Monthly archives of “February 2020

Episode 216: 100 Years of Ice Cream

Blurb: This week the word is immortality. The nerds talk about various immortal and very long-lived beings in literature, including Tolkien’s elves, vampires, mummies, Star Trek’s Q, and others. Then they check in with what they’re each working on. After the spoiler warning they discuss the final episode of The Good Place, the implications of teleportation, Dark Matter, and episode 3 of Picard.

SPOILER WARNING: contains spoilers.

Episode 215: Where are the Gangs of Elvises?

This week the word is utopia. The nerds talk at length about the utopian ideals of Star Trek, and how replicators, transporters, and holodecks really would change everything. Other topics include MUDs, gender-swapping technology, and the value of real estate in a cashless society. They talk about work stuff for a bit, then they lower the spoiler curtain to talk about the second episode of Star Trek: Picard.

SPOILER WARNING: contains spoilers.

Episode 214: Jack’s a Doughnut

This week the word is Alaska, since Keith just returned from Juneau. They each talk about trips they’ve taken there, then somehow this leads to a long discussion of vampires and werewolves. Keith talks about the mark Gandalf leaves on Bilbo’s door, and shares a few thoughts about Crisis on Infinite Earths. After the spoiler warning, the discuss the first episode of Star Trek Picard at length.

Episode 213: The Tiger in the Room

This week the word is cats. The nerds talk about their current cats and reminisce about beloved cats that have passed on. They also discuss differences between cats and dogs, how cats like to push objects onto the floor, the musical, and other cat-related topics. Next they discuss vintage adaptations of Tolkien’s books, during which Keith’s audio dropped out for a few minutes. Andy has some follow-up thoughts about last week’s discussion of The Pool of Fire his ideas for a sequel to it. This leads to a rant about bad adaptations of several of Andy’s favorite books. Lastly, they discuss a couple of episodes of the 80s time travel show, Voyagers.