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Ep 1 – Why A New Channel, Raising A Blind Child, 2019 Movies, Sleep-Wake Disorder & More

(tapping) – You know why we’re here. – This is it. – [Woman] Tommy Edison. – So if you’ve got any
doubts or reservations, now’s the time to say so. – I’m sorry I didn’t get the name. – The Tommy Edison Experience. – Hello? – Tommy Edison’s been blind. – I’m a blind man; I’ve
been blind since birth. – Since birth! – Tommy Edison Experience. – How does it operate? – Very simply. – He describes what being blind is like. – That’s right! – If you’ve got a problem–
– What’s your name? – you bring it to him. – Tommy Edison. – He’ll solve it. – If it’s you want,
– The truth. – you just might get it. – Oh yeah.
– Okay. – It’s the only way to fly. – Buckle yourself in. Get ready. – All right! – Now, you ready chief? – Ok, here it is. – In Hollywood. – Give me your hand. – This is already fun, isn’t it? – Yes. – Repeat after me. – Tommy Edison. – The Tommy Edison Experience. (jazzy music) – [Tommy] And this is
the part where I talk. Hello! And welcome. This is the Tommy Edison Experience. It’s lovely to be here. It’s a Sunday afternoon
here in southern California, it’s probably Sunday night where you are. Monday or whatever. And we’re gonna hang out
and answer some questions. You’ve been really great and
continue to ask questions. So we have loads of them
and we’re gonna answer a whole bunch of them here tonight. Also if there’s something
you’re thinking about live, you maybe wanna little
contribution or whatever, you know, you think you
got a good question, on Twitter is the best way
to do that @TommyEdisonXP, all right? That’s the handle for that one. Again it’s @TommyEdisonXP and of course, this is gonna be available
wherever podcasts are available. So, you know, iTunes,
Spotify or what have you. You know, pocket cast, whatever you like. It’s on all of them so that
you can find us there as well. – [Ben] All those links
are in the description. – Right in the description. And they’ll be available for you. – [Ben] How was your holiday, Tommy? – You know what? Christmas was nice, thank you. I had a very quiet one. It was, not much went on it, you know, I was alone for the whole day. It was nice. – [Ben] Is that your first time ever? – Yes! Yeah, that was my
first Christmas alone. Yup. And it was pretty good.
– [Ben] Yeah. You know? I had some
rotisserie chicken and stuff, And I just, you know. – [Ben] What’d you talk
to family on Facetime? – Absolutely! Yeah, talking to my family, and I was passed around
the table, you know? The Christmas phone call thing. You know how it is. So, it was nice. We had a good time. – [Ben] That’s nice. – It was lovely. – [Ben] Well, I think we
have some questions for you. – Yeah! I’m sure we do.
– Are you ready? – I think so! I’m ready for questions. I love this! – [Ben] Yeah, no. The
people have been fantastic. They keep asking on the social media, and on the last… – Yeah we put up a post a couple days ago. – [Ben] Yeah, last few
posts. And on the test show we did on this channel. – Yep.
– [Ben] Hey thanks to everyone who subscribed so far.
– Yeah thanks for subscribing, thanks for being here, and you know, stick around. This is
gonna be fun I think. We’re gonna have a nice time. – [Ben] So, the first question
I wanted to ask you was, What is the most common, or what are the most common
questions that you get, in person? Not online, but in person, about your blindness? – Man. People. How, how do you do it? How do you– just, that’s the thing. “How?” How do you, just everything. How do you do anything? You know what I mean? People don’t know what to, it’s just, how?! It’s gotta be so scary.
You know, walking around. When I walk around, for example, I don’t walk around with much technology. Just a white cane. That’s all it is. And there’s not much to it. But man! It’s effective and it works. – [Ben] They just wanna know how you– – They just–
– How you live life? – Yes!
– [Ben] Get by? – Yeah. Yep. It’s incredible. – [Ben] And what’s one of
the more awkward questions? Okay, that sounds like it’s
kind of more straightforward. What’s one of the more awkward ones people actually ask you in person? – You know… I mean, sometimes it’s, it can be as much as, “Can I
help you across the street?” Like for example. Today,
I was walking somewhere and a guy literally got out of his car, to walk me across the street. I was like, “Sir, you don’t,
that’s really unnecessary.” “No I just want to. I’ve seen you before. “And I just want to help you out.” I don’t know if that’s
necessarily awkward, but uh… – [Ben] That’s above and beyond? – It’s way above, it’s lovely! It’s absolutely wonderful. But yeah. It’s above and beyond. Awkward? You know. – [Ben] Only because you probably don’t need that assistance in that case. – I really don’t. No. I mean, you know, it’s
a scarier intersection, but I still, I do it all the time. And, you know, I’d almost
rather do it by myself, than without you, ’cause , you know. The more practice I get, the better, the more comfortable I am at it. You know? – [Ben] Right. Okay. So when people ask you
questions in public, has that actually changed for you? Do you find more people ask you , since you kind of do that
YouTube all the time? – (sighs) That’s interesting. I don’t think so. I think people are
genuinely curious though. You know, people just want to know how I get around in the world. Because, sight is such a, it’s such a thing that you guys do. You know, it’s so huge. And everything, so many
things you do depend on it. And so, people are just fascinated to meet somebody who
doesn’t have this thing, and who’s never had this thing. – [Ben] And you’re very open about it. But, was that always the case? Were you always open
about answering questions about being blind? – I suppose I, well… – [Ben] Like when you were a teenager. – Yeah when I was a, well, when I was a teenager I didn’t really want to be a blind kid. You know what I mean? But, I would talk about it, but it was too, when it came down to real practical applications and stuff, I didn’t really want to do that. I’m like, I didn’t want to
walk around my high school with a cane! At first. You know, ’cause I was 16! And be like, Oh I’m gonna be different. But, you know, once I learned it, it was incredible! The freedom that it brought
me and stuff was great. So, you know. And then I didn’t care. So, it’s that initial little bit. – [Ben] How often, just
to give people an idea, how often are you asked? Is it everyday? – Yeah. Everyday people ask me. Yep! How do you, that’s incredible, what you do is unbelie–it’s
incredible what you do! And I always say the same thing. “Well, I’m pretty fascinated
by what you do too.” I mean, as much as you’re
interested in what I do, that’s how much, that’s how much interest
I have in what you do. And how it all works for you. – [Ben] Because they’re sighted. – ‘Cause you can see! Yeah! It’s this whole ‘nother thing. Like you have this whole other thing that I don’t have. You know? But, at the same time, I have things that you don’t have. So, it’s a fascinating
world that we live in. Isn’t it? – [Ben] It is. When you meet somebody new, do you find that they… Can you tell that they
want to ask sometimes, but are afraid to? Does that happen in the conversation? – Sometimes, I suppose. I mean (stammers) It’s more the way that
people phrase a question. For example, you know, how
long have you been that way? Or, like that? Or people are just afraid
to use the word “blind”. So, (laughs) and that, you know, I try and sort of get
you into that as easy. But it’s okay. You can say the word. It’s blind. It’s what
I’ve been my whole life. You know what I mean? So that kind of language is not for me. It’s for you. Right?
– [Ben] Right, right right. – So, it’s, you know, it doesn’t change. I’ve always been a blind kid, and a blind guy, and stuff. And so, you know, no
matter what you call me, I still am what I am. – [Ben] Okay, so aside from
people asking you questions when you meet somebody
for the first time… – Uh huh. – [Ben] I was wondering
like, what’s the first thing that you notice? ‘Cause sighted people, they meet somebody, they’re going off all these visual cues. – Right. – [Ben] Like, what does
a person look like? Are they attractive, are they not? Are they, you know, what’s
the color of their hair? What do you notice first? What’s the first thing
you notice, being blind? – It all depends. Sometimes it could be fragrance. Sometimes it could be somebody’s voice, or if I happen to touch
somebody, you know, like I’m standing next to you, I tell them, “Wow! Look how tall are!” You know? But it’s generally the voice, I think is the first thing that
I really grab onto. You know, in most cases. – [ Ben] Their tone or how they speak? – The timbre, yep. The tone of voice, the smile, right? If you have a smile on your face, ’cause that’s very audible. People don’t understand that,
but it’s a very audible thing. A smile. – [Ben] So much seems to be
given away by your voice. – Just instantly! Just by saying “hello”. You know? Walking dow the street, and I
hear somebody approaching me, “good morning”. You know, and sometimes they’ll say something back
and other times they won’t. But also, or I like to just give
a little wave, you know. Just “Hi, good morning.” – [Ben] That’s interesting.
All the cues going on. – Yeah! Well, ’cause I know that’s what… – [Ben] So if they’re in a bad mood, you probably can pick that up. – Yeah! ‘Cause people just (growls). You know, nothin’. Or they
won’t even say anything. Or perhaps they don’t speak the language. I don’t know! But I like a little good morning. And other people “good morning!” And you know, you can
hear the smile and stuff and it’s nice. – [Ben] Sorry, doing a
technical thing over here. – Oh, that’s fine. Are
we okay? Are we good? – [ Ben] Fine, yeah. We’re fine. Now we are.
– All right. – [Ben] So what else, okay, so a lot of people, this is tough… – Uh oh. – [Ben] You know, people
sometimes they judge people off how they look when they meet. You know? And after a while they might get to know the person. And their opinion changes. What is, what do you notice that might fall in that
category of judging? – Why, I think there’s lots of things. I mean it’s, you know,
speech patterns, accents, your vocabulary gives away
a lot of way about you. Your use of the language. You know, there’s all, use of grammar and things. You know, and I guess that’s
what I sort of go for, and you know, but first I’m, I’m looking for the smile first. ‘Cause if the smile’s
not there, it’s probably, you know what I mean? They’re not gonna talk
very, I don’t think… But yeah, those are sort
of the cues I go on. – [Ben] Okay. – Yeah, I don’t, I’m not quite sure what else. But that’s, you know, it’s fun! The fun part for me is that I don’t know what you are when I meet you. I don’t know what. And I like that. ‘Cause I get to, everybody’s the same. Until we talk. – [Ben] And that sometimes,
it changes your opinion? – Certainly! Of course! – [Ben] All right. So another, moving on, to sleeping. A lot of people have been
asking this question. – Okay. – [Ben] Over the years! And I don’t think we’ve ever addressed. The non 24 hours sleep-wake disorder. You familiar with this? – Yeah! Oh so, this is that thing where the Circadian Rhythm is blocked. And a lot of blind people
are stricken with this, with this disorder. You know, it just, you can’t sort of keep track of the days and nights and stuff with the
lack of sunlight, and that. But I don’t think I suffer from that. Listen, when I was a kid, in high school, we have lights out at
10:30 and up at 7 or 8:30. You know 7 o’clock in the morning. Whenever, you know, for
breakfast and things. But I slept well through that. But when I started getting into radio and working weird hours,
that changed my life! Like, being a traffic reporter really goofed up my sleep forever. (stammers) Now I’m like
a two, like a twice, two or three times a day sleeper. – [Ben] Okay, so, you don’t think, you’re affected by this weird disorder? – No. – Like you have no sense
of the 24 hour cycle. – Nope. Getting up at 3
o’clock in the morning, and going to, you know, and then sleeping twice a day. Sleep
at 10:30 in the morning and then again at 8:30,
9 o’clock at night. And back up a 3. – [Ben] You did that for how long? – 19 years. (laughs) – [Ben] And you think that screwed you up? – (laughing) Yep! I sure do! I certainly do! I mean, you gotta remember, I worked twice a day! I worked from 5 ’til 9 in the morning, and from 3 ’til 7 in the afternoon. And so… – [Ben] You gotta sleep twice. – You have to sleep twice! By virtue of that, I had to sleep twice. Because I wanted to be fresh. I wanted to sound great on the radio, both ends of the deck. And it’s, working that job was so funny because perception is king. People thought I was there for 14 hours. I wasn’t. I went home during the mid-day. But they thought I was there! ‘Cause they heard me in the morning, and they’re driving home and, “Wowee! Edison’s still
there! Look at this!” – [Ben] Now, do you, do you think you fall asleep easier than, because you can’t see? Do you think it’s easier
for you to fall asleep in any situation? – Well first off, I wouldn’t
have anything to base it on. But, that being said… No. I mean, when you close your eyes, you don’t see anything. But you see things in
your mind’s eye and stuff. When I close my eyes I just, you know, but I still hear. And I hear all the different
sounds in the place, or if the neighbor’s doing
something or whatever. Or, you know, even if I
just have some YouTube on, I’m watchin’ some old
television commercials, some of the junk that I
like to fall asleep to. You know, some nights
are better than others. I’m usually a pretty good sleeper. I can just lie down and
(snaps fingers) be out. In minutes. But sometimes, I need to, you know, like when I wake up early
in the mornings, say, and I’m, you know, I gotta
get one more sleep in. You know, so I’m watching
YouTube for a while, and then go right back to sleep again. And get up for the 2nd
time and that’s that. – [Ben] Do you think you can hide the fact that you’re
sleeping in public places, or back when you were a kid in school– – No. (groans) – [Ben] Because they couldn’t tell when you were awake or not? – I had a Spanish teacher
that was very good. And he, so I had Braille Spanish book. And, you know, I’d have it
open to the pages and stuff, but I’d be on my desk, sort of leaning on my hand, and then he’d go, (Spanish accent) “All
right Thomas number 14!” And he used to love to watch
my hands fly around the page and try to figure out what number 14 was, ’cause he knew I was sleeping. (laughing) Not paying attention! And he got a big kick out of that. (laughing) – [Ben] One of the stranger
questions about blindness, and sleeping is, do you think, or, can you fall asleep
with your eyes open? – I don’t know! ’cause I don’t really open
my eyes terribly much anyway. So, whether or not I can
fall asleep with them open, I would assume not. ‘Cause it’s a strain for
me to keep my eyes open, just because it’s
muscles that I don’t use. On the regular, right? So, if I leave my eyes
open for like a minue, I’m like, whoo! This is hard to do. See? And for you guys to see, I couldn’t imagine keeping
my eyes open all day long! But there’s all this
information pouring in, so I get it. – [Ben] I’m looking on Twitter here, we got a question on
Twitter @TommyEdisonXP is the Twitter handle. – Terrific! – [Ben] “How do you experience films heavy on visual story-telling?” – (sighs) – [Ben] Specifically, the mystery films. – Mystery films. Those ones, that’s where described video has been very helpful. Because films like that, in the days where that didn’t exist, I couldn’t enjoy a film like that. I really couldn’t. It wouldn’t work for me. ‘Cause all this stuff, and I have no idea what they’re doing. And then they go back to
the story and I’m like, “But wait. There’s this
giant hole, I don’t, “there was all this music.” So, that’s where audio description, or described video really is helpful. The place I learned it best was in the Netflix “Daredevil” series. ‘Cause when it first came out, I said, “Okay, I’ll put this on and check it out “for a couple minutes.” Then I watch two or three episodes, and I had no idea what was happening. And then months later, Netflix
got audio description for it and it made it all so very clear. Like the flashbacks, and
the all different things that were happening. It was so clear. And that I could follow
the story much better. So it’s, not for every movie though, I mean there’s movies, for example, a Hallmark movie. Wouldn’t need terribly
much described video. Wouldn’t need much audio description. It’s all there in the script. You know. So, not for every movie, but some of them, absolutely. It’s wonderful and it’s a great help. – [Ben] Right. So speaking of movies,
Mr. Blind Film Critic, – Oho! Yes? – [Ben] People have been wondering, have you seen the “Cats” movie? Will you review it? – I’ll tell you what. When it does $100 million
at the Box Office, I will review the “Cats” movie. Is that fair?
(bell ringing) Oh! Sorry. (laughing) – [Ben] That’s fair. That’s correct. – I think that’s a good answer. When it does 100 million, I’ll review it. ‘Cause I’ve heard awful things about it. What are the people, who was it? Jim, James Corden, right? He hasn’t even seen it and he’s in it. (laughing) That’s according to Twitter. – [Ben] That’s the headlines.
Read the headlines. Used by headlines. What about the “Star
Wars Episode IX”, is it? – (sighs) You know what? I’m not a Star Wars guy. I gotta be honest with you. And I, so many. Look. Star Wars happened, you saw “Star Wars Force”
when you were a kid. It wasn’t that good; it
was marketed to kids! In 1977, it was for kids! It was a kid movie. The franchise didn’t get
lousier. You just grew up. That’s all. – [Ben] Nuh uh.
– Why?! Is that too much? – [Ben] What do you mean? Whatever. – It’s my opinion! – [Ben] Exactly. So this year, 2019. – Yessir. – [Ben] What did you see that you, what did you see in the theater? – Couple things. I saw “The Irishman”. Got
to see that in the theater, which was cool! You know, with the big seats
and everything it was nice. Saw “Once Upon a Time” as well. The whatchamacallit? – [Ben] So “Irishman”
– “Irishman”. – [Ben] What did you think of that? – (sighs) It was really long. And I’ll be honest with you. If you took the three guys out, if you took De Niro,
Pacino, and Pesci out, and put in three other people, what would you have? Nobody would care. – [Ben] As much.
– No. Not so much. – [Ben] What did you like
the most in that film? – Joe Pesci killed it! He was marvelous. He was so good. Ray Romano was terrific. – [Ben] Can I ask you
about telling the story? For “The Irishman”? – Sure.
– [Ben] Not to cut you off. I just want to (stammers), How much could you follow? Were you able to follow the whole thing? – Most of it, yeah. In the beginning it takes a
little time to get used to it. It just sort of goes back and forth. But Scorsese does a pretty good job. He’s a good story teller. So, I was, there were a couple times I’m like, ahh! But then again I caught
up again and stuff. And so, it worked. And, as I say, he does
a nice job with that. – [Ben] And when you left
the theater, you were like “That was supposed to be that”, right? You kept confirming things? – Yeah. I was that guy
who was asking questions. So this happened here, right? And Ben’s like, “Yup, that’s
exactly what happened.” I was like, “Yeah, okay good.” See? So, it takes a little
bit of detective work for me, and that was no audio
description, by the way. None of it. Just sitting in the
theater and enjoying it. Again, as I said, you know, not for every movie, but some of them really need it. But, I don’t think most of them do. – [Ben] Okay. What would you give, can I ask, a rating? If you were to give it
a Blind Film Critic, how many eyes open is that? – Yeah. It was out of four, right? – [Ben] Four eyes open, what
would you give “The Irishman”? Having only seen it once, right? – Yeah, I’ve only seen it the one time. In the theater, and just the one time. But I wasn’t terribly happy with it, to be honest with you. Again, you take the three old guys out, you got nothing. I would give that a 1 1/2 eyes open. – [Ben] Whoa! – I’m sorry! I didn’t– – [Ben] Okay, it’s
fine. I’m just reacting. – Okay. – [Ben] Don’t take that
the wrong way, please. – I’m takin’ it the wrong way. You know what, we might
just end this thing now. Ben, I’m gonna go home. How’s that sound? (both laughing) (bell dings) That’s first (stammers), of the podcast. – [Ben] What’s the
(Tommy laughing) what was the other movie
you were talking about? – “Once Upon a Time in LA” In Hollywood! – [Ben] In Hollywood.
– In Hollywood! – [Ben] And that was over,
that was in July or August. – Yep. Saw that one in the theater too. And that one was, again, that
was a little long for me, a little too much driving around. But! But, but, but, the thing I really liked about
it was the old air chats. There was tons of ’93 KHJ, which was an old radio
station here in Los Angeles back in the 60s, 70s, into the 80s. And they were the Big
Top 40 stick in town. And everybody listened to them. Everybody! So, you know, it was cool. And you got to hear The
Real Don Steele, and, I think Morgan was in it, Robert W. Morgan was in it for a second, a couple of the other jocks too, so it was kinda nice. But, too much driving around, too much, too much music. And I’m a guy who loves music in a film, but, you can talk over the music. It’s fine. (laughing) I can listen
to records on my own. – [Ben] About “The Irishman”, and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, would you see both of the movies again? – Yeah, I would.
– [Ben] That’s a good sign. – Yeah, I’d like to
see both of them again. Yeah, it’d be fun to see them on tele, you know, and at home and stuff where I can sort of pay attention to it even more, you know? ‘Cause a lot of times when
you’re in the theater, you see nine trailers
before the film and stuff, and so, you know, sometimes your head’s
not in the right place and it takes you a couple
minutes to get into it. Which is one of the nice things about seeing the film at home. Is that you don’t have to
sit through all the jazz, you know what I mean? You get right into it. – [Ben] Can I ask you for a
rating on “Once Upon a Time”? In Hollywood. – I’d give it a little bit more. I’d probably give it a two. (Ben laughing) I’d probably give it a little bit more. Well, again! It was a little bit disjointed, and, like halfway through the film, I’m like, “Whoa! The narrator, wow! “Hey, somebody showed up to work today.” (Ben laughing) Right? I’m sorry. (laughing) – [Ben] I want to see it again. – Me too though! I do want to see it again. And you know, when Pacino comes on, it’s great. It’s like
wow, what a surprise! You know, it was fun. – [Ben] That’s awesome. So, another question from Twitter. – Yessir. – [Ben] This is James asking,
“What made you decide to “switch to a live pod,
slash podcast format?” It’s absolutely tremendous, loving it, but just, they’re wondering. Why? There’s actually been a lot
of questions around this. – Yeah.
– [Ben] Why set up a second channel? Why do this format? So, why do this format? – Okay, first off, this format, you gotta remember, I came from radio. I’m an old radio guy, I’m not that old, but I was, I worked in radio for a very long time. And, I’ve always loved it! We’re also working on a
couple different things, we got a couple other things cookin’ that we’ve, you know, sort of. Just things of some big
projects that are goin’ on. (stammering) – [Ben] Projects that take a couple years. – That take a couple years. A long time to do. And a considerable amount of work, and research, and all kinds of things. There’s just loads and
loads and loads and loads that goes into this. But that being said, one of the reasons is because
doing the edited videos, like we’ve done, is a lot of work for Ben, and at the same time,
I’d much rather be live, with you! It’s just more fun this way, and just to be able to talk
and have a conversation. You know, it’s something
we never really did back in the old days, you know? We thought this would be fun, I thought this would be a nice time, and a good way to do it. And why set up another channel, quite simply, the Tommy Edison XP channel, is for, is where all those videos live. It’s where all that content is. And this is the new thing. So, why money in the water over there? You know, and we can
put the new thing here and leave all that stuff there, and we’re still gonna put some videos up on the main channel. So, you know, this goes here, and that goes there. – [Ben] Truth is, sometimes some people don’t like both things, even though there is overlap in topic. – Yep.
– [Ben] Or content. Some people may not
like the podcast format on the main channel. So, you have to separate them. – Yep. – [Ben] And then they’ll find their different audiences, basically. – Absolutely. Absolutely. – [Ben] Yeah, it’s pretty– – I hope that answers the questions. – [Ben] Well, ’cause it’s crazy. You got okay, just about
700,000 subscribers. – (laughing) I know.
What’s wrong with you? You got a new channel now? – [Ben] Right.
– Yep. – [Ben] But when you looked,
did you think a year ahead? You wanted to have those channels? – Yeah! And ’cause they are different. – [Ben] You know, people are asking are we still uploading to the old, it’s like the old channel, the main channel?
– Main channel. Yes! We will still be uploading. You know, we got some ideas and things. So yeah. We’re still gonna
put some content over there. So, just subscribe to both of them. Could you do that? – [Ben] One of the videos
we made on the old channel, wildly old channel, the other channel. – The main channel. – [Ben] Is that, we talked about
how we were having problems with notifications. – Yes.
– People not getting notified. A common problem we’ve learned– – For many YouTubers. – [Ben] Somebody’s asking
a number of times, have we, “Did you fix the notification issue?” Tommy, did you fix it? – (sighs) Yep, well what Ben and I did was we went up to, up to Northern California, and sort of broke in to Google. Yeah, so we. No, no. We can’t really go on and fix it. We, you know, they’re doing
the best they can, I guess. And you know, we hope that this
gets out to everybody and… – [Ben] Truth is, Tommy, they did respond. – Okay. – [Ben] And YouTube, we didn’t respond. They, we had a contact who, nobody was getting back to us
but when that video came out, which is just not around anymore, but they eventually,
YouTube saw that video, and reached out and just said, “Yeah, no. There’s no problem.” They had asked for five, they said, “Can you please send us five channels “that didn’t get notified?” Okay. Well it turns out
one of those channels was one of our personal accounts. So we knew firsthand we
weren’t getting notified. We sent that to YouTube, YouTube came back and just said, “Yeah, no. Those accounts were notified.” – “They were notified.” “You guys are wrong.” – [Ben] They told us we were wrong, we told them we were right. – Yep. And now we’re at an impasse. – [Ben] There you go. So that’s how that happens. You just go along with it. (laughing) Another thing people want to know is about Guess the Segment, Guess
What’s in the Mail. – (gasps) – [Ben] Is that, people seem to want to keep sending packages in. – They really do. And you know what? The address is in the
description down below. (bells dings)
If you’d like to send things in the mail, I’d love to. We’re gonna bring that back and open something. Look, we might not get through everything, might not make the video, okay? Is that okay? – [Ben] It could be a while. – It could be a while. It could take us a bit of time. But if you’d like to send something in for Guess What’s in the
Mail, or guessing things, objects in the mail, the address is down
there in the description. So, we’ll be lookin’ forward to that. It’ll be, it is great fun to play. – [Ben] Yeah, where you open up mail from the subscribers, and… – And try and guess what it is! – [Ben] Some of it,
yeah. It’s fascinating. The remote control car at one point. The airplane.
– Oh, the remote control car! Yeah! Yup, yup. The um… – [Ben] The uh, what was it?
– It was that leather. What do you call that? – [Ben] The leatherman. The knife bit kit. – Yeah, yeah yeah! Whoo! That’s a crazy little object! I like that. – [Ben] So all those things
are in the description. – Yep! – [Ben] I think we
covered all the questions about the channel, is that right? – Yeah, I think so. I think all the housekeeping is good. I think we’re all set. – [Ben] So, it’s been six years since you answered the question, “Would you get surgery to see?” And back then, I, we forgot. We had to look at the video. – We did! (laughing) – [Ben] What was your answer back then? Six years ago, you said, “What?” But you answered the
question was six years. “Would you get surgery to see? – And in that video, I said, well, I probably said this
and that hemmed and hawed. And at the end I said, “Yeah okay. “I’d do it. I’d have to, just
because I’d have to try it.” – [Ben] So six years later, where do you stand with that question? – You know what? I’m
gonna tell you the truth. I’m so comfortable right
now in my own skin, I think it would be much more a hassle and much more a problem. Look, if I could get sight and all the other stuff
with it was built in, like knowing colors and people and all that kind of thing, it was like magic and BOOM! Sight and all the knowledge
that you need to go. Maybe a different thing. But if I could just get sight tomorrow, I’d rather not. I’m very comfortable in my own skin, very comfortable walking
around with a cane, you know, being a cane traveler, you know, I’m very, very comfortable. So, I don’t need it. And it’s so funny too, because
for so much of my life, that’s all I ever wanted. That’s all I ever wanted! Ohh, if only I could see. I’d be singing, I’m going
down the yellow brick road, lookin’ for the wizard. You know what I mean? And it was nothin’. And now, I don’t want it. – [Ben] That’s wild.
– Yeah! It’s crazy, right? – [Ben] Did you ever imagine
hearing yourself say that? – Never! (gasps) Oh, heavens no! I mean, I’m telling you, this would have solved all my problems. Sight would’ve made everything all better. No it wouldn’t have. It would’ve just given
me different problems. That I never even imagined. Now I got problems paying car insurance! And maybe I cracked up my cars! You know what I mean? All different kinds of troubles. These troubles are good
enough for me, thank you. – [Ben] You’re right!
– Right? – [Ben] So, we talked about, in the past, learning or growing up blind, in school, how did you learn? Specifically, I don’t think
we’ve covered math too much. How have you worked out math? How did you work out math problems? With like, all that
writing out long division. How would you do that in Braille? – So, what you had to do, was kind of do it down
the center of the page. So, Braille paper is a standard
8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper. It’s heavier grade, and I had to literally work
in the center of the paper, and backspace and go
backwards and forwards, and do all the different steps. And it was just a problem! Oh, I hated it. It was just so tedious and ugh! And you know, it’s hard enough
for a sighted kid to do it, but in Braille and all the different steps and machinations you have to do. So I learned how to do math in my head. You know, basic math. I can do the basics. Geometry was fairly easy, because we had these sort
of thermo form books. It was this kind of plastic that they could do raised
lined drawings and things with. – [Ben] So you could feel the shapes. – Yep. So I could feel different, you know, the different angles, the obtuse and the acute, and
the right and the isosceles and all the different things. You know, and the different
postulates and things. – [Ben] So back up, what kind of book was that called? – Oh it was, I believe it
was called thermo form. It was this sort of plasticky paper that they kind of put Braille on. And they could do raised lines, raised line drawings and things. And it had this distinctive smell, which I’ll never forget. When I got my first, paper shredder, I was like, “Oh my god!
This smells like Braille!” ‘Cause the Braille machine, the grease that they used in them, is the same stuff that they
used in paper shredders. (laughing) So years and years later. You know, ’cause your sense of smell, it’s olfactory, right? It just brings it all right back to you. And it was like (gasps)
wow! What a crazy thing! And all those books had
that smell in it too. – [Ben] Did we meet
somebody at a conference and do a video, about, where they
actually made that stuff? – Yes! I think we did! Yup! – [Ben] And he did a demonstration. – Yes, where he was able to make raised line drawings on the fly. He could just do it in a second. – [Ben] That’s an interesting, that was really interesting. – That was a really
cool thing, that woulda, you know,’ cause, Yeah! Geometry would
have been even easier. ‘Cause I wouldn’t have had to, I mean, it was a pain for
the teachers and stuff, because they had to figure
out their curriculum, a year ahead, so they could order the books and get ’em in public school and that
was the way it worked. And you couldn’t really change! You have to keep here because
we got the Braille book. So, we’re good. – [Ben] So, long division, geometry… – Yep. Algebra, I was never, you know, solving for x, I was never, And that was about as far
as I ever got in math. I never did Algebra 2 or Calculus, or any of that kind of thing. I just, I never made it that far. I took geometry twice, and math twice. And science once in high school. And that was it. – [Ben] Hot of Twitter on the
same topic, @TommyEdisonXP. What subject, what was your
favorite subject back in school? – I enjoyed Spanish a lot. I enjoyed it. I didn’t like
it when I was a little kid, but as I got sort of a better hold on it, I really enjoyed it. And I had a friend in high school, my senior year that was an ESL student. English as a Second Language. And he was from Mexico City. So, we had a deal. The first half of the year I
helped him with his English, and the second half he
helped me with my Spanish. And the other
Spanish-speaking kids as well. You know, when I would hang around them, we would just chat in Spanish. Yeah, it was great. I loved it. And the other thing
that Spanish did for me was it made my English so much better. You know, ’cause I was learning all the bits about grammar again. And I could apply them to English. So it was very helpful. – [Ben] I think in the last
show you did some Spanish. Do you have some new
Spanish you can share? – No, I don’t. I really, I just said the same thing all the time. (speaking in Spanish) (laughing) You know, I’m just like, “What’s happening? Everything
okay? You all right?” You know, (speaks Spanish) It’s awful. In 2020, I resolve to get better at my Spanish. I need vocabulary words,
and the whole thing. And I just found out that the
Babble app shows you pictures! I was like (muttering) “no good for me.” Can’t use that. – [Ben] What subject were you best at? That was the second
question off of Twitter. – I was very good at Spanish. In high school, I was
very good at music theory. Which was offered as a course in my junior and senior year. I blew through it all in my Junior year. They had to bring somebody in to teach me like advanced, you know, atonal and all this really out there kind of music theory that we got into in my senior year in high school. But yeah. I was very good at that. I loved it. I took to
that like a fish to water. – [Ben] What was I gonna ask? Oh, did you ever learn any
American Sign Language? – No. I’ve, really didn’t. We did a video with a
friend, Ricky Pointer, where she taught me a
couple of the quick things. But I, you know… – [Ben] It’s been a while.
– Yeah it’s been a long time. It’s terrible. I should though. I should know the real basics, but the thing is, I one time, happened to meet a deaf woman, and thank goodness I had that BigApp and I was able to just take that out and communicate with her just like that. It was great. – [Ben] The BigApp, what?
Just spells out text? – Yeah, what you do is type into it or dictate to it as I do, and it shows up on the screen, huge. So that you can just show it to somebody who, you know, – [Ben] Can’t hear. – Yeah! Who can’t hear. So it’s a very helpful little thing. So it’s called the BigApp, it’s free. You can just find it in the app store. – [Ben] Okay. Another topic, are you afraid, this is about nighttime. – Okay. – [Ben] This caught my
eye in the questions. Are you afraid of the dark? – Not necessarily the dark, but I mean, now I’m not. ‘Cause I’ve, again, I
used to get up for work in the middle of the night. So I’m perfectly fine with it. But when I was little,
I used to be afraid. I don’t know if it was the dark, or if it was the quiet. And just the way the world sounded so different at nighttime. Like, for example in the summertime, the crickets and stuff
in the northeast, right? All that noise and stuff. And you could hear the
highway off in the distance from my parents’ house, you know, that sort of whine of it. And it just gave me the creeps. You know, it just frightened me. And there were things that used
to scare me as a little kid. There was a Christmas song
that used to scare me to death! (gasps) It still gives
me chills when I hear it. Even now.
– [Ben] What’s it called? – It’s called The Little Drummer Boy, from the Harry Simeone Chorale. I’m sorry, but Christmas
is over and you can’t, you have to wait another
47 weeks to hear it. But, it’s a vocal version of the song, it’s in A flat, it’s got finger cymbals, and really wide spacing and it just creeps me out. The guy’s doing the “rum
pum pum” part sounded like, remember the scary
monkeys in “Wizard of Oz”? (deep voice) “Oh we love” like that. Like, oh.
– [Ben] Creeps you out. – Yeah! – [Ben] Creeps you out. So how’d you get over that fear of dark, if you couldn’t, you don’t have the option to turn the light on? – Just, you know, you just keep doing it. There was nothing I could do! I just had to keep doing it, and when I was a kid I used to, like, cover my ears first. That was sort of my (laughs). I don’t know why. But, that’s what I did. But I was really little. And that, you know, just the
more times you do a thing, you get mastery of it and stuff, and, you know. And then like
hanging’ out late at night, and stuff when you get older, you get to be in junior
high school and high school, you start staying up all night. You know, just to see if you can, and all that kind of stuff. Yeah, the dark got very… We got cool! – [Ben] All right, next question, I see there’s a technical
problem with this stream. – Uh oh! Are we okay? – [Ben] (stammers) Might be
choking up the bandwidth. – All right. – [Ben] So, (chuckles)
question about past, you know what? Let’s do this. (bell dings) You know what that sound means. – That’s either means
somebody’s tipping big, or the can of questions. – [Ben] A can of questions, actually! – Can of questions,
everybody! (clapping hands) Whoa, I love the can of questions! This is still, listen. (contents of can rattling) Filled with real questions
from people like you! (contents rattle) So you can hear the noise it makes. Yeah, so this is an
actual can of questions. So what we’ve done is we’ve taken a bunch of
sort of thought provoking, kinda heady questions. And some random things as well. Dumped ’em into here, and so I can just reach in here, and grab one of these, and hand it across to Ben Churchill. And he will read it to me. He will ask me this question, and we’ll discuss. – [Ben] Thank you, Tommy. – Thank you, Ben. Would you like the can back? – [Ben] Sure. – Here you are, sir. Thank you. – [Ben] What, this is, this
is right in the can of– – Uh oh.
– [Ben] Legends. – Did I get a good one? – [Ben] “As a blind man,
what’s your favorite activity?” – My favorite activity? – [Ben] As a blind man, though. – As a blind man. Well, that’s difficult to say. I mean, like listening
to things is definitely. You know, I love radio. I love listening to it. Even still. I listen to it all the, Ben walked into my house
today and the radio was on. There it was. Does that count as a blind activity? Listen to music? I love music. Does that count? Playing music. Walking around. I love to go out and walk. I like to, I like to, I don’t know. Am I answering this right? – [Ben] Hey, it’s your answer. – I know, I know.
– [Ben] However you want. – I just, I hope I’m answering
the question the right way. – [Ben] It’s a strange question. – It’s an odd question. Like, ’cause I don’t know
what kind of activities I’d like if I could see. (laughs) Does that, you know what I mean? Like, maybe if I could see I’d be into photography and stuff. Or maybe I’d be into going to
museums and things like that. So, I you know, I hope that
answered your question. But thank you. And you know, if you got good ones like that, they just might wind up in the old, ye old can of questions. – [Ben] So, another topic. People want to know about
your sense of space. Around you. Like, if you
have to walk somewhere, or find something in your home, do you have a sense of the space, that you’re exploring? Or do you just go by memory? In terms of how to find it? – I think it’s more of a memory thing. Although, like, so when I think about my house, I think about, you know, I can imagine the whole rooms. How you walk in, you know, the whole family room and stuff. And then, the kitchen off to the you know, and then the
bedrooms and the bathrooms. You know, all those things like that. But, for example, if you asked me what a particular thing was in my house, I could tell you where, you know, if you asked me where it was, where I keep my sunglasses. You know, they’re right on my dresser. But I think it’s all memory. You know, for example, if I was to wake up in the middle of, if I was sleepwalking. I used to sleep walk back in the old days for a little while. It was scary. You know, wakin’ up in my living room with the burglar alarm going off. It was like, whoa! But, you know, if I were to wake up in my family room, let’s say, or the living room, I would know how far, you know if I, for
example, touch the couch you know, with my right hand. I’d be like, okay. I know where I am. I know exactly where I am. How far I have to go
until the coffee table, or to the couch on the left. Or any of that kind of thing. So, I think I have some kind of spatial. But I think it’s mainly memory. More than spatial. – [Ben] So, in your mind, do you, are you able to… It’s funny. But you did the video about making, you made
some things out of Legos, – Yeah.
– [Ben] And you really showed that you have a sense
of 3-Dimensional space. – Certainly! Yeah. – [Ben] I mean, yeah. It’s not like you’re looking at the
world through a television. So, but in your mind do you see that? – Do I see it 3-D? Yeah! Sure! Yeah! Like right now, I’m picturing my living room, okay. And there’s the couch on the right, and I can imagine
roughly the height of it, you know, the arms and the back of it. How far it is from the wall. You know, how far it is
from the coffee table, and that the other couch off on the left, on the other side of the coffee table. I don’t know if I remem– but it’s all in 3-D for me. – [Ben] Okay. And what about in your mind? This is sort of a step off from that. Do you have anything that
you consider visuals? In your mind? Like, what to you would be your visuals? If that exists at all. – Well I suppose the thing
I was just talking about would be a visual. Or, perhaps when I think about the neighborhood in Connecticut. Right? Walking around or, like the train station. Those are sort of… I would suppose, those would be visuals. Because I can picture walking
up toward the driveway and into the railroad station, and up those stairs, and onto the platform
and wait for the train. So I feel like, yeah. That’s sort of a visual, kind of a, in my world.(laughs) You know? For lack of saying I
was better to call it. – [Ben] Okay, and the question
I’ve seen over the years, we never got to it, ’cause
it was such a quick question, was, “When you’re trying
to think of something,” when people are trying
to remember something, they often look up. With their eyes. And they kind of, almost like
looking up into their head, or whatever they’re doing. – Really?! I suppose I do, too. I mean, sort of lean your
head back like this, right? And think. I guess. Do I do that? – [Ben] Yeah. Do you? – I don’t know. I must. There’s so many things that, that are visual cues that I still do. You know, that I don’t even know! That I guess I do, right? I don’t know. Do I look up when I think? – [Ben] So let me ask you a question. (laughing) Way back of the rack, back of the rack. – Okay. – [Ben] “What was the
third movie review you did for Blind Film Critic? Think. Are you lookin’ back with your eyes? Do you feel like your eyes
are rolling up at all? – A little, yeah. Yeah! Yeah! – [Ben] What’s the answer,
by the way? Do you know? – No. “Water for Elephants” was two. Third? – [Ben] I feel like it was
“Inception” or something. – Yeah! It might’ve been. Yup! – [Ben] We don’t even remember. – We don’t even remember. We’d have to look back. – [Ben] 2000… Eleven.
– Eleven. 2011. – [Ben] Speaking of the past videos, you’ve done these videos
where you describe what you think people look like. Whether they’re YouTubers or celebrities. And you’ve guessed their hair color, eye color, height. What is that based on? – How do I (groans) See? That’s a great question. Okay, so when I hear the voice, I try and think of body type and size, like height and weight. Right? Just because, I don’t know. That’s part of the game. And then the other things I just sort of, they’re honestly, I just have a guess. You know, the personality maybe. You know, somebody’s sort
of bright and bubbly, you know, yay! Maybe they have lighter
colored hair, or something. I don’t, I just, it’s mainly a guess. But the body, you know,
the height and weight, I just try and go off of the voice and see if I can get it. See if I can guess it. And I’ve done fairly well on that I think. For the most. There’ve been a few I’ve been way off ’em, been surprised, but, I think for the most part
I get it closer than not. – [Ben] Now you were pretty accurate. It definitely suggests
that you’ve collected all this data on what
people are, kind of… – Well sure!
– [Ben] They look like. – Yeah! I mean I’ve heard these
descriptions my whole life, you know, so I just put them together. You know, if somebody’s got, you know, (deep voice) a larger voice, (normal) I’m gonna assume
that they’re a larger person. But if they have a
little teeny tiny voice, you know, 5 foot 3. And, you know. Like that. And sometimes it’s right. And sometimes it’s completely wrong. – [Ben] Okay, we’re gonna
start to wrap it up soon, and I wanted to make sure we don’t forget some of these questions that
came through in the past. – No.
– [Ben] Somebody asked, but it was a strange question. “We’re getting a puppy today who is deaf. “As a blind person, would you be able “to have a deaf dog? “Or would it be very difficult to train, “slash live with a deaf dog?” – (exhales) Yeah, I think
that’d be really hard. I mean, look. You know what? I’ve got my own disability. I don’t think I need another one. You know what I mean? (laughing) It’s hard enough handling this one. To have a dog with a
disability would be tough. And I think the dog would pry be happier with somebody, you know, that could see, and you know what I mean? It’d just be better for
both the dog and myself. So, no. I don’t think I’d have a deaf dog. – [Ben] What about whether, here’s a random question.
– All right, sir. – [Ben] How can you tell which
(both laughing) How can you tell, I’ve read this three times already and I’m laughing as I’m reading it. It’s such an interesting question. But “how do you tell what
side of the headphones “is left, and which are right?” – Okay. Two things. Ready? So these bigger headphones here, the cable is generally going
to be on the left-hand side. Okay? That’s how you do those. The earbuds, I never knew this, but there is a right and left one! And the controls are on the
right-hand side of them. At least on the iPhone ones. But yeah! So that’s how I know. Headphones, always look
for the cable on the left, and I suppose the only pair
of earbuds I have right now, had the thing on the right. So, that’s how I know. – [Ben] ‘Kay, another random question. “How do you know food is expired?” – I think the biggest thing
is probably smell and touch. Right? When it starts to, like when roast beef starts
to not smell like roast beef, and get that sort of slime on it. It’s like, into the old
garbage disposal with it! Goodbye old friend. You served me well! I didn’t eat you fast enough. Goodbye. Yep! But those are generally, I mean, and that’s pretty much
the way anybody tells, right? By smell and touch. And I suppose it could look
a little dingy as well. And that, you know, but, I think the smell would
getcha before the look. (laughing) Right? Yeah, I think. – [Ben] ShootingBambi on
Twitter wanted to know, “Did Seth MacFarlane ever contact you “regarding ‘Family Guy’
after her recommendation?” Did you ever hear from Mr. MacFarlane? – Yeah, I didn’t take his call. (Ben laughs)
I told him, you know, “Pad sounds stupid. I don’t need you.” You and your successful cartoons! Your franchises and all this. Get away from me! You creep. No, he never called. He never, could you imagine?! (laughs) I’d be like, “Seth who?” “Family what now?” (laughing) I would love for him to call me. Keep recommending him, my love. Just, you know. Go ahead. – [Ben] Yeah, would you do voice work? – I would love to do voice work! Are you kidding me? (imitating Regis’ voice)
Uh, if anybody uh, needs Regis Philbin on a
show, I am, right here! (imitating Tony’s voice) Or
maybe uh, you know, Tony Danza. – [Ben] Oh, is it Tony Danza? – Um, uh, yeah! – [Ben] Okay.
– (normal voice) My favorites. – [Ben] They were great. – Forgive me. – [Ben] No, we should line them up for another show.
– Okay. – [Ben] We’ll figure out
all your impressions. Your latest impressions.
– Okay! – [Ben] All right, so, for parents, you see a lot of questions, and actually, and even emails from
parents who have kids, who are diagnosed with some sort of, something disease causes blindness or they’re born blind. Right?
– Mm hm. – [Ben] And they always,
and ask in the comments, “Do you have any advice for parents, – [Ben] “in terms of how to handle that?” – You know, look. I would say (sighs) My parents did a pretty good job. My mother did a great job. She really fought for me. And my mom wanted me, her thing was that she wanted
me to have the experience that my sisters would have. So she wanted me to be, you know, treated the same as them, and to be able to do all the
same things that they did. So I think it comes down to raising, you know, just raising a good kid! Raising a kid who’s fun, who’s curious, who’s outgoing, you know, all that kind of stuff. And if your kid is like that, and it happens to them, and the blind stuff, will come naturally. You’ll all figure it out together. You’re all growin’ up together. You’re all learning this thing together. So, you know, I think that’s sort of the gist of it really is… – [Ben] So you’re focusing
more on the person– – The personality! Yeah! The blindness is, don’t worry about the blindness part. You guys will work that out together, and find out what works, and all that kind of stuff. You know, but just… I mean, listen. When I was growing up,
I’m not kidding you. It was shameful. You didn’t want to have
somebody with a disability. It was frowned upon. – [Ben] Wow. – I mean, I’m not kidding you. It breaks my heart to tell you this, but it’s absolutely true. You know, and so for me to go through the public
school system as I did, I was not supposed to do that. I was not. And my mom fought like
crazy and got it done. So, you know. Big up for her. – [Ben] So, right. So when you, so, what about, what
could you say to a parent when a kid is heading off to
school for the first time? ‘Cause like, okay. Sure, the
first four or whatever years. – Yeah. I think, look. Again, you’re gonna already
see some interaction with other children, right? ‘Cause your friend’s kids, and things are gonna wind up, you know, you’ll all be hanging out, and you’ll have beach
trips and things like this. And so, I think you’ll sort of get an idea of how your kid’s gonna adjust to school. Look, my mother, I’ll be honest with you. I think my mother was more freaked out, and cried more, when she dropped
me off at boarding school when I was 15, than she did my first day of kindergarten. Yeah, ’cause you know,
there were a lot of things that my family sort of
did for me as a kid, that I really kind of never, so that’s, you know, I learned a lot of things, as sort of a jazz musician. I just sort of found my
own way to do things. And that’s why I do a lot of
things the way I do today. You know, think about it often. I’m like, “Man, maybe one
year at a blind school “woulda been okay, but, “eh, you know, it worked out this way.” Things always work out the way that they’re supposed
to work out, don’t they? – [Ben] Why do you say that about one year at a school for the blind? – Just to be able to get
some of those skills, you know what I mean? Some of those, sort of, living skills, and kind
of that type of thing. That I just sort of figured out on my own. But to have somebody to teach me that, in a school setting,
would have been great. You know, or now I could
pay somebody a lot of money to teach me those things. Do you, the true fact, I literally learned the right way to butter a piece of bread, two years ago. – [Ben] How? Can you do it? – So here you go. With a knife, it’s impossible to try and move a thing of butter around, and get it all done. The back of a spoon. It’s so great. And it just worked! So for spreading things
evenly on a piece of bread, I never knew that! See, that’s kind of one
of those life skills that I would have learned
at a school for the blind. You know what I mean? So, but to get, look, I’m getting all these little nuggets anywhere, you know, in life. It’s wonderful. – [Ben] It’s also great for mayo. Sidenote.
– Oh! Absolutely! – [Ben] What about, have
you figured out jelly? – I really don’t eat it.
– [Ben] Okay. – I don’t eat it. I did as a child, but I don’t anymore. – [Ben] I saw a comment fly by the chat, I gotta tell you about it. – Come on. – [Ben] He said, “I can
hear the Opie Anthony show “in Tommy’s voice. Lol. ” (bell dings)
(Tommy laughing) – That’s awful! Awful! – [Ben] That’s a funny reference. (Tommy laughing) – Yuck! – [Ben] All right, Tommy.
I think that wraps it up. – This is it! Man, god, it goes quick, doesn’t it? – [Ben] It does. – Wow. Well this has been so much fun. Again, if you’d like
to have this with you, it’s available wherever podcasts are sold. (both laughing) No! It’s free. You don’t
have to pay for it. And it’s gonna be available to stream, here too, on this channel right here. – [Ben] Yeah, assuming that
we don’t have any technical issues, this file will
be available shortly. – Very shortly. Yep. And the podcast
will be available, what? In the morning? – [Ben] No, later tonight. – Later tonight? Oh, sweet! – [Ben] I’ll upload it
right after this show. – Terrific.
– [Ben] So links, so yeah, podcasts, the audio version is available on all those places, right? Apple iTunes, Spotifty,
iHeart Radio, Google Tunein, and a lot more.
– Yup. A link to all those different places is in the description. – There’s also links for
things like the showgram, which happens on Mondays and Thursdays, over on the Hank and Jim Radio Network. A little radio show that I do, it’s a lot of fun, so if
you’d like to check that out, there’s a link for that too. There’s also people asking
about music that I like. There’s a link for a giant
playlist that we made. It’s got loads and loads of
different kinds of music. Got artists and things, so, that’s there as well. Anything else, or is that it? – [Ben] Let’s see. Oh, and one last thing. You know what? There is, we just put
it in there last minute, a link to Twitch. – Oh! That’s right! – [Ben] We still got the Twitch account. ]Cause you might do some lives
– Just did! – [Ben] Off of YouTube. So if you like Twitch, go to the link in the description. – Yep, there’s a link right there in the description for you. And you can– – [Ben] Follow our Twitch channel. – Yep. – [Ben] However that works. – However that, yeah we’re gonna (laughs) we’ll all bump into the furnace
chute together, friends. It’ll be terrific! – [Ben] Well Tommy, great show man. Thank you for asking–
– Ben– – [Ben] Or answering these questions. – Listen, thank you for driving, – [Ben] Absolutely.
– thank for, everybody, thank you for being a part of it and asking the wonderful questions, and just keep the questions comin’! If there’s something you’re curious about, feel free to ask. We just might answer
it for you on the show. – [Ben] Big help, big
thanks to out moderator. – Yeah, Frank Slade back here is doing a bank up job back there. Thank you, Frank!
(clapping) Terrific! – [Ben] And thanks to
everybody who commented or left a question in the chat room, or sent us a Tweet, and all that. So thank you, very much for being here. – Much thanks and we’ll
see you again soon. Not quite sure when, but, you know, just wacth! That’s it. Thanks, buh-bye. (jazzy music) – Everybody’s going home to beddy-bye.

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77 thoughts on “Ep 1 – Why A New Channel, Raising A Blind Child, 2019 Movies, Sleep-Wake Disorder & More

  1. camera seems to be recording at a slow frame rate for some reason, video is a little choppy. other then that great video tommy

  2. Glad you guys are plugged in again. Missed hearing Tommy’s “view” of the world. Don’t get a big head Tommy but you are an interesting dude. You say things that open entirely new perspectives for me that I would otherwise would not consider.

  3. Question? Do you use any sort of echolocation? Either sounds you make yourself, tapping your cane or using the ambient sounds around you. Indoors or outdoors?

  4. Thanks for checking out the show. If you have a question for our next live stream, leave it in the comments. If we didn't get to your question in the chatroom, it's been saved for a future show. Timestamps/questions in the description and below. 🙂


    What are the most common questions that people ask you in person?
    What are some of the awkward questions that you’re asked in person?
    Were you always open about talking about your blindness?
    How often are you asked about your blindness?

    When you meet someone, can you tell when they want to ask about your blindness but are afraid to?
    When you meet someone, what is the first thing you notice about them?
    Sighted people may judge a person by their looks. What does a blind person judge about a person aside from their personality or character?

    Are you affected by the Non-24-hour sleep-wake disorder?
    Do you think it’s easier for you to fall asleep?
    Was it easier for you to hide that you were sleeping in school?
    Can you fall asleep with your eyes open?

    How do you experience films heavy on visual storytelling, particularly mysteries?
    Have you seen the Cats movie and will you review it?
    Have you seen Star Wars: Episode 9?
    What movies have you seen in 2019?
    The Irishman review
    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood review

    What made you decide to switch to a live/podcast format?
    Why set up another channel?
    Are you still uploading to the main channel?
    Did you fix the YouTube notifications problem?
    Are you going to do more “Guess What’s In The Mail” videos?

    Six years ago, you answered the question, would you get surgery to see? What’s your answer today?

    How did blind people work out math problems in school (Long division, Algebra, Geometry)?
    What was your favorite subject in school?
    What subject were you best at?
    Have you ever learned any American Sign Language (ASL)?

    Are blind people afraid of the dark?

    Can of Questions
    (mystery question)

    What is a blind person’s sense of space?
    Do blind people see things in 3D in their mind?
    What would be your visuals in your mind?

    When a blind person tries to remember something, do their eyes look up?

    In past videos, when you tried describing what people look like, what were your guesses based on?

    As a blind person, would you be able to have a deaf dog or would it be very difficult to train/live with a deaf dog?

    How does a blind person know which side of their headphones are left and right?

    How does a blind person know if food is expired or spoiled?

    Did Seth MacFarlane ever contact you regarding Family Guy after her recommendation?

    Do you have advice for parents of blind children?
    First time going to school?
    What’s something you would change about your experience at school?

    Wrap Up

  5. I really hope you get better at Spanish in 2020. It's so nice to hear you speak (albeit with a caribbean/NY twist lol).

  6. This was so fun! I love listening to you, Tommy! You never fail to make me smile.

    By the way, I am all the way from South Africa. Just thought I'd let you know how far your channel has reached others.

  7. It is funny since Ben is off camera, so when he goes to Twitter, or checks something technical, Tommy and I are both sitting there the same. Is he gonna say something?

  8. A little bit ago, I told someone i hate the sound of a trombone with a mute, and they were suprised I could hear that. I wonder what kind of sounds Tommy hears that other people can't.

  9. Welcome back to YT, sir! I'm legally blind myself and have really enjoyed your content for a while now. Sadly I discovered your channel after your hiatus began so I never had the chance to interact fully. Looking forward to that opportunity with XP2.
    Happy Holidays!

  10. Hello Tommy! Glad to hear that you’re back. I think you and Ben have another homerun on your hands. Keep up the great work. Love the show.

  11. Good to see you are back on Youtube, but… I am not particularly crazy about podcast format videos. Ahh well. Looking forward to seeing new content on the old channel.

  12. I think I enjoy hearing how Tommy answers the question more than I care about the question he is answering. Does that make sense?
    I love his personality and humor. He has great communication skills.

    I know this is an odd sentence but his authentic down to earth realism of those around him is compelling.

  13. Ok few questions about school classes:

    Did they try to have you interact and participate in gym and art class?

    Were you good in music classes? Are you musically talented?

    And your favorite school lunch?

  14. I have learned that people will ask themselves, if they need something. Time flies by so fast, when im watching Tommys videos. They are so entertaining, and I have missed them so much.

  15. This podcast is so wholesome and informative. I've noticed a blind kid at the university and it does make me curious how he's able to navigate across campus; though sometimes I walk around reading without looking where I'm going, haha. It's all muscle memory. I learn something everyday. The spoon thing for spreading butter was something I discovered when I ran out of butterknives. It really does work well! Expecially for jelly.

  16. ‪I have a question for the next video. I wanted to know how you know it’s the correct time to wake up. Do you set an alarm for a specific time or just check the time every time you stir or wake up a little. How do you avoid waking up in the night thinking it’s morning otherwise?‬

  17. I have another question, actually. Have you heard of Synesthesia? I found out I have this in 2019, which is pretty cool. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s an ability to see music in colour. So when a piece of music is playing i can close my eyes and see it in colour like a painting. But all people who have this would probably see exactly the same thing. Certain notes and patterns trigger certain colours. What do you think of that and can you get your mind round the concept? I guess it’s impossible for a person blind from birth to have this because if you’ve never seen a colour you couldn’t picture it when music plays

    Edit: the general grouping is called synesthesia. The specific one to me, seeing music in colour is called chromesthesia. Just to clear that up.

  18. Question: I've heard you talk about your appreciation for Prince, and the recent question "If you could see what he looked like would it change your opinion of him". That got me to thinking, Have you ever been to a wax museum like Madame Tussauds where you could actually touch a representation of specific celebrities? And if you have, were there any celebrities that surprised you by getting a feel of what they're like.

  19. 1. How do you feel hearing your own voice vs. your recorded voice.

    2. I guess your electric bill will be lower if you not turn lights on at home? Maybe it is a good habit turning lights on. 🙂

  20. I never really listened to any podcasts but I really enjoyed this one. I‘m so glad you‘re back. Informative and entertaining. Thanks Tommy and Ben

  21. Tommy what do you think about drag queens? Do you find it cool or weird that men are talking and dressing like women as an entertainment/art form? 😀

  22. Tommy should be a guest in the podcast Dynamic Banter, they had a bit on the christmas song he hates, called "Little Bummer Boy"

  23. I really love the podcast so far, looking for the next episode
    Question: What's one of your favorite fabric texture? 💖

  24. tommy! what an awesome start to this podcast. i had a great time listening. i've truly missed your content, and i am so happy that you're back. i wish we could be friends 😀
    i don't have any questions at the moment, but i am looking forward to more!

  25. Hey Tommy, I imagine you have met a person with Down Syndrome or maybe someone with autism before. Could you tell that person had a disability before you being told so? I mean, did you get any difference from that person that could give you a clue?

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