What's your favorite way to meet new people?

Through friends.

what's the most embarrassing thing you've done in public when you thought no one was looking?

Probably picked my nose or something like that.

how many times a day do you hit your head on things?

Only once, if I'm lucky.

have you ever tried to murder someone for telling you that you should play basketball?

Have I ever actually tried to? No. Have I ever considered it? I plead the fifth.

you have the resources to build any kind or robot you want: what the hell do you make?

I'd probably try to build something like Vicki from Small Wonder and then quickly regret it. Should've gone for the Waffle Bot instead.

what's the best way to bribe you?

With good sushi.

what's the most listened to song on your music player?

Would you believe "Shape of You" by Ed Sheeran?

who would win a thumb war: you or cara?


Hi, hanging in there?

It's almost midnight, so, barely.

Because I'm sitting right here.. What is your favorite kitchen smell?


What's something not many people know about you?

I donated bone marrow several years ago.

What are the top three things on your bucket list?

In no particular order: 1) make it out to Hong Kong again specifically for the hawker centers; 2) swim in the world's largest swimming pool, currently at San Alfonso del Mar Resort in Chile; 3) get Cara to try shawarma.

What's the most fun project you've ever worked on? Why?

The Yes Men as a whole. It runs the gamut of emotions. Fun, exciting, challenging, sometimes embarrassing as hell, you name it.

What is the most interesting piece of trivia you know?

Penguin fossils revealed that penguins were once around six feet tall.

Who has been the most influential person in your life and why?

My mom. She made sure that I was shielded from the mess that her marriage to my dad turned into, and made sure that we both landed on our feet despite all of it.

What's your favorite word? Your least favorite?

I don't think I have a favorite or a least favorite? Other than the usual pejorative terms.

What is your favorite place in the entire world?


What's one thing you've won and how did you win it?

I've won a couple of races. Hard work, training, and sheer dumb luck.

What are you reading right now, book-wise?

Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity by Jamie Metzl. I might give Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey or The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead a spin next.

How many phones have you broken or lost?

One. That's it.

What long shot have you taken that really paid off?

I thought I'd be a New Yorker for life. I took a gamble, got recruited by Cal for swimming, and I've been here ever since.

What's a controversial opinion that you have?

Showering at night > showering in the morning. Toilet paper flap goes over the roll, not under.

Because now I'm thinking of it, and related to the above; most formidable Godzilla foe?

Mechagodzilla is great but just LOOK AT KING GHIDORAH.

Talk to me about your most prized possession. What makes it so valuable to you?

Probably my laptop, if only for all of the personal, practical (and encrypted) information that it holds about my life.

What is your favorite movie soundtrack?

Dirty Dancing, duh.

Who are the 3 greatest athletes of all time?

Michael Jordan, Carli Lloyd, Muhammad Ali

Because I like when you talk about things like this; what problems will technology solve in the next 5 years? What problems will it create?

Smart assistants' use and popularity will grow. Speech recognition will continue to get better which you'd think would mean better speech-to-text translators but that's probably not going to happen. We continue to give up a lot of our privacy for technology that's fun or easy to use. We don't know who else owns our data or what it's going to be used for. It's midnight thirty so this is just a ramble.

Lightening things up: what technology from a science fiction movie would you most like to have?

I refuse to answer this question right now.

If you could add 4 hours to your day, what would you spend that 4 hours doing?

I'd get an extra hour of sleep and then spend the rest of the time with you.

What was a random compliment that someone gave you that really stuck in your memory?

"You're tall for an Asian guy." Not random, not...really a compliment. Happens a lot.

What are some small pleasures that make you way happier than they should?

A good night's sleep, a great cup of coffee, a slow breakfast.

What's an example of a modern masterpiece?

Hang on, let me go check my mirror.

Gonna let me take you out to dinner?


What is your professional ultimate goal?

If I knew, I'd be there already. But I'm happy where I am.

What is your biggest tiny fear?

That I'm going to step on a Lego at 2AM.

What is your actual real life weakness.


If I let you babysit for a whole day, what would you two rugrats get up to?

I'd show Jeremiah how to build stuff.

If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?


You're throwing a party tomorrow. Who/what is it for? What's the vibe? What's the aesthetic?

It's a party just because. Relaxed, come and go as you please, and grab some food if you want. Aesthetic? Do you have a Pinterest board for that?

Sneakers or boots?


Is there anything that actually makes you frown and shake your head at people?

Taking pride in ignorance.

What made you decide to go into Internet stardom?

Seemed like a good idea at the time.

What is your dream video to make?

Probably showing off all of the great hawkers at some of the night markets in Hong Kong.

What is your nightmare video to make?

Anything involving a plane.

You have to cut your book collection down to ten. Which ten do you choose?

Ask me again in a week. Why do I have to do this? Because of space?

Minimalism or extravagance?

Somewhere in between erring on the side of minimalism.

What is your favorite snack?

String cheese and pistachios.

Who is your favorite snack? (You're welcome. I'm hip now.


What are you doing tomorrow?

Going to work.

What are you doing in a month?

Going to work.

What is the color palette for my bedroom?

You don't want me to choose this.

What are the three best things you've ever eaten?

Okonomiyaki from Hiroshima, xiao long bao from Din Tai Fun, and this duck noodle soup that my mom makes but she refused to teach me how.

What job could you never imagine yourself doing?

Anything in aviation.

How many children is too many children?

Too many children.

What job do you wish you had?

Noodles' personal assistant.

What do you want for your birthday?


What do you want for Christmas?


What three languages do you wish you spoke?

I wish my Mandarin were better. I wish I spoke Cantonese, too.

What has been the hardest day of the last year?

Too many to choose from.

What has been the best day?


What fast food do you stan? (So hip.)

In 'n' Out.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

I don't have that many!

What was the last thing to make you cry?

I stubbed my toe on the coffee table. My eyes welled up from the pain.

What do you wish you could banish from the face of the earth?

The alt-right.

What does your fondest memory smell like?

Scallions and cooking oil.

what's worse: ghosts or mothman?


what's one secret you've never told anyone before?

Pfft, yeah right.

if you had to write a book about something unrelated to your job, what would the subject be?

How to cook the perfect breakfast.

what is your dream superpower?


which of the seven deadly sins do you commit most?


what bout the seven heavenly virtues?

Charity and humility.

what's something you're afraid of?

Your face.