Time Travel

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Avengers Endgame: Appreciating the enormity of the MCU

A review

Spoiler alert: we liked this movie

Phase 1

Appreciating the establishment of the characters of Iron Man and Captain America. That grenade scene. Joss Whedon writing and directing teams of characters learning to work together. Realizing the first movie in the MCU came out in 2008. Realizing just how long ago 2008 was.

Phase 2

James Gunn appreciation (ps Super was really really good!). Guardians introducing a new level of comedy into the MCU.

Phase 3

Guardians dad feels. Our favorite MCU movies. Appreciating Spiderverse even though it doesn’t count.

Money and The Mouse

The huge money-making power of this franchise. A review of budgets and revenue in the MCU. Feeling conflicted about enjoying these otherwise-impossible projects while Disney slowly buys up the entirety of western media.

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Time travel. Single-timeline time travel vs branching-timelines. The classic scientific “Loki-Hypercube paradox.” Timeline diagram for Avengers: Endgame. Avoiding the Novikov self-consistency principle for paradox avoidance. The “Deutsch proposition.” Robbing Peter in one timeline to pay Paul in another. Playing the time travel genie to wish for more wishes.

Characters

Character growth. Going over Cap, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, etc. Observing how these characters have grown over time.

Links

MCU on Decipher SciFi: Guardians 1 | Guardians 2 | Avengers Infinity War
Avengers: Endgame timeline diagram: imgur
Marvel movie budgets and box office revenue: Reddit
“The Limitations of the Marvel Cinematic Universe” by Patrick Willems: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

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Back to the Future Part II: time travel options, retro futurism, and hip thrust combat w/ Daniel Barker

Likenesses

The legal precedent set by Crispin Glover’s lawsuit against the production; folks are more careful these days as a result. “Grandma Tarkin.”

"Grandma Tarkin" Star Wars satire speech-to-text meme

Rick & Morty

Rick & Morty’s original short lampooning Doc & Marty.

The future

The fun, friendly future where the alleyways are safer than the streets. Worrying about your future children and feeling disgusted by your teenage self. Pelvic thrusting fight technique.

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DJB back in the embarrassing teenage days

Time travel technique

Buying The almanac. Varieties of time travel: mutable, immutable, and branching. The way BTTF mixes these options at its leisure. The butterfly effect. Coping with the scale of possibilities. Strategic infanticide and Godwin’s Law.

Spacetime travel

Taking into account frames of reference. Appearing suddenly in near-vacuum if you don’t properly calibrate your time machine to also account for space travel. The importance of accurate time measurement e.g. Doctor Who The Movie. Destroying “the universe” but only the local area as causality here could not affect far away galaxies due to expansion. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Rational Optimism

Dan’s message welcoming Marty McFly to the future. Recognizing the overarching improvements in the wellbeing of humanity in the face of the negative newscycle.

Future things!

Bricking your self-lacing shoes. Keeping your shoes from joining a botnet. Self-smoking shirts. The periodic nature of futurism where “the future” always looks basically like now but with neato accessories. Hoverboard hoaxes and disappointments.

Links

Uncertainty Principle the Podcast: Soundcloud | The “Marty” Episode
VFXcool: Back to the Future Trilogy by Captain Disillusion: Part 1 | Part 2

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Doctor Who: the Y2K scare, supernumerary hearts, and the utility of atomic clocks

Doctor Who

Not a lot of Doctor Who experience at the table here. Recognition of the Moffat era. Finding a single, self-contained Who unit to use as an entrée. James McAvoy.

Millenium

Pedantic note: the millenium wouldn’t really start until 2001. Colbert gets to be the jerk for once.

Y2K

Numeronyms. Alternate terms: CDC, FADL. How we got here (there, then?). Limits on data storage and memory over time that make two-digit date storage actually seem kinda reasonable. Y2K38, aka the Unix millnium bug. The horrors of datetime in software and can you imagine the pain of writing this code for time travel. Standard datetime epochs: unix epoch, planet epoch, and time-since-the-big-bang epoch. We’re gonna need a lot more memory.

Multiple hearts

Doctor Who has got a lot of heart. But also he has literally two hearts. Animals irl on Earth with multiple “hearts.” Octopus (3), hagfish (4). The role of auxiliary “hearts” in these animals. Human heart grafting in heterotopic aka “piggy-back” heart transplants.

Atomic clocks

The history of time-measurement accuracy. From sundials to Hugens’ pendulum to modern atomic clocks. Appreciating GPS and understanding how atomic clocks are integral to their function.

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Superman (1978) : Episode 144

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Superman (1978)

What: Superman!
Directed by: Richard Donner
Starring: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman

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Avengers Infinity War : Episode 142

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Avengers Infinity War

What: Thanos goes glove-shopping
Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo

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Timecop : Episode 135

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Timecop

What: Jean Claude kicks faces.
Directed by: Peter Hyams
Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, Ron Silver

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The Time Machine (feat Joe Ruppel) : Episode 107

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The Time Machine [1895, 1960, 2002]

What: We talk about H.G. Wells’ “The Time Machine” and its two film adaptations. Time travel!
Written/Directed by: H.G. Wells | George Pal | Simon Wells
Starring: Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Yvette Mimieux | Guy Pearce, Yancey Arias, Mark Addy

Featuring guest co-host
Joe Ruppel PhotoJoe Ruppel, history nerd and our co-bff

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Rick & Morty (feat. Adrian Falcone) : Episode 101

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Rick & Morty

What: Rick & Morty, man.
Created by: Dan Harmon, Justin Roiland
Starring: Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer, Sarah Chalke, Dan Harmon

Featuring guest co-host
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Adrian Falcone, general-purpose internet nerd

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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
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Brandon Rollins, creator of War Co. Expandable Card Game

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Arrival – part 2 – Alien Language (feat. Nick Farmer) : Episode 66

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Arrival

What: Aliens arrive, and talk communicate with a human linguist. In this second episode on the film,  we cover all of the language stuff!
Directed by: Denis Villeneuve
Starring: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker

Featuring guest co-host
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Nick Farmer, linguist, creator of The Expanse’s Belter language

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