So we debate whether we’ll hit peak oil or not, but we’ll all have chips in our brains, so it’s cool. Unless that’s just the government-run simulation being piped into my chip that’s telling me it’s cool. Oh the huge manatee!
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“The language of Avatar revealed”
We chat about the cultural meaning of the movie event known as Avatar, as well as give our review of the movie. Then we turn our attention to newsgathering and the meaning of objectivity in today’s world.
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Dr. Kiki predicts 2012 won’t happen, but who knows if that’s good as we’re running out of water and the world may be in worse shape by the end of the century anyway. But hey, no mass death!
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“Alternate Reality Games”
Heads up! We know Veronica said it was episode 27 (en español) but that’s because she was working with Tom’s bad episode number intel. We’re really on #26, and we’ve finally made it through Mists of Avalon and have a recap for you. Overall we liked it, and Tom gets into some of the Arthurian Legend underpinnings.
QUICK BURNS – unrelated news of the month
Sci-Fi Author Peter Watts Beaten, Charged During Border Crossing
20 Best Science Fiction Books Of The Decade
Extinct Bees and Drugs Haunt Douglas Coupland’s “Generation A”
BARE YOUR SWORD – feedback from the audience
Josh Lawrence’s pics for the Sword and Laser song
Have you guys ever had a book that you really wanted to read but just couldn’t get into? Did you persevere with it?
I haven’t read a lot of retellings of Arthurian legend other than the classics, but has Atlantis been connected with is before now?
What’s next? One of the Top 20! But which one? Make your nomination persuasively on the Ning forum.
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“World’s Smallest Snowman”
I had the pleasure of being invited to be on Patrick Beja’s awesome Phileas Club podcast again. This was a special single-topic edition on atheism. We do get sidetracked a bit into the meaning of religion, as you might expect, but I think we had a nice discussion of what it means. We also devoted quite a bit of attention to intelligent design and the young Earth theory as adjuncts to this discussion.