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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.

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 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
    Episode 6: Memory Palace Shopping List

    Episode 6: Memory Palace Shopping List

    Alex wants to know who won the 2016 Crossfit Games.


    Danny finished Dune by Frank Herbert, and both hosts have some #opinions .


    Really big swords are compared.


    Alex's Reading check-in includes Watchmen and "Talent is Overrated" by Geoffrey Colvin.


    Duolingo may not be as skillful as it seems.


    Alex was not a good person in high school. He proves it with a story.


    Links


    Dune
    Dune (2020
    Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)
    The Hobbit movies will not be linked to. Spare yourself. Read a book.
    X of Swords Stasis #1
    Watchmen
    Rorschach comic coming in October
    X-Men + Fantastic Four
    Empyre
    Geoffrey Colvin - Talent is Overrated
    Fraserade


    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:
    Levy Rozman | GothamChess - YouTube

    • 57 min
    Episode 5: Earworms and F-Bombs

    Episode 5: Earworms and F-Bombs

    Life is good. Even for introverts who need their space.


    Media catchup on Hamilton, The Mandalorian, Dark, The Witcher, Tiger King, and X-Men.


    Alex is not a runner, but is now running. Danny is less interested in participating.


    Music theory via podcasts and youtube rings all the bells of our hosts. Music in person is more and more likely.


    Alex is strangely in a good mood.


    Links


    Hamilton (musical) - Wikipedia
    The Mandalorian
    Dark
    The Witcher
    Tiger King
    Strong Songs: "Satisfied" from Hamilton
    Strong Songs: "Chicago" by Sufjan Stevens
    Cal Newport
    "The Snap" from Santa Clara Vanguard 2018
    X-Men
    X2: X-Men United
    X-Men: The Last Stand
    The Chess Game mentioned
    AdventureMan! | Image Comics


    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/

    • 50 min
    Episode 4: Duolingo for Masochists

    Episode 4: Duolingo for Masochists

    For sale: child's pool, very cold.


    Our hosts discuss their ongoing experience with Duo, the owl mascot of Duolingo. Danny puts up with Alex's fascination with the world of Crossfit. New dice have entered their lives, and new books and television are begun.


    Links


    Make Time
    Live BPM Android
    Live BPM iOS
    Strange Planet comics
    Watchmen on HBO


    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/

    • 55 min

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