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ArtWe are Mondo, purveyors of pop culture, and this is our first AMA! As us anything!

Mar 7th 2017 by MondoATX • 37 Questions • 69 Points

HEY THANKS FOR ALL THE QUESTIONS! I have to wrap up because my hands are starting to feel like two tiny hamster paws, and also I need to edit DIY Astronaut EP 2. Pick your social media poison if you want more shitty robots: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube.

See you soon Reddit!!

Hi Reddit!

Fricking excited to do my first AMA. I don’t want to go all cheesy on you but Reddit is where this journey started for me and how I got this -very- weird job. I owe you.

So about two years ago I started building robots and posting them on my YouTube channel and /r/shittyrobots. Today I’m a full-time inventor of useless machines and a host of Adam Savage’s Tested.com. I’m also, more recently, the founder of my own shitty astronaut training program. Because if nobody else will have you, just make your own thing.

https://twitter.com/SimoneGiertz/status/836664040789164033

Ask me anything!

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what really happened with justin ishmael?

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How do academia and other historians view your focus on drug use?


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What was the Chicken Connoisseur like off camera?

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Will you ever build a robot for Robot Wars? Is Robot Wars still a thing?


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Thank you so much for writing The Handmaid's Tale. It was the book that got me hooked on dystopian novels.

What was your inspiration for the story?

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What happens if you accidentally damage the merchandise? You return for new stuff or notify the customer? You have to pay for damaged goods?


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That sounds like a cop-out answer, is there any statistical proof to what you say and that refugees are actually not to blame?

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What was protocol when your team would find passengers attempting to uhhh... join the club at an altitude of 5,280 ft?


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Did the Nazis view the soldiers as having a meth problem? I remember hearing that Japan gave soldiers drugs to reduce inhibitions about certain missions (kamikaze attacks, etc.). There are also reports of Allied soldiers being given amphetamines. Was the Nazi leadership giving soldiers meth strategically?

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What is your guilty pleasure film that you hate to admit you enjoy?


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Will you ever build a robot for Robot Wars? Is Robot Wars still a thing?

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He was a huge part of Mondo’s success for many years, but eventually he decided to move on to pursue other interests. He has his own webstore and newsletter now if you are interested in keeping up with what he’s doing. He’s a true authentic creative and we owe a lot to the hard work he and Jessica Olsen put into this company. We wish them nothing but the best. - Justin Brookhart


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prominent historians like the late Hans Mommsen, or Ian Kershaw, and Antony Beevor have praised the book, saying it is a missing puzzle piece. this makes me very happy.

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Very chill. He's HUGE in London btw! He got mobbed everywhere we went.


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I did build a robot that went up against a BattleBot, but all of that got pulled by a sponsor so I never got to show it. I'd be down to do it again though. A shitty fighting robot? All it does is.... spray you with presents and compliments??

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Ooo, three main things: 1) What some people said they would do re: women if they had the power (they have it now and they are); 2)17th C Puritan New England, plus history through the ages -- nothing in the book that didn't happen, somewhere and 3) the dystopian spec fics of my youth, such as 1984, Ray Bradbury;s Fahrenheit 451, etc. I wanted to see if I could write one of those, too.


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It happens quite often actually, and we don't need to pay what was damaged. Sometimes the packers will put 20 pounds worth of items in a brown bag and it will just break. When this happens, I call the customer and let them know that the bag is broken but the items are sill in good conditions, if I notice that an item has been damaged I will tell the customer and return it to the warehouse, if it's just the box of the item that broke, most often the customer won't care, but if they do, we just issue a refund. I also tell them that if the item is damaged because the box is closed and I can't open it, to call support and tell them, but before they call support, I already told them so they know whats going on.

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Here's a government webpage that discusses the issue in-depth and even provides sources: http://www.government.se/articles/2017/02/facts-about-migration-and-crime-in-sweden/


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We would literally just have to tell them to stop. We'd knock on the door. There were people trying to hook up during flights in their seats too. Basically, you find the flight attendant most comfortable walking by and telling them to stop.

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Strategically, absolutely. They issued the so-called "stimulant decree" in April 40, just before the attack on France. I dedicate a large of Blitzed on this.


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Haha there are so many of them! Just say Miss Congeniality again on a plane -- very funny! Also The Producers and Young Frankenstein. Also Singing in the Rain when depressed. In the World O Vampires, I am a Christopher Lee fa; but also Let The Right One In, Swedish version. Night of the Living Dead, first one... a classy low budget horror film I could go on... :D

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I did build a robot that went up against a BattleBot, but all of that got pulled by a sponsor so I never got to show it. I'd be down to do it again though. A shitty fighting robot? All it does is.... spray you with presents and compliments??


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how many new portraits can we expect at Mitchell's SW show?
will we get Darth Vader?

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Do you think a lot of History is kind of moralistic, and sand off edges (like drug use) from their accounts to be taken more seriously?


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Hi Sean, first off can I just say how much I appreciate the amount of research you put into your questions. It's something that is so often overlooked but the effort you and your team invest really makes each episode for me.

My question: Given that it seems the rap industry and food are becoming more connected by the day, which rapper would you have cook for you and what would they make?

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How does living in the States differ from living in Sweden?


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What is your guilty pleasure film that you hate to admit you enjoy?

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I'm actually a TOC agent that you or the customer would talk to when something like this happens. I've noticed that drivers usually seem frustrated at having to call us and I was wondering why that is


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I think it's sad the government had to create this webpage, but am really glad they did. Just gave it a quick read, and found it very informative. I'm sure I'll link to it in plenty of discussions like this.

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Did you get to use the slide escape ever?

How awesome was it?


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Were drugs used at all levels of the military, or just foot soldiers? How about within the Nazi government?

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Thank you so much for writing The Handmaid's Tale. It was the book that got me hooked on dystopian novels.

What was your inspiration for the story?


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How does living in the States differ from living in Sweden?

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Quite a few. And Maybe. - Eric Garza


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Absolutely. Especially when it comes to the Third Reich. But I think this will change, thanks to Blitzed - at least I hope so.

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Great question! At First We Feast, we probably think about this more than anyone in the world. Rumor has it Mia X from No Limit is the most underrated hip hop chef of all time and I'm picturing jambalaya and baked macaroni on the table.


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For one, our politicians are not even remotely as orange as they are here. But I think the biggest difference is just the sheer size of things here.

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Haha there are so many of them! Just say Miss Congeniality again on a plane -- very funny! Also The Producers and Young Frankenstein. Also Singing in the Rain when depressed. In the World O Vampires, I am a Christopher Lee fa; but also Let The Right One In, Swedish version. Night of the Living Dead, first one... a classy low budget horror film I could go on... :D


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Man, with all due respect, YOU GUYS ARE THE WORST! Literally, you guys are just a middle man that work from home and issue tickets to dispatch between with us delivery drivers and Amazon Dispatch. If Amazon would add a feature to our apps to contact dispatch and leave notes, it would make our lives WAAAYYY easier. I am not saying you exactly, but 99% of the time whatever we say or do even though it's only on-road support, it's out of your reach except trying to contact the customer, you guys do have a better way or more numbers to call from to reach the customer, but besides that the same exact answer is: I am doing the notes to send to the station.

And telling us if it's an attended delivery and we still have to do other deliveries to wait for the customer or re-attempt delivery is something that we don't have the time to do. The other day I contacted support, the agent told me to NOT mark the packages as undeliverable and to continue my route and re-attempt, I marked it undeliverable regardless. It counts towards me if I make that delivery late.

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I'm glad you found it informative.


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I never used the slide but we had to during training. You get electrically shocked every time you do it. Static shock. Not electric shock. You know when you touch someone and it goes DING. That was it.

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Pervitin (meth) was used by many officers, and it was especially popular among the Panzer divisions who led the Blitzkrieg. In the government there was also rampant use - all the way up to Hitler. But he didn't use meth, he preferred opiods.


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Ooo, three main things: 1) What some people said they would do re: women if they had the power (they have it now and they are); 2)17th C Puritan New England, plus history through the ages -- nothing in the book that didn't happen, somewhere and 3) the dystopian spec fics of my youth, such as 1984, Ray Bradbury;s Fahrenheit 451, etc. I wanted to see if I could write one of those, too.

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For one, our politicians are not even remotely as orange as they are here. But I think the biggest difference is just the sheer size of things here.


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when will you let Daniel Danger host his solo Friday Night Lights tribute show?

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Did the Nazis view the soldiers as having a meth problem? I remember hearing that Japan gave soldiers drugs to reduce inhibitions about certain missions (kamikaze attacks, etc.). There are also reports of Allied soldiers being given amphetamines. Was the Nazi leadership giving soldiers meth strategically?


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What is your favorite place for wings?

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Are there any shitty robots you've wanted to make but have said, "No, that's just too dangerous/expensive?"


Q:

What is a book you keep going back to read and why?

PS, Thank you so much!

A:

How does one get into this?

Do you think this is more or less lucrative that Uber driving?


Q:

Why are they shutting you down?

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I can't help but hear Archer's voice when I read this question


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So foot soldiers weren't on meth? If Hitler wasn't on meth, why was he rocking and shaking during the footage of the 1936 Olympics?

edit: added link

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What is a book you keep going back to read and why?

PS, Thank you so much!


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Are there any shitty robots you've wanted to make but have said, "No, that's just too dangerous/expensive?"

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Clear eyes, full hearts… still trying (for real) - Eric Garza


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Strategically, absolutely. They issued the so-called "stimulant decree" in April 40, just before the attack on France. I dedicate a large of Blitzed on this.

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Wings have been ruined for me.


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Hm, I think the deal breaker usually is that I have to be able to build it on one person. And in my house. I'm balancing on the edge of a knife here with my landlord...

A:

This is going to sound corny but Shakespeare is my return read. He knew so much about human nature (+ and minus) and also was an amazing experimenter with language. But there are many other favourites. Wuthering Heights recently. In moments of crisis I go back to (don't laugh) Lord of the Rings, b/c despite the EVIL EYE OF MORDOR it comes out all right in the end. Whew.


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Comparing it to Uber, it depends. I average between $23-27 an hour, the good this that it's guaranteed pay, even if you don't get a route, you still get paid.

A:

The Department of Migration is cutting funding across the board, and so my municipality has decided to terminate all contracts with private companies running accomodations.


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OH! I do have another one....

I went with another flight attendant on her layover. We go to Hawaii, just Waikiki. I stay out with this one guy and we hook up in the ocean while some guy doing the sandcombing with the electric thing is watching us the whole time.

I try to get back to my room but there's two Sheraton hotels and he dropped me off wasted at the wrong one. $2 fireball shots so I'm out of my mind.

After being in the ocean, sandy, make up running, dress is wet. I get dropped off at the wrong hotel, go to my room and knock on the door. Some asian guy answers and he's like "uhhhhh who are you?".

Ends up with me walking around Waikiki at 4am, wasted. At one point I had to pee so I went on these steps, fanned out my dress and started walking around and peeing.

Afterwards, I thought some guy started following me so I popped into all these places and this guy is going into all of them after me. So I went to the help desk at one hotel because I have no idea what's going on. Walking around sandy, wet, and wasted...with some guy following.

They helped me out and got me a cab to get me home. When I woke up the next morning, I still had sand on my face and it was all over my bed so that hotel desk must have been like "what HAPPENED to this girl?".

I don't know how I walked around that much and still had all this sand on me.

On the flight back, there were no empty seats so I had to sit in the flight attendant jump seat, which is the one you fold down and sit against the wall in the back or front of the plane. I was so out of it though that I just curled up on the floor in the galley and slept for 4 out of the 6 hours of the flight probably with sand still in my hair.

I did see a sea turtle during that trip. So that was a highlight. All around a win.

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He might have been on something. But I can only write about what the records show... Foot soldiers were also on meth. For the France invasion 35 million dosages were distributed.


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This is going to sound corny but Shakespeare is my return read. He knew so much about human nature (+ and minus) and also was an amazing experimenter with language. But there are many other favourites. Wuthering Heights recently. In moments of crisis I go back to (don't laugh) Lord of the Rings, b/c despite the EVIL EYE OF MORDOR it comes out all right in the end. Whew.

A:

Hm, I think the deal breaker usually is that I have to be able to build it on one person. And in my house. I'm balancing on the edge of a knife here with my landlord...


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could you offer deodorant at show openings? the gallery gets pretty musty.

A:

Were drugs used at all levels of the military, or just foot soldiers? How about within the Nazi government?


Q:

You probably get this a lot, but is there any chance of fan favorites Bill Burr or Gordon Ramsey being on the show?

A:

WHAT'S IT LIKE TO WORK WITH ADAM SAVAGE? Sincerely, Somebody else than Adam 😎


Q:

The Handmaid's Tale gets thrown out as your current worst-case scenario right now but I read The Heart Goes Last a few months ago and I was surprised how possible it felt. Was there a specific news story or event that compelled you to write that particular story?

I have to say- The Handmaid's Tale changed my life when I read it in high school. I was raised in a conservative town by conservative parents and it challenged so much of what I believed to be true and steered me towards a completely different path. Thank you so much for everything you've shared with the world and continue to share. You're an inspiration.

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How much of that is going to gas, insurance, etc?


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Hi,

1- How does the majority of the swedish population perceive the wave of immigration into Sweden ? Do they have a good or bad opinion about this whole event ?

2- (touchy question) Is it true than most of the crime and rape cases are committed by refugees in Sweden ?

Thank you for your time

A:

Why would you knock on the door to your own room?


Q:

How do academia and other historians view your focus on drug use?

A:

The Handmaid's Tale gets thrown out as your current worst-case scenario right now but I read The Heart Goes Last a few months ago and I was surprised how possible it felt. Was there a specific news story or event that compelled you to write that particular story?

I have to say- The Handmaid's Tale changed my life when I read it in high school. I was raised in a conservative town by conservative parents and it challenged so much of what I believed to be true and steered me towards a completely different path. Thank you so much for everything you've shared with the world and continue to share. You're an inspiration.


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WHAT'S IT LIKE TO WORK WITH ADAM SAVAGE? Sincerely, Somebody else than Adam 😎

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We just installed the second AC unit. One step at a time. - Eric Garza


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Pervitin (meth) was used by many officers, and it was especially popular among the Panzer divisions who led the Blitzkrieg. In the government there was also rampant use - all the way up to Hitler. But he didn't use meth, he preferred opiods.

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We have a white board with all of our white-whale guests, and those two are at the top of it. We try to will them into existence. Not enough time to give the whole rundown, but these are some of the names that are always top of mind: The Rock. Joe Rogan. Alexa Chung. Guy Fieri. Chrissy Teigen. Kobe. Aziz. Hannibal. Chelsea Handler.

But, it's not the easiest show to book. Not everyone wants to eat violently hot wings on camera. This is the hole we've dug for ourselves but we're always pitching.


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"ASKING FOR A FRIEND"

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Thank you. The Heart Goes Last -- yes, came from my interest in what happens when a region's economy collapses and people are really up against it, and the only "business" in which people can have jobs is a prison. It pushes the envelope (will there really be some Elvis robots?) but again, much of what was only speculation then is increasingly possible.


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In my case, the car I drive, is not expensive, cheap to maintain and gives me between 25-29 mpg. I pay $330 every 6 months for insurance and separate around 20% of daily pay towards car maintenance, tires, etc.

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  1. So this is actually quite a difficult question, because you can approach it from multiple angles: Polls, politics and media. Polls are probably the most accurate, but I think there's value in understanding all three.

So polls regularly show two things: There's a significant minority of people in Sweden who are against immigration (Meaning it's not just a fringe group), and there's a majority of people who are against the current volume of immigration. Polls also show that over time there have been less and less people who identify themselves as neutral on the question of immigration. So it's become quite the hot button issue over the years. People are more polarized and the country is more divided than it has been in the past.

How this translates into politics isn't as clear cut. The third biggest party in the country, the Sweden Democrats, are hardline against immigration, and for the longest time they were completely isolated by the other parties. Lately, however, we're seeing the second biggest party, the conservative Moderate party, opening up to the idea of working together with the Sweden Democrats. This has caused fractures within the opposition's conservative coalition, where the more centrist parties are threatening to break away. The political status quo is kind of in an uproar at the moment, so it's hard to predict how everything will look when it all settles down. What is clear is that there are critical views on immigration within parties other than the Sweden Democrats that are coming to light.

Finally, the media, which in many ways mirrors what we're seeing in the US with "alternative news" outlets gaining power. Several syndications have sprung up as of late with ties to anti-immigration organisations (or fully-fledged nazi ones) which challenge the "narrative" of mainstream media that immigration is a net positive for Sweden. These sources are quite obvious in their bias and will only publish material supporting their views (not saying their material is necessarily false, just that it's one-sided). As for the mainstream, they're more balanced than you'd think. There are "investigative journalism" shows that discuss, amongst other things, crime committed by and against refugees, there are regularly op-eds in highly syndicated newspapers that take critical stances on immigration and any statistics you see are often from reputable sources such as the SCB (Department of Statistics). Still you could argue that there is bias, and that wouldn't be surprising. Studies show that people working in journalism disproportionately vote left-of-center compared to the rest of the country. Overall, however, I don't think it's too bad.

  1. It's not true. The Police Department recently released statistics which showed that less than 1% of police dispatches were related to refugees.

It's true that immigrants in general are over-represented in crime statistics, but this has more to do with poverty levels than anything else.


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Because I was sharing it with the other flight attendant.

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prominent historians like the late Hans Mommsen, or Ian Kershaw, and Antony Beevor have praised the book, saying it is a missing puzzle piece. this makes me very happy.


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Thank you. The Heart Goes Last -- yes, came from my interest in what happens when a region's economy collapses and people are really up against it, and the only "business" in which people can have jobs is a prison. It pushes the envelope (will there really be some Elvis robots?) but again, much of what was only speculation then is increasingly possible.

A:

"ASKING FOR A FRIEND"


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When does my ______ poster come out?

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So foot soldiers weren't on meth? If Hitler wasn't on meth, why was he rocking and shaking during the footage of the 1936 Olympics?

edit: added link


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Has the fame gotten you laid?

A:

Have you ever tried to refine any of the robots to use them for actual chores? How did it go?


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Thank you so much for everything you do! I don't even know how to give you a compliment that sums up everything I want to say about your writing and your existence.

I do especially want to thank you for the sophisticated presentation of feminism in your literature. As feminism goes through its latest identity crisis, I find myself also struggling with what it means to me.

My question(s): How, if at all, has your feminism changed over the last decade or so? Can you see these changes taking place throughout your literature? Lastly, can you offer any advice for feminists of the millennial generation? What mistakes are we making/repeating? What are our priorities in this political climate?

Thank you again :)

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At what point do you know if we did or did not tip you? What % are no tips?


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It's true that immigrants in general are over-represented in crime statistics, but this has more to do with poverty levels than anything else.

In Denmark, just across the bridge, where we have even less immigrants than you but also have statistics that identify the ethnicity of the perpetrator and rinse them for any socioeconomic factors, it shows that MENA immigrants are by far still over-represented in the crime statistics.

Are you better at integrating or are you just not using the statistics the same way, due to the politicial pressure?

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And the other flight attendant was actually an Asian guy. Whole thing makes sense.


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Do you think a lot of History is kind of moralistic, and sand off edges (like drug use) from their accounts to be taken more seriously?

A:

Thank you so much for everything you do! I don't even know how to give you a compliment that sums up everything I want to say about your writing and your existence.

I do especially want to thank you for the sophisticated presentation of feminism in your literature. As feminism goes through its latest identity crisis, I find myself also struggling with what it means to me.

My question(s): How, if at all, has your feminism changed over the last decade or so? Can you see these changes taking place throughout your literature? Lastly, can you offer any advice for feminists of the millennial generation? What mistakes are we making/repeating? What are our priorities in this political climate?

Thank you again :)


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Have you ever tried to refine any of the robots to use them for actual chores? How did it go?

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Send sketches fool - Jay Shaw


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He might have been on something. But I can only write about what the records show... Foot soldiers were also on meth. For the France invasion 35 million dosages were distributed.

A:

Fuck yeah it has! throws up a high five


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As much as I'd like for people to think that I use the ass wiping robot on a daily basis, no. I have very little belief in my own inventions' capabilities. Also, damn that'd skyrocket my toilet paper consumption.

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Hello: I am so shrieking old that my formative years (the 40s and 50s) took place before 2nd wave late-60's feminist/women's movement. But since I grew up largely in the backwoods and had strong female relatives and parents who read a lot and never told me I couldn't do such and such because of being a girl, I avoided the agit-prop of the 50s that said women should be in bungalows with washing machines to make room for men coming back from the war. So I was always just very puzzled by some of the stuff said and done by/around women. I was probably a danger to myself and others! (joke) My interest was in women of all kinds -- and they are of all kinds. They are interesting in and of themselves, and they do not always behave well. But then I learned more about things like laws and other parts of the world, and history... try Marilyn French's From Eve to Dawn, pretty massive. We are now in what is being called the 3rd wave -- seeing a lot of pushback against women, and also a lot of women pushing back in their turn. I'd say in general: be informed, be aware. The prioriies in the US are roughly trying to prevent the roll-back that is taking place especially in the area of women's health. Who knew that this would ever have to be defended? Childbirth care, pre-natal care, early childhood care -- many people will not even be able to afford any of it. Dead bodies on the floor will result. It is frightful. Then there is the whole issue of sexual violence being used as control -- it is such an old motif. For a theory of why now, see Eve's Seed. It's an unsettled time. If I were a younger woman I'd be taking a self-defense course. I did once take Judo, in the days of the Boston Strangler, but it was very lady-like then and I don't think it would have availed. There's something called Wen-Do. It's good, I am told.


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We can only see the total amount paid (hourly pay = tip). If the delivery was a one-hour delivery from our warehouse in Springfield, VA. to District Heights, MD. and you were the only stop in that delivery block, then we know who didn't tip. If it's a route with several stops, we don't know who left tips.

I'd say 65% out of 100% of customers do leave tips.

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We adjust for socioeconomic variables as well, yet we do not seem to have the same results, at least based on the studies I've been reading. I don't think this has to do with political pressure, either.


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I joined another FA on her trip because it was a nice layover, I wasn't working, so shared her room. I went to the wrong room which was the Asian mans before finally finding my way back to ours

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Absolutely. Especially when it comes to the Third Reich. But I think this will change, thanks to Blitzed - at least I hope so.


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Hello: I am so shrieking old that my formative years (the 40s and 50s) took place before 2nd wave late-60's feminist/women's movement. But since I grew up largely in the backwoods and had strong female relatives and parents who read a lot and never told me I couldn't do such and such because of being a girl, I avoided the agit-prop of the 50s that said women should be in bungalows with washing machines to make room for men coming back from the war. So I was always just very puzzled by some of the stuff said and done by/around women. I was probably a danger to myself and others! (joke) My interest was in women of all kinds -- and they are of all kinds. They are interesting in and of themselves, and they do not always behave well. But then I learned more about things like laws and other parts of the world, and history... try Marilyn French's From Eve to Dawn, pretty massive. We are now in what is being called the 3rd wave -- seeing a lot of pushback against women, and also a lot of women pushing back in their turn. I'd say in general: be informed, be aware. The prioriies in the US are roughly trying to prevent the roll-back that is taking place especially in the area of women's health. Who knew that this would ever have to be defended? Childbirth care, pre-natal care, early childhood care -- many people will not even be able to afford any of it. Dead bodies on the floor will result. It is frightful. Then there is the whole issue of sexual violence being used as control -- it is such an old motif. For a theory of why now, see Eve's Seed. It's an unsettled time. If I were a younger woman I'd be taking a self-defense course. I did once take Judo, in the days of the Boston Strangler, but it was very lady-like then and I don't think it would have availed. There's something called Wen-Do. It's good, I am told.

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As much as I'd like for people to think that I use the ass wiping robot on a daily basis, no. I have very little belief in my own inventions' capabilities. Also, damn that'd skyrocket my toilet paper consumption.


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Lol. Best reply ever

Also, Jay, will we be seeing that Goldfinger you guys worked on any time soon? Or has Tim slacked on getting that license?

A:

How did the drugs get to the front line where they standard issue or handed out by medics who was supplying them?


Q:

If nothing is off limits...

I think everyone is wondering: how is your butthole?

Do you have a standing appointment with a butthole therapist? Do you have a collection of speciality lotions you keep in rotation?

What's good man? Tell us the truth.

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Is there a way to join your space agency? i also really really want to go to space, and can provide my own desk chair for high-g training.


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Mrs. Atwood, I have only read A Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake, but I really love how you change the rules of the utopian genre, particularly in Oryx and Crake. I wrote a short research paper for one of my classes comparing Oryx and Crake to Thomas More's Utopia, essentially arguing that neither work truly conforms to the utopian/dystopian generic distinction that we try to make so often.

My question would be then, do you think there ever has been a true distinction between utopias and dystopias, or is this just a result of superficial readings of these texts due to their broader categorization as science-fiction?

A:

Typically, things like making you wear a uniform would violate independent contractor status. Has there been anything like that that you are expected to do?


Q:

It's not true. The Police Department recently released statistics which showed that less than 1% of police dispatches were related to refugees.

Do you have a source for this 1% claim? I find this highly unlikely.

A:

What was the craziest thing you've witnessed on the job?


Q:

How did the drugs get to the front line where they standard issue or handed out by medics who was supplying them?

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Mrs. Atwood, I have only read A Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake, but I really love how you change the rules of the utopian genre, particularly in Oryx and Crake. I wrote a short research paper for one of my classes comparing Oryx and Crake to Thomas More's Utopia, essentially arguing that neither work truly conforms to the utopian/dystopian generic distinction that we try to make so often.

My question would be then, do you think there ever has been a true distinction between utopias and dystopias, or is this just a result of superficial readings of these texts due to their broader categorization as science-fiction?


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Is there a way to join your space agency? i also really really want to go to space, and can provide my own desk chair for high-g training.

A:

Tim's all over it, right Tim? - Jay Shaw


Q:

They were handed out by medics. They received the so-called "stimulant decree" in April 1940, telling them how much to dish out.

A:

Some rando dude once asked me this question in the middle of a Whole Foods so might as well get out in front of it now. At this point, my biology has more or less adjusted but there were some long, lonely nights in the beginning. There's a reason I told Eric Andre I wouldn't eat a Carolina Reaper again for less than five figures. That said, it's impossible to say no to Chili Klaus.


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The curriculum is all online and you can follow the lesson plan on my YouTube channel. You're not going to like next week's class though. Damn it was rough.

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Hello: I have an essay on this in In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination -- in which I coin the term Ustopia to describe the Yin/Yang relationship between them: every Utopia contains within it a little Dystopia, and vice versa. It's one of my literary interests and I have read a lot of them, even some boringly-written now obscure 19th C ones like Bulwer Lytton's The Coming Age. Always fascinating to see what people come up with as a desirable state of affairs.


Q:

Amazon doesn't give us a dress code, actually they tell us that we can wear whatever we want. There's people that do it in suit and tie and woman who wear REALLY shirt skirts and flip flops in summer.

A:

Here you go!

I'd give you more direct sources but they're all in Swedish.


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Craziest thing I've witnessed is...it was an actual mechanical error where there was a decompression. So that's crazy in terms of actual flying.

We lost air pressure and they had to drop the plane to normal level which is under ten thousand feet. The whole cabin started fogging up because when you lose the pressure it suddenly goes from hot to cold. Luckily the junior pilot knew what she was doing and was able to level out the plane :-)

With people...there was only this one family on a flight and they were the worst family you could ever imagine. While we were taking off, one of the girls decides to tell me she's terrified of flying. As soon as we take off, that's when she decides to get up and walk to the bathroom. So they're switching seats this old time and sitting on each others laps. Just the weirdest family.

They decided that putting napkins in cups would help with ears popping and were just sitting there, the whole family with cups on their ears...and they kept asking me when they were going to be able to see the Hollywood sign. That was the biggest thing where it felt like too much.

A:

They were handed out by medics. They received the so-called "stimulant decree" in April 1940, telling them how much to dish out.


Q:

Hello: I have an essay on this in In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination -- in which I coin the term Ustopia to describe the Yin/Yang relationship between them: every Utopia contains within it a little Dystopia, and vice versa. It's one of my literary interests and I have read a lot of them, even some boringly-written now obscure 19th C ones like Bulwer Lytton's The Coming Age. Always fascinating to see what people come up with as a desirable state of affairs.

A:

The curriculum is all online and you can follow the lesson plan on my YouTube channel. You're not going to like next week's class though. Damn it was rough.


Q:

Are there any plans for more collaborations with female artists?

A:

Did Hitler's health decline from taking too many drugs? Was there any recorded evidence of it?


Q:

I only have one question. What the fuck are you doing with your life?

Also, the TJ Miller made me actually vomit at work from laughing so hard.

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Are you worried that one day you'll make a robot so shitty that even you, the Queen of Shitty Robots, won't be able to control it? What does shitty robot skynet look like?


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Have you read any good books lately?

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Can you run side businesses or promotions as an independent contractor? (If you're wearing a suit/tie, for example, could you also advertise for a local tailor while performing deliveries?)


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That's only during a three month period, from October-January. Most crimes are committed in the summer because more people are outside and its easier to travel and easier to get away too. It's very cold during those three months in Swedenso naturally there is less crimes committed. You should factor in the summer especially in these calculations.

Wheres the statistics over the whole year or maybe from January 2015-today? Would make more sense to have a bigger sample size over a year or a few years time and not just three months during the period where most people are inside.

This also factors in the whole country, if you would pick the bigger cities like Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo where most refugees are at, do you end up with 1% as well?

A:

Wow.. the decompression thing sounds nuts! At least all was well in the end

Lol these tourists 😂


Q:

Did Hitler's health decline from taking too many drugs? Was there any recorded evidence of it?

A:

Have you read any good books lately?


Q:

Are you worried that one day you'll make a robot so shitty that even you, the Queen of Shitty Robots, won't be able to control it? What does shitty robot skynet look like?

A:

We are always looking for new female artists to work with. We are dying to work with Tara McPherson, Audrey Kawasaki, Noelle Stevenson, Fiona Staples, and a million more! - Mitch Putnam


Q:

It certainly did. The Nazi propaganda machine tried to keep this a secret. But some footage got out, showing how deranged Hitler was, and how strong his tremor. Especially the organ concoctions (described in the chapter of Blitzed called "Slaughterhouse Ukraine") paint a vivid picture of this.

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TacoGate is out of control. I've been eating tacos like that my whole life. It just makes sense to me. It doesn't get messy. You don't spill shit all over the place. I'm not going to apologize for attacking that thing from the top rope.

And, thank you! the T.J. Miller episode was a game changer for us.


Q:

Nah, then I just pull the plug on them. As long as I don't teach them how to charge themselves we should be fine. Or put the chopping machine on wheels.

A:

I am always reading... many good books! I intend to get the Bailey's longlist and read those, and many more that are on my to-read list. There's an app called Reco where I have an account and post recommendations... I must update it! Homegoing is on it, for example.


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I guess you could, but if Amazon finds out, or a customer complains, it can get you in trouble. I'd rather just advice to do the route.

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I fail to see how the time of year should impact the ratio of Swede-to-refugee dispatches. Surely if refugees commit more crimes during the summer, so do everyone else? Or is it only foreigners that commit more crime during the summer?

The statistics are only available from October because that was when the police started recording dispatches targeting undocumented people.

It's possible the figure is larger in the big cities, but like you said, that's where most refugees are at, so the Swede-to-refugee ratio changes. And even then, crime is higher in big cities so it's already somewhat adjusted to that.


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Alright signing off for now but will check back later and answer questions...

A:

It certainly did. The Nazi propaganda machine tried to keep this a secret. But some footage got out, showing how deranged Hitler was, and how strong his tremor. Especially the organ concoctions (described in the chapter of Blitzed called "Slaughterhouse Ukraine") paint a vivid picture of this.


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I am always reading... many good books! I intend to get the Bailey's longlist and read those, and many more that are on my to-read list. There's an app called Reco where I have an account and post recommendations... I must update it! Homegoing is on it, for example.

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Nah, then I just pull the plug on them. As long as I don't teach them how to charge themselves we should be fine. Or put the chopping machine on wheels.


Q:

Are you guys working on a vinyl release for Batman 1989?

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Since the book is so controversial, were there any parts or topics that you fought for that couldn't be included?


Q:

Is there any possibility you could get Justin Timberlake on your show to interview you?

A:

Have you ever built a robot which, while intended to be shitty, turned out to be actually pretty good/useful?


Q:

How did your experience with the 2017 version differ from the 1990 version of The Handmaid's Tale?

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I'm not certain, but I think it would be Amazon that would be in trouble if they have any restrictions or penalties on freedoms allowed for independent contractors. They couldn't for example prevent you from putting a large wraparound advertisement on your own delivery vehicle (like say "BUY BOB'S TACOS") for a different service, right?


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Is that 1% statistic because immigrants make up less than 1% of the population or is it because police stopped going into migrant controlled ghettos?

A:

Is it true that planes exist?


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Since the book is so controversial, were there any parts or topics that you fought for that couldn't be included?

A:

How did your experience with the 2017 version differ from the 1990 version of The Handmaid's Tale?


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Have you ever built a robot which, while intended to be shitty, turned out to be actually pretty good/useful?

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Actually, yes! We are currently working on not only Batman 1989, and also Batman Returns. Hopeful to have both out this year, with Batman Returns coming first. - Mo Shafeek


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No. Everything is exactly how I wanted it to be. And all of my research is included.

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That would be the greatest thing that's ever happened to me in my pathetic life.


Q:

People were pretty upset when I posted the beer robot and said it worked way too well.

A:

Different times (that world is closer now!) and a 90 minute film is a different proposition from a 10 part 1st season series, which can build out and deep dive because it has more time. The advent of high-quality streamed or televised series has opened up a whole new set of possibilities for longer novels. We launched the 1990 film in West and then East Berlin just as the Wall was coming down... and I started writing book when the Wall was still there... Framed it in people's minds in a different way. Also, then, many people were saying "It can't happen here." Now, not so much....


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I think it's more of ethical stuff.

I've been in Lyft rides where the drivers try to sell me whatever they have a side-gig and it gets a little uncomfortable.

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Police have not stopped going into any neighbourhoods, and the proportion of undocumented people in Sweden compared to the proportion of dispatches that have been made against them does not imply a disproportionate amount of crime on their part.


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Planes exist. What do you mean?? I don't understand. EXIST?? Planes do exist. Yeah.

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No. Everything is exactly how I wanted it to be. And all of my research is included.


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Different times (that world is closer now!) and a 90 minute film is a different proposition from a 10 part 1st season series, which can build out and deep dive because it has more time. The advent of high-quality streamed or televised series has opened up a whole new set of possibilities for longer novels. We launched the 1990 film in West and then East Berlin just as the Wall was coming down... and I started writing book when the Wall was still there... Framed it in people's minds in a different way. Also, then, many people were saying "It can't happen here." Now, not so much....

A:

People were pretty upset when I posted the beer robot and said it worked way too well.


Q:

have you ever been "Doyled" and bought a Doyle mystery tube?

A:

Today's military (and other) extensively uses Modafinil, which is a wakefulness agent? Are you familiar with that, and do you draw any parallels?


Q:

Hey Sean, big fan of the show!

Have you ever considered doing hot sauce reviews on First We Feast?

Also, what are your top 3 favorite tasting hot sauces for wings?

A:

How did you get into robotics and how can someone like me start learning about robotics? BTW Love your videos.


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What was your involvement in casting of the Hulu movie as an executive producer? I love the choice of the highly underrated Elisabeth Moss for Offred.

A:

that brings up the idea of using your delivery vehicle simultaneously for lyft and amazon. doable?


Q:

What tangible benefits, if any, do you think Sweden gets from taking in so many refugees?

This is a very difficult question, because any answer I can give comes with a number of counterpoints.

You could argue that Sweden gets an economic benefit from an increased workforce. The population of ethnic Swedes shrinks every year and a large portion of Swedish citizens get University degrees and work in professions with high demands on skill and knowledge. An injection of people willing to work low-skill jobs can provide a boon for the Swedish economy and stave of stagnation.

On the other hand, the Swedish economy is very advanced, and as such the need for low-skill work is quite small. In the future it might very well shrink even more due to the robotization of manufacturing. Furthermore, what little low-skill work there is is protected by unions and collective bargaining that keeps wages high. As such it might be very difficult to find jobs, and unemployment rises. Studies show that after 7 years of being in the country not even half of refugees have found work.

You could argue that Sweden benefits on a social and cultural level. Multiculturalism can add value to Swedish culture, foster broader sympathy and understanding to foreign cultures and help create a more tolerant society.

On the other hand, Sweden was even before the crisis facing serious issues of segregation. Immigrants flooded into suburban areas with low housing costs as middle-class Swedes moved to more affluent areas. As most are aware, segregation leads to growing social woes, and the issues of the suburbs have expressed themselves with occasional rioting and increased hostility and even violence against police and social workers. These problems will be aggravated by taking in more refugees. The situation isn't help by an unhealthy housing market that keeps prices of houses high.

You could argue that Sweden benefits on a moral level. We provide a shining example of taking in as many as we can no matter the cost, showing human lives outweigh economic costs. We can help spearhead initiatives for more countries to to the same.

On the other hand, the inability of the Swedish government to act in any meaningful way against growing costs and increasing processing times, while also engaging in quite morally hypocritical behaviour such as suddenly guarding its borders after years of doing nothing comparable, has eroded much of the moral fiber of Sweden in the eyes of the world. Countries now point to Sweden as a bad example, a country that wouldn't take necessary measures and now has to pay the consequences. Furthermore, even before the crisis Sweden has been criticized for amongst other things not handling the cases of unaccompanied children with enough sensitivity. Last week Human Rights Watch strongly criticized Sweden for mot prioritizing children enough.

As you can tell, under current circumstances any benefit to Sweden, short- or longterm, is not terribly snificant. That's not to say these issues can't be turned around, but for them to be solved they must first be acknowledged. And to acknowledge these issues means acknowledging that the refugee crisis has a negative impact on the country. The government is unwilling to do this as it might sway public opinion against immigration and lead to a conservative victory next election.

So overall the current situation looks pretty bleak. Sweden needs to confront the truth that there are no easy solutions and try to act in the way that least damages the country. What this course of action would be I do not know, but we'll never find out if we don't actively search for it.

This was asked by someone and you answered from your previous AMA, after 8 months, has there been change? or is 8 months a bit short to comment on change?

A:

I have a fear of flying, especially during take off. What are some things I should know before my flight that'll comfort me?


Q:

Today's military (and other) extensively uses Modafinil, which is a wakefulness agent? Are you familiar with that, and do you draw any parallels?

A:

Do you find similar pleasure in the slower more immersive experience of a modern 10 hour television series as you do a novel? Any standout shows that you have particularly respected?


Q:

How did you get into robotics and how can someone like me start learning about robotics? BTW Love your videos.

A:

Bond - Jay Shaw


Q:

I first heard about Modafinil when I researched Blitzed. The German Army (its elite units) was using it in Afghanistan, and I believe the US troops are using it as well. It is like taking amphetamines without the high. Very "efficient" I suppose.

A:

Big fan of anything in the El Yucateco family, love Texas Pete's, Valentina and (I'm not just saying this) I reach for Hot Ones and Homeboy's sauces more than anything. Pickapeppa hot pepper sauce is amazing too.


Q:

I got an Arduino Starter Kit (not sponsored, I promise) from my brother for Christmas and just started tinkering. I think what was really important to me was that I never sat down being like "I'm going to learn about transistors", instead I always had an idea of what I wanted to build and everything I learned was to get me closer to making that idea happen.

Learning about robotics and hardware is really fricking hard, and if you have an idea that you really like it will help you get through it. Also, Adafruit and Sparkfun has really awesome tutorials.

A:

Hello: I didn't have any involvement in the casting -- not my forté! But very happy the way it has turned out, and they are all giving it their every ounce of energy. Elizabeth Moss is herself a producer on this film. She is a very good choice, as Offred is an everywoman -- not an exceptional brave resistance fighter or anything -- caught up in this world and just doing her best to get through it without cracking up or getting killed, and Elizabeth can show that quality very well. And she has to perform without makeup. Many actresses might shy away from that...


Q:

There's a dude in our warehouse that does Amazon Restaurants deliveries in Northern Virginia while also doing Uber Eats at the same time. Multi-tasking at it's finest.

A:

Sadly, there has been change, but in a very poor direction.

I mentioned that in order for there to be a solution to the problems Sweden is facing, the government would first have to acknowledge that there are problems. In a way, the political climate in Sweden has changed in that direction, but only on the side of the opposition. The government, however, is as stubborn as before with acting like nothing is going on. Except now it's tried to do something anyway.

Two things have happened in the last 8 months: The Department of Migration has cut funding to all municipalities taking in refugees, and the government has tried to deport Afghan refugees to Afghanistan.

The cut funding is a disaster waiting to happen, because that means several municipalities have to shut down accommodations (did I mention I work at one of them? Yay unemployment!). That means a larger burden on refugees to learn the language, get an education and jump through all the bureaucratic hoops to get permanent residence, and far from everyone can manage that. That will lead to poorer integration and less capable citizens once they are allowed to stay. The country will suffer in the long-term.

As for sending people back to Afghanistan and why that is a staggeringly bad idea, some context: Afghanistan is a very heterogeneous country with a large number of different cultures and tribes. The people who flee Afghanistan are mostly Hazaras, a people who have been violently oppressed in Afghanistan for over a hundred years, most recently by the Taliban. Now, the Swedish government has attempted to strike a deal with the government of Afghanistan were they agree to take in refugees from Sweden. But the idea that the government of Afghanistan could possibly guarantee the safety of Hazara refugees forced to return is questionable at best. The situation is further complicated by the fact that a lot of Hazara refugees have never been to Afghanistan. Many were born in Iran or Pakistan, where they are treated as second-class citizens.

These are the two major things the government has done to combat the rising costs of the refugee crisis. Thankfully, the deal with Afghanistan fell through in the end and Sweden did not start sending people back there, but if that window of opportunity opens again you can be sure the government will pounce on it.


Q:

Xanax.

A:

I first heard about Modafinil when I researched Blitzed. The German Army (its elite units) was using it in Afghanistan, and I believe the US troops are using it as well. It is like taking amphetamines without the high. Very "efficient" I suppose.


Q:

Hello: The trend got going in the 80s in England with longer series TV adaptations of things like Jane Eyre. Also the amazing The Singing Detective -- I think it was the 90s. I like to get them once the whole thing is finished and then watch back to back. Longer forms allow deeper exploration, series of connected episodes work like old serial fiction, ie Dickens -- a cliffhanger at the end of each! But I'm kind of a sucker for that. Novels are very different in that they are made of words and words alone: the reader supplies everything else. Note: novels can do smells. Harder in TV and film: you can have people say Pee-yew etc but you don't actually get a description of the smell in detail.

A:

I got an Arduino Starter Kit (not sponsored, I promise) from my brother for Christmas and just started tinkering. I think what was really important to me was that I never sat down being like "I'm going to learn about transistors", instead I always had an idea of what I wanted to build and everything I learned was to get me closer to making that idea happen.

Learning about robotics and hardware is really fricking hard, and if you have an idea that you really like it will help you get through it. Also, Adafruit and Sparkfun has really awesome tutorials.


Q:

Big fan and I attribute this poster collecting hobby obsession thanks to you guys (started with Treebeard by Todd Slater).

What are some of your favorite posters that were produced outside of your group?

A:

How common was the use of the same drugs in general? Were downsides known?


Q:

Hey Sean, I’m a huge fan of yours! I have two questions for you:

  • What do you do to prepare your body for so much spicy food? I love hot stuff but it wreaks havoc on my system.
  • How do you prepare to ensure the interview is the best it can be? In my opinion you’re one of the greatest interviewers in the business, and it would be cool to know the process.

Also the hot ones sauce is really expensive to ship to Canada, you guys should definitely open up a shop here. We need some heat to warm our cold winter-conditioned bodies.

A:

When you code your robots, do you prefer any language? Does it depend on something particular?

Cheers,


Q:

Do you find similar pleasure in the slower more immersive experience of a modern 10 hour television series as you do a novel? Any standout shows that you have particularly respected?

A:

Do they explain why drivers can't see the delivery instructions? I live in a gated complex and about half of the drivers have to call, and others somehow figure out the gate code. Typical explanation is that they cant read delivery instructions until the delivery has been made. That makes no sense to me, but I'm sure they have a reason. Is it because they don't want drivers reading their phones while driving?


Q:

Views on Trump immigration ban? Im serious...

A:

I have a fear of flying, especially during take off. What are some things I should know before my flight that'll comfort me?


Q:

How common was the use of the same drugs in general? Were downsides known?

A:

What was your involvement in casting of the Hulu movie as an executive producer? I love the choice of the highly underrated Elisabeth Moss for Offred.


Q:

When you code your robots, do you prefer any language? Does it depend on something particular?

Cheers,

A:

The Tomer Hanuka Star Wars print is one of my favorites! - Roxy Arfa


Q:

The Temmler company that manufactured Pervitin neglected the downsides, and praised only the "good effects" of meth. Only later people started realizing that meth was an addictive drug - and it was made illegal in Germany in May 1941. Does this answer your question?

A:

I used to just go out there and wing it so to speak but now that we're weekly and have published, like, 60 episodes I take care of myself a lot more. I try to stay away from acidic foods and whatnot. The research is just kind of what it looks like... Chris and I read and watch everything that we can, trust our instincts and try not to overthink things. Much love to Canada! I know int'l shipping can be a bitch.


Q:

I'm pretty lazy and pretty much only use Arduinos in my projects, so a modified version of C++. But otherwise I like Javascript and Python for programming.

A:

Hello: The trend got going in the 80s in England with longer series TV adaptations of things like Jane Eyre. Also the amazing The Singing Detective -- I think it was the 90s. I like to get them once the whole thing is finished and then watch back to back. Longer forms allow deeper exploration, series of connected episodes work like old serial fiction, ie Dickens -- a cliffhanger at the end of each! But I'm kind of a sucker for that. Novels are very different in that they are made of words and words alone: the reader supplies everything else. Note: novels can do smells. Harder in TV and film: you can have people say Pee-yew etc but you don't actually get a description of the smell in detail.


Q:

It happens, the app does have some glitches where sometimes we can't see the notes left until we are actually in the delivery place or at least a quarter mile away from the delivery stop. We have made several feedback notes on that issue and we keep getting the same canned answers over and over again, so I guess that they are actually fixing that issue.

You could, as a last resort, write on the delivery address of Prime Now Orders the gate code before the street address. That way you are guaranteed that we will see the code before the address.

A:

I can't say I support it. There just isn't enough of a threat from these countries to justify a total ban. Even if there were, I think there are much more efficient ways of securing the country, like effectivising the TSA.


Q:

Honestly though, we're really well trained. We go through 6-7 weeks of just evacuation training. Every kind of emergency you can think of. We're so well trained.

A:

The Temmler company that manufactured Pervitin neglected the downsides, and praised only the "good effects" of meth. Only later people started realizing that meth was an addictive drug - and it was made illegal in Germany in May 1941. Does this answer your question?


Q:

Hello: I didn't have any involvement in the casting -- not my forté! But very happy the way it has turned out, and they are all giving it their every ounce of energy. Elizabeth Moss is herself a producer on this film. She is a very good choice, as Offred is an everywoman -- not an exceptional brave resistance fighter or anything -- caught up in this world and just doing her best to get through it without cracking up or getting killed, and Elizabeth can show that quality very well. And she has to perform without makeup. Many actresses might shy away from that...

A:

I'm pretty lazy and pretty much only use Arduinos in my projects, so a modified version of C++. But otherwise I like Javascript and Python for programming.


Q:

Will there be any upcoming horror movie posters, or maybe a Get Out or Split poster?

A:

What was the weirdest thing you found in your research for this book?


Q:

Hey Sean, love watching your show every Thursday, with Mac Demarco on the show recently, do you plan on having any more indie rock kind of guest on soon?

A:

What sub-Reddits do you visit most frequently?


Q:

Hi Margaret! I love your writing. My mother gave the the HT to read in high school... back in 1989 I think. I read it so many times. Did you have any idea it would make such an impact on people? Thanks... I love you!

A:

Do you make enough if i only tip $1 or $2? I have struggling college student friend that wants to ask.


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Or enforcing our current laws. Can we call it a temporary stay on immigration from these countries. It's not a ban. That would imply forever.

A:

Have you ever had to evacuate a plane? If so, did people actually abide by the safety rules that are played at the beginning of a flight?


Q:

What was the weirdest thing you found in your research for this book?

A:

In interviews, how often do you get asked about being a Canadian writer or being a female writer? How often do you wish you were asked about either?


Q:

What sub-Reddits do you visit most frequently?

A:

You are in the sunken place now. - Jay Shaw


Q:

I believe it is the chapter in the book titled "Slaughterhouse Ukraine". About Morell's monopoly on all the organs of all the slaughtered animals, making weird concoctions out of these, testing them on Hitler.

A:

Yeah for sure. We’re always trying to find new genres to dig into to get more fans in the tent and just to keep the show as unpredictable and diverse as possible. Some of the big targets right now are WWE/MMA people, porn stars, and more celebrity chefs.


Q:

/r/shittyrobots and /r/oddlysatisfying are my favorites.

A:

Hello and thank you: No, I really did not have any idea. I was pursuing some lines of thought and emotion that interested me... I thought the book might get denounced (which it has, some) or ignored (which happened in the UK at first), but this kind of impact... no, I had no idea.


Q:

We make a minimum guaranteed. If the driver is using a 2007 Prius then he's making good money, but if the driver is using a BMW X5 to deliver packages, well maybe he might need the tip. Tip as much or as little as you feel like. The Amazon app will tell you the recommended amount depending on what you are ordering. If you are only ordering $20 worth of stuff I know it doesn't make sense to leave a $5.00 tip. So yeah you could leave $2. I also might add, we can't see who left tips or not.

A:

I don't have any problems with calling it a stay on immigration. The more a discussion is about facts and less about semantics the better.


A:

I believe it is the chapter in the book titled "Slaughterhouse Ukraine". About Morell's monopoly on all the organs of all the slaughtered animals, making weird concoctions out of these, testing them on Hitler.


Q:

I have got asked about both a great deal over time. But nobody ever asks me what it's like to be a canoe-paddling writer, or a writer who gardens, or even a knitting writer. Neglected fields! (I'm going to wish I hadn't said that.)

A:

/r/shittyrobots and /r/oddlysatisfying are my favorites.


Q:

Hello, I really love your posters, they are awesome, and Im proud to say Ive brought several.

So my question...would you guys ever make more Jurassic Park posters?

A:

I have never heard about Hitler eating organ cocktails. Was this some sort of fad pseudoscience or something?


Q:

You have your own hot sauce, and a sandwich named after you, what's next? A "No big deal" Sriracha? "Don't touch your (eye)balls" wet naps?

Also can we get /r/MMA fighter /u/SmileNSam on the show?

A:

What's your favorite shitty robot? Are you working on anything currently?


Q:

In interviews, how often do you get asked about being a Canadian writer or being a female writer? How often do you wish you were asked about either?

A:

I know that your example was to highlight the fact that a Prius will be achieving better gas mileage than an X5, but you literally could not have chosen a more backwards example to portray someone who is struggling and "might need the tip."


Q:

How is your heart not breaking?

A:

No to having to do that or no to people following the safety rules


Q:

I have never heard about Hitler eating organ cocktails. Was this some sort of fad pseudoscience or something?

A:

Did you enjoy your work with Darren Aronofsky?


Q:

What's your favorite shitty robot? Are you working on anything currently?

A:

We will absolutely do more Jurassic Park posters. It is my #1 all time favorite movie and we all love it. My favorite scene is the sick triceratops scene and I’ve always wanted us to tackle that. Next year is a big anniversary year so look for some exciting stuff then. -J.B.


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Morell, his doctor, was a pioneer - or at least that is what Hitler called him. He liked to experiment - and so did "Patient A", which was Hitler's nickname for Morell.

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Mad Dog 357 vaping e-liquid would be a dream.


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OMG the ketchup robot kills me.

Right now I'm just preparing for a trip next week (going to Norway to give three talks, then to CERN to film some stuff for Tested, then to Stockholm to hang out with my family) and working on DIY Astronaut.

I do know what I want to build next though, but I need to fabricate some aluminum parts for it and need to get my CNC mill running first.

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I have got asked about both a great deal over time. But nobody ever asks me what it's like to be a canoe-paddling writer, or a writer who gardens, or even a knitting writer. Neglected fields! (I'm going to wish I hadn't said that.)


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A Hummer could beat the X5.

Edit: And believe it or not, people do deliver in Suburbans, Ridgelines, Dodge Durango R/T, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Charger Hemi, BMW 5 series and 3 series, Mercedes E350 and other high end/gas guzzler cars.

A:

That's my secret, Cap. I'm already heartbroken.


Q:

No, I luckily have not had to evacuate a plane.

A:

Morell, his doctor, was a pioneer - or at least that is what Hitler called him. He liked to experiment - and so did "Patient A", which was Hitler's nickname for Morell.


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Very smart team! But that is rather in limbo, as HBO changed CEOs and pulled out. They are looking for another venu however. It's a daunting 3 book project, not easy to do.

A:

OMG the ketchup robot kills me.

Right now I'm just preparing for a trip next week (going to Norway to give three talks, then to CERN to film some stuff for Tested, then to Stockholm to hang out with my family) and working on DIY Astronaut.

I do know what I want to build next though, but I need to fabricate some aluminum parts for it and need to get my CNC mill running first.


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I have been buying your prints since early 2011. I am a big fan of your art choices and movie choices!

  1. That said, how do you pick which movies are done in either print or LP?

  2. As a follow up, would you ever be open to a "users choice" type of collaboration with an artist?

  3. Also, have you thought about doing video game tie ins, such as the character portraits done with Overwatch, through Bottleneck Gallery?

Edit: More questions, more questions:

Any chance we'll see any pins for Power Rangers?

How did you produce the Aliens LP with the green liquid inside? Any chance we'll see other releases done with similar techniques?

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Do you think the outcome of the war could have been different if not for the drug use?


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Has anyone got sick during/after the show?

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Is there a dream shitty robot that you have yet to create?


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Did you enjoy your work with Darren Aronofsky?

A:

OP, people can still see personal information from your route sheet. Can you please delete that?


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We've all encountered "restaurant secret menu" type posts on social media that usually turn out to be 90% junk or isolated to one specific location of a chain or whatever. I've seen a few for airlines as well, but don't know how much of that is believable either.

That being said, what would you say are five tips for travelers that are legit and many people don't know to do, but would make their flight more enjoyable or more memorable?


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Do you think the outcome of the war could have been different if not for the drug use?

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Hi Margaret! I love your writing. My mother gave the the HT to read in high school... back in 1989 I think. I read it so many times. Did you have any idea it would make such an impact on people? Thanks... I love you!


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Is there a dream shitty robot that you have yet to create?

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  1. For posters, Mitch, Rob and myself get on the phone and yap back and forth until we can all agree, or at least, majority agree on an artist/property pairing.

  2. We’ve done something similar to this at MondoTalk - one of our annual panels at MondoCon - in which we’ll present a handful of comps for audience selection that will determine the direction we take final art.

  3. We’ve been steadily increasing our output of posters for video games. A ton of us on the team are huge video game fans and spend a good portion of our free time in those worlds. As for me, I’m addicted to Overwatch and would love to dive into that world for posters... - Eric Garza


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I believe so. The meth abuse by the Wehrmacht was so heavy, and fit the military strategy of the Blitzkrieg like a glove, that it is hard to imagine how the outcome of the campaign against France would have been without the drug.

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LMFAO! Yes. S/o Martin Garrix, Eddie Huang, Coolio and RiFF RAFF. I'm sure there are countless others.


Q:

A rocket that launches something (preferably me) to space.

A:

Very smart team! But that is rather in limbo, as HBO changed CEOs and pulled out. They are looking for another venu however. It's a daunting 3 book project, not easy to do.


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  1. Bring the flight attendants chocolate when you get on the plane, especially if it's a long flight. In Chicago, bring them popcorn. That always goes a long way. They'll remember you and you'll be taken care of for sure.

  2. DON'T try to go to the restroom when there's turbulence. There were so many guys that would end up peeing on themselves because they thought they could handle the turbulence and then they'd come out with pee on their pants.

  3. Don't eat the food. It's just not good for you.

  4. Bring your own little mini bottles of alcohol, it's allowed. Just don't let the flight attendants know.

  5. Again...use the bathroom before you get on the fucking plane. I don't know why people don't do it. They'll come on and the first thing they have to do is use the restroom. You know that's the worst possible area to use a bathroom.

Also...don't take your shoes off and walk bare foot....and know that people change diapers on the tray tables.

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I believe so. The meth abuse by the Wehrmacht was so heavy, and fit the military strategy of the Blitzkrieg like a glove, that it is hard to imagine how the outcome of the campaign against France would have been without the drug.


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Hello and thank you: No, I really did not have any idea. I was pursuing some lines of thought and emotion that interested me... I thought the book might get denounced (which it has, some) or ignored (which happened in the UK at first), but this kind of impact... no, I had no idea.

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A rocket that launches something (preferably me) to space.


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I love the directors series that you guys do. Any chance of a Brian De Palma one? I can't even imagine what you guys would do with Blow Out...

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So you think meth gave the Blitz an advantage?


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I expect Bobby Lee shitting his pants qualifies

A:

Can you actually make a better functioning robots or are they really a reflection of your current skill?


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I'm a male in his 30s, and I listened to the audio book version of The Handmaid's Tale performed by Claire Danes just this last month. What an incredibly thought provoking piece of literature, one I think all genders should read. How do you feel about the audiobook platform in general, and what concept in the story plaguing the narrator is most terrifying to you?

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Since you're traveling a lot just wondering what you like to listen to? Music, podcasts?


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How would you describe Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 3 words?

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people change diapers on the tray tables.

Really? I understand that when you have a child you need to get things done, but that's similar, in my mind, to changing a diaper on a table at a restaurant- seems disrespectful.


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So you think meth gave the Blitz an advantage?

A:

Where do you get your amazing ideas?

Any advice for struggling novel writers?

Edit: Thanks /u/Hulu_Official for the Gold. I have been here for 6 years and it is my first gilding!


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Can you actually make a better functioning robots or are they really a reflection of your current skill?

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We would absolutely LOVE to work with DePalma on a series. Blow Out, The Fury, Body Double, Sisters. All masterpieces as far as I'm concerned. - Jay Shaw


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Absolutely. This is a huge chapter in the book, and I did very long and careful research about this. Hard to sum it up in a few lines...

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Oh yeah, forgot about that one lol. We've had some doozies.


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To be honest, building shitty robots is surprisingly difficult. I want them to be shitty in a really specific way, so they are not just a shot in the dark. But sure, I'm no Adam Savage...

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Hello: I grew up in the age of radio, so I am very comfortable with audio versions. Claire Danes does a wonderful job! A good one can add a whole other dimension. Looking forward to the Special Edition now underway at Audible.

Which concept is most terrifying? All of it, I guess. Not being in control of any part of one's life.


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I have SiriusXM, I listen to mostly music and talk shows including news. (Hits1, Hip Hop Nation, Alt-Nation, 90's on 9, Pop2k, CNN News, Fox News and Comedy Channel)

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You're welcome, Manchester


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Yeah! It's awful! And then they try to hand it us while we're giving out drinks. We hate when people do it.

A:

Absolutely. This is a huge chapter in the book, and I did very long and careful research about this. Hard to sum it up in a few lines...


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Ideas... never a shortage! I think my brain just works that way. Not all of my ideas have been amazing. Some have not, NOT worked out! As they say (I think it was Beckett): try, fail. Try again, fail better. Or something like that. We have all had projects that have ended up as smashed eggs on the floor. Struggling writers: check out Chuck Wendig's blogsite/website at www.terribleminds.com. He has SO MANY tips and encouragements! He saves me a lot of time b/c I would say much the same things myself. He's a freelancer, like me. If you have a day job (as I did for I dunno 16 years or something) the advice just has to cover a more challenging time period (i.e 12 midnite). No one said this would be easy!

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To be honest, building shitty robots is surprisingly difficult. I want them to be shitty in a really specific way, so they are not just a shot in the dark. But sure, I'm no Adam Savage...


Q:

What type of frames would you suggest your average customer purchase? As someone who recently bought my first 2 Mondos, I'm unsure of what kind of fames are best for high quality prints. How important is UV protection and acid free backings? It's hard to make myself pay as much or more for the frame as I did for the print.

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How did the army handle addiction? Was there any form of crisis after the war was over, and doses were not longer bring supplied?


Q:

Hey Sean, it's #15 Ranked UFC Middleweight Sam Alvey. We've spoken on twitter, but I have to ask you here - "WHEN CAN I COME ON YOUR SHOW!?!?!" I have a fight scheduled April 22nd in Nashville, but after that (when I'm done cutting weight) I need to come face punch some hot wings with my tongue fist. Hit me up!

  • Sam :)
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Hi Simone, I'm your moms neighbor, and I think I really scared you once while racing to get my cats anal glands fixed(Don't ask.).

I have only one question: Will you ever bring Adam to Stockholm?


Q:

Where do you get your amazing ideas?

Any advice for struggling novel writers?

Edit: Thanks /u/Hulu_Official for the Gold. I have been here for 6 years and it is my first gilding!

A:

Nice, who have you been listening to as of late?


Q:

Well lets start about that ceertain someone and his statements.

Is there a fear level in certain swedish suburbs that was not there before the latest wave of immigration (lastv 10 year)from war torn countries ?

A:

Not trying to be that guy or be a fun sucker here, just want to present the facts. Number 4 is technically true the way you wrote it, anyone can bring alcohol onboard the A/C, but drinking their own alcohol per the FAR's (Federal Aviation Regulations) is illegal.

14CFR § 121.575 Alcoholic beverages. (a) No person may drink any alcoholic beverage aboard an aircraft unless the certificate holder operating the aircraft has served that beverage to him. (Source: http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/retrieveECFR?gp=&SID=9d44397fe14f0fe4366f769cf9d2956c&r=SECTION&n=14y3.0.1.1.7.20.3.31)

Is the FA going to get a FAM or have the police meet the A/C because your drinking your mini, of course not (reportable for failure to comply however). But it is illegal.


Q:

How did the army handle addiction? Was there any form of crisis after the war was over, and doses were not longer bring supplied?

A:

Congratulations on being a Bailey's finalist. Does the novelty of so many nominations and so many awards ever diminish?

And have you ever considered coming to South Africa to do some talks?


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Hi Simone, I'm your moms neighbor, and I think I really scared you once while racing to get my cats anal glands fixed(Don't ask.).

I have only one question: Will you ever bring Adam to Stockholm?

A:

It all depends on how much emphasis you put on conservation. If you plan to save the poster for 100 years or something, you should probably use UV glass, acid free backing, and keep the whole thing out of light. On the other hand, I actually throw posters in cheap frames all of the time because enjoying them now is most important to me. You may get some fading with cheap frames, but it won’t disintegrate in there or anything. - Mitch Putnam


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The Army tried to set programs into place that would take care of addicted soldiers. But they failed in the end due to lack of resources. After the war, many soldiers were still addicted, and my research shows that Pervitin (meth) use is very high in Germany even in the 50s.

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Definitely need UFC guys. Hit me up we'll see if we can make something happen!


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I have no memory of this. Maybe too traumatic? Hope your cat's butt is ok (I'm going to end every conversation with that from now on)

I'm not sure! Would be interesting to observe him and my mom meeting though.

A:

Ideas... never a shortage! I think my brain just works that way. Not all of my ideas have been amazing. Some have not, NOT worked out! As they say (I think it was Beckett): try, fail. Try again, fail better. Or something like that. We have all had projects that have ended up as smashed eggs on the floor. Struggling writers: check out Chuck Wendig's blogsite/website at www.terribleminds.com. He has SO MANY tips and encouragements! He saves me a lot of time b/c I would say much the same things myself. He's a freelancer, like me. If you have a day job (as I did for I dunno 16 years or something) the advice just has to cover a more challenging time period (i.e 12 midnite). No one said this would be easy!


Q:

Honestly, I got the new song from Alessia Cara and Zedd - Stay on repeat in my head. It doesn't go away.

A:

I suppose you could say that. I myself lived in one of the more, shall we say, "unstable" suburbs in Stockholm about two years ago, and there were times where you would definitely feel unsafe. But whether or not you can pin that on immigration is trickier. For instance, in the last few years we have had a complete restructuring of the police force in Sweden, which is generally considered to have made it less effective. There's also an argument to be made that the actual criminal element of these suburbs is made up of a very small amount of people, and that the majority of residents are law-abiding citizens. And of course, there's no such thing as no-go zones in Sweden.

There are other arguments, like how suburbs have become very segregated or how our school system doing worse, but discussing those might just be a bit overkill.


Q:

If you bring your own champagne or wine from Duty Free, which people do when they are celebrating sometimes, we are allowed to serve it to you. I had seen people with their own minis and the most we ever did is tell them to stop or try to take them from them.

A:

The Army tried to set programs into place that would take care of addicted soldiers. But they failed in the end due to lack of resources. After the war, many soldiers were still addicted, and my research shows that Pervitin (meth) use is very high in Germany even in the 50s.


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I would so much like to go to South Africa but as I say, I am screaming old and long travel is becoming more difficult, for many reasons, not all of which have to do with me alone. I have Duties. It's lovely to be a Bailey's finalist, kind of them, but I am in the Gold Watch and Goodbye phase of my "career" (Lifetime etc. -- hey! I only get one?) so this will go to one of the many fine, edgy books on the list, all of which I will read with pleasure (have already read some of them).

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I have no memory of this. Maybe too traumatic? Hope your cat's butt is ok (I'm going to end every conversation with that from now on)

I'm not sure! Would be interesting to observe him and my mom meeting though.


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Rob, will you do a Grief show again?

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Were there other nations participating in similar programs?


Q:

Exactly how much research is done before shows? Its seems like you know every details about the person you're interviewing.

Who do you want to see most on the show?

A:

Your one year anniversary of your first shitty robot video kind of struck a chord with me. I've got, what looks like, a great engineering job right now but in reality it's a bit depressing and unfulfilling. I'm at work right now debating whether I should peel my eyelids off for fun or drown myself in the toilet...

What advice would you give to someone your age who is currently where you were 2 years ago and wanting to escape?

AMA is a solid 3/5 so far!


Q:

Congratulations on being a Bailey's finalist. Does the novelty of so many nominations and so many awards ever diminish?

And have you ever considered coming to South Africa to do some talks?

A:

I work for Frito lay in Lorton just down the street and it's killing me. I'll PM you if I apply in case there is a referral bonus in it for you


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There are other arguments, like how suburbs have become very segregated or how our school system doing worse, but discussing those might just be a bit overkill.

Those two issues have political causes, and are not related to immigrants. But since immigrants often start at the bottom of the ladder, they usually are the ones who suffer the negative consequences the most.

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im sorry but on a 36 hour flight im taking my shoes off


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I actually heard about your book on NPR this morning, sounds interesting. How much cocaine did hitler use on a daily basis?

A:

I'm a male in his 30s, and I listened to the audio book version of The Handmaid's Tale performed by Claire Danes just this last month. What an incredibly thought provoking piece of literature, one I think all genders should read. How do you feel about the audiobook platform in general, and what concept in the story plaguing the narrator is most terrifying to you?


Q:

Your one year anniversary of your first shitty robot video kind of struck a chord with me. I've got, what looks like, a great engineering job right now but in reality it's a bit depressing and unfulfilling. I'm at work right now debating whether I should peel my eyelids off for fun or drown myself in the toilet...

What advice would you give to someone your age who is currently where you were 2 years ago and wanting to escape?

AMA is a solid 3/5 so far!

A:

Yes. No. Maybe. If something crappy happens to me between now and my death. - Rob Jones


Q:

The Allies learnt from the Nazis, and started developing their own programs later in the war, deciding to use amphetamines.

A:

Chris and I do a ton of research, and honestly it’s one of the most fun parts. I usually spend at least 12 hours (sometimes a lot more) just watching every interview and reading everything I can find. Chris does his own research, then we kind of bring it all together and match the questions with the right wings so there’s a good flow—I also have to think about how I’m going to be dying on Mad Dog and Blair’s! Our main goal with Hot Ones is for the guest to have fun and feel like they can be free and loose, so it’s important to me for them to know that we went the extra mile to understand what they’re all about, and ask about the shit that other people might leave on the cutting room floor. It’s an honor that people even bring up Nardwuar—he’s a legend!


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I have such a hard time answering this question. It really depends on what your situation is like. But here's how I went about it.

  1. Had job that should have been awesome but was bored out of my mind.
  2. Realized every job I had ever had made me bored out of my mind.
  3. Decided instead of pushing myself harder, I should try to push in another direction. So instead of trying to make myself fit in a mould I should change the mould.
  4. I quit my job and moved back to Stockholm from San Francisco to cut back on cost. I moved in with my mom and set myself up with just enough freelance gigs to keep myself afloat (and not piss off mom). The rest of my time I spent on trying to trace back to last time I was enthusiastic about something, and trying to understand what about it made me enthusiastic. I just wanted to find something that I really enjoyed and that at the same time really catered to my strengths.
  5. I realized I really liked building things, but I hated refining my inventions. I also liked when things went wrong. And I liked making videos. So here we are.
  6. Profit.

I understand that being able to do this was a huge privilege. For one, being able to not work full-time for a while is huge, and also it was such a fricking fluke that the internet picked up on the stuff I was making. But I think trying to be conscientious about what makes you enthusiastic is super important, because enthusiasm is a much better and effective fuel that duty.

A:

I would so much like to go to South Africa but as I say, I am screaming old and long travel is becoming more difficult, for many reasons, not all of which have to do with me alone. I have Duties. It's lovely to be a Bailey's finalist, kind of them, but I am in the Gold Watch and Goodbye phase of my "career" (Lifetime etc. -- hey! I only get one?) so this will go to one of the many fine, edgy books on the list, all of which I will read with pleasure (have already read some of them).


Q:

There's no referral bonus for us drivers, but thanks tho.

A:

Yes, that was what I was trying to get at. Sorry if I was being unclear. I do not consider these to be arguments against immigration.


Q:

Take your shoes off, I just wouldn't walk to the restroom without them! The floors are the dirtiest!

I've had a very elderly lady with her care taken getting sick on herself, I literally thought she was dying, but her care taker said she was ok, and on the floor. We just put this powder over the mess then they vacuumed it between flights.

Babies get sick, grown men pee on themselves and the floor, and I've never seen anything but a vacuum used on those floors.

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He only used cocaine from late July 1944 to October 1944 - over 50 times during this period.


Q:

Hello: I grew up in the age of radio, so I am very comfortable with audio versions. Claire Danes does a wonderful job! A good one can add a whole other dimension. Looking forward to the Special Edition now underway at Audible.

Which concept is most terrifying? All of it, I guess. Not being in control of any part of one's life.

A:

I have such a hard time answering this question. It really depends on what your situation is like. But here's how I went about it.

  1. Had job that should have been awesome but was bored out of my mind.
  2. Realized every job I had ever had made me bored out of my mind.
  3. Decided instead of pushing myself harder, I should try to push in another direction. So instead of trying to make myself fit in a mould I should change the mould.
  4. I quit my job and moved back to Stockholm from San Francisco to cut back on cost. I moved in with my mom and set myself up with just enough freelance gigs to keep myself afloat (and not piss off mom). The rest of my time I spent on trying to trace back to last time I was enthusiastic about something, and trying to understand what about it made me enthusiastic. I just wanted to find something that I really enjoyed and that at the same time really catered to my strengths.
  5. I realized I really liked building things, but I hated refining my inventions. I also liked when things went wrong. And I liked making videos. So here we are.
  6. Profit.

I understand that being able to do this was a huge privilege. For one, being able to not work full-time for a while is huge, and also it was such a fricking fluke that the internet picked up on the stuff I was making. But I think trying to be conscientious about what makes you enthusiastic is super important, because enthusiasm is a much better and effective fuel that duty.


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I found you guys a few months back. I had actually came across the first Castlevania OST that you guys had pressed to vinyl at a comic book swapmeet, and ordered the Simons Quest one just about a month ago and absolutely love it. I'm sure this is gonna be one of the most asked questions on here but I'll ask it anyway. Do you guys have a release date for the Symphony of the Night OST on vinyl yet!?

A:

I remember reading Live and Let Die when I was a little kid and having to go look up what a Benzedrine was and being shocked that Bond was so cavalier about taking drugs like that. Weird to think how commonplace its usage was back then.


Q:

Did the dj khaled episode lower your opinion of him?

A:

Who are the biggest heroes you've gotten to meet since your notability skyrocketed?


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Thanks for opening up this world and new worlds for us all to explore, you inspire me to write.

-As a young poetry writer I often feel overwhelming pressure for my ‘Big Important First Work’ to be perfect. The issue is that it never feels completely done, so I keep it hidden in my desk. I worry that in a few years I will look back and wish I had written it in a completely different way. At what point do you decide to release a work into the wild regardless of potential imperfections or later regrets?

-What is your opinion on self publishing? Is it better to wait to be picked up by a publisher, or to say screw it and self publish?

-Do you have any ‘writing rituals’? For example, a time of day you write best, a notebook of ideas, or a mandatory cup of coffee to get the words flowing?

Also, where can I find your upcoming speaking engagements? It seems like every time I travel you’ve just passed through and I’ve missed my chance :)

A:

Do you set your schedule like uber or do you have a set weekly schedule??


Q:

On a personal level, what are a few of your favorite films?

A:

Do you remember your least favorite pilot/pilots to fly with? What'd they do to gain the title?


Q:

Were there other nations participating in similar programs?

A:

Thanks for opening up this world and new worlds for us all to explore, you inspire me to write.

-As a young poetry writer I often feel overwhelming pressure for my ‘Big Important First Work’ to be perfect. The issue is that it never feels completely done, so I keep it hidden in my desk. I worry that in a few years I will look back and wish I had written it in a completely different way. At what point do you decide to release a work into the wild regardless of potential imperfections or later regrets?

-What is your opinion on self publishing? Is it better to wait to be picked up by a publisher, or to say screw it and self publish?

-Do you have any ‘writing rituals’? For example, a time of day you write best, a notebook of ideas, or a mandatory cup of coffee to get the words flowing?

Also, where can I find your upcoming speaking engagements? It seems like every time I travel you’ve just passed through and I’ve missed my chance :)


Q:

Who are the biggest heroes you've gotten to meet since your notability skyrocketed?

A:

We are definitely doing Symphony of the Night. First we are doing DRACULA’S CURSE this month, SUPER CASTLEVANIA IV in a few months, and RONDO OF BLOOD and SYMPHONY hopefully before the end of the year - Mo Shafeek


Q:

Also Billy Wilder has James Cagney order coffee with meth in his formidable "1,2,3".

A:

From my heart, I honestly think the DJ Khaled Hot Ones episode is the greatest in series history. I think it will live on long after we're all buried under rocks and dust. It's been amazing to see him go from "put the hinges in the fuccbois hands" to doing Ellen and more TV commercials than Peyton Manning. Truly a national treasure and my proudest work at First We Feast.


Q:

Not so much a specific person, but just in general being surrounded by people who are really interested and enthusiastic about what they do.

A:

Hello: I too have a desk drawer full of things I haven't finished or that I am not yet ready to publish. But send some of them out into the world - then you will worry less. Self-publishing: pros and cons either way. You might try Wattpad for instant feedback. I hand-set my first book of poems (7 in number) but that was long ago. Try literary magazines and online ones? Writing rituals: I would like to have some, but I don't really. It's grabbing time and staying up late, as it always has been, it seems. Upcoming speaking engagements are usually in www.margaretatwood.ca under Events (when we remember to update. ;) Thanks for your q's.


Q:

We have what is called offers. Amazon sends out offers throughout the day and if you are available to work the shift that they are asking you, you just pick it up. When no offers are available it looks like this

When there are offers available it will show up like this

And you can accept or deline the offer if you want to work it or not, like this

Disclaimer: Some markets pay more than others, some pay less than others.

Edit: Messed up imgur pics, fixed.

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There are films I can just put on and watch at any time, and there are films I like to dedicate an entire day to just watch and soak in. Of the former, my favorites are probably Groundhog Day or Master & Commander. Of the latter, anything by Takeshi Kitano or Werner Herzog. Sonatine is probably number one.


Q:

There were always ones that would be inappropriate. One carried extra pantyhose with him in case we 'got a hole in ours'. That's creepy. That's weird, right? That's not nice, it's weird.

There was one pilot who had a tendency to brag at bars about how much he made but would never buy a round at the bar. We all would, but he wouldn't.

There was one I was in love with. He had all of these death metal band stickers on his crew bag and flew with a guitar with him. Slaughter Nuns was one of the band names. Something like that. He was my favorite because he was the nicest.

A:

The Allies learnt from the Nazis, and started developing their own programs later in the war, deciding to use amphetamines.


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Hello: I too have a desk drawer full of things I haven't finished or that I am not yet ready to publish. But send some of them out into the world - then you will worry less. Self-publishing: pros and cons either way. You might try Wattpad for instant feedback. I hand-set my first book of poems (7 in number) but that was long ago. Try literary magazines and online ones? Writing rituals: I would like to have some, but I don't really. It's grabbing time and staying up late, as it always has been, it seems. Upcoming speaking engagements are usually in www.margaretatwood.ca under Events (when we remember to update. ;) Thanks for your q's.

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Not so much a specific person, but just in general being surrounded by people who are really interested and enthusiastic about what they do.


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Love that you do shows like SDCC, NYCC and Thoughtbubble....any thoughts on doing a show like C2E2 for your fans up here in middle america?

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What made you want to research and writie a book about this particular topic?


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Can you get Barack on?

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How did you learn to speak English with basically no discernible Swedish accent?

Love your show and your overall "no shits given" attitude!


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Thank you for doing this!

What book do you believe vital for kids to read before age 18/while still in school?

Also: Stone Mattress is a treasure and I have wondered if you had traveled to the Arctic before writing that piece?

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Are you worried about being replaced by drones?


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODw7o34Vdbk&

Is it normal for journalists to need police to escort them out of immigrant neighbourhoods out of fear for their safety ?

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Every banged a pilot during flight ? Or a customer ?


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I remember reading Live and Let Die when I was a little kid and having to go look up what a Benzedrine was and being shocked that Bond was so cavalier about taking drugs like that. Weird to think how commonplace its usage was back then.

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Thank you for doing this!

What book do you believe vital for kids to read before age 18/while still in school?

Also: Stone Mattress is a treasure and I have wondered if you had traveled to the Arctic before writing that piece?


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How did you learn to speak English with basically no discernible Swedish accent?

Love your show and your overall "no shits given" attitude!

A:

Chicago is one of my favorite cities and Tim Wiesch is from there. Al’s Italian Beef is reason enough to go. I’d say we’d definitely love to make it out there some time. - Justin Brookhart


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A friend of mine is a DJ in Berlin. He is a history and a drug buff. When he told me about massive drug use in the Third Reich, I thought this was worth checking out. And my first visit to the Federal Archive of Germany was so fascinating (because I found so much evidence) that I seriously pursued the project.

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Fingers crossed someday.


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I've lived in the US for 1.5 years now but I don't think I had that much of an accent before that either. I just like languages and I'm constantly trying to mimic the way people speak. Also I have no shame. It helps when learning something new.

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The Arctic - yes, many times over the years. I started writing the story on a ship there to amuse my fellow passengers, with How-Tos contributed by my criminally-minded partner; there really were 5 men called Bob. Tey got very nervous.

I think kids find books that call out to them if given half a chance. What IS vital is to have a school library + access to a librarian (marks go up by 20% on average) and a home with books in it, even public library books if possible. I don;t like to tell people what they Have to read because it is a very individual thing. I would have to have a convo with a person. Then I might begin to be able to make a recco.


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Not really, it will take Amazon quite a while to produce the amount of drones needed. Plus Washington D.C. is a HUGEE No-Fly zone.

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Similar things have happened, yes, and it is a very disturbing development. There have also been reports of firetrucks and ambulances being pelted with rocks. These are real social issues and they need to be dealt with.

The problem is that these are social issues that aren't necessarily relevant to a discussion on immigration. Like I mentioned in an earlier comment, crime is usually traced to socio-economic situations and not culture or country of origin, and there have been many political issues in Sweden independent of immigration.

These issues are not swept under the rug or ignored in Swedish media, they are simply contextualized in a different manner to how the FOX news report did.


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No. I banged another flight attendant but it was on a layover. Not as good of a story but planes gross my out so I'm afraid of whatever I would get from going to the bathroom on a plane let alone banging on one.

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Also Billy Wilder has James Cagney order coffee with meth in his formidable "1,2,3".


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The Arctic - yes, many times over the years. I started writing the story on a ship there to amuse my fellow passengers, with How-Tos contributed by my criminally-minded partner; there really were 5 men called Bob. Tey got very nervous.

I think kids find books that call out to them if given half a chance. What IS vital is to have a school library + access to a librarian (marks go up by 20% on average) and a home with books in it, even public library books if possible. I don;t like to tell people what they Have to read because it is a very individual thing. I would have to have a convo with a person. Then I might begin to be able to make a recco.

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I've lived in the US for 1.5 years now but I don't think I had that much of an accent before that either. I just like languages and I'm constantly trying to mimic the way people speak. Also I have no shame. It helps when learning something new.


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Do you have dates for Mondo Con?

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I actually heard about your book on NPR this morning, sounds interesting. How much cocaine did hitler use on a daily basis?


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So I've noticed a little interaction between you and Ethan from h3h3 on Twitter... any chance we get him and/or Hila on Hot Ones soon?

Love the show.

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Do you miss living on a boat?


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What would you be doing right now if you were an American? Would you run for office? Would you protest? Would you be planning to resist ICE?

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Does it annoy you if I ask you to wait a minute and take the big green cooler bags with you? I hate having them sitting around my house since they are so big.


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Are you aware that an American media TV channel "Fox News" is creating make believe Swedish experts to talk about how terrible and dangerous Sweden has become? How do you feel about these "experts"?

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Most memorable celebrity/famous person encounter?


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What made you want to research and writie a book about this particular topic?

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On a scale of 1-10, what would you rate the Hulu film?


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Do you miss living on a boat?

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No. Will you be mine? - Brock Otterbacher


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He only used cocaine from late July 1944 to October 1944 - over 50 times during this period.

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Yeah, just trying to work out scheduling at this point. I love Ethan and Hila.


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Both yes and no. I don't miss having to worry about it constantly. I do miss being able to jump into the water and swim around my home.

I'm renting it out to a friend now that I'm in the States but I'm actually considering selling it since I'm not planning on moving back to Stockholm anytime soon.

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I would make a very bad politician, so no, I wouldn't run for office. But I would support those who were running. I would certainly turn out for protests, as I did here in Toronto, wearing a rather strange pink hat. I don't know what else I would do! We are in a time when reality seems to shift every day...


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I can't speak for everyone, but for me, I don't mind. There are Amazon trucks that have set routes every week to go pick up Fresh totes from the customers houses. If you just set the totes outside eventually someone will take it. It might take up to two weeks after your Fresh delivery to get the totes removed from your house.

You can also request the totes to be delivered attended - meaning that there needs to be someone present at the time of delivery and we take the totes back to the warehouse and just leave the stuff that you ordered in plastic bags.

You can also fold the totes by opening the tote and lifting the black pad down below that says Amazon, it i'll fold very slim. If you have totes with insulated bags, you can just fold the insulated bags and put them all inside one fresh tote. Like this

Edit: Imgur keeps putting all pictures into an album automatically.

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I think I laughed for about five minutes straight when I saw that they had been interviewing "Nils Bildt".


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Rita Ora! She was on a flight and

We're doing first class service. Rita's assistant is in the back of the plane and she keeps coming up to her in first class. So we're like, "okay you can't keep coming up". We understood but had to say "alright now that's enough". So we stuck her assistant in the back of the plane so she couldn't help with what happened next...

No one can really come up to the front bathroom in first class unless the back is blocked. Some guy goes rogue and walks up to the front and we see him just...staring...kind of...So we go up to check it out and we see that Rita's boob is just hanging right out.

Luckily no one saw besides him because she was in the very back of first class. We tried to put a blanket over to cover the boob. She had on this button up shirt. She's passed out...her boob fell out. It's literally just out. So we tried to put a blanket over her but she kept taking it off in her sleep. We kept coming back and the boob kept coming out.

Like...why? Why don't you want the blanket on you? Can't you tell it's out??

A:

A friend of mine is a DJ in Berlin. He is a history and a drug buff. When he told me about massive drug use in the Third Reich, I thought this was worth checking out. And my first visit to the Federal Archive of Germany was so fascinating (because I found so much evidence) that I seriously pursued the project.


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Have only seen (pre-screened) 3 episodes so far, but based on what I've seen it's a 10. My criteria: puddle of goo on the floor my end of Episode 3. Gasp. Shriek. It goes farther than I did in the book...

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Both yes and no. I don't miss having to worry about it constantly. I do miss being able to jump into the water and swim around my home.

I'm renting it out to a friend now that I'm in the States but I'm actually considering selling it since I'm not planning on moving back to Stockholm anytime soon.


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Can you give us a walkthrough of the licensing/studio approval process? I understand a lot of great art has had to be shelved due to likeness rights and approvals falling through. Thanks y'all, keep up the good work!

A:

Were there any close calls with Hitler overdosing? How do you think his regime would've handled it?


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What is the process for choosing the guests? Has Hot Ones gained enough traction and word of mouth that people are excited for it/it has street cred? Or is it almost always you/PR person having to explain the concept over and over again? (Your PR person deserves a metal btw for convincing all these celebrities to participate and even finding ways to contact them.) My only other question(s) would be in regards to the lack of women guests; do you find they are less interested in participating? Or have the male guests just been easier to coordinate/book? Not a question, but I would love to see a duo of women (Key and Peele played off each other so well that was one of my favorite episodes)- maybe Tina Fey and Amy Pohler or Abbi and Ilana from Broad City. Thanks! P.s. as a vegetarian, 1. I still am obsessed with your show and 2. respect for making veggie wings for Ricky and others.

A:

Any advice to parents of teens and pre-teens? My daughter fears failure and it effects her confidence. You took the failures and found a way to inspire.


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Also, a Reddit constant question: would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or a hundred duck-sized horses? Why?

A:

How much do you have to lift to be an Amazon driver?


Q:

Hello, who do you think would win in a fight between James Franco and Dave Franco?

A:

Which airline is the worst to work for?


Q:

Were there any close calls with Hitler overdosing? How do you think his regime would've handled it?

A:

Also, a Reddit constant question: would you rather fight one horse-sized duck or a hundred duck-sized horses? Why?


Q:

Any advice to parents of teens and pre-teens? My daughter fears failure and it effects her confidence. You took the failures and found a way to inspire.

A:

We send over some artist sketches to the studio along with a few examples of their finished work on previous posters. If they say go, we tell the artist to finish it. If they say no, we take a long look at the studios notes and talk with the artist and see if we can take another run at it. We usually know before we start if we can include an actors likeness so that usually isn't what kills a project but it certainly has been the final nail in the coffin on a couple of projects in the past. - Tim Wiesch


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There is one report by Dr. Giesing, saying Hitler nearly overdosed on the Cocaine he gave him in the fall of 1944. I think everyone would have been relieved, in fact.

A:

The unsung hero of this whole thing is our amazing (and persuasive) talent booker Brandon Thomas. At first, we'd have to more or less con people into doing the show. Now, I'd say half our guests are familiar with Hot Ones and some are big fans. We've also had past guests lead to future ones (Tom leads to Padma, Bert leads to Coco, etc). Also, we need to s/o Sarah Honda for doing a little bit of everything. We wouldn't be able to do Hot Ones without her.

We haven't done a good enough job of booking women. In our experience, it's just been a tougher sell but it's something we think about/discuss all the time.

And definitely! Much love and respect to our vegetarian/vegan fans. Those vegan wings w Ricky are some of the best wings I've ever had in my life.


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Dude you're asking the girl who pushed over a garbage bin in high school because I was upset about getting a B on a math test.

I used to be a really horrible perfectionist. But most of that went away when I moved to China the first time. When I was 16 I went there as an exchange student and when I got back I was like "maybe I didn't get a perfect score, but I CAN SPEAK CHINESE MOTHERFUCKERS"

Looking back, I think focusing on the process rather than the end product. Things rarely happen the way you expect them to, and maybe the thing you end up with after numerous of failures is better than what it would have been if everything went well from the start, or you learn something new.

But to be honest I still struggle with it. I've just redefined what success is for me, because now a success is when everything goes wrong in an entertaining way. I just try to be compassionate towards myself and realize that if I beat myself up about not performing at my best that's just going to hinder me long term. I just try to not be a dick to myself.

A:

Hmm. Good question. Are the ducks dead ducks, or are they alive? Are they Zombie Ducks? Is the horse a Pale Horse? Maybe not enough information here. I think I'd pick the hundred duck-sized horses. Easy to stampede, no? ("Scram, ducks!" Opens and closes an umbrella very fast. That's worked for me in the past, against those weeny ducks.)


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Terms and Conditions claims up to 50 pounds, that said, we might have orders that weigh at total of 200 pounds or even more, so we need to do several trips from the car to the house or apartment.

A:

In a fistfight I don't know, but in a bathingsuit contest it'd be Dave hands down.


Q:

I can imagine Spirit would be the worst to work for...any one that you have to clean up the plane by yourself.

A:

There is one report by Dr. Giesing, saying Hitler nearly overdosed on the Cocaine he gave him in the fall of 1944. I think everyone would have been relieved, in fact.


Q:

Hmm. Good question. Are the ducks dead ducks, or are they alive? Are they Zombie Ducks? Is the horse a Pale Horse? Maybe not enough information here. I think I'd pick the hundred duck-sized horses. Easy to stampede, no? ("Scram, ducks!" Opens and closes an umbrella very fast. That's worked for me in the past, against those weeny ducks.)

A:

Dude you're asking the girl who pushed over a garbage bin in high school because I was upset about getting a B on a math test.

I used to be a really horrible perfectionist. But most of that went away when I moved to China the first time. When I was 16 I went there as an exchange student and when I got back I was like "maybe I didn't get a perfect score, but I CAN SPEAK CHINESE MOTHERFUCKERS"

Looking back, I think focusing on the process rather than the end product. Things rarely happen the way you expect them to, and maybe the thing you end up with after numerous of failures is better than what it would have been if everything went well from the start, or you learn something new.

But to be honest I still struggle with it. I've just redefined what success is for me, because now a success is when everything goes wrong in an entertaining way. I just try to be compassionate towards myself and realize that if I beat myself up about not performing at my best that's just going to hinder me long term. I just try to not be a dick to myself.


Q:

Will Mondo be at Texas Frightmare Weekend this year?

A:

Is it true that hitler suffered from parkinsons and was taking medication to treat it?


Q:

Big fan of the show, keep up the good work Sean!

If you could have anyone on the show, dead or alive, who'd it be?

A:

This was posted by SlightlyCyborgs bot.

I told you I would be here! Your shitty projects are hilarious but not very functional. Are you working on any serious robotics projects?

Also, after you dropped out of college, what was your career progression like? Did you envision yourself doing what you do now? Did you have uncertainty about your future? I resonate with what you have done with your career as I myself am a college dropout maker who builds robots.

Here’s to peace and love and shitty robots that are too dysfunctional to take over the world 🤖 !!!!!

EDIT: I wrote a bot to scan new and be the first to post. I finished it 5 mins before 12pm but you started early!! O well. That is a shittybot for you. At least it posted.


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Dear Ms. Atwood,

Thank you for writing THE HANDMAID'S TALE. Is there anything in the series, not included in the book, that you feel could have been?

A:

Do they loan, or can you bring your own dolly to help with that?


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What is the best you've seen from a refugee case (as in good people who need help) and what is the worst (as in people that you question if they should even be their)?

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Is it true that hitler suffered from parkinsons and was taking medication to treat it?

A:

What would you be doing right now if you were an American? Would you run for office? Would you protest? Would you be planning to resist ICE?


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This was posted by SlightlyCyborgs bot.

I told you I would be here! Your shitty projects are hilarious but not very functional. Are you working on any serious robotics projects?

Also, after you dropped out of college, what was your career progression like? Did you envision yourself doing what you do now? Did you have uncertainty about your future? I resonate with what you have done with your career as I myself am a college dropout maker who builds robots.

Here’s to peace and love and shitty robots that are too dysfunctional to take over the world 🤖 !!!!!

EDIT: I wrote a bot to scan new and be the first to post. I finished it 5 mins before 12pm but you started early!! O well. That is a shittybot for you. At least it posted.

A:

Yes! We'll be there with Gary Pullin. Frightmare is always a blast and something we look forward to every year. Great people and fun times. - David Rancatore


Q:

Morell (Hitler's physician) gave him a medicine called Homburg once. Homburg is supposed to treat Parkinson's. Other than that there is little evidence. Perhaps Hitler's tremor. But I reckon this comes from withdrawal from opiods.

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I'd say Andy Kaufman, The Ultimate Warrior and William Shakespeare to have him answer for the ghostwriting accusations on Death Sauce.


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Are you working on any serious robotics projects?

I don't think I'm skilled enough to work on a serious robotics project.... YET!

Also, after you dropped out of college, what was your career progression like? Did you envision yourself doing what you do now? Did you have uncertainty about your future?

I dropped out of college because I got a job as an editor for Sweden's official website. Then I did some odd jobs, and started teaching myself how to program. I don't think I could have envisioned this happening even if I tried. It's way too random to come up with.

And yes, I've had plenty of uncertainty about my future and what I want to do with my time. My brother used to call me the constant life crisis. I still do to some extent, but this is honestly the first time in my life that I have no doubt about that I'm doing exactly what I want to do.

A:

Yes I think they've got a few things in there (from what I've seen already) that I wish I'd thought of, but we can talk about those after the series, b/c No Spoilers eh?


Q:

They let you use a cart from the warehouse to your car to put everything in the car. After that, you are on your own.

You can get little dollies from Costco for around $20 that fold and are small, but thats up to the driver.

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Most people from Syria have a good case for staying, and most do get to stay. I've met many kind people, but the ones I'd consider "best" are the ones I know will handle life in Sweden well. The ones who take their education seriously, quickly learn the language and are responsible and mature.

The "worst" is I suppose the people who come from countries that just don't get you asylum. Albania is the one I've seen most often. Only 2% of applications from Albania get approved, meaning that resources spent on those cases would be better spent on cases that will actually grant asylum. Still, they are here for a reason and I would never go so far as to say they're leeching off the system, but they do contribute to overburdening the system.


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I would say just wear your seatbelt during it. We go through turbulence regularly. The pilots are aware and it happens all the time.

A:

Morell (Hitler's physician) gave him a medicine called Homburg once. Homburg is supposed to treat Parkinson's. Other than that there is little evidence. Perhaps Hitler's tremor. But I reckon this comes from withdrawal from opiods.


Q:

I would make a very bad politician, so no, I wouldn't run for office. But I would support those who were running. I would certainly turn out for protests, as I did here in Toronto, wearing a rather strange pink hat. I don't know what else I would do! We are in a time when reality seems to shift every day...

A:

Are you working on any serious robotics projects?

I don't think I'm skilled enough to work on a serious robotics project.... YET!

Also, after you dropped out of college, what was your career progression like? Did you envision yourself doing what you do now? Did you have uncertainty about your future?

I dropped out of college because I got a job as an editor for Sweden's official website. Then I did some odd jobs, and started teaching myself how to program. I don't think I could have envisioned this happening even if I tried. It's way too random to come up with.

And yes, I've had plenty of uncertainty about my future and what I want to do with my time. My brother used to call me the constant life crisis. I still do to some extent, but this is honestly the first time in my life that I have no doubt about that I'm doing exactly what I want to do.


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Does working for mondo turn y'all off as collectors or are y'all all collectors as well?

A:

The book has such a crazy cover, very different from most history books. Why did you decide to go that route?


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So Sean, we've got a thing we like to do around here called Explain That 'Gram. We do a deep dive on our guests Instagram and we just want the bigger picture. That sound good to you? Ok, here we go.

Shaq!? Come on Sean, have you been holding out on us?

And what about this guy? You're on Reddit, we're all about cute animals here. Give us the scoop.

And last but not least. 🎺🎺🎺

Thanks for joining us! Love Hot Ones. Keep it up.

EDIT: Hey, what's going on Hot Ones fans? If you liked my comment maybe meet me halfway, throw me an upvote. If you didn't like my comment, I don't want ya, I don't want ya in the thread. But if you did, upvote. Thank you very much. I appreciate you. I love you. More than a friend.

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Hi Simone! Thanks for doing this AMA.

What's your favorite part of your work?!


Q:

How does it feel knowing America is basically on the road to becoming Gilead?

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Yeah, i have a question.

Where's my stuff?


Q:

So what happened last night in Sweden?

But on a more serious note, what has been the most surprising thing you've had to deal with working with the refugees? And what's been your biggest difficulty?

A:

what is your favorite airplane to fly in?


Q:

The book has such a crazy cover, very different from most history books. Why did you decide to go that route?

A:

Dear Ms. Atwood,

Thank you for writing THE HANDMAID'S TALE. Is there anything in the series, not included in the book, that you feel could have been?


Q:

Hi Simone! Thanks for doing this AMA.

What's your favorite part of your work?!

A:

I think we all gravitated towards Mondo because we are collectors. Jay and I are vinyl collectors, I know Eric is a collector of Marvel Statues. JB is a LEGO guy. - Mo Shafeek


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This was my publisher's decision. I think they did a great job. Each country's cover looks very different. I also like the German. It was done by artist Douglas Gordon. Try google: "Der totale Rausch" (the German title)

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LOL! Love this!

Shaq: So, I interviewed Shaq after some event in which he was a model for an art class full of drunken bros. I stole a horrible painting off one especially drunk dude, gifted it to Shaq during the interview and then he kissed me on the top of my bald head and said "Such a good dude."

That's my friend Sarah's dog Thor! I'd dog sit Thor from time to time back in the Chicago days.

And finally, made healthy deserts with John Cena and Emily Oberg. Just a day in the life. He told me a great story about how his first wrestling persona was a "half man, half machine" thing that he never got off the ground. Trying desperately to get him on Hot Ones.

And the Chrissy Teigen thing is a blur. Just standing there after an interview and getting licked by a supermodel. I think it was my first or second day in NYC.


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The people I get to hang out with and work with! My manager Luke Girgis, my right-hand-man Scott Lawrie, Kristen Lomasney who helps with social media stuff (and who set up this AMA), and of course Adam Savage who always answers my most random questions. And the people on my Patreon, because they are so fucking kind and cuddly.

A:

I cannot tell you how strange this feels. I wrote the book hoping to fend it off, and I believe it will be fended off: America is very diverse, a lot of people have been jolted out of political slumber and are paying attention, and the Constitution still stands. The upcoming Hulu TV series of which I;ve seen 3 episodes is even more up-to-date and chilling than the book, so let's see how that may impact. Support your leaders who are standing against unconstitutional laws; keep informed, as best as possible. Everything is "as best as possible" right now.


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In the warehouse, as soon as you pay for it, we will deliver it!

A:

I got black-out drunk and mained Hanzo all night long.

It was not my proudest moment.

As for your serious question, I think the most surprising thing has probably been just how normal you realize that these people are once the circumstances of their being here stop being as relevant to your interactions with them. Especially the minors. Before they are refugees, before they are Hazara or Syrian or Ethiopian, before they are Muslim or Christian, they are just kids. I double as a substitute teacher, and I see the exact same behaviours in school as I see in the accommodation. They have rebellious phases, they get depressed, they fall in love, they discover new hobbies and interests. They very quickly stop being refugees and start being simply people.

The most difficult thing I've had to deal with is kids who regress because their applications are rejected. Once you know you're not going to stay in the country much longer, you stop caring about anything. I've seen people lock themselves in their rooms for days on end, neglect school and work and friends, and sometimes even become suicidal. What's worse is that there is very little we can do to help them. We can't tell them everything will be alright and that they should hold out hope, because it won't. They've been rejected. It's over.


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787! Dreamliner. So pretty.

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This was my publisher's decision. I think they did a great job. Each country's cover looks very different. I also like the German. It was done by artist Douglas Gordon. Try google: "Der totale Rausch" (the German title)


Q:

Yes I think they've got a few things in there (from what I've seen already) that I wish I'd thought of, but we can talk about those after the series, b/c No Spoilers eh?

A:

The people I get to hang out with and work with! My manager Luke Girgis, my right-hand-man Scott Lawrie, Kristen Lomasney who helps with social media stuff (and who set up this AMA), and of course Adam Savage who always answers my most random questions. And the people on my Patreon, because they are so fucking kind and cuddly.


Q:

Hey guys, what are some of the crew's favorite posters that they personally own?

P.S. Can you guys please save me a Drive poster next time? ;)

A:

Do the bad reviews bother you?


Q:

How do you guys decide on a new sauce within the lineup?

A:

How's the pressure to constantly censor yourself here in the US /on the YouTubes?


Q:

Firstly - thank you for so many wonderful books and being an inspirational woman (HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY!) What has been your favourite part of making the Hulu adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale?

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Is there a minimum of required hours that you work each week? Or is it more like Uber where you choose when you want to work?


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Was I in Sweden last night?

And that's incredibly humanizing to read. It's easy to just sort of quantize them under a title and stop thinking of the normal life issues they deal with like the rest of us do, only the issue that brought them there.

And what percentage of the refugees do get to stay? What do you do to attempt to ease the transition once they find out they had been rejected?

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I haven't been on one yet. Do they keep the humidity higher than other planes?

My favorite is the 747


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Do the bad reviews bother you?

A:

How does it feel knowing America is basically on the road to becoming Gilead?


Q:

How's the pressure to constantly censor yourself here in the US /on the YouTubes?

A:

The very first Mondo poster that I ever saw was Daniel Danger’s The Royal Tenenbaums print he did for a Father’s Day screening at the Alamo Drafthouse. I saw it online at a website (Ain’t It Cool News I think) and was blown away. It was a piece of art for a movie I loved, that referenced a scene in the film that was a homage to one of my favorite childhood books, FROM THE MIXED-UP FILEX OF MRS. BASIL E. FRANKWEILER. The specificity of a company doing this wowed me. I tried to buy one of the prints online when they were released, but they sold out before I could snag it. Years later after I began working at Mondo, Daniel and the Mondo team were nice enough to find me one. It is the poster that got me into collecting art and the reason I found out about this company. I owe a lot to that poster and proudly hang it at home (I only have maybe 5 posters up). -Justin Brookhart


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Yes, and no. Obviously Blitzed is a controversial book. I think the many positive reviews, and reactions by readers are what is most important.

A:

At the end of the day, we probably put WAY too much thought into the sauces but it’s part of the fun, and it’s been cool to meet more people in the hot sauce game. We pick certain types in the hopes that they hit our guests differently throughout the interview. I’m pretty sure Chris has had sleepless nights thinking about Bravado Ghost Pepper & Blueberry sauce. We talk about things to swap in and out all the time. We’ll probably switch it up again soon!


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I'm obviously not doing a great job of it. I think it's a hard balance to find. Sure I could omit some shits and fucks, but 90% of my humor is genital-based so it's just not that G-rated anyway. I think it's just that people generally mistake me for a science communicator, which tend to be very clean and kid-friendly. Sure, a part of it is science communication, but mostly it's just some sort of niche robot comedy.

A:

Haha, so far it's been watching the results -- but talking with everyone too, and seeing the astonishing amount of energy and enthusiasm that's gone into it at every level. I love seeing people do something they're passionate about very well.


Q:

Yes, you can work when and how long, as long as they have offers or shifts available for you to work. Just because you go to the warehouse doesn't mean that you have stuff to do.

A:

I don't have the specific numbers, but if you're from Syria or Eritrea, you're basically guaranteed to get to stay. The threat of living anywhere in those countries is so real that there's no question you need asylum.

Other countries aren't as lucky. A lot of Somalians get rejected because their claims are usually hard to substantiate. "Al Shabab threatened my farm" they could say, but the Department of Migration might decide that said farm is too far away from common Al Shabab areas of operation to be a feasible target for them, and so you're sent back. Afghans also struggle, because if they can't prove that they're from an area that's especially dangerous, the DoM has to assume that the threat-level they face isn't high enough to justify asylum and send them back.

Once someone has been rejected we try to do everything we can to stop them from becoming self-destructive or passive. We encourage them to keep going to school, keep seeing friends, keep participating in activities arranged by us. Sometimes that simply doesn't work, however, and we can't do much beside watching them slowly wittle away until finally they're sent off.


Q:

They filter the air so it's not the dirty recycled air

A:

Yes, and no. Obviously Blitzed is a controversial book. I think the many positive reviews, and reactions by readers are what is most important.


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I cannot tell you how strange this feels. I wrote the book hoping to fend it off, and I believe it will be fended off: America is very diverse, a lot of people have been jolted out of political slumber and are paying attention, and the Constitution still stands. The upcoming Hulu TV series of which I;ve seen 3 episodes is even more up-to-date and chilling than the book, so let's see how that may impact. Support your leaders who are standing against unconstitutional laws; keep informed, as best as possible. Everything is "as best as possible" right now.

A:

I'm obviously not doing a great job of it. I think it's a hard balance to find. Sure I could omit some shits and fucks, but 90% of my humor is genital-based so it's just not that G-rated anyway. I think it's just that people generally mistake me for a science communicator, which tend to be very clean and kid-friendly. Sure, a part of it is science communication, but mostly it's just some sort of niche robot comedy.


Q:

What is your dream artist/movie poster combo?

A:

This youtube clip is highly relevant: Hitler shaking at the 1936 Olympics.

Is Hitler's favourite food/sandwich known?

Edit: As many noted this is slightly sped up, and he's watching the olympics intensely.


Q:

Not many people here know that you also are also a journalist for Complex. How did you get involved with that? What does Jinx smell like?

Also, how does it feel to never age?

A:

Hi Simone! I'm a big tested fan. I have really enjoy the energy you bring to "still untitled." In one of your last videos, you used a 3D printer to make a new claw for your claw machine. How have you found 3D printing? Did you find that there was much of a learning curve?


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Hi Margaret, You've been proactive in embracing technology and seem really pleased with the new adaptation of Handmaid's. I was wondering if I could ask you how you would feel about a HMT computer game? Could that work and how would you see it as succeeding or failing?

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Why did you post a picture of your bathroom?


Q:

What are your thoughts on the murder of Alexandra Mezher?

A:

No, humidity. as in how dry do your sinuses feel after riding in a 787 vs other models?


Q:

This youtube clip is highly relevant: Hitler shaking at the 1936 Olympics.

Is Hitler's favourite food/sandwich known?

Edit: As many noted this is slightly sped up, and he's watching the olympics intensely. Hitler apparently also suffered from Parkinson's.

A:

Hi Margaret, You've been proactive in embracing technology and seem really pleased with the new adaptation of Handmaid's. I was wondering if I could ask you how you would feel about a HMT computer game? Could that work and how would you see it as succeeding or failing?


Q:

Hi Simone! I'm a big tested fan. I have really enjoy the energy you bring to "still untitled." In one of your last videos, you used a 3D printer to make a new claw for your claw machine. How have you found 3D printing? Did you find that there was much of a learning curve?

A:

Martin Ansin. The Man Who Fell to Earth. - Rob Jones


Q:

Hitler shaking at the 1936 Olympics.

Hitler was a vegetarian. And he was really into sweets. Does this answer your question? (I actually studied all the menu cards for the headquarters)

A:

I used to freelance for Complex while I was living in Chicago. At pretty much the exact moment Complex launched its video operation, I was in New Orleans interviewing a bunch of people for print pieces. They asked me if they could put the interviews on camera to help get the YouTube page off the ground and I was hyped as fuck because my life was extremely boring at the time. I remember studying note cards and being nervous as hell for, like, a five minute video interview with 2 Chainz lol. Anyway, to get back on track... Complex liked the video pieces enough to offer me a full time job so I quit my gig in Chicago, sold my shit and moved to NYC 30 days later.

Jinx smells like cigar guts and Old Spice.

And, it took some digging but here's my first ever video interview! Peep the beautiful head of hair LMFAO! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoiPLM1oVvk


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I feel like I'm a pretty late adopter of 3D printing, because I really hated designing 3D models. But then Prusa sent me one of their printers and I got really sold. There's definitely a learning curve, but it doesn't take much to get started.

A:

I think it could definitely work -- there's one of The Great Gatsby, and one called Plague Inc -- but I haven't given much thought to how it might be done. Not my area but down the line, willing to consider.


Q:

Why not post a picture of our bathroom?

A:

It was an absolute tragedy, and she shouldn't have had to be in that situation alone. I consider it a failure on the part of the people she worked on that her safety wasn't adequately considered. Any experienced worker knows when a situation requires extra hands, and this one definitely did.

Do I worry that the same could happen to me? No.


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Yea! It has higher air humidification level so it's all around better air so it helps with your sinuses!

A:

Hitler shaking at the 1936 Olympics.

Hitler was a vegetarian. And he was really into sweets. Does this answer your question? (I actually studied all the menu cards for the headquarters)


Q:

I think it could definitely work -- there's one of The Great Gatsby, and one called Plague Inc -- but I haven't given much thought to how it might be done. Not my area but down the line, willing to consider.

A:

I feel like I'm a pretty late adopter of 3D printing, because I really hated designing 3D models. But then Prusa sent me one of their printers and I got really sold. There's definitely a learning curve, but it doesn't take much to get started.


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What or who determines edition size for screenprints of any kind, whether it's film related or an art print?

A:

Thanks for answering! I read up on Hitler's vegetarianism while waiting, interesting stuff.

Do you have any menu cards to show? :)


Q:

Hey Sean! You've eaten the Carolina Reaper twice and I wanna know which time was it the most painful? Also, what was your bowel movement like after eating it?

Thank you

A:

What small thing will make your entire day, and what will ruin it?


Q:

what is the weirdest combination of things you have ever delivered?

what happens if you dont make it to a customer on time?

A:

True 1/3 Swedish women are afraid to leave their homes ?


Q:

what do you do when you're on land in between flights?

A:

Thanks for answering! I read up on Hitler's vegetarianism while waiting, interesting stuff.

Do you have any menu cards to show? :)


Q:

Firstly - thank you for so many wonderful books and being an inspirational woman (HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY!) What has been your favourite part of making the Hulu adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale?

A:

What small thing will make your entire day, and what will ruin it?


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We use a very loose, informal formula that includes how much we like the art, how popular the property is, and how both have performed in the past (if applicable). In the end though, it just comes down to using past experience and trusting our first instincts. - Mitch Putnam

A:

I am in NY right now, didn't bring any copy of menu cards. Perhaps you can find some online?


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The second time was 100x worse. Feel like my entire body was like, "You. Dumbass." and completely shut down. Afterwards I was in the fetal position on my bathroom floor for at least an hour thinking about my lot in life in a very existential way. Now if I even smell a Carolina Reaper my cheeks water up. I'd say never again if it weren't for that charming motherfucker Chili Klaus.

A:

Getting a package in the mail will make it, having socks that slip off will ruin it.


Q:

On the app we can see what the customer ordered, but it takes a few steps to see them. You need to reach the destination first and then go to Return Packages and then Customer doesn't want a particular item to see the whole order of what the customer paid for. It takes some time and I usually don't do it. I do it only in 1-hour deliveries to see what they are paying the extra $8 on, and oh god, people just want sunscreen and mascara plus Apple juice and a box of Chewy Chips Ahoy really bad.

If we deliver late packages, we better have a REALLY good reason of why the order was late. If there was simply too much demand and not enough drivers to fill the demand then we are good, also with traffic, but Amazon can track us and see everything that we do, including the speed we are doing and if we brake hard. If we stopped for food in McDonalds and got late deliveries because of that, it's our fault and we are screwed.

A:

I don't think so, I haven't ever heard about that.


Q:

I would also go out by myself. I didn't go out with the crew because they just go to the hotel bar and get wasted. I would like to go on adventures.

You don't get long layovers all of the time. A lot of them are only about 10 hours.

During a layover in Baltimore, I'm at a bar by myself drinking a dirty martini. The bartender set me up with a guy who said he was from Amazon or Google. I don't know what it was but they apparently had a project going on there.

We go out boppin' around town from bar to bar and drinking. He's like 50 and I'm like 22 at the time. I'm a vegetarian but I guess at some point I really wanted steak. So he gets me a filet mignon. I don't remember a lot but I remember he had to bring me back to the hotel and walked me into my room.

Woke up the next morning and he had kindly left a party favor from the night before on top of my uniform.

I really don't know who this guy actually was or if he's some lonely ex-convict, I don't know. The bartender was just like "here's here from out of town for about three months. Now that I think about it...I really don't know why he was on his own.

A:

I am in NY right now, didn't bring any copy of menu cards. Perhaps you can find some online?


Q:

Haha, so far it's been watching the results -- but talking with everyone too, and seeing the astonishing amount of energy and enthusiasm that's gone into it at every level. I love seeing people do something they're passionate about very well.

A:

Getting a package in the mail will make it, having socks that slip off will ruin it.


Q:

Pretty pumped for IJ's layout work for the first board game.

Is IJ going to do all the artwork?

A:

At least some finnish soldiers were given pervitine during the war(those drugs can still be found in houses of older people) did we get those from the germans since we were allies with them? And how usual it was to give regular jaegers some "boost"?


Q:

Did Bobby Lee really poop himself! If so, how bad did it smell?

A:

Hi Simone! I love the work you do.

Have you had any particularly weird or creepy fan encounters?


Q:

As an independent contractor are you responsible for paying your own taxes or does amazon deduct before paying you?

A:

This was in an article from January based on an investigation made from an institution under the ministry of justice so it seems pretty legit.

Link:

Article - did not find it in english

http://www.dn.se/nyheter/sverige/bra-kvinnors-otrygghet-alarmerande/

About the institute

https://www.bra.se/bra/bra-in-english/home/about-bra.html


Q:

What did he leave as a "party favor" on your uniform?

A:

At least some finnish soldiers were given pervitine during the war(those drugs can still be found in houses of older people) did we get those from the germans since we were allies with them? And how usual it was to give regular jaegers some "boost"?


Q:

Hi Simone! I love the work you do.

Have you had any particularly weird or creepy fan encounters?

A:

The game art is actually designed by Justin Erickson / Phantom City Creative. We've been working together on it for a looooong time. We've also got a guest artist working on the special edition art. - Jay Shaw


Q:

The Fins had their own approach I believe. I never read that they got it from the Germans. But I would have to do more research on this.

A:

We did not cotton swab test his underpants or anything so there's no way to know for sure but it did seem like a serious situation in real time.


Q:

Not IRL no! People are generally super polite and cool. But the internet man. I have a pretty impressive collection of weird-ass screenshots.

A:

Amazon sends us a 1099. Up to us to pay our taxes.


Q:

Brå is a trustworthy source, so there's no questioning its validity.

I had not read this study, it's very valuable (and quite disturbing) information. Thank you for sharing!

A:

A line


Q:

The Fins had their own approach I believe. I never read that they got it from the Germans. But I would have to do more research on this.

A:

Not IRL no! People are generally super polite and cool. But the internet man. I have a pretty impressive collection of weird-ass screenshots.


Q:

It's been asked a million times, but opinions change or properties get obtained - what's everyone's current dream property for a release, either poster, soundtrack, toy, pin, tiki, whatever?

Also, can Jay Shaw please do more posters? Dude's got a knack for composition and design that few can rival.

Much love, guys! Keep doing awesome shit.

A:

Did German civilians know about this at the time?


Q:

Sean, when are you going to come on down to Nashville & do a Nashville Hot Chicken special?

A:

What does your tattoo say?


Q:

Do you guys have to verify age for alcohol purchases? Because you guys kept the party going within one hour when all the liquor stores were closed. We are all 27 or older, but still... is that your responsibility? It seemed way too easy to just have bottles sent to us instantly http://imgur.com/xKXch1P

A:

So is it true that you guys put refugees in luxury apartments while living in crappy apartments yourself?


Q:

Do flight attendants get drug tested?

A:

Did German civilians know about this at the time?


Q:

What does your tattoo say?

A:

Yes, love to - Jay Shaw


Q:

Did they know about Hitler's drug abuse? Absolutely not. Hitler was presented as a sort of healthy saint. Did the people know about meth? Yes, because many were taking it. It was legal in Nazi Germany, under the brand name of Pervitin.

A:

Check out this vid I did w Redban: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f0pxdL1vsE

I'd love to go to Nashville and get some Hattie B's or Prince's straight from the source. Hopefully we can make that happen soon.


Q:

it says that I was 18 and took myself way too seriously.

A:

In Virginia, we can't deliver alcohol; you need to get it from Uncle Sam's Liquor Store aka. VABC. Lucky you that can get it delivered.

We were trained tho, that if the order has alcohol, to check for ID.


Q:

Actually several accommodations are being shut down due to cuts in the budget and we're not really sure where everyone is going to stay.

And my apartment is quite nice, thank you very much.

A:

Yeah. Usually you get pulled right off of a flight.

I had "sit time" in Denver, which is when you have just two or three hours in between flights. Not quite a layover.

I'm in the crew room and I get...approached....for a drug test. They said they were looking for me for a drug test. So I finished my burrito but I had to warm up my fake urine. The whole time I'm talking to this lady who's doing the drug test and just saying, "I'm sorry I can't pee yet." Meanwhile, I'm putting the fake urine in my pantyhose and I have one of those Hot Hand things...those hand warmers. That's how you heat up the fake urine.

So I have that against me while trying to waste time and talk with this lady about other drug tests and trying to pull out hints on how to pass the next one. Sitting there just kind fidgeting around to try and warm it up. Every now and then I would go into the bathroom and see if the fake urine was ready. It has this black line that shows the temperature. Once it turns green or something, then it's 98.6 degrees. Hot enough to be used.

I went in like 4 or 5 times and kept saying "nope sorry I have a shy bladder". She'd reply saying "oh no it's cool!". Because I don't look like someone needs a drug test....or maybe I do. Maybe right now I do.

Then finally when I get it ready and present it to this lady, her phone rings and she goes out to take the call. She's talking for at least 5 minutes and my fake urine is getting cold so I keep breathing on it to keep it warm because I didn't want to do it again. I didn't have any more! I only carry one little thing of fake urine on me.

I get them in Hollywood at this smoke shop. Every time I'd buy it, he'd look at me weirdly because I look pretty innocent.


Q:

Did they know about Hitler's drug abuse? Absolutely not. Hitler was presented as a sort of healthy saint. Did the people know about meth? Yes, because many were taking it. It was legal in Nazi Germany, under the brand name of Pervitin.

A:

it says that I was 18 and took myself way too seriously.


Q:

You guys pay for licenses on the properties you release, is it frustrating to see some of the other galleries release unlicensed products (sometimes of the same properties you guys paid for)?

A:

Great book! I'm totally enthralled by it. I'm just wondering, what happened to Morell's wife? I take she lived in luxury during the war. Was she investigated at all after war? What happend to their fortune?


Q:

How far in advance in the guest list booked? Secondly, when you reach out to someone who has never heard of the show before, how do you guys pitch this interview?

A:

Hi Simone!

Do your shitty robot ideas just pop into your head or do you schedule thinking sessions to imagine your next shitty design?

Also, does tested have a p.o. box or something that people can send tested related material?

Hope your day is going swimmingly, all the best!


Q:

Wierdest thing you've delivered?

A:

You said that the increase in sex crimes from 2015-2016 can be explained exclusively by Swedish legislative changes regarding sex crimes.

Could you please tell me exactly what sex crime laws were changed during that time period and how they would cause such a notable increase in comparison to previous years. How exactly do you believe that these specific legaslative changes had a larger effect on your countries crime rate than accepting in thousands of impoverished people who treat women like livestock?

Also, hypothetically, if you knew that migrants were committing rapes at much higher rates than native Swedes, would you feel any guilt about your compliance in it all?


Q:

I heard that if you're in a career where you do something very often that most people don't do very often (e.g. wedding photographer, tour guide), then you get so used to it that you don't understand the hype at all. Is this the case for you? What do you think of people who get all excited, thinking "oh I get to ride in an airplane!!"? Also, what do you guys do after all the passengers get off? Do you just fly back home right away or do you have time to go to the gift shop or something?

A:

Great book! I'm totally enthralled by it. I'm just wondering, what happened to Morell's wife? I take she lived in luxury during the war. Was she investigated at all after war? What happend to their fortune?


Q:

Hi Simone!

Do your shitty robot ideas just pop into your head or do you schedule thinking sessions to imagine your next shitty design?

Also, does tested have a p.o. box or something that people can send tested related material?

Hope your day is going swimmingly, all the best!

A:

It certainly can be but we really want to deliver the most authentic poster/record/toy we possibly can, so working with the studios and talent puts us at a different level than a lot of the competition. Our posters are all archived at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which is something we're incredibly proud of and that would never happen if we hadn't done things the right way. - Tim Wiesch


Q:

She was never investigated. Morell lost his fortune. But in fact I am not sure exactly how she lived after the war. Happy you like the book!

A:

We're pretty run and gun. Sometimes it's feels like a professional organization where we have a shoot scheduled two weeks in advance and a peg/launch date. Other times we just hop on a plane or pop up shop our show with, like, 48 hours notice (sometimes less).


Q:

I rarely schedule thinking sessions, but I do try to make sure that I have enough free time to get bored. If I'm overworked and stressed I never come up with anything, but as soon as I have too much time on my hands my brain starts looking for things to spend it on.

ALSO I LOVE GETTING PACKAGES SO SO MUCH

Tested Mailbag

ATT Simone Giertz

PO box 410477

San Francisco, CA 94141

A:

$200 worth of La Croix Lime 12 pack cases of flavored sparkling water. I know it's not weird weird, but it's weird like who would order $200 worth of sparkling water?


Q:

For instance, in Sweden, multiple accounts of sexual assault will count as individual charges. If you rape someone multiple times, it will not be filed in court as one instance of rape but rather several.

Also, the definition of rape has been broadened considerably. For instance, if you feel unsure about sleeping with someone, and afterwards felt like you weren't okay with it, that can be considered rape.

Most rapes occur at home, and the guilty party is often someone in your circle of friends or family. That fact hasn't changed in Sweden.

Now, I'm intrigued by your phrasing of the hypothetical question. Why would I feel compliant in migrants committing rapes? It's not my fault that Sweden is complying with international law on accepting asylum seekers. Not only that, but my job is to actively help refugees integrate into society and become law-abiding citizens. In your hypothetical scenario, am I not fighting the good fight?

A:

It's not as glamorous as it seems. People think a lot of our job is traveling to amazing places all the time and having long layovers, but a lot of time it's a flight to Newark with a 10 hour layover or a redeye flight to Hawaii just to turn right around... there are some really great trips though. Mostly the senior FAs get those trips.


Q:

She was never investigated. Morell lost his fortune. But in fact I am not sure exactly how she lived after the war. Happy you like the book!

A:

I rarely schedule thinking sessions, but I do try to make sure that I have enough free time to get bored. If I'm overworked and stressed I never come up with anything, but as soon as I have too much time on my hands my brain starts looking for things to spend it on.

ALSO I LOVE GETTING PACKAGES SO SO MUCH

Tested Mailbag

ATT Simone Giertz

PO box 410477

San Francisco, CA 94141


Q:

This question is going to be asked a lot, so we might as well get it out of the way...

What is Mondo doing in combating bots and other applications to quickly snatching up posters and other limited quantity items?

I know I have missed a lot of poster drops myself, and I do applaud your efforts in the latest Stout drop by allowing a limit of 1 poster version per person, and cancelling orders who purchased anything more than that, but there are a lot of us who still feel left out to those who flip your beautiful artwork on eBay.

A:

Did Nazis use anabolic steroids at all? If so, which ones? Also, was it mandatory for the soldiers to use the various drugs that you've said?


Q:

Who was your favourite interview so far? And also who is the number 1 person you want on the show that haven't been on yet?

A:

Lets say your astronaut training program is successful, what type of cheese would you take into space and why?


Q:

What are you doing answering questions? I need my stuff ASAP bru!!


Q:

That's a throwaway account? Awesome.

A:

Did Nazis use anabolic steroids at all? If so, which ones? Also, was it mandatory for the soldiers to use the various drugs that you've said?


Q:

Lets say your astronaut training program is successful, what type of cheese would you take into space and why?

A:

We do definitely recognize that bots purchasing does exist on the site (it's an enormous battle that even the largest of companies are losing), but we also believe that it is a smaller problem than is perceived. For instance, on our recent Captain America: Civil War release, we were allocated less than 1000 posters total and over 6000 customers waiting on the site when it went live. That means that, regardless of bot use or not, 5/6 of folks virtually lined up at release time will miss out. The perception will always be that bots are taking the 1000 posters, but the reality often just comes down to under-supply. As an example, of the 1145 posters across the Civil War editions, only 71 copies have sold on eBay so far. That seems like a lot, but that only represents 6.2% of the posters, so please rest assured that the vast majority of our posters are going to dedicated fans. - Mitch Putnam


Q:

Hitler did. There is a list in Blitzed with all his drugs. Over 80.

No, it was not mandatory for the soldiers to take Pervitin.

A:

The interviews that felt the best while they were happening were Joe Budden, Russell Brand, NORE (obviously), Jay Pharoah, T.J. Miller, T-Pain (and many others). I think the best pound for pound interview was probably Ricky Gervais? Then there's a whole other category of episodes I appreciate because of the ground they cover.

But, my favorite thing about Hot Ones is that it seems like the fans all have their own favorites, for their own reasons. My favorite episodes are the ones no on can agree on, where one comment is "Worst guest ever!" and the next is "GOAT episode!" That's how I know we've hit the right Hot Ones notes.


Q:

OMG CAN VEGAN PEOPLE PLEASE STOP TALKING ABOUT HOW THEY'RE VEGAN

But yeah, any type of nut cheese. Not a big fan of the milk industry.

A:

Pay the stuff bruh, it's already in the cart and waiting for your credit card info.


Q:

It seems like neither source is discussing refugees, and both in fact support my overall position on immigration and crime. Socioeconomic factors are more important variables than ethnicity or country of origin in explaining crime rates.

A:

I didn't. That was another problem with the job for me. That's why a lot of the older flight attendants don't look so great all the time. Some FAs made a point to use the hotel gym all the time, but when there is a 10 hour layover and the shuttle takes 30 min from the airport to hotel the last thing I wanted to do was go to a gym. I was a "slam clicker" on those trips. (Slam the door, click the lock, and you don't see me until the shuttle time)


Q:

Hitler did. There is a list in Blitzed with all his drugs. Over 80.

No, it was not mandatory for the soldiers to take Pervitin.

A:

OMG CAN VEGAN PEOPLE PLEASE STOP TALKING ABOUT HOW THEY'RE VEGAN

But yeah, any type of nut cheese. Not a big fan of the milk industry.


Q:

On average how much hate do you get from people frustrated they didn't get certain prints or being bought out by bots? Additional question, with your recent successes have you thought about ever increasing the quanity to like 500 or something like that? Thanks for all you do for poster and Pop culture enthusiast everywhere.

A:

Why was Hitler a vegetarian?


Q:

Eating hot foods has never been the problem for me, that comes later. How does your butthole hold up to this sort of punishment week after week? Is it like building a callus where it eventually isn't a problem anymore?

A:

I'm glad I had enough sense to Google "cheese made from nuts" instead of "nut cheese".


Q:

What's your route? What time of day do you start the route? Also, what time do you finish? What kind of vehicle do you drive? What color is it? Are you armed? How can I tell which boxes I should take when I'm robbing you? I mean checking out merch.....

A:

Intellectually and logically I'm aware of all the safety facts. When up at 30,000ft I can't help but think about how high up I am and that I have ZERO control over what happens to me!


Q:

Why was Hitler a vegetarian?

A:

I'm glad I had enough sense to Google "cheese made from nuts" instead of "nut cheese".


Q:

From the customer service email side of things, we actually don't receive a lot of frustration from folks after a drop, but we empathize with every single person who reaches out. We'd love to offer as many prints to our fans as possible but sometimes we are limited by our agreements. We try to make more of our products accessible by offering more timed edition prints than ever before! - Roxy Arfa

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In the late 19th century, vegetarianism was en vogue among right wing populist people in Germany. The composer Wagner for example was a vegetarian. There was the belief that you became superior if you didn't eat meat. Hitler bought into that.


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I already answered a question about my butthole. NO MORE BUTTHOLE QUESTIONS! Sean Spicer voice

A:

oh damn. I can usually trust my brain to catch every possible sexual innuendo...


Q:

Our routes are not fixed, we move all around town. Send me a GPS and I'll put it in my car for you to track me.

You tell me at what time better suits you for me to start?

I drive a bright orange Pontiac Aztec very hard to miss with a huge Amazon sign on top if it.

You'll gotta find out what I'm packin'.

If the boxes are not heavy don't take it, take the heavy ones.

A:

Yeah you don't have any control over what happens to you. Just wear your seatbelt.


Q:

In the late 19th century, vegetarianism was en vogue among right wing populist people in Germany. The composer Wagner for example was a vegetarian. There was the belief that you became superior if you didn't eat meat. Hitler bought into that.

A:

oh damn. I can usually trust my brain to catch every possible sexual innuendo...


Q:

1) Why do you continue to sell to Jeremy Meyer and what can you do to fix that situation?

2) When will Tyler Stout do a Simpsons print?

A:

Did Hitler smoke pot?


Q:

Sean, you said during the Gaffigan episode that you went to U of I. What was your major? And how the hell did you get from here to doing the best interview show in the world?

A:

Hi Simone! Big fan of your work.

I haven't gotten a chance to tinker with robotics at work for a while, and am trying to think up a small project I can do in my free time to keep my skills sharp. I figured I might ask the queen of shitty robots for help: How do you come up with ideas for projects?


Q:

My husband works for Amazon prime now in our city. It seems like he's always searching for shifts and as soon as one pops up, it's gone. Do you have this issue where you are?

A:

Do you have to leave your belt on the entire flight? I always hate being stuck to my chair. So i mostly just take it of and sit in weird positions :)


Q:

Did Hitler smoke pot?

A:

Hi Simone! Big fan of your work.

I haven't gotten a chance to tinker with robotics at work for a while, and am trying to think up a small project I can do in my free time to keep my skills sharp. I figured I might ask the queen of shitty robots for help: How do you come up with ideas for projects?


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  1. It’s a problem we’ve been working to address for a while. The biggest obstacle is that his wife is just so damn pleasant. Also his dog is cute. 2.I don’t think anyone has ever asked for that before.
  • Justin Brookhart
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He never smoked anything. Marijuana was not popular among Nazi officials.


Q:

I was a broadcast journalism major at University of Illinois. S/o to Prof. John Paul. If the ball bounced differently in life, I think I would've been the weatherman at WCIA-TV. And who knows maybe someday I will be.

A:

Finding something in your everyday life that you want to improve is usually a good place to start!


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Yes, it happens in all markets. Tell him to just keep searching or if he can, to do it mostly from Thursday to Saturday, since a lot of other drivers are already capped with the full hours and can't do more blocks. He probably has better chances of getting blocks on the weekend.

A:

You can loosen it. It's not like it needs to be the tightest possible...you can do what you want with it. What kind of awkward position are you sitting in? How weird can it get?


Q:

He never smoked anything. Marijuana was not popular among Nazi officials.

A:

Finding something in your everyday life that you want to improve is usually a good place to start!


Q:

Why don't you guys just add a captcha to the checkout section to prevent bots from buying all the prints/vinyls before the public even has a chance to add to cart?

A:

How much drug use was involved in the V-unit divisions? And how early did the meth use start into the war?


Q:

If you could pick any 1 porn star to appear on Hot Ones, who would you pick and why?

A:

What tools should everyone own?


Q:

How many "offers" do you get in any given day?

A:

Why did you quit?


Q:

How much drug use was involved in the V-unit divisions? And how early did the meth use start into the war?

A:

What tools should everyone own?


Q:

We've seriously considered captcha but decided against it because we thought it would be more of an obstacle to check out for real humans than it would be a benefit to keeping bots out. In the rush to check out, entering an incorrect captcha and having to do the captcha again (and possibly again), and then missing out on a poster or vinyl isn't something we want happening to folks.

We looked into recaptcha, (the "click a box to confirm I'm a human"), but the issue was that it will present some people with captchas (or image matching) and not others, so it still would be an obstacle for some real humans.

We're always looking for steps we can take to improve the checkout and also prevent bots from purchasing on our site but we don't want it to affect humans either. Open to suggestions or recommendations! - David Rancatore

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I didn't find anything about the V-units and their drug use. I would imagine they were on it. The meth use started with the attack on Poland. It was officially used a bit later, however, with the attack on France starting May 10.


Q:

We've talked about this quite a bit. Top of the list is Teanna Trump but maybe you guys can help us out??? Who do you want to see? Feel like the Reddit community could have some valuable input here lol.

A:

A dremel tool. I use mine for EVERYTHING. Including pedicures. Don't tell foot fetish people.


Q:

Few days ago there were 18 offers listed at the same time. 2-hour blocks, 3-hour blocks and 4-hour blocks.

Most were Washington D.C. Restaurants.

Most drivers in my market don't like doing Washington D.C. Restaurant deliveries, myself included.

A:

You're always away. I have a dog. The layovers aren't as glamorous as it seems. The travel benefits are nice, but you want to spend them with your friends and don't have that many days off.

If you have anything going on, you can't make a phone call and handle shit in the air. Some of the planes are gross....it's just not as glamorous as it seems.


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I didn't find anything about the V-units and their drug use. I would imagine they were on it. The meth use started with the attack on Poland. It was officially used a bit later, however, with the attack on France starting May 10.

A:

A dremel tool. I use mine for EVERYTHING. Including pedicures. Don't tell foot fetish people.


Q:

JB, When will MC4 happen? 11/04-11/05?

A:

Thanks. Anything specific for guards in the camps?


Q:

I found this awesome show through TJ Miller. I loved it right away. Before my brother moved away we did Nine of the ten sauces from last season (sans Sriracha) and it was pure agony. Yet, by the time we finished there was a certain euphoria that you and your guests have pointed out. After two weeks I had a crazy urge to repeat the challenge again. So my wife and I have done so about once every two months.

Obviously with the frequency episodes have been coming out you don't wait that long, but I was wondering what the minimal amount of time between shoots you'll allow? Also what your immediate cool down routine is once the cameras turn off... Thanks!

P.S~ picture proof of pain.

http://imgur.com/0MlkUsV

http://imgur.com/kqYDudB

A:

Hi Simone, I absoloutely love your videos!

As another woman in a male-dominated field (computer science), I was wondering if you have any advice for other women in STEM trying to figure it all out? I feel like I experience a lot of imposter syndrome compared to my non-STEM female friends.


Q:

from one of the pics you shared, it had "40-54 includes tips"... why the difference? and how often do you get paid?

A:

Do you feel more helpful or annoyed when people ask for extra snacks?


Q:

Thanks. Anything specific for guards in the camps?

A:

Hi Simone, I absoloutely love your videos!

As another woman in a male-dominated field (computer science), I was wondering if you have any advice for other women in STEM trying to figure it all out? I feel like I experience a lot of imposter syndrome compared to my non-STEM female friends.


Q:

We just locked dates and a new venue. It is November 4-5. We will be making a formal announcement in the next 3-4 weeks and putting tickets on sale with it. The new venue is really cool. I think you guys are going to love the location. - J.B.

A:

Found nothing on camp guards except that they drank heavily. But I am sure they used Pervitin - since Pervitin and alcohol "go well together".


Q:

I mean, you have to do what you have to do to keep the show going. We've shot three episodes in a week before, which can be pretty brutal. My immediate cool down routine is to go back to my apartment or hotel, throw on some basketball shorts, crank the air conditioning and tell everyone to not bother me for a few hours. I've actually come to kind of look forward to those peaceful, very Zen after hours.

A:

Hey I struggle a lot with imposter syndrome too. I very often find that I want to excuse myself for lack of skill, knowledge, chest hair, etc etc etc. But I really try not to, because I've realized that the way you talk about yourself, and more importantly to yourself becomes this self-fulfilling prophecy.

You have every right to be where you are and having no fucking clue what you're doing is an inevitable part of doing something hard.


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In that case $40 is the minimum guaranteed for the 2-hour block ($20 an hour) that you are going to get paid and it can go to $54 with the tips included, sometimes it goes even higher depending on how many stops you did and how much tip the customers left.

A:

I never mind giving people snacks! Just ask when we do the service... I hated people always ringing their call bell.

There was an international flight that had a little kid playing with the bell button so on this particular plane we could disable the alert noise and just ignore it... when one flight attendant went through the cabin a man stopped her and yelled at her saying "I keep fingering you, and fingering you, but you never come!" while motioning toward his call bell button. Hahaha that flight attendant could barely listen to his request without bursting out laughing


Q:

Found nothing on camp guards except that they drank heavily. But I am sure they used Pervitin - since Pervitin and alcohol "go well together".

A:

Hey I struggle a lot with imposter syndrome too. I very often find that I want to excuse myself for lack of skill, knowledge, chest hair, etc etc etc. But I really try not to, because I've realized that the way you talk about yourself, and more importantly to yourself becomes this self-fulfilling prophecy.

You have every right to be where you are and having no fucking clue what you're doing is an inevitable part of doing something hard.


Q:

What is the QA like on your vinyls? I've had my copy of the Twin Peaks soundtrack replaced twice by you guys because there was an inordinate amount of surface noise on the vinyl, especially after cleaning.

A:

What inspired you to do this research and then eventually write your book? Was there an "aha" moment when you realized Hitler & his nazis may have been on drugs?


Q:

Hey /u/Seanseaevans! Let me just start with a huge thank you for all the support for r/Hotones. /u/Alexrock88, /u/PrettyBoyFlizzy, and I have had a blast building this Reddit community around your fantastic show and the general user base you generate is much friendlier than that of other internet hosts so kudos! I've got a three parter for you if you don't mind.

1) What is the one event you would attribute the most to "getting your foot in the door" to the career you are currently on?

2) What ever happened with the Aussie knockoff that you spoke to Bert about?

3) Are there any plans to either be on Joe Rogan's Podcast or have him on your show in the future?

~~ /r/HotOnes CSS Mod ~~

/u/Matt8858

A:

What do you do with the purposely shitty robots you make after you've done a video with them? Do they get hung in a hall of fame or do they just get tossed in the trashbin?


Q:

Does a good tip mean I bet my order faster? Or are your routes pre-determined for you?

A:

Hi. How you doing? Fave Simpsons character?


Q:

What inspired you to do this research and then eventually write your book? Was there an "aha" moment when you realized Hitler & his nazis may have been on drugs?

A:

What do you do with the purposely shitty robots you make after you've done a video with them? Do they get hung in a hall of fame or do they just get tossed in the trashbin?


Q:

When we press larger than normal runs, more stampers are used and sometimes if we have a faulty stamper it will impact on a % of the pressing. We work really hard on QA, but unfortunately some things are not caught until after the fact. Obviously it bums us out if you get a noisy record and we’ll always exchange for you. - Spencer Hickman

A:

The aha-moment came in Koblenz, in the Federal Archives of Germany, when I studied Theo Morell's notes, and felt like a fly on the wall. Fascinating material!


Q:

Whadddup Matt! As far as getting my foot in the door, it's really about taking advantage of opportunities. Long story short... I was working a copywriter job in a cubicle in Chicago but I'd freelance on the side for some extra money and because I needed a creative outlet. That led to freelancing for Complex, which led to meeting Chris Schonberger (EIC at First We Feast), which led to this ridiculous show, which led to me answering your question here.

As far as I can tell, Fox Sports Australia washed "Burning Questions" from the world. Maybe those ding dongs are still doing it but they've definitely stopped putting it on YouTube. S/o Bert Kreischer btw!

I've never spoken to Joe. I don't get the impression that he does much press and he told Bert he wouldn't do Hot Ones on the JRE. But we'd kill to have him on the show if he changed his mind. Obviously, if he ever invited me to JRE I'd be there w my sauces ready to get weird.

A:

I keep them! Some of them are packed up and some of them are hanging on the wall in my workshop. I try to not slaughter them for parts because I often bring them to events, TV shows etc.


Q:

Amazon gives us a suggested route, but I am free to do the route how it best serves me. If it's my last block (shift) and it's an order that is heading to where I live, but the suggested route tells me to start where I live and finish closer to the warehouse, I can start closer to the warehouse and finish near where I live.

Because you leave a $20.00 tip doesn't mean that your package will be the first one to be delivered. If you want your order fast, I'd suggest using the 1-hour delivery option if it's available in your market.

A:

Great... and grandpa Simpson maybe


Q:

The aha-moment came in Koblenz, in the Federal Archives of Germany, when I studied Theo Morell's notes, and felt like a fly on the wall. Fascinating material!

A:

I keep them! Some of them are packed up and some of them are hanging on the wall in my workshop. I try to not slaughter them for parts because I often bring them to events, TV shows etc.


Q:

I've been loving the Cronenberg/Shore releases, any more in the works?

Keep it up with Bleeding Skull tapes, I love that shit! (Maybe y'all could reprint their tragically OOP book?)

A:

Did you ever consider naming your book Kristallnacht to Crystal Meth? My psych professor keeps saying that would be a great title for a book on that subject.


Q:
  1. Who're some of your favorite artists?

  2. You probably get a lot of the same requests for certain guests, but who's someone that you'd like to interview (or have interviewed) that doesn't come up too often?

A:

God kväll.

First off, thanks for motivating me to get into robotics so i can finally do something with my life, even though im shit at practical stuff, so i ended up in Programming.

If you were to build one horse sized Duckbot and one hundred duck sized Horsebots, which side would win and how many people would die in the process?


Q:

Oh, cool, this was my mother's job!

She had all kinds of crazy stories, but one thing that struck me was that she said that when she was working for Delta in the 80s they had weigh-ins. Exceeding some kind of height/weight ratio could get you a reprimand of some sort, I guess. Do you know if there are airlines that still do this? Have you ever had anything like that happen/has anyone mentioned that to you?

A:

Did you ever consider naming your book Kristallnacht to Crystal Meth? My psych professor keeps saying that would be a great title for a book on that subject.


Q:

God kväll.

First off, thanks for motivating me to get into robotics so i can finally do something with my life, even though im shit at practical stuff, so i ended up in Programming.

If you were to build one horse sized Duckbot and one hundred duck sized Horsebots, which side would win and how many people would die in the process?

A:

Thanks! We’d love to do more Cronenberg / Shore. Those collaborations are between us and HOWE records (Howard Shore’s record label), so we have some limitations as to what we can do and when. But hopefully more in the future! As for BS!V, we have a few more coming up soon including JUNGLE TRAP (which is amazing). - Mo Shafeek


Q:

I thought about "Kristall" actually, when I was still considering writing a novel about the subject. But I think Blitzed is an amazing title. Don't you agree?

A:

Too many to name but The Weeknd is killing shit right now. Over the course of my life tho Biggie, DMX and Kanye are probably the artists with the most mileage in my headphones. Sort of an under the radar white whale for me is Adam Carolla because he's my hero and won't fuck with Hot Ones at all which make me want him even more.


Q:

kudos on putting such a relevant twist on that question.

I feel the horse sized duckbot would win, especially if the bill got equipped with, say knives. Might be worth building..

A:

That doesn't happen anymore but we do have one day during training that is dedicated to appearance. Emirates interviews are full of attractive people. They are know for only hiring attractive FAs.

Back in the 40s they had to be under 5'8" I believe and less than 120 lbs and under 30 and single.


Q:

I thought about "Kristall" actually, when I was still considering writing a novel about the subject. But I think Blitzed is an amazing title. Don't you agree?

A:

kudos on putting such a relevant twist on that question.

I feel the horse sized duckbot would win, especially if the bill got equipped with, say knives. Might be worth building..


Q:

Who would win in a fight. Mitch or Rob?

A:

I assume the meth was taken in pill form? How is it different than the meds used today for ADD/ADHD?

Also, did Albert Speer use drugs? If not, was he aware of his "buddy's" habit? I ask, because in all of Joachim Fest's "Conversations with Hitler's Architect" I don't recall it ever being slightly hinted at, and that was indeed a very insightful book, relative to this space... or so I thought.


Q:

I love you. Do you think Gordon Ramsey will ever agree to coming onto the show?

A:

I learned about you from watching Physics Girl. Any plans for future collabs with her?


Q:

What was the most heartbreaking story you have encountered as a flight attendant? Also, how did you manage the situation?

A:

I assume the meth was taken in pill form? How is it different than the meds used today for ADD/ADHD?

Also, did Albert Speer use drugs? If not, was he aware of his "buddy's" habit? I ask, because in all of Joachim Fest's "Conversations with Hitler's Architect" I don't recall it ever being slightly hinted at, and that was indeed a very insightful book, relative to this space... or so I thought.


Q:

I learned about you from watching Physics Girl. Any plans for future collabs with her?

A:

Whoever I side with. - Eric Garza


Q:

Meth was usually taken in pill under the brand-name of "Pervitin". This is similar to the meds used today for ADD/ADHD - but in Germany the use was unregulated. Not even a prescription needed until Nov 1939. And remember, Meth is different than amphetamines: stronger, and more addictive.

In regards to Speer: He was a patient of Morell (Hitler's doctor) as well, so I would assume he received similar treatment. Morell loved injecting Eukodal (Oxycodone) to all of his patients. But there are no notes I could find proving this. Morell's notes are mainly on Hitler. So we cannot be sure.

A:

I hope so. Feel like YouTube commenters are just going to keep coming at our necks every week 'til it happens.


Q:

Heck yes. I love Dianna. We have plans. So many plans.

A:

There was one situation with a father and son. The people behind the son kept kicking their seats telling them to not lean back so far. They both got pretty heated and we're starting to yell. When I approached them they said they were waiting to go to the funeral of the mother/grandmother. They were going to miss their connection most likely and not make it home in time which is why they were so aggravated and didn't mean to be so rude. They wanted to be with family and this was of course the time that all the flights were delayed. I understood, the people behind them understood. I gave them and the passengers behind some of our snacks without charging and thanked them for calming and apologized for the inconvenience. The airline wouldn't do anything for them when they eventually did miss their connection. The only thing I could really do was apologize again and give them free drink tickets. The son started crying and they both appreciated my help when the airline was so inconsiderate.

People don't usually share their stories, so if I ever saw someone having a rough time always tried to do what I could.

Also parents with well behaved kids coming back from Disneyland always got a couple free drinks and the kids received candy from me... those people had been through enough Haha.


Q:

Meth was usually taken in pill under the brand-name of "Pervitin". This is similar to the meds used today for ADD/ADHD - but in Germany the use was unregulated. Not even a prescription needed until Nov 1939. And remember, Meth is different than amphetamines: stronger, and more addictive.

In regards to Speer: He was a patient of Morell (Hitler's doctor) as well, so I would assume he received similar treatment. Morell loved injecting Eukodal (Oxycodone) to all of his patients. But there are no notes I could find proving this. Morell's notes are mainly on Hitler. So we cannot be sure.

A:

Heck yes. I love Dianna. We have plans. So many plans.


Q:

Mondo has been using alot of same artists for awhile now with a new artist here and there, but there is so many great artists doing official film merch with other galleries and companies that havent worked with you guys yet. Are there any artists who you havent worked with yet in the pop culture print world, but would like to?

A:

Guten Abend Herr Ohler!

The Guardian newspaper has described Blitzed as both 'spurious' and 'crass', and argues that whilst your book is 'readable' it is at the expense of truth and accuracy.

In particular, your argument that drug use was commonplace amongst the entire German population is highly contentious; the historian, Richard J. Evans went so far as to describe your conjectured idea of drug use under the Third Reich as both 'wildly implausible' and 'having no basis in fact'.

How would you respond to those critics and your peers who have cast suspicion on the authenticity of the claims made in your book? What is your response to the idea that you may have purposefully misinterpret Morell's journals in order to substantiate your own view-point?

Finally, numerous historians have agreed that Hitler exhibited signs of Parkinson's disease; however, you claim that his tremors were resultant from experiencing withdrawals or going 'cold turkey'. Do you have any evidence to corroborate your claim?

It is undeniable that your book touches upon interesting subject matter, but I think we have to be careful when producing any piece of historiography not to mislead readers through the misrepresentation of information derived from primary sources.


Q:

Sean what toilet paper do you recommend to cool the burning sensation your ass experiences following your show??

A:

How can I get in your ASS (Astronaut School of Space) program?


Q:

That is indeed heartbreaking but also motivating. You took the responsibility the major airline firm wouldn't claim and did a very generous and thoughtful thing to provide adorable customer service. Even though you couldn't change the ultimate goal for the family, you still managed to make the best of the situation.

I work with a lot of people who could benefit a lot from this story. Hopefully they'll get the point.

Bonus question. What is the sweetest thing a kid told you after they received their candy? Even better how did their parents react?

A:

Guten Abend Herr Ohler!

The Guardian newspaper has described Blitzed as both 'spurious' and 'crass', and argues that whilst your book is 'readable' it is at the expense of truth and accuracy.

In particular, your argument that drug use was commonplace amongst the entire German population is highly contentious; the historian, Richard J. Evans went so far as to describe your conjectured idea of drug use under the Third Reich as both 'wildly implausible' and 'having no basis in fact'.

How would you respond to those critics and your peers who have cast suspicion on the authenticity of the claims made in your book? What is your response to the idea that you may have purposefully misinterpret Morell's journals in order to substantiate your own view-point?

Finally, numerous historians have agreed that Hitler exhibited signs of Parkinson's disease; however, you claim that his tremors were resultant from experiencing withdrawals or going 'cold turkey'. Do you have any evidence to corroborate your claim?

It is undeniable that your book touches upon interesting subject matter, but I think we have to be careful when producing any piece of historiography not to mislead readers through the misrepresentation of information derived from primary sources.


Q:

How can I get in your ASS (Astronaut School of Space) program?

A:

We actually set an annual goal to work with at least 20 new artists every year. This represents only a small percentage of our output, but with every new artist contact comes a lot of feeling-out, nurturing, and exploration of efficiency and scheduling, so the goal is always a long-term relationship. I am proud to note that when looking at our recent poster releases, most are by artists that we weren’t working with only a few years ago. And yes, there are many working artists that we’d still love to work with. Somebody please tell James Jean to make time for a Mondo poster! - Mitch Putnam


Q:

Well, there was even a chocolate laced with Pervitin on the market. And from the production figures of Temmler it becomes clear that the product was very successful in Germany. There are many many reports of doctors and psychiatrists describing the effects it had on their patients. In regards to Hitler, I think I rather understated Morell's notes. I don't dwell on Barbiturates, for example - Hitler became dependent on them at a certain point in time. Parkinson's? It is a theory (because Morell gave Hitler a medicine called Homburg once, and because of Hitler's tremor), and it might be true. But I think it is more likely that Hitler suffered from withdrawal because Morell's notes definitely indicate this. I hope this answers some of your doubts. Have you read the book yet? Thanks, N

A:

Charmin Ultra Soft


Q:

Make the acronym A.S.S, my brain said. It'll be fun, my brain said.

A:

The best thing I've been told was that the best part of a boys trip was him telling me about the trip haha. He was mentally handicapped and the parents told me they hadn't seen him smile that much during the entire trip. He was telling me over and over about how he was super man going down a water slide. Taking the time to listen made my trip better, his family's trip better because they appreciated it, and his trip end with a positive experience. :)


Q:

Well, there was even a chocolate laced with Pervitin on the market. And from the production figures of Temmler it becomes clear that the product was very successful in Germany. There are many many reports of doctors and psychiatrists describing the effects it had on their patients. In regards to Hitler, I think I rather understated Morell's notes. I don't dwell on Barbiturates, for example - Hitler became dependent on them at a certain point in time. Parkinson's? It is a theory (because Morell gave Hitler a medicine called Homburg once, and because of Hitler's tremor), and it might be true. But I think it is more likely that Hitler suffered from withdrawal because Morell's notes definitely indicate this. I hope this answers some of your doubts. Have you read the book yet? Thanks, N

A:

Make the acronym A.S.S, my brain said. It'll be fun, my brain said.


Q:

Did Tim Doyle make mondo the powerhouse it is today?

A:

Did you come up with your username? I might have to buy the book just for that.


Q:

Did passengers hit on you? Ever take any of them up ok the offer?

A:

Did you come up with your username? I might have to buy the book just for that.


Q:

No. - Mitch Putnam

A:

We thought about calling the book "High Hitler" in Germany. But my publisher decided it is too jokey for the topic. However, the Spanish translation that is being published in Latin America is called "High Hitler". Enjoy the book!


Q:

Ummm I had some people hit on me...I didn't take them up on the offer.

People would slip me their numbers all the time and write something like 'want to come join me for the layover?'. Layover. That was always the one.

I didn't know Adrian Grenier. He invited me to his 'how to make money selling drugs premiere' but I thought he was just telling me to go see his movie. I didn't pick up that he was inviting me. That was one.

We had just switched uniforms because we merged companies. I was super hungover so half my face has make up on it and half doesn't. Half my hair is curled and half isn't because I slept on one side. Because of the new uniforms, my jacket was too big and my shirt was too big. My pants were safety pinned up top and the bottoms were tucked into my socks and rolled over. They were these trouser socks that were too long. I had my pants tucked into my socks. Oh my god.

So that's when Adrian Grenier comes up and he looked like he had just come from a frat party. He looked awful. Told us about his movie. I didn't know who he was but my ex-boyfriend who I had just broken up with was obsessed with Entourage and when somebody mentioned he was there I caught on. He didn't look good.

I didn't realize he was hitting on me at the time. He goes, "hey you should come to my premiere...it's at this theater in downtown LA".

I had no idea what theater he was talking about because I was new to LA and was such a mess at the time. So I said, "Yeah that would be cool maybe I'll go check it out some time!"

He just looked at me just kind of awkwardly and nodding just kind of waiting for the next move. Imagine if you had asked someone out on a date to restaurant and they said "yeah I'll go check it out sometime!"

Afterwards, the other flight attendants were like, "you know he wanted you to go WITH him." Whoops. Missed my chance.

A:

We thought about calling the book "High Hitler" in Germany. But my publisher decided it is too jokey for the topic. However, the Spanish translation that is being published in Latin America is called "High Hitler". Enjoy the book!


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Mondo, will there ever be a pressing of "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" in our lifetime?

Also NASA has discovered 7 new planets...Aliens Bro. What's the one Mondo merchandise you give as a sign of 'We Come in Peace.'

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How extensive was Nazi research on methamphetamine before it became widely used by them? Do you know what dosages they were taking? Did they take it orally or what route of administration was used?


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Is it true that flight attendents get sick a lot because of being exposed to people with different germs in a confined space all the time? Any tips on how not to get sick travelling?

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How extensive was Nazi research on methamphetamine before it became widely used by them? Do you know what dosages they were taking? Did they take it orally or what route of administration was used?


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War of the Worlds poster by Stan & Vince - Brock Otterbacher

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The first research was done at several German universities before the war. Most professors (also taking it themselves) concluded that meth was great. Sometimes they used high dosages. One conclusion was that meth reduces fear if administered in those high dosages. I dedicate quite a bit of space in Blitzed on this subject. Usually the meth was taken orally. But Temmler also manufactured ampoules for injection.


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Some get sick, some build tolerance. If there is a cold or flu going around we usually get it right away. I wore gloves picking up trash sometimes to avoid getting sick.

I'm not sure if those Emergen-C or Airborne tablets work but that's the best advice I really have. You're crammed in to a small area with hundreds of people recycling the air... it's hard to avoid.

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The first research was done at several German universities before the war. Most professors (also taking it themselves) concluded that meth was great. Sometimes they used high dosages. One conclusion was that meth reduces fear if administered in those high dosages. I dedicate quite a bit of space in Blitzed on this subject. Usually the meth was taken orally. But Temmler also manufactured ampoules for injection.


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Do you guys mind rolling my posters at SDCC?

I know it delays line time, but I always feel terrified after picking one up and trying to hold it above my head until I reach a safe space.

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First off, I would like to thank you Norman as I've read Blitzed and very much enjoyed it. Did you come across any interesting anecdotes from the people you met whilst researching the book? Do you have any plans to work on any further projects in the same field? Thanks for doing the AMA!


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Is it true that a lot of flight attendents have second jobs due to random working hours and holidays?

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First off, I would like to thank you Norman as I've read Blitzed and very much enjoyed it. Did you come across any interesting anecdotes from the people you met whilst researching the book? Do you have any plans to work on any further projects in the same field? Thanks for doing the AMA!


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If we have time and space we're more than happy to do so. - David Rancatore

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I actually discovered another and quite fascinating story (about resistance against Hitler), which is pretty much unknown, and I am currently examining whether that could be my next book. On the other hand, I continue writing novels, and my next novel called "The Equation of Life" will be published in Germany in the fall.

Happy you liked Blitzed!


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Yep! As a new FA it's very tough to though because you're on call all of the time. The airline I worked for would call and sometimes we had as little as 2 hours to get to the airport for check in.

On the side I worked karaoke hostessing in Koreatown. My roommate did it with me as well. Sometimes the customers were really fun and she would invite them to our place to drink and party afterwards. I was working a flight to Cancun with a 24 hour layover. I got off the plane with my crew and a group of 3 or 4 guys from the flight approached me. In front of my crew they asked if I was (insert my name here) and if I lived in Koreatown. I told them yes and I used to. They went on to tell me they had been to my place and partied with me. (I'm not looking great to my flight crew at this point haha) They asked which hotel I was at, information we are not allowed to give out, and invited me to go hang out. I didn't go and after that I stopped working in Koreatown. Haha

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I actually discovered another and quite fascinating story (about resistance against Hitler), which is pretty much unknown, and I am currently examining whether that could be my next book. On the other hand, I continue writing novels, and my next novel called "The Equation of Life" will be published in Germany in the fall.

Happy you liked Blitzed!


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Have you guys talked about doing new, non-movie specific T-shirt and hoodie designs for the Alamo Drafthouse?

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Some of your research came from US archives. What was it you found here in the US?


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What advice do you have for someone who wants to become a flight attendant and what qualifications do need to get the job?

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Some of your research came from US archives. What was it you found here in the US?


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Yeah, we're working on Weird Wednesday and Terror Tuesday t-shirts right now. Really excited about it. - David Rancatore

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US intelligence interrogated Theo Morell, Hitler's physician, and only shared part of those files with Germany after the war. I learnt quite a few things about Morell's actions in DC.


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Don't say you want to travel during the interview. It makes it seem like you will only be there short term.

You only need a high school degree, but most of us had a bachelors, and nice smile.

Be prepared to lose contact with people. Your schedule changes, is crazy, and is usually not the same as others. (I would be up getting ready to go to work while my roommate and friends were still up drinking)

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US intelligence interrogated Theo Morell, Hitler's physician, and only shared part of those files with Germany after the war. I learnt quite a few things about Morell's actions in DC.


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Hey Mondo Team, I'm a big fan of yours. My questions is regarding the screenings for the Kubrick films with the limited edition shirts, are you guys planning on expanding to other major areas? I know lots of people who'd be very happy to hear you guys having screenings in L.A.

What kinds of stuff can we expect for the Kubrick series products?I am a huge Kubrick fan and am so happy you guys are shining new light to his amazing work.

Thanks!

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In your opinion, how valid is the thesis behind The Architecture of Doom?


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Has anyone ever had a serious medical issue (e.g., heart attack, stroke) while on one of your flights? How was that dealt with?

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In your opinion, how valid is the thesis behind The Architecture of Doom?


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Yeah we're definitely looking to expand these types of screenings. The Kubrick stuff has been great and adore his work. We've got lots planned this year. - Jay Shaw

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I am not familiar (yet) with the Architecture of Doom. Will look into it. Thanks for pointing it out. What do you think?


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There was a man on the flight back from Melbourne that passed out and seemed to seizure while waiting for the restroom. We held his and put him on his back without bringing too much attention to the situation. We called over the intercom for a medically trained passenger since we are only trained for some of the medical emergencies. Turns out the man was diabetic, that was the reason I was told at least. We did not have to emergency land or anything. Every time something like that happens we have to document it.

I have had a guy pass out and hit his head on one of the carts in the galley. It was a medical condition and he got up, but the other FA accused him of being drunk and interrogated him. I stood up for the passenger and had the FA walk away. We did have to do the report still because his head bled a bit.

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I am not familiar (yet) with the Architecture of Doom. Will look into it. Thanks for pointing it out. What do you think?


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In the first Mondo Talk, you guys revealed the work Jay and Rob put in on trying to make a poster for Springbreakers. Now that you are working with A24 more, is there any plans to revisit Springbreakers? If so, maybe give Rockin Jelly Bean a shot at it.

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What turned Germany away from drugs, and meth in particular? Was there somewhat of a nationwide withdrawal when meth became illegal? Are there any lasting effects from this period on drug culture and markets in Germany today?


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Flight attendants work some odd schedules/hours, yet they are always expected to be pleasing and hospitable. Did you ever have to get into the act of being happy or nice, when in reality you were just plain exhausted and a little cranky?

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What turned Germany away from drugs, and meth in particular? Was there somewhat of a nationwide withdrawal when meth became illegal? Are there any lasting effects from this period on drug culture and markets in Germany today?


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Yeah we've got a wonderful relationship with A24 and plan to create posters for pretty much their entire catalog. Rockin Jelly Bean would slay on a Spring Breakers poster. - Jay Shaw

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Meth was very popular in the civilian population even in the 50's. Your question is very interesting: Why did it get less? I would have to do more research on this - in Blitzed I focus on the Third Reich itself.

The East German Army was still using it in the 60's, supplying their border troops with it.


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Yep! I hated when other flight attendants were rude just because they were in a bad mood. It's part of the job. The passengers had to be up early too and sometimes are traveling for unpleasant reasons. They may be going through a bad day too. Usually passengers respond better if you're nice. The crazy hours and coffee and airplane food diet makes it easy to be not so nice sometimes. I worked with a lot of negative and rude FAs that I feel ruined the starting points of some people's vacations.

The best advice I ever got was from an awesome senior mama. She told me "Let someone be an asshole before you treat them like one." Passengers don't want to hear our problems, we chose this job. Be nice and make the experience better for everyone and it'll be a better experience for you too.

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Meth was very popular in the civilian population even in the 50's. Your question is very interesting: Why did it get less? I would have to do more research on this - in Blitzed I focus on the Third Reich itself.

The East German Army was still using it in the 60's, supplying their border troops with it.


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What is your favorite poster that you've released that may not have gotten the recognition it deserved?

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can you ride a bike with no handlebars?


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Maniac by Ken Taylor - Rob Jones

Rocky III by Jay Shaw - Eric Garza

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Yes. Probably not on an airplane though.


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What are some collection / hobbies you have that are not Mondo related? (ie an extensive stamp collection, underwater basket weaving, ect)

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How much time would you get to actually spend time in new cities? Like if you went out of the country, what would your turn around be? Would it have been fairly easy to spend a weekend there and then work a return flight the next week? Or was it pretty much, off to the hotel, and then right back the next day for the next flight?

Would you work with the same people usually? Pilot, co-attendants, etc? or was it pretty random each day? Or after a few months you pretty much new everyone?

And thanks! Always appreciated my FA's as a guest.


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Discgolf, Beer, and Hawaiian Shirts - Hawaiian Bryan

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Sometimes you get 48 hours somewhere, other times it can be 9. I know there was a trip with a very short Shanghai layover I never wanted to get. When you start it's pretty random because you're on reserve. Once people bid for their trips and get a schedule for the month they usually fly with those same people at least all month. The pilots are usually different.


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Okay, I've got a few questions for the Mondo crew.

1). What is the longest line you've ever had to wait on, and what was it for? 2). We all love professional wrestling... Who is the Roman Reigns of the art world? 3). Nintendo Switch... Portable or Home Console? 4). Lastly, what are you hiding from us?

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Is it true that there is a strong hierarchy between flight attendants and ground service agents?


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Like create a video game? That sounds insane. The board game is intense enough, I can't imagine how difficult creating a video game would be - Jay Shaw

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I'm not sure hierarchy... but there is a little animosity between gate agents and flight attendants. No one wants to be blamed for the door being closed late so they like to blame each other.

I was close with some agents and always tried being nice. One gate agent blamed the ramp for why we were delayed when I was actually just 20 min late accidentally... when your life is a mess like mine you need as many people on your side as possible haha


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How long does it take for most of your artists to go from concept to finished design? Weeks? Months?

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What's harder, working economy or first class?


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A lot of factors at play that could influence the answer. In the end it’s all unique to each individual artist, studio response time, priority/deadline of the project, etc; - Eric Garza

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I like working first class because you stay busier. Economy is easy if the passengers are nice and not super needy.


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What's the last movie that choked you up?

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Red Turtle. All the feelings! - Roxy Arfa


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What's the last movie that choked you up?

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Logan. - Eric Garza


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Are you planning a vinyl release for the original Alien?

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Yes. Both a 2XLP and a 4XLP Expanded edition version. Fingers crossed we can get both out this year. - Mo Shafeek


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I know you guys have dabbled with print sales in the UK. Ever thought of doing shows elsewhere, namely Canada?

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We would love to go to Canada! I love Toronto. Are there any events/conventions/festivals we should look into? Any good theaters out there we should partner up with? - Justin Brookhart


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Question for Rob Jones - Jack White has said that the two of you have never physically met. Do you think your working relationship, or the work itself, would be affected in any way if you did?

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It would ruin the magic. Like Paul McCartney learning how to read music. Also, he might fire me if he actually met me. I make a pretty bad first through fifth impression when you physically meet me. - Rob Jones


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Do you have any plans for screenings, events or a traveling flat file sale at the Los Angeles Alamo Drafthouse when it opens?

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Absolutely! We plan on going out to the LA Drafthouse a bunch once it opens up. We can’t wait! - Justin Brookhart


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Do you have a winner for the February Monthly Mix / guess tracks thingy?

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I need to go through the guess, and check. Will do this just before the next mix come out in 2 weeks. - Spencer Hickman


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What will be the print size of the new board game, The Thing? Will it be a large release or limited release?

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There will be two editions of THE THING: Infection At Outpost 31. The standard edition won't be limited and will be available both online and at brick & mortar retail. The special edition will be exclusive to our site and will be limited - Jay Shaw