like this and how I would act. I always thought that I would freak out, but surprisingly, I was very calm but shaken while it was going on. I tried my absolute hardest to make sure everyone surrounding me was ok and made sure they stayed quiet so we could have a better chance of surviving, and made sure the girl next to me (Kelly) was saying the right things to 911 as she was talking to an operator. She was crying HYSTERICALLY and couldn't even get words out of her mouth so I was calming her down and telling her what to tell the operator because her thought process must have been in thousands of pieces just by the look of her face.


Q:

Just try and have fun, and remember, you can always work harder. Plenty of my friends in college and highschool felt they were working hard enough, but it's crazy how much time in the day is spent not creating, but just consuming crap :) Thanks so much for your question!

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Ha. Or The 7th Sense.


Q:

People react differently in high-stress situations. My friend and I were in a scary car accident. I immediately went into "emergency mode" (check if everyone's ok, call 911, answer questions), but my friend was crying hysterically. Staying collected under pressure is a valuable trait. Ever considered a career that needs people like that, such as an EMT, surgeon, or public relations specialist?

A:

You put up the Switch as a stretch goal, which probably will make it. Yet why does your schedule read:

Once Upon A Coma will be released for PC, Mac, Linux, and Nintendo Switch, all because of you.

Seems like you already decided to go for the Switch?


Q:

You've all heard of the 6th sense that lets you see ghosts. But have you heard of the 7th sense, which lets you tastes ghosts?

A:

I haven't necessarily ever wanted to BE one of those, but I have always pondered on what they do and how they go about their jobs, it's interesting to me. I actually aspire to be a producer for hip-hop music if that answers your question, I'm an active commenter on /r/hiphopheads, great sub for anyone interested in hip hop btw!


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Good catch! Yep, I actually intended to make the campaign start with the Switch, but after some research I knew 28k for that was just not realistic. Not at all! Thanks for finding that! I've adjusted it: "Once Upon A Coma will be released for PC, Mac, Linux, and maybe even Nintendo Switch, all because of you."

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Bahahah. I laughed out loud at this. What does a ghost taste like. I really want to know, Reddit.


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Hey Sid, I'm in electronic & independent music but friends with a lot of producers. If you wanna join our Discord or chat and come talk about producing and engineering or get feedback on stuff you've made, send me a DM. Hope you're doing well, bud. <3

A:

Which lesson did you learn from creating Pinstripe and will you use or don’t in Once upon a coma?


Q:

Sad ghost that can't move on: sadness, remorse, with a pinch of hopelessness. So, gas station hot dogs, probably.

Angry ghost that torments the living: hate and malice, topped with an impending sense of dread. The hottest hot wings, basically.

A:

I will definitely hit you up soon man, right now is not the time though! Thank you so much this is awesome.


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It's super important to plan and prototype. Years of creating garbage and then removing it were why Pinstripe took so long. I would illustrate and design things fully, and then realize they didn't work, so weeks of work would be flushed down the toilet. In Coma, I spend a lot of time just planning and thinking :)

A:

This is awesome


Q:

What do think about the people putting the shooting on Snapchat, Instagram, etc?

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The prologue of the game has the main character dabbing back, and that sets up the narrative of the entire game.


Q:

I saw you were 17 when you started thinking about the story to Once Upon A Coma. Are there any tips you would have given your past self (and current aspiring game developers) while making a game?

A:

Well what I can tell you is that one of the viral videos that is circulating the world right now, is a video by my classmate Matt Walker. This is the video (WARNING, no blood but very horrifying sounds go on during this video), I was 4 feet to the left of him as he was taking this, I was hiding behind my teachers desk. People have asked me what I think about him taking the video during a time like that, but to be honest, there really is no dissecting what was going through his head in that moment. Some people take in situations like that differently, and react differently, and that's perfectly normal. I wish he hadn't taken that video and focused on his safety first, but what can you do.

For anyone asking if Matt is ok, yes he is. He's also in my Algebra class and he was also in my English class last year.


Q:

It's interesting... the first puzzle of the game uses the piano notes D-E-B-A-B. Debab. It's a new kind of dabbing.

A:

This might sound cheesy... but only work on what you're passionate about! Especially when you're doing it in your spare time. It's really hard to finish something that 's only motivation is "success" or money. Do something that makes you feel something, because you're going to need to feel it for perhaps years. Are you working on a game?


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Do you know if the girl who was hysterically crying in the video is okay?

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Heh, well that's a bit of a coincidence. But I was trying to infer that the action of dabbing back was severe enough to incur the Coma :p


Q:

Thanks for the advice! I'm in high school and just finished an 18 day game jam with two other friends. We do want to work on the game a lot more to improve and build upon it, though it's hard to tell what we'll actually achieve with it in the future.

A:

Well I don't know who exactly that is, but if it is one of the girls in the corner where Nick and Helena died, then it means they had dead people in their lap. There was about 12 kids in that same corner all packed in and they had to sit in that corner with 2 dead individuals and 4 injured individuals for a total of around 30-40 minutes.


Q:

Interesting plot idea... This IAmA has served to be quite useful...

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Just try and have fun, and remember, you can always work harder. Plenty of my friends in college and highschool felt they were working hard enough, but it's crazy how much time in the day is spent not creating, but just consuming crap :) Thanks so much for your question!


Q:

I read that he pulled the fire alarm to shoot in the hallways, but your map suggests he shot into rooms, not the hallways. Did he start shooting before he pulled the alarm?

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Since it's doable in Yo Noid 2, it should be doable here :')


Q:

You put up the Switch as a stretch goal, which probably will make it. Yet why does your schedule read:

Once Upon A Coma will be released for PC, Mac, Linux, and Nintendo Switch, all because of you.

Seems like you already decided to go for the Switch?

A:

your map suggests he shot into rooms, not the hallways. Did he start shooting before he pulled the alarm?

Yes, the fire alarm did go off. But, despite beliefs, the fire alarm went off about 10-15 seconds AFTER he started shooting, I remember clearly. Everyone in the Freshman Building (the building my room was in, its a 3 story building with mainly freshman based classes) knew that there was a shooter outside so no one left their rooms.

People across the school couldn't tell however, so they were treating it like a regular fire drill until word got around within a minute and everyone rushed back into their classrooms.


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Haha. Exactly.

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Good catch! Yep, I actually intended to make the campaign start with the Switch, but after some research I knew 28k for that was just not realistic. Not at all! Thanks for finding that! I've adjusted it: "Once Upon A Coma will be released for PC, Mac, Linux, and maybe even Nintendo Switch, all because of you."


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**Deleting my comments and throwaway account now for privacy. Just needed to express my condolences to OP and relay my advice on coping with the grief. Also, don't want to detract too much from the OP's AMA or prevent him from sharing his experiences.

TLDR; I was there. Glad you're safe. Talk about it. We're always here for you.

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A:

What do you think the best form of marketing is for an indie game? More specifically a new developer...Kickstarter? Ads?


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Which lesson did you learn from creating Pinstripe and will you use or don’t in Once upon a coma?

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Sir, I REMEMBER YOU. I'm fucking crying right now I can't believe that you have seen this. You are a hero sir, I am SO thankful for your service. I was in a white/light gray sweatshirt if that helps you remember which individual I was. Man... this is crazy.

I am a Parkland resident, I moved here right before freshman year. I used to live in Boca Raton for 14 years of my life.


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Kickstarter is a marketing+pre-order+funding epic combo! If you do it right, it's HUGE. But it can also be a real gut punch if you go into not planning or knowing much you're doing. I've never seen much benefit from Ads, but probobly because I just don't understand them. The absolute best form of marketing is GENUINE KINDNESS and NETWORKING. Caps because I think they are HUGE. Genuine kindness allowed me to stay in communication with large youtubers who I have friendly relationships with, and networking has allowed me to take inspiration and get clever marketing ideas from other indie devs and successful industry veterans. Are you a game developer? :)

A:

It's super important to plan and prototype. Years of creating garbage and then removing it were why Pinstripe took so long. I would illustrate and design things fully, and then realize they didn't work, so weeks of work would be flushed down the toilet. In Coma, I spend a lot of time just planning and thinking :)


Q:

Heartbreaking story. Hope everything turns out well for you and your classmates. Just curious about the AMA. Did someone reach out to you to do an AMA or did you reach out to them?

A:

I am not, but my boyfriend is.. he is about to release a new game in the coming months and I keep stressing the marketing thing as he hasn't really pushed his games in the past. Thanks for the info, much appreciated!!:)


Q:

What do you think the best form of marketing is for an indie game? More specifically a new developer...Kickstarter? Ads?

A:

I chose to do the AMA, thought I'd just share my story considering a lot of people don't get to see/hear personal accounts of people that were actually in the shooting on the news; but rather see shots of our school from a helicopter up in the sky.


Q:

Expect zero success if you don't market the game. Great games don't sell themselves anymore... unless you are extremely lucky. My blunt answer :)

A:

Kickstarter is a marketing+pre-order+funding epic combo! If you do it right, it's HUGE. But it can also be a real gut punch if you go into not planning or knowing much you're doing. I've never seen much benefit from Ads, but probobly because I just don't understand them. The absolute best form of marketing is GENUINE KINDNESS and NETWORKING. Caps because I think they are HUGE. Genuine kindness allowed me to stay in communication with large youtubers who I have friendly relationships with, and networking has allowed me to take inspiration and get clever marketing ideas from other indie devs and successful industry veterans. Are you a game developer? :)


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Hi Sid, very sorry about this tragic ordeal. I don't understand, if the boy that did the shooting wasn't a student why was he allowed on the property at all? I may have misinterpreted this, but I saw on the news he wasn't allowed there with a backpack, but why would he be allowed there at all?

A:

What has pushed you to keep creating indie games? You are crazy talented and am excited for the new game 🔥🔥


Q:

I am not, but my boyfriend is.. he is about to release a new game in the coming months and I keep stressing the marketing thing as he hasn't really pushed his games in the past. Thanks for the info, much appreciated!!:)

A:

Well there's a gate in the fence to our senior parking lot near the bike rack that they open up in the morning and the last 30 minutes before school ends. The gate is about 150-200 feet away from one of the entrances of the freshman building. I believe he got dropped off by an Uber and just walked right in and went straight into the freshman building from there. What's crazy to me is that the same gate that he came in from, is the same gate I was running out of once I got escorted by police out of the freshman building.


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There's a book called Think and Grow Rich, and although I don't advocate thinking about money as your only motivation, it certainly inspired me and taught me how to meditate on goals, and visualize them. My goals included being able to pay my family's bills with game development, launching on PS4 and Xbox (one of my childhood dreams), and being able to show my dad the finished game (he's pushed me for years and years, and it was special showing him).

A:

Expect zero success if you don't market the game. Great games don't sell themselves anymore... unless you are extremely lucky. My blunt answer :)


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My wife and I have been alternating between learning more about the shooting and having to avoid coverage because of conspiracy nonsense about false flags and crisis response actors.

I teach high school on the West Coast. What were active shooter drills like at your school?

Thank you for doing the AMA.

A:

Great reason! Thank you for all of the hard work you put on for the amazing games!


Q:

The prologue of the game has the main character dabbing back, and that sets up the narrative of the entire game.

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We have never had an active shooter drill at our school, we have just went over what to do if a shooter was there (hide in corners not visible by the door, hide behind solid objects, go into closet).


Q:

Are you specifically passionate about a creative field yourself?

A:

It's interesting... the first puzzle of the game uses the piano notes D-E-B-A-B. Debab. It's a new kind of dabbing.


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I am so sorry that you went through this and were firsthand witness to such senseless violence and tragedy. As I’m sure you’ve been told a thousand times, my thoughts, my family’s thoughts, and those of our nation are with you. Please let us know if there is a way someone in the Midwest can help your community starting right now.

Now on to my question:

How did first responders on the scene handle the throng of innocent victims in the immediate aftermath? I read that the shooter tried to “blend in” with kids in an attempt to escape. Did the police seem to know quickly who was and was not a threat?

A:

I have been creating youtube videos for almost a year now and I love the editing part in all of that so i hope to make that a career one day whether its in filmmaking, music videos, or youtube! How does it make you feel when youtubers play your game on their channel?


Q:

Heh, well that's a bit of a coincidence. But I was trying to infer that the action of dabbing back was severe enough to incur the Coma :p

A:

Well after we stopped hearing shots, we all stayed as quiet as we could and I was trying my hardest to stay contained and made sure people around me in the corner that I was in were safe. I can't tell how long it was waiting for police to come, but we started hearing yelling outside of the room and down the hall and we heard "police! police!", after a minute of everyone rejoicing, they finally got to our door and said "police! is anyone in there?!" in which everyone responded "yes! help us!". They then said "is anyone injured, how many of you are in there?!", before anyone could say anything I screamed "4 injured, there are about 25 of us in here, please help!". They said "we are coming in! hands up!" When they came in they got the injured out of the room immediately.

After the injured got out of the room, they made us get up and walk out in a single file line, and when I was out of the room I had to walk over a dead body right outside of the door just to get across the hall.

I heard that the shooter went out toward the middle school next to us and tried to blend in with people running away from the school and went to the walmart down the street, but I don't know a lot about exactly what he did after. What I can tell you is that it took about an hour or two after the shooting to find out who he was.


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Having YouTubers play my games is one of the best feelings. Easily #1 feeling, especially when JackSepticEye or GameGrumps play! Super exciting!

A:

Interesting plot idea... This IAmA has served to be quite useful...


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I went to elementary with one of the girls that was injured during the shooting. Do you know *******? Is she holding up well? I never had a strong friendship with her and it’s likely she does not remember me but personally I would like to know if you know her and if she’s holding up ok.

Edited to remove her name since he replied.

A:

Congratulations on that! Are you planning on creating any merchandise for once upon a coma? I would definitely get me some!


Q:

Since it's doable in Yo Noid 2, it should be doable here :')

A:

Yes! I'm going to lunch with her tomorrow, she was in my class she is ok. I've been becoming very great friends with her in the past month or so. She's in my Holocaust History class (current discussion) and my Chemistry class, probably one of the nicest individuals I ever met in my life. This is absolutely crazy how ironic some of these questions are getting, the internet is nuts (in a good way).


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I'd love that, if the studio can afford it!

A:

Haha. Exactly.


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Why did you decide to do this AMA? Will it help you process?

edit: you

A:

Hi Thomas! Across the development of both Pinstripe and Once Upon A Coma, what has been the weirdest/funniest bug you've encountered during testing?


Q:

What has pushed you to keep creating indie games? You are crazy talented and am excited for the new game 🔥🔥

A:

Well considering I'm home alone right now with no phone (It's still on my desk in the classroom), I thought I'd pass time by sharing my story with the people of Reddit as this is a website that is pretty much a home to me as I'm on it almost half of the day, everyday.


Q:

In Once Upon A Coma, I was watching a YouTuber who somehow launched himself so high he broke the camera.

A:

There's a book called Think and Grow Rich, and although I don't advocate thinking about money as your only motivation, it certainly inspired me and taught me how to meditate on goals, and visualize them. My goals included being able to pay my family's bills with game development, launching on PS4 and Xbox (one of my childhood dreams), and being able to show my dad the finished game (he's pushed me for years and years, and it was special showing him).


Q:

I saw a few interviews of your classmates claiming multiple shooters. Did you see or hear anything to make you think there could of been a second shooter?

A:

Motion graphic artist/video editor here, freesound has been an absolute godsend! Once learning to search it correctly, I’ve never looked back


Q:

Great reason! Thank you for all of the hard work you put on for the amazing games!

A:

Actually yes, I do remember hearing some sort of "spraying" like a machine gun down the hall but it sounded very faint. But my memory of that has somewhat faded, it's very possible it was a separate sound that had nothing to do with the shooting.


Q:

Sure you can :) If it's creative commons, you just need to credit: https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/

A:

Are you specifically passionate about a creative field yourself?


Q:

What are your thoughts on the memes that circulate that make light of school shootings? How have your views on them changed since?

A:

Boom, just funded your KS! This oddly reminded me of Limbo, so naturally I had to take a look.

You mentioned your father being a huge support of yours; is he also a video gamer... possibly a software engineer too?


Q:

I have been creating youtube videos for almost a year now and I love the editing part in all of that so i hope to make that a career one day whether its in filmmaking, music videos, or youtube! How does it make you feel when youtubers play your game on their channel?

A:

Well so far I have heard (not seen) that someone made a meme related to Fortnite (the popular game) where they showed one of the dead bodies with loot on top of it like you would see when you kill someone in the game.. When my friend told me this I just broke down, I couldn't believe that someone would be so heartless and immature to even go through the time of making a meme like that.


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Hey thanks so much archangelmdc! My dad is an accountant, and a super duper supportive father. He was the one who pushed me to not get a job my summer before college and just make Coma.

A:

Having YouTubers play my games is one of the best feelings. Easily #1 feeling, especially when JackSepticEye or GameGrumps play! Super exciting!


Q:

The music in your games is just gorgeous. How has it been revisiting the soundtrack to the original Coma? From the Kickstarter vid and teasers it sounds like you're doing a lot of cool stuff with the old themes!

A:

Congratulations on that! Are you planning on creating any merchandise for once upon a coma? I would definitely get me some!


Q:

Believe it or not revisiting old themes has been the most challenging part of creating Once Upon A Coma! Believe or not the Red Wind Theme just doesn't make me feel anything anymore, so I created 3 or 4 renditions of it. All of them will be in the game, which is super exciting! What's your favorite game/movie soundtrack?

A:

I'd love that, if the studio can afford it!


Q:

Thanks for your games. I backed Pinstrip unsure of what to expect but loved the game. Coma looks interesting and I am excited for it.

My Question is what keeps you motivated during the times where you don't see a lot of progress in what you are working on?

What keeps you from giving up on your dream of making video games?

Thanks

A:

Hi Thomas! Across the development of both Pinstripe and Once Upon A Coma, what has been the weirdest/funniest bug you've encountered during testing?


Q:

Moments like this. Yeah yeah, perhaps that's an eye-roll statement, but it really is true. I certainly strive for a second wind, and if I can find it on Reddit or Kickstarter, I'm going to focus my energy on that. getting the community involved, and hearing their praise/criticism puts a fire in my belly I can't quite explain!

A:

In Once Upon A Coma, I was watching a YouTuber who somehow launched himself so high he broke the camera.


Q:

That Coma game you did way back when was one of my biggest inspirations going through multimedia school. thanks for that, Also can I be a QA tester on Once upon a coma? (it's an AMA I just thought I'd ask)

A:

Motion graphic artist/video editor here, freesound has been an absolute godsend! Once learning to search it correctly, I’ve never looked back


Q:

Aw thx that means a lot! Email me via my email on my website (atmosgames.com) about being a tester!

A:

Sure you can :) If it's creative commons, you just need to credit: https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/


Q:

As a indie dev looking to break into the market what kind of advice can you give those dad of three building his first commercial game?

A:

Boom, just funded your KS! This oddly reminded me of Limbo, so naturally I had to take a look.

You mentioned your father being a huge support of yours; is he also a video gamer... possibly a software engineer too?


Q:

One big piece of advice: you have more time than you think. I have a daughter, run a game studio, work out 5 times a week, am writing a novel, and spend way too much time on Reddit. I once told myself I didn't have enough time, and then decided to test that. Turns out I can get a lot done in my free time, especially because my wife is so gracious about it!

A:

Hey thanks so much archangelmdc! My dad is an accountant, and a super duper supportive father. He was the one who pushed me to not get a job my summer before college and just make Coma.


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This resonates with me. It's something I struggle with currently. The hardest part I find is juggling work time worth family time. I find myself wanting to dive into development while my family time suffers. My wife is supportive but I know she would be happier with having dad around more.

A:

Thanks for your games. I backed Pinstrip unsure of what to expect but loved the game. Coma looks interesting and I am excited for it.

My Question is what keeps you motivated during the times where you don't see a lot of progress in what you are working on?

What keeps you from giving up on your dream of making video games?

Thanks


Q:

I totally agree. But, I recommend you read Steven King's On Writing. It touches on this. Are you willing to sacrifice 1 hour of sleep for several months to pursue your passion? imagine... the whole house is finally asleep. It's midnight. You walk into your study, garage, closet, and set the timer for one hour and just work. It's painful, it's hard, but you won't regret it :) My two cents.

A:

Moments like this. Yeah yeah, perhaps that's an eye-roll statement, but it really is true. I certainly strive for a second wind, and if I can find it on Reddit or Kickstarter, I'm going to focus my energy on that. getting the community involved, and hearing their praise/criticism puts a fire in my belly I can't quite explain!


Q:

Hi Thomas! I am backer too of both of your games...loved Pinstripe and really looking forward for Coma :)) Enjoying a lot this AMA too thanks! Read this thread and could not help to comment as I fully empathise with you both guys. Got a daughter, wife and a part time job that pays the bills and then a few months ago (inspired by people like you Thomas, I must say!) came up with the great idea of fulfilling my childhood dream of starting my own games studio. My trick to find more time? Wake up no later than 5am every day and use the time before my family wakes up to work on my personal projects. It's the most productive time of my day, all silence and everyone else is sleeping, even my work colleagues! Then once I am done with my part time job, go back to it until my family is back home. It works for me! :) All the best from Barcelona !

A:

I follow like a million indie devs on Twitter. Even the ones whose work looks amazing seem to toil away in obscurity. They have like 100 followers. They post amazing things and get 3 likes. The do a kickstarter and only get $10 from their mom. Some of these people have been working for 20 years or more.

Then there are people like you. $50k kickstarter, thousands of followers, "influencers" play your thing, etc. So what's your big secret, eh? Are you just super cool? Have you been building a fanbase slowly for a long long time? Was there some event that was a major inflection point for you? Is it just that your game has more levels of parallax than the competition??


Q:

I love hearing about this pep-gaspar! That feeling of getting out of bed at 5am is awful, and for me, I feel pretty depressed at that time of day. But I would meditate, drink coffee, listen to some uplifting music and wait for my spirits to rise. Once the tiredness wore off, and the sun began to come up, I was always happy I woke up to pursue my dream. But, I'll admit, I don't do this anymore because I don't necessarily have to. I am waking up at 3am though to feed an angry infant.... :)

A:

This is my favorite question of the day, mainly because I am not super cool. I am real though. I like to spill my guts as often as possible because the gaming industry needs real people making emotionally impactful stuff. Just my opinion. I don't know what my big secret is. Tbh I feel like a big fraud. I really do, I'm not just being self deprecating. But I do have to counter that mentality with almost foolish confidence, every day. And yes, the fan base has been building slowly. I've been making games for more than a decade, so it takes a long time. Yes, a major event was my inflection point. I was very lucky and blessed when Unity Technologies reached out in 2015 and asked me if I wanted to be in a little mini doc that was going to be shown at The Game Awards. If anything, it didn't really do much in terms of gathering steam or a following, but it made me realize my worth. The truth is we all carry infinite worth inside of us, but we wait for someone important or someone famous or some company with money or a boss or a teacher or social media to tell us about it. We have tremendous value, but most of us never see it, and never let our talents shine in public, let alone in private when we are alone. The single most important thing is to look yourself in the mirror, remind yourself of your infinite worth, and go out and make a fool of yourself.


Q:

I follow like a million indie devs on Twitter. Even the ones whose work looks amazing seem to toil away in obscurity. They have like 100 followers. They post amazing things and get 3 likes. The do a kickstarter and only get $10 from their mom. Some of these people have been working for 20 years or more.

Then there are people like you. $50k kickstarter, thousands of followers, "influencers" play your thing, etc. So what's your big secret, eh? Are you just super cool? Have you been building a fanbase slowly for a long long time? Was there some event that was a major inflection point for you? Is it just that your game has more levels of parallax than the competition??

A:

Do you plan to ever intertwine your games in a way that Bioshock has with unexpected connections, since you say the games take place in the same universe?


Q:

This is my favorite question of the day, mainly because I am not super cool. I am real though. I like to spill my guts as often as possible because the gaming industry needs real people making emotionally impactful stuff. Just my opinion. I don't know what my big secret is. Tbh I feel like a big fraud. I really do, I'm not just being self deprecating. But I do have to counter that mentality with almost foolish confidence, every day. And yes, the fan base has been building slowly. I've been making games for more than a decade, so it takes a long time. Yes, a major event was my inflection point. I was very lucky and blessed when Unity Technologies reached out in 2015 and asked me if I wanted to be in a little mini doc that was going to be shown at The Game Awards. If anything, it didn't really do much in terms of gathering steam or a following, but it made me realize my worth. The truth is we all carry infinite worth inside of us, but we wait for someone important or someone famous or some company with money or a boss or a teacher or social media to tell us about it. We have tremendous value, but most of us never see it, and never let our talents shine in public, let alone in private when we are alone. The single most important thing is to look yourself in the mirror, remind yourself of your infinite worth, and go out and make a fool of yourself.

A:

Certainly! My games tend to focus on the spiritual and cerebral, which I think allows various characters and concepts to mesh in ways they wouldn't in the physical world :)


Q:

Why are the vast majority of AMA's basically just advertisements for products?

A:

As a indie dev looking to break into the market what kind of advice can you give those dad of three building his first commercial game?


Q:

If you read through our convos I hope you feel differently. Thanks for the question!

A:

One big piece of advice: you have more time than you think. I have a daughter, run a game studio, work out 5 times a week, am writing a novel, and spend way too much time on Reddit. I once told myself I didn't have enough time, and then decided to test that. Turns out I can get a lot done in my free time, especially because my wife is so gracious about it!


Q:

What do you plan to do with the money? Hiring more talented people than you? Just surviving? Drugs, alcohol and sluts? Bitcoins?

A:
  • How long did it take you to master the basics of game development?
  • What's your game engine of choice?
  • What engine would you recommend for people who are just picking up game development?

Q:

Hahahaha. There's a budget in the Kickstarter campaign that you can take a look at, and then stretch goals for additional funding. Indie game development is tough and expensive, so no, no drugs and sluts haha.

A:
  • For me, I've been constantly learning since I was 16. You're never really a master because the industry is always changing.
  • Unity 3d
  • Unity 3d!

Q:

So alcohol and bitcoin is still on the table?

A:

Do you still find time to play games your self? If so what game are you currently enjoying the most?


Q:

Actually just finished up a bottle of vodka. Need to run to Costco. Regarding bitcoin, makes me a little nervous. I think I'd do better just investing in alcohol. ;) Edit: Costco

A:

I have the time yes, but I don't do it often. Believe it or not, I don't find it very pleasurable. I'd rather watch let's plays. I know, I'm a huge hypocrite! :/


Q:

This is a little late into the ama, but Erik is a great friend of mine and I'm glad the game you guys are making is doing well!

My question for you is, how do you feel about working with such a great dude as your games programmer? Would you be able to do this as well without him or do you feel fortunate that he's working on the game with you?

A:

Erik here, programmer for Coma. :)

Coma uses a pretty customized engine for a lot of parts- Particularly the physics.

It's all built on top of Unity, but starting out, the idea for the game was a lot simpler than it is now. As such, we really didn't need all the fancy collisions and physics of the entire Unity physics engine- It just felt like a bunch of junk we wouldn't use. So we built our own, simplified version.

Then the game got bigger, and so did our physics. It's still a much simpler system than Unity's default, but it has the advantage of feeling complex. Pete can be nice and bouncy, with fluid movement. The Spiders are jittery and random. Other enemies are heavy and stompy, or light and floaty, all built on the same system with some tweaked variables. The trick was to create a physics engine that felt complex and dynamic to the player, while in reality, keeping everything nearly identical in terms of functionality.

It's been a ton of fun to write so far. :)


Q:

If u/Shadowspaz was not on board I wouldn't be working on this game haha. He's been super instrumental in ensuring the game feels tight, fun, and enjoyable! He's also a really good friend, and an honest dude.

A:

Erik's physics engine is crazy robust. Let me say that I used Unity's built in physics for Pinstripe, and it was a huge pain. It's not super conducive for 2d games. Way to go Erik!


Q:

Do you plan to ever intertwine your games in a way that Bioshock has with unexpected connections, since you say the games take place in the same universe?

A:

Given that it's Kickstarter, did you ever consider not actually developing the game, taking the money and fucking off to a private island?


Q:

Certainly! My games tend to focus on the spiritual and cerebral, which I think allows various characters and concepts to mesh in ways they wouldn't in the physical world :)

A:

Hahahha Nope! Believe it or not, 50k doesn't really get your very far in life. I can imagine I would be stranded on the private island in less than a year haha.


Q:

Do you still find time to play games your self? If so what game are you currently enjoying the most?

A:

This is a little late into the ama, but Erik is a great friend of mine and I'm glad the game you guys are making is doing well!

My question for you is, how do you feel about working with such a great dude as your games programmer? Would you be able to do this as well without him or do you feel fortunate that he's working on the game with you?


Q:

I have the time yes, but I don't do it often. Believe it or not, I don't find it very pleasurable. I'd rather watch let's plays. I know, I'm a huge hypocrite! :/

A:

If u/Shadowspaz was not on board I wouldn't be working on this game haha. He's been super instrumental in ensuring the game feels tight, fun, and enjoyable! He's also a really good friend, and an honest dude.


Q:

Erik here, programmer for Coma. :)

Coma uses a pretty customized engine for a lot of parts- Particularly the physics.

It's all built on top of Unity, but starting out, the idea for the game was a lot simpler than it is now. As such, we really didn't need all the fancy collisions and physics of the entire Unity physics engine- It just felt like a bunch of junk we wouldn't use. So we built our own, simplified version.

Then the game got bigger, and so did our physics. It's still a much simpler system than Unity's default, but it has the advantage of feeling complex. Pete can be nice and bouncy, with fluid movement. The Spiders are jittery and random. Other enemies are heavy and stompy, or light and floaty, all built on the same system with some tweaked variables. The trick was to create a physics engine that felt complex and dynamic to the player, while in reality, keeping everything nearly identical in terms of functionality.

It's been a ton of fun to write so far. :)

A:

How many people are on your development team?


Q:

Erik's physics engine is crazy robust. Let me say that I used Unity's built in physics for Pinstripe, and it was a huge pain. It's not super conducive for 2d games. Way to go Erik!

A:

I do all the art, music, design, and story. Erik Coburn is the coder! He's brilliant, and gives me time to focus on what I do best :D


Q:
  • How long did it take you to master the basics of game development?
  • What's your game engine of choice?
  • What engine would you recommend for people who are just picking up game development?
A:

Following this question for you and Erik: How easy is it for you two to communicate your ideas to each other? Do you ever have moments of misunderstanding? If so, how quickly do you solve the issue?


Q:
  • For me, I've been constantly learning since I was 16. You're never really a master because the industry is always changing.
  • Unity 3d
  • Unity 3d!
A:

We sure do. I’m a very fly by the seat of my pants kinda guy. I’d rather things emotionally feel a certain way, so I’ll change things to fit a global feeling. Erik likes to keep things pretty scheduled and stick to a plan to ensure we are staying on budget. It really is the perfect relationship because he balances me out. Any time there are confusions we just hop on the phone and work it out. It’s always pleasant.


Q:

How many people are on your development team?

A:

What was your first reaction to noticing how much you raised and how much everyone has backed this idea? :)


Q:

I do all the art, music, design, and story. Erik Coburn is the coder! He's brilliant, and gives me time to focus on what I do best :D

A:

I was thrilled. I remember picking up my daughter from her crib, and walking her through my neighborhood, grinning ear to ear. I just knew then that I didn't have to look for work, and I could continue making great games!


Q:

What was your first reaction to noticing how much you raised and how much everyone has backed this idea? :)

A:

What do you plan to do with the money? Hiring more talented people than you? Just surviving? Drugs, alcohol and sluts? Bitcoins?


Q:

I was thrilled. I remember picking up my daughter from her crib, and walking her through my neighborhood, grinning ear to ear. I just knew then that I didn't have to look for work, and I could continue making great games!

A:

Hahahaha. There's a budget in the Kickstarter campaign that you can take a look at, and then stretch goals for additional funding. Indie game development is tough and expensive, so no, no drugs and sluts haha.


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What engine did you use and what kind of hours were you working on it? I'm thinking of making my own game but because of work and school I don't have much time.

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So alcohol and bitcoin is still on the table?


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I used Unity. In college, I worked on Pinstripe after school (and sometimes during lectures). I was absolutely obsessed :D When I got married, I would wake up around 5:30 or 6 am, work for an hour, and then go to work as a graphic designer. I'd work through lunch, and then often times come home and work for another hour. My wife was very gracious during this time!

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Actually just finished up a bottle of vodka. Need to run to Costco. Regarding bitcoin, makes me a little nervous. I think I'd do better just investing in alcohol. ;) Edit: Costco


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What's the worst and hardest part about making a game?

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What engine did you use and what kind of hours were you working on it? I'm thinking of making my own game but because of work and school I don't have much time.


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Hardest part is abolutely 100% staying confident! I spent 5 years working on my previous game, and even after release, I really wasn't sure if I spent my time wisely. A lot of family, friendship, and time was sacrificed during development, so I'm never fully sure if my time was worth it :)

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I used Unity. In college, I worked on Pinstripe after school (and sometimes during lectures). I was absolutely obsessed :D When I got married, I would wake up around 5:30 or 6 am, work for an hour, and then go to work as a graphic designer. I'd work through lunch, and then often times come home and work for another hour. My wife was very gracious during this time!


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What was the best and worse part of making the storyline?

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What's the worst and hardest part about making a game?


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My favorite part was "pitching" the storyline to my office wall. Basically, I find it super helpful to pitch your story over and over to a pretend audience, for me, I pretend to pitch to a studio in Beverly Hills, and imagine them being super skeptical and impatient haha. If you feel that audience is glazing over, it's important to re-craft your story so it's sticky, punchy, and makes sense in a couple sentences!

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Hardest part is abolutely 100% staying confident! I spent 5 years working on my previous game, and even after release, I really wasn't sure if I spent my time wisely. A lot of family, friendship, and time was sacrificed during development, so I'm never fully sure if my time was worth it :)


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Love your work, man! You guys are in South Carolina, right? You think we'll ever get more game development in the state?

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Kevin's friend?


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Maybe if we adopt stuff Georgia is doing!

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Sure am. Me and Kev are good buddies.


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Will you add an FPS component to the game?

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What was the best and worse part of making the storyline?


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Like Banjo Tooie??

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My favorite part was "pitching" the storyline to my office wall. Basically, I find it super helpful to pitch your story over and over to a pretend audience, for me, I pretend to pitch to a studio in Beverly Hills, and imagine them being super skeptical and impatient haha. If you feel that audience is glazing over, it's important to re-craft your story so it's sticky, punchy, and makes sense in a couple sentences!


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Will it have any Switch Physical copy pledge?

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Love your work, man! You guys are in South Carolina, right? You think we'll ever get more game development in the state?


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Still looking into this! Keep your eyes peeled!

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Maybe if we adopt stuff Georgia is doing!


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Hi! Do you mind telling us about the process of creating a game? Like having an idea first, thinking about story elements, drawing until eventually programming - what is your personal workflow? Also which software do you use? Thank you!

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Will you add an FPS component to the game?


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Like Banjo Tooie??


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Congrats on your recent launch and kickstarter success! Did you go to school for music/art/game design? I really admire how you can do all of these, giving you the power to really sculpt your ideas. Also, any tips on how someone can learn music/art for video games?

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Will it have any Switch Physical copy pledge?


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I went to Clemson University (about 40 mins from my hometown cuz I'm a wuss who didn't want to leave home). I got a degree in printing, just the technical side. I did not like it, but felt I should finish school like a good boy :) Everything I learned was from Google and just staying motivated! For me, when I have an idea, I have to see it come to life, no matter how much googling or how much I don't know. I recommend having an idea you are passionate about, so passionate you don't see any other path except to see it come to life! Thanks so much for your question!

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Still looking into this! Keep your eyes peeled!


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Hi! Do you mind telling us about the process of creating a game? Like having an idea first, thinking about story elements, drawing until eventually programming - what is your personal workflow? Also which software do you use? Thank you!

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Certainly. I think the best answer I have is here: https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2018/02/07/pinstripe-available-now-xbox-one/