The Weird Things Podcast Archive

WT: One Weird Trick That Solves Climate Change (Russia HATES It!)

Tuesday, August 16th, 2022
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Concrete: what do you know about it! A new material that could be an AI tech breakthrough. Starlink modems “hacked.” Space bubbles!!! What if Google or Amazon went down? Got something weird? Email neshcom@gmail.com, subject line “Weird Things.”

After Things is taking the week off! We’ll be After next time!

Picks:

Andrew: Westworld

Brian: Westworld

Bryce: Better Call Saul

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WT: Brian, Shut Up!

Tuesday, August 9th, 2022
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Confusion in print: can an artificial intelligence hold a patent? Stories from using the DALL-E system and prompts that create interesting images. Some of the precarious parts of AI media generation. One man responsible for two VERY weird things. Shut up! A lovefest for Jeff McBride. Got something weird? Email neshcom@gmail.com, subject line “Weird Things.”

Picks:

Andrew: Aliens vs Predators – Ultimate Prey

Justin: The Wedding Singer

Brian: Prey

Bryce: The Rehearsal

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WT: Snakes on a Chip

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022
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Justin’s back from the European Weird League. Let’s have a movie night–what snacks do we need? How big of a snake would you live next to? Birds! Where are they and how do we protect crops from them? Got something weird? Email neshcom@gmail.com, subject line “Weird Things.”

Picks:

Andrew: ADVChina on YouTube and Westworld

Justin: Harley Quinn

Brian: Lamb from Christopher Moore

Bryce: Better Call Saul

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WT: C’mon Man!

Tuesday, July 26th, 2022
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Stone-cold philosophy is blowing up! We have new information on “Bionic speed reading.” Conflicts online and having empathy. Got something weird? Email neshcom@gmail.com, subject line “Weird Things.”

Picks:

Andrew: Hexaflexagons video from Vihart and Vihart on YouTube

Brian: Lamb from Christopher Moore

Bryce: Resident Evil

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WT: The Weird Wars

Tuesday, July 19th, 2022
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We talk about the first images released from the James Webb Space Telescope and some of the oddities you might have missed. Researchers think they’ve found a new mammal that farms, but the jury’s still out. 20 questions: why is a man suing Bass Pro Shops? Rounded out with some interesting DALL-E ideas: what does DALL-E think a Tesla vacuum or fridge would look like? Got something weird? Email neshcom@gmail.com, subject line “Weird Things.”

LINK: Mike Hassaballa “DALLĀ·E 2 Imagines Tesla Household Products” https://medium.datadriveninvestor.com/dall-e-2-imagines-tesla-household-products-df2fae7254df

No After Things this week!

Picks:

Brian: The Bob’s Burgers Movie and The Old Man

Bryce: Bad Sport – “Need for Weed”

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WT: 4D? I Hardly Know Thee!

Tuesday, June 28th, 2022
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Videogames in 1D and 4D: they’re here! The fourth-dimension doesn’t have to be time, it can be an intersection of 3D and 2D spaces. What about simple 3D image generation? Cool DALL-E conversations from people who have the future of wish-granting powers. How can artificial intelligence like DALL-E 2 go from a superb toy to a revolutionary part of our lives? Got something weird? Email neshcom@gmail.com, subject line “Weird Things.”

Picks:

Andrew: Mashpoe on YouTube

Justin: Brian’s class

Brian: The Boys: Deeper and Deeper

Bryce: Westworld

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WT: TracGalaxy

Tuesday, June 21st, 2022
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We need to think big. Starship will be big and they’ve got a big build bill. Hotels in space: good idea or bad? Where does space tourism sit in the economic model of space? Can we see more from space by looking directly into our sun? Probably! Artificial intelligence and fusion and automation could open up a door to new human lifestyle breakthroughs in this decade. Voyager I and II will power down as soon as 2025. What are we most looking forward to in space-exploration? Got something weird? Email neshcom@gmail.com, subject line “Weird Things.”

Cool Worlds’ “The Wow! Signal After 45 Years”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6rPNPVQp0Y
SEA’s “A Tour of the Triangulum Galaxy”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nCsGkbT8Es

Picks:

Andrew: Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and Ms. Marvel

Justin: Stranger Things

Brian: How Minds Change from David McRaney

Bryce: Mini Motorways

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WT: Pie for a Pie Leaves the World Satisfied

Tuesday, June 14th, 2022
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We go up and up in SpaceX’s Starbase rocket facility, which the FAA has approved for rocket launches (given a few dozen changes). A bet is made! Will a fully-reusable rocket launch twice within this calendar year? Would you take $2,000 to leave your house for about 30 days (some details apply)? Got something weird? Email neshcom@gmail.com, subject line “Weird Things.”

Picks:

Andrew: Star Trek: Strange New Worlds

Justin: Stranger Things season 4

Brian: Brian will be on Penn’s Sunday School podcast

Bryce: The Boys

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WT: Fluoride in the Air

Tuesday, June 7th, 2022
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Rogue planets: loose masses or alien buses? Avatar normalized tentacle videos and Papyrus. Megalodons may have been made extinct by another species. If we could control our atmosphere mix, would more oxygen be better or worse? We could be coming up to some big questions. Brian really wants to laser-etch the moon. Got something weird? Email neshcom@gmail.com, subject line “Weird Things.”

Picks:

Andrew: No show in particular, I don’t even know and 1883 and Stranger Things

Justin: Top Gun: Maverick

Brian: Coherence

Bryce: Things app

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WT: Ed & Bed Buy a Hat

Tuesday, May 24th, 2022
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Starliner docks to the ISS finally! Boeing is catching up to a SpaceX milestone, why aren’t there more successful copycats? How does “just-in-time” manufacturing and management leave us vulnerable? Listener RJ shares a local mystery of an animal-like mystery and we’ve got hypotheses. Foviated rendering and how technology advancements will create more sophisticated compression eventually! A new idea for fusion power from First Light Fusion. Got something weird? Email neshcom@gmail.com, subject line “Weird Things.”

Picks:

Andrew: Buried

Brian: Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers

Bryce: “Spyro’s Hidden Gem of a Category” from Hummeldon

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WT: Blood Letting Is Back!

Tuesday, May 10th, 2022
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Humans: we’re symbiotes and you gotta take care of your microbiota! Speed reading: seems effective, but is it the ultimate, fastest way to read? How could text, audio, and tactile technology increase our reading absorption today and tomorrow? Got something weird? Email neshcom@gmail.com, subject line “Weird Things.”

Picks:

Andrew: PhraseReader

Justin: Everything Everywhere All at Once

Brian: The War on the West

Bryce: USCSB

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WT: Keep Traffic Thinking

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022
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Traffic signs are so clever and smart, but are they making the roads safer? Smiley face. Do you like magic and are you anti-social? Grab your sporks: people are pretty random. Got something weird? Email neshcom@gmail.com, subject line “Weird Things.”

Picks:

Andrew: Yellowstone

Justin: Severance

Brian: The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe

Bryce: Knotwords

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WT: Golden Palace Infants

Tuesday, April 26th, 2022
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A simian savior. Just tap us out whenever this gets “too heavy.” Nuclear power works, why aren’t we using it more? What’s the hold up for fusion? Got something weird? Email neshcom@gmail.com, subject line “Weird Things.”

Picks:

Andrew: Conversations with a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes

Justin: The Batman

Brian: The Book of Niall from Barry Jones

Bryce: Heartstopper

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WT: Survival of the Balloonist

Tuesday, April 19th, 2022
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More bad news for the SLS again. How can we keep cheering for this expensive government hedge? A new science discovery on the winds. Cameras capture an ally in our fight against pythons. Got something weird? Email neshcom@gmail.com, subject line “Weird Things.”

Picks:

Andrew: That Mitchell and Webb Look

Justin: Severance

Brian: Come From Away

Bryce: Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands

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WT: Rockwell’s Box

Tuesday, April 12th, 2022
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CSI: Dino. Evidence of a very old death? OpenAI’s DALL-E 2 is a step-up upgrade for the tool that takes plain English prompts and creates photorealistic images. For entertainment purposes only. Got something weird? Email neshcom@gmail.com, subject line “Weird Things.”

Picks:

Andrew: Severance and Moonwalking with Einstein from Joshua Foer

Justin: Raised by Wolves

Bryce: The Guardians of Justice

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WT: Do the Dew

Tuesday, April 5th, 2022
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NASA delays the SLS wet rehearsal! More money chasing the payoff of SLS. Social media is ablaze that Elon is buying a major stake in Twitter. How does that compare to previous media moves? Got something weird? Email neshcom@gmail.com, subject line “Weird Things.”

Picks:

Andrew: Profiles of the Future from Arthur C. Clarke

Justin: Severance

Bryce: Thermae Romae Novae

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