Top Specialized Reddit IAmA's http://www.topiama.com/cat/specialized The latest Specialized IAmA's collected from Reddit Specialized ProfessionIamA Court Reporter. I use a shorthand language to type at speeds potentially over 300+ words per minute. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5974/iama-court-reporter-i-use-a-shorthand-language-to My short bio: Hey, all. There seemed to be some interest in me doing an AMA after I posted in /r/hockey last night, so here I am!

I'm a 28-year-old guy living in Ontario, Canada. I graduated in 2011 and have been a court reporter for the past six years.

Please feel free to ask me anything at all, and I'll do my best to answer all questions (assuming there are any, lol).

My Proof: Proof 1, Proof 2, Proof 3.

Just because I think it might be helpful to anybody wondering what this is or how our shorthand language works, this is what our keyboard layout looks like, and this short video gives a pretty decent idea of what the best of us are capable of.

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Wed, 19 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Specialized ProfessionIAMA technology manager and lighting specialist for a family owned light bulb company! It's a slow afternoon so AMA about lighting, bulbs family businesses or whatever! http://www.topiama.com/r/5971/iama-technology-manager-and-lighting-specialist My short bio: I was a senior about 7 weeks away from graduating when 4/16/2007 happened. I knew several people that were either killed or injured. There isn't a single week that goes by since that day when it doesn't cross my mind.

EDIT: Some additional insight so you don't have to dig through comments:

  • I was not in a classroom, and I was not shot. I was on my way to an unaffected class room.

  • I was good friends with one person that was killed, acquaintances with a few who were shot, and knew several others affected.

  • The top takeaways from the incident for me were:

  1. The media is an extremely sharpened double-edged sword. The same vehicle that generated a global outpouring of support also arm-chair quarterbacked their way into criticizing our school, and stalked students around campus trying to generate tears-on-camera. I was set to graduate with a degree in mass communication, but abondoned the media industry altogether after that incident.

  2. Virginia Tech is one of the most resilient, kindest communities I've ever known. Everyone parents asked us to "leave and come home," but not a single person I know did. We all stayed. Even the 20-or-so injured students all came back to school as soon as they could. Everyone wanted to be at school to help each other and not let something like this define who we were. One guy who was shot in the leg left his hospital bed against doctor's order on crutches, just so he could walk across stage at our departmental commencement ceremony. People gave him a full five minute standing ovation.

  3. I remember being rather hurt/upset that it can branded as "the Virginia Tech massacre." No one asked us (the students) if that was okay. I realize that's not historical labeling works, but it just always bothered me.

My Proof: http://imgur.com/a/XuFRS

EDIT 2: The intent here was to simply give folks a personal perspective on how a school/community is impacted beyond what you may recall hearing from the media. I care about my school and wanted awareness for my 32 heroes to live on a decade later. Even though I created a throw-away account and remained anonymous, there are redditors here who somehow believe I'm doing this for personal attention(?). There are certainly accounts and stories to be told of those "closer" to the incident itself, but I never claimed to be one of those accounts, so I'm having trouble reconciling some of the outrage and hatred in the comments.

With that, I'm going to stop responding to things now. My sincerest apologies if any one found this exploitative or disrespectful, it certainly was never the intent.

neVer forgeT.

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Tue, 18 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Specialized ProfessionI am Erik Singer, dialect coach and accent expert, and I'm back for more! I just released a new video with WIRED breaking down famous fictional languages. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5956/i-am-erik-singer-dialect-coach-and-accent-expert Almost a decade ago, I bought an abandoned house in Detroit for $500. I fixed it up with my own hands and live there with my dog. The city has changed immensely since I moved in, and I wrote about the experience for BuzzFeed. My book based on the piece comes out today. AMA!

http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/A-$500-House-in-Detroit/Drew-Philp/9781476797984

https://www.buzzfeed.com/drewphilp/why-i-bought-a-house-in-detroit-for-500

Proof: http://drewphilp.com/

More proof: https://twitter.com/drewphilp/status/851555009619791872

Edit: alright folks, it's been real, and I had fun. I have to run, but I'll try to stop by in the next couple of days and answer some more of these questions. If you missed it, here's the Imgur link to photos of the house: http://imgur.com/a/66fDh

And some more "after" photos I took this afternoon when I got back home today: https://imgur.com/a/ePkeo

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Wed, 12 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Specialized ProfessionWe are Hackers for Hire, aka Professional Pentesters. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5909/we-are-hackers-for-hire-aka-professional Thanks for all the questions! I had a great time. See you down the road!

Mark

I’ve had an amazing and crazy career in gaming! Sneakers on the Apple 2 was my first game, then I went to work for Activision making Atari VCS games, moved on to Hasbro/Isix to make interactive movie games, shifted to Midway Games for 20 years leading hits like Smash TV, NBA JAM, WWF Wrestlemania, NFL Blitz, NBA Ballers, then joined EA as Sr Creative Dir for EA Sports, and finally as Sr Creative Director at Zynga brought fun and the “On Fire” mode to Bubble Safari. Today I’m still applying the old coin-op lessons to our mobile Wizard of Oz: Magic Match game - learning more and working just as hard every single day to bring fun and smiles to game players. Boomshakalaka! Best. Job. Ever.

Proof: https://i.redd.it/tk1d3zx9ldny.jpg

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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Specialized ProfessionIAmA Video Game Tester, AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5862/iama-video-game-tester-ama HEY THANKS FOR ALL THE QUESTIONS! I have to wrap up because my hands are starting to feel like two tiny hamster paws, and also I need to edit DIY Astronaut EP 2. Pick your social media poison if you want more shitty robots: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube.

See you soon Reddit!!

Hi Reddit!

Fricking excited to do my first AMA. I don’t want to go all cheesy on you but Reddit is where this journey started for me and how I got this -very- weird job. I owe you.

So about two years ago I started building robots and posting them on my YouTube channel and /r/shittyrobots. Today I’m a full-time inventor of useless machines and a host of Adam Savage’s Tested.com. I’m also, more recently, the founder of my own shitty astronaut training program. Because if nobody else will have you, just make your own thing.

https://twitter.com/SimoneGiertz/status/836664040789164033

Ask me anything!

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Sat, 04 Mar 2017 0:00:00 EDT
NonprofitI'm Nancy Lublin, Founder of Crisis Text Line and Dress for Success. Previously CEO of DoSomething.org... AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5827/im-nancy-lublin-founder-of-crisis-text-line-and My short bio: Founder of Crisis Text Line. Previously CEO of DoSomething.org and Founder of Dress For Success. Author of XYZ Factor, Zilch, and the DoSomething.org Handbook. Ask me about tech, data, entrepreneurship, Star Wars.

This AMA is not for crisis support. In crisis? Text 741741 for free, 24/7 crisis support in the US.

My Proof: http://imgur.com/WGi2Ao7

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Wed, 15 Feb 2017 0:00:00 EDT
GamingIamA Game Designer, Magic the Gathering Hall of Famer, and the CEO of White Wizard Games. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5823/iama-game-designer-magic-the-gathering-hall-of I  founded White Wizard Games in my garage with my best friend, and have raised over $1M on Kickstarter to fund the development of 3 games and 2 apps. Our first game, Star Realms, has won 7 Game of the Year awards. Last year I gave away $100,000.00 in the first Epic Card Game World Championship. 

I have over 20 years of industry experience spanning nearly every aspect of hobby gaming: • Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour Champion and Hall of Famer • Game Designer • White Wizard Games CEO • Designer and Co-Creator of Epic Card Game • Co-Creator of the Star Realms Deckbuilding Game • Co-Creator of the Hero Realms Deckbuilding Game • Co-Founder/Co-Designer of the Ascension Deckbuilding Game • Gary Games Inc. COO • EpicTCG CEO • Your Move Games Inc. Co-CEO • Stoneblade Entertainment Organized Play Director • Game Store Owner • Premier Tournament Organizer for WoTC and Konami • Tournament Judge (Level 3 Magic Judge) • Organized Play Designer/Consultant

I am also a dad to 7 kids and a St. Bernard. 

Ask me about running a game company, designing games, running a Kickstarter, playing professional Magic, marketing/sales distribution for games, game manufacturing, developing game apps, or .... anything :)

Here's a link to the Kickstarter that we are currently running: http://tinyurl.com/EpicDigKSiAMA

The White Wizard Games website is here: http://www.whitewizardgames.com/

My Proof: There will be a post in the Kickstarter comments on the Kickstarter page http://tinyurl.com/EpicDigKSiAMA and also on our White Wizard Games instagram https://www.instagram.com/whitewizardgames/ that I am hosting this iAMA. 

I will start answering at 4 pm EST today, February 14th, so ask away!

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Tue, 14 Feb 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Specialized Profession-LiveWe produced the Visual Effects for Man in the High Castle Season 2. AuA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5790/we-produced-the-visual-effects-for-man-in-the We are Barnstorm VFX. We produced the visual effects for "The Man in the High Castle: Season 2". Our work also includes "Silicon Valley", "Key & Peele", "The Good Wife", and many other shows. We'd love to talk about our artistic process and philosophy for visual effects. We are here with our friends and collaborators from Theory Animation, which partnered with us on some of the key CGI sequences from "The Man in the High Castle". The show is nominated for two VES (Visual Effects Society) Awards in the 'Supporting Visual Effects' and 'Created Environment' categories. Ask Us Anything!

We are awaiting the ability to publicly release our VFX shot breakdown reel for "The Man in the High Castle: Season 2". If you are interested in having a sneak peek at the reel right now to see how the vfx were created, please email publicity@barnstormvfx.com for information on how to watch it and we will respond immediately.

My Proof: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1297928846947804&id=192869684120398

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Fri, 03 Feb 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Request[AMA Request] Maynard James Keenan http://www.topiama.com/r/5804/ama-request-maynard-james-keenan In October of 1997, I was a vault supervisor for armored truck company Loomis Fargo, when I made off with $17.3 million. At the time it was the second largest cash robbery ever to happen on US soil.

A movie based on the heist starring Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones and directed by Jared Hess (the guy who made Napoleon Dynamite) is out now on Blu-ray and DVD.

My Proof: https://twitter.com/DavidGhantt/status/827476087596789760

My AMA time is up now, but thank you all for your participation in the Ask Me Anything session :-)

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Fri, 03 Feb 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Specialized Profession10 years ago on this day I inadvertently shut down the city of Boston with a marketing stunt on behalf of Cartoon Network. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5783/10-years-ago-on-this-day-i-inadvertently-shut I am a filmmaker and the son of renowned drug-policy activist Amanda Feilding. My latest feature documentary, The Sunshine Makers, is out now on select US cinemas and VOD. It's about Nick Sand and Tim Scully, two underground chemists united in a mission to save the planet with the consciousness-raising power of LSD. Together they manufactured industrial quantities of Orange Sunshine, the most famous LSD ever made - with the Fed hot on their tails... I am here with Tim Scully, the science genius behind the Orange Sunshine who changed his mind about the ultimate use for LSD. Ask us anything!

Prroof:

https://i.redd.it/gxju6eurubby.jpg https://i.redd.it/vuhktwvuubby.jpg

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Tue, 31 Jan 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Specialized ProfessionIamA Steam Train Fireman AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5780/iama-steam-train-fireman-ama Howdy all,

My name is Tim Pool. In the past I worked for VICE and Fusion. My work has been featured internationally and I have been called "The most innovative journalist in the street" by journalism professor Jay Rosen.

I was part of the group that was mass arrested in DC. I was informed no less than three times by the supervising officer that I was "under arrest" and "not free to leave."

After about 45 minutes the Lt. on scene pulled me and two other NBC reporters out of the crowd and told us to leave.

This is a last minute AMA but after seeing a few articles decry the attack on the press while omitting that three journalists were released without being charged. I felt obligated to talk about what happened during J20.

http://Twitter.com/Timcast http://Youtube.com/Timcast

EDIT:I have to go do work (drone 360/VR experiments) but will be back to answer more questions throughout the day.

EDIT2: I am seriously trying to answer every question but, man, this picked up faster than I expected! I'll keep answering but in the meantime this video I made a few days ago might help explain what happened. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hylsXFRR6ns

EDIT 3: My hands are tired... I can't get to everyone and I apologize. Feel free to tweet me any questions as well and I will do my best to answer. Feel free to email me with any specific follow ups as well Tim@tagg.ly THANK YOU ALL!!!

My Proof: http://imgur.com/a/6Qjed

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Mon, 30 Jan 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Specialized ProfessionI’m Jonathan Balcombe, ethologist and author of What a Fish Knows. I’ve been studying animal behavior and sentience for more than 25 years, with a focus on fish in the last few years. AMA about animals! http://www.topiama.com/r/5743/im-jonathan-balcombe-ethologist-and-author-of Here's me in the Caesar Man suit!

Little Caesars was my first job, and I really enjoyed it for the most part. I've worked for corporate and for franchises, ask me anything that you may be curious about!

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Tue, 10 Jan 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Specialized ProfessionI am the first-to-market esports attorney (yes, that is a thing), and I just founded the world’s first esports only law firm. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5741/i-am-the-firsttomarket-esports-attorney-yes-that Here's me in the Caesar Man suit!

Little Caesars was my first job, and I really enjoyed it for the most part. I've worked for corporate and for franchises, ask me anything that you may be curious about!

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Tue, 03 Jan 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Specialized ProfessionIt's Christmas Eve, and I'm a parish pastor. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5699/its-christmas-eve-and-im-a-parish-pastor-ama I co-founded Imperfect with the goal of closing the loop on the billions of pounds of produce that get wasted every year because they aren’t pretty enough for grocery stores. We deliver delicious but wonky-looking produce to people’s doors for 30-50% less than grocery store prices. Since our launch over a year ago we’ve kept over 1.8 million pounds of food from going to waste, gotten on the cover of National Geographic, and are about to expand to Los Angeles! Find us at www.imperfectproduce.com

Proof: http://imgur.com/a/KErLV EDIT: I have to go and so unfortunately cannot answer any more questions today but had a blast and would love to do another one of these soon. Happy holidays everyone!

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Sat, 24 Dec 2016 0:00:00 EDT
Specialized ProfessionWe are the gemcutters/jewellers of Reddit. Want to avoid getting ripped off on Christmas/Valentine's gifts? Interested in learning how to cut gems? Ask us anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/5670/we-are-the-gemcuttersjewellers-of-reddit-want-to Hey folks! We're the gemcutters and jewellers of Reddit. Ask us anything!

The season from Thanksgiving to Valentine's Day is a very busy one for the gem and jewellery industry, and nagivating the industry can be confusing at best. "What the hell are the "Four Cs" of diamonds? How is anyone supposed to tell if a sapphire is cut well, or if it's cut in a way to rip you off? How can I learn to cut gems?" We're all happy to help answer these questions and any others you might have.

/u/diamonddealer - Dan Moran, owner of Concierge Diamonds in LA, a high-end private jeweller and wholesaler; also has a presence at some of the higher-end parts of the Tucson Gem Show

/u/flameswithin - Phil Lagas-Rivera, owner of Alternatives Lapidary, a gemcutting studio in Raleigh that specializes in lab-grown gems

/u/stagandfinch - Bryan Wiebe, owner of Stag and Finch, a gemcutting studio in Manitoba that got started here on Reddit

/u/AtelierVieuxPont - Trevor Vipond, a jeweller who does custom work, and also happens to cut gems; a frequent poster to the gem and jewellery subreddits

/u/cowsruleusall - Arya Akhavan, one of the directors of the US Faceter's Guild, the certifying org for gemcutters; also designs modern gem cuts

Proof here and here.

We've also got some folks who'll be floating in and out all day. /u/lse138, /u/bugabob, /u/greenstrong, /u/letstalkaboutrocks, and /u/druzyq are all involved in the industry to some extent.

Edit: left a few things off of the bios, added them in

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Wed, 14 Dec 2016 0:00:00 EDT