IC 13: An Ever-Present Sense of Impending Doom

China goes off the rails with smart bikes, Michael has been reading a self-help book, and Michael and Randolf spend good bit of time agreeing about the importance of Net Neutrality (made up for with a good bit of disagreeing about an article later in the episode). In our Gaming Corner, Electronic Arts screws up royally with a Star Wars Battlefront comment while Randolf is buying lots of Steam games. Good Internet, Bad Internet features some funny videos, a Nazi sympathizer, and a thought experiment in r/Tinder about an immortal and deadly snail.

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Show Notes
Sky News reporter on Twitter about China’s bikeshare bubble
Guardian article – China’s bikeshare “graveyard”
Michael’s local city subreddit has a post about smart bikes
“frequency illusion” or the Red Car/Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon
Cal Newport’s Deep Work on Goodreads
r/DepthHub
r/TrueFilm

Deep Work’s quote from researcher Clifford Nass: “People who multitask all the time can’t filter out irrelevancy. They can’t manage a working memory. They’re chronically distracted. They initiate much larger parts of their brain that are irrelevant to the task at hand…they’re pretty much mental wrecks.”

Net Neutrality explained, via Wikipedia (also Vox explainer)
SOPA 2011 bill
Ajit Pai
Protests at Verizon stores, via The Verge

(If you’re in the US, get involved with the fight to save Net Neutrality: Battle for the Net or if you want more info, this is a non-partisan subreddit about Net Neutrality.)

Gaming
Moira on the Overwatch Wiki (& live on patch 1.17)
League of Legends via Wikipedia
The infamous EA comment on r/StarWarsBattlefront
r/DataisBeautiful chart comparing most downvoted Reddit comments ever
EA reduces cost to unlock heroes in Battlefront II, via IGN
Middle Earth: Shadow of War on Steam
Rocket League on Steam
Wolfenstein II on Steam

Good Internet, Bad Internet (GIBI)
Randolf’s Good: Five-year-old kid explains how everything in an airplane cockpit  works and airline invites him to use airplane simulator 
Michael’s Bad: The New York Times’ Nazi Sympathizer profile (the author’s response) (tweet by Ezra Klein)
Randolf’s Bad: Video showing the effects of the opioid epidemic (and related Reddit thread with insightful comment about medical professionals)
Michael’s Good: r/Tinder poster gets asked the immortal snail question (also a clip of the original podcast where the snail thought experiment first showed up)

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IC #12: Pugs All The Way Down

We start off with a discussion of the recent Paradise Papers revelations, followed by a supersized gaming corner wherein Randolf gives his verdict on Super Mario Odyssey and Michael is confused by play-to-win gamers. Then a Good Internet, Bad Internet with amazing Reddit comments in odd places, the onslaught of sexual harassment news stories, and a pug-tastic photo that will brighten your day.

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Show Notes

Paradise Papers via The Guardian
r/PanamaPapers (combined subreddit for the Paradise Papers)
“How the Aristocracy Preserved Their Power” via The Guardian

Gaming
South Park Phone Destroyer (official game website)
South Park: The Stick of Truth on Steam
South Park: The Fractured But Whole on Steam (sequel to The Stick of Truth)
Super Mario Odyssey on Wikipedia
Super Mario Galaxy on Wikipedia
Overwatch’s new hero Moira – intro trailer on YouTube and the Overwatch Wiki
Doomfist on the Overwatch Wiki
Orisa on the Overwatch Wiki
Zarya on the Overwatch Wiki
League of Legends via Wikipedia
Bastion is too powerful (from early 2017) via Eurogamer

Good Internet, Bad Internet (GIBI)
Michael’s Good: r/WashingtonDC tourist bike post gets a Fresh Prince comment
(see also u/Shitty_Watercolour and u/poem_for_your_sprog)
Randolf’s Bad: r/GIFS thread “Stealing Money from Uber driver’s tip jar”
Michael’s Bad: The sexual harassment stories in the news this month, aka “The Weinstein effect” (via Wikipedia)
Randolf’s Good: r/photoshopbattles: Pugs on pugs on pugs

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IC #11: The Conspiracy Podcast

Michael and Randolf discuss how the Internet is handling the JFK Files release, polarized opinions around Blade Runner 2049, and what games we’re playing this week. That plus a Good Internet, Bad Internet segment featuring Halloween costumes, healthcare, creepypasta and a very weird animal behavior.

JFK files download link
r/JFKFiles
British paper received tip to call the American Embassy on the day of the assassination
Reddit’s Boston Marathon bombing investigation (via the Atlantic)
Overwatch ARG for Sombra
Blade Runner 2049 on Wikipedia
r/movies official Blade Runner (spoiler-heavy) thread
r/truefilm Blade Runner thread
Hardcore Henry on IMDb
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on Wikipedia
Wonder Woman on Wikipedia
Deadpool on Wikipedia

Gaming
Super Mario Odyssey on Wikipedia
Fallout 4 on Wikipedia
KeeperRL
Dungeon Keeper on Wikipedia
Battle Brothers on Steam
Opus Magnum on Steam

GIBI
Randolf’s Good: r/pics halloween photos megathread
Randolf’s 2nd Good: Polybius on Wikipedia, Angry Video Game Nerd video series about Polybius
Michael’s Bad: Woman ranting on Twitter about healthcare bureaucracy actually becoming life threatening
Randolf’s Bad: An example of what tiered Internet would be like (also Reddit discussion of this page)
Michael’s Good: Opossum catnapping/training on Twitter

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IC #10: The Dumbest Story of 2017

This episode features possibly the dumbest story of the year, the McDonald’s Rick and Morty Szechuan sauce debacle. Michael and Randolf also talk about how online communities celebrate Halloween and the games we’re interested in right now. In Good Internet, Bad Internet they discuss a $100 hamburger in the middle of nowhere, some hard truths about cruise ships, and a very, very good dog.

Season 3 Episode 1 of Rick and Morty on IMDb
Article about Szechuan Sauce debacle (also here)
Justin Roiland sent a jug of sauce by McDonald’s employee
Justin Roiland says he wasn’t involved with promotion
Photos of McDonald’s Szechuan sauce promotional materials
Twitter Moment about McDonald’s running out of Szechuan sauce
r/rickandmorty “the fanbase reacting to the fanbase”
People on Twitter change their display names (via The Verge)

Gaming
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) on Steam
Halloween events on World of WarcraftHeroes of the Storm, and Overwatch
JasonR on Twitch
Fran Bow on Steam
Super Mario Odyssey
Edge Magazine gives Super Mario Odyssey a perfect score (via GamesRadar)
Super Mario RPG on SNES
Super Mario 64
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

GIBI
Randolf’s Good: Alaska guy’s documentary about the $100 hamburger in rural Alaska (found on this subreddit)
Randolf’s Bad: Cruise ship emissions are really, really bad.

Michael’s Bad: Sonoma CA Tubbs fire (map of fire spreading, #CAfires Twitter hashtag of stories about victims) (Hurricanes Irma and Maria on Wikipedia)
Michael’s Good: Smiley the Dog gets a 15/10 on WeRateDogs

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IC #9: Voice Chats from Hell

This week Michael and Randolf get into Elon Musk’s new Big Fucking Rocket project and the weirdness of r/Pyongyang and other Reddit-specific memes. Also Pewdiepie’s racist slur controversies, Michael’s busy playing PUBG, the SNES Classic, and some GIBI featuring people in real life doing bad things.

(Note: there is a discussion of a news story about sexual assault of a minor between 51:56 and 54:50, so please skip that section if you’d prefer not to hear it.)

Elon Musk’s BFR announcment for Mars travel
(r/technology discussion of Musk news)
r/pyongyang
Warlizard Gaming Forums on Know Your Meme
u/Unidan on Know Your Meme
u/Poem_for_your_sprog on Reddit
u/Shitty_Watercolour on Reddit
u/shittymorph on Reddit, AKA the guy who says “the undertaker threw mankind off hеll in a cell”
Tree Fiddy meme on Know Your Meme
Pewdiepie N word controversy in September (via the Guardian)
Pewdiepie re: white supremacists (via Polygon)

Gaming
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) on Steam
Overwatch by Blizzard
Comedy Night on Steam
VideoDunkey’s video on Comedy Night
SNES Classic production increased” via PC Mag
NES Classic back in production via The Verge
Starfox 2
Yoshi’s Island
Secret of Mana (Square)
Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past
Super Mario World
Super Metroid

GIBI
Michael’s Good: r/normaldayinjapan (Cat on Skateboard, On my way to steal your Waifu)
Randolf’s Bad: NYPD officer rape story via The Independent (*warning: very NSFW*); r/news discussion of above story
Michael’s Bad: Catalonia Referendum on Reddit Live (Guardian summary of events)
Randolf’s Good: Breath of the Wild mods with Woody and Goku

Skyrim on Wikipedia
Randolf’s Happily Never Equal podcast on iTunes

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IC #8: A Nightmare KFC

This week Michael and Randolf talk about: the history and mechanics behind Discord chat, all the coverage of Hurricane Irma, and a breakdown of an Internet listicle of the “Best Games on Switch”. Also, Good Internet, Bad Internet featuring a bonkers VR video from KFC, why Fahrenheit is dumb, and more.

Discord chat on Wikipedia
IRC on Wikipedia
Google Wave on Wikipedia
Hurricane Irma on Wikipedia
Awesome local news climatologist Alan Sealls (on r/videos, also article)
Eric Holthaus on Twitter
AP tweets about Irma’s change in direction
Miami Herald story
“Shoot at Hurricane Irma” Facebook page
r/FloridaMan
Florida “Sunshine” laws lead to Florida Man meme
Miami Herald story on Facebook page to set fans out against Irma

Gaming
Twitter listicle about Switch
Fan-made Sonic Mania game
Tetris Attack! (1995)
XCOM 2
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

GIBI
Randolf’s Good: KFC Video (and Eater article write-up)
Randolf’s Bad: Equifax gets hacked
Michael’s Good: Vox’s Fahrenheit explainer video
Michael’s Bad: Journalists claim Trump is an “independent”

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IC #7: Moving the Space Goalposts

Michael and Randolf cover this week: a heated Reddit thread about Mars colonization and Elon Musk’s ambitious plan to get us there; Overwatch hero changes; PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds; a lawsuit about reaction videos on YouTube; the trailer for Bojack Horseman Season 4; and hot, hot German election charts.

r/AskReddit’s comment thread on Mars colonization
Article about Elon Musk’s Mars plan
Musk’s full paper about Mars exploration

Gaming
Overwatch developer update for Mercy and D.va (YouTube)
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on Steam
Ironcast on Switch

GIBI
Randolf’s Good: h3h3 wins lawsuit for reaction video (YouTube)
Michael’s Good: Bojack Horseman Season 4 Trailer
Randolf’s Bad: La Vita Bella Nursing Home Photo
Michael’s Good 2: German election history charts
Michael’s Bad: Snarky tweets on Twitter about GOT (possible spoilers)

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IC #6: Google Diversity, Dream Daddy, and Coconuts

Michael and Randolf discuss (and disagree about) the Google memo controversy and people voicing minority opinions on forums. Plus SoundCloud updates, Randolf’s foray into Dream Daddy, the disaster that is For Honor, and some genuinely gross Bad Internet.

The Google Memo Controvery (Vox explainer ; NPR news article)
Google cancels Town Hall
r/malefashionadvice
r/Europe
r/worldpolitics
r/neutralpolitics
r/changemyview
Study: diversity helps a company’s bottom line, but workers are less happy
SoundCloud gets funding and new CEO

Gaming:
Dream Daddy on Steam
Game Grumps on YouTube
For Honor has a free weekend
Hearthstone gets a new expansion

GIBI:
Randolf’s Good: Pickle Rick on IMDb
Michael’s Good: Great r/travel photos
Randolf’s Bad: The Coconutting (via the AV Club, very NSFW)
Michael’s Bad: Twitter and Charlottesville (wiki article about Charlottesville rally)

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IC #5: You Only Have Yourself to Blame

Michael is joined by his new co-host, Randolf (Alex got lost while playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds). They kick things off by getting into the consumptive content on YouTube, why taking a break from the news and listening about WWI carnage has been a relief, and the rise and fall of SoundCloud. Plus, some gaming and GIBI featuring cognitive biases and a very oddly rendered GIF.

r/gameofthrones
TL;DW
Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History – Blueprint for Armageddeon
The Inside Story of SoundCloud’s Collapse
Stardew Valley
For Honor

GIBI:
The Oatmeal comic “You are Not Going to Believe What I Tell You” and related “You are Not So Smart” podcast
Emilia Clarke’s eyebrows stabilised

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IC #4 : A Comprehensive List of Our Enemies

In which Michael and Alex discuss what is and isn’t offensive and how distracted we get all the time. Alex also breaks down the Yooka-Laylee game and both Chrissy Teigen and ISPs makes a return in GIBI.

Piece on distraction by Andrew Sullivan
Yooka-Laylee on Wikipedia
Grant Kirkhope interview on Game Grumps
RLM Star Wars Review
Sony won’t allow modding
Wait but Why Timeline Comic
Chrissy Teigen tweets 1 and 2

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