21: Fallacious Arguments and Where to Find Them

A straw man, a Scotsman, and literally Hitler walk into a bar. Is it a joke (punchline: something something “unnatural”), or are they our top picks for the finest logical fallacies?

Disclaimer: These fallacies are for educational purposes only. Please do not use them at home.

More Important Disclaimer: This episode has nothing to do with Harry Potter or Newt Scamander.

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Follow-up & Mini-topics

Main Topic: Logical Fallacies

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20: Guardian Down (Bonus)

Dustin isn’t playing Destiny 2 (yet?), so he has questions for Matthew and Trevor. This is a shorter-than-usual bonus episode covering our initial thoughts on Destiny 2 as of September 10, the fifth day after the Cabal attacked.

The game we’re talking about: Destiny

The one weapon we mention: Rat King

Our Destiny clan: Still Flyin [3K64] (Join us!)

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19: Everything Is Quantum

In the second of this quantum pair of episodes, we talk about how we’ve seen quantum physics used in fiction. Dustin graciously continues to answer our questions. There’s also a bit of a history lesson on how quantum physics were preceded in science fiction by radium and transistors.

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Follow-up & Mini-topics

  • Finland temperature records
  • SI vs. Imperial units
  • Quantum teleportation
  • Qubits and cubits

Main topic: Quantum Physics in Fiction

  • Quantum asteroid field (Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2)
  • Ansible (Ursula K. Le Guin, Ender’s Game/Enderverse, Mass Effect)
  • TV Tropes: Quantum mechanics can do anything
  • How we feel about scientific accuracy in movies
  • Spaceships that are jungles
  • Radium in the Barsoom series (A Princess of Mars, et al.)
  • Transistors in early Marvel material
  • Science communication and how differing definitions of terms can confuse people.

State of the Show

A few notes on audio production, why the last episode was a week late, and why the production timeline will hopefully become tighter over time.

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18: Quantum of Entanglement

Dustin fills us in on quantum mechanics and what he’s been doing with his life. Matthew struggles to understand the dangers of “eclipse madness.” Trevor struggles to think of good quantum questions.

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Follow-up & Mini-topics

Main topic: Quantum Mechanics

  • Dustin’s research project
  • Double-slit experiments
  • Quantum erasers
  • Quantum entanglement
  • Quantum teleportation

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17: Ready Player Eleven

All the news from Comic-Con that’s fit to ramble on about.

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Preliminary Mini Topics

  • Some thoughts on Logan
  • American folk heroes (John Henry, Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, et al.)

Main Topic

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16: A Marvelous Return

Spider-Man, Spider-Man
We watched the sixth movie of Spider-Man

He slings some webs
In the ’burbs
We all thought it was pretty gurb

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Pre-show

Main Topic: Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spoiler free (26:20)

General impressions, how Homecoming fits in with and/or stacks up against the rest of the MCU, and how it compares to previous Spider-Man movies.

SPOILERS (37:17)

  • Humor in the trailers vs. the movie.
  • Homecoming’s sense of place.
  • Thoughts on the Vulture.
  • Nods to other potential spider-people.
  • Is the ring a long-game payoff for a joke that was never actually set up?
  • The movie’s tribute to Amazing Spider-Man #33

Post-show

Superheroes’ Kitchen Guide PSA

Superheroes’ Kitchen Guide PSA

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15: Wunderfrau

Wonder Woman is a significant milestone for superhero movies: a DC movie that all three of us were interested in talking about.

You can pre-order Wonder Woman on iTunes or Amazon. (haha. Amazon.)

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Pre-Show / Followup

Main Topic: Wonder Woman (24:40)

Post-Show (1:48:27)

  • Superhero movies as not-a-genre.
  • Female-led superhero movies.

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14: Video Games for Days

E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) is like Christmas for the world of video games. That is, if Christmas was a time for watching videos about presents that you might get someday, possibly months or years into the future. And if you like to spend Christmas talking about your hopes and fears for what those presents will be like, complaining that other people might get better gifts, and considering how prior years’ presents have fallen short.

Pre-show / Follow up

  • Monument Valley 2
  • Spheres vs. Cubes vs. Pyramids AKA Borg, Death Star, Ra. Send us your hand signal suggestions.
  • Imperial Radch followup
    • Correct order: Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword, Ancillary Mercy
    • Pronunciation of ancillary (US vs. UK)
    • Why Cortana is an ancilla, but the Radch uses ancillaries.
    • Fun Finland Fact: Santa Claus is a goat.

Main Topic: E3

  • What is E3?
    • Why did Bungie have their own event shortly before E3?
  • BioWare’s new open world shooter
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins
  • Xbonx (AKA the Xbox One X AKA Xbox High Sierra)
  • Xbonx back compatibility with original Xbox
  • Nintendo
    • Two Metroid games
    • New Mario game
    • DLC for Zelda
    • Core Pokemon game on Nintendo Switch
    • Buying tips for the Switch
  • Bethesda: No Skyrim sequel or Spacerim announcement.
  • Console exclusivity gripes
  • New Spider-Man game
  • Shared superhero identities

Post-show

  • The glory of our first sponsor read
  • The horror of our first skit
  • More audiobook suggestions than you can shake a paper book at
  • The wisdom of bullseyeing womp rats

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13: Time Enough at Last

It isn’t fair. Books, books, everywhere, and all of them to read.

Drowning in choices? We toss you a life preserver of sorts—our own recent reads.

Followup

  • Star Trek Discovery
  • Wonder Woman (No spoilers.)
  • Fun Finland Facts
  • Fun Finlandia Facts

Main Topic: Books / Summer Reading

There will not be any spoilers.

xkcd 109

Holy moly, Second Life is still online.

The Guild

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12: MMORPGFPSP(odcast)

We have slain gods and plagues. Now it’s time for some patrolling and light banter.

Bungie has started making announcements about the sequel to Destiny (coming out September 8), so we decided it was time for a retrospective on the game that birthed a podcast.

Pre-show (00:00)

Follow-up (01:56)

Main Topic: Destiny (26:57)

DestinyLFG.net – Our preferred site for finding fireteams.

Destiny Item Manager – Tool for managing loadouts & inventory.

Still Flyin’ – Our Destiny clan. (Come play with us on Xbox One).

Post show (1:53:25)

Thoughts on purchasing Destiny 2.

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