In Falken's Maze, technologist and former professor Jason Thomas explores the intersection of technology, history, and culture. Created for listeners nostalgic for the 80s who also want to understand the complexities of today, our show demystifies the world's most compelling technologies and events through 80's movies, music, and television.
This is where history, tech, and retro pop collide.
Spooktober 2019 (Part 1 of 3)
In this episode, we explore ouija boards, their history, and the possibility that they may open a portal to the beyond. We also wonder at the seeming immortality of David Coverdale.
The Imp of the Perverse
In this one shot episode we explore the border between the real and the fake. Between fact and fiction. Between the ghostly paranormal world that we’re going to spend the next few weeks talking about and the concrete, solid world we all think we live in.
The Enemy Knows the System (Part 5 of 5)
In this final episode in our series on computing, we blow out information theory and apply it to how the internet works, how it enables the promise of open, free communication, and how it has enables the worst of humanity to shine through.
The Enemy Knows the System (Part 4 of 5)
Pull out your old cassettes and 8-tracks as we explore analog vs. digital signals and the development of packet-switched networks. It's all starting to come together now. You'll be a bona fide computing history expert at the end of this series!!
The Enemy Knows the System (Part 3 of 5)
In this episode, we continue our discussion of binary and boolean logic and their fundamental importance to the history of computing. More importantly, we learn that tough guys don’t do math, tough guys deep fry chicken.
The Enemy Knows the System (Part 2 of 5)
In this episode, we explore how Claude Shannon's marriage to a computer created information theory and launched the digital age.
Takes me back to a curious time
I was 12 in 1985, & curious about technology & all things electronic, at the time. This podcast takes me back, in a retro way to revisit, the Cold War era, & the nostalgia of why things were the way they were.
This is a very informative podcast and I learn a lot of neat trivia that isn't always discussed when these topics are brought up. However, I find it hard finding the connecting thread to your topics. Metallica losing the Grammy to Jethro Tull and then you transition into codebreaking during World War I? You mention the band performing "One" which is based on a WWI soldier's experience, but your attempt to tie an 80s reference to your theme is a bit thin. You spent so much time setting up the Metallica segment, playing the performance, that I expected more connecting tissue than what you provided. Maybe that is the maze part of this podcast. Will continue to listen because it is just so informative and better than other podcasts out there, so keep it up.
Look forward to it every week
The most engaging podcast out there. It’s the first thing I do every Wednesday morning. Not to be missed.