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AuthorI’m Isaac Morehouse, author, speaker, educational choice advocate, and founder of Praxis--a professional bootcamp and startup apprenticeship program that teaches real job skills in 9 months at zero net cost. Ask me anything!

Jan 24th 2017 by isaacmorehouse • 45 Questions • 109 Points

I'm Kate and my husband Doug and I bought a farm in the Kona Coffee belt in Feb. 2013. We planted our 8 acre coffee orchard and have now been farming coffee for 4 years. We originally are from Chicago where I was a lawyer and he was a proprietary futures trader.

My farm is Sunshower Farms and our website is www.SunshowerCoffee.com.

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No, you simply need to clap twice and you laptop will pick up the sound and automatically refresh. Likewise, you can also say "refresh" into the speaker system.

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How accurate are the scientific underpinnings of the r/NoFap and r/pornfree movements? As a corollary, how accurate is the information provided on the website YourBrainOnPorn?


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So if you used a phased array could you make the lights rotate around the arena?

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That exoskeleton looks really sleek. How much does the whole thing weigh?


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What's your best tip for people so they avoid being in your previous situation entirely?

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Hi Scott,

I emailed you about something specific, and you gave me personal advice based on my situation and even monitored the flights for a little while to make sure I got the right price. That experience really stood out because I didn't even expect a response. You're absolutely amazing.

My question is, how are you able to keep a personal touch while probably getting hundreds of requests (if not more)?

Edit: also, do you see Sydney/Auckland flights being cheap any time soon? (From the east coast)


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Have you ever had word come down to report with a bias or to omit facts in order to push an agenda? Had an article edited or denied due to the information not swaying a certain way? Or have you heard of other who have?

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So, Steve, my man. How does it feel to be introducing brand new Dragon Ball material on Toonami again? =]


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What kind of reactions did you get from friends and family? Any notable stories?

How many people work your farm? Do you have a photogenic burro?

Have you considered some sort of rental accommodation on site? Have you had an influx of friends and family wanting to visit?

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I CAN'T YELL ANY LOUDER BUT IT'S STILL NOT WORKING


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It's my opinion that the research reviewed that YourBrainOnPorn provides is accurate and a solid overview of the research in the field at this time. I don't know a lot about NoFap and PornFree other than that they are forums that provide people support for people who are trying to abstain. I know that can be extremely helpful for people trying to quit.

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Dude that's brilliant. We have done waves and other things like that, but with a section-entry UI, so the users could tell the program they were in section 101, for example.


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Not entirely sure, but not a lot

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Great question! My best tip would be to not bury your head in the sand and hope that the situation will go away. My initial student loan balance of $74k ballooned to $107k simply because I ignored the problem, stopped making payments, and let some of my loans slip into default. So I always encourage student loan borrowers to take action rather than let what happened to me happen to them. Perhaps that means switching to an income-driven repayment plan or putting student loans in deferment. Either of these options is better than ignoring the bills and missing payments. Ignoring the problem doesn’t make it go away. It only makes things worse.


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That is so kind of you to mention, thank you!

Honestly, I just feel like if someone takes the time to write me, it'd be kind of a jerk move not to respond? Maybe I'm old-fashioned that way haha. But I feel like I owe it to people, especially all you early adopters who took a chance on this weird guy with some cheap flight list, you know?

In any case, so kind of you to mention and I really appreciate it :-)

It's true that there are now hundreds of emails a day, but in terms of how, lotsa caffeine, quick typing fingers, and a decent ability to multi-task.

Thank you again!

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Yes I have.

Fusion told me and many other staff to "side with the audience." Which they clarified as young people being liberal or left leaning so that's the angle we take regardless of the facts. It was not a fun time.

Most companies don't force journalists to be biased they just hire biased journalists in the first place.


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S: Just like the good old days. Appreciate you tuning in. Only Toonami!

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What kind of reactions did you get

A lot of surprise and some envy. Most people were really supportive and congratulated us for making the change. Our immediate families were probably the most worried because they didn't want us to lose all of our savings doing something stupid.

How many people work your farm?

My husband and I are the only full time employees but we do have a couple of work traders who work about 10 hours a week in exchange for living in our employee housing (individual rooms but with a shared bathroom and kitchen).

Do you have a photogenic burro?

I wish! I am dying to get a donkey because they are so cute. But my husband says it would be a waste of money. We do have some really cute goats though.

Have you considered some sort of rental accommodation on site? Have you had an influx of friends and family wanting to visit?

No Air BnB set up or anything like that but we do have an area where pickers can rent during the picking season. And yes tons of friends and family have come to visit. We love having visitors because our island is pretty rural and it can be nice to break things up.


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Hey Issac, thanks for doing this AMA.

I've seen you speak twice at SFL events, am an avid listener of the Issac Morehouse podcast (FwTK are the best days), and lately the idea of applying for Praxis has appealed more and more to me. I understand that the application process is very competitive, and that Praxis is continuing to expand exponentially. I also have a call scheduled with Derek in a few days to talk more about the program. You guys are doing great work and really are showing that the future of education is already here, and that the college system is already dead (they just don't know it yet ;) ) My question is:

What advice do you have to give an individual who wants to apply for Praxis, and how can I as an individual become more competitive in the application process?

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Do you believe any amount of pornography at any age is healthy?


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Having them scan their ticket's barcode may be easier.

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Would you completely remove the body parts that don't function properly and replace them with cybernetic parts if we had the proper technology?


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This is why I eat sugary foods, to help poor up and coming dentists pay off their loans. Not because I don't have self control. Not that.

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Where is your favorite travel destination that you only discovered after finding a cheap flight there?


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Thank you for the response! Following up on the question, who do you feel is the most reputable agency/journalist to consistently publish current events?

What reasons do companies report to the masses or hire biased journalist? Is it strictly a business decision to drive traffic or is it politically motivated?

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Hey guys! I've been curious about this. How do you guys work if you're sick? Like if your nose is congested, and you end up sounding nasally all day, what do you?


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My family vacationed out there a few times. Lovely space. We spoke with another Coffee farmer who mentioned this work trade concept, and my daughter was intrigued. Where can we find out more what other places offer similar circumstance on the islands? Is there a posting forum?

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Awesome question.

The biggest thing I can say is that our application team looks for those who pass what I call the "sleep in your car test".

There are those willing to sleep in their car to get what they want and those who aren't. We want the former. (We don't actually ask you to sleep in your car, it's a mindset.)

Go after it, have fun, be real, and enjoy the application process!


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I would liken pornography to alcohol and drugs. For some people they can recreationally use porn and do not have problems but with a small minority it can create problems for them and become a compulsive behavior.

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Yes, someone actually mentioned that to me last month and it's definitely something we should implement.


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Hell yeah

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haha - nice... fueling the economy one snickers bar at a time!


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Ohhh great question! This is going to sound silly, but Milan. I had zero interest in going to Milan, until I found a nonstop flight there for $130 roundtrip. Who wouldn't go to Milan for $130 roundtrip??

Granted, I didn't spend a ton of time in the city itself (aside from seeing an AC Milan game), but there's so much magic in northern Italy. Took a train to hike Cinque Terre, took a train up to Lake Como for the day, even took a train out to the Italy/Switzerland border to ski the alps right by the Matterhorn. All on a whim! Likely never would've gotten to do any of that if not for the cheap flight.

EDIT: flights were NYC-Milan for $130 nonstop roundtrip. Sorry for ambiguity about origin before!

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Money and Politics, but usually money.

An article about violent trump supporters will get waaay more shares than a balanced piece about violence on both sides.

EDIT: i suck at speling


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A: If it's really bad, you have to call it. Because you don't want to mess up your voice OR get anyone else sick! TJ: For mocap, unless we're injured, we have to do it. Mo-cap studios are booked months in advance, there's a lot of money at stake for the companies. I've been injured and still had to perform. S: For fear of contagion, I generally stay home if it's bad. Sometimes I can record from home.

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Yeah check out WwoofUSA and Wwoofhawaii. That's where we originally got people. The work traders we have now are from just posting on facebook - they are much more long term people though and are all living here indefinitely and not just for a couple weeks/months.


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What do you think Praxis will look like in five years?

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What exactly causes an addiction to sex? I can understand addictions to things we eat/drink/smoke because you are adding something to your body that causes a reaction. But how does one become addicted to a biological function? And how do you treat it, since it comes from within the person (not from an outside source)?


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We have done waves and other things like that, but with a section-entry UI, so the users could tell the program they were in section 101, for example.

I think this is one of the most innovative and clever apps I've seen in a very long time. Congrats man!

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What is the best and worst part of your day that might come as a surprise?


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I'm super overwhelmed with all the options to repay federal loans (~$67,500 direct un/subsidized). I'm working in public service and currently qualify for the forgiveness program. What disadvantages are there to paying back the loans based on an income-driven plan or the public service forgiveness program?

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even took a train out to the Italy/Switzerland border to ski the alps right by the Matterhorn.

Cervinia-Breuil? How was it? Did you rent gear or bring your own? I'll be there in 2.5 weeks.


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Fucking hell. Thank you for your honesty, man. VICE gets more shit from their audience than any other news outlet I can think of. I understand there's a bottom line to think about, but a lot of us started following VICE because you guys didn't appear to be focussed on that bottom line.

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Hi guys! I'm really into voice acting for video games, so I'm pretty happy I got to this AMA early!

What was the weirdest thing you've had to say for a role? The one line or lines that really took you a moment to process?


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Assuming that you took a pay cut, at least at the beginning, can you tell us what makes it worth it?

Thanks.

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Staffed by an army of college grad sized ducks listening to the 8 Mile soundtrack.

Other than that, I want it to be as big as it can possibly be. I don't like hard number goals, personally or professionally. I like directional goals. Where do I want Praxis to go?

Farther.


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Sex addicts are more likely to have histories of emotional, physical and sexual trauma in their background and they are also more likely to have a history of problems with attachment and intimacy. Those are some of the most common etiological factors to sex addiction. However we are seeing young people these days who are hooked on to porn that do not have the same trauma history and attachment histories that we see in the typical sex addict. They get exposed to graphic, intense, online pornography and become hooked.

Orgasm is the natural blast of dopamine to the brain. Dopamine is considered the master molecule of addiction. When an individual uses porn it stimulates its reward center with dopamine. When this is overstimulated, the brain compensates by reducing the number of receptor sites in the synapse. Therefore it takes more intense use to get the same high. They have flooded their reward centers with dopamine just like someone does with substance abuse. So the changes in the brain for a porn addict, are very similar to the brain changes to someone who is addicted to drugs and alcohol. This same process occurs with food as well as other natural addictions like video games and gambling. And the treatment is similar to that of an eating disorder. Individuals need to learn how to have a healthy relationship with food just like they need to learn how to have a healthy relationship with sexuality.

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Thanks!


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The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup. (I don't actually drink coffee). The worst part is not being independent. I need help with everything. With eating. Getting things. Not being able to go to the bathroom on my own.

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Yeah, there’s no doubt that the number of federal options is overwhelming and there’s not a ton of help on choosing the best one for you. But it’s great to hear you’re familiar with the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (PSLF)! This program is one of the best deals out there. In order to receive full forgiveness on your eligible federal loans (and your Direct unsubsidized loans are eligible), you must complete 120 monthly payments (10 years) on an income-driven repayment plan and/or the Standard, 10 Year Repayment Plan.

So if you’re not already enrolled, getting onto an income-driven plan should be your first move. Counter-intuitively, you want to minimize the amount you pay when you’re pursuing PSLF because anything you don’t pay is ultimately going to be forgiven anyway. one of these plans is the first step. In addition, you must: Work in qualifying public service employment for at least 30 hours/week while making those 120 payments (sounds like you’ve got this covered). Completed the PSLF employer certification form for each employer during that 10 year period. You can find that here. Then, after you’ve completed 120 monthly payments, you can complete the forgiveness application!

Public Service Loan Forgiveness be a great option for public teachers, government workers, or non-profit employees who are struggling to repay their federal student loans. Doctors working in public hospitals can often take advantage of this program as well. You can learn more here.


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that's the one! it's glorrrrious. i rented at a place in town. wasn't very pricey if i recall. doesn't seem worth the hassle to me to bring your own.

have a great trip!! if you are inclined hashtag any instagram photos #scottscheapflights so we can follow along and repost!

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well Im not there anymore.

But VICE has a different business strategy than most media outlets that allows them to be less biased. Nobody is perfect though


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A: Basically every line I had to say for Tiny Tina. S: Having to articulate the thoughts of a landscape made of human feces. T: For a Spiderman game, the girl that was working with us that day was wrapped early, but she ended up having several more scenes. So I had to wrap tape around knees and put blocks of wood under my heels to simulate a woman in a pencil skirt in heels.

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Yes we both took a huge paycut and we will probably never replace that with farming. But what were we really working for in Chicago? We were saving to buy a house (which we now have) and working until we could take our next vacation to a place like Hawaii (where we now live). It's not that we have EVERYTHING we could want (I would LOVE a pool), but I am a lot more fulfilled than I was in Chicago.


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I saw this and am personally interested. One thing I have noticied is that when it comes to the way that college is changing the system of how it is being thought of differently compared to the past (you know the days of attending university being associated with the beer drinking party kids is on the decline) is that so called non traditional college practices are generally being targeted to older students (such as those who want a career change or so forth).

This makes me however wonder about the large amount of younger traditional aged students who themselves would also benefit from these new technologies an ideas. For example I know a ton of young people (17-25) who are very smart and what not but can not go to traditional university due to financial reasons or other obligations that they already have and it seems that besides the standardized political debates that no one is addressing this problem.

So my question is what do you think the best free market way is there to help younger aged studies to take advantage of these technologies when it comes to university studies?

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Will we ever be desensitized to porn because it's too ubiquitous?


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Which 4 books did you use and in what order? Did you have a history of programming? I'd love to know where to start.

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How heavily involved in BMX were you at the time of your injury?


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Are you taxed on the amount that is forgiven? It still would be cheaper regardless but just curious if you should be saving for a lump sum to pay off.

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Ever managed to get a 100% discount? Did you then put on shades and say "looks like you got off... Scott free"


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Like you say, nobody's perfect and at the end of the day everyone's gotta make a dollar.

VICE makes great documentaries when it comes to the Syria/Iraq war though. Could I ask if you had any part in that?

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Hey Steve, big fan of your work, so I hope you see this question. What needs to be done exactly so the strike can end?


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Where in Chicago did you live?

That's my favorite city in the whole wide world.

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The beauty of the technological explosion unleashed by the internet is that most of these things can be had for free or close to it.

The value of college is the signal. Period. Every other aspect can be had better and cheaper elsewhere. (See here: https://medium.com/the-mission/the-two-great-secrets-of-higher-education-f2b9a32e23e5#.1c60hum1t)

But now you can also build your own signal that is more valuable than a degree! (See here: https://medium.com/the-mission/want-to-do-cool-stuff-build-a-better-signal-4a20f526122f#.enm9bkjft)


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Our culture has become desensitized to porn and is much more sexualized than it was 30 years ago. Consider how a Playboy compares to a typical porn site of today. There is a lot of pressure for young women to look like porn stars and act like porn stars. Young men are also trained culturally to objectify and sexualize women in ways that had't been occurring in our culture in the past. There is research that shows that there are some socio-cultural concerns with porn including an increase in sexual aggression towards women and the rape-ness acceptance. As a culture we are involved in a major social experiment to see how wide spread, easy access to porn will affect relationships and gender roles in society.

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For iOS pick up (1) book on learning Swift; (2) Big Nerd Ranch book on making "practice" apps with Swift. For Android pick up (1) book on learning Java; and (2) Big Nerd Ranch book on making "practice" apps with Java.

With those four books, you should have a very strong foundation for getting out to sites like StackOverflow.com and advancing from there.


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Pretty involved. It's all I did. I worked at a bike shop. I rode my bike every day with friends. Went on trips constantly to skate Parks or just looking for places to ride

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Good news, you don’t have to pay any taxes for loans forgiven under PSLF! You only have to pay income tax on loans forgiven through an income-driven repayment plan (which also only grant forgiveness after 20-25 years depending on the plan). So basically, if you didn’t claim your tax-free PSLF forgiveness after 10 years, you could continue paying for 20-25 years and receive taxable forgiveness. Needless to say, if you qualify for PSLF, this is a much better option.


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Sheeeiiiitttt me at the airport IRL getting five-finger discount flights: http://giphy.com/gifs/deal-with-it-joe-biden-Me9HRX7wrTsKQ

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I havent done anything in Syria or Iraq. Though I did field produce a piece on North Korea which was fun.


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S: Management would agree to pay actors fairly, respect their safety, and let our reps know what we're working on. There's already some companies (indies and AAA) that have agreed to those terms, so really it's just up to the game corps to come to the table.

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I lived right by the United Center for awhile (not the best neighborhood but what I could afford at the time) and then when I moved in with my now-husband we lived in Old Town. And yeah Chicago really is the best. I miss it all the time.


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The beauty of the technological explosion unleashed by the internet is that most of these things can be had for free or close to it. The value of college is the signal. Period. Every other aspect can be had better and cheaper els

Personally in respect to what you said I agree whole heartily when you look at what technology has done. I mean look at 3d printing has done for manufacturing.

However I guess my next question is how can we get to the point where more people understand that it is just a signal since as we agree you can gain the knowledge on your own. I mean heck look at computers, you can spend 10k to get a CS AA degree or just read up on it (since there is a lot of free documentation online and at libraries) but the problem is that the RedHats, Apples, and so on want that signal that we spoke of (although I will add to their credit that the tech community is relatively better at this).

So what will it take for Fortune 500 companies and even mom and pop companies to step back and realize this "signal" phenomenon and get to the point that they say "welp I guess we need to really rethink our requirements when it comes to hiring"

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How does porn seen by a child affect them down the road? How do you suggest handling that now so there isn't an issue later in life?


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how much time did you spend learning per day?

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What was the biggest moment in recovery from the time you were injured until now?


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I currently have 55,000 dollars of student loans. My interest is 6.75% and I feel like I just cannot make a dent. With a mortgage and car payments I just feel like this is impossible. Any advice?

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Why are there rarely great deals out of DFW?


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What was the weirdest/most interesting thing about N Korea that you saw or learned?

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What video game character(s) from the 16-bit era and prior would you like to do the voices for?


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Old Town is crazy ritzy.

That's cool though. I spent most of my lfie in Humboldt Park :0

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It's happening already. Any company which doesn't have an HR department of more than one person (those are the companies you want to work for too) already accepts better signals in place of college, whether their job descriptions say it or not.

Even some Fortune 500's if you're creative enough.

Economic self-interest will do the work. The more people who can go out and live it and prove it, the better.

The future is here. Most people just don't know it yet. Those who do have tremendous first mover advantage. Shhhh.... ;-)


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When we are young it is the time when our sexuality is developing. So when people are exposed to sexual things it can impact what they become aroused by later life (their "arousal template".) So if a child sees a certain type of porn they can incorporate that in their arousal template and find it as a source of arousal all the way into adulthood.

We don't know all the consequences of pornography exposure for children at this point. Research on that is new. As a parent I would recommend educating children about porn early and to keep it an open dialogue so they know what it is and expect it when they see it and are comfortable talking to you about it. Communication is key. Educating them about healthy sexuality is equally important so they know that everything they see on the screen is not exactly what they will see in real life. I would be careful not to shame a child to being exposed to porn. I would treat it as a matter of fact and treat it from an educational perspective.

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About four hours, seven days a week, for six months. Then I spent the next few months with programming as my basically full-time job, so I was pretty immersed from the get-go.


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I've had a couple. When I was first injured I had actually no use of any my limbs. I was also on a ventilator. So I couldn't eat or speak. When I was finally taken off the ventilator and could eat again that was a pretty big moment. Then I slowly regain use of my left arm. Then seven months later came my right arm. And then three years ago I started regaining use of some of my left wrist

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Hi, and thanks for your question! If those $55,000 are federal student loans, you’ve got plenty of options for reducing your payments while you focus on other debt like that mortgage. One of the best choices may be to look into income-driven repayment plans. These are a set of plans available for federal loans that will set your payments to be in line with your income, rather than using your loan balance as a basis.

I actually was enrolled in one of these plans while I was struggling to juggle all of my debt. You can read more about them here and calculate your potential payments using these calculators. I hope this helps!


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The stupid AA monopoly there :-(

I wrote up a longer explanation here but the tl;dr is that the American Air monopoly in DFW prevents more airlines from competing on price, so fewer opportunities for cheap flights, mistake fares, etc.

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I didnt actually go to NK it was actually all shot by the Kiwi's. I went to Wellington, NZ to meet with them and conducted the interview which was used for voice over.

Sorry if I made it seem like I was in NK, that wasn't my intention.


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A: Luca in Chrono Trigger S: I was Dhalsim in Street Fighter so... T: King Koopa

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Dude I know. We just rented but definitely could not afford to buy there.


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The beauty of the technological explosion unleashed by the internet is that most of these things can be had for free or close to it. The value of college is the signal. Period. Every other aspect can be had better and cheaper els

Personally in respect to what you said I agree whole heartily when you look at what technology has done. I mean look at 3d printing has done for manufacturing.

However I guess my next question is how can we get to the point where more people understand that it is just a signal since as we agree you can gain the knowledge on your own. I mean heck look at computers, you can spend 10k to get a CS AA degree or just read up on it (since there is a lot of free documentation online and at libraries) but the problem is that the RedHats, Apples, and so on want that signal that we spoke of (although I will add to their credit that the tech community is relatively better at this).

So what will it take for Fortune 500 companies and even mom and pop companies to step back and realize this "signal" phenomenon and get to the point that they say "welp I guess we need to really rethink our requirements when it comes to hiring"

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Do you work in conjunction with a long term therapist or do you play that role? I theorize most addiction isn't a primary disorder/disease but has a more base/root problem be it environmental or biological (in cases involving drug/alcohol abuse). I would think sex addicts could be on an even stronger gradient be it environment or the "pleasure button study".


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cool. any tips on staying motivated and getting disciplined?

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Just how close are we to having an ironman suit?


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I first started following Vice because I felt that it was mostly unbiased but was also tailored to the interest of the younger generation that I'm a a part of. It was very refreshing. I don't follow anymore as I've felt that they're catering mostly to the liberal leaning crowd. Maybe they sold out maybe they didn't idk. Thank you though for what you've done.

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Ash: Will we see Tiny Tina in Borderlands 3?

Steve Blum: If you could choose one person to play Spike in a live action Cowboy Bebop, who would it be?


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Mahalo for the AMA

Which varieties do you grow?

What kind of roaster are you using?

Do you plan to offer single varieties or your peaberry solo in the future?

Do you grow any 'Awa?

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I'm trying to think if my five year old would understand this. I think so. Maybe even simpler:

We help you learn how to have a job you love by giving you a cool job and a bunch of help and training.


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When people enter recovery for sex addiction they are best served with "programatic care" which includes individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy and 12-step. Typically treatment for sex addiction is intensive and a long term process. For acute cases it can be a 3-5 year treatment process. The reason why treatment takes a long time is because often it does have problems underlying the addiction such as anxiety, depression, trauma, relationships problems, other mood disorders that also need to be treated. Because sex can destroy people's lives often the healing process takes time for people to put their lives back together. That tends to be long term.

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For me, it's always just been a lot of pressure I put on myself. I want to succeed so that this pressure will finally go away. Me_irl.


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That information is classified

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We hear about a lot of problems with servicers. And we did see the news that came out yesterday about Navient. We’ll be covering this on our blog along with what borrowers can do. If you’re having problems, see here for where you can go to report the issues and potentially find help.


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Ahhh hopefully this year, but lemme explain a bit more about why I haven't started doing domestic US deals yet.

Flights to Europe typically cost $900. Many of the flights I'm able to find and send out cost $400. Savings: $500.

Domestic flights vary significantly by routing, but typically are $350 or less. Let's say you're flying JFK-LAX. Typically $350. A really good price for that route would be like $225. Savings: $125.

Obviously nice to have those savings, of course, just not nearly as much on an absolute level, you know?

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I dont think its as bad as everyone says.

Honestly I think VICE News on HBO does such a good job that its kind of boring!


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A: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (u/maddking: she literally said, "ascii shrug")

S: Wow. Ummm. I'm not qualified to be a casting agent. But I did meet Keanu Reeves who was very invested in that.

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Which varieties do you grow?

We grow almost all Arabica (Kona Typica specifically). We have about 10 trees of a hybrid called Kona Passion as a test and we may plant more of those because they are turing out great.

What kind of roaster are you using?

I roast on a Sonofresco. It's a really nice roaster for small batches.

Do you plan to offer single varieties or your peaberry solo in the future?

Yes! I actually just got that graded out a couple weeks ago for the first time so we now have about 50lbs of it that we can sell this year. I am just waiting for the peaberry stamp to come in the mail that I ordered for our labels and then it will be added to the website for purchase!

Do you grow any 'Awa?

No we don't, mostly because even though the effects are cool I think it tastes like mud.


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The beauty of the technological explosion unleashed by the internet is that most of these things can be had for free or close to it. The value of college is the signal. Period. Every other aspect can be had better and cheaper els

Personally in respect to what you said I agree whole heartily when you look at what technology has done. I mean look at 3d printing has done for manufacturing.

However I guess my next question is how can we get to the point where more people understand that it is just a signal since as we agree you can gain the knowledge on your own. I mean heck look at computers, you can spend 10k to get a CS AA degree or just read up on it (since there is a lot of free documentation online and at libraries) but the problem is that the RedHats, Apples, and so on want that signal that we spoke of (although I will add to their credit that the tech community is relatively better at this).

So what will it take for Fortune 500 companies and even mom and pop companies to step back and realize this "signal" phenomenon and get to the point that they say "welp I guess we need to really rethink our requirements when it comes to hiring"

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First: Do you believe that some like yourself can maintain an unbiased position and not skew scientific data if they are religious? Second: Do you believe that people who are born into a religion that holds a firm stance against pornography and are indoctrinated into that religion are more likely to become addicted?


Q:

The only question that actually matters: do you indent with tabs or spaces?

A:

oh hey, I saw your post earlier, and I've been waiting for this AMA since then, would you mind telling me what company made that exoskeleton and how much does it costs?


Q:

Can you explain in layman's terms what you do to reduce the student debt of individuals?

A:

Hey Scott, love the free emails! I signed up last time I saw you in here and I've already booked two flights to Europe for this year! I was wondering if there'd be a way to filter the emails so that I only receive them if they contain an airport around me? It's really disappointing to see an awesome deal on a flight I'd love to book, only to see that the closest airports are 10 hours away.

Thanks for doing this!


Q:

I don't know much about you and haven't seen much Vice news, but this seems like a good place to ask, what is happening in the world of journalism? I mean specifically speaking, could you shed some light on what your world is dealing with right now and how your able to maintain this daily life?

Much thanks, and glad you made it out of D.C. okay.

A:

This one is for Steve:

I'm a moderator over at /r/CODZombies, and I think there is one question on all of our minds over there.

Do you, personally, hope that Tank Dempsey return, or is this it for him?

Love your work man!


Q:

I hope this isn't prying too much, but what did it take for you to get started? I've always had a dream to do something similar. Was it very risky? Did you need loans etc, or start with savings? (Trying to figure out what it would take to start myself).

A:

*Assistant Regional Manager


Q:

I would say yes, people can remained unbiased if they are researchers. Sometimes bias can impact our research, the kind of questions we ask and how research is conducted. That being said i believe the field of sexuality has researchers from all different walks of life researching this topic. Some that are secular, some that are religious. Overall the research in this area is pretty solid.

People from religious backgrounds are more likely to have sexual shame and sometimes rigidity around their thinking about sexuality. As such sometimes those more conservative think they are addicted when they actually may not be. That being said research does show that people with religious backgrounds have a higher prevalence of sex addiction. This could be due to some of these false positives.

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100% tabs


Q:

I'm not exactly sure on cost but here's the website

A:

Absolutely. Let me put on my ELI5 cap for a second. At a high-level, we do 3 major things:

First, we write (A LOT) of blog posts about how to pay off student loans quicker and easier. For example, here’s our Ultimate Guide to Paying Off Student Loans Faster. This is one of our more popular guides.

Second, we have a free web app which helps borrowers manage, track, and pay off their loans faster. Specifically, it helps borrowers keep all their loans in one place and get specific recommendations on how to pay off their student loans quicker. (We use a pretty neat algorithm to help with the latter.)

Third, we talk quite a bit about refinancing student loans to lower interest rate and get out of debt quicker. It’s not right for everyone, but for some people it can make a massive difference. For example, we have a team member here who refinanced his federal student loans with Earnest a couple months ago and dropped his interest rate from 6.05% to 3.43%. Massive win for him, and for the thousands of other borrowers who do the same.

There’s a lot more we do, but in general terms those are the 3 bigger things we’re doing right now. We’re also moving into other areas to help people improve their finances in general. For example, how to lower credit card debt, whether you should rent or buy a home, and more things along those lines. What else do you think we should do?


Q:

Amazing!! Where are you going??

Great question! So we just implemented that functionality (seriously last week) to filter alerts so it's only for airports you're interested in, but alas it's one of the perks for premium subscribers. Really sorry about that!

A:

There is no money. Companies are struggling and firing left and right. The companies that are doing well learned that hyperpartisan content shares better than real news.

Then you get "ad rights" purchasing, basically companies buying traffic to claim they get more viewership than they do.


Q:

I always hope... BANG!!! Explodes in a red mist

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We started with a pretty sizable amount of savings but we did get a mortgage (the mortgage process is tricky with a farm but do-able especially because there are farm service agencies to help you).

If you are wanting to come to Hawaii, it is much cheaper to buy a leasehold than a fee simple property. You are supposed to commercially farm your leasehold though so unless you plan to do that, I wouldn't consider one.

If you want to start a farm yourself, I would recommend visiting the place you want to farm (if that is HI, then come here) and meet with local farmers! The farm bureau in the area you are looking at should have some great resources also the Farm Service Agency is great (at least in Hawaii) and has all the info on grants and special loans for beginning farmers.

Also, idk if you are a woman or a minority, but there are even better FSA loans if you are. Good luck!


Q:

Assistant TO THE Regional Manager

64. By: Programmer1130
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What percentage of addicts do you observe achieving long-term recovery?


Q:

Is selling to Google the dream?

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C5 complete here! If you don't mind me asking, what level are you? I'd be cool if I could try something like that!


Q:

Hi Andy. I have just over $31,000 in student loans. I'm severely underpaid making around $30,000 annually. I've been making $500 payments monthly for a while, and my debt is slowly going down, but I'd like to see it go down quicker.

Other than finding a job that pays more, what strategies can you recommend I use to reduce my debt? The interest is the same on each of my loans. Does it make sense to pay off the smaller of the loans first?

Thanks.

A:

Totally reasonable


Q:

What are your thoughts on journalists using distributed data storage like https://morph.is to publish articles with near zero hosting cost and accepting recurring donations from patreon and cryptocurrencies so readers can fund the journalists so they don't have to rely on ad revenue, "sponsored content" and "fake news" for money?

A:

Fine, I'll say it.

Hey Ash, whatcha playin'?


Q:

My wife and I are constantly dreaming of moving to hawaii and growing our own food, and living simpler. We will actually be on the big island at the end of april. Part of our trip will be spent right up the hill from two step (which I know is coffee country) Could I send you a PM and maybe set up a time where we could come check out your operation? I would love to pick your brain about leasehold land, growing seasons, etc.

A:

Oh! Forgot the other question. Sorry.

Grads end up working at growing startups in roles like sales, marketing, and operations. Average starting salary after Praxis is just over $50k, and 75% of grads have no college degree.


Q:

Unfortunately we do not have good outcome data and stats for couples in recovery. I will say that it surprises me how many couples stay together and are successful in recovery. Especially if they've gotten the right treatment with a certified therapist. Recovery is absolutely possible and couples can heal from this.

A:

Yes


Q:

I'm C4-C5 complete. If you get the opportunity to use one definitely do it

A:

Hey, thanks for the question. First, let me give you kudos for making such large payments on your loans, I’m a big proponent of paying down your debt ASAP. So let’s talk strategy. The fastest and most efficient way to pay down your loans is to target paying off the loan with the highest interest rate first (after making the minimum payment on all other loans, of course) and then going from there. You can use our Prepayment Calculator to estimate how much time and money you’ll save by efficiently allocating additional payments. Secondly, you may want to look into refinancing. Based on your current debt-to-income of at least 1, your odds may not be great for being approved. However, you’re paying your loans down fast enough that you may soon be in a position to seriously consider it. Refinancing can lower your interest rate, helping you reduce the total amount you’ll pay. Student Loan Hero also provides a free dashboard where you can sync your student loans and manage your repayment; you might find that helpful.


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:-)

A:

I mean thats basically what I do... shit should I be promoting my patreon?


Q:

A: I am playing The Last Guardian, and I love Trico more than life itself.

A:

Yes absolutely! We're just up the hill from there. Shoot me a PM or feel free to email me (contact info is on our site).


Q:

Hey Isaac,

Why do you think there is so much badmouthing/backlash against alternatives to both K-12 public education and the typical higher education track?

If Praxis was around when I was younger, I would have loved an option like that, but even then I would have expected a lot of haranguing from teachers/family about how I'm "wasting my potential" by not spending 4 years and 100k or more sitting around to earn a bachelor's degree. Are things changing? Do you see as much of that kind of stuff with your current college opt-out candidates?

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There was an IAMA posted ages ago by a wife whose husband was arrested for possessing underaged porn. Really underaged in some instances. She said something along the lines that this husband grew addicted to porn and it started off with typical adult porn and regressed to horrific child porn, because he was seeking the next best thrill/extreme. Apparently it was only a small percentage of the porn found on his computer.

Is this possible? Or do you think this guy was just saying this to make her feel better? Can people's sexual urges take a dramatic dark 180 or do you feel this arousal was always there?


Q:

How did you extract the inaudible signals from background noise?

A:

What's the realistic goal and the dream goal for you in using the exoskeleton?


Q:

Hello, I currently have about $35,000 in student loans and just recently bumped my payments to the maximum amount of around $500 per month. I was wondering if it's possible to pay off my higher interest loans (6.5%) first and then move to the lower interest loans (3%) through fed loan servicing? Or should I try to consolidate my loans and get a lower fixed APR if that's even possible?

A:

You seem like such a nice person and I just want to give you a hug.


Q:

Have you had any experiences with possible government targeted surveillance because of any stories you have reported on?

A:

Hi all! Steve - you are my favourite VA of all time, I always wondered tho, have you trained your voice to be this epic or is it your natural voice? And if you do train your voice, how do you do it?


Q:

answer the money question for fark's sake. break it down. farm price. equipment, etc. startup costs. monthly expenses. ballpark. no one's judging, get over it. please. jeebus why is everyone so avoidant of money questions.

A:

Yeah, Praxis applicants single greatest obstacle is their (well-meaning) parents.

It's scary for parents, because most of them have made getting into a good school the entirety of their measure of being a successful parent. Deep down what they really want is for their kid to be happy, but they don't have any image of that that doesn't include college.

Often past definitions of success shackle people and inhibit their present and future growth.

And many parents are rightly concerned that without structure being imposed on them by some external authority, their kids will just eat Cheeto's all day. School has made it very hard for young people to create their own structure and develop a healthy relationship to learning.

We find we have to often "deschool" our participants a bit and help them break free of the permission-seeking/authoritarian mindset and become independent learners and value creators.


Q:

Yes this is possible. I've seen many cases in which a porn addict's sexual taste morphed into areas that they were not normally aroused by. Often times addicts will seek more intense or graphic, novel stimuli as the addiction progresses. So it is not uncommon for porn addicts to escalate to new genres of porn they are not interested in and to progress to sites that are even outside or their orientation or outside of their personal value system.

A:

A fast fourier transformation. There are some great libraries for doing this in Android/iOS like audiokit and jtransforms.


Q:

I'm like Forest Gump. I just like walking.

A:

Glad to hear you’ve bumped your payments up! By maximum, do you mean the most you can afford? I’m asking because there shouldn’t be any limit on your monthly payments. And yes, all lenders will allow you to choose which loan you want to apply extra payments to. This as long as your loans have not been consolidated. You can learn how to do that here. It’s likely going to be hard to find a lower interest rate than 3%, so you may be better off using the Debt Avalanche to pay off the higher interest rate loan first, or you could consider refinancing only that loan and leaving the 3% loan as it is.


Q:

Aww I love random Reddit hugs! * hug *

A:

Ooooh yea.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJyC3to8ODA

EDIT: Ok here goes.. here is the full story.

While covering the NoNato protests in Chicago I got word that the apartment I was staying at in Chicago had been raided. My crew was 4 others. Our driver decided they would head to the apt to see what was up and sure enough the door was open and several officers were outside. He decided to head back to us without confronting police.

After the protests started dying down I called the national lawyers guild for advice. They told me that unless we directly interact with cops they can't help us. Funny thing, about 15 minutes later as we drove we got surrounded by maybe a dozen police vehicles, some all black and tinted windows. They approached us with guns drawn and demanded they see our "fucking hands."

Here's the funny thing.

Because we had been planning on how to deal with the earlier police raid our adrenaline was high. When the cars surrounded us one crew member yells

"ITS HAPPENING!"

They approached the vehicle pulled us out and searched everything. They asked me who I was, where I was from, what was I doing, why was I doing it, and more. They took our credit card numbers, passport information, etc.

After about ten minutes a shorter cops walks over and waves his hand at me. A cop then uncuffs me and the shorter cops says "youre vehicle matched a description" and tells us we are free to go.

This is when we called the news and NLG.

I decided that because of the raid and then the detainment only me and one other person with a large following would be allowed to re enter the apartment and we would livestream everything. Any perishable items would be discarded, vitamins, pills anything edible would be trashed.

As we were leaving another person who had been sharing the apartment with us arrived and asked for a ride. I said it would be fine as long as he followed my rules. This person became slightly agitated and stated they needed to grab something from inside the apartment. I refused, "you enter the apartment thats fine, but you wont be riding with us." So he decides to just get in the car and stay quiet.

As we were leaving, heading to safe place to sleep, I got a text that the police had been talking about us on the radio scanner. This text came from someone we all trusted very much. I couldnt believe it though... seriously? Cops are actually targeting us?

I get another text "THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT YOU ON THE SCANNER STOP GIVING INTEL"

I aimed my livestream down so you couldnt see where we were heading.

We got to a safe place on the southside of Chicago and went to sleep. Everything seemed fine.

The next day as we laughed about it, the one guy who tried to get something from inside laughed and said

"Isn't it weird they[person who owned apartment] wanted me to bring adderall in the car?"

I basically shat a brick at that point... Apparently the person who lived in the apartment texted this guy asking him to grab drugs from inside and bring them with into our car.

"What the fuck are you talking about?" I said

He responded "Yea they asked me to bring adderall into the car"

To which I said "Why the fuck would they want you to take their drugs from their apartment? If we got pulled over and had that bottled we'd all be locked up right now."

We heard a rumor that the person who lived there recently started dating a cop. I don't know if they actually tried pulling some bullshit on us, but I can say that it was possible. If it was true, I credit my planning for keeping me and my crew safe.

Thanks for reading!


Q:

S: It's the only thing I know how to do. I'm terrible at brain surgery.

A:

Okay our farm price was slightly over a million. However that included a house and barn, catchment tanks and all 20 acres was fenced. So the land itself I would guess would have been around 500k. We own it in fee simple which makes it a lot more expensive than leasehold land.

Startup costs were high. We didn't buy that much equipment but the trees were approx $10 each and we have over 3000 (8 acres planted). We have a tractor now but that has a payment plan. One of the biggest costs of startup was grubbing the land (bulldozing the existing grasses and shrubs - we left the trees) which IIRC was around 5k/acre. We also had to install a ton of erosion controls, plant a cover crop, get all our permits in order etc. Startup costs were certainly over 6 figures.


Q:

So where do you stand on charter schools and the new wave of low-cost private schools that aim to innovate and maximize efficiency within the traditional schooling model? Do you think that traditional schooling can work well for some kids? Or is everyone better off as a homeschooled or unschooled autodidact? (Setting aside the question of what options are realistic for any given family.)

A:

What if, you read(can't stand video) porn for hours, but dislike actually having sex? This is me (obviously). I lose hours reading porn, but cringe at actually being with someone. Input? Advice?

Im a female in her 20's, should be noted this usually happens when I'm manic-y, but not always. When not in a manic state I have zero intrest in sex.


Q:

Did you have a background in DSP or math already, or did you learn that as you went too?

A:

I know this question is very vague, but how do you go about your daily life? Things like school, using the restroom, hanging out with friends, etc...


Q:

Any good honeymoon success stories? Weddings are so expensive, I'm losing hope of being able to travel with my husband for the next few years :(

A:

You said in the report that credit card numbers were taken? Did have to do with supposed "match of suspects car," or what? I've never heard of that before...


Q:

Hey Ashly. As you might have heard Nik Shriner and Hannah Telle gather together from time to time to play Life Is Strange. Any chances you will be joining them eventually?

A:

Thank you! Very informative.

Interesting you managed to own the land outright versus the usual 30 year leaseholds in the area. Oftentimes there are chunks of land that require Hawaiian ethnicity to own the land or get the leasehold. Mind shedding light on what you had to do to own the land outright versus the usual leasehold? Just ask and pay?


Q:

I'm for as much choice and as many options as possible. The closer to a market, the better.

Charter schools are a little closer to an actual market than the current system, and thereby are an improvement.

Long way to go!

A:

You might want to read the book "Sexual Anorexia" by Patrick Carnes. If this an area you want to work on in your life I would recommend going to see a certified therapist to help you. There can be many reasons for this so it would be most helpful for you to explore it in therapy.


Q:

My background was economics.

A:

I just applied to go to VCU so we'll see how that goes As far as restroom, to go pee I have what's called a supra pubic catheter. It's a catheter that comes out of my abs that drains into a leg bag hooked up on my ankle that I have to have someone drain To go poop I sit in a chair with a hole in it then someone shoves a suppository up my ass that makes me go. Then if all the poop doesn't come out someone has to reach in with their finger, which is called digital stim, and scoop the rest out. Then we roll the chair into the shower and someone bathes me. I do this every other day in the morning. Hanging out with friends is just like it used to be except I'm always sitting down


Q:

Ahh well first off congratulations to you and yours!

Tl;dr: yes!

Longer answer: you're absolutely right that honeymoons can be suuuuper expensive, especially with summer flights and whatnot. But one of the most gratifying success stories I see each day are couples who didn't think they'd be able to afford a honeymoon but ended up getting one because of the list!

Some of the more popular honeymoon destinations for US travelers of late (along with price):

  • Paris for $351 roundtrip
  • Mallorca for $469 roundtrip
  • Croatia for $541 roundtrip
  • Rome for $498 roundtrip
  • Hawaii for $475 roundtrip

Not nothing, obviously, but hopefully much more affordable than the $1000-to-Europe many people are used to paying!

A:

Yea no idea. we think they tried planting drugs on us too but thats the longer version of the story.


Q:

A: I would love to. All the times they have in the past, I've had scheduling conflicts, but hopefully one day.

A:

Land here is already set aside as being "leashold" land or fee simple land. The land we wanted was already listed as fee simple in the regular MLS. We didn't do anything special just bought it like anyone would through a realtor.


Q:

So where do you stand on charter schools and the new wave of low-cost private schools that aim to innovate and maximize efficiency within the traditional schooling model? Do you think that traditional schooling can work well for some kids? Or is everyone better off as a homeschooled or unschooled autodidact? (Setting aside the question of what options are realistic for any given family.)

A:

when I try to talk to people about porn addiction online, I'm often (and I understand why) dismissed because I can only provide anecdotal evidence of r/nofap r/pornfree or yourbrainonporn.

are there any official / professional sources about porn addiction I can use?

what is your professional opinion about stopping porn addiction? standard r/nofap way is to stop all porn/masturbation/explicit material (and even any sexual activity with partner) and wait trough months of "flatline" (zero libido). is this correct approach?

thanks


Q:

Do you have an example of your code? (not necessarily the code you wrote for these apps.)

Mostly I'm curious how far you've managed to get in 18 months. I find that most people who start learning how to program don't actually get very far and level off quickly. They seem to get stuck writing procedural code and never learn software engineering architecture. Though I suspect you may have pushed yourself to actually learning OOP and Design Patterns and Architecture and things like Unit Testing / TDD.

A:

Do you feel physically comfortable? I mean, I understand that you'd feel numb but is that something you have been able to adjust to and become familiar with?


Q:

$475 round trip on Hawaii!?!? assuming that this is per person which is STILL ridiculous. Food included? Cause god knows those flights LOVE to be technical with it being a "domestic" flight despite the 12 hours it takes.

A:

The car possibly matched another suspected vehicle

Yes, surely


Q:

Hey, Ash! How's Papa Burch doing these days?

A:

Have you guys had any difficulties being accepted by locals?


Q:

I've got a free little book that tells my story a bit more if interested: thefutureofschool.com

A:

A couple of other professional websites for info/resources from professionals: www.sash.net and www.sexhelp.com.

Most therapists recommend a period of 90 days of complete sexual absence and then move on to a sexual health plan you develop with a therapist (i.e. a 3 circle plan) in which individuals identify behaviors that are healthy for them and those that are unhealthy for them. These types of sexual health plans are individualized for the client's specific behaviors and circumstances. For example, masturbation can be a healthy behavior for someone whose never struggled with compulsive masturbation. For someone who has struggled with compulsive masturbation they may have to keep that on their abstinent list for a period of time or if it's severe, maybe indefinitely. In this way the plan is individualized depending on each client's needs.


Q:

Yes, I recently posted this software to GitHub. I typically don't work with other devs so my style may be very different, but this is the software that got me to where I am and I'd be lucky if others thought it was good enough for them to use as well.

A:

I guess so. I forget a lot of times that I can't feel so sometimes I'll hit my foot and instinctively yell ouch then remember that I can't feel it. I get surprised by my farts a lot too. Since I can't tell when I have to fart they just happen. i then look around and see who did that and I'm like oh yeah that's me


Q:

Yeah! $475/person. Wish that were for 2! But when prices from Atlanta are typically $700 to Hawaii, $475 ain't bad!

A:

The full story is significantly crazier.

Long story short, the cops followed up sort of. We have reason to believe they tried planting drugs on us.


Q:

A: He's good. He continues to exclusively smoke cigars and read romance novels to pass the time.

A:

I think there is a lot of racism towards outsiders in Hawaii but on our island at least that is focused on the other side of the island (Hilo side). But also, I think a lot of that centers on dislike of snowbirds who drive up housing costs and do not even contribute to our economy 6 months out of the year. I can tell you it is really hard for farmers/restaurants etc. to make money during the summer which is off-season. Personally I haven't experienced many problems like that but also I try to be respectful of locals, of the land and supportive of "local" issues like schooling etc even though we don't have any kids.


Q:

I've actually had the pleasure to introduce you at a conference, and I appreciated your interesting take on your introduction. What was the best introduction you've ever been given at a speaking event?

Secondary question: when/how did you come to giving presentations shoeless?

A:

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Q:

Hello! I'm a software engineer at a large tech company (whose products you likely use every day) who works on accessibility.

What is the biggest annoyance you run into using software and the web on a daily basis? What can we do to make things better?

A:

Hey Scott, I've been a premium member for a couple months now and as a Cincinnatian I'm still waiting for that "Holy Crap!" deal that everyone else seems seems to get. My question though, have you ever been burned by third party travel dealers like Travel Merry and Explore Trip? I helped a buddy out by finding him cheap tickets to the Phillipines. It was through Explore Trip and after booking I decided to check their reviews. They were awful so I got nervous and cancelled right away. Has that ever been an issue with you?


Q:

You said at some point that they "banged our hard drives against the ground."

Now, couldn't that potentially be evidence tampering?

It's a good thing you were streaming.

A:

I know Ash showed up in that Goblin-based special for Tabletop Day, but what does everyone think about Critical Role and the possibility of guesting on it?


Q:

Hey! I've found this diving on the internet. What do you think of making flour from the cherries?

https://youtu.be/1z34kIq2BWk

A:

Hmm...best intro ever was probably given by a guy named Mitchell Earl, who was interning for a place called FEE at the time and I was speaking at their seminar. (Mitchell went on to join Praxis and is crushing it at a startup!)

I gave him the three guidelines I like to offer: 1 - keep it short 2 - keep it funny 3 - it doesn't have to be true

He had a very dramatic intro that involved dragons and many other amazing exploits.

I hate shoes. They're like foot-coffins. I wear sandals all the time anyway, but when I talk I tend to walk around a lot and have a lot of energy. Sometimes my sandals just get sweaty or they make loud flapping noises and it's sorta dumb looking/sounding. I figured, if my talk is good, no one's looking at me feet. Lose the sandals. If they are looking at my feet, time to queue up that 8 Mile soundtrack again and up my game.


Q:

Yes, I actually have yet to cooperate with a single other developer so I've ended up (unfortunately) with a different style that might be hard to work with. It's something I'll need to fix in the future, but thanks for the tips!

A:

I'll have to think about this and get back to you. I want to make sure I give you the best answer I can. I'm terrible at thinking of the spot right now that with all these questions


Q:

Hey there, thanks for checking in! Ahh the Delta monopoly puts a damper on cheap flights out of CVG, but it was one of my home airports growing up and I search for it with every possible deal.

Were you on the list in November when the flights from Cincinnati to mainland Europe ($400 roundtrip) or Greek Islands ($500 roundtrip) popped up? Those were the bees knees.

I haven't been burned personally by any OTAs like those you'd mentioned, but I've read the same reviews you have. I'm torn about how much weight to give them -- after all, how many people take a flight that went as scheduled and feel motivated to write a review of the company they bought it from online? So I think there's a bit of a response bias at play, you know?

That having been said, there are real differences between buying from OTAs and buying directly from airlines. Without typing a total wall of text I'll just link to the FAQ I wrote up about OTAs, but if anything there you're unclear about happy to go into it more!

A:

I guess they wanted to see if they had anything in them? I have no idea, it was a hell of a ride though. They actually raided our apartment that day too.


Q:

S: Critical Role is badass, but I am not yet qualified. Starting my first game this week. A: I will always come back for Critical Role under any circumstances. T: Matt came to our D&D game right before he started the show, and I love what he's doing. I'm an old-school player, and I'd love to be on his show.

A:

I know of one other farm here doing it and it seems pretty cool but honestly such a pain that I probably wouldn't do it. In a zombie apocalypse situation though, that is definitely a good thing to know about lol.


Q:

What are your plans for Praxis expansion? Do you think it will need to suffer any major changes in the business model in order to achieve astounding scaling?

A:

Did you have do anything to protect yourself and your development from the minor hockey team you first intended to use it for? Like claims that it should be exclusively theirs?


Q:

How did you get access to an exoskeleton?

A:

Yeah it killed me when I saw the $400 flights. But it was Christmas time and with two kids I didn't have the extra cash to throw around. I got lucky on the Phillipines flight though and booked directly through EVA airlines for pretty much the same price.


Q:

Why is Vice so shit nowadays? They flood Facebook with bullshit articles.

A:

Hello Steve! Huge fan since you flexed vocal powers in Dawn of War series. Do you play any Tabletop games or Pen and Paper RPGs?


Q:

Neeeeaaaaat!

Do you grow other foods for yourself in the farm or just the coffee?

Is this kind of a retirement fun thing for you guys, or an active and goal-oriented moneymaking thing?

Do you sell your coffee as a single sourced bean product or is it combined with other farms' beans for sale?

I haven't looked at the website yet, not sure if it might answer that last question...

A:

Plans for expansion = endless

Need to have major changes in biz model? I don't think so. We're built for scale. But I could be totally wrong. That's what makes entrepreneurship so hard!


Q:

This is a very tricky subject. Basically the issue was solved by letting the owner of the hockey team in on the software startup.

A:

My mom found it online as a trial and signed me up. When I went to use it the trial was already over but they decided to use it as physical therapy anyways


Q:

Ahh well congrats on that! I've never been to the Philippines but the snorkeling there looks unreal

A:

welcome to news in 2017. Its a race to the bottom.


Q:

S: Nope. I'm about to do my first one.

A:

Do you grow other foods for yourself in the farm or just the coffee?

Yes we grow tons of other food - mostly vegetables but we raise goats for milk and meat, chickens for eggs and meat and sometimes trap wild boar that is in the coffee field for meat.

Is this kind of a retirement fun thing for you guys, or an active and goal-oriented moneymaking thing?

Haha not at all a retirement thing. I am only 30! We are trying to make a living doing this but we are still fairly new and our coffee isn't quite old enough to be producing enough for us to turn a profit just on that. We also do events, have a CSA and run a local homebrew supply shop out of our farm to suppliment our income from the coffee.

Do you sell your coffee as a single sourced bean product or is it combined with other farms' beans for sale?

We only sell coffee from our farm. We do sell green to a couple roasters who roast it and sell it under their label, but the majority of our coffee we sell ourselves under our label.


Q:

Hi Issac. I’ve been waffling for an embaressingly long time on whether or not I should apply to Praxis. Do you think this indecision is a sign that I'm naturally too risk-averse to succeed in the program? Have any past participants successfully overcome this kind of analysis paralysis and gone on to thrive in the program?

A:

What do you credit as the biggest resource that allowed you to be successful at programming, and how do you rate resources such as Code Academy?


Q:

I'm not 100% sure what quadriplegic means but how do you type?

Also do you still miss BMX and what do you do now instead?

A:

The hookers are awesome, too!


Q:

Well I came here to criticize Vice and saw this and appreciate the honesty. I will now shove my foot in my mouth

A:

Ashly, Steve, TJ, what were your most painful and strenuous experiences behind the mic for game va work?


Q:

Reply to THEIR comment, not mine, or they won't see it.

A:

Many.

Many if not most participants had a similar process.

But the application doesn't commit you to anything. Why not get an iron in the fire? It's not really worth weighing Praxis (or anything else) as an option until it actually is an option.

Many people disqualify themselves from hypothetical opportunities. Go for it first. If you get accepted, then you can decide.

Nothing to lose. Self-knowledge to gain.


Q:

Definitely StackOverflow. I haven't used Code Academy but have heard really good things about it. For me it was a few good books and a very large dose of SO.

A:

I use a combination of both voice recognition and typing with my knuckles one letter at a time since I have no use of my fingers. If I'm on my phone though, I have it velcroed to my armrest and I use my thumb to type and navigate.


Q:

Fair enough!

A:

Ha, well I dont work there anymore


Q:

S: Passing out while screaming during a Spider Man audition. Then they recorded it, and passed it around to other directors who played it for me at other sessions.

A: I was on a game where there was a lot of screaming, and while I was trying to maintain my voice the director was talking shit about other actors who wanted to tap out. I felt pressured to maintain and not ask for breaks.

T: Voice: Doing two action games in a row on the same day, and at the end of the day, actually spitting blood. And I was unable to speak above a whisper for 4 days. Mocap: Common days for "navs" (when you're playing the main character and all his possible movements) means that you spend the entire day running in squatted position, or on your knuckles, or in some uncomfortable twisted position while performing sometimes in combat gear. Show Business!

A:

Usually good advice but I am just reading through the thread to make sure I don't miss anyone.


Q:

Besides joining Praxis, what is the one thing a young professional should do to leverage her career?

A:

How did you market yourself initially?


Q:

How has your relationships been with people before and after the accident? Did people just stop hanging out with you because of the accident?

A:

I've booked a flight from Frankfurt to Cincinnati with a layover in Detroit and back I have a layover in Washington DC. Do you know if it is possible to skip the flight from Cincinnati to DC if I want to visit the city a day or two before the departure?

I booked the flight for 500€ 3 month ago. I think it is way cheaper in winter. The last time I was in Cinci it was summer and I payed around 1200€. Someone told me that CVG is one of the more expensive airports in the US.

And if you have time: I am in Cincinnati the whole February. Any suggestions which US city I could fly to on a low budget for a short trip?


Q:

How do you stop people from participating in the race? how do we stop people from being taken for a ride?

A:

Why do you think Jesus Christ 64 had no sequels?


Q:

Reply to THEIR comment, not mine, or they won't see it.

A:

I wouldn't even say "join Praxis" as a blanket statement to all young people. There's no one-size solution and Praxis isn't for everyone.

There are only two things that matter:

1- Your ability to create value (hustle, grit, self-determination) 2 - Your ability to convince others of the above (your signal, brand, reputation, social capital)

Work on both.

Here's a bit more on that: https://medium.com/the-mission/the-secret-weapon-of-young-people-on-the-job-market-919cdb91cc34#.63c2v3ei1


Q:

Strictly emails to marketing guys at college/pro sports teams. Literally, look the guy up, snoop for his email address, and send him a letter asking if he's interested. We finally started getting some traction as fans started sharing our videos, and this has made it more of a they-come-to-us instead of we-spam-them business model.

A:

Yeah some people have disappeared but some of my relationships and friendships have grown to a new level that I never thought possible. I've had some friends do more than what's asked of them. I can truly say that I love them with all my heart.


Q:

First off, happy Pie Day!!

Ahh alas if you skip any leg of an itinerary the rest of the itinerary gets automatically cancelled. So you can only skip a leg if it were the last leg of a trip you didn't want, but what you're talking about would cancel your return flight to Frankfurt.

Chicago's not far and a great city! And be sure to go on the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky, it's fantastic.

A:

I wish I knew.

Thats what I try to figure out everyday.

I hope that by being straightforward and honest we can collect some accurate data and say "here is what happened, here is how to fix it"


Q:

A: We're all still waiting for the second coming.

A:

Website is www.Sunshowercoffee.com and coupon up in the top - 15% off with code "reddit."


Q:

Awesome, thanks!

A:

We finally started getting some traction as fans started sharing our videos,

That's exactly how I heard about it for Purdue. A buddy sent me a video of it when he was at a game.

Have you looked into getting it into an Olympic opening ceremony? That would be huge.


Q:

How long after your accident did you come to terms with your situation?

A:

I have seen some real bargains but the stopovers can be long. How long would a stopover have to be before you decide it isn't worth the saving? Back in 2012 I got cheap return tix to Amsterdam with Garuda, stopovers in Jakarta and Dubai before Amsterdam. The stopovers really added to the exhaustion.


Q:

How do you feel about comedy/satire being a huge part of modern journalism? My theory is that you can't fake a laugh because you need honesty in some form for comedy.

A:

Ashly, is that your voice I hear as Aloy in Horizon Zero Dawn?


Q:

Hi there! Hope you see this when you wake up. We're a couple in our 30's in a big city and are considering giving up the corporate life for something like what you've done. What's a typical day like for you managing the farm? In the course of a year, is there an off-season or time when you leave to visit family or take vacations? Do you work the farm yourself or do you hire help?

Finally, have you visited the [vanilla farm](www.hawaiianvanilla.com)? I did on my last visit and thought it was a really cool family operation.

Mahalo

A:

*BUT

When you're young and getting started, don't worry as much about saying no and setting limits. You need to try a ton of stuff and push your limits first!


Q:

Awesome to come across someone who's heard of my work! Yes, I've thought (dreamed) about doing something with the Olympics but easier said than done. We have recently gotten into some other continents though, such as for Cricket in Australia and we plan to work with some Soccer teams in Europe as well.

A:

I don't know if I've ever come to terms with it really. I accept where I am now and Still trying to move on but I have both good and bad days


Q:

Great question. The answer is partly to-each-his-own, but also partly depends on the city you're laying over in.

If it's in a city like Frankfurt with a quick-and-easy train from the airport to the city, I actually like half-day layovers because it gives me a chance to sample a new city that I might not have seen otherwise and then decide if it's worth coming back to. I've gotten to do that in places like Frankfurt, Seoul, Hong Kong, etc.

But you're definitely right that multi-leg trips are usually much more exhausting than direct flights. Nice if you can get em cheap!

A:

Ehhhh I dont like it. John Oliver has done some good content but also some really bad and misleading content. They try to get away with misleading people by saying "Im not a journalist"

Yea great... thanks for making the world shittier.

People actually believe that Sarah Palin said "I can see Russia from my house"

I get it, comedy is great and we joke about politics. It is what it is.


Q:

A: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ But seriously, NDA. Looks cool tho!

edit: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

A:

Our days really vary! We wake up usually around 7 and to-work around 830 or 9. Not every day is spent working outside - Doug likes to do a one on one off if possible just because it is really tiring doing manual labor. I usually start by doing things on our website, social media, filling orders etc. in the morning because that makes most sense with the time zones to the US. Then in the afternoon I work on projects in the garden or wherever. We are in dry season right now so a fair bit of my time is spent irrigating and hand watering the gardens around our house.

There isnt really an "off season" for us but I guess summer is the easiest time to leave because we don't have any harvesting going on then. We do work the farm ourselves but we hire a lot of help when we need it - especially for picking.

I haven't visited that vanilla farm but we did visit one when we first moved here. I LOVE local vanilla.


Q:

How much of your own money did you spend before making money?

A:

What is your inspiration when you're feeling down? What keeps you going so infectiously positive ? - Love from Holland


Q:

Yeah I agree. 5 years on I mainly remember the nice cheap price of the Sydney to Amsterdam flight and not the stopovers. A cheap flight allows you to stay longer in destinations so that's always worth it.

A:

What's your relationship with Gavin Mcinnes like?


Q:

This one is for Steve, Whats it like knowing at least 2 generations of kids have grown up learning about excellent anime thanks to Tom?

A:

Hi and thank you for taking the time. I've got a couple questions for you :). I've been to a couple coffee plantations around Kona, and enjoyed every minute.

  • What spurred your move as professionals in a big (and cold) city to farmers on the relatively sleepy island of Hawaii?

  • Have bore weevils become an issue on your farm? If so, have they had a big impact on your business, and if not, how have you managed to avoid them? They were a common topic on the plantations I visited.

Thank you!


Q:

We didn't invest a single dollar. It was all contributions of time, way way too much free time.

A:

When I'm feeling down I try to remind myself that I'm still alive. I may not be able to do what I used to but I still have a lot of potential. I also have the ability to choose which something that can never be taken away from me. I also have the greatest friends and family the anyone could ask for. They're always there when I need them. I try to stay positive and laugh at myself because if I don't the injury wins


Q:

Fair point

A:

I actually just met him for the first time going to the Deploraball.

He seems eccentric to say the least.


Q:

S: I hope I didn't screw them up psychologically. I've been apologizing to parents for 10 years.

A:

That's cool that you have been to a few farms in Kona! It is a really great area for ag tourism, and there are some really cool tours (especially of historical coffee farms)!

What spurred your move as professionals in a big (and cold) city to farmers on a the relatively sleepy island of Hawaii?

We knew we wanted to move to somewhere with warmer weather and where we could buy a bit of land. I don't think we ever imagined we would be farmers (maybe that we would just have a nice big garden) but when we fell in love with a farm right in the Kona Coffee Belt, the only way to justify the purchase was if we planted coffee and made the property earn a little income for us.

Have bore weevils become an issue on your farm? If so, have they had a big impact on your business, and if not, how have you managed to avoid them?

I assume you mean Coffee Borer Beetles (CBB) and yes, they are a huge issue for us (and I think all other coffee farmers). We are especially hard hit because of our elevation (2400 ft.). Lower elevation coffees have an easier time of it because they have a portion of the year when their trees are totally bare of coffee cherry. At higher elevations, we have the next year's coffee flowering on our top branches before this year's coffee has been harvested at the lower branches which gives the CBB the opportunity to eat our cherry all year round.

They do hurt our business (in that we have less high grade coffee), but there is a fungus that we spray every three weeks on our coffee and it significantly reduces the CBB populations. This year we lost about 5% of our coffee to CBB which really isn't that bad compared to what farms were losing before the bassiana Fungus became available.


Q:

How did you pay the bills while you were learning / coding for 18 months?

A:

What are your dreams like? Are you injured or paralyzed in your dreams, or do you have full mobility? Thank you for sharing :)


Q:

P.S. what kind of dog is that? He's so cute!

A:

So, would you say that you were treated fairly as a journalist during this rather tumultuous time?


Q:

Hey Ash,

What's your favorite Say Anything song? Are you going to see them in April? Also what other music are you into?

A:

How do you and your husband brew your coffee? (French press, drip machine etc). And finally now that coffee is your career how has it affected your coffee drinking habits both at home and when you are traveling?


Q:

Doing econometrics for the hockey team. It was a place where, say I finished my work at 1 PM, I could spent from 1 to 5 PM studying how to code.

A:

My dreams are still the same. Depending on the dream I can be paralyzed or not. Mostly I'm walking in my dreams. It's really weird because I think to myself oh this is so easy why the hell am I still sitting down.


Q:

Hah! Aww that's Chela. She's a rescue so not 100% sure what kind of dog, but we think a dachshund mixed with a pit bull. Definitely a Grade-A pup :-)

A:

I would.

This was one of the first times an officer talked to people being arrested. This is a situation where a large organized black bloc is destroying cars, windows, spray painting everywhere. The police decided to hold the whole group and sort it out later.

The idea of mass arrest sucks, but when people form a black bloc specifically to avoid the police's ability to target those causing destruction the only thing they can do is wrap up everyone and sort it later.


Q:

A: I haven't listened to them in so long, but my fav was 'Alive with the Glory of Love'. These days I'm listening to Anderson Paak, and feverishly listening to Haim on repeat, waiting for their next album.

A:

We typically brew our coffee pour over (if we just want one cup) or french press in the morning. We have a bodum insulated french press that I love and we will make it first thing and drink about 12-14 oz each of that. We also have a nice burr grinder which we never had in Chicago but is pretty much essential to good coffee.

When I am traveling in the US I seek out good roasters and always want to try their coffee. The main thing I look for are roasters who are supporting their farmers. You can tell by the price of their coffee and usually their marketing materials. If they can sell coffee for $10 or less a pound, they are not paying producers enough (in my opinion) no matter where in the world it comes from.

When I was in Europe last year I barely drank any coffee because everything was roasted so dark! It is common for coffee to be roasted really dark in Hawaii too but personally I only drink light or medium roasts. Even medium tastes burnt to me now. You can't taste the origin with coffee like that so I just loaded mine up with cream.


Q:

How much time average did you spend to develop your programming skills? Daily average, weekly and monthly or whichever is easier to quantify.

A:

This may sound dumb, but where do you see yourself in 10-25 years? Do you think technology will make your quality of life significantly better? What type of things do you see yourself wanting to do?

Thanks in advance!!


Q:

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A:

But the other journalists arrested were not. Why do you think this is?


Q:

Ashly, Bae or Bay?

A:

What percentage of the coffee in a bag must be grown in Kona in order to market it a "Kona Coffee?"


Q:

Daily is probably the easiest. For the first six months after I picked up my first programming book, I put in about four hours a day. Then I started actually working on apps. At first these were minor league apps for hockey teams, and they kinda sucked. But it helped me improve to the point where I could pretend to hang with the big boys. Classic tale of fake it till you make it.

A:

I don't know where I'll be in the future but I do hope I'm walking. I do think technology who do something amazing. Some things that I would love to do would be something space related. I love science in Space. Maybe working at a telescope or something? I also like to give standup comedy try. I'm also trying to learn voice acting so I'd like to see if that whould get me anywhere


Q:

Ohhh awesome! Where in the US are most of your family members?

Yes, I think there's a strong chance cheap-ish flights to Hong Kong will pop up for this summer. Plenty of time for it to happen.

P.S. Where's the best dim sum in HK?

A:

If they had stayed where I was and acted the way I did I am 90% sure they would have been released immediately.


Q:

A: I can rewind time, so I choose both.

A:

Legally only 10% must be from Kona and it has to be prime grade or higher. Those are supposed to be labeled "Kona Blend" and say the origins of the other coffees but SO MANY people get away with not doing that. To make sure you are drinking real Kona coffee, it should say "100% Kona Coffee" on the bag.

If it says that it will also be above a certain grade because to protect our brand quality as a region, you are not allowed to use shit coffee, even if it is grown in Kona, and call it Kona. Mediocre coffee can be called "Hawaiian" and worse than that it can't even be called Hawaiian. At the lowest grades people don't even drink it - it gets used it for face scrubs and stuff.


Q:

This is awesome, did you make a lot of $$$ from it?

A:

Does the exoskeleton also give you function in your arms? Or is it only to assist with mobility?


Q:

Hey Scott! What do you think about solo travel? Is it a good experience or better to go with a friend?

A:

acted the way I did I

Forgive my ignorance but what do you mean by this?


Q:

Ashly!

Are you a soprano or an alto? And can we sing a duet together? Pleeeeease

A:

Do you guys sell/ship coffee internationally?


Q:

Considering our initial investment was $0, the ROI has been infinite.

A:

It only assist with mobility


Q:

Oh man. I highly recommend everyone travel solo at least one, purely as a learning and get-to-know-you experience.

But personally once I've gotten that growth out of the way I'm a big fan of shared experiences. Misery loves company :-P

A:

I stayed away form the chanting group, I moved as far to the right/back as possible.

I waved over the Lt. and said "I just want to let you know I'm press" I informed the police around me everytime I would move to open my bag or swap cameras.

I was trying to be as unobtrusive as possibly, kept calm, kept my mouth shut.


Q:

A: I think I'm still a soprano. My voice has dropped. And I'm singing right now! Sing with me! "Somewhere Out There!"

A:

Unfortunately no. We do ship to Canada on request but it is $25 shipping so usually no one is interested.


Q:

Well you had to buy the books...

A:

What's a typical day like for you?


Q:

Thanks for the advice ;)

A:

Were members of the press corp doing things differently? Were they chanting and being belligerent to the cops? Seems like they would move from journalists to participants at that point.


Q:

Hey Steve how was working with Logic on his album? Also, if you have played any zombies maps which is your favorite?

A:

How much do you pay the people who pick coffee for you? by the hour? by the bushel?


Q:

You're right. That lowers our ROI from infinity to around 3.50%.

A:

I get out of bed. Which I need assistance with. Someone dresses me and puts me in my chair. That I either listen to music or watch TV. Trying to read stuff. A lot of times I get sucked into the dark hole of reddit. Then I go to bed which I also need assistance with. Then repeat


Q:

Anytime!

A:

the reporters by me kept quiet and we all got released. I saw one of the people in the report screaming at the cops though, Im not surprised he was arrested.


Q:

S: So much fun. Love that dude. He's my brother now. A MONSTER talent I'm not a gamer, so can't comment on the second part.

A:

We pay our pickers by the pound. They make $.70/lb and can typically pick around 200lbs in a day on average. In your final pound of coffee from us between $6 and $8 of the cost is picker pay.


Q:

What was your educational background before you started programming?

A:

Firstly, you're inspirational as shit.

Now, questions!

  1. Given that you injured yourself in a BMX accident I take it you were active before - has that made being a quadriplegic particularly hard?

  2. What does the future look like? With physio how much improvement can you expect?

  3. Have your hobbies/general interests changed post-accident?

  4. How do you stay so positive? It's such an amazing outlook to have on life.

Apologies if you've already answered any of these, I'm about read now!


Q:

Hi Scott, love your service! I am curious if you would ever consider adding 'business class' section to your premium service? Do you see these type of mistake fares or big discounts on business class flights?

A:

Would you say some of the reporters could have been acting out to help drive their stories? Like if they wanted to drive the idea that Trump is using the police to silence the media, etc?


Q:

Cats or dogs?

A:

Sounds like they work in exchange for a place to sleep. I lived in Maui for a time, and found this is quite common on the islands. Google 'WWOOFing' if you want to know more!


Q:

Economics degree from Northwestern. I have always been really introverted but had a love of learning, so I finished up high school and moved out at 16, and was probably very lucky that Northwestern chose to let me in at that age.

A:
  1. it's made it very hard.
  2. no idea what the future looks like but I'm hopeful for the future with technology
  3. well besides BMX I also love playing guitar so that's another thing I can't do. But now I have a huge fascination with space. I'm trying to give voice acting a go. And I watch a lot of TV and movies
  4. I just try and laugh at everything as much as possible

Q:

I am considering it! Hoping to do it a bit later this year :-) It'd probably have to be a slightly different list since what's "cheap" for business class would shock people used to econ prices, you know?

But yes, I do every once in a while see big discounts for business fares! Found some $377 roundtrip US to Peru business class seats last year and just this week sent out €500 roundtrip Oslo to Zanzibar/Seychelles/South Africa in business.

A:

There are some articles that try to paint this as "trumps america" and thats why I did the AMA.

It was a black block riot, police arrested people. Not every journalist got charged.


Q:

A: Are you trying to get me killed? S: Why not both? Let's crossbreed! T: Both!

A:

No the people who work-trade for us just help out milking the goats, cleaning the chicken coop etc. They usually don't pick coffee but when they do they get paid just like all of the other pickers.


Q:

You started undergrad at 16 years old?

A:

Can you still feel your penis? And can you ejaculate? If not what do you do in your free time?


Q:

You have to fly somewhere on the basis of food alone, where are you going?

A:

So the stories yesterday about ~200-250 arrested for "felony rioting", those were the mass arrests of the "black bloc"?

Of those arrested, roughly how many were actually doing serious felony destruction of property, burning cars and stuff? 10%? 20%

Now are they negotiating plea deals? Being offered deals to testify against others?


Q:

Hey Steve,

Do you get to play any games much? If so, Do you have a favorite genre? :)

A:

Hello! I was just on the big island a few weeks ago and visited another Kona coffee farm, mountain thunder, my question is does your coffee differ from theirs at all? and how? also what is the best/ your favorite way to brew Kona coffee!


Q:

16 and a half

A:

Sadly no. I haven't had an orgasm since I could walk. Honestly I don't know if I can ejaculate. I watch a lot of TV in my free time


Q:

Ohhhh great question. Can I give you three? If so, Japan, Mexico, and Spain, in no specific order.

A:

Wellll yes a small percentage of the group actually committed violence.

But the thing is, by organizing and wearing all black you are aiding those who destroy things. It is a tactic to hide people committing crimes. Police will just arrest everyone in that case.


Q:

S: I don't play games. But I have a brand new PS4 sitting in my house in shrink wrap for a year and a half.

A:

Yes our coffee differs a LOT from theirs. Mountain Thunder (while a seller of 100% Kona), does not grow their coffee all from one estate. They buy cherry (or green maybe?) from a bunch of different farms all of whom have different elevations, farming methods, tree varieties, level of care etc. Their coffee could sometimes be great and sometimes (more often) is shit but always it is over roasted.

I think aeropress is a great way to brew Kona but really if you are brewing properly (right temp, right grind etc.) I think any method tastes good. I even had our light roast as espresso which was really unusual but tasty!


Q:

I started coding apps 1.5 years ago, and am doing very well. However, I have reached the point where I'd prefer some more advanced content to follow rather than Big Nerd Ranch - Any materials you could share that are practical, yet significantly more advanced (tutorials)?

A:

What exactly does your physical therapy consist of? Is your therapist just there to make sure you don't fall or is she actively teaching you how to use that cool ass exoskeleton?


Q:

Scott! Love your site! Have you ever thought about leveraging your service for larger group travel? You have fans. Many of us are like minded. Why not help put a group of us together and have us invade a small tropical island for a week? It could be good PR too.

A:

Police will just arrest everyone in that case.

But the tactic worked so well for Spartacus.


Q:

What is the video game strike about? What are you guys trying to get?

A:

This is so annoying. My wife and I stayed at the sheraton kona resort in 2015, and if we'd known we would've paid a visit!

My question is, do you ship to Europe?


Q:

If I were you, and past that BNR point, I would just start coding projects and start looking to build a reputation or earn some additional income. Maybe look into freelance (some of those freelance mobile developers really rake it in) or try to build a reputation on GitHub. StackOverflow is the only resource material I've really needed following those first four books. There is just so much info on SO, if it goes down the internet is history.

A:

Therapy consist a lot of strengthening what I do have and also maintaining what I don't. Ordinarily I do physical therapy in Baltimore at Kennedy krieger Institute but I'm doing it now in Richmond as a test run in case I get into VCU. The exoskeleton is good because it's good for my bones by weight bearing. I also use a FES bike for my legs. I attach electrodes to my muscles and it fires as I ride the bike. This helps keep my legs from atrophying and it is good for cardio


Q:

Hmm good question! I haven't yet, though it does sound like a perfect stepping stone on my path to world domination...

And your talk of a small tropical island just sweetens the deal. I'm in! Where do I sign up for your tropical excursion list, u/happytrailz1938?


Q:

ALL: In short, fair compensation, safety and transparency are the issues at hand. Check out http://www.gameperformancematters.com/ for all the details, including a new FAQ.

A:

We would ship to europe but I have no idea about the customs or shipping cost. If you are willing to pay for the shipping, yeah we would ship!


Q:

Like you I had ideas and issues which I solved. Any tips on discovering cool libraries to work with? or Apis? Stack is so huge, how do you find out whats "hot"?

A:

Okay... So... If they offered you built in fog machine and lasers... Would you wear that bastard all freaking day?


Q:

Hey Scott!

Have you personally gotten on a cheap flight to a certain destination that turned out to be an instant regret?

A:

Did you expect to get out? Have you, or colleagues, been arrested in a situation like that before?


Q:

Steve how has your perception of Tank Dempsey changed over the years?

A:

Was just in Kona over winter break I heard a some people talking about you business but didn't get the chance to check it out while I was in town, congrats though.

What's the average temp and weather conditions up on the mountain?


Q:

I love to browse GitHub. I typically do keyword searches, but they have trending pages as well.

A:

You forgot the disco ball


Q:

Ooo great question! Like I regretted going there or regretted buying the ticket?

A:

I didn't know if I was going to be released but the only other time I was placed under arrest I was released after about half an hour as well.

Many journalists have been arrested covering these kinds of stories.

I cant speak for why they all get charged, but in 5+ years I have only ever been arrested officially twice but released shortly after with no charges.


Q:

S: I've grown to love him more as a brother than just a zombie-splattering muscle head.

A:

You heard about our business! That's great! Because we're new we don't have much of a following built up. Average temp is right about 70 - it's 67 right now. The weather here is truly perfect as far as temp. Winter is dry season and summer is wet. It rains basically every day over the summer.


Q:

great job, what books did you read?

A:

What is it like walking in the exoskeleton?does it feel like it's holding up your body weight well or not?


Q:

Because of your emails, my husband and I booked flights to Munich from Memphis for less than 450 each(typical prices from Memphis to Munich is about 1500)!!! This was in November when there were so many great deals to European cities. Great deals hardly ever come from Memphis Airport so I ran around my office telling everyone to start booking trips and you got a whole bunch of new subscribers that day!

Are there times of year where whole groups of flights get crazy discounted? I thought it was interesting that almost all the major cities in Europe were <$500 the week of Black Friday. Coincidence?

A:

Thank you Tim. I assumed it was something of an occupational hazard, but the Twitter reaction has been "look at what's going on in Trump's America"


Q:

Out of all contributors to video game development, do you guys feel like there's a certain amount of expendibility behind voice acting work? I.e., not much job security?

A:

Hello! I hope you're still responding to questions as I'd love to know a bit more about what you do. I co-founded a roastery based in Southern California, and one of the big interests for me is sourcing. I'm fascinated by the work that goes into it and we're so fortunate to be able to buy coffee from our friends, and involve them in projects that we're excited about. So what I want to know from you, as an American producer is this:

What is the future of American coffee production? Where do you feel it will be headed, and how will you create a sustainable situation for yourself?

I ask because one of the big things stopping Hawaiian coffee (and a lot of coffee around the world) from getting big, in my opinion, is cost. We're fortunate to have some of the coffees that we have, that are (relatively) expensive but go a long way towards helping the people who produce it. But American coffee, due to labor and agriculture regulations, will never be that cheap. That makes it a challenge for you, as a producer, to get the attention of roasters, because the opportunity just isn't there (so many people I know roast Panama geisha lots and are very fortunate to barely break even on them).

So I'd love to hear the thoughts on that. Is it a huge goal for you to turn it into a massive growing operation? Or do you like where you are, and don't plan on making it bigger? And if so, how do you create a sustainable situation that allows you to maintain that with the creeping popularity of coffee elsewhere?

Thanks! Looking forward to (hopefully) hearing your thoughts!


Q:

The exact four books I read are:

Learning Obj-C

Learning Java

iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide

Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide

However, I would now recommend learning Swift instead of Obj-C. At the time when I was looking into iOS books, good books on Swift were few and far between.

A:

It's hard to explain but it's awesome I can't help but smile when I'm using it. It's so strange seeing my feet move below me and not being able to feel it. I forget how tall I actually am. It holds me up pretty well but I still need three people around me at all times. One person behind me to hold my hips. Someone in front to guide the walker. And someone to my side to hold my chest in case I lean too far forward


Q:

Amazing!! Ahhhh I so love hearing success stories :-) And thank you for spreading the word!

Re: timing, I think it was a coincidence. The biggest cause is an unadvertised fare war between the major airlines, and those pop up because of a multitude of factors like demand, unsold inventory, pricing, fuel costs, etc. but not so much a particular time of year.

A:

yea, thats basically why I wanted to do the AMA


Q:

T: I would say there's more job security. It's a specialized skill set. And as games become more cinematic, performance matters more and more.

A:

Yep I am still here!

That is awesome that you are a professional roaster and you care about sourcing! Personally I think that it is roasters (even more than the consumers) - and how they educate their customers - who will shape how the coffee industry moves going forward.

What is the future of American coffee production? Where do you feel it will be headed, and how will you create a sustainable situation for yourself?

So to clarify, by American coffee production, you mean American coffee growing right? Coffee is really only grown in Hawaii (although I did hear that UC Davis is trying to do some test trees) which makes it a little easier to sum-up.

I think Hawaiian coffee is actually in an okay place. We have the CBB which has been hard for our industry, but we are fighting it and most farms have been pretty successful in mitigating losses. We still have a ton of people around the world who seek out Hawaiian coffees - particularly in Japan - and I know a lot of farms that sell ALL of their coffee as green to Japan. We don't do that because I haven't wanted to work with a distributor and prefer to sell directly to the roasters and know the people who will be taking our green to the finished product. I don't think we will ever get rich farming Kona coffee, but my hope is that in the coming years we will have a pretty loyal customer base and a few great roasters so that we can project out sales and spend less time on the marketing end. If we are able to do that, we can plan for potentially adding more trees or just working less in general on our coffee business and spend more time on other areas of our business that make money (like our event space).

I ask because one of the big things stopping Hawaiian coffee (and a lot of coffee around the world) from getting big, in my opinion, is cost.

I mean, Hawaii isn't that big and we don't produce that much coffee (in comparison to many other growing regions). I don't think anyone here wants or needs Hawaiian coffee to "get big" because most farms are able to sell their coffee. However, what I would really like to see (and this is where roasters come in) is an overhaul in coffee consumer education. I want people to understand (especially roasters!!) that our coffee is expensive not because we just think it is worth more but because it costs more to produce.

I have had roasters say to me "why do you think your coffee is worth 4x and much a ___ coffee when it isn't 4x as good?" And really that is a hard question to answer because it isn't "worth" more unless you place value on your coffee being produced with (more than) fair labor conditions and in compliance with real environmental laws. It's a hard road to convince someone to care about something they don't care about and it really comes off "preachy" which I hate.

Is it a huge goal for you to turn it into a massive growing operation? Or do you like where you are, and don't plan on making it bigger? And if so, how do you create a sustainable situation that allows you to maintain that with the creeping popularity of coffee elsewhere?

Our property is only 20 acres and right now 8 of that is planted in coffee. Even if we planted every possible area with coffee, we probably could only plant 15ish acres just because of how our house and chicken area and stuff is. It's in the works to maybe consider adding 4 more acres if it makes financial sense a few years from now - but even that is not a big operation at all. We would only add that section if we were easily selling out of our entire crop of coffee from the 8 acres, so it would be I hope sustainable even though other origins are gaining in popularity.

I want to be clear though that I don't see other origins as our competition because I feel like there is a ton of market share for all of the great coffee from around the world. Our competition is starbucks, dunkin, k cups, shit grocery store coffee etc. and I hope to eat away at a (admittedly very small) part of their customer base just through consumer education. Which is actually part of the reason I did this AMA.

I think the craft beer industry is a good example - for years and years there has been room in the market for more and more craft breweries and those craft breweries were barely competing with eachother. They were taking away business from bud light, but not from each other. Now days there is SO MUCH great beer that breweries are starting and failing all the time, and only the good ones are succeeding. But coffee isnt there yet. Third wave coffee is still on the rise, we haven't reached that over-saturation point (not even close I think). But I am not an economist or anything - that is just my opinion based on totally anecdotal evidence.


Q:

Did you read them in that order or sort of all at once? Is learning obj C your first introduction to code at all or did you have any prior knowledge whatsoever?

A:

Did you lose touch with close friends after the accident?

What new hobbies did you pick up after the accident?


Q:

What do you like most about what you do?

A:

Hey Ash, what caused your brother to lose his mind and go crazy?


Q:

Hello, and thank you for your thorough and insightful response! It's wonderful to know that you have a great understanding of your market, and your end goal.

So to clarify, by American coffee production, you mean American coffee growing right? Coffee is really only grown in Hawaii (although I did hear that UC Davis is trying to do some test trees) which makes it a little easier to sum-up.

There's actually a farm just north of us in Santa Barbara that is growing! It's also cool to know that UCD is trying to test as well. I think the hard part is that due to the climate here (neither Santa Barbara nor Davis are particularly humid relative to other coffee growing nations, and the frost point isn't low enough that the comparative altitude doesn't make for much of a similar growing situation as like...2000masl in Kenya), so the coffee...tastes like low altitude coffee. I'd love to try to roast some of their coffee though, to see what's up, only problem is that we can't afford it.

I have had roasters say to me "why do you think your coffee is worth 4x and much a ___ coffee when it isn't 4x as good?" And really that is a hard question to answer because it isn't "worth" more unless you place value on your coffee being produced with (more than) fair labor conditions and in compliance with real environmental laws. It's a hard road to convince someone to care about something they don't care about and it really comes off "preachy" which I hate.

This is tricky on our end too! The thing is...as we have the direct line to consumers and wholesale accounts, we have to explain to them why the coffee is expensive. And while we've been able to do that, we still get a bit of pushback (we spend a lot for our coffee, so our wholesale costs might not be easily as approachable). The thing is, if we are having trouble making an argument from a price perspective despite the fact that we source from dry mills in Africa that provide some of the only opportunities for employment for women in the area, it's going to be a lot harder for us to make the argument that even more expensive coffee is also worth it. So it's one thing that someone like me sees the value in paying a lot for coffees that really do a lot to bring opportunity to the people that grow and process it, but it's another for me to create a sustainable business plan off of it (because even if it just represents one part of our entire product offering, it's still money and effort). It's hard, for sure, but I totally empathize with where you're coming from!

However, what I would really like to see (and this is where roasters come in) is an overhaul in coffee consumer education. I want people to understand (especially roasters!!) that our coffee is expensive not because we just think it is worth more but because it costs more to produce.

I completely agree with you that a consumer education effort is huge, and absolutely necessary, because so many consumers are blasted with information and farm names just become farm names. One of the things we wanted to prioritize, and to educate on, is the story of our coffees, and the real people behind them, but consumers just aren't interested yet (though we're trying). Once consumers understand the effort that goes into producing the coffee, we hope that our prices will be more justifiable (because specialty coffee tends to be expensive, but what people don't see is the slim margins on both the producer and roaster end).

I want to be clear though that I don't see other origins as our competition because I feel like there is a ton of market share for all of the great coffee from around the world. Our competition is starbucks, dunkin, k cups, shit grocery store coffee etc. and I hope to eat away at a (admittedly very small) part of their customer base just through consumer education. Which is actually part of the reason I did this AMA.

What I mean is that for a roaster, we only have so much ability to take on so much coffee, and we want to have a well rounded selection of offerings but there are a lot of situations that make it difficult for us to pick up coffees from a lot of different locations that we'd otherwise love love LOVE to work with. You may get a roaster who looks at coffee and says, "At that price, I'd rather get something from PNG" because...(and I hesitate to say this but I feel like it might be true) some of them only care about rounding out their offerings. But I guess that's why it's up to you to vet your roasters and choose the ones who really want to focus on sharing your story and product at a price that is fair to you, and hopefully you can get a sustainable relationship from that!

I think the craft beer industry is a good example - for years and years there has been room in the market for more and more craft breweries and those craft breweries were barely competing with eachother. They were taking away business from bud light, but not from each other. Now days there is SO MUCH great beer that breweries are starting and failing all the time, and only the good ones are succeeding. But coffee isnt there yet. Third wave coffee is still on the rise, we haven't reached that over-saturation point (not even close I think). But I am not an economist or anything - that is just my opinion based on totally anecdotal evidence

I hope this is the case. I think a lot about coffee and then I meet people who are into specialty coffee but aren't as into it as I am, and I suddenly realize that it's a very deep pond with not a lot of people who are on the deepest end - we just feel that way here (cause there's a LOT of roasters and shops in Southern California) because we see each other and hang out so much that it just feels that specialty coffee is everywhere.

Out of curiosity, what is the total production / acre that you guys are at right now? And what varietals do you guys have going on?

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No prior knowledge whatsoever. Learning Obj-C was my first introduction.


Q:

Yeah. Some friendships were based solely on BMX and sometimes people just grew apart regardless Still trying to find new hobbies, any recommendations?

A:

Traveling.

I was on 78 flights last year and flew 130,000 miles


Q:

A: He was always that way.

A:

There's actually a farm just north of us in Santa Barbara

I had no idea about that! Cool! I haven't tried the CA coffee and I don't think it is likely to be that good just based on climate. But I think more people doing coffee research (especially in the US) will only be good for me. So the more the merrier.

Re: cost and consumer education:

I TOTALLY get it that not all roasters can buy Hawaiian coffees and I don't think it is necessarily even a bad thing that they don't. It is just frustrating to me personally when they flat out do not even consider it because of price. Roasters are businesses though, not charities, and you have to plan for what your customers will buy and do what is best for staying in business. You won't be helping any farms if you go under.

That said, the roasters we do work with have found that they can work our coffee into their business plan when they don't buy that much. We sell our green by the pound, not by the 100lb bag, so that roasters can buy the exact amount that will fit in their business. One of the roasters we work with primarily sells our coffee buy the cup in his coffee shop and he only buys 10lbs at a time. Even though 10lbs of green isn't that much for us, we still really appreciate the business and every little bit helps. And he is educating his consumers 1 cup at a time about Hawaiian coffee, and they may come back and want more which means he will be able to buy more.

Re: margins - yes I think it is very hard for consumers to understand the difference in pricing between commodity coffee and single origin estate coffee. The margins are huge in commodity coffee and even "fair trade" coffee. That is how you can buy an $8 lb of coffee at Dunkin donuts or whatever.

What I mean is that for a roaster, we only have so much ability to take on so much coffee, and we want to have a well rounded selection of offerings but there are a lot of situations that make it difficult for us to pick up coffees from a lot of different locations that we'd otherwise love love LOVE to work with.

Ahh okay sorry I don't think I understood what you meant. So I get that roasters want to offer a variety of coffees and can't always justify sticking a Hawaiian coffee in a slot when they could get a great Nicaraguan or whatever for a 1/4 of the price. There are only so many slots (packaging and stuff costs money for each type) and you need to focus on what will sell.

The roasters we sell to now solve that by offering our coffee on a really small scale or rotating basis just in their coffee shop and/or offering it more for the holidays or up-scale gifts. One roaster in Michigan we work with buys our extra fancy pretty much just for valentines day and christmas because people are willing to spend more then. So I guess what I am saying is that if a roaster wants a Hawaiian coffee, there is a way to sell it, but it doesn't fit in with every business model and that is okay.

it just feels that specialty coffee is everywhere

Haha I never feel like that living here. The line is sometimes around the block at starbucks and we have locally grown coffee in tons of independent coffee shops. I don't think we (my farm) needs to target the "deepest end of the pond" so to speak of coffee consumers. A lot of our customers buy our coffee just because they like us and they like supporting local farmers. It isn't always a matter of being "into" coffee. We actually send out guides to brewing coffee with our orders just because a lot of people don't know anything about water temp or grind size and I want to make sure they are getting their money's worth after dropping a lot of money (comparatively) on coffee.

Out of curiosity, what is the total production / acre that you guys are at right now? And what varietals do you guys have going on?

We right now have primarily arabica (kona typica) trees but we have a small section of about 10 trees of a hybrid called Kona Passion (also an arabica). They are working out great though (high production, beautiful big beans and tasty!) so we will probably plant more of those.

On our 8 acres our production for the 2016/17 harvest was about 30K lbs of cherry. We project to have more like 40-50K lbs next year and hopefully around 60K lbs going forward after that. Of that coffee about 4,000 lbs of green was produced. Then when it is all graded out we will have about 3,400lbs of sale-able green (some of it is too low of a grade to sell and we either drink it ourselves or if it is really bad compost it). Of that our goal is to sell about half of that in green and the other half as roasted. We have sold about half of our green goal already for the season and we haven't even finished our last pick which is great! On roasted coffee, we are slowly plugging away but still have a lot left to sell.


Q:

Thanks! I mean had you ever even used a terminal before that?

A:

Start a podcast, especially if you're looking into voice acting.

Write a book (audiobook).

Karaoke

The first two are things I enjoy listening to, so I'm biased in my recs.


Q:

Business Class?

A:

What's your favorite Nic Cage performance, and why?


Q:

Do you use a natural, honey, or washed process?

A:

Lol I had no idea what a terminal was. Well, actually once at age 11 I bought a "hacking" book and managed to completely destroy my parents desktop. Everything was gone, and ubuntu was now the operating system.

Edit: destroying my parent's desktop was totally on accident.


Q:

S: I kinda liked him in "City of Angels." I'm ashamed to say that.

A: "Bangkok Dangerous."

T: "The Rock"! The first time I did extra work was with Nic Cage. We had a great conversation. I had no idea who he was at the time.

A:

Only washed process right now but I would like to do some natural next year if there is a demand for it. A lot of farmers here seem to look down on it because it can kinda hide bad coffee with sweetness.


Q:

How old are you? I'm a 30 year old civil engineer and I sometimes feel like my mind is not "plastic" enough to learn something new.

A:

How's the dating life going? I mean you're Iron man so I imagine you're just killing it out there. Also wishing you the best on PT and recovery!


Q:

What happened to the guy who used go around the world taking drugs with Vice?

A:

Mr. Storm, can I ask what was it like working with Gareth Edwards on Godzilla? Will you be back for the second?


Q:

What was the cost to start from scratch to your first sold product?

Edit, 1 million dollars from another post. thanks

A:

I am 23. If you ever feel like you can't do it, do what I do and head over to r/CrappyDesign. If some of those guys are professional programmers why can't I be?


Q:

it's meh. The last girl I dated said the chair was too hard for her. But I can't be mad at her because she was honest and upfront with me and to be honest it is pretty hard. Luckily I have some awesome friends that really make me feel loved

A:

Ha no idea. Youre talking about Hamilton Morris? I think he has a show on Viceland


Q:

T: Perfect example. I never came face to face with Gareth until we met at a Rogue One screening and he was surprised and congratulated me on my performance. But I worked with Garret Warren that we shot for the movie.

A:

We have had some negative comments just randomly when we are out and about but overall Hawaiians are the most welcoming wonderful people. They really do try to live "aloha" and treat everyone with kindness, respect and love.

Not necessarily from Native Hawaiians specifically, but locals in general were so helpful when we started our farm. Our neighbors all made an effort to meet us and give us tips. Even the local civil servants at the DMV or small business office (not the official name) are really nice. There are rude/mean people everywhere but Kona (and Holualoa specifically) is truly the best community I have ever lived in.


Q:

Hi congrats on the app and more importantly teaching yourself a valuable new skill. Have you received any flack from purist event attendees who don't believe audience members should be encouraged to be waving their phones around all night?

A:

What is your favorite leisure activity?


Q:

If you had to make one prediction about the next 4 years, what would it be?

A:

Here's a question mostly for TJ: since motion-capture has a lot more in common with doing theatre, with its full-body engagement, what kind of warm-ups do you do before sessions? Physical, vocal, etc.


Q:

Hi Kate, thanks for doing this. I am a law student who would love to own a farm one day. I am not sure practicing law (after learning about all the biglaw horror stories and living in the law school culture) is what I want to do for the rest of my life. Job market seems tough as well. Do you recommend I stick with it for a few years just to see what actual practise looks like? Or should I make the out-of-the-law jump now because things won't get better? I am in my last year.

edit: spelling

A:

Actually, not yet! Have received a lot of spam though.


Q:

I just like being outside and hanging out with friends. It's hard to pinpoint exactly my favorite leisure activity is since I'm on the spot

A:

I will take at least one shower.


Q:

T: A lot of motion capture actors are part actor, part athlete, so we train as if we're in both worlds. Since the stage is usually well air-conditioned, we have to warm up quite a bit before we begin. Running, skipping, jumping are all common things, as well as some vocal exercises if we're speaking.

A:

Where do you go to school and how much debt do you have? Those are going to be big factors in dropping out. I would say if you are a 3L, stay in school and definitely take the bar and pass in at least one state. Even if you don't want to practice, you can always fall back on law (at least doc review temp work) to make $20 an hour looking at a computer screen. Most people do not have an easy way to make $20 an hour so you want to always keep that as a fall-back option. Even now I could always reactivate my IL license or take the Hawaii bar if I needed the money.

I will say though if you already know you will not want to be a lawyer, start researching and applying for alternative careers now. Life is too short to do something 5/7 days a week that you hate. And if you must practice law, try to at least live somewhere you love. I LOVED Chicago but weather-wise it was draining me. The winters, not just the cold, but the dark, made it hard for me to find happiness in all of the things I did have (family close by, a nice paycheck, friends, a great city full of culture and great food etc.). My advice is find a way to be happy as a lawyer, and if you can't, do not hesitate to get out.


Q:

Did you enjoy working with Clemson? How much work did you do with them? I am an undergrad there in compsci

A:

Are you first in line for experimental exoskeleton stuff or are you a customer/commercial supporter for stuff already on the market?


Q:

I heard some journalists arrested on inauguration were being brought up on felony charges. Were you charged? Do you know anyone else that was charged?

A:

Why should voice actors get all these perks before say the developers?


Q:

Hello!

I'm from Kona, I was wondering how much money you make on average per acre per year? Also, what does upkeep look like? I've worked on a couple farms before but never have known the financial side. Do you have people pick the coffee for you and process it giving you a cut or do you harvest yourselves? Thank you

A:

Clemson has been the nicest team to work with. After publishing their app, they sent me a signed thank you card and a bobble head. Class act all the way.


Q:

Just a customer/commercial supporter

A:

I know one of the people who got charged. I was not charged. About 6 journalists received felony charges I believe.

The Lt. on scene informed me that I was under arrest and not free to leave, after about 45 minutes pulled me and two NBC reporters out and let us go.


Q:

http://www.gameperformancematters.com/faq

S: I haven't met an actor yet who doesn't support developers organizing. It's a shop in need of a steward.

A:

Well so far we don't make any money on the coffee lol. We are operating at a loss on all of our coffee operations. This isn't a surprise to us though - our trees are still young and their production output is fairly low. We support ourselves and our business with the addition of our side-hustles (events, homebrew store, vegetable CSA etc.).

Upkeep is pretty normal for any type of farm. We irrigate, do weed control/prevention, spray for pests (CBB), prune the trees, mow in between the rows, fertilize, harvest during harvest season etc. I would say that takes about 20 hours a week if nothing crazy comes up. But if an animal breaks in (we have had a cow in our coffee field before that somehow wandered in from a neighbor's property) or some severe weather event happens we have to deal with that.


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A:

Have you ever considered a stem cell transplant to regenerate some feeling in your body?


Q:

What is the difference between you and those journalists who did get charged? Were you just lucky?

A:

Hi, and thank you for all the knowledge passed on here. Quite amazing.

Searching the IAMA, I did not read about decaffe, so apology if you have commented? From your web-site, did see this... "Our lightest and most caffeinated roast." Sounds great! But, alas, doctor told me to slow down the caffeine, so which of your blends would be lowest?

EDIT: P.S. How are yours shipping charges determined? Like to an idea before signing up in the checkout buying.


Q:

Yes, I've always been pretty decent at math, but math has so far not played a major role in my programming. There are usually libraries that can take some of the heaviest math problems (like fourier transforms) off the table for you.

A:

I would love to but it's still in early phases in the US


Q:

I dont know but I can say that I saw one of them yell at the cops, that certainly didnt help their situation.

I can say that the NBC reporters and I stayed quiet and calm and politely informed the Lt we were press.

A:

No one has asked about that actually! You're the first! So we don't sell decaf (as far as I know the beans have to go through a special process to be decaf and we don't have anyone on our island who does it). I think your best bet is a dark roast because it does have less caffeine or just drink less coffee. Probably if I were in your situation I would just drink a small amount of great coffee and hope to be satisfied with that.


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A:

how did you become quadriplegic??


Q:

Hey Tim, it's refreshing to see a journalist that's frustrated with how polarized the media has become. Would you be open to coming on a podcast episode for a brief interview?

A:

best bet is a dark roast because it does have less caffeine or just drink less coffee. ... drink a small amount of great coffee and hope to be satisfied with that.

Ahh, like this! My doctor will not, but too bad, haha. Also, in my first post, just now added a question about your shipping charges, how are determined?


Q:

It had a lot to do with math, but not necessarily in the way you'd think. I did some alternative schooling in high school, which ended up in me teaching myself Algebra II, trig, pre-cal, and calculous all from books I bought off eBay. I think having a history of teaching myself new skills made this round much easier than it would have been otherwise.

A:

I broke my neck in BMX accident. I was trying to grind a handrail and I was going to much at an angle and my bottom bracket caught the rail so I flipped it went headfirst into the ground. No I was not wearing a helmet. The doctor said if I were wearing one it would've killed me giving my neck the extra leverage to internally decapitate me. Having said that I do believe that everyone should wear a helmet. Mine was a freak accident


Q:

sure, drop me a line

Tim@tagg.ly

A:

We ship in flat rate boxes or envelopes. Anything that fits in a flat rate envelope (generally 1.5lbs or less) ships for $6.10 priority mail. The next size up is $11.50 I think which is a medium box and holds quite a bit.


Q:

As someone who frequently has ideas for apps but has no idea how to get them off the ground is this more of a hobby or a job for you?

A:

Hey man, what's your favorite movie?


Q:

I am a senior journalism student at a university in the U.S. who is also taking Arabic with hopes of being an independent journalist in the Middle East, among other places. I want to see and report on the best and worst that humanity has to offer. In short, you (almost) have my dream job!

Do you have any advice for me once I graduate? Where should I start?

A:

How'd you get the funds to start your business?


Q:

It's definitely a full-time effort. I'd say learning to code was a hobby, but programming has been a job.

A:

Shawshank redemption. And any of the MCU movies


Q:

Buy a plane ticket and just go somewhere interesting and do something journalistic.

Seriously... most people don't even go do journalism.

A:

A lot of them were just savings from our jobs. My husband was the really successful one. If you have ever read a michael lewis book, youll know there is a lot of money in trading. But we also had a lot of loans.


Q:

Can you share what languages youve studied to make the apps? Thanks!

A:

Assuming you can use the exoskeleton, would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck?


Q:

That's the most succinct response I've ever gotten, and, if I'm honest, the one I've been wanting to hear. I'm always told I need to try to embed for CNN or some other major news outlet, but then I have to do the stories that they want me to do.

I want to do the stories that noone else does. As you've previously stated in this AMA, I also want to be in "the center of the world."

Follow up question: How the hell do I fund it? Will I have to go out of pocket?

A:

How much did he have under management and what were his annualized returns? What was his cut of the p+l? How competitive was it to get in the role? Securities he traded? Was it super algorithmic or more flow? Was he involved in trading during 07/08, and if so, what were his returns then? Did he know Ray Cahnman? Is kona coffee different from regular coffee?


Q:

Yes, at the time there were no reputable books on Swift, so I learned Objective-C for iOS and Java for Android. I also picked up some basic PHP for backend server-side stuff.

A:

One Horse sized duck. Then find a way to domesticate it and then give it to my brother. He loves ducks


Q:

yup.

I slept in closets and on floors for the first year I worked at VICE. I saved all my money.

I got started by couch surfing and being broke, homeless, without healthcare.

A:

Lol I have NO IDEA what the first questions mean but I will ask him later and try to get back to you. Yes he knows Ray Cahnman and actually was on his desk when he first started out! (small world!)

Kona coffee is different from other coffees but not from "regular" coffee. If you are drinking single origins roasted correctly, you should be able to taste differences in coffees from all over the world. Kona is known for a really smooth easy drinkability. Not a super high acid coffee. There are tasting notes on our website if you are interested in specifics.


Q:

Guess I'll ask here instead.

How is your stomach muscles? (where is the injury/complete or incomplete?) Doesn't seem to be much stability from the waist up on that suit. I've tried the ekso bionic suit, and there you have like a backpack strap in addition to what you have in this pic. Maybe making it very different to operate? Anyway, really cool to see someone else in almost the same situation as me!

A:

Do you, the people working in media, talk about the filter bubble with each other? Does it concern you, is it something you try to take action against?


Q:

Ah, ya. I saw that he worked for transmarket and had to ask, since Ray is pretty big in that space. Very cool that he got to work directly w Ray.

A:

I have no use of my muscles from the chest down but the exoskeleton grabs my stomach it holds me up pretty well


Q:

I do all the time but most people, even journalists, are in the bubble and are oblivious.

A:

Okay so I asked him but he doesn't remember the answers to all the questions. Here is what he said though from 2012 when he left-

  • He doesn't know how much he had in management because it depends on which desk he was working. It ranged from 50K to a few million.

  • He said the annualized returns depend on how many assets were under management but he thinks his returns were over 100%.

  • His desk got 30% of profits and another 30% is put in the firm-wide discretionary bonus pool given out depending on how well you traded.

  • It is much more competitive now than it was when he got hired (although to me his process still seems pretty competitive). When he got hired, he started in a summer group of 15 people and then he was the only one out of that pool that got hired on.

  • He said it wasnt super algorithmic. They did a lot more market making and used a mean reverting strategy.

  • He traded interest rate futures (started with Euro Dollar, then moved to Euribor, Sterling and then moved to Canada and Brazil interest rates)

  • He started in 09 so he avoided that dark period.


Q:

T7 Incomplete here! I've used an exoskeleton and had a lot of fun with it.

Do you find it heavy and tiring? I did after awhile and I was wondering if that was the general thought.

Wishing you well :) http://i.imgur.com/YY3XCqR.jpg

A:

Glad to hear it!

Any particular ways you try to work around it?


Q:

Are there any days where you regret leaving the corporate world? What do you miss about the corporate world?

A:

Nice! I'm a little tired afterwards but not that much


Q:

my facebook has about 5,000 friends of varying political backgrounds so I see a wide range of content.

A:

Yeah sometimes! Even though I was a lawyer, I miss being able to leave my work at work. Now that I own my own business, it is just work all the time. But that work feels better because everything we do benefits us and our bottom line so it feels good busting ass.

I miss the perks! Lunches out, work parties, health insurance etc. Now I eat lunch at home every day and we provide our own health insurance.


Q:

How can I help you and other quadriplegics?

I used to ride my BMX when I was a kid and I fell plenty of times. Through sheer luck I never got hurt. Life isn't fair. I want to know how can make your life better.

A:

What other news organizations do you respect as unbiased and insightful?


Q:

Hallo, im from germany and currently studying agriculture [sadly we have no classes about tabaco or coffee]. I was wondering where did you get the knowlage to operate a whole farm? From what i learned its pretty difficult to build a new farm and get it running.

A:

Do you have any spare spinal cords laying around? Just treat us like any other people I think that would be the best way to help


Q:

They all have some kind of angle.

I like CNN for the most part but they are far from perfect. I have CNN running 24/7 for updates, not for commentary.

Glen Greenwald and The Intercept do a great job but will almost always give you an anti establishment pov.

The Guardian is one of my favorites.

A:

We hired a consultant for the first few years to help us and teach us. It really has been a long road and learning process and we still don't know even close to everything we need to know. Just tomorrow my husband is going to a class at the CTAHR (College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources) to learn more about a pest we get a lot.


Q:

How many times have people asked you if you can jerk off?

A:

How do people with no journalistic experience break into the field?

Is really just as easy as finding a story and hitting rec?


Q:

I enjoyed going through your photos on the website but disappointed that there weren't any photos of the coffee shrubs. I think photos of the flowers, berries and raw beans would be nice as well. Could you also take a photo of the coffee shrubs with someone standing by it for scale? I always wondered how big they can grow. I used to grow one indoors for a few years.

A:

It's usually the first question once the awkward barrier comes down


Q:

Just go do journalism. Go somewhere important and film, tweet, youtube, facebook. Find important stories and share them. The rest follows.

And as for school, Im a high school drop out

EDIT: Better answer.

A:

Ahh sorry there are a bunch on our instagram! I don't know if I have one with someone standing right next to it but there are at least a couple with people standing near by. I will definitely take your tip though and add more coffee plant pictures to our site.

The trees can get really tall if you dont prune them but we only let ours get up to 8ish feet before pruning.


Q:

Are you part of any research or clinical trials?

A:

Have you seen the Documentary Now! spoof of VICE documentaries? What did you think about it?


Q:

About how much coffee does your orchard produce on average? Is 8 acres on the large side for a farm on the big island or more average? I'm also curious to know if your land was already a working orchard when you purchased it or did you lease a patch of land and start from scratch?

A:

Not yet, I'm keeping my options open for the right one. Because depending what you signed up for you can accidentally close the door to others that could be more beneficial


Q:

It was funny.

There was another one done by the onion. Both great.

A:

The average size of a coffee farm in kona is 5 acres but that average is a little misleading because there are TONS of "farms" where people have an acre or less and then a few huge farms with hundreds of acres. I think 8 acres is pretty normal for people who coffee farm as their full time job.

This year we produced about 30K lbs of cherry which is on the lower end but our trees are still very young - many of them didnt produce at all this year or had like one branch producing. We expect to have a bigger harvest next year.

Our land is owned not leased and there was no coffee on it when we bought it. We planted the orchard from scratch.


Q:

Where do you find the motivation to continue pushing? I guess I am asking how you rose out of what I anticipate was a dark depression when you became quadriplegic. I don't know if I could find the strength within myself.

A:

Is it frustrating having to argue with colleagues and members of your profession that being dogmatic ideologues is antithetical to journalism itself?


Q:

what is your favorite type of coffee to grow?

A:

Just laugh and Make sure you have people around you that you can talk to


Q:

yes.

Sometimes I hate journalists but then I realize its just people doing people stuff.

A:

We grow almost all arabica coffee (kona typica specifically). We have a little section of another type called Kona Passion but only about 10 trees of that as a trial.


Q:

What's something that you're burdened by that you didn't expect to be a problem as a quadriplegic?

A:

Do you think news is biased left or right in America?


Q:

Hi Kate and Doug!
I was in Kona recently and took a tour of another lawyer-turned-coffee-farmer and it was delightful.

Do you guys know each other and hang out? (Not mentioning the other company name to be respectful of your AMA)

A:

Quite a few things. I have a strong opinion of inclines now. I have to be constantly aware of my body now. I have to do what's called weight shifts a lot. Basically my chair will lean back to 45° angle to relieve pressure off of my ass. If I don't I'm susceptible to a pressure sore. I've had one last year it was the worst thing ever. You can feel your butt getting numv when you sit too long but I can't which is why have to do pressure releases. This also means that I have to be turned when I sleep in bed. So in the middle the night someone will turn me to make sure I don't have constant pressure on one spot. Another thing is, and this is me in particular this doesn't apply to everyone, I can't sweat. So I have to drink a lot of water and be careful in the heat. If I'm outside I usually have one with me to pour on my head to cool me down. And of course going to the bathroom which I answered in another comment


Q:

I think it is biased to the left but the right has been doing a good job of countering on digital

A:

No I don't know them! Feel free to post who they are haha if they don't mind. I know another lawyer turned dragonfruit and bee keeper but that's it.


Q:

You seem to consistently maintain unbiased reporting and is a major reason I follow your work so closely. How is it you are able to keep emotion separate when so much other media is heavily one sided?

Also, how do you feel about the media divide in general? Do you have suggestions of similar news outlets that just report facts?

A:

Have you ever visited other coffee shops on other islands? If so, which ones? I may or may not have worked at a ton of coffee shops.


Q:

I have friends who are high profile feminists and friends who are high profile Trump supporters. What makes me unbiased (for the most part, no one is perfect) is that I have both sides talking to me calmly because we are friends.

Most people on one side of the isle only hear anger, attacks, and insults. You can't expect people to get along when they dont want to.

As for media, they play sides on purpose, people like having their biases confirmed and companies can monetize that.

A:

On other islands? Not really. I do go to them occasionally but I cant remember any memorable coffee.


Q:

This comment right here is going to make me start reading your work and see for myself. I would love for this to be true.

A:

What do you sell your coffee for a pound? Why so expensive?


Q:

I think if everyone stopped turning their political opponents into monsters we would get more done.

A:

Most basically, it is expensive because it is grown in a first world country. It is the only coffee in the world grown with restrictions like labor laws, minimum wage, workers comp, overtime requirements, insurance requirements etc. The markup you are paying on our coffee over cost is about 25%. And those "costs" do not include our salaries. If we paid ourselves minimum wage, we wouldn't even be breaking even on the coffee. That bad of a return won't be the case forever though - as our trees get more mature, we will have more consistently large harvests and we should be able to pay ourselves slightly better than minimum wage. But no one here coffee farms to get rich.


Q:

Did you mean to say that your friends are literally on separate islands?

A:

What's your personal favorite roast you two have made? I may buy a bag or two ;)


Q:

there was supposed to be an 'a' in there. But I'll leave the typo because internet people love typos

A:

Thanks!! Anuenue is my favorite but if you like a darker roast Kalikimaka is great.


Q:

When viewing an article, how should i properly check that the sources mentioned are correct, so as to not be persuaded by a news article that may or may not be biased/false reporting/ leaving out facts/ etc?

I appreciate all the work you do. Keep it up :D

A:

Its damn near impossible. Just google search the story and read a couple different articles on the same subject.


Q:

Two questions, if you don't mind.

  1. From what I understand, Obama (despite getting along with the press fairly well) was not always the best president for journalism. Are you worried Trump's combativeness to the press will be even worse, and possibly restrict you from doing your job?

  2. I write for local newspapers, but I want to be a national freelancer, kind of like what you do. How do I go from writing for state newspapers to making the national scene?

Thanks for doing this!

A:

I dont think Trump is as bad as everyone makes him out to be. The "skype seats" announcement for the press corp is actually a great idea.

Seems like they are just taking shots at the big dogs. But we will see, Its not like I trust them either.

EDIT: Oop, forgot second question.

My recommendation is to travel to the biggest stories and report on them, eventually you meet people and build the right network.


Q:

Hi Mr. Pool, do you think the reason you and your two colleagues weren't charged was down to the size and reach of your respective organisations ? or too put it another way if ye were unknown journalists would things have been different? Oh and thanks for the AMA

A:

I currently don't work for anyone, I just have my press ID I made for my company.

I think it has to do with us removing ourselves from the chanting group and staying to the far side/ telling the Lt. calmly


Q:

Do you have plans to go back to NDPL considering it will probably be some tension there soon? I have a close friend up there now if you need to get in touch with anyone.

How do you decide what to cover?

A:

I just like to be in the "center of the world."

Places where the most important events are happening because I want to witness history and better understand the world.

I might go back to DAPL but the people there are very very very anti-press


Q:

Hey, Tim. Was your cell phone confiscated during the mass arrest? Do you know journalists that were arrested that DID lose their phone? I find that development troublesome. Thanks for doing the AMA.

A:

My phone wasn't taken.

I know at least some of the journalists that got charged did lose their phones.


Q:

Been following you since Ferguson. What's a good resource for finding citizen journalists?

A:

Honestly, there isnt one.

Periscope's map feature is great if youre looking for specific breaking news


Q:

What do you think about CNN and other news sources being biased, and how can we tell immediately news stories which have bias?

A:

Unfortunately you cant.

Your best bet is to read a story from three different outlets.


Q:

You said you've been to numerous protests in the past. How commonplace is violence and vandalism at the protests you go to?

Does the media over report it for ratings, or is it more common than some people like to believe?

How do the peaceful protestors react to the violent ones?

A:

I tend to only cover conflict and crisis stories so usually there is violence when I am there. I didnt post anything from the Women's March because I dont actually cover protest specifically.

Peaceful protesters usually object to the violence however there are some "allies" who believe in "diversity of tactics"


Q:

Vice is owned by Disney. With Disney as a global conglomerate, do you feel that covering a negative portrayal of trump is in favor of the company you work for? Does this affect your reporting? Edit: do you think this relationship has anything to do with why you were arrested? (For the conspiracy theorists out there)

A:

I haven't worked for VICE in two years. I left before Disney got involved but did work for Fusion which was owned by Disney in the past (they sold their portion)

Companies hire journalists who already have the views they want to promote, so there is no real coercion.


Q:

Tim during the protest where you ever personally targeted by either protester or officers?

A:

neither.

In the past I have been targeted by police in one extreme instance in Chicago. I have been physically attacked by protesters about four or five times.


Q:

Based on what you witnessed, did any of the folks you were jailed with belong there?

A:

Well I wasn't jailed. I was placed under arrest for 45 minutes to an hour.

That being said the good majority of the group I was held with were active participants in the black bloc. I can't say who deserves what, but I can say that this group was causing lots of destruction around the area.


Q:

VICE did an awesome job on exposing the closed-to-outsiders world of North Korea.

Do you think VICE will ever get around to the shady underbelly of life behind Lichtenstein's Iron Curtain?

A:

No idea.

But I can say; check this piece I produced for VICE about north korea. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNVCdL908ko


Q:

Do you agree that the big media companies contributed extremely to trump's success by giving him more airtime than others?

A:

Yes, definitely.

Trump knew what he was doing in my opinion. He played on controversy to get airtime at no cost and it worked.

It doesnt matter if you love or hate him because when he is all you can talk about he is the top contender.


Q:

Is there one thing you know, that you wish you could say to every single American right now?

A:

Most news you hear is sensationalized. Life is much more chill and boring than media makes it seem.


Q:

Hope im not too late (i work nights) Have you had any amazing reports that got squashed by the higher ups to protect investments or investors? If so can you name any parties?

A:

I havent, though I have had higher ups at Fusion tell me to tow the line basically.

As much as Fusion wanted a "perspective" they didn't inhibit any of my work. Though they certainly didnt help promote it either.


Q:

Hey Tim, I was there during the protest, I've posted tons of video from the inauguration on my youtube channel SHUTTERSHOT45, From what I saw, there were a lot of "journalist" or at least people with cameras who seemed to be also activist... there didn't seem to be a clear line between the two so I'm wondering if that had something to do with the arrest of the journalist. would you agree or disagree with that assessment? I also have video of "protesters" throwing large pieces of concrete at the police which would merit the police use of flash bangs and pepper spray/cs gas (or whatever it was they were using)... I got hit a couple times myself but to be honest, it wasn't that bad... again, would this be something you agree with or disagree... thanks for the great work that you've been doing... you've become one of my go to sources to check out.

A:

Its really hard to know how is a working journalist and how is an activist filming their friends.

A lot of activists will go to planning meetings and promote the event but try to hide behind journalism.

There is no line anymore, its really hard to figure out the best way to handle the situation.


Q:

Are you ever going to realize that you can't grow a proper beard?

A:

Oh dude, Im part korean.

My parents told me since I was little about my crippling disability.


Q:

Hello Tim.

It's my opinion that the news media should leave the narcisstic Tweets and controversy over crowd sizes to the late night comedians while genuine journalists should cover things like the executive orders to stop enforcing Obamacare and the Keystone Pipeline.

What are your thoughts on this?

Also, do you think that (at least some of) the controversial things Trump has said/done recently have been a smokescreen for his real actions (e.g. executive orders) or are they really the childish games they appear to be?

A:

Yea, too many news outlets are using opinion to fill the 24 hour news gap void. It results in everything being an op-ed or analyses piece. The facts get buried.

Trump is a master of Media, he knows exactly what he's doing and how to hide certain actions from the press. Obama did the same thing. Its not new.


Q:

Should I be as worried about the future as I am? I am straight getting sick from the visible decline in intellect, compassion and freedom.

A:

Yes.


Q:

Do you have any conservative opinions? I find it hard to take people seriously who are all or nothing. How can you know what you don't believe if you've never really delved into what a particular thing means? Gotta wear the suit if you want to understand the wolf.

A:

Im a little left on some issues and a little right on some issues.


Q:

Hi Tim, thanks for doing the AMA. What's your drone 360/VR experiment about?

A:

I have to attach a 360 camera to a drone. Pretty simple actually.

I have three 360 cameras and I think the Lyfie Eye 360 will work the best but I have to duct tape a smart phone to my drone.