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Unique ExperienceHi Reddit, I was abandoned at birth and left to die on a canal bank, but I survived! AMA!

Feb 17th 2017 by CanalsideBaby • 50 Questions • 70 Points

Hey everybody, this is comedian Pete Holmes. I am coming on Reddit to help promote my new series Crashing, which premiered on HBO last night you can watch it here for free! and will be on every Sunday night 10:30 ET/PT for the next seven weeks. You may also be a fan of my podcast [You Made It Weird]((http://nerdist.com/you-made-it-weird-1-kumail-nanjiani/)), or my [YouTube page]((https://www.youtube.com/peteholmes)), or my HBO special [Faces and Sounds]((http://www.hbo.com/comedy/pete-holmes-faces-and-sounds).. I’ve been on [Kimmel]((https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3snHkk3nnXw)), I’ve been on [Colbert]((https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1S9BXg3XeU)), I was the voice of the e*trade baby – I mean, who cares? Maybe you even know me as Batman from the College Humor videos “Badman.” So go ahead, ASK ME ANYTHING…Harvey Dent!

Proof: https://twitter.com/peteholmes/status/833491784709726209

Q:

So what kinds of jobs and hobbies have you had? I hope you've been leading a fulfilling life despite the crappy beginnings.

A:

Best advice for how to win a catfight?


Q:

How stable is the planet configuration of the system? Has it reached a stability over long timescales like our solar system has, or is it a relatively young system were we would expect the bodies to still coalesce into larger objects over time?

A:

What do you wish that non Japanese had done in response to the order?


Q:

You're having a Baldur's Gate themed costume and pizza party in the Obsidian offices. Who dresses up as which NPC and what exactly is on a Bhaalspawn pizza?

A:

Hello Judge Caprio!

What’s the craziest excuse you’ve ever heard in court?


Q:

Q. Wash my damn towels!?

A:

I`ve worked in retail, hotels, run my own business and enjoy property renovation and cars!


Q:

Alicia: Star in Grey's Anatomy

Sandra: Oh my -

Anne: Star in Grey's Anatomy and then leave it to go be in Catfight

Sandra: [shakes her head, flips through magazine] No comment

A:

The stability of the system is still unclear, because it is a complex dynamical system, the planets' masses are not yet precisely determined, we don't know yet the orbital period of the 7th planet, and there could be more planets. More on this soon!


Q:

great aunt: I don't know. I was 14. I didn't care at the time

grandma: Haha. You could be like my Chinese neighbors that wore a sign that said "I am Chinese, not Japanese"

great aunt: I don't know. I never really thought about that. It's hard to give an answer. When I was older I thought, you know, they shouldn't have done that. But when I was 14 I was very naive and I didn't think about that

grandma: I thought it was totally unfair because I am an american

A:

This question needs to go to the top!


Q:

One of the craziest excuses I ever heard was from a man who received a speeding ticket, and he said he didn't realize how hard he was pushing on the gas pedal because he'd just bought a new pair of shoes that were tight.

A:

A. bsolutely!


Q:

How old were you when you left your abusive adoptive parents' house? What did you do after that?

A:

would you rather fight one horse sized cat or 100 cat sized horses?


Q:

Does TRAPPIST-1 itself pose any hazards to the planets like radiation or flares?

A:

This is awesome that your grandmother/great aunt are willing to do this.

My grandmother and grandfather were also former internment camp incarcerees. I was wondering what their perception was towards the forced internment during the whole ordeal and, now, looking back in retrospect??

After asking my grandmother about these things, it's surprising that she recounts it being a relatively fun time in her life. However, she was still a very little girl, about 6, so all she did was play. She said her older brothers/sisters and parents were much more stressed about it


Q:

You're in Waste Management? So what you're saying it is that you're the Tony Soprano of Irvine?

A:

what is the toughest verdict you had to hand down?


Q:

Crashing was amazing why did TBS cancel The Pete Holmes Show 2 years ago?

A:

I was 15. I moved into a bedsit which I got by lying about my age, I began working in retail in Birmingham city centre.


Q:

Onur (director): Depends on what's on the line. Depends what we're fighting for.

A:

TRAPPIST-1 shows one flare (eruption) every week and a strong one every 6 months. Its X ray activity is not yet very well known and could be also a thread for any life there. But if the planets have an atmosphere and magnetic field this could limit the level of high energy flux. This is still work under investigation to estimate those levels.


Q:

My great uncle says it was fun for him too. He lived on a farm far away from anyone Japanese. Suddenly as a teenager he was surrounded by all these Japanese friends and Japanese girls his age. He had a blast.

A:

More like I have to SING soprano whenever Feargus demands.


Q:

I am very reluctant to incarcerate anyone unless it's warranted. One defendant was a repeat offender who I thought had become rehabilitated, but unfortunately he continued his old ways and I had to send him to prison.

A:

it was all numbers! not enough viewers. i think they liked it! at least that's what i tell myself ;)


Q:

Did the mods remove all the questions asking whether you are pro life or pro choice?

I posted that question and also saw at least two other such questions. What the fuck reddit?

Anyway, still asking you again - pro life or pro choice?

A:

What are your favorite bands?


Q:

My question is simple... What's next? I mean I'm sure all the excitement of discovering and announcing this find is still fresh but what are the next steps involved in finding out more about this discovery? What information do you think is "discoverable" about this system in the near future?

A:

How do you feel about actor George Takei being a "spokesperson" for those interred? Do you think the work he's done has helped in any particular way? What improvements could be made to make the current world more aware of what occurred?


Q:

Will there be a romance option for the intelligent weapon?

A:

Hello and good morning, your Honor!

Born and raised in Lil Rhody here. My question to you is:

Do you get as excited as I do when someone or something from our state ends up on national TV or on a website like this that's viewed by millions?

Every time I see one of your videos pop up on here I'm always very happy to see it. Thanks for entertaining us and thanks for being an understanding gentleman.


Q:

Pete you are one of the people my wife has told me she would leave me for. Your portrayal as batman is one of the best I've ever seen. Since rumor has it that Ben Affleck wants out what are the chances we see you take up the role in the Justice League future movies?

A:

pro choice


Q:

Sandra: Careful let's try not to date ourselves.

Anne: Wild Bell

Sandra: Who was Wild Bell?

Anne: My niece and nephew

Alicia: This is totally gonna date me - Etta James

Sandra: That doesn't date you!

Alicia: Ray Lamontagne - but that's not a band

Sandra: My favorite band...

Alicia: One Direction...laughs

Sandra: What constitutes a favorite? Someone you've seen the most?

Anne: Metallica.

Alicia: Hmmm it's too hard. Spearhead.

Sandra: I listen to music so differently now that when I think about my favorite band it's the time where I stopped listening to music in a certain way. When I stopped buying music, which is basically Wilco. Wilco and Radiohead. Honestly, Radiohead since high school but Wilco is the soundtrack to my life in LA. I've seen Wilco more than any other band.

A:

NASA's Kepler/K2 is currently observing TRAPPIST-1! The spacecraft has been monitoring the brightness of the star since December 15, 2016 and will continue to do so until March 04, 2017. That's over 70 days of data. Scientists will be able to define the orbital period of the 7th planet. They may also be able to see a turnover (or reversal) in the transit timing variations which will allow scientists to refine the planet mass estimates. Perhaps we'll even find additional transiting planets. The raw data will be placed in the public archive immeiately after the observing campaign finishes. It should be available to community by March 6th. This is one of the many ways that scientists will be studying the TRAPPIST-1 system. - Natalie Batalha, Kepler Project Scientist

https://keplerscience.arc.nasa.gov/raw-data-for-k2-campaign-12-to-be-released-after-downlink.html


Q:

grandma:There's a lot of people who never knew about our situation. A lot of people didn't know about it like my neighbor. Whenever I mentioned "camp" she thought I meant summer camp.

great aunt: That was the guy on star trek right? I noticed him because they finally got an Asian guy and I used to watch Star Trek. I think I saw wevery one in a while in the Pacific Citizen he would say something. One time he came to the Crocker Art Museum and I was like "oh well there he is"

young aunt: well they don't know about social media. So if they don't ever use social media they don't know him.

great aunt:I'm not a gopher. I just want to lean back and let everyone else do the work

grandma: Maybe if i was an advocate of something. But no one is going to listen to me now

A:

This isn't that kind of game...


Q:

I am a big cheerleader for Rhode Island, and I am delighted with any favorable publicity for our great state. I think we have an extraordinary quality of life here. and we should all be very grateful.

A:

hahahaha, zero. i like muffins too much!

but i'm honored, and don't worry, you put on a batsuit your wife will see it's mostly the mask she loves :)


Q:

You said your sister was shocked to hear what your mother had done. So I take it your sister had a pleasant childhood? Are you still in contact with her? Do you have any family of your own? And if so do your children know about this?

A:

How do you feel you balanced the humor with it's more darker subject manner in the film?


Q:

What is the protocol if you do find any signs of life on any of the exoplanets?

A:

Thank you for doing this. I had grandparents also at Amache. Unfortunately, my grandmother passed away in 2015 and grandfather passed away last July. I never had an opportunity to ask them about their experiences and, to be honest, worried that it wasn't something they would want to talk about. What would you recommend for yonseis who want to learn from their remaining nisei relatives and make sure this experience isn't forgotten by future generations? How should that conversation start?


Q:

When are we gonna see you guys get your hands on the Fallout Franchise again?

A:

Hi from the UK! Do you think the presence of cameras in the court changes how people behave?


Q:

When are you going to be on Doug Loves Movies again? Miss you in there with TJ, Bert, and Garlin! Keep it Crispy

A:

My brothers and sisters had an ordinary childhood as far as I know. I'm not in contact with any of them now.


Q:

Alicia: Because it's ridiculous in a good way.

Anne: The darker we got, the funnier it became because the extreme emotion . Onnce you push through that really dark place, it goes into the absurd and we embrace the absurd as funny.

Sandra: Both sides no matter what, it's about commitment. The harder you commit to either side, the funnier it gets and the darker it gets.

Anne: None of us were interested in playing characters that were liked.

Alicia: I was...

(laughs)

Alicia: Just kidding.

Anne: Sorry to burst your bubble, but you weren't (laughs). Seriously, that helps the character to become funny because they're all clueless - HA! USED IT! -

Alicia: (pauses) They're re all extremes with their needs. They're children.

Anne: Such needs. Get off me with your needs.

A:

We do not yet have a protocol. Most likely we will make a tentative discovery, that will take longer to confirm. SS


Q:

granddaughter here: Honestly I'm not sure. My grandma has always talked about her experience. It was mixed in with other stories about life in general. She also refers to everything as "before camp" and "after camp" so it had a pretty big impact on her life.

I recommend asking questions. That's how we recently got my great aunt to start talking about it.

I would also highly recommend visiting the camps. I went to Tule Lake and Manzanar with my grandmother when I was a teenager and going to the places brought back lots of memories and opened up whole new sets of questions and stories that weren't told before.

Shameless plug. Right now the National Parks Service is deciding what to do with Tule Lake, the camp where my grandma was incarcerated. You can put in your comments on what you would like to happen to the camps. I highly recommend submitting comments that Tule Lake should be preserved for future generations so we don't ever forget.

A:

Zenimax owns the IP for Fallout, so that is entirely up to them. We'd love to do another Fallout game!


Q:

For the most part, court proceedings proceed in the same fashion with or without the cameras, however as always there are a few who think they are on a stage and act accordingly.

A:

we need to bug doug about this!! #BUGDOUG


Q:

Wow, that's a fascinating start to a story, thanks for doing an AMA!

  1. Can you talk a bit about your experience of foster care?

  2. Did you have the same ones throughout your childhood or did you move around?

  3. You mentioned your foster parents were abusive, which must have been awful. What makes a good foster carer/family?

A:

[deleted]


Q:

If you do find signs of life will it be a top priority to inform the public?

A:

Hi! think I'm late... :(

I'm from Brazil, the country that has the biggest japanese colony. Here our grandparents were forbiden to give a japanese name to their children, to teach japanese in schools and other mild things.
But an interesting thing happened after the end of the war. Part of the community didn't believe in the defeat of Japan, they were so nacionalists that they thought that Japan was unbeatable and hiroshima and nagasaki was surreal at the time. Therefore they thought that the newspapers were lying, and that Japan actually won the war.
They formed a nacionalist group, called themselves kachigumi (winners), that encourage it's members to kill people that accepted the defeat, the makegumi (defeatist, or dirty hearts). How the japanese community in your country received the news about the defeat? And I wonder if your grandparents still have ties with relatives in Japan, here we lost all the connections with the japanese relatives, wich I think is sad.


Q:

Thanks for the answer! New Vegas is the absolutely best game in the Fallout universe!

A:

Hi from Bangalore, India. Love your show. When are you going to run for President?


Q:

Did gamefly ever pay you?

A:

I was in a children's home till the age of 5, then I was fostered. I was with these foster parents who went on to adopt me. I stayed with them for 10 years and left suddenly because of the abuse. A good foster family would have shown love and included me in their family. So the main ingredient is love.


Q:

Sandra: That's a tough one! Honestly, you have to let it be. You have to let it ride out. The less tense people are with it happening - just let it ride out.

A:

It's part of our charter that NASA "provide for the widest practicable and appropriate dissemination of information concerning its activities and the results thereof," so, yes, we would inform the public. -- Stephanie

Here's a link to the charter: https://www.nasa.gov/offices/ogc/about/space_act1.html


Q:

grandma: I'm sure we were happy because it would mean we would finally leave camp because the war was over. For some thing Tule Lake had more pro-japanese people than other camps. that's why most of us were in Tule Lake. We were there because we were all from Sacramento. We went from Walerga to Tule Lake. There were a lot of people in there because they were pro-Japan. Very few though.

granddaughter: Weren't you also no-no though?

grandma: yeah i was no-no. but that's not how i felt. I wasn't going to send my parents back to japan where they didn't know what the conditions are. Just because they are japanese doesn't mean they'd be okay there. In other words we would be going just to protect them. Make sure bad things don't happen to them.

A:

Thank you!

(P.S., I agree with you... or maybe Fallout 2. It's a toss up).


Q:

As a young boy I was told that we all had equal opportunity in the United States, and that through hard work and perseverance, we can be anything even President. I did get involved in politics, and in my early 20's was elected into the Providence City Council. Thereafter, I ran for the Mayor of Providence and was defeated. So, I guess my aspirations to be President were some what unrealistic.

A:

hahaha. yes! ALL THE GAMES!


Q:

They adopted you, but abused you too? Man... people are weird.

A:

that was your chance to use the phrase "prime directive" in a serious way, you blew it


Q:

Where were you incarcerated? How old were you when you were released? What types of discrimination did you face when you were released?

A:

This is probably only me, but I REALLY want to make a wrestling RPG.


Q:

Hello your Honor. If you could, what is one thing, about the judiciary system that you would change?

A:

Hi Pete! Did you really walk in on your wife cheating? If not, how did you discover she was having an affair?

Love youuu! Congrats on everything!


Q:

My foster father was weird, he physically abused me on the first day on my way home from the children's home.

A:

LOL, we don't have a "prime directive," but we do have Planetary Protection policy. It's sort of like the prime directive, but very real. Basically, we don't want to go looking for life only to find that we brought it with us from Earth. Read more here: https://planetaryprotection.nasa.gov/ -- Stephanie


Q:

Tule Lake. Well first I went to Walerga temporary detention center

18.

I didn't because I went right back to Japan town. There was no discrimination there. My parents bought a house for me and my sister and they lived in an apartment across the street. [My parents] rented out space in the house for isseis (first generation Japanese Americans) so they had a place to stay. My mother cooked for them. I think my parents did a good job. I am very proud of what they did.

A:

Can you smell what the (black and shiny) rock is cooking!?


Q:

In my judgement, the judicial system in Rhode Island, ranks among the best in the country.

A:

no, but that's what it felt like! really she took me to dinner, got my a glass of wine or two and then told me on the bed, where we had all our serious talks. yikes. this one is sad. BONERS!!! BONERS ON CLOWNS!!


Q:

I live in Birmingham, AL, btw. What's the hardest part of living on your own at 15?

A:

So do you call it the prime directive internally? Please?


Q:

Wow, so cool that they owned 2 homes so that they could help others! How many first generation Japanese Americans did your family host? Did new people come in as the other ones left (kinda like a typical bed & breakfast), or did they mainly rent it out to just one family for a really long time?

A:

Do you think Stannis actually knew what obsidian was before Tarly told him?


Q:

Some of the traffic violations you have been in the favor of the defendant since the signage was wrong or confusing. Do those issues get resolved after? The overnight parking ban is a matter of 3-4 hours. Seems silly, can we get rid of it?!

A:

Petey! First of all I would like to say that I love you and I think you are one of the most beautiful souls on this earth. You have inspired me, given me joy and happiness, and sometimes when I'm down on life YMIW has lifted me up out of those times. You talk a lot about how you learned to worry less about things and say yes more and you're quote "live it up, we all die one day" is one I repeat to myself almost daily. I'm wondering, how did you learn to believe this and apply it to your daily life? I struggle with it myself and am curious to how it happened for you. Thanks for being weird :) oh! Also I saw you at the Gramercy the other night at the first show and I laughed so hard I couldn't audibly laugh anymore, so thanks for that first in my life.


Q:

Loneliness and trying to manage everyday household budgets, which is adult stuff and I was inexperienced. I still had a lot to learn.

A:

For me personally, inside my brain, sure. :) I guess that's very "internal." -- Stephanie


Q:

I, the granddaughter, can answer most of this question. They hosted a lot of single men that would work in the farms and send money to their families. They did this before and after the war. New people came in as other ones left and my grandma and her siblings would cook the food and clean the rooms.

A:

He knew nothing, Jon Snow.


Q:

When signage is defective, the bureau of prosecution reports the issue to the traffic engineer.

The overnight parking ban was originally created to allow the streets to be swept by street sweepers. This is no longer the case. However, there is an issue with some narrow streets, which would block emergency vehicles from entering.

A:

thank you for all these kind words! so nice to hear!

that's a tricky one. i try to live with an appreciation for impermanence (a very buddhist thing, if you're curious) -- meaning, we die, let's live! but i struggle with it, too. for every day i can go out and smile and meet people and have exciting experiences, there's probably a day out there somewhere where i just played video games or watched a movie alone. so it's a daily practice. i keep telling myself to rememeber so one day it will become second nature. let's LIVE IT UP! <3


Q:

Did you ever contact either of your birth parents?

A:

Great presentation everyone! When/how will you be able to determine if there are signs of an oxygen rich atmosphere?

There was a lot of speculation before the conference that you may have already detected that.


Q:

I just find this AMA really facisnating. My girlfriend's grandma was also incarcerated for being Japanese. She's 90 also lived in japan town... SF? Not sure if that's the same one but very interesting.

A:

Pillars of Eternity: Deadfire is surprisingly Obsidian's first opportunity to develop a sequel. What were some ideas you had for potential sequels to your past games?

Keep up the good work and I can't wait for Deadfire.


Q:

Hello your Honor, Can you tell us about any cases where you saw the defendant years later? And if they did or did not turn their lives around, how so?

Thank you, I love the show. You are so down to earth and sensible even when dealing with the biggest knuckleheads.

A:

Hi Petey Pants! First, I wanted to say thank you for the amount of joy you bring to my existence. Nothing makes me laugh more than re-listening to you and Bert Kreisher belt out some Celine and Kesha. I actually signed my divorce papers this Friday and watching Crashing last night, well, it put everything into perspective. I just wanted to know how you stayed positive after the big D?


Q:

by the time I'd traced them, they had both died, ironically my father died on the steps of the hospital that saved my life! although he never knew of my existence as my mother had kept my birth secret not even telling her other children about me. I did meet up with one of my sisters though.

A:

It's going to be awhile before we find an oxygen rich atmosphere. JWST launch in fall 2018, so we will have to wait to try until sometime after that. It turns out some oxygen-rich atmospheres might exist that are not created by life, so to associate oxygen will require care. I hope we will be able to find, identify, and announce in a few years! --SS


Q:

There was a Japan town in Sacramento and that's where my grandma lived. There's only a couple left - LA, SF, San Jose, and Seattle I believe.

After they were evacuated others took over the buildings and many were unable to return to their homes after the war.

Then governments built freeways and other sorts of projects through the middle of them. After most Japanese folks settled in a different area of town, the government decided to build a freeway straight through it.

A:

I wanted us to do a sequel to Alpha Protocol called Beta Contocol, just for the pun in the title. That was when I got my first demotion.


Q:

An aggressive panhandler appeared before me more than 20 times, and I told him that if he continued I would have no choice but to send him to jail. I did not see him for one year thereafter. One day, I encountered him on a downtown street and he came running up to me, thanking me profusely for changing his life. Happily, I asked him how I changed his life and he replied: "I now take the train to Boston and panhandle outside of South Station and make 3 times more than as I was making in Providence."

A:

that's a big one. you have to allow yourself to grieve and process that heartbreak. and it may be quick and it may be long. but allow it and love yourself through it. it's normal and you'll be okay. dive in.

then, slowly you'll see that every moment is a new opportunity to start again. we are swimming in infinite possibilites and your heart will soften. you'll laugh quicker, and, if you keep an eye out, you'll find joy has been there the whole time. joseph campbell says "joyfully participate in the sorrows of this world." with practice, we can!


Q:

How did you discover the newspaper clipping? Do you have a loving family now?

A:

Hey guys! Love this discovery, I got chills when I saw the headline.

My question is regarding the orbits of these planets. How exactly do yall think the planets' gravity is affecting the other planets?

If the innermost planets are tidally locked, would they get slightly disrupted by passing other planets?

Are their orbits not entirely elliptic? Could they be slightly "wavy" due to other planets' gravitational pulls?

Thanks for doing this AMA! I hope my question doesn't get lost in the masses :)


Q:

What sorts of things did you do to make life "easier" in the concentration camps? Do you have any stories of creative things people did to organize events / build community?

A:

I've heard a few people suggest that you guys get another crack at a Spy RPG, but this time setting it in the Archer universe.


Q:

Good morning, Judge Caprio! Love your show.

Massachusetts and Rhode Island drivers sometimes rank as the worst in the nation. What common 'driving culture' misbehavior(s) would you correct to most improve New England driving?

Edit: 'sticking your nose out so you block traffic, just so you can turn sooner' drives me nuts.

A:

Was that Doug Benson who yelled "my wife" when you were bombing in the premiere?

Huge fan and weirdo!!! Thanks for all the laughter!


Q:

7 years ago, I located my adoption files and in amongst them was a newspaper clipping with the headline "Baby Left on Canalbank" with the full story of my abandonment, so with this information I was able to research other newspapers from the same date and gather even more information.

A:

So glad we can finally share the chills! The planets' gravity is affecting each other in leading to what we call transit timing variations (TTVs) which is at the basis of how we can estimate the masses of the TRAPPIST-1 planets. When planets are close together and their orbits are in a certain spacing, they interact with each other through gravity, causing the timing of their transits to change a little as the planets tug on each other. By measuring this change, we can determine the mass of the planets. By knowing precisely the size and mass of the planets, we can determine their bulk density, and geophysicists can then help us better understand their interiors.

Then next to this, there will most likely be some tidal heating and significant tides on the planets that would be water worlds!

The constraints on the orbital eccentricity of the planets are a work in progress and the amplitude of the effects described above will depend strongly on those. So let's see!

It is really just the beginning for the exploration of this system. Spitzer helped us lift the fail on its architecture, now we can initiate its characterization--the venture for the generation to come!

J.d.W.


Q:

great aunt: Whatever you do when you're 15 or 16. You go to school. We just kind of hung around and I don't know. I'd go over to my friend's place.

grandma: Did you live in the same block?

great aunt: We met in high school and we lived in separate blocks. During the winter when it was snowing we'd just see each other in school and then go home and do homework. They used to have dances and we used to go.

(granddaughter: lol sorry the answer to this question is so short. We got interrupted by the news that the Kings traded away Cousins. My family are hardcore Kings fans.)

A:

That would actually be amazing, holy balls.


Q:

I have found that early childhood education, including safety on the highways, would be the most appropriate way to address this issue.

A:

hahaha, no but i wish it had been!


Q:

Did you know what happend to your perents while you where in foster? Or did you just think it was just a regular adoption?

A:

What are the most promising ways to search a planet that far away for life, assuming it is not intelligent enough to broadcast signals outward?


Q:

DI'd you have enough to eat? How were the conditions in the camp? We're they as bad as the German camps?

A:

I have gone and am playing Fallout: New Vegas and Dragon Age: Origins. I finished, finally, Bioshock Infinite about a month ago. I am trying to make time to play more Overwatch, there is a Brothers game that Josh keep on telling me I need to play. I also need to play Inside, and Uncharted 4.


Q:

Hi Judge! Thank you for embracing the media and public! I've got a few questions, so thank you for your patience :)

  1. What is the most memorable experience while doing your TV show?
  2. You have such a good heart bringing those kids to sit with you. Has any kid told you he or she wants to be a lawyer?
  3. What motivated you to go into law when you were younger?

Thank you again judge!

A:

I absolutely love your chase bank phone conversation bit! My mom, husband and I are constantly saying "This is SHE" we cracked up so much the first time we heard it! Do you have any other hilarious ways to go about talking to telemarketers?


Q:

I knew nothing about my birth parents, my foster parents hid it from me. strangely, I recently discovered that my birth mother was living a very short distance away from my foster home and never knew!

A:

We will look at the atmosphere for gases that do not belong--gases that might be attributed to life. We will not know if the gases are produced by microbial life or by intelligent alien species. --SS


Q:

great aunt:No there's no comparison.

(FYI they're talking about the Nazi camps. There was a POW camp next to Tule Lake, and the folks there were free to roam)

grandma:We always had enough to eat. We never worried about that. You may not get what you want, but we had enough to eat.

great aunt:We always got liver. They used to dump it on us. How many isseis do you know that eat liver? We never had liver our whole life but there you are.

grandma:We had liver but we had a good cook so I ate it. It was edible. I didn't mind.

great aunt:The food was okay. But you had a good cook in the mess hall they would make it japanese-like. In block 7-H the cook used to be an actual cook. So they always had food that was geared towards japanese tastes.

grandma:Everyone always knew who the good cooks were and sometimes people would come to your block to eat. They weren't supposed to.

great aunt:They did the best they could.

grandma:But there was a variety. I enjoyed working at the hospital. I enjoyed working at the cafeteria. Especially the baby food. Every afternoon at 3 pm we had to serve baby food and milk to mothers every afternoon at 2:30 or 3 o'clock. They'd start lining up and we'd feed it to them. Our cook was one of the best. So after the war he cooked for a church so we'd go once a month and eat delicious pancakes at the church. Sometimes there was a sugar shortage. In the winter we'd have to wait outside to get into the mess hall. Sometimes the men would make clogs so we'd wear those. I didn't do this but sometimes people wore them all year long. Sometimes young people would come with friends to the mess hall. You weren't supposed to go to other mess halls but sometimes they would come. My father made sake in the barrack. You weren't supposed to. You'd get the left over rice and make sake out of it.

My sister: Were there any bad incidents?

(My sister is trying to get my grandma to tell the story about how guards came into the barrack and dumped out the sake)

great aunt:I think every camp had one incident. It's just like anything. Sometimes some people ratted you out. People were mad that they didn't get their share of something and they'd rat you out.

my sister:Did you interact with the soliders every day?

great aunt:Oh no they were on the outside. They were in the guard towers. We used to wave to them. In Merced assembly center right on the other side of the barbed wire was grapes. Sometimes people would put knives at the end of a stick and you'd cut off a grape. The guards... they didn't care.

grandma:You weren't supposed to go near the fence and one person did go near the fence and he was shot.

great aunt: We never had any incidents like that. Like I said in Merced they didn't mind. But in Amache it was a desert and it was large so I don't know

grandma: The first day we went to the assembly centers and you went to the bathrooms and it was just a bench with holes and no dividers. Everyone kept peeking in to make sure no one was in there. That was the worst

great aunt: Most of the camps... I can't say that. But in Amache they were pretty civilized. I never heard of anything bad. But if something happened in a far away block maybe I never heard about it.

A:

Dude, Inside is great! Make sure you get the "real" ending.


Q:

Thank you for your questions!

1) There are too many to list.

2) I had one young lady indicate that she wants to be a judge, and I explained to her that she had to become an attorney first. Other than that, one instance, surprisingly I have not had more children respond as favorable to the law. However, I hope that I have inspired some younger people to enter the legal profession. I don't think I was as persuasive as my father was.

3) My dad was an immigrant from Italy, who came here as a fruit peddler, and like so many others had a hope and a vision that life would be substantially better for his children than it was for him. He told me at an early age, around 7, that I was such a fast talker that I had to be a lawyer and that I could not charge poor people like us. He also told me he couldn't afford to send me to college, but that I had no choice but to find a way to go. I never forgot that, and I never aspired to be anything else in life other than an attorney because of my father's influence. I worked three jobs to put myself through college. After college, I could not afford to go to law school so I taught school in Providence, and drove the 15 miles to Boston to attend law school in the evenings at Suffolk University. To this day, I have never charged poor people.

A:

hahaha, that's my best advice! I'M IN THE BATHTUB!! :)


Q:

If you're 61 that postman must be in his 80s at least, likely older. Were you able to confirm if he's still living?

A:

Literally just signed up to ask this question because I think it's interesting to think about. I also asked on Twitter, and I'm nothing if not repetitive and persistent and redundant.

In order to give context for the laypeople out there: if we had the same intelligence & instruments, what would we know about Earth if we looked from a TRAPPIST exoplanet?

EDIT: Wow, thanks to everyone for the lovely comments and to /u/Mr_Sassypants for the gold! I don't know what it does, but I do appreciate it! Is everyone's first day on Reddit this welcoming?


Q:

How strong was the resentment against white people? I assume grudges were held afterwards, but what was the general feeling once you got out?

A:

are you guys talking about Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons? Because that game is criminally underrated.


Q:

Last question your Honor, growing up with not a lot of money, did any of your friends take the wrong path? Did you ever see what became of them if so?

A:

Hey Pete. Love the podcast and loved the premier of Crashing.

With all the very talented and funny comedians involved in Crashing, I was curious to know how much of the show is scripted and improvised? In my head I imagine you're given an idea of what's supposed to go on in the scene, and then you guys improv some or all of the dialogue. I was hoping you could maybe provide some clarity on that for me?

Thanks, and keep up the awesome work


Q:

I obtained a copy of his death certificate which confirmed all I needed to know which also gave me a lead to find his family, I met up with his son last year.

A:

The next generation of space telescopes, after WFIRST and JWST, to be launched in the 2030's. would be capable of actually getting a spectrum of the Earth, separate from the sun, using an instrument called a coronagraph or a star shade. The current telescopes could measure the size of the Earth as it transits in front of the sun. However, that only happens only once per year, so you have to know when to look, or look for a long time. The latter strategy was adopted by the original Kepler Mission. Michael Werner


Q:

No I didn't hate white people

Sister: did you hate the president?

grandma: No it was 4 years later.

great aunt: I don't know. I was 18.

younger aunt: vWere you mad at the government?

grandma: No

younger aunt: Well did you think your rights were violated?

grandma: I thought it was a violation of my rights of course. I'm an american citizen why would they blame me for what japan did? My parents weren't mad. If they were I'm sure it would've rubbed off on me. My parents never sounded resentful over what happened. It was something that just happened. Shikata ga nai. There's nothing you can do about it. I think it's a good word because why carry your resentment?

I think my dad did very well. We didn't suffer

younger aunt:I don't think they would have told you They didn't even live with you when they got out of camp. So you didn't really see them.

grandma:We never felt desperate. When we came back we had a place in an alley and we had one room and that's how we started.

okay so some background information. There's this common phrase in JA culture kodomono tame ni which means "for the sake of the children". So it's common knowledge that parents didn't show that they were suffering and put on happy faces so that the children didn't hold resentment. My grandma and great aunt were teenagers and young adults around this time. I think that's what my younger aunt was attempting to nail down.

A:

Yep. And yes, it was really good. I cried a little into my mop bucket.


Q:

Unfortunately, some of the young men from my neighborhood took a wrong path in life. It's very sad because most of them came from caring, loving, families. Some of them have spent time in prison.

A:

oh, so much was improvised! we'd shoot the script once or twice, then just let loose. the letting loose takes were most of what we used, at least for the comedy scenes. it was so fun!


Q:

do you now have a family?

A:

If life is discovered on any of these exoplanets, How long would it probably take from time of discovery to an actual announcement to the public? Would that time differ depending on the types of life found? Would it take longer to disclose sentient beings than it would to disclose microbial life?


Q:

What did you think of the executive order? Did you think it was racist of any sort, or did you think that it was for the "safety" of America at war?

A:

Are you guys familiar with MrBtongues videos? He made one comparing New Vegas and Fallout 3 and talking about how creating an interconnected world where thought is put into the economy and politics of the world, how people get food and so on, makes the experience so much richer than just having a world where cool setpieces feel kind of randomly stitched together. He made another video about how choice and consequences is done right in games. He often uses your games as positive examples and his thoughts about game development seems to align pretty well with your own design philosophies.

What are your thoughs on his videos if you have seen them?


Q:

Good Morning Your Honor, What is that one case you've presided over that you will never forget?

A:

Pete! The premiere of Crashing was incredible!

I want to thank you for the past five years of YMIW. Your vulnerability and honesty about comedy, relationships, and spirituality have meant so much to me. I broke away from an evangelical Christian church three years ago, and in that rough transition, I was immensely comforted by hearing your journey.

And then just two months ago, at the age of 26, my wife left me. Again, in the midst of the loneliness and hearbreak, your story has been a huge help to me. You give me hope that I can do the work of self-examination, stay open spritually, and maybe find love again someday. (Congrats on the engagement!!).

Keep being your authentic self! As I commented once, "I don't listen to the podcast to hear my own views represented."

Question: Leon Bridges added a lot of richness to the first episode. What was your process for choosing his music and all of the music for Crashing?


Q:

I don't keep in touch with my immediate family. My family are the friends I have made over the years.

A:

That is a great question and something that has been thought about a lot by many different organizations. There is a great article on this by SETI scientist Dr Duncan Forgan https://arxiv.org/abs/1605.02947 which looks at many different scenarios in the age of 24 hour news and social media - HW


Q:

great aunt: I don't know. Who cares? I'm 14. I don't care. But later on they say that it was political. So you should check into it and see how political it was

grandma: but it was sure hard on people who had businesses and whatever. Sometimes people just disappeared and you didn't know until a few years later. The government would just take them.

A:

I have seen those videos and think they're very interesting, and that's all I'm gonna say about that.


Q:

The case of Ricky Baldwin, who continued to yell "Double Jeopardy", when asked about previous offenses and then threatened to kill me.

A:

First, thank you and HANG IN THERE! it really does get better :)

Two, judd was the one who picked heartfelt, soul music for the show to juxtapose against my pasty white dorkiness! i think it works!


Q:

Do you have siblings? Did you meet them? What was it like meeting them?

A:

Hello, and congratulations and thank you for this discovery! You people are doing amazing work. I have 2 questions for you.

  1. Do we know what kind of a gravity compared to Earth or Mars appears on those 3 planets that could have water in them?

  2. Can we expect to have the technology in the next 20-30 years that we could for see for sure that there would be life in those planets in form of vegetation?


Q:

I've recently been to Poland and visited some of the concentration and death camps. There we've had heard some testimonials from people who have escaped. Have you ever considered escaping, knew someone who did, or heard of people who escaped?

A:

apologies if I've written this twice, new to Reddit .

Will we have Pirate sound tracks with the crew singing like on assassin's creed black flag?

Druken salior!


Q:

Have you or your brother ever considered writing something about how to implement a similar series through other courts? If my local court did communication like your show, I'd probably find them more easy to appoach.

A:

Hey Pete. I love the podcast. The Not Feeling It bit is one of the hardest times I have laughed. Would you ever consider having a random fan of the show as your guest on YMIW? It would probably get pretty weird.


Q:

I have two sisters and one brother and eight half brothers and sisters. I met up with my sister about six years ago, it was emotionally upsetting. Most of our time was spent telling her the story of her mother and what she had done. she knew nothing of this story and was shocked!

A:

To answer your second question, in order to see vegetation and any other surface features (e.g. oceans, continents), we’ll need future telescopes beyond JWST that will be able to directly image exoplanets. JWST will observe planets transiting their host stars. Transits are when the planet passes between us and its star, and from these transits, we can observe how gases in the planet’s atmosphere interact with starlight passing through the atmosphere. Unfortunately, this technique doesn’t allow us to see the surfaces of exoplanets. To do that, we’ll need farther future technology that may become available in the coming decades that will allow us to block out the star’s light and observe the planets directly. Examples of these technologies are starlight suppression tools called coronagraphs and starshades. The planets we observe directly with these starlight suppression techniques will not be spatially resolved: they will literally be single points of light, but don’t despair because we can still learn a lot from single points of light! By analyzing the spectrum of colors in these points of light, we can search for signs of interesting gases (like water vapor and gases produced by life called biosignatures), and we can look for temporal changes in the light caused by processes like planetary rotation and seasonal variations. However, the TRAPPIST-1 planets, being so close to their host star, would likely be tricky to directly observe in this way. These starlight suppression technologies fail once you get too close to the star, and so these types of observations would be extremely difficult. Other planetary systems orbiting hotter stars may be detectable with these technologies, though! And on them, we’d be able to search for things like vegetation and other interesting signs of habitability and life. –G.A.


Q:

great aunt:No. I mean life in camp....we were fed and we had a place to live. If there isn't someone young in the family that could speak English and make a living you wouldn't be able to make it. If you left a camp in germany you could kind of blend in with the population. If you left Heart Mountain or Amache or Tule Lake you'd stand out like a sore thumb. I don't remember anybody trying to escape. Maybe they were but I don't know

A:

I don't believe Justin Bell, our composer, has any sea chanties planned -- but you never know. I will suggest it to him, as I actually think it's a great idea! Then again, what do I know, I clean toilets for a living.


Q:

That is not part of our future plans.

A:

i'm trying to figure out how to do that! so yes!


Q:

Oh. Why did your mother do this to you? I am sorry if it was rude to ask.

A:

How long would it take with current technology to get to this solar system? Assuming it's a good few hundred years, what is the next step in finding out what's going on there?


Q:

To the granddaughter:

I'm assuming that you were born and majoringly raised in the US, if this is wrong, please forgive me.

How does hearing these experiences shape your perspective of your country?
Does it make you feel closer to Japan than the US?
Furthermore, do you feel Japan is more your country than the US?
Has learning of these matters caused any sort of cultural identity crisis?

Some context on this last question, I was an exchange student to Japan, loved Japanese culture and pretty much feel Japan is my real home and culture. Now, because I'm white in the US and I tend to do things as close to as how I did them in Japan this rubs some Americans with Japanese ancestry the wrong way.

How can I be more sensitive to Americans with Japanese ancestry of your generation? (In regard to avoiding prejudice or exacerbating cultural identity crisis?)

Edit: I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has and continues to participate in this discussion it's been very educational, and am very grateful.

A:

How do you feel about the widespread use of plea-deals for defendants to quickly resolve small offenses, such as possession? Do you feel it forces innocent people to now have a criminal record to avoid court costs and longer sentences?

I love the work you're doing, thanks for doing this!


Q:

Pete!! I'm such a big fan, and so grateful for all the times that you've made me laugh and cry, and restored my faith in humanity.

I've always been really curious about what it feels like to have this strange, one sided, intimate relationship with so many of your fans. Sometimes I'll read something, and catch myself thinking "OMG, Pete would think this was so cool!" and then I immediately feel like a huge creeper, because we're not actual friends! But when you've listened to someone be so open and emotionally vulnerable for literally hundreds of hours, it feels like we're good buddies! I promise that I hold no delusions that we are, but I've found myself thinking about how strange that feels many times. What's it like on the other side of that? Do you ever want to pull back and share less with your fans, or is it ever awkward when people that you've never met talk to you like you've been friends for years?

Thank you so much for everything you do, and putting so much joy out there, and especially for that amazing chicken that's never feeling it!!

A:

if you read this newspaper clipping it should explain her reasons: http://imgur.com/LBGK394


Q:

No technology yet to get to this new planetary system. Fledgling efforts, however, are underway to consider how to send tiny spacecraft to the nearest star which has one known planet. https://breakthroughinitiatives.org/Initiative/3 SS

A:

Hearing about these experiences prevent me from being blindly patriotic. America is great when people stand up for what is right and for "liberty and justice for all". That didn't happen in my family's case, and it makes me determined to make sure it doesn't happen again.

I definitely feel closer to the US. I went to Japan recently and while there is a small connection, I feel very deeply rooted in American culture. Well actually that's not really true. The 2nd-4th generation Japanese Americans have developed a very distinctly Japanese American culture that's a blend of the two and that's the culture I feel the connection to.

US is more my country without a doubt. I was born here. My parents were born here.

So my grandma is very strange in that she has always openly talked about her experiences in camp, so it's always just been a part of my life. So I never had an "aha" moment where I suddenly learned about it. I know my grandma is a pretty rare case, so I imagine the answer might be somewhat different for other JAs who learned of the experience later in life.

hmm. I'll have to think about the last question more. But for right now I would say to attend community events and to listen and learn from the people there. There's so much more to a culture than cool clothing and good food. It's kind of like a house; you wouldn't barge in and declare yourself a resident of the house and pretend like you've been living there your whole life. Be invited into the house, come to a community event, and come see how cool our house is.


Q:

It depends on the nature of the offense, and whether or not there is a valid defense to the charge.

A:

i think what's weird is that i don't think it's weird! i just did WTF with Maron today (a short talk) and was like I KNOW YOU BETTER THAN YOU KNOW! so i get it. i like that with fans we can cut to the good stuff, the personal stuff and just laugh.


Q:

Venice, Italy. "Might be fun" or "worst nightmare"?

A:

So if we were to imagine earth as the planet closest to this star, how many of the other 6 planets would we have visited with satellites, rovers, manned orbits, manned landing, etc.?

I am trying to imagine how close they all are together in a way that is fun.


Q:

Had the president made any public remarks that indicated he was capable of doing this or was it not a surprise? I'm sorry America did this to you, and I'm concerned our current government is capable of doing something similar.

A:

How do you feel about accents. Your rhodie accent is pretty distinct, so I'm wondering how you feel about other accents?

Thanks,


Q:

Hey Pete, big fan and aspiring comic here.

So much of comedy is negative and cynical, but people tend to describe your comedy with words like "positive" and "optimist." Did you find it difficult when you were coming up in the open mic scene to keep up that upbeat outlook among a sea of depressed dick jokes and empty audiences?

A:

Venice would be a lovely place to visit, here in Birmingham UK, we have more miles of canals than Venice so I`m used to them!


Q:

Probably all of them! See this travel poster, artist's conception.https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/trappist1/#Poster SS

A:

grandma:I think the president at the time think he had the right to do it because Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor

I don't understand why he connects japan with Japanese Americans. Japanese Americans had nothing to do with what Japan did. Even my parents were shocked when it happened.


Q:

I am a very tolerant person.

A:

hahah, of course! find the people who are keeping their inner lights alive and stick with them. it'll be less windy!

keep at it and before you know it you'll be in greener pastures. :)


Q:

You survived physically, but are you dead on the inside?

A:

What are the primary impacts of being an earth sized world so close to a smaller, dimmer star? From the perspective of a human on the surface of such a world, I mean.

I read that all are tidally locked to the star - does that mean they'd only have habitability bands around the perimeter/twilight region?


Q:

Hi Judge Caprio.

You seem to be interested in community development. Are there any community programs in Providence that you would like to give a shout ?

A:

Hi Pete! I'm an old hermit that lives out beyond the Dune Sea. You haven't happened to have found an old R2 unit of mine, have you?


Q:

no, I fought for my life from day one and it`s made me a much stronger person.

A:

Tidal-locking: we think as long as there is an atmosphere (even a thin atmosphere like that on Mars) heat will circulate around the planet. So habitability location should extend beyond the limbs.


Q:

I'm a strong advocate of community development however, I would like to give a shout out to Adoption Rhode Island for the wonderful work they do.

A:

Old Ben No Bottoms?


Q:

Yeah, I'm not seeing a link to the story.
Source shows no link in the submission? Am I blind here?

A:

Do we know the age of the system and planets?


Q:

Hello, what is usually the best route for a fellow to take, if he has been busted turning right on red without stopping, or caught going 55 in a 54, if he wants to receive clemency?

No disrespect intended, Sir. I am bringing examples of minor infractions where there were times when the judgement was strict at times, and lenient other times.

A:

Hi Pete! Just watched the first episode of Crashing, really dig it... congrats!

Judd asked you on the last YMIW if you were ready to face the possibility of losing your anonymity as a result of the show's success. Is that something you've seen people struggle with? Have any friends/colleagues dealt with there success in a way that you didn't like or that you would want to mimic?

Also any chance there's a second life for FrontPageFilms? Y'all were my favorite early youtube sketch comedy .-)


Q:

My proof contains sensitive information, but has been seen by the mods and verified.

A:

not precisely because such little stars evolve very veryvery slowly ! they live for hundreds of billions years compare to 10 billions for our own Sun... we can say that it is older than 500 million years, but it could be several billions years and even older than our own system (4,7 Gyear)


Q:

The best route is to always tell the truth.

A:

i WISH we had more time for FPF! i love oren and matt dearly. so maybe!

i haven't had a friend lose their privacy to fame just yet. maybe Amy Schumer, but we're "work friends." so far, everybody is at a nice, even, workable level. which is great :)


Q:

What would be the temperatures on each of these planets and the most likely chemical compositions? Are they likely to have a magnetic field?

A:

Good Morning your Honor,

Have you seen the series "OJ, Made in America"? And if so, how accurately was a real court room portrayed? Thanks!


Q:

How are you balancing all these projects?

A:

Surface temperatures depend on the proximity to the central star but also on the composition and thickness of the planet's atmosphere. Since we do not yet know anything about the planetary atmosphere's, all we can say is how much energy a planet is receiving from the star compared to how much energy Earth receives from the Sun. However, because this planetary system is so nearby, scientists should be able to characterize the atmospheres with future instruments and observatories. That's one reason why we're so excited about this discovery. - Natalie Batalha


Q:

I have not seen that series.

A:

When it's all done and coming out it seems like i'm very busy. in truth i nap a lot and have played Witcher 3 almost to 100%.

i've also seen every episode of black mirror. and tons more. and naps.


Q:

Any chance we could name these planets after the 7 dwarves?

A:

What court case left you restless at night? Thank you :>


Q:

Donde esta los drugos?

A:

That would be a lovely idea.. With the TRAPPIST team, we were more considering using names of the few trappist beers ;) !

J.d.W.


Q:

I have on occasion thought on some of my decisions, and hoped that my judgement reflected a just disposition on the matter before me.

A:

yo no se. ask harvey dent! :)


Q:

What information will you guys receive from these planets if the James Webb telescope is ready and functional?

A:

Hello your Honor. What's the specific reason that your brother start the show?


Q:

What is the very best cheese?

A:

NASA's upcoming James Webb Telescope, launching in 2018, will take over with a much higher sensitivity. It will be able to detect the chemical fingerprints of water, methane, oxygen, ozone, and other components of a planet's atmosphere. Farisa Morales


Q:

My brother was filming the Mayor of Providence, and other events in the city, and my wife said to him "You film everyone else, why don't you film your brother(me)?". I resisted at first, because I didn't think that there would be an appetite for it. The first week it aired, it became very popular to my surprise.

A:

i don't really fuck with cheese. but it's blue cheese. SORRY GORGANZOLA!!


Q:

How is the habitable zone estimated for tidally locked planets? How does knowledge of this system affect theories of planetary formation?

A:

Hello your Honor.

In your years on the bench what were some of the strangest cases that were brought before you?


Q:

Hi, Pete, huge fan (obviously by my username) I was just wondering if you ever kissed T.J. Miller and if he's good at it (better than Kumail?) Also wondering why Leif's Laverne and Shirley tattoo was never mentioned in the show because it had me rolling and no one brought it up.

A:

The habitable zone is estimated based on the luminosity of the star and recognizing how far away can you be from it such that water can exist in it's liquid form on the surface of a terrestrial planet like the earth. Too close and the water evaporates; too far and the water freezes solid. Thus, the habitable zone is independent of whether the planets are tidally locked or not. Farisa Morales


Q:

One of the strangest cases you may have seen on our YouTube channel titled: "Hibernate Like A Squirrel". A gentleman was having a dispute with his neighbor over parking in his driveway, and as a result he hit his neighbor with a 5lb hammer.

A:

hahahaa! that's george's real tattoo!! hahah. so funny. it's real!

and no i don't think i've ever kissed TJ on the lips. but on his scratchy face for sure and it was as good as kumail. BOOM! :)


Q:

For the future of Exoplanet research, would it be more fruitful in your opinion to continue looking at different batches of stars for more planets, or would you rather we focus more closely on the planets that have already been found?

A:

Good morning judge, a simple one here: what's your favorite color?


Q:

How challenging was it to decide which details of your breakup story (such as being left alone on your birthday) should be told as they truly happened vs. dramatizing for a better story?

A:

Actually, we're going to do both! Certainly scientists will use tools like the Hubble Space Telescope and soon the James Webb Space Telescope (https://jwst.nasa.gov/) to study the planets that have already been discovered in an effort to learn more about them. At the same time, the Kepler/K2 mission (https://kepler.nasa.gov/) and soon the TESS mission (https://tess.gsfc.nasa.gov/) will continue the search for new planets, particularly those in our neighborhood of the galaxy. DMH


Q:

Blue.

A:

that was Judd's expertise! he knew all the stories and picked the ones that, frankly, weren't TOO sad (like birthday, perhaps) and just right. Like Goldilocks, but for sadness!


Q:

Detecting exoplanets by their transit of their sun presumes that our angle of observation of their sun crosses the path of the planet's orbit. Isn't that really unlikely? Or, are all planets orbiting on parallel planes?

A:

Good morning your Honor! What do you do to unwind after a hard day in court?


Q:

Pete! I feel like too often I hear you ask your guests questions that I really want to hear you answer yourself. My biggest one is, "Dead over?" You are a beautiful soul and send my love to SLV

A:

You're correct! Using the transit technique, we can only find the planets passing in front of their star from our perspective. And as not all planets are on aligned plans, not all planets can be detected with this technique. Fortunately, other techniques exist to help us detect non-transiting planets (e.g., radial-velocity, direct-imaging, and astrometry techniques, among others). J.d.W.


Q:

Good morning! My favorite ways to relax are to read a good book, watch a sporting event, or weather-permitting play golf.

A:

i like what ramana maharshi said when he was dying: "Where could I go?" the question isn't what happens when we die, it's "Who is dying?" The universe certainly seems to be into recycling, so while i don't think my ego makes it persay, i think our essence isn't going anywhere! :)


Q:

Hello,

I have few questions :

1.Given that numerous earth sized planets have already been discovered, what makes Trappist-1 system discovery different? Will it alter the way exoplanets are searched?

2.From https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/the-search-for-life/life-signs/

Even without listening in on their conversations, the aliens’ reasonably advanced technology would be known to us by its pollution.

If the aliens are sufficiently advanced, that they have mastered pollution and don't pollute, how would one know the difference?

3.How would discovery of intelligent life, affect geopolitics? Miss universe and similar contests?

4.Lastly, how did planet 9 go undetected for so long?

A:

Hi

Do you some times feel like the minor cases are wasting resources?


Q:

Pete, we discovered YMIW on a cross-country road trip this summer and your podcast made the miles fly by. But more importantly, when my Dad died in December, the many conversations you have had, especially in the lightening round, have brought me a weird peace in what is (still) a difficult time. The quote (I think its from Dana Carvey?) about not knowing where he came from before his life, so why be upset about what comes after, brought me a lot of peace especially. So thank you so much for your part of this thing you didn't know you were doing.

I also appreciate your silliness. It makes the dark times easier to weather. And from that, I pose my question: How do we make the world a sillier, more fun place?

Thanks.

(P.s., my dad also had Dupeytron's contracture. I wonder if CW CBD would have helped him with it and his illness. If only Louis had been on a year ago. I have since tried it, and I think I need a stronger dose, but think it's a great, quality product, so thanks for that too!)

A:

Kepler taught us that temperate (i.e. Habitable Zone), terrestrial-sized planets are relatively common in the galaxy. The name of the game now is to find those near enough for atmospheric characterization. Of the few dozen Habitable Zone planets that have been detected to date, most are hundreds of light-years away whereas TRAPPIST-1 is just 40 light-years away. - Natalie Batalha


Q:

No, everyone is entitled to his or her day in court regardless of how minor the offense is.

A:

we're only not silly or fun or joyful when we're not locked into and tuned into the moment! when we can put aside our anxieties and fears and problems for a second, we can see silliness was there all along, just waiting for you to bounce the ball with it!


Q:

For the 9-12 year olds in my class, what space futures might these kids look forward to? What will we need from their generation of kids to make these space dreams possible in the future?

A:

What is the most common type of case you have to decide on?


Q:

Do you believe in aliens?

A:

It's an exciting time to be a kid, and to be an explorer! If students out there are interested in joining us here at NASA, taking as much math as possible is always good. That said, it's also important to study language arts, too, so that you can communicate your discoveries and innovations. In the meantime, check out the exoplanet travel posters for inspiration about worlds we might someday visit: https://exoplanets.nasa.gov/alien-worlds/exoplanet-travel-bureau/ -- Stephanie


Q:

The cases that come before my court are mostly traffic offenses, environmental issues, and misdemeanors.

A:

of course! i'm a big believer in most things. guys like me ruin medical studies. "This DID improve my eyesight!"


Q:

How long have NASA known about the discovery?

A:

Hitting someone with a 5lb hammer falls under that?


Q:

This message brought to you by CW hemp and Alpha Brain.

I actually love your openness to try new unverified things. Pseudoscience can be fun! (I apologize if it's verified, I just assume both of those things are not evaluated by the FDA)

A:

What is really important about these types of discoveries is that they are checked by other scientists and confirmed external to the original team this is called the peer review process and has to occur before any scientific work is made public, to make sure we are giving the best information available -HW


Q:

He was before my court for the parking violation, not the assault. If you watch the case, titled: "Hibernate Like A Squirrel" he was explaining to me why he was going to Superior Court.

A:

hahaha, there are a lot of studies but honestly, those things make HUGE differences for me. not just wishful thinking, promise!


Q:

How can a young aspiring astronomer like myself get involved in this kind of work? At my university it seems like undergrads get funneled directly into academia. What does it take to work at an institution like NASA? I've already started getting involved in research as a sophomore, and my dream research topic is exoplanets.

A:

What tips do you have for winning elections?


Q:

Who would you rather actually have to crash with, big jay or Jim norton?

A:

There are many possibilities. You can log into the NASA Planet Quest site and see tools and data bases about the planets as they are discovered. Try logging into "Eyes on Exoplanets". JPL, Goddard, and other NASA centers have summer internships and lots going on in the world of exoplanets; this would be a good way for you to get some firsthand experience. Most NASA scientists like myself have PhDs but have chosen to work for NASA rather than in universities. You could start in a PhD program...possibly doing your research in direct conjunction with NASA, or working for a professor like Sara Seager who does lots of NASA-funded work on exoplanets. Following that, try for a postdoctoral position at a NASA center; many good postdocs go on to become regular NASA employees. I appreciate your interest! Michael Werner


Q:

Personal contact with the voters, and being honest, forthright, and transparent.

A:

oh my god. that's a no-win situation.


Q:

Hi, and congrats on the amazing discovery! Although I'm aware we can't see the Trappist-1 star, where in the night sky would it be if we could see it?

A:

I've been really enjoying your videos and its very refreshing to see a judge with an excellent sense of humor and common decency. Generally I do believe you are doing a fantastic job as a judge, however, recently there was a case I did disagree with and I would just like to hear a little of your input provided you have the time. Now, I am fully aware that you don't necessarily put the fines in place in regards to minimum/maximum, but you definitely do hold some power over adjusting the final amount paid, pay length, etc.. Red light violations typically carry a charge of $85 in Providence, running a red is a serious problem which can certainly end up in something disastrous. For the consequences which may come from running a red, I really don't feel the $85 is enough even for first time offenders (if they are flat-out guilty), but that's really just my opinion. My question is in regards to a young man you had on not too long ago who was fined $100 for playing loud music at noon. Why, as a judge that has been very fair and compassionate to his fellow man, did you see a $100 charge for a "crime" which has no victims as fair, but regularly (at least what is shown from the videos) reduce charges on more serious violations that have potential to hurt people? Thanks so much for your time and have a great day Judge Caprio!


Q:

Loved the show and the soundtrack. Can you send a link for the music?

A:

Aquarius is visible in the night sky in October. There's a nice graphic at the link below showing the position of the star in the constellation. Scroll down to the bottom of this page. Keep in mind that his particular star is too faint to be seen with the unaided eye. http://www.trappist.one/#about - Natalie Batalha, Kepler Project Scientist


Q:

Loud music is an environmental offense which is a civil penalty and not a crime. The original fine for the offense you mentioned was $500 and I reduced it to $100.

A:

I don't have one! Leon Bridges!


Q:

Where can i find a video of this announcement? Seriously I can't find a video.

A:

You are one of the most infectious happy people in the business and it's hard not to smile when you're on screen. Also a few of my friends and I quote "DOUBLE SNAKES" often because of you.

Who is one of your biggest inspirations for becoming a comedian?


Q:

Hi, you can see a replay of the news conference here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/100200725 -ERL

A:

thankyou!

steve martin, bill cosby was big before all the awfulness, seinfeld, brian regan!


Q:

Which one of the new discoveries is the one your team is most excited about?

A:

Hey Pete! I started listening to your podcast and stand-up when I was in middle school, and now I'm a college freshman. You've helped me all through growing up, and I couldn't be more thankful. it's so cool to see you succeeding in such a big way. congrats! It's much deserved. I'm living in Manhattan and just starting to do stand up and writing things, and I'm sure you get this a lot, but, any advice? Thanks for all you've done for me and others, keep it crispy.


Q:

The 3 planets e, f and g are the so called habitable zone and are the best candidates to harbor liquid water and... maybe... life !

A:

1 get on stage as much as you can 2 do the comedy that would make YOU laugh 3 ask yourself WHEN would i laugh if i was listening to myself? if the answer is "i don't know" then neither will the audience 4 hang with people who don't tear you down or break your spirit 5 listen to the greats, let them influence you, then shed them when you find your voice 6 don't be a dick! good luck!


Q:

Hello from Liège :D

My question is about the host star. I read that red dwarf stars are likely to eject a lot of solar particles therefore the habitability of planets around this kind of stars is less. What about trappist-1 ?

A:

Hi Pete! Loved Crashing! Congrats on it and your engagement to SLV!

I would love to hear you discuss the art of cartooning and creating new yorker cartoons! Any chance you will be having a cartoonist on the podcast again?

Also, I'm obsessed with seeing other people's writing process and habits, would you give us some insight to yours?


Q:

The stellar winds of ultracool dwarf stars like TRAPPIST-1 are significantly fainter than for more massive red dwarfs, because their atmospheres is cooler and thus less charged. Still, habitable conditions on the planets require them to have magnetic fields to protect the atmospheres from these stellar winds. We don't know if they have. If we detect dense atmospheres, this will make planetary magnetospheres very likely.

A:

I'd love to have another one on! So fun. Maybe Bob Mankoff himself! (The editor)

I get up early and write before i have a chance to remember that writing is hard. :)


Q:

When the JWST is launched, how will it be used to analyze this system? What will it be looking for, and what will it be able to tell us about these planets?

A:

Hi Pete! Loved the first episode of the show! One thing that I enjoyed was how natural the dialogue between characters were. And Artie's improv was fantastic!

Question: I hear you talk about meditation and it has really peaked my interest. I think it would be a good way to teach myself to be more present and decrease stress levels. Do you have any recommendations for some reading or people to look up about this?

Also, saw/met you in Philly this month and you were the best. Thanks for being so cool!


Q:

We’ll want to search for signs of interesting gases in the atmospheres of these planets with JWST. A high priority gas we of course want to detect is water vapor since water is necessary for life as we know it and is a fundamental part of our definition of planetary habitability. We will need to stare at these targets for a long time with JWST to be able to collect sufficient signal from them for a chance at determining their atmospheric compositions. During transit events (when the planets pass in front of their star), gases in the planets’ atmospheres can absorb starlight, producing potentially detectable signals. These will be very difficult observations, however, and obtaining better constraints on these planets’ properties beforehand (e.g. their masses) can help disentangle the signals we obtain with JWST in the future. -G.A.

A:

the buddha (the story goes) just sat in a comfortable, seated position, straight back, and focused on his breath. the feeling of air going in, the feeling of air going out. if you have thoughts, send them love but go back to the breath. it's all in the going back. do that for 10, 15, 30 minutes! it's great in the morning or before bed. or before a party you're too anxious to go into.


Q:

Why does the lettering start at 'b'? What happened to planet 'a'? Thanks!

A:

1) In 7 words or less, describe groping Lauren Lapkus' breast.

2) What does Rich Roll smell like?

3) Marry, Fuck, Kill: Kumail, Emily, TJ.


Q:

"a" is for the star main star. We start naming companions with "b" if it is a planet, with "B" if it is another star. J.d.W.

A:

no no no no no no no. Francensense. i'd have a polyamorous marriage with all three of them.


Q:

How can you know that existing life are in need of liquid water? We don't know anything about extraterrestrial life, do we? Just because we breathe oxygen and are dependent on water, does that mean that all other potential life have the same criteria?

A:

Did you laugh as hard as I did at Artie's line about his cousins best man speech?


Q:

Very true! We have a very Earth-centric perspective on Life and habitability. But this is the beauty of exoplanetary science. We are exploring other worlds, finding unexpected planet types (e.g., hot-Jupiter, super-Earths), planets around completely different types of stars. All this is helping us broadening our perspective on planetary systems, which was based on a century-long study of our own system. Now, let's hope exoplanetary science will provide us with a similar perspective shift on habitability and Life--in the Universe! J.d.W.

A:

oh my god, it was SO HARD to not laugh at artie the whole shoot! he killed it!


Q:

Hey Pete how bout you break out those testies?

A:

hahaha, not now. ask when i'm drunk.


Q:

Pete,

I've been a huge fan for a while now. The podcast has helped me through a few down times in my life and honestly shaped my personal growth quite a bit.

I once had a dream about you in which you told me you were a little offended I hadn't come up to say hi when you were at the High Plains Comedy Festival in Denver. I said I just didn't want to bother you. This was the real reason I would have told you in real life, and plus I was pretty sure I'd frightened Kumail the day before when I recognized him on the street, so I was a little wary in general. Either way, after the dream, I was listening to your podcast, and you mentioned your therapist, Dr. Gary Penn, asking you about one of your dreams, something along the lines of you being every character in your dream. I applied that same question to myself, realized I want people to admire me for my restraint, and decided maybe I was being a little too critical of people not noticing something designed to be unnoticeable. In effect, you ended up helping me learn about myself by being your own inter-dimensional translator.

I've always wanted to tell you that story, and I don't think I'll be relevant enough to be on the podcast in a short enough time that it's worth saving.

I'm not under the impression that putting a question here is going to make this less self-indulgent, so let's just lean into it. If you had to fight Paul F Tompkins for the title of my favorite comic, what would be your strategy, and do you think it would work?

A:

I'd mess up his dapper hair and pull on his bow tie, of course! (Not IRL, love PFT!!)

and thank you! SEE YOU ON THE ASTRAL PLANE


Q:

I went to the Comedy Cellar my first time in NYC but you weren't there (I was hoping to line up the trip so that I could see you, but it didn't work out). But then there was a pic of you there that very night, and Judd Apatow was there too, apparently I missed you guys hanging out. Which seems cruel of life to do. So I guess my question is, why?

A:

oh man. i just don't know.


Q:

Pete! The show was so great, I can't begin to say how happy I am to have you on my HBO lineup. It's you and girls so thanks Judd!

I've been shopping for religions. I was raised not practicing religion but I want spirituality in my life now. I can't help but feel that religion will be a superficial way to get this but I'm giving it a try. If it doesn't work out, what advice do you give in getting spirity in daily life without religion?

A:

the buddha said, when you're looking for water, don't dig six one foot wells, dig ONE six foot well. so, pick a practice and stick to it until it's time to shed it. i love Buddhism, Sufi, all that, but really my MAN is Ram Dass who calls himself a Christ Loving Hin-Jew!


Q:

Hey Pete, I'm a big fan of the podcast, Crashing, your standup (you really knocked it outta the park with faces and sounds) and just wanted to thank you for being your vulnerable, hilarious, loveable self.

I'm a standup comic from Canada who is about 3 years deep. I love every second I'm onstage and when I'm around my peers, comedy has really been my rock for the past 3 years. I'm wondering what your opinion on moving to a bigger city (New York/LA) would be for a canadian comic? I don't want to stay here for too long as it seems there is a real ceiling here for success but I also don't want to get swallowed by a bigger city. I really do want to do this for the rest of my life and would love any advice you have for any new(er) comics who are in my shoes as well.

Keep it crispy!

A:

stay where you are until you're PRETTY sure you're one of the best. THEN move when you're 90% sure you should move. it will always be scary, but that's the whole game. you do things JUST AS you think you MIGHT be ready... if you wait until they ask you to come it will never happen. be bold! believe in yourself! but listen to what comedy is saying back to you, your path could be a multitiude of things. :)


Q:

Pete. I am a massive fan. I have heard every episode of the podcast and I am on my relisten.

I am an aspiring comedian and writer.

College may not work out for me and I am trying to figure out how to move to la and fully dive in.

I just wanted to know what advice you'd have for someone who is moving out to la to do comedy but more importantly

Can I be your prodigy?

A:

haha, i'm honored! hopefully if you move to LA or wherever you do comedy you'll find a supportive scene filled with proteges for you to learn from and show things yourself. best of luck out there!


Q:

Riddle me this, If you aim to give us a shot, we'll riddle you. What are we?

A:

Helicopter?


Q:

Loved the show Pete!

First I just want to thank you for being so open with your life on your podcast. Many people including myself share a similar background of youth groupy closed-mindedness, and it's refreshing to hear how you had to change the way you experience the world.

How do you prepare for your podcasts? I hear you taking and referencing notes that you take on the fly, but how much prep goes into a show that ends up being a 2+ hour session? What are your tactics for working with a guest who doesn't want to open up?

P.S. Dear Sweet Lady Val, you are the spirit of positivity and perfect for Pete. Congratulations to both of you!

A:

thank you for the kind words!!

i spend the 30 minute drive to meltdown just thinking about the guest and how i want it to go. picture them laughing, myself listening, us connecting. a little visualization. then a quick Wiki search, three Alpha Brain (for real, not a plug -- www.alphabrain.com/weird) and ONE sip of coffee. :)


Q:

Pete! Congrats on the show. Is 30 too old to get into stand-up will we ever get treated to more You Made It Movies? Thanks

A:

no, and maybe! tim allen was in jail when he was 30. and rodney dangerfield didn't break till way later in life. it's never too late to try and live creatively and authentically! just take small steps.

i like to say, follow the dream that's following you. it has to want you back. so listen when your dream speaks back to you!


Q:

Why do people argue about the humor of women? Isn't comedy universal and therefore gender neutral?

A:

i think men are scared of giving the authority to women to make them laugh. it's a powerful position and sometimes my gender can be a little backwards when it comes to giving women a chance at driving the car, so to speak. but anyone who says women aren't funny needs to watch Natasha Leggero, Maria Bamford, Sarah Silverman and countless others.


Q:

Have you ever thought about writing a screenplay about Harris Whittles? Do you think it's appropriate? Would you help me write it?

A:

I love harris and whatever is done to honor him would be lovely and welcome. i don't feel like i'm the right person because we weren't SUPER close, but i do love him and miss him lots. but godspeed!


Q:

How many seasons do you envision the series lasting assuming everything goes well?

A:

Six! PLUS A MOVIE (jk). But six is what i imagine when i map it out


Q:

P. Pants,

I've read you saying here & there how responding to, or even checking comments on all the various sites is both tricky & sticky, and you generally abstain . . understandably !

But if you'd ever joined the weirdos ( and many of my friends ) who greatly enjoyed the "mash-up" I did just under a year ago, entitled You Made It Weird Again ( Not Feelin' Crispy ) (Pete Holmes - with Guests & Friends vs Steely Dan) . . would you say so ? ( Don't pause this AMA for a 6 min, audio w/ video just now . . maybe after ! )

You got me into "game-changing" hemp-oil a few months ago, and if I can distill the wide-ranging spirit of YMIW and give a bunch of heartwarming joy back to You, it would mean the whirled !

( I'd surely make my "joy noise" )

A:

i'll check it! thank you!


Q:

Hey Pete! Congrats on Crashing! I'm a huge fan of all your work, YMIW in particular. I love the episodes with other comedians where you really break down the art that is standup. Who are some new or lesser known comics that you like? Also, what advice would you give to someone interested in the humiliation that is getting started in standup? Thanks Pete! Keep it crispy!

A:

if you want to try it, just go to an open mic and watch. if it speaks to you at that level, try it out! it only gets better from there.

and i like Jo Firestone and, he's not new but, Matt McCarthy, Sean Donnelly, Aparna N


Q:

Do you have any plans to write a feature film?

I can't wait to see The Big Sick - though I can't look at Kumail without hearing your impression -- "EEMMIILLYYYY".

A:

I'd love to at some point!

BIG SICK is amaze. OH GOD EMILLLLY!


Q:

Hey, I like your new show. Are you really religious IRL?

A:

I'm hugely interested in who we are and what we're doing here, absolutely. Ram Dass represents my views perfectly. He has talks on YouTube and iTunes!