Hello IAmA Readers,
After evaluating some of the effects of recent algorithm changes, the IAmA Moderator Team will be changing our rules about AMA requests starting immediately. AMA requests should now be posted to /r/IAmARequests. We also encourage you to tweet your requests and include @reddit_AMA, so we can help boost the signal.
Why the change?
Well, it comes down to three main reasons:
Algorithm changes over the past year. AMA Requests were introduced long before the introduction of Popular and the ranking changes that came with it. A few years ago, it was quite common to see several posts from IAmA on the front page - we could send traffic to a couple of Requests and a celebrity AMA or two. These days, that's not the case. The new algorithm essentially allows only one or two posts from any given subreddit to be popular at once. This is great for smaller subreddits and allows for a much wider variety of content on our front pages. But it means that a single popular AMA request can keep people from seeing actual AMAs all day. When busy and interesting people take time out of their day to come talk to us, we want to show them to you guys - and that's not possible if they can be displaced by a simple request.
Requests never did work that well. Most celebrities aren't actually reading Reddit. They're all on Twitter though - and a retweet from an account like ours will get their attention better than a Reddit post. Want to be a part of it? Follow us here.
Requests on Reddit should have a dedicated space. Because of those same algorithm changes mentioned above, Requests on Reddit will do much better having a separate space. Two subreddits have twice the potential visibility in Popular than one does. So please, subscribe to /r/IAmARequests today and help boost the really interesting requests that wouldn't make as much sense on Twitter.
Please let us know if you have any thoughts, questions, or feedback on this change!
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Hello, we're 6 actors from the cult film THE ROOM - the so-bad-it's good movie that inspired James Franco's film THE DISASTER ARTIST. We also star in the mockumentary series, The Room Actors: Where Are They Now? on YouTube (www.youtube.com/robynparis16) and Funny or Die. www.theroommockumentary.com for more info. For brand new episodes, go to: www.kck.st/2t1s5MI We're Juliette Danielle (Lisa), Robyn Paris (Michelle), Dan Janjigian (Chris-R), Greg Ellery (Steven), Kyle Vogt (Peter) and Philip Haldiman (Denny). Starting at 6PM Pacific/9PM Eastern, we'll answer questions for about an hour and 1/2. Proof: https://twitter.com/robynoparis/status/1009197791338381312
We’re Will FitzGibbon (reporter), Hamish Boland-Rudder (online editor), and Amy Wilson-Chapman (community engagement editor).
Hopefully by now you've heard of the /r/PanamaPapers! Our 2016 investigation (which Amy wasn't here for) was one of the biggest leaks and journalism collaborations in history! The first round of data consisted of 11.5 million files, which were leaked to Suddeutsche Zeitung who shared them with ICIJ and more than 100 partners.
Yesterday (June 20), we released a new round of reporting from Panama Papers. In a rare opportunity, Suddeutsche Zeitung were leaked another 1.2 million files that covered early 2016 through the end of 2017. Again, they shared them with us, and our partners.
Many of our partners plan to publish stories in the coming days, and weeks. So stay tuned.
Who are we?
We'll try to answer all your questions! Will Fitzgibbon will probably answer most of them - he was the lead reporter on this for us.
We're going to kick off now (1pm ET) and will continue through the afternoon!
EDIT: We're going to wind up now, but we'll keep an eye out for new questions and reply when we can. Thanks so much to everyone for the great questions! Great to chat with you all.
Quick intro we're /u/Seagate_Surfer, the official forums team for Seagate Technology. We're here to provide value to the reddit community.
Today, we've brought together three of Seagate's top research scientists and engineers. Their focus is on data center storage integration with expertise in areal density, HAMR, multi-actuator technology, and all things HDD and SSD. They recently published An Inside Look at Data Center Storage Integration: A Complex, Iterative, and Sustained Process on the Backblaze blog.
In Cupertino, CA we have:
and at our Minnesota Design Center
We're answering from 10a - 11a pacific daylight time; here we go!
Hi, Redditors! As Taste of Home’s culinary director, I work with food stylists, recipe testers and editors to prepare, taste test and shoot both still photographs and videos of the thousands of recipes submitted by our readers. Each year, Taste of Home receives more than 12,000 original recipes, ideas and tips from our home cook audience; we select and test about 4,000 of them to publish in our magazines and books, and on our website and social media channels. I began my career hiring and advising freelance food stylists—then I became one. And now I oversee a team of talented individuals who make our food stories come to life. I am head over heels in love with what I do: working every day with food and people who love to eat! I am an expert at bringing treasured recipes to life in our professional test kitchen and visual production studio. AMA!
We also have a super cool Watch page to teach you our cooking techniques: The Chef’s Hat
My short bio: I was a Euro Disney character actor for a year. I was a character set actor, Restaurant character, Parade Dancer and Character and Show Character.
My Proof: Not sure how to submit proof since my work involved dressing up in fur outfits and doing character sets... https://polar-ocean-4195.herokuapp.com/696d6775722e636f6d/a/HkcBlk2 This is me, My cousins and mum and auntie on my last day with the entire cast of the 25th Anniversary show
What’s up, Reddit! My name is Anthony Taranto, a.k.a. the Wedge Art Wizard for Callaway. From lasers and sand blasting to good old fashioned stamps and paint fill, I’ve been customizing wedges for 19 years now. Excited to answer your questions. Fire away!
Here’s where you can bid on one of my custom sets of Mack Daddy 4 wedges. We do one of these each month, and all proceeds from the winning bid are donated to a charitable cause. This month’s proceeds will be donated to Birdies For The Brave: http://cmp.callawaygolf.com/2018/06/callaway-customs-tour-limited-usa-wedges/
What do you think about this one? https://www.instagram.com/p/BiLHuZRhveb/
Check out my Instagram for more work: https://www.instagram.com/anthony.taranto/
EDIT: That's all for today - thanks to everyone who chimed in and asked questions! And shout out to u/Sullydotcom who will be receiving this fancy Reddit wedge! https://www.instagram.com/p/BkDn3v7Bm4f/
Hi Reddit! It's been years since I did one of these, but I hope it's like riding a bike (in that I will be surrounded by bigger kids who chase and bully me for hours).
My new book is called PLANET FUNNY: HOW COMEDY TOOK OVER OUR CULTURE, and it's a history of comedy as well as a nervous look at how we are now so waist-deep in jokes that it's almost oppressive.
If you listen to podcasts, musician John Roderick and I spin tales about historical oddities like White House pets and Milli Vanilli to the future residents of post-apocalyptic Earth in our time capsule podcast OMNIBUS.
EDIT: Thanks for the questions, everyone. I'm a little disappointed we didn't get to talk more about Rampart, but oh well. If you enjoy comedy or super-provocative takes on modern life!!! check out Planet Funny at your library or local independent bookstore or big evil e-retailer. If you enjoy podcasts, subscribe to Omnibus right now! If you enjoy none of those things, please let me know what your hobbies are so I can tailor future projects to you as an individual!
I'm Dr Tim van Gelder, working on the University of Melbourne (Australia) based SWARM Project, which is a 4.5 year program of research into how human reasoning can be improved. We are funded by IARPA (Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity) to develop a new type of platform for collaborative intelligence analysis, combining crowdsourcing with new structured analytical techniques.
EDIT: 10.25PM here - Thanks everyone - signing off now. Will look in again tomorrow and answer more questions.
My name is Michael A. Levine, and I'm a composer for film, television, games, and advertising. Ask Me Anything!
One of my breaks came when I composed the Kit Kat Gimme A Break jingle (which you can see amusingly butchered in The Office)
Since then, I’ve worked on a wide range of films as a composer (Served Like A Girl, Lego DC Super Hero Girls Braindrain, Adrift in Manhattan, Landfill Harmonic) plus writing additional music and playing violin for Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight, Rango, Pirates of the Caribbean, Dunkirk) for whom, on The Simpsons Movie, I wrote the infamous Spider Pig choir piece. But I’m probably best known for my television scores for Siren, Cold Case, and Star Wars Detours. Plus I produced songs for The Naked Brothers Band. I also created Lorde's dark and moody rendition of Everybody Wants To Rule The World used in the Assassins Creed Unity trailer, and Go Tell Aunt Rhody, the theme song of Resident Evil VII: Biohazard, the first VR game of the series.
Siren, which is shown on both Freeform and Hulu, has demanded some things from me I’ve never done before including writing a song for a killer mermaid. If you have any questions about it - or any other of my adventures - please check in.
Starting at 12:00pm PT/3:00pm ET, I will be answering all of your questions. Excited to be here!
Ask Me Anything!
EDIT: Thanks, everybody! It was a lot of fun answering all your questions.
Hi there! We are Jessica and Edward, the producing partners of How to ADHD, a YouTube show Jessica created in 2016. We also happen to be married! We focus on using compassion, humor, and evidence-based research to help people understand, work with, and love their ADHD brains. Our channel is http://youtube.com/howtoadhd
Jessica is the creator and host of the channel – she researches, writes, and performs all the episodes. Edward directs, edits, and animates them. That's the official description, anyway, we tend to collaborate on all aspects of the show.
We've created over a hundred How to ADHD videos, we did a TEDx talk in 2017 that's been seen more than ten million times, and in December 2017, we became full-time content creators, thanks to the generous support of our patrons on Patreon. (http://patreon.com/howtoadhd)
Jessica also speaks about ADHD and mental health at events (like VidCon! We'll be there this week!) and on podcasts, and we generally do our best to help everyone understand what ADHD really is, and how to adapt to the challenges and appreciate the strengths of the ADHD brain. We're excited to be here, ask us anything!
**Ok I'll be real, this is my first time doing an AMA and I didn't know how to end it & you all asked such great questions I just kept going :D But we've got to finish the next video & get ready for VidCon now so thank you all so much and I hope to see you in the comments on the channel! (I'll also answer a few more questions here tomorrow if I can.) Hugs, Jessica **
I have been a professional Chaplain of some sort for almost twelve years, ten of which have been in Hospice. Hospice is a specialized care that helps patients and family throughout the last stages of life. Patients have to have a six month life expectancy, should the disease run its course naturally. The goal if hospice is to keep the patient comfortable.
Medicare (United States) states that there must be two counselors involved in care in addition to nurses, doctors and others to form the patient's interdisciplinary team. The Chaplain therefore is part of this team. The patient and family steer the team and the team supports them both before the death and the family after death.
In my time I've also been a Volunteer Coordinator and Bereavement Coordinator, but mostly I have acted as Chaplain and love my work. I have had five units of Clinical Pastoral Education on top of years of college and seminary.
Please, ask me anything.
*Note - I have sent in proof of verification to mods via their system. Because of my company's policy on social media, I cannot display name badge.
Kati Morton holds a masters in clinical psychology and is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She has a passion for education and empowerment, and shares helpful insights through her YouTube channel www.youtube.com/katimorton. She hopes that by speaking candidly about mental health, and encouraging her viewers to reach out to get the support they need, we can remove the stigma associated with getting help.
Thank you all so much for hanging out with me! I hope some of my answers and advice were helpful! xox
I am Trita Parsi, author of Losing an Enemy - Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy, and a strong supporter of the Iran nuclear deal. I want to stop Trump, Bolton and Pompeo from taking the United States into another endless war in the Middle East. Ask me anything!
Edit: Alright everyone, thanks so much for partaking in this! I look forward to doing it again. If you need to reach me, reach out over twitter. I am at @tparsi. Thanks!!!
Hello everyone! My name is Dr. Kalika Sands, and I’m an associate cataloguer in Sotheby’s Books and Manuscripts department in New York. I'm here to answer questions with help from Atlas Obscura.
In my role, I might get to catalogue a first edition print of Edgar Allan Poe's Tales in the morning, and an archive of unpublished Hunter S. Thompson letters in the afternoon. The role I have now allows me to combine my research skills and my love of books, and explore the significance of books (and letters, etc.) as objects. I grew up going to country auctions with my parents, and if I was well-behaved, I would get $10 or $20 so I could have a paddle of my own. Working for Sotheby’s has really been a long-held dream. I feel incredibly lucky to work with such a talented and generous department, and that every day I have the opportunity to learn something new.
Since beginning at Sotheby’s, the most interesting book I’ve worked on is lot 260 in our current sale — John Keats’s copy of Butler’s Hudibras, which he gave to his brother, George, when the latter emigrated to America. I’ve adored Keats since I was a teenager, so to be able to research and authenticate such a rare object (it’s only the 29th book ever known to have belonged to him) made me feel as though I was embarking on this sort of literary mystery, which was such great fun to unravel.
Atlas Obscura and Sotheby’s will be hosting a series of four events, each day June 21-24, on the 40th floor of New York City’s Woolworth Building. Each one will host a curated collection of our lots before they go to auction and live performances. Featured items will include handwritten personal notes by Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., and John Keats, a working draft of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” and a first print edition of Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales. I’ll be leading the fourth in the series, which will walk through historic and unusual maps, from the earliest obtainable authentic map with the place name "America" to the first printed map to depict the world from the poles.
Looking forward to your questions!
Edit: I'm signing off for now. Thanks, everyone, for your questions!
For those of you who don't know, Nicaragua is currently in the middle of a political crisis.
On April 18th, the first batch of protests against a then social security reform the government had proposed (and passed), were met with violence by Sandinista sympathizers and the national police. The next couple of days the violence against protestors escalated: police officers and paramilitary groups sanctioned by the government killed several protestors (including 15 year old Alvaro Conrado), and injured several people. Though the social security reforms were undone a few days after the protests began, the protests continued, though this time the popular demand was for Daniel Ortega to resign.
It's now been two months ever since the protests started, and the violence has only continued to escalate. At least 180 people have died ever since April 18th. Though there have been attempts at a democratic dialog to negotiate anticipated elections and the resignation of Ortega, the government refuses to leave, or to cease the violence.
Ask me Anything about the current situation happening in Nicaragua. Though I am not currently, physically, in Nicaragua (I fled from the violence a month ago), I participated in some of the peaceful protests carried out during the first 30 days. Out of concern for the safety of my family, who is still in Nicaragua, I will avoid giving out too many details about my personal life that could lead to my identity being revealed.
After messaging one of the Mods, he suggested I present the following as proof:
Here's my twitter handle, mentioning I'll be doing this AMA.
Here are some pictures I shot during one of the vigils we held honoring those killed by the government back in April.
More information on the crisis:
Thanks for your questions. I had a great time answering them. For more about what I talked about here, check out my new book, The Perfect Weapon.
I wrote a book called The Perfect Weapon. It came out today.
About The Perfect Weapon:
In 2015, Russian hackers tunneled deep into the computer systems of the Democratic National Committee, and the subsequent leaks of the emails they stole may have changed the course of American democracy. But to see the DNC hacks as Trump-centric is to miss the bigger, more important story: Within that same year, the Russians not only had broken into networks at the White House, the State Department, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but had placed implants in American electrical and nuclear plants that could give them the power to switch off vast swaths of the country. This was the culmination of a decade of escalating digital sabotage among the world’s powers, in which Americans became the collateral damage as China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia battled in cyberspace to undercut one another in daily just-short-of-war conflict. The Perfect Weapon is the startling inside story of how the rise of cyberweapons transformed geopolitics like nothing since the invention of the atomic bomb. Cheap to acquire, easy to deny, and usable for a variety of malicious purposes—from crippling infrastructure to sowing discord and doubt—cyber is now the weapon of choice for democracies, dictators, and terrorists. Two presidents—Bush and Obama—drew first blood with Operation Olympic Games, which used malicious code to blow up Iran’s nuclear centrifuges, and yet America proved remarkably unprepared when its own weapons were stolen from its arsenal and, during President Trump’s first year, turned back on the US and its allies. The government was often paralyzed, unable to threaten the use of cyberweapons because America was so vulnerable to crippling attacks on its own networks of banks, utilities, and government agencies. Moving from the White House Situation Room to the dens of Chinese government hackers to the boardrooms of Silicon Valley, New York Times national security correspondent David Sanger—who broke the story of Olympic Games in his previous book—reveals a world coming face-to-face with the perils of technological revolution. The Perfect Weapon is the dramatic story of how great and small powers alike slipped into a new era of constant sabotage, misinformation, and fear, in which everyone is a target.
I'm the author of "The End of Politicians: Time for a Real Democracy" and an activist promoting the replacement of politicians with randomly selected people - called sortition democracy.
Sound crazy? Watch my recent Ted.com talk and AMA!
My personal website is BrettHennig.com and here on Facebook and Twitter. A fuller bio can be found on Ted.com here - I was a taxi driver, a software engineer, an astrophysicist, a social justice activist, a mathematics tutor and the primary carer of four boys. Again... AMA!
Proof is https://truepic.com/sf393zvm/
EDIT: Hey, thanks for the questions, comments and feedback! Over here in Europe, where I live, it is way past bedtime, so I think I'll call it a night. Drop me an email anytime through my website.
I made the blog The Friendly Felon , wrote a book about life after a felony (and how I overcame the obstacles that presented), and created workbooks to help others that are still struggling in their post conviction life.
I am the Friendly Felon, aka Aza Enigma, and I'd love to connect with more people! Ask me anything - from what my conviction was - to what I'm doing to change the stigma around convicted felons.
Hello everyone, how ya doing? My name is Robbie and I am a founding member of and the official Community Manager for Long Story Studios, a Bay Area independent video game development studio that launched earlier this year and just had its first commercial release, XSolitaire Challenge, which is a fast-paced, combo-based solitaire game with a ton of over-the-top special effects meant to fit an "extreme" theme. Our previous release was a free cell phone app called Brick Breaker, and our next release is... something we're actively trying to figure out, actually.
Why did I do this AMA?
Free publicity Gaming and game development is obviously a huge hobby/interest for tons of people nowadays, especially younger people. I feel like a lot of these people have the ideas and talent to create something, but have no idea where to start... in addition to being Community Manager, I also wear a number of other hats during the development cycle and have worked on things like music tracks, sound effects, art assets, creative consulting, game design documenting and even some rudimentary coding. LSS's inception was literally just me and a group of college buddies randomly deciding one weekend that we should try our hand at creating a product, so if you've ever had a passion project you weren't sure how to realize, ask away for advice!
XSolitaire Game Jolt page: https://gamejolt.com/games/XSolitaire/346809
Our Website: https://www.longstorystudios.com
I am the Executive Chef and Owner of Alamar Kitchen & Bar located in Uptown Oakland. Hailing from NYC, I worked my way up from a line cook in little hole-in-the-walls to prestigious institutions like Gramercy Hotel alongside a legit Iron Chef. After relocating to California for love, I landed a gig as the Executive Chef of SupperClub SF. I ended up leaving SupperClub to help a friend open up a Spanish restaurant in SF. I got laid off shortly when the restaurant shuttered.
Truth be told, I own a restaurant today because no one would hire me! Executive Chef positions weren’t exactly posted on Craigslist and I couldn’t get a sous chef position because I was “over-qualified”. I always knew I wanted to open a restaurant… why not now? In 2014, I opened alaMar, a full service restaurant with an open kitchen and an inventive bar program. In Jan 2017, I was faced with rising costs of labor and overhead so I made the decision to convert alaMar to a cashless counter service “fine casual” restaurant.
I’ve been nominated for Best Chef, voted for Best Oakland Restaurant and won the Oakland A’s Town Cook Off where I received the honor of throwing out the first pitch. I’ve been featured on Buzzfeed Tasty and Golden State Warriors TV. I’ve done a lot in my days and I’ve come a long way, so ask me anything!
EDIT: Thanks to everyone who joined! Sorry I can't stay any longer...I have a flight to catch. I'll try to check back and answer any additional questions you may have. Heading to Dominican Republic to surprise my grandmother...she has no idea I'm crashing her vacation lol.
Hi, Reddit ! I am founder of EkkBaz . I started EkkBaz in March ,2017 after more than 5 years in Microsoft. Through EkkBaz, I aim to empower and transform community based small business in any remote corner of the earth.
I was the 10th child out of 12 growing up in a poverty-stricken family. Managing a big family was never easy, and hence I started working from 15 years old to help finance my education and reduce family burden.
While working at Microsoft, my foray into community based small business came with family-run grocery store in Singapore that I used to help. While helping in the store, I experienced first-hand the challenges faced by the small business owners to operate and survive in this digital age.
Ask me anything!!! About EkkBaz, my struggle, my entrepreneurial life or volunteer life.
Hello, Reddit! I'm a Marine who ended up homeless in New Orleans after serving in the Marine Corps. But even while living out of my car, I never gave up my gym membership! It was there that Zac Efron befriended me and invited me to be his military advisor on THE LUCKY ONE, and then his trainer. Soon, my career as a fitness trainer took off! Since then, I’ve helped get JK Simmons jacked and trained Josh Brolin, Sylvester Stallone, Emilia Clarke and others create their on-screen looks!
Ask me anything! About the Marines, my strange life in the film industry, or about fitness!
Or Rampart. I'll talk about that too!
I'm here from 3PM EST till I drop!
EDIT @ 9.52PM EST: I have to take a break! Why? Because I've got to put my own time into the gym. NEVER SKIP LEG DAY. I'LL BE BACK ON LATER TONIGHT TO ANSWER MORE QUESTIONS. Please feel free to keep replying and I'll get to as many as I can. If I don't reply, it's probably because I answered the question elsewhere.
Wow, this response has been truly humbling. Thank all of you so much for spending your Sunday with me.
SEE YOU AGAIN LATER TONIGHT!
Until then, you might like this little piece FOX in New Orleans did with me. It's an amazing reminder of how fortunate I am and how far I've come: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYlezYkpy04&feature=youtu.be
EDIT 2- MONDAY: I'll answer as many questions as I can throughout the day! Feel free to keep asking.
EDIT 3 - TUESDAY: Thank you everyone for an amazing experience! I've got to get back to work! Feel free to hit me up on Instagram or Twitter, and from now on I'll be here on Reddit as /u/aaronwilliamson!!