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Aliens: hyperlseep, how to terraform, and Blade Runner reconciliation w/ Josh from LSG media

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Josh from LSG Media headshotJosh from LSG Media

Love

Love! For James Cameron and Aliens. And the great utilitarian design of the spaceship interiors. Great world-building.

Hypersleep

Cryosleep? Ice sublimation and mummified Sigourney Weaver. Hibernation. How to shove pine cones up your butt, chug some Nyquil, and turn into a bear. Cryogenic specimen preservations: sperm! DIY fecal plugs for hibernation.

Private space industry

The rise of private space industry. Going dystopian.

Planetary operations

Planet? Moon? The delineation between planets and moons and looking forward to the future when we get confused again. Demoting Pluto to planetoid. Terraforming Mars. Sad news on Martian CO2 supplies for atmosphere creation. Crater settlements and whether or not you need a roof. Atmospheric density limits for human comfort and thriving.

Xenomorphs

But are they really called Xenomorphs? The throwaway line in Aliens that spawned decades of confusion.

Send the robots

Always send the robots. Unless you are an evil corporation with shady goals. Milk robots…?

Blade Runner connection

Blade Runner and Aliens are the same universe. The separate lines of technological development that yielded replicants and Aliens’ “synthetics.” Blade Runner 2049’s anime prequel and how that informs the universe crossover.

Links

Aliens: iTunes | Amazon
Josh’s shows on LSG Media: Science Fiction Film Podcast | The X-Files Podcast
Josh’s escape room in Massachusetts: Mass Escape
Jurassic World, Jurassic Values by Mike Hill: YouTube

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Ready Player One: virtual reality haptics, digital economies, and optical trickery w/ Jolene Creighton

Featuring guest co-host
Jolene Creighton headshotJolene Creighton

Fandom

Identity according to interests. Fiction as personal and social mirror. Cultures and subcultures and super-niches.

The “Stacks”

Ad-hoc city large-scale construction. Kowloon Walled City.

Virtual Reality immersion technology

VR treadmills vs slippy-feet (Virtuix Omni). Looking silly. Scaling and translation from real-world input to virtual worlds. Manual and body haptics. Simulating moistness. Nard-stimulation for good and ill.

VR spatial awareness

Directional trickery in virtual reality. Tricking people into experiencing smaller real-world spaces as much larger in virtual reality. Saccade-driven Redirected Walking for VR.

Resolution of virtual worlds

Pixel densities and optical foci. Continuity of experience and detection of the difference between virtual and simulated worlds. Finding the clever “hacks” that will enable us to more deeply immerse ourselves in VR experiences.

Sharding

Virtual world scale and sharding vs mon-worlds.Virtu

Value systems

Real virtual economies and responsibility.

Links

Ready Player One iTunes | Amazon
Ready Player One (book) by Ernest Cline iTunes | Amazon
Saccade-driven Redirected Walking for VR YouTube
A Real Life Haptic Glove (Ready Player One Technology Today) by Smarter Every Day YouTube
The Infinadeck Omnidirectional Treadmill by Smarter Every Day YouTube
Kowloon Walled City interactive feature WSJ
The Brookhaven Experiment Steam

Man From Earth Holocene: hunter gatherer nostalgia and trading intestines for brains w/ Adrian Falcone

Featuring guest co-host
adrian falcone headshotAdrian Falcone

The Man From Earth

Our love for the original. Considering the sequel. People talking in a room.

Nostalgia

The coming-on of the bronze age. Grocking the rate of progress w/ Dominick Perry. “Free time” in hunter-gatherer societies. Nostalgia as a way to bridge from what was old and comfortable to what is new and scary.

Cro-magnon

Anatomically modern humans vs socially modern humans. The evolutionary advantage of controlled fire and beginning to cook food. Getting away from all-day mastication and looooooooong intestines in favor of the big brain on Brad.

Primitive Technology

Getting boy without modern technology. The earliest evidence for humans cooking with fire. Differentiating human-controlled fire from millennia ago from other sources (like iguanas, or wildfires).

Growing old

Life expectancies over time. Appreciation for antibiotics. Life expectancy vs lifespan. Evolving into a centauranarian.

Jesus

Less-than-generous portrayals of religious characters. Third-act surprises. Jesus vs the antichrist.

Resolutions

Resolutions?

Links

The Man From Earth: Holocene: iTunes | Amazon
Primitive Technology: YouTube
The Man From Earth: iTunes | Amazon | Decipher SciFi

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Lost in Space [2018] (feat. Adrian Falcone, nerd) : Episode 140

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Lost in Space [2018]

What: We cover the first two episode of Netflix’ rehash of the classic Lost in Space
Directed by: Neil Marshall
Starring: Molly Parker, Toby Stephens, Maxwell Jenkins, Parker Posey

Featuring guest co-host
adrian falcone headshotAdrian Falcone, nerd

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Men in Black (feat. Liam Ginty, nerd) : Episode 138

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Men in Black

What: Will Smith punches aliens.
Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino

Featuring guest co-host
Liam Ginty PhotoLiam Ginty of Sandy Pug Games

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Stargate (feat Dominic Perry of The History of Egypt Podcast) : Episode 136

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Stargate

What: Stargate science in the movie that spawned the sprawling franchise. Yay ancient Egypt!
Directed by: Roland Emmerich
Starring: Kurt Russell, James Spader, French Stewart

Featuring guest co-host
Dominic Perry headshotDominic Perry of The History of Egypt Podcast

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Pacific Rim (ft. Stephen Granade, scientist) : Episode 134

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Pacific Rim

What: Robots! And Aliens!
Directed by: Guillermo Del Toro
Starring: Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi

Featuring guest co-host
Stephen Granade scientist headshotStephen Granade, scientist

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The Cloverfield Paradox (feat. Adrian Falcone, physics nerd) : Episode 131

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The Cloverfield Paradox

What: Event Horizon, Hanna-Barbera Edition. And then monsters.
Directed by: Julius Onah
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, Daniel Brühl

Featuring guest co-host
adrian falcone headshotAdrian Falcone, general-purpose smarty pants

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Mad Max Fury Road (feat. Brandon Rollins, Game Designer) : Episode 130

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Mad Max Fury Road

What: Vroom vrooom *screeee* *crash* My name is Max.
Directed by: George Miller
Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult

Featuring guest co-host
Brandon Rollins
Brandon Rollins, Game Dev

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Transformers The Last Knight (feat. Jolene Creighton from Futurism) : Episode 129

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Transformers The Last Knight

What: Robots fighting, and then a robot planet fighting earth which may also be a robot planet somehow, it’s hard to tell.
Directed by: Michael Bay
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel

Featuring guest co-host
Jolene Creighton headshotJolene Creighton, managing editor at Futurism.com

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