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Anxious Machine

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Rank #11 in Personal Journals category

Society & Culture
Technology
Personal Journals
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True stories about modern humans

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True stories about modern humans

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I HOPE THERE'S MORE

By IPhoneUser_23 - Dec 31 2016
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This show is just so wonderful !!! I love how it's done and the way it is !!!!

Hidden gem

By noodlefinger - Jan 17 2016
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Found this podcast after meeting Rob. Wish I would have met him earlier. Such great content.

iTunes Ratings

121 Ratings
Average Ratings
94
23
3
1
0

I HOPE THERE'S MORE

By IPhoneUser_23 - Dec 31 2016
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This show is just so wonderful !!! I love how it's done and the way it is !!!!

Hidden gem

By noodlefinger - Jan 17 2016
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Found this podcast after meeting Rob. Wish I would have met him earlier. Such great content.
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Anxious Machine

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True stories about modern humans

Rank #1: A Horrible Experience

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My older brother Scott lives almost completely outside the network of modern life: he has no internet, no email address, no cable TV or satellite, not even an antenna for his television. Until recently, he didn’t even have a bank account or a telephone. In this episode, I try to get to the bottom of why he hates computers, and especially the internet, even though the internet helped him solve a question he’s had since the day he was born.

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Music:

Heavy Flutter by Podington Bear

I Am Running with Temporary Success from a Monstrous Vacuum in Pursuit by Chris Zabriskie

The Sun Is Scheduled to Come Out Tomorrow by Chris Zabriskie

The House Glows with Almost No Help by Chris Zabriskie

The Theatrical Poster for Potergeist III by Podington Bear

The Dark Glow of the Mountains by Podington Bear

88 by Podington Bear

Patrons:

Special thanks to Eric Keys, Cam Hudson, Bradley Dunham, and Gordon Delp for their support of this podcast.

Aug 17 2015
28 mins
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Rank #2: Didn't Want to Be Conscious (S2: E1)

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Humans have been getting intoxicated, and finding new ways to get intoxicated, for thousands of years. On this episode, I explore the history of intoxication, and how that history played out in the life of one young woman.

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In researching this topic, I relied on the following sources (in addition to Wikipedia):

The Beer Archaeologist

‘Apparently Useless’: The Accidental Discovery of LSD

The Trip Treatment

The Cocoa Crux

Heroin: A Hundred-Year Habit

Music:

"The Dark Glow of the Mountains" by Chris Zabriskie

"But Enough About Me, Bill Paxton" by Chris Zabriskie

"Take off and Shoot a Zero" by Chris Zabriskie

"Dance" by American Residue Records, from Last Foxtrot in Burbank

"Black Book" by Ori, remixed by johnny_ripper

"Time Stop" by American Residue Records, from Last Foxtrot in Burbank

"Hikikomori" by John R. Barner from Hikikomori

"Cylinder Seven" by Chris Zabriskie

"Cylinder Three" by Chris Zabriskie

"Cylinder Nine" by Chris Zabriskie

Jun 01 2015
29 mins
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Rank #3: I Was Deprived (S1: E3)

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Tanya grew up in a home with only one approved hour of television a week. She had no music in her bedroom, no cellphone, and no computer access, unless her mother was watching over her shoulder.

In Krystyna’s house, on the other hand, the TV was always on, and she could watch whatever she wanted, whenever she wanted. She now worries, as a single mother, that her children have too much access to screens, since she has very little time or energy to monitor their usage.

The two women take turns telling their stories about fighting for technological freedom, or technological control, and trying to find some kind of balance.

Music:

Back to the Start by johnny_ripper from soundtrack for a film that doesn’t exist

“Lille” by johnny_ripper from soundtrack for a film that doesn’t exist

“Gaël” by johnny_ripper from l’esprit d’escalier

A johnny_ripper remix of “Black Book” by Ori from Deximer

A johnny_ripper remix of “Enough of Our Machines” by Son Lux from Deximer

“A Void” by johnny_ripper from Epilogue

Feb 16 2015
23 mins
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Rank #4: Teleportation Device

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Humans have been reading for thousands of years, but ever since the invention of television, people have been worried that reading is in decline. The latest worry is that, even if the Internet has caused an uptick in the quantity of our reading, we're reading on screens instead of paper, and this seems to degrade the quality of our reading.

On this episode, technology writer Clive Thompson talks about the history of reading as a technology, why we’re worried about its future, and what happened when he tried to read War and Peace on his iPhone.

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Links:

Clive Thompson’s essay about reading War and Peace on his iPhone

Clive Thompson’s essay about the novelty effect

Clive Thompson’s book Smarter than You Think

Hanna Rosin’s article for The Atlantic about children and screens

Amaranth Borsuk & Brad Bouse: Between Page and Screen

Music:

Curious Process by Podington Bear

Oxygen Garden by Chris Zabriskie

Deeper by Phlox.s

Rythn by Podington Bear

Mensa by Podington Bear

Steppin Intro by Podington Bear

Program Reverie by Podington Bear

Euphoric by Podington Bear

Respiration by Podington Bear

88 by Podington Bear

Aug 03 2015
30 mins
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Rank #5: I Had No Instinct (S1: E4)

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Kate Hopper had dreamed of a totally natural birth, with no drugs and no medical interventions. But when her baby was born two months early, Kate had to enter the unnatural world of the neonatal intensive care unit, where incubators, tubes, and monitors kept her daughter at a distance, and where Kate had to struggle to find her own identity as a mother.

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Links:

Kate Hopper’s book about her experience: Ready for Air

Kate Hopper’s website: Motherhood and Words

Music:

Imaginary Friend by johnny_ripper

Tea Tea Tea by Chapelier Fou, remixed by johnny_ripper

In a Dream by johnny_ripper

Staircase with Felix Green by johnny_ripper

Une Belle Fin by johnny_ripper

A Song for Charlie Kaufman by johnny_ripper

Mar 02 2015
20 mins
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Rank #6: These Things Is Miracles

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When she was growing up, Adrienne didn’t want to believe she was losing her hearing, and she didn’t want to wear hearing aids. This is the story of how she decided to embrace the technology that restored her hearing, and what happened when she did.

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Patrons:

Mark Bramhill

Music:

Cylinder Five by Chris Zabriskie

There Are Many Different Kinds of Love by Chris Zabriskie

Cylinder Six by Chris Zabriskie

The Sun Is Scheduled to Come out Tomorrow by Chris Zabriskie

I Am running with Temporary Success from a Monstrous Vacuum in Pursuit by Chris Zabriskie

Heavy Flutter by Podington Bear

Brethren Arise by Chris Zabriskie

I Need to Start Writing Things Down by Chris Zabriskie

Androids Always Escape by Chris Zabriskie

88 by Podington Bear

What True Self? Feels Bogus, Let’s Watch Jason X by Chris Zabriskie

Jul 19 2015
22 mins
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Rank #7: All My Days Have Been Guns (S2: E2)

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Bernard did not get along with his father, who expected him to work like a full-time employee in the family gas station starting when Bernard was just eight years old. But then Bernard went off to the army, and when he came home, an incident with a gun changed his relationship to his father, to society, and to himself.

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The Heard

ARRVLS

Samuel Colt

A Tradition of Arms

The Price of Valor

Music:

LAX from American Residue Records Presents - Last Foxtrot in Burbank: The Mixtape

Mario Bava Sleeps In a Little Later Than He Expected To by Chris Zabriskie

Take off and Shoot a Zero by Chris Zabriskie

I Am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor by Chris Zabriskie

Dead Inside by dustmotes

1 by John R. Barner from Funayurei

Jun 15 2015
31 mins
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Rank #8: Inbox Time Machine (S1: E6)

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Sarah’s parents got divorced when she was little. She and her siblings stayed with their mom, even though Sarah preferred her father’s company. She only saw her father for dinner once a week and stayed with him every other weekend. When she got to talk to him on the phone, her mother often stood nearby and listened.

So when email entered their lives, Sarah finally had a mode of communication with their father that felt private. This is the story of how email affected their relationship, what kinds of communication it enabled, and what kinds of communication it shut down.

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Music:

All music for this episode by Chris Zabriskie

Cylinder Two

Divider

Cylinder Five

The House Glows (with Almost No Help)

I Am a Man who Will fight for Your Honor

The Theatrical Poster for Poltergeist III

What True Self? Feels Bogus, Let’s Watch Jason X

Androids Always Escape

Mar 30 2015
24 mins
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Rank #9: Completely Clueless and Completely Paranoid (Interim Episode 2)

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Sara thought she knew her son, but then a medical diagnosis left her questioning everything. This is the story of how she coped when the medical treatment turned him into a completely different child.

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Music:

Mario Bava Sleeps in a Little Later Than He Expected by Chris Zabriskie Enough of Our Machines by Son Lux, remixed by jonny_ripper Summa by Tape.

Apr 27 2015
10 mins
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Rank #10: The Window Seat (S1: E5)

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Mohamed fell in love with air travel at a young age. He lived in Kuwait, but he would fly with his family back to Egypt at the end of every school year, so air travel was imbued with the pleasure of summer, vacation, family, and fun.

Then he grew up and moved to the United States, and suddenly air travel was much more expensive, much more difficult. This is the story of how his relationship to flying changed.

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Links: Louis CK on the Conan O’Brien show

Music: Halflight by Podington Bear Mensa by Podington Bear Constellation by Podington Bear Filaments by Podington Bear

Mar 16 2015
14 mins
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