28: Frosty the Snowlem

Is Frosty who he says he is? Can Levar Burton read? What incredible risk did Matthew take as he rewatches the early MCU movies?

In this episode we discuss mystical creatures such as golems, hevisaurs, Elcor, murder whales, camelcorns, and colonels, followed by space exploration, books & reading, and what’s happening in video games. We wrap it up by revisiting the early MCU movies as we continue to prepare ourselves for Avengers: Infinity War.

Links:

Mounts in Assassin’s Creed Origins
The Leader
Samuel Sterns juxtaposed with The Leader

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27: Dinosaurs of Finland

We present a discovery which may change your world: the first known dinosaurs native to Finland. Other topics include what A New Hope would sound like with an all-Elcor cast, some followup on The Last Jedi, murder whales, and Kingdom of Loathing.

Main Topic: Hevisaurus

Items Discussed:

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26: It’s Time for This Episode to End (The Last Jedi, Part 2)

Main Topic: The Last Jedi

The conversation on Star Wars: The Last Jedi continues into deeper waters, sort of like that time R2-D2 fell off of Luke’s X-wing into a swamp. This episode explores the new age of space combat, the unchanging nature of the Force, and the theme of killing the past… especially when it’s The Force Awakens.

Also discussed (not necessarily in this order):

  • Trevor’s great theories about Darth Maul.
  • Jokes and how they land.
  • Who is the worst character of the sequel trilogy?
  • Who is the real villain of The Last Jedi?
  • Carrie Fisher’s chance to drown in moonlight.
  • How great Jar Jar Binks is.
  • Trailer avoidance.
  • Trevor’s (formerly) great theory about Kylo & Rey.
  • The entire plot of the Poe Dameron comic.

This is the second half of a conversation recorded on Sunday, December 17. Listen to Part 1.

Followup/Pre-Show:

None. This is the podcast equivalent of opening with a huge space battle.

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25: Anyone Can Cook (The Last Jedi, Part 1)

Main Topic: The Last Jedi

The Star Wars saga continues with Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. (We will never surrender our Roman numerals, whatever the Lucasfilm marketing department might say.)

This episode of Better Worlds explores important questions like: What has JJ done? What is Rian doing? What isn’t Finn doing? What is Luke pretending to do? What is Rey capable of doing? Why is Poe doing that?

This is the first half of a conversation recorded on Sunday, December 17. Listen to Part 2.

Followup/Pre-Show:

  • The movie referenced in the opening of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry is Avatar (Neil deGrasse Tyson mentioned that “a famous actress”—Sigourney Weaver—“plays an astrobiologist”).
  • Disney owns everything except for Spider-Man villains and She-Hulk. Okay, not everything, but they do own Fox now.
  • Finn Fact
  • The Disney-Fox deal also includes villains such as Galactus and Doctor Doom and maybe, eventually, Doctor Iron Doom Man (we can hope).
  • The Amazon Lord of the Rings show will be specifically Lord of the Rings or something right before Lord of the Rings, and Sir Ian McKellen wants in.

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24: The Good, the Bad, and the Followup

In the conclusion to our Episodes With No Name Trilogy, we make an accidental return to main topics with our discussion of Justice League. Only two of us have seen the movie, but 66% is still better than the movie’s score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Note: Yes, today is the day The Last Jedi hits theaters. No, this episode is not about that. Our The Last Jedi episode will be coming soon.

Items Discussed:

Main Topic: Justice League

Justice League on iTunes

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23: For a Few Followup More

Main Topics are dead, and we have killed them. Last time we thought we were doing a followup show, but now it’s official: we’re going to talk about whatever we want to talk about. This time, that includes Nordic Facts (the future of Finland Facts?), some Tower Thoughts (it’s a Destiny thing… are we still explaining jokes?), candy rankings (maybe we did have a main topic), and Thor: Ragnarok (no spoilers; we promise).

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22: A Fistful of Followup

Our followup list got long, so we decided to do our first all-followup episode. Which turned into a small amount of followup surrounded by conversation ranging from game shows to board games, Lord of the Rings to Destiny 2, and weapons of mass destruction to… sports?

There’s also a little bit of spoiler-free trailer talk on Pacific Rim: Uprising, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Justice League.

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Items discussed

  • The intersection of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, color theory, and Lord of the Rings
  • Geckos
  • Supreme Leader Stoat
  • Does this show really need an intro?
  • That time that U2 had a beautiful idea and got carried away
  • Explaining jokes
  • Are Millennials killing podcast introductions?
  • History’s greatest monsters
  • Finland Fact
  • Kinetic bombardment
  • All the sports we played in college and elementary school
    • Baseball
    • Softball
    • Kickball?
    • Finger jousting
  • Trevor won money playing chess
  • This Week In Destiny 2: Iron Banner edition
  • The Ministry of Silly Walks
  • New Pacific Rim: Uprising trailer (NO SPOILERS)
  • New Justice League trailer (NO SPOILERS)
    • The Fastball Special
  • New Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer (NO SPOILERS)
A Porg with Borg enhancements on the shoulder of a Borg.
You will be assimilated.
The painting "The Scream" with a Porg's face superimposed.
The painting “The Scream” with a Porg’s face superimposed.

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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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