PoliticsIamA Catalan independentist currently pushing for a referendum in the face of the Spanish judicial system, AMA about the Catalan independence process!
Sep 18th 2017 by oriolopocholo • 29 Questions • 29 Points
As the title states. English is my first language and I consider myself to be generally not-stupid. TGA is a medical condition where you forget where and who you are for 24 hours or less. It was scarier than I could ever describe. At this point, the severity has greatly decreased and I am mostly back to normal. I am trying to use this time to document everything I can about this mindset. Please AMA, as I would love to have this record to look back on when I am lucid.
to add some more info: A few days ago I started having some weird feelings. I texted a friend at like 2am saying "do you ever feel like you've had all the cards taken from you? like somehow you've been given a chance to "redo" something in your life but you don't know what it is? I'm starting in this moment fresh somehow. I don't really feel like I've lived this life up to this point. I'm starting fresh from this moment and I have no idea what it all means." Turns out that was one of the first symptoms of TGA which is the craziest shit I have ever heard in my entire life and i thought it was only a movie plot.
Last night I went to a party with my boyfriend of about a year. It was a normal day. We usually eat vegetarian but it was a special occasion so we split a very yummy hamburger. I took a few hits of a pre-rolled club joint that was from a friend-of-a-friend. Nothing abnormal, smoking pot helps with my anxiety, I tried it about 9 months ago and I have liked it a lot. Anyways, I randomly threw up on myself in the car on the way to run an errand. I only partially made it out the window. After that, I asked my boyfriend "Why are my pants wet?" and he said "you threw up on them." and I said "throw up? what's that?" and he said "vomit." and I said "I don't know what that is." and then we had that conversation hundreds of more times. over and over. He became very scared and we went to the ER.
EDIT: Did you know TGA only has a 6% chance of coming back? It can be triggered by really good sex, cold water, stress, and more. For me, It was emotional stress. I've had a stressful few months and I didn't know it was important to self care and monitor. I tried to do things right, but I did a lot of things wrong. I'm 23.
Transient Global Amnesia = World Temporarily Forgotten
tl;dr I have Transient Global Amnesia, much like Dory from Finding Nemo, or Ava from Grey's Anatomy. I think it's almost over but I'm still having confusion.
Do you worry what might happen to Spain without Catalonia?
Did you learn anything surprising or unexpected during these interactions?
Have you investigated farms yourself? If so, where and what was it like?
How is this better than Steam, where I can get any Indie game I want for a couple of bucks every summer and winter, then have them forever?
Hello! I've only recently started watching Battlestar Galactica. Was it annoying having to act so overly-seductive all the time? My husband laughs when I protrude my chin out and go "Gaiussss."
What are some unexpected difficulties you've experienced due to this?
I was mugged once upon a time and my brain reacted with TGA. I don't remember anything about the next 4-5 hours. I just remember the doctor telling me it was the most profound case he had ever seen. I was resetting every 10-15 seconds. I freaked out my roommate when I showed up at the apartment and didn't know how I got there or what month it was, and asked him the same questions over and over.
I haven't had any reoccurences, and I hope you don't, either! Do you remember the previous weeks leading up to the TGA? What's the first thing you DO remember after it started?
I believe Spain needs a change right now. It is a dysfunctional country with very deep rooted problems in all levels of government. For example, the director of the Anti-Fraud office of Catalonia told the minister of the Interior that they had "destroyed" our healthcare system in response to the recent push for independence by fabricating corruption scandals around independentist politicians.
(spanish source: http://www.lavanguardia.com/politica/20160622/402690747904/fernandez-diaz-grabaciones-sistema-sanitario-de-alfonso.html and english: http://www.ara.cat/en/Antoni-Bassas-analysis-Spain-democracy_0_1706829502.html)
In Catalonia we've been waiting for centuries for this change and it hasn't happened yet, so we've kinda grown tired of it and want to leave and start our own country. I think that this will be a wake-up call for Spain and that it will kickstart a change towards a better country. I, like the vast majority of Catalans, only wish the best for the Spanish people, who I consider brothers and sisters.
Absolutely!!! Despite what you may have read in the numerous press articles about me converting KKK members, I NEVER set out to convert anyone. I simply set out to ask a question I had formed in my mind as a kid: "How can you hate me when you don't even know me?" Growing up, we all are told, "A tiger doesn't change its stripes, a leopard doesn't change its spots," etc. I believed that and I didn't think anyone was going to change, so that wasn't my initial goal. I just wanted the answer to my question. But over time, though repeated interactions with various KKK members around the country, some of them began questioning their own beliefs as a result of their interacations and conversations with me. Then they began quitting, and I was astounded. Exposure and one-on-one dialogue is the KEY to solving a lot of issues in this country, not just racial ones. We live in echo chambers in which we surround ourselves with people who will reflect back to us, the very same thing we say to them. Therefore we block out anything from the outside as being inferior to what we learn in our little bubbles. I like traveling outside the bubble. Even people with good intentions, tend to shut out those who may hold different opinions. I am willing to listen all all.
Yes, I have. I've been to dozens of factory farms and many slaughterhouses - both in the United States and other countries. It's really hard to describe what these places are like. There is suffering everywhere. I've had animals die in my arms. I've pulled animals out of manure pits who were drowning. I've seen animals being dragged to their deaths and having their throats slit, all in front of other animals who watched. It's heartbreaking and traumatizing. You can see much of this in MFA's undercover investigation footage. But what you don't experience when watching the videos are the smells. Factory farms are filthy places. The stench of feces is overpowering. It stings your throats and burns your eyes. It's because of these personal experiences that I'm so passionate about ending factory farming in my lifetime.
What I like to say is that we're not trying to replace Steam or individual purchases by any means - we want to be complementary to Steam, both for gamers and for developers.
One of our main missions is discoverability - developers whose games deserve to be found will be easy to find on Jump, and gamers don't have to sift through all the shovelware on Steam to find quality indie games. We let both sides find each other, and then the business model is very pure as well since we pay out based on play time, so basically I play your game and you make money.
We also wanted the price of Jump to be approachable, so for $9.99/month you get our base library (60+ games), plus roughly 10 new games per month. Even if you only liked 1 of our 10 new games per month, you'd still be paying essentially the same price as 1 indie game on Steam ($9.99) and getting 9 other games you can also poke around in guilt-free (no post-Steam-sale remorse).
It got a little tiresome by the end of season one/beginning of season two because it was only Head Six in the story at that point. But with my other characters that weren't overly seductive, it balanced out for me.
Finding out I have minor scoliosis that I can't stop thinking could have been dealt with had my dad taken me to a doctor; not being able to check items out of a library; being unable to get fingerprinted for a job; being turned down at schools because I don't possess a photo ID; and having to find out the court documents and procedures involved in obtaining a birth certificate where information is limited.
EDIT: The most unexpected difficulty was knowing when and how to approach an authority on the matter and if they would actually help. I ended up calling the police on my father and after they tried to lecture me and my brothers, I told them everything, and they called CPS.
It's Erdogan's personal credit card #. Everyone please buy whatever you want.
Woah. That's definitely a stress... a 10-15 second reset sounds like hell. I'm so sorry :( I do remember the previous weeks. I guess the first thing I remember was staring at the x10000rpm on the dashboard. I was thinking "what car am I in... who is that note to..." and I remember being cognizant that it was abnormal for my boyfriend to be clutching my arm and elbow while I walked, and I noticed that he seemed to be really scared but I didn't know why. After that, I remember walking into the ER and everything being super bright and there were two security guards looking at my boyfriend smiling. After that, there was an Indian doctor who looked at my boyfriend and said "freaky, right???"
Why should people interested in helping animals support Mercy For Animals over other animal rights and animal protection organizations like PETA, the World Wildlife Fund, or the Humane Society?
developers whose games deserve to be found
What determines this criteria?
Hi Tricia! How did you get into the mindset of Six? Would you have chosen a different ending for her and Gaius?
What jobs require fingerprinting?
Good question--it comes down to what you're most passionate about. There are so many organizations doing great work for animals, but most groups address various cruelties. At MFA, we focus 100% of our time and resources on preventing cruelty to farmed animals for two reasons: (1) By the numbers, they're the most abused animals on the planet (see this blog post: https://animalcharityevaluators.org/blog/why-farmed-animals/), and (2) They're given the least attention (only 1% of donations to animal charities go to those that help farmed animals).
At MFA, we want to reduce the most amount of suffering for animals as possible, and since our movement has very limited resources, we believe we can make the biggest impact by narrowing our focus on the most abused and least cared for.
Thankfully, MFA and other groups that focus on helping farmed animals have been able to make tremendous strides over the last few years--from passing 11 state laws, to getting literally hundreds of food companies to commit to banning some of the worst factory farming practices, to advancing clean meat. We're also seeing the number of people eating vegan on the rise (http://www.mercyforanimals.org/wow-veganism-in-american-has-grown-by-600).
We have 3 different things we look for in games:
Has it won awards? (IGF, IndieCade, etc.)
Is it highly-rated? (7/10 on Steam, Metacritic, etc.)
Was it just a runaway hit seller?
All of our games meet at least 1 of these criteria, and most meet 2 or even all 3.
EDIT: I wanted to add here (typed it below but it's buried I think), that we also subjectively screen every game that comes in or that we seek out as well. The 3 points above help us filter out shovelware, but we're also looking at bringing games that might be considered provocative or more art than game. So we're not ONLY using these 3 criteria, it just helps us filter a bit. We're open to check out any game to see if we'd want to bring it to Jump.
It depending on which Six I was playing. Their previous interactions with humans helped me define what their mindset would be. I'm happy that Gaius and Caprica ended up together. Not sure I would change anything of Ron Moore's vision.
A robotics and programming job. I remember them saying it was a process everyone over 18 goes through though.
Hi Nathan - Congrats on the release of your book. I have two questions:
Has industry/farmers responded to the release at all?
Will the proceeds from book sales go to MFA?
Thanks in advance!
Who determines which indie games are "quality" ones?
What happens if a developer offers you a buttload of money to add their game to your service, even if it's not getting positive feedback?
Hey Tricia! Still to this day, i'm showing more and more people Battlestar Galactica, and every single one are citing Caprica Six as one of their favorite characters. Almost 8 years later and people still love every part of this show, so thank you for helping make it a reality :)
My question is: Given your involvement with a lot of different mediums of Science Fiction, what was it like going from a character like Six to a different kind of AI character like EDI of Mass Effect 2 and 3?
Thanks again for all you've done, and i can't wait to see what the future holds. So say we all!
Where do you plan to go from here job-wise and education-wise? Since you've lived off the grid this long is it possible to get a birth certificate and a social number?
1) No, not yet. 2) Yes, all the money I make from the book is being donated to MFA.
We'll never take a payment FROM a developer to put their game up (nor would anyone do that at this point, haha), and we'll never compromise our quality bar for money. We're here to help indies find more visibility and fans.
See my above comment on what I meant by "quality" too - we have 3 criteria, of which a game must meet at least 1, to be included on Jump.
Voicing EDI was way different than portraying Six. With Mass Effect, there was no script so I had no idea what was going on. I would show up at the studio, head into the booth, put on the headphones and a line would appear on the computer screen and the record button would come on. I'd read it a few times and then another line would appear. Literally the first time I would see a line, and read it, it was being recorded. I really still have no idea what the story is.
Education-wise, I started an online program, Edgenuity, through an adult school that let me in without a photo ID on the condition that I can't graduate until I possess one. Job-wise, I need a social security number before I even begin.
It is possible. I had an Order Establishing Fact of Birth (VS108) signed by a judge and I'm working on sending it to the California Department of Public Health - Vital Records to be made official. From there, I'm using my Medi-Cal benefits card—which I got from my social worker helping me get temporary health insurance—as ID, the VS108, and a copy of my birth certificate to get assigned a social security number. Finally, I'll be able to work and graduate.
That is good question. What type of jobs would be in an industry that produces clean meat? Slaughterhouse jobs seem like one of the hardest way to make a living. All that blood and shit and what not. Will clean meat be an industry that seems to screw over workers in the same way?
So does that mean Jump doesn't do brand new releases, only games that have been previously released on another platform?
Do your brothers share your parent's beliefs? Are there any extended family members that tried to help/stop this?
You're right, working in a slaughterhouses is horrible work. It's one of the most dangerous jobs in the country and also leads to high rates of PTSD for workers. Clean meat production would be the exact opposite. Since there are no live animals - who kick, scream and defecate while being killed in slaughterhouses - clean meat production not only provides major benefits to workers, but also food safety.
We work with developers to find the right time to bring their game to Jump. For some, that's a couple years after release (which is cool, I never played Ittle Dew for example when it launched but boy did I want to, just never got around to it). But for others, we've definitely been approached about bringing a game exclusively to Jump or at least as a sim-ship (launching at the same time as other platforms). We just want to make sure it's right for the developers, so we'll certainly have games early in their life cycle or even brand new games if it works for the devs.
The End Is Nigh, for example, only launched 2 months ago.
It was a mercy killing. Six was fascinated with seeing the innocence of the baby (holding one for the first time) and knew that the bombs were going to go off soon, so chose to end the baby's life quickly and painlessly rather than having it suffer during the bombing.
My brothers share my beliefs. My great aunt tried to help, but we were too brainwashed to tell CPS the truth.
When you first started Mercy For Animals when you were a teenager, did you have heroes that you looked up to and inspired you to do this work or were you on kind of on your own? If you did have heroes back then, are they still your heroes today? Who are some of your biggest inspirations?
How does Hyper jump affect load times? Do you have any metrics?
Just got through watching Ascension, any word on the possibility of it being picked up again?!?! I would love to see more of Christa's story.
OP have you heard about Khan Academy? They have a TON of classes in video form in many different subjects online for free along with practice questions. I would recommend you using them to try to catch up on certain subjects, and if you plan on getting a GED they could really help you get ready for the tests. Best of luck.
That was my first guess.
I always admired social justice leaders - such as MLK and Gandhi. I drew inspiration from their commitment to non-violence and ability to win hearts and minds, which helped change the world. My biggest inspirations comes from animals themselves. I'm most moved by acts of bravery, courage, and love exhibited by animals imprisoned on factory farms. Stories of animals escaping slaughterhouses. Fighting to survive. Freeing themselves from cages, then assisting other animals by freeing them, too. There is a battle happening every day on factory farms and in slaughterhouses. These precious animals are doing everything they can to escape oppression and win freedom.
The benchmark we give is that most games on Jump will load in under 60 seconds on a 15mpbs connection (my sad home connection speed), although several of our games load much faster than that. We accomplish this with larger games by working with the developers to break up the game's assets into chunks so we only pull down what we need to your computer as you're playing. You don't have to wait every time there's a new chunk, either - it's smart about pulling what you need when/before you need it.
Also, in October, we'll be adding a custom caching system which will let you choose a set amount of storage space (between 0-50GB I believe) to dedicate to Jump games. What that'll do is store games that you've played recently on your hard drive, so that the next time you play them, if they're still on your HDD, they'll load from your HDD instead of from our servers (something like 4-5x faster). No data usage for you on those either!
No, it's done. The sets were massive and would have to be rebuilt.
I love Khan Academy!
The whole thing is so damn shady I'm not sure what to think. I don't know if it was staged, but it kind of gives me 1933-Reichstag-vibes.
Erdoğan's claim that Gülen was involved is dubious. Erdoğan's political game is to blame everything on either the PKK or Gülen when he loses his tenuous grasp on power. German intelligence is doubtful that Gülen was involved in any way, and considering Germany has found Turkish state infiltration of their police and the Turkish government has spied on German politicians, that's saying a lot.
I do know that if the state wasn't involved, they at least knew about it well in advance. I wouldn't be surprised if later intelligence was uncovered that showed that the government was somehow involved in deeper levels.
If any of these religions are right, I'm pretty sure it's not going to be the one made by the dude who was fucking teenagers
Any evidence/videos of animals rescuing other animals?
Now, does that account for poor QoS? I have a very fast internet connection, (gigabit), but because I live in the arseend of nowhere, my QoS is crap. Typically >1000 ms ping on TF2 servers, for example.
Since you're not streaming, I imagine it could perform fairly well. What do you think?
Hi Tricia, Thanks for doing this ama!
How was working on Command and Conquer 3, did you feel it was really different working on a video game vs. working on tv/movies?
How do you keep your hair looking so glorious?
That may be most of them.
Our undercover investigators have witnessed pigs on factory farms figuring out how to unlock and open the doors to their cages, then going around and unlocking and freeing other pigs.
You would be an IDEAL candidate for Jump :) One of our team members has that level of service too and I'm very jealous. Most games should pull within seconds for you.
As for the ping, the only thing you'd have problems with would be online multiplayer games, but that wouldn't be exclusive to Jump.
Command and Conquer was my first video game, I think, if I'm remembering correctly. It was live action though, not just voice, so it wasn't that much different than working on tv/movies. Less plot, of course, and more game play type one liners, but fairly similar than when you are just doing voice.
Oh my gosh, thank you. It does what it does.
It's not looking great. Every day, Kurds are arrested, imprisoned, beaten, raped, tortured and executed for things as simple as speaking Kurdish with their families or singing Kurdish songs. The Turkish state has destroyed over 3,000 Kurdish villages I could continue with the list of atrocities committed against them but it would take all day.
The one bit of optimism I have is that people are becoming more and more aware of Erdogan/Turkish state crimes, and I think that soon the whole world will call on Turkey to stop what they are doing or face repercussions. Turkey is badly losing its war against Kurdish freedom fighters in the south. I think it will be a long, painful uphill battle for Kurds in Turkey to reclaim their rights, but I believe that it will happen some day.
How has the movement changed since you first became involved in it? Was there a particular time where the animal rights movement experienced a big boom in growth or has it been steadily increasing over time?
What measures are being put in place to prevent/thwart piracy after the games are on the hard drive? Namely when all "chunks" of a less-than-50GB title are all present in that space?
Perhaps each chunk is independently signed and auth'd similar to 2FA schemes?
Hi Tricia, I just wanted to say that the Carla arc was my favorite in Burn Notice.
You also did an amazing job as Black Cat in Spectacular Spider-man. If given the opportunity would you be interested in voicing the character again?
Do you think your parents were selfish and unfair for doing this to you and your siblings?
Overall, the movement has become much more focused on farmed animals, which I think is really good and important. Farmed animals are, hands down, the group of animals abused and killed in the largest numbers and oftentimes facing the most extreme abuse. It's good to see the animal movement focusing more on their plight and bringing about change for them. I also think the movement has become more focused on effectiveness - using data to drive decisions, refining its messaging, and getting more involved in the world of business and politics to drive change for animals. The movement has also become much more mainstream - thanks in part to the rise of social media and big documentaries.
Without giving too much away, have a few hooks that get embedded into each game that allow them to only be run in the Jump environment, so trying to load a game outside of Jump means the game would just hang/freeze. We'll add a lot more, such as device authentication per-account, etc. in the near future.
Thanks, I had fun with her. Would have loved to get a little more inside look into Carla though. Was just starting to see a crack in her when Fiona shot her. Absolutely would be interested in voicing black cat again.
I want to, but I know my dad did it because with all of his heart he thought it was right.
What do you consider your successful endeavor?
What is the best piece of advice would you give to people about stopping this issue?
I'm confused... do you pay the indie developers to be on your platform or do they have to pay you to be on the platform?
Question re: Lucifer. Will Charlotte be as significant to story line this season?
Are your parents extreme left or right wing? Both seem to have these super anti-govt types.
What's your favorite flavor of ice cream?
I'm most proud of our undercover investigators and the results of their work. They sacrifice so much to go undercover and do this difficult work, but their investigations have resulted in the introduction of legislation, reforms of major Fortune 500 food companies, and have informed literally tens of millions of people about the cruelties of factory farms.
My advice for anyone working to stop this issue would be to think about how you can best contribute to the cause. If you're an artist or videographer, use your creativity to make eye-catching images and videos. If you're in IT, help nonprofits develop great websites and apps to help people reduce their meat consumption. If you're a writer, submit op-eds and articles to media outlets.
But also give serious thought to how best to use your time and energy to bring about the greatest reduction in suffering for animals. They need us to think strategically. For example, at MFA we focus a lot on reducing consumption of chicken and fish, since these animals are abused in the highest number--so getting one person (or institution) to reduce chicken/fish consumption will spare far more animals than someone reducing their beef/milk consumption.
We'll actually pay developers an advance on revenue (case-by-case basis) to help reduce the risk of porting to Jump since we're still new and our business model is relatively new to gaming, too. Once their game is live, 70% of our monthly net revenue is paid out to developers, and it's split up based on how much play time each game gets. We definitely don't charge money to bring your game to the service!
Charlotte is not in the first few episodes, but then comes back with an interesting story line. "Welcome Back Charlotte Richards" was really fun for me to play. Overall though, no, I don't think she'll have as significant of a role as Mom, since she's no longer the mother of Lucifer.
I'm glad you think so. Too many people think it's only the other side that has it's fringe crazy. They're extreme right wing.
Our goal was to make sure Erdogan knew that when he leaves the confines of his safe space in Turkey, he will be challenged and called out for his heinous crimes against humanity. We intended to garner support and media attention, while at the same time shutting down his speech. I would say we accomplished quite a bit.
I literally just keep reading your question over and over, haha. It's so great.
Once someone has adopted a plant-based diet, what are some of the best things that ordinary people can do to support the work that Mercy For Animals is doing?
it's split up based on how much play time each game gets
Is that the only metric? Have you thought about how that might encourage developers to come to you with certain genres of games (and discourage others)? An exceptional but short game with little replay value (like Undertale, for example) might not make as much money as a lesser game with a competitive online component. Do you think your business model is likely to adapt over time?
I'm not criticizing, just curious.
What is the most interesting thing a fan has ever given you at a con?
What is your favorite TV show and movie? Were you allowed to watch cartoons growing up?
What do you think about Israel/Palestine issue . And its paralels to the Kurdish issue?
Pistachio's good, but I prefer mint chocolate chip. It shares many of the same qualities imo.
There are so many ways. You can volunteer your time with the organization by passing out leaflets, tabling, interning, joining us ad demonstrations, and more. You can also join out Hen Heroes team, which works to convince major food providers to get egg-laying hens out of cruel cages. This group of advocates have helped get over 100 million hens out of cages that are so small the birds can't even spread their wings, walk, perch, or engage in basic natural behaviors. And, of course, you can make a donation to MFA :) We are funded entirely by gifts from supporters.
Happy to take criticism! So regarding short games, I think I posted this elsewhere, but to us it's really about finding the RIGHT time to bring your game to Jump.
For games with high replayability (like FTL - I probably played that for 100 hours which is a lot for me), they'd most likely do better on Jump than on premium stores, so they could bring the game to us right away if they wanted.
But, for short games, they're best suited to come to Jump at the END of their premium life cycle, once they've essentially exhausted all premium sales. Then, they'd be capturing users on Jump who probably never bought the game outright, but who wanted to play it, and monetizing them. So rather than thinking of it as "short games make less on Jump than on premium stores" it's better to think of it as "short games can extend their revenue life cycle and engage/monetize new users they never would have through premium sales." We want to be complementary to premium sales, even for short games.
One gal in London recently gave me hand knitted toys for my cats. Half filled with catnip and half filled with bells. They've been a big hit.
My favorite TV shows are Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and Farscape. My favorite movies are Blade Runner and Grease. I was allowed to watch Drawn Together growing up.
I am not educated enough about Israel/Palestine to draw parallels to the Kurds
oh my god, have you ever had talenti mint gelato? the mediterranean mint is mind-blowing. the chocolate is really delicate so you don't have to stop enjoying how it's melting to crunch it
I have 2 questions. 1) Do you believe that independent, Catalonia can flourish even more with independence, and Spain is holding back because Catalonia is a pool of wealth to them and w/o Catalonia, they would end up poor and like Greece? (economically) 2) Due to the recent terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambrills, are Right Wing groups capitalising on this and saying a free Catalonia would have had better management over what happened or that it could be prevented by a free Catalonia?
I am a Pro Independence Irish/Argentinian, and had been in Catalonia quite recently. I saw that independence doesn't mean they want to be completely apart from Spain, culturally and economically, but as good partners and friends. My condolences on the attacks on Catalonia.
Mr. Davis, thank you for your hard work and bravery over the years as an educator. My question for you is something that I struggle with often: How do you connect, communicate, and/or educate with someone whose views are so virulently different from your own?
Hey there, Nathan!
What advice do you have for new activists experiencing social anxiety related to outreach work?
I'm so thankful you're doing an AMA! Thank you for reaching out to the world for change. <3
Exactly what I thought... AFK games like Clicker Heroes have quite a big advantage when it comes to play time, but does it deserve more income?
Or games that have a Client/Server architecture, making people leave the game always open(for exemple Starbound, which I got 200h+ within 3 weeks because I was hosting our small game server), wouldn't it falsely increase a developper's revenue?
By the way, i guess you're active in /r/geopolitics , do you think an ama there would be interesting?
Thank you very much. The BEST tool I have found is knowledge. Learn as much as you can about the person whose views are so virulently different from your own. Even sit in the privacy of your room and take that person's position and argue in his favor with yourself. Often times these people who let me know they DID NOT like me, very often respected me, because of my knowledge of their position. I often knew as much if not more about them and their beleif system and their organization than they did. That garnered me respect. Today, some of those same virulent people have become my BEST friends, believe it or not.
I love this question! I'm an introvert, so public speaking, media interviews, and other forms of outreach doesn't come naturally for me. But over the years I've done them all. In many ways, outreach work has helped me grow as a human being. It has helped push me into doing things that I naturally wouldn't do and in the processes has helped bring me out of my shell and meet some incredible people. So, my advice would be to try it. It might be uncomfortable at first, but oftentimes the best growth in life happens when you're uncomfortable. If you aren't ready for that, there are lots of other forms of advocacy work that you can do that doesn't involve being out in public. You can write letters, make vegan foods, edit videos, make thought provoking art, etc. There are a million ways to help animals that will fit your personality, available time, and passion.
We check for all these things and curate the content as well to make sure no one can "game" our payout system. It's against our rules of conduct for developers.
What documentaries would you recommend for people who are interested in learning more about the issue of factory farming or plant-based eating? Has there been a particular book or film that has really inspired you?
It's a dream of mine to hire them for a party and ask them to only play All-Star. No bathroom breaks, no water breaks, just 6 hours of All-Star, baby!
What is the unexpected upside of officially not existing that regular folk would never realise?
How are there so many Erdogan supporters in the US?
What's your favorite color?
How far back did you forget? Or was it subjects that were forgotten? It seems like you remembered your parents and boyfriend. Do you remember the feelings associated with them?
Do you remember your birthday? Very curious situation, did you remember applying for the barista position and past events or did people fill you in?
For a documentary about animal cruelty, check out Earthlings, which is on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDjKWzG2VhY), and this short film about one of our undercover investigators (http://www.whatcodysaw.com). These aren't easy to watch, but I think it's vital that we bear witness.
The best books? Animal Liberation by Peter Singer is a classic, and I also think Jonathan Safran Foer's "Eating Animals" is fantastic. I'd be remiss not to mention by book, too ☺ http://www.mercyforanimals.org/book
Other documentaries to check out: Forks Over Knives and What the Health about plant-based health (both on Netflix), Cowspiracy, which is also on Netflix and is about the environmental impact of factory farming. I'd also recommend Okja, which isn't a documentary but is quite powerful (it's also on Netflix).
Lastly, I'd check out the video section of our Facebook--we have a very talented video team: http://www.facebook.com/mercyforanimals/videos
I saw them at a small club gig here in Pasadena a few months ago. They were well aware that's what we were all there to see. Decent show surprisingly though!
I loved the script. Plus it had emmy/oscar nominated headliners (Eddie and Mary). And...I was a brand new actor with almost no credits. With a script that good, it was a no brainer.
I would imagine it's because Turkish citizens living abroad are still able to vote in Turkish elections. The government frequently send Turks to campaign in other countries to convince people to vote for Erdogan.
My favorite color is buttery yellow :)
I think i forgot pretty much everything. I was able to answer questions, but not all my answers were correct. the neuro would point to something and ask me to name it and I got them right, fitbit, glove, stethescope, he was even impressed that I said "Pumas" and not "shoes". but then he asked me if i could possibly be pregnant and i told him i didn't know what that meant. by the time i was lucid, we had been in the hospital for 7 hours. we stayed for a total of 12.
I don't know if I remembered my boyfriend form the beginning. i remember thinking that i just needed to survive this.... someone must have given me something laced.... this must be a dream that my head created that uses everything I'm afraid of. Just hold on to this body. I was aware that what was going on was abnormal but remembered thinking "well, i guess this solves it. drugs are bad for you. then again, I don't know. this isn't that bad." he kept saying "it's ok, baby, we're just going to get you checked out". everyone was nice to me, but i remember judging everyone pretty harsh. there were nurses and doctors that i liked, and some that i thought were stupid. I remembered that my boyfriend was safe. i wouldn't let him go anywhere. i just held his arms and put my face in his chest and stopped opening my eyes after a while. I knew things were not good.
I remember my birthday. I almost told you just now. haha. I remember applying to be a barista. i had a few friends work there and like it, and i needed a fast job to pay rent since i didn't want to commute hours away. One of the first things I remember is sitting in the hospital bed and singing the entire "winnie the pooh" theme song while my boyfriend caressed my shoulders, because there was winnie the pooh wall paper and i had been staring at it for so long, trying to understand why it looked familiar. It was a relief. I felt like things were going to be ok. i stopped being afraid that my boyfriend was mad at me or going to leave me there with them.
I am really enjoying your book, thank you! How long before the industry realizes that "ag-gag" laws are completely counter-productive and stops trying to introduce them?
I would assume it's not a global playtime, but an individual playtime. If I had an account and only played game X, then game X will earn $7 (70% of my subscription fee). If I played an hour of X and an hour of Y, each game gets $3.50
What was daily life like fighting with the YPG? How did you end up joining up with them?
Wow very interesting. Do you think all your memories will return? And if you're American, do you remember your social, please don't post it lol.
I'm very curious about your time perception. How long does it feel like it's been? Do you feel the same age?
And was it harmful to your body? Like did the amnesia cause damage?
Hopefully now. Ag-gag laws have really given a black eye to the meat industry. They have exposed to the world that the meat industry has a lot to hide and is willing to go to really extreme lengths to keep their cruel practices hidden. Also, a number of the ag-gag laws that were passed have now been struck down in court for being unconstitutional (violation of freedom of speech). But the battle wages on. MFA continues to fight ag-gag bills around the country. We must stay vigilant.
We're actually doing global playtime now, but we're going to evaluate the per-user model as well to see which works out better for developers in the long-run. We want to make it as fair as possible.
In the front, just a lot of moving around, trying not to step on mines, and getting shot at sometimes. In the rear, a lot of boredom and sitting around waiting. Guard duty usually every night. The main difference was lack of creature comforts, I guess, but I really didn't mind that part much.
They have information online if you search enough, after some exchanged emails I was headed to Northern Syria. They don't actively recruit but there are ways to contact them.
I am american! I remember my social, my library card from when i was a kid, my mom's cellphone from like 10 years ago... my memories BETTER return. I think they're almost all back, but i would be very disappointed to live the rest of my life in this mindset. I KNOW I'm smarter than this. It feels like Flowers for Algernon or something. I'm so afraid that I'm saying the wrong things or offending people or I'm going to lose my friends that I've told. My boyfriend has been amazing. Lots of cuddles, and only nice words. He's been sending those screen-iphone things. like fireworks and balloons and confetti and i've been playing them over and over. Those things are great. he also took a picture of us cuddling this morning and has been sending it to me every half hour or so.
my time perception- I think I lost 7 hours or so. i remember getting ready for the party and being at the party, and then everything was fuzzy and cloudy and like what i imagine a bad acid trip would feel like. I kept staring at the dash board, because there was a note from my mom that said "thanks for the visit, here's a snack!" i felt like i stared at it for days, trying to analyze the words and keep my body totally still. I didn't know where we were or where we were going at all.
I think I feel the same age. I'm 23. the beginnings of the symptoms were cool, actually. I felt like it was the first time we were having sex and i wanted to just take everything in. i think i even said "wow, you fucked me so good I forgot my name!" which we laughed at the time. Retrospectively, it's sad that that was one of the first symptoms of this scary stuff. I felt like I had been given a chance to "redo" something in my life. Like buddhism must be real, because I had lived this life before, to the very end, but I couldn't remember living it up to this point. I told my friend that i was feeling like this was all a test I had taken before, but I couldn't remember any of the answers. I remember looking in my closet and thinking "WOW! All these beautiful clothes! I haven't seen them for YEARS!!"
TGA should not be harmful to the body. Temporary is in the name. It should end with no permanent effects on my brain. Things are probably 800000x better than they were before, and i have been sitting in the same spot, in a cold sweat, music blasting, since about 1pm, and it only feels like a few minutes have passed. I recognize that my body is starving, but I just can't handle going to the kitchen and risking having to talk to anyone. I had some coffee this morning. so far, the most comforting music has been myself singing. I'm cognizant that that sounds vain, but it's like a lullabye.
If you had to put a timeline on the end of factory farming, or at least a huge reduction of it like a 90% cut in the US, when do you think that will happen?
Hi! I really like the idea, and will definetly be checking it out.
I have two questions.
How easy is it so unsub/re-sub to the service? I have fairly long periods of down-time where i don't play, and i find it a hassle to unsub/re-sub to most services.
I am an avid user of the Steam Controller, and I don't want to go back to conventional controllers unless im absolutely forced to, also i don't own one anymore.
However, the launcher makes the BPM overlay run in Desktop mode, thus leaving me without Xinput. Are there any plans to talk with Steam about making Jump register through Steam as a controller rather than desktop mode? And if not, maybe in the future? I will likely open a ticket to Steam and see what they have to say, but i figure if it comes from someone like you guys, it might be taken more seriously. There are many of us, and we tend to gravitate towards smaller games aswell so it could be a win/win for minimal effort!
Good luck guys!
Awesome work on Rick & Morty (and all those other roles we have loved seeing/hearing you do).
Did you and James record your Rick & Morty dialogue together or separately?
How often do you see other BSG cast members in real life?
You're not on the grid? Is your name Neo and did you take the blue pill?
This is hard to predict because there are so many variables, and just a few years ago I wouldn't have expected clean meat to develop so rapidly. But if I had to guess, I'd say 50 years.
Clean meat companies (Hampton Creek and Memphis Meats) say they'll have viable products to sell within the next 1-2 years, but hitting ~90% of the market will take some time, though it could come faster than we expect--Hampton Creek is currently in talks with 10 global meat processors about licensing its clean meat technology.
Right now, the plant-based food sector is still very young, but the interest from investors and the food industry in the last five years has been tremendous. I think it'll take a few decades for plant-based to become a dominant player in the industry because it still makes up less than 1 percent of the food industry. But plant-based milks and meats are growing faster than traditional meat and milk. Ultimately, I think clean and plant-based meats will win out, simply because they're more efficient.
You can unsubscribe at any time, and we'll keep both your profile and game save data warm for you in case you ever decide to come back.
We'd certainly like to support their controllers (I have one too), so we'll want to open a dialog with them about it. We're not trying to replace Steam (which is basically impossible), but rather complement it, so we hope they'd be open to it.
James and I recorded separately, which is normal in voice work.
I see other BSG cast all the time. Not as much the Vancouver based actors obviously, but the LA ones. Katee, Trucco, James I see a lot. Eddie often, and Mary occasionally. Used to see Jamie quite a bit but his family moved to France about two years ago.
I used to take the red pill, but it doesn't do it for me anymore. Neo is a little bitch; I'm Morpheus.
Hi Nathan - just got your book in the mail but haven't had time to start it yet!
From an ethical standpoint, would you be comfortable eating meat that originated from animal cells, even if the meat in question didn't directly come from a live animal? It's something i'm on the fence with myself and would appreciate your insight.
Are you concerned that it will incentivize making games longer so that gamers stay longer in them and thus those developers getting more of the share? Or that it will penalize shorter experiences. For example, two of my favorite indie games is To the Moon and RimWorld. One takes 4 hours to complete and the other I've played for more than 100 hours so far. But RimWorld is not 25x better and I don't think it'd be fair to give that much more money to it.
I think it's a fairly well known fact that when authors get paid per page, the length of the books generally go up, so it's not a totally baseless concern I feel.
Hi Tricia! What was your absolute favorite tv or movie role to play and why?
Might have been asked before, but I'm curious: how did you come to do this AMA? Were you encouraged to do so in another thread elsewhere on Reddit?
No question, just a very sincere Thank You for standing up to daesh and this piece of human garbage erdogan. Keep fighting the good fight, brother. Is it possible to donate to NAKA?
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Yes, I've actually eaten "clean meat" already (the first real meat I've had in 16 years). I think clean meat has the potential to end factory farming and save billions of animals (and perhaps our planet). I talk about my experience eating clean meat, as well as many of the innovators who are helping to bring it to market in the next few years, in the book.
This is where our curation comes in! We actively filter out games that are "gaming" the system for more revenue, and it's actually against our rules to do so. If a game is genuinely interesting and gets a ton of play time (like I played FTL for 100 hours) that's fine, but if they're trying to purposefully game Jump's payout system, they'll get the boot.
I actually don't have favorites of anything. Never have. No favorite food, book, etc. I've certainly had roles I've liked more than others, but favorite, no. They are all different experiences on screen and behind the scenes. I loved BSG, of course. Really enjoying Lucifer right now, and I loved playing Molly Parker in Killer Women. The project wasn't the strongest overall, but the character was so much fun.
You know, I thought one or two people would find it interesting and after hearing people were doing some and personally asking some questions, I went ahead and tried it.
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Thank you very much!
Catalonia voted yes for independence in 2014 but nothing came of it. Is anything different this time?
Hard-hitting journalist: "What do you have to say about the allegations that you have ties to the Ku Klux Klan?"
I find it so overwhelming to think about the number of farmed animals killed every second, every minute. What gives you hope? How have you avoided burnout?
You addressed malicious gaming of the system, but not, I don't think, the core premise of his question. (Or at lease what I read into it)
There are games that naturally lead to longer playtimes, like Rimworld or FTL, but there are also very good games that do not have high playtimes but are not worse for having a shorter playtime. (Think Limbo, or To the Moon as OP mentioned)
Paying out a set percentage that is then divided among your developers creates a zero-sum situation. If Game A gets 5% of the month's profit set aside for developers, that's less money available for Game B now. I fear what this situation will do is to make your platform totally worthless to games that are intended to be short, story-driven experiences.
I know you are also a cat lover. Tell us about your cats. What are their names, breeds/colors? Any funny cat stories? Basically, just talk about cats because...cats. :)
Thanks, it's really interesting. I have a conspiracy loving friend with an unvaccinated 2 year old who says she is going to home school so her daughter won't be taught the 'wrong' things by the lying government and Reptilian globalists. This gives me hope.
That was a consultation. What's happening now is a referendum, backed by a law that says that if Yes wins independence must be declared in 48h. If No wins, elections are called.
Those allegations are VERY true. I have many ties to the KKK. What about it?
It certainly can be overwhelming. I think it's important to celebrate the successes we have (both big and small). It's also important to remember that being vegan is an act of love, and really celebrate the joy that living such a lifestyle can bring to our lives. Burnout is a serious issue. It's important to recognize that we are facing trauma (images of animal cruelty constantly) and we must nurture yourselves. See a therapist, exercise, meditate, laugh, be creative, spend time with friends and family, rest - whatever it is that helps you find center. View self care as part of your job as an advocate. We also have to take the long-term view, and view our role as advocates as a life-long commitment. Doing this means we have to pace ourselves.
Ah, ok! What I've mentioned in a couple other answers is that while we're on an aggregate (all playtime across all games) model right now for payouts, we're actively evaluating a per-user payout model, where we'd split up payouts based on each individual user's play splits. We won't know which will be more fair to developers until we get deeper into this, but we'll make sure we pick the model that is most fair to ensure super long games don't squash all other developers just because they got played a ton by a small subset of users or something of the like. We'll work hard to do what's best to avoid letting one game dominate, even if that means adjusting our payout model if we find per-user is better.
My cats are my loves. I've got Fiona crawling up my back right now. They are all rescues so all different types of breeds and colors and mixes. One funny thing is one of my cats insists on bring my pilates reformer foot straps to me. He insists that they belong upstairs instead of in my gym downstairs. I keep carrying them back down and almost immediately he starts hauling them back up. Their names (some have passed) are: Mr. Nix, Bella, Delilah, Frankie, Bug, Cesar, Lily, Rigby, Fiona, Lebron, Prissie, Max, Summer, Sam, Buster.
Aw. That sucks. I'm glad it gives you hope though!
What differences would we notice if we made an industrial level switch to clean, cell grown meat? Would the quality of meat differ? For better or worse? Would cell grown be more expensive to mass produce?
Thanks, appreciate the straightforward answer! Good luck with your service!
Hello from a fellow Canadian! Tricia, I absolutely loved you (and Katee, too) in BSG! My question is: If traveling to work was not an issue (ie, we had transporter technology), which place on Earth would be your favourite place to make your home?
I have a friend who had a child recently (at a hospital) and they didnt get the bc of ssn either for some odd reason. They are saying that the child will be able to do and have the same rights as an immigrant into this country (canada). Do you believe this is accurate?
Clean meat has the potential to dramatically improve our world. It could not only lead to the end of factory farming and animal agriculture as we know it, but it could make our food much safer. Clean meat could prevent billions of sentient and intelligent animals from facing the horrors of factory farming and slaughterhouses. It could also help ease the strain on our environment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Early research suggests that clean meat could use up to 90 percent less land, water and energy to produce than growing and raising animals. Clean meat, as the name implies, would also be far cleaner than meat grown from animals. And since it would be created in a sterile environment (not around animal feces) it would have far less e coli, salmonella, campylobacter, and other food illness related bacteria.
Well, if traveling was no problem, I'd have a place in Italy, one in California (luckily I do), one on an island somewhere like Maldives, or maybe the Australian Gold Coast. Of course, I'd need a lot of money...so likely I'd just be right where I am in California.
I don't believe so. I think even being an immigrant requires you prove you immigrated.
So I have been vegetarian for animal protection and for environmental reasons for 25 years. The same problems that we see today in abuse of animals were happening 25 years ago, and we knew full well how bad factory farms were for the environment.
Why do you think we have not been successful in disseminating this information? Very few laws have been fundamentally changed, and the meat consumption is higher than ever and large factory farms still abuse animals. What can we do to improve the life of these animals?
Just so you're aware, there is no best model in this scenario. Both are valid, and you are going to have to do better. I mean this with highest regard. Good luck in your optimization efforts at including all options so that each state in the union is represented equally in voting in the president, even though some are huge and have few people, and some are small and have all the people.
PS, when you solve this problem efficiently in one way, please inform the US government.
Hi Tricia! I have had 6 heart surgeries and the result is I now require an ICD. My coworkers who are avid BSG fans refer to me as a toaster. Would Caprica 6 have any advice on living life on a battery and a computer?
Do you agree with your parents anti-establishment beliefs or are you pro-establushment or somewhere in the middle?
What do you have to say, if anything, regarding the Kurdish Peshmerga demanding Assyrians to give up their arms assuring their protection only to abandon my people when ISIS attacked them?
Doctors are so ready to blame anything and everything on a secret pregnancy. Like, y'all need to lay off watching House and I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant.
I think it's important to remember that our movement is still very young and we're up against a very old, powerful, and wealthy industry. See this blog post for context: http://www.countinganimals.com/meat-industry-advertising/
That said, I think we have made, and will continue to make, enormous strides for farmed animals. In 2001, there were zero state laws banning the extreme confinement of farmed animals (battery cages, gestation crates, veal crates)--now 11 states have laws on the books. When I first went vegan it was difficult to find plant-based meats and milks, but now plant-based milks make up 10 percent of all fluid milk sales and plant-based meat is growing faster than animal meat. We're also seeing large food companies take an interest in plant-based companies--Tyson Foods invested in Beyond Meat (which is now served at TGI Friday's), Nestle just bought Sweet Earth Foods, etc.
Lastly, our issues are entering the cultural zeitgeist. Okja and What the Health both did extremely well on Netflix, The Guardian's editorial board just endorsed veganism, and there's now even a US Senator (Cory Booker) who is vegan for ethical reasons.
I know we have a long way to go, but factory farming didn't come about overnight--it came about after 10,000+ years of agricultural production. We're not going to end it overnight. But we're certainly getting closer each year.
<takes note down in presidential notebook>
You're right though, the models will just be different. We'll try to find what's best on the whole for everyone, and we even openly discuss this with our developers so they can have input in the process too.
Wow, that's amazing to have had that many. Sorry you've had to go through all that. Keep staying strong, as you clearly are. Caprica Six might have some advice, but seeing I'm not actually a robot, nor a doctor (and a total tech idiot), I don't have any advice.
I don't agree with their beliefs but in order to keep an open mind, I think it's good to listen. On YouTube, I'm subscribed to Infowars not because I believe everything they say but because I think it's important to not let my ill-feelings towards them obstruct rational thinking.
I am appalled not just by the Pesh Merga treatment of not just Assyrians, but other minorities such as Yezidis. Pesh merga completely failed to defend the Yezidi community in Şengal and denied repeated requests for extra protection in the face of ISIS threat. I have many criticisms for KDP.
THERE'S A BAY-BEE IN THAR I JUST KNOWS IT
I dknt think this system is intended as a replacement for Steam or HumbleBundle or other outlets.
A developer will choose the platforms that are best for them.
Shorter games wouldnt be good on any rental system or service like this. They would never get as much revenue because the entire game would be played in a day.
Not every platform can support every type of game. Shorter games do well when added to bundles of other games. I got a bunch of niche stuff that i enjoyed simply because it was on HumbleBundle.
Thanks for the answer and doing the iama!!
Initially, I would meet with them in person and they would have no idea that I am Black. My White secretary would phone them and set up the interview, specifically not mentioning the color of my skin unless asked. No one asked. There was shock and surprise. In a couple of cases, there was some violence. But most people, after getting over the surprise, would either talk with me or say they were not interested and walk away. Today, they all know the color of my skin. So when I inquire about an interview, they can decide over the phone or email, whether or not they want to meet with me.
I agree that we're not trying to replace Steam and other stores, but I'd actually disagree that shorter games wouldn't benefit from Jump and other services that pay out based on play time. Here's the answer I posted above to a similar question:
Once a short game runs the majority of its premium sales elsewhere (Steam, bundles, etc.), then it's basically sold all the copies it's going to sell. BUT, that doesn't mean more people wouldn't play it - they just want to pay for other things over it. So, by bringing it to Jump later in its life cycle, that game can now monetize users who may have never bought it, but still wanted to play it (or just wanted to pop in and try it). This way, developers are monetizing users they would have never captured via premium sales and thus it complements their sales rather than from detracting from them.
We've tried to make it so there's a home for every type of game on Jump - just has to be the right time!
Hi Daryl, thanks for making the world a better place! What do you usually talk to them about when you first meet? What type of language do you use and how do you respond when they say something racist?
Did you get turned down by any "big" names? What were their concerns?
Do you think Jump is more helpful to smaller, lesser-known games? Is there a reason to put FTL on there instead of just putting it on sale?
Do devs all get an equal share, or is it somehow depend on what games people are playing most?
If you could choose any of your fellow BSG alumni to work together with again, who would it be?
Follow up: Do you have any other things that you'd like to work on? Ie: Directing/writing or are you more comfortable in front of the camera?
I can't imagine the shitstorm this has put you through in trying to do anything like exist.
How difficult has it been to try and be legally recognized by the system?
Thank you. We talk about everything and I let them know right off the bat, that I want them to be themselves and not to tailor their language or responses to my questions so as not to offend me. Of course I hear ALL the racist words. Sometimes they use them to get a reaction out of me. But, I already know I'm going to hear these things. I come into the situation armed with knowledge about them and how they thing. So I don't react at all. I have even had some apologize to me after my not reacting. It's always best to take political correctness out of the room and let people be themselves. They will respect you more. Trust me on that.
The reception in the developer community has been very positive thus far - we work with them to find the right time to bring their game to Jump (so there's no risk of cannibalizing any premium sales), and we pay advances to lower the porting risk too, so most developers we've spoken to have been very receptive, including Ed McMillen, who brought his newest game (The End Is Nigh, with Tyler Glaiel) to Jump for launch.
We certainly want it to be helpful to lesser-known games! I think She Remembered Caterpillars is a great example of why Jump can be beneficial. That game won a TON of awards, but sold very few copies. Now that game can have new life on Jump and be played, as it very well should.
70% of all our monthly net revenue goes to our game developers, and that is split up based on play time in each game. So an easy way to think of it is, # of minutes in YOUR game vs. number of minutes in ALL games would be your split of the 70%. We think the payout rate will average between $0.25-0.50 per hour.
I'd work with them all! I've actually worked with Micheal Trucco since. He played my brother on Killer Women. Was great because since he's one of my good friends, we already had that vibe and didn't have to "act" it really. I do want to do a reboot of Cagney and Lacey with Katee Sackhoff : ) I could see directing at some point, but not yet. Definitely producing is in my future though. Have a project right now that I'm currently in deal stages on.
It's been hard. Even the judge that made my birth certificate official expressed sympathy.
Daryl, just recently watched your netflix documentary and loved it.
In that documentary you spoke with some BLM members and they did not take to you too well. Did you agree with them on anything? Anything different you would say to them now?
Thanks! Best of luck, it looks like a great service. Very reasonably priced, too. Is there anywhere to see all the games without signing up?
Hi Tricia! I just want to say that I am honored that you follow me on Instagram. Raven and Woodhouse say hi! We were actually watching Lucifer on Hulu when I saw you commented on one of my posts. I started jumping up and down like a crazy person haha. I love all the work you do with animals. You truly are a beautiful person, inside and out.
What all can we expect from Charlotte's character in the future now that she is no longer "Mom"? If you are able to answer that...
How much pot do your parents smoke?
Peace to you. I believe in your struggles against Erdogan and for a Kurdish state. TY for you actions.
What can an average American voter do to help?
I was waiting for someone to post about being post ictal. When I have a seizure I wake up and have no idea who anyone is or anything and I don't know who I am... I always assume I'm dying and I freak the fuck out until things come back to me
We are friends now. We had dinner together last Wednesday evening and got to know each other on a personal level. They are good people and want the best for everyone. We each had not been properly informed about each other prior to meeting. But this was actually a good thing. You saw how misunderstandings can lead to the friction you saw. Believe me, it got worse than what you saw in the film. It went on for an hour, and you only saw 8 minutes. But now a year later, we are friends as a result of getting to know each other.
Well, we don't ask for a credit card for our 14-day trial, so you could see the whole library AND play a game or two in about 5 minutes ;) haha.
But, I believe a couple news sources posted the whole list as well. We list a nice chunk on our front page, too.
Awe, thank you. Love seeing your posts about those two crazy lovebird friends.
Charlotte is having an identity crisis for sure. She doesn't remember the last four months at all (since we was technically dead), but she's hearing about all the things she supposedly did. For a strong women, the thought of her having a nervous breakdown or a mental break is embarrassing for her and she's trying to hide the fact that she doesn't remember anything. Plus, she's having horrible nightmares of something she can't understand. The beginning of her story really is about her trying to figure herself out, and what happened to her.
Lots. I, unfortunately, was allowed to as well.
Thanks for your support! You can call or write your senators and representatives and tell them how you feel about Erdogan and the Kurdish issue. Our group North American Kurdish Alliance is planning on having letter templates and call scripts available for those who want more information.
Are you epileptic? This sounds more like a post-tictal state than TGA.
Hello! Thank you for doing this AMA. What's the most interesting experience you've had while on the job?
What was your biggest challenge to starting Jump?
How is your service different from other game hosting services?
Thanks for doing this. Loved BSG. What has been your most awkward starstruck moment? Not a fan meeting you,but you meeting someone you're a fan of?
As a kid already?
And do you still smoke?
I've had many. But one of them occurred a couple of weeks ago. I was invited to speak at a Klan meeting which I did and then we all went out to dinner together. This was down South. The White manager of the restaurant recognized me from my documentary Accidental Courtesy and came over to the table and loudly proclaimed, "I recognize you from that movie. I really admire the work you are doing and I just want to shake your hand. Please keep on doing what you're doing!!!" He didn't realize the whole tale looking at him were Klansmen and Klanswomen. But, I know his words had a very positive effect on them when they thought about it later, becasue I heard from some of them.
Bootstrapping with no money in our evenings and weekends was definitely a little rough :) That, and fighting the "streaming" stigma since other services in the past have used what we feel to be the wrong technology for this type of service. Once we were able to hire some developers that were more talented than me, we also learned very quickly just how much work goes into building a scalable, stable infrastructure for a service like this. We're very happy with how it turned out, but it was a sprint to get here.
The biggest differences between us and other subscription services is that we heavily curate our library for quality, and that our technology is a great fit for this model across ALL devices for ALL types of games. We're launching first on desktop with just indie games, but by no means does our technology limit us to those 2 things forever - quite the opposite actually.
When I presented at the Hockey awards. They pulled me backstage to go on soon, and I walked into the greenroom full of hockey greats. I think I stuck myself up against a wall, behind a big barrel of gatorade bottles, and just sort of stared.
I stopped smoking. I don't even drink anymore—not that I should at 18, but it's good fun to watch adults faces when I talk about preferring tequila over whiskey.
Thanks for taking the time to do an AMA. In your proof photo, you say you'll talk about the robe and hood. What can you tell us about it?
This service seems great for me, I'll definitely check it out.If one day it also works for mobile, that would completely change mobile gaming for me! There are so many great indie games on mobile but they drown in a sea of money grabbing shovelware.
Hey Tricia! I’m a big fan and you were one of my celebrity crushes in high school and currently in my adult life. Thank you for taking the time to do this AMA today!
My question is: if you bumped into someone who knew about BSG but only seen the miniseries, what are the 5 essential episodes to recommend for that person to watch?
Is that your real hair? What's a good conditioner to use with that style?
Oh my. Well I used to use apple cider vinegar because my dad made me. Haha. I just use whatever my grandmother purchases; I'm not choosy.
This question is confusing. I didn't stay awake for 24 hours. I took little naps.
"When I first am conscious after forgetting" me awake after ..... see? I've been having to whisper my thoughts out loud to myself and use hand gestures to understand concepts
Hi Tricia! Would you go to space if you had the chance? What are some of your fears?
Were they calling it unschooling? The unstructured homeschooling you were receiving?
I've seen this come down both ways and it's so disappointing because it all has to do with how much time and effort the parent is willing to put into the child's education.
How unstructured was it?Many of us who went to public or private schools have a sort of grade system through which they remember their childhood. Do you have segments like that in your memory? From year to year?
Are your brothers younger or older than you? If they are older, how did they respond to entering adulthood? If they are younger, do you feel like you need to warn them about anything?
Do you feel like you have a different perspective on the outside world than your classmates?
Are you going to get your own social security number? Found that answer
Thanks for the AMA!
How you came to possess them, and why you keep them are questions I have.
Will you have VR games for the Rift or Vive etc.?
Funny thing is, there are actual cases of pot being the cause of TGA, so it's very possible that's what happened here, especially given the car story.
I acquired them as members would quit the Klan as they came to know me and see a different path for their lives. I keep them so I can place them in a museum which I am working on getting now.
Yes! We actually can already support VR in theory, but our desktop apps are Chromium-based and unfortunately Chromium hasn't released WebVR support yet. Firefox has it, so the tech is basically ready (and we're definitely ready) - just have to wait for support to hit Chromium.
ConMan was fun. Alan is great to work off of, and it was just fun to play a character totally different than I usually play. I liked the intro scene in the hotel lobby maybe the best.
I am getting my birth certificate soon actually with the social security number coming after.
First, it takes petitioning a court to hear me and my witnesses (maternal grandma and paternal grandma) and believe we're telling the truth. Then, they sign an order that establishes I was born, which becomes official after I send it to the California Department of Public Health - Vital Records. Finally, I use my Medi-Cal benefits card, certified birth certificate, and certified judge-signed establishing order to get assigned a social security number.
what car story? can you explain more?
This would be huge for me. I have a Rift but have a hard time swallowing $30+ prices for experiences that are only an hour or two with no replayability. Having more access would get me on board pretty quick.
Do you have any funny or crazy stories from working on BSG?
Also, was working on the miniseries any different from working on the show that followed it?
Will the process be easier for your siblings to follow since you're paving the way for them? Or is it going to be like starting over from scratch for them?
It would be a hell of a lot easier if my dad didn't disapprove of my method.
wouldn't that have manifested one of the other thousands of times that I've smoked? Or affected anyone else that was there? It was like a small family birthday party at a park
YES PLEASE! I bought a Rift a while back and was actually wishing of something like this, I truly believe services are the next big thing for gaming. Can't wait for you to release VR games, it will be an instant buy for me.
Hey! I was one of your drivers @Dragoncon (for the past 4 years).
I've heard stories of different stars and their attitudes toward the "Con" environment. What keeps you coming back?
I always have tiny unexpected moments with guests (I got to sing "the Monster Mash" with Peter Mayhew last year) that stick in my head as special and priceless. Do you have any particular stories about crazy happenstances that happened outside of the 'walk of fame' or a panel?
I'm sure! But his judgment hasn't proven to be all that great, so hopefully even if he fails, your siblings can use your progress when they come of age.
Well, hello. No stories that come to mind right now. Dragon Con is insane though! I actually stayed really quite this year. Two years ago when I was there and a lot of BSG cast was, we went out every night and I got really sick afterwards. This year I was heading back to film Lucifer so I wanted to make sure I was rested. I was very quiet this year.
Basically I enjoy meeting the fans and hearing their stories. Without fans, we wouldn't have jobs : )
For the Klan members you actually get a dialogue going with, what are the usual talking points they discuss with you, a black man? Do they shy away from talking about things like genetics, or do they debate you on that?
As a follow up, what points do they bring up that you may agree with, even in only small amounts?
I think this would be huge for VR. A majority of the VR games are made my Indie developers + the games themselves are much more of a "netflix" type experience where you can play and explore the games for a couple hours and then you have experienced pretty much all they have to offer. Then you are on to the next one.
I wouldn't buy this service as is but if they expanded to VR I would definitely pick it up.
I didn't play. Haven't played any video games actually. Love voicing them though!
Signing off guys. Thanks so much for participating!
It was from a cannabis club. Probably mostly just shake. It's possible, but no one else experienced any symptoms.
I know that thanks to you, many people have left the klan.
How many people would you say that was, and how long on average would it take them to come around after meeting you?
Any chance it works on a Chromebook?
Hi There :) What is the most rewarding kitten (or else) rescue you've ever done or the one that felt most rewarding, at least?
Do you think you should've went to the CIA before you got on reddit? You could've been a super spy.
It does indeed! We have a web app version of Jump we've been told works quite nicely. You can sign in to that in the top right corner of our landing page.
They are all rescues so have all been rewarding. I think two that we adopted as seniors were both amazing and I like putting out there that adopting seniors can be super, super rewarding. They've had a hard life usually and just so happy and thankful to have a loving home.
Have you ever been to Selma, AL? If so, what was your experience like?! If not, would you ever think of visiting to look at the social structure left after Martin Luther King?
How do you plan to be comparative in a web environment if we lose net neutrality?
Are you sure that you weren't kidnapped or illegally adopted as a baby? It would also fit with them not having any documents for you and being terrified of the police coming. You could potentially have your DNA compared to the NamUs database to see if there are any matches.
Yes I have. There is still the haunting of the past there, much like Mississippi. Even among Black people, there is some degree of distrust of me, because I'm "not from these parts." A lot has changed, but there are still skeletons and some of the people who tried to prevent those changes are still around and their children and grandchildren are there. So, while progress has been made, people still are cautious. That too, needs to change.
Ohhh good question. We're actively working on several ways to reduce our data load so that it wouldn't get us throttled (or charged more) as we grow. We'd put a stronger emphasis on these efforts if it looks like things were going south on net neutrality. Let's hope they don't.
I'm sure. She got pregnant and everyone saw it. I ruled that out a long time ago.
Not counting your own... What TV series finale episode have you loved the most and which one disappointed you the most. Why?
Have you seen "Capitan Fantastic"? If so, how much of that would you say you could "relate" to? (Sorry if repeat question)
Ack, hard to answer as I really don't watch that much. Grew up without a television also so can't go back to that time period for any ideas. Last I binged was Bloodline and Handmaids Tale (I think that's what it's called...blanking right now). Regardless, it was amazing. Sorry, that's not really answering your question though.
I watched the trailer and it was giving me flashbacks.
Are there any actors out there you have yet to work with on your bucket list?
Have you experienced any upside to your situation?
Don't have a bucket list, but yes, plenty of actors I'd love to work with. I mean, Meryl Streep, Cate Blancett, Michael Fassbender just to name a few.
Maybe an appreciation for the academic subjects, but I think I always would have loved to learn.
I like the idea, because I loath micro transactions and DLC can be a pain when there's lots of it and they don't provide enough content for the cost. Your strategy solves that issue.
My question is, for the developers who regularly release a lot of DLC, are there any rules in place on what counts as a DLC worthy of the extra attention they'd get by being featured in New Content Updates?
Some devs are slow to release their DLC, but it'll have enough content to be its own game, but others often add tons of small game elements/small story chapters, etc on a regular basis. Seems that extra attention to the latter developer (because they keep adding new content to stay in that category) might be unfair to the former developer.
Do you keep in touch with the BSG cast? Who were you most close with and how do you guys feel about the show now?
I hadn't thought about that. I thought I would possess it after acquiring my social security number and birth certificate.
Will you retire games the same way that netflix retires shows? What happens if I've just picked up a game and started to enjoy it but your catelog no longer supports the game?
Hi Tricia! I'm curious about your role in Lucifer... do you think your character arch was done, could've kept going for another season, or might come back again after a break, and why?
What was/is your parent's plan for your family to pro-create?
We have no intention of rotating games out of the catalog. Our deals with developers are open-ended and revenue share-based, so there's no up-front, timed licensing deals like you see on Netflix or Xbox Game Pass. We want to have an ever-growing library.
I am back. Haven't been secretive about that, so you've missed a bit :)
Fall in love with them and have babies? They didn't need me to be married to them if that's what you mean.
Gretchen Lowell in Heartsick. Trying to get that produced right now but can't be guaranteed I'll get to play her even if I'm a producer on it.
Oh. I'm not really sure. I guess they just assumed I'd meet someone somehow. Maybe at a grocery store? Mm, get me some 50-year-old biker babe buying cheddar crisps. That would be the gold at the end of the booby trapped tunnel.
Is there any plans to make an indie game exclusive to Jump?
Hi Tricia, got to meet you at DragonCon this year, you were awesome. You really should bring the red dress to those photoshoots, they would sell out for days!
So, now that you have played a key role in God's plan, and been Lucifer's mother; when are you playing the role of THE ONE? :-)
Love the work with Acting Outlaws, your work with Denden and lastly can I possibly get a "Happy Birthday" shout out since the big 50 is days away?
I mean how would you meet other people outside your family? Internet I assume? I can imagine that would be tough to bring someone into what sounds like a commune situation.
We'll look at exclusives within the next 18 months or so, but it has to be a good deal for the developer, too. We'd want to pay them to develop the game rather than bring us their existing game as an exclusive, because we always tell developers to go grab their premium sales first before coming to Jump.
Well, happy birthday! And Yes, I'll have to make a point to do a photoshoot sometime at a convention with the dress : ) I don't know what "The One" is.
The internet was the only place I could meet people. I hear I do well with normal interactions though. :)
So I'm primarily on linux these days. How much of your game library works on linux, or does your program work on linux at all?
Is that something you're looking into in the future? You mention quite a few times 'coming to all platforms'.
Are you Roy?
You can actually access on Linux via our beta web app right now (we hear Firefox access is stable), but we're also working on Linux apps. We wanted to have them available for launch, so they'll be coming shortly hopefully!
I love couch co-ops. How many are currently in your library, and how do you feel about making sure more are available to play on your platform?
How do you feel about movies like Captain Fantastic and The Glass Castle? I realize that you were not raised in the exact same situation as kids like these, but definitely similar. (Give them a search if you don't know what they are, great movies about parenting and living off the grid!) Do you think that they accurately portray aspects of your life, or of the lives of people you know, or are they pretty much heightened for the big screen?
We'll always try to spread around the love as we add games to Jump over time so there's something for everyone. Right now we have 10 local multiplayer games in our launch catalog.
I've never even heard of those until now. Very similar.
any plans on putting your platform on consoles? I would definitely subscribe to something like this on the Nintendo Switch.
Do you know when your birthday is? Was it celebrated?
I can't comment too affirmatively here, but what I can say is that we're exploring various other platforms as our tech can power the same experience basically anywhere, and we'd have subsets of games specifically designed for each platform to uphold the quality experience the developers intended.
Good to know!
First birthday was $30; second was $20; and twelfth was $0. It was pretty usual, ahaha. I did get presents, but my dad didn't like to give them.
Reading through your responses was fascinating. You speak with eloquence and experience. What you've been through is herculean, to say the least. What astounds me the most was your ability to develop critical thinking and to use research to prove or disprove your beliefs. Your ability to interact with others online with dignity is something uncommon and admirable.
What was the process like for you to discern between conspiracy and truth? Considering the beliefs your parents had and the environment you were raised in, how did you come to understand those beliefs as incorrect? You could have dismissed resources (as weird as that sounds), like Khan Academy, as conspiracy and prescribed to believe in sites such as InfoWars and Breitbart, especially with the current state of the United States in which reality itself is challenged by people in power.
Personally, I find it difficult to legitimately listen to the viewpoints of people (like those who trust InfoWars, conspiracies, and other things like that). How do you interact with people like that while maintaining your own composure?
Is it possible your internet friends had some kind of influence on you to seek out something different from how you've lived all your life?
I really hope for the best for you. You have a bright future ahead and insurmountable potential.
Our current "featured" games are:
The End Is Nigh (Ed McMillen's New Game)
Drive!Drive!Drive! (published by the Bit Trip crew)
Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor (published by tinyBuild)
Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball (online multiplayer insanity)
Beatbuddy (actually demoed next to them at PAX with our old game!)
Beholder (please or rebel against the motherland)
Ittle Dew (Zelda-like adventure game)
Pony Island (Pony game possessed by the devil - yep)
Teslagrad (award-winning platformer, hand-drawn)
The Bridge (crazy art style puzzler)
We'll rotate featured games once a week so every game on Jump gets a spotlight.
I had a group of people I met online that bullied me for my beliefs and were harsh. I changed when I tried to prove to them vaccines cause autism and found out they didn't. Whenever I come across extreme right wing or left wing people I keep my composure because being able to think critically means to exclude emotion and hold reason to the highest standard. The best critical thinkers exhale emotion and inhale evaluation, inference, the analytical, and reason. I follow Breitbart and Infowars not because I believe them but because keeping an open mind, to me, involves understanding them and their followers. Right wing folks and left wing folks are people and people have biases. If someone believes the Earth is flat, they can still be my friend, and I will still treat them with understanding and an open ear. If anyone can change them, it's someone who won't beat them down.
We mentioned this service briefly on our podcast last night. I think it's awesome what you are doing. Have most developers been pretty receptive of joining the platform or has it been an issue to get them to buy in?
I'm late but do you think this should be allowed in the US? It would be completely unthinkable in Sweden where I live and social services would be all over it faster than you could utter your first börk.
Oh that's awesome! We'd love to talk to you about this, you should ping our PR lead at [email protected] so we can chat.
Most developers have been very receptive because we're trying to work with them to be complementary to their sales, NOT to cannibalize them. Plus, we offer them advances on revenue on a case-by-case basis to lower the risk of trying a new service. And I'd say being former indies ourselves helps a bit in the discussions, too.
I think it should be illegal.
Does Jump do anything to support the developers financially? What would be the advantage of a developer getting their game on Jump as opposed to Steam?
Would you rather have been “documented” as a child or now?
We actually work with developers to bring their games to Jump AFTER Steam so we can complement their premium sales rather than try to replace them. We pay out 70% of our monthly net revenue to developers and split it up based on play time in each game. On top of that, we also pay developers advances on revenu (case by case basis) to lower the risk of porting their game to a new service with a new business model.
As a child.
I assume there's no offline mode? If my internet goes down and I've downloaded the game fully I can't play it?
How did you learn to write so well?
Offline mode is in the plans! Certainly a priority for us in the next 12 months or so I'd say.
You think I write well? Thank you. I wrote a 450 page novel and read a lot of books. That helped the most. I also took a college-level online course and learned more through my adult school. I really love grammar and writing. Because it's important to me, I take my writing seriously.