dunceCast Episode 57 – Superhero or Superzero?

Posted in Podcasts with tags , , , , , on September 13, 2016 by Matthew VanDevander

We’re back this week to talk about superheroes and comic books. What’s up with all these cinematic universes? DC or Marvel? Which is better, the books or the movies? Either way, I’m not sure if I can take anymore.

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The music for this week, in order of appearance:

Intro to the 1950s Batman series
“Garbage Truck” by Sex Bob-Omb

Richard Feynman – The Character of Physical Law (audio lectures)

Posted in Uncategorized on September 12, 2016 by Matthew VanDevander

I’ve been listening to this lecture series on physics by Richard Feynman lately. The audio quality on the videos is a bit low, so I decided to clean it up a bit and make the entire lecture series available in easy podcast-able audio only form. There are a few diagrams that you will be missing from the videos, but most of the points are easy to understand even without the visual. If you have a long commute or enjoy learning about physics, perhaps you will enjoy them as much as I have:

(Note: there are also some somewhat higher quality videos with decent audio available here)

Part 1: The Law of Gravitation

Part 2: The Relation of Mathematics to Physics

Part 3: The Great Conservation Principles

Part 4: Symmetry in Physical Law

Part 5: The Distinction of Past and Future

Part 6: Probability and Uncertainty

Part 7: Seeking New Laws

If you enjoy these, you can also find the complete text of The Feynman Lectures on Physics, which is essentially an expanded version of the above, publicly available here:

http://www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/

dunceCast Episode 56 – Coming of Age

Posted in Podcasts with tags , , , , , , on September 7, 2016 by Matthew VanDevander

This week, we’re down a David again. But Jamie and Matthew watch Napoleon Dynamite and talk about it. It’s perhaps a classic movie, but Jamie had never seen it, so it’s a bit of an interesting discussion.

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The music for this week, in order of appearance:

“Forever Young” by Alphaville
“The Promise” by When in Rome

Braid Analysis Videos

Posted in Game Design, Games with tags , , , on September 1, 2016 by Matthew VanDevander

Last year I recorded an in-depth analysis series on Braid, where I played through the game and talked about anything and everything that came to mind. I am quite proud of the series. It was initially exclusive to my $5+ Patreon backers, but I have decided to make it public. I will be releasing each part separately over the next 6 weeks, with the first part being released today!

The parts will all be available through the above playlist, so you can return each week to watch more. I would however recommend watching on YouTube with annotations on, as there are spoiler avoidance links for the secret puzzles in the game if you want to skip over the parts where I mention them.

dunceCast Episode 55 – The Jamiecast

Posted in Podcasts with tags , , , , , on August 30, 2016 by Matthew VanDevander

Get to know Jamie a little better on this episode of the dunceCast. We also talk about D&D briefly. The rest was mostly forgotten in a drunken haze, so prepare for some off the rails rambling.

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The music for this week, in order of appearance:

“Fake My Own Death” by Sum 41
“Boss DJ” by Sublime

dunceCast Episode 54 – Ranting about Stranger Things

Posted in Podcasts with tags , , , , , on August 22, 2016 by Matthew VanDevander

This episode we talk about some more tv shows. BoJack Horseman and Stranger Things (who isn’t talking about that show…). We also talk a bit about work/life philosophy as we travel into the night. Join us on this sonic journey once more.

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The music for this week, in order of appearance:

“BoJack Horseman Title Theme” by Patrick Carney
“Stranger Things Title Theme” by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein

dunceCast Episode 53 – SPECIAL – I Know Who Killed Laura Palmer

Posted in Podcasts with tags , , , , , , on August 10, 2016 by Matthew VanDevander

This week’s episode of the dunceCast is a special Twin Peaks retrospective. David is absent, but we have a special guest in Jamie Ramirez. We discuss our overall thoughts about the show, go in depth on Fire Walk with Me, and manage to squeeze in some speculation about the upcoming season 3 of the show.

SPOILER WARNING: I would recommend only listening if you have seen both the series and the film.

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The music for this week, in order of appearance:

“Laura Palmer (Theme from Twin Peaks)” by Angelo Badalamenti
“Pink Room Theme (from Fire Walk With Me)” by Angelo Badalamenti
“Twin Peaks Main Theme” by Angelo Badalamenti

dunceCast Episode 52 – Nine Out of Ten Movies Agree

Posted in Podcasts with tags , , , , , on July 12, 2016 by Matthew VanDevander

Today we discuss some movies. Ones we like, and at least one we don’t. The first half of the podcast is a somewhat in-depth discussion of Mulholland Drive. I recommend only listening if you’ve already seen the film. (The discussion is from 5:55 to 34:20)

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The music for this week, in order of appearance:

“Mulholland Drive (Main Theme)” by Angelo Badalamenti

“Los Angeles” by blink-182

dunceCast Episode 51 – Building a World Between Us

Posted in Podcasts with tags , , , , , on July 5, 2016 by Matthew VanDevander

Experimentation reigns supreme on this week’s episode. We decide to engage in a collaborative world building exercise. Things sort of devolve and Matthew gets on a high horse. Hope you can get something out of this.

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The music for this week, in order of appearance:

“Queen of Apology” by The Sounds
“Looking Glass” by The Birthday Massacre

dunceCast Episode 50 – 3 Is Just a Rotated E

Posted in Podcasts with tags , , , , , , on June 28, 2016 by Matthew VanDevander

Welcome back! This week we talk about the big gaming event (or is it getting smaller?) known as E3. We talk about a few of the interesting games that we saw in our brief perusal. Take a drink when we mention Dark Souls or The Witness.

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The music for this week, in order of appearance:
“Don’t Let Me Down” by BAND-MAID
“Dying to Know” by Tegan and Sara