Podcast: Monkey Man Begins

Posted by on February 11th, 2010

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The trio determines what would force them to become vigilantes. Andrew describes his frightening superhero creation that involves deranged circus animals and human dismemberment. Brian tries to retcon the creation in a most horrific way.

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  • rabidbadger

    Regarding “smart spaces” Bradbury did it first. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Veldt

  • themindfantastic

    Okay, the last two days I've gone through the entirety of the podcast archive (not the articles though). This current one though I can comment something on.

    You mention a great deal about the cross section of the net, and optional display technologies, and touch on how the virtual goods might be become something valuable to actually be worth while to prosecute over. There are two books (its two parts of the same story) by Daniel Suarez the first Daemon, and the second Freedom(tm) (the trademark is not an actual trademark its part of the title). It touches on all this and even gets into MMO ideas placed with Augmented Reality using the world as the real world as the environment that is interacted with (though this is more touched on in Freedom(tm) not Daemon) it can be a standard technothriller at times but the ideas behind it are actually doable right now (helps when the author is a software database guy, to a point) one wants to put them into 'Science Fiction' because at points it gets pretty scary (Daemon is the 'scary' novel, Freedom(tm) is the 'ideas' novel). But its somewhat in the present with maybe a few years tacked on.

    Luckily for the audiobook lovers you are, one can grab both parts in Audiobook (mostly unabridged Daemon about 16 hours, Freedom(tm) about 12 hours). Its something I suggest to you three to check out, seriously. You might not like all the 'ideas' it puts out, but when your done you might think about the ideas and want to discuss them.

  • Zed

    You guys have to warn a guy if you are going to start talking about chimp rape. You guys totally screwed up my breathing on my run this morning. I was laughing so much I damn near ran of the path into a snow bank.

  • dddd

    Interesting theories, but how is there supposed to be a large scale war during an oil crisis? Or a pandemic? Fuel and manpower are probably two of the most necessary forces for warfare. Unless you imagine a return to steam engines, but we'd never hear the end of it from those steampunk idiots.

    I think the most likely scenario for WW3 involves America being unable to repay its massive debt, China reaching in to retrieve the resources it is owed and America responding with force instead of paying up. How western Europe works its way in, lolidk.

  • Both Germany and Japan were under oil embargoes when they started World War
    2. The whole purpose of our Strategic Oil Reserve is to allow us to fight a
    war in the event of an oil shortage. So…there's kind of a precedent for
    oil crisis and world war.

    A massive epidemic can also cause tremendous civil disruption. AIDS is one
    of the reasons Africa is so unstable. In the event of a massive global
    epidemic, the military is likely to take control. In many places it might
    want to stay in power. That'd be a bad idea.

    As far as China launching a war to reclaim unpaid debt, it's not a very cost
    effective way to do it. Our entire debt obligation to China is just about
    equal to what we spent on the Iraq war (so far). I don't think a war
    between the two of us is going to be a very lucrative experience for either.
    Our debt to Europe is about equal to the combined market capital of Apple
    and Google.

  • Thanks for the suggestion. I'll add it to my Audible list.

  • dddd

    Interesting theories, but how is there supposed to be a large scale war during an oil crisis? Or a pandemic? Fuel and manpower are probably two of the most necessary forces for warfare. Unless you imagine a return to steam engines, but we'd never hear the end of it from those steampunk idiots.

    I think the most likely scenario for WW3 involves America being unable to repay its massive debt, China reaching in to retrieve the resources it is owed and America responding with force instead of paying up. How western Europe works its way in, lolidk.

  • Both Germany and Japan were under oil embargoes when they started World War
    2. The whole purpose of our Strategic Oil Reserve is to allow us to fight a
    war in the event of an oil shortage. So…there's kind of a precedent for
    oil crisis and world war.

    A massive epidemic can also cause tremendous civil disruption. AIDS is one
    of the reasons Africa is so unstable. In the event of a massive global
    epidemic, the military is likely to take control. In many places it might
    want to stay in power. That'd be a bad idea.

    As far as China launching a war to reclaim unpaid debt, it's not a very cost
    effective way to do it. Our entire debt obligation to China is just about
    equal to what we spent on the Iraq war (so far). I don't think a war
    between the two of us is going to be a very lucrative experience for either.
    Our debt to Europe is about equal to the combined market capital of Apple
    and Google.

  • Thanks for the suggestion. I'll add it to my Audible list.

  • For the first time. (also, going back and re-listening to all of the Weird Things podcasts) I wanted to get in the chatroom and say “Wait Wait! Why don’t we follow the trajectory of the ship to find out where it came from in the other universe to see if we can replicate the circumstances to learn more!”