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MalwareTech
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IamA the "accidental hero" who helped stop the WannaCry attack AMA!

My short bio: Hey I'm MalwareTech, a malware researcher, programmer, and blogger, I'm also known as the "accidental hero" who helped stop WannaCry. Someone submitted an AMA Request last week and I promised that I'd do one when the dust settles if people are still interested, so true to my word I'm here.

My Proof: https://twitter.com/MalwareTechBlog/status/866613572557787136

Also sorry for the grammatical mistake in the title, this will plague me forever more.

Update: due to way more interest than expected I'm going to have to skip questions similar to ones that have already been asked (I'm working from oldest to newest, so if the question above yours has been answered then check down the AMA for similar).

Update2 I'm heading to sleep now but will continue answering questions tomorrow.

AirbusA320Pilot
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I am an Airline Pilot flying the A320 across Europe. AMA!

Hi Guys,

I was very disappointing when browsing Reddit earlier as I came across an IAMA from someone claiming to be a Commercial Pilot. It was full of downright lies and bullshit. He was quickly shot down by the Pilot community on reddit and he deleted his post but the IAMA is still up.

It inspired me to do an IAMA of my own so you guys on here could be given proper answers rather than be lied to by a stupid kid.

My Proof: My Commercial Pilot license, along with the A320 type rating endorsement.

http://i.imgur.com/lWVNjrl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/ptk7Vxp.jpg

aldotcom
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I am an Alabama-based Weird News Reporter who writes about seriously weird stuff, like haunted asylums and Bigfoot. AMA

I’m Kelly Kazek (Kay-zick). My title is Weird News Reporter and humor columnist for AL.com. That means I actually get paid to write about things like World’s Largest roadside attractions, car-part art, Bigfoot, haunted mental asylums and more. Although my AL.com stories are mostly about Alabama, I also write a lot about the South and I’ve visited weird sites across the country. I am also the author of 8 books and have a blog at KellyKazek.com. You can follow me on Twitter at @kellykazek.

I was a single mom for 20 years after my Baby Girl’s father died, and I remarried in October 2016. Sweetums is a 6-foot-7 Bigfoot enthusiast and we had a Weird Road Trip-themed wedding with a roadside attractions cake.

Proof: Here I am with the Sasquatch statue in my garden.

Ask Me Anything!

UPDATE at 7:20 p.m.: You guys are so good at asking questions. My arm is about to fall off! I will check back some over the weekend and answer some more. Thank you so much.

UPDATE Saturday 5.20.17: I'll be on and off all day attempting to answer more of the questions. If you haven't already left one, please send it to kkazek@al.com. Thanks!

Saturday 2:45 pm. I made it thru all the questions submitted by 10 this morning so I'll stop now. Thanks again for joining in. I loved it!

macfound
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We're HarvestPlus, and we're competing in the MacArthur Foundation's 100&Change competition for $100 million! Our proposal is to biofortify staple crops in Africa (see below). AUA!

Hey reddit! We're HarvestPlus, one of eight organizations competing in the MacArthur Foundation's 100&Change competition for one $100 million grant! We're here to answer questions about our proposal.

About our proposal: we are trying to eliminate "hidden hunger" in Africa, dangerous and damaging nutrient deficiencies, by fortifying staple crops, since more than two billion people globally have diets that are lacking sufficient vitamins and minerals. Our goal is to reach 1 billion people by 2030.

We will be on at 10AM ET to answer your questions. AUA!

EDIT:

We're live now! AUA.

FINAL EDIT:

It's been a fun one, but that's it for us today! Many thanks to everyone who has participated in today’s chat. We really value your input, we'll learn from your insightful questions, and we will incorporate your feedback into our revised proposal.

Our proposal and why we're doing this:

https://www.macfound.org/press/semifinalist-profile/harvestplus

https://www.macfound.org/press/semifinalist-perspectives/growing-scale-more-nutritious-staple-food-crops

Proof:

http://imgur.com/a/f15vU

StarGateGeek
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IamA Nurse who just spent 3 months aboard the world's largest civilian hospital ship... AMA!

I'm a 27 yo RN from Canada, and just returned from my 2nd tour volunteering aboard the M/V Africa Mercy in the West African country of Benin. The AFM as we call her is the largest ship of her kind outside of military hospital vessels, and is operated by Mercy Ships, an international NGO focused on providing free, safe, high quality healthcare to some of the poorest countries in the world. All of the 400+ volunteers from around the world are paying their own way to be there.

During this past field service in Benin, over 1700 patients received surgery on board, 1800 local professionals received training and mentoring, and over 6000 dental patients were seen.

My job on the patient wards involved prepping our patients for surgery (including a lot of teaching about how things will be done and what to expect), and caring for them after they've recovered from anaesthesia, until they're well enough to return home. I mainly worked with hernia and soft-tissue tumor patients, but my MVP's (most valued patients) were women we treated for Obstetric Fistula. This condition is relatively unheard of in western countries, but affects millions of women worldwide. Lengthy, obstructed labor often leads to a still birth, and on top of that chronic incontinence, which in turn leads to a cycle of shame, ostracism, and emotional pain. I've never met more brave, beautiful, and inspiring women than in my time working with fistula patients.

Ask me anything!

My Proof: http://i.imgur.com/1Wi6B7s.jpg

EDIT: Hey folks! Thanks for all the great questions!

I'm going to take a little break for lunch, and try to get some unpacking done. :/

I'll be back around 1PM EDT.

In the meantime, check out endfistula.org. Tomorrow, May 23rd, is the International Day to End Fistula. Please spread the word about this devastating but relatively unknown condition!

Edit 2: Forgot my disclaimer.

Although I am currently serving with Mercy Ships, everything communicated here strictly reflects my personal opinions and is neither reviewed nor endorsed by Mercy Ships. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Mercy Ships.

Edit 3: Thanks everyone for all the interest and fantastic questions!

I'll continue to answer questions if more come in, but before it gets too late I want to remind people about the Day to End Fistula tomorrow. Spread the word!

Also, keep an eye out on the NatGeo Channel for their documentary filmed last fall, The Surgery Ship. It's out in Australia, and some parts of Europe...no word yet on when it will air in North America.

Cheers!

TheProperPeople
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We are “The Proper People”, two filmmakers who have explored and filmed hundreds of abandoned places over the past three years – Ask Us Anything!

The two of us, Michael and Bryan, have been exploring abandoned places and creating videos of these adventures on our YouTube channel “The Proper People” for the past few years. We’ve been lucky enough to explore all kinds of abandoned places such as theme parks, asylums, prisons, malls, cathedrals, and even a nuclear power plant. What started out as a curiosity for us has turned into a passion, and we strive to bring this appreciation of abandoned and historic places to others through our videos.

Right now we are trying to raise funds to create a 5 part documentary series about urban exploration called “Forbidden Explorers.” This is a passion project that we’ve been planning for over a year now, with the goal of telling a more meaningful story about the culture of urban exploration than what’s been done before. If you’re interested in history, adventure documentaries, or just the surreal aesthetic of abandoned places, I can promise you’ll love it. If you’re interested you can check out the Kickstarter page here!

The two of us will both be answering questions with this account, signed with an initial (M or B) to signify who is answering. We'll start answering questions around 6pm EST and try to stay around as long as we can.

PROOF: Twitter Additional proof, this account is a moderator of our subreddit /r/theproperpeople

EDIT: We enjoyed answering all your questions! We're wrapping up the AMA now.

vonahn
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I am Luis von Ahn, co-inventor of CAPTCHA & reCAPTCHA, Founder/CEO of Duolingo, MacArthur Fellow and computer science professor. AMA!

Hello Reddit! This is Luis von Ahn. I’m from Guatemala. A while ago, I invented CAPTCHAs, those squiggly, annoying letters you have to type all over the Internet to prove that you’re a human. Sorry about that!

After selling my second company to Google in my 20s, I decided to dedicate my life to making education accessible to everyone in the world. In 2011, I co-founded Duolingo, a free and fun way to learn languages, which has since become the most downloaded education app in the world. There are more people learning languages on Duolingo in the US than there are people learning languages in the whole US public school system.

Some cool stuff:

det0ur
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We are the creators of narwhal for reddit on iOS AUA!

/u/charliewonders and myself are the developer/designer duo behind narwhal for reddit (http://getnarwhal.com/) /r/getnarwhal

We saw the request in https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/6d1b1l/ama_request_those_who_have_created_the_more/dhzxtb2/?context=3 and we are here to answer any questions you have!

We launched narwhal for reddit a couple years ago as a fresh design take on reddit for iOS 7. Since then, we've been improving it to be a gesture-based efficient and simple viewer of all reddit content

ronimo_robin
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We're Ronimo Games, the creators of Awesomenauts. Going F2P on Steam May 24th. Ask us anything!

UPDATED: Thanks for the awesome questions :) We had a great time! We're heading out for now (still have to get dinner), so we're going to stop answering questions for now. If you have any lingering questions, we'll try to get back to you later this week... or feel free to join us on the Awesomenauts sub-reddit. /r/Awesomenauts is a great place :)

Thanks again for hanging out, asking questions, and most importantly: playing Awesomenauts. You all rock!

We're Ronimo Games, a Dutch independent game development studio. We launched Awesomenauts on Steam back in 2012 and have been supporting the game ever since. Five years of post-launch support later, we're relaunching the game as free-to-play on Steam on May 24th!

We'll start answering questions at 17:00 EU time, which is about 20 minutes after this post goes live!

Proof: https://twitter.com/RonimoGames/status/865215111191023616

We're here to talk about all things Awesomenauts, life as a game developer, and any crazy stuff you guys might want to ask. Ask. Us. Anything.

There are a couple of people from our team here, so feel free to ask your questions directly to:

/u/Daveyx0 - Game Designer

/u/nog1potje - Game Designer and co-founder

/u/JoostDev - Lead Programmer and co-founder

/u/Ronimo_alex - Programmer

/u/Ronimo_robin - Producer

/u/Ronimo_daniel and /u/ronimo_yiyuan - communication/marketing interns at Ronimo

/u/That_one_robot - Artist, potentially lurking about somewhere!

If you're interested in trying out Awesomenauts before it goes Free to Play on May 24th, sign up for a beta key here: https://www.awesomenauts.com/sign-up-for-beta-access/. We'll send everyone who registers during the AMA a key soon!

vlTNTlv
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I am a 16 year old male diagnosed with a fairly rare genetic disease called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS)

I scored an 8/9 on my hyper mobility test, my sister, age 11 scored a 9/9. I've dislocated my left knee 3 times (None since the surgery!) And the right one once. I'm recovering from my second MPFL reconstruction while writing this. Ask me anything!

Hyper Mobility of arm MPFL Reconstruction of left knee 3.5 years ago MPFL Reconstruction of Right knee 1 week ago

RiME_Tim
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Hey! Tequila Works and Team Grey Box checking in! We are the team behind RiME, a puzzle adventure about a boy shipwrecked on an Island! Ask us anything!

Originally announced in 2013, now, we are now 2 days away from the launch of RiME on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC! RiME is a wordless story about a boy who wakes up after a storm shipwrecks him on a mysterious island. With the guidance of a friendly fox, you set out with your voice and your wits to explore and unravel the mysteries of The Island. RiME has been an amazing adventure for everyone involved and we are so thrilled to be able to share that adventure with the world!

As a note, we're working very hard on the Nintendo Switch version but do not have a definitive release date yet! That being said, ASK US ANYTHING!

Proof: https://i.redd.it/m9wlzkl5dhyy.jpg http://i.imgur.com/czGFw6p.jpg

EDIT: That is it for us! Thank you all so much for joining us today! RiME has been an incredible journey for the team and we cannot wait for you all to play it on Friday!

If we did not get to your question please tweet us @RiMEGame or ask on our forums

http://www.rimegame.com

TheDeepEndGames
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I went from a Gamestop employee to a BioShock lead to creating my own indie game (Perception) AMA

Heyo! I'm Bill Gardner, Director of Perception from my new studio The Deep End Games.

Perception is an indie narrative horror game where you play as a blind woman who uses echolocation to solve the mysteries of a haunted mansion.

Previously, I was Lead Level Designer on BioShock and Design Director on BioShock Infinite.

I'd love to chat about Perception, starting an indie studio, the BioShock games, getting a start in the industry, or anything game related really. Fire away!

More on Perception, which comes out May 30 on PC, PS4, XB1 for $19.99

http://store.steampowered.com/app/426310/Perception/

proof: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_71a6t6xJhlZ2NiTGVNNVg5MVk/view?usp=sharing

MarkLorando
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I’m an editor-in-chief in one of the great news towns in America, New Orleans, and I’m on the front lines of the battle to preserve local journalism in the digital age. AMA!

I’m Mark Lorando, editor of The Times-Picayune and V.P. of Content of NOLA.com. We’re the oldest (180 years) and largest (more than 100 full-time journalists) news organization in New Orleans. We reach more people, engage them more deeply and tell stories in more ways than we ever have before. But the digital revolution has disrupted our business model, and everybody else's. What is the future of local news media? Nobody knows for sure. But we’ve got some ideas. Let’s discuss.

Proof: https://twitter.com/NOLAnews/status/865998470741667841

EDIT (4:12 p.m.): Loving this but I'm late for weekly editorial board meeting. Will jump back in after 5 and answer as many more of your questions as I can before I leave. Thanks everyone for an awesome conversation! Back in a bit.

EDIT (5:41 p.m.): Back from my meeting and back in the comments for another hour, or until I lose the feeling in my fingers, whichever comes first.

EDIT (7:16 p.m.): Calling it a day. I'll jump back in Tuesday morning for one last ride through the comments. Thanks everybody for the great questions.

THE END (Tue 8:45 a.m.): That's a wrap for me, folks. Enjoyed the exchange immensely, and answered as many (and as honestly) as I could. Feel free to email follow-ups to mlorando@nola.com; I try to answer all civil inquiries, eventually. And follow my profile page (linked above) if you want to join the ongoing conversation about local journalism. Excited to join the Reddit community. Thanks for having me. M.

DudeHugeOnReddit
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We are Cliff Bleszinski and Arjan Brussee of Boss Key Productions – our 5v5 FPS LawBreakers is coming to PC… and PS4! AUA!

** we got a late start because, life. Will extend to 2:30 pm ET.**

We’ve made some pretty killer games, both together and separately (Jazz Jackrabbit, Unreal, Killzone, Gears of War, a few Battlefield tiles…). Now our new 6studio, Boss Key Productions, is gearing up to release the first-person shooter LawBreakers to PC and PlayStation 4. It’s been a long road and now we’re thrilled to discuss how we set out to bring our most challenging and fun, FPS game to date to players on multiple platforms. It’s happening!!

We’ll be here today from 1 pm–2 pm ET to answer your questions about LawBreakers, Boss Key, ourselves and the meaning of life. We’ll get to as many questions as humanly possible, so go hit those upvotes!

PROOF: http://bit.ly/2qHLhym

www.bosskey.com lawbreakers.com

@BossKey @lawbreakers @TheRealCliffyB @ arjanbrussee @Nexon_America


Thanks everyone who dropped in. Sorry about the eff up on the mystery thread. You can read more questions (and answers from me and Arjan) here:

https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/6coet2/we_are_cliff_bleszinski_and_arjan_brussee_of_boss/

nickkokonas
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We own Alinea / Next / The Aviary / Roister and occasionally write books, travel, create software and talk to people. AUA...

Good afternoon from Chicago...

We are chef Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas from The Alinea Group -- AUA!

Chef Achatz has won the James Beard award for Best Chef US and Alinea has been named best restaurant in the US 4 or 5 times. Next was named best new restaurant in America (JBF). The Aviary won Outstanding Bar in America... even though it's not really a bar. ChefG used to post a lot on eGullet -- the reddit of restaurants -- back in 2002-2005.

We've written a few books together (Alinea and Life, on the Line) and are working on another one while trying to subvert the cookbook publishing process. See: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thealineagroup/the-aviary-cocktail-book/description

Nick spends much of his time on www.Tockhq.com these days, trying to get rid of OpenTable and their dinosaur technology.

Chef's Table Season 2 Episode 1 covered our personal story well in super slow mo. And yes, fine dining is dead.... no wait, it's not dead...

PROOF: https://twitter.com/Gachatz/status/867042162566934530

We'll start answering anything at Noon EST / 11 AM *Chicago Standard Time... and hope to see you in Chicago -- or soon at The www.AviaryNyc.com

****** Hey all -- Grant had to roll, but he's going to log in later. I'll check in tonight and try to answer any further questions or follow ups. Cheers!

PhotoGirlGA
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I was a wedding photographer for 16 years. AMA

I was a wedding photographer for 16 years. I shot over 400 weddings in my career, and have some CRAZY stories. Ask me anything.

My Proof: Website & Awards

Edited: Going offline for the night. Will check back tomorrow and answer more questions if there are any.

ThisIsRichardCurtis
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Hi, I'm Richard Curtis, co-founder of Comic Relief and Writer and Director of Love Actually. Ask Me Anything.

I’m co-founder of Comic Relief and producer of Red Nose Day. Red Nose Day is all about bringing people together to have fun, raise money, and change the lives of kids living in poverty. I am also a screenwriter and director, responsible for films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary, and Love Actually which is getting a short sequel this year during Red Nose Day on May 25. We’re calling it Red Nose Day Actually.

If you want more information about Red Nose Day you can learn more here - https://rednoseday.org/

We’d also love it if you started a fundraiser, which you can do here (and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match everything raised on Facebook for Red Nose Day, up to $1 million until June 15, so that’s definitely a nice added bonus to help save more lives) - https://www.facebook.com/fundraisers/RedNoseDayUSA/

Proof:

FB - https://www.facebook.com/RedNoseDayUSA/photos/a.1557957437812273.1073741828.1445924829015535/1886832084924805/?

TW: https://twitter.com/RedNoseDayUSA/status/866458136030392320

http://imgur.com/a/8NARV

JohnBrenkus_
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I'm John Brenkus, host/creator of ESPN's Sport Science and my new podcast, The Brink of Midnight. AMA!

Hi, I’m John Brenkus! You may know me as the host/creator of Sports Science.

You may have noticed that news nowadays is kind of depressing. Actually, it's really depressing. To combat this, I wanted to create a new medium that actually puts uplifting, inspiring, feel good news out into the ether. I'm doing this through my new podcast called “The Brink of Midnight."

TBOM is a podcast where I work to explore the moments that my guests credit with changing their lives forever...those that pushed them in an unexpected direction, shaping the experiences that followed and molding them into the people who they are today. This podcast is all about good news and features positive messages, inspiring you to live a fulfilling, authentic life.

I have interviewed luminaries in sport, entertainment, business, tech, philanthropy, and many other different walks of life like Ray Lewis, Sharon Stone, Ryan Leaf, Haley Joel Osment, Jay Chandrasekhar, Marshawn Lynch, Santonio Holmes, Rob Riggle, Dr. Drew, Randy Couture, Matt Stover, Rick Bucher, Scott Bassett (Paralympian), Tony Hale, JB Smoove, Trent Dilfer, Bob Babbitt (creator of Ironman) and many more.

Here's a link if you want to check out my first two episodes with Ray Lewis and Rob Riggle: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-brink-of-midnight-podcast-with-john-brenkus/id1234410068?mt=2

Twitter: https://twitter.com/johnbrenkus_?lang=en

Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/brinkofmidnight?lang=en

Proof: https://i.redd.it/s74dw3etm5yy.png

Let's do this!

twentiesticcer
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IamA guy in my twenties who has Tourette's Syndrome AMA!

I have Tourette's Syndrome and experience multiple motor and phonic tics, up to several hundred a day. Like 90% of people with Tourette's, I don't have coprolalia (swearing vocally) but I do have copropraxia (obscene gestures) and echolalia (echoing words or sentences others have said).

I find that tics and tourette's are misunderstood (and easily so, the condition baffles me myself on occasion) so here's a chance for people to ask a person with TS anything!

dunmanal
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I worked at McDonald's for over 4 years. AMA!

I was hired my freshman year of high school and continued to work well into my freshman year of college. (Also I attended a private Christian school for 13 years if you wanna know about that)

Proof: http://i.imgur.com/Rsshvr0.jpg

JamesDavidsonLives
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IamA incomplete paraplegic (L3), with a below knee amputation, who sustained my injuries after jumping off a car park when I was 19, when I was coming down from a 6 month acid binge, and suffering psychosis (I had become convinced the world around me wasn't real/conscious). AMA!

I'm now 28, and after spending 8 years in a wheelchair, have finally got my act together and am walking around the place with a stick, just over the last couple of months. I still need a wheelchair for extended distances, but it's been amazing getting out of the chair, which I had been totally reliant on, and had become way too comfortable in.

I had like 9 operations I think after my accident, including putting a metal rod in my back and a metal rod in my right leg (which I badly broke, but which wasn't amputated), and had metal nails put in each of my feet (I smashed my right heel and my left (now no longer extant) ankle). The below-knee left leg amputation actually came a few years after my accident, as I had infection in the left foot which wasn't healing, and weight-bearing on the foot was never going to be possible (I got a second opinion).

FWIW, perhaps surprisingly, I still think psychedelics have their place, for some people anyway (and indeed I continued to use them for years after my accident, probably even more surprisingly/stupidly given my situation, although nowadays I steer well clear).

I was taking acid at least twice a week on average for the 6 months roughly leading up to my accident, the most I ever took in one go was 14 hits, and I became an actual real live solipsist (I didn't think anyone else was conscious), and actually was a solipsist for pretty much every day over 5 years, including the period of heavy acid use and the years following my injuries. Not thinking the world was real is what made me think 'I don't have a brain that can be damaged by drugs, I might as well take as many as I want', and I was really of that mentality. Literally. Although I'd always been big on drugs anyway.

I had seen so much weird shit in the throngs of LSD hallucination, and witnessed so many bizarre synchronicities (which still weird me out to this day, although I accept they could be coincidence and nothing more) that I just couldn't believe the world around me was real. I think the solipsist thing may be even rarer than my accident and its circumstances (e.g. Extremely bloody rare).

I've completed a year of university, doing my degree in Philosophy and Theology, and intend to go back into 2nd year in September. I'm currently on methadone for pain relief, after they prescribed it after an initial prescription of OxyContin proved disastrous (I was just crushing them up and snorting them every day for a year). I have got a legitimate need for painkillers, and was howling with pain frequently for years after my accident, although thankfully pain so bad I'm screaming has now stopped being anything like as frequent. I mainly suffer unpleasant neuropathic sensations, itchiness etc., (and this does extend to some phantom pain/sensation in my missing leg).

I'm working hard to cut down the methadone, and have come down from 240ml/day (a huge dose, which was accidentally prescribed (they accidentally doubled it from 2 doses totalling 120ml to 2 doses of 120ml while I was in hospital) to 7ml a day. I hope to be off it completely by the end of the year (the last 10mls are meant to be killer, and I've been on it for 8 years, so I'm not in a huge rush).

So not exactly the urban legend of 'guy takes acid and jumps off a car park', but not far off! (I wasn't actually intoxicated at the time, but rather going through psychosis, and was actually on day leave from psychiatric hospital when I jumped, (and had actually told the psychiatrist I was suicidal) and was so used to seeing faces in the ground etc. after taking that much LSD, that I was still seeing them in my peripheral vision for a few weeks after, up until my accident). Sorry if this is way too long for an AMA, but thanks for reading!

My Proof: a picture of my prosthetic with my Reddit name written next to it was the best I could come up with...

http://imgur.com/a/btDpV

FromtheNah
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I am a 19 year old male in the hospital following a re-diagnosis of Crohn's Disease. Ask me anything!

In 2013 after a 6 month ordeal trying to figure out what was wrong with me, I finally got to see a gastroenterologist. He examined me and did blood work that day. That night he called my mother and told me to bring me to the emergency room, I was severely anemic and dehydrated (hemoglobin was like 4.2). I had a colonoscopy and was diagnosed with severe ulcerative colitis (UC for short.) UC is an autoimmune disease. It's very complex and still not fully understood; in short my immune system "thinks" I have some sort of infection or foreign substance in my intestines. This triggers an immune response causing inflammation primarily in the large intestine. This inflammation can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, bloody stools and ulcers to form in the intestine. It is extremely painful and physically debilitating. It can cause a person to have 20+ bloody bathroom trips a day, anemia, dehydration, rapid weight loss and if serious enough can cause something called Toxic Mega-colon (the intestine is so damaged fecal matter can start leaking into the body, causing a person to go septic/requiring immediate removal of intestine). I went from an athletic 135 lb 16 year old to a 90 lb POW-looking mess in just 4 months. I've accrued over a million dollars of medical bills, spent about 200 days in the hospital and missed over 250 days of high school in only 3 years! I had to have my entire large intestine removed, and had 3 additional surgeries to modify my Small intestine to work as a Large. 5 days ago I was re-diagnosed with Crohn's disease and am currently in the hospital. My family is about 100 miles away at home, so help me pass the time! Ask me anything

Proof: http://i.imgur.com/Howx2Ii.jpg

"J" pouch https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ileo-anal_pouch

cascadianow
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We're CascadiaNow! your local independence movement, now turned 501(c)3 non-profit and social movement. We're here on our unofficial Cascadia Day celebration, so ask us anything!

Hi Reddit!

We're CascadiaNow!, previously the largest independence movement in the United States, now turned 501(c)3 non-profit and social movement. We'll be here from 5-7pm pacific time answering any questions you may have!

Cascadia is a bioregion defined through the watersheds of the Fraser and Columbia rivers, and is otherwise known as the Pacific Northwest. It is comprised of British Columbia, Washington, Idaho and Oregon, as well as parts of South East Alaska, Northern California and Montana.

We were #4 on Time Magazines most likely to succeed (at seceeding) independence movements, behind Catalonia, Scotland and Quebec, and were as Vice Magazine's personal favorite secessionist movement.

If there's a region that's likely to break it off in the near future, it will be the West Coast, or Pacific Northwest likely leading that charge (or Hawaii...).

Nowaday's we're just a run of the mill inter-dependence movement and 501(c)3 non-profit, promoting this idea of 'bioregionalism', but we'd love to answer any questions you might have!

PROOF.

Thank you all so much, and we can't wait to answer your questions!

EDIT: Thank you all so much for having us! We're off and away from for the evening, but any additional questions or comments, feel free and leave them here, and we'll get to them when we're back!

MattressNerd
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IamA Mattress expert and blogger, The Mattress Nerd, back for my second AMA!

I have been in the mattress business for almost a decade. I started selling mattresses at a retail store in 2007 and started my own mattress website, https://www.mattressnerd.com in 2014.

I did an AMA in November 2014 that went over pretty well, but a lot has changed in the mattress industry in the past 2.5 years, and Memorial Day sales are about to start, so I figured now is a good time for another one.

Ask me about mattresses, blogging, duck-sized horses, Rampart, ANYTHING!

My Proof: https://www.twitter.com/MattressNerd

EDIT: Alright, thanks for coming out to ask questions! Keep asking them, and I'll periodically come back and answer.

mooominn
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IamA general artificial intelligence research team, AMA!

Hello world! We are GoodAI, and our mission is to develop general artificial intelligence - as fast as possible - to help humanity and understand the universe. We are here from 6:00 to 7:30 pm CET on May 23 to tell you everything you want to know about AI research!

We are: Marek Rosa (/u/marek_rosa) - programmer, researcher, founder of GoodAI - R&D Company for General AI , Olga Afanasjeva (/u/OlgaAfanasjeva) - COO GoodAI, General AI Challenge director, Daria Hvizdalova (/u/moominn) - Project coordinator, GoodAI, Martin Stransky (/u/chopin57otu), Petr Dluhos (/u/PetrD), Martin Poliak (/u/martinpoliak) - Senior Research Scientists at GoodAI

Our proof is here: https://www.general-ai-challenge.org/weekly-update-12 https://www.facebook.com/pg/GoodArtificialIntelligence/posts/

Ask us anything! ;)

UPDATE: Thank you very much for your questions! We're finished!

TimIsWin
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We're Alex Stypula and Tim Ross, two mostly unknown comics from Pittsburgh who are about to do a DIY tour of the northeast US. We're gonna tell jokes and sleep on couches. Ask Us Anything!

This is the second DIY tour we've done as a pair. We've also toured with other folks and gone kind of all over the place. Ask us any questions about comedy in general or the touring experience or I dunno just whatever you want.

You can get the show dates at www.alexstypula.com/shows

If you want to see some of our work Alex has an album out on virtually every music platform called "Dolphins are Garbage." It's very funny.

Here's a video of Alex: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ufHjnp7YFw

Here's a video of me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88sHjNITI0U

Ask away!

SeanBogle2
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Hey Reddit, my name is Sean Bogle and I film endangered animals for a living. I’ve been on the front lines of conservation efforts of the Maasai giraffe in Tanzania, Pacific Fishers in California, and now the endangered Vaquita in Mexico. AMA!

Hey Reddit, my name is Sean Bogle and I work for Wild Lens Inc. I’ve spent a good portion of my life helping bring light to sensitive species all around the world. I’ve worked for the Hoopa Tribe in Hoopa, CA on a survival/monitoring study of Pacific fishers, worked on a survival/monitoring study of Hawaiian monk seals on the Northwest Hawaiian Isands, volunteered at the marine mammal center in Sausalito, California rehabilitating sick seals and sea lion as well as produced a couple of films highlighting the efforts of this organization, and have now just come back from Filming the current Vaquita Crisis in Mexico.

Vaquita, meaning small cow in Spanish, is the smallest of all cetacean species. It is a porpoise that is endemic to the northern portion of the Gulf of California, and it is currently the most endangered marine mammal on Earth. With less than 30 individuals remaining on the planet, this species is teetering on the brink of extinction. A Vaquita sanctuary was created within their range, however there have been very little to no attempts to protect it. The Vaquita is mainly threatened by the illegal trade in rare swim bladders run by Mexico's dangerous drug cartels.

I’d like to get awareness of the issue out there, so feel free to ask me anything and everything to help spread the word. I’m here with Leo Mercado who will also assist me with using Reddit and answering Questions.

Feel free to view to view our film about the Vaquita “Souls of the Vermilion Sea” through the avenues below

U.S Youtube - (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rm0MFhhbBs)

English International Version (https://vimeo.com/212128879)

Spanish International Version - (https://vimeo.com/215766379)

Proof:

https://www.facebook.com/WildLensInc/

https://twitter.com/WildLensInc

https://twitter.com/STBogle


Articles:

http://lifeonterra.com/terra-914-the-maasai-giraffe/

http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/border-baja-california/sd-me-bucket-20170417-story.html

https://krcb.org/video/rescue-rehab-release-ver-2

http://www.marinmagazine.com/Blogs/Marin-Matters/July-2016/Sausalito-Film-Series-Hosts-Wildlife-Film-Forum/

bakadesuyo
 17   0  

Iam Eric Barker, author of “Barking Up The Wrong Tree,” here to tell you why everything you’ve ever heard about success is wrong. AMA!

Hey reddit, my name is Eric Barker, the guy behind the blog Barking Up The Wrong Tree. My goal is to bring readers science-based answers and expert insight on how to be awesome at life.

I started the blog about 8 years ago and now over 300,000 have subscribed. This week I published my first book Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong. Much of the advice you’ve been told about achievement is downright wrong. I outline that with examples like why valedictorians rarely become millionaires, why nice guys finish last, and why the best lessons about cooperation come from gang members, pirates, and serial killers.

I’m excited to be here on reddit and answer any questions you may have. AMA!

Proof: http://imgur.com/a/gfmO7