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  2. mrwater

    Tech History Series

    I'm surprised that neither of you knew about MUDs. They're called dungeons because they're really primitive MMOs. See :http://www.topmudsites.com/ MUDs still exist, and some of them are super old. Regarding SCSilk's message. My wife and I are both mathematicians, and Hidden Figures was the least cringy movie with math in it that we'd ever seen.
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  4. Omnikron13

    Tech History Series

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  6. bpeters513

    The Macabre Series

    Random note on kids learning quicker than adults, I was a good video that touched on this. Look up the Backward Bicycle, It's just pretty interesting to see how this guy learnes to ride this bike over months of trying and then how his kid learned how to ride is much quicker. Also a side note, I liked the whistle
  7. KristopherBel

    Tech History Series

    I came on here to mention the frying spam thing! VERY VERY Important to fry it till it gets nice and caramelized before you eat it. Oh and Daven, regarding computer Worms: I was always under the impression that worms were in reference to a subset of virus meant to duplicate and spread out while remaining undetected in the background either doing some small unobtrusive task or waiting for a command, the ones i remember were all controlled on secret irc channels and I think they have essentially evolved into today's botnets. Also I have been reading a lot about the history of LISP and am really curious / would love to hear an episode on the artificial intelligence winter. It was something that i was going to school during in the US ( I am 34 ) and I was completely unaware at the time of the past of AI and even really of the field itself, deep blue felt like ancient history to a kid and there was nothing on the horizon. Just food for thought, thanks again for all the pod casts and the great research and entertainment. -long term fan, recently engaging.
  8. SCSilk

    Tech History Series

    I just listened to Part three of your tech series. Some notes: - MUD = multi user dungeons = first online dungeon and dragons type sites. Also includes role playing and chat sites. - There were also 8 inch floppies available in the 70s which were soft like the 5 1/4 inch ones. They didn’t hold much. - As far as disk drive naming conventions go, D came next in the lettering scheme, but CDs predated DVDs. - If you buy SPAM, fry it before you eat it. - The people who did computations were called computers. They did more than data entry. When IBM started building machines to do this faster, they became the computers. This is mentioned in the movie “Hidden Figures”. - Yes, they were called worms in the 80s. - I’d gladly do your Brain Food intro! Seriously. I’ll send you a demo. Thanks for all the hard work!
  9. SCSilk

    Women Listeners

    I’ve never been married and I have no kids. I’m a huge fan of trivia and tend to listen to all of your YouTube videos rather than watch them. I have a hard time finding good educational ones usually because of their voices and/or music selections I’ve noticed that I have to watch 4-5 videos before I receive recommendations. Yours is also the only educational podcast I listen to. The rest are pop culture and TV.
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  11. Daven

    Women Listeners

    Interesting point there. It is possible the algorithm has picked up women in general don't watch a lot of educational youtube, so simply is less likely to recommend those videos, even to women who do sometimes watch.
  12. Zitka

    Women Listeners

    A thing I'm wondering about if the whole women don't watch edutaining youtube videos isn't a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy: I am subscribed to a number of educational youtube channels, but I never get recommendations for other educational content, just older videos from channels I am already subscribed to. Another thing I will note is that podcasts are for when I'm travelling/working (I do mindless physical work) and youtube videos are for when I can sit and watch stuff.
  13. So, I was listening to the part about the pegasus crossings and I had this feeling I had heard about them before... And I found it: Tom Scott did a video on them
  14. Omnikron13

    The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World Series

    Regarding Latin pronunciation, perhaps Daven and The Internet™ are missing each others points? It has been quite common for people to claim that we can't know anything about Latin pronunciation because it is a dead language, but that much at least is untrue as it ignores what we can do with techniques like comparative linguistics studying its extant descendants (the Romance Languages in general). We of course can't work everything out with comparative linguistics, and we can't be 100% sure on the things we can work out, but we can be pretty sure on some points at least. (For another fascinating example of the usefulness of comparative linguistics, it's worth looking into what we've been able to work out about Proto-Indo-European, itself much older than Latin.)
  15. Turns out I was remembering correctly- slinky was used to describe women or clothes that were "sinuous and slender"
  16. Max

    Video Suggestion

    When a pilot ejects from a plane, what happens to the plane? Does it fly randomly somewhere and crash maybe endangering other people?
  17. jackalope

    Blue raspberry

    According to wiki. And they mention as the source: original archive article.
  18. [Lucy]PurpleVortex21

    Video Suggestions

    I would really love to see a video on where the phrase “it’s not rocket science” original came from.
  19. jackalope

    New members welcome thread?

    Hello, Russell! Couldn't agree with you more, "introduce yourself thread" makes community welcoming and inclusive. My name is Jack, btw, and it's nice to meet you. Pretty sad that you haven't visited community since your last post. I'm a geek, hobbyist and an IT freelancer. Came here because of podcast too and just wanted to say, how great it is. Thanks for your work! p.s. - Live long and prosper ?
  20. DougQuixote

    Video Suggestions

    I think we need to compile a list from the podcast of things that Simon has never experienced like tapioca pudding and the Princess Bride. Then you can do a "Simon Reacts" video of Simon experiencing all of these things for the first time. I think that would be fun. I realize however that this runs the risk of alienating some of the Geek audience with Simon's sometimes questionable taste in somethings geek. I forgive you Simon.
  21. SimonWhistler

    How is a life hack different from. . .

    Yeah, I'd agree with that. And add in that they sound really good, but almost always end up being a bit of a disappointment....
  22. SimonWhistler

    Tech History Series

    Yeah, the Czech keyboard with the characters instead of digits can be frustrating. Mostly happens when I'm typing in a password and getting constantly denied.. then I realise that instead of entering a 3 Ive been typing š over and over again...
  23. SimonWhistler

    Star Trek Discussion

    I have the same preference for VOY. If you like Voyager, TNG will get really good in a few seasons when Q introduces them to the Borg for the first time.
  24. Falconerd

    Star Trek Discussion

    I loved the discussion last month on the forums about Star Trek; and Daven and Simon's favorites and general thoughts about the different series. I thought such an important topic needed its own thread. ? I just started watching TNG, and since you have to watch them in order, I'm working my way through the first season. Oh my, it's so bad! Quite a bit of the acting and situations are just cringe worthy, But, knowing it gets better means it's hilarious and I can look forward to season 2. Still, it only took until the 2nd episode to fully empathize with the oft cited "Shut Up Wesley!". Growing up, I mostly watched Voyager and Deep Space 9. Both are good, but I tend to prefer Voyager slightly because they always had new situations. I love how well Star Trek in general reflects on our own culture and forces us to think about our own assumptions. Hopefully the new Star Trek entries will continue this and not just devolve into action and drama for drama's sake. (Stargate suffered from this, SG-1 was fantastic, Atlantis was good, SG-Universe was godawful.)
  25. Justice Beaver

    Women Listeners

    I agree with women love conversation. That's a good point!
  26. Mommab30

    Women Listeners

    I too am a huge true crime fan. H.H. Holmes would be a terrible landlord! Ha After making this post the other day I also considered that women may enjoy the podcast because women love conversation! I mean YouTube is interesting but not engaging in my opinion. I love the open conversation, the banter back and forth and the longer espisodes are by far my favorite!
  27. Justice Beaver

    Women Listeners

    I agree. I also don't want to speak for all women but in my experience I think it is hard for women to have the time to sit down and engage in something like youtube. I have a 2 year old and a 2 month old and a career and a house to take care of so I'm afraid multitasking is all I can do and the listen only format lends itself to that. I am a fan of the youtube videos as well I just don't have time to get to them regularly. I enjoy the banter of a podcast and enjoy the longer ones! On a separate note, I also listen to a very popular true crime podcast that has an active community (SSDGM). It has been brought up several times in that community that the majority are women and we have discussed why that might be. The gist is that women think about and feel as if they are more likely to become victims of a crime (specifically murder) so we feel the more we know the better prepared we are to deal with situations thus helping with the anxiety. For example, if rent is incredibly cheap for a nice apartment, a man might think the neighbors are loud or something is wrong with the apartment that isn't obvious. A woman might think that the apartment is a part of a murder castle a la H. H. Holmes and therefore avoided getting murdered. ? Sorry to be long winded and I'd love to see other opinions. Also, bring on the pole! I'm interested in the results!
  28. Daven

    Women Listeners

    Interesting. Thanks! ?
  29. Mommab30

    Women Listeners

    I love the podcast format - I checked out you tube channel and its alright too but I find the conversation of the podcast much more engaging. I can't speak for all women of course but for myself, I use podcast instead of YouTube because It doesn't require my undivided attention. I can listen to a podcast while driving when lying in bed while cleaning etc. I, of course, am aware of Youtube but I don't have much luxury time to just sit and watch a channel. If Youtube is playing it's on the TV and either my husband or children are using it and they are not watching what I want to watch. My podcast is on my phone and I can engage and listen as I choose. I feel like other moms/wives may deal with the same issues and this is why you have limited female audience on YouTube but I would love to see if other ladies feel the same.
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