Top Reddit IAmA's The latest IAmA's collected from Reddit OtherHi Reddit! My grandfather is 94 years old, a Singaporean immigrant that lived through the WWII Japanese Occupation in south east Asia! ASK HIM ANYTHING! A short bio: My grandfather was born in 1921 he is 94 years old. He was born in Hainan, China. He moved to to Singapore when he was only 16 in 1937 arrived on a ship . He lived through the Japanese occupation in Singapore. He would love to share some stories, wisdom and life advice with everyone! Ask him anything. My aunt is doing the translating as his english is not very good.


EDIT 1: Will be back in an hour. Going for dinner. Keep the questions coming!

EDIT 2: Back!



Sun, 30 Aug 2015 0:00:00 EDT
BusinessI'm Peregrine Church, creator of Rainworks (rain-activated street art). I'd like your help in giving the world a reason to look forward to rainy days. AMA! Hi Reddit! I'm Peregrine Church, and I love making the world a more interesting place. I created Rainworks, which are invisible pieces of street art that only appear when they are wet. Here's an example!

I began creating rainworks in Seattle about a year and a half ago, to give people a reason to look forward to our rainy days. Last April the project went viral, which was pretty trippy. Countless people messaged me wanting to create their own rainworks, and I want to make that possible. So now, after much preparation, my team and I have created a Kickstarter campaign! Our backers can get their own bottle of Rainworks Invisible Spray, which is our superhydrophobic coating formulated specifically for creating rainworks.

I'll be in my office for the next several hours, answering questions and making upvote gifs. Ask Me Anything!


Behind-the-scenes of making the Snoo Rainwork (from the example above)

For your future use, a compilation of the upvote-gifs made for this thread so far:

Some backstory on Rainworks' rise to virality, if you're interested: Last April, a video about Rainworks went viral; gaining over 15 million views between uploads on Youtube and Facebook. Since then, Rainworks have been on the front page of Reddit several times. They also got on Buzzfeed, Popular Science, and Huffington Post. They even got shared by a few celebrities, including Nicki Minaj, Ashton Kutcher, and George Takei!

Sun, 30 Aug 2015 0:00:00 EDT
OtherIamA Hurricane Katrina First Responder - It's 10 years later - AMA I was a FEMA contractor responsible for the ground logistics and management of over 1200 Motor Coaches used in the evacuation of est. 100,000 civilians from the Superdome, NOLA Convention center and other affected areas. I was deployed until December of 2005 with continued support on Transport infrastructure and transit rebuilding and saw NOLA at her worst, and best.

My Proof: FEMA Credentials / Base access

Various Images during and after the event

EDIT#1 Thank you for the amazing questions and interest. I have to run, but I will follow up later to anyone I missed.

Sun, 30 Aug 2015 0:00:00 EDT
MusicIAmA internationally recognized throat singer Enrique Ugalde AKA Soriah that was XXX'ed from America's Got Talent. AMA Hi Reddit! I have received such fantastic feedback after this recent post. I'd love to answer any of your questions about my process and the art of Tuvan throat singing (Khöömei). AMA!


Here's a fantastic video introduction about my work.






You can find my first two albums at Beta-lactam Ring Records.

My more recent albums are at Projekt Records.

Chris from BlRR just informed me that he wants to send a free sampler to those that send their name, address, and mention of Reddit to

I have an album of more traditional Tuvan music under the name Uger-Khan. If you're interested, PM me on Facebook.

I treasure this conversation. Thanks for all the questions. I'll be taking a break and will return to answer more of your questions tomorrow. Shude! E(:+O<-

Sat, 29 Aug 2015 0:00:00 EDT
Unique ExperienceHey. Joe from the Web series Joe Goes. Made 18 episodes in 12 cities in 5 countries, in 1 trip! AMA! Hi. Joe from the Web series "Joe Goes." I do fun interviews with people at events and cities in other countries.

Just did a 35 day trip, where I made 18 episodes in various cities in THE PHILIPPINES, THAILAND, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND AND HAWAII. (As an American, I believe Hawaii is a country.)

YouTube page:

Joe Goes playlist:

It cost $14,000, $8,300 of which came from a fundraiser. I travelled alone, and hired strangers to film for me, some off Reddit! Let's do this!


EDIT: It's been fun, guys, but I gotta go. Thanks for all your questions, and support! It means a lot. Keeps me going. Let's do this again sometime! WU-TANG FOREVER. AND RELEASE THE ALBUM, CILVARINGZ! COME ON!

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 0:00:00 EDT
Director / CrewI Am Director and Screenwriter Max Joseph of WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS and co-host on CATFISH - Ask Me Anything! MAX JOSEPH writes things, edits things, directs things, and does NOT dye his hair. He just co-wrote and directed his first feature movie WE ARE YOUR FRIENDS which he can't shut up about. He wants you to know that it comes out today and you should stop whatever you are doing and buy tickets to see it. You can check out the trailer to "We Are Your Friends" here.

He is really truly utterly excited to be doing this Reddit AMA and looking forward to answering whatever question you throw at him! So step right up and ask him something!


NOTE: Thanks for all of your great questions, everyone! Have to take a quick work break, but I WILL BE BACK to answer more.

EDIT: I'm Back!! Just had to take care of a few sound mix things for the WAYF DVD and Digital Versions!

NOTE: Alright guys, that's it for my REDDIT AMA at least for now! I will try and answer more late tonight! Til next time!

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 0:00:00 EDT
Specialized Profession-LiveIamA computer forensics specialist. AMA about the Ashley Madison stuff or anything else! My short bio: I work at A few of our engineers already did an AMA a few months ago -- I'm using their account, in fact -- but I'm in a different field. I specialize in computer forensics and electronic discovery.

That means I look for digital evidence, some of which is used in court. Recently, I've been helping people verify whether or not their data was compromised in high-profile leaks such as the Ashley Madison breach.

If you've got data recovery questions, though, you can feel free to ask them, there will be a few of us on this account if this blows up.

My Proof: We'll have a Twitter link up in just a sec.

Ah, here it is.

EDIT: This is fun! Taking a break, but we'll be answering questions all day Saturday, so feel free to keep them coming.

EDIT2: We're back, keep the questions coming.

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 0:00:00 EDT
Other-LiveIamA Professional in the video game industry. AMA! My short bio: I can't give too many details, because it's a very secretive industry, and I haven't got approval from my managers. However, I'm based in the UK and work mainly on the PS4, although I also work on the PS3 and PSVita.

I've been working in the industry for around three years now, and write C++. I'm based in the UK.

In order to keep my identity secret I will not be publicly revealing which company I work for, nor will I say whether or not I worked on any particular game. I'll try to ask any other question.

My Proof: Has been sent to the mods, as I wish to keep my identity secret.

In response to the request here.

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 0:00:00 EDT
TechnologyWe're a bunch of developers from IBM, ask us anything! Hey Reddit! We're a bunch of developers who like to talk to people. So stereotypes be damned. We work at IBM and like to talk about app infrastructure, app delivery and app tool projects (some of our favorite projects: PureApp, Bluemix, WebSphere, Urban Code and WAS Liberty). We're going to answer tech questions virtually in this Reddit AMA at 12:00pm EST and in real life at DeveloperConnect. Feel free to ask us anything you want!

Participating Panelists: Ram Vennam -- Bluemix Developer Advocate / Steve A. Mirman -- WebSphere & Mobility SWAT Team - East IMT / Richard Irving -- Certified IT Specialist / Joshua Carr -- Technical Liaison, IBM Developer Outreach

Check here for our proof and additional info:

EDIT 1: Thanks for all the great questions everyone! We had a ton of fun answering them. We're wrapping up now, time to get back to our day jobs. You can find most of us on our twitter handle @IBMWebSphere. We’ll also be attending and speaking at Developer Connect (, if you’d like to come see us in person!

EDIT 2: I (~Joshua) have gone to bed as it's now 1AM, it's been really fun to chat here. I appreciate all the comments and questions, even the ones about lotus notes! Goodnight.

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 0:00:00 EDT
ScienceWe’re scientists on the Event Horizon Telescope Project looking to capture an image of a black hole. Ask us anything about the telescope, astronomy, physics or black holes! AMA! Hello, we are scientists that are a part of the Event Horizon Telescope project.

This telescope array is using Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) to create a composite image of the event horizon of the black hole, Sagittarius A*. Unlike a photograph – which is composed light hitting a single focal point on an optical lens which is captured by the camera – the EHT project is capturing data from 1.3mm radio wave detections from around the world to create a “virtual mirror” that will help create the first image of a black hole.

Proof or check out this PBS special

Please note that we will begin posting answers at 11am PDT/2pm EDT, as Avery, Dimitrios and I are in meetings/teaching this morning.

About the project:

  • Our group is currently using 9 telescope arrays with locations across the Earth in Mexico, Chile, Hawaii, and Spain

  • 3 other arrays will be incorporated as well, including a location at the South Pole

  • The project is capturing this data on 126 HGST Ultrastar helium-filled 6TB hard drives; currently 756TB of storage with plans to expand to 6PB

  • The hard drives are encased in a custom enclosure of eight drives each that process data at the speed of 64 Mb/sec

  • Each day an observation is run at a site, the site captures 350TB of data

  • 75 Scientists are currently contributing to the project

  • For context, EHT is processing ~10x the amount of data of the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland

Today, you have three astrophysicists answering your questions:

  • Shep Doeleman, Assistant Director, MIT Haystack Observatory and Astronomer at Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

  • Dimitrios Psaltis, Professor of Astronomy and Physics, University of Arizona

  • Avery Broderick, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Waterloo; Associate Professor, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Ask us anything!

Thanks for attending - we're wrapping things up here - we had a ton of fun! To learn a bit more, please see this month's Scientific American:

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 0:00:00 EDT
GamingIamA Lead Indie developer on Indie game Starbound, we just launched a huge update AMA! Hi there,

In the last few years I've gone from hobbyist to starting a successful studio and producing a hit indie game. It's been a crazy learning process full of successes and mistakes. Hopefully I can offer some insight.

To find out a bit more about the game head to We've just launched a huge new update. Trailer here:

My Proof:

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 0:00:00 EDT
Actor / EntertainerI Am Masi Oka - you probably know me from Heroes, and my new project with Fig! I'm ready, so Ask Me Anything, Reddit! Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actor Masi Oka burst onto the scene starring in NBC’s drama series “Heroes”, a role for which he received his nominations. Oka can now be seen on the hit series “Hawaii 5-0” and later this fall reprising his role as Hiro Nakamura on “Heroes Reborn.” Oka currently is working with Yoshimoto to bring the famed Second City to Japan and thereby introducing American Improv to that market.

Oka’s strong background in computer science laid the groundwork for his starting Mobius Digital, a gaming company that has successfully launched several apps with more in development. Oka is now teaming with Fig, the new crowdfunding platform for gamers to fund his next project, Outer Wilds, which won the 2015 Independent Games Festival (IGF) Awards Grand Prize and Excellence in Design. Created by Alex Beachum, the title will be developed by Oka’s Mobius Digital studio. Outer Wilds’ funding goal of $125,000 will give the team the tools to upgrade the artwork, polish the game systems, and bring much more content to the experience. For more information on Outer Wilds or to contribute, click here.

I'm here to answer your questions, so let's get started!


Wed, 26 Aug 2015 0:00:00 EDT
Director / CrewIamA professional animator at Nickelodeon! AMA! I animate characters, graphics, and promos for the network! Happy to answer any questions you may have about animation.

My Proof: Here's my work over the last year or so.

Edit: More proof - this is my desk!

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 0:00:00 EDT
PoliticsWe are Larry Lessig (presidential candidate, maybe) and Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia). We’re lighting up the Internet to fix democracy first. Ask us anything! UPDATE 2: Ok, I'm (Lessig) wiped. I need to get back to work. This was incredible fun. I'll check back tonight to see if there is stuff I need to clarify. Thanks for the seriousness and care. If there is hope for this democracy, it is in the ethic that is here. Thank you for that.

Thank you also to my friend and advisor, Jimmy Wales. I tried (REALLY TRIED) to get him to be a referendum candidate in the GOP primary. Alas, he is much saner than I.


Our bio: Lessig is a law professor and activist, who on August 11 announced an exploratory committee to determine whether he'd run for president as a "referendum candidate" — promising to fix the democracy, first, and then step down. If the campaign raises $1M by Sept 7, he will run. If not, the money gets returned. Wikipedia

Jimmy Wales is the founder of Wikipedia, all around great Internet citizen, and chairman of the Exploratory Committee. Wikipedia

Our Proof: proof

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 0:00:00 EDT
Science-LiveIamA cancer researcher, who just got his PhD. Got a burning question about cancer? AMA! I worked for about 5 years in a cytogenetics lab helping to diagnose leukemia. I then moved to an important public funded cancer research center in Germany for my 4 years PhD. My work focused on how cell division is screwed up in cancer. I am currently continuing to work as a postdoc. I developed an interest in science communication and in particular on how cancer is percieved from non-scientists.

The AMA is still not over, I will keep answering as fast as I can.

Here is my bench: My PhD certificate:

Tue, 25 Aug 2015 0:00:00 EDT