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)

Randolf’s Happily Never Equal podcast on iTunes

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