Podcast: Say Yer Prayers, Varmint

Posted by Bryce on August 30th, 2015
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Human’s resiliency in the face of global catastrophe. A surprise in a Chinese man’s living room. Andrew sends Justin camping! (Agriculture link)
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Justin: The Bushes

Andrew: The History of the Ancient World


After Things: Public Enemy Yes

Posted by Bryce on August 26th, 2015
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After Things is the official after show of Weird Things Podcast.
Andrew introduces us to InkShare. How does is stack up to straight self-publishing?
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Podcast: Stab Thy Neighbor

Posted by Bryce on August 23rd, 2015
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A terrifying chase in Australia! SpaceX? YAWN. Getting old and growing into a cyber-augmented future.
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Brian: The Better Angels of Our Nature and Mr. Robot

Justin: Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

Andrew: The End of Doom


After Things: Show Yourself the Money

Posted by Bryce on August 19th, 2015
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After Things is the official after show of Weird Things Podcast.
With two weeks left, Justin talks about the process of kickstarting The Contender. The virtue of putting in effort to crowdfunding. The decision to use social stretch goals.
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Podcast: Star Rogues

Posted by Bryce on August 16th, 2015
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First Star Wars anthology film is announced. The pain of re-expanding the extended universe. The hurt from Fantastic Four.
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Brian: Star Wars Rebels

Justin: The Bushes: Portrait of a Dynasty

Andrew: Predestination


After Things: Trump Card

Posted by Bryce on August 12th, 2015
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After Things is the official after show of Weird Things Podcast.
Reflecting on the GOP debate and how it relates to The Contender, Justin’s new card game.
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Podcast: Remember When I Had A Right Arm?

Posted by Bryce on August 9th, 2015
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Tom Merritt joins the show while Andrew is travelling. Elon Musk impresses us in a new way. Tales from the sky as we leave terra firma.
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Brian: Aurora

Justin: Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp

Tom: The Mirage


Computer Sings Interpretations of Human Ballads – Will Probably Sing Robot Overlords Into Battle

Posted by Tony on August 1st, 2015

Created by artist Martin Backes, this installation of a lone “robot” singing 90s power ballads is almost hypnotizing in a quietly terrifying way.

Fittingly created with SuperCollider, a freeware audio program that synthesizes audio using algorithms, “What do machines sing of?” is an art project where the machine attempts to mimic human sentiment in an extremely haunting way:

“What do machines sing of?“ is a fully automated machine, which endlessly sings number-one ballads from the 1990s. As the computer program performs these emotionally loaded songs, it attempts to apply the appropriate human sentiments. This behavior of the device seems to reflect a desire, on the part of the machine, to become sophisticated enough to have its very own personality.”

Let’s hope the behavior of this device doesn’t reflect a desire, on the part of the machine, to become sophisticated enough begin giving motivational speeches to robots within earshot on how to overthrow the human race.

[Papermag]


After Things: This Doesn’t Suck

Posted by Bryce on July 29th, 2015
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After Things is the official after show of Weird Things Podcast.
Brian what are the different avenues for publishing? The different workflows for traditional and digital formats. Workshopping how to start Jason Murphy’s expedition into getting published.
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Andrew: How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months
Brian: On Writing
Justin: Sex Criminals, Vol. 1


Podcast: Die AntShwood

Posted by Bryce on July 26th, 2015
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Jason Murphy joins the show as the boys talk about Andrew’s HTC Vive hands-on demo, ants vs. humanity, and spoilery reactions to Ant-Man (56:32 to end).
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Ant-Man


New Cousin to the Velociraptor Discovered in China

Posted by Tony on July 23rd, 2015

Liaoning Province in China is known for the substantial amount of dinosaur fossils that’ve turned up in the dirt there. Over the years everything from insects to fish to plants have been discovered in such detail that even skin textures have been left behind in the rock.

Now it appears that a new feathered dinosaur that is cousin to the Velociraptor can be added to the long list of discoveries there.

The new dinosaur with a ridiculous name to try and pronounce, Zhenyuanlong suni, stood at about 5 feet tall, had wings too short to allow them to fly and some of the most complex feathers seen on a dinosaur up to this point. The feathers’ complexity is clearly visible on the rock that the near-complete skeleton has been found in and resemble the feathers of today’s eagles.

Professor Junchang Lü from the Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences’ Institute of Geology:

“The first feathered dinosaurs were found here and now our discovery of Zhenyuanlong suni indicates that there is an even higher diversity of feathered dinosaurs than we thought. It’s amazing that new feathered dinosaurs are still being found.”

It’s also hugely terrifying to think of these semi-flying, feathered 5 foot dinosaurs tracking you down to feed their young.

[Sci News.com]


After Things: Love and Compassion

Posted by Bryce on July 22nd, 2015
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After Things is the official after show of Weird Things Podcast.
Brian looking at his place as an instructor in the secretive world of magic. Gawker’s grossness dissected.
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Andrew: Alive and Transcendence

Brian: Brian on Fool Us! Monday, July 20, 8/7c on The CW

Justin: Trainwreck


Podcast: Soul System

Posted by Bryce on July 20th, 2015
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The Summer of Sharks (TM) continues. A listener email about aphantasia. Hey, Pluto!
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Andrew: Ray Donovan and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

Brian: BoJack Horseman Season 2

Justin: Ant-Man


18th Century Shipwreck Accidentally Discovered – 100 Miles Off the Coast of North Carolina

Posted by Tony on July 19th, 2015

Marine scientists that had set out on an expedition to explore seepage of methane gas along the eastern coastline as well as looking for their mooring from previous visits to the area were surprised when they caught of sight something they did NOT expect…

An old, aged chain running along the bottom of the ocean about 100 miles from the coast of North Carolina and one mile from the surface.

Using submersibles and sonar, scientists were excited to discover it was attached to a boat…

A very old boat.

Several artifacts including bottles, jars, the ship’s compass and sextant have been photographed just lying on the ocean floor around the wreckage.

Located well beyond an area known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” researchers believe that the ship was used in trading. Research and dating will be carried out by NOAA to determine just how old the boat is and its importance, if any, to history.

Cindy Van Dover, director of the expedition:

“This is an exciting find, and a vivid reminder that even with major advances in our ability to access and explore the ocean, the deep sea holds its secrets close.”

[Washington Post]


First FAA-Approved Drone Delivery Isn’t Amazon – It’s a Medical Supply Delivery to People in Need

Posted by Tony on July 19th, 2015

Drone delivery services have faced a LOT of set backs, legal issues and red tape.

But now all of that seems to be slowly melting away and all the starting parameters and legislation should be ironed out with in the year.

Recently the FAA has allowed testing of drone delivery in Wise County, Virginia where poverty is quickly taking hold as the coal-mining community loses handfuls of jobs and, in turn businesses, because of new energy alternatives.

What’s more exciting than the delivery is just how ready the community, which seems kinda old-school, is to embrace this new technology and become a testing ground for more drone-based experiments and missions in the hopes of getting their local economy back on track.

[NBC News]


Hitchhiking “Robot” Begins Epic US Adventure

Posted by Tony on July 18th, 2015

It’s traveled from one side of Canada to the other. It’s also traveled extensively all over Europe.

Now it’s about to travel from Salem, Massachusetts to San Fransisco, California…

Depending completely on the the kindness of strangers because it can’t move without them…

Because it’s an extremely low-tech, immobile, hitchhiking robot called HitchBot.

As the creators of this adorable little “robot” put it:

“We want to see what people do with this kind of technology when we leave it up to them. It’s an art project in the wild — it invites people to participate. It has a really low-tech look to it, something we dubbed the ‘yard-sale aesthetic”. The head is actually an acrylic cake-saver. We want to create something that has a bit of narrative to it, a sense of adventure. We don’t really know what’s going to happen.”

Hitch started its journey across the US on July 17th. Equipped with a disarmingly charming LED smiley face, a GPS and a camera that posts photos every 20 minutes to its Twitter account, Hitch is embarking on a completely unpredictable journey that many of us only dream of or think about doing “one day”…

And its just a little yard-sale-built robot reaching out to the world and hoping it’ll reach back.

Maybe “robots” have something to teach us after all.

Shoot us a photo and your story if you decide to help HitchBot get across the US at any point!

[Fortune]