7: Superhero Showdown, Part 2

A champion is crowned.

Tournament bracket on Google Sheets (spoiler free; only shows Round 1 results and Round 2 matchups)

Follow up

Ungeniused #14: The Philadelphia Experiment

A 10-minute podcast primer on the event in question. Includes several relevant links for further reading. Here’s the Wikipedia link, as well. Other seminal conspiracy theory-related events mentioned in passing are the Roswell incident, the Montauk Project, and MKUltra (the one that Trevor blanked on).

Favorite X-Files episodes

Dustin: The Unnatural (Season 6, Episode 19). Available on Hulu (episode link), iTunes (season link), Amazon (season link), and Netflix (series link).

Trevor: Mulder & Scully Meet the Were-Monster (Season 10, Episode 13). Only seems to be on Amazon at the moment (season link).

Main topic

Battle 9
Kitty Pryde vs. Captain America (Steve Rogers)

Battle 10
Batman vs. Scarlet Witch

Battle 11
Squirrel Girl vs. Nightcrawler

Battle 12
Iron Man (Victor Von Doom) vs. Martian Manhunter

The final three battles are not listed here to avoid spoilers.

ALL THE SPOILERS: Full tournament bracket with all results (Google Sheets)

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6: Superhero Showdown, Part 1

As the saying goes: “If you love something, send it into gladiatorial combat.” In Better Worlds’ first superhero tournament (our first anything tournament, for that matter), we have ten Marvel and six DC heroes facing off for the biggest birthday blast this side of Tunguska.

Sixteen heroes enter, only one… will… Belay that. This discussion got a little more heated than we expected, so this is going to be a two-parter. Fill out your bracket and follow along.

Tournament bracket on Google Sheets (spoiler free; no results shown)

Follow up

Main topic (20:18)

Battle 1 (36:04)
Kitty Pryde vs. Wonder Woman

Battle 2 (45:17)
Flash (Barry Allen) vs. Captain America (Steve Rogers)

Battle 3 (1:07:38)
Batman vs. Green Arrow

Battle 4 (1:14:18)
Black Panther vs. Scarlet Witch

Battle 5 (1:23:18)
Falcon vs. Squirrel Girl

Battle 6 (1:35:37)
Nightcrawler vs. Spider-Man

Battle 7 (1:43:38)
Thor Odinson vs. Iron Man (Victor Von Doom)

Battle 8 (1:56:22)
Martian Manhunter vs. The Atom

Wrap up (2:04:35)

Aftershow (2:07:25)

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5: Cultural Dinopology

If anthropology is the study of humans, and cultural anthropology is more specifically the study of human culture, then we’re guessing that cultural dinopology is the study of dinosaurs in human culture. We are not linguistic experts; we just play three on a podcast.

This episode covers The Big Five dinosaurs or dinosaur archetypes (depending on whether you’re asking Dustin or Trevor), the Jurassic Park franchise, Terra Nova, Primeval, and a grab bag of terrible movies at the end.

The Big Five (No Particular Order):

  1. T-Rex
  2. Triceratops
  3. Stegosaurus
  4. Brontosaurus
  5. Pterodactyl (not really a dinosaur)

Weird stuff about this episode:

Some of the audio for this episode was corrupted during the recording process. This mainly impacted the discussion around Terra Nova and Primeval, but also caused the removal of Trevor’s best jokes. We’ve pieced together what we could, and we hope the seams aren’t too visible… although you probably will notice Matthew’s epic monologue on Primeval. Our apologies for the temporary lack of links in this episode’s show notes. We used up our time dealing with the corrupted audio, and we’ll add links as we’re able.

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4: Old News

This week we discuss news stories about old things. That’s right: dinosaur news. They’re terrible lizards, Brent.

Pre-Show discussion:

Dinosaur science news:

First Dinosaur Tail Found Preserved in Amber

All Yesterdays: Unique and Speculative Views of Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals // A paleoartist explores the unknown unknowns of how dinosaurs looked, including speculative paleoart renderings of modern animals. Scroll to the end for the paleoartist’s renderings of a baboon, a cow, and a house cat, or check out the book on Amazon.

Sea-monster or Shark?: An Analysis of a Supposed Plesiosaur Carcass Netted in 1977

Dinosaur ‘Baby Teeth’ Reveal That Dino Eggs Hatched Slowly

First Dinosaur Fossils Discovered in Alaska’s Denali National Park

Smithsonian’s dinosaur hall to close Monday for five-year, $48M renovation

T. rex dinosaur gets long-term lease at Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum

Jeffco commissioners put brakes on car lots at highly contested Dino Ridge site

Places to see:

The Field Museum in Chicago

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (Wait until 2020 or so. We’ll do a podcast meet up.)

Museum of Natural History at the University of Michigan

Perry Mastadon of Wheaton College

We also encourage you to try out smaller museums that might surprise you. A lot of universities have surprisingly cool exhibits.

Mastadon State Historic Site

On our list, but we haven’t visited yet:

Things to watch:

  • Dinosaur 13 | Netflix | iTunes | Amazon
  • Walking With Dinosaurs | iTunes | Amazon
  • Dino Mummy | No link available. Let us know if you find it.
  • Allosaurus: A Walking with Dinosaurs Special | Amazon

One for the road:

U.S. State Dinosaurs

Why is this here:

99% Invisible – La Mascotte | We didn’t want to talk about the Philly Phanatic, so we’ll let Roman Mars handle it.

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3: Some People Juggle Geese

This is about our very favorite show. We call her Firefly.

Tell you what; you watch this show, treat her proper, she’ll be with ya for the rest of your life.

  • 00:00 – Intro & follow up
  • 05:30 – Firefly, no spoilers
  • 48:52 – Spoilers
  • 90:01 – Aftershow

Follow up

Benjamin Bratton, Trevor’s brother-in-law, published some research and then did a Reddit AMA:

Vibrio cholerae: how it curves, and why you wish it didn’t.

Science AMA series: We’re Thomas Bartlett and Benjamin Bratton from Princeton University. The bacterium that causes cholera is curved. People have known this for 160 years, but never known how or why it’s curved. We figured it out… Ask us anything!

Main topic

Firefly: The Complete Series

iTunes | Amazon | Amazon Video | Netflix | Hulu

Serenity

iTunes | Amazon | Amazon Video | Not on Netflix or Hulu

The music is good, too; listen to the music

Comics

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If you’re still wondering what the title of this episode means, watch the gorram show.

2: The Game’s the Thing

Christmas provides perfect lab conditions for new board games. Here’s a rundown of the games we tested on our families over the holiday break:

Pass the Pigs

Bring Your Own Book

Cards Against Humanity played according to Metagame rules. (Page 39 of this PDF.)

Chrononauts

Colt Express

SUPERFIGHT

Pandemic

Funemployed: The Interview Game of Actual Jobs and Absurd Qualifications

7 Wonders

Also referenced:

Rogue One composer Michael Giacchino on Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!

Between Two Cities

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1: There Is No Rogue One

Do Wookiees care what constitutes a normal human greeting? Are the Mon Calamari bent on war? Why do some Imperial walkers have holes in them? Dustin, Matthew, and Trevor answer these questions and more while discussing Rogue One in the first full episode of Better Worlds.

Main Topic

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Items discussed

Listener Chewbacca

Plot Armor

Uncanny Valley

Star Wars: Six Movie Collection

Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the season with Saw Gerrera

Gareth Edwards made some other movies

Monsters (2010)

Godzilla (2014)

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Episode Zero

Dustin ponders which LEGO game to buy. Matthew assumes that podcasts have redeeming virtue, possibly as an archival resource. Trevor doesn’t believe in dictionaries. Against all odds, they announce their new podcast: Better Worlds, a fortnightly foray into geek culture across mediums.

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

Xbox One | Playstation 4 | iOS | Mac

LEGO Jurassic World

Xbox One | Playstation 4 | iOS

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