V is for VR

We’re getting real in this month’s tech segment. Well, virtually real, with a smattering of augmentation and just a touch of mediation. From the beginnings of it all with the Sensorama™ through the wheezy, queasy 90s and up to modern day VR unicorns. Plus we actually get Mike to take a VR headset for a spin … in a pub … at night … yeah!

Feel like a numpty with that thing on your head? Well it’s your face so nothing we can do about it but perhaps the movie V for Vendetta would be more suitable?

V is for V for Vendetta

Ooh there’s trouble brewing in dystopian, facist London! And there’s trouble brewing between Rob & Mike! This month we’re donning our Guy Fawkes masks and remember remembering the joy that is 2005’s V for Vendetta. Spoiler alert, Mike doesn’t like it cos it’s based on a comic book that changed his life or some such.

V for Vendetta a veritable vexation that vilifies your various values? Verily! We have VR in the tech segment so go listen to that instead.

U is for UI / UX

So UI is the bit you touch, UX is how it makes you feel… yeah this one gets dirty in a real hurry.

We do the usual wander back through the history of human / computer interaction, consider the various challenges faced by UI designers in the modern world, and get a bit star struck by the team at Xerox PARC before descending into the expected level of paranoia and fear when Mike tries to work out if he really wants to drive his computer with his mind.

Too much of a WIMP to handle this one? Well get yourself over to the movie segment where we take a drink with the Untouchables.

U is for the Untouchables

“Here’s how you get him. He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue! That’s the Chicago way.”

There’s a degree of irony in a podcast that focuses on inebriation reviewing a film set in the prohibition but that’s exactly what we’ve got in this months movie segment. Brian De Palma’s 1987 tour through 30’s Chicago during the height of Capone’s power means we’re getting down and dirty with the Untouchables.

Featuring everything you’d expect, 1 star reviews, a load of gushing over the amazing soundtrack and massive amounts of scorn poured onto Sean Connery’s terrible Irish accent, why not pop into your local speakeasy, pour yourself a couple of fingers of whiskey and enjoy.

Not big on the gang scene? That’s ok, there’s a very odd tech episode this month covering UI & UX so go … interface with that.

S is for Search Engines

Engines that Search. We cover the early days of directories, the emergent search engine market and the rise of the mighty Google before donning our tin foil hats and diving headfirst into a world of paranoia and fear.

It’s geeky, it’s techy and it has an actual segment related to Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee OM KBE FRS FREng FRSA FBCS so the only question you have to ask yourself is … are you “Feeling Lucky”?

Can’t get your head around a Google? Why not try our film segment? This month it’s the classic Super Mario Brothers and we think it’s terrible!

Quality Warning: this recording does contain some wind noise (and no we don’t mean farts) so we’re sorry about that. We have fired the producer responsible and he’ll never work in this industry again!

S is for Super Mario Brothers

Proof positive that the democratic process should NOT be applied to pod-casts, we find ourselves digging around in the bargain bin of the last remaining physical media store in the country to locate a copy of Super Mario Brothers… and I can’t say that we massively enjoy the experience.

But there’s loads of juicy behind the scenes factoids, some very sensible analysis of why it went wrong and a questionable reference to Mario’s sexual preferences. Plus if you absolutely want to know how not to make a video game spin off then this is the episode for you!

Got pipeophbia? Or just don’t like plumbers? Either way you can search out our tech segment which is all about Search Engines!

Quality Warning: this recording does contain some wind noise (and no we don’t mean farts) so we’re sorry about that. We have fired the producer responsible and he’ll never work in this industry again!

R is for Radio

Don’t know your WiFi from your WiMax? Bluetooth leave you feeling disconnected? It’s ok, cos this month Rob tries very hard to explain modern data radio to Mike, and very nearly succeeds!

From Marconi through to modern day, come along for a whirlwind tour of frequencies, bands, cells and packets as we do our best to explain the “giant cloud of data in the air” … yeah.

Not your frequency Kenneth? Pop over to the movie segment where we chat about Robocop … you have 10 seconds to comply!

R is for Robocop

The year is 2043, Detroit is a sh*t hole (nothing changes) and MCP are looking for “volunteers” for their new cyborg program, code name RoboCop!

It’s a classic, it’s Verhoeven, it’s violent, grim and above all it’s the 80s. Mike & Rob take an armoured car through Old Detroit and explore everything the franchise has to offer. You have to listen to this episode. After all, dead or alive, you’re coming with us!

Wouldn’t buy that for a dollar? That’s fine, we’re getting Hertz over in the tech bit where we cover the whole spectrum of radio.