Time Travel

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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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Planet of the Apes : Episode 56

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Planet of the Apes

What: Charlton Heston gives the apes what for.
Directed by: Franklin Shaffner
Starring: Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Daly, Linda Harrison

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Star Trek – First Contact (feat. Jolene Creighton of Futurism) : Episode 52

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Star Trek VIII: First Contact

What: The enterprise does time travel and Picard intimidates the borg with his massive guns (biceps).
Directed by: Jonathan Frakes
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard

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

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