Top Reddit IAmA's The latest IAmA's collected from Reddit Hey it's Stephen Merchant here, writer/director/star of Hello Ladies:The Movie AMA My Hello Ladies movie airs tonight at 10pm on HBO

I'm here to answer your questions AMA!


Thanks for all your questions, folks. I'm sorry I can't answer everything. Hope you enjoy Hello Ladies : The Movie tonight, 10pm on HBO. Speak to you again Much love Steve

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 0:00:00 EDT
I was born with multiple congenital limb deficiencies (missing bones in both hands & legs) which resulted in many surgeries and left foot amputation. I have yet to find something that I want to do but can't!! AMA My left leg was slightly shorter than my right leg. So, doctors amputated my foot, and I have a prosthetic foot/leg in it's place. Additionally, I am missing the Fibula in both legs, although it doesn't matter much in the prosthetic one.

Both of my hands have 2 fingers and a thumb, 3 total on each. Originally, there was just one plus a thumb, but doctors split the single digit, and made two out of it.

In grade school I played baseball. In high school I played football and went downhill skiing. For the past 14 years I have played bass guitar.

For the past 9 years I have done martial arts, and have been teaching for the past 5.5. Primarily Muay Thai with a dose of Western Boxing thrown in, a mix of Panantukan/Wing Chun/Silat/Boxing, another mix of mostly Filipino weapons arts (Kali, Eskrima, Arnis, Silat), and finally some Italian Fencing/Bolognese Side Sword (mostly Manciolino).

For all of my life, at least as long as I can remember, I have played video games (Arcade Machines, Atari, Nintendo, XBox, WoW, LoL, Diablo, etc.)

I have done these in the past, and was able to provide some perspective to, and hopefully help, a few people who were facing a similar situation. I hope that this time around I will be able to a few more people. Ask away!!!

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AMA from May

Requested Pen holding

Edit: I missed this before, but thanks to whoever gave me Gold!!

Edit2: So, it's been 13 hours, and things are winding down. I'll still be around a little, but if I don't get to a question tonight, I'll get to it tomorrow!!

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 0:00:00 EDT
IamA data recovery engineer. I get files from busted hard drives, SSDs, iPhones, whatever else you've got. AMAA! Hey, guys. I am an engineer at, one of the world's leading data recovery companies. Ask me just about anything you want about getting data off of hard drives, solid-state drives, and just about any other device that stores information. We've recovered drives that have been damaged by fire, airplane crashes, floods, and other huge disasters, although the majority of cases are simple crashes.

The one thing I can't do is recommend a specific hard drive brand publicly. Sorry, it's a business thing.

This came about due to this post on /r/techsupportgore, which has some awesome pictures of cases we handled:

One of our employees answered some questions in that thread, but he's not an engineer and he doesn't know any of the really cool stuff. If you've got questions, ask away -- I'll try to get to everyone!

I'm hoping this album will work for verification, it has some of our lab equipment and a dismantled hard drive (definitely not a customer's drive, it was scheduled for secure destruction):

Mods, if that's not enough, shoot me a PM.


EDIT: This has blown up! I'm handing over this account to another engineer for a while, so we'll keep answering questions. Thanks everyone. EDIT: We will be back tomorrow and try to get to all of your questions. I've now got two engineers and a programmer involved.

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 0:00:00 EDT
IamA investigative reporter for USA TODAY. I just finished a story about big racial disparities in arrest rates in Ferguson and 1,600 other police departments. AMA! I'm an investigative reporter for USA TODAY. I mostly write about law and criminal justice. I've helped get some people out of prison, and put others in. Here's my latest story, about the big racial disparities in arrest rates:

My proof:

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 0:00:00 EDT
I am internationally known Manga visual artist, creator of Haida Manga and sculptor Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. AMA!

Haida Manga is a blend of 2 different cultural appraoches. And in that, lies the theme of what i do. I'm not necessarily interested in one object or another as I am in the space between. I'm interested in hybridity, what happens when cultures connect. What does cultural diversity create? I believe it creates a third entity - it's not about indigenaity or non-indigenous, it's not about good versus evil, it's about the space between - how do we figure out the relationship.

Generally, I suspect that there's a lack of comfort with that. But that's what I am attracted to, because that's where I think creativity really comes from - when we first meet, it's what we first think of - that interesting moment when things become immensely important. They are foundational, because you build on it. It's not about taking over, replacing something that's there, it's about two dancers and how they hold hands as a third unit, the tertiary element.

I've been working in art all my life. Even when I was one of the organizers what I would say one of the most significant blockades in Canadian history, where we stood on roads and blocked logging roads in 1985 - no one had done this before. Even during that activist community-based political work that i was doing for 27 years, I was always doing art.

I'd been doing political art for nearly 30 years. And just realized that I had to get out of that to save my soul. You can't be in public service your entire life. You have to serve your time and get out of the way and let someone else come in. And so you can't have elites without tremendous cost to the entire system. If I didn't move into an art career, that I was never going to do that and I would spend the rest of my life hard on myself, and I didn't want to turn into a brittle, critical face. So I quit that career. And at the same time, i started to take Japanese university students out into the forest. And for them, they had never had a relationship with a tree closer than 40 KM. And I would take them to a place where you had to go 40 KM to find a light bulb - in deep green, mossy forests, on an archipelago immediately south of Alaska, immediately west of Canada.

So I would take these kids out, rent a big fishing boat, and I would lead them in the forest for 4 hours. It was amazing. I remember hearing these stories after picking them up, and one guy says "I probably stood for 2 hours, because I didn't see anything clean to sit on." And of course, people coming back just loaded, filled with emotional connection with something so big and beautiful as a living forest. There wasn't any terror. But there was one young woman who we had to arrange a signal so I could locate them - and I went back to try to find her, and I was running back and forth to see if she'd wandered back, and getting quite worried - and I'd been running, very concerned, and I saw her - I called out and I could see her mouth move, so I knew she made a sound, and kept my eyes on her and making noise until I was 12 feet away from her. And her sense of self as a young Japanese woman was so reduced that she couldn't speak loud enough to project her voice so I could hear her. She was so shy... she saw herself as so small.

What I learned from that general experience was something called Manga back in 2000. Manga at that point was not widely known in the western world, and they were talking about Manga-ka as quite well-known and respected artists. They were well-paid, published, people saw their artwork as a respectable contribution to the community. Compare that to what's happening in North America - the purview of young men suffering from hormone toxicity levels. It's not high brow art. So I was thinking I'm trying to take a complex, ancient iconic art form - which is totem poles, which is my cultural birthright, I guess, and translate that in a way that becomes accessible to regular people in primarily North America.

And the way to do it, I feel, is to do it in comic books. Because comic books are accessible. As much as the market used to be driven by young men, the thing about comic books is you don't need to be educated or privileged in any sense - you can come from any cultural background and read a comic book. I thought that using that medium would be a way to connect what I'd spend 30 years defending as a political activist.

So that's where I created Haida Manga.

But I don't want it to simply be seen through a Western lens. This is different. This is a graphic art form that is exotic to you, perhaps, but it comes out of the North Pacific, and when I heard from these Japanese students about Manga, I realized it was truly a North Pacific tradition - Manga being a tradition for centuries, and by merging Haida and Manga together, I would be positioning myself for a new generation of Haida manga.

There's also back history on Haida peoples of the Pacific and Japanese culture that is very friendly. At a time when if you were a first nations person in North America, you were subject to some pretty extreme racism.

My site: Another site about Haida Manga:

Today, and over the next few days, we are going to have a graphic and text driven exploration of New York.

Through the lens of a graphic artist I will be touring New York and sharing impressions via reddit and other digital platforms. When people come to places that are unknown, to Japan or other communities, they observe and journal through their own eyes and peculiar views of how the Universe was organized, usually with white guys on top. And there's a whole societal structure made with assumptions about ethnicity and diversity based on those preliminary sets of explorations. Those assumptions still affect us and influence us today, in HUGE ways. And I want to sort of reverse that a little bit. And I want to say"Let's walk back, observe the city of New York, particularly these institutional structures like the Met or the American Natural History museum - they have artworks done by my relatives in their collection - these are inordinately valued artworks, that would fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars, priceless objects, and so they built these huge structures to hold and present these objects, and my question is - is this similar to when Napoleon returned back to France from the campaign in Egypt with his horse-drawn carts full of booty - including obelisks? I want to use my artwork as a way to re-translate those assumptions as they relate to people who are highly marginalized today - it's a commonality.

I am looking forward to your questions today.

Victoria is helping me get started. AMA.

Phase II: Thanks Victoria! We hopped on the 1 train and are now at the American Museum of Natural History! Drawing random things, taking requests, and then off to the Met!

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 0:00:00 EDT
I am Rory MacDonald, UFC fighter and Metamoris 5 competitor. AMA! Hello, Reddit, it's Rory MacDonald.

I'm a current UFC fighter and you can see me compete in submission-only grappling at Metamoris 5 this weekend. Order it!

Here's proof straight from the Metamoris rules meeting:

I'll start answering questions at around 6pm ET, so ask me anything!

edit: I have to go run to the airport to pick up my family. Thanks for all the questions and watch me tomorrow at Metamoris.

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 0:00:00 EDT
IamA Joe Rogan AMA! Hello, friends. Joe Rogan here. I have an upcoming special, "Rocky Mountain High," on Comedy Central and wanted to come back on reddit to answer some more of your questions and shamelessly hoe myself out to spread the word about it. Here are some sneak peeks for you:

Thanks in advance! Joe

@joerogan In about 20 minutes or so I'm going to begin a @reddit Ask Me Anything. Link:

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 0:00:00 EDT
I am Rivers Cuomo from weezer. AMA. Hi, I am Rivers from weezer. We recently released our new album “Everything Will Be Alright In The End” which you can listen to here Or here.

Ask Me Anything.


UPDATE: Thanks for doing this AMA with me. I'm signing off now. Have a great night.

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 0:00:00 EDT
We are working on flight control and science operations for Rosetta, now orbiting comet 67P, and Philae, which landed on the comet surface last week. Ask us Anything! AMA! We're some of the engineers and scientists working on flight dynamics, operations and science for Rosetta (orbiter) and Philae (lander) and we're looking forward to your questions.

  • Ignacio Tanco, Rosetta Deputy Spacecraft Operations Manager, ESOC, Darmstadt
  • Francesco Castellini, Flight Dynamics Specialist, ESOC, Darmstadt
  • Ramon Pardo, Flight Dynamics Specialist, ESOC, Darmstadt
  • Pablo Munoz, Flight Dynamics Specialist, ESOC, Darmstadt
  • Armelle Hubault, Rosetta Spacecraft Operations Engineer, ESOC, Darmstadt
  • Tiago Francisco, Rosetta Spacecraft Operations Engineer, ESOC, Darmstadt
  • Matthias Eiblmaier, Rosetta Spacecraft Operations Engineer, ESOC, Darmstadt
  • Cinzia Fantinati, Philae Lander Operations Manager, DLR/Cologne
  • Valentina Lommatsch, Philae Lander Operations Engineer, DLR/Cologne
  • Oliver Kuechemann, Philae Lander Operations Engineer & Onboard Software Specialist, DLR/Cologne
  • Laurence O'Rourke, Rosetta Science Operations Coordinator & ESA Lander System Engineer, ESAC, Madrid
  • Daniel Scuka, Senior Editor for Spacecraft Operations, ESOC, Darmstadt

The team will be here Thursday, 20 November, 18:00 GMT || 19:00 CET || 13:00 EST || 10:00 PST


A bit about Rosetta and Philae:

Rosetta and Philae were launched in March 2004, and arrived at 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko on 6 August 2014 (after making three Earth and one Mars gravity assists and two asteroid flybys). On 12 November, the Philae lander separated from Rosetta to make a 7-hr descent to the surface, where it rebounded twice before coming to a stop at a still not fully determined location. During descent and for 57 hours on the surface, the lander returned a wealth of scientific data, completing the full planned science mission. With its batteries depleted, Philae is now in hibernation with hopes that improved illumination early in 2015 (as the comet nears the Sun) will enable it to wake up.

Meanwhile, ESA's Rosetta mission is continuing, and the spacecraft is conducting a series of manoeuvres in November and December that will see its orbit optimised for science observations at between 20 and 30 km above the comet. It will follow the comet into 2015 as it arcs toward the Sun.

Rosetta is operated from the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC), Darmstadt, Germany, while science operations are conducted at the Rosetta Science Operations Centre (ESAC), Madrid, Spain. The Philae Lander Control Centre (LCC) is located at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) establishment near Cologne, Germany.


Thu, 20 Nov 2014 0:00:00 EDT
I’m Naomi Klein, author of THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING: Capitalism vs the Climate. Ask me anything! I’m also the author of NO LOGO and THE SHOCK DOCTRINE. My new book THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING is about why the climate crisis is the best opportunity we’ve ever had to rebuild our broken economies.

We’re also putting the finishing touches on a documentary inspired by the book, coming in 2015.

More broadly, I’m focussed in how to build to a massive counterpower to the corporate polluters -- one that fights as hard for meaningful change as polluters fight to protect business-as-usual. I don’t feed climate denier trolls so don’t even bother. I seem to annoy centrist liberals most of all.

A few things I write about in the book: * Why Richard Branson and Bill Gates aren’t going to save us from climate change * What geo-engineering is and why it is literally the worst idea in the world * What climate deniers understand about climate change that many progressives don’t * The rise of “Blockadia” -- kick-ass, place-based movements stopping fossil fuel projects in their tracks

Right now I’m at home in Toronto, where I’m back from touring the book in the U.S., Canada and U.K., and getting ready for the Netherlands and Belgium next week. I borrowed my 2 year old’s crayons to make the Reddit sign.

Proof it’s me:

I’ll be taking your questions shortly. AMA!

**UPDATE: This has been so fun and the questions have been genius -- many much too profound for this format. What a fantastic community -- I'm so sorry I couldn't answer all the questions, but I promise to read all of them and will try to tweet out a few responses over the next couple of days:

Thanks Reddit!

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 0:00:00 EDT
Evangeline Lilly here, back on reddit! AMA! Thank you so much for your thoughtful questions. Running off to a fitting for the upcoming BOFA press tour and the remainder of The Squickerwonker press tour. Lots and lots of love. xoxox

Hi guys!

Really excited to be back after my first AMA last year. I've just written The Squickerwonkers - my first ever children's book and I think you'll love it if you check it out.

Looking forward to your questions. Victoria's gonna be helping me get started today. AMA!

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 0:00:00 EDT
I am Luis von Ahn, the creator of reCAPTCHA, those squiggly characters all over the web, and the co-founder and CEO of DUOLINGO! Duolingo has become the most popular way to learn languages online, for free, and has overtaken expensive and gimmicky alterna Hello Reddit! I’m the co-founder/CEO of DUOLINGO, which is now the most popular way to learn languages in the world. :)

Today I’m especially excited because we can finally say that Duolingo is available on the 3 biggest smartphone platforms (see below for links!), giving everyone access to completely free language education with no ads or BS hidden fees.

Education can make people’s lives better. Unfortunately, those who don’t have a lot of money, or live in poor countries and neighborhoods end up getting shafted with bad education. I believe everyone should have an equal right to learn.

We also recently launched the Duolingo Test Center, a new app created to replace expensive standardized English tests that take advantage of students and job-seekers with absurd prices, like the TOEFL and IELTS.

More about me: I'm a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, and I'm from Guatemala. I developed CAPTCHA and reCAPTCHA (acquired by Google).

Twitter proof!

Check out the Duolingo apps:

I'll start at 2pm ET, so ask away!

Edit: Severin would kill me if I didn't mention we're hiring!

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 0:00:00 EDT
Reddit! I am Chris Lowell (PIZ from Veronica Mars) here with Brett Dalton (AGENT WARD from Agents of SHIELD). We made a movie called "Beside Still Waters" that's available on iTunes/OnDemand TODAY! Ask us anything. A little about BSW: This film is inspired by the place I grew up, and the people I grew up with. I co-wrote it with one of my best friends, and we shot it in the summer of 2012 on FILM (16mm). We have an amazing ensemble cast that includes Beck Bennett (SNL), Ryan Eggold (The Blacklist), Reid Scott (Veep), Jessy Hodges (Enlisted), Erin Darke (Kill Your Darlings), Will Brill (Not Fade Away), Britt Lower (Unforgettable), and of course this frighteningly handsome pun wizard. We won a couple awards at last year's Austin Film Festival, ran an insane Kickstarter this Spring, and were just distributed nationally by Tribeca Film TODAY.



Joss Whedon Dance Party:

Fire away!

ALRIGHT YOU GUYS! We've gotta go! Thank you for being so fucking awesome! Take care!

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 0:00:00 EDT
I am Adam Mansbach, author of GO THE FUCK TO SLEEP and the new sequel YOU HAVE TO FUCKING EAT. AMA! Hey guys, the new book is YOU HAVE TO FUCKING EAT. You can order it here:

I also write novels and screenplays, although they don't sell as well as my obscene fake children's literature.

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 0:00:00 EDT
I'm Abigail Breslin AMA! I'm an actress, singer, songwriter, life coach, blogger, baker, christmas aficionado, and a starbucks connoisseur. You may also know me as the Sloth Queen. I was in Little Miss Sunshine, The Call, Zombieland, August: Osage County and many more...

Ask me about music, sloths, relationships, sloths, television, movies, Dwight Shrute, Kelly Kapoor, christmas, baking, kale juice, singing, songwriting, blogging, filming, or anything else that comes to mind.

You check me out on IMDb:

Follow me on twitter!

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 0:00:00 EDT