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TechnologyWe are a solar racing team about to embark on a 3,000km journey through the Australian Outback in a solar car that we built, AMA!

Oct 7th 2017 by BWSC_WSU • 19 Questions • 4694 Points

Hello, Reddit! Mike from UC Berkeley's public affairs office here. Since free speech on college campuses is a hot topic - especially at Berkeley - I asked the dean of our law school, Erwin Chemerinsky, to sit down for an AMA to discuss it and other subjects.

Erwin is an extremely humble person, but I need to quickly brag for him before we begin: In addition to being our law dean, Erwin is one of the country's foremost scholars of constitutional law, and earlier this year was named the most influential person in legal education in the United States by National Jurist magazine. Before coming to Berkeley, he helped establish UC Irvine's law school, and before that taught at Duke University and USC. He has argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals, has written hundreds of law review articles, and is the author of ten books - including “Free Speech on Campus,” his latest. You can learn more about him here.

I'm just here to facilitate; Erwin will be responding to all questions himself. No need to stick solely to the topic of free speech, either - he's willing to discuss all manner of legal subjects. He'll begin answering questions at about 5:30 PM pacific time.

Proof: https://imgur.com/XTXFCWs

EDIT: Mike here again. I'm afraid that Erwin needed to sign off for the evening, but he asked me to pass along the following: "It was a pleasure to participate in this, thank you for all the very good and well-informed questions - I answered as many as I could and I'm sorry I could not do more. I'd love to do this again." We'll try to make that happen!

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How has solar efficiency changed for your your vehicle vs those produced say 10 years ago?

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If you had a magic wand, what single amendment would you add or edit to the U.S. Constitution? Relatedly, what one U.S. Supreme Court case would you overrule?


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What were your thoughts while it was happening? I've heard soldiers say that they don't think about risks in the heat of the moment, but they realize how terrifying a moment was after the adrenaline goes away. Is that true? That in the moment your instincts are about survival over fear?

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There's footage of you chasing him all the way to the elevator before ( seemingly ) getting ushered away. If you had somehow made it into the elevator, what would you have asked/ how would you have reacted?


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What is your favorite thing about that amazing friend who posted your lion artwork and thus started this whole journey? :)

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Have you ever wanted to collaborate with You Suck at Cooking?


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Do you ever like to remind your daughters that youre a real disney princess? Do they ever ask you to sing like Anna?

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Could you explain a bit about why you guys want to be separated from Spain?

Sorry kinda oblivious from what happened until I saw the reddit posts.


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Hi Charlie!

For years and years my dream job has always been 'National Geographic Photographer'. Seen as I'm likely to never make it, can you humour me and give me some of the downsides to doing the job that you do? :)

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If you had a magic wand, what single amendment would you add or edit to the U.S. Constitution? Relatedly, what one U.S. Supreme Court case would you overrule?


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It would be pretty significant, I think it would have increased by about a third over that time. We've only been in the competition for 6 years (3 races) and we would have had increases of about 2-3% just with our car over that time.

The main place that we make up efficiency is the way in which we encapsulate the cell, moreso than the cell itself. Which helps us capture energy from sunlight that hits the cells at different angles. That being said, we've also seen some huge jumps in efficiency over the past decade!

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I would overrule San Antonio Board of Education v. Rodriguez (1973) and hold that education is a fundamental right and that discrimination against the poor should receive heightened scrutiny. I would add an explicit right of privacy and autonomy to the Constitution.


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That is a completely apt description, when the bullets start flying the adrenaline kicks in and even though in a deep level you know you're in danger it's not something you have time to process. Once the adrenaline started to subside a few hours later, only then were we able to being to acknowledge just what happened.

Keep in mind, we had zero idea if there was a single shooter or multiple. The echo, reverb, bounce of the bullets made it extremely hard to echo-locate. I wrote a lot of this down in the first IMGUR link https://imgur.com/gallery/KKfSp but I get it if no one reads it, it's a long read.

If you watch a lot of different videos from concert goers though, you'll realize that they stayed put for 5-10 mins into the shooting inside the venue. Staying put and debating 'is that even gun fire?'. From >300 yards away, for those who haven't found themselves in that situation or at least watched body cam footage from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria or other. It wouldn't necessarily being recognizable.

During the 3rd volley is when we hit the ground, where I jumped on top of the girls. There were only 2 moments in the event where I thought about dying. This was the first, and I thought to myself "Well if I'm going to die, this isn't the worst way to do it...attempting to shield friends". Later in the night we got trapped in a small hotel room and there was a surge in panic that a shooter was entering the lobby. Once trapped there, the second thought was "This is going to be a shit way to die, I don't want to die like this. Sitting ducks, fish in a barrel"

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Hahahaha I debated cramming myself into that elevator...

I would have made sure to give Richard Smith (and his apparent advisor, former Senator Saxby Chambliss) my bag of money and told them to enjoy their $7.25 million contract with the IRS! http://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/03/equifax-irs-fraud-protection-contract-243419


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He is rather fabulous and an incredible dancer. Plus all those internet points. (Note, cnostaw is said amazing friend). Edit: He noted I spelled his username wrong. I r bad friend.

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Dearly, yes


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they dont really care. and they constantly tell me NOT to sing. they are BRUTAL

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Some have historical claims, the crown of Aragon (wich Catalonia was a part of) and Castilia (former Spain as we usually name it) were united back in 1469 and since then cultural differences always had a part on nationalistic claims.

More recently since the instauration of the parlamentary monarchy (after franco) the spanish territory was split into "comunidades autonomas) which everyone of them has different autonomic competences, Basque Country had more economic privileges than Catalonia and that inspired some turmoil within the population

Back in 2006 the spain government destroyed "the estatut" wich was a sort of declaration of competences by the Generalitat, that was a big mistake since "the estatut" didnt infringe any known law and even was similar as other bills in vigor by other "comunidades autonomas"

Years of political immobility by central government and impoverishment of the general population made that independentist and nationalist parties gain support within the "non-political people"

As for me I am not independentist but I am for democracy, and the measures PP (governing party) took in Catalonia are unacceptable.

(excuse my english, if you have any more question or want a clarification please do)


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Hey EasyTigrr - never give up! Its fun and adventurous but we spend a lot of time cold, bored, tired and hungry - I certainly do when I'm shooting pictures of wildlife - oh and a lot of time needing the toilet! But i vowed I would never complain about my job so I cant say too much without breaking that vow!

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I would overrule San Antonio Board of Education v. Rodriguez (1973) and hold that education is a fundamental right and that discrimination against the poor should receive heightened scrutiny. I would add an explicit right of privacy and autonomy to the Constitution.


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Are you using the same materials in building your vehicle vs when you started, how has overall vehicle weight changed?

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What are your thoughts on the weird discrepancy in search and seizure rules where police can't compel a person to open a phone with their password versus compelling them to open it with their fingerprint or other biometrics? Is this something that will change?


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I want to thank you for sharing your story. I signed up for reddit today, (I am an occasional lurker) only to respond to your story.

You are an incredible writer and I urge you to consider doing more of it; whatever the genre. I travelled with you on the horrific journey which you describe so poignantly. I travelled every step of way; on the edge of my seat, tears in my eyes, cheering and rallying for you, imagining how you were feeling, and what you must have been thinking. There are few author's I've read that have transported me the way your words did. My heart aches for you, for Jamie, those with you that night, and for all who are impacted by this senseless tragedy.

While I realize your trauma may never fully heal, you are well on your way, and I applaud your openness and willingness to share your emotions. The authenticity and genuineness are incredibly palpable and shine through in your writing. I couldn't help but feel connected to you, even though we are worlds apart. I laughed when you talked about boot whiskey, I caught my breath each time you hit a road block, and each time you had to assess the safety of a location - no-one should have to do that. I was incredibly touched when you suggested someone send you a bill for the lights you had to smash. You are a good and noble person. You have reminded me that life can change in an instant, and I am so sorry you had to endure the torture of that night.

It is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada. I am headed out to share Thanksgiving dinner with family, and I feel incredibly fortunate. Tonight, I will raise a glass to you, to yours, and to all those impacted. I wish you peace of mind in the days and weeks to come. I hope you consider writing more, whether on this topic or another. You have a gift.

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Did he see you?


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Oh wow that painting was the first one I bought after I moved into my own apartment! Thanks for giving my apartment some life! https://i.imgur.com/iDlzo9D.jpg

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Love your show Babish! It's one of the few channels I regularly follow and keep up to date with!

Might be a personal question, but noticed you stopped wearing a ring in your videos? Single now? Up for a bromance? I know someone... (it's me, it's always been me).


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Can you tell us anything about the upcoming Frozen 2?

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what do Catalonian participants think is going to happen next?


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What was the most difficult photoshoot you ever went on?

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What are your thoughts on the weird discrepancy in search and seizure rules where police can't compel a person to open a phone with their password versus compelling them to open it with their fingerprint or other biometrics? Is this something that will change?


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We're still using carbon as the main material for the chassis, although for the suspension we're using aluminium this time.

The rules have dictated that the area of solar panels have to be smaller, which means that we have a much smaller vehicle this time around. I think the first car we entered was 324kg, this time around our car weighs in at 158kg.

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I think that this is an area where the law has not caught up with the technology. In Riley, the Supreme Court held that police cannot search a cell phone without a warrant (unless there are emergency circumstances). I think this must mean that police cannot force people to give a password or a fingerprint to open the cell phone. I believe the law will catch up to technology here.


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Thank you very much, your kind words have been a nice reprieve this morning. Jamie went to work for the first time today and I've been in our tiny apartment with our 2 dogs, been a bit tougher than I expected.

I've never done much writing, when I sat down and wrote the original story words just flew out of pure emotion and adrenaline. Didn't take time to think about the message or what was being put down. Not sure if I'll ever be able to go back into that kind of writing zone in my life. My Dad is an author though on mediation and company to company circumstances, so there's a link there with some deeper writing knowledge.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours this weekend. It's cliche to say and the impact has never hit me like this week, but enjoy the ones you love and hold them tight. My family is back up north and will be doing the same for Thanksgiving this weekend.

When the time is right though, I may sit down and write again. After lots of talks with friends who were there we've been able to fill in more pieces of the puzzle. Lots of different stories, or alternate perspectives on the same event.

Jamie, Nicole, Kelsey and I went into my work briefly and sat down in our livestreaming video room. A couple coworkers were very kind to help us sit down and just talk about the situation and record it. Might hold on to that video for posterity sake or might share it with our family if they're ready. We'll see.

Anyways, Happy Thanksgiving. Slice of a piece of turkey and pumpkin pie for me please!

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At the time, I wasn't sure former CEO Richard Smith saw me because he played it so cool. But in watching video footage later, there is a moment where he looks behind him right before the hearing starts. His face is pretty priceless!


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Thank you for the support!

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Thanks very much!

And I guess enough time has passed that I can talk about this haha, yes, I went through a divorce last year. Loooooong story.


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I wish. but they are ALWAYS WATCHING

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Well the Generalitat (catalonia government) has as next step to execute the DUI (unilateral independence declaration) as it was stated if the referendum ended with a YES majority

The Spain Government could execute the article 155 of the constitution which would render la Generalitat without power

I doubt they both will do anything of that, if both governments have a bit of political wisdom they might start negotiations in the following weeks if not we might be in for some tumultuous days

As for now there are general strikes convoked for tomorrow.


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Thanks for your question - anything in the Amazon! the Amazon is such a hard place to work. It's not just dark but it's hot and full of mosquitos and it all basically looks the same. I have spent over a year in the Amazon and really only have a handful of images I'm happy with. Technically the hardest was shooting an image of a beaver under the Teton mountains in Grand Teton National Park - the image was half under water and half above - it took three weeks to get the shot. Thanks!

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I think that this is an area where the law has not caught up with the technology. In Riley, the Supreme Court held that police cannot search a cell phone without a warrant (unless there are emergency circumstances). I think this must mean that police cannot force people to give a password or a fingerprint to open the cell phone. I believe the law will catch up to technology here.


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Wow that is a massive improvement. Great work!

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Hi Dean Chemerinsky. (Thanks for that Conlaw supplement. It saved my ass in law school.)

I think a lot of these cases involve warrants. Is it as constitutionally problematic or an issue of law catching up with the times if law enforcement have a warrant to compel the password?


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I only just read, lower down in this thread, that you are Canadian - is that correct? BC, right? Where?

I bet today is hard, being alone, without Jamie. I wonder how she is doing at work. It seems really early to return to work, but maybe that is what is needed. Some sense of normalcy? What kind of dogs do you have? I'm home alone with my two dogs today too, but I'm not sitting with the experience you currently sit with. My husband went on the last fly fishing trip of the season this morning. I chose to stay home, he went with a few friends. We are avid fly fishers, southern Alberta, close to the BC border. Such beautiful country.

I appreciate that you might not be able to go back to that writing zone. I can't imagine you'd ever want to, but I'll say it again, it was incredibly moving to read. Interesting that your Dad is an author.

I'm glad you recorded a debrief of sorts and I hope it contributed to the healing.

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Can you give us screenshot?


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Your use of colour is simply outstanding and so vibrant. Its a breath of fresh air. Great talent and I wish you the best in your future.

Edit: my pleasure. I liked the Lion picture so much I just purchased a copy for my living room. Thank you :)

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When you did a collab with the guy who does the funny nature stuff and you started rambling about drugs, how much of it was a joke and how much was based on real life?


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How have you managed to look the same age for your entire career? It's really impressive.

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How are your thoughts on the national police after the way they acted to the voters yesterday?


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What's the best shot that you missed? Either by equipment trouble or something you saw on the way to location?

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Hi Dean Chemerinsky. (Thanks for that Conlaw supplement. It saved my ass in law school.)

I think a lot of these cases involve warrants. Is it as constitutionally problematic or an issue of law catching up with the times if law enforcement have a warrant to compel the password?


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Thanks!

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There never is a problem with a search if there is a valid warrant -- whether it is a cellphone or a car or a person's house.


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Couple pics of our dirty dogs after camping and off roading. https://imgur.com/a/5Lipt

Born and raised in Calgary, moved down to LA at 19 w/ a garbage bag of clothes, Hockey gear and an Xbox to attend college for the video game industry.

All my family is in Canada, Mom/Gram in Calgary, Sister who is due with her first child in Toronto. My Dad, aunts uncles, sister and niece/nephew are all around BC. My home base is Rosen Lake which is midway between Cranbrook and Fernie. Next to a tiny little town called Jaffray, BC.

My Dad, also an avid outdoorsman was backpacking all weekend out by Elk Lake Lodge. When we got to the stairwell to a semblence of safety is when we reached out to our family. Didn't want our parents and loved ones to see the news and then not immediately know we were safe. Couldn't really use the phone to talk because we were trying to keep as quiet as possible. So my Dad, comes down the mountain Monday since it began snowing up top and gets in his truck. Satellite radio plays the news about the shooting and he's now in pure fear and panic mode. No cell phone reception out there, the valley roads are so deep, it was clouded cover. He had 90 mins of driving down back roads before he got any cell reception. The second he did though the texts came flooding in, including mine.

He's had a hard time as well going through a similar wide range of emotions that all of us are.

I'm going to attempt to hit the gym now, not sure if iron therapy will help or if the clanging and crowds will make me 'nope' out of there immediately.

Here's our pups Chief & Dixie, Samoyeds who have been extra cuddly since we've got back. https://imgur.com/a/5Lipt

Looking forward to being back out at the cabin for Xmas, do some snowshowing, snowboarding, camp fires, skating on the lake, tobogganing and being with family. Hugs will be tighter, discussion will be longer, love will be greater.


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Thank you so much!

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No comment


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good genes baby! and a high pitched voice. and staying out of the sun

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Horrible, but I will take the opportunity to explain something.

Some years ago I was protesting against the increase of university prices in Barcelona and the "mossos de esquadra" (catalonian police force) charged at us unprovoked and injured a lot of people

By this im not taking heat off the national police actions, they had absolutely no place in a first world country but I dont like the narrative of "look at these bad spanish dudes" when some years ago I was being beaten by Catalonian policemen.

We cant forget that they were sent with aggresion in mind, the spanish government (Partido Popular, the remains of the franco party, but this is a discussion for another day) knew they would strike people, with this I want to say, those policement were given orders, and they abide them


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That's a hard one as I've blocked all those moments out of my head and never want to relive them. I have spent days fuming over missed moments. I remember flying over Victoria Falls in a helicopter shooting stills of it and there were four guys fishing on the edge and a huge rainbow was rising through them and I got the shot but i was shooting with a shutter speed that was too slow so the image was not sharp. It was totally my fault and I still get annoyed about that when I see the picture.

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There never is a problem with a search if there is a valid warrant -- whether it is a cellphone or a car or a person's house.


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1- What is your target average speed through the outback, roughly?

2- Probably you take weather conditions into account. How do you do that, do you just use the public weather forecasts, or do you have other data sources?

(Congrats on your great performance in the qualification laps. I know it is hard, but hopefully you'll be able to shake the solid Delft / Tokai reign a bit. Seems like a tight race already. Enjoy!)

a former member (2013) of ITU Solar Team, Turkey

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Would you be flattered or horrified if a practicing attorney named his dog Erwin?


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Wow

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and how did he respond if he did? (sorry to piggy back u/hrtl)


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Just shelled out £70 for my new flat for this piece direct from your site. I’m going through a rough divorce right now and i hope seeing this beautiful mix of colours on such a powerful animal will help to give me strength, that some days is lacking.

Thank you, I believe this is what I needed.

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Link for the lazy.

Give some love for Ashwin, when it comes to nature there is nobody more knowledgeable.


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Would you confuse Dax and Zach Braff at a slight distance?

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I am a Spaniard. From Madrid, so you can imagine my views on this matter. I was just passing by to thank your for being so moderate and sensible in your comments. That's all I wanted to see yesterday. Whether you vote yes or no, the kind of sensibility you are showing in your answers is what we all need (independentists and not). Thank you, if I am honest I was expecting some sort of radical answers here, but I have been pleasantly surprised and I wanted to thank you for that.

Now the question: as a catalonian, where do you think your leaders are headed now in terms of negotiations with the central government? What are your views on the future of Catalonia in the near future?

All the best fellow citizen.


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Hey Charlie, I love your work! I am an aspiring wildlife photographer. I have started to amass a portfolio and Instagram following and am just now starting to work on more in depth projects such as searching for mountain lions in Western Alberta. I am wondering if you have any tips for someone who is looking to enter the wildlife photography world? Thanks!

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Would you be flattered or horrified if a practicing attorney named his dog Erwin?


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Thanks for the kind words!

1- It's kinda a closely-held secret, but we'll be looking at averaging between 70-90kmh depending on weather conditions. 2- We use a few sources, one of our main ones is Weatherzone who is one of our main sposnsors. They've given us a forecast for the entire event. So we've taken that into consideration with our planning.

See you in Adelaide!

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Embarrassed.


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A friend messaged me last night, I felt it pertinent info to help put another puzzle pieces together. He's not ready yet to talk about it or write it down.

He was a bud that was the last to be confirmed alive, we were receiving phone calls and texts from his close friends and family until the early hours of the morning. We just had no way to confirm.

Anyways, without further ado.

https://imgur.com/Ej5AgSY


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Sorry thats its rough patch but thank you for the support and I hope it brings some happiness to your home!

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Thanks for learning


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absolulty. or in a dark hallway

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Thank you for your words, love Madrid, I go twice every year.

As for your question, Puigdemont & friends might use the bad response of the government to push a negotiation leaning on the words of EU (excessive use of force and so on) they might try to establish the DUI but I think that will be most unreasonable.

My views on the near future is of unrest and increase on independent backing, I wish they sit to talk but it seems so unlikely


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Hey thanks for your message - ok - be different. That's my suggestion. You're entering a world saturated with images of wildlife so you have to think of ways of shooting that work for you and are perhaps a little different from standard. When I first got an assignment from Nat Geo on otters I looked at everything that had been done - every image I could find on google. I wanted to know what had been done by everyone else so that I could not do the same. It's a really hard thing to do but you have to if you want to stand out. Mountain lions would be a wonderful way to go - check out Steve Winter's incredible work on them - good luck!

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Embarrassed.


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Can I ask two questions? I will anyway. Three actually if that last one counts.

Does the car have a name and what were the runner up names you tossed around?

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How do you feel about the comments made by the Attorney General on Georgetown Law's campus last week? Are your feelings on his comments changed at all by the fact that he was making them specifically at a school?

Also, thank you for your Barbri Con Law videos they really helped me during finals prep!


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First and foremost, thank you for your selfless act to shield your friends. Thank you for coming on here to help answer some questions. Both of these, and I imagine everything between the two events, are such brave acts. Your actions speak volumes to your character. Also, super glad you and yours are ok. Also hoping you have the resources to get psychological support to deal with the ptsd of such an event. It will be work taking to a therapist about your experience. That's a whole different subject though.

There has been a lot of information being put out surrounding these events. Information that lands on a spectrum, sometimes not being accurate. There are some reports of multiple shooters. I see you mention in this post how you could discern that different gums were used during the different vollies. Did it, at any point, sound like more than one gun at a time was firing?

Edit: just saw your reply down below saying you believed there to be multiple shooters as it was happening. That's what I wanted to know. But I'm gonna leave this post here anyway

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Did anyoneone at the time realize what you were doing?


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Do you have a video of him dancing? The internet must see.

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Hey Andrew, just curious. Where did this alter ego 'Oliver Babish' come from?

Love your show! :)


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How do you feel about koalas? They are quite similar to the sloth

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I am a Spaniard. From Madrid, so you can imagine my views on this matter. I was just passing by to thank your for being so moderate and sensible in your comments. That's all I wanted to see yesterday. Whether you vote yes or no, the kind of sensibility you are showing in your answers is what we all need (independentists and not). Thank you, if I am honest I was expecting some sort of radical answers here, but I have been pleasantly surprised and I wanted to thank you for that.

This. As a fellow Spaniard against Catalonian independence myself, I got into this thread expecting a radical view on the issue and fallacies left and right, and found a moderate rational person, with a very understanding view of both sides. This is the kind of people we need in this country.


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Hello Sir! It must be great seeing and capturing all those wonders of nature. What's the most dangerous situation involving an animal, person(s), or just the environment you've been in while on the job?

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How do you feel about the comments made by the Attorney General on Georgetown Law's campus last week? Are your feelings on his comments changed at all by the fact that he was making them specifically at a school?

Also, thank you for your Barbri Con Law videos they really helped me during finals prep!


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It does actually, it's called Unlimited 2.0

We did throw around Crimson, Radiance, Endeavour and Arbitrium (which is 'diligence' in Latin)

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Thanks for the kind words about my Bar/Bri lecture.

I certainly agree with Attorney General Sessions that free speech on campus is crucial and that all views should be expressed at colleges and universities. I do not agree, though, that there is a serious problem with regard to speech not being allowed. There are a number of high profile incidents, but they are the exception. I also think that Attorney General Sessions ignored some of the hard issues that campuses now face concerning freedom of speech.


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Thanks for posting, if you want additional more detailed info check out the imgur album.

To be honest though, I'm not a hero. I'm just some guy who was at a concert with friends who managed to get out. There are going to be thousands of stories of real heroes who went back and helped more people. The first responders were on top of their game too.

I'm just a guy that had just finished the last boot whiskey of the night before the gunfire started.

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I think everyone realized what I was doing. Luckily, free speech is (mostly) still a thing.


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Does him being walked on a slave collar by Britney count? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gb7UypwOxI (SFW btw) Edit. SFWish

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The West Wing! Never really expected the show to take off, so I kinda named it arbitrarily...

And thanks!


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koalas get high off eucalyptus and most of them have chlamydia. these are facts

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wow im blushing


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Thanks for the question - i get asked this a lot. It's weird because I haven't had very many dangerous experiences. I try never to put myself in dangerous situations with animals as i'd be being really irresponsible if I did. As for people - kind of the same. I smile a lot and treat people really fairly and as a result i've never been in a hostile situation. I'm sure it will happen at some point - and I'm not looking forward to it. Canoeing across Victoria Falls in a deflating canoe and getting pulled into the rip going over the edge while trying to avoid a crocodile in the dark, before reaching the island we were heading for and following hippo trails in the dark and climbing down the face of the falls to get a shot of a moon rainbow, in a country I was working in illegally while the secret police were looking for us - well to be honest that was pretty scary - but it was a long time ago now!

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Thanks for the kind words about my Bar/Bri lecture.

I certainly agree with Attorney General Sessions that free speech on campus is crucial and that all views should be expressed at colleges and universities. I do not agree, though, that there is a serious problem with regard to speech not being allowed. There are a number of high profile incidents, but they are the exception. I also think that Attorney General Sessions ignored some of the hard issues that campuses now face concerning freedom of speech.


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What happened to unlimited 1? :(

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What can students like myself do when even professors and faculty at universities are calling for legal limits on free speech? For instance, at the Berkeley panel discussion on free speech at which you spoke in September, Professor john powell openly advocated for restricting speech that may be psychologically harmful, to the resounding endorsement of both students and faculty in the audience.

If the onus to firmly challenge this viewpoint falls on administrators, professors, and deans like yourself, do you feel that your support for free speech on campus is sufficient without naming and condemning exactly those people who want to restrict it, like Professor powell?


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Anything happened after? Were you banned from ever attending again?


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Holy crap that's awesome. Did he get pulled out of the audience for that?

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Hey Babish, Thanks for doing this AMA.

Got any more plans to work with Sean from Hot Ones? Really liked the stuff you did together and you seem to get on well.


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Favorite fun fact on sloths?

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One of the things that surprises me the most is how biased big part of the Spanish media is. I did read things like "Unacceptable aggressions from the catalans to the national police", "Separatists spread out fake pictures about injured in the media", "Catalan police colluding with separatists", etc. instead of what the rest of the media in the world showed. If Spanish people only feeds from these media, I can understand that you think that Catalans pro-Independence are radicals and uneducated people that will jump to your throat if your name is "Garcia". But believe me, this is a very civic and peaceful movement. Unfortunately, nowadays, everybody with a political opinion will get insulted, threatened or worse in the social media by a minority of assholes that feel safe hiding behind their computer, no matter what side of the political spectrum they are.

So, my point, don't be surprised about "moderation", most of us Catalans are.


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Hi Charlie. Any thoughts on Sean Penn's character in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? When not taking photos of wildlife, what subjects do you like to photograph?

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What can students like myself do when even professors and faculty at universities are calling for legal limits on free speech? For instance, at the Berkeley panel discussion on free speech at which you spoke in September, Professor john powell openly advocated for restricting speech that may be psychologically harmful, to the resounding endorsement of both students and faculty in the audience.

If the onus to firmly challenge this viewpoint falls on administrators, professors, and deans like yourself, do you feel that your support for free speech on campus is sufficient without naming and condemning exactly those people who want to restrict it, like Professor powell?


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We actually used it as our test car for this year...the original Unlimited (2015) and Solace (2013's entry) have both been on display at various points. Although we now plan to get them fully working once again.

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I think it is so important to separate a discussion of what the law currently is from a conversation about what the law should be. Hateful speech IS protected by the First Amendment. But we certainly can and should debate whether this is desirable. john powell and I agree as to the current law, but disagree on what the law should be.


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That's a big 10-4 there buddy. :)

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I am fortunate to not have had any real interaction with the capitol police, before or after. One officer asked me to take my bag of money off my lap and put in on the ground, but that is it.

However, now that I am public, I would not be surprised if folks will watch me more closely. I am sure we will see soon!


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Yup! He is a die hard fan.

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Hey man no problem!

I'm gonna be on First We Feast next week or so! Sean, Anthony Fantano and I do an exotic melon tasting as the three bald melons of YouTube.


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they only poop once a week

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polarization is an absolute cancer, I find very healthy to turn off the TV


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Thanks for the question - loved the film by the way. What struck me about Sean Penn's role the most was that at the moment he was about to get the shot of the snow leopard he pulled away to just watch it - that really impressed me (although it was just a movie). I remember doing the same the first time I ever saw an otter underwater - a moment I'd waited my whole life for (even though I was only 17 at the time) i just thought - i need to see this rather than ruining it by shooting a picture. I watch people on safari in africa and wish for their sakes they'd do the same - but then I rarely do! I shoot tons of stuff other than wildlife these days - i particularly love photographing tourists taking selfies. thanks!

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I think it is so important to separate a discussion of what the law currently is from a conversation about what the law should be. Hateful speech IS protected by the First Amendment. But we certainly can and should debate whether this is desirable. john powell and I agree as to the current law, but disagree on what the law should be.


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Out of the 22 of you, who is a Carrie? Samantha? Etc?

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How do you feel about first amendment rights being extended to associations in Citizens United (assuming I don't completely misunderstand the decision)? Does this mean other individual liberties will likely be extended to groups?


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One of my college professors told me a story once about a time when he was crossing the street with his girlfriend and a driver on his phone hit them in the crosswalk. She broke her pelvis, and I'm not sure exactly what happened to him.. something with his back.

He said "kids, if you ever go through an experience like that with a significant other, you just break up with them. It's the shitty sad truth."

It sounded odd to me at the time, but I'm glad you can confirm it's not true.

(Your experience was obviously far more severe than this but I'm sure you get the point)

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So what did people say? How did they react to your getup? Did the Equifax CEO acknowledge you or at least give you an odd look?


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And now reddit famous

A:

I’m so bad at cooking chicken. Like, I am the worst chicken chef alive. What are your tips on producing some tender, flavorful, juicy chicken instead of the dry or raw garbage that comes out of my kitchen?


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Are there any Good Places scenes youve had trouble filming from laughing so much?

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What is the rational behind a separation which would immediately remove Catalonia from the EU and it would be a small country without any diplomatic links ?


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Hey Charlie, did you go to a photography school or did you teach yourself?

Im wondering if its worth going to school for photography or nat (geo) :)

A:

How do you feel about first amendment rights being extended to associations in Citizens United (assuming I don't completely misunderstand the decision)? Does this mean other individual liberties will likely be extended to groups?


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Hahaha. I'll give you a sensible answer, I'm not going to throw anyone under the bus! I will say that the electrical engineers and the IT guys are the most easily embarrassed, and quiet (maybe that makes them the Charlottes?)

The mechanical engineers are always the most laid back...such Samanthas!

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I do not believe that corporations should have the same rights as individuals. For example, in areas of conscience -- like religious freedom -- corporations cannot have a conscience. Their owners, of course, can; but the law draws a clear distinction between a corporation and its owners.


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Damn, that is some intense advice from the ole' Prof.

Things would be incredibly more difficult if only one of us went through it and the other wasn't entirely able to comfort or understand everything that is happening.

For Jamie and I, we're closer than ever. Been together 5.5 years, and both of us have an urge to just go get hitched at the Santa Barbara courthouse. Why wait, we're best friends and are ready.

Then, I pump the brakes and realize that Jamie deserves to have a happy wedding not overshadowed by this massacre. Gameplan was always to get her through College this December before making the next step.

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I didn't catch it in person, but watching videos after the fact, I saw Richard Smith look back at me and make a pretty priceless alarmed face. But I was seated in the row right behind his advisors, and one of his PR folks was seated immediately to my right.

I caught several of them giving me dirty looks throughout. One guy in particular tried to stare me down in the beginning. (But I don't scare easily)


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The best kind of famousss

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Get bone-in/skin on chicken breasts - sear the fuck out of them in a ripping hot pan, then place in the oven and finish them at 400F until they're 165F internally. Use the fond in the pan to make a pan sauce. Wuhbam.


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when mindy st clair first asks me for coke, i had tears coming out of my eyes and snot out of my nose i was laughing so hard

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Now that is a hard question.

While some independentist have economic reasonings behind them (wich Im not sure they are quite right) the majority of nationalistic spirit comes from cultural heritage and rejection of the idea of Spain.

As for being outside the EU they (us? I dont know) allegedly have a plan to become a member after the separation (wich I dont know how will they do it with Spanish veto but wtv)

Also last actions taken by the spanish government puts Spain in a bad position infront of the EU so the discussion of the relationship of a theoretically catalonian republic is kinda a bogus point right now

But good question! I might complete my answer later


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HI one-two-rule - i failed spectacularly at school and left when I was just fifteen. However a year or so later I got onto a course studying photography at Falmouth School or Art and Design in Cornwall, UK. What the course taught me was the basics of photography and that really gave me good grounding; certainly as a wildlife photographer. Too often wildlife photographers forget that they have to also be photographers and learn and practice what that means. There is no set way into Nat Geo - we all come from completely different backgrounds and disciplines. Many worked for news papers and some went to college to learn. There are also plenty of courses people go on to take their photography to the next level. I guess the Eddie Adams workshop is the most well known. There you get set assignments and you work with editors to create stories. The key thing to remember is - National Geographic photographers are all story tellers as well as being photographers and journalists. Our images need to tell the story we are telling visually. Hope that helps!

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I do not believe that corporations should have the same rights as individuals. For example, in areas of conscience -- like religious freedom -- corporations cannot have a conscience. Their owners, of course, can; but the law draws a clear distinction between a corporation and its owners.


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As a textbook author, how do you handle rapid changes in the courts/constitutional law? Just for example, gay marriage or the Civil Rights movement. During the early 1900s and 1950s-1960s there were multiple issues being heard, overturned, heard again, etc. Now in law school we have the ability to learn a brief history and a few select cases regarding race equality. How do you handle that when the changes are happening in real time within a relatively short span?

I hope explained my question, but I am not sure I did. Thank you so much for doing this AMA. I look forward to reading through it.

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For levity's sake, I thought I'd impart a fact regarding this statement:

In the past (and perhaps the present), truck drivers used the call sign "good buddy" when they wanted to have some good ol' gay truck stop sex. I was informed by my grandfather to never say those words in/around a truck stop or CB radio.

EDIT: I sincerely hope you and your girlfriend, as well as the hundreds directly affected by this, get through this alright.


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Lol I'd love to be inside his head during that thought process.

"I'm going to intimidate this person who is clearly more of a maniac than I am."

I think if that was me, in the moment in which I was attempting to physically intimidate a person dressed as the monopoly guy, I would be struck with a sudden overwhelming need to reevaluate my life.

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Am I a bad person for being super jealous of your good fortune and talents?


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If you were to hit 2 million subscribers would you consider releasing the Fraiser episode?

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Hi Kristen! I love The Good Place, such a great show!!

I also love reading the down-to-earth, realistic interviews you and your husband do about the reality of being in a serious/long-term relationship, with all its ups and downs. If you had one major piece of advice for other couples, what would it be?


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Fellow spaniard here, im from Galicia and i love Cataluña (im a Barça fan and i've been multiple times to the Pirenees and to Barcelona).

I saw that you voted No on some of the responses you made, and i want to know the opinion you might have regarding some questions, so...

  1. Why did you vote instead of staying home?
  2. Is it true that the Generalitat has done close to nothing in the last 2/3 years besides from working towards this situation? (Political Parties like C's and PP have said this multiple times)
  3. Do you think that making Catalonians vote for a reelection of their regional government would be a possible solution to this conflict?
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What's something you could share with us that surprised you about vultures seeing as how you probably observe them more than the average person?


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As a textbook author, how do you handle rapid changes in the courts/constitutional law? Just for example, gay marriage or the Civil Rights movement. During the early 1900s and 1950s-1960s there were multiple issues being heard, overturned, heard again, etc. Now in law school we have the ability to learn a brief history and a few select cases regarding race equality. How do you handle that when the changes are happening in real time within a relatively short span?

I hope explained my question, but I am not sure I did. Thank you so much for doing this AMA. I look forward to reading through it.

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One of the great joys of teaching constitutional law is that it is constantly changing. One of the frustrations of being an author of a casebook and treatise on constitutional law is that it is constantly changing. To answer your question, I follow the Supreme Court very closely. I follow the cert grants and often read the briefs and transcripts of oral arguments. I watch for the decisions. I prepare a supplement each year and a new edition of the book every four years. I don't know if that answers your question. I guess the bottom line is that I follow the Court closely and try and have the changes in the law reflected in my books.


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That is hilarious and I had zero idea. Well then...might be time to find some different quick terms.

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And THAT is why satire works. Him intimidating me as a plain clothes protestor would feel meaningful and important to him, but intimidating me as the Monopoly Guy fiddling with my monocle might make him reassess.


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I get massive envy as there are a lot of waaaay more talented people out there and I know I got lucky. But hopefully pushes you to do more?

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I'm still hurting but yes.


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try hard. its uncomfortable, but worth it.

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1-I was not going to vote, but after seeing how the police charged and beat people I decided it was a statement for democracy and defiance against those measures.

2-As far as I know in the last years the Generalitat booked many appointments to discuss the issue and the central government never answered.

3-Yes, if it is done correctly

Thanks for your questions!

I want to visit galicia sometime soon


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Thanks for your question - I guess the thing that struck me the most was that when you take them away from the fighting and brutality of a carcass, they become very regal and beautiful creatures. watching them at the nest you really see this - they are very caring with their chicks. I love vultures- they're awesome. Thanks!

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One of the great joys of teaching constitutional law is that it is constantly changing. One of the frustrations of being an author of a casebook and treatise on constitutional law is that it is constantly changing. To answer your question, I follow the Supreme Court very closely. I follow the cert grants and often read the briefs and transcripts of oral arguments. I watch for the decisions. I prepare a supplement each year and a new edition of the book every four years. I don't know if that answers your question. I guess the bottom line is that I follow the Court closely and try and have the changes in the law reflected in my books.


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What takeaways do you have from the “Free Speech Week” at Berkeley late this September?

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Did you see the cabbies video?


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Did anyone approach you about your outfit?

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Did you ever have any moments where you thought "I need to go and get my job back"?


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Hey, I love your show! Did you ever run across a movie food that turned out to be too difficult to recreate? If so, what was it and what made it too difficult?

A:

How does Dax handle knowing your one true soul mate is Craig Ferguson? Can we forking get some flying cheeky monkeys around here!


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Did you vote yes or no?

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Hi Charlie!

I really enjoyed watching the 'I Bought A Rainforest' programme you made a few years ago, and it raised some very interesting points. Do you still own or regularly visit your patch? More generally, what do you think the best options are for 'us' (relatively wealthy westerners) to conserve rainforests or other habitats elsewhere in the world without obstructing the development of local communities?


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What takeaways do you have from the “Free Speech Week” at Berkeley late this September?

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This is a larger subject than I can quickly address here...but it so happens that my column in the Sacramento Bee today is on this very topic. Take a look: http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/california-forum/article176680106.html


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The one who was at the Mandalay Bay during the initial handful of volleys? If so, then yes I've watched that one a few times and my girlfriend Jamies Mom came over a night or two ago and started discussing the alternative theories to the official report.

So, if that's the video in question (feel free to link it for others to view) I'm open to discuss it. What's your follow up questions?

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I got a lot of questions from other folks in line, but I was fortunate enough to not get hassled by capitol police. One officer did ask me take my bag of dollar bills off my lap though!


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Not that job (not that they did not treat me well, I just was unfulfilled there). But yes, constantly dealing with self doubt, long term planning and asking myself whether its safer just to get a 9 to 5 again.

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Hah definitely the opening scene of Eat Drink Man Woman - lots of requests for it, which means there's a lot of people out there that greatly overestimate my cooking ability.


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Dax is OK with it. Hes VERY open to anything. Hes a free spirit, and also often my wingman.

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I voted No, Im not convinced of the independentist claims and some of the politicians invested in it are plain corrupt, so is the PP (spanish government) though.

I voted as an exercise of democracy and defiance against oppression


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Thanks - yes an important question. Glad you liked the series by the way. I just think we need to take more collective responsibility for the eco-systems that are of global importance - like the Amazon. And the more I try to understand conservation the more I realise that that means understanding the dynamics of poverty and figuring out what we can do to make peoples lives better and more productive in these sensitive areas so that chopping down forests is not the key to their survival. We get very cross in the west with poor people who chop trees down in order to survive - it makes me mad. Of course we all wood do the same in their position. Sadly the answers to these problems are very complicated and too often we say things like 'if we just changed the values of the global economy and if we just did....' the truth is we are very bad at changing - especially on a global scale. But we need to ultimately. That starts by all of us doing our bit and investing in schemes that are designed to lift people out of poverty and provide them with jobs and education and options beyond destroying globally important resources. I worked with the CREES Foundation when I made IBAR and they have some great agro-forestry programmes - getting loggers into replanting forests is a pretty good scheme. I haven't been back to the land for years by the way - last year I signed over a lease to the National Park for 99yrs. They are going to build a ranger station on it. cheers!

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This is a larger subject than I can quickly address here...but it so happens that my column in the Sacramento Bee today is on this very topic. Take a look: http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/california-forum/article176680106.html


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Not quite a collegiate matter, but related to the Constitution and presidential indictments:

Do you think the 25th Amendment's provision allowing the President to cede control to the vice president—e.g. as used by Bush while undergoing medical treatment—is a viable counter to conventional wisdom that sitting presidents cannot be indicted without impeachment?

As far as I've heard—Ronald Rotunda's recently publicized memo to Kenneth Starr notwithstanding—current thought on the unindictability of current presidents rests on claims that such an indictment (and associated defense) would preclude the president from carrying out the duties of his office, but I'm wondering if the 25th Amendment provides a legal counter to this thought. Have there been any research or arguments made to this effect?

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Yeah that was the one. I was just curious how you felt about nobody doing anything. Not even reacting. Do you think we are desensitized?


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How did you get a seat positioned directly behind the Equifax CEO in a way that you were also on camera without causing suspicion?

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Seems like you are doing this for the best of reasons, then. Enjoying the daily grind, while squirreling away when you can (re: long term planning).

Isn't that the fledgling artist's dream? For one day to not need "the job" to sustain your creative output?

You say luck, but talent and hard work are best buddies. In my experience with music, it is a ton of hard work to satisfy the brutal criticisms I have of my work.

My question: how do you know when you're done with unpaid works, i.e. your own creative works?


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What's your favorite drink to relax with after a long day of filming?

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Hey Kristen!! Huge fan.

Any chance of a Veronica Mars reboot? You and Rob seem so into it! Why not make it happen?


Q:

Who do you think stands to profit most from an independent Catalonia? Surely not the common people with all the travel and commerce restrictions that will come with it?

A:

HI, thanks for doing this. Can you describe a typical shoot in terms of time commitment? I mean, I have the impression that you go to a location where you think your subject might be and then just sit there 18 hours a day for weeks on end. Is that accurate or typical?


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Not quite a collegiate matter, but related to the Constitution and presidential indictments:

Do you think the 25th Amendment's provision allowing the President to cede control to the vice president—e.g. as used by Bush while undergoing medical treatment—is a viable counter to conventional wisdom that sitting presidents cannot be indicted without impeachment?

As far as I've heard—Ronald Rotunda's recently publicized memo to Kenneth Starr notwithstanding—current thought on the unindictability of current presidents rests on claims that such an indictment (and associated defense) would preclude the president from carrying out the duties of his office, but I'm wondering if the 25th Amendment provides a legal counter to this thought. Have there been any research or arguments made to this effect?

A:

Of course, there is no law concerning the 25th Amendment. I may be in a minority, but I believe that a sitting President can be indicted. I think the most basic teaching of Marbury v. Madison is that no one -- not even the President -- is above the law. Your point about the 25th Amendment is a good one: if defending a criminal suit would interfere with the President carrying out the duties of the office, he or she could temporarily relinquish the office under the 25th Amendment.


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Ehh sure I mean that's a part of things for people. However, let's be honest. The audio in that video is 100% different than the audio we heard >300 yards away. That video was raw, close up and what you would expect from a movie or video game. It was deep, had bass, had impact and was a force. For us at the venue, depending on the gun he was using and caliber of bullets it was a very different experience.

To add to that, the echo, the reverb, the initial firing noise, the echo noise and the impact noise not to mention the air actually cracking around our heads...it was all different.

I absolutely understand people not reacting. It's Vegas, shit is going off and nothing is ever normal there. To adjust your thinking and make the acknowledgement that 'yes, we are under fire. Those running for the hills and those on the ground are not overreacting' was a tough decision to make to be blunt.

I watched multiple videos where people are on the west side of the venue and debating if it's gun shots or not. Grown men who may have fired guns were claiming it was firework or something else. It's shock, it's panic, it's raw.

I don't blame them, because in this situation everything was completely random. Did we know he was on the 32nd floor or ground level, no one knew. People made their best judgement calls. If you get up and run you die, if you sit you die, if you get to cover you die. We all saw different things and none of them were wrong. Many of those stances were correct. People got up and moved and got a bullet, people hit cover and they got a bullet. It wasn't luck, or god or angels, it was a random wide sweeping bullets coming from a modified weapon for near or total automatic fire.

But again, now we have the benefit of hind sight and videos to know, "Holy shit you dipshits, you should have run. What the fuck are you doing standing there, I'm watching empty 12oz plastic cups bounce of the ground from gun fire. Move fuckers move!"

The taxi video, later on she picks up passengers and they are already in the wide gamut of emotions. Panic, fear, terror, anger "Are you fucking recording this right now?"

That's when the video gets to the emotional level.

My friends saw a lot of people get hit by vehicles fleeing the scene. If you were that driver, or someone in the venue who got behind the wheel your first instinct may be to just drive. Meanwhile people are pure panic and running for their lives.

Fuck, another ramble. Hope that answers your question. Thanks for stopping by.

A:

Oh, I absolutely caused suspicion, but luckily my actions fell within protected free speech. I knew which seat to sit in because I have watched and attended many Senate Banking hearings as a (plain-clothes) advocate.


Q:

Its tough, sometimes something you love doesn't resonate with other people. Stuff I have found a little lacking has sometimes sold really well! I think its good to leave an artwork for a few days or longer and see it again with fresh eyes.

A:

Old fashioned all the way


Q:

we are trying!

A:

Bourgeoisie, primarily and independentist politicians and friends, I dont see clear advantages on the short or mid term


Q:

thanks for the question - well yes that's pretty accurate. The older I get though the less I choose shoots where I have to do that though. But the deal is - the more time you put in to shooting images of animals, the more you get out. It's a really simple equation. It also depends where and what your shooting. If I'm shooting a specific bird at a nest for instance it's all about sitting in the blind and waiting - for the bird and the light. If I'm shooting in Africa its about driving around and looking for the subject. You do have to get used to lots of early mornings and long hours though - but its fun. Thanks

A:

Of course, there is no law concerning the 25th Amendment. I may be in a minority, but I believe that a sitting President can be indicted. I think the most basic teaching of Marbury v. Madison is that no one -- not even the President -- is above the law. Your point about the 25th Amendment is a good one: if defending a criminal suit would interfere with the President carrying out the duties of the office, he or she could temporarily relinquish the office under the 25th Amendment.


Q:

Hi Erwin:

I read your recent article in the Daily Journal about why the Executive's pardon power cannot be so extensive as to permit an executive to pardon someone for being in contempt of a federal court order. Setting aside the merits for a moment, how likely do you think it is that Trump's pardon of Arpaio would be nullified or otherwise struck down? I worry not only about standing, but also about judicial interpretation of a subject that has such an undeveloped jurisprudence. I am also deeply concerned that Trump will increasingly use his pardon power for self-serving purposes (e.g., pardoning family members or other associates for campaign-related crimes).

What hope do you have that Trump's ham-fisted use of pardons will be curtailed by our courts?

Thanks for all that you do—and thanks also for helping me pass the MPRE (I literally only watched your video 2 or 3 times before taking it and passed!).

Cheers, Attorney in CA

A:

Did you realize where the bullets were coming for or were u just tryna find the nearest exit and run with the crowd?


Q:

Obvious question: how'd you do it? How did you make your way to that perfect seat without getting kicked out?

A:

Have you thought of creating a Youtube channel for additional revenue?

Do some time lapse videos of a creation. Or tips/tricks on creating a piece.

Just something to create additional revenue.


Q:

What happened to your theme song?

A:

Hi Kristen - long time listener, first time caller. What's it like working with Dax as a director, and how's life around the house when you're in the midst of doing a project together?

Love your work - as a dad with three daughters, I particularly love the character you created in Veronica Mars. My oldest and I binge-watched it together and we're both big fans.


Q:

Have you seen any voting fraud?

A:

Hi Charlie, do you work with a team on site to capture photos that are so close to the animals? Agree, otters are the best. Thanks!


Q:

Hi Erwin:

I read your recent article in the Daily Journal about why the Executive's pardon power cannot be so extensive as to permit an executive to pardon someone for being in contempt of a federal court order. Setting aside the merits for a moment, how likely do you think it is that Trump's pardon of Arpaio would be nullified or otherwise struck down? I worry not only about standing, but also about judicial interpretation of a subject that has such an undeveloped jurisprudence. I am also deeply concerned that Trump will increasingly use his pardon power for self-serving purposes (e.g., pardoning family members or other associates for campaign-related crimes).

What hope do you have that Trump's ham-fisted use of pardons will be curtailed by our courts?

Thanks for all that you do—and thanks also for helping me pass the MPRE (I literally only watched your video 2 or 3 times before taking it and passed!).

Cheers, Attorney in CA

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Thanks for your kind words about my lecture. I am glad that was helpful.

I think that there is a difference between a presidential pardon for violating a federal statute as opposed to a presidential pardon for violating a court order. The latter interferes with and undermines the functioning of another branch of government. I also think that there is a difference in terms of the language and intent of Article II of the Constitution (concerning the pardon power.)
I have no prediction as to what Judge Bolton will do, but I thought it important that the issue be raised.


Q:

First volley of gunfire. So far any videos I've scene nothing captures the very first volley, every video I've scene starts with the second. First volley, no idea they're even bullets.

Second volley, thought it was the speaker system popping and breaking, still no idea bullets were about to rain down on us. No one moved, no one ran, no one got down. It takes awhile to flip the switch and get in the mindset that 'yes, we're being shot at'.

Time passes after second volley, band has zipped off stage and house lights are on. Something isn't right, wait...was that gun shots?

Third volley starts with a deeper and larger audible noise, second the first bullets fired on that third volley is when we knew we were under fire and we had to get down.

During the third volley is when we got into our doggy pile on the ground. It was long, sustained fire and I yelled to the girls that when this round was over, we're getting up and going.

From that point on, it was trying to find the nearest exit while leaving the mass crowd. So in that sense, we made a lot of our own exits. We broke barriers, walls, decorations and made a hole. I got into much deeper detail in the imgur post if you would like to know more.

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Credit for the perfect seat goes to a very dedicated intern, who was first in line for the hearing at 7 AM! As for not getting kicked out, I had heard stories from other activists about what is and isn't allowed, and skirted that line as closely as I could. Fun fact: you are allowed to wear costumes, but you can't hold up signs or make a lot of noise.


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Yeah I have one! Check it out at www.youtube.com/marcallanteart

A:

It was the Frasier theme song, I ain't got the rights to it!


Q:

dax writes very wuickly. he can bang out a script in 3 weeks which is insane. he will check in to a hotel in the area to write without the kids buging him all day, adn we go visit him every 2 days or so. Hes phenomenally deciscive as a director and usually very stressed so i have to take good care of him while hes working

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Not personally, but some friends saw members of scc (catalonian civil society) voting "No" several time, mind you that group has ties with neonazis so yeah...

I also saw pictures of a thicc boy voting yes many times, that is what an irregular referendum gives :/


Q:

Hi thanks for your question. I tend to work alone or with just one assistant. But if I want to get very close to animals I work on my own as it's hard enough getting close to animals as it is - extra people just make it harder. I use remote cameras a lot - cameras I can control from a distance. BY doing that I can get my camera very close to some animals without disturbing them at all - which is a always the aim. Yes otters are the best!

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Thanks for your kind words about my lecture. I am glad that was helpful.

I think that there is a difference between a presidential pardon for violating a federal statute as opposed to a presidential pardon for violating a court order. The latter interferes with and undermines the functioning of another branch of government. I also think that there is a difference in terms of the language and intent of Article II of the Constitution (concerning the pardon power.)
I have no prediction as to what Judge Bolton will do, but I thought it important that the issue be raised.


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What do you predict will be Justice Gorsuch's lasting impact on the Supreme Court?

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thanks! Glad you made it out of there.


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you can't hold up signs or make a lot of noise

Interesting (╭ರ_•́)

So by "a lot" does that mean "some" is ok?

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I think I upvoted you once so am I responsible for your success? And am I entitled to a reward?


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Is there a famous dish that you refuse to make?

Love the show! Binging your show makes my work day less boring!

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Still love watching and rewatching that Toto - Africa video you did with Dax. Who got the idea?


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Does thicc stand for something, or are those boys just cute?

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What are your top tips for taking photos that look nearly as good as yours?


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What do you predict will be Justice Gorsuch's lasting impact on the Supreme Court?

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Neil Gorsuch is 49 years old. If he remains on the Court until he is 90, the age at which Justice John Paul Stevens retired, Gorsuch will be on the Court for 41 years. He is very conservative. After being sworn in on April 8, he voted together with Clarence Thomas 100% of the time.


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Me too, lots of minor injuries but we came out unscathed. Now it's on to the mental aspect which I'm told is a long process. But talking about it and writing it down helps even though my adrenaline and heart rate are through the roof right now as I put the words down.

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I mean, I dropped my monocle at least ten times and crinkled those hundred dollar bills, so.


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I upvoted this comment. Enjoy that sweet sweet Karma.

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The turkey-stuffed-in-a-monkfish from Malcolm in the Middle. I don't have room in my heart for that.

And thanks!!


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i decided noone looks at vaca pictures but maybe if we made a music video we would wanna rewatch it someday!

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the ass was fat


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Light, light, light and emotion. You know so many people obsess about megapixels and cameras and lenses but its always to me about emotion and that trumps everything else. You can have a picture thats technically useless but is loaded with emotion - thats the image the editors at Nat Geo will pic. Hope that helps

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Neil Gorsuch is 49 years old. If he remains on the Court until he is 90, the age at which Justice John Paul Stevens retired, Gorsuch will be on the Court for 41 years. He is very conservative. After being sworn in on April 8, he voted together with Clarence Thomas 100% of the time.


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Is hate speech considered free speech?

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You are so brave


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What kind of costumes? Because I'd go dressed as Shang Tsung and show them who the real stealer of souls is.

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I deserve sweet karma too!


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Will there be a Halloween special?

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Given the option, would you like to have been cast as Janet? That role seems like it would be a ton of fun.


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Vape nashe boooiiiii

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Hey! I coincidentally just watched a show that you appeared on last night while surfing Netflix. "The Great Yellowstone Thaw" or something like that, in which you were out in Yellowstone on the Snake shooting Otters. Fantastic stuff and Kudos for hanging out in the Wyoming winter like that. I live in Jackson and can commiserate a bit.

Do you stay in the park while conducting these projects, and what have you found is the best way to stay (relatively) warm while hanging out motionless in the dead of winter?


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Is hate speech considered free speech?

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The Supreme Court repeatedly has made it clear that hate speech generally is speech protected by the Constitution.


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I appreciate the sentiment but I'm not all that brave. Many heroes went back to help out. I held to my friends and stayed put. I knew I couldn't leave them but also have survivors guilt at times. Which I understand is normal, shitty part of healing.

Thanks though.

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The sky is the limit, my friend! Apparently, someone once dressed as Lincoln, complete with a two-foot high hat. (I think they may get touchy if you wear a mask though - fake mustaches only)


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Upvoted.

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Yessir, some foods from Hannibal (TV Series)...ethically sourced.


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actually YES

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Hila Kleiners represent


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Thanks for your question - i live in JH TOO AND LOVE IT!!! I tend to work mainly in the park and in the NF. And to stay warm - hmmm - the oxbow at -20 is not somewhere I've ever managed to stay warm - four toe warmers on each foot and they still freeze. we were doing 8 hrs without moving on The Thaw shoot - it was not nice and the otters didnt show up much that year. Thanks for the question!

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The Supreme Court repeatedly has made it clear that hate speech generally is speech protected by the Constitution.


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A lot of people like talking about the constitution but very often are these people are misinformed or not very educated in the subject. In your experience what is the best way to have a conversation with these people?

I am by no means an expert on the constitution, but as a law graduate I find these conversations can become awkward especially when it's with someone who's passionate about something political.

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Were you advised to do any specific activities or exercises to ward off PTSD (such as playing tetris soon after the event)?


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What if you are dressed as a sign?

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Just read your journey.. Really fascinating, well done and wish you the best (P.S: Could I also get some sweet karma too?)


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What is the weirdest request for a video that you've gotten?

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Despite the fact I am almost 25 years old, can you and Dax adopt me?


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If what most of you guys want is to manage your own money and send less taxes to Madrid, why don’t you go for an agreement like the one with the País Vasco autonomous region where they basically can be financially independent from Madrid (things like manage their own money and taxes) without being strictly a independent country? as I understand (by a friend) Catalonia was offered a similar deal 30 years ago but they rejected it.

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Do you feel like capturing moments like these for as large an audience as National Geographic will help people care more about conservation and climate change?


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A lot of people like talking about the constitution but very often are these people are misinformed or not very educated in the subject. In your experience what is the best way to have a conversation with these people?

I am by no means an expert on the constitution, but as a law graduate I find these conversations can become awkward especially when it's with someone who's passionate about something political.

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I feel your pain on this. I wish we did a better job of civics education in this country. I look for any opportunity to participate in teacher training programs and to speak in middle schools and high schools about the Constitution. I often try to explain to people that there is an important difference between what the law is and what we think it should be.


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I was actually told to do exactly that, play Tetris! My initial post over in /r/lasvegas had that suggestion. https://www.reddit.com/r/LasVegas/comments/741uab/our_experience_at_route_91_escaping_the_massacre/

So far, Jamies Mom has come over every night with comfort food and we've watched movies. Jamie and I have played some Overcooked on PS4 together as well. Similar in a puzzle sense to Tetris that your mind is centered on the game and nothing else.

I played Hockey last night in my beer league, it was tough to make that decision but in the same vein. It's something that makes me happy and I was able to mostly take my mind off of everything for an hour and 15.

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Worth a shot.


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You get an upvote.

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One dude asked me to eat him yesterday - does that count


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sure! are you good at chores? do you like waking up early with your new siblings so we can sleep? do you play catan? these are all requirements

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Because we cant, we tried to have these privileges in 2006 but the government nullified it without proper legal backing, that is one of the points that increased the indepententist lines


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Hi - I hope so but I am also very realistic about not over exaggerating the value of what we do. I think if any organisation on earth can exact change it's National Geographic and I'm proud to work for them trying to do that. But I'm also realistic about my own impact. I guess I do some good - is hoot conservation stories that I hope will change peoples minds. The issue that we really need to fix however is that we tend to change the minds of people in the west far more than people on the ground in the countries where we tell the stories. We need to make more impact in places like south america and Africa - I have to say that Nat Geo is working on this and making real in roads. Thanks!

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I feel your pain on this. I wish we did a better job of civics education in this country. I look for any opportunity to participate in teacher training programs and to speak in middle schools and high schools about the Constitution. I often try to explain to people that there is an important difference between what the law is and what we think it should be.


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Hello Professor! I'm currently using two of your books, in my Con Law class, and my Crim Pro class.

What was it like to work with Laurie Levenson? Any thoughts on the cases during the current Supreme Court term? I'm particularly hoping to hear your thoughts on Gil v. Whitford and Carpenter v. US.

Thank you for doing this AMA! =D

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do you think the gaming helps? are you in contact with other people at the event who are doing similar steps?


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I am betting that they will close that loophole very quickly.

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I have your achilles photo on my wall, I never knew this story and It makes it so much better! You are amazing! ----Upvote? :)


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Where do you buy your clothes? You have some very nice button-ups.

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I fit this criteria. However, I will only play Catan if I can play the blue pieces.


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Dude I have to say that as an outsider, who lives in BCN.... What was negotiated for those regions is an aberration. It should never have happened and is probably a big driver for this whole mess. You can't have a unified country where everybody acts for themselves. Not attacking you, but just stating my opinion on what I think is unrealistic from catalan nationalists.

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Hi Charlie, while taking pictures for nature if u see a prey vs predator moment in wild are you allowed to help the prey survive?


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Hello Professor! I'm currently using two of your books, in my Con Law class, and my Crim Pro class.

What was it like to work with Laurie Levenson? Any thoughts on the cases during the current Supreme Court term? I'm particularly hoping to hear your thoughts on Gil v. Whitford and Carpenter v. US.

Thank you for doing this AMA! =D

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Laurie Levenson is wonderful and a joy to work with. I have expressed my thoughts on Gill v. Whitford in answering some of the other questions. As for Carpenter -- whether the police must get a warrant before accessing cell tower location information -- I am unsure. Every Circuit to rule has said that no warrant is required. But the Roberts Court has been protective of electronic information (like in Riley and Jones). I am hoping the latter.


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Yea gaming helps, it's akin to comfort dogs. It's a nice distraction that helps your mind work out different puzzles and tasks. We'll be having a typical Dan & Jamie date night tonight where we cook, we have a drink, maybe the hot tub and then play some 2 player games like Overcooked or Rocket League or maybe we'll take turns playing Mario vs Rabbids. Bought that for the long drive out there and back and haven't cracked it open yet.

During our exit, after we holed up in a nearby hotel we tracked down a friend with a car who took us to his apartment. He had two 7 month old puppies who were goddamn adorable. Talk about comfort dogs, it helped Jamie and Pally settle down for sure.

My friends, we're all walking separate paths at the moment. We're all going through the emotions all over the spectrum. Some are staying on single emotions longer than others and that's totally fine.

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I have heard rumors they might...


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Yas

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Why thank you - I'm a total Marshallista, but other than that, Uniqlo, Banana Republic, and Zara.


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you are DEFINIETLY gonna get adopted since i love people with strong opinions

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Yeah, I agree, its spanish political tradition to make things half-assedly and then deal badly with the consequences


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HI kd2135 - thanks for your question. We get asked this a lot. My answer is always no - I would never get involved in a predator v prey interaction in the wild. It's really hard sometimes to watch moments when prey animals get attacked but my job isn't to rescue them and change the dynamic of predators and prey.

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Laurie Levenson is wonderful and a joy to work with. I have expressed my thoughts on Gill v. Whitford in answering some of the other questions. As for Carpenter -- whether the police must get a warrant before accessing cell tower location information -- I am unsure. Every Circuit to rule has said that no warrant is required. But the Roberts Court has been protective of electronic information (like in Riley and Jones). I am hoping the latter.


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As a Boaltie, I was very excited to hear that your goal was to make Berkeley a top 5 school. What are some concrete steps that you are planning on implementing to make this a possibility?

Also, would you consider making a Supreme Court litigation clinic?

Thank you. Very much looking forward to your deanship!

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What advice would you give to anyone attending a public event like this in the future?


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What is your favorite Monopoly game piece? Mine is the thimble!

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Hey Marc, glad you’re doing well! I’ve got three of your prints in my house, including the one that started it all - Portrait if Hong Kong. Love em all!

Speaking of which, how long did it take you to paint portrait of Hong Kong?


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What is your go to lazy meal to cook?

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How did Anna make it to the Wreck-It Ralph 2? And will she be there for long?


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As a Spaniard from southern Spain (heritage from basque Country, Galicia and Catalonia) I don't believe in the Catalonian Independence whatsoever. The claims for independence imo are simply not there, the claims for reform, absolutely there. Our conservative party has basically ruined any possibility of dialogue and diplomacy with the Catalonian government by sabotaging any attempt of reform. That has been a huge push towards independence.

Having said that, I am for the right of the Catalonian people having a say in what they want. It doesn't have to be a binding referendum, but beating the shit out of people who just want to go to a public building to say whether or not they would like to be an independent country... makes me so ashamed! I am so ashamed of our government, I am disgusted, my great grandparents from Barcelona never once in their lives considered themselves Catalonian and not Spanish and if they were alive today to see police officers drag and push elderly people across the street, they would think we were back in the times of Franco.

A lot of people think that voting the subject of independence makes you a 'separatist', not at all! I know so many people that want to vote and say NO.

It is just unfair, the treatment Catalonia is receiving is simply unfair. No reform, no dialogue, not allowed to vote (even if it is a non binding referendum), not allowed to use public institutions to ask what people want. How are we a democracy? The central government keeps finding shelter in the constitution, saying it is anti constitutional. Constitutions have been reformed and changed everywhere, dozens, hundreds of times. The Basque Country has a better economic deal with the central government than Catalonia, why not allow them to have a better deal too?

We were very close to achieving this when we had the PSOE (socialist party) but the conservatives came in and took several steps back in this matter.

Many friends of mine said to me, 'you know what, I had my doubts whether to remain or leave, but after I saw a mother and her two kids be rugby tackled in the middle of a street by police... fuck this. I want out of this'. Whether that is true or not, I don't know, but the sentiment is there.

EDIT: The heritage part is relevant because Basque Country, Galicia and Catalonia are basically the three major states with some to a lot of independence mentality, as well as separate languages etc. My basque family has in the past expressed they are not Spanish, but Basque, yet my Catalonian family never once mentioned not being Spanish and wanting to be independent.

EDIT 2: Vasque country --> Basque country. Sorry for the typo. In Spanish we say, Pais Vasco, I often get this mixed up when I write it down in English.

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Have you explored any other types of photography? If you weren't shooting wildlife, what would you be taking pictures of?


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As a Boaltie, I was very excited to hear that your goal was to make Berkeley a top 5 school. What are some concrete steps that you are planning on implementing to make this a possibility?

Also, would you consider making a Supreme Court litigation clinic?

Thank you. Very much looking forward to your deanship!

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Thank you! I am thrilled to be the new dean at Berkeley Law. It is a terrific school and I look forward to building on its excellence. I hope to continue to hire great faculty and recruit outstanding students and have superb clinics and centers. For better or worse, I have looked very closely at US News rankings and see a path to our improving in all areas. As for a Supreme Court clinic, I do not think there is a need for another. If we are going to have an appellate clinic, I'd prefer a 9th Circuit clinic where students can brief and argue cases themselves. But I have not yet approached our clinical faculty about that possibility.+


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Typical stuff that we've all read before. Plan your exits, make a meeting point, go with friends, make sure someone knows where you are if you leave the group. So in that regard, nothing mind blowingly earth shattering for advice.

Even if I had taken every precaution I just listed though, that all flies right out the window once an event like this starts. We made our own exit, we had no meeting place, we immediately lost 80% of our group including my friends sister.

It's a fight or flight instinct that will kick in. I wrote in my long lengthy imgur post that in that venue I felt 10 foot tall and bullet proof. When I hit the ground on those girls, I was just a meatbag waiting to get hit.

Many won't attend events like this I know. Others will do our best to live the best version of our lives that we can and that will probably include big outings like this.

I guess if I can stop rambling, I'd say that if you can assess the situation make concious decisions for yourself. Don't always follow the herd, which may be easier said than done. My biggest fear while we were zig zagging out of the venue was that we were being pushed in a direction that would lead us to a new killbox. A new area where additional shooters would be waiting for us and mow us down like cattle.

So that thought, of being ushered into a new killbox lead us on a very zig zagging route. The primary goal was to get out, stay low, ensure we had all 4 with us and get away from the crowd as fast as possible. W/ ~22k people though, it's not exactly an easy task and you have almost zero data to asses if you're making the right decision. I made some shit decisions that night, but I am 100% thankful to my girls for allowing me to take charge and work together as a single unit, the 4 of us.

I've watched videos where people are squabbling with one another, do we get up, do we stay, where is the shooter, is it even a shooter situation, are people overreacting, etc. etc.

If you're with people, someone has to make a call. The most level headed calm person should be making the call.

I owe those girls my life to be honest.

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I have to go with the iron. Gotta keep this suit pressed.


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Thanks for the support! About two weeks! Mainly because I had to redo it twice. I didnt like the first two versions haha.

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Those stir fry kits they have nowadays fucking rule.

And this is gonna be embarrassing but if I'm drunk, it's too late to order take-out, and there ain't nothing in the house - buttered goddamn pasta. Been my favorite thing since I was like 0.


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ive seen the sequence we recorded and it is FUNNY AS HELL

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Thanks! I voted NO, as you said, also I want to take this moment to apologize to all southerners for many of henious and devil things some (a very small minority) of Catalonians say about the south of Spain

I think its time for the democrats to unite, whether they are pro or against independence


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Thanks for the question - more and more these days I shoot stories of people. I'm off shooting a story on isolated tribes in the Amazon in a few weeks. It was hard going from wildlife photography to people but I love being challenged and tend to get bored easily if I'm not. I just completed my first shoot suing studio lighting too - that was tough! thanks!

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Thank you! I am thrilled to be the new dean at Berkeley Law. It is a terrific school and I look forward to building on its excellence. I hope to continue to hire great faculty and recruit outstanding students and have superb clinics and centers. For better or worse, I have looked very closely at US News rankings and see a path to our improving in all areas. As for a Supreme Court clinic, I do not think there is a need for another. If we are going to have an appellate clinic, I'd prefer a 9th Circuit clinic where students can brief and argue cases themselves. But I have not yet approached our clinical faculty about that possibility.+


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Hi Erwin,

First, I'd like to thank you for writing your casebook. It's the gold standard in constitutional law, and I enjoy reading it quite a bit. Makes being in law school a little less dull when things get tough.

My question:

In the upcoming oral arguments against President Trump for violating the foreign emoluments clause, CREW, the organization to which you're affiliated with, made the argument that the injury-in-fact suffered that conferred standing to the group comprised of the time you and other law professors would need to spend monitoring Trump's foreign revenue sources. What prior cases support this position, and why would the Court be likely to accept that argument?

Thanks!

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Forgive me for asking, but since you look at footage of real people in life- threatening situations as research to make characters in video games more realistic, how do you feel about this part of your job after experiencing it yourself?


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What law do you practice?

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So how much were you earning before and now after?


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Hey Andrew, big fan!

What's up with you, Shaun, and Antony buying melons? Are we going to get a melon based sitcom starring the 3 of you?

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What was your favorite of Veronica Mars's comebacks/snarky one liners? I fully admit to using some of them in real life.


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how do you feel about the low participation? I know that it's because the police stepped in, and I understand that it would likely still have been very far in favor of Yes, but still. Do you think the information gathered in the refendum is enough to base a declaration of independence on? do you think it could lead to unrest in catalonia?

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I'd like to be a wildlife photographer with an emphasis on conservation. Do you have any advice for a young professional working her way though this career? Thank you!


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Hi Erwin,

First, I'd like to thank you for writing your casebook. It's the gold standard in constitutional law, and I enjoy reading it quite a bit. Makes being in law school a little less dull when things get tough.

My question:

In the upcoming oral arguments against President Trump for violating the foreign emoluments clause, CREW, the organization to which you're affiliated with, made the argument that the injury-in-fact suffered that conferred standing to the group comprised of the time you and other law professors would need to spend monitoring Trump's foreign revenue sources. What prior cases support this position, and why would the Court be likely to accept that argument?

Thanks!

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Another question on emoluments! In Havens Realty v. Coleman, the Supreme Court held that public interest organization could sue to challenge illegal practices that changed its priority and use of resources. That is true of CREW in the emoluments clause suit. Also, an amended complaint was filed that includes competitor hotels and their employees.


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Totally fine to ask this question, I haven't had a lot of time to sit and think about this but it has crossed my mind as something to assess when I'm ready to do so.

Watching footage of these types of situations isn't a necessity for me, but it helps bring out raw details that can be captured. End of the day, I make vehicles and only vehicles in the game I work on.

How do I feel about working on a game that contains war zones? I'll let you know when I get back to work. So far I haven't gone back in. PTSD is real, I don't know what it will be like until I sit down and pick up the controller and do a playtest with my coworkers. I imagine, I'll either be un-phased or I'll open up my mini beer fridge by my desk and crack a cold one while I shake.

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I do policy and advocacy work, focused mostly on corporate accountability and financial reform at the moment - so I don't spend a lot of time in courtrooms. But I graduated from UCLA Law as part of their Public Interest Law and Policy and Critical Race Studies programs, and I am admitted to practice law in California.


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Just under six figures before. Just over now.

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God I wish - upcoming episode of Sean in the Wild!


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As VM changes a tire TROY: "FLAT?" VM: "IM JUST AS GOD MADE ME"

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I know that it's because the police stepped in

Not really, the referendum was called quite irregularly, even in relation with the Generalitat norms, so most of the "no" voters just stayed at home because they did not recognize the referendum as valid, as of today if everyone voted I think the NO would win with a low margin.

Do you think the information gathered in the refendum is enough to base a declaration of independence on?

No but I think it serves as a proof that Catalonian people want to have the right of a legal, pacted and supervised referendum with all democratic securities.

do you think it could lead to unrest in catalonia?

Sadly yes, but I think that the unrest comes more of the police repression, catalonian independent movement was characterized (at least until last months) with "seny", "seny" in Catalonian could be translated to "level-headedness" as we (the Catalonians) always acted peacefully and with moderation in mind.

Thanks for your questions!


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Thanks for the question - i guess my advice is cover subjects you are most passionate about and really understand them. If you want to shoot wildlife and conservation stories then I would start out by getting work in conservation - ideally in the media side of it and work from there. It's a really tough job to making a living in but a valuable - we need more people working in conservation so go for it - good luck!

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Another question on emoluments! In Havens Realty v. Coleman, the Supreme Court held that public interest organization could sue to challenge illegal practices that changed its priority and use of resources. That is true of CREW in the emoluments clause suit. Also, an amended complaint was filed that includes competitor hotels and their employees.


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Can you explain the emoluments clause and how it might apply to the current administration?

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Will you be hesitant to return to Vegas now?


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What's an average workday like in that field?

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Wow. That's impressive. For other budding artists around here, where does the bulk of your artist money come from? Is it from selling original works at galleries? Or perhaps selling prints?


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Your videos are a perfect midway between personality and straight up cooking/food porn. After wading through so many channels of over zealous personalities that talk for 6 months before cooking, And videos like Tasty.com, I found yours when looking for Philly Cheese Steaks! Hooked on your channel ever since.

So my question is, where did the inspiration to do torso only, to the point cooking with no kidding around and a great comedic tone? Was it a happy accident or something you specifically tried for?

And thank you for your channel! Can't wait to grab the book.

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Was there ever a resolution with Dax's recliner in the middle of the living room?!


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Looking at how the spanish government has acted the last few days. . Do you think catalonia will be pressing harder for independence?

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Hi Charlie! What is some of your "go to gear" that you take with you on every shoot?


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Can you explain the emoluments clause and how it might apply to the current administration?

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There are two constitutional provisions that are relevant that use the word "emoluments." Article I, section 9 says that the President cannot receive presents or emoluments from a foreign government. Article II, section 1 says that the President can receive emoluments from the federal government other than the salary for the office. I think until recently most people thought emoluments were skin creams. Emoluments means benefits. President Trump is receiving benefits from foreign governments and from the United States (other than his salary) literally every day. This is unconstitutional. It is why I am co-counsel in a lawsuit against him for violating the emoluments clause.


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Hesitant, sure that's natural. We don't intend on living fearful lives but we also havnt dealt with our mental well being yet. Ask me again in a week and I may have a different answer.

Our intent is to heal, then carry on and live better lives.

Hope we hit our goals.

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Well, in August I broke a story with a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter that helped lead to renewed Wells Fargo hearings (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/31/business/wells-fargo-testimony.html).

Then, I worked all of last weekend writing policy reports and letters that Senators used to question the Wells Fargo CEO on Tuesday (https://www.brown.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/brown-opening-statement-at-banking-committee-hearing-on-wells-fargo).

Then on Wednesday I put on a costume, made silly faces, and broke the internet. Hard to say how that averages out! But it's a great gig.


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Prints all the way! Ive even noticed most galleries making a move towards limited edition prints as its often a more stable stream of sales. But its always special selling an original.

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Thanks man that's exactly what I've been going for!! And the very reason that I decided to show only my torso - I watched some cooking video about a burger that was 30 minutes long, and they didn't start cooking for 10 minutes. I decided to make a show that was focused solely on the food.

Thanks for watching!!


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the current "resolution" is that its too heavy for me to lift and he wont move it so its STILL IN THE LIVING ROOM

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Yes, I hope they do it wisely


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My Leica M240 and my iPhone 7. I can live without the rest if I have to! thanks

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There are two constitutional provisions that are relevant that use the word "emoluments." Article I, section 9 says that the President cannot receive presents or emoluments from a foreign government. Article II, section 1 says that the President can receive emoluments from the federal government other than the salary for the office. I think until recently most people thought emoluments were skin creams. Emoluments means benefits. President Trump is receiving benefits from foreign governments and from the United States (other than his salary) literally every day. This is unconstitutional. It is why I am co-counsel in a lawsuit against him for violating the emoluments clause.


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My question may be a little too broad for a quick and concise answer, but to the extent possible, I’d love to hear your general thoughts on the gerrymandering case presently before the Supreme Court. How do you think it will turn out, and do you see any particular issues that could perhaps motivate the court to act? I remember covering this issue in law school and I was always under the impression that this was a political question that the Court won’t touch.

I’m curious because I’m a firm believer that the partisan gerrymandering issue is one of the most serious problems in our political system, and I’ve always felt like it was just something that we’ll have to deal with. So the fact that they have heard a gerrymandering case does excite me a little.

Also, to score some brownie points, I still refer to your casebook and supplemental materials pretty regularly as an attorney. Great materials, and thank you for your passion and work in the field of constitutional law!

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Don't you think it's ironic that people who fight against gun control-- the vast majority of country music fans-- got slaughtered by military assault weapons that shouldn't be legal?


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How did you stay so serious? I would be laughing and giggling and get kicked out. Huge respect dude //edit after 17 hours: wow I learned a lot about different sexualities/genders today. reddit is great

A:

What do you sell an original for/how much is it to commission?


Q:

Just back from Japan and there is a temporary exhibit on at the Studio Ghibli Museum about the art of food and animating eating in their movies. Is it a topic you've considered an episode on before? Also how much Food Wishes have you watched? Can definitely see a bit of an influence in your videos and a few tricks used seem to be similar

A:

What's for dinner?


Q:

I plan to visit Barcelona as a tourist from Wednesday to Sunday - is it safe?

Edit because ITT people assuming I’m American and sending unhelpful condescending responses: I’m not American and I’m not old enough to have ever witnessed such events in my own city (thankfully) so that’s why I don’t know what to expect and was apprehensive. To those that gave helpful and informative answers about the real state of events, bless you!

Also, TIL people are fairly biased against Americans asking questions, I didn’t know this until I read some of the responses.

A:

Hey Mr. Living My Dream, have you ever gotten into underwater photography? Wildlife photography is easily my favorite hobby, and I really enjoyed the challenges I found when I took my camera underwater (especially, cold murky water). I always wondered what a real pro would think of the contrast between under and over water.


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My question may be a little too broad for a quick and concise answer, but to the extent possible, I’d love to hear your general thoughts on the gerrymandering case presently before the Supreme Court. How do you think it will turn out, and do you see any particular issues that could perhaps motivate the court to act? I remember covering this issue in law school and I was always under the impression that this was a political question that the Court won’t touch.

I’m curious because I’m a firm believer that the partisan gerrymandering issue is one of the most serious problems in our political system, and I’ve always felt like it was just something that we’ll have to deal with. So the fact that they have heard a gerrymandering case does excite me a little.

Also, to score some brownie points, I still refer to your casebook and supplemental materials pretty regularly as an attorney. Great materials, and thank you for your passion and work in the field of constitutional law!

A:

Thank you for your kind words! I share your view about partisan gerrymandering. We all learned that voters are supposed to choose elected officials; partisan gerrymandering means that elected officials choose their voters. The case was argued today. I think it will be 5-4 with Justice Kennedy in the majority. Which way? Well, he jointed Justice Ginsburg's opinion in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Redistricting Commission. That gives me hope that he will join Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan and say it is not a political question and is unconstitutional.


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I understand the position and how some may find it ironic, I get it I really do. I won't be one to say it though. Country music fans, are easy to put into a box of white republican, gun toting, budweiser drinking hillbillies. And to a point...that's very true.

But it's the music that brings us all together, I lean left on the spectrum. I don't agree with everything a single party puts out, we should make up our own mind. But to my point, the music is a community. I was dancing arm and arm with my friend who was wearing a trump top and MAGA hat. I have my own very different political views but it isn't important, we were there together to share an experience.

People can politicize it all they want and point out ironies. I get it, it's part of a large discussion. I don't particularly want to get into that just yet, and when I do it will be a personal conversation with close friends and family. :)

A:

Believe me, I have been cracking up these last few days at every photo and video. But in the moment, I was on a mission. That's why they call me a professional troublemaker.


Q:

Between USD500 - 6000 depending on size.

A:

Absolutely expect Ghibli foods in the near future!

Probably almost every one.


Q:

banza pasta with tomatoes and EVOO

A:

Spain is a very safe country, and it still be, enjoy your stay!

If I have one warning is to stay away from demostrations and check your wallet on the metro.


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Hey how are you? love underwater photography - i tend to specialise in fresh water as I'm not a very good diver. Exploring river sis awesome though and I love it - we need more people doing it - hope you are. and you can do it with a snorkel.

A:

Thank you for your kind words! I share your view about partisan gerrymandering. We all learned that voters are supposed to choose elected officials; partisan gerrymandering means that elected officials choose their voters. The case was argued today. I think it will be 5-4 with Justice Kennedy in the majority. Which way? Well, he jointed Justice Ginsburg's opinion in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Redistricting Commission. That gives me hope that he will join Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan and say it is not a political question and is unconstitutional.


Q:

Will you be using the Monopoly Man getup for future public appearances (including as a subversive protest, but also, say, in court)? Relatedly, how do you recommend others to become as badass as you?

:) <3

A:

Damn, that's actually quite cheap.

EDIT: I'm friends with a few bit of Nyc artists. Large paintings can go for 3-4K. I get that if you're not in the art scene that can be surprising, but people put weeks into a single painting and their lifetime creating their skill set.


Q:

Would you ever consider doing more instructional videos on cooking? I love the format as it is now but it would be awesome to learn some more basic tips on cooking from you as well.

A:

Hey Kristen, you've got amazing chemistry with all the late night hosts, and when you covered for Jimmy Kimmel earlier this year you killed. Just wondering if you've ever thought of hosting your own show?

Also what was your reaction when you found out about the twist at the end of season 1 of The Good Place?


Q:

Did you get hassled by the police?

A:

Hey Charlie, Whats in your travel bag? And Why?


Q:

I wore this costume to call attention to S.J. Res. 47, a bill some Senate Republicans are trying to push through as a get-out-of-jail-free card for Equifax and Wells Fargo. Hopefully all this attention has scared them off from taking that vote, but if Mitch McConnell does another push, Monopoly Man will absolutely rise again!

Given the great support, I am also open to using Monopoly Man for other causes. And I am not limiting myself to this one character - creative activism takes many forms, and you need to fit the character to the protest.

A:

Come buy some cheap art at www.marcallante.com :P


Q:

That's the new show comin out next week! Basics with Babish!

A:

ive thought about a show...but jimmy is a good friend and i see how its ALOT more work than many think it is so im not quite ready for that yet


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No, thankfully, but a few hours after I left the ballot a few citizens were sent to the hospital because the police charged :(

A:

My headphones - i cant travel without tons of stuff to watch on my phone - i'm a tv junky. and obviously a few cameras - iPhone, Leica and Canon or Sony - I juts bought a Rollieflex too


Q:

I loved how human a moment it was when Monopoly Man lost his/her monocle during the post-hearing interview. Your wit, confidence, your savviness showed as bright then as when you winked your railroad rich eyebrows directly into the camera. Class act, you!

A:

Just thought I'd let you know picture 5 on your full portfolio has a spelling error in the title. I imagine it should say "little steps" but it says "little steos". Fantastic art by the way!

Edit: to clarify, the error is in the title desplayed below on the mobile viewer.


Q:

Is that going to be its own channel or on your original channel?

A:

Just wanna say that the good place is forking amazing and I love it so much! My question is do you think Tahani X Elanor could happen?


Q:

Do you think that the vote was realistic with only a forty three percent turn out, and do you think another referendum with a hopefully higher turnout is in the works?

A:

I want to get closer to working with animals but most places like zoos or sanctuaries don't hire unless you have experience. What are some ways to get my foot through the door if I want to work with exotic animals? Would I have to be physically fit? (I have autoimmune health problems).


Q:

It takes a lot of eye muscle to hold that thing in!

A:

Thanks for the spot!


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Going to be on the original channel, and accompanied by a biweekly livestream cookingalong on Twitch!

A:

I sure do. Im open to it.


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I hope that a new referendum with democratic guarantees is on the works yes.

I see yesterday more as a statement of the people that we want to be able to vote, and not as a independence choice

A:

Hey thats a really tricky one for me - i have never really working with exotic animals in captive setting. I guess volunteering at animal rescue centres could be both really helpful to them and rewarding for you and then you'd get some real hands on experience to take elsewhere - good luck


Q:

Public Citizen called arbitration clauses a “get out of jail free” card for companies. What advice do you have for people who don't want to fall victim to these hidden clauses?

A:

If all the Disney princesses had a battle royale style fight to the death who would win?


Q:

What is the biggest project (cooking or otherwise) you want to tackle? What is stopping you from doing it?

A:

You and Craig Ferguson had such an amazing chemistry together. Do you still stay in touch with him?


Q:

Have you ever had the chance to interact with the Great Apes (excluding humans) and if so what is your most interesting story/observation?

A:

Sadly, these ripoff clauses seem to be just about everywhere now. We even found one in the Pokemon GO terms and conditions last year! A few clauses have opt-out provisions, where you can write to the company (usually within 30 days) to waive the clauses, but that is rare.

Honestly, the most effective way to protect your right to sue big companies when they break the law is to push for federal protections like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's arbitration rule. That is why I am fighting S.J. Res. 47, the effort to repeal it.


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I reckon Mulan and Pocahontas would be standing on the heap. Unless Jasmine gets to bring Rajah. Then shit would get real.

A:

I've got a full-length series I'm developing for Netflix - really just waiting for it to be in the right place to pitch, and for my career to be in the right place to pounce!


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sure do :)

A:

Thanks for the question. I've only ever hung out with orang-utans but I very quickly fell in love with them. I didnt spend enough time with them to get any depth - only a few weeks. I remember one day though photographing an adult female who had a young baby called Tido - Tido was all over his mum and her elder son Thomas who was about seven was being ignored. He kept trying to climb on his mum but she shunned him and eventually moved away and Thomas sat with me looking very depressed and abandoned. I photographed him with his head in his hands. Poor wee guy! But he had to grow up and become an independent orang and his mum know it.


Q:

First, thank you for your activism. How long have you been doing this? Do you think this is effective or just entertaining?

A:

For the sake of this question, are we considering Leia to be a Disney princess? Because she's force sensitive with the reflexes to match, she can use a blaster quite effectively and, if the EU is taken as Canon, she's a Jedi in her own right.


Q:

What's your favorite recipe in your new cookbook?

A:

Can we see a sloth on The Good Place?


Q:

Hey Charlie! I'm a huge fan of your work. I'm an aspiring photographer myself, and am in the "learn as much as possible" stage of my career. If I covered my own expenses, could I come volunteer as a production assistant on one of your shoots sometime?

A:

Thank you all for the support! I don't really remember a time when I wasn't an activist. When I was 13, I staged my first action outside of a Disney store to protest their labor practices. I use a variety of tactics - both traditional and non-traditional - but I think activism is most effective when it is both entertaining and informative.


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OOOOOOoooh shiiiiiit

A:

Gotta be the same answer as my favorite episode: Timpano baby


Q:

we debated that this season actually and Mike Schur our creator is so thoughtful he actually asked me "would you be ok if a sloth was on the show? like, we dont want you to thinkwe are making fun of you or anything"

A:

Hey owninobrien -thanks for your question. The truth is that these days I tend to only use assistants who live in the countries where I work and rarely sue assonant otherwise. I get hundreds of requests every year but I cant really help these days. When I worked in TV I had full time assistants but I dont anymore - they are all much better than me these days! so sorry but worth asking other photographers. cheers!


Q:

What were the non-traditional tactics you used?

A:

Hey! Congrats on taking a big risk! I'm curious about this because my girlfriend is in a similar boat. She hates office jobs, but is too nervous to do something similar. Do you have any tips on branching out and putting yourself out there?


Q:

what's up with food?

A:

Is Kathryn Hahn as funny as she seems? I always loved her on Parks and Recreation.


Q:

What action did a vulture or otter take that really surprised you (e.g., out of "character" or a demonstrating a trait you didn't know they had)?

A:

I printed out little slips of paper that said, "This item was made in a sweatshop. Learn more at [LINK]" and stuck them in the pockets of their clothing. Then I stood outside the store handing out fliers. No costumes on that one though!


Q:

To be honest, I would not have given up the years of experience working for a big company. It taught me so many skills about how to run a business, to negotiate and set deadlines for myself that have proven invaluable. Creativity is obviously important but you need to balance it with some of the more logistic and administrative icky stuff that most people don't want to do. But there is nothing stopping her doing it part time now! I waited 5 years before I felt comfortable to jump ship as by that time I had a good idea of how well my art was selling etc.

A:

I know right it's like get in my mouth already, food


Q:

Kathryn is hilarious and kind. shes truly inspiring all the time. always has a smile on her face.

A:

I once watched a lappet faced vulture break off a small twig from a bush and give it to his partner - it was very touching and amazing to watch such a huge ugly bird being so generous and sensitive.


Q:

Was there coverage of that? Any articles or photos?

A:

My wife did something similar. Working on your passion as a side gig allows you to grow with less risk. It also gives you an idea of whether your market is there, and allows you to build momentum and get a running start before you quit. It takes a lot of work though.


Q:

Any suggestions on a chefs knife? Outside of that, what's the one thing that everyone should own in a kitchen but most don't?

A:

The Good Place is so good, man. But, when are you finally going to guest star on iZombie? Voicework doesn't count!


Q:

Love your work about otters - they truly are amazing animals. Best otter-related experience so far ?

A:

Nope, it was just an intrepid 13-year-old kid that got kicked out of the mall within about ten minutes!


Q:

A LOOOOOT OF WORK. But worth it!

A:

I love Wusthof Ikon Classic - and while that can be prohibitively expensive, Wusthof just came out with their "Pro" line that is super-affordable - cheaper even than my previous budget recommendation, the Victorionox Fibrox line!

EDIT: Didn't finish the question - a big fuck-off cutting board. Most people get those shitty 3-packs from IKEA, and they're totally useless. Get a gigantic cutting board, preferably wood, but OXO makes a great one for $20!


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i wish! in truth they shoot in vancouver so its hard for me to travel there with kids and all

A:

Swimming with them in florida - hands down the best wildlife experience I've ever had in my life. thanks!


Q:

How much practicing did your mastery of the monocle take? Seems like it'd be kind of hard to keep in, but you handled it like a right old timey pro.

A:

Tell me about the cat in the picture?


Q:

Hey Andrew! I just wanted to say first that your show really made start cooking again after i lost my motivation a few months ago so thanks! My question is, How did you figure out that cooking was your true calling? Thanks

A:

Oh man, I just discovered The Good Place on Netflix and binged it all in one go. Love it!

What would would be in your own personal Bad Place? Mine would be a wardrobe full of shirts and blouses with one missing button.


Q:

I'm a budding young photography graduate, have you got any tips for breaking into the industry? And can I please please come and have work experience with you?

A:

I definitely struggled with it a bit. But the prop I had was pretty lightweight, so it wasn't that hard to hold in. You just need to exercise those eye muscles!


Q:

Waffles is the BEST. My SO and I got him from the rescue three months ago and he is now lord of the house.

A:

Hey man that's great to hear, keep it up!!

Hah actually I went to film school - didn't really realize that till last year! Happened quite on accident! But I knew that food/film were my true calling(s) back in 9th grade when I made my first video project to get out of writing an essay, and when I cooked my first meal for a date and it came out horribly.


Q:

Mine would be Zero caffine, Zero naps,and constantly hearing 2 songs play at the same time.

A:

I'm sorry but I cant do any work experience! however my advice - be different. There are millions of people shooting the same stuff in the same way - stand back reconsider your subject and the way you approach it and do what everyone else isn't doing - then you make your own path and find your own voice as a photographer - good luck


Q:

Any other direct actions planned? Also, the Monopoly man doesn't have a monocle and I'm interested as to whether you knew that but decided to go with the monocle anyway because so many people think he does or if it's just a good prop. I have to admit, you pulling out the monocle was quite possibly the funniest thing I've seen in months.

A:

Will Waffles get his own lion style painting?

More seriously though, awesome art - what percentage of originals sell and if you don't mind sharing do they make up the majority or minority of income for an artist like yourself?


Q:

How's the progress on cracking the good burger sauce going?

A:

Jesus, I hadn't even contemplated the evil that would be a nap ban.


Q:

I read that NG photographers take hundreds of pictures and only get selected one or two. Is that true? How long do you usually have to wait at a place to get the perfect picture sometimes?

A:

Thanks for asking! I have been getting so many comments about the monocle. When planning the outfit, I used google images of Rich Uncle Pennybags as reference. Most of the images didn't have a monocle, but a few did, and I knew it would make a great prop.

Also, my sister gave me a monocle as a gag gift when I graduated from law school, so I HAD to use it.


Q:

Prints are the majority. I would say originals about 30%. They are more big ticket items so I see it as a nice bonus when I sell one.

A:

Bad - he boils pickles in ketchup!


Q:

RIGHT????

A:

No its not true - we take thousands of photos and only get one selected! People often say - well if you take that many surely you'll get some good ones. Well the truth is I dont care how many I take to get the good ones I just want the good ones. It doesn't actually work out either that if you shoot tons you'll get good ones. It also depends on what you're shooting. Sometimes I'll take 20 photos on a shoot and others times thousands - i took 5000 photos of chickens a few weeks ago over a weekend - i had to to get the action I needed and its only by doing that that we got the shot the magazine needed. Anyway hope that helps.


Q:

In the spirit of social activism, I just wrote a petition for Hasbro to retcon the Monopoly Guy to add a monocle.

A:

Yeah but what about the painting of waffles


Q:

How much has your life changed since that video of you with a head full of hair, slicing fruit?

A:

Besides Settlers of Catan, what other board games are you playing?


Q:

You, sir, are the true hero.

A:

Soon.


Q:

So goddamn much haha

Fellas, if you're losing your hair, grow a pair and chop it all off.

EDIT: and happy cakeday!

A:

we are too obsessed with catan to try anything else at the moment but i would like to try Pandemic or ticket to ride


Q:

Have you had many news organizations or people reaching out to you after the fact? How widely were you recognized by people who knew you?

A:

What would be the best piece of advice you could give to an aspiring/struggling artist?


Q:

What’s in the book that isn’t on YouTube?

A:

Hi Kristen! When you were dubbing Anna in Frozen, did you already know how big hit it will become?


Q:

I have been doing non-stop press since Wednesday! The amount of attention has been overwhelming, but I am very happy that I seem to have made this very rough week easier for some folks. And of course I am excited that people are paying attention to S.J. Res. 47 and supporting the CFPB arbitration rule.

Strangely enough, many folks who know me personally did not recognize me in costume. Every day, I get several texts from people who just figured out it was me! I imagine some folks will only find out years from now.

A:

I think the most important thing for me in this whole process was not to neglect the boring admin and "back office" work. Its unfortunate but I think raw talent only goes so far... and as sad as it sounds, being able to brand and market yourself, learn the ins and outs of social media and how the art market sells is so important. When I was first starting out I picked out some emerging artists that were doing really well and I tried to figure out what they were doing to get their work good exposure and sales. So yes, paint, practice and constantly develop your art, but dont neglect that other aspect either.


Q:

Lots! The book has a bunch of recipes that are more tributes to the films rather than direct adaptations (eg, French Toast Sticks from Kramer vs. Kramer) - but also has many recipes lifted straight from the show!

A:

no- i mean i knew it was special- but the public temperature has to be right on to make a movie succeed so you never can really know if it will be a "hit"


Q:

Do you think you will inspire more monopoly men to start making appearances?

A:

Hi! I follow your instagram and the progress pictures you post. Every now and then you post a semi-finished picture that seems quite perfect to me, but then there's always more that you post later and I'm always amazed at how much detail that can be refined. How do you determine whether a piece is finished or not? Do you ever get concerned about under/over-doing it? When's the exact moment you tell yourself it's time to stop?

Congrats on the show, and Waffles is darn cute :) p.s. speaking as a soon-to-be veterinarian ;)


Q:

what dish wasn't worth the time it took to make?

A:

What attracted you to The Good Place? Congratuwelldone on the show's success! :~)


Q:

I certainly hope so! I posted a how-to guide with links to all the accessories I used here: https://queeronclearance.tumblr.com/post/166109873133/monopoly-man-top-hat-nj-novelty-7-on-amazon

(Yes, I have a queer fashion blog)

A:

Waffles approves of this post. Thank you for following me and yes! I have that problem evaluating my own work as well. I sometimes share early stuff with friends and get opinions. Sometimes ill do little side studies to see what works. But I think generally you get a good feeling of when something is done. But just in case I sometimes leave an artwork sitting for a week or so to see it again with fresh eyes.


Q:

Good lord so many - the one that stands out is this very week's episode actually, Cailles en Sarchophage - there are better uses for truffles and foie gras!

A:

mike schur


Q:

Is getting the utility companies really worth it?

A:

what's your favourite episode of art attack?


Q:

Hey Babish, Huge fan of yours, what’s one thing about cooking you wish more people were aware of ?

A:

Do you play video games? If so, what are some of your favorite games?


Q:

Nah. If you're a capitalist, serving the public is for suckers.

A:

Yes.


Q:

It can get you laid way easier than playing the guitar.

Kidding - that, even when it's indulgent, it's way healthier than eating microwaved crap like Lean Pockets and the like. There are some deep misconceptions about what is healthy and what isn't in the modern food arena, and I hope to one day be one of the voices that helps inform the public!

And thank you!!

A:

I havnt played in a VERY long time but i used to LOVE 007 and Mario cart on N64. that was my sweet spot. Now im very into board games


Q:

Is Cause-play an activist twist on cosplay?

A:

What kind of training have you had, or are you self taught? Just checked out Instagram, man and I love your work.


Q:

Are there any cooking shows or food shows that you enjoy watching? Whether they be on TV or YouTube?

A:

There was a massive picture of your on the side of my bus, and I was wondering - have you ever seen an advert with your face on it in public, and how did that make you feel?


Q:

Yes! Someone informed me of this term yesterday, and I think it is brilliant.

A:

I am self taught! Part of the enjoyment for me is learning new things and discovering techniques. I read a lot, watch youtube videos, attend workshops etc. I just started oils a few months ago and absolutely loving it now! Thanks so much!


Q:

Oh lord yes - on YouTube, Chef John, Gordon Ramsay, Brad Leone (BA), You Suck at Cooking

On TV, Alton Brown, Jacques Pepin, Anthony Bourdain

A:

super wierd. i dont even like mirrors that much and a larger than life billboard makes me wanna puke


Q:

Were you worried that this “stunt” would distract from the hearing and Equifax to be become a secondary thought?

A:

How big is that cat? Can you put a banana next to him for scale? Thanks


Q:

Is basics with babish still happening?

A:

Is Jameela Jamil that gorgeous in real life?


Q:

That was definitely on my mind. I strategically tried to be most entertaining during the questions I thought were most important, in hopes that if I made it onto news shows, people would hear those questions and answers.

Fortunately, the coverage so far has been surprisingly focused on the issues! Especially my efforts around S.J. Res. 47 and the CFPB arbitration rule. So the activism was actually far more effective than I'd hoped at drawing attention to Equifax and Wells Fargo's misdeeds.

A:

He's a big boy. When Im done answering questions ill try get a photo for science. Edit: the final link at the top has him pancaked on a chair now if that counts.


Q:

Next week baby!

A:

yes! she is stunning. a total knockout :)


Q:

Is there any way to bold these companies liable in criminal court since forced arbitration keeps them out of civil court?

A:

I need this picture as well! Your art is amazing :)


Q:

More of a personal question feel free to not answer it, we all know balding is a tough thing to go through, how did you deal with yours?

A:

Follow up to this guy's question... What gives on only giving us 5 seconds of version #218?


Q:

Unfortunately, private citizens cannot bring criminal claims. Only state and federal prosecutors can charge people with crimes.

I would love to see more prosecutions of corporate crime. But as it stands now, few charges are ever brought and they mostly result in small fines for the company rather than any prison time for the executives that broke the law. If corporations are people, the rest of us are second-class citizens in comparison.

A:

Thank you! Should be available as one of my prints at www.society6.com/marcallante


Q:

Chopped it all off and stopped giving a fuck. When you're balding, people only see how afraid you are of your own hairline. I get way more dates now than when I had hair and was scared I was losing it.

A:

hmmm i dont rememebr 218- weve have over 800!


Q:

How long did it take you to grow that mustache?

A:

Does your work ever get stolen or used without your permission? Have any interesting stories about this?


Q:

Not to get personal but don't you wear a ring in a lot of your videos?

A:

Hey Kristen. One quick question... if you and Dax were offered a spot on lip sync battle would you guys do it?


Q:

Not nearly as long as my personal information will be at risk because of the Equifax data breach.

A:

All the time. I have to send a bunch of cease and desists every so often or sick my gallery on them.


Q:

Hey man get personal, I ain't mind - I got divorced last year

A:

i think the show is amazing but it takes 8 hours to shoot and im pretty lazy


Q:

Piggybacking a bit. When news of the breach broke, everything was saying 145 million (or whatever the number was) people, then they would parrot "Which is about half of the country". My immediate thought was, after factoring minors and people without a credit report (for reasons other than age), only about half the population has a credit report. I guess I am suggesting that everyone who has a credit report got their info stolen, the "half the population" mantra was the most reassuring way they could word "All records".

A:

How do thefts get discovered? By chance? Or is there some kind of way to track where your work ends up?


Q:

Where in Harlem do you do your food shopping for the show? You get some pretty unique ingredients.

A:

Eleanerd here. If The Good Place were on HBO, what would you do differently?


Q:

I have heard estimates that it was about 3/4 of the adult population, so very close. This is why we need serious Congressional action and agency oversight, not some mumbled apologies from Equifax executives.

A:

Thankfully a lot of my social media followers are great at letting me know.


Q:

I have to go all over for the unique stuff! But happily they just opened a Whole Foods in my area, so that helps!!

A:

OMG I LOVE ELANERD


Q:

Did you learn to tie a bow tie only for this appearance?

A:

Thanks for the response! Theft is one of the biggest reasons I'm hesitant to post my work online, especially since I don't have much access to intellectual property protection. Do you have any tips for displaying your work online so as to make it harder for thieves, besides slathering watermarks all over everything?


Q:

Hey Oliver. This isn't a food related question but I was wondering if maybe we could get a close up of your tattoos and maybe some backstories ? love your videos. thanks!

A:

Hi Kristen, I think you are really funny in The Good Place, I binged the first season in a weekend and caught up to the episodes in season 2.

My question is, what is your favourite vegetarian or vegan food? Sincerely, a fan 😊


Q:

Yes, and I am terrible at it.

A:

I work with artist/ photographer specific websites that make it harder to copy. But to be honest, I think the more exposure I get, the more it will eventually find its way back to me so I try not to be too stressed about it.


Q:

Hah idk about close ups, but the explanation of my tattoos is here on my website!

A:

Im really into peas- in any form. fresh, frozen, stirfried, you name it. they are a great source of everything a veg needs


Q:

What would you do if you had a get-out-of-jail-free card?

A:

While you were working full time and selling art on the side how did you find time to actually work on your art? I think a lot of us are very emotionally drained after a long day at work. It seems you were able to continue in the evenings and on weekends. Any tips for pursuing a discipline after workin' for the man all day?


Q:

Has there ever been anything you’ve attempted to make that has made you consider giving up cooking?

I used to want to be a chef until I tried making a gingerbread house. That thing fell apart almost as quickly as my dreams.

A:

Hey Kristen, I recently saw the video of your fellow on-set actors reacting to the major S1 reveal. Their simultaneous gasps were hilarious to witness.

My question is, when did you find out about the reveal and, how did you handle it once you found out the truth?


Q:

If I had one months ago, I would have crashed the inauguration in character.

A:

I thankfully had pretty good working hours so could get back around 6.30pm. It just kind of became a daily/ weekend ritual. I enjoyed it as well! Which made it less taxing. Edit Spelling


Q:

Hah if that Timpano didn't work out? If it blew up, leaked, wasn't cooked through? I'd have given up the whole show in an instant. So I'm happy it turned out.

A:

i learned about it before i signed onto the show. before the pilot was even written. it was exciting and guilt inducing to keep that secret from my friends the whole season?


Q:

Are you friends with Lord Buckethead?

A:

What's the best way you've found to you market your work and find clients? Amazing work my friend


Q:

It seems music is always playing while you cook. What is your favorite jam?

A:

Is the la-z boy still in the middle of your family room?


Q:

Someone send Lord Buckethead to a protest, and we can get acquainted.

A:

When my art first went viral I had a HUGE jump on my social media pages and so I tried to keep the momentum going on my facebook and Instagram over the years. Unfortunately the algorithms facebook use now are absolutely brutal on organic exposure (basically I have to pay for my followers to see my work). But it is still crucially important to have a strong social presence to connect directly with clients. I also submit to art blogs, go to art events and try and be pro-active on and offline.


Q:

I either have Frasier/Star Trek TNG/Always Sunny/MST3K going in the background while cooking, or: Vulfpeck/Young Thug/Ariel Pink

A:

You bet


Q:

Serious question: are you paid by non profits or is this on your free time? Do you have a full time career? I would like to get into activism but it's hard when you work a 9-5.

A:

I really, really want to learn to draw well. I just don't know where to start. Do you have any advice on where to start? Stories like yours are inspiring. Congratulations!


Q:

You have collaborated with other YouTube channels recently, are there any other people (YouTube or celebrity personalities) that you would like to work with?

A:

What would you do if life handed you some lemons?


Q:

This particular stunt was for my day job, as a Campaign Manager working to support the CFPB arbitration rule. But I also do organizing in my free time on other issues. It is very hard to balance work and activism, and jobs in this area are scarce and low-paying.

But that is one reason why I push for entertaining and creative activism! I hope folks can turn this kind of fun protest into a hobby that energizes us rather than tires us out.

A:

Practice! As shown in the link above, basically didnt stop since I was 2. And still learning.


Q:

I'm desperate to work with You Suck at Cooking but he's a busy busy man! And utterly anonymous!

A:

squeeze em- and DRINK UP BABY


Q:

1) What kind of laws you wish more people knew about that can help them financially for the future?

2) What can be done by everyone to help the process to start scrapping the social security card and getting a identification similar to the UK?

3) This is a really huge deal and seems like everyone is brushing it aside and letting people get away with this huge leak; What is currently being done to help mitigate this damage in the long foreseeable future?

A:

Your art is really great and catchy. Do you find other people stealing your stuff to put on mugs and shit themselves?

eta: See you've already answered this. =)


Q:

Hello! My boyfriend and I are huge fans! Have you considered putting out merch? Like T-shirt’s and hoodies and maybe even rubber spatulas? I’d buy the shit out of your merch, just saying!

A:

is it normal to get Little Mary Sunshine stuck in my head at odd hours?


Q:

These are great questions, but a bit outside my wheelhouse. I focus more on corporate accountability and access to the court system than credit reporting reform - hence my focus on S.J. Res. 47.

But I would check out my colleagues' work at the National Consumer Law Center and the Consumer Federation of America. They have been very active on these issues!

From what I glean though, this is a seriously endemic problem, and we need Congressional action to actually remedy the catastrophic damage done in this breach. So, again, call your Senators!

A:

Alll the time


Q:

Keep an eye out! Definitely going to be dropping more and more product in the near future!

EDIT: and thank you!

A:

VERY Normal. used to happen to me all the time, i even made shirts for the crew that said "YOURE LOVED BY MARY LANE" and thanks to your reminding me, it will now be in my head all day


Q:

Was it actual money in the bag? Also did you have any trouble with security?

A:

How'd you go from front page to having showings in galleries? Did someone approach you?


Q:

Stumbled into you channel with the Prison Sauce Episode.

So far I've tried making Pasta Aioli, oven style Freddie's Ribs (came out amazing and I finally got a proper smoker for round two) going to do Dave's Carbonara later today for work meals.

A good amount of wit, smooth voice, a taste for good drinks and food and I've become hooked on your channel.

My question to you: propane or charcoal?

A:

Hi Kirsten,

Can we work on getting some more nudity into the good place? or at least get Jason's shirt off every now and then? asking for . . . a friend?


Q:

It was not real money. Those were oversized hundred dollar bills my colleagues printed for their Forgo Wells activism around the Wells Fargo hearing, which took place on Tuesday. I did not have trouble going through security, though many Senate staffers gave me some odd looks!

A:

I approached them! Leverage online presence into offline presence.


Q:

Thanks very much!!

Much as I love Hank Hill, I gotta go charcoal

A:

im on it


Q:

cause-played

Please tell me this is a thing. Cosplaying for a cause. Is this a movement or are you the first?

A:

Could you explain how or who you approached, what was your pitch? You're so brace following your spirit like that. Thanks for the inspiration. I have a close friend whose artist and I've been telling them to do something similar but they have no idea where to start.


Q:

You have wonderful forearms (partial focal point of the show).. Do you do any exercises to combat all the large meals you make for the show? Do you meal prep?

A:

Can Eleanor/Tahani be endgame?


Q:

Someone informed me of this term last night! I did not coin it, but I think it is brilliant. I would honored to help create a movement of cause-players.

A:

I think I explain it somewhere else but basically a lot of research. I got a lucky break, but then I used that lucky break for leverage to work with that momentum as much as possible.


Q:

Why thank you - I have two pull-up bars stationed around the apartment haha, and I jog a lil 5K at least 3x/week.

I don't really have time to meal prep unfortunately! It's one of the few things I miss about having a full-time job.

A:

YERP


Q:

How exactly did you use that as leverage. Like were you like hey look on Reddit I got this many views that could transfer into real time visits? Then the gallery said sure?

A:

Have you ever considered narration? I'm blind amd love listeniing to your voice I'd totally pay to hear you read audiobooks.


Q:

What's it like producing films with your husband?

A:

Well there were news articles, lots of consistent sales, an established audience. Its actually let me dictate terms a lot better over the years.


Q:

New podcast coming very soon, Bedtime with Babish, where I read short stories and poetry!

A:

super fun


Q:

Where is your art for sale? The tigers done in the Hokusai style speak to me.

A:

You referenced Mary Berry and Hollywood in one of your vids, you about that GBBO life?


Q:

Do you often find yourself wonder if your husband and Ryan Hansen were separated at birth?

A:

Check out my website www.marcallante.com or grab prints at www.society6.com/marcallante


Q:

Anytime I feel like I need a hug, I just throw on GBBO

A:

yes, yes i do


Q:

I just noticed the Society6 website the other day and was considering buying from them. Do they pay the artists fairly?

A:

Hey Babish, love your work!

My question is: Can I call you Babs?


Q:

What show would you love to guest star on?

A:

Yup! They have been a huge part of my income as an artist. Love the site.


Q:

Fuckin, yeah dude

A:

GOT !!


Q:

Have you done any paintings of Waffles? He looks like a LOT of fun, also is he a noisy cat?

A:

Hey! The wife and I are big fans.

Do you have a graveyard of over-requested meals that you think just won't make good episodes or are just too basic?

Any requests you are afraid are too intricate or beyond your ability?


Q:

Oh wow, I made it early to your AMA! Hi Kristen! I’m a huge fan, ever since your Lucy days in Assassin’s Creed. Loving The Good Place (foreshadowing in the first season was amazing!) and can’t wait for the episode coming out soon!

My questions:

  • It seems like everyone has such great chemistry in The Good Place. What are some of the most silly outtakes that’s happpened?

  • Is there such a thing as too many sloths? If yes, how many is too many?

P.S. Anna is my favourite Disney princess.

A:

No not yet but he will be my muse soon enough. He is awesome but has just discovered meowing and likes to talk a lot.


Q:

Hey thanks!

And yes to both - I actually shot one that turned out to be too simple/easy, no matter how much I tried to jazz it up: jam and toast from Wallace and Gromit. Still did a crossover episode with William Osman!

Too hard - definitely the opening scene from Eat Drink Man Woman! Literally anything from that scene! I'll make that inflated duck one day though.

A:

LOTS of weird dancing from William Jackson Harper on the Goop Place. Ill post some videos on my instagram for ya. NEVER TOO MANY SLOTHS


Q:

Would you say that other people spreading your art (including professionals/people in the industry) a major factor in becoming successful?

A:

Do you prefer making Main courses or desserts?


Q:

Hi Mrs. Bell, I'm a huge fan of yours! Can I ask, what is the best thing a director can do for you on set? Thank you! :~)

A:

Major factor! I think getting exposure for your art is absolutely key.


Q:

Main courses, mainly because I suck at baking, which is usually involved in desserts!

A:

be blunt! i love clear direction. DO this, DONT do that. quick and efficient.


Q:

Hey Marc,

Glad to see someone positive from Hong Kong on the front page!

Did you go to school in Hong Kong or sent abroad? Would be interesting to know as we would have graduated around the same time.

Good luck!

A:

Hey, I love the quality of your content! I was wondering if there was any particular method you use to determine which dish you make next?


Q:

Hi Kristen!!! I am in LOVE with you and with the Good Place. I don't think a show has ever hurt my brain as much as this one does. Can't wait for the new episode!!My question for you is, what is the funnest thing about working with Ted Danson?

edit: here's a relevant meme that made me laugh. https://twitter.com/JoshKurp/status/914941907234586624

A:

I was here till about 8, left for school in Australia and the UK and came back at 21! Been here ever since and very much consider it home.


Q:

Hah it is really by the seat of my pants - like I just realized this morning that I missed the season premiere of Curb Your Enthusiasm, so guess what the fuck next week's episode is gonna be.

A:

watching him giggle when he breaks character, which is often


Q:

Would it be possible to do more grill based recipes a lá the House of Cards episode?

A:

If you could steal a smooch from any guy in Hollywood who would it be?


Q:

Doing Katz's Pastrami from When Harry Met Sally in the very near future - going to need to utilize my buddy's smoker again!

A:

currently? hasan minhaj


Q:

Are there any cancelled babish episodes we're unaware of?

A:

Do you relate to Anna in any way?


Q:

Just my Frasier episode :( and my Lovers' Delight episode is being copyright disputed right now, hopefully that'll be back up soon

A:

every single way. I helped shape who she was. Leading with her heart alwaya, goofy and clumsy but unafraid to take a challenge


Q:

hey Andrew. My question is : how do you get your dulcet tones so silky smooth? They spread metaphorical honey on my burnt toast on a weekly basis.

A:

How do you deal with your mental health when you are so busy?


Q:

Gaww thanks - I admit I use an equalizer to make it sound a lil richer, but other than that, just good luck I suppose!

A:

working out, checking in, self care


Q:

Have you ever had trouble keeping in shape with all those wonderful foods around you?

A:

Hi Kristen, is Annie really your middle name? ILY


Q:

Hah I do my best to eat clean and exercise every day of the week that I'm not shooting the show :P

A:

yes, and i was called annie until i was 16


Q:

Hey Andrew! My roommate and I are big fans, and since we moved into our new dorm with a kitchen we've made a bunch of your recipes.

As fellow NYC residents, what's the most unique/notable dish you've found here?

A:

What would be your Bad Place torture?

Also, what advice would you give to someone who identifies with Chidi a little bit too much?

Thanks Kristen! The Good Place is my favorite show on tv by far!


Q:

Thanks dude!

One of my favorites is Gnocco Fritto at Via Emilia - it's a simple enough Italian fritter served with charcuterie - but something about it, I don't know, it's fucking fabulous. And it's the only place you can get it in the city as far as I know!

A:

No coffee, no naps


Q:

How do you take your garbage plate and whats your favourite place to get one?

A:

Hi Kristen! Other than Crosby who is your favorite parenthood character?


Q:

White hots, hot sauce, Henrietta Hots

A:

Mae whitman as amber. Or truthfully, Mae Whitman as Mae Whitman. shes the greatest light bulb we have


Q:

What helps you when you are frustrated and in a creative block? I'm in a bad writers block and I'm trying to break it

A:

Hi Kristen!

Are there any roles you've turned down that you wish you hadn't, or vice versa? Any upcoming projects you can tell us about?


Q:

Weed.

Kidding - sort of - but seriously, meditation and a good night's sleep. Laying off the booze for a few days. Getting rid of some of that fog.

A:

real talk: ive pretty much taken every role ive ever gotten :) i just finished a movie for Netflix called "like Father" out next year- and bad moms 2 will be out in NOV


Q:

Other than J. Kenji López-Alt, who are some chefs that inspire you?

A:

How often do you visit the mitten and where are your favorite place to go while your here?


Q:

Chef John for sure, Gordon Ramsay, Alton Brown, Brad Leone!

A:

about once a year and we love getting up to the lakes


Q:

Hey Andrew! Thanks for doing an AMA on top of your already pretty great engagement on your subreddit.

Probably the most interesting question I can think of is what recipes using fictional ingredients do you most want to try, and what might you use instead of the fantasy components?

A:

Do you want to build a snowman?


Q:

No problem bro!

Definitely Harry Potter foods - they all sound so tempting, and so practically out of reach!

A:

always


Q:

When are we getting the Bedtime with Babish episode where you read us Go the Fuck to Sleep?

A:

Hi, thank you so much for doing this! I saw the video you took (Spoilers) of the cast's reation to the amazing twist at the end of season one of the Good Place. My question is, what was your reaction when you were told about it? Were you just as surprised?


Q:

Soon as I get the rights to it haha

A:

i was told before the pilot was even written so i kept the secret the whole time!


Q:

Any plans to branch out to do recipes that aren't in movies/shows?

A:

Kristen Bell. You beautiful son a bitch. You're so damn awesome!

If Veronica Mars and Jeannie Van Der Hooven were in a fight to the death, who would win?


Q:

Absolutely - new show coming out, Basics with Babish, is going to be a purely instructional series, accompanied by a biweekly livestream cookalong!

A:

WOOF. this is a tough one. i think we'd have to dig two graves


Q:

Hi, I've watched all your episodes ever since I first saw your szechuan sauce episode posted here on Reddit, love your work.

This is more a request than a question, but would you ever try to recreate cheesy blasters from 30 rock?

A:

Hey! Huge fan of House of Lies. What is it like working with Don Cheadle?


Q:

Thanks!

Oh that is totally happening soon.

A:

don cheadle is a king. hes smart funny and a hell of a leader. and a great friend. he has no bad qualities which is very annoying


Q:

What's a cuisine or cooking style you wish you knew more about?

A:

What is the thing you are most grateful about?


Q:

The entirety of SE Asia - I have very little grasp of it and I wish I knew more about it/could cook it better!

A:

my ability to maintain an optimistic attitude


Q:

Have you ever considered having Action Bronson on the show?

A:

Is there anything quirky that you ask for when on a tv or movie set from kraft services or in your trailer?


Q:

Considered, hoped, wished for.

A:

nope, im just happy i get a trailer