IC 30: Twitter and Other Birds

Michael’s having a reflective moment about his Twitter usage. When is this often frustrating platform actually good for us to use? And when should we reconsider using it? Randolf keeps finding this weird, clever moments on Reddit threads. Lots of games TV/movies we’ve seen lately, plus a slew of fascinating subreddits, mostly about birds and nostalgia.

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Show Notes
Hurricane Florence on Wikipedia
Seth Abramson on Twitter
“What’s a Bogan?” spontaneous r/AskReddit thread

Gaming/What We’re Watching
Spiderman (2018 game)
Spiderman 2 (2014 game)
Marvel Cinematic Universe
WoW: Battle for Azeroth
“Battle for Azeroth Smashes Launch Records as Players Return to the World of Warcraft” via Extreme Tech
Insomniac Games on Wikipedia
The Spyro Series on Wikipedia

John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous on IMDb
Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming Kin on IMDb
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Aubrey Plaza on Wikipedia

Good Internet, Best Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good 1: r/lewronggeneration – “a subreddit dedicated to satirically mocking those people who, blinded by their own nostalgia, believe certain things in the past to be unequivocally better than today”
Michael’s Good 1: r/BirdsBeingDicks – (cockatoo taking apart house, parrot messing with Alexa, “level 5 Goose warning”)
Michael’s Good 2:  video on Twitter of an eagle’s view as it flies over Orkey, Scotland
Randolf’s Good 2: r/CityPorn (SFW) – Like EarthPorn, but for cities instead of nature. (example: Casablanca)

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IC 29: Pokemon Don’t Go

It turns out that using your phone numbers to identify yourself online is pretty unsecure, as a recent T-Mobile hack shows us. That plus Pokemon Go is in the news again, and it isn’t any good news. Randolf’s playing a pun-tastic game, Michael’s seen a cringe-inducing but excellent indie movie by Bo Burnham, and GIBI has us talking about lazy dogs, a useful noise app, and some conspiracy  subreddits.

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T-Mobile hack and the problem of phone numbers as public identifiers (Wired)
Two-factor authentication on Wikipedia
CGP Grey YouTube explainer about why Social Security numbers are bad identifiers
IMEI numbers on Wikipedia
Google Authenticator on Google
Equifax 2017 breach (FTC)
Niantic’s Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago park was a disaster (The Verge)
Pokemon Go on Wikipedia
Niantic’s Ingress game on Wikipedia

Gaming/What We’re Watching
South Park: The Fractured but Whole on Wikipedia
South Park: The Stick of Truth on Wikipedia
Eighth Grade on IMDb
Ghost World (2001) on IMDb
Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995) on IMDb
Boyhood (2014) on IMDb
Hannibal Buress on Wikipedia
The Eric Andre Show on Wikipedia

Good Internet, Best Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good 1: mynoise.net
Michael’s Good 1: r/FinlandConspiracy
Randolf’s Good 2: r/undelete
Michael’s Good 2: The Museum of English Rural Life’s Twitter thread on lazy working dogs (favorite responses here, here, here, and here)

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IC 28: Mattress Wars

What happened to the one guy who ruled over the entire online mattress market with his review site? We discuss that ridiculous story, as well as Game of Thrones Season 8: who will live, who will die, who becomes a zombie? Plus some gaming nostalgia, Randolf continues to serve up some very odd subreddits, and the logo designs for SPACE FORCE!

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Show Notes
Sleepopolis article in Fast Company, including Derek Hale’s first ever review
Affiliate marketing on Wikipedia
Deadpool on r/gameofthrones for season 8
Sad Jon Snow meme

Gaming
Heroes of the Storm
Hearthstone
Factorio
Sim City (original title)
Cities: Skylines
Kingdom Hearts II
Civilization V
Age of Empires II and III
Truck Simulator
Prison Architect

Good Internet, Best Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good 1: r/hmm
Michael’s Good 1: BBC hospital documentary during 2017 Westminster attack (from r/videos)
Randolf’s Good 2: r/DeepIntoYouTube
Michael’s Good 2: Space Force logos (looks like No Man’s Sky)

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IC 27: Real World Memes

There’s a statue in the middle of London of a shirtless Jeff Goldblum, and of course someone’s complaining about it online. Do memes belong in the real world, or should they stay on the Internet? The DC Cinematic Universe keeps trying without much success. In What We’re Playing/Watching This Week, Randolf’s spent hours on a quirky JRPG, while Michael has gotten around to finishing Stranger Things. GIBI features even more trailers (for good things this time), and some cool webcomics.

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Jurassic Jeff statue in London
Guardian op-ed about the statue
Goldblum’s post about statue
Fine Brothers Controversy in 2016 (Medium post by vlogbrothers’ Hank Green)
Titans TV show trailer on YouTube
Aquaman trailer on YouTube
DC Cinematic/Extended Universe
Wonder Woman
Justice League

Gaming
Yakuza 0
Skyrim
Sega Out Run
Sega Super Hang-On
Dance Dance Revolution
Octopath Traveler
Chrono Trigger
Mana (Square Enix series)
IGN’s Review of Octopath Traveler

What Michael’s Watched:
The Big Sick (starring Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Aidy Bryant (mistakenly called Vanessa Bayer in the show))
Funny People
Stranger Things Season 2 on IMDb

Good Internet, Best Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good 1: M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass trailer
Michael’s Good 1:  Series 11 trailer of Doctor Who
Randolf’s Good 2: Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal Comics (mentioned: Everyone lives a lie, zombie moviecomic relating to Three Word Phrase)
Michael’s Good 2: Three Word Phrase Comics (including this one and this one, and Randolf’s favorite)

Also mentioned:
Shyamalan’s Split movie
Unbreakable movie
DW S11 trailer
Jodie Whittaker
Peter Capaldi
XKCD

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IC 26: Westworld, MMORPGs, and Nightmare Comedy

Was Westworld Season 2 actually any good? Michael and Randolf discuss (with spoilers) the show’s pacing and compare it to other premium TV dramas. Plus, Randolf does a deep dive into a Final Fantasy MMORPG, Michael is stressing out over Darkest Dungeon, and we’ve found some surreal and adorable subreddits for Good Internet, Best Internet.

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WESTWORLD SEASON 2 SPOILERS START AT 13:15
Westworld Season 2 on IMDb
Westworld Season 2 premiere discussion in IC episode 21 “Fighting the YouTube Algorithm”
GOT Season Guide on IMDb
Dexter on IMDb

Gaming
Final Fantasy 14 on Wikipedia
“Why Final Fantasy 14 failed (and how it was reborn)” on GamesRadar
FF14: A Realm Reborn review by IGN (2013)
IC episode 25 “Roguelike Games”
Darkest Dungeon on Steam
Darkest Dungeon Crimson Court DLC on Steam
Roguelike games
Random Number Generation (RNG) on Wikipedia
FTL: Faster Than Light

Good Internet, Best Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good 1: r/CoolGamesInc “ghost town” subreddit and related defunct podcast
Michael’s Good 1: Thai Cave boys rescue (see Vox article , cave graphic , and Elon Musk helping)

Randolf’s Good 2: Violent J of Insane Clown Posse posts a video review with his daughter (since removed, see reddit thread). Also r/NotTimandEric (of Tim & Eric fame, purveyors of dark, surreal or nightmare comedy).
Also mentioned:
Adult Swim’s Too Many Cooks video on YouTube
The Eric Andre Show on Wikipedia
Michael’s Good 2: r/HappyCowGifs

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IC 25: Roguelike Games 101

For our 25th episode, we’re talking all about gaming. We discuss What We’re Playing This Week, including a game that got looked over because of Breath of the Wild. Then, we discuss roguelike games. What’s with these super tough, unforgiving games, and what are some of the best examples of the genre? Randolf walks Michael through the history of the genre and talks about why gamers should give them a shot. Finally, GIBI features dancing in movies, Russians smuggling an American cadet, and Mister Rogers.

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Show Notes/Gaming
Horizon Zero Dawn
Breath of the Wild on Switch
Persona 5 and IC Episode 21 (where we discussed Persona 4)
r/patientgamers
Article about Horizon Zero Dawn being eclipsed by BOTW
Horizon’s developer hired anthropologists
Guerilla Games
Killzone series
Darkest Dungeon
Roguelike games
Dungeons and Dragons
Rogue (1980)
Hack (1985)
netHack (1987)
FTL: Faster Than Light
No Man’s Sky
r/NoMansSkyTheGame
Diablo series
Dwarf Fortress (2006)
Boatmurdered story

Good Internet, Best Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good 1: Dancing in Movies on Vimeo (from this Reddit thread)
Michael’s Good 1: r/TodayILearned thread story about Russians smuggling an American Air Force Cadet into Lithuania
Randolf’s “Good” 2: r/BoneHurtingJuice (based on this meme)
Michael’s Good 2: Some guy visualizes all of Mister Rogers’ sweaters over the years (Movie prints “The Color of Motion”, including Disney movies)

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IC 24: Parenting and Flamethrowers

Plenty of media outlets have been paying attention to Elon Musk for his antics with flamethrowers. Is he trying to avoid scrutiny of Tesla? Randolf’s found a blogger who found a bug in a 17-year-old game after a full year of sleuthing. Kingdom Hearts lets us down, what we’re playing this week, plus a renamed Good Internet, Best Internet with Mario Kart and bad parenting skills.

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Show Notes
1000 people get Elon Musk’s flamethrower via The Guardian
Elon Musk’s business fortunes dip via The Guardian 
EM’s controversial tweets about the media
Amateur ROM hacker finds a developer mode in N64 Animal Crossing

Gaming
Kingdom Hearts 3 pushed back to 2019 via EuroGamer
The Kingdom Hearts series via Wikipedia
Suikoden via Wikipedia
Final Fantasy 6/3 via Wikipedia
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) via Wikipedia
PUBG is losing player base via TechSpot
Stardew Valley on Steam
Stardew Valley on Wikipedia
Stardew Valley gets multiplayer with 1.3 patch via PC Gamer
Minecraft via Wikipedia
r/StardewValley
Stardew Valley farm planner
Eve Online via Wikipedia

Good Internet, Best Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good 1:  Valve announces they will not be removing “offensive” games from the steam store.
Michael’s Good 1: Data scientist finds the optimal Mario Kart character/kart/tire combo (via r/dataisbeautiful)   
Randolf’s “Good” 2: A 9-year-old girl is placed into rehab for “Fortnite Addiction
Michael’s Good 2: Redditor breaks down how nuclear waste is relatively a non-problem (from this r/AskReddit thread “What is something that sounds extremely wrong but is actually correct?”)

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IC 23: Is This A Meme?

Forget Yanny or Laurel, we found a sound debate that’s even weirder. Plus, Reddit’s seeing huge design changes and Michael’s asking about the meme that’s the new hotness. Gaming Corner has some classic RPGs and a single-player farming simulator. In our altered Good Internet, Bad Internet, some lawful Good Internet, Boston Dynamics is creating our imminent cyborg dystopia, and a subreddit and thread that are weird and disturbing.

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Yanny or Laurel on YouTube
Brainstorm and Green Needle on BuzzFeed
Brainstorm and Green Needle Twitter video (with audio)
“What color is this dress?” on BuzzFeed
Biggest Reddit overhaul in 10 years on The Verge
u/spez’s Reddit thread explaining the changes
Reddit putting limits on CSS customizations for now on The Verge
Is this a Pigeon? on Know your Meme (Michael’s local example mentioned, Randolf’s own iteration of the meme)

Gaming
Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire site and trailer
Baldur’s Gate RPG series
Pillars of Eternity 1
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Titanfall 2
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG)
Surviv.io
Stardew Valley on Steam
Stardew Valley on Wikipedia

Good Internet, Bad Internet (GIBI)
Michael’s Good 1: US Senate votes to reinstate net neutrality (47D, 3R).  Also 35 states and DC are trying to reinstate Title II net neutrality.

Randolf’s Good 1: Boston Dynamics releases a short update video on their Atlas model robot. Also, YouTube channel Auralnauts responds with their own take on the new Atlas video.

Michael’s Good 2: r/DisneyVacation, for when you find a horrible WikiHow photo and re-caption it (top posts of last month)

Randolf’s Good/Bad:  r/AskReddit asks, “What’s a fucked up movie everybody should watch at least once?” 
Randolf’s Movie Suggestions: Alice (1988), A Clockwork Orange, Trainspotting, American Psycho, Kids, Bronson, Nightcrawler, Pan’s Labyrinth, Ichi the Killer, Event Horizon, Gummo, Swiss Army Man.

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IC 22: How Far Down Does This Subreddit Go?

A new study says that Americans, especially young people, are lonely. But what can we really take away from these findings? We find some utterly fantastic ASCII art, a discussion of games much-anticipated and not so anticipated, and GIBI features a grab bag of subreddits that are incredible and/or horrifying.

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Americans are lonely (NPR) and Cigna study
Research that discusses loneliness and social media correlation
UK appoints Minister of Loneliness via New York Times
ASCII art on Wikipedia
Diana Smith’s ASCII art via Vox

Gaming
E3 2018 conference on Wikipedia
Luigi’s Mansion 3DS remake via Polygon
Kirby Star Allies for the Nintendo Switch
The Virtual Boy console on Wikipedia
Stardew Valley on Wikipedia
Kingdom Hearts 3 on Wikipedia
Final Fantasy 15 on Wikipedia
Final Fantasy 13 on Wikipedia
r/PatientGamers

Good Internet, Bad Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good: r/shittylifeprotips (also mentioned r/lifeprotips)
Michael’s Bad: r/RebornDollCringe
Randolf’s Bad: Cambridge Analytica changes its name (see also IC episode 19: “Surprise, Facebook is Bad”)
Michael’s Good: r/ATBGE (including German police stop post) ….and r/NeverTellMeTheOdds (including gymnast hat flip and random scripted game event) (also mentioned No Man’s Sky)

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IC 21: Fighting the YouTube Algorithm

A discussion of the premiere of Westworld Season 2. Buzzfeed has an utterly bizarre story out that involves Jordan Peele and reminds us of a technology we’ve discussed previously. Randolf’s deep in JRPGs, both of us have tried PUBG Mobile and have very different takeaways, and Good Internet, Bad Internet has a subreddit that’s the trash heap of the Internet.

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Westworld on IMDb
Westworld trailer during the Super Bowl
Hannibal on IMDb
/r/westworld
IC Episode 16 about deepfakes: “Why We Can’t Have Nice Things”
Buzzfeed deepfake video and story
YouTube’s new government-funded creators policy
Twitter trying to fix its verification process
Russia Today on Wikipedia

Gaming
Persona 4 Golden on Wikipedia
IC Episode 19 about Persona 4 Golden: “Surprise, Facebook is Bad”
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
PUBG Mobile
PUBG Metal Rain event

Good Internet, Bad Internet (GIBI)
Michael’s Good: Jessica Jones Season 2 (also Carrie Anne Moss , Kristen Ritter )
Randolf’s Bad: Verne Troyer passed away (Reddit account and Instagram notice about his passing)
Michael’s 2nd Good: A very good dog in Australia (photo, article
Randolf’s Good:  r/DeepIntoYouTube

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