October 4, 2013 at 11:15am • 52 minutes
Live! From a (somewhat echoey, sorry) room in Portland Oregon, we talk about the exciting new world of Internet-aided content creation. How have sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo and even Amazon changed how people create and consume books, movies, TV shows, and music? And what's the missing piece of this content revolution?
Special guests Glenn Fleishman, Greg Knauss, and Jeff Carlson.
October 1, 2013 at 11:00pm • 1 hour 45 minutes
Bonus episode! Here's an edited fourth installment of our Dungeons and Dragons campaign. Our heroes have made it inside a strange desert temple and have mostly not died... yet. But the night is young and the basins in this temple are full of an unknown magical fluid, so anything could happen!
Special guests Dan Moren, Scott McNulty, Serenity Caldwell, Steve Lutz, and Tony Sindelar.
September 27, 2013 at 7:45pm • 1 hour 40 minutes
Take the red pill and enter "The Matrix," 1999's influential sci-fi/action classic. Why does Morpheus talk like a fortune cookie? Is Keanu's woodenness an asset or detriment? Was skeuomorphism the fall of man? And if we accept that living things can be used as batteries, why wouldn't the machines just use cows? Grad students, we are about to blow your minds. Whoa.
Special guests David J. Loehr, John Siracusa, Steve Lutz, and Erika Ensign.
September 14, 2013 at 12:15pm • 1 hour 9 minutes
It's time for the second Incomparable Film Festival! We pick 35 films that we think are worth seeing, in fantasy draft format. From horror to comedy to drama to sci-fi to kung-fu, we've got just about every genre covered. (Part 1 of 2.)
Special guests Andy Ihnatko, Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, John Siracusa, Monty Ashley, and Steve Lutz.
September 7, 2013 at 1:00pm • 1 hour 15 minutes
An entire comic book about Hawkeye, the lesser Marvel superhero with a bow and arrow? Okay... this looks bad. But seriously, bro, this is one of the very best comics being published today. We cover the first two trade-paperback editions of Fraction and Aja's series, including Lucky the Pizza Dog, 50 Shades of Purple, and how hooking up a laserdisc player is similar to defusing a bomb. Hop on board and join us--we're great at boats.
Special guests Dan Moren, Lisa Schmeiser, Merlin Mann, and Tony Sindelar.
August 31, 2013 at 8:45am • 1 hour 15 minutes
Special guest star Philip Michaels gives us an old-movie education with two caper movies from the 1950s, "The Lavender Hill Mob" and "The Killing." One's funny, one's not, but both teach us that crime doesn't pay! Plus young Stanley Kubrick, funnyman Alec Guinness, the second-greatest fight scene Steve has ever seen, and a guest appearance by General Eisenhower.
Special guests Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, Steve Lutz, and Philip Michaels.
August 24, 2013 at 12:00pm • 1 hour 4 minutes
A boy with no name travels to the end of the lane and discovers how a pond can be an ocean in Neil Gaiman's brief and wonderful novel "The Ocean at the End of the Lane." Also Dan explains Jason's perfect vacation, there's lots of talk about cats, why David has issues with Old Yeller, and we talk about other Neil Gaiman works that we like.
Special guests Dan Moren & David J. Loehr.
August 17, 2013 at 1:00pm • 1 hour 19 minutes
Do you like stories, love, and life? Then even if you're not a regular comic book reader, you should read "Saga," by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. (Unless naked robot sex disturbs you, in which case you shouldn't.) We cover the horns and the wings, bad connections on the interstellar cellphone network, seahorse agents, super space high school, a frog with a banjo, the wisdom of hiring a ghost as your babysitter, and much more.
Special guests Dan Moren, Merlin Mann, and Tony Sindelar.
August 10, 2013 at 5:00pm • 1 hour 20 minutes
Load your shotgun, put on your clear plastic suit, and climb into that suspiciously humming box! We're here to talk about three very different time-travel movies: "12 Monkeys," "Looper," and "Primer." Is "Crazy Brad Pitt" a thing? If you met a younger version of yourself, would you fight or cuddle? Why is the apocalypse like Philadelphia? Also something about a Weeble in a time machine, we didn't really understand that part.
Special guests John Siracusa, Lex Friedman, Monty Ashley, David J. Loehr, and Tony Sindelar.