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.

Q is for Quantum Computing

So it turns out that Quantum Physics is a pretty damn complex & confusing topic. Which may explain why, in this month’s tech episode, we spend a lot of time talking about anything but the given topic – Quantum computing.

If you’re happy that we probably get most of this completely wrong then tune in for particle porn positions, 30’s physicists who got some, and a pretty filthy spin on a classic computer science problem – i.e. what if that traveling salesman was selling d*ck pics?

Bamboozled by qubits? That’s fine cos the movie segment is utterly devoid of depth – it’s a Van Damme classic the Quest.

Q is for the Quest

We never learn. With 2 perfectly decent films on the ballot and one “no hoper”, we should have realised that you would pick the Quest, a 90’s Van Damme action & thrill filled slop bucket of nonsense.

In this month’s, mercifully short, movie episode, we dissect Van Damme’s directorial debut, peeling back the layers to see what, if anything, lies under the surface. It has it all, kicks, punches, head-butts, kilts, sumo wrestlers, Mongolians and a back story that’s so reminiscent of another movie, Rob can’t remember which is which!

Too punchy for ya? Then try the Quantum Computing episode on for size. Although be warned, it’s confusing as hell and probably no more enlightening than the movie segment.

P is for Piracy

You wouldn’t steal a podcast? Well know because we give it away for free but there’s plenty of nefarious types out there who dedicate their lives to cracking and pirating software.

In this month’s tech segment, we explore the murky world of piracy, from Warez, floppy swapping through to the Pirate Bay and modern day distribution as well as the very serious discussion on ethics … and dick jokes.

Not big on the Warez scene? That’s cool, go and check out the movie segment where we talk the Princess Bride!

P is for the Princess Bride

We found it inconceivable that Mike hadn’t ever seen this film so took the convenient opportunity to rectify that glaring omission. This episode has it all, Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Revenge. Giants. Monsters. Chases. Escapes. True love. Miracles. and a guest spot by a guy called Sergio.

Don’t listen for the story, you know it, listen for the wonderful trivia and, most importantly to find out if Mike actually liked this most beloved of cult classics.

Want more than fairy tale pirates? We cover real (software) piracy in our tech segment so sail on over there.