12 episodes

Alex and Danny are best friends. Best friends that left their jobs, are figuring out what's next, and are still figuring out who they are. There's a lot going on, but they know they're nerds and having fun.

Kibitzing Alex Gustafson and Danny Peterson

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Alex and Danny are best friends. Best friends that left their jobs, are figuring out what's next, and are still figuring out who they are. There's a lot going on, but they know they're nerds and having fun.

    Episode 12: The Danny Notification System

    Episode 12: The Danny Notification System

    Your nerd champions are getting older and they have to explain that to 3rd graders. The 3rd graders suggest making a viral tiktok.


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    Should earbuds be investments or trash?
    Should a D&D party bother to make use of an effective Charisma-based character?
    Should anyone ever beat Mat Fraser at CrossFit ever again?
    Links:
    Mat Fraser Turning Around at the End of the Course — The bird flip is at 0:22X of SwordsThe Chess Game discussed

    • 53 min
    Episode 11: Pretty Close to This Zen Thing

    Episode 11: Pretty Close to This Zen Thing

    More root beer seltzer #content than you knew you needed.


    The boys transition this from a podcast where they talk about not having jobs to instead talking about having jobs. Complementary discussions on language, programming, and music get thrown in there.


    All kinds of gaming talk: fantasy football, Arkham Horror, chess, and League of Legends.


    Plus, some books have been quit while others have been read.


    Music

    Music excerpts from Symphony No.3 'Scottish', Op.56 by Felix Mendelssohn, performed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. See more at https://musopen.org/music/282-symphony-no-3-scottish-op-56/
    Links:
    Buy Alex a CoffeeBuy Danny Some Root Beer Seltzers1984 by George OrwellA Beautifully Foolish Endeavor (The Carls, #2) by Hank GreenRange: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David EpsteinStation Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel — by Emily St. John MandelAmong Us on SteamCeleste on Steam

    • 57 min
    Episode 10: Extreme Trials

    Episode 10: Extreme Trials

    First your hosts grapple with getting old and how birthdays are to be handled. Before they go into the deep end of nerd-dom. MMOs! X-Men! Marvel and DC!


    But ultimately it's not content, is it?


    Music

    Music excerpts from Symphony No.3 'Scottish', Op.56 by Felix Mendelssohn, performed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. See more at https://musopen.org/music/282-symphony-no-3-scottish-op-56/
    Links:
    Alex on TikTok for White Buffalo Training SystemsBaader–Meinhof phenomenon Bullet JournalFF14 Titania Extreme Trial GuideFelicia Day - IMDbThe GuildX-Men: First Class (2011) - IMDbX-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) - IMDbMAT FRASER’S WORLD RECORD FRIENDLY FRAN - YouTubeCrossFit: The Butterfly Pull-UpCrossFit: The Kipping Pull-UpGothamChess - YouTubeUseless Box

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 9: Miss Ella's Playhouse

    Episode 9: Miss Ella's Playhouse

    Monoprice doesn't actually sponsor us, we just make use of their products and can't help but talk about it.


    Alex wants an audience, but really just needs a microphone.


    Our hosts speak optimistically of the new Dune movie whose trailer is now available.


    Danny teaches Alex about League of Legends.


    Inevitably, chess and fitness make an appearance as well. Football and nascar sneak in there.


    And aliens! The flying saucer in question does, in fact, sponsor us.


    Music

    Music excerpts from Symphony No.3 'Scottish', Op.56 by Felix Mendelssohn, performed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. See more at https://musopen.org/music/282-symphony-no-3-scottish-op-56/


    Excerpt from "Two Little Men in a Flying Saucer" performed by Ella Fitzgerald obtained from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWaUACHYhx8 , provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group.


    Conductor: Sy Oliver
    Associated Performer, Vocalist: Ella Fitzgerald
    Composer Lyricist: Arthur Pitt
    Composer Lyricist: Clem Bernard
    Links:
    DUNE Trailer Debut Event Conversation / Twitter — Stephen Colbert interviewing the cast of Dune, ending with the trailer.Dune (2020) trailerDune (2020) - IMDbTenet (2020) - IMDbDunkirk (2017) - IMDbChess: Peterson vs backrow1720 - 268337614 - Chess.com — Where Alex blows it all for lack of tryingLeague of Legends Championship Series - WikipediaTwo Little Men In A Flying Saucer - YouTube

    • 54 min
    Episode 8: Never Trust an Owl

    Episode 8: Never Trust an Owl

    Birds and their influence on gaming.


    Danny is rocking it in Japanese Duolingo. Alex is deluded about leaderboards.


    Books were read and fitness was achieved.


    Danny will play e4 someday. Someday.


    Music is too loud. But both hosts want a piano real bad. Real bad. It's too bad Alex hates music.


    A quote

    "Intelligibility in music seems to be impossible without repetition. While repetition without variation can easily produce monotony, juxtaposition of distantly related elements can easily degenerate into nonsense, especially if unifying elements are omitted. Only so much variation as character, length and tempo required should be admitted: the coherence of motive-forms should be emphasized." - Arnold Schoenberg, Fundamentals of Musical Composition


    Music

    Music excerpts from Symphony No.3 'Scottish', Op.56 by Felix Mendelssohn, performed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. See more at https://musopen.org/music/282-symphony-no-3-scottish-op-56/
    Links:
    Hatoful Boyfriend - WikipediaAn Absolutely Remarkable Thing - WikipediaLearning to Breathe Fire: The Rise of CrossFit and the Primal Future of Fitness by J.C. HerzHow Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul ToughElizabeth Spiegel (@elizspiegel) / Twitter — Chess Educator mentioned in How Children SucceedLevy Rozman | GothamChess - YouTubeJacob Collier - With The Love In My Heart - YouTubeJacob Collier - Running Outta Love (feat. Tori Kelly) - YouTubeJacob Collier - All I Need (with Mahalia & Ty Dolla $ign) - YouTubeTaylor Swift – exile (feat. Bon Iver) (Official Lyric Video) - YouTubeSammy Rae - "Kick It To Me" (Official Audio) - YouTubeTedeschi Trucks Band - WikipediaThe Phosphorescent Blues - Wikipedia8-bit Music Theory Atmosphere and Motivic Development in Hollow Knight's Soundtrack - YouTube8-bit Music Theory | Final Fantasy VI Analysis Series PART 1: Development of Melodic Ideas - YouTube12tone - YouTube

    • 57 min
    Episode 7: Would You Volunteer to be Possessed?

    Episode 7: Would You Volunteer to be Possessed?

    Keanu Reeves is on our minds today.


    Followup:



    Danny watched Hamilton
    Danny listened to Strong Songs
    Alex is not so smart


    A conspicuously large amount of sports are discussed! Basketball, Hockey... Crossfit... Race Walking! It gets a little weird.


    Danny plays some pro-level D&D and reads a pro-level book.


    Links


    From Sad to Rad: Keanu Reeves Memes | Know Your Meme
    BRZRKR
    Burly Brawl by Don Davis from The Matrix Reloaded
    Mona Lisa Overdrive by Juno Reactor from The Matrix Reloaded
    The Matrix 4 | IMDb
    Hamilton on Disney Plus
    Strong Songs: "Satisfied" from Hamilton
    Jacob Collier on Youtube
    12tone on Youtube
    8-bit Music Theory on Youtube
    Sketchnoting
    Adam Klink runs 4:56 mile and 500# back squat in the same day
    Race Walking


    Music

    Music excerpts from Symphony No.3 'Scottish', Op.56 by Felix Mendelssohn, performed by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. See more at https://musopen.org/music/282-symphony-no-3-scottish-op-56/

    • 48 min

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