Giant Rubber Ducky: Episode 16

Sick of politics in your news? A giant rubber ducky is accused of being a counterfeit, and the manliest man mows his lawn in a tornado. This week Rygar is back and he’s brought a special guest: funny-man EZ. Offroad and Borg are also here as usual, as we reminisce of a simpler time, a time before irony, when sincerity still existed: the 1960s batman television show. Remember Bugles: snack or cereal? Is this another one of those Mandela effects?

We geek out a little on fonts, Run-DMC track suits, and we speculate about the common law of “First-ies”. This episode is in 3D sound (ambisonics and binaural audio). Listen as you normally would with normal speakers or headphones.

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Fake Artificial Intelligence: Episode 15

Robot Pizza Van – Now in 3D Audio! Just listen like you normally do on regular speakers or headphones. We’re using ambisonics (stereo is left-and-right, surround sound adds forward-and-back, ambisonics adds up-and-down) and binaural audio (takes the shape of your head into account?? Binaural audio is best experienced with headphones but still great on speakers).

Now you can pay a robot to callback the robots that call you. An AI called me on the phone to sell me something. It was a real life Turing test. Janelle Shane, used a neural network to come up with goofy names for paint colors based on input from Sherwin-Williams paint chips. The same neural network went on to create new names for 1980s action figures. We enumerate examples of real action figures including He Man, GI Joe, Evel Knievil, Charles Mingus?

Emotional singers don’t really want to sing but they can’t help it, that’s why the pained expression. A little slam poetry, and then an update on that speech synthesis engine. And finally, we close on the slow-motion scene of clowns, exiting a tiny car, followed by sheep (because they smell cotton candy).

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Ninja Shortage: Episode 14

Borg and Offroad discover a ninja shortage in Japan. There’s a huge tourist demand but there aren’t enough Ninjas in supply. Maybe it’s not a shortage, maybe they’re really good at Ninja-ing and no one can find them. We also learn about the dangers of clowning, mimes, robot dancers, Bozo of the clowns and SantaCon- where thousands of drunk guys do a Santa-clad pub-crawl. The remake of Stephen King’s “It” is scheduled for September 8th, 2017 which may explain some of the uptake in creepy clown sightings.

Then, 3d printed buildings. A big 3D printer drives around and can print a 50 foot dome building in 14 hours. Separately, a solar powered 3D printer that melts sand into glass sculpture. The solar printer is in the desert using the sun and the sand. Hey we should send some of these things to mars to build houses. And finally, police question a ventriloquist about what his dummy allegedly said.

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