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Episode 54: The Timberdoodle
Ped & Tom continue their appreciation of nature with a discussion on the ethics of animal welfare and eating fish, observing wildlife through drawing, painting, and nature journaling, and a surprising foray onto Instagram. Support the podcast on Patreon or by purchasing a T-shirt. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. The egg-laying turtle Hummingbird moths “Bee of the Bird of the Moth” (They Might Be Giants) Sandpipers American woodcock Library Extension What a Fish Knows by Jonathan Balcombe Do fish feel pain? One answer. Little Free Library Tom’s Instagram (Face spoilers) You Can Draw in 30 Days by Mark Kistler John Muir The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling by John Muir Laws “Rocky Mountain High” (John Denver) Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
Episode 53: The Meandering Path
Ped & Tom take the meandering path through such subjects as dealing with hydrophobia, the automated safety features of modern cars, and a review of some favorite video and board games. Support the podcast on Patreon or by purchasing a T-shirt. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. The Door in the Wall by H. G. Wells How To: Adjust Your Mirrors to Avoid Blind Spots (Car and Driver) Harry Tuttle, Heating Engineer (Brazil) Ask Ped & Tom Minesweeper Doom Slither.io Minecraft Portal Myst Pole Position Dragon’s Lair Ms. Pac-Man The Addams Family pinball KLASK Forbidden Island Settlers of Catan Power Grid Twilight Struggle Through the Ages Container Indonesia BoardGameGeek boardgame rankings Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
Episode 52: Animal Story Time
Ped got a new cat toy, Tom has some animal stories. Also, pondering cultured meat, inoculation with a fake news vaccine, and more listener questions. Support the podcast on Patreon or by purchasing a T-shirt. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. PEBKAC Lap of Love Erethizon dorsatum Manticore Lynx rufus Ursus americanus Chrysemys picta Laying an egg Library Extension Octal Hexadecimal Sexagesimal Moxie Jägermeister Barry’s Tea Guinness Alignment Cultured meat Monty Hall problem Episode 05: The Conveyor Belt of Slop GetBadNews.com Usenet Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
Episode 51: Joe Biden Eating a Sandwich
Ped & Tom careen through a cavalcade of conversational categories, including competitions, carbon dioxide, Chernobyl, conservation, committee life, coaxial cable, communication constellations, and countless collections of warblers. Geek out! This episode of the podcast is brought to you by Patreon supporter Alexander Nielsen. Thank you! Support the podcast on Patreon or by purchasing a T-shirt. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. James Holzhauer 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee Joe Biden Eating a Sandwich Who’s the Highest-Paid Public Employee in Every State? Atmospheric CO2 exceeds 415 ppm Keeling Curve Chernobyl TrashTag Game of Thrones season 8 Newhart Ask Ped & Tom Starlink After SpaceX Starlink Launch, a Fear of Satellites That Outnumber All Visible Stars (New York Times) The Audubon Guide to Binoculars eBird Blackburnian Warbler Bald Eagle Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
Episode 50: (やる気 + 環境) x 時間
In this special episode, Ped & Tom are joined by the elusive Brother X, a triathlete and professional translator, who calls in from Yokohama, Japan. He shares some of the differences he sees in Japanese and American language and culture after having spent over two decades living in Japan. Support the podcast on Patreon or by purchasing a T-shirt. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. International Triathlon Union ね Perry Expedition Asymptote Chutzpah Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
Episode 49: Ultimate Fate of the Universe
In this episode, Tom has unwelcome visitors in the middle of the night, Ped has a new Star Wars theory, and they both geek out to the first image of a Black Hole before musing on the Ultimate Fate of the Universe. Support the podcast on Patreon or by purchasing a T-shirt. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Notre-Dame de Paris Our Nocturnal Visitors First trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker The Mandalorian Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Event Horizon Telescope Event horizon Accretion disk “How to take a picture of a black hole” (Katie Bouman Ted Talk) Very-long-baseline interferometry “How to Understand the Image of a Black Hole” (Veritasium) The M87 Black Hole as seen by the Chandra X-ray Observatory Ultimate fate of the universe Heat death of the universe Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
Episode 48: Sugar Shacks and Barred Owls
The interminable New England Winter is almost over and it’s time for a Spring Clean for Ped & Tom as they start their Digital Declutter. With more time away from digital distractions, Tom finds a new hobby. Support the podcast on Patreon or by purchasing a T-shirt. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Sugar shack Tapping Maple Trees Episode 47: Our Fraught Relationship with Technology PBS The Deep Dish reviews of Digital Minimalism and Marie Kondo eBird Merlin Bird ID Black-capped Chickadee Tufted Titmouse Pileated Woodpecker Barred Owl Black-capped Chickadee recorded by Jay McGowan/Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (ML94959121) Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
Episode 47: Our Fraught Relationship with Technology
Ped & Tom review the new book “Digital Minimalism” by Cal Newport and discuss the benefits of reducing your daily interactions with technology and social media. Support the podcast on Patreon or by purchasing a T-shirt. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport Ped’s review of Deep Work in Episode 38 Attention economy Freedom Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
Episode 46: Maximize Joy
Ped & Tom continue to stare into the existential void and search for the meaning of life, with the help of centenarian Okinawans and the Japanese concept of Ikigai, as well as the organizational methods of tidying expert Marie Kondo. This episode is brought to you by our amazing Patreon supporter, Ekin Köker. Thank you, Ekin! You spark joy! Support the podcast on Patreon or by purchasing a T-shirt. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Episode 38: Blazar McBlazeface Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles The Venn diagram of Ikigai Ikigai or Raison d’être Episode 33: Staring into the Void Okinawa Prefecture Victor Frankl and Logotherapy Marcus Aurelius and Stoicism Søren Kierkegaard and Existentialism Friedrich Nietzsche and Will to power Homer and the chili pepper Mindfulness Pomodoro Technique Interval training Two Bit Geeks in Bulgaria (Thanks Ivo!) The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
Episode 45: An Evening with Phish
A long-lost concert video sparks a stroll down memory lane for two old-school Phish-heads, sharing a “thank you” card full of gratitude for all the joy created by their favorite band, Phish. Tapers welcome! Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Phish Amy’s Farm Multi-Cam Footage from 1991 Surfaces (JamBase) Gallery of photographs taken at Amy’s Farm by Tom yeP! How Phish sounds to people who don’t like Phish Phish vs the Audience Chess Match Junta (1989) Trey Anastasio shares his Drug Court experience Relisten (iOS) RoboPhish (Android) Shows referenced: May 14, 1989 - University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts (Tom’s first show) Feb 15, 1990 - The Living Room, Providence, Rhode Island (Ped’s first show) Jun 16, 1990 - Townshend Family Park, Townshend, Vermont Nov 16, 1990 - Campus Club, Providence, Rhode Island Feb 15, 1991 - The Colonial Theatre, Keene, New Hampshire May 3, 1991 - Somerville Theatre, Somerville, Massachusetts (Tom’s favorite show) Jul 14, 1991 - Townshend Family Park, Townshend, Vermont Jul 19, 1991 - Somerville Theatre, Somerville, Massachusetts Aug 3, 1991 - Amy’s Farm, Auburn, Maine Dec 30, 1992 - Symphony Hall, Springfield, Massachusetts (Ped’s favorite show) Dec 2, 2003 - Fleetcenter, Boston, Massachusetts (20th Anniversary Show) Audience recordings excerpted: Foam - Nov 3, 1990 - Boulder Theater, Boulder, Colorado (Mastered by Mike Grace) Harry Hood - Nov 4, 1990 - Fort Ram, Fort Collins, Colorado (Transferred by Caleb Epstein) Runaway Yim - Jul 19, 1991 - Somerville Theatre, Somerville, Massachusetts (Mastered by Marmar) I Didn’t Know - Aug 3, 1991 - Amy’s Farm, Auburn, Maine (Taper unknown) Timber (Jerry the Mule) - Dec 30, 1992 - Symphony Hall, Springfield, Massachusetts (Mastered by Marmar) Harpua - May 3, 1991 - Somerville Theatre, Somerville, Massachusetts (Taper unknown) Tweezer Reprise - May 3, 1991 - Somerville Theatre, Somerville, Massachusetts (Taper unknown) You Enjoy Myself - May 3, 1991 - Somerville Theatre, Somerville, Massachusetts (Taper unknown) Golgi Apparatus - Nov 16, 1990 - Campus Club, Providence, Rhode Island (Taped by John Redmond) Special thanks to Matt Laurence and all the Phish tapers who shared their recordings with the fan community!
Episode 44: Lincoln’s Hoodie
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)
Episode 43: Ladybirds’ Picnic
Ped has a doughnut-related crisis, Tom is visited by ladybird beetles, and they discuss the forthcoming Insect Apocalypse. This episode is brought to you by Patreon supporter Ossama Al-Alali from Germany. We thank you for your support! You are awesome sauce! Support the podcast on Patreon or by purchasing a T-shirt. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. The Insect Apocalypse is Here by Brooke Jarvis (The New York Times Magazine) The German Amateurs Who Discovered ‘Insect Armageddon’ (The New York Times) Trophic cascade Anthropocene Coccinellidae aka ladybird beetles, or ladybugs Tom’s winter visitors Hemiptera or true bugs How many Stax lids are there? Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
Episode 42: Girding for Frivolity
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)
Episode 41: Building a House of Belief
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)
Episode 40: Slot Machines for Attention
With apologies for the echoey room, albeit in a new home, Ped & Tom discuss the contrasting environ of Western Massachusetts, a perplexing but pleasing podcast review, and a followup on The Last Jedi that somehow made it through the edit. Then, Ped has a lot to say about CGP Grey and the fight for your attention and Tom makes an unexpected visit to the emergency room. Support the podcast on Patreon or by purchasing a T-shirt. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. The geography of Massachusetts Jeff and Rick How The Last Jedi Defies Expectations About Male Heroes (Pop Culture Detective) Hello Internet - #108, #109 Cortex - #74 Thinking About Attention – Walk with Me (CGP Grey) Infinite Scrolling (Relevant XKCD) Free will vs Determinism The Attention Minefield at Newark Airport (CGP Grey) Attention economy Screen Time on iOS 12 The painful diagnosis Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
Episode 39: Captain of the Enterprise
Tom is on the move, Ped is excited about Star Trek, and they both warp through tangents related to genealogy, immigration, solar probes, and climate change. Engage! Support the podcast on Patreon or by purchasing a T-shirt. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Does it sound like a cave in here? [00:00] Democracy Day Punching through the diamond wall (Doctor Who) Tiny houses Pioneer Valley Home staging Coffee Followup [20:56] Should Coffee Come With Cancer Warnings? California Says No (NY Times) Eureka! California-Grown Coffee Is Becoming The State’s Next Gold Mine (NPR) Infinity War Followup [25:28] Bucky Barnes Spider-Man: Homecoming Jean-Luc Picard, Captain of the USS Enterprise [31:43] Patrick Stewart is bringing back Jean-Luc Picard for a new Star Trek series (AV Club) Ped’s Beginner’s Guide to the Star Trek Universe S3E15: Yesterday’s Enterprise Andrew Sterett, Captain of the USS Enterprise [45:49] Andrew Sterett (1778–1807) USS Enterprise (1799) USS Sterett (DDG–104) History Detectives The New England Historic Genealogical Library FamilySearch (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Flying Close to the Sun [1:02:04] Parker Solar Probe Climate Change Scenarios of the 21st Century (IPCC) Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
Episode 38: Blazar McBlazeface
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)
Episode 37: Spaghetti Code
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)
Episode 36: The Long Slog
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)
Episode 35: Low on Disk Space
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)
Episode 34: Two Bots Talking
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)
Episode 33: Staring into the Void
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)
Episode 32: On Our High Hobby Horse
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)
Episode 31: Half-hearted Halfpipe
Ped & Tom fidget their way through some followup, Ped delights in some unusual athleticism, and Tom makes a move at a board gaming tournament. Support the podcast on Patreon or by purchasing a T-shirt. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Fidgeting into some Followup [00:00] ICYMI: Ped on Two Tims Talking LoonyLeader needs to go to Iceland March 20, 2015 Total Solar Eclipse in Spitsbergen, Norway A hotel at 78° North latitude Faster, Higher, Stronger? [11:31] Pre-link: Best in the world ski halfpipe …and then there’s Elizabeth Swaney Eddie the Eagle Pita Taufatofua the Shirtless Tongan In-depth analysis of Swaney’s Olympic halfpipe run Power Moves [28:11] Power Grid The Worst Board Games Ever Invented (FiveThirtyEight) Carcassonne (The Settlers of) Catan Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
Episode 30: The Tyranny of Convenience
Ped is moonlighting on Tom. If elected, Tom will not serve. They both explore the consequences of convenience, of speeding, of firearms, of bedtime eggs, of sleeping possums, and placebos. Support the podcast on Patreon or by purchasing a T-shirt. Discuss the podcast on Reddit. Review the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Moonlighting Pedcast [00:00] Ped on Two Tims Talking Hello Internet Electoral Tomfoolery [09:29] chuckyc17 on the subreddit is up to some mischief Class Secretary Shermanesque statement Robert’s Rules of Order The Wikipedia is amazing [15:28] Death of a salesman Ten Simple Rules for Editing Wikipedia Reading and Libraries [21:22] Typesetting How Libraries Are Becoming Modern Makerspaces (The Atlantic) Consequences of Convenience [29:44] “The Tyranny of Convenience” by Tim Wu (NY Times) Waiting in Line to See Star Wars: 1977–2000 Humanity’s future according to Wall-E On a Lighter Note: Speeding [41:56] Traffic Warnings How Engineering Decreases Car Crash Fatalities (MrEngineeringGuy) Consequences of Firearms [49:38] The CDC Can’t Fund Gun Research (Wired) Dickey Amendment (1996) Embrace the Cognitive Dissonance - “Put that on a T-shirt” On a Lighter Note: Bedtime Story Eggs [59:23] Peanut Butter Cookies Free-range eggs Consequences of Wildlife [1:06:37] Possums Baby Skunks Baby Mice “This is the part of the job I hate.” (The Simpsons) Consequences of Placebos [1:14:36] Homeopathy is junk science… …but the Placebo Effect is real Music by Lee Rosevere (CC by 4.0)
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Dec 4th, 2016
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Aug 30th, 2019
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