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#29: Six Fax Machines

June 30th, 2016 · 117 minutes

The main topic this week is The Future. Merlin can't contain his fascination and admiration with how John's rationality and long view of history has colored and redirected his own conceptions about what the future holds.

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Links and Show Notes

[N.B. This episode contains a very brief discussion of plot points in the movie, Finding Dory. Skip from 0:15:41 to 0:19:33 to avoid minor spoilers.]

This week kicks off with a discussion on the nature of inflammable jammies and general rehearsals for panic. There's some quick FU on Ted Leo, followed by some lessons of Finding Dory.

This leads to yet 👏 another 👏 dive into Pixar films and what your hosts compulsively crave from them. Like: what would happen if Pixar went Full-Metal-Kubrick on creating a seriously committed sci-fi movie for grownups?

In passing, your hosts agree that Game of Thrones is really good, and that Sansa Stark is most definitely a serious badass.

The main topic this week is…💫 The Fuuuuuuture! 💫

How does John evaluate and interpolate new technology? How should inchoate cultural vectors inform our thinking? Why do some kinds of change take such improbably more time than others? And how much do we really want to learn about cannibalism?

(Episode recorded 2016-06-21)

Criswell Predicts Plan 9 From Outer Space Intro - YouTube
Criswell Predictions
The Tyranny of Distance (album) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Finding Dory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Pixar Touch - history of Pixar - Blog - Pixar story rules (one version)

"#19: Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating."

WALL-E - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
5by5 | Hypercritical #12: Nothing Is So Perfect
Millennium Actress - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Wind Rises (2013) - IMDb
The Incomparable | Mint in Box (Episode 305)

Ride like the wind, Bullseye! Our survey of Pixar films continues with “Toy Story 2,” the movie that introduced us to that Pixar Moment. You know the one. (Bring tissues.) We also discuss the philosophy of the Toy Story movies, a bunch of amazing gags, the state of the art of computer animation in 1999, and a whole lot more.

The Incomparable | Only One Spaceship (Episode 306)


X-Men: Apocalypse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Knowledge Navigator - YouTube
Palm VII - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Motorola StarTAC - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
O.J.: Made in America - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The 22 rules of storytelling, according to Pixar

19: Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of it are cheating.

The Talk Show ✪: Ep. 156, With Special Guest Merlin Mann

Merlin Mann returns to the show to talk about artificial intelligence and Eddy Cue’s flip-flops.

Nobody puts Baby in a corner - YouTube
12th Street Rag by Euday L. Bowman ~ Aaron Robinson, piano - YouTube

aka the wacky piano music accompanying Marv Albert's sports bloopers.

Deus ex machina - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Lilo & Stitch - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia