Pull up a barstool and join us in George Orwell's favorite pub.
The Dark Side of the Moon Under Water
Turns out, a brother podcast across the pond shares a similar name to our American version of Orwell's fantasy pub. We say the more the merrier in this friendly review--and delineation from our show--of this good natured interview pod. Ultimate conclusion: these guys are cool and welcome to our pod anytime they're in the neighborhood, and we wouldn't turn down an invite to theirs.
Again With the Boeing 737 Max, And Other Terrors in the Sky and On the Runway
Steve's dad was an airline pilot, and he has turned into the kind of adult who knows the make, model, year, and production quirk of every plane at the airport. Naturally, he has plenty to say about doors flying off of jets while in flight and other terrors. None of this will stop them from getting on planes at every opportunity though.
Heineken? F*ck That Sh*t. Pabst Blue Ribbon!
Steve wanted to talk about beer and who was Kelly to object?
Mama, Don't Let Your Digital Babies Grow Up to Be Sex Robots: Ted Chiang's "The Lifecycle of Software Objects"
Just so happens that Steve is a data transport expert and Kelly is a licensed literary critic, so what better team to take on this deliciously messed up story of the very near future? Sit down, buckle up, and brace yourself for the greatest work of literary analysis in all Podcastistan.
Here's a review from 2010, when the work was originally published. https://www.wired.com/2010/12/book-review-the-lifecycle-of-software-objects/
"Lifecycle" appears in Exhalation, a story collection. https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/exhalation-stories_ted-chiang/19490073/item/44477200/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=pmax_high_vol_scarce_%2410_%2450&utm_adgroup=&utm_term=&utm_content=&gad_source=1&gclid=CjwKCAiA-bmsBhAGEiwAoaQNmu0Nhv88-89d4d8Nkh1TvNOVgjuT8fv1CPGHwiTvgRMYfHnO6zPaXBoCAKwQAvD_BwE#idiq=44477200&edition=24605302
What happens when you board the wrong train and end up in a war zone, questioned by an angry soldier who apparently wants to know about your missing visa?
Son of airline pilot Steve has some travel questions for backpacker Kelly, and vice versa. Tune in for dueling yarns o' the road.
Hurts so Good: Why We Run, Cycle, and Otherwise Choose to Suffer
Steve's permanent running injuries prompt a philosophical discussion about the modern desire to suffer in the name of fun. The talk soon devolves into travel stories.