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AMA: Sarah, one of our new Internet Scientists!

Last posted Sep 12, 2012 at 08:26PM EDT. Added Aug 17, 2012 at 03:26PM EDT
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Okay, two more questions.

1. Are you a member of any fandoms?

2. Do you have a tumblr? I’ll follow.

Aug 17, 2012 at 05:28PM EDT
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Do you like sports? Statistically, someone else here has to. Please say you like sports (the album or athletic competition. Either or.)

Aug 17, 2012 at 05:30PM EDT
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Sarah "Pikachu" Hiraki wrote:

I met Forest and Alison (and Rob) through other work at Cheezburger which will be released soon. From that point we all had some funny conversations about spaghetti in pockets and having stairs in our houses (and Dolan m also kind of a musical theatre snob. Big Sondheim fan. Huge.

>musical theatre

You are doing a very bad job of making me love you less.

What’s your favorite musical?

Aug 17, 2012 at 05:38PM EDT
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Fridge Logic wrote:

Okay, two more questions.

1. Are you a member of any fandoms?

2. Do you have a tumblr? I’ll follow.

1. I love star trek. The original series, and a little bit of TNG.
2. I got one a little while ago! http://sarahhiraki.tumblr.com/

Aug 17, 2012 at 05:48PM EDT
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Twins the Serendipitous Serval wrote:

New internet scientist? Yay! This site really has been growing in the past few days, what with the new mods and promotions and all, and this is just icing on the cake!

Anyways, I have a few choice questions:
Is Hiraki your real last name?
Apparently you’ve just joined an hour ago. Have you ever had a previous account on this site before?
Are you familiar with this thread?
Have you ever met Jamie Dubs in person?

Yes. Hiraki means flat tree is Japanese (or so family lore goes) and it’s also a kind of fish.
Nope! I tend to lurk or remain anonymous most places.
ALL YOUR FANBASE ARE BELONG TO FOREST.
Nope!

Aug 17, 2012 at 05:50PM EDT
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Piano wrote:

Do you have any pets?

My very old, very cute dog lives with my parents. He is some kind of husky mix. We’re not exactly sure.

Aug 17, 2012 at 05:53PM EDT
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Verbose wrote:

Do you like sports? Statistically, someone else here has to. Please say you like sports (the album or athletic competition. Either or.)

Ultimate frisbee, golf, bowling, shuffle board and playing catch with a football. I’m generally pretty bad at organized sports, but I do like running around.

I also swing dance a little.

Aug 17, 2012 at 05:54PM EDT
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I have heard from various sides that the latest episode might contain a large amount of sexism. With you being a female posting in a mostly male community, I’d like to ask your opinion on that. Did you find the latest episode too sexist? And if so, were you ok with filming it?

Aug 17, 2012 at 05:58PM EDT
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American Tanker, Hell on Tracks wrote:

You obviously know nothing of sky piracy.

That is a joke.


Do you play video games? If so, favorites?

I love old video games. I can play tetris for hours. HOURS.
I love anything in the mario universe(wario ware omgggg). I love arcades, so DDR is great, so is taiko.

In terms of new console stuff, I am obsessed with Assassin’s Creed and I can’t wait for the final installment. The American revolution is my favorite historical period.

Aug 17, 2012 at 05:58PM EDT
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Ann Hiro wrote:

Pancakes or waffles?
But I think you would say bagle instead.
Soooooo---
How are you?

FRENCH TOAST! (Rite, Tomberry?)
But I love all carbs. Gotta eat ’em all.

Aug 17, 2012 at 05:59PM EDT
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Teh Brawler wrote:

>musical theatre

You are doing a very bad job of making me love you less.

What’s your favorite musical?

Ha! It’s a tie between Assassin’s and Sunday in the Park with George.
Followed by Into the Woods, followed by How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Aug 17, 2012 at 06:01PM EDT
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RandomMan wrote:

I have heard from various sides that the latest episode might contain a large amount of sexism. With you being a female posting in a mostly male community, I’d like to ask your opinion on that. Did you find the latest episode too sexist? And if so, were you ok with filming it?

This is a hard one.

Alison and I had the idea for this episode when we had some initial meetings about internet topics we wanted to cover this “season” on KYM. Most of the jokes that Alison and I were writing came out of a kind of dark (and I think, funny) place because we had both either dealt with a lot of abuse and exclusion when we did identify ourselves online. Neither of us are phased anymore by most things ie woman logic, tits or gtfo-- which is sad, and yes, a product of extreme sexism, but is also part of what the experience of integrating yourself in the deep web. And honestly, I think I’m more resilient concerning stuff like gore and extreme hentai than ahem my male friends like Forest.

To make a humor piece that empowers the victim of abuse online, I feel its necessary to outline and then laugh at the absurdity of the abuse. That being said, requests for pics and sandwich jokes are one thing, whereas CP and rape jokes are another. There is a line, and there are some things that we will never joke about in a video. I felt like we did a good job of combining humor and satire and a solid dose of the truth.

tl;dr We, two empowered ladies on the internet, wrote the video and filmed it, and we’re hoping to make a point.

Aug 17, 2012 at 06:13PM EDT
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Sarah "Pikachu" Hiraki wrote:

This is a hard one.

Alison and I had the idea for this episode when we had some initial meetings about internet topics we wanted to cover this “season” on KYM. Most of the jokes that Alison and I were writing came out of a kind of dark (and I think, funny) place because we had both either dealt with a lot of abuse and exclusion when we did identify ourselves online. Neither of us are phased anymore by most things ie woman logic, tits or gtfo-- which is sad, and yes, a product of extreme sexism, but is also part of what the experience of integrating yourself in the deep web. And honestly, I think I’m more resilient concerning stuff like gore and extreme hentai than ahem my male friends like Forest.

To make a humor piece that empowers the victim of abuse online, I feel its necessary to outline and then laugh at the absurdity of the abuse. That being said, requests for pics and sandwich jokes are one thing, whereas CP and rape jokes are another. There is a line, and there are some things that we will never joke about in a video. I felt like we did a good job of combining humor and satire and a solid dose of the truth.

tl;dr We, two empowered ladies on the internet, wrote the video and filmed it, and we’re hoping to make a point.

I’m male, and I thought the episode was hilarious. but anyway, so if you like mario, which of the main games is your favourite?

Aug 17, 2012 at 06:22PM EDT
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Easyaspi, the Reunion Tour wrote:

Is there any way I could do my internship at KYM? I’d love to host some videos or do research.

I’m not sure about internships. But I’d check out the cheez jobs board.

Aug 17, 2012 at 06:24PM EDT
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Random 21 wrote:

I’m male, and I thought the episode was hilarious. but anyway, so if you like mario, which of the main games is your favourite?

Super Mario Brothers (deluxe)

Aug 17, 2012 at 06:25PM EDT
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Easyaspi, the Reunion Tour wrote:

Is there any way I could do my internship at KYM? I’d love to host some videos or do research.

Cheezburger does the episodes and videos for KYM. So if you want an internship for videos at KYM, you’re at the wrong place.


@Sarah

Thanks for the response. As the reviews I heard so far came from mainly males, I thought it was best to ask someone who was more directly involved. But as it seems you wrote the script yourselves, it explains quite a bit.

P.S. (I never thought I would warrant something like this worth to notice) I’m male. I was just curious for your opinion on it.

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Aug 17, 2012 at 06:27PM EDT
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PopperFett the Mandalore wrote:

Star Wars fan at all?

I’m a casual Star Wars fan, though, a very very serious Lando Calrissian fan.

Aug 17, 2012 at 06:27PM EDT
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RandomMan wrote:

Sorry man, I was just smoking pod while doing some legal whores.

Damn, doesn’t sound as sexy when you’re Dutch.

I say!

Man, I’m not good at being British, am I?


Sarah, do you like British people?

Aug 17, 2012 at 06:33PM EDT
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量子 Meme wrote:

I say!

Man, I’m not good at being British, am I?


Sarah, do you like British people?

I do if you still call “sweaters” knittity wittity sheepity sleepitys!

Aug 17, 2012 at 06:37PM EDT
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Sarah "Pikachu" Hiraki wrote:

heyyyyyyyyy

“That’s DEFINITELY a come on”

Aug 17, 2012 at 06:40PM EDT
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Sarah "Pikachu" Hiraki wrote:

I do if you still call “sweaters” knittity wittity sheepity sleepitys!

Oh god, not that copy-pasta again….

Aug 17, 2012 at 06:41PM EDT
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I didn’t even know “French toasts” existed as well.
By the way, Sarah Hiraki ruined my life.

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Aug 17, 2012 at 07:57PM EDT
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Tomberry wrote:

I didn’t even know “French toasts” existed as well.
By the way, Sarah Hiraki ruined my life.

Oh! and did I mention I was a life-ruiner before I became a scientist?

Aug 17, 2012 at 08:08PM EDT
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No one asking about best and worst ponies? I am proud.

Aug 17, 2012 at 08:57PM EDT
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Sarah "Pikachu" Hiraki wrote:

I’m a casual Star Wars fan, though, a very very serious Lando Calrissian fan.

Hey Sarah.

Hey.

Hey.

Lando betrayed Han.

Aug 17, 2012 at 09:03PM EDT
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Who’s your favorite musician, Sarah? Also, what’s your favorite type of music?

Aug 17, 2012 at 09:41PM EDT
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Sarah "Pikachu" Hiraki wrote:

1. I love star trek. The original series, and a little bit of TNG.
2. I got one a little while ago! http://sarahhiraki.tumblr.com/

Trekkie, huh? That’s pretty awesome, especially for me, considering I have this thing on my wall:

So, two more questions, both Trek-related:

1. Favorite episode?

2. Kirk or Picard? Explain your choice.

Aug 17, 2012 at 09:43PM EDT
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HELLO MISS HIRAKI (US),

I am R James Kensington a United States Citizen and Registered Solicitor. I am Attorney of Law to the deceased Oil Executive Mr. John Buckingham of AMERICAN PETROLUEM Inc. based in Abuja Nigeria.

On July 31, 2012 my client Mr. BUCKINGHAM was killed in a plane accident in Benin. At the time of his death certain oil leases in my client’s name had been sold and the money deposited into his confidential fiduciary account. I have been authorized by AMERICAN PETROLUEM to repatriate my client’s funds to his next of kin. However, Mr. NUCKINGHAM has no known living relatives and under UNITED STATES law within three months if a next of kin is still unfound his funds must revert to The Federal Reserve.

I write to you today in the hopes of your assistance in repatriating the $25million to UNITED STATES of funds currently held in escrow in CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA to allow us time to find next of kin of mr BUCKINGHAM. In return for your aid we would pay a fee of (10%) of funds.

All I require is your honest and confidential co-operation to see this deal through. Please contact me with your full names, address in UNITED STATES, bank account number, and fax no. to allow us to further discuss this situation.

Your obedient servant,

R JAMES KENSINGTON (US CITIZEN)

Aug 17, 2012 at 09:43PM EDT
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Sarah "Pikachu" Hiraki wrote:

TAKE ME TO THERE YOU BEAUTIFUL GENIUS.

Next time we’re in seattle but also you have to find one.

I’M GLAD PEOPLE LIKE YOU

Aug 17, 2012 at 09:53PM EDT
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professorcheese wrote:

Sarah do you liek mudkips?

DUH. Though, don’t tell mudkips that psyduck and wooper are my favorites.

Aug 17, 2012 at 09:58PM EDT
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Sarah "Pikachu" Hiraki wrote:

DUH. Though, don’t tell mudkips that psyduck and wooper are my favorites.

Your secret is safe with me.

Aug 17, 2012 at 10:03PM EDT
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Fridge Logic wrote:

Trekkie, huh? That’s pretty awesome, especially for me, considering I have this thing on my wall:

So, two more questions, both Trek-related:

1. Favorite episode?

2. Kirk or Picard? Explain your choice.

1. The Trouble with Tribbles. Obvious choice, I know, but I love it.
2. Picard is the ultimate hero of humanity. There is no god, but god is Picard.
However, I choose Kirk. The original cast is flawless. There’s only one Shatner.

Personally, though, I’m a Spock. Logic. LOGIC.

Aug 17, 2012 at 10:06PM EDT
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Zarathh wrote:

Who’s your favorite musician, Sarah? Also, what’s your favorite type of music?

Joanna Newsom! and I listen to a lot of chillwave and a lot of rap.

Aug 17, 2012 at 10:07PM EDT
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Twins the Serendipitous Serval wrote:

Who is best pony?

I’m not super deep into the ponies. UH … twilight princess? butterfly?

Aug 17, 2012 at 10:15PM EDT
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Sarah "Pikachu" Hiraki wrote:

1. The Trouble with Tribbles. Obvious choice, I know, but I love it.
2. Picard is the ultimate hero of humanity. There is no god, but god is Picard.
However, I choose Kirk. The original cast is flawless. There’s only one Shatner.

Personally, though, I’m a Spock. Logic. LOGIC.

Those were very good answers. Thanks again, and congratulations, because at this point I’m pretty sure everyone on this site loves you now.

Aug 17, 2012 at 10:57PM EDT
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Sarah "Pikachu" Hiraki wrote:

GET OUT OF MY AMA, FOREST!
YOU TAKE EVERYTHING FROM ME.

Is he the one taking your sandwiches? :(

Aug 17, 2012 at 11:10PM EDT
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Sarah "Pikachu" Hiraki wrote:

DUH. Though, don’t tell mudkips that psyduck and wooper are my favorites.

>Psyduck as favorite

Yeah that’s it you won me over.

I don’t even know who is Forrest anymore.
Aug 18, 2012 at 12:27AM EDT
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