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HealthHi, I'm a 17 year old with PKU. Which means I have never had any meat or dairy products in my life, because it could cause mental retardation. AMA!

Aug 14th 2017 by ___tilo___ • 37 Questions • 34 Points

I'm Lindsey Jacobellis, 10 XGames Gold Medals, 5 World Champ Titles and 27 World Cup Wins. I have raced boardercross for over two decades and I am not stopping any time soon.

I love the "Days of Thunder" feeling when you mix speed and other racers. I'm Lindsey Jacobellis and I have raced boardercross for over two decades and I am not stopping any time soon. I have 10 XGames Golds medals, 5 World Championships Titles, and 27 World Cup wins. I crave the speed and the upredictabilty of my sport. Ask Me Anything!

Proof: https://i.redd.it/1lee3dhrqwfz.jpg

Check out all things Winter Games at www.reddit.com/user/TeamUSAOlympics.

Thanks for all the great questions, I had a blast and I hope you did too, bye ;)

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Is it hard to gain/lose weight? What food smells the best that you cant eat?

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Who was the person that had the biggest impact on you while you were inside?


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How did you guys live and support yourselves financially during the development process? Before you released on early access?

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I have a family member who has been in the Church for a number of years now, she has essentially distanced herself from most of us because we could be considered SPs. What are some ways to reach out to her and show her we care about her?


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If somebody else were interested in starting up their own label, what advice would you give them to help them start up?

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Why is it always cloudy whenever there's an astronomical event?


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I don't know much of how you get paid for competing on the Olympic circuits, is it all reliant on sponsorships or are the competitors paid a living stipend?

Or, am I likely to run into an Olympian working at Home Depot?

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So with weight I have always had trouble gaining weight, I'm 5 foot 10 but only weigh 140 lbs, they thought that was because I didn't eat enough calories, and when someone with PKU doesn't eat enough calories your body begins to break itself down and I'm made of pure protein, so of course that is not a good thing. So in order to prevent this my dietician has me on 3500 calories a day, which for me is a struggle to consume. Some girls with pku since our diet is mostly carbs have trouble losing weight.

My favorite smelling food has to be bacon hands down.


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That would have to be Carl King, my best friend. He was a fanatic, and that's how his family labeled him. He was always fighting for me.

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Gustaw - We gathered funds during a Indiegogo campaign. Before that, we were working after hours, with no funding at all, working day jobs / freelancing.


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Leah: You have to fight for her. You have to fight. I used to say be kind, just be there for them, but that doesn't work. You have to shove the truth in their face you have to say, "Look at what's been going on and it's your responsilibiy to look." The only Scientology I would to use to the people that are still in LRH and Scientology is, "What's true for you is what you have observed" and "Look don't listen" and "Think for yourself" and I would say to them, Why are you not allowed to look on the internet? Why can't you watch the Aftermath? Why can't you watch Going Clear? If Scientology is so perfect they should be able to confront what is being said about Scientology outside of Scientology. That is the argument I would use to Scientologists.

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the most important thing & first step is to find the band that you are passionate about working with and see if they are willing to take a chance on a label startup. from there, they should figure out what they want to do for the release (cd's, vinyl, tapes, digital) and do a little research to find out where to get the exact product they want for a good price. then, they will have to get started on the behind the scenes stuff - finding a website host, ordering shipping supplies, creating some sort of marketing plan. a lot of the stuff you don't realize you have to do until you do it.


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I wonder this myself. I was at the 1999 eclipse north of Paris and it was completely clouded out. Amy Winebarger

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Americans do not get paid at all to be in the US team. The us team provides coaches, techs, trainers, and travel budget. It is up to you to seek other sponsorships and ambassador opportunities to create an brand and a following to help you continue what you love to do.

I go to Home Depot all the time, I love crafting and fixing things ha


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Whats your favourit food most people without the desease dont eat?

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Did you confide in other inmates? Did they believe you were innocent?


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There's a lot of trippy shit in this game. Any real life experiences / dreams that became an inspiration for darkwood?

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Hi Leah, how are you now treated by Scientologists in Hollywood?


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I'm the sort of nerd that all I took from reading this is you need to create marketing plans for all of these new bands you take on. I've worked with a number of different marketing automation systems and I love any sort of design / marketing projects so if you need any help or advice your welcome to ask.

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Is it actually safe to look at the eclipse when it reaches totality? Like, could I wear my glasses when the shadow is starting to pass over, then take them off when it reaches totality?


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My low protein pasta that is a medical food that luckily since I'm in Maryland and there is a state law it is fully covered by insurance but most people with pku have to pay close to $20 for a box of pasta.


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Yeah, my story didn't changed. What else I could say? I was never going to admit to the crime, and in my mind, if I was telling my story, it hopefully would reach the ear of someone who would be able to help me.

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Gustaw - both me and Artur suffer from having hallucinations when waking up during the night. I used to even have sleep paralysis, but not anymore. Sometimes I see some really trippy stuff. Today I woke up and stared at a poster on the wall for like a minute, which changed from a hole in the wall to it's original form (a face). I guess those were pretty easy to take inspiration from, at least from the perspective of emotions we wanted the player to feel.


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Leah: They ignore me and walk out of rooms.

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when i say marketing plans, i mean like i think of "ok these sites may write reviews or premiere a track, these subreddits may be interested in the album" nothing too in depth


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During totality, you don't need eclipse glasses and shouldn't wear them. It's actually easy to know when to take off the eclipse glasses, because you won't be able to see anything. When totality is over, as soon as any bright Sun peeks around the Moon, you need to put your glasses back on. - Eric Christian, NASA/GSFC

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mt Baker in Washington. It is a small family owned and they keep it far from the commercialized classification ;)


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Where in MD are you from?

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What was it like to be in prison knowing that you're innocent? What did you feel when you were trying to tell people you were innocent but they didnt believe you?


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Ya'll called your company AcidWizard...sure it does not have anything to do with you guys taking copious amounts of LSD? I mean that logo sure seems like it.

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Out of curiosity what are your opinions of Matt Stone and Trey Parker?


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Hey I work for a publication up in Canada and we love premiering new music (singles/videos/albums etc). If you are interested we can chat a bit offline if you have any upcoming stuff you are trying to promote!

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Are there any specific experiments/investigations that the solar eclipse allows you to carry out that you couldn't do at other times?


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Hey Lindsey, did you enjoy your time on Champs vs. Pros? It was refreshing to see pro athletes such as yourself compete in silly (but still challenging) competitions. What castmember were you closest to during filming?

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Westminster, used to be from Catonsvile


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Being in prison felt like hell. It felt like a strange land that I was forced to get accustomed to. What I realized early on was that I was fighting for my survival. From the day of my arrest to getting out, I was fighting for survival in prison on a daily basis and fighting for my freedom. My feelings were loneliness, frustration, a lot of anger, feeling like I was a nobody. Feeling like I had no one in the world that I could depend on. My main fear was that I would come out of prison and still be labeled a murderer.

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Gustaw - we're called Acid Wizard because we make stuff that will make you feel as if you've taken acid.


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Mike: Funny Leah: Ballsy Mike: I think it's about time they did another episode on Scientology

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email me [email protected]


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A coronagraph* is an instrument that observes the Sun's outer atmosphere, the corona. The instrument blocks out the direct light of the Sun, using a disk that is more than the diameter of the Sun. Using this instrument, scientists miss the lower part of the corona. But this region is visible during a solar eclipse, and so scientists take advantage of this opportunity to make measurements in this critical region. Mona Kessel (NASA)

  • Edited by moderator at 12:55, due to autocorrect changing 'coronagraph' to 'chronograph'
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Champs vs Pros was really fun until I had to eat a pig heart. That was gnarly and by far the hardest thing I have ever had to force myself to do but it was for my charity so I tried my best. I had a blast with everyone, I got to meet all sorts of new people with all different walks in life and everyone relationship created was wonderful


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I go to Urbana High if you know where that is! That's so cool.

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What was your first meal when you got out?


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Why were you forced to launch the game in early access in 2014?

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Hi Leah and Mike! My question is for Mike: After you left your position with Scientology and began to expose things, how long did it take people to truly belive that you actually left and how hard was it trying to make things right with the people you tried so hard to public destroy?

Thank you both for all of your hard work!!


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What about Bay Faction wanted to make you invest in them?

Also, favorite band not on Counter Intuitive?

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How can we tell if our eclipse glasses are inadequate? With so many fakes and recalls, I have no idea if the ones I have will be safe for my kids. Thanks.


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we love Tia!!!

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Yeah man I know where that is I have run cross country there you guys have an awesome football field, and that really steep hill that sucks to run on.


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It was a vegetarian place. But I barely remember it because I was more fascinated by the fact that there was no cord on my wife's phone anymore.

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Kuba - We were running out of cash, to finalize project. Money from crowdfunding campain weren`t sufficient to make DARKWOOD happen.


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Mike: Wow, I don't know how to answer that... to first part of that question, that's for people to decide whether to believe me or not. As for the second part that's an ongoing process and this show is a part of that process.

Leah: Mike is taking responsibility, unlike Scientology.

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when i listened to the bay faction demo for the first time, despite the lofi production, their songwriting talent just bled through and was so infectious. i hadn't really even thought to start a label before but i had to at least reach out to them and once they showed interest, i must have relistened to that demo 500 times over the next 6 months until the real lp masters came in. even now, i love that demo to death.

fav band off the label currently... gotta be oso oso


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Hopefully the ones you got are stamped that they are ISO approved. If you look through them, most things should look dark. For instance, if you look at a car, you should not see the sun's reflection on it. If you look at the sun, it should be a fairly dim ball with sharp edges, no halo. Good luck! Amy Winebarger

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love tia too, I get to see here when we are both not off traveling somewhere and we grab some waves :)


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Lol that is what we call freshman hill! Don't really know why its called that all I know is that most of the sports here run sprints up and down it and its one of the worst experiences of my life.

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What was the biggest change in society/people that you found once you got out?


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Which programming language did you use for developing this game? And/or did you build upon an existing engine?

Bought your game since day 1 - it was an awesome ride following you guys...

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You’ve suggested that some of the things you learned in Scientology (such as how to ‘get to the bottom of things’) are useful skills while other things you learned are lies, often used to control you. Now that you’ve been out for a while, how easy is it to tell whether a particular thing you learned in the church is helpful or detrimental to you as a person?


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Is it possible to hear the demo?

Apologies if it's been listed already, I'm posting on mobile and will be back tomorrow to scour everything you've posted at work I mean on my computer.

Great AMA I really love these kinds of stories, best of luck to you, the label and the bands! Cheers

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Advice on what to do if it’s going to be cloudy? Will it be more impressive to be in the path of totality on a cloudy day, or outside of totality in a spot that’s more clear?


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Much respect.

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Dude that sucks when I ran there it rained really bad so a lot of people slipped down it then we had to turn around and run back up it, it was insane.


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What I found out and I probably didn’t realize before I went in, was how scared people were. Scared about everything. It threw me back because I never saw it in people before. On a small matter, the use of cell phones. I don’t remember people talking like that so I was asking my wife “Who are they talking to?” Even the geography of Crown Heights where I came from, it seemed like it was sunk in, not expanding and growing. The streets looked dark and bleak to me, so it was hard to try and reorganize things in my mind.

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Gustaw - we used Unity, and everything was written in C#. The main plugins we took advantage of are toolkit2d, A* Pathfinding, 2d volumetric lights, Rotorz tile system, Rewired. Previously we were developing in XNA and the jump to Unity was a tremendous quality of life improvement! Although some versions of Unity are very buggy, I would still heavily recommend this engine for small teams.


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Leah: Still dealing with it.

Mike: I think I have it sorted it, but I'm not totally convinced that's true.

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not my place to send that out anymore. ask the band


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You will still be able to see the sky grow dark if it is cloudy. You will miss the corona. However, you can stream in from NASA live on your phone or computer. Not as good as the real thing. https://www.nasa.gov/eclipselive Mona Kessel (NASA)

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;)


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How do you feel about vegans?

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Wow, thank you for doing this AMA. What would you say to the other people who are currently serving time for a crime they didn't commit?


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Did you guys have any prior knowledge on Unity or the C# language before starting development on Darkwood?

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Do u think more members will leave since the awareness you're raising is making it impossible to ignore? I even see Kirstie Alley has been specifically tweeting about the show. Also, with allegations of children being abused, WHY hasn't law enforcement stepped in? Isn't it illegal for children to work?


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Hi Jake, how's it feel to be a big-time manager for the most cooked band on the east coast?

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My home in Oregon is within the path of totality. This place is teeming with birds and other terrestrial wildlife during the days. I heard during the two minutes of total sun coverage that birds will stop chirping. What other happenings can I expect during that dark moment?


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Hey Lindsey, I played flipcup with you once, many years ago, and you were the most competitive person I've ever met. Do you know anyone who hates losing more than you do?

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So I'm obviously a forced vegan, but I can't really understand why someone would do this to themselves.


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Try to find some type of network. You cannot do it all from prison, from behind the walls. We have to start to build, and in order to build, we have to change our thought process. A lot of prisoners know what people on the outside want and you give them that, but it's all lip service. Self-introspection is a must. If that's not taking place, you are not growing, and if you're not growing, you're more likely to make the same mistake.

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Gustaw - I had a little bit of experience in making web sites, flash and apps. But that's about it, I learned as we went ;)


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Leah: Great questions. Why hasn't law enforcement stepped in? RIGHT?!

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my answer to this question may be very different after spending next week in the van with you


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Wow! You won the geographical lottery! Animals can behave strangely when it goes dark. Birds get confused, you might hear an owl hoot during totality or a rooster grow when the sun reappears. If you look at the horizon, you may see a 360 degree sunset since you are sitting in the center of a shadow. The temperature may drop 10 degrees. Good luck! Amy Winebarger

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oh man throwing it back......probably not :)


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What's your favorite thing to eat?

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What's surprised you most about technology since you've been out?


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How are the animations made? Frame by frame, pixel by pixel, or is it done another way and then pixelised to your style afterwards? Sort of like a filter over the animation to make it look pixely?

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What do you think draws people towards becoming Scientologists?


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How is this the most upvoted question lol

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How blind will I be if I just look directly at the eclipse without eye protection?


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I didn't think so! Was it really hard to move past the infamous method at the olympics or were you able to shake it off and move forward pretty quickly? For the record, I would have done the same thing!

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I have a lot of medical food that I eat being restricted to only 15 grams of protein a day. My favorite medical food would be the low protein pasta we get. My favorite regular food has to be french fries, and before you ask five guys are the best.


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The cell phone is a trial in itself for me, so anything after the cell phone I leave to my wife. What is amazing to me in my mind is that I see cell phones as a weapon. There's so many people with cell phones and I believe we are so conditioned that we only see this as a toy. Very few people maximize the use of it. But I believe we can change our habits and we may see things a little different.

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Kuba - Character animations were made frame by frame. I was working on bigger image, like 4x bigger than destined sprite. When we were exporting sprites we scaled sprite 4x smaller and then we were scaling it 200% so it was working like a filter pixelating graphic.


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In the past people were drawn, because they were looking for something new. Currently, it’s only the second or third generation that are growing up in it and have no choice.

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for those curious this idiot plays drums for nj based rockers toy cars..we are touring together later this week with this rad band retirement party from chicago


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It depends upon how long you stare at the Sun. A split second won't do permanent damage (the first thing every kid does when you tell them not to stare at the Sun is to look at the Sun). But the longer you look, the more damage you'll do. Part of the problem is that there are no pain sensors in the retina, so you won't know how bad it is. And an eclipse is no worse than the Sun on any day, there is just more probability that someone will stare at the interesting phenomenon - Eric Christian, NASA/GSFC

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you can only move forward in life


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Have you had the test repeated? Is there any chance the testing could have been mis-handled, incorrect, or distorted in any way?

I have had incorrect test results.

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How much time did you spend with the actor portraying you, Keith Stanfield? Are you happy with how he represents you on the big screen?


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Is telling everyone that there's no jump scares really just a long-con setup to a major jump scare?

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Hi Leah, I got an autographed picture of you years ago(thank you) and with it was information on Scientology. Did you know they were sending these things to your fans?


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That's awesome, I actually met and helped throw a show for Toy Cars when they came to VA!

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Except they're sold out everywhere...


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That's a good outlook! Speaking of forward in life, have you given thought to what you will do after competing? Maybe some coaching?

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Every month I do a blood test and I have had high numbers, if I were normal that number would always be 1 or less. For pku kids they try to get their number from the 3-6 range.


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I spent about a week with Lakeith. He came to my house, came to see a movie with me. I like him a lot, because he's young, and he's doing what he loves. He found it early. For my role, you can't capture everything in a movie, but there's a lot that people can identify with. I want the movie to touch as many people as possible.

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Gustaw - unfortunately no, but we will use this idea for our next game which will be solely jump scare based.


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Leah: I think that was something that I was doing and agreed to do for Scientology so yes and I am sorry and you're welcome

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was that the show with modern chemistry? i was there :)


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Here's how to make an indirect viewer: https://youtu.be/vWMf5rYDgpc - NASA moderator

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personal trainer maybe , yes i have a few ideas in the hopper


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Ok, thanks.

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Do you still have faith in the justice system?


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I am also afraid to play horror games. Should I play Darkwood?

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I'm just going to get straight to it. Is Tom Cruise a good person?


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It was actually with Quinn Cicala! The sound situation didn't really work out in Toy Cars' favor, but it was a great time regardless.

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How much different is a 99% eclipse and a total eclipse? I live in an area where there will be a 99.1% coverage of the sun, and we're not sure whether it's worth it to drive an hour away to get to a good area where there's 100% coverage.


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How to you make a living. Is it solely on sponsors paying you for being awesome (and I guess talented)?

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There have been false negatives, and those people end up being mentally retarded.


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My feeling on the justice system is still shaken. I don't have faith in it. But what I do know, is that nothing stays the same forever. You may take little dents and little hits, but the ultimate goal, is for people to become more aware of their choices. I believe that we have the power to get together, organize, get a program, and institute that program. It doesn't make sense to recognize the truth and be dormant. We have to move.

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Gustaw - I don't know to be honest. This was meant to be a horror game for players who are not horror fans (made by players who are not horror fans), but after reading some comments I'm not sure anymore, as there are both people claiming that the game is not scary at all, and at the opposite end there are players who uninstalled the game after their first meeting with the Banshee... Maybe wait for some reviews?


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Leah: No! Just going to get straight to it, no! There is a public persona of the guy who looks at you directly in the eye and shakes your hand and hugs you and is an attentive person to you and there's the person behind the mask who is a completely different person. Someone could say we all have that -- what we are to the public and who we are behind the scenes, but the people who are around Tom and work for Tom, not even people who are Scientologists, they will say he is diaboloical. People who've worked with me will say I can be an asshole - all actors can be. That is different. He's very similar to David Miscavige, they could be twins.

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ahh i see, must have been a different tour


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I have never seen an eclipse personally, but I understand it is a pretty big difference! You might get something like the diamond ring effect (google for an image) and then it will go back to a partial eclipse. Try to get to totality! Amy Winebarger

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sponsors and prize money


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When you go to a friend's house for the first time and their relatives try to offer you food, how does that go?

Any awkward stories?

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To elaborate- what is your current opinion on the justice system? How it's progressed (for better or worse), any comparable cases' results you may've encountered, etc.


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I'd say all the devs that make the awesome unusual games are from poland.

See: Ice-pick Lodge Edit: actually they are russian, oops. They made some really weird but great games though

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Do you think Scientology will continue to grow once David M has died ? Because he seems like the driving force at the moment and if so is there someone lined up to replace him ?


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Oh god I hope they're good. We don't need another disappointment coming from Jersey. We already have Christy.

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Are there any particular measurements or data NASA is trying to collect from this solar eclipse? What if anything can you guys learn from an event like this? Thanks.


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So you get those really big checks like in Happy Gilmore?

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Almost every Mom doesn't understand that I know what I can eat. Every mom will question every little thing I eat. One time this mom went out grocery shopping just for me for one night and got salad stuff and french fries and all this stuff, but I guess what's so weird to me about that is that I can usually find something even if it's potato chips or pop tarts. Some moms make me show them the protein count for everything to confirm I can have it.


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I have faith in New Yorkers and people like Colin who want to fight to improve our legal system to have more justice for everyone. Because of people like Colin and Carl who are so committed to justice, I think there is optimism for progress. We've seen progress take place over the last five years. There were counties in New York where defendants did not have an attorney and had to negotiate plea deals themselves. But because of the Hurrell-Harring lawsuit the NYCLU brought, we've been able to change that. Change is possible, but there's a lot more work to be done. - Phil (NYCLU)

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Gustaw - I'm afraid Ice-pick Lodge are Russian.


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Mike: Scientology isn't continuing to grow while David is alive! it's shrinking.

Leah: Yes, one of the people that David is holding in Riverside county, they will be able to take a shower, put on a suit and take over.

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THEY FUCKING ROCK


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There are a great many new measurements that NASA and other agencies will be making to understand this eclipse. Just think about the network of satellites, aircraft, balloons, and ground observers now linked by the internet and social media that is now available in 2017! Even though the eclipse will zip by any single location at 2200 miles per hour (that's fast!), the cross-county network of observers plus our crew on the International Space Station and even our Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (in lunar orbit) will be participating. Unique measurements of the solar corona will be made with new sensors, some of which are even experimental, and this will help us get ready for next year's launch of the Parker Solar Probe which will directly explore the outer solar atmosphere for the first time. At NASA we investigate the radiation balance of our planet using satellites and increasingly capable physical models, so evaluating the short-term impact of air temperature fluctuations from the swath of totality across the US will be an input to our understanding, just as other short-term, dynamic events are in this fascinating process. For me, having our Lunar Reconnaissance Satellite look back at our Earth from its array of instruments at what can be observed about this solar eclipse is particularly exciting as we have not made such measurements before. We anticipate that the integrated suite of observations from this historic (for the USA) event will contribute to the body of scientific knowledge and even help us to understand solar transit events, which we will be using to investigate planets around nearby stars in the near future with our upcoming TESS and James Webb Space Telescope missions. Lastly, for those in the path of totality, it will be possible to see the planets Mercury and Venus during daytime hours, which reminds of these neighboring worlds and their scientific importance.

James B. Garvin (NASA)

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sometimes, they are fun but hard to bring home


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What is the best thing you have ever eaten? (according to your diet ofc)

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What was your favorite food during the development process?


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Hi, Leah and Mike. I read that tonight's episode is about child molestation in Scientology. I've seen a preview clip and it's incredibly intense. We've already seen so many tragic stories in Season 1.

For several reasons, including Scientology's status as a church, their financial contributions to local police charities, and employees within the agencies that should be overseeing them, the normal law enforcement processes are not bringing justice, and that has really bothered me for a long time.

But there's another way to get the government involved. If we call our representatives and ask them to hold congressional hearings on Scientology, would you be willing to testify under oath, Leah? Do you think former Scientology officials like Mike, and people who have appeared on the show, including victims of child abuse, would be willing to testify under oath?

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this is great!


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I read another post that stated the final total solar eclipse would occur roughly 600 million years from now. Can you explain why this is? Assuming the first occured sometime in the past, why would this phenomenon only occur for a (relatively long) period of time?

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Would you ever do another MTV show?

Who was your favorite male and female Challenge cast mate on 'Champs vs Pros'?


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Cauliflower Buffalo wings are amazing but are hard to make so I can't make them all the time

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Gustaw - Kebab + vietanamese restaurant close by.


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Leah: Hell yes!!

Mike: Of course!

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:)


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Since our natural satellite (the Moon) is slowly receding in its orbit around our own Earth in about 600-650 million years the Moon's orbit will not permit it to shadow a swath of Earth to produce what we call "totality"... but that is a long time so we have plenty more solar eclipses to enjoy here on Earth. Note that 650 million years is about the amount of time since advanced lifeforms first appeared in the fossil record hear on Earth! We have been tracking the very slow change in the Moon's orbit around the Earth for decades with improving capabilities using advanced laser ranging methods and that is why we can predict the time when the Moon will be too far away in its orbit to produce the type of eclipse we will experience here across the USA tomorrow. Hope this helps!

James B. Garvin (NASA)

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i could be convinced, would you like to see me in one again?


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do you often make puns about beating the meat and likewise?

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What do you guys use to learn programming so well? I am curious what kind of tutorials you used.


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Why do you think it has been so difficult for Scientology members who abuse former members not to end up charged with crimes that land them in the courts? Are Scientology's lawyers -that- good?

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Holy fuck I love the sound of both of these bands.


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Destin from Smarter Every Day talked about shadow snakes that show up for a short time. What are these caused by, and do you have any tips for filming them tomorrow?

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I'm sure you encounter fans on the slopes occasionally. What are the dos and don'ts of riding around one's idol?


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I have never heard that one before I'm totally using that, but yeah I like to make jokes about it but most of the jokes I make are vegan jokes.

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Gustaw - In the beginning, I tried recreating other games, like Terraria. It was fun! Then I pretty much just went and experimented with stuff.


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Leah: Because victims have been afraid to speak out due to Scientology's policies of attacking anyone who do speak out.

Mike: They also hide behind the protection of the 1st amendment pretending to qualify as a charitable humanitarian organization.

A:

come to a show!!


Q:

They are also often called shadow bands, and they only occur just before or just after totality. They also don't always occur. The best way to observe them is with a flat, white surface. An expanse of cement would work or spreading out a white sheet on the ground has been tried. We actually aren't completely sure what causes them. Some people think that they are caused by diffraction of light around the Moon. I think that it is more likely that they are due to atmospheric effects, and the bands are due to the fact that the Sun, near totality, is longer than it is wide. Similar to the patterns that form on the bottom of a pool. - Eric Christian, NASA/GSFC

A:

i would just be super happy and excited, i always like taking pictures with happy people


Q:

At what age are you going to decide "fuck it" and try a burger?

A:

This looks fantastic! Why did you decide to do top down instead of an over the shoulder 3rd person or first person view?


Q:

Do you think David Miscavage is following this AMA?

A:

You guys coming to Michigan ever?


Q:

Is it safe to aim a DSLR camera at the eclipse? I heard it will ruin the camera but I don't understand how that would happen as I have aimed my camera at the sun many times before.

A:

If you could be any animal, which animal would you choose to be? :)


Q:

A lot of people my age with PKU already have, I am holding out for that meat party.

A:

Gustaw - it was not a conscious decision actually. We started by making a "top-down tower defence game" that was going to be made... IN A MONTH ;) But then we saw that this had some real potential for heavy atmoshpere and the project grew and grew from then on. I guess this makes Darkwood pretty unique!


Q:

Leah: Yes and his girlfriend/assistant Laurisse. Enjoy, assholes!

A:

if they still want a manager they will be touring a lot in the next year


Q:

Not without the right filters while the Sun is not completely covered by the Moon. Any time you aim the camera at the Sun you run the risk of saturating and ultimately damaging the sensor, in the case of the DSLR, the CCD chip. If you are using an SLR or a DSLR while looking through the view finder and not the screen, you run a very high risk of seriously damaging your eyes as your focusing the Sun's light. You can find tips for safely taking photos of the eclipse here https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/five-tips-from-nasa-for-photographing-the-total-solar-eclipse-on-aug-21 - Alexa Halford

A:

hummmm.... a wolf


Q:

What are some of your favorite foods? Do you ever have the urge to eat something with protein?

A:

How did the dog help?


Q:

How does the church recruit? I've seen your show and I know they target celebs and family members, but how do they recruit randoms? Do they go door to door? Scientology isn't big where I live so I've never met any. What do they tell people, how do they try to convince them? Thanks for your show by the way, it's awesome!

A:

Hey Jake, big fan of all the stuff you've put out. As a musician I was wondering what you look for in bands to potentially release music for? I'm really curious about what goes on behind the scenes in that regard. Can't wait for future releases, there isn't a single band in your roster that I don't like!


Q:

I am at a location where the eclipse will be about 92% magnitude. Will the sky get any darker, or will I see anything special from where I am?

A:

Awesome! I love wolves :)


Q:

French fries are my favorite and I love pasta and all vegetables. I also really like mexican food like veggie burritos. Yeah I have definitely had the urge like when my friends get ice cream or something it really sucks I can't.

A:

Gustaw - he defended our hideout with his life!


Q:

Leah: Well, if you go on a public street where there's a Scientology building they set up these stress tests and they do a free personality tests and then they sell them a little mini course. It builds slowly.

Mike: It's the boil the frog theory

A:

thank you as always for the kind words!! for awhile i was 100% only about the music. i just looked for fresh new music that i loved and figured if i like it other people probably will to, right? but now i've started to be a bit more selective going forward. making music i love is the #1 thing but after that i try to find bands that are hardworking, touring as much as they can, and simply playing because they love it & don't want to do anything else.

every musician can say "i love music it's all i want to be doing with my life" but not many actually will go through tour after tour of barely, if even, breaking even or getting a response from new fans. so, i definitely look for dedication.


Q:

At 92%, I don't think the sky will get noticeably darker, but I have never seen an eclipse, so I am not sure. You will be able to see the partial eclipse from there and it will be worth watching! Use eclipse glasses or a pinhole viewer. Amy Winebarger

A:

me toooooo


Q:

And what's his name?

A:

Hi, Leah, thank you for doing this!

I'm sure you know that if you Google your name, one of the first few results is the ridiculous Scientology site that is quite obviously spouting terrible lies about you. I've also noticed that they've created one for Mike, too. It seems bonkers that a so-called 'church' would go to such extremes and even put their name on it (but then, because of your show, we know what extremes they are capable of). Have you tried to get these sites shut down?


Q:

How was it working with mom jeans?

A:

Could you explain how solar eclipses are tied to proof of the theory of general relativity?


Q:

Such beautiful majestic animals, they get a bad reputation which is undeserved :( it's amazing to think that all domestic dog species in the world today, evolved from the wolf :)

A:

Szurek! (pronounced Shooreck!)


Q:

Leah: I'm not interested in their juvenile tactics

Mike: Such as name calling and ad hominem and them never adressing the actual abuses.

Leah: Especially with what's going on today an organization calling itself a religion would be better served taking care of the victims of its own abuse.

A:

it was, and is, an absolute pleasure. they are a great group of people. i actually will be with them on a full US tour later this year ;)


Q:

The eclipse of 1918 was used to prove Einstein's theory. A number of scientists took photographs, and the stars near the Sun were shifted in exactly the amount the theory predicted. It was a difficult experiment, the shift was small, but all of the observers basically saw the same effect. - Eric Christian, NASA/GSFC

A:

so true, like all predators they get the bad rep


Q:

Can you share a photo of the dog?

A:

What did you think of the movie "The master"? I read that tom cruise had an argument with the director cause of Scientology implications. Also, tell jlo I love her :(


Q:

Woo!

I've worked with their sister band; Meet Me in Montauk and all those guys are a pure joy to be around.

A:

How frustrating is it to hear people, in 2017, saying that the earth is flat?


Q:

I've never snowboarded so im not really knowledge based.

Are you afraid of being trapped under a mountain of snow and if you were, would you be able to survive and create a new underground city with the snow people till spring comes?


Q:

Leah: I don't think it was any kind of implication. I think it was very clear that the movie was about L. Ron Hubbard, but Scientologists will argue about anything, that is the truth.

Mike: I didn't see it.

A:

i put out their 7" split with sports!!


Q:

What you can do is to show evidence to the contrary. Pictures from the space station or the shuttle, high enough up to see the curve of the Earth. You can't see the curve from the ground, it does appear flat. if someone chooses not to believe the evidence, I don't know how else to get the message through. Mona Kessel (NASA)

A:

avalanches can be terrifying but it is always best to have the proper knowledge if you venture out into the back country. But i think I could survive in an underground city for a bit, as long as I was the events coordinator for the community ha


Q:

Hey guys, congrats on all your achievements!

I'm a mid-30's guy in a completely different industry than game development who is currently seriously considering making a career switch. I have zero programming knowledge but tend to have a creative personality, and game making always fascinated me. I have the fortune of having started a very modestly successful business, so I would have some income from that to keep me going during my learning period. My family is supportive of my goals.

My question(s)... what has been the good and bad about changing careers at this point in life? While you were still figuring out game development, how much did you regret leaving your former jobs? What would you have done differently in the beginning to better prepare yourself for today?

A:

My girlfriend grew up a scientologist and even though she hasn't been involved with them in over 20 years she still receives mail all the time. I was wondering if that is common, and if I should worry that they are trying to re-recruit her?


Q:

I work at a venue in Gainesville and we have had 3 bands from your label (Prince Daddy & The Hyena, Graduating Life, and Mom's Jeans) play, send us some more! Each of them have been awesome shows

As for the question, did you tour with Prince Daddy & The Hyena early this year? If you did then we've met.

A:

Let's say there was no traffic and there was a road following the exact path of the eclipse. If I started at Oregon, how fast would I have to drive to keep up with the eclipse all the way to South Carolina?


Q:

Would you allow yeti and snow trolls to live in your underground community?

A:

Gustaw - I don't miss any part of my past jobs. Working on Darkwood was great on many levels, but also very stressful. The industry is not what it was a few years back, and marking a indie game nowadays requires a lot of luck to be successful, so it's a great risk. I know many people who made games in which they invested a lot of time and money, and they flopped. In short - it can be a wonderful journey, but it's also a very risky one in the current state of the gaming industry.


Q:

Leah: No. Scientology if you are unfortunate enough to put your information on a Scientology peice of paper you will receive mail until you die

Mike: -- and beyond.

Leah:Scientology uses statistics and one of the statics of the week is how many pieces of mail they send out. Even Scientologists complain about how much mail they get.

A:

i was in gainesville with them for a show with insignificant other (great band) if you ran that show i believe we got food together at a rad mexican place after while the band stayed and played smash lol

send me contact info and i'll send you more bands!


Q:

The shadow of the eclipse moves very fast though at varying speeds depending where you are. Over Oregon, its moving over 2400 mph and over South Carolina, over 1500 mph. Elsayed Talaat

A:

all would be welcome


Q:

Hey there! I never had any exposure to Darkwood until it released on Steam, whereupon I quickly bought it and have enjoyed six hours so far. It feels like if Sunless Sea had a kid with Dark Souls to me, in all the right ways.

Now that you've established a very heavy lore, where do you go from here? Expansion pack? Sequel with some of the side characters? You may have known the Darkwood world for five+ years in development. Tired of it. Saturated in it. Wanting to move on. Working on it /every day./ But for us fans, maybe we've only known hours of it, and would happily pay for more exposure in this world if the DLC was done right.

Thank you Acid Wizards, best of luck to you in the future!

A:

Is there a special kind of counseling for those that get out? My friend's aunt has been in since the 70's. I am wondering how would they help her if they did her get out. Can you post resources for others that might need that help?


Q:

What is the minumum number of records needed to be sold to break even and then start earning a decent profit? How much do albums cost at that level and how much do you recommend selling them for?

A:

How does the path of totality change between eclipses? Is it pretty much random, or are some places on it more often than others?


Q:

Snow miser and heat miser?

A:

Gustaw - Actually no, we'd like to milk this cow dry! We already have a DLC planned for next week, where you can customize the protagonist's face in any way you wish! Too bad you won't see it from the top...

No but seriously, we don't know. We will have to talk about this after getting some rest and sleep (we're very, very tired right now). I love Darkwood, but this project was also a source of great frustration for me and made me neglect many aspects of my life. There is, however, a huge list of things that we wanted to implement, but we did not want to delay the game more. So who knows?


Q:

Leah: The first thing is to talk to someone who has experience getting out of cults, reading books that were forbidden to read while in the church of Scientology, reconnecting with friends and family that weren't in Scientology, and connecting with people that were in Scientology and left. It is a slow healing process, but you will get there.

A:

the minimum order the pressing plant takes is 250, this costs around $2,000. I sell for between $12-$15 and we maybe will make $500 on an order that size, so it takes about 200 to break even. if you want to make any profit you need to be ordering in quantities of 500-2500 which i'm slowly getting closer to doing for every release. it's just a lot of money up front.

when i was just starting i was selling 12" for $10 which is basically unheard of, but it help me build a bit of a following. now i still think my prices are relatively low for the market


Q:

The path of totality is not random. The positions of the Sun and Moon are known to better than 1 arc second accuracy. This means that on the Earth, the location of the track of totality is probably known to about (1.0/206265.0) x 2 x pi x 6400 km = 0.19 kilometers or a few hundred meters at the Earth's equator. So eclipse paths are predictable, and depend on orbital dynamics between the Sun, Earth, and Moon.
Mona Kessel (NASA)

A:

snow


Q:

Tell us more about specific roles of each Wizard in your project. Is Artur can be called "Soul of Darkwood" as he worked on dialogues, characters and music design, videos etc.?

A:

Hi Leah and Mike. Do either of you remember a long time ago when John Travolta was on Oprah and they said he'd explain Scientology when they came back after the break but then it was never mentioned again? I was wondering if every single interview they do is monitored?


Q:

$12-15 is a fantastic price, and the kind of price that will keep people buying records. Seeing some of the bigger labels pricing new releases at $30 or more is starting to turn me away fe buying new releases on vinyl.

A:

I live west of Portland. Is it worth the traffic to get better than 99.4%?


Q:

Hi Lindsey!

Does your schedule make it really difficult to find time to date men?

If not, can I pick you up at 8pm tonight?

A:

Gustaw - Hi Ivan :D I would say Artur had by far the most influence on the project, but we have a very democratic process about pretty much anything in (and about) the game. It's part of the reason of why we're pretty slow in development, but that way Darkwood is the child of the man-love of all of us, and not a single person.


Q:

Leah: I don't know, is it?

Mike: Well first of all, I don't remember that circumstance.

Leah: I don't mean to call people out, journalists or talk show hosts, but if people agree to that sort of thing, they're subscribing to Scientology's rules.

A:

yeah those labels can fuck off and die


Q:

99.4% coverage is really good. I recommend you reach out to your local traffic authorities to get a better idea of the traffic forecast to make your decision. 99.4 % combined with the awesome coverage NASA will have for the entire celestial event may be the way to go. Either way...enjoy this spectacular event! -Steve Clarke

A:

it makes it challenging and hard when you are not easily tied down


Q:

How are the characters "done"? For example, the Wolfman. Did you took photo of some dude in a coat, photoshopped wolf's head in and edited it slightly or is everything hand drawn?

A:

To the wonderful Mike, whose own story has continually made me cry throughout series one, I read on Tony Ortega's website that you haven't seen Benjamin or Taryn for 4,900 days now, which breaks my heart. I read your open letter to your family on your blog. If there was one thing you wanted to say to your eldest kids, what would it be?

I think if it were me, it would be 'Please wake up'...

Keep fighting the good fight, Leah and Mike!


Q:

What's a band you like which is different from the ones you usually work with/listen to?

A:

Can't you dorks do something about the rain tomorrow?


Q:

Bold move, Cotton. Let's see if it pays off.

A:

Artur - Every character is draw by hand, from scratch. I did not use photos as a backdrop to draw on (except the tractor for the Musician). I cut the image to parts and then sent to Kuba for him to animate.


Q:

I will always love you. I hope one day you will be able to forgive me for putting you into a world you did not choose

A:

i'm really into this band good old war and they are really acoustic driven folky pop type band. i usually work with more punk rock/pop punk/emo type stuff


Q:

The NOAA weather forecasters are calling for clear skies across a good swath of the Western USA making for ideal eclipse watching in those places. We have 11 spaceborne satellites as well as the International Space Station (and balloons and aircraft) watching and measuring the big event tomorrow, so rain will not be a problem in many cases.

James B. Garvin (NASA)

A:

ha ;)


Q:

Congratulations guys! It must feel great! At any point during development were you tempted to throw in the towel?

A:

Do you think that Scientology is dying in the intetnet age, due to so much information about the nature of Scientology being available at people's fingertips? (I ask because Scientology is notorious for not offering ita participants valuable information about the core of its religion unless they reach a certain level.)


Q:

Good old war is fucking dope, and they're great people. Met them quite a few times between their shows and them touring with Anthony Green on his solo shows. You've got great taste in music man.

A:

No stores around me are in stock with solar eclipse glasses, and I don't want to use a pin hole projection any other safe recommendations?


Q:

Hey Lindsey, what is a regular problem for pro snowboarders that none of us would expect or ever think about?

A:

Kuba - Everyone of us had nervous breakdowns from time to time... almost 5 years of developing is heck of a marathon. I recall begining of this project (after crowdfunding campaign - that one was stressful) as the best time.. propably one of best times in my life to be honest ! :slightly_smiling_face: People were really exited about darkwood, we were full of energy, we were working whole week, cause we wanted to! After some time things become more and more complicated. The deeper into the forest, the more trees...

Gustaw - I agree with Kuba. Making the Indiegogo video was extremely fun, as with most of the things that happened during that time (although the campaign was stressful). The continued delays weighed very heavily on me, I hope we will do a reset now and continue our next endeavors in a more relaxed way :)


Q:

Leah: Absolutely. and also because it doesn't work.

Mike: Dianetics said it could cure cancer and it didn't work so they died off and then there are people who reached the highest OT level and they died off

A:

thanks, you clearly do also! i bet it was awesome seeing anthony do his guest part during their set!!

fun fact, soem friends and i paid $1k to their kickstarter and had them drive up to MA and play a set in my friends living room. one of the best sets i've ever seen. i'll never forget it!


Q:

(you use these techniques to view the eclipse indirectly - do not attempt to view the Sun itself through your hands or a pasta strainer. More here: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety) - NASA moderator

You can also use your hands, a pasta strainer, or just look at the shadows made from tree leaves! https://giphy.com/gifs/nasa-nasagif-solar-eclipse-xT39DdrVkGIFDAVEY0 - you can find out more at http://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety Alexa Halford

A:

that you get stereotyped a "punk" or a lazy athlete. Truth be told boardercross has some of the highest physical demands of any winter sport. You need endurance, strength, power, quickness and only 15 minutes between each run that can last up to 2 minutes for a recovery. We average about 6-8 runs on race day. That doesn't take into account training day on the course as well as time trials day. Those few days can be rigorous and the next weekend you have to do it all over again. That is why I would out year round. :)


Q:

You guys definitely deserve a little bit of a break! Thanks!

A:

Congrats on your Emmy nomination! I really believe you're doing amazing work on uncovering Scientology and that you deserve the Emmy to put the whole issue into the spotlight.

What was your best and/or worst experience when working on your new series?

Bonus Question: Is there any fun stories that happened while filming King of Queens that you have never told before?

Bonus Question #2: What's your favorite insult I can use against my friend M?


Q:

Damn, I actually still remember when you dropped the Bay Faction album on /r/vinyl. Still have my signed copy. Went back a week or two ago to your website to see if you had another band (that wasn't Bay Faction or Plainclothes). To my surprise there were a ton of albums and I shamelessly bought 10, lol.

Anyways, do you have the bands remaster their music for vinyl, or do you just have the og masters/lossless files pressed directly? Do you have an end goal for counter intuitive, or do you plan to keep it as a smaller hobby/job setup with you operating solo as best as you can?

A:

will there be an eclipse in other parts of the world in the near future?


Q:

3 questions: Do you do any type of meditation to train your mind?

Do you have any dieting tips for aging (I apologize for implying you're old) athletes?

Do you do any type of unconventional training?

A:

Artur - the fact that people paid for Darkwood (especially during the Indiegogo campaign). On the one hand, it was very motivating. On the other, especially during the last 2 years, kept me awake at night.


Q:

Leah: The best part is seeing our contributors get the support on social media. Seeing that is really the best part. Everyone who comes on knows the policy of Scientology they know that the second this airs they will get a hate site created about them, they know their family and friends will disconnect from them, yet they are embraced by strnagers.

The worst part is seeing and hearing the devastation that people are still going through 20 - 30 years later.

A:

i remember that order, i actually made a instagram story of me packing the order saying it was my favorite kind since there was such a diverse amount of my releases in it. thank you for your support!!

never specifically asked for a vinyl master, just lossless masters have been perfect. no end goal, hoenstly already achieved everything i ever dreamed of..i had to start thinking of new dreams to chase since it expanded so quickly! i hope to one day employee people, maybe even friends


Q:

There is a total eclipse somewhere on earth about every 18 months. The next one will be over the pacific ocean and parts of South America on July 2, 2019. Amy Winebarger

A:

not so much meditation but it is a controlled breathing and making sure I am not being too high strung in the present moment and remember it is just a race. With my age i just have to make sure that i am getting to recovery that i need and that is just trial and error really


Q:

Dudes. Your game is terrifying. I got it yesterday (steam watchlist) and the last time I've been so creeped out was playing Dark Descent.

I can only play for a few minutes at a time before I need a break. That's a compliment.

What are you planning for the future of the studio. Is horror "your thing"?

A:

Bump into the 'ol Tom Cruise often?


Q:

Just wanted to say, I hope you fucking blow the fuck up and take over the music business.

If I have to put a question up here, I guess I'll ask... What's your favorite venue/music festival, favorite IPA, favorite part of a woman/man, and favorite part of your day?

Answer any, all, or none. Good luck man!

A:

How did it feel when you realized you had the coolest job ever?


Q:

Any recovery tips or is it just make sure to sleep a lot?

A:

Gustaw - Thanks! I don't know about the other wizards (we haven't had the time to talk about this), but most of my ideas on next games are not horror- related.


Q:

Leah: I have not bumped into Tom and if we were to be in the same room Tom would be forced to walk out of the room and avoid me and any Ex-Scientologist.

A:

fav big venue: the sinclair in boston. i dont fuck w ipa's. thanks for the kind words :)


Q:

Pretty out of this world :) - Alexa Halford

A:

sleep is my go to, but there are cold tubs, massage, spinning on a stationary bike, cupping all sorts just have to find what works for you


Q:

Are you planning a Playstation 4 release?

A:

Leah/Mike,

Last season ended with a trip to the lawyers office. Will we see an update on the progress you have made with legal strategy?

As someone who works for Human Rights, what would you recommend I do to help end the abuse and the destructive policies?


Q:

v big venue: the sinclair in boston.

I saw jeff rosenstock and laura stevenson play the sinclair about 6 weeks ago. was probably one of the best shows ive ever seen. bay faction is awesome man. do you live in the merrimack valley? I see you post a lot of shows in lowell

A:

What will you all personally be doing as it's happening? Will you be monitoring it indoors? Watching it with your family and/or friends? Or cracking open a beer at some super cool NASA pool party?


Q:

Will you be in Korea for the Olympics this coming year?

A:

Gustaw - we'd like to, yes! But currently there has been nothing done towards this, we've been to preoccupied with the PC release.


Q:

Leah: Things have happened but for legal reasons you won't be able to see it on camera. There are things happening behind the scenes.

A:

i book in lowell cause i went to college there but am moving to boston from central ma


Q:

I would love a NASA pool party! I will be in a stadium full of people, including my family. We are taking some science data during the eclipse, but hopefully it will be all set up and just running on its own during totality so we can enjoy those 2.5 minutes just like every one else. Amy Winebarger

A:

that is the plan


Q:

Has Silent Hill been an inspiration for you? 2 especially is what I consider the best horror game, especially since it's so atmosphere heavy

A:

Hi guys!

I don't typically watch reality/documentary-type shows, but my wife recently started streaming S1 of Aftermath and I'm hooked.

Two questions:

  1. The story of how Scientology got its tax exempt status by basically blackmailing IRS employees is extremely troublesome. Do you think that they have expanded, or are seeking to expand their influence in the federal government?

  2. If David Miscavige were to step down as head of Scientology, would we see any sort of change to the church, either for better or for worse?


Q:

Can you please rank the members of Toy Cars?

A:

If you're not in the path of totality, but say the Sun is going to be 88% covered, how dramatic is the effect going to be? Like, how dim will it be outside?


Q:

Hey Lindsey, how do you generally prepare for races? Physically and mentally.

A:

Gustaw - I loved the game and it was a big inspiration (the rest of the team did not play it however, although it was a huge influence in terms of music).


Q:

Leah: No you would not see any change.

Mike: Scientology is 100% controlled by the writings of L Ron Hubbard and he is dead so he cannot change his writings and nobody else has the authority to do so.

A:

i'll do ya one better. here is a pros and cons list i made of the band after our first tour together.


Q:

Unfortunately, I don't think it will dim outside at 88% (the sun is really bright!) But it will still be a cool thing to see! Amy Winebarger

A:

Mentally I think is the most important for me, I tend to listen to my music and get a good warm up in and start going through the course in my head to think of great passing spots


Q:

Your wages came from the Indie Gogo campaign after you quit full-time. How do you decide a reasonable level of pay for all working in the project? Do you split it evenly, or for hours worked? Do you consider overtime? For a project where all the money is upfront, then equity after the games launch starting the cycle again for the next project, I've always wondered how you work out wages.

A:

As someone who has nothing to do with Scientology, who barely knew anything before you guys brought it to light with your fantastic TV show, I just wanted to applaud you both for being so incredibly brave and educating the people.

Can I ask both Leah and Mike, what is the ultimate endgame you could wish for? That Scientology be destroyed? That it go back to Hubbard times? It would be a Miscavige of justice if it continued the way it was, but would you want it to still exist in some way? Do you think it does any good for some?

I love you guys for what you do <3


Q:

Cooked? Is that like baked?

A:

What is the biggest misconception people still have about solar eclipse?


Q:

Cool, if you don't mind me asking, what kind of music are you into?

A:

Gustaw - our pay was split evenly, and we worked as much as we liked (which was pretty much all the time). Our pay was well, honestly the minimum to get by without having to worry about not making rent. This changed after the Early Access launch, and we had more funds to outsource some of the stuff we were not very good with (like rewriting the texts and translations).


Q:

I don’t want it destroyed. We want the abuses to end, and the destructive policies that destroy families abolished.

A:

it's new jersey speak for being a moron


Q:

I have mainly been talking to elementary school kids. The one thing I have tried to tell them is just how special the eclipse is and how rare it is to have one "in your backyard". Amy Winebarger

A:

classic rock, folk, all over the map really, just depend on my mood


Q:

I interviewed Gustaw over email for The University Observer in 2014/15! I was so excited for Darkwood because I hated the way 'horror' games were going!

How did you find Early Access? If you could create Darkwood again, without needing funding, would you choose early access again or go the traditional route?

Again, congrats on creating an amazing game. I look forward to what you do next!

A:

What is the best thing the public can do to help?


Q:

Can you put the Bay Faction album back on Spotify please!!??

A:

Are any of you in Carbondale, Il? And if I bring liquor will you do a shot with me today?


Q:

Any thoughts of marrying Shaun white and having a snowboarding super baby??

A:

Gustaw - Hi! I guess that depends on the game we will want to do. Early Access was both a blessing and a curse for us. Thanks to it, we were able to finish Darkwood and benefit from the community's feedback. But it was also a source of great anxiety, as people were beginning to be angry about the delays.


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Leah: Support the show as they have been. Write to their congressmen and women. Demand that the IRS take another look at the tax exempt status they so freely handed over.

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i have no control over that, you'll have to ask the band


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We have a NASA Edge tent in Carbondale. Stop by and say hi to those scientists. Amy Winebarger

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that might be a little too much snowboarding DNA ;) kind of like a pure bread dog, the best pups are the mixes :) hahaha


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Is there any interesting idea/character/creature cut from the game in early development that you would like to share with us?

Very happy about this, congratulations!

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The peeps over at Scientology HQ are certainly reading this AMA. Anything you'd like to say to them?


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Are the band's royalties from Spotify really as bad as they say?

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Will it be a total eclipse of my heart?


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Damn sorry shawn

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Artur - At one point, the giant larvae location was cut from the game. You can see it on the second pre-alpha trailer (it was in the alpha for some time after that though). The talking generator was also removed. We wanted the player to gain the ability to talk to him after injecting a cerain amount of essence, but the ideas for actual implementation were too vague and he didn't make it for release. Null Winter, our moderator on the forums had a great idea of implementing a "tumor" that sits on the hotbar and talks to you, but it was very complex to implement. There was also a great idea about adding a mirrors mechanic to the game to play with the FOV, but it was too hard to make.

P.S Catch it CROWBORN ! ;) https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CVbPb_5W4AEr_Fq.png:large


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Leah: Go f*ck yourselves. Mike: Couldn't have said it better myself

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no, in fact i think this is the best chance bands have at a consistent monthly income from low investment (basically free to get digital distribution) you just need an audience


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It will be of mine! Amy Winebarger

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shaun is a cool guy and great competitor, but i just hate to think of myself as an athletic baby factory... weird right?


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What input did the dog have on the finished game?

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Hi Leah! Loved your appearance on the Joe Rogan pod. What has been the biggest change and challenge in your life since speaking out against your former church? Thanks and keep up the great work!


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So it's prolly the large bands who aren't happy with the amount they're making you think? Do you have any bands on your label that you can compare their Spotify payments vs what you are able to pass along to them from vinyl sales?

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How will the astronauts on the ISS experience the eclipse?


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lol I'd love to see what color that curly hair would come out :)

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Gustaw - he defended our hideout bravely, but he actually made sounds for the Mutated Dog enemy in the game!


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Leah: I think the challenge has been trying to effectively help people. It's not easy to sit and listen to people's pain and not be enraged when we just want to help in doing something. I think the hardest part is just listening. It's very hard for me to not have the power to actually bring justice.

Mike: For me confronting the things I have done in the past that have resulted in pain and suffering to poeple is probably the most difficult part of this journey.

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i think any band is happy when they are making money. i think the bigger bands are the ones most happy with what they are making. $$ comes from a lot of angles when you are in a band, shows, physical sales, digital, it's all good no matter what the size. and if it's a big band i can pass on quite a bit of money from vinyl sales


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I am wondering that too. They may not be able to see the eclipse from the ISS, but they will probably be able to see the moon's shadow on the earth. Amy Winebarger

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that would be something


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I hate jumpscares too! Question is though, if given the extra funding and/or time, would you do it in VR?

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What do you think about young actresses are preaching feminism and equal rights when they're also part of the church? Isn't it counterproductive?


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Obviously you're stoked on any record you release- but what one are you MOST stoked on releasing this year? (/or have released this year)

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If you don't own glasses what can you do to see it?


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How often do you get recognized out in public? Is it hard to go public places without people bothering you or do most people have no idea who you are?

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Gustaw - Top-down in VR? That's a interesting proposition, we'll have to check it out ;)


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Mike: Hypocritical

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this is a really hard one to pick obviously, but i'm going to say the Graduating Life album An Introduction to Rock & Roll. i found grad life just days after their first demo and did cd's for their first 2 ep's, but this release simply blew those out of the water and it felt really cool to see a band i believed in from the get go find their voice and make what i think is an instant classic.

http://graduatinglife.bandcamp.com


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There are a variety of ways to experience the eclipse without the solar-safe glasses -- these are described on the website eclipse2017.nasa.gov for anyone interested and in various online articles. Simply poking a pin-hole in a piece of paper and watching the effect of the Moon's blockage of the Sun on the ground is one approach, or looking at the ground under leafy trees to see the multitude of "mini-eclipses" from the filtering effects of the leaves. There are more elaborate devices that can be constructed using shoeboxes or larger ones as well. Hope this helps!

James B. Garvin (NASA)

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it is not as crazy as you would think


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Tell us a story of how you started making first concepts and ideas about Darkwood. How did you met with each other?

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What do you think will ultimately take down the Church of Scientology, what is the achilles heel?


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How often do you receive demos, and has there ever been one that you accepted? Any horror stories with demos? Also, whats the process with working with record plants? Do you have one you go to each time? Any time the process has gone wrong?

Best Buds is probably one of my favorite albums ever, thanks

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I went to dozens of rest stops along the way to the eclipse and they are all out of eclipse glasses. What is a good enough alternative to eclipse glasses? When I was a kid, I put several layers of negative film over my eyes on order to see the eclipse


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Hi Lindsey, where's your favorite mountain to hit on the east coast?

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Kuba - We met at the college. We were studying computer graphics/art. First concepts of darkwood started when Gustaw was making his firts steps in programming, we wanted to make our first quick game. It was somehing like tower defense/Home alone kind of thing. We were trying to do it in week or something like that... that thing evolved into DARKWOOD :smile:


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Mike: It's own activities.

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damn thank you for the kind words on best buds, one of my favorites as well.

i receive about ~5-10 demos a week sometimes. it's gotten to the point that i can't respond to them all anymore. i just put them in a folder and go through a bunch at a time. for the most part there are some decent submissions but most of the bands come from me seeing them while they are on tour, a recommendation from a band on my label, or just me randomly finding them online.

no real horror stories and i don't think i've had any bands submit stuff to me that i end up working on.

the process is pretty easy, i go through this company A to Z media who has a color guide of options for the records, i tell them what i want and they send me a quote and we go from there. recently they've had great turnaround times. i've never had any really big issues, and they have rectified most of the small mistakes.


Q: 14 welders glass or a pinhole viewer. I just went to Wal-mart last night and bought a colander with circular holes. If you hold that up, all the holes will show the partial eclipse. The place where you are going may have eclipse glasses. Good luck! Amy Winebarger
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Stratton mtn in VT


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Are you only saying this so we relax and get caught off guard by the jumpscares in your game?

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Question for Mike: how were your first weeks out of scientology? What did you do and how did you feel?


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Hey Jake, I know I sound like a typical student here but do you have any opportunities for internships or have would you consider being a mentor?

I started my own music PR website when I was 15 and now I'm 20, I'd love to get more stuck in with someone who a) knows what they're doing, and b) will let me work with them to gain experience in my dream job.

Is this something you're able to do?

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You're using the collander to project multiple images on a surface like many pinhole cameras in one... You're not intending to look at the sun through the collander, correct?

(I'm reading answers out loud to my daughter, and she feels the information is unclear.)


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who of the girls on the circuit are you most competitive with?

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Gustaw - unfortunately no, but we will use this idea for our next game which will be solely jump scare based.


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Mike: Wow, they were great. I felt liberated, but sad that I knew that I had said goodbye to my entire family. I felt greatly relieved that I was able to contact others who had left who took me in when I had nowhere else to go. Thank you Tom DeVocht and Ronnie and Bitty Miscavige.

Leah: Scary, and I felt like even though I was in the real world more than most I felt like I was on shaky ground. I had been taught that without Scientology in my life I would fail so I had a lot of doubts and fear. I was dealing with a lot of loss, I lost all my friends in one fell swoop.

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right now, no i can't do that. but in the future i'm hoping to be able to offer internships similar to what topshelf records and run for cover records do. look into both those labels, they offer student internships


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There are several scientist, armature astronomers and citizens participating in the Citizen CATE experiment. We have a site here in Cookeville, TN (where I am viewing the eclipse). At 68 sites along the eclipse path, we will be taking identical data of the sun's corona during totality. At the end of the day, we hope we have a 90 minutes movie of the inner corona. It is actually really hard to see the inner corona any other way. We hope it will help us understand how mass and energy propagate away from the sun and into the solar system. There are lots of other science experiments happening, too. Amy Winebarger

That is correct! Just look at the shadow of the colander on the ground. :) Amy Winebarger

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all the girls are really stepping it up from all nations as well


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Are there any Plans for the Future like, DLC's or Free Updates to expand?

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Do you think that Scientology will ever change their views on psychiatry?


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Oh shit, you put out Casual Friday's album? Been playing the fuck out of that record since I heard it a couple weeks ago.

Picked up your discography off bandcamp since some of the stuff isn't on Google Play Music. Keep doing your thing man. I love to see people help get bands out of the local scene.

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Are there any space-related foods (e.g., Tang, freeze-dried ice cream) that I should snack on while waiting for the eclipse? Love NASA!


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Who takes all the photos? Event and comp images I get since there are photographers there, but the lifestyle/social/travel/casual images? You're all over the globe but rarely are these selfies so I'm curious how this happens

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Gustaw - At the time being, no. We have a huge list of stuff we wanted to implement, but did not have the time (or at least, we did not want to delay the game any further) to implement. Maybe a DLC, Darkwood 2, or something else entirely? Who knows. We will definitely try porting Darkwood to consoles though!


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Leah and Mike: No!

Mike: Absolutely not. That is perhaps the most fundamental doctrine of Scientology which sets up the us versus them mentality. Within the bubble of Scientology it is psychiatry that is attempting to destroy man's hope for salvation. Plus L Ron hubbard said it so it must be so.

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yeah!! really took off on r/listentothis and r/vinyl. great band that has a promising future!! that was a co release with some cool labels from around the states


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Where I am, there is a run on moon pies and sun chips! Amy Winebarger

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we have a few people on tour that carry there own camera gear


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Will you be launching to other platforms, like PS4 or possibly Switch?

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Do you think Scientology will ever be reformed into a less corrupt church? Do you think Free Zone Scientologists will have influence in the future of the church?


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Letters to cleo still exist? Wow that's a 90s flash back

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My son would LOVE to be an astronaut, are there any tips or recommendations that would make him stand out in the future (hes 6 almost 7)?


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Hey Lindsey! What features make your favorite mountains your favorite (i.e., parks, cornices, back country, steep groomers, etc)? As an aside, if you ever come out to Japan, I'll bet you a beer I can beat you in a race :D

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Gustaw - we'd love to, but we can't confirm anything at this point.


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Leah: No!

Mike: Because Scientology policy cannot be changed. By definition if you take away Scientology policy, you take away Scientology.

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i believe it was either a 10 year tour or a reunion tour...all i could think about backstage was "wow you are speaking to me right now and you were on parks and recreation"


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That is great! Becoming an astronaut is a really hard process, but he is getting an early start. There are two things that I can tell you about the astronauts I have met: they are passionate about space and science and they have really great personalities and can get along with lots of different types of people. Amy Winebarger (NASA MSFC)

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steep and deep terrain, pow never gets old


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How do gay men and women fair in the church of Scientology? Are they at a bigger risk to psychological damage by heterosexual members? Do they do forced conversion therapy? They are morally against same sex relationships, correct?

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How big of an effect do you think /r/emo has had on the success of the bands on your label?


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Can i use sunglasses or will i go blind?

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How often do you think about your 2006 Olympic final?


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Leah: So the answer to the question is yes. There is a lot of psychological damage done to men and women who are gay because Scientology has written about it in “Dianetics” as well as “Science of Survival” and “The Chart of Human Evaluation” collectively. L Ron Hubbard wrote that homosexuality lands on this very low position on this chart. Where homosexuality is charted and labeled as covert hostility. If you're in this covert hostility band, per L Ron Hubbard, Scientology teaches that you are the worst kind of person. You are sadistic you are a back stabber. Scientology considers homosexualtiy as an aberration, which means something to be fixed.

Mike: In Scientology the goal of auditing is to move you up the chart of human evaluation. By definition is it intended by Scientology that you will be cured of your ills through Scientology auditing.

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in the grand scheme of things, a post blowing up on r/vinyl or r/listentothis is 100x times more financially helpful to my label. but r/emo holds a special place in my heart for being the sub that helped me start it and the sub that most closely represents my taste in music...they just need to be more open and encouraging to bands in the genre with female members/singers


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Don't use sun glasses! You can do permanent damage to your retina. Eclipse glasses, #14 welders glass, or a pinhole viewer only. Amy Winebarger

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not really at all, the media is the only group that brings it up, how often do you think of your 19 year old self? truth be told there are way more fun and interesting things happening in the "now" to be caught up in the past


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Do you or Mike ever feel you are/could be in imminent danger due to their attack policies? Thanks and I'll be watching! 😍 Keep slugging!

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When I read the title of this post, I knew it was someone who was involved in the DIY scene.

I've been putting on shows and touring for the past 4 years, I know how much work goes into it and I just wanted to say good job and keep up the good work!

P.S. Do Prince Daddy And The Hyena smoke as much weed as they want people to think?


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Forecast isn't looking good here. :( Will the partial eclipse (near 90% coverage) still be noticeable through clouds?

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Is there a moment you remember most out of all the medals and awards?


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Leah: Imininet danger? No, never.

Mike: Speak for yourself

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they smoke a fair amount, i have trouble keeping up and can't start as early in the day as them


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I am not sure, I don't think so. I was at a total eclipse that was completely clouded out. It was just slightly darker during the eclipse. Amy Winebarger

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World champs medals are always a great memory. The anthem plays and there is an emotional moment for a second and then you get really jazzed again


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How many shattered families have you met that have been able to be repaired after Scientology? Any?

Note: Exjw's thank you for this series. It's kind of a voice for all the millions of families Watchtower's shunning rules have shattered too and it's appreciated.

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You just need to put the passion you have for music towards smoking more weed.

Seriously though, keep doing what you're doing. I imagine you'll probably be at the Fest, send me a DM if you want a beer during Prince Daddy's set!


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Do you know Caroline Lalive? Haha....heres a funny story for you. Well as you know, shes a very beautiful woman.. When I used to live in Steamboat I was out dancing somewhere. I had a hat on that said Canadien snowboarders team. Well, I did not know Caroline at this point, but she walks up to me at the bar and says...oh so your on the Canadien anowboard team huh? No....why, are you. Yep. And she just sashayed away with a little piece of my heart.

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Mike: Every family is shattered who has left Scientology. There is probably not one that has left that is hasn't ruined relationships.

Leah: Many families have been reconnected. I have a lot of friends who were in and left and disconected with their families and have gotten them and have since reconnected.


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i'll be the weirdo at their merch table, and yes i would like one :)

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would she have said "a?" instead of huh? haha


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Where do you think Michele Miscavige is?

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How come some of the albums on your bandcamp are name your price, but some of them have a set price?


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Leah: Shelly Miscavige -- I don't know. That's why I filed the police report, but it's time for her family to do something, I can tell you that.

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if the band lists their album free on their bandcamp, i do the same. if they list it for a price, i match it. it's their call. i prefer free


Q:

I know you don't talk much about Xenu or anything regarding that, since that's not the focus of your show. But will you get more into it this season?

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reached out to them and ended up investing all the money I had (and a lot more I had to earn) into their first full length album

How did you dare to do that? Was it a true trust in their potential, a bit of a "eh fuck it lets see if it works" or just a little bit of crazy? Of course money ain't everything but to invest all you had in a band you weren't even in baffles me.

Sorry if my question is worded in a offensive way, not native speaker.


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Leah: Yes and we're going to try to. It is our intention to expose all that Scientology sells, and Xenu is a part of that. We're going to talk about the upper levels of Scientology that cost hunderds of thousands of dollars.

A:

not offensive at all. i just had a feeling about the band and believed in their abilities as songwriters. and the second they played me the finished product, i knew i wasn't risking a cent and that i would make that money back fast


Q:

What would happen if you were cast with a Scientologist on a show or movie? Would they be unwilling to work with you completely, or is it just somehow dealt with?

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Isn't the music industry quite a bit of a gamble? As laymen we hear about how showbiz is a combination of talent, knowing the right people, having a TON of luck (releasing the right content at the right time) etc.. So as far as I'd know it's always a gamble, but maybe it isn't after all? Got any interesting insights on this from the other side of the fence?


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Well, I would do it, because unlike Scientologists I'm not a bigot, but Scientologists can't work with me.

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every release is a gamble, but sometimes you can just tell if a band will pick up steam. i guess it's kind of a gut thing, and i've been watching bands blow up through different message boards since i was like 16 so i'm getting a feel for it


Q:

Leah, I remember an interview with you before you left Co$. In that interview, you were using Scientology jargon and speaking about your daughter as if she was an adult. Your daughter still used a bottle at 4 years old and it was filled with barley water and sugar. I trust your daughter is no longer drinking from a bottle, but what impact, if any, did raising your daughter in Scientology have on her and on your relationship with her? Did you need to relearn parenting since leaving Co$?

Great there is a season two. Big thanks to you and Mike.

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Sorry if this has been asked, but what's your background as far as music is concerned? I absolutely love a good band, and I love finding things people aren't familiar with and getting them some publicity. I was just commenting to a musician friend the other day that I'd love to be able to do that for a living.


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Leah: She tried it once as a baby and spit it out to the dismay of my scientology friends who told me to force it on her because it was L Ron Hubbards policy. I didn't use the Scientology jargon while raising my daughter. One of my Scientology friends wrote a report on my because I wasn't using Scientology terms around my baby. Sofia doesn't remeber Scientology, but she does ask me why her Scientology aunt (by marriage) can't talk to her.

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played drums off and on since 14, just started drumming in this band called moon house

got into local diy music around 17 after the hotelier put out their album it never goes out. shit changed the course of my life as it lead me to dive deeper into the world of local music since these kids were around my age growing up in a similar central MA suburb 30 mins from me


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Do you think the "church" will ever recognize all their doings?

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What's your opinion on Jake Checkoway? I don't think you've ever made a statement about him before.


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Leah:No. Mike: Not a chance. They believe that what they are doing is right and that they are justified by the greater good and the amazing things they are doing for the planet and mankind.

A:

killed it on recording everything


Q:

Dude, that's awesome and all, but Prince Daddy & The Hyena? How could you simply gloss over that? That's a story right there.

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because if you get me started on them i will talk your ear off all day. we just re-released their debut LP which is an artistic achievement in channeling the feeling of being alone and depressed in the internet age


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Any tips on getting pr for a band that doesn't tour? I tried to help a friend and contacted about 80 bloggers with handwritten emails, all who for sure cover their genre. It's a decent band but I got zero replies.

Follow up, how long after the official release date to bloggers consider a release old news? I'm wondering if the album release being two or three months old when I pitched doomed his response rate.

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usually they will want to review within the first few months. hard to get people interested if you aren't putting in the work to tour as well. there is a lot of music out there you gotta seperate yourself through hard work


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I am currently digging the hell out of the Bay Faction album on band camp. Are there any current plans for a resressing? Being a fellow MA native I would love to support a local act.

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nothing currently but ya never know


Q:

Hey Jake, super interesting AMA!

I volunteer for a diy music venue, and something that's on our agenda is having a small music distro to support independent artists and labels.

Have you sold music/merch on consignment or is there a better way for you to get your records into shops? Or do you prefer online sales?

Bonus question: how do you feel about licensing agencies like BMI and ASCAP?

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to be honest i dont know much about licensing agencies..if that stuff ever comes up i'll just defer it to my lawyer haha

i have been offered consignment but i prefer to sell the records up front. i'm happy to provide distro to anyone and everyone but for now it needs to be an up front deal rather than consignment, that being said i think i have pretty good distro prices and am willing to do really small quantity orders.


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So you work with Mom Jeans? Can you get them to come to OKC or Tulsa again? I missed their tour this summer.

I also have to ask, what are some of your favorite emo bands that got you interested in the genre?

A:

they have some awesome tours coming up, including a full US tour for FEST in october. i'm sure they will play one of those cities at least once more this year.

i'll be in OKC with prince daddy & the hyena in a few weeks. you should check them out


Q:

awesome, I'll be sure to do that! I also edited my comment and added a question if you'd have a chance to answer!

A:

my fav album all time is hoffman manor by state lines. also love the hotelier, early saves the day, twiabp, the wonder years. not all emo but some good bands


Q:

Sleeping patterns is from my hometown. They deserve all the recognition, thanks for helping them put out such an amazing album. My question is who contacted who?

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i've been friends with them awhile, we had been talking about it since before they started recording the album, so im not really sure. great group of people


Q:

What is one moment that you will always cherish? (from the tours, to the work with the orders, etc.)

A:

damn this is a good question. there have been a lot.

the feeling when i got my first vinyl order and saw my logo on the back of the jacket. staring at the logo the same way i have stared at so many legendary releases.

recently the feeling when a band on my label (mom jeans) played to over 400 people at a venue literally across the US from where they are from and kids were screaming all the words and crowd surfing along. that was beautiful to see.

or honestly just the feeling of being truly free, on the road with people i have grown to love, living my life exactly how i want to at that moment.


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Hey Jake, first and foremost, congratulations on your company's success! I am currently a senior in high school and very interested in the music industry, but not into making the music but more about promoting and being able to help artists I really like get their name out there, since it's something I want to be able to pursue in the future. I, however, have zero experience and I want to hopefully be able to do what you've done. Any idea on how to start, how to approach an artist and how to provide a generous investment among other things? I am very interested in being able to do something here like you've done and hopefully you can provide me some insight and information on how I can start to build a foundation now so I can be able to do something with this later on. Thank you very much and good luck on your future endeavors!

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hey buddy!! thanks for the kind words, i didn't event think to get involved til i was 21 so you got a step up on me already. here is what my line of thought was when i decided to start. what can i offer this band that they can't do themselves? i had no name recognition, no prior experience..how could i help? the only thing i could think of was financial investment. they were starting out and dropping a ton to record an album. i had to match that with enthusiam and my own financial risk so that they would even have a reason for working with someone they had never met. so my advice is that when you find a project you are passionate about, ask yourself "what can i do for them that they can't do for themselves" and if you can come up with an answer, pitch it to them and see where it takes you!


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What would you say is the best way to put a demo out into the world and actually have producers listen to it?

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you need to support it in person. i will notice bands that tour, play/book a lot of local shows, etc


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Glad to see an independent label doing well, the business model of the music industry is going through substantial transitions, and small, independent labels have been pushing forward a model that eschews huge million-dollar deals, and focuses instead on efficiency. Small labels are doing the work that a record label should do, namely organizing the music industry's diverse genres and ethos by uniting a particular kind of music under a single label.

I have my own music company where I'm trying to provide musicians and labels with everything they need to run their own musical career. That said, I've run into a few hurdles that I'd appreciate some insight into.

First, how do you go about promotion? I've got a good handle on songwriting, practicing, recording, releasing digitally, making merch, and going on tour. However, I still don't quite understand what the process of promotion is like, aside from one time when I hired a company to do radio promotion, with little success. How do you go about it? Like, what's your promotional schedule like before and after a release? Also haven't figured out how to do tour booking but that's a whole nother ballgame and probably not your specialty.

Secondly, what are your usual production runs for LPs? Based on the research I've done, per-unit pricing is excessive with production runs of under 500, like 10 bucks per LP, compared to more like $2-$3 per LP for production runs of 1000+. Is this what you've found as well?

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that my company makes screen-printable CD and album packaging out of laser-cut wood, which has proven very popular in the few runs I've done. Specifically, the band I've been working with for the past couple years has sold out of more than 100 copies of their CD, which used a prototype of our current packaging design, despite only having around 450 Facebook fans. They sold the CD exclusively at their shows, so I haven't had to do any of the distribution. How does this compare to your methods, in terms of where you sell your releases and how much inventory you get stuck with?

I appreciate you taking the time to answer questions, I love connecting with other music makers. It's been a shit industry for years but now the power is being put back in the hands of the people who actually make and consume music. Keep it up!

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for promotion, i have a friend that free-lances as a pr guy for me. he has some in's at the bigger blogs and can pitch them singles and stuff for me. i'm lucky to have him help out. i'm clueless on legit pr.

for 500 records you can get a cost of about $6-7 per unit. just go light on fancy variants and you can prob do even better than that.

sometimes i'm stuck with a few hundred records for awhile, but mostly things have sold pretty well so i don't have that crazy of a backstock piling up


Q:

Have you ever worked to connect your artists with any commercials/advertising forms or any tv shows/movies? Basically, have u ever come across some awesome music that isn't that popular and then helped the artist get the song heard via advertising/entertainment.

I thought about this when I heard Portugal. The man's "feel it still" on a vitamin water commercial and I was like ayyy good for them that's a great song. HBO's "Big little lies" has a dope soundtrack too.

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this is hard to do. a dude from sony bought an album and i sent him songs for months trying to get a meeting to get them in mlb the show. he stopped answering me


Q:

Sounds like you have worked a real job for the last two years. So about my question: What's your favorite food?

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i was working 40 hours a week doing sales at a shit company in addition to running the label for 18 months. it blew. pizza babyyy


Q:

Question: have you ever been to a Mom Jeans show where people didn't scream "MOM JEANS!" during the intro to Edward 40-Hands? Asking the important stuff here.

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honestly, never


Q:

who are the best vinyl manufacturers, distros, stores to work with? biggest shipping problems (broken merchandise) etc...?

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i have relatively few shipping issues. maybe 1 out of every 75 records has enough damage to get a complaint, so it's easy enough to replace for free at this point.

i really like using a to z media for vinyl, it's nice and simple and they do everything (vinyl, jackets, inserts). i'd also like to shoutout pavonine packaging from NJ. it's a one-woman operation run out of a dorm (i think) that makes handmade cd's and tapes and they are absolutely gorgeous. any band/label should hit her up for the best possible product!


Q:

Hey Jake!

As a non-touring musician (strictly recording, no live shows), would you recommend finding a startup record label and working with them to get my album "out there"? Or just doing it myself?

My goal is to get my music used in films/tv shows/etc, but I really have no interest in touring.

Also am from Boston, spent much of my youth at the Paradise too!

Thanks sir

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i may not be the best person to ask about this as i heavily favor bands that are on the road working their asses off. i think it will be a hard path to climb without supporting it live. but ya never know. try to find so indie filmmakers to email it to


Q:

How often do you get in annoying conversations with people who confuse mid-2000's pop punk with Emo?

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haha actually rarely, i try to avoid that stuff nowadays


Q:

Would you be interested in helping a band out advice wise? We are recording everything ourselves, and have completely gone the DIY route, but it's hard to get shows outside of our own city....advice? Also, if you're interested:

https://vyamusic.bandcamp.com/releases

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this is something i also struggle with. i try to help book tours for bands on my label sometimes and it is hard. best advice, look at bands around the size of your band and see where they tour, hit up those venues. find the local bands they play with, hit up those bands.


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what quantity of T-shirt sizes and brands do you recommend every band take on tour for selling?

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out of any recommendation i make, there is no company i support more than Leigh Valley Apparel Creation based out of PA. small operation in terms of only being a few employees, but an amazing printing company that always gets shit done perfect, for amazing prices, and works really hard for me and everyone else they print for. support local business!!!!! they've made every shirt and custom vinyl jacket i've ever ordered

http://xlvacx.com

i usually buy between 50-150 shirts per design, heavy on medium and large sizes as they sell more, and most of sales are on tour so the more shirts the better on a long run!


Q:

Will you produce classical music on vinyl?

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if there was a tight ass local classical diy band i'd be interested