Thursday, March 8, 2018

Episode 35 - Harry Hopkins is My Barman

Yup, two times in a one week span.

Tonight, before Altered Carbon we talked a bit about the story of how Alexa is maniacally laughing at users.  As an aside, they've got a fix out.  As an aside aside, the New York Times talked about the whole thing, 21 years ago.

This got us in to talking about AI, Siri, Hal, and even Kay Summersby.

FDR, Steve Jobs, Harry Hopkins et al also came up.

What would you do if your digital assistant actually had a real personality?

(n.b. there's a weird audio artefact in this recording, sounds like RF interference of some sort, will investigate)

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Episode 34 - Darth Putin


You know, Ken has been coming over to my place every Thursday for a few years now, we talk a lot then we watch a show.  Man in the High Castle, the Expanse, Manhattan, and now, Altered Carbon.  The thing is before every show we talk about politics and technology and history.  Sound familiar?

So, we recorded tonight.

It was inspired by Putin's lovely speech today where he decided to show a cool video of Florida being nuked.

This got us into the Korean War, Trump, anarchists, false flag operations and of course that led into the mirror universe and our impressions of ST:Disco (A Disco. Control. Panel.)

We ended talking a bit about a strange thing that happened on wikipedia a few years back.  This reminded Ken of a thing archivists do.  Who knew?  Now you do.

We hope you like episode 34

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Episode 33 - Sunny Ways

We're back!

You demanded it (I mean like one guy) and we made it happen.  Yup, we decided to do an episode about the recent Canadian election.

We talked about why the election turned out the way it did, when it turned out the way it did, and of course how it relates to the election of Clement Atlee.

Oh, Robin's book is out!  Do you want to review it, he'll send you  a free one.  Just contact him on twitter or Facebook.

We know we say this all of the time, but we really are going to do more of these, we promise.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Episode 32 - Bitcoins for Putin

No, really, we're back. Tonight we decided to talk bitcoin, Bitcoins, Quatloos, beanie babies, tulip bulbs and such. We also talked some about the crisis in the Crimea. I promised to mention Robin's blog, you should read it. You can follow Ken on twitter and me too.

Listen here, and enjoy.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Episode 31 - Silver is Gold

Well, the US election has come and gone, and I for one will miss it. I won't miss the partisan attack ads, I won't miss the superPAC ads, but, I will miss reading every day. In episode 31 we tackle the US election, the future of US elections and the unwillingness of some (we're looking at you pundits, and you FOX news) to accept reality. We don't mean on political opinions. We mean you know, like how polls can be accurate and Nate Silver can figure out results, or say climate change, or evolution, well, you get the idea. We bring in some history of course (Dewey Defeats Truman!) as well as our usual dash of science fiction. We hope you enjoy episode 31

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Episode 30 - Four More Beers!

OK, I know we had a good title in there, but I forgot it and frankly, I don't feel like going through the whole thing to find it.... Four years ago we three got together (for the first time) on episode 8 to talk politics and technology. We also, happily, had a visit from the ever popular Isabelle. We talked about the influence of social media and tech on elections and campaigns, and the current problems in the mid East that seem to have been brought on by a mix of a hateful 'movie' and a bunch of twits who don't understand that in the West the government does not really own the media..... For a bit of historical perspective, Robin suggested you check out an article in the New Yorker. In the end we all predict an Obama victory. Let's see if we are right.... We hope you enjoy episode 30.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Episode 29 - I Know Enough Mimbari, and That Is Kind Of Sad...

Yes, really, we all still exist. Seriously. So much has happened since we got together a little over a year ago. Several countries have new leaders, and Steve Jobs, on of the icons of tech, died. What do these things have in common? Leadership. So yeah, that was our topic. Robin is writing a book on leadership, so he told us about his ideas, they include the notion that leadership is different from managerial ability, and a lot of what we think of as leadership is just being a good manager. We talked Steve Jobs, Jim Kirk, Jean Luc Picard, and of course Gordon Ramsay... We hope you enjoy episode 29.