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Blade: blood, colloidal silver aposematism, and scoville testing

Blade

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Silver

Weaponizing silver. Colloidal silver. Papa Smurf. Blue anti-vampire aposematism.

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Spray defense

Pepper spray. Garlic spray. The difference between bear spray and self-defense pepper spray. The positives and negatives of fog-mode sprays in vampire club fighting. Johnny Knoxville pain ratings.

Scoville units

Laboratory capsaicin measurement by high-performance liquid chromatography vs the organoleptic method. The obvious unreliability of the original organoleptic (tasting) method.

Blood

Blooooood. Blood drinking. Hemoglobin deficiencies. Heme. Porphyria and the vampire legend. Blood doping.

Sun block

Vampires and ultraviolet sensitivity. “Chemical” and “physical” UV sunblocks.

Decipherment

Decipherment vs translation. Ancient manuscripts. Multispectral imaging. Machine learning supremacy. Making random noise until you know how to play Mario.

Links

Blade: iTunes | Amazon
The World in UV by Veritassium: YouTube
Sunscreen in UV by Physics Girl: YouTube
Red Bull Crashed Ice 2012 Uphill Race: YouTube

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Black Panther: rhino domestication, click languages, and Killmonger overheating

Afrofuturism

Wishing there were more of this in popular media.

Invisible cities

A review of invisibility technology: spatial, temporal, and spectral light cloaking. Vibranium to the rescue.

Vibranium

Space impactors. Resource

Armor

Body armor, stationary armor. Avoiding concussive force. Reactive armor in tanks: shaped explosives that explode at the other thing that’s gonna explode! Molecular springs of carbon for storage of mechanical energy from kinetic. How not to turn into Black Panther jelly when the suit releases its energy (be superhuman).

Absolute monarchies

Bas Rutten for king. Right hoooook.

Scars and sweat

Killmonger’s scarification and scar damage to the dermis. Sweat patterns around scars.

Telepiloting

Remote vehicle control. Light-speed communications delays. AI-assisted remote human driving.

War Rhinos

Domestication vs trainability. Extinct war elephants and why we can’t have war rhinos. Dürer’s rhinoceros, drawn from notes on the first rhino seen in Europe since Roman times.Dürer's Rhinoceros

Click language

Xhosa! Bantu languages. The possibility of a connection to the earliest human languages.

Links

Decipher RPG Part 1 | Part 2

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Westworld : Episode 139

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Westworld [1973]

What: Robots! And six shooters! you get the idea.
Directed by: Michael Crichton
Starring: Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin

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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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The marvelous Sean Connery in a red diaper and badoliers with thigh-high boots

Zardoz : Episode 132

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Zardoz

What: Bodybuilding Einstein kills things. And weird stuff happens.
Directed by: John Boorman
Starring: Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling, Sara Kestelman

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Avatar : Episode 123

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Avatar

What: Dances with Smurfs AKA Smurf Gully
Directed by: James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang

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The Mummy [2017] (feat Dominic Perry of The History of Egypt Podcast) : Episode 111

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The Mummy [2017]

What: Tom Cruise and an unusually-attractive dead lady run around the desert. Curses!
Directed by: Alex Kurtzman
Starring: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Russel Crowe, Jake Johnson

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

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Guardians of the Galaxy : Episode 89

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Guardians of the Galaxy

What: Charming rag-tag group of unlikely heroes unite to… guard the galaxy. From evil things.
Directed by: James Gunn
Starring: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Dave Bautista

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Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (feat. Brandon Rollins, Game Designer) : Episode 79

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Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

What: Bill Preston and Ted Logan are two totally excellent dudes facing one most heinous history exam.
Directed by: Stephen Herek
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, George Carlin

Featuring guest co-host
Brandon Rollins
Brandon Rollins, creator of War Co. Expandable Card Game

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Outlander (feat. Lee from Viking Age) : Episode 67

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Outlander

What: Viking space Jesus stars in Beowulf, and then Predator. Get to the space-choppa.
Directed by: Howard McCain
Starring: Jim Caviezel, Sophia Myles, Ron Perlman

Featuring guest co-host
Lee Accomando headshotLee Accomando of Viking Age Podcast

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