Monday, April 23, 2018

Survivor Maryland: All-Stars Roundtable


Before the new season of Survivor: Maryland drops tonight on YouTube, check out the preview and draft we took part in with host/creator Austin Trupp, Millennials vs. GenX winner Adam Klein, and Survivor: Canada's Hillary on the players above, below, here, or on iTunes here.

Find cast bios here

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Survivor 36: Perkins Up -- Episode 9 Recap/Analysis


It's crunch time on Survivor, and the outcome may be tough to swallow. As boy wonder Michael cheats death once again, is there any glimmer of hope for him? Did Laurel and Donathan miss an opportunity and can any of us even know that? And, with Dom and Wendell as joint kings of the hill, do they have to fear a revolution? All that and more on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

AlphaGo And Analyzing AI


Machines haven't taken over the world just yet, but they captured the attention of the world in 2016 when DeepMind's AlphaGo conquered Lee Sedol and an important frontier in artificial intelligence research; this year, the hit documentary AlphaGo showed us all how it happened. For this episode the microphone turns inward as Dom, whom Colin insists has a degree in this stuff, gives a crash course in AI research, what it means for mankind, and why we should care. You can join us as we try to deepen our minds below, here, or on iTunes here.

Timestamps:
4:00 what is AI?
8:00 AI and games; why does this matter?
15:30 wider applications; what can AI do?
20:30 different priorities in games (exploitation vs GTO)
30:00 what humans and machines are/aren't good at
36:00 how does AI work? how does AlphaGo work?
48:15 crossover with other disciplines; AI and language
59:00 AI safety; the threat of superhuman AI
1:02:00 ethical and social implications of AI
1:16:00 AI and philosophy; what are consciousness and intelligence?
how are they possible?
1:29:15 AlphaGo, the documentary; what games teach us

Monday, April 16, 2018

Survivor 36: Rhymes Against Humanity -- Episode 8 Recap/Analysis


It's merge week on Survivor and this blurb won't fit the meter. As Chris' nighttime excursions and lyrical diversions come to an end, who's the real winner? Will Dom and Wendell keep control or are they flying too close to the sun? And are we trash... at podcasting? Decide for yourselves on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Born Broken: Bojack Horseman with Mike Bloom & Liana Boraas


This podcast may not bring us to the heights of human drama more powerfully than literature ever dreamed - it's not even Ibsen - but it's pretty solid for what it is. How does Bojack Horseman manage to be fiendishly droll and depressingly deep at the same time? Why is Bojack Horseman - and Horsin' Around - meaningful for so many people? And, at the end of two hours, will we have resolution? Let's find out! As always you can listen below, here, or on iTunes here.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Survivor 36: Breaking Bradley -- Episode 7 Recap/Analysis

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As Ozzy makes his fifth and surely not final appearance on Survivor, we consider the implications of his greatest legacy. What weird bluffs are in play when anything could be an idol? After doubting Domenick's playstyle for weeks, why are we siding with him and against the masses here? And as Kim Spradlin's heir walks out the door, is there a better place than his crotch for Wendell to hide his crown jewels? All this and more on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Survivor 36: Spillyn Our Guts -- Episode 6 Recap/Analysis



As the Malolo massacre continues despite another swap, we wonder how Naviti has been so successful - is it luck or smart, by-the-book Survivor, and how long can it continue? With Ghost Island a shadow of its former self, how might it haunt the rest of the season? And are the Kellyn haters just so many ugly babies? All this and more on this week's show, available below, here, or on iTunes here.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Embiggening The Simpsons with Mike Bloom + Lita Brillman


We know there's an anonymous clan of slack-jawed troglodytes out there who loves The Simpsons as much as we do, so we decided to act on it at last. With resident kwyjibo Colin on the loose for the day, friends and well-wishers Mike Bloom and Lita Brillman tagged in to discuss a show that defined a generation. What made the golden years of The Simpsons so magical, and when/how did it change? Do the modern seasons face too much criticism, and have the early seasons held up over time? And is Frank Grimes just Homer's Enemy, or should he be ours too? Drive around in our van solving mysteries below, here, or on iTunes here.