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Adrian Falcone

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Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse: particle colliders, art, and magnetic monopolies w/ Adrian Falcone

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Colliders Particle collider scales. Increasing energies. Finding the Higgs Boson. Different ways of smashing things. Straight colliders, ring colliders, and rings so large they kinda seem straight at a certain scale. Adrian’s new area of expertise. “Natural experiments” in particle physics. Imagining future colliders and subsequent discoveries. Confirmation of supersymmetry. Probing the edges of the standard model. Collider danger Stragelets and black holes and other things that won’t happen. Anatoli Burgorski taking a load in the eye. Magnetic monopoles and winning “Magnetic Monopoly.” Art! OMG the art. Chromatic aberration. Offset printing errors. Smearing vs motion blur. Animating on “twos” or “threes” and the use of fluidity as a storytelling tool. Spider-ones Favorite Spiderman movie? Exhalation by Ted Chiang: iTunesAmazon Support the show!

37mins

13 Aug 2019

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The Matrix: green phosphors, neuroplasticity, and rejecting utopia w/ Adrian Falcone

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This movie is awesome It is! And also we’re old. But honestly this is still unironically the best thing. The legacy of the Matrix. Falling back in love with the Wachowskis. Addressing the sequels. Cyberpunk The Matrix as cyberpunk. Comparing against other touchstones. Philip K Dick. William Gibson’s review from the time. When I began to write NEUROMANCER, there was no “cyberpunk”. THE MATRIX is arguably the ultimate “cyberpunk” artifact. Or will be, if the sequels don’t blow. I hope they don’t, and somehow have a hunch they won’t, but I’m glad I’m not the one who has to worry about it. -William Gibson, lol Old school computing Damn kids and their pixels. CRT displays and low/high persistence phosphorus and how we wound up irl with the bright glowing green text aesthetic that informed The Matrix. Eye fatigue back in the day. Computer-touchers. Staring at people at work for fun and profit. The Solarized color schemes. The Matrix Taking the red pill. How easy it actually really is to explain what The Matrix is. Neo is a giant, slimy baby. The inefficiencies of using humans as batteries when you have fusion power. Grass, tastes bad. Benevolent AI Dictators But WHAT IF The Matrix actually has humanity’s best interests in mind? The possibility that they really tried to give us our utopia. Virtual worlds Plasticity and your brain’s willingness to accept new input schemes. Designing The Matrix with a “failsafe” so the humans are unadapted to their physical bodies irl. Acquired synaesthesia. Supernumerary limbs and phallic cartwheels. Upside down goggles and adaptation to a new “up.” Permanence in sensory adaptations. Hacking The Matrix Bendable physics. The difficulty with bending or breaking the rules of computing hardware. The Backwards Brain Bicycle by Smarter Every Day: YouTube The Animatrix: iTunesAmazonYouTube The Pizza Matrix (it's terrible): YouTube Support the show!

55mins

26 Mar 2019

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Lost in Space: supercooling, space imaging, and sexy robots w/ Adrian Falcone

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Space travel and orienteering Space maps. Star brightnesses and reference points. The ESA Gaia Project. Landing in glaciers. Glacier life cycles. Fjords! Callback to Seveneves. Space imaging Dude, we have video from a comet! How various inputs are composited into attractive imagery. Public data and the opportunities for citizen science and science communication. Spectroscopy and impactor makeup-detection. Detecting invisible glass clouds by how they scatter light. Red shift and blue shift. “Superfreezing” Superfeeezing, supersaturation, etc. Booby-trapped microwaved water. Nucleation points. Slushy bear. Day/night cycles and weather around extreme freezing/thawing. The “crew” Dad’s triage skills. Recognizing magnesium. Is it bigger than a breadbox? Robots! General Grievous gets the thigh ground. Fueling your nether regions with gasoline. Power-saving mode in the murder module. “Fire seeds” Giant redwood reproduction strategies. Living through wildfires. “Cleverness” in the unguided process of natural selection. "Video" from the comet 67p: Twitter Lost in Space (1998 film): gifted children, future vlogging, and colonizing space: Decipher SciFi Which Are The Real Pictures of Space? What’s a Photo and What’s An Illustration? by Fraser Cain: YouTube Support the show!

50mins

1 May 2018

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The Cloverfield Paradox: NASA bone loss, simulated gravity, and gyroscopes w/ Adrian Falcone

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The Cloverfield Formula Cloverfield -> 10 Cloverfield Lane -> The Cloverfield Paradox -> Overlord Find a script Add monsters … profit Artifical gravity. With a twist! Like, literally a twist. Balancing huge gyroscopes on a central stem. Spinning buckets. Bucket size Combating bone and muscle atrophy with the ARED. How the ARED works. The danger of jackedstronauts coming back from space to take over the planet. Particle colliders Anatoli Burgorski took a proton bream to the back of the face. It went surprisingly well for him! Phineas Gage of the nuclear age. Linear vs circular particle accelerators. The Cloverfield Paradox. 3D printing Impressively unimpressive food printing. Printing plastic handguns and metal lower receivers. Maybe don’t use a gun on a space station though that’s pretty dangerous. Gyroscopes Chris’ immense latissimus dorsi. Avoiding affecting sensitive space mechanisms by avoiding spewing mass into space around your station/telescope. Losing earth/losing a space station Geocentric vs heliocentric orbits. How to tell if Earth is gone/how to tell if your space station is gone. 10 Cloverfield Lane: iTunesAmazon Burning Astronaut Pee - Smarter Every Day 149: YouTube Space Telescopes Maneuver like CATS - Smarter Every Day 59: YouTube Support the show!

53mins

27 Feb 2018

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Rick & Morty: Shrödinger, many worlds, and rules-lawyering AI w/ Adrian Falcone

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Many Worlds The interpretations of quantum physics that gives Rick & Morty the “multiverse.” Probabilities and determinism. Shrödinger’s Cat Shringer’s thought experient, initially a criticism of the Copenhagen Interpretation of quantum physics cum go-to example. Universes Organizing and labeling universes. The “central finite curve.” AI Foibles Rules-lawyering with a genie, again. Elon Musk vs Mark Zuckerberg. Kevin Kelly’s take. Keeping them in the box. Universes in Universes Energy efficiency in multiverse batteries. Creating universes. the Kardashev scale. Community also by Darn Harmon: iTunesAmazon Rick and Morty - Finding Meaning in Life by Will Shoder: YouTube Support the show!

43mins

1 Aug 2017

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Passengers: helical ship designs, the real Arcturus star, and ethics w/ Adrian Falcone

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Ship design Segmented helix. Simulated/artificial gravity. Fusion reactors and constant acceleration. 0.5c after 30 years. Arcturus A red dwarf, 37 lightyears away from earth. Could the ship have made is to that point with the time and speed given? (no) This is the meat right here. Meaningless slingshots. Red Dwarves. Physics! Stasis Generation ships vs stasis pods. Stasis as a resource-saving measure. IRL research in “stasis” and muscle-mass conservation. Acceptable levels of brain deterioration. “Minor” brain damage. Anti-collision measures Kinda like magic. Atomizing rocks in space at 0.5c. Gravity and the ceasing thereof How simulated gravity works on a giant spinning torus (or, in this case, a segmented helix). How it ceases, and the physics necessary in order to create the effect seen in the film. Swimming out of floating water. Seveneves: iTunesAmazon "How did the Avalon (seemingly) get to Arcturus so quickly if they are only traveling at .5 of lightspeed?": Scifi & Fantasy Stack Exchange Support the show!

48mins

10 Jan 2017

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The Exorcist: demonic possession, skepticism, and horror w/ Adrian Falcone

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Editions Theatrical vs “The Version You’ve Never Seen.” Demons Devils, demons, pazuzu, deception. How do people get possessed? Different theories. Supernaturalism Supernatural detective work. Priest losing his faith. “Real” Exorcism The Catholics. The Rite of Exorcism. Bureaucracy. Serious vs loosey-goosey exorcisms. Simple vs Easy Explanations Occam’s razor. Science. Latin Tradition. Latin as the language of ancient evil. Ecclesiastical latin. Order of Operations Medicine -> fringe medicine -> call a priest! Horror The ways this movie is timelessly excellent and scary. Parenting. Demon Battle Plan Demons might not be the best at planning, OR we might be inconsequential nothings to them, OR creating a rift between god and his people is their job. The Exorcist - Killapalooza: Double Feature Podcast You Are Two by CGP Grey: YouTube Support the show!

47mins

18 Oct 2016

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The Man From Earth: biological immortality, and what is a micromort w/ Adrian Falcone

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Production Jerome Bixby’s final, lifelong work. A bittorrent success story. The Man From Earth: The Series Why this movie is the best A great mechanism for great conversation: a collection of domain experts exploring hypotheticals. Human Evolution Biological differences. Geography. Proto human language. Memory and Learning Plasticity. Long term memories. Retrospective fill-ins. Meta-memory. Immortal Biology Regeneration. Disease. Scarring and cancer. Nasty, Brutish, and Short Living through humanity’s violent past. Adjusting to the current morality. Old fashioned ways. Danger and Risk Micromorts. Judging risk and how to live life when you’re immortal. "Good job, BRAIN!" by Good Job Brain: GoodJobBrain.com Risk. by VSauce: YouTube : Support the show!

48mins

7 Jun 2016

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Idiocracy: cynicism, user experience research, and dysgenics w/ Adrian Falcone

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Movie Production Issues Lack of studio support. Poor audience test results. VERY small number of screens. Somehow, a cult hit after release. Why Do People Love This Movie? Has internet cult hit status. Why? Appealing to elitism and cynicism? Fart jokes? Love it or hate it. Christopher Has a Problem With This Movie It feels mean, basically. Also the extrapolations it makes are unreasonable as far as I’m concerned. Dumbing Down Society Network covered similar ground in the 1970s. Whose Fault is this Situation? The yuppies for not reproducing more? The “dumb” people? The system? Corporatism, selfishness, etc? Human Evolution Defining terms because people use them in the wrong way too often. How humanity actually evolves. Dysgenics. Why the movie is wrong. Bad Things “Crab mentality.” Self absorption. Laziness. Selfishness. Willful ignorance. Materialism. Design for Idiots Actually there are some interesting examples here. Simplification of UI. “Idiot-proofing.” Automation. How Do We Avoid This Future? Each host gives their plan to save the world. Governor Adrian implements the ~mushroom~ marshmallow test. The Genius of Idiocracy: Rolling Stone Idiocracy is a Cruel Movie and You Should Be Ashamed for Liking It: Gizmodo The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman: iTunesAmazon Support the show!

48mins

23 Feb 2016