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  1. 2 points
    Star Trek the Next Generation is the best. However, fair warning- the first season is utter crap. It's legitimately awful. The second season is hit or miss. Generally the first not just good, but great episode is considered to be The Measure of a Man which is during the second season, which really for the first time gives you a glimpse of where the show will soon go in terms of quality. (Obviously there are still bad episodes occasionally throughout, but around then is when they really start to hit their stride.) Then just brace yourself for around season five or six and The Inner Light.. Best episode of any show ever. ? Also in some ways the most un-Star Trek episode of Star Trek. On that note my personal top five favorites in order for The Next Generations: The Inner Light, First Contact (episode, not the movie), The Best of Both Worlds (two parter), Family (the next episode after The Best of Both Worlds), and The Measure of a Man. Deep Space Nine is a very different style of show (more character driven than plot driven in some ways and more action), which still suffers a bit from the first couple seasons being not so great (though not as bad as TNG's first season), but it gets reasonably good. Personally I was never a huge fan of Voyager just because of how inconstant it was and the fact that it very much seemed like they had two sets of writers who had very different ideas of how the show should go and even the personalities of some of the characters, most notably the captain who one episode would have one personality and the next a completely different one. It was maddening, actually causing the actress to finally give up and just play it off like she had post traumatic stress disorder. ? The doctor on Voyager, however, is one of the best characters in any Star Trek series. He alone almost makes the show worth watching anyway. He's a gem. Voyager also features an expansion of the occasional Next Generation character of Lt Barkley. He's a unique character in the Star Trek world and one very beloved by many (and by me as well) despite not being in that many episodes. There are great episodes in there too, just more rare and the bad episodes are more frequent throughout. I will say the ending of Voyager though was really, really good. However, The Next Generation's final episode beats it, being one of the greatest final episodes of any TV series I've ever seen. They really nailed it on that one. Enterprise is decent, but unfortunately gets way bogged down by an absurd time travel "cold war" central plot, when what they should have been doing the whole time was focusing on the formation of the Federation as the central plot driver, which they do occasionally touch on, but not nearly enough. (And really, Hollywood writers should use time travel sparingly because they are really, really bad at it, generally just using it as a way to do whatever they want without regard to anything making any sense or being consistent- in essence, being lazy. Episodes where they took the time to have it all make sense, those time travel episodes are great. But they rarely do that..) The 4th season of Enterprise though is the best when they kind of abandon the time travel cold war plot line (mostly, as fan feedback was decidedly negative and ratings dropping like crazy) and go with what they should have been focusing on the whole time. It's unfortunate it didn't make it a few more seasons to develop that more instead of rush it like they did. But the 4th season was pretty good anyway. Then there's the movies. Star Trek First Contact is by far the best and the preceding Star Trek Generations I think is second best. Most of the others are more just like high budget episodes of the main show when talking about the most recent batch. Decent, but nothing special. But First Contact is a legitimately great movie. Can't speak much to the original series. Every time I try to get through it as an adult, I never make it more than a few episodes in before I give up. ? I'd perhaps like the movies with the original cast more if I could get through the original series maybe. Those movies are decent, but not terribly enamored with them myself. So my recommendation would be to watch in this order: Star Trek the Next Generation (just push through the first two seasons, I promise it will be worth it and the second season will give you glimmers of what will come ;-)) Then after that at any point in order: Star Trek Generations (film) (Very good) Star Trek First Contact (film) (Great) Star Trek Insurrection (film) (Decent) Star Trek Nemesis (film) (Meh, and F you writers for something that happens at the end, given there was no follow up to fix it because it was the last of that line) And continue on the TV side Deep Space Nine or Enterprise (in either order) then Voyager (which I think is actually Simon's favorite for some reason, perhaps because it's the one he grew up with, whereas I'm about 6 years older so grew up with The Next Generation ;-)) Then if you can do it, the original series and films. If nothing else, the films are worth a watch. ?
  2. 2 points
    I disagree to all 3 points. I enjoy the more upbeat and unpredictable nature of the podcast. Simon and Daven have a very good and natural rapport with each other and quickly move the conversation forward, which keeps me entertained. I don't particularly enjoy Hello Internet, which is a bit slower at times, and when one participant simply waits for the other to finish talking before offering input it has a tendency to become a bit monologue-y. As to point 3, if Simon knew too much about the subject at hand the storytelling would probably seem a bit unnatural or stiff, as they would inform each other about things both of them already know simply for the sake of the audience. All in all, my advice to them regarding the their interaction with each other is: Don't think about it. They are clearly good friends and comfortable in each other's company, which creates that sort of intangible 'good vibe' that is hard to create but easy to destroy. If they try to be something other than themselves it could easily make both of them seem non-genuine. Don't try to imitate Hello Internet or any other podcast. Carve out your own niche instead of becoming an inferior copy of someone else's.
  3. 2 points
    I found this episode really interesting! I actually have a few interesting facts that I want to add too! I did a report on Theatrical Gas Lighting in college, and this reminded me of it. In the Neoclassical Era in French Theatre, nobles would actually be seated on the stage, to showcase their wealth. Theatre, in general, was also very "flat". Sets were often flats (think walls), that were painted to look like the given scenes. There wasn't much depth, and the theatre was about the spectacle and being seen as an audience member, as opposed to actually seeing a performance. The advent of gas lighting (introduced in 1817 at the Lyceum, Covent Garden, and Drury Lane Theaters in London) created a marked change in the theatre dynamic. Lighting was brighter, controllable, and could produce colors with colored cellophane or the famous "limelight", the former being the predecessor to modern-day cyc lights, which create their colors with colored "gels". This advancement in lighting allowed for the onset of the naturalism/realism movements in theatrical styles; because the actors could actually be seen, their choreography became more realistic, and costumes, makeup, and sets became more detailed. With this gas lighting, a divide developed between the audience and the performance. The gaslights likely made the theaters very warm and posed a fire hazard. As a result, the lights in the audience would be dimmed when the lights on-stage were on, thus leading to the modern practice of dimming the house when the show begins. As one could guess, the audience members could no longer see each other in the darkness, and they instead focused on the performances. This point likely marks the shift from an active audience to the passive audience of modern theatre. I have also included a few graphics of how this gaslighting work. They can be found in Walter Grafton's Handbook of Practical Gas-Fitting and Lloyd's Practical Guide to Scene Painting and Painting in Distemper (respectively). Sources Include: Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica, The. "Limelight." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 14 Feb. 2012. Web. 25 Feb. 2017. Emeljanow, Victor. "Erasing the Spectator: Observations on Nineteenth Century Lighting." Theatre History Studies 18 (1998): 107-16. ProQuest. Web. 25 Feb. 2017. Essig, Linda. "A Primer for the History of STAGE LIGHTING." TD & T - Theatre Design & Technology Spring 2016: 10,20,22-23. ProQuest. Web. 25 Feb. 2017 . Grafton, Walter. "Chapter XI: Theatres and Public Places of Entertainment." Handbook of Practical Gas-fitting: A Treatise on the Distribution of Gas in Service Pipes, the Use of Coal Gas, and the Best Means of Economizing Gas from Main to Burner: For the Use of Students, Plumbers, Gas-fitters, and Gas Managers. London: B.T. Batsford, 1907. 141-54. Print. Lloyds, F. "Hints on Effects." Practical Guide to Scene Painting and Painting in Distemper. London: George Rowny, 1875. 74-87. Print. McCullough, Jack W. "The Theatre as seen through Late Nineteenth Century Technical Periodicals." Performing Arts Resources 14 (1989): 13-58. ProQuest. Web. 25 Feb. 2017. Pearl, Sharrona. "Building Beauty: Physiognomy on the Gas-Lit Stage." Endeavour 30.3 (2006): 84-89. JSTOR [JSTOR]. Web. 25 Feb. 2017. Rees, Terence A. L. Theatre Lighting in the Age of Gas. Cambridge: Entertainment Technology, 2004. Print. Wild, Larry. "A Brief Outline of the History of Stage Lighting." A Brief History of Stage Lighting. Northern State University, 14 Sept. 2015. Web. 25 Feb. 2017.
  4. 2 points
    First Contact FTW! Not a typical Trek movie, much like IV, and they’re both my favourites!
  5. 2 points
    I'm still thinking about a guy dressed like Abe Lincoln smashing up chairs in a modern theatre... My girlfriend will ask me what I'm laughing about, I still have to tell her its "the Lincoln thing again"
  6. 1 point
    Firstly, I hope this is alright to post or that I have at least posted this thread in the correct section of the forum... Maybe we could have a sticky thread for new members to introduce themselves? For me, it's always the first thing I look for when signing up on a new forum. On that topic, I'm new here, I thought I would sign up as I heard the forum mentioned on a podcast. I stumbled upon the podcast accidentally as my YouTube went into autoplay. I'm glad it did too! I'm an old school technology forum crawler, more specifically PC hardware forums, an automotive technician, a chef and a web admin. I listen to a number of podcasts on and off and I just wanted to sign up and show some support for the show and I hope it continues to grow!
  7. 1 point
    "we should get an intro where we have a nice sounding man or woman..." Simon. You are that nice sounding man. That's why you have a GPS soundboard!
  8. 1 point
    The part about unnecessary letters reminded me about a YouTube video named 'What if English were phonetically consistent'. If you like language quirks/kwirks/kwerks/kvurks, this may be both fun and interesting. https://youtu.be/A8zWWp0akUU
  9. 1 point
    Ha! We thought for sure they were going to tell us to re-do the ad, but they actually loved it. ?
  10. 1 point
    Hey Pellaken, thanks for the feedback - its always welcome when constructive :) I think with regard to our different roles on the podcast, mine is not really to be the person who is full of facts, but rather being sort of an "interactive audience member". There's lots of comments of the pod sort of sounding like a chat between a couple of friends in a pub - and if we follow that analogy, Daven has come along with a really good story, and I'm listening to it, and asking questions that I think the audience would find interesting (and hopefully occasionally providing some entertaining banter). The other option would be to have the model (which perhaps you are suggesting), where both Daven and I are fully briefed on the subject, and we both sort of share the story telling role, together leading the audience through the story. This is a solid format option. Something that shows like Stuff You Should Know (and a lot of shows from that same network, as well as NPR) follow. But personally I find the: "Thanks Dave, that's right he did do that, and then he did this..." back and forth not the ideal format for me. But that's just a personal preference thing, and perhaps the latter is better... I mean SYSK get's approximately 1.12 gigatimes more downloads than us ;). That last one is intentional. By the time we record, I've heard it all before (we have big prep documents). I just make little notes about what I was surprised about, or would like to ask more about. Apparently I'm good at making it sound natural ;). And now to chime in on my Star Trek thoughts: Let me start by where not to go (based on my personal preferences): - The Original Series: I've never made it through more than a couple of episodes. It's aged badly. - Deep Space Nine: I'm a big Trek fan, but never got into this series (I've tried a few times). What I like about Star Trek in general is that its about a utopian future. It's a rare look into a fictional future where everything didn't turn to shit (which I would like to believe is reality... things generally get better and better as the centuries pass). Deep Space Nine feels a lot darker to me somehow, and I didn't vibe with it in quite the same way. - Enterprise: To me it felt like a bit of a step backwards... I love all the cool tech that you got in 24th Century (TNG, VOY, DS9) Star Trek. I mean who wants a food slot when you have a replicator? I watched it, and was grateful for it when it was all we had Star Trek wise, but I've never returned to it like I have VOY and TNG. Okay then, the good stuff: - The Next Generation: The reruns of this in the late 90s were my introduction to Star Trek. I loved it. Never saw any of it in order (as often happened back in the days of terrestrial TV), so only found out about the weak first season much later. This is my most returned to Star Trek, and I love it, and its characters. - Voyager: Now, I used to recommend this more than TNG a decade ago when it hadn't aged as much as it has now (especially with the TNG re-release in HD). Now I say start with TNG. VOY is a lot of fun, there are some amazing arcs. And while the characters can be inconsistent, and they all are essentially the same people at the end (excluding Tom Paris and Seven), the relationships between them are enjoyable to see develop. - THE MOVIES - If you haven't seen First Contact, its worth watching TNG first (or at least a good amount of it), it will add a great deal of emotional weight to the movie. Further, I have seen all the movies, including the ones with TOS cast, and they are good. The TNG cast movies are better, and they hold up very well indeed.
  11. 1 point
    I actually enjoy the dichotomy between the two of them. The way they are doing the podcasts now is excellent in my opinion (short of the fragmented uploading)
  12. 1 point
  13. 1 point
    Instead of "Today in history" why not "Meanwhile in the past"?
  14. 1 point
    Just checking in as one of the < 20% women that listen (apparently). I found this very surprising! Who wouldn't want to know more stuff about stuff.
  15. 1 point
    I am really enjoying the podcast, and it has proven very useful to me as well. I have been able to use them on class reports, however, it makes it a bit harder without the sources. If the sources could be added in the episode description, that would be useful.
  16. 1 point
    The pirates that kidnapped Caesar were not Sicilians. They were Cilicians, based in the Asian side of Turkey. Regarding the political issues that awaited Caesar at home: His political ally, Pompey, turned on Caesar after the death of Crassus, the third member of their triumvirate who, it turns out, was really the key in keeping that tense political union together. Just before Crassus' death, Pompey's wife died in childbirth, along with the baby. That wife was Caesar's daughter! Caesar, being very good at customer service, offered Pompey his great-niece's hand in marriage in an attempt to secure his political support. Pompey declined the offer. So, yeah, things were tense in Rome, and Caesar knew he had no friends left, save his army. One last crazy twist: Caesar had originally pledged his daughter to someone else to marry before breaking that deal to marry her off to Pompey. Who? Marcus Brutus. Yes, the 'Et tu, Brute' Brutus. Roman history is so awesome.... It gave us Asterix, too. =)
  17. 1 point
    4 part!? While that excites me, I also wish I could listen to all 4 hours now!!
  18. 1 point
    I understand that you were advised to make lower quality thumbnails to attract new viewers. The logic is sound that videos with flashy thumbnails will attract more clicks from random people, but they also subtract something from the credibility of your show. I love Today I Found Out's consistently amazing quality and well sourced material, and have a playlist of videos to show to students, but im not comfortable giving a student a link if it pops up as a goofy image of bubble letters and Simon making weird faces. Colorful, silly images work well for a channel like game theory that caters to a younger audience, but fall flat for a show that tries to educate.
  19. 1 point
    I know this idea was poopooed on the podcast, but I think it could be interesting. Since Simon and Daven do not seem familiar with Discord, I'd like to try to explain what it is and how it works. It's a chat room. The reason I think some people (at least me) want one is not so much so that we can chat with Simon and Daven, but so that we can chat with other TIFO fans. I'd like to think that due to the nature of the content, we are, as a group, intelligent and curious about the world. I enjoy chatting with people who are these things and think others would as well. The only/major downside is you need someone to run it, IE moderators. Once you have these in place, the discord basically can/will run itself. You need not ever drop by.. That being said, people may enjoy it if you guys did, and you could have events if you wish where you come on to the discord. You could also gate some channels behind patreon donations, which would be a way of driving/encouraging donations (I've donated just to get in a discord before) Discord has both text and voice chat features, but most people tend to use it for text unless the discord is very gaming focused; still it helps to have a voice channel to relax in with friends. As a neat bonus note that Discord allows for various coloured roles. I've included a picture of what a TIFO discord might look like
  20. 1 point
    In the podcast you mentioned changing the way you make the YouTube thumbnails, and I have to say, I really dont like the way the new ones look. I think what you were doing before was really good. If there was a way you could combine the click bate factor with how nice they looked before, that would be amazing. But also the game theroist is not a good channel. Mat Pat is really annoying and I would take advice from him with a huge grain of salt. But I am not a youtuber, just a fan who has grown up watching youtube since it started, and I have to say, the new thumbnails are not making me excited to click your videos. They look garish and out of place. But whatever helps you guys get more views so you keep making videos is a plus.
  21. 1 point
    Simon said this as a joke, but it is actually smart because it works. Why? Generally 'fake accents' rely on the fact that certain letters 'tend' to make certain sounds in certain languages. For example, Japanese sounds very "choppy" to an,english ear. As such if you were to say Hiroshima (usually said as heero sheema in english) in a "fake" Japanese accent, you'd end up saying Hi Ro Shi Ma, which is actually, exactly how you pronounce the city. The fact the letters tend to be pronounced the certain way in a "fake" accent is precisely because the fakeness comes from the fact that is actually how they pronounce those letters in their language! I use this trick for pronouncing people's names that I just meet and often get compliments at how few others pronounce it correctly on the first try.
  22. 1 point
    Gah, horrible! I managed to listen for 1:44.34 before i could not stand dudes meandering speech anymore. He's totally out of date but giving advice? Enjoyed the early podcasts and this one up until the interview started.
  23. 1 point
    Well thats a shame, I actually enjoyed the creative transition.
  24. 1 point
    The season 4 episode of TNG called First Contact is also exceptionally good too. :-)
  25. 1 point
    SECOND. Oh dear.
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