Welcome to episode 2, lots of pop culture, lots of eco stuff, and lots of philosophy. What more could you want? Well we also have economics, super villains, unhelpful superpowers, Oddjob, the world’s fastest mobility scooter, a canonisation, The Word of the Week, kimchi shortage, CPR tips, bees, recycling, creepy underwater statuary, a banned cake, salty snacks, and much more. If you want any of that, then you’ve come to the right place. The Discourse Weekly Show is now available in iTunes and should be up in the Zune store soon. I spoke to your mum, she said if you subscribe she’ll finally have a newer reason to be proud of you than the Silver Swimming Certificate you earned in Primary School.
Introducing Shiny New Discourse Correspondent Please join us in welcoming Senior Philosophy Commentator (and former Craccum editor), Ryan Sproull. He’s the only one allowed to call Morgy, Morgy. We’re not kidding when we say he’s here to bring sex appeal to the show. But also a giant brain. Check out his site at statehighwayone.com.
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- TVNZ upholds Paul Henry complaints (TVNZ)
- Dumping Dakota (Stuff)
- Hilariously offensive comments on Ben’s site (Completely NSFW)
- Project Chanology, 4Chan’s Anonymous vs. Scientology (Wikipedia)
- Tom Could Take Your Breath Away Again: Top Gun 2 in the Works (Time)
- Discourse’s Newly Announced Senior Philosophy Commentator, Ryan Sproull, considers whether I’m real or a simulation, or don’t even exist at all.
- Bill English claims credit for lowest inflation in years
- Did you know we’re in a recession? (Keith Ng, Public Address)
- Oddjob (Wikipedia)
- Superhero or Supervillain: Which Lurks Inside You? (LiveScience)
- Smallville (Wikipedia)
- Man builds world’s fastest mobility scooter (Telegraph)
- Life on Mars (Wikipedia)
- Catholics welcome Mary’s sainthood (ABC.net.au)
- Urban Dictionary Word of the Week: Big Sandwich
- Withnail & I (IMDb)
- Chest compression-only CPR improves survival in cardiac arrest patients (Washington University)
- Lancet surveys of Iraq War casualties (Wikipedia)
- What a scientist didn’t tell the New York Times about his study on bee deaths (Fortune)
- Colony collapse disorder (Wikipedia)
- Can We Be Environmentally Friendly? Frito-lay Discontinues Biodegradable Bag (Seattle Post Intelligencer)
- Japan Recycles Minerals From Used Electronics (New York Times)
- Where electronics go to die (Rediff Business)
- 2030: The date we need to double our Earth (The Washington Post)
- If you took all of the gold in the world and put it in one place how much would there be? (HowStuffWorks)
- Contrary to what I said in the show, the cube would be 25 metres on a side, not 20 metres.
- Peak everything (Wikipedia)
- The coming shortage of helium (Scientific American)
- Stephen Hawking’s Warning: Abandon Earth-Or Face Extinction (Big Think)
- “We can fake a man on the moon, but we can’t capture an asteroid for mining purposes.” — Ryan Sproull
- Exoplanet Wars: “First Habitable World” May Not Exist (Wired)
- Cabbage shortage leaves Koreans hungry for kimchi (CNN)
- Contraband Cake (Hotham Street Ladies)
- Morgan can count, but apparently finds it difficult to distinguish between 4 women, and 5 women.
- Great Expectations, 1981 TV mini-series (IMDb)
- Banksy’s Simpsons Intro (YouTube)
- Amazing new artificial reef in Mexico made from sculptures of real people (Daily Mail)
- The Rainbow Warrior artificial reef (Seafriends)
- Terracotta army (Wikipedia)
- Copenhagen Accord Commitments Mean 4.2C Temperature Rises & No More Coral Reefs by 2100 (TreeHugger)
- 11 Things You Need To Know About The New Conan, A bluffer’s guide to Jason Momoa (Empire)
- Stargate Atlantis (Wikipedia)
- Stargate Universe (Wikipedia) Stargate Universe is awesome, it doesn’t matter if you haven’t liked any of the other series of Stargate, you should give Universe a shot, it’s very different from the others.
- Stargate SG-1, there’s a reason it’s the longest running US sci-fi show of all time.
- Vodafone offers all-you-can-eat mobile Twitter, Facebook (NBR)
- Auckland tramway network map
I swear this is the last time I’m going to go all OCD on the show notes.
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