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S20 Majors Rankings ($$$)

2020.01.08 20:03 Onomatopoeiac S20 Majors Rankings ($$$)

  1. The Holy Seehawks - bright/wayne/aard/pandora
    This team should be treated as the favorite simply because bright is the only player in the league that has elite mechanics, IQ, and leadership. Having your best player be someone who won’t tilt when their teammates make relatively minor mistakes is highly correlated to winning meaningful games. Wayne knows how to maximize his skills as a second attacker and this team will generate a lot of hold and capping opportunities. Aardvark’s foray into offense will probably make him a more well-rounded defender. I don’t know anything about pandora’s playstyle but he seems suitable 4th ball. If he turns out to be the weak link, there is trade or call-up potential.EDIT: I missed that aard is O-restricted, I think that makes this team slightly worse on both sides but still a slight favorite as they should be the most consistent team.
  2. Centra of Attention - GOOBTantrew/Syn/Gin
    On paper this team has a case to be #1 simply in terms of talent. In reality, I would not be surprised at all for any of the three players GOOBR drafted to be ragetraded by week 4. Tantrew and GOOBR have complementary playstyles but not complementary personalities. Syn and Gin, as fun as it is to say their names together, are both stats-focused players. While they will give their offense plenty of opportunities to cap, they will struggle against elite offenses that can create chaos and force them to make plays out of base. This is a squad that will look unstoppable for weeks at a time when everyone is happy but will have tilty stretches where everyone is focused on their teammates’ mistakes. I foresee an impressive regular season record and a disappointing playoff meltdown, though it may take until the Super Ball for those problems to surface.
  3. Coup d’Ecap - Djinni/megatron/Doris/ref
    This season will be a big test for Djinni and Doris as to whether they can be 1a and 1b options on a team against premier competition. I am confident that Djinni will be able to take control of long enough stretches of games on Dallas to make up for the deficiencies of this team. Megatron likely overperformed his actual talent level in a weaker season 19, but if he can prove himself as a consistent all-star then the ceiling is the roof for this team. Doris is another player I expect to regress to the mean slightly but if and refined can build chemistry they have the talent to be a top 3 defense. The main risk for this team is that everyone’s ego is just a little inflated over their skill level and that bubble ends up bursting on them. There is also a question as to whether ref can be the glue guy 4th ball that is normally required to win a Super.
  4. Holdin’ Gate Warriors - Crip/swerve/epip/777z
    If you believe that you are only as strong as your weakest link, this team has a case to be as strong as any in the league. Crip and swerve have enough talent to carry the team beyond the middle of the pack, and if swerve can recognize the potential of the roster I could see him committing enough to the point where he is a dangerous threat even on the Dallas server by playoffs. An epip 777z defense isn’t exactly intimidating but their mistakes will be few and far between. I expect them to bend but not break against most offenses in the league. The downfall of the team, if there is one, will be a lack of effort and practice.
  5. Holy Rollers - DestaSpjork/Abe/Racgi
    This is the kind of team I would probably predict to be out of the playoffs if they didn’t get to play Dallas every week. Luckily for them, Spjork and Racgi will be able to match their above average game sense and versatility with way above (below?) average ping. This team doesn’t jump off the page in talent but they cover each other weaknesses smoothly. Racgi isn’t a shutdown defender but he can lean on Abe’s mechanics against the more imposing offenses. Spjork and Destar are both a bit unqualified to be first options on offense but they can both rotate positions to give Abe enough flag touches to create momentum. Abe doesn’t have the leadership to keep his team on the same page through a long playoff run but Destar does. This team could end up being a great Cinderella story but I think the lack of top to bottom talent compared to the teams mentioned above will show itself eventually.
  6. ALL CAPS - DT/Ty/BDL/yiss
    I think Chaz was really close to building a contending roster with his draft. DT and Ty form a sensible offense as Ty will do the dirty work of pups/OD/communicating/patient flag carrying while DT can focus on putting pressure on opposing defenses with his highlight jukes and scoring. BDL/yiss could put up big numbers as a defensive unit and their ability to block will end up being one of their biggest assets. However, I think the downfall will be 2-3 minute stretches of games where things go haywire and they don’t have the star power to retake control of the game. Yiss has poor decision making and positioning in the open field and DT’s aggressiveness can put pressure on his teammates to make big saves. The team would make more sense if they had a defender in yiss’s spot that could rotate with Ty on occasion to help hold leads and regroup after cap trains. A team built around BDL and Ty could succeed (and has succeeded) on pure versatility decision-making but I don’t think the pieces quite fit from top to bottom this time around.
  7. He Hate Re - gg/boogie/Armbranch/Bamboozler
    This team has been getting hammered in ranking for their lack of star power outside of gg. While gg isn’t the kind of player who can make up for all of his teammate’s weaknesses like a bright, he is truly a challenging player to return when he is not tilted. gg's teammates don't have the raw skill to make his job particularly easy, but they do have the positive, laid-back attitudes that could end up giving gg the confidence to take over games with his hold. While boogie struggles to create the initiative on offense with his individual skill, he is proficient at playing off his partner and taking advantage of capping opportunities. The ArmBoozler defense has great chemistry and Arm could surprise a lot of people with his stats. If all of these factors come together and gg doesn’t get fed up with a few setbacks which are sure to come, I expect this team to secure a playoff spot.
  8. Ghostboosters - pulpo/messi/eashy/hat
    Eashy capitalized on a few market efficiencies to find an interesting offense. Pulpo and Messi are both talented players who can contribute in the right situation. Unfortunately one of the reasons they went for cheap is the risk of lag, tilt, and missing games due to bans or quitting on the team. However, Eashy’s best chance to compete was pairing one of them with a more reliable offender who could smooth out the rough spots. Instead, Eashy showed lack of confidence in his own carrying ability by spending a majority of his TC on a defender. The reason I could still see this team making a playoff run if that an Eashy/Hat defense has the potential to be the best in the league. Ultimately, that will likely run into inevitable tilting and lack of commitment as the team realizes it lacks the firepower to compete at the highest level.
  9. Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies - cheetos/mate/curry/dragonbeast
    Coming off a Super Ball win, Cheetos has put together a roster that looks promising at first glance. Despite having enough talent on the roster to compete with most teams in the league, a deeper look reveals lineup concerns and a need for these players to step into larger roles than they have succeeded in previously. Cheetos showed he could be the top offensive option last season, but I am skeptical as to whether he can sustain that ability to lead his team without having an elite player at the opposite position. If he plays D with Curry, Dragon and Matetricks is an interesting combination but neither is an ideal fit as an O1. If he plays O with Dragon, that is putting a lot of pressure on Curry. Overall, there isn’t quite enough talent to answer all the questions this team has. In a weaker season I would be optimistic about this team but I think they will struggle against the teams with proven carries. However, if each player makes a slight jump above what they’ve done in the past and build solid chemistry they could prove me wrong.
  10. Red Hot Chili Poppers - CB13/NP/misaki/demman
    Just like Red Hot Chili Peppers needed the return of John Frusciante to bring back the buzz they once had, Red Hot Chili Poppers will need to make a trade to return to the success they once had. CB13, misaki, and demman all have the talent to be above average majors players, even in a dallas league, but they collectively lack the versatility and consistency to make this team work. This is the kind of team where each player will go to sleep every Sunday night feeling confused as to why the team lost despite being happy with the way they played individually. I hope that NP can rework this into a more sensible roster because he is an incredibly fun player to watch and he drafted enough raw skill to pull something out of this season even if he doesn’t have the horses to win meaningful games to win quite yet.
Good luck to everyone.
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Hey AppleWatch, I’m the developer of Chirp, Nano, and MiniWiki, and today I need your help! My country is on fire, and so I’m donating 100% of this weekends sales to rural fire services across NSW and Victoria (the worst affected states)
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**This is becoming the \"Descartes before the whores\" pun visitors book** `**Please note the visitors book is only taking usernames now to conserve space for names as we have reached the reddit comment length buffer!**` **My original comment** `When my grandson asks \"where were you when dart22 made the pun?\" I can say \"I was right there young man, right there, just 5 hours later...\".` **the first edits** `Edit, just came back from 3 years later to see that; you might not be able to add a comment on an old thread but you can edit a comment you made back then.` `Edit, and even 4 years later, I was here.` `Edit: And someone noticed I've been here regularly since, so here I am, 5 years later. It's like visiting a Reddit shrine.` `Edit: it's November 2015 and I'm back. Imagine a world where you could timeskip back and forth. So I could make predictions. Imagine how crazy the world would be if Donald Trump really did get to be president. Sprudelpudel told me he will, but I don’t believe.` `Maybe I can harvest gold from an ancient comment. Now it's 2016 - will this never end !` Edit: Kiro0613 asked me to mention him here in June 2016. So a redditor for one year gets a mention in a 6 year old thread. camdoodlebop LHOOQatme and SwevenEleven and pitaenigma and ChrisRulesTheWorld. intangiblesniper_ siccoblue . And SirToastyToes sirsykosexy And thecrazedone126 GiverOfTheKarma and Rhinofreak . There's Gryphon0468 and chickenoflight too nonchalantpony - G'day sport. And KriosDaNarwal. Think I'm going to have to start charging for this. And a special mention to Aoae and Tweegyjambo ItMightBeABrainTumor here in UK just as we say good riddance to 2016. `**And things take off**` And now 2017 rolls round and Argon1124 and Soulren get a mention too. Lwsrocks !! And I nearly forgot SageeDuzit and TGIWalshy onehourbehind Kekorepeleco and MarkBlackUltor and thief90k. 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You can't upvote them, so despite all my hard work keeping history alive and creating time warps my karma for this post stays obstinately around 85. However, it's \"gold\" tally does rise!(hint hint) Yay !
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As this develops, those in the USA need to remember that their mainstream media is going to be used as blatant propaganda. They'll take a few people in Iran burning the american flag and frame it as if the whole of Iran is protesting the USA. Just remember that the majority of Iran would prefer to live in peace, they are not the boogeyman, they are just like you, being dragged along by the same types of bastards in charges, just in a different country.
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Pretty bad when your hair moves out of your parent's house before you do.
posted by paidinteeth on /RoastMe
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I'm Iranian and about 1/4 of profiles in telegram now have Soleimani picture. He is kind of worshipped in Iran. Even though I'm not a fan of him or our government in general and I know he led an attack on us embassy in Iraq. This is going to get messy real quick. Man I just wanted to learn python and make websited. Now I'm fucked. I hope they make joining military optional cause I'm not going...
posted by UnitePerry on /worldnews
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For some reason I always think when someone brings up Pascal's Wager they need to make a roulette wheel with all of the religions and have them spin it and what religion it lands on is the religion you practice. If god controls everything he can't get mad at you since technically it's the religion he picked for you. `​` Edit I hereby name this idea Pascal's Roulette ` Edit 2. Thank you for the gold`
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2018.08.09 00:33 Kumielvis The Finnish article about Niandra LaDes translated

So there was a link to this finnish article about John and I figured people would like to have it translated so here is my attempt. There will be some lost nuances but shit happens.
I exist no more - The wild origin of John Frusciante's debut album and the love story behind it
(caption: John in 1993)
Actors Johnny Depp and River Phoenix, LSD-guru Timothy Leary, a fire that almost destroyed all the material - famous artists and weird incidents are associated with the publishing of John Frusciante's first solo album. When Niandra LaDes and Usually Just a T-Shirt came out Frusciante was a 24 year old drug addict and a painter, isolated at his home. Yet at the beginning of the 90's he was the worshiped guitarist of one of the most famous bands in the world, the Red Hot Chili Peppers. How was the album made and what kind of love story is related to it? The Culture Cocktail has a special interview of Frusciante's partner of that time, Toni Oswald. The article includes material that has not been released before.
Thank God I found you Beautiful talking well it was to me Do you see? There's no more me I'm happy as can be
– John Frusciante
I like to read books written by these intelligent people, but I get awkward when they talk about music. It's like the writers started to have a monologue about their cats. I just don't get it, even when the upper class -pop essays ooze the bits of lyrics from anxious men. -Jantso Jokelin
There are people who find nothing as boring as talking about dreams or to see any deeper meanings in them. I am not one of them. The basis of this article is a dream I had. In the dream an elderly man holding a lantern asked me to find out about the background of John Frusciante's first solo album, Niandra LaDes and Usually Just a T-Shirtin (1994) When I woke up I decided to take the initiative.
Niandra LaDes has been familiar since I was 14. I bought it from a record store in Oulu, where an uppity and by all odds a rather tedious salesperson told me the album is bad and weird. Keep your opinion, man, I thought.
In the cover Frusciante has dressed as a woman. Inside you can find lyrics in handwriting on dirty notes that look like they've caught some fire. In the back says: "For Toni Lovingly, Niandra LaDes." I already thought by then who Toni is.
(caption: The back cover of Niandra LaDes and Usually Just a T-Shirt)
The easiest thing to do when defining art is to claim that some piece has a cult status. When I read texts about music albums I rather often see album that has a "cult status", usually defined having a "mystical aura" and being "under appreciated". These definitions have also been carelessly used in many a text about Niandra LaDes.
I do not know what position Frusciante's debut actually holds in the history of music or what do people think about it. Only thing I can say for sure is that is has a lot of meaning to me. And what comes to the definition of the album by the music store keeper from Oulu, the latter part is true. The album is weird for sure.
When I heard the record for the first time in my room, I felt like for the first time in my life I got to explore the subconsciousness, sex, depression, insanity and drugs. Niandra LaDes was a secred gate I went trough like Alice, to the twisted Wonderland of Frusciante.
After the dream I had I decided to find Toni, whom Frusciante had dedicated his album. I did not try to contact Frusciante, because he is reluctant to give interviews and because I didn't want to approach him because of my fandom. I was afraid I'd break a spell if I got close to him or if I fucked up an interview. Fandom is fragile.
The Twins Meet
Toni Oswald and John Frusciante met in early 90's when they were twenty, introduced by common friends. Frusciante was the prodigy guitarist of Red Hot Chili Peppers who had just reached fame. He could play ecen the most complicated solos from Frank Zappa or Jimi Hendrix.
Oswald had recently moved to Los Angeles from Houston, Texas. Her background was in dance, theatre and performance art. In school she had played the flute. Oswald told she especially adored the choreographies of movies by Bob Fosse. With the help of Frusciante she found music - and in a way, herself.
-It is hard to say what happened between me and John when we met. I saw myself in him. I had the feeling that I'm not alone anymore. That was when I finally realised there is a person in this planet that feels similarly how it feels to exist, Oswald recalls.
It was not just about romantic crush but also about being a sibling. On one of their first nights together Frusciante played her the vinyl Foxtrot (1972) by Genesis.
-When the last track Supper's Ready started I had a vision that me and John were twins a long time ago. That song is a good description of our dreams and emotions at the time.
(caption: Toni Oswald and John Frusciante as kids of same age. A detail from a collage they made together.)
Frusciante was living a double life as an artist at the time. His main job was to compose and play in Red Hot Chili Peppers, who were making their breakthrough album. Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991) sold eventually 13 million copies - most of the most well known melodies by Frusciante's hand.
The other side of him was a rebel, fortified in his home. He was against the commercialism of art, big arenas and screaming fans. He was reading Friedrich Nietzsche, Aleister Crowley and William S. Burroughs, watching Marx brothers' movies, often listening to Captain Beefheart and painting.
Balancing between two different frequencies, Frusciante needed Oswald's support. She saw more in her boyfriend than just a financially successful and more and more famous guitarist.
(caption: Frusciante pictured by Oswald. Oswald pictured by Frusciante, dressed in his clothes.)
While listening to music as a little girl, Oswald would examine her mother's album's cover art for hours. According to her, she learned there to feel connection and understanding to the musicians who lived outside the normal society and knew how to refine pain and sadness into beauty. This is exactly the kind of artist Frusciante was - performing at stage people easily only saw just his technical skill, youth and wildness.
The young couple started to dress in each others clothes and live in symbiosis. They drank red wine, painted, wrote together on their notebooks and smoked cannabis. On Red Hot Chili Peppers tours they would lock themselves on the hotel rooms to play together, Oswald her flute and Frusciante his clarinet.
-In early 90's they took us for two crazy weirdos, especially John. Spiritual realm and ghosts were important part of our being. We both felt that this world we live in is just a small part of consciousness. We enjoyed riding to the edges of consciousness. After meeting John I could talk about these things without feeling that someone thinks I'm crazy, Oswald says.
(caption: sights from Frusciante's and Oswald's hotel room. The clarinet in the pictures below were played by John on the last track of the album. The cello on the pictures on top was John's gift to Oswald.)
Frusciante started to alienate from his successful band and the rock and roll world even more. Selling millions of copies and the tour life was hard for him. Frusciante demanded on having Oswald on the tour with him, even if the number one rule for the band had been "no girl friends on tour".
In 1992 before the concert in Japan Frusciante announced he would break up from Red Hot Chili Peppers. He asked to forward the reason " Tell them I became insane."
(caption: Oswald and Frusciante dressed in each others clothes. Taken in Paris on Peppers tour)
Marcel Duchamp and the expertise of forgetting oneself
After the announcement to leave the band Frusciante went home and isolated from the world for a while. He sat on the roof of his Hollywood hills apartment and fought a war against ghosts - his equipment was security goggles, a ski mask and an overall that covered the whole body. -"You couldn't touch me on any level" Frusciante has described that part of his live later.
How did Oswald react to her lover sitting on the roof on full fight gear? With love and acceptance.
-"We never had any feelings of shame when we were fulfilling ourselves around each other. We were celebrating freedom and creativity.
They shared a common target of admiration, French artist Marcel Duchamp. Duchamp (1887–1968) didn't represent just the famous urinal and concrete art installments to Oswald and Frusciante. He represented an inspiring attitude towards life.
-Duchamp knew how to let go of himself and look at life in an absurd way, take your work seriously but never yourself. My view is that the most important and best moment of making art is the moment I forget myself - when I don't exist anymore. All my favourite people have a healthy underestimating relationship to themselves. Who even manages to stay with a person who takes themselves too seriously in these times that everything has been said, asks Oswald.
It was Duchamp who got the couple to dress on each others clothes and swap the gender roles. Duchamp's female alter ego Rrose Selavy (a play on words "eros, c’est la vie") inspired Frusciante's solo albums name and cover art. Niandra Lades became Frusciante's femine alter ego, who is standing on a beach on the albums cover art. The clothes on the picture belonged to Oswald, except the jacket.
-We used to dress on each other's clothes also when we were separated. Once John called me after receiving a package of my clothes. He asked me which shirt I used to wear with certain orange coloured pants. I answered "usually just a T-shirt". This reply of mine later became the name of the second part of John's album.
(caption: The front cover of Niandra LaDes and Usually Just a T-Shirt by John Frusciante)
In addition to Duchamp their way of thinking was affected by a few year old girl Clara Balzary, the daughter of Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, Flea. She was around 4 years old when Niandra LaDes was released.
-Clara was the only child we were on contact at the time. She once told us "Be lazy!". John was so fond of this rule that he painted it on the wall of our home as a motto. It wasn't just about doing, it was also about just being. I still try to go by this rule, says Oswald.
(caption: Toni Oswald pictured by Frusciante, dressed on his clothes, 1992)
The earplugs River Phoenix made out of toilet paper
Along with painting and playing with gender roles, John Frusciante spent the early nineties smoking cannabis and recording his own songs in the living room with a Tascam four track recorder. He did not plan on publishing them. After many steps Niandra LaDes and Usually Just a T-Shirt was born out of those recordings.
Frusciante has said:" Cannabis got me to a level that I could step away from my playing and could hear myself on second person. This helped me to step out of myself. I no longer saw the guitar I was holding in my hands as an object, but as a part of outer space and emptiness. "
Oswald says Frusciante was inspired to experiment and not publish his recordings by The Residents' album Not Available from the 1970's. The idea of the album was to lock it in a safe after recording and not to release it until the band members forgot it's existence. Frusciante was planning on doing the same with his recordings, they would stay forever in his home archive and would be released after his death.
Oswald sat next to Frusciante during almost all of the recordings, either drawing or listening to him play. The time was always really late, so that no sounds from nearby streets could be heard and their friends would have gone to sleep.
The lyrics came from dreams, visions and flow. The biggest inspiration was the mutual love and sexual desire the couple had.
(caption: Toni Oswald in hotel room 1992, pictured by Frusciante)
Sometimes Frusciante would ask Oswald to sing or talk on top of his recordings. Two of those recordings ended on the final recording. For the first one Oswald chose Patti Smith's Witt (1973) and Allen Ginsberg's The Gates of Wrath (1973) from the bookshelf, and proceed to sing parts on the first take.
On the second time Oswald had sat on the kitchen table drawing with a friend.
-Suddenly John came to us and asked us to sing on his recordings without any rehearsal. John recorded our talk and singing and edited everything on the fly. He gave commands like "hiss like a cat" or "say words you like". We used to smoke a lot of weed during the recordings.
Oswald was there when Frusciante recorded two songs with River Phoenix (big brother to actor Joaquin Phoenix) in 1992. For the other one, titled "Well, I've Been" Frusciante asked Phoenix to improvise something in the middle of the evening. The actor took the microphone and started to speak and recite poems he made up in the moment.
Height Down was made in Phoenix' hotel sweet in Hotel Argyle, Sunset Bulevard, located next to the hill where Frusciante and Oswald used to live.
-John and River wrote the song during our night out at the hotel and on the next day taped it in our Hollywood Hills home. They stayed up really late on the living room and played music. I slept in the second floor in our bed room, one with straight visual and hearing connection to the living room. River was worried about me because I had an audition in the morning and he was afraid I couldn't sleep. He brought me earplugs he had made out of toilet paper so I could sleep better- they didn't help at all. River was a really sweet and considerate person.
Frusciante produced their songs into a cassette, which he played in Oswald's car and played to their friends who had came to visit. On top of Phoenix, actor Johnny Depp and Gibby Haynes from Butthole Surfers were also encouraging Frusciante to release the songs. Frusciante was encouraged but getting the songs in to a album did not work without problems.
(captions: A painting John Frusciante made with the help of Clara Balzary, daughter of Flea, the bassist of Red Hot Chili Peppers, in early 1990's. A painting by Frusciante)
Kill pigs by letting them become shits peanuts
On top of cannabis Frusciante started to use heroin. He was making massive paintings under the influence of heroin and was frantic with the note books. He didn't use the guitar and recorder anymore much.
At first the drugs gave inspiration and strength but after few months it started to get out of hands and they would increase Frusciante's depression. He would hallucinate and might call his friends that the cat was inside his head or that there were snakes inside his eyeball.
Oswald had a hard time accepting that her lover had turned into an addict. The presence of daily shooting heroin addict became too big of a burden and she started to spend time in their New York apartment.
-John thought it would be good for me to be able to have some time off because he knew I was suffering. It didn't work because the distance made me worry about him constantly. We did talk daily on the phone and John would occasionally fly to me.
After a weeks long separation a horrible scene was waiting for Oswald: the walls of their home were scribbled full with cryptic texts, the floors were full of wine bottles, paintings, trash, drug needles - pretty much everything was all over. In the wall, the words "Kill pigs by letting them become shits peanuts" and " My eye hurts" were painted on red paint.
-When I left the house it was clean and orderly.
The writings on the wall and the chaos can be seen on short movie called Stuff (1993) by Johny Depp and Gibby Haynes. Depp and Haynes had spent a day watching a frantic Frusciante painting. The experience had made such a big impact on Depp that he decided to come back to film all the chaos and art.
-Depp brought LSD-guru Timothy Leary with him, who both me and Depp liked very much. You can see Leary talking at the end of "Stuff". We played him some unreleased solo album from John and Timothy liked it a lot, Oswald says.
The House Burns
Few months after filming "Stuff" the house burned. Oswald was in New York at the time. The fire started from the painting room where the floor was full of spray cans and oil paints. Because of the fire the glass doors on the balcony exploded. Frusciante woke up on the noise and run outside to ask the neighbours to call the fire brigades.
-Almost all of his paintings were destroyed, including two painted by William S. Burroughs, all our notebooks and stuff. Only John's recordings on cassette and guitars were spared by the fire - it was almost like the fire had went around them. John took the tapes to New York, where he flew the next day to me. The guitars were stolen by somebody.
On the song Your Pussy Is Glued to a Building on Fire on Niandra LaDes Frusciante sings about painting and a burning house. The half screamed song is like a omen of what kind of destruction and chaos was around when the album was finally released.
Frusciante started to edit the old recordings with Oswald to a presetable condition. Oswald helped with naming the tracks and with the album art. The album was released in 1994 without much notion.
The two songs with River Phoenix didn't make it to the album, because the parents of Phoenix who had overdosed a year earlier had forbidden using the songs. Frusciante later published them on his second solo album.
(caption: Frusciante and Oswald in 1996 just before their break up)
In the end
Nobel prize winning professor Bengt Holmström said in his interview in HS 15.7. :"It is thought that creativity comes from freedom. That is fundamentally delusional. Creativity is born from challenges, restrictions and questions."
Holmström's idea of creativity and freedom not being compatible is against the idea of Frusciante's first solo album. Oswald says a person can only be free without a goal to reach.
-John wanted to be as free as possible in his songs. For him the pursue to freedom is most important.
Frusciante has said that for him it was a liberating process to think that the songs he was making would never be released.
-When I was creating this music I had no idea it would make an album. I was so deep in the spiritual realm, where the music is created, that I never thought people would buy the album and listen it in their homes, said Frusciante on Guitar World- magazine in 1995.
Oswald sees Niandra Lades handling love on two levels: between two people but also as a love letter from cosmos to humans, delivered by Frusciante.
-It is dedicated to the people who have suffered, who have experienced sadness and traumatized, but who still believe in love and magic. I don't only hear John speaking to me, I hear myself speaking to me. That's what great art is, it speaks to our deepest levels. I don't know any other music that sounds similar to this album.
(Caption: Oswald's painting of him and John.)
Toni Oswald and John Frusciante broke up in 1997. Oswald had rehabbed herself out of drugs a year before, Frusciante in 1998. Both of them still make art.
Thanks to Toni Oswald, Anni Emilia Kajula and to the shopkeeper working in record shop Diileri in Oulu in 1994.
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2018.01.26 08:20 FullKushAlchemist Trip Report - 4-AcO-DMT - Passing into Olympus

Hi Reddit! Wrote this out for Erowid Vaults but why not put it here to. It was a great experience that I feel compelled to share.
Edit. Dosage was ~30mg, slightly over as my scale only goes to 0.01g.
We'll start with set. It was me and my partner (F,22, Avg Weight) she took very slightly less, her being smaller. She has tried 4-Aco once before some years ago. For me I had only had experiences with acid until this point (taken 1p-LSD about 7 times now). So very familiar with acid but this was my first mushroom-like experience. We were both in a good frame of mind, with no commitments on the day or the following day (which is today, as I write). We've had it for a week or so already waiting for the right day. Yesterday was perfect, we had a spate of nasty weather but yesterday the sun came beaming out.
We dropped at 12 noon and headed to our local park. We made sure to pack a backpack with things we'd need like water and took some sketchbooks too. It's the perfect place to go, it's a common technically so larger than a park (about 1 square mile), it has open fields and dense forested sections. By the time we got to our favorite spot, looking out across a large open space lined with trees all around, it was just kicking so we settled down on bench made from a fallen tree and watched and waited.
It was coming on within 30 mins (I should interject hear that I always set a stop-clock running on my phone when I drop so I know when to expect the peak, ect..) and I was getting a very familiar acid sensation, warm feeling inside and a little weary that things were about to get intense. We had endless amusement watching people walking their dogs, especially watching dogs interact with each other. We were also fascinated by clouds, it was a windy day and there were some very dramatic clouds moving fast over us.
We got up at the 45 minute mark and walked a loop coming back to our sitting spot. I remarked, as we were coming up to 1 hour, "I feel like i'm already in the throws of a hard acid trip." We got back to our spot just as the cloud overhead gave way to the sun again, perfect timing. That's when the visual effects began occurring, I saw a lot of geometry, at points the whole sky was divided up into hexagonal cells. The already dramatic clouds we could see took on even more life; swirling and forming figurative shapes like animals and faces. I also observed a strong 'breathing' effect when looking down at the ground, I could make it align with my own breathing and make it go to even further extremes.
We sat for about another half hour until we decided we were ready to move, we walked out into the open field, basked in the sun for a few moments and then headed down a less-used trail into the forested area. We mostly just talked as we walked around and enjoyed the challenge of walking through the thick mud on the forest paths. One of my favorite things in this part was listening to bird-song there were so many overlapping calls of different species all clashing, it was fascinating. I feel now a rejuvenated appreciation for the sheer complexity and overwhelming beauty of nature.
When we got to about 2.5 hours we decided to head back to the house, with the intent of delving inwards. We had great fun on the way back just watching other people going about their business, we humans really are a funny bunch. We got home (2hrs45) went up to our bedroom, blacked out the curtains with a blanket, put on blindfolds and listened to some music that was significant to us. This period provided me with some truly intense, overwhelming and wonderful visions.
This is where the title comes in. One of my favorite bands is Canadian legends Rush. If you don't know they have a few very long songs that are written as narratives. The one that resonated with me most was "Cygnus X-1 - Book 2: Hemispheres". It tells a story of the Greek gods Apollo and Dionysus, here standing for the Mind (reason) and the Heart (love) battling for the soul of man. Out of the ensuing chaos and battle is born Cygnus (God of Balance).
"I have memory and awareness But I have no shape or form As a disembodied spirit I am dead and yet unborn I have passed into Olympus As was told in tales of old To the city of Immortals Marble white and purest gold"
This section is when I saw it in my mind I felt myself as the disembodied spirit of Cygnus. I rose above the clouds and there it was, so perfect and beautiful I couldn't even stand it, I had started to cry as soon as I saw it.
Then I realized that I was Cygnus or rather that what I AM is a disembodied spirit that essentially holds balance between heart and mind. I finally understood this piece on a profound level. It's an experience I will never forget. Even as I write this now there are tears in my eyes.
We listened to some other great tracks by Rush, John Frusciante, Buckethead and Shpongle. It was great way to round off the trip (peak ended at about 5 hours from dropping). This stuff is fantastic, my spirit feels rejuvenated and my find mind feels more active. I should also mention that I am in therapy for Social Anxiety Disorder, I've been making strides toward recovery lately and after this I've never felt so confident. Cannot recommend it enough, just get yourself in a good place mentally first.
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2016.06.22 08:00 TheOriginalFireX Anthony Kiedis talks of Frusciante and The Getaway.

“I have not spoken to John lately. But I did hear something positive and lovely, which was that he was looking forward to hearing the record. That made me happy, to hear (a) that he cared and (b) that there was not a sour grape rolling around somewhere. When John quit it was a great loss, because he is a brilliant songwriting partner and just an enormous musical human. But it also opened up the chance for us to have someone fresh and new. And often new blood will create new chemistry and maybe give you that B-12 shot in the ass to keep you going for another five years or another 10 years.” - Kiedis
http://www.alternativenation.net/john-frusciantes-thoughts-on-red-hot-chili-peppers-releasing-the-getaway/
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2016.03.13 14:19 pallidio3 Top upvoted comments for last 10 days

Thought it would be a fun thing to do, to see them all together to get an overview and what a common impression it gives. Aswell as what do ppl upvote in general. Guess could be useful to get a grasp on average infp mind. Or for ppl that are indoubt about their type. Only comments, no topic threads. Yes, some of them are highly out of context, but there is a special charm reading them like that as, aswell. :D Every comment with 10+ upvotes. (Editing is hard when copying on reddit so some of them become just a wall of text, cant do anything here). Also sorry for putting ppl onto a spotlight like that, all your comments are great, that why they got upvoted! It isnt suppose to be a collection of thoughts and points, rather just an overview, what resonates, or what ppl agree with generally and find significant etc.
So 10 days, 10+ upvotes.
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Yes. I like to think I have a good heart, but I don't come across as a likeable person most of the time. Unless they're with one of my few close friends, social interactions make me seize up and turn into a shuffling, mumbling weirdo.
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Infp seem to genuinely love people and i hate 75% of the humans i come in contact with...
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I can feel your point, but I recently thought that there is more to it. I put it like this : " I love people for what they are, but I hate people for who they are. Dunno if this makes sense to anyone else but it perfectly describes how I feel about people.
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Art, writing and being creative is not my strong side. Math, logic and physic are however more my thing.
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Huh? I think your open-mindedness makes you super infp stereotypically.
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That they don't put as much effort into the relationship as you; You put in your 50 cents but you both still don't make a dollar.
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look outwards. use your generous and loving nature towards healing people who need it, through charity work or some other good case that resonates with your heart.
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One of my favorite hobbies is imagining what I'd say in a speech to all my admirers after I've accomplished some incredible feat. Meanwhile, back in reality, I haven't even taken the first step toward accomplishing the goal and likely never will.
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I think your post summarizes how INFPs think and feel, but most of us are just sitting on our asses doing nothing
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I tried stand up comedy at an open mic just for the heck of it, about 2 months ago. Was nervous, and realized how much I hated public speaking, but something about the adrenaline rush and getting people to smile and laugh (even when the jokes bombed) really made me feel like coming back for more. There was something weird though. The amount of mental preparation I did (I am acquainted with how to tell a joke, sound humorous and get a laugh from people, but I needed to be tight for a stand up set) was tremendous, and I somehow managed to make people think that this wasn't my first time, so I guess that was a win?
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natureiscool, you're the real hero here. We are but gasoline, and we need matches like you to truly burn brightly. :)
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at some chocolate and remember to get enough sleep. You may also try approaching and addressing the specific INFPs you like individually rather than a made-up label that is MBTI (as much as we like it). They are people.
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As an INFP I very much love people who initiate. I'm not very good with starting conversations, but I'm always open to the strangest or most intruding of questions. I say you go ahead and speak your mind and if he's the one for you, he will answer them and open up to you so much more.
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The more time I spend in nature the less afraid of death I become.
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Dis wan
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oh oh oh! I absolutely adore this Roald Dahl gem of a quote, and I find myself referring to it all the time, especially when I get disheartened or sad: "Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." (or whenever you are feeling a little smol and scared: "Courage, dear heart." from CS Lewis)
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Once there was a Chinese farmer who worked his poor farm together with his son and their horse. When the horse ran off one day, neighbors came to say, “How unfortunate for you!” The farmer replied, “Maybe”. When the horse returned, followed by a herd of wild horses, the neighbors gathered around and exclaimed, “What good luck for you!” The farmer stayed calm and replied, “Maybe”. While trying to tame one of wild horses, the farmer’s son fell, and broke his leg. He had to rest up and couldn’t help with the farm chores. “How sad for you,” the neighbors cried. “Maybe.” said the farmer. Shortly thereafter, a neighboring army threatened the farmer’s village. All the young men in the village were drafted to fight the invaders. Many died. But the farmer’s son had been left out of the fighting because of his broken leg. People said to the farmer, “What a good thing your son couldn’t fight!” “Maybe” was all the farmer said. :) in audio/video version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OX0OARBqBp0
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Whenever I feel unappreciated (which is a lot) I always try to remind myself of the advice one of my friends gave me when I told her that I felt that she wasn't appreciative of everything I do for her. Remember that everyone shows their affection and appreciation differently, especially from INFPs. We tend to be more emotional than a lot of other people and so we do a lot for people and get our feelings hurt easier when people we care about don't match our level of care. We are appreciated, it's just not displayed as obviously as we display our appreciation for people and it makes us feel let down.
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Recently, I've had lots of family admit that I'm the only family member they bother talking to. I've been told by the bosses and coworkers that I'm the best employee at work. I also get invited to things that other people don't, because they say they only want cool people to come. That all makes me feel pretty good. I feel appreciated. It doesn't make me happy, but it makes me content.
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Every relationship I was in was the relationship. Realizing I was with the wrong person was like waking up after a night of being really drunk. It was almost disorienting. It's like I'd look around and wonder how I ended up where I was. The other half of my feelings would finally break through my little bubble and trample my happiness. It was a sudden realization that I wasn't happy with this person and there were a long list of incompatibilities. Needing space but still longing for a connection is exactly how I feel. I'm married and it's falling apart. Reality marched in really late this time. We are really distant and to be honest, sometimes I enjoy it. There are more times than I should have to admit that I enjoy the fact he works odd hours. It means we hardly see each other, but it also means I have time to myself. On the other hand, it hurts that I'm basically roommates with the person who is supposed to be my best friend. Don't get me wrong, I love him but things aren't turning out how I thought they would. I want to have something special with him. I don't want it with anyone else and I'm really struggling to admit that I might not get that with him. I'm not trying to one up you or dump all my baggage in your lap. I just know exactly how you feel.
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This happened to me! I literally woke up one day and it hit me like a truck: "how did this happen? why am I even with this person?". Once it hits you that you're with the wrong person there's not much you can do but break up. I don't have much advice for your marriage, but have you tried couples counselling? I highly doubt I'll ever get married because I'm terrified of being in you rposition one day (sorry :/)
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I wanted to reply to you rather than OP because I feel like I can relate to your post more personally. Like... really similar feelings. I'm in a ~7 year relationship, and quite suddenly feel like I am in over my head. I feel like I've compromised my freedom and individuality to be with this person (a huge no-no for INFPs). I enjoy my time alone when he is working and sometimes I feel so guilty for just wanting to be by myself. I, too, feel like connection and love is something I need and want in my life, but I feel resistant to give it my all, especially if that means sacrificing my own goals and dreams. I feel (especially lately) that I am more important right now than the relationship, and that is a huge strain to put on the other person. In my case, my ENTJ man just doesn't understand that, no matter how well I explain it. I am trying to find a balance between my own goals and dreams and maintaining my relationship, which, though not ideal (NOTHING IS), is very good. It's hard to reconcile your dreams of the ideal relationship with reality. This article from Psychology Today has really helped me put my idea of an ideal relationship on the back burner. I think it's spot on in terms of self-improvement and reflection. And I also think it has a great point about no one really being "right" or "wrong" for anyone. Obviously, some people aren't a good match, but the idea of right/wrong is such an extreme. If you think like that, you're bound to lose/be disappointed. I am also right there with you in the hopes that self improvement and rediscovering myself will mend things in the relationship. It's really interesting, because I see this whole issue as an opportunity to grow and change into something better. I see an opportunity to let go of my idealism and expectations and really give way to happiness. Through therapy and reading a lot about philosophy, relationships, spirituality, etc, I am seeing more clearly about my own errors of thinking and perceiving that lend a helping hand to my discomfort. I'm trying now to make subtle changes to grow into the person that I want to be, that can also maintain a healthy relationship with a good man while still possessing my own individuality and sense of self. My SO always says this and I think it's something we tend to forget about due to societal and personal expectations: the best thing about a relationship is that you can make it into whatever you want. And when you think about it, it's really true. As long as those in the relationship are willing and able to make the changes towards what they want. Anyway, good luck with therapy! I'm in it too, and have found it very helpful in seeing things clearer. I hope everything works out for you, whichever way it goes with your marriage. Please don't hesitate to PM me if you want to talk. I feel like we are going through something SO similar, and it's hard to find people to talk to about it. :) https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201201/are-you-the-right-mate
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As long as you respect that if your friends start neglecting you, it was your own doing. For some time I was dissociated with mine, when I called them up it was strange, don't make it strange! That is all. :)
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When I was younger I had a lot of trouble controlling my emotions. I ended up crying a lot, getting bullied for it, then crying more because of me. Litterally the only advice I ever got on it was "Well, then stop crying!" Nothing on how to better control myself or manage my emotions, no no no! Everybody basically just told me to man up and stop crying like a little baby. Now, because of that, I end up just keeping all my feelings to myself (even a lot of positive ones too) because of all those people who though I was worth less because I could show emotions like a normal human being should.
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Dude, I cry all the fucking time. Whether it's a song, movie, story, I'm high, it doesn't matter. I default to crying and I love it. I've also never had any trouble with women. They find it vulnerable, sensitive, and genuine. At least the women I've pursued. Of course some people are going to find it a turn off. We all have our things we like and dislike, no shame in that. Maybe it's "normal" to find it an un-masculine turn off, but also what INFP is actually pursuing a "normal" partner? We're all too nuts and weird to make that work. So who cares? Also, crying as a man is an incredible shortcut to hold the attention of a crowd. There's something about being a man and tearing up during a speech or story - you INSTANTLY command the room. No one can take their eyes off you or stop listening to you words - it's such an unusual sight most people are forced to take it seriously. I've experienced this first hand throughout my life.
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Hell yeah, there are definitely so many women who think that way, myself included lol. I don't think twice about men crying (regardless of the reason), and if anything I view it as a really authentic expression of self (and is something I see as super genuine/chill with romantic partners/interests).
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I think it's one burden that men have socially agreed to shoulder in exchange for having more decision-making privileges. They have to be the strong ones at all times, and those who aren't are seen as not helping to carry the burden, hence why it might kind of be a big deal to some people if carried on for so long. I thought this issue would be illustrated by a guy crying over an insult at work, or crying at a movie or something. In the example, it's a guy crying tears of regret over pain he caused to a loved one, which I feel should be considered pretty acceptable no matter the gender. God, that reaction is kind of twisted. I guess different people have different things that majorly turn them off in a partner, but it still seems cold.
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can you just calm the fuck down and let things lie for a few months move on with your life, think of stuff you want to do for yourself and do it, etc. and if anyone brings it up just acknowledge "yeah that was dumb" and shrug it off like it doesn't matter in the long term, because it doesn't
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I know what you mean. I wouldn't call it an explosion for me but some very unseeming things like breathing in fresh air when looking out the window at 4am can suddenly make me feel very peaceful and good.
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Oh yeah, I rely on this tip a bunch. I work in retail and know how to be loud and charismatic for talking to the customers. As soon as I'm off my shift though, I turn that switch off and go back to being my usual quiet-self that loves their alone time.
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I see advice like this often but I don't think I could actually do it. I put to much emphasis on authenticity. But honestly I fake whatever confidence I have so I guess I might as well just go all the way.
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I was really happy to find an appropriate categorization for myself, personally. I like the idea of knowing wtf is going on in my brain.
(on bipolar - my life's great - i wish i was dead)
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I have been going with these type of swings a lot lately. When I say a lot, it means like every single day. I don't think it is an INFP thing though.
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Depending on the hour, I either am submerged in euphoria or I want to kill myself.
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Today only 3 times
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This quote gets tossed around here too much but w/e "And when I'm sad, I am sad... But when I'm happy, oh god I'm happy! And I guess there's no place in between for us to meet." I think on some level life is supposed to feel like a cycle between extreme pain and pure joy, but if you find yourself struggling too much then you should feel free to reach out for help.
(on which career fits your personality)
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Unemployment.
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Um. That girl is a straight up snotty bitch. Anything she says is not a representation of an INFP, it's simply her view as an ugly person.
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You pegged her wrong. She's too judgy to be an INFP. That's your bad. Never assume. The only reason that I can think of that may have caused her to suddenly get so offended by her realization that don't have a job and that you speak quietly, is that she started to seriously consider you as a BF. That's when she realized she had criteria you had meet first. INFP's don't do that. We take the smallest glimpse of hope that a relationship will work and romantically cling to it against all the odds. Thank god you have your uncle. He golden.
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"INFPs don't do that." Be careful with this sort of thinking. Typology isn't so cut and dry.
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"Your first love will feel like your last, but I can tell you now, your last love will feel like the first." give him a hug for me.
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My closet looks great.....it's the piles of clothes outside it that are a disaster. :P
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Love that the inner conflict has lead to something good. It's always that feeling inside that starts as a small buzz, then a bit whiney and if you keep ignoring it, it will get more serious and persistent. Especially if deep down you know only cowardness is blocking an interesting experience.. And you can't let that happen. Not at that moment. Gotta make something of your life, gotta be the person that makes a difference to others. It always gets way bigger than necessary, but it keeps making you move.
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That was a long and pleasant read, and all I can say is how much I agree with all of that. My favorite people tend to be other INFPs or INFJs, it seems. It just feels natural to talk to them. https://www.reddit.com/infp/comments/499oss/how_the_letters_infp_fit_togethe
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"I am just unfortunate" I am sorry that you feel this way, as I have felt this way far too commonly; however, personally, whenever I find myself enveloped in this loneliness and isolation, I am usually there from the result of a learned helplessness and victim mentality, the propensity from which leading me away from people, staring downward, and making only the feeblest attempts to reach out to others. It certainly is a harrowing pain to watch people walk past you, never reaching out to you, but my question is: What are you doing to reach out to others? Of course, as I am fearful of seeming too harsh, I am not hereby accusing you of any self-victimization, as I don't know you and I know only the context you have provided us; but I would encourage to consider that question. You may have more control than you think :) I hope that helps!
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I just watched Over the Garden Wall a few days ago and it was great. I watched it all in one sitting and it just flowed so well. It kind of had a similar feel to Spirited Away which was the subject of a post here yesterday.
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Yes. I find it is a lot more challenging to keep friends than to make them. Enthusiasm about people lends itself well to bridging the gap between strangeacquaintance/friend. However, I ignore friends so as to keep our friendship 'status' alive. It is safer to be away from them knowing that they are my friend as opposed to risking a face-to-face interaction where I may offend/do something wrong/not be accepted with an intensity that was previously there, thus weakening the friendship 'status'. Ironically, avoiding opportunities that may lend to the weakening our friendship is what destroys the friendship in the end. tldr; fear of rejection
(what makes you feel appreciated)
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Reciprocal kindness and generosity when the going gets tough.
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I was sitting around a bondfire a few summers ago with some people i didn't really know. My then girlfriend put her hand on my leg and just held it there It's the small things i remember and appriciate i guess
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When someone smiles at me with that look in their eyes that says, "I'm happy right now".
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Then just watch all the remaining Studio Ghibli films.
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My problem with shopping is that I have such a firm idea of what I'm looking for that it can't possibly exist.
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Anything by Bon Iver, always identified with the song Holocene especially. Also love Sufjan stevens, his newest album is one of the best.
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How to Disappear Completely- Radiohead Black- Pearl Jam Ashes to Ashes- Bowie Pictures of You- The Cure Dying Song- John Frusciante New Dawn Fades- Joy Division I Know It's Over- The Smiths
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Oh man, there is no way I can't pick just one. LCD Soundsystem - Dance Yrself Clean Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks - Little Fang Iron Chic - Cutesy Monster Man Springtime Carnivore - Collectors Animal Collective - My Girls
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I really like looking at myself in the mirror and analyzing my face and stuff. Sometimes it's from afar just looking at my whole face, sometimes it's up really close looking at individual parts. I pretty much never make faces, but I have indeed made some weird-assed faces in my lifetime while looking in the mirror. Did it more when I was younger. Also, you probably are terribly weird, but it doesn't have much to do with making faces in the mirror.
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I realized that I was not as ultra-logical and/or theory-driven as the typical INTP. I think the "values" part of Fi also resonated with me. I think the reason for my believing they were logical values was because I created real, rational arguments in defense of them. Of course, logic is seen in many arguments, but that does not define what I believe it means to be INTP/INFP. I also thought I was rather emotionless, but I now contribute that to a deep unhappiness. I am definitely an emotional person to an extent, but I don't let my "emotions" guide me like the stereotypical wispy description of INFPs. Well, no more than a normal person anyway. I think such ideas as ambition/ove/etc. can generally be tied to emotion in any person. So, I will say that I definitely prescribe to being an idealist.
(on hating work)
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I'm the opposite. I hate studying and how everyone thinks others are supposed to learn. I grew up struggling with an educational system I don't like and people telling me I had to follow it, that I was crazy if I didn't. Work doesn't bother me as much cuz I'm a fast learner, but ugh... sitting on a chair, looking at a book and reading? Give me the real world, take me on trips, to a museum. I rather learn from doing instead of reading theories and memorizing them. But I should be more specific. I don't like dealing with numbers much. I don't think I'd enjoy office work (although it probably wouldn't bother me as much as studying), but stuff like serving tables seems fine to me. Yeah, I don't mind serving tables -shrugs-. No wonder I'm the outcast in my family.
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Yes, absolutely. I hate the professional world. It's nothing but a charade to me, a big gift-wrapped bag of bullshit.
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You're absolutely not alone here. I got a job and lived on my own for about 6 months. To put it lightly, I went insane, had a panic attack, nearly killed myself, and landed myself in a psych ward. This was about 5 months ago and I absolutely haven't recovered. I was open minded going into the job, actually quite excited, but it destroyed me on the inside in mere months. I lost my apartment and am now living with a friend. But this can only go on so long. Moving out and working again is not a choice, it has to happen. There's no such thing as an independent sedentary lifestyle, not in my state at least. Most people would put me to shame just for saying these things. Especially my family. Theres no hope in moving back in with my parents or anyone else in my bloodline. I don't have any plan to move forward yet. I kind of freak out about it every now and then but I just need to be calm for a while. I killed off my social life so I don't have to put up with what they think about where I've come in life. I really just dream of taking off on a bicycle and traveling indefinitely. Cycling is my only real passion. Just traveling brings me more joy than anything else I've ever done in my entire life. Raking in a paycheck never came close.
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As someone who just took up a job at a warehouse - the kind of work released felons get, which is unfortunately the only place that'd likely take me after 2 years of doing nothing :P - I get through the daily grind by thinking of a few things: The money you're getting is for a good cause, and the people you'll help with it are very grateful for the sacrifice you put in. Whatever job you do, you're helping something get done which will help others get through the day more easily. I throw together cardboard displays for blocks of 2 hours straight. It's mind-numbing, insect-like labor, but I try and keep in mind that someone out there will be glad to have their store's displays in place, and customers may be able to get some relief as a result. There's nothing that says a cog in a machine cannot be beautiful, and each one among many adds to that beauty - humanity forcing themselves into the most humble, collectivist task for the sake of others who may be just like them. Your effort is not wasted. Every time you go above and beyond, you're doing what you'd expect of anyone in that position. Categorical imperative! Inspire people to push harder to keep up with one another, and the job will get easier for everyone. Be the workplace you want to see.
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I had an abusive ex-boyfriend. He was emotionally volatile and loved to guilt trip people. One of his favorite things to do was hold me hostage in an argument. I'm very bad at arguing and tend to just apologize even if I don't think I'm wrong, just to get out of the argument. Then he would use these admissions of fault to lord over me in later arguments. We fought weekly (at best). About 2 years into the relationship I had full-blown meltdown. At first it started out constructive, where he let me tell him everything that bothered me about the way he treated me. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity. It was extremely cathartic and couldn't stop myself. The crying lead to yelling. The constructive aspect slowly disappeared and eventually I kind of snapped so I was just yelling "I HATE YOU! I HATE YOU!" over and over. I cried so much my contacts completely fogged over and I couldn't see out of them.
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A couple of years ago when I was on my way home from work I blew up. I'm always listning to music in the subway so my routine in the rushhour is to stand by the doors and at all stations go out to stand beside the door so people can get of without bumping into me. At one station I do my routine and get back on then there is this one man, he looked like an old alcoholic, walks up, bumps into me and looks me straight in the eyes and says something. I take of my earplugs and say, Excuse me? He turns around and bluntly says "Move!". The thing here was that I wasn't blocking the way for the door. He had the whole damn door for himself and still bumps into me and tells me to move, so I exploded. I took one step out of the train, pushed him down on the stationfloor and yelled "Who the fuck are you to tell me to move!? You had the whole damn door free to walk out of and still you have to walk into me and tell me to move. You are a fucking idiot!" As he's trying to get up I just push him down again screaming: "Stay down! Don't you dare move from that floor!" I started walking back into the train and I can hear he mutters something at the same time as he tries to get up again, I can't remember what he mutterd I just remember myself pushing the closing doors open again, walk out and push him down on the floor. "Who the fuck do you think you are!? Stay the fuck down there and don't you dare move!" At this moment people starts staring at me and an old lady comes up to me and asks me to be nice to the man. I just looked her in the eyes and told her that this is not a man, this is an idiot who can't behave. You don't walk into people and blame them for your own mistakes. I can't remember her face, I just remember the feeling of being a pressure cooker exploding. She just walks away. As the next subway train comes into the platform I'm still observing the man lying there. Some young skater kid comes up from nowhere and then helps him up, he looks at me and frowns. I look at them both walking to the stairs. I couldn't care anymore, I was just happy that I for once told a person off instead of curling my back and excuse myself for my behaviour. This is pretty much one of my biggest double-sided fears. I fear to stand up for myself just because of my fear of blowing up in peoples faces.
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That is, however, the beautiful thing about INFP's. We observe, we learn, but we do not judge. You will be seen by other INFP's many times during your life but you will never be judged by one.
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Yeah, I usually end conversations a lot earlier then I should because I don't want to feel like i'm annoying them or being an inconvenience to them. But I do this not because I want to talk to them but if the roles we reversed, i'd get a little annoyed by someone talking to me for a while when I really want them to just leave me alone. So I try to avoid doing that to other people. You know, don't do unto others what you wouldn't want them doing to you.
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All the time! That's why I don't think I could be friends with a person like me. I need someone who would text me first without the fear of annoying me. When I text people, I put all my soul into it and then ask myself if they actually care. So I just stop being proactive with them and if they don't take the next step, we might never talk again. I'm aware that this hot-and-cold game looks stupid, but that's what happens when I have to contact someone first. Conclusion: text me, and if I reply and really show interest, text me again and again.
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I spend most of my free time stoned and inside on the computer, I suppose that is how I deal with the world mostly. Sometimes I will get the feeling that I have been in the same routine for too long though, because I am a creature of habit and habitual things get old. I usually start being more creative at the same time. I'll write out something or play guitar for a while and maybe cry a little, and then I go right back into my routine. I've gotten slightly better at commanding my mind to not think about the things that really bother me. Or I guess, not to obsessively think of those things.
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Yup, all I do is stay in my room to study and if i'm not doing that i'm on the internet looking up random stuff or watching a movie/ tv show. Only to leave to eat or go to the bathroom. I don't really socialize, I really have no need to have a group of friends. I know I come off as boring but that's just who I am. I like how I am, but I do realize how boring I come off when I am forced to socialize and realize that I don't converse a lot and lost a lot of my talking skills I use to have. I guess I have been okay with not talking a lot and sticking to myself. Sorry, i'm just venting a bit because I can relate.
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2014.04.23 22:41 tabledresser [Table] IAmA: I am the RZA. Artist, musician, producer, author, and actor in Brick Mansions. AMAA.

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As a white kid from the suburbs of Utah, I never in my life would have imagined the RZA calling me brother. Let me just go ahead and check that one off the list. As it was written, all men are brothers.
What's your favorite movie, and why is it How High? Hahahahaheeehohohahaha. Lay off the drugs, cat. LOL.
Can you describe what the reaction was from everyone was after Inspectah deck first laid down his verse in Triumph? He slayed it. And everybody knew it. And everybody else tried to slay. But he slayed it.
What's your usual setup? All digital? Any analog instruments? Vinyl sampling? What DAW do you prefer? Well, that's a lot, but: not being egotistic about this, but I have a dozen set ups. And my home studio I use different rooms for setups. So one room is just turntables and a sampler, another would be just keyboards, another will be a digital room, there's one room where everything is analog (live drums, guitars, etc). As a composer, you always need different sounds, so after working with Hans Zimmer, I've learned to use different rooms to write different things or different scenes.
Do you make beats, then send the finished product to rappers to write lyrics to it or do you usually write the song together? I prefer writing songs together. In fact one of the problems with making a Wu-Tang album is my refusal to send beats, because I believe that great music is created when people are in a room together.
Do you have a specific process for finding samples, or is it all gut feeling? I dig and I dig, and if something strikes my ear, I sample it. Then I twist it.
Rae came out and said that you haven't been as involved in the hip hop game recently like ghost and rae have, which isnt that out there of a statement. Flipside, you've been handeling film scores and the films themselves. but Similar shit was being said during the 8 diagrams sessions, with ghost and rae not being down with the beats and thinkin they were outside the hip hop climate so to speak. with the same sorta issues rising up now, and with 8 diagrams not being the wu comeback album to shake the ages we all know yall cats can make, what are you doing or planning to do different with A Better Tomorrow to make sure it hits that pinacle? Actually, I'm not trying to hit no pinnacles. The thing is, when an artist makes a painting, or a song, he makes it. The way the world responds to it is secondary. If they respond to it, and say it's great, then he's going to say great. If they don't respond to it, does that take away its greatness? No, because he's already satisfied in his creation. When Wu-Tang first made our first album, I knew it was great. But many people in the industry slept on it. But after it had success, it changed the direction of the industry. So be it. This may be possible now. Or maybe not.
Did Ol' Dirty really live up to the craziness that he portrayed in his music? Times ten.
How was working with Earl Sweatshirt? I've heard that during the making of Molasses, you spit a freestyle for three hours. Yeah, we got zoned out that night. He's a cool cat. And I think he will be a great talent in hiphop.
Will the world ever hear that freestyle? Also, I'd like to know more about your diet (besides prefering green tea to coffee). I'm trying to eat a bit healthier, like most, and it seems you've got a good grasp on nutrition. Earl and those guys got the masters from those sessions. I would suggest maybe start with slowing down on red meat and if that can lead you to slowing down on poultry and fish, that will avoid adding decayment to your body. I actually on most days only eat one meal. And my sifu taught me that if I don't exercise, I shouldn't eat. So I started to exercise, whether it's just 50 pushups or 50 situps, before I put anything in my mouth, because he says we don't deserve it. And what this relates true to me is what it says in the Bible, "a man shall work to the sweat of his brow. And thus, after work, he will nourish himself with the fruits of his labor." Peace.
Have you considered being on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast? I can't remember if it was a tweet or during his own AMA, but Rogan said he would love to have you on as a guest. Yes, I would love to be on as a guest someday. I'll wait for the time for him to invite me.
Did anything inspire you with regards to the choice of beats on Enter the 36 Chambers? Also, are you still an avid chess player? :D. On 36 Chambers, I kind of went on my own inspiration. I was out to prove my abilities. Yes, I still play chess.
Will we ever get 36 chambers remastered? Perhaps some of the tracks will be remastered. A lot of them are probably not in multitrack form anymore. So the remaster would still have to come from a stereo mix.
What happened first, you naming yourself RZA or your cousin naming himself GZA? I named myself the RZA first, and I named him the GZA shortly thereafter.
Ever give any thought to writing/directing a Wu Tang Clan movie to tie in with an album? Yes, actually. Although making movies is very difficult and it's hard to get green lights, I'm going to keep pushing though. And maybe one day, it will see the light.
Kickstart that shit! ill give you every penny i own for a wu tang movie! Never thought of using Kickstarter. Hmm.
What's good RZA. First shoutout to /hiphopheads. How do you stay creative as you do lyrically and production wise? I use life as inspiration. And being that I travel a lot, and see a lot of different things, and meet a lot of great people, I stay inspired. Shoutout to /hiphopheads.
Do I still have to protect ma neck? It's been like 20 years now, I'm getting tired of doing it. Love you man. As a producer, as a rapper, as an actor, as a videogame character, ANY dj. You have to protect ya neck til the day you drop brother. Because if you lose ya neck, that will be the day you drop! You must always protect ya neck at all times.
What is your relationship with Bill Murray like? You guys were in Coffee and Cigarettes in 2003, and then in 2010, this happened. Do you still talk? I don't talk to him often, because we both have crazy-busy schedules, but we have a similar circle of friends. What I can say is what a cool dude.
What is your favorite ODB verse/line/metaphosong? For ODB "I be the answer to your why, the tear to your cry." It's off a song he did with Killer Priest.
Do you need to be self aware in order to have sex for enjoyment? Uh oh. It's getting deep on AMA. We said AMAA. But now that you asked, you better be aware of yourself and your partner(s).
Can you share any memories of your tour with Rage Against the Machine? That was one of the highlights of my career. At the time, Wu-Tang had the #1 album in the country, and we began playing some of the biggest venues that we had to that date. One of my best memories is when Zack broke his leg on tour, and needed a little energy during the New Jersey show, and I came out and rocked the stage with him. The rest of the Wu went home. :(
Could you elaborate on your infamous flood story? The legend says that you once had a flood into your basement that caused you to lose a few hundred beats you had made that were meant to be put onto the first round of Wu-Tang solo albums. Did you recreate any of the beats that you lost? If so, which ones? Yeah, I lost a lot of beats. In those days, I would keep my beats in a floppy disk holder, which held 80 disks per case. And I had the cases sectioned out with names of each Wu member, and beats that fit their styles. Those disks have not been recovered yet. I have some of them, but they won't play.
How was the flood caused? Heavy rains and sewage backup, and I was out of town, and so I came home to it.
Have you tried getting them to an expert? I've taken them to an expert, and they declared them unrepairable. One expert did say that maybe one day after drying out and all this crap that it would work. But I think that being that it was not only water, but mud, dirt and sewage, that the disk became permanently damaged.
PEACE. Do you still wear those pointy ass rings and have you ever actually punched a hole in a crab's hand with them? No. I gave them to my little brother and I think he lost em.
Long time fan of the Wu. I was amazed by the Kill Bill soundtracks. Don't know if you can answer this: Will the Ghostface/MF DOOM album ever be released? I don't know. But Ghost is one of the dopest MCs, and MF is a dope producer and MC. So I'm sure if they do it, it's going to be great.
I was recently in a yoga class and the instructor said "protect your neck" and I immediately thought of Wu-Tang and giggled to myself. What do you think about a rap-inspired yoga class? Would bring a whole new meaning to "flow." LOL.
What was it about Gravediggaz, and the horrorcore genre in general, that appealed to you when it was first starting? At the time, being young and thinking of my childhood nightmares, I wanted to write songs from the darker side of my mentality. I feel like the Gravediggaz are the pioneers of this mentality of lyricism. Hiphop could use a few more doses of it now.
How hard is it to stop working on any particular song or beat? It must be tempting to keep tweaking and improving so when is it that you know that a song gets to that magical level and you know you should stop? Hmm. Usually if you're in the studio, it's right about when the time is up.
Hey RZA! You seem to be a very calculated, meditative and, for lack of a better word, spiritual person. Was there a certain event in your life that led you to be this way or is this the way you've always been? Yes, certain events led me to this, which is hard for me to describe to this, which are hard to describe. But I can say that it was a growth process. Would you believe I was once obnoxious.
Hey RZA, how did you become a vegetarian? I just snapped out of eating dead animals.
How awesome is it being a Robert? (Mine name is Robert) Super duper awesome.
You get a swimming pool but you can't fill it with water, what do you fill it with? Money is not a choice either. Those little plastic balls that you see in ball pits.
If you could suggest, let's say one to three books, that you think everybody NEEDS to read, what would they be? I think we should all read the Bible, the Koran, and the Bhagavad Gita.
How did you like your time on Californication? Samurai Apocalypse was a great foil to Hank Moody. It was very fun. Funny. And something was very sexy about that show. Maybe it was Meagan. LOL.
“A young buck, selling drugs and such, who never had much, trying to get a clutch of what I could not…” With the word “touch” being implied but not spoken. But on the single and video versions, and whenever I've seen Wu-Tang live, Deck always actually says the word “touch.” I always thought implying but not saying “touch” was deep and artistic, emphasizing how those things were out of reach for you guys. But then with the word “touch” being included in every other version/performance of the song I’m wondering if that was actually the intent, and if so why has the lyric since been changed? It was the intent during the production.
Hey RZA, Huge Fan here, I've been listening to you since I was 10. One question. Are you not going to publically publish songs off the new WuTang albulm, or will it only be avaliable to the one lucky buyer? The album, that's entitled A Better Tomorrow, if completed, will be available to the public. The album entitled Once Upon A Time in Shaolin is a piece of art that only one will be made.
When was the last time you saw Paul Walker? The last time I saw Paul in the flesh was on the movie set. We had planned on seeing each other again at the premiere. But destiny bends.
Hey RZA, What was it like working with the Black Keys? Did you guys synch up pretty quickly? I saw some videos and it looked like steak meeting potatoes for the first time. Everything flowed so smoothly! Yeah, Dan and Pat are two cool guys. We actually hung out a few times, first before we made music together, and when making the song The Baddest Man Alive, we spent 2 weeks in the studio together, and recorded a lot of demos.
Liquid Swords II when? Btw Liquid Swords is the greatest Hip-Hop album of all time. I think GZA may be in the process of writing that now.
What is your best memory from the set of Brick Mansions? Besides having my family come to set, and seeing the remarkable work that everybody was doing, I have to say eating vegetarian food with Paul Walker.
What was it like working with John Frusciante and will you be working with him again in the future? John is a genius, one of my favorite musicians. And I look forward to working with him in the future.
Many critics believe double albums usually contain filler and do not hold them as in high of regard as they could and should be. What would you say were the main reasons "Wu-Tang Forever" was made into a Double album instead of 2 different albums with a later release date for songs not used on first album? Was some of the inspiration for making it a double album taken from the success of "All Eyez on Me" or more that you wanted to get more music out? Actually, a double-album was part creative, and part business. If i can recall, we hadn't done an album as Wu-Tang Clan for four years. And so we wanted to give Steve Rifkin an abundant amount of material. But also we demanded a budget so high that to appease it, they said "how about a double album?"
actor in Brick Mansions. AMAA. Hey hey now, let's not forget the awesome performance in "The Man with the Iron Fists!" Good job man. How much fun is it being so versatile? It's very challenging. Because some of my friends are thinking I'm becoming a little schizo. Wow, the life of an artist.
Best advice you can give someone? Study yourself. Then after that, study yourself again.
Who's the best chess player in the Wu Tang Clan right now? Hahahahahahaha. All I can say is that I had the hiphop chess belt.
Which rappers are you listening to the most outside of your Wu-Tang crew? Nowadays, I've just become a fan of the culture of hiphop. Somedays I find myself sitting on my downtime watching Yo! MTV raps, or scrolling through YouTube finding up and coming MCs. I love watching URL and all the rap battles. Sometimes when you're making the music, you become so engulfed in yourself that you forget that you started yourself as a fan of the music. Now that I get time to do other things such as act, score and direct, I can actually become a fan of hiphop again.
What was it like working on Afro Samurai, and what sort of sound and feel were you going for with the music you used? It all fit together very nicely. Working on Afro Samurai was one of my favorite jobs, because the writers, producers, and directors gave me full autonomy. So every sound, every note, was all my choice. They didn't interfere with anything I wanted to do. I'm glad that people liked it, and I hope they make a live-action film.
Wu-Tang Forever! How much have comic books influenced you? I still smile every time I hear you name drop Rom, The Space Knight on Impossible. From the age of 9-16, I probably collected thousands of comics. But they all got stolen one day, along with my vinyl collection. And I'm telling you, I used to spend my paper route money on this stuff. I'm still a comic fan. Every once in a while, if I'm in a certain city and they have a comic book store, I will go and pick up a few copies. I love how the new artists are doing the new covers, Grant Morrison's take on classic heroes has always been cool to me, and I actually bought every copy of Reginald Hudlin's new take on the Black Panther.
How did your collaboration with James Blake come about? He's one of my favorite artists and I really like "Take a Fall For Me". Well, thanks for enjoying the song. Our managers are friends. And they suggested that we get together and make a song. I heard some of his music, and enjoyed it, and what really pushed me that GZA's son Kareem was a fan of James', and I kind of did it to impress him.
What was it like working on the score for Ghost Dog? Did you know it would become a cult classic while composing it? No, I wasn't aware of how it would be received. But at the time, I was really spending a lot of time making new forms of beats. And I knew they belonged somewhere, and I'm glad they ended up on Ghost Dog.
I went to the opening night of Man With the Iron Fists, that movie fucking rocks. I'm excited for your future movie/tv show projects, Parks and Rec is a show i watch all the time and seeing that you auditioned for a role next season got me pretty excited, any chance of giving away any details of the role you auditioned for? Parks & Recreation is a funny show, and Amy Poehler and Aziz and Rashida are all funny and great. It was just a joke we was playing on each other, me auditioning for the show. I will not be appearing.
Wu Tang Clan aint nuthin to fuck with! But I am in Brick Mansions coming out this Friday.
What's your favourite videogame? Nowadays? Well it's hard to say your favorite video game, but one game I've been buying for years and continue to buy every version they make is Tekken. Actually, when Wu-Tang first started making money, me and Method Man came to Manhattan and went to the place where they sell real pinball machines and video games, and we tried to buy a Tekken to bring home to our house. And they wouldn't sell it to us at that time. Method Man would up getting one though. I wound up getting a pinball machine. Anyway, Tekken.
How do you feel your circumstance has influenced the kind of music you're making? In 20 years what have been the things that have affected you the most, for better or worse? Also, how has knowing Quentin influenced your understanding of art? Circumstances do influence music. Especially if you are naive to music theory. But once you know music theory, you actually can influence circumstances. I could write volumes on what was gained and traded between me and Quentin when it comes to art and culture. Many times when we left each other presences, we both thanked each other for the enlightenment that we shared when it came to art. As a student of his, I'm forever grateful for his teaching and sparking me on a path to become a director.
Hey RZA! really glad you're doing this AMA. I read somewhere that you and John Frusciante have recorded a ton of material. I really liked FM. Any chance you two might release a full album in the future? That would be awesome. There's a chance for that. If life permits.
Love your music, love your style, and great work in Man with the Iron Fists. Will you be doing any more movies in that style soon? Actually, Brick Mansions is a high-octane movie filled with martial arts, the martial arts style is called Parkour. Although my character doesn't use it, because he has a big gun and a big missile. I'm sure you will enjoy seeing this type of action on the screen.
The RZA! What can you tell us about the production on the secret Once Upon a Time in Shaolin? Will there be any notable features? I actually can only say that this project is in the hands of experts, and a big press conference will be released in the next few weeks.
Hey Rizza, big fan. Thanks for everything you do for hip hop and being one of the best on the boards. I've always wondered is Tarantino an honorory member of Wu tang or what? Also who are some of your biggest hip hop producers that influenced you? Do you crate dig a lot of stuff to sample? Tarantino can be considered an honorary Wu member. LOL. Marley Marl was a big influence, and in the 90s while I was making hiphop, I was always impressed with the production of Dr. Dre. Yes, I still dig.
Rza, what's your favorite place in New York City? It changes all the time. Recently, one of my most relaxing and coolest moments was simply riding the Staten Island Ferry.
Hey RZA, Huge fan of you and the Wu. Are you still using the Roland MV-8000? Yes, I still play around with that one. I still have the yellow & black one that was designed by Forat. And I got it hooked up to my Newmark serrato set. Looking to make some crazy breakbeat loops yo.
What's your relationship with David Duchovny like? Your arc on Californication was one of my favorites, as it pitted against and joined together two of my idols on screen. I've only met him working on the set and we emailed each other a few times afterwards. But I can say that I think we enjoyed working together.
How was your experience making Brick Mansions? It was a great experience, man. I'm so interested to see how the fans react to the movie. I hope they enjoy it. Lot of work went into it.
Your favorite song on 36 Chambers? Favorite beat from any song ever? My favorite song on 36 Chambers always changes. For today, I'm going to say Seventh Chamber.
How was it like working with Tony Jaa? Can you just feel the badassness emanating from him? Yeah, Tony is an incredible martial artist. But also an incredible spirit. He shared with me some movements of muay thai that date back hundreds of years. We became good friends, and we stay in touch nowadays. It was fun going to Thailand, and getting my ass whipped by him.
You're asked to select one hip hop album to represent the genre to an alien race... What's that album? I would send Wu-Tang Forever. If I could send 3, I would send King of Rock and The Chronic.
Who were your biggest musical inspirations when you were just starting out as an artist? I'd really like to know. Hiphop itself. And funnily, the GZA was a guy I looked up to. And I can also say the pioneers of hiphop beats such as Marley Marl, and Scott La Rock.
Hey RZA, considering I’ve got a massive crush on Meagan Good and am a fan of the show in general, I really enjoyed Season 5 of Californication with you on it. How was it working on the show? What was your most memorable moment from working with the cast? I had a great time working on that show. David Duchovny is a cool guy in real life. The cast was great because they already knew each other for 5 previous seasons, so they were like family to each other, but I will admit when I came to set, they allowed me to be part of that family. My favorite thing, though, was getting to kiss Meagan Good.
We have the same birthday! Do you do anything special for it? What's your favorite birthday cake? Red velvet birthday cake. What a cool birthday, it's right after the 4th of July. You get fireworks on the fourth, pop champagne on the fifth.
I read your book Tao of the Wu, And alot of your ideas and views were interesting and ones ive never heard of. My question would be what books on the heavenly jewles, mathmatics, chess ect.. do you recommend? Also with your love of martial arts what do you think of the UFC? There are really no books on the Jewels or mathematics. There are many books on chess. I would suggest Bobby Fisher. I love the UFC. Pissed off when Anderson lost and broke his own leg! But the fight goes on.
Did you get to spend a lot of time with Paul Walker while filming Brick Mansions? What was that like? Yeah, we did get a chance to spend time together, as well as break bread. He wasn't a constant vegetarian, but he ate vegetarian with me. Overall, Paul was a great guy. And spending time with him was actually a joyous part of making the film.
What's your favorite cereal? I have to admit, ice cold milk and a bowl of fruity pebbles.
RZA, I'm a film major and a huge Wu-Tang fan. What are some of your favourite films? Since you're a film major, I don't need to speak on martial arts films, but I would suggest you spend time studying films from Asia, not just martial arts but also Wong Kar-Wai. On a normal basis, some of my favorite films are the Godfather, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, West Side Story, and On The Waterfront. And Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
So what was your favorite part about working on "The Man With the Iron Fists?" Getting a chance to bring a childhood dream to reality. To work with martial arts stars, who I grew up loving, such as Gordon Liu and Chen Kuan-tai was almost unbelievable to me. And getting a chance to direct one of the greatest actors in the world, Russell Crowe, and the pretty Lucy Liu, yeah, yeah, yeah. I had fun.
RZA - you now have one of the most recognized sounds in the industry is there anyone that you want to collaborate with? Either music or acting... On the acting level there are so many people I would like to work with. Because I have such an acting bug in me right now. Musically, I never got a chance to work with Stevie Wonder. Or Lauren Hill.
I had the pleasure of meeting you last year when you spoke at the Cleveland Public Library. I was wondering, how did you come into contact with great directors like Quentin Tarantino, Jim Jarmusch, and Eli Roth? Well, Jim sought me out. Quentin and his company hired me to promote a film once, and we became friends after that. And after becoming Quentin's student, I would see Eli at Quentin's house, where we both as students watched a lot of movies.
What did you think of David Belle when you first saw him? What is your opinion on parkour in general? David is cool. His physicality is incredible. I watched him do his own stunts on that movie set. Parkour is a fascinating art. It's like Tony Jaa, Jackie Chan, and breakdancing rolled into one. I hope the American public enjoys the film and gives Parkour the respect it deserves. I wouldn't be surprised if Parkour ends up in the Xtreme games.
RZA I've loved all of your work for years. You're a huge inspiration to me in terms of work ethic, spirituality, focus, and dedication. As somebody who wants to learn and improve his acting, I have to ask: how do you combine and apply your knowledge of music, martial arts, meditation, etc. when making movies and acting? Sometimes your other hobbies come into play, sometimes they don't. I will give you a bit of advice: the best thing to do when trying to find somewhere is to get a map. A good book in acting is like a map.
Thank you SO much for being so inspirational to musicians and students of philosophy like myself. As we know your spiritual beliefs and musical interests draw from many different sources, how do you find yourself furthering your thirst for knowledge these days? Have you been learning any new instruments recently? I have been thinking about taking up the flute. During my trip to Thailand, I had a chance to visit many temples, and hear a lot of the Thai music. The way the flute sounds lifts my spirit. Hopefully one day I can become a player.
What's your favorite game boy color game? Chessmaster. The one with Josh Waitzkin.
If you could choose any culture and era in time to go back to and live out the remainder of your life. Which would it be and why? Wow, that's a hard one. How about send me back to the Garden of Eden, before they picked the apple.
things first, that you are the man!! I loved the iron firsts movie! What are your projects coming up? Brick Mansions will be in theaters this weekend. And after that, you will be able to catch me on a tv show called Gang Related, which starts airing May 22nd on FOX network… Wu-Tang forever.
Hey man, HUGE fan! Just have one question, in Vancouver BC I've never had a chance to see you perform live, so my question is. Any chance that you'd be making your way up here to do a show?? I would love to come to Vancouver. I think I've been to the city once some years ago, and had some fun there. It's like the West Coast of Canada. Have the promoters invite me! And if it fits my schedule, I'll be there to break some bread.
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2014.02.07 21:59 tabledresser [Table] IAmA: Hey reddit, Chad Smith here. The REAL Chad Smith. Drummer, Red Wings Fan, and closeted Guitarist.

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Hi, Chad. Will Ferrell here. I saw your video and I graciously accept your invitation to a drum battle. If we can raise $300,000 for Cancer For College I will face off with you in the greatest drum vs. cowbell showdown the world has ever seen. We can do it on stage at a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert or in front of a mutually convenient public library. Your call. Also, would you rather fight a hundred duck sized ducks or one horse sized horse? Hey Will, I've logged back in JUST to accept your challenge. Bring IT!
Also, is the drum battle with Will Ferrell really going to happen? That's a good question! That's kinda up to Mr. Ferrell. I did see his instagram thing and I have to comment that I think Mr. Ferrell is a delusional imposter. It seems to me that he has gone off his meds and he needs to seek professional help because I am obviously more talented and handsome than he is. You know, his cowbell work is well-documented, but his drumset skills are nominal based on Step Brothers the film. Other than wiping his testicles on the drums, which of course I give high marks to. BUT I can continue... if he chooses to accept the drum battle, which of course, I will take him downtown like Julie Brown Chinatown...If I LOSE, I will work free of charge as his stand-in on his next film or wash his car for the duration of filming. But if I WIN, he has to give me free pedicures for a year. Gotta take care of your feet!
Hey Chad does being in the Chili Peppers feel any different without John Frusciante? How long did it take with Josh for things to click? Yea, I mean, John is a beautiful person and a fantastic musician and we are forever grateful for having him in our band. Josh is his own man and we love him and we're very lucky to have such a dedicated musician playing with us.
Honestly the new album is amazing. I love the different flavors of RHCP we get to see as the band changes and evolves. You guys have changed music in so many ways and I consider you to be the greatest band of my generation. Thank you so much for everything. I'd also like to use this opportunity to tell you that my English teacher in high school said he didn't like you because sometimes you play without a shirt on. Fuck that guy, am I right? Yeah, fuck that guy! What is he? What does he got against the male torso?
Hey Chad! Longtime fan here! I'm hoping whether you can share some info on that "unreleased" album you guys made back in the early 2000s that included "Leverage of Space" and "Rolling Sly Stone". Is there any chance of you guys releasing that album in the future? Wow, you are a true fan. You know we recorded a bunch of songs when we did our tour, the 2 songs that we put on our Greatest Hits album, and someday they will come out on some sort of box set or something.
You, Dave Grohl and Matt Cameron get into a 3 way fistfight. Who wins, and why? I think the 2 Seattle guys would gang up on the guy from California. And then Dave and Matt would have to thumb wrestle for the victory.
If you could play drums in any band (yes, besides RHCP), from any decade, year, style, or era, what band would it be? 2) I do, with of course the help from the creative people at Pearl Drums.
Hey Chad, do any gigs stand out as favourite gigs or favourite locations to perform? I'm Irish and absolutely love the Live at Slane DVD especially with the solos in that dvd. I was gonna say the Slane castle one, the nice Irish people. We're so fortunate we have such great audiences. Other than you CRAZY Irish people whom we love, the South Americans are right up there with you.
Would you ever play Slane again? If they would ask us, we would play, again. We loved playing in Ireland.
Riverdance has to be the opener though.
Hey Chad, I started playing drums because of the red hot chili peppers. I saw a video of you playing Charlie from a drum clinic and I was wondering about your technique. I notice you bounce around a lot on both feet, are you actually playing ghost notes on the bass drum or is it not connecting? Do you have any other tips for drummers? Sometimes I do play ghost notes on the bass drum (excellent technical questions). The bouncing of the feet is because I like to move all of my limbs to help me keep time, all the time, when playing the drums. And that would be the tip for the day: Keep your limbs moving, all the time!
How was it to work with Johnny Cash? One of the highlights of my life. Just an incredibly talented, wonderful man. That's all I can say, it was one of the highlights of my career, being able to record with Johnny Cash, and he was a real gentleman.
What was it like having Jimmy Fallon constantly break character in your SNL bits? He's a TERRIBLE actor. Terrible!
Hey Chad thanks for doing this AMA! What was it like drumming with Andrew W.K. during his 24-hour drum marathon? Oh my god I couldn't believe it, that that guy would play the drums for 24 hours straight. I showed up hour 23, and it was like he was on the craziest acid trip he'd ever taken. I was surprised how much stamina, how much he had left in the tank. It was a real honor, he's a real cool guy. He wrote me a real nice thank you letter afterwards. Really cool.
Hey Chad, how come you guys don't play any songs from the One Hot Minute era? We don't really feel that connected to that record anymore. No special reason, not to say we would never play those songs but we don't feel that emotionally connected to that music right now.
Hey Chad, big fan. What's the most fun chili peppers song to play live. Also is there any songs you guys wish you could play live more often? Thanks, hope you guys start on a new album soon!! Favorite songs to play live, I always enjoy the last song because then I know it's time to get into the shower. And we're starting to write songs and a new album next week.
Hey chad! Huge RHCP fan..wondering what your craziest fan encounter has been? Ummm... I have had women in Mexico come up to me with small children and they say "daddy."
Hi Chad! You've made a HUGE impact on my life in a positive way! Thanks for that! My question: What does your practice routine look like? I would say I'd prefer playing and interacting with other human beings more than just playing with myself.
Chad, drummer to drummer- give me some tips on tuning a snare head. Or tips on how to get famous enough to not need to tune my own drums (or play them wink wink) No, but really- snare tuning tips? Well first of all, you have to be born a lot to look like a certain actor. And then you need to tune your snare drum high enough so that when you drop your testicles on them, they actually bounce twice. And then you know you've got the right skin tension. Skin tension is very important.
What was it like playing in the dust storm during Weekend 1 last Coachella? It felt like we were on the film set of Lawrence of Arabia.
Hi chad, huge rhcp fan and wings fan. Who is your favorite current or non current red wings player? 1) It's a tie between Gordy Howe and Stephen Yzerman.
B.)As an Oakland county boy myself. How much do you love Hunter house burgers? 2) The best hamburgers in the world. PERIOD.
Does the band still keep in touch with John often? Yes. John is doing great and he's very happy, he is making music and we love him.
, have you gotten to catch many Wings games this year? You know, I have not, unfortunately. But I do watch as many as I can and I'm a die-hard Redwings fan.
Buddy Rich or Gene Krupa? Oh. They're both so important to drumming. Technically Buddy Rich, but I would say style, Gene Krupa. If Buddy and Gene had a baby, that would be the ultimate drummer. And they would be living in Mexico.
Hi! Huge Chili Peppers fan, thanks for doing this! What songs are your favourite or the most fun for the drum? I love all of our songs, they're like our children.
Also, what were your first impressions of Anthony and Flea upon joining the band? I thought they were much shorter in person.
Chad do you still drive around on motorcycles with your hair flowing in the breeze? Everything yes except for the last part. But I do ride my motorcycles in slow motion.
What is your view on the future of rock music today? Do you think that rock bands will eventually fizzle out or do you think that there will be a resurgence of that style and attitude in popular music? As long as there's somebody in their bedroom listening to the blues, because Rock n' roll is based on the blues, I am hopeful and confident that someone will come up with a new and creative way to present their ideas and someone will do that. And I'm hopeful it's within my lifetime.
Chad, as a drummer who also loves guitar, I admire you man! I love those Jaguars I see you with every now and then! Is that your favorite guitar? Tell us a little about the guitar side of you. I am a HACK on the guitar. But I do love to play it, I think the guitar is a beautiful instrument, and I have quite a few acoustic guitars, but I must say my favorite is a 1964 Stratocaster that John Frusciante gave me.
Hey Chad! Thanks so much for doing this AMA. What was your favorite concert with RHCP and why? Also, how do you guys come up with a setlist for a show? Again, thanks a lot for doing this. You know I kind of answered the favorite concert before, but I would say Anthony is in charge of the setlist based on how his voice is feeling, so we try to mix it up as best we can.
Hey Chad, what ever happened to that toilet seat you used for your drumset in the Look Around video? I think it's hanging up in the Hard Rock cafe in Las Vegas?
What is your personal favorite Will Ferrell movie? Old School.
Was he in that?
HI CHAD!!! Long time fan of the RHCP. Do you think if the challenge is accepted, that you could kick Will Ferrell's ass in a cowbell off? It would be a hard feat! I know he's good on the cowbell.
Tell Will Ferrell anytime, anyplace, I'll take him down. I don't want to embarrass him, but I'd say don't bring your family. Especially children. I don't want them to see this.
Hey man, huge fan, your music is perennially inspiring, favorite band is RHCP, etc. What I think everyone wants to know is what is your favorite daytime snack? Daytime I like to eat a six-pack of pringles.
What's the story behind the jumpsuit? I've seen you tons of times and the I've only seen you play without it at the Induction! Well a lot of the greats wore jumpsuits, so I'm paying homage to guys like Bonham, Keith Moon, Mick Jagger. Elvis Presley, for chrissakes, wore some badass jumpsuits. It's a time-tested entertainment clothing staple. Stay THAT 20 times fast.
What was the process in designing the Holy China and your signature snare? Did you go in knowing what you wanted them to sound like or did you build upon an existing product and fine tune it to your preference? Very good question. With the snare drum, I wanted it to be modeled after Black Beauty. And I have to say that we're very happy we are still making those snare drums and people are still getting those 20 years later. But the Holy China, I just wanted a cymbal as loud as the cymbals that were on our drum set. It was really about volume and projection. And they did a great job.
Worst/best experience while touring? I really enjoyed the first time we went to Japan because it's so different than any other place we had been before in the 1990s. It was just wacky, just crazy fans, the culture is so different than anything else we had experienced up to that point, it was a real trip. That was a really fun experience and I loved it.
I mean, I got death threats in Brazil the last time we were there, but other than that it was great. That's not really FUN but i love the people there, they are so passionate about everything. Passionate about football. Who knew?
What Chili Peppers album are you most proud of? The Blood Sugar one is probably my favorite.
Who're your favorite drummers of all time? I grew up with the drummers from the English rock, drummers like John Bonham from Led Zeppellin, Ginger Baker from Cream, Ian Paice from Deep Purple, Bill Ward from Black Sabbath, those guys were really important drummers and influential to me when I was first starting to play.
What do you like to do in your spare time? Any hobbies? I'm really into curling, a lot of people don't know that. I feel curling, the Canadian sport, is very underrated and it's like housekeeping on ice. The brooms, and the sliding, it's just fantastic.
I have your signature Pearl snare and feel like I'm not getting its full potential sound. Do you have any tuning tips to make it sound its best for someone who's never been great at snare tuning? I'm sticking to my tuning tips from the guy before!
Hey Chad. Let me start by saying that you're one hell of a musician and I completely adore you and the rest of the boys. The Chili Peppers are my favorite band by far, and your music has helped me get through some really shitty things in my life. It has also made the good parts of living even better. Basically, it's the soundtrack of my soul. That being said, what song do you feel the greatest emotional connection to, and why? That's very sweet and kind. I have the most connection to a call called Groovy Grubworm, which I listened to when I was six years old.
Do you guys still keep in touch with John? Do you like his new material with the Black Knights? I touched on the John question, we do keep in touch with him. I haven't heard his record but like anything he does, I'm sure it's great.
What is your current favorite non-Chilis band? Current favorite non-Chilis band would be...the Skins from Brooklyn.
Why did you choose Make-A-Wish ?? You know what, the band has done a lot of Make-A-Wish charity things and the NFL and myself together decided that that would be a really great charity to do for the drum set, because they're fantastic. And they (Make-A-Wish) also partnered with Pearl drums.
Can you guys make music forever? I sure hope so. We'll keep doing it as long as we're still inspired to play. I can't do anything else, this is what I love to do. So lucky!
What is it like to play drums naked in front of a live audience are you ever afraid you will hit your dong with a drumstick Playing live concerts is the lifeblood of any band. If you don't play concerts, you're half a band. If you're in the studio writing and recording songs, it's half of the experience, the other half is playing live in front of your fans.
I can do triplets without my feet.
Chad I´m an admin of a huge page of RHCP in Chile ( Comunidad Red hot Chili Peppers Chile ) We are making a campaing to hear Wet sand live with the HT #WETSANDINCHILE , please tell me that is possible ! Anything's possible! We do play that song so I will make a mental note, I will put that in my very small, complicated brain.
Please tell us about the gigs with Nirvana and Pearl Jam in 1991. Link to www.feelnumb.com. Yes. Pearl Jam was the opening act, Nirvana was right after them and it was on the West Coast, and we did some dates from right after Christmas through New Years, 1991. And it was right when Nirvana was blowing up, and some of the most incredible crowd energy I felt watching them during the Nirvana set.
They would start "Teen Spirit" and the place would go fucking bananas. You would feel everybody levitating off of their feet. Really something.
I, on behalf of reddit, apologize for any Will Ferrell jokes you are about to endure. Who's that?
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2014.01.15 23:12 tabledresser [Table] IAmA: We are Will Hines and Kevin Hines, teachers/performers from the UCB Theatre (improv/sketch). Ask Us Anything!

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Why is the Harold important? Please give your improv nerdiest answer. First, it's the hardest. It's got an opening and required second beats and required callbacks. Those are the hardest things to do and by forcing you to do them you will become unbeatable. Second beats and callbacks are especially useful in almost any form -- but improvisers won't do them (At first) unless "forced" so it's good to do a form that forces you.
Second, it's part of the culture! Amy Poehler did Harolds and so are you.
Harolds force you to be GOOD. If your scene is weak you don't want to revisit it, but Harold says you have to. If you are good at finding ideas/games in a non-scenic opening you really understand that idea/game. If you have good scenes the Harold encourages your show to build and come together. Some Non Harold forms do some or all of these. But The Harold isn't forgiving. Once you've learned the Harold it seeps into all other forms and for good reason.
What's the best UCB show i should see in New York? The best UCB show in NY (besides my improv team The Stepfathers) is Sketches From An Italian Restaurant: A Billy Joel Sketch Show which is super fun. Also whatever weird monstrosity Terry Withers is doing. I grew up loving Steve Martin and Monty Python. Now I, like so many, can't get enough of Louis CK. But you know what? When, I laugh the most when I see Bill Cosby on Jimmy Fallon's show. He's still got it. I loved Seveteen Seventy Something. A musical about the birth of America as told by the Tea Party.
How are your cats doing in LA? To me delight and embarrassment, they made the trip pretty easily. -Will.
What issue of the Amazing Spider-Man is the most pivotal in the series? Please both of you answer this and also defend your answers against the other's opinions of your answer. Amazing Spider-Man #33 - Shit got real. Doc Ock was scared. Spider-Man wasn't going to lose and let his Aunt May die. Will is going to agree with this, so I don't think I'll need to defend it more than that. - Kevin.
Gwen Stacy's death. One of the rare comic book deaths that wasn't undone. Added a level of devastation to the character that few other major superheroes have. Has not been forgetting in successive generations. Showed that Marvel had guts to do something dark at a time when it was risking plateauing. -Will p.s. hello chris. sorry there's no multiple man in that issue.
Gwen was boring. - Kevin.
Gwen was not boring! But even if she was, the death of a major character was a big deal. Tell me another story from 1973 that people still talk about in Marvel continuity!
Issue #33 is one of the all time great issues of Spider-Man but I'm not sure it's important. I'm not sure it added anything that wasn't there already, even if it was done so well.
I think the introduction of Venom might be one of the most important things for Spider-Man's story, one of the rare post-Ditko great villains.
Gwen was smart and pretty and like Peter from moment one. Too perfect! The ONLY thing interesting about her was her death. Her Dad was more interesting because he was a father figure for a guy with no dad, and he maybe knew he was Spider-Man.
I think #33 was the first time it truly seemed hard for Spider-Man. What earlier story did he really feel pushed to the limit. If not pivotal for the character it was pivotal for the tone.
I agree that #33 is an amazing issue. Once people know that it was essentially Steve Ditko's close to the series you can see how great and epic it is. But I don't think it's had the impact fans would wish. It's like when you realize taht as great as Monty Python was, they probably didn't influence american comedy as much as early SNL, not even close.
What are the challenges of running an improv school the size of the UCB Training Center? Also, which comic books best represent current Harold teams? Correctly vetting the talent is the hardest part.
I don't know current harold teams or comic books!-Will.
Do you consider the philosophy of the UCB to be a set of "best practices" or a rule book for how to be good at being funny? The book is a best practices book and does not give much advice on being funny. It's great though, and I recommend it if you're not in an improv city! -Will.
"they're" - Honors English major my ass. Jim, don't help. -Will :)
Will, you always say that you are always the straight man in an improv scene. Do you have any advice on how to be good straight-man in scene? How do you play it without feeling like you're holding the scene back or feel like you're arguing? I like being the straight man. I think the key is to be curious and invested and affected no matter what. And play with improv geniuses so they can make it good.
I'm telling Marcy you're down the street from her and she's going to come make out with you. Never give away your location on the internet. She coulda found me if she wanted Garret. -Will.
I hear that the vending machine at the Training Center is super shitty, and that there's no serious talk about getting a new vending machine for the new Training Center. You shouldn't eat out of a vending machine. Pack carrot sticks and yogurt cups. Avoid cookies and kit kats you pig! - Kevin.
What's up with that? There is a curse on UCB-NY that no machines are allowed to work. Only Soviet-level functionality can occur. Wi=fi is slow, vending machine is broken, air conditioning is hilarious. - Will.
What are practical moves a committed team can make to improve their chances of success? An example of a practical move: practice one a week. This is Will. Practice 3 hours a week with a committed coach. Do shows and have your coach there. Try simple forms. Pick a specific goal and ask your coach if you hit it. See shows.
In addition to what Will said I'd recommend doing more shows. Find indie venues or start your own monthly run somewhere. Put your all in to that show too. Sober, non-fuck arounds. That's what Mother did. That's what Reuben Williams did. That's what Mailer Daemon and fwand did. I think you benefit from working so much. -Kevin.
How important is owning cats to one's growth as an improviser? Caring about animals shows empathy. A good performer can at least fake empathy. Adopt a cat! or dog! - Kevin.
It seems that almost all who participate in 401 are accepted into Advanced Study at the theater which in turn dilutes the quality of the classes. Is there ever any discussion about making it more difficult to be approved for advanced study classes? We definitely don't accept everyone. As the Academic Supervisor in NY I deal with broken hearted emails from people who didn't get in every day. We waver on getting stricter and having people get angry and stuck in 401 and taking it over and over again - diluting that level and keeping it as is where some Adv Class don't feel Advanced Enough. But you know where I learned the most? After my classes, I joined groups of my peers and we challenged ourselves with a dedicated coach. If you find the classes aren't challenging you - then you take the time and challenge yourself.
When you get to the level that both of you are at, how important is chemistry? Could you put on a dynamite show with any experienced improviser? Chemistry is important. But good shows lead to good chemistry. When things work you like those around you. But AVOID judging your teammates. Once you start thinking someone isn't good, or that you don't like how they play it shows and spreads and hurts the team.
What do you guys consider to be a good initiation off of a one word suggestion? No opening. Something that sees the suggestion as an offer and accepts that offer. If someone says a celebrity --- you don't have to do a celebrity impersonation but you should speak to what you believe if the significance of that celebrity. If someone said Tom Cruise I wouldn't do an impersonation of tom cruise but i might do something abotu a guy who is always being asked if he's gay, or about someone who belongs to a religion that lots of pepole don't like? Or I might be an action star. I dunno. -Will.
I like keeping it simple. One piece of information. Generally a who, what or where. I prefer to define what I (and my scene partner) are doing because it implies who and where and gets me started. But any piece of info gives my scene partner something to build off of. You'll have something soon if you keep building. -Kevin.
How much of my base reality should I get out in my first line? I hear in UCB lloyd/harold auditions they want you to find the game fast, should I try to have a game by the third line? As much as you can without over-working. Don't drop a paragraph. Don't speak awkwardly and force it in. So, like I said - one piece a line is plenty.
EDIT: Also thanks for answering my initial question!! You should be able to find a game by line 3-5 once you've been doing this a while, but you should never have to force it. It should grow out of your Yes ands. - Kevin.
What is your best one-liner? I once walked on to say that an octopus had committed suicide and left 8 notes. Probably the dumbest thing I ever said and I am also very proud of it. - Will.
I once was a child with cancer who said that my parents told me "an angel kissed me too hard" - Kevin.
I remember that! -Will.
Will, what's going to happen to the UCB Long-Form Conversations podcast now that you're in LA? People are fascinated with day jobs and making money! It's maybe the most asked thing I hear? How to make money? Do you have jobs? The current system of having to work for a living is more compelling than improv!
Also, I'd love it if you asked people what they did for day jobs on that podcast. From the outside, there's a perception that everybody just does improv all day. I believe John Frusciante is gonna keep the podcast going, yep. -Will.
I am going to pursue a career in improv and sketch, and I was wondering if you knew of any internships or places that a performer can get experience with sketch and improv while still in college? HOly jesus don't do it. There is no "career" except teaching other people to do it. Get a career in writing for tv/movies or acting or directing maybe maybe maybe doing stand-up. Do improv/sketch as a path to these other things. - Will.
I didn't do comedy in college, but I wish I did. Some colleges have stages and venues and those that don't have common areas and everyone has youtube. Find people to work with and CREATE! Colleges give you opportunities to do stuff. Take it. I can't speak for other schools. But UCB offers intensives. If you are in NY or LA for the summer you can take our 101 class in a week and our 201 class in a week. That's something! - Kevin.
What do you guys feel is the most common misstep performers make in improv that could easily be fixed? Rushing the second line. The initiation usually has something to be processed and unpacked and the person responding feels too much pressure to add something. You could do a lot by requiring the second line have very little ANDing --- just confirm what you heard. -Will.
Besides Chicago, NY and LA, what city do you think is the best improv city (both content and talent incubation)? Any cities on the rise? I don't travel much but my hunch is either Austin, Boston or North Carolina.
But it only takes one good group to make a really interesting scene. So I bet Montreal, Seattle, Pittsburgh and lots of places have good stuff. -Will.
As big-city improvisers who've performed & taught improv a bunch outside of those cities, do you have any recommendations to help fostebolstefoment/advance an existing, growing improv community & improv talent in a mid-sized New England city that's like, but is not necessarily, Hartford, CT? Is this a SeaTea person? YOu guys are figuring it out great! You're making an improv scene in one of the most famously boring states in the union! YOU'RE DOING IT! -Will.
Are you guys ever competitive with each other over anything? If so, what? We probably are in some way but I don't feel it. We get along well. Our mom died when we were young and it was rough and it made all three Hines boys (there is a non-UCB Hines) bind together and we like being friends.
I guess we get competitive over who's best at Celebrity? -Will.
Will is better at celebrity. - Kevin.
Do you guys enjoy playing improv games for fun? Do you guys have any favorite ones that you would recommend to a bunch of friends who are bored and want to have a little fun at each others' expense? What do you think is the key to improving at improv (practice, talent etc.)? What do you guys feel is the key to making someone laugh? I don't really play improv games with non improvisers. A lot of the are like camp ice breakers. Fun at the time, but not really super fun long term. I love them in practice. That being said I play that mind meld iphone app, so maybe that counts? The best way to get better is to do way too much improv. Practices, shows, seeing shows, think about it. For a period get obsessed and then pull back some and let other influences back in. I don't know the key to making someone laugh, but it's all about communication. If you think something is funny and it doesn't get a laugh, then it's PROBABLY that you didn't deliver it in the way that audience needed. - Kevin.
Link to www.youtube.com. MAking them? Very crucial. -Will.
What's your favorite Harold opening? I like scene painting because I get to talk a bunch. - Will.
I like Pattern Game. But that's probably because I so rarely have gotten to do it. It's pure and simple and the games are strong. But I had the most fun doing organic openings with fwand.
When I hear about the old ali farahnakian days of UCB, I picture the 2000-2005 era as basically a 5 year long continuous DCM. Part of that is nostalgia, but do you think the UCB's weirdness has gotten gentrified in any meaningful way? I'm suspicious of such nostalgia, though I'm certainly responsible for propogating it. I think that there were shows and times that were magical in a way that can only happen in a smaller community. I remember DCM 2 where tiny and rachel did a bunch of stuff for like an hour at 3am between Friday and Saturday. Or the two man set Ian and Ali did for a few weeks. But there were also way more bad shows and everything was more amateur in general. And it was meaner, maybe. You were very on your own. Had to tough out being cool enough to be asked to do stuff. I think there's a trade-off with size. -Will.
Will, you've had your own sketch show right? What would be some advice you would give to someone about how to create successful sketches? Is it better to hammer away at one idea until it sticks or write a thousand ideas hoping one can turn into gold? Sketch: keep it simple. A sketch is a like a joke, not a story. Embrace patterns. INdulge something you would be excited to do, be it silence or darkness (content wise) or verbosity or silliness. -Will.
How does UCB stand out from IOwest, Second city, groundlings, and other schools? Everything we do is always immediately right and nothing at those theaters is ever good. -Will.
Do 'hobbyist' improvisers help or hurt the improv community? Do serious improvisers who are trying to 'make it' look down on people who are just into improv for the experience/fun and not because they have any particular desire to go into acting or writing or whatnot? Or are people generally cool as long as their partners are committed in classes/on stage? I think your practical goals don't matter once you're on stage. What's your level of commitment once the show starts? YOu can play like a pro even if you're just doing it for love.-Will.
Who are some improvisers that inspired you and do they still? Lots inspire me. ALl the time I see things that amaze me. Betsy Sodaro is magic. Aaron Jackson can do no wrong. Neil Casey makes everything better. Anthony Atamanuik is always always exciting. Sue Galloway surprises me every time. -Will.
Early on it was the big guns: Ian Roberts. Micheal Delaney. Jason Manzoukas. And everytime I see them they show me something new. Later on it was playing with people like: Jon Gabrus. Shannon O Neil. Charlie Todd. Everytime I step back and look at them I see how good, they are and I steal and learn from them. -Kevin.
I forgot Laura Willcox. I think she's another one who always does what the scene needs. That ability really impresses me.
Obviously, UCB does well in bringing in audiences now. Can you talk about the point of transition where things went from shows where there might be a small audience (or no audience) to being able to count on some kind of steady stream of audience members? What do you remember about UCB making it over that hill, so to speak? I'd like to ask Besser this, actually! Or Anthony King. To me, there were always enough people. By the time I was "up" enough to really think about it, things were solid. -Will.
How often do you write every week? I'm trying to get a gauge on how much I should be writing. Advice to a beginner sketch writer? Which has more comedic potential, borscht in the butt or cooked yams in the butt? You should write every day. I don't and I know that's the place I need to work harder. - Kevin.
How do you handle teammates who don't seem to communicate or want to book shows? Specific, I know, but I'm having this problem. What if you're the only one who seems to care? This is tough. One, make sure that you're not confusing "caring" with "doing it the way you want." Maybe people are caring, but about different aspects of the project? I say that because I've been on the other end of someone telling me I didn't care enough when really, I just didn't care about what they wanted me to care about. It's different. If that's the case, you need to have talk about the group's priorities.
BUT -- if no one else will help with the work, then that is a drag and I sympathize. Keep an eye out for other people/groups but in the meantime do the work and know that you will be rewarded by the improv gods somehow. -Will.
Hey, this is for Will Hines. In an improv scene, is it bettefunnier to walk in as a waiter and ask for drink orders, or to ask if the couple at the restaurant wants to hear the specials? Great question, Craig. -Will.
Do you have a good exercise for a group working on a monoscene that was having trouble ramping up their set and finishing strong? Sounds like you're trying to coach the group from within. Are you? DOn't do that. Get a coach who's good and do what he/she says.
Also a good exercise for getting people to accept offers that they're naturally inclined to defend because in real life they'd be mean (e.g. you're always late)? Accepting offers: don't make offers that are mean because of real life stuff.-Will.
When did you break out of playing strictly straight man and start playing looser, crazier characters? How did that happen? Are either of you ever going get to interviewed for the podcast? What podcast? The UCB podcast? Will co-ran it, so he was never interviewed. I think I played less straight men during the time I was on fwand. The team was full of funny, crazy, talented folks and I got jealous and pushed myself to play more like them. I didn't notice the results until I played with other teams and saw how far I had grown. - Kevin.
Hi. You have both taught many people comedy in NYC. When instructing an individual, do you prefer to help steer them in a particular direction or let them find their own direction themselves? Or is it circumstantial, like everything else? I usually just teach what I teach. Now and then I'll have individual advice. -Will.
I try to point out trends. You do this a lot or you never do this. Whether good or bad it can help focus you into finding new strengths and or fix weaknesses. A great improviser has to learn to take all their notes and guide themselves to some degree. All a coach or teacher can do is give a push. Good teachers can push you ahead, a bad teacher I'd guess could slow you down. - Kevin.
How different is an improv class versus a sketch writing class? Would you be able to learn sketch writing intuitively thru improv? Thanks gurus of comedy. They overlap at UCB because they both deal with game. In improv you are writing, acting, directing the scene in the moment. There are things (Mistakes?) that work in improv that would not work in sketch. Sketch is about re-writing, and polishing, and making it better. Improv its about being as good as possible as soon as possible. That's one difference anyway. -Kevin.
Heyo Will man y u been hidin? heard u made da trip out so I had Trey-P buy all kines a bottles a shit n but ened up havin to drink em ouselves - Trey-P in a coma now. Plus i got dem komodo's chillin in my spot, when u think u can pick em up? Parently things change since our Myami dayz. Hello Warwick. Yes, I've been busy. We gotta hang out. That's my bad. -Will.
What's the biggest innovation to form you've seen happen in the long form world since you started doing improv? Hmm. It seems to speed up. People get better at initiating strong ideas and so stuff goes quickly. Innovation: lots of interview openings these days; I think those should go away. -Will.
How often do you meet students who actually have a shot at doing improv as a career? No one does it as a career. You can teach it as a career. Do you mean be a fixture at a theatre as an unpaid member of a house team? Maybe once a year. -Will.
Was there ever any sibling rivalry between you guys? Basically, who was the first to get into comedy, and who's riding off his coattails? Will was first. I followed him. The rivalry is that Will is better and I am stuck in his shadow, but most of that might build out of growing up a middle child and those insecurities. - Kevin.
Have you ever been in front of a dead audience? I've had some audiences that were NOT into it. Early on that would have destroyed me. But I've gotten better at playing for me, and trusting my moves. I'll listen to what the audience likes/dislikes but I have to trust me more. Still - it feels better to have an audience that's ready to laugh. Best suggestion? That's tough. I really enjoyed getting Writer's Strike for a fwand show... but in general I hate the more pitch like suggestions. - Kevin.
I can't imagine anything worse than a quite audience, that doesn't laugh, or respond to anything. Anyway, how have/would you dealt/deal with situations like this? Yeah, it's brutal. I tough it out. I take it as a point of honor to endure it like a Slavic farmer enduring a drought. I've done enough shows at this point that I can shake it off, usually.
Also, what's the best word someone has given you? Favorite suggestion was when I was on a team called "Monkeydick" and we asked for a suggestion and someone shouted "Monkeydick." -Will.
You mentioned, using improv as a stepping stone to writing/acting? Could you elaborate, or offer any advice on that subject? That's what I'm trying to do! BTW, this is Will the intern from the LA theatre! Hi Will. Thanks for helping Kevin and I with photos the other day. I'm not sure but trying to figure it out. So far I've: done stuff I liked with people I liked and tried to be appreciative and excited and also spend time watching other people's stuff. -Will.
Step 1) Take pictures of people who show up at the theater. 2) improv helps you understand what's funny and how to communicate that to an audience. So it fine tunes your comedy sense and your comedic voice. To get good at it you need to become a better actor. So it works a lot of muscles. I am not sure how to get work (as I am still not working in the industry) but you need more then improv. Use the skills that improv honed and focus them on something else. Acting or writing most likely. Make sketch shows or videos or act in plays. Work a lot! -Kevin.
What's the most sex you've seen someone have onstage during an improv show? I believe I saw Birch HArms and Bobby Moynihan do a pretty full simulation of intercourse in an old Couples Skate show, until Bobby's character got stuck in Birch's mimed zipper? - Will.
Why is Kevin's beard getting so big? My money's on he's hiding something. Combination fear and arrogance. -Will.
Who is your favorite Harold team of all time? Swarm is the easiest answer. They were so good and so simple. They embraces silence so well. But when Mother got good they seemed to do the most complete, strong Harolds. Other greats: Creep, Respecto Montalbon, and DillingeShoves -Kevin.
The Swarm is the best improv team I have ever seen. When they were active and practicing they did amazing Harolds. One of the few teams I've seen that could reliably start slow but end big and huge in almost every scene.
Honorable mention to fwand for being so insand that they would break their harolds with dumbness and then always bring it back to greatness. -Will.
Could you beat Gethard in a fight? He seems scrappy. If I was full mad, I'd win. Otherwise he'd probably win if only because i couldn't commit to it. -Will.
Is there a man alive that plays a woman better than Neil Casey? Neil is terrific but for my money Michael Delaney is the best actor in the UCB-NY community. -Will.
I'm primarily an improviser, and I'm about to perform in my second-ever sketch show. I have no other theater background or experience. I'm finding that I have a lot of anxiety about remembering lines & cues, since I'm so used to listening & reacting spontaneously. Do you have any tips for experienced improvisers turned amateur sketch actors regarding lines & memorization? WHen I have a sketch, I record all the other parts into a voice memo in my iphone ,leaving silences for my lines. Then I play it back and try to say my lines. That helps me quickly. -Will.
I have gotten better at memorization. I for a short while filmed introductions for EPIX films and had to memorize a lot in a short time. All monologues. So I got good and just running them over and over until it got easier. Not really an answer, just I feel your pain! and it gets easier! - Kevin.
When was the last time you did something a ghost couldn't do? Can a ghost shower? - Kevin.
Kevin, Any chance you've worked on any more "Bitter Guy" comics? I did write more, but they are lost in the pile of unpublished doodles i have everywhere. No one should know what you are talking about. - Kevin.
Will, I really like your rule against naming someone "Jenkins" in a scene. Any new improv trope realizations like that recently? Don't high five in an improv scene. -Will.
Why aren't all comic books as good as Saga? I just started reading it today! -Will.
There aren't that many writers as good as Vaughn and artists as fresh as Staples. - Kevin.
What is something else besides improv you're deeply passionate about that you would also like to talk about? I read a lot of comic books and am a Red Sox fan and take lots of photos of my cat, Parker. - Kevin.
Whats makes someone good at improv? Empathy, irony, neediness. -Will.
Also: I saw you guys do a Cage Match when my college troupe drove up to visit UCB like ... three years ago. It was mind blowing, you guys are amazing and a huge inspiration to my troupe back home. Thanks for doing this AMA! I think what people mean is, be ready for lots and lots of rejection. Way more then you want. If you go into comedy expecting it to be easy you're in for a shock. So follow that dream, but it's hard work and there are lots of people trying and there aren't that many jobs. But to get good you need to put a lot of time in to this. So it's hard to do that and have a different career. At some point people have to choose... is this a hobby? Or their life? - Kevin.
I've been watching a lot of improv videos on YouTube, including The Brothers Hines, and they're really entertaining. Have you guys had any ideas to bring long form improv to television? It's been tried a few times but never seems to work. CIpha SOunds is gonna make this happen. -Will.
I think the handful of videos of live improv on UCBComedy.com came out really well! I think it could work, though it's still taking a live theater show and filming it. And even great broadway shows on tape don't do as well as something that is re-written and edited and directed for the screen. - Kevin.
What is your ideal sandwich? Avacado, veggie bacon, multigrain -- that kinda bs. -Will.
To which dark gods do you pay obeisance, and what did you have to sacrifice to become so entertaining? Loth! I played a lot of D&D to defeat her and that made her more real. That must have done something to me. - Kevin.
I slayed a goat at the feet of Andy DAly in 1999. Ten years later I got... pretty good. -Will.
Are there any plans to change the UCB curriculum to address the rapidly growing student body's needs? That's vague. We change the curriculum every year. It's pretty solid right now, so it's often tweaking and slight modifying. This year we are attacking second beats earlier in 201 to hopefully help our students have a better handle on game and second beats by the end of class - Kevin.
What would be a good exercise to help me stop taking the back seat in scenes and start actually making some game moves? Something where the other person can only yes and not and. -Will.
How did Kevin "shower wrong" today? I showered in a different order then usual and I think I ended up washing dirty water on to already cleaned body parts. I don't think I ever learned how to shower properly.
This is Will. He took forever, I bet!
What techniques do you use to make your scene partner look good, even if the gap of experience between you is astronomical? I understand that you should always have compassion for your partner (even if they deny your every move), but what practices do you suggest using in order to make it easier on yourself? Just try to make the last thing said true. -Will.
What are some of your favorite group improv exercises and warmups? Also come do a workshop/show in Charleston, SC some time! I enjoy just doing a sound and movement with a smart group. It becomes it's own thing and it's always fun and surprising. I like that more than rule based warmups. - Kevin.
What do you think about Michael Scarn and Threat Level: Midnight? I believe he got his start in improv. I worry that people see that and think "that's what Kevin does". I also worry that they aren't as wrong as I hope. - Kevin.
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I heard that Daniel Radcliffe basically made all paparazzo photos of him worthless because he wore the same clothes everyday - making it look like all photos taken of him were done the same day. Basically Radcliffe got it right. This though, is pretty difficult with women who no matter what will try to look great in their outfits (I guess not all women, ehem.. Kristen Stewart). Leo Di Caprio is also good at making his pictures worthless (and worth a lot at the same time), but he takes it a step further. I heard that even when he goes out to restaurants he asks for the table that faces a wall, doesn't look up to the waiter and never takes off his hat or sunglasses.
What other clever ways have celebrities burned the paparazzi? And what suggestions do you have to celebrities that want to make their photos, "worthless?" Are you a celebrity? Cuz there's even more things that you could do to make your picture worthless (or for the paparazzi to be worthless). Good luck to you!
What was the most disruptive or invasive thing that you ever did to get that money shot? The worst one that haunted me for days... was Marcia Cross' twin daughters birthday with her husband that had cancer.
It was super creepy, worked with a partner, never left the car where I was hidden and took pictures of them enjoying a day in the park. When they went for coffee later, they saw us and they were super chill and nice people. Seriously, I couldn't believe they were so nice. They knew we were always there in the car taking pictures and thank us for giving them their space. Still super creepy. I hated that job.
I'm sure I did more similar things... you know.. being a creep is part of the job. But that's the one I just remembered right now.
Never really did anything "invasive" out of the ordinary that I can think off. Bruce Willis did call the cops on me once because he said I was trying to get into his property. This was not true, I simply was peeing in a bush in Mulholland ave...
If you suddenly became super famous, would you complain about not having privacy, being followed etc. or would you suck it up and say it's part of your life now? Would you smile and talk to paps or openly hate them? Of course I thought of this before. I believe that privacy is a lost issue now a days with the internet and the NSA. I am not embarrassed of who I am and I believe I would smile and talk to them openly.
I would hate it if I was in my honeymoon or something of that sort and some asshole was shooting me with a 500+ lens. But there's an easy way to avoid this from happening and many celebrities have figured it out (just take pics yourself and throw them online for free, kills the money shot)
I would follow the example of people that admired and were great with the paps. They are just people working for some shitty media that wants some shitty news.
The Cult of Personality. How demeaning was it to take pictures of celebrities? Here in NYC, we ignore them and they can live a fairly normal life and actually walk around (except John Lennon). NYC has a lot of paps and they don't ignore them. LA works pretty much the same. A lot of people ignore them, but a lot of people go to the city just to see a celebrity so of course they go wild when they see one.
It was pretty demeaning, especially being an artist myself. But I did get to see awesome people and even shook hands with Paul McCartney.
What's the worst or meanest celebrity you met? I had a chance of meeting a lot of celebrities too, and I have to say that Eddie Murphy is a major douche. Sean Penn punched a friend of mine in like the second week of the job.
Javier Bardem spat in my eye (and I was so nice to him).
There's a lot out there that are douches, but for the most part, they were nice. They are just like people, some assholes, some regular folks and then the extremely super nice.
I never saw Eddie Murphy, but what you say makes sense. In comparison, Samuel L. Jackson is fucking awesome and nice, and you would think he would be the mean one.
Damn. i thought javier bardem was cool. He can still be cool. I saw him a couple more times and he was dickish, but no spitting on my face.
Maybe he was having a bad day, maybe he is just a general asshole or has no idea what to be a pap is like, but the dude is a pretty good actor though I hated him on Love in the Time of Cholera. I have a few friends that are a fan of his and got sad with my experience with him. But fuck it, just hope the guy thinks about the shit that he did. I mean, that's like one of the worst thing you can ever do (to spit on someone's face). I think I rather be punched.
There's a lot out there that are douches. I did not provoke him or did not hound him. I was super nice to him and gave him space. I thought he was going to shake my hand like many before him have, that's why I turned around.
I work in Hollywood and I would have kicked him in his fucking knee and buckled him. Well... then I would have gotten arrested and worse. The paps never have anything going for them.
Did you ever see/meet anyone from the Chili Peppers? Yes. I have "famous" pictures of Anthony Kiedis and his son Everly Bear (I think that's his name). I'll link you or post them soon.
Anthony was really really chill and a really nice person.
Also saw Flea and Chad. Both great guys, but virtually worthless in pictures in the paparazzi realm.
Edit: Here's Anthony with his kid.
Cool pic. No sign of John Frusciante? =P. Had to google John Frusciante, I believe I saw him, but never tried to sell his picture. Searched my hard drive as well... nothing.
So do you just hang around the gates all day and see who turns up, or do you have vague ideas of who to expect? More than vague ideas. A detailed list of what flight they were on and constant calls from several sources even giving me more information.
What odd similarities do you find between celebrities and people? Odd? There's no odd similarities. Celebrities are people. They have two ears, two eyes, a mouth and a nose, two arms (etc. etc.)
Ohh ohh.
I see your redditor name now.
Does the industry establish any limits or unwritten rules when it comes to your profession? Is there a line that most are unwilling to cross when it comes to getting a shot? There are. But now there's too many idiot paps breaking the unwritten laws. So the limits have been disappearing and people will do whatever to take a picture. TMZ has pretty basic rules for their videographers about respect and not shoot if they the talent doesn't want to be shot. If you see a video of asshole paps filming and just provoking celebs, they weren't TMZ (or they were and got fired).
If you are still answering questions, what was the nicest thing a bodyguard said to you or the strangest thing a body guard did? Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen's bodyguard was super chill. He always told me how things were going to go down, didn't block my picture, just did his job.
Fergie's bodyguard is like her best friend. He was also always awesome.
Jessica Simpson's bodyguard told me about all the people he had worked with before. He was also a former cop and marine. I asked him what would he do if I was an actual threat. In less than a second my arms were locked painfully behind my back and couldn't move. Super badass.
Holy shit. I wanna meet that last bodyguard. Sounds like that was a lot of fun. Also did you meet anyone that you still keep in contact with? Uhh.. there's a lot of people I still keep in contact from LA, but not an actual celebrity that I met.
I'm not going to name drop, but a friend of mine is a comedy stand up has been in a few shows and might be getting a movie deal soon.
I slept with a girl who is now in movies, youtube shows, commercials and shows. I keep contact with her, mostly because I want it to happen again. I don't think it will happen again.
Mary Kate and Ashley's (former) bodyguard! I know him, he's my friend! Yay! :) Bald guy that always wear pink shirts?
They switched bodyguards quite a few times. If that was him, he is a cool dude. Thank him for being a cool bodyguard for me.
Based on the years you spent as a paparazzo, I assume you had some experience with Britney Spears? As that was around the time of her 'breakdown' which brought on a major media frenzy. Tell me everything about her! Oh god...
Yep. She was indeed crazy. I tried hitting on her with the fantasy that I would be in someday and I was just 21...
What can I say that hasn't been said before? The camera I used when I switched agencies was the very same one that took the picture of her shaving her head and her vagina. My boss was like "this camera and I have been through a lot, break it and you are fired." (He was half kidding and I loved that D3)
My first jobs as a pap was Britney. She did randomly talk in British accents and was widely unpredictable. It was always a mess with shit tons of people trying to get pictures. One time she drove around in circles in a parking lot as 20 pap cars followed her. She would park, pretend to get out of the car, all the paps would jump out, but then she would just get in again and drive around the parking lot.
This pap told me a story that one day they were outside her house waiting for her. When she decided to come out and invite all the paps inside for a BBQ and a party but with no cameras. They obliged and went inside her house where she went to a different room. He said she then went to a different room and when she came back asked wtf they were doing there and called security to kick them out. He also said that he went inside a room that had random sex toys and shit smeared on the walls. THIS IS NOT MY STORY. Just a story I heard when house sitting some place else.
After her breakdown I saw her at LAX a couple of times. She always seem faded, almost robotic as her handlers took her through security and put her on her plane.
Edit: I actually already wrote about Britney on my blog and tell the stories there of when I saw her.
Have you ever been attacked by someone who didn't appreciate being photographed? Javier Bardem spat in my eye and that was about it.
Other people hide or run away, but none really attacked. Justin Bieber and I played a little game of see who can run faster. I won.
Oh yeah, and Beyonce's bodyguards. They push you and attack you, no fucks are given.
"I need you step out of the car, sir" This was at LAX. He was walking with Penelope and I was giving them distance while saying really nice things in Spanish (welcome to LA, I'm a huge fan, I love your work). He was about to get in his car when he turned around and I thought he was going to extend his hand to shake and say thank you (like many other celebs have). Instead he said "Eres basura" and spat in my eye. I saw Penelope freaking out, I saw his helper freaking out... I freaked out. I yelled back that I was just a guy trying to pay his fucking college debt working a shitty job, but no fucks were given. He got inside the car and left. I called my boss, he told me I had a lawsuit in my hands, specially because there was witnesses. I thought about it and talked to the police. They told me I could press charges under attack with a biological weapon (yep..) and it was going to be a whole fucking mess. I decided to drop it and leave it to karma.
"Would you hold still please"
spits in your face
To be fair paps are trash and only help feed America's unhealthy obsession with garbage that doesn't matter while helping them ignore the stuff that does. Lots of other ways to make money. I'm glad he spat in your face, he was right. Spitting in someone's face isn't the worst thing ou can do, spying on someone who is terminally ill and spending time with their family is worse. Do you actually have respect for yourself after doing that job? You should read the whole AMA and not only the asshole part. I answered your question before.
Totally agree that paps help feed the trash. Let us not forget is not only America that is obsessed with celebrities, my pictures sold worldwide (and Australia can be worse).
If you spat on someone's face... congratulations. You are an asshole... sir Asshole_Mountain.
Also if you were a tourist in LA where is the one spot you would go to see celebrities easily? Uhh... try the usual hang out places? Robertson? Beso restaurant? The thing is.. there's so many celebrities that a lot of people see them and not even realize it.
Have you known anyone before they became famous - or on the way up? If so, has that been beneficial later on? Yes. Tons of people. When I started, Twilight was nothing. My neighbor was Nikki Reed and she was awesome. We figured our birthdays were one day apart and we had a lot of similar interests (she going to college for art history which I also partake).
Also, Selena Gomez was just the little girl from Wizards of Waverly place. Miley Cyrus was just Miley. I saw both of them become massive which was super weird. They were both super nice when barely famous, but it changed fast.
There's more like that...
It was beneficial in the way that if they remember who I was, they were super nice to me. Like Vanessa Hudgens. She always smiled at my camera and other paps were always like WTF?! how do you do that?! It sounds super dumb, but I miss her sometimes...
If you look at my comments section, I've never said a bad word about Vanessa. She's such a sweet and down to earth person. She eats with the crew and is always happy and smiling. She's got a very magnetic personality. I miss her. She was one of my favorites. I would always make her smile and blush.
Which celebrities are the most 'in demand'? Do you think any celebrities genuinely get unfairly harassed or are excessively pursued by the paparazzi? Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt and Jolie are the top 3 demands and will always be a good sell.
Uhh... its not the paparazzi that chooses who to pursue, is the obsessed audience that wants to know more about a certain person. Some get unfairly harassed when the media only cares about them. I remember Rihanna after the Chris Brown days, everyone was in that case (I shied away from on demand stories). She definitely was pursued like crazy for a while.
I understand what you mean - that was poorly phrased! My apologies. I guess I wondered if you felt there are celebrities who can legitimately complain about the involvement of the press in their lives. I particularly wondered in light of what you said about celebrities who used to be child stars hating it; I've seen the clips of Suri Cruise telling paps to photograph her doll instead of her, and I wonder how this will impact her later. Do you think there's an increase in how involved audiences want to be with the children of celebrities? I believe that America and every country should adapt the no baby pictures like in Europe, where they blur the pictures of anyone under a certain age.
It truly is fucked up that Suri Cruise is as famous as she is. BABIES BABIES BABIES. The magazines and my bosses would yell at me for that. I don't understand celebrity obsession, much less celebrity baby obsession.
I think that's the part of things I've found hardest to comprehend. While I find the interest in celebrity coming-and-goings to be a little off, I can understand it as being a sort of aspirational thing. When it comes to the current trend of knowing what is going on with celebrity babies, and the trend of (some) celebrities creating web presences for their babies via instagram and twitter, I find it really strange. When I think how many sad stories there are about child celebrities not coping with the work or the fame for something they've done, I compare it to a generation of celebrity children, in particular Suri Cruise, who are famous and magazine-fodder for doing nothing except carrying some genetics. I don't see this going anywhere good. And, like you, I don't understand the celebrity baby obsession. I have one more question if you have time! Do you think the presence of social media (while obviously making it easier for selfies etc and undermining your job) has made celebrities in general more open and accepting of public scrutiny? Celebrities that have a social media presence are for the most part better off. But have to be always careful about what they post online, anything can be taken out of context. For myself, I know there's people that are going to upvote me and people that are going to downvote me. I'm happy for those who appreciate me and don't care about the haters that just hate (unless they have something constructive to say). I think many celebs are grasping this notion. There's probably as many Justin Bieber fans as Bieber haters and he should understand that not everyone is going to like him. This is what everyone should acknowledge and everyone would be fine (or that is my view).
I'm not trying to give you a hard time, cos I appreciate you're answering the questions, even the 'hard' ones, which is more than many AMAs, but... Hahaha.
I believe that America and every country should adapt the no baby pictures like in Europe, where they blur the pictures of anyone under a certain age. My agency sold those pictures before. The harm was already done, did not think much of it. Also, the only pics I have of Kiedis are with his kid. I wasn't going to get out of my way to blur that out.
You just posted an un-blurred pic of Kiedis' toddler. What gives? But you are right that I would prefer to have that picture blurred out (also, I should be watermarking my pictures, but laziness!)
Generally, how do you find out when "celebrities" will be at a location? Is it random chance? Or do their publicists tip you off and they just act surprised? Already answered this in some ways.
Random chance happened a lot (I mean, Aleksander Skarsgard and Bai Ling lived in my same apartment complex)
Anyone and everyone will tip you off. Publicists sometimes give information without the knowledge of the celebrity, so they are genuinely surprised.
Do you have any picture of bai ling where she's not trying to nip slip? Looked through my hard drive. Apparently Yes.
There's a set of her eating at Fish Market in Venice, boring pictures of her just applying make up.
There's another set of her arriving to LAX with a red shirt on. Boring pictures of her again.
I guess the only ones that make the light of day are those that show her pencil eraser nipple.
Did you make friends with any of them? If I were a celebrity I'd try to have one paparazzi friend... one. I would like to say yes... but friendship is a two way street, so I know it's silly to think they were my friends.
I chatted up with many and even hung out, gave them my business cards and what not. But no one ever called me :(
I've heard that celebs will call pap to tip them off, is this a common occurrence? Yes, depends on the situation. Some need the media attention at just the right moment.
Hello. Did you talk with Diego Luna and Gael Garcia?? As a mexican I'm really proud they are doing so well in the international film business. YES! As a Mexican and a huge fan of all their work I had to talked to them. I approached them to get that picture of me with them at LAX.
Gael was a bit of a dick and Diego was the nicest fucking guy ever. Gael was confronting me because I took more than one picture, he told me that one was enough. I told him that in the business I keep shooting until I get the right frame. Diego calmed Gael and asked me to direct them to the taxis. I helped them navigate LAX while taking pictures and Gael was still being dickish (while Diego super chill)
Iñarritu was there with them as well, but I didn't bug him because he was with his family.
Also saw Diego once in a bathroom in a bar in LA. I was already drunk and walking out when he was walking in. I randomly yelled "DIEGO!" and he looked at me with a "do I know you" type face. I just told him I was a fan, shook his hand and left the awkward situation.
That's really cool, I just saw you got Tijuana at your twitter, I'm from Monterrey. Viva Mexico!!! maybe you could make another AMA at /mexico. Soy Queretano and active member of /mexico ;)
They love to downvote in that subreddit... I might give it a try. I'm also going around TJ giving talks of what it was like to be a paparazzi.
Did you work as paparazzi at Tijuana when the artists went to vacations? No artist comes to Tijuana for vacation. I worked mostly in Los Angeles though I went to several other places.
I don't pap anymore, but if I spot one in TJ, I know I'll have to take their picture. Macaulay Culkin was here not that long ago and I missed him and I'm glad I didn't see him.
Va para el cerrito? Si hay cafe de olla y un quesito fresco, con mucho gusto.
Yucateco acá... Solo... hola. Mare! bombaaa!
Out of 10 A-list celebrities how many are in the closet? 3 out of 10? 5 out of 10?...it's a cliche question I know but i still need to know. Hahaha.
I think I have a decent enough gaydar and I would say that is more than you imagine. Tons of Hollywood waiters (wanna be models/actors) like to claim that they have slept with celebrities so I have heard that a lot are.
Any Alec Baldwin encounters? Hahaha... oh yes. The man flies from LAX to JFK a lot. I saw him a bunch. He was never nice but also never a dick.
Never anything bad but I do suspect he has no teeth. He was also embarrassed whenever his daughter picked him up for some reason.
No teeth? Yes, like he has prosthetic teeth and takes them out at will (like Grandpa!)
I believe the word you are looking for is "dentures". AHH yes. I couldn't think of that!
Do you have a most prized photo of a celeb? (more so personally to you, not what everyone else wanted) One of my favorites was Lindsay Lohan in Hawaii. It was like my first travel job and major sale and the first time using a 500mm lens. But there's a lot of other pictures I treasure (like the aforementioned Paul McCartney).
Do you have any pictures of Tom Hiddleston? I'm such a giddy fangirl Never saw Hiddleston, he was not famous when I was around, sorry :(
What is the need for all this following around? How's the attitude and how are the people who you work with? There seems to be no care about giving people their space, and their private time is it, and sounds like this is an industry for just people who don't care about others? There are a lot who are not American (probably do not have the papers to work there) and give no fucks about anything.
It is a dirty industry where people trample over each other to make money.
My last year working was for an agency where everyone was fair and smart, so that was way better.
What was the pay like? For example, did you get good money if you were the lone photographer (because I can't spell Papa whatever)? The pay always depended. I know now a days is way worse and paps fight more for lame pictures.
It could be anywhere between 5 cents and $5,000 or even more.
I averaged around 5k a month. I had horrible months where I made less than 1k. My best month was 12k.
Pay was tricky. The picture gets sold, the magazines don't pay you until months later. Blogs pay a misery. The agency you sold the pictures fuck with the numbers and pay you less. So the numbers were always all over the place. Sales reports included title of picture sold, what it sold for and my commission. Sometimes the report was 5 pages long of tiny tiny amounts that added up to 2,000.
So... it always depends. There is money in the job, its just not easy money (and I hear that now a days is way worse).
(and I hear that now a days is way worse). More paps, less privacy.
Any idea why? What changed? Technology changed the game. Now a celebrity can be somewhere and an idiot with an iPhone will take their picture an upload it to Twitter. That's a free picture for magazines to grab while that paps are trying their hardest to get a good picture.
What's Audrina like? I'd like to hear what you have to say about her. She's always been my celeb cursh. Well.. this is going to be a very bias answer since she is also my celebrity crush.
SHE'S AWESOME AND I'M IN LOVE WITH HER.
Yes, I have folders and folders with tons of pictures of Audrina. I used to hang out by her house and follow her all the time... She was always super nice, her sister and brother were chill too. Her dad tried to sell me their monster truck (as if I made that much money as a pap). Basically, picture that high school crush that you had nothing in common with but still believe you were going to marry her (or at least that's how it was for me).
What are some of the crazy things that happens to a paparazzo? Anyone do something that caught you completely off guard? Uhh.. Javier Bardem spat in my eye.
A lot of crazy things happened almost daily...
Which celebrities smoke cigarettes? Any idea of a percentage? Also any celebrities that seem tame but actually party hard? I caught a few smoking and some asked me to delete the frames because they don't want that image.
It wasn't that often. Complete guess of a percentage, 30%. And from that 30% only 5% are closeted smokers.
Uhh.. The Jonas Brothers? probably not the answer you were looking for.
I'd be interested to hear more about the jonas brothers? is it just joe jonas that parties hard? or the other ones too (no one remembers their names...)? Uhh Nick and... uhh ... uhhh...
Yeah.
I'm not sure. I know Ashley Greene is awesome and loves to party. Joe dated her and other girls that would love to party. Last time I was in Hollywood I bumped into Joe. I'm sure he parties. Not much to say about them, they were nice kids.
Obviously some celebrities act like they hate the paps, but have there been any in your experience that stood out as exceptionally nice and kind to the people that take pictures? Besides all the celebrity whores (Kardashians, the Hills, Jersey Shore, Kate and Jon Gosling, etc.) yes.
Al Pacino has to be one of the nicest ones that you would never expect. Hugh Jackman is super nice that every time I saw him I just wanted to brohug the dude. Like I said before, those who you expect them to be super mean turn out to be nice. Some that you expect to be super chill are complete dicks.
Tl;dr Al Pacino and Hugh Jackman.
I wish people would stop taking pictures and celebritizing the kardashians. They are seriously the least interesting people ever. They are famous for no reason. I don't even think they're attractive. Kim is oddly hot.
Seriously, in person she doesn't seem interesting or hot. I would take pictures of her and be like "bleh," then look at my camera and she would look perfect. Oddly photogenic in like the worst lightning and worst moments.
But yeah. I have no idea why they are famous besides Kim having an ass that I could sleep on as if it was a waterbed (and yes, it is that huge in person).
Did any celebrities call you to take their picture? I heard Hilary Duff does this. Not me personally. A lot of them do call other paps.
Can you say who was calling paps? Many have at some point in their career...
All the Twilighters. The Kardashians. Lindsay Lohan. Almost everyone from The Hills.
If its not them directly is via a publicist.
Celebrities need paps as much as paps need celebrities (or even more... )
Do you consider paparazzi work "photography"? Why or why not? I consider it one of the toughest photographies next to National Geographic stuff. Animals are tough creatures to get perfect pictures of, so are celebrities. Think about it, we get pictures of people that don't want their picture taken, similar to polar bears that are looking for a meal and much rather eat the photographer.
Sport photography is an a controlled ambient. You know the light, you know the sport, you know what is going to happen, you just better be a good shooter. Model photography is very controlled. Pretty much every ambient is nice and controlled except photojournalism (or paparazzi, which is its lowest form) and nature type awesomeness (which someday I hope to do).
How do you know where people are going to be? Is it mostly PR tip offs and obvious things, like being at the airport, or is there more to it? Its that obvious. When you are in LA and the business, you can't escape it. I would see celebrities when I DIDNT WANT TOO.
Being at LAX to just be at LAX can get you some luck, but its dumb and pointless. Limo drivers and their agencies are more than willing to sell some information. Same with airline people.
Many paps have the city "wired". Valet parking people, managers of restaurants, or virtually any one that wants to make a quick buck can make a call and sell out a celebrity for $50 or so. I had tons of people that also called me for free.
When the twilight craze was going full speed I befriended some Twilight crazy fans that send me information constantly. These girls knew everything and messaged me for free the information.
So I always wondered how exactly do you know which flight someone is on does Delta call you and say hey Kanye's on our flight or what? Basically...
Either someone that works for Delta. The driver who is supposed to pick up Kanye or Kanye's PR gives you the flight #. Sometimes is the obvious celebrity gets on a flight from LHR and people get pictures. There's only a few flights from LHR to LAX, you figured out which one they are on.
One time I saw Ann Coulter randomly and took her picture. She asked me how I knew and guessed "someone in JFK told you!" I was like... "sure Ann, because you are that important"
Taking pictures of Ann Coulter is a waste of ink and paper. Should have beat her with the camera instead. I snapped four (digital camera) The flash didn't go on for 2 of them. Sent the one semi decent pic to my agency just in case.
Here's that she-devil
Have you ever played the game pokemon snap? YES! and it is my main inspiration.
Which celebrities had the best or worst temper when they got their photos taken? None and all at the same time.
Whoever you think will be mean, is actually super nice. Whoever you think will be super nice is the opposite.
When a celebrity has a movie coming out, they are super nice. When they have negative press they become assholes.
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