This episode in Moviepass: CEO walks back his information gathering statements.
California writes bill to codify net neutrality protections ahead of FCC ruling.
Norwegian website releases wordpress plugin that uses quizzes to improve comment quality.
National Geographic publishes examination of its own portrayal of race.
Aircraft company Kitty Hawk partners with New Zealand for autonomous, electric, VTOL air taxi.
Astronaut Scott Kelly’s DNA and how it changed (or didn’t) and how news articles work (or don’t).
Jørgen sums up Red Sparrow in four words.
Brendan and Jørgen were not laughing, but apparently Amazon’s Alexa was.
Moviepass details quite a bit more about the information they are collecting in exchange for those inexpensive movie tickets.
The Oscars were this weekend
We talked a bit about the movie Annihilation.
Also, Black Panther.
See more at the Black Panther Challenge (especially in the resources section for further reading) and Ryan Coogler’s “Notes on a Scene” (from Vanity Fair, not GQ)
SpaceX landed 2 (of the 3) cores during their Falcon Heavy demo launch in fantastic fashion.
Cryptocoin mining messes up GPU prices, uses a lot of energy, and is escalating into website hacking. This might be helped with Bitcoin’s Lightning Network or Ethereum’s Proof of Stake.
China police uses smart glasses to identify and monitor criminals via facial recognition.
The Olympic Winter Games are on and our resident Norwegian remembers where he was when the ski pole broke.
Sony apologizes for the new Peter Rabbit movie — not for the quality of the movie but for a scene portraying an anaphylactic reaction.
Musicals fan Alan did not enjoy The Greatest Showman.
Commuting in the bay area.
The Commuter and Phantom Thread as a study in contrasts.
Making music is harder than it needs to be if you ask Lana Del Rey.
Bonus musical journeys regarding chord structure in western popular music.
We talked about movies in the middle of the podcast instead of the end!
ROAD TRIP: Jørgen visits Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West and Paolo Saleri’s Arcosanti and other locations in the southwest.
SLEEP STUDY: Alan looks at sleep stages and is using some apps to measure and testing some variables to get better sleep.
BAKTUN-IN-REVIEW: Brendan leads off our annual tradition with his list of 2017’s best movies, and there were a bunch!
Don’t be SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder is A Thing. Sometimes it can be solved with light therapy.
We combat our winter blues with the light therapy of movie watching. We discuss:
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Disaster Artist and The Room
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
We have an update for Bitcoin!
Perhaps it has room to go up or John McAfee will eat his own d*ck.
If you’re still not in the know, you can read this article only published last week.
Maybe Bitcoin is holding our energy grid behind.
Most likely, though, it’s a bubble.
Automation is A Thing, and it seems to be taking more jobs that are traditionally filled by men, and stats already show men are already working less on the whole.
The former Soviet “Academic City” of Akademgorodok is the subject of a youtube video and sounds impossible and fantastical all at once.
The Dadabots have a new album of neural-network generated black metal.
Infrequent Flyer: Las Vegas Convention edition reminds you to hydrate and wear comfortable shoes.
Past performance does not equal future results, but Alan bet with bitcoin and is now covering the hosting costs of the podcast for the year.
We recorded the show on
Black Friday The Friday That Shall Not Be Named.
Data Privacy is eroded further after breaches at Equifax, Uber, the NSA, and Germany takes an interesting stance on it.
Net Neutrality dealt a blow this week as FCC stonewalls investigation into fraud in the public comment section. A reminder that this podcast believes Net Neutrality is A Thing.
Our robot-making friends at Boston Dynamics imbued a bi-pedal robot with the ability to leap platforms and maintain balance even through a backflip.
Moviepass seeks to increase theater viewership – A Thing we wholly support.
<Tentative>Karl Urban will be on the show next time.</Tentative>
We speak of Thor:Ragnarok and Justice League. One is A Thing. The other is not.
Bonus: Team Thor Part 1 and Part 2 with Thor’s roommate Darryl.
Infrequent Flyer: A short collection of tips for flying that even regular folks can enjoy. Short form: seatguru.com for seats, chelsea boots for max style and easy TSA passage, and asking for a “side shot” with a beer.
Jørgen brings us through a spirited discussion of Blade Runner 2049 including the short films bridging the original movie and this one, and a behind-the-scenes clip emphasizing practical effects.
Alan and Jørgen talked to AI Chatbot ReplikaAI for a week. Possibly more fascinating is the story of its origin.
Brendan speaks to agrobiodiversity and there’s some hope from the UN’s Convention on BioDiversity.
Did we mention WE’RE BACK! (again)
We are back! You can’t keep a good podcast down. We even picked up a new co-host! A hearty podcast-welcome to Jørgen!
Alan’s Resident Expertise: Intermittent Fasting
Brendan details The BFR (Big “Falcon” [aka “Fucking”] Rocket) from Elon “tony stark” Musk with bonus video.
In Jørgen’s first gig at co-hosting, he visits LEGO as it reinvents itself… again!
Alan ate the Impossible Burger.
Jørgen also brings us the joy of the Blade Runner press junket.
Brendan noticed a musical trend in this year’s movies.
Did we mention WE’RE BACK!