Top Reddit IAmA's http://www.topiama.com The latest IAmA's collected from Reddit Hi. I am Caitlin Doughty, licensed mortician, Ask a Mortician, and author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes! AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/3188/hi-i-am-caitlin-doughty-licensed-mortician-ask-a Hello mortals, doomed to someday die! I'm Caitlin Doughty, licensed mortician in California and author of the new book about life at a funeral home, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: & Other Lessons from the Crematory.

You might know me from my webseries Ask a Mortician (the Necrophilia episode was a hit round these parts, I hear). I also run a group called The Order of the Good Death and and co-founded Death Salon.

HEY IT'S ME---> https://twitter.com/TheGoodDeath/status/525373404455907328

Ask me Anything about death, dying, my haircare routine, etc. There are no morbid questions, only delightfully morbid people!

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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 0:00:00 EDT
Hello, I am Sid Lowe. AMA http://www.topiama.com/r/3189/hello-i-am-sid-lowe-ama Hello, I'm Sid Lowe. I'm the Spanish football correspondent for The Guardian, ESPN and World Soccer. I also for Onda Cero radio in Spain. I'm the author of Fear And Loathing in La Liga, a history of the Barcelona versus Madrid rivalry. And of Catholicism, War and the Foundation of Francoism in Spain. My twitter is @sidlowe. It's the clasico tomorrow. Ask away ...

https://twitter.com/sidlowe/status/525270045346496513

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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 0:00:00 EDT
IAMA Guy that was car jacked and beaten in the head with a metal object in Toronto last February to what was supposed to be and almost was certain death and is now severe tbi and disability AMA. http://www.topiama.com/r/3190/iama-guy-that-was-car-jacked-and-beaten-in-the http://www.torontosun.com/2014/02/11/man-found-handcuffed-badly-beaten

http://www.680news.com/2014/02/11/video-man-in-hospital-after-being-found-handcuffed-beaten/

http://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/4362107-handcuffed-and-beaten-man-found-by-police-on-milliken-boulevard/

http://www.bttoronto.ca/videos/3183953641001/

http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/Toronto/ID/2436421836/

I spent 2 weeks in a coma.

Had 3 different brain surgeries including a craniectomy (removal of a portion of the skull to let the brain swell).

Had to relearn to walk.

My ability to talk read memorize was still intact decently.

I'm deaf mildly facially disfigured and my sense of smell is mostly only disgusting chemical scents.

High potential for epilepsy.

Many more permanent injuries that would take too long to list.

I'm appalled that the various media outlets put down what hospital I was taken to as there have been a few attempts by criminals to get into hospitals to murder witnesses that can identify them.

Ask me anything about brain surgery, why this situation happened, how I managed to survive and escape being handcuffed and beaten, my dealings with the police, how this case has not been solved nor probably ever will or anything else you feel like.

proof sent to mods

-edit- first offer from some psychopath that wants to kill me in pm

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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 0:00:00 EDT
We are EFF, Creative Commons, Right to Research Coalition, Open Access Button, and Fundación Karisma, and We’re Here to Answer Your Questions About Open Access. AUA! http://www.topiama.com/r/3191/we-are-eff-creative-commons-right-to-research Hey reddit!

We use research everyday to create scientific and medical advances, understand culture, and fuel the economy, but articles can cost $30 or more each to read—even though much of the research is funded by the public in the first place. The alternative to this is open access, academic publishing which allows free, immediate, online access to peer-reviewed research with full rights to reuse the work.

This week is International Open Access Week, and we invite you to join us in celebrating all things open access!

Proof we're real!

Those of us answering questions today:

Take Action:

Let's stand together to promote open access worldwide

Unámonos para promover el acceso abierto en todo el mundo

Download the Open Access Button

Right to Research Student Statement

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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 0:00:00 EDT
IamA Former SR-71 Pilot and Squadron Commander, AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/3183/iama-former-sr71-pilot-and-squadron-commander-ama Who am I (ret) Col. Richard Graham here! I flew the SR-71 for about seven years (1974-1981), but flew multiple other aircraft serving in Vietnam, and was the squadron commander of the SR-71 wing. I have written four books on the SR-71, and am currently working on my fifth all about the SR-71 and related information. You can also look up multiple videos of me on the internet being interviewed about the plane. I have worked across the globe and am here to answer any of your questions about my career, the SR-71, or anything else that crosses your mind!

(My grandson will be typing my responses.)

My Proof (Me) http://www.imgur.com/OwavKx7 (My flight jacket with the +3 Mach patch) http://www.imgur.com/qOYieDH

EDIT: I have had a huge response to the autographed book reponse. If you'd like to obtain a autographed copy of any one of my books, please look up "sr-71pilot" on eBay to contact me directly! Thank you everyone!

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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 0:00:00 EDT
We are Amber Nash and Lucky Yates AKA Pam and Krieger from Archer, we’re also both ensemble members at an awesome comedy theatre: Dad’s Garage, ask us anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/3184/we-are-amber-nash-and-lucky-yates-aka-pam-and We both do voices on the bad-assest animated series that ever was: Archer.

And we’re both ensemble members at Dad’s Garage Theatre, which is a place you should totally check out if you’re ever in Atlanta.

In fact we’re currently doing a kickstarter to support Dad’s Garage’s efforts to buy a forever home. There are tons of perks available, including some Archer themed ones, and it’s all in the name of fart humor and dick jokes, so you know it’s a worthy cause. You can check out the kickstarter here or here or here but not here.

And if you’re still not convinced, here’s a PSA we did about Dad’s Garage. You might recognize a face or two… just probably not ours because we’re voice actors. Burn! Take that, us!

Here is proof from Lucky and here is proof from Amber.

EDIT: okay guys, we're going to take a little break and come back to answer more questions later. This has been a total blast, thanks!

EDIT: Hiya guys! I'm back to answer a few more questions for about an hour! Let's do it.

EDIT: Thanks for the good times guys and all the great questions seriously some really good ones this go round. And super big thanks to those of you that donated, it means the world to us, $5 or $500 we love you just the same. See you on the flip side.

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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 0:00:00 EDT
Iam FNU Mohammad, the Afghan Interpreter interviewed by John Oliver on Last Week Tonight, AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/3185/iam-fnu-mohammad-the-afghan-interpreter My short bio: My name is Mohammad (AKA FNU Mohammad). You may know me from my appearance on Sundays John Oliver last week tonight, various press coverage e.g. NBC News, or my recently viral change.org petition I am a former Afghan interpreter who worked for U.S. and Coalition Forces from 2008-2012, spending most of my time as a “terp” for U.S. Marines. I’m also a client of Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project.

In retribution for my service, the Taliban kidnapped, tortured, and executed my father and kidnapped my then three-year-old brother, threatening the same fate.

Despite all of this, it took almost 3.5 years, 11 congressional inquiries, and multiple news stories to secure a special immigrant visa (created by Congress for interpreters in danger just like me). I arrived on MLK day of this year, and have quickly become a fully productive, tax-paying, insured, and hard working resident. In fact, I got my job on the day of the Super Bowl…go Seahawks!

Now I’m trying to save my family. As John Oliver said, they would have been eligible for visas had they been Iraqi, but there is no equivalent law for Afghans. We are thus in the middle of a “Hail Mary” humanitarian parole application, which is the only means of saving them. Now that my father is dead, I’m the eldest son. I could use your help to save my family.

My Proof: http://i.imgur.com/3AH43Nv.gif

EDIT: Thanks again everyone! It is an honor to be in this country. I can't wait to have my family here with me and safe!

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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 0:00:00 EDT
IamA NFL Football player and Old Spice spokesman, AMAA. I am AJ Green, and seriously, who stole my username? http://www.topiama.com/r/3176/iama-nfl-football-player-and-old-spice-spokesman Thanks for all of the great questions, see you next time. Make sure you check out my interview with the Old Spice robot on the Old Spice YouTube Channel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDkVVTFNTV4).

And remember, the secret to smelling fresh from head to toes is using Old Spice all over your body.

Who Dey!

Proof Tweet: https://twitter.com/ajgreen_18/status/524551776771780608

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 0:00:00 EDT
IamA Guy who built the Lego tower that was destroyed by Terry Crews on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/3177/iama-guy-who-built-the-lego-tower-that-was My short bio: As requested by a user on r/pics, I'm doing an AMA. I'm surprised how much interest this has gotten.

My Proof: https://imgur.com/a/khn83

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 0:00:00 EDT
Harry Shearer here. I'm an actor, humorist, writer, voice artist, musician, author, radio host and filmmaker. AMA http://www.topiama.com/r/3178/harry-shearer-here-im-an-actor-humorist-writer Hi reddit. Harry Shearer here. You might know me as the voice of Ned Flanders on The Simpsons, or from SNL or Spinal Tap. I just created a new show called Nixon’s the One ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9HtoWea72A ) that I think you might like. I'm happy to take your questions about anything. So go ahead.

PROOF: https://twitter.com/theharryshearer/status/524606482940428289

Looks like we're just about done here. Thanks, everyone, for asking pretty damn good questions. I do hope you catch "Nixon's The One" on YouTube for the next six weeks. It's a show I created, and I'm very proud of it. Bye.

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 0:00:00 EDT
IamA Reporter who just got back yesterday from covering Ebola in Liberia, I'm working from home for 25 days, this is day one. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/3179/iama-reporter-who-just-got-back-yesterday-from I was in Liberia for a week covering the outbreak for a couple wire services. My photos have been everywhere from The Guardian, who used one of my photos on the front page of their print newspaper, to Chinese newspapers, to the New York Post. I've been answering questions in /r/ebola and was begged to do an AMA. Here's some of my work:

Outside an Ebola hospital, guy pulls a mattress with vomit on it from INSIDE THE HOSPITAL through a busy street where people are walking around and cooking food.

Princess reacts as her deceased mother, an Ebola victim, is taken out of her house for cremation.

25-year-old Moses Massaquoi today. He's a hygenist at the biggest Ebola Treatment Center in Monrovia. He can spend up to two hours in full PPE, while most people can only do 30-40 minutes at a time. This photo of him was taken after what he described as a very very long shift.

Alphonso, a 20-year-old hygienist who had to convince his grandmother to let him work at the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU). "I said if my fellow Liberians are getting sick, and I have the experience to help, if I don't go to help, it will be death for everybody."

Here's what I did by day-

Day one: Logistics day

Day two: Photographed a massive under-construction USAID Ebola treatment center

Day three: Headed out with the Red Cross' body collection team

Day four: Interviewed a local casket maker

Day five: Went to more rural parts of Montserrado county to get an idea how what's going on there

Day six: Visited an orphanage that takes in orphans who have parents that died from Ebola

Day seven: Logistics and flight home.

I'm also doing a Kickstarter as an experiment to see if I can work directly for consumers who want news. I'm going back whether I get the Kickstarter help or not, but if I raise enough, I'll be able to stay in the country a LOT longer than just a week. My goal with this is to bring the news directly to the people who want it, as opposed to going through a newspaper who makes you the product to advertisers. I would rather make news be a product instead of making you a product.

Link to kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/277324275/raw-reports-from-ebola-hot-zones

Proof: https://twitter.com/MJDiPaola/status/524634990295150592

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 0:00:00 EDT
IamA Roy Choi. I make Korean BBQ tacos and worked with Jon Favreau on the movie, “Chef.” You may have seen me on TV, but not in a Humvee, or on the streets serving it up. Now I’m on CNN. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/3186/iama-roy-choi-i-make-korean-bbq-tacos-and-worked Hi Reddit! I’m Chef Roy Choi and our Kogi BBQ trucks have been selling Korean barbecue tacos on the streets of Los Angeles since 2008. We’ve now got four trucks cruising L.A. and O.C., a taco shop in the Alibi Room, and a place called Chego if you’re hungry.

I’ve got a new digital series on CNN where I get to talk to influencers and trendsetters like Beastie Boy Mike D, YouTube star Michelle Phan, Dilated Peoples and Anthony Bourdain. I also sat down for some food and cooked with “Iron Man” director Jon Favreau, who asked me to be involved in his life when he was getting ready to make the movie “Chef”. We were also on “Top Chef” together last season in New Orleans.

You can binge-watch every episode of “Street Food with Roy Choi” on CNN.com and see what people are saying about it by following the hashtag #whatsyourstreetfood.

I also love cooking for kids and making wholesome, delicious food affordable and available for everyone.

Let’s get this started. Ask me anything!

Proof tweets : https://twitter.com/CNN/status/524633334031605760

https://twitter.com/RidingShotgunLA/status/524635459633168384

More proof http://i.imgur.com/AtK7vdY.jpg?1

edit This was fun. Really fun. If I missed you go to @ridingshotgunLA on Twitter and hit me up there. Peace, Papi.

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 0:00:00 EDT
We are Milo Aukerman, Bill Stevenson, Karl Alvarez, and Stephen Egerton of the band The Descendents, ask us anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/3172/we-are-milo-aukerman-bill-stevenson-karl-alvarez Hi guys,

We are

  • Milo Aukerman
  • Bill Stevenson
  • Karl Alvarez
  • and Stephen Egerton

We are the band The Descendents. This movie tells our story: http://www.filmagemovie.com/

Ask us anything

https://twitter.com/FilmBuff/status/524313266038661120

UPDATE: we gotta stop unless someone can email us a tube of Aspercreme, We're getting carpal-tunnel syndrome

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 0:00:00 EDT
IamA Game Designer working on MMORPGs, AMAA! http://www.topiama.com/r/3173/iama-game-designer-working-on-mmorpgs-amaa Hello, all! My name is Jeff Hamilton, and like many of you I've been a fan of video games for as long as I can remember. I started working in the industry as a temp QA Tester at EA about 8 years ago, working on many games there (Spore, Dante's Inferno to name a few). I worked my way into design at Paragon Studios, where I became a Systems Designer on City of Heroes. I now work at Cryptic Studios, where I helped ship Neverwinter and have been working on Star Trek Online in the interim.

Outside of work, I spend my time playing video games and attempting to stay in shape, hitting the gym twice a week. I used to be a musician and actor as well.

Feel free to ask me anything about the process of making games, what it's like to work in the industry, why game developers do things in ways that specifically infuriate you, etc. If you want advice on what to study to break in, or what to read to prepare for a career in game dev, I'm happy to help there as well! I will try to answer anything I can that is legal for me to answer (NDAs are a bitch).

Proof: https://twitter.com/JeffAHamilton/status/524176723512786944

Edit1: Taking a short break to grab some food, will return around 7:30 am pacific. Keep questions coming! I'll answer throughout the day and night.

Edit2: Started answering questions again about 15 minutes ago. Also, I feel compelled to point out that everything I say is just a personal statement as a human who happens to do this job - I do not represent my employer, nor am I here for any sort of promotional purpose. :)

Edit3: Holy moley that's a lot of questions. I am doing my best, I promise!

Edit4: Working on Star Trek now! I will make my way through these over the course of the day - I'm sorting by some combination of everything but Top as I answer. If you have a question that you particularly care about getting an answer to, Tweet me a link directly @jeffahamilton

Edit5: Made headway over lunch. Will answer more questions after work. Gotta go make games, for now! Smell ya later, reddit!

Edit6: http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2js28o/iama_game_designer_working_on_mmorpgs_amaa/clejz34 contains my previously promised answer. Gonna answer more questions until I crash asleep sometime within the next hour. This blew up waaaaay beyond what I thought it would - I hope you all had as much fun as I did.

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 0:00:00 EDT
Aloha Reddit! I'm Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele player from Hawaii. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/3174/aloha-reddit-im-jake-shimabukuro-ukulele-player Ask me anything!

www.JakeShimabukuro.com

https://www.youtube.com/user/jakeshimabukuro

Proof: Imgur

Edit: This was a great experience! Time sure flew by! Let's do this again soon :) Thank you for all the great questions. I will try to type faster next time so I can answer more questions. I don't think I even got through half of them. But thanks so much! Aloha and Mahalo! -Jake

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