has been gaining in popularity since Barack Obama stopped by
to answer questions last August. Yesterday Bill Gates
showed up to talk about his charity work and his global concerns; earlier in the week, journalist Matt Taibbi
explained why breaking up the banks should be the Holy Grail for activists, and The Pirate Bay's co-founder Peter Sunde
talked about why he hopes TPB dies soon. Dan Rather
fielded questions via video recordings
, while Arnold Schwarzenegger
preferred to write his answers down
(warning: kind of illegible). In the last month alone, three members of the House of Representatives showed up – Jim McGovern
(MA), Jared Polis
(CO), and Zoe Lofgren
(CA). Meanwhile, actor Dante Basco
admitted he had a crush on Emmy Rossum while she was doing a simultaneous AMA
; needless to say, Redditors mentioned it to her
, resulting in an adorably awkward exchange between the two.
posted by Rory Marinich
on Feb 12, 2013 -
Aaron Swartz, web technologist, has committed suicide.
First mentioned on Metafilter for his involvement in the standardization of RSS in 2001 as a ninth-grader
, most of Swartz's 26 years were devoted to leaving a lasting impact on the web. Swartz co-founded Infogami
, which merged with the internet aggregator Reddit
, and also founded the Internet activist organization Demand Progress
which fought against the SOPA/PIPA
legislation. His framework for web servers, web.py
, was first released in 2006 when Reddit switched from Lisp to Python and continues to be actively used and updated
. In a 2008 attempt to make a public version of the contents of the PACER public court records database, Swartz angered government officials
when they learned he had downloaded 20 million articles, which he subsequently made freely available
. In 2011 he was indicted for data theft
for downloading large amounts from the academic article repository JSTOR. Despite JSTOR's statement indicating "no interest in this becoming an ongoing legal matter
," the US case continued with additional charges
, to which Aaron pled innocent in September of 2012. [more inside]
posted by Llama-Lime
on Jan 12, 2013 -
"Learning to draw primarily comes from practice. Spend ten to twenty minutes every day sketching something new. Don't feel demotivated if you start off as a not-very-good artist."
Want proof? Check out the dates of this conceptart.org thread
: Over the next sixty pages and seven years of drawing, you'll see how Jonathan Hardesty
was working a little bit every day and developing from a beginning hobby artist to an accomplished art teacher
. [more inside]
posted by growabrain
on Oct 19, 2012 -
Yesterday, a cello was stolen from the San Francisco conservatory. Today, the musician's dad is trying to use surveillance pics
and a Reddit post
to find the thieves. The Huffington Post has since picked up the photos
as well. Will crowd-sourced crime solving work?
posted by kellybird
on Sep 18, 2012 -
[TRIGGERS]"Reddit's had a few threads about sexual assault victims, but are there any redditors from the other side of the story? What were your motivations? Do you regret it?"
A thoughtful article
on Jezebel with some excerpts from the thread and some excellent comments.
posted by the young rope-rider
on Jul 28, 2012 -
A woman opens an old steamer trunk and discovers tantalizing clues that a long-dead relative may actually have been a serial killer, stalking the streets of New York in the closing years of the nineteenth century. A beer enthusiast is presented by his neighbor with the original recipe for Brown's Ale, salvaged decades before from the wreckage of the old brewery--the very building where the Star-Spangled Banner was sewn in 1813.
These stories have two things in common. They are tailor-made for viral success on the internet. And they are all lies.
posted by Sebmojo
on May 15, 2012 -
Scott Widak, 47, has Down syndrome and is terminally ill with liver disease. To cope with his uncle's challenging situation, Widak’s nephew, Sean O’Connor, turned to the Reddit community to see if anyone would be interested in sending a letter to his uncle. O’Connor then included a link to a news article about Widak and his art
, along with two photos of him and his mother, a P.O. box address and a few things he’s interested in, like Johnny Cash. Following the post
, Widak received hundreds of letters from all over the world
. From Mashable: a story of random acts of kindness.
posted by Potomac Avenue
on May 15, 2012 -
The power of the Reddit AMA
: Forbes on the "interview revolution that has everyone talking." "Comedian Louis CK
took a chance on a Reddit AMA by offering Redditors the chance to purchase his Live at Beacon Theater performance for $5 through his website. The result: over $1 million in sales in the first 10 days and a new distribution method. (previously
) ... One New York Times bestselling author I spoke to saw their Amazon rank jump from 800 to 400 and stick, meaning a spike in hundreds and possibly thousands of books a day for more than a week." Just today, Kevin Smith
and Steve Albini
stopped by to chat with Redditors; other celebs who have done AMAs include Bob Odenkirk
, Ken Jennings
and Molly Ringwald
. But it's not all about celebrities -- ordinary people with interesting stories do AMAs as well, including a former "Daily Show" intern
and a couple
who met through a Craig's List missed connections ad.
posted by Clustercuss
on May 8, 2012 -
"This is day 86 on my full return South Pole Expedition 2011/2012. I'm quite hungry and about to pick up my last cache by my second pulk which I left on the way in. As a part of my motivational plan I have on purpose not made notes on what goodies I have left behind in the cache, and on this last one, I didn't expect very much
." --Aleksander Gamme [more inside]
posted by QuakerMel
on Apr 8, 2012 -
How One Response to a Reddit Query Became a Big Budget Flick
: "Now, in response to The_Quiet_Earth’s question about time-traveling marines, Erwin started typing. He posted his answer in a series of comments in the thread. Within an hour, he was an online celebrity. Within three hours, a film producer had reached out to him. Within two weeks, he was offered a deal to write a movie based on his Reddit comments. Within two months, he had taken a leave from his job to become a full-time Hollywood screenwriter." [more inside]
posted by marcusesses
on Mar 21, 2012 -