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RetroZap Podcast Network
Podcast Stardust #324: Rogue One, Part 10 – The Rebel Fleet Attacks

RetroZap Podcast Network

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021


Our Rogue One series continues with the Rebel fleet's arrival at Scarif. Meanwhile, Jyn and Cassian search for the Death Star plans in the data vault.

Podcast Stardust
Episode 324 - Rogue One, Part 10 - The Rebel Fleet Attacks

Podcast Stardust

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 52:34


Our Rogue One series continues with the Rebel fleet's arrival at Scarif. Meanwhile, Jyn and Cassian search for the Death Star plans in the data vault. Dan Zehr from Coffee with Kenobi joins us this month. On this fully armed and operational episode, we discuss: Dan's favorite characters and moment from Rogue One, The arrival of the Rebel fleet at Scarif, Cassian and Jyn's search for the Death Star plans, Jyn handing her blaster to K-2SO, Opinions on K-2SO in Star Wars, The Rebel attack on the shield gate, and Baze Malbus firing a rocket at the AT-ACT. Thanks for joining us for another episode! Subscribe to Podcast Stardust for all your Star Wars news, reviews, and discussion wherever you get your podcasts. And please leave us a five star review on Apple Podcasts. Find Jay and her cosplay adventures on J.Snips Cosplay on Instagram. Follow us on social media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | YouTube. T-shirts, hoodies, stickers, masks, and posters are available on TeePublic. Find all episodes on RetroZap.com.

The Chris Voss Show
The Chris Voss Show Podcast – Desperate: An Epic Battle for Clean Water and Justice in Appalachia by Kris Maher

The Chris Voss Show

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 35:36


Desperate: An Epic Battle for Clean Water and Justice in Appalachia by Kris Maher Erin Brockovich meets Dark Waters in this propulsive and heart-wrenching legal drama set in Appalachian coal country, as one determined lawyer confronts a coal industry giant in a battle over clean drinking water for a West Virginia community—from Wall Street Journal reporter Kris Maher. For two decades, the water in the taps and wells of Mingo County didn't look, smell, or taste right. Could it be the root of the health problems—from kidney stones to cancer—in this Appalachian community? Environmental lawyer Kevin Thompson certainly thought so. For seven years, he waged an epic legal battle against Massey Energy, West Virginia's most powerful coal company, helmed by CEO Don Blankenship. While Massey's lawyers worked out of a gray glass office tower in Charleston known as “the Death Star,” Thompson set up shop in a ramshackle hotel in the fading coal town of Williamson. Working with fellow lawyers and a crew of young activists, Thompson would eventually uncover the ruthless shortcuts that put the community's drinking water at risk. A respected preacher and his brother, retired coal miners, and women whose families had lived in the area's coal camps for generations, all put their trust in Thompson when they had nowhere else to turn. As he dug deeper into the mystery of the water along a stretch of road where the violence from the legendary Hatfield-McCoy feud still echoes, he was pulled into the darkest corners of Mingo County, risking his finances, his marriage, his career, and even his safety. Bringing to life a rich cast of characters and the legacy of coal mining in an essential yet often misunderstood part of America, Desperate is a masterful work of investigative reporting about greed and denial, a revealing portrait of a town besieged by hardship and heartbreak, and an inspiring account of one tenacious environmental lawyer's mission to expose the truth and demand justice.

Dreshdae Cantina
Lightsaber Forms

Dreshdae Cantina

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 57:14


Who would have thought there are seven different combat styles for the Jedi and the Sith? Stemming back thousands of years BBY with the creation of the first lightsaber all the way up to when Luke Skywalker defeats Darth Vader on the second Death Star, lightsaber combat forms have been essential to both the Jedi Order and to the Sith. Let's dig in!

Nerd-O-Rama with Mo'Kelly and Tawala!
‘What If…Venom was a Dumpster Fire' on the 800th Episode of Nerd-O-Rama!!!

Nerd-O-Rama with Mo'Kelly and Tawala!

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 55:20


Today…On the 800th nerdtastically newsworthy episode of #NerdORama, the Legendary Nerd-O-Roundtable wades through the Death Star trash compactor that is ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage' and ‘What if… Ultron Won?'!!!

Bronx Beat
Episode 308: Fully Loaded Death Star

Bronx Beat

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 39:15


EJ and Andy discuss the final week of the Yankee regular season.

The Phinsider: for Miami Dolphins fans
PHINSIDER RADIO | Obiwan Jacoby, Miami Dolphins travel to DeathStar to battle Las Vegas Raiders, Deshaun Watson rumors aren't stopping

The Phinsider: for Miami Dolphins fans

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 37:18


Jake and Josh discuss the latest rumors on Deshaun Watson and preview this weekend's matchup vs. the Las Vegas Raiders. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Matinee Heroes
CastOFF S3E23 – Rogue One live from Comicpalooza

Matinee Heroes

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 34:56


ROGUE ONE Welcome to Episode 23 of Season 3 Show Notes The story of the Death Star's destruction live from Comicpalooza! Erica Corbett and Mark Neiser recast "Rogue One". If you want to watch the show, you can head over to matineeheroes.com/castoff where you'll find all the links to past and current episodes. Feel free to email MHCastoff@gmail.com to offer up feedback, suggest movies for the Castoff or just to say "hey". You can also watch the CastOFF! live every Tuesday 9pm/6pm ET/PT on http://twitch.tv/matineeheroes & https://youtube.com/channel/UCnxw7gfxe_ChqBXnchT8vFA

Podcast Stardust
Episode 312 - Rogue One, Part 9 - The Assault Begins

Podcast Stardust

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 59:14


The Rebels begin their assault on Scarif as Jyn, Cassian, and K-2SO infiltrate the tower to retrieve the Death Star Plans as Director Krennic arrives. On this episode, we welcome Rei Kennex to Podcast Stardust. Rei is an amazing cosplayer and actress. Find her work on her website, Instagram, and her Ahsoka fan film, Fulcrum, on YouTube. On this fully armed and operational episode, we discuss: Rei's favorite characters from Rogue One along with her favorite moments, The arrival of Director Krennic at Scarif, Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor, and K-2SO's infiltration of the tower with the Death Star plans, Chirrut Îmwe and Baze Malbus's leading the Rebels as they assault the Imperials on Scarif, How the Rebels believe in the Force compared to the Imperials, The Chopper's cameo appearance in Rogue One, and The arrival of the AT-ACT's at the end of this segment. Thanks for joining us for another episode! Subscribe to Podcast Stardust for all your Star Wars news, reviews, and discussion wherever you get your podcasts. And please leave us a five star review on Apple Podcasts. Follow us on social media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | YouTube. T-shirts, hoodies, stickers, masks, and posters are available on TeePublic. Find all episodes on RetroZap.com.

Farm Traveler Podcast
122: Killing Weeds with Lasers!? - Carbon Robotics

Farm Traveler Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 36:14


There is really nothing more futuristic than lasers, right? My first thought goes to the Death Star when I think about it. Now, imagine a Death Star...but for weeds. That is the subject today as we chat with John Mey from Carbon Robotics. John and the team from Carbon Robotics are developing an autonomous weeder that uses lasers to zap weeds into oblivion. How awesome is that?!?! John and I also chat about his background, deep learning, the future of ag tech, and much more. https://carbonrobotics.com/ Learn more at https://thefarmtraveler.com/ And be sure to follow us on social media! https://www.instagram.com/farm_traveler/ https://www.facebook.com/TheFarmTraveler https://www.youtube.com/farmtraveler Subscribe here: https://podkite.link/FarmTraveler Farm Traveler is part of the Waypoint Outdoor Collective, the Podcast Network for the Outdoors-man. Check out all of the Waypoint Outdoor Collective Podcasts HERE. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

HoloNet Marauders
Episode 44: Marauder Q&A!

HoloNet Marauders

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 76:33


A full Q&A episode with questions directly from listeners! Everything from the High Republic to lightsaber metals is covered! (As well as the what if potential of an atomic flush on the Death Star, which is brought up every few minutes..) Welcome to HoloNet Marauders! Our Patreon, bonus episodes & behind the scenes! HoloNetMarauders Tweets Crew this episode- AJ - Instagram , Blog Jamie - Instagram, Twitter, Blog Matt- Blog --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/holonetmarauders/support

Amigos: Everything Amiga Podcast
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Death Star Battle! 1200XL: An Atari 8 Bit Gaming Podcast 13

Amigos: Everything Amiga Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 36:24


Presumably the first in a sadly cancelled series of RTJ games, Death Star Battle attempts to recreate the climactic scene from the final film of the original trilogy. How well does it succeed?

RM BROWN PODCAST
Dealing with the YouTube Death Star

RM BROWN PODCAST

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2021 13:28


Keep the Show Goin and Get Secret Videos on PATREON https://www.patreon.com/rmbrown Donate some (register noise): https://paypal.me/xrmbrownx **********************************

Guys On The Sideline
Ep 103_NFL Season Preview

Guys On The Sideline

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 29:53


The Guys jump into the podcast booth to bring you an important NFL Season Preview. They also look back at week 1 of the College Football season. Before the NFL kicks this year, you've gotta listen to your favorite pod. Trending outside the Death Star in Vegas and around State Farm Stadium in west Phoenix in three, two, one. Enjoy.

Rogue Podron
Rogue Podron: Mission 21-5: Spolive Garden’s Never Ending Spaghettification Bowl

Rogue Podron

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 56:13


Let Rogue Podron guide you through the Maw in the latest episode of Rogue Podron! We learn about mining operations, how sometimes diplomacy is a waste of time, and several more variations of Death Star tech. Please give any giant tentacle cacti you know Meg's phone number. Join us for Jedi Search, chapters 17-22.  This Week's Glistener Question: Which already-haired Star Wars character would look best with the fuckboi haircut (google “bad batch captain howzer” for reference). Contact Us: Tweet us @roguepodron or e-mail us at roguepodron@gmail.com. Website: www.roguepodron.com Support us on patreon: www.pateron.com/roguepodron Hosted by Meg, (not Danny), Saf, Heath, and Ash.

Not Saf For Work
Rogue Podron: Mission 21-5: Spolive Garden’s Never Ending Spaghettification Bowl

Not Saf For Work

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 56:13


Let Rogue Podron guide you through the Maw in the latest episode of Rogue Podron! We learn about mining operations, how sometimes diplomacy is a waste of time, and several more variations of Death Star tech. Please give any giant tentacle cacti you know Meg's phone number. Join us for Jedi Search, chapters 17-22.  This Week's Glistener Question: Which already-haired Star Wars character would look best with the fuckboi haircut (google “bad batch captain howzer” for reference). Contact Us: Tweet us @roguepodron or e-mail us at roguepodron@gmail.com. Website: www.roguepodron.com Support us on patreon: www.pateron.com/roguepodron Hosted by Meg, (not Danny), Saf, Heath, and Ash.

Heart of a Friend
Mere Christianity | Part 3 | Time to Come Home

Heart of a Friend

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 32:57


“Enemy occupied territory - that is what this world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed…landed in disguise…But why is God landing in this enemy-occupied world in disguise? Why is He not landing in force, invading it? Well, Christians think He is going to land in force; we do not know when. But we can guess why He is delaying. He wants to give us the chance of joining His side freely.” We live in an Age of Invitation. God didn't send a sword, he sent a Savior. The Star of Bethlehem was not a Death Star…it was a light in the window inviting us to come home. Now is the opportunity for all of us to freely make our own decision - to “choose sides.”Three Factors Influential in Lewis' Conversion:Good Dreams - “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”Tugs of Sympathy - Lewis was surrounded by close friends who were believers in Christ. His conversion was as muchA True Myth - “The story of Christ is simply a true myth; a myth working on us in the same way as the others, but with this tremendous difference that it really happened.”“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God.' That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic - on a level with the man who says he's a poached egg - or else he'd be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let's not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He's not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” "And now what was the purpose of it all? What did He come to do? Well, to teach, of course; but as soon as you look into the New Testament or any other Christian writing you will find they are constantly talking about something different - about his death and his coming to life again. It is obvious that Christians think the chief point of the story lies here. They think the main thing He came to earth to do was to suffer and be killed…The central Christian belief is that Christ's death has somehow put us right with God and given us a fresh start.” "In Christ a new kind of man appeared: and the new kind of life which began in Him is to be put into us…even the best Christian that ever lived is not acting on his own steam - he is only nourishing or protecting life he could never have acquired by his own efforts…the Christ-life is inside him…actually operating through him. It is not merely the spreading of an idea; it is more like evolution - a biological or super-biological fact.”“One day we are destined to be creatures so radiant with God's glory, love, wisdom, joy and power, that if we were to see ourselves now as we will be then, we would be tempted to worship.” “A Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.” God loves us just the way we are, but He loves us too much to leave us the way we a

Podcast Stardust
Episode 300 - Rogue One, Part 8 - Commandeering the Shuttle

Podcast Stardust

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 57:37


It is the 300th episode of Podcast Stardust! We are celebrating with the next installment of our Rogue One series as Cassian Andor and Jyn Erso steal a shuttle and head to Scarif. On this fully armed and operational episode, Mark Sutter from Idiot's Array and Tarkin's Top Shelf joins us and we discuss: Mark's favorite character and seen from Rogue One, Jyn Erso presenting the case to attack Scarif to the Rebel Council on Yavin IV, Cassian Andor rallying a group of volunteers to join Jyn's mission to Scarif, Commandeering the Zeta class shuttle for the mission, Bodhi Rook adopting the call sign “Rogue One,” Bail Organa and Mon Mothma's realization that war with the Empire is inevitable, The arrival of “Rogue One” at Scarif, Jyn Erso's speech to the troops on the shuttle, and Cassian Andor's plans to retrieve the Death Star plans. Thanks for joining us for another episode! Subscribe to Podcast Stardust for all your Star Wars news, reviews, and discussion wherever you get your podcasts. And please leave us a five star review on Apple Podcasts. Follow us on social media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | YouTube. T-shirts, hoodies, stickers, masks, and posters are available on TeePublic. Find all episodes on RetroZap.com.

Star Wars 7x7 | Star Wars News, Interviews, and More!
2,609. What If Luke Didn't Blow Up the Death Star?

Star Wars 7x7 | Star Wars News, Interviews, and More!

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 10:23


Today, we're exploring the Star Wars Infinities story from 2001 that begins with this premise - what if Luke *didn't* blow up the Death Star? We'll highlight 7 surprising (and shocking!) details from the story that unfolds... Punch it! Here's a whole write-up on the four-issue limited series from Dark Horse, if you want to dive deeper: https://starwars.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Wars_Infinities:_A_New_Hope ***I'm listener supported! Join the community at http://Patreon.com/sw7x7 to get access to bonus episodes and other insider rewards.*** 

Hello Tangent
My Favorite Star Wars: A New Hope

Hello Tangent

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 108:35


We are in the home stretch. Only three more movies to go. This week Garrett comes on the show to talk about the movie that started it all, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. Does the Special Edition of the OG still hold up, and does it still rank in my top 5 of the series? This one was bittersweet, as it will be Garrett's last episode for a while. Check it out!

Savage Empire: A New York Yankees Podcast
Episode 59: "That's no moon. It's a space station"

Savage Empire: A New York Yankees Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2021 32:38


-10 game winning streak.-Injury report.-Death Star lineup.-Tyler Wade is good?-Who will be on the bench?-Who will be in the rotation?-Who makes the cut for the pen?Subscribe, follow, listen, leave a review on whatever platform you use.Follow me on twitter @SavageEmpirePod

Let's Just Talk About...
PRO WRESTLING: SUMMERSLAM IN THE DEATHSTAR

Let's Just Talk About...

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 96:21


Tony Lopez and Jeff Burtis are back to business giving you their predictions for SummerSlam 2021 at NXT TAKEOVER 36. They go over every match, give you their thoughts, and react to other rumors around the wrestling world. Plus the Jackasses & Golden Stars of the Week!!! Follow the guys on Twitter: Jeff Burtis - https://twitter.com/shadowwalker062 Tony Lopez - https://twitter.com/tonylopez76 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Marvel Star Wars Explorers
UK4 - The Day After The Death Star! (with Eric Ambler)

Marvel Star Wars Explorers

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 100:27


As a certain Star Warrior, riding the highs of his recent victory, finds himself in a Space Duel for his life, we find ourselves riding the highs of having Eric Ambler rejoin us on the podcast to talk with us about our Tamagotchi memories, Star Wars trilogy novelizations, Chewie's medal, and the surprisingly deep characterization of Luke Skywalker in this story.

Off Tackle Empire Podcast
2021 Ohio State Buckeyes Season Preview & Predictions: We Got Death Star

Off Tackle Empire Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 28:48


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KNGI Network Podcast Master Feed
BumbleKast Q&A – August 16th, 2021

KNGI Network Podcast Master Feed

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 78:28


Is Kyle involved in the process of writing Sonic comics? (SPOILERS: No. No, he is not.) Support the show on Patreon and Ko-Fi! Shop the BumbleStore! Find all previous questions on the Q&A Master List! Show Information Your hosts: Ian "BumbleKing" Flynn - Head writer of Sonic the Hedgehog comics for IDW Publishing and Mega Man for Archie Comics, Narrative Director for Rivals of Aether, writing for Archie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more Kyle "KyleJCrb" Crouse - Founder & Administrator of the KNGI Network, host of the Nitro Game Injection video game music podcast Subscribe and listen on YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Google Play RSS Feed for podcast apps and readers Check out BumbleKing Comics and the KNGI Network Like BumbleKing Comics & KNGI on Facebook Follow @BumbleKast, @IanFlynnBKC & @KyleJCrb on Twitter Get some BumbleGear at the BumbleStore Original music in this episode composed by Ken "coda" Snyder, used with permission – Check out his music on Bandcamp Special Thanks to our friends at Noise Channel! Pay what you want for the theme song and more great music as part of their charity compilation Noisechan & Nugget: Adventures in Chiptunes Want to have your product promoted on the show? Check out the Patreon site to find out how! Want to ask us a question? Ask at: Twitter at @BumbleKast Email bumblekast [at] yahoo [dot] com YouTube comments Patrons can post on Patreon – https://patreon.com/bumblekast PRIORITY Q&A Scurvy Piratehog We all know that the Death Egg is a parody of the Death Star, but in an episode of Sonic Boom, an alternate version of Eggman had a laser sword, so...what do you think the chances are that Eggman is secretly a huge Star Wars nerd? DaniTheLight Ya know how Eggman does his performed announcement theatrics everytime he's back to doing a scheme? Does he practice it before broadcasting what he's doing with cubot and orbot as an audience or is that all freestyle? In fact does all villians practice their theatrical speech when revealing themself or do they freestyle and which one do you think has the most fun doing the theatrical "I'm here and doing another scheme!" part of villiany? Speed Weed Now as with before, I'm not too sure if you're [familiar] with the Little Nightmares games, but what always gets me is that the first game had its own comic. [...] Long Story short though, it got canceled due to what I can only assume was a lack of interest at the time, but given the 2nd game's popularity and the sheer potential to expand on the overall eldritch world of the games, [...] would it be worth it to make another series of comics for it? Would you be interested in trying your hand at writing it or is it a little outta your comfort zone? N'Oni Could Chaos get infected with the Metal Virus, and if so, how bad of a situation are we talking? UnknowingFrown While Sonic and the Freedom Fighters had their memories of the old continuity, did they remember the people that were lost forever? So many characters had loved ones that were either erased from existence or replaced, and I always thought the implications of that were unsettling. Scruffymatt I recently had an absolutely delightful experience playing Sonic 1 Master System remake, so I was wondering what some of your favourite Sonic fangames are? Digamma so there was a big reveal in issue 4 of Tales of Aether; was said reveal your idea or a preexisting one of Dan's/some other Aether team member? TheHoboJoe!!! Why, in your opinion, are Sonic and Tails such good friends? Drewmaru Since Fang was confirmed to be a jerboa-wolf hybrid, have you been given any explanation on how that's possible? [...] And I might as well ask if his official name is Fang or if it's still Nack while Fang is his nickname just like how they did with Robotnik and Eggman? Awf How come Neo Metal could go Super but Heavy King couldn't?

CSPI Podcast
16: Flying X-Wings into the Death Star: Andreessen on Investing and Tech

CSPI Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 116:18


Star Wars Legends Lounge
Ep 17 - Death Star

Star Wars Legends Lounge

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2021 32:21


The Death Star - the ultimate power in the universe. Several stories intertwine on the battle station, including a TIE pilot, an architect, a doctor, a convict, and a Sith Lord. Hear how these tales combine to tell the story of Emperor's world-killing satellite of doom.

Greater Than Code
245: Hacking Reality with Rony Abovitz

Greater Than Code

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 80:18


03:03 - Rony's Superpower: Being a Space Cadet: Free-Willing Imagination, Insight, and Intuition 06:54 - Becoming Interested in Technology * Science + Art * Star Wars (https://www.starwars.com/) * Solar Power 10:30 - Unstructured Play and Maintaining a Sense of Wonder and Free-Spiritedness * Geoffrey West on Scaling, Open-Ended Growth, and Accelerating Crisis/Innovation Cycles: Transcenden (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnxpqecbpOU) 15:15 - Power Structures and Hierarchies * Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/66354.Flow) * Order vs. Disorder * Greater Than Code Episode 125: Everything is Communication with Sam Aaron (https://www.greaterthancode.com/everything-is-communication) 35:04 - Using Technology to Decentralize Social Structures: Is it possible? * Hacking Reality * Enlightenment and Transcendence * Somatics (https://www.healthline.com/health/somatics) * Spiritual Emergency: When Personal Transformation Becomes a Crisis by Stanislav Grof (https://www.amazon.com/Spiritual-Emergency-Personal-Transformation-Consciousness/dp/0874775388) 01:05:19 - The Game of Capitalism * What It Means To Win; Mimicking Desires * Reorienting Around Joy, Creation, Learning, and Experiences * Self-Actualization & Community 01:09:39 - Are We Technology? * Survival of the Fittest Reflections: Tim: We as a global community, need to bring our drums to the drum circle. Chanté: How do we build decentralized guilds? Arty: 1) Breaking out of nets and creating opportunities to innovate, invent, rethink, and enable new things to happen. 2) How do we create more entrepreneurship and enable more entrepreneurial innovation to happen? Rony: Empathy, Compassion, Imagination, Freedom, Courage. BONUS: The lost classic "Fire" (from one of Rony's early bands) (https://www.dropbox.com/s/5575o58xzm2kh28/fire.wav?dl=0) This episode was brought to you by @therubyrep (https://twitter.com/therubyrep) of DevReps, LLC (http://www.devreps.com/). To pledge your support and to join our awesome Slack community, visit patreon.com/greaterthancode (https://www.patreon.com/greaterthancode) To make a one-time donation so that we can continue to bring you more content and transcripts like this, please do so at paypal.me/devreps (https://www.paypal.me/devreps). You will also get an invitation to our Slack community this way as well. Transcript: Software is broken, but it can be fixed. Test Double's superpower is improving how the world builds software by building both great software and great teams and you can help. Test Double is looking for empathetic senior software engineers and dev ops engineers. We work in JavaScript, Ruby, Elixir, and a lot more. Test Double trusts developers with autonomy and flexibility at a 100% remote employee-owned software consulting agency. Are you trying to grow? Looking for more challenges? Enjoy lots of variety in projects working with the best teams in tech as a developer consultant at Test Double. Find out more and check out remote openings at link.testdouble.com/join. That's link.testdouble.com/join. CHANTÉ: Hey, everyone. Welcome to Greater Than Code, Episode 245. My name is Chanté Martinez Thurmond, and I am here with my friend, Tim Banks. TIM: Hey, everybody! I'm Tim Banks, and I am here with my friend, Damian Burke. DAMIEN: Hi, I'm Damian Burke and I'm here with my friend, Arty Starr. ARTY: Thank you, Damien, and I'm here with our guest today, Rony Abovitz. This is actually the second time Rony has been with us on the show. The first time we unfortunately had some problems with our audio recording. We had a really great conversation so, disappointing, but I'm sure we will have an even better conversation the second time around. Rony is a technology founder, pioneer inventor, visionary leader, and strategic advisor with a diverse background in computer-assisted surgery, surgical robots, AI, computer graphics, and visualization sensing advanced systems, media animations, spatial audio, and spatial computing XR. Rony has a strong history of creating new technology fields in businesses from the startup garage onward, including Magic Leap, the world's leading spatial computing company founded back in 2011. His new still start at Sun & Thunder he plans to launch in 2021 and prior to Magic Leap, he also founded MAKO Surgical, a medical software and robotics company specialized in manufacturing surgical robotic arm assistance technology. He is deeply into film, art, animation, music recording, AI, robotics, ethics, and philosophy. He is also a senior advisor at the Boston Consulting Group advising a small group of deeptech startups and a few Fortune 50 companies, a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, and a two-time World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer. Welcome to the show, Rony. RONY: Thank you for having me again. ARTY: It's a pleasure. So our first question we always ask on this show is what is your superpower and how did you acquire it? RONY: I think my superpower is not being able to do a podcast the first time correctly. Actually, I think I had a really good response last time, but I think the main one is I'm just like a space cadet and you could translate that into just, I have a very freewheeling imagination so I think that's always been my superpower. I could always imagine, or have a creative idea around a problem and really imagine things that don't exist, that aren't there yet. I think that's been always really helpful in anything I've done. So that's probably my main superpower. I don't know what that would look like as a superhero outfit. I think I gained a second achievement level, which is some level of insight, or intuition into knowing things, which I think it's really hard to explain, but I feel like I didn't have that. And then in college, it was a really interesting experience, which I probably won't get into a lot of detail here, but I think I gained that achievement level. I feel like I have both of those now. I feel like I leveled up and gained this insight intuition kind of thing that I didn't have before and I think those two together have been helpful. So there's probably many more achievements to unlock, but I think I got those two so far in the game. DAMIEN: You leveled up on intuition as a result of an experience in college. RONY: Yes. It was an interesting experience. I had a transcendent experience. DAMIEN: [chuckles] Well, that sounds exciting. ARTY: I think before my question was, how did you develop that? Tell us a little bit about your background. What kind of family did you come from? Was this something that you think was cultivated in childhood, or was this something that happened as you got to adolescence and then to into college? RONY: My mom's a painter. So she's an artist and she was pregnant with me walking around the campus at Kent State during the Kent State shootings and had to run away to not be shot. That was kind of there, but not there. She was an art student at Kent State at the time. I think she said to me at some point, there was difficulty in the pregnancy such they had to give her some morphine, or something. It probably got into my brain [chuckles] so probably scrambled it a little bit. I'm not sure if I had all that, but who knows what they did back then. So there's a little bit of that, but my mom's a freewheeling artist so I grew up that way. Dad passed away a couple of years ago, but always entrepreneurial, also artistic. So had this freewheeling imaginative household where no one told you, you couldn't do anything. I think that actually helped a lot. Nobody was born with a silver spoon. Both my parents were born but I was dirt poor as you could imagine. My Dad grew up in a house that had no windows so when we'd visit, my grandmother's chickens would literally fly through the window [laughs] and knock your head. When you're a kid, you think it's the greatest thing in the world. I think I swam in a bathtub that also served as the place to cheat fish. I think my Dad's mom would bring fish to the market and sell them, like a carp, or something and I thought they were my friends and didn't realize they were turning into dinner. I think that's why I became a vegetarian. So we grew up really poor on both sides. Everyone was self-made, freewheeling, and imaginative so that probably did help. CHANTÉ: Yeah. I think for myself, too. Just growing up poor helped with my imagination; I just dreamed of all these amazing things I would one day have as an adult. So I happen to think it's a superpower, too. It's pretty cool. Thanks for sharing all that. TIM: So I guess, what I'd like to know is when you're coming from that kind of background, what first was your jumpstart into using technology, or being interested in technology? RONY: I think I was always simultaneously interested in science and art at the exact same time, which is odd, which makes for a good misfit because either you're the art damaged kid in school and you hang out with the art crowd, or you're the science nerd and you hang out with – but I liked both so there's not really a good place where if you're both to hang out. Probably just being really curious about how everything works and what's going on behind the scenes. Like, why are things the way they are, trying to imagine them, but I'm not totally sure. I just sort of always was into both. That is a very good question. It's kind of asking if you're a fish, how did you get fins? I'm like, “I guess, they grew?” But I don't know, I just seem to be equally into that. Probably Star Wars, if you really get down to it. I saw Star Wars as a kid and suddenly, that's what you want to do. You want to build an X-wing, fly an X-wing, blow up the Death Star. That probably had a lot to do with it. Actually got to meet George Lucas, which was super awesome and I'm like, “You're responsible for my entire path in my life. Science and engineering, wanting to do all these crazy things. It's all your fault.” He was like, “Oh my God, don't blame me for this.” [chuckles] CHANTÉ: Wow. RONY: But no, it was in a funny way. CHANTÉ: That's funny because the last time the conversation we had, Rony, we talked about all these cool people that you've met that have influenced you and I asked you like, “Is this a SIM? How are you meeting all these amazing people?” [laughs] RONY: I'm pretty damn sure it's a SIM at this point. [laughter] Definitely a SIM. I'm very close to that. [overtalk] CHANTÉ: Become convinced now, for sure. RONY: We can get into that later, if you want. I think it's a SIM. I'm not sure who's running it right now, but it's a SIM. [overtalk] CHANTÉ: [inaudible] wanting to do that. ARTY: So with all this creativity, what were some of the first things you started dreaming about building? RONY: I think as a kid, I wanted to make a solar-powered airplane, which sounds like an odd thing, but I was weirdly into solar power. Like, I wanted solar-powered cars, I started to get solar cells from Radio Shack and soldered them up in stuff and spin motors. I'm like, “That's so cool, it's free, there's no battery needed,” and then of course, you need batteries to store it if there's clouds. But I was thinking that was really neat. It was just like this magic of sun on this thing, on this chip and suddenly, you get electricity out of it. It was like, whoa. I think my uncle gave me some Radio Shack science kit when I was really small. I started messing with it. I had a solar cell and I figured that was magical and I got really into it. I don't know why I didn't pursue that because it seems like that'd be a good thing to do today. But I was like really into in the very beginning, solar-powered, building solar-powered everything, especially solar-powered airplanes. I wanted to build some perpetually flying. Actually, I designed something that won a state science fair award that pretty much looks like later on and after that, it was a plane that I think flew across the United States, a solar-powered plane, and it was very similar design. So I was actually kind of happy I was a little bit in front of all of that, maybe 5 years or 10 years ahead of that one. ARTY: Just thinking about there's so many things like that that are magical. Just you've got this conversion of sun energy to electricity and there's so many things now we take for granted that are just kind of there like, “Oh, I have the internet in my pocket.” I feel like we've lost some bit of that wonder with taking some of these things for granted. I was talking with Chanté a little bit earlier about how dreaming gets stifled, how creativity gets stifled, and we ended up in this mode where we're doing things the way the world expects us to. We've got jobs in this path of life that we're supposed to follow and these rules, or the ways that things are supposed to be versus that passion of creativity, of discovery, of wonder, of wow, isn't this amazing that sun energy can be converted to electricity? I wonder what I could do with that. I wonder what I could build. I wonder what I could create that doesn't already exist. Where do you think that spirit comes from and is there a way that we can create more of that in our culture? RONY: It's a great question because I think there are still kids who have this experience, but I think less kids. I think it was just totally unstructured imagination, unstructured play. All my friends when we were kids – I didn't let my daughter do this, but we were like 8, 9, 10 years old, we'd grab a garbage can lid, make a sword out of a branch, and then we'd run around in the woods fighting dragons. There's no adults around, dozens of kids having some kind of like full on whatever we wanted. Like, we're just running about till almost nighttime deep in the woods like the kids from Stand By Me, the movie, or something. We got our bikes; we're riding miles away. We'd do whatever adventures we wanted. I remember a couple of friends of mine and I, we'd walk along the highway, which was incredibly stupid, collecting beer cans because we thought, “Wow, look at that, we can collect beer cans.” I don't know why. We're like 9 years old, we thought that would be a cool thing to do and we would figure it and then we'd cut them and make airplanes out of them and just craft stuff. That's probably dangerous. I won't recommend kids do that right now. But the idea of unstructured play; there's not a game, there's not something someone designed, you're not watching television. You're just running around in the world, doing stuff and your brain and your imagination have to fill in the gaps, I think that's what people really should be doing. Whereas, I think a lot of kids do this now, here's a tablet. It forces you to think in patterns; you're thinking in a certain way and that's actually scary because everyone's copy pasting the same device and running on the same popular app, or whatever and that's patterning your brain to be caught in a certain way of thinking versus this unstructured thinking, which is more rare right now, I think. DAMIEN: So that sounds like something that would be lovely to get back as an adult. Do you have any techniques? Is this something you do? Do you have ways of structuring that? [chuckles] Of getting to that unstructured play as an adult? RONY: I'm an anomaly because I don't think I ever got structured, which is, I think unfortunate. Not unfortunate, I think it's fortunate that I never got structured. So trying to think if you got caught and how would you break free. But I think I really never got caught in that net. I think I've always been like a wild fish in the ocean, but – [overtalk] DAMIEN: How do you stay out of the net? That's also something I'd like to hear. RONY: That's an interesting, I never had a job, like an actual job job. College, I started my first company and never really worked for anybody. I figured I'm unmanageable so I can't work for anybody, I might as well start my own companies. That was a saving grace because I think it would have been difficult to work for somebody. To conform and work in somebody else's system rather than to build something and try to make that a place people want to be at. But then it's weird, it's like you become the man and you're like, “Oh my God, what am I doing?” That's a whole another topic I won't get into this second. DAMIEN: But do you provide that sort of structure and patterns for people who work for you? RONY: In the beginning of all the companies I started—and I'm doing this again with a new one—it's always been freewheeling, awesome – I think the people that are beginning, that was the greatest time ever. But then as you get bigger, once you get to pass 20, 30 people, even 30 people unstructured, big, crazy, some folks start to come in and crave that structure. This is chaos, like what's going on and then you're like, “Okay, we've got to order this and we've got to processes and operating plans and all these other things,” and then next thing you know, there's 2,000 people working for you. I'm still trying to figure out how do you maintain that wonderful, free-spirited, freewheeling environment at bigger scale because at bigger scale, it feels like you've got to create all this framework and all these boxes for people to be in and processes. People are demanding it like, sometimes employees get upset that it's not there because they're so used to being in that cage for somebody else that they're not used to being free and they want to run around and go back to that cage and I'm like, “Be free,” and they're like, “No.” People who worked for me in the past will tell you that. They'll basically say it was this odd thing that I was pushing them to be more free than they wanted and then the ones who really liked it, got shunned as the things got bigger because what's that person not conforming? They're supposed to follow the procedures and why are you spending all your time with them because they're the ones that don't follow the rules. I'm like, “I don't like following the rules.” So I guess, what is a good technique? I have a recording studio, so I think playing really loud guitar helps. It lets you feel like you can like do anything. Really loud guitar through a big amp, a lot of fuzz pedals, or things like that, or you go on a long hike. We would do ocean kayaking, go a whole day ocean kayaking where there's sharks and weird stuff and some of you are far away from a computer. There's the universe and wild animals and you're back to primal nature again; you feel like you're just a wild, free spirit. I try to do that as much as possible. I think those things help, but it's hard, though and then you've got to go back on a Monday morning and there are some office space type manager asking you for TPS reports. That's really difficult. I feel bad because as the companies I've built got bigger, I probably had someone who had someone who made someone do a TPS report and it always bothered me. But it's like, you can't run at a certain size without the TPS report even though nobody knows what a TPS report is. If you don't know what it is, watch the movie but it's like why at some point you'd have someone two, or three levels below you make someone else do a TPS report? ARTY: Yeah. That's a great question. It's like who created this damn report? And why are we so coming to the demand of a report, or empirical data to move forward and work it in our life? As you were sitting there talking and everything, it brought me back to that comment I had again of Geoffrey West from the Santa Fe Institute who talked about his concept of scaling, how that happens in all things that exist in the universe. There's a ratio of scale that we can't really escape and it's an interesting phenomenon that I'm still trying to understand, but I think, Rony where I feel really kindred spirited to you is I hate to be tamed and then once I feel like we have to scale, or tame, I'm like, “Oh, this I want out of this.” Get me out of this game, get me to the new game where I get to germinate something and start it, and there's no form and I love that. I wonder, though. Somebody like you who's created all this amazing technology, aren't you the guy who could maybe make this a reality where we can create those experiences [chuckles] using technology to help us get in and out of these dreams, dates in and out of these waking and normal states that the society has locked into? RONY: Well, here's a couple things to think about from what you're saying. One of them, I have a notion of can you build a gigantic decentralized—I won't even call it a company, but a guild—of free people who are connected through blockchains? And it does not look the pyramid of structure of a company, but it's some kind of guild of artisans and we blockchain to each other and emerge and do things together? Like orcas will form packs because it's the right thing to do but there's no – well, there actually is an alpha orca so you do have a small pyramid. So it's the alpha orca have fights and then you become the ronin orca. There's a little bit of that. But is there a decentralized guild blockchain thing that could have hundreds of thousands of people that could build totally new tech platforms that are not the central power tech companies? I've always been pondering that and wondering how is that possible and every time I've thought about it, it seems like people collapse back into the same structure of the pyramid. Like they want a king, you try to create something that doesn't have a king, or a queen, and they want the king again. Why do we keep doing that? But somehow, I believe that there is a way to do that to have that democratic free-spirited thing. I think that's what the United States was founded on. Let's not have a king. Let's just have someone who's kicked out every 4 years. They're nothing special. Don't make a big deal about them. But now, 200 years later, we made that person more into a king. We give them special powers; they can do things and they don't get – they're above normal citizens. How did that fall apart? But I just keep wondering, is that possible? Because I think big tech companies reflect more of a monarchy. There is a central figure that have massive power, there's the inner court that have massive power, and then there's the serfs who all work for the central authority. It's basically, we fought against that to free ourselves of monarchies, but our companies and tech companies look more like monarchies. They could be benevolent, or not benevolent, but we still have not been able to get past that king over people thing. It perplexes me and why we keep repeating that. TIM: Well, I think there's a few things with that. You mentioned scale, like as you get bigger and as you add more people, you add more ideas and you add more notions on what the right thing to do is, or what the right way to go is. Obviously, as you do that, more folks are going to agree, or disagree on it. You're going to have various ways of opinions; you end up getting factions, or tribes, or whatever it is. Certainly, this is where people think that way, this group of people think that way, and then you introduce politics because you have to find some way to get all these folks with different ideals to agree on a common purpose, or a common goal. When you do that, once you introduce politics, then you start to introduce the notion of leadership like that. But I think it's interesting when we look at it in the guise of big tech companies and how we have these regions, a lot of this ends up coming is because of the people that ended up profiting the most off of the tech company are the ones that get to make all the decisions. It would be an interesting thing if there was a truly democratic company where everybody from top to bottom made the same amount of money, had the same amount of equity, have the same amount of say in the company. And then if you are a leadership role, it's more like maybe a strategic vision, but your CEO is going to make the same amount of money as your junior developer. Because unless you do that, you don't have a democratic, you don't function; you have a hierarchy by definition. DAMIEN: What we're talking about is power structures and every time there's a power differential, there's going to be a power structure that supports that. The reason why you said earlier when you were about talking how you were having to be like, “No, be free. There are no rules here. It's not a cage.” People resist that because they've been lied to. They say, “You don't have to stick to my rules.” All that really means is I'm not going to tell you what the rules are, which is horribly traumatizing. So until you have that equally distributed power, you're going to have that hierarchy and that structure and somebody is going to want a TPS report before they can go forward on something. RONY: Are there any examples where that's existed for some period of time, even in a small form? Like the equally distributed power, anything? DAMIEN: I've seen it in co-ops. It requires a lot of trust and the more people you involve, the more differentials you're going to find. [overtalk] CHANTÉ: And I think there are some [inaudible] in this communities. ARTY: I think scale. [overtalk] RONY: Like a small co-op. CHANTÉ: We can definitely do this. RONY: A small co-op. ARTY: Yeah. There's definitely people that are trying to do the sorts of things that you're talking about from an organizational structure standpoint, but as you've also pointed out, there's dynamics of resistance to it of it not necessarily being what people want. I mentioned this book before, Flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's book and the thought that comes to mind as we're talking about this dynamic of being pulled toward wanting order and structure is a big part of his thesis in the book is that we have a desire for order in our consciousness and we have a gravity toward wanting order in that chaos and disorder is uncomfortable. So when we're in that uncomfortable situation, we can learn skills to create our own order out of the disorder, to be creative, to think about ways to construct new ideas and stuff in our head and make new games. But our brain wants some kind of game to play, wants some kind of order to build around, and I feel like, we were talking about these nets that we get caught in and the way that our education system is structured, the way that we learn in school is a net in itself. We learn how to play the game of school and teach people how to follow the rules and be really good at following the rules and in playing the game that's given to you. I feel like if we want to teach people how to create order out of disorder from their own consciousness, through creative play, that we need a learning environment that is oriented toward those things so that we can get practiced at it. Being in a situation of being uncomfortable, being around people that are good at those kinds of things that we can learn how to mimic perhaps and shift those shifts, those things around that way. An acquaintance of mine, we had on the show a while back, Sam Aaron, he does Sonic Pi and he teaches little kids how to code, learn how to be a music DJ and it's the coolest thing. I was reading this post about a little 6-year-old, who was super excited about DJing it at her next birthday party coming up and she was going to get really good at DJing and mixing her own beats. She's 6 years old and I'm just looking at this how beautiful it is and that seeing that fire, that inspiration to create light up in someone, once that fire's lit, it keeps fueling itself. It keeps fueling that desire. I feel like there's something very powerful about music, because you've got some basic rules of how things work, but this huge space to create in, and almost everything we can relate in various ways to music. What if we changed the way that we educated to focus on some of those musical principles and this could be something that's adult learning, too is how can we learn to riff together in a musical context and learn how to do jazz? RONY: That's very cool. DAMIEN: What I heard is that we should all start jazz bands. TIM: Yeah, same. RONY: That's all good with me. TIM: Let's see if they get too big, then you have to have a conductor. [laughter] DAMIEN: Like a quartet, big band at most. No orchestra. [overtalk] TIM: You see, big band has to have a conductor, right? That's one of the things. DAMIEN: I have played in a big band without a conductor. TIM: I was in a couple of myself. We'll talk about that one later. RONY: Well, actually that's a good thing because if you have a trio, or a quartet, everyone can go and it somehow works. You all have to pay attention, but if you try to do that with 10 people, 20, 50, a 100, it turns into noise. DAMIEN: I also think it depends on what kind of music you're making. A symphonic orchestra generally needs a conductor, at the very least a concert master who can wave the bow and get people on time. But I've been in drum circles of 300 people that made beautiful music with absolutely no leadership, or any sort of control like that. TIM: Well, I think the difference is that in the drum circle, I don't think there's a preconceived plan that's being executed. It's all improv, right? It's all made on the fly and then you pick a direction. I think it's different when you have a set task, or a thing you're going to accomplish. In the case of a symphony, or any other thing where we have we're not making up music on the point on the spot, we have a set score. We know what notes they're going to be and we're going to be done. I think there's space for both of those. There's space to say that we're just going to see what comes out of this and then there's another bullet that says, “Okay, well we have to do this.” One is very much creative and I love that. The other part is executive. You don't want, for example, surgeons to just go in there willy nilly and just saying, “We're just going to see what we find and just do whatever.” There has to be a plan. There has to be something that gets executed. Any kind of engineering feat, it has to be done with a plan and structure and different things that have to be done at certain times. So I think there's a place for both in any healthy culture and society where people that create and people who design certainly should not be encumbered by definitions of structure. But if you're going to create, or design something that's going to withstand a hurricane, there obviously needs to be some concerns about a structure and how things are put together. RONY: But let me give you guys a comment on power structure and I'm a bit of anomaly because I've always been super uncomfortable being in that alpha power spot, but I've always had to be there to build a company. Some of them got quite big and the bigger they got, the more uncomfortable I was because I didn't think a human being should have that power. By the way, the question about smart people and billionaires, I've met a bunch of those billionaires that you've mentioned, I've also met some incredibly smart people; they're not always directly correlated. There may be a smart billionaire, but it's not one-to-one—a billionaire who's someone who's highly optimized at a certain function. Some of those brilliant people I know are super poor and they have built-in things in their mind that they don't want to do the things that they might see oppress others to get to a certain place. They just don't. So they're more happy in their lot making $25,000 a year, or whatever they're doing. But I think what's interesting about trying to not have a power structure is how people just default go into this algorithm in people's brains. I'll give an example. When one of my companies was small, I had a largely empty office and a couple cool collectible vinyl toy things. I love weird, those kind of animate vinyl toys and then just Star Wars thing. I just have a couple of my shelves. When people would visit, like new employees, or partners, they would bring something and put it on the shelf like an homage offering. I'm like, “That's weird,” and then the more that people thought now it was required to bring one of those and make an offering and leave it on my shelf. So a few years later, my shelves are covered the hundreds of these offerings and I'm like, “What in the heck is going on here?” I didn't ask anyone to do it, but people felt like if you're going to go see the alpha wolf, you have to bring them a dead rabbit and leave it as an offering and it was just amazing. It's like all this stuff and I would give most of it away, but it was really weird how everyone has this algorithm that they feel like if you're going to go visit the alpha leader, you've got to bring a gift, an offering, a moose, whatever you happen to have caught. Even when we dealt with people from outside the US, it was even more extreme like you'd have this whole formal exchange; you had to bring them a gift and they would bring you this gift. I was like, “What is going on here?” This is thousands of years of evolutionary biology wired into people's brains making them do things. I'm like, “I don't want to be that!” Like, that's not what we're doing. We're totally building a different social order, no one's paying attention to me at all, and everyone is just like, “Nope, we have this code built into our brain and we're just going to do that.” I found that to be really strange to the point where I build two decent sized companies and each time, I felt like I had to throw the ring into the volcano like in The Hobbit, or Lord of the Rings, because if you don't, it just kind of gets to you. I felt like if it started to get to me, I just need to throw it into the volcano and start over again. Hand the ring to someone else and go back to base camp and try it again, which I'm doing now. But I found that both times I built successful tech, but not the nonhierarchical culture I had in mind at the beginning, which I'm trying to do now again. I'm not sure how do you fight human biology? I'm like, “Don't do that. Stop bringing the moose and the rabbits by! What on earth are you people doing?” and they just keep doing it. I don't know what it ism or why, but it's like, we are hard wired as humans to follow an alpha wolf. In fact, the alpha two and threes feel like they actually have to challenge you in a tribal fight and if you don't put them down and show the rest of the wolf pack that you're the alpha, then they'll try to eat you. It's like what is going on? But that is what happens at every company, in every country, in every government, and it's so weird that we have not evolved past the way we were thousands and thousands of years ago. CHANTÉ: Is it possible, Rony the endeavor that you're working on now to use technology, to dream of new futures and realities that does decentralize social structures in the sense – because my feeling is the collective consciousness is why we're doing this. Like, we can't escape ourselves. So if we give ourselves new experiences and we know what it feels like to have decentralized collectivism, then we may choose to build new cities, families, and companies in a decentralized structure. Because that power and oppression, it feels like a human instinct that we can't escape it. but I'm just not convinced that that's real. I think it's been something, a story, a narrative that we've been stuck in. So I think we have to build a new story, or create a new story and a new reality and I think technology can allow us to do that and people like you and everyone on this call, we can do that together. ARTY: Yeah. I was thinking about that, too of software gives us this ability of reality construction and if we've learned certain ways of doing things, if we operate in a certain net in a certain rails playing certain games and we don't have a template for anything else so that outside of that is just disorder and unstructured and unknown, then we're going to cling to the familiar structure. We're going to cling to what feels safe and known and predictable, and that we know how to operate. I feel like the way to escape that is to create an alternative that offers structure of a system that gives you a set of rails that reorients things and creates opportunities for creativity, for entrepreneurship, for ideation, but creates new structures where those things can thrive. I don't think we're going to get away from technology, but we can reinvent our interface with technology. We can reinvent the shape of our social software infrastructure and how we relate to one another through technology. I feel like to overcome that gap, what needs to happen is a vision, really, is the putting together a vision of what that might look like such that we can build it. RONY: I spent the last decade going really deep into that, about as deep as you could possibly imagine, and it started out actually a few years earlier, 2008, 2009, working on this call it a Miyazaki film world project with my friends at Weta and we spent a few years on that. And then one of the things I felt was if you're going to – I won't get into the details of the project is actually something Sun & Thunder will hopefully be releasing. But if I was going to go into this idea of hacking into reality, what is that? I actually needed to go do that in order to be credible about making a story about it, or making a film about it, or film world. So I'm like, “Okay, I'm going to go on a tangent.” So I started a tech company with the idea that we're going to be reality hackers. Like, we're going to figure that out and we're just going to go all the way. We're going to hack into the visual cortex, we're going to go full on, and it was amazing because all these people, like people who created The Matrix and Neal Stephenson from Snow Crash, all these people started showing up. And then some of the very early stuff we did, we started to go really there, like really deep. That's stuff that you can productize, but we're starting to unlock things about how the human brain works in our connection to this weird connection between the physics and how our brain constructs reality. What does that mean and how do you actually get in there and actually hack it? We did some stuff that freaked me out so much. Everyone in the early days was like, ‘Whoa, maybe we need to take a step back.” I think that's actually what happened. We had those whoa moments. “Let's take a step back and let's not unlock full atomic fusion right now. Let's do something that you can actually maybe ship,” but we're going to places that were not ready for as a species. We really had those moments where we would see over the horizon. That was intense. One of the things that made me walk back and I think a couple of early folks that we just felt like human software, our human biology is totally unprepared for this. Like, we're not prepared to hack reality. We are not equipped. We're not ready as a species. We would screw things up beyond all belief. Look how badly we're doing on social media, which is so thin and almost nothing. When I think of digital realities, whether it's AR, spatial computing, VR, those are simulation training grounds for the real thing. It scares me when people are talking about neural implants in the brain like, no, no, no, we are not ready for that. In our SIM testing on social media and digital reality, we're not doing a good job. We're creating fairly awful places with occasional cool places. I thought, “Okay, we're going to unleash this like Renaissance of art and imagination.” It's like, no, that's not what's going on. It's going on in little pockets. But for every art and Renaissance thing, you've got like nine, or ten horrible things. Some things I can't even mention. I used to tell our investors, “Someone's going to make trillions of dollars doing the things we refuse to do” because the level of control and weird stuff you can pump into someone's brain. There are companies I'm not naming; you could imagine why they're spending $6 to $8 to $10 billion a year trying to conquer digital reality. Why they have reality labs. You should be really frightened about why they're doing it. L ARTY: Right. RONY: I started out with a notion of can there be this real creative imagination Renaissance and I actually believe there can. But at the same time, it's like every time you have a superhero, there's something else like the super villain appears. It's a law of the universe and I feel like the more we were trying to do good in hacking reality, you would have bad equally emerging and equal strength, maybe sometimes even larger. I don't know what's going on, but it did get me to take a step back and wonder. The human software is totally unprepared and so backwards. Like we're running Dos 1972 right now, or even worse than that. Our software is like Middle Ages and it's so easily manipulatable and triggerable and all kinds of horrible – the human, we have not transcended. We are not where we need to be collectively. That doesn't mean there's not individuals, or groups who are transcending and becoming more enlightened and evolving in a good way. But the net human condition seems to be quite in the bad place right now. It actually scares the crap out of me. So I did take a step back from the notion of I don't know we're ready and maybe we just need to take a breath and figure out our social system, our human biology, like what's going on because we are evolving at so much slower pace than the rapid accelerating pace of our tech capabilities. We're building insane tech. AI will pass us all in this decade, like, what the heck are we doing to ourselves? We're unleashing things in the world we have no idea and society is not capable of predicting. The nonlinear event impact is really scary and we just keep doing it. I don't mean to be all pessimistic, but I think the hope of this creative Renaissance is something that's a beacon—it should be a beacon for some—where you're free, you're decentralized, you're not controlled by this monarchal power. But too much of the other side is actually winning right now, too much of the other side is dominating everything because they're playing the game that I think our brain is wired to. We're wired to a pyramid structure. The people who realize that manipulate it, they take advantage. They do all the things; they've figured out the social psychology, they've hacked the code of the human brain, and they're making tons of money doing it because they know how we are. I don't know if that's just how it will be forever, or is there going to be an actual enlightenment for people. That made me take a step back from hoping that everyone will just have this inner artist wake up and now, I'm not so sure. CHANTÉ: I love that question now. I think it makes me go back to something I continue to say, it's just like, do we get off of our technologies, or get off of the things that we believe connect us? Because we are ourselves technologies so, do we need to be constantly manipulating something else? There's a lot of power in just being together in real time, in real life together and I think if we can go back to some of that, we can remind ourselves because—and this is coming from somebody who spent a lot of time and money in meditation and self-transcendence. Now I'm at this place where I'm like, “Do I need to transcend, or should I just be right where I am because the past, the present, and the future are actually all one and should I pay attention to who I am and what I am and where I am a little bit more versus constantly thinking in the future? This is so hard for me because I'm a futurist. I love to think and imagine new possibilities. But I just wonder. That's kind of one of the mantras I've been sitting with in the last six months, or so. RONY: Thinking of what you're saying, we had a pretty high-level of Tibetan Buddhist who built one of the great temples in Tibet where monks meditate and they built it from memory. There's no architectural plans and he was one of the leaders that he came by and I showed him some stuff we were doing. It was maybe 5, 6 years ago. He's like, “That's amazing and you're cheating.” He goes, “We take years to learn how to do that, but we could do more than what you're doing. You're just level jumping.” I get what you're doing, I understand it but you're taking the elevator, the sky tram up the mountain, and there's something about – but you're not equipping people to know,” or. I didn't really understand what he was talking about at the time. I think I have a better grasp now, but we're not spiritually ready for what we can do and they spent a lot of time doing this. They have their own virtual reality. In fact, it was interesting was I said, “We're not really building technology. We're simply trying to unlock what's in the human brain, which is an amazing computer, best GP in the world is the visual cortex. Best display is our brain. That's all there, we're just trying to tap into it.” He's like, “We do the same thing using different tech, but you're kind of cheating.” I thought that was interesting. It's like you don't really have the satisfaction of climbing up to mid base camp on Everest; you just took the elevator and suddenly, you're there. But your lungs aren't ready. You didn't climb the mountain. You're not fit. I feel like technology is doing that for us. Spiritually, we're just not ready. CHANTÉ: Yeah. I spend a lot of time in somatics. I'm in a couple of somatic communities and we talk a lot about those somatic reps. There's a lot of wisdom in experiencing something firsthand and witnessing somebody else do it alongside you in that community because we learn that way, too. If you're picking up on other people's energetic vibes and feel, you collectively whoever's in that space, in that room, It is something that cellularly somatically, you will become a little bit wiser from. I can't describe it. It's only when I'm in a collective with my yogis who we're doing deep breathing together, or we're doing POS in a practice together and there's just this thing that I experience that I've never had on any drug, or any kind of tech, using technology, what do I put on a headset, or something? I can't describe it. It feels out of this world and it's almost like only those of us in that room would ever be able to describe it and maybe indescribable, but it's powerful. So I keep going back to that. RONY: One of the things he told me was, “Okay, you'll help people realize that reality is just an illusion, but are they equipped to understand that?” That will just freak them out, they're going to break down, and now what? When you actually really get that, when you really understand like how reality is constructed, if you go deep and get into that, which we had to do to build some of the things we were doing, it does weigh heavily on you because you're like, “What the heck is actually going on?” A lot of things you were taught growing up that your parents, or grandparents might believe and then you're – where you might read in a book and you're suddenly facing that the reality you know is not stable; it's liquid, it's hackable, it's editable. You're like, “What is going on?” That kind of opening up of your mind is an interesting place, but no one's equipped to really go there. You almost got to step back and say, “I'm going to forget I saw that. Let me just go back and watch a football game,” and it's way easier to go back and play X-Box right now. [laughs] DAMIEN: Those sorts of discoveries have been happening for all of recorded history and I think farther. People get there via gyms, they get there via sitting on a mountain in the modus pose and sometimes, they come back and go, “Okay, I'm just going to pretend that it's real. [laughter] And sometimes, they don't and die under a Bodhi tree, whatever. But these are things that these are not new realizations, or discoveries. RONY: No, they're not. But what weird is that the vast majority of people have not had that. CHANTÉ: Right. RONY: Vast majority like, think about how many people in this country are not even on the first step of any form of enlightenment. The actions they take, the things they believe, the people they vote for, you're like, “They're so orthogonal and distant from that.” So you do have pockets of people who've had enlightenment and transcendence over the last thousands years, but it's a fractional minority and that's what's like why are the rest stuck? Where is everybody's stuck on and why? DAMIEN: Because they want to be. CHANTÉ: Well, I don't know. [overtalk] DAMIEN: Ego death is death. Nobody wants death. CHANTÉ: We're programmed to be. I think we're conditioned and makes me think, too also Stanislav Grof, I'm not sure if you all know him, a famous transcendent, or transpersonal kind of. RONY: What's his last name? CHANTÉ: Stanislav Grof talks about the spiritual emergency. I'll drop the link here. Really interesting, too and did a lot of holotropic breathwork to get people through transcendence and used a lot of other, I think drugs and synthetics to have those transcendental experiences. But talks a lot about the spiritual emergency and I think you're right, Rony talking about when we have this realization that oh my God, what is reality? [chuckles] Because reality is something that we all can define differently and even this is something that I think quite a bit about what the future of work and technology and all of us coming together, this convergence of who am I without that role, without that title? Who am I without my computer and without my phone with the internet in my pocket? I don't know that we've spent enough time examining who we are going in. We're always looking out and I think we have to come back into ourselves to be home and I'd like to see and I am trying to do more of that, trying to cultivate those experiences with the communities that I run circles with, or the things that I have influence on is just, let's go back into ourselves because there's so much power there. DAMIEN: I talk about this as the high school basketball version of reality. If you've ever been to a high school basketball game, championship, league championship, whatever, and you got the crowds yelling and screaming and everybody's enthused and excited about what's going on. If you were to go down to center court and wave your hands and go, “Hey, hey, hey! Hey everybody, everybody, whoa, whoa, none of this matters.” That's really rude. You're right it doesn't matter. It's high school basketball, but we have chosen to make it matter because that's what makes the game. If you don't care about the rules, you don't have a game. If you don't care about the characters, you don't have a movie. If you don't care about the desk and the computer, you don't have a job. So we make these decisions. We can see through it, if we choose to and see that it's an illusion, it doesn't really matter. But if that's what you're here for, go for it. Have fun. If that's not – RONY: Here's a question, just because it's an illusion, does it mean it doesn't matter? DAMIEN: Exactly. RONY: Actually, just a hint at that. We made this digital person, her name was Micah, and people's reactions to her were unbelievable. They began to have relationships and we had to change behavior code around Micah and if you actually broke her personal space, she would leave. She'd walk away and actually open up a door in a wall and disappear. If you behave badly around her, you would lose access. We had to create this social code of conduct because people were – it was odd. I won't get into all of it. But then we fixed that and it was just interesting that people would want to be with her because she would gaze into your eye and pay attention to you. Looked amazingly real, but almost hyper real, like the most real person who was totally focused on you and that attention level from this illusion made people feel good. Even though she is an illusion, that feeling was real and reality is illusion anyway so is she just as real as anything else, or was something going on? It was kind of odd, like is what you feel, or what you carry with you actually that thing anyway, even if it's all an illusion? DAMIEN: And you get to decide that for yourself with and among your culture and your peers, your group. ARTY: Well, I think joy matters for its own sake. Connecting with one another, having fun, experiencing joy, it's a reason to live, it's a reason to be. And if we're playing a basketball game together, it's fun. The people that are in the crowd, enjoying the game and getting involved with it emotionally, too, it's fun and I don't think there's anything wrong with that. There's nothing wrong with having fun and enjoying those experiences and then being meaningful for their own sake. If we have an experience with a digital person and figure out ways to have some feeling of connection, of being paid attention to, of being listened to, there's definitely some risks with regards to dynamics of attachment and just messing with us as humans that I think are definitely of concern. There's just risks with creating emotional love attachments to digitalness that I think is unexplored, unpredictable riskiness because heartbreak is a real phenomenon experience that can be devastating. That aside, I don't think there's anything fundamentally wrong with experiencing good feelings from those things happening in our lives. TIM: I just wonder, though what does it say about the human condition when with 7 and a half billion people on the earth that we need to be with, we would think that we need to create a digital person with which to interact? There are so many of us out there with which we could be interacting and probably should be interacting. We've gotten this far as a species without needing to have an artificial person. [overtalk] DAMIEN: Well, we have our emotional people. We have our pet canines, we have the robot people, people make friends with Roombas. Before that, people made friends with stars in the sky. They'll look back to Orion and that's Ra, Ra loves me and so on. TIM: Sure. DAMIEN: It's the same relationship we have with other human beings. TIM: To some extent, but we were still, the person who was having that relationship was the one who actually defined what that person is, who that was, was essentially the imagination. With an artificial person, or artificial intelligence, you don't have that; someone else is deciding that. So would you want to have that type of interaction? I feel like we could probably, as a society, do way better of devoting our resources to improving the human condition among each other by interacting with each other and understanding each other's hopes and dreams and heartbreaks and struggles than if we were going to spend the resources and the time to develop an artificial person with which to interact. If I think of what we want to do to help people, we want to help everyone to help the human condition, to help and just improve lives and create joy around people? I feel like spending toil creating an artificial person is a fool's errand to that end. DAMIEN: Well, what you're describing would be more effective, but it's outside of our skillset. [chuckles] We need George Lucas for that. RONY: Let me agree, but disagree on one thing, I'll give you a couple examples. Imagine your family has, let's call it an artificial person who's with your family for hundreds of years and is the keeper of the cumulative wisdom of your great, great, great grandparents and is that wise uncle, or aunt, or grandparent that just has the whole history of your family all the way through and can be pulled up and is that kind of totem with the family all the way. It's just an example, something a human being can't do, but could be interesting. It's like we keep photo albums. Now we have video albums of family. What if you had almost like a shaman of the family who you could talk to and it could give you the accumulated wisdom of all your ancestors? Wouldn't that be kind of interesting? TIM: We've had that accumulated wisdom passed down without having the demonstrable technological privilege of being able to afford to purchase not only an artificial person, but the means with which to property to keep that artificial person going. They've had books and scrolls, they had cultural passed downs, they've had just word of mouth passing down these stories that have been great and rich stories for those of us who are descendants of slaves. I know who my family members were not because they were written down anywhere, not because of any technology preserved, but when they were preserved through word of mouth. Linnaeus was written in Bibles somewhere. So we have that and we have the stories behind that, that to me, it speaks to why carrying those things forward is important, but it also speaks to that even if such technology existed back then, it would still be only to the very, very privileged. I think that we need to acknowledge that with a lot of the things we're talking about, talking about why people haven't become enlightened, it is definitely, almost certainly an essential clue that you have the time and the ability to be able to spend time enlightening yourself versus trying to survive. I think if we spend the time to improve everyone's conditioned to where survival is not a struggle, then we will see much more enlightenment. We would actually see, I think, a dramatic leap forward in what we're capable of as a culture and as humanity. But we spend time shooting billionaires in the space instead. RONY: When you say moving people from survival not being a struggle, what is that level that you think everyone is beyond the day-to-day struggle and is in that place? What does that mean you think across our collective country, or countries? TIM: I know for me, I have been in a place where I didn't know where my next meal was coming from and I haven't had that worry in decades. I don't think any of us here probably have worried about really, are we going to eat today? Are we going to have a place to live today? Maybe we've had those struggles before, but right now, we're five of us sitting around here talking on the internet. Those are probably not our struggles. But there are people in this world that we can all imagine, we have folks that don't have that they are wondering, like, am I going to have the lights one day in the country we are on that only has the power on for 4 hours a day as our food going to spoil? There are various conditions under which people struggle, I think if we could get a baseline and just have a baseline opportunities where people have power, they have access to clean water, they have access to healthcare, they have access to what we define the basic needs of food, health, power, access to the rest of the world via the internet as a baseline so that when they're not concerned with what we take for granted as the basic things. Like, I know if I get sick, there's a hospital I can go to. I don't know how much could it cost, but I can go right now and I can ask the hospital. To have those kinds of things handled allows people the privilege to be able to really then look beyond the essence of struggle, taking care of the animal brain, and we can now look beyond those things. We can now say, “Hey, what does it mean now?” They can examine the condition a lot better when they're not hungry. I feel like for us, these things are all great to talk about, but I think if there's a place where I'm going to turn my attention, if I can, beyond the basics of feeding my family, I would love to do that and then see what the world becomes in 50 years, or a 100 years when so many more people are freed from having the struggle of survival and we have now the point where we talked about before, where now we're all equal people in this society of the globe and now we all have our equal ideas that we can contribute to moving us forward instead of so many of us just trying to stay alive. RONY: I'll tell you what's interesting. I agree with you. The thing that I wonder about first of all, I think it would be great if there is a way – by the way, I think technologically, there is a way to get everyone on the planet out of their survival mode. I really think we have the smarts, the capabilities, the resources to actually do that. Why we can't organize to do that, I'm not sure, but I totally believe we can. There's zero reason. In fact, I was at this thing in 2005, it was the World Economic Forum where it's just the biggest billionaires and people that run the countries, the world, they get together. I was there as a technology pioneer. So every year, they'll pick a number of startup people and they want you to co-mingle with the people that run the biggest things on the planet. It was a very weird experience. But one of the things they were talking about was this issue, how do we solve that and I'm just sitting there going, “All of you in this effing room could actually solve this today. Right now. You really could.” There's meetings, there's dinners, people are talking about it. I'm like, “That's good that you're doing, but you literally can. All of you have the means to do it.” Like, where is the – but they didn't. They didn't do it, but they were talking about doing it. I'm like, “Do you like talking about doing it more than doing it?” So that was one thing. I don't know why we haven't able to organize, but the other piece is my grandparents, my great-grandparents, everyone was as dirt poor as you can imagine. But they were more spiritual and transcendent and enlightened and that as we got up, I look at my cousins, everyone's struggled and then my parents did a little better and we did a little better. People seem to be less concerned about becoming enlightened and improving and more concerned about what's the next car they're going to buy and we do need to bring everyone to that baseline, I totally agree. But I haven't seen it make people get spiritually better, get themselves together more. It's more of they go down a different path of just wanting more cars, more things, and less enlightened. It's kind of weird. I don't know why. In fact, the more money, maybe the inverse proportion that the whole enlightenment, it's a weird phenomenon. Not that you want people to be impoverished like, we want to pull people out of that. I think that's important. But as you go to the other side, you almost zap that part of your brain away. You have too much money, it makes you not sensitive anymore to what's happening in the world. ARTY: There's this game of capitalism that is this game of business of how much money can we make and you see different folks at different tiers of playing these various games, whether you're in the workforce and you're thinking about how do I get the highest paying job and be able to buy a nice house and there's a set of rules and thinking of how to excel in that. Then you've got this world of investment and just playing at another level of abstraction. But in both of those dynamics, there's this game and these rules and this idea of what it means to win that seems to anchor people's thinking and drive. And then as we learn from others, what it means to win and we see other people being successful in that and they go and buy a new fancy car and then we're like, “Whoa, they want a fancy car. Well, I want a fancy car, too.” So we mimic these desires from other folks in our culture at whatever game we're fascinated by and I feel like some of those things are some of the fundamental things that need to shift is these game mechanics that we're incurring around. One of the things from the Flow book is Csikszentmihalyi talks about how symbols are deceptive and they have a way of distracting us from the realities they're supposed to represent. So there's these symbols of things that we chase—a better job, a bigger house, more money, et cetera—and these symbols are things that are supposed to make us happy and then we end up chasing the symbol. Often, people that have all kinds of money playing these games, doing all this stuff, they still haven't found a way, even with all these things, to find happiness, to find joy in their lives. I feel like if we can learn and reorient around the experience of joy, the experience of creation, of creating with other people, of learning how to have and how to experience these really cool highs in life and turn those kinds of experiences into the goals that we have, that maybe we can break free of the chains of things that we play of what it means to win, what it means to win at life. This is effectively what we're talking about here. CHANTÉ: I was going to say, as you were describing that, it's like okay, then how do we rebuild – maybe not rebuild as a word – it's how do we cultivate a culture amongst those of us who are interested

Jerk Practice
Pouring Suds on the Death Star

Jerk Practice

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2021 89:23


Listen in as the Jerks navigate the Depression era gums of their youth… Couple dumb dads talkin' bad booze, bad bills, and “some kinda goat or sumthin'” Mr. Tumnus. “It's like audio for your eyes.” “It's either nothing in your mouth or a long weed.” #RipOurFunnyDrunkDad #WLUATNUKDAI

Rule The Galaxy Podcast
Chapter 94: The Mando Helmet is Here!

Rule The Galaxy Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 74:07


In this episode of Rule the Galaxy Joe and Alfie cover a number of Star Wars Topics. The Big reveal...Alfie's Mando helmet arrived and it looks glorious! Now he has to wait until January 2022 for the Boba Fett helmet. @thedavemjones is the winner of the Black Series Jaxxon figure! A special Thank you and tip of the cap to all involved with the Star Wars Report Podcast. It has been my pleasure listening to you for the last ten years...Riley, Bethany, Mark and Bruce...you have all been great for the Star Wars community. Thanks Riley for being a guest on our show. Mando Season 3 is underway! We are all looking forward to August 25th for the Mando season 2 finale behind the scenes show on Disney+ Alfie and I were not the biggest fans of Bad Batch 13 - Infested but it was a beautiful episode and we hope that some of the storyline and characters come back to play a bigger role in future episodes.  Both of us loved every moment of Bad Batch 14 - War Mantle. From the opening scene to the closing scene this episode is what we signed up for! Gregor returns. Hunter finally uses his skills. Seeing what is going on between the Kaminoans and Empire was great. The complex felt like the Death Star, the music added so much to those scenes.Hunter being left behind, per his command, and the emotions from Omega was great. Crosshair and Hunter reunited at the end...where does this all go? @rulethegalaxysw  on Twitter rulethegalaxysw@gmail.com Rule the Galaxy on YouTube and Facebook

Jedi Temple Archives Podcast
Episode LXVII - Scarif

Jedi Temple Archives Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 40:58


Rob is joined by Ro from the Scarif Scuttlebutt Podcast to explore the tropical world of Scarif...and all its mysteries. Home to Citadel Tower and the Scarif Data Archive, this world held all of Palpatine's most closely guarded military secrets...and was the home to the final construction of the Death Star.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/join/jtapodcast)

Playable Characters Podcast
Level 206 - Kyle Katarn from Star Wars: Jedi Knights

Playable Characters Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 37:03


The force is strong with this episode. Today, Brian is joined by Kyle Katarn, the guy known for stealing the actual blueprints of the Death Star. We get into what his life was like growing up, Luke & Leia, and of course how he feels about Han Solo. Enjoy! Starring Tristan J. Miller! @PlayablePodcast

Star Wars Legends Lounge
Ep 16 - Dark Forces

Star Wars Legends Lounge

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2021 38:45


When the Rebellion needs someone to infiltrate behind Imperial lines, they call Kyle Katarn. Hear how Kyle and Jan Ord steal the plans to the Death Star and thwart the Dark Jedi Jerec in the Dark Forces trilogy.

Conspiracy In The Force - Star Wars and Conspiracy Theories
SPECIAL RELEASE: Star Wars Novel Quotes #4 and #5

Conspiracy In The Force - Star Wars and Conspiracy Theories

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 15:32


This special episode of "Conspiracy in the Force" will be a continuation of my series on "Star Wars Novel Quotes" that I've been posting to my Rokfin channel at www.rokfin.com/conspiracyintheforce. This episode will dive into Episodes 4 and 5 of this series, which continues our journey through the original Star Wars novel by George Lucas where our heroes are escaping from Mos Eisley and subsequently discussing different viewpoints about the Force onboard the Millenium Falcon. We also go to the Death Star where Darth Vader ponders the usefulness of his fellow Imperial officers and Princess Leia gives Tarkin a tongue-lashing about how government overreach can cause mass rebellion throughout the galaxy - to which Tarkin callously condemns her people to death without any emotion (much like the elites in our world). I hope you enjoy these - follow me on Rokfin for more videos in this series (there will be 8 altogether, 1-6 currently posted as of this episode's release). May the Force be With You!!! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/conspiracyintheforce/support

Bloody Elbow Presents
UFC Vegas 31 Edition: Best of the C'Mon Now MMA Podcast - 65

Bloody Elbow Presents

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 57:46


Our compilation show is a deep dive with host, Trent Reinsmith, into the bigger news and goings on in MMA, both inside and outside the cage; presented with a critical, unbiased eye. Here is some detail on what's going on here... the “regular” ‘C'mon Now MMA Podcast' is a daily podcast of varying lengths, which can be found here: cmonnow.substack.com/. This show, however, is a compilation of some of the best topics covered on the daily show over the past week. UFC Vegas 31 Review: * C'mon now UFC and NSAC, Joe Schilling is a corner? * Amanda Nunes is the best female athlete ever? No. * Women were welcomed to the UFC? C'mon now. Ronda Rousey was welcomed to the UFC, but women? No. * Malcolm Gordon looked good, Francisco Figueiredo has some work to do * Amanda Lemos impresses * Wallid Ismail cuts a promo * Daniel Rodriguez is someone to keep an eye on * Billy Quarantillo and Gabriel Benitez deliver in FOTN * Big bounce back performance from Rodolfo Vieira * Mateusz Gamrot shut down Jeremy Stephens who should be released from UFC * Miesha Tate looks like she will be in the mix for the bantamweight title Is Islam Makhachev hype or skill? More from C'Mon Now This Past Week: * Conor McGregor compares himself to the Death Star, which, no. * Let's talk about that $175 million dollar deal with the UFC and what it means to the UFC fighters (It's not good, okay, it's $0.00) * Greg Hardy is not self aware and he's also a liar * Dana White does his best dictator imitation when speaking about UFC pay and lies about fighter pay increasing every year * Sean O'Malley misunderstands Chael Sonnen's trash talk and takes it literally. * A deep dive into the ESPN interview with Khabib Nurmagomedov If you enjoy our show, "heart" us here on SC, or "like" & share over on whichever BE Presents Podcast Channel happens to be your listening platform of choice: * YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BloodyElbowPresents * iTunes & Apple TV: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/blood…&i=1000421882228 * iHeartRadio: www.iheart.com/podcast/269-Blood…Presents-30639274 * Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/55S2dpKYVqndaPTUojkELm?si=oGGPZ4kESkWZigLNnEg1ug * Stitcher: www.stitcher.com/podcast/bloody-e…esents?refid=stp * TuneIn: https://tunein.com/podcasts/Sports--Recreation-Podcasts/Bloody-Elbow-Presents-p1190843/ * OverCast: overcast.fm/itunes984162015/bloody-elbow-presents * Player FM: player.fm/series/bloody-elbow-presents * & Amazon Music: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/b53e5086-2334-497c-82c0-24ddb5e0cfbb/Bloody-Elbow-Presents ... While you're there, don't forget to subscribe to Bloody Elbow Presents; that way you'll always be the first to get all of BE's daily MMA offerings. For previous episodes of the show, check out our playlists on all of our BE Presents channels.

Fine Pairings
Wanna be on Top...Model?

Fine Pairings

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 44:59


Tyra Banks would be rooting for every single one of these Star Wars sequel trilogy characters. But who will be crowned the Resistance's Next Top Model? - Ty-Roni Banks - Mix together 1 oz gin, 1 oz campari, 1 oz sweet vermouth, and garnish with an orange peel. Post episode justification for Ty-Roni Banks by Claire - 1) It's a great pun, 2) Campari is red like one of the suns on Tatooine, 3) Gin sounds like Jyn, the rebel fighter that famously helped blow up the Death Star, 4) Sweet Vermouth sounds like Summa-Verminoth, the multi-tentacled monster that once pursued the Millennium Falcon, 5) Orange is the color of the rebel alliance flight suits -  Want to read this fic for yourself? Give this author the kudos they deserve? You can find this fic on archiveofourown.org Title: Poe Dameron, Resistance's Top Model, Author: mlraven -  Fine Pairings Podcast - A podcast about fanfiction. Where we pair ships with cocktails and reading with comedy. Got fanfic you'd like to share? Email us at FinePairingsPodcast@gmail.com Remember to follow us on Tiktok, Tumblr, and Instagram @Finepairingspodcast and on Twitter @Finepairingspod And join us on our Patreon! It's 18+ so you can't search us, but use our link to find us www.patreon.com/finepairingspodcast - Additional Credits  Music Creator: Kevin MacLeod Source: Free Music Archive, Incompetech.com  "Parisian", "In Your Arms"  License: CC BY 3.0; https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Couple Pints Pod
Episode 56: Real Life Death Star

Couple Pints Pod

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 34:05


This week Kollin and JMac go back to their roots with a straight half hour of conspiracies. The duo discusses the possibility of a Real Life Death Star... and some other random banter here and there... It's great to be original! Check out our Audio Podcasts, and cop some Merch : https://elink.io/p/couple-pints-pod-9993fc7 Follow us on Instagram: @couplepintspod --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Star Wars All In
EP98 - The Death Star

Star Wars All In

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 83:52


We look into the Ultimate Weapon in the galaxy, the Deep Space Battle Station DS-1, better known as the Death Star.

Page Turners They Were Not
Deaths on the Death Stars

Page Turners They Were Not

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 17:01


In 1994, Kevin Smith's feature film debut Clerks posed the question: weren't a lot of innocent "independent contractors" killed when the Death Star was destroyed? Join with me as we discuss the deaths that occurred when both Death Stars were destroyed in the Original Trilogy. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/pageturnerstheywerenot/support

Succotash, The Comedy Soundcast Soundcast
Succotash Epi261: Clippin' My Way Back To You

Succotash, The Comedy Soundcast Soundcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 28:25


Saluton! Estas mi Tyson Saner. I am your host this week on Epi261 of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast Soundcast. Thank you for joining me! In case you missed last week's Episode 260, my co-host - and every-other-show-host - Marc Hershon gathered a quartet of clips from the soundcasts Better Off Better, BHHcast, Play With Pain, and Plumbing the Death Star. If you get the chance, I urge you to check that out sometime by looking for our show on Apple or Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and some other places including in the archive at our homesite at SuccotashShow.com. This episode I've got clips from 3 Girls 1 Kitchen, Strange Times, and Round Springfield. I've also got a fun ad for Passive Aggro Pants from our longtime fake sponsor Henderson's Pants to throw into the mix…because, after all, what would an episode of Succotash be without a segment devoted to a sponsor that we've never seen dime one from because THEY DON'T EXIST! CLIPS 3 Girls 1 Kitchen This is a show for the internet age. Filled to the brim with not only food, but a recipe for disaster. Join Lana, Olivia, and Alexa as they talk dating, sex, culture, and interview some of today's hottest celebs. Our clip comes from just last month: June 4th, 2021 and, in this episode, the girls get political and share their views on Caitlyn Jenner running for governor, Lana reveals some major life news, and they discuss how different attachment styles can affect relationships. Strange TimesI clipped "Gash", the June 29th episode of this weekly comedy & satirical podcast presented by Davian Dent, Kat Sorens & Dom Risk. Davian is out of hospital but quite clearly still under the influence of the industrial-grade pain killers he was prescribed… Round SpringfieldThis Simpsons-adjacent podcast is hosted by Allie Goertz and Julia Prescott, interviewing writers, directors, showrunners, and voice-actors from the Simpsons-verse on their various paths to Springfield, failed pilots, other projects, and beyond. Although these guys are still churning out episodes today, we flash back to March 30th, 2015 for "Flaming Moe's" (with J. Elvis Weinstein). Weinstein sets the stage for Allie and Julia on what the world was like when The Simpsons' Cheers-centric episode first aired. I hope you find something to enjoy or at least find interesting in trhis week's bounty. I'm leaving "funny" out of the conversation because of how subjective humor is. Comedy can be elusive but soundcasts are plentiful. I didn't really have more to that thought, it's just two things that are true next to each other. Not all soundcasts are meant to be funny after all. Here's a secret: Life isn't meant to be funny. Actually, I have no idea if that's true or not because it implies that life is supposed to have any sort of meaning and I am not the authority on that subject. Life can be very funny and not just strange but also the "ha-ha" variety.  In the next episode, #262, Marc Hershon will have something for you to listen to…but since that's in my future I have no idea what that something will be except that it will likely be comedy and/or soundcast-related in some way…although it does not have to be. If you decide to listen again in 2 weeks I will be back with something else. Until then, be decent to each other, beware of asymptomatic spread, and if someone asks if you've heard anything interesting lately would you please pass the Succotash? — Tyson Saner

This Podcast Ruined My Childhood
This Podcast Ruined My Childhood #205 - Rogue One: An Unnecessary Star Wars Story

This Podcast Ruined My Childhood

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 77:05


A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, we were given a story. A Star Wars Story about a band of Rebels... no, Rogues who went up against an Empire to fill a plot hole... I mean get the plans to the Death Star. Find out what Eric and Phil thought about the heist unnecessarily brought to life in 2016's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Find more TPRMC on Twitter and Instagram Music performed and recorded by Jonathan Tinne. Find more of him on Youtube, Spotify, and Facebook. Rate, review, and subscribe! Your feedback is appreciated. Send emails!

Rule The Galaxy Podcast
Chapter 89: The Queen's Gambit of Star Wars

Rule The Galaxy Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 103:28


Be prepared for a wild ride in this Episode of Rule the Galaxy. Alfie let us know he cancelled his HBO subscription 45 seconds after the last episode of GOT. Nick gives a shout out to a couple new listeners and that he and Sam will be starting Clone Wars Chronicles back up Brent has been buying old, damaged Star Wars and GI Joe toys to destroy and make part of his Legions landscape. Mass is watching Warrior by Bruce Lee We discuss: Book of Boba Fett - Grittier, More Killer, Less Filler...Rodriguez, Favreau, Dallas Howard and Filoni Will Luke be back in Mando season 3? When will Mando be back? We are all looking forward to Acolyte! Great era...lots going on there. We would all watch Star Wars Detours if the 39 episodes were released. Brent did not care for Droids! Nick, Mass, Brent and Alfie all looking forward to Visions...Joe will give it a try. The crew went through some Star Wars "What ifs" until Nick and Alfie reminded us of Star Wars Infinities. Now we need to do a show based on just that. What if: Anakin lost Boonta Eve race? Maul defeated OWK and QGJ or they both survived? What if Luke missed on the Death Star? What if another Jedi took Grogu? What if Luke froze to death on Hoth? What if QGJ did not save Jar Jar? What if OWK could not take down the Tractor beam? What if Chewie and Maz had sex? T-Bob hopped on and caught up on all these topics...plus his new found affection for 6 Inch Black Series...We need to get him to Indy for a Star Wars Legions party with all of us. We appreciate T-Bob stopping by and will have him back again soon. All of us are really enjoying Bad Batch. It is a beautiful show. Loved going back to Raxus. Bad Batch using stun instead of killing troopers. @rulethegalaxysw   Rulethegalaxysw@gmail.com Rule the Galaxy on YouTube and Facebook

Needless Things Presents... Execute Chapter 66
Catalyst : A Rogue One Novel

Needless Things Presents... Execute Chapter 66

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 70:52


This week we're going back to our favorite Star Wars author, James Luceno, with Catalyst: A Rogue One novel. The backstory on the design and construction of the first Death Star is a perfect story for Luceno to be telling. Like his other works it might be light on the action, but it makes up for that in character building, political in-fighting, and the overall general wormy sneakiness that is Orson Krennic. How did the Ersos meet Saw Gerrerra? Why is Galen such a sucker while Lyra seems to be so on the ball? Would things have been easier for everyone if Krennic and Tarkin had just settled their conflict with blasters at dawn? Everything but that last question will be answered here. We know that Tarkin is too smart to fight face to face at this point in his life. But if you didn't hate Krennic quite enough before here are many more reasons for you to start. The Skywalker saga may be over, but there are enough books to keep Star Wars fans satisfied for years to come. Chad, Ryan, and Beth have started a series to keep you up to date on all the action. Join our book club as we run down the best that canon, legends, and comics have to offer.  Music by Lester Dragstredt of http://www.themysterymenofsurf.com/ (The Mystery Men?)  Be sure to join the https://www.facebook.com/groups/NeedlessThingsPodcast/ (Needless Things Podcast Facebook Group) and get in on the conversation for this week's episode! Let us know what you think!  You can follow Needless Things on https://www.facebook.com/PHANT0MTR0UBLEMAKER (Facebook), https://twitter.com/PhantomTrblmkr (Twitter), and http://instagram.com/phantomtroublemaker (Instagram) for all the latest on pop culture!  Hungry for more movies, music, and pop culture? Visit the https://www.oldneedlessthings.com/ (Needless Things Archives) for a decade of dorkery!

Succotash, The Comedy Soundcast Soundcast
Succotash Epi260: Pickin' Clips at Random

Succotash, The Comedy Soundcast Soundcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2021 33:58


Hello, friend-o! As our announcer, Bill Heywatt, says, I AM Marc Hershon, your every-other-weekly-host of Succotash, the Comedy Soundcast soundcast. And this is Epi260, clocking in just as we pass the half-year mark for 2021. Here in the US we've got COVID-19 on the run, except for those pesky variants. If you are elsewhere in the world, here's hoping for the best for you and yours. Before I get into the comedy soundcasts that I will be featuring clips from this week, let me check in and ask if you were able to catch last week's installment, Epi259, with my alternating co-host Tyson Saner, in which he featured snippets from Self Esteem Party, Conversation For Adults, and Comedy Bang Bang. You can catch that show, or any other past ‘sode, at our homesite SuccotashShow.com. You can also get pretty far back at Apple or Google Podcasts, Spotify, Sticher, and even SoundCloud will let you flip back a few weeks. For the shows I'm clipping this week, I just kind of took a scattershot look through a number of comedy soundcast lists for 2021 and snagged a couple from some I heard recently and a couple I hadn't even heard of until this week. We've got samples from Better Off Better, BHHcast, Play With Pain, and Plumbing the Death Star. I also have a brief moment from a bit I contributed to from The Los Angeles Breakfast Club: On The Air, a soundcast hosted by Phil Leirness that I serve as the announcer for. This episode is sponsored by Henderson's Pants new Space Pants – Henderson's, where no pants have gone before! Before we get to the clippage, I wanted to give a recommendation to a pretty bold comedy-slash-psychological experiment currently on Netflix. If you haven't caught Bo Burnham's Inside special, you might want to check it out. Don't be expecting to see him enteraining a crowd of people in a theater, though. This is way different. Very unique. It's his exploration of his comedy during the pandemic, where the entire show takes place in one room and he's apparently doing all the tech himself. Lots of talking to the camera and to himself. There's music, confessions, and tears. I found one of the songs, “White Woman's Instagram” from the special up on YouTube so I thought I'd throw it in here. The lyrics are amazingly on-tone but you should check out the video from the special because Bo's visual interpretation of the subject in question is fantastic. I found Inside pretty powerful and totally captivating. And just a tad claustrophobic. If you're up for something different, whether you know Bo's work or not, check it out on Netflix. Alright, let's get into THIS show now, and onto the clips! Play With PainFull disclosure before I continue: I am not a sports fan. Never have been and likely never will be. I'm not sure why, but watching games live or on TV has never grabbed me. Football, baseball, basketball, soccer, the Olympic events – just not my thing. The pity of it is that there are a lot of comedy soundcasts that are connected to sports, either directly or just because the hosts and guests are into them. Like the Monday Morning Podcast with Bill Burr. I love Burr. He's one of the funniest humans around today. But as soon as he goes into a sptry about sports or having watched some game or another over the weekend, I'm lost. But I hereby resolve to better. For YOU. And I'm going to start with Play with Pain with Chet Waterhouse. Now Chet is a character, an old play-by-play sports announcer, as created and played by comedian Jeff Cesario. He usually has a comedian on as a guest, someone else who's at least somewhat into sports, and they kickk around a lot of the sports news of the day. We're clipping a recent show with guest Paul “Sully” Sullivan but he was a little audio glitchy on the show so I'm just featuring Chet's sports update, a regular feature on the show. Plumbing the Death StarI am rarely surprised any more when I find a soundcast that I think no one else knows about and then find out it's a pretty big hit and has been for a while. The soundcast world is just too damn big now to get that lucky. But I'm glad I found Plumbing the Death Star. Out of Australia and the wonderfully named Sanspants Radio Netowkr, the show features Joel L. Zammit, Jackson B. Daly, and another Joel, Joel Duscher. The loosely-wrapped premise of the show is to bring logic into the worlds of fantasy and sci-fi and pop culture in general. Our featured clip is from their recent episode entitled “Is It Ethical to Bust Ghosts?”, which means it only took them until now to get around to an almost 40-year-old movie. Although with the new Ghostbusters: Afterlife supposed to drop this Fall, maybe it couldn't be more timely. Better Off BetterTouting their show Better Off Better as “a comedic, cut-throat journey to self-betterment”, hosts Chris K. Daniels, Jenny Whipple, and Sam Caswell are constantly challenging each other to get better and, well, being better. Called “The best comedy podcast of 2021” by their moms, each episode features a new wrinkle in how to make oneself better. At least in theory. For their recent 50th episode, the trio decided to go hairless down south of the border by using a couple of “experimental hair removal” techniques: Sugar Waxing and Sandpaper Shaving. How did it all come out? Or off? We don't have time to get into the whole thing on our show, but here's a taste… BHHcastThe “Bah-cast”, which is actually spelled BHHcast, features hosts Jamie Bendall, Adam Haigh, and Jamie Hernan, interviews comedians and other guests with, as they put it, an incredible backstory. The kickoff to their Season 5 a little over a month ago, an episode entitled “Tandem Skydiving” featured comedian and family man Paul Virzi. Reflecting what I was saying earlier in this show, the BHHcast seems to dip heavily into sports and I listened diligently, although our clip gets more into a show that Paul had a little while back called Gun To Your Head, where he would force his guests to make tough decisions based on the premise there was a gun to your head so you HAD to answer. The gang decides to play a little of that game here… The music I'm using under the TweetSack listings this week, by the way, was composed and performed by my buddy DJ Knifeketeer. That particular number is called “Rocket Hat on the Run” and you can find the entire Rocket Hat soundtrack on YouTube by subscribing to DJ Knifeketeer. If you were hoping for more of episode 260 of this show, I'm afraid that's our time. You may, of course, listen to it back again as many times as you like. And if you hang out in this same feed next week, you'll be treated to my compadre Tyson Saner and his newest selection of soundcastd clippage for you. Special thanks to our announcer Bill Heywatt and our amazing producer/engineer Joe Paulino, not to mention booth assistant Kenny Durgess, our secret weapon and the hardest working man in soundcasting next to Paul F. Tompkins. Enjoy your summer while you can, check out some if not all of the soundcasts we've sampled for you here today, and if anyone ever asks if you've heard anything good lately, please be sue to pass the Succotash, won't you? — Marc Hershon

Planet Dumb
EP. 22 - Lego Deathstar with Kendra Uncut

Planet Dumb

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2021 59:00


GUEST: @kendra_uncutGET EPISODES A WEEK EARLY + BONUS CONTENT ON PATREON: http://patreon.com/planetdumb​​​​​PLANET DUMB SHIRTS:https://horseheadshop.bigcartel.com/product/planet-dumb-logo-tee

Fistful of Destiny
Episode 29: Saint Charles, Lord of Security

Fistful of Destiny

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2021 70:34


It is a dark time for the Galaxy. The DEATH STAR has been destroyed, but the influence of the EMPIRE has grown. The search for the REBELLION by the evil lord DARTH VADER has driven the criminal underworld into hiding.With jobs and credits scarce, the crew of the UNKNOWN TRAVELER will take any mission that comes their way. Support us on Patreon!Merch and more: FistfulOfDestiny.comRate us on Apple PodcastsInstagram: @FistfulOfDestinyTwitter: @FistfulDestiny

The Connected Life
130: Building Connected Masculine Friendships

The Connected Life

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2021 70:29


Developing camaraderie amongst men can be as simple as creating a common goal that requires a collective group to band together in order to achieve it. Be it building a house, playing sports, going to war, or taking down the Death Star, a goal is often all that's needed. But building intimate connection is a much grandeur task. In this episode Justin and his close friend Marcus open up about their friendship and share about the foundational building blocks necessary to create a lasting bond. They explore varying phases of vulnerability and the obstacles men often face when attempting to create this essential human experience. Whether you're a man or a woman, this conversation is vital to understanding the human condition and to establishing connection that is heartfelt and full of depth. You won't want to miss it!

Star Wars Theory
JEHDA AFTER ROGUE : WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THE DEATH STAR DID ITS FIRST TEST ON JEHDA CITY

Star Wars Theory

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2021 14:56


MANDO-VERSE MONDAY - Today I'm highlighting a story from the Rogue One timeline. We are focusing on the aftermath of what happened to the desert moon of Jedha. In Rogue One, we get to see the massive power of the newly built Death Star when it fires upon and completely destroys Jedha City and everything around it. Cassian Andor and Jyn Erso barely escape the devastation. What actually happened to Jedha after the attack on Jedha City by the Death Star? Who survived? What happens when Luke and Leia return to Jedha after the events of A New Hope? Let's find out what happened to Jehda after Rogue One. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Knowledge Fight
#561: Jordan Takes The Wheel 6

Knowledge Fight

Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 81:34


Before leaving for vacation, Jordan sat Dan down to tell him about a new space weirdo he’s come across. Are there Nazis in space? Is the pyramid in Giza a “Death Star?” Does the moon ring like a bell? All this and more on the show today.