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Episode 234: The Brain Erasers

This week the word is Memory. The nerds talk about various tropes in media and gaming that involve having your memory wiped. Then they get into a big discussion about the book, Life’s Lottery. Lastly, the discuss the season two finale of Homecoming and another new Twilight Zone episode.

SPOILER WARNING: contains lotsa spoilers.

Episode 233: Bitten By a Radioactive Wombat

This week the word is PublicDomain. The nerds talk about various aspects of Intellectual Property law, in particular discussing how a court ruling has affected portrayals of Sherlock Holmes. They also talk about Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, and touch on work stuff, before bringing down the spoiler curtain to discuss the book, Life’s Lottery, and second season episodes of Homecoming and the Twilight Zone.

SPOILER WARNING: contains spoilers.

Episode 232: The Lady Shoots the Tiger with Chekov’s Gun

This week the word is unfinished. The nerds talk about various stories that don’t have endings vs those with neatly tied-up endings, and how some projects are better left unfinished. Then they discuss Keith’s tombstone story from episode 148, since this show was actually recorded on the infamous date of June 23, 2020. Then Andy talks about having just watched Dunkirk, which Keith talked about in episode 148. Next they re-visit last week’s discussions of Star Trek 6, specifically the scene involving a phaser in the ship’s galley. Andy describes a book called The Sea People, and Keith talks about the Lady Astronaut series. Lastly they lower the spoiler curtain to discuss season 2 of Homecoming so far, as well as other shows they’ve each been watching.

SPOILER WARNING: contains spoilers.

Episode 229: To Binge, or Not To Binge

This week the word is binge. The nerds talk about the pros and cons of binge-watching vs. taking new episodes one at a time. Then they touch base on their work projects before moving on to media. They discuss the first episode or two of Upload, Space Force, and season 2 of Homecoming. Then they lower the vintage spoiler curtain to discuss Star Trek 4: The Voyage Home at length.

VINTAGE SPOILER WARNING: contains vintage spoilers.

Episode 228: I Choose The Danger

This week the word is change. The nerds talk about how the world has changed because of the current crisis, and about change in general. Moving on to media, they discuss a variety of different shows they’ve recently started watching, or re-watching. Lastly, they lower the vintage spoiler curtain to discuss Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock at length.

SPOILER WARNING: contains vintage spoilers.

Episode 226: Cake or Trek?

This week the word is cake. Andy talks about a new cake recipe he’s excited about because it uses up the egg yolks you have left over when you make an angel food cake. Other cake related topics include ice cream cake, cake vs pie, references to cake in media and common expressions, and comedians who talk about cake. Then they spend most of the show discussing Star Trek: The Motion Picture at great length, having both just seen it again for the first time in decades.

SPOILER WARNING: contains vintage spoilers.

Episode 225: Spoiler Spoilers

This week the word is spoilers. The nerds discuss the merits of not shielding oneself from spoilers, and Keith breaks down the 3 different types of spoiler situations. They try to avoid spoiling the stories they discuss, but sometimes it’s a spoiler just to know that something has a big twist, so this episode is very spoilery, and this blurb isn’t going to call out the specifics of the media they discuss. At the end they discuss the next to last episode of season 3 of Westworld.

SPOILER WARNING: contains spoilers.

Episode 224: Brain Burners

This week the word is puzzles. They start by discussing jigsaw puzzles, then extend the conversation to all types of puzzle-solving. Topics include role-playing games with puzzle elements, difficulties in designing puzzles, and stories from Magnet and early LARPS. Andy talks about a couple of vintage board games that feature jigsaw puzzle elements. At the very end they spend a few minutes discussing the latest episode of Westworld.

SPOILER WARNING: contains spoilers.

Episode 223: Deep Rants with Andy Looney

This week the word is 23. Keith explains why 23 is his favorite number, and the nerds reminisce about what they were each doing when they were 23 years old. Andy tells the story of how he got hired at NASA, and what it was like working for the Hubble Space Telescope. Then Andy spends a lot of time talking about Battlefield Earth, after which he mentions a few things that will be changing in the next printing of Math Fluxx. Then they each give their latest reports from the Quarantine Zone. They talk a little about the upcoming Dune movie, and talk more about the National Lampoon parody thereof. Other topics they ramble about include expressions they don’t think make sense and Match Game and other game shows. At the very end they spend a few minutes discuss the next episode of Westworld.

SPOILER WARNING: contains spoilers.