This week, the guys review and discuss the incredible podcast audio book by Eric Luke, Interference. Then Albert gets amped up on caffeine and Tony talks about chewing tobacco trauma.

 

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Denver Zombie Crawl

The Walking DeadRope on YouTube

Interference by Eric Luke
X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Ender's Game

E-cigarette safety studies: No link here, because after some searching it appears that there are a number of conflicting studies about the safety of e-cigarettes. One oft-cited test found that e-cigarettes contained some amounts of carcinogens and other dangerous substances including a "chemical found in antifreeze". It should be noted that the main "chemical found in antifreeze" is alcohol which is a poison in the right formulation and dosage. As we mentioned in the show itself caffeine and nicotine are also technically-poisonous substances that many people partake of every day without apparent injury.

We're not qualified to make a judgement call on whether e-cigs are "safe" but we would caution against reading too much into statements which essentially boil down to "This product contains chemicals." (I'm glaring at you anti-vaccine activists).

 

 

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This week Al and Tony trek through the vampire-ravaged world of Stakeland. Tony talked about stuff. Albert said something stupid. As he was writing this blog post Albert clumsily tried to cover up the fact that he had forgotten most of what was actually said when the podcast was recorded, but that failed, so he turned it into one of those pretentious self-referential jokes instead. Shenanigans.

 

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This week the guys discuss the crime comedy Pain and Gain and wonder whether Michael Bay may yet have hidden depths. Later the guys discuss the surprising benefits of flatworms, and Tony has never heard of Dave Barry.

 

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Creationism debate Reddit thread (Al thinks this is fake, but has no proof.)

Salvador Dali's Ocelot

 
 
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In this episode Tony and Al uncover the truth the Norwegian Tourism Ministry doesn't want you to know as they review the groundbreaking documentary Troll Hunter. Later, they discuss the freaky future of 3d printing, and weigh the benefits and drawbacks of crass commercialism.

 

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Probapumpkins Pumpkins by Joseph Devon

 

*I know right? Can you imagine how the conversation with the investors went? I can't. "You want to make a musical about Spiderman called Turn Off the Dark? Sure, here's 65 million dollars," is not something I can imagine anyone saying ever. Yet another piece of evidence that you're living in an illusion. We've tried to tell you. Frankly I don't know how we can make it any clearer. Wake up.

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This week the guys dig into the manic cinematic world of Night Watch, a Russian film that mashes up...well pretty much everything, honestly. Then, Tony talks about his recent experiences with hypnotherapy, and freaks Albert out in the process.


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The Road

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In this episode of the Human Echoes Podcast, Tony and Al wrap up Time Travel Month with a look back at arguably the greatest action movie of all time, Terminator 2. Later, the guys talk about how various types of media are dealing with the shift to the world of digital content distribution, and Tony convinces Albert that Michael Bay might have finally made a good movie.

 

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On this episode Al and Tony ruminate on the film adaptation of The Time Traveler's Wife. Tony envisions an entirely disproportionate revenge for the man who smashed up his car; the guys geek out about guns.

 

Spoilers for the book version of The Time Travler's Wife: In their discussion of the movie, the guys suggested a number of ways in which the story did not go far enough in exploring the specifics of time travel element. Upon further research, it appears that nearly EVERYTHING they discussed, including the teleporting fetus, were covered in the book.

 

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Samuel L. Jackson on Talking Bad

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This week, Time Travel Month continues as the guys dig up a little known Spanish film, Los Cronocrímenes (Timecrimes). Tony recounts his firsthand experience with the Colorado floods. Albert has crazy fan theories about Dinosaur Train.

 

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Video of the flood in Colorado

Children of Sorrow Trailer

Zach Braff Kickstarter

Free Edgar 2013 shirt

Achievment Hunter Minecraft Lets Play's

 
 

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Zombies Have No Respect for Plumbing 

by Tony Southcotte

Zombies have no respect for plumbing. They don’t

teach you that when you fill out the paperwork for your

apprentice license. 

Since the plague slowed down, people didn’t see the

need to finish off their family members. You just pay a

wrangler to tie them up, slap a rubber ball in the mouth,

and send them home. They may want to tussle with you every

once in a while, but for the most part they just sit there.

People hold on to some hope for a cure, but I know better.

Christ could raise Lazarus, but Lord knows he wouldn’t try

to bring a pork chop back to life.

I used to just pull hair out of drains. Use a snake or

some other such tool to drag natted balls of bath grime and

shaving leave-ins out of bathtubs.

This brings me to my current predicament. Standing in

the shower of some blue haired granny who just couldn’t say

goodbye to her oaf of a husband. I saw him walkin’ in, that

festering pile of meat. The red ball in his mouth would

have made him look like a pig on a spit, that is, if he

still had any natural color left in him.

She called to tell me her drain was backing up; that

a horrible smell and rusty colored substance was coming

through. I figured it was a sewage back up. Not my favorite

call, but you can gouge these people and they have to pay

Unfortunately for me, it wasn’t sewage.

When I start pullin’ the snake back, the white chunks

start dropping off the cable, little flaps of raw skin.

At this stage, it starts to fall off like a bad sunburn, 

only meatier. The smell hits me and I want to double over.

At least if the worst happens I am in a bathroom and can

easily find the can.

“Ma’am, do you know anything about this?” I ask,

pointing at the muck, retching under the stench. I’m pretty

sure more than a couple teeth are in the mess now.

“Oh dear. Why don’t you plumbers make these drains

good enough?”

“Well, we don’t expect you to push the cherished

remains of your dead husband down the drain.”

“But he needs his shower, his hygiene was never in

order, even before his accident. I just pushed it down with

my toes.”

Now, I normally don’t take kindly to this sort of

viscera, or the type of person who puts up with it, but

something struck me in that moment. Its brilliance was so

simple, but the idea that would revolutionize the in home

zombie phenomenon and plumbing as we know it. “Miss, would

you like me to install a garbage disposal in here?”

“Can you do that?”

Yes. Yes I can.


This week Al and Tony kick off Time Travel Month with Terry Gilliam's Kafkaesque sci-fi masterpiece Twelve Monkeys. Later they discuss the potential perils of CEO worship in American business, and wonder is Edison might have been onto something with D.C. power after all.

 

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