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Author - LiveIamA Nomadic Matt, author of the book How to Travel the World on $50 a Day, and I've been traveling the world for over a decade! Come AMA!

Oct 30th 2017 by nomadicmatt • 17 Questions • 47 Points

Every year since 2011, the United State Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has shared intellectual property (IP) found in the deepest and darkest corners of our 200+ year old archives. This Halloween, join our social media team to talk all about #CreepyIP -- from how it got started, to the magic of searching for old patents and trademarks, to what invention artwork gives us the heebie jeebies.

The late Laura Larrimore – senior digital strategist

Liz ChuuuuUUUUUuuuuuUUUU – social media specialist

Paul “Freak Show” Fucito – press secretary

Paul “Redrum” Rosenthal – acting chief communications officer

Proof: AMA announcement from the official @USPTO account on Twitter

Send us your queries! We'll start answering questions at 9:30am ET.

UPDATE: Bats all, folks! Thanks so much for all your questions today, and have a safe and happy Halloween.

Want to suggest content for #CreepyIP? You can email us anytime at [email protected] with the subject line "#CreepyIP". Make sure to include the issued Patent or Trademark registration number so we can find the item in our archives.

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Have you made lasting friendships while out on the road? How do you maintain them while being gone so often?

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What would you do differently if you had your time as PM over again?


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What was the most difficult obstacle to overcome? Is there anything you know now that you wish you had known when you started?

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  1. What's the most fucked up thing you saw a haunted house employee do?
  2. What's the worst emotional breakdown you saw in one of those full contact houses?
  3. Would you ever participate in one for fun after all of your research? Thanks for your time!

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Congrats. I feel like I'm you before the big successful part... so um, you hiring?

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Has anyone ever recognized their (or their great-granddad's) invention that was used in Creepy IP?


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Some of my best friends are from traveling. I just came from a wedding from two people I met at a hostel in Spain in 2010. FB and Skype make it easy to stay in touch and I stay on the road a lot so I pass through places frequently. Often times we just pick up right where we left off because well, nothing has happened in between.

It can be very hard though and I've lost touch with friends over the years because the time passed has been too long. In reality, you have to be OK with the fact you and someone had an amazing time in each other's lives and that's it. People grow up, they settle down, they have a family. It's hard to maintain relationships across oceans. Maybe in the future you'll see other and it will be like old times! That's the ideal but not always true. I've stayed in touch with people and, when we've met up again, I was like "Ok, I'm not at this level anymore!" and that was the end of it!

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As I said just before, I'd be less trusting of some of the folks I worked with.


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Replied to this one above, again, my apologies for not understanding how to reply in the beginning.

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Great questions. Sorry for my delay, there are so many great questions and debates going on here. 1) Hard to say, but to me it's anything to do with food and puke. That was beyond what I could handle being around. 2) Probably Mandi when she kept repeating "I can't do it" over and over again because she had reached her breaking point and really needed to get out. 3) I've done extreme haunts, but I would never do McKamey Manor. Why? Because Russ wouldn't go through it. I'm willing to try anything knowing 2 things: 1) I can get out when I want 2) The creators know exactly what it feels like to go through it.

Thank you so much for these great questions.


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We're not big and successful yet, just out of the hole that we were in and really happy to be able to continue developing games.

Hiring, huh! Are you willing to move to Finland?

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Laura: No one on social media has told us they’ve recognized a family members’ patents during #CreepyIP yet. But among the staff, most of us will admit to doing a quick search of the archives to see if any of our relatives are listed there. Anyone can search them -- you can search by the inventors first and last name, and limit by date, so that’s one way to find out if “Uncle So-and-So who had a patent” actually did, and what the patent claimed to do.

In my office I have several copies of patents issued to my husband’s maternal grandfather. He worked for DuPont on fiber technology/science. He also invented something he called the “wrinkle-o-matic”, which was a device to scientifically measure how much natural fabrics wrinkled versus some of the new “wonder” fabrics of the time, like polyester!

Sometimes you also find weird things, like this hairdressing patent by “L.Larrimore” [Note: not me and not related to me] which are just neat. I printed out a copy and have it taped to my office door, next to my nameplate.


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Big fan, Matt!

Spending a lifetime on the road, do you draw parallels between seemingly-different places? (Example: Mexico feels a lot like Taiwan.) Or does each place feel completely unique even after all these years?

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Hi Mr Rudd,

Do you think there should be a Royal Commission into the NBN debacle to hold those accountable?

Cheers


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Exactly. It doesn’t hurt to have the exact same answer in two places.

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What was your expeince at McKamey Manor?

What in your opinion, is off limits in full contact haunted houses?

What has been your most negative experience whilst researching?


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Hey! I played your game. Pretty awesome!

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That's not weird at all. A similar design is employed in practically every hairdressing salon in the UK and probably elsewhere... Prevents water dripping down your neck.


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I'm a big fan of you! Yeah, the more you travel, the more you realize places are more similar than you think. It always amazing me when I'm in a place and I go "Wow! I feel like I'm in (X)!" For example, when I was in Patagonia, I felt like I was in Montana a lot. Very similar landscape. When I was Madagascar, it had a very Central American feel.

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Yes. Abbott and Turnbull have so far got away with blue murder on this. The cost to the taxpayer as a result has been beyond belief.


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I totally apologize for my noobness. I think I'm getting the hang of this now, and will continue to use reddit. Thanks!

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Filming at McKamey Manor was even more intense and shocking than I thought it would be. I saw the videos Russ made and I saw how he always warned people, "you don't wanna do this", but I'm also a HUGE horror fan and I love the entire spectrum of horror, so I know when I see trailers for a horror movie or a haunt that says, "the most terrifying experience ever" - it's just a marketing gimmick to sell tickets and it's never actually horrific, it's just fun for people who like a good scare. But McKamey Manor is different. Here's how...

When you watch the McKamey Manor videos you don't know what it smells like in their. Russ uses a lot of fake bad smells which all combined together smell very bad. Russ and Carol when I was there had about 10 dogs and since the haunt was in their backyard sometimes the dogs would walk to the backyard and poo and pee. Then there was "Mothers room", that was the room I had to run out of. That's where they feed you gross stuff so that you puke. Ok, now combine all of these smells all together....yup, it's really bad.

The first room at the Manor had steel walls, so when you are pushed against a steel wall and you feel that it's real then it clicks in your head."this is real" and it's hard not to freak out and panic.

When people scream for help and that they want to get out and their screams are ignored or mocked that adds to the panic attack atmosphere. Made me think of the dinner table scene in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre when the woman is screaming for help and they laugh back at her. Only, this isn't a movie, it's a simulation that blurs the line so much it feels 100% real.

The feeling of the Manor is like a prolonged panic attack. There was one time when I stopped filming because Christina Buster, who flew all the way from Kuwait just to do McKamey Manor, went into shock. She started to not respond to questions, and looked dazed. I put my camera down and told Russ she's in shock. I quickly picked her up and took her out of the haunt and into the living room. 30 minutes later she snapped out of it and said,"Why am I not in the haunt anymore?" I told her that she went into shock and then she yelled at me,"I flew 19 hours for this put me back in!" She then told Russ to put her back in and then the put her back in for 4 more hours! When it was over she thanked Russ and his actors. And then she went back 3 more times! That really blew my mind and made me realize that this experience isn't for everyone, but it was really made for Christina.

What's off limits in my opinion? No safe word. I filmed a scare study, but couldn't include it in the film because it wasn't finished yet, but now it has. one thing they discovered is that if you have a safe word in an extreme haunt and you use it then that makes you feel empowered because you reached your limits and even encourages you to return and see if you can make it further the next time. But when there is no safe word at all, then you aren't accomplishing anything, things are just happening to you. Even with Fear Factor you have an option to stop, so when a contestant continues and wins it is an accomplishment. Think of it this way, if you run a marathon and you eventually cross the finish line that's a HUGE accomplishment and something you completed on your own. But if someone dragged you the entire time and threw you across the finish line then you didn't do it on your own. How would that make you feel? There's a moment in the film where I interview people after they finished the matter and some would never do it again and others wanted to work their after. Their reasons for both were really fascinating.

It's hard to say what my most negative experience inside the Manor was, but it's easy to say that the mist negative experience I had while making this movie was dealing with threats from people who hate McKamey Manor. When people saw my Kickstarter video and saw that the Manor was in my film I got threatening phone calls, emails, Facebook messages from people threatening to come after me to stop me. Others made videos lying about how I am, and that I wasn't making a documentary, but that I worked for Russ, and so on, and so on. In my opinion, if I'm doing a doc about what;s going on in the haunt world then I must talk about the conflict between traditional haunts and extreme haunts and there's nothing more extreme than McKamey. I had to include it and now you can see what it's really like to be inside it without having to actually go through it. People, real people are fascinating and it was fascinating to film people who sacrifice everything to bring your nightmares to life. That being said for months after I filmed at McKamey Manor I had horrific nightmares and not of anything made up and surreal, but actual memories about what really happened and that panic attack feeling. It took a long time for the nightmares to stop. I talk with people who have gone through it and when we do it must be what it's like for Troops tor reunite with people they served with.


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Hi! That's awesome, did you find any bugs?

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Laura: That's cool to know! I don't think this design is as popular in the US -- the ones I've seen use a u-shaped dip in the sink bowl, where you rest your head.

I think the invention itself is totally practical -- what I found slightly eerie was finding a patent that looks like I was the inventor, even though it was patented decades before I was born. :::cue spooky music:::


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If you could only visit one country to travel to for the rest of your life, which would you pick and why?

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Hi Kevin, what suprised you most about life as PM and the roles it entailed?


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Kudos on the adoption and plant-based diet. I had adopted a few pups in the past. They've all passed from old age, but I plan on rescuing another soon. I also transitioned to a plant-based diet and got my weight from 275 down to 185 and eliminated about 80% of flare-ups and associated issues caused by my Crohn's disease.

Question: What was the final motivator that got you to get up and try something completely different? Most people (obese with health issues, like we were) would scoff at the idea of a plant-based diet and would rather endure extreme surgeries and other procedures, such as gastric bypass, to deal with their issues. What made you switch?

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Thanks for such a well considered and detailed answer. It makes me wonder why someone would put themselves through something like that unless there is a huge underestimation of how traumatic and realistic it actually is.

What are your opinions of people who work there? I feel like you need a particular set of skills I dont possess or be quite sadistic. At the first sign of panic and real fear I would be pointing people to the nearest exits.

On a side note, do you remember what they fed you!?


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Is it a coincidence or does finland have some kind of advantages for indie game developers? I swear 5 posts I see about people developing a game either lives or moves to finland

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I've always found the TESS interface pretty creepy - any plans to do a refresh?


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I would spend my entire life in Thailand: the food is amazing, the people are friendly, the weather is great, it's inexpensive, and the beaches are beautiful!

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The GFC. It meant we had to work 16 hour days just to survive.


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An embarassing situation where I caused a plane flight to be delayed, because they ran out of seat belt extensions and could not take off until I was buckled in. I was wedged into a center seat with at least 8 inches of me flopping over each armrest, and the guy next to me was brutal about this.

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Thanks for your questions. When I interviewed people I asked them why they wanted to do the Manor and they usually would say they wanted to learn something about themselves. So many people want to either prove that they're stronger than they think they are, or see what their limits are. Same reason why people jump out of a plane. In society unless you join the Military there are few ways to have a "rites of passage" to test yourself and prove how brave you really are.

To be clear: I filmed it, but refused to have it done to me. I filmed Russ while he filmed people so I could show exactly what it's like inside. I also never joined a frat in college cause I would never want to be hazed or to haze anyone else. I also was bullied as a kid so I knew the Manor would not be for me.

You get to meet the actors and learn about who works there in my film. When I first started filming the people who worked there were really nice kids. Yup, kids, High School kids. These kids were really nice, but they were encouraged to go crazy on people going through the Manor and kids being kids they go too far. It's not their fault because they're kids and they were trying to do what Russ wanted and they would get carried away with the duct tape etc... Eventually he had to replace the kids with adults, but he didn't replace the kids with haunt actors. A great haunt actor has compassion. Legendary haunt actor Shar Mayer is in my film and she talks about the connection between the monster and the human. How the "victim" is scared and excited and the monster is 3 times as scared and excited. When she scares you, it feels dangerous, but you can also feel that the person behind the mask is an entertainer and that's why in mazes with monsters like Shar we scream and we laugh because we know it's all for a thrill and for fun. Who were the adults that replaced the teens in the Manor? Well, Russ had a selection process that was questionable just like it was with the teens.

What did they feed people? Usually tofu, or meat, but mixed with food coloring and sprayed with gross scents to make you gag. They also at one point had coagulated snake eggs, but when the food part in "Mothers Room" would happen I would last a few minutes and then have to run out. It was too much for me.


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Finland has opportunities, much more so than other countries for sure I would say. Much of this is thanks to Rovio and Supercell I would say, sparking a real interest in investing in gaming companies and trying to nurture them.

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Paul F: We're always working to upgrade our IT tools, including TESS, which is part of our Trademarks Next Generation project. You can tune in to today's TPAC livestream for updates from CIO John Owens, starting at 10:50 am ET.


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Hey Matt! Huge fan of your blog and I appreciate everything you do to share your experiences with everyone. What has been the best and worst part about blogging? Do you ever have family travel with you? What kind of volunteer work do you do (if any) while traveling and where at? What was your most awkward moment while traveling? Were you ever not interested in traveling somewhere and went anyway?

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Hi Mr Rudd,

Are you as disappointed with the state of current politics as we are? Where constant blame games are played instead of actual problem solving? Where each side picks on each other instead of focusing on policies? Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us btw!


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You could've very easily gone home and focused on the negative. You could've blamed everyone else and not done anything to improve. It takes a lot of strength to do what you did. People don't understand what an uphill battle these major changes are. Much respect.

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Have you interviewed or know what happened to any of the kids that this guy used to employ? Did they grow up to be regular adults or what are the questionable parts of the selection process?


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Have you ever considered making a multiplayer game? Also I recommend linking your patreon or starting a kickstarter for a new game, I imagine it would be very successful

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Thanks!


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The best part about blogging has definitely been all the people I've met. Most of my closest friends I've met from blogging and running a website. It's been a truly wonderful experience. The worst part? Well, as folks here no, people on the Internet can be pretty mean and it took me a long time to develop a thick skin.

In the early days of blogging, everything was really communal and happy and then the trolls came and it took me a little while to develop a thick enough skin to ignore them.

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Yes. But the Murdoch media don't provide a fair platform for a policy debate on the future. Their interest is to conduct personal campaigns against individual labor politicians.


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Thank you :)

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I interviewed them and they're great kids! Awesome people. The questionable part of the selection process of the adults is that most of them are not scare actors and some have backgrounds that make it clear they shouldn't have physical contact with people.


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A future Kickstarter has been on our minds regarding Space Haven! As a form of getting alpha testers.

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Paul F: Mine is pretty specific, and reveals my Jersey roots: Goldenberg's Peanut Chews.


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Have you found it difficult to maintain relationships while you travel so much? Or are you married?

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Do you still hit up Yarralumla Turkish Pide when you are in the area?


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hey it's me ur brother

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You say some people wanted to work there after going through it? Sounds to me like some people see that they can get away with torturing people for the fun of it. I think that this place is fucked up in eve st which way. It's not a haunted house. It's a horror movie sinulator


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Is there a special reason why you're called bugbyte? Didn't Bugbear (FlatOut 1+2) also come out of Finland? What is it with you guys and bugs? Aren't they something to avoid?

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Thanks!


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It's been really hard. I'm still single and that is 100% related to the fact that I can't stay still. I've had many girlfriends but it always ends when one of us decides it's time to stay or move on and we can't get on the same page. Now that I'm 36, I've slowed my travels down a lot and will probably continue to do so as I am really to settle down and find a travel partner!

Finding your soulmate on the road does happen but you have to be both heading in the same direction - physically and metaphorically - and, in my case, that hasn't been so.

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Not only do I visit for a kebab when I'm in town my son Marcus has been one of their biggest customers in history.


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You choose awesome aliases. :)

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I actually film the exact moment someone makes that decision and it will blow your mind. I learned a lot about people making this.


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Haha, I don't know! When we started we didn't have any other Finnish companies on our mind.

I think we did what many others would do when trying to come up with a name. Taking industry terms and trying to combine them in a way that would create a new word of our liking. At first we were Bugbyte Productions, but later on dropped the "Productions" :)

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Paul R: Kit Kats or Peanut Butter Cups.


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which country do you think it is likely to have the widest disparity in terms of good and bad experiences (one person goes and has the trip of a lifetime, another person goes and is scarred for life), and which country do you think is generally the most consistent in that regard?

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Mr Rudd,

How deep does the rabbit hole go in terms of media moguls influencing policy?

Is there a reasonable solution to get the NBN back to a standard that Labor proposed and started, or are we going to be held back for another 10 years+?


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Your wedding pics are very cute :)

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It wasn't so bad back in 2005-2007 it was a typical chase people around with fake stuff... I have always wondered if the attraction is family owned. Its just a small house in the suburbs


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I have never heard of this game series.. But it looks awesome! Good job! My question is: Where do you see your franchise heading in the future?

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Are there things you find whose creepiness is completely unintentional?


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I think the place I hear the largest disparity is not a country but a city: Paris. People love it or hate it. It's beautiful and romantic or it's overpriced and filled with rude people.

I love Paris. I think the people who don't like it end up in the touristy places and never get to see the beauty and charm of the city.

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Murdoch's fox news network in the United States is one of the biggest reason for the emergence of Trump. Murdoch also campaigned in support of Brexit in Britain. Murdoch's control of 70% of the Newspapers in Australia is a major problem for us all.


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Thank you!

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Yup over the years it got more and more extreme. I had some great interviews with the neighbors about that.


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It all depends on how this newest one, Battlevoid: Sector Siege manages to capture the interest of our community and new players. As long as there is interest there is always a chance we will do more into the series.

We have been working on a new and really ambitious project on the side as well. It's called Space Haven, and it's inspired by Rimworld, X-Com and FTL.

You can check out a dev blog we have for it. Starting with this post to see some screenshots: Space Haven Screenshots

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Laura: I find most patent art that includes drawings of humans or human body parts are likely to be unintentionally creepy. When I am searching for #CreepyIP, sometimes I look through classes of inventions like eyeglasses, nose plugs or hand protectors that are likely to have people in the artwork demonstrating use of the invention.

Since the artist is mostly concerned with showing a clear depiction of the invention, often they don’t put as much time into drawing the faces or body parts, making for an odd, slightly awkward and creepy drawing.

See for example, this super-cool patent by Eddie Van Halen. Some people in our office find the drawing creepy -- and not just because of the 80's hairstyle.


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Is there any country or region that you don't want to travel to?

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Hi Kevin,

What made you change your stance on marriage equality to a yes? How did it come about and who/what made the realisation real for you?


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Good bot

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What do the neighbors have to say about it?


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How much programming experience did you guys have when you first started?

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Is there a place we can post submissions for CreepyIP? My grandfather had a bit of mad scientist in him... http://www.google.com.pg/patents/US2422254


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North Korea because the money you spend there goes directly to the regime.

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If you go to my website you will see a 3000+ word essay written in 2013 well before I returned to the Prime Ministership on why I had changed my position.


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It's an awesome bot!

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Some love it, some hate it. I was surprised with how many of his neighbors thought it was cool. All of his neighbors really liked him and he would DJ block parties too. In my neighborhood if you play your music too loud the cops show up.


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My brother had made a really small simple game in flash before. So not much :)

My brother is way more talented than I am though, my strategy is to be stubborn and fiddle with a problem until it is solved somehow.

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Please send us your suggestions! You can email us at [email protected] -- please put #CreepyIP in the subject and any info to help us find the patent in the USPTO archives (i.e a link to the patent from the online archive, the patent number etc.). Generally the IP we share has a registered US trademark or a granted US patent.


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Hi Matt,

I have followed you since I started travelling myself early last year!

It's been almost 2 years on the road for me and I still struggle with my family coming to terms with my choice of lifestyle.

This is considering that I have been relatively diligent financially, in that I have done some freelance work as well as, stopped for a year on a working holiday to save up some money.

Basically they want me to be home, have a 9-5, get a mortgage etc. It is a shame that my family will never let this go and yet at the same time I just continue to become more curious!!

Any advice?

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Why do you think the NBN, a $50B nation wide project, has barely been covered or properly discussed in the media?


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To anyone who watches this: A DOG DIES: PREPARE TO CRY. Seriously though, it's a beautiful story. Dogs are amazing companions, and truly, our species barely deserves such a gracious gift from Nature.

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Were there ever any moments of compassion or second guessing from the employees, or did they stay totally "in character" the whole time? Did you ever find yourself wanting to stop the most extreme moments of the experience as you witnessed guests going through it?


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Thanks for the response. How about now, since you have a few more people? Are you more into game design, or do you also do development?

What does it take to have a successful team? Your history mentioned you and your brother found a 3rd person who seemed to be the missing link. Why so? Was it the ideas or expertise the other person brought to the table?

Sorry for all the questions, I've considered making games as well for many yeara, but it never seems like the "right" time, and I can never put together a committed team.

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Whats the one patent thats kinda stuck with you the most and still gives you the brrrs just thinking about it, gang?


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My parents told me to get a real job until my book came up. That was 6 years into my travels / career. When I say "I'm off to work", my parents say "What work? You don't work!"

Don't get down on yourself. Or even them. They've been conditioned to think there's a certain path to success and stability. Everything you do goes against that way of thinking and it's going to take some time for them to get used to that.

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Please read the transcript of my interview with Leigh Sales on Monday night.


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Thank you :)

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There were some actors at McKamey Manor who were very compassionate and would "check in" with people that they felt had reached a breaking point, but even when they did that it was in character. Sometimes Carol would come out and would talk to them and make them feel safe and then Russ would go back to unleashing hell on them.

Yes, I wanted to stop it and take people out, but I only did that once. I'm gonna copy and paste where I shared that story from earlier:

There was one time when I stopped filming because Christina Buster, who flew all the way from Kuwait just to do McKamey Manor, went into shock. She started to not respond to questions, and looked dazed. I put my camera down and told Russ she's in shock. I quickly picked her up and took her out of the haunt and into the living room. 30 minutes later she snapped out of it and said,"Why am I not in the haunt anymore?" I told her that she went into shock and then she yelled at me,"I flew 19 hours for this put me back in!" She then told Russ to put her back in and then the put her back in for 4 more hours! When it was over she thanked Russ and his actors. And then she went back 3 more times! That really blew my mind and made me realize that this experience isn't for everyone, but it was really made for Christina.


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I'll just give you this one image and let it explain why he was the missing link: Sector Siege title art

I'm always amazed by the work he does. He made our games look how we wanted them to look. Actually, we had no idea, but when we saw what he made we were like Yes!

Finding a committed team is extremely hard, that is why so many games fail to deliver in the end. Execution is key, and without a committed team it's impossible. Developing great games take anywhere from 1-4 years, people doing it need to be very committed and stay focused. It's not easy.

I really hope you find the right people, but I think you don't really know if you are around right people until shit hits the fan and you see how they react. Are they willing to push or do they just say: "screw it all", I'm out of here.

What does it take to have a successful team? I think it takes one person knowing what that is, what kind of people are needed and how to keep them motivated and work with everyone's strengths and weaknesses.

I don't think there is ever a right time, there's just now or later. You got to take a risk to have a chance to win!

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Paul F: The "skeleton confession" patent, which we shared leading up to this AMA, is one that I found a few years ago. It really struck me. I hadn't seen anything like that before.


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What is a highly-recommended but less-well-known city or activity on each continent? (You can skip Antarctica I guess :)

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Hi Kevin, In your opinion, what's the best decision you made as PM?


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HES A GOOD BOY

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What do you think has caused the interest in these horror experiences in recent years?

Do you think this is something that will go away anytime soon?


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This game caught my eye today on Steam. Why should I play it and what elements of the game are you most proud of? I'm a huge fan of FTL and Rimworld If it shares anything with those.

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Whats the one patent thats kinda stuck with you the most and still gives you the brrrs just thinking about it, gang?


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I haven't been everywhere but I will say that one of the most underrated places in the world is Taiwan. It's way, way, way too overlooked: wonderful people, food, culture, and environment.

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To intervene radically in 2008 to stop Australia from falling into a deep economic recession.


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HE'S THE BEST BOY! :)

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I asked this exact question while doing research for my doc. So I looked up when horror films, haunts and Halloween made the most amount of money and I noticed some really fascinating correlations.

All the classic monster movies for Universal Studios came out during the depression and were major box office hits, Halloween made it's most amount of money during 2001, right after September 11th and was beat out by 2008, the financial meltdown, but this year Halloween is on track to make more money than ever before, $9.1 BILLION. Why? Because people use Halloween, horror and haunts as a safe way to face their worst fears and scream their heads off. I learned a lot about people and how horror is a mirror that reflects society's worst fears.

And your second question. Do I think this is something that will go away anytime soon? No. Turn on the news, there's a lot to be nervous, fearful and scared about and as long as real life is really scary, people will need horror experiences as a way to both confront their fears and escape the horrors of reality.


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It's not really similar to FTL or Rimworld, it's quite far from.

The best way to describe it would be to say it is a light star craft type of game. Take away all the buildings and just build units. But the cool thing is that you get to customize every unit you build, you get to board enemy ships and then you can start building those! All the while this is happening there will be surprise warps here and there making you shift your focus frantically at times. There's also a bunch of cool tech to research, so you get to equip your units with new turrets and hangars.

The game will also challenge you, the difficulty and the AI and all the surprises can really throw you into loops.

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Paul R: I think any type of device that's designed to alert the living that you've been buried alive. I mean, I totally get the purpose. But wow, I simply can't imagine being in that situation. And I wonder if it was ever used?


Q:

Why are you giving away a trip around the world for free?

A:

What was your biggest regret as PM?


Q:

Any before and after photos of your pupper?

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Wow that's a real interesting correlation and would've never thought of that myself, but it makes so much sense.

Even when I think about it a lot of my favorite horror movies came out in the 70s-80s during the cold war, and had things like the Satanic ritual abuse scare going on.


Q:

How are the dynamics between the 3 of you? Is the third partner a friend or someone you found with the necessary skills you needed?

A:

This one creeps me out?


Q:

Travel has given me so much in my life and I've managed to turn it into a successful career that I want to pay it forward and give someone else the experience I had.

A:

Being a little too trusting of others :)


Q:

Only after photos, so sorry. I was obese for over 20 years, stopped going outside, had no friends, and even had not gone on a date for over 15 years. Worst of all, I owned a flip phone at the time, and also never took photos because I was ashamed of my appearance. I didn't start taking photos until after I lost my weight, and that includes of my dog.

A:

That's why George Romero was a genius! Horror is a mirror to society.


Q:

We realized we couldn't do graphics all that well. So I went hunting for someone and found the guy at a university. We chatted for a little bit, but then the event continued and we got separated. Just as he was about to leave the event I shouted to him and asked if he would like to come have a look at our office.

If I would have missed him then it would have been a whole other story. He's been crucial to our success, the missing link. Someone who can make great graphics.

A:

That's technically not a question, but it IS pretty creepy!


Q:

which country is the best for traveling to but you would not want to stay more than a month there, and which country is the worst for touring, but best for long-term quality of life?

A:

Hi Kevin.

Has your perspective on Australian politics changed from your recent time in the United States?

PS miss you!


Q:

Just edited the comment with pics!

A:

I think that we used to get scared more - less stimulation, more unexplained things - but thanks to science and the internet and our phones, we live a very soft life.

No big ghost stories or unexplained natural phenomenon-we know hurricanes are coming and that sacrificing virgins won't prevent earthquakes.

But that innate need for adrenaline, that need to be scared, remains a primal desire.

Not only that, but consumers are getting more savvy and demanding intricate, full products. They want better than what they can get by themselves, and with unlimited access to EVERYTHING, that's a hard product to deliver.

Look at Disneyland and the vintage rides - they're charming in their innocence and delicacy. But modern culture supports this genre of full-on terror inducing, immersive experience.


Q:

How does one get into the game dev field? Where to start , what to learn etc...

A:

Where can I go to view these creepy IPs?


Q:

I don't understand the question. Can you rephrase?

A:

Yes. What I see in the US, UK and Australia is the Murdoch empire harnessing the forces of the far right in every country. It is a national and international disgrace.


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Yes and no. This was a HUGE year for Disneyland's Halloween Time, Knott's Scary Farm and Universal Studios sold out so many times they have to extend into November. There's a huge spectrum of sub-genres of horror from horror comedy, supernatural and monsters to slasher and torture porn and everything in-between. And now there's a live horror attraction that represents each kind of sub-genre of horror. I see it as something for everyone. But the question remains: How far is too far?


Q:

Honestly if you really feel a spark to do it I would say one of the best ways would be to start online. If you can find someone who is also interested you can work together.

But we learned everything online, and by experimenting and just jumping in and giving it a try.

The best way to start is with a small game, and choose your game engine based on how well it is documented. I recommend Unity for this reason, you will find answers to your problems.


Q:

Kevin, What's your favourite flavour of meat pie? Love you heaps

  • Andy
A:

Please share your story over at /r/pitbulls


Q:

Russ McKamey seems to be pretty particular about the photos and videos that are put out there and doesn’t tend to do a lot of interviews, how did you go about getting permission to film and were there any restrictions on what you could or couldn’t show?

A:

I came here from r/linux_gaming. I don't want to pry, but I'm curious: what do your Linux sales numbers look like? Are they more than you would have expected, or less?


Q:

Awesome!

A:

4&20


Q:

Seriously doing my best to figure Reddit out, sorry it took me so many years to come over here, will try and do that. Thanks!

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You're right. At first he wouldn't let me film anything and then wanted me to have restrictions. I told him I need to be able to film everything so I can show the Manor and him as they really are. I spent a weekend interviewing him and when he heard my questions and saw how I was filming in a cinematic way (not just point and shoot) he trusted me to tell the story.

By having all access and being able to show Russ building, filming, editing, etc... it really provides a ton of insight.


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Linux sales is 2% of total sales currently. Hehe, I would say less! But I'm happy to support it.

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Paul F: I have always been fascinated by technology and innovation, and getting to meet the people behind the inventions is simply amazing. As a former radio personality, being able to meet people like National Inventor’s Hall of Fame inductees James West, co-inventor of the Electret Microphone, or Garrett Brown, inventor of the Steadicam (who also happened to film the uber creepy tricycle scene in “The Shining”) is about as cool as it gets. I’m also fortunate enough to work with a great group of colleagues who share a similar sense of humor and tend to geek out over all the same things I do.


Q:

Kevin, why did you wait until your autobiography was being released before telling us what you really think about Murdoch's involvement with the LNP in ruining the NBN?

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this needs way more upvotes


Q:

So, all that said, why are Russ' videos so bad?

I'm a professional filmmaker as well, and I couldn't find anything that I could remotely finish while clicking through his enormous youtube channel. Everything is 40min+, filmed gonzo style and lacks any sense of story. If I was a potential customer trying to see an overview of what the Manor is, I'd still have no goddamn idea what was going on. Your trailer is the first McKamey Manor content I've seen that makes sense.

Does he have a method behind the way he presents his videos, or is he just shooting a ton of footage and then uploading 90% of it? What were his concerns regarding your footage and the way you'd present his haunt?

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and we few are very VERY happy that you support linux. Gonna check out your games after work ;)


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As communicators, we know that one way to do this is to break away from typical government-speak and "bureaucrat-ese" and find ways to connect with citizens in a way that's relevant.

OMG, so much yes. One thing I dislike about being a USPTO employee is how constrained our message can be, because every comunication has to be vetted by three thousand different people until the message is so safe as to be absolutely devoid of any life whatsoever.

Please stop speaking so safely all the time, kthnxbai

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I have said this many times before publicly. It's just, surprise surprise, the Murdoch media weren't keen on printing it.


Q:

I agree!

A:

Russ considers himself a director and his videos do have a real effect on people. He wants to freak people out, but is very careful to not show too much. I told him I had to have all access and be able to show whatever was needed to give the experience of what it's like to go through the Manor. At first he was really scared, but the he allowed me to film. I'm so glad he did because the moments that burn into my brain are when you get to see Russ filming and editing. I always wondered about the man behind the curtain and we reveal him as he is in my film. I'm really proud of that.


Q:

Thank you! :)

A:

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And if you have any additional questions, contact us at [email protected]!


Q:

Is Abbott as awful in person as he is on TV?

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Fellow vegan here. Love reading your story. So cool how you both rescued each other :)


Q:

The experience is free with a donation of small dog food. How does Russ afford to keep it open?

Are the employees volunteers?

Were there any employees that you think are too unstable to be working there?

What is the quickest you saw someone want out?

And the one thing that confuses me is that there is no safe word but apparently no one has ever made it through. Do the actors just stop? How does it end? Is there even an actual ending, or does it gone on as long as it takes for someone to quit?

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What do you use to make your games and how does the process start?


Q:

Are there IP that you have found that was creepy in its time and isn't now? Or vice versa?

Thanks for doing this AMA!

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About the same.


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Thank you!

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Great questions.

At the time Russ worked 2 jobs and Carol worked two jobs and all of their money went into the haunt. Everyone who works their is a volunteer and most have gone through it before...everyone except for Russ!

Some people wanted out the second it began.

How does it end? Russ doesn't stop until he believes he has captured your true terror reactions on camera. He wants to film you having a total breakdown. When Russ thinks that has happened it's over. Sometimes that's 10 minutes sometimes 6 hours. Another reason why people should have a safe word.


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I used Unity to start. First step was to look up Unity tutorials and follow them, creating simple games. From there I decided to make my own project with what I had learned. Every time I stumbled upon a problem I opened the browser and started googling.

I learned more by reading solutions to my problems online and after 14 months I had a game together! I worked 12 hours 6 days a week, so that made it come together a bit faster.

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Paul R: I think it's mostly vice versa. When people invent, they're inventing for a purpose. They've identified a need and are attempting to create a solution to satisfy that need. At that moment in time, that idea could have been genius. With the benefit of hindsight, it becomes easier to see that perhaps many of those early attempts at a solution were not the best or were simply unsuccessful. And sometimes it can look downright creepy when you apply that hindsight through a lens of today's technology.


Q:

I still have my Kevin 07 tshirt. Can we be real life best friends?

A:

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3 cups pinto beans

3 small, 2 medium, or 1 large yellow onions, chopped

3 bell peppers, red, yellow, and green, chopped

8 large green jalapeño peppers, with seeds removed then diced

2 14.5 ounce cans of diced tomatoes or equivalent

1 tbsp chili powder

2 tbsp oregano flakes

1 tbsp cumin powder

1 tbsp garlic powder

3 bay leaves, freshly ground

1 tsp ground black pepper

1 tbsp sea salt

Optional for chili:

one 11 oz package Beyond Beef Feisty Crumbles, by Beyond Meat Plant Based Protein


Q:

having no safe word and even waterboarding people

You're going to have to explain that one.

Anyone who's seen Hitchens get waterboarded knows that isn't a joke.

People who've been waterboarded say that if they had to choose, next time they'd rather have their toes chopped off.

A:

Have you considered doing a 3D game? Unity makes this quite simple.


Q:

Spoken like a true bureaucrat. :-( "Idk, sry" is fine. :-(

A:

Absolutely. I'm thinking of printing more T-shirts.


Q:

Thank you!

A:

Ya... I didn't believe it until I saw it. It's not pouring water slowly the way we've seen it done on the news, but it's submerging people under water while they have a cage over them and a hood over their head. Still way too much for me and I was more surprised when people who went through it then went back for it again and again. Not everyone. Most do it once and then either never go back or go on to work there.

I learned a lot about people filming this doc.


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Yes, but we kind of like 2D! Perhaps in the future.

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Laura: Do medical devices count as torture devices? Even though we’ve made major advances in dentistry, anything related to going to the dentist is creepy to me. The patents for various old-time ‘advancements’ like this dental tool, are pretty horrific. I’m sure one day we’ll be saying the same thing about today’s high-tech tools and methods.


Q:

What are your thoughts on Canada? Friend or Foe?

A:

Just switched to plant based 5 months ago and I'm down 50 lbs! This is the way to live ones life. I was 345lbs. Still a ways to go, but its really not as hard as it seems to make the switch.


Q:

I'm currently in charge of doing the videography for a haunted maze in So. Cal. Based on your experience, what would you say is the most effective format for capturing footage and creating an enticing video? Which shots do you think work best and have the best effect?

A:

Perhaps 3D graphics games which are restricted to 2D plane? Like Smash Bros or many RTS games?


Q:

Spoken like a true bureaucrat. :-( "Idk, sry" is fine. :-(

A:

BFF's


Q:

Great job and keep it up!

A:

Premiere Pro CC is my fav way to edit. What we all want in a haunt promo video is something that captures the feeling of the haunt. A mix of flow through and awesome SCARE REACTIONS!! I think we all love watching scare reactions when people scream and then laugh.

And focus on getting great music and adding sound effects. And you want to show soem of the haunt, but sometimes it's what we don't see, what we only hear that really scares us the most. Keep the mystery alive and sell it with the reactions.

Every see the reaction photos from Nightmares Fear Factory? Those pics sell that haunt better than anything else every could.

Good luck, I know how challenging it is to film in a haunt. Happy Halloween!


Q:

Perhaps!

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Laura: We usually tape up print-outs of potential picks on a wall in our conference room, and then let all the staff take a look and debate what should make the cut. We have a diverse team, so doing it this way ensures there's general agreement. (You can actually see this process happening in the background of our AMA proof image).

Sometimes an option doesn't make it into the present year, but appears in the following year. It may take us awhile (sometimes years) to find the perfect thing to say about an item. Sometimes the item just doesn't resonate for everybody, and so we don't do it.

I knew right away this patent artwork was perfect, but I had a hard time figuring out the caption. And then near the end of October as time was running out, BAM!, it came to me. It's still one of my favorite #CreepyIP posts I personally wrote.

This year, we finally shared the "bubble ball" patent. We taped it to the wall a few years back, but the only staff-suggested caption referenced a tv show/movie from the 1960s. We debated whether it was too obscure of a reference (I and several of the younger team members had to do some quick online searching to understand the reference), and ultimately it didn't make the cut that year.

We tried again this year and I'm really happy with the final caption that we settled on.


Q:

KRudd, big fan of your cats Mei Mei and Qing Qing on instagram. What do you say to all those cat haters out there who think dogs are the superior pet?

A:

Friendly tip, you should also hit reply under the specific question you're answering so your reply appears near the question. It's helpful for readers.

Inspiring story, thanks for doing the AMA!


Q:

how does the full contact work? Do people jump out of nowhere and grab you? What if i punch someone out of instinct?

A:

how do you feel about lootboxes and microtransactions dominating video games in 2017? where will it take us in 2018?


Q:

Hi! If not too late, who is your favorite coworker, and why is it Linda? :)

A:

The truth is we have almost always had dogs and cats together, and if they can get on together, surely cat lovers and dog lovers can get on together.


Q:

Thank you!

A:

It means they can touch you and you can't touch them back. You're question about punching is really interesting and something I explored a lot in my film. In extreme haunts I almost never saw anyone fight back, but in traditional boo scare mazes it's much more common.

Scare Actors like Shar Mayer have had to deal with Fight reactions from scared guests and even get attacked by drunk people who attacked her in a maze. Scare Actors have a love and a passion for giving us a great scare, but when people who want to be scared, get too scared and actually fight back it's horrible for the Scare Actors who already work so hard and insane hours and push their bodies to the limit.

Someone asked me if it can be so dangerous why do people like Shar continue to do it? It's like being a boxer or a football player. If you have a real talent, skill and passion for doing something you'll do it even if it breaks you. It's amazing to meet people who love something so much that it's their true passion, their art, what they live for.


Q:

Well, they are designed to milk money from customers. So the focus has been on how to get more money from players, instead of how to make the game better.

I don't like that. I don't like that time is spent on developing features to milk money from players, when all that time could have been spent on developing features that make the game better.

I feel like it's going all wrong here. In my ideal gaming industry world games would have a one-time price + for every big content update there would be an additional price. I feel this would keep the focus on making great games and enable developers to get paid for their effort.

A:

Laura: Sorry, but it's definitely Pico! He is the only co-worker who gets away with snoring during meetings.


Q:

Nearly ten years on from your Sorry speech, what do you feel has changed for Indigenous Australians over that time? How do we get to constitutional recognition?

A:

Will modern astronomy, using LIGO detectors [and their descendants] be able to use gravitational waves to find advanced intelligent extra-terrestrial life?


Q:

What does "full contact" mean? Like, are visitors allowed to fight back?

A:

Will you be making this game free and pay to win in the future? Those bloodsuckers make so much money.


Q:

Aboriginal education has improved in many areas, and we now have many young Aboriginal kids at our universities.

A:

No.


Q:

It means they're allowed to touch you, even in a rough way and you're not allowed to touch back or fight back.

A:

No we will not :)


Q:

What do you think is the way forward for the ALP and central-left politics in Australia and other western nations?

A:

How did you make new friends in adulthood, after not interacting with others for so long?


Q:

Did you see any visitors try to fight back?

A:

I have less than 20k in debt. You mind taking on that as well?


Q:

The capitalist project has to be adjusted in order to provide a bigger slice of national income to lower and middle income Australians.

A:

Getting outside with my dog lead to me meeting most everyone in my neighborhood, so I got started on making a lot of new friends that way.


Q:

I actually never saw anyone fight back at the Manor, but I did see people fight back at boo scare mazes. I was really surprised.

A:

Not right now, maybe later!


Q:

I have to ask, how much do you miss The Chasers?

A:

Will I lose 150 lbs if I adopt a dog?


Q:

That makes no sense. Is this just a masochist house then? Sounds like it has nothing to do with horror and everything to do with getting off on getting tortured. Plus from a legal standpoint, if you make someone fear for their life and don't respond to their calls for you to stop then they have every right to touch back and ultimately that could lead to something ubfortunate.

A:

So I loved the first game and had you on my list of favourite indie devs. Now with todays release you guys are charging twice as much for the game on steam, and I have to buy it twice, instead of once with a key for any other device? It feels like a metaphorical slap in the face.


Q:

Quite a lot. With no Chasers and the loss of John Clarke there's a big hole in Australian political satire.

A:

Do you need to lose 150 lbs? If so, I can show you how you can do that by adopting a dog and a whole food plant based no oil diet. :)


Q:

The set design looks incredible and he has robots and massive props some are original some cost $20,000 and are a real spectacle you usually don't see out of a theme park. I was there and it scared the hell outta me, but I know what you mean. The controversy is about the safe word. To me, any extreme haunt must have a safe word.

A:

Hi!

Unfortunately we cannot provide keys for other platforms. Additionally, we are forced to ask a lower price on mobile to sell units and stay on lists to stay alive and be able to continue developing games. It's just the way it is. Hope you understand.


Q:

Hi Kevin. Who's idea was the Kevin 07 campaign? It was absolutely brilliant in design!

A:

Favorite meal to cook? Tomorrow is meal prep day and I have no ideas. Lol


Q:

I recently went to Bates Motel & Haunted Hayride in PA and it was my first haunt experience, I enjoyed it, was sometimes scary sometimes funny mostly entertaining. Touching was allowed but it was very light. The way you describe Mckamey is like nothing else I could imagine. My question is: Are there others like it?

A:

Not sure if you're still answering but what's different between the new game and Harbinger?

I bought Harbinger in 2015 and definitely got my money's worth from it. Keep up the good work!


Q:

A combination of Tim Gartrell, the then national secretary of the ALP, and the late Neil Lawrence.

A:

Replied above, thanks!


Q:

There is nothing like McKamey Manor. There are more extreme haunts that touch you like Blackout, Freakling Bros, and interactive theatrical extreme like Alone, The 17th Door etc... There's a very exciting world of haunts out there to explore and now the ones in Japan are even doing amazing work!

A:

Here's what I posted in our forums:

Max 10 ships + 8 stations to command in Sector Siege versus 3 ships in Harbinger.

Marines added to ships.

Boarding feature added, both the player and the AI can board.

Capture points added, generating resources.

Old and new ships.

Turrets are mostly the same. Area of effect added.

Fog of war added.

Seamless saving and loading added, save and load at any time. Cross-platform save/load support.

Ability to capture all enemy units and stations added, and it's possible to start building them once you have one captured.

1 new race, the Guardians added.

All alien races may warp in to a fight and attack any other race. This means alien races will be fighting each other too.

Skirmish game mode with 2v2 added, you can play with an alien ally.

Star map is not randomized, but a lot of the elements inside a sector are randomized. Sector Siege is all about what happens inside a sector, and one sector play can easily take 30-60 min. A campaign has 25 sectors.

You can build up the Battlestation.

Defense missions added.

Skirmish also has defense mission and you can play against endless enemy waves trying to reach a high score.


Q:

Why did you cop out of taking an ETS to a double dissolution election when you were killing it in the polls?

A:

Is there any particular reason why you failed at all the diets?


Q:

Did you see anyone not get scared? I don't mean dudes trying to be tough but anyone who genuinely didn't really seem scared or freaked out by the whole thing.

A:

How do you guys get the word around about your game ? More importantly how do you take care of consumer satisfaction ?


Q:

We had already had our ETS legislation knocked over in the senate twice by then. By the time Gillard and Swan had conducted their coup in June 2010, there was still time to call a DD. Gillard had opposed one from the get go.

A:

Hi - I replied to this one above also, sorry for my replying noobness.


Q:

Yes! That's my wife. Nothing in a haunt scares her, but i scream my head off.

I did film 1 guy who wasn't bothered by anything at McKamey Manor. It turned out he's into S&M and he had a wonderful time.

A:

We mail a lot of places. Youtubers and press. It's really hard tough, you really need to have an interesting game to have a chance.

We have built our community over years and that's the best way to spread the word. We do it by reading what they write regarding our games and try to fulfill many of their wishes, this creates solid fans who are ready to help.


Q:

G'day kev, are you aware that in schools all around this great country of ours you are viewed as a handball god? How do you feel about this and do you have intentions to hit the squares again any time soon???

A:

This is awesome, animal love and living your best you all in one! I need to ask a question, did it take long for you to find the right doggo??


Q:

he's into S&M and he had a wonderful time.

Lol. How did that make the actors feel like knowing this afterwards?

A:

Hell, I'm happy for you guys. good on you for pursuing your dreams and finding success.

Space Haven perked my interest. How management based would you say it will be? I have a penchant for tycoon games, but on mobile it's often just a case of build the next thing and wait. I want something more like theme hospital, with challenge.

Either way, I'm happy to support you, have a 4 hour flight later today so I'll buy battlevoid sector siege. Hope it's kind on my battery life!


Q:

Yes I know I am seen as the handball champ of the Southern Hemisphere. In fact I have challenged one of our local schools here in Brisbane to a match on Monday.

A:

When I adopted Peety, I had never owned a pet before. When my new doctor told me to adopt a dog, I asked her if it would be ok to adopt a cat instead. She looked at me sternly, and asked if I had ever walked a cat. I said no, but I thought I had seen it done on TV. She then replied, just adopt the dog. I then went down to Humane Society Silicon Valley in N Cal, where I lived at the time, and they introduced me to Peety. He wasn't what I expected, and I don't think I was what he expected, but as I found, you don't always get what you want, but instead you get what you need. Peety and I needed each other, we just didn't know it at the time.


Q:

Hahahah. They were very confused.

A:

Hi!

Something a bit more towards Rimworld is what we're trying to achieve. A lot of focus on the characters, but also management. It's like taking a base building game but you get to move that base all the time :)


Q:

G'day! Politics aside, what's your favourite thing about Australia?

A:

Where's Peety?! Did he die? I'm sad now.


Q:

After watching the trailer im super interested in this. My big question:

Why the fuck did you not release it today?

Not going to lie im probably going to forget about this until i stumble across it again one random youtube late night binge. Looks good though great work!

A:

Fantastic. Well I loved rimworld so that definitely sounds enticing.

What would you say you are doing that will make me play it instead of Rimworld (if I'm honest I'm concerned a game of that type that is also available on mobile would lose depth and therefore longevity in its appeal).


Q:

The beaches. Just extraordinary. Best in the world.

A:

Peety died in 2015. When he died, I lay on the floor with him for two days and sang him John Lennon songs. He had a fully conscious death, and i saw the life pass out of him. I want to go in the same way when it is my time. This is described in chapter 20 of my book.


Q:

It's out now! You can watch this right now. Go to our website and click the buy button and see a ton of ways to watch it today! And thank you so much!! Happy Halloween.

A:

We're developing Space Haven PC first. PC is the main focus and we will do everything in our power to bring it to mobile too. We will try our best to make the whole experience different enough compared to Rimworld to make it exciting. There's a lot of possibilities to do so since the setting is different. Rimworld is on a planet while Space Haven is set on space ships.

Remember, FTL is on mobile too :)


Q:

Much has been made of the alleged story of the NBN being dreamed up on the back of an envelope. How did Senator Conroy & others actually communicate the concept to yourself and have it signed off?

A:

First of all, congratulations on your journey towards health and happiness. I have been on a plant-based diet for more than a year now and have never been stronger or felt better. I exercise a lot and my favorite go-to breakfast is a mix of oats, berries, rice milk, soy powder, coconut oil and peanut butter. What’s yours?

Also, how did it feel like being isolated from the rest of the world for so long?


Q:

I've always seen a connection between haunted houses and horror games as interactive ways to experience horror. Nowadays a lot of popular horror games really are just basically virtual haunted houses (PT, RE7, etc.)

Do you play horror games/video games in general? What are some of your favorites?

A:

Fair point, though I'd say FTL is very different from Rimworld and maybe more easily moved over.

Either way don't mean to give you a hard time, just intrigued about your thought process and intentions. Either way clicking buy on sector siege on playstore... now!


Q:

The envelope story is bullshit. The NBN was the recommendation of a committee of senior Commonwealth Treasury officials after 6 months examining all the financial, economic and technical options.

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Hi and congratulations! I became a vegan in 2010, and people treated us like space aliens then. I've found in the years since, more and more people know what "vegan" means, and fewer now ask me if I still eat fish and chicken. I have smoothies for breakfast every morning, and this is my recipe:

Eric’s Maximum Nutrition Superfood Smoothie 10-15 MINUTES PREP / SERVES 2 I prepare my smoothies for nutrition first and taste second. Use a high speed blender for best and fastest results – with a standard blender, you will need to add ingredients one at a time and keep the mixture thin. Add water as needed to achieve your desired consistency. Fruits: My usual smoothie includes one of the fruit combinations below. I try to use fruits that are organic and commonly available fresh from a local farmers market or supermarket, or frozen in large bulk quantities from a warehouse club. Tropical: 1 banana, 1/4 fresh pineapple, 1 fresh mango Berry: 1 cup cherries, 1 cup strawberries, 1 cup blueberries Kiwi Banana: 2 bananas, 4 kiwis (skin on) Banana Strawberry: 2 bananas, 2 cups strawberries Blueberry Pear: 2 cups blueberries, 2 pears Apple Grape: 2 apples, 2 cups red/purple or blue/black grapes Vegetables: The vegetables listed below are relatively “taste neutral” when fresh and raw, meaning that you are unlikely to taste them when mixed with fruit. I use 2-3 of the organic veggies in my smoothies in the amounts listed: 1 leaf of kale 1 cup of spinach 1 cup dandelion greens 1 cup beet greens 1 cup sprouts 2 carrots 1 leaf collard greens 1 cup arugula 1/2 cup red cabbage Superfoods: I include each ingredient below in my morning smoothie. In addition to the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients provided by each ingredient, other purported health benefits are listed in parenthesis. For more detail about the health benefits of each ingredient, enter the ingredient name in the search box on nutritionfacts.org and watch the short video associated with the term. 2 tbsp raw cacao powder (energy and physical stamina – note, this is not cocoa powder) 1 tbsp raw walnuts (omega-3s and numerous other health benefits) 6 raw almonds (various health benefits) 1 Brazil nuts (selenium) 1 tbsp dried goji berries (antioxidants) 2 tbsp flax seeds (omega-3s and cancer fighting lignans) 1 tbsp spearmint or peppermint flakes (enhanced oxygen delivery and athletic performance) 1 tbsp maca powder (libido enhancement) 1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon (weight loss and other health benefits) 1 tsp chia seeds (omega-3s and cancer fighting lignans) 1/2 inch fresh ginger root (anti-inflammatory and other health benefits) 1/2 tsp turmeric (anti-inflammatory and many other health benefits 1/4 tsp black pepper (enhanced bioavailability of nutrients) 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (weight loss)

Just add ingredients to your high speed blender, puree and enjoy!


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YES! Actually I just created & directed a VR project called FLATLINE EXPERIENCE where you go through someones actual near death experience. I had this idea for over 16 years, but wanted to wait for VR to be.... well the way it is today.

VR is so exciting because when it's done well it takes you out of your daily life, prevents you from looking at your phone and makes you be an active participant in an experience. That's the same thing I love about haunts!

One of my fav haunts this year is The 17th Door and they started their attraction with a VR experience that made me SCREAM out loud! I was freaking out because they strapped me into a metal chair and then when the VR began everything I saw touch me in the VR experience I would also feel in real life. Even some shocks here and there.

That was such a rush!!! I'm excited to do more VR especially with horror VR where people can face their worst fears in the safest way possible.

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Thanks :) hope you like it!


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Hi Kevin,

During the Howard years, the ALP struggled quite awhile in opposition. What do you believe were the reasons the ALP weren't able to return to office sooner?

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This may seem like a silly question, but was it hard to adjust to the taste of plant based eating? I've never tried vegan, but a some of the foods that seem to be staples in plant based diets just bother me either bc of taste or texture. (The texture of beans, for example, just grosses me out) Did it take you awhile to get used to, and to start really enjoying those foods?


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Stupid question from a wuss: do you have any jump scares in your movie? I am fascinated by movies like yours primarily because I HATE horror movies and haunted houses and such, and am always interested in the people who DO find them fun, and are able to create them. After the AVGN's Halloween video this year though, I'd rather not be caught off guard by more screamers at the end of a video trying to be 'scary/funny.' I'd at least like to be prepared. Thanks!

What was the most fun you had making the movie?

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Hi! I absolutely loved Battlevoid: Harbinger. When I first downloaded it from the Google Play store, I was amazed by how much time I spent on this game.

Question: If either you or your brother is married, what did it feel like answering your spouse's questions about work and the state of the company while you were at your lowest? Did you try to remain upbeat? Were you brutally honest?

Thanks for entertaining all of us with your creations! Going to download your newest game now.


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As I mention in my book, "Not For the Faint-hearted", Howard was a master of the politics of fear - fear of refugees, fear of muslims, fear of deficit. We weren't able to counter those arguments effectively.

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It took me about 2 months to lose my cravings and adjust from going from an omnivore to a whole food plant based diet. Thanks!


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No jump scares. Movies use jump scares as fun gags, but my film proves that real life is way more intense than a horror film. It's a roller coaster of emotions, you'll laugh a lot, but when it gets intense it builds to it.

Most fun was getting to hang out with people who sacrifice everything for what they create. That's why I called it "The Art Of The Scare" because anyone who knows what it's like to create art knows it's all about sacrifice. What are you willing to sacrifice to bring your art to life? Being around people like that is really inspiring and pushed me to sacrifice more for my film. You'll either love it or hate it, but you won't be able to doubt my passion and dedication and I feel the same way about the Haunters themselves.

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Thank you!

Well, I guess we had to say to our parents how much we were making. I found it funny and depressing at the same time. But when you give something your all and it doesn't end up well, you're going to be sad but also proud of yourself.

I would say to friends sometimes that things seem so hopeless, but you can only try try and try and hope it turns out ok.


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Do, aliens exist? I mean honestly, what's the harm. Less and less people are religious these days, you've got to know something. We all know that some debriefing said if you let the people know, that your secret service will make it very hard for you but seriously, we've got to know. lol

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Congratulations to Petty for locating such an awesome human. I am in your preloss situation right now. Miserable, miserable, miserable! What one though or motivator kept you wanting to succeed?


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Why do you think Russ Mckamey moved Mckamey Manor to Tennessee/Alabama?

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How'd you get into programming? Any tips for a novice coder?


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Do aliens exist? Haven't you met Tony Abbott.

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When I got Peety, he was such a mess that I immediately began feeling sorry for him, and stopped feeling sorry for myself. Everyone needs someone. If you don't have someone, please adopt a dog from your local shelter, because the dog will love you more than anyone has ever loved you in your entire life and will give you the motivation you need to succeed!


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A lot of reasons, but #1 he was forced to tear it down due to complaints. Not complaints about what he was doing, but about the un-permitted structures.

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Online! Start with c# and Unity for example. Look at tutorials on Youtube and create something of your own with the help from those tutorials. You will find out how cool it is soon enough!

It just takes a lot of work and persistence, like learning to play a guitar.


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You are a notable proponent of a Big Australia. What do you say to people who claim that extremely high population growth has lead to the housing affordability crisis and stagnant wages within a growing economy?

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Sometimes the best way to help yourself is to help somebody else.


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So from the YouTube videos and your description, it seems like McKamey Manor is more just a torture experience rather than a scary experience. If you don’t fear actors in masks, pain or eating disgusting things there isn’t really anything to be afraid of. It’s really just how much torture you want to endure. Obviously everyone has a limit to how much torture they could endure which is a different experience in my mind than being frightened. The only fear I would have would be contracting some sort of disease from some of their practices. Is this place subject to any health dept inspection or regulation? Also, they claim no one has made it thru to the end. Is this true?

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Hey if I'm not too late, I've been following you guys bc I liked the past battle void game, but haven't looked at the details of sector siege. Can you tell me what differences there are between games and why should I buy this new one?

Thanks, keep up the great work


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Our government had a housing policy to reduce the cost of housing and to boost the supply of social housing. This government doesn't even have a housing minister.

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The path to happiness, according to most great philosophers and world religions, is to selflessly perform acts of kindness for others without any reward or expectation of benefit. Selfless acts of kindness result in happiness and balanced mental health.


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No one makes it to the end, but one guy would've but they had to stop because their was a 10pm cut off from being in a sub division in San Diego. Nothing phased Rudy because he was into S&M. After seeing so many other people freak out, watching Rudy was like watching Superman. It was crazy.

No, there are no regulations on extreme home haunts. Mostly because the world is just discovering them. There are more regulations on lemonade stands.

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Hello! In short Sector Siege is much more of a light starcraft type of game compared to Harbinger. Here is a list of differences:

Max 10 ships + 8 stations to command in Sector Siege versus 3 ships in Harbinger.

Marines added to ships.

Boarding feature added, both the player and the AI can board.

Capture points added, generating resources.

Old and new ships.

Turrets are mostly the same. Area of effect added.

Fog of war added.

Seamless saving and loading added, save and load at any time. Cross-platform save/load support.

Ability to capture all enemy units and stations added, and it's possible to start building them once you have one captured.

1 new race, the Guardians added.

All alien races may warp in to a fight and attack any other race. This means alien races will be fighting each other too.

Skirmish game mode with 2v2 added, you can play with an alien ally.

Star map is not randomized, but a lot of the elements inside a sector are randomized. Sector Siege is all about what happens inside a sector, and one sector play can easily take 30-60 min. A campaign has 25 sectors.

You can build up the Battlestation.

Defense missions added.

Skirmish also has defense mission and you can play against endless enemy waves trying to reach a high score.


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Mr Rudd, how important is it we re-think our relationship with the US in its 'pivot towards Asia'? And should we be aiming to form an alliance with China at the expense of ours with the US?

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I worked (a looooong time ago, before vet school, even before HSSV was in the "new" Milpitas location) at HSSV, where you got Peety. Have you kept working with them? I can imagine that you'd be a good ambassador for them. I found them to be a pretty good organization, they work hard to do what they can within their limitations!


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Im sure youve been asked this before but what scares you that is not IRL? The dark with my own imagination are mine.

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We need to wait out the Trump administration and see what the next administration does. This guy is right out there.


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Yes, and thank you for asking. I am a spokesperson for HSSV's Mutual Rescue initiative, at mutualrescue.org. They make short films highlighting the fact that helping animals helps people. Here's a link to the film they made about me and Peety: https://youtu.be/47Xk3l_FDhY

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That's a tough question because I LOVE to get scared. Whenever I'm not feeling well I put on A Nightmare On Elm St and it always cheers me up. My favorite kind of scare is something supernatural that feels real. That always gets the hair on the back of my neck to stand up. The idea of Freddy killing you in your dreams is still the greatest idea in horror to me because we ll have to sleep. BTW - Have you ever seen the documentary THE NIGHTMARE by Rodney Ascher? That is the scariest movie ever and it's REAL! It's people sharing their stories about their worst sleep paralysis nightmares. the movie even convinces you that now because you're watching this movie that you're gonna have sleep paralysis too! When I saw that at SXSW it kept me up all night. I've seen it 4 times since and each time it scares me. When you watch it turn the VOLUME up really loud and get ready to be freaked out.


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Dear Mr. Rudd,

I admire you overall because you are one of the few Western leaders who can actually speak in fluent Mandarin and understand Chinese culture. I wanted to ask you: with the rise of China in the world stage, as well as the election of Donald Trump as President of the US, what can we expect in the next 10 years as China moves on to be more prominent?

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Hya, just a reminder that you should answer to people's comments rather than comment on your post again, for simplicity's sake.

Also, what motivational words can you say to someone that wants to start losing weight but is too lazy to actually start?


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How does local law enforcement react to some of the more extreme places like McKamey Manor? Do they ever try to shut these places down? Or deal with complaints from "customers"?

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The Chinese president has said he wants to shape the new international system with much greater Chinese input. The key challenge for all of us, is to ensure we still have a global rules-based system. And we need America to re-engage the world.


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It is harder to be miserable and sick than to take the really simple actions needed to become the awesome person you've always wanted to be. Please read any of the resources I posted above to get started on your own path to health and happiness - there is nothing to buy except for an investment in knowledge and your willingness to change. Just try this for two weeks - see if you agree with me - if not, you haven't lost anything and can go back to eating drive-through on the couch. You truly have everything to gain, and nothing to lose. Give this a try!

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Great question. Russ almost got shot once when the cops kicked the door down and came running inside to save the people screaming for help. When they meet Russ he puts them at ease, they leave and he goes back to it. I think most other people would've been shut down by now.


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Neoliberalism is looking increasingly out of favour in many parts of the world, and both the UK and New Zealand labour parties have recently become much more critical of capitalism.

Do you think the Australian Labor Party should join them?

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A question from a teen who's been dieting, currently, I've lost ~65 pounds, and I'm sort of insecure about excess skin everywhere. Any ideas to reduce all that extra skin hanging around?


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Read the article I wrote on this in the monthly over one decade ago. My views on this have not changed.

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Excess skin you end up with, if any, depends on several factors, especially your genetics, how long you've been overweight, and how overweight you are. The good news is, no matter how much weight you lose, you will still look much better than when you were obese, so it's definitely worth doing.


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whaling. How come Austrailia does not pressure Japan about their illegal "research" whaling in the antarctic?

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strangest thing you've ever put in your mouth?


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Good question. I took them to court. We won the case in the international court of justice. Turnbull has done bugger all since.

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Jackfruit, which was prepared to taste exactly like barbecued pork. I was stunned by the delicious taste.


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Kevin, I'm a member of the ALP, and want to enter politics (NSW). Any suggestions?

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This may be an odd question, but as someone who needs to make a change in my life, I would really appreciate an honest answer. What was that last day like before you woke up and went to the shelter to adopt Peety? Was there a "last straw"/specific event?


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My key piece of advice is, as I write in my book Not for the Faint-hearted, what the country needs is people of deep experience, professional knowledge and judgement before they stick their hand up to be an MP. All the best.

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The last straw event is shown in the short film about me from mutualrescue.org - I delayed a flight, and caused most other passengers on the plane, to miss their connections because I had a 52 inch waist and the airline ran out of seat belt extensions, so could not take off. See more here: https://youtu.be/47Xk3l_FDhY


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Kevin,

Do you feel that covert Chinese intervention through its citizen's in Australia, prominently through curricular groups within our Unis is a legitimate concern? And is it emblematic of the broader approach that the Chinese take to foreign affairs? Is China utterly uncompromising or do you think we can establish a truly effective and productive working relationship?

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Whats your favorite color?


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Not really. But we should ban all foreign donations to political parties like I tried to do in 2009. The Libs opposed.

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Green, I don't know why, but I can remember someone asked me the same question in kindergarten in 1964, and I answered green then and have been faithful to the color ever since.


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How long do you give Turnbull and why?

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Did you notice any effects to your mental health when transisitioning to veganisim? I've heard people claim their depression and or anxiety decreased with the vegan lifestyle.


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Mid 2018. That's because the Liberals as a political beast do not have a history of being sentimental towards leaders about to take them over a cliff.

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Yes, I was on 3 different anti-depressants when I was obese. I hated life and wanted to kill myself. I actually asked God to take my life. Soon after adopting Peety and a plant based diet, I began to feel happy for the first time in over 20 years. My world, and the entire universe, changed for me. Today the only drug in my home is Tylenol, and I feel indescribably happy and joyful every day.


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How do I convince a love one to become healthy? He’s only 21; however, he’s on the verge of high blood pressure. He refuses to eat healthy or exercise, no matter how much I try to convince him.

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He has to decide that he wants to live before you can help him. It took a dog for me to want to live, and want to get back into life, because I formed a bond of unconditional love with the dog and realized that I needed to work on my own health so I could help with his health also.