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Recent Episodes

January 26, 2022

Wed. 01/26 – Diem Dead?

Is Mark Zuckerberg abandoning his crypto dreams and looking to sell off Diem? The IMF is subtly suggesting El Salvador abandon bitcoin. Microsoft is gonna play nice with Activision exclusives. For now. Mark your calendars for the next Samsung event. And has YouTube figured out how to beat TikTok at its own game?

January 25, 2022

Tue. 01/25 - Extreme Ironing: Can You Take The Heat?

A look into the world of extreme ironing. Plus, how China has been making strides in controlling the weather by shooting rockets at clouds. And, a much more low-key opportunity to help NASA collect data about real, non-modified clouds.

January 25, 2022

Tue. 01/25 – Is The Nvidia/Arm Deal Off?

That already fraught tie-up between Nvidia and Arm increasingly looks like it’s running out of time. Google kills its cookie-killer. Twitter is developing a close friends feature. Meta’s new Machine Learning supercomputer. And why the situation in Ukraine might be a black swan event that is nigh.

January 24, 2022

Mon. 01/24 - Why Do Americans Eat So Much Peanut Butter?

The James Webb Space Telescope has officially reached its destination. What can we expect next? And why do Americans eat so much more peanut butter than anyone else? A bit of history on this National Peanut Butter Day.

January 24, 2022

Mon. 01/24 – Do We Even Have The Infrastructure To Make The Metaverse Happen?

States sue Google for data shenanigans. Europe passes a landmark ad targeting and data law. Apple’s 2022 lineup according to Mark Gurman. A look at the state of the crypto crash, and to what degree it is affecting NFTs. And all this talk of metaverses led to record VC investment in AR and VR startups, but what some folks are starting to ask is, even if we build it, do we have the infrastructure that will even allow the people to come?

January 22, 2022

(TWTR SPC) The State Of VC And Startups In 2022

Weirdly, this turned into a sort of education on VC and startup investing episode? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

January 21, 2022

Fri. 01/21 - False Bananas & Sexy Skeletons

How a new technique for 3D printing metal could revolutionize manufacturing. Plus, the great potential of the false banana. And archeology’s “sexual revolution.”

January 21, 2022

Fri. 01/21 – Intel Bringing Silicon Back (To Ohio)

The trend of re-onshoring silicon production domestically and Intel’s turnaround plans collide in a way that is very good for Ohio. Twitter will let you NFT-up your profile picture. Google’s doing the AR headset thing too. That Apple education discount has gotten harder to spoof. And of course, the weekend longreads suggestions.

January 20, 2022

Thu. 01/20 - A Film Studio IN SPACE

Some reassurance from the experts that being bad at Wordle is not a sign you’re less smart than everyone else. Plus, the International Space Station is getting a film studio and sports arena. No word yet if Space Jam 3 will be shooting there. And how officials around the world have continued to successfully use sewage to predict COVID outbreaks.

January 20, 2022

Thu. 01/20 – Meta Wants To Bring NFTs To Your Insta Profile

Meta is working on NFTs for Instagram and Facebook while Google is starting a blockchain team. Instagram Subscriptions launches. Google Play Games launches on Windows. Amazon launches its first physical fashion store. And why, by this summer, you will only be able to pay the IRS your taxes online by doxing yourself?

January 19, 2022

Wed. 01/19 - No Fries, Pricey Lumber, & Fake Soup

From french fries to snow plows, the global shortages continue. But are we starting to see the beginning of a whole new world for workers and the supply chain? Plus, you know what kind of soup you can never be short of? The kind that doesn’t exist. And, what’s going on with the 5G rollout at US airports?

January 19, 2022

Wed. 01/19 – The 5G Flight Issue Comes To A Head

Today is the big day for the showdown between 5G and the airlines. Nobody’s blinked yet, but both sides have sort of blinked. An interesting raise in the NFT space. And I’ve heard of autonomous road cars, but autonomous rail cars? More fallout from the Activision/Microsoft tie-up, and how literally fallout from that undersea volcano may have knocked Tonga off the internet.

January 18, 2022

Tue. 01/18 - tl;dr idk (and that's ok)

Choosing to remain in the dark; on the power of “deliberate ignorance.” Plus, AI that can make academic articles more comprehensible, and one site in particular that took off last week. And a new browser-based history game that I at least can’t stop playing.

January 18, 2022

Tue. 01/18 – Microsoft Buys Activision Blizzard In The Biggest Gaming Deal Of All Time

Microsoft is buying Activision Blizzard in the biggest gaming acquisition of all time. Partially this is a metaverse play, but meanwhile, Meta is quietly locking down all the metaverse patents. halts withdrawals on its platform but insists it hasn’t been hacked. And why are countries encouraging their athletes to use burner phones when they attend the upcoming Olympics?