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Nuus
SA-brand: Klagte is nie ernstig genoeg om borg te weier nie

Nuus

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 0:29


Die verdediging se prokureur in die saak oor die brand by die Parlementskompleks in die buurland, advokaat Luvuyo Godla, sê sy kliënt word as sondebok gebruik. Zandile Mafe het reeds vlugtig in 'n Kaapstadse hof verskyn op aanklagte van huisbraak, diefstal en brandstigting. Die saak is tot Dinsdag uitgestel. Godla het gereageer op die beskuldiging dat sy kliënt met plofstof betrap is en sê die staat se bewering sodat hy in aanhouding kan bly, is onregverdig en ongrondwetlik. Hy sê sy 49-jarige kliënt ontken alle aanklagte:

Beam Me Up: A Star Trek Podcast
Star Trek: Voyager | Scorpion, Scorpion Part 2, and The Gift

Beam Me Up: A Star Trek Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 85:02


It's a rare 3-parter here at Beam Me Up, and oh my Borg is it a dousey.  We gain a new cast member, say goodbye to a cast member, and make a complete shift in how Voyager will play out going forward.  In this episode, the Voyager crew come across an alien enemy more powerful than the Borg, and they're bent on the destruction of our galaxy.  But the Doctor develops a weapon that can be used against them.  Janeway forges a shaky alliance with the Borg to the defeat the new enemy, but when she's betrayed by the only remaining drone on the ship, they sever her link to the collective.  As her humanity begins to reassert itself, Kes's telepathic powers grow out of control, and she chooses to leave the ship.   It's a jam packed trilogy of episodes, but will Matt like it?  Will he think it's just a cool bit of television, or will he find a deeper message embedded in the story?  Let's find out.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/beammeuppod)

Community Focus
Community Focus 1/3/22: Bobbie Gorron, Founder, Corey Borg-Massanari Foundation

Community Focus

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 10:53


Our guest today was Bobbie Gorron, Founder, Corey Borg-Massanari Foundation.

307 RPG Podcast
Mörk Borg!

307 RPG Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2022 61:38


In this episode, we take a close look at the rules-light RPG Mörk Borg from Free League! We had a lot of fun reading through this book. 

Trek Talking
STUNT TREK w/Uncle Jim & Leslie Hoffman- Dennis "Danger" Madalone joins us

Trek Talking

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2022 60:00


Episode # 6 with Uncle Jim and THE Leslie Hoffman,  Dennis "Danger" Madalone joins us live to discuss stunts. He has played a Klingon, several times, Cardassian, Borg, Romulan, Kazon, and, many other alien races on Star Trek The Next Generation Star Trek Deep Space Nine and Star Trek Voyager. Dennis and Leslie share stories collected over decades of work.  QAPLA'

Kirking Off: A Warped Star Trek Shakedown
045: The New Borg Order (TNG S3-E26 & S4-E1)

Kirking Off: A Warped Star Trek Shakedown

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 100:20


"Now hear this. Now hear this. On this week's episode of Kirking Off, the Borg are back and they've managed to capture Captain Picard, and they've assimilated him into their collective and given him a fancy new name, Locutus of Borg. Nathan and Dean talk about cyborgs, androids, and they ponder the origins of how the Borg developed. Spoiler: they use veiled political commentary to suggest the dangers of collectivism and loosely tie it back to the Borg. Other prompting questions: How does poker work without real money? Is Riker ever going to take a promotion, and if not do we blame him? And finally, will Nathan and Dean get to the bottom of Nathan's cynical and overly-critical take on all things Trek? We present to you, Best of Both Worlds Part 1 & Part 2 from Star Trek: The Next Generation." Season 3 - Episode 26 & Season 4 - Episode 1 LINKS https://kirkingoff.captivate.fm/listen (Podcast Subscription Link) - https://www.libertystreetgeek.net/kopod Kirking Off on Discord - httsp://www.libertystreetgeek.net/discord https://www.facebook.com/groups/kirkingoff (Kirking Off Facebook) - https://www.facebook.com/groups/kirkingoff https://www.libertystreetgeek.net/ (LSG Media Website) - https://www.libertystreetgeek.net Support this podcast

The Nerd Trek Podcast
Episode 244: Episode 244: Star Trek: TNG - S05E23 - I, Borg

The Nerd Trek Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 34:43


The past comes back to haunt Picard. The crew finds a lone Borg. But he may not be exactly what they expect. 

Where To Stick It
Episode 98 - Star Trek: First Contact

Where To Stick It

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 51:18


Stick It log Stardate 99594. The crew of the USS Where to Stick It have been called to the task of reviewing Star Trek: First Contact, the 8th movie in the Star Trek franchise. Directed by Will Riker (Jonathan Frakes) himself, starring Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, Alice Krige, Michael Dorn, and the one and only LeVar Burton. The Borg have traveled back in time to enslave a more primitive Earth which is on the cusp of its first warp drive flight. Picard and crew must stop the Borg at all costs or forever be assimilated! Captain, should we download this episode? "Make it so."

Snæbjörn talar við fólk
#0085 Sigríður Beinteinsdóttir

Snæbjörn talar við fólk

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 191:58


S01E85  – Sigga Beinteins er þjóðargersemi og í mínum veruleika hefur hún alltaf verið til. Hún hóf ferilinn í bandi með dr. Gunna, en hafði áður búið í pínulitlu asbesthúsi. Hún er ekki eins og allar stelpurnar sem hoppa upp í bíla með hverjum sem er og það eitt og sér skaut henni upp á vinsældahimininn með tilþrifum árið 1984. Hún hefur farið þrisvar í Eurovision, rekið söngskóla í tveimur löndum, fengið blóðtappa sökum álags og alið upp tvíbura. Hún er hljóðfæraleikari í dvala, rokkhundur inn við beinið, að sjálfsögðu Stjórnarliði og jólatónleikadrottning Íslands. Við áttum afar góða dagsstund og kjöftuðum frá okkur tímann. Fullkominn þáttur svona milli hátíða. Og þar með er 2021 búið. Takk fyrir og eigið gleðileg áramót. Gott spjall.  – Síminn Pay býður upp á STVF. Með Pay Léttkaup greiðir þú fyrir vörur með öruggum hætti og hefur 14 daga til að dreifa greiðslum í allt að 36 mánuði. Þú getur sótt um Léttkaupskortið, óháð því hvar þú ert með síma- og bankaviðskipti. Á hverjum fimmtudegi birtast ný Léttkaupstilboð í appinu.  – Omnom býður upp á STVF. Vondandi slepptuð þið því að gera jólaísinn eins og Agnes og eigið þess vegna marga poka af LAKKRÍS + SEA SALT OMNOM KRUNCH til þess að mönsa á yfir á nýja árið.  – Sjóvá býður upp á STVF. Keyrðu yfir símann þinn eins og Snæbjörn um árið og leyfðu Sjóvá að mýkja fallið.   – Bríó býður upp á STVF. Þið þurfið að láta ykkur hinn óskaplega vel heppnaða og áfengislausa Bríó duga á áramótunum, en fljótlega á nýju ári kemur LÓÐASTÓLALARRY frá Borg, í samstarfi við Drauga fortíðar, í búðirnar.   – Hljóðkirkjan býður upp á 5 þætti í viku. Dómsdagur á mánudögum, Draugar fortíðar á miðvikudögum, Snæbjörn talar við fólk á fimmtudögum, Besta platan á föstudögum og Listamenn á laugardögum.

Beam Me Up: A Star Trek Podcast
Charting the Course - Star Trek: Voyager Season 4

Beam Me Up: A Star Trek Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 95:26


The end of Voyager Season Three is upon us, which means it is time to Chart the Course for Season Four.  Obviously, Matt isn't here for this one, but never fear!  Brent invites on John, host of the Trek Profiles Podcast, to discuss Voyager Season Four and find out which episodes are essential, which ones aren't, and which ones are good, but go the Extra Viewing List.  SPOILERS ABOUND!If you're watching with us, the next episode will be a three parter on Star Trek: Voyager | Scorpion Parts 1&2 and The GiftContact the show:email: beammeuppod@gmail.comTwitter: @beammeuppodInstagram: @beammeuppodWebsite: beammeuppod.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/beammeuppod)Head over to beammeupgiveaway.com to be entered into our giveaway for this month.  Right now, you can enter a Super Cool prize.  We would love to own it.  But we can't, so you might as well.  You can enter multiple ways every day. So be sure to come back frequently.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/beammeuppod)About the Show:Matt doesn't know anything about Star Trek.  Brent has been a Trekkie for over 20 years, having watched every episode and movie multiple times.Join Matt as he explores for the first time why is Trek the Cultural Phenomenon that it is today.  Relive all those early moment when you first watched Trek.  But since there are over 760+ hours of Star Trek, Brent's task will be to find the best 150 or so that best represent what Star Trek is, the story of Star Trek, and paint Gene Roddenberry's vision of the Future. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/beammeuppod)Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/beammeuppod)

Trail Running Ireland Podcast
Ep 40 Highlights Show - Training Systems and Listeners Q & A with René Borg

Trail Running Ireland Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 59:15


Welcome to the Episode 40 Highlights Show of the Trail Running Ireland Podcast.We hope you had a great Christmas everyone! In last weeks Christmas special we had an in depth chat with Head Coach of Running Coach Ireland Rene Borg on the differences between the how and what of training systems as well as some excellent Questions and Answers on training and racing sent in from our listeners with some international racing news on the new UTMB World Series Majors.I hope you enjoyed the episodes this year and if you did and have a moment, please do pop over to https://www.patreon.com/trailrunningirelandpodcast to help keep the Christmas tree lights on in the TrailRunning Ireland HQ, 3-6e will be a big help to keep us going.Until next time, stay safe everyone,have a great Christmas and super New Year and don't forget, lets get our running gear on, lets go!!

The Besotted Geek
Star Trek: TNG 2.16 “Q Who”

The Besotted Geek

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2021 130:46


It's another Q episode so that means we're joined by The Professor, Ryan Terry! This time we're introduced to Trek's biggest baddies, the Borg! Be sure to check out Ryan's podcast, Four's a Crowd! Thanks for listening, hope you enjoy, and tell a friend! Follow us on twitter: @BesottedGeekPod Email the show: besottedgeek@gmail.com Check out our website: besottedgeek.com Buy some stuff: teepublic.com/user/besottedgeek  etsy.com/shop/untidyvenus, code “besotted” Support the show: patreon.com/besottedgeek Watch Stork suck at video games: twitch.tv/besottedgeek & YouTube

Kirking Off: A Warped Star Trek Shakedown
044: Commie Robots in Space (TNG S2-E16)

Kirking Off: A Warped Star Trek Shakedown

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 65:32


"Now hear this. Now hear this. On this week's episode of Kirking Off we are introduced to Q, the mischievous god-thing that has taken an interest in humanity, and specifically Captain Picard. In an effort to indicate his usefulness to the crew, and to teach them a lesson, he flings the Enterprise into the Delta Quadrant and forces them to come face-to-face with what will become Starfleet's greatest threat - the Borg. An implacable collective of cyborgs bent on adding your biological and technological distinctiveness to their own. Prompting questions this week: what is the logical conclusion of the Borg's stated mission? Is the death of 18 crew members worth the intelligence gathered on the looming Borg threat? And is humanity worth saving? We present to you, Q Who from Star Trek: The Next Generation." Season 2 - Episode 16 LINKS https://kirkingoff.captivate.fm/listen (Podcast Subscription Link) - https://www.libertystreetgeek.net/kopod Kirking Off on Discord - httsp://www.libertystreetgeek.net/discord https://www.facebook.com/groups/kirkingoff (Kirking Off Facebook) - https://www.facebook.com/groups/kirkingoff https://www.libertystreetgeek.net/ (LSG Media Website) - https://www.libertystreetgeek.net Support this podcast

Transporter Room 3: The Star Trek Podcast
215. Unfrozen Caveman Business Guy (and Friends)

Transporter Room 3: The Star Trek Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021


Before we beam into 2022, we wrap up 2021 with a deep-dive into "The Neutral Zone," the lowkey-good Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 1 finale that finds Picard and crew dealing with former human popsicles from the 20th century, the Romulans, and some foreshadowing of the Borg. We also take... Click on the title for the full episode.

V'Ger Please!
Episode 180 - In Future Starfleet, Janeway Traps You (S7 : E26)

V'Ger Please!

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 137:51


It was all leading up to this...while there are no Thanos snaps to be found, we get plenty of timey-wimey nonsense in "Endgame"! After a gently aged up Admiral Janeway shows up to power level Voyager into some epic gear, we spend way too much time on the worst love story of all time.

Morgunvaktin
Fæðing Jesú, dönsk jól og jólaundirbúningur við Eyjafjörð

Morgunvaktin

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021


Séra Þórhallur Heimisson, prestur í Svíþjóð, sagði frá kenningum um fæðingu Jesú, mótsagnir og misskilning í sögum guðspjallanna af fæðingu Jesú. Svo virðist sem Jesú hafi ekki fæðst á jóladag, ekki árið 0 og jafnvel ekki í Betlehem. Þórhallur sagði frá jólunum í Svíþjóð en messuhald verður með Covid-sniði í ár, annar hver kirkjubekkur tekinn fyrir engla. Það er kalt í Uppsala í dag, 15 stiga frost og snjór. Borgþór Arngrímsson fór yfir dönsk málefni en danska þingið samþykkti í gær að svipta Inger Støjberg, fyrrverandi ráðherra innflytjendamála, þingsæti sínu. Støjberg var í síðustu viku dæmd fyrir landsdómi Danmerkur í 60 daga óskilorðsbundið fangelsi fyrir að hafa brotið á réttindum hælisleitenda og að hafa ekki sagt þinginu rétt og satt frá. Hún mun ekki afplána í Kosovo líkt og 300 einstaklingar sem hafa verið dæmdir fyrir saknæmt afhæfi í Danmörku en danska ríkið hefur gert samning við yfirvöld í Kosovo um að leigja fangelsi þar í landi frá og með 2023. Ágúst Ólafsson, fréttamaður RÚV á Akureyri, ræddi við Guðlaug Viktorsson, skólastjóra Tónlistarskóla Eyjafjarðar og stjórnanda Karlakórs Eyjafjarðar, og Halldór Halldórsson, kaupmann og úrsmið á Glerártorgi. Rætt var um tónleikahald og viðskipti í undanfara jóla á Akureyri. Tónlist: Það á að gefa börnum brauð - Jólakettir Jul jul stralande jul - Carola Höjt fra træets grönne top - Poul Bundgaard Þorláksmessukvöld - Ragnhildur Gísladóttir. Umsjón: Björn Þór Sigbjörnsson og Guðrún Hálfdánardóttir.

Fantasy Footballers DFS - Fantasy Football Podcast
Week 16 DFS Preview + Can You Trust a Craig? - Fantasy Football DFS

Fantasy Footballers DFS - Fantasy Football Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 45:29


The Fantasy Footballers DFS Podcast is back with a new episode! On today's fantasy football podcast, Borg and Betz recap Week 15 DFS, discussing cash games and winning strategies in GPPs. Then, the guys discuss early Week 16 salary standouts and game environments that look enticing for tournaments! Welcome to “DFS for the Rest of Us!” Take your DFS Fantasy Football game to the next level on DraftKings, FanDuel, and Underdog Fantasy. -- Fantasy Football DFS Podcast for December 21st, 2021.   Compete in one of our weekly contests on DraftKings at BallersDFS.com!   Connect with The Fantasy Footballers: Visit us on the Web Support the Show Get the 2021 DFS Pass Follow on Twitter Follow on Instagram Love the show? Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen

Geeksploration: The Podcast
Geeksploronaut Off-Topic Debrief - 2021-12-21

Geeksploration: The Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 49:16


Merry Christmas Geeksploronauts! We are up to our old debreifin' ways once again, talking trailers, comics, farts, and copious other items of geek interest! Join us for some premium pre-yule tide bullshitting.   Timestamps & Links Maximum Nic Cage coming soon (03:55) Sonic returning more Sonic than ever (05:30) Sonic meets GTA? (08:04) DARPA and the warp bubble (11:17) Reality Star Entrepreneur (16:10) New Goonies show? (21:33) Jon wants Inside, but not enough to pay (26:43) Jon builds his own Taco Bell, with blackjack and hookers! (31:44) Ben wants to you to die horribly for his amusement with Mörk Borg (34:12) Slugfest - Marvel vs DC (37:33) Recommendations     - Ben: Spiderman: No Way Home [Spoiler Free] (40:23)     - Jon: Klaus [Boom Comics] (42:37) Voicemail from Eric! (44:55)   Geeksploration: the Podcast is a proud member of The Geekly Grind family. They are a collective of geek-minded folks covering gaming, comics, movies, and more. Go check out the other great stuff they have going on!   You can find more information about the show at JarredFarts.com Contact us on social media: Facebook Geeksploration: The Podcast page/ Instagram @GeeksplorationPodcast / Twitter @GeeksplorePod Join us on our Discord!  Leave us a voice message at (916) ORC-TURD  Check out the cool swag at shop.GeeksplorationPodcast.com Theme song is "Celebration" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

The Garrett Ashley Mullet Show
Borg Collective Fails to Assimilate Senator Joe Manchin's Vote

The Garrett Ashley Mullet Show

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 45:27


"This is a No." With that short four-word sentence, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin has announced he cannot in good conscience vote for President Joe Biden's "Build Back Better" legislation. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is responding by essentially triple-dog-daring Manchin to forget his scruples and change his mind. ABC News panelists are audibly aghast. How will we endure this "threat to our democracy"? Imagine the gall of a duly-elected member of the United States Senate reserving the right to vote anything other than 'Yes.' Oh, the temerity! Oh, the audacity! Oh, the humanity! The whole business reminds me of the difference between the Borg collective and the crew of the Enterprise from Star Trek: The Next Generation. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/garrett-ashley-mullet/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/garrett-ashley-mullet/support

Trail Running Ireland Podcast
Ep 40 - The How and What of Training Systems and Listener Q & A with René Borg

Trail Running Ireland Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2021 59:15


Welcome to Episode 40 of the Trail Running Ireland Podcast.Happy Christmas everyone! In this weeks Christmas special we´ve got an in depth chat with Head Coach of Running Coach Ireland Rene Borg on the differences between the how and what of training systems as well as some excellent Questions and Answers on training and racing sent in from our listeners with some international racing news on the new UTMB World Series Majors.I hope you enjoyed the shows this year and if you did and have a moment, please do pop over to https://www.patreon.com/trailrunningirelandpodcast to help keep the Christmas tree lights on in the TrailRunning Ireland HQ, 3-6e will be a big help to keep us going.Until next time, stay safe everyone,have a great Christmas and don't forget, lets get our running gear on, lets go!!

Borgcast Galactica
Borg Rogers 1.17- Spuck Rogers and The Happy Eater People

Borgcast Galactica

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2021 42:03


Anne-Marie and Peter give their thoughts on Buck Rogers S1's A Dream Of Jennifer. Our Christmas commentary special will be up on our other Trek-related feed on the 24th. Next time on this feed, recording 13th January, the look at the more promising-sounding Space Rockers. Feel free to send your thoughts in (just keep the feedback to less than 5 minutes please). Borgcast@gmail.com  

Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses-Critical Thinkers » Critical Thought Podcast
From Borg to Hollywood with Kenan J. Floyd

Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses-Critical Thinkers » Critical Thought Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 41:28


How to reach Kenan Fill out the contact form at https://dangerouslyawkward.com/ Kenan J. Floyd takes the opportunity to come back on our channel to talk about his latest accomplishments. He is finally fulfilling many of his life long dreams that were, of course, put on hold during his time living up to the expectations of […]

Splitting Hares by Jackrabbit Illustrated
Splitting Hares B Team: #FCSPlayoffs Semi-Finals Vs. MT St. Featuring Special Guest Zach Borg

Splitting Hares by Jackrabbit Illustrated

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 65:15


In this Episode The guys welcome Zach Borg (@IceBorg) from Dakota News Now Sports (@DakotaSportsNow) recap the Villanova game, discuss the upcoming Semi-Final game Vs. Montana State, and the north dakota state Vs. James Madison Semifinal Matchup #FCSPlayoffsBrought to you by Drake's Place and Cottonwood Coffee as well as Jackrabbit Central and Shenanigan's Pub

Víðsjá
Súðbyrðingurinn, Tanntaka, Borg bróður míns

Víðsjá

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021


Í gær var tilkynnt að smíði og notkun súðbyrðingsins, hins dæmigerða norræna trébáts, sem fylgt hefur Norðurlandabúum um árþúsundir, hefði eftir langa bið verið samþykkt inn á lista UNESCO óáþreifanlegan menningararf mannkyns. Að þessu tilefni tekur Víðsjá hús á mönnum sem kunna til verka þegar kemur að bátasmíðum og ræðir við þá Einar Jóhann Lárusson nema og Hafliða Aðalsteinsson meistara um slíkar smíðar. VIð ræðum einnig við Þórdísi Helgadóttur skáldkonu, en hún var nýverið tilnefnd til Fjöruverðlauna fyrir sína fyrstu ljóðabók, Tanntöku. Þórdís hefur áður gefið frá sér smásagnasafnið Keisaramörgæsir, og svo er hún hluti af Svikaskáldum sem voru nýverið tilnefndar til Íslensku bókmenntaverðlaunanna fyrir skáldsöguna Olíu. Og við heyrum dóm um nýja bók Kristínar Ómarsdóttur, Borg bróður míns.

Nuus
Gustavo-borg - baie streng voorwaardes

Nuus

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 1:08


Borg van 800 000 Namibiese dollar is aan die Fishrot-beskuldigde Ricardo Gustavo toegestaan. Regter Herman Oosthuizen, wat die beslissing gemaak het, het uiters streng voorwaardes gestel.

Fantasy Footballers DFS - Fantasy Football Podcast
Week 15 DFS Preview + The Poo-Poo Platter - Fantasy Football DFS

Fantasy Footballers DFS - Fantasy Football Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 42:32


The Fantasy Footballers DFS Podcast is back with a new episode! On today's fantasy football podcast, Borg and Betz recap Week 14 DFS, discussing cash games and winning strategies in GPPs. Then, the guys discuss early Week 15 salary standouts and game environments that look enticing for tournaments! Welcome to “DFS for the Rest of Us!” Take your DFS Fantasy Football game to the next level on DraftKings, FanDuel, and Underdog Fantasy. -- Fantasy Football DFS Podcast for December 14th, 2021.   Compete in one of our weekly contests on DraftKings at BallersDFS.com!   Connect with The Fantasy Footballers: Visit us on the Web Support the Show Get the 2021 DFS Pass Follow on Twitter Follow on Instagram Love the show? Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen

The Rancor's Brothel | A Tabletop Gaming Podcast
Mörk Borg - The Goblin Grinder 03

The Rancor's Brothel | A Tabletop Gaming Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 75:38


So…yeah…that happened. Not what they expected. Not to mention that Nagel Krat escaped, but the boys have followed his coin trail to an old mill north of the city. Can they put a stop to whatever it is that Krat has in store? Let's see what happens in the zany conclusion of The Goblin Grinder! Starring: Daniel as Daeru Josh as Grin Tyler as Harmug (and Binky)   Want to leave a comment? -Email therancorsbrothel@gmail.com.  -Follow us on Twitter @Rancors_Brothel

SpongeBob SquareCast
S3E9a Krab Borg

SpongeBob SquareCast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 23:36


Join Stelly and Gavin as they discuss the first segment of the ninth episode of season three, Krab Borg. After watching a late-night scary movie, SpongeBob becomes convinced that Mr. Krabs is a robot. Elsewhere, Stelly has been icing festive cookies, while Gavin laments not being able to moonwalk.Email: spongebobsquarecast@gmail.comTwitter: @sbsquarecastInstagram: spongebobsquarecastPatreon: patreon.com/spongebobsquarecastSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/spongebobsquarecast)

Roll Mongers Podcast Network: All Shows!
Cy_Borg interview with Johan Nohr & Christian Sahlén

Roll Mongers Podcast Network: All Shows!

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 30:12


Nov 16th, 2021 by The Beer and Pretzel PodcastAusten interviews the creators of the very anticipated hack for Mork Borg... Cy_Borg! We talk about how the stylization came to be, what inspiration brought on this game, and how this differs from the many other cyberpunk genre games. The Kickstarter for Cy_Borg can be found at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jnohr/cy-borg?ref=ksr_email_user_watched_project_launchedUpdate: The Beer and Pretzel Podcast episodes now come out on FRIDAY mornings while reviews/interviews/Trashed Talk Podcast episodes come out TUESDAY mornings at 10am.

The Jacob Johnston Show
Ep 218) The Borg-Like Hive Mind of The Left Is Collapsing

The Jacob Johnston Show

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 55:22


The Democrats Bog-like hive mind is deteriorating as some are now starting to openly rebel against the Democrats leadership. The dumpster fire that is the Biden Administrations, one rightly viewed as Constitutionally illegitimate, has caused nothing but pain and suffering on the American people is creating the biggest backlash ever seen in politics. The only thing Biden is building back better is the enemies of the US. The left hasn't seen a death to America crowd they wouldn't celebrate. The lets authoritarianism is so blatant they have made clear their view is children are the property of the state and parents have no parental rights. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/thejacobjohnstonshow/message

Literary Treks: A Star Trek Books and Comics Podcast

David Mack: Oblivion's Gate. Twenty years ago Pocket Books started something incredible by continuing the story of Deep Space Nine, giving fans what happened after the finale, beginning what became affectionally know as the lit-verse and would span the entirety of the 24th century of Star Trek. In this episode of Literary Treks host Matthew Rushing welcomes author David Mack to talk about the final book in the Coda series, Oblivion's Gate. We discuss how he is feeling, hopes for the series, the prelude, the Borg are back in town, the mirror universe, the Riker story, Emissary and The Hand of the Prophets, Worf's love life, Wesley, time's skeleton key, making it mean something, a question, miss writing the most, ending with Picard, David online and final thoughts. Feature: David Mack How David is Feeling (00:01:46) Hopes for the Series (00:03:07) The Prelude (00:15:05) The Borg are Back in Town (00:18:12) Bringing in the Mirror Universe (00:30:05) The Riker Story (00:35:02) Emissary and The Hand of the Prophets (00:40:42) Worf's Love Life (00:46:32) Alpha and Omega (00:52:04) Time's Skeleton Key (00:58:52) Make it Mean Something (01:04:04) Characters You Wish You Could Have Used (01:07:48) Miss Writing the Most (01:11:34) Ending With Picard (01:17:03) David Online and Final Thoughts (01:28:00) Host Matthew Rushing Guest David Mack Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)

Star Trek Podcasts: Trek.fm Complete Master Feed
Literary Treks : 335: The Long Defeat

Star Trek Podcasts: Trek.fm Complete Master Feed

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 90:31


David Mack: Oblivion's Gate. Twenty years ago Pocket Books started something incredible by continuing the story of Deep Space Nine, giving fans what happened after the finale, beginning what became affectionally know as the lit-verse and would span the entirety of the 24th century of Star Trek. In this episode of Literary Treks host Matthew Rushing welcomes author David Mack to talk about the final book in the Coda series, Oblivion's Gate. We discuss how he is feeling, hopes for the series, the prelude, the Borg are back in town, the mirror universe, the Riker story, Emissary and The Hand of the Prophets, Worf's love life, Wesley, time's skeleton key, making it mean something, a question, miss writing the most, ending with Picard, David online and final thoughts. Feature: David Mack How David is Feeling (00:01:46) Hopes for the Series (00:03:07) The Prelude (00:15:05) The Borg are Back in Town (00:18:12) Bringing in the Mirror Universe (00:30:05) The Riker Story (00:35:02) Emissary and The Hand of the Prophets (00:40:42) Worf's Love Life (00:46:32) Alpha and Omega (00:52:04) Time's Skeleton Key (00:58:52) Make it Mean Something (01:04:04) Characters You Wish You Could Have Used (01:07:48) Miss Writing the Most (01:11:34) Ending With Picard (01:17:03) David Online and Final Thoughts (01:28:00) Host Matthew Rushing Guest David Mack Production Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Greg Rozier (Associate Producer) Casey Pettitt (Associate Producer)

Screaming in the Cloud
Building Distributed Cognition into Your Business with Sam Ramji

Screaming in the Cloud

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 39:56


About SamA 25-year veteran of the Silicon Valley and Seattle technology scenes, Sam Ramji led Kubernetes and DevOps product management for Google Cloud, founded the Cloud Foundry foundation, has helped build two multi-billion dollar markets (API Management at Apigee and Enterprise Service Bus at BEA Systems) and redefined Microsoft's open source and Linux strategy from “extinguish” to “embrace”.He is nerdy about open source, platform economics, middleware, and cloud computing with emphasis on developer experience and enterprise software. He is an advisor to multiple companies including Dell Technologies, Accenture, Observable, Fletch, Orbit, OSS Capital, and the Linux Foundation.Sam received his B.S. in Cognitive Science from UC San Diego, the home of transdisciplinary innovation, in 1994 and is still excited about artificial intelligence, neuroscience, and cognitive psychology.Links: DataStax: https://www.datastax.com Sam Ramji Twitter: https://twitter.com/sramji Open||Source||Data: https://www.datastax.com/resources/podcast/open-source-data Screaming in the Cloud Episode 243 with Craig McLuckie: https://www.lastweekinaws.com/podcast/screaming-in-the-cloud/innovating-in-the-cloud-with-craig-mcluckie/ Screaming in the Cloud Episode 261 with Jason Warner: https://www.lastweekinaws.com/podcast/screaming-in-the-cloud/what-github-can-give-to-microsoft-with-jason-warner/ TranscriptAnnouncer: Hello, and welcome to Screaming in the Cloud with your host, Chief Cloud Economist at The Duckbill Group, Corey Quinn. This weekly show features conversations with people doing interesting work in the world of cloud, thoughtful commentary on the state of the technical world, and ridiculous titles for which Corey refuses to apologize. This is Screaming in the Cloud.Corey: This episode is sponsored in part by our friends at Redis, the company behind the incredibly popular open source database that is not the bind DNS server. If you're tired of managing open source Redis on your own, or you're using one of the vanilla cloud caching services, these folks have you covered with the go to manage Redis service for global caching and primary database capabilities; Redis Enterprise. Set up a meeting with a Redis expert during re:Invent, and you'll not only learn how you can become a Redis hero, but also have a chance to win some fun and exciting prizes. To learn more and deploy not only a cache but a single operational data platform for one Redis experience, visit redis.com/hero. Thats r-e-d-i-s.com/hero. And my thanks to my friends at Redis for sponsoring my ridiculous non-sense.  Corey: Are you building cloud applications with a distributed team? Check out Teleport, an open source identity-aware access proxy for cloud resources. Teleport provides secure access to anything running somewhere behind NAT: SSH servers, Kubernetes clusters, internal web apps and databases. Teleport gives engineers superpowers! Get access to everything via single sign-on with multi-factor. List and see all SSH servers, kubernetes clusters or databases available to you. Get instant access to them all using tools you already have. Teleport ensures best security practices like role-based access, preventing data exfiltration, providing visibility and ensuring compliance. And best of all, Teleport is open source and a pleasure to use.Download Teleport at https://goteleport.com. That's goteleport.com.Corey: Welcome to Screaming in the Cloud, I'm Cloud Economist Corey Quinn, and recurring effort that this show goes to is to showcase people in their best light. Today's guest has done an awful lot: he led Kubernetes and DevOps Product Management for Google Cloud; he founded the Cloud Foundry Foundation; he set open-source strategy for Microsoft in the naughts; he advises companies including Dell, Accenture, the Linux Foundation; and tying all of that together, it's hard to present a lot of that in a great light because given my own proclivities, that sounds an awful lot like a personal attack. Sam Ramji is the Chief Strategy Officer at DataStax. Sam, thank you for joining me, and it's weird when your resume starts to read like, “Oh, I hate all of these things.”Sam: [laugh]. It's weird, but it's true. And it's the only life I could have lived apparently because here I am. Corey, it's a thrill to meet you. I've been an admirer of your public speaking, and public tweeting, and your writing for a long time.Corey: Well, thank you. The hard part is getting over the voice saying don't do it because it turns out that there's no real other side of public shutting up, which is something that I was never good at anyway, so I figured I'd lean into it. And again, I mean, that the sense of where you have been historically in terms of your career not, “Look what you've done,” which is a subtext that I could be accused of throwing in sometimes.Sam: I used to hear that a lot from my parents, actually.Corey: Oh, yeah. That was my name growing up. But you've done a lot of things, and you've transitioned from notable company making significant impact on the industry, to the next one, to the next one. And you've been in high-flying roles, doing lots of really interesting stuff. What's the common thread between all those things?Sam: I'm an intensely curious person, and the thing that I'm most curious about is distributed cognition. And that might not be obvious from what you see is kind of the… Lego blocks of my career, but I studied cognitive science in college when that was not really something that was super well known. So, I graduated from UC San Diego in '94 doing neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and psychology. And because I just couldn't stop thinking about thinking; I was just fascinated with how it worked.So, then I wanted to build software systems that would help people learn. And then I wanted to build distributed software systems. And then I wanted to learn how to work with people who were thinking about building the distributed software systems. So, you end up kind of going up this curve of, like, complexity about how do we think? How do we think alone? How do we learn to think? How do we think together?And that's the directed path through my software engineering career, into management, into middleware at BEA, into open-source at Microsoft because that's an amazing demonstration of distributed cognition, how, you know, at the time in 2007, I think, Sourceforge had 100,000 open-source projects, which was, like, mind boggling. Some of them even worked together, but all of them represented these groups of people, flung around the world, collaborating on something that was just fundamentally useful, that they were curious about. Kind of did the same thing into APIs because APIs are an even better way to reuse for some cases than having the source code—at Apigee. And kept growing up through that into, how are we building larger-scale thinking systems like Cloud Foundry, which took me into Google and Kubernetes, and then some applications of that in Autodesk and now DataStax. So, I love building companies. I love helping people build companies because I think business is distributed cognition. So, those businesses that build distributed systems, for me, are the most fascinating.Corey: You were basically handed a heck of a challenge as far as, “Well, help set open-source strategy,” back at Microsoft, in the days where that was a punchline. And credit where due, I have to look at Microsoft of today, and it's not a joke, you can have your arguments about them, but again in those days, a lot of us built our entire personality on hating Microsoft. Some folks never quite evolved beyond that, but it's a new ballgame and it's very clear that the Microsoft of yesteryear and the Microsoft of today are not completely congruent. What was it like at that point understanding that as you're working with open-source communities, you're doing that from a place of employment with a company that was widely reviled in the space.Sam: It was not lost on me. The irony, of course, was that—Corey: Well, thank God because otherwise the question where you would have been, “What do you mean they didn't like us?”Sam: [laugh].Corey: Which, on some levels, like, yeah, that's about the level of awareness I would have expected in that era, but contrary to popular opinion, execs at these companies are not generally oblivious.Sam: Yeah, well, if I'd been clever as a creative humorist, I would have given you that answer instead of my serious answer, but for some reason, my role in life is always to be the straight guy. I used to have Slashdot as my homepage, right? I love when I'd see some conspiracy theory about, you know, Bill Gates dressed up as the Borg, taking over the world. My first startup, actually in '97, was crushed by Microsoft. They copied our product, copied the marketing, and bundled it into Office, so I had lots of reasons to dislike Microsoft.But in 2004, I was recruited into their venture capital team, which I couldn't believe. It was really a place that they were like, “Hey, we could do better at helping startups succeed, so we're going to evangelize their success—if they're building with Microsoft technologies—to VCs, to enterprises, we'll help you get your first big enterprise deal.” I was like, “Man, if I had this a few years ago, I might not be working.” So, let's go try to pay it forward.I ended up in open-source by accident. I started going to these conferences on Software as a Service. This is back in 2005 when people were just starting to light up, like, Silicon Valley Forum with, you know, the CEO of Demandware would talk, right? We'd hear all these different ways of building a new business, and they all kept talking about their tech stack was Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. I went to one eight-hour conference, and Microsoft technologies were mentioned for about 12 seconds in two separate chunks. So, six seconds, he was like, “Oh, and also we really like Microsoft SQL Server for our data layer.”Corey: Oh, Microsoft SQL Server was fantastic. And I know that's a weird thing for people to hear me say, just because I've been renowned recently for using Route 53 as the primary data store for everything that I can. But there was nothing quite like that as far as having multiple write nodes, being able to handle sharding effectively. It was expensive, and you would take a bath on the price come audit time, but people were not rolling it out unaware of those things. This was a trade off that they were making.Oracle has a similar story with databases. It's yeah, people love to talk smack about Oracle and its business practices for a variety of excellent reasons, at least in the database space that hasn't quite made it to cloud yet—knock on wood—but people weren't deploying it because they thought Oracle was warm and cuddly as a vendor; they did it because they can tolerate the rest of it because their stuff works.Sam: That's so well said, and people don't give them the credit that's due. Like, when they built hypergrowth in their business, like… they had a great product; it really worked. They made it expensive, and they made a lot of money on it, and I think that was why you saw MySQL so successful and why, if you were looking for a spec that worked, that you could talk through through an open driver like ODBC or JDBC or whatever, you could swap to Microsoft SQL Server. But I walked out of that and came back to the VC team and said, “Microsoft has a huge problem. This is a massive market wave that's coming. We're not doing anything in it. They use a little bit of SQL Server, but there's nothing else in your tech stack that they want, or like, or can afford because they don't know if their businesses are going to succeed or not. And they're going to go out of business trying to figure out how much licensing costs they would pay to you in order to consider using your software. They can't even start there. They have to start with open-source. So, if you're going to deal with SaaS, you're going to have to have open-source, and get it right.”So, I worked with some folks in the industry, wrote a ten-page paper, sent it up to Bill Gates for Think Week. Didn't hear much back. Bought a new strategy to the head of developer platform evangelism, Sanjay Parthasarathy who suggested that the idea of discounting software to zero for startups, with the hope that they would end up doing really well with it in the future as a Software as a Service company; it was dead on arrival. Dumb idea; bring it back; that actually became BizSpark, the most popular program in Microsoft partner history.And then about three months later, I got a call from this guy, Bill Hilf. And he said, “Hey, this is Bill Hilf. I do open-source at Microsoft. I work with Bill Gates. He sent me your paper. I really like it. Would you consider coming up and having conversation with me because I want you to think about running open-source technology strategy for the company.” And at this time I'm, like, 33 or 34. And I'm like, “Who me? You've got to be joking.” And he goes, “Oh, and also, you'll be responsible for doing quarterly deep technical briefings with Bill… Gates.” I was like, “You must be kidding.” And so of course I had to check it out. One thing led to another and all of a sudden, with not a lot of history in the open-source community but coming in it with a strategist's eye and with a technologist's eye, saying, “This is a problem we got to solve. How do we get after this pragmatically?” And the rest is history, as they say.Corey: I have to say that you are the Chief Strategy Officer at DataStax, and I pull up your website quickly here and a lot of what I tell earlier stage companies is effectively more or less what you have already done. You haven't named yourself after the open-source project that underlies the bones of what you have built so you're not going to wind up in the same glorious challenges that, for example, Elastic or MongoDB have in some ways. You have a pricing page that speaks both to the reality of, “It's two in the morning. I'm trying to get something up and running and I want you the hell out of my way. Just give me something that I can work with a reasonable free tier and don't make me talk to a salesperson.” But also, your enterprise tier is, “Click here to talk to a human being,” which is speaking enterprise slash procurement slash, oh, there will be contract negotiation on these things.It's being able to serve different ends of your market depending upon who it is that encounters you without being off-putting to any of those. And it's deceptively challenging for companies to pull off or get right. So clearly, you've learned lessons by doing this. That was the big problem with Microsoft for the longest time. It's, if I want to use some Microsoft stuff, once you were able to download things from the internet, it changed slightly, but even then it was one of those, “What exactly am I committing to here as far as signing up for this? And am I giving them audit rights into my environment? Is the BSA about to come out of nowhere and hit me with a surprise audit and find out that various folks throughout the company have installed this somewhere and now I owe more than the company's worth?” That was always the haunting fear that companies had back then.These days, I like the approach that companies are taking with the SaaS offering: you pay for usage. On some level, I'd prefer it slightly differently in a pay-per-seat model because at least then you can predict the pricing, but no one is getting surprise submarined with this type of thing on an audit basis, and then they owe damages and payment in arrears and someone has them over a barrel. It's just, “Oh. The bill this month was higher than we expected.” I like that model I think the industry does, too.Sam: I think that's super well said. As I used to joke at BEA Systems, nothing says ‘I love you' to a customer like an audit, right? That's kind of a one-time use strategy. If you're going to go audit licenses to get your revenue in place, you might be inducing some churn there. It's a huge fix for the structural problem in pricing that I think package software had, right?When we looked at Microsoft software versus open-source software, and particularly Windows versus Linux, you would have a structure where sales reps were really compensated to sell as much as possible upfront so they could get the best possible commission on what might be used perpetually. But then if you think about it, like, the boxes in a curve, right, if you do that calculus approximation of a smooth curve, a perpetual software license is a huge box and there's an enormous amount of waste in there. And customers figured out so as soon as you can go to a pay-per-use or pay-as-you-go, you start to smooth that curve, and now what you get is what you deserve, right, as opposed to getting filled with way more cost than you expect. So, I think this model is really super well understood now. Kind of the long run the high point of open-source meets, cloud, meets Software as a Service, you look at what companies like MongoDB, and Confluent, and Elastic, and Databricks are doing. And they've really established a very good path through the jungle of how to succeed as a software company. So, it's still difficult to implement, but there are really world-class guides right now.Corey: Moving beyond where Microsoft was back in the naughts, you were then hired as a VP over at Google. And in that era, the fact that you were hired as a VP at Google is fascinating. They preferred to grow those internally, generally from engineering. So, first question, when you were being hired as a VP in the product org, did they make you solve algorithms on a whiteboard to get there?Sam: [laugh]. They did not. I did have somewhat of an advantage [because they 00:13:36] could see me working pretty closely as the CEO of the Cloud Foundry Foundation. I'd worked closely with Craig McLuckie who notably brought Kubernetes to the world along with Joe Beda, and with Eric Brewer, and a number of others.And he was my champion at Google. He was like, “Look, you know, we need him doing Kubernetes. Let's bring Sam in to do that.” So, that was helpful. I also wrote a [laugh] 2000-word strategy document, just to get some thoughts out of my head. And I said, “Hey, if you like this, great. If you don't throw it away.” So, the interviews were actually very much not solving problems in a whiteboard. There were super collaborative, really excellent conversations. It was slow—Corey: Let's be clear, Craig McLuckie's most notable achievement was being a guest on this podcast back in Episode 243. But I'll say that this is a close second.Sam: [laugh]. You're not wrong. And of course now with Heptio and their acquisition by VMware.Corey: Ehh, they're making money beyond the wildest dreams of avarice, that's all well and good, but an invite to this podcast, that's where it's at.Sam: Well, he should really come on again, he can double down and beat everybody. That can be his landmark achievement, a two-timer on Screaming in [the] Cloud.Corey: You were at Google; you were at Microsoft. These are the big titans of their era, in some respect—not to imply that there has beens; they're bigger than ever—but it's also a more crowded field in some ways. I guess completing the trifecta would be Amazon, but you've had the good judgment never to work there, directly of course. Now they're clearly in your market. You're at DataStax, which is among other things, built on Apache Cassandra, and they launched their own Cassandra service named Keyspaces because no one really knows why or how they name things.And of course, looking under the hood at the pricing model, it's pretty clear that it really is just DynamoDB wearing some Groucho Marx classes with a slight upcharge for API level compatibility. Great. So, I don't see it a lot in the real world and that's fine, but I'm curious as to your take on looking at all three of those companies at different eras. There was always the threat in the open-source world that they are going to come in and crush you. You said earlier that Microsoft crushed your first startup.Google is an interesting competitor in some respects; people don't really have that concern about them. And your job as a Chief Strategy Officer at Amazon is taken over by a Post-it Note that simply says ‘yes' on it because there's nothing they're not going to do, or try, and experiment with. So, from your perspective, if you look at the titans, who is it that you see as the largest competitive threat these days, if that's even a thing?Sam: If you think about Sun Tzu and the Art of War, right—a lot of strategy comes from what we've learned from military environments—fighting a symmetric war, right, using the same weapons and the same army against a symmetric opponent, but having 1/100th of the personnel and 1/100th of the money is not a good plan.Corey: “We're going to lose money, going to be outcompeted; we'll make it up in volume. Oh, by the way, we're also slower than they are.”Sam: [laugh]. So, you know, trying to come after AWS, or Microsoft, or Google as an independent software company, pound-for-pound, face-to-face, right, full-frontal assault is psychotic. What you have to do, I think, at this point is to understand that these are each companies that are much like we thought about Linux, and you know, Macintosh, and Windows as operating systems. They're now the operating systems of the planet. So, that creates some economies of scale, some efficiencies for them. And for us. Look at how cheap object storage is now, right? So, there's never been a better time in human history to create a database company because we can take the storage out of the database and hand it over to Amazon, or Google, or Microsoft to handle it with 13 nines of durability on a constantly falling cost basis.So, that's super interesting. So, you have to prosecute the structure of the world as it is, based on where the giants are and where they'll be in the future. Then you have to turn around and say, like, “What can they never sell?”So, Amazon can never sell something that is standalone, right? They're a parts factory and if you buy into the Amazon-first strategy of cloud computing—which we did at Autodesk when I was VP of cloud platform there—everything is a primitive that works inside Amazon, but they're not going to build things that don't work outside of the Amazon primitives. So, your company has to be built on the idea that there's a set of people who value something that is purpose-built for a particular use case that you can start to broaden out, it's really helpful if they would like it to be something that can help them escape a really valuable asset away from the center of gravity that is a cloud. And that's why data is super interesting. Nobody wakes up in the morning and says, “Boy, I had such a great conversation with Oracle over the last 20 years beating me up on licensing. Let me go find a cloud vendor and dump all of my data in that so they can beat me up for the next 20 years.” Nobody says that.Corey: It's the idea of data portability that drives decision-making, which makes people, of course, feel better about not actually moving in anywhere. But the fact that they're not locked in strategically, in a way that requires a full software re-architecture and data model rewrite is compelling. I'm a big believer in convincing people to make decisions that look a lot like that.Sam: Right. And so that's the key, right? So, when I was at Autodesk, we went from our 100 million dollar, you know, committed spend with 19% discount on the big three services to, like—we started realize when we're going to burn through that, we were spending $60 million or so a year on 20% annual growth as the cloud part of the business grew. Thought, “Okay, let's renegotiate. Let's go and do a $250 million deal. I'm sure they'll give us a much better discount than 19%.” Short story is they came back and said, “You know, we're going to take you from an already generous 19% to an outstanding 22%.” We thought, “Wait a minute, we already talked to Intuit. They're getting a 40% discount on a $400 million spend.”So, you know, math is hard, but, like, 40% minus 22% is 18% times $250 million is a lot of money. So, we thought, “What is going on here?” And we realized we just had no credible threat of leaving, and Intuit did because they had built a cross-cloud capable architecture. And we had not. So, now stepping back into the kind of the world that we're living in 2021, if you're an independent software company, especially if you have the unreasonable advantage of being an open-source software company, you have got to be doing your customers good by giving them cross-cloud capability. It could be simply like the Amdahl coffee cup that Amdahl reps used to put as landmines for the IBM reps, later—I can tell you that story if you want—even if it's only a way to save money for your customer by using your software, when it gets up to tens and hundreds of million dollars, that's a really big deal.But they also know that data is super important, so the option value of being able to move if they have to, that they have to be able to pull that stick, instead of saying, “Nice doggy,” we have to be on their side, right? So, there's almost a detente that we have to create now, as cloud vendors, working in a world that's invented and operated by the giants.Corey: This episode is sponsored by our friends at Oracle HeatWave is a new high-performance accelerator for the Oracle MySQL Database Service. Although I insist on calling it “my squirrel.” While MySQL has long been the worlds most popular open source database, shifting from transacting to analytics required way too much overhead and, ya know, work. With HeatWave you can run your OLTP and OLAP, don't ask me to ever say those acronyms again, workloads directly from your MySQL database and eliminate the time consuming data movement and integration work, while also performing 1100X faster than Amazon Aurora, and 2.5X faster than Amazon Redshift, at a third of the cost. My thanks again to Oracle Cloud for sponsoring this ridiculous nonsense.Corey: When we look across the, I guess, the ecosystem as it's currently unfolding, a recurring challenge that I have to the existing incumbent cloud providers is they're great at offering the bricks that you can use to build things, but if I'm starting a company today, I'm not going to look at building it myself out of, “Ooh, I'm going to take a bunch of EC2 instances, or Lambda functions, or popsicles and string and turn it into this thing.” I'm going to want to tie together things that are way higher level. In my own case, now I wind up paying for Retool, which is, effectively, yeah, it runs on some containers somewhere, presumably, I think in Azure, but don't quote me on that. And that's great. Could I build my own thing like that?Absolutely not. I would rather pay someone to tie it together. Same story. Instead of building my own CRM by running some open-source software on an EC2 instance, I wind up paying for Salesforce or Pipedrive or something in that space. And so on, and so forth.And a lot of these companies that I'm doing business with aren't themselves running on top of AWS. But for web hosting, for example; if I look at the reference architecture for a WordPress site, AWS's diagram looks like a punchline. It is incredibly overcomplicated. And I say this as someone who ran large WordPress installations at Media Temple many years ago. Now, I have the good sense to pay WP Engine. And on a monthly basis, I give them money and they make the website work.Sure, under the hood, it's running on top of GCP or AWS somewhere. But I don't have to think about it; I don't have to build this stuff together and think about the backups and the failover strategy and the rest. The website just works. And that is increasingly the direction that business is going; things commoditize over time. And AWS in particular has done a terrible job, in my experience, of differentiating what it is they're doing in the language that their customers speak.They're great at selling things to existing infrastructure engineers, but folks who are building something from scratch aren't usually in that cohort. It's a longer story with time and, “Well, we're great at being able to sell EC2 instances by the gallon.” Great. Are you capable of going to a small doctor's office somewhere in the American Midwest and offering them an end-to-end solution for managing patient data? Of course not. You can offer them a bunch of things they can tie together to something that will suffice if they all happen to be software engineers, but that's not the opportunity.So instead, other companies are building those solutions on top of AWS, capturing the margin. And if there's one thing guaranteed to keep Amazon execs awake at night, it's the idea of someone who isn't them making money somehow somewhere, so I know that's got to rankle them, but they do not speak that language. At all. Longer-term, I only see that as a more and more significant crutch. A long enough timeframe here, we're talking about them becoming the Centurylinks of the world, the tier one backbone provider that everyone uses, but no one really thinks about because they're not a household name.Sam: That is a really thoughtful perspective. I think the diseconomies of scale that you're pointing to start to creep in, right? Because when you have to sell compute units by the gallon, right, you can't care if it's a gallon of milk, [laugh] or a gallon of oil, or you know, a gallon of poison. You just have to keep moving it through. So, the shift that I think they're going to end up having to make pragmatically, and you start to see some signs of it, like, you know, they hired but could not retain Matt [Acey 00:23:48]. He did an amazing job of bringing them to some pragmatic realization that they need to partner with open-source, but more broadly, when I think about Microsoft in the 2000s as they were starting to learn their open-source lessons, we were also being able to pull on Microsoft's deep competency and partners. So, most people didn't do the math on this. I was part of the field governance council so I understood exactly how the Microsoft business worked to the level that I was capable. When they had $65 billion in revenue, they produced $24 billion in profit through an ecosystem that generated $450 billion in revenue. So, for every dollar Microsoft made, it was $8 to partners. It was a fundamentally platform-shaped business, and that was how they're able to get into doctors offices in the Midwest, and kind of fit the curve that you're describing of all of those longtail opportunities that require so much care and that are complex to prosecute. These solved for their diseconomies of scale by having 1.2 million partner companies. So, will Amazon figure that out and will they hire, right, enough people who've done this before from Microsoft to become world-class in partnering, that's kind of an exercise left to the [laugh] reader, right? Where will that go over time? But I don't see another better mathematical model for dealing with the diseconomies of scale you have when you're one of the very largest providers on the planet.Corey: The hardest problem as I look at this is, at some point, you hit a point of scale where smaller things look a lot less interesting. I get that all the time when people say, “Oh, you fix AWS bills, aren't you missing out by not targeting Google bills and Azure bills as well?” And it's, yeah. I'm not VC-backed. It turns out that if I limit the customer base that I can effectively service to only AWS customers, yeah turns out, I'm not going to starve anytime soon. Who knew? I don't need to conquer the world and that feels increasingly antiquated, at least going by the stories everyone loves to tell.Sam: Yeah, it's interesting to see how cloud makes strange bedfellows, right? We started seeing this in, like, 2014, 2015, weird partnerships that you're like, “There's no way this would happen.” But the cloud economics which go back to utilization, rather than what it used to be, which was software lock-in, just changed who people were willing to hang out with. And now you see companies like Databricks going, you know, we do an amazing amount of business, effectively competing with Amazon, selling Spark services on top of predominantly Amazon infrastructure, and everybody seems happy with it. So, there's some hint of a new sensibility of what the future of partnering will be. We used to call it coopetition a long time ago, which is kind of a terrible word, but at least it shows that there's some nuance in you can't compete with everybody because it's just too hard.Corey: I wish there were better ways of articulating these things because it seems from the all the outside world, you have companies like Amazon and Microsoft and Google who go and build out partner networks because they need that external accessibility into various customer profiles that they can't speak to super well themselves, but they're also coming out with things that wind up competing directly or indirectly, with all of those partners at the same time. And I don't get it. I wish that there were smarter ways to do it.Sam: It is hard to even talk about it, right? One of the things that I think we've learned from philosophy is if we don't have a word for it, we can't be intelligent about it. So, there's a missing semantics here for being able to describe the complexity of where are you partnering? Where are you competing? Where are you differentiating? In an ecosystem, which is moving and changing.I tend to look at the tools of game theory for this, which is to look at things as either, you know, nonzero-sum games or zero-sum games. And if it's a nonzero-sum game, which I think are the most interesting ones, can you make it a positive sum game? And who can you play positive-sum games with? An organization as big as Amazon, or as big as Microsoft, or even as big as Google isn't ever completely coherent with itself. So, thinking about this as an independent software company, it doesn't matter if part of one of these hyperscalers has a part of their business that competes with your entire business because your business probably drives utilization of a completely different resource in their company that you can partner within them against them, effectively. Right?For example, Cassandra is an amazingly powerful but demanding workload on Kubernetes. So, there's a lot of Cassandra on EKS. You grow a lot of workload, and EKS business does super well. Does that prevent us from working with Amazon because they have Dynamo or because they have Keyspaces? Absolutely not, right?So, this is when those companies get so big that they are almost their own forest, right, of complexity, you can kind of get in, hang out, do well, and pretty much never see the competitive product, unless you're explicitly looking for it, which I think is a huge danger for us as independent software companies. And I would say this to anybody doing strategy for an organization like this, which is, don't obsess over the tiny part of their business that competes with yours, and do not pay attention to any of the marketing that they put out that looks competitive with what you have. Because if you can't figure out how to make a better product and sell it better to your customers as a single purpose corporation, you have bigger problems.Corey: I want to change gears slightly to something that's probably a fair bit more insulting, but that's okay. We're going to roll with it. That seems to be the theme of this episode. You have been, in effect, a CIO a number of times at different companies. And if we take a look at the typical CIO tenure, industry-wide, it's not long; it approaches the territory from an executive perspective of, “Be sure not to buy green bananas. You might not be here by the time they ripen.” And I'm wondering what it is that drives that and how you make a mark in a relatively short time frame when you're providing inputs and deciding on strategy, and those decisions may not bear fruit for years.Sam: CIO used to—we used say it stood for ‘Career Is Over' because the tenure is so short. I think there's a couple of reasons why it's so short. And I think there's a way I believe you can have impact in a short amount of time. I think the reason that it's been short is because people aren't sure what they want the CIO role to be.Do they want it to be a glorified finance person who's got a lot of data processing experience, but now really has got, you know, maybe even an MBA in finance, but is not focusing on value creation? Do they want it to be somebody who's all-singing, all-dancing Chief Data Officer with a CTO background who did something amazing and solved a really hard problem? The definition of success is difficult. Often CIOs now also have security under them, which is literally a job I would never ever want to have. Do security for a public corporation? Good Lord, that's a way to lose most of your life. You're the only executive other than the CEO that the board wants to hear from. Every sing—Corey: You don't sleep; you wait, in those scenarios. And oh, yeah, people joke about ablative CSOs in those scenarios. Yeah, after SolarWinds, you try and get an ablative intern instead, but those don't work as well. It's a matter of waiting for an inevitability. One of the things I think is misunderstood about management broadly, is that you are delegating work, but not the responsibility. The responsibility rests with you.So, when companies have these statements blaming some third-party contractor, it's no, no, no. I'm dealing with you. You were the one that gave my data to some sketchy randos. It is your responsibility that data has now been compromised. And people don't want to hear that, but it's true.Sam: I think that's absolutely right. So, you have this high risk, medium reward, very fungible job definition, right? If you ask all of the CIO's peers what their job is, they'll probably all tell you something different that represents their wish list. The thing that I learned at Autodesk, I was only there for 15 months, but we established a fundamental transformation of the work of how cloud platform is done at the company that's still in place a couple years later.You have to realize that you're a change agent, right? You're actually being hired to bring in the bulk of all the different biases and experiences you have to solve a problem that is not working, right? So, when I got to Autodesk, they didn't even know what their uptime was. It took three months to teach the team how to measure the uptime. Turned out the uptime was 97.7% for the cloud, for the world's largest engineering software company.That is 200 hours a year of unplanned downtime, right? That is not good. So, a complete overhaul [laugh] was needed. Understanding that as a change agent, your half-life is 12 to 18 months, you have to measure success not on tenure, but on your ability to take good care of the patient, right? It's going to be a lot of pain, you're going to work super hard, you're going to have to build trust with everyone, and then people are still going to hate you at the end. That is something you just have to kind of take on.As a friend of mine, Jason Warner joined Redpoint Ventures recently, he said this when he was the CTO of GitHub: “No one is a villain in their own story.” So, you realize, going into a big organization, people are going to make you a villain, but you still have to do incredibly thoughtful, careful work, that's going to take care of them for a long time to come. And those are the kinds of CIOs that I can relate to very well.Corey: Jason is great. You're name-dropping all the guests we've had. My God, keep going. It's a hard thing to rationalize and wrap heads around. It's one of those areas where you will not be measured during your tenure in the role, in some respects. And, of course, that leads to the cynical perspective as well, where well, someone's not going to be here long and if they say, “Yeah, we're just going to keep being stewards of the change that's already underway,” well, that doesn't look great, so quick, time to do a cloud migration, or a cloud repatriation, or time to roll something else out. A bit of a different story.Sam: One of the biggest challenges is how do you get the hearts and the minds of the people who are in the organization when they are no fools, and their expectation is like, “Hey, this company's been around for decades, and we go through cloud leaders or CIOs, like Wendy's goes through hamburgers.” They could just cloud-wash, right, or change-wash all their language. They could use the new language to describe the old thing because all they have to do is get through the performance review and outwait you. So, there's always going to be a level of defection because it's hard to change; it's hard to think about new things.So, the most important thing is how do you get into people's hearts and minds and enable them to believe that the best thing they could do for their career is to come along with the change? And I think that was what we ended up getting right in the Autodesk cloud transformation. And that requires endless optimism, and there's no room for cynicism because the cynicism is going to creep in around the edges. So, what I found on the job is, you just have to get up every morning and believe everything is possible and transmit that belief to everybody.So, if it seems naive or ingenuous, I think that doesn't matter as long as you can move people's hearts in each conversation towards, like, “Oh, this person cares about me. They care about a good outcome from me. I should listen a little bit more and maybe make a 1% change in what I'm doing.” Because 1% compounded daily for a year, you can actually get something done in the lifetime of a CIO.Corey: And I think that's probably a great place to leave it. If people want to learn more about what you're up to, how you think about these things, how you view the world, where can they find you?Sam: You can find me on Twitter, I'm @sramji, S-R-A-M-J-I, and I have a podcast that I host called Open||Source||Datawhere I invite innovators, data nerds, computational networking nerds to hang out and explain to me, a software programmer, what is the big world of open-source data all about, what's happening with machine learning, and what would it be like if you could put data in a container, just like you could put code in a container, and how might the world change? So, that's Open||Source||Data podcast.Corey: And we'll of course include links to that in the [show notes 00:35:58]. Thanks so much for your time. I appreciate it.Sam: Corey, it's been a privilege. Thank you so much for having me.Corey: Likewise. Sam Ramji, Chief Strategy Officer at DataStax. I'm Cloud Economist Corey Quinn, and this is Screaming in the Cloud. If you've enjoyed this podcast, please leave a five-star review on your podcast platform of choice, whereas if you've hated this podcast, please leave a five-star review on your podcast platform of choice, along with a comment telling me exactly which item in Sam's background that I made fun of is the place that you work at.Corey: If your AWS bill keeps rising and your blood pressure is doing the same, then you need The Duckbill Group. We help companies fix their AWS bill by making it smaller and less horrifying. The Duckbill Group works for you, not AWS. We tailor recommendations to your business and we get to the point. Visit duckbillgroup.com to get started.Announcer: This has been a HumblePod production. Stay humble.

V'Ger Please!
Episode 178 - Bon Voyage (S7 : E23)

V'Ger Please!

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 82:43


You podcast heroes shed a single manly tear as they watch "Homestead"! While Neelix has his Senior Week moment, we see the forbidden from the mouth of babes, that apparently the Borg are so weak they even get beat by nomad Talaxians, and an honest reflection on what made the Space Rat our favorite character.

5 Minute Torah Podcast
Hanukkah & The Borg

5 Minute Torah Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 28:05


"Resistance is Futile" - This famous line from the popular Star Trek television series was not coined by the Borg, but was the battle cry of Antiochus IV, the antagonist of the Hanukkah story. Well, maybe not, but you'll definitely see the correlation in this inspirational message for Hanukkah!

Fantasy Footballers DFS - Fantasy Football Podcast
Week 14 DFS Preview + Staying in the Flames - Fantasy Football DFS

Fantasy Footballers DFS - Fantasy Football Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 47:00


The Fantasy Footballers DFS Podcast is back with a new episode! On today's fantasy football podcast, Borg and Betz recap Week 13 DFS, discussing cash games and winning strategies in GPPs. Then, the guys discuss early Week 14 salary standouts and game environments that look enticing for tournaments! Welcome to “DFS for the Rest of Us!” Take your DFS Fantasy Football game to the next level on DraftKings, FanDuel, and Underdog Fantasy. -- Fantasy Football DFS Podcast for December 7th, 2021.   Compete in one of our weekly contests on DraftKings at BallersDFS.com!   Connect with The Fantasy Footballers: Visit us on the Web Support the Show Get the 2021 DFS Pass Follow on Twitter Follow on Instagram Love the show? Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen

The Rancor's Brothel | A Tabletop Gaming Podcast
Mörk Borg - The Goblin Grinder 02

The Rancor's Brothel | A Tabletop Gaming Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 43:13


Well…that sucks. The cure seems to be a farce. What is Nagel Krat really up to? Our insane little group of misfortunate miscreants must investigate more deeply. What will they find? We continue The Goblin Grinder, a Mork Borg adventure. Starring: Daniel as Daeru Josh as Grin Tyler as Harmug (and Binky)   Want to leave a comment? -Email therancorsbrothel@gmail.com.  -Follow us on Twitter @Rancors_Brothel

Borgcast Galactica
Borg Rogers 1.16- Felt tipping with Gil Gerard

Borgcast Galactica

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2021 50:54


Will Olympiad take the gold, or be disqualified for reckless exposure of nipples? Anne-Marie and Peter find out. Next time, recording 16th December, they judge the performance of A Dream Of Jennifer. Feel free to send your thoughts in (just keep the feedback to less than 5 minutes please). Borgcast@gmail.com  

The Roddenberry Podcast Network
P1P: 533 - Hell Is Frozen, And All The Sweaters Are Here

The Roddenberry Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 35:23


This week on Episode 533 of Priority One: ViacomCBS tries to make amends to the world; First Contact celebrates 25 years; Badgey finally makes it into Star Trek Online; and we continue our S4 review of Star Trek: Discovery! TREK IT OUT Edited by Thomas Reynolds How World War III Really Starts By Elio Lleo Before we left you for our Thanksgiving break, we reported that ViacomCBS had pulled Star Trek: Discovery from Netflix, leaving our friends outside of the US and Canada without a way to watch the latest season until sometime in 2022. Well, ViacomCBS has performed a massive international course correction. The fact that DSC was the fourth-most pirated series during Thanksgiving? Completely unrelated. Image: MUSO, via Deadline. Perhaps it was the international uproar. Perhaps it was because their poor planning was so misguided that it made headlines on news outlets like the BBC. Whatever the case may be, Paramount+ announced that Star Trek: Discovery will now be available internationally via Paramount+ or Pluto TV. You can find a detailed list of which platform in which country Discovery will be made available here.  Turbulence On Star Trek's Magic Carpet Ride By Elio Lleo It's been 25 years since Star Trek: First Contact premiered in movie theaters. Widely regarded as one of the best films of the franchise, its production wasn't entirely a walk in the park. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, writer Ronald D. Moore shares some behind the scenes stories about the film–including a clash with Sir Patrick Stewart.  According to Moore, Stewart wasn't too thrilled about some of the writing so he convinced Rick Berman to replace Moore and his co-writer Brannon Braga with some of his own writers. However, those new writers didn't quite work out…so Braga and Moore were brought back. Awkward. Even more awkward than this, apparently. Image: ViacomCBS, via TrekNews. Moore shares the story: "I remember Patrick at the outset just said something like: ‘It's good to see you. I hope that we can all move on from the things that have happened, and now let's just concentrate on the work.' And I took that in the spirit it was given: [He] wants to move on from this, he's not going to apologize outright, but he kind of is apologizing. And it was never spoken of again. So we just moved on." The Moore You Know Moore also spoke with SyFy about his work on the film. In this interview, there's more discussion about the actual development of the script and it's production. For instance, did you know that one of the original drafts had Riker as the action star–facing off against the Borg aboard the Enterprise. But Sir Patrick wanted in on the action–recalling the episode “Starship Mine.” They even toyed with the idea of setting the film in medieval times! Another version had Picard trying to find affordable rent in San Francisco. Image: ViacomCBS, via American Cinematographer. When asked about scenes for stories that he wished hadn't been cut, Moore explains: "There were just expanded sequences. There was just more action in general, more fighting the Borg in the corridors, and going into different places on the ship. And I think there was more humor. A lot of the jokes got cut down. I think we had more fun with Troi (Marina Sirtis) and Cochrane's relationship on Earth, where he gets her drunk. We had more to that sequence scripted and that was fun to write, too. Rick might have made us cut it because he was always a little too–he was always kind of worried that maybe the humor would be too corny or something." The Other Kind of Star Trek Royalty One aspect of the film that Trekkies like to debate is the introduction of the Borg Queen. Well, Trekkies aren't the only ones that debated her introduction. According to Moore: "...it was a choice that was also antithetical to the idea of the Borg. The whole concept of these villains was that they were a collection, and that there were no individuals. And that's what made them the faceless, implacable 'resistance is futile' enemy. But it also limited how to deal with them dramatically…[s]o we really went back and forth about it internally…[w]e decided that the story would be better if we had some individual to deal with." Comparing thee to a summer's day, you're making everyone overly sweaty. Image: ViacomCBS, via American Cinematographer. "To craft scenes around, to do an intimate kind of dialogue back and forth and help get inside characters' heads–like Data in particular, and Picard. So what we came up with...a Borg Queen that controlled at least this collective of that particular ship, not necessarily that she was the queen of the whole Borg…" For more insight about the film and its production process, be sure to Trek Out both interviews. Whoopi Brings Trek Full Circle By Cat Hough Well, while we're talking about Picard: the next season is premiering in February, and we're getting bits of information about the upcoming season, including Michelle Hurd's view on working with Whoopi Goldberg.  Michelle Hurd told a fan via Cameo what filming Picard Season 2 was like, saying “I pinch myself. I am a fan too, I literally pinch myself when on set or get to work with these amazing iconic creatures.” She was referring to both John de Lancie's return as Q and Goldberg's return as Guinan. Hurd went on to say that working with Goldberg was, “the bomb. She is SO cool. She is just cool, she is just Whoopi. That's all you can say.” Of course, not everyone's working relationship was as cordial. Image: ViacomCBS, via Agony Booth. Not much is known about how Guinan may fit into Season 2 of Picard. We know that her character has demonstrated a special ability to sense changes in timelines, which could factor into the time travel and alternate timelines featured in the upcoming season.  Speaking of Whoopi, she interviewed Sonequa Martin-Green on The View recently, and if you haven't had a chance to watch it, you really should. Martin-Green includes a very touching acknowledgement to Goldberg's history on Star Trek and how she and Nichelle Nicols paved the way for her to take on the Captain role on Discovery. Martin-Green told Goldberg, “I am your accomplishment, and I thank you.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X25gVG34L-0 Quick News Roundup Now, here are a few headlines that we didn't discuss but might interest you.  If you haven't signed up for Paramount+ but have been eager to share Star Trek: Prodigy with your kids, then set your set-top-boxes and TiVos to record the Nickelodeon premiere happening Friday, December 17th at 8pm ET/7pm CT. Speaking of Prodigy, if you're eager to continue the adventure, you'll have to wait until January 6, 2022 for episode 6.  IDW Publishing announced it would release Star Trek: Klingons in February 2022. This comic book series will chronicle the legendary life of Kahless, the Unforgettable [wait, who?--Ed.]. This release will be the first installment in a series of extra-long one-shots spotlighting the Star Trek franchise's most iconic alien species. It's written by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly and features artist Timothy Green II. In an excellent in-depth interview, featured as a part of Rolling Stone's Last Word series, LeVar Burton reflects on his Jeopardy! experience, the magic of Star Trek conventions, the lasting importance of Roots, and the advice he got from his friend Fred Rogers–so make sure to trek out the link in our show notes. STAR TREK GAMING NEWS Edited by Thomas Reynolds Has Q Found Some Chill At Last? (No.) By Cat Hough https://youtu.be/cJMGnx7_ZKA It's that time of year again, again. Time to get those scarves and sweaters and head to Q's Winter Wonderland, where you can participate in your choice of Winter Wonderland Activities and get a new Tier 6 Starship…that had yet to be announced at the time of this recording [It was announced as the cross-faction Eisenberg-class Star Cruiser on Cryptic's Ten Forward Weekly stream the following day, December 1st–Ed.] This means that, just like last year, Daily Progress toward earning your new starship can be obtained by participating in any of the following activities: Fastest Game on Ice Klingon Ice Fishing Tides of Ice The Fast and the Flurrious Cones of Conduct The Kramp'Ihri  That's not a mistaken date; 2020 will simply never end. Image: Cryptic Studios. Once you run one of those events to earn your Daily Progress, you will also get various Holiday Ornaments, used in different combinations to purchase things in the Winter Event store. New this year: Glacial Nanopulse Bat'leth, because revenge is a dish…well, you get it. The Warnog Rescue Targ and the Barrel of Warnog. Exactly what it sounds like: it's a barrel, full of warnog. Lower Decks-themed sweaters, including ones from the Chu Chu Dance, The Dog, Badgey, and everyone's favorite evil Jeffrey Combs computer, Agimus. This year's epohh variant, the Glacial Epohh, is the same glorious glacial blue as the Bat'leth. Mmm. Minty. Image: Cryptic Studios. Well Someone's Going To Have A Blast A more surprising addition for this year's event is a new Breen Ground Set. The set centers on cold damage, specifically a new Polar Blast ability: a cold damage AOE  centered on a single target. Breen Cryoshaper Armor [HP] [Mob] [ResEn] ∞ [Active] Ablative Ice Shield generates a shield of ablative ice, providing temporary Health] that grows each time the wielder deals Cold damage, with the extra Health based on Cold damage dealt. [Passive] Massive Control Resist grants very high fire and cold resist, moderate energy resist, and light physical/kinetic resist Breen Cryoshaper Personal Shield [Reg]x3 ∞ When the shield is broken, deals a Polar Blast to whatever broke it.  Breen Cryoshaper Universal Kit Frame +Kit Performance +Cold Damage Using a Cold Kit Module deals a Polar Blast to the primary target. Breen Cryoshaper Thermal Depletion Pistol [CrtH] [Dmg]x2 ∞ Deals Cold Damage Secondary fire: a Polar Blast to three targets in a cone Set Bonuses 2 Pieces +50% Temp Health gained from Cryobarrier Polar Blasts slow Foes and gain a 10% chance per Foe hit to spawn another Polar Blast 3 Pieces Dealing Cold Damage to an enemy debuffs its Cold Damage Resistance Rating 4 Pieces Cryoshaper Weapon primary attack gains 100% weapon firing cycle speed Plot twist: all four of these models are also Jeffrey Combs. Image: Cryptic Studios. Q's Winter Wonderland will be available from December 7th, 2021 to January 6th, 2022. This event will run simultaneously across all platforms (PC and console).  STO Looks Into The Crystal Ball Sphere By Cat Hough In a recent interview with StarTrek.com, Design Director Al Rivera and Staff Writer Paul Reed discuss what it was like to incorporate Star Trek: Discovery into Star Trek Online. The two discussed their initial reactions to hearing about the new show and how having new content to draw from and how that has helped add more content to the game.  Because Captains in the game have gone to all four quadrants, made peace with the Founders, saved time itself, and even won, barely, a war against the ancient Iconians, having new Star Trek shows like Discovery gives the team that extra bit of inspiration. Reed already has an interesting idea for how to tie the lore into the far future setting of Discovery's third and fourth seasons. “Say for example, are the Iconians still around in that time era? And if so, what are they doing? Have they evolved? Have they changed? Are they still mad? It's been a long time, but I'd like to go into some pockets of our lore in that far future and then tie in with the Discovery team in some way. So, seeing how the Iconians handled the Burn for example would be pretty cool.”  Then again, how can you possibly top this? Image: Cryptic Studios, via StarTrek.com Rivera had some of his own ideas for stories to tap into. “And they got all the Sphere data, what was that about? That's a perfect example of a story where we can jump off of and talk about what that was, or what's a gormagander? Let's talk about that. So there are opportunities there.” Well, we're excited to play all of these stories in-game. Anytime now. Cheers to Club 47! By Elio Lleo In a recent tweet, Environment Artist Nick Duigid reminisced about the launch of Club 47 on ESD seven years ago! Nick says it doesn't get much traffic these days–but the launch party looked like a really good time.  https://twitter.com/Tumerboy/status/1462211110514266112?s=20

Priority One: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast
533 - Hell Is Frozen, And All The Sweaters Are Here

Priority One: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 35:23


This week on Episode 533 of Priority One: ViacomCBS tries to make amends to the world; First Contact celebrates 25 years; Badgey finally makes it into Star Trek Online; and we continue our S4 review of Star Trek: Discovery! TREK IT OUT Edited by Thomas Reynolds How World War III Really Starts By Elio Lleo Before we left you for our Thanksgiving break, we reported that ViacomCBS had pulled Star Trek: Discovery from Netflix, leaving our friends outside of the US and Canada without a way to watch the latest season until sometime in 2022. Well, ViacomCBS has performed a massive international course correction. The fact that DSC was the fourth-most pirated series during Thanksgiving? Completely unrelated. Image: MUSO, via Deadline. Perhaps it was the international uproar. Perhaps it was because their poor planning was so misguided that it made headlines on news outlets like the BBC. Whatever the case may be, Paramount+ announced that Star Trek: Discovery will now be available internationally via Paramount+ or Pluto TV. You can find a detailed list of which platform in which country Discovery will be made available here.  Turbulence On Star Trek's Magic Carpet Ride By Elio Lleo It's been 25 years since Star Trek: First Contact premiered in movie theaters. Widely regarded as one of the best films of the franchise, its production wasn't entirely a walk in the park. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, writer Ronald D. Moore shares some behind the scenes stories about the film–including a clash with Sir Patrick Stewart.  According to Moore, Stewart wasn't too thrilled about some of the writing so he convinced Rick Berman to replace Moore and his co-writer Brannon Braga with some of his own writers. However, those new writers didn't quite work out…so Braga and Moore were brought back. Awkward. Even more awkward than this, apparently. Image: ViacomCBS, via TrekNews. Moore shares the story: "I remember Patrick at the outset just said something like: ‘It's good to see you. I hope that we can all move on from the things that have happened, and now let's just concentrate on the work.' And I took that in the spirit it was given: [He] wants to move on from this, he's not going to apologize outright, but he kind of is apologizing. And it was never spoken of again. So we just moved on." The Moore You Know Moore also spoke with SyFy about his work on the film. In this interview, there's more discussion about the actual development of the script and it's production. For instance, did you know that one of the original drafts had Riker as the action star–facing off against the Borg aboard the Enterprise. But Sir Patrick wanted in on the action–recalling the episode “Starship Mine.” They even toyed with the idea of setting the film in medieval times! Another version had Picard trying to find affordable rent in San Francisco. Image: ViacomCBS, via American Cinematographer. When asked about scenes for stories that he wished hadn't been cut, Moore explains: "There were just expanded sequences. There was just more action in general, more fighting the Borg in the corridors, and going into different places on the ship. And I think there was more humor. A lot of the jokes got cut down. I think we had more fun with Troi (Marina Sirtis) and Cochrane's relationship on Earth, where he gets her drunk. We had more to that sequence scripted and that was fun to write, too. Rick might have made us cut it because he was always a little too–he was always kind of worried that maybe the humor would be too corny or something." The Other Kind of Star Trek Royalty One aspect of the film that Trekkies like to debate is the introduction of the Borg Queen. Well, Trekkies aren't the only ones that debated her introduction. According to Moore: "...it was a choice that was also antithetical to the idea of the Borg. The whole concept of these villains was that they were a collection, and that there were no individuals. And that's what made them the faceless, implacable 'resistance is futile' enemy. But it also limited how to deal with them dramatically…[s]o we really went back and forth about it internally…[w]e decided that the story would be better if we had some individual to deal with." Comparing thee to a summer's day, you're making everyone overly sweaty. Image: ViacomCBS, via American Cinematographer. "To craft scenes around, to do an intimate kind of dialogue back and forth and help get inside characters' heads–like Data in particular, and Picard. So what we came up with...a Borg Queen that controlled at least this collective of that particular ship, not necessarily that she was the queen of the whole Borg…" For more insight about the film and its production process, be sure to Trek Out both interviews. Whoopi Brings Trek Full Circle By Cat Hough Well, while we're talking about Picard: the next season is premiering in February, and we're getting bits of information about the upcoming season, including Michelle Hurd's view on working with Whoopi Goldberg.  Michelle Hurd told a fan via Cameo what filming Picard Season 2 was like, saying “I pinch myself. I am a fan too, I literally pinch myself when on set or get to work with these amazing iconic creatures.” She was referring to both John de Lancie's return as Q and Goldberg's return as Guinan. Hurd went on to say that working with Goldberg was, “the bomb. She is SO cool. She is just cool, she is just Whoopi. That's all you can say.” Of course, not everyone's working relationship was as cordial. Image: ViacomCBS, via Agony Booth. Not much is known about how Guinan may fit into Season 2 of Picard. We know that her character has demonstrated a special ability to sense changes in timelines, which could factor into the time travel and alternate timelines featured in the upcoming season.  Speaking of Whoopi, she interviewed Sonequa Martin-Green on The View recently, and if you haven't had a chance to watch it, you really should. Martin-Green includes a very touching acknowledgement to Goldberg's history on Star Trek and how she and Nichelle Nicols paved the way for her to take on the Captain role on Discovery. Martin-Green told Goldberg, “I am your accomplishment, and I thank you.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X25gVG34L-0 Quick News Roundup Now, here are a few headlines that we didn't discuss but might interest you.  If you haven't signed up for Paramount+ but have been eager to share Star Trek: Prodigy with your kids, then set your set-top-boxes and TiVos to record the Nickelodeon premiere happening Friday, December 17th at 8pm ET/7pm CT. Speaking of Prodigy, if you're eager to continue the adventure, you'll have to wait until January 6, 2022 for episode 6.  IDW Publishing announced it would release Star Trek: Klingons in February 2022. This comic book series will chronicle the legendary life of Kahless, the Unforgettable [wait, who?--Ed.]. This release will be the first installment in a series of extra-long one-shots spotlighting the Star Trek franchise's most iconic alien species. It's written by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly and features artist Timothy Green II. In an excellent in-depth interview, featured as a part of Rolling Stone's Last Word series, LeVar Burton reflects on his Jeopardy! experience, the magic of Star Trek conventions, the lasting importance of Roots, and the advice he got from his friend Fred Rogers–so make sure to trek out the link in our show notes. STAR TREK GAMING NEWS Edited by Thomas Reynolds Has Q Found Some Chill At Last? (No.) By Cat Hough https://youtu.be/cJMGnx7_ZKA It's that time of year again, again. Time to get those scarves and sweaters and head to Q's Winter Wonderland, where you can participate in your choice of Winter Wonderland Activities and get a new Tier 6 Starship…that had yet to be announced at the time of this recording [It was announced as the cross-faction Eisenberg-class Star Cruiser on Cryptic's Ten Forward Weekly stream the following day, December 1st–Ed.] This means that, just like last year, Daily Progress toward earning your new starship can be obtained by participating in any of the following activities: Fastest Game on Ice Klingon Ice Fishing Tides of Ice The Fast and the Flurrious Cones of Conduct The Kramp'Ihri  That's not a mistaken date; 2020 will simply never end. Image: Cryptic Studios. Once you run one of those events to earn your Daily Progress, you will also get various Holiday Ornaments, used in different combinations to purchase things in the Winter Event store. New this year: Glacial Nanopulse Bat'leth, because revenge is a dish…well, you get it. The Warnog Rescue Targ and the Barrel of Warnog. Exactly what it sounds like: it's a barrel, full of warnog. Lower Decks-themed sweaters, including ones from the Chu Chu Dance, The Dog, Badgey, and everyone's favorite evil Jeffrey Combs computer, Agimus. This year's epohh variant, the Glacial Epohh, is the same glorious glacial blue as the Bat'leth. Mmm. Minty. Image: Cryptic Studios. Well Someone's Going To Have A Blast A more surprising addition for this year's event is a new Breen Ground Set. The set centers on cold damage, specifically a new Polar Blast ability: a cold damage AOE  centered on a single target. Breen Cryoshaper Armor [HP] [Mob] [ResEn] ∞ [Active] Ablative Ice Shield generates a shield of ablative ice, providing temporary Health] that grows each time the wielder deals Cold damage, with the extra Health based on Cold damage dealt. [Passive] Massive Control Resist grants very high fire and cold resist, moderate energy resist, and light physical/kinetic resist Breen Cryoshaper Personal Shield [Reg]x3 ∞ When the shield is broken, deals a Polar Blast to whatever broke it.  Breen Cryoshaper Universal Kit Frame +Kit Performance +Cold Damage Using a Cold Kit Module deals a Polar Blast to the primary target. Breen Cryoshaper Thermal Depletion Pistol [CrtH] [Dmg]x2 ∞ Deals Cold Damage Secondary fire: a Polar Blast to three targets in a cone Set Bonuses 2 Pieces +50% Temp Health gained from Cryobarrier Polar Blasts slow Foes and gain a 10% chance per Foe hit to spawn another Polar Blast 3 Pieces Dealing Cold Damage to an enemy debuffs its Cold Damage Resistance Rating 4 Pieces Cryoshaper Weapon primary attack gains 100% weapon firing cycle speed Plot twist: all four of these models are also Jeffrey Combs. Image: Cryptic Studios. Q's Winter Wonderland will be available from December 7th, 2021 to January 6th, 2022. This event will run simultaneously across all platforms (PC and console).  STO Looks Into The Crystal Ball Sphere By Cat Hough In a recent interview with StarTrek.com, Design Director Al Rivera and Staff Writer Paul Reed discuss what it was like to incorporate Star Trek: Discovery into Star Trek Online. The two discussed their initial reactions to hearing about the new show and how having new content to draw from and how that has helped add more content to the game.  Because Captains in the game have gone to all four quadrants, made peace with the Founders, saved time itself, and even won, barely, a war against the ancient Iconians, having new Star Trek shows like Discovery gives the team that extra bit of inspiration. Reed already has an interesting idea for how to tie the lore into the far future setting of Discovery's third and fourth seasons. “Say for example, are the Iconians still around in that time era? And if so, what are they doing? Have they evolved? Have they changed? Are they still mad? It's been a long time, but I'd like to go into some pockets of our lore in that far future and then tie in with the Discovery team in some way. So, seeing how the Iconians handled the Burn for example would be pretty cool.”  Then again, how can you possibly top this? Image: Cryptic Studios, via StarTrek.com Rivera had some of his own ideas for stories to tap into. “And they got all the Sphere data, what was that about? That's a perfect example of a story where we can jump off of and talk about what that was, or what's a gormagander? Let's talk about that. So there are opportunities there.” Well, we're excited to play all of these stories in-game. Anytime now. Cheers to Club 47! By Elio Lleo In a recent tweet, Environment Artist Nick Duigid reminisced about the launch of Club 47 on ESD seven years ago! Nick says it doesn't get much traffic these days–but the launch party looked like a really good time.  https://twitter.com/Tumerboy/status/1462211110514266112?s=20

Eggplant: The Secret Lives of Games
84: Digging the Rabbit Hole with Daniel Mullins (Inscryption)

Eggplant: The Secret Lives of Games

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 87:53


Daniel Mullins (Pony Island, The Hex) joins us to discuss his inky black card-based odyssey, Inscryption. We discuss [redacted], [redacted], and [redacted]. Just go play it, then come back and listen. Thanks also to our guest co-host Star St. Germain! Show notes: Daniel Mullins Games Inscryption Pony Island The Hex Daniel's Itch Page Star St. Germain Magic: The Gathering Arena Slay the Spire Boss Fight Books - The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Buddy Simulator 1984 Hidden my game by mom Sam Barlow ARG video with Daniel Masquerade book Borg vs McEnroe

Galaxy Class: A Star Trek: The Next Generation Podcast

The second TNG movie, Star Trek First Contact was released on November 22 1996 which means it has just celebrated its 25th anniversary. In this episode of Galaxy Class, Amy, Joe and Kevin discuss its legacy in great detail.Join us in the Federation Council Chambers on Facebook.Find us on Twitter:The Network: @UFPEarthThe Show: @GalaxyClassPodAmy: @MissAmyNelsonJoe: @joeyjoe77ukKevin: @TrueNorthNerdsUnited Federation of Podcasts is brought to you by listeners like you. Special thanks to these patrons on Patreon whose generous contributions help produce the podcast! David WillettJustin OserTim CooperCasey PettittChrissie De Clerck-SzilagyiMahendran RadhakrishnanJim McMahonVictor GamboaVera BibleTom Van ScotterGreg MolumbyKevin ScharfAlexander GatesVanessa VaughanWilliam J. JacksonPeter HongLori KickingerJim StoffelTom ElliotThad HaitAnn MarieJoe MignoneJosh Brewington You can become a patron here: https://www.patreon.com/ufpearth

How Ya Livin' ?
Influence

How Ya Livin' ?

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 16:48


Having influence is an essential leadership quality. Every effective leader can walk into a room and empower others. They have faith in what they say and know their mission.  But influencing others can be intimidating. You need people to take action and change the way they think.  Influential leaders empower their employees and speed up results. They leave an impact for generations to come. In this episode, you'll learn the three ways to become a more influential and impactful leader today. Show Highlights Include: How simple wisdom nuggets make you a better leader and leave an impact for generations. (2:17) Why sitting next to a Grandparent immediately grows your influence. (5:36) How to keep your life full of inspiration and forward progress using Björn Borg's tennis training. (8:12) The Extreme Ownership Guide for making life more enjoyable and inspiring others. (11:07) Using the ‘Fixed Mindset' to become a more dependable and reliable visionary today. (13:27) Do you want to stop existing and start living your best life right now? Click here to get the first chapter of Dr. Rick's best-selling book, Lessons From a Third Grade Dropout, for free.

STTNGeez! Not Another Star Trek Podcast!

The Enterprise is tooling along when new ensign Sonya Gomez spills cocoa on Jean-Luc, and to add insult to second degree injury, Q kidnaps Jean-Luc in an attempt to get the captain to let Q join the Enterprise crew because, according to Q, they need him. Q returns Jean-Luc to the Enterprise and is surprised to discover Guinan Goldberg aboard. It appears these two have history, but we'll have to save that for another time because to prove his point, Q snaps the Enterprise 7,000 light years deeper into the universe. Picard and company decide to go with the flow and look around a bit when they make first contact with . . . The Borg! Holy shit, man! It's the G.D. Borg! I am losing my mind right now! What's going to happen? How can the Enterprise survive the face of future assimilation? I mean there's Gomez and other stuff going on and all, but damn! The Borg!

Fantasy Footballers DFS - Fantasy Football Podcast
Week 13 DFS Preview + Taking Lunch Money - Fantasy Football DFS

Fantasy Footballers DFS - Fantasy Football Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 41:23


The Fantasy Footballers DFS Podcast is back with a new episode! On today's fantasy football podcast, Borg and Betz recap Week 12 DFS, discussing cash games and winning strategies in GPPs. Then, the guys discuss early Week 13 salary standouts and game environments that look enticing for tournaments! Welcome to “DFS for the Rest of Us!” Take your DFS Fantasy Football game to the next level on DraftKings, FanDuel, and Underdog Fantasy. -- Fantasy Football DFS Podcast for November 30th, 2021.   Compete in one of our weekly contests on DraftKings at BallersDFS.com!   Connect with The Fantasy Footballers: Visit us on the Web Support the Show Get the 2021 DFS Pass Follow on Twitter Follow on Instagram Love the show? Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen

The Rancor's Brothel | A Tabletop Gaming Podcast
Mörk Borg - The Goblin Grinder 01

The Rancor's Brothel | A Tabletop Gaming Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 59:21


Strange things are happening in Galgenbeck. Goblin attacks are on the rise and the Goblin Curse is spreading. Three heroes are employed to investigate the so called “cure” that the Medickal Shoppe owner, Nagel Krat, is hocking at insane prices. We begin Goblin Grinder, a Mork Borg adventure. Starring: Daniel as Daeru Josh as Grin Tyler as Harmug (and Binky)   Want to leave a comment? -Email therancorsbrothel@gmail.com.  -Follow us on Twitter @Rancors_Brothel

Messianic Teachings from Nachamu Ami Messianic Synagogue

"Resistance is Futile" - This famous line from the popular Star Trek television series was not coined by the Borg, but was the battle cry of Antiochus IV, the antagonist of the Hanukkah story. Well, maybe not, but you'll definitely see the correlation in this inspirational message for Hanukkah!

Fantasy Footballers DFS - Fantasy Football Podcast
Week 11 DFS Preview + Big Announcements - Fantasy Football DFS

Fantasy Footballers DFS - Fantasy Football Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 44:16


The Fantasy Footballers DFS Podcast is back with a new episode! On today's fantasy football podcast, Borg and Betz recap Week 10 DFS, discussing cash games and winning strategies in GPPs. Then, the guys discuss early Week 11 salary standouts and game environments that look enticing for tournaments! Welcome to “DFS for the Rest of Us!” Take your DFS Fantasy Football game to the next level on DraftKings, FanDuel, and Underdog Fantasy. -- Fantasy Football DFS Podcast for November 16th, 2021.   Compete in our weekly contest on DraftKings at BallersDFS.com!   Connect with The Fantasy Footballers: Visit us on the Web Support the Show Get the 2021 DFS Pass Follow on Twitter Follow on Instagram Love the show? Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen

Fantasy Footballers DFS - Fantasy Football Podcast
Week 10 DFS Preview + When the Chalk Fails - Fantasy Football DFS

Fantasy Footballers DFS - Fantasy Football Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 44:26


The Fantasy Footballers DFS Podcast is back with a new episode! Welcome to “DFS for the Rest of Us!” On today's fantasy football podcast, Borg and Betz recap Week 9 DFS, discussing cash games and winning strategies in GPPs. Then, the guys discuss early Week 10 salary standouts and game environments that look enticing for tournaments! Take your DFS Fantasy Football game to the next level on DraftKings, FanDuel, and Underdog Fantasy. -- Fantasy Football DFS Podcast for November 9th, 2021.   Compete in our weekly contest on DraftKings at BallersDFS.com!   Connect with The Fantasy Footballers: Visit us on the Web Support the Show Get the 2021 DFS Pass Follow on Twitter Follow on Instagram Love the show? Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen

Fantasy Footballers DFS - Fantasy Football Podcast
Week 9 DFS Preview + Mourning the Big Dog - Fantasy Football DFS

Fantasy Footballers DFS - Fantasy Football Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 44:15


The Fantasy Footballers DFS Podcast is back with a new episode! Welcome to “DFS for the Rest of Us!” On today's fantasy football podcast, Borg and Betz recap Week 8 DFS, discussing winning strategies in cash games and GPPs. Then, the guys discuss early Week 9 salary standouts and game environments that look enticing for tournaments! Take your DFS Fantasy Football game to the next level on DraftKings, FanDuel, and Underdog Fantasy. -- Fantasy Football DFS Podcast for November 2nd, 2021.   Compete in our weekly contest on DraftKings at BallersDFS.com!   Connect with The Fantasy Footballers: Visit us on the Web Support the Show Get the 2021 DFS Pass Follow on Twitter Follow on Instagram Love the show? Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen