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Climate change, nuclear war, hostile AI, runaway nanotech, supervolcanoes, supermassive meteor strikes and unrelenting alien invasions: Ped and Tom shine a gamma ray burst on the biggest threats to our continued existence. Inspiration optional! Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Support the podcast on Patreon. Micro follow-ups [00:00] Todoist is working out great for Ped Blink: exceptional standalone sci-fi, and a great Who intro Andrew Mao clarifies Resilient Cooperators (more to come) Handicapping the (Human) Race [15:22] Inevitably, we roll along Wikipedia at its best: Global Catastrophic Risk Nick Bostrom and the Future of Humanity Institute Carlin on the anthropocene (and the sixth extinction we’re soaking in) Thich Nhat Hanh: evolving intelligence and love Interlude: A brief stroll through the Fermi Paradox and the Great Filter It’s two and a half minutes to midnight: The Doomsday Clock advances Hostile AI: Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and many others are sounding alarms Nanotech ecophagy, Grey Goo and see also Astrochicken Just a matter of time: supervolcano eruptions and magnetic pole reversal Gamma Ray Bursts - what fun! Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
After a hello to our Imperial listeners, Ped & Tom discuss the decline of cursive writing, the Common Core Standards, learning cuneiform, and the purpose of purposeless pursuits. Also, squeaky cats and oatmeal. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Support the podcast on Patreon. An Imperial listener [00:00] The Empire Did Nothing Wrong The Ridgeway National Trail Should we still learn cursive writing? [06:55] What is cursive writing? Left-handed scissors The Common Core State Standards Initiative Sentence diagrams A math teacher answers the question: When Am I Ever Going to Use This? (Matt Kitchen) The Palmer Method Cuneiform script The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh Star Trek:TNG s5e02 “Darmok” The Royal Library of Ashurbanipal Squeaky Cats and Oatmeal [35:35] “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” played on squeaking stuffed cats (Rare and Strange Instruments) Simple vs Complex Carbohydrates Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
Deconstructing Tom’s editing filter, briefly Brother X, Star Wars and LOTR news, questionable parenting trends of the modern age and debating the value of death. Plus, Two Bit Geeks t-shirts are here! Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Support the podcast on Patreon. Ode to the Cutting Room Floor [00:22] The Curse of Knowledge How to remember your dreams Bits & Pieces [09:40] Dare to be Stupid, Weird Al’s sublime pastiche A green light for a new Star Wars trilogy (no spoilers, Brother X) Bezos pays a boatload for the Lord of the Rings TV rights Where have all the children gone? [23:51] Helicopter parenting and the vanishing neighborhood The digital allure of indoors and the decline of play The many layers of free-range, boredom and the calibration of letting go To die or not to die: that is the question [49:05] Why Die? by RIP Grey Why Age? by Kurzgesagt Senescence discussion on Hello Internet Bonus Round: Two Bit Geeks t-shirts are here! Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
Wandering down the aisles of emergent 80s nostalgia, briefly Blade Runner and the satisfaction of reinvention, Dungeons & Dragons gets back on the scene, first light on the biggest bangs in the universe and interstellar greetings from the Vegans of Lyra. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Support the podcast on Patreon. A special “Thank You” to Patreon supporter Xavier Lambein! Meandering nostalgia, 80s style [03:20] The Banana Splits, mixed-reality early pioneers The Stranger Things font is intentionally awesome We loved the pace of Blade Runner 2049 (and Roger Deakins’s cinematography) Devo’s Satisfaction is the perfect cover D&D: back and here to stay [17:51] Turn on, tune in, drop phone Rock Stars of the new platforms: The Adventure Zone and Critical Role Wizards of the Coast hit the structure/creative sweet spot with Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition Big news from the sky x 2 [27:30] The first observed neutron star collision has astronomy geeks over the moon Time + stellar fusion = stuff: Tom, Bill Wurtz and NASA explain how everything got made Buzzed by an interstellar fly-by! All hail Vegan King 1I/ʻOumuamua Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0) 31:10!
Fitness tracking followup, setting goals and how to manage them, aspiring towards Inbox Zero, the benefits of side projects and time scheduling, the manager-self versus the worker-self, and the sensitive plant revisited. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Support the podcast on Patreon. Fitbit Followup [00:41] Previous Fitbit discussion in Episode 06 The health hazards of sitting What sleep tracking apps can and can’t tell you Are you a goal setting kind of person? [04:38] Cortex podcast by CGP Grey and Myke Hurley Tom uses OmniFocus for daily task management Ped uses Todoist Getting Things Done Managing your email with Inbox Zero Big Rocks First metaphor for scheduling your time Time chunking with the Pomodoro Technique 7 Ways to Maximize Misery - video by CGP Grey And the Reddit discussion The Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment by Thaddeus Golas Harry Potter’s Pensieve Drop testing plant memory [35:17] Previous discussion of plant memory in Episode 13 Mimosa pudica, the sensitive plant The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird Experience teaches plants to learn faster and forget slower in environments where it matters - Gagliano, M., Renton, M., Depczynski, M. et al. Oecologia (2014) 175: 63. doi:10.1007/s00442–013–2873–7 What are mechanoreceptors? Clever Hans and the observer-expectancy effect Human memory versus computer memory Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
Ped & Tom ride their hobby horses through some of their favorite topics; such as speeding and safe driving, dumping Facebook and shadow profiles, fitness tracking and smart devices, supervolcanoes and asteroid impacts, and being kind to one another. Plus, a salute to Professor Hawking. Support the podcast on Patreon or by purchasing a T-shirt. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Safe Driving Followup [00:00] The Need for (Safe) Speed Relevant Massachusetts Law concerning blocking intersections One Way Japanese Drivers Are Polite Dumping Facebook [22:35] Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal How do I deactivate my account? (Facebook) Station 13 podcast Postcrossing.com Smart Devices [45:03] Pomodoro Technique Fitbit Versa End of the World Scenarios [52:05] Yellowstone Magma Plume Possible asteroid impactor 101955 Bennu Space probe OSIRIS-REx Gravitational keyhole The HAMMER Egoisitic Altruism [1:03:36] A Selfish Argument for Making the World a Better Place (Kurzgesagt) Zero-sum world vs. Positive-sum world Farewell to Stephen Hawking [1:16:30] Stephen Hawking (1942–2018) A Brief History of Time Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights, it’s time for the A.I. Winter and more followup tonight. It’s time to put on makeup, it’s time to dress up right, it’s time to spoil Infinity War and … [Disk Space Error] Support the podcast on Patreon or by purchasing a T-shirt. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Music and Memory [00:00] It’s The Muppet Show! Maria João Pires prepares for the wrong piano concerto The A.I. Winter [6:40] hackernewsletter (Hacker News) A.I. Winter Is Well On Its Way (Filip Piekniewski) The Hype cycle FLOPS Self-driving car kills pedestrian (NY Times) A.I. is Harder Than You Think (NY Times) Airplane Door Followup [23:28] Atmospheric pressure Aircraft Pressurization Beginner’s Guide (AeroSavvy.com) Ad astra Alan Bean [28:09] Alan Bean (1932–2018) The paintings of Alan Bean The Overview effect Photograph of Earth taken by Alan Bean aboard Apollo 12 Autographed photograph of Alan Bean Ped needs a new laptop [32:14] ‘How to treat the symptom rather than the cause’ (Microsoft Support) 10 Best Linux Desktop Environments and Their Comparison (Fossbytes) LibreOffice Avengers: Infinity War (includes spoilers!) [40:11] A-Town reviews Infinity War Golden Age of Comics Books Bucky Barnes Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
It’s déjà-vu all over again as Ped and Tom revisit a feast of follow-up, minimize their mobile and soak up the wifi on accident in an episode of time well spent (auditorily speaking). After-party in the Zoof Lot. Support the podcast on Patreon. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Revisitation Station [00:00] Put this Möbius strip podcast on endless repeat (at least seven times) Welcome new listeners from Anonymous Proxy! Grammar Girl Mignon Fogarty reviews an excellent paper ‘on accident’ Hometown Zoof archetype makes a pop culture appearance High school cliques and the social angst of adolescence (the definitive 80s take) Bitcoin mining by hand Minimizing Mobile [21:08] Grayscale life-hack (with how-to links) “Time Well Spent” draws lines in the Great Tech Debate Revisitation Station [27:19] A-Town FM reviews The Last Jedi Wondrous WiFi: you’re soaking in it [31:37] Dealing with junk science hysteria Drinking from Russell’s teapot and the fallacy of argument from ignorance Harmful ionization requires high frequency, high power EM waves Scientifically literate news would help (thanks, HTG!) Revisitation Station [52:28] A déjà-Who treat for the holidays Jodie Whittaker’s Yorkshire accent Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
The busy geeks are back from more travels and buzz through accumulated corrections and followup, followed by a deep dive into software development, a trip to the world of Ahch-To (also know as Ireland), and finally Tom finds himself on a ‘special’ list. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Support the podcast on Patreon. To sleep, perchance to dream [01:27] The Art of Dreaming by Carlos Castaneda Lucid dreaming Sleep paralysis No Dumb Questions 015 - What the Heck is Sleep Paralysis? Corrections and Followup [10:30] Listener correction on Viruses vs Bacteria Antibiotic / Antimicrobial Resistance (CDC) Mysterious Dimming of Tabby’s Star May Be Caused by Dust (NASA) The Search for Planet Nine Making Life Multiplanetary (SpaceX) The BFR Recent Elon Musk Reddit AMA Imposter syndrome A-Town Software Development [30:17] AngularMix User Experience (UX) User Stories Is 30 too old to start in software engineering or CS? (Hacker News) Silicon Valley’s Dark Secret: It’s All About Age (Tech Crunch) GitHub jQuery A Trip to Ahch-To [1:00:43] Star Wars sets in West Kerry (Episode VIII Spoilers!) The mediaeval monastery on Skellig Michael Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer Looper Airport Security [1:08:06] SSSS (Secondary Security Screening Selection) What It Means When You Get ‘SSSS’ on Your Boarding Pass (Lifehacker) Security theater Relevant XKCD: Password Strength Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
Pondering pure existence, a big reckoning for Big Coffee, coming to terms with archiving our past, possibly #tooMuchMeta on a flight through Ped’s neural landscape, keep those subvocals to yourself and always look up for the Happy Void. Support the podcast on Patreon or by purchasing a T-shirt. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Recreational Void Staring [00:00] The Untempered Schism The Two Bit Geeks Official Guide to Void Staring! Coffee, Cancer and Acrylamide [05:00] Is coffee carcinogenic? Some say maybe, some say no Caffeine Blues certainly sounds alarmed Either way, it’s good to understand the neuro-biology Archiving the Past [14:11] What to look for in your Facebook data-and how to find it (Wired) A drop in the ocean: the timescale of a human life Tip of the Tongue Syndrome [30:33] Presque Vu for you The jury’s still out on the eye-training benefits of speed-reading Yet another Borg Implant [46:37] Gotcha, subovocalizations! MIT’s “Alter Ego” accidentally invents telepathy Nifty Einstein Rings [54:57] NASA’s Hubble catches the fisheye lens effect Keep Looking Up! Jack Horkheimer (1938–2010) aka The Star Hustler is here for you Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
Ped & Tom go around and around on roundabouts, BritComs, accents, dialects, and bubblers. They revisit the problem of social media dopamine hits, and then explore the promise of Bitcoin and the blockchain. This episode is brought to you by Patreon supporter Chris! Chris is awesome-sauce. Support the podcast on Patreon. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Accents & Dialects [01:44] Received Pronunciation A tour of British accents How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk (New York Times) Bang a U-ey, Rotary, and Other Boston Slang (Boston University) Rotaries & Roundabouts [10:32] Swindon’s ‘magic’ roundabout “Big Ben! Parliament!” Remaking BritComs [15:16] The Office UK vs The Office USA The IT Crowd being remade for the US Graham Linehan Why the Geek Community Hates ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Antisocial Media & Feedback Loops [21:09] Former Facebook VP says social media is destroying society (Washington Post) Dopamine Facebook Messenger for Kids (New York Times) Child Online Protection Act (COPA) Wait Until 8th A deviously hairy online ad (The Verge) Bitcoin & Blockchain [1:00:43] Net neutrality Bitcoin Blockchain Cryptographic hash function The Official PedCoin Ledger Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
Ped & Tom experience the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse within the magical Path of Totality, and survive the traffic nightmare afterwards. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Support the podcast on Patreon. Eclipse Followup [00:51] Episode 1: Roll for Initiative! Solar Eclipse of August 11, 1999 Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017 The Path of Totality NOAA National Weather Service Cloud Cover Forecast City of Sweetwater, Tennessee Baily’s Beads The 2017 Corona at Totality Total Solar Eclipse simulation (Mashable) Solar Saros 145 The 1999 Corona at Totality Solar Eclipse of April 8, 2024 Solar Saros 139 Why are some total eclipses darker than others? (/r/solareclipse) International Space Station Transiting 2017 Eclipse (Smarter Every Day) No Dumb Questions podcast with Destin & Matt Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area Randall’s Eclipse Review (xkcd) What is an Annular Solar Eclipse? What is a Hybrid Solar Eclipse? Pinhole eclipses How does Google Maps predict traffic? (How Stuff Works) 4th Down: When to Go for It and Why (New York Times) List of solar eclipses in the 21st century Solar Eclipse of July 2, 2019 Solar Eclipse of December 14, 2020 Solar Eclipse of September 2, 2035 Solar Eclipse of August 12, 2045 Solar Eclipse of May 1, 2079 Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
In this guaranteed 100% human-created podcast, Ped & Tom ponder whether humanity was Earth’s first civilization, whether Google chatbots will subsequently replace humanity, whether Irish drivers are the best in the world, and whether your own DNA will implicate your criminal cousin. Support the podcast on Patreon or by purchasing a T-shirt. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Yanny and Laurel [00:00] Original “What do you guys hear ?” Reddit post Most people over 18 can’t hear these sounds Air Travel [06:29] SSSS no more Square People Pipe Answer: Airplane doors cannot be opened during flight due to cabin pressure Twilight Zone: Nightmare at 20,000 Feet Was Humanity the first civilization on Earth? [13:32] The Silurian Hypothesis: Would it be possible to detect an industrial civilization in the geological record? The Silurians (Doctor Who) How the domestic chicken rose to define the Anthropocene (The Guardian) Super-Earths can’t have space programs Artificial Intelligence is calling [26:22] Google Assistant calls the hair salon Xiaoice Universal Basic Income Irish Drivers [42:09] Pass Rates of Irish driver’s test centres (Overall average: 54%!!!) Reversing around a corner on the Irish Driving Test Reversing into parking spaces Conor Pass road above Dingle Definitive guide to Irish drivers’ hand gestures Continuously variable transmission Hill starts DNA Privacy [55:33] The Golden State Killer GEDmatch, an open source DNA database Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
Ped is strangely primed this morning, Tom is strangely immune to poison ivy, and they both take a long, strange slog through software development and language immersion. Support the podcast on Patreon or by purchasing a T-shirt. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Primed and Ready to Go! [01:53] The collected wisdom of Two Bit Geeks: “You never can tell with bees.” “It’s easy to succeed when you don’t know what you’re doing.” “At the end of the day, most people are just people.” “It only takes one fly to spoil the soup.” Flies, Spiders, Mosquitoes, and Poison Ivy [09:20] Australia’s dangerous animals: the top 30 Are some people immune to poison ivy? Learn Coding with Grasshopper [22:22] grasshopper Scratch Low-code Language Immersion [32:00] Dual Language Immersion programs Neuroplasticity Getting in the Zone [36:17] Flow Pomodoro Technique Boomerang for Gmail Getting Started with Coding [48:07] Github I are Programmer (and You Can Too) Should We Really Try to Teach Everyone to Code? (Wired) Codecademy Coding bootcamp Code review Pair programming Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
Ped & Tom celebrate a year of podcasting with their first inductions into the Two Bit Geeks Hall of Fame. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Support the podcast on Patreon. Too Many Cats! [00:00] How Many Cats is Too Many? (Stuffed) Cat Chucking in Belgium ʻOumuamua Update [03:04] The first known interstellar object Light curve of ‘Oumuamua Relevant XKCD 1919 - Interstellar Asteroid Asteroid Capture Sagan standard Occam’s razor Cueball and Megan Evidence Tangent [11:15] The Scientific method vs Anecdotal evidence A Two Bit Anniversary [18:10] Two Bit Geeks Episode 1: Roll for Initiative! Don’t Start a Podcast (College Humor) h/t to Charlie Two Bit Geeks Episode 9: All Aboard from Silly Town! The Two Bit Geeks Subreddit h/t to /u/loonling The Two Bit Geeks Hall of Fame [24:27] Adam Ruins Everything - Why Mount Rushmore is the Weirdest Monument Archimedes Randall Munroe Relevant XKCD 1732 - Earth Temperature Timeline Relevant XKCD 1262 - Unquote Martin Gardner The Top 10 Martin Gardner Scientific American Articles M. C. Escher Martin Gardner bibliography Conway’s Game of Life Benoit Mandelbrot Vi Hart Vi’s YouTube channel Numberphile by Dr. Brady Haran Standup Maths by Matt Parker Hexaflexagons by Vi Hart How to Make a Hexaflexagon: The Definitive Guide by Vi Hart Twelve Tones by Vi Hart Nikola Tesla Why Nikola Tesla Was the Greatest Geek Who Ever Lived - The Oatmeal Elon Musk “Weird Al” Yankovic White & Nerdy by “Weird Al” Gary Gygax Dave Arneson The great 1980s Dungeons & Dragons panic Zork Choose Your Own Adventure Deathtrap Dungeon Leonard Nimoy Tom Baker: the definitive Doctor Who? “You may be A doctor, but I am The Doctor. The definite article, you might say.” ”Fezzes are cool.” Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
Celebrating the luminous, quiet and noisy joys of the season, Quentin Tarantino has phasers set to kill for Captain Picard, and AlphaZero ushers in a new era of mostly fear for Ped and Tom as they ponder the perils of the new AI. Happy Holidays, humans! Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Support the podcast on Patreon. Review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Yay, snow; nay, leaf blowers [00:27] Annual Average Snowfall for New England Your average American household at Christmas Cats in Christmas Trees It’s simple and quiet when it snows At least Jean-Luc is on board First world problems: noisy machines Tarantino + Trek: A match made in … ? [14:00] Patrick Stewart is all-in Tarantino: Remix Artist AlphaZero and the new AI [26:49] Long ago, Deep Blue beat Kasparov with brute force In Just 4 Hours, Google’s AI Mastered All the Chess Knowledge in History AI’s Hype cycle has now circled back, and this time it means business Quickly drawing neural networks back in Episode 04 Machine Learning neatly explained by CGP Grey AlphaZero is AI’s Trinity Test moment Minority Report’s PreCogs Mutual assured destruction The Only Winning Move Universal Paperclips Final thought to ponder: Eponymous Link Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
A happy birthday to Curiosity, a stellar job opportunity, and a deep dive into Nicky Case’s game of trust, compassion and resilient cooperation—just don’t tailgate Tom. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Support the podcast on Patreon. Warming up with Space [00:00] Curiosity sings like that NASA’s Planetary Protection wants you! The main event: playing with Trust [05:45] The Evolution of Trust (Nicky Case) Game Theory 101: The Prisoner’s Dilemma explained The WWI Christmas Truce TBG Ep. 11: Creating trust in a campaign (13:16) The Adventure Zone’s Suffering Game arc Resilient Cooperation is where it’s at (Andrew Mao, Lili Dworkin, Siddharth Suri & Duncan J. Watts) TBG Ep. 7: Tom forgives the highway cheaters (38:03) The Simple Solution to Traffic (CGP Grey) Ped’s interpretation of Utilitarianism makes him not like it at all Forbidden Island: a pretty cool non-zero-sum board game 12.5 years of Diplomacy - nice! Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
Pondering the Assistance Invasion, blasting off with maximum coolness with SpaceX, possible microscopic passengers, and this is not a place of honor for six percent of rats. Tick-tock! Support the podcast on Patreon or by purchasing a T-shirt. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Resistance is futile: you will be assisted [00:00] This is your brain on Virtual Assistance Falcon Heavy launches away [04:03] Elon Musk is elated over the SpaceX success Set phasers to maximum coolness The Arch Mission Foundation ups the ante for offsite backup Time And Relative Messaging In Space [12:38] DNA as alien message-in-a-bottle (so says TNG!) Nuclear semiotics and the problem of messaging across time The nuclear renaissance as the (climate change) clock ticks closer Practical fusion is getting closer Tardigrades, the ultimate package format of life Wifi Follow-up [34:26] NIH: 6% of male rats should not make thousands of concurrent cell phone calls Epigenetics is waiting to activate your mostly-inert DNA Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
The one where Ped & Tom argue about The Last Jedi for an hour. Spoilers abound. You have been warned! Support the podcast on Patreon. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Star Wars: The Last Jedi [00:00] Hello Internet reviews The Last Jedi (They hated it.) A-Town FM reviews The Last Jedi (They loved it.) The “backlash” against Star Wars: The Last Jedi , explained (Vox) The Emperor’s appearance in The Empire Strikes Back (Original 1980 version) Rotten Tomatoes - Critic score vs Audience score The Very Best of Nien Nunb Palette cleanser - Antiques Roadshow (BBC) Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
Ped and Tom followup on some recent developments in the world of science including the mysterious ʻOumuamua, a super-powerful blazar, and a neutrino detector buried deep in the ice. Then, Ped extolls the benefits of three recent self-improvement books while Tom prefers self-deprecation. Support the podcast on Patreon or by purchasing a T-shirt. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Interstellar Interloper Revisited [01:32] Episode 22: Nostalgia Kilonova ʻOumuamua Non-gravitational acceleration in the trajectory of 1I/2017 U1 (‘Oumuamua) (Nature) Occam’s razor Ice Cubes and Star Blazers [08:56] Multimessenger observations of a flaring blazar coincident with high-energy neutrino IceCube–170922A (Science) Neutrinos Cosmic rays Blazars It Came From a Black Hole, and Landed in Antarctica (New York Times) TXS 0506+056 aka “Blazar McBlazeface” Multi-messenger astronomy IceCube Neutrino Observatory There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom by Richard Feynman 30-Second Quantum Theory by Brian Clegg Newtonian physics vs Quantum mechanics The Double Slit Experiment Ped’s Book Report x 3 [32:10] The Heartfulness Way: Heart-Based Meditations for Spiritual Transformation by Kamlesh Patel and Joshua Pollock Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
In this episode, Ped has a new drinking game, Tom reveals he was not a particularly good student, and your hosts welcome the new Doctor. They then return to the topic of Climate Change and why people believe what they believe…or not. Support the podcast on Patreon or by purchasing a T-shirt. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Take a drink, u/marzib! Chaos! The long tail of The Last Jedi followup Two-thirds of links on Twitter come from bots (Vox) Should You Take Early Morning Classes in College? (MTV) We welcome Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor Venusian Aikido as practiced by the Third Doctor and the Thirteenth Doctor Major Climate Report Describes a Strong Risk of Crisis as Early as 2040 (New York Times) Believe by The Oatmeal Amygdala Backfire Effect Scientific method Did George Washington’s false teeth come from his slaves? (The Washington Papers) Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
Don’t Panic! Tom is surrounded by hippies. Ped is on the lookout for interstellar visitors. And they both continue their search for the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. Plus, Ped has a curious collection. Support the podcast on Patreon or by purchasing a T-shirt. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Lighting the beacons “Happy Valley” John “Grizzly” Adams Whole Foods Market Rationalism vs Magical thinking 12 Natural and Organic Brands Owned By Big Food (Mental Floss) False equivalence Light pollution Messier 31 - The Andromeda Galaxy The International Dark-Sky Association Outdoor Lighting Basics (darksky.org) Bobcat The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Zaphod Beeblebrox Galaxy Quest Infocom Play the Hitchhiker’s text adventure online Could Solar Radiation Pressure Explain ʻOumuamua’s Peculiar Acceleration (Shmuel Bialy and Abraham Loeb) ʻOumuamua The Unexpected Trajectory of Interstellar Asteroid ʻOumuamua (APOD) Radiation pressure Is ʻOumuamua an Interstellar Spaceship? I’m Still Going With ‘No’ (Phil Plait) Light sail Tabby’s Star The Planetary Society Breakthrough Starshot LightSail 2 Rosa (Doctor Who S11E3) Lay’s Stax Ped’s collection How to Make a Tayto Sandwich Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
Ped invites Tom to try some vocal warmup, before moving on to fingers and hands, cursive redux, neuroplasticity and critical thinking, flora and pesky fauna, plus some brief Star Wars news. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Support the podcast on Patreon. Vocal Warmup [00:37] Aerobics for your voice (NPR) Voice and Articulation by Kenneth Crannell – Tom’s college textbook Fingers and Hands [11:48] Muscles of the Hand Neuroplasticity What are today’s kids learning? [22:07] Teaching Controversial Topics Critical Thinking Flora and Fauna [28:09] Mr. McGregor Procyon lotor on the porch Gift-giving crows That Cuddly Kitty Is Deadlier Than You Think Fact or Fiction?: People Swallow 8 Spiders a Year While They Sleep Why Do Cats Bring Home Dead Animals? Han Solo [39:00] Ron Howard filmography Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
Tom passes Ped’s code review with a particularly janky bit of programming, stickers are dispatched around the world, and we get some more complaining about Star Wars. Support the podcast on Patreon or by purchasing a T-shirt. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Janky Programming [01:06] Janky Tic Tac Toe (source) Strong and weak typing JavaScript was written in 10 days Indentation style Two Bit Geeks on GitHub Station 13 on GitHub Stickers Across the Globe [20:50] Two Bit Geeks stickers on Reddit They fit in a standard envelope. Solo: A Star Wars Story [28:10] Episode 27: Grumpy Old Men Alden Ehrenreich Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
Ped & Tom welcome a new sunrise and a new year, they run through some followup on Github, Stax lids, and ladybird beetles, Tom welcomes some new arrivals to his household, and Ped attempts to experience history in Washington DC. Support the podcast on Patreon or by purchasing a T-shirt. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (1748), IV:21. Subtly improved “Janky Tic-Tac-Toe” (thanks to Noé) Octahedron Guess How Many Stax Lids Cause and Effect Saturnalia Roomba Robot or Not? Anything Goes National Portrait Gallery Ford’s Theatre Old North Bridge Vietnam Veterans Memorial Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
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Podcast Details

Started
Dec 4th, 2016
Latest Episode
Feb 3rd, 2020
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
56
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
Explicit
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