Monthly Archives: May 2015

Ep. 30 – Van Jovi (or Bon Halen)



This week the guys talk about where we get some of our odder medicines. Jeff finds one derived from lizard spit and tells Jacob about one from an even odder source. We’ll give you a hint if you’re a research-minded person; it’s called menopur and it was originally found in quite an unusual source.

Jacob finds a story about a lady who’s employer demanded she install a tracking app and then proceeded to track her whereabouts all the time. As in, 24×7, and the boss even went so far as to brag about how he knew her exact whereabouts and speed she was traveling in her vehicle while on her own time! Hopefully that lawsuit check comes in for her any day now…

Listener mail! Jeff and Jacob tackle two listener’s questions this week and provide at least a half of a solid answer. They leave it to you, dear listener, to figure out which half-an-answer is the right one.

Scientists find the first warm-blooded fish! Apparently that evolution gives it the ability to be a swift and vigorous predator. And you won’t believe this; it’s not even from Australia!

Beats rumors are swirling and The guys talk Spotify, Google All-Access Music, and streaming music services in general. Jeff’s never tried one, but Jacob is bullish on streaming music. Plus there is a heck of a rabbit-hole about who’s the better band; Bon Jovi or Van Halen (hint; it rhymes with Can Whalen).

Finally, KFC rolls out a bluetooth keyboard tray so you don’t get your phone or table all greasy while noming on some chicken. Sorry ‘Muricans, Germany only (for now). Brilliant or disgusting? We’re not quite sure, but we both agree that Chicken Little sandwiches from KFC are pretty killer.


Ep. 29 – Bob Knarwhal



This week we sit down with the fabulous, and very British, Bob Knarwhal!

Bob hosts the brilliant podcast, If You Had Superpowers (http://www.ifyouhadsuperpowers.com/) – it’s a show with a simple premise; every guest gets asked, if they had superpowers what would they be and why?

From there, there’s no telling where the conversation will go. From the insightful to the absurd, it’s different every show.  That’s part of the brillance of the concept. Jacob isn’t really a “comic book guy” while Jeff is. But Bob’s show isn’t really all about comic books, it’s mostly about interesting conversations.

We talk everything from coffee vs. tea, the proper name for soccer (hint, it’s soccer, not football, damnit!), education in America vs. education in the UK, the best sounding grilled cheese sandwich ever, and so much more. It’s a jam-packed, 90-minute show. So you’re totally getting your money’s worth!

If you want to check out Bob’s show (and you should) you can find him at http://www.IfYouHadSuperpowers.com 

You can find him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/bobknarwhal

And his Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/ifyouhadsuperpowers


Ep. 28 – Shooting a Moving Target



Holy cow – Art Bell is coming back to the air in July and they guys are excited! Why? Well, it’s Art-freaking-Bell! Purveyor of the finest Alien abduction, demonic possession, and climate controlling conspiracy stories of all time! He’s the OMNI magazine of the airwaves! Late night Internet radio is about to get even more awesome!

Speaking of awesome; how about a sniper rifle that will track a moving target? Just aim, and squeeze the trigger and electronic wizardry of the 21st century will track your target and automatically adjust the bullet’s flight to hit it. Yeah, you read that right. It will steer the bullet to hit a runaway target from over 1000 yards away. We’re talking rank novices will be able to make master marksman shots and make them look easy.  How? Well, the company that’s demonstrated this tech isn’t saying, exactly. Darpa showed off their EXACTO (EXtreme ACcuracy Tasked Ordnance) technology with some stunning YouTube videos that are, frankly, borderline magic if you ask us. How they’ve managed to miniaturize all of the electronics is amazing, but they also managed to create a mechanism where they can also steer the bullet in the process – while it’s in flight – to hit a tracked target.

Jacob’s excited about some breakthroughs that are letting researchers built transistor gates that are a mere three-atoms thick. That’s huge (well, actually, tiny) compared to currently available transistors and once it can be made commercially available it will be another huge breakthrough in further shrinking circuits and reducing power demands of the next (next, next) generation ICs. So it looks like Moore’s Law is safe for the meantime, and that we can continue to look forward to radically smaller and thinner circuits in all of our fancy gizmos. We bet Apple just uses this as an excuse to make the iPhone even thinner (eye-roll).

What else? Well, NASA says that the impossible EmDrive actually appears to work and produces thrust when all known laws of physics says that it shouldn’t. NASA’s Eagleworks has designed, built, and apparently successfully tested an engine as designed by former-kook-turned-propulsion-science-superstar Roger Shawyer. It appears to work at some quantum level, interacting with virtual particles that are both there and not-there at the same time. NASA’s test of the design in a hard vacuum are a huge step forward in showing that the design works. The problem is, no one is exactly sure how or why the design works and physicists are arguing over the actual mechanics involved. The bottom line is, if this is a real breakthrough in propulsion, and it can be scaled up to real-live-spaceship-size, it will usher in a totally new era of exploration within our own solar system.  In our opinion, anything that furthers space exploration is most excellent!

Lastly we talk about Tesla’s PowerWall and 1) how awesome it is and 2) how ballsy Elon Musk is to be so audacious as to try to disrupt power storage and delivery. It appears that there was a huge demand for more information and if all of the inquiries turn into orders even Musk’s gigafactory won’t be able to supply enough units to get caught up for at least a few years. If you’re thinking of building a house in the next few years, how could you not consider adding a PowerWall (or two, or three) to your budget? It seems like a no-brainer to us, even if you’re just using it as a glorified whole-house UPS to keep the lights and TVs on in a power outage.


Ep. 27 – Carla & Tom Streeter



This week we welcome Tom Streeter & Carla Gesell-Streeter – Disney fans, beer experts, and – most importantly for our show – Apple Watch owners!

We brought Tom & Carla on to talk about their observations and experiences with their Apple Watches now that they had used them for a week. As you might imagine, they’re both happy with their purchase, but not for all of the reasons you might assume.  Come listen to find out why!

But, wait, didn’t we also mention beer? Oh yeah, Tom & Carla also happen to be beer experts. Seriously, they have a blog and everything. Have a beer question? Get a beer answer. And boy, did Jacob grill them about beer.

But there’s also the tech, and they were more than happy to talk it with us. And now we’re both kind of convinced we make a mistake by not pre-ordering the Apple Watch. It looks like it’s time to go to the household accountants and see if the purse-strings might be loosed for a shiny, new Apple Watch of our very own. If only June was so far, far away!

If you want to follow Tom or Carla you can visit their web site, Hoperatives.com. You can also follow Carla on Twitter @RadioCarla and Tom on Twitter @Tom_Streeter.

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