Tower of Technobabble

We continue our two-parter with Science Advisor Rich, where we talk World War II, including deadly nazi submarine toilets, unsinkable cats, a Starfleet engineer’s missing digit and a host of other stuff.

 

Show Notes:

70th Anniversary of the longest day

http://patriotpost.us/commentary/26463

 

Lockheed Burbank Airplane factory camouflaged to look like a town

http://www.seenandshared.com/air-factory.htm

 

Toilet malfunction sinks a Nazi U-Boat

http://www.wired.com/2011/04/0414toilet-malfunction-sinks-u-boat/

 

Unsinkable Sam the cat

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unsinkable_Sam

 

Surplus Purple Hearts

http://www.americanheritage.com/content/half-million-purple-hearts?page=show

 

Tracer bullets

http://blogs.howstuffworks.com/brainstuff/how-tracer-bullets-work-or-the-closest-thing-we-have-right-now-to-laser-blasters/

 

New way to clean a clogged toilet

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw9abgNDF4Q&sns=em

Direct download: Thunderbucket_-_S04E24_Tower_of_Technobabble.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:26am EST

Science advisor Rich joins us as we discuss the amount of ass our childhood heroes kicked, the strange case of a man with epic insomnia, the approaching artificial intelligence apocalypse that Towerbot’s warned them about for years and the sad fate of computer pioneer Alan Turing.

 

Show Notes:

 

• Something for the Repeater from Sean Vale via Facebook:

http://middleofbeyond.com/products/sasquatchcardigan

 

• The Bloodshot Tale of Paul Kern, or why a well-placed bullet through the frontal lobe might keep you up for 40 years:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Kern

 

• A computer passed the Turing Test for the first time!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/06/09/a-computer-just-passed-the-turing-test-in-landmark-trial/

 

• Actually, it didn’t, and the idea is stupid anyway:

 https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140609/07284327524/no-computer-did-not-pass-turing-test-first-time-everyone-should-know-better.shtml

 

• The Shameful Tale of A.I. Pioneer Alan Turing, or Chemically Castrating Your WWII Heroes is Wrong and Can’t Be Made Up for 60 Years After the Fact:   

 

http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/24/world/europe/alan-turing-royal-pardon/

Direct download: We_Live_as_We_Dream_-_S04E23_Tower_of_Technobabble.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:49am EST

This week, on the tower of technobabble, we have two interviews conducted at their recent world record attempt at Wonderfest 2014. The first interview is with academy award winning special effect master Phil Tippett, on how he got into the business, how he’s preserving effects from his past films, and how he’s currently using special effects to tell a new story. Then, we speak with an honest-to-gosh stormtrooper about what goes in to a kick-ass stormtrooper’s uniform, how the imperial ranks are simply misunderstood, and how his group, the 501st legion, is working to do some good on our planet. We also get into some real-world issues from a different perspective than we usually see.

 

Show Notes

Interview with Phil TIppett

IMDB Info: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0864138/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Help Phil Make Mad God, Part 2!:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/madgod/phil-tippetts-mad-god-part-2

Tippett Studio: http://www.tippett.com/

Chronicle Collectibles: http://www.chroniclecollectibles.com/

 

Interview with Alex Brown (TK-3855) - 

Name, Rank Serial Number: http://www.501st.com/members/displaymember.php?userID=12431&costumeID=124

The Story Behind R2-KT and the people behind it:

http://www.r2kt.com/ and http://www.astromech.net/

The 501st Legion (Vader’s Fist, yo!): http://www.501st.com/

 

Ultra Pop! 

https://www.facebook.com/UltraPopShop

 

Wonderfest

http://wonderfest.com/

 

Allllllll the 40 hours worth of material we got at Wonderfest:

 

http://toweroftechnobabble.com/WorldRecord.html

Direct download: Live_on_Tape_-_S04E22_Tower_of_Technobabble.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

After their recent breaking of the Guinness Book of World Record for Longest Uninterrupted Webcast this past weekend (Pending), the Tower's meat bags are very, very sleepy.

Direct download: ShutEye_-_S04E21_Tower_of_Technobabble.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:18pm EST

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